My Thoughts on Tangled

Why do these "My Thoughts" have to be limited to just books?
Answer: They don't!

On Friday I saw the new Disney movie, Tangled, which I based off the story of Rapunzel.
I was actually looking forward to seeing it, I love all Disney movies. AND it was in 3-D :D

This movie was adorable, as I expected.
As per usual, Disney knows what they're doing.
These movies never cease in their cuteness.

PLUS Mandy Moore was the voice of Rapunzel.
I love Mandy Moore!

This movie was such a smart take on a classic story. I loved all the characters, (especially Flynn)
I laughed, and I even wanted to tear up and the end.

But don't worry folks, it was a Disney classic happy ending :)


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Oh, they would...

So we're driving home from our Vermont mini-vacation.
And of course the roads are crazy icy, so we're all driving super slow.
Then, there's an accident.
Nothing major, a car just lost control and slid off the road. No one was hurt.
But still, we were sitting in our car for a half an hour not moving.

THEN.
My dad gets on the wrong highway.
He was supposed to get on 89, but ended up getting off on 91.
He swears up and down that the sign said 89.
We didn't even realize it at first...
Until my mom was on the phone with my aunt and told us.

We figured it was no biggey.
We were at least going south, so we'd end up back in MA eventually.
We just didn't know exactly where we'd end up...

Two hours later, we're in Massachusetts.
The problem was, we were in western MA
I live in the eastern part of the state...
Thank god it's a fairly small state to begin with.

Basically, a 3 1/2 hour car ride turned into a 5 hour car ride.
A ride where I watched The Little Mermaid, Toy Story 3, and I finished reading Pretties.
Expect a "My thoughts" on that, as well as the first book in the series, Uglies tomorrow.

Ah, it's so good to be home.
In my comfortable bed...
With my Mac.
Ahh.... there's no place like home.

Except the reality that comes with it.
AKA all the homework I'll be doing tomorrow.
*Dies*



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Happy Thanksgiving! (to the Americans)




I live in a place where Thanksgiving means a lot more than most other places in the country.
What are your Thanksgiving plans?

This year, I'm packing up and going up to Vermont until Saturday.
Meaning a four hour car ride....
Wahoo?
At least I can get a lot of reading done.
I'm hoping I can bring my computer to write as well...
But I don't know if that parents will let me.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

All weekend I'll be with my little cousins.
I'm the oldest out of everyone.
Then my sister.
Then there's an almost 10, a nine, a seven, a six, a three, and a one year old.
So many kids !

I'll be honest, my sister is a lot better with them then I am.
I don't have the patience!
I get along well with the 10 and 9 year old... and the baby is adorable.
It's that whole 6-8 phase that I'm not too fond of.

Marisa! You're going to Vermont, right? Are you going skiing?
No.
I can't ski.
Neither can anyone in my immediate family.
My mom can't stand the cold, and neither can my dad really.
I wanted to learn, but they're always like "Would you rather be on a mountain freezing or on a tropical vacation?"

And they have a point.
But all of my relatives ski.
That's okay, though.

Last time we went to this great pool, and I'm pretty sure we're going again.
It starts off inside, and then you swim under and you're outside.
So basically you're in a pool swimming and there's snow all around you.
It's great.
Definitely will be the highlight of my weekend.








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My Thoughts on Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Here's a brand new segment I'm bringing to you that I'd like to call "My Thoughts"

While I don't have the time to do full out book reviews, I do have a Currently Reading tab...
So I'm going to brief reviews of the books I read after I finish them.

First up, Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
I got a lot of mixed reviews on this book, so I didn't know what to expect.

Can I just say first of all that this is the most gorgeous cover I have ever seen? It's beautiful, and I love how it captures the book so well in just that one picture.

I didn't find myself "loving" this book.
I liked it though.

My biggest concern was that Nora had some Bella Swan tendencies sometimes. Maybe that was just me overanalyzing. But in any case she ended up being a much stronger MC than Bella, and I actually enjoyed her voice.

Patch was great. You can never figure him out. He's the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome... and had that alluring factor. You wonder, Is he good? Or does he just want to kill her?

I felt as though the pacing was off at some points. Suddenly a scene would move super fast, and then at other points your waiting for something to happen. That wasn't a common occurrence though, I only noticed it a few times.

I wish that Nora found out that Patch was a fallen angel sooner... I mean we all knew it, so I didn't really get why it was prolonged for so long.

Major props for the twisted ending. I kind of saw it coming... I mean I made assumptions, but while they were close they were wrong.

While I know there's a sequel, the ending seemed a little incomplete. It seemed like the plot was still moving, and then there was just a huge RED LIGHT.

Still, Hush, Hush was one of those books that I had a tough time putting down once I got started. The narration was really enjoyable, and totally my style writing wise, which made this book a fairly quick read. Also it was the first book I read with fallen angels, so that was really interesting and I like the subject a lot.



The blog is getting fancied up

Notice the new pages that were added.
There is now an About Me section.
A My Writing section
And an interview section.
I like how they turned out, though I'll still probably be fixing them up for a bit.
What do you think?


