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So it has been a long time…

Yep, its been quite a long time since I have posted anything in this blog.  However, I plan to change that.  As can be imagined, I have read MANY books since I last reviewed something and I have so much I want to talk about.  Not really sure what book I am going to review next (I’m thinking maybe Ink or the Grisha trilogy).  But, there will be something soon I promise.  Again, sorry for such a long time away, life has been so crazy between school, dance, and life.

P.S. Guys! I found Marissa Meyer’s (author of Cinder) fanfiction account name!!!!! It is Alicia Blade and dude, she has some AMAZING fanfictions on there. So, if you are in need of something good to read, go check that out!

 

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Star Trek: into darkness

So, I saw the movie.  No, I didn’t just see that movie, I lived it.  Yes, Star Trek into darkness is that amazing.  Now, I am not just saying that because I am a Trekkie (although that was a good portion of the reason) , but I think I would have loved this movie even if I wasn’t already adore the characters and story line.

Personally, I love action movies I thought it was brilliant to have the first scene so action packed.  It really drew me in and made me excited from the get go.  This opening scene had some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire movie, but the entire movie was just beautiful.  Every background and scene was meticulously planned with the utmost care and added a whole new level to the movie.  This aspect allowed the audience to really feel like they were there with the characters instead of just watching.

The movie had the perfect amount of wit, drama, and action.  I don’t think anyone in the theater was at any time bored, whether they were laughing at Bones, biting their fingernails in anticipation, or sobbing their eyes out.  One minute you would be cracking up and the next you would be crying. So, this movie was the most hilarious thing I have seen in a while.  Basically the whole movie, Spock and Uhura were having “relationship issues” , which was hilarious and of course Bones had to have his usual “Man I’m a doctor, not a (insert whatever career here)”.  In this case, the career was torpedo technician.

Do not even get me started on Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch that beautiful man).  Not only was he an amazing bad guy, a role he had yet to play, but he also add the layers of depth needed for the “new” adaption of Khan.  Yes, this Khan is completely different from that of the Khan form the original series.  Benedict added more layers of depth to the character of Khan, which I enjoyed more than a villian who were just plain evil.  (SPOILER AHEAD) You could even argue that this guy:

Known as Commander Alexander Marcus was the actual villain of the movie.

(OKAY SPOILER OVER)

In the end, this movie deserves all of the amazing reviews it has gotten.  Everything about the movie was perfect and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.  Now, go and see this movie. I don’t care what your doing, drop it and go see it now.  You will be happy you did.

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soon to come!!!!!

So as most everyone knows, Star Trek into darkness has come out and you may be excited to know that we are going to see it.  YAY.  So, in response to this momentous occasion in trekkie history, I will write a review of my thoughts on the movie and the beautiful, fine young men known as Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch.  We are going to the movie on Friday, so the review be done sometime this weekend.

JUST LOOK AT THEM.

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NOW TELL ME YOU DONT LOVE THEM.

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New Exciting Books of 2013!!!!

Reagan:

So, there are so many stinking AWESOME books coming out in 2013.  Seeing as it is very plausible that some might be left out or forgotten, I decided to make a list of the books I am excited to read in 2013! 

Enjoy:

1. The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

2. Sever by Lauren DeStefano

3.Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

4. Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

5. Miss, Peregrine #2 (doesn’t have a name yet) by Ransom Riggs

6. The City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

7. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

8. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Well, that all that I have for now.  I may add more or edit it some, but those are the ones that I could think of off the top of my head.  

Au revoir little biscuit!   (Yay for you if you got the refrence)

Oh also! If you want to read a HUGE sneak peak of Unravel Me, go here: http://browseinside.harperteen.com/index.aspx?isbn13=9780062085535

Seriously, this “browse inside” feels like half the book:)

 

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Glitch

I tried reading this. I really did but the book was so lifeless, monotonous, and overall just dreary that it felt more like a chore than a pleasure to read it. I would get my ipad, open up Glitch, and start reading every day.

