Monday, March 17, 2014

Dangerous by Shannon Hale



Rating: Umm, less that one Star? This book was awful, and I only read 7 chapters.

I got the sample of this book on my Nook, thinking that it would be cool, but wanting to test it first. I liked Shannon Hale's other books, and the idea of a sci-fi space story by the same author sounded really interesting.
I was definitely wrong. This book-the first 48 pages-was absolutely terrible. I did expect a romance sub-plot. But...that's not what I got. It seems that this is a teen romance book with some occasional science fiction things. If you are lucky.
Maisie loves science, and has always dreamed of being an astronaut and going to space. When she entres a contest to go to space camp and then wins, she is very excited. So she leaves her home and her best friend behind.
Problems I had with this book:
-Possible romance with her best friend, Luther. (And at that moment, I was hoping that would be the extent of the romance. I also kind of liked Luther's character...)
-Even though Maisie and Luther obviously grew up together, and, from what it seems, they only have each other as friends, they are incredibly awkward...Luther was surprised he was her best friend and felt strange giving her a hug when she left.
-Space Camp was in Texas. Look. This is a sci-fi novel. Can't space camp be...oh idk...in SPACE?
-What kind of space stuff do they do? Well...treasure hunting? (Right after the camp instructors insisted that this was serious stuff for older kids, not babies)
-Maisie's attraction to Wilder. Look, you just met him a day or two ago. AND you seemed to like your friend back at home. But now you are in love with this guy?!

"Had he noticed that I watched him in the cafeteria? Had he guessed that I re-read his file? That some nights when I closed my eyes, I saw his?" (umm...what??)

-Maisie is definitely an idiot when it comes to responding to creepy guys...
-On their first "date," Maisie and Wilder kiss about 8 times...and its not just innocent kissing, either.
-And then Maisie memorizes how long each one was, exactly, and replays it every time she sleeps...
-Wilder is overly possessive of Maisie after this (even though later on, it is made clear he really doesn't care about her)
-In case I haven't said it before, Wilder is a creep.

"Wilder traced my lower lip with his finger. "I like your mouth."
"I'm not that girl," I reminded him, but I wondered if maybe I was."

""Let's skip the next session," he whispered, his hand finding my lower back. "We could find an empty room and talk about microscopes.""

"Wilder kept holding my hand, rubbing my fingernails over his lip."

-And in spite of all this garbage that seems to border on sexual content, in the first 7 chapters, it seems to be made clear that the author has no intention of using any swear words. I might be able to honestly say that I would rather read a book filled with swear words than read a book with this stuff in it. It's not even outright, explicit sexual content, but seriously...
If I was in a situation like that, the guy would be dead.

I definitely did not expect this type of story...from the sci-fi genre description, or from the author. I probably won't be reading any other new books by Shannon Hale.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello again!

I have been SO busy lately with school that I have not had the time to post at all. (Except for the last post about "Love at First Sight". Sorry about that) Also, because of school, I have not had much of a chance to read much.

However, I did just recently finish Cinder by Marissa Meyer, which was awesome and you should all go check it out, along with the rest of the Lunar Chronicles.

I have started a sort of "personal essay" type blog here, where I will probably be writing in-depth discussions about different things. So far, there are a few movie reviews for a class I am taking, and the most recent post-an analysis of the INTJ personality, which is my result from the Myers-Briggs test. Soon, I expect to have a post about POTC: On Stranger Tides and also my view on dating (because of another school assignment).

I really hope I can post here more, but for now with school, I will probably be absent still.
But please don't hesitate to comment on things; I love to hear from you!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

"Do you believe in love at first sight?"

