Gangster Squad (11th), Broken City (18th), Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (25th), Kings of Summer
Bullet to the Head (1st), Warm Bodies (1st), Beautiful Creatures (13th), A Good Day to Die Hard (14th)
21 and Over (1st), Jack the Giant Slayer (1st), Stoker (1st), Oz the Great and Powerful (8th), The Call (15th), Upside Down (15th), Olympus has Fallen (22nd), GI Joe Retaliation (29th)
April- Oblivion (19th), Mud (26th)
Iron Man 3 (3rd), The Great Gatsby (10th), Star Trek Into Darkness (17th), Epic (29th), Fast and Furious 6 (29th)
June- After Earth (7th), Much Ado About Nothing (7th),
Now You See Me (7th), Man of Steel (14th), This is the End (14th), Monster University (21st), World War Z (21st), The Heat (28th)
Despicable Me 2 (3rd), The Lone Ranger (3rd), Pacific Rim (12th), R.I.P.D (19th), Girl Most Likely (July 19th), The Wolverine (26th)
August- RED 2 (2nd), Elysium (9th),
Kickass 2 (16th), Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (16), The World's End (23rd), The Life guard (30th), Passion (30th)
Prisoners (20th), Parkland (27th)
Bad Grandpa (25th)
November- Ender's Game (1st), About Time (8th),
Thor: Dark World (8th), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (22nd), Delivery Man (22nd), Frozen (27th)
December- Saving Mr. Banks (13th), The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (13th), Anchorman 2 (20th), 47 Ronin (25th), American Hustle (25th), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (25th), Jack Ryan (25th), Twelve Years A Slave (27th)
Man on a Ledge, One for the Money
February- Big Miracle, Wanderlust, The Secret World of Arriety,
This Means War, Gone
The Lorax, The Hunger Games, 21 Jump Street, John Carter, Mirror Mirror, Project X
Cabin in the Woods, The Five Year Engagement, The Lucky One, The Raven
The Avengers, Men in Black III, Battleship, Dark Shadows
Rock of Ages, Snow White and the Huntsman, Prometheus, Brave, Bel Ami, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Seeking a Friend For the End of the World, Magic Mike
The Amazing Spider-man, The Dark Knight Rises, Step-up 4
August- Total Recall,
Expendables 2, Paranorman, Cosmopolis
Bachelorette, Looper, End of Watch, Resident Evil, Dredd
Butter, Frankenweenie, Pitch Perfect, Cloud Atlas, Fun Size
Wreck-it Ralph, Red Dawn, Skyfall (007), Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Rise of the Guardians
The Hobbit, Les Miserables, Django Unchained
by Rachel Hartman
Quote: Lars stopped abruptly. The silence hit hard, a shock wave of relief, but he wasn't finished playing. He had merely paused to shout: "I like it loudt!"
The brawling pipes sprang back to cacophonous life, but there was a smattering of laughter and applause, as if his statement had lent the performance some humor or at least some sense.
I love Lars and the rest of the grotesques that inhabited Seraphina's mind garden.
This book came at exactly the right time. I had been struggling a lot to find my last book and I couldn't get into anything I tried to read. I forced myself through about 100 pages of Something Wicked This Way Comes but I was just not connecting well so I gave up. So basically Thursday I was just like have to pick something or go back and try to finish the last half of SWTWC. Luckily, Seraphina came in the mail and I couldn't put it down! Finished it about 3am friday morning.
This book is basically about a girl (with a secret) who saves her kingdom/the royal family/visiting Dragon Leader from a rebel plot. The world is something I haven't seen before and I like that you're just kind of thrown into it. You're not left confused by anything and things like class/history are explained but I like how organically things seemed to be rolled out.
Really recommend it. I know it's a new book but I don't think I've ever seen anything with zero 1 or 2 star ratings on amazon.
