Saturday, December 31, 2011

On My Wishlist (12) & A few of my remembrance of 2011




On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where we list all the books we desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. Want to know more? Click here





Unbelievable (Pretty Little Liars #4) by Sara Shepard
Publication Date: June 1st 2008
Genre: YA Mystery





Summary

Four pretty little liars' charmed lives have turned into living nightmares.

Emily's been shipped off to Iowa to live with her ├╝berconservative cousins. Aria's boyfriend is behind bars—because of her. Spencer's afraid she was involved in Ali's murder. But Hanna's fate is far worse: She's clinging to life in the hospital because she knew too much.

If these girls don't start listening to me, Hanna's going to look like the lucky one.




Stephen King: Three Novels (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics Series)

Carrie, Salems Lot & The Shining by Stephen King
Publication Date: 1/6/12
Genre: Horror






Summary

One of the best-selling authors of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Stephen King has made a career out of thrilling readers with his dark and disturbing masterpieces of the macabre. Stephen King: Three Novels brings together King's first three published novels for a trilogy of terror unparalleled in modern fiction.
Carrie is the story of Carrie White, an outcast and alienated high-school student who discovers that she possesses formidable paranormal powers. While Carrie struggles privately to understand the full scope of her wild talents, her classmates escalate their cruel taunts, provoking her in dangerous ways that no one could dream of in their worst nightmares.

In Salem's Lot, writer Ben Mears returns to his hometown in Maine to write a book on the local Marsten House, the site of an unsettling childhood experience that has haunted him ever since. The Marsten House has recently been purchased by an unseen new owner, and when the townspeople begin disappearing—and
then reappearing as blood thirsty revenants—Ben realizes that house is a locus of evil that has attracted a master member of the Undead.

The Shining takes place at the sinister Overlook Hotel, a retreat in Colorado that has catered for decades to the wealthy and absorbed the malignant spirit of horrors that have happened on its premises. When recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance arrives there one snowbound winter to serve as the hotel's new caretaker, little does he know that the evil place will exert its insidious influence to liberate his personal demons and add to its legacy of terror.

Stephen King: Three Novels is a distinguished new addition to Barnes & Noble's line of leatherbound classics. Each volume features an elegant bonded-leather binding, distinctive gilt edging, decorative endpapers, and a colorful satin-ribbon bookmark. Collectible and durable, these volumes should be the cornerstones of every home library.




Sadly the year didn't start off so great.

A couple weeks into the new year we found out that our 15 year cat, we had her since I was three and since my sister was born, that she had a tumor growing within her mouth. Painfully we had to put her down. (god this is hard to write). She was an amazing cat and was a part of our family and for leaving a mark in my heart I'm going to get a tattoo dedicated to her. Nala was our wild child and the queen of the household, when she decided she wanted to come in that is. The most talkative cat I've come to know and I miss seeing her on my bed. A truly missed family member.  R.I.P Nala 1995- Jan 2011

But more on the good side I finished my very first novel April 1 at the age of 18. I couldn't believe it, it felt like a dream but it's true it happen. Now I just have to work towards publishing it though I'm having a tough time deciding which way to go. Tradition or self publish though my mother on the other hand (#1 fan...however she's never read it-yet) is leaning more towards self......"just get it out there" she says. But if I do go self I already know who's going to make my cover Keary Taylor

After a years break (between high school & college) in August I started my first semester down in Delta and it was a blast. I couldn't have been more pleased and I can't wait for spring semester to come around. Met a lot of new people and learned a few new skills. Like, learning to use different kinds of saws, power tools and not being the squirmiest girl alive. But I also learned how to thread a sewing machine (yea, not that exciting after learning how to uses saws) but it was fun nonetheless. This was one class Technical Theatre 1 and it was fun. I got to see a different side of me. Seeing that I'm more independent than I thought. :)

How about we go back a couple of weeks in July. I started a second blog- one where I can talk about the books I read, the movies I watched and anything else I wanted to say that I couldn't say on my other blog. My other blog, which I've changed the day, is mostly of my writing experience where I vent towards my roller coaster of writing life style but I wanted to say more so this blog- Paranormal Sisters- was swirling in my brain for quite sometime and I finally put it together and I've enjoyed it since the beginning. Thanks to my great readers and followers. This month- so far- reached the high page views......over 600. How I'm going to top that next month I have no idea. Hopefully this coming year my sister will finally get over her review fright and just go for it. *fingers crossed* I would love to finally be a co-host with her. 

