Book Recommendations

Those who know me are aware that i’m able to read 2-3 books a week with all of my subway travels (if i’m not sleeping). And because of it i’ve been asked to give out recommendations so i’ve started to put together a list of my favourite books and one quote from each that I love. If you have any specific questions about any of the listed feel free to ask and I’d be more then happy to answer but I don’t feel the need to post synopsis’ for all of them when they can be found online. Generally the Sequels, Trilogies and Series books are all YA fiction, however not all are currently complete. The Non-sequel novels I post can range in audience. I will continue to add to this list as I read more books that changed my life.

Non-Sequel Novels:
1. “Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn’t know a thing about life.” 
– Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

2. “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
– Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

3. “Most people lose the ability to see silver linings even though they are always there above us almost everyday.”
– Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook

4. “Scared isn’t an excuse. Scared is the excuse everyone has used.”
– John Green, Looking For Alaska

5. “You say you’re not special because the world doesn’t know about you, but that’s an insult to me. I know about you.”
– John Green, The Fault In Our Stars

Sequels, Trilogies & Series:
1. “You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games Trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay)

2. “I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”
Stephenie Meyer, The Twilight Saga (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse & Breaking Dawn)

3. “Declarations of love amuse me. Especially when unrequited.”
Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls & City of Heavenly Fire)

4. “Every minute you spend with someone gives them a part of your life and takes part of theirs.”
Ally Condie, The Matched Trilogy (Matched, Crossed & Reached)

5. “Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”
Veronica Roth, The Divergent Trilogy (Divergent, Insurgent & Untitled)

6. “And if I have to die trying, I will get out of here.”
Lauren DeStefano, The Chemical Garden Trilogy (Wither, Fever & Sever)

7. “Keep in mind that people change but the past doesn’t.”
Becca Fitzpatrick, The Hush, Hush Saga (Hush, Hush, Crescendo, Silence & Finale)

8. “Every man would fall in love with their voice, their lovely appearance, but no man would ever get past that. They’d never really know the girls for who they actually were, never really love them. It would be impossible for any of the four girls to ever really fall in love and be genuinely loved in return.”
Amanda Hocking, Watersong Series (Wake, Lullaby, Tidal, Elegy)

9. “Sometimes death is really just a metaphor for rebirth. Allowing the old version of one to slip away so that a newer, better, stronger version can stand in it’s place.”
Alyson Noel, The Soul Seekers (Fated, Echo, Mystic & Horizon)

Current Books Waiting on my Book Shelf to be Read:
1. John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
2. Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince & Clockwork Princess)
3. James Dashner, The Maze Runner Series (The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials & The Death Cure) (The Kill Order)


Working in Studio

As many of you know i’m currently attending University to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. This past weekend I got in the studio for the first time as I shot one of my best friends Emma. She’s absolutely gorgeous and i’m so thankful that she was willing to let me take pictures of her. Here’s some of my favourites from the shoot.

You can see the pictures in High Quality on my Flickr.
I have also updated my About section.

Red Dawn: Movie Review with SPOILERS

Red Dawn is a remake of the 1984 film directed by John Milius.

Jed Eckert (Liam’s brother Chris Hemsworth) leads his brother Matt Eckert (Drake and Josh’s Josh Peck) and some other teenagers they know in a fight to save their town from being invaded by North Korean soldiers. Together they become known as the Wolverines as they create havoc in letting the soldiers know that they aren’t going down without a fight.

Let’s start with wondering how all the Wolverines weren’t all slaughtered in seconds. They’re against professional military personnel and there’s about thousands to no more then ten teenagers yet they managed to do more damage then possibly imagined.
Example A: Their aim when shooting rifle’s is pretty darn accurate (except for the scenes during their training sessions). Also why was it okay to waste so much amo during training? That was a stupid idea.
Example B: How are they able to create and fuse bombs (why do they have any knowledge on how to do this?)
Example C: It’s not possible for them not to be recognized. Someone would realize that something happens after one of these teens is around the main area
I could probably go on forever so i’m just going to stop here.

As I sat in line before the movie a girl near me said that we should be prepared for Robert to die (Peeta Josh Hutcherson). Let me just say that he doesn’t so I was left holding my breath the entire time for no reason. After reading the synopsis from the original movie it made sense to why she thought this, only Danny and Erica survived. However, in version I watched Matt, Robert, Erica (Isabel Lucas), Julie (Alyssa Diaz) and Toni (Adrianne Palicki) all survived.

