Leonard Nimoy has passed away at 83 – A sad day.


My father would watch Star Trek TOS (The Original Series, us nerds like to abbreviate) almost everyday on TV. I would sit next to him at a insanely young age, I could barely talk, and I would whistle the sound of their communicators every time it sounded. My father groomed me to be a Trekkie (and a tragic Giants fan). I didn’t bond with my father through tea parties and dress up but through our evening Star Trek marathons.

Despite all of those TV shows and movies, my favorite memory of Leonard Nimoy is when the TODAY show interviewed him for the Star Trek movie revamp and Al Roker invited Ann Curry to join the interview. She runs to set and wraps her arms around him and graciously announces, Are you hugging me? Then she sits on the couch like she’s supposed to when she obviously isn’t. Then **GLORY, GLORY HALLELUJAH**, she reaches over and grips his ears with her hands! He was so polite. I bet that happened to him all the time.

ACTORS, thankfully they have the personalities that revel in that much attention. I probably would have had my ears removed to never deal with that again. Anyhow, we’ll miss you!!! You’re a huge part of my childhood and adult happiness. I giver your family and friends my condolences.

 

Also, Teen Book Board Member Josh, wants to commemorate Nimoy singing about Bilbo Baggins.

Teen Book Board – Guest Speaker Interview – Gossip Columnist & Film Critic


The Teen Book Board was so lucky to welcome Sarah Marrs, gossip columnist and film critic for Cinesnark and Lainey Gossip. The Board Members asked some great questions that I listed in this post. I did some editing to the interview to include visuals and the main points that Sarah was making. If you want to know more about Sarah’s insights be sure to check her future posts on her blogs.

1:40 Why can’t the siblings in Fantastic Four have both been black to not have changed any back story? Why give them an adoption back story at all when the cast can be any race or multi-ethnic?

3:54 What are your insights on how people reacted to a black Stormtrooper?

5:55 With two high profile trans characters on television, is this the beginning of more trans storylines, characters and actors?

7:55 How can a label be introduced into a movie or TV plot without tokenizing and pointing out a difference?

9:25 Why don’t you consider Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence and Divergent’s Shailene Woodley action stars alongside Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson?

10:53 Does portraying religion fall onto the shoulders of foreign films?

13:06 Why are women more sexualized in action films than men?

18:10 Why does the action genre include romance plots with women?

21:33 Is it racial preference in Hollywood or lack of interaction with non-whites? Is it exclusive or exclusionary?

24:03 What happened with Selma at the Oscars? Who nominates for the Oscars and what is their demographic?

32:46 Who are racially centered movies made for?

Thank You, Cousin Tina – Taylor Swift Edition


I read about Vogue’s BFF cover for Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss. They look exactly alike, they live together, and share clothes. I had a frenemy like this in high school. People thought we were sisters but Kay and Tay could pass for twins. Anyhow, to my amazement I saw this photo was taken at Oscar de la Renta’s show. My cousin works for him and I couldn’t help myself.

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She responded with some details that blow the lid off on how cool Miss Christina is. I am officially related to someone who made skin-to-skin contact with Taylor Swift. Read the juicy details in the screen shot below:

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Love you, Tina!

35 years later & 2 Weeks Overdue – SBTB


Everything that is amazing happened on Fallon. The Saved by the Bell Reunion! Yes, I know it happened like, two weeks ago. But I want to talk about it. I want to dissect it, I want to relive it every day but I’ll include y’all just for today. First of all, the set still exists. I swear to you I would get married on that set and when we kissed at the end everyone would yell, “Ooooooooooooo!” Apparently, iCarly and That’s So Raven has been filmed there.

Also, why have Theissen, Berkley and Lopez not aged?! Did they sell their souls? Is it their makeup or lighting, because I want! People used to think I was at least 5 years younger but after having a baby, the age just got slapped right onto my face.

Fallon knew exactly what we wanted. He gave us A.C. Slater’s magical ballet dancing.

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Jessie going nuts during the substance abuse episode, where she hysterically repeated the chorus from the Pointer Sister’s.

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Oh, yeah. Cell phones.

Growing up, every time someone pulled out that block of a phone I would think, They’re sooooooo rich. Anyone remember car phones? Luxe.

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I don’t even think I could elaborate on the Berkley jab Gosslear gave about her future occupation. I screen shot that face she made… It’s real. It’s been 20 years and you can see it in her eyes, it’s still there and it’s never going away. I love that Gosselar has an, I’m sorry they made me do it, face.

