22 May, 2011

Dirt and Gime : 3

Good heavens it has been a while and I am dreadfully sorry. I've found that not having internet has put a damper on my blogging. After graduation I should be about to blog more, but who knows. Fingers crossed, let's hope!

Prom was May 30th! It was fun... kind of. I think that the whole concept is over rated, but that's just my opinion. I loved getting dressed up and seeing Hunter in his tux. <3 We went out to eat at my favorite resteraunt, went to the prom for about 30min., then went back to his house. We danced around it living room; it was so romantic. :) I, of course, have a ton more pictures and you can find them HERE.

Schools out!!! My last day of school was May 13th! I really expected to be sad about graduating and leaving, but I really wasn't. I'm just so excited to start college, but I certainly don't want to rush through the summer either. The above picture is one of my bestie in Western Civ. first semester. I love her so <3

Moving is underway! I've been packing up all my room in Arkansas to bring it to storage at my Mom's house in Louisiana. These are only the first few boxes. I'm so scared to pack anything in case I need it between now and July or August! But it is exciting anyway!
I'm also dreadfully behind on my book reviews, but I certainly haven't stopped reading! Be prepared to be bombarded with book reviews! I'm not going to back date them to when I finished them, but I may back date them to space them out a bit as to not flood dashboards. You can find links to all of them in the NEW left-sidebar! I'll have the links up by the end of today. Just click the book you wanna see a review of. <3

My next Dirt and Grime will have a surprise!!! Look out world!! <3

21 May, 2011

Little (Grrl) LOST : A Book Review

“Have you ever seen a fairy?”
“Oh, sure. Duncan’s father is supposed to be one.”
“That’s what Melissa told me. But you shouldn’t call them that. Just say they’re gay.”
                --Charles de Lint
Language is the oldest of magics.
                --Charles de Lint
If you’re looking for a neat story about often forgotten creatures Charles de Lint’s Little (Grrrl) LOST is perfect for you. I greatly enjoyed reading it. It was an excellent break from the books I usually read. De Lint truly did a wonderful job on this one.
It’s the story of a friendship like no other. T.J. (the Big) moves into a new house from the country and thinks she has mice. Imagine her surprise when a door in her wall opens and out steps, not a mouse, but a 6 inch tall girl. Elizabeth (the Little) is dreadfully misunderstood by her parents and so positive she doesn’t need them. Despite being so small, Elizabeth is courageous, even if she does have an attitude problem. Their friendship is troubled and that’s just the beginning!
I highly suggest this book to anyone who enjoys books about friendship, outcasts/misunderstood people, or various mythical creatures. Charles de Lint is an excellent YA novelist. The story isn’t at all hard to read and makes for great leisure, easy reading. I personally can’t wait to read another of his wonderful novels.

20 May, 2011

Shadowland : A Book Review

“We are all connected, all of us made of the same vibrating source. But while some energy leaves you cold & some leaves you lukewarm, the one that you’re destined for? It feels like this.”
                --Alyson Noёl
“Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.”
                --Ralph Waldo Emerson

The second quote above basically sums up Alyson Noёl’s third Immortals book, Shadowland. As always Noёl does an amazing job with this new mini-mythology she’s invented. If you have not read the first two books (Evermore and Blue Moon) I highly suggest them. (Also don’t read my synopsis if you haven’t read them.)
Ever’s been through a lot recently. Losing her parents, moving in with her aunt, new friends, and, of course, Damen and all that comes with him. Since meeting her soul mate, she’s learned so much. One major thing is to never trust Roman or any rogue immortal. Thanks to him, she can now never touch her love, lest he will perish. Not only is Roman causing problems, but Haven and Sabine are both suspicious. Sabine is insisting Ever get a job. Cue Jude, a sexy surfer boy, and Ever’s new boss. Still having to protect herself and those she loves from Roman, Ever also has to find a way to fix the trouble Roman tricked her into causing. The drama continues!
I absolutely love this book! Of the three I’ve read, this has to be my favorite (or at least tied with the first). Noёl carries the story on and leaves much open for a promising continuation! I cannot wait to read the next : Dark Flame.

19 May, 2011

Demon from the Dark : A Book Review

“My enemies have deemed me fearless. ‘Tis no compliment. The only males who know no fear are the ones who have nothing to lose.” – Malkom Slaine (by Kresley cole)
“If these people execute me, I’m going to be sooo pissed.” – Kresley Cole
“I think I just fell into like with him.” – Kresley Cole
“Two things that can never be contained? Velociraptors and Zombies.” – Kresley Cole

Mmmm, this is yet another of Kresley Cole's sexy paranormal fictions. The main male, Malkom, is rough and handsome. The main female, Carrow, is an independent, party girl witch. Fantastic, as always! Well done Ms. Cole!

Carrow is captured by an organization set out to destroy, or at least figure out, immortals. To gain her freedom, Carrow is convinced to go into a Hell-like realm to capture a demon, vampire mix. Sure she can do it without a problem, she goes and attempts to lure him in with her body. Little does she know things about this impersonal, selfish mission, with quickly change.
Malkom is an outcast demon-vampire mix, forced to live his lifei n the mountains, feared by all. Suddenly, out of no where, this poor male's mate is dropped dead in the middle of his territory, vulnerable and weak. He has an undying need to protect her, while she is nothing but distrusting. She doesn't recognize him! He must now convince his fated mate to love him and accept him.

I highly suggest this book to anyone who likes adult romances, paranormal fantasies, and is mature enough for it. It does have some intimate scenes that may not be comfortable for many people, but the plot itself is excellent! If you're up for it, check it out.

