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review 2016-04-03 23:59
The Vampire Diaries: The Fury
The Fury (Vampire Diaries, No 3) - L. J. Smith
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Femme Friday - Your Next Favorite YA Series
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
Shatter Me Complete Collection: Shatter Me, Destroy Me, Unravel Me, Fracture Me, Ignite Me - Tahereh Mafi
Etiquette and Espionage: Number 1 in series (Finishing School) by Gail Carriger (2013-02-05) - Gail Carriger;
Beautiful Creatures - Margaret Stohl,Kami Garcia
Atlantis Rising - Gloria Craw
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

I don't know what your next favorite YA series may be, but it stands to reason that it could be written by a woman. I'm not saying that it will be, but the "Big 3" of YA are all written by women (and are featured in this post). We definitely can't be ruled out or sidelined anymore in this area. That being said, there are some great series out there, here are some contenders: 

 

That I've read: 

  1. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins   - I mean, it is one of the Big 3 mentioned above and really doesn't need an introduction or explanation anymore. If you haven't read it or seen the movies yet and are reading this post, you've probably already been told to do so. 
  2. Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer - This is a one of my new favorites! I love a good fairy tale reimagining, it's my kryptonite. The whole series was fun and left me with an awful book hangover. I've been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get ahold of the next book set in this world, Stars Above and the first of Meyer's new series, Heartless
  3. Shatter Me Complete Collection - Tahereh Mafi - Okay, I had it bad after the Lunar Chronicles, but this one was the actual worst book hangover of my life. I reread some of it way too many times. It played with my emotions, it was written with a whole new style that was mesmerizing, it broke my heart too many times. I'm a sucker for broken characters and this series let me wallow in them until my fingers were all pruney. 
  4. Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger - my first steampunk! I didn't quite know what to expect, but I was intrigued by the concept. This turned out to be a great introduction because it does have some of my favorite elements of fiction. I can't always get behind historical fiction but this combined it with science fiction and paranormal creatures and seriously, what's not to love when you do all that! I'm waiting on the last book to finish off the series and so looking forward to it! 
  5. Beautiful Creatures - Margaret Stohl,Kami Garcia - I had read the first book well before I heard of the movie but hadn't finished the series yet. I was pleased with the movie, though. It brought all the visual parts in and didn't really lose much. I had a great time reading this series. The magical world that it takes place in was new and a lot of fun. Sometimes books in the same subgenre feel like they blur together, but this definitely stands out among the books about magical beings and worlds. 
  6. Atlantis Rising - Gloria Craw - I read this one last year before I knew that more would be coming out. It felt like there could be more but the first one ended on such a note that I wasn't sure if it was just wishful thinking. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one

 

 

Heard good things about: 

  1. Divergent - Veronica Roth - I only saw the movie. I'm not a fan of the way people say that if you love "this" then you'll love "that" so this one struck me wrong. Everyone says that if you loved The Hunger Games, you'll love this series. To me, it sounded like they were far too similar to make it worth reading. But I did watch the movies and they are dissimilar enough that I understood what people were talking about. All the same, I never made my way to that series. I do plan on reading it, but I'm not in rush. Everyone that I know who's read it, loved it! And I remember once reading a blog post from someone who applauded the way Tris is specifically not pretty, that it's mentioned in a way that reminds you that it shouldn't be important for a revolutionary to be pretty. 
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling - I know, it's a problem. It's a Big 3 YA and I haven't read it, but I did crack it open once or twice.... I was just a little too old when these books came out to be interested in them, and then too busy and now I might as well wait to read them with my son. He's very close to the right age to start the first one. I have seen all the movies and completely understand how wonderful the books are, I just haven't read them yet. 

 

 

Problematic - this is a blog about feminism in books, so while these are huge, they do present some problems in this department that need addressing

Twilight - Stephanie Meyer - it's been said, at length, that this series presents problems in the abusive relationship department. The main love interest is controlling and that is definitely a problem. What makes the problem worse is the HUGE following that came after this series that made everyone sound like they want to be in an abusive relationship such as this. No hitting takes places, but there is a lot of controlling behaviors that no one should tolerate. I get that Edward wasn't a bad guy, but he was a bad boyfriend. Bella wasn't exactly a role model either. At the same time she wasn't much worse than Matt Donovan in the next series I'm going to talk about. It's hard to be the only human among supernaturals, I'm sure, but she never once got to make a decision that he didn't have to approve and she was always usurped when he didn't approve. 

