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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher | Book Review

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Review: 9/10 stars 
Finish Date: 24th Jan 2017

Clay Jensen finds a mysterious box addressed to him on his front porch. A box containing thirteen tapes of why Hannah Baker took her own life. Clay is one of those reasons, and he listens to find out why.

Review 

For my review of 'Thirteen Reasons Why', I've teamed up with eStories who kindly provided me with the audio copy of this book. eStories.com is a brilliant site and audiobook service that provides customers with over 100,000 books from an endless range of genres. I, personally found the site so easy to navigate and could browse through the books like my own little library and in doing this, I found an enormous pile of fiction and non-fiction reads that I could chose from. I ended up choosing 'Thirteen Reasons Why' because well, I was recommended this book over 5 years ago. Yikes! I know. But for only $11.95 per month – which is the cheapest offer you can get – you'll have unlimited storage that lets you transfer and upload your existing library to new accounts.  Another great thing is that eStories works on all devices of all brands which is incredibly convenient. So I was able to listen to 'Thirteen Reasons Why from my laptop, my Apple iPhone, and even from my dad's Samsung when I needed it. 

So please go over and subscribe to this service because my experience was great and I'm sure yours will be too!  eStories is giving away Free audiobooks trial to all new members. So, get your Audiobook for free now.  

'Thirteen Reasons Why' is the first audiobook I've ever listened to and I didn't think too much about it. But I was worried that I'd get distracted since I'm most likely going to listen to the audiobook whilst doing something else. If I were honest, I did zone out a couple times and had to replay small sections of the book. 

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Clay seems like me: anxious, nervous and excited all at once. I felt that he was just some teenager trying to get by school, and so he finds a box of tapes on his porch from Hannah Baker. It's a box of suicide tapes and specifically outlining thirteen reasons why Hannah killed herself. I guess from this point on it really drew me in a gave the room this heavy, eerie feeling. This may be partly due to the two narrators of the audiobook. Deborah Wiseman in particular (voices Hannah Baker) produced this haunting voice that sometimes gave me chills.  

Image result for thirteen reasons why quoteBy the time I reached tape 2 I was hooked. I just wanted to find out who Hannah blamed and what happened to her. I kind of knew that Clay didn't do anything wrong. But he did have some impact on Hannah and I needed to know what that was. I've experienced first-hand the consequences of seemingly small actions, so this story grasped something in me that made me come back for more. 

Overall, a heartfelt story and I'm glad that I had read this novel at this point in my life. If I had read it 5 years ago, I would have never understood the weight of what I was reading. So self-five! :) Now I know that 'Thirteen Reasons Why' has become a Netflix series and no, I haven't started it yet. But I have no doubt that it's amazing. I was speaking to two of my favourite teachers about the show and they didn't know that the show was based off a novel. And funnily enough, they were surprised.  

I hope you enjoyed this short review and I urge you to go have a read of it if you haven't already. Go listen to it's audiobook on eStories and also subscribe to them. Comment down below your thoughts on the book and Netflix series. You'll hear from me soon. Have a lovely day/night and remember to smile. <3 


Love always, 
Renae 

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Passengers (2017) | Movie Review

Image result for passengersPassengers (2017)

Rating: 6.5/10 stars 
View Date: 5th Jan 2017 

On a journey to a new home on a certain route through space, 2 passengers are awakened 90 years too early from a ship malfunction. With luxury at their fingertips they begin to fall for each other as the only two people awake until they discover the ship and the 5000 lives on-board are in grave danger. It is up to Jim and Aurora to save them. 


Review 

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in a movie? Umm… hell yes. Hearing about ‘Passengers’ and watching the trailer was exciting and got me so hyped to watch the movie and I actually saw it in Gold Class with my dear Emily who made everything ten times better. She looked absolutely gorgeous compared to my underdressed self, but anyhow I enjoyed my time with her so let's get into the review! 

Image result for passengers jimI liked how it started off with no speaking and no actors, just a thorough introduction to the world we’re dealing with and what's happening. Jim Preston is also introduced and to walk around the ship for the first time, he seemed pretty calm compared to me who was freaking out. And if you didn't know, you see his butt <3 I found Chris’ acting overall outstanding but the beginning really stood out for me because he portrayed the array of emotions perfectly of how you would feel in that situation, especially the loneliness of it all. The times when he would try so hard to occupy himself with mindless luxuries and mechanics I would feel so heartbroken for his isolation. Then the scene where he almost suicides with tears in his eyes stopped my heart :( 

So we meet Aurora Lane after a very dramatic moral decision by Jim to wake her or not. We all know he does from the trailer but it was great for Jim to finally have company after a year alone. It had been so long since I had seen Jennifer in a film so I was stoked to see her amazing self on the big screen. And I honestly couldn't get over how pretty Jennifer’s hair is! But putting that aside, for the entire time I couldn't brush aside the fact that Jim had stolen Aurora’s life away. It's like a double-edged sword, if he didn't wake her he'd die utterly miserable and if he did, her life would be forever on that ship. Very hard decision isn't it? 


