HELLO! I know I haven't really been consitant with posting here this summer. I've been busier than I thought I would be, with work going crazy I kinda have no time for anything else. Working out in the sun makes me extremely tired & when you work pretty much every day of the week, you're just constantly tired. I also went to Chicago a couple weeks ago, when I find the time, I will upload all my photos. My Berlin photos I have finally finished editing yesterday so either tomorrow or Saturday I hope to have those up. I'm really hoping by mid August Chicago will be all edited & uploaded, so let's cross our fingers, and uhm toes haha.
I hope you've all been doing well. Other than tired I'm good enjoying summer while not working, trying to hangout with friends, and well Warped Tour happened the very beginning of this month for me, I had a blast, as you can tell if you read my blog :) I can't believe there are like 3 more stops & Warped is over for the year. SUMMER WHERE DID YOU GO? But alas one more month until school starts, so I'm going to shut up, and get to the good stuff, my reviews. This month got ridiculously long, so I hope you enjoy!
What I've been watching: in case you're interested: Season 1 of Full House, Seaon 5 of Sailor Moon (I finished that this week), season 2 of Veromica Mars, season 5 of Rookie Blue, season 1 of Extant, season 13 of Degrassi, season 2 of Under the Dome.
Collateral by: Ellen Hopkins: The story of a boy and girl. The girl fell in love with the boy who happened to be a Marine Soldier. Ashley loves Cole, but when he’s gone all the time she’s left all alone. Her friends are army wives too, and they warn her about marrying Cole, but she doesn’t listen until something bad happens. The novel was very insightful on women who date or marry soldiers, but the plotline was somewhat boring, and the reader didn’t really know where the story was going, or what the point of the story was. The characters were well rounded which made it easy to love some, and very easy to hate some. Overall, if you’re interested in a quick read with a relatively good plot, well then read the novel. It’s definitely not one of Hopkins best works, but all authors have that off book.
Dangerous Creatures by: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl: The sequel that continues where Beautiful Redemption leaves off. Only this time we’re not following around Ethan and Lena, we’re following around Link, and Ridley. Ridley’s gotten herself into some bad stuff, when she thinks going to New York and handing Link over as a drummer will fix everything, she has to think again. Dark Casters, and Dark Born are the source for the evil. This novel was entertaining, and the plotline was well thought out, the ending will leave the reader tumbling to a cliffhanger that leaves so many questions unanswered. The characters also are well rounded and go through the motions throughout that kept the novel moving along. Overall, it was a good follow up, but it felt like it needed something more to keep the reader really engaged.
Dark Shadows: It’s the story of Barnabas Collins, a man who tried to save the love of his life but ended up cursed as a vampire. He spent many centuries locked in a coffin until the year 1972 where he must break the curse that is put on him. The film was slow to start, which made the plotline hard to follow because it was so boring the viewer didn’t feel like paying attention. As the movie progressed it got somewhat better, but the film wasn’t that funny, it had its moments, but overall, it was a pretty dull film. The film ended up coming full circle but with a happier ending than the first time around. But overall, it’s not really worth the time to watch. The plus side was the actors had great chemistry and they worked really well together, but without the good plotline, the movie just tanked.
The Raven Boys by: Maggie Stiefvater: The first book in the Raven Cycle series. Blue is the daughter of a psychic and she has been told all her life that she is going to kill her true love by kissing him. It isn’t until one day that a spirit speaks to her, and she refuses to kiss him even if he intrigues her. The novel is full of the supernatural, which makes it very compelling to read. The characters both living, and dead are portrayed well that one character you don’t realize is even dead. The novel is very mysterious that the reader often has questions about what is going on, but it all becomes clear as each chapter goes by. It’s something completely different than anything out there and worth reading.
Leap Year: When Anna just wants her boyfriend Jerry to propose to her, and he doesn’t, she follows him all the way to Ireland so she can propose to him on leap year like Irish tradition. Only getting to Ireland is a complete and utter mission. Disastrous thing after disastrous thing seems to happen, causing Anna to have to face obstacles. Along the way she meets a man named Declan who helps her get to Ireland throughout all the obstacles. It was like any other romantic comedy; only it was predictable, yet unpredictable. The plot took turns for the worst and turns for the better that the viewer didn’t see coming. It was a sweet and witty film filled with a lot of Irish superstitions. It’s definitely one of the better rom/com movies out there. The characters are solid, round characters that go through changes from the beginning to end. If you’re fishing for a good movie to watch, this is one.
