Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

I have recently discovered all things The Haunting of Sunshine Girl.  I first found it in the bookstore.  It is a paranormal teen fiction novel, about a 16 year old girl who moves into a haunted house and must solve the mystery of it before the worst happens.  It's a well written and interesting story that leaves the reader wanting to read the next installment.

Now the interesting thing about this book series is the fact that it is based on the YouTube channel of the same name.  When the YouTube channel was created it was posted as if a real teenage girl calling herself Sunshine was dealing with a haunted house.  After a few years of posting to the channel Sunshine told the world that her real name was Paige McKenzie and The Haunting of Sunshine Girl was really a fictional show being posted to YouTube.  

Seeing as how I was introduced to Sunshine Girl through the book I knew going into the YouTube channel that it wasn't actually real.  I found both Sunshine and her mother to come across as real and believable, when watching it as if it were really happening.  Although, 90% of the extra people added to the show, such as Creepy Lady/Victoria and the medium Alistair, to be completely fake and unbelievable in the real world.  All in all if you like teen fiction and watch YouTube than I recommend that you watch The Haunting of Sunshine Girl YouTube channel.  And of course you must, must, read the book.

That is all, for now.

TNT (Till Next Time),
Words by Ali

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Review of the Final Jessica Darling Novel 'Perfect Fifths' by Megan McCafferty

I'm going to tell you why the final Jessica Darling novel Perfect Fifths is just that, perfect. There are plenty of people out there who will disagree with my opinion and tell you how they hated it, and it was pointless, but I'm here to tell you why I think it's the perfect ending.

Anyone who has read the first two books in the series know that Marcus and Jessica's relationship has never been one for convention. They have always been messy, neurotic, and at times incomprehensible. At times Perfect Fifths finds itself being all these things, paralleling Marcus and Jessica's tumulus relationship throughout the years. The dozens of pages of non-stop dialogue, the haikus, and the way both Marcus and Jessica are blind to anything but each other after a chance airport meeting, show the crazy and sometimes hard to understand love that they have.

It doesn't matter that they not only ended the relationship, and haven't seen each other in, three years. They've always had a love that didn't conform, even if they had tried. Which is why I feel this novel was not pointless. For the love that they have, on and off again, is one that never truly goes away, even if the breakup appeared so final.

Some of those who didn't like this book say that it wasn't an ending, and that's one of the reasons they don't like it. But, having read not just Perfect Fifths but every Jessica Darling book in existence I feel like any real final ending would have been the wrong move. I would love nothing more than to read more about adult Marcus and Jessica's further relationship, I would read it in a heartbeat. That of course is beside the point. Their relationship over the years has been one beginning after another, after another. Which is why Marcus and Jessica's new beginning is a perfect ending. The ending for us was a beginning for them. And until I read otherwise it may be the final beginning.

I know that not all of you will agree with my opinion, because nobody will ever agree on everything. I understand that my opinion is not law, but conversely neither are yours. I've read some reviews of this novel that make anyone who disagrees with them, those who liked the novel, seem stupid and don't know good literature. I respect all other opinions that don't like this novel, but you all should respect others opinions too.

My opinion is if you are a Jessica Darling fan than you should read the entire series. Even if you don't end up agreeing with me, it's better to have read and not liked it then to have never given it the chance at all. So, read Perfect Fifths and form your own opinion. I've read some novel that I wish I hadn't, but at least I can form my own opinion of them, and not someone else's. And you should to. If you love reading, than read.


TNT,
Words by Ali

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Monday, December 22, 2014

What Makes a Good Book?

I'm sure people have been wondering this for as long as there have been novels to read. And honestly it's an answer that changes based on every person that answers it. But I think there are certain things that are universal for all good books.

1.) An interesting and engaging plot.

2.) Well designed universe and developed characters

3.) Good writing

Now if a novel has ONE of the first two it may cancel out the good writing. At least in the world of popularity. In the world of avid quality readers it needs be be all three. Not to say that if you like a novel that doesn't have all three that there's anything wrong with your tastes. It's all a matter of opinion, after all. And this is my opinion.

So, let's start with number one. An interesting and engaging plot. We've all read a novel that once finished you think that the plot was so predictable and overdone that you wonder why you kept reading. It's the plot of the story pulls the reader in and keeps them there. Without that pull the reader looses interest so fast they may stop reading before giving it a chance.

Second we have a well designed universe and developed characters. Even if you have an interesting plot but the world is one dimensional and unbelievable it's going to pull the reader out of the story. That goes the same with stick figures characters. A character needs to be three-dimensional and well rounded to be engaging. A character should jump off the page, and be someone that could easily be set in the real world. Leading characters need to have more than one facet to them, like real people, otherwise no one would believe the things they say and do in the story.

