Book Review: Warm Bodies

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Title: Warm Bodies

Author: Isaac Marion

Rating: 5/5

R may have enjoyed eating flesh and brains, at some point of his zombie life, but comparing him to his other dead colleagues, he is different. He imagines and dreams. One event has changed his perception to his food and the main reason was Julie, a girl he met and chooses to save for some unknown reason. His decision to bring her with him might be a mistake but while they were together, an eerie relationship was built between the two. With their strange situation, it might be irrational but R’s emotional inclination was getting stronger and as time passes Julie’s change of perception towards R was also changing but their togetherness won’t be agreed upon by the people and zombies surrounding them.

After a moment of battle between reading the book and watching the movie first, my verdict was to watch the movie since I was too curious (and very very excited!) as to what the story is all about which in effect is a downside for me. My imaginative capacity cannot identify which is from the book and which is from the movie since it’s overlapping in my brain but watching the movie gives me the excitement of reading the book more.

The story was set in a post-zombie-apocalyptic phase and as expected, there are killings and brain-eatings in this novel. I don’t even know if a zombie apocalypse is possible but, from the advanced sciences, genetic mutations and experimentation undergone everyday, it’s not impossible to happen. I have questioned myself if I would be surviving a post-zombie-apocalypse and I’m betting that I wouldn’t. If I’ll be one of the characters or one of the casts in ‘The Walking Dead’ TV series, I’d totally be dead in the first episode of the first season and if I don’t die from a zombie bite, I’d probably die of a heart attack.

Isaac Marion has brilliantly written and uniquely elaborated his idea of an unusual interaction of a zombie and a human being as well as the idea of what really is lurking inside a zombie’s brain. My thoughts on the book were eccentric, unusual and captivating, from the story-line to the characters. The title itself has given me some excitement as to what the story was all about. As for the movie, of course, as expected, there were some few changes made by the producers and the directors to make it more appealing to the viewers but all in all, I would rate it 5/5 if you have no interest in basing it with the book while 4/5 comparing it with the book.

Book Review: Shift by Kim Curran

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Title: Shift

Author: Kim Curran

Rating: 4/5

From being an ordinary teenage guy, Scott Tyler’s fooling around results in the discovery of him being an extraordinary person when he met the mysterious and appealing Aubrey Jones. He found out he was a “shifter”. Shifting is the process of undoing any decisions made by the shifter and there are only specific people who can do it. Being a shifter was not as cool and as easy as he thinks since shifting has grave consequences. With this discovery, he tries to decide which way he will follow to unravel the truth.

Control and power. Aren’t those what most people are aiming to attain? Are you willing to change your future and take the consequences? Kim Curran impressively introduced the idea of future-changing-mind­-over-matter capacity of our brain to shift from one decision to another. The complexity of our brains has pushed the limits of our human minds the ideas and concepts of how to improve and magnify the idea of enhancements. Its complexity has intrigued us as to how God created it and its capacity to hold valuable information and work through impossibilities.

Confusion at the first pace but perception sets in. It is my first time to read a Kim Curran novel which was highly recommended by my friend Arra Abella. Her fascination to this novel left me curious and interested and I should mention that it was worth reading. As I start to devour its content, the complexity of the role of every character imparts a twist in the story and starts to change its course. It was completely entertaining and although it was action- thriller, I felt that the romance just slips in every now and then.

How does it happen? I don’t know but Curran made it happen. Impossible? Not to her. If time machine has been invented today, would you use it? If you can change your previous decision, would you? This novel introduced the unique sense of spirit in time travelling and I must say this novel made me interested with it. After reading it, my mind boggled over the decisions I’ve made for the past few years, which I doubted, which I felt I should’ve changed, which I think is wrong but relating it to the novel, I must say that I would totally indulge in the opportunity to change even just some bits and parts of my life.

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Day 7: Easy A

I don’t really know what’s with my obsession with the “Easy A” movie but I have watched it for like the nth time and I can even watch it every single day without vomiting. I mean, really! It was perfection! I bow down to the writers and the director of this movie and especially to Emma Stone who was able to portray perfectly the character of Olive Penderghast. And I will admit from the chosen music to the witty remarks it was totally alluring and entertaining. I love it. I love it. I love it. (A million times) And I totally pity the people who still haven’t watched it. Anyways, I have enlisted (in fact I watched it and rewind it again) my favorite lines and convos of the different characters and I have also inserted a trailer of the movie. If anyone who’s reading this still hasn’t watched it, please please please, I’m begging you, watch it!!! It was the best movie ever!

Favorite lines: 
 
If Google earth were a guy he couldn’t find me if I was dressed up in a ten story building.
 
George is not a sexy name. George is like what you name your teddy bear not the name you wanna scream when you’re in a climax.
 
