Friday, December 27, 2013

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin: Book Review (School Edition)!

Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I've got another review of one of my Children's Lit novels. I know that no one really thinks that I read these books for class, but it's true! It's one of the great things about class selection in college. I finished this one awhile ago, but I've gotten my notes out, dusted them off, and I'm ready to review! So let's get started!

This novel is about a young boy named Ged (or Sparrowhawk) who discovers that he's a wizard! He then goes through his life dealing with arch foes, mythical creatures such as dragons, and an evil dark foe as he grows into adulthood. Does this sound like anything we know? I'll give you a hint. It starts with "H" and ends with "Arry Potter." Which is funny to think about considering this book was published nearly forty years before The Harry Potter series was first published. From what I learned in class, this book was a major step and inspiration for fantasy books everywhere, and I believe it. I read it and could help but think how this aspect relates to Harry Potter or this one to Doctor Who. I love that aspect about this book.

I also enjoy how this book dealt with character growth. In the beginning, I didn't like Ged. He was arrogant and made all the wrong decisions. He was a bit of a tool. Then something big changes his life, and he grows into adulthood pretty quickly. Then I start to feel for the guy. I appreciate him and his journey more. I like how he grew as a person as he grew as a wizard. It made for a better read.

The one problem I had with this novel is that everything is kind of thrown out you. You are expected to know all of the different names of places, what everything means, and what significance is has for all of the characters. It's not like Harry Potter in that you're learning about the wizarding world as Harry does. Ged knows about this world, and you are just thrown into it. It gets a little disorienting, but you can get a little help from the Earthsea Wiki, which I do recommend you do as you are reading, not as an excuse to not read it. I think that there are too many interesting things in the book for you to not read it.

So overall I have to give this book a solid three and a half otaks out of five. Read this book carefully, and don't be afraid to get a little help from the internet. It's not a one-day read, but you'll enjoy it none the less if you love fantasy books.

So thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this, and I promise there is more to come. I'm working on getting my review for the last book of the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, and I'm halfway through reading Divergent. Things are really heating up. Please let me know what you think about fantasy novels, if you like them or not down, in the comments below. If you want to keep up to date on the blog subscribe with your email down below or add me to your circles with the Google+ button to the right. If you want ridiculousness about my life or instant updates on the blog, follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog. That's it for now! I love y'all, and I'll see y'all next post!
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Movie Review! (Spoiler-Free)

Hello, everyone! In case you've been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie came out November 22, and I'm here to review it! So, it's been a few weeks since Catching Fire has been out. Of course, I went to the movie the night it premiered because I'm such a fan girl. I have seen it again since then. I wanted it to sink in before I did this review so I wouldn't be "Oh my goodness! It's perfect! I wouldn't change a thing!" Now that everything has settled a little bit, I think I can do this review fairly.

If you've read the books, then you know what this movie is about. But in case you haven't this movie picks up where the last movie leaves off. Katniss and Peeta have just won the Hunger Games. Because of this, they are forced to go on a victory tour to the other districts. They find out that the districts are rebelling and they are looking to Katniss as a symbol of the rebellion. President Snow decides that he must kill the symbol in order to kill the rebellion. He makes it so the 75th annual Hunger Games' tributes will be reaped from the existing victors, insuring that Katniss will go back into the arena.

The movie has a really cool mix of drama and action. The drama comes from the relationship between the characters and the action comes from the rebellion and the arena. So it has the mass market appeal that girls can drag their boyfriends to and boys can drag their girlfriends to. It works for everyone, and by "works" I mean "it's fun."

There were a few things I found off about the movie. Now, I know that this will probably be a me thing, but I found the pronunciation of Plutarch Heavensbee's name was weird. But then again, I read it differently in my head than they spoke it on screen, but that I can get over pretty easily. Another thing I couldn't quite get on board with was Finnick Odair as played by Sam Claflin. Now the man is easy to look at. I mean the man is a hunk of good looking with a side of arrogance. When I read the book, I thought of him to be more charming, and I didn't get that when I saw him portrayed on screen. Even when he supposedly speaking to his girl from District Four, it came off as contrived to me. Not to say that I didn't like him. He got loads better once he entered the arena and everything just starts to all happen at once.

But enough about that, let's talk about what I loved about the movie. I love Jennifer Lawrence, but that's beside the point. I love Jennifer Lawrence's acting in this movie. She's one of those actresses that are not afraid to make the "ugly sad face," and that particular face of hers wasn't even ugly. It was the fact that she went for it in whatever scene she was in. I was really impressed. I was also impressed with new girl Jena Malone who plays Johanna Mason from District Seven. She was awesome. She stole the show whenever she popped up on screen, and I think they've set her up to do some cool stuff with her character development on the next movie.

