Things to Look Forward to in 2013

The year is halfway over. Its July and its full on summer mode here in Southern California. The 4th of July is that turning point of the year; its half way over.

And I’m sitting here, viagra approved enjoying my summer vacation before I start my last two years of college, thinking about all the awesome things that have already come out and happened this year. Clockwork Princess. WonderCon. Meeting SO many authors. Star Trek premiere. So many cool things.

But then I was thinking about it, and I was like, there is still SO MUCH MORE to look forward to with the rest of the year. So much more.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Premiere Date: August 12, 2013

Release Date: August 21, 2013

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I am SOOOO insanely excited for this. The Mortal Instruments series is one of my absolute favorite book series and I cannot wait to see it on the big screen. When they first started making it, I admit I was extremely wary. I was afraid of them making another Twilight, and while this series keeps getting compared to Twilight, its nothing like it and it looks amazing! I was also super wary of some of the casting, especially the casting of Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland but I ended up being proven so wrong, at least of what I’ve seen so far. So far, the directors, producers and movie studio have gone out of there to stay connected to the fans, to see what we’d like to see and what we like about we’ve seen so far and they’ve responded in kind. And the trailer shows me a seriously badass movie. I am looking forward to this movie adaptation because its looking like the best that I’ve seen in awhile.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary and 12th Doctor Announcement

Release Date: November 23, 2013

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I LOVE DOCTOR WHO, and my love for Doctor Who only increased when I went to Gallifrey One, the Doctor Who convention in February. I enjoyed Series 7, though it wasn’t my favorite, and I have been eagerly anticipating the GREAT 50th anniversary special that is sure to come this year. That is when they announced that David Tennant (the 10th Doctor) and Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) would be joining Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor) and Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara Oswin Oswald) for the 50th. I literally squealed with fangirl excitement. David Tennant is amazing, and his rendition of the Doctor is just…its the best and I ADORE Rose and I can’t wait to see the shenanigans that these four get up to. Then Matt Smith announced that he would be retiring as the 11th Doctor and all eyes and ears in the DW fandom are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the 12th Doctor. So much amazing DW coming our way :)

Tammara Webber’s Here With You

Ebook Release: August 6, 2013

Paperback Release: August 27, 2013

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I wasn’t even aware that there would be a fourth book in this series but I am so excited that there will be, especially since Reid Alexander is a main player in this book again. If Reid Alexander were a real celebrity, I’d: A, want him to play Jace Wayland in City of Bones and B, I’d be WAY obsessed with him that way girls are obsessed with Justin Bieber. I have a feeling a lot is going to be going on with this book, and I think the past that Reid has with his ex, Brooke, is going to come up big time with this book. I think we’re finally going to see more of that then we’ve ever seen before.

Sarah J. Maas’ Crown of Midnight

Release August 27, 2013

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The first of these books, Throne of Glass, is an absolute masterpiece and its no wonder, as it took Sarah nearly 10 years to write. Its an epic fantasy, with a badass character in Celaena, who is literally a legendary, almost mythical assassin. She can fight, and kill and she has a wicked sense of humor and she likes to curl up with a book. And she has two very different men falling in love with her, and she’s too busy trying to get her freedom. And…even though I absolutely loathe love triangles, I can’t decide which man I like better: Dorian or Chaol. But what a wonderful world that Sarah has created and I can’t wait to see this story continue and to see what other wicked adventures Celaena gets herself into.

Jennifer L Armentrout’s Origin 

Release Date: August 27, 2013

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I can’t WAIT for this book (did I mention that this book and the previous two mentioned ALL COME OUT THE SAME DAY!). If you’ve read the end of Opal, the third book in the Lux series, you’ll understand. MAJOR cliffhanger, and you just know that Daemon is PISSED and he’s ready to take on the world to get Katy back and its going to be amazing. Just the differences in covers alone shows that this is going to be a VERY different novel from the previous. I hope it’ll be more action packed and it’ll take the story in completely new directions. I am SO excited for this book; I’m counting down the days.

Veronica Roth’s Allegiant

Release Date: October 22, 2013

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I read Divergent TWO days before the release of Insurgent and stayed up til 3 a.m. reading Insurgent on its release day. It was released on May 1st, 2012 and I’ve already been waiting for over a year for this book. I know plenty of other Divergent fans who haven’t waited nearly as long as I have, so trust me haha, I’m dying for this book to come out, especially with the damn cliffhanger this book leaves you with! I remember reading this SO late at night and thinking, “No…no way. No, Veronica Roth, you don’t do this to me.” This is one of the most anticipated releases of the year in the YA genre, and with the movie wrapping up filming this month, its sure to be a best-seller within minutes. I canNOT wait to see the conclusion of this epic dystopian series.

