HAPPY HALLOWEEN BUZZNET! It feels like just yesterday I was posting September's blog. In the past month I have been actively involved with school. I'm 17 out of 20 pages done my first draft of my essay (though I have a feeling it will be more than 20 pages; also the essay is on turning a novel into a film... seems appropriate right?) I went to my very first drag show too for a school project on drag culture. It was a lot of fun and they are such divas haha. I also went to Halloween Haunt which has all these mazes you can go through and people scare you, but the lines to get in were 2 hours long so we didn't do any, we just rode the rides (it's at an amusement park!) BUT yes that has been my month. I'm cutting it kinda short because this blog is super long.
Before I get to it I want to post this photo.
I don't know why I never thought to use my calender for the thumbnail of this blog. Derp ha. So I wanted to show you guys it, I'll probably do it every month from now on! OK BLOG TIME!
The Pledge by: Kimberly Derting: The first book in the trilogy. For a first book it wasn’t bad, but it just lacked a little bit. Charlie is a normal teenager, or well she tries to act normal, but she knows that her parents are hiding something from her. Lo and behold she has special gifts, she has the ability to understand languages, which gets her into trouble in their class system. After finding out about this gift, she finds out she has it because she is a royal, and she could potentially be the next Queen. Only catch, the Queen is not a nice person. She has to fight for what she believes, and hopefully she can preserver. The plotline was well set up, and the way the author ended it made the reader ready to read the second novel right away. As much as the first part of the novel wasn’t that great, the second part picked up and was better. The main character lacked substance so it was hard to read at times. Overall, it was an okay opening novel to the trilogy.
The Gathering by: Kelley Armstrong: The first book in her Darkness Rising trilogy. The novel takes a while to get into, but once you get into it, it becomes really interesting. It’s a mystery novel almost with Maya, the main character who doesn’t know about her background until a strange guy named Rafe comes to their small island of Salmon Creek to let her know she’s a skin-walker. Not only is that going on but also Maya and her best friend Daniel are trying to find out why their friend Serena died. It’s an intense novel, and as much as there were many plot lines going on, it was easy to figure out what was going on. The only thing that wasn’t done well was the ending. It could have been written better, the novel just kind of ended. It’s in the middle of a plotline and the novel just ends forcing the reader, if they want to read on, to read the next book. Not really that great, but overall it’s worth the read.
The Book Thief by: Markus Zusak: It’s Nazi Germany, between 1939 to 1944, the story of a young girl named Liesel who has been sent to live with foster parents, and her younger brother has died. At first she doesn’t know how to read, but her papa teaches her every night in the basement, and from there starts her addiction to stealing books, but not just any books, books that were supposed to be burned. On top of this plotline is another; her parents are hiding a Jew in their basement. The story is well crafted and put together. There is a narrator telling the story of Liesel’s life, but the reader gets hints every so often about who the narrator is, near the end the reader can have an opinion, but the author never tells. That narrator puts the whole story into perspective and gives the story what it needs to be a great novel. As much as the subject matter is a pretty grey subject, it still turned out to be a really good novel. Don’t let the beginning turn you off because it can be a bit dry, get past it and read a great novel.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by: J.K Rowling: The fourth book in the Harry Potter series. It’s Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts, and it’s very different from any year before. To start things off, the Quidditch World Cup is in town, where Harry, Ron and Hermione attend, and the Dark Mark appears. This sets the plotline up for Voldemort’s return. On top of this plotline the Triwizdard Tournament is hosted at Hogwarts. Harry is expected to compete even though he isn’t of age. There is so much going on that it can get to be a bit much to read, but it is a very good read. It’s entertaining, and new themes are introduced to enhance the novel; it gives it an older feel, and the reader can tell that the main characters are getting older. The tone is set up perfectly in this novel for the next novel because now the reader knows what’s to come and can expect even greater things to come.
The Essence by: Kimberly Derting: The second book in the Pledge trilogy. We continue where we left off, Charlie has just become Queen and she has implemented new rules so everyone in the kingdom is equal. Though there are people who just don’t like these new rules and guidelines so they attack her. She has to flee to protect herself. Meanwhile she’s living in turmoil because inside her the past Queen hasn’t completely died; her essence is still present making her do things she wouldn’t normally do. It’s a very fast paced novel that right from page one has you reading. The plotline can be a bit dull and boring at times, but it is still a pretty interesting and entertaining read. Overall, the second novel was good, not any better than the first, and it is set up so that the reader is ready for the final novel.