The Dream Thieves by: Maggie Stiefvater: The second book in the Raven Cycle series, and this is where everything in the first book starts to make sense. The supernatural takes a whole new twist and takes hold of dreams. Ronan, like his father he finds out, is a dream thief. That means he can steal objects from dreams and bring them to reality. This plays out a lot in his and his family’s survival. There are a few plotlines all going on simultaneously, but in the end all come together to tell the whole story. This novel along with the first were very confusing to follow along to just because there were so many plotlines going on, it was hard to keep track of what character is doing what, and what is happening where. But once you get past that and really get into the story, and get to the end, it’s a really thought out story, though the author wrote the end as if to say that it won’t be the last we hear about these characters which is exciting. Overall it’s something to read if you’re looking for something different, and to keep you paying attention.
The Ready Set – The Bad & The Better: The newest album from pop/punk act The Ready Set is finally here, and it’s only taken four years to release. The album is a mix of fun, good times. The album starts off with his hit single Higher, a pop song that has his signature style written all over it. Freakin’ Me Out is a fun song that is super catchy about the beginning of relationships where you find out the person likes you. Are We Happy Now? Has a very catchy melody at the chorus that makes you sing along. Fangz is a very different song compared to all the other songs on the album. It’s almost like a dubstep song, but somehow he pulls it off and makes it super appealing. Carry Me Home is just undeniably enjoyable that you can’t help tapping your foot, and singing along with. Bitter and The Sweetness starts with nana’s, and nothing says “catchy” like nana’s. Though the rest of the song kinda falls a little in being memorable in lyrics and melody. Bleeding is one of his top-notch songs where it’s catchy and the lyrics are relatable. Castaway is The Ready Set’s way of writing a meaningful song, it’s not the greatest song, but it does get its message across. The album ends on Give Me Your Hand (The Best Song Ever), which is probably the best song on the album, it will have you moving at least one part of your body. If you’re looking for a good pop/punk album look no further, it’s the Ready Set’s new album.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s: It’s known as a classic, and the story still plays out years later that still have an effect on audiences today. The story of Holly, a crazy New Yorker who loves people and parties. She’s always falling for the rat guys. One day when her new neighbour moves in, they become fast friends, and maybe a little more. It’s one of the original romantic comedies where there is a solid plotline that leaves viewers wanting more, even though the ending was perfect. The actors had great chemistry with each other, which made the scenes fun to watch. Their performances were on point, combine that with a great storyline and you have yourself a classic! If you haven’t watched, you’re missing out on really great film!
The Fault in Our Stars: When a whole theatre is filled with people sniffling, you know you’ve made a successful film. From the novel by the same name comes the story of Hazel and Augustus. They are both cancer patients who meet in support group. They fall in love, in the deepest of loves. It’s a romantic, yet sad love story. The film was done brilliantly. It was like they took every scene that was in the book and decided to film it, which is what made the film so long, but it’s also what made the film so good. The way it was filmed was done exceptionally well. Everything from the acting to the dialogue, even how they filmed the text messages and emails were done like no one has before. Though it’s a very sad topic, and a very sad movie, the message was loud. It’s definitely worth the watch if you want to watch a romantic movie, just don’t forget your tissue!
The Forbidden Game by: L.J Smith: In this series there are three stories in this one volume, The Hunter, The Chase, and The Kill. It starts off with our main character Jenny who wants to find the perfect game for her boyfriend, Tom’s birthday party. Her and her seven friends get together to play this game, but as they start to play, the things start to become a reality of their worst nightmares and they can’t get out until they win the game. Each novel has a game that the characters have to play to survive. It’s a really interesting theme for a novel, and it would make a great movie, but after the second game, the plot gets boring, and readers just want to figure out if they’ll win or lose. The plotline grows stale, while the characters get predictable. The first two books are great, but the third just shouldn’t have been included it just dragged on. Overall, it wasn’t really worth the read to get to the end, but hey, read if you want to!
Go Ask Alice by: Anonymous: It’s not really a story, and more like someone’s life. It’s the true story and life of a girl growing up in the 60s who has a battle with drug addiction. Throughout the journal entries you see her highs and her lows, what makes her happy, what makes her sad or angry. The main character goes through so much to get better, but the ending is just shocking. It makes you question what you just read. You think the ending is going to be completely different than what it turns out to be. It’s a great, and really fascinating read. Sure there are books on fictional characters who have drug issues, but this story is 100 per cent real, which makes it all the more powerful read. Highly recommended to read, and it’s not a long read either, which makes it easy to read, but the substance is hard to get through.
