Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz (Review)

Reading level: Young Adult
Edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Published: April 25, 2006
Synopsis: Schuyler Van Alen is confused about what is happening to her. Her veins are starting to turn blue, and she’s starting to crave raw meat. Soon, her world is thrust into an intricate maze of secret societies and bitter intrigue. Schuyler has never been a part of the trendy crowd at her prestigious New York private school. Now, all of a sudden, Jack Force, the most popular guy in school, is showing an interest in her. And when one of the popular girls is found dead, Schuyler and Jack are determined to get to the bottom of it.

Schuyler wants to find out the secrets of the mysterious Blue Bloods. But is she putting herself in danger? Melissa de la Cruz’s vampire mythology, set against the glitzy backdrop of New York City, is a juicy and intoxicating read. Source

Review: I jumped on this book the chance I got when I had to read this book for school. (Yes, it really was on a list of things I could read for my book report.) I heard about it from everyone once they found out I love vampires, so this was my chance to read it.

I will say that the plot was very interesting. An elite group of vampires in a rich school, it's like a new twist on A-list series or the Gossip Girl series. The plot did move slowly though. It took awhile for things to come forward and be revealed. I did like that the plot was not fast paced and one secret was revealed before you could make sense of the last one. However, it did move way too slowly to where when it ended with a cliffhanger I was surprised. It seemed like there was no climax to the book and the book was just a opener to the second book. I wanted the book to leave me hanging, but close off with something so I could stand waiting until I got my hands on the next installment.

My favorite character had to be Oliver, Schyler's best friend. He was truly the perfect character in my eyes. He had his flaws, but I loved when he would because he would say he was "just human". I feel like Oliver is very good for Schyler and he will do anything for her. Secretly, I want him and Schyler to end up together. They're too perfect for one another.

As for the cover, I loved it because of how it reflects New York, where the book is set in, and the girl with the string of pearls and the bite marks. It explains some aspects of the book which is was very beautifully done.

If you're a big Twilight and Gossip Girl fan, then you'll love this book!

I give it a 3 out of 4 because of the book in general, but the plot confused me on how it ended and there seemed to be some things that were too confusing to grasp even if they were still not revealed.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Film Fridays: Friday, Nov. 26, 2010

Film Fridays is a new special thing we will be doing on BNR! Every Friday, we will list all the new movies that were released this week! We will get most of the information from Fandango and Rotten Tomatos. (Ticket links will lead to Fandango.)

For this week, here are the new releases for you tired shoppers who need a couple hours to relax!

Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 1 hr. 59 min.
Cast: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Cam Gigandet, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell
Director: Steve Antin
Synopsis: Christina Aguilera makes her dramatic feature debut as Ali, a small-town singer who takes her shot at stardom performing at a neo-burlesque nightclub in Los Angeles. Taken under the wing of a friendly featured dancer (Julianne Hough), Ali quickly realizes that not everyone is quite as nice when she forms a friendship with bartender/aspiring musician Jack (Cam Gigandet) and incurs the wrath of the club's cattiest showgirl (Kristen Bell). After making her leap to the stage with a little help from a sympathetic stage manager (Stanley Tucci) and the club's playfully androgynous host (Alan Cumming), Ali becomes the star attraction at The Burlesque Lounge, and the crowds start packing in. Later, a wealthy businessman (Eric Dane) makes a bid for the club while trying to charm the talented young performer straight into his arms.
Genre: Musical
Rotten Tomatoes: 32%

Rated: R
Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min.
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Carla Gugino, Moon Bloodgood
Director: George Tillman, Jr.
Synopsis: An ex-con is out to avenge his brother's death after they were double-crossed during a heist years ago.
Genre: Action
Rotten Tomatoes: 43%
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Rated: R
Runtime: 1 hr. 53 min.
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Josh Grad
Director: Edward Zwick
Synopsis: A salesman competes in the cutthroat world of pharmaceuticals to hawk a male performance enhancement drug. Based on Jamie Reidy's memoir "Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman."
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Comedy Drama, Workplace Comedy
Rotten Tomatoes: 40%
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Rated: PG
Runtime: 1 hr. 32 min.
Cast: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi
Director: Nathan Greno
Synopsis: When the kingdom’s most wanted—and most charming—bandit Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi) hides out in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore), a beautiful and feisty towerbound teen with 70 feet of magical , golden hair. Flynn’s curious captor, who’s looking for her ticket out of the tower where she’s been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs. In theaters this holiday season in Disney Digital 3D™, “Tangled” is a story of adventure, heart, humor and hair—lots of hair.
Genre: Fairy Tales & Legends, Family/Children's
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