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Ugly Sweater Day

This week is spirit week at my school.
Today was ugly sweater day.
(Or you could wear plaid, but we established that only wusses wore plaid)

Check it out


It's great isn't it?
One of the most horrendous sweaters I've ever seen.
It was my mom's from the 90's

It's actually grown on me.
I mean, if the 90's got one thing right, it was comfort.

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I is sad.

I just finished the last Percy Jackson book.
Usually I'm disappointed with endings, but I loved this one.
Everything just came full circle, it was great.
But I'm sad that it's over.
Goodbye, Percy.
I love you ♥

Honestly, even though I borrowed this series from a friend,
I might have to buy it.
Because I know I'll want to read them again.

It's not over though.
Now I get to start the spin-off series.

:D

I always hate it when I read the last book of a series I'm so invested in.
Like Deathly Hallows, Mockingjay, the last Mediator Series book.
I don't know, I just feel kind of numb after.

Next up on my list is Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.
I've heard mixed reviews on it, so I'm interested to see what I'll think of it.

So I'm off to do that...
Peace out.
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If I Get Carpal Tunnel... I'm Suing

*Current Mood* - Stressed
*Currently Listening To* - Miss Murder by AFI

Weekends are supposed to be a time to de-stress from the school week.
They're a chance to hang out with family and catch up with friend, right?

Wrong.

What was Marisa doing all weekend?
Homework.
Namely science.

Let's see, I had a quick math and spanish sheet.
And a simple essay for history.
No problem.

Then there's science.
He wanted the beginning of our research report, which came to six pages for me.
We had to answer three sections worth of questions in the book. Eight questions per section. Minimum of four sentences per answer.
And then on top of it, this god forsaken poster on pressure laws.
It's not due until Thursday, but I got as much done as I could... because I know I'm going to get other stuff throughout the week.

I got four out of the seven sections done.
It took over two hours.
Look at the ridiculousness


It's all backwards because I used my webcam to take the picture.
But you get it.
Even with the picture you probably still don't understand the level of ridiculous in the poster.

My hand hurts so bad.
And for what?
Nothing.

Yeah, and you all probably don't care.
I get that.
Lol. :D

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New Layout!

I needed some change, so I made a new layout.
What do you guys think?
Do you like it?
I'm not sure how I feel about the header...
I might re-do it when I have more time.
But i love the new background.
:D
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I'm in love with mythological creatures...

And it's all because of PJO - Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan.
I'm just beginning the fifth and final book of the series, which I've devoured in a little over a week.

I've always had a thing about Greek Mythology.
In the sixth grade we did a whole unit on it, and we watched these cartoons about all the myths that I was so in love with.
How creative were the ancient Greeks? The way they came up with those stories to explain what they didn't understand... such imagination, in my opinion.

Then my friend told me about this series.
I decided I had to read.
And Rick Riordan is truly ingenious, what a mind he has!
He makes Greek Mythology understandable and totally addictive.

Here's the pitch from the first book:
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse -- Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends -- one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena -- Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

The characters are so likable -well the ones that are meant to be likable.
You can't help but root for Percy and his best friend Annabeth to win.

And the emotions this book puts you through is crazy.
Some points I'm laughing, some points I'm close to tearing up.
And some points I'm screaming at the book.
Right now I'm asking myself, "Why am I here? I should be finishing off this series right now!"

Oh, and I'm kind of in love with Apollo...
He was briefly in the third book, but the moment I met his character, oh my god...
I really hope he's in the fifth book!

Which I'm off to go read...

Seriously people..
READ THESE BOOKS.

Because that's the best thing about this series.
Anyone can read them.
From my friends 12 year old brother who's obsessed
To people I know in their 20's who love it.

Oh my gods...
Just read it. Now.




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Killjoys

We all have them.
Something/someone who just automatically puts you in a bad mood.

Mine -this year at least- is science class.
It's just... not fun.
At all.

There's just so much expected of us.
It's insane amounts of work.
I know being in an honors class you're expected a lot,
But this class really is ridiculous.

It's just... meh.
Some aspects I enjoy, like chemistry and biology.
Physics and engineering is awful, you may as well be speaking French.
And this is "Integrated Science Honors" meaning a little bit of everything.

It's just... I don't even know.
I wish I could elaborate more.

Last year science rocked.
But I had an amazing teacher.
This year... well...
I'll just say that he want 2.3cm margins and today when we were making a chart we had to start out by making a heptagon with each angle being 50 degrees.
Yeah.

I personally just find a lot of it pointless.
I always think 'when am I ever going to use this?'

But I'm slightly prejudice.
I'm an English nerd all the way (clearly.)
English is the reason I go to school.

Science has become the bane of my existence.
Argh.

Sorry guys, just sometimes we all need to vent :)
What's something that puts you guys in a bad mood?
Something that after you see/do it, you're just like "I'm done."

And I'm sure I could think of more.
This is just the one that's more prominent in my life right now.