You knew Jed’s death was coming the moment after he told Matt that he was proud of him for doing the right thing. So yes, he does still die in the remake of Red Dawn. He walks out of the room and BAM, shot in the head. Like of f*cking course. Who didn’t see that happening? That happens to be a very popular time for people to be killed in movies, right after their proclamation of love or just a generally heartfelt speech. One of the worst moments is when the Wolverines realize they’re being tracked because of Daryl (Connor Cruise) and he lets them leave him in the middle of a dirt road to be found so the only person being killed is himself. You don’t see it happen but seeing the car drive away from him is enough to bruise the heart.

This film ends with Matt giving a speech to his new army (how he recruited all of them I have no idea… Facebook event maybe?), but for those who are able to recall the beginning of the movie will remember that the speech is the same one his brother original spoke to them. But the movie didn’t seem to have any full closer. It ends after and we never know what happened, we’re left to infer.

One of my favourite scenes was when Jed was teaching Robert how to shoot a deer because of the whole Gale and Peeta thing from the Hunger Games. Yes, I do know it was Liam Hemsworth who played Gale and not Chris but they’re brothers so it entertained me. Anyway, he’s holding up the gun and goes “I can’t do it.” Or something along those lines and I just laughed because of course that would be his character. But he did end up shooting it, guess Katniss really did teach him something.

For going into a movie I knew nothing about (except for the beautiful eye candy) I didn’t find it completely terrible. Now i’m not the biggest action fan but I was able to sit through the movie without getting bored. I think that says it all really. Putting aside all unrealistic aspects it was good. There, I said it.

I don’t want to type out the entire movie so if you have any questions leave a comment and i’d be more then happy to reply.

Red Dawn hits theatres Wednesday November 21st 2012.


Breaking Dawn Part 2: Movie Review with SPOILERS

It’s over, it’s actually over. I’m currently in mourning. All i’ll be wearing for the next days of my life is black.

I remember when I first heard about the Twilight Saga in grade 8. It didn’t matter that others didn’t know about it, I had already been pulled into the world of vampires and wolves and I wasn’t sure if I ever wanted to come back. I sat in long lines waiting for the midnight screenings of both Twilight and New Moon to make sure I got the best seats. That was before Cineplex had their UltraAVX theatres where you get to pick your seats so you have time for dinner first. However I was also at the first screening possible for the following three movies; Eclipse, Breaking Dawn Part 1 and now Breaking Dawn Part 2. For all 5 films I had been at the first possible screening. I was excited to see the final instalment but I wasn’t prepared for the end.

For those who have been living under a rock Breaking Dawn Part 2 is based off of the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. This is the 5th movie created from the 4 book Saga. After the birth of Renesemee (Mackenzie Foy), Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson)’s family is in danger of the Volturi. With as many allies/witness’ the Cullen’s can gather they prepare for what may be a fatal fight to protect their family.

At this point most people already know that they ending’s different then what’s read in the book so i’m just going to jump right to it. That, and the little part before that leaves you on your toes since I think that’s the reason why you’re most likely here. So let’s forward to the battle because that’s what this entire movie’s about.

Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) explains to Aro (Michael Sheen) how they want to talk, not fight. However, Aro begins to speak about how the ‘demon baby’ is the unknown. They’re not sure what will happen, if it will stop growing and when, all is unknown. The unknown can’t be controlled and should be feared and eliminated. Now you may remember that Alice (Ashley Greene) and Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) left for a while, so everything important starts when they return. Alice walks up to Aro and tells him that she’s seen that Renesmee won’t be any danger in the future and she has proof that she shouldn’t be feared. Aro grabs her hand to see what she has, making sounds like he’s having an orgasm which he seems to always have while reading people. When he finishes she angrily states that, “It doesn’t matter. Nothing I show you will matter, you’ve already made up your mind.” She turns and signals to Bella saying “Now,” so Bella tells Jacob (Taylor Lautner) to leave with Renesmee and to keep her safe. Alice kicks Aro sending him flying in the opposite direction. When the other Volturi grab her as if they’re about to snap off her head Carlisle yells “NO!” before running straight for Aro. Both Carlisle and Aro jump into the air together and collide into one another, Aro ends up on his feet and Carlisle’s body is laying right in the snow. Grinning in the camera the shot moves down from the smirk on Aro’s face to Carlisle’s head in his hands. This is where everyone’s yelling at the screen saying something along the lines of, “THAT NEVER HAPPENED IN THE BOOK!” Before you even have a chance to take anything in Carlisle’s body is already up in flames. They then show Esme (Elizabeth Reaser) screaming before everyone on the Cullen’s side launches for the Volturi. You know that shit’s about to go down.