Rated: PG
Runtime: 1 hr. 50 min.
Cast: Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane, John Turturro
Director: Andrei Konchalovsky
Synopsis: THE NUTCRACKER IN 3D follows nine-year-old Mary (Elle Fanning) whose dull Viennese Christmas is suddenly filled with excitement and adventure following the arrival of her beloved Uncle Albert (Nathan Lane) and his gift of an enchanted nutcracker.
On Christmas night, Mary's new friend, The Nutcracker (Charlie Rowe) or "NC," comes to life and takes her on a wondrous journey into his magical world of fairies, sugarplums, and other Christmas toys which come to life. Mary soon realizes that this fantastical kingdom is facing danger from the tyrannical rule of the evil Rat King (John Turturro) and his devious mother (Frances de la Tour). When NC is taken hostage, Mary and her newfound toy friends must uncover the secret of the Rat King to rescue NC and his kingdom.
Genre: Music/Performing Arts, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Rotten Tomatoes: 0%
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Rated: R
Runtime: 1 hr. 51 min.
Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helen Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi
Director: Tom Hooper
Synopsis: England's Prince Albert (Colin Firth), soon to become King George VI, is plagued by a crippling speech impediment. With her husband soon to take over the throne, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help Albert overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the pair as Logue uses unconventional means to teach Albert how to speak with confidence.
Genre: Drama
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
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Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Book Blogger Hop: November 26-29, 2010

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is a weekly book party that is hosted by the lovely Jennifer over at Crazy For Books! It is a place where book blogger's can meet other book blogger's and make new bloggy friends and answer book related questions!

This week's question is:

"What is your favorite book cover?"

My answer:
My favorite book cover has to be of I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder. I remembered I was obsessed with trying to get this book to read it. The cover mesmerized me because of the couple holding hands and one of them fully there and the other fading away. Before I read the summary, I was thinking about what the book could be about. Did it mean he was in a coma? Did the boyfriend haunt the girlfriend who might have cheated? So, many questions ran in my head. This book was good and wasn't my favorite, but it is one of my favorite because it speaks in so many ways to me that even now I think it was so beautifully done. The couple could fit any picture and was light in color to make you think of ghosts and so on.



Tell me your favorite book cover and if you are from Blog Hop, please tell me in the comments and I will follow your blog and add you to our Bloggy Buddy List!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Firelight (Firelight #1) by Sophie Jordan

Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Turkey Day! Happy... well, that's all I can think of. Are you full beyond reason right now? Bleh, I am. Just wanted to say how I liked Alisha's post, and I am thankful for her too! I am thankful for my whole life, no matter how crazy it can get. (And trust me, it gets crazy!) Well, now on to my review!



"A hidden truth.


Mortal enemies.


Doomed love.


Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda in a draki- a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.


Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: he and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away- if it dies, she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy..."


The thing that brought me in immediately was the cover. Isn't it cool? Anywho, I loved everything about this book. The main character, Jacinda, after going against the draki's biggest rule, is threatened. Her mother, a draki who's dragon died, leaving her human, whisks her away to a place that makes her draki nearly die. Then, there's the whole romance side. Why must the pray always fall in love with their hunter? (And vice versa...)


Well, like I said; amazing book. I am going to give it a 4. I still am looking for a book that I can rate lower than 3... I just am not critical about books. Unless, they bore me. Then, I will give it a big fat 1.


So, if your looking for a fictional, young adult read, pick out this book at the book stores near you.
Sweet Daydreams,
Brooke




















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Pretty in Pink


There's no better way to share Thanksgiving/or any other day then to watch a cute, funny movie!
(This movie maybe old, but it's a classic!)
Rated:
PG-13 for some sexual content,
language and some drug use.

Director:
Howard Deutch

Writers:
John Hughes
(My favorite
screenwriter/director
of all time)

Release Date:
February 28, 1986

Synopsis:
Young Andie Walsh is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy from school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet?

My Review:
I've seen this movie, so many times I basically know all the lines. PRETTY IN PINK is the tale of an original, but slightly outcast, girl named Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) who is from the poorer part of her town. She never minded this until one day when the rich, "preppy" Blane McDonnagh (Andrew McCarthy) asks her if she'd like to go out sometime. All of Blane's rich preppy friends immediately disapprove, and Andie gets caught in the middle when her own best friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) disapproves as well. Andie decides to go out with Blane anyway, although their first date ends up being somewhat of a disaster. Blane takes Andie to his friend Steff's (James Spader) house party, where nearly everyone snubs her, and Andie is embarrassed to let Blane see where she lives and what kind of house it is. In the end, Andie has to decide whether pursuing potential love is worth the humiliation she receives from everyone else for doing so.

