[BOOK] ME BEFORE YOU.

I finished reading this book last night and let me just take a moment to cry in the corner while I compose myself.

**CRIES**

Me-Before-YouI don’t think I have ever cried so much in reading a book. It’s either because “Me Before You” really pulls at your heartstrings or I’m just extremely emotional because it’s that time of the month or probably just both. If you have not read the book, I suggest you start reading it now. Be prepared for an emotional ride though.

I apologize beforehand if I spoil the story for you but I cannot talk about this book without revealing spoilers so *DO NOT READ THIS POST IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK.*

*FINAL WARNING*

Since I presume you have read the book, I shall not write a summary. Let’s just get on with my thoughts on the book.

To be honest, I already knew of the outcome of the book. A friend of mine read this book and she told me how upset she was of the ending, thus making her hate this book. From that reaction, I just knew what would happen. Despite knowing that, I decided to read it anyway after seeing the trailer for the movie.

I love how I was able to imagine the movie characters as the book characters as well. It just made the book more alive rather than just imagining a blurry, pixelated character in my head all based on descriptions that I read. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Although I have to admit that sometimes, I would picture Jenna Coleman as Louisa or even Lily Collins (since I just watched Love, Rosie).

Anyway, this was a heartbreaking story. Will, being a quadriplegic, wanted to take his own life in his own terms rather than having to wait it out and suffering through it. In a sense, it’s understandable given the difficulty of his situation but I am a Christian who believes that no one can take anyone’s life, even his own, because it is not ours to take. Putting aside all that, although it may seem like a selfish decision, in part, Will decided to go through with it because of Louisa herself. He wanted her to live her life and not be tied down to his stagnant state. So it’s ironic that even though the purpose of Lou being hired was so she could make Will so happy that he would want to live for her, (it was implied when Camilla reprimanded Lou after she moved in with Patrick) she was also one of the reasons why Will was even more so determined to end his life – to make Louisa live hers.

I understand how Louisa also feels content and comfortable with her life in that small town. Going outside your comfort zone takes an incredible amount of effort and sometimes it simply takes a nudge from someone else before we can take the leap. I appreciate Will’s attempt in nudging Lou to take that leap.

I cried buckets of tears enough to fill a dried out river. I have never cried so much in reading a book. Good job, Jojo Moyes. I am not sure how the sequel will be able to surpass this one but I am looking forward to reading it.

NinthMelody rating: 8.75/10

[BOOK] Landline.

18081809Landline” by Rainbow Rowell is a tad different from her other books (that I’ve read) as it has a supernatural aspect to it which is completely fine with me. I like me some fantasehhh..

It is a love story (sort of) but does not dwell on the courting stages with butterflies-in-the-stomach type of romance which can be found in Fangirl, Attachments or Eleanor & Park. “Landlinefollows the story of Georgie McCool who is a script writer for a TV show. She and her husband, Neal, are experiencing some trouble in their relationship which was made worse by Georgie’s decision to skip their Christmas trip to Neal’s parents in Omaha because of some emergency work engagements.

Compared to Rainbow Rowell’s other books, Landline touches upon a very realistic subject of the importance of work-life balance. It’s a step away from the young, innocent love theme that I’ve come to associate with her other books. It is especially important nowadays that we are very engrossed in our careers that some people tend to neglect their families emotionally without even realizing it. Most of the time, we bury ourselves into our work thinking that it is important that we succeed in our careers to provide a better future for our families but forgetting the fact that our families, first and foremost, need our presence and attention, not just the material needs that we can provide for them. This book is a good catalyst in making us think of the decisions we would most likely make should we be put in the same position as Georgie – work or family?

I like books that make readers reflect on their own lives. It shows that the book is relatable and has a message to convey. I’ve also tried to read reviews or at least comments on Goodreads about this book and I’m surprised at how many people dislike Neal’s character. They say that he’s not at all attractive and pleasant from how he was described in the book. I get that he’s probably not the typical good-looking guy the protagonist usually falls for but I think his character is sweet and actually very understanding. In reality, this type of guy would be more marriage material than those hot, dreamy guys we always see in romantic-comedy books or movies. Neal chose his family over his own dream or his own career. He may not be the showy, romantic type who will sweep you off your feet but he’s someone who can be relied on in times of need. I don’t know about you but Neal is the kind of guy my parents would want for me to marry. HAHAHA…

As I’ve mentioned earlier, there is a supernatural side to this book and it ended without an explanation how this came to be. To be honest, I am content with not knowing how this supernatural thing happened. I’ve just learned to accept that it is what it is. It doesn’t take away anything from the book and I don’t think it would’ve added anything to the magic of the whole story.

