Sunday, March 15, 2015

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
Once, only her own life hung in the balance...
When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.
Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek. 
Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.
You know those friends that you run into after a few years and it feels like no time has passed? That's what picking up this book was like. Oh, how I enjoyed being back in this world!! 

Other than a couple of issues I loved this book. It's full of action, adventure, kick-ass characters, love and friendship. 

My only issues were these:
1. I haven't read the Glass series in quite a while so I had forgotten a lot of details. There were quite a few characters and plot points that were involved in this book. I don't think you need to reread the Glass books before reading this though. I was able to piece together the forgotten plot details. 

2. I'm pretty sure I've complained about this in all of Maria's books. Her main characters never spend enough time together. Just as I wanted Kerrick and Avry to spend more of the Healer books together, I want more interaction with Yelena and Valek. I know that part of the point is that they are capable of taking care of themselves but I love it when they are together. I'm hoping with where this book left off that we will get more of them together in the next book. 

Even with those little hiccups, I'm so glad that Maria decided to continue this series. It's one of my all time favorites!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Big Hero 6

I have to be honest. The trailers for Big Hero 6 did nothing for me. I thought it looked like a cute movie but not one that I necessarily needed to see. But then several reviewers that I trust posted glowing reviews so I decided to give it a try. In order to not look like a creeper in the theater for a children's movie I borrowed my nieces.
Based on the reviews I had read I fully expected to enjoy the movie. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. It is ridiculously adorable!! The story is action packed, funny and of course, emotional. (why didn't I take tissues with me?!?!) The message about the of family and friendship is heartwarming as well. Plus nerd power! And girl power! And diversity!! It was beautiful! You all should go see it! 

I've also found who I want to be when I grow up- GoGo Tomago. She's brilliant, sarcastic, and has fabulous hair. Seriously, can I be her?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Judge Movie Review

I fell in love with Robert Downey Jr. in 1989 when I first saw him on screen in Chances Are. From that point forward, I've been a fan. Because of that, I feel like giving an unbiased review of any of his movies is not possible. Not that my reviews are usually unbiased, I just feel like this one is even more biased than usual. This movie is a change from RDJ's most recent roles as Tony Stark and Sherlock Holmes. It's a much more serious role. It's a much smaller movie. But the story is so much bigger. 

I loved The Judge. It was brutal and uncomfortable to watch in some places. Robert Downey Jr.'s character is not a nice person. But his character is redeemable and he makes little changes throughout the movie that make you believe that as the story continues beyond the screen that he becomes a better man. I love the support cast. Robert Duvall moved me to tears a couple of times. His hard headed Judge was difficult to like but I got there eventually. The brothers, Vincent D'Onofrio and Jeremy Strong, were much easier to love. As were Vera Farmiga and Dax Shepard in their roles. The entire cast was phenomenal. 

What is great about this movie is that it's been a week since I saw it and I'm still thinking about it. I'm thinking about the beauty of many different relationships that are in the movie. I'm thinking about me as a person and how I would react in the same situation. I'm thinking about my family and how I am grateful that even though we have our quirks, we're not completely dysfunctional. 

There's no question that this movie won't be the blockbuster that RDJ's movies usually are but in the eyes of this fan, it is one of his best roles. I've become an even bigger fan after seeing this movie. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was leaked online yesterday. After the leak Marvel decided to post the high resolution version even though it wasn't supposed to be released until next week. We'll get to the awesomeness that is the trailer in a second... first I have to talk about the brilliance that was Marvel's response. After the trailer leaked but before they posted the high resolution version they tweeted this-
As a PR student and social media junkie this is the perfect response. Whoever thought of that response deserves a big fat raise. 

Now, on to the trailer.... To be honest, the first *mumble* times I watched this I was speechless. I could not fully comprehend the epicness. This movie is going to be unbelievably amazing. I just know it. 

Is it May yet?!?! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

A few things you should know about me:
  • I have a weakness for boys who can sing.
  • I have a soft spot for redheads.
  • I'm a closet romantic. On the outside I'm cynical but deep down I love mushy stuff. 
  • Guys with tattoos. *sigh* 
Now that you know the facts, you'll understand why this video for Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran makes me all swoony. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

There is nothing that makes me happier than a celebrity I admire using their status for good. I feel like it ads validity to the time and money I put to watching their movies, shows, concerts, etc.

As a PR student, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has captured my attention with its unbelievable success. As a fangirl it has captured my attention as my favorite celebrities have participated.

I'm going to post a few of my favorite celebrity challenges but I have to post this one first. This ice bucket challenge video explains why something so silly as dumping ice water over your head is important. This is a video that everyone should watch. Grab a couple of tissues before you push play and then watch and be educated.

Now that you've seen the importance of this awareness campaign, here are a few of my favorite challenges.

Robert Downey Jr.

Nathan Fillion

Tom Hiddleston

Chris Pratt

Zachary Levi

Justin Timberlake

Jimmy Fallon

It was so difficult to narrow down the videos I was going to post, I love so many of these! I'm so thankful so many people are using their celebrity status for good!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Together as One

I am not prepared for the emotional damage this movie is going to do to me. Hijacked Peeta is going to break me. Just this brief glimpse of him by President Snow's side makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Judge

The trailer for Robert Downey Jr.'s new movie, The Judge, was released today. Here's what RDJ wrote on his Facebook page about the movie-
Susan and I are delighted that this wound up being the first movie produced through our Team Downey production company at Warner Bros. It’s a drama with lots of heart and wit.... might be the best thing I've been part of yet...beginner’s luck, perhaps.
An original story from our director, David Dobkin, it’s a modern tale of conflict, judgment, death, regret, irony, family dysfunction, hilarity, and of course, unconditional love. When a miserable hotshot Chicago lawyer returns home to a small town in Indiana for his mother’s funeral, he is forced to deal with a lifetime at odds with his legendarily stoic superior court justice father (aka The Judge). 
What could possibly go wrong? Shame and secrets, old flames and…murder perhaps?
This movie looks really, really good. I love Robert as Tony Stark but I'm looking forward to seeing him in a more dramatic role. Plus, it has Robert Duvall in it, so it is bound to be fantastic. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I love this tweet from Nathan (and him, of course). It speaks to my fangirl soul. The part of me that gets giddy over a new book, movie or tv episode. The part of me that mourns when a fictional character dies. The part of me that gets all mushy when my favorite fictional characters finally become a couple. The part of me that swears when something bad happens. The part of me that cheers when good conquers evil. This is what being a fangirl is all about. I love it.