Books and Other Things

I love big books and small ones, too.


Elusion - Claudia Gabel, Cheryl Klam

I wanted to ESCAPE® from having to read this. There was nothing tense, alluring, nor mysterious about Elusion at all. I was not left breathless. I remained unimpressed and annoyed with Regan. The writing was fairly good, but nothing in this story was able to interest me. 

The idea of the story sounded pretty unique and totally cool. I would so enjoy escaping from reality for a little while, but it feels like I’ve read this story and put up with this dumb girl before and all the clichés that seem to come hand in hand in these sorts of books.

There were supposed to be plot twists, apparently. 

Elusion seemed pretty darn predictable to me. 

I hated Regan after the whole…’I wanted to kiss Josh again’ crap. Like hello, you have other important things to do. Focus on something other than a boy you’ve only known for about a week. A boy who hasn’t exactly been 100% honest with you on certain details. 

I didn’t really like any characters. I didn’t like Patrick and I definitely did not like Josh. There was just something about him and ugh. 

Stuff happens, but nothing really happens. It tries to pick up at the very end. But there’s no way I would ever bother picking up the next book. 

I would give this book about two stars. I didn’t hate it, but I found nothing likable. 

Queen of Someday

Queen of Someday - Sherry D. Ficklin

First off, the cover is simply beautiful. 

The Queen of Someday is entertaining from the start. We meet the young and courageous Princess Sophie and her mother as they travel to the Winter Palace in Russia. During the trip, however, they are stopped by bandits. What does Princess Sophie do? She pulls a knife from her boot and goes after those bandits. I admire her bravery. It’s refreshing. Of course, her mother was rather appalled. It wasn't proper for a young lady. Her father was the one who allowed her to join him in hunting, fencing, and even throwing knives. There has never been a character, I believe, that I have ever liked so immediately. Princess Sophie is definitely not your ordinary princess. 

I loved this book so much. It’s fast paced and wonderfully written. Sophie, later renamed Catherine, is witty, strong, and able to make the best of whatever is thrown at her. Despite losing the one she truly loved, she made herself push forward even though a woman weaker might have faltered. 

I would give the Queen of Someday five out of five stars. It is one of my new favorite books and one I would strongly recommend. 

Dear John Green, STOP perpetuating the myth that films with female leads are risky!

Reblogged from The Fangirl:


Literally one week earlier...




A month ago...



Oh and let us not forget...image





Dear John,


It's not courageous at all. Women in leading roles are a sure thing, we have been for a while. But thanks for perpetrating the sexist myth that films with female leads are a risky venture that require courage in order to complement yourself, and the producers of your film, at the expense of all these other female driven films.


This is like telling a woman "you're so courageous for leaving the house dressed like that." It's not a compliment.


We don't need a "nice guy" to write a story about us, and then pretend like he is championing our cause while completely ignoring and even tries to erase that we've already been doing this for ourselves long before you ever came along. 


As for an indie film adaptation of a YA teen romance...image


Unlike TFIOS, Twilight (1st film) did NOT have known actors (like Laura Dern, Sam Trammel and Willem Dafoe). While Shailene Woodley already has an Golden Globe nomination and the successful Divergent franchise under her belt, by comparison Kristen Stewart was a virtual unknown when she took the starring role in the first Twilight film.


PS When Stephenie Meyer published Twilight she didn't have over 2 million YoutTube subscribers to drive the success of her novel and film adaptation.



The Bone Season

The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon

When I read the reviews on this particular book, I was really unsure of what to think. They all mentioned "info-dumping." 

Like what the hell does that mean?

When I finally found the book at my small, local library..I checked it out. 

And loved nearly every minute of it.

To me all that so called "info-dumping" is necessary to the story.

Can't wait for book two. 

The Fortune Hunter

The Fortune Hunter: A Novel - Daisy Goodwin

The Fortune Hunter was a fun book to read, like gossipy fun.

I loved the two main characters, Charlotte Baird and Bay Middleton. 

Even though these characters were based on real people, I wished Charlotte didn't end up getting married to Bay because of his affair with the Empress. The man was never faithful, why even entertain man whores. 

Like I considered myself to be engaged to you while I'm sleeping with the most beautiful woman in Europe. 

Charlotte must have had a very forgiving heart.

My favorite character of the book was Mr. Hewes, an American photographer. Just loved, loved, loved him. Charlotte should have became Mrs. Hewes.

At the end, I really wanted to see how the Empress moved on. But unfortunately, you could only have to guess at how she handle herself and how she felt about the sudden end of her and Bay's relationship.