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Moving Day!

Hello, dear readers!

The day has come, and that day is the day where I move my blog.

My new blog is over at Thatonegeekgirl.com.

Same URL, same content,but different host server.

This means a few things for you.

  • It means that my content will no longer be popping up on your wordpress reader

AND

  • If you’d like to continue to follow me, you’ll need to re-subscribe over at my new blog.  If you’d like to keep reading, subscribe either by email, or follow my pages on facebook or tumblr.

That’s it!

I hope that some of you (if not all) follow me over to my new site.

Have a wonderful day, everyone and…

Happy reading!

Book Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Release Date: December 10th 2013

Summary:
It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

What I thought:
This book is SO GOOD! I went into this without reading the summary. I thought that the cover was pretty and that it was probably some scifi-ish romance. There is romance, but it is definitely not the focal point of the story.

This story is all about doing whatever it takes to survive. It’s about trusting others and trusting yourself. There is also a lot of sci-fi goodness. Spaceships, crash landings, abandoned terraformed planets, mysterious whispers and visions. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. And a few times this book really shocked me. I was left staring open-mouthed at the page thinking, “Wait? What just happened? Did I read that right?”

This book was such a good read, though it kind of rips you apart. I was getting tired just reading about all of the crap that Tarver and Lilac were going through!

Rating: 4.5/5

Sing-along Sunday: Dec 8th

Sing-along Sunday is a new weekly entry where I torture you with my voice.  Why?  Why not?!?

This week’s song: On My Own from Les Miserables

Enjoy…or something!

Book Review: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Summary:
On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 15-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

What I Thought:
I don’t really know how I feel about this book. It was beautifully written and was a very different kind of scifi/dystopia, but…it was also kind of boring. The characters and the story never fully captured my interest. Which is a shame, because I was so much looking forward to reading this book.

I think my main issue with this book was the pacing. Nothing much seems to happen until about 60% of the way through. The main character, Morgan, has a questioning mind, but doesn’t really want to break the rules or test the system. The story tries to make the world seem beautiful, if flawed, but I never really felt anything about Internment. I didn’t really hate the King because I really didn’t know that much about him. I didn’t really hate the system because I didn’t see most of its adverse affects until the end. I just didn’t care about anything in the book that much.

Overall, this book well written and had an interesting premise but didn’t create enough conflict and interest in the world until the very end. The verse was spiritual, poetic, and flowing, but the story felt like it wasn’t going anywhere for quite awhile. I would have liked the main character to take more action and have a bit more power in her own story, rather than just let things happen to her. I liked the idea of this dystopia more than I liked reading about it.

Rating: 3/5

A New DIVERGENT Book is Coming! A Collection of longer Stories in Four’s POV

I Am Divergent

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The Divergent official social media accounts have just announced that a new hard cover book of DIVERGENT is coming! This book will feature stories in the point of view of Four and will be much longer than the ones we’ve read so far. It will be called “Four: A Divergent Collection” and will be coming in July of 2014! Check out the details below:

Exciting news, Initiates! FOUR: A DIVERGENT COLLECTION – a new, full-length, hardcover volume from Veronica Roth – is coming out in July 2014 to complete the ‪#‎Divergent‬ series!

What does this mean, exactly? Well, it means we have to wait a little longer for more from Four, but it’s going to be worth the wait. The new hardcover, told from Four’s perspective, features a collection of much longer stories plus additional original content from Veronica. And if you already pre-ordered the e-novellas, don’t fret! They’ll still…

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Favorite Movie Friday: Jurassic Park 3

Welcome to Favorite Movie Friday, where I rant and rave about my faovrite movies! Now, these movies may not all be good, but I love them all anyway. So there!

This week, we start with a guilty pleasure…

Jurassic Park 3

My Summary:
This movie is awesome and ridiculous. The premise is that the child of a divorced couple is accidently stranded on Isla Sorna, the OTHER dinosaur island. The couple then recruits/tricks Dr. Alan Grant and his assistant Billy to act as their guides on the island. Chaos ensues, but don’t worry. All the good guys live happily ever after. Also, there are dinosaurs and stuff.

