Movie & Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey & Read-Along Wrap Up

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Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancy
Series: The 5th Wave #1
Published: May 7, 2013
Length: 457 pages (hardcover)
Source: Library (seriously, people should go there more often… just saying.)

Goodreads.

The Movie

I made the *mistake of seeing the movie first.

First impression: It was SO good. I thought that a lot of the characters were really flat, but I enjoyed the storyline.

“After reading the book” impression: It was action packed and I think they did a good job of putting some parts together so it isn’t a million hours long, but I think that they made a lot of the characters one dimensional and flat.

What’s with the whole Cassie-Ben thing in the story? No. Just no. Cassie is supposed to be awkward and obsessed with Ben, BUT HE DOESN’T KNOW IT. He doesn’t even know her. The conversations they end up having are amazingly awkward because CASSIE IS AWKWARD. She also wouldn’t have been at that party in the beginning of the movie. What was with their interaction? It did nothing to add to the story, and he didn’t acknowledge it when they met again so it was useless.

Evan Walker was **WAY less creepy in the movie.

RINGER! Ringer is one of my favorite characters in the book, and they make her character so much LESS than she could be in the movie. She is sassy and B.A. and cold in the book. It is so fantastically wonderful. In the movie, she is just bossy and controlling and Ben doesn’t even make any moves. The lame things he says to her in the book to try and get her to smile MAKE MY LIFE. It was some of my favorite parts.

I guess I thought the movie was better before I read the book, but it was still pretty good.

*Note this isn’t really a mistake, I just like to read books before I see the movies. I saw the movie first because my dad took me and even though I don’t normally see movies before reading the book, I really wanted to go. **Don’t get me wrong, he was still creepy, but not Evan Walker level creepy, just normal creepy.

The Book

Overall

The 5th Wave is a really good book. 3.5/5ish stars? I loved the concept and storyline, but it took me so long to read. The characters were average.

Likes

  • The switching narrators gave a lot of new perspectives. The voice of the story added so much to it. The switching narrators are a nice surprise every section to find out who’s telling the story. The voice is so different for each of them.
      • Cassie is so funny, and she acknowledges the real problems. She is so sarcastic and witty and I love her narrations.
      • Zombie is a much flatter character, but the way he treats Nugget is adorable and makes me like him a little more.
  • Ringer  is so BA. The whole Zombie trying to get Ringer to smile thing was really funny and made me like Ringer even more.
  • I saw the movie and I was still surprised at parts.
  • The awkward moment when Cassie knew who Ben was, but he didn’t know who she was was amazing. THEN Evan comes and knows who he is and tells Ben that Cassie told him about Ben was amazing. The humiliation and awkwardness of the whole situation basically describes my life.

Somewhere Inbetween

  • Evan is like the stalker you don’t mind. Well, he is still SUPER CREEPY, but… I can’t really imagine Evan and Cassie romantically, because I think Evan is too ridiculous and (murderous) puppy-like. The things Evan says could be considered sweet if he hadn’t stalked Cassie and wasn’t SO CREEPY.

Gripes

  • It seemed a little slow paced. It took me for-ev-er to read and that drove me crazy.
  • Zombie/Ben is a flat character. The only good parts with him were with Ringer or Nugget, or when Cassie was being super awkward with him, but that all had to do with other characters.

Quotes

“The thing about killing is you don’t know if you can actually do it until you actually do it.” (11) -Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.” (12) -Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

“But I think he knew in the end it wouldn’t be the lucky ones left standing.” (75) -Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

“Even the most sensitive person can get used to even the most insensitive thing.” (138) -Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

“I don’t know what to say. So I don’t say anything. Too many people say something when they really have nothing to say.” (271) -Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

“‘I had it all wrong,’ he says. ‘Before I found you, I thought the only way to hold on was to find something to live for. It isn’t. To hold on, you have to find something you’re willing to die for.’” (281) -Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

“It’s the strong who remain, the bent but unbroken, like the iron rods that used to give this concrete its strength.” (446) -Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

“What doesn’t kill us sharpens us. Hardens us. Schools us.” (446) -Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Read-Along Wrap Up

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I got the chance to read this book in a read-along, and although my past few weeks were crazy so I was super behind, I got to have a few good conversations with Trang.

