FunDay Friday – Fluffy Edition

Gabriel Iglesias/Fluffy (the comedian) is coming out with a movie and I am SOOOO excited. Here is one of my favorite scenes from one of his shows which makes me laugh my butt off (there are tons of others but this was the cleanest xD).

I am sooooo excited for the movie and have to go see it with my family. Just the trailer makes me laugh. Can’t wait to see what the movie will do xD

 

‘How Far Your Favorite Authors Went For Their Love Of Books’

Everyone does something stupid for a book. You continue to read it as you walk into a mall and walk face first into an automatic door (haven’t done that yet.) You walk around your house reading it and miscalculated a doorway, walking smack into a door (done that.) You stay up into a new day to try to finish the pages of your favorite book (been there and done that LOTS of times.)

But these authors, some of them, went a little bit beyond. Click here to find out just how far they went for their love of books.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Starring

Megan Fox – April O’Niel
Will Arnett – Vernon Fenwick
William Richtner – Eric Sacks
Alan Ritchson – Raphael

Summary

“Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder has an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

I. Just. Can’t. Contain. Myself.

IT WAS TOO PERFECT.

Yes it was a Michael Bay so there were a few sequences of fighting which was….epic, but over all it wasn’t terribly explosiony (I made a word up…yes xD).

The animations of the turtles were beautiful as well. I would have liked their faces a little less human looking, but over all, I honestly can’t complain. I’m really happy about their size and how they made them taller than humans because in some of the TV seasons of TMNT they were shorter than adult humans and it just wouldn’t have worked.

There were a lot of comical moments which appealed to all ages. Some jokes could be taken for two different ages; children taking it as one meaning while adults taking it a completely different way.

And probably, one of THE funniest scenes in the movie. No, it isn’t spoilers…as far as I know xD. Just some funny stuff.

The movie was short, only about 1 hour and 40 minutes long and it was happily a simple story line. It took the general idea of TMNT with The Shredder and the mutagen but twisted it slightly so they could make it more realistic and used that.

Overall…IT WAS JUST TOO PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes I have been a fan of this show for a little while (a few years) and so this movie was perfect. I’ve literally had a count down on my laptop for about 2 years….and when it started counting down by the days…I couldn’t wait. So of course I had to see it the day it came out.

Yes….my couple of friends and I (one of whom is obsessed as well, the rest we dragged along) were the oldest in the audience. The rest were little boys with their parents. But we didn’t care xD. We wore our green shirts or pants with pride, and my friend wore her mask. xD Nerdy…but so much fun!

If you were a fan of the TV shows as a child or like the TV shows now, I’d honestly suggest to go and see it. I thought April would be portrayed badly as Megan Fox is always made to play a ditzy role, but this time she was given a decent role. She was actually smart and actually kicked some serious ass, surprisingly, which was quite nice.

So go and see it as it just came out! It was soooo good…and I think I’m gonna go see it again. xD

So happy viewing!!!!!!

 

A Secret Purchase ~ SHHHH!

I purchased Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh yesterday (read the review of the entire series here) and I’m SOOOOO excited.

I love this series so much and am slowly purchasing all the books so I can have the entire series. I only have Archangel’s Blade, which I’ve read 3 times, and now I have a second one (which is the last book in the series).

Maybe I should purchase the first one…o.o

But I’ll work at that.

Do you guys have any books that you just have to purchase the entire series (even if its massive) because you love it so much?

This is my series…because I’m literally in love.

HAPPY 5 YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!

Wow…I can’t believe its already time.

5 years.

I can’t believe I’ve survived this long. There definitely have been a lot of ups and downs, especially with my lacking of posting recently but I’m bringing her back (her being the blog xD)

And this is the 5 year mark. It’s a nice round number and still can’t believe it.

Just a few stats for the blog over these 5 years

Total amount of views: 43,252
Total amount of comments: 332 (would LOVE to get this number up!)
Total amount of posts: 712
Total amount of pages: 7
Total number of follows: 73
Most popular post: The Lion by Roald Dahl
Total amount of author interviews: 5
Total amount of interviews: 9

Just a few numbers and of course I’d LOVE to bring those numbers up, but I can’t do it unless you guys, my readers, continue to help me. I hope that all of you continue to follow and support me and this blog.

Until next time, happy reading!

Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh

Okay. So this is going to be on MASSIVE post about the ENTIRE Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh because there were 7 books (not including the novellas which I still have to read) and I feel that one LARGE post would be good. Otherwise you will see 7 posts of me ABSOLUTELY FANGIRLING!!!!!!!!

I. AM. SO. IN. LOVE. WITH. THIS. SERIES.

I will say this now. This is a mature reader series as there is graphic violence and….quite graphic sex scenes so this is a 17/18 year old or older book…NOT YA AT ALL!

MATURE READERS ONLY!

So lets start with the books in the series. They are…..

  • Angels’ Blood
  • Archangel’s Kiss
  • Archangel’s Consort
  • Archangel’s Blade (side story with one of the main characters)
  • Archangel’s Storm (side story with another one of the main characters)
  • Archangel’s Legion
  • Archangel’s Shadows (comes out in November 2014!!!! Another side story)

Click here to see the covers and read the descriptions of the stories on Nalini Singhs website.

Okay ~ So now it is time for my serious fangirling review.

This is currently my favorite series out there by a LONGGGG way. I found this story on one of the romance shelves in B&N and I was interested so I bought it. I thought it would be stupid romance or something like that. Boy was I SOOOO wrong. This is one of the most detailed love stories I have read by a modern writer. The romance was a small part on the side. Well…it was a massive part of the story, but there was so much going on that it played only a small role in the overall story.

The character development in this story was absolutely massive. The characters developed drastically from book to book, or in the side books, over the course of the entire book. Some characters personalities flip-flop, or do 180’s…or even a 360. Most romance novels has the main female character fall for a man and it was just all head over heels after that.

This honestly catered to all the different types of tastes out there. There was romance, hatred, betrayal, violence and just so much going on.

I will say that the violence was very graphic though. It was like written, “The blood coated the walls.” It would have been something like, “The blood pattern on the walls indicated that there had been a massive fight, the crimson droplets adding a chilling quality to the already dull room. The corpse on the floor, which was mutilated beyond recognition, was the other indication that the fight had been brutal and someone had clearly lost.” (No duh, I was just making some junk up for this.)Now…it would have gone into detail about the corpse in great detail…so if you aren’t into violence and such like that..then this may not be for you because it was a very large part of the story.

Since this series is so long and complex, you really get attached to the characters really fast. Each character is connected to another one and they pop up here and there throughout each of the stories, with some of the minor characters in the main series of books, getting books to themselves (like Dimitri and Jason). I really liked that because you got to know the character as one type of person in one book, but in their individual novel, you saw who they truly were and it changed your perception on them as you understood where certain actions came from and why their personality was as it was.

Honestly I loved the series and I recommend that you read it but please over the age of 17/18 as otherwise it is quite inappropriate.

Otherwise happy reading!

“Sex in Books: My Pet Peeves!”

Now this post you HAVE to check out, but view discretion is advised! Bad language used.

As an older teen, about to leave the YA years, we branch out to romance novels (well girls do). Romance is a very GENERAL title. You have the regular mushy stuff which is harmless where the guy meets the girl, they fall in love, buy a house, and then happily ever after. But then you have a specific genre, mostly for adults, titled erotica. Unfortunately it seems that most books in Barnes and Nobles romance section…classify as this.

Ya’ know, what does it take to get a decent romance novel around here?

It’s just sex, sex, sex. And very graphic sex at that. Not saying all the writing is bad, but readers usually want something MORE than that.

And Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed went on a rant about this and kudos to her. I have had the same issues and annoyances that she has had due to reading erotica…sorry, “romance” novels, and I am so glad that she voiced them. I thought it was just me! Thank god I’m not the only one that wants something more than just “getting it on” with the typical firefighter or soldier.

So have a look-see at her rant (once again, viewer discretion is advised!) and let me know if you believe the same thing that I do. And while you’re at it, check her blog out because, honestly, I love it and am so happy I stumbled across it.

So comments? Thoughts? Opinions? We can’t be the only two who get annoyed by this. Let me know.

Until next time, happy reading!

Just Something Interesting

So I’ve been quiet for a little while (since my most recent post about being more active) as I was away in California at a summer institute. While I was there, I was given the opportunity to visit the FOX lot. It was Sunday, so it was dead quiet, but I still got to walk around, saw famous peoples parking spaces, fancy buildings, and different filming studios.

