Movie of the Week: Beauty and the Beast

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People, I have seen Beauty and the Beast twice now, and I’ve loved it a lot both times. I cried. I laughed. It made me super duper happy.

We all know the story, right? I have to say that I loved how faithful they were to the original animated movie, but they made it better, because they deppened the relationships and bonds between the characters, and filled some major plot holes from the animated version.

I loved all the characters and the actors playing them. Seriously, the casting was genius! Emma Watson was a perfect Belle, and I personally loved Dan Stevens as the Beast, especially while in Beast form, because he was so expressive! But Luke Evans as Gaston was brilliant and Josh Gad as LeFou was AMAZING! I loved what they did with LeFou’s character, because they actually gave him a brain and a personality.

Like I said previously, I think they did amazing with building the connection between the characters, and that’s especially true with Belle and the Beast’s relationship. There’s more moments and more talk, and actually getting to know each other in this adaptation, and YES! It was awesome.

Just to finish it off, I’m a huge fan of the musical side of this movie, and I was singing along throughout the whole movie… eheh 😀 .

I’m giving it 5 stars, for sure, because I loved it so much!

Now to you. Have you seen Beauty and the Beast?
Have you loved it as well? What are your Thoughts about it???

DNF: Once Upon a Dream (A Twisted Tale #2) (Liz Braswell)

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What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. 

It should be simple–a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess’s, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over. 

With a desperate fairy’s last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent’s agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?


I hate to DNF books, and it’s something I very rarely do. And honestly, I did try, but ultimately I just couldn’t put myself through the rest of this story. I had a huge problem with the first book of the series, the spin on the Aladdin story, but because that story had a little more action, I felt it was more bearable.

Once again I had a big problem with the writing of this book. It has long descriptions, short and nonsensical dialogue and it sometimes tries to hard, and other times it’s just too much “in your face”. It did nothing for me.

My other huge, ginormous problem was Aurora… I’m not a fan of Sleeping Beauty, but this girl… OMG!!! I understand that her pleasant personality is a condition of her situation, but this girl can’t count, likes to be ordered around, and her favorite thing is to sleep or watch the dust…. I mean, seriously?!

“Actions are tiring. She mostly found it better to lie on her bed and think about actions. Just the thought of getting up these days seemed exhausting and unreasonable.”

This was slow and frustrating and nothing was actually happening. But I convinced myself to wait a bit, see if things got interesting when she and Phillip met, and then there was this pearl:

“Maybe… Maybe let’s get back to the part where we were in love.”

“I met you in a clearing deep in the wood,” Phillip said eagerly. “We fell in love. Instantly.”

“That sounds nice.”

I can’t, sorry, just no. I love Disney, I really do, but these twisted tales are not for me at all. Some things might work on the animated movies, but for me they don’t work on the page.

So, sadly, I DNFed this book at 32%. Did you read this book? What did you thought of it? 

The Disney Book Tag

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Hello fellow bloggers. I was nominated to do The Disney Book Tag by the wonderful Summer @XingSings (thank you so so much!) – I’m not even going to tell you to go follow her, because unless you’ve been book blogging for an hour, you’re bound to have found her already and clicked that “follow” button, am I right? I love Disney, so I’m sure gonna love doing this tag.

1. The Little Mermaid – A character that is out of their element, a “Fish out of Water”.

OMG, I just finished this book, so I’m gonna rave a bit about it: Ana from The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak (Brian Katcher). – If you haven’t read this book, go pick it up right now! It’s fun and hilarious 😀 . So, poor Ana is literally a fish out of water when she is thrown into a comic book/sci-fi convention, with the King of said con, in the hopes of finding her little brother. A lot happens!!! 😀

2. Cinderella – A character that goes through a major transformation.

Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy (Tahereh Mafi) comes to mind. She’s so lost and scared in the beginning of the first book and then by the third she’s totally comfortable in her own skin.

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3. Snow White – A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

I’m going to go with something totally different for this answer… the cast of An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay is super diverse and surprising.

I was super pleasantly surprised by the amount of diversity in this book 🙂 .

