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Sunday, May 31, 2009

In My Mailbox 九 (9)

So, I was so busy that I totally forgot about doing one for last week, so from the two weeks combined together I think I did pretty good :) (Well compared to how I usually do)

Want to join in? Check out Kristi's site to find out how!!

The recieved:

How To Buy a Love of Reading By: Tanya Egan Gibson

(From Booklist): "Carley Wells is a high-school junior at a private school in upscale Fox Glen, where families spend an undue amount of time and money outdoing each other’s party budgets. Carley is overweight by 57 pounds (according to her personal trainer), “intellectually impoverished” (according to her English teacher), and has never read a book she liked. Worried about college applications, Carley’s parents (who never read themselves) commission a book for her—a book whose author will be ensconced in their mansion and shown off at Carley’s Sweet Sixteen party—as evidence of the Wells’ “devotion” to good literature. While Carley and “The Author” collaborate on the book, Carley continues to struggle scholastically and socially—especially with her best friend, Hunter, a senior chick magnet with whom she has a deep but platonic relationship. Hunter’s own problems have led to excessive Scotch binges and a Vicodin addiction, unbeknownst to his clueless and apparently uncaring mother. Brimming with literary allusions, commentary on the rich and famous, and the necessary ingredients for a successful novel, Gibson’s ingenious debut succeeds on many levels."

[At first when I looked at it, I was skeptical if this book would really be really good, but after reading it I totally fell in love with it]
Kiss of Life: A Generation Dead Novel By: Daniel Waters

(From Amazon): "The phenomenon that's been sweeping the country seems to be here to stay. Not only are the teenagers who have come back from their graves still here, but newlydeads are being unearthed all the time. While scientists look for answers and politicians take their stands, the undead population of Oakville have banded together in a group they're calling the Sons of Romero, hoping to find solidarity in segregation.

Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie -- her Homecoming date Tommy Williams -- her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for her. Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave. Now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can't seem to live without."
[I finished reading review coming soon]

Pure By: Terra Elan McVoy

(From Booklist): "At 12, Tabitha and her friend Morgan put on their purity rings. Now the girls are 15, and neither has any intention of taking them off. Then another friend and ring wearer, Cara, confides she and her boyfriend have gone all the way, and all hell breaks loose. Morgan turns on Cara, and when Tabitha shows sympathy to Cara, Morgan drops her as well. First-time novelist McVoy takes on the hot topic of purity rings (hello, Jonas Brothers!) and examines it from many angles. Tabitha’s fast, funny, and very contemprary voice should be a hit with teens, but readers are privy to her every thought. In both narration and the occasionally meandering plot, this is a case where less would have been more. Still, McVoy is very successful at drawing characters kids will care about—even the parents are interesting. Anyone who has wondered about the ramifications of wearing a purity ring, both socially and religiously (and there’s much thoughtful writing about Christianity here), will be left with plenty to think about. Grades 8-11."
[It looks so sweet and cute and I love the cover v pink!]

Posh and Prejudice By: Grace Dent (Can't find pic)

(From website): "The divine Shiraz Bailey Wood is back in this hilarious sequel to Diary of a Chav to enlighten us with her signature brand of madcap humor on her demented, glorious life in the gritty suburbs of London.

Chav: (n.): 1. A word that makes most Brits think of hoodies, hip hop, bling, and trouble. (It ain't a good fing, bruv.)

At the end of the school year, 16-year-old Shiraz Bailey Wood isn't expecting incredible grades. But when her test results come in, she's astonished to discover that not only did she pass them all, but that she's also actually clever! Emboldened by an invite to higher-level classes, Shiraz decides she can't waste her brain power frying eggs for minimum wage at the greasy spoon Mr. Yolk. So even in spite of her Mum's objections that it ain't her place, Shiraz enrolls in Superchav Academy's "Center of Excellence" to get even brainier.