Those are most BIG things that happen to me this year. Small things, like, getting a car so I can go to school was great (love you mom), also writing half of the second story of my series before going off to college (though I haven't written for it in a while.....but I have typed it <- there's a difference there) and coming to see how much I've grown within my writing skills.

I have a few thanks to go around. Thank you to my beta readers Donna, Renee, Lisa and her daughter Chloe for taking some time out of you're lives and reading my work. Then loving it :) you have no idea how much I appreciated the reviews and what you said about my book. They have made my heart flutter with joy, so thank you. Extra thanks to Donna, she was the only one truly brave enough to edit my work, putting notes here and there on it. I loved to see what you had to say, so thank you. 

Then thanks to my followers and my readers of this blog. You've made it even more fun and I can't wait to see how well this blog you love flourishes into something more beautiful next year. So thank you.

 Happy New Year Everybody!
And don't be afraid to dream big for the year to come.


Friday, December 30, 2011

Annie Claus is Coming to Town







This year, Santa’s daughter (Maria Thayer) takes her first trip away from the North Pole during the Christmas season hoping to find adventure and love in sunny California. While Santa watches his daughter through a magic snow globe, Annie arrives in L.A. and becomes friends with the owner of Candy Cane Inn, Lucy (Vivica A. Fox), and her daughter, Mia (Nay Nay Kirby). She also quickly lands a job at Wonderland Toys. Wonderland Toys’ owner, Ted (Sam Page) is struggling to stay in business selling old-fashioned toys in a digital world. Annie soon realizes that she wants Ted’s business to thrive because she has feelings for this Christmas traditionalist.

Annie also knows that when she finds her true love, she and her mate will move back to the North Pole to take over the family business. But Santa isn’t the only one watching Annie through the looking glass. So is a senior Santa Elf who himself wants to inherit the Ho Ho Ho of Holidays, so much so that he hires a Hollywood actor to feign affection for Annie. Although Annie temporarily falls for the impostor, she realizes there is something about Ted that is unforgettable. Will Annie’s choice make her Christmas -- and everyone else’s -- merry and bright?





Don't you just love it when you get so wrapped up in a movie and all of a sudden you start screaming at the TV "will you just kiss" or "kiss her already", well.....this is one of those movies just with a little bit more of a kick because it's Christmas.


This story is about Annie Claus, played by Maria Thayer (hopefully most of you should know her from Accepted...a favorite in my family), who is about to take her first trip away from home, the north pole. She's going to see what's out there before she makes the decision of taking over the family business.

Here, in L.A, she meets a cast of great people even though her father was afraid that she wouldn't. Except he was right- at least for one. Staying at the Candy Cane motel (love the name) she meets the owner, played by Vivica A. Fox, and her daughter Mia and those two bring a certain attitude to the rest of the flair in the film. I love how quickly they bounded and how protective Vivica's character was towards Annie, especially when it came to a certain guy named Dean. 

"Don't you ever run after no man, you hear me."
Mia, "Okay."
"Not a good look."

One day it looks like Annie is walking on school grounds, because she agreed to become the new director to Mia's pageant, and she happens to step upon a flier to a toy store called Wonderland Toys. Intrigued by the name she goes over there but when she walks in she doesn't like what she sees. Being a fan of toys, she starts to reorganize the store and works on making it look better. The owner Ted sees what she's doing and at first he's a little offended but afterwards he sees she's right. That goes through out the movie for a while.

Now Dean...oh Dean, how I hate you. But it's okay were supposed to. Being the bad guy, he charms his way into Annie's life only so she'll say she'll stay and that way someone else can take over the North Pole. Naughty, Naughty boys.   

