Before Tomorrowland Book Review + Tomorrowland Movie Review! SPOILER FREE!

(The book is by Jeff Jensen, Johnathan Case, Brad Bird, and Damon Lindelof. I just couldn’t fit the all the names in the title!

First, the book review!

Based on the spellbinding world of the Walt Disney Studios film, Tomorrowland, this original prequel novel features a 20-page comic book and unlocks a place of unfathomable science and technology and the famous people behind it.
The year is 1939.
A secret society of extraordinary geniuses is about to share an incredible discovery with the world.
A misguided enemy–half man, half machine–will stop at nothing to prevent the group from giving this forbidden knowledge to humanity.
And a mother and son on vacation in New York City are handed a comic book infused with a secret code that will lead them straight into the crossfires of the conspiracy.
This book is….surprising. It was not what I was expecting. It was interesting? I can’t say many great things about this book. Let’s just say I was expecting more. Here’s why-
First, I thought it would have more to do with the movie. I understand it is a prequel to the movie and it is supposed to show how Tomorrowland came to be. But it has a very forced tie to fit in. I honestly feel like this is a different series then the movie. The book characters are referenced about twice in one scene in the whole movie. And thoe are very minor mentioning’s.
Second, the book is hard to read. I had a difficult time getting into the book. There was a lot of sci-fi, technology, and all that stuff that I don’t understand and don’t really enjoy reading about.
Next, there were so many characters, I kept getting them confused. Tesla? Hughes? Rotwang? Lee? I never knew who was who! I felt like there were too many peoples stories and lives thrown into one book. I couldn’t focus on just one or two characters.
Plus, none of the characters were really likable. They all felt sorta plain, boring, and aggressive. Or possibly even crazy.
I was also disappointed at the amount of profanity in this book. I was expecting none, seeing its by Disney, but I was totally wrong. Lots of uses of the ‘D’ and ‘H’ words. So adding the profanity in with everything else I’ve described, I don’t think this is a kids book. 13+, if you can actually keep up with all the technology and characters.
Now a (spoiler free) movie review!
I have been looking forward to this movie ever since the first trailer came out. My hopes were high! Too bad they were totally shot down during the movie.
I don’t even know how to describe the movie. It wasn’t nearly as good as I was hoping. I was very disappointed in it.
The plot was a great idea, it was just so crowded with useless stuff and a sometimes annoying protagonist. I couldn’t keep up with everything going on.
Plus, about every other word was a curse word. Seriously, Disney. I don’t need to hear that when I’m trying to enjoy what I thought was a family-friendly movie.
Anyway’s, a lot of people seem to have liked the movie. Maybe it’s just me that felt this way. Did you see it yet? What do you think of it? Leave a comment below!!
-Lilian-

The God Girl Journey by Hayley DiMarco

Hayley DiMarco’s God Girl books and Bibles have been a huge hit with teen girls. Now everyone’s favorite big sister and spiritual mentor takes girls on a 30-day journey into a deeper relationship with God. Beginning with a spiritual cleanse and then following with an in-depth study of the fruit of the Spirit, teen girls will learn what it means to love, be joyful, live out peace, and much more. Steeped in Scripture and with thought-provoking questions for girls to answer about their spiritual lives, The God Girl Journey is perfect for the girl who is on the path to becoming a God Girl and wants to take those next critical steps to maturity.

This was my second Hayley DiMarco book (Chck out my review of her other book, God Girl, here) and it definitely won’t be my last! Again, Hayley amazed me with her amazing writing.

This book is about the Fruits of the Spirit. It takes a good, in-depth look at them, which I absolutely loved. From the introduction to the last chapter, this book is packed full of Bible verses, witty comments, and questions that will leave you thinking for the rest of the day.

In case you aren’t familiar with the Fruits of the Spirit, they can be found here:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

-Galatians 5:22-23

After reading this book, I think everyone needs to study the Fruits, no matter where you are in your walk with Christ. I now have started thinking about my attitude and my actions more and made some changes in my life, which have helped tremendously.

I am now going to recommend this book to every girl I know, probably from ages 12 and up, depending on maturity. I’m already thinking of buying another copy and gifting it to a friend soon.

So, I totally recommend that any girl read this book at least once in her life. It is amazing. Also, Hayley’s husband wrote a version for guys that is probably just as good! Check it out here!

-Lilian-

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I have been wanting to read Cinder ever since I first heard about it. I’m a sucker for a good fairytale retelling, and this one was unlike any I’ve ever read about. So I finally caved and bought it.

Sadly, I was a little disappointed in it.

I mean, the plot line was a great idea. But I feel like the plot was drowned out. There was some boring times when I felt like it was just there to make the book longer. Also, the story was quite predictable from the very beginning. I saw a lot of the plot twists coming, which ultimately made the book less fun to read.

