Monday, 29 April 2019

Month in Review: April

This girl is done school and is ready than ever for summer! 2nd year... well it wasn't fun both mentally and physically, so I am excited to have a break. Here's what happened in April:

What I Read: 

My Lady Jane by: Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton and Jodi Meadows: 5/5 stars
To All the Boy's I've Loved Before by: Jenny Han: 5/5 stars
There's Something About Sweetie by: Sandhya Menon: 4/5 stars
P.S. I Still Love You by: Jenny Han: 5/5 stars

Favourite Book: Besides my re-read of To All the Boy's, I very much enjoyed My Lady Jane! It was hilarious, cleverly written, and satisfied by history-loving heart. (Though to call it a historical retelling is a little wrong.)

What I Blogged: 

I continue to suck at blogging and didn't post much this month, however my favourite post was my wrap-up on the Twilight series with Breaking Dawn. It was fun sharing my insight and having a great discussion with other bloggers.

Favourite Blog Posts: 

Ruzaika talks about Muslim Rep in YA

Lais discusses High School in Brazil

Noel reveals that She's Publishing a Book!

Life Stuff: 

Like I said before, school is over and I am really happy about that. I am now going to be working full time to gain some money for the new car I will be getting soon! I am so excited to finally being able to get around on my own.

This month I went to see one of my all-time favourite musicals, Dear Evan Hansen, in Toronto. It was an incredible show and I really want to see it again. I may have cried.

My month was also consumed with watching the new season of Game of Thrones. *sobs* Let me know what you thought of the first few episodes!

I hope May will bring a lot more sunshine, and that my summer will be fun. God knows I need it.

How was your April?

Emily @ Paperback Princess

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Breaking Dawn by: Stephenie Meyer

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal Romance
Published: August 2, 2008 by: Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 756
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Upon her marriage to vampire Edward Cullen, Bella is whisked off on a romantic honeymoon in Brazil. However, when she discovers that she has unexpectedly become pregnant, Bella's life becomes dramatically at risk. As Edward tries to persuade her to save her own life instead of this mysterious fetus, Bella instead decides to carry the half mortal/half vampire being, stunning the entire vampire world and pitting the Volturi and the Cullen's against each other once more.

It's been a while since I last did a Twilight post, and alas, we are at the final book! I was really looking forward to this re-read in particular, because Breaking Dawn is a whirlwind! I feel like so much happens from beginning to end, that the book alone almost feels like an entire series in itself. While this is definitely not a favourite amongst most fans, it did raise a lot of questions for me that I never had before. Also, I didn't hide spoilers because I feel at this point, everybody knows what happens in this series. But for whatever reason, if you don't wanna know details, proceed with caution.

First things first, as my professor pointed out, this book contains so many pro-life/pro-choice undertones. For twelve year old me, these themes went straight over my head! Bella wants to keep carrying her baby even though it is harmful to her, while Edward and most of the other Cullen's want to terminate it. Now, no matter what side of this argument you're on, you cannot deny that these themes are blatantly obvious in the novel. My professor immersed us in essays around the subject and I just can't believe I never realized this when first reading the book. Who says Twilight can't get a little political?

On the controversial side of Breaking Dawn, we have Jacob imprinting on Bella's baby. Imprinting is basically when a werewolf decides that they are soulmates with a girl, no matter the age, and will protect her like a sister until she reaches legal age, at which point they could start a romantic relationship, though it is not required. It sounds pretty gross, because, well, it is.

Jacob as a whole in this book is pretty unlikable, he's whiny and aggressive, however I did like how Meyer wrote his chapters. He does have a lot of sarcastic humour which I enjoyed. And I think it is important to say that Jacob doesn't seem to find Renesmee "attractive" when she is young. Meyer describes it more of a gut feeling that he needs to be in her life in some way. I still shudder at the thought, but I think you really need to read the book and get a whole sense of the process of imprinting to really form an opinion.

I found this book a unnecessarily long. A lot of stuff happens, for example I haven't even mentioned Bella's long-awaited transition into vampire form. It was as graphic as I remember it being, but I do think that Bella was destined to be a vampire. Overall, I am ok with how the novel ended. I wished there was more drama with the Volturi in the end, however, all the characters seem to end up happy and most importantly, my favourite character Seth was protected. But, because it was so long, I found myself forgetting that things actually happened in the novel. Bella and Edward's wedding seemed pretty insignificant by the end. I guess it was an entertaining, melodramatic book, but it did take up a lot of my time.

So some overall thoughts on this whole Twilight re-read experience:

I LOVED it. It was so fun looking at Twilight from a scholarly perspective. I learnt things I never even considered when first reading the novel, and I do think I have a new appreciation for the series. Whether Meyer knew it or not, she wrote a series that has given English, sociology, and gender scholars stuff talk about for years to come.

