Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fangirl Freak Out!!

So this happened...
and this was my reaction...

One of my favorite things about social media is the ability to interact with authors that I respect. I know it takes a lot of time and effort on their part so I truly appreciate these amazing moments.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Hunger Games Movie Review

I saw The Hunger Games for the second time yesterday and I finally feel like I can write a review about it. Why did I need to see it twice before I could write a review? Because it was so much better the second time. Don't get me wrong, it was good the first time. It just blew me away the second time.

I've been trying to figure out why this movie was so much better the second time and I think it boils down to trust. These books, these characters, these stories hold a very special place in my head and heart. Up until the moment the movie starts they were mine even though millions of people have read them, they still belong to me because of my vision and interpretation of them. When the movie begins I'm handing them over to the world. In truth I handed them over to the movie company months ago but this is the moment of truth. I think that even though I may not have realized it I sat through the first viewing on the edge of my seat, holding my breath to make sure that my beloved books and characters were given the love and respect they deserve. When the ending credits begin to roll there was sigh of relief. And then on the second viewing I was able to relax and just get lost in the story I love.

There is so much I could say about this movie but I'm going to try and limit it to the real stand out moments/cast because no one wants to read the novel I could write about it. Overall, I loved this movie!! I think this is one of the most faithful book to movie adaptions I've ever seen.  The loyalty to the source material made me very happy. Yes, there were deviations and additions but in the end, the spirit of the book was there. I thought that the cast was fabulous- every single one of them. (Seriously, the casting gods were smiling down upon this project.)

A few things that I absolutely loved:
  • Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. Wow! She truly became the girl on fire. I wasn't really worried going into the movie but it was still a relief to see her shine in the role. 
  • Josh Hutcherson- he is the boy with the bread. That is all that needs to be said. 
  • Lenny Kravitz portrayal of Cinna. I've been worrying about this particular role for months. I even posted about my worries in a letter I wrote when Lenny was cast. My worries were in vain. Lenny was perfection as Cinna down to every last detail. He became Cinna. He was exactly what I needed him to be. He brought me to tears during his few short scenes- when he helped Katniss focus during the interview, when he told her he would bet on her and when he gave her the nod of confidence she needed when she was freaking out in the tube. I couldn't have asked for more!
  • Stanley Tucci- oh my goodness!!! He was BRILLIANT!!! I knew when he was cast that he would be good but he blew me away. He stole every scene he was in. 
  • Alexander Ludwig freaked me out. His portrayal of Cato was spot on. To me the most disturbing death in the movie (other than Rue's death) was when he snapped the neck of the tribute that was guarding the cornucopia *shudder*
  • Donald Sutherland as President Snow. He creeped me out in ever scene he was in. I think the worst/best moment was the very end when he's scowling at the video feed of Peeta and Katniss back in District 12 and then turns and walks away. 
There were a few of things that I would like to have seen done a little differently. (I can't even say they were things I didn't like because that wasn't it, I just envisioned them differently in my head and would have liked them to play out that way on the big screen.)
  • I wanted Haymitch to be fall off the stage drunk at the beginning of the movie. I thought Woody Harrelson did a great job as Haymitch but I would have liked to see more of an evolution in his character. I didn't get how completely non-functioning he is at the beginning of the movie. 
  • I thought there could have been a little bit more to Katniss and Peeta's relationship. I think there could have been a few more moments where we saw that Peeta was sincere in his feelings for Katniss.
  • The Mutts- I'm not sure why I was bothered by the fact they looked nothing like I pictured them. It shouldn't matter, they still scared the hell out of me when they attacked. I just wanted them to look like they were described in the book. 
Ok, I have to stop now. I could go on and on about my love for this movie but I've rambled long enough. I can't wait to see it a third time!! I'm sure I will pick up even more the next time I see it. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter is the sequel to The Goddess Test. If you haven't read The Goddess Test yet do not read this review. Instead go to the store and buy the book now!! Another hint- there is a e-novella called The Goddess Hunt that takes place between the books. It's not neccessary to read it before reading Goddess Interuppted but it will add some insight to a few of the characters and the reasons they act the way they do. I read it after I read Goddes Interrupted and I wished I'd read it first.

Kate Winters has won immortality.

But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

Goddess Interrupted begins 6 months after the end of The Goddess Test, just as Kate is returning from her six months away from the Underworld. I should have know with the word interrupted in the title that things were not going to go well. In fact there is very little that goes well in this book. Here are a few quick thoughts-

What I liked about this book:
  • I loved being back with the characters that Aimee has created. I find them to be wonderfully flawed and really enjoyed getting to know them better. I even enjoyed getting to know the ones I don't like very much.
  • I enjoyed spending time in the Underworld.
  • Henry. (duh!!) (I did spend quite a bit of time being annoyed with his stubbornness but I still love him.)
What I disliked/frustrated me:
  • Persephone- I have a serious love/hate relationship with this woman. I could probably put her in the like column as well. I guess I'm still undecided about her.
  • Kate's inferiority complex. I wanted to smack her and yell "Snap out of it!" multiple times throughout this book. If she doesn't get a backbone soon she's not going to survive in the Underworld.
  • The OMG-did-that-really-happen cliffhanger ending. This cliffhanger packs a one-two punch. One of twists I saw coming, the other I didn't. I may have said a few not-very-ladylike words when I finished the book.
The things that don't go well are necessary and the moments that do go well make it all worth it. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm really looking forward to The Goddess Legacy and The Goddess Inheritance.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Host Teaser Trailer & Photos

Last week a teaser trailer and a couple of pictures were released for The Host movie.

I watched this trailer the other day on the computer and was kind of disappointed but then I saw it on the big screen in the theater and it gave me chills.

These pictures are of Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons as Melanie and Jared- 

I'm trying to not get my hopes up too high about this yet. I don't know much about any of the cast so I'm not sure how well they can pull of these complex roles. I just hope that the movie adaptation doesn't ruin the book for me like the Twilight movies did. (Sorry to those of you that like the Twi movies.)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Fangirl in the Making

My niece got to meet Brandon Mull the other night. She was so excited!! After she met him she was absolutely giddy! She got all flushed and a little teary. I was so proud. I think she's got great potential as a fangirl :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Here to Help You

I can't believe that The Hunger Games movie will be out in a little over 2 weeks!!! This new clip with Cinna made me giddy. I'm a huge fan of Cinna and I'm loving the way Lenny is bringing the role to life!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cover Love!

I try not to judge a book by its cover but if they have a great cover that makes me love the book even more. Three of the books that I'm waiting on pins and needles for finally have covers and I love them.

The Kill Order by James Dashner- this is the prequel to the Maze Runner series. I love the cover because it shows the world in a very desperate state. Just this brief glimpse of what the world was like makes the decisions that led to the maze existing seem a little more rational. James never disappoints in his ability to shock and surprise me so I can't wait to dive into this book and see what is going on.

Reached by Ally Condie- The final book in the Matched trilogy. I love the progression of these covers- from being all the way inside the bubble to breaking out and now standing up and stepping out of it. I also love the powerful statement made by the color red. This last book is going to be amazing! I'm excited to see where Ally takes us!

Rift by Andrea Cremer- this is a prequel to Andrea's Nightshade series, which is one of my all time favorite series. The first chapter of Rift is available online and just from that sneak peek I can tell I'm going to devour Rift like I have all of Andrea's other books. I love this cover because Andrea writes kick-ass heroines and the cover shows how fierce Ember is. I am so excited for this book!!!