Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Top 10 Mangas

1. Fruits Basket: This series is my favorite series of anything that has ever been written and I honestly believe that no other series will ever be as perfectly written as this one was. Fruits Basket is a series that just has so many great characters and relationships and pretty much the entire series is about how those characters and relationships develop over the course of the series. I love that this series is one that starts out light but then gets darker later on but the story ends on happy and hopeful note for the characters. This series is great if you haven't read it you should because it's a wonderful story that will teach you to be a better person.
2. Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle: This series is one that has the main characters traveling through dimensions which is a concept one does not see often which makes the series stand out from the beginning. This series is one that has great characters that I can't help but to love and really great romance that almost broke the space time continuum so that right there shows you how powerful their love for one another is. The series also has great art since it was created by Clamp.
3. Cardcaptor Sakura: This is another great series by Clamp and this one is about a ten year old girl who has to capture these Clow cards in order to keep her town safe. This series is really sweet and fluffy and at it's core Cardcaptor Sakura is a story about love in all its forms and it's just a series that always makes me happy.
4. Tokyo Babylon: This series is also by Clamp but unlike Cardcaptor Sakura this story is not a happy Story in fact it's a tragic story. This series has young man that has magic powers and uses them to help people who he believes are generally good and kind at heart and through his job he sees what people do at their most cruel and selfish points which starts to chip away at his optimistic outlook on life but nothing hurts him quite as much as falling in love, it doesn't end well.
5. Gakuen Alice: This series is a story about a young girl who runs away and joins her friend at boarding school for gift children and while the story starts off fairly lighthearted things getting darker as the series goes on and more about the school is revealed.
6. Chibi Vampire: This series is a coming of age story for a young girl who is a vampire who is a reverse of what a vampire should be in that she produces too much blood rather than needing to drink blood. The series is delightful and quite a fun read with likable characters and interesting mythology.
7. Shugo Chara: This series is a magical girl series which is my favorite sub-genre of manga/anime and this series deals with a girl who puts on a false cool girl image but is forced to confront her other would be selves by her guardian characters who help her save other kids around age from loosing their dreams, the premise of the series doesn't make a whole lot of sense out of context but  I assure you this series is great.
8. Rosario + Vampire: This series is about an extremely average boy that accidently gets sent to a school for monsters and ends up unwittingly winning the hearts of quite a few of his female classmates by simply being nice to them. This series can be a bit out there but it's great fun to read.
9. Pandora Hearts: This series is a very different take on Alice in Wonderland that deals with a young boy being taken to a sort of underworld only to be saved from that world by making a deal with Alice who is someone who lives in that underworld. This series is a bit hard to sum up but the story and it's characters are really great.
10. Magic Knight Rayearth: This series is a magical girl series about three girls who get transported to another world to save it's ruler and become great friends with each other through out the series. This series has great art, good characters, an interesting plot and killer twist at the end of it's first series.

TV Review: Timeless: The Watergate Tape(1.06)

