Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ask the FanGirl

In which I answer all the questions below (I found this #AskTheFanGirl on Pinterest and thought it would be fun to do)











1. First Person I ever obsessed over? Hmm, well if we're going with fictional characters, I'd have to say Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh {I was just a bit in love with that show when I was younger. But if we're going with real people, I'd say it was Nick Carter {Yes, I was a BSB girl. And I still am, thankyouverymuch}

    

Yami Yugi Yami Yugi










2. Current Obsession? Obsession? As in singular? I have way too many for that. Well, there's Once Upon A Time {even though it's starting to get a bit weird}

3. Favorite Band? Hmm, I like 5 Seconds of Summer... I mean, I'm not obsessed with them {Don't hate me for that please} but they're pretty cool.

4. Favorite Singer? I looove Dalton Rapattoni. And Keith Urban... And Adam Lambert.







5. Favorite YouTuber? Oh, DanIsNotOnFire hands down, without a doubt, most definitely, and any other affirmation I can give you. Because one second he's like:

30) danisnotonfire quotes | Tumblr 

but then the next it's:

 

6. First concert? Ah yes, that was a Backstreet Boys concert way back forever ago.

7. Favorite Movie? I don't really have just one movie that I would call my favorite. I like lots of them, especially if they're Hallmark Movies

8. Favorite Actor/Actress? Colin O'Donoghue is my favorite actor and Emma Watson is my favorite actress




Colin O'Donoghue - Colin O'Donoghue Fan Art (36779559) - Fanpop


9. First celebrity crush? Yeah, that's going to be Nick Carter again

10. Ever got made fun of for what I like? Nope.

11.Favorite book? HA. HA HA AHAHA, there's no way I can pick just one. But I'll try, let me think *INSERT THINKING MUSIC HERE* Okay, well, with much deliberation, the one book out of all of my favorites that I am going to share with you is:

How (Not) to Fall in Love 
 It's fantastic, you should definitely read it

12. Favorite TV Show? I would usually say Once Upon A Time, but I'm going to shake things up a bit this time and say Bringing Up Bates

13. Favorite Fictional Character..., Hmmm. HMMMMM.... HmMMmMmMMMmmmMMmmm... Well, I am going to have to say it's a tie between Aaron Warner from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi AND Captain Hook from Once Upon A Time. Because they are BAE.

14. Something I love about the fandom that I'm in? Well, I love that I'm able to fangirl and get completely dorky when I talk to people who like the same things that I do, and they totally get it. They fangirl (or fanboy) with me. No judgements.

15. Something I hate about the fandom that I am in? Well, this is just about fandoms in general I guess. I hate that people get so defensive and all "My fandom is better than yours and if you disagree you are a terrible person" All fandoms are spectacular. Can't we all just get along?

16. Would I ever take a bullet for the people I fangirl over? I have no clue. That's more like one of those split second decisions.

17. Do I ever hide the fact that I like somone/something out of fear of getting teased? Pshhh, no. I don't care what people think about what I like.

18. Have I ever met any of my idols? Sadly, no.

19. Do I have any merch of the people I fangirl over? Oh yes.

20. Favorite fangirl moment? All of them

Monday, April 18, 2016

Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord


The Year We Fell Apart
By Emily Martin
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Date Read: April 2016
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Hardcover, 352 pages



Summary From Goodreads:

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.


My Review:

I liked this book, but I didn't love it, and that was kind of heartbreaking for me because I absolutely adored Lord's previous books. It wasn't horrible though, so ugh, I don't know, I am just really conflicted about my feeling for this book right now.

What I liked:

Little Leah, and big, bubbly personality. She was just super adorable and hilarious

THE GORGEOUS cover! It's soooo pretty. completely different from the covers of the last 2 books which could be aggravating  if you collect books and now have a mismatched set... Still, it's super pretty.

The big-ish family. I always thought it would be fun to have a lot of brothers and sisters because there would always be someone to hang out with. I loved how they all pulled together when things got bad.

I liked Vivi's GINORMOUS personality as well. She was always so willing to put herself out there and look silly. And she talked. A lot. Which is cool, because I'm a pretty quiet person, I'd rather listen than talk. So being friends with someone like Vivi would be okay with me.

I liked Jonah. He was just so sweet, and I always just wanted to hug him and say, hey, you know, everything will be fine.


What I didn't like

The insta-forced love thing. Normally I can deal with the insta-love. But this time it was a little much. It felt to me like Vivi was the one pushing the relationship. She was kind of controlling and demanding and even childish at times when she was with Jonah.

The ending was kind of a bummer for me. I love my HEAs. Or at least an ending that gives the illusion that there will be a Happily Ever After at some point, but this one didn't. I understand that life doesn't always give you a happy ending, but this is a book! It doesn't have to follow the rules of reality!


