Movies/TV series

Luke’s Underworld Review

“It is certainly one of the best on-screen portrayals of vampires and werewolves.”

Underworld (2003 film)

Directed by Len Wisemen

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen, Shane Brolly, Sophia Myles and Bill Nighy

UnderworldUnderworld centres around a vampire named Selene (Kate Beckinsale) who is a Death Dealer. As a Death Dealer, it is her mission to hunt down the Lycan (werewolf) race. When she meets a human, Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman), she finds she has feelings for him. After Lucian (Michael Sheen), the leader of the Lycans, bites Michael, Selene decides to go against her clan in order to protect him.

What I found most intriguing was the backstory between vampires and Lycans. We discover all this through flashbacks and by the narration of Selene. The conflict between vampires and Lycans had started centuries ago, when the old vampire Viktor executed his own daughter, Sonja. He did this because she had fallen in love with Lucian, and Viktor feared that if a hybrid vampire/Lycan came into existence, it would be stronger than both races.

What we also discover is why Selene wants to eradicate the entire Lycan race. When she was human, Lycans had slaughtered her family. She survived because Viktor saved her. Selene has carried a grudge towards them for the many centuries of her immortal life. Viktor saved her because she reminded him of his own daughter and she looked up to him as her father.

One thing I found clever was a major plot twist, but it contains a spoiler and you are just going to have to watch this movie to find out. (Hehe!)

While Underworld showed positive reception from audiences, the critics mostly gave it negative reviews, largely criticising the overacting and lack of character development. Other critics had praised it for the stylish Gothic visuals, the “icy English composure” in Kate Beckinsale’s performance and the well-developed backstory between the vampires and the Lycans. (For more about the reviews, check the Wikipedia page and the Rotten Tomatoes page.)

I have to say that I loved it. It has since become one of my most favourite movies. It is certainly one of the best on-screen portrayals of vampires and werewolves.

Adventures, Books, Fancy

The Legendary Hard To Find Secondhand Bookstore

Luke and I ventured out to find The Legendary Hard to Find Secondhand Bookstore today, and hidden in plain view on the main street of a small South Auckland suburb, we were duly rewarded.hard-to-find-bookshop-3

booklined stairsIt was like entering another world! We entered through a tiny door into what felt like a multi level cave of books! The far end was like a miniature of library stacks crammed with thousands of literary classics, the amount of Jane Austen books blew me away, if only they had held a copy of Pride and Prejudice in the first edition text.

This bookstore needs to become the setting for a book! Oh the things that could happen there! To one side there is a mezzanine, accessed by very steep stairs, packed with books on the history of different parts of the world and politics. On the other side, there is an equally steep staircase with a beautifully crafted handrail. There are books trailing the side of the stairs, so it is next to impossible to watch where you are going, which is problematic because it feels like you could fall through them at any moment.

But what is upstairs is truly worth the fearful trek! It was love at first sight! Rooms full of books! There was a room full of literary books: biographies of writers, short stories, plays, autobiographies of writers, collections of poetry. I very nearly purchased a biography about Audrey Hepburn, but alas, I had scarcely considered it when I was beckoned by Donne’s collected works.

I managed to walk away with only two books: The Watsons begun by Jane Austen before her death and finished by another and a short story anthology, Big Night Out 3, which includes Maggie Alderson, Candace Bushnell, Marian Keyes and many more.

Unfortunately, I can’t read them anytime soon because there are many books peering at me from their teetering stack beside my bed, beckoning me to read them every time I enter my room.


Melissa’s Be a Free Range Human by Marianne Cantwell Review

Free Range HumanIt don’t think it is a surprise that I am keenly interested in protecting the work/life balance I have created. When I picked up this book, it wasn’t because I thought of myself as an entrepreneur; but rather that the words “free range” and “escape the 9-5” resonated with me. I recently became a self-employed contractor so I have been reading all things business. This book was deliciously different in that its goal is to help you develop your own concept of a free range life, not to conform to someone else’s.

The first part is a bit of a free range manifesto, I was an easy convert to this part. Most people can relate to the inane part of “normal”; sitting in traffic in order to get to work when you are told, working 40+ hours a week for 40 years of your precious life, missing the sun when you work inside the people equivalent of cages and arrive and depart in the dark. Where you lose them is the perceived risk of leaving this behind. I was already on my journey out of the career cage when I jumped ship into my business dinghy; I had been working slightly reduced hours and had learnt that (once I reached a certain income level) I didn’t actually need to keep working.

