Sunday, July 29, 2012

A rarity: a music post!(and book stuff, too)

So...if you don't know—which you probably don't—, I am in LOVE with bands like Green Day, My Chemical Romance, and blink-182.

Call me cliché, but I don't care.

It's not like I'm all-out goth or anything—I respect people like that, just saying—, but I do have a dark side of myself that no one knows about, constantly nagging me about regrets and things I did wrong, or stuff that I shouldn't have done. That's why I like alt music, since it is diverse. Don't get what I mean? Well, I've always been a die-heart Vampire Weekend fan (I'm listening to their most recent album 'Contra' right now), and they're considered as Alternative in iTunes.
Take Green Day, and look THEM up on iTunes. Click one of their albums, and under genre, the familiar term Alternative is written.

Two very different bands, joined by one word.

Music not only makes me feel like someone else gets me, but also let's me express my emotions. I enjoy writing, and I typically write in times of great stress, or when I'm excited. Just this past spring, I met author James Kennedy, and asked him for advice on writing. He said something along the lines of:
“No matter what, write EVERY DAY. Good or bad, just write.”.
Kennedy also showed us his first "book"—a small novel about monsters, guns, UFOs, and lots of fighting. It was hilarious watching him flip through the pages and be totally clueless on what he was thinking when he was six, writing and drawing the pages.

Well, anyway, Billie Joe Armstrong (lead vocals and guitarist for the band Green Day--mentioned above--) agreed to be a mentor for Christina Aguilera's team on The Voice!


••Green Day is releasing a new trilogy of albums, the first one—respectively titled ¡Uno!—comes out September 25!••

Friday, July 27, 2012

2012 London Olympics

I'm watching the Opening Ceremony right now, and it is PHENOMENAL!

Go for the gold!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Title: Virals (Virals #1)
Author: Kathy Reichs
Publisher: Scholastic/ Penguin Group
Pub Year: 2010
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Mystery

Rating: 5/5

After being exposed to a virus-infected puppy in a research facility, Tory and the rest of her friends realize that not only is the dog infected, but possibly even them, too. With ruthless killers on their tail—no pun intended—and parents keeping them on a short leash—that one WAS intended :D—the group struggle to figure out an abandoned murder case, and along the way, themselves.

Sorry for all the bad puns...I got carried away! I normally don't like mystery novels, but this one caught my eye, and was FANTASTIC! I'm currently reading the sequel, Seizure, and am loving all of Kathy Reichs' writing.
James Patterson read the book, and this is his conclusion:
“If you love the TV show Bones…or Maximum Ride, you'll love VIRALS. Tory Brennan has gifts, and she really knows how to use them.”

This book is *$9.99 in the U.S.

I hope you like the book!

*paperback price

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Thank you, Anderson's...

...for allowing Mr. Eoin Colfer to sign books at your bookstore!

Mr. Colfer, if you're reading this right now, I just want to say that I LOVE your writing, and will definitely look forward to your upcoming steampunk-ish novel, about the FBI, wormholes, and London! Last night was a blast, and thanks for choosing to write.

Readers: Comment if you came out to Anderson's last night...I may or may not have seen you!

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Remember, the Eoin Colfer signing is tomorrow, so if anyone wants questions answered, make sure that you post the question(s) in the comments below.

Screw you, Chick-Fil A,

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Yes! I finally finished AF: The Last Guardian, surprisingly later than I thought I would. Normally, I could finish that book in easily a day or two, but it's been since...Saturday? Sunday? I lost track. Anyway, here's my review!

Title: Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl #8)
Author: Eoin Colfer
Publisher: Disney~Hyperion
Pub year: 2012
Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.9/5

Opal Koboi is at it again, creating an evil plan to get revenge on humankind. Haven City is rubble, electronics of all kind are destroyed, and just when the LEP are about to lose hope, their favorite rival, his feared bodyguard, and LEP on-again-off-again agent jump in to—hopefully—defeat Opal and save Haven. But to help, they'll need techie centaur Foaly, the flatulent, snippy dwarf Mulch Diggums, and two other mischievous little boys–Myles and Beckett Fowl. Read the last journey of Artemis Fowl and his comrades, and I'm sure you'll like it!

