Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Just some thoughts.....

Ok, this won't be my typical post, but its been kind of heavy in my mind. Like a lot of you, I have noticed that there are more than just a little reality shows on tv now.... And it seems to be one for EVERYTHING! But the ones that have been on my mind are those that showcase people's talent, such as American Idol or even the newer show Face off that features extreme Makeup artists.

I was watching it, and it made me think about all the people that have to go through all the different rounds on the show and still don't get anything out of it. Especially those that have more talent than just a little bit. Even as a reader/writer, it makes me think about all  the people that have been writing stories or poetry, singing, or even doing extreme make-up, and just because they don't know how to get to Hollywood or know anyone in the industry so they never get discovered. I kind of feel like I'm ranting, but it just seems unfair. There's so many people out there that have so much talent but they get passed by while people like Snookie, Kim Kardashian, and other celebrities get all these things like book deals, and sining careers, movie deals, and commercials, when they have NO TALENT. I don't know if any of you have seen/read Tyra Banks' "Modelland" or Snooki's TWO books "Confessions of a Guidette" or  "A Shore Thing," but ummmm.... I'll let you be the judge. Click the title to go to their Goodreads page. Yes I understand that they are not the people who actually write them, but still, only their name is on it so they get the credit. When there's people actually out there sitting on a gold mine of talent.

Well, I'm just rambling on, but there's really no point to this. I just hope that those who see this try and take what they like back and stop being afraid of rejection. If you know you like to  write, put samples out there, or try and sale your manuscript, so you don't have to think about reading things like the nonsense pictured here. Or if you sing, hear the same things on the radio all the time. Or if you're a makeup artist, seeing the same people getting praise for doing every movie's make up. Help give some more variety to the world. Especially if you can break the world from certain trends that have been going on for entirely tooooo longggg... (Vampires being one of them lol)

Be strong in your self and take the initiative to get out there and get noticed. And even if you do get rejected, (much like those who get voted off the show by the judges) be sure not to give up. Remember the saying "One person's trash maybe another person's treasure."

Sunday, January 15, 2012

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Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Paperback, 350 pages
Published: July 26th, 2011
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Mythos Academy #1
Source: Own

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy - a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. 
     But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction, and lots of other bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why - especially since I should have been the one who died... 
     Just as I enjoyed the prequel, I really enjoyed this. I loved the refreshing premise. It was different and the Greek mythology was represented in a different way. I looked at it as a a cross between Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. It taught me a lot of new things about mythology and I love learning new things. Some other things I enjoyed was the fact that the person you expect doesn't gets the girl, you see people you wouldn't expect end up friends, and a lot of other surprises in this book. The two biggest things I loved about the book was 1) the heroine. I LOVED Gwen. I know that's weird to say because from the premise she just seems nosy, but she is actually a really cool, "paranormal Nancy Drew." It was interesting to follow her story.  [One last reason to love Gwen was her love for Wonder Woman. I actually collect Wonder Woman objects myself and I thought it was really cool that we shared something.] and 2) the setting. I really wish I could attend Mythos Academy. I am a sucker for boarding schools because I like to see the author's interpretation on their world that they made up. And Estep did just that. She swept me into Mythos Academy and made me want to visit there. 
     Buttttt.... There was just a one thing that I felt kept it from being a 5 star book. Like the repetitiveness of the book. I could have sworn I read the same thing about 3 times. I remember thinking if I didn't believe it by then, I never would. It may seem like a small thing, but trust me, it was there enough to be noticed and for me to knock off a whole star...
Overall, I give this **** (4 out of 5)

First Frost by Jennifer Estep

E-Book, 64 pages
Published: July 1, 2011
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Mythos Academy #0.5
Source: Own

     I am Gwen Frost, and I have a Gypsy gift. It's called psychometry - that's a fancy way of saying that I see images in my head and get flashes of other people's memories off almost everything I touch, even guys.
     My gift makes me kind of nosy. Okay, okay, maybe a lot nosy - to the point of obsession sometimes. I want to know everything about everyone around me. But even I don't want to know the secrets my friend Paige is hiding or the terrible loss that will send me to a new school - Mythos Academy, where the teachers aren't preparing us for SATs, but to battle Reapers of Chaos. Now I have no friends and no idea how my gift fits in with all these warrior whiz kids. The only thing I do know is that my life is never, ever going to be the same...