*start reading from the bottom and go up-may contain minor spoilers.*

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I wish I would have gotten to have more conversations with everyone (not just Trang), but I am so glad Trang and I got to discuss so much even though I was so behind. I really enjoyed this read-along and I feel like every read-along I do gets better because I figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Be like Evan Walker, and stalk these lovelies who participated:

Trang: Blog // Instagram // Goodreads

Tasha: Blog // Instagram // Goodreads // Twitter

Carmen: Twitter

Feel free to stalk me as well: Goodreads // Twitter

UPCOMING READ-ALONGS

Trang and I will be reading either The Wrath and the Dawn or The Night Circus (or both) the last week in February (22-29). Let me know if you are interested in joining us in the comments.

Let’s talk: What did you think about The 5th wave? How do you think it compared to the movie? Who was your favorite character? Do you agree with me about the creepiness of Evan or are you in love with his character? Let me know!

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Movie Review & Discussion: Mockingjay Part 2

THE FIRST SECTION OF THIS REVIEW IS SPOILER FREE.

Hype & Expectation

I went into Mockingjay Part 2 with high expectations.The movies have been amazing and pretty close to the books the entire series, and I didn’t expect the last one to deviate.

First Impression

It was amazing. I really enjoyed it. That being said, I did think they made some of the deaths abrupt, and I didn’t feel much because of them. I remember crying in the books when certain things happened to certain characters, but I didn’t even get close to crying during the movie. I guess this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it didn’t make me super attached to the characters. The action and graphics were pretty good, and some of the pods made me jump. The acting (as always) was great. Seriously though, probably some of my favorite actors ever.

I would probably give the movie 4.8 stars!

The Hunger Games Reread

I tried to reread The Hunger Games series again before seeing it a second time, but I didn’t get through them all. I got through The Hunger Games and about half of Catching Fire.

“I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.” (121) -Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

“Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to… to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games,” (142) -Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

“I do not want to lose the boy with the bread.” (297) -Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

“Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, you have provided a spark that, left unattended, may grow to an inferno that destroys Panem,” (23) -Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

*****

SPOILER ALERT!

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THIS SECOND SECTION CONTAINS SPOILERS TO THE BOOKS AND MOVIES! DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN! Seriously, though. If you haven’t read the books yet, you should really read them!

Consider yourself significantly warned.

Second Viewing of Mockingjay Part 2

I’m pretty sure it was even better the second time. I noticed a lot of things I didn’t at first and it is just so well done.

I felt like the whole ending to The Hunger Games series was a little anticlimactic and rushed. The whole thing starts because Katniss is trying to save her sister from going into The Hunger Games. Katniss volunteers and then goes through two (practically three) hunger games AND SURVIVES (whatta fighter). The end happens so fast and we find out that practically everything was for nothing.

I loved the star squad and all of their adventures and the pods. OH MAN! They did so good with the pods in the movies. The creepy mutt things made me jump so much. The star squad goes on this gigantic treck through the capital in order to save the districts and kill Snow, etc. BUT IT IS ALL FOR NOTHING. Sure, they learn a lot along the way, and they develop as characters, but so many people die–Boggs and Finnick, and they died for nothing.

When everything explodes and Prim dies, and Katniss catches on fire (literally girl on fire, haha), then the rest of the rebels and district 13 take over. Basically everything the star squad did had no impact on the actual rebellion, and people died for nothing. I suppose that is how life is and maybe that is what Collins was getting at, but it was just a little sad that it ended that way. I heard Collins was rushed into writing Mockingjay, and I feel like it shows through the plot.

The mutt scene was beautiful. Just gorgeous. Everyone was taking out so many, but you can just tell (I COULD TELL) that not everyone was going to make it. There were too many mutts. (Yes, I have read the books many times, so I knew who was going to die, but I hoped (for the first time practically ever) that maybe just maybe they would change some of it.

When I read the scene with Finnick’s death in the book, I balled. I love Finnick so much and he became one of my favorite characters very quickly in the books. Finnick deserved so much better. He died so abruptly, and I guess I didn’t realize how abruptly until the movies because I had tried to make it seem a little better in my head. The scene where Katniss is watching Finnick get destroyed and then says nightlock to blow it up is just so heart wrenching. Then the scene with the letter from Annie killed me.

When I first read the books, I was spoiled for Prim’s death, and so it never really affected me a whole lot. I’m not even sure if I cried. I felt like Prim was always just a symbol for everything Katniss loved and was fighting for and so I didn’t feel her death like I did the others.

