my review

Why Sonic Boom (TV Series) Is Actually the Best

1: You will never see Sonic nope more than in this show

2: Tails is the cutest thing in existence. It’s nice to be reminded that he is still a young kid, on top of being a crazy genius.

3: Knuckles, though yes he has been made less intelligent (in a way that I actually quite enjoy), actually has the most heart and appears to get along most with everyone he comes in contact with.

4: Amy has shown HUGE character growth and is not just a crazy fangirl anymore. Though I think we still have a lot more to see of her, she actually is often the first one to run IN to battle as opposed to waiting for someone to save her.

5: On that note, the relationship between Sonic and Amy has matured so much. The two still quarrel and Amy is still the affectionate one of the group (which yes makes me squee) but what once was annoyance is now a really good friendship, and Sonic appears to be a lot more gentle and tender with her in most cases.

6: Sticks is a hilarious, charming new character that I’m looking forward to learning more about!

7: You will see more to Eggman than you ever thought possible…

8: You will be given all the things you didn’t know you needed in your life

I cannot say enough how much I really love the show Sonic Boom. Yes, it’s silly and nonlinear and it uses characters in ways that maybe we aren’t used to, but isn’t that the great thing about a new series? Trying new things and giving you something to broaden your horizons? The show is lighthearted and whimsical but, despite how short the stories are, you learn a lot about the characters in the process. Please watch it!

Just finished my first listen and I’m so 

Emotional.

I’m happy. I’m sad. I’m proud. I’m excited. I’m bursting at the seams with feelings I don’t even know how to express. Every song is amazing. All the boys sound incredible. They feel like a unit. A team. I don’t want to skip a single song. I want to dance one minute and cry the next. Go on a road trip across the country and listen to nothing but this record. I want to be with my friends. I want to sit alone and analyze the meaning behind every lyric. I want to hit repeat on every song but, don’t want to miss the ones in between. I want to buy a copy for everyone I know. I fucking cried when it was over. I’m still tearful now. I miss them terribly and they haven’t even left yet. 

This album is

Everything. 

Hamilton (contains spoiler)

So i saw Hamilton on Sunday and I honestly thought I wouldn’t like it as much as I wanted to.

I can’t even describe how much I hyped the show up in my mind for 3 months. But it was the best thing I ever saw and I want to see it again so badly.

I saw Jon Rua as Alexander Hamilton and I really liked him. He seems very young and he’s a very good dancer. He played Hamilton funny and cute, but still driven and ambitious. So don’t be disappointed if you’re seeing him.

Phillipa was also out and I was very bummed about this first but Carleigh Bettiol did and amazing job. She made me cry during burn and I usually don’t cry about Love-stuff.

The energy of the whole show is amazing and everything happens so fast that to some degree, it seems kinda rushed. But this actually suits the show and its content.

As somebody who knows the cast recording by heart, I thought that I wouldn’t really laugh about the jokes, but Daveed Diggs as Jefferson and Jonathan Groff as King George III are just so hilarious (Jonathan almost made Leslie break character once). In general, the show was a lot funnier then I expected it to be.

Chris Jackson’s and Jasmine Cephas Jones’ voices are just perfection.

But the MVPs for me are Leslie Odom jr and Renée Elise Goldsberry.

Leslie is simply fascinating. You are just drawn to him and he captures your attention everytime he’s on stage. He acts very subtle but you just can’t look away. (Especially in ‘Wait for it’)

Seeing the show made me feel a lot more sympathetic towards Aaron Burr and that is because of Leslie’s amazing acting. There are so many little things he does on stage  that make you understand the character so much better. (One of my fav moments is in ‘Washington on your side’. He studies Jefferson and Madison for some time and then joins in on their dancing. He studies their ‘moves’, their tactics of playing dirty to take Hamilton down.)

And Renée is just a force of nature. Satisfied was probably the best performance I’ve ever seen. I heard so many people talking about how amazing she is during intermission.

I think my favorite number was 'Yorktown’. The ensemble in this is just incredible. I was sure that the dancing would seem awkward but it was so good and the choreography is just so powerful and fits the music so well.