I don't know much about bipolar disorder, so I can't make any comments on how believable that was.

Overall, this book was, as I said above, Okay. But it wasn't anything spectacularly fantastic.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Review: The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

The Year We Fell Apart

The Year We Fell Apart
By Emily Martin
My Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: April 2016
Publication Date: January 26th 2016
Hardcover, 320 pages


Summary From Goodreads:

Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.

As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.
 

My Review:

Oh boy. This book was full of drama. It was a good book, and it had the opportunity to be a great book, but it kind of fell short of that for me at least. I think it was because there was so much drama in it. So first I am going to start with what I didn't like.

Harper kind of frustrated me. She handled things so poorly. I mean, yes, we all make mistakes don't get me wrong. But Harper made the same mistakes over and over and over again. And it was over pretty dumb things too. Like when she got upset that Declan couldn't make it to a party and blew things way out of proportion  going oh boo hoo hoo poor me, he must not like me! Then she went and got completely wasted and started making out with someone else.

I loved Declan. He was so patient and forgiving where Harper was concerned. He had things of his own going on, but he seemed to handle them way better than Harper did.

Cory was also really awesome. He was always there to come to Harper's rescue. No matter when she called, he would go and get her. Harper was just really lucky in the friend area in general. They put up with a lot of crap from her and they were always willing to defend her.

One thing that was kind of left up in the air was how things with Harper's mom went. Did she die? Did she survive? Did they actually say what happened to her and I just read over it? I guess we get to make our own assumptions as far as that goes, and that's okay too I guess.

That's just my opinion though. I'm interested to see what you thought if you've read it! Let me know down in the comments!


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Review: Catching Lucas Riley by Lauren Winder Farnsworth

Catching Lucas Riley

By Lauren Winder Farnsworth 

My Rating: 4 Stars  
Date Read: March 2016

Publication Date:
March 8th 2016 
Paperback, 192 pages


Summary From Goodreads:

  
Alex Foamer is in love . . . with the untouchable singles ward heartthrob who has no idea she exists. Enter Sealey Witchburn, the manipulative, sarcastic ward executive secretary, whose scheming is Alex's only chance to catch her crush’s attention. But when Alex actually wins the bid for her dream date, she gets more than she bargained for in this surprising LDS romance based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid

My Review: 

This book was a quick, fun, and hilarious read, though saying that it is based on The Little Mermaid is kind of stretching it. That was part of the reason that I wanted to read it in the first place {because, you know, Prince Eric is my fave} and as I was reading it, it just wasn't clicking for me... I mean, okay Sealey and Ursula, I got that... And Alex has red hair like Ariel... But I think it would have been better to leave the reference to The Little Mermaid out of the summary... But that's just my opinion.

Anyways, moving on... I really didn't like Sealey... I thought he was a major jerk. And I just wasn't feeling a connection between him and Alex. I kept waiting on him to grow on me as the book went on, but it never happened. I did like Alex's relationship with her roommates though. They were all so different, but their personalities just meshed together so well.

I've never obsessed over a guy {well I have, but they're either fictional or famous, so that doesn't count} but I felt like I could relate to Alex and her insecurities.} I'm a member of the LDS Church and I'm also roughly around the same age as Alex. So I can kind of relate to her on that.

Even though this one is categorized as Adult Christian Fiction/New Adult book, teens could read this book without any fear of it being super raunchy. Which is always exciting for me, because it's hard to find New Adult books that aren't full of sex, drugs, and alcohol.

There are some terms and phrases that readers may not be familiar with unless they are a member of the Mormon Church {which I am}, or they know someone who is a member. But it's nothing that is so off putting that it makes you want to stop reading the book. It's also not overly preachy either, which is always nice.

One of my favorite quotes from the book was:

"It wasn't that she didn't appreciate testimony meeting for what its purpose was supposed to be, but the problem was that too many testimonies turned into storytelling sessions or academy award speeches."

Because, let's face it... it's something that everyone has thought, but just never had the guts to say out loud.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Review: Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked
Unhooked
My Rating: 5 Stars
Date Read: February 2016

Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Hardcover, 342 pages



Summary From Goodreads:


For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?
 

My Review: 
 
First off, if they ever make a this book into a movie, I want Dalton Rapattoni to play Pan. Because, I mean, seriously:

Dalton Rapattoni (@DaltonRapattoni) | Twitter:


“His white-blond hair stands on end in an artful disarray that gives the impression he’s constantly in flight, like the wind itself can’t keep its greedy fingers out of those unruly locks."

Anyways...

This was a modern day retelling of Peter Pan, which, initially, I wasn't sure that I would like. I mean, I didn't understand how it was going to work out, but once I started reading the book, I was hooked {lol, no pun intended} It's definitely not the Peter Pan I grew up watching. It's kind of got a dark, creepy feel to it.

