Friday, January 13, 2017

Into the Fog and Far Away...

Finally! The wait is over! It seemed like an eternity since I stumbled upon this story at FictionPress and found it to be incomplete, though after 3 years of snooping around and checking for updates, and another 3 months of waiting for the book to arrive once I ordered it. Well, here it is! 

Although it did take me at least 3 weeks (after the holidays) to really get down and read it, and 3 days to get this review done; since I still had a lot of questions running around my head and some theories that seem to have popped up out of nowhere. The book in question? Here:

The smoky cover sure makes it creepier...

Three sisters, three cursed men, and a ghastly fairy tale come to life.

When Elizabeth, Delia, and Emily were children, their grandfather told them a story about an island castle called the Needle’s Eye—home to a lord and his three sons. The castle has since been hidden by a mysterious fog, but his story speaks of nine girls who rowed out to the island. None of them returned, and the lord’s family was never heard from again.Years later, following their grandfather’s death, the last ties that bind the sisters to the village—and each other—seem to be breaking.

A careless mistake on the water leads their boat to be swallowed by the forbidden fog, and when they emerge from that cloud, the girls discover that the island castle they’d dreamed of is not a myth.The mere innocence of a curious glimpse becomes a fight for survival when the girls are cursed by the lord’s ghostly sons. Their choice quickly becomes apparent: they can play the games of the three soulless men, or they can give in to death, never to see one another again.

It may sound morbid and all (or a tad bit creepy...) but it got me really curious ever since I got to read the first 3 chapters. The dynamics between the 3 sisters seemed to be relatable enough, what with Elizabeth being motherly since she is the eldest; Delia, the middle sister, seems to be misunderstood and doesn't always see eye to eye with Elizabeth; and then we have Emily, the dreamer of the 3 as well as the youngest. All I can say is "Three's a Crowd", and their relationship with one another seems rocky at best, and it'll surely affect it more when these 3 brothers come into the "picture". (and what is it about the number 3???)

Meet Dante, Christopher, Anton, who behind their handsome appearances, hide an ugly truth. Now before you start pairing them off by order of their birth, let me spoil you with the fact that they hit it off with their "personalities" instead. I'll give you a good guess by giving them titles suitable for being sons of a lord: "Dante the Diabolical", "Christopher the Confused", "Anton the Abusive".

In the end, I felt bad for the 3 sisters, especially Elizabeth, and though I wouldn't consider it a love triangle (since she was mostly confused with her feelings), at least her fiancé truly loved her. I guess I just have to pacify myself with the theory that maybe the 3 sisters are truly home, for as long as I convince myself that Elizabeth's necklace was passed through to her from many generations long ago, then maybe somewhere down their bloodline, they really belonged in the cursed city.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Just Another One Hell of A Movie

As promised, I separated this blogpost from its anime counterpart since it has a whole lot of explaining to do when it comes to the characters they've been putting into the film. If you haven't gotten a clue as to which anime I'm talking about, it's this one:

I think the anime is still better though... <--__<--

As you've noticed, "Ciel" looks like a girl, 'cuz his anime version can't get any effeminate enough...

Yet another unrealistic expectation of men women??? >.<

Although Ayame Goriki (who plays Ciel) really is a girl in real life, and I'm not going to spoil the film on how they're going to play that one out. Just in case you haven't watched the movie yet.

Other than the gender-bender twist, you'd also want to keep in mind that the film is set in modern day Japan, and it's kinda confusing that we get to see recurring characters from the anime version that's set in Victorian England. Unless of course they're descended from them, which wasn't exactly explained in the film.

Though if you're not too picky with the details part, and probably just miss the dynamics of Ciel and Sebastian (since the fanfics just aren't enough anymore), this movie's for you!

The film itself has the same style that the anime has, with the right amount of mystery mixed with bloody thrills. I'd even go as far as saying that this movie should have had a sequel, just so we'd get to explore the dynamics Sebastian has with his new mistress master.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Kissing Can Be Dangerous To Your Health... Just So You Know...

And I'm on a roll with these book reviews! Well kinda... So just a year couple of months ago, I can't help but reminisce the first time I've read a Y.A. book, nor could I help but do a "little" bit of backtracking on my blogposts. That's why I've decided to keep on posting more book reviews (as time will allow it...), as well as other posts that I've somehow neglected these past few years.

Going on with the rise of vampire genres during my Y.A. times, this book wasn't able to escape my ever-hungry appetite for reading, (especially anything on paper...):

There are scarier things out there that are worse than cooties...

Yeah... like I said, it "was" the age of vampire genres then, so paranormal romances weren't really much of a surprise either. Also, if you've noticed, this is also another anthology compiled by Trisha Telep from another various set of talented authors! You could say I was too lazy to explore or find other anthology books compiled by other people, but I guess there was no harm done in reading another book from someone you've already tried and tested. Looking back on that train of thought, I can say I don't regret it. Moving on to the review!

"The Assassin's Apprentice" by Michelle Zink
In a world where angels and demons exist among us, we have Rose, our protagonist who is a Descendant or part angel. She's on a mission to avenge her parents' death by slaying the demon who did it. Along the way though, she meets an Assassin named Asher, who has also been tasked to kill the same demon. A conflict of interests and some sexual tension, and we've got one hell (...forgive the pun) of a paranormal romance!

"Errant" by Diana Peterfreund
This story was a bit weird for me since it had unicorns. I've got nothing against unicorns, but I always kinda picture them as...

I'm gonna die!!! >.<

...and not like this...

Spoke too soon... T__T

Anyway... aside from the unicorns, we also have really horribles guys in this story. So in substitution for the lack of romance, we got a more sisterly kind of love instead.

