Everlasting (even though it’s actually over)

Everlasting (The Immortals #6) by Alyson Noel

Oh these covers. These covers, these covers, these covers.

Their darkest enemies now defeated, Damen and Ever are free to embark upon their final quest—to free Damen from the poison lingering in his body.  If they can just find the antidote, they’ll finally be able to feel each other’s touch—and experience the passionate night they’ve been longing for.  But their fight to be together will lead them into the most formidable terrain yet…into the dark heart of Summerland.

Here in a land of scorched earth and endless rain, Ever and Damen will discover their relationship’s hidden origins, expose a secret history they never imagined…and come face to face with the true reason fate keeps tearing them apart.  Only then, when the final mystery is unraveled and the last secret revealed, Ever and Damen’s future will hinge on one ultimate decision that will put everything at stake….even eternity. (Barnes and Noble)

This is the sixth and final (yea) book in the Immortal series.  Oh and it’s been quite a ride.

There’ve been lots of evil people trying to keep our loves apart, lots of crystals and chakras and mtysical stuff, lots of pent-up desire and talk of dark, brooding eyes and tousled dark hair, and there’s been an abundance of cheese.  Like a super-colossal amount.

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with this series.  I despise so much of the dialogue and the horrific names (Drina, Ever, Haven , Honor, Roman, Jude, Romy and Rayne–don’t make me list them all), the constant repetition in the problems that threaten to tear Ever and Damen apart, and the constant talk of the shimmering veil that separates Ever and Damen (for those of you who aren’t clued in to this, Ever and Damen can’t actually touch anymore because their DNA is poisonous to one another, so they’ve created this way of “touching” without really touching. It’s sorta nauseating).

But oh, I love the premise. The idea of Ever and Damen falling in love centuries before only to have her go and get all dead on him before they could live happily ever after, how she’s constantly reincarnated and dying over and over again every time he finds her—it’s awfully tragic and romantic.  And Damen, considering how shallow he started out, there really is a lot to love about him.  Though I find Ever hard to stomach at times, I love how he loves her.  I guess that’s why I’ve continued to read each book in the series. Either that or I’m just a glutton for punishment.

I’m not going to lie. Though they’ve had good moments, they’ve gotten progressively more irritating in their predictability and in the heavy cheese factor. I mean no disrespect to Ms. Noel when I say that. She knows her audience and clearly this is what they want.  And hey, I’ve certainly kept coming back for more.

But this last book? Well, I’d hoped to like it at least a little bit. And there was a portion there that actually drew me in.  The rest was painfully slow and seemingly the same old thing, only this time there was virtually no Miles (the awesome BFF to Ever). And since Ever’s nemesis was gone, there really wasn’t a major conflict except the one that’s been happening throughout the last two books: Ever and Damen need the antidote to help them get on with their sexy business. And they need to figure out what it is that continues to pull them apart. Oh and Ever can be a bit of an overly dramatic moron sometimes.  It’s the same old recycled story.

In the end I was so happy to say goodbye to this series. I think Noel’s initial concept had so much promise and the underlying idea is completely romantic, but the series (and this book) fell flat because Ever lacked depth and because it has all dragged on for far longer than necessary. So am I glad I read the last book? Uhhh, sure.  Did I like it? Not really. But who knows, maybe you will.

Crush Intensity: 1/5 I’m not really sure what else I can say.

The Cover: These covers usually embarrass the hell out of me. I hate it when anyone (my husband especially) sees me reading them. And this one is awesomely bad too, but I’ll admit that I found myself staring at it quite a bit.  I think it’s because the guy and girl on the cover look exactly the way I pictured them in my head. Actually, I think that the cover was the best part of the book. Yikes.

Top Ten Tuesday- Childhood Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today we’re reminiscing about our favorite childhood reads.  I have to be honest, that is one of the lovely bonuses of having children (though, of course, there are many): You can steal their books! I didn’t steal these though. These I read when I was just a kiddo. And I read them over and over again like a big old nerd. Some things never change.

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl– This was far and away my favorite book as a kid. I still look for books that can envelope me in such charm and magic. And food is always, always a plus. Especially chocolate, hello.

2. Superfudge by Judy Blume– I think I may have mentioned before that at one time I found Peter to be cute. I was a kid, ok? What did I know?  Still, I read this book over and over because I thought it was hilarious.

3. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume– Alright, so clearly I had a thing for Peter. And I just loved his adorable family. This is exactly how tattered my copy looked.

4. The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright– This book used to scare the pants off me, but I found myself wishing it was plausible. Wouldn’t the world be so much better if dolls could help us solve crimes?  Then again, that would be totally creepers.

5. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Clearly– Am I the only who who still, when called to sing the national anthem at a baseball game or otherwise (um, not professionally or anything) have the urge to say “by the dawnzer lee light”? Is that just me? Ramona is still on my brain.

6. Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume– I don’t even remember what this book was about, but I remember loving it and thinking it was really funny. Of course it was great, it’s Judy Blume!

7. Betsey-Tacy and Tib by Maude Heart Lovelace– I loved this book, even though I have no recollection of  what it was about.  Friendship, I guess, which is a theme that speaks to us at any age.

8. The Nancy Drew series by Carolyne Keene– Oh man, I read this series like crazy. These books always had me on the edge of my seat and I loved every minute of it. No one could solve mysteries AND rock that ‘do like Nancy.

9. The Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal– Yes, I hate to admit it, but I loved these horrible, cheesy books, even though I pretty much hated Jessica and Elizabeth (which is why I really appreciate this).

10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak– I STILL love this book. I was so happy to grow up and share it with my own girls and they loved it so much that they asked me to read it to them almost every night.  I read it so often that I can still recite it (along with Goodnight Moon and Guess how Much I Love You). Such a great story.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Had Strong Emotions About

by Tee

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is Books I Had Strong Emotions About.  I love this topic because it covers everything from crying, to laughing, to throwing.  I have felt all of these emotions quite often, so I’ll only mention the ones that really stand out in my mind.

1. If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman- These books go together. They both made me cry my stinking eyes out, but not in a manipulative sort of way (Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks, take a lesson).  I was emotionally invested in these stories and in each character from the first few lines.  I’m not embarrassed to say that I actually hugged Where She Went when it was all over.

