Throne of Glass – Review

Throne of Glass – Review

Hello dearies,

This is the second review I’m writing, and just like the previous I won’t be rating the book from 1 to 5 stars. I don’t believe in rating because I think it’s super subjective. What might be a five for me, may be a three for you and you might have enjoyed it the same way, though your critics might be towards something else.

Therefore, I will only write how the book made me feel and the things I liked about it, instead of just writing a synopsis of it.

Here we go:

Book: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while, since I’ve seen so many reviews and pictures of it (I love book instagrams). It was a fast read for me; I wouldn’t put the book down, and got really hooked in the story. We follow a young trained assassin, Celaena Sardothien,  through a life-death contest to become the King of Adarlan’s Champion, and with that winning her freedom (she’s been on a slave camp for a over year). I expected a lot more action from this book, since the real juice only started to appear on the second half of the story. I think the writer lost way too much time with love triangles that are poorly developed (I’m a little tired of love triangles) and frivolous conversations, instead of showing more of the assassins ability and strength (sometimes she came out a little too whiny making me wonder how did she became the best assassin of the Kingdom). For example, the contest is designed with many tests, but we only read a few of them, others are just skimmed through.

With that being said, I liked the character development, since we learn she is not just a cold hearted assassin, but more of a girl that was thrown into this world and had to do anything to survive. We see her starting to care for other people than herself, which shows that her soul is way more human than what people thought of her. The end leaves you wanting to understand more, since some important information lightly appears towards the final chapters. Who is she? Who is her family? How powerful is she? We start to learn that there is a big secret around her, and the author is pretty clever at giving bits and pieces of information throughout the story that the reader must connect. Instead of throwing everything at once, she kind of turns us into little detectives, trying to figure out what is actually going on, before the heroin does.

I definitely recommend reading it, it is a well-developed story, that catches your attention from beginning to end and definitely makes you want more. The author did a great job at creating this new universe, with different customs, religion and history. I loved the writing style and her POV choice. I’ve grow very accustomed to first person POV, so it was a nice break from it. The way she writes is smooth, simple, yet it fits the genre, setting, and atmosphere of the book perfectly. I’m already on my way to get the second book of the series, since I have to kill my curiosity.

Have you read Throne of Glass? What were your thoughts on it?

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My Top 5 80’s Movies

My Top 5 80’s Movies

Hello lovelies!

Recently I spent a really quiet weekend at home relaxing, and for my surprise The Princess Bride was on TV. I haven’t seen it in a while, so naturally I’ve stopped whatever else I was (not) doing and enjoyed the moment. The movie may be a few decades old, but it can still make me laugh. I love the romance, the sarcasm, the cinematography, and quick comebacks (I think the jokes are so clever!)

Then I started to make a mental list of all the 80’s movies I’ve seen that I would see again or recommend others to watch, even though I am a nineties’ baby.

Warning: Contain spoilers

So, without further ado, here are my top five 80’s movies of all time:

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1. Can’t Buy me Love

I’ve seen this movie for the first time a couple years ago, and boy, did I love it. It got me hooked from start to finish, and I thought that Patrick Dempsey’s acting, even though exaggerated at times, was extremely refreshing. I believed him to be that nerdy and bubbly character who just wants to be popular more than anything. I’ve seen a lot of movies with this actor, but overall (in my opinion) he plays the same type of character over and over again. So it was really nice to see how he started and how dynamic he was at a young age (when he wasn’t the sexy serious guy).

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2. Back to the Future

Oh Marty Mcfly, how much do I enjoy your adventures with time travel. But I must say, the first movie has always been my favorite. Him accidentally going back in the past, and almost ruining his parent’s entire relationship was so precious and fun to watch. The more he tried to make things right, the worse they got. But, thankfully everything turned out more than okay for him at the end. Go Marty! And I don’t even have to mention that one of my favorite’s band’s name comes from his last name Mcfly. That alone should make me love the movie (but honestly I liked way before I knew the band).

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3. The Breakfast Club

Well, not only the movie has an iconic ending that has been remade and celebrated through generations after it, but the depth and exploration of the angst of teenagers in High School was mind blowing. This entire movie happens during these five kids’ detention time (with only them and two school staff to support the story), and it is able to show you their distinct personalities and break cliches of people’s appearances. Who you seem to be in High School doesn’t necessarily is who you are. And sometimes someone who looks so different from you, may actually have more similarities than disparities. The movie makes you wonder whether these five kids will remain friends after this glorious and unique day. But who knows? Maybe they will go back to their daily lives. But for us, those hours were the truest and sincerest moments of these teenager’s High School years.

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4. The Princess Bride

But of course I wouldn’t miss the movie that started this whole post. The Princess Bride is one of those movies you must see. It’s light and quirky, and makes you laugh not only with the story, but about it (the movie constantly makes jokes about itself). You end up falling in love with Westley’s wit and his love for Buttercup (though I must admit, her character doesn’t agree with me much). Also, one of the most famous lines in movies’ history can’t be missed, when Inigo Montoya finally meets his father’s killer and says, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” STRIKE ONE! Fun fact: Ben Barnes was inspired by Inigo’s accent to create his Prince Caspian character.

