So I finally found the soft cover version of “Burned” by PC and Kristin Cast. I have been dying to read it but seeing as my entire collection are soft covers I couldn’t get myself to buy the hardcover version. If you’ve read the ‘House of Night Series’ you’ll understand why I was dying to read it.

Anyhoo… so while we were at Irene Mall of Sunday to watch ‘Eclipse’, I decided to see what their Exclusive Books is like (okay, maybe I didn’t actually decide, per say, it was more like I as drawn in by outside forces…) and I was so happy I did because lying on the ‘Latest Books’ table was one single copy of “Burned” in soft cover J

So I took it home and finished it yesterday evening. It has been a long wait and I definitely think it was worth it. In this newest book in the series, Zoey has to find the strength to put her shattered soul back together before time runs out, otherwise the entire world is in danger. Zoey needs help though, and the only one who can help her is Stark, her Warrior. The only problem is that Stark is still in the real world and the road to the Otherworld is not an easy one!

But this book is not just about Zoey, Stark, or Heath. It’s about Stevie Rae (the first Red Fledgling High Priestess) and her strange imprint with Rephaim, the Raven Mocker, as well as her own battle with Darkness. The Red Fledglings are still wreaking havoc and it’s her responsibility as ‘The Red One’ to help them.

PC and Kristin also take this story to new heights with all the underlying messages about good and evil and how things are not always so clear cut. We are often told that love is what gives us purpose, you know, “Love makes the world go round”, but there are some little messages in this book that elude to the fact that love is not always ‘good’ as we are so often made to believe. Love also does not bring peace and happiness… those are things we find within ourselves, things that are not reliant on anyone else. But anyway… I’m sure everyone get’s their own messages out of the books they read!

This book is filled with all the gooey, fluffy stuff we love as well as enough drama to keep us at the edge of our seats so if you haven’t read it yet – go out and get it! It will definitely be worth it. And if you don’t know what ‘The House of Night Series’ is, go get “Marked”, the first in the series, and find out J

Now as I am sure everyone around me, or anyone who reads this blog, knows I am a HUGE Twilight fan, so I do know that this review will already be a little bias. I am going to try to look at it from the eyes of a non-fan and a fan though, I m just not sure how good I will be at that.

At this point I would also like to point out that I have watched it twice – at the Midnight Screening and then yesterday afternoon. I think that it’ll help my review be a little more subjective because the truth of it is, if I had written that review yesterday after coming home from the midnight screening at 3 in the morning, It would have been all about the way the movie made me feel. LOL. No, seriously. Twilight has that effect on us fans!

Anyhoo, so first off I’d like to mention that if you haven’t seen the movie yet, now is the time to stop reading. There will be spoilers, so don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

The movie starts off with a bang. David Slade definitely knows how to give a movie an edge of darkness. When the cast first started saying that ‘Eclipse’ would be darker, I didn’t quite understand what they were saying – I thought they were just talking about there being more fight scenes, but I was mistaken. In the first screen shot we see Riley being attacked, bitten and turned. It is haunting and brilliant and I’d like to say a big ups to Xavier Samuel! He definitely brought Riley to life in a way that I had never imagined in the books. Although a lot of that credit would has to go to David Slade and Melissa Rosenberg, too. I would never have imagined that beginning for Eclipse but it really works amazingly because it sets a darker tone that you keep with you, even through all the romantic fluff.

‘Eclipse’ is action packed, intense and fast paced. As a non-fan you will enjoy the film although you may not always know what’s going on because there is no time added for explanations. The movie skips along from scene to scene and as unpleasant as that may sound to an avid fan, it actually works. All the time is spent on building the scenes that are dear to the fans and the pace just increases the build up to the fight and to the overall intensity of the film.

There was a great balance between romance and action and all the scenes that were necessary to the story line were there, as well as the scenes the fans needed. But as with all the other movies, there were a lot of things that were cut and/or changed. There were also a few things that were disappointing, although I do think that every fan will have their own ideas about this.

(Okay, if you are a non-fan, I apologize. I tried, but this is pretty much just a fan review now! Lol.)

Let me start with all the things I LOVED (and there is definitely so much more to love than to hate!).

My favourite scene in the entire movie was the sex talk between Bella and Charlie. As before, Billy Burke steals the show with his performance. For me, Billy always adds so much to the books for me. I could never love book Charlie as much as I love movie Charlie. This scene was hilarious and both Kristen and Billy were at their best. It was actually better than in the books…. much better, and that isn’t something I say lightly.