Olive: I’m not that kinda girl
Rhi: Oh really! The kinda doesn’t or the kinda does it and doesn’t have the lady balls to tell her best friend
 
Mary Ann: Listen, I’m not the one that you have to answer to for your depraved behaviour. There’s a higher power that will judge for your indecency.
Olive: Tom Cruise?
 
Olive: You guys know that I was here all weekend right?
Mom: Yes, you were upstairs.
Dad: yeah
Olive: You would testify to that?
Mom: Yeah
Dad: I would take a bullet for you, you know that. Right between the eyes and I would slit my throat rather than say something to someone that you didn’t want me to say.
Olive: That’s not necessary dad, but that is comforting
Dad: That’s how I am. That’s how I roll. That’s how I do.
 
Remember how I told you Google Earth couldn’t find me if I was dressed up as a ten story building? Well the next day, it could find me if I was dressed in a crack on a sidewalk. That’s the beauty of being a girl in high school. People hear you had sex once and BAM you’re a bimbo. I really didn’t mean for the light to put me in the map but I gotta admit I kinda like being in a map.
 
Nina: Perhaps you should embroider a red A on your wardrobe you abominable tramp.
Olive: Perhaps you should get a wardrobe you abominable twat!
 
Mary Ann: Seems as if someone’s on a downward spiral.
Olive: Seems as if someone’s practicing the mundane activity should be settle with the rest of our pathetic life
Mary Anne: I just hope for your sake you at least had the good sense to use protection
Olive: Why? Your parents didn’t.
Mary Ann: You’re going to hell
Olive: Just as long as you won’t be there.
Mary Ann: I can assure you, I won’t.
 
Olive: I got sent to the principal today.
Mom: Did you win a medal or something?
Olive: Not exactly. I used inappropriate language in English class. Although we’re reading a book that I personally deemed wildly inappropriate for our age group…
Mom: What did you say?
Olive: Let’s just say it was inappropriate word.
Dad: What did it start with?
Olive: A snide comment from a snotty girl in our class.
Dad: No. I mean what letter did it start with?
Olive: Oh, T.
Dad and Mom: Oh T.. T. T. T. T. T. T.
 
Brandon: Hi. Is there an Olive here?
Mom: There’s a whole jar of them in the fridge.
Brandon: Sorry. I must’ve the wrong address.
Mom: Oh just kidding com’on in. Any friend of Olive’s is a friend of our daughter. Olive sweety, there’s a young man here to see you. He said something about asking for your hand in marriage.
Olive: Oh, happy day, Momma! Oh I thought I was gonna have to spend my diary on booze and pills tonight on loneliness….
Dad: What’s that?
Mom: Olive has a boy in her room.
Dad: A boy?
Mom: A boy.
Dad: Wow. A boy?
Mom: A boy.
Dad: A boy?
Mom: A boy.
Dad: Wow.
 
Olive: I hope you don’t mind but we had a few pre-cocktail party cocktails like before the cocktail parties with cocktails.
Melody Bosticks: Mhm.
Olive: Listen, here’s the sitch Melody Bostick. Brandon was just in the middle of telling me really funny thing which is really funny and I was wondering if umm.. there’s like a room we could go where he could finish telling me that thing that’s funny if you know what I mean.
 
Brandon: What are you doing?
Olive: Relax! Jesus, what is with you gays? Are you, are you really that repulsed by lady parts? What do you think I have down there? A gnome?
 
Brandon: Did you smell that?
Olive: Ew. Ew. Ew..
Brandon: What does it suppose to smell?
Olive: I don’t know but if it does you’re not suppose to comment on it.
Brandon: It doesn’t really smell that bad.
 
Mom: That boy from yesterday just dropped this off for you.
Olive: Well put it in the pile of gifts from my other suitors.
 
Olive: Hey Hanson.
Hanson: Hey.
Olive: I just realized the funniest thing my name is an anagram for “I love”.
Hanson: What’s uhh.. What’s an anagram?
Olive: Look it up big boy.
 
Olive to Rhi: What’s your problem?
Rhi: You really wanna know my problem is?
Olive: No… That’s a rhetorical question. I don’t wanna know anything from you.
Rhi: We’re not friends anymore.
Olive: Oh.
Rhi: We are officially over.
Olive: Oh rat.
Rhi: Hey I want my juicy swasher back.
Olive: Oooooohh.. Buuuuurrrnnn…
 
Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boom box outside my window. I wanna ride off a lawn mower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air cause he knows he got me just once I want my life to be like an 80s movie, preferably, one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason….
 
Mr. Griffith: I’m making spaghetti.
Mrs. Griffith: That’s great.
Mr. Griffith: With meat.
Mrs. Griffith: Enjoy eating your meat.
Mr. Griffith: And balls.
Mrs. Griffith: Enjoy eating your balls.
 