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TIME OUT. 

Job well done you guys.

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35 Years Later

Pssh, Valentine’s Day


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Valentine’s Day 2015

Every year I post anti-love songs on my Facebook for Valentine’s Day AND a picture of my pups with a rose in her mouth. People get a kick out of it. I decided to make a list of my top 5 of Anti-Love Valentine’s Day Playlist. You’re welcome. Comment and give me your top 5 anti-love songs.

Alannis Morrisette- You Oughta Know

Florence and the Machine – Kiss with a Fist

Soft Cell – Tainted Love

Kelis – Caught Out There

Fionna Apple – Limp 

You’re Not Seeing Double – Who owns the rights to Marvel characters


People will soon wonder why there are two Quick Silvers and why X-Men movies can’t quite get it together like the Avengers ensemble. Contrary to popular belief, Stan Lee owns nothing. He just makes obligatory cameos like Where’s Waldo.

Below is the Geek Twins chart of which companies own which character. It is the simplist and best depiction of the mess Marvel made giving up it’s rights back in the 90’s.

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Anyone I show this chart to asks, who is Namor. When I looked him up I found this picture:

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Namor the Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie)

I wouldn’t mind seeing the live action version of this guy. I also checked out the Man-Thing trailer and it looks lame. It might as well have been produced by Lifetime.

Like City of Ember but underwater – Review – GUEST BLOG POST


OUR GUEST BLOGGER: Christina is in 10th Grade at Cornerstone.

Throughout reading Atlantia by Ally Condie, I was having flashbacks because everything in this book seemed so familiar. It was a mashup of City of Ember and Sister Sister; some romance, too many murders, and a lot of secrets. Atlantia is about orphaned, twin girls named Rio and Bay, who live in an underwater area with a glass boundary called, The Below, Atlantia. One day out of every year a group of teenagers line up and get to choose whether they want to say in The Below with other survivors or go to The Above and harvest food to send back with risk of cancer from all of the pollution.

When they make their choice, the Minister, the head of “The Counsel”, flicks soil or water in their face (Miss Christina: Ha, ha. So, they get baptized with dirt.) Since there is a random rule that one family member must remain in The Below whilst one is above, the orphaned sisters make a pact upon their mother’s death that they both will never go above and separate. However, after Rio gets water flicked, Bay decides that she wants to go to The Above. (Miss Christina: …and gets dirt flicked; this is incredible!)

Rio deals with her abandonment by stowing away on an Atlantia morgue chamber table that washes away dead bodies which rise to The Above. Aunt Marie, an Atlantia pariah, tells the counsel that her niece, Rio, was trying to escape and reunite with her sister. When Rio’s true identity is discovered, a whole bunch of murders suddenly happened.

I feel like every book I read now has mass murder, which made me want to throw the book across my room!!! Initially, I liked Atlantia, but after writing this post, I realized there were too many things happening at once. (Miss Christina: Like, why do Rio and Bay have an Aunt with a lame name like Marie.) I do not recommend this book because they traveled around on river gondolas… underwater, they had non-functional metal trees with falling metal leaves that miraculously no one gets hurt by and underwater bats. A book this ridiculous should be immersed in water and forgotten like the city of Atlantis so that no one will ever be tempted to read it.

Teen Book Board – Canceled Due to Snow – PART II


Teamnate_Angry_Cupcake_by_Two_PlayersTEEN BOOK BOARD 2/2/15 CANCELED 

I know I keep promising you guys cupcakes but the weather gods aren’t having it. We are canceling again and by no means attempt to come to the library. Yes, I have had teens walk to the library during a snow day. Yes, it was because I am that amazing. Enjoy your day off and re-watch the superbowl’s halftime show and cheer on #leftshark, the true winner of the super bowl.

Go, left shark! Go, left shark!

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Ayla gets a TV show!


I remember being with a friend’s mother at the West Hartford Public Library the summer before my Freshman year with summer reading list in hand. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to read and it was just a list of titles. Mrs. Stone said to me, “You know what, Christina? This one was my favorite!” I am so grateful for her recommendation because it was the first time I was totally consumed by a book. When I managed to put the book down at night, I still didn’t get any sleep because I wondered what would happen next. I even dreamt about the main character; she was a strong, outspoken teen who didn’t fit in for glaringly obvious reasons but demanded to be treated with dignity anyhow.

