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Movie Review: The Green Hornet (2011)

Green Hornet Poster - Guns Blaze 11x17 Flyer - Movie Seth Rogen
Rating: 4/5; Really liked it. Add-to-your-collection worthy.


Release Date: January 14, 2011

Synopsis:
Britt Reid, son and heir to Los Angeles' largest newspaper fortune, is a rich, spoiled playboy who has been happy to maintain a direction-less existence. When his father James Reid dies, Britt meets an impressive and resourceful company employee, Kato. They realize that they have the resources to do something worthwhile with their lives and finally step out of James Reid's shadow. Kato builds the ultimate weapon, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car with every weapon imaginable and Britt decides that in order to be heroes, they will pose as villains. With the help of Britt's new secretary, Lenore Case, they learn that the chief criminal in the city is named Benjamin Chudnofsky. He has united all the gangs under his power, and he quickly sees that the Green Hornet is a direct threat to the prosperous criminal underworld he controls.
-Yahoo.

Thoughts:
As many of you may already know this movie is based on the radio show The Green Hornet. Later there were comic books and the short lived, but amazing (so I hear/read since I never saw it as it was before my time) T.V show that starred Van Williams and Bruce Lee (I think his movies were very fun even as a little girl). Let me tell you right off the bat that you're going to love (at the very least really like) this movie if you're looking for a fun movie to watch that makes you laugh and entertains your socks off.
The pathetic Britt Reid starts off wasting his life away while his father slaves away with his newspaper business which has the goal of delivering honest no nonsense news. After the unfortunate death of Britt Reid's father, Reid inherits the family business. Soon he finds out about Kato, an employee of theirs. They become friends after Reid requests Kato to "tell [him] his tale" (so funny!) which later leads to the both of them creating the superhero, The Green Hornet. With Reid's money, newspaper, insane idea, and Kato's crazy martial arts and other skills, they both fight crime by pretending to be the bad guys. This of course will not do with the crime boss Chudnofsky (played by Christoph Waltz) who is very insecure about what others think of his badassness. He wants to be feared and be the only one feared.
As of this moment The Green Hornet has not been rated, but I'd say it's in between PG-13 and Rated-R for violence which they even go through the trouble of zooming into. I for one, was not a fan of that (it was just unnecessary and wasted time). Either way, it's basically like a little boy's dream. Tons of action with the stereotypical hilarious and silly bad guy, fun fight scenes, and cute brotherly moments between Britt Reid and Kato. It's so cute how Britt hugs Kato and the whole Chinese brother thing. I can't remember how to say it, I'm sorry.
To be honest, I was a bit hesitant concerning Jay Chou's acting. According to one of his fans (my sister), he is not an English speaker (not a problem here because Kato's not supposed to be) and I've heard/read he's not a great actor. I thought he did a great job though. He kicked ass like no one's business and was extremely charming. I think I may end up becoming a fan. Seth Rogen was also very charming, but I expected that since that's just how he is. I have to say I liked everyone's acting.
I recommend this movie. I for one, loved it and had tons of fun watching it. What I liked the most was how child-like it was. It's almost like a Disney movie, but with blood and violent deaths. This one's for the inner child in adults who watch movies similar to this one. I know I will buy it when it's released on blu-ray (on sale of course because I'm cheap as dirt when it comes to expenses) and I'm already recommending it to everyone I know. That probably tells you it's worth the ticket.
I can't comment on what the 3D was like for this one since this early screening was not in 3D. I honestly don't think it needs it so I doubt that would contribute in any way. If possible, I advise you watch it in 2D and save yourself the money.

