Basic Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

I’m back. Again. With another review for you.

Today, I’m going to be reviewing The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Blurb: Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals…

It’s the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon’s love.

Swept up in a world of elaborate gowns, glittering jewels and decadent feasts, America is living a new and glamorous life. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others.

Rivalry within The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don’t know is that America has a secret – one which could throw the whole competition… and change her life forever.

Published: 2012

Genres: Science Fiction & Dystopian

Character Development: 6/10

I know a 6 seems harsh, especially considering Maestra scored higher in this category, but I absolutely could not stand America’s indecision between choosing Maxon or Aspen. All she did up until Aspen came to the palace was cry over how Aspen had broken her heart, so her lack of moving on from him brought this book’s score down.

Plot: 7/10

Interesting enough idea, but again, the America and Aspen thing annoyed me, and I felt a bit lost at times with the world-building.

Storytelling: 7/10

I can’t complain about this one. The book was easy enough to read.

Turning Point: 7/10

There could have been a better way of raising the stakes.

Ending: 7/10


Recommend: If you liked Miss Congeniality.

Buy From: Amazon

Add to: Goodreads

I have not been paid for this review. The opinions on this blog are mine and mine only.

Gifs courtesy of Giphy.


Basic Book Review: Heat Wave by Richard Castle

I wasn’t going to post this review because the book’s technically written by a fictional character from a TV show I binge watch too much, but I’ve already said it was coming up and I’m in a bit of reading rut at the minute, and the easter eggs in Heat Wave still makes me say this

a lot.

And Seamus Dever taunted us with this a few weeks ago (I’ll explain in a minute) and since there’re no more new episodes to watch, I returned to the books.

Shay-Jean is cooking up something special for you. @shayjeanmusic @jon_huertas

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So, for those of you who haven’t heard of the show, Castle is about a best-selling mystery writer, Richard Castle, who’s just killed off his golden goose (a spy called Derrick Storm who has his own series) and is struggling to find inspiration for his next book which is already overdue.

Cue the serial-killer using Castle’s books to inspire his murders, and Detective Kate Beckett shows up at Castle’s book signing to ask for his help.

There are 8 series which follow Castle and Beckett’s crime solving adventures, and the books Castle wrote based on his time with Beckett are really published and really quite good despite them being technically fictional.

Here’s my review of the first, Heat Wave.

Blurb: A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy.

Published: 2012

Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thrillers

Character Development: 7/10

Jameson Rook is just as insufferable and smug as Castle is in the first couple of series, and has a bit of an obsession with his ‘ruggedly handsome’ looks.

Nikki Heat is just as closed off and as sharp as Beckett in the first couple of series.

But as the book progresses, the walls start to come down, and yada, yada, yada, they start getting along.

Who’d have thunk it?

Plot: 7/10

Interesting enough. I could definitely see it as a plot on the show.

Storytelling: 8/10

The book reads a bit like the show, with plenty of one-liners and sass, and the occasional serious moment. Not a full 10 because I know it might not make much sense if you haven’t seen the show and all the references go over your head.

Turning Point: 7/10


Ending: 8/10

Typical Castle move.

Recommend: If you’ve seen the show and need a fix after series 8.

Buy from: Amazon

Add to Goodreads

I have not been paid for this review. The opinions here are mine and mine only.

And now for the explanation I promised.

Two of Beckett’s colleagues, Detectives Kevin Ryan and Javier Esposito, wrote a song for her and Castle during series 7. Nobody got to hear because stuff happened (watch series 7 to find out what) and the song and additional music video got added to the DVDs as an extra.

Seamus Dever (Ryan) and Jon Huertas (Esposito) have been teasing a new song for a while, but there hasn’t been any actual news until that Instagram post, and so we’re resigned to waiting, and waiting, and waiting…

But here’s the lyric video for Definition of Love to pass the time.

Film Corner: Pirates of the Caribbean 5

I’m back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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And I’m trying out a new blog feature.

Because who doesn’t love getting emotionally invested in yet more fictional characters’ lives, right?

BBC sherlock bbc benedict cumberbatch sherlock holmes GIF but we’re not going to forget this in a hurry, are we?

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(me watching TV.)

ANYWAY, this post was supposed to be a review of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film and all I’ve done is use Sherlock gifs so I’m going to shut up now and get on with it.

*mild spoilers ahead*

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Right, so let me start off by saying that I am NOT a POTC fan. I saw about five minutes of the first one (or maybe it was the third one) and the only thing I liked was the music. But that was a while ago, and I’m less fussy about the types of films I see, so when my friend was like this

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I agreed to go and see the latest addition to a film series which a lot of people said should have ended after 2.

But it wasn’t too hard to work out what had happened in the interlude because there was a scene at the start which kind of caught you up and told you what the main focus was going to be.

So this time around, Jack Sparrow’s latest scheme goes wrong (when do they not?) and his crew leaves him and he goes for a drink (when does he not?) and his old nemesis, Captain Salazar, escapes from the Devil’s Triangle through a really obvious plot device which is hinted at up until he makes his escape. Jack’s only hope of survival (doubtful) is Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann’s son who wants the Trident of Poseidon to free his dad and an astronomer (accused of being a witch) who wants to decode a map left to her by her father.

To be honest,  this

is a fairly accurate representation of how I felt during the first half hour. Johnny Depp didn’t really do much but make snappy one-liners and staggered about a bit playing up the drunk pirate, and the whole bank-stealing-losing-all-the-treasure thing went on for a bit too long.

But the pace started to pick up a bit around the 45 (ish) minute mark and things got better. Kaya Scodelario wasn’t as whiny as Elizabeth Swann in the first one (sue me) and the reveal (which I won’t reveal here) was not one any of us in the cinema was expecting going by the amount of gasping going on around me, and so I can honestly say that I don’t regret going to see Dead Men Tell No Tales.

When’s the next one?

I have not been paid for this review. The opinions here are mine and mine only.

Gifs courtesy of Giphy