Mockingjay Cosplay




Here are some pictures of  my semi-completed Mockingjay cosplay! As soon as the stills from Mockingjay Part 1 of Katniss in her Mockingjay suit came out I knew I HAD to cosplay her. It was a difficult process, as I used Kydex thermoplastic and I’d never worked with it before, but I did my best, and here is the result! The pictures are a little blurry and sad because they were all taken with my crappy Android phone, but I’m hoping to finish up the cosplay (make more armor!) and do a full photoshoot in the next few months.

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HELLHOLE Giveaway!

 Geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore only has one dirty habit: digging for fossils. One day, to his horror, his shovel strikes not upon a dinosaur bone, but a pit to hell—and out of it comes a devil. Specifically, the kind of devil who eats a lot of junk food, watches a lot of reality television, plays a lot of video games, and refuses to leave Max’s basement. But evil is still evil, no matter what form it takes. And Max has to find a way to comply with the demands of the big red menace, lest he lay waste to everyone and everything Max cares about.

With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max goes in search of a new abode for his unwanted guest. Finding a place where he can reside in luciferian luxury isn’t easy, but Max has strong motivation: his mother, whose terminal illness the devil promises to cure if Max gives him what he wants. Lore has her doubts about making a deal with the devil, but Max will stop at nothing to save his mom. And pretty soon, he’s doing things the good kid he once was would never dream of doing. Clearly, hanging around with a devil is a bad influence. But how can Max get rid of the guy without incurring the wrath of hell?

Coming January 6th, 2015HELLHOLE comes out on January 6th, 2015. You can pre-order it online anywhere you can buy books, you can add it to your Goodreads shelf so you don’t forget to get it in January, and you can also find it or request it at your local library. Seriously, you are going to need this book in your grubby little hands.

Don’t believe me? Watch the trailer. Go ahead. It’s right down there. Okay, it’s not really, because WordPress doesn’t let embed videos. So click on the screenshot and it’ll take you to Youtube and you can watch the trailer there. K-thanks. Just come back after, cause there’s something super special at the end of this post!

Watch the hilarious trailer.

Look at this little guy. How can you say no to him? You can’t. Just admit it. So here’s what he wants you to do: Comment on this blog post with your favorite junk food. That’s right. Super easy. Comment, share your favorite junk food, and that will enter you to win an ARC of HELLHOLE. You also need to include a way for me to contact you, or I won’t be able to send you the book. Yeah, I know, why would that red guy with the horns want to give away a free book? Let’s just say we made a deal. Okay? Okay. 

Rave Review: TALON by Julie Kagawa


In Julie Kagawa’s groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form. Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon.

What I loved: The dynamic between Garret, Ember, and Riley. I’m going to immediately go off on a tangent and relate TALON to my favorite anime series, Gundam Wing. Garret is Heero Yuy and Riley is Duo Maxwell. Heero is the Perfect Soldier. He always follows orders, he never shows emotion, and he is a killer. Duo is the trickster, always making jokes and breaking rules and generally getting into a lot of trouble, but he’s got a heart of gold and will do anything for his friends. The fact that they both fall for the same girl really gets my fangirl brain all muddled up (cause I ship Heero x Duo 5ever!) but it works so very well in TALON. The boys are real guys, the’re fascinating and believable and I fell in love with them, too. They’re so different and contrast each other in so many ways, but they also each complement Ember in their own ways. The were simply really well designed and well-written characters, and they really drove this whole story. 

What I wanted more of: Dante. There just wasn’t enough Dante. I’m hoping since the epilogue was from his POV that we’ll get a lot more from Dante’s perspective in the second book. But still, I was a little disappointed that all I got from Dante was his whining at Ember. I want to know more! He’s so intriguing and charming and lovely and I want to give him my attention. More Dante plz! 

Rogue (Talon, #2)Basically, this whole story was fantastic. Action, drama, hot surfing guys, dragonfire and fighting – it has it all. If you’re looking for a great new series to get wrapped up in and you like fantasy and romance, pick up TALON. Its modern setting is unique, and the lack of paranormal abilities (magic, vampirism, etc) in the characters is also a huge plus, in my opinion. I couldn’t put it down, and I’m really freaking disappointed that I have to wait until April 2015 for the second book, ROGUE. Julie Kagawa is a master of fantasy and romance writing, and if you haven’t read one of her series before I highly recommend starting with TALON! 

Movie Review: Mockingjay Part 1

I was lucky to be a winner of the Lionsgate #MockingjayTickets contest and got to fly to L.A. this week, stay at a fancy hotel, and attend the premiere of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ and it was an incredible experience! Check out my Google+ page for some photos from my trip, which doesn’t include photos from the premiere because you can’t take your phone or camera to such a thing.

Panem Propaganda has some great photos of the event, though, so check that out over here! 


Mockingjay Part 1 is, in my opinion, the best of the Hunger Games movies so far.

The acting is incredible. Julianne Moore really delivers as President Coin. She is intense, a little scary, very dedicated, and completely convincing. Josh’s Peeta is seriously heartbreaking. I don’t even like Peeta very much. But I still teared up every time he was on the screen, because he’s such a wreck! And the way he affects Katniss is seriously heartbreaking.

J-Law, of course, delivers a spectacular performance. Katniss is going through a lot of psychological trauma in Mockingjay, and Jennifer really steps up her performance to get that across. She is Katniss; she is that girl who knows she is going crazy but has to convince everyone she’s not. Even Gale. Oh, Gale. Liam Hemsworth is a fantastic Gale Hawthorne. He is so true to the character. He is perfect. I can’t articulate it any more than that! 

