Thursday, April 30, 2015

An Open Letter to Shonda Rhimes

***This is my open letter to Shonda Rhimes following last week's episode***


For 11 years, I have tuned in for one hour a week to watch Grey's Anatomy. I was 16 years old when I first started watching. I grew up watching Grey's Anatomy. I still remember the first episode I watched. It was the season one finale. After that episode I was hooked and found a way to watch the rest of the first season. I don't remember how I originally watched the first season but I do know that I bought it on DVD at some point (I also have most of the other seasons on DVD).  I say all of this because I want you to understand that this is a show I have invested a lot of my time and money in. It was my favorite TV show for years. I loved Grey's Anatomy but after last week's episode I'm giving it up.

Last week episode was the most sloppily, unnecessary episode of Grey's Anatomy that I have watched in 11 years. That episode was a betrayal to me, Derek, Meredith, Grey's Anatomy, and all loyal fans. It's not just that you killed off a major character. It's not even how you did it. (Though, those are important to note). It's that you killed off the central storyline of the show. Anyone that has been watching Grey's Anatomy since the beginning knows that Meredith and Derek's relationship is central to the story. Grey's Anatomy is about Meredith going from this dark place unable to commit to someone that wants a husband and a family. It's about her character evolving and her finally getting what she wanted. Then, when she gets you rip it in all away in the blink of a eye. After all that Meredith has lost; her mother, step-mother, sister, several friends, and her best friend moving across the globe, surely, she deserves this happily ever after. Instead, you chose to leave her with virtually nothing.

So, I say all of that to say this. I'm no longer watching Grey's Anatomy. I'm done. I have already deleted all episodes from my DVR and deleted the timer that was set to record new episodes. Sure, there is a small part of me that wants to know what going to happen next and it really angers me that I feel that way at all. However, I'm not going to be watching. You may not be able to see that I'm not watching, you may not even notice a difference in the ratings but I hope that you do. I hope that the others that state that they are no longer watching follow through on that. I hope that our voice is heard.

I feel like part of the reason that you did that was to simply prove that you could. You wanted to make a point that everyone is replaceable. I believe that the joke may prove to be on you. I hope that is the case at least.

I loved Grey's Anatomy. Heck, I still love Grey's Anatomy but I can't support you or the show any longer. Honestly, I'm not 100% sure that if I didn't give you another chance you wouldn't reward me by killing off Meredith Gray in the series finale. So instead of giving you another chance I'm going to rewatch the seasons I have on DVD (I don't want further support you in any way) and pretend that Meredith and Derek live next door to Mark and Lexie and that they all lived happily ever after.



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Audio Review: Sorceress




Title: Sorceress
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Audio
Rating: 4 Cows



Goodreads Description:

To save the lives of countless people in Captive’s Sound, Nadia has sworn herself to the One Beneath, to black magic. Her plan, and the town’s only hope, is for Nadia to learn enough sorcery to strike back against the forces of darkness. But now that she’s separated from her friends, her family, and her Steadfast, Mateo, Nadia is more vulnerable than ever to darkness. And as the sorceress Elizabeth summons torrential rains and brings the One Beneath closer to the mortal world, Nadia is running out of time to stop her. The final battle lines are drawn, surprising alliances are made, and true love is tested in the action-packed conclusion to the breathtaking Spellcaster series. 

Sorceress is richly woven with New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s signature dark magic, captivating mystery, and star-crossed romance.



Every time I start the next book in this series it takes me a little bit to get back into it. The beginning is always a little slow but by the end I am completely captivated by the the story. 

One of the things that I have loved about the series is the characters. Verlaine and Asa continue to be my favorite. I love their relationship. It was so interesting because you know that Asa is a demon, much like Verlaine does, but you still hope that they find a way to work it out. In my opinion, Verlaine and Asa stole the show. I did like Nadia and Mateo but just not as much as I did Verlaine and Asa.

I felt like this was more Verlaine's book. She had some very interesting developments in Sorceress and I was so happy for her. She deserved it. 

The outcome of this book looked bleak, especially toward the end. I wasn't sure how or if Nadia and Mateo would be able to get out of the mess that they were in. There was a lot going on in this book and I really enjoyed the action and how things ended up. 

Again, I loved the narrator. I felt like she did an excellent job. I love her voice and the way that she tells the story. 

This is probably my favorite series by Claudia Gray and I was very happy with how it turned out. Claudia Gray created another book that had me biting my nails in anticipation.




Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (89)

 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Books That Feature Characters Who are Dating Someone with Supernatural Talents  


I’m not sure how else to word this, but these are some of my favorite books in which the main character ends up dating people with supernatural abilities/special talents!  What are yours?


