'Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the house,
A bored and book-starved Cam
"I have no good reads!" she shouted in anguish,
grabbing her jacket and boots in a spree,
Heading to Anderson's,
And adoring their tree.
Cam found a shelf
And rooted herself there,
As a trio of people
Walked in and browsed their ware.
She hunched over novels, Iron King, City of Bones,
When along came a hand,
Grabbing a book next to hers and saying, in a not-so-cheery-tone,
"I knew the author, we were classmates,"
Cam slowly glanced over,
At the book in a trio-members' hand,
Seeing a familiar flame,
Surrounded by a band.
The book was ornate,
As every book should be,
But there was something special about this book...
How Divergent could it be?
So, long story short, I went to Anderson's and was shopping for new blogging books, when in walked a group of people. They walked over to where I was, and I thought they were going to be all like, "EHRMAHGERD! IT'S CAM! SHE AND HER BEST FRIEND RUN A BLOG!" *faints*
No. They were more like,
*completely ignores the girl--me--next to them, and reaches for a copy of Divergent* "I knew the author. We went to high school together."
That made me almost melt on the inside! As weird as it was...then, I hardened up, when one of them asked, "Is it any good?"
"It's like Hunger Games. I think. Well, they're making it into a movie."
^^First lady's reply (Not like the POTUS' first lady, but...you know what I mean.)
I really wanted to yell:
"IT'S SO INCREDIBLY AWESOME! I DISCOVERED THAT BOOK HERE! WITHIN THE MONTH IT CAME OUT! AND CHOSE IT OVER LEGEND, SINCE I HAD A LIMITED AMOUNT OF FUNDS!"
I don't know why I chose it over Legend. Something compelled me to read it before anyone else...so I did. Now, everyone's buzzing about Divergent, and I'm all like, "Psssht. I read Divergent, like, last year."
I can't say that, however, without sounding like a crazed Directioner: "I WATCHED THEM ON X-FACTOR! I NOW KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM! I WAS THERE FROM THE BEGINNING!"
(^If they ever read this: I bet you are great guys. But I'm not into all of the hype--technically, I should be the one starting it.)
Happy Holidays, from our virtual home to your--hopefully--real one,
Hay guys I just wanted to say Merry Chistmas. Sorry i couldn't blog yesterday I had absolutly no time. Also i wanted to say that Les Miz is THE BEST MOVIE EVER. Hope you guys had an awesome Christmas with awesome presents (mine included a new electric guitar!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Hay Guys it's Christmas Eve and in the near future, most of us will be opening presents and eating lots of food. well right now I'm going to tell just how much time 'til Christmas we have. I'm going to go by negatives so the numbers are until they get to zero just in case you were confused.
-49,970 seconds and counting
-833 minutes and counting
-14 hours and counting
and 1 night
So as you might have heard the world is supposedly ending on 12-21-12 and TODAY IS THAT DAY!!!!!!!!!! Now, if you are one of those people who thinks that the planets will align and cause Earth's destruction on the Sun will explode, I totally respect your beliefs and I'm sorry if I insult you. I believe that the world will not end today because the Earth is supposed to have another 6 billion years until the atmosphere reverses and we go back to be like Mars, that is if we stop global warming (which I do believe in). Another thing people also say that the world is going to end because 12-21-12 is the last date on the Mayan calendar...I say that maybe if we hadn't like totally tried to eliminate the Mayans, they probably would have gotten a chance to FINISH THEIR DANG CALENDAR!!!!
Sincerely, Perri (have a happy D-Day)
UPDATE FROM THE BOTH OF US: WE SURVIVED! YEAH! (we knew that the world wasn't going to end, because the third Divergent novel hasn't been released, City of Bones and The Sea of Monsters haven't been viewed by millions of adoring fans, and we still haven't seen Le Mis yet.)
It's only because we've been making major changes. Not only has the layout changed of the blog, but also the color scheme (soon, I promise!). AAAND, in addition, I added some Goodreads stuff. *winkwink*
Keep reading, faithful and loyal blog-readers!
Your dictat--I mean, 1/2 of your entertainment,
After Elizabeth Hall is killed in a taxi cab accident she finds herself in a place called Elsewhere. Soon she learns that Elsewhere is a place dead people go to live, and they age backward until they are babies and eventually sent back to earth. Fed up with her new life, Liz tries to leave her old life behind and start a new one on Elsewhere.
This book is one of the best books I have ever read. I'm actually rereading it. Not to mention the ending is so sad it will make you cry. Gabrielle Zevin is really an amazing author, who wrote an amazing book.