Frostbite by: Richelle Mead: The second novel in the Vampire Academy series. Like most novels, this novel picks up where the first left off. Our main character Rose is still training to become a guardian, and in this novel her skills are put to the test. When she gets abducted by the Strigoi, non-living vampires, she has to fight her way with a few others who have been abducted as well from her school. Meanwhile there is a romantic plotline between Rose and many boys that makes the novel even more interesting; it’s like gossip how entertaining it can be. The whole novel as a whole was well thought out, even though the main character was somewhat annoying and whiny throughout this novel. The reader still craves more as the end leaves it open for more drama to continue.
The Offering by: Kimberly Derting: The third and final book in the Pledge trilogy. To end off this series Charlie has decided to take it upon herself to fight the good fight once and for all. She takes two of her soldiers with her, her best friend Brooke, and Eden. The three of them run into some trouble, but it’s all about what happens in the end that matters. A good Queen, or so the reader was told to think- Queen Elena is actually pretty evil; Charlie must fight her and Sabara’s Essence inside of her to win the war. It’s all up to her. The novel’s plotline was very intense at times and the author would jump between points of view to keep the reader guessing what was going to happen. But overall, it was a good ending, everything was filled in and the reader was left satisfied with how the war went down. If you like power-hungry, action novels this trilogy is full if it.
Where She Went by: Gayle Forman: The second chapter to If I Stay where we’re taken three years into the future, and seen through the eyes of Adam Wilde, the main character, Mia Hall’s, boyfriend. Things have definitely changed in three years, and the story is written so well. The author just pulls at the reader’s heartstrings as the novel goes on. The novel is all about closure, and being able to find that closure to be able to move on, not just from a relationship, but also from anything in life. The plotline was well written and executed, and the characters felt believable. It was genuinely a cute novel though the ending was a tad predictable; for the most part the reader wouldn’t have been able to figure out how it would truly end. Overall, if you read the first part, definitely read the second.
Cress by: Marissa Meyer: The third book in the Lunar Chronicles. It seems that we meet a new character with a different fairy tale attached in each book; in this novel it’s Cress who is like Rapunzel. She’s the third girl involved in the story; who fits in just nicely. She’s been stuck on a satellite for seven years and works for the Queen, Queen Levana. Queen Levana plans to attack Earth and it’s up to all three girls, Cress, Scarlet and Cinder to stop her. But obviously the Queen steps in and all three of them get separated. It’s a very long novel, but it was long for a reason; everything had to be set up just right so that the story could unfold. Once the story unfolded it was actually a pretty good story. The reader could put two and two together for some things, and it was a great novel to watch the characters grow. The cute romantic subplots the author added in for dramatic effect really played well into the whole plot. The novel gets a little tedious through the middle, but once you reach the end you crave to find out what will happen, and if their plan to overthrow Queen Levana will work.
Shadow Kiss by: Richelle Mead: The third novel in the Vampire Academy series. This novel takes turns no one sees coming. The novel starts off real slow and it’s almost as if it’s all filler and set up for what is to come. It’s a little tedious and boring to get through, but once you get past it and to the meat and potatoes of this novel it is all worth it. There has been a Strigoi attack at the school that sends everyone into a panic, and shit gets real. A budding romance between Rose and her teacher/mentor Dimitri continues to grow, but soon crashes causing heartache on the readers because the love story between the two isn’t as creepy as it sounds. Rose learns a lot about herself in this novel and she grows as a character; Mead really pushes character development throughout these novels, which makes each novel better than the one before. The plotlines generally stay the same, but still are entertaining. Overall, the reader just can’t wait to read what’s in store next for Rose Hathaway.
Carrie: A novel comes to life in the film Carrie. Carrie, a high schooler, who gets her first period in gym class and all the popular girls make fun of her. The popular girls try to retaliate, but they don’t know the powers that Carrie possesses, nor does Carrie herself. As the film goes on the viewer learns of her powers, and how they get stronger throughout the film, until the main scene at prom where she unleashes her wrath. It’s an entertaining film that sticks true to the book. This is the second adaptation for this novel, and it does well to the book. Some things have been changed, but the story stays the same. The plotline is pretty engaging, and it’s not boring. It may not be a go-to movie if you’re looking for a scary movie. The film isn’t scary, it has its moments where it’s got a thrill, but otherwise it’s high school drama that can be fun to watch.
