I feel like I read/watched so much in August! so bear with me if this post is a little long. I think it’s worth it 😉
The Warrior’s Promise (Viking Quest #5) // Lois Walfrid Johnson
my favorite book of the Viking Quest series, bringing this long series to an end!
pros/things I liked: the characters were a lot more mature and they were talking about really deep things, which I appreciated
– THAT ENDING
– I honestly can’t remember much else, but I really love this book
cons/things I didn’t like so much: as much as I love the ending, most of the stuff leading up to it is pretty painful? but the end makes up for it.
– still with the writing style. more engaging for younger kids, less so for teenagers.
– Bree keeps telling Mikkel ‘shOw mE thAt I cAn trUst yOU’ and I’m like, ‘girl. how long has it been since he promised you that he would take you home and he hasn’t even done anything to hurt you in any way for YEARS.’ I get the reason behind her always saying that to him, and I’m sure it would be hard to trust someone after they took you away from your family and hurt you in so many different ways, but it just got annoying.
Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione (The Knights of Arrethtrae #1) // Chuck Black
ah, the beginning of one of my favorite Christian teen fantasy allegory series. wow, that’s a mouthful. this might actually be my least favorite of the series, but I still love it.
pros/things I liked: the premise. that’s one of my favorite things about these books, how they all focus on a specific sin/struggle and expose it and show how the Knights overcome them with the help of the King, the Prince, and the Silent Warriors.
– Landor is a great character! I love his arc (possibly predictable though?) and yeah, I just really like him 🙂
– the fight scenes! I’ve never fought with a sword before (sticks don’t count, unfortunately), but I’m still able to follow along and get really into what’s happening.
– the ALLEGORY. King, Prince, the Dark Knight, Silent Warriors, Shadow Warriors, Knights of the Prince, Vincero Knights, etc. JUST YES.
– while the story doesn’t shy away from showing/talking about more nitty-gritty things, it also doesn’t get graphic.
cons/things I didn’t like so much: Kendrick’s character seems kinda boring? compared to the other MCs in the other books, he appears really cold and calculated. I guess that’s part of his character and relates to his backstory, but it also makes him really boring to me 😦
– like the Viking Quest series, the writing style is more for younger kids. I liked these books more when I had read less challenging books as a younger girl. they’re still fun, but less captivating.
– there is a bit of violence; mention of people being kept in dungeons and tortured; mention of violent games and people getting ‘affectionate’; mention of the murder of a woman and child; evil bloodthirsty men; etc.
Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court (The Knights of Arrethtrae #2) // Chuck Black
pros/things I liked: Bentley’s passionate and determined search for truth, even at the risk of losing everything he’s ever known and loved. it’s so inspiring and encouraging.
– Eirwyn is so freaking courageous.
– Walsch 🙂
– again with the fight scenes.
– that last part with the gardener always makes me cry :’)
cons/things I didn’t like so much:
– so Eirwyn and Gwylin are twins, but when Bentley asks Eirwyn why she didn’t talk to him in the castle, she neglects to mention that she has a twin? and that maybe he saw her sister instead? it doesn’t really make sense to me.
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Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart (The Knights of Arrethtrae #3) // Chuck Black
this book really gets me. a couple years ago, I was really struggling with doubt, something that this book addresses in particular. it’s so encouraging to read about Sir Dalton and his journey. just…gaahhhh, I love this one. it’s kind of dark, but it also reminds me of where I was and where I am now and how the Prince also took me out of my dark prison.
pros/things I liked:
Dalton’s whole sequence/time with Master Sejus. and THE END OF IT. ‘I came because you called for me.’
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– just the whole story because I can relate to it.
– Si Kon is so brave?
– the symbolism.
– it challenges you to think about why you believe the things you believe.
– Master Sejus and who he is and what he says. (also, if you pay attention, you’ll catch him saying something that C.S. Lewis made popular.)
– pretty much everything?
cons/things I didn’t like so much: writing style, as always. again, not a major problem, but it does affect my enjoyment of the book slightly.
– Sir Whats-His-Name. I actually can’t remember his name, but at one point he states something as ‘truth’ that I struggled with at one point and just … ugh, it makes me so mad. like, I actually believed that for a time and I was miserable and now… UGH STOP IT’S ALL LIES.
– like I’ve said already, this book is darker than the other ones, so some people might not like it as much. I actually prefer it; I think it makes the truth shine out so much brighter.
Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue (The Knights of Arrethtrae #4) // Chuck Black
this book ties in with Sir Dalton. they’re the only two that relate to one another, so if you read one, you should read the other. you don’t have to do that with the other books though. I don’t actually know about the very last one, since I haven’t read it yet … but yeah.
pros/things I liked: a continuation of Carliss and Dalton’s story!
– the whole esca crystal thing is kinda creepy?
– I like how Black makes sure to mention that Malco is handsome and charming. evil doesn’t always look/seem evil.
