Vampire Academy Movie Review

I’ve never done a movie review on here before but seen as this film just came onto UK Netflix I thought I’d give it a chance (because y’know I never seem to give up giving YA stuff a billion chances to prove me wrong – yet I am disappointed almost every time). O and I do apologize if I’ve ended up ripping this film to pieces. If you loved the film then I’m happy that it made you happy!

A little heads up on my filmic background before we get onto the review; I studied film studies for two years in college, I love watching films and I have an extensive collection of films that I own/have seen (150+ alone are Japanese films!). So yes, films are a huge part of my life (as is Japanese/Korean TV which are the main reasons why I read so little compared to everyone else) and I am always evaluating and being critical of films that I watch.

O and another heads up; I love vampires!! *watches film*…

Vampire Academy Movie Poster

Even by 10minutes into the film I hated it; the acting was wooden, the lines felt forced, I didn’t see any chemistry between the two main girls, the actions scenes were ridiculous, the girl actors are supposed to be playing 16/17/18 year old teenagers right(?) but they easily look 24/25 years plus(even though one of them was born in ’94!), there’s magic? Vampires doing magic? Are you fucking kidding me that’s stupid!, also if feel like they just copy and pasted the comedy right out of the book and while I can understand that if I had read the books, the comedy certainly would’ve gotten giggles out of me but watching it on screen, the comedy is completely off and again feels very forced; and jesus her British accent is atrocious and annoying (and turns out it was fecking Aussie! No wonder the accent felt so unrealistic and awful!); I have never me a British person speak like that ever(!) and if I did, I’d have to walk away or punch them in the face. Also when the blondie first put her fangs into the other girls shoulder; how 18+ did that look! I was like ‘Oooo are we get a porno?!’ but my excitement quickly diminished because I remembered this was suppose to be YA and not HBO/True Blood – I know the last season of TB sucked but man I loved that series!

However, I do like when she went ‘they don’t sparkle like Twilight’ I like it’s in a universe that is aware of vampires being in books and that it had a little dig at Twilight xD

But I persisted and… no wait, I couldn’t even get to the 30minute mark before I just had to turn it off!

O boo hoo you parents were evil and you hate them and you’re not like them blah blah blah predictable! And insta-love much? Ugh don’t make me through up.
‘She writes twilight fanfiction’ okay the first dig at twilight was amusing, this was just.. ugh, really?!
‘Jesse is still the academy’s number one wet dream boat’ he’s fucking disgusting! How is THAT the best looking actor they could get for playing the book’s hottie?! Another person who looks 24 years plus, no wait, he looks like he’s on his way to hitting thirty within the next year or two! And they picked him to play a HS kid? What the fuck is wrong with this film!? In fact, they ALL look 24 years and over!!!

I can’t. I just cannot carry on watching this pile of drivel that’s had millions spent on it! I really hope this doesn’t get a sequel and it’s a good job (I feel) that I never intended on reading the book series. O stars seriously! I want my 30minutes back please!

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The Demon by Sarra Cannon

The Demon: Episode 1 (Sacrifice Me, #1)

Quickie Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars.

The Positives: Everyone is getting to stage of ‘omg can we get over vampires already?!’ and in fact we’ve been in this stage for a while; luckily for this story, we don’t really run into any ‘bad’ vampires in the sense of A. they don’t sparkle and B. it feels like they aren’t good vampires. So off to a good start! The next good this about this story is the way the plot is brought out; starts off simple and as we go along mystery upon mystery and question upon question starts to trickle in but it’s not like a load together which is a nice pace. Speaking of pace; I liked the pace of it; not too slow, not too fast, but maybe just a tad slow. The characters I liked and very intriguing! I really liked how the story ended and left me hanging and wanting to know more!

The Negative: That cover for starters xD and as mentioned already, the pacing I felt was a little slow, but only at the action part. There were quite a few cheesy lines and stereotypical vampire/erotica lines in there that did make me laugh, for example:

The territorial claim of his eyes on my body.
I gasped for breath.
I hated that one tiny touch of his skin against mine could tilt my entire world on its axis.

