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Book Review #9: Dragon’s Oath by P.C. Cast + Kirsten Cast

“Marked as a fledgling. Captured by Love. Challenged by an unrelenting evil…”

  “In the early nineteenth-century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything…until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked by a vampyre on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon prowed ship to America, he chooses the dragon-a new name and a brand new fate.

Becoming a fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world. In 1830s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks… such as Anatasia, the captivating young professor of Spells and Rituals at Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling.

But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in it’s focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil while protecting Anatasia as well? Will his choices save her-or destroy them both?”

The mother daughter team has done it again for me. With beautiful sketches from the artist Kim Dower (who also did the Fledgling Handbook 101 art) it really completes the story. I really get more of an understanding of Dragon’s past and more of an understanding of Anastasia as well. It also prepares you for the newest book of the House of Night, Destined. It was good that they branched from the little bubble of Tusla. Overall an amazing story (also the lesbian High Preistess was nice nod to the LGBT community, as Damien and Jack was as well).

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Book Review #8: Awakened by P.C. Cast + Kristen Cast

“At the brink of destruction, what will on desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?”

“Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tusla’s House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found some sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgaich to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn’t it? Why should she return to Tusla? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same- and her relationship with her super-hot Warrior, Stark, may never be the same either.

And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart?”

Oh Rephaim, why don’t you choose me instead of Stevie Rae? I’m sure she’ll be fine with Erik or something. I was thinking this was supposed to be the last novel of the House of Night, but Destined is to be released Oct. 25, so I don’t have to wait too long to get my Rephaim fix.

So this novel really showed some growth in the story, from both Stevie Rae and Zoey. Zoey learned to put her friends before her own needs and strives to not crumble under the mess that she and her friends have gotten into. This book surprised me with new twists and turns and being sexy. (And also I can’t picture how Stevie Rae kisses Rephaim when he has a bird’s head, probably a break too.

Also (spoiler: It was definitely hard to picture Neferet naked. Yuck.)

So overall this novel was pretty solid, with barely any boring parts and was satisfying. I have nothing bad to say about it except that I was frustrated with Neferet (who isn’t?).

My Rating

Musicals; are some just versions of the same?

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Right now, I’m watching High School Musical. Yes, I used to be addicted to this one. I mean seriously, who cannot swoon over some Zac Efron? Besides the fact that I own this movie, along with it’s sequels and soundtracks and know every song by heart and can probably recognize the scene and singing voice of the characters. Although I haven’t upgraded to knowing every line in the whole darn movie, I can most likely still speak some quotable.

But after all these years, I have noticed some similarities between High School Musical and another musical favourite of mine; Grease. I mean the movie version to you yanks, (I’ve actually had the pleasure of seeing Grease in the theatre when I was young, :) ).

I usually tend to pick apart movies now, since I’m always a fan of book-to-movie genres and I’m always pointing out or complaining the lack of similarity between the two.

In comparing these two musicals, it is easy to assume that HSM may be a modern Grease.

For example, the two main characters meet during vacation, Troy and Gabriela meet during Winter and Danny and Sandy meet during Summer break. Also they both end up going to the same school. Odd huh?

Some other similarities are in that the boy is different alone with a girl than with his friends, and they always end up fighting etc. The characters, in a sense, are similar as well. Take Danny and Troy for example, both popular at school and with the ladies, (although Danny is not good at sports at first, but eventually gets a letter in Track) and they are both equally swoon worthy ;). Sandy and Gabriela, both smart, good girls end up moving to a new town, (although, Gabriela doesn’t turn into a basketball star at the end of the movie like Sandy turns into a bad girl, she does show some sports skill in a certain portion of the movie).

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Sharpay and Rizzo, both the antagonists in their own way, Sharpay trying to sabotage the callback and Rizzo… being an overall bad chick. But they both have beef with the main girl, Rizzo even singing a song about making fun Sandy, ouch.

The main characters both have buddies to back them up, Troy has his basketball buddies, Danny has the T-Birds. Sandy has Frenchy and Gabriela has Taylor.  I’ve also noticed a similarity, small, but at least I think it’s a similarity between Kelsi, the composer of the play and Frenchy. They are both trying to be heard in a way, trying to do what they want to do.

Both of the female antagonists have boys coming after them, Sharpay with Zeke trying to feed her cookies and creme brulee and Rizzo with Kenickie, her boyfriend.

Another fact I want to add, not a similarity. While the characters in Grease do their own singing and most do in HSM, except for Zac Efron. The director thought his singing voice was too low for the part, but he liked him so much that he recorded some guy named Andrew to do Troy’s singing voice.

Both movies have big ending dance numbers, with similar song titles… “We’re All In This Together” and “We Go Together”. Coincidence? I think not.

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