No, I do not.
Let’s look at this two different ways:
  • One
"Love at first sight" first sight. sight.
Taking the phrase in a literal sense, it would mean falling in love with someone the moment you see them, based on the way they look. Studies show that looks are deceiving and something as simple as the story of Beauty and the Beast can show that.
But not only should you be careful about judging by outward appearance, looks are not what you should be basing your interest on. If you “fall in love” with someone because they are good looking or “hot”, then you don’t really love the person. You love the way they look. It’s not love, it’s desire to possess something you think is beautiful. (Which is kind of creepy now that I think about it. People aren’t objects to be possessed. I never thought of this before…)
So, concluding point number one: Attraction to outward appearance is not love, and love should never be based on such attraction, either. (But it is probably a good thing, in general, if you find the person you love to be attractive.)
  • Two
Perhaps when people use this phrase, they don’t always mean it in the literal sense that implies all you care about are physical features.
Maybe it means you see how they treat you, and since you are pleased by what you have observed, you “fall in love” with them.
This is definitely makes a bit more sense than the previous idea, and I would have an easier time believing it. However…
A few minutes is NOT enough time to get to know someone well enough to decide if you love them. That short amount of time was probably a good time for them. But what about the rest of the time? What about how they treat other people and act around them? And how would you know if they will treat you that way all the time?
Frozen’s example of Anna and Hans is too obvious not to mention. Anna met Hans and instantly liked him. After another meeting, she decided she loved him and wanted to marry him as soon as possible. What she should have done is waited a while, getting to know him first. Then maybe she would have seen how he really was.
In conclusion of point number two, you really need to get to know someone first. Hang out with them. Become their close friend. And then once you know who they really are, you can decide if you really like them.
So, again, I do not believe in “love at first sight.” And I have told you why.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl--Review

Title: Dragonwitch
Author: Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Series: Tales of Goldstone Wood-Book 5
Pages: 425
Publisher: Bethany House
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: 2 stars

Summary:
WHO WILL DARE FACE THE DRAGONWITCH?

Submissive to her father's will, Lady Leta of Aiven travels far to meet the future kind of the North Country and a prospective husband she neither knows nor loves.

But within the walls of his castle, all is not right. Vicious night terrors plague Lord Alistair. Whispers rise from the family crypt. The reclusive castle Chronicler, Leta's tutor and friend, possesses a secret so dangerous it could cost his life and topple the entire nation.

    And far away in a hidden kingdom, a flame burns atop the Citadel of the Living Fire. Acolytes and priestesses serve the goddess to the limits of their lives and deaths. No one is safe while the Dragonwitch searches for the sword that slew her twice...and for the hero who can wield it.

My thoughts:
    I hate to give this book such a low rating, as I love fantasy and I really like Anne Elisabeth Stengl, but I do have my reasons...
    First, this series started out with Heartless, the story of Princess Una. The second and third books I also enjoyed, but they were someone else's story, not Una's. Then with the fourth book, Starflower, the story went back thousands of years to tell yet another person's story. She definitely had something to do with history that was important to the world that the author had created, but I am not sure how she was connected to what had happened before. I don't even remember her being mentioned that much. Yes, perhaps in future novels in this series, everything will come together perfectly, but....after 5 books of this jumping around...who knows what will happen or how long it will take? I'm not even sure where Dragonwitch fits in at all with the others (besides something to do with dragons...).
    The summary of the book talks about Lady Leta and Lord Alistair as though they are the main characters, but throughout a lot of the book, it doesn't seem that is the case. Most of the time, it is more the Chronicler who is the "main character". (I don't have anything against that, but it just makes it confusing)

More information:

I was given this book by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ratatouille

It has been a week or so since we finished watching Ratatouille in CrossNCulture class. Now I must write my reflections and thoughts. So, without further ado..
A quick summary:
    Remy is a young rat who desires more than just the garbage food that everyone else in his family is satisfied with. He kept going back to the kitchen in the human's house to get nicer food, and found a cookbook. But when the lady who owns the house finds all the rats, she drives them out and Remy gets separated. Eventually, he starts helping Linguini, a young worker at Gusteu's restaurant. Because he had a passion for cooking, he was able to excel at it, and help out the restaurant, as well as bring out the truth with Linguini.