A wise person told me, in my early conflict with the risk of my journey, that my risk isn’t as high as I perceived it to be. For example, if your business doesn’t work out you could relatively easily obtain a job (even a low wage one, even if you don’t love it). So your risk is actually the difference between the income you need and the income you could earn in a backup job. For me, my risk management is three months salary as a back up in savings and knowing that the difference between the income I need and the income I may have to settle for (if I have to resort to plan b).

Part two of the book takes you through your dreams and ideas, helping you to develop what you want out of life.  The third part teaches you “how to think like a free range human” and offers insanely thrifty ideas for getting started. The last part is about the mechanics of a free range business from marketing yourself to other business matters.

Cantwell writes clearly, succinctly and draws on real life examples (beyond her own) to illustrate her points. She provides many websites/blogs for further reading. This book is for you if you are trying to get up the courage to try a new venture (she will help you want to jump off the precipice); if you don’t think you could escape the 9-5 (for curiosity purposes) and if you have a niggle but you don’t know what it is (this could be your key!).


Luke’s Top Ten Inspirational Songs and More

Note: This is a bit of a departure from our other posts, but since I’m passionate about music, I thought I should share. I hope you enjoy it! -Luke

There are many things that shape the person that I am. And one of those things is music. I have an eclectic taste when it comes to music. I like pop, rock, country, R&B, and a little bit of hip hop. However, I mostly listen pop, which has quite a few sub-genres, such as urban, dance, rock, Latin, and country.

If I had to choose one thing important to me—along with loved ones, of course—music would be it. I would love to have a career in singing, writing my own songs and sharing them to the world, recording albums and performing live.

Here are ten songs that inspire me:

1. “Skyscraper,” Demi Lovato

“Go on and try to tear me down

I will be rising from the ground

Like a skyscraper

Like a skyscraper”

Skyscraper is one of those songs that I can relate to every word, with the lyrics focusing on staying strong and believing in yourself. Along with this, Demi’s breathy, quivering, and powerful vocals made this song even more beautiful. I tend to feel strong emotions while listening to it—even singing it myself.

Delta Goodrem Child of the Universe2. “Sitting On Top of the World,” Delta Goodrem

“You are so bright, shining above all the city lights

You know, it’s right when all of the stars in the sky align

If you and I, we are together as one tonight”

Delta has stated that “Sitting On Top of the World” is the “sunshine song” of her 2012 release, “Child of the Universe,” in a commentary on the song. It certainly had that sing-and-dance feel to it. And Delta’s vocals are more powerful than any of her previous releases. Like so many other singers, this isn’t the only Delta song that is inspirational.

Miley Cyrus The Time of Our Lives3. “The Climb,” Miley Cyrus

“I may not know it

But these are the moments that

I’m gonna remember most, yeah

Just gotta keep going”

I remember the first time I listened to this song. It was what made me admire Miley Cyrus and her music. And this song was certainly powerful, especially with Miley’s vocals and the solo piano. It’s still one of my most favourite songs.

Hunter Hayes4. “Cry With You,” Hunter Hayes

“You’re not alone

I’ll listen ’til your tears give out

You’re safe and sound, I swear that I won’t let you down”

There are so many people that are there for me, and I am always there for them, as well. This song is a great song. It makes me think about the people that I will never let down, that won’t ever let me down. At the moment, it’s my favourite Hunter Hayes song.

5. “Faith,” Celine Dion

Celine Dion – One Heart


Right beside you is where I’ll stay

It’s not too late

Just take me as I am so please have faith”

This song is about wanting to be accepted and being loved no matter what. I definitely want to be accepted and loved for who I am. This message is very inspirational, and I agree with it one hundred percent. Of course, this isn’t the only inspirational Celine Dion song, but for me it is one of the most inspirational songs for anyone to listen to.

6. “Nobody Wants to Be Lonely,” Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera

Ricky Martin Greatest Hits Souvenir Edition

“Time is precious and it’s slipping away

 And I’ve been waiting for you all of my life”

It’s true: Nobody wants to be lonely. This song has such beautiful lyrics and powerful vocals from Christina Aguilera. She’s one of the singers I love because of her amazing vocals. And every Ricky Martin song I’ve listened to I’ve liked (particularly She Bangs and Livin’ La Vida Loca).

7. “Change,” Taylor Swift

“Tonight we’ll stand, get off our knees

Taylor Swift Fearless

Fight for what we’ve worked for all these years

And the battle was long, it’s the fight for our lives

But we’ll stand up champions tonight”

When I first heard this song, it became my favourite song on Taylor Swift’s 2008 release, Fearless. This song talks about change in a positive way. Swift’s vocals are amazing, especially when she belts “Halleluiah.”