PRETTY IN PINK is the last of the three famous Molly Ringwald-John Hughes collaborations. While its two predecessors dealt more with status and popularity issues, this movie deals with a more serious topic of class differences. However, I find this to be a pretty unrealistic scenario by today's standards and not very easy to relate to, in my case at least. However, the whole concept of two lovers dating despite their differences and everyone else's disapproval is pretty cool and receives my commendation. The ending, though, is a bit of a disappointment.

I felt that this movie really portrayed of what love is really like. It manages to show just how beautiful it can be at times, and just how destructive it is most of the time. Having experienced something similar to Andie's struggle, I have to say that that feature of the movie made it a lot more personable and relatable for me, taking on a deeper meaning than it probably would for others who haven't experienced such a battle.

As far as technical aspects go... well, what can you say. The acting is terrific, namely from the always-great Molly Ringwald and the spectacularly wacky Jon Cryer as the film's most memorable character by far, Duckie. Jon Cryer easily delivers the film's best performance, along with most of its best lines. Annie Potts is also wonderful and funny as Andie's coworker Iona. John Hughes was a great director, even though his area of expertise was '80s teen movies--but, let's face it, no one could have done them better.

To wrap it up, PRETTY IN PINK is a cute love story with fantastic acting and characters that manages to capture a bit of the true essence of love, even if it is a bit disappointing in the end.


from,
madigan aka m@dz
(P.S. This movie reminded me of the Outsiders book/movie-I'll be a doing a review of that next week-because of the class difference [ex: poor and rich])


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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1


The one and only movie I've been waiting for is finally out! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1!!!!
Rated:
PG-13 for some sequences
of intense action violence,
frightening images and
brief sensuality.

Director:
David Yates

Writers:
Steve Kloves and J.K. Rowling

Release Date:
November 19, 2010

Synopsis:
Voldemort's power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for the Trio, and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned.

My Review:
It should be smart for people to at least watch the first six films in order before watching this one, if they haven't read the books already.

With this film, we are slowly but surely bidding farewell to one of cinema's most successful and imaginative franchises. The franchise, like Harry Potter himself, has grown and matured as the years (and films) progress. Part I of the "Deathly Hallows" is ultimately a strong build- up to what will be a triumphant, bittersweet finale for everybody.

I won't waste time trying to talk about the performances, because they are all great and powerful in their own way. Never mind that many of the cast members are very talented veteran British actors (try getting John Hurt, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon, Helena Bonham Carter, Imelda Staunton, Jason Isaacs and Bill Nighy in the same film again) - the three young actors who we have come to love and care for following the first film a decade ago, basically carry the franchise on their shoulders, and this film is no exception. Radcliffe looks handsome, Grint looks gruff, and Watson looks gorgeous. They've grown into fine young people.

Screenwriter Steve Kloves doesn't forget to add the mood and gloom to the story as it slowly unfolds, but then again he adds some light humor to the film when it needs it. Bonus points for making this not only a visual spectacle, but also a character-driven ensemble; there's some complex characterization here. Also there's some action which aren't seen on screen, but mentioned by the characters. It's OK, because it's necessary for the brisk pacing, and it's not really that important anyways. Besides, the human mind can imagine these images far more powerfully.

There are many themes in this film. Sacrifice, determination, (obviously) friendship, and above all - acceptance. As the films progressed the films started to gain an increasingly dark momentum - signaling that all hope may be lost. But in the end, will good triumph over evil? Like the film, real life isn't so sure. Also, the fact that the actors and crew are moving on after a decade of making these films - it's also another way of acceptance - the films have ended, they're moving on for the better of their lives/careers. It's real life, and I wish all these promising young actors brilliant lives and careers ahead of them.

"Hallows: Part I" is many parts thrilling, as there are quite a number of intense action sequences. Many of them, of course, are done with well-rendered visual effects, and in this one they just blend in at a natural level without being too jarring. However, the action sequences are perfectly blended in with the gripping, dramatic moments. They don't feel heavy handed and it's beautiful to look at. The animated sequence about the origins of the Deathly Hallows is an absolute masterclass and jaw-droppingly beautiful to both watch and listen. If separated by itself it can win an Oscar for best animated short.

