SHELVES: Young adult, contemporary, romance
MORE INFO: Goodreads
DATE READ: 12 January 2014
SUMMARY: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Continue reading “Book Review: Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell”
SERIES: Fairy Tale Retellings, #1
SHELVES: Young adult, fantasy (fairy tales, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, werewolves), romance
MORE INFO: Goodreads
DATE READ: 05 January 2014
SUMMARY: Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris—the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.
Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls’ bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett’s only friend—but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?
Continue reading “Book Review: Sisters Red, by Jackson Pearce”
GENRES: Animation, comedy, adventure, fantasy
MORE INFO: IMBD
DATE WATCHED: 05 January 2014
SUMMARY: Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
Continue reading “Movie Review: Frozen”
SERIES: The Hobbit, #2
GENRES: Action, fantasy, adventure
MORE INFO: IMDB
DATE WATCHED: 03 January 2014
SUMMARY: The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.
Continue reading “Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
SERIES: Death Sworn, #1
SHELVES: Young adult, fantasy (high fantasy, magic, sorcerers), romance, assassins
MORE INFO: Goodreads
DATE READ: 02 January 2014
SUMMARY: When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.
But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.
Continue reading “Book Review: Death Sworn, by Leah Cypess (Advanced Reader Copy)”
SERIES: Throne of Glass, #2
SHELVES: Young adult, fantasy (high fantasy, magic, fairies), romance, assassins
MORE INFO: Goodreads
DATE READ: 01 January 2014
SUMMARY: After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown—a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.
Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon—forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?
Continue reading “Book Review: Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas”
My new blog is officially up and running! (Oh, god, what have I done?)
My goal is to log and review each book and movie I read and watch for the first time (emphasis on try, given my sketch reviewing history that most people are blessedly unfamiliar with). I have a few book and movie reviews in the works; I’m going to finish those up as soon as possible so I can post them.
I’ll try to keep reviews as coherent as possible and focus more on dissecting the plot and character dynamics. I write more emotional reviews for books on my Goodreads, but nothing really for movies.
In terms of books, I’m generally partial to the young adult genre, especially paranormal romance and urban fantasy. I don’t have a lot of experience with contemporary young adult books, but I’m reading more books in that genre. I also really love ‘classic’ literature. I actually like pretty much anything, as long as the characters are written well and there are no frivolous plot devices or issues left ignored.
I am a huge fan of visually appealing films (who isn’t?), and movie scores are really important to me. Also character portrayals.
And of course, I am always open to recommendations in the comments.
I think that’s about it, introduction-wise. Let’s see how this goes.