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Me Before You | A Review

Me Before You is being called the romantic movie of the year, with an all-star cast this is a film certainly not to be missed. Based on the book, of the same name, that has sold more than six million copies since being published, Me Before You is a love story centred around Will Traynor, a former active jet-setting banker turned quadriplegic played by Sam Claflin and his carer, Lousia “Lou” Clarke played by Emilia Clarke.

Overall I did enjoy this film, it’s a not so traditional love story. It focuses on the situation the characters are in rather than the love story that is clearly present, this is refreshing as many stories focus on romance. At the very core, this film is two people trying to get the other to see how great their life could be, who just happen to fall in love whilst doing so. Me Before You is a human film with three dimensional characters made even more superb by brilliant actors (even if the line up is mainly made up of the cast of Game Of Thrones) I’m astounded how a film that is undoubtedly a tear-jerker got me laughing as much as it did. Louisa Clarke is girl who you will want to be friends with, mainly because you would want to raid her wardrobe for those creative and unique combinations. Whereas Will Traynor is the man who you would want to be taken out by, despite his situation he is clearly still a witty, charming man, who is unfortunately haunted by the harsh reality that he will never be the man he once was. It is true that it differs from the book, not greatly, but just enough that anyone who has read it in the last year before watching it would notice.

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Lou’s determination to get Will to live and stop him from travelling to Switzerland to end his life, is remarkable. Emilia Clarke’s impeccable acting shows her going from this quirky, clumsy girl to a passionate, strong headed, independent woman. I can relate to Lou a lot, therefore a certain favour could be present. All of the cast are stunning, but Janet McTeer and Charles Dance really show how honed their acting skills are. Playing parents in a situation no parent ever wants to be in, they handle the roles of Mr and Mrs Traynor with respect and ease. For me, McTeer shone in the airport scene, I couldn’t imagine the translation from page to screen to be more flawless, partially due to her acting, she managed to convey so many deep emotions without uttering a word. Amazing.

If they wanted to make an impression they certainly have with this film, it’s premiere was a stage for disability right protests, without a doubt it has raised questions amongst able-bodies people about the presentation of disabled people. As Will’s choice to end his own life has been seen as one that is sending the common opinion that all people in his situation no longer want to live. I don’t agree or disagree with this view, I know it’s easy to sit on the fence with big issues such as this, but I truly believe that we need to see more disabled people on our screens, because we are not a total able bodied society. Saying that we need to recognise that not everyone who is put in these traumatic situations aren’t always full of positive energy and sometimes they don’t always see things the same way we able bodied people do. Surely it’s better that Will was shown ending his life in a dignified, if not controversial, way, rather than the shocking real manner of suicides that are present in the world.

Me Before You isn’t a film desperately trying to be a book, it has it’s own grounding from the book, something that is desperately lacking in the majority of book to movie adaptations we see today.

 

Naked by Stacey Trombley | A Review

Before I begin this review I would like to thank Netgalley for an advance digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” – Criss Jami

This debut novel tackles such a touchy subject – underage prostitution – in a an excellent way. I wasn’t entirely sure what i was expecting when I went into this book, due to that this review shall be a short one.

When faced with writing a review for this book I was pretty apprehensive, because it really wasn’t my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong it was a well written book and praise should be given for the way in which the subject matter was approached with caution and great care. However, due to the subject matter and general idea of the book I found it really hard to relate to it. I know that you shouldn’t always read books that you can relate to straight away, but personally I find it more enjoyable if I can imagine myself in a similar to the protagonist. It was very hard to connect with this book, it seemed quite forced at points.

With a plot that had great potential, but it seemed to fall down when it came to fufilling that potential. I hate criticising books, but I thought I would see what you thought because I’d be lying if I said I loved every book I have ever read. Overall a debut novel that had great potential, but could have realised that earlier and actually have taken the story somewhere. Unfortunately, for the first time, I have to give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

2 Stars
See you soon,
Ellie

The Colour Of Our Sky by Amita Trasi Review

Before I begin this review, I would like to thank NetGalley for the advance digital copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The best thing about having a sister was that I always had a friend. – Cali Rae Turner

To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t sure I would like this book when I picked it from NetGalley’s endless selection, it’s a new type of book for me but I did know I am interested in people and their stories, and this is something this book encapsulates, people and their stories.

It took me a while to finish this book, as it took a long while to get into it. But when I did I was blown away with how wrapped up I got in it, I never thought I would be passionate about these two characters, I watched these two young girls grow up and hope for the others return. It was incredibly moving. The Colour of our Sky tells the story of Mutka and Tara, two childhood friends—one struggling to survive the human slave trade and the other on a mission to save her. Escaping her destiny Mutka  is transported to a foster family in Bombay. There she discovers a friend in the high spirited eight-year-old Tara, the tomboyish daughter of the family, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to a different world—ice cream and sweets, poems and stories, and a friendship the likes of which she has never experienced before. But in 1993, Mutka is kidnapped and Tara blames herself, moving to America with her father she never stops hoping for Mutka, coming back to her home in order to search for Mutka eleven years later. Tara find an endless trail of dead ends and a lack of caring of other people. The story is an emotional one, and follows Tara in a desperate search to find her childhood best friend, her sister.

