Monday, March 28, 2011

Get into the BDB mood

The next BDB book has finally come our way and is being released tomorrow. To give us some much needed BDB styled foreplay, I came across this video on YouTube. As if we'd really need a reminder of why we love the kinkiest and hottest brother of the brotherhood.

Also, if you haven't gotten into Florence and the Machine yet you should check her out. She does an amazing live performance and you should check them out on youtube. For now here's my favourite song of the moment, Cosmic Love.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mockingjay Review

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**Warning:Spoilers for the whole series**

Mockingjay is the final book in the Hunger Games series. As far as final books go, this one definitely drove it on home, leaving a heavy, yet satisfied feeling of closure.

After the surprisingly breathtaking end to Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen tries to come to terms with being rescued from the Quarter Quell games. She is overwhelmed by not knowing what is real and what’s unreal while she heals from her stunt back in the arena. When her head is functioning better after her doozy of a concussion, she learns that Peeta was taken captive by the Capitol, and that her home, District 12, has been bombed to smithereens. With this shocking news, Katniss can feel relief that Gale, along with his family, her mother and Prim were able to survive the bombings and taken rescue by the not so extinct District 13. The big ass snowball of news keeps rolling when Katniss figures out that she and Peeta were just a pawn in the rebel’s cause the whole time. Not being the actual cause might ease Katniss, but it’s too little too late with all the innocent lives lost. She tries to adjust to the strict lifestyle in 13 and soon learns that life here isn’t too different from life back home when it comes to the lack of luxury or freedom. Slowly, she comes to realize that power hungry people trying to get a position of power are everywhere, and that really no one can be trusted anymore. The devil himself, President Snow starts to taunt Katniss out into the open, using Peeta as the most malicious sort of bait. Embracing the role of the Mockingjay is the only way Katniss feels like she has the power to save Peeta, and take down the dominating, manipulative and mostly just evil President Snow, which in turn will help Panem achieve the equal way of life under diverse leadership. Or so she thinks..

The conclusion to the Hunger games series is an intense and emotionally rocky ride. It’s usually hard to see a loved heroine go through so many unimaginable hardships over and over, and this case is no different. However it’s done over in all three books in heart wrenching and most captivating ways. My mind has been reeling over these books the last couple weeks, comparing how real people have to go through this and worse everyday. As for the ending, the warring and aftermath of it all may not be the fairytale ending everyone wanted to see, but it’s life and it’s reality filled with the inevitable consequential scars. Suzanne Collins stuck to her guns, painting her opinions into this unforgettable series of war and how it touches lives, throws them around and uses them all over again. The realizations that Katniss finally comes to are fitting and just right for the circumstances. I was questioning who she belonged with the whole series, but it was never really about romance. It’s really about what every individual can do to making the world a better and safer place for the generations to come. Of course, I wanted to get more Gale in the books, but longing is just another strong feeling to throw in with the bundle of other emotions we run through in these books. This series was a great piece of work and I am now highly excited to see how the movies turn out.

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Catching Fire Review

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**Spoilers for the first book ahead**

Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games series. This one had a different feel to it than the first but was still equally as captivating for me.

Katniss has beat all odds and won the Hunger Games. Luckily, so did her fellow district 12 tribute, Peeta. You’d think everyone would be on cloud 9 with this victory, but the Games seem to be far from over. In some ways, the Hunger Games is never ending. Katniss and Peeta are haunted by what happened in the arena and even more bothered by the consequences they are reaping from standing up to the Capitol by both winning the Games. This act, maybe small on its own, but in the big picture has roused people from their defeated lifestyles and inspired them to begin rebelling against the Capitol’s ways. With the political angst weighing heavily on everyone’s shoulder, Peeta and Katniss try to overcome their difference of feelings for each other. Confusion plagues our heroin, who seems to be a little on the dense side when it comes to matters of the heart. Katniss closest friend in the world, Gale, is another story. He is someone she always thought of in the most plutonic way, but he has turned into an undeniable itch that she just can’t scratch. Unlike most girls, she doesn’t want to focus on her heart. Her mind stays focused on bettering the life quality of the people surrounding her. Katniss has an even more complicated battle than the Games. She is pulled in different directions, wanting to settle the roused rebel voices, wanting to runaway like Gale wanted to from the beginning, and even wanting to join or start the a rebel cause of her own.

