Book of the Week-Looking for Alaska

As a huge supporter of young adult literature, for sale John Green is one of the authors that top my list. John Green is definitely an example of how young adult literature can be used as a viable source of literature and SHOULD be used in classrooms.

Moving on though, its been forever since I did a Book of the Week post because, sadly, I was so busy between Christmas and all the birthdays that I have going in December and I literally had no time to read anything. But now that I still have a month left of glorious winter vacation before I hit the books again in school, I can consume all the books that I received as Christmas gifts.

One of those books was Looking for Alaska, by John Green.

Which leads me to our book of the week.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

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In this award winning novel by John Green, we meet high school junior, Miles also known as Pudge, who decides to go to a boarding school in Alabama because life at home is just normal and boring. He doesn’t have any friends; no one even shows up for his going away party. And he’s obsessed with last words; he can recall the last words of countless famous people and he knows that he can’t get those kind of events, those kind of words living at home, where nothing happens.

So he goes to boarding school, where on his first day, he immediately is pulled into the world that is created on that campus. He becomes friends with his roommate, Chip aka the Colonel, which gains him friends with Takumi and the extremely beautiful and kind of crazy Alaska Young. How could Pudge resist? Of course he falls in love with her! How could he not, how could anyone not? Soon there are pranks to pull, classes to ditch, a lenient but kind of scary headmaster to avoid and some seriously teen awesomeness to experience.

The Good or The Bad:

Honestly, I feel like I should have read Looking for Alaska before I read The Fault in Our Stars. The Fault was a one of a kind book that literally broke my heart and changed the way I see young adult literature… again. It was a unique story in the very familar world of teenage life. It was the third book I had read by John Green: I love An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns was an extreme let down. There just isn’t a book like The Fault in our Stars.

That being said, I really enjoyed Looking for Alaska. I like the story of boarding school…there’s something awesome about kids and teenagers basically having the run of the place without the influence of parents around all the time. Why do you think Harry, Hermione and Ron got into so much trouble while tucked in away in wizarding boarding school? No parental guidance, just a bunch of teachers who are too busy knocking back firewhiskey (or normal) in their offices late at night to notice the mischief that is so clearly going on.

I really like Miles a.k.a. Pudge too. He’s a typical teenage boy, playing video games, smoking cigarettes, eating bufriedos, and so on. Pining after the insanely beautiful but completely unattainable Alaska Young. Getting his first blow job by the hot Romanian student. I love Pudge.

I didn’t like Alaska at all. I don’t know why but something about her drove me insane. I loved Pudge and Takumi and Lara and the Colonel and I could understand the allure of Alaska Young but she was hot and crazy and maybe that’s extremely appealing to most guys or something but she was insane. And everyone loved her; maybe that was the point. She had losses early in her life and sometimes she made mistakes and she didn’t know how to handle when she did. I could understand that and I can understand being so extremely confused by just being a teenager, with all those emotions.

But a lot of what happened to me, as far as storyline, was very predictible to me. I didn’t feel the kind of shock and heartbreak that I felt in other books. When (SPOILER) Alaska Young ends up dead in a car crash, I wasn’t surprised in the least. People said they cried like crazy when that part happened but I feel like I didn’t even flinch in the slightest. I mean, sure, I was sad but it didn’t feel like anything I felt when I read the Fault in Our Stars. Maybe I would have appreciated Alaska more if I had read it before The Fault, but that’s the way I read it and Alaska just didn’t reach me the way that Hazel and Augustus did.

I did like all the pranks pulled by people; they were totally fun. I didn’t pull off any pranks whatsoever when I was in high school, mostly because I was kind of shy and social afraid of doing anything that might actually be fun and I didn’t really know any people that would partake in anything like a school prank. So the pranks that I read in this book, like putting hair dye in people’s hair gel and firecrackers and sending out false progress reports and bringing a stripper to a speech day. All fantastic and classic. LOVED it.

Honestly, I did enjoy the book. I read it in one day and I only do that for a book that I am actually interested in and its still a GOOD book but it felt depressingly flat after The Fault in Our Stars and maybe people built up this book so much in my mind that I had extremely high expectations. I definitely recommend that people read this book but I wouldn’t recommend reading it after the Fault if you enjoyed it as much as I did. Like…I literally worship that book so maybe I’m just the slightest bit biased when it comes to judging these books.

The point is, its a great book and it’ll have you glued to the pages through out the entire book. Miles is a fun character and I honestly cracked up during his very blow job because, seriously, it was HILARIOUS! You’ll crave a bufriedo (fried bean burrito) because it sounds both artery clogging and absolutely delicious. You’ll want to take religions with Dr. Hyde because he makes the ideas of religion seem extremely interesting, even for a staunch atheist like me. I want to go to boarding school now, and I want to light firecrackers outside the headmasters’ house and go camping in the rooms and get chased by the evil swan. This is a great, great book and I’m definitely a John Green backer.

