Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Hobbit: An unexpected journey = Awesomeness!

Has anyone else seen the Hobbit yet? It was FANTASTIC!! I'm not saying it was perfect, mind, but it was bloody close! It feels so good to be back in the world of MiddleEarth, I've missed it so!

OF COURSE, I went to the midnight showing, but it was only at a regular theater. Yesterday I went and saw the Hobbit in a digital theater with 3D and the high frame rate...WOW, big difference. When I thought 3D I was thinking more alone the lines of stuff coming out at me (and there was a bit of that, flaming pinecones being one of them) but what impressed me the most was the DEPTH! Going through the Goblin caves felt like I was actually there! It was AWESOME!!

Like I said, the movie wasn't perfect, but I enjoyed it immensely and am looking forward to the rest of the installments and extended edition DVD releases.

TOR.com has a great compilation of artists rendering of the Hobbit, found HERE. My favorite is below. That scene won't come into play until the last one, but still, pretty friggin awesome!



The artists page (Justin Gerard) can be found here. I really like his style.

Darkest Minds Early release at my Wal-mart!


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, probably one of my most anticipated reads of the year, isn't supposed to be released until Dec 18th...no one told my local Wal-Mart that so I was able to snag an early copy!! Merry Christmas to me ^__^

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Review: Heart of the Dragon's Realm by Karalynn Lee


Overall Impression

Source: NetGalley

Publication Date: Oct. 2012

Short Synopsis (Goodreads)Princess Kimri is used to betrayal. Her brother sold her to a king in exchange for swords to defend his lands. King Tathan's reputation is as fierce as that of his mountain kingdom—where dragons are said to guard the castle walls—but the realms are unstable enough without angering the mountain-king, so Kimri reluctantly agrees to the union.

When she arrives in Helsmont, the king promises her a year of courtship before marrying—or parting ways. Before long, Kimri thinks she may find comfort, and perhaps eventually love, with the stoic king.

But the realms are more unsettled than Kimri realizes, and she soon finds herself caught in the middle of a war between the kingdoms. Can she count on her betrothed to take her side? Or will his loyalty to his kingdom come before his loyalty to her?

My Review: This one caught my eye on NetGalley because of its cover (which I like quite a bit. Simple, but gives a good indication of its focus) and the description. It took me a little while to get to it, but once I did I was able to finish it within a few hours (being on a 10 hour flight was irrelevant).

I wasn't very taken with the protagonist at first. I didn't dislike Princess Kimri, either, which is saying something. As things progressed I got to know her and thought her descent enough. She was trying her best and I give her props for that. 

There wasn't anything complicated with the storyline or with the characters, it was all pretty simple and a little see-through. But given that, it was still engaging and a diversion. The romantic storyline was sweet and I enjoyed the progression. 

My only major criticism would be that things could have been fleshed out more. It felt like the story had some good points going for it, but it didn't go into as much depth as it could of (it's 142 pages). For all that, though, it's short length lends it to being a fun quick read if you are in the mood for a simple dragon and princess story.

There is a little part towards the end that felt somewhat incongruous with the rest of the storyline that bumps the rating of this to about a PG-13 level. Nothing too graphic, but implied heavily.

NOTE: This title is only available in e-book format. It's under $4 on Amazon so isn't too expensive if you want to give it a try.


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