Thursday, September 30, 2010

EvilEva reviews... The Hunger Games

EvilEva reviews...... The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. 

The Hunger Games Trilogy.

The world has gone to hell. North America is now Panem, a country divided into 12 Districts and ruled over by the Capitol. Each year the Districts are forced to participate in the reaping, where a boy and a girl from each District, called Tributes, will be picked to compete in The Hunger Games. 
The Hunger Games is the ultimate test of survival. A televised event pitting the Tributes against each other in a fight to the death. There can be only one winner. It's basically hardcore Survivor. But instead of being voted off and Jeff Probst whisking you away to a mere four star hotel, the contestants must kill each other and wait for the body of the person they've just bludgeoned to be transported elsewhere by hovercraft. Hard. Core.

The story revolves around Katniss Everdeen. Katniss is one tough cookie. She hunts, fishes, single-handedly takes care of her small family, and now, after taking her younger sister's place, she must compete in the Games. Also picked from her District is Peeta Mellark. A boy with whom Katniss shares a bit of a history (and maybe a bit of a romance with as well!) Rounding out the main cast of characters introduced in this book are Haymitch, former District 12 winner of The Hunger Games (and resident drunk) as well as mentor to Katniss and Peeta; Rue, the small Tribute from District 11 and eventual ally to Katniss; Gale, Katniss' best friend and hunting buddy from the Seam; Prim, Katniss' little sister; Cinna, Katniss' stylist (because the Capitol wants to pretty you up before they lead you to slaughter); and Effie Trinket, District 12's overly enthusiastic escort. 

The plot is pretty basic. Stay alive by any means necessary. But Suzanne Collins has managed to make magic because with every turn of the page you want these characters to be ok. You want them to come out on the other side safe and unscathed but, because of the rules of the Games, you know that some of them won't and it breaks your heart. Suzanne Collins did a wonderful job with these characters. She had me rooting for them, worried for them, frightened for them and ecstatic for them. This book is an emotional roller coaster for the reader because, with how the Games are, there's danger around every corner and no one's safety is guaranteed. This makes the book very fast paced without being sloppy. I wanted to pick it up and read it every night until my eyes were sore and my vision became blurry and even then I still wanted to finish Katniss' story but sleep would eventually win out. In the morning I would see the book on my nightstand and get all whipped up again waiting for the moment when I could dive back in. I thought the book was beautifully written and very interesting. The whole book is a masterpiece in my opinion. The characters, the plot, the pacing, the imagery, the details! All of it comes together so wonderfully! I can't wait to get started on Catching Fire and see what happens next!
I HIGHLY recommend The Hunger Games especially if you're looking for something a bit supernatural but also unique and have grown tired of the vampire/werewolf/fairy/angel/witch lit that have been tumbling from the YA shelves lately. 

The Scale of Judgment says...... 5!

Stay tuned, muffins. I'll be reviewing Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, soon. So keep checking back and may the odds by ever in your favor! ;)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Supernatural Shakedown: Season 6 Episode 1 OR The Apocalypse Is Over But The Fun Has Just Begun

It's Friday night. It's 9 o clock. So sit your Ass-butt down & lets watch some Supernatural!

Episode #1: Exile on Main Street.
Previously on Supernatural...
Shit. Went. Down. Sam became Satan's bitch, got into a scuffle with faux-bro Adam (aka Michael) and fell "into the cage." Dean goes to Lisa for a seemingly Happy Ending (no, not the kind you get from a seedy massage parlor) & quits "the family business." But what's this!? Dean's at the table with his new family & there's his old family staring at him from across the street! That's right! Sammy's back, baby! Dun-dun-dun!!!

Dean's living the "apple pie life." Something makes me think that this won't last long. 
Dean as a stepdad in suburbia is waaaaay weirder than Dean the super awesome demon hunter, don't you agree? 
Having a beer with some lame-o neighbor. Pest control, huh? Good metaphor, Deano!
Oh, here it goes! Something "supernatural" is bout to go down! Look at all the weird marks everywhere! Hope it's not a werewolf. i'm pretty sick of their kind. Almost as much as vampires. Almost. 
Possums kill, Sid. Ha! Ok, i don't like Sid. He's really nosy. Mind your beeswax, Sid! 
Ok, Dean's in the garage. Oh yeah, here come the supernatural times, right? 
Go away, Lisa! It's Impala time!
Ah, the leather jacket! John's journal! Come back to the dark side, Dean. We have cookies!
Holy shit! It's Yellow Eyes!!!!!!
Holy shit! It's Sam!!!!!!
Time for a commercial break....

