Saturday, December 31, 2016

Book Review: The Raven Cycle: The Dream Thieves

                                                   The Dream Thieves Review
The Dream Thieves is the second book in The Raven Cycle series and in this book deals more in-depth about things that were there in the first book but not really the focus of the book. In this book a big focus is put on Ronan and his ability to take things from his dreams and have them be real in the real world. This ability that Ronan has is one that is very interesting from the start but become even more so when you learn more about it throughout the book and I liked that we also learned a lot more about Ronan as a character in this book as well.

One of the other main focuses in this book is how Adam is different  now since he made a sacrifice at the end of the first book even though it isn't clear what the sacrifice did to him it's clear that it did change him and not for the better. Adam has to deal with this change and accept the role that he promised to fulfill in the last book but by the time he has realized this his friends have already noticed a change in him and this has allowed his relationships with them to change slightly. In this book Blue and Gansey take a bit of a back seat in terms of plot but one thing that does develop with them is that it's clear that they started to develop romantic feels for each other even though neither plans to act on them.

In this a book a new character named Mr. Grey is introduced as a hit man that was hired to find an object that takes things from dreams with neither himself or his employer knowing that it's not an object but a person that can pull things out of dreams. Mr. Grey is a character that is dangerous and not quite trustworthy but he also isn't evil either so that makes him interesting to read about because your not quite sure what to make of him.

Overall I loved this book it had great characters and I loved seeing both the characters and the relationships they had with each other grow through out this book. I really loved this book  for both it's story and writing style. Please tell me your thoughts on this book.

TV Review: Heartless City

                                                          Heartless City Review
Heartless City is a show that is about criminals, undercover cops and non-undercover cops that deals with drug dealers. This show is one that focuses both on the cops investigating the crimes and the criminals who are committing them for some it is simply for profit and power but for most of them it's about having enough power so that they can survivor the world that seem unable to escape. The show starts with there being shift in power in crime world when a young man Jung Shi-hyun who most know as Doctor's Son challenges the areas current leader in distribution for his position for reasons that are unclear for the first few episodes and this leads to a lot of in fighting and chaos between two groups of criminals.

This show is one that has quite a few twists in it which made it fun to watch but also makes it a bit hard to review without spoiling things so I will fairly vague about what the series is about. As a whole this series is one that did a really good job at making you feel for the characters that were living in the crime world whether they be criminals or undercover cops since the crime world is one that is full of shades of gray and things tend to quickly become out of control with the stakes being life or death for those involved. Those who live in crime world are often just doing what they have to survive and when they're not doing that there often doing whatever they can keep the people they care about safe in the dangerous complicated world they live in. With the crime world being one where personal loyalty comes before any mission and one that doesn't really play by any rules the scenes that involve the non-undercover cops are a lot less interesting to watch and overall I found myself liking and caring less for those characters than I did for our many group of criminals.

Overall I loved this series it was very well made the show has a really great dark but beautiful look to it that is also reflected in the soundtrack and the acting very good as well as is the story. There were so many great characters and relationships that I loved in this series. There were also a lot of great fight scenes that were shown throughout the show as well. This series is great and recommend it even if you don't watch Kdramas because it's just a really well made show even though it's dark and has a sad ending that fits the series. Please tell me your thoughts on this series.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

TV Review: Timeless: Party at Castle Varlar(1.04)

