Thursday, February 27, 2014

2/27/14: This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl, John Green, Lori Earl, and Wayne Earl

This isn't a review. I felt that since I was reading this girl's journal and biography, that it wouldn't be my place to criticize her. So only positive things about this book. 

This Star Won't Go Out
Author: Esther Earl, John Green, Lori Earl, and Wayne Earl
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography, Cancer
Goodreads Blurb: A collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Photographs and essays by family and friends will help to tell Esther’s story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her.
Published/ing: January 28th, 2014 Dutton Juvenile
Rating: 5/5

I loved this book for many different reasons. 

First of all, this was the girl's journal. Not something someone else wrote about her, not something that she wrote about herself, but her actual thoughts. I loved the excerpts from her drawings had letters and email. I loved living with this girl and learning her life story. 

I don't think I've sobbed this much for a book since either TFIOS or Mark of Athena came out. That's how good it was. 

She is such a quirky, down to earth, and loving person. The last thing she texted before she left was "I love you". 

I dearly wish I could've met Esther Earl. I wish that I could've ran into her on the street or at a Harry Potter Convention. Throughout the whole story I wanted to be her best friend. I wanted to hug her and tell her about the things I find happiness in and fangirl over John Green and Harry Potter. 

This is such a great book. No words. None. Just go read it. 


Monday, February 24, 2014

2/24/14: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Cover: The cover was really one of the first reasons why I read this book. It drew me in and said "look at me! I'm different and new!"
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Horror, Historical Fiction, Time-Travel, Fantasy
Goodreads Blurb: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. 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 were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted 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.

Published/ing: June 7th 2011 Quirk
Rating: 4.3/5
This book delivered. When I first heard about it, I was extremely excited to start reading it. The pictures and the cover  really captivated me, and I thought it was so unique the way they tied into the story.

The main character, Jacob, was enjoyable. I think, though, that he was underdeveloped. He didn't have very much umph as a character. Especially in the beginning, when you first meet him, there isn't much to him. I actually had trouble discerning whether he was a guy or a girl.

The side characters were more developed than Jacob. I loved the mutant children and their mixed desires and thoughts on the world they live in. Emma was one of those great side characters. She had the personality of someone from the 1940s and the stubbornness of a girl who's grown up in a never ending loop of time.

The relationships between Jacob, his dad, and his grandfather were very well-developed. We see how a teenager's relationship with a parent is compared to grandparent. Also, the relationship between Jacob and his grandfather create the plot for the book, which I think is a great way to bring forth the plot and conflict.

The setting was  probably my overall favorite part. We go from Florida to Whales within a few chapters, making it seem like the transition would be complete crap, but Ransom Riggs really takes the time to develop the back drop and mood the little island off the country of Whales. It also adds to the the gothic element of the story and the overall theme.

The only problem I had with this book was that it got off to a slow-ish start. But once I got into it, I couldn't stop. 

As a whole, this book was extremely well written and very interesting. It was a good escape from the contemporary and dystopian genres. If you are looking for something newer and different, I think this book is a great choice. 

Future News:
The second book in the MPHPC series just recently came out in January, called Hollow City. The graphic novel was also just released. A third book for the series has yet to be announced. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2/18/14: Song of the Week: Demons

Hey guys!
This is a new meme I'm starting. It's pretty simple, just a song that applies to something. I'll usually put some lyrics, a link to the song, and maybe a few gifs. 

Demons by Imagine Dragons:
Supernatural and The Mortal Instruments

No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed

This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes

It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside

It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide....

Monday, February 17, 2014

2/17/14: Fandom Update: Supernatural Crossovers

Hey guys!
So this is a new 'meme' I guess you could say, I will be doing. I plan to post it every Sunday and it will feature three or more articles having to do with everything fandom related. There will also be a small look at what will be happening in the future week. If you ever want me to add anything or mention fandoms, you can contact me on Twitter, Tumblr, or any of the social media outlets. I hope this comes in handy!

What Happened this Week?

Supernatural Renewed for Season 10

         The president of CW, Mark Pedowitz, announced that Supernatural, along with many other fiction thrillers like The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Reign, and Arrow, will be renewed this next season. Supernatural will be reaching it's tenth season, meaning it will most definitely reach it's 200th episode. Pedowitz said, "As a fan of the show, who's seen every episode, as long as I'm here and those ratings still hold, God bless them, they can go as long as they want."
          This is amazing news for Supernatural fans! Will we finally get to see the long awaited Supernatural Musical? Or maybe a bit of Destiel might come along in this coming season? Who knows! We'll just have to wait and see!

Jennifer Lawerence Missing from the BAFTAS?

          This Sunday was at the British Award show, Lawrence missed out on accepting her award for Best Supporting Actress due to being fully committed to filming  X-Men: Days of Future Past and Mockingjay Part 1 and 2. It has been known that over the past few weeks filming has been postponed due to some icy storms in Atlanta. Another set back to filming was the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The creators of the film have released that they will be using CGI to make up to the scenes that weren't filmed when Hoffman was with us.
          Mockingjay Part 1 will be in theater November 21, 2014 if all filming goes according to plan.

New Percy Jackson/Kane Chronicles Crossover: Annabeth and Sadie Kane Meet!

         This is beyond exciting for Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles fans. After the previous crossover between Percy and Carter, many fans have been discussing the desire for Annabeth and Sadie to meet. Little did they know that this wasn't long off. Rick Riordan announced on his blog that this crossover will be installed in the back of Mark of Athena books on April 8th. The short story itself will only be about sixty pages long, and first come out in the back of paperback Mark of Athena copies, then as an e-book. Read the excerpt here!

Looking Forward to in the Next Week

  • New Episode of Teen Wolf on MTV: Letharia Vulpina @ 10pm EST
  • New Episode of The Walking Dead on AMC: Claimed @ 9pm EST

I hope this proves successful and I hope you guys enjoy it. Have a good night!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2/11/14: Top Ten Tuesday: *dramatically faints*

This meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
February 11: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

So guys... hey. 
This is the last Top Ten Tuesday I am doing, because I am now out of topics. 
Because I am  a self-declared fandom blog and all the other social thing I do have to deal with other fandoms besides just books, I want to make this blog more than just books.
I am working on a few ideas and will be free lancing for a bit. I also need to get back into extreme reading. I've been a bit distracted and busy lately but I think I have found a few books that will whip me back into shape. 
I hope to see you guys more later. Have a good night friends!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2/5/14: W...W...W...Wednesday: Sooooo Muchhh Stuffff

This Wednesday meme is hosted by Should Be Reading.

  • Currently Reading
    • I actually am currently reading a bunch of stuff because I have started a bunch of books, but haven't gotten into them. It's sad. I hate going through reading slumps. But I'm reading (or have started) Rapture by Lauren Kate and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. 

  • Finished Reading
    • Hahahaha... I finished a poetry book called Egghead by Bo Burnham which was really good. In class we actually have been reading short stories that I've enjoyed. But yeah...

I'm sorry I haven't been delivering guys. It's been busy. I hope to rise from my slump after all the stuff I've been having to deal with is done. Have a good night friends. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

2/4/14: Top Ten Tuesday: Tears

This meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
February 4: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry (originally done November 2010)

For this post, I didn't bother putting explanations for any of these because, seriously, If you've read it, you get it. 

Sorry I've been a bit lazy with my reviews. I've had a crap load of stuff on plate since I got back from Christmas break. I really need to get back into blogging and reading. I have a lot of plans for my blog as well, so stay tuned. Have a good night guys! :)