Sunday, August 02, 2015

Book Boos: July

Cheating just a tad with July's books because I technically finished one today (2 August), but it's being released this week and I really want you to read it!

So, let's see...

8. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith (Audio). It's slim pickings at my library's site for electronic audio titles. I chose this because I love the show, and while I knew it would be different, I didn't think it would be that different. This reminds me of those popular YA books that came out before YA was a huge thing and it was a bit more competitive for what would get published. It just seemed very rushed, which is surprising since it's a series. 

7. Shadow of a Doubt by Carolyn Keene. Don't get me wrong, I love Nancy Drew, but she does have a ton of luck when it comes to solving her cases..especially in this one. I did enjoy how many times her father told her to not research the case and she kept ignoring him. Also, she totals her car because she gets run off the road and no one ever mentions it again.

6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (Audio). I know, I know, it's blasphemy to not put this as number one, but this is my least favorite of the HP books, mostly because it's the youngest feeling one. (I so love how the series gets more complex as the reader ages-genius.) 

5. Consent by Nancy Ohlin (ARC). I picked this up because it involved a musician getting involved with her hot music teacher. Now, I definitely don't want a taboo relationship, but I'd be up for dating a hot music teacher now that I'm an adult. I did really like this story and I think the author was very daring (mostly in the ending), but I selfishly wanted more of the hot music teacher:)
4. Somebody I Used to Know by David Bell (ARC). Loved this premise of a man who runs into a woman who looks just like his dead ex girlfriend...and then she is found dead herself, with his name and address found in her pocket! Good mystery.
3. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly (ARC) This book is like going on a roller coaster that takes place in Veronica Mars' world. It's so much fun and is filled with smart dialogue and awesome references. 

2. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid (ARC). I'm sure John Green comparisons can get old, but I also think it cant hurt to be compared to who is probably the most popular YA writer out there right now. This book is right on par with John Green books. I loved it! The dialogue was some of the best I've read in a YA book and it flowed so effortlessly and like how I speak to my own witty friends. Highly recommend. 

1. The Martian by Andy Weir (technically an ARC even though it's been out for awhile.) I saw the trailer for the movie of this book and it kind of freaked me out. Space travel is so scary and I knew that I'd never enjoy the movie unless I knew what happens in the story, so I picked up this book...and I am so glad I did! It's incredible. Super math and science heavy at times and I had many flashbacks to college organic chem and botany, but it was fascinating when I wasn't shuddering from the bad memories. So so so so so so so so so good. I am obsessed.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fashion Intel: Game of Thrones 1.2

"The Kingsroad"

Starting off with a bang because this isn't a screenshot of fashion. But I couldn't resist capturing this because of the beauty and grandness of the shot. Game of Thrones loves to show huge scenes instead of pieces of the close ups.

I like Viserys' collar here. He is such a weirdo and stands out because of his hair. and while his outfit matches his surroundings, it does not match the Dothraki. He is so oblivious to everthing: he thinks he is the one in charge here, but he is just this weak link trying to throw around his name to gain power. He would do well to try to get along better with the Dothraki- especially since his sister is one now. Ser Jorah is dressed like he woke up thinking he was in Westeros. He has to be roasting in that outfit.
This is when Cersai goes to check on Bran who is still asleep after having barely survived his push from the tower. Her outfit (or lack thereof) choice here is interesting. Is she wearing the wrap to appear warmer to Cat, who hasn't left Bran's side? Is this her attempt at looking soft, like a mother should?
Breathtakingly beautiful.  
This scene between Ned and Jon Snow is so hard to watch, now knowing what happens. Ned promises to tell Jon about his mother the next time they see each other. This is an interesting scene because it's right before they split in direction: Jon Snow to the North to join the Night's Watch, and Ned off with the King as his Hand. This is the beginning of what will be the show up until now of the Starks all being separated. Fashion-wise, this is the beginning of what is a high point in Jon Snow fashion as he begins to really cement his North look. 

This is another beautiful shot of the crew that's headed to the North. You can tell from their clothes (and the snow on the ground) that it's getting colder and they're almost to the Wall. 

I kind of want to move to the Wall. It's beautiful and cold. If Jon Snow could keep the Whitewalkers away, I think I'd be into getting a condo there or something. Maybe a small house or something. No wait, a condo because an indoor pool would be lovely. 

This is when Cat finally snaps out of her funk and turns into Nancy Drew. She finds a long, blonde hair and puts two and two together about quite a lot of things and comes up with a theory about what happened to Bran. Fashion-wise, she's finally back in a real dress and coat and she's paid some attention to her hair again. She looks ready to battle Cersai. 

This is after Dany's learned from her ladies about sex and how to please both herself and Khal Drogo. I love her hair here, with the braid, but I especially love her dress in this scene because she finally looks like she belongs. 

A lot of House Baratheon going on in this shot with the deer and crown sigil, but also a lot of House Lannister with the golden lion on red. The real reason I took this screenshot is because it reminds me of the Renaissance Fair in Maryland:)

This is the scene when Arya gets in trouble for hurting Joffrey and the solution is to kill Lady, Sansa's direwolf. Joffrey is a little punk, but you have to admit that he always looks qiuite regal. Robert, always the king, ahas a lot of embellishment on his outfit and sweet demure (HA!) again looks softer with her long, flowing hair, yet regal with her dress made out of a beautiful, rich material.

Not a ton of fashion in this episode as a lot of the story is a continuation from episode one. Soon, though, a lot of our major players are going to be on the move and that's when we're going to get some really great stuff!