Surprisingly, I didn’t get very far. 
The main character herself was quite idiotic in the beginning and there was poor world building. It seemed a bit too much like every other dystopian novel out there. Also, nothing had an ACTUAL name. It’s like the author wasn’t original enough to come up with her won cool titles. Instead, it was:
Food Dispension Center
Sanitation System
Corridor
OK, one time is acceptable but after reading at least 15 of these absurd titles, I was done! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! That was a simple mistake that I’m surprised no one caught. Maybe if the names were more interesting the book would have been a little more manageable but alas, it was not to be. 
But seriously, someone should fix that. The Corridor is just wrong.
Maybe the book got better but I doubt it. 
This book had a lot of expectations from me and it didn’t live up to any. But maybe that’s just me. But if you want to read it, I would definetly recommend the library, just saying. 
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Tarnished: Tales of Broken Dragons by Nipaporn Baldwin

This was a really long book but it was made of up short stories (they were connected but separate, if that makes any sense) so it balanced out.

If you’re the kind of person who has to read the entire book all at once, good luck.

But, if you are okay just reading a few stories whenever you’re bored, this is the book for you.

 

It took me a while to read it because it was pithy, not the length but the stories, you know?

 

Once again, the author has astounded me with her prose. It’s magnificent and alluring. 

The characters were relatively well developed for short stories. 

Like mythical creatures? This is SO the book for you.

Overall, I really enjoyed it but it took some work to get through it and it was confusing at best when reading but hang on just a little bit longer and you’ll be fine!

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Betrayed by Ednah Walters

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Lil isn’t just an average teenager. She’s one of the Nephilim–the descendants of humans and angels–which gives her some serious psi skills and a mission for redemption. Just when Lil thinks she’s found a balance between her normal life with human friends and her training to become a Guardian, she’s warned that someone close to her will betray her. When the boy she loves starts acting strangely and one of her human friends acquires a supernatural ability, Lil begins to realize that someone is manipulating the people she loves… and won’t stop until she’s been lured to the dark side.

My thoughts: OMJB! I loved this book, Ednah Walters FREAKING DELIVERED! It was fantastic and it kept getting better from there. You know how some books have really horrible sequels that suck and are super boring? Well, this was nothing-NOTHING- like that. It was super intense as always and the plot kept on unfolding and getting better.

Hello, the synopsis? INTENSELY EPIC!

*desperately fanning myself* 

OK, overall this book was simply delicious. There was sarcasm, hawt guys, and freaking magic. That is all one needs to be happy, am I right!?

Anyways, READ THIS SEQUEL! That is, if you have read the first one. This is one great series!

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Awakened by Ednah Walter

I’ve had my eye on this book for a while so when I got a chance to review it, I leaped on it! Cover thoughts: Hawt guy, Shirtless. How can I NOT be happy!? Characters: Lil was awesome! She kills demons and kicks butt! Bran, despite the unfortunate name which only makes me think of healthy breakfast cereal (Raison Bran), was TOTALLY SMOKING HAWT! And he was really sweet and adorable too! Overall: This was a fast paced novel with an engrossing plot. The book had the kind of aura which just screams “READ ME!” Not only was it super awesome and all, but it was fanatically written as well. Usually when I’m reading, there’s something about the prose which makes me stop or confuses me but not with this! What I enjoyed most about the book other than the entire book itself of course, was the effortless reading. It was a quick, easy, really fun read which you could really get into. Read it and I guarantee you won’t regret it!🙂

Recommended reads: If you liked this book I would recommend Taste by Kate Evangelista. (I TOTALLY LOVE THAT BOOK!)

Gonaa read Betrayed now and once I’m done I will do a SUPER DUBER LONG DOUBLE REVIEW ON BOTH THE BOOKS! It will be awesome. Brace yourselves😉

 

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Pretty Unlikely (Bloody Extended Version) by Emily Hodson

Pretty Unlikely (Bloody Extended Version) by Emily Hodson
First of all, I received a copy of this for free in exchange for an honest, unbiased review: so, thank you so much to the people who made that happen!

