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Crusade Review

So, I just finished reading Crusade by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié last month. All I can say about the book reminds me of A Discovery of Witches in the sense of what’s good about the book is a very short list. Well, let me start with the short list. First off, I liked the premise of the book. It’s a very interesting premise. Second, I liked how well thought out the world was. It seemed like a real world.

However, that’s the end of the short list. First off, the book read more like the second book in a trilogy as opposed to the first book of a trilogy. To me, there were three reasons that made it seem like it was a second book as opposed to the first book. The first reason was that the authors gave too much information about the main characters too soon. In my opinion, there was no mystery to any of the characters. It seemed like the authors just wanted to spew every little bit of information out into the first book. Personally, I think that the authors should have spread out the information about the characters over the trilogy as opposed to dumping it all in the first book. Anyway, the second reason that made the book seem like a second book instead of a first book is related to the first reason. There was too many subplots. I can think of at least four different subplots within the first book. I think that is too much for a trilogy, let alone the first book. Anyway, the third reason that made the book seem like a second book instead of a first book was that there were so many secondary characters. I had a hard time keeping track of the main characters. I had an even harder time keeping track of the secondary characters. In my opinion, the authors should have streamlined the amount of characters, both main and secondary, that were the book. There were too many to keep track off.

My second problem with the book is that the main characters of Jenn and Antonio remind me so much of Bella and Edward from Twilight. I think that this is pretty self-explanatory. The only difference is that Jenn and Edward have a dash of Buffy and Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to that, I felt that there was no chemistry between Jenn and Antonio. I think that it’s because the authors didn’t really explain Jenn and Antonio’s backstory enough.

My last problem with the book was how the story was set up. Personally, I don’t think that the way that the authors switched the points-of-view worked. I’m not sure what it was that made this one different because I have read other books where the points-of-view have switched and the books were fine. In addition to that, I thought that the storyline was slow.

Anyway, in a nutshell, I didn’t particularly like this book. I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone, and I’m not planning to read the other two books.
Crusade book cover

The Razzies

Well, I know that the announcement for the winners for the Razzies came out already but I still wanted to write about it. Anyway, I can’t really say anything about most of the movies and/or actors who were nominated because I never saw the movies. All I can say is that I’m not surprised that Eclipse had so many nominations. I mean, to me, it was not the best movie from the three that already came out. Personally, I thought that the first one was the best, which is not saying much. There are so many reasons why I’m not surprised why Eclipse got so many Razzie nominations. First, like I said before, the story was a bit disjointed for me. The scenes didn’t flow as well as I would have liked. Plus, that they left out some information out, like how some of the pack members, other than Sam, imprinting. Second was Kristen’s performance. As usual, she was horrible. But then again, it’s not entirely her fault. Bella is an extremely boring character.

The Breaking Dawn Vampires

A while back, the cast for the new Breaking Dawn vampires were announced. I can’t really say if a majority of the actors chosen will do a good job of playing their respective characters. I have already given my opinion on Casey LaBow. As for Judi Skekoni, who I saw on an episode of NCIS, I think she can pull it off. I think that Noel Fisher, who I saw on an episodes of Bones, also can pull off his character. It’s the same with Rami Malek, who I know from the Night at the Museum movies. Anyway, I’ll just have to wait and see how the other actors do when the movie comes out.

Casey LaBow

Andrea Powell As Sasha

I was on TwilightMoms recently and saw a post about who was cast as Sasha, the mother figure to Tanya, Kate, and Irina. I looked at the picture of the woman who was cast. As I looked at the picture, I thought to myself, she looked familiar. To me, she looked like the mom of the main werewolf character from the tv show The Gates. So I looked up the woman and it turned out that it was the same woman. All I can say is that I think Andrea Powell is one of the few people who has switch sides from werewolf to vampire.

Andrea Powell

Mackenzie Foy As Renesmee

When I found out that Mackenzie Foy was cast as Renesmee, I thought to myself, how are they going to make her into a baby/toddler? Because Mackenzie is obviously not a little kid, let alone a baby/toddler. I mean, I can understand why the casting director chose an “older” actress to play such a young character because that’s what they did with Claudia aka Kirsten Dunst from the movie version of Interview With The Vampire. What I mean by that in the book and movie, Claudia is basically a fully grown woman who’s trapped in a 6-year-old body. So, when they were casting for Claudia, they wanted to cast a slightly older actress to play her because there was no way that an actual 6-year-old actress who could even remotely act the necessary emotions, intelligence, etc., that is required from the character. So, what I’m basically saying is that an actor/actress who is actually the same age as the character might be able to play the necessary maturity that the character calls for. Anyway, as for whether or not Mackenzie will be good as Renesmee, I don’t know. I haven’t seen her act.

Mackenzie Foy

Claudia

Judi Shekoni vs. Marsha Thomason

Last month, I found out that Judi Shekoni was going to be playing Zafrina, from the Amazonia coven, for Breaking Dawn. As I looked at her picture, it dawned on me that she guest-starred on an episode of NCIS, the one where the model died on a Navy or Marine base while filming a reality show. Anyway, the reason I’m bringing this up is because at first, when I saw that episode, I thought that she was the same actress who played Eddie Murphy’s wife in The Haunted Mansion. So, I looked the woman who played Eddie Murphy’s wife in The Haunted Mansion, aka Marsha Thomason, and realized that Marsha Thomason and Judi Shekoni were two separate women. To me, they could pass for sisters. Anyway, that’s just what I think.

Judi Shekoni and Marsha Thomason

Casey LaBow As Kate From Breaking Dawn

Back in September, I found out who was cast as the Denali clan from Breaking Dawn. And it turns out that Casey LaBow, who played Cherish in an episode of Moonlight, will play Kate. Well, I can’t remember how Kate was, personality wise, but in terms of looks, I can totally picture her as a vampire. Anyway, I’m interested to see how it turns out.

Casey LaBow

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