So...that was–I think– my first blurb that I've written so pretty much sums up the book without giving too much away, right? Well, you wouldn't know unless you read the book, correct?
I rated the book 4.9 for personal reasons–because it's the last book in the AF series. :„(
The book is a pricey $18.99 in the U.S., and $20.99 in Canada! Don't worry, though, as after this book is done, you'll be so happy you got it!

Looking forward to Friday,

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Poi Dog Pondering and Artemis Fowl

Last night, I was at the Naperville Tex Mex and Music Fest in a semi-undeveloped part of Naperville, IL, and had a blast! Country Sky Band, Asleep at the Wheel, and the full, 16-piece concert of Poi Dog Pondering. This is incredibly rare, and probably the first time in ten years that all of Poi Dog are playing together! On the super-long, two-and-a-half-hour, boring ride there, however, I made sure to bring a notebook, pen, and my hardcover copy of Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, and I'm about halfway into it. I hope to finish the book by Friday, so I can ask Eoin Colfer tons of questions. If any of you have questions for Mr. Colfer, comment below—I'll try and get them all answered!

Speed reading--

Friday, July 13, 2012

You know what day it is...

...are you paraskevidekatriaphobic or triskaidekaphobic?

Just realizing this,

Emmy Laybourne and Eoin Colfer!

(No, I didn't forget about Eoin Colfer in this post...just read the review, then you'll get to it.)
Title: Monument 14(Monument 14 #1)
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, an Imprint of Macmillian
Pub Year: 2012
Genre: Realistic Fiction/ Sci-Fi

Rating: 4.5/5

“In Emmy Laybourne's action-packed [Monument 14], six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.”

This is her debut, which was startlingly good and descriptive, especially with the many symptoms that the children faced. To me, however, this book deserves a 4.5, since it seems too much like two other books I know:Gone, by Michael Grant, and No Safety In Numbers, by Dayna Lorentz. Funny enough, you can buy Lorentz's book with Laybourne's book on Amazon, and get a reduced price, since they're frequently bought together!
Long story short (no pun intended), M14 was a great YA sci-fi debut, and I hope that the sequel, Monument 14: Sky on Fire, comes sooner than summer 2013! I got this book for $16.99 in the US, but in Canada, the price is $18.99. I also do NOT recommend this for children under thirteen or fourteen, since there is some adult content!

On a completely unrelated topic, next Friday, I get to meet—after a very long drive, of course—Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer(Picture courtesy of Anderson's Bookshop)! Anyone in the area should come on down to Anderson's Bookshop, and see him answer questions and sign books at 7 pm! Click here for more info, and I hope to see you there!

Exhausted from rock climbing,

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Become Immortal or Die Trying

Title: The Goddess Test (The Goddess Test Trilogy #1)
Author: Aimée Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub Year: 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fiction
Price: $9.99 U.S./$11.99 CANADA

Rating: On a scale of 1-10, this would be an 11!

The Goddess Test, which is author Aimée Carter's debut novel, is "A fresh take on...Greek myths," says Cassandra Clare, the author of The Mortal Instruments. The story revolves around a high school senior named Kate Winters, who has a mother with cancer--predicted to live for only a few more days. She moves to Eden, Michigan, and meets Henry--a mysterious man that owns a large mansion in the small town. Henry says he can help Kate, as long as she agrees to help him.
Read the book to learn more about Kate and Henry's bargain, why they made it in the first place, and what lies ahead for this heroine.

Hope you like it!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Avan Jogia's hilarious tweet

I'm not on Twitter myself, but I was checking out @ciarabravo, and saw @ATJogia on there...I found this tweet, and thought you may find it funny.

For those of you who don't know, Avan Jogia is Canadian, and stars as Beck Oliver on the Nickelodeon show Victorious.

