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Review & Giveaway: Resisting Atlantis by Jamie Canosa

Sunday, March 30, 2014

 Synopsis:

What if everything you think you know . . . is wrong?
Cora is your average college freshman. Battling the evils of boring classes and noisy dorms, her greatest concern is how to attract the attention of the drool-worthy, party-god next door.
That is, until Kaden comes barging into her life, insisting everything she knows is false. The family and friends she grew up with don’t exist. Her entire past a carefully-crafted fabrication, created to replace the truth.
Her name isn’t Cora, it’s Cameron. And she isn’t from New York. She hails from Atlantis. Yeah, that Atlantis. Oh yeah, and she’s psychic.

Crazy, right?

Except, tall, dark, and out-of-his-ever-loving-mind doesn’t come alone. Trouble follows, thrusting Cameron back into a world she can’t remember and a life she must reclaim if they’re going to make it out alive.
My Review:
          I had the chance to read Fight or Flight and Sink or Swim by Jamie Canosa and I immediately fell in love with the author’s style. That’s why when I heard about Resisting Atlantis, a fantasy novel written by her, I was beyond excited.

          The one thing that I always liked and appreciated in her stories was the character development. The relationship between Cam and Kaden seemed to flow at a natural peace and was not always the central point of the story unless it was relevant to the action. I liked Cam’s attitude and the fact that she was a strong female character even when she was in the middle of rediscovering herself. Once in a while in the back of her head kicks common sense and when it doesn’t is because she is too preoccupied to save someone’s life.
         Also I liked Kaden, maybe more than I liked Cam. He is sweet when Cam is involved and brave when in a battle. Not to mention that he is determined when he has a cause to fight for.

Action scenes
          I always had a soft spot for action scenes in both books and movies. And besides the brilliant characters I got to read, Resisting Atlantis also had some awesomely written action scenes. I found myself breathless more than once in the middle of a fighting scene, unsure of where the characters will end up next…of if they survive.
          So yes, the way the author combined the not so rushed love story with the mystery and action scenes are a plus… at least for me. It was fun to discover along the characters how Cam disappeared and why or why was Kaden the main target of Zanark.

The Villains
          I always appreciate a villain with true motivation. Artemis for example was not evil just because it was cool, but because he felt betrayed. I actually liked him from the beginning. I honestly don’t know why, but I think that the fact that he was left to die, abandoned by his colleagues and finally by his best friend made me feel sorry for him. Yes, they did it to save their own lives, but he was still left alone to die.

The End
          I usually try to play small scenarios with possible endings while reading a book and see if I get anywhere close. But no, this ending I did not expect, it was not at all predictable and made me want more.
Thank you, Jamie for yet another wonderful story. I cannot wait for the second one in the series.

Author Bio:

Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA/NA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Upstate NY with her husband, and their three crazy kids . . . plus the cat, the bird, and the rabbit.

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Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads


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Teen Wolf, Death of a Hero

Saturday, March 29, 2014
          I am aware that most of the Teen Wolf fans already know the main character that died. Even so, this is a post that will have multiple spoilers and if you don’t know what happened in the last season and don’t want to know what happened before actually watching it, it’s better not to read further.  For the other ones, read on and let’s discuss about the things that happened along the show until the final episode.

SPOILER BEGINS 

          I will be honest. Allison is one of the characters that grew in the 3 seasons of the show, but I did not care about her. Actually I felt kind of meh in the first half of the first season, then she annoyed me a little in the second half. But I understood her. Scott was her boyfriend, but she knew him for a couple of months so there was no reason to trust him over her aunt. She was in love with him, but family comes first especially when you find out that your boyfriend is a possible killer. 


          Then came the second season and I started liking her. She already became a strong woman with bad ass hunter skills. She was among the few female characters that stood up and actually survived through the season. But then the second half of the season was like a rerun in Allison’s story. Yet again she let herself manipulated by a member of her family and turned into a not so nice hunter. Although the dark side of the character was much appreciated, I hated her a little. She went on a killing spree attacking every werewolf in her way…guilty or not. She even managed to shock her own father when she attacked Boyd and Erica. The character went on a dark side Angelus style and Crystal Reed did an amazing job.


          But in the third season it seems that she started fading. The main focus was on other things like the pack of alphas, Scott’s status as a true alpha and Lydia’s banshee powers. As much as we saw her in 3A, in 3B it looked like she was fading even more. I feel like we did not have to see enough of her. She was involved, she was there, but 3B was more about Stiles and Kira. Still, Allison’s life was on the right path. She moved on from Scott and started a new relationship with Isaac, not to mention that she and her father had some awesome, hilarious scenes.

 
          The death of Allison was sad, it was dramatic and all of a sudden. But so many people are angry with Jeff Davis for killing her the way he did and it was not fair for her to go that way. But I think it was perfect. Not that I am happy that she died, but she died like she was supposed to: like a hero. She died fighting along her friends and she died by protecting one of them. She died like a hunter and she died in the arms of her first love. Leaving aside the fact that it was the saddest situation, it was perfect.

          This was Jeff’s way to show that no one is safe, not even the heroes. They are not immortal or protected by the gods, they are just brave.
 

          Also, while patiently waiting for the last episode of the season, I was browsing the Teen Wolf Facebook page. People were and are still crying because of Allison, while others were asking in frustration: why didn't Scott just bite her?

