Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

captain america civil war movie review
The most hyped up movie of 2016 is finally here guys! Yes, Captain America: Civil War is now playing on your nearest theatre, so if you haven’t watch it yet, then go watch it!
Before we start, let me make it clear that I’m team Cap. Because well, as we all know, by quoting Nick Fury, the council always make stupid ass decision. They didn’t approve The Avengers, the release missiles to Manhattan, and they were infiltrated by Hydra. How could you trust something like that? I do get Tony’s point, but he didn’t go through the stuff Steve’s went through in CA:TWS so I kind of understand why he doesn’t agree with Steve. (I prefer my babies not fighting though).
The movie premiered yesterday in my country (27 of April) and I watched it on its first day. You can book the ticket since two weeks ago, and let me tell you guys, it’s really really crowded. I got the tickets of course, but only after looking at 3 theatres, and I got the night show. WHAAT.  So can you imagine the wait until we can get into the theatre and until the lights go out. It’s nerve wracking really. I mean, it’s the most hyped up movie of the year!! How will it turn out? 
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Have no fear, dear friends. Here I am to tell you: all is well. It’s more than well really. IT’S AMAZING. I watched it yesterday and I’m already craving to watch it again today. I mean, it’s different from what I expected, and the movie itself is kind of sends different plot from what the trailer suggest. The trailer suggest that the fight is because of Bucky and not because of the Accords, but it’s not that. So yeah, that’s what really nagging me. But other than that, it’s definitely worth the wait.
This movie really delivers. It has great amazing action scenes, but not too much that we can’t understand the plot. It jumps from one place to the other, but they’re still connected. The story is engaging and really fun, it doesn’t feel like it runs for two and a half hour. The villain isn’t as creepy or threatening as the other ones in other Marvel movie, but he’s cunning as hell.
This movie is also gives a really good introduction to Black Panther and Spiderman. That first Spiderman scene? It’s really hilarious and feels the geek Peter Parker is. And he got I think solid half an hour in the movie, which is really awesome. I really enjoyed his scenes. And Black Panther. The whole movie I was just like “DAAAAAAMNNN T’CHALLA”. He really kicks a lot of ass, like the trailer implied. 
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The actings are fantastic, they managed to bring out the typical Avengers act, laid back and hilarious, but also managed to showcase the inner struggles the characters have. The dynamic between the characters is so damn good. I really love Sam/Steve/Bucky dynamic. They work really well. And as for other relationship…. One ship is sailing, other is sinking, and one is a notp {block the text to see the spoiler} Vision/Wanda is sailing. YAAAASSS. They’re so cute and just beautiful together omg<33 On the other hand, I don't really ship stucky other than as a brotp, but that one is sinking too because of the ending. While the notp is…. Steve/Sharon. C'mon guys, Peggy's body hasn't even start decomposing yet and you already kissing???? {spoiler ends}. That hangar fighting scene was epic and hilarious. It showcases amazing power and typical funny, laid back, Avengers fighting scene. It’s just 100% gold and definitely one of the most memorable scene in the movie history.
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The star of this movie for me are Bucky and Sam. Sam is really cool and funny, but he’s also loyal to Cap, never questioning his decisions. He trusts Cap 100% percent, even when it comes to Bucky (whom everyone knows as the notorious Winter Soldier). Sam and Steve is like Rhodey and Tony. Bucky… Oh my, I just want to hug him and tell him it’s going to be okay! He’s just so confused and I’m not even sure he trusts himself. But really, Seb’s acting is breathtaking, he could convey so much with only his expessions and body language. We could see the difference clearly between bad Bucky and good Bucky. (And Seb is such a beautiful and kind hearted human being, so that’s a plus. Not related, but I wish he would appear as Jefferson in OUaT again though!). Also Tony Stark. Let’s not forget about him. RDJ does a really amazing job potraying a conflicted Tony, the other side of Tony Stark that’s more serious and take responsibility and actually feel guilt. The human side of Tony Stark. It’s really amazing and it’s potrayed really well! 
So did I enjoyed it? Absolutely! Will I watch it again? Damn yes, if I have the time. This movie really worth the hype and the wait. I really can’t wait until the DVD is released so I could watch it over and over.
And now, the wait for X-Men: Apocalypse, Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War has officially begun.

