Birthday, Sick, and Vacations!

So I’ve been absent a few weeks haven’t I?  I’m so sorry!

Last week included my birthday…so needless to say, I was going and going and going!  It was a great week!

Then bright and early Monday morning, I woke up sick!  …so needless to say, I’ve been sleeping and sleeping and sleeping!  I honestly haven’t been feeling up to par with updating in between blowing my nose and coughing!

Friday I leave to go to Orlando to visit Disney World and Universal Studios with my whole family-in-law!!  …so needless to say (haha!), I’ll be walking and walking and walking!  I can’t wait, but I’m hoping I’ll be completely over whatever I have right now to enjoy myself!

I’m trying to “put out” before I go, a couple of reviews for you to munch on while I’m gone.

Love you all bunches!

~Myst

Wildefire by Karsten Knight

I don’t know why…but I’m not feeling too snarky today.  Hopefully this won’t be a horribly boring book review …God knows, there are way too many people who review WAY too seriously.  No offense to those who review seriously, it’s just a little attitude (I think) helps break up the monotony of long book review that’s been reviewed by a TON of people already.  “Bueller, Buerller, Bueller…”  Onto the review!

Title: Wildefire

Author: Karsten Knight

Summary:

Every flame begins with a spark.

Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

My take:

So this book was a little different than I think what I was expecting.  The summary makes it seem like there’s this huge war that’s just waiting to be waged between the gods and it’s going to be the end of the world, yada yada yada.  Not to steal thunder from the summary, but the summary isn’t really correct at all.

Basically,  these kids all find out their are mythological gods and goddesses reincarnated and they figure out who they are and what they can do.  The book has action and people actually die in the book…not just get knocked unconscious like other ya fiction books do.  There is profanity…more so than I’ve normally seen.  “Steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger”, really does get fairly steamy.  Not that I minded…but some people do…

I liked Ashline and her character.  There wasn’t the whole love triangle thing that I’ve been ready with every dystopian novel lately, and that was nice.  The other kiddos in the book were just as cool, but it’s like they just took the knowledge of who they are and went, “Cool!”  It didn’t seem like it really sunk in with them.  Then in a certain scene they’re all using their powers like they know exactly how to do everything without any training or knowledge.  …just seemed a little rushed I guess.

I will say this…the ending sentance was crazy!!  So for those of you that like to read the last pages of the book to make sure certain people are still alive…or see who hooks up in the end.  Don’t.  Seriously.  Don’t.  It is meant to be the last line for a reason.  Do I have you wanting to read the last line now?  Good. …  Don’t.

Overall, I think I liked the book.  There’s alotta hype going on about this book, and I don’t know if I really agree with all the praises being said about it.  But it was a good read and I’m glad I borrowed it from the library so I can give it back.

~Myst

Twilight: To be…or not to be…sparkly

Twilight has so many people ready to kill each other.  Seriously, desperate love or furious hatred over these books has been crazy.  So, like Hunger Games, I am going to give my two cents on the matter and let you all decide on which side you stand on…I’m serious, the line has been drawn in the sand…and you can’t claim Switzerland on this one (stupid Bella).

Ok, I LOVED the books.  *hides

Ok, I HATED the movies. *hides again

Seriously.  Everything in the first movie was blue.  The meadow wasn’t right.  Bella blinks way too freaking much.  Edward just seems totally awkward.  *sigh

Does anyone else think that Rosalie in the movies isn’t really all that hot?  …or is that my insecurities…hmm.

Then in the second movie, everything was this golden hue.  Graphics got way better and Jacob got hotter.  Very much was on Edward’s team until New Moon movie came out…heellloooo Jacob! … I jumped on that bandwagon just for looks alone….my husband is going to kill me.

Then the third movie got better, more interesting, and more awkward.  Maybe it’s because the first movie was so horrible, I still cringe at trying to watch the others.

Don’t even get me started on the fact that the last book is broken down into 2 movies.

To me, this is important.  Team Edward = books.  Team Jacob = movies.  Hey…don’t judge.  Don’t.

Soooooo…I liked the books!  Good ol’ fiction.  Yes, the vampires sparkle….someone made up the story about a little boy who uses fairy dust to fly and can go to Never Never Land…like I said good ol’ fiction…this was not Interview with a Vampire.    I like the twist of using animal blood versus human blood, the good vamps vs bad vamps, and the fact there’s like a council group of old men that get grumpy when youngin’s (that’s Texas twang for young people) start messing around with the rules which makes them have to get out of their rockers to fix the problem.

So…that’s my take on it. What team are you on?  Books or movies?  If you got to hate: don’t bash, be a critic.

Enjoy the Youtube video below.  I laughed my head off the first time I watched it.