The Conjuring: When a family moves into their new house in the country, they find out the hard way that their house is haunted. A witch killed her children, and then hanged herself all for Satan. Now she haunts her property; not letting anyone close to it because if they do, they die. It’s a pretty scary film in the sense of paranormal activity. They get right down to the families in the story being real life families, though the odds of all that happened in the film happening in real life are probably very slim. It’s a very engaging film, locking in its viewer close to the beginning, but sucking them right into the middle, and the climatic points. If scary movies aren’t for you, you should definitely not watch the film because it will scare some. Otherwise it’s a very entertaining film. It takes a little while, probably half an hour to get into, but then you’re glued until the end.
We’re The Millers: Just four people whose lives intercept when a drug dealer gets all his drugs and money stolen. Because of this he is asked to smuggle drugs from Mexico back to the United States. The main character, David has to think up a creative way to smuggle the drugs. What better way then to have a family road trip? He pays two people in his building, plus a homeless girl outside of it, and off they go. It’s one thing after another, meeting strange people, and running into Mexican drug dealers, it’s a miracle they make it home at all. It’s a hilarious movie filled with some crude humor, but overall, it’s pretty funny. The plotline at first seemed like it was going to be stale because after the first half hour it almost seems like what could happen next, and well the film delivers. Definitely worth checking out, the acting is also really well done too.
The Maze Runner: The movie based off the novel starts off with the main character Thomas entering the Glade, not knowing anything, not even his name. The Glade is a place where only boys have been appearing every month for three years; that is until Thomas shows up and everything changes. He dares to go into the maze when no one else will, and strange things start to happen. The film was done exceptionally well, the filming could have been done a bit better, there was a lot of shaky camera angles to show that characters were moving rapidly, but it just made the viewer dizzy. But the actors played their roles really well, and the chemistry between them worked really well. The film even had this creepy feeling toward it because the viewer never knew what was going to happen, or who’s going to survive; it’s intense. Overall, the film was really well done and worth watching if you like adventure films.
Insidious: When a family moves into a new home things start to awry, but it’s not the house that’s got everything going off course, it’s the boy. They think he’s in a comma, but really he’s in another realm. Demons want to get inside his body; it’s up to his father, who is just like him, to save him from the place that’s called the Further. The film is slow going, but it needs to be slow in order for all the pieces to fall into place and the viewer can figure out all the pieces to the puzzle. It’s not a scary, scary movie, it will make you jump, but that’s because the directors decided to use music that is dramatic to make everything that much more intense. Overall the film was really well put together, and the plotline kept the viewer watching until the very end, because there’s more to come.
Lights- Little Machines: Her third debut album, and she’s stronger than ever. Lights album opens with Portal a slow song that builds up momentum, but never building up too high; just enough. Running With The Boys sounds just like a Lights song as she sings about running with the boys. Up We Go, her single off the album, is uplifting as she sings about going up. The melody goes with what she’s singing, it’s poppy and a breathe of fresh air. Speeding is catchy; you’ll catch yourself singing it. Muscle Memory has a different sound then the rest of the album. The song is still poppy, but the keyboard is really strong in the song giving it an electronic sound that distinguishes it. Oil and Water is another slower song but the lyrics are really strong that it doesn’t need to be layered in melodies. The album ends with Don’t Go Home Without Me, which has very cute lyrics and a very simple keyboard sound. The sound gradually picks up and it leaves the album on a high note. Overall, her new album is full of classic Lights sound and it just gets better with each listen.
