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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hiatus!! Happy Holidays!

For the next two weeks, I will be on hiatus from work. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a very, merry new year! Enjoy your school and/or work break (I know I will :))

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

Christmas is a very special time for me! I love this holiday of spending time with family no matter where they are. This year I will be in Australia for the holidays visiting my brother in the Peace Corps.
As a celebration of Christmas. I have included a link to Christmas around the World. Christmas is celebrated in slightly different ways around the world. For example, in Germany they have a few different traditions including:


According to legend, on Christmas Eve in Germany rivers turn to wine, animals speak to each other, tree blossoms bear fruit, mountains open up to reveal precious gems, and church bells can be heard ringing from the bottom of the sea. Of course, only the pure in heart can witness this Christmas magic. All others must content themselves with traditional German celebrating, of which there is plenty. As a matter of fact, there is so much celebrating that is has to begin on December 6th, St. Nicholas Day.

As in many other European countries, on the eve of Dec. 6th children place a shoe or boot by the fireplace. During the night, St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, hops from house to house carrying a book of sins in which all of the misdeeds of the children are written. If they have been good, he fills the shoe or boot with delicious holiday edibles. If they have not been good, their shoe is filled with twigs.

Check out this website for even more holiday traditions around the world!


http://www.the-north-pole.com/around/

Friday, December 21, 2012

Sequels I Can't Wait For... Final Episode!

This will be my final posting on the sequels I am looking forward to in 2013. There are many more excellent series being continued next year, but I have not had a chance to fall in love with them yet. Please let me know of any worthy additions to this list. I am always looking for new books to try out! Here are my final two sequels although both don't have titles released or the summary yet:

Throne of Glass #2 by Sarah J. Maas --> sequel to Throne of Glass

I fell in love with this series from the moment I started reading the book. The thing that caught my attention first from the first book was the title, Throne of Glass. I was intrigued by the title. After I read the summary I knew I had to read Throne of Glass. What is better than a strong female character who is also a deadly spy? I flew through the first book it was written so well with excellent character and plot development. 

The summary has not yet been released, but if I had to guess I would go with the development of the relationship between Celaena and the prince. I would also expect more intrigue and action from the second book with more explanation of the magic. Furthermore, I am expecting some action to be taken against the king by Celaena. I am very excited for this book which is expected to be released some time in 2013.

Dracomachia by Rachel Hartman --> sequel to Seraphina
 
Seraphina is one of those books that the cover did not appeal to me at all. I thought the book was a little old looking and possibly childish. The reason I ended up reading this book was from the many positive reviews I read about the book. I figured I had to give it a try. I am very glad I ended up reading this book. As soon as I started, I flew through the book. I have an interest in books with dragons and even more in books with dragons as main characters. The first book left off with a cliffhanger. I can't wait to see how the series continues. 

As I already mentioned, this book does not have a cover or summary released yet. This means I will make something up for you! :) I'm sure the book will continue with the development of a meaningful partnership between dragons and humans. Seraphina will be a major part of this development. Seraphina will also journey to find the half dragon, half humans in the kingdom of Goredd. I'm sure there will be a lot of conflict between the two sides who oppose this alliance. The second book has an expected publication of July 9th 2013 by Random House Children's Books.

What books are you excited to read in 2013?





Thursday, December 20, 2012

End of the World?

As predicted by the Mayan calendar, the world is scheduled to end tomorrow. In the Herald Times newspaper over the weekend was an article on the events we would never experience if the world should end. It was funny; I would recommend reading the article.

I have included in this posting a link to NASA's website. On this webpage they clearly explain why they believe the Earth will not be destroyed tomorrow. It has a lot of interesting facts!

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sequels I'm Dying to Read...Part Three!

Originally, I was going to do one post, but I made the mistake of looking at my GoodReads site. There are a lot more books that I am anxiously awaiting the sequel and I didn't even realize it. I honestly don't think I could pick one book I am anxiously waiting for over any of the others. All of these series are different in many ways and can't be compared together. Here are an additional three I am awaiting their release!

The Elite by Kiera Cass --> Sequel to The Selection

I fell in love with the first book the minute I saw the cover. If it hasn't become apparent yet, I LOVE pretty dresses. Plus the mirrors add an interesting dimension. I am a huge sucker for books with phenomenal photos on the front. As a librarian, I need to state that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but lets face it, we all do. That's why publishers pay outrageous amounts of money for the cover design. Well, publishers you won this time! The book spoke for itself after I started reading it. I loved the concept, the characters and how the plot developed. I can't wait for The Elite to be released next year!