There are so many small, individual  moments in Hamilton that I’m dying to see it again just to focus on somebody else, so I don’t miss anything.

I really didn’t think that Hamilton would live up to the general hype and my expectations but this show is a masterpiece.

If you want to know anything more in detail about a specific song or actor just message me :)

PS: I’m not a Native so there are probably some mistakes in this

How I met your mother finale - My review in gifs

I can’t express with words (well only a few: WTF? bullshit, fuck you writers…) what I saw yesterday so I will express my emotions with gifs…..

1.- Barney and Robin are divorced

2.- Robin pushes her friends away including Lily

3.- Robin confesses that she should have ended up with Ted

4.- Barney comes back to his old ways after all the development of his character through several seasons

5.- Barney matures in a heartbeat seeing the face of her daughter

6.- Tracy aka The Mother gets sick and dies

7.- The old Ted finishes the story and the kids don’t give a crap about her dead mom

8.- Ted is asking for his kids permission to bang again their aunt Robin

9.- Ted steals again the blue French horn and comes to see Robin. They end up together

MARY SAYS STUFF ABOUT :

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

Thank you to NetGalley and Flux for providing this ARC.

Goodreads rating: 4.48

You can find the Goodreads summary here.

Publication date: February 8th 2016

Lord have mercy, I loved this. So. Freaking. Much. I literally have no words. I had no idea at all that I’d love it this much. I mean, I got so attached that 25 pages in, I was crying on the train, while avoiding the weird looks that people were giving me. Eh, the hazards of being a bookworm. Absolutely amazing book, full of action, intense, with no dull moments or filler chapters, easy to get into, easy to read. I honestly have nothing but praise for it.

It tells the story of Cassandra, a girl who is a trainer for Reckoners, huge genetically-engineered sea creatures, created and bred with the purpose of defending ships that cross the waters of the Neo-Pacific, which are swarming with pirates. She departs on her first solo mission - a cruise ship - with the Reckoner she spent the most time training, but something happens to it, rendering it unable to defend the ship when it’s attacked by pirates. They capture Cassandra and she is forced to train a new Reckoner, and make it imprint on the pirate ship (something that is unheard of) - her life is tied to the beast. If it fails, she fails.

I absolutely adored the idea of this book and found it extremely original. I went into it like I always do, knowing absolutely nothing, and when I met the first Reckoner, I just started dumbfounded at the pages, and I kept repeating “this is so cool this is so cool this is SO cool”. Skrutskie crafts a wonderful world, in a limitless ocean, filled with pirates, monsters, floating cities, and populated with compelling and diverse characters. I was kept at the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. It might seem short, at only 288 pages, but this works in its favor - there’s nothing redundant and the reader has no time to grow bored, because something is happening in each moment. It’s a roller-coaster from start to end and I need the next book this second.

I loooooved the characters. Cassandra is incredibly smart, dedicated, has an amazing sense of self preservation and she’s an absolutely kick-ass leading lady. And something that sealed the deal for me was the fact that her sexual orientation has absolutely nothing to do with the plot, in the sense that there’s no explanation as to why she’s gay, no usage of her sexuality to further or motivate the plot. It was fantastic. Her character development was beautiful to read and I absolutely loved her relationship with Swift, the pirate girl whose charge she becomes. The plot is driven mainly by female characters - Cass, Swift and Santa Elena (the captain of the pirate ship - she’s cunning and ruthless and you’re not used to seeing a woman lead a band of pirates and I want to praise Skrutskie for writing such an amazing character) are forces to be reckoned with and it’s so refreshing to see books like these.
And can I add that the huge freaking sea monsters had personalities of their own and were pretty much as important as the main characters? Because that totally happened and it was awesome.

For me, this was a book that kind of departed from the cookie cutter model for YA books. It was a mix of sci-fi and dystopia, with an overwhelming female cast, diversity and plain ol’ good writing. It was just so so soooo good. I urge you guys to pick this up, you’ll fly through it.