The book was, Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel.

Unlike what most people believe today, we are the species Homo Sapien Sapien. At one point our species lived amongst the species Neanderthals, often referred to as cavemen. A toddler girl named, Ayla was of Homo Sapien Sapien and was orphaned after a natural disaster. A Neanderthal tribe found her wandering in the woods and adopted her. As she grows older, it becomes abundantly clear that her physical and intellectual abilities are not only far superior to those around her but it is also the markings that her kind is downfall of their own.

Daryl Hannah made a disastrous movie version in the 80’s. The unique form of communication in the book was turned into grunting and hand waving. It didn’t help that the book became a series with extra saucy romance excerpts that nicknamed body parts (totally veering off-course thematically). I can tell you that I was thoroughly traumatized reading the sequential titles and realized that Ayla went from my own feminist icon to a lonely woman having an awakening. I still practically toss a book to the other side of the room when the romantic content gets too high.

I’m sorry; I just treated this blog like a therapy session. The reason why I am writing about this book, after years of repression, is because Lifetime is turning it into a TV series! There is no known release date but I obviously will need to read the book again and I will be squealing at every scene. It’s been a great time for nostalgia,

with the TLC tv-movie Crazy Sexy Cool,

 

the Peter Pan live event,

 

The Save by the Bell Story tv-movie,

 

and the incredible Brittany Murphy biopic! Alicia Silverstone’s hair! WHY!!!!!??? AMAZING.

 

Let’s hope that the book gets the live-action treatment it deserves or that is will be spectacularly disastrous for optimal gifs and memes.

Free eBooks for Teens


I’m really loving this website BookBub.com. I signed myself up for it today. They list free ebooks and the site can tailor its recommendations just for you. Here are the Teen books that caught my eye. I’m a total nerd, so I threw in some 90’s references here and there.  Click on the cover to get to the site for a free download.

The island by jen minkman

I found this one intriguing because it reminds me of a really old 90’s Australian teen show called “The Tribe”.  Anyone over the age of 14 dies from a virus. The future of the human race is relying upon hormone crazed adolescents. I loved it because it was so realistic, I’m talking pregnant teens and the whole nine yards. I have no idea how this book will measure up but I’m certainly curious.
THE ISLAND by Jen Minkman

On one side of the Island’s great wall, children must abandon their parents and fend for themselves. Leia is used to it — but she’s always been curious about what lies beyond her world’s boundary. Then she meets him…

$1.99 Free!

Category: Teen & Young Adult

SHADOW OF TIME: PART 1 by Jen Minkman

When do dreams erupt into reality? After Hannah meets handsome Josh from the Navajo reservation, she experiences disturbingly vivid nightmares about the Navajo nation’s past — a riveting tale blending romance and suspense.

$2.99 Free!

Category: Teen & Young Adult

ENTANGLED by Nikki Jefford

Two months after dying, Gray wakes up in her twin’s body. Trapped every other day as Charlene, Gray tries to impersonate her snobby sister, and only Raj McKenna notices the difference. Can they save Gray, or will she fade altogether?

$0.99 Free!

Category: Teen & Young Adult

LAND by Theresa Shaver

When a mysterious pulse disables everything electronic, teens on a Disneyland-bound class trip must find their own way home. Perfect for fans of Revolution, this epic novel has over 140 five-star reviews on Amazon.

$0.99 Free!

Category: Teen & Young Adult

GALDONI by Cheree Alsop

After being rescued from death, the winged gladiator Kale has the chance to live — and love — as a human. But when his people are threatened, can he use what he’s learned to save the Galdoni?

$0.99 Free!

Category: Teen & Young Adult

Facebook – Book Club


Mark Zuckerberg has provided me with a pleasant surprise this morning; he is going to start a Facebook Book Club. He likens it to a worldwide reading challenge. The Facebook page, A Year of Books, will have Facebook users commenting on a featured book chosen every two weeks. In another stroke of genius, Zuckerberg will have the comments moderated to keeping people “on topic”. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt like an open discussion has suddenly turned into therapy hour, dogged proclamations of why the current president is destroying America, or a fight for the title of, America’s Next Top Racist.