Book Review: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

the bane chronicles

The Bane Chronicles
by Cassandra Clare
Paperback Edition, 503 pages
Published 2014 by Walker Books
✰✰✰.5

It is not easy being Magnus Bane. As a warlock, he’s often called upon to fix the problems of others. His life has been long, and his loves have been many. And Magnus has a way of making sure he’s in the right place at the right – or perhaps wrong – time. The French Revolution, Prohibition, the first great battle between Valentine and the New York Institute…

Magnus was there, and usually in the middle of it. Magnus will never be able to tell all of his tales. No one would believe him. But these eleven stories shed a little light on his often inscrutable character. They are stories he probably wishes had never got out.  

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23598679-the-bane-chronicles

I don’t know how to rate this book. The first half bores me, while I absolutely enjoyed the second half. I LOVE Magnus Bane. He’s just too fabulous and awesome and his personality itself enough to make me like this book, his personality worth 3 stars on its own. It has its typical Magnus moments: madness, mayhem, flirting, party, glitters, and drunken moments. It’s hilarious and funny. But the problem is, most of the story itself is boring. The plot is going nowhere, and most of them do nothing more than a filler.
#1 What Really Happened in Peru
It’s really funny and entertaining! I love reading the friendship between Catarina, Ragnor and Magnus. Especially the way Ragnor treated Magnus, he really takes no shit from him 😄 The problem is, as entertaining and fun the story, the plot is going nowhere and eventually, it doesn’t explain what happened in Peru. It just feels too lazy on the author part.

#2 The Runaway Bride
I’m kind of okay with this one. The story isn’t as entertaining as the first one, but we got to see Magnus’s more human side. The ending was bittersweet though.
#3 Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale
This might be my least favorite story in this book. I like how this story shows how prejudiced the Shadowhunters are, how terrible they treated downworlders and human (like we don’t know that already) and Magnus’s first meeting with Camille. But again, the plot is going literally nowhere. This one felt like a filler, and it’s just so boring.
#4 The Midnight Heir
Okay I already know that this story would have Tessa, Will and Jem, but my heart still not prepared to actually see them. They’re still as close with each other as ever. And hearing James calling Jem uncle is just <333 ALL THE FEELS. But again. The plot is going nowhere, nothing happened, and I don't understand why it was titled The Midnight Heir. What midnight? What heir?
#5 The Rise of Hotel Dumort
This one is a bit better. It sets in the 1920s, and even though it feel a bit flat, I still enjoyed it a lot. We could see the extent of Magnus’s power and hints about who his father is in this story.
#6 Saving Raphael Santiago
Yasss finally Raphael Santiago. Raphael is one of my favorites in TMI, it’s a shame really what happened to him in book 6. This one is really funny and entertaining, and Raphael gets along really well with Ragnor since they both takes no shit from Magnus 😄 It’s fun watching both of them irritate Magnus.
#7 The Fall of Hotel Dumort
It has the creepy and urgent atmosphere, but again, the story fails to deliver. It felt anti-climatic, and not much happened, plot wise.
#8 What to Buy Shadowhunter Who Already Has Everything
This one is just so funny and cute! It’s just 100% Malec fluff, and I’m loving every moment of it. It also has TID reference *wink wink*
#9 The Last Stand of New York Institute
It’s okay I guess. No matter how much Magnus act like he doesn’t care with shadowhunters and tried to stay out with the affairs, he seems to always find himself right in the middle of it. And he’s always helping those in need. His humanity is honestly a plus point.
#10 The Course of True Love
This one is really cute. It’s about Malec first date, and no matter how Magnus tried, everything seems to be going wrong. And it’s adorable to see Alec the way Magnus sees him.
#11 The Voicemail of Magnus Bane
It’s cute, but it’s also sad. Alec is really sorry for what he had done, but Magnus also really hurt with his actions. The gang tries to contact Magnus and bring them together with their own way, which shows how much they ship Malec and care for them. My favorite is Isabelle, who threatens and calls him non stop. Typical Izzy.

