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Movie Review-Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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So I just wanted to add my SPOILER-FREE thoughts about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While there has been a wide variety of thought and feelings expressed about this movie, I thought I’d add my opinion to the mix to let you decide if watching this movie would be something for you.

Easily one of the most hyped movies of the year, The Last Jedi has its shortcomings, but makes up for it with an amazingly strong final performance of Carrie Fisher’s “Princess Leia”. One of the strongest points in the film, Leia finally accomplishes something that contributes to the film as a whole, unlike a large portion of JJ Abrams’ Force Awakens.  She is depicted as a leader of the resistance, and every scene she appears in, her character automatically makes it better.

Another one of my favorite things about The Last Jedi was that we got to explore deeper into the mind of Kylo Ren/Ben Solo and finally get to dig deeper into that raw conflicted emotion we were introduced to in The Force Awakens. Personally, Kylo Ren’s story arc in this movie is one of my favorites in the Star Wars universe. It’s fresh, and it’s realistic. No one is just good or just bad, it adds layers to the character, and it’s really interesting to see a conflicted villain.

In my opinion, director Rian Johnson did an incredible job with the work that he created. He not only contributed to existing characters and locations but also established and created TONS and TONS of characters. This movie is filled to the BRIM with worldbuilding. You get to visit many new locations, and it really pays off in showcasing many beautiful places we’ve never gotten to experience yet.

The beautiful part about this film is that it is not afraid to take risks, something that I think it partially adding to conflicted reviews currently trending in the media. With new ideas being presented in the film changing the course of the whole series forever, some people may resent, but I personally think that this is a step closer to victory. Ultimately,  if Star Wars wants to continue to be as massive and as popular as it is, they need to constantly re-invent themselves and present new material in order to make people WANT to come back not knowing what to expect next.

Grade Rating: -A

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BOOK REVIEW- Ready Player One by: Ernest Cline

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After finishing Ready Player One late last night, I couldn’t wait and I had to post my review ASAP.  Enjoy!

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

 

Going into this book, I didn’t have very high expectations. It was one of those books that you have on your TBR just because everyone else also had it on your TBR. The turning point in getting me to pick up this one was that the first trailer for Ready Player One came out a week ago, and I was really intrigued. Intrigued enough that I looked at over 3 libraries that day and was lucky enough to find it. Here I am, two days later, finished, and astounded.

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!

As soon as I read the first chapter, I was immediately captivated by this world, and knew that this was going to be one of my favorites of the year!

Much of the book is centered on fandom and popular culture. Just like the main character is on the hunt for Halliday’s Easter egg, we as a reader can also find little hints and nods to different pieces of movies and books on almost every page. Star Wars. Star Trek. Rubik’s Cubes, Pac Man, Dungeons and Dragons, LOTR, all wrapped in one with nice references and nods to all types of art.

Another reason I ADORED this novel was mainly the plot. While I wasn’t a big fan of the side characters, the plot continued to entice and always impressed me. I mean, hello, a virtual reality easter egg hunt with trillions of dollars on the line? Who wouldn’t want to read something like that? Just when I thought the book couldn’t get better, it would constantly raise the bar and continue to impress.

After finishing I instantly knew that this would be one of my top favorite science fiction reads of all time. Much like Harry Potter and the worldbuilding associated with it, It excelled ln making you want to be in the world with the characters. Although the books are entirely different and should never be compared, I feel it’s the only, and best way to describe the worldbuilding associated with it. (If I had better words for it, I’d use them)

Overall, there was NOTHING wrong with this book. Although I wish that we would’ve had better character arc’s for our supporting characters, I feel that everything else was perfect. The ending was beautiful, and I felt super satisfied with the way that this amazing author ended this amazing story.

 

Overall Reaction: 

Grade: A

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-Jared

Movie Review-Inception (2010)

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Wanted to try something new this time so I thought I’d try to start to incorporate all forms of media and entertainment to this blog. Big changes are in store, and I’m so excited to continue with you all and talk about all forms of entertainment. Until then, stay tuned, I’ll be sure to let you guys know in the coming weeks

Inception is directed by Christopher Nolan; Director of The Dark Knight Saga, and the new World War 2 movie, Dunkirk. After watching the Dark Knight Trilogy I went into the movie with very high expectations and was not disappointed at all.

