Thursday, December 29, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Justin Long, Matthew Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Christina Applegate, Anna Faris, Amy Poehler, Alan Tudyk
Animation, Comedy, Family
Date it Came Out:
December 16, 2011
Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.
I'd Recommend to...
Before flying off to the International Music Awards, the Chipmunks and Chipettes are off on a family vacation - a cruise in the tropics. Alvin behaves as any chipmunk-kid would, but it almost gets them kicked off the ship. When he is doing the one thing allowed - shuffleboard - he gets bored. When he sees a kite flying high in the sky, he comes up with a scheme to use it to go hang-gliding. The winds become too strong, and Alvin and his team helping to keep him from letting the wind take over, fly into the air, pulling the chair the string is tied to, and Dave, their manager/father, with them. They fly into the sky, and Dave goes to the real glider in hopes of going after them. Ian, the chipmunks and chipettes old manager, tries to stop him, and they end up dropping the flotation and plummeting into the water, far behind the disappearing cruise. The chipmunks all make it to an island, and using Ian's bird costume as a floaty, Dave and Ian soon arrive at the island as well.
When Simon gets bit by a spider, he becomes Simone and takes the fun, careless-ness of Alvin and makes it his own, upsetting Alvin. Simone shows his affection towards Jeanette majorly, and Brittany becomes sad that she is no longer the pretty one.
Finally, they have found each other - Dave and the 'munks. But when the volcano on the island starts to erupt and the greedy island-goer, Zoe, has captured Jeanette in hopes of uncovering the hidden gold, will Alvin and the gang make it out on time? You simply must watch the movie to find out!
It was a cute movie with a good plot line and cool songs. The chipmunk voices were less annoying than I thought they were going to be. A whole movie of hearing those high, squeaky voices? Not as bad as it sounds. I usually don't like movies, but this one I enjoyed. I definitely suggest people go to see it.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Save The Pearls
About the Author: (inside book cover)
Victoria Foyt's previous novel, The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond, a young adult super-natural mystery, met with critical acclaim, including a Must Read, five-star review from TeensReadToo.com: "Foyt has created a compelling character and an electrifying story that will hold readers until the last page."
An accomplished screenwriter and actress, she graduated from the University of Miami in her hometown of Coral Gables, Florida. She speaks fluent French and Spanish, and lives in Santa Monica, California.
You can connect with her at VictoriaFoyt.com or Facebook.com/VictoriaFoyt.
Summary: (inside book cover)
Would you betray your loved ones-and maybe your entire race-to avoid a horrible death?
In a post-apocalyptic world where resistance to an overheated environment defines class and beauty, Eden Newman's white skin brands her as a member of the lowest class, a weak and ugly Pearl. The clock is ticking: if Eden doesn't mate before her eighteenth birthday, she'll be left outside to die.
If only a dark-skinned Coal from the ruling class will pick up her mate option, she'll be safe. But no matter how much Eden darkens her skin and hair, she's still a Pearl, still ugly-cursed with a tragically low mate-rate of 15%.
Just maybe one Coal sees the real Eden and will save her-she has begun secretly dating her handsome co-worker Jamal. But when Eden unwittingly compromises her father's secret biological experiment, she is thrown into the eye of the storm-and the remaining patch of rain forest, a strange and dangerous land.
Eden must fight to save her father, who may be humanity's last hope, while standing up to a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction. To survive, Eden must change-but only is she can redefine her ideas of beauty-and of true love.
Acclaimed writer Victoria Foyt blends equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this captivating novel set in a terrifying future, which is all too easy to imagine.
I'd Recommend to...
Its the future. Global Warming has threatened to take out the planet, and most of it is too hot for people. People are forced to live underground in tunnels, and the Meltdown has wiped the population of most whites, rearranging the system.
Eden Newman is a Pearl (a white). She is upset by this an wishes to be a Coal (black). She must mate in the next 6 months, or else they leave her outside to die in the heat, with no Oxy (the drug everyone is on in the time period). She's been dating Jamal, a coal, hoping he would be her mate. Unfortunately, he turns against her and was just using her. She sets the place on fire, and Bramford saves her and her father, taking them to the Rainforest. Many feelings are experienced and expressed, and Eden grows in several ways.
I would totally recommend this book and I can't wait until the next one comes out. I liked the uses of the Spanish language in it, how it wasn't all English. I also enjoyed the scientific names of all the creatures that were included-it showed that Victoria Foyt really knew what she was talking about and that she is a very intelligent woman, much like the Spanish words did.