So overall… I did like it, but I expect for more from this book. Magnus is fabulous and amazing as ever, it’s the writing and the story I didn’t enjoy. For someone as famous as Cassandra Clare, I think she could do better in terms of stories. But if you could ignore all the other things, and want to read this book solely for Magnus Bane, then definitely go grab it!

The Marauders

As I have mentioned in my March wrap-up, recently I just finished reading a fanfiction called A Life and Times, which is amazing and I loved with all my heart. I’ve been thinking for a while, since before reading this fanfic, but after reading, it just makes me think even more. And I just need to let it out.
Before we start: If you haven’t read the HP series, or haven’t make it pass the 3rd, 5th, and 7th book, don’t continue.
Another thing: This are pretty depressing thought, so if you decided to read, please bear with me and I’m so sorry.
Now let’s begin.
1. I have make my decisions about Snape. Snape has been the main example of grey characters, the morally ambiguous one after his reveal in Deathly Hallows. And some people likes him, even love him. Now, I don’t blame you. But personally: I don’t like him. Sure, he has bad family when he grow up, the girl he’s in love with chose his sworn enemy, and then she dies. But guess what? He did it all to himself. The Dursley also basically hate Harry, but he didn’t grow up as a bully. And there are slytherins who doesn’t support Voldemort. Snape knows Lily hates Voldemort, and yet he’s a death eater. I know he wants to be accepted and get approval, but that’s not the way to do it. And not to mention him intimidating the Hogwarts Students for years. At least being bullied himself, he could be nicer to others since he’s been in their position.
2. The Marauders. You know what making me sad everytime I think about the Marauders? They were so happy and look how they turned up now. All dead. They used to be the it group of Hogwarts, and now…. It hurts reading fanfic about the Marauders era because they looked so happy, they don’t know what’s coming at them. One dead because one sold him to the Dark Lord, one took the blame and spent 12 years in Azkaban, and one has to spent full moon alone for years and just get through life alone in general. Reading about them laughing and pranking and just having fun during their Hogwarts years always managed to bring tears to my eyes.
3. Does Peter Pettigrew ever feel remorse for what he had done? Knowing he has ruined the lives of all his best mates, his brothers at Hogwarts? What did he felt when he heard about James and Lily’s death? About Sirius imprisoment? How does he felt when he saw Harry for the first time, looking at the face of his now-deceased-because-of-him James Potter?
4. Lupin. Thinking about him makes me sad. Imagine how he must felt when he heard about James’ death, and how Sirius was reponsible, and how he also killed Peter. Did he believed all the news? Did he ever doubt Sirius? Imagine him having the first full moon without the Marauders after years spending it with them. And he did have Sirius back after 12 years, only to be ripped off him again in 2 years. Imagine him watching it happening, oh my. WHICH IS WHY I’M SO PISSED WITH DEATHLY HALLOWS. Like c’mon JKR. After all the things you’ve put him through, can he at least taste the victory and spend life happily with his family?
5. Sirius. This one. Imagine waiting 12 years in Azkaban, with nothing to do but remembering all the thing he had done with James. My poor eyes are flooding. I bet he’s wondering about Remus, being the only one left. Does he believed him, how does he get through his full moons, and stuff. What saddened me the most was, during the 5th year, he could communicate with Harry through the mirror, like he and James did, but Harry never even took it out once. I bet he’s checking his mirror every moment possible, waiting for the moment Harry’s face would appear on the mirror.