By the way, there are a few cameos by some unexpected actors which just adds to the fun! Highlight the following (spoiler alert!) to know who they are:

Edward Furlong - I had the biggest crush on him when he came out on Terminator 2: Judgment Day (one of my all-time favorite movies). Haven't seen him in anything lately. Don't really have a crush on him anymore...
James Franco - love him! Unlike Furlong, he's everywhere. There are more but I don't remember them all by name. Supposedly Dave Chapelle made a cameo, but I don't remember seeing him. 
Favorite moments (highlight to see and beware of possible spoilers):

  • As previously mentioned, I loved it when Britt hugged Kato. It was so cute and just added to the appeal of going on an adventure with a friend. 
  • When Britt/Seth Rogen and Lenore Case/Cameron Diaz high five each other like a couple of school kids. That was cute. 
  • The sushi flashdrive and how Britt/Seth Rogen reveals it. So child-like and adorable. 


Trailer:


For those who enjoy/ed:
  • Kick-Ass movie (r.ed here)
  • The Hangover - the whole guys getting into "trouble" thing reminds me of this one
  • Michel Gondry -director of The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (loved it!), director of Mad World music video (news to me!) by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules (love love), well, this guy's done a lot of neat things
  • Seth Rogen comedies
    • Superbad
    • Pineapple Express
  • Jay Chou (my sister and former boss loooove him!)
  • Official Green Hornet (2010): website/Twitter/

Have fun watching as I know you will! Be sure to let me know what you thought!
~~Lisette~~

Waiting on Wednesday: XVI by Julia Karr + Throat by R.A Nelson

XVI by Julia Karr
RD: January 6, 2011
XVI

Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world - even the most predatory of men - that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past - one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.
Throat by R.A Nelson
RD: January 25, 2011

Throat
R. A. Nelson takes us on a supernatural thrill ride, a modern-day vampire story set on a NASA base and filled with space-and-science intrigue. Seventeen-year-old Emma feels cursed by her epilepsy—until the lost night. She's shocked to wake up in the hospital one morning, weak from blood loss. When her memories begin to return, she pieces together that it was a man—a monster—who attacked her: a vampire named Wirtz. And it was her very condition that saved her: a grand mal seizure interrupted Wirtz and left Emma with all the amazing powers of a vampire—heightened senses, rapid speed—but no need to drink blood. Is Emma now a half-vampire girl? One thing soon becomes clear: the vampire Wirtz is fierce and merciless, feared even by his own kind, and won't leave a job undone.


How intriguing!! 


WoW hosted by Breaking the Spine.
~~Lisette~~
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Happy Holidays!

Since I celebrate Christmas with my family (we do it as an excuse to get together and give presents teehee) I'm posting this on Christmas, but I still want to say....


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!


Here are a few holiday songs (I love covers!) for your enjoyment:


Winter Wonderland by A Fine Frenzy



The Little Drummer Boy by Ray Charles


Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon (partly a protest song but still)


White Christmas by Keane



Just Like Christmas by Low


Winter Wonderland by Jason Mraz


Winter Wonderland by Doris Day (can you tell I'm in love with this song?)



Feel free to recommend some holiday songs!!
~~Lisette~~

Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (#3 in Hunger Games trilogy)

Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)Rating: 4/5; Really liked it, but it was only slightly bette than an "okay" read. Would re-read, but I had many issues with it.

Release Date: August 24, 2010

Series: Yes it is (as pretty much everyone knows). #3 in The Hunger Games Trilogy.

Synopsis:
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding. 

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss. 

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost. 

Thoughts:
I liked and hated this book (no wonder it took forever to get my thoughts about it straight). No matter what, I just can't say I loved the ending to this great and violent (what do you expect, fluffy kittens?) dystopian trilogy. I felt that Collins ended up with a tragic case of bad-ending-to-a-trilogy syndrome with this book. Over and over again I was disappointed. I hated how the book began (so darn slowly and boring it was!) and how it ended. The readers are left with so many unanswered questions that begin to pile up since book one while twists and turns add to the pile. The readers of course expect resolutions, but so many of those were handled very badly. Some of those was how Katniss was to deal with this world she was thrust onto and how she would choose between Gale and Peeta (we are all suckers for a love triangle aren't we?). Unfortunately, Katniss and many of the characters we have come to know and love end up being very bland in this book. I remember flipping pages like crazy for The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but for Mockingjay, it just wasn't the same. Many a time, I had to take a break from the book. That feeling and excitement was not there like it was before. It mainly has to do with the fact that Katniss is mostly dealing with the depressing aftermath of a world that needs to be put back together (plus all the other gruesome events she experiences), but Collins could still have done so much better. She obviously has it in her. To her credit, it must be extremely difficult to live up to expectations after creating the first two books in this series. They were after all so very good.
The only reason I would recommend this book is because one needs closure. I did enjoy quite a bit of it, which helps make this a worthwhile read. I would have preferred to check this out of the library had I known what I was getting into though.

