Friday
Jan302015

Trailer Park Friday: The One Full of Book and Comic Adaptations

It's been a terrible week, so let's watch some trailers and eat some Girl Scout cookies.

Earlier today the trailer for season 5 of Game of Thrones got leaked. I'm not really seeing much to flail about in the trailer, just flashes of characters, but I know a lot of people are excited. Game of Thrones comes back to HBO on April 12.

I nearly had forgotten about iZombie, the new CW show based on the comic book series. The trailer doesn't make it look like much, but it's being done by the Veronica Mars people, so we'll give it a shot. It starts on March 17.

Earlier this week the first trailer for the return of Agents of SHIELD aired and it shows some interesting set up for when the show comes back on March 3.

Another Age of Ultron trailer has come out. I haven't watched it because I'm trying to stay away from any more information about that movie, but people seem to be excited about it. Age of Ultron comes out on May 1.

A lot of trailers will come out on Sunday, but this year, a lot of them are having "sneak peeks" online. Here is the new Super Bowl pre-game trailer for Insurgent. It comes out on March 20.

And finally the very first teaser of the film version of The 5th Wave, which will come out a year from now on January 29, 2016. This will hopefully be a worthy adaptation with Chloe Moretz starring.

 

And that's what I have for you guys this week. It's time for me to veg out on the couch and watch some stupid cartoons or something, purge this silly week from my mind. Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Wednesday
Jan282015

What We're Watching: Nothing Right Now, I'm Reading, Go Away

Still have my nose buried in Fairest, so have the new Fantastic Four trailer in my absense. I should be back tomorrow.

Tuesday
Jan272015

Teaser Tuesday: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

It has been a terrible, no good, very bad day. Then I came home and found this lovely in my mailbox.

Now it is a much better day. This hard cover of Fairest is really pretty, inside and out. Here are the end pages, which shows the palace on the Moon.

And of course, here is the first page.

 

So instead of putting together a Random Tuesday, I'm going to dive head first into Fairest and pretend today never happened. I leave you with the opening.

She was lying on a burning pyre, hot coals beneath her back. White sparks floated in her vision but the mercy of unconsciousness wouldn't come.

I'm so excited!

Monday
Jan262015

Mini Review: Shipwreck Island by S.A. Bodeen

Shipwreck Island
SA Bodeen

Feiwel & Friends
I received a copy of this book from the publishers.
Released July 29, 2014
192 pages
Middle Grade / Fantasy / Adventure

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Sarah Robinson is deeply troubled in the wake of her dad’s second marriage. She now has to deal with a new stepmom and two stepbrothers, Marco, who is her age, and Nacho, who’s younger. Even though they’ve all moved from Texas to California to start life as a new, blended family, none of the kids seem remotely happy about it.

Sarah’s dad and stepmom then decide to take the whole family on a special vacation in order to break the ice and have everyone get to know one another. They’ll fly to Tahiti, charter a boat, and go sailing for a few days. It’ll be an adventure, right?

Wrong. Dead wrong. 

Shipwreck Island is the first installment in a series from S.A. Bodeen.

Shipwreck Island is one of the better middle grade titles I’ve read in a long while. It was written at a lower grade level (of course), but it didn’t talk down to the readers or dumb down subject matter at all. It’s rare that I genuinely enjoy reading a middle grade title simply because there usually isn’t as much to dive into, but Shipwreck Island was a great adventure title no matter its targeted age group.

Sarah finds herself going from living with her dad in California to suddenly having two step brothers and a step mother she’s never met before after her father gets married after a short whirlwind internet romance. Now her dad wants to take the new blended family on a trip so everyone can get to know each other and bond into one happy joint family. It’s too bad that the luxury vacation with a private cruise turns out to be a sketchy little boat with a sketchier captain that takes them right into the heart of a storm.

As you can tell by the title, the little boat crashes and Sarah finds herself on an abandoned island with creepy hybrid monsters and possibly even some ghosts. It doesn’t help that she now has to rely on the very people she swore to hate just to survive the night. Suddenly her father is relying on her new step brother more than he is her and everything starts going from bad to worse.

Bodeen swaps between the voices of Sarah and Marco, and captures them both very well. She balances the difficulties of two pre-teens trying to reconcile such a huge change in their life with the Lost-like mysteries of the island where they crashed. When the pre-teen drama started to fill a little thick, here comes in a monster or some other bad thing to refocus the plot. This is a very quick read with a captivating setting and a lot of set up for a really mysterious and potentially mad sequel.

Friday
Jan232015

Trailer Park Friday: The Returned, Penny Dreadful, Robots Playing Soccer & More

It's been awhile since I shared some fun trailers with you guys. By now you've probably already seen the Antman trailer, which I'm completely meh indifferent to, and the Age of Ultron trailer, which freaked me out in the best ways. I've decided to avoid any future Age of Ultron trailers as best I can so that I can be surprised and amazed when the movie comes out.

So what trailers or videos might I have stumbled across in the last few weeks that would be new to you?

Well, there's the first trailer for The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which is a Netflix series created by Tina Fey. It's not the usual Mandroid fare, but we're fond of 30 Rock and Tina around here, so I'll be interested in checking out this series when it debuts its entire first season on March 6 on Netflix.

I didn't realize there was a Telltale Games version of Game of Thrones, and I'm really surprised that Fernando hasn't played it. Apparently it's a 6 part story type game with the second "episode" coming out on February 3 on downloadable platforms.

Here, have some robots playing soccer. They are still better at sports than I am.

A&E is remaking the French television show The Returned (or Les Revenants if you want to get technical). I can't imagine it will be as understatedly creepy as the original, but we'll give it a try. It starts on March 9 and will feature quite a few familiar fans to anyone who watches a lot of genre television.

And finally here's the trailer for season 2 of Penny Dreadful. I really enjoyed the first season and look forward to seeing what other twisted version of Victorian characters they manage to add in the second season. Plus Eva Green is just perfect in this show. It returns to Showtime on April 26.

 

And that's what I have this week. Hopefully I will return next week with more fun videos. What's caught your eye on the internet this week?