2.  The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson- Do you ever tire of hearing me blather on about this book?  It ends up on almost every list I make.  I cried when I read this. And I laughed and laughed. And then I said, “Lenny!  WHAT. ARE. YOU. DOING?” And then I cried more.  The writing was beautiful and the characters were so wonderfully flawed.  I couldn’t get enough of it.

3.  Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling- First of all, I love every single book in this series.  I was completely engrossed with each adventure, but when Harry (sniff) was in the Kings Cross station with Dumbledore, for some reason I started bawling. I was just so completely on the edge of my seat, and so anxious to know how it would all end that it was a relief and a comfort to know Dumbledore was with him.  That series is the pinnacle of awesomeness.

4. Forever Princess by Meg Cabot- For those of you who are new to this site, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’m completely obsessed with The Princess Diaries series.  When the final book came out, I was so worried about how it would all end.  I was so wrapped up in my love for Mia and Michael (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and in my total contempt for the corn hater, JP, that I tore through it in a couple of hours.  And I loved every minute of it.  And then I realized something:  It was all over.  It made me so sad because I’ve come to love those characters so much (except you, JP, you floppy haired jerkhole) and it felt sort of sad to say goodbye to them all.  This may explain why I read them all the time.  (Either that or the fact that Michael Moscovitz is the fake man of my dreams).

5. I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan- I know, I know. I talk about this book alot too, but you guys, it’s so good.  I was emotionally invested from the start.  I cried at a few different points, but mainly I was just completely blown away by the writing.  Plus, I dare anyone not to completely adore Riddle!  I wanted to adopt him.

6. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins- I had to include all three books here because there were so many points in the trilogy where I was nervous, or where I fist pumped, or where I cried (that was mostly in Mockingjay).  There were things that made me angry too, but I was undeniably into this story.  I loved Katniss, Peeta and Gale and at different points they each pissed me off, but I cared about what happened to them. And don’t bring up Finnick.  It still makes me want to cry.

7. Need by Carrie Jones- I mean no ill will to the author when I say that I absolutely hated this book.  I threw it across the room. I snorted at the characters. I laughed in parts that were meant to be scary.  Yes, Need is the book that helped me to discover something very important: I hate fairy books.  I’m sorry.

8. Saving Francesca/Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta- I adore each of these books, so I thought I should include them together.  Jellicoe Road was an intense story for me.  It had me sad and bewildered and crying at times, while also leaving me feeling a bit swoony (thank you Jonah effing Griggs).  Saving Francesca was incredible as well, but my emotions were different.  I cried alot at the end, and I laughed alot (because Francesca is really funny).  There was this amazing balance of sadness and humor and romance.  I was totally wrapped up in each story because Marchetta is such an amazing writer.

9. Delirium by Lauren Oliver- I didn’t expect this book to rock me because, although it was fantastic, there were no intense emotions for me…until the end. Then I pretty much sobbed like a little baby.   It was so, so good.

10. The Immortals series by Alyson Noel-  I love the premise of these books, but sometimes I think that the MC, Ever, is completely ridiculous.  And when I say sometimes, I mean pretty much every moment of her existence.  And these books deal alot with reincarnation and crystals and shizz like that (stuff I already think is pretty crazy), so it’s not the best combo for me.  I often find myself rolling my eyes and throwing them across the room. But I can’t lie.  For some reason (Damon) I still like these books. It’s insane, I tell you. Totally insane.

11. Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales/ The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart/The Boyfriend Books by E. Lockhart- I’m sorry to combine ten billion books on my last entry (yeah I know. Top Ten Tuesday should only have ten items, but whatever. I’m a giver). This group of books all made me laugh my pants off.  They’re not only funny, they’re clever and the protagonists are awesomely flawed, strong, intelligent girls.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Whose Titles or Covers Made Me Buy Them

by Tee

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s subject is the Top Ten Books Whose  Covers or Titles Made Me Buy Them.   Friends, this one was hard.  I mean, you read YA. You’ve seen the covers.  I submit for your approval:

 

 

Need I say more?  No. If you’ve ever walked through the YA section of the bookstore, you know what we’re up against.

Still, after much thought, I was able to come up with a list:

1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare– This caught my eye on a Borders (remember them?) bookshelf.  I’ll be honest.  I thought the guy was cute and I liked his hat (I’m shallow that way).  This was my first Cassandra Clare and I loved it, all thanks to my soft spot for men in hats.

2. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mylnowski– I’ve probably said this twenty-five times but I’ll say it again. I really need to review this book.  In truth, I read it because I heard such wonderful things about it, but I ADORE this cover. Do you see how cute this boy and girl are?  I sometimes stare at it, willing them to kiss.  Really.

3.  The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han– Whoa mama, I got some serious crap for this one when I brought it home.  The husband practically gagged when he saw the title.  But the cover, oh the cover.  I was drawn in the moment I saw it.  I hadn’t heard a word about it yet, but the image of Belly (she was so sweet and pretty) and the boys standing behind her just totally enveloped me.

4. Abandon by Meg Cabot– OK, I didn’t actually buy this because I received an ARC, but still…I would have bought it solely based on the cover because it is gorgeous.  It’s my favorite of all Meg Cabot’s book covers.

5. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr– I don’t own this one (though I need to buy it because I love it).  I read it based on a great recommendation, but I love this cover too.  If I’d seen it, I would have bought it without a word because it has a cookie on it. A cookie!  Sadly, no one makes cookies in this story, but it’s still amazing.

6. Entwined by Heather Dixon– Again, I do not own this one, but I knew I wanted to read it the moment I saw the cover.  It is completely magical (as is the story) and leaves you wondering if the girl is running away from something or toward something . Also, I’ll admit it.  I’m a total girl. I love the dress!

7. The Godmother by Carrie Adams– This book is not YA, but I wandered past it in Target many times and it always caught my eye.  I can’t explain why, I just liked it.  It was a cute book, but sadder than I expected.

8. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffennegger– I read this years ago, before there was a movie and before I was looking up book reviews online.  I saw it in Target (can you tell I spend alot of time there?) and the image of the shoes and the blanket just sort of called out to me. I’m SO glad I picked it up because it is the most, beautiful, amazing story and truly is my all-time favorite book. I know I say that all the time, but humor me.  It make me feel good to say it.

9. Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo– I’ll be honest, I didn’t love this book, but when I see the cover I still want to sigh.  It’s so pretty and romantic and sort evokes a sense of  drama.  Also, I love the dress, okay?

10. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson– Headless people aren’t usually my thing, but I love this cover.  You know what it says to me? Roadtrip!  And you know what else? Roadtrip with a cute guy (because why else would you go on a roadtrip with him or hold his hand? He’s automatically cute, in my head at least). And this book is so adorable.

2011 MTV Movie Awards: The Cliff Notes (Longest Cliff Notes Evah)

by Vee

Ok, soooo I am about 18 years too old to care about the MTV Movie Awards or find them in any way amusing.  That’s like the life of an entire person!  Who can vote!  Oh my.

Alas, books that turned into movies were nominated.  The actors who PLAYED the characters in said movies were there.  Someone had to watch this shiz and bring the news back to my people (that’s you — yes I am blaming this on you/using you as my scape goat as to why I am to watch teeny bopper award shows with Justin Bieber in them).  It was a sacrifice, but watching scenes from the newest Harry Potter and Breaking Dawn movies was just something I had to endure for you.  I hope you appreciate me!  Because I had to rewind, rewind, and rewind again, just so that I could get this all just right.  But more on the new movie clips to come soon.

I will go through the awards in order of how the events occured for the most part, but to be honest this article really has no plan.  Just my observations.  At times I’ll talk about what actors or the host said, and it may look like a quote, but I am just paraphrasing, because it’ll be a cold day in my oven on Thanksgiving if I am going to go look up exact quotes for this!  And in certain instances, I don’t know the name of some of the actors, because I am just too old to care.  So, if this is the case, I suggest you Google it.  I promise it’ll come up.

Jason Sudeikis

The Host: Jason Sudeikis

The Good – He doesn’t try too hard to “act young”.  He acts like himself, and he’s actually quite funny, but he also clearly knows “what up” in the MTV world.  So, as far as I could see, it was a good balance.  Also nice, he has good rappor with many of the A-list people on the scene, which allows for some funny, easy moments.  Example: Clearly he is a good bud of Justin Timberlake (repeat after me: looooove him), so after a few digs in his opening monologue (“You may know me from SNL, or as my family refers to it, ‘The Justin Timberlake Show’“), it was cute and hilarious when Justin (the first presenters of the night along with Mila Kunis) referred to Jason with one simple word: “A**hole.”  Hee. That might be offensive to some, to whom I say, this is Justin Timberlake!  He can do no wrong.

One of the best moments of the night?  When Jason made a joke about Emma Stone’s movie, “Easy A”, during his opening monologue and they pan to her in the audience.  Unlike other starlets who just laughed politely – if uncomfortably – Emma went stone faced, but clearly doing so to add to the humor of the moment.  That’s when I knew I’d been right about that Emma Stone girl.  She is awesome sauce and we should tot’s be friends (call me Emma).  Or, I could be like her mom figure and she can call me up for advice (just call me, we’ll figure it out).

The Bad: Jason, could you please cap your Schwarzenegger jokes about illegitimate children at 10?  That 12th one…bit of overkill.  Yawn.  And if I could just ask a favor: leave Maria Schriver out of the punch lines…she’s gone through enough with that LAB she had for a husband.  (Aggro much?  I know.)

The Ugly: His attempt at a musical moment (a la Hangover when that dude plays made up songs at the piano but which, though terrible, are hilarious) was a failure!  The only silver linings were a brief appearance by Foo Fighter lead singer David Grohl hitting the gong for him and Emma Stone, singing briefly with Jason.  Other than that it was just lame.

Now that's a bad morning...

Other good host moments: The opening clip had Taylor Lautner doing something he does really well (and I say this despite the fact that he’s a smelly dog that I hate!), which is to play the charismatic straight man to a comedian’s bits.  He proved this beautifully on his SNL appearance, and he is always a good sport.  And since I’m already on the subject of the opening clip, I might as well complete my thoughts on it and just say that Eva Mendes made me pee mah pants.  She wakes up (again, a la Hangover – which I LOVE saying for some reason) with a Team Jacob tattoo all across her cheek.  She flips out on Sudeikis and says, “WTH man, I am Team Edward, I’ve ALWAYS been Team Edward!!!!”  It was hella funny.  But maybe thaz just because I love me some Twilight (this statement however comes to be challenged as the evening progresses).

So on to the awards themselves…

Mila's got all the luck...gorg hair, and gorg co-presenter.

Mila Kunis (who had the best hair of the night) and JT (that’s what I call my man, Justin Timberlake) who were funny and genuine, presented the award for Best Male Performance.  For the record, they take my “Funniest Presenters of the Night” award.

Best Male Performance Winner: Robert Pattinson (Edward, moo) for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Now you’d think I’d be all happy pants about this but alas, I was not.  I’ll be up all night if I make a list of everyone listed, so I’ll just tell you who SHOULD HAVE won: Daniel Radcliffe (Mr. Harry Potter, of course).  Did anyone who texted in their votes watch HP?  Serious?  I can’t even talk about it.  And then of course Mr. Pattinson gives one of those quirky speeches of his and you go…for reals?  You’re Edward?  Holy crow, indeed.  If only he wasn’t so pretty I would have broken up with him straight after this acceptance speech, but alas I did not — what can I say, he looked pretty good, he even looked like he’d washed his hair.  His acceptance speech moments progressively got worse, so my decision was not a wise one.

(Silver Lining: At least Taylor Lautner didn’t win.)

Then Steven Spielberg and his peeps from his upcoming movie Super 8 came out and showed us all a clip…and I think me smells a hit!  I’m crossing my fingers that this will be my kids’ generation’s Goonies…every generation needs a movie like that!

Now we come to Best Villain, presented by Steve Carell, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling — who everyone thinks is all yummy pants but I get this sense from him that he knows he’s yummy pants so for me that always cancels any deliciouness associated with any pants, his or anyone else’s.  I don’t like it when you think your pants are yummy.  If you know, just shut up, pretend you don’t.  I’ll let you know if you’re right.  So back to best villain, who is tot’s a good one!

Best Villain Winner: Tom Felton (Drako Malfoy) of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I (yay!)

Funny thing, though I wanted HP to get at least one win, which (spoiler alert) this was the only one (I know!), but I was just wondering why Aro of Eclipse was not nominated?  That would be a nod for Twilight that would have me saying, “OK, yea, that’s about right and it wasn’t just crazy Twi-fans voting 27,000 times.”   Sorry, Michael Sheen!  Oh, and also, sorry to Voldemort…a note to Ralph Fiennes you rock da house with your creepy snake face. For reals.