6. Harry could have 4 fathers, and yet it all ripped away from him. The death that struck me the most in Deathly Hallows is Lupin, because I believed he will get his happy ending after all the shit he’s being through, but nope.  And he’s also the last of The Marauders, the last one standing, the closest father figure Harry would ever have (except for Arthur Weasley).

7. I just read the wikia pages about the four marauders, and here’s the thing: it’s all so messed up. Sirius suspected Lupin as a death eater, that’s why he didn’t trusted him as the keeper, and chose Peter instead. Lupin actually believed that Sirius betrayed James. I mean, they were so close! How could things be that messed up? They didn’t even trust each other anymore!

8. How did people reacted to James and Lily’s death? Especially those who went to Hogwarts with them. They knew how close James and Sirius was, and yet Sirius “betrayed” him. And even after he’s proved innocent, turns out it’s Peter who sold them. It’s gotta be really sad thinking back to school years and reminincing about the pranks the marauders had pulled, and how they turned out now.

9. Why didn’t Lily apparated with Harry? I think the protection charm prohibited it, but I thought it prevented people to apparated to the house? Not prohibited them to get away from it? If it does, then it’s really incovinient.

10. What if Voldemort chose Neville instead of Harry? Would we have as much death as it happened with Harry?

Okay wow I feel really drained now guys. I’m sorry for all this sad thoughts, I just can’t stop it! I really shouldn’t be allowed to think.

Who is your favorite Marauders? What do you think about them in general?

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have tears to shed and ice cream to eat.

Book Review: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

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A Mad, Wicked Folly
by Sharon Biggs Waller
Hardcover, 431 pages
Published January 23rd, 2014 by Viking Books
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Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.

After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18079501-a-mad-wicked-folly

Okay this one is kind of hard. I love the plot and the Edwardian settings. I love how authentic the setting feel, with social etiquette and obsessions’ with class. I love how this one sets around the time women started to ask for equality, with a lot of new information about the suffragettes. It’s such a amazing movement, fighting for women’s rights and just equality for all. And I love the art element in this book (even though I’m not an artist). 

The problem is the characters. I liked Victoria’s passion and will, but most of the time she comes across as spoiled and obstinate. She made lot of rash decisions without thinking of the consequences, even though every freaking person on this book told her not to do it. She could at least stop and think for a moment. She doesn’t think about what her actions would cost everyone; what her behaviour cost her parents, what it would cost Freddy everytime he defends her, Will’s feelings, Sophie’s job, and so many other things. It’s upsetting to see her behave like that. 


And maybe because I was too irritated with Victoria, other characters don’t really shine. Victoria describes people around her as “typical Victorian that only cares about fashion, class, and weather”. And it’s true. From what I read, other characters are just boring and one dimensional. Except for Lucy and Sophie. They’re just so brave, but again, we know almost nothing about them. And the main love interest, Will, well, he’s nice, but that’s all. I guess their passion for art (in different ways) make them understand each other more and made them kind of perfect for each other. 


Overall, it’s an interesting book, but the characters make it doesn’t work for me.

 

This or That Book Tag

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Hi guys! If you’ve been following this blog for quite a while, you know how much I love to do tags. They’re so much fun to do and it’s really interesting to see other people’s choices.
So today I’m going to do another tag. I saw this tag at Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions blog, and it seems so much fun to do. I mean, I only have to pick one from the options, so this one is definitely going to be fun. Let’s do it!
The Rules:
  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @Tea and Paperbacks). (that gorgeous image also originally from her, click on it to go through her website!)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!
#1 Reading on the couch or on the bed?
My bed is like, the most comfortable place, ever. Nothing could replace it. And therefore, my answer is definitely on the bed. It’s just so comfy and set my mood to read!
#2 Male main character or female main character?
Male! As a female, it’s interesting to see what’s going on in their heads, even though they’re only fictional. It kinda helps me to understand them a bit better.
#3 Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?
I don’t really eat while reading because I don’t want my books stained by food, but if I have to, I’ll eat something sweet like ice cream or cake 😁

#4 Trilogies or quartets?
Trilogies. As you guys know, I’m really bad at completing series. So the less the better. Also I think 3 books are pretty long to complete a series. My favorite series ever, The Infernal Devices is only 3 books long, but it was super amazing, and (in my opinion) it was better than The Mortal Instruments that has 6 books in the series.