18 May, 2011

Rumors : A Book Review *Spoilers of first book*

“Then he drew her in, folding her small body into his arms, making her forget that there had ever been any other place.” – Anna Gobersen
“Wouldn’t she just let herself in? That’s what I did, and I’m not even related….” – Anna Goberson
“Good girls hold their heads high by daylight,
Their grace and their virtue soaring with kites,
While bad girls slink along in their shame -
Everyone stares at then, everyone blames.
But those bad girls sleep soundly at night
Ne’er do their consciences wake them in a fright,
While our good girls toss and they turn -
They lay awake for those who will burn.
-A Seamstress’s Verses, 1898 (Anna Goberson’s – Rumors)
“That was the way love was, she guessed – it left you always unsteady on your feet.” – Anna Goberson

I love the Luxe series. The scandal, the love, the betrayal, the clothes! they're set at the turn of the 20th century. The lives of three society girls entertwined by friendship, love, and hatred. I loved the first book (Luxe) and this one did not disappoint!

Starting with Will and Elizabeth in California, everything seems great. Back in New York, everyone is mourning Elizabeth's death, and preparing for the marriage of her once-fiance and once-friend, Penelope and Henry. Once Elizabeth hears of her mother's fading health from Diana, she rushes back to town and trouble ensues.

The summary is so short because it's so difficult to summarize without giving away the awesome things! I love this book, and this series! This is a must read for anyone who loves scandal, the turn of the 20th century, or even the Victorian era!

15 May, 2011

Blue Moon : A Book Review *Spoilers into first book!*

The heart and mind aren’t always friendly. – Alyson noel
“The weird thing about saying good-bye is that it never gets easier.” – Alyson Noel

In this one Alyson does a good job continuing the story of Ever's trip into the world of immortality. I absolutely loved the first book (Evermore), this one was a bit of a let down simply beacause I didn't personally like this story AS MUCH, but I still enjoyed it.

After meeting Damen and killing Drina everything in the eternal love story of Ever will be easy, right? Not at all. Enter Roman, a clever, cute, and charming immortal. Everyone instantly love him, Stacey and the in-crowed, Haven and the outcasts, teachers, and even Damen. Ever is all alone on the outside watching on with suspion as everyone she knows and loves buddys up with those she knows and hates. A story of betrayal and heartbreak. Now she has to fix everything, if there's even anything to fix. Her whole life is falling apart, how will it end? Or is all this just the beginning of a new story?

As for a continuing story, the end leaves you eager for the next and dieing to know what happens. Noel is a great YA author and I suggest this book to anyone.

12 May, 2011

Sunshine : A Book Review

“This was on par with, say, finding out the president of the global council was a [vampire], the moon was made of green cheese, and the sun only rose in the morning because of this complicated system of levers and dials overseen by an encampment of the master race from Antares settled on Mars.” – Robin McKinley
“I was dinner, and when I was finished being dinner, I was dead. But it was like: okay, that’s the way it goes, bad luck, damn.” – Robin McKinley
“It’s pretty amazing what you can not think about.” – Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley is one of my absolute favorite authors! I've read a few of her books and this one was exquisite! Ms. McKinley weaves a fantastic and unigue vampire story in a world at war with the creatures!

Sunshine, or Rae, is just a baker. Get up at 4am, make cinnamon rolls, bake, read books about the Others, bubble bath, sleep, wake, bake. That's her life and she's ok with that. Working in the family cafe as the head, of two, bakers is the life she's settled happily into. A sweet boyfriend, kind land lady. One day, to relax, she decides to go out to the old lake house. There hadn't been trouble down there in years except for the occasional bad spot, so it should've been safe. But it wasn't . Now Sunshine is being held captive by a group of vampires with only a fellow prisoner for company. This fellow prisoner is a vampire too. And let the race begin. Sunshine must escape or die trying, but what about the poor pitiful vampire she's locked up with? Oh dear, and the plot thickens.

I highly suggest this book to EVERYONE. I got it out of the YA section, but they have it in the adult novels with a different cover. I'm not sure if they changed the story or just the cover, but I suggest either, or both. I love vampire tales, especially ones as unigue as this. Thumbs up Ms. McKinley! Keep it up!

08 May, 2011

The question.

It's been a while, and I had planned for it to be longer still, but I watched my movie, the one that inspires me most, again: Eat, Pray, Love.

I'm quickly nearing the end of my high school career, five days left of the only life I've known. Then come summer, then college, and the pattern continues, but that is only five years of my life. The question now is, what do I want to do with my life? I've always said I want to be a teacher, get married, have children, raise them, etc., but isn't that what most everyone says? Picket fence, logical, easy. A job that will always be needed, secure someone to take care of me, continue the race. Life in the U.S. That's what I envision for myself, but that's not really what I want for myself. I want to spend my life somewhere else. Seeing the world, not as a tourist, but as a local. Stay in one place until I'm tired of it or until I feel in my heart it is time to move on, then go somewhere else. That's what I really want. I want to eat what I like and not care that I gain several pounds. I want to study religion, all religions. I want to find God or some faith that is perfectly right for me. I want to study the old ways of every country or town or area I visit. I want to meet people, friends that become family, all over the globe. I want to fall in love, repeatedly, with new people, strangers, or with the same person. I want to go create myself. I want to get into the world. I want to help new members of my family if they need it. I want to find my word. I want to be at peace. Truly, happily at peace. While I know it's a long shot, and it's probably impossible, it's what I want. And there's no reason not to dream.