Obsidian Fan Cast

So, as all of you are now well aware (at least I hope so by now), I am a huge, explosive fan of the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Today, I’m going to do something a little fun.

Obsidian, the first book in the Lux series, has been optioned for a film and is now confirmed to be on the road to the big screen. Do you know what that means?

TIME FOR A FANCAST OF OBSIDIAN! Woohoo!

1. Daemon Black

Daemon is only the most important character, besides Katy of course. If you’ve kept track of my previous posts, you’ll know that I absolutely love him – so I take the responsibility of accurate fan-casting very seriously ; D. Daemon physically is described to be beautiful or handsome and to have dark hair and emerald green eyes with dark eyelashes that compliment his naturally tanned skin. It is mentioned in Obsidian that he walks around without a shirt on most of the time, even in the winter, showing off a well muscled and defined chest. So, guess who I pick?

Tyler Hoechlin! Just look at those eyes, yep, mhmm… Daemon Black.

2. Katy Swartz

Katy is our resident feisty heroine. I love her to pieces. Not only is she hilarious, but she is also a total book nerd who runs a blog. Katy is described to have light brown hair and grey eyes. In Obsidian, she mentions she has curvy hips, puffy lips and large eyes..

I picture Katy as either Pheobe Tonkin or Kat Dennings, maybe a mix of the two.

2. Dee Black

Dee is Daemon’s sister, and I freaken love her. She is a little spitfire and she isn’t afraid to say what she is thinking – also, she doesn’t put up with Daemon’s shit. Dee is described beautiful and  has a tall, thin figure, like the body of a ballerina. She has long curly black hair that extends to her waist. Like her brother, she has bright green eyes. My ideal casting would be Adelaide Kane, but I know that she is committed to Reign (which I love). But, whatever XD She’s still my ultimate fancast choice.

P.S: She played Derek Hale’s ( AKA Tyler Hoechlin’s) sister in Teen Wolf

I’m sure that, if you’ve read the books, you’ve noticed that I only did the the main characters. I plan to do three more characters next week, namely Ash, Andrew, and Adam Thompson.

So, what do you guys think? Agree/disagree? Who would you cast and why? Let me know in the comments down below and we can fangirl together ❤

Black Widow: Forever Red

Every Russian family line ends in a czar. That’s the only way the genealogist gets paid, sir.

Title: Black Widow: Forever Red

Author: Margaret Stohl

Series: Standalone

Publication: October 13th 2015 by Marvel Press

Pages: 401

Source: Publisher at ALA Annual

Summary from Goodreads:

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .

Black Widow:Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

My Thoughts:

I was skeptical from the start. Not only had I heard that this book wasn’t really worth the hype, I have been raised as a huge Marvel superhero fan – I was terrified they were going to destroy one of my favorite characters in the Marvel universe.
There is only one way to come out and say what I want to say, so I apologize in advance.
THIS BOOK RUINED BLACK WIDOW AND EVERYTHING I LOVED ABOUT HER!

There was none of this:

Nor this:

And certainly none of this:

YOU CAN’T HAVE BLACK WIDOW WITHOUT BLACK WIDOW!

Okay, so, what do I mean by that?

Black Widow: Forever Red is supposed to be about Natasha Romanov, AKA Black Widow – but this book is barely even about her. It follows two kids, Alexi and Ava as they discover that they have special powers blah….blah…blah. Romanov barely makes an appearance even though the book is titled after her! She is present, but she is in no way, shape, or form the main character.

I will say this, the writing wasn’t bad – but it wasn’t good either. It felt forced, and it showed through the characters. Ava seemed whiny and unneeded and Alex was just a huge stereotype of anger management issues. Needless to say here, not even the characters that were involved in the plot could save this sinking ship. It was like the damn Titanic on crack. Save yourself the time, money, and the pain of reading this book – it’s not worth it. You wan’t Black Widow? Sorry, you won’t find her amazing badassery here.