And with that, I declare myself VICTORIOUSSSSSSSSSSS. I'm probably not going to make another post for a bit because I'm lazy but here's my pinterest board with all the covers of the books I read this challenge! https://pinterest.com/amandanilomua/books-books-books/
Thanks, as always, for reading my rambling! I will probably be doing more challenges but maybe less books/themed ones. I've proved that I can do it twice and I don't really want to increase the quantity because, you know, tv. But I still like to challenge myself so we'll see what I can come up with next!
by Rob Rogers
Quote: "I have come to Devil's Cape today," he said, "to clean up a mess that the citizens of this cesspool should have cleaned up themselves." He turned and pointed at the statue of St. Diable. "This is your city's beloved founder. A pirate. A brigand. A criminal. You venerate your pirate origins." He turned back, sweeping his hands wide. "You tolerate your criminal reputation." He shook a fist. "And you assassinate the people who try to pull you up to something better."
I love this book so much! In a world where superheroes are plenty, Devil's Cape is an oasis for villains and crime. No hero has ever lasted long in the corrupt pirate town.
The story is told in a kind of unusual way. You get bits of the "what's happening now" stuff to introduce our main characters: Jason, Cain, and Kate. But before and mixed in with that stuff you the history for basically everything that leads them to become the heroes of the story. I feel like there's a lot of depth and details. Sometimes this can make me want to kill myself but in this book I was really engaged throughout the whole thing. There are also fun little excerpts from newspapers and documentaries about Devil's Cape/characters that I thought were really fun and crucial to understanding the world these people exist in.
by Brian Jacques
Quote: Skullface had time for just one agonized scream before he fell. The iron-shod cartwheels rolled over him. He lay in a red mist of death, the life ebbing from his broken body.
First of all, this is the most violent children's book everrrr. Second, I finished reading all 100 books on friday so I have indeed finished the challenge before the 13th. I am just really slacking and getting absorbed with other stuff. I was supposed to write up these last three when I woke up this morning but I wasn't feeling good so I just watched a BBC stream of the closing ceremonies and hung around ohnotheydidnt ALL DAY.
Moving on, while I did like this book the writing style was a little bland so I'm not sure I'm going to continue with the other bazillion in this series. I really enjoyed Constance the Badger and feared for her life throughout the book. She was such a loud mouth, I thought for sure something absolutely brutal would happen.
I also kind of hate that even though there was obviously a burgeoning romance between Mathias and Cornflower the Abbot was all (paraphrased cause I can't find the page right now) "You must be his wife because our hero deserves someone young and pretty by his side." Shut up, Abbot.
SPOILERSStray (Shifters, Book 1)
by Rachel Vincent
Quote: If my scent didn't convince him, one look at my eyes would. Cats can communicate anger through their expressions just as people can, and I was really good at looking pissed off. I'd had lots of practice.
So I kind of skimmed reviews to refresh my memory a little bit and damn people really hate Faythe. She is an asshole, granted. But I didn't remember being as annoyed with her as others. I skipped through the book a little just now while finding the quote (which is in itself an example of her being annoying) and the shear amount of times she uses the word "daddy" makes my skin crawl. I'm not opposed to a college aged girl calling her dad "daddy". But it is used *A LOT*.
Also this book (and beautiful lies and fablehaven) began my streak of some seriously violent books. This one includes girls being kidnapped and raped and their stomachs being torn out. Also terrible world building/werecats that act more like wolf packs. And an annoyingly aggressive love interest who doesn't accept no for an answer. Because, as it turns out, no actually DOES mean keep hounding me until I admit that yes, I do love you to Faythe. Blech.
by Brandon Mull
Quote: A deep, throbbing beat joined the cacophony, keeping a steady rhythm. As the pulsing percussion increased in volume and tempo, it was accompanied by chanting in a wailing language. Kendra resisted otherworldly images of vicious demons on the hunt.
Despite one half of the siblings, who are our main characters, being incredibly stupid I really enjoyed this book. Lots of mayhem and fairies who are not-so-nice, interesting histories, and the fun of humans being thrust into a world they never imagined.
But seriously, Seth is an idiot. Too stupid to live level of stupid. And he gets away with almost killing everyone with just a shrug and a "it's not your fault". BUT IT IS HIS FAULT.
by Lisa Unger
Quote bookmark disappeared again, going to have to skip cause it's been awhile (again, whoops!)
A lot of things about this thriller/mystery were a bit too contrived but I liked it overall. The conspiracy and red herrings were interesting. I only disliked the main character a little bit for whinyness and the inexplicable love at first sight nonsense.