Honestly, I think part of the reason that I loved this book so much was the fact that Captain Hook wasn't the bad guy. Ever since I started watching Once Upon A Time, I've had this obsession with Captain Hook, and I am always looking for Peter Pan retellings, where Hook isn't bad {or as bad as he is in the original} and that's actually pretty hard to find. Everything I've read so far has stuck pretty close to the original. It also had a few similarities to OUAT, which I thought was pretty funny. Like the Dark Ones. Every time the Dark Ones were mentioned, I couldn't help but think of this:





I liked Gwen, but sometimes I wanted to shake her and tell her to get herself together. And stop believing the wrong people, and start believing in the ridiculously good looking pirate who says he's going to protect her. She spent a lot of time just being fixated on what she thought she knew about Neverland, and

Rowan. Ah, he has to be my favorite character. I love, love, love him. He's this super sexy pirate captain, who seems like a heartless jerk face. But in reality, he cares too much about the boys on his ship, and he will do whatever he can to keep them as safe as he can.

Pan was cray cray. I thought he was going to be one of those bad guys who turns semi good at the end, but nope. He was ridiculously creepy and crazy all the way to the end of the book.

I wish that we'd gotten to see more of the relationship between Gwen and Olivia, because I loved that friendship, or the idea of it at least. I wanted more of a backstory on their relationship, because I didn't really feel a connection to Olivia.

The Fey. Oh wow, they were kind of... Ferocious. Definitely not the cute, mischievous Tinkerbell I'm used to. Not believing in them doesn't work either, btw. They're real and they're gonna getcha.

I wish that this book had been a little longer. I felt like the end was a bit rushed. I wanted a little more closure with Rowan and Gwen, and I wanted to see how Rowan adjusted to his new life in the "real world" after being gone so long.

I also did not like Gwen's mom. She seemed like she wasn't all there {which, I suppose she wasn't} and just so... disconnected from everything. I didn't feel very connected to her either.

But all in all, it was an awesome book, and I would suggest it to anyone who liked fairy tales or Once Upon A Time.




Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Review: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Firstlife (Everlife, #1)Firstlife
My Rating: 5 Stars
Date Read: February 2016

Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Hardcover, 480 pages



Summary From Goodreads:



ONE CHOICE.
TWO REALMS.
NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…


My Review: 

I freaking love Gena Showalter, you guys. I'd been in sort of a Reader's Block for a few weeks when this book landed in my hands, and I was super excited because Gena is one of the handful of authors who is guaranteed to pull me out of not being able to read anything at all, or getting bored with the book a few pages in. This book definitely followed along with that trend. It was absolutely fan-freaking-tastic.

It kind of reminded me of a mix of Divergent, meets Shatter Me, but at the same time it managed to be its own unique story. Does that make sense? No, probably not... Oh well. Once I picked it up, it was impossible for me to put it down.

First let's start with the guys. Oh. My. Gosh. The guys. Archer and Killian Gena gets extra points for naming one of them Killian *SWOONS* I mean, I love that name anyways, and the whole time I was reading it, I just kept picturing a younger version of this:



He had the whole sexy Irish accent going on for him, too! I don't know who this character was modeled after-if anyone-but daaaaaaaang, I love him. Archer was pretty Ace, too. 

This book had a love triangle that wasn't {which, I know, doesn't make any kind of sense}...Or at least, that's how I saw it. Sure, there were two super sexylicious guys that were both vying for her attention. But in my mind, there was only one guy she had any sort of romantical {yes, romantical} feelings for. 

The one thing I didn't like about the guys was the fact that they were like "oh you're so special" and then in the very next breath it was "you should join Troika/Myriad" so that was annoying and frustrating, and if I were Ten, I would have lost my temper with them...

Speaking of Ten, I loved her! She was this tough as nails character and she refused to be broken no matter how many times she got hurt. She was completely loyal to the people that she loved, and sometimes that ended badly for her. She refused to let Archer or Killian be the deciding factor in who she chose to pledge her allegiance to. Troika would be my place of choice. They both have their downsides, but I think the positives for Troika outweigh the negatives. Less violence, more light, more value placed on Firstlife.

I will say there was a twist that I didn't see coming when *SPOILER REMOVED* tried to *SPOILER REMOVED* that about broke my heart, it was so sad. AND SPEAKING OF SAD! That ending! SHEESH! I was so brokenhearted at the ending of the book. And now I'm waiting very impatiently for the next book to come out, so I can see what happens to Ten and the rest of the gang. I have my theories, and I am curious to see if I'm right.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The 5th Wave Book vs. Movie Review

*Just a little warning that there might be spoilers for the book and movie... so if you haven't read/watched it already, continue reading at your own risk*


 The Book:


The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)
Rating: 4 Stars

 Sometimes I really loved it, and other times it struggled to keep my attention. It was probably a good thing that I started with the audio version of this book becauseI probably would not have stuck with it otherwise. At times, it felt like there were a whole lot of extra things that weren't really pertinent to the actual storyline.