The Vampire Diaries - LJ Smith - just skip the books and binge watch the CW series on Netflix. The show is one of my favorites and cleans up a lot of the problems in the books. Elena is very similar to Bella in her passionate love for her love interest. It made me gag a lot. Her friends are easily duped into doing whatever vapid thing she is interested in. Okay, so that sounds harsh and I'm not trying to shame the characters. The problem is that they were hollow characters. What should have been intersections in their problems never seemed to bother them, so we mostly gloss over the fact that Elena is an orphan in the books. The show makes up for this by allowing her to be melancholy and react to this life-changing event as if her life has changed. I've said before that maybe it's my own problem for having watched the show first. The characters in the show have depth and complexity. No one is a perpetual damsel in distress or rescuer. Even the villains are layered. These books features lots of characters and it would be great if they didn't fit so well into those old, worn stereotypes. Also, the show may still be on television, but the books are from the 1990's. I don't remember if these stereotypes had quite hit trope level, but it's just a pass. Don't even bother, not in this day and age. You'll just be disappointed. 

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review 2015-10-28 13:51
Enttäuschend
The Vampire Diaries - L.J. Smith

Da ich kürzlich die sechte Staffel von der Fernsehserie beendet habe, beschloss ich nun auch die Bücher zu lesen mit einer großen Vorfreude denn wie man weiß sind die Bücher immer besser als ihre Adoptionen. Doch in diesem Fall bekam ich eine Klatche ins Gesicht... das Buch ist alles andere als besser, es ist schlechter! Nunja vielleicht sollte mich näher über die Bücher erkundigen, aber erst später erfuhr ich, dass der erste Teil den ich lese ('The Awakening' oder 'Im Zwilicht') für 12 jährige Empfolen ist! Und dies trifft definitif of die Figuren des Buches. Nich nur, dass die supporting characters total unscheinbar und unrealistisch bzw. beschreibunglos sind, die Hauptfigur Elena Gilbert ist hier eine 'typische' Blondine wie sie es in dem Vorurteilsbuche steht. Sie ist dumm, selbstsüchtig, die Hübscheste und Beliebteste der Schule und will immer gewinnen.
Ihr Charakter war wirklich die größte Enttäuschung.
dennoch muss ich sagen lässt es sich flüssig lesen und ist nicht ganz langweilig. Ich kann mir vorstellen, dass mein 12 Jähriges Ich dieses Buch lieben würde.
Im Fazit möchte ich allen die die Serie lieben und sich auf die Bücher freuen warnen, dass es sich nichts zum freuen gibt, aber man könnte trotzdem sie lesen zur Vollständigkeit.
Ich persönlich werde trotz der Enttäuschung weitere Bücher lesen, aber diesmal leih ich sie mir aus anstatt zu kaufen.

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review 2015-07-03 21:42
Review: The Awakening
The Awakening - L.J. Smith

Title: The Awakening [The Vampire Diaries 1]

Author: L.J. Smith

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Horror, Suspense

Rating: 2 Stars

 

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Description/Synopsis: A deadly love triangle

Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any guy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena . . . for her own good.

 

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him.

 

Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers . . .

 

who will she choose?

 

WARNING - SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT - REVIEW BELOW

 

So, before we get down to the nitty-gritty, let's talk about the cover. There's actually several covers for this book, but take it from me, most of them are very dated. I had no idea how old these book was until I saw the original cover. Wow. Time warp back to my childhood! The one I've picked to show here is the prettiest, but also the most inaccurate. Why? Because Elena, the main female lead, is blonde. Woops! It also has that annoying CW brand marketing across the top, but I won't hold it against them. They want people to watch the show, and they should... because it's so much better than the book.

 

I'm one of those people that 9 times out of 10 will tell you that reading the book is better than watching the movie/show. It's one of those things that Hollywood has ingrained in my head for years. The books are cannon--nay, gospel--and I tend to view the movie/show attached to them as annoying attempts to remake something that didn't need to be remade. Details are always changed, and it feels like sacrilege. It makes me angry.  Now, in a strange twist of things, if the movie/show comes first and the book second, my opinion usually falls more along the line of "Yay! More content!" It doesn't bother me that the book is different than the movie, because it's just more of the thing I already loved. I'm not sure why there's a double standard, but that's how it is. Unfortunately, in this case all that gets thrown out the window.

 

The show is better than the book. Hands down.

 

The book centers around Elena Gilbert, a popular, blonde-haired, blue-eyed high-school student that always gets her way. (Gag) Her parents have just died in a car accident 3 months prior to the story's start, and she's not particularly looking forward to the new year. Her endearing, boy-next-door boyfriend gives her feelings of "meh" in general, but he's the cute jock, and she's the pretty cheerleader, and they've been friends forever. The perfect couple, right? Introduce Elena's shallow and ditzy friends, stir in a hot new boy, and suddenly Elena's dumping her boyfriend and scheming up ways to get in good with the new kid, manipulating her friends and the student body in order to finagle herself onto his radar.

 

Go ahead. Soak that in.