This past month, Goodreads has been doing their annual 'Goodreads Choice Awards'. These awards are the best books in certain categories, and they receive instant fame and bragging rights!!
That sounds like a pretty good reason to start finding a publishing company that will publish my stories...
Veronica Roth has a lot to brag about: not only did her hit sequel to Divergent (respectively titled Insurgent) win her 'Best by a Goodreads author' (meaning that the author has a profile on Goodreads: Cassandra Clare was also up for grabs on that one), but also the 'Best Young Adult Fantasy' award! Good job Veronica!
While we're still in the YA genre, The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green, won 'Best Young Adult Fiction'! Awesome! I am yet to read this...I hear from Eliz--my sources that it may make me cry. Darn.
Also, Rick Rioridan won the 'Best Middle Grade and Children's'! His newest book, The Mark of Athena, won that for him.
And, to make myself feel warm, fuzzy, and gory, all at the same time: 'Best Graphic Novel or Comic' was won by The Walking Dead, Vol. something-or-other. Good job, Daryl and Rick. You make me feel happy to be catching up on season 1.
Hopefully I'll finish season 1 by the time the world will (not) end.
This was originally meant to be posted a few days ago. Sorry!
Road trip--way home. I finished Fearless. In an hour. Now, to feel semi-accomplished, I'm gonna try and read Sam and Run in the 2 hours, 26 minutes it takes for me to get home (well, as of now).
Title: Fearless (Gaia Moore #1)
Author: Francine Pascal
Pub: SimonPulse (aka, Simon & Schuster)
Pub year: 1999 (it doesn't seem THAT outdated...)
Genre: YA Fiction/ Sci-Fi Action
Pages: 189--paperback copy
“You see, I have this handicap. Uh, that's the wrong word. I am hormonally challenged. I am never afraid. I just don't have the gene or whatever that makes you scared.
"I guess you'd say I'm fearless."
(^Page 8 of Fearless)
It was a good read, very funny and fast paced. Gaia is a hilarious character, and like Cammie Morgan (Gallagher Girls series) and Jason Bourne (Bourne series), all the while mixing in drama from high school. "Mean Girls" meets "Alex Rider".
There were some downsides, though. The writing style was different, which isn't wrong, but was a little confusing if you didn't comprehend it the right way. Many different POVs throughout.
Despite the cons, there are more pros--in my opinion. I got it at B&N for $10.99--totally a steal! It's a 3-pack, with Fearless, Sam, AND Run, all in one book. WOOT!
Hay...so I don't know if you guys heard yet, but the third book in Ally Condie's series came out last week. The new book is called Reached, and it is amazing. Ally Condie did an AWESOME job to this great ending of the Matched series. Also, Beautiful Redemption, the final book in the Caster Chronicles series was so good I just don't even know how to describe it.
Check out more books by these authors at www.goodreads.com
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So. Here we are again, doing one of my FAAAAVORITE things in the world.
Taking a road trip.
This time, it's 7 glorious hours to Ohio. Don't get me wrong, I love Ohio, but I don't like seeing field after field after FIELD after F. I. E. L. D.
On that high note, I'm bringing books with me. Yay! Which books, you're probably not asking?
-Fearless and Sam(Author...I forgot your name. Sorry D:)
-H.I.V.E., The Overlord Protocol(Author...forgotten...book 2 in the H.I.V.E. series)
-Defiance (by C.J. Re...Red...Rew...I'm sorry...)
-Insigina (by S. J. Kincaid...it's always good to have a great read with ya!)
-And also, quite possibly Dark Life, by Kat Falls, and--of course--Divergent or Insurgent, both by Veronica Roth.
More like 'schmuff'...I'm on Wattpad, which is fantastically amazing, and one of my friends (Schmuff_Luff) had a status saying this:
"All I wanna do is lay in bed, eat food and watch A Hard Day's Night. T_T"
She's a HUGE Beatles fan, and writes Beatles fanfiction, and in one story, I am a character...:3 (If you read 'All My Loving, Lucy, I am Charlotte, the quiet, tree-drawing girl sitting by herself at a party.)
Anyway, the photo below is what I replied back, and I think it's appropriate.
I'm almost done with The Evolution of Mara Dyer! So excited to post a review, it is such a phenomenal book. I think I'm taking so long because I don't want it to end...
So there are a lot of amazing books that are being turned into movies and I'm here to tell you about them:
First, we have Beautiful Creatures, a book about a guy who meets the mysterious girl in the small town of Gatlin after he has a dream about her (check out earlier post for more info).