                                      Timeless: Party at Castle Varlar(1.04)Review
  • I liked that the tech girl was able to track down where in the present Flynn was landing his time ship by tracking power drainages.
  • I found it a bit surprising that Flynn sound almost gentle when he was trying to make Anthony hurry up with making the nuclear core safe for time travel since that isn't behavior that is typical for a villain.
  • I liked that the characters pointed out how dangerous it would be for them to go back in time to Nazi Germany but it was also pointed out that Flynn giving the Nazis an atomic bomb before the end of the war would've been even more dangerous.
  • I liked that Wyatt actually does speak Germen and I liked that Lucy was surprised by this and that he then told her that he actually speaks four languages.
  • I liked that it turned out that Mason had a room full of historically accurate clothing that was divide by era and country and I liked when Lucy asked if it was a bit much that Mason told her it's better to have and not need than to need and not have.
  • I was a bit concerned for Lucy when she just stared into the mirror and seemed to loose track of the world around her.
  • I surprised that the time machine landed in front of Nazi soldier and I was a bit worried about what was going to happen but Wyatt ended up killing him right away so it wasn't an issue.
  • I liked that when Wyatt killed the second soldier they saw that Lucy asked him if he could avoid killing people when he has the choice to because it's important that they preserve history.
  • I liked that Wyatt was telling Lucy and Rufus the plan that Rufus said that he should stay right where he is until Wyatt convinced him that they would need a car and then Rufus told him that he could hot wire one.
  • I was worried about Lucy and Wyatt when they were taken out back by a solider that they thought was a Nazi and I was relieved when it turned out that he was actually a British spy and that he agreed hear them out about their mission.
  • I liked that when it was revealed that the spy was Ian Flemming the creator of James Bond that Wyatt was a bit starstruck and really excited that he got to meet him. I also liked that when Lucy asked if Wyatt was a Bond fan he said a little bit and that when Rufus mentioned he was a fan of the movies that Wyatt said and the books because he's a pretty big Bond fan.
  • I liked that when Flenmming heard about the destruction that atomic bomb that he was shocked and horrified by the damage it would cause and that after hearing about it he is willing to help them with their mission of stopping the rocket from being launched.
  • I liked that Rufus asked Flemming how does one become comfortable about lying all the time especially to people you trust sadly Flemming advice to trust no one really doesn't help him at all.
  • I find it interesting that it seems that Flynn isn't actually giving the bomb to the Nazi although it is unclear what is plan truly is.
  • I liked that when Lucy tells Wyatt that he can't risk killing Von Braun the Nazi scientist that he listens to her even though he doesn't know why he can't.
  • I liked that when Lucy explains that Von Braun is someone that the Allies want for themselves because of how brilliant he is that Flemming agrees to capture rather than kill him because that's the orders that were given even though he doesn't seem agree with them.
  • I liked that even after Lucy and Rufus both tell Wyatt that Von Braun is very important to American history with how he made their rocket program, made NASA what it is and was the one that ensured that the Americans got to the moon first that Wyatt still didn't like that not only can't he kill Von Braun but also that he knows that Von Braun  will never be punished for his crimes.
  • I like that Wyatt didn't want Lucy to go into the event with Flemming without him being there because he knows that Lucy is a historian not a solider or spy like Flemming thinks she is, I just like that he protective of her.
  • I liked that Wyatt noticed that Lucy was on the verge of cracking because it's something he has seen many times with new soldiers and that Lucy asked him what will her not crack and he tells her that talking would help.
  • I liked how Lucy tells Wyatt that she once almost gave up on history to join a band and that one of the main reason she didn't is because she got in car accident and almost drowned in a lake on her way to tell her mom her decision. I liked that Lucy tells Wyatt that since that night she tried to stay in situations that she knew she could control and that every time that she gets in time machine she feels like she's drowning in that car again.
  • I liked that Wyatt told Lucy that the reason he became a soldier is because grandfather was a soldier in World War II and since he was more of a father to him than his actually father he wants to make him proud which is why saving Nazis and letting Lincoln die is something he has a hard time doing since it's the opposite of what his grandfather would want him to do.
  • I like that Wyatt convinced Rufus to disable the bomb even though it wasn't nuclear and that Lucy would dislike it.
  • I liked that Rufus mentions more than once that James Bond is hitting on Lucy because I find it funny.
  • I found it sad how Flemming told Lucy about his brother died during the London Blitz and that's how he became involved in spy work.
  • I find it interesting that Flynn is actually trying to hand Von Braun over to the Russians rather than the Americans and that he pretty much says that he hates helping these awful people but that he sincerely believes that destroying Written House is worth it and I believe him when he says it because he puts so much emotion into what he says to Lucy.
  • I was worried about Lucy and Flemming when Flynn and the Nazis took the two of them prisoner and I like that Wyatt saw them get taken because lets him and Rufus know that they need to be rescued.
  • I liked that Wyatt wanted to go in guns blazing to rescue Lucy and I like that Rufus came up with a better idea of how to get in by making the rocket explode on the launch pad which diverts the attention of the Nazis.
  • I liked that when Flemming tried to kill Von Braun that Wyatt stopped him and that when Flemming told him that Von Braun deserves to pay for all the horrible things that he has done that Wyatt told him that he agrees with Flemming but he trusts Lucy.
  • I liked that Lucy knew that the castle had secret passage ways under it and that they escape with Flemming through them.
  • I liked that Rufus asked Von Braun if he ever thinks of the destruction that his rockets cause and when he tells them he doesn't Rufus tells him how he helped invent something far more impressive than a rocket all he can think about is the destruction that his invention is creating.
  • I liked that it turned out that Flemming wrote a Bond movie about their mission and I liked that Wyatt was excited to watch it.
  • I liked that it turned out that Flynn used the nuclear bomb to create a battery that would run the time machine which would make impossible to track down in present time.
  • I liked how Rufus tells Mason that he risks his life for Lucy and Wyatt because he trusts them to do the same and because he trusts them he is unable to spy on them.
  • I like that it seems Mason is being blackmailed or something by the Written House people rather than being a higher up in the organization.
  • I liked that Lucy told the Homeland Agent that she wouldn't work with them if they won't help her find a way to safe her sister because her sister is who she's fighting for.
  • I hated that Rufus is being threatened by Written House to spy on Lucy and Wyatt but I like that Mason really does want to protect Rufus and his family from them.
Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.