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     "Anyone can cook"

    With this motivational message from Auguste Gusteau, Remy is sure that he can be much more than every other rat is. Everyone keeps telling him that he is a rat, and rats only eat garbage, but when one person encourages him, his dreams come closer to becoming real. He does not let everyone get him down, and one person believing in him is enough to get him to his goal.
    In the same way, the world tells us that we cannot do certain things and have to stick to the "status quo", but as Christians, we need to know that we are different.

"You can't change nature."

    After finding out about his job in the kitchen, Remy's father takes him to a rat poison store to show him what normally happens to rats who do not know their place. He says that rats will always be considered filthy pests, and humans will always hate them. Remy is horrified at what he sees, yet he does not believe that things always have to be that way. To his father's dismay and confusion, Remy turns around and returns to the kitchen of Gusteau's restaurant.
    A lot of people think that once someone has an identity, they cannot change. People can change, though, just not on their own. We need God's grace and forgiveness to help us. In the same way, Remy and the people in the kitchen cannot change by themselves. They need each other's help to see what each different group is like.

"The world belongs to the enemy"

    Remy's father tells this to Remy at the rat poison shop, hoping to make it clear that the humans are in charge of the world, and the rats need to stay hidden.
    This is true for us, too. The world (or many things of the world, at least) belongs to the enemy, Satan. We need to be careful not to let the enemy get ahold of us.

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There are a handful main messages in Ratatouille, some of them being positive and a few being not so positive.
 
Negative themes:
-Defying the rules is okay, as long as you think you are doing good.

Remy knows that his family's rules are to stay together and only do what rats normally do. And definitely do not entre the house. But Remy does what he is not supposed to do anyway, because he wants to learn how to cook and be a great chef. While being a really awesome cook is not evil, the way Remy defied his father's rules was not the way to do so.
-People cannot change (beginning of the movie, Remy's father)
Remy's father believed that people cannot change their nature, but we know that they can, with the help of God.

Positive themes:
-People can change (end of the movie)
By the end of the movie, it is made clear that people really can change how they think and act.
-Anyone can be great
All people have potential, and if they work hard, they can do great things, and be even greater with the help of God.
-Family
Remy learns that he needs his family. While it is important to learn how to be independent, it is really important to stick with your family and help each other out.

Biblical Elements:
-Don't let people limit you because of where you come from
-Do not focus on the past

Art:
-The animation was very realistic. Rats were real-looking (but also cute)
-Gas mask lady in the beginning had great potential for nightmares (don't ask...)
-The food was very realistic and some people claimed that it made them seem hungry

Symbolic Names:
-Linguini=long, skinny, easily broken pasta. In the movie, Linguini was a tall, skinny boy who did not have much authority.
-Gusteau=large. Gusteau was a large/fat chef, and his business was also very large and popular
-Ego. Only thought about himself and how he feels about things.

Other things:
-Food
At first, Remy does not eat with his family, but then he does. (fellowship)
-Tired of pretending
Remy is tired of pretending to only be a normal rat

=Where is your identity?=


Note: I wrote this for my CrossNCulture/Bible class to publish on this blog.
 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fortress of Mist by Sigmund Brouwer--Book Review

 
Title: Fortress of Mist
Author: Sigmund Brouwer
Series: Merlin's Immortals - Book 2
Pages: 217
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars
 
Summary: [from the back of the book]
 The throne is redeemed, but the battle is just beginning.
 
In the dark corners of an ancient land, evil lurks in the shadows. Powerful druids haunt the spaces of their lost territory. Double-minded noblemen fight for domain and influence. Invaders from the North threaten the kingdom of Magnus.
 
 
My thoughts: Overall, I thought this was a very good book. It continued the story from where book one left off-right before Thomas became the new king of Magnus. It was pretty well written, though a bit shorter than books I am used to reading for YA sometimes.
Also, I found it incredibly confusing trying to remember which girl was who, and if Katherine and Isabelle were on Thomas' side. And if they were still alive or being impersonated. I DO like mysteries in a plot line, but I feel as though this time, it really took away from my enjoyment of the book.
 
