Thursday, July 31, 2014

My SDCC 2014 Experience: Shonen Jump: Naruto Panel

Shonen Jump: Naruto Panel
July 24, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Room 8

Signed by Junko Takeushi!

If you hadn't already read it/viewed it/either one online or were physically there, San Diego Comic Con hosted a VIZ media panel just for Naruto! It was the first panel of my Comic-Con 2014 experience. The information we can find online makes us impassive to the new Naruto products coming out throughout the year because it's like, "Oh, I already know," but actually attending and seeing things first hand makes things more exciting. Speakers varied from the official English translators of the Naruto manga (I couldn't get their names, I was too far back), to sculptor/painter of the Naruto figurines Shin Tanabe and Katsushige Akeyama, the producer of the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja video games Daisuke Komoto, and special guest Junko Takeuchi, the seiyuu of "Naruto Uzumaki."

The room was packed, every seat filled, so much that fans had to stand against the walls. I came in groggy and tired yet listening the whole time. In order of events, our lovely guest Junko first answered questions about being a voice actress/seiyuu, how she got the role voicing our #1 hyperactive knucklehead ninja, and on occasion played around with bits and phrases. She also did a signing for a Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution poster later the same day. Up next is Shin Tanabe and Kasushi Akeyama, who showed us the process they go through of creating collectible figurines, not the cheap knock offs you find at independent little shops or swap meets; like this one where Gaara had brown hair and was missing the kanji on his forehead or Kakashi's hair is sticking straight up, "WTF is this?" I mean legit detail that would be worth the $150 (I'm not a collector but for those of you out there who wanted to know, there you go.); their featured item was a Naruto where one can customize poses and another wearing his father's Hokage coat. Speaking of which, fans were able to win Blu-rays, DVDs,figures, or shirts by answering simple trivia questions. So simple! That even anyone new to Naruto and Naruto Shippuden would have known the answer to these trivia questions. How many can you answer? [Answers are located at the bottom of this entry.]

Trivia Questions during panel
1) What is Naruto's favorite food?

2) Who undid the seal Orochimaru place on Minato's "Eight Trigrams Sealing Style" (that seal on Naruto's stomach, in lay man's terms or just in case you didn't know) dring the Chunin exams?

3) What animal does Naruto and Jiraiya summon?

4) Is Naruto the #1 selling manga in the U.S.?

And introducing the new Naruto Deck Builder game; new to me I haven't read about it, have you? It sounded straightforward yet complicated at the same time when they were explaining it. You start off with 7-10 cards then collect/buy from a pool in the centoer of 4-6 players, and each side of the card is labeled; I thought it might be interesting to learn and the cards look way too rudimentary. Special preview card for panel attendees; Minato Namikaze!!! Collect them all? Over 200 cards.

Also, in select theaters, coming this August is the English dub version of the movie Road to Ninja: Naruto movie 6. The Naruto movie I care about the most since it hits close to the heart; seeing it as Naruto's growth over the years since the first airing of his show on Cartoon Network's Toonami as an annoying brat in 2005. Come and see your favorite Knoha ninjain English with flipped personalities, or my favorite part the Akatsuki but then again do whatever you want if you give now f**ks for the dub, and support the movie. Tickets are on sale now at www.elevenarts.net.

Now, m favorite part, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution. What don't you already know? Special samurai DLC for wen you pre-order, mech Naruto designed by Kishimoto-sensei himself, creation of the Akatsuki storyline, 100 plus playable characters, and a mecha Naruto poster from Gamestop when you pre-order? Oh, you do know? Then should I stop here? Well, the trailer was amazing: tournament battles, customizable/unlockable accessories outfit, but my favorite was learning about Itachi... and his Sunny Side Battle... For Lord Jashin's sake Itachi; if you're going to cook with an apron on, at least take off the Akatsuki cloak, geez! Don't you sweat (Amatearus aside)!? I told myself I wouldn't buy another game unless I actually had the time to play but I can't resist this one. (Someone clear my schedule!!! (°□°)╯ ┻━┻) And at the end of the video game trailer, a lucky audience member was allowed to play against producer Daiske Komoto for another wonderful prize. I left the panel more eager to be a Naruto fan than I have in 5 years.

Answers to above questions:
1) Ichiraku Ramen (and red bean soup but on one said that)

2) Jiraiya

3) Toads

4) Yes (Funny how in Japan it's One Piece; last time I checked.)