And then, guess what?  FOOOOOOOOOOO FIGHTEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSS, thaz what!  Foo Fighters played their newest song, Walk, and were uuuuuuuuh, SO good, of course!  Reminded me that I need to add more pennies to my jar because I am tot’s going to be at their next concert!  Oh, but before that Jim Carrey came out and did an initially funny bit where he poked fun at presenters who did over the top stuff to get attention when really they are there to spotlight/introduce someone else.  He did so while wearing a fancy-high tech green screen suit (yes, you read that right) that switched up different scenes on itself.  That alone would have been funny had he chosen some outlandish scenes, maybe snapshots of himself to continue the whole self centered motif?  Instead he chose to keep inserting (no pun intended, believe me) a scene of two dogs doing, well, you know, the deed.  And as he went back to that scene, it would stay on that for longer and longer periods of time.  Now, I promise you, I’m not some huge, uptight prude.  I chuckled a bit at the first brief clip of the dogs.  Then the clip time kept getting longer and longer and I couldn’t help think of how young many of the kids in the audience were — and those watching.  It crossed over to the crass spectrum, for me (this is where people write me hate mail for being and old fogey who can’t take a joke anymore, and that’s ok).

And so we move to the next award presented by some comedians who’s names I just don’t know.  Sorry.

Really?

Best Jaw Dropping Moment:  The winner will make your own jaw drop, but luckily (and my Silver Lining on this one), Justin Beiber did not win this one for Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Performance Spectacular.  Not when you had the likes of James Franco of 127 Hours cuttting off his arm or Steve-O of Jackass 3D bungee jumping INSIDE of a loaded porta-potty.  (And the clip of that was – well – jaw dropping, once you finished gagging).  But wait, what?  Oh, huh, Justin Beiber DID win.  Lest I get killed by the Justin Army, I think I am just going to quit while I am ahead on this one.

Then Josh Duhamel (yum), Patrick Dempsey (McYum,Yum), Shia LeBouef and the lucky, lucky girl who is in the new Transformers with them step onto the foggy stage (the fog machine worked overtime that night) and presented the award for…

Best Fight: Robert Pattinson, Bryce Dallas Howard and Xavier Samuels for Eclipse, for the scene when Edward rips Victoria’s head off.

I will admit, this was a strong choice.  And that’s all I have to say about that.  Ok, that’s a lie.  The acceptance speech would have been only too painful, had it been just RP up there, but luckily Bryce and Xavier saved the day with some actual gracious comments to the fans and some of the people involved in making the movie.  Thank you, Richie Cunningham, for teaching your daughter how to speak in public.  Thank you.  And Bryce, BTW, is preggers and couldn’t have looked cuter in her Grecian-style dress.  Interesting choice of color, I’d say, but at the end of the day, it worked for me.

After Jason sings on that gadnabbed piano (we’ve already gone over that, thank goodness), came one of the best moments of the night.  Ryan Reynolds came out.

Sigh.

Dear me, what a lucky sweater.

Wait, where was I?  Right…Ryan Reynolds (sigh) came out with Blake Lively and presented Best Kiss.  And, if you watched the MTV Movie Awards in 2009 and 2010, I don’t think you’ll be too surprised with the result.

Best Kiss: Oh yes friends…RP and Kristen Stewart (Edward and Bella) for Eclipse.  And ya know…the thing is, if you look at the other nominees, they weren’t all that fantastic.  I was kinda surprised by how few “good kisses” occured this year.  Nonetheless, I don’t mean to diminish th yummy-delicious-ness of the meadow kiss.  They are good at the kissing, those two, so congrats.

It was also nice how Kristen and Robert came up and made the best acceptance speech of the night. OK, no one believes me at this point, so why bother with the sarcasm?  OMG, Kristen Stewart.  I suggest, I beg, I implore, that you come over one day when my BFF Emma Stone is over for tea (that’s what we’re going to do, Emma and I) and we can talk about what not to do.  We’ll work on body language, work on some Pavlovian trick to help you not bite you lip all the time.  Trust me, it’ll be great!  It’ll be very The King’s Speech, you’ll love it!  Also, I think someone needs to ‘splain that a safety pin dress is not only not flattering, but since you wear shiz like that all the time, it has already numbed us to the look…sorry but you don’t look like a rebel.

Silver lining: Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart didn’t win for their Eclipse kiss (blech, blech, spit, blech, insert mouthwash, blech!).  Team Edward wins, ha!  But Robert did run into the audience to go plant one on Taylor and it was HIIIIIGH-larious.

Let us just take a moment and compare...hmmm...

And them Hermione came out (ok, fine, Emma Watson) and I was all…awww, you look so cute with that short hair.  Her white dress (she looks great in white) was a little “old” for her, for my taste, buy she made it work.  And anyhow, who cares, she came out and showed a clip of the very last, sniff, sniff, Harry, weep, weep, Potter, buahhhhh!, Movie.  Sniffle.  The clip for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II was totally satisfying and I can see that this movie is going to be worth every single penny I spend seeing it in the movie theater 5 times.  Or 12.

The boy who lived, come to die.  AVADA KADAVRA!!!”  [Kablaaaam!] Hearing Voldemort pronounce this line just like it appears on the pages of the book followed by the flash of his wand (hence the “kablaaaaam”) was enough to get me a little chokey-choked up.  The clip gave me confidence that this final movie is the brilliant culmination of the equally brilliant Harry Potter movies that have come before it.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!    Can’t wait!!!

And thus we arrived to the point of the night when the Generation Award was presented to Ms. Reese Witherspoon. (Love her!  Reese, you should call me too…maybe you can help me and Emma with this whole Kristen connundrum.)  Patrick Dempsey (McYummmmm), Robert Pattinson and Chelsea Lately said some words before having her come up to accept her award.  The video clip in her honor was excellent and hit its mark…I knew pretty much all the movies, but seeing all her hits one after another after another made me stop and think, “Wow, look at this Reese…sistah, you are accomplished!”  I did, I said it out loud and my beloved looked at me like I was cray-ZAAAAAAAY!

