Book of The Week: City of Bones

So…I haven’t read anything new this week. I’ve been really busy, help honestly! I have a big exam in my art history class coming up…I just had a big exam in children’s literature…my best friend is getting married…all sorts of things!

So I’ve started some new books, dosage I’m currently reading The Eyre Affair by Jaspar Fforde, Anne of Green Gables and a book called The Demon King by Cinda WIlliams Chima. I literally will have a TON of books to review and share with you guys very very soon, and I know Jackie will too. This week…we got a little lazy…and that’s okay! Sometimes that happens.

And today, today is a VERY big day. Its Harry Potter Bowling Night! If you live in Southern Californa, you need to be at this event tonight! Its going to be epic and see if you can spot me, I’ll be a Helper Elf all night :D

So because of all this busyness and whatnot, I’m doing one of my absolute favorite books today. I’m sure those of you who read this blog know my absolute obsession with Cassandra Clare and her two series, The Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices. However, some of you may little to nothing about these books at all and are wondering what the heck I’m talking about all the time!

Plus I’m getting my MI tattoo on Monday, so I’m really really excited about this!

So this week’s book of the week is:

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

 This book is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, which up to now, has 5 books, the 6th one slated to be released sometime in 2014. Now I went to the bookstore, I needed something new to read and this book caught my eye. The premise sounded interesting, it had Holly Black’s recommendation on it (I adore Holly Black!) and to top it off, it was fairly inexpensive (10 dollars for a fat paperback? I’m sold…) so I decided to try it.

I finished City of Bones that day. I went out and bought the second book, City of Ashes the next day and finished it that day. I went out and bought the third book, City of Glass the day after that and finished it that day. I spent 30 bucks in 3 days because it was so good! I had to wait about five months for the next one, City of Fallen Angels to come out but it was okay. I was hooked.

The basic premise of City of Bones is this: Clary Fray is a normal, every day girl living with her mom, Jocelyn, in New York City, hanging out with her best friend, Simon. That is, until one day, Clary sees people that no one else can see: Jace, Isabelle and Alec. She learns that they are called Shadowhunters, a group of humans who have a spark of angel blood and are trained to fight demons. When her mother is kidnapped and she is attacked by a demon, she gets wrapped up in this world. She soon finds her that her mom is a former Shadowhunter, and was kidnapped by her father, Valentine, a very rebellious and evil Shadowhunter. She has to figure out a way to save her mom, and help Jace, Alec and Isabelle figure out what Valentine is up to…and try and discover who she really is.

The Good or The Bad: 

Obviously this book has a ton of good. Its one of my favorite books, and I’m obsessed with the MI series so yeah, definitely a lot of good going on here.

I love the urban fantasy of it. I love true and high fantasy, don’t get me wrong. Just put the word fantasy there and I’m going to read it. I really like, however, with this one that it takes place in modern day, in modern New York City but it brings that fantasy element of demons and fae and vampires and werewolves and warlocks to the front. It seems so real and believable. Who knows what could be going on around us? Like Muggles, mundanes don’t notice whats going on most the time. So Cassandra spins a world in our world that’s just awesome.

I want to be a Shadowhunter. I want to be one. I know the life is dangerous and the life expectancy isn’t great but I want to be one. Cassandra Clare makes you want to be a Shadowhunter. I want seraph blades and a whip to fight demons. I want Runes on my skin to make me faster or stronger or fearless. I want to be part of that world. It sounds so magical. I’m getting close enough as I can, getting a fearless tattoo and putting together a cosplay outfit of Isabelle Lightwood.

The characters are great. I love Clary. Clary has been getting a lot of comparison to Bella Swan lately but I’d say Clary takes the cake there easily. Clary has no idea anything about her life, really, or her mother and father’s. She is suddenly thrust into this world, learning she is of Shadowhunter blood, but I feel like she takes it in stride. Sure, she’s surprised as hell. But she is so concerned for her mom and the safety of Simon that she runs headlong into everything.

