Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Mortal Instruments Movie Review

The official movie synopsis (from IMDB):
Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series.
Let me start by saying that I love the book series, and I was really excited when they announced that they were turning the first book into a movie and launching a possible franchise. I thought that the casting was on point - Jamie Campbell Bower was exactly as how I envisioned Jace to be. And the fact that Cassandra Clare was really involved in everything made me think that they were going to make good choices, plot-wise. 

What I liked:
-The scenes at the Institute. Visually, they were beautiful. 

What I hated:
-That they didn't turn Simon into a rat.
-Magnus didn't appear as much.
-The music. In my opinion, the scene where Clary and Jace in the greenhouse was completely ruined by the cheesy song choice. 
-The runes. They looked weird. 
-Small inconsistencies, like the fact that Luke shouldn't have been able to grab the Shadowhunter sword.

I guess I understand why it didn't do very well, box office-wise: it lacked, for me, the charm of the book. The moments that make you want to throw the book out the window (the ones who have read it know what moment I'm talking about) are really downplayed in the movie - I actually would've missed it if it hadn't been for the audible gasp that my friend (who knew nothing about the series) made.

Overall, I was really disappointed with this movie. It just lacked charm and ran too long, specially the battle scenes. I actually regret going to the cinema to see it, I should've just waited until it appeared online. 

Have you seen the movie or read the books? What did you think of them?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Beautiful Chaos Review

Beautiful Chaos by Kami GarcĂ­a and Margaret Stohl is the third book in the Caster Chronicles. It continues the story of Ethan Wate and his Caster love Lena Duchannes after her Claiming disturbed the Order of Things. Here's the overview (from Barnes & Noble):
"Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?"
My opinion:

There's no nice way of doing this, so I'll just say it: this book is boring. Incredibly boring. As in, I only finished reading it because I feel bad when I don't finish books I've purchased myself. It took me a long time to read, mainly because I really felt it was going nowhere.
I bought the first three books on Amazon a while ago (it came in a really beautiful package), and I really regret spending that much money on them. I thought I was getting a really good deal, but that was based on the fact that I was going to actually like the series. I really liked the second book, so it's disappointing that the third one went back to the same slow-paced dullness as the first one. There's a fourth book in the series, but, needless to say, I won't be buying it. 

Have you read the series? What did you think about them? 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

UK Wishlist

I'm so so sorry for not updating. Between the last months of the semester, exams, Christmas, and the internship that I just started, I haven't been able to do much other than keeping the house relatively clean and sleeping. 
I've never been one for New Year's Resolutions, but I'll try and get back into the blogging mindset. And now, onto the post.
So a friend of mine is going to what it's pretty much my dream trip - London, Paris and Rome for three weeks. She'll spend most of the time in London, so that means that I'm sending her straight into Boots and Superdrug and Topshop and getting me some British drugstore/high street beauty favourites that I've seen nearly every blogger rave and that I've always wanted to try.

1. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light.
2. Sleek Blush in Flushed. 
3. Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Scrub.
4.. Topshop Nail Polish in Pool Party.
5. MUA Eyeshadow Palette in Undressed.
6. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent.

What do you think I'm missing? What are some of your favorite products that you can only get in the UK or are hard to get hold of outside of the UK?