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, she is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Awaken by Meg Cabot --> 3rd book in Abandon series

I first started reading this series on a recommendation from my younger sister. Often we exchange suggestions. I had already read the princess mia series by Cabot and loved that series. I was excited to start reading this new series. I was surprised by the diversity with which Meg Cabot can write. She can do historical, modern, fantasy, etc. Plus each of her books are phenomenal. The minute I started reading Abandon, I fell in love with it. I also loved mythology and the telling of Persephone is phenomenal in this series. The second book, Underworld, was just as good. I can't wait for the series finale.
Death has her in his clutches. She doesn't want him to let go.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she’d be forced to live forever in the one place she’s always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.

But now her happiness — and safety — are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul.

If the balance between life and death isn't fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce’s home back on earth will be wiped away. But there’s only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson --> 3rd book in the Fire and Thorns series

I just finished the second book in this series, The Crown of Embers. It was excellent! I was not as enthusiastic about the first book. I thought The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley was a much better choice than the first book. BUT the second book proved me wrong. It took us on a whole new adventure and added depth to the story. I can't wait to continue the adventure in the third book.

There is yet to be a summary for this book to be released as well as a book cover. Here is what I would guess the book to be about: Elisa will find the courage and wisdom to become the great leader and queen we got a glimpse of in the first book. She will go in search of Hector in the enemy's camp. I think we will find out some interesting information about the Inviernes. I can't wait for this adventure. There was also a book released in July 2012 about Elisa's sister, Aloida. It was only released as an electronic book. I can't wait to read that one as well.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Movie Review: The Watch

I recently watched The Watch. After hearing bad reviews for this movie, I was a little leery to watch the movie. I was thoroughly impressed! The key is to go into the movie not taking any of it seriously. It would be very lame if you take the movie seriously. It's meant as a comedy, and I found it very funny! Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller make a good team. Richard Ayoade is an excellent addition, and is actually my favorite character in this movie. Give this movie a chance today!

Summary:

There's trouble brewing in peaceful Glenview, Ohio. That's why four civic-minded citizens, armed with flashlights, walkie-talkies and spiffy new jackets, have teamed up to safeguard their community. But the guys find more than they bargained for when they uncover an alien plot to destroy Earth, and now these bumbling heroes are Glenview's only chance to save the neighborhood - and the world - from annihilation!  

 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Movie Review: Rock of Ages

I recently watched Rock of Ages. I love musicals and pretty much all I knew about the movie was that it was a musical with 80's rock music which I love. I didn't read any reviews about it which I probably should have done first. This movie was very poorly done. I loved the music but not the people who sang it. They butchered some of my favorite songs. It was something good to have it playing in the background , but I would never watch it again. It was a little over done.
Summary:
 
Rock of Ages tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake and more. -- (C) Warner Bros   



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sequels I'm Anxiously Awaiting... Part Two!

This is the third of four installments of sequels I am looking forward to! Depressingly, I have only read about 25 books this year. With school and other family obligations, I have not read as much as I normally would. So my list of to-reads is shorter than it normally would be. Here are the next four series I can't wait for the next book in the series.

Lorien Legacies #4 by Pittacus Lore --> This fourth book will follow The Rise of Nine

I fell in love with this series when I am Number Four was first released. Due to the popularity of the book, a movie was released which did not do the book justice. Nonetheless, book 2 and 3 were just as good as the first book. It can be a little difficult to switch between the different narrating voices, but well worth the time.

There are no current details on the plot of the book. If I would guess, I would say they finally meet up with Number 5 and complete the garde. I would hope they start developing and utilizing more talents as they prepare to meet and fight against Setrakus Ra. In addition, I would expect Pittacus Lore to once again resurface. Can't wait! 
 
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins --> Hex Hall Spin-off

I really liked the Hex Hall series. Rachel Hawkins did an excellent job of developing the characters and wrapping up the book series. I saw this spin-off novel a few days ago. I'm not sure if it's before, after or during the other series. I'm excited to see if there will be some of the same characters in addition to the Brannick family and where Hawkins will take us.
 
Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?


Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier --> 3rd book in Ruby Red Trilogy

I am really enjoying this series. I was forced to read Ruby Red for Battle of the Books last year and fell in love with it. Normally, I hate time traveling books, but for some reason this series has me enthralled! I love the main characters, Gwen and Gideon, and I can't wait to find out what happens in this adventure. I want to find out what the nefarious plans are!

This book has not yet released a summary for the book although we do have a cover which look samazing! I'm a huge sucker for pretty dresses! If I had to guess, I would think book 3, final book in the series, will finally reveal all the mysterys that have been building. I really want to know what Gwen's part in the circle will be. I also can't wait to meet Lucy again. The release of this book can't come soon enough!

Celebrate Aaron Rodger's Day!

Today has been designated by state legislature as Aaron Rodger's Day 12-12-12!



Find ways to celebrate. Wear your Aaron Rodger's jersey or sport Packer attire! Maybe just nod your head to our MVP! What a great middle of the week holiday!

In honor of Aaron Rodger's day, our MPL fish will be sporting his colors!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Movie Review: The Campaign

Hilarious! I might be inclined to watch this one again, it was really good, but I wouldn't purchase to add to my own collection. I definitely enjoyed this movie the first time. Some of the parts in the movie made me laugh long after the scene had ended. This would have been the perfect movie to watch during the election, but it was still good in the middle of December.

Summary:

In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man, naive Marty Huggins, is director of the local Tourism Center. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

New TV Series I am Crazy About!

I recently was told to watch the TV show, The Walking Dead. I am usually not up on the new TV shows so by the time I checked into this series, they are now on the third season which is great for me! I just checked out season one from the library. It. Was. Amazing! I was enthralled from the first episode. I am usually not a huge zombie fan, but this series has definitely captured my interest. I am anxiously awaiting the second season from the library.

I fell in love with the variety of characters they have on the show. Season 1 ended with a cliffhanger and I'm curious to see where the remaining gang heads out. I'm also anxious to find out what has caused this epidemic.



Other TV Shows I Love:






Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sequels to Watch For!

As 2012 is coming to a close, I am reflecting back on the series I fell in love with over 2012 year. I can't wait for the sequels or continuations of these series in 2013:

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer -> Sequel to Cinder

I fell in love with Cinder the moment I started reading it. I can't wait to see this series continue with Scarlet!

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Sever by Lauren DeStefano --> Series continue of The Chemical Garden series

This series started with Wither, continued with Fever and ends with Sever. It was such an original concept in the first book. I can't wait to see where the journey takes us.

With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.
  
 
Tiger's Dream by Colleen Houck --> Series continues in the Tiger Saga series

I was all set for this series to end. What I thought was the final book, Tiger's Destiny, turns out to be only the fourth with the fifth installment in 2013. I'm intrigued to see where Houck takes us in book 5. 

This book has not yet released a book cover. There is also not a summary for the project 2013 released book. My thoughts and ideas relate to Kishan. I think this book may focus on what happened to him after Kelsey and Ren left him in the past. I guess only time will tell. :)

More Sequels to Watch For will continue to future posts! Watch for them! Don't forget to let me know what you are looking forward to in 2013!~

 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Book Review: Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

First in the series was Ruby Red. Sapphire Blue is the second book in this series. All I have is good things to say. I love this series! In addition, I should add that I hate time travel books. I have never been able to get into the whole time travel theme. These books make me doubt my own opinions. This series is excellent, if a little juvenile at times. The main character, Gwen, can be a stereotypical teenage girl in that she stresses over the boys aspect a little much, but even that doesn't detract from the book for me. Excellent second edition. Can't wait for Emerald Green to be released!

Summary:

Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.

At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.


I don't have a book trailer for Sapphire Blue, but here is one for Ruby Red, the first in the series


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Absolutely phenomenal! I loved this movie. It was so compelling, and I loved the combination of historical fact with supernatural fiction. I have recommended this to family and friends - I have yet to hear any negative comments. I would recommend putting it on hold today!

Summary:

From visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (Director of Wanted) comes this edgy thriller about the untold story that shaped our nation. Abraham Lincoln, history's greatest hunter of the undead, must risk the presidency, his family and his life to protect America from bloodthirsty vampires.




*For added fun, check out the book as well!*
 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Movie Review: The Heart of Christmas

Warning: HUGE tearjerker! I cried for a good portion of this movie.

