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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