#5 First person point of view or third person point of view?
Hmm.. This one is confusing. I prefer first person, because we could know what our mc feels and think, but we can’t see other things in the story other than what our characters see. So…
#6 Reading at night or in the morning?
I tried not to read at night because I had school the next morning and my poor brain couldn’t function with sleep deprivation. But if it’s on a holiday (like now) I’m fine with it. I usually read in the morning though. It’s just so comfortable that you don’t have to move from your bed all day.
#7 Libraries or bookstores?
Bookstores! The smell of books, and the new shiny books are my favorite things! But really, the main reason is because I don’t have local library nearby, so I have to use my school library which is kind of sucks since it doesn’t have a lot of fiction books. And now I’m graduated I’m officially library-less.
#8 Books that make you laugh or make you cry?
Cry! I’m not an easy person to burst into tears, so when I cry because of books, know that those books are utterly amazing, and definitely an insta-favorite. The last book that made me cry was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
#9 Black book covers or white book covers?
I prefer yellow really 😂 That color really grabs my eyes! But since it’s black or white, I prefer black. It’s just such a cool color when you put it on the bookshelf, and it doesn’t get dirty easily. Especially if it’s embossed with silver or gold patterns ❤❤❤
#10 Character driven or plot driven stories?
Definitely character driven. No matter how amazing the plot is, if I don’t like the characters, I won’t like the book. But if I do like the characters, no matter how crappy the plot is, I still might like the book. The main reason why I love The Infernal Devices so much is, aside from the amazing plot, is the parabatai relationship between Will and Jem, and just them as individual. The secondary characters are also amazing. In fact, all characters from that series would make you feel.
As usual, I won’t tag anyone, but if you want to do it, feel free to do it!

Review Anthology #2: The Grisha Series Novella

The Witch of Duva

I really enjoyed this book. It’s dark and the writing style makes it feels like a folklore. It definitely gives me creeps and serves its purpose as a cautionary tale for children. I was surprised by the plot twist, and the witch does feel like a witch. It’s really really good. I think this story symbolized Alina who trusted the wrong person and was mislead.

The Too Clever Fox

This one is my favorite of them all. The story is fascinating and really creative, I was expecting the plot twist but not that cruel. And it feels the most Russian folklore of them all. It’s cold, winter, woods, hunters, fox, you named it. The quote at the end is absolutely beautiful and kind of chilling. I think this story symbolized Nikolai, who managed to avoid every trap but… he eventually caught by The Darkling and forced to be that thing.

Little Knife
This one is probably my least favorite since I remember it the least and I didn’t really enjoyed the story. My favorite part is probably the ending. No, I’m not being sarcastic, the ending is seriously beautiful. But to me it feels more middle eastern than Ravka? I don’t know… I think this novella symbolized The Darkling, how his power ultimately is his downfall.
The Demon in the Woods
I should’ve enjoy this. It’s a book about The Darkling, what could go wrong? Well turns out it was just an okay book for me. It has plot twist, but it was almost predictable (I’m almost right about it). It tell the story before Aleksander become the Darkling, so it’s like reading “a boy with too much power” story. But reading this gave me more insight about why The Darkling want to make Grisha Ravka’s best soldier, and I can see that he has came so far fulfilling his ambition. It’s just… I feel like there’s something missing from this novella.

The Tailor

I really don’t have much to say about this one. I read this right after I read Shadow and Bone, and I think it was okay. It’s told from Genya perspective about betraying Alina. It gives much more understanding about Genya precarious position and even though she really cares for Alina, she cares more for herself. So yeah, I think that’s all about this one.