Next is Uglies, which is a book about a new society where everyone under the age of 16 is ugly and on their 16 birthday they get an operation to make them perfect.
Third is The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which is about a girl named Clary who discovers she's a Shadowhunter( a person who hunts demons) and her long journey into finding out who she is and why she is such a special Shadowhunter.
Fourth is Shiver, about a werewolf that falls in love with a human girl who tries to find a why for him to be human.
Fallen is about a girl who finds herself in between the battle of two men for her love and finds later that they are both Angels who have loved her for centuries.
Maximum Ride is about a group of kids who have 2% avian (bird) DNA so they have wings and can fly; they try to get their youngest member back after she is kidnapped, AND try to find their parents ( see older post for more info).
Sixth is The Maze Runner, which is about a boy who wakes up in a a maze with a bunch of other guys and one girl and they have to try to find their way out (see older post for more info).
The Graveyard Book is about a young boy named Nobody and is raised by a graveyard full of ghosts, after his whole family was brutally murdered.
Forgotten is about a girl whose memory is erased every day at 4:33 AM, which allows her to only see things from her future; one day she meets a boy who becomes her friend, but she can't find him in her future.
Ninth is Divergent which is a book about a society that divides people based on human traits (see past post for more info).
Title: Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick
Author: Joe Schreiber
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pub Year: 2011
Genre: YA Fiction
Pages: 190 (Short but sweet!)
“Perry's parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom, but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a...who needs him as a...behind the wheel of his...on a...in Manhattan.”
I refuse to give you any major plot supplements—it's just not fair. You need to read it for yourself!!!
Great book...I read it in an hour and a half, while waiting in line to eat at Lou Malnati's (the one by Anderson's). I will tell you the first sentence, however:
Veronica Roth, the author of the Divergent trilogy (Divergent #1, Insurgent #2, ???? #3) has released a special collector's edition of her NYTimes Bestseller Insurgent.
Included in this edition is not only the novel, but also an additional short story based on Four's POV, called "Free Four." Adding to that are faction tattoos, a ribbon bookmark, and playlists that Roth compiled; the cover is also metallic.
Minor Spoilers for the following books:
-The Mortal Instruments Series
-The Caster Chronicles
Now, I know this isn't about books (well, maybe a little), and I promise to have a review up soon. I feel bad...*crawls into a dark pit, receiving insults* BUT I thought this would get some laughs, especially from you dorky geek nerds. Hey! People on the east coast! I hope you're all evacuated and safe...up here by Chicago, Lake Michigan is CRAAAZY.
Now, some funny POVs from different people on this "Frankenstorm" (aka, Hurricane Sandy).
People who have actually read Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein: The Modern Day Prometheus" : "IT'S CALLED THE CREATURESTORM! Sheesh!"
People who are fans of Beautiful Darkness (in Amma's voice, of course): "Ethan! You better go over to Lena's house RIGHT THIS INSTANT and see what's wrong! RIGHT. THIS. INSTANT!!"
People who are convinced that they're demigods: "Poseidon...my gods." (BTW, technically, Camp Half-Blood is underwater. D:)
Those Shadowhunters out there: "Uh oh. Clary made a new rune, didn't she?"
-Amity: "SEEK HIGH GROUND, WHILE WE PLAY OUR BANJOS!"
-Erudite: "SAVE THE DATA! SEEK HIGH GROUND! SAVE THE DAAATAA!"
-Candor: "I honestly don't care about this--let's all play 'Never Have I Ever' in the dark!"
-Abnegation: "Help the elderly! Help the children! Help the pregnant!"
-Dauntless: "Seek higher ground? Really? LET'S GO WINDSURFING!" (*facepalm*...people in Chi-town are, or were, surfing on the Lake...baaad idea, and a coincidence!)
-Factionless: "Uhh...we don't have anywhere to go...let's go play 'Never Have I Ever' and windsurf! We're all going to die, anyway."
Artemis Fowl freaks: "Holly?! What the heck did you do this time?!"
So I've been meaning to post this for a while, but I want you guys to check out this awesome band called Hawk Nelson. This is one of my favorite songs by them and it has a kazoo solo...so watch the video.
Hundreds of people, waiting in anticipation. They enter, hear the tragic tale, and cautiously creep into our room. My stark white face is in great contrast to my black eyes and lips, and my partner is devilishly rag-doll like, her lashes defined and her moves lithe and slow. All types of people—the drunkards, the screamers and criers, the desensitized ones—shuffle past us, our eyes boring into their skulls. After they exit, our masks fall. We become normal girls playing dress-up, and flop on the antique couch.