 

Book/Movie Review: Flipped

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Title: Flipped

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen

Date Published: October 1, 2001

Rating: 5/5

If I’ve known that this movie has a book, I would’ve read it first before watching it. As I was searching in our hard drive media player for something to watch, out of boredom, my curiosity kicked in. I never had any idea what the movie is all about so I didn’t expect anything from it. I never expected that I would enjoy it. It doesn’t matter if you read the book first or watch the movie first since it’s pretty much the same (mostly). After I watched the movie, I immediately searched for the book and that’s the impact of a good story to a bookworm who is a child at heart.

Wendelin Van Draanen has embodied the different perception of a boy and a girl toward each other’s actions and words. The story is about the evolution of a childhood misunderstanding and ironically the development of the relationship between Julianna Baker and Bryce Loski. It was separately recounted in the views of both the protagonists and although Juli and Bryce are pre-teens, she demonstrated the representation of every girl’s feelings to a boy and vice versa. The differences and the complication of the interaction of these two species were explicitly expressed even in their early years. Their families were also involved with their dealings and thus have highly influenced their perspective between each other, especially the Loski family.

This novel is suitable to all ages and I believe that her aims of audiences are the children and young adults, but anyone who is a child at heart would totally enjoy this novel. Every chapter made me laugh too much and through-out the moment I was reading this, it always makes my day.

I think that this book, as well as, the movie deserves more credit. Although I should say that the production of the movie is not extravagantly made compared with the other Rom-Com movies, I believe that although the story-line is light and simple, it is very entertaining and family oriented. It’s not as complicated as to the other stories we watch or encounter since it’s a simple story which would make every reader and viewer smile, laugh and giggle every once in a while and recap your childhood all over again.

ARC Review: Phoenix Island

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Title: Phoenix Island

Author: John Dixon

Publishing Date: January 21, 2014

Rating: 4.5/5

The history of Carl Freeman was heartbreaking but as he punched through his life trying to defend every person hurt or bullied, along the way, he was sentenced to Phoenix Island and from then on was his turning point to changing his destiny but as he goes along, deaths were starting to arise and he found out that the island is turning orphans into soldier killers.

My first approved ARC read! Yes! I am so happy and incredibly grateful to be approved to read this novel which is jam-packed with action and unpredictable events that will make you emotionally attached and increasingly interested with the characters.

Every author has his/ her own style of writing and in my opinion; John Dixon’s style is unique and incomparable. He has intelligently exemplified the portrayal of a military setting and his ideas of it were exceptionally amazing. Phoenix Island as his debut novel, and should I mention that it will be the basis of the new CBS TV show Intelligence, is definitely not bad at all.

The first few chapters got me lost but I eventually found my way back since this was way different from the previous novels I’ve been reading. It is my very first time to read a novel about boot camps and military setups with a serious note and these new stunts and grunts I have read are amusing me. It was incredibly entertaining and definitely a page turner. In addition to that, there were no dull moments considering that it has to do with military concepts. I am no new to boot camps but setting it as a theme of a novel is a different matter. The hint of emotional attraction inside those barracks never failed to make me smile and in my opinion, adding it up, spiced up the story. There were times that I can’t comprehend if I’m going to continue reading or just stop because of its poignancy. I was too immersed with the story and too attached with the characters that I’m feeling too emotional about it and I can’t push through. I enjoyed this novel too much. 🙂

365 Days of Whateverness

Dear All,

Happy December and Christmas is just around the corner! 😀 😀 😀

I’m hoping that the blogosphere hasn’t erased me in its memory. A lot has happened over the months and I wanna punish myself for being a lazy brat! Since I’ve been gone for months and have lost my job just recently, I want to devote myself in creating something out of my ordinary life thus; since I was inspired to my friend, Arra Abella, who is making a daily post despite her busyness especially nowadays, I am going to make my 365 DAYS OF WHATEVERNESS starting today.

The aim of this challenge is for self-improvement especially in blogging, generating great ideas and sharing events and experiences to every one who cares to read my blog. I’m not pushing but just saying. 🙂 Anyway, I would be posting anything which makes me smile, laugh, cry or whichever my heart desires to share. Just a warning, it might contain, book reviews (since I love reading books but sucks at writing so I better just read), some random pictures and some ideas which just pops my head especially before I sleep.

I know it will not be easy but I will try my best to conform and post everyday the updates and moments happening in my life. I’ve been planning to do this since a couple of months ago but since I’m the best procrastinator on earth I have been ditching the idea many times but after some realizations, I am willing to make a change… for the better and I’m hoping you’ll be joining my journey to improvement and dedication to this project. I hope I can make it. Wish me luck!

Love,

Marion

Undecided

“Sometimes, Gin, life leaves you without directions, without guideposts or signs. When this happens, you just have to pick a direction and run like hell.” – Aunt Peg, The 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

I love this quote from the novel I’m recently reading. I’m also undecided of what I wanna do with life because there are so much things I wanna do and what I want to be. It’s very confusing which is which but the bottom part of it all is I wanna explore more of the world and life.