Rick Riordan’s The House of Hades

Release Date: October 8, 2013

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Again with the cliffhangers. The Mark of Athena, the book right before this one, leaves off with an EPIC cliffhanger. Sorry I’m about to spoil it so if you haven’t read the previous books, I would move on to the next time on the list. I’m warning you. Okay, we leave off with Percy and Annabeth (one of my OTP!) literally FALLING INTO TARTARUS, the deep depths of the Underworld and the Romans of Camp Jupiter charging toward Camp Half Blood, with attack the only objective on their minds. What a way to leave off. Only a year in between books but it is SO hard to wait. And this cover, with an extremely beat up Percy and Annabeth, running from…something, just gets me wriggling with anticipation. Rick Riordan has never failed to disappoint me so this is definitely a book to count down on.

Catching Fire Release

Release Date: November 22, 2013

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I can’t wait for this movie for three reasons. One, I loved the first one but I wasn’t incredibly impressed with it. I’m hoping CF is better :) Two, Finnick Odair. Do I need to say anything else? And three, my friends all went to the Hunger Games premiere last year and had an awesome time and now we are going to the CF premiere and its sure to be a FANTASTIC time. This is a great book series, and the movie is chock full of great actors like Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Haralson, Donald Sutherland, Jenna Malone and so much more. I am excited to see how they accomplish the build up that Catching Fire is. I also am really curious to see how well they pull of the Quarter Quell and the ridiculous arena that is the 75th Hunger Games. I remember reading it and thinking it was crazy, and its going to be epic on the big screen.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Release

Release Date: December 13, 2013

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Okay, I don’t care what any of those so-called fancy Hollywood movie “critics” say. They aren’t fans of the Tolkien universe and they just don’t know. This movie wasn’t made for the critics; it was made for the fans and all the fans that I know…LOVED the first movie. I know I did. I was incredibly impressed and I wanted it to go on forever and I loved the extra stories they added from The Silmarillion and the appendices. This movie is bound to be epic because we get to see more elves (including Thandruil and Legolas) and Benedict Cumberbatch’s sexy dragon voice and so much more. I just know that the movie will continue to be as epic as the first one was. My super cool friend, Kathleen, from New Zealand got me some epic Hobbit shirts and I can’t wait to wear them when seeing this movie for the first time.

Cinda Williams Chima’s The Enchanter Heir 

Release Date: October 1, 2013

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I am so incredibly…okay I’ve said it like a hundred times now…excited for this book because Cinda Williams Chima is a fantasy GENIUS. Seriously. I will push her on you until the day I die because she is an absolutely brilliant and talented writer and I don’t think its fair that she doesn’t get the credit that she deserves when there are extremely popular YA authors out there, with huge fandoms, that aren’t even good. Okay, moving on, this is the 4th book in the Heir Chronicles, though it can be read without reading the first three. Its an urban fantasy, a brilliantly crafted fantasy world wrapped up in modern day worlds. I read all seven of Cinda’s previously released books in a matter of about a month and so now I am dying to have my socks knocked off again by this amazing writer.

Anniversary Edition Harry Potter Books

Release Date: August 27, 2013

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I hate change. I really do. I would rather things just be left alone and kept the way they originally were meant to be. Like the original Star Wars trilogy. Why George Lucas, why, did you add all that unnecessary CRAP  to that movie? Ugh. So when they announced that each book in the Harry Potter series would be getting updated covers for the 15th anniversary of the Sorcerer’s Stone’s publication in the US, I wasn’t really thrilled. Until the covers started to be revealed and I was thoroughly impressed. As much as I believe that Mary Grandpre’s covers are the best and will always remain my favorite, these covers (so far, five have been released) are just so beautiful done and are so incredibly impressive and full of artistic talent. I went from shaking my head, to looking at these with eyes wide and immediately rushing to Amazon to place my pre-order. And of course, this box set comes out the EXACT SAME DAY as Origin and Crown of Midnight and Here Without You…

Marie Lu’s Champion 

Release Date: November 5, 2013 

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This is going to be the most epic finale to the BEST dystopian series that I have ever read. Yes, better than The Hunger Games, and yes, better than Divergent. Marie Lu creates a one of a kind dystopian universe (she actually talks about countries besides the US!) and she creates two conflicting, yet in love characters, and her back and forth point of views just leave us with a breath taking, addicting story. I adore both June and Day and the cliffhanger she leaves us with (SPOILER: Day is dying…and he didn’t tell June) is just too much for me to handle. Luckily, after reading Prodigy on its release day in January, I didn’t have to wait long for Champion’s release, which is in November! Not even a year. That, my friends, is possibly the best news a reader can get.

Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters

Release Date: August 7, 2013

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I was incredibly disappointed in the first movie. I don’t think its as TERRIBLE as everyone makes it out to be but it definitely isn’t a good movie. Its kind of one of those guilty pleasure movies; plus, Logan Lerman is so adorable, I just want to eat him up. But it wasn’t great, and it failed in the box office, so it surprised me immensely when they announced that the second book, Sea of Monsters, was being filmed. Pleasantly surprised but also wary. Now, I’ve seen stills and trailers and I’m not completely sold yet but I do like this book a lot and I am hoping that they are able to revamp this movie series and we can get to Titan’s Curse, which is my FAVE of the Olympians series. I hope, I hope!

Meg Cabot’s The Bride Wore Size 12

Release Date: September 24, 2013

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Heather Wells is one of my idol characters to look up to because she makes me feel better about myself, both inside and out. Heather is a bigger girl, and she used to be a smaller, famous pop star who basically lost everything but as the books go on, she gains more and more confidence, and becomes so happy in the skin that she’s in and I love that. I love that the more I gain confidence in the size that I wear (which is, a size 12), the more I feel like this badass heroine. Now, after all these books, I am so happy that she is finally getting married and to the person that she’s always wanted to be married to, and I can’t wait to see what adventures she is bound to get into because its Heather and someone is bound to die and Heather is bound to catch them.

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I am also looking forward to the return of Once Upon a Time in the fall for season 3, the new series, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, as well. I am excited for Vampire Diaries and the new series, The Originals. I am also anticipating the return of Sherlock, season 3, though I believe that may be in 2014. So much is coming!

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So that was a really long, epic post but I hope you all enjoyed it! There are just SO many cool things left to look forward to in 2013!

What are you most looking forward to in the next six months of 2013? Book releases, movie releases, TV shows returning? As always, share in the comments!

The Hobbit: Can We Have Part 2 Already?

I’m going to start off by saying one thing…Peter Jackson is a god. In the words of our Tabitha, ampoule Peter Jackson doesn’t make movies…he makes films. These are so true. Now, I have a respect for Guillermo del Toro, though I’m not a big fan of his movies…but I’m so glad that Peter Jackson was the final director for The Hobbit.

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Now, I headed down to a supper with my darling LADA friends to enjoy some good food and drinks before we headed down to the Universal City Walk to see The Hobbit at midnight. I always have a good time with these guys and this time wasn’t any different. You should have SEEN the awesome cosplay outfits going on…I should’ve taken pictures but, you know, excitement overrode good decisions haha.

But moving on…

This movie was can be describe in one word (though I’ll use way more): EPIC. Epic. This movie will go down in history as a monumental movie. There is no way it won’t. I enjoyed it so thoroughly that not only did I see it Thursday night at midnight but I also saw it again on Saturday night. Its that good.

Now for those of you who are familiar with The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, bear with me for a minute. For those of you who aren’t, or are familiar with LOTR but not the Hobbit, here’s what we have: The Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It tells the story of Bilbo Baggins and his own adventure. He lives his comfortable home in the Shire, enjoying his wealth and his food before being swept off on an adventure with Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield (the Dwarf prince) and a band of dwarves.

The dwarves hail from Erebor, the Lonely Mountain, where one of the biggest and most thriving kingdoms have existed…that is until it is overtaken by Smaug the dragon. They are driven from their home, and their immense riches, and forced to find a place in their world.

Now it is their time to reclaim their home, and for Thorin to reclaim his place as King Under the Mountain, along with his band of dwarves: Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, Dwalin, Fili, Kili, Gloin, Oin and Ori…along with Gandalf the Grey and Bilbo Baggins.

It’s an adventurous story, more meant for children than the Lord of the Rings series and it does show the moment and circumstances in which Bilbo finds the One Ring.

Now, The Hobbit is being made into three parts: An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again. Those who have read the book probably know that there isn’t quite that much to create three whole movies. However, there is so much more information from both the appendices and The Silmarillion to create a more full and exciting story.