Setting forth into the heady field of academia and hanging out with other boffin types seems like just the ticket to avoid getting stuck living like a chav forever in crappy Goodmayes Essex. Smooth-talking lads with whopping allowances tempt her-but Shiraz has to figure out: are these posh types really any better? Or maybe being a chav might not be all that bad-as long as it stands for Charming, Hilarious, Articulate, and Vibrant."

[I don't know, I haven't read the other books, so I was wondering if I should read the first few or just read this one and then go back or not? Any suggestions?]

Access Denied (and Other Eigth Grade Error Messages) By: Denise Vega

(From Amazon): "Computer whiz Erin Swift is ready to start eighth grade. The Year of Humiliating Events (aka, seventh grade) is behind her and she's ready to rule the school. But eight grade comes with its own set of problems for Erin to navigate, including her first boyfriend, her first break-up, and the fact that her mom has been treating her more like an eight year old than an eighth grader. Even worse, there's a new girl at MollyBrownMiddle School who is determined to remake Erin in her bad-girl image, and former crush Mark "Cute Boy" Sacks has been acting strange lately.

But as Erin's school year once against hurdles toward disaster, a personal tragedy forces her to realize that things, and people, aren't always as bad as they seem. Can she save what's left of eighth grade before it's too late?"

[Yeah, Im def gonna read the first book first]

Twenty Boy Summer By: Sarah Ockler

(From Amazon): ""Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Okay."

"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"

"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"
According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer."

[Want to read this!!! Oh yeah and join my contest for this book HERE]

The Borrowed:

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side By: Beth Fantaskey


(From Publishers Weekly): "A romance involving a high school girl and a handsome vampire may sound a little too familiar, yet this first novel quickly bursts ahead of the pack of Twilight-wannabes. Down-to-earth mathlete Jessica Packwood is completely horrified when, a few months shy of her 18th birthday, a Romanian named Lucius Vladescu shows up on her doorstep, claiming that he and she are vampire royalty betrothed to each other since infancy—what's worse, her adoptive parents verify the betrothal story and explain that her birth parents identified themselves as vampires, too. Fantaskey makes this premise work by playing up its absurdities without laughing at them, endowing Jessica with a coolly ironic sensibility and Lucius with old-world snobberies that Jessica's girlfriends find irresistible. Jessica's laidback parents serve as foils for imperious Lucius (Can I ever again be happy in our soaring Gothic castle after walking the halls of Woodrow Wilson High School, a literal ode to linoleum? he asks sarcastically); a scene at a steakhouse where the vegan Packwoods meet the carnivorous Vladescus is first-rate comedy. The romance sizzles, the plot develops ingeniously and suspensefully, and the satire sings."

[Finished and LOVED it review HERE]

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances By: John Green, Lauren Myracle & Maureen Johnson

(From Booklist): "In this charming trio of interconnected novellas, a massive snowstorm on Christmas Eve acts as a catalyst for romance in the lives of three teens. In Maureen Johnson’s tale, Jubilee Express, after Jubilee’s train becomes snowbound, she seeks shelter at a nearby Waffle House, along with a squad of hyper cheerleaders. In John Green’s story, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, a guy summons three friends to the Waffle House, where the combination of cheerleaders and cheesy waffles prompts big realizations. Finally, in Lauren Myracle’s entry, Patron Saint of Pigs, self-absorbed Addie atones for cheating on her boyfriend (who was stuck on Jubilee’s train) by proving she can be an angel for someone else, even if that someone is only a pet pig. Johnson’s playfulness, Green’s banter, and Myracle’s sincerity mesh well here, resulting in a collection that is imbued with optimism and warmth. The plotting is tight, and each end loosed by one author is tied up by another like a bright Christmas bow. A delightful read any time of the year."

[Sounds muy mushy and sweet]
The Bought:
None :(
So what books did YOU recieve this week?
Wdebo :)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

You're a Song In My Heart- Selina ft. LeeHom

This song is so adorable!!