Patrick Dempsey shared his admiration of Reese in his classy, suave way (nice suede jacket, BTW).  And then came Rob.  Rob, Rob, Rob.  Rob.  For starters he pulled out his crumpled notes from his back pocket, which throws you off because Patrick had just finished speaking without any notes.  So Rob made reference to his sorry-ass looking piece of paper and Patrick and Chelsea were like, “Dude, use the teleprompter??”  Except, and this was funny…under his section for the teleprompter it just said “ad lib”, which he quickly pointed out to the two of them.  So I don’t know if something beyond his control happened, in which case I’d like to know so I can send him an apology note for judging him.  OR maybe he didn’t get his notes to the intern in charge of typing them into the teleprompter in a timely manner.  You decide the most likely of the two theories.

And so he reads off his speech, which included inside jokes with Reese (kind of like a middle schooler making a speech for his best bud who wants to show just how close they are, them and their inside jokes and all) that no one got.  At a certain point it was clear that even Reese was trying to figure out what he was referring to.  This was followed by his fumbling a joke’s punchline (during her acceptance speech Reese fixed it for him, and then everyone laughed).  Robert was so off that it made Chelsea Lately clearly uncomfortable.  Now that’s talent.  Patrick looked like he wanted the ground to open up and swallow him.  I kind of wished the same thing for Rob, just to spare him further embarassment.

FINALLY Reese came up and gave and outstanding acceptance speech.  She started by saying that she knew the mystique of “the bad girl” is intriguing but that it’s possible to make it in Hollywood and remain a good girl.  That you do not need a reality show to make it in Hollywood.  She wanted young girls of America today to know that “in her day”, if you made a sex tape you were so mortified you’d hide it under your bed [not put it on You Tube], and if you took naked pictures of yourself, you’d try to hide your face [not Tweet it]. WOW.  I loved her before, and now I am a fan for life.  Good for you Reese!

After some other comedy bits which, evidently, were quite forgettable, Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz, looking chic and effortless in a black short/blouse set with a thin black belt, presented…

Best Line From A Movie: Alexys Nycole Sanchez for the line: “I want to get chocolate wasted,” in the movie Grown Ups

She was darling and, obviously her parents prepared her well for her acceptance speech. Perhaps someone should forward them Robert’s parents’ digits, see what they can do to help.  And for the record, I want to get chocolate wasted too, Alexys!  Good job!

Honorable Mention For Vee: One other nominee who was a worthy opponent, from my BFF’s movie, Easy A:

Amanda Bynes:  “There’s a higher power who will judge you for your indecencies.”

Emma Stone: “Tom Cruise?”

Hee.

Ashton Kutcher, looking very David Grohl-wannabe despite his bow tie, and Nicki Minaj presented Kristen Stewart (are you surprised?) with Best Female Performer.  And in this one instance, I have to share who she was up against:

Emma Stone, Easy A
Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Jennifer Aniston, Just Go With It
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Now, I get, really, that this isn’t the Oscar, but for reals????   Ahhhh!  My most heartfelt apologies to Hermione.  And well, you know how I feel about Emma Stone.  You had two Emma’s to choose from!  All you had to do was pick one of them!  Instead, you chose the lip biter.  Well done America.  I don’t even want to talk about the lip biter’s speech.  I don’t.

You cooould go with this...

Leyton Meester, Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy came out and introduced the rapper Lupe Fiasco who offered a solid performance.  I bobbed my head a bit as I watched it.  But what I really want to talk about is Leyton Meester’s dress!  Ack!  Was Loehmann’s having a sale on Granny mini-dresses?  Worst dressed of the night for me.  And that’s taking Kristen Stewart’s safety pin dress into consideration.  In contrast you have sweet Katie Cassidy’s fresh crochet-looking white dress which was not my fav but which beffitted her age and the tone of the awards, and one of the two people who I thought were best dressed that night, Selena Gomez.  That girl has the best stylist in Hollywood.  For the past year I’ve noticed just how incredibly fabu she is dressing.  (If you’re curious, my other best dressed is Emma Stone, but I am almost embarassed to say it because I am starting to sound like a stalker.)

...OR this. Tough choice, I know.

Jason Bateman, some other comedian dude I don’t know, and Jason Sudeikis presented…

Best Comedic Award: And the winner is…on your feet, ladies and gents…Emmmmmmmaaaa Stoooooooone, for Easy A.  Nuff said.

Fabulous!

(Except that her dress and demeanor were perfect.)

Then came the piece de resistance, and the thing many a 13 year old girl across the country asked if they could stay up late to watch, even though they shouldn’t have been allowed to…RPatz, KS and Taylor Lautner came out and introduced, in their own suave way (do we have to go over this anymore?), the Breaking Dawn, Part 1 trailer.  Ahhhhhhhhhhh!  (What can I say, I am still a suckah for this story.)

In consideration of how inhumanly long I’ve made this article, I’ve written another article with details about this clip (and you knoooow I have details on this!).  You can click on this link if you want to read all about it.  For those of you who don’t want to go that route, I’ll just say the most important thing about this clip: There. Was. Headboard. Breakage.  Thaz right.

Think I just about barfed of joy. And relief.

And truly, as skiddish as I am after three movies that really don’t do justice to the books (Universal, why didn’t YOU buy the rights to Twilight?  Forks could right now be in Florida, right next to Hogwarts, and my life would be complete), this did in fact looked pretty good.  The wedding scene was just right.  Yes, for the first time ever, I am actually saying that a scene from one of those movies looks like the picture I had in my head.  And now I feel like I’ve jinxed my chances for a satisfying movie, so I’ll just move on.

Annnnnd finally, best movie.  But before I state the obvious, I’d like to give a shot out to the presenter, Gary Busey, who came out in a plastic hamster ball to present the award, which I can only commend him on.  I mean, if I had to present this award to the winner, when movies like Harry Potter and Social Network were nominated, I’d have some sort of protection against any rotten tomatoes thrown my way.

I can’t even make it suspenseful, because, guess who won?  Yea, I know you know already, but couldn’t you just pretend to be surprised, for my sake?

As much as this hurts...thank you Taylor. Ow.

Best Movie: The Twilight Saga, Eclipse

Once again I’d like to say…what?!?!?!  Did they not see that HP was nominated for this one either?  Weep.  I have no delusions, I know that this isn’t the Oscars, it’s not an awards show where Black Swan is going to win, even when nominated against Eclipse, but really?  If the voice of teen America is being represented, and teen America is self-centered enough to pick Eclipse over Harry Potter, I’m kinda worried.  Just sayin.