How do you like them vague apples? Sorry. I need to get better at writing these when it's fresh in my mind and not watered down by the gazillion hours of media I've consumed since then.
by Mary Norton
Quote: "Upstairs is a dangerous place," said Pod. "And you, Arrietty, you're all we've got, see? It isn't like Hendreary he still has two of his own and two of hers. Once," said Pod, "Hendreary had three, three of his own."
While I think this book translates much better to a visual format, it was still a fun book. I love all the illustrations throughout. Pod, Arrietty, and the boy were engaging although Homily just seemed like a horribly greedy and selfish little borrower and I didn't like her at all.
SPOILERSA Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Arrrgh, I keep bookmarking quotes as I'm reading but they all seem to freaking fall out by the time I write these so I will forego it this time. Anyway, I thought I'd give some love to older books since I've been reading mostly newer releases this challenge. This also had the benefit of being one of the books Sawyer reads on LOST, so it was a no brainer.
While I didn't really love Meg so much, she's rather obnoxious, Mrs Who, Mrs Whatsit, and Mrs Which were great fun and the other children were not so bad. Nobody is very stupid, which I always appreciate especially when reading children's novels.
Speaking of children's novels, I've just had enough sex for a little while. I'm not ONLY reading children's novels for the rest of the challenge. But if Kim asks I totally am. (She's trying to make me read 50 Shades of Grey and I do not want.)
SPOILERSMurder of a Small-Town Honey
by Denise Swanson
Quote: Skye stood trapped on the telephone in her kitchen. She was still dressed in the perspiration-soaked clothes she had worn to attend Mass that Sunday morning. No air-conditioning for Saint Francis Church. Let the Protestants have their creature comforts, the Catholics sweated for Jesus.
Skye's a school psychologist but because her brother is being accused of murdering the body she discovered and the police aren't investigating anyone else, she must take the detective work into her own hands. It wasn't the best mystery book I've ever read but it wasn't bad either. I will probably pick up the rest of the Scumble River mysteries at some point.
Almost through with my backlog, yaaay!
by M.P Kozlowsky
Quote: Juniper could remember a time when her parents would never have allowed her to play in the rain. But these weren't those times, and these didn't seem to be those parents. It was as if she had new parents each year, one pair continuously traded in for the next. And so, the next day, out she went, into the rain.
Juniper's parent were fantastic, they loved spending family time together and encouraged Juniper to write screenplays for them to star in. And then, gradually, as they became more and more famous her parents barely noticed her. They kept her locked inside their family home, home schooled, with nobody to talk to but her dog Kitty. But Juniper can't seem to shake that there is something more wrong with them, that this isn't a normal reaction to fame.
One night out in the rain, she stumbles upon Giles, who claims he had seen his parents, a pair of famous musicians, disappear somewhere in her woods. As they discover the secret to their parents fame, they are faced with great temptations.
Fun book, I really enjoyed it! It was really imaginative. Although on a weird note the pages smell terrible. I've never had a brand new book smell this bad.
SPOILERSCurse of Deadman's Forest (Oracles of Delphi Keep, Book 2)
by Victoria Laurie
Quote: Seeker, Seer, Healer true
Members gather to your crew
Find the next, there's four to come
Each will give one part of sum
Will you win or will you lose?
It will lie in who you choose
Nevermind what I said last time, the children are kind of stupid. Especially Carl, ugh. And the find one of the chosen six per book thing is tiring. But seeing the prophesies manifest is my favorite part of these books! The kids recognize them waaaay too late but whatever.
There was also more movement on the Nazi aspects. They were a part of the big showdown in the deadman's forest because the Magus told them it was a short cut to get to a Polish spy village or something. I don't know why it's necessary to include them.
by Sara Strohmeyer
I wanted a new light and fun mystery-esque series since Stephanie Plum, Sookie Stackhouse, and Pepper Martin are all irritating me lately so I tried this one. It's not bad!
Bubbles is not taken seriously. For one, her name is Bubbles. And she's a hair dresser. And she's taken every course the community college has to offer after her husband, whom she put through law school, cheated on her and was court appointed to pay for any education she wants. Bubbles finally narrows down her career options to journalist and gets embroiled in the mysteries of a 10 yr old case of a teen suicide, a current day dead body in the park, and the implications it means for one of the wealthiest men in town. It was fun and easy but it didn't quite hook me the way the first few books of the aforementioned ladies did so I'm not sure about it.