It is a very touching movie. Definitely something you would expect to see as a Hallmark movie. Another bonus, 5% of all proceeds of the sale of this movie goes to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This movie is inspired by a true story with actual pictures and information at the end of the movie. I watched this movie in two installments and it was hard to stop watching. I kept thinking about the family while I was at work. As it mentions in the movie, this story definitely has an impact on those who hear about it or watch it. This is a perfect movie for watching during the holidays as well as anytime during the year!

Summary:

Based on a true story of hope and compassion. The Heart of Christmas will touch your heart and bring home the spirit of the holidays. Austin and Julie Locke are devastated when they learn that their young son, Dax, has been diagnosed with cancer. But with courage, determination and faith, they decide to give Dax a one last Christmas, even if it has to be in October. When the community sees the holiday decorations and learns the heartbreaking truth, what happens next is a miraculous outpouring of caring and support. The Heart of Christmas is the greatest gift of all.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Movie Review: Geek Charming

Browsing the shelves, I found this gem on the shelf. I'm a huge fan of the Disney channel and Disney movies, so this is right up my alley. And I know the story has been told millions of times, but I never get sick of the populars becoming friends with the regulars. It's not cheesy which makes it very easy to read. I loved it! Will I watch it again? Maybe, but probably not. Am I glad I watched it at least once? Absolutely!

Summary:

After "it" girl Dylan accidentally drops her expensive handbag into the mall fountain, she's surprised when film geek Josh retrieves it for her. After Josh rescues her bag, Dylan jumps at the chance to be the subject of his new documentary. Dylan hopes the film will clinch her campaign for Blossom Queen -- she claims that winning is her only life goal! Josh, meanwhile, plans to make a hard-hitting expose about popularity; but as he gets to know Dylan, he discovers that her real persona is more interesting than the faux facade she has created. At the last minute, Josh decides his film should introduce this awesome girl to the world, but how will Dylan react when she sees it?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Movie Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

This is another bad review of a movie hailed as "funny and clever" by Dan Jewel of Life & Style. I just did not get it. I had to keep myself from falling asleep not even halfway through it. The premise of the movie was good. Life on Earth's going to end and how will you react? It follows many people as they prepare for the end of the world and enjoy the time before it occurs. This movie just falls far from where I thought it would go. Dan in Real Life had a somewhat similar start feel to it with the dry humor and depressing atmosphere, but that is where the similarities end. Dan in Real Life was phenomenal! And I've watched it multiple times. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World was horrible. I didn't even finish which could definitely change my review. I got an hour into the movie and stopped it. Steve Carrell also has such wonderful movies, but this is one I would recommend not checking out. Let me know what you thought!

Summary:

Set in a too-near future, two neighbors, Dodge and Penny react in their own unique ways to the announcement that a 70-mile-wide asteroid is en route to the Earth. he wants to return to his first love. She just wants to get back to her family. As the unlikely companions' respective journeys converge, their outlooks -- if not the world's -- brighten in surprising and hilarious ways.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Movie Review: Brave

Just watched Brave last night. I was very surprised by the movie. Mostly because the previews give very little idea of what the movie is actually about. I enjoyed watching Brave. It's a fun, family movie. It's not one I'm going to rave about, but I did enjoy it, and I would recommend watching it at least once at some point.

Summary:

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

In one word: Sublime! And for those who might need it, sublime means "not to be excelled; supreme, inspiring awe; impressive." I have watched the Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst Spidermans. Whereas I passively enjoyed those movies, I absolutely loved the new spiderman movie. It was funny, action-packed and adventurous. From the moment the movie started to the moment it ended, I was hooked!! As the title suggests, this movie was amazing! Andrew Garfield is PERFECT as Spider-Man and I love Emma Stone as the love interest. I also loved how much closer this movie stuck to the original comics. This one will be purchased and put into my own collection!

Summary:

Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Book Review: Origin by Jessica Khoury

This book was such an original idea. As the phrase on the front reads, "The jungle hides a girl who cannot die." From that phrase on, I was hooked. This girl has grown up in a gilded cage believing life to be perfect and meaningful, only to find a loose string in her once perfect life and after tugging, her life begins to unravel. I loved the characters and the intrigue within the book. It has quite an interesting ending! (in a good way)

Summary:

Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home--and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia's origin--a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.