– GANOAF. I LOVE HIM.
– Spirit! and how he helps Carliss with her fear of big birds after the death ravens of the previous book.
– how realistic Carliss’ struggle with her feelings for Dalton was. can relate 😛
– the scene with the Prince and the lilies and Morning Star.
– MORNING STAR.
cons/things I didn’t like so much: BETRAYAL.
– again, a little darker than the first two.
– this one had a bit more romance involved, I think, which some people might not like. it didn’t bother me at all, though.
– some parts are quite a bit violent, especially when dealing with the lizards.
– there is talk of people ‘walking the bridge’ (essentially committing suicide).
– deception also plays a big part in this book.
Mission: Impossible Fallout
read full review here
I actually forgot to put a rating on the original review, so here’s my rating now:
Pride and Prejudice
THE OG VERSION WITH COLIN FIRTH AND JENNIFER EHLE
pros/things I liked: I grew up watching this version, so it has a lot of special memories for me.
– the heckin’ music.
– how long it is. the other version is shorter and seems rushed at points. I really love how long this one is and how they dwell on certain aspects of the story.
– Darcy and how Awkward™ he is.
– poor Charlotte. I love her and I feel so sorry for her 😦
– the Gardiners are such sweet people!
– Darcy and Elizabeth’s scenes at Pemberly and the surrounding village.
– all of Elizabeth and Jane’s scenes together ❤
cons/things I didn’t like so much: Wickham. goes without saying, but even still. I like the Wickham in the newer version better.
– Mrs. Bennett and Lydia seem more malicious than I remember. Lydia has always given me a strange feeling, but this time I was able to put it into words. she seems less innocent and silly than I believe Austen meant to portray her. another instance where I prefer the newer movie.
– Mr. Collins. he’s not funny in this one, he’s creepy.
– as for content, we hear talk about someone’s ‘habit’s’ related to women and see a woman dressed in a slip (their version of underwear) sitting on a guy’s lap. they had obviously been making out a moment before. there’s also implications that a guy takes and tries to take advantage of two girls (at separate times), one for money (which doesn’t succeed), and one for his own amusement. there’s also a little bit of kissing, lying, pride (and prejudice :P), and other negative behaviors (not that kissing is a negative behavior all the time).
read original review here
La La Land
after trying (and failing) to watch this movie a few months ago, I was essentially forced to try again during a retreat this month. and I was pleasantly surprised? maybe it’s just not a movie to watch while alone…
pros/things I liked: surprisingly enough, the music? I don’t normally like jazz, but something about the music in this movie really moved me. I went home and learned most of ‘Mia and Sebasatian’s Theme’ on the piano.
– their outfits.
– I really loved the progression of their relationship
– props to Mia for putting up with Sebastian for that long! I probably would have been too annoyed by him to put up with him for very long. I like him as a character, but our personalities would clash sooo much.
– Mia is a good actress? so I guess I’m saying Emma is a good actress. but seriously. the first audition we see her in? and the LAST ONE?!?
– I actually really liked the ending. I thought it was perfect for the story, even though it was kind of sad. I basically knew what was going to happen, and I was satisfied with it.
– I also liked the ‘what might have happened’ scene.
cons/things I didn’t like so much: personal preference, but Mia and Seb living together without being married is a no from me.
– more foul language than I was expecting.
– that first song? has basically no business being in the movie? sure, it’s fun, but it also kinda makes me mad.
Sense and Sensibility
my dad’s favorite adaptation 😛
pros/things I liked: the music. allll the music.
– Elinor is actually my role model? since I’m so much like Marianne, I need an Elinor in my life.
– the scenery of Devonshire! it’s so gloomy and beautiful.
– Edward is an angel.
– Meg is so funny.
– ‘I’m s0rry, it jUst pOppEd OUt!’
– the duel scene!!
– Colonel Brandon’s dedication ❤
cons/things I didn’t like so much: most importantly, there is a scene at the very beginning that I have never watched. my parents never allowed us to, and when I asked this time, my mom said it made her uncomfortable, so we didn’t watch it. from what I know, it’s basically a young couple engaged in something really intimate. I can’t say anything else (like how much skin/kissing/etc. is shown), since I don’t know, but that is something to be aware of.
– a couple instances of kissing.
– Lucy is a terrible person? I dislike her more and more each time I watch this.
– Willoughby. what a pitiful, selfish character.
– mention of a young girl having a child out of wedlock/being abandoned.
– mention of a man whose ‘pleasures were not what they ought to have been’.
– Marianne’s tends to show a bit of cleavage.
– people are malicious and discriminate based on class.
have you seen La La Land? do you have a preference for which adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (or Emma or Persuasion or Sense and Sensibility) you watch? what is your favorite allegory/allegorical element you’ve ever heard of/read? talk to me in the comments!