Monday, July 9, 2012

The best way to spread Christmas cheer... to watch the comedy Elf! This 2003 movie stars Zooey Deschanel, who is an employee at a toy store, and Will Ferrel, who is a grown man that was raised on the North Pole, in Santa's Workshop by "Papa Elf". Buddy(Ferrel) is convinced that he is an elf, and after learning that he was raised by them and isn't one himself, goes on a quest to find his real father.

This movie is hilarious, rated either G or PG...I believe it's PG...there really isn't any inappropriate content, although there are a few parts that mainly older people would get!

Christmas in July,

Sunday, July 8, 2012


This was meant to be published yesterday--July 7th--but without wifi, I couldn't upload it until now.

So...the place I left? Wonderful Tybee Island, GA. A whole week there, with occasional visits to Savannah. I'm on some highway right now, and it is storming HARD. The new Popular Science issue is great, I like the stuff in there, and how these people like analyzing things too! One of the things they're talking about is Chernobyl. I had no idea that even the most unassuming stray cat could be chock-full of radioactive isotopes! Aaaahhhh. I love being a geek.

Homeward Bound,

P.S.: Unofficial Song of the Hour: "The Start of Something" and "Soft and Warm", which are both by Voxtrot.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Ghosts and Gravestones: Savannah

The tour that I told you guys about yesterday was phenomenal! Our tour guide acted as if she LOVED her job--I bet she wasn't acting--, and the reenactment at the end was frightening, yet funny. I'm really bummed to be leaving Georgia, and after we leave, I'll tell you where we were.

Unofficial Song of the Day: "Let's Go", by Matt & Kim

On the road...AGAIN!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Lack of posting

Over the course of 20+ hours starting on Friday, July 6th @ 5pm EST., to Saturday, July, 7th @ about 10pm Central, I probably won't be posting.


I have to drive home...ehhh...,

P.S.:Tonight I'm going on a ghost tour in Savannah :) Blog about it tomorrow!

I love hammocks

They are truly amazing.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth of July!

To all of my fellow Americans that are reading this, Happy Fourth of July!

Sorry if you're foreign...I know we have some people from Germany and the Ukraine that visit this site.


Independence Day - Someecards

Haha this site is funny!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

And the jellyfish strikes once more!

Update: Pictures are of my knee, where the jellyfish got the worst. Scratch- and whip-like marks are the sting.


Jellyfish must hate me 'cause one--or two--stung me AAAAALLLLL OVER MY LEGS. It felt like electric barbed wire, and completely wrapped around my calves and thighs. If anyone knows what jellyfish this is, or has a valid and trustworthy link to a site about jellies, please comment below. Even now, a good hour and a half since I got stung, it still hurts a lot, especially my right knee and right thigh. We put on (in order):
~At our chairs~
•Jellyfish Squish
•Wet Sand
•More Jellyfish Squish
~Taken to Lifeguard~
•Ammonia/Vinegar mix
~Back to Chairs~
•Wet sand
•Sea Water

Please, I need to know what's been stinging me...comment below.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Attack of the sea life!!

I am in pain right now.

Not only was I sunburnt to a crisp, but also pinched by a crab and stung by a jellyfish! Yesterday, I was boogie-boarding with one of my friends--Braden--and I felt a VERY SHARP PINCH. VERY SHARP. I yelled, and Braden was like, WTH? We got out of the water, and I saw this splotchy white-red spot. (Picture Below)Ouch! When we went to the lifeguard, he confirmed it as a sting, and sprayed ammonia and vinegar on it. What I didn't see until this morning? An upturned crescent slice on my ankle. Very clean, and just starting to scar, but not scab. :( . A crab.

This won't discourage me from staying out of the water, though! The waves during high tide are perfect for b-boarding and wind surfing, and I look forward to it all week. The 'rents are forcing me to not go in the water, at least for today, so we're hitting some shops before dining in Savannah.

Over and Out!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

I got a free harmonica!!

Last night, I was at a bar/restaurant in GA, and a band was playing surf-rock music. The harmonica player and vocalist in the band gave me and all the kids I'm rooming with FREE HARMONICAS!! He even made us stand up on the stage and play it, in front of the whole restaurant! We had a lot of fun, pics of the harmonica are below!


Our Song of the Month