4. Sleeping Beauty – A book that put you to sleep.

Ok, it’s not really that this book put me to sleep, it’s more that it was so boring for some parts that I wanted to put it down… A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell… =/

5. The Lion King – A character that had something traumatic happen to them in their childhood.

Cinder from Cinder (Marissa Meyer) had something VERY traumatic happen to her in her childhood, so much so that she doesn’t even remember it.

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6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.

I was so intimidated by An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir) when I got it, I don’t even know why, the book is not even 500 pages, but I have the hardcover edition and that book is huge compared to most of my paperbacks.

7. Aladdin – A character that GETS their wish granted, for better or for worse.

Maggie from The One Thing (Marci Lyn Curtis). All she wants is to see again, and she manages that, even if it’s for the worst possible reason…

8. Mulan – A character that pretends to be something or someone they are not.

I think everyone answers this, but here it goes… Mare from Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard). But to give an alternate answer, I’m going with Dahlia Moss, from The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone 😀 .

9. Toy Story – A book with characters you wish would come to life.

tumblr_nvayytSgPl1r80kcoo1_500I’m gonna go for the obvious one here and say Queen of Shadows (Sarah J. Maas), because I would really like if Rowan, Aelin, Aedion, Dorian, Lysandra, etc, were real. I’m fairly certain that Aelin would not let me live for too long, because I would be unabashedly staring at her Fae Prince and her half-fae cousin.

10. Disney Descendants – Your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character.

Ok, I’m gonna drop a highly hated character here… I hate him too, I really do, but I honestly feel like he’s a great character and I think he’s more morally ambiguous than most characters that I could have said – because he never gets to turn around or anything like that. He’s BAD! Arobynn Hamel!


And it’s done! Have you done this tag? No? Do you want to? Consider yourself tagged! 😉

Movie of the Week: Inside Out

I’ll level with you, this has been a terrible month for my relationship with movies. I had a long list of movies that I wanted to go watch at the cinema, but each time I set a day aside to go to Barcelona to watch one, I just didn’t! I was in no mood, none whatsoever. So, the university opened again on Tuesday (1/9) and suddenly I’m not alone anymore, lol, so I thought that handling 6 hours of a lot of people was enough for one day and I left early and headed to the movies. Yes, the only thing that actually made me move was the fact that otherwise I would be listening to people for at least 5 more hours!

Anyhow… I decided to watch Inside Out, because I needed a laugh and thought that was safer than The Fantastic Four or any other action movie. Lucky for me, the movie was still at the closest Original Version Cinema in Barcelona, near Plaça de Catalunya 🙂 . It also gave me an opportunity to find out that a Costa Cafe opened near there (on the same street as a Starbucks, dumb move!) – I had lunch there, had a cappuccino, regretted it slightly… moving on!

This movie, wow, this movie is FANTASTIC!!!! Holy Crap, totally magnificent! It’s my favorite Disney-Pixar Movie, for sure.

I didn’t have much idea of the plot before it started, but I was so pleasantly surprised. I loved Riley and I loved all of her emotions and her islands, so precious. I don’t even have coherent words for it, but I’ll tell you that I was laughing and then I was crying, and then I was laughing and crying at the same time (and wiping my tears with my t-shirt because I forgot my paper-tissues). It’s ok to be happy, it’s ok to be sad, angry, and feel disgust and fear, all these emotions are part of us, and they make us complete. We are all emotional complex, deal with it!

The actors were amazing in their parts, Lewis Black as spot on! Bill Hader was Fear, and I thought he did great as well.

But the ladies were magnificent! Mindy Kaling played Disgust and OMG, she was so funny. Phyllis Smith was my favorite though, I loved Sadness, and I loved how she portrayed her. having watched every season of The Office, I immediately recognized her voice, and honestly, no one could do it as well as she. And of course, Amy Poehler does a terrific job as Joy and I loved her so so much!!!!

I can’t say enough how amazing this movie is. Have you seen it? Did you liked it?! 😀

A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale (Liz Braswell)

>>>>>  Nº 33 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book from that reminds you of your childhood <<<<<

What if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney’s Aladdin. When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war. What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

Pub Date: Sep 1, 2015 by Disney Press

I received an eArc from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


This book had me really excited! I found out about when I was looking into fairytales retellings for a Top Ten Tuesday post a couple of weeks ago, I immediately marked it as “to Read”. My excitement grew when I started to roam around Netgalley and it was there, I requested it, even though my hopes were not high (I had just joined), but to my surprised this was my firs approved request and within 2 days I had a book I actually really wanted. So, as soon as I was done with Heir of Fire, I dove into this… I have always loved Aladdin, so I was expecting to love this book… I didn’t!