 

What Elena doesn't know yet is that the new hot boy, Stefan Salvatore, is a vampire, and Elena is a dead-ringer for his ex-girlfriend. Throw in a few deaths, Stefan's hotter older brother (Damon), who just wants to make Stefan's life a nightmare in any way possible, and you have... well... a really shallow plot.

 

The writing was good.  The grammar was clean, the style was engaging and clear. From a technical standpoint, there wasn't anything wrong with the story. I did manage to read it all the way to the end (though that may have to do more with loving the show than enjoying the book). The problem, for the most part, was the characters. They weren't likeable. Elena was manipulative, shallow,and selfish. Bonnie was a ditz. Matt was cute in a lost puppy sort of way, but mostly just let Elena walk all over him.  Tyler was a rapist. Caroline seemed to only be present to be snotty and jealous of Elena... though the reasoning was never really explained. I can barely be bothered to even remember who Meredith was. Damon was evil for the sake of needing someone for the rest of the characters to hate. Stefan... Stefan was surprisingly juvenile given his age, and a little bit of a lost puppy when it came to Elena.Tanner (the teacher) hated all his students for no particular reason. He just wanted to be an ass.

 

Overall, I honestly didn't like any of the characters, and spent most of the book with this feeling that nothing was actually happening. There didn't seem to be a real motive behind anyone's actions except for the immediate "I want this. Now. Right now. Why? Because I do."  This kind of barely-there plot works with the TV show because it's serialized. The first episode introduces the world (which equated to this book by the way) but no major plot issues came up... those were saved for later in the season. This book worked the same way. It was an introduction to the characters and the world... but nothing really happened. Unfortunately, the characters just couldn't hold it up on their own.

 

The romance was laughable. Honestly. Elena wasn't particularly drawn to Stefan, she spotted a hot guy and said "dibs!" She wanted him because he was the hot new guy, not because there was sexual chemistry or his personality was endearing. Stefan was intrigued by Elena, mostly because she looked like his ex-girlfriend. I didn't feel the chemistry. They were your basic teen couple that "fell in love" based on the premise that they could. It was maddening to see how flimsy the whole thing was. In fact, the most interesting part of the story was when people started getting murdered. Thank god for the irrelevant deaths of teens and a teacher, or I would have closed the book.

 

Overall, did I like the book? Surprisingly, no. I say surprisingly because I AM an avid watcher of the show. I've seen every episode of the past four seasons. I honestly thought I'd love the books. Instead, I finally understand why the show is so different from the novels. It had to change--that was the only way they could make it into half-way decent entertainment. I don't recommend the book. Seriously. Go watch the show instead. It may be your typical YA Paranormal Romance full of vampires and angsty love, but at least there's a plot.

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text 2015-06-16 17:25
What I've watched so far in 2015

I thought it would be a great idea to include my ''What I've watched wrap-ups'' in my monthly wrap-ups as well. I kinda regret it I didn't do that from the beginning of this year, so here's an overview so far (at least for as far I can remember, ha).

 

Completed series:

I've completed two entire series this year so far: Gilmore Girls and The L Word. I watched the last few season in January and I loved that series so much! I already want to re-watch it again (and that says enough, right? I watched the entire 6 season of The L Word and I finished that one in May I believe. I got to addicted and it was really good! I love the drama (and the ahum scenes as well, of course. I have to it's a lesbian show with sex scenes in it, so if you're underage I don't recommend you watching this.

 

I also finally completed season 3 of LOST, but it took me more than a year to watch that season. I'm not sure if I want to continue, but for now I just stopped watching it.


Series I'm caught up with and waiting impatiently for new episodes:

Nashville, The Vampire Diaries, The Big Bang Theory and Pretty Little Liars. I love them all so much and I hate waiting for new episodes haha. I've watched all the episodes of Nashville in 2016 as well and I watched the other three when a new episode came out. I waited a few weeks for The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars though, so I could marathon them.

 

Movies:

I don't watch movies that often, so I only have seen 2 this year so far (as far as I can remember): The Witches and The Duff. I loved them both and I highly recomment both of them!

 

Series I'm currently watching/I'm having an obsession with:

I'm currently watching American Horror Story season 4. I watched season 1 and 2 last year and I loved them both! This is what I think of the genre ''Horror''. I couldn't stand season 3 so I stopped watching that, but season 4 is really good! I'm only at episode S04E03 so far.

 

My current obsession is Suits. I started watching it at the beginning of June and I'm already on season 2 (that's pretty fast for me but I'm on summer break, so yea). I love the show so much and I would like to caught up with it at the end of June so I can watch season 5 with the rest of the world when the new episodes are coming (new episode comes out on June 24th so I'm probably not able to do that, hahaha). I still have 44 episodes to go, but yea.

 

I've also been re-watching the 4th season of One Tree Hill. That series is one of my favorites and I can rewatch it over and over again.

 

What have you watched so far this year and what is your current obsession?

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