The last thing I want to talk about it just the cinematography of this movie. I am so amazed by how good the movie looks. The scenery was both beautiful and haunting. I couldn't tell the difference between what was CGI'ed and what wasn't. All of the details that readers notice in the book can be appreciated in the movie. It was such a beautiful movie to watch and experience. They way that they handled both introducing new characters and taking away a few of the old ones really hits home for both lovers of the books and those who simply came to enjoy a good movie.

So, if you haven't yet, go see this movie! You won't be disappointed. It is worth the eight bucks that you'll spend. Now I can't say anymore without giving the movie away. I will hopefully be doing a Catching Fire Soundtrack review soon. So keep your peepers out for that. Comment down below what you thought about the movie. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email down below. Add me to your circles with the Google+ button to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for ridiculousness and more! I love y'all, and read on, book lovers (you can watch movies too)!

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Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden: Book Review (School Edition)!

Hello, everyone! I'm back and I'm reviewing Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden that I read for my Children's Lit class. Now, I know what you're thinking. It's mid December. There's no way I should be in school. You are correct. I'm on my winter break, but I was not able to continuously post book reviews that dealt with school. So, I've still got my books from school, and I thought I would pepper them in with all of the "fun" reviews. Those are coming up very soon. But, please read and enjoy this review of one of the books I read this past semester.

Annie on My Mind has been known to be a bit controversial, especially considering that it's a children's novel. That is because of the sexual exploration that the lead character Liza takes, ultimately realizing that she is gay. She meets Annie at a museum and the novel just sort of takes off from there. From that point, Liza deals with her sexuality silently until she is literally caught in the act. Then she has to deal with judgmental peers, overly righteous teachers, and parents who prefer to live in denial. She does eventually come to terms with her sexuality, but not without a cost.

I would definitely recommend for everyone to read this book. Not even for the fact that its easy to read and Googling this book would just do you a disservice, it's that this book reminded me why I love being an English major. Words are powerful. This book is powerful. I'm straight, and I'll probably never have to face this particular situation. But to be able to see the different reactions that these characters have to a girl that they've known for years will break your heart. There is every reaction from fear to anger, and even Liza is feeling all of these things about herself. I won't get on my soapbox, because this is a review. But I hope that more people give this book a shot. It may change your perspective. It may not, but it's important for you to experience this book as a whole rather than some inadequate summary on Wikipedia. I have to give this book a four and a half pieces of abstract art out of five.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare: Book Review!

I'm back with another review. This time, it's finally not a school book. To be fair, my school books take up the majority of my time, so I had to read this in pieces when I can normally just go through it. Because of that, I might forget a couple of things that I actually want to talk about. Never mind all of that. I'll just get straight to the book. Don't worry. Once again, this will be a spoiler free review.

I am so biased because I love Cassandra Clare's writing style and the way that she is able to twist everything, but I will say it anyway. I really love this book. I think I'm finally getting over the fact that this is historical fiction, maybe even coming to enjoy the genre. Now, my fiction writing professor always talks about having a set of rules for your world your story is in and then break them. Cassandra Clare does that. She has her rules of Shadowhunters and Demons and then flips them on their heads, like Will and his demon - problems. I thought that part was great. It has angst, but relief, and then angst again.

By far my favorite part of the book was a scene close to the end. I won't say what actually goes on but it happens between Charlotte and Henry. They may now be my new favorite couple in this book. I was crying and happy and freaking out all at once. If was just so well done, and this was one moment I didn't see coming. It was just really, really well done.

Lastly I'm going to talk about the very last scene of the book. Cassandra Clare loves to do this. She adds one scene at the end that makes us what to scream in frustration. You know what I'm talking about: the cliffhanger. Clare turns it into a "I've got bigger news than you" contest. First its Tess and Jem. Then its Henry and Charlotte. Then someone bursts in during dinner and takes the cake. Not literally, of course. I don't think they had cake, but this person sets the tone for the next book. I have some ideas of what might happen, but I guess you'll have to wait until my next review to find out.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter: Book Review (School Edition)!

Be forewarned, I have seen the movie before reading this book, and I'm ashamed of that. I hate doing things in that order, but when I was little, my mother and I had an obsession with Hayley Mills. We watched all of her movies, but Pollyanna and That Darn Cat were probably our favorites. But that is neither here nor there. Also, when I read this, I was feeling overly sentimental over everything. So this children's book became a real tear-jerk-er for me. Now, Let's get to the actual review!

This book was published in 1913, and during this time novels had certain archetypes for children. In the case of Pollyanna, the character Pollyanna would definitely be considered the angelic child. It's exactly what it sounds like. She is a good girl who only sees the good in people, and even when she does something bad, it ends up being a positive situation for all of those involved. Now, that may seem like a one-note book, but I actually really enjoyed reading it.

