Ender’s Game Trailer, Will it Be a Hit

70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion (http://www.imdb.com).

I’m wondering if this film is riding on the coat tales of “After Earth” with Will and Jaden Smith.  I think yes.  It is too coincidental that they have young male leads in outer space but will it do as well in the theaters?  It is going against the new addition to the “Hunger Games” series “Catching Fire”.  It is out several weeks before the other and has a similar yet completely different story line.  Though the adolescent characters are equally placed in life threatening situations “Ender’s Game is way more sci-fi in the sense that it is set in outer space in Star Trek like proportions.  What are your thoughts?  Does it have what it takes to rock your world?

 

Young Adult screen queens stun at 2013 MET Gala

I think Emma Watson, actress in the “Harry Potter” series and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” deserves the best dressed award but Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower from “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” take away the prize for most “interesting” couple.  Kristen Stewart, from “The Twilight Saga” and “Speak,” wore a wine colored pants suit that I personally think was atrocious but you be the judge.  See full length pics by clicking the picture below!
YA screen queens take over the 2013 MET Gala

Congratulations to the May Giveaway Winners

The May Goodreads giveaway ended in the witching hour this morning and two winners emerged victorious.  A big congratulations to Carly and Sydney.  They will receive a paperback copy of Moonflower in the mail soon!

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Two Old School Romance Anime Sagas You Have to Watch!

Fushigi Yuugi (TV)

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This massive series is one of my favorites.  I enjoy it for it’s innocent story plot (it is mostly PG at several points PG-13), the reverse harem, and the lengthiness (65 episodes and it even has OVAs).

The story is  the coming of age adventure of main character Miaka who is not a very studious high school girl.  She daydreams of food when she should be studying.  When she tries to buckle down at the library she finds a rare book “The Universe of Four Gods”.  She is sucked into the book and soon discovers that she is destined to be a of priestess of one of the four gods.  As priestess she must collect her Seven Seishi, her guardians, which become her “revers harem”.  With their combined power she is to call on Suzaku to end the war and famine that plagues the lands.  One of her warriors becomes the love of her life but making their relationship work isn’t going to be easy.

Her friend Yui also falls into the story.  She thinks herself superior to Miaka in every way and becomes her rival.  After all she should be a better priestess as well.  They are sent into a race for the finish to summon their god and bring power to the rule of their respective land.  Will her jealousy destroy everything, including Miaka’s love?

This 90’s anime has all the old school animation, style and plot line that makes it a classic must see romance.

 

Marmalade Boy

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This is another lengthy 90’s romance series with 76 episodes.  If you like Fushigi Yuugi I think you will like this as well.  Once again it centers around the coming of age story of a young girl, who isn’t the sharpest pencil in the box, Miki.  Her parents return from a vacation with the shocking news that they will be divorcing and remarrying the opposite partners of another couple.  So both new sets of parents don’t have to be without one of their children they have decided to all live under one roof.  One of their children?!  The other couple has a handsome intelligent son Yuu.  He is utter perfection in Miki’s eyes.  Well, he is utterly perfect except he doesn’t want to give her the time of day.  How can she win him over when so many things go wrong?
If you like old school anime you are going to love this!

Giveaway!!! Win a FREE copy of Moonflower by EDC Johnson

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After Josephine Woods’ father dies of cancer, her mother up-roots the two of them and moves to the city. Josie hates her city life, but her teenage issues are of little consequence when they have a car accident and she wakes up in a strange land (reminiscent of Victorian Europe) alone. Lost, with her school backpack as the only connection to her world, Josie struggles to find her way home. She is found by Lucius Conrí, the son of a Marquess, who possesses royal blood and the gift to shift into a wolf’s form at will. Can the kind-hearted Lucius help her find her way while winning her love, or will she fall for Donovan Conrí his older, more serious brother and heir to the Conrí wealth?

Kamisama Hajimemashita Anime Manga Review

Recently I was on a hunt for a new manga.  I was in the mood to read something, sick of television, but I needed a break from Jane Austen.  Something less involved was in order.  I can’t remember how I found the manga.  Perhaps it was on a recently updated list or within the constraints of a search I did but I found it none the less.  The story begins with Nanao Momozono, a high school aged girl, who recently lost her home when her father disappeared–he was a gambler hiding from debt collectors.  Now I know we’ve heard this setup before.  The bum of a father that leaves his daughter beautiful but humble daughter to fend for herself.  Usually this is where Mr. Tall-dark-and-hansome enters the story and rescues her while teaching her all about love and passion.  Well, this shoujo has a bit of a twist.  The story takes a turn when she rescues a strange man and in return he tells her of a place she can stay.  Did he expect her to stay at this shabby shrine?  It takes a while for you to fully understand why she is there but you soon meet her counterpart, a fox demon turned shrine familiar and she is now the goddess of the shrine.  There are lots of supernatural characters to meet and adventures to be had as she learns her role as deity.

By chance, when I was working on another post, I found this anime as a feature on a site.  (I had to double take, wait a minute I’m reading that)  It was fun to find an anime I didn’t know existed and a new one at that.  Kamisama Hajimemashita was released in 2012 and is complete with 13 edisodes.  The anime artwork style keeps exceedingly close to the manga and it follows most of the storyline as well.  There are some situations that happen out of order but you won’t really care while watching and some of the situations are altered to make it a little more slice-of-life/school related and less fantasy.  Although the series is short it does give you a sense of resolution at the end.  It has a cute love on par with Fruits Basket or InuYasha.  If you enjoy comedy, fantasy, romance manga and anime this is for you and as I read on in the manga it is becoming a bit reverse harem.