I can’t even find the words to describe how upset I am right now, so instead I leave you with:

Sorry not sorry about the lack of real review here, I’m too damn angry.

NaNoWriMo 2015

For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Writing Month and it takes place November 1st through the 30th. The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month of November.

I did it once a couple years ago and won, but I have yet to attempt it since. This year, however, is going to be different. Not only do I have an idea that’s been brewing in my head since last July – I’ve already got more than half of the novel outlined. I guess I should make  a point here, and that point is this: I’m gearing up to write 50,000 words during the next month while taking a full credit load and working two jobs. I’m making this post not only to inform you about this amazing program, but to ask you to join me in competing so that you may hold me accountable while relishing in your own success. To complete NaNoWriMo, you only have to write about 1,700 words a day – it adds up pretty quickly.

This year’s is going to be the start of a trilogy, I’ve already got the entire series planned out in my head – and now it is just a matter of getting it finished. I don’t want to say too much about the first book, but I can tell you this. The book is going to be called Golden, and as of right now I plan on calling the second book Crimson – book three’s title is up in the air.

Golden, a Young Adult fantasy novel, is going to be centered around Bethany McAlister’s freshman year in college – but with a bit of a twist. What kind of fantasy novel would it be without one? I can tell you this: there will be dragons, swoon-worthy romance, and an abundance of sarcasm (I can’t help myself).

I’m currently working on a cover, and I will post it when it’s finished.

As a teaser, here is a bit of a short excerpt:

“I am trying to make friends, strangely enough.” He murmured, the faintest of frowns pulling down the corners of his lips.

I couldn’t help myself. A huff of air – meant to be a laugh – escaped through my lips. “Trying? I find that hard to believe.”

Caden turned to look at me, this time there was what could be described as a gentle inquisitiveness to his gaze. “And why is that?” He softly questioned while tapping the edge of his pen against his lower lip.

It was distracting.

I found my gaze drawn toward the motion of his pen as if on their own accord, I certainly had not told them to go in that direction. I tore my eyes away, dropping my gaze back down to the table as I pretended to shuffle through the pages in front of me. In reality, I was stalling – trying to come up with a reasonable explanation that wouldn’t come off as too mean.

“Well…” I stalled, drawing the word out longer than usual. I stole a quick glance back up at him, my previous train of thought fleeing my mind altogether. Very distracting indeed.

I cleared my throat, trying for some sense of normalcy before trying again. “Well,” I repeated, “if you were trying, you’d be more like Warren. You’d be more open to conversation and not ignore people when they say hello. I might mistake you for him, in fact, if it weren’t for the fact that he is-”

Caden cut me off, humor dancing in his emerald hues. “Shorter? Ill tempered? Immature?”

“Not an arrogant ass.” I stated, deadpan, when he finally finished.

“An arrogant ass? Me?” He seemed aghast, his hand placed over his heart in mock horror. “I shall have you know that I am the perfect gentleman.”

So, what do you think? Horrible? Interesting? You don’t have to answer, I’m mostly rambling to myself at this point.

Are any of you guys doing a NaNoWriMo novel? What’s it about? How long have you been planning/outlining? (if you’ve been planning at all, that is).

Let’s band together and finish this beast of a challenge!

A Step Toward Falling

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“Just because we can’t see the problem doesn’t mean we aren’t part of it.”

Title: A Step Toward Falling

Author: Cammie McGovern

Series: Standalone

Publication:October 6th 2015 by HarperTeen

Pages: 368

Source: Publisher at ALA Annual

Summary from Goodreads:

Emily has always been the kind of girl who tries to do the right thing—until one night when she does the worst thing possible. She sees Belinda, a classmate with developmental disabilities, being attacked. Inexplicably, she does nothing at all.

Belinda, however, manages to save herself. When their high school finds out what happened, Emily and Lucas, a football player who was also there that night, are required to perform community service at a center for disabled people. Soon, Lucas and Emily begin to feel like maybe they’re starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. But can they do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt the most?