I loved the characters they help make this one stand out from all the other Hallmark Christmas specials this year. Ted's slow but heartwarming romance with Annie will have anyone smiling and swooning. There were moments I wished they heard me screaming at them through the TV. Like the ice skating scene *chills* I loved that scene. I loved how you see a change in him towards Christmas and faith, thanks to Annie, which helps him fall and fall deep. Every time he looked at her you could just tell....tell that she's the only women on his mind. A girls dream, right? But sadly Annie doesn't see it. It doesn't always have to be the first guy you're eyes sight on.   

I don't really have anything bad to say about this one. I loved every minute of it and was sad every time I had to pause it just because of something noisy going on in my household.

This movie will have your heart warming the icicles away from the winters chill. From it's sassy characters to the hope we humans need to believe in once in a while. This is a must see and not only for the great actors/actress.









Happy Viewing Everybody!

Daring You To Read (8).....My Fair Godmother





Daring You To Read is a brand new meme by Tynga's Reviews. Is where you choose a book you’ve read, loved and would dare your readers to read! The book you choose must be an older release (at least 6 months ago), because let’s be honest, we’re all quite aware of the latest releases.



My Fair Godmother (My Fair Godmother #1) by Janette Rallison 
Publication Date: January 6th 2009
Genre: YA Fantasy





Summary


Finding your one true love can be a Grimm experience!


After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair—because she’s not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White.

Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah’s class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight. Laughs abound in this clever fairy tale twist from a master of romantic comedy.


I love retellings of Fairy Tales but this is something more than a retelling.

This is a fun adventurist read that'll have you hooked. I loved the romance, it had me smiling. This whole book had me smiling actually.

You see growth within the characters and who doesn't like that. I have some favorite characters, like, the  grouchy leprechaun, the fluffy pink haired fair godmother, and I fell in love with Tristan.

God, this book and her other My Unfair Godmother make me speechless. They make me flutter with hope and love.

You'll just have to trust me and pick up a copy. If you love Fairy Tales as much as I do then you'll just fall head over heels for Mrs. Janette Rallison stories and for her writing.   



Another of her works


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Perfect (Pretty Little Liars #3)

Perfect (Pretty Little Liars #3) by Sara Shepard
Publication Date: June 1st 2008
Genre: YA Mystery
Goodreads





Summary


In a town where gossip thrives like the ivy that clings to its mansions, where mysteries lie behind manicured hedges and skeletons hide in every walk-in closet, four perfect-looking girls aren't nearly as perfect as they seem.

Three years ago, Spencer, Aria, Emily, Hanna, and their best friend Alison were the girls at Rosewood Day School. They clicked through the halls in their Miu Miu flats, tanned in their matching Gucci bikinis, and laughed behind their freshly manicured fingernails. They were the girls everyone loved but secretly hated—especially Alison.

So when Alison mysteriously vanished one night, Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna's grief was tinged with . . . relief. And when Alison's body was later discovered in her own backyard, the girls were forced to unearth some ugly memories of their old friend, too. Could there be more to Alison's death than anyone realizes?

Now someone named A, someone who seems to know everything, is pointing the finger at one of them for Ali's murder. As their secrets get darker and their scandals turn deadly, A is poised to ruin their perfect little lives forever.



Omg, I'm so glad that I went against my gut on buying the first in the series, Pretty Little Liars. I was afraid it would ruin the TV show for me but I believe the book series is so much better.


So much juicer, so many scandals, so much creepier and A can't help but spill the beans faster than the girls can read their text messages. I believe this one is the best- so far. I can not wait to get my hands on the next one, Unbelievable, for some reasons I believe that title should belong to this one more than perfect. Perfect in my eyes is more referred to Hanna but I could be wrong.

It's so unbelievable to the girls of all they find out and what happens to them. Aria is losing her relationship with her mother because Ella is mad that she knew this whole time about the fathers cheating. Emily's family isn't to keen on her new life style and is forcing her to join this program that'll "supposedly" change her back into being straight....or else. We find out it's a lot easier to put a wedge between Hanna and her best friend Mona than it is in the TV series. And Spencer, oh Spencer....we find out a dark secret about her- an even darker secret than her stealing her sisters essay for school.