Book Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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Maybe Someday
by Colleen Hoover
E-book edition
Published March 18th, 2014 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble – she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life.
But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope…. Maybe someday…
Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23626307-maybe-someday
I really have complicated relationship with this book, which is really surprising because I really liked her other book, Confess. Apparently, NA and me haven’t been on good terms lately, since I also hated (and even DNF) Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven. Or maybe it’s just me not in the mood for romance. *shrugs*
This book started out so well. I really enjoyed the first quarter of the book. I love it when book couples just seemd so connected and attracted and just can hit it off directly because they do have similar interest, rather that just “jolt of electricity” or “fluttery feels”. In Sydney and Ridge case, they’re attracted to each other because they lived across each other and they’re passionate about music (which is why they noticed each other at the first place). And then Ridge being honest with her and tell her that her boyfriend has been cheating with her roommate, and she moved in with him. I thought, “well this is going to get interesting. I can’t wait to see how their relationship will go from there”. By that time I already shipped them, so I should liked what happens next right?
Wrong.
Their relationship did blossom. Turns out Ridge is deaf, which is unexpected and really makes me happy because I never read about one. But my feelings turn 180º when we know that Ridge already has a girlfriend. 
The thing is, cheating is not okay. Sydney has been on the other side of it, and I bet it’s very unpleasant. And yet she’s doing it to other people right after her own experience. And this book justify it. I don’t care about “the heart wants what it wants” and “you can’t control matters of the heart” shit. Cheating is cheating. It’s not okay. No one wants to be cheated, so no one should be cheating. STOP JUSTIFYING IT.
And I absolutely despises how Hoover uses Ridge condition as an excuse to have sexy times between Ridge and Sydney. First it’s inconsiderate to actual deaf people, and second, it shows how thoughtless Ridge and Sydney are. Call it making music or whatever, but if your boyf/girlf do that with other people, I bet you won’t appreciate it as a creative process.

Both Ridge and Sydney also don’t feel guilty about what they’ve done. “Having feelings isn’t guilty”. Well it isn’t if you have feelings for someone who isn’t taken. Ridge is taken, of course it’s not okay. And Sydney is a hypocrite, she doesn’t want to admit that she’s wrong and even get defensive when someone points it out at her. I’m not saying that Ridge isn’t guilty, because he is. He encourages things first, then tell Sydney about his girlfriend. How very nice of him.
I really wish I enjoyed this book more, since I really do enjoyed the first quarter of the book. But the rest of it just went downhill. Despite its flaws through, I found that Colleen Hoover’s writing really clicks with me. Which is why I force myself to keep reading while I want to throw my phone repeatedly.
I think I just stay off NA for a while now.

Spring Bingo Read-a-thon Wrap Up

Hi guys! So Pretty Deadly Reviews were hosting the Spring Bingo Read-a-thon. When I see the announcement, I signed up immediately. Turns out, the read-a-thon is in the same week as my national finals (typical). I also didn’t posted a sign up post because I wasn’t active. But neverthless, I managed to covered some squares. 
The blue ones are for the one I’ve covered before the read-a-thon. The green ones are for the ones I’ve covered during the read-a-thon. I think 3 box are pretty good, considering I was in the middle of my finals and doing a binge-watch afterwards. I already covered 7 boxes in total.
Boxes covered: 
  • Ugly cover: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievfater // I’m sorry, I just don’t like the cover of this book!
  • Towards another challenge: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover // This one is for the 2016 contemporary challenge.
  • Criminals: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle // Of course I picked Sherlock for this category.
I’m gonna tell you more about books I’ve covered for other boxes on my Bingo wrap-up. Anyways, thanks too Pretty Deadly Reviews for hosting this read-a-thon and created the Bingo! It’s really fun and I really enjoyed it! 
 

