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Bout Of Books 11.0 – Day 2 Challenges + Updates

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Day 1

Pages Read: 374

Books Read:

  1. The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
  2. The Fire Prince by Emily Gee

Day 2

Pages Read: 171

Books Completed:

  1. The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
  2. The Fire Prince by Emily Gee

Books Started: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

Though not great page count I feel good about the amount of pages read both days. I am glad I have gotten through 2 books already! Things will go downhill from here but hopefully I will get through more of my books.

One True Pairing Challenge

A person’s OTP is the couple that they love the most and ship the hardest.  This is regardless of gender and whether or not the couple is actually canon.  In fact, some of the most popular pairings are those that aren’t actually together in their story.  Which is beyond frustrating, am I right?  (Drarry!)

For this challenge, I want to hear all about your favorite literary OTP.  Tell me why you ship them.  Tell me how perfect they are for each other.  Vent about how frustrating it is that the author paired them with other people.  Give me proof about why they are actually canon, but nobody knows.  I want to hear it all.

For more info check out the host blog.

Oh my gosh, so hard. Like, the hardest thing ever. I cannot make up my mind so I decided to draw two of my favourite out of a hat and these are the ones I shall show you!

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My first one is Zero and Yuki from Vampire Knight. Kaname (the one in white) used to be apart of this love, but he broke my heart so out he goes (cries). They have both always been there for each other. Yuki in a very open and happy in a way that made Zero felt like he might actually have a home, with her, and helped him heal himself at his darkest. Zero was always there for Yuki in the shadows, never saying much you can tell that she is the only person he tolerates opening. Because he loves her. Their relationship gets rocky after Yuki goes through… some changes, but even when they swear to kill each other next they cannot help but look out for each other. If they don’t end up together I think I may have a heart attack.

daughteroftheforestMy next one would have to be Sorcha and Red from the book Daughter of the Forest. Sorcha is a princess that goes through so much so much and is unable to talk or even make a sound to convey anything that she wants or feels, even when in pain. But Red, a royal from their enemy lands saves her life and quickly comes to understand her better than anyone else despite the fact that she cannot say or write a word to him. He loves her so much that he was willing to let her go so that she may be happy, ans then he was willing to give up everything that ever meant anything to him to be with her. Just, so, gah. I don’t have words.

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What is Book Spine Poetry?
Take a minimum of 3 books put them in a pile to make a poem.

Does it have to rhyme?
No.  Not at all.  The poem doesn’t have to make sense at all either.

For more info check out the host blog.

Here is what I came up with!

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The fault in out stars and the killing moon,

Created the Kingdom of little wounds.

Lands in torment, catching fire,

Await a new moon.

Bold = free words (1 per book)

I had so much fun with this! Please share yours cause I really want to know!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books Recommended To Me

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books That People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read

People don’t generally tell me I need to read things since I am the one talking about books, but I shall see what I can come up with.

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

2. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

4. The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

6. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Mass.

7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

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8. The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer.

9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

10. The Legend series by Marie Lu.

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There you have it. I kind of had to scrape for things but they have been all suggest at some point.

As always share your lists with me. I’m always interested!

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Bout Of Books 11.0 – Day 1 Challenges

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Bout Of Books Scavenger Hunt Challenge

You can take your own pictures or use images you find online. Up to you.
You can complete as many of the hunts as you like. The more you do the more chances you have to win!

1. A Book that begins with “B” (for Bout of Books!)
2. A book that has been made into a movie/tv show
3. A series you love
4. An anthology of poems or short stories
5. A book on your TBR shelf, or your full TBR shelves

This challenge has a $15 or less book of your choice prize and is open internationally. Check out the host blog.

1. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

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2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

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3. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino.

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Playlist Challenge

Make a playlist centered around at least ONE of the books you plan on reading during the read-a-thon.

Because this is a very simple challenge, you need to have at LEAST 5 songs on your playlist. Be as specific or as vague in your selections as you wish, but have FUN with it!