Features LeeHom (So talented he plays TEN instruments!) and Selina (From S.H.E)

Sorry it's not the eng subbed one, but you can find it HERE because they won't let me embedd it :(

I totally like it because its set in those older times in China and their outfits are so amazing and Selina's second hairstyle is sooo beautiful.







Hope you enjoy! Remember to comment especially if you LOVED this song!!!

Wdebo :)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side By: Beth Fantaskey

Title: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
Author: Beth Fantaskey
HARDBACK
Amount of Pages: 351
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publishing Date: February 1, 2009
Geared Towards: Teens/Twilight lovers




Summary (From front flap):
MARRYING A VAMPIRE
DEFINITELY DOESN'T FIT
INTO JESSICA'S SENIOR
YEAR "GET-A-LIFE" PLAN.

Enter a bizarre new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu who claims Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth and he's her long-lost fiance. He's arrogant, officious, embarrassingly overprotective, and, well incredibly hot.

Armed with a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire's Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica tries to imagine the transition from an average American teenager to a glam European vampire princess. But just when things start to heat up with Lucius, a devious cheerleader sets her sights on him.

Soon Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war-and save Lucius' soul from eternal damnation. All of which leaves her to wonder: Wouldn't life be easier if she could just fall for a nice mortal boy?

Wdebo's Review: This book was so cute and sweet. I totally like it one of my favorite books. I really don't know why I like it so much, I just couldn't put it down. I was up at like 2 still reading it and fighting sleep.

So, I just have to talk about how similar to Twilight it is. So, for one it's got a "dangerous" vampire that can read minds and is hot. Then the girl falls in love with the vampire and he pushes her away because he's too "dangerous" for her. Then they come back together at the end. Apart from all of those similarities I like Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side more.

IDK why I think it pulled on my heart string more then Twilight did. It was very sweet and romantic (in a way). Also, Jessica has such a funny voice, the writting was great! She could find humor in all of the situations, it was just such a great read.

Though it did annoy me how long it took Jessica to believe that Lucius was a vampire. I mean he showed you his fangs for crying out loud, and you laugh it off as a magic act? Also, your parents just told you that he was a vampire and you still don't believe it??!!!

I have two favorite characters in this book, Lucius and Dorin.

Lucius, just becuase, he's sexy as hell and he is just so mysterious. Also, he knows all about symbolism and is a pro basketball player. And he didn't have to wait hundreds of years to get to that position. You never see that combination, right? There are no guys like that here...sigh :(

Second, Dorin, Jessica's half uncle. He was just so funny, it was just a shame that he came so late in the book. He did make the book so funny, only he could have gotten twelve packs of airplane pretzles and buy one colorful stripe glove. BEST CHARACTER EVER!!

I really like the cover it's very pretty and dark, I guess that describes the book very well!

All in all, an amazing read for Twilight fans and vampire romance fans and just any one in between. I would reccomend it to all my friends!

Grade: A

Wdebo :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Random Entertainment Clips : 1

So, as many of you have probobly figured out, I am a Yu Le Bai Fen Bai (Entertainment 100%) addict.

God, it is like the best show in the whole world!! Xiao Zhu and Xiao Gui are amazingly funny!!

So, since I want more people to see Yu Le Bai Fen Bai and fall in love with these two wonderful guys I have decided to post random clips from it :D

So here's the first part...

This is hillarious...Show is so pervy (Or in Taiwan we say "A" )



Show is so mean...but it was funny..I would hate to be the girl

(Show taunting fan on the bus)



Show is v egotistical but it's funny :D



Hope you enjoy!! And comment, go Xiao Zhu and Xiao Gui!!

Wdebo :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Dust of 100 Dogs By: A.S. King

Title: The Dust of 100 Dogs
Author: A.S. King
PAPERBACK
Amount of Pages: 320
Publisher: Flux
Publishing Year: 2009
Geared Towards: Teens (13 + )





Summary (From B.O.B): In the late seventeenth century, famed teenage pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of escaping pirate life with her one true love and unfathomable riches when she was slain and cursed with the dust of 100 dogs, dooming her to one hundred lives as a dog before returing to a human body-with her memories intact.