What did you think of Looking for Alaska?

Tuesday Top Ten-Things to Look Forward to in 2013

Happy New Year nerds!!! It’s officially 2013!

Welcome to the first installment of the newly revised Tuesday post. Before I called it the Tuesday Three and it was meant as a post for three things that were on my mind in the nerd week.

And let’s just say that I failed incredibly at it. I don’t even remember the last time I attempted to write a Tuesday Three.

So I amended my blog schedule, viagra which you can see right here, more about and I changed some things around. Thursday is now the Book of the Week instead of Fridays and Tuesday Three was morphed into the Tuesday Top Ten-where I create a top ten list. The list could be virtually anything I want. It could be my top ten favorite books or my top ten favorite weapons or even my top ten outfits. Its whatever I want to write about that Tuesday.

So this Tuesday, cialis 40mg on the very first day of the new year, my Tuesday Top Ten is this:

Things That I’m Excited for in 2013

11. Ironman 3

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Three words: Robert Downey Jr. And Ironman is one of the sexiest superheroes to come out of the Marvel universe in the last year. I have loved the first two Ironman movies very, very much and I am definitely looking forward to checking out this one. Tony Stark is going through a lot more than he was in previous movies, with the aftermath of the attack in the Avengers on his mind. Someone is ruining his personal life and he’s determined to get down to the body of it. Should be pretty badass and I cannot wait to see it. It hits the theaters May 3rd so its coming up quickly.

10. The Moon and More-Sarah Dessen 

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It has been nearly two years since Sarah Dessen hit us with a book, What Happened to Goodbye, and in all honesty, this was not one of my favorites by her. Along for the Ride, the book before that, was wonderful and I loved it so I was slightly disappointed in What Happened to Goodbye. Now that its been two years and Dessen is finally putting out a new book, The Moon and More, I’m hoping that she has written another wonderful novel. In very typical Dessen style, she writes of Emaline (she always chooses such unique names) living in the beach town of Colby and the summer before college and how it transforms her characters. I hope that this one will be fun, and unique to read and not the same story we’ve read before. This book will be out June 4th, 2013.

9. Meeting Cassandra Clare and Lauren Oliver 

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Okay, I’ve already met Cassandra Clare, two years ago with Holly Black. But back then, City of Lost Souls, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess wasn’t out yet! Which means that there are three books of hers that have no personalized autographs from her! This is a travesty! Haha, no, really I’m stoked to see her again. She was fun and insanely nice the first time around and I’m sure she will be the second time around…and I’m dying to show her my Fearless rune tattoo. I’m also looking forward to meeting Lauren Oliver, the author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy. Before I Fall is a wonderfully, fantastic book and the first book in the Delirium trilogy was equally awesome. The second book, Pandemonium, wasn’t as good and I’m hoping the last book, Requiem, makes up for that. Then I can go to her meet-and-greet and throw tons of compliments her way. This will be happening in March.

8. The Sea of Monsters

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Anyway who actually sits down and claims the first Percy Jackson movie to actually be good. It wasn’t the worst movie ever made but it definitely didn’t do the first book of a great series justice. I honestly was completely surprised when I found out they would be doing The Sea of Monsters. Now, I haven’t heard much about it yet; just have seen some pictures. I’m glad Annabeth finally has blonde hair, and I’m pretty into Tyson. This is the movie where the Golden Fleece will be found and, just like any other Percy book, its full of adventures. I am looking forward to this movie because I love the Percy Jackson world but I am sincerely hoping that this movie doesn’t disappoint like the first one did. This hits theaters August 16th.

7. The Last Divergent Book-Veronica Roth

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Okay so this book doesn’t even have a title, let alone an actual release date. There’s literally no information on this book whatsoever. However, the second book in the series, Insurgent, left off on such a cliffhanger, leaving all the fans wanting to smack Ms Roth in the face. I’m just kind of looking forward to seeing how exactly this plays out in the books. The society that was built up, the society that we came to know in the first book, is falling apart and who knows what will happen to it or what will replace it. Its rumored that this will be hitting bookstands in September of 2013 but nothing has been even the slightest bit confirmed. Keep in mind that the image above is fan made, it hasn’t even been confirmed that the title of the book is Convergent.

