December 29, 2009

Mini-Blog: United State of Pop 2009

Ok, there's this guy on the internet, DJ Earworm, who makes amazing mashups of songs, and here's his 2009 Mashup.

It's a mashup of the top 25 songs of 2009 and it's great! It's called United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It On The Pop). Click on the link and listen!

United State of Pop 2009

Your Music Lover,
Nadia

December 28, 2009

Overdue Book Reviews: Part Two

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy BlundelCheck SpellingFeed by M. T. Anderson
1984 by George Orwell
Death By Bikini by Linda Gerber
Death By Latte
by Linda Gerber
Death by Denim by Linda Gerber
Dead Is The New Black by Marlene Perez
Dead Is A State of Mind by Marlene Perez
Dead Is So Last Year by Marlene Perez
Stolen Voices by Ellen Dee Davidson
Night
by Elie Wiesel
Shattering Glass by Gail Giles

Death By Bikini
"A fun, sexy, murder-mystery romance for all teen sleuths!

Aphra Behn Connolly has the type of life most teenage girls envy. She lives on a remote tropical island and spends most of her time eavesdropping on the rich and famous. The problem is that her family's resort allows few opportunities for her to make friends—much less to meet cute boys. So when a smoldering Seth Mulo arrives with his parents, she's immediately drawn to him. Sure, he's a little bit guarded, and sure his parents are rather cold, and okay he won't say a word about his past, but their chemistry is undeniable. Then a famous rock star's girlfriend turns up dead on the beach—strangled by her own bikini top—and alarm bells sound. Is it too great a coincidence that Seth's family turned up just one day before a murder? As the plot thickens, Aphra finds that danger lurks behind even the most unexpected of faces."

Once you read the synopsis, the first 90 pages are pretty predicable.

I really like all the characters. Seth is smooth, funny, nice, and believable. Aprha is a very strong character, she's smart, and very realistic.

The plot is original and believable. It's VERY hard to put the book down.

8.2 stars out of 10.

Death By Latte
"It was only a few weeks ago that Aphra Connolly's life changed completely. She had been living a quiet existence on her father's secluded island resort, until Seth Mulo turned up and stole her heart . . . and provided information that led her to find her mom in Seattle. But the reunion isn't quite what she expected. Aphra's mom, Natalie, doesn't seem happy to see Aphra, and Natalie's boyfriend, Joe, insists that Aphra go home. Even worse, Seth shows up, only to ask her to return the ring he gave her the previous summer. At least Natalie's hunky neighbor is sympathetic. But when Joe is found dead at a nearby coffee shop, Aphra discovers her whole trip to Seattle has been based on a lie. And now someone just might be trying to kill her. . . ."

I still love the characters and they're still original and realistic. It's still very original, but I didn't find the book as hard to put down as the first book, at least not until the end. I had the book open and read it pretty much every time my science teacher paused during the end. It put me on the edge of my seat

Death By Latte definitely did keep you guessing. Linda Gerber did a great job with that.

At some points, Aphra does some dumb things, but you don't hate her because the character is so likable.

7.9 Stars out of 10!

Death By Denim
"Aphra Connolly is being chased by some very dangerous people. She knows her survival depends upon staying far away from love interest Seth, and listening to her mom's lectures on the finer points of anonymity and survival. But how is a girl supposed to live under the radar and not think about her boyfriend when she's in Paris—the most romantic city in the world? When her mom's contact in Paris is found floating in the Seine with a deadly message stuffed in his mouth, Aphra realizes that she will never be able to stop running unless she confronts the situation head-on. Sneaking away from her mom, Aphra tracks down the criminal mastermind in Italy, only to unwittingly reveal Seth's location. And her mistake has just put them both in mortal danger. . . ."

I really liked this book. It kept me interested. It was fast-paced. There was so much character development in this, and it was realistic. The book was pretty unpredictable. The end was pretty satisfying, but also suggests that there's going to be another book, so it also builds up a lot of anticipation. I really liked this book, and it made me love Seth even more.

8.7 Stars Out Of 10!

Hope that helped!

Your Reviewer,
Nadia

December 25, 2009

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Thank you everyone for your valiant efforts to stop the menace, Claus. As far as my knowledge goes, Mr. Kringle did not steal my diabolical plans. He might have photocopied them and then put them right back, however, but let's hope he didn't.