The alternate narration of chapters switch between Mutka and Tara shows an insight into the very different lives of the pair, I was convinced I would be drawn to Tara, but I slowly found myself drawn towards Mutka and her story instead, I think this is because of the writers ability to make you feel for her and hope on her behalf as there are times throughout the novel in which she looses hope so you become her advocate. This book was nothing like I expected it to be and for that I am thankful, this story of two girls enforces the connection between two people, and makes you want to call anyone you have ever lost contact with, it’s emotional, it’s a journey, it’s a must read. Without a doubt this book deserves 4 stars.

4 Stars

Sorry for the briefness, but i’m still easing myself back into blogging.
Ellie

The Little Flower Shop by the Sea by Ali McNamara | A Review | BEDA 27

“All you need is a little faith, trust, and pixie dust.” 
– Peter Pan

The quote above fits this book perfectly, as if you have read it you will know that the main character realizes that sometimes all you need is a little faith, some trust, and maybe pixie dust, well there’s no pixies, but I think magical flowers will do the trick! If you have read a few of my earlier posts, you might have seen that Ali McNamara is one of my favourite authors, period, so when I saw her new book on the shelves I knew I couldn’t not read it.

The Little Flower Shop by the Sea, is about what you would guess from the title, a little flower shop that is beside the sea. Meet Poppy Carmichael, a girl with a mysterious past and no intention of becoming a florist, but when she inherits her grandmother’s beloved flower shop she has no choice but to go back to the place she spent most of her childhood, St Felix, a pretty harbour town on the Cornish coast. However going back means revisiting memories that she doesn’t particularly want to remember, but with new friends such as Jake the local flower grower, Poppy puts aside her fears and attempts to discover what is so special about this little flower shop by the sea.

I loved it, but then I seem to love anything written by Ali McNamara, she could write a shopping list and I would be in awe. Her characters are written in a way which each of them are individual and unique, but as a reader you feel as if they are familiar to the other protagonists of her books. Poppy Carmichael was no different, she had a sense of familiarity about her yet her haunted past and jagged edges made her completely original, her fashion is inspired and unique, but what I love most about her is her quick tongue. Sometimes this is seen as a bad quality in a person (or fictional character) yet McNamara has made Poppy quick witted and self preserving without making her rude and cold, a difficult balance to execute well.

The setting of this book is nearly as charming as the characters, I imagine a seaside town with a little chippy and a great flower shop! Little cobbled streets and winding roads, homemade ice cream and cakes sold in the local cafe a proper homemade seaside town. So when I took these pictures they instantly reminded me of St Felix, no doubt.

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Overall I loved this summer read, but then I knew I would before I had opened the cover! Despite reading it in under two days, this book will remain as a safe haven full of seaside joy and a summer romance. Therefore I award 5 dragons to this delightful read!

5 Stars

See you tomorrow,
Ellie

Review: You’re The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

“Don’t let two men fall in love with you, girls. It’s not the sort of thing that ends well.”
-Uncle Charles, Ally Carter, Uncommon Criminals 

I’m a big fan of the Fletcher family, I like McFly’s music, I like Carrie Hope Fletcher’s YouTube videos, and it seems that I also like Giovannas writing. This is the third book I have read by her if you count her short Christmas one, that I certainly had mixed feelings about, but I’ll save that for another review.
The journey starts at the back of a church with Maddy about to marry her long term boyfriend and best friend Robert, but she is having great difficulty looking straight ahead, with her other best friend Ben who is standing to the side. If your marrying the man of your dreams, why does she keep looking to the side?
There is a strong chance that if it wasn’t Robert standing at the altar waiting, it would be Ben. With a undying unconfused love for Maddy Ben has always had.
The structure of this book is really quite clever, with the story of the affectionately named ‘the tripod’ through snapshots into their lives as a group and how they got where they are. This is done through Roberts best man speech and how each little bit relates to a part of their lives.
After enjoying ‘Billy and Me’ last summer, I had high expectations for this book, despite falling down at points it was an overall good read. The character were developed, and the detailed descriptions really help to form and understanding of who they were and how they composed themselves, Ben has to be my favourite character as he is constantly friends-zoned which makes him a bit cuter at points.
What I think helped developed my love for this book, and certainly made me think about it from a more analytic perspective was an interview Giovanna did before the book came out. She stated that she wanted to toy with the idea that you can love more than one person at once as love comes in many forms, so I encourage anyone who is looking to embark on their own journey with the tripod to keep that in mind as I think it might shift your viewpoint just enough to see another angle of the book. so go pick up a copy of this lovely novel, I promise it won’t disappoint and if it does, please don’t tell Giovanna as she is one of the nicest authors out there and I wouldn’t want to be the cause of her being upset! I give this book a well deserved 4 out of 5 dragons.
4 Stars
As usual let me know what you think if you have read this book and what you thought, and if you want to see more reviews like this make sure to give this post a like so I know.
Happy Reading,
Ellie

Review: Faking It by Cora Carmack

“I never dated a girl like her, and she’s probably never dated a guy like me. But sometimes you don’t know what you’re looking for until it’s already knocked you flat on your back.” Cade, Faking It

No, you’re not going nuts, this post was uploaded early, but I had a technical difficulty, basically I pressed the publish button occidentally during writing and curse words were said. Let’s forget the hiccup and carry on, shall we?

