Saturday, 28 April 2012

Fateful by Claudia Gray Book Review

Title: Fateful
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 325 (Paperback)
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

In this captivating young adult fantasy novel, Claudia Gray spins a beautiful web of mystery, romance and danger where main character, Tess Davies is caught in the heart of it all.

Fateful takes us aboard the RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in April of 1912. Eighteen year old maid Tess Davies who has been trapped under the employment of the foul, mean-hearted Lisle family for years looks towards America as a chance for a start of a new life.

Days before boarding the Titanic, Tess meets Alexander Marlowe, a first class citizen who saves her life and then warns her to stay away. Alec's strange encounter seems unsettling to Tess, but ironically, she bumps into him whilst aboard the ship.

Alec clearly has a terrible secret, but Tess is drawn to him nevertheless. The two quickly find themselves falling for each other despite the difference of their social classes.

Throughout the book, Alec and Tess face incredible danger and challenges that will test the will of their love. Fear is intense and the stakes are high, but will the couple conquer their task before the ship's inevitable fate?

When I first picked up the book, Fateful, I instantly knew it would be a great read. Claudia Gray is a fabulous writer as she never fails to impress with brilliant story-lines, magnificent characters, and ingenious twists and turns that will leaves you gasping for more.

The Titanic has always been a topic of interest for me as the depths of the infamous ship and its voyage is still yet to be explored. The mysteries and legends surrounding this tale stretch across generations and still captivate people far and wide.

Fateful with stay with me for a very long time. Needless to say, this book consumed me from the beginning of page one to the very last word. Supernatural creatures, power struggles, and tragic romances come alive together in this riveting novel. Gray has brought a whole new life to the "unsinkable ship" and shows how love can conquer all. Fateful is definitely a book you don't want to miss!

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Saturday, 14 April 2012

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Review (Movie)

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Review (Movie)
Rating: 3/5
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Percy Jackson had a massive fan-base from the beginning of its journey to the big screen. Based on the young adult series by Rick Riordan the production had a lot to live up to.

We follow Perseus (Percy) Jackson the son of Poseidon, the God of the Sea, on an epic journey to save his mother from the Underworld where she is being held captive by Hades. And, find Zeus's master lightning bolt which he has been accused of stealing to clear his name. But, he is not alone on his quest. He has the help of his two best friends (his only friends who are not trying to kill him) where they help him uncover the mystery behind the ordeal. Annabeth, the demi-god daughter of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, and Grover the satyr, are the two companions Percy had chosen. The team of three have to face twists and turns and the wraths of angry gods, but Percy could not have chosen a better team to support him all the way through.

To say that the book and the movie are completely different is just scratching the surface. Each introduces us to a whole different world of magic and adventure that can arise the senses. I would have say, like most scenarios, the book has the better view on the story line than the movie. But, I wouldn't be ready to put it into the junk pile yet.

The movie offers a variety of items that the book does not include. I absolutely loved the sharp snaps of humour that was thrown in, it kept me entertained and laughing until the very end. I especially had to comment on the choice of actors that was cast. They gave a whole new light to the characters and connect in a way that really made the movie click and enjoyable. How the scenes and detailed features really made the movie to life. It was like everything had leaped off the pages of the book and into reality.

Like most novel-to-movie adaptations, a lot of parts were cut and rewritten to fit the 100 minute time constriction. Many of the page turning events were missing and left me somewhat disappointed. I know that it had to be done, but the lack of action was heart crushing. (Metaphorically speaking)

The one thing that really got me confused is the ages of the characters that the actors are suppose to be portraying. Rick Riordan written Percy, Annabeth, and Grover to be about preteen to almost teen age category. The movie had casted the characters at around seventeen-nineteen. Although this does not have a major impact on the story line, I have yet to wonder what will happen to the forthcoming movies.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief gives a new look on Greek mythology that will tantalize everyone's taste buds. The next movie in the series, The Sea of Monsters, will come out in mid 2013 and I'm definitely looking forward to it!

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