Now she's a contemporary American teenager
and all she needs is a shovel
and a ride to Jamaica.
I totally love the book trailer...



Wdebo's Review: I remember seeing this book on The Compulsive Reader's site and wanting to read it so badly. When I started it, I was not disappointed.

It started out really well and it just dragged me in. The writting was really well written and I just loved it and enjoyed it. I hope everyone can read it, it just doesn't disappoint.

Favorite Character: Seanie- Sweetest dude EVER!! <3

The Cover: I like it, it looks very cool, but I did get a lot of strange glances when ppl saw me reading it.

All in all, ok so my review is like totally short, because all I can say is this book is AMAZING!! I loved it, and it sure will not disappoint.

Grade: A-

Wdebo :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

青鳥飛魚 (Blue Bird Flying Fish)

Oh wow, I haven't done a TTS in forever... ah I feel so bad!! Anyways, so this duo is a new duo that came out in like April. I discovered them on Yu Le Bai Fen Bai (Host Xiao Zhu and Xiao Gui) they were so cute and funny check it out...!


(The are the ones in the panda suits)

I really don't know if there is any info on them, cuz I can't find any since they're new. So yeah, this is going to be a totally short post...

Here's my fav and only song I've heard by them...

Guai Guai Nu (Strange Girl)...It's sweet and funny :D The mv is i n t e r e s t i n g


So, yeah, please support them! And please comment!!

Wdebo :)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Book To Movie: The Tenth Circle

Title: The Tenth Circle
Author: Jodi Picoult
PAPERBACK
Amount of Pages: 387
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publishing Year: 2006
Geared Towards: Adults or Older Teens
Extra Info: The movie version is part of the Lifetime Original Movie. The cast members include Ron Eldard, Kelly Preston and Britt Robertson. Here is some movie info...


"Her hands were knotted together between them, like a heart that had broken its bounds. 'Daddy,' she whispered. 'He raped me.'"








Summary (From author's site): When Daniel Stone was a child, he was the only white boy in a native Eskimo village where his mother taught, and he was teased mercilessly because he was different. He fought back, the baddest of the bad kids: stealing, drinking, robbing and cheating his way out of the Alaskan bush – where he honed his artistic talent, fell in love with a girl and got her pregnant. To become part of a family, he reinvented himself – jettisoning all that anger to become a docile, devoted husband and father. Fifteen years later, when we meet Daniel again, he is a comic book artist. His wife teaches Dante’s Inferno at a local college; his daughter, Trixie, is the light of his life – and a girl who only knows her father as the even-tempered, mild-mannered man he has been her whole life. Until, that is, she is date raped…and Daniel finds himself struggling, again, with a powerlessness and a rage that may not just swallow him whole, but destroy his family and his future.


Wdebo's Review: Yeah!! Another amazing book from Jodi Picoult. The actions of the characters were so vivid. Her writing always makes me feel like I am going on a journey around wherever she wants to take me.


This book is diffrent for what I am used to by her because instead of making each chapter from a different character's perspective, she goes with each paragraph. This can be good I guess, it does allow you to see each character's story unravail and come nicely tied together, but I guess there is such thing as TOO much perspective. I think I like each chapter with a diffrent character more then each paragraph. But the good thing about it is that you won't have to read A LOT about one character before you get to read about the other.


I did not like the character of Trixie she was too baby-y for me. She was very spoiled sounding.

Favorite Character: Willie- He was very sweet.

The Cover: I really liked it, it was very simple but very deep at the same time. (A-)

All in all, this was a really great book. Sure to please all of Jodi Picoult's fans.

Grade: A-

Wdebo :)

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Other books by Jodi:

Change of Heart
Nineteen Minutes

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Twinkle-Show Luo ft. Koda Kumi

I love this song and I am very proud of Xiao Zhu his english has improved quite immensly from

THIS... (His and Xiao Gui's eng rap)



Oh and THIS.. (Guessing game spoken in "english" )



Anyways, so here is the REAL song...it's funny and cute... Except the mv hurts my eyes but I still love it!