Buffy vs Edward: Twilight Remix

~Myst

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

This book had me trying to read it as fast as I could.  I’m sure my parents would have loved to have threatened me with the fact that they could not only ground me, but unwind me!  …I don’t know if that still would have worked though…I was a big rebel as a teen…I made my younger brother’s life SO much easier.

Title: Unwind

Author: Neal Shusterman

Summary:

Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

My take:

In order to cease the war between the pro-lifers and pro-choicers, a law was passed that a person cannot perform an abortion until the child reaches the years of reasoning.  Therefore, when a child is between the ages of 13-18 you can legally unwind your kid (aka: donate every little tissue, muscle, organ, eyeball, brain matter, etc.)  How creeeeeeeeepy is that?  This book really thought through the issues of different things.  What to do with the moms who really couldn’t handle a baby and instead of adoption, left a baby at a doorstep.  The religious aspects of how families/the church would treat this.  The child’s reaction to being unwound.  The rebels who help get unwounds to safe keeping.

I honestly can say, it was a good book and thought provoking.  I don’t know many good thought provoking ya fiction that I like.  The only thing I wasn’t too keen on, was how the author kept going from person to persons point of view, but you eventually get used to it and are able to see the scenes more clearly through the eyes of someone other than a kid who was being unwound.

So again, I liked it.  ’nuff said.

~Myst

The Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines

With a cover like this….the content did not live up to it.  *sigh  You know how much I wanted it to just…be amazing?…be captivating?…kick major butt??  I went out and bought bright blue nail polish to paint my toes the same color…THAT is how much I wanted this book to be great.  (so NOT kidding about the nail polish…I really did that)

Title: Girl in the Arena

Author: Lise Haines

Summary:

It’s a fight to the death—on live TV—when a gladiator’s daughter steps into the arena

Lyn is a neo-gladiator’s daughter, through and through.  Her mother has made a career out of marrying into the high-profile world of televised blood sport, and the rules of the Gladiator Sports Association are second nature to their family.  Always lend ineffable confidence to the gladiator.  Remind him constantly of his victories. And most importantly: Never leave the stadium when your father is dying. The rules help the family survive, but rules—and the GSA—can also turn against you. When a gifted young fighter kills Lyn’s seventh father, he also captures Lyn’s dowry bracelet, which means she must marry him… For fans of The Hunger Games and Fight Club, Lise Haines’ debut novel is a mesmerizing look at a world addicted to violence—a modern world that’s disturbingly easy to imagine.

My take:

Ok, I’m not making fun of the author’s name, but Lise?  It makes it look like we all spelled her name wrong…wait is that a girls name?

Onto the book…I was hoping and thinking there was going to be more action I guess.  It’s centered around Lyn who has gone through 6 fathers and when her 7th gets killed, the winning gladiator picks up a bracelet that only Lyn’s betrothed/husband should touch.  Ceasers Inc. decides that Lyn and the winner should get married and make it a worldwide televised event.  It then sparks  a crazy drama filled book.  Again, don’t start reading it thinking it’ll be this epic to-the-death battle with crazy combat moves and fierce tattoos! .…I thought that…I really thought there would be crazy tattoos…what?…don’t hate.

Anyways, it had it’s good moments and bad moments.  I loved the beginning and how it tells how it all started.  Great storytelling.  I like how the author incorporated the new modern technology with televising events, paparazzi, the bias-ness of people against Gladiators and their families, etc.  With the beginning story and the modern twists, I could almost see a slight variation of this possibly happening years from now.

So, as long as you go into reading it knowing it’s more of a drama book than action book you might like it.

~Myst

The Hunger Games (it was inevitable)

So since everyone and their mom has read these books or are reading them right now (getting ready for Hollywood’s version of the books)…I figured I should go ahead and post my little two cents in on the trilogy.   I really hope the director of the movie doesn’t screw these books up…sigh

Title: The Hunger Games Triology (Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockinjay)

Author: Suzanne Collins

Summary:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

So….the above summary is for the first book.  I figured if you haven’t read the other two books it might give away some things that happen in the first book.

First off, my husband hates reading.  He read Hunger Games.  That’s how good it is.

Secondly, I  read the entire series within a week.  That’s how good it is.

Third, I LOVED the first book, LOVED the second book, and enjoyed the third.  I REALLY wish I LOVED the third book…maybe I just need to re-read it.

The author does a great job painting the real world in which Katniss lives.  How the 13 factions become 12, and how controlling the government has become throughout the years.  The outlandish lives and clothes the people within the Capitol have, makes the mind move beyond the norm and you end up thinking everyone has started taking after Nicki Minaj or Rihanna.

There’s a lot of action and fast paced sequences laced with tension.  There’s a lot of mixed feelings which are torn between three people.  The story line was great and you quickly fall for the characters and their plights.  The book(s) overall were just great!

A couple of fan made youtube trailers that I like:

Enjoy!!

~Myst