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Monday, March 28, 2011

Veronica Mars Season Three Review

As far as I'm concerned, this season never happened. Compared to the pure awesomeness of seasons one and two, this season sucked. The first two seasons I would watch three or four episodes at a time and I could barely go two days without watching one. My record was six days when I told myself I couldn't watch another episode until I finished everything on my to do list. This season, on the other hand, it wasn't uncommon for me to watch one episode and then easily go two or three weeks before watching the next.

For me, season three felt like they tried to force two seasons of the show into one because they thought it would be canceled. Apparently the last five episodes were made after a hiatus and it definitely feels that way. Also the final episode ends on a slightly painful cliffhanger that's probably going to drive me insane for a few days.

I spent the majority of this season screaming at the characters. If Veronica wasn't driving me insane, it was Logan, Parker, Piz, Wallace, or Mac. I wanted so badly for Logan and Veronica to stay together. I was already planning on going back and watching the episodes where they first start dating in season one, but unfortunately that didn't happen.

I think I knew the whole time in my heart that Veronica would end up with Piz. I even wrote in my notes, "Come on V…you can’t break up with Logan again. If you end up with Pizz, I’ll FREAK." I didn't freak when they did finally start dating because I actually did enjoy seeing the two of them together. I can't believe Logan's with Parker now, though.

I hated that Mac broke up with Bronson for Max. I hated that Logan was starting to go the way of his psychotic father. I hated that Veronica broke into the Kane house and pretty much lost her father the election (again). I didn't like that this season didn't have as many surprises for me as the last two. Trying to figure out who did it was half the fun for me and this season I was able to figure it out easier.

Overall, this season was "meh" at best.I don't feel like I wasted my time watching it, but there is a part of me that wishes I hadn't.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

10 of my Favorite Quotes

I decided to do another quotes post this week because I found some awesome ones looking for a senior quote to put in the yearbook.

"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic."

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

"Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least."

"You couldn't get a clue during the clue mating season in a field full of horny clues if you smeared your body with clue musk and did the clue mating dance." ~ Edward Flaherty

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"We probably shouldn't have done that, but hey, we lived." ~ My mom

"Screw the path less traveled, I'm going trailblazing."

"Some guy hit my fender and I said 'be fruitful and multiply' but not in those words."

"You could get your heart broken or you could have the greatest love affair the world has ever known. You never know until you try." ~ When in Rome

"The universe is big, vast, complicated and ridiculous and sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles and mass theory. Nine hundred years and never seen one yet. But this would do me." ~ Doctor Who, Pandorica Opens

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

RTW -- Love Your Neighbor

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where we post a weekly writing- or reading-related question. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:
Which book character would you like most as a next door neighbour?

There's no way I could pick just one...

Daine from Tamora Pierce's Immortals quartet. She loves animals, she's nice, and she has wild magic.

Alec from Walter Farley's Black Stallion series. I'm not sure if I really want him as my neighbor or just his awesome racehorses, but I think it would be pretty sweet to pick his and Henry's brains about horses.

Hermione because I seriously thought we were kindred spirits when I was a kid.

Cabel from Lisa McMann's Wake series. Yeah...I know he has Jamie, but he's so cute.

Eragon and Saphira from the Inheritance Cycle. Because I think it would be awesome to have a dragonrider and his dragon living next door. Actually, I'd be fine if it was just Saphira...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New Releases: Unlocked, I Am J, The Liar Society

Unlocked
by Ryan G. Van Cleave

Andy is the janitor's son, an outcast, a nobody. Then the rumor starts-that Blake has a gun in his locker. In a moment of misguided hopefulness, Andy steals the keys from his dad and opens up Blake's locker, hoping that finding the gun will change his own status. But the gun isn't there and Andy remains an outcast. When an unlikely friendship develops between the two loners, Blake shares most of his secrets with Andy, including the gun. But there's one secret that worries Andy more than anything-the date circled on Blake's calendar. Does Blake have something planned? Something that Andy can prevent?

I Am J
by Cris Beam

"Hola, Jeni."

J spun. His stomach clenched hard, as though he'd been hit. It was just the neighbor lady, Mercedes. J couldn't muster a hello back, not now; he didn't care that she'd tell his mom he'd been rude. She should know better. Nobody calls me Jeni anymore.


J always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible - from his family, from his friends...from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding - it's time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.
The Liar Society
by Lisa and Laura Roecker
Since when do the dead send emails?
Kate Lowry's best friend Grace died a year ago. So when she gets an email from her, Kate's more than a little confused.
To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)
Kate,
I'm here... sort of.
Find Cameron. He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell. They'll hurt you.
Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace's death was more than just a tragic accident. She teams up with a couple of knights-in-(not-so)-shining armor-the dangerously hot bad boy, Liam, and her lovestruck neighbor, Seth. But at their elite private school, there are secrets so big people will do anything to protect them-even if it means getting rid of anyone trying to solve a murder...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Dreamland Review

Dreamland
by Sarah Dessen
"Wake up, Caitlin." My English teacher wasn't the only who'd noticed.