PS: I was behind like 12 books when I started today so I'm just trying to get through as many as I can today and tomorrow and resume reading. Almost to the finish line, guys!
SPOILERSA Conspiracy of Kings
by Megan Whalen Turner
Quote: In his meetings, Sounis was careful to keep to words he had discussed in advance with the magus, well aware that each one was a link in a chain that would bind him and his country to Attolia.
This book followed Sophos, heir of Sounis and thus Eugenides was just a (very important) supporting character. So this one is pretty much my least favorite of the series and while there are still lots of surprises, the cleverness that I love so much was missing.
by Janet Evanovich
Quote: Connie looked up at the ceiling. "Hey, something just dripped on my desk."
We all looked at the ceiling. There were big wet splotches, and it looked like it was buckling.
Lula sniffed. "it's the rats. They're relievin' themselves, and it's soakin' through. There must be a lot of them. When I was a 'ho, I used to do business out of a Chinese restaurant, and they had this problem. It used to drip into the hot-and-sour soup."
So do you remember my review of Sizzlin' Seventeen? http://mekania.livejournal.com/147999.html
Well. I wasn't far off. Along with the above excerpt, there were discussions of rat farts, Lula was food poisoned by some discount potato salad and had some bowel issues, then ate ten donuts to relax her stomach and felt sick again, and I'm pretty sure there was more but I can't even. I'm so sad these books stopped being fun.
SPOILERSGirl in the Arena
by Lise Haines
There is a photo instead of a quote because the formatting of this book drove me crazy and will be the focus of my (quick) rant today.
Why with the em dashes before dialogue? Are quotations not good enough? Also it's so hard to tell when dialogue ends and actions begin. Sometimes her thoughts are italicized and sometimes they are not. It's incredibly frustrating and, more importantly, distracting.
I think also if the book's plot was less shallow and boring I may have been able to give the formatting a pass. Girl in the Arena is about a world where gladiator sport has an NFL-like league complete with contracts that dictate the behavior of wives and offspring. Lyn's mother is on her last allowed gladiator husband (total is 7) and when he dies in the arena, his opponent picks up Lyn's dowry bracelet and according to the bylaws, they must get married. Lyn doesn't want to be a Gladiator Wife and refuses. The organization turns on the family until Lyn comes up with the solution: a fight to the death between herself and Uber. And then she cheats and uses what is basically a Sims hologram version of herself in the fight. Like many reviews say, there is about 10 pages total devoted to arena fighting in this book. It's really more of a dysfunctional family novel than the book it was claiming to be. The back cover has "ONE NIGHT ONLY! FIGHT TO THE DEATH! GIRL IN THE ARENA" listed in large font.
But mostly, it's the formatting. Uggggh.
SPOILERSSpellmans Strike Again
by Lisa Lutz
Quote: Phone call from the edge #28
Morty: What's new, Izzele?
Me: If I told you, you wouldn't believe me.
Morty: Never stopped you before.
Me: I wouldn't know where to begin.
Morty: It's true. You tell stories funny. You always start in the middle.
Me: Here's a headline: Rae committed a felony and might actually have to do time in a juvenile facility.
I KNOW I bookmarked a great quote but it has gone missing so you get a snippet from the first page again. Also, I love Morty.
I still love these books but I'm a little disappointed Isabel let Henry off so easy after he rebuffed her last book for not being a grown up. And while her actor friend taking his "deep cover" assignment as a butler a little too seriously was funny, her cases this book were kind of boring. And I hated the whole bit about Mrs. Spellman not liking her bf Connor (and knew he was cheating on her but didn't tell her) so she blackmailed Isabel into going on "dates" with lawyers. It was obnoxious.
Did I mention I love Morty? Well, I do. And since this book is a comedy I didn't expect it to make me cry. At least his cancer made his wife let them come back from the edge (Miami) and hang with Isabel a few last times!
by Tamora Pierce
Quote: "Well, I have good news and better news," she told them. "The good news is that Topabaw has a spy in this household." As they stiffened she quickly added, "The better news is that it's me."
It was so much easier to get into this sequel than it was the first book. Rebellion, intrigue, deception, cute little magical beings that help Aly spy! Nawat was mainly absent in this one as he left to help the rebellions on the other island so he could become his own person and came back all manly and such. I love cute confused crow/man Nawat but that's ok, he had to develop eventually.