All in all, this was a fairly good read and a good break away from the lovey-dovey romance we’ve all come to enjoy. It shows a more mature and more serious side of life. It’s realistic yet out-of-this-world.

NinthMelody rating: 8/10

[PS4] inFAMOUS: Second Son

inFAMOUS Second Son is an open-world, action adventure game set in Seattle. The main character, Delsin Rowe, finds out he is a Conduit or a “Bio-terrorist” after absorbing the powers of another Conduit when they had an encounter. The game follows the story of Delsin as he makes it his mission to take down the D.U.P director, Brooke Augustine and absorb her powers to save his community. The trailer below pretty much shows the awesome graphics that can be seen in the game.

 

It’s an open-world adventure so there are a number of side quests that can be done if you’re not in the mood to continue the main story just yet. Most of the side quests involve defeating a small group of people (drug dealers, gang members, etc.), vandalizing properties, defeating D.U.P, chasing secret agents, collecting shards, and many more.

Players are also given a choice between Good Karma & Bad Karma which basically allows you to choose between becoming the good guy or the bad guy. I ultimately chose “Good Karma” so helping people or healing them with my powers added to my Good Karma. Collecting good karma (or evil karma) helps in filling up a bar that allows Delsin to perform a powerful move that can take out a number of enemies all at once. Pretty epic.

The choice of being either the hero or the anti-hero affects the outcome of the game. I don’t know yet how the “Bad Karma” ends but I am pretty satisfied with my choice. RadBrad, everyone’s favorite gamer on YouTube, has a walkthrough of the whole game and both the outcomes so you might want to check that out if you’re interested.

In this game, since Delsin’s power is pretty much like Peter Petrelli’s from Heroes (absorbs powers), we get to experience several powers: smoke, neon, video & concrete. My favorite would be a mix of neon (for combat) and video (for flying, hovering). I didn’t really get to use concrete much because Delsin only got the ability towards the end and even though I still played the game to complete the side quests, I never really liked concrete all that much so I decided to just use the powers I was already accustomed to.

After completing the game, I decided to play the DLC – Paper Trails. This takes Delsin all over Seattle chasing a Conduit with a “paper” power. Sounds weird but it’s actually pretty cool. The mysterious girl takes Delsin to various crime scenes where he is supposed to find clues to get to the bottom of the whole thing. He takes photos of the crime scene which is then uploaded to the Paper Trail website for it to be investigated. What I don’t like about this is that I needed to open the said website on my laptop, investigate or solve the puzzles and then go back to the game and then this process repeats itself a number of times which annoyed me a great deal. There were puzzles that took time to solve but thanks to our friend, Mr. Google, I was able to get a whole lot of help from people who have solved the puzzles beforehand. =)

All in all, this was a fun game with various side quests but in my opinion, the side quests became tedious and repetitive after awhile. I literally just finished them just so I can see that “100%” completion in the game. The satisfaction is just heavenly. haha..

NinthMelody rating: 8/10

 

[PS4] The Last of Us: Remastered

My first game post!

Last December, I got myself a PS4 (just because) and mainly since I’ve always wanted to try this game. Oh, also because I heard about the Final Fantasy VII Remake which you can watch here:

I have never played the FFVII game on the PlayStation but I’ve only heard good things about it. The first Final Fantasy game I played was FFX and I loved it (didn’t finish the game unfortunately.. damn you, Yunalesca.) So when I heard about this remake, I was ecstatic! So this better come out for the PS4 otherwise, I am going to be extremely disappointed, Sony.

Anyway, this post isn’t about FFVII but about The Last of Us: Remastered. This game first came out for the PS3 (which I do not own) and it got stellar reviews. I was kind of hesitant to try it out because it had zombies in it and I’m more of a JRPG kind of girl. I used to get really panicky when fighting off enemies especially if it’s a first-person shooter type of game and what more if it’s against zombies. I decided to try this game out though since I wanted to experience awesome graphics in games. The last time I played a video game was in my PS2 which was OMG, more than 10 years ago. Great, now I feel really old.

