Songs of the Week

One of the best ways for me to relax during the week is to listen to good music.  I love lip-syncing the to a really great music so that I can get all of my frustating emotions from the week all out at once.

From now on, I will post five songs each week, which will include songs that I have not been able to go one day without listening to, or that I just really like.

And FYI I will listen to any genre of music by any artist.  I don’t discriminate (although I do have a few preferences).  I could listen to some freshly released songs, or I could listen to songs that were released in the ’80s.

WARNING:  Some songs may contain explicit language!

Roman Holiday (2012)

Artist: Nicki Minaj
Album: “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”
Genre:   Pop/Rap

Mercy (2012)

Artist: Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz
Album:   “Cruel Summer” (To be Released in August 2012)
Genre:   Hip Hop

Ring My Bell (2008)

Artist: Madonna
Album: “Hard Candy”
Genre: R&B/Pop/Dance

Bad Things (2005)

Artist: Jace Everett
Album: “Jace Everett”
Genre: Rock

What’s Love Got to Do With It (1984)

Artist: Tina Turner
Album: “Private Dancer”
Genre: Pop

Summer Reading List: “City of Ashes”

I hope you enjoyed the first book in the Mortal Instrument series, “City of Bones.”

When I read the first half of “City of Bones,” I thought that this was going to be just like “Twilight” with their being a potential love triangle between Clary, Jace, & Simon.  But then I found out Jace was Clary’s brother, and I knew this couldn’t be just like “Twilight.”

I’m not saying “Twilight” was a bad movie, but it wasn’t the best movie either.  All I can say is that I can’t wait for the “City of Bones” movie to come out in 2014.  Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower better act their butts off in order to do this book series justice.

I was a little surprised when I found out that Alec was gay.  But I’m glad Cassandra Clare, the author of the Immortal Instruments, introduced a gay character.  Actually, she’s introduced two gay characters, Alec and Magnus.  I’m also glad that Alec has some sort of support from his sister, Isabelle, who seems to be okay with Alec’s sexuality and who seems to love him geniunely and unconditionally.

Hmmm . . . I wonder if Alec and Magnus are going to get together.  Magnus sure was interested in Alec, but is Alec interested in Magnus, or rather is Alec brave enough to show an interest in Magnus?  Alec may be a Shadowhunter, but he is also a scared teenager who doesn’t know if he can come to terms with his sexuality or if the other people in his life will be able to accept him for who he is.  It’ll be interesting to find out just how, or if, Alec comes to terms with his sexuality and how, or if, the other people in Alec’s life are accepting as Isabelle.

Unfortunately, there were a few unanswered questions left at the end of “City of Bones,” and the only way to answer them is to read the next book in the series, “City of Ashes.”

City of Ashes

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal.  But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries?  Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon.  But the Shadowhunters won’t let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating newfound brother, Jace.  And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.  When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace.  Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

I hope you enjoy “City of Ashes” as much as I hope you enjoyed “City of Bones.”

If you have any questions or you just want to share you thoughts about “City of Bones,” “City of Ashes,” or anything regarding the Immortal Instrument series, please feel free to shoot me an email or you can comment on this post if you don’t mind sharing your thoughts with the rest of the WordPress community.

Supernatural

One of my favorite shows that still airs on television is “Supernatural.” It was one of my first non-cartoon, non-disney shows that I started watching as a teenager.

There’s intriguing storylines, shocking plot twists, kickass fight scenes, and a slew of sexy actors who end up playing two different personalities of the same character (one is good, and one is usually evil).

What makes the show the most interesting is the relationship between the two lead characters, Sam and Dean Winchester (played by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki).

Over the course of seven seasons, Sam and Dean have grown closer together as siblings, and at times, farther apart. But to the end, they will always be brothers, and they will always be there for each other whether they like it or not.