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When Aurora eventually found out why she was awoken, her reaction was both spot-on and overly dramatic, I don't know which one to think. Yes I would have been blinded by grief, rage, hopelessness and everything in between and probably would have cried as much as Aurora did. But it might have been the acting or the mood of the scene – I honestly can't pinpoint it – but I felt that it was exaggerated, especially with the scene where she goes to beat him and almost kills him. Another sad thing was that he put his hands out as if to let her beat him – to pay for his mistake. Overall the sudden distance was saddening.  

Image result for passengers stillsI have to say that I love Arthur. He's just the perfect companion for both Jim and Aurora in their times together and apart and I literally freaked out when he malfunctioned towards the end of the movie. Gus I was a little weary about and I didn't know if I liked him or not. He just appeared out of nowhere to help the movie progress and I didn't think too much about him when he died. To be honest I felt the need to be sad in that moment but I just didn't.  



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Most of the ending was quite predictable in that Emily and I pretty much knew that someone – that someone being Jim – would sacrifice himself for Aurora and the ship, and Aurora would then go on to confessing her love for him. Sound familiar? Plot to almost every movie. It was also predictable that Aurora would choose to stay awake with Jim even though she had the chance to go back to hibernation. But hey, they get to spend the rest of their days with no one else but each other and they ended up creating this beautiful green scenery that all the other passengers wake up to.  

To conclude, the movie was much longer than I expected and I would honestly not really want to see it again. However I did enjoy the special effects and green screen work but the highlight of the entire experience would definitely be getting he chance to spend time with Emily.  

So thank you all for reading this post and I hope that you stay to future content. :) Comment down below your thoughts of the movie and don't forget to follow my tumblr which is linked at the end. Have a safe and bright day.  


Love always, 
Renae 

Email: bibliophileatwork21@gmail.com 

Friday, 3 March 2017

March/April TBR 2017

Good morning y'all, I hope you're doing well.

We are finally in autumn (in Australia anyways) and I've combined the next two months to make writing a little bit easier. I am happy to say that I've finished three of my literature novel for school and am onto my last which is 'The Man Who Loved Children'. It's 551 pages long so please pray for me. AND let's get into my TBR!


The Man Who Loved Children
Christina Stead

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Different Walks
Taylor Hartshorn

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Thank you all for reading this post and comment down below what you're planning to read over the next two months. Don't forget to share this post and follow my tumblr which is linked at the end of this post.


Love always,
Renae

Email: bibliophileatwork21@gmail.com

Monday, 20 February 2017

Little Update #1

Hi guys, it's been a while since I sat down and spoke about what's been going on with me; the hustle and bustle of life in general has worn me down a little.

Firstly I'd just like to say happy Lunar New Year for those who celebrate it! We're now officially in the year of the fiery rooster which symbolises loyalty and punctuality. I have had a fun and exciting weekend of celebration where my family and I would have dinner, watch the fireworks and play cards. I'm also grateful that I got the chance to see a couple of my close friends whom of which I don't see often so I was incredibly stoked about that. Anyways, I wish you all good health, good fortune and good luck for 2017. <3

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So on the 10th January this year my little brother Ryan was born! He was born premature as he was actually due on Australia Day (26th Jan) with severe jaundice. If you don't know what jaundice is you should certainly look it up or click the link here for more information, but basically he has a very yellow tinge to his skin and alters the normal functioning of the body a little. We were allowed to take him home on the third day but during the entire week he was in and out of hospital with his condition spiking here and there. Today as I am writing this (which is the 30th Jan) he's mostly recovered and the nurses say he's pretty much healthy so we're all very grateful for that.

Image result for federer championship point aus open 2017Last night was the finale of the Australian Open 2017 with a match of Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, and man was it epic. They were wearing pretty much the same outfit and they were neck to neck right to the very end. At the time my family was seated around a rather short coffee table in front of the TV playing black jack cheering on Federer and the sheer excitement was bubbling in all of us. So congratulations to Federer for winning the championship and receiving the trophy! WOOH!