This book was really popular when it was first published. It was so popular in fact that "Glad Game" clubs began popping up all over the country, one of which is still in practice today. The "Glad Game" is a major part of the book. It's how Pollyanna finds joy even when no one else possibly could. It made me feel like, I could do that too! It made me happy, and when this was published, a little happiness could make the world of difference.

As you know, I will not be spoiling the book. I don't play that game, but the ending will break your heart and mend it back together. The book is a lot like those faith in humanity meme's that pop up on tumblr every once in a while. With that in mind, I give this four and a half pairs of crutches out of five (so, really nine out of ten crutches). This book is an easy and lovely read. No Spark Notes required!

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

October Madness and an Apology

So things have been a little crazy, and by a little I mean I lost a whole month to craziness, which is why I haven't been able to talk to y'all. First off, there was the week before midterms where I set aside time away from my blog to focus on midterm stuff: papers, tests, complete and utter nonsense, whatever the case may be. Then there was midterm week in which I literally did not sleep a wink. I was up more than I was down. For most of the time, I had no idea if I was coming or going. So then the next week I was trying to recuperate and had to deal with roommate shenanigans. Stealing stuff, coming in through the window at two in the morning, and shouting in the middle of the night. That kind of stuff. The week after that I got a ridiculous stomach virus that I lovingly call "the death bug." I even tried to go to school that day, and my professor was like, "No. Just no." Once I recuperated, I got volunteered for helping with my church's fall festival. Thanks, ma. That was my month. I'm really sorry that I haven't had the time to post anything. I feel really bad about it, and I really miss y'all. Hopefully, I'll be going at it full speed this month with new posts, new ideas, and some stuff that some of y'all might actually like. If y'all want, you can follow this blog by either adding me to your circles with you Google+ account by clicking the button off to the right. You can subscribe to my blog by adding your email to the "Subscribe" box below. Lastly, you can get up-to-date stuff about this blog and my life in general by following me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog. I hope to see all of you real soon! See y'all next post!
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll: Book Review (School Edition)!

Hello, everyone! So you've got to love a class that requires you to read Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. One of the many reasons I enjoy Children's Lit. This post is going to be a two-fer since I'll be reviewing both of these lovely books by Lewis Carroll. By the way, yes, these reviews will probably be extremely biased for my love of Alice and all of her recreations.

The first is Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland. This book is full of nonsense in the best possible way. You have to keep in mind that these books were made for children, but as an adult, we can see find pleasure from them. For me, there were a lot of jokes that I didn't entirely get as a child. Kind of like when you find a dirty joke from Aladdin the movie by Disney. This story is a group of adventures that Alice takes while she is in Wonderland. I can't get any more specific than that. Go and enjoy it!

The next book is, of course, Through the Looking-Glass. This has the same premise as the first book, except that there is a goal that Alice is trying to achieve after she goes through the looking-glass. There is still a bunch of nonsense, but there is a string that ties all of the nonsense together. Another great read.

For someone like me, these books are awesome. Full of creativity and wonder. There are some things that are easy to miss, but feel free to check out SparkNotes, but only after you've finished reading the books! I would give these books four out of five white rabbits.

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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton: Book Review (School Edition)!

Hello, everyone! Two in one day, I'm telling you. College is keeping me busy, but I've been reading a lot, just not what I call "fun books." That isn't to say somethings I'm required to read aren't fun. I just wouldn't pick them out on my own accord. Now, I'm going to be reviewing The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. Let's get started!

This is another book that I actually enjoyed reading. Wharton really makes you feel like a part of the story. This story follows Newland Archer and his struggle between high New York society and the love of his life. In a time where having your name in the paper could only cause shame to your family, Archer has to decided to follow his heart and divorce his wife or bury his feelings but keep his family honor. It's really a moving story and I would have to say that this is a good read, no SparkNotes required. I'll give it a four and a half gold roses out of five.

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin: Book Review (School Edition)!


Hello, everyone! I'm back again and today I'm reviewing The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I've read this for my American Lit. class. It's part of our "realist reading" that we have been doing lately. I was pretty compelled in this book. I actually enjoyed reading this book. It has a beautiful writing style, and the characters are fully fleshed out. You really want to know what happens to these characters.

You have the "protagonist" Edna, who the reader follows as she comes to her "awakening." You have her husband that seems to be absent for a great deal of the book. Then there is the love interest Robert. While love does have something to do with furthering this novel, it's more about Edna finding out who she is and the consequences of her knowing that. Don't even think that I'm going to spoil the ending for y'all. Go check it out yourself. I would say that this book is totally reading and somewhat enjoyable. No SparkNotes required. I give this four out of five "Aha!" moments.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Music Review

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review The Mortal Instruments City of Bones Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. So this is how it's going to work. I'm going to listen to a song, write my opinions, and move on to the next one. At the end, I'll give my overall opinion of the soundtrack. I have heard a couple of these songs, and I am partial to a few artists so this review might be a little biased. Let's get started!

