Melanie's Musings
July 2, 2014

WWW: The Fantasy Edition

Hosted by Should Be Reading, WWW Wednesday asks readers to answer three questions.

  •  What are you currently reading?
  •  What did you recently finish reading?
  •  What do you think you’ll read next?

And, boy, have I been reading. I’m on a fantasy kick that’s bound to last ’til the end of the summer, at the very least.

I’m currently reading The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. I promised myself at 15 or so that I wouldn’t watch the famed Lord of the Rings movies until I read the books… and I’m just now getting around to them. I’m only a little over a hundred pages in, but I can already tell it’s a good ‘un.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale has been on my bookshelf over a year. After I finished reading it, I had but one question:

What is wrong with me?

I mean, seriously, why would I wait so long to read a charming, intriguing tale that left me with such warm and fuzzy feelings at the end?

Up next is Crown of Embers by Rae Carson, Book 2 of the Girl of Fire and Thorns series. I picked this one up on a whim at the library, though it’s been over two years since I read Book 1, which I have pleasant memories of. (Read my review here.)

So, that’s my reading life in a nutshell. What are you reading?

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June 23, 2014

Delirium Pilot: TV Review

Based on the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver (see my review of Book 1 here), the Delirium pilot is on Hulu for just a few weeks. I seized a semi-lazy Saturday afternoon to see it for myself.

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The pilot is essentially Book 1 in less than 45 minutes. As such, it’s light on the details and heavy on the action. Still, it’s pretty impressive how much plot they put into such a short time span.

Just like when I read the book, I found the world building more captivating than the characters. In the pilot, the political intrigue ramps up quickly. It’s fascinating, and I disliked Mr. Fineman immensely. Nothing like a shady politician to get people’s lips curled.

Starring Emma Roberts as Lena (oh my goodness, I finally know how to pronounce her name), Delirium tells the tale of a girl initially wanting the life set before her, until she begins to discover the truth about her world.

Click here to watch the Delirium pilot and see for yourself.

More than anything, watching the pilot re-awakened my desire to pick up the book series once again. Whatever happened to Lena and Alex anyway?

New to Delirium? Here’s the quick synopsis of the pilot:

In a not-so-distant future, love is a disease that the government eliminates by forcing all citizens to get the Cure when they’re eighteen. Shortly before Lena Holoway’s scheduled procedure she does something dangerous: she meets Alex and falls in love.

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Categories: movie review
June 17, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon: Movie Review

You know those moments when you wonder why in the world you waited so long to try something awesome? That’s how I feel about pistachio ice cream. And How to Train Your Dragon.


While I always thought the premise of the movie would be suitably amusing, I was turned off by the style of animation. It reminds me of video games. After seeing the movie, though, the style actually makes sense, with all the flying above the clouds and sneaking around corners that goes on.

And, most importantly, the story is amazing. I’m a huge fan of underdog stories. I want the scared kitten to frighten away the menacing dog. For David to beat Goliath. Or, in the case of How to Train Your Dragon, for Hiccup to overthrow the conventionalities of his Viking society and find his place in the world. I think it’s my inner middle school self seeking a ray of hope.


Hiccup has a dry sense of humor, a horrible sense of self preservation, and a fantastic new friend. Add in an endless determination and slight social awkwardness and a hero that’s suitably endearing emerges. He’d probably hate it if he knew I thought he was sort of adorable.

With an ending that’ll make you fist pump the air for underdogs everywhere, How to Train Your Dragon is a treasure of gold (dragon pun totally intended).

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