Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Killing

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IMDB Description:

A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car.

This has quickly become, in the couple of days it took me to watch the seasons, one of my favorite shows. This show is just incredibly written and directed and produced. I am already anxiously awaiting season 4.

In the first season I was didn’t really like Detective Holder much, it might have been the way he talked and dressed but by the end of season 1 I really liked him and then the end of season 3 I was thinking of him as a best friend. Now Linden, I slowly started to like her throughout the first couple of episodes. She, in general, seems like a hard person to get to know and get along with at times, but as I began to understand her I began to truly like her. I feel like throughout these three seasons, Linden and Holder are a perfect partner match just because they both have had difficult pasts and seem to understand the other person a little bit better than that person might understand themselves.

It seemed that throughout the first two seasons I was constantly yelling ‘Who is the killer?!’ I have to say that season 3 was most definitely my favorite season and that ending, aka just the last episode where that crazy is, made me scream and I am still currently seething over what happened. Just…aodspvjaiojbiojewoijobijijvijijdoaijw!!

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I’m probably going to be livid over that last episode until the next season comes out. From the sets to the actors the shows was made gloriously well, everything worked together amazingly well and kudos to the creators and everyone involved in this show. This is a very highly recommended show from me, so if you like murder mystery shows I definitely suggest this one, just be prepared to have to wait a whole season or two to find out who the killer is and it can get very frustrating, but it is most definitely worth it.

-Chelsea K.

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Hallowed & Boundless

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Goodreads Hallowed Description:

For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

These are the final two books in the Unearthly Trilogy. I was pretty indifferent about the first book and it just wasn’t that remarkable to me. With the second book it could have taken a turn for the better or a turn for the worse, but nope, it decided to stay on the same average path that really did nothing for me. Clara just seemed self centered still and really didn’t seem to be worrying about anyone else but herself, she was stuck in her own universe. This really upset me and made me wish the author would pull her out of this way of thinking, but she didn’t. Clara was like this throughout both of these book, which by the end I was ready for it to be over. All of the other characters in the books were pretty much meh.

The dad, Michael, he was a bit of fresh air, and seemed more real than some of the others.. Now my favorite person in all of these books, Tucker.

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Tucker is still the perfect southern gentleman, besides when he gets angry with Clara and just kind of ignores her, but at least to me his emotion was written with a realistic quality. Add in the fact that he seems super adorable and just like a genuinely nice person who is almost the only wholly selfless person in this trilogy. Mainly I would suggest reading this trilogy just for Tucker because he is cray cray adorbs.

In the end I felt really bad for Christian because it seemed like Clara just led him along during the whole series. I really wanted him to find a girl that he really liked so I wouldn’t have to feel like Clara was using him again. I suggest just going and reading the first book and judging for yourself whether you would personally like it.

-Chlelsea K.

 

Veronica Mars Movie

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Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown – just in time for her high school reunion – in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who’s embroiled in a murder mystery.

After a while of putting off this review I am finally writing it! I got addicted to this series last year…or the year before..at this point I’m not really sure. It quickly became a favorite of mine with Veronica’s witty humor and just the way they did the show was phenomenal. When I first started watching the show and my mom would come in and catch some of it she disliked the actor who played Logan Echolls. I on the other hand loved him because I remembered him from the show Moonlight, which will always have a special place in my heart.

Now this movie takes place about 9 years later after the end of season 3. You see Veronica and Piz together living in New York where Veronica is almost a lawyer. She goes back to her hometown to try and help Logan get off of a murder charge that he had been accused of doing. While she’s there she goes to her high school reunion and we see all of her classmates from Neptune high.

So I pretty much love all of the people that were originally on this show and I’m so happy that they were brought back on for this movie. I fell back in love with Logan and Piz and I was forever reminded of why I was always amused by Dick.

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I recommend watching this movie, but before you do that I would suggest going and watching the series if you haven’t already.

-Chelsea K.

So Close to You

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Goodreads Description:

Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and people who’ve disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather.

When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she’s heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she’s in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.

Alongside a darkly mysterious boy she is wary to trust, Lydia begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the Project. But the truths behind these secrets force her to questions all her choices – and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them… and herself.

I wasn’t sure about this book but I wanted to read the first one because I had a copy of the second book that I got from RT13. I never did get around to reading any of the descriptions before I started it so I had no clue what I was going to be reading. The beginning was a little slow until about page 60 or so when you find out that there is time travel back to 1944. TIME FREAKING TRAVEL.

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This immediately made the book better for me because up until that point, I wasn’t sure what this book was even about! It finally seemed to start to pick up the pace after she traveled back in time. I don’t really want to give anything away from this book besides some basics, because if you read it I want you to be as surprised and feel everything I felt while reading this book. So characters, Lydia…Lydia, Lydia, Lydia. I wasn’t a huge fan of Lydia because she seemed kind of self-centered at times and kind of oblivious to everyone else, but in the end I was cool with her, I had made my peace. Now Wes. I fell in love with Wes pretty much when they mentioned him. I love me a good many of mystery, and add that he was dressed all in black. Heck to the yes. Also add in that he was just a kickass dude, you see where I’m going with this.