                                       Timeless: The Watergate Tape(1.06)Review
  • I liked that Rufus felt bad when he found out that he missed the championship game that his brother had and I liked that his mother told him not to feel too bad because he works hard to provide for them.
  • I disliked how the Writtenhouse guy was threatening Rufus and his family and I liked that Mason told the guy to stop because he was sure that Rufus would do what he was told because he has no choice but to do what they say.
  • I liked how after Lucy told Wyatt how she stalked her biological father's house that Wyatt told her that no matter what kind of man her father is she is going to have knock on that door one day.
  • I was worried about what would happen next when Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus were all taken hostage by Flynn and his men.
  • I was surprised when it turned out that Flynn had already stolen the one Watergate tape that had eighteen missing minutes on it and that he played it for Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus and on that tape Writtenhouse was mentioned.
  • I liked how Flynn told them all the things that he and Lucy had talked about in the past and how he is using Lucy's journal from the future as his guidebook.
  • I liked that when Lucy was saying that the truth that Flynn was talking about was complicated and that Wyatt said that the truth isn't complicated it just is.
  • I liked that when Flynn let Lucy and Rufus go to find the doc but kept Wyatt as leverage that Wyatt told them to just leave them but Lucy agreed to do as Flynn said in order to save Wyatt.
  • I liked that Rufus was upset with Lucy keeping that she and Flynn have been having private conversations on their trips and that he has her journal from the future. I also liked how Lucy told him she didn't tell him because she can't believe that she would ever write that journal or willingly work with Flynn at anytime in the future so she kept it a secret because it didn't feel real to her.
  • I liked that Lucy found the informant on the Watergate case in order to find out what the doc was and I liked that Rufus figured out from the clue they were given that it was from a black militant group.
  • I was surprised when it turned out that the doc was a person rather than a document and I liked that when Writtenhouse told Rufus to kill her that he wouldn't do it.
  • I liked how when Flynn was telling Wyatt about how he came across Writtenhouse and how they killed his family that Wyatt still was pretty skeptical about his story but the thing that made it impossible for him to ever take Flynn's side is that he is willing to destroy America to stop Writtenhouse which goes against everything Wyatt stands for.
  • I liked that Rufus came clean about spying for Writtenhouse and I liked that Lucy was mad at him for it and pointed out that it was hypocritical of him to mad at her for keeping secrets earlier when he was sitting on this secret.
  • I liked that Lucy and Rufus outsmarted both Flynn and Writtenhouse and that they saved both doc and came back for Wyatt.
  • I'm a bit sad that Wyatt doesn't trust Lucy or Rufus anymore but I understand why he doesn't and I like that he told Rufus that he should keep spying on them and that he is now a double agent which Rufus doesn't have a lot of confidence that he can do well since he's already a pretty terrible single agent.
  • I liked that Lucy didn't tell her father who she is after she saw that he had a family but I'm suspicious of him since he seemed to know who she was already.
Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.

TV Review: Scream: Village of the Damned(2.08)

                                     Scream: Village of the Damned(2.08)Review
  • I found it very scary and creepy that the killer wrote in blood 12 dead on Audrey's ceiling and "No one will ever forgive you." on her mirror.
  • I liked that Audrey told Noah about the messages she found and that they tried to figure out who the 12 people who died all are and that they are coming up one short which is troubling.
  • I liked that Noah told Audrey that as long as the killer has this secret to hold over her the killer owns her so she should tell Emma the truth and I like that Audrey admitted he was right even though she still too afraid to tell Emma because she assumes that Emma won't be able to forgive her.
  • I liked how Noah pointed out that a town celebrating after murders have been committed usually ends in death in the movies so that means that Lakewood having a carnival is a bad idea and I like that pretty much everyone agrees with him on that point.
  • I liked that Brooke is dreading having to give a speech at the carnival but feels that she needs to go through with it for her father's sake and that she doesn't think that she can get through it without her friends being there for her.
  • I find it interesting that the property that Eli and Emma visited that burnt is one that belonged the Mayor.