8. “Keep Holding On,” Avril Lavigne

“Hear me when I say, when I say I believe

Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing

Nothing’s gonna change, nothing’s gonna change destiny

Whatever’s meant to be will work out perfectly”

This song that completely deviates from any other song on Avril Lavigne’s 2006 release, “The Best Damn Thing.” While most of the songs are upbeat and heavy, this is a power ballad. The song is basically about being strong. Along with that message, the soaring vocals made the song complete.

9. “How Great is Our God,” Chris Tomlin

Chris Tomlin How Great is Our GodHow great is out God, and all will“How great is our God, sing with me

How great, how great is our God”

This song has been popular since it came out in 2004, sung in different types of churches all over the world. This song reminds (though I don’t need reminding) me that God is amazing 

10. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Kelly Clarkson

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

Stand a little taller

Kelly Clarkson Strong

Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter

Footsteps even lighter

Doesn’t mean I’m over ’cause you gone”

I have always loved songs of empowerment. I totally agree with the saying “What doesn’t kill you makes you strong.” This song successfully inspires a feeling of empowerment. Kelly Clarkson’s vocals were as powerful as the message.


Confessions of a Fancy Nerd Manifesto and Q&As

Who are we? What are we doing? And why? Below is a brief manifesto for Confessions of a Fancy Nerd and an introduction to Melissa and Luke (the humans behind Fancy Nerd).Fancy Nerd

Melissa: Reading and writing are my vehicles for developing my ideas and beliefs. My values, beliefs and ideals are constantly in flux, I don’t want to be held captive by stale ideas. The world changes quickly and education and self-awareness are vital to being an engaged, connected, productive human being.

I am always reading, analysing and considering how to articulate my learning. The pile of to-reads and to-sees will never end, even if I were granted an eternity with a library card (and I have high hopes for this), I would never satisfy my urge to learn.

Confessions of a Fancy Nerd is a place to share my adventures in reading, writing, movie/TV series watching and life in general – because I am doing it anyway, why not share it. It is such a joy to see Luke engaging and offering posts also. It is great because he reads a lot more Urban Fantasy and Young Adult fiction than I do, and he offers a unique point of view, being a sixteen-year-old student.

When my (three) brothers were young, I spent a lot of time reading to them, being read to by them and discussing what we were reading. Education is my core belief. Everyone should have the opportunity to access education (and the ability to engage).

It is my dream that everyone would cultivate a love of learning, and reading is an easily accessible way to do this.

With so many time constraints and multiple mediums vying for people’s attention, I hope that I can help people to decide what may be worth their precious time.

Below is a quick Q&A with Luke and myself:

What does your ideal day involve?

Melissa: Coffee with Luke, Yoga/Pilates, reading and writing, and walking the dog.

Luke: Coffee with Melissa, singing, reading and writing.

What is your favourite book?

M: Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.

L: (At the moment) Starcrossed, by Josephine Angelini.

What is your favourite movie?

M: Pride and Prejudice (2005 adaptation).

L: (At the moment) Camp Rock.

What TV show can you not get enough of right now?


M: The Vampire Diaries

L: Revenge

What music/musicians are you obsessed with right now?

M: Florence and the Machine, Jana Kramer, Ellie Goulding, Pitt Bull (with almost anyone), Ricky Martin.

L: Demi Lovato, Hunter Hayes, Delta Goodrem.

What are your favourite charities/causes?

M: Education and equality (economically and socially)

L: Against animal cruelty (any cruelty, in general)

What’s your favourite quote?

M:  “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

L: “When I get sad I stop being sad and be awesome instead.” —Barney Stinson (played by Neil Patrick Harris) in How I Met You Mother

Favourite style star?


M: Audrey Hepburn (the little black dress, the accessories, the hair!)

L: None

What things do you most want right now?

M: Pride and Prejudice (with the first edition text), another dog and a tiny house.

L: To sing, Demi Lovato (Demi) and Hunter Hayes (Hunter Hayes Encore) albums.

What would you like to do next, what’s the plan for 2013?

M: Read more. Write more – get all of the blog posts, article ideas, short story ideas, novel ideas and non-fiction book ideas out of my head.

L: Sing in front of an audience, further develop my vocals, finish school, read more and write more.

