Friday, February 28, 2014

Vampire Academy Movie Review

So a couple of days ago I saw Vampire Academy with my sister and mom, and surprisingly there were about 10 other people in there with us. Which was kind of disappointing since I really enjoyed the movie and I think that a majority of VA fans would have too. Yes, there were differences between the book (written by Richelle Mead) and movie (aren't there always??) but it was a decent adaption. I thought all the actors were great. But I do have a bone to pick about how they portrayed one character: Kirova. I kind of imagined her differently... and not so young. But at least the queen stayed the same! 

And I love how they did Rose's eyes when she was in Lissa's head

Favorite Parts:

The mall scene. 

Natalie and the wall.

From Dimitri doing this:

To Rose finally doing this:

Lissa and Rose's friendship.

All of those Dimitri-staring-at-Rose scenes.

Rose and Kirova and the Tranq.

I would give the movie 4.5/5 stars on being just a movie, but for it being close to the book I would it give it 3.5/5 stars. It held the same basic plot line but it was the little stuff that was different. But some of the little stuff I wish was the same as the book. But other than that, it was really good! I really wish more people took a chance with it. And I really hope (somehow) that Frostbite will come out.
Happy watching!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

January Wrap Up

I hope you all had a fantastic Valentine's Day yesterday!
This is the first of twelve posts coming this year that explain how my January went. Mainly I'll be recapping what books I read for the TBR pile challenge and I'll include all the books I've read this month. If there was a review for a certain book I'll include the link to it.

I read two books for the TBR pile challenge.

I read 8 other books. For ones that I haven't reviewed, I'll leave a link to Goodreads.

I'm hoping to read more for the later part of this month. I've been really busy... so busy that I've only read one book so far! Yikes! And it's not on my TBR shelf. I'm hoping to at least read one book from my TBR pile. Then I'm planning on getting some newly released books (like Cress by Marissa Meyer) but I might not get them till March. 

I hope your month is going better than mine!
Happy Reading!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Valentine's Day!

Valentine's day is quickly approaching and I thought I'd look through my shelves and find some books that I considered my favorites.
Fairytale retelling: Once by Cameron Dokey. This anthology has three retellings of Cinderella, Mulan, and Rapunzel.
Modern day classic: Howl's Moving Castle by Dianne Wynn Jones. I read this a couple of years back after watching the animation version. I fell in love with Howl and I think everyone else will too!
First romance ever read: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I give this book partial credit for getting me into romance stories.
First classic: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. I read this for school, as most people have. But I loved the tragic love story .
Greatest classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Who wouldn't put this on their list?
First YA romance: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
First book boyfriend: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Ah, Harry. The first fictional guy that I became obsessed with.
Other-worldly romance (paranormal romance): Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I absolutely love this series! And its finally coming out in theaters!

What books would you choose as your favorites?

Happy Reading and have a nice Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Nightlight by The Harvard Lampoon

Title: Nightlight
Author: The Harvard Lampoon
Genre: YA, comedy, Parody, Romance
Summary: About three things I was absolutely certain.
First, Edwart was most likely my soul mate, maybe.
Second, there was a vampire part of him--which I assumed was wildly out of his control--that wanted me dead.
And third, I unconditionally, irrevocably, impenetrably, heterogeneously, gynecologically, and disreputably wished he had kissed me.

And thus Belle Goose falls in love with the mysterious and sparkly Edwart Mullen in the Harvard Lampoon’s hilarious send-up of Twilight. 
Pale and klutzy, Belle arrives in Switchblade, Oregon looking for adventure, or at least an undead classmate. She soon discovers Edwart, a super-hot computer nerd with zero interest in girls. After witnessing a number of strange events–Edwart leaves his tater tots untouched at lunch! Edwart saves her from a flying snowball!–Belle has a dramatic revelation: Edwart is a vampire. But how can she convince Edwart to bite her and transform her into his eternal bride, especially when he seems to find girls so repulsive?
Complete with romance, danger, insufficient parental guardianship, creepy stalker-like behavior, and a vampire prom, Nightlight is the uproarious tale of a vampire-obsessed girl, looking for love in all the wrong places.

My review: So this book was not my cup of tea. It was kind of painful to get through. Luckily it was very short. I get that this is a parody of Twilight and it was supposed to be funny, but for me it wasn't. It was kind of bland, more a tell rather than show kind of book. But yet again, that might be because it's a parody of Twilight.
I would give it 2 out of five stars.

Happy Reading!

*This is a part of my January TBR Pile.