No, I was not kidding.

Silver Lining: No, not the hamster ball.  Taylor Lautner gave a very nice acceptance speech, that smelly mutt.

And thus concludes the longest article ever written for YA Crush.  Thanks to those of you who stuck through it.

Same Story, New Title

Night Star by Alyson Noel

As with all Immortals covers, you may want to hide it inside of another book if you plan on reading it in public

Haven still blames Ever for the death of her boyfriend Roman, no matter how hard Ever’s tried to convince her it was an accident.  Now she’s determined to take Ever down…and destroy Damen and Jude along the way.  Her first step is to tear Ever and Damen apart—and she has just the ammunition to do it.

Hidden in one of Ever’s past lives is a terrible secret about Damen—a secret that illuminates new facts about her relationship with Jude, but that’s so dark and brutal it might be enough to drive her and Damen apart once and for all.

Here’s the scoop:

Last year I reviewed The Immortals series, and despite all, I kind of like them.  I mean, the dialogue annoys me sometimes and the character names are ridiculous (let’s see: Ever, Haven,  Sabine, Jude, Roman, Drina, Honor, all possibly pulled from The Soap Opera Writers Guide to Baby Names), and the first book feels like your typical paranormal story set up (Plain Jane girl meets incredible, mysterious sexypants guy who has a dark secret). And the mystical talk.  Holy, blazing auras!  It’s all a little bit overwhelming and a whole lot cuckoo.

Despite all that, I’ve always liked The Immortals because the premise is pretty fantastic as paranormal stories go.  If you haven’t read the first book, be warned.  SPOLIER ALERT:  Damen is over six-hundred years old.  He’s an immortal (not a sparkly vampire.  He comes from a family that practiced alchemy and he found a way to live 4-evah. Or forever.  Either way, we like him).  He has met and fallen in love with Ever many times over the years.  Each time they’re about to finally be together, she goes and gets herself all deader than a doornail (actually, Damen’s crazed ex finds new and inventive ways to murder her in each of her past lives).  Damen has  searched for Ever over the centuries, hoping to find a way to finally be together.  Most recently he found her when she was a young girl and waited years for her to mature.  Then, when her life again hung in the balance, unbeknownst to her, he made Ever an immortal so that he’d never lose her again.

Swoony, right?  I thought so.  It doesn’t hurt that Damen is jaw-droppingly hot.  He’s swoony and sexy and extremely romantic while still having a dark, imperfect past.  Ever is pretty annoying, but she’s also likeable.  While she makes  predictably bad decisions, it’s always out of a selfless motive.  So all in all, I enjoy these books.  I always want to know what happens in the end.

Night Star is the fifth book in the series.  Through her former best friend and nemesis, Haven, Ever (The name! The names!) finds out that Damen has some extremely dark secrets in his past. Haven believes this secret will tear them apart and will leave Ever vulnerable.  Her plan is to kill Ever (I know.  The term immortal would suggest otherwise, but in all of the books it’s possible to kill immortals by hitting them in their weakest chakra.  Wha??? Don’t ask. ).  The problem is, when Ever finds out the secret, it’s not really a big deal.  And then when you realize why he hid it, it’s totally understandable.  I mean, he should be honest, but it’s truly not anything scandalous—but it is to Ever.  She, as usual, has a coronary and it’s really difficult to get behind her again while she questions Damen, wonders if she’s meant to be with Jude (the guy who is not immortal but was introduced in the third book, Shadowland,  as another lover from Ever’s past—one who has continuously lost Ever to Damen.  Ya still with me?), and looks for ways to defeat the current bad guy in her life without the help of anyone else.

So to recap:  A secret is threatening to pull Ever and Damen apart.  Ever flips out and avoids Damen.  Damen yet again starts hanging out with Stacia, the girl who has always made Ever’s high school life miserable.   Then she makes some really lame decisions.  Then they work it out and start looking again for the antidote (the one that will make it possible for them to get on with their ahem,  business, since that’s been a huge problem for the last couple of books) then there’s a big ol showdown.  Then it’s hugs, hugs, schmoopy talk, kissy face.

So basically, it’s the same as all the others books (maybe slightly different from the first).  I’m not saying it’s bad.  I still enjoy it, but it might be time for the series to end.  I like Ever(most of the time).  I like Damen (swoon city!).  I love me some Miles (oh gay BFF!) but I need them to move on with their crazy, immortal selves or come up with some new problems.

The sixth and final book, Everlasting, comes out June 7. Obviously I’m going to read it.  Have to.

Crush Intensity: Um…2/5 maybe?  As a series, I consider it a 3/5 but this one was kind of a dud (in that it’s all recycled plots).

Edward Is No Stalkah: My Rebuttal to “Channeling Edward Cullen” (Not Really…)

 
 

"OMG, they think I'm a stalkah..." People, he's devastated.

by Vee

Listen up, I don’t care what people say, or even if there is a whole book out there in Twi-land about it (is there?).  Edward was not a stalkah. 
That he was a WAAAAAY too old for his future bride?  True.  (I try not to think about that too much, but thanks to Tee, can’t help it…thanks for pointing that out sistah, thanks so much.) 
That he   was a bit over the top in his absolute love for his whiny bride?  True, true.

"Babe, trust me...you do NOT want to be devastatingly hot like me...just look at me...look at me, I say!" (I LOVE this pic and was looking for the first random excuse to insert it somewhere...hey, at least I'm honest!)

He was even a little annoying when he’d tell Bella that, though she wanted desperately to become one of the undead, he’d rather she die than become totally hot and immortal.  True dat.  Good God, bite her already.

 Tee and I have a fun time bantering on this subject on a semi-frequent basis.  Now, lucky for us we’re not fahreeks…we crazy-pants, fo sho, but in a totally different realm.  We know that this is all in good fun, no one gets all emo or decides it’s time to take it outside, even if one of us passionately counts him as a fav romantical leading man (can you guess who?).  Iz okay to poke fun…we laugh and agree even as we disagree.  Then we laugh some more!  Inspired by the HIGH-larious (and I MEAN that) title of her last post, I wanted to set the record straight, as far as I am concerned. 

So lezzz roll: Point #1OMG, Edward, follows Bella, like, everywhere.