What the- what??? Are you Sam or Satan? Come on now you can't bring back my gorgeous Sammy & make him all Evil in the very first episode back.
Ok, he says that he's Sam. But can we trust him? i want to because look how dreamy!
Sam's taking us to meet his peeps. Wait, since when does Sam have peeps?
What the fuck? Who the hell are these people? Third cousins? Since when did the Winchesters have an extended family? i don't know that i like or trust these people. 
Wait, what the fuck is their Gramps doing here?!?!?
So, Grandpa has been resurrected... for some reason...
Apparently we're huntin' Djinn in this ep, people.
Oh shit, now Lisa & Ben are missing. Of course they fucking are. 
Commercial time...
Oooh, Harry Potter trailer. Can't wait! November 19th! Woo-Hoo!!!

Ok, we're back. & apparently they're not missing. Lisa & Ben, i mean. They were just out to  a movie. Well sure. There are Djinn crawling all over the place but yeah feel free to go run out to see How to Train Your Dragon real quick. Get your head in the game Lisa you're dating (or married to? it's not really clear. Although Dean doesn't have a ring on his finger) a demon hunter! You've got to be prepared for when the baddies attack, UH DUH!!!
Hey, hey everybody! It's Bobby! & apparently he already knew Sam was alive. Guess everyone on the planet was aware. With the exception of Dean.
Setting up a sting op for the Djinn. Wait a minute, what's going on with the neighbors?
Dammit! Commercial...

& now back to the show.
Oops, the neighbors are dead. Sorry, Sid. Although if you had just minded your own business you'd probably be at home acting really dull & lame right not. But you've been killed by Djinn. 
Oh no! Dean has been poisoned by those tattooed Djinn! You get away from him! He's had a VERY rough couple of days.
Sam beat one to death with a lamp because he is super awesome!
What the fucking F, man! Dean's in Ben's bed, Lisa is on the ceiling Mama Winchester style & Ben is drinking Yellow Eye's blood! Wait, ok that was a hallucination or something. We're all ok. Well, as ok as we can be with the Djinn on the loose.
Hey, what are you up to Grandpa Campbell? Are you evil? i'm sorry but i just don't trust these new relations. Something is up. Mark my words.
This ep has been confusing. First Sam wants Dean to stay with Lisa & Ben, now he wants him to join him on the road? 
Awww! Dean's giving Sammy the Impala. But Sam wants him to keep it. 
Now Sam is just gonna leave? & Dean's just gonna stand there? No, Dean! You wanna hunt! You NEED to hunt! Now go hunt with Sam or this is gonna be an incredibly short season of Supernatural...

Next time on Supernatural...
Uh, looks like we might have a monster baby on our hands, y'all.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Squeal With Delight Over The New Harry Potter Trailer

Ok peeps, i am sooooo beyond excited for this! it's the latest trailer for Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1! Which, of course comes out November 19th! Can i get a Woo-Hoo for that? i mean, can you name one person that isn't psyched about this movie? Go on, try. Can you name one?  If you answered "Yes i can name one,"  my answer to you would then be "Why are you hanging out with this dipshit? Lose 'em immediately!"

So there it is! How awesome does this look!!!! i'm excited but then sad because this is truly the beginning of the end of the Harry Potter franchise. i've spent so many years with these books & these movies & these characters & soon enough it'll all just be over. Very sad stuff. Very sad indeed. Only 2 movies left, muffins. Then what are we gonna do with ourselves? 
Obsess over The Hunger Games franchise, perhaps? 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Hunger Games Virgin

That's right y'all. i have yet to turn a page, nay to crack a spine of the latest book sensation to sweep the blogosphere.
i'm, of course, talking about The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
i've heard so much buzz about these books that i thought now, while revamping my blog, would be the perfect time to read them.
So, my dear bloggermuffins, it's official!
The Hunger Games will be the very first book review of the new & improved Nancy Drew is My Homegirl blog!

