Sunday, February 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (20)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

I'm so excited to read these! XD

Red Moon Rising by Peter Moore
Chime by Franny Billingsley
My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
Flawless by Lara Chapman
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
The Auslander by Paul Dowswell
True (...Sort Of) by Katherine Hannigan

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson
Sweep by Cate Tiernan
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander
Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander
The High King by Lloyd Alexander

Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman
Yotsuba&! vol. 5 by Kiyohiko Azuma
The Sandman comics vol. 29-32 by Neil Gaiman, Stan Woch, and Dick Giordano
Fables vol. 52-55 by Willingham, Buckingham, Leialoha, & Pepoy

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Oh, the Irony

I found it so ironic that I had a test in AP Bio over the reproductive cycle yesterday and also started my period later that day, so I actually knew what was going on in my body, like knowing what organs and hormones were specifically doing.

Lol, I actually laughed out loud when I realized the irony of the situation.

Anyway, not much has happened lately. Over the break, I babysat for the most of the time, but I did finally watch the Vampire Knight anime, some variety shows guest staring Yunho and Changmin, and The Eagle movie and read a lot of books.

I don't know if I actually read a third of the pile like I wanted to, but I did read a significant chunk of it. :D

I read Moon Boy vol. 3-6 by Lee YoungYou, which was great. The story kept on getting better and better with every volume. I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series and devour them! I think the last volume actually came out earlier this year, too... XD But I'll prolly buy them later, as soon as I read enough of my TBR books to make room for them.

I also read an ARC of Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer, which is also her debut novel. I totally loved it, and not only because she mentioned fanfiction, slash, and lolspeak in it, lol. I wrote a review on goodreads which went like this:

Rival is a wonderful book that touches on many aspects that teens go through today -- rivalry, misunderstandings, fitting in, and true friendship.

I can't even word how awesome this book is! With it's engaging plot, diverse cast of fleshed out characters, and easy but beautiful writing style, Rival is a great debut.

I can't wait for the author's next book!

And I also read the Vampire Knight Official Fanbook that I ordered from anime~~~ since it was on sale there with some other books. It was pretty entertaining and informative. You got to see the character's rooms and a lot of other stuff. Great for any Vampire Knight fan, lol.

For the Vampire Knight anime, it actually didn't take long to watch it since there were only two seasons out, and each season was only 13 episodes.

Actually, I found it really ironic that the first season was basically the parts where I stopped reading the manga for a while before picking it back up again earlier this year and going crazy all over it again. XD

I forgot how lighthearted the beginning of the series was compared to the later volumes; there was lots of goofy moments that made me facepalm at some of the stupidity. But yeah, after a couple of episodes, I was back into being enthralled with the series with all of the twists and drama. Now that I knew what happened later in the the story, certain remarks now carried new meanings, and I was spazzing because I was going crazy trying to figure out if the author had originally planned all of it, and since I already knew what generally happens next, lol.

Anyway, even tho the anime art still doesn't compare to the manga (in my opinion anyway), I really enjoyed watching the first season of Vampire Knight since it refreshed my memory on what had happened in the earlier volumes. :)

The second season, however, was so much more interesting! For one reason, this was the arc where all of the action was at. The other reason that caused most of my spazzing was the fact that IT DIDN'T FOLLOW THE MANGA EXACTLY. DIFFERENT SCENES HAPPENED EVEN THOUGH IT BASICALLY HAD THE SAME ENDING. O_O


Even if the anime did follow the manga exactly, I'd still watch it and any future seasons just because it's still really entertaining. I love how even though I already know what happens, I still react and fangirl when I watch the anime, since it's so engaging.

The Eagle was pretty good. If you're looking for a good Roman historical movie or one that doesn't have any romance, then I'd definitely recommend The Eagle. While there wasn't any romance --which I thought was very refreshing-- there was some bromance going on, that I really liked, lol.

Actually, I had received a copy of the book last month to review, but I never had the chance to read it. Since I already know how the plot goes, I'll probably read it even later.

Earlier this week, I started reading The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson and Banished by Sophie Littlefield. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish either of them. They were both stale, unoriginal, and had already overused plots that couldn't hold my attention for long. I doubt that I'll ever pick them up again unless I somehow finish reading all of my other books first.

I'm currently reading Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin and Almost to Die For by Tate Hallaway. They're both pretty interesting, although I think Hallaway's trying too hard to sound like a teenager in her book.

Low Red Moon's book itself is AMAZING. There are red trees at the bottom of every page and the page numbers are also red. Plus, every time the word "moon" appears in the text, it's also red. I'd show a pic of it, but I left the book in my locker at school.