OK, let’s dissect this, shall we?  Yes, he does, he watches her sleep, he sings her songs, he follows her when she goes to outings with her girlfriends (where he saves her from real creeps, ahem).  However, let’s all remember…this girl is more accident prone than I am.  (Side story alert: Most of you don’t know me, but just ask MFEO about that one time when I was pregnant and I took a ride down her stairs on her daughter’s indoor trike thingy – not on purpose…scared her hubby to death!).  So, ok, just being the most accident prone person in the universe isn’t enough.  But here’s the deal-eeo: this is after he already had tried to stay away from her (this most accident prone person in the universe, everrrrrrr) for her own good, and after she was all…”No, dude, don’t go…”.  They are soul mates in a fictional world where this kind of crazy, soul mate, unbearable-like love can exist and where you never get sick of a person, even when they slurp their soup over a decade into your marriage, EVEN when you’ve told them to quit it already.  Wait, what?

OK, as we were.

Point #2:  He breaks her car to control her whereabouts…dude!?!?!?!

Edward takes out some sort of dinglehopper out of her car so she can’t go see Jacob.  Stalker-like?  Perchance.  And this is the closest I’ll ever come to conceding on this point.  However…let’s just say that this was Angela who found out that her homie Bella was going to go see a werewolf, a brand, spankin’ new one who allegedly (according to the standard newbie werewolf norm) doesn’t know how to control his temper yet.  I consider Ang a fictional GF of mine and I think it’s safe for me to hypothesize that she might consider pulling a wire or two.  Hullllooooohhhhh!!!  I mean just look at poor Emily!!!!!  Come on!  It’s not like he’s like, “Bella, I don’t want you to go to the mall.”  It’s like, “Dammit, Bella, do you WANT to get your face ripped off?”

Point #3: OMG, Edward like totally controls Bella, ugh, like uhmahgawd.  It’s like my momma always said: a guy will only go as far as the lady allows…and this doesn’t just apply to playing Parcheezi party people!!!  Men need to be molded and encouraged into the best “them” they can be…they don’t do it by themselves!  (No one call my beloved, he is fully under the impression that he did). 

I am CERTAIN one of these is a prime example of a snafoodle, and that there's a dinglehopper in there somewhere too...

My point, and I do have one, is that if Bella didn’t like it when Edward was saying, “Um, yea, no, you’re not going to go see Jacob,” it was her responsibility to nip it in the bud.

Had my beloved dismantled my snafoodle from my car, I would have LEFT THE WINDOW CLOSED that night…

Had he said, “Um, were you going to ask my permission about something?” (In this scenario my beloved can read minds, ya dig?)  I would have been like, “Um no, I don’t ask for permission from anyone but my dad, but thanks for asking.”

See?

Now, you knew I was going to add at least one more gratuitous pic of Edward and Bella right? And I mean, come on, talk about passion...this is THE kiss.

But, again, let’s get real (as real as I can be in Crazytown)…this is a story about two soul mates that have no “real world” comparison.  This is a story about the love we feel when we first feel it.  A love that continually envelopes your entire being so passionately, that nothing else matters.  It’s not real love, it’s not that deliciously peaceful love that you grow into.  Sigh. 

Now, if you’ll excuse, now that I’ve written this article, I feel a need to go give my beloved a great, big hug, as I’ve been pleasantly reminded that at the end of the day (even if it’s a day when we dine on soup) I always come to realize he is perfectly perfect for me.  Sigh, sigh, sigh.

 
 
 

For better for worse, in sickness and in health, even if you slurp...I do.

 

Twilight Tastes Like Milk Chocolate: The case for indulging your obsession with the most hated YA series since…never.

By Vee

If you’re on your computer today, clearly it’s because you need to locate your nearest Target/Walmart/Borders, etc., as you’re in desperate need of your own copy of the Eclipse movie…STAT!

Pffffttt…ok, that’s just silly.  You did that weeeeeeeeeeeeeks ago and wrote the store name, the address, the store hours, and wrote “Eclipse“, with a heart around it, obvs!  So on this much awaited day – this gloriously awaited day – the day the Eclipse movie releases on DVD/Blu Ray, I beg you (as my MFEO has so graciously done) to indulge me as I state my case for my Twi-love.  But before I do, there is one very important distinction I need to make about my Twi-love and what else is out there (cuz it’s scaaaaary)…

I am not a Twi-tard, I am not a Twi-mom.  Am I a mom that likes (ok loves) Twilight?  Yeeee-eh-uh.  Am I kind of a fa-reek (i.e. ‘tard) and also love me some Edward and Bella action?  Fo sho but those are two entirely independent things.  Just ask any of my friends, I was a freak well before Twilight was on my radar.

However, since the loonies came out of the woodwork with the movies (thanks Summit for marketing this to the crazies, thanks so much), I am forced to hide my pretty healthy (all things being relative), slightly obsessive love for this swoony story.  OK, sooo I overlook the fact that Steph clearly lost her thesaurus when she was writing this series (golden eyes, golden eyes, I GET it…he has golden eyes).  Sooooo I skim through the paragraphs when we read about how Edward’s face is the face of an angel and how Bella thinks he’s just SO way better looking than any super model and she just doesn’t get, at all, how someone as beautiful and perfect, and nice, and dreamy, and muscular, and sevehny, and super duper awesomely cool and junk could love her because she’s so plain and SOOOOOO doesn’t belong with him.  (Get some gadnabbed self esteem sistah — love yourself and other will love you!)  Soooo I hate that stupid corn hater, Jacob. (Nothing to add to that…I just hate him, that’s all.)

Bananas, milk, sugar…oh, hey.  I was pretty sure I lost you back there when I started rattling off about Edward’s perfection so I just was checking to see when you’d notice I’d moved on.  Welcome back!  This is my point exactly.  I get it.  I know these books are no Pride and Prejudice (but I mean, what is, come on?).  They’re just fun, party people!  They’re kind of like milk chocolate…dark chocolate is more sophisticated (evidently it’s also better for you, which goes so well with my analogy), but when you’re in your car and you haven’t had lunch yet, and you have exactly 12 minutes before you have to go pick up your kids from school or you won’t get a chance to eat again until dinner which is 3 ½ hours away, you’ll grab that Hershey’s bar and it will taste sooooooooooooooo good, you’ll want to slap yo’ momma.  Yum.