The crew also get their due here. David Yates has gotten a firm grip on the film's direction since directing the fifth and sixth films years ago. The cinematography is stunning and exquisite, and it gives off a certain moody hue to the film. The editing is also crisp, it's not choppy when it doesn't need to be.

In short, I would have to say that this film is the best "Harry Potter: film yet in all honesty. I grew up with the series, and as per the actors, it will be an emotional goodbye. But rest assured, the finale will be grand.

One more thing. This interpretation of the novel is the best one yet. The novel is done justice, something not seen since the first three films. It's something for both the fans and novel-readers alike, as there are some pieces only book readers can discover while watching the film. It's definitely a huge improvement over "Half-Blood Prince"'s adaptation, which for me is the worst Potter film.

Harry Potter is a phenomenon. But, like all things, it most come to an end eventually. This is the beginning of the end, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

from,
maddie aka m@dz
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Review: Siren by Tricia Raybun

"Vacationing in Winter Harbor, Maine, is a tradition for Vanessa and Justine Sands, and that means spending time with the Carmichael boys. This summer, Vanessa is determined to channel some of her older sister's boldness, get over her fear of the ocean, and maybe turn her friendship with Simon Carmichael into something more.
But when Justine goes cliff-diving after a big family argument, and her body washes ashore the next day, Vanessa is sure that it was more than an accident. She is more certain of this, when she discovers that her sister was keeping some big secrets and Caleb Carmichael's gone missing. Suddenly, the entire oceanfront town is abuzz when a series of grim, water-related accidents occur, when male victims washed ashore grinning from ear to ear.

Vanessa and Simon team up to figure out if these creepy deaths have anything to do with Justine and Caleb. But will what Vanessa discovers mean the end of her summer romance, or even life as she knows it?"

When I picked up this book, I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what it was about. But after getting swept into her world, I realized how scary the water can be. One things for sure, I will never go cliff-diving. Ever.

This book takes a little bit of time to get into it, but once you do, it is a great read. For once, I actually could put the book down to do what I needed to, but once I picked it up, I enjoyed the story. The book had romance, but wasn't based only on the mushy gushy relationship. It even gets a little creepy at times.

I am going to give this book a rating of 3/4 polishes. For anyone looking for a good read, look into this book!


Sweet Daydreams,
Brooke
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Vampire Diaries--Season 2, Episode 9: "Katerina"

(Jeremy, I'll glance back curiously with you any day.)

Very long post today, I bolded all the key points in each paragraph:

We flashback to 1490 in Bulgaria, where we see Katerina giving birth in her bed. Once her child is born, her father takes it away and accuses her of disgracing their family. She begs her mother to get the baby back but all her mother tells her is to let the child go.

We then go to the present where Elena arrives at the Salvatore house after Stefan calls. The group--Damon, Stefan, Elena, and Rose--gather and discuss Klaus. Rose admits she doesn't know what's true and what's false. Damon says that Klaus is one of the oldest vampires in history. Elena is worried why the oldest vampire is after her but Stefan reassures her that no one is after her. Rose goes on to say that Klaus always gets what he wants and anyone who is not scared of Klaus is an idiot. Elena then announces she has to go to school. Stefan offers to take her but she declines and leaves.

At school, the flirting begins! Jeremy asks Bonnie to shoot some pool at the Mystic Grill with him that afternoon. She is hesitant at first because he is Elena's younger brother but she agrees in the end. The flirting is interrupted when a new student, Luka, walks up to them and asks for directions to the office. We see there is a connection between Luka and Bonnie...so can Jeremy. Jeremy offers to take Luka to the office and they leave.

Elena is walking through the woods with Caroline and tells her to not tell Stefan about what she is doing. She enters the tomb, where Katherine is. She tells Caroline that she needs to talk to Katherine. Caroline points out that Katherine lies about everything but Elena counters back that Katherine knows the truth about Klaus. Caroline opens the tomb for Elena and Elena calls out to Katherine. We see a weak Katherine stumble into view and greets Elena.

After Caroline leaves, Elena and Katherine talk about Klaus after Elena gives Katherine a book of her family history and a cup of blood. Katherina admits that she met Klaus in England. Her family threw her out and she fled to England. There she met Klaus who she was smitten with until she found out what he was and what he wanted. We flashback to where we see Katherine hiding from a group of men while Elijah shouts that he can smell her blood and it's no use of running from Klaus. Trevor leads the group away and catches up to Katherine where he tells her to go to a cottage where she will be safe. Elena asks what Klaus wanted and Katherine tells her what he wants from Elena, to end the curse. Elena then realises that Katherine was a doppelganger too.