Breathe Carolina- Savages: The album starts off with Bury Me, which takes a few listens to actually get a feel for the song. It’s got a bit of a strange intro, but then the song starts and eventually gets better. Bang It Out is a very catchy song, but it’s also very sexual, which kinda gives the listener a love, hate relationship with the song. Shots Fired is a slower tempo song, but it’s still a pretty good song. Please Don’t Say is one of the better songs on the album, despite the melody during the chorus sounding like a Hannah Montana song; it’s still a fun song. Savages is the “it” song on this album. It’s got catchy lyrics, as well as a melody that will keep you moving your body, whether you want to or not. Chasing Hearts sounds like a Drake song. In fact it sounds like Drake wrote the song and instructed Breathe Carolina how to sing the song. I Don’t Know What I’m Doing is also another good song; the lyrics leave the listener wanting to dance. It’s a good song to just forget everything and just have a little fun. The album ends on Mistakes, an okay song, the lyrics aren’t the best, it’s all about going to a party and pretty much getting wasted. The parts of the song where they’re not singing are the best parts. The song is very upbeat, obviously, but it leaves the album on a high note. Overall, the album is fun to jam out to when you’re about to head out.
The Maine- Forever Halloween Deluxe Edition: With an additional five songs to add to an already exceptional album, it just gets better. The deluxe edition starts off with So Criminal, an upbeat song with John O’Callaghan screaming “Christina” for the chorus. It’s a super catchy song. Vanilla is the “it” song on this album, and it’s the way O’Callaghan sings just melts your heart, and the melody just matches perfectly to the lyrics, the whole song is absolutely in sync. Ugly On The Inside has some really great lyrics, but the melody just isn’t as high as the lyrics. It’s still a good song, but not the best on the album. Bliss sounds like the Maine right from the beginning of the song. It sounds like something you would hear on Pioneer. It’s always good to hear classic the Maine sound. The last song Ice Cave is like nothing you’ve ever heard before from the Maine. O’Callaghan is at one point screaming, and then he’s crooning, which shows his range. Guitars are wailing, it’s almost like this smooth rock jam, that is very different, but it works, and it ends the album off leaving listeners wanting more. Overall, a great addition to the Forever Halloween album!
Possession by: Elana Johnson: The first book in the possession series. Here is where we meet our main character Violet. The world is divided between the goodland and the badland. All her life she hasn’t felt like she should be in the goodland’s so she rebels. That gets her in the badlands and running away from the people who control the goodlands. Those same people turn out to be the people she loves, or once did. Now she has to make decisions about how she wants to live her life. It’s an interesting concept for a novel, but the plotline felt stale, the love interests plotline has been used so many times, and the characters felt flat. Overall, it was a fast and quick paced read, but it was boring and the readers mind couldn’t stay focused on the story. The novel also just kind of ended, there will be another novel, and you can tell more is to come because nothing has been resolved. Maybe the next novel will be better.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by: J.K Rowling: The first book in the Harry Potter series. We meet the main character Harry, where he learns he’s a wizard. He gets accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and things get rolling. He’s learning to be a wizard on top trying to save the school, and all wizards from He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. He struggles his way towards the stone where he has to fight Professor Quirrell for the stone. It’s a fun adventure that captivates the reader from the very first page. Rowling has made very dynamic characters, as well as whole world for the reader to fall in love with. If you haven’t read it, it’s a must read, because it’s easily lovable, doesn’t matter your age.
The Taking by: Kimberly Derting: Sixteen year old Kyra lives a normal life, or well she think she does, until one day she just vanishes out of nowhere. One minute she’s there, the next gone. Five years later she returns, finding herself out of place in the town she grew up in. The fact in the matter is everyone has moved on, and she’s still sixteen. It’s a very captivating read about alien abductions, a topic that is popular, but isn’t the most popular. The characters were all very round and thought out characters that the reader came to grow on, the plotline was solid, even though at points it was confusing what was going on, it all made sense in the end. The bad thing is that it sucks that readers have to wait until the next novel comes out!
Hercules: The tale of Hercules. When he is asked to help fight an army that is destroying Greece, he and his five companions go and help, the thing is, they start to turn on him. He must then believe in himself and in his myth to save himself and his family. It was a very action packed film from start to finish, and the dialogue was witty and quite sarcastic, making it better than what the commercials made it out to be. The acting could have been better, but it was all right for the film. The action made the movie entertaining, though the plotline was a little dull. The film probably could have been better, but it’s worth watching if you’re into ancient Greek gods, and action.
Hey I told you this was going to get long, but I hope you enjoyed what was in store this month! :D What have you guys been listening, watching or reading this month?