          I might be wrong, but that is how I know the turning thing works in Teen Wolf universe.
          The alpha bites the human, and the human can either die or survive the bite and be turned into a werewolf. While it would have been nice if he bit her, she was already dying. And even if she would have been strong enough to survive the bite…I don’t know if she would have survived the stabbing. 

Who would you bring back if you had to choose between Allison, Aiden, Boyd and Erica? 


“Remember what it feels like. All of those times in school when you see him standing down the hall and you cannot breathe until you're with him. Or those times in class when you-you can't stop looking at the clock because you know that he's standing right out there waiting for you. Don't you remember what that's like?”
- Allison Argent -

Tv Show Review: The 100 S01E01

Sunday, March 23, 2014
          As much as I love dystopian movies and TV shows, The 100 disappointed me. The premise of the show was promising, but there were parts that did not allowed me to fully enjoy the pilot properly.

          The 100 is set 200 years in the future and 97 years after a nuclear war. A small community of people is now living on a space station, with strict control over the small population. Criminals over 18 are punished with death and those under 18 are contained in individual cells. So, adults are killed and juvenile delinquents are disposable, that is why they are sent to Earth in order to test the toxicity level there.


           At first glance I expected something like The Hunger Games. I expected the teenagers to be shocked and do anything in their powers to survive on a planet they only read about. The 100 teenagers sent on Earth were delinquents, I am pretty aware of this, but the last thing I expected to see was a bunch of kids throwing a party like it was their first day in college.

           I don’t understand why send them in the first place. It was well known that most of them were not fans of following rules from the beginning, yet the future of the entire humanity stands in their hands.

 
          I was optimistic while watching it, but it slowly turned into a classical teenage drama. It was like I was watching some high school kids being mean with each other, none of them being capable of thinking on their own, in search of a leader. 

          They soon started making stupid decisions that put their lives in danger. After they found themselves safe, they started giggling like 8 years old girls. That’s ok, they just discovered that animals on Earth have suffered mutations and some of them might be deadly. Let’s just hug it out and laugh out loud.
Probably the most annoying character was Octavia. In the middle of a crisis she would swoon over every hot guy and act like she was on a field trip. Not to mention that she was the first to laugh after a giant snake tried to chew her leg.  

          Of course, there were likable characters that proved to be responsible, following their mission, but they were bullied because they wanted to survive. How dare they?

          The entire episode was frustrating, with childish decisions belonging to both adults and teenagers. I sure hope that the show will improve in time. I still think that the idea was great, but the focus rests too much in all the wrong places.
 
The 100 Official Trailer:
 My rate: 2.5/5

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Saturday, March 22, 2014
“How do you not like the Internet? That's like saying, 'I don't like things that are convenient. And easy. I don't like having access to all of mankind's recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don't like light. And knowledge.”

Synopsis:
 
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .
But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
Where to buy:  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

My Review:
          I just need to start with this: I simply loved this book and it’s been a while since I was so enthusiastic about a story.
          Fangirl felt real, mostly because of the main character, the #1 fan of a series that reminded me of Harry Potter. It’s easy to relate with Cath as a hardcore fan of a franchise because at some point all of us felt that way for a series at least once. Furthermore the decisions and feelings, the stupid silly questions she had in her head while trying to socialize were similar with mine during college. I felt as lost as she felt, at least in my first days.  She is a likable character, smart and much more cautious than most of the female leads I’ve read before.
          At one point it felt like it was too much. Too much of a fan, too much of a shy person, but then again some fans might be as passionate as Cath.

The Family
          The family is very important in Fangirl. Cath spent her entire life taking care of her father and in company of her twin sister. Although different, Cath and Wren are different, they always shared the same passion for the Simon Snow books and movies. That is until they go to college and Wren feels like they need to lead separate lives.
          I liked Wren at first, because she was funny and sociable and she seemed to care about her family, but slowly changed into a typical student. She started to party hard, drink too much and act like her sister was a stranger. Then turned her back to her family and started hanging out with the only person that abandoned them. I wish I would have cared when she redeemed herself, but that was only because she drank too much and ended up in hospital.

Friends
          Cath doesn’t have that many friends; she only has a roommate, Regan with whom she apparently ends up best friends, even if I don’t see it. Regan is as antisocial as Cath is, but only with Cath because outside the room she has friends and a social life. Besides, half of the time they don’t even talk to each other. Not once.

Romance
          I try to understand if there was a love triangle in this book. Cath was writing with Nick, but hang out with Levi. Levi was interested in her and Nick was not, while Cath was very interested in Nick and not at all in Levi. I might have been blind, but I couldn’t see the couple from the beginning. In the end they were sweet, especially Levi.

The End (SPOILER-ish)
          I loved the ending. Everything was ok for everyone. I felt slightly irritated about the launch of the last book in the Simon Snow series when Cath and Wren started crying while crying. Again it felt a little too much, too exaggerated. 

The Maze Runner - The first Teaser Trailer is here

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
 
 
The Maze Runner
Genre: Sci-Fi
To be released: September 19th 2014
Cast:
Dylan O'Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee 


 
Storyline:
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade-a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. 
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

The Maze Runner - Official Poster and Teaser News

Monday, March 17, 2014
Are you ready for the first trailer of James Dasher’s The Maze Runner?

          Dylan O’Brien announced his fans via twitter that during tonight’s episode of Teen Wolf will premiere the first teaser for one of the most expected movies of the year. 

 
          Furthermore, MTV released the official poster for The Maze Runner. The movie will be released on September 19th, starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Will Poulter.

Storyline:
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade-a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. 
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

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