So when I started this blog in 2015 I had just got my braces on and was so self-conscious of how I looked, how I felt and the long 2 years that lay ahead of me. I was originally meant to get them off at the end of January this year however it was pushed back 5 weeks and so I'll be getting them off on March 11th and getting my retainers the next day! YAY

The end of last year was incredibly hard for me because I had grown apart from the friends that I usually hung out with. I mean, during the year I could feel my relationship with the 4 other girls stretch and more often than not I wouldn't have anything to talk to them about. And while I was drifting away they were becoming closer and it made me feel left out a lot. I guess I felt this way because I didn't have many classes with them, my interests weren't aligning with theirs and I'm naturally an extrovert - not saying that they aren't. I knew the talk was coming but I was too scared to admit to myself that I didn't fit in with them anymore and at lunch times I would stay in the senior common room or go to the gym. But eventually, I did have the talk the girl I was closest with and yep, I knew that things weren't working out anymore. I decided to leave the group because they all remained tight and I wasn't. I cried so much. Literally for the next week I didn't know what to do with myself and I isolated myself from practically everyone. Who was I going to hang out with now? I wasn't particularly close with anyone else. Who am I going to call for a nice chat or if something is up? No one. And my mind jumped straight to graduation. Who was I going to sit with at graduation? Again, no one.

The summer holidays were not hard because I never saw them outside of school anyways. But I was lost, not knowing where to go and what to do and who to talk to. So yes, I am lonely at school and I'm pretty sure no one asks about me and they don't care that I'm not there anymore. They're actually sitting in front of me in class right now.

I've been really into health and fitness lately and moving into a healthier diet has improved my mood and mental state drastically. I have so much more energy, I'm more inclined to participate in activities and it makes me feel good. Thumbs up! A lot of people don't understand why I workout since they're always telling me 'You're so skinny! You don't need to workout' or 'Who even has time for it?' and 'You're such a freak!' which hurts because I don't workout to be slim and sexy, I workout and eat healthier to feel good about myself and I love the way that it makes me feel. My family especially are constantly buying junk food and encourage me to eat way more than what I need so it's quite hard to stay on track sometimes. But I guess, it's okay to have treats once in a while.

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So to conclude, I just wanted to apologise to those of you who want to read book reviews because - if you haven't noticed already - I haven't been reading lately and the reviews I have been posting are either for movies or TV shows. To be honest, it's going to have to be this way for the next year or so because I am in senior year and I'm already stressed. So yes, I am sorry.

I hope that you're all having a lovely day/night and enjoyed reading this update. Comment any advice or thoughts you have and I will definitely get back to you! Stay safe.


Love always,
Renae

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 1 (2013-2014) | TV Review

Agents of SHIELD season 1 poster.jpegAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 1 (2013-2014) 

Rating: 9/10 stars 
Viewing Dates: 22nd Aug 2016  18th Dec 2016 

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D follows a team of misfit, however highly specialised, S.H.I.E.L.D agents in their mission to uncover the purpose of the Project of Centipede and the man who calls himself The Clairvoyant. Secrets are revealed and trust is broken however, putting their differences aside and working together proves to be a challenge with rewards beyond their expectations.  


Review 

I remember first hearing about S.H.I.E.L.D and thinking ‘oh my gosh, what are these girls talking about now?’ and I thought that this show was going to be the typical-superhero-saves-the-day-and-gets-the-girl-and-the-world-is-at-peace sort of thing, but boy was I so wrong because I am in freaking love with S.H.I.E.L.D and I feel guilty that I ever thought those things! I really have my girl Emily to thank for giving me the first season and getting me hooked!  

Let’s get started with how the show started. I was quite surprised that the story line took off right when the play button was pressed and there was no dilly-dallying in getting to know everyone. And I think that's what got me hooked so quickly because I was so used to having that very first episode reserved for introductions and meeting everybody. You got to know the characters and some of the context along the way which was great, extremely appreciated. And I actually think that since we didn't get to know each character straight away that there was always an element of mystery and a risk of blind judgement which kept myself, and many others, on their toes!  

Image result for agents of shield season 1So we're introduced to Skye and she's literally me plus her tech savviness... is that a word? Anyways, I love her sarcastic nature and the way she's able to think outside the box in an environment that is so controlled and serious. Skye's hair is my ultimate hair dream, I mean look at it, it's so pretty! And her outfits are really cool too and really highlight her fun and bubbly personality. 