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The Resurrection

Hi everyone! How are you all doing?
I've been... well busy is an understatement.
Clearly, considering I haven't updated this thing since August 29th :o
So I'm going to try to bring this baby back from the dead.
Whether it succeeds or not, well I don't know.

I'm kind of at a loss as to what to talk about.
So much has happened.
But I'll try.
Let's see, what do I want to touch on?
I'll stick with five thinks.
High school, dance, writing, books, and other various extracurriculars that consume my life.

1. High School
People have told me that I'd either love high school or hate it.
As of now, I love it.
It's A TON of work, don't get me wrong. I have about two hours of homework a night, and weekend work to boot.
But that's what I get for being in all honors classes.

My schedule:
A- Chorus - which I love. So much. I swear... the kids involved with the music department are the nicest kids in the school.
B- Spanish 2
C- Gym - Ew, thank god I only have it one semester.
D- English 1 Honors - The reason why I go to school. I love the teacher. I love the subject. It's a win-win
E- Integrated Science Honors - is the bane of my existence. I can't wait to get the whole science fair thing over with
F- World History Honors - let's face it. No matter how you slice it, learning about dead guys and what they did thousands of years ago is boring
G- Geometry- meh, I deal with it. I've always been good at math, but I'm much better at Algebra

Overall I like my schedule. For the most part I'm with all of my friends, all day. Except I have to deal with the annoying kids who are bound to be in the honors classes. *Sigh*

2. Dance
Pretty much takes up the other half of my life.
I'm there some Monday's and every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
It's a lot, but I love it.
Our competition jazz song is Let's Get Loud.
We've moved up from MJ to J-Lo
(Every year in the past our comp. song has been Michael Jackson)
So it'll be good.

Right now I'm working on switch leaps and side leaps.
GOD, I HATE SIDE LEAPS. I fail at them so much. I don't know why either.
My switch leap is pretty close though, so I'm excited about that!
And I'm super close to my left split.
Which is great considering last year it looked awful.

Moving on.

3. Writing
Has been really slow lately.
I just don't have the time I used to have.
Dancing Through Life has been put away since it's made July Top 5. I'm hoping to start edits around Christmas break.

Perfection is my Enemy is coming along rather nicely. But it's a slow process. I have about 33k written. I'm hoping to finish a chapter this weekend. Hopefully. But I need to figure out where exactly this novel is going. I mean, I have an idea... but, hmm... we'll see.

AND. On top of it all, I have a new project in the works.
I'm not going to release a lot of information on that yet, there'll be more in later posts.
Just that it's way different from anything I've ever written before.
It's dystopia, with romance as a subplot.
And it's called Blissnorant. You'll understand the title as more information comes.

The main reason I won't say much is because the plot is confusing, and I want to wait until I write up a decent pitch. But I'm really excited for it!

4. Books
My reading time has been lacking as well.
In September, I was so busy in stressed that I only read ONE BOOK.
It's pathetic.
But it was a freaking amazing book.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Read it.

What else have I read recently?
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is fabulous. I seriously recommend it. It's the kind of book that everyone should read.

Literally an hour ago I finished The Scorch Trials, book two in The Maze Runner Trilogy. I started it Monday, and was itching to find time to just sit down and read it. During the week I get so exhausted, and I hate reading when I'm tired, I feel like I miss stuff that way. So today I was halfway through it and sat down and didn't get up until I finished it.

And OH MY FREAKING GOD. I don't even know what to say about this series. READ IT! READ IT! READ IT!

And now I'm forced to wait a year for the conclusion to the Trilogy, The Death Cure. Let the countdown begin.

Oh, and I'm currently in the middle of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Today I'm going to begin book 3, The Titan's Curse. I love this series so far, and it's great for anyone who's interested in Greek Mythology told in a modern point of view.

I'm going to try to blog about the books I read. Not full out reviews, they'll be brief. But it's easier to keep up in short posts than ramble on in long posts. (like this one.)

5. Other things happening in my life
Student Council is great.
I'm a Vice President, and it's so much fun.
There are Monday night Monthly Meetings (the next one is this Monday! Yes!) with the entire Student Council, grades 9-12. Those are the best meetings. So. Much. Fun.
Then there's weekly meetings on Tuesday's.
On November 18th I'm going to SEMASC, a student council conference that all the upperclassmen say are so much fun. I'm excited. :D

Creative Writing is fun.
I mostly love it because my english teacher runs it and she's the best.
But while I love to write, I prefer typing over hand writing.
Which is the one annoying thing about CW club.
But, it's sometimes the only point in the school week where I get to free write.
So it's worth it.

TUESDAY I'm auditioning for the school musical.
Sweet Charity.
I'm so pumped!
I love the audition song, it's perfect for my range.
I'm not expecting a lead, being only a freshie and all...
But even if I'm one of the background dancers I'm happy with that.
If I do get a part, my life will be even more chaotic than it is now.
But I love musical theater.
So it's especially worth it.

Well, there's the (not so) brief update.
And I hereby proclaim the resurrection of this blog.

Oh, and if you actually read this.
Here's a virtual high five. *high five*


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