Another one of my favourite scenes was with Jasper and Alice in the practice fighting, as well as when Jasper was telling his story. This movie has managed to awaken my inner ‘Team Jasper’ and to say that I am ashamed that it has taken this long would be an understatement. Jackson Rathbone did such an amazing job portraying Jasper – his practicality, southern charm and love for Alice. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Another thing worth mentioning in my favourites is the ‘Ravine Chase’ and ‘The New Born Battle’. W.O.W. It was just so brilliantly done. It was amazing to get to see the fight instead of hearing it through Edward’s commentary. The wolves looked great (much better than in ‘New Moon’) and I loved the feeling of camaraderie between the Cullens and the pack.

Obviously there are a lot of things I loved – little things that would probably make this review incredibly long- but somethings are really important to mention. Such as how much I loved was Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria. Now, I know that a lot of people were upset, and I was too, that Rachelle Lefevre was replaced by Bryce, but for me Bryce was a better Victoria. Now before you close the screen, or start throwing cyber tomatoes at me, just hear me out. The reason I say this is because I had always imagined Victoria as ‘cat-like’ and sickly sweet and Bryce was exactly that. She has the sweetest, softest face and a vulnerability that Rachelle definitely didn’t have. In the books, Victoria was almost vulnerable. That was why she ran away and kept on the side lines. She was a planner –cunning and sly, but she wasn’t a hunter. Rachelle plays the bad ass chick beautifully, but for me it didn’t suit Victoria and I only had this thought once I saw how Bryce fit the role.

For me, this movie gave all the actors a better platform to work with and they were all just that much better than they were in the previous films. Oh wait, there is another thing that I need to mention as something I thought was just awesome – The ‘Leg Hitch/ Proposal’ scene! OMG! It was just perfectly done and I was definitely turned into a blubbering mess! J

But before you all run away, I am going to move along! J

There were a few things that I missed or that I didn’t like. The big one for me was the final fight scene with Victoria, Riley, Seth and Edward. I kind of understand why they decided to have Bella actually cut her self, but I hated the idea that Victoria and Riley had the upper hand on Edward. In the books, Edward and Seth worked together and created a kind of bond but in the movie there was none of that. Riley and Victoria were on Edward and if Bella hadn’t cut herself, Edward would have been a goner. I definitely missed Edward’s strength from the book here. He seemed weak, almost human and it just didn’t work for me and left me feeling very disappointed the first time I watched it. By the second time, I had accepted it and enjoyed it bit more – but I still feel that they could have at least included the fist bump between Edward and Seth.

Another thing that kind of bugged me was how Bella didn’t seem upset enough over breaking Jacob’s heart. Maybe this is just something that a Team Jacob, like my self, would see. But it made her seem a little too cold hearted there. It would have been great to see the scene where Bella cries herself to sleep and Edward is almost distraught. I love where he says that he thinks she made the wrong choice and that he has never seen her so upset and her only reply is “I know who I cannot live without”. I definitely missed that.

Another thing I missed was the ‘Space Heater’ comment in the tent scene. I was really sad that they left that out. The tent scene as a whole was kind of disappointing actually. I mean, it wasn’t bad it just wasn’t the favourite like it was in the book. They still got the tension and the beginning of an understanding between the two of them, but it was just lacking something that I can’t exactly put my finger on.

Over all though, I will say that ‘Eclipse’ was definitely the best in the series so far! David Slade brought a lot to this franchise and he was definitely the perfect choice for this! So thank you David, Melissa, Summit and the entire cast of ‘Eclipse’, you all made it worth the wait!!! J

Yeah, I know. It’s another Young Adult Fiction but I can’t help it. It has become a kind of ‘dirty little secret’ addiction for me.

Although, it isn’t really much of a secret nor is it really something I am ashamed of or anything, but still… it’s not something I tell everyone  meet. Anyhoo… this month at book club I decided to borrow this book (along with “Eragon” and “Brightst Star in the Sky” so their reviews are still to come!).

Now, in case you are thinking that this is “just another ‘vampire’ book”, let me start off by telling you that it actually isn’t. Well not in the way you think, in any case.

“Dark Visions” is about psychic powers. The story follows 5 teenagers who are asked to join a “psychic Institute” which would teach them  how to control each of  their individual powers. The main character Kaitlyn, is a lonely girl who is desperate to belong. She has the gift of premonition, but does not know how to use it, as most of the time her drawings don’t make sense to even herself.