With that worry off my plate, I began investing in my next concern, the theme. The book club will learn “about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies”. The good intentions of learning about another culture tend to transform into something ugly and offensive, like a slum tour during Christmas. However, I’m very impressed with the choice of book, The End of Power by Moises Naim. The summary is as follows; Drawing on provocative, original research, Naim shows how the anti establishment drive of micro powers can topple tyrants, dislodge monopolies, and open remarkable new opportunities, but it can also lead to chaos and paralysis.

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This book is introducing the concept that has kept me on my toes as a Teen Librarian for years. Its a concept that I learned as soon as I graduated high school and something I think the smartest dogs understand; power is an illusion. We give people power, we allow people’s authority over us. I have found the only way to keep the peace in a teen section and appealing to teens is to treat this concept with the utmost respect.

I truly appreciate Zuckerberg’s choice and I’m looking forward to the next title he’ll announce. I think this book club could be my jam.

The Most Ridiculous Book I’ve Ever Read – Review – GUEST BLOG POST


 OUR GUEST BLOGGER: Christina is in 10th Grade at Cornerstone.

Anna Dressed in Blood MemeI recently read Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, and I don’t know if I set my expectations too high (if I did it’s because of Miss Christina) or what but this was one of the worst books I have ever read.  It took me four months to read this book, which is crazy because I can usually read a book in a day. How long it took me to read this was absolutely ridiculous. The book is about a teenage boy, whose name I don’t even remember because it was not worth remembering, who kills ghosts with his magical knife that he got from his dead father, whom we know nothing about.

The first thing that threw me off is; how did the knife become magical, why would you think to use it if you didn’t know its history, and how does it kill something that’s already dead?!?  But I put all of that aside (Miss Christina: this is commonly called suspension of belief) and kept reading the book hoping that it did not get any crazier. But it did. (Yes, in case you were wondering, the teenage boy’s whole life is moving around with his mom looking for ghosts to kill.)  And the boy (Miss Christina: Alright, it’s time to give “the boy” a name! The main character is named Cas.) goes all over town looking for information about the current ghost that he wants to kill with his magical knife. Worst of all, Cas starts falling in love with a ghost, named Anna, that kills people. Originally Cas wanted to hunt and kill her with his magical knife (Miss Christina: But now he is all “heart hands” and kiss emojis). WHAT?!? How do you fall in love with a 60 year old ghost, the concept is just crazy, it’s ludicrous, and I think it’s just all over the place!  This book felt like a mash up of Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (another book that I hated) and Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (Miss Christina: Another horribly written book!), but instead of zombies/ vampires/ werewolves,  it’s forbidden love between a ghost and the living.

Anna Dressed in Blood is becoming a movie that Stephenie Meyer is producing but after reading the book, I’m sure that I don’t want to see it. Over all, this book was well written and if it was not for all the weirdness that happens in the plot, it might have been good.  This story left me with A LOT of questions that never got answered, but might be answered in the second book …which I am not reading. When I started Anna Dressed in Blood I was told it was a horror, but the only “gruesome” part was in the first chapter where you learn about the teenage boys magical knife, then past that there was a bunch of unnecessary killing and attacking of random people by random people. So, before you go out and read Anna Dressed in Blood, just stop right there and then don’t, because it’s not worth it.

Teen Book Board – 2015 – WELCOME BACK!


I had a blast yesterday reuniting with our board members. We have a new member named Antonio! He likes to comment on these posts so, SHOUT OUT TO TONY!

I took photos last night for our soon to be revealed new Prosser Library website. The board members did a great job modeling and this picture is my absolute favorite:

My Revolutionaries!
My Revolutionaries!

You all look like you’re ready to start kicking butts and taking names. Especially, you over in the corner Annabelle!

Every book board meeting (sans the Welcome Back Party last night), we review the lack of diversity in literature and the media. I’m grooming them to start a revolution. When they’re ready, they’ll bring it all down and rebuild it the way it should be. I think this picture captures that spirit.

I can’t wait to spend 2015 with all of you.

Finally!! – Hayley Atwell isn’t wasted by Marvel


I cannot tell you how excited I am to see Hayley Atwell in a Marvel mini-series on ABC today. I first saw Hayley on Pillars of the Earth. My friend recommended it to me exactly like this, “Christina, you should watch Pillars of the Earth.” What’s it about? “Its about a bunch of people trying to build a church and stuff happens so they can’t.” I pass.

