Friday, 28 February 2014

Autumn Rose

Finally! About a year ago I read the prequel, The Dark Heroine, to this book and had been waiting for this book to come out ever since. Autumn Rose by Abigail Gibbs. It came out in January and I have finally read it now, which makes me both happy and sad. Because now I have to wait another year for the next book.

This book is all about Lady Autumn Rose, who was in the first book as well, so I had met her before. This book is a few months prior to the massacre on Trafalgar square, when Violet gets taken by Kaspar. She is a fifteen year old girl who lives in a small town in England with her parents. She lost her grandmother, with whom she lived all her life, not too long ago and is still coping with grief. Because of this she had to grow up sooner than you would want someone of her age to do. Mentally she's older than most.

Since she is a sage and the guardian at her high school, people don't treat her as an equal. She is bullied and doesn't have a lot of friends. Her life isn't what she wants it to be and she can't wait to escape this 'hell-hole' at the end of this school year. Autumn is having dreams about the events in London and sees them play out before they happen. It takes her a while to realize they are actually happening. You know a lot more than she does, while reading this book. 

Everything changes once Prince Fallon arrives at her school, things get worse at first. She just wants to fit in and be a normal person, though she will never be: her Sagean scars will always reveal her for what she really is. When he arrives there he reveals her secret and she will never be a 'normal person' again. Slowly things start to unravel and pieces fall into place.

Prince Fallon is different than I thought he would be. He wasn't as old and no where near as scary as I imagined him to be. Kaspar had made him seem that way, but he isn't. I was rather annoyed by how Fallon talks about the vampires, leeches. How he, and the other sage, thinks about them. It goes both ways though, but I'm on Kaspar his side (don't ask me why, he is an ass). My judgement was clouded by him while reading this book. That made it hard for me to get into the different perspective. To give Fallon a chance. I already loved Autumn because of her connection to Violet. She sort of saved her life at the time. Her development through the movie is impressive. Such a strong little girl.

Its funny how everything I thought I knew, is different now. The Sagean leaders knew who the First Dark Heroine (and the second) was long before Autumn knew herself. I thought Autumn knew already but she didn't. Things are so different than I though them to be. In my head she's older and stronger than Vi. But she isn't. A sad little girl, just as scared of what's next as Vi is.

Kaspar Varn
I was anticipating reading about Violet Lee and Kaspar Varn again. The characters I had fallen in love with last year. I just needed to know more about them. How she experienced turning into a vampire and how they handled her dad. Unfortunately, there was very little about them in the book. No insight to the story through their eyes like I was hoping for. You see I love Kasper and Vi but Fallon was talking crap about Kaspar, which made my blood boil. But in the end. I can appreciate both the character groups (though Kaspar and Vi will always by my fav's, their love is just .. hmm). Once Violet appeared in the story, she seemed rather weak and not at all like I remembered her. This makes me sad.

I can't wait for the next book. To read more about Violet, Autumn Rose and the third Heroine Alexandria. For the original review click here.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

American Hustle

There is a lot of fuss about this movie and about all the wigs used in this movie. It involves a lot of big names: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. From the director of Silver Lining Playbook (also starring Cooper and Lawrence) and The Fighter (which stars Bale).

I do not like it when movies are promoted by other movies previously made by the same director. I really enjoyed Silver Lining Playbook and by using the same director and same actors, they trick you into thinking that you are going to like this movie too! But American Hustle is nothing like Silver Lining Playbook (which is a romcom to me). It was good nevertheless. There are a lot of up's and downs to this movie.

The acting was very well done by all the main character. Particularly Jennifer Lawrence did a good job, she was hilarious (Golden Globe well deserved) and this did not surprise me. However Jeremy Renner surprised me a lot with his performance in this movie. So far I never liked him but he played his part very well. You could not dislike his character Carmine. In fact he made me feel sorry for Carmine. But the story line wasn't what I was hoping for. There were a few holes in it and the ending was quite disappointing.

Before I get into that, what is the movie about? Well, this story takes place in America, late 70's early 80's (which explains the wigs). The main character, Irving Rosenfield, is a small con man who grew up in the Bronx. He learned how to survive (in expense of others). He is married to Roselyn. He married her because she was a single mom and he wanted to do her good. He adopted her son, Danny, and loves him like his own. When Irv meets the lovely Sydney Prosser they start to broaden their audience and are very successful with their cons. Until Richie DiMaso walks in, an FBI agent. To get out of their jail time, they have to bring in four other cons. They start small but once Richie gets involved it gets bigger and bigger until it runs out of control.

This movie made me very anxious. I got goose bumps because of the way they try (and succeed) to sell products that don't exist, use people and don't really care what happens to those around them, like Carmine Polito. Awful story of how ugly situations can get when you don't watch out (I will always wonder about the fish-story).

In the end it made me wonder. If it were me, would I do the same? I  would never become a con woman but what if? What if I got caught and had to screw over four other people to keep myself and my loved one out of jail, would I do it? I realized I would. If it came down to it, I would do everything in my power to keep my boyfriend and myself out of jail. But to be fair, i wouldn't get emotionally involved with those I was trying to sell/screw over, like Irving did with Carmine.

Good movie, but it wasn't as good as I expected it to be. I was fooled by the promotion, shame on me. Nevertheless, I enjoyed watching it. You can also read this review on my IMDb-profile.