Prize offered for anyone who wants to enter. For more into check out the host blog.

This challenge seems a bit weird to me. How can I make a playlist for a book I haven’t read yet which is all my BoBs reads. This would make much more sense if it was for a book you have ready read because then you know what kind of playlist it needs. Oh well! Still fun :)

I choose the book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. The songs are chosen cause I can relate them to the books topic.

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Playlist:

  1. Alexx Calise – Cry
  2. A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera – Say Something
  3. Christina Li – Disappear
  4. Life is Beautiful
  5. Chloe Moldovan Castledine – Don’t Forget Me

So there they are. Be sure to share your choices with me because I love to find new books and new music! I am in desperate need of music. It will also be interesting to see how people hear their books.

 

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Book Review – The Sentinel Mage

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Title: The Sentinel Mage [The Cursed Kingdoms 1]

Author: Emily Gee

Genre: Fantasy

Length: 411

Rating: 4.5 Star rounded up to 5

Series Review: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

Her magic may be the only thing that can save a prince—and the Seven Kingdoms.

In a distant corner of the Seven Kingdoms, an ancient curse festers and grows, consuming everything in its path. Only one man can break it: Harkeld of Osgaard, a prince with mage’s blood in his veins. But Prince Harkeld has a bounty on his head—and assassins at his heels.

Innis is a gifted shapeshifter. Now she must do the forbidden: become a man. She must stand at Prince Harkeld’s side as his armsman, protecting and deceiving him.

But the deserts of Masse are more dangerous than the assassins hunting the prince. The curse has woken deadly creatures, and the magic Prince Harkeld loathes may be the only thing standing between him and death.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was really surprised and pleased with how much I loved this book. After reading some of the reviews on goodreads I was a little bit worried that I had gotten myself into something I wasn’t going to find really appealing. How wrong I was! I really have to wonder why people didn’t get into this story because I soaked it up like a sponge.

Some people said that it was a cliche kind of book and I have to agree here. The content isn’t very original with a curse, a journey, assassins, and a war, the elements are all things we have seen in stories before. However, the fact that I have read about all these things before I didn’t even notice because they were put together in such a good way. The pace of the story was very steady. Its not slow through the chunks of world or character building, and the action back parts of story don’t move so fast that you feel worn out after everyone. If this kind of pacing isn’t for you I might suggest skipping this one, but I found it really enjoyable and really helped prepare me for the books ending.

The story is presented to us in multiple The first one we are introduced to is Jaumé, an young eight year old boy whose family was effect and killed by the curse. At first I thought he was in the book purely to show us how the curse was actually effecting people but as the story went on his tale became more complex and I really cannot wait to see where it goes from here. We also get the view point of Princess Brigitta and her household to show us how things are going in lands that are not yet affected by the curse and the tension of brimming war. I really liked Brigitta, she is a strong character who learns to overcome and endure the horrible things that happen to her on a daily basis and is willing to risk her life for the good of others. Then we have the travelling crew of mages like Innis and Prince Harkeld which tells are the hardship of those trying to destroy the curse. I really can’t wait to see how all of these are going to connect and link further on in the story!

Innis and Harkeld would be our main characters in the story I think and they have steady character development through the book. Innis has to deal with having to act as a man for most of her time and having to deal with the fact that she likes it. She likes feeling physically strong. Harkeld has to deal with being around ‘witches’ who he considers monsters, and the fact that he himself has witch blood and magic powers. The magic powers isn’t brought up until later in the book but you could totally see it come from the start. Then they both have to deal with this budding romance that is introduced through the form of dreams. Innis is the only one that understand that they are both having them but Harkeld still has to get over the fact he is dreaming about witches. I wonder to myself if this romance will turn out to be a way to convince Innis that being a man isn’t so great and Harkeld that witches are not so bad, but I will have to wait till I get more of the story to find out.