Finally, the main character did annoy me a bit; like she’s 21 years old but still acting like she’s 15 years old. Maybe it is because what she’s been through but no need to be all emo and ‘I’ve been on my own for so many years why should it matter now blah blah whine whine’ but luckily it wasn’t overboard so I could cope with it but I just felt [being 21 myself] that she was very immature compared to me, maybe [like I said during my The Rain review] I’m more mature for my age?

Continue? If I ever have a breather from my massive TBR or it’s like practically non-existent, I think I’ll carry on this series =]

#FridayReads and Year-a-Thon October TBR!

I thought I might as well post these two together as they’re both about what books I’ll be reading this weekend and throughout next week.

Naturally, my main read is A Game of Thrones; slowly hitting the half-way point – YAY! And loving it very much, although all the minor characters and characters that don’t appear in the TV show but the book are very difficult to keep up with and remember and are just blurring together for me haha

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Next Week is the October week of Year-a-Thon, running 6th – 12th and the theme is Stephen King and Horror so naturally I went for zombies and vampires and hope to get to these books and finish them next week!

The Demon: Episode 1 (Sacrifice Me, #1) The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1) Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)

Finally, to give myself a little bit more freedom in my reading, I’m also going with a ‘horror’-esque manga to read during the read-a-thon too!

Higanjima Tokyo Ghoul

Not Forgetting, this week’s compulsory reads for uni;

On The Ch’ing Tributary System by J. K. Fairbank and S. Y. Têng
East Asia: Transition and Transformation Chapter 16 by J.K. Fairbank and Craig.

Same Time, Maybe Next Week!

September Wrap Up and October TBR!

September went so slow compared to the rest of the summer months – I’m not alone right?! Anyway, while it doesn’t look like I’m doing well reading books-wise, I’ve actually managed a decent about of pages read this month xD So I call it a partially successful reading month!

Wrap Up

The Rain by Virginia Bergin A Bit of Bite by Cynthia Eden

The Rain by Virginia Bergin [384 pages]
A Bit of Bite by Cynthia Eden [45 pages]

Along with:

2 chapters of Shingeki no Kyojin = 90 pages.
2 chapters of Kuroshitsuji = 50
pages.
Progression with A Game of Thrones = 95 pages.

Total Pages: 654 pages.

Run-Over TBR from Last Month

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters, #1) Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker's Journey

TBR – similar to my Top 10 Tuesday from two weeks ago as it is the Halloween month! ^_^

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1) The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1) The Demon: Episode 1 (Sacrifice Me, #1)

October ARCS

Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1) Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets: An Anthology of Holmesian Tales Across Time and Space Sky Pirates (The Chronicles of Light and Shadow, #3)

Also, as NaNoWriMo is less than a month away, I need to seriously start thinking of ideas and get something solid in my mind to want to write asap when November does in fact begin xD

Also [again] the Year-A-Thon October Week is next week [6th – 12th] and the theme is Stephen King/Horror!

A Bit of Bite by Cynthia Eden

A Bit of Bite

A killer is stalking the streets of Crossroads, Mississippi, and it’s up to Sheriff Ava Dushaine to stop him. But when suspicion falls on werewolf alpha Julian Kasey—Ava’s ex-lover and the man who still haunts her dreams—Ava knows that she’ll either have to prove his innocence…or watch the whole town go up in flames.
[Summary from GoodReads]

Quickie Review: 3/5 Stars on Goodreads.

As it was only a 45 page story, the review will also be 45 pages short. This seriously felt like reading an episode of Supernatural! What with the modern setting and investigation and supernatural creatures being involved. The setting was perfect, the characters were pretty self-explanatory [no need to have developed characters for this type of story] and the theme of the story allowed it to not be character based but plot and crime-solving based. Fast-paced. The nice hint of saucy romance was just right and welcomed! I rather enjoyed it. I really liked the little twist we get as to whether a certain person is telling the truth or not. Overall, a quick and enjoyable read with a some naughtiness to make it all the more ‘real’ (I guess) and fun!