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Booktubeathon 2015 - Reading Challenge

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, but I have to make this quick. I'm still in the midst of moving and shaking, but I wanted to share a video that explains the reading challenge known as BookTube-a-thon! Down below is a quick explanation of the event and the challenges that are happening. I'm not sure if I'll be joining in on the fun yet, but as soon as I know, you'll know! Let's get onto the videos!


That's all for this post! I'm sorry it's so short, but I promise to be back soon with new content!  Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button off to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!

Update - Lot's of stuff going on!

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to give a little update about what's going on and what to expect from the blog. This is going to be my only upload today, but I have a brilliant excuse: I'm moving! Or really, I'm in the process of moving. So for the past five days I've been driving 20-30 hours, and it looks like I'll be driving some more in the up coming week. Blog posts may be a little sporadic, but I'll make sure that I'm posting something on scheduled.

Now, I'm hoping that I'll be finishing up what I'm reading now as well as going to see the Paper Towns movie before the week is over. I'm also hoping to get some audiobooks for the road, and I should be able to get something done that way. Lastly, I probably won't be doing a To Be Read list for the next month considering that I didn't get through my list the month. I'm hoping for a lot of reading time next month. So keep watch!

That's all I have for this upda…

Twilight Storytellers: Short Movie Reviews Series - Part 7 "We've Met Before"

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Hello, everyone! I'm back and I'm her to review "We've Met Before," a short film in the Twilight Storytellers Competition. This is the last short film I'll be reviewing, but don't forget to vote for your favorite! Voting ends soon, so hurry up and get your vote in. The is the last of my reviews. Feel free to go back and read my reviews. But enough about that. Let's get onto the review!



"We've Met Before" is a short film about the moment where Alice and Jasper meet the first time in a diner. This short film was directed by Yulin Kuang.

The beginning montage reminds me of a trailer rather than a short film. The first song that plays after the montage comes off a little strong. It feels like it drowns out the movement from the film. I'll give props for the sexy slow-mo, though. Alice is so snarky and cute. It's unbelievable. She's coming on pretty strong, though. I'm liking the banter that the two of them have. Their lines …

Twilight Storytellers: Short Movie Reviews Series - Part 6 "The Mary Alice Brandon File"

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review "The Mary Alice Brandon File," one of the short film submission for the Twilight Storytellers competition. This is this sixth short film I've reviewed. So make sure you check out my other reviews. Also, don't forget to vote for your favorite short film! The voting ends soon! But enough about that, let's get onto the review!



"The Mary Alice Brandon File" is directed by Kailey and Samantha Spear. Of course, it features Alice Cullen before she became a vampire. The short film explores Alice's dark past at the mental institution.

See, now this is the kind of place I expected Alice to be in, a dark dreary scary hell of a "hospital." You know, it's always worse when the medical professionals think they're helping when they're actually hurting. Again, I'm not big on flashbacks, and it also makes me kind of want Alice to get shocked so I can get the full story. That probabl…

Mockingjay Part 2 Official Trailer Reaction!

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to react to the official trailer for the final Hunger Games movie: Mockingjay Part 2. I was very excited when I received the news that the new trailer was coming out this week. I'm going to do this like my other reaction post, with one sentence at a time. Just follow along with the video. But enough about that. Let's get onto the review...er reaction.



I will admit that the first couple of lines Snow has are a little corny.

I love seeing how tortured Katniss looks. Does that make me a bad person?

I'm having high hopes for the sadistic minefield traps. I'm sure there's pulling all the stops, effects-wise, for this last movie.

The music, as usual, is giving me goosebumps. Sometimes, I just like to run/walk to this music. Makes me feel sort of like a hero for two and a half minutes.

I'm glad Peeta gets a speech in this trailer. I mean, he's the one that inspires Katniss the most, except Prim.

I saw the campaign p…

Twilight Storytellers: Short Movie Reviews Series - Part 5 "Masque"

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review "Masque," one of the many short films that are a part of the Twilight Storytellers competition. Don't forget to go out and vote once you've watched all the videos. These creators need your support! But enough about that. Let's get onto the review!



"Masque" is a short film directed by Cate Carson. It delves into Esme's life as a newborn vampire and the struggles that she faces, from blood-lust to her human past.

The opening is quite unexpected. It definitely sets a dramatic tone for the rest of the film. The woman who is playing Esme is so striking. Her voice alone is so unexpected, but it matches the feel of the film. I find it strange seeing another Carlisle after seeing someone else play him in "Turncoats." Maybe it's because I saw the films close enough to each other where I'm comparing the two. The Carlisle from "Turncoats" is more business mixed with humor wh…

Twilight Storytellers: Short Movie Reviews Series - Part 4 "Sunrise"

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to continue the Twilight Storytellers Review Series, and today I'm reviewing "Sunrise." Only three more after this one. I'm feeling a little said it's about to come to an end. But enough about that, let's get onto the review!