Gerard Way- Hesitant Alien: Gerard Way now on a solo mission after My Chemical Romance disbanded is here with his debut album and it’s nothing but good times, and good tunes. The album starts with The Bureau which is grungy; it’s a song that opens up and sets the tone for what the rest of the album is going to sound like, so if you don’t like this first song, don’t continue. No Shows is upbeat, and it’s just super good to listen to. It’s like someone bottled up summer and releases it every time this song comes on. Brother starts off piano driven, which gives the lyrics a chance to be heard. The drum kicks in during the chorus, but is kept simple to still let the lyrics overpower the melody. Millions has great lyrics and the melody just compliments them. Zero Zero is almost a psychedelic, new wave type of song, the longer you listen to it, the more into it you get. Drugstore Perfume takes a good 30 seconds to get into, and it’s a bit on the iffy side, the song is slower and verging on the poppy side. The album ends on Maya the Psychic and it just rounds up the sound to give the album something good to end on. Overall, his new stuff is just so good you crave more.
Yellowcard- Lift A Sail: It’s Yellowcard’s ninth record, and seventh with lead singer Ryan Key. The album starts off with Convocation, which is just instrumental, but the listeners can imagine themselves on a ship. This sets up the album nicely since it is called Lift a Sail. It then moves into Transmission Home; the guitars are somewhat heavy but it suits the lyrics that are heavy with meaning. One Bedroom isn’t as heavy on guitars as the beginning of the album is; it is softer and fluffier. The lyrics are also soft and sweet. But then as the end of the song comes, it progressively gets heavier with a guitar solo; it’s like a whole transformation from beginning to end; it’s pretty epic. Madrid is almost all acapella with Key crooning to a loved one. A very light acoustic guitar plays in the background. This song stands out in the crowd of generic Yellowcard sounding songs. That’s what most of the album is, generic Yellowcard sounding sounds, which isn’t a bad thing, because you can never get tired of their sound. The Deepest Well features Memphis May Fire’s Matty Mullins and the two vocals together mesh really well. It’s a great song that leads right into Lift a Sail and it starts off with the chorus that is easy to fall in love with. The song is slower with fewer lyrics, but they are solid lyrics. Even the guitar solo in this song is slow; it’s very mellow. MSK is heavily laced in the violin; it is also slow. The lyrics are the lyrics you love from Yellowcard, sweet and honest. The album ends on California, a ballad where Key sings about California. It’s a sweet way to end the album. Overall, as much as there are generic Yellowcard songs on this record, there is over a handful of new sounding and creative sound that is worth the listen.
You+Me- rose ave.: A project that brings two amazing vocalists together; Pink and City and Colour’s Dallas Green. The album starts off with Capsized a very City and Colour sounding song. Acoustic guitar and a ghostly sound with their vocals make it a great album opener. From a Closet in Norway showcases Pink’s vocals. Love Gone Wrong is more upbeat, and probably the most upbeat song on the album since it’s a very acoustic album with a lot of mellow and slower songs. This song sings about a love gone wrong, and let’s both Green and Pink experiment with their vocal ranges. You and Me have strong lyrics and the tune sways the song along into a beautiful melody. Break the Cycle is the only song that has something other than an acoustic guitar, the strings are brought in and the song starts off with them. They really bring everything together. The lyrics are solid and the way they are sung; they are filled with a lot of passion. The album ends on No Ordinary Love, a cover, the original by Sage, and they do a really good rendition of the song. It’s slower by a tempo than the original but the two of them pull it off rather beautifully. Overall, if you’re a fan of either artist, or both, you should definitely check out their new project.
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness: Andrew McMahon from Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin is now a solo man with his new self-titled album. This album if you’ve listened to Jack’s Mannequin sounds very similar, but we’re not comparing. The album starts off with Canyon Moon an upbeat and completely fun track to get you started. The whole song is catchy and foretells how the rest of the album is going to be like. Cecilia and the Satellite is set up like McMahon is telling a story. The chorus just takes off, and it’s very poppy but it works so well for the song. High Dive has lyrics that are just so relatable and it’s a very upbeat song that makes you want to get up and dance. Black and White Movies starts on piano, and then a beat kicks in giving the song a unique sound on this album. You can’t even say that the lyrics are bad because McMahon’s lyrics are so metaphorical they’re great. Halls is another song where the chorus takes off. The lyrics are sad but the song is super upbeat. Rainy Girl is a ballad about a rainy girl. It’s sweet, but at the same time a little depressing. The album ends on Maps for the Getaway. It is a mellow song with a beat. It’s a great way to end the album, not taking it down too slow, but just enough to wind down from the greatness that is this album. It is definitely a great album if you’re a Jack’s Mannequin fan.
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