The supporting characters are so great as well; I love them all. Isabelle, Simon, Alec, Hodge Starkweather, Luke, Magnus, even Church the cat. You just have to love them all. They are such dynamic characters in that…they’re all struggling with something and they all change through out the series. They don’t stay the same, not one of them. That is a sign of well-written characters. They are all so different as well. I also like that Alec is gay, and he and Magnus eventually have a relationship. It is awesome to see a gay couple in a novel, so openly, and having them deal with that. I like seeing it again with Aline in the later books.

Oh, but Jace. Jace Wayland. We all know my crush on Jace Wayland. He’s such a pain in the ass but he’s sexy as hell, as Isabelle puts it. He’s got this wry and sarcastic charm, and he’s physically good looking and he’s funny and quick and clever and a badass Shadowhunter. His dynamic, his attitude, everything about him drives you insane. But damn, do you want him and Clary to get together. I’m usually not a big rooter for relationships, I am more like STAB THAT GUY! But I wanted that one badly.

Which leads to me to the villain, Valentine. Valentine isn’t in your face evil like a lot of villains that you read. He’s slick, he’s cunning, he’s conniving. He’s sick. He hurts because he enjoys it. The further along in the books, the better you see this. I will say this, SPOILER ALERT: But he tells Jace and Clary at the end of City of Bones that they are brother and sister, and by this point, both of them are hooked, gone, in love. You learn later in City of Glass, that this is a lie, a complete lie. He tells this lie simply for the enjoyment of watching them suffer. He’s a damn good villain. Ugh, Valentine.

The only little problem that I had was the love triangle. We alllll know how I feel about the love triangle. I’m just not a fan of it. I feel like it takes a lot away from the plotline. Like, ugh, stop worrying about the two boys and go fight these people or go save this person and whatnot. So the whole love triangle thing between Simon, Clary and Jace was like AGGHHH. But I will say, its not as bad as most books go. While Clary is like, Simon or Jace?, she doesn’t focus on it all the time. Honestly, her main goal through all the books, what she does everything for, is to save her mother. So there’s that.

I could go on and on and on and on and on about this series for days. I love it that much. But I won’t do that to you. It’s not nice. But seriously, I recommend you picking up these books and enjoying them! I have, I love them and they’re great. They come from a super awesome author, who I had the chance to meet a few years ago, right after City of Fallen Ashes came out.

She was the nicest lady, and a serious inspiration for a budding writer like myself. She signed each and every book that her fans brought to the signing (I have CIty of Bones signed as well, but I lent it out to a very trustworthy friend). Since then, I’ve become pretty obsessed with her companion series, The Infernal Devices, following Shadowhunters in the Victorian Age. She also has a series, the Dark Artifices, planned to take place in modern day Los Angeles, which I am so excited for because I’m a Southern California girl and that is AWESOME.

Also, the movie adaptation, starring Lily Collins as Clary Fray and Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland is hitting theaters this summer, August 23rd 2013 so definitely check that out.

So click the link above, it’ll take you straight to the book on Amazon and enjoy! See you next week for the Book of the Week.

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Cassandra Clare’s Books

The Mortal Instruments Series
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls
City of Heavenly Fire (due out September 2014)

The Infernal Devices
Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Princess (due out March 2013)

Disney and Lucasfilms: Good or Bad?

Now if you paid even the slightest bit of attention to your Facebook feed or your Twitter feed yesterday, online you probably would’ve noticed a little bit of news in the nerd and film world.

Disney, stuff probably one of the biggest companies in the world, order has made the move to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a transaction estimated at over 4 billion dollars.

George Lucas is ready to hand the reins over, saying that he knows he won’t be around forever and that he has built this up to where he wants it and now its time to put it in the hands of someone he trusts, namely Kathleen Kennedy, formerly the co-chairman of Lucasfilms and soon to be President of Lucasfilm, working under the Disney company.

This means that Disney will have control over anything to do with Star Wars, past or present.

I love Star Wars.

I wanted to be Princess Leia when I was growing up. I still kind of do.

I have the Rebel Alliance symbol tattooed on the back of my neck.

This is crazy, huge news for me.

