Top 10 Kelly Clarkson Covers

8th Annual ACM Honors - Show

Kelly Clarkson recently released her single “Heartbeat Song” on Monday. While I wait for her album to come out in March, here are some of my favorite covers of hers. Read More…

Disney’s “Frozen” is overrated

Disney’s Frozen is overrated.

Yes, I said it. Yes, I know it’s almost like saying Beyonce isn’t the greatest singer of all-time (hopefully the Beygency doesn’t read this blog). Read More…

Mom of Child with Special Needs says United Airlines ‘Humiliated” Family

ABC News. (yahoo news)

ABC News. (yahoo news)

I just read an article on Yahoo.com about a mom who claims United Airlines humiliated her family. The family of six was returning to Newark, New Jersey from the Dominican Republic when they were approached by a flight attendant about a safety concern. Elit Kirschenbaum’s 3-year-old daughter, Ivy, has Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and is a stroke survivor. The family bought Ivy a seat (in the economy section) because they were aware of federal regulations requiring anyone older than 2 to purchase their own seat. Read More…

Should obesity be considered a disability?

(Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

(Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Yesterday, I read an interesting article in the Chicago Tribune. The paper’s editorial board shared their opinion on the thought of considering obesity as a disability. The consensus was a resounding negative to the notion.

They write: Read More…

Damn you Taylor Swift and your Catchy Songs

Yes, I said it.

Yes, I damned Taylor Swift and her “stupid” yet great songs. I refuse… Read More…

Top 10 Songs of 2014

With the year coming to a close here are my favorite songs of 2014: Read More…

Top 5 Best Christmas Songs

With the holiday season in full gear and Christmas a few days away I thought I’d list what I think are the best Christmas songs. Albeit the fact that I’ve been subjected to Christmas songs since before Halloween (can we please enjoy one holiday before the next) these songs are not only classics but always seem to cheer me up and/or get me into the Christmas spirit.

Here’s my list: Read More…

Should the movie premiere of “The Interview” have been cancelled amidst death threats?

By now most of you know that the release of “The Interview” starring Seth Rogen and James Franco has been cancelled. For those not privy to the latest Hollywood scandal now turned FBI investigation I will sum up what’s been going on during the past few weeks. Sony Pictures, a multi-billion dollar corporation, was hacked by most likely North Korea. Sony planned to release a comedy starring Franco and Rogen as secret agents tasked to go to North Korea and murder the communist leader, Kim Jung Un (during their scheduled interview with him). Read More…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

Francis Lawrence directs the first installment in the conclusion of the Hunger Games trilogy. The movie picks up shortly after the ending of its predecessor, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen of District 12. Unbeknownst to Katniss she has been appointed as the primary leader of a district-wide rebellion. In addition, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) was left behind in the escape from the 75th Hunger Games. Like the second movie, Katniss continues to suffer from post-traumatic episodes. Read More…

Book Review: Shadow and Bone

Cover of "Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1)" by Leigh Bardugo

Cover of “Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1)” by Leigh Bardugo

Fresh off ending my love affair with Cassandra Clare’s shadowhunters, I needed a new fantasy to get lost in this summer (although it was hard to say goodbye). Although I’m a little late to the party, Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy was just the ticket, taking me on a journey through Ravka, a fictional Russian-esque land torn in two by an ominous “swath of near impenetrable darkness” where carnivorous monsters dwell called the Shadow Fold.

An action-packed page-turner, Shadow and Bone takes some common YA themes–isolation, trust and betrayal, self-acceptance, and even love triangles–to a deeper level. The story opens with a girl and boy at an orphange being tested for powers by the Grisha, Ravka’s “magical elite.” Neither are found to be very promising. Fast forward a dozen or so years and our orphan heroine, Alina Starkov, is an all-grown-up but lonely mapmaker in the Ravkan Army. Her best friend, Mal (Malyen Oretsev), has grown into a handsome and well-liked tracker, who also happens to be very popular with the ladies. (Womp, womp for our leading lady.)

While entering the Shadow Fold, their regiment is attacked by the volcra (monsters), and Mal is hurt. In response, Alina unknowingly unleashes pillars of light to fight off the volcra, giving the regiment enough time to retreat. Turns out Alina’s power is unique. She is then taken to the Darkling (what’s in a name, indeed), the leader of the Grisha. He tells Alina he wants her help in destroying the Shadow Fold and the volcra, and decides to send her to the Ravkan palace to train with the other Grisha.

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