6. The House of Hades-Rick Riordan

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For anyone who is a Percy fan like me, and a Percabeth shipper like me, The Mark of Athena was SO much fun and insanely heartbreaking. Percy and Annabeth have a fantastic relationship, one that girls should actually pining after, not the relationships of Twilight. And major stuff is going down in this series, the end of the world kind of stuff and only Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Hazel, Frank and Leo can save it. Just when things start to look up, and Annabeth has found the Mark of Athena, the long lost statue of Athena that needs to be returned to Greece, everything goes to HELL, literally! We leave off the Mark of Athena with Percy and Annabeth being dropped into the deepest depths of Tartarus, with a promise from Nico to meet them on the other side. WHAT THE HECK? I was so, so bummed out. Now I can’t wait until The House of Hades comes out this fall, though the exact date has not been announced. Keep in mind, again, that the image above is fan made.

5. Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Lets be honest: in the case of Suzanne Collins and the Hunger Games, the books did NOT get better as you read them. The Hunger Games was fantastic, Catching Fire was good, and entertaining and Mockingjay was super disappointing. However, I did enjoy the first Hunger Games movie, though it didn’t do completely justice to the book, and I am hopeful that Catching Fire will be as big as Hunger Games was. The best part of Catching Fire is being able to finally see my favorite Hunger Games character, Finnick Odair, the sexy sexy former tribute from District 4. Sam Claflin wasn’t exactly what I pictured when it came to his character, but I have faith, just as I have faith in Jena Malone as Johanna Edwards, the fiery tribute from District 7. This hits the theaters in November, on the 23rd, too much time away for me to begin to count. Sigh.

4. City of Bones Release

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Obviously I cannot wait for this movie to hit the theaters. I am DYING for it to come out. The Mortal Instruments is one of my favorite book series of all time (have I mentioned the tattoo…I don’t think I have) and I can’t wait to see the book that started it out on the big screen. I have faith in Lily Collins as Clary Fray and Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland, though those two were DEFINITELY not the ones that I’d ever thought for the parts. But you also have the awesome Robert Sheehan as Simon Lewis, the adorable Kevin Zegers as Alec Lightwood, the sexy Aidan Turner as Luke Garroway, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Valentine Morgenstern and the insanely beautiful Lena Headey as Jocelyn Fray. I am sincerely nervous about it as well, nervous that it’ll either be absolutely horrible and embarrasingly bad, or it’ll be very great and then suddenly everyone in the world will love it. The life of a fangirl. This movie hits theaters August 23rd, 2013.

3. The Desolation of Smaug-The Hobbit Part 2

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The Hobbit was EPIC and this time around, we are going to start to see some major things go down. The dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf are on the back stretch of their journey and they leave off the first movie, believing that the worst is behind them. Oh, those poor dears, how could they possibly think that? The worst is yet to come and the worst includes a face to face encounter with the dreaded dragon himself, Smaug, voiced by Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch. Oh yes, and we get to see Aidan Turner as Kili the dwarf again. Its going to be absolutely fantastic, or so I hope and I cannot wait for it. It makes me a little confused on whats going to happen in the third installment since I believe the showdown between Bilbo and the dwarf happens in this movie. Very confusing…but still enough to make this girl very, very excited for this movie to come out. Unfortunately that means I have to wait until December 13th to watch it.

2. Clockwork Princess Release-Cassandra Clare

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Finally, the conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy. After the original publication date for this novel was postponed from December 2012 to March 2013, I am ready for this book to finally come out already. There is so much that is left unsolved at the end of Prince and there’s a huge problem between Tessa, Jem and Will (a love triangle that, for some reason, I can actually stand). What is going to happen to everyone? What is the story with Will’s sister, Cecily, suddenly showing up at the Shadowhunter home? What on earth is going on? Will Tessa marry Jem, or change her mind and end up with Will? Will Jem die, after so many years of dealing with his affliction? What is finally going to happen with the Magister and his army of automatons?  There are so many questions to be answered and I cannot wait to read them when this book comes out in March. And perhaps with this release, it means the City of Heavenly Fire and the first Dark Artifices book will come sooner rather than later. This book hits the stores March 19th, 2013.

1. The return of Doctor Who, Series 7  

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Do you how long it has been since I’ve seen a new Doctor Who episode that wasn’t the Christmas special? September! September, when Amy and Rory got caught in the crossfire of the Weeping Angels and retired as the companions to the Doctor. Now, we had a so-so Christmas special that did leave us wondering who the hell Clara Oswin Oswald is and how the Doctor is determined to figure that out. I can’t handle not knowing whats going to happen next. Sometimes I wonder if it was just better off to deal with books, where I could keep reading and no one could really tell me to stop. Now, I’m forced to wait until APRIL for Doctor Who to come back into my life. My two hearts hurt at the thought of it and I’m dying to find out what kind of adventures the Doctor will get involved in next, and I’m excited at the anticipation of a new companion, a mysterious new companion. Why can’t it be April yet?

What things are you most excited for 2013? I’d like to hear about them, because, who knows? Maybe I’ll be excited for them as well! As always, share in the comments!

