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Before I Fall ~ Lauren Oliver : Book Review // Excitement for movie (released on March 3, 17)

Summary: 

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Review:

Rating: 4 stars

Things I liked:

• The ending. Although the whole story reminded me of other books, the ending was unique and I love the moral.

• Character development. In retrospect, the whole point of the story was character development, and it was beautifully carried out.

• Kent. I was wayyyy more obsessed with this character than I was supposed to be. He was so unique, and so unlike other characters in YA novels.

• The literary references. Like how Sam uses her English class knowledge (page 44, last two lines, for those who have read the book). Also the Biblical allusions, which I missed in the beginning, but it all suddenly clicked near the ending.

• The writing style. It’s very poetic, and I love the basis on which the book has been divided.

Things I didn’t like: 

• It was kind of repetitive. I know that was necessary for the plot, but still.

• I wish this book wasn’t created along the lines of so many other YA novels. So many parts reminded me of If I Stay and Paper Towns. It was like John Green, David Levithan, Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven had a conference and cooked up the idea.

Overall

I am very excited to watch the movie. It looks much better than I imagined. Here’s the trailer if you still haven’t watched it:

https://youtu.be/f5hIJsdIQCc
This book is worth reading if you want a YA novel with a twist and a moral.

~ Sreepurna

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Lose Me – M.C. Frank : Review // Did you just say “Darcy, who?” 

Summary:

LOSE ME. by M. C. Frank is a YA/NA novel about acting, kissing, dying and redemption.

Weston Spencer is an English actor, the new social media darling. Just fresh from finishing his hit TV show, THE WATER WARS, the one that made girls all over the planet scream for a glimpse of his dirty-blond hair and emerald eyes, he wants to turn to more serious projects. This fall he is filming FIRST SENTENCES, a modern Pride and Prejudice adaptation, in the picturesque Greek island of Corfu. When not filming, he’s planning to spend his free time with his best friend, Ollie, on his yacht, the L&H. But on the day before shooting starts, a girl almost drowns right in front of his eyes. 

Her name is Ari Demos and she’s a half Greek, kick-ass stunt girl, with a dark secret no one knows -she’s even trying to deny it herself.

Wes dismisses her as too unimportant when he first meets her, but…. but. Turns out she isn’t unimportant. In fact, quite the opposite.

Review:

Rating: 4.5 stars

This book hit me like a truck. My poor heart is still healing from the after-effects. 

First of all, let me tell you a little spoiler-free background of the characters. Wes Spencer is the new love of my life. Umm, he reads. Yes people, our hero READS. You need anything else? No? I figured. As for Ari Demos, half-Greek stunt girl, in the beginning of the book, I thought I wouldn’t relate to her at all. But I had to change my mind later. I usually don’t spend much time thinking about side characters, but Ollie (Weston’s best friend) was another character I absolutely adored. Katia, Ari’s best friend, had a small part in the book, but I have eerie similarities with that character.

M. C Frank’s writing style. Never in my life will I stop admiring it, or grow tired of appreciating it. Even in such an intense book, there were some really funny or sarcastic parts in the narrative, which made the book all the more enjoyable. I loved that there were parts in the story which were told through text messages, journal entries, news articles and Tumblr posts. It added the contemporary feel to the story. There were so many book references, and not only Pride and Prejudice ones. 

There were parts where I felt like the story was going down a predictable road, but ultimately it didn’t. There were so many twists I did not expect. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book. That doesn’t mean it did not shatter my heart. All I can say without giving away anything, is that all the emotions in the book were so very realistically portrayed. I did not expect the story to affect me and teach me as much as it did. It brought back memories I don’t like to remember but, well, quoting the book, “I wouldn’t change anything. Not even the pain”. 🙈

The setting for most part of the story is Corfu, and that added in a plus factor for me, because I have always been curious about this island ever since I read My Family And Other Animals. *sheepish smile* 

All in all, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a quality YA contemporary romance. I am completely in love with the story, and I hope you all love it as much as I did!