"The Spirit Jar" by Karen Mahoney
One of the reasons I also decided to buy this book was because it had a sequel of Moth's story after the events of "Falling to Ash" from The Eternal Kiss. It was fun reading her character since Moth came across as imperfect as any human, even though she knew she was definitely a vampire. The romance part wasn't much in this one, especially not directly involving the main character, but we had snippets of her thoughts concerning the guy from the previous story. So I guess it'd be best to read "Falling to Ash" before this.

"Lost" by Justine Musk
I remember reading a review before that this story was somehow based on one greek mythology that I was always fascinated about. I guess it was also one of the many reasons I decided to buy this book. I wouldn't dwell much on the plot since it could give away which myth it was based on, but let's just say that the heroine of this book, Sasha, has an uncanny ability to find anything that's "lost". She later meets a guy named Haiden, who surprisingly knows and understands her ability. But there's still the question of who exactly is he? Though really, I wished we got more scenes or interactions of them together.

"The Spy Who Never Grew Up" by Sarah Rees Brennan
I initially thought the story had something to do with an immature spy or something that's completely a parody, but lo and behold, it was actually about Peter Pan!

Yeah that kind of Peter Pan ↖( ̄▽ ̄")

And I guess it was actually creepy how he was described as having physically matured, but still remaining somewhat a child. Add the fact that I never really liked Peter Pan (Disney or not) to begin with, this story was just.... NO.

"Dungeons of Langeais" by Becca Fitzpatrick
So this story is part of Becca Fitzpatrick's "Hush, Hush" series, although it's more like a prequel and stars the antagonist of the first book, Chauncey. It was a good story and all, though I think I would have appreciated this story better if I had read the series, since I felt like there were too many loopholes as to how angels co-exist with humans in this universe.

"Behind the Red Door" by Caitlin Kittredge
A dare and a haunted mansion causes our protagonist, Jo, to meet a real (live?) ghost whom she later finds herself falling for. But sometimes, not everything is as it seems and Jo might learn that the hard way. I really loved this story to the point that I based my high school writing project on it. I wouldn't spoil the fun, but this story was definitely not all hearts and flowers.

"Hare Moon" by Carrie Ryan
Another prequel, this time from Carrie Ryan's "Forest of Hands and Teeth" series which focuses on Sister Tabitha in her younger days when she fell in love but had to pick her priorities. Though I haven't really read the series, I think Sister Tabitha still plays an important part there and this prequel just gives us a backstory on how things were during her time when towns were fenced off from the outside world, away from zombies.

"Familiar" by Michelle Rowan
This was a cute story about our protagonist, Brenda, who is a witch-in-training on the look out for a familiar. You know, like the ones in Harry Potter?

Those were the happy days...

Unbeknownst to her, she managed to get a shape-shifting werecat named Owen, and since he's technically NOT an animal or a pet for that matter, that's where all the chaos starts. Oh, and he's also being chased by werewolves. 

"Fearless" by Rachel Vincent
This story is set in the "Soul Screamers" universe by Rachel Vincent which I've yet to read, but I've got an inkling that the series has a lot to do about banshees...

...or creatures that are close to that anyway...

This story was surprisingly exciting and had some action in it, though I honestly could have enjoyed it better had I read the series first, or maybe I just think the background informations and universe building had a lot of loopholes that could confuse a reader who's unaware of some details.

"Vermillion" by Daniel Marks
This was a really crazy and confusing story, which personally kinda reminded me of an anime in my childhood days that had a lot to do with Spirit Detectives and paranormal stuff they had to do. In this case, we have Velvet and Nick who are sent out on a mission to track down a rogue spirit wreaking havoc in the human world. The crazy thing is that I think I "slept/read" right through it 'cuz I remember some really wacky scenerios from this story! Which is kinda fun, but definitely confusing.

"The Hounds of Ulster" by Maggie Stiefvater
I've read the "Shiver" trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater before and I really enjoyed it, so I was kinda expecting to enjoy this story as well, though I was just left utterly confused yet again. This story focuses on Bryant and Sullivan who dream of becoming "punk gods", but here comes a "girl" who seems to become a distraction to them. This is most definitely NOT a "love"-triangle you'd usually expect. To wrap it up, I think my confusion mostly had something to do with the Irish myths inserted in the story that I wasn't exactly familiar with, but other than that, I liked the fact that we got a bit of a shocker ending.   

"Many Happy Returns" by Daniel Waters
Boy, do I wish the title could speak for itself, but this story didn't exactly have anything "happy" going on here. In a world where the dead could possibly have a (second) chance to live again, four teenagers involved in an accident have their parents waiting for them. Among the casualties are Mandy and her boyfriend Jake, though this story mostly focuses on Mandy's dad, Cal, and his thoughts before the "awakening", which actually added to the sadness of the story 'cuz it's mostly about a parent waiting for his kid to come back. This folks, is quite the tragic ending for a book dealing with the paranormal.

To wrap it up though, this book is also out of print, last I checked in Amazon. So yeah, I'm an ass for not telling you that first before going on with the review. But on the bright side, I think there are ebook editions around the internet so if you do happen to find it, maybe you'll be able to relate more to what I'm blogging about here huh?

With all that said, I'd like to recommend "The Spirit Jar", "Lost" and my favorite story in the book, "Behind the Red Door", while some of the stories were either filled with loopholes or it just completely lost me. 

Maybe next time I try reading a Paranormal Romance type of book, I should probably pick something that already has a specific category. You know, like how I tried the Vampire one? Maybe I should try Ghosts next?