There were parts that were not very thought through though. It is mentioned that Fire, Shapeshifting, and Healing are the main and most common mage magic, but is never explained why that actually was and that annoyed me. Harkeld seems to be very perspective on which shapeshifter is which when they are not in human form, yet he doesn’t seem to question why one of them is always missing, specially Innis who he kind of keeps tabs on. I also didn’t fully care about most the characters.

So yes, if you like steady fantasy stories that will get bigger with each book I would recommend this book to you. I am so excited to start the next one.

 

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Bout Of Books 11.0

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
I am so excited! I am bummed though that once again I will be busy during the whole week. I wont even go into the detail cause they make me fume with rage. Moving on. If you want to sign up too click here, if you want to check out the schedule for all the challenges click here, and if you want to see other peoples goals click here. For this one I will be doing updates and challenge posts daily because I don’t want to miss out on things!

My Goals

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  • I am always busy so I don’t even really get a day off work cause other obligations will be sucking up at least most of those days so I don’t know when I will get to each one or if I will. All four or more would be great but I don’t want to over reach.
  • To participate in at least one of the events each day.
  • Comment on at least 2 blogs/vlogs per day.
  • Above all enjoy myself while I do all this

I hope to see you all through the read-a-thon! Be sure to link me to your pages so I can see them. I want to keep up.

 

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Book Review – The Bad Beginning

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Title: The Bad Beginning [A Series of Unfortunate Events 1]

Author: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 141

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

The description of this book is very apt.

This book though holding a middle grade title it holds the deeper meaning within is sad sad pages. This is a book that will teach children that not all stories have a happy endings. Even though the events are out there, the events in real life do not always end well even if you are just three very cute and interesting children. It breaks the unrealistic idea that all stories have happy endings. Though I like this story and the fact it isn’t happy (I like it in a sad way) I don’t really think that children need to be learning this lesson. I hope the idea kind of goes over their heads. The nice part about being a child is that you have those beliefs that everyone has a happy ending, its growing up and having our own unfortunate events that kill that idea. Better leave things hopeful as long as you can.

Following this train of thought, I kind of wish that this book wasn’t middle grade and had more depth to is in its contents. Another part of me of course didn’t feel this way though because if it was YA or Adult it might completely destroy what a lovely sad story it is at heart.

I loved our three main characters. They each have their own identify and accept those aspects as a definer of who they are. They are really very well together and confident children. Even Sunny, though I hope Sunny’s definer of biting kind of changes as she gets older in the series. Its cute now, but it wont be when she is bigger. I wonder how much the children will age during the course of the books? I love how the children stick together even though I don’t know how realistic that is. Even though they have gone through something horrible, children generally will not get along as much as these, but I suppose that is part of their charms. Their love for each other.

I found our villains greatly dislikeable, which is a good thing. They are very realistic in ways that children going to a new home with people/persons that they have no idea about are truly scary. They are also very realistic in the sense that children going into a new home do not always end up in a good home or even a safe place to live. The other adults that are not ‘the bad guys’ are also dislikeable and frustrating in a realistic way because no matter how often the kids tried to tell people about their sufferings they got dismissed because the adults wouldn’t take what they were saying seriously because of their ages.

The ending of this book was very sad but we already know that it was going to happen. There was never any chance of happiness in these books. The woes of the children are never ending and exaggerated. When the kids think back about all their hardships and include ‘Itchy Shirts’ in the mix with all the other, vastly worst struggles, I had to have a little giggle because that was such a thing children would count as a hardship.

So yes, don’t pick it up if you don’t want lots of suffering and no happy endings. But if you are willing to experience a different kind of middle grade book I think you should give it a go because its enjoyable.