March Wrap Up & April TBR

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Hi guys! I can’t believe it’s April already! I know it’s super late, but as you guys know, I’ve been having a time off because of exams. I think I did pretty okay with the test… I’m feeling good about Chemistry and Physics, failed Math and Biology (even though I really need Biology if I want to get into uni *cries*) and not so sure about English and Bahasa. BUT NOW IT’S ALL OVER GUYS. Which means….

I’M FREE. DOBBY IS FREE.

I’m officially back! I know you guys could still saw me around the blog, because somehow I can’t stay away from bloglovin, and thus, other people blogs. It’s interesting and really refreshing after hours of staring at numbers and textbooks 😄
I read 7.5 half books in total this month. I know that sounds a lot, but 2 of them are novellas, 1 is manga, and I’m halfway through Maybe Someday so I actually only read 4 books this month.
  1. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare ✰✰✰✰
  2. Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi ✰✰✰
  3. Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi ✰✰✰
  4. A Room With A View by E.M Forster ✰✰.5
  5. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury ✰✰✰.5
  6. A Mad, Wicked, Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller ✰✰✰
  7. Kochimuitte, Miiko! vol 28 by Ono Eriko ✰✰✰✰
Since I’m done with all school tests, I want to have a HUGE tbr for next month. But I still have to prepare for national university entrance test, so here’s my still-ambitious-but-not-so-much tbr pile for next month.
  1. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr // Not the kind of book I usually read, but I’m in the mood for some historical fiction now.
  2. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness // I bought this book a year ago. What happened?? I don’t usually neglected book this long. It’s time for me to love this book.
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald // Classic of the month.
  4. Vicious by V.E Schwab // I know, I know! I’ve been saying I would read this book for so many times. But this time I promise you, I will read this for real.
  5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater // The Raven King is going to be released on April 26, so this one is my priority for this month. 
  6. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover // I’m halfway through the book already, and I think it’s okay so far.
      • I’M FREE. No more homework, tests and other things to do for approximately the next 5 or 6 weeks. *throws a party*
      • THIS IS THE MONTH OF CIVIL WAR. New posters, new videos, and NEW TRAILER. I know some people complained about Spidey, but guys, he was around 15 in the Civil War event, so of course he sounds like a boy! I loved it, but I still don’t know who sides I’m in!
      • Also, the trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home of Peculiar Children were released. I’m so intrigued by it, I really should read the book ASAP!
      • And while we’re talking about movies, I watched Batman v Superman recently… and well, it’s not a bad movie really, it’s just… I prefer The Dark Knight Trilogy. I wish the fight between Batman and Superman was longer, and the plot much clearer. But the acting, the action, and the effect in general is just sooo good. And Henry Cavill, Ben Afleck and Gal Gadot are just such eye candies. It’s on borderline of really good and just good, I would probably give it 3.5-4/5 stars. But I just watched this interview where Ben Affleck found out that the movie received mixed reviews and his expression is just so heartbreaking I’M SO SORRY. I feel really bad now! :/
      • I went back to Pottermore after years of dissapearing, and I’m so pissed that they decided to change the website and delete our old accounts. I don’t even bother to create new account. Why would you do that JKR??
      • I just finished a Jily fanfic called “The Life and Times” I think it’s a pretty famous fanfic since everyone seems to know it. It’s absolutely amazing guys, and I want a marauders era sequel more than ever! The problem with this fanfic is like it stopped in chapter 36, and we know it haven’t finished yet! It hasn’t been updated since 2013. Oh what a cruel life. 
      • I’m also currently obsessed with this Korean drama titled “Descendants of the Sun”. If you like watching K-drama, you’ll likely know this. The story is perfect and Song Joong Ki is just ❤❤❤
      • And if you’re watching the Shadowhunters tv show, you know what happened. MY HEART JUST EXPLODED and I cried. It’s just so beautiful oh my God. It’s officially my favorite scenes of March! (except for kissing scenes in Descendants of the Sun of course).
      • Not exactly a favorite, it’s more of a question: Should I create separate twitter accounts for this blog? I’d love to interact with you guys, but I don’t want to do it in my current account since, well it’s for personal use. And I’m trying to keep this blog a secret from people I know in real life. So yeah. What do you think should I do?
      • I got some books this month! I bought Crown of Midnight and School for Good and Evil, borrowed All The Light We Cannot See and got The Wrath and The Dawn (!!!) as a present.
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        Remakes and Adaptations In General

