Saturday, January 30, 2010

Another awesome contest!

Sherry over at Flipping Pages for All Ages is holding another contest!  Yay!  Whooo!!! AAAHHH!!! She's celebrating 100 followers (woot woot) and is giving away one book of your choice.  Kari fromA Good Addiction also commandeered her blog to help celebrate!  So here is the contest rules!

So there you go! In honor of Kari's guest post I have decided to give away a copy of one of the following to one lucky follower! All you have to do is fill out this form to enter, extra entries are possible but not required!

The winner will get their choice of one of the first three Vampire Academy novels by Richelle Mead or the first book in Patrick Ness' Chaos series. Please leave your selection on the form!

Choices(pick only 1)
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Shadowkiss by Richelle Mead
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

This is open to followers only, and anywhere in the world where the book depository ships, please check your country before entering. And you must be 13 yrs of age or older.

This contest will end 2/12/10 at midnight (est).
Ok now enter away!

So go and enter! And if you're not already a follower, well you know what to do!  Sherry and Kari are two of my favorite bloggers so go and support!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Reasons to never work at a pizza place...

So in a fit of utter boredom I realized how weird my job is.  I work at a pizza place (Papa Murphys) where we do take and bakes.  The last time I worked I simply had an epiphany of how many times I have the weirdest experiences there.  So because frankly I have nothing better to do right now, here is my list of weird strange things that happen to me at work. 

1.  It's ridiculous when a customers asks you "What's on the Chicken Bacon Artichoke delight?"  and I answer "Chicken, bacon, and artichokes,"  and they give you an annoyed look.
2.  When totally wasted morons call and want to order 200 pizzas
3.  When two guys stop outside the front of the store and take a picture of the sign that says "Doors must remain open during business hours".  I fail to see how that is worthy of a picture.
4.  When chicks too wasted on meth, who have no teeth, come in and order 5 meat stuffed pizzas.  I mean, I know the meth makes them have crazy munchies, but how do they actually plan on eating it?
5.  When you hand a pizza to a highly intoxicated individual, and they tear open the plastic wrap and start eating the pizza raw. 
6.  Being butt-dialed on the store phone.  Who honestly has Papa Murphy's on speed dial?  I mean really?

So everything but number five has actually happened to me.  One of my co-workers experienced that little bundle of joy.  But I thought it too good to pass up for my list.  Don't you want to work at  a pizza place now? 

If anything else weird and random happens to me I'll be sure to report it.  :D

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Giant Blue Monkeys

Okay so clearly Giant Blue Monkey's is not the title of the movie.  I just thought that line was so funny I had to share.  So yes I'm doing my review of the recently acclaimed Avatar!  It was so pretty!  So very very pretty.  I didn't see it in 3-D but now I really want to. 

Graphics:  5 stars!  Truthfully the most beautifully done movies I have seen.  Everything from the plants and wildlife to the avatars themselves looked incredibly real.  I'm almost at a loss for words as to how pretty it is.  It's THAT beautiful. 

Acting:  5 stars!  I thought the acting was very good with all of the characters.  Especially with Sully and the Dr.  They were well developed and had strong characteristics that fit with their roles. 

Plotline:  3 stars  So clearly the story was not original in the slightest.  Among the other movies that have the exact same theme: Dances With Wolves, Fern Gully, and Pochantus.  Though the story was the most horribly over-used, over-done, and incredibly predictable plotline in movie-dom I still enjoyed it. 

Overall Rating: 4 stars!  In the end the pretty graphics made me go goo-goo eyed and stare at the screen going "pretty" during most of the three hours.  The amazing graphics far outweighed the poor plot.  Though it wasn't the single most amazing movie I have ever seen, like most people claim, I still thought it enjoyable and would watch it again. 

For those of you who are too depressed to keep on going after having seen this movie, (do not scoff) do not fret for there are help sites for you.  (I am not even joking here, look them up)  Haha. 

Friday, January 22, 2010

The sadness of ending a fantastic series :(

Seeing as how I've already reviewed the earlier books I don't want to ruin the plot for you by giving a synopsis. 

