Friday, October 24, 2014

Anime Banzai

Last weekend I went to Anime Banzai with my brother. It was so fun!

There weren't very many panels I wanted to go to this year. It was a little disappointing.

On Friday we went to a panel where three people had made the same sword but with three different methods. That was cool. We also went to a panel that talked about creativity and mental illness. The therapist talked about how to create a character with a mental illness. I really want to cosplay, so we went to the Cosplay on  Budget panel. I'm hoping to get a head start for next year's cons. We also went to a Legends of Hyrule panel, and it was a geek fest. A little too much geeking out for me.

For dinner, I ended up at Applebee's with my brother's friends. They were three bronies, and it was weird.

Cosplays I saw on Friday:
Darn sun! This is Lightning from FFXIII. I'm playing this right now. I saw two other Lightnings, but didn't get their picture.

Howl, Sophie, and Turnip Head from Howl's Moving Castle! They were amazing!

Porco Rosso! I think this is the same one as last year.

 On Saturday, we got there early enough to get into the Anime Music Video Contest. Some were good, some were bad, and I closed my eyes for a couple.


Master Roshi!


Raven from Teen Titans!

Mr. Piccolo!

This is the crowd for the Cosplay contests. It was so packed and started LATE!

Here is the children cosplayers. The little girl dressed as Cinderella was hilarious! She sang the ABCs for us.

We went to The Electric Universe panel with Chuck Huber. He was hilarious. Half the stuff he said was cool, and the other half was BS, but he was funny. We also went to What's New in Anime, and I found a bunch of anime I want to watch. I can't remember what other panels we attended. We went to the festival, but I don't remember what else.

I picked up some cool mugs for my family. I should get a picture of that.

Anyhoo! It was a fun weekend.
I think I'm fully recovered from Banzai, but I'm in a Anime/Manga craze right now.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Magic Under Glass

6681393From Goodreads:    Nimira is a foreign music-hall girl forced to dance for mere pennies. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new and better life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets are beginning to stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry's involvement with a league of sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. Then Nimira discovers the spirit of a fairy gentleman named Erris is trapped inside the clockwork automaton, waiting for someone to break his curse. The two fall into a love that seems hopeless, and breaking the curse becomes a race against time, as not just their love, but the fate of the entire magical world may be in peril.

My Thoughts:

-    I knew near to nothing about this book when I started it, and I was pleasantly surprised.

-    The story was very compelling and had me hooked from the beginning. The protagonist was so intriguing.

-    I loved how complex a lot of the characters were, especially Hollin. Everyone had different motives and plans.

-    The politics were complicated, but I think I understood everything alright.

-    Linza only shows up a few times, but she is awesome! I love sub-characters like her.

-    I'm excited to read the next book. I hope we get to learn more about Nimira's past and country. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: New Series I Want to Start

Top New Series I Want to Start

New as in the last year or two. There are so many!
I picked books that came out in 2013 or 2014.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Anne of the Island

77392Goodreads Says:    New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs  her bags, waves good-bye to childhood, and heads for  Redmond College. With old friend Prissy Grant  waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and  frivolous new pal Philippa Gordon at her side, Anne tucks  her memories of rural Avonlea away and discovers  life on her own terms, filled with  surprises...including a marriage proposal from the worst fellow  imaginable, the sale of her very first story, and a  tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. But  tears turn to laughter when Anne and her friends move  into an old cottage and an ornery black cat steals  her heart. Little does Anne know that handsome  Gilbert Blythe wants to win her heart, too. Suddenly  Anne must decide if she's ready for love...

My Thoughts:

-    The story picks up right after Anne of Avonlea ends. Anne is off to college!

-    I liked how real Anne's emotions were. I could relate to her. As her friends go off in different directions and get married, Anne longs for the joys of her childhood. She was uncertain of college and leaving home. She was home sick a lot. Anne is so real to me.

-    I love how Anne found a house to rent with her friends. That would have been a lot of fun in college. 

-    Phil was a fickle and silly character. I'm glad Anne found new friends, but this one was a bit annoying.

-    Davy cracks me up!

-    It drove me crazy that Anne wanted to keep Gilbert at arms length! What is wrong with her!? It takes her forever to realize that she loves Gilbert! Thank Goodness she finally does!

-    We need more books set in college!  

Previous Anne of Green Gables Book
(Click on the cover to see my thoughts)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Launch Party for RC Lewis

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the launch party for R. C. Lewis. I'm really excited to read her book! She was accompanied by 7 other authors.

Here is me and Jenni waiting for the event to start. I don't know why I'm making a weird face. The picture that Jenni took is way more awesome than mine.

Instead of waiting in a side room before the event, the authors just mingled right there in the ballroom. It was different.

The pow wow with Courtney.

Here are all the authors! From left to right we have R.C. Lewis, Mindy McGinnis, Elana Johnson, Ann Redisch Stampler, Peggy Eddleman, Lissa Price, Dimitria Lunetta, and Kate Karyus Quinn. Two of the these ladies are Utah authors!

Since it was Rachel's event, she was able to take a few minutes to speak before they got to questions. 

Some of the questions were:

What makes a YA novel YA?
What do you hope your book will add to the YA genre?
Why do you Write YA?
Did you query your first book?

Some of the answers included:

YA is the age of discoveries and firsts.
YA doesn't carry all the baggage that adult books do.
A couple authors work with Teens.
A few of these authors wanted more strong female characters out in the world.
Teens have a sense of adventure that adults don't.

I'm going off of memory here, so I hope I got a lot of those right.

I completely forgot to get my usual picture of the author signing my book!!! GRRR!! I bought Stitching Snow and got it signed. I'm kicking myself for not getting a picture!

Afterwards, Jenni and I made our traditional stop to JCW's. We missed a few of you bloggers!! I hope you ladies come next time!

Upcoming Author Events:

Teen Book Fest with Kiersten White
Saturday, October 25
Noon - 2:00 PM @ Provo Library
Tickets are available

Authorlink with Ally Condie
Tuesday, October 28
7:00 PM @ Provo Library
Tickets are available

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Places to Visit

Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit

This will be hard to narrow down to ten!

Middle Earth is definitely at the top of the list!

I'd love to visit Green Gables on Prince Edward Island!

Ixia and Sitia from Maria V. Snyder's books

Theatre Illuminata from this lovely series!

Prydain from Lloyd Alexander's books

Who hasn't looked in the back of wardrobes for Narnia?

If I got to visit Camp Half-Blood, it would mean I was a Demi-God!

I'd want to attend the Gallagher Academy as a student, not a visitor.

Do comics count as books? Cause if they do . . . 

The Marvel Universe (don't make fun of me)

The Batcave

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

12813630Goodreads Synopsis:    Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

My Thoughts:

-    This is a good read for the Halloween season!

-    I liked the whole post vampire apocalypse concept. 

-    Some of the chapters were flashbacks or back story on other characters. It was a little confusing. It took a couple paragraphs to figure out what and who I was reading about.

-    This is a pretty violent book. I wouldn't recommend it for younger teens.

-    I don't know what to think of Tana. She was kind of unpredictable. I didn't know what she was going to do next. Her actions didn't seem to coincide with her motives. 

-    I didn't like Aiden for the moment I met him. What a loser!

-    I don't know how I feel about Gavriel. There were times when I didn't like him, but then there were times when he was awesome.

-    There wasn't really much of a plot. It was just about this girl in a vampire filled world trying to figure things out after a horrific event. I wanted more out of the story. The 'villain" didn't even appear til the end.

-    Overall, I liked this book, but it left a few things to be desired.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began

15197Goodreads Says:    Acclaimed as a quiet triumph and a brutally moving work of art, the first volume of Art Spieglman's Maus introduced readers to Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father, his father's terrifying story, and History itself. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), succeeds perfectly in shocking us out of any lingering sense of familiararity with the events described, approaching, as it does, the unspeakable through the diminutive.

This second volume, subtitled And Here My Troubles Began, moves us from the barracks of Auschwitz to the bungalows of the Catskills. Genuinely tragic and comic by turns, it attains a complexity of theme and a precision of thought new to comics and rare in any medium. Maus ties together two powerful stories: Vladek's harrowing tale of survival against all odds, delineating the paradox of daily life in the death camps, and the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. At every level this is the ultimate survivor's tale - and that too of the children who somehow survive even the survivors.

My Thoughts:

-    This really puts things into perspective. I've never read a story so real and honest about the Jews during WWII.

-    What happened to a lot of Vladek's family and friends is so sad. What happened to Vladek and Anja was sad. This was a sad book.

-    I think I'd rather die than live in Auschiwitz. 

-    I'm surprised the Jews didn't die of fright. It would be awful to live in a constant state of fear. 

-    Unlike the first book, I felt like the illustrations were fitting for this story. 

-    The relationship between Art and his dad was funny and sad all at the same time. I enjoyed seeing the modern day happenings of Vladek's life.

-    I'm really glad the author included a real photo of his dad in one of the panels.

-    The ending was good. It was peaceful. 

First Maus Book
(cover is linked to my thoughts)


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Anne of Avonlea

859118Goodreads Synopsis:    At sixteen Anne is grown up...almost. Her gray eyes shine like evening stars, but her red hair is still as peppery as her temper. In the years since she arrived at Green Gables as a freckle-faced orphan, she has earned the love of the people of Avonlea and a reputation for getting into scrapes. But when Anne begins her job a the new schoolteacher, the real test of her character begins. Along with teaching the three Rs, she is learning how complicated life can be when she meddles in someone else's romance, finds two orphans at Green Gables, and wonders about the strange behaviour of the very handsome Gilbert Blythe. As Anne enters womanhood, her adventures touch the heart and the funny bone.

My Thoughts:

-    This book picks up right after Anne of Green Gables ends. I enjoyed continuing the story.

-    You'd think the people of Avonlea would get really fat with all the cakes and puddings they eat. Food is a big part of these books. I feel like Anne is always making a cake for something.

-    Davy is hilarious. His reasoning and shenanigans just crack me up. Of course, Anne got herself into some trouble as well, and that always puts a smile on my face.

-    While reading this, I noticed my surroundings a lot more. I stopped to look at how beautiful the weather was and how lovely the trees are. Books do funny things to me.

-    Oh Anne, when will you realize that Gilbert is the only one for you! How can you be so oblivious?

-    I loved the Echo Lodge people and those parts of the story. 

-    This was a lovely book! I just can't get enough of the people of Avonlea. 

Previous Anne of Green Gables Book
(Click on the cover to see my thoughts)