Pretty cool cosplay while we were waiting in line!

Junko Takeuchi, the voice of Naruto!

Producer of the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja video games
Daisuke Komoto

Shin Tanabe, sculptor of the Naruto figurines!

Junko Takeuchi signs for Naruto fans at the VIZmedia booth!
View the full SDCC 2014 Day 1 album, here!


BLOG TOUR: Three Little Lies by Melissa Wolff


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Three Little Lies by Melissa Wolff!

Genre:
Young Adult Thriller
Formats:
E-book and Paperback
Publish Date:
June 4, 2014
Publisher:
Melissa Wolff
ISBN:
978-1499159882

Synopsis:
It is the summer of 2012. The sky is blue, the ocean is crisp, and six young women are missing, including Madison Porter.

At the disappearance of her best friend, Amber Swanson falls into a spiral of destruction. She smokes, drinks and gets caught stealing. Her parents don't know what to do with her, so she is sent to live with her half-sister, Rebecca, in Virginia.

Ethan Hunter lives by the saying ‘blood is thicker than water’; even when his mother up and left him. At sixteen, he’s torn between holding on to the only family he has left and forging his own path for the future. He secretly plans his escape from his small, southern town.

The two lives collide and, as Amber puts the pieces of her best friend’s disappearance together, she and Ethan are thrown into a whirlwind of secrets, deceit, and murder.


 

*Excerpt*
“Amber!” My eyes snapped open and I looked around wildly. Cold sweat beaded my forehead and my hands were shaking. My wooden leg wasn't next to me but my sister and Jacob were. Jacob held crutches and handed them to me as our eyes met.

“Thanks,” I muttered, forgetting for a moment that I didn’t like him. “Why are you screaming at me?”

“Because you were screaming yourself,” Rebecca said. “You must have fallen asleep and you started crying out.” I sat up straighter. Not this again I thought. The doctor said the pills would take care of it.

“How bad?” I asked. “What did I say?”

“I couldn't understand you,” Rebecca admitted. “But it sounded pretty bad. Is everything okay?”

“It's fine,” I said sharply. There was no way that I was going to tell Rebecca about the dream. “I'm fine.”

“There's no reason to be so angry Amber,” Jacob said. “Your sister is just trying to help.”

“I said I'm fine,” I snapped. “She's not trying to help as much as trying to get on our father's good side. She was always the goody two shoes...daddy's little princess. If her perfect reputation wasn’t at stake, she wouldn’t give a damn about me.”

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*Dream Cast*
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*Playlist*
Sugar We’re Going Down – Fall Out Boy
Don’t Speak – No Doubt

With Me – Sum 41

Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger

Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet

Thnks Fr Th Mmrs – Fall Out Boy

Wannabe – Spice Girls

Jumpin, Jumpin – Destiny’s Child

We’ve Got Tonight – Glee Cast Version

Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus


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**About the Author**
Melissa Wolff was born and raised on Long Island. This is her second self-published young adult novel. She is also a writer for LIB Magazine and has been featured on Patch.com as well as the Post Pioneer.

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains no spoilers

Oh my goodness! What a thriller! Three Little Lies kept me on edge until the end! Talk about secrets, deceit, and lies, Melissa Wolff definitely pulled it off in this book. With the many twists, this turned out to be a "whodunit" mystery kind of thriller. Looks can definitely be deceiving...as I find out about these characters in this book.

Melissa Wolff created these well-developed characters that I can easily relate to. Each with their own personalities and personal stories of their own, enhanced the flow of this story. I thoroughly enjoyed the detailed and gradual unraveling of this mystery thriller. As more clues come to light, Amber becomes more determined to find the truth. The more secrets she uncovered, the close Amber got to the truth...but, the killer is that the truth is not what she thought.

Whoa! I don't know what else to say, but I was totally pulled in to Amber's quest to find the truth. I don't want to give anything away, so I think I should not say anymore. Three Little Lies is definitely a mystery thriller that any age can enjoy, especially with the clinching plot twist!