Each of the characters has something to offer to the story but one of the most interesting ones, is Gabriel. Gabriel has a dark side and an interesting story which you learn as the book goes along. Obviously, there is a love triangle of sorts (there always has to be a love triangle of sorts…lol) and there is also a bad guy – one that you will hate with a passion. I don’t want to give to much away about where the story goes but it is definitely something a little different from the burst of vampire stuff.

The book cover is a little deceiving – it says, “Not all vampires are out for blood…” And it’s true… but what she is talking about here are psychic vampires. Ones that need life energy… it’s all telepathy and transfer points. It’s a pretty interesting take on things and in my opinion, it is much more believable than actual vampires with their fangs and bloodlust.

One thing that is very much a theme through LJ Smith’s books, that is also present in this book, is this whole fairytale soulmate stuff. If you’ve read “Vampire Diaries” or “Night World” you’ll know what I mean when I say – there are also stars and sparkles in this one. I LJ Smith is definitely one of those serious romantics.

Anyway, if you are into the young adult fiction (dirty little secret or not), this is definitely something you would enjoy! :)

As I have mentioned before, I am a complete crazy person when it comes to books, so obviously I can’t go through a weekend without reading one. This weekend it was “hush, hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick. I have wanted to read it for a while – well since my friend, Sprucey, recommended it on the forum. I thought it wasn’t out in South Africa yet, but while searching for the newest addition to ‘The House of Night Series, “Burned”, I came across it at CNA.

I started reading it almost immediately once I got home from shopping and battled to put it down for the rest of the weekend. If you enjoy the young adult fiction (such as Twilight, Vampire Academy, House of Night series, etc.), as I do, you will love “hush, hush”.

It is also a story of the supernatural variety, but rather than vampires, we find ourselves inside a world where angels are not just spiritual or religious figures, but are real, and they are not just the good kind either. There are fallen angels, the ones that get stripped of their wings and sent to earth, as well as, the Nephilim, which are the immortal half-angel, half-human race.

The story is about a girl named Nora Grey whose father has died recently and whose mother is struggling to make ends meet. One day, in Biology class, everything changes. The class seating is reshuffled and she ends up seated next to Patch, instead of her best friend, Vee. From their first encounter, you can already tell that there is something completely off about Patch but until the end, you are never entirely sure what that is. Obviously this love story is not simple, but it is definitely intriguing. You will fall in love with Patch – he is the ultimate bad boy and we know that most women cannot resist a bad boy – but there is more to him than that and as we slowly discover what, the story and reasons for his presence in Nora’s life, unfold.

The story is filled with a rich ground work, great characters, and an interesting look into the idea of angels – of the fallen and the guardian variety.

The next book in the series is called “Crescendo” and is due out in October this year :)

If you want any further information about Becca Fitzpatrick or her books, you can visit her website here.

Yesterday I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pair of tickets to go and watch Jesse Clegg live at The Fringe Theatre in Johannesburg. Now, I will be honest, I have always liked Jesse Clegg (probably because he is Johnny Clegg’s son) but when my brother-in-law gave me the tickets I couldn’t for the life of me remember what songs he sang. I just knew that he sang my kind of music and I am an alternative rock girl after all.

It wasn’t a big deal anyway, I mean who passes up the opportunity to watch a band live, and in such an intimate setting? Yeah, no one is that stupid.

So after a complicated effort with Mr Perfect and his rugby, I decided that my good friend, Ducky, would be the best one to take as my ‘date’. Anyway, so off we went to the theatre and what a surprise.

We were lucky enough to have front row seats and I am not even lying when I say that we were practically on the stage. It was awesome. As soon as we were seated in the nice and toasty theatre, I could already tell that it was definitely my type of thing.

At that point I still had no idea what to expect because Ducky also couldn’t remember any songs off hand, but as soon as the band came out and started playing I realized that I knew a lot more songs than I thought. I mean, I have been singing along to Jesse Clegg songs in traffic for quite a while and I had no clue.

The band was amazing and the performance was incredibly intimate – it almost had the feeling that you were a part of his inner circle, watching his performance for the first time. Although, it sounded nothing like a first time performance.

The guitarist’s solos were fantastic – and really entertaining to watch. The bassist’s beats and her natural rhythm, were strangely inspiring. The drummer was cute and fierce, and also really fun to watch. (Did I mention cute? Though I am not sure whether drummers would appreciate being called cute….). The keyboard player was just too cool. He just sat bobbing, looking completely chilled and filling every stereotype you could come up with. And then of course, there’s Jesse. He was great. His voice is soft, sensual, and rough at all the right places. You can see his musicality through all part os his performance. I mean, even while he is singing and stops actually strumming, his fingers are still playing the different strings.