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5. Just One of the Guys.

Ok, so I’ve seen She’s the Man with Amanda Bynes many times, where she pretends to be her brother in order to convince her ex-boyfriend, and her previous coach that girls are as good as guys on soccer. However, I didn’t know there was an 80’s movie with a similar plot (seems like they are both loosely based on the same play by Shakespeare). In Just One of The Guys, the main character pretends to be a guy just so she can prove that her article for the school newspaper was rejected because she was a girl. The plot twist is when she finds out that it actually was because it wasn’t good enough (even as a guy). She becomes friends with this loser guy and ta-da starts falling in love with him. The whole experience as a guy inspires her to write a new article that ends up being published. Oh, and the reveal scene (where people find out she is a girl) is very much like in She’s the Man. I quite liked the movie, it was amusing, smart, and ahead of its time.

 

Did your favorite 80’s movie made the cut? If not, leave a comment below sharing your top choices.

1/4 of a Century

1/4 of a Century

Hello guys,

So on April 18th I turned 25, which means I’m one quarter of a century old. That’s right, I’m not on my early twenties anymore.

But, I’m glad I’m aging because I have been learning and growing so much, and like I always say, change is good.

For this special age, I’ve decided to create a bucket list of 25 things I must do on the year of my 25th birthday.

I’ve written down a wide range of things, from doing hang-gliding, to learning how to drive stick shift, to getting a tattoo. So far I have seven things completed, but I still have many more to finish.

It’s been fun so far, and the best part is that I’ve shared my list with my friends, so not only they help me complete my list, but also I have a commitment of finishing it because other people beside me know about my challenge.

I’ve been reading a book called The Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey, and he discusses how in order to be trusted we need to trust ourselves. And sometimes we mine our own trust by setting up goals and not accomplishing them, like for example when we set the alarm earlier to go workout but we wake up, turn it off, and just go back to sleep. This small act is making ourselves less trustworthy, and even worse, is making us stop trusting ourselves.

So, I encourage you to try doing the same thing. You know those things you always wanted to do but was always too lazy, too busy, or just forgot to do it? Write them down now and challenge yourself to complete them. See it as a mission and set a date for you to complete your list.

I bet you will feel more accomplished and empowered just like I have been feeling.

Peace always,

Fe.

“The Only One” Girl

“The Only One” Girl

Hi guys,

 

I’ve written many poems in my life, but never had the courage to show or post it for anyone to see, so in my new mantra of trying new things and taking risks, I’ve decided to share this little one.

It started coming to shape in my head in one of my many walks from the airplane to the baggage claim, while I was listening to Teddy Geiger’s song “For You I Will” and it sort of just came to life. Little by little I breathed more soul to it, and I was able to finish it tonight. So I hope you enjoy it and that maybe it touches you like it touched me.

“The Only One” Girl

By Fernanda Lemos

I’m the girl in a music video,

the one who walks around with distant eyes and a distracted smile.

A thousand worlds inhabit her mind,

but she can’t seem to fit into the one she lives in.

I’m the girl who people say that she should experience more of life,

but who, perhaps, just feels and sees life in a different perspective than everyone else.

I’m the girl in a portrait,

frozen in space and time as if she doesn’t belong here,

or there, nor anywhere.

I’m the girl in an adventure book,

strong and fierce, but not quite real,

not quite tangible, and somehow quite damaged.

I’m the girl whose eyes can scare you,

because they carry the weight of all the expectations her mouth can’t pronounce.

I’m the girl that tries to pretend she doesn’t believe in love,

but who secretly hurts with how the world seems to have forgotten all about the magic of it.

I’m the girl that cries alone in her bedroom about her loss,

but who you will see smiling and pretending to be okay,

because she refuses to look weak.

I’m the girl who feels as if she wasn’t good enough,

when you were more than enough for her.

As if she lacked a secret ingredient,

always blend, always overlooked.

I’m this girl,

I’m that girl,

I’m any girl,

But I’m never “the only one” girl.

Why Being in Love Means Being a Fool?

Why Being in Love Means Being a Fool?

I’ve been thinking about love lately, not just love but feelings in general. How many times I’ve seen friends being in love and hearing that they are a fool for it? And the more I think about it, the more terrified I become with the conclusion that people are so afraid of feeling something that they rather hurt someone else instead of being vulnerable and be hurt. Even worse: people are so self-centered that they can’t see outside their range.

I’m not talking about guys being jerks, or girls being shallow, or none of those typical things you might hear. I’m talking about people in general. About how one person will try everything to grab your attention, while you are after someone else, and that person is after someone else, so we never find an end to that circle.