In the Salvatore house, Damon and Rose discuss Damon's feelings for Elena. He denies being in love with her while Rose does not believe it. Damon then asks where they can find Klaus. Rose admits it is not simple and says she found Elijah through someone called Slater in Richmond. Rose says she can't go out in sunlight, but Damon tells her to drive.

At school, Caroline sees Stefan leaving and goes up to him. He says that he heard Elena is sick and he was going to check on her. She tells him not to and says they need to talk about it later. She then reveals that she told Tyler she is a vampire.

In the tomb, Elena asks what Klaus wants with the Petrova bloodline. Katherine says that the curse was bound with a Petrova blood sacrifice. She says that the doppelganger was a way to undo the curse. We then flashback to Katherine arriving at the cottage where an old woman refuses to help her. Rose appears and compels the woman to let them in. Katherine shows her the moonstone and Rose asks where she got it. Katherine admits that she knew it was for the ritual and grabbed it before escaping. Rose warns that no one gets away from Klaus and he kills anyone who tries to and anyone who helps them. She says she will take Katherine back to him and plead for him to have mercy on them.

Elena points out that Rose couldn't have taken Katherine back to Klaus, Katherine admits that is true but it wasn't because Rose had a change of heart. We see Rose come back to the cottage to take Katherine to Klaus. Katherine says she tripped in the woods when Rose sees her bleeding but Rose sees she stabbed herself. Katherine admits that she rather die than go back to Klaus. Rose won't let Katherine die because that would mean Trevor would be in danger, so she feeds Katherine her blood. When Trevor arrives, Rose confronts him about the danger he has put them in but he says he does not care because he is in love with Katherine and won't take her back to Klaus. They hear a noise in the other room and go in to see Katherine hanging to make herself into a vampire because if she wasn't human, she would be no use to Klaus. Elena then sees that Katherine has been running from Klaus ever since, Katherine says that she underestimated Klaus' vengeance. Katherine sees Elena's shocked face and offers her blood because she's scared to die, but Elena won't take it. We go to the flashback where Trevor asks what Katherine has done and that he could have helped her live. She says that he would have only let her run and that wasn't enough. Rose tries to stake her but instead stakes the old woman before Katherine drinks from her. Rose tells Katherine that she has signed their death sentence and she says, "Better you than I." Elena is shocked by what Katherine did but Katherine just suggests that Elena look out for herself like she did.

Caroline and Stefan go to the Mystic Grill where they talk about Tyler. Caroline says she didn't tell Tyler much and asks Stefan if he is mad at her. He says yes but he won't tell Damon because he will kill her. Caroline tells Stefan that Tyler is worrying about what will happen the next full moon. On the other side of the bar, Bonnie enters to meet up with Jeremy but finds Luka and his father there. She sits down with them for a quick second and finds out that they moved up from Louisiana and that they know her family that lived in Salem. Jeremy makes his entrance and Bonnie leaves with him.

In Richmond, Damon and Rose talk to Slater about how Elijah is dead. Rose asks how they can get in touch with Klaus and Slater says that they should use Craigslist. (Really?) He says he got in touch with Elijah by setting up a personal ad but his search has ended because Elijah is dead (so they think). Outside, Elijah appears.

Jeremy and Bonnie are finally getting their flirt on while playing pool until Luka interrupts (again!) and says his dad has left. Stefan announces to Caroline that he is leaving and she tries to make him stay. He demands answers as to where Elena is but she does not give him any.

Back in the tomb, Elena asks Katherine how much of the story is real...Katherine counters back with saying why would she lie. Elena realizes what Katherine has done. She came to Mystic Falls because she was going to hand over Elena (a doppelganger) to Klaus. Elena soon finds out that you need a vampire, a werewolf, and a vampire to undo the curse. Elena is shocked over Katherine giving them all up but Katherine simply replies, "Better you than I." Katherine then goes into the darkness of the tomb.