Hope you enjoy and remember to COMMENT especially if you loved it!

Wdebo :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Contest: Twenty Boy Summer

-CLOSED-

Hello! Everyone I am proud to present *drumroll* my very first contest!!

So, what do I have here for my wonderful blog readers? Well, just five copies of Twenty Boy Summer... Hehe...so here's the summary for this book I am dying to read..it looks so good!!

"According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.
Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer."

Doesn't that just sound like such a good book?

So now for the rules...

This contest ends June 10-But I might extend it...just keep checking back!


All you have to do to enter is to answer this question...

Tell me of your BEST summer memory....


So for extra entrees (Please use seperate comments for each one)

+1 Becoming follower (or already a follower)
+1 Adding this contest to your sidebar/blogging about it/facebooking it..etc. etc. anything publicity related just send me the link :D-You can have one for each thing you do just send the link
+1 Adding me to your blogroll (Or if you already have b4 that's ok too!)
Oh and please add CONTACT INFO thanks!!
And good luck!!
Wdebo :)

The Elite By: Jennifer Banash

Title: The Elite
Author: Jennifer Banash
PAPERBACK
Amount of Pages: 237
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publishing Year: 2008
Geared Towards: Teens ( 13 + )
Extra Info: Click picture to go to the elite series website!


"Alphabetically speaking, Macallister would still always come before McCloy"




Summary (From B.O.B):


It's the most exclusive luxury apartment building
On New York's Upper East Side.
If you don't live there, you don't know how to live...


When Casey McCloy steps into The Bramford, she's overwhelmed by the sophistication and elegance of it all. Fresh from the Midwest, she's moved to New York City to live with her grandmother and attend the prestigious Meadowlark Academy. Here, all that matters is who you know. The designer to know is Zac Posen. The girl to know is Madison Macallister: popular, pretty, and platinum blond. She's not just Casey's new classmate and neighbor; she's an icon. So Casey aims to get in with Madison and her gorgeous gal pals from the start. As the reigning queen of coolness, Madison is capable of destroying reputations with one well-timed whisper. Better to be on her good side.


After a haute makeover from her new frenemy Madison, Casey is wearing the right cloths, saying the right things, and meeting the right people. Including Drew, the boy-about-town Madison thinks belongs to her and her alone...


Wdebo's Review: Oh wow, I just realized, I've read these types of books so much this year and for the other years of my life I've tried to steer clear of these books. But after reading some of these I'm totally hooked!!

This book was like all of those. Filled to the brim with bitchy girls who have a small yet beating heart underneath their makeup. Though it was pretty generic it was a really good book. I thought it was really well written, the plot line was greatly developed, and the characters tho I disliked all of them were very personality filled and *looks down guiltily* quite entertaining to read about.

I seriously did not like Casey um yeah. She was too plastic and annoying. The only person I actually sorta liked has to be Sophie, I feel for her from the secret she learns.

After reading this I am totally psyched to start In Too Deep (Ah I prob have to wait forever for it :( )

Favorite Character: Can I say none?

The cover: Is quite pretty but it feels puffy.

All in all this is a perfectly well written story for everyone except very feministic women, but it was sweet, bratty and a very nice aversion to read about other ppl's troubles instead of thinking of my own.

Grade: A--

Wdebo :)

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The titles in The Elite series:

The Elite
In Too Deep
Simply Irresistible

Monday, May 18, 2009

You Are So Undead To Me

Title: You Are So Undead To Me
Author: Stacey Jay
PAPERBACK
Amount of Pages:263
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publishing Year: 2009
Geared Towards: Teens

"Positive thinking, that was what I needed. Too bad positive thinking was so very hard to pull off when you were fairly certain there was a killer on the loose-a killer who could be watching your every move, determined not to fail again."