My Thoughts:

This is going to be a hard review to write. Not because this book was an emotional roller-coaster or particularly thought provoking, but because I feel the same way about this book that I did with A Thousand Nights. While A Step Toward Falling had a lot going for it – an intriguing premise, well-rounded characters, a controversial issue – nothing really happened. The book just trudged along. There wasn’t anything particularly exciting or mind blowing, I didn’t become emotionally invested in any characters, and I didn’t sympathize with anything going on. Sadly, A Step Toward Falling fell woefully short.
I think my biggest problem was the fact that I was expecting this to be emotional. The blurbs on the back of the book are all about how moving, heart wrenching, and engaging this book is – and, after reading it, I must say I believe all of those quoted to be on some sort of drug. This book was nothing like what they said it would be. I swear, they should change the title from A Step Toward Falling to A Plan for Falling Asleep or something equally ridiculous. This book literally drags you through the most monotonous, uneventful plot I have ever seen (required reading for class aside). There is literally nothing that happens – we just get a lot of exposition about making choices, learning to see people differently, and learning who your friends are. All in all, it was pretty lack luster.
Now, the characters weren’t horrible or anything – in fact, I actually kind of liked them. Well, I liked everyone but Emily and Belinda. Emily and Belinda were both whiny brats – you can hate me for saying that. I want you to know, I have nothing against people with disabilities. I have a very personal connection to what is going on in the story, more than one person in my family has struggled with mental illness. But, my point here is that both Belinda and Emily are basically whining throughout the entire book – Emily because her friends are doing stuff without her and Belinda because she is extremely bossy. Like I said, I have nothing against Belinda and what she went through – this is simply a matter of the nonexistent character development. If they had started off that way and then changed throughout the story, I would have both forgiven and commended them for it. But, instead, they seemed to get worse the more the story dragged on – and that, I am not okay with. The only person who really seemed to go on any sort of transformative journey was Lucas (who I think is awesome by the way). He starts off as the sort of typical jock football player, but by the end he is sort of the main driving force behind making Belinda happy again. He basically forsakes all of his “friends” when he realizes that they’re just a bunch of insensitive assholes – something Emily couldn’t even bring herself to do when her friends turned their backs on her more than once.
I think what this story was trying to do was very important, and there were some things in here that did actually speak to me – but those moments were few and far between and tended to be drowning beneath everything else. I’m not saying that I hate the book or anything, I’m just saying that I sort of think it was a waste of time. It could have been a lot better, it should have been a lot better. A Step Toward Falling just didn’t do it for me, and I sort of hate myself for it. I really wanted to like it, I forced myself to read the entire thing in the hopes that it would get better. I should have just cut my losses when I figured out how bored I was.
If I had to give this book a label – it would fall in the category of meh. It tried really hard to do something and failed on multiple fronts. I wanted more character development, more plot, and an actual ending (which there really wasn’t). I can appreciate the book’s intentions, but that’s about it. Don’t waste your time on this unless you have nothing better to do.

The Masked Truth

“I don’t want a free pass. I just want to pull myself together”

Title: The Masked Truth

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Series: Standalone

Publication: October 13th 2015 by Doubleday Canada

Pages: 352

Source: Author signing at ALA Annual

Summary from Goodreads:

Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.

Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal.

The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues.” But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage.

The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree.

Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to discover that even escape doesn’t equal freedom.

My Thoughts:

AHHHHHH! Okay, fangirling over. Well, not really. I absolutely love Kelley Armstrong. I am a lover of all things Otherworld, Darkest Powers, and Darkest Rising. I love the television show they made out of Bitten. I just love, love, love, love all of her work! See, fangirling not over. When I found out that Kelley Armstrong was going to be at ALA, I freaked. She was at the top of my list of people to meet and I was the first in line. So, I waited patiently while internally screaming and then she showed up. It was like some sort of dream, let me tell you. So, she signed copies of her book for us to have as well as books you had brought – sadly, I didn’t bring my copies of the Otherworld series (shame on me). I had no idea what The Masked Truth was about, zip, nada. But, being the insane fangirl that I am, I went for it anyways simply because of the queen who wrote it. And boy, am I glad I did.