Blow off steam (highlight to view but beware of SPOILERS):
I HATED how Katniss didn't end up with Gale! He was my favorite. I liked Peeta just fine, but it seemed like Katniss was more attracted to Gale and then I ended up liking his character so much so of course I wanted him to be with her. I suppose I'm not too upset that she ended up with Peeta, but what really pisses me off is how Gale was removed. Seriously Collins? Seriously?! Psh. Lame. 


Farewell for the moment.
~~Lisette~~

Lisette Recommends: Hello Kitty nail polish!

Hola!

The other day I went to Target and as I almost always do, I went straight to the nail polish section (I'm such a nail polish addict too) and I found the cutest set of Hello Kitty nail polish!

Here's are the two different sets they have (I bought the one on the left). Click on the images if you want to buy them online.


 



They also come with these little key chains I guess they are. Each bottle is small, but they're adorable and cost $4.99!

Here's a pic of me with the green nail polish and the set:


Results:
I love it! The green nail polish is the only one I've tried so far so I can't say anything for the rest. I like it a lot but it's brighter than what you'd expect so try not to be surprised. Two coats. Not incredible, but real fun and colorful. 

~~Lisette~~
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Waiting on Wednesday: Choker by Elizabeth Woods

Chocker by Elizabeth Woods
RD: January 4, 2011

Choker
What if the only friend you could trust turned out to be dangerous? A new thriller from debut author Elizabeth Woods!


The short synopsis made me insanely curious. I can't wait to get the chance to read it!










WoW hosted by Breaking the Spine


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Go here. Ends: December 23. Hurry!


Enter to win James Patterson books here. Ends. December 24.

~~Lisette~~
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In My Mailbox: bad weather and a lost saint

This past week I got:

The Lost Saint (book #2) by Bree Despain/December 28, 2010. Haven't read the first but I will asap. Let me know your thoughts on the first book! Beware of spoilers in the summary if you haven't read the first book. Thank you publishers!


The Lost Saint: A Dark Divine NovelGrace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She was infected with the werewolf curse while trying to save him, and lost her beloved brother in the process.

Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot, a newcomer to town. But as the two grow closer, Grace’s relationship with Daniel is put in danger — in more ways than one.

Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace begins to give into the wolf inside of her — not realizing that an enemy has returned and a deadly trap is about to be sprung.

Bree Despain delivers sizzling romance and thrilling action in the heart-pounding sequel to The Dark Divine.


Drought by Pam Bachorz/January 25, 2011 --from the author of Candor which I can't wait to read! Thank you publishers :)

Drought
Ruby Prosser dreams of escaping the Congregation and the early-nineteenth century lifestyle that’s been practiced since the community was first enslaved.

She plots to escape the vicious Darwin West, his cruel Overseers, and the daily struggle to gather the life-prolonging Water that keeps the Congregants alive and gives Darwin his wealth and power. But if Ruby leaves, the Congregation will die without the secret ingredient that makes the Water special: her blood.

So she stays.

But when Ruby meets Ford, the new Overseer who seems barely older than herself, her desire for freedom is too strong. He’s sympathetic, irresistible, forbidden—and her only access to the modern world. Escape with Ford would be so simple, but can Ruby risk the terrible price, dooming the only world she’s ever known?