The first song is "Into the Lair" by Zedd. This song has no lyrics, so I'm pretty sure Zedd is a DJ. It has an electric techno vibe going on that feels like intense club music. I'm pretty sure this is the song they used in Pandemonium, but I can't be one hundred percent sure about it. I like the song if I were going to be working out or something like that, but I don't think I'll be playing it in my chilling out time.

The second song is "Almost is Never Enough" by Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes, and I love this song! This is one of the songs I listened to previously before buying the album. The music video is absolutely lovely. I love that it doesn't have the bells and whistles of modern pop music. It's two beautiful voices and a piano, and it is absolutely brilliant in its simplicity. I love having this on repeat. I've been following Ariana since Victorious, so color be biased, but I would definitely recommend this song.

The third song is "17 Crimes (LA Riots Remix)" by AFI. We're back to techno music with this one. It's high paced club music. My mother would call it a "stutter song," which is exactly what it sounds like. It is a remix, and I haven't heard the original version, so I can't say if one version is better than the other. I don't particularly care for this one, and I would consider it one of the skip-able songs.

The fourth song is "Heart by Heart" by Demi Lovato. This song I have heard before. It very much fits into Demi's musical style, which I do like. Some of the timing seems a little weird but is easy to adapt to after a few tries. I also think it fits well with the style of the movie. I like to belt it out in my car on the way to and from school. It's a pretty well-rounded song. I like it.

The fifth song is "Bring Me Home" by Youngblood Hawke. it starts off like a techno acid trip, but quickly picks up the tempo that transforms it into an interesting song. The verses and the choruses sound so different, but the music really melds them together. I could get into the this song.

The sixth song is "When the Darkness Comes" by Colbie Caillat. With the guitar at the beginning, it reminds me a bit of the New Moon soundtrack. It feels raw and personal. I really like Colbie's voice. It's almost haunting. This is another song that I feel has a real connection with the story. It's a bit slow, but I think it would be good for background music for studying or reading.

The next song is "Strangers" featuring Tove Lo by Seven Lions, Myon & Shane 54. It starts out with a techno beat and moves toward a techno sidestep. This album is really digging techno music. About a minute and a half into the song, you start to hear this lovely almost alto voice. It moves more toward a pop vibe techno mix that I really like, and the message is rather uplifting. I wouldn't qualify it as good background noise, but perhaps a good song to dance to in the car (you know, when you're alone, and don't think anyone's watching).

The next song is "Magnetic" by Jessie J. I will already come out and say that I am completely biased towards Jessie J. I really love her music and this song is no exception. I love singing to this one and jamming out in between classes with it. It goes along great with her style, and I must say that I've probably played this song about fifty times already.

The next song is "Bear" by Pacific Air. This song also reminds me of the New Moon soundtrack, but in a good way. I wouldn't describe it as a fast nor slow song but something in between. It is pretty good to listen to when doing homework. It has a nice melody, but nothing that just slams into your brain over and over again. It's an easy song to listen to.

The next song is "All About Us" featuring Owl City by He is We. I've heard some Owl City that has been ridiculously popular like Fireflies, and this song as a similar vibe to it. It's a pretty easy song to listen to, once you give it a try. It's easy to judge it harshly once it starts, but it builds tension and blends to two vocalists together beautifully. I do sometimes day dream to this song. Don't judge me.

The next song is "Calling from Above" (Edit) by Bassnectar. Guess what guys! It's more techno music. It's really heavy on the bass with whisper-y voices techno music. It's like that for two minutes. Not really much to say about it. It's good club music, but it may not be something for my everyday life.

The next song is "Start a Riot" by Jetta. It almost sounds like an Adele song (can you tell that I'm a top forty music junkie) mixed with a little heavy drumming to add suspense. There's a lot of repetition, but not so much that feels forced. It starts to grow on you. I would probably belt out the song out in my car. The ending kind of sounds like a choir practice, which is a bit different.

The last song is "Strange Days" by Bryan Ellis. More techno music, but slow and mixed with a little Alice in Wonderland. Since I'm kind of in love with Alice, I will give this song a pass on the techno aspect. I feel like this is the theme song for people on weed. It has little hiccup noises put together with music that makes "Strange Days" a little strange.

So, that's the entire soundtrack! It was a little heavy on the techno music for me, but I have to say that I really enjoyed the majority of it. I could use this for everything: studying, car drives, working out. Also, in needs to be said that if you loved the movie, you will probably also love the soundtrack. Feel free to check out your local retailers or digital purchasing site to get the full effect. Also, check out the music videos on YouTube.  They are pretty fantastic.