Earlier this year I reviewed the first part of this trilogy, Losing It by Cora Carmack. I have my ‘Blogging Playlist’ playing, so let’s get on with this review!

Faking It is the second part in the series, and tells the story of Cade, one of the friends we encountered in the first book, and how he meets Max in a coffee shop and becomes her fake boyfriend. They are complete opposites to one another, Max is the typical bad girl, with the tattoos and piercings, with Cade being the straight and narrow guy who seems to be obsessed with his old crush who has gone and got engaged, but that doesn’t lessen his feelings for her. When Cade starts playing the act of fake boyfriend, they are forced to keep the act up longer than either expected, something you think would annoy both of them considering they don’t have a clue who the other one really is? But no, they have quite a good time actually, if you know what I mean 😉

This is such a clever series, because the books are separate stand alone stories really, but are linked in a way that means if you have read the previous book you sort of get an added treat, as you get to see the character develop from when you first meet them in Losing It. With Cade you get to see him taken out of his comfort zone of Texas and stuck right in the middle of Philadelphia and slowly escape his problems that he left in Texas. Which is so cool, yes I just used cool to describe a very intrinsic and valid point, what you gunna do? Because he goes from what I would call a reserved, and slightly shy guy that you don’t know loads about to this superhero who swoops in and saves Max from parental judgement. Boom! Just like that Carmack presents you with this world of relationships and back stories that are sometimes linked with the first book and sometimes aren’t, as a reader this is a real treat as you sort of get a few more character dimensions to experience.

My favourite character would have to be Max, she’s one of them characters that will stay with my for a long time, she’s free spirited and got balls, she doesn’t really care what people think, well apart from her parents that is. But deep down she has some major conflicts going on that can’t be solved from smoking and not giving a damn, and in the book you see her faced up to the conflicts and start to deal with them, which I think is extremely admirable.

I can’t say there is anything that disappointed me with this book, apart from a few minor things which are so insignificant I won’t bore you with them, mainly because they are personal things about how I would have changed a scene or played around with certain characters a little more or less. See, boring and in no way lessens this books amazingness.

This book is hands down my favourite in the series, it’s funny in the right places, has brilliant characters with a funny, romantic and meaningful connection, often a triplet that authors struggle to execute, however Carmack fails to falter with yet another great read. For this reason I’m giving it a solid 4 out of 5 dragons, so go pick up a copy; it’s advisable for you to read the first one, but not absolutely necessary.

As always, please share your thoughts and mention any books you want me to review in the comments below, and like this post if you want to see more.
Happy Reading,
Ellie

Bonus content, it’s like DVD extras down here! I thought I would share with you my favourite quote from the book, enjoy!

 “This was a catastrofuck of colossal proportions.”

Have a great weekend 🙂

 

Insurgent Review

This time last year I was contemplating the hotness of Theo James, surprisingly this year I find myself doing the same. Based on the book series by Veronica Roth ‘Divergent’ was released around this time last year it is only suitable that the sequel ‘Insurgent’ has been released.

With a few altercations to the cast the main characters reprise their roles, with Shailene Woodley starring as Tris Prior, a Divergent who doesn’t fit into the categories set out by the society, Theo James (and his extremely firm upper body) star as Four, a Dauntless leader and love interest for Tris. Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort also reprise their roles as Peter Hayes and Caleb Prior respectfully. After the events of Divergent, the foursome are fugitives, due to Jeanine’s (Kate Winslet) villainous actions and separated from the rest of the dauntless faction. The foursome plot to get rid of Jeanine once and for all, but with the threat of her hunting Divergents to open a mysterious box provides a danger to Tris.

Overall I had mixed feelings about this film, I loved some bits but others not so much, I liked the premise of it and the idea of hunting Divergents. But, in my opinion, it was a bit of an anticlimax, as I got to end and discovered what was in this ‘box’ and I found myself not too bothered. However with the first film I was in great need of finding out what happens? I have a healthy interest in the next film, but not an addiction, which is a let down considering what I thought it would be like. On the whole, the acting didn’t falter, I think all of the main cast should get a special mention for their ability to portray internal conflicts and deep emotion, even if a couple of them turn out to be heartless!

In conclusion, this film was good, not great, but good. It truly did have some jaw dropping twists and moments where I was on the edge of my seat, however it isn’t what I expected, so for that I give it 3 out of 5 dragons. Saying that, I have seen worse films!

3 Stars

Let me know if you agree or not and your opinions on the film or book!

Happy Reading,
Ellie