In Richmond, Damon points out that some of the vampires must know about the "day rings" and asks why the originals want to get rid of the sun/night curse. Slater replies that if a vampire breaks the sun curse, werewolves would still be stuck in the night curse. Elijah still listens outside while playing with his coins. Damon then asks if they could render the moonstone useless, Slater says it is possible but asks why. Damon comments that it could tick off the originals that they can not walk in the day. Elijah then throws the coin into the window, the window shatters and brings in the UV that it kept out. The vampires fall to the ground and start to burn, Damon does not because of his sun ring. He finds Rose and covers her with his jacket to bring her back to the parking garage. She asks where Slater is and that he wouldn't betray her. That it is Klaus doing this and they're all dead.

Back at Mystic Grill, Bonnie watches Jeremy play pool as Luka talks to her. He apologises for his dad being to blunt about her family's whereabouts. Bonnie admits that she felt something, Luka then reveals that he is a warlock by hovering salt over the table with his hand. As they continue to talk, Jeremy looks over at them and then decides to leave.

Stefan arrives at the tomb and reassures Elena that Caroline didn't say anything but it didn't take him long to figure out. He tells Elena to disregard anything Katherine has said and it is all a lie. He tells Elena that he will protect her but Elena says that she knows he won't but he will die trying, why is that any better? Katherine appears again and tells Stefan that there's nothing he can do and that she hasn't even told the best part yet. We flashback to Bulgaria 1492 where Katherine arrives back at her home. She goes into the house and see her whole family has been killed. Katherine says that Klaus always gets his vengeance and your friends, family, and loved ones. Katherine tells Stefan that Elena is doomed unless she has the moonstone which Katherine has. Stefan calls Katherine a "manipulative psychotic bitch". Katherine then goes on to say that she doesn't want her freedom because when Klaus comes to kill them all, she will be in the tomb where no vampire would go into because they would not be able to get back out. So, she will be the safest "psycho-bitch in town". Stefan takes Elena home but she doesn't want to talk about it. Stefan pleads with her and Elena confesses that everyone she knows and loves is in danger because of her, it's all her fault. Stefan hugs her while Katherine, back in the tomb, reads her family history and becomes tearful when she finds a picture of her parents.

In the Salvatore house, Rose apologises for what happened today to Damon. Rose wishes that they could save Elena and that Damon wants to. The pair toast to friendship and Rose says that it's good that Damon is pushing back his feelings for Elena, it's not good to love anyone when you're trying to survive. Rose tells Damon to turn off his emotions and he agrees if she does the same. They kiss and eventually have sex. Rose admits that their is no switch of your emotions. Her phone rings and Slater apologises for leaving the cafe earlier before telling her that to destroy the curse, they need the moonstone. Once they get the moonstone, find a witch and they would know what to do.

After Slater hangs up, Elijah applauds him. Slater asks how Elijah can compel him because vampires can't compel other vampires. Elijah comments that he is a special kind of vampire. Slater asks if he is an original but Elijah compels Slater and makes him kill himself. After brief hesitation, Slater kills himself. Luka's father then appears and asks if that was necessary. Elijah replies, "It had to be done. He delivered his message. It won't be long now."

Lots of details this week! I hope next week reveals a lot of more answers and more drama! Tell me your thoughts on everything that happened! Bonnie and Jeremy? Damon and Rose? Stefan and Elena? Katherine's history? Klaus? Will Elena turn into a vampire like Katherine?

Here is a snippet of next week's episode:

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Book Blogger Hop: 11/12-11/15

Book Blogger Hop
Over at Crazy for Books, the lovely Jennifer hosts a weekly Book Blogger Hop, where book blogs from all around can gather and find new blogs that are like their's or completely different!

This week's question is:

"If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, do you always start with the first title?"


My answer: Sadly, I have been the person who picks up a book, reads the back, think it's amazing, get's it, starts reading the first few pages and sees that I have picked up the fifth book in a ten part series. I did that with Vampire Kisses, the Riley Jensen Guardian series, etc etc I try to start at the first book but I just read the book I have and then go back and find the first book. (Clears up A LOT of my questions!)

Tell me your answers! Anyone who comments on this Blog Hop post, I will automatically add the the Book Bloggger Hop list.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Wanted Wedensdays: City of Fallen Angels

Haven't done this in awhile but here we go! Many of you know, Cassandra Clare is one of my heros! I love her! So, when I found out that the fourth book of The Mortal Instruments series is coming out next year. I was in a mix of joy and anxiety. I want this book to hurry up and release already but I'm mostly glad that we finally get to continue the series! Since I like to get stuff from the source, I visited Cassandra's site and gathered the info over the Fallen Angels:

"City of Fallen Angels takes place about six weeks after the events of City of Glass. It continues the story begun in City of Bones, while also starting a new story, with new challenges and a new enemy to beset our protagonists. All the core characters from the Mortal Instruments series appear in it: Jace, Isabelle, Clary, Simon, Alec, Magnus, Luke, Jocelyn, Maia, and many more. (It even helps to have read The Clockwork Angel before you read CoFA, because some of the characters from the ID series do show up in it. However, it isn’t required.) City of Fallen Angels takes place several months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels (release date: 4/5/2011)."