That's it for this post. I've missed talking to y'all. It's been a busy couple of weeks and of course midterms are coming up, which means posting might get a little ridiculous. I'm trying really hard for you all so please keep visiting for new reviews and new cosplays I'll be doing. Subscribe to the blog by entering your email down below. Leave a comment while you're down there. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button to the right side. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the stuff I'm doing. I love y'all, and I'll see y'all next post.
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Rise of David Levinsky by Abraham Cahan: Book Review (School Edition)!

Hello, everyone! Two posts in one day, things are getting crazy. And in the middle of the week, too! Hopefully I can stay on this ball until midterms are over. I know that week of my life I will want to crawl into a cave and wither away, but I'm trying to keep up with the blog posts. College has been trying to take away all of my time, but I promise I'll make time for y'all. So without further ado, let's start the review.

The Rise of David Levinsky by Abraham Cahan was actually written to be sort of a response to The Rise of Silas Lapham. It has the same concept of making it in America, but this time the main character is a Jewish immigrant from Russia. I really like the style of the writing compared to the other one. It flows better, and I don't find myself getting a headache from just one chapter of complete nonsense on paint. On the downside, I hate the main character. I've never wanted a main character to die alone, unhappy, and penniless before reading this book. So instead of getting a headache, I just got really angry. I guess if literature is supposed to evoke an emotion, then this one succeeds. Since I like writing style and I can tolerate Mr. Levinsky, I'll give this book three and a half stylish coats out of five. No sparknotes required.

So that's it for now. I hope that y'all have gotten something out of this review. Maybe y'all will read it in class, or you'll avoid it for the rest of your lives. Let me know with some comments down below. You can stay plugged in by adding your email address down below for regular updates. You can add me to your circle on Google+ over to the right. You can get ridiculous tweets from me about books, cosplay, and mostly food @KK_Donna_Blog. I love y'all, and I'll see y'all next post!
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The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells: Book Review (School Edition)!

Hello, everyone! I'm back (in the middle of the week) with a book review from my required reading for college. Today I'm reviewing The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells. Let's get to it.

This book did not make a good first impression on me. The writing turns me off, and it doesn't help that the main character sits there are talks about this amazing paint that he's invented that is just a gift from good for a good three pages. It hurt me to get through that part. Thank god it picks up in the next chapter. Once I got into the major plot, it wasn't that bad. It had a little bit of everything: class distinction, forbidden romance, ridiculous business ventures, and a moral to the story. I will leave all of the spoiler-y stuff out, but I have to say that my favorite plot in the story had to be with the Lapham sisters and Mr. Corey. It was so obvious to the reader what was going on but not to the characters, it comes across as both funny and emotional. And for the most part, I could handle the ending better than most of the required reading I've been forced to complete. I'll give it a solid three out of five paint cans. Feel free to skim over the paint descriptive parts, but sparknotes shouldn't be required for this one.

So, I hope you've enjoyed this review. Feel free to check out some of my other stuff posted on the blog. Join in on the conversation down below. Let's stay connected. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog to find out nonsensical details about my everyday life. Follow me on this blog with you're email down below. Add me to your circle on Google+ by clicking the happy button over on the right. I love and miss y'all, and I'll see you next post! 

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

City of Bones Merchandise Jace's Necklace: Cosplay Review!

Hello, everyone! So today I'm reviewing Jace's Necklace from the Mortal Instruments City of Bones the movie that you can find at your local Hot Topic (maybe). At first glace, I really liked this necklace. It's spot on from the movie, and you can tell from the picture on the back of the card that comes with it. I liked the pendent with the angelic rune and how they also added a little design to the back. I also like how they made the strength rune a part of the chain rather than another pendant. Now comes the bad part. Before I even had a chance to wear the necklace, it broke where the strength rune meets the rest of the chain. The link that held it together literally broke into five little pieces. I'll show pictures down below. For a necklace that's originally $14.50, the last thing you want is for it to break. I was determined not to throw it away. I was able to find some materials at Wal Mart to help repair it. That cost me another seven dollars. Luckily, I was able to get the necklace on clearance, but it still shouldn't have broken as easily as it did. I wouldn't recommend anyone buying this at full price. Thankfully, they are on clearance in Hot Topics stores and are not available on the Hot Topic website. I saw that a few were selling them on amazon for fifty bucks, and I find that totally outrageous. Don't fall for that. Just go with out it, or try your hand at making one. Well those are my feelings on the subject. Tell me about yours! If you have this necklace, did you find it up to your standards? Leave some comments down below to let me know. Follow with your email down below for regular updates. Follow the blog with your Google+ account off to the right side, and follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog. See you guys next post!