But! I found some pics of it over at A Bookworms Haven. :) This is the first pages, and those are the trees at the bottom of the pages that I was telling you about.



And I don't know about you, but THIS GUY makes me go adjfs a;jflk whenever I see pics of him, lol. Jae is so adorkably cute/handsome/pretty. XD

So yeah...that's about it.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tumblr Pics 7

I've been planning on doing a post talking about how my break went, but somehow, time flew by and I started school again, so I didn't have any time to write the post. I still don't have much time, so hopefully, I'll be able to update you guys on what's been happening lately.

For now, check out these awesome pics I found! Enjoy! :D

Sunday, February 20, 2011

In My Mailbox (19)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce
Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce
First Test by Tamora Pierce
Page by Tamora Pierce
Squire by Tamora Pierce
Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce
Hissing vol. 3 by Kang EunYoung
Hetalia Axis Powers vol. 1 by Hidekaz Himaruya

So that's what I got this week! But before I go, remember:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I HAVE TIME TO READ!!! :D And Movie News

As you can tell from the title, I FINALLY HAVE TIME TO READ!!! ...and do other things that I've been wanting to do which has also been piling up along with my TBR pile. -__-"

But yes, Winter Break has finally started, so I don't have to go back to school until next Tuesday! I don't have a whole week off like last year and I've got homework for half of my classes, but hey, I'll take whatever I can get. :)

Also, I've finished reading All the King's Men for my AP class a couple of hours ago, so I can finally read some other books! On the headboard of my bed is a very tall pile of books that I plan on reading at least one-third of by the end of the break. Granted, four of the books I plan on reading are manhwa, whatever; they still count! :P

That pile is where I put all of the books that I plan on reading whenever I need another book to read; I just pick out the book that fits my mood. The other piles of books around my room are all of my TBR books, lol.

But yeah, I plan on getting my read on during the break as well as catching up on movies, variety shows, and possibly an anime if I can squeeze it in. What sucks is that whenever I plan to do something, I almost never finish it. -__-" So let's see if I can accomplish this goal. Small steps. :3

Now for some movie news! 

I didn't realize until Monday that I Am Number Four is out this Friday. I totally forgot about it! After I finished reading the book over the weekend, I'm not as excited to watch the movie as I initially was, but I'm still going to watch it. Eventually. :P

Also, I found out that Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is being made into a movie! I read the book around two years ago, so the details are kind of vague to me, but I do remember absolutely loving the book. I'm not sure how the movie is going to be directed since the majority of the book is told through cassette tapes, but it sounds interesting enough.

However, there's a news article saying that Selena Gomez is going to play as Hannah, the narrator of the cassette tapes who is basically another main character. I don't have anything against Selena Gomez, but I'm really tired of having Disney stars getting the lead roles of movies acting as characters that their image doesn't really fit. Like the rumors saying that Miley Cyrus is acting as Janie in the Wake movie

Wake is the first book in the Dream Catcher trilogy by Lisa McMann. I also read Wake around two years ago, but I really liked it and have been wanting to read the rest of the trilogy for a while now. But only when I get around to finishing all of my other TBR books! 

Anyway, as I was saying, I don't don't think that either actresses look right for their roles. For one, Hannah is not supposed to be pretty. But whatever, if they can pull it off, then I wish them the best. I'll still prolly prefer the book anyway. :P

Also, I just found out that The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is being made into a movie! Whoa! I was so not expecting that. I read this in my freshmen year [also two/three years ago] and also really loved it. This is suddenly becoming a theme, isn't it?

I'm really excited to see how the movie turns out since the book's setting is in the 90's, and I should really reread the book sometime soon since I forgot everything but the main events. Also, it turns out that Emma Watson [Harry Potter series, duh] and Logan Lerman [played as Percy from The Lightning Thief] are the main characters! For once, I think they finally chose some good actors. :P 

The movie comes out sometime next year, so I definitely have some time to reread the book. :)

And the best news for last [although it's not really the best news since the wait is so long...], THE HUNGER GAMES MOVIE FINALLY HAS A RELEASE DATE! MARCH 23, 2012 [that's more than a year away! ;-;]. And they've already chosen Peeta?!

According to imdb, Gabriel Liortta is playing Peeta. 

Although there are sites saying that it's just a rumor or not true in general, if it's false, how come imdb hasn't fixed it yet? 

Well, we'll find out eventually as the time gets nearer. 

That's all for movie news! Now, I'm going to bombard you with amazingly creative pictures of things made out of sandwiches because they're awesome. Who would have ever thought of doing this their lunch? XD

And that's it for now. I'm gonna go and watch We Got Married. :D

But before I go, look! A cute lil' chickie! :3