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Happy New Year-The Best of 2012!

One of my fellow contributors sent me a picture a couple weeks ago, buy when I asked my contributors to write a Best Of list for me before the end of the year…this is what he sent me:

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And to that I say…what TERRIBLE spelling (who doesn’t know how to spell coming?) and also, HA!

I mean, I’m known for some lists of greatness, how could I not do a best of 2012 list?

Here’s the difference between most other lists though. This list is my own personal opinion. This is MY best of the year. There are going to be a lot of awesome things from this year that aren’t on this list…because, again, its my personal list. You can all argue with it as much as you like. Look at the top of this page, what does it say up there?

It says WhataNerdGirlSays..and that’s me, which equals MY opinion.

There have some seriously awesome things that came out of 2012: movies, books, shows, and on and on. I feel like I should call 2012 the Year of the Geek…if only because thats what it was for me.

Before this year I was geeky and nerdy for sure, but since 2012 was basically the year I discovered the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army, I’ve gotten even better since then. I discovered TV shows like Doctor Who, The Vampire Diaries, Firefly. I’ve started reading comic books and other authors I hadn’t read before. And on and on and on. This year was definitely a nerd year for me.

So to count off some of my FAVORITE things about this year:

Best YA Book of 2012-The Diviners

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Now, most people probably are not goign to agree with this. They’re going to say that The Fault in our Stars as the best young adult book of the year. Well, hold your horses because it’s below. I personally believe that The Diviners by Libba Bray was one of the best young adult novels released this year. A lot of the books that were released this year in the realm of YA were second books, third books, fourth books, etc in series already out there. Cassandra Clare put out a book, and so on. And while I like Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls didn’t impress me as much as the first installment of Libba Bray’s new series. Her character is fresh and fun, the story captivating and it reminds us that there still are truly fantastic authors out there. Its been awhile since I could pick up a paranormal YA novel, and I actually enjoy it and feel that it is original and Libba Bray did just that with The Diviners.

Best Ending to a Book Series 2012- The Crimson Crown

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Cinda Williams Chima is a breath of fresh air in the world of young adult fantasy literature. I know that I picked up the first three installments of her Seven Realms series the week that the Crimson Crown, the final book, hit book stores but it definitely wins as the best ending to a book series, hands down. Chima writes real, pure, GOOD fantasy. There’s no love triangle or fluff to fill these novels. It’s all just plain good, the politics and the fantasy and the emotions and all of that. Queen Raisa is dealing with so many things: a corrupted military, several border countries biting at her ankles, poverty, and so on and she works her ass off to fix all of it, with a band of amazing and well developed characters. Han Alister is still trying to escape his thief king past, and come to terms with being a wizard, and try to prove his worthiness of marrying the queen. I’ll be pushing Chima for years; its been so long since I read a fantasy that swept me up and made me fall in love as hard as this book series did.

Best Movie of 2012-The Hobbit

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Despite lackluster reviews of one of the most anticipated movies of the year, it has become my favorite movie of the year. This movie was not made for the critics, that much is for sure, if anyone of you has read even one review of the movie. It’s too long, and it doesn’t make sense and all that sort of criticism. But this movie was definitely made for the fans, because it tells more of the story than just the story of Bilbo Baggins and for fans that know these stories, it was awesome. Peter Jackson pulled off an amazing display of cinematography and there was such an all star cast with some fantastic performances (I’m looking at you, Martin Freeman). The movie built up enough suspense to make me super excited to see The Desolation of Smaug next December. Definitely, definitely was made for the fans and it was very enjoyable for the fans.

Best Movie of 2012 Part Two-The Avengers

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I remember when I heard that Disney had bought out Marvel…I didn’t think this was going to go off so well. This was around the time that the seriously horrible Spiderman 3 had come out and I was already feeling kind of bummed out when it came to Marvel. Obviously it didn’t hurt too much. The Ironman movies have been great, and the Captain America and Thor movies have been fairly enjoyable. Then Marvel/Disney hit us with the whopper this year: The Avengers. First off, could they get a more attractive group of people to put in a movie? I mean, seriously between Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johanssen. There are so many hot people in that movie. But it was more than that (I swear, it is!). With Joss Whedon at the helm, it had a nice blend of action and drama and humor, with that sarcastic wit that Joss is so damn good at. Even if you weren’t really a superhero fan before this movie, I guarantee that you are now.