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Scale of Judgment

So you're probably thinking, "Uh, what the F is The Scale of Judgment?" Well i'm glad you're so inquisitive & thus i will tell you. The Scale of Judgment will be the rating system by which all books will be judged in this blog.
i just thought i'd go ahead & mention it & explain it a little.

The Scale of Judgment
5= Complete Awesomeness
4= Almost Awesome
2=Borderline Sucky
1=Hugely Suckish

i think The Scale pretty much speaks for itself. it's idiot-proof, really. After every book review there will be an accompanying score (1-5, idiot!) But worry not bloggermuffins! i'll be transferring a copy of it over to the side. So if you forget what 3 means you can just look to the right & see that, Oh this book was Slightly Amusing. it's that simple!

i've also decided the first book that i'm gonna review! For right now though i'm gonna keep it my little secret. Keep checking back here & on Twitter (i'm @girlsleuth) 
All will be revealed SOON!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's New! It's Improved! It's...The Same?

I actually started this blog a few years ago but it never fully became what i wanted it to be. So i decided to scrap it, delete all previous posts & start fresh. This is the first post of the new & improved (& yes, kinda the same) Nancy Drew is My Homegirl booktastical blog!
i guess i'll start off by telling you a little about myself...

My real name isn't EvilEva, obvs.i like to think of EvilEva as my alter ego. She's me only sassier, ballsier, & more EViL! However, for the purposes of this blog, we're one & the same.
The purposes of this blog being book reviews, book news, talk of TV, movies, music & life in general. But mainly books. Because i love books! i love pretty much EVERYTHING having to do with books! i love to read! i love bookstores & libraries & bookmarks & bookshelves! i love book review sites & books being turned into movies & TV shows! i love other people that are super passionate about books & want to discuss them ad nausium!   i just really, truly, deeply LOVE LOVE LOVE anything & everything about books & reading.

My second love in life, which i will undoubtedly discuss quite a bit in this blog, is Supernatural! i've been a fan (or fanatic, whatever!) of this show since the pilot episode. i've watched EVERY SINGLE episode since (even tho this year they're changing it to Friday at 9. i find this particularly blasphemous as Supernatural's rightful home is Thursday at 9! Uh, DUH!!!!!) i have all 5 seasons on DVD, i have every book thus far in the series, i have every magazine issue to date, i have a Supernatural themed playlist on my iPod, i even have the friggin' widget at the bottom of this page! In short, i love the show (& Jared Padalecki! i soooo wanted to become Mrs. Padalecki but he had to go & marry Ruby!)
So, much like books, Supernatural is something that i'll be talking about A LOT in this blog.
As far as TV goes, i also love me some Dexter, Big Bang Theory, Psych, Vampire Diaries, & True Blood. So these will probably get a mention from time to time too.

i do have other interests besides books & TV tho. 
i love music! i love to sing! If i weren't such an unbelievable chicken shit i'd love to be a singer. But currently i'm pretty much terrified to sing in front of anyone. Really hoping that'll change one day. i write songs. & i'd really love to learn to play the acoustic guitar (i was very much a Jewel-head in the mid 90's! Hated it when she went all pseudo-poptart in the 00's. What happened to Foolish Games, man? Bring that chick back!) i like making up "soundtracks" for pretty much EVERY occasion. Basically, i'm the mix tape queen!

It has just occurred to me that "a little about myself" has kinda spiraled outta control! i also wanted to explain what you can come to expect from this new & improved blog.
Basically "Nancy Drew is My Homegirl" is a book review site. i'll be reading books, obvs. Reviewing the crap out of 'em & rating them from Suckish to Awesomeness. (i'll explain more about the rating system in my next post.)
i'll also be keeping you up to date with any & all book related news. Plus, i'll introduce you to The Big Ass Read, The Mini Ass Read, & The Nancy Drew Files. (These are all book challenges that i'll get into further later on.)
So, that's who i am & what this blog will be. Interested? Intrigued? Then check in each week for a new post.
Thanks for letting me ramble!