Mockingjay Part 2 SPOILER FREE Review

The other day I finally had the opportunity to see Mockingjay Part 2. I still haven’t fully grasped my thoughts on the movie, so this may be a little messy. But, here’s my SPOILER FREE review of Mockingjay Part 2.

 

So, let’s start this off. First, the movie was good, as all the movies have been. I think these are some of the best YA book to movie adaptations ever. This series crushes the competition.

However, I feel like this last movie might have fallen a little flat.

 

I honestly don’t know for sure, but I feel like it fell flat because so much emotion was just left out. Don’t get me wrong, Jennifer Lawrence is the best Katniss. No one can replace her. It’s just, the book shows her thoughts and emotions during everything and I feel like those weren’t portrayed very well on the big screen.

 

I also found Katniss’s lack of emotion during certain death scenes… disturbing. I don’t know, it’s just I feel like, if I was in her place, I would’ve showed at least some emotion. She was close with these people and she just blew off their death like it was nothing. I understand that she’s been through these horrific experiences and I can’t begin to imagine how it must have felt, but I still feel like Katniss still would have mourned their death. But maybe that’s just me.

 

Okay, was it just me, or did the movie go by super quick? I felt like it was even boring at some parts. I know it was supposed to be action packed and filled, but some scenes just fell bland (Except the mutts… Those things were graphic and creeeepy).

 

I also feel like Peeta was supposed to have a bigger role in this movie. I felt like his character also lacked emotional depth and character throughout it all. I just felt like he should have had a more prominent role, since he also has such a big character change in this movie.

 

From my thoughts above, it may sound like I hated this movie. That is so not the case. There were some very enjoyable parts and I’ll highlight those now.

 

First, the movie did have a little humor in it, also. After the movie, my friends told me they couldn’t understand why I was laughing so much during it. But Johanna Mason and Finnick Odair were being so hilarious, I couldn’t help it.

 

Plus, this movie grew my hatred for President Coin. Some people may not consider her a villain, but I do. I also learned that I don’t hate President Snow as much. I just wish that I knew more of his backstory. (And can I have Finnick’s backstory while we’re at it? K thanks)

 

Also, I think the acting by all the background characters (AKA everyone who’s not Katniss) was amazing. They really brought the whole movie to life.

 

As for cleanliness…

The movie has no profanity or inappropriate scenes. It is full of violence, though, and I wouldn’t deem it suitable for children. Some scenes just are quite scary and even I cringed a little.

 

So, those are my thoughts. Leave a comment down below and tell me your thoughts! I’d love to hear them.

-Lilian-

A Frozen Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick

Told in alternating chapters from both Anna’s and Hans’ perspectives, A Frozen Heart takes a sophisticated look at events of Frozen, exploring the couple’s backstories, motivations, and doomed relationship.

 

If you’re like most people I know, you’re favorite Frozen characters are people like Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven, Kristoff, or even Marshmallow. Me? I love Prince Hans of the Southern Isles.

 

I don’t know why, but I’ve always have a fascination with Hans. His backstory was unknown, he’s cunning, strong, manipulative, and handsome. So when I saw that a book with his backstory was coming out, I couldn’t wait to buy it and read it.

 

I was expecting a children’s or even a middle reader’s book, so I was quite surprised when I saw that it was a full on novel. But, overall, I loved it. Even though I’ve seen the movie first, I still think the book was just as good as the movie and I can’t pick a favorite.

 

Every chapter in this book alternates back and forth between Anna and Han’s perspective. It really gives you a backstory to Hans and why he did what he did, and to the real emotions and thoughts Anna was feeling throughout the movie. While most of the book strictly follows the movie line by line, there are a few conversations that were added into the book. Honestly, my favorite part of the book was an added scene between Anna and Bulba, the troll mother.

 

I am quite disappointed, though, that the ending didn’t change and Hans still turns out to be the bad guy (but in my eyes, he’s still a prince). His backstory did make me feel for him even more, but knowing his thoughts during the whole movie points to him still being evil… *sigh* He’ll always be a good guy in my eyes.