Dandy Info:

If you haven't read The Dark Divine, the ebook version is available on Amazon for $2.39. Remember, you don't have to have a Kindle in order to read it! You can read it on your computer or mobile device.



or you can download it at Barnes and Noble for the same price (for you Nook readers and it's also for those with a computer or mobile device!). Just click the cover!


Remember to check out the free Young Adult ebooks for Demon Girl and Merlin's Harp!


Check out The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie for more IMMs!

~~Lisette~~
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Commercial: Holiday by Vampire Weekend

Have you noticed these two recent commercials featuring the same catchy Vampire Weekend song (I'm not in love with them, but I do love a few of their songs including this one)?






I am in love with the lit up sweaters part. So cute! ;)

~~Lisette~~
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New Book: You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin

You Killled Wesley Payne-cover

Interesting cover right? --->

If you remember, Sean Beaudoin is the creative author who wrote last year's Fade to Blue which I really enjoyed!

You Killed Wesley is about:

He’s come to do a job.

A job that involves a body.

A body wrapped in duct tape found hanging from the goal posts at the end of the football field.

You Killed Wesley Payne is a truly original and darkly hilarious update of classic pulp-noir, in which hard-boiled seventeen year old Dalton Rev transfers to the mean hallways of Salt River High to take on the toughest case of his life. The question isn’t whether Dalton’s going to get paid. He always gets paid. Or whether he’s gonna get the girl. He always (sometimes) gets the girl. The real question is whether Dalton Rev can outwit crooked cops and killer cliques in time to solve the mystery of “The Body” before it solves him.

Sean Beaudoin (Going Nowhere Faster, Fade to Blue) evokes the distinctive voices of legendary crime/noir authors Dashiell Hammett and Jim Thompson with a little bit of Mean Girls and Heathers thrown in in for good measure. It’ll tease you, please you, and never ever leave you. Actually, that’s not true. It’s only a book. One that’s going to suck you in, spit you out, and make you shake hands with the devil. Probably.


Doesn't that sound cool/intriguing? I think it does.


Now look at the cool trailer.



By the way you can get a free excerpt if you click the below icon and tweet or facebook it!



And this is a quote from Holly Black about the book:


You Killed Wesley Payne is a spectacular noir mystery filled with knife-sharp writing and clever turns. I loved it!”
Holly Black
Bestselling Author of The Curse Worksers & The Poison Eaters


Hmm curiouser and curiouser

Of Interest:
Watch out for a Sean Beaudoin giveaway and interview/guest post soon!
You Killed Wesley Payne website
~~Lisette~~

Love It: I Want + Free Metric Song

These are a few things I WANT! Click the images to go the stores.


Miss Selfridge/$44.30 - Would go great with a blazer! (Yes they do ship outside of the UK.)

Zara/$39.90 - This one is so me!

Free People/$198  -- I like 'em!

Lori's Shoes/Jeffrey Campbell/$110  - I've been in love with these wedges for the longest time, but I cannot afford that atall :(



Of course I'm wanting the last book in the Vampire Academy series!

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, Book 6)

Ah how I love this movie!! I'll wait until the blu-ray's on sale though because unless hell freezes over, I'm never paying over $20 for a movie.

Despicable Me (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)


If you feel inspired to buy any of these go for it! I'll be extremely jealous, but at least someone can have them right? If you get anything, please do share, I'd love to see pics! :D

Free goodie:

Who's also a fan of Metric?

Well Amazon has a free song of theirs! Download it! (I personally think it's pretty neat.) Click the pic.