Now the ending made me want to scream and go attempt to rip a full grown tree out of the ground, but I didn’t end up doing that so I settled for silent seething.

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So if you are a fan of time travel and YA books, with a bit of teenage romance I say give it a shot. I enjoyed it and I hope you will too.

-Chelsea K.

Orphan Black

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Amazon Description:

Sarah, a streetwise hustler on the run, witnesses the suicide of a stranger who looks just like her. Sarah assumes her identity, hoping that cleaning out the dead woman’s bank account will solve all of her problems. Instead, after taking on the new identity, Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers.

I have seen a lot of commercials for this show and I’ve seen lots of people talking about it, so I decided to watch it. This show is so gloriously amazing and unique that I quickly became addicted to yet another BBC show.  If you watch this there will not be another show out that that is like it. In this show someone has somehow perfected the art of creating clones and has created who knows how many of them. We slowly find out about more about the clones as the show progresses and we discover that someone is starting to kill off the clones.

I also found myself falling in love with another male tv character, Beth’s boyfriend Paul. It’s partially because he’s really good looking and there’s that mysterious air about him throughout the show that just pulls ladies in by the herds. He also seems like he just generally wants to help Beth and get her to move on with her life after what happened with her.

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Then there is Felix and damn he is one sassy guy. He is ridiculously hilarious and I love him for his comedic relief during the season. I am now definitely ready for season 2 to be out in April. I need my Orphan Black!! I definitely recommend this show if you are a fan of BBC and science fiction.

-Chelsea K.

Song of the Week 6

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It is Song of the Week week 6! For this week I have chosen the song Under the Stars by Morning Parade because I’ve been listening to it a lot recently. This is going to be a very short description because that’s really the reason I picked it. So I hope you have had a great week and an even better weekend and listen to the song and enjoy! Also, enjoy the weekly dance gif that comes along with these videos.

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-Chelsea K.

Ink Exchange

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Goodreads Description:

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils.

This is the second book in the Wicked Lovely series and I loved it. I really like how Marr writes this dark faery world and with each book I’m more and more drawn in to this series and the world. Each book has a completely different story yet it still weaves in with the ones before it. I’m kind of in love with all of the guy characters that she writes and by the time I am done with this series I will have way too many to keep track of.

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I feel like this series is one of the only YA mythical faery tales that actual has the faeries for how I’ve seen them depicted before. It is a dark turn on the nice, beautiful faeries that you read about and see in movies nowadays. In this book Niall and Irial are both completely different from one another but they have some similarities to each other that is what drew them to each other in the first place.

I most highly recommend this series to anyone who likes dark YA mythological books. Go forth my friends!

-Chelsea K.

Spells

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Goodreads Description:

“I can’t just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can’t ‘steal’ you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you’ll ask,” Tamani said.

“And if I don’t?” Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper.

“Then I guess I’ll be waiting forever.”

Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life – and especially her boyfriend, David – to return to the faerie world.

But when she is summoned to Avalon, Laurel’s feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani are undeniable. She is forced to make a choice – a choice that could break her heart.

This is the second book in the Wings series and I never really have had super strong feelings about this series and this book just kept my feelings the same. Wings, the first book, is about a girl who discovers that she is actually a faerie and that she was left her with this family so that she could later inherit the land that was owned by her adoptive parents. Also, she has feelings for two different guys, one farie and one human, and has to decide which one she wants to be with.

Spells is about her going off and learning her faerie trade and the rest is mainly about her going back to school and trying to keep safe from the trolls. It can be a bit bleh at times, but I mainly stick it out for those bits with Tamani in it. I am in love with Tamani, who is a summer faerie. I’m in love with his snark, his attitude, just generally makes me swoon and squeak whenever he is mentioned.

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I really don’t have much else to say for this book, so just try it out if you like mythical YA books and just see if you like it. It’s definitely different, but it can have its moments that can make it great.

-Chelsea K.

Song of the Week 5

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I hope you all have had a great week and to commemorate this week I give you this strange gif of Elijah Wood. So it’s Song of the Week week 5 and for this week I have chosen We Used to Be Friends by the Dandy Warhols because today is the day that the Veronica Mars movie has been released upon the world! You can either go to the theater, only an AMC one, or you can go onto iTunes or Amazon and get it for online viewing. WHOOP!

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In the past year and a half or so I have gotten really addicted to this show. I was super psyched when they announced that the movie was going to be made and I might have done a bit of fangirling. I hope you like this song and if you are a fan of the show that you enjoy the movie. I should have a review up for it sometime in the future so look out for that!

-Chelsea K.