"Sunrise" is directed by Amanda Tasse, and it is a short film about the lives of Tia and Benjamin before they became vampires. Viewers see how Tia and Benjamin met, how they grew up, how they were forced apart, and how they came back together.

I will preface this by saying that this is one of the top two videos I've been excited for. I loved Benjamin in the books/movie, so I was ready for this. Awe, Benjamin and Tia! They are so cute! Flashbacks are a tricky thing. In this case, I think it worked. I love how Benjamin went up against a vampire, and he didn't immediately die. I'm even impressed by the sparkle effects. Tia touches my soul. Tia is the best, and her devotio…

Fandom (Mortal Instruments, Percy Jackson, Hunger Games, Divergent, and Harry Potter) Necklace: Merchandise Review!

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to do another merchandise review. This time I'll be reviewing my Fandom Necklace that I bought from Amazon. I bought this a while ago, but I will go into more detail on that later. But enough about that, let's get onto the review!



The Fandom Necklace is called such because rather than just displaying your enthusiasm for one particular book series, it contains the symbols of five book series. You have the trident at the top for the Percy Jackson series. The mockingjay to the left is from the Hunger Games series. The flame on the right is from the Divergent Series. The angelic rune on the bottom is from the Mortal Instruments series. Last but not least, the deathly hollows in the center of the necklace is that of the Harry Potter series.

The necklace come in both gold and silver, and I chose the silver one for personal reasons. Aesthetically, I enjoy silver jewelry over gold, but I admit there are merits to both. The necklace com…

Twilight Storytellers: Short Movie Reviews Series - Part 3: "Consumed"

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here with Part 3 of my Twilight Storytellers Short Movie Reviews Series. Today I will be reviewing "Consumed." Let's get onto the review!

"Consumed" is a short film about Jane and Alec of the Voltori before they became vampires. This short film was directed by Maja Fernqvist.



I like the sweet serenity that the opening provides followed by the complete creepiness that follows once Aro arrives. I have to give props to the guy that plays him. Not so sure about the kid actors, but I will cut them some slack. The older versions are much better. I really like the girl who plays Jane. Someone also did a really nice job on the costumes. This short film really makes me feel bad for the twins. So for this film is the one that makes me feel the most. The effects were an interesting choice. I kind of wish I got to see more of the carnage that Jane and Aro caused. I have to say that I'm very impressed. It takes a real artist …

Fifty Shades of Grey Nail Polish by OPI: Merchandise Review!

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review the Fifty Shades of Grey nail polish that was produced by OPI. The collection has six different colors. I was able to purchase three of those colors. I have Dark Side of the Mood, Romantically Involved, and Shine for Me. But enough about that. Let's get onto the review!


Dark Side of the Mood is a dark grey, almost black color. But since it's not black, it doesn't seem as intense as a black color would be. It's more elegant. Not to mention, I think that it goes well with the book color, and, dare I say it, the mood.


Romantically Involved is a deep almost burgundy red color. I'm not usually a red sort of gal, but it's been a nice toe nail color this past week. It's a sort of color that pops but also goes with everything.


Shine for Me, I think, is meant to be a topcoat to the other colors to give it a little sparkle. However, I've been using it on my ring finger on both hands. It took a few coats, bu…

Twilight Storytellers: Short Movie Reviews Series - Part 2 "Turncoats"

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here wit Part 2 of the Twilight Storytellers Short Movie Reviews Series. Today I'll be reviewing "Turncoats" by Lindsey Hancock Williamson. But enough about that, let's get onto the review!

"Turncoats" focuses on Garrett, a newly turned vampire during the American Revolutionary War. He meets Dr. Cullen in a medical tent, and our story develops from there.



I like how they incorporated Garrett's voice-over. It's reminiscent of the Twilight Movies without it being too obvious. The dialogue and the action don't seem to go hand in hand. They would stop the action to start talking, which seemed to be a little weird for the tense situation they were in. I also felt like everything happened in the tent. I thought a little break from that would do the movie good. Like the captains talking to each other outside or something. I do enjoy the humor in this. Humor plus intense situations equal a very happy viewer, in m…

Twilight Storytellers: Short Movie Reviews Series - Part 1: The Groundskeeper

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to start a new week-long series that feature's the new Twilight Storytellers Short movies. Every day this week, I'm going to dissect each short movie, and at the end of the week, we can all vote for our favorite by August 3rd. Let's jump into the first one!