In a world where girls fight the standards to scream their independency, guys have to learn more and more how to live and share the duties of a home, where people are so “connected” instantly and language barriers are broken, still we seem to drift more and more apart from one another. Why is that?

I feel like people are scared of wanting something. Even if they say “that’s how I want someone”, they might run away when that person comes popping in their lives, because they might not be ready for that. Or better yet, they might not  be ready to have someone who will have so much power over them, because knowing someone may hurt you is extremely scary. So we close ourselves up in our own world, gathering a list of lovers one right after the other, always having someone to massage our ego, so we don’t have to face the truth that one person might make you feel more than all those others.

We say we want something, but when we find it, we build walls up against it. Doesn’t make sense, right? I’m not saying that we should live like the romance books, where all is perfect and love is stronger than anything else. Those things are beautiful for the stories, but they are not real. Those people are not real, and no matter how many flaws a writer can give them, you can’t flush them out of the page.

No. I’m talking about people who will make you happy and laugh, who will disappoint you because you create certain expectations in your head, who will support you and fail you, who will fight you, and, sometimes, who will just be there, with none of these extreme feelings that you encounter in the pages of a novel.

Perhaps you will meet someone who will make you feel differently, and I pray that you have the courage to tell that person how you feel–which most of us lack to do. We just keep pretending that we don’t care until that person walks out of our life.

If not, you might just keep living life like a ghost, just bumping into the next person and the next, to keep pretending that you are strong or wanted.

I’m not saying that we are incomplete without someone else, not by far. I believe we all come to this life as a whole, and we can live, breathe, build a career, follow our dreams all on our own. What I’m saying is, maybe someone could be there with you, cheering you, challenging you, or helping you put your feet on the ground sometimes.

So my wish for you is to be weak and be a fool. But don’t be a fool with shut eyes and closed heart, because you might miss something or someone.

 

Re-learning How to be Creative.

Re-learning How to be Creative.

Ok, so let me ask you something. Creativity is a talent, right?

Nope.

I used to think that too, until recently I’ve stumbled upon a course taught here in Brazil by a comedian Entrepreneur, Murilo Gun, who decided it was time to break the traditional thought that some people are creative while others aren’t.

His whole course is based upon the idea that everyone is born creative, but as we grow up, we start getting blocked from the way society makes us behave. We lose that childlike innocent creativity where every thing we see is considered an input for creative thoughts.

I have been suffering with creative block since I started working in a more traditional logical job, and haven’t been my normal self since then. So, I decided to take a shot at the course to see if it would help me re-learn how to be creative.

The course hasn’t started yet, however, all the “students” already created a group on facebook and on Whatsapp, so we could start getting to know each other and share our experiences of the course as we move forward.

For me, just that experience is already worthy enough. Imagine about a hundred people, from different cities, backgrounds, ages, jobs, hobbies, personalities, but all with one goal of re-learning how to be creative? It’s the most incredible experience ever!

Everyone is so funny, and interactive, and they all have something different to offer or to teach you that sometimes it’s even hard to keep up. I’ve been having a blast just by knowing all these crazy people just like me, and sort of felt back on first day of college where everyone was friends with each other and we were all so united. Some of those people are still my friends, and I can only hope to come out with more friends from this new experience.

I have a feeling that they will help me towards my creative path, and that we will all have a great experience together.

So if you are feeling like you need a change, why don’t you try starting a new class somewhere? Something different and unique, with people who have the same goal as you? Get out of your shell and try meeting new people! If you are open minded and respectful of everyone’s differences, you can only come out with more knowledge about human beings and perhaps you can even change your mind about pre-conceived ideas.

Happy Creative thoughts,

Fernanda.

 

 

The power of writing

The power of writing

Writing for me is more than a form of expression. It is also a form of release.

Once I really started writing, developed my own stories and got attached to my characters, I realized how some of my own feelings, desires, fears and frustrations became real on the page.

I was going through a really tough time, and somehow by putting my own characters in my situation, I could see things from a whole new perspective. Writing helped me accept and understand certain events and people of my life.

Kiera Cass, writer of The Selection Series, once said the same thing, about how putting her characters in her own situations, helped her deal with her problems.

Somehow you are able to detach youserlf from the whole picture, and take a look at things from a different point of view. By doing that you release yourself from those feelings that chain you down. You get the sensation that you lock your inner demons on those pages, instead of battling them inside yourself.

If you get people to read your work, you might even help them deal with their own demons. I let a friend read one of my works, and she said that what happened to my character hit her right in her wound. She saw herself in my character, and she felt real relief when my character said out loud everything she always wanted to say.

For me seeing how much my work impacted someone made all the effort, all the pain and all the joy I went through that inspired my story, to somehow be worth it. That’s what telling stories is all about. It’s about sharing experiences, taking people to other places, helping each other, healing old wounds, and giving courage to those who need it.

I write to understand the world, and better yet, to understand myself.

Writing is a journey, and reading is a escape.