When things blow up, things blow up and you know A she/he likes to do things big. I feel very bad for these ladies. I don't believe they deserve whats coming to them. So they made mistakes what human being hasn't. They slowly start to see the bigger wrong as they start to remember back to seventh grade and that wrong just maybe being friends with Allison. Being the "it" girl may not always have the perks you want. 

There's so much I want to say but sadly I can't. All I can say is....GO BUY THIS BOOK, just only if you read the others that is. If not then go buy the first Pretty Little Liars you won't regret.

But I can talk about a few things like the little romance that is blooming between Hanna and Lucas (I love him). His sweet and kind and is always there for Hanna no matter what. My favorite chapter with those two in it would be chapter 22. It's so sweet and Hanna feels so much better afterwards. 

I like Sean, his sweet but.....just not right for Aria and what he does to her later in the book, it's just so sad and totally not what I expected to happen. Extremely different from the TV series ladies and gentlemen. So much. Oh, and what Aria does towards Meredith omg I couldn't help but smile and say you go girl, towards the book.  

I like that the girls are more independent than the TV series. They don't cling to each other and their every minute. They live their lives and we get to see more into it. More of what they are struggling with and their emotions towards everything. It's just so.....amazing.

      For a guilty pleasure and for a fast easy read then you should definitely pick this series up. This one will shock you and want to make you run to the nearest store and pick up the next- even if it's close to midnight.





 Careful, careful! I'm always watching!- A



God just writing this post I feel like someones about to jump me.


Happy Reading Everybody!

Bridesmaids




Annie (Kristen Wiig), is a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love.



Forewarning in the beginning you're hit in the face with a sex scene, though, no nudity was seen. But besides that it's a pretty good movie and that scene mostly just shows how Annie's, played by Kristen Wiig, relationship with that guy is only a booty call one.

After that we meet her best friend Lillian, played by Maya Rudolph, whom we find out soon is engaged and getting married to a rich guy. One of those people they would have made fun of before. But instead at Lillian's engagement party Annie sees that she might be losing her best friend, since childhood, to Lillian's future life style and her new friends which live within that life style. 

At the engagement party Annie meets someone, Helen, whom claims to be Lillian's best friend and Annie doesn't take it very well. During speech time those two try to out do each other and it's a laughing fit. My sister and I couldn't help but laugh. Those two are enemies through out the movie and a sub plot towards the film. Probably the funnier of the two plots going on. 

Besides the planning of the wedding Annie is dealing with relationship issues even more now that her best friend is getting married. She happens to get pulled over the night of the engagement party and this is where we meet her little love interest through out the movie and I think it's a sweet one. I love the scene of them one day hanging out and there at his sitting spot by a road way and he lets her play with the radar speed gun. It's cute. Who doesn't like cuteness once in a while. 

Though, yes, it's not a constant laugh out loud movie and sometimes Annie's story can fall flat but nonetheless it's an enjoyable movie and has enough laugh out loud moments that will keep you in your seats. My favorite would have to be the one of the bathroom scene at the bridal shop. Funny stuff right there ladies and gentlemen.

I loved the characters and they help balance out the movie. My favorite would have to be the one played by Melissa McCarthy. She shines through out the movie and plays her part very well. I love her and can't wait to see what else she'll do in the movie world. It's nice to see her doing well after Gilmore Girls (which I loved her in that too).   

You've got the snarky rich girl, the nasty future sister-in-law, the distressed best friend, the one who just wants everyone to get along, and two others that I just can't seem to describe. But I do love them too, just can't put to words.

Overall it's a good movie but more geared towards the mature audience so I believe 16 and older. And see those dresses in the movie poster, yea, well I wished they actually used those instead they got different ones and not as pretty (at least in my eyes). Plus I also got another story line from this movie, so, thanks for coming out with this idea to all the people who worked on it. 






           


I'm glad he's single because I'm going to climb that like a tree.

You read my diary?
At first I did not know it was your diary, I thought it was a very sad handwritten book.

Why can't you be happy for me and then go home and talk about me behind my back like a normal person?




Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (15)


Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. This week I am anxiously awaiting:



The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams
Publication Date: January 3rd 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary






Summary


Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives. And they've always agreed on one goal: to get out of tiny Paris, Texas, and see the world. The school's foreign exchange program seems like the perfect escape: Piper will go to the original Paris; Mei will go to China; Cassidy will go to Australia; and Izzy, unable to afford the program, will stay at home.

To add spice to their semester away, and to stay connected to their best friends, the girls start The International Kissing Club, a Facebook page where they can anonymously update one another and brag about all the amazing guys they're meeting.

After all, these girls are traveling abroad: amazing guys abound at every turn! But sometimes fun, flirty vacation flings turn into more serious romances, and sometimes you don't return from abroad the same person you were. Will the girls' relationships-and their friendships-be able to survive?


Some reviews-


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (7)




Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.--BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS. Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away. You don't want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title & author, so others can add to their TBR list if they like your teasers.


My Teaser This Week. . .


"I thought you literary types were hopeless when it came to cars," she joked.
"I'm full of surprises." Ezra shot her a seductive smile.
-from page 45, Perfect by Sara Shepard



Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday Songs (8) & In My Mailbox



I heard this on Soul Surfer (review to come) and I fell in love.
I've felt like I heard this before but nonetheless I'm sorry I forgot about it.
Probably from another movie.

Anyways, here's It's Your Life by Francesca Battistelli





Happy Listening!









Gifted to me by my family-




Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Thank You to my wonderful father who got me those two plus a Burlington coat factory gift card. Love you, love you. 

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner. Thank You to my younger brother. This year I kept telling them to not be afraid to buy me the books I put on my list and they listened. Thank you, Thank you so much.....:) 

Then, if you can see, some none books along with everything else. The game dance central 2 from my lovely mother and Scream 4 (ohmygod I'm so happy) from my younger sister. So giddy with happiness you don't even know, then again if you got books and you are a major book lover then....ya know.

Plus, I gifted to myself-



I downloaded the ebook to Vampires Drool! Zombies Rule! by Rusty Fischer which I got from Smashwords for free. But since I'm a lover of hard copies I just had to print it out in a book let.

You see, I already spend enough time on the computer I don't want to spend anymore on something that relaxes me. (blogging, facebook, typing out my stories) My eyes need a break from the screen once in a while.




You can see I tied it off with a silk black ribbon since there was no way in hell any of my staplers were going to go through that thing.

Anyways, I hope everyone and their families had a wonderful holiday.





Crossed

Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie
Publication Date: November 1st 2011
Genre: YA Sci Fiction/ Dystopia
Goodreads






Summary


The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.



Crossed is an easy, flowing read that'll be done in no time.
I've got through this faster than I've been reading lately. Only took me four days, would have be sooner, but life gets in the way sometimes. No matter what I'm very proud of myself. Started Wednesday finished Saturday.

 I actually quite enjoyed this one maybe even a little bit more than the first one. You see for me I love action, especially in Dystopia/SyFy books. I was okay with the romance in the first one but I felt blinded by it when all of a sudden they are already saying I love you to each other. I don't know, maybe I just read it fast. Anyways, this one was fun for me. 

Cassia wants to get to the Outer Provinces to get to where Ky is and of course she'll find a why. Along the way she meets a some what ally but slowly she thinks, Indie, is hiding something from her. But before that they help each other out, on the ride to the camp in the Outer Provinces, by hiding each others things- things they don't want the society to have.    

I think I liked Indie. She was tough, knew how to hold her own, and she was a survivor. Though sometimes Cassia doesn't believe what Indie says when she heard different from the society, can't tell you what, because that's a somewhat big thing in this book.

It was fun reading their journey, escaping the camp, looking for Ky in the Carving and finding more about this thing called the Rising. The new friends they met and became a part of the journey too. Also, getting to look more into the mind of Ky. I liked that every other chapter was his, like, Cassia then Ky then Cassia again- that pattern till the end. Though sometimes I would catch myself feeling like I was reading Cassia's but it was really Ky's, probably just reading to fast. But that didn't happen often.

Though, I am afraid for the next one. Afraid that it'll be rushed and I will not like it because it is the last. The last one can always be the hardest. But I hope we'll be able to see through other peoples eyes again. 