Since I finally finished the series, I just feel utterly empty inside.  When I read the first two books in the Dark Angel Trilogy I read them back to back.  Sadly I didn't own the third one at the time.  And when I finally buy it and read it, I just feel so sad now.  The book was the perfect ending to this amazingly fantastical series.  It tied up all the loose endings and all the different subplots nice and neatly.  It was utterly amazing, and yet I'm still so sad.  It's a horrible mix of contentness and despair.  I don't think I've ever felt this way about a series before.  It was that amazing.  And writing about it just makes it worse!  AH!   Ah man.  This totally stinks.  I loved the series.  It's probably my favorite series of all time!  It is just so depressing that it's over. 

Well on a positive note Brent Weeks has a new series coming out.  So I guess my world isn't coming to an end quite yet. 

Do you have a favorite series that you hated to see end?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sweet Fuzzy Feelings

So I received this lovely award from Aye. Me  and I thought it was so cool I just had to pass it on!   So here are the blogs I find absolutely wonderful to behold and enjoy reading.

A Good Addiction
Cleverly Inked
Far From Reality
Flipping Pages for All Ages
Lost in Ink
My Wonderland

Thanks again Aye. Me!  Means a lot!  Truly, I feel horribly gushy inside right now.  Hearts and flowers and magical unicorns, which is really scary for me. Thanks so much!  :D

Cowtastic! (No it's not about cows)

In this ambitious novel, Cameron, a 16-year-old slacker whose somewhat dysfunctional family has just about given up on him, as perhaps he himself has, when his diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jacob, "mad cow" disease, reunites them, if too late. The heart of the story, though, is a hallucinatory—or is it?—quest with many parallels to the hopeless but inspirational efforts of Don Quixote, about whom Cameron had been reading before his illness. Just like the crazy—or was he?—Spaniard, Cam is motivated to go on a journey by a sort of Dulcinea. His pink-haired, white-winged version goes by Dulcie and leads him to take up arms against the Dark Wizard and fire giants that attack him intermittently, and to find a missing Dr. X, who can both help save the world and cure him. Cameron's Sancho is a Mexican-American dwarf, game-master hypochondriac he met in the pot smokers' bathroom at school who later turns up as his hospital roommate. Bray blends in a hearty dose of satire on the road trip as Cameron leaves his Texas deathbed—or does he?—to battle evil forces with a legendary jazz horn player, to escape the evil clutches of a happiness cult, to experiment with cloistered scientists trying to solve the mysteries of the universe, and to save a yard gnome embodying a Viking god from the clutches of the materialistic, fame-obsessed MTV-culture clones who shun individual thought. It's a trip worth taking, though meandering and message-driven at times. Some teens may check out before Cameron makes it to his final destination, but many will enjoy asking themselves the questions both deep and shallow that pop up along the way.

My Review:  Sorry for the huge time gap where I disappeared into limbo.  Being sick and catching up on homework is more time consuming than I thought.  Okay so onto my review!  Libba's new novel is completely different from the Gemma Doyle Trilogy.  Different doesn't mean bad!  Different means utterly fantastical!   As the description says this is not your average YA novel.  It's ten times more epic.  Though the tone of the novel is lighthearted, it represents an all too serious theme.  Cameron is witty and hysterical and overall a complete lazy oaf, but in the most adorable way possible.  The side kick characters aren't annoying (okay well Gonzo is a tad bit) but they are endearing and loveable.  After all who doesn't love a displaced Viking God in lawn gnome form and a Mexican dwarf?  I mean that's just plain hysterical.  They are one of the great aspects of this novel.  Libba never gets predictable, and the events are always throwing you for a loop.  From the beginning I ultimately guessed the end "revelation" but it didn't ruin it for me.  It is hinted at throughout the novel in a very obvious way, but it adds to the story.  The ending was sad and happy at the same time and was ultimately satisfying.  If you've read Libba's blog you'll definitely appreciate he amazing wit that went into her latest novel.  A great read that will leave you laughing until you cry, and smiling while crying. 