It is a pleasure to be able to write here on Fancy Nerd. We always welcome feedback and love to hear from you.


Fair Trade Fortnight and Where Our Food Comes From


Have you ever wondered how we got to a place where we have little idea of how the products we consume come to be on a shelf at our supermarket? How many underpaid hours contributed to its production? What would it look like to understand where our food comes from?

Coffee is a great example, the Fair Trade versions don’t cost much more than their less ethically friendly counterparts. Fair Trade tea is also easy to come by. But when I went to a large local supermarket yesterday, I couldn’t find Fair Trade cocoa! I wanted to bake ethically friendly cookies to go with the Fair Trade tea, coffee and chocolate I offered as part of the Oxfam’s Biggest Coffee Break that I hosted on behalf of my church. I settled for Fair Trade drinking chocolate in place of cocoa (it is mostly cocoa and a bit of sugar).

But if I, who cares (and thinks and reads) about social justice and am firmly on the ethically friendly bandwagon, cannot find the simplest of products in the Fair Trade variety, how will any normal shopper? Don’t we want to make it easy to buy, because the more people buy it, the less they have to charge for it?

Free-range eggs are no longer so prohibitively expensive that almost anyone can afford to choose them over the others. (Please don’t get me started on free-range vs factory farming, I have this notion that if I must steal an animal’s produce then they must be able to frolic and be treated humanely, I can’t stand that I share a country with people who think it is ok not to treat an animal humanely!)

However, these lines of thought have led me to question how society came to a place where we don’t know how an item on our supermarket shelf was produced? A society that used to farm, garden and cook our own food! Did you know that there are people (way underpaid people, who have no other means for survival) that have to hand peel the coffee beans? I can imagine the pain in their hands after long hours doing this task—thirty year old, sun-browned fingers twisted with premature arthritis.


Possessing the opposite of a green thumb and not being allowed my own chickens, my solution is to try to eat more locally. Ideally, I will find a farm to buy my produce and eggs from directly. I also plan (eventually) to phase out meat completely.

In the meantime, here are five small things we can do to make a difference to our planets, our animals and ourselves:

  1. Buy only free-range eggs
  2. Buy only Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate
  3. Buy local—at a farmers market or local farm
  4. Stop buying meat that is not free-range (I admit that this is much easier in New Zealand)
  5. Get informed: Read about the impact that factory farming has on our planet and the stress levels and antibiotics in the animals (that we then consume); read about the health benefits of eating whole, local foods; read about Oxfam’s work; my guess is, if you really know what is going on, you will probably rethink many of your choices. You can get a headstart on reading about simplictiy here.

picture of freerange or happy cartoon hen and a nice looking cup of coffee

Fancy, Writing

Thanks for the Liebster Blogging Award and 11 More Blogs You Should Check Out

liebsterThanks so much to ATRAGER (Arielle) for nominating us for the Liebster Award! It’s an award passed on by bloggers to new blogs worth reading (blogs with less than 200 followers). It’s very exciting to be nominated, and in turn to nominate 11 others!

Recipients of the Liebster Award must:



1. Melissa (M): I have just started my own business.
 Luke (L): I am a human encyclopedia in pop culture.
2. M: I adore all things Jane Austen.
L: I adore music—especially Demi Lovato (she’s inspiring and awesome).
3. M: My dog Coop is my favourite creature in the whole world.
L: I would love to be a singer!
4. M: My favourite colour is pink (I drive a pink car).
L: My favourite colour is turquoise.
5. M: I love Dolly Parton.
L: My favourite book genres are urban fantasy and dystopia
6. M: I’m proud to be a Kiwi (New Zealander).
L: I love to write (of course).
7. M: I haven’t yet travelled passed Australia.
L: I’d like to go to L.A. one day.
8. M: My dream is to make a living from my writing.
L: I’m a cat and dog lover!
9. M: My favourite style icon/fashionista is Jessica Alba.
L: Whitcoulls (book store) is my favourite store.
10. M: I’m always up for a Harry Potter marathon.
L: One of my most favourite TV shows is 
Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
11. M: Vin Diesel, Will Smith, and The Rock are my top three guys.
L: I have a huge crush on Delta Goodrem.