Aly proved herself a capable spy master. And while I knew that she would end up staying with her new family, I'm a little disappointed. Her whole motivation was to get home but she didn't want to leave these people with a mess. Then she cleaned up the mess and decides that she's going to stay anyway. Whateves, didn't really love that.
SPOILERSPrincess of Glass
by Jessica Day George
Quote: "But why are you so filthy? Did Mrs. Hanks tell you to clean out all the chimneys in the middle of the night?"
Ellen's tears dried as if by magic, and a sly, closed look came over her face. "Just trying to do my duty," she said stiffly.
I really liked Princess of the Midnight Ball, a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (my fav) so I thought I'd give this retelling of Cinderella a chance. Pretty simple reading, which I enjoy about it! And there's some continuation of the last book which I didn't think was going to happen. I'm not personally fond of Ellen (the Cinderella character) and her random mood swings and motivations but since it was mostly Poppy's (one of the twelve dancing princesses) story of trying to figure out what was going on in this strange kingdom, I didn't mind it too much.
SPOILERSTinker (Elfhome, Book 1)
by Wen Spencer
No quote cause I have misplaced the book and just want to move on. Tinker is the story of a girl genius(Tinker) who lives in Pittsburgh. A Pittsburgh that bounces between Earth and a planet (?) called Elfhome. She's (a bio engineered) human until she sleeps with an elf who uses magic and his sperm to turn her into an elf as well. Yup. That happens. She's super smart so people are after her to create more portals that will transfer them between worlds. Or something. I wasn't very happy with this book after the transformation sex so I will admit to checking out after that. There's also a lot of instances where male characters are really pushy and rape-y scenarios. It was not a fun book at all.
SPOILERSOracles of Delphi Keep
by Victoria Laurie
Quote: "Legend has it that Laodamia was able to foretell future events so accurately that her word was undisputed. Her powers were said to have been miraculous; she was credited with healing the sick, predicting the outcome of any Greek campaign, and moving objects without touching them, and her ability to predict incoming storms and yearly rainfall was uncanny."
A fun adventure story about children from a prophecy questing to rid the world of an evil God and his four horseman-esque children in Europe on the cusp of WWII (Hitler is part of the evil things plans). These kids aren't stupid so that makes me happy.
SPOILERSThe Empty Mile
by Matthew Stokoe
Quote: He nestled against his pillow and for a moment I saw him as a young boy again and was freshly overcome with a sense of loss for all the time that had passed while we were not together.
Sometimes I like to read things that are depressingly domestic. I thought this one was something like that, man returns to his small hometown after finding himself abroad and deals with the dysfunction he's left behind. This one takes the dysfunction to a new level with an old gf-turned prostitute, then she's no longer a prostitute but the guy she was seeing before Johnny (johnny's best friend) blackmails her into doing odd prostituting jobs, a revenge plot against Johnny and his family for causing someone to die even though he didn't, a special needs brother, murder, and the history of the Gold Rush and the possibility of undiscovered gold in a plot of land called The Empty Mile.
It was a lot. Not bad though but probably not a book I'd return to unless I want to be horrified and depressed.
SPOILERSAgnes and the Hitman
by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
Quote: cranky agnes column #62
"Just Like Mother Used to Fake"
Many of us have a recipe passed down to us by our own mothers that pretty much sums up our childhood memories in an ingredient list. In my case, it was "One chilled glass, two parts Tanqueray, wave at the vermouth bottle, stir clockwise if you're north of the equator, and for God's sake, Agnes, don't bruise the gin." Yours was probably a can of cream of mushroom soup poured over a can of green beans. That mother who made baked Alaska from scratch? She also screamed, "No wire hangers!" Those overachievers always have a dark side.
These little blurbs from Cranky Agnes' columns on each of the chapter pages are delightful. I also really enjoyed the mob intrigue but for most part it was just a lot of chaos to prop up Agnes and the Hitman falling for each other in like 2 days and having sex a lot. I...don't know why I don't read reviews/blurbs properly, I could probably prevent this stuff from happening more. Luckily, I have seen too much and poorly written love scenes are the least of the horrors.