I was captivated before I even opened the book! The cover had me hooked and the story just kept me going. On the cover, the title is pushed forward, as if it was brial. So I was already almost mesmerized as I opened the cover of the wonderful book. As soon as I started reading, I truly could not stop. I wouldn't go to bed until late at night, because the book would keep me up; I just simply had to finish! Finally, I did. And it still leaves me wanting more! I cannot wait to read the next book in the Save the Pearls series and find out more about the adventures of Eden, Ronson, and Logan.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Joann Martin Sowles
About the Author: (GoodReads)
Joann I Martin Sowles is the author of The Brookehaven Vampires series. Her first release, Laney, is now available. Book 2, Darkness, will be released in 2011.
Not long ago, Laney Alexander was living a carefree life, that is, until she was thrown into a world full of creatures only the imagination thought possible. Now, after surviving a terrifying night, Laney and Oliver are lying low at Julz's place, relieved to be in each other's arms once again. But fate seems to have other plans...
Julz is not happy to have visitors in her home and emotions run high. Laney is pushed to her limits as she watches Carter fight for his life and her relationship with Oliver becomes strained as she discovers secrets about Julz that could tear them apart.
As she reaches her boiling point, disaster strikes and her life is shattered. Laney must come to terms with what has unfolded. Will she lose her way and let the darkness consume her or will she find her light in Oliver?
Secrets will be revealed. Hearts will be broken. Lives will be lost. Darkness will fall.
I'd Recommend to..
People who've read Laney
To me, this book didn't make much sense because of the fact that I didn't read the first book in the series, Laney. There were several references about what had previously happened, but since I didn't read it, I didn't understand them. This book is definitely a continuation of Laney, so if you liked it, I'd strongly recommend reading Darkness.
In the beginning, I didn't really 'get' the plot, but as I read more, I did. Towards the end, (when Carter and Delaney get drunk) I was laughing out loud and I just couldn't stop. It was so funny! And I could also see parts of it playing in my head, like a movie. To me, that makes a good book.
I just would have included a bit more on why she didn't think the town was safe and what had gone on before the book started.
Monday, December 19, 2011
London draws heavily on his life experiences in his writing. He spent time in the Klondike during the Gold Rush and at various times was an oyster pirate, a seaman, a sealer, and a hobo. His first work was published in 1898. From there he went on to write such American classics as Call of the Wild, Sea Wolf, and White Fang.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
This was someone's Facebook status and I liked it, so I figured I'd share it with all of you!
On the First Day of Christmas, my Facebook gave to me, a Creep Who Won't Stop Inboxing Me!
On the Second Day of Christmas, my Facebook gave to me, 2 Friends-A-Poking, and a creep who won't stop inboxing me!
On the Third Day of Christmas, my Facebook gave to me, 3 Photo Tags, 2 friends-a-poking, and a creep who won't stop inboxing me!
On the Fourth Day of Christmas, my Facebook gave to me, 4 Game Requests, 3 photo tags, 2 friends-a-poking, and a creep who won't stop inboxing me!
On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my Facebook gave to me, 5 Drama Queens, 4 game requests, 3 photo tags, 2-friends-a-poking, and a creep who won't stop inboxing me!
On the Sixth Day of Christmas, my Facebook gave to me, 6 Party Invites, 5 drama queens, 4 game requests, 3 photo tags, 2 friends-a-poking, and a creep who won't stop inboxing me!
On the Seventh Day of Christmas, my Facebook gave to me, 7 Stalkers Stalking, 6 party invites, 5 drama queens, 4 game requests, 3 photo tags, 2 friends-a-poking, and a creep who won't stop inboxing me!
On the Eighth Day of Christmas, my Facebook gave to me, 8 Friends Complaining, 7 stalkers stalking, 6 party invites, 5 drama queens, 4 game requests, 3 photo tags, 2 friends-a-poking, and a creep who won't stop inboxing me!
On the Ninth Day of Christmas, my Facebook gave to me, 9 Busted Barbies, 8 friends complaining, 7 stalkers stalking, 6 party invites, 5 drama queens, 4 game requests, 3 photo tags, 2 friends-a-poking, and a creep who won't stop inboxing me!
On the Tenth Day of Christmas, my Facebook gave to me, 10 Corny Topics, 9 busted barbies, 8 friends complaining, 7 stalkers stalking, 6 party invites, 5 drama queens, 4 game requests, 3 photo tags, 2 friends-a-poking, and a creep who won't stop inboxing me!
On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, my Facebook gave to me, 11 Friends Just Watching, 10 corny topics, 9 busted barbies, 8 friends complaining, 7 stalkers stalking, 6 party invites, 5 drama queens, 4 game requests, 3 photo tags, 2 friends-a-poking, and a creep who won't stop inboxing me!
