Book Review: Midsummer Moon

Book Title: Midsummer Moon
Author: Megan Derr

“And it was all stupid daydreaming, because even assuming for one minute there was a cure and the doctor would give it to a nobody werewolf like him, he still would have a long way to go before he was anything but a homeless, worthless nobody.”
Midsummer Moon by Megan Derr

Final Verdict: A very different werewolf story that is hard to put down, and introduces you to the wonder that is the town of Midsummer and the crazy characters that live there!

For the full review, click the name of the book.

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Movie Trailer: Dracula Untold

Hello Lovely Readers,

This week is super busy for me, so you get another quick post about an upcoming movie. I had heard about this movie as I am a fan of Luke Evans’ work, and still have a soft spot in my heart for vampires, even after all that Twilight nonsense. So I was very excited to see the trailer for Dracula Untold. You can watch the trailer below.

I have to say, I am SUPER excited!! This basically looks like it was made for me! First, you have the origin story of Dracula, which was missing from the original novel. I love villain origin stories (see all my comments about Maleficent), and this looks epic. Second, it has lots of armor (and something other than English or well known styles of armor), and epic sword fights. Since I used to do stage combat, sword fighting is on of my favorite things to watch, especially if it is done well! Third, Luke Evans looks awesome and intimidating, plus he is rather good at sword fighting and wearing armor! Fourth, and lastly they used an epic cover of Everybody Wants to Rule the World, by Tears for Fears, the cover is by Lorde and is epically creepy and awesome. The original is one of my favorite songs, and this cover is even better!

So clearly I am excited for this movie, is anyone else?

Until next time,

Book Review: Dark Shadows: Year One

Book Title: Dark Shadows: Year One
Author: Guiu Vilanova and Marc Andreyko

“I can’t believe that it has come to this. Although I had longed for this day to declare my undying love in front of God, in front ofmy family and friends, bonding out souls for all eternity. I just never expected this day to be with…you.”
Barnabas in Dark Shadows: Year One by Guiu Vilanova and Marc Andreyko

Final Verdict: Interesting to read, but probably not enough to draw you in if you weren’t already interested in Dark Shadows.

For the full review, click the name of the book.

Random News: New Book, E-Books, Vampires in Movies, and a Passing

Hello Lovely Readers,

Usually I try to have a theme to the news stories that I share in a single post, but I couldn’t figure one out today. Mostly I wanted to share these stories with you, so please excuse their randomness.

The first news is something I am very excited about, 24 June of this year the next Robert Galbraith novel is out. For those who don’t know this is the pseudonym that JK Rowling used to publish a mystery novel last year, The Cuckoo’s Calling. There is a synopsis of the book here. I loved the first book, and cannot wait to see more of her characters Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. In much the same way that Rowling was able to lay intricate plots in Harry Potter, her mysteries are complicated but make sense when you look back.

The second is a news story that says that despite fears that the book industry is dying, this is not the case; in fact e-books seem to be raising the whole industry. You can read the full article here. The sales of physical books are down, there is no way to soften this, but at the same time people are buying and reading more books, e-books. As a book lover I am glad the industry is not in too much trouble. While I love physical copies of books, e-books have made my life a lot easier, especially as I live in a foreign country and have to worry about possibly moving my books back across an ocean! The full impact of e-books can only be guessed at though, as there are not currently ways to compile all e-books bought across the many sellers, let alone the self published ones and the out of copyright free books. I think this will be an interesting trend to continue to watch, but if you want to keep bookstores around, we are going to need to by books from them (not just from places like Amazon).

For those of you who follow what movies are doing well in the box office, this year has been a little strange. As I was reading about some of that I found an article that is wondering if Twilight and that franchise have killed the vampire movie genre for the time being. You can read the full article here. This is rather upsetting news for me, as I love older vampire movies, but the article has some very good points. Twilight is clearly a very divisive series. If vampire movies are marketed after the fans of the series, they expect a vampire like Edward, which is not usually the case. On the other hand, those who are not fans are staying away from vampire films for fear that the movie will cater to those fans of Twilight. So it is a bit of a conundrum. There are many great older films with vampires, and older film goers know this, but many of the younger generations only know Twilight and therefore will fall for those two above mentioned categories. While it concerns me, as many of my favorite films are vampire films, I do recognize that film trends are cyclical. Almost every 10 years there seems to be a new push for vampire films, and I have to hope that maybe in another 10 we will go back to the scary vampires that are alluring and deadly!

