Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Update - A Look Back at 2015



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I here to take a look back at 2015. We done a lot this year, we've read a lot of good books, did a few cosplays, and even graduated college. But there's still a lot ahead of us. More books to read. More classes to take. Hopefully, a few jobs to work. But today has also reminded me a lot of things.

Today, was perhaps one of the worst days I've had. I woke up feeling less than a 100%. I got really homesick, to the point that felt the need to cry fifteen minutes before my shift. I couldn't get anything to go right at work, including getting sick. I messed up and felt utterly useless. But then I came home, got some food, talked to a few friends, and it felt like everything was going to be okay.

So I got to thinking, I've been told that I'm too young, too old, too naive, too smart, too cute, too ugly, too much of a girl, too much of a boy, too trusting, and too careless. And yes, all of those attributes do describe me, and that makes me happy. I'm filled with goodness and craziness, and that's okay. At the end of the day, I've got a place to sleep, food to eat, and friends to love.

So while there have been highlights and low-lights to 2015, let's end it on a high. We've got more books to read, subjects to learn, and events to experience. Here's to 2016 and to all of you lovelies!

That's going to be it for this post. I'll see y'all next year! 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 on you 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!
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Monday, December 28, 2015

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! I know it's been a full week since the last post, but I took an unexpected holiday, and I wasn't able to keep up with the blog. But I promise to be back more this week. Now, Illuminae is not your ordinary book. Instead of traditional storytelling, the story is portrayed through government files that is centered on an attack of a mining planet. But enough about that, let's get onto the review!

So, as I stated in the intro, this story is not told through traditional methods. Instead of a traditional narrative, the book consists of files that have been put together by "unknown" persons (at least at the beginning) to tell of the tragedy that befell a small mining planet when an enemy mining corporation invaded the planet. However, the story does follow two main characters Kady and Ezra, who broke up the morning of the invasion, but as the story progresses, they have to come together to overcome all types of obstacles.

I will admit that this was a difficult book to get into. Between the science fiction elements and the drastically different story telling, I found it a bit difficult to connect with the story. However, the book does have a few things going for it that made me want to continue reading.

First, there's the snarky attitude that hits you in the beginning and continues on throughout the book. On the very first page, the "narrator" says that they marked out all of the swearing because of the wishes for the reader. But they also call out the hypocrisy of keeping it "clean" in the terms of language when the file is all about the mass murder of an entire planet. It made me unbelievably happy, and I had to read more.

I also enjoyed the characters, especially the protagonists. Kady is a sarcastic, short hacker who knows just what she can do and knows when someone is holding something from her, which she doesn't tolerate. Her dialogue is fantastic! Then there's Ezra, he's a bit more clueless, but it doesn't lessens his feelings for his friends or former girlfriend. He's courageous, and he pushes ahead despite the terrible things that happens to him.

Another aspect that really impressed me was the quality of the graphics in the novel. For the most part, we don't really get any descriptions of how things looks or what they seem like to the other characters, so when we do get graphics, they need to be great. And they are! The graphics of the ships alone was enough to stun me speechless.

One concern that I had for a novel is that because everything has been "sanitized" to create the government files, I thought that the novel would like dramatic, emotional elements that would pull my heartstrings and force me to hurl the book across the room (you know, the good stuff). But when terrible things did happen in the novel, I felt it. It hurt, but I cared about what happened to the characters despite the fact that sometimes all I saw of them was a screen name on a IM board.

The one problem I did have with the novel happened close to the end of the novel. Things start to get really strange, and while I found what the authors did to be quite beautiful and out of the box, it wasn't super fun to read. I would go in and out of paying attention, and that's not something you want in a book.

All in all, I'm giving this novel four tablets out of five!


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Monday, December 21, 2015

Cover Clothes #13: Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer

Cover Clothes #13: Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer




Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here with another Cover Clothes! I figured it would only be fair if I did a cover clothes for Life and Death since I already did one for Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. As always, all of the items listed here are under $50 and is inspired by the book cover! Enjoy!

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Update - Things Are Crazy!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to tell you that things are crazy at work. In case you weren't in the know, I work at my local movie theater, and if you've been living under a rock, Star Wars: the Force Awakens has officially hit theaters. That means everyone and their grandmother is at the theater watching the movie. This means I've got a crazy amount of hours and very little me time. Things may be a little sketchy for the next few days, but I'll be putting out new content as soon as possible.

Also, send out some good vibes because I'm hoping for Christmas off. 

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Trailer Reaction



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to react to a movie trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a new movie that features the world of Harry Potter but focused in 1920s New York. It features Newt Scamander, author of the textbook for Care of Magical Creatures, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and his adventures with magical creatures.  But enough about that, let's get onto the trailer!

Like always, I'm going to put the trailer below with my comments under it. Let's get started!


The music is so soft in the beginning. It makes me want to lean in and touch it. 

Spells! I've missed spells! It's so pretty!

Alright, it seems like there's a council and the infamous trunk. 