  • I liked that the Sheriff found Ms. Lang keep records on her students to be strange because it really was.
  • I liked that the Sheriff didn't really consider Emma as a suspect for the fire or the murder of the two people who were found inside the house but he did still have someone keeping tabs on her because that is just good police work.
  • I find the fact that Eli broke into the bedroom of a girl he liked in the past to be pretty creepy and I'm glad that Emma was creeped out by him after she learned this about him.
  • I like that the Sheriff brought Emma's mom back onto the case now that he doesn't suspect that Emma is a possible suspect.
  • I like that the Sheriff does actually suspect that Gustavo could be the killer because he has found evidence that could lead him to that conclusion and I like that he won't ignore that evidence even though he clearly doesn't want his son to be the killer.
  • I find it interesting and frightening that in the past Gustavo accidently killed one of his friends and that he preserved him in some way through art that his father found worrying.
  • I find it a little weird how upset Kieran is about anything that Eli tells Emma even though so far what he's told her hasn't made Emma think badly of Kieran, I just find it a bit odd how much Kieran doesn't want Emma around Eli even when she's agreeing to not be around him without any argument.
  • I found it creepy that the killer sent Audrey a video of Emma sleeping than showed a bloody looking knife as a threat.
  • I liked that Audrey invited Emma to the carnival assumingly so that she could insure that they have one more nice day together before Audrey confesses to her. I also liked how Emma said that they always went to the carnival together and that Audrey mentions that they didn't last and Emma says that they should just forget last year.
  • I like that Brooke is helping Zoe to win the pageant with giving her a little make over and I like that the two bond even more when Zoe reveals that she brought a flask to help calm her nerves about public speaking and that she also offers some to Brooke.
  • I liked that Noah came to be Zoe's date for the pageant and I like that Brooke made sure that his bowtie matched Zoe's dress.
  • I liked that Gustavo tried to convince Brooke to ditch the pageant and I was surprised to learn that Brooke wasn't only doing the pageant for her dad's sake but that she had her own reasons for going through with it.
  • I think it's kind of creepy that Kieran was watching Emma seemingly the entire time she was at the carnival and honestly the fact that Kieran beat the crap out of Eli after he said that he didn't tell Emma the worst part makes me more suspicious of Kieran than of Eli because he is clearly the one that is hiding something bigger.
  • I liked that after Emma told Audrey that Eli broke into some girl's bedroom before that she told Emma that someone broke into her house the other night and wrote creepy messages and that they now are both suspecting Eli as the killer.
  • I liked that Zoe asked Brooke if she was okay to give a speech after seeing how drunk she was even though Brooke insisted she was fine and had things she needed to say.
  • I felt sad for Brooke when she gave a speech where she talked about Jake and how and quite a few other people have been murder and how Lakewood is lying to itself about what really goes on there and how if they keep ignoring the problem more people will just end up dead and maybe they'll deserve it.
  • I liked that Noah told Brooke that he thought that her speech was great and I liked that Emma, Audrey and Zoe seemed to agree with that statement. I also liked that Brooke mentioned that Jake would have liked her speech.
  • I find it suspicious that Emma was lured away from everyone else and then the killer calls Emma using Kieran's phone. I find it especially suspicious that Kieran was found underneath a costume like the one the killer wears even if it was under duress it seems like an odd choice for the killer to make it especially since the killer was in the funhouse somewhere since a cop did ended up either injured or dead.
  • I liked that Audrey told Noah that the killer sent her video of Emma going into the funhouse and that she figured out that the killer wants her to feel responsible for everything that happens and I like that Audrey is finally sick enough of the killer's taunts that she wants to tell Emma the truth so she doesn't have to do as the killer says anymore.
  • I liked that when Zoe said that it feels a bit stupid to win Lady of Lake now that Noah told her it's not stupid to want something and to go out to get it.
  • I was so mad that the killer sent the recording of Audrey confessing to Noah about bringing Piper to Lakewood to Emma right before Audrey was finally going to tell her the truth since Emma is a lot less likely to believe anything Audrey says now that someone else revealed her secret.
Please tell me your thoughts on his episode.