Friday, January 8, 2010


So in my wasted hours of being sick and having absolutely nothing to do but sit around and play on my computer, I've stumbled across some exciting news!!!!  (Excuse my use of horrendous exclamation marks.  There are more to come)

For those of you who don't know I am a HUGE fan of Maria V. Snyder author of the amazing Study Series.  She also has another series set in the same world about a side character, called the Glass Series.  And even greater than that (yes it does get better) she has a new YA series coming out, the first of them being Inside Out, the cover is to the left.  Aren't you excited yet?  I've devoured every book she has written so far and in my hours of stalking her website I finally signed up for her newsletter.  And guess what?!!!!  (I apologize again for the exclamation marks)   Drum roll please.....

There is going to be a FOURTH study book!  Yes again I say a fourth book about Yelena!  Aside from me jumping for joy and screaming at the top of my lungs in a very extreme fan girlish fashion, I don't want to over excite you.  Okay maybe just a little.  If you subscribe to her newsletter you will receive amazing sneak peeks into the fourth book, titled Ice Study.  And sorry you can only read the awesome excerpts if you subscribe!   Here's a handy dandy link to help you out.

So not only am I geeking out about the fourth study book, but I'm also eagerly waiting Spy Glass set to come out in September 2010 and then there's Inside Out which is to be released in April 2010.  So many books!  So little time!  So yes for any fellow fans out there I fully expect you to go running screaming to your computer and for you unfortunate individuals who have not experienced the amazingness of her novels, I fully expect you to go buy them promptly.  Shoo shoo!  Away to your computers and bookstores!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Beginning of a New Year

What better way to kick off the new year than a new look?  So yes I did indeed change my blog template and I have to say that I am infinitely pleased with it.  Especially after I spent 2 plus hours trying to design my own blog template only to have it not transfer all of the pretty little things I added to it.  Oh the joys of computers, am I right?  

Today I returned from a very long band trip to New Orleans to play in the Sugar Bowl.  That's a 24 hour bus ride.  On seats that barely recline.  With temperatures decreasing with every mile on the road.  With BAND kids.  You can imagine my distress. And my total lack of WiFi at our supposed 4 star hotel (can't imagine how it got that rating) was highly counter productive to me up-keeping my blog.  Frustrated doesn't begin to cover it.  So here I am trying to update everything, checking my email which was flooded by Facebook updates (bashes head on wall), writing stuff, and completing long over due art projects.  Christmas Break needs to be way longer.  Way WAY longer.

So as well as a new look, I'm also starting reading my books for the 2010 Reading Challenge.  Wahooo!  Yaaaaayyyy!!!!! Hazzah!!!! Woot!!! Heehee.  Okay so yes I'm still recuperating from sleep deprivation, but that doesn't detract from my excitement.  The first book on my list is Going Bovine by Libba Bray!  It is truly fantastic and I can't wait to be finished with it!  (Simply because I'm super excited to read my next book).  But all randomness aside, it is truly a fantastic book.  Review should be coming soon, so be on the look out!

British Detectives are Epic

So yes that's right.  The new Sherlock Holmes movie was just so fantastic I had to gush about it.  Robert Downey Jr. does an amazing job as Holmes.  He's crazy, brilliant, egotistical, witty, hunky, kickass, and adorable all at the same time.  Downey is truly brilliant in his portrayal of the iconic Sherlock Holmes.  His logic never fails and truly he is hysterical 70% of the time.  Jude Law plays an excellent Watson as well.  He completes the movie and the amazing crime fighting, kick ass, epic, duo.  Rachel McAdams also plays an amazingly clever, street smart, swindling, woman who knows how to play Holmes for all it's worth. 

The plot is action packed and full of mystery and you can never truly tell if there is a "magical" explanation at all.  With dark alchemy, new scientific discoveries, and a secret society you are never left bored or wishing for explosions (though there are a decent amount of those as well).  This is a movie that gets better every time you watch it (or I'm assuming because I'm pretty sure I missed half of the humor).  I guarantee you'll want to watch it again and again.  It is simply THAT GOOD.  Best of all is that it just keeps getting better.  Because a sequal is surely in the make.  If you haven't seen it yet, you better be on your way to the movie theatre as soon as you're done reading this.