But that wasn’t what interested me the most (oddly enough). It was the ‘Give a Book, Get a Book’ (not the Disney Junior thing) stand by one of the buildings. I have come across this system in quite a few places before but seeing it here was…shocking. What it is, is there is a drop box, where you can go and get a book, read it, and then return it so others can read it. It saves time for someone to purchase a book that they may never read again. But one can also donate their own books into it so that other can read them when there are no uses for it anymore, instead of people throwing it away (yes…people throw books away and don’t DONATE them! Disgusting :( )

One book may pass through hundreds of hands!

It’s the perfect way for people to be motivated to read, but not have the pressure of having to buy a book and the guilt of purchasing a book and not reading it.

I honestly LOVE this idea and think that it should be implemented in more places. I see it happen more often in small communities and now on larger lots.

What do you, my readers, think of this type of idea? Do you think that it possibly may encourage reading or do you think that it would just be easier to go and purchase your own book and this type of thing is a waste of time? Be honest, I’m curious what people think.

But until then, happy reading!

Angels’ Blood (Guilt Hunter) by Nalini Singh

Summary

“Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

OH! MY! GOD! I thought that Archangel’s Blade was amazing, this was just WOWOWOWOWOWOW! No lie, this book was 339 pages long and I read it in less than a day. And 339 pages of small print and PURE AWESOMENESS! I am totally fangirling about this book right now. Book 2 has already been ordered from my library, as well as book 3.

I mean I love stories about Angel’s, but a lot of stories have the angels being teenagers and stuff, this was not like that at all. The Archangel in this, Raphael (I don’t think it was like the real Archangel Raphael from the Bible), was tall, dark hair, muscly with gold and white wings and totally amazing. And then there was Elena, the main female character.

I really loved Elena because she was such a  strong character. The women in the two novels by Nalini Singh that I have read, were such strong characters and I really love them. Instead of the woman pining after the man, that man has to do everything he can to get the girl. And the women in these novels are *says dramatically* kick ass! In this novel she was a Vampire Hunter, and in the other novel the female character was just a regular type of Hunter. I love it!

The best part is, is that there is such a story to it as well. It is definitely not just about romance at all! There is a deep story behind it as well.

This book is definitely for mature readers. There wasn’t a whole lot of sex in it (not much at all surprisingly) but there was quite a lot of graphic violence including bodies and blood, but it went with what the story was about.

I am totally in love with this series and cannot wait for the next book to arrive for me to read…….ugh, it’s going to kill me. I really suggest checking this book out and letting me know if you love it as much as I do! Now excuse me while I go and scream into my pillow as I am so EXCITED!

*Turns her head and screams as loudly as she can into her pillow*

Until next time my lovelies. Keep reading and keep literature alive!

Sleepy Hollow Season 1

Starring

Tom Mison – Ichabod Crane
Nicole Behaire – Lt. Abbie Mills
Orlando Jones – Captain Frank Irving
Katia Winter – Katrina Crane

Summary

When Ichabod Crane wakes up in a different time period, confused would be an understatement. Thankfully he came across Lieutenant Abbie Mills who had just experienced one of her own supernatural events. Her past, her childhood memories and fears are brought to the surface and things don’t seem like what they are. The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse will rise and with their arrival, the world will end. But there are those who can stop the Apocalypse, Moloch, and the creatures that Moloch sends to cause fear and destruction. But will the clues that be dropped be solved? And what about the two prophecies?

Review

I haven’t really been a big fan of Fox recently, with the only show that I was interested in being Bones, but then they came out with Sleepy Hollow and my mind was officially blown. For a TV show it is incredibly well done. The story line is also amazing as well. There is a new demon or creature almost every episode and sometimes they are pretty freaky.

This TV show is definitely for a more mature audience (that’s why it’s rated TV-14) as there is quite a lot of violence with the demons and such. The show kept me interested and the plot twisted and turned the ENTIRE time. You never knew what was going to happen right up until the last 5 minutes of the season finale. MIND! BLOWN!

The season finale, which was 2 hours, was amazing and so many things happened and it really reminded me of an American Horror Story episode or something like that that. It was pretty freaky but it was amazingly well done. I can’t say more than that in fear of revealing something. O.O

The settings in the TV show were quite amazing as well. There is a lot of flashbacks to Cranes previous life during the American Revolution. In addition to that I love how they mix history into this story making General Washington some type of zombie or something like that ( can’t explain it in full details in fear of disclosing some information).