Best Animated Movie of 2012: The Secret World of Arrietty

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I love Hayao Miyazaki. The guy rocks, and I don’t think he’s put out a movie that I don’t enjoy. Paired with the fact that the Borrowers was one of my favorite books when I was a child and I absolutely adored this movie. I mean, sure there was also the fact that Brave was okay, but not fantastic Pixar caliber and none of the other animated movies of the year really jumped out at me. The Secret World of Arrietty had all the charms of a Miyazaki movie and still held on to the beauty of the book. I only own three Miyazaki movies at home: Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle…and Arrietty. That shows my attachment to this movie; I LOVED it. The movie has that kind of wholesomeness to it, paired with humor that so many of kids movies lack. And the art of a Miyazaki always brings a smile to my face…because I can spot it from a mile away.

Best Adult Book of 2012-The Casual Vacancy

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How is it even remotely possible that after writing seven amazing, unforgettable novels and creating a world beyond any of us, J.K. Rowling could write another amazing novel. Set in a small town in Britain, and spinning a political web, the Casual Vacancy is not what some people would expect from our dear queen. But her writing, no matter what it is that she’s writing, is always fantastic. J.K. Rowling tells a story with such ease and grace. This book doesn’t grab you as fast as the Harry Potter books do and there’s about a thousand characters to keep track of, but when you’ve finally figured out who belongs to who and you start to get the gist of what is going on, you just can’t put it down. Its near impossible. In Harry Potter, you’re dying to know what happens next but in the Casual Vacancy, you’re just dying to figure out what the hell is going on.

Best Children’s Book of 2012-Wonder

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Have you read Wonder by R.J. Palacio yet? If you haven’t, you are severely missing out. Yes, it is meant for children, probably about the middle grade age group but when has that ever stopped us from reading children’s books? I still enjoy reading Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series and those are shelved in the children’s section. I love reading The Giver and all those sorts of books. Wonder is a book that should be counted amongst the best of the best in children’s novels. As a debut novel, I am amazed at Palacio’s ability to captivate her audience, whether its a child or an adult. The story of Auggie, a kid with severe face deformities, who goes to middle school for the first time after a life of home schooling is sweet, funny, sad and uplifting. If there is a child out there that hasn’t had the chance to pick up this book, then they definitely should…and I feel the same no matter what age you are. Its an amazing book, and its beautifully written and if it doesn’t win the Caldecott this year, then…well then the people who vote for the Caldecott obviously missed what a great book this is.

Best Video Game of 2012-LittleBigPlanet Karting

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Obviously I am not a gamer. I enjoy the occasional video game, and I have a great liking to watching my boyfriend play them (especially when he plays the Uncharted games…god they’re like a movie!) but I’m not very good at them. It’ll take me several times to beat a certain level and sometimes I have to play a video game on “easy” mode to even think about coming close to beating it. But that’s exactly why I LOVE the LittleBigPlanet games. They are super fun to play, they have enough difficulty to not be a stupid little kid’s game but they’re easy enough that I’m not struggling. They’re so much FUN and Sackboy is badass, though extremely hard to play in the Playstation All Stars battle game. But LittleBigPlanet karting…it’s not something new, not in the slightest. It is very reminiscent of the most popular racing games, Mario Kart, but it has the fantastic LittleBigPlanet twist to it. The weapons are more fun, and when they’re used, the reactions are more over the top and enjoyable. The tracks are silly…I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to dodge cupcakes while racing? All in all, it was the game I most enjoyed playing this year. 

Best Event of 2012: Harry Potter Skate Night

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Now, you guys have heard of LADA, the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army, the group that literally changed my life in the last year. They have given me so much more than I had before, and I’ve done a million fun things with them that I cannot begin to remember them all. But one of the highlights of my year with them was our first epic giant event, Harry Potter Skate Night. We had over 600 people show up and the place was packed. Everyone there was dressed in various Harry Potter wear, from shirts to school robes to full on costumes…there was even a little girl dressed as Dobby. There was a mix of contemporary music and Harry Potter music playing, there was butterbeer to drink, and different handmade Potter fare to buy. I cannot WAIT until we have our second one in April, to bring back the most epic event in Harry Potter nerd history. The first one was awesome in its own right, and we seriously rocked it and had a fantastic time. Just think how much more fun its going to be when we do it again this year.

Best New TV Show of 2012: Once Upon a Time

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I adore Once Upon a Time. Now technically this show began in 2011, but majority of the first season was in 2012, along with the season finale and the beginning of second season. The point is, I consider it a 2012 show and what an awesome, awesome show it is. It has become one of my favorite shows and I cannot bear to miss an episode. I’ve always liked Disney princesses and fairy tale stories, especially alternative ones. One of my favorite books is Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory McGuire. I love the idea of fairy tales being told differently…like Snow White and Cinderella both getting pregnant with their prince charmings…so risque! Or Snow White being able to wield a weapon pretty well and the Evil Queen has way more to her than you would think. What about Rumplestiltskin’s love for his son or Red Riding Hood’s struggle with being the wolf herself? Its awesome and the creators of Once Upon a Time get me to watch every single week. I am so glad that this show has lasted as long as it has and that it continues to last :)