Movie Review: Being Charlie

                                                         Being Charlie Review
Being Charlie is about a boy named Charlie(Nick Robinson) who is the son of politician who is running for governor and he is also a drug addict. Charlie has been going in and out of rehabs for quite some time when the film started. When Charlie returns home after ditching his last rehab his parents demand that he goes back to a different rehab program at first Charlie protest saying that this programs just don't work for him but he soon learns that he really has no choice in the matter so he goes to the rehab with no really intention of getting clean and sober for good.

When Charlie gets to the new rehab place he is no more committed to this program than he is to any other but after he meet Eva(Morgan Saylor) a girl around his age that he bonds with and starts to develop feelings for he finds the program not be quite so bad. Charlie ends up doing a fairly good job at advancing in his program now that he motivated by his relationship with Eva but Eva he is having a harder time at motivating herself to stay clean and her relationship with Charlie isn't really enough for her and since Charlie cares enough about her to follow her anywhere this is something that ends causing problems for both of them.

Overall I really loved this film I found the story to be interesting and I liked that while it dealt with a dark subject matter that the film itself didn't feel overly dark at anytime. I really liked the way that this film explored the character of Charlie and I thought that the acting in the film was well done as well. Please tell me your thoughts on this film.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top 5 Underrated Books

1. Dare Me: This book is one that I never really hear about on book blogs unless I'm looking for it although pretty much everyone who has read it has loved like I have. This book dealing with dark side of high school cheerleading is one that has a very different look at high school than I usually read about it as well as having intriguing characters with complex relationships with each other and the writing in this book is just incredible the descriptions just shows so much character and sets the mood of the book.
2. Traffick: This book is the squeal to Ellen Hopkins book Tricks and I think that this book is even better than the first one. I really loved that this book was about recovery rather than destruction which is what the last one was about and I liked that the characters had live with the consequences of their actions from the last book and I liked that the characters were shown to still be struggle in this book as well.
3. Triangles: This is another book by Ellen Hopkins but this one is an adult novel that dealt with lives of three women who all had very different things to deal with in life. I didn't like this book as much as the other ones on this list but  it was still a good book and deserves more recognition than it gets.
4. Also Known As: This book was just a really fun and sweet story of a safe cracker having her first solo spy mission and going to high school for the first time. This book had fun characters, plot and writing style that made this a joy to read and I wished more people would talk about this book because a great fluffy romance YA book.
5. Lola and the Boy Next Door: While this book is pretty popular I'm putting it on the list because I feeling it also overshadowed by Anna and the French Kiss and I think that people in general only pay attention to this book because it's the second one in the Anna and the French Kiss series. I think that this book is actually much better than Anna and the French Kiss, I think that the characters are both more likable and interesting and that the plot just feels a lot more down to earth and I think that the book deserves to be recognized for how good it's story is rather than how popular the book that came before it is.

Book Review: Splintered

                                                              Splintered Review
Splintered is about a girl named Alyssa Gardener who is an ancestor of Alice Liddell the girl who Alice in Wonderland is based off and the females in Alyssa's family have been cursed to hear the voices of flowers and insects ever since. Alyssa fears that she will one day she will loose her last thread of sanity and  be committed to a mental health hospital like her mother or jump out a window and kill herself like her grandmother did. Early on in the story Alyssa starts to understand that neither her mother or herself are really crazy but rather that Wonderland is real and that she has to go there to break her family's curse before the doctors treatments make her mother truly lost to her. While in Wonderland Alyssa learns about who and what she truly is as she face many trials to prove her worth to Wonderland.

In this book there are two love interest for Alyssa including her friend and neighbor  Jeb who is an artist like Alyssa is and as a less than perfect family like she does but he also has a girlfriend but the two grow closer when Alyssa accidently drags Jeb with her to Wonderland. Alyssa's second love interest is the manipulative netherling Morpheus that lured Alyssa to Wonderland to help him break his own curse but still claims to care for her even after he continues to put her in danger. Unfortunately for me I disliked both of Alyssa's love interest so I found these parts of the book to be pretty boring.

Overall I thought the book was okay, it had an interesting concept and I liked how it dealt with the Alice and Wonderland story as well as how it related to mental illness and I thought that the character of Alyssa was good and I liked that she motivated by trying to save herself and her mother's sanities. On the other hand I disliked Morpheus and found Jeb boring so the romance angle in this book didn't work for me at all. Please tell me your thoughts about this book in comment section below.

Friday, January 13, 2017

TV Review: Teen Wolf: Memory Lost(6.01)