Also, the sci-fi was a bit hard to read. I don’t read many sci-fi books, so I didn’t get into this one very fast because of that.

There were some times when I lost track of the “Cinderella” storyline. Towards the end, I could notice it more. But for a majority of the first half, I couldn’t see any resemblance to Cinderella.

The characters were fantastically written. Cinder was amazing. I loved her sarcasm, her actions, and her raw feelings, almost human-like. (Ironic, right!?)

Prince Kai was perfect. I loved his sweetness and his love for his father. I did like him less towards the end of the book, because I felt like some of his decisions were, well, stupid.

I loved how the story didn’t have a huge romance plot. Instead it focused more on Cinder and her life and journey.

I must mention that this book does have some brief profanity. The “D” word was used 2-3 times and the “H” word was used 1 time. Also, there was a little bit of suggestive humor. Nothing near graphic at all, but just wanted to mention that in case you were checking the content for a young reader.

The ending, though, was horrible. It ended so suddenly and on such a cliff-hanger, I now have no choice but to buy the next book. I am hoping that one will be better, though.

Overall, the amazing characters mixed with the so-so storyline made for an interesting but addictive read.

-Lilian-

P.S. Check out the book trailer here!

Do you stop reading a book before you finish it?

Hey lovely people!! Let’s have a little chat. Grab your beverage of choice, find a comfy seat, and let’s chat.

So I am currently reading Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz. It’s a historical fiction book. I’m not always a fan of historical books, but my mom bought me these and they looked interesting to read.

Problem is, I really can’t get into them. 

I’ve only read a few chapters, but they just don’t appeal to me at all. The plot is messy and boring, and I keep making myself busy so I have an excuse not to sit down and even attempt reading more of the book.

So here’s my question for you all.

When you can’t get into a book, do you stop reading it?

I, personally, don’t like to. Even if it’s bad, I will usually keep reading it. Only on a few occasions do I remember stopping a book.

 I stopped reading Atlantia by Ally Condie early on because the plot was horrible. I was so confused, and the story kept throwing new curveballs at me before I could settle down from the last one. The sister goes above land? Something about a siren? Whattttt??

I stopped reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard early on because of the language. I try to avoid reading books with language in them. It takes a special book for me to read through the profanity used. 

I stopped reading Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen early on because it was boring and a total rip-off of The Giver. I was sad, though, because I was very excited to read this book. But I had also previously saw the reviews were bad for the book, so I knew what to expect.

So what do you think? Stop a book early or no?

Tell me in the comments below!

-Lilian-

Miles from Nowhere by Amy Clipston

Chelsea Morris has always been responsible, dependable, and focused on her dreams of fashion design―a dream that will officially begin come fall, when she leaves for college in New York City. And as she settles into her role as the lead designer for the local summer stock theater group, she decides to make the most of her last summer in North Carolina. But with her best friend Emily busy working late and spending time with Zander, and tensions with Chelsea’s boyfriend, Todd, running high, the summer she envisioned seems to be falling flat.

Then Dylan joins the latest summer production. There’s something about the college boy that makes her feel free and alive, and soon she’s broken up with Todd, and is sneaking out late to meet Dylan at parties and breaking rules at the playhouse. But before she knows it, her exciting nights are interfering with her job, her role on the play, as well as her relationship with Emily and with her parents. Worse, Chelsea finds herself feeling more and more estranged from God.

As the summer becomes wilder than she ever dreamed, Chelsea must decide if her heart is leading her in the right direction after all.

Miles from Nowhere is the newest addition (and maybe final? I’m not sure) to Amy Clipston’s YA contemporary series. If you would like to read my previous reviews of the first two books in the series, the links are below:

Roadside Assistance

Destination Unknown

I must say, this book intrigued me. The plot sounded different then the first two, and I was curious to how Amy would address the harder topics like drinking, partying, and blatant disobedience to parents. The previous books did deal with topics like these, but not this strongly.

First, lets talk about Amy’s writing style. Even if I am not always a fan of her books, her writing is always great. I love her wording and how she writes. It’s hard to explain, but it’s true.

Next, the characters. If you have read my reviews before, you probably have realized that what really makes or breaks a book for me is the characters. If the characters are good, I enjoy a book much more, even if the plot is bothersome.

Sadly, Chelsea was such an annoying protagonist, I am glad the book wasn’t longer.

I don’t think I could have handled any more of her. I mean, I totally understand that she Is human and will make mistakes. And, sadly, I understand that people go through exactly what Chelsea went through. But I was constantly shaking my head and groaning at her decisions. I understood the first 1 or 2 times. But I only have so much sympathy for her. Plus, I feel like she was whiny and got off way too easily with her actions.

But Todd? Complete opposite. I loved him! He was like the perfect boyfriend, and he treated Chelsea right. Their relationship issues were totally her fault, not his.