So...'cause you're wondering, yes, I did write that.
Last Saturday, I got the chance (I get a lot of chances, don't I?) to work at the Haunted Mansion and Asylum 13 in the Bolingbrook Sports Dome in (what a surprise) Bolingbrook, IL. Driving a long time pays off—three words, though: HOTTEST. NIGHT. EVER.
The dome is basically a decapitated Pillsbury Doughboy laying on his back, with no limbs. It's big, white, and totally hollow on the inside (XD). Anyway, I was in the Parlor (the room right after the Foyer, AKA the creepy living room with the ghost and the doll. I was the ghost.), and scared the pants off of 30- 40- and 20-year-olds...even guys. The guys were the worst: there was one that went through the whole house, yelling "AAAAY, AAAAY," and dancing (he got kicked out). The house doesn't have a ceiling, so you could hear it everywhere. At the end, we were exhausted, and, well, started howling.
On the other hand, I had my makeup airbrushed on. It hurt! Plus, I flinched every time, so one of my guy friends kept laughing at me. And, to add on to the hotness of the dome (12 people had to be treated by EMTs due to overheating and dehydration), I had to wear a long, velvet, heavy dress, because that's what my character would wear. Oh nooooooo, I couldn't have been in the asylum part of the house, and only wear scrubs over my t-shirt and jeans, I had to change into a completely different outfit, and wear a dress over it! Thaaaanks.
Wow. This was longer than I thought. Anyway: SHOUT OUT TO DR. SPLIT-NECK AND HIS COOL FRIENDS...YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! If by any chance you read this post, comment below. I need to ask you something.
(Sadly, I don't have any pics of me in my costume and makeup... :( )
This is for all you Percy Jackson fans! Now as you all know, the film Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief was filmed in 2009 and released in 2010. The film received lots of good reviews and we've all been waiting for the next film to come out. In past years you may have heard rumors that there was not going to be another one...well I'm here today to tell all of you pupils THAT IS A LIE!!!!!!! The second Percy Jackson and The Olympians movie, Sea of Monsters, will be coming out in theaters August 16, 2013, alongside City of Bones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Perri
Author: Jeyn Roberts
Published: Nov. 1, 2011
Genre: childrens fiction
Ever since the beginning of time, great civilizations have fallen.
Now it's our turn.
Huge earthquakes have destroyed cities aross the land. But that's not even the worst part: all ways of communication aren't working, including phones, computers and televisions. Also, a great evil has been awakened turning normal people into killers and crazies.
Basically its like...ok...have you ever heard of that new show Revolution? Well, it's kind of like that, mixed with The Walking Dead, except instead of eating you, the crazies just kill you. The author did an amazing job with this book. This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more.
Back at HQ, Perri and I are so excited! I snagged a paperback copy of City of Fallen Angels at Target, and was delighted to find not only an exclusive scene in which Jace narrates Clary's first kiss with him, but also a sticker announcing that the first Mortal Instruments book is being filmed!
I'm not that much of a noob. Yes, I did know CoB was being filmed, and adapted, and the approximated time it would be released. I'M JUST SO GLAD THAT THEY FINALLY PUT IT ON THE BOOKS!!!
I'm a member of the Shadowhunters' wiki: Click here! Search "made-you-read" in the search widget, and (hopefully) my account will pop up under results!
Before you read this, let me tell you how I dragged into it in the first place.
See, I've been dying to go to Statesville for years, after one Christmas, my cousin said it was awesomely scary. So, I was mini-golfing, and I wondered aloud—I need to go out with friends. When I got home, I checked my email, and the golden ticket of scariness was there! I signed up for the Zombie Army Productions newsletter (website is right here) after I saw the zombie bus for the first time, and I keep getting epic emails telling me about how epically epic the already epic Statesville Haunted Prison is this year, and how I can buy tickets on their website.
This is where I can take my friends! Of course, I'd need friends, but that's beside the point. I have Perri. And my mom.
My mom's been wanting to go for a while, too, so when she heard about my idea to go, she was all like, "Oh, I'll take you!" Perri hasn't heard anything about Statesville, except for what's on the website, which you can visit here. I've analyzed virtually everything about this, and I'm super-prepared, but I know that at the end of the day (night), we'll both probably pee our pants.
Tomorrow night will either be awesome, or it'll just suck.
If you know me (wow, I say that a lot! XD), you'll know that I am an avid rock climber. Just look at my profile page—under interests, it says, 'rock climbing'!!
