Thursday, November 15, 2018

Review: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell


Goodreads Description:
Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

In the beginning.. There was darkness

JKJK okay seriously.
In the beginning, the book was super similar to the disney movie with only a bit of stuff added to the story so as to not make it a play by play, THEEENNN the differences started.
I havent seen Aladdin in a long while now, sad, I know, so I actually couldnt tell some of the slighter differences but for me to have noticed SOME things after not seeing the movie in years, says a lot about the book. 
Yeah the book is a reimagining of the story but still. 
There are parts of the book that had me wondering, is this because I know what happens in the movie or is it just really obvious and following the typically YA villain plot?
The thing about Jafar is that I had wished that in this book that we would get more of a reason as to why he is evil, I always dig knowing a villains origin and I feel like some authors have really started to do an explanation as to why, maybe is its popular enough or maybe authors want to be more original and not start doing origin stories for them but come onnnnn, the public wants this.
HI, im the public.
What I did really like in the book was that I feel like Jasmine had a more of a story to her than in the movie and that she acted more like a princess than in the movie, and by that I mean that she seemed to care a lot more for her people and seemed more willing to make a difference for them, to really want to fight for them to have a better life. 

Will I continue on with the other re-imagenings? Damn right I will, this was good enough for me to want to continue onwards.

Recommend it?
I mean yeah, to be honest yeah, the book has mixed reviews and I personally have mixed feelings but it was still a goodreads.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell


Goodreads Description:
As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors.

This book is a work of art disguised as a book. 
The book speaks volumes of society at any point in time, how the people shift their views no matter what and there is always people that will take advantage or work towards something new. 
There is a lot of analysis that could be discussed about this book and every page could be dissected but then the book would feel like assigned reading and I would hate it sooooo, lets just stick to the fact that the book is enjoyable. Its a classic of classics.

Recommend it?
Yes, its a must of a book, whether its personal reading or school reading. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Review: Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz


Goodreads Description:
Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history.

1777. Albany, New York. 

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball. 

Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

It was a sweet read, I found myself just kind of floating along, not really feeling much for the characters up until the 70% mark. The characters weren't bad at all, of course. Melissa de la Cruz has been a solid author for years for me and I feel like the reason that this book was so hyped up and people were so excited about it has a lot to do with Hamilton the play which I will be the first to admit that as of (5/18/2017) I have yet to see it or hear any of the songs. So I have yet to understand why people are SO into it. Its sad really because by the time I see it, people will be over it and I will be alone in my feelings.
One Eliza admitted to herself her true feelings, that is when things got more interesting for me, and of course, the smidge of drama that happened with her family due to their expectations and other people around her which made what she was doing super scandalous. 
So the break down is a bit like this.
Somewhat boring, considered not finishing the book more than once but it wasnt boring enough for me to quit it.
Okay, this makes the book worth it, does it make it my favorite?
Would I have liked it better if I was into the Hamilton hype?
Does it MAKE me want to see Hamilton?

Recommend it?
If you have seen Hamilton or you love Melissa.