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my Facebook gave to me, 12 Dudes I'm Blocking, 11 friends just watching, 10 corny topics, 9 busted barbies, 8 friends complaining, 7 stalkers stalking, 6 party invites, 5 drama queens, 4 game requests, 3 photo tags, 2 friends-a-poking, and a creep who won't stop inboxing me!
Friday, December 16, 2011
So what do you think of Austin's new song? (Well, new version.) Post a comment below to let us know! Or you can let him know on his facebook page!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Giles Paley-Phillips, the author, would very much appreciate any votes that she can receive for her wonderful children's book!
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo www.nanowrimo.org) is an online contest open worldwide to writers and aspiring writers of all ages. They have the regular writing contest, which is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days (November 1-30). They also have the same contest in the Young Writers Program: 50,000 in 30 days (November 1-30) for ages 17 and under. They have a similar contest April 1-30 called Script Frenzy for those who like to write scripts rather than novels. And they just started Camp NaNoWriMo to write novels over the summer (July and August 2011 was the first year).
This is a totally free contest and you can sign up anytime throughout the months that the contests are held (example: November 25 or April 17). And you win cool prizes like a certificate of completion and badges to put on your website announcing to the world that you are a participant or winner. I know. You’re thinking, “What’s the point?” The point is that this is for YOU, the writer. I think this is a really awesome concept. I give this contest a 5 out of 5.
What I really like about this contest is that it is on an honor system. The rules are that you must write a completely new story starting from page 1, line 1, and first word. (It’s ok to outline, though) You must write 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30 and upload your manuscript for verification when you hit 50K. It even tells you how to encrypt it if you’re worried about people taking your idea. If you cheat in the contest, the only one you are cheating is YOU. This is a great experience to see what you can really do. And it is totally ok if you don’t reach 50K by the end of the month. Everyone is still cheering for you because you started that novel.
There is a great support system of pep talks emailed to you if you want. You can subscribe to forums. And there is a forum for everything you can think of for every genre and style of writing. You can participate in write-ins in your area. A write-in is just meeting somewhere with other writers who are doing the contest too. This is a great way to network with local authors in your area. There is a region for you almost anywhere around the country and around the world.
NaNoWriMo is run by a non-profit organization called the Office of Letters and Light. That’s NON-PROFIT which means they do it out of the kindness of their hearts. But they have no aversion to a donation of $10 or so. You can even buy cool T-shirts, hats, coffee mugs, decals, etc. to help support the programs. They partner with school, libraries, and educators. This is about promoting reading and writing and enjoying the craft. This is the 13th year that they have hosted the contest. This is my 5th year entering the contest. I’ve won 3 times (completed one year at 11:50pm November 30th, whew!). Didn’t even get close 1 time. And “Was I supposed to be doing something this November?” 1 time.
But I have had fun every year. I just stop thinking about writing that perfect novel and just write for the enjoyment of writing a story. So what if the novel you wrote in November sucks. YOU WROTE A 50,000 WORD NOVEL IN 30 DAYS! That’s AWESOME! Besides that’s what December is for: editing.
By the way, they also have sponsors now that are also offering cool prizes like free copies of the book you wrote during the contest or discounts on writing software if you do win.
2011 Version of
I'm not gonna lie, this movie totally depressed me. Maybe it was that it started off with a car accident, and just over a month before I saw it, my friend died in a car accident. Maybe it was that the main guy reminded me of a friend who doesn't talk to me anymore. Maybe it was that the main girl is so skinny and pretty and I wished I looked like her. I'm not quite sure what it was, I just know it depressed me. Just listening to the "Footloose" song depressed me up until like 2 weeks ago. But it's all good now:) lol
According to my mom, this movie was pretty much just like the original, except the ban on the original didn't start because of car accident.
In this movie, dancing, loud music, and tons of other teenage-ish things are banned in the small, Georgia town, because a few years before kids died in a car accident coming back from a dance. When Ren McCormic moves in from Boston, he doesn't know any of thier crazy laws and gets into tons of trouble. He decides to stand up for dancing, since he thinks he can change that, when he couldn't change his mother's cancer. they have a dance, and I think the law gets lifted. I had to pee towards the end, so I'm not quite sure if the ban was lifted or not, haha.
mkay, well I have a mega busy day tomorrow and it's late. So I'll review something else probably Friday, cause like I said, I'm mega busy tomorrow.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Anyway, I have tons of things to review, so I'll try getting them up ASAP. I don't like leaving the blog without a new post each day, so I'm terribly sorry.
Thanks for your understanding!
~Tasha Nicole <3