Our first video is "The Groundskeeper" by Nicole Eckenroad. It is described as a closer look to the life of Alice Cullen before she became a vampire, but I think that it shows a closer look to Alice's vampire friend and the groundskeeper of the asylum, Kunbo (that's probably misspelled), and to be honest, I found that refreshing.

I have to say, overall, I really enjoyed this short film. I think that the music was a daring choice. The opening music reminded me of an old western, and the song they picked for Kunbo's death was reminiscent of the era. I think the actors did a pretty good job, although the actress playing Victoria was a little strange. The e…

Update - Why I can't type

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This is going to be short guys. In addition to my mother going to the hospital, I got stung by a wasp, and my hand looks like a small baseball. So while I'm consonantly dunking my hand in Epson salt water and taking benadryl like candy, I'll be out of commission. I promise to check back soon.

That's it for this post! I promise to be back soon! Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for ridiculousness about my life and up to date information about the blog. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!

Mockingjay Pins - Merchandise Review

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review the promotional pins for the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1 movies. These pins were not featured in the movies themselves, but were sold as merchandise that matched the movie posters. I've done a review for the first pin that is featured in the first movie, but I will also mention it here and how it compares to the other pins. But enough about that, let's get onto the review (and pictures)!












Design-wise, they are very close to the posters, and while I really enjoyed the design for the Mockingjay Part 1 pin, I found the some design aspects of the Catching Fire pin, for a lack of a better word, strange. First, while the pin matches the poster, the poster and the pin do not match the book cover.



As you can see, the pin is facing the wrong direction. The movie producers may have done so that the mockingjay would transition from one form to the other easier, but I just find it irksome.

Another design a…

Cover Clothes #6 - City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Cover Clothes #6 - City of Bones by Cassandra Clare by alexandramathews featuring a locking bag
EShakti below knee dress
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Madden Girl strap sandals
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Locking bag
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Caipora Jewellery rubber ring
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Bohemian necklace
modcloth.



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and this is another edition of Cover Clothes. This time I'm featuring The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. As per usual, all items in this set are under $50. Each one is inspired by some aspect of the cover, except the necklace. That is inspired by the weapons used in the book. Enjoy!

That's it for this post. Comment down below with other covers you would like to see. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for ridiculousness about my life and up to date information about the blog. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can fi…

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer - Book Review!

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer. This is the prequel to last month's Booksplosion book of the month, which is Off the Page. This story is about Delilah, an social outcast at her school, who becomes quite attached to a fairy tale. Only its not an ordinary fairy tale. The characters are very much alive, and one is fed up with his scripted life. What happens when the prince wants a life out of the book? Let's find out! Onto the review!

I'll start with saying that the cover is a little misleading. The cover feels likes its more toward an older young adult vibe, but I would say that this book is more for 13-16 age group. That's not to say that I couldn't engage with the book. I could connect with the characters and their actions, but it wasn't as complex as some of the other books that I've read.

This book is a little cheesy, but I happen to love a cheesy book. There's someth…

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen - Book Review!

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. This is the second book of The Queen of the Tearling series. This stories continues with Kelsea's reign over the Tearling as well as the impending invasion of the Red Queen, not to mention Queen Kelsea is having reoccurring visions of Lily, a woman from the before the Crossing. But enough about that. Let's get onto the review!

Let me say this, I was quite worried when I found out that a big chunk of the novel was going to be spent somewhere other than the Tearling Kingdom. I was very much against taking the focus away from Kelsea and how being queen was effecting her. I was shocked by how quickly I found myself invested in Lily. I felt for her. She made me feel sick with worry, and I felt like I was connecting with her as Kelsea was. I started to invest a lot in her, and I was fulfilling when I felt like I got the full picture of Lily's experience. I felt like I got he…

To Be Read - July 2015: List!

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Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to tell you what I'll be reading this month as well as a review that should be coming up soon. There aren't many books on the list because I will be moving later this month, but let's see how far we can go! Enough about that let's get onto the list!


I first have to mention The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. If you follow me on twitter, you'll know that I finished reading this book last month. I just wanted to mention it here because the review should be coming up really soon and be on the look out for it!


Up next is a two-fer. It's Between the Lines and Off the Page by Samantha van Leer and Jodi Picoult. Off the Page was actually last month's Booksplosion Book of the Month, but I read this month's book of the month last month, so I'm going to be doing a little switcharoo.


My next pick is The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd. It's a take on The Island of Dr. Moreau, which I read fo…