★★★★

To everyone who got this far, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! Also, feel free to share your thoughts, comment or tell me anything :)

Buy it from the Book Depository :)

HOW I WAS WATCHING 'HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2'

The very beginning:

The actual beginning:

The dragon competition:

Figuring everything out about Hiccup-Astrid relationship by Stoick:

Hiccup is 20:

Lovers talking:

Others catch the dragons:

Stoick closes all the doors:

Hiccup figures out that he’s just like his mother:

First seeing the Bewilder beast:

Stoiсk meets Valka and dance with her:

Toothless is trying to kill Hiccup:

Stoick is dead:

Stoick’s funural:

Hiccup trying to get back Toothless:

Hiccup returnes Toothless:

Toothless becoming the new Alpha:

The statue of Stoick:

After all of this:

That was someting! It was amazing! I decided to make such a kind of review)

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These coats are so adorable! And just in time for winter too!!

You can check these all out at this lovely shop Cute Harajuku! As if the prices weren’t great enough, use the discount code ‘turntechgodinbed’ on your order for 10% off! Happy shopping!

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Tanya Burr lip glosses review

Okay, so I’m a big fan of thetanyaburr, so was very excited to hear that she was collaborating with Eye Candy to release a lip and nail line. They have just come into store in superdrug and are available online too.

First things first I picked up Afternoon Tea along with a nail varnish (which I’ll review soon). Afternoon Tea is a pinky nude, but a bit too pink to be a complete nude. Its great for everyday colour for someone who wants to step away from nude. I also picked up the shade Chic, which zoella wore in a recent video. This is a dark nude, which is great for a summer no make up make up day. I think this may become my day to day go to colour.

The formula is smooth and thick, so it has a high amount of pigment for a lipgloss (think Rimmel Apocolips). It goes on quite easily, however I found that Afternoon Tea seemed to gather until I pushed it into my lips. I want to try a more colourful colour to see if its the same. For a lipgloss I find it quite long lasting, however it does dissolve over time and if you eat/drink. The smell is utterly gorgeous, almost like strawberries, which adds to the application. I find it can be slightly sticky when it comes to hair, but I can honestly live with that.

The applicator is really good, the product is on both sides. Its a flat applicator so you can just put it in-between your lips and move it back and forth. The handle is a reasonable size so you can easily use it.

I love the packaging, its compact enough to be put in a clutch. Yet it has a large amount of product and can be found in a big bag quickly.

They are priced at £6.99, compared to the rest of the high street options it is about the middle of the road. I will definitely be getting more and trying the different colours as they are some of my favourite lipgloss available.

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I can’t even describe how much I truly loved reviewing Kawaiicore~~! I am just so happy with everything I received and encourage everyone to shop there!

Overall Customer Satisfaction: 10/10   I can confidently say I am more than pleased with what Kawaiicore has to offer, and I believe they will make many people in this community very happy! They offer such a great range of some incredibly made jewelry and I hope to own more from them in the future! All of their designs are perfectly sweet while still have unique qualities and dare I say that their necklaces are even a bit edgier than some I’ve seen in the past! Their necklaces can coord with many different styles and can either be used with other accessories or they even make some great statement pieces! You cannot go wrong when ordering from Kawaiicore~!

Please read my full review! You can use the code mahou14 to receive 10% off when shopping at Kawaiicore~!
ACT THREE of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Movie Discussion

This is the third and final part to my movie discussion. Previous parts of the movie discussions can be found in the ff links: Act One | Act Two

In Act Three, I go through and analyze the movie scene by scene starting from the End of the War to the Epilogue, and will contain very detailed spoilers. 

When I started this blog, I just finished reading the series and just saw the first movie. I have never felt so connected to a book series since Harry Potter, and though hesitant at first, I jumped back into fandom life once again and never regretted it since. 

This blog became my avenue to process my thoughts and feelings about the series along with other fans and it was to attempt to cure my book hangover, hence my url name, posthungergamesyndrome. 

As I cheesily wrote in my very first post:  “So this is my way to decompress. Katniss hunts. Peeta bakes. Haymitch drinks. I blog.”

