Monthly Wrap-Up | February 2017

Hello lovely people!

Today we’re about to revisit all the posts we’ve published, all the wonderful books we’ve discovered and all the great cinematic art we might have crossed paths with! Don’t be shy to share what you think about anything! 😀

Let’s get right to it then! 😉

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BOOK REVIEWS

– 05/02/17 – Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

– 08/02/17 – Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri

– 12/02/17 – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

– 18/02/17 – Traveling with Ghosts by Shannon Leone Fowler

– 22/02/17 – Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

– 24/02/17 – The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

– 26/02/17 – The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu

COMIC REVIEWS

– 10/02/17 – The Wicked + The Divine (Volume 1) by Kieron Gillen

– 20/02/17 – Batman (Volume 2) I Am Suicide by Tom King (Rebirth)

BOOKISH POSTS

– 06/02/17 – What is Bookidote? – Blogging Tips

– 08/02/17 – Q&A With Sandrone Dazieri

– 14/02/17 – What Type of Blogger Are You? – V – Day Special

Falling into place by Amy Zhang : Thank you Yarravy for recommending me this book! Goodreads blurb: On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

The Daemoniac by Kat Ross : Thank you Kim for this recommendation omg this looks like so much fun. Following a serial killer in the streets of London just before Jack the Reaper starts his killings.

Obsidian and Stars : The sequel to ivory and Bone omgg which I have to start reading

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria: At night, on stage together, the two best friends, whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art, weave magic under the employ of Johnny Dervish, the club’s owner and a notorious gangster.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill: MY MONTREAL AUTHOR CAME BACK WITH ANOTHER BOOK

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Empire in Black and Gold – Thanks to Bookstooge for making me add this bad boy to my TBR. The war in this fantasy sounds absolutely epic.

Prince of Fools – After seeing Danielle and Drew go at it with their ARCs (one with a digital, the other with a signed paperback copy) of Mark Lawrence’s latest book, Red Sister, I just couldn’t help myself from adding every series this guy wrote to my TBR.

The Turn of the Screw – Anything that freaks out theorangutanlibrarian is a book that I’ll want to try out. Lolita is already on my TBR too. 😉

The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract – DC is going to release their next animated movie based off of this storyarc and we all know DC’s animated movies are THE best out there. No competition. 😀

The Mists of Avalon – So… the recent episode of Legends of Tomorrow was based off of the whole King Arthur lore and I was just all nostalgic about the stories related to the man that I went on hunting for popular series based on King Arthur that I didn’t already have in my TBR. And voilà! Got to mention that this book is… really… thick though…

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Lashaan: Okay, okay. February was a particular month for movies. I went through some of the most classic movies known to man! My Top 5 movies stars off with Back to the Future (1985) which will remain my favourite of the trilogy. Every scene in that movie was brilliant! I also watched Back to the Future Part II (1989) which was excellent! The whole paradox was amazing and how the idea of time-travelling was pushed even further in this one was AWESOME! Of course, I had to also watch the third installment, Back to the Future Part III! Can we take a moment to appreciate the Bat-train? 😀 I love the references in this movie so much. From De Niro’s “You talkin’ to me?” from Taxi Driver (1976) to Clint Eastwood, this was a great finale. I also watched Saving Private Ryan and man… this movie will never fail the test of time. Spielberg directed one of the most realistic war movies I’ve ever seen (will have to see Hacksaw Ridge (2016) to see if it’s a close second!). Finaly, a movie I actually saw in theaters, John Wick Chapter 2 (2017). THIS. MOVIE. IS. AMAZING. Since the day I’ve seen John Wick (2014), I was hooked to the idea and the beauty of this movie. Chapter 2 pushes the lore even further and the action scenes are even MORE brutal.

If you’ve seen any of these, feel free to mention it in the comment section. I’d love to fanboy with y’all! 😀

Trang:

COHERENCE- Amazing scifi movie ! I had a blast reading about coherence and decoherence in Dark Matter. This movie is an amazing retelling of what’s happening if the multiverse collides :O I would freak out too. Well, please watch it and ignore the 15 mins blablaing between friends endure it until the end. I promised it’s worth it.