I have never really been a fan of these types of TV shows before. I usually stick to the Crime TV shows (Hawaii Five-O, Criminal Minds) but this one was an exception. It was amazing. The filming is really well done and the characters are great as well. There is character development which doesn’t really happen in many of these big budget TV shows.

Honestly I cannot give anything away about the story as if I do I’ll spoil some episode or something so I can only say this, you need to check this out. If you like the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, then this will put a nice twist to it. Most of the episodes can be seen on Fox.com or you can wait a few months for the season to come out on DVD. But let me know what you think because I personally love this series and will be counting down the days until the return of season 2.

How much longer do I have to wait until the fall? :/

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Romeo and Juliet on Broadway! OMG!

So I went to see Romeo and Juliet on Broadway yesterday and BOY WAS IT AMAZING!

Like, Orlando Bloom was Romeo and I think I died. I even got an autograph and to see him up close (he was literally an inch in front of me!)

If you happen to be in the NYC area and can find time to go and see this play, please do! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!

(yes Orlando gets shirtless for a few minutes <3)

I will try to get some pictures up soon, if WordPress decides to be nice and let me :P

I will also do a review of the play as well but I just have to let you know about it as it does finish December 8th, so if there are still tickets available, you should definitely go and see it!

Click here to see the website.

Author Interview with Allen Zadoff

So I have something totally exciting; an interview with the amazing author, Allen Zadoff, author of Boy Nobody
which was a totally awesome book and one that you should check out.

I would first like to thank Mr. Zadoff for doing this interview. I really appreciate it and his answers are really fun and cool!

So without further adieu, here is the interview :D (that rhymes, haha)

1.  Why did you start writing in the first place? Was it your first choice or was there something else that you wanted to do instead?

My first love was the theater. I was an actor in high school, a director in college, and I even went to graduate school as a stage director. But you never know where life (and your talent) are going to take you. It wasn’t until my twenties that I started writing seriously, and my career as a novelist is still something of a surprise to me.

2.   Where did you come up with the idea for your book?

Like many of my ideas, it came to me first in the voice of the character. He told me he was a teen assassin who traveled from place to place carrying out missions. He said he had no home and worked for a shadowy organization called The Program. I knew he was lonely. I knew he was dangerous. And I knew his name: Boy Nobody.

3. Are there any real life events which inspired the making of this book? If not, how long did it take you come up with this idea?

I always pull from real life, but I’d say my books have emotional truth more than actual truth.  For example, I’ve never been an assassin for the government. But I know what it’s like to struggle with loyalty to the family vs. my own desire to be independent. That’s something Boy Nobody is going through in the novel. .

4.   Why did you choose to make the protagonist a teenager?

Boy Nobody chose, not me.

5.  This book was completely a different writing style. Less speech and more personal thoughts and feelings which was quite an interesting turn. Why did you write the book like this, and how do you think, in your opinion, it enhanced the book?

The book is written from Boy Nobody’s point of view, so we are literally in the mind of a soldier assassin. He thinks in a very simple and direct way. The sentences are short. I think this makes the pace super fast and very exciting.  You can read ten chapters in fifteen minutes! Some people ask me if I did that so it would be an easy book for young people to read. That’s a side benefit, but it’s not the reason I did it. I was just trying to write the way the character thinks.

6.    What are some things that you have to do when writing (ie: Having a lighted candle, chewing some mints)?

I listen to music almost all the time when I’m writing. It’s a huge inspiration for me.  My favorite app is Pandora, but I’ve been getting into iRadio since Apple’s new IOS 7 came out. Boy Nobody uses an iPhone, too, so I think he would approve.

7.   During your average day, what can you be found doing?

Writing, watching tv, walking, having a meal or coffee with friends. Writing is a lonely business, so anything I can do to balance it out is helpful to me.

10.What can you be found currently watching on the TV?

I watch a lot of television. I think there is amazing writing on TV these days.  I learn a lot from it.  Currently I’m watching shows like Walking Dead, Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, and Breaking Bad until it ended this year!  I also have some guilty pleasures like Project Runway, Chopped, and X Factor.

11.What is the weirdest food that you have ever eaten?

Crickets which are called chapulines in Spanish. There’s a big Oaxacan community in Los Angeles where I live, and it’s not hard to find chapulines. They’re usually fried or sun-dried and covered with salt, lime, and chili pepper. They’re delicious, but it helps if you close your eyes before you bite down.

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