My Broken Necklace

Where My Necklace Was Broken

Angelic Rune Pendent

Back of Angelic Rune Pendent

Card That Came With Necklace

Back of Card with Jace

What I Used to Fix Necklace

Fixed Necklace! :)

Necklace and Card

Necklace and Card with Flash

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare: Book Review!


Hello, everyone! I know everyone must think that I've checked out completely, but I'm back! I promise that I'm really trying to get posts out on a regular basis, but I just got back to college. So, things will be a little crazy for a little while. College is trying to kick my butt, and today I've had the worst headache. But it was y'all who helped me through it. All I've wanted to do was to get on here and talk to y'all about fun stuff and books and cosplay. So, thank you for making me feel better. Now, let's start with the much awaited book review for Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare!

So, I've said before that historical literature isn't my favorite thing. I pretty much detest the entire genre... or at least I thought I did. If anyone could change my mind, it would be Cassandra Clare, and she has done so. Don't get me wrong. There is still a few things that I don't appreciate, but I realize that they have to be in the book or it wouldn't fit the time period. For one, Tessa is all, "Women shouldn't fight.They don't have the strength for it. Blah blah blah." Okay, so maybe that wasn't an exact quote, but that's the gist of it. It just made me mad, but I get it. That was the mindset of the time, and I think Clare makes up for it with Charlotte, the woman who runs the institute and bosses her husband around. She's such a strong character, and she really breaks the mold for women of this era. Then there's Jessie who seems so tragic. I didn't really appreciate her until the dollhouse scene, and I couldn't stop my heart from breaking for her. Now, I just want her have the life she wants. If what she wants changes from now to Clockwork Princess, I'll be okay with that too.

The boys are also just freaking amazing. We have the appearance of Magnus Bane. I will love him in whatever book (or movie) he is in. He should just show up everywhere (like a boss). Will is an asshole, but an charming asshole. I could have shot him at the end, so he'll have to make it up to me in the next book. I do like how he's a secret bookworm (I AM A BOOK LION! [like if you know that reference]). I'm hoping he'll come to his senses soon about Tessa. Then There's Jem. Jem is always breaking my heart. His story was so tragic, and they better find away to make him well again or I'm going to be ticked. Of course, Clare made me fall in love with a few other characters... and then killed them! I finished this book, and went over to my mom with tears in my eyes asking, "Why did she make me love them if she was going to kill them anyway?" Needless to say, my mother now thinks I'm crazy (-er).

The one reason I think I really like this book is that there are so many parallels to the Mortal Instruments series. There's a girl who finds a hidden world she knows nothing about. Said girl finds out that she has secret powers. Herondale's are assholes. Love triangles. Enemy wants girl for something.  Magnus shows up to help save the day. Girl finds out her dad is not her dad. So on and so on.  I mean there is enough of a plot difference to where I can see these books as two different series. Also, I'm a little biased because I've only read the first book, but I really do like the beginning of this series. It's like steampunk meets shadowhunters meets holy crap twist ending! With all that in mind, I give this book four and a half clockwork angels out of five!

So, read this book if you haven't yet! Also, I'll be reading Clockwork Prince at my earliest convenience (which seems to be three months from now) so read that too! I'll also be starting a new series called Book Review: School Edition where I talk about the books college is forcing me to read. To give you an idea of what's up ahead, my classes include American Literature after the Civil War, Children Literature, and I'm supposed to read a book for my Spanish class. Some fun stuff. Some not so fun stuff. I've got a couple of cosplay reviews coming up including (really? you can't guess?) more Hot Topic City of Bones merchandise. They've seriously taken all of my money. Well, I guess that's it for now. I feel so much better after talking with y'all. So let's keep the conversation going. How did you feel about the book? Are you sick of Shadowhunters? Did you feminist bones quake with anger after reading this? Let me know! Write some comments down below. Get updates to your email by entering it down at the bottom. Look over to the right to follow me on Google+. Follow me on twitter for more updates for the blog and my everyday life @KK_Donna_Blog. I love y'all, and I'll see y'all next post!

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones Movie Review & My Experience (Spoiler-y!)

