Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Imagine Dragons Concert

On October 25th my friends and I went to the Imagine Dragons concert at Weber State University. The concert was fantastic!! The first time I saw Imagine Dragons they were the opening band for The Parlotones. They played in a little venue in Salt Lake. Shortly after that they exploded onto the music scene and they started selling out arenas. To see how far they have come was amazing!!

The security guard in front of our section was really strict about cameras so I only got a couple of shots from the concert. There are some fabulous pictures and a very heart warming story about the concert here.



 My friends and I took a bunch of pictures of ourselves throughout the evening.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Blue October Returns to Salt Lake City

I'm really late getting this posted but on October 4th Blue October was in Salt Lake for their Sway tour. As always their show was spectacular. Every time I see them I am more and more impressed with their talent.  

In addition to a great concert, I also got to spend a fabulous evening with my friends. 
 All my concert pictures, including the set list, are here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer!!

That sound you all just heard? That was me having a complete fangirl freakout over this trailer. There are no words for how EPIC this is going to be!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

So... I finished Allegiant...

 

I will try to write a coherent review when I've recovered a bit.



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

William Joseph - Radioactive

I've fangirled over William Joseph before. He is a phenomenal musician. I've also fangirled about Imagine Dragons here before as well. So when William covers an Imagine Dragons song I'm a very, very happy fangirl. This is gorgeous!! 
 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me. 
When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, she doesn't realize paranormal forces are responsible—not until mysterious identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into her room and destroy a deadly spirit sent to kill her. 
Kennedy learns that her mother’s death was no accident, and now Kennedy has to take her place in the Legion of the Black Dove—a secret society of ghost hunters formed to protect the world from a vengeful demon. A society whose five members were all murdered on the same night, leaving the Legion in the hands of the next generation: a misfit group with unique skills.
As the new members race to find the only weapon capable of destroying the demon, each uses their individual skills to battle paranormal entities and earn their rightful place in the Legion—except for Kennedy. 
If she is truly the missing piece of the puzzle, can she stay alive long enough to find out—without losing her heart in the process? 
Protect yourself. 
What you can’t see can hurt you.
Unbreakable by Kami Garcia grabs you in the very first chapter and does not let you go until the very end. Because this is the first of a trilogy it doesn't really even let you go then.

There are a few things you need to know about me before I review this book. I am a complete wuss. I don't watch scary movies, I don't go to haunted houses, I even get creeped out my slightly scary TV shows (Sleepy Hollow, I'm looking at you.). I also live in a basement apartment with my cat as my only roommate. And the third factor in this scenario is that my only reading time is late at night.

Now that you know those things, you should know that I briefly thought about not finishing this book after the first chapter because it's creepy. But I was already intrigued and I'm a fan of Kami so I put on my big girl panties and continued reading.

I'm so glad I did! This book is so good!!! It is a non-stop, edge of your seat, kick-butt story! What I loved about the book was while it was a ghost hunting, scare the daylights out of me kind of book, it is still a story of self discovery. It's a journey that Kennedy is just getting started on and I really look forward to taking that journey with her in the next two books.

If you're one of those people that likes creepy and scary books, this is the book for you. If you're like me and not normally a fan of spooky, I still recommend you give this book a chance, it's worth it!

Monday, September 23, 2013

New Divergent Posters

There's not much I can say about these. Mostly because they have left me completely speechless. 





Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Number in the Middle of the Show

The Emmy Awards were on tonight. As with everything he does Neil Patrick Harris was brilliant as the host. My favorite part was this number in the middle of the show which features a couple of special guests, one that I have a particular fondness for. The entire number is fabulous but at about 2:06 in the performance I started getting texts making sure I was watching. I love that so many people think of me when they see Nathan ;)

"You can't spell cameo without me."

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

I've been stalking, I mean a fan of Kiersten's pretty much from the day Paranormalcy was published. (see my stalking adventures here and here.) I thoroughly enjoyed that series. I was intrigued (and a little freaked out) by Mind Games. Which reminds me... I need that sequel soon!! But this book, this is Kiersten's best book so far!! 

Mythology, sarcasm, adventure, romance, and good food... I'm not sure I could ask for more in a book!! 

Oh wait, there's also the really flawed and broken main character that is figuring out who she is and what she wants from life. 

And there's a swoony boy with dark hair and blue eyes, which everyone knows is my biggest weakness. 

I've read a couple of reviews that said this book was hard to get into. I didn't have that problem but I can see that the first few chapters could be a bit difficult. There's a lot of background and character information to establish in those first few pages- don't give up, it will be worth it- I promise!! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Deception by C.J. Redwine

Deception by C.J. Redwine is the sequel to Defiance. (I gushed about my love for Defiance here.) We all know that sometimes the second book in a trilogy can be disappointing. It's like that awkward stage we all go through, a necessity but not all that much fun. Thankfully, Deception is NOT one of those sequels. If anything, Deception is better than Defiance. And considering how much I loved Defiance, that's saying a lot.

Deception takes the action, adventure, and romance from the first book to a whole new level. It is a non-stop ride and I loved every heart pounding second of it! 

If you haven't started this series, do it NOW!!!


p.s.- Chapter 40 is brutal. Have a box of tissue ready.

p.s. again- I really, really, really need book three!!! 


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Divergent!

Excuse me while I have a fangirl freak about all this Divergent goodness...


I'm so in love this cast! They are all perfect for these roles! I'm still in awe of that fact that Kate Winslet is in this movie. It's going to be so good!!!

If you haven't read this book, do it now!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Book Thief Movie

There are some books that I don't think need movie adaptations. These books are usually extremely complex and emotional and I worry that a movie adaptation won't do them justice. I've felt that way about the planned adaptation of The Book Thief ever since it was announced.