Cover Thoughts:
Horror movie meets chick flick. I love how it’s so scary yet it still shows the eerily beautiful side of the story. I loved how well it matched the novel! Also, props for the cover for not depicting a passive girl lying in the meadow which seems to be the norm nowadays in covers for YA…

Writing Style:
It wasn’t AMAZING but it wasn’t bad either. I have read much worse writing that was so dull, I couldn’t even finish the book!(So, pretty awful). This book, compared to others, was pretty good for a debut author. There were some flaws and I wanted to kill the characters sometimes but it was pretty good and had a nice, easy rhythm to the prose.

Plot:
All you need to know:
Horror movie in a novel! (Hot guy included). If you love horror movies, READ THIS! Plus, the love interest was kinda hawt😉

The Book Trailer:
The AUTHOR made the book trailer! How awesome is that!? Like, it wasn’t enough that that she wrote an entire novel, but she also invested so much time into making a carefully thought out trailer for her book? Gawd, that’s dedication, hats off to her!
Besides the fact the author is totally epic and all for making her own trailer (how AWESOME is that!? Seriously!) But, it was pretty good. Yeah, you could tell it wasn’t made in Hollywood but it was scary and cool! The filming was Paranormal Activity-esque. Even if you don’t read the book, see the trailer! Then you will feel like reading the book🙂

Overall Opinion:
It was a nice, thought provoking debut novel. Definitely worth reading once but be prepared for the nightmares…(It was scary, ok!)

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Angel Evolution! By David Estes. Oh joy…or not.

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I tried to like this book, I really did! I just couldn’t…
It was so similar to other stories I had read, I groaned inwardly when I finished the first part of the book. 
It’s not just the book, it’s what it was about, that made me feel so negatively towards the entire novel. Maybe if it was the first time I had encountered this plot and idea of the book, 
I would have felt differently but no such luck😦
I have read similar book to this, and because of that, I can’t say I liked it. I twas just so…ordinary.

The Plot:
This is ALL you need to know:
There’s this pretty, “special” girl who just doesn’t know it. In addition, she has no idea she is pretty. Both of these factors lead to her low self esteem. (And she’s socially awkward, but that’s a given lately in YA fiction.)
Then comes the guy. He’s hawt, of course, but he has a secret agenda! He has a mission. It involves her and it isn’t good…
 Not that she knows that! Yet…
 But when he’s with her, she feels so special!
But what will happen when she finds out his secret?
And what will happen to him when he fails his mission and falls in love with the target? (Or does he?…..<insert suspenseful music>…)

The Protagonist:
Taylor:
She was like a brick, no personality at all. It didn’t even seem like she loved her family. She was happy to get away from her dad and had no connection to her brother. Her brother, she claimed didn’t care about her, well how is that? There is no evidence to support that and how can you not love your sibling? No matter what, even if you hate them you still FEEL something towards them, have some sort of a connection. It’s simply not possible to feel NOTHING towards your bro or sis!
Also, when meeting Gabriel, she didn’t change out of her sweatpants or put makeup on because “that’s the kinda girl she is”. 
Wow! You’re sooooo deep bella, I mean Taylor! Hehehe
I think the author was trying to make her come across as deep or so sophisticated and mature by making her the atypical girl but the effect was that she seemed like she was trying TOO hard to be “different” which makes her seem no different than anyone else.

Overall Impression:
This book was a hard read for me because it was so dull and uninteresting. By page 43, I had had enough of this book. I wanted to put it down, but because of the deadline, I plunged on. If I could have abandoned this book, I would have. There was nothing that struck out to me about the book, neither the characters or plot nor the writing style. Everything seemed…average.
The plot was not engaging, especially in the beginning and it continued to drag on. The characters were mediocre and I felt no real connection to any of the half-developed characters. Taylor, the protagonist who was a college student, seemed like such a brick head sometimes, I felt hatred towards her. She was another faceless girl who fell deeply in love with the hawt guy, who just so happened to be evil. There was nothing about that made me even remotely interested in her, if she fell of a cliff, I would wouldn’t even blink my eyes. Maybe I would cheer if I bothered to pay attention…
 
 
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