 

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AYearAThon – August (Wrap Up)

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Day 1

Pages Read: 232

Books Finished: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Books Started: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket 

Day 2

Pages Read: 372

Books Finished:

  1. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket 
  2. The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

Books Started: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Day 3

Pages Read: 256

Books Finished:

  1. The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket
  2. The Austere Academy by Lemony Snikcet

Day 4

Pages Read: 230

Books Finished: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket

Day 5

Pages Read: 53

Books Started: The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

Day 6

Pages Read: 175

Books Finished: The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

Day 7

Pages Read: 269

Books Finished: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket

Books Started: The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket

Total Pages Read: 1587

Well I am quite pleased with what I accomplished during this week. I read double what I thought I would be able to read. Audio books seems to work when I am busy. I liked most these books quite a lot but I will be taking a break from them because I just can’t handle doing anymore in a row.

I don’t think I will participating in the next months topic, and maybe the one after that, so don’t expect anything from me for this then.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Not So Sure Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books I Am Not So Sure I Want To Read Anymore

I think this is going to be really really difficult because I don’t really have any books I don’t plan/want to read but I shall give it a try and see how many I can come up with.

1. The Hangman’s Replacement by Taona Dumisani Chiveneki. I won this on goodreads and I have started reading this book and I was quite into it to begin with, but now I am finding it really really difficult to get through it and I have thought about just dropping it. If anyone else has read it please let me know if its worth continuing.

2. Havana Lost by Libby Fischer Hellmann. Again something I won on goodreads. I was really excited to read it at first but I just keep putting it off and off and I wonder if its worth the time at all now.

3. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia. I have heard that the books get worst and worst so I don’t think its worth picking it up anymore.

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4. The Final Hour byAndrew Klavan. Even though its the last book in the series, I am not in a rush to finish it. I hate the main character and just want him to die.

5. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris. Again read the first book but I hated it and others have said that it just gets worst as you read on so I think I will just have to drop this one.

6. Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott. I read Little Women and I only kind of enjoyed it. I haven’t decided if I care enough to keep reading.

7. Charlotte’s Wedding: A 21st Century Jane Austen Novel by Mary Rizza. I got caught up in the author wanting me to read it that I didn’t look too closely at it and now I am kind of iffy to it.

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And thats all I got. If I list more it will just be a list of series that I don’t know if I want to finish.

Share your lists with me so I know what I should stay away from!

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Book Review – Ever Near

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Title: Ever Near [Secret Affinity 1]

Author: Melissa MacVicar

]Genre: Young Adult. Romance, Paranormal

Length: 209

Rating: 4.5 Star rounded up to 5

Series Review: 1, 2

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Description/Synopsis:

Love is ever near. But trouble is never far.

Nantucket Island is haunted, but only sixteen-year-old Jade Irving knows it. Ignoring the disturbing spirits isn’t an option, because one dwells in the enormous historic home she shares with her newly blended family. Jade is finding it more and more difficult to explain away Lacey’s ghostly, anguished tantrums, especially with Charlie, her gorgeous, almost step-brother, living right across the hall.

When a power-hungry ghost hunter tracks down Jade and blackmails her, Jade’s secret teeters on the edge of exposure, and her entire future hangs in the balance. If anyone finds out Jade can talk to ghosts, her life will be forever changed.

Can she save herself, free Lacey, and hang on to her tenuous connection with Charlie? Or will everything she ever wanted slip through her fingers?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book from Red Adept Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t know why as they hold all the things I like in a book, but I do not normally go for a paranormal books. Perhaps its because the person seeing ghosts always have to interact with people who can’t and those interactions never live up to par for me. As a whole though this book didn’t really hold the automatic distaste for me. I found it hard to keep a straight face and to stay quiet while reading this book in public because I was so involved.

I really liked our main character Jade to be really likeable and relatable when you take away the fact that she sees dead people. I don’t even want to think about the drama and emotional stuff if my mother decided to marry the father of the boy I had a crush on all through school and so I am suddenly supposed to call him brother and live across the hall from him. And when you keep having, as Jade puts it, nocturnal dramatics (I love that line) and Charlie (said boy) is the one to always wake you and hold you in his arms, it would be just about enough to drive you crazy. I know I would be going crazy. I mean, how swoon worth is that? Its the stuff of good dreams.