It really was a great experience and I would definitely suggest that you go get yourself some tickets (if there are any available). He is only on until Sunday (20 June 2010). You can get them from Computicket, here.

If you want to know more about Jesse Clegg, you can visit his official site here.

Oh and here’s a video of “Heartbreak Street” in case, like me, you don’t really know who I am talking about.

I don’t want to talk about the stupid cars that can’t drive so I shall avoid that topic and move onto other, much better, things.

I finished “Spirit Bound” by Richelle Mead on Saturday. (In case you are unaware, “Spirit Bound” is the 5th book of the Vampire Academy series and was only just released here in SA).

It was amazing. The love story between Dimitri and Rose is epic. If you’ve read the first four you will understand exactly what I mean when I say that Edward and Bella have such a simple life, in comparison. WOW.

There are still another a book to come – thank God – it will be out in December. It’s called “Last Sacrifice”. I hate waiting for books, but to me, it is so much worse when a series is over. So I can definitely handle the wait. At least there are plenty of other things to keep me occupied…

There is quite a list of books that I still need and/or want to read actually – “Burned”, “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner” , “Beautiful Creatures”, “Hush, Hush”, The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, The Oprah Biography, “Shantaram”, “Spud”…. WOW. There are actually loads because there are also the ones that are still set to release later this year like “Linger”, “Curse of the Werewolf Girl”, The last Vampire Diaries, The last Night World, “Torment”, etc. And let’s not forget all the ones, that I see with the infamous word that gets me every time, in between

Okay, that is just crazy. I never used to be this crazy… but anyway. So I got “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” Soundtrack last week and I am in love. Particularly with “Heavy in Your Arms” by Florence and the Machines.

The entire Soundtrack is great… but that is definitely on my ‘repeat over and over again’ list :)

There was something else I wanted to mention but now I cannot for the life of me remember what it was…
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Oh yes… HAPPY ‘TUESDAY-THAT-IS-LIKE-A-FRIDAY’ EVERYONE! Enjoy watching the game tomorrow, where ever you are, and GO BAFANA BAFANA!! You can DO IT!! :)

*blows Vuvuzela extremely loudly over and over again*

Yes, I am on Team Vuvuzela :) I love them… deal with it!

There is really only two rules in our book club. One, if you damage any of the books you borrow, then you have to replace them and two, you have to buy at least one new book to add to your booklist every three months. My crazy best friend is not such a crazy book reader, well not like me anyway, and she hadn’t yet bought her book so I suggested that we go any find her something new and interesting.

Have I mentioned that I am a complete book-a-holic?? I’m serious. I cannot walk into a book store without buying something. And it’s not just a normal kind of healthy addiction where I want a certain book so I buy it. No,  no matter what, my mind will just convince itself that I need a new book. I have no worries about crazy clothes shopping sprees with my credit card, but rather, that I really need to avoid all book stores when the end of the month draws near!

I am not even over exaggerating. There is even a key word that gets me every time. If I read a blurb or any reviews of a certain book and it has the word “unputdownable” written anywhere, then I simply cannot resist. It becomes pertinent to my health that I read that book.

So that is what happened with “Lonely Werewolf Girl”. I was helping my friend pick a book and came across the key word that has become my downfall, and then had to purchase it.

I won’t lie, it took me a while to actually start reading it because it wasn’t the kind of book I would usually pick. It was a complete impulse buy.

I am so glad I did, though. Martin Millar is an amazing author who managed to create an interesting and completely new fantasy world. He tells a pretty serious story in a way that is filled with humour in every corner – his writing style alone fills the pages with all kinds of humour, while the dialog is FANTASTIC and filled with sarcasm and irony. Each situation that the main character, Kalix the Werewolf Princess, puts us in has a completely humorous tone.

The story follows Kalix, who has run away from the MacRinnalch castle to escape the sentencing for attacking her father (who happens to be Thane – or King – of the Werewolves). There are a wide and hilarious array of characters that march in, out and all around her life, as she learns that she does not in fact have to be so ‘lonely’.

Each character is so well defined and so filled with twists and turns. This book is brilliantly plotted and I will definitely recommend it to everyone who is looking for something different and can appreciate the dry humour that fills the pages.

“Lonely Werewolf Girl” is truly ‘unputdownable’!

PS. If you want more information on the book or the author, you can visit his site here.

I remember when I first started watching ‘Sex and the City’, albeit I was a bit young, but I still appreciated the utter honesty and the humour of it. Yes, some things are a bit over exaggerated, but the great thing about ‘Sex and the City’ was that it wasn’t some fairytale filled with happy endings. There is a huge amount of reality in it.

