Thursday, February 11, 2016

Crown of Crimson Review

418 pages

First Rule of the Cannon: Trust no one.
Aerietta Elony is destined for evil.
Born into a royal family, it was quickly discovered that she bore the Jezdah mark — an intricate tattoo meant to identify the Children of the Elements. To make sure his people never knew about the danger that hid in their midst, the king had his daughter sent to the leader of the Cannon, his order of assassins, where she would learn to become one of them.
No one was ever supposed to know what Aerietta was, where she came from, or what she was destined to become. She’s never worried what would happen if someone discovered her secrets. But when a neighboring kingdom attacks, and Aerietta is betrayed and captured, keeping her secret will mean the difference between life and death.
When the king of the neighboring land enlists her services to track down one of her traitor companions, she has no choice but to accept. But in order to find her former friend and make it back to the king with her head still attached to her shoulders, she’ll have to keep the enigmatic, inhuman Swordmaster in the dark, which proves to be more difficult than she could ever imagine.
Deception abounds, danger is just as prevalent, but even in this world of demons and magic, the only thing Aerietta fears is herself.
The Queen of Crimson accepts.

This book is exciting from beginning to end. From the very first page we are drawn into Aerietta's story and able to experience the violence that comes along with it. Aerietta isn't a heroine, far from it, but she is tough and has moments when we can see her struggle with doing the right thing shines through. The world created here seems normal at first but we soon learn there is a mystical edge to it of which Aerietta is a part of. Aerietta is forced to travel with her enemies to save her life, which includes the Swordmaster. The relationship that begins to blossom between the Swordmaster and Aerietta was something of an enigma. It seems that they have both a strong aversion yet attraction to each other creating some tumultuous moments between the two. It's interesting to see Aerietta's struggle to keep her secret from him as well, despite her conflicting feelings for him.There is a lot of action and adventure in this novel as Aerietta travels with her enemies to hunt down those who betrayed her. It all concludes in a cliffhanger leaving you wondering where Aerietta's story will take her next. I definitely recommend this novel if you like fantasy adventure novels.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Movie Monday: Deadpool/ X-men: Apocalypse

Deadpool is being released this Friday and I can't wait to see what Marvel does with this new addition to their live-action universe! From the previews it looks like a good mix of action with some comic relief. Check it out Friday, February 12th in theaters!

X-men: Apocalypse won't be in theaters until May 27th, however that doesn't stop us from being excited for new trailers! Check out the Super Bowl spot below!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Samsung x The Hunger Games #StandWithTheMockingjay

Samsung hosted a launch party with The Hunger Games to preview their VR created trailer for the final movie, Mockingjay Part 2. The drinks were flowing and waiters in district appropriate wear flowed through the crowd with drinks and treats. There were different stations using various Samsung devices to create a Hunger Games poster featuring yourself and an app to make you costume-ready.

The trailer itself was an exciting and well-crafted view of Mockingjay Part 2. Fans will have an opportunity to experience the VR trailer from 11am to 7pm at Pop 14 from Friday, October 9th to Sunday, October 11th. The experience will also launch on Samsung VR devices Monday, October 12th.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Refinery29 x Samsung: Fashion Meets Tech

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the preview of the Samsung Gear S2 hosted by Refinery 29. It was an amazing night full of photos, music, drinks, and of course tech.

The DJ for the night was Brendan Fallis and he did an amazing job spinning. There was a booth where you could design and choose between a shirt, bag or luggage tag to commemorate the event.

Of course the reason we were all there was to check out the Gear S2. It comes in two different designs. The Gear S2 Classic has a leather band while the main Gear S2 has a sporty rubber strap. I think what impressed me the most about these watches is that they both actually look like watches with the added benefit of the wearable tech. 

The Samsung S2 will definitely be giving the Apple Watch a run for their money. So which will you choose? 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Qualify Review

600 pages

The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendents of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver ships to offer humanity help.
But there’s a catch.
They can only take a tiny percent of the Earth’s population back to the colony planet Atlantis. And in order to be chosen, you must be a teen, you must be bright, talented, and athletic, and you must Qualify.
Sixteen-year-old Gwenevere Lark is determined not only to Qualify but to rescue her entire family.
Because there’s a loophole.
If you are good enough to Qualify, you are eligible to compete in the brutal games of the Atlantis Grail, which grants all winners the laurels, high tech luxuries, and full privileges of Atlantis Citizenship. And if you are in the Top Ten, then all your wildest wishes are granted… Such as curing your mother’s cancer.
There is only one problem.
Gwen Lark is known as a klutz and a nerd. While she’s a hotshot in classics, history, science, and languages, the closest she’s come to sports is a backyard pool and a skateboard.
This time she is in over her head, and in for a fight of her life, against impossible odds and world-class competition—including Logan Sangre, the most amazing guy in her class, the one she’s been crushing on, and who doesn’t seem to know she exists.
Because every other teen on Earth has the same idea.
You Qualify or you die.


It's hard to describe the feelings invoked in me while reading this book, but one thing is certain, by the end I absolutely wanted more. I think I can safely say that this is one of the most enjoyable novels I have read so far in 2015. The storyline was pleasantly different and original when it comes to the story of Atlantis. Imagine Atlantis as a super advanced part of the ancient human race who destroyed themselves and had to flee the planet and settle on a distant one. The Atlanteans eventually come back to save humankind from impending disaster. Enter, the Qualification trials. Although the majority of the book is taken up with the training for this competition, the action is not at all lacking. This story is told from Gwen's point of view which at first I found annoying, because she isn't very strong, seems very insecure, and is preoccupied with bullies. However, as the story went on, I could see Gwen growing and becoming the type of heroine you can't help but root for. Gwen isn't perfect and good at everything but she goes out of her way for the people that she loves the most. There's a little bit of a love triangle, although I don't think even Gwen has realized it yet, between herself, an Atlantean and a human.It doesn't completely develop so I'm interested to see where it goes in the next novel. The brutality of the competitions were actually a total shock to me and it seems like the Atlanteans are prepping these teens for something more. I cannot wait for the next book to be released in this seriesso that I can see what else is in store for the Qualify competitors. I definitely recommend this novel if you love exciting dystopian and science fiction books.