Saturday, April 12, 2014

Nancy Drew Nerd!!! PC Game Love

I'm a HUGE fan of the Nancy Drew PC games. I've been playing those suckers since I was 9! It's been 11 years already! Seriously, where did the time go?

Two games come out per year, and Herinteractive will be releasing their 30th game in May. THIRTY GAMES!!! I really can't believe it when it crosses my mind.

 I've been a devoted gamer; always checking the message boards, having friends and family judge me for being "too old to play those games" (they actually don't judge, they just tease), constantly (and I mean CONTANTLY) obsessing over my favorite character and if he will ever appear.........can you guess who I'm referring to? That's right, SONNY JOON!

 I have loved this character since his first appearance in The Secret of the Scarlet Hand. Whenever I try to take on a job, he was always there before me, and managed to get fired right before I show up. (PS. when you've played all thirty games like I have, you start to think that you're actually Nancy, and you tell your friends about your many trips to such and such, when in fact you've never even left the U.S)

So, for the past several years a petition has gone around stating that the gamers wanted to meet/have a phone convo with Sonny. Herinteractive said multiple times that we would never meet Sonny because then the mystery of who he is and everyone's interest in him would end. Okay, I see their point, and I've always been a bit torn on this myself. On one hand, I've waited almost 9 years to meet Sonny, and darn it, I'm getting tired of waiting! But on the other hand, the anticipation and intrigue that has built up over the years is really what keeps me playing the games. I mean, the games can hold their own without Sonny Joon, but I honestly don't think I would enjoy them near as much if he wasn't around. So the question I've been asking myself is: do I want to meet him, or do I want him to be that swiss cake roll buried in the back of the cupboard just out of reach? GAH, I DON'T KNOW!!!!

Anyway, what I'm about to tell you is the reason I've decided to write this blog post. Sonny Joon...........will be in the 30th game!!!

At first, my brain was like:

I admit, I was close to full out panic mode. I still couldn't make up my mind about Sonny! And then I tried to wrap my brain around the fact that Herinteractive changed their minds! Like, what major company actually listens to their fan's pleas? Honestly, Herinteractive has some of the nicest, most amazing people working there. They've tried hard to please us with this landmark game, but I was still iffy about it. I didn't even know what his role in the game was going to be.
But after the synopsis for the game was released, I was like, "Okay, I'm super happy with this! It's going to be an incredible game. Seriously, take a chill pill, Ash". So now that I'm getting all warmed up for that grand moment when I will have finally met the infamous SONNY JOON, my brain now looks more like this:
Anyway, here's the synopsis for the game that will make NANCY DREW HISTORY!
"Ever since the Secret of the Scarlet Hand, the eccentric Sonny Joon always seemed a step ahead of Nancy Drew. That changes when Nancy and George travel to New Zealand and compete in the hit reality TV contest, Pacific Run. Sonny runs the show, but it's spiraling out of control. Are the mishaps the result of cheating competitors or something beyond this world? Win big to uncover the truth!"

Oh my goodness, I cannot wait until May for this game! And Sonny is on the cover! *squeals* Are any of you big Nancy Drew PC game fans too? What do you think about finally meeting Sonny Joon? Do you think it's a good idea, or should he have been kept a mystery? Even if you haven't played these games, I would still love to know your thoughts about it!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Characterize It

Characterize It is hosted by The YA Book Butterfly
This week's topic:
Still Good: Character that maintains their likeability throughout the series.
I decided to go with Louis, the yard teacher from the Wayside School trilogy. I looked through all of my shelves, taking note of the most likeable characters, and when I came to these books, I couldn't not pick Louis. He was always optimistic, and loads of fun! He loved each of the students that attended Wayside, and he was great pals with several of them. He went through a spell where he was kind of uptight and not himself, but the kids called him out on it and he pulled himself back together. He's probably the coolest adult to ever live. 
"Wayside School had an exceptionally large playground. Louis, the yard teacher, was way over on the other side of it when he happened to see Sharie fall out the window. He ducked under the volleyball net, hurtled past the kickball field, hopped over the hopscotch court, climbed through the monkey bars, sped across the grass, and caught Sharie just before she hit the ground. The people in Mrs. Jewel's class cheered."
Gotta love Louis. :)    
Who would you pick for this week's Characterize It?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Review: My Life Next Door

Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dial
Publication Date: June 14th 2012
Pages: 394
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 2 Starfish

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another. -
Summary and cover image from Goodreads

I tried really hard to like this book, but alas, it just wasn't meant to be.

The writing was excellent, and the story progressed at a steady pace. All of the characters were realistic, though not all of them were likeable. The main character, Samantha, didn't strike me as anything spectacular, or even memorable for that matter. But the Garretts.....they made the story!

I loved the Garretts! They were so different from the average family, and I adored their quirkiness! Their laid back, always having fun, way of life was really appealing. Samantha was also drawn into their uniqueness, particularly Jase's. I liked them together at the beginning, but then came the dreaded insta-love.

“You have to kiss me," I find myself saying.
"Yeah." He leans closer. "I do.”  

So, I'm reading along and I suddenly come to this part. They've only known each other for what? A week? And then suddenly they're kissing and "falling in love". Give me a break.

Unfortunately, I couldn't get into the story after this part. I don't like the romance to be rushed, and I felt like it was. 
There were some surprising things that happened towards the end that was interesting, but overall, this book and I did not mesh.