Anyways, it was great. A few twist and turns, a few things I didn't see coming and who doesn't like that. The landscaping was beautiful and I'm glad I read this. However, if you only liked the romance from the first one you may not enjoy this one as much. Except, that was how they were rebelling but since the story needs to move along so do the characters, they need to see a new light towards all they know. They need to rebel in a harder way.  

Overall,

A great addition to my bookshelf



 

Happy Reading!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

On My Wishlist (11)




On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where we list all the books we desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. Want to know more? Click here




Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Rigg
Publication Date: June 7th 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy
Goodreads  






Summary


A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.




I saw the trailer of this and I fell in love. Totally up my alley I felt like I was watching a movie.






Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
Publication Date: May 3rd 2011
Genre: YA Dystopia
Goodreads





Summary


In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
 



Other kinds of wishlists here


What's on your wishlist today?



 

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Princess for Christmas




At the invitation of an estranged relative, a young woman travels with her niece and nephew to a castle in Europe for Christmas where she unwittingly falls for a dashing Prince.




When I saw this title on YouTube I just had to find out what it was.
Fairy Tale is just written in the title and if you haven't notice...I'm kind of obsess with them. Thanks to Grimm and Once Upon A Time.


This may be a mini review so here it goes. 

I enjoyed it. It was funny and cute. The romance was sweet and clumsy at times. What girl, in one point in her life, hasn't dreamt of becoming a princess. 

An aunt has to take care of her niece and nephew, a little girl who still believes in Santa Claus and a teenage boy whom has a few problems he needs to work out. You see, around Christmas time the year before their parents died so this year is a little hard on them. 

On the night the day the aunt gets fired they get a visit from a guy, whoms a butler, that works for the kids estrange grandfather. He's estrange because he didn't approve of the women his son was marrying because she didn't have a title among her name. The butler is here to tell them that they have been invited over to the grandfathers castle for Christmas. 

At first the aunt said no then she said maybe but she wasn't to keen on going to a place that they weren't welcome before. But times are tough so she thought a break would be good, so they go. There they make a big impact on a lot of lives, mostly the grandfathers, his kind of a Grinch in the movie. She helps give everyone a Christmas no matter how much they didn't want one. 

The things I loved about this movie was the strict, stern maid whom laters on breaks down and becomes a part of the fun, the fight scene the teenage boy causes in town that ends up with a few nuns in the mix, and the handsome prince that becomes her love interest.

I believe this movie is great for daughters and mothers, sisters, aunts and niece even have grandmothers in the mix. Really any girl and it's a great bonding movie. Bonding, ew who does that.....yeah, yeah I know but it's true. No matter what a daughter says in the end they love having their mothers around. Trust me. 

Overall


I liked it plus a little more
             



 

Happy Viewing!




Top Ten Tuesday & TGIF














Since both are asking the same question, then why do two separate post.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

TGIF meme is hosted by GReads


Questions of the week:

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings
&
Dear Santa: Which books made it to your Christmas wish list this year?


    1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher                                                            
    
    2. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin     
    
    3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
    
    4. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
   
    5. The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten
   
    6. Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann 

    7. The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler


    9. Sirenz (sirenz #1) by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman
  
   10. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally 
  
   12. Outside In (Insider #2) by Maria V. Snyder
  
   13. UnCONventional
  
   14. Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1) by Jennifer Estep                                          

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Daring You To Read (7)....Everlasting




Daring You To Read is a brand new meme by Tynga's Reviews. Is where you choose a book you’ve read, loved and would dare your readers to read! The book you choose must be an older release (at least 6 months ago), because let’s be honest, we’re all quite aware of the latest releases.




Everlasting (everlasting #1) by Angie Frazier
Publication Date: June 1st 2010
Genre: YA Historical Fiction





Summary

Sailing aboard her father's ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a lady in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn't love in order to preseve her social standing. On her last voyage before the wedding, Camille learns the mother she has always believed dead is in fact alive and in Australia.