The last news is very sad, and I would have shared sooner if I had known. It seems that the actress Margery Mason who played the food trolley witch in the Harry Potter films has passed away. She passed away on January 26, 2014 at age 100, and had been an actress since she was 17! There is some more information about her mentioned here. She seems to have been a very interesting woman who lead a very full life.

Until next time,

Book Review: Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2)

Book Title: Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2)
Author: Charlaine Harris

“You’ve reached Fangtasia, where the undead live again every night. For bar hours, press one. To make a party reservation, press two. To talk to alive person or a dead vampire, press three. Or, if you were intending to leave a humorous prank message on our answering machine, know this: we will find you.” Voicemail at Fantasia, Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

Final Verdict: Not the best in the series, but the future looks bright.

For the full review, click the book title.

Book Review: Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)

Book Title: Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)
Author: Charlaine Harris

“That is what we are. Death.” Bill Compton, Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Final Verdict: If you like Vampires and you don’t mind a lot of sex and gore, this may be the series for you.

For the full review, click the book title.

Also, click the book title and scroll down to the bottom for the secret content including: Who is Bubba Really? AND If Sam isn’t a Vampire, what is he?

Book Review: How to Kill a Vampire

Book Title: How to Kill a Vampire: Fangs in Folklore, Film and Fiction
Author: Liisa Ladouceur

I also think the contemporary vampire still has a part to play in our understanding of and acceptance of our own deaths. In an increasingly secular society, where fewer of us believe in an afterlife, the vampire provides escapism from the harsh reality that we will one day, all too soon, be switched off. What if there was another option? Not life. Not death. But undeath. And not that stinking, shuffling, mindless zombie undeath either. A sophisticated undeath. An undeath that includes love.
How to Kill a Vampire by Liisa Ladouceur

Final Verdict: A great introduction to the lore and popular media representation of vampires, with a nice focus on killing the bloodsuckers!

For the full review, click the book title.

Book Review: City of Bones Discussion

Hello Sweeties,

So you know, Frances and I went and saw The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie recently. Afterwards, when we were discussing what we thought of the movie we kept coming back to some of the things from the book that had not been said in our review. Namely we discussed one of the major plot points/twists that happens near the end of the book. Since we decided to start adding secret content to the site, places where we discus the whole plot of things including spoilers, we knew we had to do one for this book. Normally we have very similar opinions on books and movies, however, we did have different opinions about this major plot point. So if you are curious about our thoughts, and have either read the book already or are ok with spoilers click through here to see this hidden post. There is also a link on the book review page.

Until next time,

Movie Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

Movie Title: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Director: Harold Zwart

Notable Stars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jemim West, Robert Sheehan, Jonathon Rhys Meyers

“You have an incredible gift and we need you…I need you” Jace Wayland in City of Bones

Final Verdict: Unless you want to turn watching the movie into a drinking game, or just like making fun of bad movies, avoid this movie, especially if you want to read the book series without spoilers!

For the full review of this movie and the movie trailer, click the movie title.

**Additionally, at the bottom of the review, there is a link to a hidden page where we discuss our thoughts about the ending for those of you who have already seen the movie and aren’t concerned about spoilers**

Movie Trailer: Vampire Academy

Hi everyone,

The trailer for the upcoming release of Vampire Academy has been released (see above). The film is based on a six-book series written by Richelle Mead. The movie follows Rose Hathaway, a Dhampir (half human, half vampire) as she attends the Vampire Academy. The Vampire Academy trains Rose to protect the Moroi (peaceful, mortal vampires) from the Strigoi (bloodthirsty, immortal vampires). I haven’t read the books so I don’t know whether the movie trailer is in keeping with the book,although it seems to be. I’m not blown away by the trailer, in fact, I’m worried that there isn’t much of a plot to the movie based on the trailer, other than high-school drama that is. Plus, there’s also a love triangle, which I’m so bored of reading/watching in young adult, fantasy fiction, it’s like it’s mandatory and yet, how often does this actually happen in real life? It seems like another Twilight-esque movie so I may wait to see this movie when it’s free on TV, just in case.

What do you think about the movie trailer? Are you planning to see the movie?

Also, what do you think about love triangles in movies?

Happy reading,