I have to give you a little background as to how I became a fan of this book so you can understand my hesitation about the movie. I had multiple people recommend the book to me but I kept putting it off. There were a couple of reasons I did not want to read it.

  1. I read to escape. I want to be whisked away to a world where everything works out in the end. If I want realistic I can simply turn on the TV. I knew what the book was about and I had no desire to read a book that takes place in World War 2 Germany and is narrated by Death.
  2. The biggest reason I did not want to read this book is because I have been to Dachau Concentration Camp and it was a day that changed me and my outlook on life forever. I didn't think that it was possible for a book to portray the evil, vile aura that still lingers inside the fence of that camp. I didn't think that there was any way that a book could do justice to the knowledge that I was standing on hallowed ground as I stood next to the mass grave of those that had lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis. I didn't want to read a book that took anything away from the way that my visit to Dachau impacted my life.

Finally I got to point where I couldn't put it off anymore and I picked up the book, determined to not like it and ready to tell everyone who had recommended it to me how wrong they were. But, as you can guess, that did not happen. It turns out they were all right, The Book Thief is a brilliant, beautiful, moving story about love, relationships, life and death. Markus Zusak somehow took all of those feelings that I had the day I visited Dachau and put them into this book. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have ever read.

Book to movie adaptations don't have a real great track for me. I can only think of a few that I'm really satisfied with. So when one of my all time favorite books is made into a movie, I'm going to worry. I'm going to worry a lot.

Lately I've been feeling a little bit better about this movie. I'm still not convinced but I'm willing to have faith that it will be a good movie for the following reasons:

1. Geoffrey Rush is playing the role of Hans. Talent like Geoffrey's makes me feel like the film is in good hands. If the director cast him I feel like he truly cares about the movie and hopefully will take care of this beautiful story.

2. USA Today posted these pictures from the movie and they look a lot like how I pictured it when I read it.

3. The announcement that John Williams is composing the score. He is one of the few that I feel can do this story justice. 

4. The trailer. Just watching this made me cry so I'm sure I will be a blubbering mess in the theater.

As I said earlier, I'm still worried. But I do feel a little better and am going to see it in the theaters. When the project was first announced I said I wouldn't go see it so that alone is progress. Hopefully I will have a glowing review to share here in November. *fingers crossed* 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Afternoon Tea in Austenland

This afternoon my friend Meg and I had the opportunity to go to Afternoon Tea in Austenland. It was held at the Grand America Hotel and was hosted by the Salt Lake Film Society.  Shannon Hale was there and told the story of how Austenland became a book and then how it was adapted into a movie. She also shared some behind the scenes stories and pictures.

While Shannon was talking we were all enjoying a proper tea complete with cucumber sandwiches and scones.

Beautiful tea flower centerpiece- when we sat down it was just a dried lump in the glass, then the waitress poured hot water on and it became this.

Meg and I had a fabulous afternoon. It's always great to hear Shannon talk about her work and the atmosphere was divine. What a great escape on a Tuesday afternoon!

We didn't get to go to today's screening due to scheduling conflicts but I did get a chance to see it during Sundance. You can read my review here

Friday, August 2, 2013

Sherlock Season Three Promo!!

Not gonna lie, I've watched this quite a few times already. I got giddy when the music started. And then the glimpse of everyone that is important to Sherlock. And then that look of apprehension on his face...it's painful and endearing. The Sherlock at the beginning of the series would never have had the look on his face. I read that Sherlock and John's reunion isn't going to be as easy as it was in the books. I can not wait to see it!! Is it November yet?!?!?!

ps- I love and hate Martin's mustache all at the same time.

Edited: I've found a couple of fanmade versions of the new promo-

This one made me smile because of the music they used.
This one made me want to curl up in a little ball and cry about The Reichenbach Fall all over again.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Trailer

The new trailer for Catching Fire debuted at Comic-Con this past Saturday. I've been going to post this since them with a detailed analysis of the trailer. The problem is that every time I watch it to write that analysis my brain goes into fangirl mode. I get chills, I tear up and then I get chills again. And then it's over and I watch it again. Do you see the problem? So, I'm just going to post this with no commentary. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It's that time of year again...

Comic-Con is upon us again. Several of my friends plus quite a few of the authors and actors I follow on Twitter are there. With every tweet, instagram picture and Facebook update my fangirl heart breaks just a little bit. 
I will get there one day. I must. Until then I will live vicariously through social media. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing


I've recently realized that for a blog named "Confessions of a Fangirl" that I don't actually confess things very often. Well, today that is going to change. Are you ready? Drum roll, please! Here we go... I'm not a huge fan of William Shakespeare. I studied him in high school and I admire his talent but that's about it. I don't ever re-read any of his plays. In fact there are many of his plays that I'm not familiar with at all. I know, I know- what kind of bookworm am I?!?!

Now that you know that information about me you're probably wondering why I drove 50 miles to see Much Ado About Nothing on opening weekend. I can explain it in two words- Joss Whedon.


Ok, there might have been a few other motivating factors- Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher to name a few. 



I went into the movie knowing it was going to be good simply because Joss directed it and because it had a stellar cast. I didn't expect to fall completely head over heels in love with the movie. I was mesmerized. The cast was absolute perfection- I laughed, I swooned, I got angry and I got a little verklempt. Because of my lack of Shakespeare knowledge I was afraid I wouldn't understand what was going on but there was never a moment that I was confused. The movie is in black and white, which I thought might be distracting but was just the opposite. I feel like it enriched the movie. 

To get an accurate idea of how awesome this movie is, take all the praise you've read/heard about it and double it. That should just about cover it. And don't worry if you're not a Shakespeare fan- you'll love it anyway!