 

This book was very cute and fun to read, and way more sophisticated than I was expecting. It’s full of emotion and betrayal and love, and I think it’s definitely geared toward older readers and is more of a YA book than a children’s book.

 

Like the movie, the book is totally clean. God is mentioned a few times (in a lowercase setting), but I don’t think it’s necessarily taking God’s name in vain.

 

Who is your favorite Frozen character? Let me know in the comment’s below!!

 

-Lilian-

Droplets by Meaghan Rauscher

TO SPROUT FINS AND SWIM WITH MERFOLK SOUNDS LIKE A DREAM. BUT TO LISSIE DARROW IT IS A NIGHTMARE…

One night on an annual cruise with her family, Lissie is standing on the deck of her father’s fishing boat when she begins to hear a strange murmur across the surface of the ocean. The voice rises and falls with her own, dancing in and out of her hearing, but before she can get a glimpse of the creature it disappears into the depths of the ocean with a shimmery flash.

The next evening throws her family in the midst of a horrific storm. Lissie is swept overboard and all hope is lost until she comes face to face with a dark-haired merman. She is saved, but the cost is her future. The merman transforms her into a mermaid, with the ability to both sprout fins and walk on land; she now finds herself a captive of the dark merman and flees into the night.

When Lissie ends up on a stranded island and meets its sole inhabitant, the handsome and mysterious Patrick, she begins to realize that meeting the dark merman was not a mere twist of fate.

But if it was destined, why is Patrick’s past entangled with her future?

And just what does Patrick have to do with the dark merman who haunts her nightmares…

Droplets is the first book in a planned trilogy by Meaghan Rauscher.

 

I won Droplets in a giveaway the author was doing. A friend tagged me in the post on Instagram and I entered for fun because the premise sounded exciting, but I didn’t expect to win. I usually only win the giveaways that I enter randomly and never expect to win.

So I’ve had this book on my shelf since August, I think. I kept telling myself to read it, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I finally got tired of it being unread and picked it up in late October.

The beginning of the book was so great and promising. I loved it and I read it often. But by the middle of the book, I grew tired of it and the plot just seemed to slow. I wasn’t into it anymore and I didn’t feel like reading.

But I forced myself through it because I did not want to mark it as DNF (Did Not Finish). Plus, I really wanted it to get better… and, eventually, it did.

Around chapter 17-18, the story started to pick up as the conflict came. It sparked my attention, again, and I started reading more and more, until I finished the book at midnight yesterday.

Okay, so first on the agenda. Lissie’s family. I honestly loved her family (especially Derek and Sean) and I wish that they were in more of the book. I was hoping they would come in sometime later in the novel, but it didn’t happen. So I’m holding out hope that they are in the sequel! *fingers crossed*

So, the characters. I honestly liked most of the characters. Lissie was a strong protagonist, though she sometimes seemed too… usual. She reminded me of so many other female protagonists that act the same as her. Patrick was a strong character. But, again, he felt usual. (To other people who have read this book… Do you picture him looking and sounding like Chris Hemsworth, too? Or is it just me?) Morven was a very dark and well-written villain. He has a slight resemblance to The Commandment from An Ember in the Ashes (but he wasn’t quite that evil). I just found his dark, twisted, smart mind fascinating. I am looking forward to getting to know more about him.

The plot. I touched on the plot a lot in the beginning, but I wanted to add on. The plot was, for me, at least, sorta predictable. I predicted things that happened and some that didn’t happen (but I’m still thinking may be in the sequel). But I did talk to a friend that is also reading the book and they haven’t predicted things. So maybe I just over-analyzed what could happen. *shrugs*

As for cleaniness… This book has two minor curse words in it, so it’s not bad. The farthest it goes for inappropriateness is Morven talks about touching her. But nothing happens except some passionate kisses.

Overall, I give this book 4 stars. I did enjoy it, mostly, and I plan on getting the sequel sometime.

 

-Lilian-