  1. What’s the last song you listened to?
    M: “If That’s What it Takes,” Celine Dion. L: “Made in the USA,” Demi Lovato
  2. Why did you start your blog?
    M: I just wanted to write! 
    L: Me too!
  3. Chocolate or vanilla?
    Both: Vanilla
  4. What’s your favourite place that you’ve travelled to?
    M: Anywhere green, off-road in NZ. L: The Rotary Walkway in Auckland
  5. Advice for other bloggers?
    M: Write about what you love—reading and writing are prominent in my life, I think, breath and dream about these things—it makes it easy to put time into it. L: Couldn’t say it better.
  6. Never have I ever ____
    Both: Crossed over to the Northern Hemisphere.
  7. Do you always match you socks?
    M: Yes! I don’t think I could survive knowing they were unmatched. L: Of course!
  8. What’s one quote you really like? Inspiration or otherwise
    M: “What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” ~Unknown L: “When I’m sad I stop being sad and be awesome instead.” ~Barney Stinson (played by Neil Patrick Harris) in How I Met Your Mother
  9. What do you want to be remembered by?
    M: Those who I loved and our relationship. L: Same!
  10. Do you believe in love?
    M: Yes! It is vital! L: Totally. How can I not?
  11. When was the last time you called someone on the phone?
    M: Yesterday. L: A couple of weeks ago.


  1. What is the last classic novel you’ve read?
  2. What is your best accomplishment so far?
  3. Sweet or savoury?
  4. Who is your favourite artist/singer?
  5. Which country have you always wanted to go to?
  6. What is your favourite book?
  7. What inspires your blog posts?
  8. How do you gather data to use on your blog?
  9. What’s your favourite social media tool?
  10. Cat or dog person?
  11. If you had to cast a scene entitled “Uncomfortable dinner party,” what three people would you cast?


  1.  Honest Speaks 
  2. Her Cup of Tea
  3. Beautiful Again
  4. jessicaminiermabe 
  5. Growing Wild Farm
  6. Broken Strings and Pretty Things
  7. Booker Talk
  8. Life As We Know It
  9. 365 Stories in 365 Days
  10. Crissi Reads
  11. Abigale Robyn Brown
Books, Fancy

Escape Antics: And Good Books to Escape With

I’m an “escaper”—when things get stressful (the compounded, excessive kind of stressful) I do a Houdini. Sometimes it is literally, but most of the time it is imaginatively. I create a plan, then imbue that plan Pink Pantherwith bucket loads of hope, and ardently look forward to the fruition of said hope. However, when I do this, I am no longer invested in the present, I am AWOL.

Three years ago, after my emancipation from an unhealthy five-year relationship, I literally escaped—I went to the Sunshine Coast in Australia alone. Two years ago, I moved cities, nothing like being nine hours drive away from home for an escape. The former escape was a relatively impulsive plan, hatched and undertaken within weeks of realising I was free. The latter was the product of six months thinking and six months planning. This was my lifeline; I endured all of the present knowing I would soon be rewarded with my escape.

The only problem was that I wasn’t enjoying the now. At the time, there was no other conceivable way to act, even with the benefit of hindsight; I don’t know what else I could have done. Now I have a choice. I stop myself from planning too far in advance.

When a situation arises, once I’ve pull my brain out of a tailspin, I find the space to look at the situation logically and make a short-term plan to deal with the problem. Lists are great. Mini to-do lists are my favourite. When I began this year redundant and half-employed, with no idea of what I wanted to do next, I was panicking (not visibly, but internally and quietly). So I created a to-do list for January, February and March. Naturally, finding a job I wanted to do (that wouldn’t bore me within two weeks, that didn’t involve central city parking or long hours etc.) was number one. But I also added several tasks that would keep me busy (like starting this blog).

I started my new position in April. Crisis averted.

Another form of escape is disappearing into addictive novels; I have been known to disappear into a series comprising several books. But single title books are still good. Below are a few good books/authors to disappear with:

The trouble with escapism is, defining when it is acceptable and when it is not. I am learning to avoid my inbuilt instinct to escape and can put in road bumps to slow me down. And it can be massively rewarding in the end to stick with something. Sometimes though, you just gotta go, and if it is just a mini-escape, there are many excellent books to go with.


Luke’s Reading Round-Up March-April 2013

For the past two months, I have managed to read quite a bit. So far, I have read 26 out of 50 books in a reading challenge this year. It looks like I’m getting there.

Anyway, here are the books I read in March and April:

AlteredAltered, by Jennifer Rush

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. And when she, along with the four genetically altered boys—Sam, Trev, Cas, and Nick—in the lab under her father’s farmhouse, escape from the evil corporation her father works under, she uncovers truth about herself that her father kept from her. Altered is one of the best novels of 2013. It was well written, had three-dimensional characters, and many twists that left me stunned. I am anticipating its sequel, Erased, out January 2014.