Anyway, I had a competition today at Vertical Endeavors Warrenville...and failed miserably. In my division, I got last place.
But that's not the point! Once, I had a volleyball coach say that if it didn't hurt after, you didn't do it right. I'm hurting ALL OVER, so, for now, let's just assume I did it right. All the 150 people competing were pretty nice, especially the ones that beta climbed/spotted/signed off/supported me. *round of applause for them*
I learned that it doesn't matter how many routes you complete (2), but how many you attempt (12), and how hard you try (again, hurting all over). When I would fail an attempt on a bouldering problem, people would look at me like I was a bug crawling on the wall of their house. Yes, I failed! At least I'm not in denial, like some people!
The bottom line: Don't go climbing if you don't want to get hurt.
Did I just type that? Haha...maybe I did...
THE REAL BOTTOM LINE: It's the effort that counts.
Title: City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (Simon & Schuster)
Pub year: 2007
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ YA Fantasy
Take a girl—Clary Fray—and add a geeky nerd—Simon Lewis—then mix in a night out at a nearby club in NY. Add a pinch of demon, three mysterious demon-killers, and slowly watch the whole thing unfold. Oh yeah, and one of those three being a super hot demon hunter who just can't keep his mouth shut—and his eyes off Clary. (How could I possibly forget him? He's super hot, and he has a smart mouth! *winks*)
Clary soon after realizes that she stumbled into the wrong place at the wrong time. When she witnesses 3 teens her age commit murder, what will she do? What can she do?
Find out in Cassandra Clare's City of Bones!
This is already being filmed to become a movie! Yes! Lily Collins is Clary, Jamie something or other is Jace, and a bunch of epic cast members as all the others!
So...very good fantasy novel, I'm yet to read City of Fallen Angels, which is the fourth book in the series. Yes, this has angels/paranormalcy about it, but DON'T LET THAT DISCOURAGE YOU! READ IT!
Future animated Jace? (he's the second picture down)
(Jace is from the Mortal Instruments series...I've read books 1-3 so far...so far)
This is really Jack Frost from the upcoming Dreamworks movie "The Guardians"(this is not the one based on a book).
The other pics are a fan art of Jace and Clary. My fav out of those is the one where she has her stele, and he has a seraph blade, not to mention the one where Jace is by himself in (what I think is) the Institute. :D These are the rest of the pics.
Also: future Valentine? Probably not, but...idk. Oh yeah, by the way, that pic is the one of the crazy brother in Snow White & the Huntsman, right below this post.
Genres: Dystopia, Young adult literature, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction
2nd book: The Scorch Trials
3rd book: The Death Cure
The Maze Runner follows 15 year old Thomas as he enters a mysterious maze, remembering nothing but his name. When Thomas arrives at this weird place he has a lot of questions, but no one will answer them. There are about fifty people who live in the maze, but the weirdest part is that they're all guys. Finally, he finds out that this place is called the Glade and these boys have been living here for two years; they get a new boy once a month. Also they are forced to have people run the maze everyday before the do closes and the walls shift so that they can find a way out. only a day after Thomas arrives a girl appears in the Glade in a coma. While in they coma Thomas finds that he and the girl (Teresa) can speak in each others minds. Right before she wakes up she tells Thomas that she has triggered the ending. After she wakes up the doors to the maze don't close, which allow these horrible things called Grievers (half-flash/half-machines) to attack. Faced with the impossible task, Thomas and Teresa (plus Thomas's friends Newt and Minho) have to try and solve the maze before everyone dies.
This series has to be one of the best I've read so far. It has danger, action, and (not to mention) a love triangle. James Dashner did a wonderful job.
Listen to the Alt Indie Love Songs Radio (isn't that a mouthful), and you won't be sorry. With artists like Eric Hutchinson, Jack Johnson, Death Cab For Cutie, and Ingrid Michaelson, it's the perfect chill-out station.
On last night's episode of the Fox hit Glee (it's about girl who's good at singing, and she escalates in drama—and show choir—throughout her high school life), Blaine sings "It's Time" by indie group Imagine Dragons!
Imagine Dragons were formed in Provo, UT, and are produced by Alex Da Kid, who also produces the epic emo-rock band Paramore(!).
They're amazing, I love the songs "Demons", "Tip Toe", and "Radioactive". The first and last songs of those are on their EP, Continued Silence; all three are on their new full-length, Night Visions.
Give 'em a listen!
(Images courtesy of FOX entertainment, and Imagine Dragons)