Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book Review // Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

I'm gonna be honest, I've read most of this series in my early high school years. When I was na├»ve and possessed a more vampy nature (i.e. twilight). I decided to give it another shot being an adult now, thinking that the plot twists and pace of the book would be less lost on me…I was wrong.

I think it's more of the idea of the books that I still inevitably love. Elite New York teens are told they are actually part of a group of 400 regenerative vampires who are actually angels who fell from heaven thousands of years ago. They are supposed to be all powerful and eventually blossom into their past memories and powers…but something is hunting them. Cool, right?

Well, first of all, the personalities of the characters change faster than the point of view (which is every few paragraphs). But the only consistent one is the jealous best friend of the main character, which is destructive to the targeted audience. As for what age the audience is supposed to be, I'm not sure. The writing style is obviously young adult but the pacing reminds me of children's books.

As for plot and content, I was really confused. The teens don’t find out they're these powerful beings until halfway through the book and everyone has secrets that are stretched and just there for the drama of it. It was super confusing and I don't know how I followed it as a young teen. As for the content…there's some sexual suggestions but than even kissing is told in a giddy way that it's just awkward.

The redeeming qualities of this book is the look into the lavish lives of NYC's elite culture and the nod back to history. You learn about Lanvin, Tiffany's and the hottest avenues and eateries of the city and most of the buildings and places mentioned are real! The history embedded in the 400's own past is quite amazing as well. From the mysterious disappearance of the settlement of Roanoke to who built the Met and the Mayflower, it's all woven into their lives.

I'm going to give Melissa de la Cruz three out of five stars on Goodreads because it definitely could've been better but it was just awkward. Blue Bloods was my foyer into vampires and though cryptic and hard to follow, it's still pretty bad ass. Oh! Also, I want to check out the graphic novel and see how it compares :)

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Review // Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I went in to Six of Crows having only read the first book in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha trilogy, Shadow and Bone. To be fair, I had no clue what I signed up for.

Six of Crows follows a ragtag team of young cons/gang members, the Dregs, as they pull the biggest heist to ever cross anyone in their awful town. There's still the magical aspect of the Grisha, the fighters with powers as in the first trilogy, and more. Kaz Brekker, the leader of said crazy team rounds up everyone in odd ways. Old acquaintances and new, the stoic, the strange, the sketchy and the stealthy. There's Inej Ghafa, the Wraith, Kaz's right hand and special silent spy. Jesper Fahey, sharp shooter with a heavy gambling problem and odd secrets. Nina Zenik, ex-Grisha Heartrender (aka able to control all aspects of your living body). Matthias Helvar, ex-Grisha hunter and sort of friend to Nina. Last, but not least, Wylan Van Eck, son of the merchant who hired Kaz and his gang and explosives genius.

I am completely infatuated with how smart and cunning these six are. If they were in ANY Hogwarts house, they'd all be in Slytherin with me. All badasses in their own ways from knives to guns to simply bare hands, they were intense and tough. They're all also kind of scary and real feeling. It was incredibly easy to relate to struggles from their pasts and current situations despite the fact that I don’t have magical powers nor have I ever robbed anyone in my entire life. The subtle relationship feels are what kept me around though! Love me some strange love!!!

I loved Matthias most of all though. I could never tell if he was completely on the Dregs side or Nina's side or if he had his own agenda. I also love me a big strong lump of blonde hair and blue eyes. ;)

I'd recommend this book to people who like other Young Adult novels similar like Sarah J. Mass or Red Queen. The writing styles are similar but this one has twists and turns you never see coming thanks to the secretive, weird band of characters. I also gave this book 5/5 stars over on Goodreads because it was sooooo good!

Go read it and tell me what you think of the odd ending! No mourners, no funerals.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

The Problem With A Rambling Mind

Where do I jot down everything?

I have empty notebooks and questionable post-its and half filled journals and unfinished tweet threads and notes on notes on notes theoretically stacked inside my phone and tablet and even old broken phones that I can never retrieve. How do I keep it all in one place?

This is also my problem with social media in general. How do I say what I need to say without getting the wrong kind of attention (ie that of my grandmothers on Facebook)? Or not gaining enough attention (ie trying to get retweets to push a friends new music video)? You have so many followers here and there and it's about choosing which outlet to go through to reach your target whether it simply the attention or promotion for a cause or because you just feel like venting into the nothingness of the internet.

Of course, I would normally just write this stuff down in my thick leather bound journal where I paste flowers and movie tickets and wrist bands from festivals but…today I just need to fake scream into the void. Plus…my hand cramps and I can't write as fast as I think. :)

Lately, I've also been thinking about retaking up vlogging. Just talking to a camera and posting it where barely anyone has a clue about me. It's a lot of work but I've been more confident with speaking and portraying what I actually mean through rough hand gestures and my indelicate eyebrows. But than I remember….someone once approached me at a local gas station because they knew I had a YouTube channel and they wanted to tell me they liked me.

I got really creeped out but really happy.
Thanks, internet. I'm having an existential crisis.

(photo by me. the sky outside my job before it got hectic)

overdue playlists

a short essay by yours truly

hello buggies,
It's been a bit...again! To be honest, I've just been working and going to ALOT of random shows including Swim Deep, Catfish and the Bottlemen and even roadtripping to see The 1975 in two cities! I have a lot of footage and photos to share someday but for now...they're all mine to pine over late at night while I'm slowly slipping into sleep. There was also a few short lived almost loves thrown in there but oh well! Just makes for a deeper love of my unending true love for music ;)

I haven't shared a playlist in a while! But remember, you can always check out my Spotify for a new one every 1st of the month. Here's some long overdue beauties:

tellural // feb 16
adj. / of or pertaining to the earth
23 songs / 48 minutes

solivagant // mar 16
adj. / wandering alone
27 songs / 82 minutes

oddity // apr 16
n. / an odd or strange thing or person
13 songs / 48 minutes

discourse // may 16
v. / the use of words to exchange thoughts or ideas
16 songs / 48 minutes

plum // jun 16
n. / a violet-reddish color and a pitted fruit of a similar color
18 songs / 66 minutes

And my latest:

foxhole // jul 16
n. / the den or burrow of a fox
15 songs / 45 minutes

Check em out! Thanks for sticking around :)