Preorder it on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01MZD6PIO/ref=dbs_a_w_dp_b01mzd6pio
~ Sreepurna.
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Top 25 Celebrity Crushes

Tired of seeing my top 25 lists? Sorry, I can’t help it! I can get really obsessed with stuff sometimes (remember the book tag obsession? ). So, please, be patient with me.. 😛

25. Jake Abel as Luke Castellan

I haven’t even seen the Percy Jackson movies, but a friend (thanks, Madhu! ) told me to check out this guy….. And God, I swear, he’s definitely top-25-worthy.. And it kind of helped that I had (mistakenly) fallen for Luke in the first book of Percy Jackson. 😛 Its a pity he turned out to be a villain.. 😦

24. Lucas till from You Belong With Me music video

I love the song and oh my god he’s so cute I want that same kinda story and I can’t stop re-watching the video again and again and again…

23. Josh Hutcherson (as anything but Peeta)

I don’t like him so much as Peeta. But how can we forget that cute awesome guy in Little Manhattan??

22. Adam Levine (Err, Maroon 5 singer?? )

And his voice!! Who has that kind of range?? Have you seen him in the video for Sugar??

21. Channing Tatum

Well, duh…

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20. Dylan and Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life Of Zach And Cody)

I love both of them!! 😛

But Zach looks so much better now… ❤

19. Jamie Dornan

This is a recent crush, after watching the video of Love Me Like you Do. Although he is still not my dream cast for Christian Grey.

What a beautifu Man- Jamie Dornan- Fifty shades of grey

18. Alex Pettyfer

Me after watching I am number four..

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17. Simon Woods

Pride And Prejudice?? Charles Bingley? I actually liked him more than Darcy..

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16. Ansel Elgort

Caleb, Augustus… Whatever- you’re awesome Ansel..

https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/anselelgort.jpg?w=267&h=178

15. Shahid Kapoor

Indian actor.. Isn’t he cute??

14. Pepe Toth

Discovered him on the book cover of Obsidian.. Simply put- I couldn’t tear my eyes off him..

13. Vivian D’Sena

Serial actor in homeground India… One of my first celebrity crushes..

Vivian Dsena ♥

12. Robert Pattinson only and ONLY as Cedric Diggory

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Did I mention ONLY as Cedric Diggory??

11. Sterling Knight

Childhood crush.. ❤

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I’m sooo “Starstruck”…

10. Alexander Ludwig

What was I doing?? Oh, ya, need to continue with my post.. Uggh, Alexander Ludwig- you and your eyes…

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How I wanted him as Peeta.. *sigh*

9. Steven R Mcqueen

My cast for Four from Divergent!!!

8. Taylor Lautner

I have loved you for a thousand years, and I’ll love you for a thousand more…

um, can you spell Y U M M Y <3

7. Johnny Depp

No explanations needed..

6. Tom Cruise

Did you just see his picture??

5. Wade Poezyn

My cast for Patch from Hush, Hush…

4. Christiano Ronaldo

I’m swooning….

He makes football so much more interesting…

3. Logan Lerman

Ah well..

Logan Lerman☺❤♥♥♥♥♥

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA<----- this is literally me

Haha.. That’s me..

2. Shah Rukh Khan

*Whitney Houston voice* I will always love you…

He’s old enough to be my Dad but…

He’s SRK, sooo, you can’t blame me.. And if I wasn’t so lazy I’d have typed a 1000 more words on him, but…

SRK. Shah Rukh Khan.....blessed indeed

Just look at his smile..

He's old enough to be my dad, but in his younger days... whoa.  I can see why SRK was one of India's top picks for film.

1. Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder...what a gorgeous human being.

I exist because of him.. ❤ He’s sooo awesome. Look at eyes.  Look at his smile. Have you seen him smirk?? Okay, that’s enough, Sripurna.