We ended up having freaky weather where each storm brought 3 feet and we had 9 foot snow banks. I decided to give it a try on Netflix and I could not tear myself away from the screen. Here is the description I should have been given. Pillars of the Earth is about a bunch of gorgeous people with horrible faults that try to build a church for selfish and egomaniacle reasons. In twist of fate or acts of God, efforts are thwarted causing further drama, death, and betrayal. Better right?

Anyhow, Hayley Atwell was in the cast with Eddie Redmayne also known as, mmhmm My Favorite Little Redhead. I couldn’t stop saying that every time he was on screen. Their performances were to die for! I could not wait until they both got their just recognition for their talents. I THOUGHT Hayley was going to explode first with Captain America: The First Avenger, but the whole movie failed only highlighting one quick glimmer of her talent when she ad libbed reaching out for Cap’s chest:

I totally squealed when that happened. Then Captain America drove his plane into a mountain after a series of dancing and action montages. It felt like he was crashing his plane into my hopes for Hayley’s career. YOU WASTED HER! I thought angrily about Marvel. Then Eddie broke out with My Week with Marilyn and Les Miserable and he became everyone’s Mmmhmm Favorite Redhead. Why, Hayley, WHY?! But now, and I really hope that this is it, Marvel is going to have a mini-series of Agent Carter. Peggy Carter will have her own 8 episode TV debut. The 8 episodes should ensure quality, and fingers crossed Hayley will EXPLODE. Good luck on Tuesday nights at 8 pm eastern time. STARTING TOMORROW!! Tuesday, January 6.

Marvel’s Promising Year of 2015


I think 2015 will be Marvel’s banner year since no one is questioning Marvel anymore. There were doubts for Guardian of the Galaxy and ticket sales were more than enough salt to rub in doubters wounds. MoviePilot.com, Frederick Crew, wrote a great article “More Reasons Why Ant-Man Will Be Awesome”. I was nearly dancing around the circulation desk with excitement. First of all, he treated us to this amazing fan made poster:

Captain America: Civil War - 6 May 2016

That’s right, CIVIL WAR. Let me enlighten y’all. The Avenger’s Civil War is in our Teen Section. In fact, I think I might need to re-order it because it probably “walked off the shelf”. Anyhow, the government has passed the Superhero Registration Act (just like Nazi Germany with the Jews and post-bellum USA with American Indians). Tensions quickly rise between the heroes as some believe greatly in either keeping their identities secret or revealing themselves to the world. This romp was written by Mark Miller, of Kick Ass.

There has been much speculation that the next Captain America movie will be Civil War or Civil War-like. The evidence we have of this is from the notorious SONY leaks, where there was negotiation between Marvel and SONY for Spiderman to join the cast of a new marvel project. The original story is Spider-man and Iron Man caught in between, but with talks supposedly falling through it seems as if Marvel was turning it into a Captain America movie to have Cap’ supplant Spidey. However, news is starting to spread that not only is Spider-man in but he’ll be getting a special suit from Iron Man! WHAAAAAT!? The Iron Spider.

Getting back to the article written by Crew, Antman, will be played by Judd and it is supposed to be a dark comedy. I really enjoy Judd but I’m still apprehensive, I’m not too familiar with Antman, and perhaps it’s because I’m not drooling over him like James Spader and Aaron Taylor Johnson. More on that later. But Antman seems like another risk; similar to Guardians, but now everyone is keeping their mouths shut. Marvel is untouchable right now and Hollywood knows that they are supplying us with the blockbuster classics we’ve been missing since Independence Day. Crew supplied the .gif below and now I see how the potential for this movie will be boundless.

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After reading all of this exciting news, of course I had to then watch the newest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. The voice of Ultron is James Spader, the love of my life. Yes, James Spader has been the love of my life for a very long time. I’ve had boyfriends totally jealous of the way I look at James Spader during, Pretty in Pink. I’d still runaway with James, despite the 24 year age difference, ha!

Happy New Year – Am I right!!!!??

Anyhow, he is incredibly talented and underrated. I’m so happy to see he is voicing a villain. I have always been partial to the villains. Their story lines are usually more interesting, they are so much more motivated, passionate, they are always full of heart, even if their hearts happen to be black and ultimately, they are the underdog (it never goes right for them). Sarah of Cinesnark has been saying that Marvel has a villain problem, (btw Sarah will be our guest skype speaker on Monday, Jan 26) I just don’t see it! Maybe I’m not clever enough; she really is incredibly clever and intelligent. But other than Bane’s old-timey radio voice, bordering on Groucho Marx (I can hear the teens collectively saying, “Who?” LOOK IT UP!). But that wasn’t Marvel’s fault, it was all WB and we shall see how Batman vs Superman turns out.

