WHERE OH WHERE DID LILIAN GO?!

I know none of you are probably wondering why I haven’t posted, but let’s pretend you are. I actually have 2 reasons why I haven’t posted:

  1. I’m sorta in a reading/blogging slump and I currently have NO motivation to do either
  2. I was gone this past Monday-Friday (4th-8th) at camp with my youth group!

Plus, as much as I’m going to try and regularly post again, I’ll be gone the whole last week of July. So I won’t have any reading or blogging time.

This slump I’m in is so bad because I have a book that I commited to review by the end of the month and even LOOKING at it makes me cringe… *sigh* I’ll have to try, though. Along with the other 2 books I’m currently reading.

SOMEBODY HELP ME OUT OF THIS READING SLUMP.
-Lilian-

Lock and Mori by Heather W. Petty

In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students—one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty—meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.

Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more…

FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.

FACT: Miss James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.

FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.

FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule—they must share every clue with each other—Mori is keeping secrets.

OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.

I won this book in a giveaway by the lovely magazine Justine. They sent me close to 15 books, this one included, and I was the happiest girl ever when I opened it!

This book started with a promising start, but by the middle of the book the mystery is solved and its filled with stupid decisions and two annoying love-sick kids.

I’ve never read a Sherlock book before (YET), so I can’t compare this to that. But, from various reviews I read about it on Goodreads, it doesn’t compare to the originals, and I believe that. This story was full of plot holes and boring scenes.

Okay, first, the whole Lock and Mori love was disgustingly boring. I also think it was unnecessary. Does society realize that not ALL good books need people to hook-up?

Second, the mystery was solved in the middle of the freaking book?! That annoyed me the most. It didn’t leave me wondering anymore because everything was figured out.

THE PLOT HOLES.

I mean, what about the heist crew? What happened there? What importance did Lock’s brother play and why did he just appear? Sadie Mae just like disappeared? And Watson? He was in like one scene.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good mystery. This just wasn’t.. a good mystery.

The Other Stuff:

This book did progress in profanity through the book. It started getting heavier and heavier. Plus, I remember one scene that involved a lot of profanity and guys saying inappropriate, sexual things to girls. Plus, if I remember correctly, it was hinted once that Lock/Mori (or both, I don’t remember) had slept with others, and it was hinted that they slept together, considering one morning she woke up and had to put Lock’s shirt on.

In the end, this book had more bad than good and I’ll probably pass on the sequel. I’ll also probably get rid of this book, soon, as I look for more shelf space.

-Lilian-

The Scorch Trials MOVIE REVIEW!

I know I am SUPER late on reviewing this. But I didn’t watch the movie until Friday, finally.

I was planning on seeing the movie in theaters, but then I read some reviews online that said the movie was close to being rated R and that it was way more intense then the first one, so I decided to wait until DVD, just in case the review was right.

Oh it was right.

I don’t regret waiting for DVD one bit. The movie was intense from the beginning. In one scene, I honestly couldn’t watch because of the freaky cranks, so I just looked down at my phone. Some parts felt like a horror movie. It was scary and intense and not child-friendly.

And what do a lot of people in movies do in intense scenes? They cuss. And, boy, was this movie filled with profanity. Me and my friend (whom I was watching the movie with) counted as many uses of certain words we could hear, and it was a lot. The ‘S’ word was used around 15 times (from what we heard, since it was mostly under-the-breath)  and the ‘B’ word was openly used at least 2 times. That’s not counting mixed uses of the ‘H’ and ‘D’ words that we didn’t bother counting. The middle finger was also used in one scene, and it was plainly shown. They didn’t try to hide it.

It is also not like the book at all. I feel like its very loosely based on the book. A few key moments are accurate, but the inaccurate scenes are much more prominent.

In the end, forgetting all those nasty scenes and the profanity, the movie was good and enjoyable. It was entertaining and I enjoyed it. But the profanity alone watered it down and made it fake and less enjoyable. The movie is the matures movie I’ve scene and its not for kids or even some young teens.

-Lilian-

She is not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

The feeling that coincidences give us tells us they mean something… But what? What do they mean?

 

LAURETH PEAK’S father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers – a skill at which she’s remarkably talented. When he goes missing while researching coincidence for a new book, Laureth and her younger brother fly from London to New York and must unravel a series of cryptic messages to find him. The complication: Laureth is blind. Reliant on her other senses and on her brother to survive, Laureth finds that rescuing her father will take all her skill at spotting the extraordinary, and sometimes dangerous, connections in a world full of darkness.

 

From acclaimed storyteller Marcus Sedgwick, She Is Not Invisible is a gripping contemporary thriller threaded with unsettling coincidence and a vivid and convincing portrayal of a young woman living without sight.

 

This book was a major cover buy for me. I saw the cover on Book Outlet while I was browsing through and I fell in love with it. So I soon placed an order including this book.

 

So I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy and dystopian books with heavy action and plot lines lately, and I really wanted a fun, short, light contemporary, so I could have a break from the heavy stuff. So, I picked this one up since it seemed to meet all my requirements. Boy, was I totally wrong.

 

I just have to say that this is one of the most confusing books I’ve ever read. I don’t even get the point of this book. I’m trying to grasp the concept of everything that was mentioned, but it’s just so different and random that I’m afraid I can’t get a hold of this books purpose.

 

I must say, the book was intriguing enough to get me to finish it all the way through, but it was a fairly small book. Plus, it was full of quotes that are perfect for your Instagram photo of the outdoors, when you want to sound artsy and philosophical.

 

But the book went all over the place and I was constantly confused as to where the author was leading the book and what he was trying to say.

 

But, again, I must give the author props because writing a book with a blind protagonist must have been tough. It was definitely an eye-opener (no pun intended) for me. I never really imagined what being blind would be like and the difficulties that come with it.

 

With all the confusion and drama that happened, you’d think, in the end, it would all tie together and have a big, mind-blowing ending, right?

 

Wrong.

 

The ending was short and abrupt, with no real meaning. It didn’t answer all my questions and it was bland. I was expecting more from this book. I was expecting answers and finality. But I guess my questions will forever be unanswered.

 

As for cleanliness, this book did have some swearing, especially towards the end of it. It had few uses until the end, which it then came with a couple uses per chapter. It had no inappropriate scenes. A few men in a bar made some rude comments, but nothing graphic.

 

-Lilian-

Messenger by Lois Lowry

Messenger is the masterful third novel in the Giver Quartet, which began with the dystopian bestseller The Giver, now a major motion picture.

Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Village once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.

After reading Gathering Blue (the second installment in the series), I had drastically lowered my standards. The previous book disappointed me too much, I just couldn’t get my hopes up.
I was proven wrong. Messenger, while still possessing some qualities I don’t particularly like, was better then I thought it would be. The ending totally surprised me beyond words.
I was glad to see a continuation on the story of Matty, who is a part in Gathering Blue. This story line is just so unpredictable and spontaneous, it works. I’m kinda at a loss to explain it.
I think the story line was a little lacking, but it really made up for it when it kept me hooked on every page. I finished this book in 24 hours, it was just that good.
I would totally recommend this book to anyone. You don’t even have to read the first two books to get this one, even though it may help you understand everything. Since I enjoyed this one, I will be ordering Son, the fourth and final book in the quartet, asap.