It's going to be here next here!

They are dressed very interestingly...

I wonder who the lady is... She's got a fancy hat.

The scales look so cool! I wonder how all of the creatures are going to look....

Unfortunately someone didn't do his job. Wonder how many demerits he's going to get.

Just a sneak peak... Like this video!

Well, I'm glad one of them is concerned.

I wonder who is doing the music for the movie. It sounds like something that would be in one of the Harry Potter movies without actually being the theme. Do you know what I'm saying? At least one of you do, I'm sure. 

NOVEMBER?!?!?! ELEVEN MONTHS!?!?!?! 

Well, I feel like crying. I miss this world so much. It's one of the reasons I keep reading so much fanfiction. I honestly can't wait for this to come out, and with the queen J. K. Rowling at the helm, I sure it's going to be a hit. 

That's it for this post! Comment down below with movies you're excited to see next year! 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 on you 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!
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Beyond the Shadowhunters - What We Know Now: Trailer Reaction?



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to analyze Beyond the Shadows - The Making of Shadowhunters, which originally premiered on ABC Family December 6. However, if you are like me and missed it on television, you can still catch up and analyse it for yourself on platforms like Hulu and Youtube. It's available on Hulu without a subscription, and you can "buy" it on YouTube. I use the quotation marks because it costs $0.00, which is literally nothing. Anyway, I'm going to be analyzing the show, and I will try to figure out what we can expect come January. Just so you know, these may be considered spoilers for the show. If you're not into that, then don't read! Also, you can click on each picture to get a bigger version of it.  Now, on to the analyzing!

The first little snippet I caught was the bus featuring "Demonic Murders," which I'm guessing is a case that Luke (who is now a police officer) is working on and the event that brings all of our characters together.



The next screenshot features Jace and Clary on a motorcycle. Perhaps the demonic motorcycle from the first book?



Here's a shot with Clary's necklace (that she's usually seen with, at least in all of the promo pictures), and it's glowing. I'm thinking it has some type of power like Isabelle's necklace.



This is a shot from the Institute. It looks way more high-tech than what most of us may have envisioned, but I find that pretty interesting. There are also more shadowhunters than what was featured in the books.



Here's another picture featuring some of the technology that this adaption of the series is using. I also like it because Isabelle is the one working the machinery. In the books, they seem to be a little technology-illiterate, but I think that this change could lead to more similarities between Isabelle and Simon.



This screen capture features Luke working on one of the "Demonic Murders," which also seems to be a little showy for downworlders trying to keep a low profile.



As we can see from this shot, Clary's mother will be taking a trip to coma-ville, and Luke has found here.



Here's Luke doing something sketchy. Hmmm....



Here's Valentine doing some even more sketchy activity. I'm excited to see some of the stuff we didn't necessarily see in the book, and this just looks super creepy.



So I found this screenshot interesting for two reason, which is circled. The red circle is a poster from the City of Bones movie, and the yellow circle is a shirt with a logo for the first movie. On top of that is five of the six books, which makes me happy. "Why?" you may ask. Because it means that they did a great deal of research, even looking at the movies, for the television series.



Here's another snapshot, and at first I thought it Valentine. But after I checked, I figured out it was Robert, Isabelle's dad, which in itself is interesting considering the relationship in the book.



From this screen capture, you can see that the steeles look the same as the first movie. At the very least, one of them looks like Jace's from the movie adaptation.



The next two shots made me so happy when I realized what was happening. There's going to be an Alice in Wonderland party in the show, and Isabelle and Simon are going. It also looks like Simon is meeting Isabelle's dad, and I'm dying to find out what happens!




Well, that's all I caught from the documentary, but comment down below with some of the things that you picked up that can shed some insight to the show. I have to say that I'm even more excited for this show! 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 on you 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!
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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Cover Clothes #12: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Cover Clothes #12: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo




Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to do a quick Cover Clothes! This time it's Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and like all of my other cover clothes, every item on this list is under $50! Sorry about the lateness of this post! I worked closing tonight, and it threw me off my game. I'll see you sooner on Monday!

That's it for this post! Comment down below with suggestions for upcoming Cover Clothes! 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 on you 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!
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Update - Exams Are Over!



Hello, everyone! Just doing a quick update before I crash! My exams are over! The holidays have begun, which means now I get to go to work more! Wait... I didn't think this through. Anyway, I'm hoping to a lot more reading done now that I don't have any upcoming assignments to worry about. I'll let you know how it goes!

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins - Book Review: School Edition!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins. This is one of the novels that I'm reading for my America in Revolt literature class. It contains a motley crew of characters that find themselves in philosophic debate and in possession of a rather important spiritual "artifact." But enough about that. Let's get onto the review.

Guys, when I began reading this novel, I was really enjoying it. From the very beginning you get an idea of how the book is going to go. You have characters with ridiculous but very interesting background and points of view. The sequence of events is not told through a linear order, and the main plot of the story was often interrupted with philosophic debate that didn't ever end in a winner. But if you think about it, that's usually how philosophic debates typically end up.