Any additions? Because I did this list in a hurry!!

And before I swoon over my computer table…

😀 I’m sooo obsessed..

The Book to Movie Adaptation Quote Tag

So this is called obsession, guys. As you can see I’ve found yet another tag, this time at Read.Run.Study aaaaand I decided to do it! Have a look..

quotetag1

Which author would you read anything, and I mean anything, from?

Colleen Hoover. I’m sure even her grocery lists must be interesting.

quotetag2

Name a character you just want to punch in the face.

Caleb Prior from Allegiant. You all know why… No offense to Ansel Elgort, by the way- I’ll always love you..

quotetag3

Which character from absolutely any book would you volunteer for if our world was anything like the Hunger Games?

Ivan Elbisivni from If You could See Me Now, and Patch from Hush, Hush.. Oh, and Finn from Switched. And Cedric Diggory :-(… Can’t let anything happen to these people.. *shakes head*

quotetag4

Which scary book kept you up all night?

*waking up from a Four haze* Oh, yes the question.. Ummm, I don’t really read horror stuff but Gone Girl still keeps me up with scary thoughts and I keep suspecting everyone in my life 😛 I’m not AT ALL Dauntless..

https://stancarey.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/gillian-flynn-gone-girl-book-cover.jpg?w=640

(yes, again)..

quotetag5

Which character’s journey are you willing to take?’ 

*wiping tears after remembering Walk To Remember*

Anyways, I’d love to be Anna from

https://i0.wp.com/www.stephanieperkins.com/images/AnnaFrenchKissSmall.jpg

Because I’m smart.. No one said the journey has to be difficult or Katniss-like.. Huh, and Etienne is so much better than any other hero.. (I am sooo confused between book boyfriends)..

quotetag7

Which character do you hate but love?

I haven’t watched/read Ender’s Game, but anyways…

I can’t believe I’m admitting this buuut.. Christian Grey… No, I really hate him.. But why does he say those dialogues??? What is wrong with me??

And yes, I haven’t accepted Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey..

quotetag8

Name a book that you lent out and it’s been awhile since you’ve seen it, and you would gladly take it back.

I lent out The Year I met You by Cecelia Ahern a few days back, but I want it back.. 😦

quotetag9

Which book helped you get through tough times?

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Some quotes of this book are…. *sigh*

quotetag10

Which character would you stand by with in a war till the very end?

That would be Percy Jackson.. 😀 I’d probably enjoy standing by him in a war!!

quotetag11

Which character would you give Minny’s pie to?

Loved this movie, and LOVED this line!

I haven’t read or watched Twilight, but I know the basic storyline, and I HATE Bella… And Kristen Stewart made it no better.. And I can’t believe I’m wasting this wonderful line on BELLA…

and this is soooo true..

https://thenormanomicon.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/twi.png?w=640

No offense guys, I meant the extreme cases…

🙂

Grave Of The Fireflies: Movie Review

I’m not a movie buff. In fact, I watch VERY few movies. But recently I had a lot of free time and a friend had suggested Grave of The Firefiles a long time back.And I’m so glad I watched it, while at the same time I feel like killing my friend for recommending it. (You get the feeling, right?)

Grave Of The Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli..In the latter part of World War II, Seita and his sister Setsuko, orphaned when their mother is killed in the firebombing of Tokyo, are left to survive on their own in what remains of civilian life in Japan. The unfortunate siblings do their best to survive in the Japanese countryside, battling hunger, prejudice, and pride in their own quiet, personal battle.

When I first read the summary of the movie, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. But man- I’m totally blown away. The story- I think it is needless to say that I loved it. Setsuko is, without doubt, the cutest kid EVER!!

Well, I’m dying to recommend it to someone. In fact, I’m so desperate to share my feelings that I actually forced my parents to sit and watch the movie today.. -_-

                                              XO

Sripurna.

P.S.- Thanks, Mrin-la- but dont blame me if I send you a missile all the way from here.