"No story lives on unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen. Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." -- J.K. Rowling



Person: "What are you suppose to be?"
Me: *Points to ears* "I'm a dragon, duh!"

Please Don't Go, I'll Eat You Up I Love You So....

Monday, October 22, 2012

Taylor Swift - RED Album Review! - MusicHeartstring Edition!!

'During the webchat, Swift revealed the meaning behind her album's title:
"All the different emotions that are written about on this album are all pretty much about the kind of tumultuous, crazy, insane, intense, semi-toxic relationships that I’ve experienced in the last two years. All those emotions — spanning from intense love, intense frustration, jealousy, confusion, all of that — in my mind, all those emotions are red. You know, there’s nothing in between. There’s nothing beige about any of those feelings."'

Gone are the days of  the teenage girl with tear drops on her guitar (at least for now) and here comes the arrival of a young woman!

Taylor Swift's newest album, tentatively titled 'Red' is a highly aware musical portrait that is deserving of the recognition and popularity it will undoubtedly receive.

(I got this CD Saturday, two days before it's release for some reason and have had enough time to fully listen to it.)
With it's clearly, yet still splendid commercial hits or soon to be hits, 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together', 'I Knew You Were Trouble' 'Red' , '22' and 'State of Grace' Swift accomplishes to enchant listeners by providing them with catchy tunes and beats that nicely incorporate pop flare to her country twang!

'22' is a brilliantly fun catchy song that shows Swift wild side as it goes on about going out to the club with her friends and dancing to flirt with the watching guys, while 'I Knew You Were Trouble' is an odd (for her), yet very, very enjoyable track with it's repetitive synthesized beats that truly make you want blast your ipod or radio despite strange stares you will receive from bystanders, while 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' the clear breakaway smash hit, that just makes you want to break the repeat button as you listen to it over and over. Seriously! Why is that song so addictive????

For me the stand out songs are the two feature tracks, 'Everything Has Changed' with the brilliant Ed Sheeran and 'The Last Time' with lead singer Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol as well as 'Treacherous', 'I Knew You Were Trouble' '22' and lastly, 'Sad Beautiful Tragic'.

'Everything Has Changed' is a beautiful song that is completely melodious. I really hope that they play it on the radio so that people who are that familiar with Swift can hear the quality music she is able to produce. Lightbody's vocals provide the perfect harmonies that has now caused the song to be the most listened to track off the album on my Itunes. 'Everything Has Changed' is completely brilliant due to Ed Sheeran! I mean really, whatever this guy does and whoever he is singing with, he just makes everything better! ---

---PEOPLE, if you are not listening to Ed Sheeran, get started! This man is one of a kind! He can rap and sing, but his music, his lyrics actually have a message and meaning. They are so fluid and wonderful and honest! He is a true musician!---

For those who prefer classic Tay Swift, the tracks 'All Too Well', 'I Almost Do' 'Stay Stay Stay' and 'Holy Gorund' are without a doubt the most reminiscent of previous albums and stand out here but still manage to be cohesive with the rest of her mature and pop indulged ballads.

'All Too Well'  has the lyrics "You call me up again just to break me like a promise, so causally cruel in the name of being honest." Which for anyone who listens to Swift will love 'cus she has a way of being extremely simple while still being able to deliver a punch. And 'I Almost Do' is definitely the closest thing this album has to being a schoolgirl diary entry, which is not an insult, because tracks like this is why Swift is so popular; she is able to connect to her audience.

With a whomping 16 tracks plus additional 6 tracks when you buy the album from Target stores, Taylor Swift fourth studio Album 'Red' has something for everyone. It's an album that you will want to listen to over and over. It will give you chills, make you laugh and will more than likely be your favourite Taylor Swift CD to date! Go buy it asap!

Tay Swift's 'Red' album gets 5 Out Of 5 Hearts!


What are your thoughts??

What is your favourite song off the album?

Hate it??

Love it???

Broke the replay button on Youtube yet???

Lemme Know!