"Caitlin?" my mother said at dinner. "Honey, are you okay?"

"Caitlin!" the dance coach barked as I flubbed another cartwheel.

"Caitlin?" Rina, my best friend, asked in our one shared class. "Hello?"

And finally, the one voice to which I snapped to attention, every time

"Caitlin," Rogerson said, and I'd listen so hard, trying to tell just by the cadence what might happen when we were alone.

What no one understands is that Caitlin can't afford to leave this dreamland, this half-sleeping state where everything -- and everyone -- can be kept at arm's length. Because then she'd have to face the ugly truth about her relationship with Rogerson, magnetic, fascinating -- and very dangerous -- Rogerson. What is it about Rogerson Biscoe...and why can't she leave him?

Ever since I read Along for the Ride I've been hoping for another Dessen novel and I finally got the chance to get my hands on this one. It definitely wasn't a light read, but it was an enjoyable one and it made me think.

I loved her portrayal of Caitlin's abusive relationship with Rogerson and how it affected her even after he was gone. How even though he beat her so many times, she still couldn't help but miss him. Her first scene in therapy was perfect. I love how the first thing she says is "What is the name of Pygmalion's sister?" and then when the therapist doesn't know she says, "Rogerson did. Rogerson knew everything." It was one of those lines that I just want to read over and over again.

The pacing was a little slow at some points, especially at the beginning. It took a bit for me to get into the story but once she met Rogerson, I was hooked. It also slowed down again around the end while Caitlin was in therapy. Despite that, there's a part of me that wishes there was more. I really want to see what happens to Caitlin and Cass now.

The characters were all excellent. Cass and Rogerson were my favorites. I loved Cass's motives of trying to get away from her overbearing mother so that she could do something that she wanted to do for once. I think that's something a lot of people can relate to. I also love the contrast of Cass and Caitlin and how they always wanted what the other had. I loved Caitlin's neighbors, Boo and Stewart, as well. One of my favorite scenes is the Friday Night war. It's just not something that you would normally see in a book, but it fit so well.

Overall: 8/10 It took a bit of time to get into, but once I did it was a great book.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Week in Short

Wow I can't believe it's actually been three weeks since I've done one of these... I almost couldn't remember how I'm supposed to do it.

Song of the Week: Loser Like Me by the Glee cast. That song is AWESOME.

Must Read:
Phoebe North on sex positive YA

News:
Katniss has been cast for Hunger Games movie! I've never heard of her so I'm withholding my opinion until I see the movie.

BookEnds:
Workshop Wednesday
Basing characters off real people

GLA:
Active vs passive characters

Querytracker:
Sequels

Everyone have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

RTW -- Real World Characters

Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs.You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:
Who have you written into a book?

Most of the similarities with my characters to real life people is subconscious (seriously, I swear it is) but here are a few that I could think of.

Kaye's father in Burning Bridges has qualities from both my mom and my grandpa. The guy that played me my sophomore year is in Jump where I borrowed his player qualities and some of his arrogance. My ex-crush is written into several of my stories. My boyfriend is going to be in Cardinal Three but I haven't gotten to the point where he enters the story quite yet.

I don't really steal exact qualities that I can think of afterward, it's more like I steal parts of personalities like arrogance or obnoxiousness or shyness...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dark Life Review

Dark Life
by Kat Falls
Earthquakes shattered the continents, toppling entire regions into the rising water. Now, humans live packed into stack cities. The only ones with any space of their own are those who live on the ocean floor, the Dark Life.

Ty has spent his whole life living deep undersea, helping his family farm the ocean floor. But when outlaws attack his homestead, Ty finds himself in a fight to save the only home he has ever known. Joined by Gemma, a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her brother, Ty ventures into the frontier's rough underworld and discovers some dark secrets to Dark Life...secrets that threaten to destroy everything.

This book was a good undersea dystopian. I'm on a bit of a dystopia kick lately. I flew through the last half of the book, but it never really caught me. I enjoyed the characters and I really loved the setting, but the writing and the voice never captured me. I did like that the writing used a lot of "local" things like when Ty refers to something as being "anemone pink."

I really liked Ty's character. I wish there'd been more about his past and his relationship with his parents in the book, though. I feel like he could be rounder than he was. Gemma was a decent female character and I loved Ty's sister, Zoe. Shade was an excellent villain. He was probably my favorite character after Zoe.

Overall: 6.5/10 Good book, but the voice just wasn't me.