                                              Teen Wolf: Memory Lost(6.01)Review
  • I still think that Liam and Hayden are adorable and I found it funny how they kept mentioning all the bad dates they have had so far.
  • I found it creepy when a car appeared and there seemed to be no one expect a little boy in the back seat who was terrified that he would be taken by someone which makes me curious about who or what took his parents.
  • I liked how Scott and Stiles were trying to stop a criminal that wasn't even that much of a threat and that they didn't even catch they guy, I just find the idea a bit funny.
  • I liked that Scott is happy about the thought that the police department doesn't need their help anymore because he knows that they'll all be going off to college soon and won't be there to protect Beacon Hills anymore. I also like that Stiles doesn't like the idea that they're not need anymore and that he continues to insist that they still need them which turns out to be true.
  • I liked that before Scott looked into the little boy's memories they made sure that he was okay with what they were going to do.
  • I'm curious about the guys on the horse that took the boy's parents and I also liked how when the Sheriff heard the guy had a gun that he thought it was his department but the feeling that both Scott and boy had that he was coming back for the boy suggests the supernatural.
  • I was surprised to see that Malia can now transform back into a coyote at will.
  • I liked how Lydia insisted that they weren't dead because she would sense that and Malia said that they weren't alive because she would be able to smell that.
  • I liked how Lydia mentioned that Stiles pulls her out of bed like once a week to check if something is supernatural and that Stiles argues that it's way more often than that.
  • I liked that Lydia, Malia and Scott all think that Stiles just want it to be supernatural for some reason they don't really understand and I liked that although Lydia and Malia leave Stiles that Scott stays to try to talk him out of believing it's caused by something supernatural.
  • I liked that Stiles noticed that something was wrong with how the windshield was broken and that Scott realized that he was right when he compared it to how the other windshield it bullet holes looked.
  • I find it a bit funny how Stiles keeps accidently screwing up Malia's yearbook photo because he wants to talk to everyone about the new mystery.
  • I liked that the rest of the group kind of keep pointing out that Stiles is avoiding normal high school things to focus on the supernatural which Scott had to do with him avoiding the stress graduation.
  • I liked how when Stiles asked who wanted to come check things out with him that Malia and Lydia just flat out said no while Scott told him that he can't miss anymore class since he missed 38 classes last semester but he was willing to go after school.
  • I liked that Mason noticed that geo locators on their phones weren't working that day.
  • I liked that after Scott asks if a gun could turn glass blue and found that it couldn't that he was willing to skip school with Stiles to figure out what is going on.
  • I liked that when Lydia's mom stopped them that Stiles told her that Scott is the sworn protector of Beacon Hills and she told them he would after protect it at three-thirty.
  • I liked that Lydia started noticing that something was up when she started hearing rain and thunder in class and then seeing and even feeling lightning striking.
  • I liked how when Scott asked Stiles if he wanted to split up that Stiles said absolutely not although they did end up splitting up later for the sake of plot I liked that Stiles didn't want them to.
  • I liked that the Sheriff allowed the boy to lock himself up in the cell because he could see how seriously terrified he was that he will be taken.
  • I liked how Stiles figured out that the boys parents were being erased that's why there's only the boys things left in the house and no record of the homes owners because they've been erased from existence.
  • I both like and hate that Stiles curiosity and investigator instincts is the reason he's going to be taken and the reason he's always been so good at being a detective it's fitting but also tragically ironic.
  • I liked that while talking together that Stiles helped Lydia figure out that the wild hunt are the ones that are taking and erasing people. I liked that Stiles told Lydia that she's so smart he could kiss her and that he kisses her on the cheek.
  • I like that Hayden's worrying about what is going to happen once Scott graduations and I like that Liam says he'll be the alpha but Mason sounds a lot more confident about Liam's abilities to lead than Liam does.
  • I liked that Stiles told Scott about the wild hunt being behind everything and that they figure that the boy is going to taken next since everything in his room has already been taken.
  • I wonder how the body that Liam, Mason and Hayden found in the boiler room will tie into everything else that is happening in this season's plot.
  • I liked that Lydia called Malia when she figured out that there was something that she had to figure out and fast.
  • It's going to brother me trying to figure out what Stiles meant to tell Scott before they got separated although I kind liked how Scott told him to tell him later because he could sense that Stiles feared that there wouldn't be a later so Scott told him to tell him later to reassure him there would be time later although there won't be for a long time now.
  • I found it both scary and sad for Stiles when he kept running into people he knew and they didn't recognize him even though they should. The most heartbreaking moment of course when Stiles ran into his dad and he called him son right away so Stiles assumed he remembered him so he ran up to him and hugged him and poured his heart to him and let it show how scared he really was only to find out a second later that his dad was using generically rather actually having remembered him.
  • I liked that Lydia figured out that Stiles was going to taken right before it happened and that she went to fins him and possibly save him.
  • I liked that when Lydia remember Stiles that he was so happy to see her and I liked that when the wild hunt appeared that she refused to leave  him to be taken just like he wouldn't leave her in Eichen house last year after she told him to.
  • I liked how when Stiles realized that he couldn't avoid being taken or erased that he told Lydia how he had crush on her all through out high school and how she saved his life(and I love that she mentions he saved her's too) and that he loves her, I like that he tells her that she will forget him but that she has to find a way to remember him.
  • I'm sad that Lydia did forget Stiles but I'm not surprised that she did and I like that she knows that there's something important that she needs to remember.
Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.