JOHN WICK 2 : Just when I thought they can’t make the first movie any better.. THEY FRKN DID LOL. I just love this worldbuilding so much ! They take it to a whole new other level. Love the mix settings between New York and Montreal ( YEAH I RECOGNIZED MY CITY) SO PROUD HIH 😀

SPLIT: James McAvoy nailed his role as a multiple personality patient ! Just his performance is worth every penny in the movies LOL

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Trang: WATCH IT FOR THE FIST BUMP LOL 😉

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Lashaan: This is the highlight of February!!!! Who isn’t excited to see these kids back in action?!?!!?

Thank you all for checking out our monthly wrap-up and don’t forget to check out any posts that might interest you and that you might have missed out on!

So what’s going on in all of your minds? What have you discovered this month? What are your thoughts on the books/TV shows/movies we’ve mentioned?

Yours truly,

LASHAAN & TRANG

35 Comments Add yours

  1. Bookstooge says:

    So, you BOTH liked John Wick 2? Now I really can’t wait to see it when it comes out on bluray…

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    1. The angle they went with for the second chapter is different from the first. This one has a bigger focus on the whole underground organization. They still manage to fit in everything that makes John Wick such a dangerous man. The action scenes are SOOO much more deadlier and the body count never ceases to grow. Oh and that ending… Gosh… Let me know what you think about the movie when you get the chance to watch it.

      – Lashaan

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  2. Sarah says:

    I am so excited for Stranger Things Season 2!

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    1. YAAS!! Can’t wait to see where the story is going to go next and to see those kids drag us through memory lane with all those amazing Easter eggs/references! 😀 😀

      – Lashaan

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  3. Kat @abookiesbooks says:

    I am so excited for Stranger Things and I watched Split too! I thought that movie was so good except it ended at a cliff hanger so I want more.

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    1. Oh man, Stranger Things is just AWESOME!! It’s going to be soooo much fun. Can’t wait to find out all the twists and new cast additions to that show! 😀

      – Lashaan

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      1. Kat @abookiesbooks says:

        Yes same here. I want it now I can’t wait any longer

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  4. hehehe Turn of the Screw and Lolita definitely both creeped me out- but for very different reasons!! Glad you’re gonna check them out- looking forward to your thoughts on them!! And I feel like I need to add everything by Mark Lawrence to my tbr too- I’ve just read the one book by him (thanks to Drew’s recommendations too) and it was awesome!! And I love Back to the Future!

    ooh that ed sheeran acapella is very cool! *fist bump*

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    1. Hahahha I have a pretty good idea how Lolita might have been troubling, but man am I curious on how the story goes and how often you might have had to throw the book against the wall. 😛 Which book by Mark Lawrence did you get the chance to read? :O And YAAASS to Back to the Future! Marty and the Doc are just AWESOME!

      – Lashaan

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      1. hahaha I can tell you it was a lot!! Prince of Thorns- I was actually surprised by how much I liked it- but it was really good!! Yes!!!

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  5. When I saw the promo for the second season of Stranger Things, I legit squealed! And then they were wearing Ghost Buster outfits!!!! I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!

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    1. I feeeeel yaaa!!!! With the leggo my eggo mini-trailer and the Ghost Buster outfits, who knows how many more awesome references they can make to that period!! I’m really pumped to see the new actors they’ve added to the show too!! Can’t freaking wait!! ❤

      – Lashaan

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      1. Oh yes, yes! The new additions will be great, I am sure! I wish I could watch it all now.

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  6. LizScanlon says:

    Omg, Lashaan you’re going to love (I hope) the Broken Empire series by Lawrence… that was the series , a few years back, that got me massively back into reading. Loved this trilogy so bad! 🙂 Enjoy!

    John Wick 2- I cant bloody wait to see it. I loved the first one to bits and I’m so happy to hear the second one is mega. This makes me a happy camper, indeed!

    And Split… to be honest- I’ve been wary of it… is it really creepy?

