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Thursday, 26 February 2015

February 2015 Wrap-Up | ANIS

1. Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part One (The Promise #1) by Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Konietzo, Michael Dante DiMartino and Gurihiru 

Continuing from where the animated series left off, we see Aang and Zuko working together to bring back their Fire Nation troops back home from the Earth Colonies. However some of them made a home there and a family too. It was hard for Zuko to come to a decision because Aang and him don't see eye to eye regarding this matter. 

I grew up watching the animated series and even till now it's still my favorite show ever. I was obviously excited to read this and indeed I wasn't disappointed. It shows that there is still some problems even after Aang defeated Fire Lord Ozai. Since I can only find the first volume of The Promise trilogy, I find this book too short and I wanted more! 


2. Deadpool: The Complete Collection - Volume One by Daniel Way, Andy Diggle, Steve Dillon, Paco Medina, Carlo Barberi and Bong Dazo 

Because a Deadpool movie is going to be made, I decided to give reading its comic a go. I had little idea of who Deadpool is so it's interesting reading about him. He is one complicated guy. He's fickle and impulsive and those are some of the things that he and I have in common. I love his randomness throughout the book. I still can't quite figure out if he's good or bad. 

This comic book is quite a fun read because there were some random moments that were really funny. Deadpool's past still remains a mystery. There were a few theories on what happened to him but we don't know which is true. However, I sort of like that. 


3. Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson 

This is my first time reading a new adult fantasy novel. It's not something I read because I'm not really a fan of fantasy novels. If it wasn't for my friend who forced / challenged me to read it, I'm pretty sure I never will. Despite the fact that this book has such high ratings ad good reviews, I wasn't entirely convinced that I would enjoy reading this book. The number of pages is already intimidating enough to turn me off from reading it. I decided to read anyway mainly because I don't want to get punished for failing the challenge. Little did I know that I would soon be emotionally invested in the book.

The story is set in a world where ashes fall from the sky and mists will come out at night. In a city called Luthadel, located in the Final Empire, there are two types of class groups: the noble and the skaa. The nobles are the rich ones, who dominates the city and are favored by the Lord Ruler. The skaa, however, are the poor ones, forced to do all the hard labor and were always badly treated. There were so much injustice in the country. One of the book's main character is Vin. She is a half-breed skaa who works for a thieving crew. She was a very quiet, reserved and paranoid girl. One day she was being rescued by a man named Kelsier who then asked her to join his team as the work on a huge task of overthrowing the Lord Ruler. What Vin didn't know is that because she is of mixed breed, she possesses Allomantic powers. Those people are called Allomancers. There are two types of Allomancers. One is Misting, referring to someone who can only use one of the Allomantic metals, or Mistborn, one who can gain powers from all Allomantic metals. Fortunately for Vin, she is the latter. Kelsier too. She then became Kelsier's apprentice and learn the way of Alllmancy.

Initially I found those stuff about Allomancy a little confusing and I had difficulty grasping the concept. But as I read further, I got a better understanding of it because of the way the explanations were being woven together. I thought that the author was going to dump chunks of informations about Allomancy, which is a boring sort of way but fortunately he didn't. Instead, he made put the readers in Vin's shoes and explained the whole Allomancy stuff as if we were the one learning about it. We also got to see Vin practicing it and I think that helps readers get a better understanding on how Allomancy works. Allomancy is a pretty cool power to have!

My most favorite character from this book has got to be Kelsier. He is one of the main characters. He is a charismatic, witty, funny, pretty optimistic and sometimes playful fella. Being charismatic and optimistic is what makes him an excellent leader. He led his crew with such efficiency. He's so determined that he can overthrow the Lord Ruler and bring justice to the skaa. That is another quality that I like about him. He is also like father to Vin. I love their father-daughter relationship. He taught Vin everything he knows about Allomancy and he gave her a lot of life lessons as well. He instilled good values in her and made her become a much better person who treasures friendship and cares not just for herself but for others as well. He is also protective of her and doesn't want to see her get hurt. What I love most about him is his smile. He is always smiling and I can imagine it's one of those sweet, genuine kind that gives you the assurance that everything is going to be alright.

Another one of my favorite character is Vin. She is timid, reserved and sometimes paranoid. She was sometimes badly treated in her old thieving crew. Being raised in that sort of environment might be one of the reasons why she has trust issues. Thankfully, Kelsier rescued her from that hellhole. For someone who is very new to Allomancy, she's a very fast-learner. I bet she is a special Allomancer. She seems more powerful than Kelsier but she's just not confident of herself.

Elend is another character whom I adore. He loves to read which is one of the qualities that makes him attractive. He is charming in an unconventional way. He is a remarkably intellectual and witty lad. If you like guys who read then you'll obviously be smitten by him!