For those who don’t know, Inception is set in the future and follows actor Leonardo Dicaprio as he assembles a group to go into the mind of a businessman, and steal his secrets.  As we follow the group on there quest to steal the memories, we start to learn more about what drives the group to do what they do, and it ends up resulting in a very complex masterpiece.

Easily one of the most controversial parts of the movie; the plot was both, amazing, beautiful, and could possibly be confusing to mainstream movie-goers.  This movie is one that you WILL get lost in if you don’t pay attention. If you choose to even look at your phone for a quarter of a second you will be lost. There are also so many crucial elements to the plot that even looking away for a second will easily make the movie less meaningful.

Another thing that made this movie great was the effects and the action. It all just felt so natural and fluid. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, either by amusement or by anticipation of the end.

Speaking of the end, I have to say that it was in my top 5 favorite movies of all time. It wrapped everything up perfectly, I feel like in almost all of Christopher Nolan’s movies, he always makes the end very simple and profound. It’s a very deep thinker movie, so if you’re not into that type of thing, I would recommend finding somebody who does understand it and watch it with them.

Overall, I thought this movie was a very good one, and I HIGHLY recommend seeing it. While the plot may be a bit complex, what you get out of the movie by the end makes you look at things a bit different. I don’t know about you, but if a movie makes me look at things differently, I consider it a win in my book.

GRADE RATING: A

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REVIEW-Michael Vey: The Final Spark by: Richard Paul Evans

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I’m BACK! Today I just finished a book, and I felt obligated to talk about it!

For those who don’t know, way back when I was at the beginning of my reading ages I felt inclined to pick up Michael Vey and the Prisoner of Cell 25.  It helped MAJORLY in getting my feet off the ground, and made me want to talk about books! Through the past couple years as I’ve grown up I’ve been reading these with my Grandpa and it’s become a tradition to read the next Michael Vey book each year, but now, it’s finished. While I was not a fan of this last book, I do have to say that the series as a whole is AMAZINGLY well done, and I would highly recommend you check this out if you’re into some light Science fiction.

The Electroclan is facing a devastating loss: Michael is missing. What’s next?

The battle on the island of Hades ended with a devastating explosion that left the island a smoking ruin and much of Hatch’s army dead. Hatch survived, however, and while his plans have certainly suffered a setback, he’s more determined than ever to bring the world’s governments under his control. But first, he wants to wipe out the resistance and capture the remaining members of the Electroclan.

As Hatch’s forces storm into action, it seems nothing can stand in their way. The Electroclan is divided. The voice is captured, and Michael’s mother is being used as bait to lure the leader of the resistance out of hiding. Can anything—or anyone—stop the Elgen? Or is this the end?

I have to say, coming back into this world, getting back into the minds of these wonderful characters, it was refreshing and amazing. As soon as I started the first page I instantly found myself engaged in their success than in any other book from before.

One of the things I found that surprised me was the lack of the main character in the whole book. Instead, we followed the Tuvaluan Rebellion. It was a very interesting spin for a Michael Vey book, and I found myself pleasantly enjoying each and every second pertaining to it. I just loved how it showed how important everything was, and that Michael Vey and all of his friends played a HUGE part in their lives. Over the course of the other books you don’t really get to see the effects of what they’ve done, and in this book, you get to see EXACTLY what happens after the big battle in the last book.

While there were some great moments in this book, the majority of the book was not as nearly as good as the others. In the book, the MC Michael is all but absent for a large majority of the book.  By the time we actually see him roll around we really get no description or explanation and it’s actually pretty annoying. For me, I would’ve thought that if you name your book after the main character, it’s sort of important that he plays a big roll in the story. Thoughts? Or is it just me?

Another thing I disliked, (with the exception of 4 chapters) was the absence of all of the electric children. We spend 6 books building up to this point, we learn about their abilities, their motivations, their frustrations, and then all of that it tossed out of the window and ignored completely.  The most annoying this is that then, even after all this, the author chooses the two non-electric children as the central focus of the book. Out of at least a dozen of choices, he chooses them.

The book felt rushed, and we really had little to no character interaction between the electric children and the two non-electric children.  At this point in the series, I personally believe Richard (the author) was done writing Michael Vey books and he rushed the process to finish the series. In my opinion, he should have broken this last book into two, giving more time for the characters to progress, build up the momentum, and give more time for the story to progress.