        (I’m sorry guys I’m really bad with titles)

        Hi everyone! Today’s post is something that has been on my mind a lot, and I just want to share my opinion and hopefully know yours. It’s not exactly book-related, but somehow they correspond.

        So as you guys know, lately there has been so many movies and tv shows based on books and comics. Allegiant, The Death Cure, and Me Before You are coming out this year. Shadowhunters also premiered earlier this year. And I heard news about A Darker Shade of Magic being a tv show? And let’s not forget about the whole bunch of superheroes movies coming these past year.
        It’s not that I don’t like them. I do like them. In fact my most anticipated movie this year are Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse. And I can’t wait for Thor: Ragnarok that’s coming in 2017. It’s just… I want to see something different you know? No “based on best selling novel ….” or “new superhero….”
        I know nothing about the movie industry, but I love to watch movies. And as a viewer, I want something different. Ever since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were separated into 2 movies, all final movies in the book-to-movie adaptations are separated into 2 movies, ex: Breaking Dawn, Mockingjay, and Allegiant. If it’s necessary than I think it’s fine, but do you really need to split EVERY final movie into 2 parts? I don’t think so.
        Book-to-movie adaptation is not a new thing, but I think ever since The Hunger Games hits the big screen and actually sucedeed (unlike Percy Jackson, Eragon, I Am Number Four, Beautiful Creatures and its other predecessor), it’s like everywhere I look there are new upcoming adaptations from popular YA book! City of Bones, Divergent, The Maze Runner, The 5th Wave, If I Stay, DUFF, Me Earl and the Dying Girl, TFIOS, Paper Towns are to name a few.
        And not to mention, the current trend of superhero movies. Ever since The Avengers, everyone literally tries to create a superhero movies. There are like, 5 movies for Marvel alone every year, not to mention DC and Fox and other studios. SO MANY. And don’t forget the tv shows. Arrow, Flash, Agent Carter, Agents of Shield, Daredevil, etc.
        If not book to movie adaptations and superheroes, we’ll get reboot. Some of them are Fantastic Four, The Jungle Book, and Tarzan. If not reboot, then we’ll get never ending series. The series that has been going on for too long and now is just a mess. To name some: Transformers and The Fast and The Furious.
        Like I’ve stated before, I don’t hate them. But c’mon guys. Give me something new. Something unique and original. I want something that is born from the director pure imagination, something like Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride. Or like Christopher Nolan’s Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy (best.reboot.ever). Or James Cameron’s Titanic and Avatar. I want something new that I haven’t seen years before, or read anywhere. Something original.

        I know it’s hard, not everyone could create something new. But as a viewer, it’s always mesmerizing to see something new and pure awesomeness. It will be worth it, trust me. Avatar and Titanic are both number #1 and #2 highest grossing movies of all time.

        And recently I heard news about DC superheroes getting their own YA novel, written by 4 well known YA authors. What is it with adaptations lately?? Those superheroes already have comics, action figures, games, and countless movies, they’re basically all over the media, why would they need books? I would prefer those 4 authors write something original and creative than adaptations. Just. Stop.

        So yeah, that’s all I want to say. I don’t mean to attack any certain fandom or people, I just want to state my opinion. This trend has been going on since 2015, and I think it’s time to stop and create something new. I just want to see something new and creative, that’s different from any other.
        What do you think about the recent trends of remake and adaptations?