The cherry on top of the cake of crazy news is that there is to be an episode 7, slated for release in the year 2015.

OHMYROWLING.

I seriously don’t know whether to be excited or upset about this.
So let’s talk about this for a moment.

The Good:

The good is this: Disney has already made some integrations with the Star Wars franchise (and the Indiana Jones franchise) to begin with. They have the uberly popular rides at Disneyland with Star Tours and the Indiana Jones ride. They have integrated them into their other parks around the world. They sell really cool Star Wars merchandise and I get a kick out of the crossover Disney-Star Wars merch. Come on, Minnie Mouse as Princess Leia? Pretty cool.

Disney acquired Pixar many years ago and look, that place is rocking it. The only movie I’ll leave out is Cars 2 (ugh) but they have given me some of my absolute favorite movies like Up and Wall.E and all three Toy Story films. Obviously a Disney buy-out didn’t ruin this company, though I don’t know how that could be possible whenever John Lasseter is involved.

Disney also acquired Marvel a few years back. I was prettttty wary about that one too. I just wasn’t sure how two iconic franchises/companies could suddenly come together. Obviously this hasn’t hurt Marvel at all, at least in my opinion. Since then, they’ve released Ironman 2, Captain America, Thor and the extremely awesome and popular Avengers movie. There is an Ironman 3 coming out soon, and sequels for Captain America and Thor in the works and the talk of a sequel for the Avengers. I have enjoyed all of these movies and they’ve all done extremely well.

Let’s face it, George has lost his touch a bit. The original trilogy is amazing, the first movie is my favorite movie of all time (No, my favorite movie of all time is not Harry Potter. My favorite books of all time are Harry Potter). They are fantastic and a true epic. He nailed it so well. He has the unlikely hero and the old wise man and the princess and the scoundrel and the evil figure and the battle versus good and evil. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher rock those movies. But come on, those prequels were just…horrible. Little Anakin annoys the heck out of me. Jar Jar Binks annoys the hell out of me. Come to think of it, Adult Anakin annoys me too. I never thought Star Wars could be butchered so badly but there you go.

So many somebody does need to take the reins from George Lucas. Maybe he needs to go home and bathe in his money and leave Star Wars (oh god, and Indiana Jones, lets not even get into that horrible Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie) alone. Just leave it alone, George. Maybe in the hands of Disney and Kathleen Kennedy, we can have a revamp of the Star Wars franchise that is actually GOOD. Don’t misunderstand me, I said revamp, not reboot. If they ever reboot the original trilogy, there will be some hell to pay and definitely some suicides in the nerd world. But maybe this episode 7 won’t be so bad with George out of the captain’s seat. They’d have to cast all new actors; let’s face it, Carrie, Harrison and Mark are way too old to play their characters ever again.

The Bad:

I tend to like things to end as they should end. I like the original trilogy. They introduce a story, there’s conflict, there’s a resolution, there’s an ending. Now, don’t get me wrong. I do like the idea of Han and Leia marrying and have little twin Jedis, and Leia being trained as a Jedi. Don’t get me wrong. That’s awesome. If they would’ve thought of doing that when the actors were still young enough to play the characters, sure, maybe. But when a story is great, leave it alone please.

I don’t want any Harry Potter sequels. Those seven books are amazing and perfect the way they are. Leave them alone.

I hated that the Mortal Instruments went past City of Glass, especially since I loathed City of Fallen Angels. If it weren’t for the fact that City of Lost Souls was pretty decent, I would’ve never felt excitement for the last and sixth book. But the first three were perfect.

So I don’t like the idea of an episode 7. Maybe it’ll be good. Maybe. But it worries me. I just feel like, what if I get my Star Wars nerdy fangirlness alllll excited and I count down the days til the release and wait in line for the midnight premiere and what if it sucks? What if after all the waiting it disappoints me like the prequels did? I just don’t know if I can handle that!

What if they reboot the original Star Wars? I mean, I don’t think they’d do it any time soon but what if they did? OH HEAVENS NO! That would be the biggest sort of blasphemy possible. I mean, its bad enough that George went back and changed stuff and its so hard to find the original versions anymore. But it could happen, couldn’t it?