Best Discovery of 2012: Doctor Who

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February. 2012. This girl finally sits down, boots up her Netflix and sits down to watch six seasons of Doctor Who. And she was never so glad in her entire life to do so. I watched all six seasons of Doctor Who in about a month, maybe less. This is also with school and Valentine’s Day, and my anniversary and my birthday going on. I’d like to say that’s pretty impressive. Now, ask anyone who knows me now what’s one of my favorite things and they will definitely say Doctor Who. I cannot understand how anyone could watch even one or two episodes of the show and not completely fall in love. All of the Docotrs-9, 10 and 11-are all awesome and have their own individual charm and all the companions-Rose, Martha, Donna, Amy, Rory and now, Clara-are all so kickass. I cannot believe it took me as long as it did to discover this amazing, amazing show. I’ve only been a fan for about a year but already I cannot imagine what my life would be without Doctor Who. And the best part? My boyfriend came along right besides me, and that doesn’t happen…and I loved it.

Best Boy of 2012: Mike Trout

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All right, I admit it, Mike Trout literally has nothing to do with being a nerd whatsoever. Like…he’s a baseball player and doesn’t fit in with my blog at all…except for one thing: I’m a fangirl and a fangirl means obsession. I’m obsessed with Harry Potter and Doctor Who and Star Wars and Lord of the RIngs and all that fun stuff….and I’m obsessed with my Los Angeles Angels. And along with that comes my obsession with Mike Trout. Now, if you have even the smallest bit of interest in baseball, I’m sure you’ve heard of Mike Trout. The guy was amazing this year. As a rookie, and being only 20/21 years old, the guy broke a ton of records, made the All Star Game, became the AL Rookie of the Year and caused some serious debate for the AL MVP. And come on, he’s hot. He’s super hot. Like…girls who didn’t even like baseball before are starting to watch baseball because he is so hot. But straight up, he rocked this year in baseball and reminded me again why I love the sport so much. I’m counting down the days until baseball returns.  

Best Girl of 2012: Karen Gillan

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Karen Gillan is my girl…she was my biggest girl crush of the year. She’s had the longest run on Doctor Who as a companion as Amy Pond and she’s one of my absolute favorites, besides Rose and Donna. (God I don’t like Martha…ugh). I loved Rose because she was the Doctor’s love and I liked Donna because she was the 10th Doctor’s best mate. But I love Amy because she’s the Doctor’s best friend but she has her own love story in the form of Rory Williams. She was sarcastic and fun and she was able to keep the Doctor in line and safe, but she never fell in love with the Doctor the way that Martha did. She had her own adventures, and while no one can compare with the Doctor, she kept up with him. I have a thing for redheads too. She’s so pretty and her Scottish accent is adorable and I love her in Doctor Who, and she parted ways with the show with grace and much, much fan girl tears. I will so definitely miss her as the companion, her and Rory.

Best of 2012 Period: The Fault in Our Stars

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I have read a lot of books this year. No I cannot tell you how many that I have read because I have never kept track…until now. I started a list on November 1st to see how many books I really do read in a year. (So far, I’m up to about 30…not bad for two months). But one of the books that I’ve read a few times this year, that I cannot forget no matter how many books I’ve read since then,  John Green’s latest masterpiece, The Fault in Our Stars. John Green has a way of penning the voice of an adolescent and making it feel so real, no matter what the situation is. I have always believed in the authencity of his characters, even when he’s writing as a teenage girl, Hazel, with cancer when he’s a healthy thirty-something year old man. He is able to tell a story in ways that you don’t see a lot of authors doing. He grabs the audience by being contemporary and funny, and using language that adolescents use already but he creates such a universal story that can be hilarious or uplifting or heartbreaking and sometimes you forget that you’re here and not in his book. This book is one of the best books, not just of this year, but of all time. Its not often that you pick up a book like that.

So the year is basically over, and for some of you (I’m looking at you Eastern Hemisphere), the new year has already come. The best part of it is this: 2012 was great, full of great books and movies and TV shows, great times with my friends and my boyfriend and my family. But now we have 2013 and there are so many more things to come. I’m going to San Francisco next week, I have Anime Expo, Gallifrey One, WonderCon and Comikaze to look forward to. Clockwork Princess is coming out, and the City of Bones and Sea of Monsters movies are coming. So much more to look forward to and so much in the past that was awesome. Its a good time to be a nerd.

Happy New Year everyone, be safe, be happy, be nerdy :)

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Doctor Who-The Snowmen Review

So we all (well, visit this site maybe not ALL) celebrated that wonderful holiday, Christmas. Which, really, only means one thing:

You know, besides, presents…and food, and cake, and snow, and Christmas lights and pine trees and gingerbread men and candy canes and…

All right, there are a LOT of awesome things about Christmas.

