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Tuesday, April 7, 2015



Previously I used this blog as my own, independently run book review site.  I haven't been on here in forever and a day since I started working on the That Nerd Show website as a book and movie reviewer (http://thatnerdshow.com/rubyslippersandyellowbrickreviews/), however for English class we are working on a project called Genius Hour and it is required of me to blog about what I'm learning during this project.  Instead of getting a new blog I decided it would be wisest to use this blog and turn it into something completely new for the next 9 weeks.  If you are still interested in reading my book and movie reviews though, you can always check out my blog at That Nerd Show.

So what is Genius Hour you may ask?? Genius Hour takes place during the last 9 weeks of school and basically it allows us to explore any appropriate subject we want to know about.  That could be learning to play an instrument to learning how to dance to studying astrophysics.  During the journey of learning about whatever it is we choose to learn about, we are having to document the process on a blog.  At the end of the 9 weeks we present to our class all our research and knowledge we gained from this experience.

It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to study during Genius Hour.  I had ideas such as, Fine Arts Therapy, studying dogs and cats, diving into the world of Disney, and an assortment of other interesting subjects. But I struggled with wanting to do something extremely original that no one had thought of doing yet. I also wanted to do something interactive that involved outside people and was challenging.

In order to begin our process for this project our teacher encourages us to choose a driving question.....

After excessive thought, that's caused me rather a lot of stress (thank you school for always managing to succeed in stressing me out in some way), I have chosen my driving question to be:

What is Love?

Over the next couple of weeks I will be researching the scientific explanations for love, what love is to people, why humans make decisions based on love, what it does to a person, and the good and bad effects and outcomes of it. 





Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review and Interview with Romily Bernard:


Review: Romily Bernard is one of my all-time favorite authors, for many reasons!  Shout out to you Rom!  Glad I get to be a part of your team!  
Romily has serious talent in the writing world.  Her ability to bring a story to life is incredible and she never disappoints with her stories.  Find Me was good, I loved it, but it wasn’t perfect and I will be the first to admit that.  Romily is back with her upcoming sequel to Find Me.  Remember Me.  Her writing only got better.  Remember Me, abbreviated: RM, brings back our beloved Wicket and her dreamy partner Griff.  Carson is also back and his attitude hasn’t improved.  Hah!  Bren and Lily are still as sweet as can be, although we do see Bren’s demeanor crumbling on Wick.  We are also introduced to a new character, which in my opinion tops ‘em all right now, Milo.  As you can see this book is filled with some old and some new, but I have to say that RM just did it for me.  It really was amazing.
PLOT:  I will try not to give anything away about the plot, so let me be brief about how much I loved the plot.  Wicket’s world is getting smaller and she’s finding herself trapped in a corner.  She is still being blackmailed into helping Carson and Griff isn’t pleased.  Griff also doesn’t appreciate the newfound friendship between Wick and charismatic Milo.  Wick is receiving information about her mom that she could never have imagined to be true until now.  This subplot keeps us from never having a dull moment in the book.  And of course the main plot begins with someone being brutally murdered and continues along with Wick having to figure out who done it (as us Texans say).  If you like suspense then this is the book for you!
CHARACTERS:  Wicket’s character hasn’t changed.  Her motives, attitude, moral, and situations are pretty much the same.  Although I will say she has grown some.  She has learned to take better care of herself.  But her low expectation of people remains the same and I rightly so.  Griff’s character got a bit whiny and dramatic, but again you can’t really blame him.  But I think he should also have been more supportive of Wick.  We are all flawed….I suppose.  Carson and Milo are my favorite characters.  I love the beauty and complexity of their characters.  They don’t just act upon emotion.  They act more upon instinct and importance of the matter at hand.  Milo and Carson are so vital to the story and you don’t even realize it because they aren’t necessarily “good guys.”  It’s so easy to just miss the importance and integrity they bring to the story.  
I’m so glad I got to read RM and I encourage all to read it when it comes out!  Rom is an amazing new author who deserves the spotlight.  