As the fighting goes on that’s not the only life lost. When you see the first wolf die you know it’s Sam (Chaske Spencer) and your heart breaks. Then the camera moves to show Jasper fighting with someone and Jane (Dakota Fanning) decides that she’s going to use her special power on him. However Bella sees this and uses her shield to block any pain from hitting him and when Jane sees this she looks toward her brother Alec (Cameron Bright) who attacks Bella. Once Jane is able to inflict Jasper with pain it puts him in the perfect position to be killed, and he is. This is where you continue to yell at the screen saying, WHY ARE YOU KILLING EVERYONE?” Benjamin (Rami Malek) creates a chasm that many vampires and wolves fall into. Esme is dangling over the edge when a wolf jumps on the vampire holding on to her to save her life. Edward also finds himself falling into chasm but ends up flying out of it magically. There’s a lot more fighting and eventually Alec, Jane, Marcus (Christopher Heyerdahl) and Caius (Jamie Campbell Bower) all end up killed leaving only Aro left. Bella runs at him and gets knocked to ground while bringing Edward down with her. They touch hands for a second before getting up and beating Aro two against one. Bella rips off Aro’s head as easy as disconnecting Barbie’s head from her body. Bella torches him as the camera does a close up into Aro’s non-burning eye and this is when the movie goes back to where Alice was showing Aro the future, on what would happen if there was a fight. Aro’s future would be death if they decided to fight one another. “That my dear man is what will happen unless you walk away.” I think I just heard your sigh of relief. No one you loved died. YAY! Aro then decides that it’s best to leave them all since no law was broken. Thank goodness the fighting sequence was all a dream, that’s all i’ve got to say. Not that it felt that way at the time.

Once your mind has healed from all that there’s a scene where Edward and Bella lay in the meadow. This didn’t happen in the book but as they’re sitting there Bella tells Edward she wants to show him something. Using a power that comes with her shield she gives Edward a look inside her head as the movie shows clips of the two of them from all of the past films. There wasn’t a moment before where I really realized that this was the end of the Saga until this scene showed up on the screen. I may have cried a little bit… And as quickly as it started it was over. Edward wonders how she did it and want to see again and she replied saying they have the rest of their lives. Forever.

The film ends with a full franchise yearbook where every main character/actor casted is shown with a picture of themselves and their name until all have been shown. This included showing both Rachelle and Bryce as Victoria which was completely necessary if you ask me. It obviously ending with Taylor, Rob and then Kristen.

Scenes you don’t want to miss in no particular order (to the movie):
1. Jacob taking off all of his clothes in front of Charlie when he decides to let him know that he’s a wolf and while sort of explaining how Bella’s fine but different now.
2. Edward and Bella having a good time in their bed in their new house. Somehow they ended up in the living room and i’m not sure how. “You really were holding back before before.”
3. When Bella finds out that Jacob imprinted on her daughter. The way he begins to explain the situation saying that it’s a wolf thing that she knows about and he can’t control it. Bella then drags him outside screaming at him, “You imprinted on my baby!” She begins to fight with him sending him flying into the ground, with her new strength. Esme tell’s Edward to stop her but he says “I think she’s handling it just fine.” 

Things I didn’t like:
1. I didn’t think that they showed enough of Bella’s training for her learning how to shield other people besides herself.
2. Although the baby shown at the beginning of the movie is adorable it was clear that it was fake and animated which bugged me.

If there weren’t so many released clips I may have included some of those too, however these are the ones that stick out in my mind right now. As my final remarks on this post I’d have to say that this was definitely the best movie out of them all. If you have any questions or want to know any other specific spoilers based on things you may have seen in clips or the trailer please leave a comment and i’d be more then happy to answer. Quotes may not be 100% but they’re as close as I can remember.

Thank you Stephenie Meyer for giving us Twihards a story to fall in love with over the past years.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 hit theatres November 16, 2012.


Cassandra Clare: Toronto Book Signing for The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices

Today I got to meet the author of The Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices, Cassandra Clare. The first instalment of The Mortal Instruments, The City of Bones is currently filming in Toronto. In fact the wrap party is being held tonight with only 3 days until the movie’s set to finish.

I arrived at Indigo at Yorkdale Shopping Centre around 10:40am for a 2:00pm signing. The first two women in line arrived at 7am after driving all the way from Kingston, Ontario. There were also a group of friends in line behind me who drove from Pennsylvania. It was a long day of waiting with Shadowhunters taking over the entire store, not only filling up the space between all the rows of books upstairs but downstairs as well. One women who worked at the store walked around handing out rune tattoos to everyone while others put sticky notes in all of the books that fans wanted to be signed. 1 book from each series was allowed to be personalized but any others would also be signed.

After about a half and hour Q&A with Cassie the book signing started where they took groups of people at a time (approximately 20). Fans were organized by being given a group number. I was 8 but I know it went to at least 23. There was said to have been around 700 people in attendance. Cassandra was incredibly sweet making sure she had time to speak with everyone who waited in line for a few moments before moving on to the next person.