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    1. Oh maaaaaan, that just got me super excited to check it out ASAP! I only hear GREAT things about the Broken Empire series (well, actually, anything Mark Lawrence writes). But a series that gets someone to read again? That’s ALWAYS promising!

      If you enjoyed John Wick, Chapter 2 is going to GREATLY satisfy you. It takes a different direction in how the story is told, but it was an excellent decision and proved to be ABSOLUTELY captivating. And the action scenes? Holy sh*t. Just when you thought things couldn’t get better. Leave it to Keanu Reeves to prove you wrong! Hope you enjoy it even more than I did! 😀

      – Lashaan

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      1. LizScanlon says:

        Ooooh… exciting.. I can’t wait to see JW 2 now! Keanu is a great actor and these kind of dark roles suit him so much, he’s such a brooder…

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    2. For SPLIT : I find it more like a thriller than a horror/creepy movie. It’s very deep and psychological 🙂 – Trang

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      1. LizScanlon says:

        Thanks! I watched the trailer and was thinking it was a bit toooo creepy, but I think I’ll just have to give it a go 🙂

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  7. ravenblake99 says:

    You guys had an awesome month! So many good reads and amazing movies! I’m so excited for John Wick 2 and Split. 🙂

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    1. Two amazinggg movies ❤ !! Thank you for passing by and hope you had a great month too 😉 -Trang

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    2. Yep, yep! Hope you had an awesome month yourself!! Enjoy those movies, they are definitely worth checking out! 😀

      – Lashaan

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  8. Chloe says:

    What a great month! May I suggest if you can make a section where I can find Trang’s reviews or Lashaan’s separately ? Thank you!

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  9. I loved Dark Matter!

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  10. Great recap for this month. It seems like you both discovered some amazing books throughout February. I’ve seen some amazing reviews for Mark Lawrence’s books so I really need to add them to my to-read list as well, same with Ivory and Bone (and the sequel too).
    I love the Back to the Future films, I thought all of them were good but the first one was the best in my opinion, also I really need to start Strange Things, I keep hearing so many amazing things about it!
    Seems like you both had a great February, I hope you have a brilliant March as well! 😀

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    1. Thank you Beth! Mark Lawrence’s book really seem action-packed with lots of fun-fun-fun!! I can’t wait to try them out and hope you enjoy them whenever you get the chance! I agree, the first Back to the Future movie was definitely the best of the bunch! You totally have to give Stranger Things a shot. I don’t know ANYBODY who didn’t like that show. It is simply brilliant! I also hope your month of March will be filled with awesomeness! 😉

      – Lashaan

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      1. That’s all right, and I hope I enjoy them too but based on all the positive reviews I’ve seen I’m sure I will! 😀
        Oh I’e heard plenty of amazing things about it, and it’s one of those shows I know I’ll love as soon as I start it, but I’m just so behind on TV shows I need to watch at the moment, have to catch up on those before I can get started on something new! 😀
        Thanks Lashaan. 🙂

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  11. I’m starting to read Kill the Father right now. Intriguing opening.

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    1. Really curious of what you’ll think of that book once you reach the end! 😀

      – Lashaan

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      1. I’ll let you know!

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  12. Zezee says:

    Me!! So ready from Stranger Things!
    And Drew definitely made me want to start reading Mark Lawrence right now.

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    1. I have so much expectations for Season 2!! I’m unable to lower them, it’s crazy! Pretty sure it can’t disappoint though.

      I’m pretty ready to jump into the worlds created by Mark Lawrence soon enough. Too pumped to let it slip during this “crush” phase. 😛

      – Lashaan

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      1. Zezee says:

        Yea, they ended on such a good note!
        Btw, I’m all caught up on Taboo now and maaaann!! Delaney is a badass. I do think his sis conveniently exited the plot though.

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        1. I know right? It was the beginning of the episode too. That’s one hell of a way to start an episode! I did love the ending of episode 7 though. Delaney has soooo many quote’able lines, it’s amazing! Can’t wait for season 2. I hope Tom Hardy gets to continue to do what he does! What a show!

          – Lashaan

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          1. Zezee says:

            Lol yea, I agree about those quotable lines.

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