The other noticeable addition is Aaron Taylor Johnson as Quick Silver, swoon. I didn’t think much of him until I saw, Anna Karenina.

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How could I not notice!?

However, the last person to play Quick Silver is Evan Peters. He plays the lovable mass-murderer in the first season of American Horror Story.

Even Peters AHS

Peter’s action sceen during Days of Future Past was incredible. I think it will be tough for Johnson to trump it, especially when the attention will be going to so many other notable Marvel characters. I’m guessing Peters will win the battle of the silvers but ATJ is due to explode, Godzilla was just a stepping stone to a coveted Marvel franchise gig. We shall see.

Peter’s Quicksiler:


Alright, this is what I’m looking forward to next year 2015 is:

-being reunited with my true love James Spader

-Marvel’s Civil War

-the Iron Spider

-Aaron Taylor Johnson’s portrayal of Quick Silver

-getting to know Antman

Why Mortal Instruments the movie FAILED – GUEST BLOG POST


OUR GUEST BLOGGER: Isabella is a Freshman at Wethersfield.

The Mortal Instruments is no doubt one of the best series that I have ever read. I have read all six books in the series, from City of Bones to City of Heavenly Fire. I love everything about the series; it’s one of those books that you don’t ever want to put down and makes you want to finish one more chapter before you turn out the lights. These are the kind of books that make you excited to read.

Cassandra Clare first got the idea of The Mortal Instruments when her friend was talking about the history of tattoos. Her idea stemmed from myths that tattoos bring power to the person who is marked. In the book, there are runes/tattoos which determine what power a half-angel and half-human will receive to protect the world against demons.

The way that Clare writes is incredible. She writes with such passion to the point where you are reading the story and you feel like you are placed into the story and you can feel every emotion that each character goes through. The main characters are Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec, and Magnus all deal with sorrow and heartbreak. Not only are you learning about each character in every series, but you get sucked into a world that is unique and get to experience what they go through. The books are an escape from your normal life allowing you travel into the world of Clare’s characters. I think that is a huge accomplishment for a writer to get an emotional response from a reader.

When I had first heard that The City of Bones, the first book in the series, was being made into a movie, it was all I could talk about. I think at one point my dad got annoyed because I was talking about it so much. I was waiting to see my fantasy put on the big screen and see if the ideas I had in my head would become a reality. Having every paragraph memorized I couldn’t wait to see it put on film. The day the movie was finally released, I had told my dad that we HAD to see it! I NEEDED to see it. When we had sat in our seats I had the biggest grin on my face, smiling from ear to ear.

As the movie began, that smile slowly faded. It was not how I imagined it to be. It had let me down. All the actors were great such as Lily Collins (daughter of Phil Collins, thanks dad!), Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, and Kevin Zegers. They played the characters well gave the sarcasm and attitude that I had read in the book, but some deliveries in the lines were not what I had imagined.  The story line moved a little too fast for my liking, everything happened at a nice pace in the book. Unfortunately, the director had speed up the plot. On behalf of all Mortal Instrument fans, we were all quiet disappointed with the outcome of the movie. If I were the director of The City of Bones, it would have been a whole lot different than what that director had put on the screen seen by millions.

Mortal Instruments and Office Space

I mean don’t get me wrong, I still love the series that got me to finally enjoy reading. But my hopes for how the movie would be, were every different than what I had paid $12.00 to see. I still want the second book in the series, The City of Ashes to become a movie, but I think all staff members working on that film should read the books a few times before they decide to cut out parts that many fans love. It was a mistake when the director cut out the true way all of the characters meet; they even changed Clary from killing a demon to Jace making Clary’s powerful, strong character into a damsel in distress.  I even read that when the directors found out the reaction of Mortal Instruments fans, they are analyzing what they did wrong so they don’t make that mistake with the second film. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy watching The City of Bones, I just think that they could have done it better.

If they make another mistake like that, I think I might just stick to the books and let my imagination make the movie that I wanted to see.

It’s official! I’m no longer concussed.


In celebration of surviving my concussion, I have a compilation of the following survival books in our teen collection.