~V

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT Film Casting Alert: Tris!!???

" Well Divergent fans, the time for tests and simulations is over! Things are finally ramping up on the movie front with our first bit of casting news: we may have found our Tris! As we reported yesterday, actress Shailene Woodley (PICTURED LEFT) (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Descendants) is currently in talks to play the 16-year-old protagonist of Veronica Roth’s popular YA trilogy. And, truth be told, I couldn’t be more thrilled. Here are five reasons why I’m excited by this casting:

1. Woodley was one of the contenders to play Katniss in The Hunger Games: The role ultimately went to Jennifer Lawrence, of course, and Woodley has since admitted that the other actress was the right choice. She told MTV in March: “Yeah, I definitely auditioned. It wasn’t, like, a great audition. But I think that Jennifer Lawrence is perfect for that role.” Why is this a good thing? It means she’s familiar with the kind of audience Divergent will attract and that she’s prepared to take on the responsibility of playing a character that could draw lot of attention — media and otherwise.

2. She’s got cred as an actress: Okay, I know a lot of people will be scandalized by the fact that their potential Tris was also the star of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. But have you seen The Descendants? Woodley delivers a powerful performance as a drinking, cursing teen seething with resentment for her father. Imagine how hard it is to act as though you dislike George Clooney. The girl should have gotten an Oscar for that alone. Plus, she comes with a stamp of approval from Clooney himself: “She really elevates that role from a stereotype. You can write and direct it. But at the end of the day, someone has to play it.”

3. She’s committed to her TV show: Say what you will about Woodley or The Secret Life of the American Teenager, but even in the midst of all the hubbub surrounding The Descendants, Woodley stayed firmly committed to the ABC Family series for another two seasons. It has since been cancelled, but Woodley never made the move to ditch it herself in favor of her burgeoning film career. She respects her work, regardless of what anyone says. That’s who I want to see sign on to a franchise that has such lasting potential: someone who will stick with it through the end (which you know is going to be four movies) even if she gets higher profile offers. (There’s rumors E L James wants her for Fifty Shades of Grey…) . . .READ MORE AT ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY "

Admittedly, she was not my first ideal (idea) choice for this role.

I really really wanted the stunning Taissa Farmiga from American Horror Story fame, because this young lady can act so intensely and precisely that it is both terrifying and beautiful. She was brilliant. (Pictured Right)
Also, I hate The Secret Life of the American Teenager because the storylines and acting are so appalling. However, Ms. Woodley was recently nominated for an Oscar, which means she can act, so that is what makes me satisfied. Also, she does LOOK the part and I can believe her going from a timid girl to a kick-ass super chick, so that's a plus!

In the end, I have faith that the people behind this film will do their best to not only please the fans by casting the RIGHT person for each role, but by also being true to story and Veronica Roth's creation.

Also, the director of the film is Neil Burger who directed The Illusionist and Limitless.

So what are your thoughts???

Hate it?

Love it?

Terrified by it??

Who did you want for Tris??

What about Four???

Lemme Know!

~V

p.s. This is only talk. Shailene has not accepted the role yet and she might not, because she is also in talks to play Mary Jane Watson in the new AMAZING SPIDERMAN film opposite Emma Stone. But if she is smart, she will take both roles and make it work!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cassandra Clare and Holly Black Team Up For New Book Series?!?!?

Lily Collins, Robert Sheehan and Jamie Campbell Bower on the set of "Mortal Instruments" "What's the only thing better than a brand new, just-announced series from two of our favorite authors? Um, nothing! Oh—that is, unless said series comes with some serious buzz attached and a full-blown movie deal already on the table...you know, kind of like what's happened with the shiny new venture by literary heavyweights Cassandra Clare and Holly Black.

The authors (of, respectively, the "Mortal Instruments" series and the "Spiderwick Chronicles") are collaborating on a five-book middle-grade saga about a 12-year-old boy on a journey of magical self-discovery, which will be published by Scholastic over the next several years. And the hullabaloo surrounding the deal is so intense that Constantin Films has already snapped up rights (led by the same producer who's handling the movie adaptation of "Mortal Instruments," so you know it's in good fanboy hands.)