Dylan was a jerk. I saw right through him from the beginning.

Kylie was a brat.

Marni was awesome.

Finally, I can’t say that this book was horrible, because sometimes I enjoyed it. But the predictability and protagonist made this story lose what it needed to be the best in the series.

-Lilian-

Destination Unknown by Amy Clipston

It’s senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won’t get into the “right” college—her alma mater—with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor’s rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship.

Tired of having to play a part for everyone else, Whitney quits the cheerleading squad that once defined her social identity, and begins spending more time with Taylor. Her mom and friends worry Whitney is making a huge mistake, and even Taylor begins to show concern for some of her choices. But for the first time, Whitney is in the driver’s seat of her life. Will she be able to find her identity—and God’s plan for her life—before she throws everything away?

Destination Unknown is the second book in Amy Clipston’s young adult contemporary series. (Check out my review of book one here)

This is my second time reading this book. I was re-reading it in preparation to read the newest addition to the series, Miles from Nowhere.

If you read my review on the first book in the series, Roadside Assistance, then you know I am not particularly fond of the book. So when it came time for me to re-read Destination Unknown, I was dreading it. I thought it was going to be just as torturous to read as the first one.

I am so happy that I was wrong.

Destination Unknown was, in my opinion, way better then the first book. Whitney was a very likable character, and the storyline was great.

As a sophomore in HS right now, I am starting to face those major decisions about my future, just like Whitney. So this book really was refreshing for me because I saw her keep her faith in God throughout the whole book, and it reminded me that’s just what I need to do. I never thought a fiction book like this would help me strengthen my faith!

The characters were all fantastic.

Whitney was strong and dependable. But she wasn’t perfect, like everyone thought she was. She had her faults. I admired her.

Taylor was not overly perfect, thankfully. He had a sweet and kind heart. I also admired how he loved his sister and his mother so much. And I can’t forget how he works in a BOOKSTORE!? And he happens to have the same taste as Whitney!? Can I just find a guy like him, minus the motorcycle?

Whitney’s mother was actually pretty comical. It was sad. I know this can be a true situation, though, and I am so thankful I have a mom that guides me and wants what’s best for me, but also supports my own decisions and opinions.

I also love how the romance wasn’t forced or steamy. It felt natural and young. Whitney and Taylor weren’t making out all the time. Amy (the author) did a great job of keeping the romance young and blooming.

Overall, this is a fresh story with great characters that you will fall in love with. It’s totally clean and a great read for just about anyone.

-Lilian-

May TBR

Hello lovely people!

As you probably know, today is May 1! This calls for a May TBR (to be read)! April was a horrible reading month for me, so I am planning on reading a lot in May! Below will be some of the books I am planning reading. I know I probably will add more books as I see them (I’m like “OOH SHINY” when it comes to books), or I will lose interest in them. But lets give this a try, shall we?

Destination Unknown by Amy Clipston

I am currently re-reading this right now! I actually started like 2 weeks ago, and I (shamefully) only got through chapter 2 earlier.. *hangs head in shame*

Miles from Nowhere by Amy Clipston

This is the newest book in Amy Clipston’s series, after Destination Unknown. I bought this awhile ago and I had totally planned on reading it by now.. Oops. But it will probably be my next read. Until then I am going to stare at the gorgeous cover!! Seriously, go look up a picture of it right now. But then come back and finish reading this post, of course!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This is my most recent book buy and I have been waiting to buy this forever! I finally got it and I am so excited to read it. I have heard so many good things about this series, I can’t wait to read it for myself! And the covers are amazing!!

Once Upon A Summertime by Melody Carlson

I have read some books by Melody before and her writing is amazing. I got an email from Revell Books (her publisher) this morning and they offered me some books they will send me in exchange for an honest review on my blog. Of course I had to pick this book!

1. I have been getting emails from them for about two months now, and this is the first time I have ever chosen a book! I am so excited!

2. I think this is going to be a very interesting read. The plot sounded great. The only thing I am a little worried about is how the plot looked like it was geared toward people a bit older then myself. I don’t know if its exactly for adults, though. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see! I’m hoping for the best:)

Doon by Carey Corp and Lori Langdon

I have heard so many great things about this book! It has been on my TBR list for awhile, and I think this month I’m finally gonna give in and order it from my library. I try to limit myself to one library book a moth, so I have less hassle and don’t have to keep track of all these dates. So I am really hoping its good!

Loves Reckoning by Laura Frantz

I have owned this trilogy for a long time and I really hope to read it this month. Every time I go to read it, I choose another book instead. So I am done with excuses and want to pick this series up!

Crossed and Reached by Ally Condie

I have already read these, but I want to re-read them. I already re-read Matched, so now in need to finish re-reading the series.

That’s all I am planning on reading at the moment! Let’s see how this goes! What are you planning on reading this month?

-Lilian-