Exciting, right? I am a little iffy about Simon being the narrator because I want to know the dirty details of Jace's and Clary's relationship, but I guess will just have to witness from afar until the fifth and six book! (Yes, there are two more books after the fourth that will be released, check those out here.) But, the Fallen Angels seems to be getting under way. I think half of my anticipation is over the cover! Cassandra's book covers are ridiculously beautiful! We'll just have to see. I'm already counting the days!

For those of you who like to tell what you're waiting for and the books that have you so close off of the edge of the bookshelf, here is your chance! I decided to open the Wanted Wedensdays to everyone! Below is a forum! Put your blog's name and link back to your blog. On your blog, tell your readers your wants and I will have four questions for you to answer because Wedensday is the fourth day of the week!

The four questions for this week are:
1. What is your favorite book?
2. What is your favorite book to movie?
3. What are you currently reading?
4. What do you like to do (reading-wise) over the holidays?

My answers:
1. Star crossed by Mark Schreiber
2. I should say Harry Potter but I have to say the Twilight saga because I followed the series closely.
3. I am currently reading Blue Bloods by Melissa de le Cruz
4. I love reading by the fire (cliché, I know) and sitting next to the Christmas tree and reading. It seems cozy though.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha

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Easy A


Rated:
PG-13 for mature thematic elements
involving teen sexuality, language
and some drug material.

Director:
Will Gluck

Writer:
Bert V. Royal

Release Date:
September 17, 2010






Synopsis:

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

My Review:
In Emma Stone you have a Molly Ringwald for a new generation: relate-able, sexy, funny, sarcastic and lovely shines as Olive, a girl who leads her best friend (Aly Michalka) to believe she wasn't a virgin. The rumor spreads about her fabled loose ways and spurs different reactions from the school population: Brandon (Dan Byrd) wants to use it to his advantage, Marianne (Amanda Bynes) the school's self-appointed religious leader wants to shame Olive and Olive decides to run with it for her own gains.

There are many pluses with this film: A cast of young actors who are true actors who can convey the humor and uphold the tone of the film; a truly funny, vibrant script by Bert V. Royal in which not only the teens get to be smart and fully fleshed out characters but the adults (Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as Olive's wry and whimsical parents are a joy; and Thomas Haden Church whose character is a new spin on the "hip teacher".) as well.

Overall, it was a strong film. Very confident, witty and well-paced. At the end though, it was just souless. No real losses or triumphs, no character development. Olive was just as smart and self-confident at the beginning as she was at the end. I thought it was a great movie!

from,
madigan aka m@dz
(p.s. sorry I haven't been blogging in a while-my family had to go to a funeral)



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The Versatile Blogger Award

The lovely Jennifer over at Book Noise gave BNR "The Versatile Blogger" Award! Thank you so much, Jennifer!

Here's the rules:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Pass this on to 12 other great bloggers you recently discovered
4. Contact the selected bloggers and tell them about their awards

Well, for me, here are my seven things:
1) I know Norwegian (because of my heritage) and English, and right now I'm learning German
2) I have been blogging for almost two years
3) I want to study pyschology and English when I go to college
4) I love Shakespeare, including his comedies
5) I'm addicted to watching Doctor Who on BBC America
6) I love the winter because of fur boots, nearby warm fires while reading, and Christmas time
7) I love blogging and meeting new bloggers and readers

12 Blogs to follow:
1) Trixie and Tess
2) Life After Twilight
3) The Twilight Lounge
4) Augmented Gem
5) Ashley's Bookshelf
6) Larissa's Bookish Life
7) All Things Urban Fantasy
8) Paperback Writer
9) I Adore Books and Film
10) Mundie Moms
11) Confessions of a TwiCrack Addict
12) Cupcakes Take the Cake

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Vampire Diaries--Season 2, Episode 8: "Rose"

(Oh, Damon...how I miss thee)

I watched last week's episode but didn't have a chance to post anything, so the lovely Brooke posted it for me. Thanks, Brooke! Now on to this week's episode:

After Elena is kidnapped at a masquerade ball (another event, Mystic Falls?), Stefan goes on the haunt for her with Damon following along. Bonnie casts a tracking spell, she sees that Elena is in a remote area in a gothic mansion...awesome. 

