Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Secret Garden has a webseries!

Forgot to mention this in my last post!!! Any fans of Frances Hodgson Burnett's THE SECRET GARDEN out there? There's a modern adaption of the story in web series form. Mary is a teenager in this version and she's being treated by a psychologist--something I thought was a great, modern twist to the story. I'm not familiar with the actress playing Mary but her acting game is strong. I'm impressed.

Thanks to Alex for telling me about this one. The series just started and here's the first episode to save you some time. I have a really good feeling about it! (Just as I do with East & West I NEED TO SEE THORNTON. Ahem.)

5 thoughts on this cold Tuesday

1) As I'm typing this, snow continues to fall down from the sky. It looks really pretty but everyone is in a state of panic. Blizzard 2015 (whose name is apparently Juno...) is supposed to be one of the most historic snowstorms ever to hit the east coast. And I believe it. I'm thankful for the fact that I can even write about it as I sit on my bed in my comfy pajamas.. I hope everyone in the eastern coast who is affected by this stays safe and warm!

2) I recently DNFed a book. I haven't dropped a book in a long time (I'm so picky nowadays) but the fact that NOTHING WAS HAPPENING in the story was making me impatient. DREAMER'S POOL was also my first Juliet Marillier book so I'm a little sad that it wasn't a smashing success. But I do intend on picking up DP again. Now that I've finally read a little of a Juliet Marillier book, I can see why she has so many fans. Her prose is stunning.

3) Bringing the topic back to snow, my first grad class would have yesterday but it was cancelled due to the weather. Sigh. I was actually excited to start too! So I've been reading my textbook assignments like a nerd :) 

4) Reviews! I need to write them. But I am planning on having one up soon for Heather Demetrios' I'LL MEET YOU THERE. (Spoiler: Absolutely loved it! Def pre-order worthy for anyone who's curious about it.)

5) Oh! I actually did complete a book lol. A.S. King's GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE was the pick for the YAcker's club and I enjoyed it even though some aspects of the story were slightly hard to digest. But it had some brilliant moments too. Not sure if I'll review this one here but I did give it 3 stars on goodreads.  

That's all! How is everyone doing? What have you read? Can you believe January is almost over already?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Classic Alice: #SaveAlice

Web series are the big thing now on Youtube and even though some of them are ok, there are others that really stand out for being so creative and awesome. Classic Alice (imo) is one of them! I've watched from the beginning and I kid you not, every episode has gotten better!! I can't imagine all the hard work that goes into creating this series. It's top aces people. If you haven't started it already, click here and be dazzled :) Anyway the series' protagonist and writer for this show, Kate aka Alice and the rest of the crew are once again asking for help from their viewers. I wasn't asked to promote this or anything; I'm only a big fan of this show and I want to see it thrive. So if you haven't already, give Classic Alice a try and if you like what you're seeing, considering donating! They have amazing options for people who chip in with big sums but a dollar is enough. :) Their page is here.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Dutton 
Release Date: August 14th, 2014
Source: Bought (thanks Book Depository!)

Synopsis: From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Review: Omg omg omg omg so much love for this book. I can't keep it in.  Can't conceal, can't NOT FEEL IT WAS SO GOOD LET IT GOOOOO OUT INTO THIS WORLD SO THAT EVERYONE CAN READ IT.  

I'm going to just say it outright: I loved Isla, I loved Josh, I loved them TOGETHER and how their relationship progressed once the shininess of it wore off and they realized, oh gosh now where do we go from here?  

I instantly clicked with Isla's character: she's shy, she's not always confident in herself and she longs for adventure but settles with those that she reads about in her books. When she doesn't over think things, Isla's really awesome. I know some readers have had issues with how Isla isn't as defined a character as Anna or Lola but I found it more realistic that Isla doesn't know what she wants to do with her future yet. So many people are in those shoes (even in their 30s, 40s). Josh's character was also a delight to get to know; I didn't have a great grasp of him when I first read Anna but holy crap in this installment his character is so fleshed out that reading about him and how he and Isla fall in love....it was quite magical. Even the parts that hurt to read. x.x I also loved that we as readers can finally know what Josh is toting around in his sketchbook. I loved how his character uses art to understand himself and the world around him.

I was also pleased to see that in Isla there's some sex positivity going on! I was happy to see Isla having frank discussions with Josh about their past relationships. Isla might be shy but being shy is not synonymous with being uncertain. Girlfriend knew what she wanted and she went for it! *claps* Also, the fact that these two worry about each other and ask for each other's consent..? In every aspect of their relationship...?
Can't resist, I'm sorry. JUST SO MUCH AWWW.
One more thing I'd like to mention is Kurt, Isla's best guy friend. I'm no expert in determining whether Kurt's character represents an accurate portrayal of someone who has Asperger's but I am happy to see that a character like Kurt appears in Isla.  He isn't defined by Asperger's but instead was Kurt, a guy who happens to have Asperger's. And loves maps. And is a great friend to Isla. Also hallelujah for his and Isla's purely platonic friendship. Can we have more of these friendships alongside the adorbs romances out there?

Final Verdict: I may need to reread Anna and Lola but I think that for right now Isla's story is my favorite out of all three. Stephanie Perkins, in my opinion, is one of those YA authors that *really* captures what it's like to have the butterflies for someone. Whenever I read Anna, Lola or Isla, I truly fall into her characters' emotions and feel their grief, pain, exuberance, etc. Isla and the Happily Ever After is officially out now and if you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for?

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                                    In a nutshell:

Happy, fluffy feelings!!! I haz them for dis book. 

As for this being the last book in this sort of-series: 

Thank you Stephanie Perkins. You've created some of my favorite characters and I can't wait to read your future work(s). :)

Note: None of these GIFs are mine. All were taken from the internetz.