"I feel incredibly lucky to be working with Constantin on a second project," Cassie told Hollywood Crush via email. "They really get stuff done and they really include me. I'm so excited they loved the story. And Holly would say she's thrilled to have had such a huge response from the publishing and entertainment communities to the project, and she can't wait to see it as a film. We promised each other if it got optioned we'd get matching tattoos so no backing out now! . . . .. . ."" READ THE REST! (http://hollywoodcrush.mtv.com/2012/04/19/cassandra-clare-holly-black-the-iron-trial/)

So I am incredibly late on this amazing tidbit of news, seeing how it came out in April, but still I am very excited and figured I would share with those, who like me, had no clue!!

What do you think???

Is this awesome?

Or do you prefer them to write separate works?

Only time will tell -

~V

Monday, October 1, 2012

Review: IRONSKIN by Tina Connolly!!

Goodreads says:

"Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin.

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation"—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey.

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again."


Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: October 2nd 2012 by Tor Books

The Cover . . .

While usually I am not a fan of book covers with a model, looking mysterious and beautiful in a dress, 'cus frankly it's been over done and butchered to death, something about this cover (and it's intriguing premise) drew me in and challenged me to read it, so I did. And I am very happy that I did because though the book had it's flaws, it was unique and refreshing and a story I enjoyed.

The Not-So Good . . .

The only major issue I had with Ironskin was though Jane's world has suffered a war between the Fey and Humans, we as readers, aren't truly shown the visuals of how the world now looks. We know the home (Rochart's mansion) is in the moor and that the Fey make magical electrical devices, but I could not entirely envision it. Nothing was particularly descriptive and trying to grasp for details that are not fully there is very off-putting because it throws you out of the story and makes have to go back and read over what you just read, which if you have ever experienced, is very tedious. I should mentioned however, that this does not occur often, which is why I finished the book. The lack of information also attributed to not being able to fully connect to all of the things that intrigued Jane herself. She found the creepy Rochart mysterious and for the most part, because I never felt that I understood his character completely, just found him, well, creepy.

The Oh-So Good . . .

Everything else was great. I absolutely loved the world (or rather the concept of the world) and just thought it was so special and intriguing. I wouldn't say it was a Steampunk Universe, because it really didn't have that essence, but it did have steampunk like devices. I enjoyed the writing and Connolly's prose, which at times could be beautiful and dark. Though I didn't fully buy into Jane's final affections for Rochart, I did enjoy the romance, simply because it was slow building and was not love at first sight. Jane's love for Rochart blossomed over the pages and in the end did seem believable. My favorite character in the novel was def Dorie, who was strange, beautiful, creepy and pretty perfect if she were to have her own horror movie. I liked her and truly did believe her character.

Overall . . .

Ironskin by Tina Connolly was a dark, romantic Gothic that had a grand and fantastical world that while, yes, did fall short at times, was far better and greater then it's flaws. With it's dark characters and simple romance, this novel is for those wishing to find an intriguing escape to a world where the darkness inside of people is not afraid to flourish. Part Jane Eyre, part Beauty and the Beast, Ironskin was an exciting enough novel that makes me excited for the sequels!


Visit Tina Here: http://tinaconnolly.com/novels.html

Buy Ironskin Here: http://www.amazon.com/Ironskin-Tina-Connolly/dp/0765330598

Giveaway Winner Alert: THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray

"Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first."


The Winner is Kendal C. Stegmann! 

Kendal, please comment below on this post with your email address for confirmation that it is you and then email me your address so I can get the book sent to you asap!

You have until 12 noon on Wednesday to respond or I will have to pick a new winner, so hurry up! ;~)

 And congrats, I hope you enjoy it!

To everyone else who entered, thank you very much and I will be hosting another giveaway soon, that will have multiply winners and should be opened internationally!

Peace and Gravy,

~Valen