I also don’t want to see Star Wars get Disney-ized, with the twinkles and the sparkles. I love Disney, don’t get me wrong. I practically live at Disneyland. However, Disney stays Disney. One of the reasons  that the first two Harry Potter movies aren’t my favorites are because of how sparkly and twinkly and Disney they feel. Ugh. Star Wars is Star Wars and kids love Star Wars the way it is so just leave it alone.

I’m nervous about Indiana Jones. So far in all the things I’ve read, no one has mentioned Indiana Jones. I don’t know what the deal with that is, maybe because Steven Spielberg is involved and whatnot and its in a deal with Paramount Studios. It most likely doesn’t factor into this deal at all, actually, I’m sure it doesn’t so we’ll see.

Right now, I’m super mixed feelings about all of this. I feel like it has the chances to be both good or bad. Sometimes things need to be left alone; they were great and they can stay great. Sometimes you can take something great and make even better. I guess the only thing that we can do now is wait to see what happens.

What do you think of this guys? Do you like that George is handing the reins over? Do you like/dislike the idea of an Episode 7? As always, let me know in the comments.

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The Tuesday Three

You know there is something that I noticed today. And it’s that Tuesdays are worse than Mondays. I mean, prescription sure, hospital Mondays feel terrible after the weekend, especially when your weekend has been awesome. But Tuesdays, Tuesdays are way worse. Tuesdays are like, oh you got through Monday? Well you still have four more days til the weekend! You’re still not even close! Ugh.

Not to mention the fact that it is still in the 80s here in Southern California even though it’s nearly November and meanwhile it’s raging storms on the east coast. Signs of global warming and climate change? I’d say yes.

Lucky for you, my readers, I have the Tuesday Three here for ya to pull you out of those Tuesday blues.
1. Once Upon a Time. Episode 5
So I wasn’t the biggest fan of last week’s episode of Once Upon a Time. I liked Captain Hook, though that was mostly because he was hot. I think adding more characters that fast is a little silly. We kind of have to revisit the ones we already know to see how they are all coping with the curse being broken and the fact that they are still in Storybrooke. And it’s like, okay, another person who is pissed off at rumplestiltskin? Surprise, surprise! He tends to piss a lot of people off…
But this episode was a lot better than the previous week. Mostly because its the second time I’ve felt true pity for Regina, the evil queen. The first time is the episode where you find out what her mother did to her fiancé, Daniel. (Though honestly, her reaction and anger to Snow is so ridiculous and unnecessary). But you feel bad for her. And I felt bad for her again. Because can you imagine losing someone that you loved very much, and you’ve spent years getting revenge for his death and he comes back to life…but it’s not him? It looks like him and feels like him but it’s not. How truly terrible for Regina honestly. And Dr. Whale as Dr. Frankenstein? Not at all what I expected but okay. I’ll roll with it…
2. Walking Dead, Episode 3
Oh wow, yay, I finally actually care about this show! If there was ever a way to discourage people from watching your show, it was having slow and boring opening episodes. Lori still annoys me and Carl with a gun and taking charge doesn’t make me like him anymore than I did before. Which, admittedly, was not a lot. I feel like it’s a repeat of last season but instead of settling on the farm and making the farm a livable, safe haven, they are settling in the prison. They even have that same original dwellers don’t want to share thing going on, Hershel and his family on the farm and the remaining convicts in the prison. It’s just been incredibly boring.
However, this most recent episode leaves the group behind and catches up with andrea and her companion. They’re taken to a settlement where a man known only as the Governor runs the place and with a firm hand and some strict rules. Finally, something interesting! Something with mystery. We don’t know anything about this settlement or the people in it, or this man who runs it. Especially since he claims he is going to save a man’s company of soldiers and instead shoots them all dead. Why is that? I finally feel this spark of curiosity and when I’m curious, I care. Revolution didn’t spark any curiosity at all and so I stopped watching that ages ago.
3. The Mortal Instruments
This isn’t exactly new or anything. I’ve been obsessed with Cassandra Clare and her two book series for quite some time. But every once in awhile I go through this spurts where I’m even more obsessed. I think I’m going through one now because I just reread City of Lost Souls, there is so much talk about the movie (which has been filming and is slated to be finished with filming on November 7th) and the fact that I am dying for a Mortal Instruments tattoo. Big time.
Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you that these books are fantastically written and are going to change the world and the way we read books but they’re entertaining and funny and I have a blast every time I read them. And hey, I get a little bit fangirl crazy for Jace Lightwood. He’s sexy, funny, sarcastic and a seriously badass Shadowhunter. And I love Clary Fray, the main character because she hates sitting around and waiting for stuff to go down; she dives right in even though she is an inexperienced Shadowhunter and doesn’t know what danger lies ahead more than half the time. And there’s the fact that she is a redhead. I have a weird obsession with redhead girls :)
But yeah, I’m working on saving some money up for a mortal instruments tattoo and I just bought a shirt I designed that says “Shadowhunters” on the front and “Looking Better in Black since 1294” which Jace jokingl tells Clary that the motto for Shadowhunters is “Looking better in black than the widows of our enemies since 1294”. So good. This sarcastic and dry humor is what makes me love this character.
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So that’s my nerd week in the Tuesday Three. I do hope you enjoyed it and I hope you enjoyed our first ever anime post yesterday. We have a new blogger amongst us who is a big anime fan and will be bringing us anime posts every other Mondays. Keep it nerdy everyone!
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Book to Movie Transitions