More information:
 
 
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. (Thank you!)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

General Stuff About Shipping...

[Before I begin this post, I think I should let you all know that I started watching Sherlock the other day. And I love it. Here, have a funny gif:
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Okay, onto the real topic
So, being in many fandoms, obviously, shipping is a thing.

 (If you don't know what shipping is at this point, you'd better run before it's too late...) I decided to share with you a guide to my own reactions to shipping.

How I Generally Feel About Shipping:

[source]
Though, that being said, I do have a couple that I like.
Exhibit A:


 


Okay, now that I have dumped my Doctor/Rose shipping on you, I will move on... ;)

Now, that is enough.
(shut up, I know that's three now)

Shipping I REALLY can't stand is when they do things like Johnlock, or Bilbo/Thorin, or RoseMary (even thought that is apparently canon at the moment), or Dave/John, or Frodo/Sam in ways that are <3. Then I'm just like..... *THROWS UP* ...99% of the time when this happens, that is NOT what the author wanted.


How I React When People Want to Talk to Me About Shipping:

 
 
 
How I React When People Try To Put ME in a Ship:
 







so, my advice to you is this: don't try it.

[source]

So...that's how I feel about shipping.
 


Sunday, August 4, 2013

update...sort of...maybe a good bye... *sadness*

So...
One would think summer = more posting...
haha, not here... :P

Anyway, I have not posted for SO LONG....and I'm really sorry. Although, it does seem as though no one reads my posts anymore..
I have been busy, though....I went to Comic Con near my house and I was Rose Lalonde from Homestuck. And I had SO MUCH FUN!!!
Also got to Eleven in Doctor Who...which reminds me....

^That is Twelve....
Since I just reached Season 5, I just want David Tennant back..but I am sure Matt is really great, and Peter will be, too. (and no, I am not a David Tennany fangirl, I just love his part as the Doctor)

Working on so many cosplays and stuff...I wish I could talk about them all here, but I feel like I don't have the time....AND idk if anyone reads my stuff anymore... :(

So...if you do read this please let me know...I miss hearing from you guys...

And if you want to "visit me", you can here here and here. Also, please check out my friend's Youtube Channel here.


ALSO...so you don't get confused...I am changing my name here one last time to Elf, since the majority of my internet friends call me that...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tag from Voronda and Solace...and Arda. And again from Solace....

I have been tagged again, this time by Voronda Elda-Aranel :D Thank you!

RULES:
1) Thank the person who nominated you.
2) Post 11 facts about yourself.
3) Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked.
4) Ask the people you tag to answer 11 questions.
5) Nominate 11 bloggers.

So...

11 Facts about myself:

1. My favourite genre is fantasy.

2. I love doing cosplay...I usually try to make my outfit each day something that resembles what a charater I like would wear. Or I support my fandoms by wearing fandom jewelry.

3. I have two cats.

4. I love to read.

5. I find it strange that most people live "normal lives" without fandoms....my fandoms are pretty much my life, and I have no idea how I would live without them.

6. I feel as though I have too many fandoms...but I love them all ♥

7. My favourite book is Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

8. I generally try to avoid books/movies with lots of romance in them.

9. I admin a Facebook page with some of my friends (this one)

10. My friends are weird....and so am I...but we like it that way.

11. After Comic Con last weekend, I went to the mall in my costume.

Questions from Voronda:

1. Language/s You would like to learn?

--->Ummmm...Elvish from LOTR :)

2. Would you rather live on Hoth or Tatooine? For those who don't know Star Wars: North Pole or Sahara Desert?

--->Well, if it's Hoth or Tattooine, I think I'd take Tattooine...no one lives on Hoth, and they have Wampas that eat you. But, in real life-North Pole or Desert...I don't know...i don't like extremem weather conditions...

3. Something that made your day today?

--->Realizing that I don't have to deal with high school physics anymore.

4. If you weren't your currant nationality, and you had the choice to pick you nationality what would you choose or would you not change?