When their Sydney-bound ship goes down in a gale, and her father dies, Camille sets out to find her mother and a map in her possession - a map believed to lead to a stone that once belonged to the legendary civilization of the (cont'd)


I was bad when it came to this book....I judged it by it's cover. I fell head over heels for it. The purple and blue made it stand out on the bookshelf and I just had to see what it was. 

This was my first historical fiction and I loved, loved, loved it. The adventure, the romance (which wasn't love at first sight, thank the lord) and everything in between.

The reading is smooth, fun, and it makes you want to read more. The characters were great and the leading man is definitely swoon worthy.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (14)




Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. This week I am anxiously awaiting:





The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten
Pubilcation Date: December 27th 2011
Genre: YA Romance/Fantasy




Summary


When her boyfriend breaks up with her on the first day of sophomore year, Lucy has no idea how she’s going to make it through homeroom, let alone the rest of her life. Enter three stunning girls with a magical offer Lucy can’t refuse. All she has to do is get a guy to fall in love with her in the next seven days, and then…break his heart and collect one of his brokenhearted tears. As the girls teach Lucy how to hook a guy (with the help of a little magic), she quickly discovers how far she is willing to go—and who she is willing to cross—to get what she wants.

Fans of Lauren Myracle, Jodi Lynn Anderson, and Meg Cabot will love this tale of breakups, friendship, new crushes, and magic. Told with wit and charm, The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers is sure to be one of this winter’s most irresistible reads!


I'm actually really excited for this one. I love the concept and the cover drew me in.... :)

What are you waiting for?




Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Godmother

The Godmother by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Publication Date: December 1st, 95
Genre: Fantasy Goodreads




One day in Seattle, social worker Rose Samson donned a crystal pendant from her friend's vintage clothing shop and made a wish for a fairy godmother to save "the whole damned city".

Enter Felicity Fortune, with her silver hair, strange clothes, and magical powers. She is Rose's wish come true. She shines a light of hope on this city of lost souls. And she lives in every heart that ever dared to dream …





Going old school here.

Picking it up because of the cover and buying it for it's concept I was ready to read a light hearted easy read that would help me get over my reading funk.

Instead I got the darker side of Fairy Tales. Which I don't mind, I was just surprised by it is all. More depressing, in a way, and less Disney like.  

The characters I liked. Felicity with her silvery being, Rose and her wanting to help everyone even if it means no sleep for her, Fred being a charming man in uniform, too, wanting to help without getting much sleep, Puss a talking cat (what's not to love there), and the toad with an attitude.  

The Fairy Tales are main ones we know. Cinderella, Snow White, Hansel & Gretel. I liked the first two. Cindy Ellis was a lighter character for me. She seemed just a bit brighter even though her evil stepsisters caused her to be miserable. I liked most reading her scenes. Sno is a teenage girl with an absent father only caring about his career as a rock star, though we find out he cares more than she knows. She's tough and can kick ass though sometimes I'm a little surprise to what comes out of her mouth.

And then there's the Fairy Tale of Hansel & Gretel. In the beginning you see there parents struggling with ends mean and that they have to move in with their mothers sister, their aunt. Whom isn't a very good influence on their mother. Parents getting angry attitudes, their mom back to being a stripper & father mad that he has no job runs away with out them sure of him coming back.

Their mom starts dating a rich guy but he doesn't like children so of course she decides to try to dump off her kids at the mall but it doesn't work, the first time. The second time she did a better job at it. The kids go looking for the police but Gigi, the youngest, gets distracted by a gingerbread house the size for a person, an adult person. 

Now, I'm not naive, I know child molesting goes on in the world but does that mean I want to read about it......no. There isn't a detailed scene just suggestions of the subject but nonetheless I don't want to have it in my books. They are a way of escaping, aren't they? I wanted to rush through those scenes and it kind of turned me off of the book while I was reading. See, here's some of the depressing I was taking about. Definitely not Disney like. 

However, I did enjoy the story. The action when each are trying to save each other. The romance between Fred and Rose. The magic of the Fairy Godmother. And the page turner this book was. The characters were real and these things happen in real life.....sadly. It shows what humans can really do if they put their minds to it. And not in a good way. 

Overall I was happy with how it ended 





Happy Reading!