Anyway, which plan did you use that worked so effectively?

Also, I'd like to say Merry Christmas, Happy Hannakah, and have a wonderful New Year's Eve--which is one of my favorite holidays. To be more general, have a good winter!

Your Friend,
Nadia

December 23, 2009

How To Capture Santa

I have realized that I asked you to capture Santa Claus without giving you anything to work with. How could I ask you to put effort into something without actually helping you to help me?

And so, here are some TOP SECRET and FOOLPROOF way to KEEP SANTA from getting my DIABOLICAL PLANS. (I feel that saying things loudly and putting them in caps makes them more true.)


Foolproof Plan #1
Poison the cookies and milk. Simple as that. Now, I'm not saying that you need to go out a buy some arsenic--which could result in injury, what with all those elbowing, crazed last-minute shoppers. You could lace the milk with an entire bottle of Tylenol or mix bleach in with the cookie batter. Feel free to be creative with this one!

Foolproof Plan #2
Leave the fire on. Santa will land on it and will either a) burn to a crisp, b) fry/grill for ten minutes, at which time you should begin to marinate, c) burn his feet so badly that he just can't bear to go on, or d) form a crippling fear of fireplaces therefore at the next house he knocks down the door, is caught by the police and is sentenced to a lifetime in jail. You can hardly rule the world from jail, now can you, "St." Nick?

Foolproof Plan #3
Set mouse traps around the tree and fireplace. First of all, they'll hurt like crap and he's likely to yelp, which will awake you. When you wake up, you will run down the stairs and take him down the old fashioned way.

Hopefully, all, that has helped you a bit and you will all help me with stopping that menace.

From Your Future World Dictator,
Nadia

December 17, 2009

Beware of Santa!

As my long-time readers know, Santa Claus stole my diabolical plans that I was going to use to take over the world.* He, of course, used them to control his elves--who are really just little enslaved children.* In January, I began drawing up some new, revised, and ever MORE diabolical plans to take over the world. And silly I, "forgot" my huge steel safe at the mall when I "dropped" it on the guy who was trying to get me to buy a cover for my phone at his kiosk (which probably would have been a good idea, in hindsight, seeing as my phone is pretty much an unrecognizable lump of metal because of all the times I've dropped it). So now, my diabolical plans are unprotected!

These super diabolical plans would be disastrous in the right hands! When they were with me, they were in the wrong hands, and I plan on using them in the suitable manner of using them to help me take over the world. Santa's hands are also the wrong hands, yet the right hands as well. Santa will inevitably take over the world with my plans, and he'd rule all wrong and disgrace my work! Also, how much would it suck if I came up with the amazing plans that I made and had it snatched away from me when triumph is so near?

Anyway, since I can't let Santa take my super diabolical plans, and I have no means of securing my plans, I need YOU! Since Santa lives in the North Pole, he's going to drop presents (which have mind controlling substances in them--MY mind-controlling substances, in fact!) in the homes in Europe, Russia, Greenland, Canada, and the northern states of America first.

So those of you who live in any of those places, I need you to set up traps and CAPTURE SANTA CLAUS! (Beware of his elves, though! They're notorious ankle-biters.) Otherwise, he'll take over the world, and that would be very bad.

From The Future Ruler of The World Who Is Counting On You,
Nadia

*Read this to find out what I'm talking about.

December 04, 2009

Concert Pt. 2

More videos of the Paramore concert at the Ryman Auditorium! (Sorry, that's all that'll load at the moment.)
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December 01, 2009

New Moon Review

I went into the movie theater on November 20th and I was convinced I was going to hate it, but then it was awesome.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Robert Pattison sucked a bit, but when they showed him in Brazil, he was acting well...but that was only for about four seconds...

The fight scene was pretty cool, but I think I'd have liked it better if they hadn't let it out for people to watch beforehand.

Nobody really got any better at acting, unfortunately, but Taylor Lautner pulled in all together and made other people look good, too.

If 'Twilight's' rating was a -6, then 'New Moon' was an 8 or 7. (It's a range of 20 (-10 to 10))

From Your Reviewer-Type Person,
Nadia