--->Not sure. I probably wouldn't change.

5. Do you have pierced ears or body part?

--->Nope. But I do seem to like this earring:


6. Coke or Pepsi or Root Beer?

--->Root Beer

7. What was your last dream about? All the itty-bitty details

--->I don't remember my last dream.

8. So you get to meet your favorite band/singer and spend a week with them. Who are they and what do you do when you first meet them and what do you do during the week?

--->Just one group?? Nope...I'm gonna say a bunch, sorry :)
      Piano Guys, Lindsey Stirling, John Williams. I'd probably go out to lunch dinner with them a lot, and just hang out, talk about their music, and music techniques and ideas. Give them suggestions for their next videos...learn how cool it was to make their videos...learn how awesome it was to be a part of the Star Wars Saga :D. Oh, and Lara and Taylor Davis, too.

9. Look out your window. What do you see?

--->Trees.

10. Which do you prefer to watch Sunset/Sunrise or Stars/Northern Lights?

--->Sunrise/Sunset is soooo pretty...so, that. :)

11. Your being cast as your favorite character from a book/movie/show/game etc., in the movie of said form of entertainment. Who are you?

--->Oh, I can't just say one! Haha... So...first, a Companion in Doctor Who. Tori from Slayers by C. J. Hill. Bonnie Silver from Dragons in Our Midst by Bryan Davis would be really cool. And I'd love to be in a Star Wars movie :D



AAAANNNNNDDDD...I have also been tagged by Solace Utara.

1. What movie are you looking forward to most this year?

--->The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

2. Opinion on Maroon 5, One Direction, Fun.,and Taylor Swift?

--->Never heard of Maroon 5. The only song I've heard from One Direction is What Makes You Beautiful, and I actually like it. (Friends: Don't hate me...) Fun...I think the only song I have heard from them is Some Nights. I like it, or at least Peter Hollens version. And Taylor Swift...I don't really like her music, or at least, the songs I've heard. (Example: We are Never Getting Back Together...ummm, okay...i don't really care...and if you hate him so much...why are you singing a song to him??) Oh, wait...I really like Begin Again--the Piano Guys version.

3. Describe your best friend.

--->Best friend? I don't really have one best friend. Except for my cat, Lilly, who is awsome :D. But, I can describe my friends. Well, we are all nerds, and geeks, and fangirls...stuff like that. TJR and Oblivion like to read as much as I do, and every one of the Outliers watches Doctor Who and awesome stuff like that. They keep dragging me into more fandoms...

4. What did you think/what are you expecting of Iron Man 3?

--->I haven't seen the first two, yet, but it looks really good...now I'm gonna have to see them...

5. Harry Potter or the Hunger Games or Percy Jackson? (It drove me mad to try to answer this one.)

--->Ummm...That's tough...I Ilike Percy Jackson, but it's not my favourite...The Hunger Games...well, I only really liked the first book, and I haven't yet seen the movie. And I'm not exactly allowed to read HArry Potter, but i still love it...so...I think I'll say Harry Potter...out of those three :)

6. How long have you been blogging?

--->Since October of 2010 (I believe...you can check if you want the exact date...)

7. Five main fandoms?

--->Star Wars, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Inheritance Cycle

8. Last thing that made you smile?

--->Doing the "timey-wimey, thinky thing"... (not exactly sure what that means...so, if you know, you can explain in the comments below :) )
9. What do you wanna be when you grow up?

--->Not sure...perhaps a writer...and I want to have a fencing/archery academy (more on that in some future post...)

10. How often do you swear?

--->Never

11. What is the object to the left of you?

--->The doorway to my kitchen


AAAAANNNNNNNDDDD From Arda:

1. Do you like birds or fish best?

--->Birds

2. Do you prefer movies or tv shows?

--->Movies (generally...but then I do watch Doctor Who...)

3. What is a favorite summer memory?

--->Going to camp with my family

4. What can you hear right now?

--->My computer, refridgerator, and speakers making strange noises...actually...it kind of all sounds like the TARDIS' interior hum...interesting...