Gimme Sympathy


Enjoy!
~~Lisette~~

Waiting on Wednesday: Waiting on No One and Slice of Cherry

Waiting on No One by Berley Brenna
RD: January 1, 2011

Taylor Jane Simon is an eighteen-year-old girl with Asperger’s Syndrome who has a refreshingly different view of the people she encounters and the life she wants to have. Young adult readers will identify with Taylor’s struggle for independence and self-control, and empathize as she outlines the ways—both positive and negative-- that her Asperger’s Syndrome affects her daily life. Connecting with a play by Samuel Beckett, Taylor explores a fear of solitary existence while reaching out to a world at times perplexing. Most important, Taylor wants to be seen as an individual, not as a stereotypical “person with special needs,” or a rare wild flower—images that haunt her from the past. A cameo performance by Taylor’s new gerbil -- Harold Pinter-- adds further emphasis to themes of existentialism and humour.


I would love to read this book! It's always interesting to learn what life is like for someone who has Asperger's Syndrome. 



Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
RD: January 4, 2011


Slice of Cherry
Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around.It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities….


This sounds a bit like Dexter so I'm curious. 


Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. Go look at the rest!

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~~Lisette~~
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Book Review: Black-eyed Suzie by Susan Shaw

Black-eyed Suzie
Rating: 4/5; Really liked it, would re-read. Add to your collection worthy.
Release Date: 2007

Synopsis:
This is the story of a twelve year old girl who has been abused and for that reason ends up in St. Dorothy's, a mental institution where she begins to finally heal.
-T.V and Book Addict

Thoughts:

I like how the book begins with Suzie, a 12 year old girl, admiring her mother and talking about how she's good at a lot of things then gradually it's apparent to the reader that the mother is extremely bad at one thing: being a mother. This book is partly about child abuse (mostly emotional), mental illness, and learning to deal.

I am not exactly sure what mental illness it is that Suzie has since it is not stated and I'm no expert. I believe she has post-traumatic stress disorder which is what some children who have been abused may end up with. Like I said though, I'm not 100% sure. Either way Suzie is depressed to the point that she cannot talk or move quickly and always has to sit in a certain way. While she's at the mental institution, her mother and a few others tell her that she's not trying to talk and not trying to get better, but like Suzie says, there is no trying, it's not something she can simply do, she just has no words and that's what may help her get out of that place.

As a reader, one will feel awful for poor Suzie and come to hate her parents and sometimes even Deanna, Suzie's sister. The fact that Suzie can't help but love her mother is awful, but I can understand that. It must be hard not to love someone who's cared for you . Her mother did have her good moments after all. What is worse is that Suzie blames herself for her mother's behavior which is what occurs most of the time with a child who has been abused. I wish someone had been there for Suzie in the beginning so that they could tell her there is no excuse for someone to hurt another and it is of course not Suzie's fault that her mother is abusive towards her. As readers find out these thoughts from Suzie, they will want to hug the poor girl. 

In the beginning of the story, the author has a few unanswered questions about why Suzie is the way she is. It's clear her mother is abusive, but it is unclear just to what extent and it's not apparent if anything else happened to Suzie. Slowly while Suzie is recovering at St. Dorothy's, there are flashbacks with clues that give insight to what happened to Suzie. These flashbacks include more information on how horrible Suzie's mother can be towards her and the awful things she's said to her daughter. The reader is also given small pieces of information that all add up by the end of the book.

What I did not like about this book was the reason given for the mother's behavior. Supposedly she is an alcoholic, but the reader does not really "see" this so it's almost hard to believe (if that makes sense). The end itself also somewhat disappointed me because it seemed to have gotten wrapped up in a clean way which was strange considering the situation. Suzie does say she has doubts which make it more realistic, but either way, I was not a fan of the ending.

I recommend this read for those that are interested in seeing through the eyes of a girl who has been abused and an alcoholic "mother." The author really manages to convince you that these thoughts are those that a girl like Suzie would have and boy does it put you in her shoes. It's also a neat book about friendship (aww Joshua how I will miss you!) and learning how at times it may be important to speak whether you want to or not.