But if you’re a nerd, one of the biggest things to be excited about with Christmas is the airing of the Doctor Who Christmas Special on BBC and BBC America.

Especially this one.

I mean, what could be a better way to celebrate the holidays than with the most lovable, sexy and clever Time Lord there ever was, The Doctor!

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Now, this particular Christmas special was something that I was super looking forward to. For the most part, I’m not a HUGE Christmas special fan. Most of them I don’t like. I liked the Christmas Invasion because it’s David Tennant’s first episode and its awesome. I do like the Runaway Bride because that’s Donna’s first episode and Donna is badass. But the rest…I’ve never really liked. I guess its probably because I watched all the seasons except the most recent on Netflix so I just wanted to keep going on, finding out what happens next, and a lot of the Christmas specials don’t really have a point, except maybe as a filler until the episodes return.

This one, however, was pretty important to me. Amy Pond and Rory Williams are gone, taken by the Weeping Angels back in time, and are no longer with the Doctor, after a LONG run with him. Its time for the Doctor to take on a new companion and his new companion is to be Clara, played by the GORGEOUS Jenna Louise Coleman.

Jenna Louise Coleman made an appearance in the first episode of the seventh series, Asylum of the Daleks, as Oswin Oswald, Souffle Girl…a girl who becomes a Dalek and dies. Everyone knew that Jenna would become the next companion so it was quite confusing…how would she be worked in as the companion? That question would be answered in the Christmas special.

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The Snowmen takes place in Victorian age Britain and The Doctor has given up. He’s over saving the world, probably because he has lost Amy and Rory, his two best friends. However, there is a problem going on, with some evil Snowmen going on and Clara, a barmaid and sometimes governess, is noticing. She is determined, along with some of the Doctor’s old friends, to get the Doctor involved, to wake him up off his cloud-literally-and save the day again.

The Good or the Bad:

Now, the story wasn’t great. If I ranked some of my favorite Doctor Who episodes, this wouldn’t even make the top 50. It was cheesy, though the Snowmen were pretty creepy, my god. I actually kind of felt grateful that I do not live somewhere where it snows because those Snowmen were scary!

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But the story itself? Blergh. Whatever. I will say that it was better than some of the previous Christmas specials. I hated the 2011 Christmas special; that one was straight up horrible. But this one was enjoyable enough and that comes a lot from one Miss Jenna Louise Coleman.

Jenna is so FUN, she’s gorgeous and I’m already LOVING Clara. Clara has a little spunk to her, like an Amy or a Donna but there’s just something more than that. Clara seems to be one step ahead of the Doctor whereas the rest of his companions were either awed by him or just able to keep ahead of him. Clara was figuring things out before the Doctor was, and she was always on top of it.

I spent the entire episode wondering who Clara was and how she was connected to Oswin Oswald, and how she would become the companion. She became the companion pretty quickly; The Doctor handed over that key so fast! But I really liked Clara and I think she had a way of being easily likable from the beginning, especially since the Doctor knew that she had to be connected to Oswin in some way, and the Doctor liked Oswin.

And THEN, the best part of the entire Christmas special, the absolute cliffhanger that makes me so incredibly sad and PISSED OFF that the rest of the series doesn’t return until April: Clara dies! She dies and they bury her in the GROUND! How is this possible? They said she’s going to be the new companion! You’re freaking out, how could this happen…until you see her gravestone and it reads “Clara Oswin Oswald”…and there’s a flash-forward to present day and you see Clara, modern-day Clara, checking out her OWN gravestone.

And the Doctor figures that out and the episode ends with him leaving, determined to find her. Of course, then, they have to show all the previews of the adventures to come when the season returns. AND THAT’S NOT EVEN UNTIL APRIL! FLIPPIN APRIL! We have to wait til April to see all the adventures, including an adventure with the Cybermen, written by Neil Gaiman, and we are going to learn about Clara Oswin Oswald and what she is or who she is and figure out her mysteries.

I seriously cannot wait until April. Its going to FOREVER until it returns. SO LONG. Ugh.

I also liked the new intro to the show. It was SUPER awesome, completely different than any of the other intros before it. I hope they keep it for the rest of the season, and it wasn’t just for the Christmas special. It was really, really cool and I think it is very fitting now that there are new adventures and a new companion and all that. Very, very cool intro.

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Also the new TARDIS! The new TARDIS was badass! I have NO idea why its new. The TARDIS changing makes NO sense at all to me, like I don’t understand when and why it changes. It didn’t change inbetween the 9th and 10th Doctor but it did between the 10th and 11th Doctors and now its changed again. I love the new look though and it’ll be easier to see Clara in that TARDIS because I’ll miss Amy and Rory, big time.

