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Allen Stone

Lately, I have been rocking out to some pretty cool music. One of my recently favorited albums is Allen Stone’s self-titled album. I found out about him while watching Vh1’s You Oughta Know segment on fine Saturday morning while doing my laundry. They broadcasted his most popular song Sleep. It was so catchy I had it stuck in my head all day and then proceeded to look up the rest of his album which presently sits on its’ own playlist on my Sony Walkman.
I would describe his music as soulful, acoustic, and slightly bluesey. A nice break from my rap music fascination that I’ve seemed to have adopted lately. This is a list of the album’s songs, the ones in bold I adore (though I’m still in love with the whole thing!).
1. Sleep
2. Celebrate Tonight
3. What I’ve Seen
4. Say So
5. The Wind
6. Satisfaction
7. Contact High
8. Nothing To Prove
9. Your Eyes
10. Unaware


Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

This was…unexpected! I heard of this novel from the Goodreads Choice Awards (2012 Nominee) and thought the title sounded interesting so I got it from the library. I really didn’t know what to expect from this book, but whatever it was, was pretty good!
Clay is sucked into the Great Recession and loses his job at as a website designer for a bagel compnay. When he starts looking for a new job in San Francisco, he stumbles across Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. This starts him on a path though secret societies and codes and lots of technology.


The Maze Runner by James Dasner

The Maze Runner by James Dasner

This book blew my mind! I picked it up during reading time in my LAnguage Arts class just because I’d forgotten my other book for the day, and this book just lept out of the pages and hooked on to me. I could barely put it down!

The Maze Runner, in my opinion, is like a phychological action-thriller. Jam-packed with monsters and secrets and huge shocks. Every chapter was more stunning than the last. By the time you get about 2/3 through it, you just have no idea what could happen next! It’s just perfect!

Is this book a movie yet? I sure hope so because I’m going to go see it next weekend if it is. I’ll also be running to the bookstore to get the sequel.


Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

You go girl! He was totally a jerk!
Why We Broke Up is the best romance/love story I’ve ever read. Although I haven’t really read that many, it was still very good. I love the artwork in this book. It’s so simple yet conveys the image perfectly. Kudos to Maira Kalman. Woah! I totally did not expect that ending! I would be so mad if that happened to me. I think my favorite character is Al. Also, the first-person point of view, the cool setting, I loved it!


Is anyone more excited than me about the new season of The Walking Dead?!? I didn’t think so!

How often do you really see an apocalypse show that lasts more than 6 episodes? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one as good as this. I was so mad when Dale died at the end of the last season. He was my favorite character! I always thought he was the most rational out of the entire group. Now, the best character is defintiely Carl, the little boy. Great child actor! And when Shane died, I thought, how are they even going to make another season? They just killed one of the main characters! I’m in the middle of watching the marathon right now, so I decided to share my anticipation with you. The new season starts tonight at 9/8central on AMC (Ha! You Dish-networkers!).


Aaaaaaah! Last night I went to the Rave Movie Theatre with my mummy (Halloween Pun!) and we saw the scariest movie ever together. It was The Exorcist-BUM BUM BUM!!! Wow, when you’re in a near-empty theatre, dark as a closed closet, having the scariest film ever produced flash before your eyes, you’re bound to pee your pants. I bet if I hadn’t seen that movie 5 times before, I definitely would’ve because-whew-that was something! My mother and I both agreed that the scariest part of the whole movie was right after they learned the mom’s boyfriend died, the girl came down the stairs like a crab and, like, if your queasy don’t read this next part, but, like, blood started gushing out of her mouth. That was when I screamed so loud in the middle of the movie. It’s scary just to think of it!

This marks the beginning of the Holiday Season! First Halloween, then Thanksgiving and before you know it, people’ll be smooching under the Mistletoe! But, let’s keep it to Halloween for now. I’m going to be watching scary movies like crazy this month! I wanted to give you guys some reccomendations, or, otherwise, my personal favorites. They’re not in any order either, but I will admit, The Exorcist is my all-time favorite right next to The Omen (Either version is good).