The Masked Truth is one crazy thrill ride that will make you question everything you know while also scaring you for life. It is heart pounding, cling to the edge of your seat terror. I know what you’re thinking: this can’t possibly be terrifying because it is a Young Adult novel. Well, you’re wrong. You are so, so wrong. The Masked Truth is about a group of kids at an overnight therapy camp who are taken hostage and have to fight in order to survive when their kidnappers go on a killing spree. Like I said terrifying.
When the book starts, everything is already going to hell. Riley, our protagonist, is basically forced into babysitting by her “friend”. While she is there, and before the parents even leave, a group of men break into the house and kill the parents. Riley hides under the bed with the daughter and the two of them live. Hence the reason Riley is at this therapy camp. This scene alone was heartbreaking. I could feel Riley’s terror, her desire to protect Darla (the daughter), and her fear that she wasn’t doing the right thing by hiding beneath the bed. Riley is dealing with some severe PTSD as the story moves on – and the way Armstrong handles it is pure brilliance. Armstrong could have easily turned Riley into a simpering, delicate flower that we sympathize with because of what she witnessed – but no. Riley is strong, she is smart, she is stubborn, and she is a survivor who isn’t afraid to fight to save her friends. I really admire Riley, I love the way she is willing to protect other people but she also knows when she can only protect herself. She isn’t stupid – and it shows. She is the one who talks her fellow hostages through a hostage negotiation, what they can expect and what not. She is the one that comes up with the plan to escape, the plan for barricading doors, the one who knows how to disarm or un-jam a gun. I loved her. The best part, though? She isn’t perfect. She has horrible flashbacks, panic attacks, and hallucinations during everything that is going on – of course being held hostage is going to be a serious trigger for her. It made her real, understandable, and easy to believe in. I wanted her to escape – and that made reading this book all the more frightening.
We also have Max, and I adore him. Max isn’t your typical love interest – not in the slightest. He is schizophrenic. Boy, reading the chapters from his point of view was a serious mind fuck. I really liked him. When we first meet Max, you think he is just the normal YA love interest with a bad attitude and cool accent – wrong. The more you read this book, the more Armstrong delves into his character and peels back the layers. It is truly beautiful. Kelley also uses him to examine certain stereotypes about mental illness – schizophrenia in particular. I won’t delve into this too much because doing so is sort of spoiler for what happens, but I will say that Armstrong took a very controversial topic and handled it with grace.
When I said this book was terrifying, I didn’t mean the stupid ghouls, pop outs, or paranormal type of terror – I meant that this book is petrifying because it is perfectly plausible and could happen to any of us. I’m going to throw in a personal note here to explain what I mean. When I’m at home, I work in a medical complex that shares the building with a bank. The bank is on the first floor and the rest of the building belongs to the medical group. Last summer while I was working, the bank was robbed. I don’t know all of the details of what happened or who it was, only the police do, but I do remember the terror of wondering where the bad guys went. What if they escaped through the employee stairwell? I was only on the second floor at the time, it was a perfectly plausible option. Luckily, I never saw the men in person – but I did see the getaway car speeding down the road from the parking structure. So, yea, men with guns barging in wherever you are is perfectly likely to happen – no matter how much you disagree. Especially with all the school shootings going on right now.
Whoops, sorry about my little rant-ish thing up there (not really). Back to our regularly scheduled programming folks. Anyways, like I said, this book is scary. The thriller aspect of the novel, which is really the main theme of the whole thing, is on point. Nothing is out of place, nothing is predictable, and nothing is unnecessary. Every little detail matters, even the ones you don’t want to pay attention to.
I really don’t know what else to say about this book other than the fact that it is the perfect October read to keep you up late at night. The Masked Truth is exactly what a thriller should be. The end.

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