Hello, everyone! Long time, no see! So, this past Wednesday, I went to see the Mortal Instruments City of Bones movie at my local theater, and OMG the emotions that I went through! I'm going to cover everything. From my feelings about how the theaters handled the rush of Shadowhunters to their doors to what I wore to what I felt about the movie. With all that explained, let's get started. My mania started about the Sunday before the movie came out. I proceeded to call every theater within a seventy mile radius to see if they were doing a midnight premiere. What really ticked me off about  the situation wasn't that the theaters weren't doing a midnight release (well, that part did tick me off, but not as much as this), it was the fact that they had no idea if they were doing a midnight release two days before the movie came out. The theaters that I called took forever to get a hold of, and when I did get hold of them, they had no clue as to what I was talking about. It was like the Hot Topic fiasco all over again. I did manage to snag a ticket for Wednesday at ten, but by then, I was pretty perturbed about the entire situation.  I decided that I was going to cosplay in my Isabelle outfit Wednesday night, since I wouldn't have another chance to do it for the movie anyway. I wore my Hot Topic Isabelle dress in ivory, my Hot Topic snake cuff, my Hot Topic ruby pendent, three silver rings, black over the knee leather boots, and my Jace stele from (you guessed it) Hot Topic. I didn't take any pictures like an idiot, but I have to say that I looked amazing. Now, let's get into what you all have been waiting for, my movie review.

So, I have to admit that I had so many butterflies when the opening credits started to roll. The movie looked so beautiful, and you can really see it in the first few moment of the film. I would love to take you scene by scene of what I felt, but that would be a little ridiculous. So, I'll start off with the bad (yes, some of it was bad) and finish if off with the good. First off, I don't understand why there was so little dialogue in the movie. It felt like a bunch of action sequences squished together with not enough dialogue to explain everything. Some of the more important dialogue went so fast that most of the audience couldn't catch it. The next thing is probably a me thing: Jace's pointing. He would just point for an unnecessary long periods of time for no reason, and once I noticed it, I couldn't stop noticing it. The next this was that darn theme music for the Mortal Cup. Whenever that cup appeared, this ridiculously loud music would overpower the moment, and it ended up looking and sounding ridiculous. Another thing is the portal nonsense. Suddenly, you can just take pieces of portal and make it float around like blubber (90s kid reference). Then you can make your hand float detached from your body and stroke someone's hair (SPOILER!!!). I cannot tell you how much that bothered me. Also, Valentine's hair in the last fight scene bothered me. Why would he grow two tiny braids out of his hair? And why does blowing up a portal make it snow?! One thing that really ticked me off was Clary rune making ability. I can understand it coming to light in the first movie, but why does she suddenly have telekinesis? I will get over it though, I suppose. There were also some acting choices that I didn't particularly agree with (Magnus, I missed you being sassy), but that's neither here nor there. I did enjoy pant-less Magnus though.... Anyway!

For the good things, there's a surprising amount. Jemima West as Isabelle Lightwood killed it, in the best possible way! While she didn't say a lot, she did it well. I was really impressed by her. Also, any whip action she had was amazing. In one scene, she whips it up into the air, and you don't know what she's doing. Then she brings down a chandelier, like the best female Shadowhunter of this generation. On that note, I was very happy with the CGI effects used in the movie. This is the type of movie that could easily be CGI heavy, but this movie spaced it appropriately and made it look believable. I loved the party at Magnus's place. It had one of my favorite lines from the book. I have to say that they added a lot of the witty one-liners from the books (mostly Jace's) into the movie, which made me so happy. Speaking of the book, for the most part, they stayed pretty true to the book. Other than the stuff I mentioned above, the things that they changed from the book still had the spirit of the book. They've also hinted to some stuff for the next movie, which could only make me more excited.

There is still a lot that I would like to say about this movie, but then this blog post would turn into a novel based on the movie that's based on the book (and that's a mouthful). Let me sum it up, this movie will make you feel a variety of emotions if you love the books or have never even heard of Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Some of things that they change will make you mad or laugh, the things they've kept will delight and surprise you, and I can tell you that you will be fully entertained if you go see this movie out in theaters. While I'm limited by my budget and will not be seeing this again until it comes out to DVD (unless I can convince others to take me), I would definitely recommend you seeing this movie and then see it again. You will see things that you didn't before, and it makes me sad that I don't know what I've missed. Just keep an open mind about it, and have fun fellow Shadowhunters. Also if you're wondering how they handled the whole incest thing... I won't be telling you. :)

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hunger Games Merchandise: Replica Mockingjay Pin

Hello, everyone! So today I'm reviewing the Hunger Games Mockingjay Pin. I've had this pin for a while, but I thought I would review it because of the Catching Fire movie that's coming to theaters soon. I'll be reviewing this pin for its overall quality and its resemblance to the pin used in both the Hunger Games and the Hunger Games: Catching Fire. So let's get started!

The replica pin has the same style as the one in the movie. Both pins depict a simple bird with slightly spread wings catching an arrow as it slices through the air with it's overly large beak. They both have the same gold-ish hue, and from what I can tell, they are about the same size. Now let's talk about the differences!

The first difference is that the movie pin is more three dimensional than the replica version. The replica pin is all the same height, while the movie pin is raised in some areas. You can tell from the pictures that the head of the bird is more rounded, the wings come up off of the the circle that surrounds the bird, and the arrow is raised up off the ring.