1. The Good Son

2. Child’s Play

3. The Possession-I saw this in the theatre a few weeks ago, it was pretty good if you haven’t seen it.

4. Poltergeist

5. Pet Semetary-Spine-Chilling Fun!

6. The Ring

7. Freddy Kruger/Nightmare On Elm Street

8. Silence of the Lambs

9. Evil Dead

10. The Shining

11. 28 Days Later

12. The Sixth Sense-I see dead people!

13. Saw

14. Texas Chainsaw Massacre

15. Halloween

16. Ju-on (It’s in Japanese so it has subtitles)

17. Misery

18. Carrie

19. Children of the Corn

20. The Birds

21. Rosemary’s Baby

The one movie that I really want to see that I haven’t this season is Paranormal Activity. My parents think it sounds stupid but I’m going to force them to rent it for me from Blockbuster or something!

What are your favorite scary movies of all-time? Are there any I forgot?


Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

I’m not sure how to write a really good review of this book because I don’t want to give away any of the big parts in it.

Walk Two Moons was a great book! It was so full of emotion, I found myself crying at the end of it. It was the perfect balance of suspense and heart-feltness. I’d reccomend it to like, 4th grade and up.

This book is about a girl, Sal, who goes on a journey with her grandparents to find her mother, who she hasn’t seen ever since she left home to go see her sister and now she is missing. Along the way, Sal tells her grandparents about her best friend, Phoebe. Phoebe and Sal’s stories are alot alike. They’ve both been through alot of trauma and hard times in their lives.


The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz

  Allie is a 16-year old girl who works in a vinyl record store called Bob & Bob Records. This story talks about her summer working there. During the summer, she starts a blog and a zine, undercover, called The Vinyl Princess about music reviews and soon it’s rocketing into fame. This story also talks about her mom and how she’s starting to date again after getting a divorce with Allie’s dad. It’s pretty good, but that might just be because I’m a music junkie since I didn’t really see that much suspense in the plot. So, I would probably give it 4 out of 5 stars. I’m still putting it on my to-buy list, though.

This is a link to the actual blog if you want to check it out, but it’s a little dated; http://thevinylprincess.com/


Does anybody else think that everything at Bath & Body Works smells the same nowadays? Remember when they had those good scents like cucumber melon and all of those fruits with real names? I do, and I know for sure my mom does. She used to wear that stuff all over the place! Now every single purfume or lotion or soap smells like a chemical garden!

Anyway, lately, my mom and I have been trying to find a store with really good-smelling perfume at low prices. Not like any Gucci or Giovani that cost $100 for a bottle the size of your thumb. We kept looking in a store similar to Bath & Body Works called The Body Shop, but for as long I can remember, the only thing they ever had that we bought was soap. Then, today all of a sudden- BAM! -right in the front of the store they’re announcing that they’ve created a body mist (How fancy!) line of products. Me and my mom almost fainted because we had just come out of the B&BW hoping for the hundreth time that some of the good flavours had come back only to come out with headaches from their smells.

There was a sale going on where you bought 2 and got one free so each bottle was about $8 which is average for my mom’s beauty budget. She got Satsuma and Mango while I got Strawberry. If I were you, reading this, I would go out and buy some of this stuff because The Body Shop uses ingriedients that are about a thousand times better for the environment and people than any other beauty store I’ve seen in a long time. They also support fair trade and a ton of other things like stopping abuse and people trafficking.


Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

This book was nice. I’d certainly reccomend it, but, it wasn’t nearly as good as Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. Next, I’m going to try to get my hands on Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List so I can read it.

Boy Meets Boy is about Paul, a boy who is somewhat confused about his love life. That is, until he meets Noah, the boy of his dreams. Soon, they fall in love and it’s very romantic. Paul’s ex-boyfriend, Kyle is jealous, though and this disrupts Paul’s and Noah’s love life. Meanwhile, his best friend Joni has started to go off the deep end when she goes out with Chuck, a meathead jock who nobody approves of except for Joni. There are lots of other colorful characters in the story, too, that make the book very interesting.