I loved Cassie, and how she was so determined and she wasn't going to let anyone or anything get in her way... Not even the ever so sexylicious Evan Walker. It didn't matter how dangerous the situation got for her, she was going to get to her baby brother come hell or high water. And I respect that, because that sounds like me when it comes to my baby sister.

The Others were pretty creepy, but in a cool way {if that makes any sense} And it really makes you wonder what you would do if you were put into a situation similar to Cassie's, if your humanity were put into question. It was kind of intense at times, and it had me sitting at the edge of my seat. The fact that they could look like anyone {instead of one of those crazy looking things we usually associate with aliens} made them just that much creepier.

I liked getting to see Ben's side of the story as well. It gave the book more depth, although sometimes I would get confused about whose POV I was on if I wasn't paying enough attention. So at that point, listening to the audio version was good for me because there were two people narrating it, so it was easier to keep track of who was talking.

I'd say that even though the book flipped back and forth between Cassie and Ben pretty evenly {and once or twice you get to see things through the eyes of both Sammy and Evan} Cassie is the real main character. Everything led back to her in the long run.

Like I said earlier, one thing I didn't like was the fact that sometimes it felt like there was a whole lot of filler. It all felt like it was building up to this great big fantastic ending, and then... nope. I get that this is a series, and if this book would have ended in a cliff hanger, I would have been BEYOND angry {because I have a love hate relationship with  cliffhangers} but I wanted a little more suspense at the end of it... just a little. Though when Evan's fate became a mystery to me, I was all "Evan, Evan, Evan, YOU HAVE TO STILL BE ALIVE! DO YOU HEAR ME YOUNG MAN?! DYING IS NOT AN OPTION!! Also, at times, things didn't always seem to flow together very well. It was almost like there were too many ideas and thoughts shoved together.

And speaking of Evan and Ben... I don't know who I like better... I think right now, I'm leaning a little more towards Evan, but I would be okay with whoever Cassie chose {if both guys actually freaking make it to the end of the third book that is}



The Movie





Rating: 4.5 Stars



I usually just wait until the movie comes out on DVD, because I don't have a lot of free time to go see movies. {that and I really don't like paying a million dollars to go see a movie that I may or may not like... okay, it's not a million dollars, but you get my point} But for some reason, I really, really, really, wanted to see this one on the big screen. So, with my favorite bunch of crazies in tow {read: my mom, little sisters, and two of my friends} we braved the movie theater on a Friday night. {No, not during the opening weekend, I'm not that crazy} I was so glad that we did.

Things seemed to flow a little better in the movie. Or at least, that's how I felt. Like always, they cut a lot of stuff out, and then added some other things, and I was, for the most part, okay with that. Some things made a little more sense, and made it more believable... Though it didn't stop me from whispering to my mom "well in the book..." or "actually, what was supposed to have happened was..." Also, my friend gave me a funny look when I oh so very quietly boooed Vosch the first time he was introduced. I did, however, manage to stay silent where Evan was concerned {it was extremely difficult}

There were some characters that were taken out all together {like Crisco} and I get that. He really wasn't an all that important to the story line. And then some characters they kind of combined into one person {Dr. Pam/Resnik}

I liked the fact that Evan was NOT the one who shot Cassie in the leg. { I know some of  you are probably going boo! hiss! at me right now. But I like Evan, okay?}

I did not like the fact Cassie wasn't as self sufficient as she seemed in the book... example 1: When she got shot, instead of staying under the freaking car and using her scarf to staunch the flow of blood coming out of her leg {like she did in the book} she got up and tried to run away, which ended terribly for her... Also, in the movie, Cassie didn't seem nearly as suspicious of Evan as she should be. I mean, it was there, don't get me wrong...But it seemed to be just a fleeting thought instead of a constant, nagging, paranoia.

Ringer was not what I expected, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

Oh, oh, oh! Also, the whole bus situation where Cassie got off the bus to get Bear and it left without her... I just thought that was really weird. Why wouldn't she have told the bus driver where she was going and ask him to wait for her? I don't know, I guess I just liked the fact that Cassie was so suspicious and put up some resistance to her little brother getting on a bus full of strangers, no matter how trustworthy they seemed.

So, overall, I liked the movie just a smidge better than the book, shocker, I know! {though I did like Book Cassie better than Movie Cassie,} But I need to know what happens to Evan, and what Cassie, Sammy, Ben and the rest of the squad decide to do, where the go next. So I will definitely be reading the next two books in the series.

So have you read the book? Seen the movie? If so, I'd love to hear what you thought!