I remember loving Coulson in 'The Avengers' movie and I love him even more in 'S.H.I.E.L.D'. He has a lot of those funny one liners that makes me laugh even after watching the episode! He's really the father figure of the whole team and especially for Skye. When Coulson digs deeper into her past and finds out what happened, I admired the fact that he told her the truth and comforted her when she got emotional. :) I love that he stays true to the values of SHIELD even though very unfortunate things happen – that I will discuss later. There were many times where I would watch his scenes and think to myself 'I would love to have him as my friend because I know that he will always have my back' and I'm really happy that Skye and the team have someone like Phil Coulson there. 


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She's so relatable. <3

Agent Melinda May was someone that I would not like to be around. She's dead serious and stern but I know that she has Coulson and the team in her best interest. There was that one episode where you find out why she's nicknamed 'The Cavalry' but I never truly understood why, so if you guys could kindly tell me then leave it in the comments below! We need to talk about May and Ward hooking up because I did not see that coming at all and I'm getting the butterflies just thinking about it! When she left her door open for him I thought that they were going to talk about their feelings because that episode was really rough on the both of them, BUT NO, the next morning you see them naked and I flipped my crap. WHAT ABOUT SKYE? That's all I could ask the screen. But goddamn their sexual tension from then on was crazy high. I loved the way May told Coulson about the hooking up, it made the episode a little more light-hearted. And lastly about May, that prank she pulled on Fitz was priceless and it made my heart warm inside knowing that she was healing from what happened long ago.  

I adore Fitz and Simmons. Just straight up they're like my little puppies that are crazy intelligent and super cute. I love their dynamics and relationship because they're best friends, but they act like brother and sister and work as a duo which is why I can't ship them together as many others do. Remember how Simmons packed that prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella sandwich with a hint of homemade pesto for Fitz? Well that was adorable! <3 Ugh, I bloody love them. 

Image result for agent ward swoonI've saved my baby Ward for last because uhhh, just look at him! He gets me all flustered when he speaks German or Italian or Russian, gosh that's so hot. I love that episode where he has the eye camera on him and he's ordered to seduce the guy! HAHA that made me crack up for days. Getting a chance to see Ward's backstory was very intriguing because it was mostly of his childhood and it took a while for me to decipher who was who and what happened all those years ago. Grant Ward has that look about him that'll make you swoon. I think he has the smolder! 

My favourite episode of season one would have to be episode 6 where Simmons is infected with the alien disease. That was really the first time out of the season that I realised that I was in love with the show and the characters had ALREADY moved into a space in my heart. When Jemma sacrificed herself for the team by jumping out of the plane was so courageous and if I were honest, I made an inhuman noise and started leaking from my eyes. The way Fitz also sacrificed himself by helping Jemma find a cure and how he was screaming her name when she jumped made my heart leap out of my chest. I was on the edge of my seat watching those 30 seconds and I was only calm when Ward jumped to save Simmons instead of Fitz because I knew she was in good hands, and I couldn't lose another baby! 

Image result for skye was shotSKYE WAS SHOT! It was so unexpected  and I thought that Mike would have a change of heart and shot the bad guy instead, but no, she was shot twice and I was left with my mouth hanging open! 

Now for the dreaded topic that I had avoided until now... Ward is Hydra. Saying it out loud makes the reality sink in that he had deceived the team and me all this time. I was a mixture of anger, devastation, frustration and utter helplessness. After what he did to Eric, I loathed myself for ever loving Ward and what made it even worse was the reactions and feelings from every character. Firstly, Skye's perception of a very hot, yet broken man who needed to open up changed in that very split second and the tears in her eyes made me so furious at him. Fitz's reaction was also very sad since he looked up to Ward as the macho man who was basically the shield (yes, pun intended). 


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But I think the most painful reactions were May and Coulson's since they both took Ward under their wings from the beginning and nurtured him in an environment that ultimately grew as a family. Anyways, when I found out he was Hydra, I literally broke down crying and sent out a million texts to numerous friends who had watched it already.  

The final episodes were crazy. From the time I broke down crying from finding that Ward had been double-crossing us until the end of the season, I only teared up/cried once and it was when Fitz was so willing to sacrifice himself for Simmons. That scene was so emotional and their bond of friendship was so real. Simmons crying just made me tear up so much and the way she kissed Fitz all over was intimate.  


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So overall I loved season 1 of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' and I am beyond excited for season 2 because I've been told that things get really crazy and we learn about Skye's family. But anyways I'm so glad to have watched started this TV show! Also some really significant things have happened to my family and I recently so I will have a post coming soon about that, stay tuned! I hope that you're all having a wonderful day with lots of joy and smiles. Stay safe. :) 


Love always, 
Renae 

Email: bibliophileatwork21@gmail.com


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