Sunday, January 4, 2015

2014 Recap

(for some reason the spaces between pictures and words and stuff is wack so sometimes there are huge gaps between stuff. sorry.)

So, 2014...

It was okay, I guess.

First off, I completed my challenge! 71 of 60. Some of my favorite reads were...

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

Reviewed: here

Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Reviewed: here

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Of course, I loved more than just three out of what I read. But these really stuck out to me (plus I only rated maybe two others five stars and one of them was the second Mara Dyer book that just didn't hit me as hard as the third).

What else did I do in 2014?


The 100:

In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland... before it's too late.

Of course, the only solution to that is to send 100 of their delinquents to the ground, mainly because they're "expendable." Ahem. Actually, the reason why they send the 100 is to buy more time for the rest of the civilization back on the Ark. With less people, they'll need less oxygen. But they're still running out of time.

Fortunately for the 100, they got stuck with two very good leader-peoples. 

Bellamy Blake, who's a gigantic pain in the butt at first, but, thanks to his sister (Octavia) and Clarke, becomes a waaay better person. (Takes him some time, though). Along with being the best shot the 100 have, he's also a great motivational speaker (which comes in handy when you want to keep a big group of reckless kids in order). Plus, when it comes right down to it, they're scared of him. Like, really scared.

Clarke Griffin, who earns the kids' respect by being BOSS. Okay, sorry. By a) being their only medical assistance, b) trying to see the good in people while also c) setting goals and not backing down until she reaches them. Also, she's smart as heck and not scared of Bellamy at all.

I'll tell you how the leadership works. Bellamy tells the kids what to do and Clarke tells Bellamy what to do. Bellamy sees things from a very.. well... WE WILL FIGHT ANYTHING THAT MESSES WITH US sort of way, while Clarke sees things in more of a WE WILL FIGHT ANYTHING THAT MESSES WITH US but-only-if-we-have-enough-weapons-and-support-and-we-have-a-good-chance-of-winning sort of way. Also, she avidly seeks peace above ALL ELSE. Bellamy agrees that peace would be good, but doubts that it's possible at that point.

Also, Honorable Mentions:

Octavia, Bellamy's sister.
Monty, the nicest dude ever while also being the voice of reason when neither Clarke or Bellamy aren't there.
Raven, who's just BOSS. Everyone would be dead without her.
Wick, who's sense of humor is much needed and appreciated amongst all the dead and destruction.

Okay, I'll be honest. I was addicted to Teen Wolf before 2014. Oops.

Scott McCall (a.k.a real actual puppy) and his best friend Stiles (a.k.a real actual idiot with sarcasm) hear about one half of a dead body being out in the woods, and--because what else do you do when hear about this sort of thing-- head out to find it. Of course, it all goes down from there, and Scott finds himself in the midst of werewolves and werewolf hunters, and all the supernatural things. Such as Allison Argent's beauty. But have no fear! Derek is here!

Just kidding, still have fear. Derek is sort of helpful but mostly just roars in Scott's face and throws him around while supplying healthy doses of you're-an-idiot and why-am-I-even-here.

But that's just season 1. By the time you hit season 4, everything is different and much, much darker. Occasionally you get some of the old humor and general ridiculous-ness, but let's face it-- there's a lot more blood and gore than humor.

Anywho. I also watched a bit more than those two (I watched some Reign, The Secret Circle, and The Vampire Diaries) but nothing stuck out as much as these two.

But, do tell.

What were some of your favorite reads of 2014? And TV shows? 

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