We see that Elena has been taken by a British couple, Trevor and Rose, who have been alive for at least 500 years. They owe a debt to Elijah, who is one of the original vampires. They had to bring back Katherine when she was Katerina. Katherine was a doppelganger and sacrificing one was thought to break the vampire curse. Obviously, this didn't work out. They have been on the run from Elijah but once they found out Elena was a doppelganger, so they chose to kidnap her and present her to Elijah.


Elijah comes to the mansion and is please with the sight of Elena. Obviously, this is the time that the heros break in. Stefan and Damon don't disappoint with the running around as blurry figures in the mansion. Elijah is a heavy match, so the two use the element of surprise and stab Elijah with a coatrack against the door. He appears to be dead. Elena thanks Stefan but Damon thinks it is him that she is thanking.

Once Elena returns home, she is welcomed home by Bonnie and Jeremy who waited for any news of her safety or return. She goes to her room where Damon surprises her with the vervain necklace Elijah tore off of her. Before he gives it back to her, he tells her to listen to him. He announces his love for her but says that he doesn't deserve her but Stefan does. He kisses her on the forehead and then compels her to forget what he said.

Rose goes to the Salvatores' place and tells Stefan that she's tired of running but has no place to go. She reveals that Klaus, the original vampire, is after Elena. We then go back to the mansion where we see Elijah wake up and unstake himself.  

I know I'm not the only one that was screaming for joy when Damon finally said the words to Elena. So, tell me what you think of this week's episode, whether you're jumping for joy over Damon's words or screaming "Why?" on the mountain tops.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Vote For the First Annual 'ILYB' Awards

It's here...it's here! After, being way too busy to even think straight, I have made the form for the ILYB Awards voting. Voting is now open to everyone who wants to take part in the first annual ILYB Awards! Click here to vote! (Voting closes November 29!)

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Vampire Diaries-- Season 2, Episode 7: "Masquerade"



Okay, so I know Alisha is usually the one who tells you all about Vampire Diaries, but her life is crazy busy! So, she asked me to fill in for her. Sadly, I have never even watched one episode. But don't worry, I wouldn't waste a blog saying "Um.... there's vampires?" I spent time looking up what happened so this blog wouldn't sound anything like that.


"Stefan, Damon, Bonnie, Jeremy, Alaric, and Caroline team up and form a plan to kill Katherine at the masquerade ball. Jenna returns home from the hospital, and Alaric agrees to keep an eye on Elena while the others carry out their plan. Katherine is visited by a witch named Lucy, who is to help her retrieve the moonstone from Stefan and Damon. At the ball, Katherine pretends to be Elena and threatens to kill partygoers if she doesn't get the moonstone. Bonnie intuitively realizes that Lucy is a witch. Matt, Tyler, and a girl named Sara are drinking and partying in a room at the ball when Matt-under Katherine's compulsion- begins taunting Tyler about his father and tries to fight him. Caroline hears them and breaks up the fight, but Sara- who is also being compelled- stabs Tyler with a knife,and he accidentally slams her into a desk, killing her. His eyes turn yellow, showing that the curse has been triggered. Stefan and Damon trap Katherine in a room that Bonnie has spelled to prevent Katherine from leaving it. Meanwhile, Elena becomes suspicious and goes to the ball to investigate. Jeremy and Bonnie tell her what's going on. Stefan and Damon try to kill Katherine, staking her several times, but stop when Jeremy comes running and tells them that every time they stake her, Elena is severely wounded too. Katherine reveals that she had Lucy put a spell on her and Elena, linking them together. Bonnie confronts Lucy and demands that she lift the Katherine/Elena spell. Lucy does so and incapacitates Katherine, who collapses. It is revealed that Lucy is Bonnie's cousin. Elena recovers from her wounds but refuses to get back with Stefan, saying she wants to feel that she and her family are safe first. Damon traps Katherine in an underground tomb. Before he seals the tomb, she pleads with him, saying that Elena is in danger, but he walks away. As Elena heads home, she is intercepted by a masked stranger, who grabs her and covers her mouth while she screams."

Wow, I have never even heard the plot of VD, but this has me interested. So for those who have been watching, I am sure this is exciting! Remember to watch tonight's episode "Rose" to see what happens next!
Sweet Daydreams,
Brooke
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