But back to the point, I was really enjoying the novel. The symbolism was crazy yet still made sense with a little bit of humor. I was even interested in each little debate that they had. I felt like each one was important in its own way, and it made me think about aspects of my life differently. Sure, it may have been a little weird, but I was still ready to give this book four out of five for a rating.

But then I read the ending.

Everything was going so well, and most of it made sense. Then the ending happened. It just sucked all the life out of me, and maybe that's what supposed to happen. But I can honestly say that the ending was not at all satisfying for me. The way things went down for the last fifty or so pages was just not at all inspiring as the other parts of the novel. Again, maybe it's another nod to dying religions, but that doesn't make me want to read it again!

What does make me want to read this book again is the characters! They're all so different and interesting and weird, and I love them each for different reasons. Amanda goes against many gender sterotypes that ran rampant in the seventies (and now). John Paul is so centered and zen but still a man of action. Marx Marvelous went against everything he knew, twice, and is still searching for the truth. Plucky is like a giant teddy bear who believes in justice and women, and he's not apologetic about either. All of these people come together, and they live, love, and deal with some very strange situations. But I wouldn't be mad reading more about them.

So with everything said and done, I'm giving this book three and a half morel mushrooms out of five.


 That's all for this review! Comment down below with books with endings you found dissatisfying. 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 on you 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!
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Friday, December 4, 2015

Get the Look! - Bella's Tan Coat



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to help you get the look! Basically, this segment on the blog is about achieving the look that we've seen on the big screen. It's not necessarily the whole look, but a post may contain one or two key pieces that will help you achieve that look. For this post, I'm doing Bella's tan coat that can be seen in both Twilight and New Moon. So, let's get started!

Now, I've been looking for a similar jacket since the first movie came out in theaters. I found one on Cosplaysky.com, but I never actually bought it. As you can see, they copy it straight from the movie, which is great for accuracy, but it comes at a price. It's $96 and it take about a month to make, plus two weeks for processing and shipping. It looks like a great quality jacket, but there's a lot of concern, at least on my end, about measurements and how the end product will actually fit.



Then I bought another jacket from an Asian website, and I ended up not wearing the jacket. I think that I wore it once, but it ended up being so small and really uncomfortable. The arms were short, and it felt really tight. It also had a bunch of zippers on it that I didn't quite like, but the fit was the main issue. And that's after I bought a size up than what I normally do. I don't see the jacket that I bought on their website, but I would just like to warn everyone when buying from other countries online. But if you do, make sure to check the reviews! You may change your mind about the size or color.

Now, let's talk about one I would recommend. I found this completely by accident. I was waiting for my sister at the mall, and I decided to browse around in Forever 21. So, I was just looking around, and I found this. Yes, the faux fur is detachable, which I'm grateful for, and it's $32.90. For a jacket this big, that's not too bad. And I think it's pretty comparable to the jacket that Bella wears. Here's a couple of pictures with me in the jacket!




It's a little shorter than Bella's, but for less than $35, I'll take it. By "take" I mean "buy," but you understand what I'm saying! It's also a little longer on me than it is the model because I'm a bit shorter, and I bought a medium. Hope this helps!

So there you have it folks, a recommendation for your Bella wardrobe. Comment down below with other pieces of clothes that you would like to see.  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 on you 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!
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December To Be Read - List!

December To Be Read - List!




Hello, everyone! I'm back, and it's that time of the month. Yes, it's time to decide what we'll (and by "we'll" I mean me) will read this month! Now, Last month didn't go so well, at least when it came to finishing up the TBR list. But I have a good feeling for this month! There's a lot of good things happening! So, let's get started!

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Now, a few of these will be repeats of last month's TBR list, but I'm determined to finish them, which is why I have Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff on this list. It was last month's book of the month for Booksplosion. It's gotten a lot of good feedback from some of my favorite Booktubers. So, I'll be working on this book this month.

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

This next book is this month's book of the month for Booksplosion, and I'm very excited. It's Winter by Marissa Meyer, and it's the fourth book in the Lunar Chronicles. I'm excited and scared and emotionally traumatized, but I will get it done this month!

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

This is the last "for fun" book for the month. It's the second book of the Throne of Glass series, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I read Throne of Glass, and I loved it but didn't get to finish the series.  I'm hoping that I'll be able to continue on with the series this month!

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

I'm currently reading The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe for one of my classes, but I need to finish it. As soon as I do, you'll be hearing me say a whole lot about it. So far, it's not my favorite, but maybe that'll change.

Another Roadside Attraction

Another book I'm reading for class is Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins, which I'm enjoying, but I'm also going to write a paper on it later this month. Usually that means when everything is said and done, I'll be tired of this book. But we'll see!

That's it for this month's TBR list! Comment down below with books you're planning to read this month! 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 on you 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!
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