TV Review: Timeless: The Alamo(1.05)

                                                  Timeless: The Alamo(1.05)Review
  • I liked that Rufus was still very freaked out by his encounter with the Writtenhouse agents and I liked that Mason was concerned about Rufus when he heard that they contacted him directly. Also while I believe that Mason doe in fact care for Rufus and his well being I can see why Rufus is having a problem believing and trusting him at the moment.
  • I thought that it was kind of crappy that the military people who are not directly working on the case are having Wyatt replaced because he hasn't been able to kill Flynn within the first four missions because this situation is one that is a lot more complex than a normal mission I think that it's a bit absurd to expect results this fast when dealing with so many unknown factors.
  • I like that Wyatt knew when the Alamo is because he was raised in Texas.
  • I was a bit annoyed with Lucy's mom when she was begging Lucy to tell her what is going on with her new job that she knows Lucy isn't allowed to talk about while she is still refusing to tell Lucy who her real father is.
  • I liked that Lucy and Rufus were alarmed and thrown off by the fact that Wyatt was fired and I liked that Rufus asked how he got fired and how can he get himself fired. I liked that when Wyatt told them that he knew the guy that they were sending in, in his place and said that they would like him better that it was clear that Lucy was thinking that no one would be better fit than him.
  • I liked that Rufus and Lucy were delighted to see and hear Davy Crockit telling stories because he was someone they've both grown hearing about.
  • I was worried about Wyatt when he started to see soldiers from modern day in the church ruins at the Alamo site and I'm wondering if he was having some sort of flashback, I liked that when Lucy saw him she asked if everything was okay and I liked that even though he said he was fine it was clear she didn't believe him.
  • I liked that when Flynn came to Travis that he tried to kill him because of warning that Wyatt gave him about Flynn earlier but sadly that didn't save his life.
  • I find it interesting that Travis was most likely killed because he didn't finish his letter that called for victory or death which is the reason why everyone remembers the Alamo and the reason why Texas even became a state.
  • I'm worried about how Flynn influencing the Mexican to attack three days early and to not let the women and children go would make things worse.
  • I liked how Wyatt told Rufus that he had to find a way to get the women and children out and I liked how Rufus told him that the reason so many people died during the Alamo is because there was no way out and I liked that Wyatt told him that there was no one as smart as him there and that he should make a way out. I also liked that Wyatt told Lucy to finish the letter for Travis and to also get that letter out.
  • I was surprised to learn that not letting the women and children wasn't Flynn idea and that he was as horrified by the thought of them dying as the rest of main characters.
  • I liked that Rufus figured out that they could use the aqua ducks as a way to smuggle the women and children out of the Alamo as well as escaping themselves.
  • I liked that it turned out that Lucy couldn't remember exactly what was in the letter and that this surprised Rufus and led Wyatt to telling her to stop being so much in her head and instead to write from her heart because it's not the exact words that matter but the feelings behind it.
  • I liked that Wyatt told Lucy that all this pretending to be something he's not is something that is preventing him from doing his job.
  • I liked how Rufus asked Davey Crocket how he's not freaking out right now and I liked how he told him that he is scared more often but he acts fearless because knows that's the kind of leader that his people needs are.
  • I liked how Wyatt told one the Colonel's about how experienced a situation somewhat similar before in the past where he made it out but the rest of his men didn't and that the only reason that he was the one that survived is because he won a coin toss of who takes the intelligence out and that his friend told him it was fate that he was the one that survived which might be one the reasons why Wyatt doesn't believe in fate and why he can't just let people die because history said they did.
  • I liked that Lucy overhearing Wyatt talking about his past led her to finally being able to come up with a letter that can make people remember the Alamo.
  • I liked and was sad  that Wyatt wanted to stay at the Alamo because he didn't have  anyone back home waiting for him and this was his last mission with them anyway so he doesn't see the harm in fighting and dying for something like this. I liked that Lucy told Wyatt that she needed him that she didn't want and wouldn't trust anyone but him to do the job and I liked that she convinced Wyatt to come back with her for her and Rufus's sake.
  • I liked that by the end of the episode Wyatt started to refer to Lucy and Rufus as his people and his team.
  • I liked that Lucy and Rufus both said that they wouldn't do the job without Wyatt because he's the guy that they trust to have their backs and that because of this Wyatt gets to stay.
  • I liked that Lucy's mom finally told her about her dad and that she gave her his name as well.
Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.