Quotes:
From Suzie's concerned uncle
"'Look at her,' he says. 'Look at the circles under her eyes. When was the last time she ate? Or smiled? Or talked? And her hair…'" 
Suzie's thoughts in reply to the above words
"'I can't comb my hair', I want to explain. You can't do that when you have to sit so still. And smiling takes so much energy…'"


Of interest:
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
maltreatment/child abuse/child neglect
Susan Shaw <--- looking forward to her other books! Some have won awards by the way, including Black-eyed Suzie
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky -- I was reminded a bit of Charlie's troubles when reading about Suzie's


Hope you enjoy!
~~Lisette~~

Watch This: Mary Stays Out All Night! + Help Harmony!

My current addiction right now is a Korean drama called Mary Stays Out All Night. It's also known as Marry Me, Mary!

Here's the first episode with English subtitles:



Unfortunately it's not available in the U.S since it's still airing in South Korea. It's on the 9th out of 16th episode. Ah! It's driving me crazy to have to wait and wait for the next ep!


Watch It:
You Tube (links go straight to the pages)
My Soju
Ep Drama (better and has the eps faster than My Soju, but has a few annoying pop ups)


If you have questions, email me!


On to another topic, I was over at Harmony Book Review's site and saw a post she put where she states that she needs help raising money to go on an exciting trip to Guatemala. If you can, please help her by donating whatever you can or even by buying some book t-shirts! That idea btw, is very awesome. Click here to learn more details on how you can help.

If she raises some moolah she can go here:
If she's able to go she's going to the above school to help kids learn and teach and do community service. So help if you can!!

~~Lisette~~

Free YA ebook: The Demon Girl


Click here to download it. It is for the Nook but you can still read it if you have a:
iPad
iPhone
iPod Touch
Mac
PC
Android
Blackberry


Release Date: October 2010


Synopsis:
Rae Wilder has problems. Plunged into a world of dark magic, fierce creatures and ritual sacrifice, she is charged with a guarding a magical amulet. Rae finds herself beaten up, repeatedly, and forced to make a choice: to live and die human, or embrace her birth-right and wield magics that could turn her into something wicked, a force of nature nothing can control.


Sounds interesting. Enjoy!~~Lisette~~
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Music: Walking on Air by Kerli Kõiv




The video creepy in a semi-interesting way and I love this song!

Love it,
~~Lisette~~
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Free YA ebook: Merlin's Harp by Anne Crompton

Merlin's Harp
Click here to download it for free from Amazon (you're going to need one of their free accounts). It is for the Kindle but if you have any of the following devices you can just download an app from Amazon and you can read it!
Mac
Android
iPod Touch
iPhone
Blackberry
PC
if you need help with this email me and I'll help you out



I read some mixed reviews on this book, but it's free so what do you have to lose?



Release Date: March 2010


Synopsis:
Among the towering trees of magical Avalon, where humans dare not tread, lives Niviene, daughter of the Lady of the Lake and apprentice to Merlin the mage. Her people, the Fey, are folk of the wood and avoid the violence and avarice of man. But the strife of King Arthur's realm threatens even Avalon's peace, and Merlin needs his apprentice to thwart the chaos devouring Camelot. And so Niviene must use her special talents to help save a kingdom and discover the treachery of men and the beauty of love. A mystical love story, now back in print, sure to become a modern teen classic.




~~Lisette~~

P.S--The author's last name is almost like Bill Compton's teehee Can you tell I'm desperately missing True Blood?

Lisette's Favorite: Sheldon Cooper

My favorite character from The Big Bang Theory is the amazing Sheldon Cooper!

Source.

This one's from one of my all time favorite episodes:
Source.

Quotes:
"The X-men were named for the X in Charles Xavier. Since I am Sheldon Cooper, you will be, my C-men".

"I think that you have as much of a chance of having a sexual relationship with Penny as the Hubble Telescope does of discovering that in the center of every black hole there's a little man with a flashlight searching for a circuit breaker. "

Raj: "Sheldon, would you find it in your heart to give me back my kite?"
Sheldon: "I'm sorry, Raj, but the rules of aerial warfare dictate that the fallen kite go to the victor, and without rules there would be no meaning, and without meaning the following would be an empty gesture: I have your kite! I have your kite!"


soft kitty, warm kitty
hahaha that makes me laugh so much!