1.     Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
-In this book Anna’s boyfriend, Bennett, is able to travel in time and place (as in across the room or to different parts of his house) which works out in her favor at times!  I wouldn’t mind a boyfriend who could take me to see places like Paris in the 1800’s!
2.     Twilight by Stephanie Meyers
-It was inevitable, I had to mention this one. Edward will always be my one of my favorite book boyfriends.
3.     Secrets of the Moon by Kristy Centeno
-Event though Kyran has some issues that he’s working through in this series, this is another boyfriend with supernatural abilities that I absolutely fell in love with!
4.     City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare
-I mean who ISN’T in love with Jace?! The way he wields that sword and can create runes?  SO COOL!
5.     Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
-Ethan’s girlfriend Lena is SUPER powerful in this series! Each book in the series she only seems to get more powerful!
6.     Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
-I can’t say who it is she dates in Red Queen, but I will say that Mare does end up with someone who possesses powers (which is not entirely out of the ordinary in this world, where half of the citizens have differing talents that set them apart from the reds).
7.     Keeper of the Innocents by Kristy Centeno
-Not only does her boyfriend Rhyzel have powers in this book, but Demi ALSO has extremely cool powers of her own!
8.     The Hollow by Jessica Verday
-I’m not entirely sure if you can call the things Caspian does as powers, or if it’s just a side effect of what he is (can’t say it for fear of giving a spoiler).  Either way, the things Abbey’s boyfriend can do are DEFINITELY not normal, but they’re pretty rad! I loved this series!
9.     Tithe by Holly Black
-Kaye hit the supernatural boyfriend jackpot in this book! That’s all I can say! Go read this series!
10.  The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
-Another time traveling book! I love time travel stories! Clare’s boyfriend possesses the talent to travel in time, but unlike in “Time Between Us” by Tamara Stone, Henry doesn’t get to choose where he wants to travel.  It just happens!  I loved this book! 
                                                     Emily







 


Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: Full Moon

Title: Full Moon
Author: Kristy Centeno
Release Date:  April 1, 2015
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description: Hidden lies...hidden demons…hidden battles…All leading to the ultimate sacrifice….

She knows what really brought me here.
She knows the ulterior motives that lead to our friendship.
She doubts what’s in my heart.
What she doesn’t know…all I’m willing to sacrifice in order to ensure eternity for her.

On the brink of putting a face to our enemy, I may have screwed up myself even more. As it turns out, now I’m battling not only an alpha with an uncanny ability to hide where no one can find him, but my own inner demons as well. Physically challenged, my only chance is to rely on two things: my brother and my love for her.

In the end, will Marjorie comprehend the depth of my sacrifice? Or will her pride get in the way of understanding…and her life?


 
            Full Moon is the third book in the Secrets of The Moon Saga by Kristy Centeno. If you read my reviews on the first two books in this series, you’ll know I really got on with the first book (Secrets of the Moon) and a little less with the second book (Bound to the Moon).  One of the main factors being that the first book was told from Marjorie’s POV and the second book from Kyran’s POV. So when I saw Full Moon was also told from Kyran’s POV, I was a little hesitant to begin.
            I wasn’t disappointed though.  Even though the book is told from Kyran’s perspective, the action picks up immediately. Marjorie is brought home from the hospital, and caught up on everything that has happened while she was there.  Kyran’s family finally tells her the truth about their real motives for moving to town, and Marjorie’s reaction is not what you’d expect.  Now she has to decide, does she trust their family still, or is she better off without them?
            That was one of my favorite aspects of this book (that she was finally given all the truth) because I felt it was unfair that they were withholding so much information from her, especially given the fact that she has suffered so much and put her life at risk in order to be with Kyran (and essentially be an intricate part of their family, since she is also friends with Alexis).
            Speaking of whom, the one thing I DIDN’T care for was Marjorie’s pity she is consistently throwing Alexis’s way.  I get it, she feels bad for him, and what girl wouldn’t, given the situation.  But honestly, I feel like if I were in his shoes, I wouldn’t want her pity, especially considering she’s chosen his brother over him.  They both bonded with her, and even though Alexis can’t actually force himself to break this bond with her, I don’t think her pity will help him get over her/move on. 
            All the tension between the twins finally builds up, and the fighting is worse than ever.  It actually gets to the point where Marjorie tells them to knock it off because she can’t keep worrying about the two of them not getting along, when so much else is happening.  I was totally with Marjorie on this one.  I thought the brothers were extremely immature throughout this book, and insensitive to the fact that she just got home from the hospital and is still trying to wrap her head around everything that Kyran’s family has told her.  I actually wanted to knock some sense myself into both Kyran and Alexis as I was reading this! Mostly I was mad at Kyran, because I felt like he isn’t being fair with Alexis, who is nursing a broken heart and just wants to help Marjorie.  Honestly, Alexis reminds me of Elijah from the CW shows the Vampire Diaries and The Originals, and for any of you who watch those shows, you’ll know how honorable and respectful Elijah is.  Like Alexis, at one point he has fallen in love with someone his brother loves as well, and he is such a gentleman that he tries to stay away and do the honorable thing.  That’s why I can’t see Alexis being a real threat to Kyran.
            It was a really interesting scenario for this book though.  I think part of the issue Kyran has with Alexis is that he knows if his maneater side wins out, that Alexis will get to be with Marjorie (if she so choses) and at that point there will be nothing Kyran can do to stop them.  Although I’m not really one for jealous boyfriends, I can understand where Kyran is coming from in Full Moon.  Also, I felt bad for the poor guy who can’t be around Marjorie for more than a little bit at a time without his epiosdes acting up, and he has to give himself some space.  I give him credit for trying!
            Overall, I really enjoyed this third book in the saga, which is why I will continue to keep reading this series!  Although book 2 wasn’t my favorite, this book came back and improved my opinions on the sage and I am looking forward to the next one coming out!  

 
 Emily

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