I also liked the subtle references to other things. Well, at least, I felt like they were references to other things. Everyone kept saying “winter is coming” in this special and every single time, it made me think of Game of Thrones. How could it not make me think of that? I think that one was more of a coincidence than an actual reference to the show.

Then there was a part where The Doctor pretends to be Sherlock Holmes and he mentions Moriarty, and that had to be a cute little reference and reminder of Steven Moffat’s other extremely popular show, Sherlock, which won’t be returning until late 2013 or early 2014.

All in all, it was enjoyable enough, if not ground breaking and it left me, and probably other Whovians, dying to have the series return, and sooner than April! I can’t wait to see what Clara has to bring to the Doctor Who universe and what her mystery is.

I’m heading to Gallifrey One, the Doctor Who convention in Los Angeles, in February and I hope that there will be some hints or previews or SOMETHING there to keep me happy until it returns.

Until then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and watch Doctor Who!!!

Cassandra Clare Announces Clockwork Princess Tour!

Its official! Cassandra Clare has announced her spring tour to promote the release of the final installment of the Infernal Devices series, visit Clockwork Princess…and she’s coming back to California! I am soooooo excited!

I met Cassie a couple years ago, buy when City of Fallen Angels came out and she was AWESOME. She did a joint event with Holly Black, capsule and they were both super wonderful and Cassie signed my copies of City of Bones, Ashes, Glass and Fallen Angels and my copy of Clockwork Angel.

I am so excited that she is going to be coming back, and she’s coming back to the place where I saw her last time.

I’m really hoping she can sign City of Lost Souls and Clockwork Prince and Princess for me.

And I’m also super super looking forward to showing her my Mortal Instruments tattoo (I have a Fearless rune!)

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So check out her tour. She’s hitting the West Coast and I am SOOOOOOO excited!

Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Princess West Coast Tour

Tuesday, March 19th @ 6:00 PM
Changing Hands Bookstore Offsite event at Dobson High School Auditorium
1501 West Guadalupe Road
Mesa, Arizona 85202
*This is a ticketed event. With the purchase of Clockwork Princess, the buyer will receive a ticket to the event, good for two seats. Tickets can be purchased through Changing Hands Bookstore.

Wednesday, March 20th @ 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
2191 N Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89108
*This event is free and open to the public. The discussion portion of the event will take place before the book signing and will not require a wristband. In order to receive a wristband for the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Clockwork Princess from any Barnes & Noble location and present the receipt at this location to receive your wristband. Wristbands will be handed out beginning at 9:00 AM on March 19 at B&N. You may bring other books from home to have them signed as long as you have purchased Clockwork Princess and received a wristband. Each person in line is required to have a wristband.

Thursday, March 21 @ 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble The Grove
189 The Grove
Los Angeles, CA 90036
*This event will be wristbanded. Wristbands will be available when B&N opens at 9am on Friday, March 21, 2013 with the purchase of Clockwork Princess. Please check www.bn.comfor event updates or call the store at 323.525.0270 with any questions.

Friday, March 22 @ 6:00 PM
Whale of a Tale Bookshop Offsite Event at Mission Viejo Library
100 Civic Center Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
This is a ticketed event…a ticket includes a copy of the new book, Clockwork Princess….additional titles will be available for purchase at the event. For information please call Whale of a Tale at 949-854-8288 or Mission Viejo Library 949-830-7100 Ext. 5105

Saturday, March 23 @ 7:00pm
Keplers Bookstore Offsite Event at Performing Arts Center, Menlo Atherton High School
555 Middlefield Road
Atherton CA 94027
This is a ticketed event. Keplers will sell tickets via Brown Paper Tickets. Please contact Keplers for ticket pricing information, etc.

Sunday, March 24, @ 2:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Clackamas Town Center Mall
12000 SE 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97266
*To enter the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Clockwork Princess from Barnes & Noble. Beginning at 9:00am when the store opens on the day of the event, priority wristbands will
be issued with purchase, and general admission wristbands will be distributed at Customer Service – and at event for attendees not receiving wristbands prior to event. Please checkwww.bn.com for event updates or call the store at 503-786-3464 with any questions.

Monday, March 25 @ 7:00 PM
Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
*Tickets are required and include the purchase of Clockwork Princess. Please contact Third Place Books for tickets.

Tuesday, March 26 @ 6:00 PM
Chapters Metrotown Store, Vancouver
4700 Kingsway
Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA
*This event will be wristbanded. Please contact Chapters for more information.

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Also, Lauren Oliver, author of Before I Fall, Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem, will be doing a free event, including a signing, at the Mission Viejo Library in California on March 10th, 2013!