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The best thing about The Last of Us in my opinion, is its story. The relationship between Joel and Ellie, their whole ordeal, ugh.. I love it. There was a part where it actually made me cry. That has never happened to me before. I mean, in movies, in books, sure, they have made me cry. But in games? Woah.. That was intense! This game was very well made in terms of graphics, script, dialogue and even the voice actors were amazing. They really made the whole experience an unforgettable one.

This game had zombies but really, they’re the least of my problems. I was actually looking forward to zombie enemies because the humans were much harder to fight off. There were a number of “infected” enemies that can be encountered in this game – Runners, Stalkers, Clickers and Bloaters. They are also listed in order of difficulty with Bloaters being the hardest to kill.

This is the fastest I have ever finished a game. It took me less than a week and it was an awesome experience for me (except when my character died of course, I had to start over and ugh.. that was frustrating). Every part of the game was exciting and concise. No chapter was forced or prolonged which was simply ideal. I felt more like I was watching a movie than playing a game.

After completing the game, I decided to continue with the DLC – Left Behind. It follows the story of Ellie and her friend, before she even met Joel and it also shows the events that transpired while Joel was recuperating from an injury and how Ellie managed to keep him alive during that time. It was an extremely enjoyable extra content that just helps keep prolong the inevitable end of the game.

 

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I really wish they would make a Part 2 but then again, maybe it was already perfect as it is. I don’t know if it would ruin the perfection of Last of Us but I just want mooooore. No matter what it is.. ME. WANT. MORE.

NinthMelody rating: 9.5/10

(I don’t like giving perfect scores. I’m just harsh like that.)

[MOVIE] Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

403-film-page-largeI know I’m kind of late in watching this but hey, better late than never. I have not read the books so watching this movie was a satisfying experience in the sense that it surprised me and kind of frustrated me as well. Feeling those emotions are essential in a movie since it means that they moved me enough to actually care about it. It’s different when you’ve already read the book before watching the movie and vice versa. It takes away the element of surprise and the thrill. If ever I decide to read this series, I think I would have to wait when I’ve already forgotten the movie. That way, I won’t be expecting scenes I’ve already seen. (That is, if the movie was faithful to the book)

**WARNING**

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

So, compared to the first movie, this was definitely more thrilling in my opinion. It starts exactly where the first movie left off when Thomas and the other gladers were “rescued” by some mysterious people in helicopters who supposedly killed the whole WCKD crew. The Gladers are brought to a facility which houses other rescued children from other mazes. Now, they are all awaiting to be sent off to a safe haven.

A guy named Aris, one day calls on Thomas to show him a mysterious chamber where they suspect the other children are sent off to. They sneak into the chamber after scoring an access card and they find out what awaits all of them. Turns out the man in charge of the facility, Janson, is in cohoots with Ava Paige (whom they thought was already dead.) They plan to extract from the children a fluid that causes them to be immune from “the  flare,” a disease that plagues the whole world, turning those infected into well, zombies –  which they call “the cranks” (just to be different).

The gang immediately set off to look for Teresa so they can all escape the facility and into the scorch. The scorch is literally like a desert and they find shelter in an abandoned building where they had their first encounter with the cranks. In their attempt to escape, one of them gets scratched or bitten by the cranks and they learn the hard way that not all of them are immune to the flare.

**END OF SPOILERS**

That’s the first few minutes of the movie for you. From what I’ve gathered, it turns out the movie is different from the book in many ways. I like that because that means, I would still be in for a surprise in the book when I read it. However, there is a high possibility that it would confuse the heck out of me.

Anyway, I like the fact that the movie was pretty fast-paced and that there were a lot happening. I really hate it when the movie just makes everything move so slow (I’m looking at you, Foxcatcher). Since this is the 2nd part to the 3-part series, it obviously ended on a cliff-hanger. That’s fine with me. I’ve waited for Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hobbit, Divergent, Hunger Games, etc. I can live with the wait. I just hope all this waiting won’t end in disappointment when we find out the outcome. I want something epic. We deserve it after all the wait. (Now, I’m looking at you Never Never.)

If you liked the first movie, why on earth would you not want to watch this one? GO WATCH IT. If you didn’t like the first movie, give this one a chance. It might change your mind. If not, well, can’t force you, now can I?

NinthMelody rating: 8.5/10

Read my thoughts on the first movie, The Maze Runner, here and here.