Showing posts from May, 2014

Bitter-Sweet Stories Designs Headband - Product Review!

Hello, everyone! I'm back, and today I'm reviewing two fandom related items. They come from two different fandoms, but they are technically the same item. If you follow me on twitter, which you can find at this link, you will know that I'm talking about the fandom headbands created by Bitter-Sweet Stories Designs. But enough about that. Let's get onto the review!

I bought two headbands from Bitter-Sweet Stories Designs on etsy. You can find their shop at this link. I bought the Divergent related headband that is designed with all of the faction symbols in their respective colors. I also bought the Vampire Academy related headband that has all of the dhampir marks as well as all of the elemental symbols for the Moroi including the spirit symbol. Each of them were eighteen dollars and came in the "bow" style.

I have to say that I really like these headbands for different reasons.  Let's start off with the Vampire Academy version. This one is thinner but a …

How to Be a Heroine - A New Series!

Hello, everyone! I'm back, and today I have decided that I was going to start a new series on this blog called "How to Be a Heroine." It seems that lately there has been a rise of young adult literary heroines that have inspired our everyday lives. There are certain attributes that we can take from characters and apply them in everyday lives. I look to Katniss from The Hunger Games as an inspiration to take care and fight for my loved ones. I look to Tris from Divergent as inspiration to stand up for people who can't stand up for themselves. These are just a few examples as to how literary heroines inspire me.

However, this series isn't about my everyday life. I want to learn some of the skills that literary heroines have that I may not use in my day to day but will encourage me in bettering my health in a fun and interesting way. This can be any type of skill. It could be anything from archery from The Hunger Games to Bella's amazing cooking from Twilight. …

Divergent: the Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan: Book Review!

Hello, everyone! I'm back with another book review. This time, I'm reviewing Divergent: Official Movie Companion by Kate Egan. This, like other movie companions I've reviewed, is a book about the making of a movie. In this case, that movie is Divergent. But enough about that, let's get onto the review!

Divergent: Official Movie Companion takes a closer look into the making of the movie Divergent. The book starts at the very beginning, before author of Divergent Veronica Roth even had her book published. It goes through publication, getting film rights, getting the movie off the ground, and all of the processes that it took to make the movie. From scouting locations in Chicago to having costumes made in bulk in Europe, this book has an in-depth look at the entire film making process. Let's see how well this book covers that, shall we?

First off, I was incredibly impressed with the ease that I read this book. It really played out like a story. It told of the story…

Vampire Academy: the Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Brandon T. Snider: Book Review!

Hello, everyone! I'm back with another book review! This time I'm reviewing Vampire Academy:The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Brandon T. Snider. This is a full comprehensive look at the making of the Vampire Academy movie. But enough about that, let's get onto the review!

I would usually start this review with a decent summary about the book. There isn't a lot to say about this one considering it isn't really a story. This is a book about how the Vampire Academy movie was made. The books touches on the actors, setting, costumes, and the physical training that went into making the movie. It also features full-color, relatively good sized pictures of the movie and what went on behind the scenes. These particular books are interesting to those interested in film making or into cosplaying and hoping to get some decent reference pictures. They're also nice for the die-hard fans of the movies.

Let's start with the positive. I'm impressed with the f…

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Book Review!

Hello, everyone! I'm back with another book review. This time I'm reviewing The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I'm a little bit late to the game as it seems to me that everyone who is into books have reviewed this book. However, I tend to read books that have more fantastic elements, which means that I have shied away from this book. But I'm glad I've finally given this book a chance. But enough about that, let's get on to the review!

The Fault in Our Stars is about a girl named Hazel. She has thyroid cancer that has spread to lungs which makes it difficult for her to breathe. Her mother, concerned that Hazel isn't living life to the fullest, makes her daughter go to a cancer support group where she meets Augustus. From there, Hazel starts on a journey of love, loss, happiness, and disappointment. This book will make you feel all of these things and more.

First off, let me just say that yes, despite the fact that this is a story about a girl with cancer,…

Dawn by Octavia Butler: Book Review (School Edition)!

Hello, everyone! I'm back with another book review. This time I'm reviewing Dawn by Octavia Butler. This book, as well as being one of my books for my Popular Genre Class, is the first of the Xenogenesis Series. It has been nominated for science fiction related rewards and has had much acclaim throughout the science fiction community. But enough about that, let's get on with the review!

Dawn tells the story of Lilith, a woman that has survived a world wide nuclear world thanks to the help of an alien race called the Oankali. Lilith is one of many people that the Oankali have taken in hopes that they could help repopulate the Earth. The Oankali have a request for the assistance. They wish to mix their genetic material with humans in order to create a better version of themselves and they want Lilith's help. Will Lilith help the Oankali with their mission? Or will she be forced to stay on the Oankali ship for the rest of her life? Only time will tell!

Actually, I can tel…

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons: Book Review (School Edition)!

I'm back with another book review! This time I'm reviewing Watchmen by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons. This happens to be one of my school books. This one in particular is from my Children's Lit class. Now we did talk about how this book isn't tended toward children, but was quite popular with high school students, and I can see why. But enough about that, let's get on with the review!

Watchmen is a graphic novel created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. It tells the story of of a group of masked avengers in a time when being a super hero ends up with humiliation at best and jailed at worst. However, these once masked superheros are being killed off. So Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Ozymandias, and Doctor Manhattan have to try to stop the murder while delving into a conspiracy that is so much bigger than just five costume superheros.

Watchmen is interesting in that these aren't the regular superheros we've come to love. Besides Doctor Manhattan…

Divergent: Movie Review! Young Adult Movies Fight Back! (Spoilers Marked!)

Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm ready to review! Today, I am doing the long awaited Divergent movie review. I'll do my best to keep things spoiler-free, and I will not be spoiling the ending what-so-ever. Still, I may throw a detail in here and there about how the movie compares to the book, which may spoil the movie a bit. However, that's what we're here for. We read it together, and so comparing will be a big part of this review. My overall impression of the movie will be unbiased for those who haven't read the book. So there's something for everyone. With all that said, let's get onto the review!

Divergent is based on the best selling novel with the same name by Veronica Roth. The movie tells the story of Beatrice "Tris" Prior who lives in a dystopian future society in Chicago. On her sixteenth birthday, she has to choose what faction she belongs with. When she takes the test that will tell her where she belongs, it tell her that she is …