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Fear not, oh faithful ones, for I have returned!

Please do not shoot me or be mad for my lack of keeping up with this blog. Since the last post I had a million school things going on and of course, the Holidays with my family. I have so much to blog about (books I’ve been reading, recent fashion, what I did in ENGLAND!) but for today we’re gunna keep it simple with my first real book review (that twilight stuff didn’t count).

This book was published in August of 2009, so I doubt that many of you will have read it yet.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The back of the book reads,

And then I opened my eyes and it was just Grace and me – nothing anywhere but Grace and me – she pressing her lips together as though she were keeping my kiss inside her, and me holding this moment that was as fragile as a bird in my hands.

If you’re anything like me, you actually judge a book by its cover and by what it says on the back of it. I must say that it was really the back of the book that caught my attention. It doesn’t give a clue to what the story is really about. So if you like good surprises and want to read a good one, pick up this book and stop reading this blog RIGHT NOW. Because I’m going to go on about a little bit of the story (Don’t worry! No big spoilers here).

So what is this book all about and why has it put Miss Mary Jane in a sort of tizzy? Well, my sweet ladies and gallant gents, its because it’s a captivating story about magic, loyalty, and love. Let me tell you also what the inside cover of the book states.

the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house.
One yellow-eyed wolf – her wolf – watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn’t know why

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves.
And then for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace… until now.

the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it’s spoken, it cannot be denied.
Sam must fight to stay human – and Grace must fight to keep him – even if it means taking on the scars of the past,
the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

See why I would like it?! It’s very intriguing. The basis (duh points) of the story is about a girl named Grace has fallen in love with a wolf with spectacular yellow eyes. What she doesn’t realize is that this wolf is really a boy named Sam who has also fallen in love with her. The book follows the two as they discover each other and become inseparable. However, as with any good story, complications arise. It gets harder and harder for Sam to stay human, while others of his kind are beginning to wreak haovic on the school friends of Grace. Grace and her new-found “frienimy”, Isabel race to find a way to save their loved ones, but will it be too late?!

FIND OUT by going out there, buying a copy and READING IT. As lame as the plot may sound, don’t let it fool you. It’s well written and will catch you by the eyes and not let you go. Maggie has incorporated the feelings of young love better than Stephanie Meyer could and writes it with wittiness, poetry, and lyrics. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a book/story like Shiver written so fluidly. It’s definitely worth at least a check out from the library.

Love and literature,

Mary Jane

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Ketchup…catsup….whatever.

Hello! So I realize that I didn’t blog at all last week and that is because I was super busy! BUT I have returned and we will catch up (get the title now?? eh!? haha I know, knee slapper, right?)!

So we’re going to talk about something that I’m sure will drive some people crazy and others will be way too excited about.

The Twilight Saga

In the case of the novels by Stephenie Meyer, I must say that I’m a fan. You may have read my blog earlier last month where I said a few words about Twilight. Well, I’m going to say it again, just so that we are all clear on the subject – I may not have been among the very first to read Twilight, but I was close.

I was in Barnes and Nobles with my parents in either Omaha or Lincoln Nebraska, browsing through the young adult fantasy/fiction. I saw the cover for Twilight and New Moon and read the back and inside cover. I decided it looked good enough and asked my parents for both in case I liked the first one. (By the way, this is when the second book had just been released.) Anyways, I read both and was stoked. Then I forgot about them after a while until I saw an advertisement for Eclipse at Hastings Book Store in Kearney, Nebraska and told my mom that I had read the first two of the series and was excited for it. In fact, I had to re-read the first two so that I could remember the story. Then after I got and had read the third one, people started freaking out all over the nation and it was Twilight explosion.
My point in telling you all this is to show that I wasn’t just caught up in the hype, I was way into vampires long before that, and that even though I’m a fan, I’m not obsessed over it and can realize that it really isn’t good literature, at all. I mean, Stephanie Meyer IS NO J.K. Rowling or Tolkien. It’s a guilty pleasure series. It’s not difficult to understand, there are no intricate sub-plots or details that make you wonder. It’s fairly predictable and very cheesy. I still like it, but it’s just really not the best thing on paper. The only reason I’m glad it blew up is to show that everyone can like fantasy novels, that vampires aren’t just for goths and emos, and it gets people who don’t read to read – because EVERYONE should read. Seriously.

Now…on to the newest movie installment.

New Moon

Yes, I went to see New Moon at the 12:10am showing with two of my roommates and needless to say, I was excited because Robert Pattinson is hot. I wasn’t expecting it to be good at all considering the first movie was HORRIBLE. Don’t even get me started as to why (the list would take forever). However, I was pleasantly surprised. Kristen Stewart’s acting was better (which honestly, I don’t know how it could have gotten worse) as was Pattinson’s and Lautners. The special effects are very good and the vampire running was done more smoothly. Veronica and Alice’s hair styles/colors are more accurate, too.

Taylor Lautner definitely makes this movie because he is HOT. Don’t get me wrong, I’m officially on “Team Edward” when it comes to the books, but in this movie, you’ll be rooting for “Team Jacob” because Taylor does such a good job.

There is a lot more humor in this one, too. Which is nice considering the last one was all about falling in love and had lots of almost revolting cheesy qualities to it.

Overall, New Moon is still a kinda blah movie, but for fans of the books and for those hoping it would be better than Twilight will be fairly pleased with it.

Fangs and ego trips,

Mary Jane Morgan

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