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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Children's book Recommendations

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.





Sunday, August 13, 2017

Music Monday: Kesha

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up



I wasn't a huge fan of her old stuff, but I still think she got a raw deal with her producer and everything, to put it lightly. So when her new album came out I decided to give it a listen. It is so much better than her old stuff.




Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: The Ninth Circle, Book 1: Fire (The Ninth Circle #1) by C.A. Harland || Friday 50/50 : Favorite/Least Favorite Font/Style

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.



Synopsis:
     Tala Morgenstern lives for the hunt, embracing her heritage as a demon hunter. When her younger sister, Hartley, disappears while on the trail of her long-lost father, Tala must seek the help of her other sister Aiva, who has turned her back on the underworld of magic and hunting. Suspecting demonic involvement, Tala and Aiva race to find Hartley before she can be claimed by hell.
     Their search takes them deeper into the bowels of Dublin’s criminal underground, where the gangs are led by demons, and the currency is souls. With each Circle of hell bringing new dangers, and new revelations about their own place in the demon hunting world, Tala and Aiva have to rely on each other if they are to stand a chance of fighting their way to the Ninth Circle, and the demon lord who is waiting for them.





Book Beginning:
    The Truth About Cats:
Tala wasn't sure what noise had woken her, but it swept every drop of drowsiness from her body.

My 56: 
The selkie leapt forward, and Tala was about to tackle her, but she only grabbed the fur and then danced away from them both.





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50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.


I actually have never really thought about this. I don't know what the names of most fonts are. but when I am writing on my computer I like to type in Garamond or Times New Roman. 

I guess I don't really care for Courier, it's sometimes hard to read.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review: Shadowhunters Season One.

The first time I started the season, I got bored half way through the season. Talking to someone who still watches the show, they said that it gets better in season 2 (I will be talking about that once I finish watching that season)

I may be late to the game, but I wanted to get my thoughts out on the season. I have opinions, and I want to express them. There will be comparisons to the book and the movie because it's hard not to when talking about an adaptation.


There were some changes that were made that I was okay with. I like that Luke has an actual job for start. I didn't like how he was basically jobless, it just didn't really mesh with his personality in my opinion. As a Detective, he gets to have the job of protector, something that I think matched his personality.

It made sense to me to age up the characters. less than halfway through the book characters were having sex. Yes, sure teens do have sex, but it would be weird to depict 16/17-year-olds having sex. I really liked that Izzy was nice to Clary. It's frustrating to always see girls bullying each other in books, especially over trivial reasons.

I did like most of the casting choices. I was on the fence about Jamie Cambell-bower for the movie. Yeah, he's fairly attractive, but he was too "thin" to play Jace how I imagined him, so the choice for the show I thought was an improvement. I think this version of Izzy is more like the book character, movie Izzy was fine, but she was too quiet and soft spoken. This Izzy is sassy and flaunts her body the way book Izzy does. She know's she looks good but isn't vulgar about it either. 
Mathew Daddario is perfect as Alec, the movie casting was also fine, but he was far shorter than I pictured him being. The casting for Simon was really the only one in both the movie and the show where I felt it was perfect.
Now, for Clary, I didn't really care for either casting choice. Their acting aside, both actresses playing Clary seem a little too tall in my opinion. I thought Clary was described as really short. Forgive me, but 5'5" isn't short. That is average height for women, I might be projecting a little because I am a short person at 5'0". In my mind when reading the book I pictured someone more like Holland Roden as Clary. I could excuse it a little more if their acting was a little better, but it might also be that season one was pretty melodramatic, the first book kind of is too. 
Magnus is great. Both actors looked the part, but Harry Shum Jr. really got the attitude down for Magnus. Clary's parents, Valentine is an improvement. He actually looks old enough to have an 18-year-old child, and he is really convincing in the role. Didn't get to see enough of Jocelyn to make an informed opinion.

Now for the things I didn't really like. I didn't like that they took away Simon's band, again. Sure they gave him the van in the show, but the weird duo with the super aged up Maureen didn't really feel right to me. I didn't like how the swords looked in season one. They looked like garbage, cheap plastic toy you could buy at Hot Topic or something.
Didn't really like how they changed the Institute, filling it with Shadowhunters when it was made very clear in the books that only ones there were the Lightwoods, Jace, and Hodge. I do not like how they made everything high tech the way they did. It felt off and didn't really work for me. Where is Church? Give us the cat.

I didn't outright hate the show once I kind of forced myself to not think about the books when I was watching it, or as little as possible. But there were still some story telling options I didn't understand. The alternate reality they went to, for example. It just didn't really work in the long run for the story telling at least not yet. Especially with the "big reveal" that happens at the end of the first season/book involving Jace and Clary. It would have been a big clue that what they were told was a lie, and we should have also seen Jonathan there, I know he wasn't introduced yet, but he should have been there.
And while I did try to not think about the books, it was hard to when they started advancing certain plot points. I did not like how they revived Jocelyn at the end of season one. It negated Clary's journey in Shadow world, she spent months trying to wake her mother in the book, not 2 weeks. It irked me, and it lead to a choice later that I liked even less.


So that's what I have to say about season one, with as little spoilers as possible. I don't know how many of you that follow my blog have read TMI, or have watched the Shadowhunters show, or how many of you care about my opinion on this since season one came out over a year ago, but here it is anyway. Sorry for the lack absence of graphics, I don't have Photoshop or know how to use it.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle || Friday 50/50 Best/Worst Book Read in July

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.



Synopsis:
     Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out. 
     Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.
     Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.
     It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own.



Book Beginning:
With not quite enough gold in his pocket, Kit Sylvain trudged through the underbrush, trampling salal and fern under his hiking boots.

My 56:
Livy gave him an annoyed glance. That reassured him; she looked decidedly un-enchanted.







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50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.





Monday, July 31, 2017

Music Monday: Mystery Skulls

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up


These are fan made, I believe, they tell a small story. The animation is really adorable that reminds me of mid-90's cartoon on Cartoon Network.