This book delves me into the world of the Final Empire – a world of skaa and Allomancers and all their politics. The way the story is being written felt so alive and so fantastical. There were so many unexpected twists. There was a particular one that left me overwhelmed with emotions. At first, I was in a state of utter shock and sheer confusion. I refused to accept what had happened. Eventually, when I did, I was just so grief-stricken. That entire scene was bitter-sweet though.

Overall, the book is brilliant! For a person who is never into new adult fantasy novels, I find myself enjoying this one. I can't wait to read the next two books because I've still got questions and I need some answers!!

Rating: ★★★★★

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Music Monday #5

Hey guys! This will be my last Music Monday post before Hazira takes over in March. There isn't really a theme this week. The songs I have picked out are ones I'm currently obsessing over.

I'm no stranger to Avril Lavigne's breathtaking voice. 'Give You What You Like' is a track on her latest album but the music video dropped recently. I'm not sure why I wasn't listening to the track on her album until this video was released. But this song has been on repeat since I've discovered it. What an awesome track!

The next song isn't a new favourite. I've been obsessed with it for a while. I love the music video for the song. It's unique and fun and just...great! I love the different perspectives we're getting to experience through the camera. I think this is my favourite music video by One Direction because it actually has a storyline.

But forget about the music video, their vocals in this song are so soft and beautiful. I love the part of the song when Harry starts singing to the chorus. I'm in love. 

If you've not figured it out yet, I love K-Pop. I decided to introduce at least one K-pop song for my Music Monday posts. For this week, it's a new release by 4MINUTE called Crazy. I'm going to be honest. The new title track by 4MINUTE isn't something I listen to often. I tend to go for ballads so it came as a surprise to me when I started digging the song.

I love the black and white with short bursts of colour in the music video. The song is fun and upbeat, perfect for those days where you just need a quick dose of entertainment.

I hope you liked the songs I chose this week. I know you will miss me but not to worry, I'll be back to do more Music Monday posts in May. You can always shoot any one of us a question on our social media if you're looking for songs recommendation.

Alas, my turn is over. I had fun and I can't wait to share more of my favourite songs next time. Goodbye and happy listening ;)
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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Glee | TV Talk


Hello everyone! Today I will be talking about Glee. Glee used to be one of my favorite shows a few years back, when I was in secondary school. One of the reasons why I love the show back then would be their portrayal of high school. Some parts may seem too fictional but the characters and their problems felt real. Another reason why I love this show is the songs. Glee introduced me to some of the best old school / Broadway songs I've heard. Some of the songs were ones I grew up listening to so it’s nice how they did their own renditions of those songs. Some of the covers they did were better than the original!

I used to be a massive fan of this show and I would watch it religiously each week until season four ended. After that I got quite busy and I kind of lost interest in the show because the original members of the Glee Club already graduated. Not that I don’t like the new kids. I do but I just don’t really like the tension between Jake and Ryder as they fight to win Marley’s heart. I do love their singing though. They were a talented bunch and I especially love Marley’s voice. She always sounds so good and she looks calm when she is singing. I love all of the songs that she sang during the season but my favorite has got to be when she sang Grease’s “You’re the One that I Want” with Ryder, Rachel and Finn. Marley and Ryder killed that song and they've got such a beautiful chemistry that I wished the song should just be sang by them. Even if I didn't watch season five, I still watch their videos on the Glee's YouTube page. I may not like the plot but I still love the songs that they sang. My ultimate favorite song from all the seasons would be “Journey Medley”. That performance was magical and truly memorable. 

The character that I resonate most from this show would be Rachel. She is a very ambitious, enthusiastic, yet sometimes very uptight girl. She can be a perfectionist, always wanting things to go her way and gets anxious when something didn't go as planned. I feel like those are some of the attributes I possess. I like her a lot because of her determination that she will one day succeed in Broadway. Even if people mocked her dreams, it only made her stronger and she felt the more desire to prove those people wrong.

However, my utmost favorite character is Quinn. She is remarkably stunning and I absolutely adore her sense of fashion. She always looks so gorgeous wearing those vintage dresses. I love her relationship with Puck. They were meant to be, indeed. 

The main reason why I am watching Glee again is because it is the final season. I’m curious as to how they are going to wrap things up. I realized that this final season is pretty short. I wonder if the new members of the Glee Club will make it to Sectionals. I hope we get to see them compete with Warblers and Vocal Adrenaline. Also, I am hoping to see more of Quinn and Puck. I think this is highly unlikely but I want to see them get married. They’re my favorite couple and of course I want them to have a happy ending that they deserved. The episodes that have been aired so far from this season were pretty alright and I hope they will keep getting better because after all, this is the final season so its got to end with something spectacular and memorable. 

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