    Well, since this is only a short prequel, the "review" won't be long... Let's just say after reading this I was so happy to have the actual first book on deck because I was so intrigued by Gwen in those short 64 pages, and I wanted more! The premise was so gripping although it told a lot of which was in the first book versus what is in the actual prequel. But I did enjoy it though. So much so, that as soon as I turned off my Nook I picked up my copy of "Touch of Frost" and I was reading it at 4 am. It was just that good.
Overall, I give this ***** (5 out of 5)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Paperback, 332 pages
Published August 16, 2007
Razorbill Publishing
Vampire Academy #1
Source: Own

     Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger...
     Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi - the world's fiercest and most dangerous vampires - make Lissa one of them forever... 

     Let me start by saying YES THIS IS MY FIRST TIME READING THIS SERIES! I am not one of those who likes to read books that have a lot of hype tied to them because I don't like the letdown if I don't feel its all its cracked up to be. This was one of those times. Granted, I didn't NOT like it, I just didn't LOVE it either. I think it was a good story, but not better than others. I just didn't feel that it was 5 star worthy. But I will be reading the rest of the series. Maybe I'll like it more as it goes on. 
     Overall, I did enjoy Mead's writing. It really kept me entertained. One of the best things was her characters. I love kick ass heroines and Rose is now one of my favorites. I love how bold, smart, and ruthless she is. Her character is everything that a strong heroine needs to be. Then Dimitri is a great match for her (as her mentor.) She looks up to him and sees him as a "bad ass" when she herself is just as bad ass. I also liked the setting. I found myself thinking of what St. Vladimir's really looked like. Yeah my imagination runs wild lol 
     Another thing I was confused about, was Dimitri. I read review after review that was like "Oh he's so dreamy, I LOVE him," but he didn't jump out to me like that. Again, maybe in the rest of the series he becomes more dominant as Rose's lover, but I just felt like "Oh ok, he's the love interest." I found myself more into Christian and Lissa's love. I think it might be because I like the bad boys, but whatever it was, I haven't fallen head over heels for Dimitri yet... He was just there. 
Overall, I give this *** (3 out of 5)

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Paperback, 342 pages
Published: October 4, 2011
Carrier #1

     From the moment she sets foot at her new school in Ireland, Megan is inexplicably drawn to the darkly handsome Adam DeRis. But Megan discovers that her feelings for Adam are tied to a supernatural fate that was sealed long ago - and that the passion and power that unites them could be their ultimate destruction. 
     This electrifying debut novel was first discovered on the online community for aspiring writers. THE CARRIER OF THE MARK sizzles with unbridled romance, a unique supernatural hook, and a breathtaking Irish setting, and will entice fans of the Need series by Carrie Jones and and the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast.

     Let me start by saying I was a little disappointed in this book.... It was like EVERY element of Twilight was featured here. So much so, I remember thinking that Bella and Edward must have packed up and moved to Ireland while I was reading the book. Lucky for the book, I did enjoy Twilight. I just don't think the book had enough of its own voice.
     One thing I did like about it was the cover. Wow, it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! And once you read it and you find out why it looks that way..... Psssh you'll be just as hooked as I was. 
     I also liked the mythology that was featured in the story. I learned so much about the Irish culture that I had never even heard of. I absolutely love books like that. I can enjoy reading them but also learn about different cultures and places as I read. 
     Which brings me to my next point. I felt as if I were swept away to Ireland as I was reading this. It was a very readable book, but the thing that put me off was the fact that I thought I might have been reading a book I thoroughly enjoyed before or if it was her actual writing. I am looking forward to the next installment of the trilogy to see if it was her writing or the thought that I may have heard the story before. 
Overall, I give this *** (3 out of 5)

Carrier Trilogy by Leigh Fallon