Today, sildenafil my friends, I’m going to complain a little bit. I saw this picture online and it made me laugh.

And the fact is, They are not wrong. I would seriously sit through a six hour Harry Potter movie if they put more details. I definitely would. And yeah, I probably would still complain about what they left out. It just got me to thinking. How many times do we go to movies to see the adaptation of our favorite books and come out feeling disappointed? How often do we come out actually feeling satisfied?

Now, I’m not going to be the first one to say that there are no arguments…the book is always, always, always, better than the movie. Always. (Except Chronicles of Narnia but that’s a whole ‘nother story).

Example number one, Harry Potter. Now, if I sit and watch the movies, I have an enjoyable time. I like the movies. I like actually seeing Hogwarts and seeing magic and the uniforms and the classes and Quidditch and its awesome. Seeing Hogwarts gets me teary-eyed every single time. Hogwarts is my home.

But there are sooooo many things that drives me insane. I could go on for pages and pages and pages about the things that are missing. They completely left out the Marauders and the importance of them in Prisoner of Azkaban. They butcher the crap out of Goblet of Fire (don’t get me started on GoF) and they don’t even get into the story of Barty Crouch Jr. (More David Tennant on screen time? I’m down). In Half Blood Prince, where the heck are all the memories, explaining all of Voldemort’s past! Where are the explanations of what the actual Horcruxes are? And in Deathly Hallows, how bout we actually talk about the DEATHLY HALLOWS! We have that awesome animated scene of the Tale of Three Brothers, and there is no ending for the Hallows at all.

But the movies aren’t all bad. Definitely not. I love them, I waited in line for the midnight showings, cried when everyone died (except Dobby…I just don’t like Dobby) and cried my bloody eyes out when Harry uses the Resurrection stone to see James, Lily, Sirius and Lupin. WATERWORKS. The Feels!!!!

And how bout Percy Jackson? Now, I enjoy the movie; its entertaining. But damn, did they butcher The Lightning Thief. For one thing, Logan Lerman plays Percy at, what, 16? Percy should be 12. And even though Logan Lerman is a very very good looking boy, that part kind of bothered me. The girl who played Annabeth was a brunette. Poseidon didn’t claim Percy during the Capture the Flag game. There’s a lot in that movie that drives me absolutely insane. I’m not a big fan of the guy who plays Grover and Pierce Brosnan as Chiron? Ugh ugh.