And now, it seems like i’m starting to go through the same process again, me trying to cure my franchise hangover this time, starting with this three-part movie discussion. Thanks to everyone who have read them so far, and hope others will be interested in reading them too, and I’m looking forward to continue celebrating the completion of the franchise with everyone else in the fandom! :)

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Polly & Books ∥ Reviews

The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry

Goodreads Rating ∥ 4.15

Pages ∥ 400

Published ∥ January 2016

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Goodreads Summary

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

My Review
I had been anticipating this book for quite a while after seeing so many good things about it especially from my friend Summer (buttermybooks) and it definitely didn’t disappoint. If anything it actually exceeded my expectations.

What did I love about it? Well even from the first few pages I felt a real connection to this story. I absolutely love that feeling, when you start a book and you just know from the beginning you’re going to love it. Well this was that book for me, I was hooked. I felt a connection to Natalie instantly - she jumped right off the page and I felt like we would be BFFs straight away. I love that we were on this crazy journey and experiencing & uncovering everything at the same time as Natalie and I think that was another reason I felt so immersed in her story.

What else did I love? I know it might seem a cliché thing to say but HONESTLY this book is unlike anything I have ever read before. It’s such a strange, beautiful mixture of contemporary, sci-fi and mystery and I love that this book doesn’t and *shouldn’t* fit into any specific genre or age group. I really do think it’s a book that anyone could enjoy, whatever type of book you’re usually interested in.

Emily Henry is such an amazing storyteller and this plot is so imaginative and creative & completely blew me away. The way the plot developed and the way everything was eventually unraveled was not like anything I could have imagined. I was feeling so many feels by the end that I had to put the book down for a moment and catch my breath.

I already mentioned how connected I felt to Natalie’s character but really all of the characters were so well developed. I absolutely adored Natalie’s family - her parents and siblings were so real and like with Natalie jumped off the page and straight into my heart. And of course I was completely in love with Beau and his and Natalie’s love story. I really felt how much these two were connected and how much they were meant to be together.

Some more things I love about this book - I love the way Native American folklore and culture was not just included but was a vital part of the storyline. I love how deep and powerful this story was while still having so much humour and heart behind it. I love the way that psychology was touched on - I studied it at school and the way it was featured in the plot just fascinated me. I love the friendship between Natalie & Megan, they was so adorable together. I love how profound the message of self discovery was within the story. I LOVE HOW I STILL CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS BOOK.

I could keep on gushing about how much I loved this for a long time but I’ll stop now. As you can tell I don’t have a bad thing to say about this very special book. It’s definitely the best thing I’ve read this year so far and I can see it being a favourite of mine for a long time to come.

Favourite Quotes

“And when you see those good things–and I promise you, there are so many good things–they’re going to be so much brighter for you than they are for other people, just like the abyss always seems deeper and bigger when you stare at it. If you stick it out, it’s all going to feel worth it in the end. Every moment you live, every darkness you face, they’ll all feel worth it when you’re staring light in the face.”

“Beau’s mouth is the moon pulling tides through my veins.”

“I didn’t mean to choose you or anything. I just know if I only get to build one porch in my life, I’d like it to be yours, and if there’s one person I never have to hurt or disappoint, I’d want that to be you too.”

Rating

☆☆☆☆☆ ∥ 5/5 stars

Thank you so much for reading this review! ∥ More reviews here

3x01 Review

Okay so this is a review so obviously it’s all spoilers because it’s a recap of the episode. And also it’s long but sort of interesting in my opinion. but yea, just the opening scene with Murphy, we have seen some of it in the promo, but it was intense and it seems to me almost as like the setting tone of how this season is going to be. More intense, darker, grittier than the last. 

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THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke NijKamp - Releasing Jan 5th, 2016.

*I received this eARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review!

Goodreads synopsis:
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

My experience with This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp:

I’ll be honest, when I started this book I was incredibly nervous that I would be unable to give a completely honest review, mostly because of the topic of the book. I didn’t want to be that person who gives a book about a school shooting, a topic that is constantly on the news, a bad review, and is seen to ‘disrespect’ those who have been effected by real life school shootings. I believe that that may be something everyone has to come to terms with before picking up this book. Now, that’s not to say I’m about to launch into a review saying how much I disliked this book, quite the opposite, but I did want to share my frame of mind going into This Is Where It Ends before you read my review.

To read my full review, click here.