I didn’t cry in the movies, which was surprising because I thought I would, but I got really close when Katniss was screaming at Buttercup about Prim’s death. Jennifer Lawrence is such an amazing actress and she showed so much emotion during this entire series. When she realized Prim hadn’t made it, she kinda just shoved all of her feelings down, but I knew she was going to explode at some point. She did so well (and so did Buttercup). She just screams at Prim’s cat and the cat just sat there like “tell me all about it” and it was almost as if he was just listening as she threw plates at him and was just destroying everything. Then she finally snaps and just cries while holding Buttercup and Buttercup just takes it.

At the end I loved how Katniss and Peeta were sitting in the doorway and just watching the rain because it’s a reoccurring thing for them, and it was almost like life was semi normal as they were sitting in their old (victor’s) houses even though nothing was ever going to be “normal” for anyone again.

Gale. Oh Gale. I started out (in the very beginning) being a Gale fan, but then I realized he’s a jerk. Even once Peeta was introduced, I still liked Gale, but towards the end (especially after we find out he in a roundabout way killed Prim and a bunch of children.) I started to really dislike him. Gale was obnoxious and every scene he was in was basically just him chasing Katniss and hoping he could get her and saying that when she kisses him it doesn’t count (which basically it doesn’t because she only kisses him when he is in extreme pain)

The Katniss complex: she only kisses/ shows affection for people (Gale and Peeta) when they are in pain. I think this is a part of the reason why she picks Peeta because he is always in pain. Thoughts?

The table voting at the end was really good, but I don’t like the fact that they voted to have another Hunger Games with the Capital’s children. I understand why they did it, but I feel like it is just repeating history and repeating the horrors they were trying to get away from, but just with different people in charge. I suppose history repeats itself, but I like to think that Paylor changed it and decided not to have one.

Johanna! Jena Malone did so FANTASTICALLY! She was so wonderfully insane and I really wish they would have gone into her and Katniss’ relationship more because those were some of my favorite times. I love how Johanna never deals with any of Katniss’ crap, and just treats her like a normal person. She doesn’t let Katniss constantly wallow in her little pity parties and whining, but tries to help her get over herself. (Sorry, I really couldn’t stand all of Katniss’ complaining and whining).

The relationship between Katniss and Snow is so infuriating, but they honestly do understand each other. When Katniss is in the greenhouse and Snow says “We agreed not to lie to each other,” and she knows he isn’t lying but that it was district 13 and Coin, and possibly Gale that blew up the children and her sister. WELL DONE! *claps slowly*

The Jen-Josh-Liam dynamic is so great because they are all friends off set and have chemistry because of that.

Overall Opinions

The fact that one of the worst parts of the movie was that it stuck so closely to the book is astounding. They (the movie people) did so fantastically with the entire series and I have enjoyed it soo much!

Let’s talk: What did you think about it? Which was your favorite book? Do you agree with me about the ending? Do you like The Hunger Games series? Who was your favorite character? Actor? 

Quotes: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare #WillHerondaleWisdom

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I reread The Infernal Devices Trilogy recently, and plan to do an overall review soon, but (you know me) I am also in love with so many quotes from this series, so here are some of my favorites from Clockwork Angel.

Clockwork Angel Quotes

“If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?” (17) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

One of my favorite things about Tessa was all of her wise sayings and ideas. It is one of the reasons why I think her and Will are a better couple. Sorry Jessa shippers, but William Herondale is probably the most bookalicious babe out there.

“let me give you a piece of advice. The handsome young fellow who’s trying to rescue you from a hideous fate is never wrong. Not even if he says the sky is purple and made of hedgehogs.” (40) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

This quote is just so purely Will, and I love Will, so of course I HAVE to include it.

“Beauty fades, but cooking is eternal.” (86) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

Another beautifully Will quote. Also true. Food is the true way to love.

“But now I cannot help but wonder if perhaps the life I had before was the dream and all this was the truth.” (195) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

“She had such a strong presence, Tessa thought, that it was hard to remember sometimes how physically small she was, how birdlike and tiny.” (196) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

This defines Charlotte and it reminds me of myself (or who I want to be). I am tiny (5’2″), but I like to think that my personality and boldness makes up for my lack of physical size.

“Sophie said to me once that she was glad she had been scarred. She said that whoever loved her now would love her true self, and not her pretty face.” (197) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

I love this because Sophie has been hurt in so many ways, and the fact that she doesn’t let her scar define her, but is actually grateful for it makes me appreciate her as a character so much more.

“Sometimes, when I have to do something I don’t want to do, I pretend I’m a character from a book. It’s easier to know what they would do.” (224) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

AHH! This is such a wonderful idea. (Will Herondale wisdom right here)! I am making #WillHerondaleWisdom a hashtag.

