Review: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

Ok guys, I went and saw The Last Jedi last night and….I have some thoughts. Obviously don’t read this if you don’t want spoilers, like, I’ll try to not be spoiler-y but you know you have been warned.

Where does one begin, when they love Star Wars so freaking much?!?

I have been counting down to seeing The Last Jedi (TLJ) since The Force Awakens (TFA). My excitement has increased over time, to the point where I couldn’t sleep because I was just so freaking excited. So, did TLJ deliver? Yes, I believe it did. However, there were some things that I was bit “meh” about. I think what will be best is if I break this down into what I loved and hated, so here we go….

What I didn’t like

  • Too many plotlines – I felt like there was a lot of back and forth which gave me a bit of whiplash.
  • Unnecessary plotlines – There were a couple of different stories that I really felt were unnecessary, some of it really just felt like filler. Which then leads to –
  • It was too long – look, I don’t mind long movies but only if it all feels relevant. The fact that some of the plotlines felt unnecessary and just “filler”, really made some parts of this movie made it feel long.
  • Awesome characters but not a lot going on – I don’t know, I really just felt like some characters were wasted in this movie…and it’s probably because it is the 2nd film of a trilogy, which means we are seeing character growth. I really just felt like a few particular characters could have been used throughout the movie….rather than them having a big finale.

They were my main gripes, and really that’s not bad because the things I love really outweighs what I didn’t like.

What I loved

  • Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) – just WOW. He didn’t really get to prove his acting chops in TFA so I think it was freaking awesome to see his character grow and how much depth Adam added to this really complex character. Of all characters in the new instalments, Kylo Ren is one that I am most intrigued with because he is so conflicted. I absolutely love him!!
  • Surprises – and there were quite a few. Some of them I was like “WOW” and some I was like “ah dang”.
  • Blurred lines of Good vs Evil – despite Yoda once saying that “only the Sith deal in absolutes” it’s pretty evident that Jedi’s really have the same principal. It has always been you can only be one or the other. I have to say that this is one thing I was really hoping I would see, less of Good vs Evil and more of something in between. You really get to see this in this movie which I thought was really awesome.
  • Visually pleasing – wow, wow, wow!!! So many awesome things, but I won’t go into it. Just, wow!
  • Rey – People have quite differing opinions about her, but personally I love her character. I think she is really naïve and I love that in her. She isn’t perfect and she is still learning, but girl can kick some ass. There were some awesome fight scenes with her involved, however I hope she is used more in the next movie.
  • Porgs – ahh I really thought these guys would be like Jar Jar Binks, but they really, really weren’t. They were cute and not overused.
  • Epic action and finale – the fight scenes whether in the sky or on the ground were awesome. I will forever love the Millennium Falcon and the tricks it has up it’s sleeve. I loved how well choreographed the fights were. It was pretty much a “hold no quarter, take no prisoners” attitude and I loved it.

I could actually go on and on about TLJ but I will end up just giving things away, which I really don’t want to do. I hate when people spoil things for other people, it isn’t fair. I urge you to go into TLJ with an open-mind as this movie is in a lot of ways so different to the other Star Wars movies.

And a special mention has to go to, of course, Carrie Fisher. She is wonderful and brought so much heart to Leia, she will be forever missed.

Overall, I give this film 4.5/5

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Have you seen The Last Jedi yet? Do you agree/disagree with any of my thoughts above?

Steff xx

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Just a few books I’ve hugged recently

Hello Everyone!

A while ago (like, about a year) I did a blog post on books I had hugged recently. In the last month or so I hugged a few books, so I thought I would share them with you all. Oh and for those of you who are like “what does she mean hugging books?” I actually, literally, hug books that I love.

An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir

I apologise, I actually think these 2 books were in my last huggy post. But I just re-read them and it renewed my love for them. I love Laia and Elias, they are just such wonderful characters with wonderful chemistry between them. They are both flawed characters which is also why I love them, sometimes flawed characters are hard to come by, especially in YA.

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Defy the Stars – Claudia Gray

This book ticked off all the boxes for me. Sci-fi, action with a little bit of romance on the side. Omg I LOVED Abel. Like, he is just such an amazing character to follow. Watching as he transforms really just gave me all the feels.

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Night of Cake and Puppets – Laini Taylor

This would have to be just one of the sweetest freaking books. If you haven’t read this one yet, which is a side story to Daughter of Smoke and Bone and follows how Mik and Zuzana came to be, you SOOOOOOOO need to read this one. It’s a quick read, but it’s so sweet that you will want to re-read it over and over again. And maybe even give it a hug!

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Persuasion – Jane Austen

How did it take me so long to read this book?!? Seriously, I absolutely LOVED this book. I felt so many emotions while reading Persuasion, because I loved the main character Anne Elliott, but holy crap I hated her family. And the ending just gave me all the warm and fuzzies. Now I need to read more Jane Austen!!!

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Anyway that is all for now, short and sweet!!! I hope you liked my little list of books I have hugged recently. Have you hugged any books recently?? Let me know in the comments below!

Steff xx

 

 

Ranty Rant: Do ARC’s make a Book Blogger?

Well, the short answer is NO.

Since joining the book community over a year ago, one thing I learned was that ARC’s are a pretty big part of book blogging. It kind of made me feel bad because ARC’s have honestly never been something I have been interested in, so I went through the whole applying for ARC’s thing and wasn’t very successful.

I ended up being pretty unsuccessful in obtaining ARC’s  because I don’t think I tried very hard with the applying for ARC’s thing. The reason why I started my book blog was because I just wanted to read books and rant and rave about them. My intention was never to request ARC’s, in fact, I actually had to google what an ARC was when I first started blogging…*insert embarrassed face*.

I think alot of book bloggers and booktubers put pressure on themselves when it comes to obtaining ARC’s. I’m not going to tell you “don’t put pressure on yourself” because that would be like me telling you to not think about this star.

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BUT, I think we all need to realise that ARC’s aren’t what make you a blogger or booktuber. They are a PART of what you do (if it’s what you choose to do), but the main reason why people follow you is because you talk about BOOKS!! Beautiful, wonderful BOOKS!! Look, I am always interested in new books that are coming out….but I actually REALLY LOVE people blogging about older books! I LOVE reading reviews of books I have already read because I love seeing what other people thought of books I loved or hated.

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I love the book community and everyone who promotes books. I think you all do an AMAZING job! I just want you all to know that if you don’t always get ARC’s, it’s absolutely fine!!! And if people stop following you because you aren’t constantly putting up ARC’s…well, it’s a loss to them really. As long as you are staying true to yourself, that’s all that matters.

And just as an end note, this doesn’t have to do anything with the whole Goodreads/Netgalley fiasco….they are a completely different kettles of fish…not being able to access an e-ARC is absolutely effing ridiculous…I will leave it at that for today.

Anyway, that’s my rant for the day!!

Steff xx