Most women are actually like that. Okay, we don’t all have beautiful designer clothes, live in New York, or have 3 amazingly close friends, but we do all have at least one great girlfriend, we do all love the designer clothes and we do all love attention. But the biggest reality of all is that we do ALL LOVE sex. And yes, we do talk about it and we do discuss all the things that Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha talk about. (Okay, wait, maybe not Samantha, but that’s because we don’t all have a friend quite like her). My point is, that Sex and the City is not just some fluffy romcom that gives us some strange fantasies of soulmates and love at first sight.

Now, the reason I felt the need to mention all of that was because, if you have watched the first ‘Sex and the City’ movie, you probably would have felt as though they had turned it into exactly that – a romcom. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a good romcom. All of us ladies love it and most of us did love the first movie (me included). I mean, if I didn’t like the first one I wouldn’t have watched the second one, right? But now that I have watched the second one, I realize how far away from the series the first one was.

‘Sex and the City 2’ brings you right back to the TV series. It gives you all the same feelings and makes you laugh so hard that you cry. Samantha is back in full force, with all kinds of sex jokes, innuendos and sex in general. Charlotte is back to being the ‘girl next door’ who believes so desperately in fairytales. Miranda is once again her crazy, serious self, who has the best advice that anyone could ever need. And Carrie, of course, is back to questioning love! Throughout the movie you will be reminded of all of the things that made ‘Sex and the City’ the TV series so amazing in the first place!

They definitely hit the mark with this one and I suggest you go book your ticket right now :)

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I admit that since ‘Twilight’, I have developed a fascination with Vampire stories. And not just any type of Vampire stories but rather, the ‘girly’ kind – you know, the ones that somehow revolve around a love story? And both of the above mentioned book series’ by LJ Smith are those kind of stories.

Let’s start with ‘Vampire Diaries’ – if you have watched any episodes of the TV Series, don’t be fooled. It is nothing like it. The entire story, and even some characters, are completely different. When you read the books you’ll realize just how much they’ve changed it to make the series fit into the ‘Twilight’ phenomenon. Although, I will not at all complain about this because without it, there would be no Ian Somerhalder to picture as Damon.

Do you see why this would be a tragedy?

Anyway, this series is different in that, instead of focusing on the average girl (or the really pretty yet geeky girl) in high school, the story focuses on the most popular girl in high school, Elena. She has her usual group of friends (Caroline, Bonnie & Meredith) and their lives consist of boys, school and shopping – yes, they are the incredibly shallow type. That is, until Stephan moves to Fell’s Church.

Elena sees Stephan in the halls and immediately makes it her mission to have him. Stephan, on the other hand, only wants to avoid her because she looks so much like Katherine, his former love and the girl who changed him into , yip,  you guessed it – a Vampire!

The story goes on and eventually we are introduced to Damon (Now, I do suggest watching the TV series first so that you can have the pleasure of Ian Somerhalder as Damon throughout all 7 books!).

Just incase you need another reason ;)

The series is intricate and full of surprises – some weird, some terrible and some pleasant. I won’t give anything away, but I will say that these vampires (and other supernatural creatures) are not ‘fluffy’ (like those of the Twilight world) and the story does have it’s fair share of thriller and horror, but all-in-all, it is still a love story :)

Okay, *sniff* I shall move away from Damon/Ian, and all his deliciousness, and move on to the second series of books by LJ Smith – “Night World”.

“Night Word” is another series that focuses on the supernatural but it is entirely different to what we are expecting. Each book contains 3 stories which all intertwine, but are very different. The stories are all centralized around ‘The Soulmate Principle’ and although that may sound cheesy, there is a bigger picture.

These books are about ‘The Night World’ which is a world amoung our own, in which only ‘Night People’ (Vampires -made & born, witches, werewolves, shapeshifters, etc.) know about. There are two basic rules that each Night Person must follow – they cannot tell any humans about the Night World and they cannot fall in love with a human. Breaking any of these rules is a death sentence.

But there is a new generation of ‘Night People’ emerging and they no longer want to be entrapped by these rules… they do not agree with the predjudices of their world.

I have only read the first 3 books and I am hooked. LJ Smith definitely has a talent of completely engulfing you into any supernatural world she sees fit.

I definitely recommend both of these series’ to anyone who has a soft spot for love stories of the supernatural variety!

If you want to find out more about LJ Smith, you can visit her website here.

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This is helping me beat the Monday Blues :mrgreen: