Friday, December 30, 2011

Chloe Doe by Suzanne Phillips

Chloe Doe by Suzanne Phillips
Release Date: 2007
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
GoodReads:  3.36 out of 5
Pages: 192
Buy It: 

WARNING! Adult Content! 

Chloe Doe chronicles a 17-year-old girl's tumultuous path to becoming a prostitute and her ultimate transformation back into mainstream society. During her therapy at Madeline Parker Institute for Girls, Chloe slowly reveals aspects of her painful past--the stepfather who abused her sister, the mother who let it all happen, the need to love and be loved--and faces the future she finally decides to build for herself. Told in heart-wrenching language that's sometimes caustic, often ironic, and always authentic, Chloe Doe is certain to find a place among classics about teens that triumph over their loneliness and desperation to find hope.

The huge warning above is because I have encountered and read a lot of reviews from younger crowds who were terrified after reading this book, some even going to say that they filthy after having read it and are disturbed by it. It's true, the book is about an issue that we can only hope doesn't happen, but the fact is that it does happen; everyday.

Chloe's journey is one that sends a message of finding strength when in the deepest and darkest moments of life. She has a childhood that is filled with abuse and a mother who does nothing to stop it. She becomes a prostitute in order to survive, a job that she shamelessly says she is good at. There are many parts in the story that are gut wrenching and I had to put it down for a moment to fight back tears. It was the holiday season while I was reading it, I didn't exactly feel like crying!

The message is very important in this book and while for some people it is very hard to swallow, it is a short read that demonstrates perseverance.


No, not that rainbow road! I mean the one that leads to Asgard.

Yes, something like that. I mean Thor the movie,the one staring that hunk, Chris Hemsworth.)

Yes, that one. I had wanted to see the movie when it came out, but as things go in life, it wasn't until it became a $1 commodity at Redbox that I got to get my hands on it. I like comic books, but I will admit that I am not very well versed and do not know everything there is to know. This movie opened up my eyes again to comics and reminded me how amazing the stories are. It's not like I didn't know, but I spend a lot of my time on social networking sites rather than doing things that actually help me become a better writer (and geek.) So, it is one of my 2012 ambitions to stop spending so much time goofing off on Facebook and Twitter and reading more great stories! If you haven't seen the movie, you should definitely do so. Even if you are not into comic books, the movie is brilliant, action packed, and has that hot guy in it! ;)

Anyone else out there who likes the movie and/or comic book? 

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
GoodReads:  4.33 out of 5
Pages: 400
Buy It: Amazon

Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.
It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.

I loved Across the Universe by Beth Revis and love Beth Revis just as much. In case you have not read Across the Universe, you have about two weeks to do so and I highly recommend that you do! A lot of people that I know were a bit hesitant to pick up a book that seemingly zaps us into a sci-fi world, but Beth Revis herself admits that the sci-fi element isn't too overpowering and I agree! If you are a bit nervous for that reason, then don't be. Beth Revis' world revolves around mystery and relationships, action and emotion! A Million Suns certainly delivers and I was not disappointed.

In the first book, Godspeed felt claustrophobic and foreign. In the sequel, Godspeed felt familiar and unexplored. We get to see through Elder's eyes when dealing with obstacles and chaos and through Amy's eyes when dealing with confusion and raw emotion. Elder and Amy's relationship does not disappoint me one bit! In fact, I find that Amy's thoughts of the relationship are sound and perfect. Besides, they are trapped on a ship together, should she not think the way she does? (You MUST read to find out!) 

This book was sociologically and psychologically interesting and I think that the different people that we meet on board the ship really help to understand the magnitude of this "project." There were many parts where I felt sad for the humanity of the ship and the situation that they now found themselves in. However, Elder did the best he could and more importantly he always did what he thought was right. 