Interview:
Hi Romily!  I’m so glad you are able to fit this into your busy schedule!  I always love doing interviews!  I learn so much from authors and I know my readers do too.  So let’s begin!  
1. What was the hardest scene for you to write in RM?
“Haha! ALL of it.”
2.  What was your favorite scene to write in RM?
“The epilogue—you know the part where she meets You Know Who and he tells her what’s about to happen. Yeah, that one. Soooo much fun. I was grinning as I wrote it.”
3.  What were some of the bigger differences (or struggles) between writing RM and FM?
“Mostly, we focused on the fallout from the first book and what that would look like in the second—how would Wick be feeling, what would Bren be going through, how is Lily dealing with it. Very different stuff than the action driven plot of FM. I had to learn to balance the thriller elements with the emotional core.”
4.  Do you have a favorite character?  Why that character?
“Wick’s always fun to write, but Milo pretty much stole every scene he walked into. There’s just something about a cocky hot guy who gets knocked on his rear by a headstrong heroine that always makes me laugh”.
5.  How did you come up with the plot for RM?
“Lots of pacing, pulling my hair out, and sobbing on the phone with Natalie Richards. I’m kidding. I’m kidding. I didn’t actually pull my hair out. It fell out on its own.”
6.  What is your favorite book (that you didn’t write)?
“Oh, wow. There are so many. I think one of my latest favs is BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie C. Parker. It releases in October and it’s beyond wonderful”.
7.  Who is your favorite author?  Why?
“Oh, man, I don’t know that I could pick just one. I think Lauren Oliver, Ilsa Bick, and John Green are fabulous. I also read a fair amount of Jane Smiley and Margaret Atwood. If it’s a good book, I’ll read it. Sometimes I’ll read it even if it isn’t a good book.”
8.  Who is your favorite book character (that isn’t yours)?  Why?
“I love Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich ONE FOR THE MONEY series. She’s hilarious”
9.  Do you find it easier writing at night or during the day?
“Sometimes, night writing works better for my brain, but it’s worse for my body. I still have to get up in the morning and I definitely need slee.”
10.  What is your favorite animal?  
“Dogs and horses”
11.  What is your favorite song?
“At the moment, it’s Coldplay’s Til Kingdom Come”
12.  What is your favorite childhood memory?
“Probably riding our pony. As a kid, everyone tells you what to do, but there’s a wonderful freedom and autonomy to riding.”
13.  If you found a dead body in the woods while being chased by a man (like Wick in RM) what would you do?
“Probably pass out from shock. Then wake up and study the body for ages while going “Euuuwwwww!” I was fascinated and disgusted when doing research for that scene. Let’s just say, the pics on Google were…intens.”.
14.  What is your favorite TV show?
“Hmmm, I really loved Dexter, but I haven’t seen the final season.”
Last but not least # 15. What is your favorite book quote?
“I looooovvvveee quotes. Probably not surprising, right? One of my current favs is”
“If they hadn't told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn't tried to break me down, I wouldn't know that I'm unbreakable. ” — Gabourney Sidibe


Friday, May 9, 2014

TFIOS Tour Dallas Texas!

Hey guys!  So I have some exciting news!  Today is my 15th birthday and I got to see John Green, Shailene Woodley, Nat Wolf, and Ansel Elgort in person!  Holy crap!  I waited in line for ten hours and it was so worth it!  I cried because I was so happy!  I was told by 14 people today I look like Shailene Woodley!  One person even wanted a PICTURE with me because I look like her! LOL!  Amazing day! Best day of my life!  Met an amazing group of girls!  Shout out to them!  Alyssa Carrasco, Hannah Goodwyn, other birthday girl Hannah, Abdulla, Jenna Conn, Isabelle, Sadie, Sam, Sydney, Bridgette, Karina....Alex...Mary....Anique....Lexi...of course my fanboy Matthew and quite a few others!  You guys made my birthday so incredibly amazing!  I will post pics and videos tomorrow because I'm so tired right now!  But I am leaving this link!  I was on TV this morning!  BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! :D


http://www.wfaa.com/entertainment/Th-Fault-in-Our-Stars-fans-line-up-to-see-author-stars-of-film-258656801.html

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review of 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen


Gosh, I feel like I’ve been gone for such a long time!  Well…. I guess I have.  But I’m back now and here is my review on 17 First Kisses!  I got an arc of this book at TLA! 

 

Review of 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen

I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book, but what I got was not at all what I thought it would be.  It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but just don’t go into this book with any ideas on what you think it is.  Because that’s not it.  I’ve been trying to come up with the words to describe this book and I’ve ended up with this: You know those songs that you hear on the radio and you think are catchy and cute but it’s not your favorite song?  And you think you’re going to listen to it on youtube but then you don’t.  then, a couple weeks later you see it on youtube and you’re like “Yeahh I forgot about this song!” and you jam out to it?  Then you forget about it again.  Then you find it again and you listen to it until you get it your of your system?  That was this book.  It’s cute and an enjoyable read, but it wasn’t my favorite.  It also didn’t keep me completely interested.  I think I read a few books in between starting and finishing it.  Which is pretty normal for me, but if it’s a really good book I won’t do that.  I think it’s worth a try to read but it’s definitely not for everyone. 

 

  I hope this review is helpful!  It’s not much but it’s my honest opinion.  I have to go to school now…so bye! :D

 

~Bex

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