Both adaptations of Meg Cabot books are HORRIBLE. Princess Diaries and Avalon High, ugh, ugh, ugh. Princess Diaries just doesn’t capture Meg’s voice. Those books are written in diary form and its all about Mia’s voice and how she sees the world around her. Its so funny and sarcastic and amazing and the movie just doesn’t capture that at all. And they marry her off to some random dude, when all us Cabot fans know that she is meant to be with Michael Moscovitz. Ugh. And Avalon High. There was so much wrong with that movie. The very fact that they made Allie (who’s name is supposed to be Ellie!) to be the King Arthur incarnate was just dumb as hell. She’s the Lady of the Lake, and Will is King Arthur. Read a book! Those movies I can’t even watch because of how much they were butchered.

There are movies that are okay adaptations. I liked Hunger Games, I think they followed the story pretty well and I liked most of the actors. I wasn’t really feeling Lenny Kravitz as Cinna but he was great as Cinna. Woody Haralson nailed it on the head with Haymitch. I even liked the three leads for Katniss, Gale and Peeta. Elizabeth Banks for Effie. Not stoked on Donald Sutherland for President Snow but it worked. But I think they failed to capture the characters themselves. We didn’t get to see Katniss and the kind of stubbornness she had and the love she felt for Prim, the frustration with her mother, her debts to Peeta and Gale. The importance of the Mockingjay was forgotten. But the movie was good. I think they got enough of it to make it very enjoyable.

But then there’s Howl’s Moving Castle. Howl’s is soooo much different from the book, oh my goodness. But the movie captures the essence of the book and its an amazing movie. It captures that connection between Howl and Sophie and it captures the magical essence to it. This is a great example of an adaptation.

I also find the more classic movies to be really good adaptations. To Kill a Mockingbird is an AMAZING transition and definitely one of my favorites. Every time I watch that movie…ohmyRowling. Its so fantastic. I mean, my dog’s name is Scout for a reason. Gregory Peck captures the very essence of that novel. He IS that movie.

One of my favorite movies of all time is Gone with the Wind, which is a great movie. Gone with the Wind is an extremely long book and it would be so insanely hard to get everything that’s in that book in the movie. It would be impossible. But they got all the important things and they captured the essence of the film. That was the most important. Vivian Leigh made a great Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable is one fine looking Rhett Butler.

I’m nervous about the upcoming movie adaptations. I’m a little nervous about The Hobbit (though, come on, Peter Jackson killed it with Lord of the Rings…GREAT movies), The Great Gatsby, Percy Jackson’s Sea of Monsters, and the Mortal Instruments’ City of Bones. I’m sure some of them will be good and some of them will be bad. But I’ll go out and see every single one of them.

I guess my point is, the more movies that are made, the more we’re going to get angry and frustrated and have complaints. We’re always going to find something wrong with it. We’re never going to be happy with a movie adaptation of a book, never. But here’s the thing, that’s almost a good thing. Sure, we can go to the movies and enjoy it. But we’re always going to want to come home and reread that book that made us happy beyond belief. We’re going to want to experience things they way the author meant them too.

So I like movies, and I like movie adaptions and I’ll continue to go see them. And trust me, I’ll continue to find things wrong with them. But I guess that’s what makes books so awesome. There’s just nothing better than escaping into a book.

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Book of the Week: The Diviners

Oh hello my friends. How are we all doing this week? Great? I hope so. If not, buy information pills make it good! You can always turn a frown upside down. I recommend Harry Potter.

Well, sildenafil its that time of week again, remedy its time for Book of the Week. If you missed last week’s Book of the Week, Bazingirl did a haunting and horrifying review of The Exorcist.

If you haven’t read this week’s book, I encourage you to read anyway. I keep it very spoiler free because I believe this book should be enjoyed without knowing anything. It ruins the story! And you’ll see why.