What a disappointment and missed opportunity! The concept of this new Disney series is to put a twist on known Disney stories, which sound great, but the result was not good.

First off, the first 25% of the book is the Disney animated movie, verbatim!

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I didn’t find Liz Braswell’s writing enjoyable. It was way too repetitive and at times over descriptive, while other times totally ignoring and forgetting to explain some situations. Also, I didn’t find the POVs clear, I like to know which side I’m reading, it helps to get into the characters and the story, but at times I had no idea… 😦

The characters that we all know and love were underdeveloped and for me the only one that truly shone was Aladdin. Jasmine had some development, but I found it lacking and, at times, truly atrocious. The Genie’s contribution is really small here, given that he’s with Jafar the whole time, he never bonds with Aladdin, and they actually only speak once… what a shame!

Some messages really rubbed me the wrong way, liked this one, which is basically saying that damn your convictions, agree with what your girlfriend wants, because you won’t find better?

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Oh, and that ending! What the hell was that?! I mean, at least there was SOMETHING in the book that I did not see coming, but that was bad… poor carpet, poor Genie, poor Sultan… And let’s not even mention Iago…

In the end, the little I enjoyed was based on the story I already knew, and if anything, it made me want to dust off Aladdin and push play.

Rating: 1.5 Stars

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Music: Be Our Guest (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast)

Life is a funny thing. While growing up I positively hated the song “Be Our Guest” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Off course, I later realized that the problem was not the music, but the translation (I watched the movie in Brazilian-Portuguese when I was little), which totally sucked. But today I was listening to the Disney playlist on Spotify, and I totally love this music, it’s so addictive!

You can see here the horrific Brazilian version:

I love Disney!

Beauty and the Beast: Ian McKellen to play Cogsworth

Sir Ian McKellen (you know, Magneto, Gandalf) will be playing Cogsworth in the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast (2017).

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Director Bill Condon is getting an all-star cast for this one, Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. So the next question is, who is playing Lumiere and Chip?!

Movie of the Week: Cinderella

What a wonderful live action adaptation… I dare to say that I actually like this movie much better than the original animated one! Cinderella will always hold a special place in my heart, it was the first animated movie from Disney that I own, back when we had VHS, and I watched it on a loop.

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This version though is much better than the first. They give a background to everyone, Ella is perfect and the Prince, or Kip, doesn’t go around aimlessly trying to fit a shoe when it’s clear that the face does not match. He knows who he’s looking for and it’s adorable.

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The movie is filled with such magic and humour that it was a joy to watch, I couldn’t stop smiling! It could also be because there was a couple sitting on my right hand side, where the guy was clearly enjoying the movie much more than his girlfriend… it was funny!

Lily James was the perfect choice for Cinderella, she exudes an innocence, charm and goodness that you can’t help but identify it to the character. Richard Madden was great as Kip, the guy can act, scratch that… he’s eyes alone are enough to convey the whole story!

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Cate Blanchett did, as per usual, an amazing job in the role of the Evil Stepmother, bringing a much needed depth to her character. It was funny though to watch her and Helena Bonham Carter in such a role reversal. Bonham Carter, who usually plays some wacky roles, is amazing as a fairly normal Fairy Godmother, though a bit spacey…

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But if I had to pick favourites in this movie, it would be the stepsisters, Drisella and Anastasia, played by Sophie McShera and Holliday Grainger. They managed to make the sister a bit lovable and so so funny.

While the CGI for the making of the dress was a bit much (but so it is in the animation movie), the transformation of the pumpkin and animals, especially the rats is awesomely done. Those little rats were amazing!

Emma Watson will be Belle!

What a great piece of news. Anything that can shine a so deserved spotlight on the amazing Emma Watson is worth reporting.

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Disney has found its newest princess! Emma Watson will be Belle in the Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. And as the new princess reports, it will be a musical. The movie is set to come out in 2016 and will be directed by Bill Condon, no other actors have been attached to the project yet.

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