Then he goes an confesses his love for you as well, which only makes things more complicated. One section that sums the whole thing up pretty nicely would be:

“We can’t…” I mumble in a breathy whisper.

“Why not?” His blue eyes are dark with lust, his breath hot on my cheek.

“Because… we’re going to be-“

“Related? I don’t care who gets married. That doesn’t make us related.”

He cradles my face in his hands and stares into my eyes, but I’m too stunned to answer. What he said is how I feel, but the concept also seems oddly offensive.

Charlie is a total babe but I did think that they got over being step siblings pretty quickly. Also felt that way about him believing she can see ghosts.

Structure wise I felt things were a bit rushed. The book is short so the timeline felt a bit off at times. You would randomly meet someone or do something for apparently no reason but then they randomly pop back up for reasons. Like the grandparents. You get a random skype call from them and then the gram turns out to be the solutions to all questions. I don’t think the call needed to happen but meh.

For the ending I was both freaking out and sighing with annoyance at the same time. This will be a spoiler so I would end this review now if you don’t want to know about the ending. For someone who was trying to hard to hide that she can see ghosts she told everyone pretty quickly about them. She should have let them continue to think it was medical before she told and got herself trapped in a loony bin. I know it was a segway to find out about her gram but still. When she was strapped to the bed in the mental hospital I was totally freaking the hell out. One of my nightmares come to life. Also, what the hell happened to Charlie’s brother Brandon? He totally thinks she is insane but he wasn’t there at the end to find out she isn’t and he never pops up again in the story and gets no conclusion! Does he think everyone is insane now? I need answers damn it.

So yes if you are a lover of paranormal fictions I would give this one ago. If you are not normally a lover of paranormal like me I would still give it ago. It might widen your net of reading. Very enjoyable and I shall be picking up the next book for sure.

 

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Possible Book To Movie – Frostbite Funding

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Hmmm.

Well today my friends I come to with the need to share some news and have that news shared by as many of you as humanly possible.

The producers who turned the beloved Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, into a not so beloved movie are seeking fan support and funding to turn the next book into a movie as well. They are aiming to raise $1,500,000 in fan funding by september 5th to prove that people want them to make the movie.

While support for the movie was well on target for the first two or three days, support has drastically dropped and it doesn’t really take that great big of a guess as to why. I think we all know that most people who enjoyed the books so much, were not such fans of the movie. I myself really really really tried to like it but they just tried too hard to make it funny or did things that were not needed at all that it really did put me off.

So if I didn’t like the first one why am I trying to spread the word of the fundraiser and gain support for the next book?

Because I want to believe the next one will be better.

I cannot promise the next movie will be any better than the first. Just from the brief clip at the end of the first movie you can see that things have already been changed from what we know as readers. However, just from the clip they have on the fundraising sight, and all the attention that they seem to be giving fans and the communication they are doing, I so badly wish to believe that they have learnt what they did wrong the first time round and now understand what way they should take the series.

While I am worried, so worried, that they may mar another book by producing a movie that was not up to par, I am willing to take that chance to see if my faith in the producers is worth it. I am willing to pay for that chance. I have already donated $150 and plan on doing more when I get paid next. I want to see what they do. I want to see Adrian! Don’t you guys?

I know many of you lost faith after the last one and have left the movie series and moved onto other things, giving it up for a lost cause. But we fans need you to come back and have that faith with me and the other supporters. They wont even try to do better if we can’t show them we want them to.

Donating doesn’t have to be ‘a waste of money either.’ You can pick a pack and get goodies for your money. If the money isn’t raised you shall get a refund and it will be like the whole thing never happened.

But we want it to, so give it ago. If enough people just donate $5 each we can reach our goal. So give it a chance to be better.

To contribute or check out the project just click here. Share this post or create your own so that others may do the same.

 

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