Ackles as Dean Winchester

Padalecki as Sam Winchester

Before Sam and Dean Winchester even existed to their respective actors, there was just Ackles and Padalecki. Both have acted in movie roles.  Both have acted in television roles.  And, interestingly enough, both were born in Texas (although they didn’t know each other prior to “Supernatural.”)

And apparently, Ackles and Padalecki are both big Peta supporters.

Here’s a few pictures of Ackles before he became Dean Winchester.

jensen ackles

And here’s a few pictures of Padalecki before he became Sam Winchester.

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The Winchester brother have even unintentionally become part of their own genre known as Wincest, where the two brothers are depicted as being “more than brothers.”

Tune into the CW every Friday at 9 p. m. to see more of Ackles and Padalecki, and to catch up with season 7 of “Supernatural.” And don’t forget to watch season 8 of “Supernatural” in the fall on the same channel at the same time.

Although I couldn’t find a legitimate Peta photo of Padalecki, I did find this video of him loving the booty (I know I do).

Summer Reading List: “City of Bones”

For all you students out there who are either not working (like me), or not taking summer classes (like me), I would highly recommend you to spend some time catching up on some reading.

And, no, I don’t mean catching up on reading for school, but catching up on reading for fun.  Reading can be fun!

By the end of the summer, I plan to have read at least one book a week, although a few books may take a little bit longer, and I would like for you to join me.  I plan to suggest to suggest one book to you that I’ve read, that I’m reading, or that I plan to read that I think will be interesting to you.

To start off, I’m going to suggest the first book in the Mortal Instruments series: “City of Bones.” It’s an adventurous, young adult fantasy series that literally has you turning the pages faster than you can read. This will be a book that you can’t put down as with the other books in the series.

Here’s the synopsis on the back of the “City of Bones”:

When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons — and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disapperars and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.

In addition to reading the “City of Bones,” be prepared to watch the “City of Bones” movie starring Lily Collins as Clary Fray  (“Abduction,” Mirror Mirror,” & “Priest”) and Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland (“”Sweeney Todd:  The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” & “The Twilight Saga:  Breaking Dawn — Part 1”) set to be released in August 2013.

Have fun and enjoy your reading!

Pretty Little Liars

Don’t miss the summer premiere of “Pretty Little Liars” tonight on abc family at 8 p. m.

With so many secrets still needing to be revealed, you can’t possibly miss this new season of “Pretty Little Liars.”

To recap:

Mona was revealed as ‘A.’ But it was also revealed that Mona wasn’t working alone. She was simply a part of the ‘A’ team who are out to get the pretty little liars.

Although she died after falling off a cliff in the book, she is still pretty much alive, and still pretty much insane.

And who was the person in the red coat who came to visit Mona?

Maya was found dead.

Ironically, Maya was the one who told Emily that Alison was dead in the first episode of “Pretty Little Liars” in the same place where Alison’s body was found.

And I’m pretty sure the same music was playing in the background as in the first episdoe when Maya told Emily.

Garret was arrested for the murder of Alison.

And to watch Garrett get arrested was none other than Melissa Hastings, who appears to be in some sort of relationship with Reynolds.

She may not be ‘A,’ but she sure could be a part of the ‘A’ team. She seems to have an axe to ground with Spencer and her friends.

Before Garrett was into Melissa, he was into Jenna, who seemed to have forgotten to mention to anyone that she can now see.

Even though Hanna saved her life, she could still have it out for Hanna and her friends.

Jenna Marshall

Toby was able to convince Dr. Anne Sullivan to return to save them from A’s torment (Mona’s torment).

Yet, I still don’t understand how a grown woman could let a teenager control her life, even if her son was being threatened. She was the adult in the situation.

And what of the pretty little liars love lives?

Will Spencer & Toby get back together, and stay together?

Will Aria continue to see Ezra?

Is there anything that Hanna’s & Caleb’s relationship can’t withstand?

And will Emily be able to move on after Maya’s death?

To find out the answers to all of these questions, tune into “Pretty Little Liars” tonight on abc family at 8 p. m.