So, without giving away any huge spoilers, this book was very gripping and kept my attention, more so than the first installment. I continued to flip the pages feverishly, wanting to know what Elder and Amy would experience next, or what they would reveal through their own thoughts. I particularly like scenes when we are in their heads and I always felt like I was in their minds with them. Which goes to show great writing on Beth's part! The end of the book was VERY gasp worthy and surprising for me. I can't wait to read the final installment of this trilogy! Bravo Beth Revis and I love you! <3

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Random Magic Tour

Songs of the Season
Event production by
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Sasha Soren (Random Magic)

Dec. 10-25, 2011

Welcome to the Songs of the Season music hop! You're invited to join us every day from December 10-25, to enjoy a virtual round of caroling.

Every day, you can visit a different blog to find another wonderful music selection, handpicked by a variety of great hosts.

Event Schedule Here! 

Title: At Christmas, Merry Christmas Baby, Christmas Means to Me My Love, 
Artist: Hanson 
Available at: Amazon 

Okay, so this is super cheesy, but I used to be a HUGE Hanson fan circa 1997 until I was old enough to know better. I was OBSESSED! Well, this album in particular has stuck with me throughout the years as I have grown into adulthood. My mom and I have always secretly shared the love for listening to this album during the holiday season. There is just something so bittersweet about about it and it holds a lot of memories for us! There are fast, upbeat songs and slow, chilled out songs. Perfect for all the emotions that the holiday season brings us! I have warmed this album up to people who even hated Hanson prior to hearing the album! Turn it on and nobody really seems to know that it's Hanson until you point it out. It still gets me in the Christmas spirit 14 years later! Can you believe it has been that long ago? 

Title: The Chipmunk Song
Artist: Tegan and Sara
Available atAmazon

Tegan and Sara are one of my favorite bands so to hear a song that reminds me of the holidays plus Tegan and Sara singing = AMAZING! They have such great harmony and the music is slow and relaxing. For me the holiday season is about reflecting upon the past year and setting goals for the next one and this particular song just puts me into a relaxed state of, "It's okay. It's time to rest a bit and then we can worry about next year when it gets here."

By the way, I am super obsessed with warm smells during this time of the year. Like cinnamon and nutmeg, chocolate and apple pie! It really puts me in an amazing mood when I can listen to music and have a nice candle or incense burning in the room. What do you like to do to get in the holiday spirit? 

If you have a favorite song, feel free to share in the comments. Thanks for stopping by, and hope you have a chance to enjoy some Christmas goodies on the way to your next stop on the hop! 

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Hunger Games!! And Lenny Kravitz?

Look at them altogether! I am so absolutely excited for The Hunger Games movie and I am going to be re-reading all of the books and re-reviewing them before the movie comes out just because I want to dust off my memory. It seems like so long ago since I first read the first book in The Hunger Games Trilogy and I remember being so stunned by the book. I still need to read Battle Royale to compare the two books, now knowing that the book isn't as original as I initially thought it was, but it still does not take away the amazement that I felt when I began the trilogy. I like all of the actors that were cast for the movie, though at first when I saw Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, I had to tilt my head to the side and say, "What?", but I think the more I see pictures of him on set the more I get comfortable with him. 

I saw Breaking Dawn on opening night and I think the best part of the whole entire movie was the trailer for The Hunger Games. My friend that was with me had never heard of The Hunger Games and her reaction was, "Wow. That looks really good. Intense." My response was, "You have NO idea." I think the movie is going to go really well for the people who have never read the book before, but just like any other book turned big screen, I don't expect everyone who read the trilogy first to think it is 100% true to the book, but for the most part I think we are going to be pleasantly surprised! 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Coming Soon: A Million Suns

Just a preview.. review coming soon! ;) EXCITED!!! 

Decoden: Japanese style DIY!

So some of you know this side of me, but some may not! I absolutely love Japanese style fashion and all things kawaii (cute)!! I am a huge lover of San-X, Sanrio, and other brands that create kawaii characters/products. Most people only know Sanrio for certain characters such as Hello Kitty, but there are many more characters where she came from! Perhaps I'll make a more in depth post about that later, but I wanted to show you the cell phone case that I will be making soon! I plan to document it in photos and possible make a video! It will be my first time doing decoden on a cell phone case! Here is the kit that I am using.