I loved the movie, and I’ll be watching it again as soon as it comes out on DVD. And I can’t wait for Part 2! The Hunger Games franchise is seriously the best book-to-movie adaptation ever in the history of YA book-movies. I am impressed with all of them.

If you’re a THG fan, get out there and see this movie! And seriously, someone start a three-finger salute at the beginning/end of it. Seriously. I wanted that to happen so bad in the Nokia Theater, but no one did it and I was too scared to step up. Whatever. Support the rebellion, people! Whistle your hearts out!

The Mockingjay Lives! 

Seize the Tuesday #5: Travel Reading


Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll post on as many Tuesdays as possible and share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost. If you loved Let’s Get Lost then join the LGL Buddies on Facebook and help promote the book! 


Today has been the most interesting Tuesday since I started this particular blog meme. Interesting, exhausting, and unique.
This morning I flew out of Los Angeles. It’s now about 7pm local (est) time and I am on a plane nearing Cincinnati.
Why am I flying back from California? I won a contest sponsored by Lionsgate and was able to attend the L.A. premiere of Mockingjay Part 1!!!
It was an amazing experience to attend the event, to see the movie early, to see the movie’s stars up close, and also to have a little time to vacation in L.A. and Santa Monica. Stay tuned for details and photos from my trip ^_~
It was a short, busy, tiring, and very exciting trip, during which I managed to write a couple thousand words and read an entire novel.
I started Julie Kagawa’s TALON on the first plane on Sunday, and finished it just 10 minutes ago. It was so much more exciting, dramatic, hot, compelling than I had expected. I read the entire ebook on my phone while listening to Spotify playlists.

Talon (Talon, #1)
I brought my laptop and managed to write a little, too! You’ve got to seize the opportunities you have for doing the things you love, especially if you’ve spent about 12 out of the past 3 days on airplanes and it’s NaNoWriMo :D

My plane is just about to land at the Cincinnati airport, so it’s goodbye for now! I’ll upload this post (from my phone!) later when I have service again!

Monday Memories: The Hunger Games

Can you believe that The Hunger Games was first released in 2008? I was in my 4th year of college, with a couple more years to go! I didn’t even end up reading THG series until my last semester of grad school in 2012. Seriously. I missed the freaking boat on that one, guys. So much has happened since then. I became a Teen Librarian. I have picked this book up off my library shelves only about a thousand times. I have recommended so many The Hunger Games read-alikes to teens, preteens, and adults. It really plays a big part in my life as a librarian.
Not only that, I really really loved the story, just as much as everyone else did! I particularly relate to Katniss, that sometimes-unlikable protagonist who is so genuinely herself at all times. Katniss has to make such hard decisions, and she doesn’t have time for love triangles and all that romance crap. Then they were made into movies, and the movies were spectacular. I mean, the first one was amazing. The second one, I cried so freaking hard every time Gale was on the screen.
And now, about the movie, Mockingjay Part 1. I hope you’re ready for this, because I have a super special announcement:


I won a contest sponsored by Lionsgate to attend the MOCKINGJAY Part 1 Premiere in Los Angeles tonight! That’s right, at this very moment I am in L.A., wandering around and probably splashing in the Pacific Ocean or eating sushi or something. And tonight I’ll be at the Premiere! AHHHH!!!! I AM FREAKING OUT EVEN NOW! Thank you SO MUCH to Lionsgate for hosting the Twitter contest #MockingjayTickets!!!

 I’ll be back Tuesday night, so stay tuned for pics from L.A. and my thoughts about the movie!

Monday Memories is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by Miss Print and the Book Bandit. We created Monday Memories because we both love and collect books and wanted to talk about them. We hope you’ll want to share too.

mondaymemoriesAnyone can join. But please, if you join in the fun, link back to Miss Print and/or the Book Bandit on your own Monday Memories post AND add your name to the Link list included with our posts every week so that everyone can check out other posts! If you don’t have a blog, you can post your thoughts as a comment. And, of course, have fun!
Now that you know how it works, here’s what it is: Monday Memories is super simple. Just take a photo of a book from your personal library (or a library book that’s significant to you, etc.) and talk about why it matters. Is it your first ever signed book? The first book you reviewed on your blog? Whatever it is, write it up in a Monday Memories post and share it. 

Seize the Tuesday #4: Birthday Edition


Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll post on as many Tuesdays as possible and share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost. If you loved Let’s Get Lost then join the LGL Buddies on Facebook and help promote the book! 

Unlike previous Seize the Tuesdays, today’s is not about finding the time and place to read or doing something spontaneous – it’s about writing! 

Today I seized the freaking day by writing over 2000 words, and counting. Seriously I am really pleased with how my November is going. National Novel Writing Month is a hardcore month of writing as much as possible to reach a 50,000 word goal. That’s right, all those words in a single month. I love it. 

Today is also my birthday! I am going to be purchasing books with a gift card I got from my mom and also seizing the opportunity to unashamedly get a special birthday cupcake from Gigi’s Cupcakes. What, you’ve never had a Gigi’s cupcake? GET OUT THERE AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW.

I plan on getting A.S. King’s GLORY O’BRIEN’s HISTORY OF THE FUTURE and whatever else I find that I have been wanting. I mean, there are always books that I want to own. Always. And forever.

Writing, books, and cupcakes: Tuesday SEIZED!