Sunday, November 25, 2012

Movie Review: Prometheus

This is another movie review that is not an entirely glowing recommendation. It is also another movie review with Charlize Theron in it. This movie started off a little confusing. It needs your full attention because a lot is going on. As the movie develops, it captured my attention and I was hooked. Unfortunately, I was also tired. So I paused the movie and went to bed. I restarted the movie the next day with high expectations because the previous half was very good! ...Unfortunately, the movie got weird and confusing. Parts weren't explained well and I finished the movie frustrated and confused. I later found out that this movie is a preface to the Alien series, but it still doesn't explain a lot of what occured. The writers, director and producer definitely dropped the ball after the second half of the movie, but let me know what you thought. I could definitely have missed something.

Summary:

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Movie Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

I will apologize ahead of time. For the next week or so, you will see a lot of movie reviews. With the holidays and other events occuring in my life I have not been able to read a lot of books. Instead I have watched a lot of new release DVDs. Another quick fact about me: I do not like movie theaters. I would rather wait the extra amount of months to a year to watch a movie than see it in a movie theater. I love the comfort of my home, and I hate how dirty and uncomfortable movie theaters are!! So here goes my review of Snow White and the Huntsman:

I am so glad I did NOT go see this movie in theaters! Let me preface this by saying that I am not a fan of Kristen Stewart, and when I say not a fan, I mean it is really hard for me to watch her and take her seriously as an actress. Have you ever had an actor or actress that you just couldn't stand watching...then you understand. This movie review is definitely biased as a result.

I was not a huge fan of Snow White and the Huntsman. I liked the idea for the movie with the focus being on the huntsman and the evil stepmother. It was a unique take on the well-known story. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron did such an excellent job in this movie. Theron was beautiful as the witch and perfectly cast. The mirror was excellent; I loved that portrayl! I just wish they had cast someone different as Snow White. Overall, I'm glad I watched it, but I probably wouldn't watch again thanks to the casting of Kristen Stewart.

Summary:

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving! I am very thankful for my family, fiance and current health this Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?

A Thanksgiving is never complete unless I watch some of the Macy's Day Parade. It has long been my goal to watch more than 30 minutes of this parade, but unfortunately, making dinner and visiting relatives has always conflicted with this! Here goes attempt #25!

The 86th annual Macy's Day Parade is broadcast on NBC starting at 9:00 AM until NOON! If you watch it, make sure to post which is your favorite float! Personally, I love the Care Bears and the singing.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Macy's Day Parade

Normally, I write about books and movies, but today I am focusing on the Macy's Day Parade. Everything and anything you want to know about the parade, check out this website: http://social.macys.com/parade2012_kaws/?cm_mmc=VanityUrl-_-parade-_-n-_-n#/home

I love (and I mean LOVE) the Macy's Day Parade. It is one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, I have never been able to watch from start to finish, but this year is going to be the year! ...maybe :)





The fun starts tomorrow on NBC at 9:00 AM. What is your favorite float?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction!

Don't miss this program!
 
Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction
Tuesday, November 20th
5:00 PM
Balkansky Community Room

Using John Austin's book and household supplies, we will create and compete with our mini weapons!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Movie Review: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

I loved this movie. I know a lot of people thought it wasn't that good, but I really enjoyed it. I liked the new characters and the new villian. It was entertaining, colorful, fun and musical! Another great aspect: you don't have to watch it with your full attention. One of the reasons I love cartoons. Generally, there isn't a huge twist at the ending which you won't understand if you didn't pay attention. Don't get me wrong, I love those movies too, but it was nice to relax and not pay full attention. My favorite character by far is Marty and he has an important/fun role, in my opinion, in this movie. I rewatched several scenes because they are that fun! Check it out today!

Summary:

Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.

Madagascar 3 continued!

Here is an additional video from Madagascar 3! This movie was so cute and these are some of my favorite parts. It doesn't go fully into any specific part, but it gives you a preview.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Movie Review: Katy Perry the movie: Part of Me

I love Katy Perry's music and I love Katy Perry. I love her creativity and her enthusiasm. I'm not much for keeping up with celebrity news so this movie gave me an insight into her life while she was on tour. It was entertaining, informative and heartwarming. Any Katy Perry fan should check this movie out!

Summary:

A documentary that chronicles Katy Perry's life on and off-stage.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Teen Advisory Board Meeting on Saturday!