Eclipse= Peanut Buttery Goodness

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn are like the Costco pack of chocolate bars — not just because they’re a variety pack but because they’ll last you a while.  OK, Twilight is a Hershey’s Bar (like I said, it’s just good when you need a tasty treat), New Moon is a Mounds.  You know: cuz you dig the chocolate (read: Edward’s return), but aren’t a huge fan of the coconut (read: the first third of the book when Bella was just so damn whiny and the last part of the book when she expects the reader to buy that she is totally dreaming – ugh, sooooo annoying).  Eclipse is the preemo Reese’s peanut butter cup (best chocolate everrrrrrrrr — the delicious peanut butter inside is like page 186, yummmm, sevehn, sevehn, sevehn with a side of feathers) and Breaking Dawn is a Twix…it’s yummy, but it’s the Twilight candy with a kooky bunch of details that make you go, “Say what?  Pregnant?  Who da hell?  What da hell?”

SO, sit back, enjoy the chocolate-y goodness and ignore the annoying coconut flavor.  This isn’t meant to replace Moby Dick as the subject of your term paper, people.  It would, however, make a great read after writing (and surviving) said term paper.  It’s like dessert.  Not meant to be taken too seriously or to meet all your daily dietary needs.  That’s what vitamin supplements and encyclopedias are for (just try not to eat the encyclopedia).

So, as you stand in line at your local store, take off the hat and the dark glasses, stand tall and proclaim, this movie is deeeeeeeeeeeelish (but try the book, it’s even better)!

Evermore = Tulip Abuse

The Immortals series by Alyson Noel

Depressed Girl? Check. Mysterious hot guy? Check. Emo cover? Check. Check.

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch.   Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Here’s the scoop:

Ever’s life pretty much sucks.  She’s an orphan and while she lives in a fab-o house in Laguna Beach with her aunt, she also gets regular visits from her little sis, Riley.  Yeah, the dead one.  Since the day of the accident she’s been psychic; seeing people’s auras, hearing their crazy, miserable thoughts and seeing dead people like little ‘ol Haley Joel himself.  She has no friends except for two outcasts: Haven, a wannabe goth and Miles, the sassy gay friend every girl needs.

Enter Damon Auguste, smoking hot new guy in school who is assigned a seat next to Ever in first period (I know! What are the odds?).  He seems interested in Ever in a very direct but non-stalkerish way.  Ever avoids him for as long as possible—which is barely a day, of course, because how boring would that be?— and is shocked when she finds that he has no aura.  Not only that, but she can’t hear a single thought coursing through his mind.  Gasp!  What could this mean?

Right away I feel I must point out the negatives here.  First and foremost: the names.  Sweet holy teenage drama, they’re terrible!  Ever Bloom, Haven, Stacia (reigning queen bee), Honor (queen bee’s minion), Sabine (the aunt), Drina, Evangeline and Jude.  Guys, soap opera writers laugh themselves into a stupor over these names.

My next big complaint is related to this Teen Paranormal craze.  It’s fine to have otherworldly storylines and characters, but I’m so sick of the formula of depressed/dumb girl + mysterious/possibly dangerous boy + classroom seat assignments= intrigue/romance/Twilight ripoff. I don’t mean to say that this story is anything like Twilight, because it is totally different, but the setup feels the same.  And by the time you move onto the second book in the series, Blue Moon (I’m not joking.  That is the title.  It rhymes with something.  There’s love drama.  Our heroine is sad.  Hmm. I can’t quite place it) there are similarities, but they have lessened immensely.

Lastly, I have a couple of gripes with the writing itself.  While Evermore’s pacing and story are intriguing and kept me reading, holy bananas there is alot of cheese!  I’m talking four cheese pizzas with extra cheese and cheesy bread sticks on the side!  Like, in rare moments, I’ve been known to throw random books from this series across the room because I can’t stand all the schmoopiness (only to get weird looks from Twu Wuv, who doesn’t understand why I pick it back up again and devour the next chapter.  Boys!).

This series is still a fun read because Alyson Noel created a storyline that sucked me in.  To explain the premise of The Immortals would completely ruin the first book, so I’ll suck it up and keep it to myself.  Let me assure you that this is no vampire story.  There are no wolves or shapeshifters.  There is magic.  Be prepared to hear alot about auras, crystals, chakras and a bunch of lunar crud.  And while I personally think that’s all a bunch of hooey, it’s totally interesting as it’s been woven into the story.

A couple of the characters are huge strong points in and of themselves.  Unfortunately our heroine, Ever,  isn’t one of them.  I mean, I like her, but she’s also annoyingly gullible at times.  And since most of the cheesy dialogue comes from her thoughts, she’s lucky I haven’t punched her.  She does, however have Miles, our resident Gay BFF.  He isn’t a huge character, but he is a devoted, albeit self-involved, friend to Ever.  When he isn’t obsessing over his latest boyfriend or his role in a theatrical production of Hairspray you can find him offering sharp wit as only a sassy friend can.  And Ever has Damen, who is your typical Mr. Swoonypants, minus the fatal flaw of being ridiculously perfect (ahem, misteredwardcullen, ahem).  In fact it’s his past that makes him interesting.

Crush Rating: 3/5 I haven’t committed to owning any of these books, but I like them when they’re in my hands (and not being thrown across the room). So I think they’re good. Not amazing, but interesting.

The Way I See It:

Thanks to the lovely ladies at FYA I can only picture Damen as that smoldery naughty boy, Ian Somerhalder.  They put this book on my radar and since the day I read their review I’ve been forced (yes forced) to have images like this in my head for the duration of the series.  Pure torture, obviously.

Oh Rickie!

Guys, back in the day I had a major crush on My So Called Life (oh Jordan Catalano, you swoonykins you).  I think I may have loved Rickie even more than Jordan.  (I know!).  Rickie, BF to Angela, is exactly how I pictured Miles, BF to Ever (minus the military jacket cos, you know, this ain’t the 90’s anymore).

Beyond that, does any other casting really matter?  I don’t think so.Memorable Quote: (memorable for cheese. Sorry)

I turn back to face him, startled to find him looming close, his lips moist and parted, mere inches from mine.  Then he brushes his fingers along the side of my cheek, and retrieves a red tulip from behind my ear.The next thing I know, I’m standing alone as he heads back inside with his date.

Yep.  You read that right.  He pulled a tulip from behind her ear.  Remember this:  Circus clown magic tricks are the new hot.  Trust me on that. Soundtrack: I love me some Muse.  “Feeling Good” has the right vibe for the theme of this series.