Overall, this book was just okay. While I would recommend you give it a try, don’t go into it expecting all of your hopes and dreams for the series to come true. It was rushed, and too slow for my taste.

STAR RATING:

3/5

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Review-Winter by: Marissa Meyer

cooltext133089402245467 Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

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cooltext133089343094800 Okay did anyone else think they wouldn’t like this book a lot because of the little snippet and the end of Cress? I for sure did but I ended up being really surprised at how good this book ended! I love this series so much,  Words cannot describe my love for it! I actually did a review for the first book Cinder (I’ll link that below) DISCLAIMER: Cinder was my first ever review, and it sucked so if you would like to just go straight to Goodreads I would prefer you do that. But if you’re in a laughing mood go right on ahead! Anyway back to the review. I ended up loving this book way more than I was anticipating! I loved that as you were reading through the book you’d be coming up with theories for the end, and then a huge plot twist would come and destroy all of them! For those who have not read the series I’d pitch it to you as Fantasy + Terminator + Star Wars.

cooltext133089378843909Well I have to admit that sometimes I’d  just keep on thinking when does it end, but then a plot twist would come and would make this book amazing again!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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May Book Haul 2016!

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So today I wanted to do my long-awaited Book Haul in which I show you guys the books I’ve accumulated from the past few months. Well without further ado let’s dive in and start with the books!

The First book I received for my birthday way back in March was the Harry Potter Coloring Book! It’s so amazing, and the pictures in the book make me almost not want to color it, almost.
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On the Right is a picture of one of the Drawings, doesn’t it look so pretty?
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Next I want to share with you about an event I’ve attended the last two years, I went to Free Comic Book Day 2016! Basically every year on the first Saturday in May they have a thing called Free Comic Book Day! You just go to freecomicbookday.com and go to the store locator to find a store near you. For more info about Free Comic book day go to Freecomicbookday.com or you could read my horrible description of it, if so read on. Basically this is the time where Comic Book People set aside certain comics and from big companies like Marvel, Dark Horse, Dc etc. print free stories of comics for free of the taking no strings attached. Well let’s get to it, this is what I got this year!

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From Left to right,

Dream Jumper, Doctor Who, Serenity Firefly Class, and Archie #1.

Next in my book haul our the remainder of the books.

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Going from left to right we have.

Mistborn by: Brandon Sanderson, highly suggest this, it’s my favorite read so far this year!

Cress by: Marissa Meyer, this is part of a series of Fairy Tail re-tellings but Sci-Fi. I would compare 16this series with Fairy Tails meet Star Wars!

Finally we have Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians:The Knights of Crystallia, book three in the Alcatraz series. I did reviews for the first book and I’ll link that below. It’s basically people with magic glasses, mixed with weirdness. But a good weird if you know what I mean.

Review: Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians: The Knights of Crystallia

Well Thank’s for reading this post and learning about what I’ve collected recently as always I’d like to mention I’m starting a schedule of every Friday and Wednesday. So stay tuned for that, anyways thanks for reading this post, thanks for subscribing, and read on!

-Jared

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CLOSED-Review+ Giveaway The Fire of Invention by: J. Scott Savage

Age: 10-13

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cooltext133089402245467 13-Year old Trenton Coleman lives in what most people would say is a total nightmare. in the cove, (A city that has sealed itself in a mountain) Creativity is bad, and Invention is a swear word. Life is always normal. the government has a strict set of rules for making or building something. It has to be approved and it can’t be new. Until one day Trenton bends the rules to impress a girl named Simoni The government catches him and says he has 2 options. First he be sent to re-Training (Which most people don’t ever act the same when they finish it) Or to go inside one of the coal machines to grab a piece that was messing up the electricity in the Cove. We then follow Trenton as he chose to go inside the machine. He ends up finding a clue to something, Something not approved by the Government. but everything goes downhill from there, Then we meet Kallisa Babbage. the daughter of a “crazy” inventor (oops I swore (;  ) Kallisa’s father, Leo was tampering with a water heater (which is not approved) By the way and made it explode killing everyone in the building. Kallista believe’s that the clue Trenton found was left for her and she needs to continue to find the rest of the clues her father has left behind for her. They then partner up to find all the clues Leo Babbage has left. Did I forget to mention that at almost every clue there was spare parts. But what exactly do they make? Is Leo Babbage really crazy? Is everything what It seems to be? Find out in The Fire of Invention by: J. Scott Savage.

cooltext133089303484155I really liked the characters in this book. My favorite character has got to be Trenton (Main character) Right off the bat you can tell Trenton isn’t someone who follows rules. His personality was just so realistic and human. At the beginning of the book he was a shy/confident guy  what I mean by that is that he was shy on the social side of things but confident in his machines. But by the end of the book he was confident!

cooltext133089343094800 In short, everything!