Teen Advisory Board meeting
Saturday, November 17th
2:30 PM
Balkansky Community Room


Spring Programming and Craft Events - Everyone is welcome!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Book Review: Bewitching by Alex Flinn

This book was really well-written. This isn't the best way to start out a book review, but I did enjoy reading it. Was it one of my favorite books? No. BUT, I did stay up to finish reading it one night. It's not one of those books that I will read again and again, but it is one that I am glad I read it. This book incorporates retellings of some fairy tales which I love.

Summary:

Bewitching can be a beast. . . .

Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant high school boy. That one turned out all right. Others didn't.

I go to a new school now--one where no one knows that I should have graduated long ago. I'm not still here because I'm stupid; I just don't age.

You see, I'm immortal. And I pretty much know everything after hundreds of years--except for when to take my powers and butt out.

I want to help, but things just go awry in ways I could never predict. Like when I tried to free some children from a gingerbread house and ended up being hanged. After I came back from the dead (immortal, remember?), I tried to play matchmaker for a French prince and ended up banished from France forever. And that little mermaid I found in the "Titanic" lifeboat? I don't even want to think about it.

Now a girl named Emma needs me. I probably shouldn't get involved, but her gorgeous stepsister is conniving to the core. I think I have just the thing to fix that girl--and it isn't an enchanted pumpkin. Although you never know what will happen when I start . . . bewitching.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods

Surprise Thriller! This is not your average horror movie. I would actually give this move a 7 out of 10. Minus points for the ending and some other minor things. Overall, this movie was very surprising. I was expecting the normal blood and guts, don't worry that's still in the movie, but there is also humor and drama and adventure. It's a weird combination but for this movie, it really works!

Summary:

Five college friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

College Admissions and Applications Workshop

Unsure how to fill out admissions applications for college? Needing some guidance? Look no further:

College Admissions and Applications
Tuesday, November 13th
5:00 PM
Balkansky Community Room


College expert from Great Lakes Higher Education will be here from 5:00-6:00 PM explaining the ways you can be assured to ace your admissions process!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Book Review: From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas

This book was excellent! It was a crazy, wild adventure that was fun to start. While it's not completely believable, one misguided, not-thought-out decision could lead to this crazy adventure. The characters are lovable, and you end up cheering for Kylie throughout, as well as understanding, if not liking, the rest of the characters as well. I'll let the summary speak for itself!

Warning: This book would be considered PG-13, for sure. There are references to drugs and alcohol use by underage students. It is definitely intended for a mature audience.

Summary:
Kylie: MEXICO? What a nightmare! I should be putting the finishing touches on my valedictorian speech. Graduation is TODAY! Wait! Is this a wedding band on my finger??

Max: It started with Kylie's laptop and a truck full of stolen electronics, and it ended in Ensenada. It was hot, the way she broke us out like some chick in an action movie. But now we're stranded here, with less than twenty-four hours before graduation.

Will: Saving Kylie Flores from herself is kind of a full-time occupation. Luckily, I, Will Bixby, was born for the job. And when I found out she was stuck in Mexico with dreamy Max Langston, sure, I agreed to bring their passports across the border. But there's no reason to rush back home right away -- this party is just getting started!

Lily: This CANNOT be happening. It's like some cruel joke. Or a bad dream. I close my eyes, and when I reopen them, they're still there. Max and Kylie Flores, freak of the century. In bed together. If Kylie thinks I'm giving him up without a fight, she's dead wrong.

Hilarious and poignant, FROM WHAT I REMEMBER blends high-octane adventure, romance and coming of age. No one is exactly who they seem here and by the end of their road trip together, they will all be changed in ways they never could have imagined.

FROM WHAT I REMEMBER was recently nominated for a YALSA Reader's Choice Award. Film rights bought by Paramount Pictures.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tannenbaum Festival

The teens of Manitowoc Public Library have been working hard for the past couple of weeks developing decorations for the MPL tree. This tree will be revealed this Saturday at the annual Tannenbaum Festival. The details are as follows:





Saturday, November 10th
Best Western (by YMCA)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM



Stop by to see the trees decorated by local businesses as well as MPL's very own tree! There will also be music, food, crafts, auction, reindeer games, and much more! Santa will also be making an appearance, so bring your younger siblings or neighbors. Let me know what you think of our MPL tree! Pictured here are some decorations and the tree skirt for our tree.