The second difference is that the movie pin has a hand-crafted quality that gives the piece uniqueness, while the replica has more of a pressed cookie-cutter quality. This is to be expected because the replica piece is being mass-produced. We can't really fault them for that.

The third difference is that the replica pin is much cleaner than that used in the movie. The one used in the movie has the dirt, grime, and tarnish of the 12th district. The replica pin looks like it came off some conveyor belt in the Capital. This could easily be fixed if you have some super glue and brown paint if you want to go the extra mile for your Katniss cosplay.

The last difference that I found was that the pin used in the movie has a safety pin back, while the replica pin is a butterfly/military clutch back. This means that the pin used in the movie slides on to clothing, creating two holes. The replica pin simply attaches to the clothing and creates one hole. I've added pictures to the bottom to further illustrate my meaning.

The replica pin is pretty durable and won't bend under the pressure of my hand. It's good for everyday use by showing off your pride for the movie or if you're killing it in a Katniss cosplay. While it may not be exact it still has the essence of what's known as a mockingjay, and it's close enough to the movie prop for most people not to notice its slight differences.

Catching Fire Mockingjay Pin

Hunger Games Mockingjay Pin

My Mockingjay Pin

Mockingjay Pin compared to my hand

Safety Pin Back used on Pin from Movie

Butterfly Clutch back used on Replica Pin

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Update: Where I've Been and Where I'm Going

Hello, everyone! Sorry I've been so MIA lately. It's been a very busy few days, and I haven't had any time to post. I'm very sorry about that. I'm going to visit my sister in the morning, so I've been trying to pack and getting my affairs together before I go. Because of that, the blog as suffered for it. I'm getting everything together to post while I'm there though. So, I won't be missing for an entire week. If you follow me on twitter (click here to go to my twitter page), you can get up to date information about how regularly I'll blog while on this trip. I'll got a whole suitcase full of just cosplay stuff that I'm planning on showing you all and will be reviewing. I'll also get back to reading. The next series I'm going to start is the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. So original, right? I promise to get off this Shadowhunter kick soon, but the movie is coming out in ten days. I'm going to be cosplaying and going to the midnight premiere. So understandably, I'm excited. I have a few ideas for other series after this one, and think everyone will really like it. Let's read this series together. So start with reading Clockwork Angel, and then we can converse about what we like or didn't like about it. I'm not super into historical fiction, but I figured since I've been loving Cassie's work, this book can get my foot in the door. Also, you may know that I went to Michael's City of Bones event which was so much fun. I'll be posting about that later. Again, I'm really sorry for the delay, but I'll get some content out here on regular basis this coming week. I'll see you guys next post!
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Crazy Cosplay: Adventures into Sewing Part 2 - Clary's Striped Shirt

Club Monaco Elsa Tee Photograph

Club Monaco Elsa Tee Profile Photo

Hello, everyone! So, today I've been working on one of my Clary cosplay pieces. In the City of Bones movie, Clary wears the Club Monaco Elsa Tee which I have pictured above with a screencap from the movie and the stock photo from the Club Monaco website. Sadly, I couldn't get the tee before they were all sold out, but I found a similar shirt at Old Navy. The big differences are that the Old Navy shirt has tighter stripes and longer sleeves. I couldn't do anything about the stripes, but I decided to cut off the sleeves and hem it to make shorter sleeves. This is how I did it and how the shirt turned out. Enjoy!

This is how the shirt looks before. It had 3/4 sleeves before I cut them off.

This is how tight the stripes are. Note that they are a little skinnier than the Club Monaco shirt, but I think they will work fine with my cosplay.

This is me pulling on the sleeve to show the difference between the stripes on the sleeves and the stripes on the body.

I cut off eight and a half inches from the sleeves. Once I did that, I folded the sleeves under once so that I could do a base stitch.

Once I had my base stitch, I flipped it under again and did a hem stitch. When I did both of my sleeves, I decided that I could go a little shorter. I flipped and hemmed the sleeves again, which gave it more a cuff sleeves.

This is how it turned out. I love it! I have to thank my mom again for helping me out. It was her idea to give it the cuff sleeves, and I'm so glad she suggested it. 

This is the sleeve after all of the sewing. I like how the stripes go in a different direction like the Club Monaco shirt. It also made it easier because I didn't have to try to match the stripes!

This is a picture of how my stitches look like on the inside of the shirt. I think it came out pretty well, and now I'm one step closer to my Clary closet.

So, thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed your time here. Come back to see more of my sewing adventures, cosplay shenanigans, and fangirl book reviews. You can stay connected by subscribing to the blog via email address down at the bottom or through your Google+ account off to the side. Get up to date info by following me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog, and I will see you next post!

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