Shrek 2

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After discussing the first Shrek movie, we of course also need to tackle the sequel. Without any further ado, let’s get right down to it!

The Plot (according to RT):

After returning from their honeymoon and showing home movies to their friends, Shrek and Fiona learn that her parents have heard that she has married her true love and wish to invite him to their kingdom, called Far Far Away. The catch is: Fiona’s parents are unaware of the curse that struck their daughter and have assumed she married Prince Charming, not a 700-pound ogre with horrible hygiene and a talking donkey pal.

The Rating:

Well, this was a worthy sequel.
Shrek 2 may not be as kick-ass at the first part, but I still had a great time watching it. Once more, it takes many elements we know from just about every fairytale out there and twists them in a fun way.

I like how positively wicked some of the surprising twists are. They really did a great job with the script! It’s funny, it’s cute, it’s something new (or at least it was when it came out), it has a message I like. Fiona and Shrek show up and people treat them weird, even her parents. I appreciate how the movie treated that part. You know, the uncomfortable silences, everybody kinda trying but not actually wanting to be there. That is relatable to everybody who ever felt like they don’t fit in.

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Phoenix Flame by Sara Holland (Havenfall #2)

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I read Havenfall earlier this years and tremendously enjoyed the book. You can imagine how excited I was to pick up the sequel. Let’s see if it holds up what I was led to expect after book #1!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

Maddie thought her problems were over. She saved the Inn at Havenfall—a sanctuary between magical worlds—from the evil Silver Prince. Her uncle the Innkeeper is recovering from a mysterious spell that left him not quite human. And there are still a few weeks of summer left to spend with her more-than-friend Brekken.
But there’s more work to be done to protect the Inn—Maddie must put an end to the black-market trading of magical objects and open the Inn’s doors to the once feared land of shapeshifters.

As she tries to accomplish both seemingly impossible tasks, Maddie uncovers secrets that could change everything. What if saving everyone means destroying the only home she’s known?

The Rating:

I wanted to love this. So much. I tried really hard. But this sequel has a great number of flaws that disappointed me a lot. The first novel was brilliant but Phoenix flame doesn’t really deliver on anything set up in Havenfall.

First of all, we need to talk about Maddie. She’s the main charactera and she’s annoying af. I was prepared to overlook it in the first novels as the book simply had so many strenght it easily managed to tide you over. She makes nothing but rash decisions, there never seem to be any reprecussions or punishment. Somehow she manages to cruise through this book weathering all the challenges despite zero knowledge or expertise. This girl is surviving on sheer dumb luck alone.

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Happy Death Day 2U

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The other day I talked about the movie Happy Death Day, which I ended up enjoying a fair bit. Well, of course I also sat down to check out the sequel, Happy Death Day 2U. So, let’s find out how that one holds up in comparison!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Collegian Tree Gelbman wakes up in horror to learn that she’s stuck in a parallel universe. Her boyfriend Carter is now with someone else, and her friends and fellow students seem to be completely different versions of themselves. When Tree discovers that Carter’s roommate has been altering time, she finds herself once again the target of a masked killer. When the psychopath starts to go after her inner circle, Tree soon realizes that she must die over and over again to save everyone.

The Rating:

Let me begin this with saying that I definitely liked this one less than the first movie. But I do appreciate that while working with the same concept they tried to give it a different spin. The question is, however, is this a spin I particularly liked.

We start off almost exactly like we did in the first film – somebody is stuck in a loop, it’s just a different character this time. To be honest, for a moment I thought they’d just unoriginally copy-pasted the first flick and got very annoyed. While I liked the first film, I wasn’t so sucked in to the whole thing that I’d want to watch another movie just like that. Especially because sequels that do the copy-past thing usually pale in comparison to the first film.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Sequels you would sell your Soul for

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week’s topic is all about sequels I need to have in my life right now and I’d sell my soul for.

#1 Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

I loved the worldbuilding in this one, with the books and everything. While I liked the idea of this being a standalone, I would like to explore some of the aspects of the story more!

#2 Eight Will Fall – Sarah Harian

If I recall correctly, this was initially supposed to be a duology but ended up being only one book instead. It showed. I wanted to read more about the backstory and the ending felt a tad rushed and abrupt. So, I’d love to have a sequel that gets to show us all the things we didn’t get a chance to see.

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TV Show Review: Gilmore Girls – A Year in the Life

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I finally had time to check out what ever Gilmore Girls fan had been dreaming of for 9 years: a sequel. In 2016 Netflix released 4 90 minutes long episodes full of Stars Hollow fun! Let’s see whether they are good…
(Just to warn you, there will be spoilers ahead!)

 

The Plot:
Rory is struggling a bit with her career, constantly switching between New York, Stars Hollow and London.
In the mean time Emily has to deal with the great loss the family suffered. Richard passed away and she lost her purpose.
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