~~Lisette~~

Waiting on Wednesday: The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman

The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman
RD: January 1, 2011

The Big CrunchA funny, clear-eyed view of the realities of teenage love from National Book Award winner Pete Hautman.
Jen and Wes do not "meet cute." They do not fall in love at first sight. They do not swoon with scorching desire. They do not believe that they are instant soul mates destined to be together forever.

This is not that kind of love story.

Instead, they just hang around in each other's orbits...until eventually they collide. And even after that happens, they're still not sure where it will go. Especially when Jen starts to pity-date one of Wes's friends, and Wes makes some choices that he immediately regrets.



From National Book Award winner Pete Hautman, this is a love story for people not particularly biased toward romance. But it is romantic, in the same way that truth can be romantic and uncertainty can be the biggest certainty of all.


I really desperately want to read this book!


Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. Check out the rest!

~~Lisette~~
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Dandy Books

Dandy Books is a feature in which I share the books on my TBR list. Hope you find something interesting you can also add to yours. I include 4 books I really want to read and own/borrow and 1 book I own, have yet to read, but want to.

Want to have:

Blankets by Craig Thompson 
RD: 2003
Blankets
Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.


This graphic novel sounds just like something I'd love. Can't wait to get my hands on it!




Crank by Ellen Hopkins -- and the rest of the series of course
RD: 2004
Crank
Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she's fearless.
Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life.


I've read Ellen Hopkins's Impulse and Burned and immediately fell in love with the stories. Heard great things about the Crank series so I want to start it. Badly. 

The Emerald Talisman (Book #1) by Brenda Pandos
RD: March 2010
The Emerald Talisman
To be normal, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would shed her empathic gift in a second. Life has been difficult since her mother's mysterious disappearance ten years earlier - an event she witnessed, but can't remember. Julia's situation becomes more complicated after a near death experience from a blood thirsty stalker. As high school students go missing it is clear there is a connection to her own experience--past and present. Someone has to stop the madness and a chance encounter with a creepy psychic foretells that only Julia is the key to stopping the madness, but it may require the life of the one she loves.


I've read good reviews on this one and can't wait to read it. Huge fan of love stories! Vampires used to be badass and now they're ...different, so for this one, we'll see. 

Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty
RD: 2002
Feeling Sorry for Celia: A Novel
A first novel of refreshingly original letters exchanged between teenage friends, refrigerator notes from a madcap mother, and darkly comic epistles from the heroine's internal voice of self-doubt.

The Association of Teenagers" is coming down pretty hard on Elizabeth Clarry. What is she to do when her best friend Celia keeps disappearing, her absent father suddenly reappears, and her communication with her mother consists entirely of wacky notes left on the refrigerator? And now, because her English teacher wants to rekindle the "Joy of the Envelope" in the "Age of the Internet," a complete and utter stranger knows more about Elizabeth than anyone else.

But Elizabeth is on the verge of some big changes. She is about to outgrow a friend, discover a great new friend, kiss the sexiest guy alive, and run in a marathon. Who needs "The Association of Teenagers" anyway?!

Jaclyn Moriarty's hilariously candid novel shows that the roller coaster ride of being a teenager is every bit as fun as it is harrowing.



Already have:


Black-eyed Suzie by Susan Shaw
RD: 2007
Black-eyed Suzie
Twelve-year-old Suzie needs to feel safe and worthy of love. Suzie's stay in a mental hospital helps her tear down the walls of a devastating psychological prison she calls "the box."


I love all stories having to do with mental illnesses/psychological disorders/mental hospitals. Can't wait to get the chance to read this. Hopefully after finals. *fingers crossed*



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As always, if you've read any of these already, feel free to share your thoughts on them. If you haven't feel free to share why you find them interesting or not :)

~~Lisette~~
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