Thirdly, and lastly, we have good writing.  Without the novel being well written the avid reader will loose interest fairly quickly.  I know that I have several times.  I find myself reading a novel that has a great idea and even an engaging plot, but because the writing doesn't hold my interest I get bored.
Now, as I mentioned earlier in the post, bad writing doesn't necessarily break a book.  I have read books that are considered bestsellers that have an abundant lack of good writing.  What people latch onto in these underwritten books is the good plot, and story idea.  I won't name names here, but if you know me then I'm sure you know which books I may be referring to here.

Enjoy your reading

TNT,
Words by Ali

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In What We Do

Not only has it been a while since I've posted anything on my blog, but it's been just as long that I've had anything to really say.  I've felt that if I don't have anything real to say then I probably should refrain from saying things that don't really mean much.

But here I am, back.  I want what I have to say to mean something.  It doesn't necessarily have to mean anything to you the reader, but for me personally.  Of course I'm not saying I don't want it to mean anything to you, in fact I hope it does.  But I know that not everyone will feel the same way about the same things, because we are all different and unique people.


Last night was the first time I had stayed through the whole message at church in I don't remember how long.  The message was about those who heard Jesus' message and found it too hard to follow.  They heard something they didn't like and left.  Or, they pretended to believe but they didn't really believe.

I found myself listening to the message last night and wondering if I had been one of those who went through the motions, but didn't actually have my heart in it.  I may have been that person, but I don't want to be that person.

I want God to make me a better disciple.  To make me into what He wants me to be.  Do you feel that way too?  Unmotivated and lost?  Well you're not alone, and that doesn't mean God isn't there.  He is, and waiting for us to come back to him.

TNT,
Words by Ali

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Book Club

Hello there blogger-verse.  I know it's been awhile since I've been on, but I'm back.  I have decided that I am going to start an online book club.  I love to read, and I know that a lot of the people I know love to read, as well as a lot of people out there in the web space like to read as well.

So, why not start a place where people can come together from all over the place and read and talk about books?  I mean if i'm interested in reading, and discussing, novels then there must be others out there who want to do the same.  Right?

There's this website called my-bookclub.com that I have created my pages on.  I have actually started three separate clubs.  Each with a different focus.  That's what I do, I want to read everything all at once.

1.)  The first book club is the general one.  This one is for everyone who loves reading anything.  We will be reading any novel that people want to read.  No matter the age group, or the genre.  If someone wants to read it I'm up for putting it on the agenda.

http://www.my-bookclub.com/bookclub/a-book-for-everyone/

2.)   The second book club is  for those people who like to read teen novels.  It doesn't matter if you are actually a teen or if you are an adult.  If you like to read novels that are marketed as YA than this club is definitely for you.  It will have all the current teen novels that are being read, as well as the books from  previous decades.  Just because a book was written say 10 or 20 years ago doesn't mean it doesn't still have something to say to teens, or adults that read teen books.

http://www.my-bookclub.com/bookclub/for-the-love-of-a-teen-novel/

3.)  The third and final club is all about Russian literature.  If you're interested in reading any kind of Russian literature than this club is the right one.  I want to have classics, such as those by authors like Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, as wells as modern Russian authors that are writing their novels today.  I also want to look at novels written during the Soviet Era, for and against, as well as Russian literary criticism.  Anything Russian could be read and discussed.

http://www.my-bookclub.com/bookclub/the-life-of-a-russian/

So, all of you reading this if you are interested in reading than check this out.  I want this book club to be for everyone.  Not just my friends, but for those out there I don't know who love to read.  These book clubs are still for you.  Come check them out.

TNT,
Words by Ali

Monday, April 21, 2014

Just Because It's Free Doesn't Mean You Should Get It

If you go onto Amazon.com and search for free e-books. You will find hundreds of them. But let me be the first to tell you (if you don't already know) be weary of free.

Don't get me wrong you can find so many free treasures that it is absolutely amazing. Especially the classics, you can usually always find a free e-version. Of course with the free versions you get what you pay for. And if you're thinking about that you're probably going to say, "but it was free." I would respond, "That's exactly my point."

Sometimes the text and the way it looks on the tablet page is not the best and at times hard to read. And you have to ask yourself if it's worth it to buy this free version or to spend a couple of bucks.

There are times I've gotten free books on my Kindle and they were probably the worst books I've had the displeasure of reading. They weren't well written, the plot and characterization is dismal, and it wasn't even entertaining.

So, if you think I can find free books, and it's going to be the best thing ever just remember that when you have things for free there may be a perfectly good reason they are free. Like the fact that no one would buy it if they had to actually pay.

Keep that in mind ;)

TNT,
Words by Ali


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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Simply Unmotivated

No matter what I do I can't seem to find the motivation to do, well basically anything I have already set out to do. That may be a slight exaggeration. I'm still motivated to finish my Russian class this semester, and graduate. And I'm still motivated to find a job, even if jobs don't seem to want to hire me.

What I can't seem to get myself motivated about is healthy eating and exercise. And this is something I really need to kick myself into, because it's dragging on me.

Any tips on how to get myself motivated? Leave a comment and let me know.

TNT,
Words by Ali


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