[BOOK] Never Never (Part 1-3)

I’ve had Never Never (Part 1 & 2) for awhile now but never read it since I didn’t want to be left hanging knowing that the 2nd one ends on a cliffhanger. I hate that feeling. When I found out that Never Never Part 3 was to be released on January 19th, I immediately started reading Never Never Part 1! It was such a short read. If it weren’t for work, I would have finished it in a few hours. Finished it the next day and immediately started reading Part 2. It was a weekend so I was able to finish it in a few hours. Same goes with Part 3. Basically finished the 3 books this weekend. They were very short (as expected from a novella series). From what I’ve read, (I don’t know how credible the source is though) Colleen Hoover was restricted to releasing a whole book when done in collaboration with another author. Thus, the 3-part novella. If that’s true, that’s what you call finding a loophole.

I took on this series without any idea of what it might be about. I tackled it blindfolded and I don’t regret it one bit. I like being surprised in books. (Movies are different, they give me small heart attacks.) In short, the premise is about a girl named Charlie (short for Charlize) and a guy named Silas. They both wake up not knowing who they are nor having any memory of their past. They know common knowledge things like who the president is, what Google is, but anything about their lives: nothing. All 3 books are basically their journey to finding out what happened and how to reverse it.

I liked the whole idea since it was intriguing. It’s normal to have an amnesia story which could have been caused by an accident or a disease but never have I seen an amnesia story that happened to two people at the same time. It’s all gripping and told in a very exciting manner. Charlie’s and Silas’ first person POVs are told in alternating chapters, in a linear style. I just had some difficulty in remembering who was speaking since it was in first person POV, all the “I’s” got me confused since I had to imagine being 2 different people alternately. Totally my fault though, bad memory. ;p

The story build up was well done. It kept me excited and interested to know more about the two characters. However, I did not entirely like the ending or the “reason/cause” of the whole ordeal. I was hoping it would be something cooler or I don’t know, something more exciting. Also, the epilogue was unnecessary for me, to be honest. I kind of read it like a joke because of the last part. I couldn’t take it seriously because I felt like it was treated as such. All in all though, the book was still a fun read and a very sweet, romantic love story. I want a Silas in my life, please. Thank you very much.


 

I’ve read a couple of books touching on the subject of memory loss – Before I Go To Sleep & What Alice Forgot – aside from this and what I can gather is that it really is important to have a journal, not only so you could use it to backtrack what has happened in your life if you do get amnesia (we obviously don’t want this to happen to us) but also to look back on how we felt, how we were in the past to find out how we have changed or how different we were from what we are now. It’s also a self-reflection for us and it shows (most of the time) the good side and bad side of our past and it can help us change for the better. Maybe I should start keeping a journal. Although with my laziness, I might not be able to stick to it. I WILL TRY though. ;p


 

NinthMelody rating: 8.5/10

[MOVIE] The D.U.F.F.

Last night, I was bored out of my mind while on my way home, stuck in traffic when suddenly I remembered, “D.U.F.F. – on my phone!” The rest was history.

I have read the book and although it was enjoyable, I didn’t really like the main character’s actions and decisions. The movie, however, does not stay true to the book, details-wise. If compared, I would say the movie was more suitable for young kids. In the book, Bianca (the DUFF) became obsessed with hooking up with Wes (the hot guy she hates), they went out drinking, etc. The movie is more of a mellow version of basically the same premise but different execution.

There were subtle differences in details like how Bianca’s parents in the movie are already separated while in the book, their parents are still going through the rocky stages of their marriage. I thought the book was already predictable and such a typical teen story but the movie was even more so. They already decided to change things a bit, I hope they could have put more interesting twists.

At the end, the message of the story is one that is very important especially to the younger generation today. Accept yourself for who you are. Everyone has their own insecurities. Everybody’s a DUFF. We need to accept this fact – WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT. No matter what we look like, how rich we are, how popular or unpopular, we have our own insecurities. Anyone who says so, is either a liar or they’re trying too hard to cover up their insecurities. We need to accept our differences and our own uniqueness. Our world is a better place because of our diverse personalities. The only thing that causes division is our resistance to accept this diversity. We want people to conform to what we think is the norm. Once we embrace our diversity, there’s no more cause for division because we are all different. So OWN YOUR UNIQUNESS, BE CONFIDENT, BE YOURSELF.

Anyway, the movie was entertaining in its own right. There were times when I actually LOL‘d at the scenes because they were outrageously hilarious and cringe-inducing. It’s a light movie that you would most likely enjoy. The actor who plays Wesley Rush (Robbie Amell) isn’t that bad to look at either. ;p

Watch the trailer below:

NinthMelody rating: 7/10

HELLO 2016.

“HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

It’s kind of late but hey, better late than never. I haven’t had the time to update because I basically forgot about the existence of my laptop for the time being, since I was busy playing with a new toy (PS4) and of course, had to spend time with our puppies!

Now that I’m back at work, during downtimes, I obviously always get the urge to check on my blog. Thank goodness for work!

Last year was the time that I decided to blog about the things I read and watch. It was an interesting experience because it made me reflect on the thoughts I had while reading/watching and the after-thoughts. What I had a hard time on was rating the books and movies according to how much I liked them. Normally, I would just think “I liked it,” “It was ok,” “I don’t know.” I’m still working on fortifying my opinions and sticking to them. Hopefully, I get to be more active in updating my blog so I can practise this skill.


 

New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve never really attempted because I know I probably won’t be able to abide by them. The closest thing I had to a NYR was last year, when I told myself I would only drink water, no sweetened drink of any kind, not even tea or coffee. I was able to do it for about 6 months then one day, I slipped and everything went on a downward spiral after that.  hahaha…

I would, however, like to read more books or if not, at least as many as last year. According to Goodreads, I pledged to read 30 books for the year 2015 and I managed to pull it off. I want to try reading more than that so we’ll see.

My “To-Be-Read” list is actually quite long but these are the ones I’m ecstatic to read:

  1. Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty
  2. My Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
  3. Second Life – SJ Watson
  4. Firebird Series – Claudia Gray

Obviously, there are more that I want to read but I really can’t think of them right now. My head hurts.. lol

I think most of my time will be spent on either reading, watching TV shows/movies and playing PS4. YEAH! hahaha.. I don’t even want to talk about all the unwatched TV shows and Movies that I have on my hard drive. It’s just insane.

As for my PS4, I have already finished Last of Us and inFAMOUS: Second Son in 2 weeks. Yeah, I spent my holidays cooped up inside my room playing video games. Yes, I am a female adult and I don’t care what you think hahaha.

So there, I can already imagine what my days will be like whenever I have no work. Consider me excited.