“‘Whatever you are physically,’ he said, ‘male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. Whatever the color, the shape, the design of the shade that conceals it, the flame inside the lamp remains the same. You are that flame.’” (283) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

I love all of the moments where Jem gets super passionate and goes into a big speech. He is the type of person who doesn’t talk much, but when he does he really makes it count.

“It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.” (297) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

I don’t need to comment on this. Beautiful words from beautiful Sophie.

“It is as great a thing to love as to be loved. Love is not something that can be wasted.” (470) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

 

Let’s chat: What is your favorite quote from Clockwork Angel? Did you like The Infernal Devices series? Will or Jem? Did you like The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices better?

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Thank you so much to Paige @ Page by Paige for tagging me to do the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge! This challenge has been so much fun!

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“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks, not in what they say, just in what they are.” -Markus Zusak

I love this quote because it’s simple, yet deep. People are beautiful because they are made in the image of God for God’s purposes. Even if you don’t believe this, people are still beautiful purely because of their complexity and how wonderfully they were made! Beauty on the inside is more important than outward beauty.

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I nominate:

Alice in Wonderbookland

Daily (w)rite

Booksarica

You! If you have not been nominated yet, and would like to do it, I officially nominate you now! (If you decide to do it, leave me a comment, so I will know next time.)

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Thank you so much to Paige @ Page by Paige for tagging me to do the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge! Go check out her blog and her quotes challenge here. Follow her if you haven’t already!

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“I actually stand up this time. My eyes are filling fast with tears and I blink and blink but the world is a mess and I want to laugh because all I can think is how horrible and beautiful it is, that our eyes blur the truth when we can’t bear to see it.” -Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me

I love this quote so much! Tahereh Mafi’s books and writing style is always beautiful and flows well. This quote captures Juliette’s emotions and what it feels like to cry. My drama teacher is always telling us that when we have a scene where we have to cry, it’s all about fighting the tears–not actually crying.

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I nominate:

Queen of Contemporary

Words We Heart

Nocturnal Confessions

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See yesterday’s quote here. If you would like to be tagged for this, just comment below.

What do you think about this quote? Have you read the Juliette Chronicles? What did you think? I absolutely love them, and I thought they were AMAZING!

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

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“I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still.” -Arthur Rimbaud

I love this quote because it shows how much words can change a person and the world. I am an avid reader (duh) and I feel like every book I read impacts me in some way or another. Books have the power to change people, and they also have the power to change society. When a person is writing, sometimes they write the “unutterable”. These “unutterable words have the most power, because they cause a person to see different perspectives.

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Thank you so much to Paige @ Page by Paige for tagging me to do the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge! Go check out her blog and her quotes challenge here.

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I nominate:

Bookalicious Reads

BOOKSFORDAYSONEND

The Unfinished Bookshelf

Quotes: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

“But even the great can tremble with fear. Even the great can fall.” (259) -Mary E. Pearson, Heart of Betrayal

I had planned to review this book, but I didn’t write it soon enough. I have tons of notes on it because I loved it, but I feel like since I read it over a month ago, it would be unfair to review it. I did love it though, and plan on re reading it before Remnant Chronicle #3 comes out (eek! I’m so excited!). BUT, I feel like I need to share a few of the quotes I loved from the story. These quotes are all spoiler free, so enjoy!

“He was the stealer of warmth as well as dreams, and I felt an icy sting at my neck, as if he knew the purpose of every move I made and had already calculated a countermove.” (63) -Mary E. Pearson, The Heart of Betrayal

“Stupid was all a matter of perspective.” (110) -Mary E. Pearson, The Heart of Betrayal

“But even the great can tremble with fear. Even the great can fall.” (259) -Mary E. Pearson, The Heart of Betrayal

“But through all of this, two sisters remained side by side, strong and loyal, until a beast rose from the ashes and tore them from each other, because even stars thrown to earth could not destroy every last shadow of darkness.” (284) -Mary E. Pearson, The Heart of Betrayal

“The rules of reason build towers that reach past the treetops. The rules of trust build towers that reach past the stars.” (342) -Mary E. Pearson, The Heart of Betrayal

“I don’t play games, Kaden. I wage wars. Don’t make me wage one on you.” (357) -Mary E. Pearson, The Heart of Betrayal

“It was worth it, Lia,” he said. “Every mile, every day. I’d do it all again. I’d chase you across three continents if that’s what it took to be with you.” (418) -Mary E. Pearson, The Heart of Betrayal