Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gone Too Soon

Once upon a time, I fell in love with a boy in a book. Then that boy was brought to life on screen perfectly by Jonathan Crombie, so I fell a little bit in love with him too. Today, Jonathan passed away at the very young age of 48. The part of me that always wanted to be Anne Shirley is devastated.

Goodbye Gil, we'll miss you.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

I'm not sure I should admit this, but I'm going to anyway... this made me cry. I've been super excited about the new Star Wars movie so I've been anxiously awaiting the trailer. I knew it was going to be awesome. I just didn't expect the wave of nostalgia that hit me. The music, the voice over, the next generation, and the return of old friends. After my reaction to this trailer, I'm a little worried about how I will react in the theaters.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Duff

I have to admit that I had no intention of seeing The Duff. The title alone was enough to turn me off. I was the designated ugly fat friend in high school, why would I want to go see a movie about that? But then my friends started going to see and they were posting really good reviews about it. My curiosity was piqued so a group of friends and I went to see it. I absolutely loved it! This movie is hilariously funny, touching and swoon-worthy. 

The message of accepting yourself and the importance of friendship is one that I wish I had gotten when I was in high school. I remember thinking that the labels we carried around were actually important and I based my self worth on those. If one person learns the lesson that what others think about them doesn't matter, this movie will be worth it. 

Just a warning- the movie is rated PG-13 and is definitely inappropriate for anyone younger than that. To me it was about the same as Easy A as far as what age group should see the movie. 

I'll leave you with a quote that sums up the movie perfectly and is how I try to live my life- "You're only as awesome as you think you are."

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!!