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June 23
Coffee Books & Art - Promo, Playlist, Dream Cast & Top Ten

June 24

June 25
Deal Sharing Aunt - Promo & Author Interview

June 27

June 28

July 1
A Cauldron of Books - Promo & Dream Cast

July 2
Read It Write - Promo

July 3
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews - Promo & Author Interview 

July 4

July 7

July 8

July 9

July 11
The Avid Reader - Promo & Dream cast

July 12

July 13
Fiction Dreams - Promo & Author Interview

July 14
July 15
Book Hostage - Promo
Undercover Book Reviews - Promo & Review

July 16
Eclipse Reviews - Promo, Character Interview, Playlist & Dream Cast

July 17
Portals to new Worlds - Promo, Playlist & Dream Cast

July 19

July 21

July 22
Breny's Book Obsession - Promo & Dream Cast

July 23

July 24
The Whispering Pages Book Blog - Promo & Playlist

July 25
The Book Fairy Reviews - Promo, Review, Playlist & Dream Cast

July 26
Sassy Southern Book Blog - Promo & Review

July 28

July 29
The PagePrincess - Promo & Dream Cast

July 30

July 31
Movies, Shows & Books - Promo & Review

Aug 1
Read That - Promo

Aug 4
Book Hostage - Promo

Aug 5
Once Upon a YA Book - Promo & Top Ten

Aug 6
Books, Authors, Blogs - Promo & Dream Cast

Aug 7

Aug 8

Aug 11

Aug 14
TTC Books and more - Promo & Playlist

Aug 15

Aug 18
Cajun Book Lover - Promo, Review

Aug 19
Tammy's Tea Time - Promo, Review

Aug 20

Aug 22

Aug 23
Dalene's Book Reviews - Promo, Review & Playlist




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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MY THOUGHTS: Lucy (2014)

Genre:
Science Fiction, Action, Suspense/Thriller
Rating:
R
Release Date:
July 25, 2014
Run Time:
1 hour, 28 minutes
Distributed by:
Universal Pictures

Directed/Written by:
Luc Besson

Plot Synopsis:
From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history.  Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.


Cast:
Scarlett Johansson as Lucy
Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman
Amr Waked as Capt. Pierre Del Rio
Min-sik Choi as Mr. Jang
Analeigh Tipton as Caroline
Julian Rhind-Tutt as The Limey

Find the full cast & crew on IMDB.


**My Thoughts**
I was pretty curious about this movie after watching the trailer. The concept of what a human being is capable of if he or she reaches 100% use of their brain does make one think. Although it is fiction, this film does push the boundaries of "what if". This film begs the audience to think and wonder the possibilities if it happens.

Scarlett Johansson portrayed Lucy wonderfully, she was very convincing as Lucy as she changed with each increase of her brain's capacity. I also enjoyed the nature clips during Professor Norman's (Morgan Freeman) lecture which added to the concept/plot of the film. With a balance of action, science fiction, and humor, Lucy was enjoyable to watch...and, it made me think of the possibilities. However, I thought it was short and rushed. I felt that the characters needed to be more developed. The effects were amazing, yet not over-the-top.

Like I said, it is science fiction. Lucy should be watched with an open mind, open to different ideas and possibilities. Although Lucy does have its shortcomings, it is a film that proves to be thought-provoking and captivating to the watchers' eyes. Plus, the cinematography was well done.

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BLOG TOUR: Throttled by Chelle Bliss

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Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Throttled, a Men of Inked Novella, by Chelle Bliss! This is City & Suzy's story!


Genre:
New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
Series:
Men of Inked Series
Publish Date:
July 28, 2014

Synopsis:
She's about to become his - Mrs. Joseph Gallo.

All she wants is to be his, but his possessiveness days before the wedding has her questioning the reality of a happily ever after.

He's not easy. He's territorial and doesn't share well with others.

City's staking his claim, making Suzy his forever.

Their future teeters precariously on the cliff of matrimonial bliss.

Will their love survive his alpha nature or will it all unravel before she can say 'I do'?



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**About the Author**
Chelle Bliss has dedicated her life to education. She has been a teacher for over ten years and holds a Master of Education degree. Teaching has given her a creative outlet, but she yearned for something more. Writing has given her that, no longer about just creativity, it became a journey.

Chelle is an avid reader; consuming contemporary romance, dark reads, young adult, and all things erotica. Chelle wanted to create a book filled with characters that readers could relate to with real world problems and matching wallets.

Chelle loves to travel and her favorite cities are New Orleans and Paris. She currently lives in Florida with her amazing boyfriend. He's showed her the love and passion that she has poured onto the page.

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