In long: I loved the story line! The plot was just so rich and the story left you wanting more! This world is just so interesting! I just loved this story! Notice I’m doing a lot of !’s But seriously it was great!, No swearing! (Which is always good in a children’s book)  I’ve never read anything by Savage but now I can see I totally missed out! I seriously read this book in two sittings. Right of the bat Savage just captivates the audience into this irregular world that leaves you hungry for more. I just can’t begin to describe this book, it’s just plain amazing! I am so excited for everyone to read this! If you have a 10-13 year old that likes fantasy this is the book for you! So if you do get it ASAP! This is a must read!

cooltext133089378843909I have to wait for the next book NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Rating: 5/5 Stars!!!’

 

 

 

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I have been lucky enough to be able to be sponsored by Shadow Mountain publishing to giveaway one copy of Mysteries of the Cove: Fires of Invention! You must be 13 years old or have a parents approval before entering this giveaway. May the odds ever be in your favor…

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2nd: Write a comment on this post 

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And know that this is US only I’m sorry I just don’t have the money…  but know that I might try to do one in the future..

If you’ve done this than your in… All you have to do is be able to provide me your address and you will get the book ASAP

 

SYNOPSIS:

Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and “invention” is a curse word.

Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion—an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.

Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlikely anything they’ve ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on—and quite possibly their very lives.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Scott Savage is the author of the Farworld middle grade fantasy series and the Case File 13 middle grade monster series. He has been writing and publishing books for over ten years. He has visited over 400 elementary schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and lives with his wife Jennifer and their Border Collie, Pepper, in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains.

 

Game On: An Alien and Space Adventure by: R.E. Rowe

# of pages:  281

Suggested Age: 10-12

Author: R.E. Rowe

Source: ARC/NetGalley

Summary: Jayden Banks was an average 13 year old. That is until his friend’s sister Nora gets kidnapped and he and his friend stumble upon a secret Alien War! Jayden must lead a rebellion of kids to overthrow the evil alien king, Nuk’ana.

Charecters: Well my favorite charecter in this book has got to be Nora. She is the sister of the main charecters friend. This book is very centered on space. (If you couldn’t tell by the title) Nora is a super smart girl. so smart she was taught by an MIT student that had a PHD in Astro Physics  Nora is one of those girls who isn’t a complete nerd but knows a heck a lot about tech!

What I Liked: Well to start of with this I really like the idea for this story. The Imagery was just so vivid! I loved the plot twists! I would highly recommend this to someone who’s kid has his face glued to a tablet! It’s video games in a book! What More could a kid and parent want?

What I didn’t like: Well first off R.E. rowe I think explained the tech overboard. Sometimes I had to check my phone to see what  some of the things were. One example of this is parsecs. This book is classified as children’s fiction. What 10 year old would know what parsecs are? I don’t even know what they are. So unless your an  Astrophysist (In which I doubt most 10 year olds are) I would suggest to include a simpilar term. I also would like some different view points but overall this was an okay book.

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Rating: 3.5/5

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Cinder by: Marissa Meyer

This is basically a sci-fi version of the cinderella story that we all know. Where society looks down upon Androids and basically anything mechanical.

There is a strange plague called letumosis that is basically a sci-fi futuristic version of Ebola. Everyone who develops signs of the plague are shipped away by society to basically just go and die there because there is no cure. Oh and did I forget to mention there are people on the moon called The Lunars that have strange powers and don’t develop the plague. Meanwhile on earth 16-year old Cinder is 36% cyborg and is adopted by some random lady named Adri. It basically follows the same plot of the cinderella story but with a twist. One of the sister’s Peony develops the plague and is unfortunately the nice one in the family. She is shipped away and the one thing on Cinder’s mind is to find a cure for Peony and for the human race.

Will Cinder find the cure In time? Will she realize her true path and overcome what people say about Androids. Find out in amazing journey that leaves you breathless and waiting for more!

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