DYSTOPIA

Hunger Games Series, Collins – Hunger Games (1), Catching Fire (2), Mocking Jay (3)

Unwind Series, Shusterman – UnWind (1), UnStrung (1.5 Kindle only), UnHolly (2), UnSouled (3), UnDivided (4)

The Salt Trilogy, Gee – Salt (1), Gool (2), The Limping Man (3)

WAR

The Fifth Wave Series, Yancey – The Fifth Wave (1), The Infinite Sea (2), TBD (3)

Insignia Series, Kincaid- Insignia (1), Allies (1.5), Vortex (2), Catalyst (3)

The Ascendance Trilogy, Nielson

Divergent Series, Roth- Four: A Divergent Story Collection [The Transfer (.1), The Initiate (.2), The Son (.3), Four Traitor (.4)], Divergent (1), Free Four(1.5), Insurgent (2), The World of Divergent (2.5), Allegiant (3)

The Book Thief, Markus

Never Fall Down, McCormick

Enders Game, Card

Code Name Verity, Wein

The Iron Fey Series, Kagawa- The Lost Prince (1), The First Kiss (1.25),  The Iron Traitor (2), The Iron Queen (3), Summer’s Crossing (3.5), Ashes Letter to Mechan (3.6), The Iron Knight (4), The Iron Fey Valentine (4.4)

A Long Walk to Water, Park

COMPETITION

Naruto, Kishimoto

Epic, Kostick

Throne of Glass Novels, Maas- Assassin’s Blade [The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (.1), The Assassin and the Healer (.2), The Assassin and the Desert (.3), The Assassin and the Underworld (.4), The Assassin and the Empire (.5)], Throne of Glass (1), Crown of Midnight (2), Heir of Fire (3)

REALISTIC

The Raft, Bodeen

All the Truth that’s in Me, Berry

The Compound Series, Bodeen- The Compound (1), The Fallout (2)

Safekeeping, Hesse

Quarantine Series, Thomas – Quarantine (1), The Saints (2), The Burnouts (3)

No Safety in Numbers Series, Lorentz- No Safety in Numbers (1), No Easy Way Out (3), No Dawn Without Darkness (3)

Desert Angel, Price

The Rules of Survival, Werlin

Danger Zone Series, Gilman- The Devil’s Breath (1), Ice Claw (2), Blood Sun (3)

The High Sea Adventures Series, Lawrence- The Wreckers (1), The Smugglers (2), The Buccaneers (3)

NATURAL DISASTERS

Monument 14 Series, Laybourne- Dress Your Marines in White (.5), Monument 14 (1), Jake and the Other Girl (1.5), Sky on Fire (2), What Mario Scietto Says (2.5), Savage Drift (3)

Nation, Pratchett

ABDUCTION

My Chemical Garden – Wither (1), Fever (2), Sever (3)

Storm, Napoli

Outlaw, Davies

Black Ice, Fitzpatrick

Marbury Lens Series, Smith- The Marbury Lens (1), King of Marbury (1.5), Passenger (2)

Trouble in the Hills, Becker

The White Darkness, McCaughrean

SUPERNATURAL

The Enemy Series, Higson – The Enemy (1), The Dead, (2), The Fear (3), The Sacrifice (4), The Fallen (5), The Hunted (6), The End (7)

Ashes Trilogy – Ashes (1), Shadows (2), Monsters (3)

Benny Imura Series – First Night Memories (.5), Rot & Ruin (1),  In the Land of the Dead (1.5), Dust & Decay (2), Dead & Gone (2.5), Flesh & Bone (3.5), Fire & Ash (4)

Wicked Lovely, Marr – Wicked Lovely (1), Ink Exchange (2), Stopping Time (2.5), Old Habits (2.6), Fragile Eternity (3), Radiant Shadows (4), Darkest Mercury (5)

Blue Bloods Series, de La Cruz – Blue Bloods (1), Masquerade (2), Revelations (3), The Van Alen Legacy (4), Keys to the Repository (4.5), Misguided Angel (5), Bloody Valentine (5.5), Lost in Time (6), Gates of Paradise (7)

The End Games, Martin

This is Not a Test Series, Summers – This is not a Test (1), Please Remain Calm (2)

In the After Series, Lunetta- In the After (1), In The End (2)

Can you survive a Zombie Apocalypse? , Brallier

PARANORMAL

Darkness Rising Series, Armstrong – The Gathering (1), The Calling (2), The Rising (3)

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