Why I Like It:
What’s not to like? There’s a ridiculous plot, dinosaurs, homosexual subtext (if you’re wearing you’re slash goggles), and dinosaurs. It’s kind of the perfect movie. The velociraptors actually talk to eachother! And they sound like chainsaws!

This movie may not be anywhere near as good as the original Jurassic Park, or actually any good at all, but it’s like a B-movie with good special effects. It’s campy and ridiculous and fun, but it has a budget behind it and some decent acting. Overall, this is the perfect movie to watch and laugh at/with. Because there is no way that this movie is serious. I mean…there’s a bit where a dinosaur speaks english! Seriously… It’s hilarious.

If you haven’t seen Jurassic Park 3, or really missing out. It’s not good, like the first movie, but it’s not bad like the second. It’s takes the craziness of the second movie (T-Rex in San Diego?) and runs with it, making the dinosaurs bigger and the stakes a lot smaller.

I don’t know what else to say except for…I love this movie and highly recommend it, but not in the way that people usually recommend movies. If you want something good and critically acclaimed, watch Jurassic Park. If you want something more fun and crazy, watch Jurassic Park 3. Also, never watch Jurassic Park 2, because it’s terrible.

Book Review: The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Summary:
When Will and Bet were four, tragic circumstances brought them to the same house, to be raised by a wealthy gentleman as brother and sister. Now sixteen, they’ve both enjoyed a privileged upbringing thus far. But not all is well in their household. Because she’s a girl, Bet’s world is contained within the walls of their grand home, her education limited to the rudiments of reading, writing, arithmetic, and sewing. Will’s world is much larger. He is allowed—forced, in his case—to go to school. Neither is happy.

So Bet comes up with a plan and persuades Will to give it a try: They’ll switch places. She’ll go to school as Will. Will can live as he chooses. But once Bet gets to school, she soon realizes living as a boy is going to be much more difficult than she imagined.

What I Thought:
I love books where girls disguise themselves as boys, but this book was a bit too superficial to live up to the awesome premise. Bet wants an education and will do anything to get it, which is awesome, but overall this book left me feeling a bit…meh. Part of this feeling was from the ambiguous setting, which is apparently England somethime in the 1800s. I liked the concept and the characters, but overall I felt that this book was just a bit too light. At less than 200 pages, there wasn’t a lot of time for the story to develop. Everything seems to happen very quickly, more like a children’s/middle-grade book than a YA novel.

There were some great details about Bet disguising herself, though. I love that she actually had to deal with getting her period, something that often gets left out of these type of stories. I would recommend this book to younger readers in their early teens who love a a fun novel with gender-bending hijinx. I have a feeling I would have loved this book when I was about 13-years-old!

Rating: 3/5

Book Review: Frigid by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)

Frigid by J. Lynn

Summary:

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one…

What I Thought:
This book was light, fluffy, and cute, which is exactly what I was looking for on a boring day at work. The main character was easy to connect with, though a bit naive. I liked that both she and Kyler (I hate that name!) had angst about eachother, but they both dealt with the angst in very different ways. Though the story was a bit of a cliche, they writing still made it seem fresh and interesting.

My one problem with this book was the dramatic turn of events towards the end. I read enough romance to know the formula, so I knew something dramatic was going to happen, but still! The amount of crazy in the climax of the story was a bit insane and over-the-top. But even with that, I still enjoyed this book. I read it expecting a bit of fluff, and that’s eactly what I got. I enjoyed the characters and the romance, even if the “plot” got a little bit too over-dramatic. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like to read a good romance story.
 

Rating: 3.5/5

WWW Wednesday: December 4th

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions:

What are you currently reading?

Dead Is Not An Option by Marlene Perez – Currently about 25% of the way through. I’ve missed this series!

What did you recently finish reading?
Since last Wednesday, I have read…

Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout (J. Lynn) – Cute, light, and fun. Review to come later today..

Bi-Normal by M.G. Higgins – It was okay, but I really disliked the main character. My review was posted yesterday for LGBT Tuesday.

The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted – Another book that was just okay. Review to come.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano – This book looks interesting, and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I will get to it this week!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I’ve heard so many amazing things about this, I should definitely read this one soon.

So…what are you reading?