5. What is you preferred method of long-distance communication (phone, texting, skype, chat, etc)?

--->Probably chat on Facebook...

6. What is your favorite outfit?

--->My favourite outfit...one of mine, I'm guessing.... Well, probably one of my fandom t-shirts (like the one that says "The Girl Who Waited" or something like that...) and then my favourite pair of jeans.

7. Favorite mythical creature?

--->Dragon. Of course. Definately. If that's what you consider mythical...hehe

8. What is the last book you read?

--->Erasing Time by C. J. Hill

9. What is your favorite way to exercise?

--->Horseback Riding :)

10. What is your favorite type of weather?

--->When it's warm, but not too hot or humid.

11. Would you rather life in a forest, in the mountains, or by the ocean?

--->Probably in a forest.


Second tag from Solace:

1) What advice would you give children today?

-->Pick your friends wisely, and don't be afraid to be who you are.

2) Whom do you consider to be the hero of our generation?

-->Not sure...I don't pay much attention to the famous people. But it would be someone who sets a good example and isn't afraid of what others think; someone who cares about who a person really is, rather than what they look like.

3) Have you ever saved someone's life?

-->Not that I am aware of.

 4) What was the last song you heard?

-->Fullmetal Alchemist theme

 5) Where do you go for advice?

-->My mother, or a friend that I trust.

 6) Which countries have you been to?

-->The U.S.

 7) Would you rather live without your favorite fandom or the internet?

--> WOW....that's a hard one. I feel like they both go together...I am active in my fandoms partly because of the internet...I can't answer this....

 8) What talent would you like to have?

-->I really want to learn how to play the violin.

 9) What is one thing you would like to change about the past?

-->Doing my homework sooner, so I didn't stay up so late...

 10) Where does all your money go?

-->Usually half of it goes to the bank, 10% to the church, and then the rest I use for books, costume accessories, etc.

 11) What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?

-->Not sure...I have done the zip-line at my camp...but they make that pretty safe...


People I am tagging:
-MasterofOblivion

-And anyone else who wants to do this...I have no idea if you all have been tagged or not...

My Questions for You:

1.) What is that one book (or few books) that you just keep going back to, and you will never get tired of it no matter how many times you read it?

2.) Why did you start blogging?

3.) What do you like most about having your blog?

4.) What fandoms are you a part of?

5.) Do you have a friend who always makes you smile?

6.) What are you looking forward to most this summer?

7.) How excited are you for part 2 of The Hobbit?

8.) Do you like to cosplay as your favourite characters?

9.) What would you choose to be your superpower?

10.) Have you ever taken the Fandom quiz at thefandom.net? If so, what were your results?

11.) If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?





Wow...that was a lot of tags....and it took me a long time. So, like I said before, I am not really tagging anyone specifically, so if you want to do this, you can. And if you do, let me know, so I can see your answers :)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Time for an update, I think....

Wow. I haven't been on blogger in forever. Sorry about that. I've been really busy lately.

One really good book I read while I was away is Erasing Time by C. J. Hill. Here's a quick summary: Twins Sheridan and Taylor are snatched out of their time and into the future. The scientist who took them were really looking for a genius man, but the machine seems to have messed up. Except, there is no way to get back to the past, and the scientists now want to erase the twins' memories. Can they escape this fate, and stop the men from taking anyone else from the past? And who can they trust?


Also saw the Incredibles for the first time...turns out that is just about the only Pixar movie I like...haha


I am now in Season 2 of Doctor Who...2 episodes away from the end...I am postponing Doomsday for as long as I can.


A couple of friends are trying to get me into Homestuck, but I am not so sure about that, yet...Nevertheless, I did end up cosplaying as Rose Lalonde from Homestuck on 16 June for Comic Con.
<--Obviously not the cosplay...that's just Rose from the web comic.

And finally, I have started watching Fullmetal Alchemist, the anime series.


So...how have you been, since I haven't been around to hear from y'all?