Catching Fire is definitely an intricately weaved tale. There’s a lot of unsuspected twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. The thought provoking parallels between our world and the Hunger Games world sink even deeper in our minds. The pace was perfect for the most part, but the ending sure does leave an overwhelming amount of unanswerable questions swirling in the mind far after the book has ended. As for Katniss, I love her to pieces. She’s learned a lot from the Hunger Games but is still highly ruled by her animal instinct mixed in with an unmanageable amount of hormones. Her uncertainty makes her endearing and interesting. She’s definitely unpredictable still but has learned to tame it down a bit when it comes to attack first and think later. The subtle love triangle is a great addition to this series and I just love that it doesn’t take the spotlight to the main issues. Great second book. You’ll want to drive right into the last book.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

We're all going to Jersey Floor, bitch!!

For anyone who has been shamelessly taken by Jersey Shore, here's Jimmy Fallon's parody "Jersey Floor." Rachel Dratch does a better Snookie (Drootchie, in this case) than Snookie herself.

The Hunger Games Review

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Hunger Games was an incredibly captivating start to a trilogy. It is an impressive accomplishment of Suzanne Collins to reach readers of both genders, all ages and all walks of life.

By now everyone knows the Hunger Games is a dystopian novel. North America is now known as Panem and consists of 12 districts which are ruled by the Capitol. The Capitol puts on the Hunger games which is a sort of reality show of the most barbaric kinds. One boy and one girl get randomly chosen from each district to take part in the Games and get televised as they are forced to kill each other until one victor is standing. Katniss Everdeen lives in the 12th district, the district that is viewed as most disposable and useless by the Capitol and the higher classed districts. Katniss is 16 years old girl, independent and a real survivor of a lot of bad luck handed to her in a short life. The poor fortune just keeps on rolling her way, when her little sister gets selected as a tribute for the Hunger Games. Katniss doesn’t skip a beat and demands to take her sister’s, Prim’s, spot. No matter how strong willed and capable she seems, Katniss is terrified to be led to an almost certain death, especially with her head and heart in such uncertain places. The boy picked for the Games is unsuspecting and even worse, Katniss has a past connection with him. She feels indebt to him, and now she is in the position of being obligated to kill him if she wants to save her own life along with the survival of her sister and Mother resting heavily on her shoulders. The journey to the games and the freakishly realistic time and events that pass during the Hunger Games gives us a good and clear view of human nature at its best and worse. Katniss has a lot to learn about life and relationships with others. The lessons and tests , however, seem to keep coming, not leaving any breathing room for mistakes that have deadly consequences. Her tough shell gets cracked by the barbaric Games and finally starts to see with her heart instead of just her one tracked mind, but is it too late for Katniss?

I may be one of the last people to finally dig into this series, and am kicking myself a little for keeping them on my shelf for so long. The Hunger Games is an utterly gripping story that draws from serious issues in our present day world and what catastrophic consequences that can fall from them. I’m sure that every reader will be able to relate to one of the characters in the book. Katniss as a heroin is perfection. She’s not perfect and has much to learn of the ways of this dystopian world. Her character’s main issues scream to the majority of us like.. deciding if doing the wrong thing and making selfish choices purely just to stay alive when other lives hang in the balance. The way that Panem is ruled isn’t too far off base with some countries in our world today, but the Hunger Games shines a big honkin’ spotlight on how easily we can lose our freedom. The moral thoughts that can be pulled from the first instalment to this addictive trilogy is never ending. If you haven’t read it, mark this book as your next and prepare for the temptation to not work or sleep.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Waiting truly does suck...

First look (as far as I've seen) at season four for True Blood. As much as I love Alexander Skarsgard topless.. shouldn't he be butt ass naked in the streets all helpless and well hung? Oh please let us get a bottomless Eric again this season..