This week’s book is:

The Diviners by Libba Bray

For those of you who have never picked up a Libba Bray book before, you’re definitely missing out. The first book I ever picked up by her was Rebel Angels. That was really stupid because that was actually the sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty, the first of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy takes place at the end of the 19th century, in the Victorian Age, when all girls could hope for was making a perfect debut and securing a good marriage. Gemma, however, has spent most of her life in India with her parents until her mother’s death. Then she is sent to Spence Academy in England and meets her new friends Felicity, Pippa and Ann.  She soon discovers that she has a power and is the last remaining link to the Order, a group of women who the power of magic, of illusion and the ability to enter the realms, a beautiful and powerful place. These books are fantastic. I definitely recommend them.

Libba Bray also has the book Going Bovine, which is award winning and I haven’t read yet. Then there is Beauty Queens, a book where a plane of teen beauty pageant contestants crashes on an deserted island and the sort of hilarity and also sadness that ensues. Libba Bray is a self-proclaimed feminist and is a member of NOW and this shows in her satirical portrayal of the beauty queens. Another book worth the buy.

Libba Bray’s newest book, The Diviners, just recently came out. I was a little hesitant to buy it. One, it was 20 dollars. I mean, seriously? What is with book prices lately? That’s insane. Ugh. And also, because it was of a paranormal/fantasy nature and I just love the Gemma Doyle trilogy so much, that I was kind of scared at how good this one was going to be.

The story centers around Evangline O’Neill, or Evie, in the Roaring Twenties. Evie is your regular ol flapper girl who is out partying and drinking in speakeasies. She is all about the parties and the fun, but she’s hiding something. She has a gift. When she holds an item belonging to someone else, she can delve into their personal information and learn more about them. When her little party trick gets her into trouble, she’s sent to New York to live with her uncle, who runs a museum all about the supernatural. She’s in heaven, meeting new friends, buying clothes at the hippest stores and going to the most awesome clubs.

That is, until there’s a mysterious murder and her uncle is called in to help with the investigation. When Evie holds the victim’s shoe buckle and sees more than she should, she realizes its about time to reveal her secret and that maybe it could actually do some good…especially when the killer doesn’t stop.

The Good or the Bad:

I’m glad I bought this book. Libba Bray is an amazing author. She definitely should not stop writing.

In the Gemma Doyle trilogy, she was so great at making you believe in that era, the Victorian era, as if she’d live there herself. She does that again in The Diviners. I really believe that I’m in New York City, in the ’20s, going to speakeasies and bobbing my hair. She’s so good at getting into those time periods. She must do some serious research to do it because it’s just amazing. I’ve never even wanted to attempt a historical fiction because its so hard but she rocks it.

Evie is a great character. Gemma is very unsure of herself, which is relatable because I think a lot of times we are so unsure of ourselves. However, Evie is so confident and she walks around knowing what she wants and when she wants it. She has some serious sass. I love it! I also love that her confidence often times gets her into trouble. You want to smack her in the fact as she makes a mistake but you want to love her too because she’s so fun!

The story! It’s so winding and weaving. I had no idea what was going on. Its very supernatural and at the same, Biblical, and at the same time, not. I like that she bounced back and forth between Evie and the other supporting characters, like Memphis and Theta and even the killer. It gave you a nice twisting view of everything that was going on. I mean, you knew who the killer was, for the most part, and you knew where he was going and who he was going to kill, and Evie and her uncle and his assistant Jericho have no idea whats going on and its suspenseful.

Yeah! Its suspenseful! Thats one of the best parts of it. It has a suspense where you keep wondering who is going to be next and what is going to happen to each character, especially since they all seem to have these powers. Evie has her power, Sam Lloyd can convince people they can’t see them, Memphis once could heal, Isaiah can predict things, etc. Everything is so intertwined and sneaky. It reads very much like a murder mystery mixed in with that paranormal and supernatural.

I’m not going to give too much away. I feel like I give too much away, you’re not going to be able to experience that same suspense and edge-of-your-seat-ness that I experienced. And yeah, I just made up that hyphenated word. I definitely recommend reading this book. Its fantastic and Libba Bray nails it again. As always click the link above and it’ll take you straight to the Amazon page for the book, which is actually a lot cheaper than buying it at your local Barnes and Noble. :) Happy Reading everyone!

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