The Indigo Spell, by Richelle Mead

Sydney continues her struggle to uncover the secrets that the Alchemists keep from her. And what her heart is urging her to do. I have to admit that I enjoyed The Indigo Spell more

the indigo spell

than I did Bloodlines and The Golden Lily. We meet new characters—such as Marcus Finch, who is a former alchemist on the run—as well as glimpse some of the old characters from Vampire Academy—Rose, Dimitri, Lissa, and Christian. The ending is one of the best endings I’ve read! I am very excited about The Fiery Heart, the fourth book in the series (out November), and the Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters movie next year.

Vampire Beach vol.3, by Alex Duval

This is an omnibus of the fifth and six books of the series. In High Stakes, Sienna’s older sister, Paige, turns up unexpectedly from college in Paris, but everything gets dangerous when her boy Mark turns up—and Sienna goes missing. In Hunted, there is evidence that vampire hunters are in town when vampires go missing then mysteriously reappeared with no memory of what happened. Both of the stories featured the characters facing conflicts that are more dangerous than before. I really wish there was more to the series, because Jason and Sienna could have more story when they’re in college/university.

Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

After she dies in a car accident, Sam relives the same day in the duration of a week, and discovers why she has given these seven chances. There was a powerful message woven into this story: that you have to live your life to the fullest without having any regrets, because you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow—or in the next five minutes. I also like that Lauren Oliver made Sam sound like a teenager.

Thirst 5: The Sacred Veil, by Christopher Pike

In the final chapter of the five thousand year old vampire, Sita must unravel the handful of lost memories that occurred in World War Two when she was tortured by a madman in order to find the sacred


artifact known as Veronica’s Veil. It is the best instalment in the entire series, and I really wish it wouldn’t end. And I had a list of things I wanted to be included, but sadly most them never came true. All well.

Delirium, by Lauren Oliver

Lena looks forward to receiving the cure that prevents the delirium of love, which leads to a safe, predictable and happy life, but ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, she does the unthinkable: she falls in love. Another story with a powerful message by Lauren Oliver, which is you can’t control who you love.

Evermore, by Alyson Noël

After the car accident that stole the lives of her family, Ever found that she could see auras, as well as the thoughts of other, and she goes out of her way to hid from other people until she meets Damen, another psychic who is hiding even more mysteries. Every time I’d read one chapter, I would find myself reading another and another. It really was a gripping novel.

Wicked, by Sara Shepard

Aria is getting a little too close to her mother’s date. Emily can’t stop thinking about her new boyfriend. Spencer delves into her family’s secrets. And Hanna is forced to hang out with her sister-in-law-to-be. After I watched an episode of Pretty Little Liars, I really wanted to continue on the book series on which the show is based on. As soon as I picked up Wicked, the fifth book in the series, I didn’t want to stop reading.

The Hunt, by Andrew Fukuda

The Hunt

Gene is selected to be one of the combatants in the government-sponsored hunt, and while trying to avoid his fellow competitors whose suspicious about his true nature grow, he must learn how to hunt. I had to get this out from the library twice because I didn’t get to finish it the first time. What drew me into reading it was that it was dystopia (I love them) and because it was a recommended read for those who loved The Hunger Games (which I did). It was awesome, and I can’t wait to read the sequel, The Prey.

Yellowfang’s Secret, by Erin Hunter

It depicts the life of Yellowfang from when she was a kit to when she was exiled from ShadowClan. Yellowfang is the first book of the entire Warriors series, Into the Wild, introduced to her when Firepaw (protagonist of the first Warriors arc) runs into her when she is in ThunderClan territory. Later, she becomes ThunderClan’s medicine cat. I really love her because she is strong-willed, funny, sarcastic, protective, and smart. And Yellowfang’s Secret tells her story before she was introduced in the first book.

Crookedstar's Promise

Crookedstar’s Promise, by Erin Hunter
It depicts the life of Crookedstar, from when he was born in a storm to when he had an accident that broke his jaw, to when he became leader of RiverClan. I didn’t see much of Crookedstar in the main series. And it happened to be this special Warriors novel I chose to read, and I loved it. I love Crookedstar, I got emotional during after his accident, when he saw that his jaw was crooked, when his mother turns her back on him because he wasn’t her handsome tom anymore, and so much more. Despite all this, he managed to get passed it all and earned his spot as clan leader. I know that when he goes to StarClan, his mother is going to make it up to him for turning her back on him