TV Review: Revenge: Aftermath(4.21)

                                                  Revenge: Aftermath(4.21)Review
  • I liked that David ran over to the house to see if Emily was okay when he got home saw the mansion was on fire.
  • I liked that Louise was worried that Victoria might have burnt down Grayson Manor just to spite Emily.
  • I liked that Nolan was relieved that Emily wasn't home when the manor and that he tells that house burning down is a sign that she should move on from everything. I also liked that Emily told Nolan about Mason return.
  • I liked that Margaux at least told the police about the suicide note she found from Victoria on her desk.
  • I liked that Emily told Nolan that Victoria is really dead and I liked that he asked Emily what a world without Victoria means to her and that when she said that it was free of revenge which made them both happy.
  • I liked that Emily encourage Nolan to happy in his relationship with Tony and I liked that Nolan offered Emily his private jet to go and see Jack and confess her feelings for him.
  • I liked that when Emily told Mason that she had other things to deal with he sly mentioned that she once burned down his house so he thinks it's a bit of karma that she had to deal with the same thing.
  • I liked that Jack called Nolan to ask if Emily was the one that lit her house on fire and I liked that Nolan told him that Emily would never kill anyone, I like that Jack doesn't have any idea about what Emily's limits are while Nolan knows exactly what they are.
  • I find it interesting how Stevie keeps asking Jack to put Emily completely behind him and that she worries about hold Emily has on him and honestly the amount of time characters mention the hold Emily has on Jack and how Emily has ruined Jack's life it seems like it would have made a lot more narrative sense for him to die at the end of the series rather than live.
  • I liked that Louise didn't believe that Victoria killed herself because she knows the signs of someone who is planning on killing themselves.
  • I disliked how Louise publically accused Emily of murdering Victoria while I understand that Louise doesn't have all information she needs to fully understand the situation.
  • I was worried about what Mason was up to as soon as Emily tried to call him and his phone was disconnected.
  • I was sad that Nolan's relationship with Tony pretty much as soon as it really started and that it was something that wasn't either of their faults.
  • I felt bad for Emily that she had to find out that her dad has cancer from the police checking on his alibi for the night of Victoria's death.
  • I hated that Mason betrayed Emily but I could understand why he would do it because Emily did screw him over pretty well.
  • I hated that Victoria sent Emily a video that proves that she would frame Emily for her murder and that she gets arrested for it and is unable to use the video she just got from Victoria to prove her innocence.
Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.