The Good or the Bad:

I can’t think of anything bad about this movie. I’ve seen it twice already and I probably will see it again. It was an extremely epic movie and was completely in the style of Peter Jackson.

Now, I’ve read some of the reviews from some critics out there, and I’ve seen the 65% on Rotten Tomatoes and I’ll tell you something: They are all full of crap. Seriously. One of the biggest complaints from most of these ill reviews is the length of the movie and what they feel is the unneccessary additions to the story.

I strongly disagree. I loved the additions from the appendices and The Silmarillion. It created a full story and helped to bridge the gap between Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, and perhaps will show the connection between the two much better. I feel that critics aren’t out there enjoying the movies and stories the way the fans are. The fan reaction to the movie so far? All good, all great. The fans understand and the fans love it. The critics wouldn’t sit through a six hour Harry Potter movie, a seven hour Lord of the Rings movie.

We would. And nearly three hours of The Hobbit almost seemed like not enough…I can’t wait until next December to see the second part.

First off, they put together such a wonderful group of actors to portray these wonder characters. Ian McKellan returning as Gandalf and Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Elijah Wood as Frodo, Ian Holm as older Bilbo, Andy Serkis as Gollum…all wonderful actors that I was so happy to see back in this movie.

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But I was so excited to see Martin Freeman as younger Bilbo. I adore Martin as John Watson in the BBC series Sherlock and he did an absolutely fantastic job as Bilbo. He captures Bilbo’s innocence and heart, and he brought a humor to him as well. Bravo for Martin Freeman.

I enjoyed Richard Armitage as Thorin…he portrayed the prideful, stubborn and vengeful dwarf prince very well.  Thorin is a complicated character, full of pride and determination in his vengeance. Plus, way to go in the effects: Armitage is a tall man and they did a great job making him into a short and stocky dwarf. Sylvestor McCoy was a nice little addition as Radagast the Brown, the wizard.

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Aidan Turner was FANTASTIC as the dwarf, Kili. I spent pretty much the entire movie admiring his acting…and his very good looking face. I mean, his seriously seriously good looking face. My god. I immediately went home and googled him and found out who played him and was pretty excited to find out that Turner will be playing Luke Garroway in the movie adaptation of City of Bones.

There was also a nice appearance by Lee Pace as the elf king of Mirkwood, Benedict Cumberbatch as the necromancer and the dragon, Smaug (the small glance we get of Smaug at the end of the movie looked SO awesome).

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Then there was all the cinematography. The quality of the movie was so clear and real, and it was filmed so well. The landscapes and sets were beautiful: The Shire, Erebor, Dale, Rivendell, the Mines of Moria, the goblin kingdom, and on and on. Every single place that was shown was so beautifully done. When Peter Jackson creates a world, he literally creates a world. Nothing about it felt fake or CGI, it felt so breath-takingly real.

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Then all the battle scenes! All the battle scenes were fabulous and fun to watch, especially the battle scene between the orcs and dwarves at the mines of Moria and the battle out of the goblin caves. They are on such a grand scale but again, done so well. I was on the edge of my seat, watching the dwarves battle their foes.

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The best part of the movie was the scene between Bilbo and Gollum…probably because that is my favorite part in the book. People often assume Gollum is a stupid character, because he is ugly and he’s consumed by the ring but he’s not. He was clever enough to come by the ring and he continues to be clever to survive. The game of riddles is the scene with the least amount of action but with the most tension, as they trade riddles back and forth. I thought they did it wonderful, Martin Freeman had wonderful timing in that scene and Andy Serkis is just brilliant as Gollum.

Lastly, I like where it ended…with the dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf looking out towards the Lonely Mountain, hopeful that they will make it and take back Erebor from Smaug the dragon. Its a hopeful ending, so that it ends on a fairly good note but it also ends with the desire to find out what happens next.

Now, maybe not everyone agrees with me. Maybe some people didn’t like the way the movie was shot, or the length with all the additions to the story or whatever. I , on the other hand, enjoyed it very, very much and most fans that I have talked to enjoyed it as well. I think that’s the most important part. The point of the movie is to tell a story and Peter Jackson did it in a wonderful, fantastic way. The point of adapting a book into a movie is to please the fans of the book…and I think that was accomplished.

I can’t wait til part 2: The Desolation of Smaug comes out.

It hits theaters worldwide December 13, 2013.

What did you think of The Hobbit? As always, share in the comments.

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