Have you read Breaking Dawn? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess

Friday, 12 April 2019

My Thoughts on the To All the Boy's Sequel So Far

As most of you probably know, I am quite obsessed with the To All the Boy's series by: Jenny Han. It is my pick me up series, and I re-read it a solid three times a year. You all also probably know that it was turned into a pretty successful movie last August, and the sequel is in the works. I, for one, have a lot of opinions on how things are looking, and I need to get them off my chest. However, if you couldn't care less about this series, then this post is not for you. But, I hope some of you would like to share your opinions with me.

First off, people need to stop calling it "To All the Boy's 2." The name of the sequel is P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU. I think that people often forget that the movie sequel will be following the book sequel, and that is the title of the second book. Now this is no shade to people who are only fans of the movie and haven't read the series. Honestly, I am way past the point of caring whether people read books or watch movies, however, I do hope the movies stay semi-consistent with the books.

Now let's go to the main chunk: the casting. Jordan Fisher will be playing my all-time favourite character, John-Ambrose McClaren. I'll admit, when I first heard this news, I didn't know how to feel. I LOVE Jordan Fisher, I think he's brilliant, and I did enjoy the thought of having an often white fan-casted character being a POC. However, I'm not sure if I picture Jordan as John in my head. For context, Jordan just played Mark in Rent Live, and I think I just see him as more of a strong stage actor than a dreamy boy-next door type in a teen movie. I understand he has done teen movies before, but I'm not sure if he's past that point in his career. I think I will have to see the first look of him actually in character in order to make my final decision.

They casted Ross Butler from Thirteen Reason's Why as Trevor Pike. Now, I've got some things to say. I don't know why Netflix recycles the same teen movie/tv actors to be in everything. Butler was in Riverdale, then Thirteen Reason's Why, now this. Noah Centineo was in TATBILB, then Sierra Burgess, and now in a new rom-com The Perfect Date with Camila Mendes, who also stars in Riverdale. You see the cycle?! I'm just sick of seeing the same five actors in everything I watch, and I think if they had casted Cole Sprouse as John- Ambrose, which was an actual rumour, it would've been the last straw. I just need some fresh faces please!

Some more positive news, I am so happy that Madeline Arthur is returning as Chris, I think she did an amazing job. Also, Holland Taylor is playing Stormy! This is incredible news because I really thought that they might have omitted Stormy for some reason. I'm really happy that the retirement residence will still be playing a role. Also, Sarayu Blue is playing Trina! She is exactly how I imagined her to be and I'm so glad Trina is getting a significant-enough part as well.

Another big news moment: Susan Johnson, the director of To All the Boy's, will not be returning. Now this worries me, because she did such a good job on the first movie and I'm not sure if a new director will mean a new vision? Still, I am remaining optimistic that the new director will still keep the brilliance of the first movie. I really don't want this sequel to bomb.

This was a long post for something that may seem insignificant to a lot of people. However, I am a firm believer that if you are interested in something and you've got something to say: say it! If you are as obsessed with this series as I am, I would love to hear your thoughts. What do you think of all this news?

Emily @ Paperback Princess

Friday, 5 April 2019

Month in Review: March

April is officially underway and it is my last week of school! I'm so happy to be rid of the absolute HELL that second year was, and hopefully have a relaxing summer. Here's what I got up to in March:

What I Read:

That Time I Loved You by: Carrianne Leung: 5/5 stars
Hecuba by: Euripides: 4/5 stars
Insurgent by: Veronica Roth: 3/5 stars
Medea by: Euripides: 3.5/5 stars
Nervous Conditions by: Tsitsi Dangarembga: 3/5 stars

My reading was once again dominated by books read for school, but I still did enjoy some of them! My favourite was That Time I Loved You by: Carrianne Leung. You can read my review for it here.

What I Blogged:

I put up a post this month that I was quite proud of! It was my discussion, Why I Don't Want to Get Published. This post was really the first time I admitted to myself my true feelings about publishing, and I'm glad I wrote it.

Favourite Blog Posts of the Month:

Noel discusses Beta Readers and Author's Advice 

Clockwork Bibliotheca shares Songs that Tell Incredible Stories 

Lais discusses Sexual Content in YA 

Life Stuff:

Nothing new, really, just work, school, and therapy. Hopefully my summer will be a lot more interesting! This Sunday I am going to see one of my favourite musicals, Dear Evan Hansen, for the first time on stage. To say I am excited, is an understatement.

That was my March! How was yours?

Emily @ Paperback Princess