I think this is one of the best books I’ve ever read! I must admit, it wasn’t as good as the second one, Everwild, but it was still very dramatic and suspenseful. I’m definetly saving up my money for the third one.

Everlost is about 2 children named Nick and Allie that die in a car crash and get sent to Everlost. Here they meet Lief and, later on, Mary Hightower and her children. While they’re staying with Mary Hightower they start to learn about Everlost and soon they are heading out to find the Haunter. The Haunter is one of the people in Everlost that have ways of communicating with the living such as skinjacking. Nick and Lief get trapped by him while Allie goes out looking for help only to get in a large argument with Mary. Meanwhile, the McGill raids the Haunter and sticks him in a barrel. In his raid he happens to take Nick and Lief, who were also in barrels, aboard his ship and they are chimed along with hundreds of other children because of the McGill’s quest to reclaim him life, supposedly. Allie tries out her skinjacking skills in order to get on the McGill’s ship and succeeds. Eventually, Nick gets off of the ship and goes to Mary for help. She decides to help because she knows the McGill’s weakness. Allie coaxes the McGill to Atlantic city, the place where he was once defeated by a group called the Twin Pier Maurauders, in hope that the gang will be able to defeat him again so Allie and the rest of the Afterlights can be free. When the McGill and his crew get there, they find that there is no gang to be found and Allie thinks she is doomed for the rest of eternity with this monster. Out of the sky comes Mary Hightower and Nick in a great, big blimp. When they land, Mary Hightower steps out and shows the McGill what he really looks like and then he starts turning back from an ugly monster to Mary Hightower’s 14-year-old little brother. Everyone is shocked but all of the McGill’s past prisoners find this a good time to start beating up the McGill, so they do. The McGill runs away in humiliation on a horse. Everyone boards onto the blimp to go back to Mary Hightower’s place except for Allie, who is running away from the McGill. She skinjacks another person but this woman starts to fight back and Allie is soon sinking to the middle of the earth. Once again, she is doomed until a hand, the McGill’s, pulls her out of the sinking quicksand-like earth and saves her. She and the McGill becomes friends and ride off together in search for Allie’s home. Meanwhile, Mary Hightower finds out that she lost one of her children, Vari, and when they go back to the piers to look for him they find nothing. She is so exhausted from the whole situation that she takes her first bit of sleep in decades. While Mary is sleeping, Nick becomes in control of a bucket of coins that Mary told him to hold for her. Curiosity gets to Nick and he finds out what the coins are used for: sending children to the light that they missed when they headed into Everlost. Nick starts sending all the children he can find in Mary Hightower’s possession on their way to their rightful death. When Mary awakens she is horrified to find all of her children gone and then mortified when she finds out that Nick, one of the few people she trusted, sent them all away. She becomes enemies with Nick even though she is still in love with him.


Stargirl is about a girl who comes out of homeschool into high school. Everyone thinks she is strange until she gets on the cheerleading team and almost leads her basketball team to the championship. But, eventually the team lost and everyone blamed it on Stargirl. Everyone hated her for just being different except for Leo, who likes Stargirl but is torn between her and the rest of the school crowd. He must then choose whether to continue being Stargirl’s friend or be just like any of the other students at Mica High. Eventually, everyone ends up liking her although, she soon disappears and is never seen again. Her legacy still stands at Mica High to this day.

My favorite part of Stargirl was when she started singing Happy Birthday to people and their reactions. I thought the ending was so sad, Leo never even got to she her at the Ball! And then she just vanishes!

I liked this book so much, that I decided to start reading another one of Jerry Spinelli’s books: Eggs.


The cover of the book

The Why Cafe by John P. Strelecky really made me take a 180 on my life. Previously, I could have seen myself dwidling down to the examples of people they mentioned where they let other people control what they did with their lives without even realizing it. I want to make sure that never ever happens to me. My favorite part was when John was shocked by how much time the average person spent reading over junk mail. A whole year is stolen from their life simply from looking at junk mail! This surprised me alot, too.

I give this book 100% A+! For being the most inspiring book I’ve ever read.

 



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