Summary: (From B.O.B)

Q: HOW MANY ZOMBIES DOES IT TAKE TO RUIN A SOCIAL LIFE?
A: NOT MANY.

Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming, but when you're trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it's kinda hard to score a date. Let's just say Megan's love life could use some major resuscitation.

Megan's convinved her life can't get any worse-until someone in school starts using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into scary, hardcore flesh-eating Zombies. Now it's up to Megan to stop the Zombie apocalypse. Her life-and more importantly, the homecoming dance-depend on it.

Wdebo's Review: Please tell me why all of these zombie romances seem to have the same plot? Like here, let me compare it to Zombie Queen of Newbury High. So, the main characters are all sort of these socialy ok people but still rejects but not, but they also have the ability to capture the love of the hot football player. Who's not the smartest guy and later turns out to be a really crappy dude. Then in the end they fall in love with dudes who all have to do with zombies (something they've been trying to get out of.) There is a dance that starts the whole thing, and is the only thing these girls crazily think about. It's ok to read one or two of these plot lines every three months but more eh it feels repetitive and yuck.

Now, if we overlook that fact, this book was cute, funny and cliche. Like all of the other books I've read. It was lighthearted and a cute summer read. Not my most favorite book in the world, but it was pretty good.

I did not like Meg tho, she was a very whinny little girl. Yes, she could kick zombie ass pretty well but she kept whinning about Josh Pickle, Ethan, Josh, Ethan, Josh...Ah it hurt my head so much, it felt like I was getting caught in a voice catfight. *gag*.

The cover was...eh it was ok. Not the best, the skull tho it does kind of symbolize the story seemed weird, plasticy, fake and yuck. It was a cool pose but not my most favorite cover. (B-)

Favorite Character: None :( Sadly yes I did not realli like any of the characters, you would think I would like Ethan (Other guy Meg is falling for) but no I just wanted to punch him in the face for being with Monica.

All in all, this was an ok, cute, light-hearted zombie YA romance book. (so yes, cliche is implied in that statement). Not the BEST book but not HORRIBLE. A nice light summer read. Yeah summer! 20-something more days <3

Grade: B-

Wdebo :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

In My Mailbox 八 (8)

Haha I am on vacation right now!! (Yes this was scheduled, and I did create a four day weekend for myself, thank you for asking-hehe) I was very happy to finally get books in my mailbox (I only have three books to read on the VERY LONG airplane ride-ahh wish me luck!!) but I didn't have time to go to the library so here are the TWO books I recieved this week!!
Thanks so much to Kristi at The Story Siren for creating this. (Want to join in? Click HERE)

The Borrowed:

None :(

The Recieved:

Peace, Love & Baby Ducks By: Lauren Myracle (ARC-yes I know it was released on the 14th)


(From Amazon.com): "Growing up in a world of wealth and pastel-tinted entitlement, fifteen-year-old Carly has always relied on the constancy—and authenticity—of her sister, Anna. But when fourteen-year-old Anna turns plastic-perfect-pretty over the course of a single summer, everything starts to change. And there are boys involved, complicating things as boys always do. With warmth, insight, and an unparalleled gift for finding humor even in stormy situations, beloved author Lauren Myracle dives into the tumultuous waters of sisterhood and shows that even very different sisters can learn to help each other stay afloat. "

[I finished it, check out my review HERE]

Darkborn By: Alison Sinclair

(From Amazon): "For the Darkborn, sunlight kills. For the Lightborn, darkness is fatal. Living under a centuries-old curse, the Darkborn and the Lightborn share the city of Minhorne, coexisting in an uneasy equilibrium but never interacting. When Darkborn physician Balthasar Hearne finds a pregnant fugitive on his doorstep just before sunrise, he has no choice but to take her in. Tercelle Amberley’s betrothed is a powerful Darkborn nobleman, but her illicit lover came to her through the daytime. When she gives birth to twin boys, they can see, something unheard of among the Darkborn. When men come for the boys, Balthasar is saved by the intervention of his Lightborn neighbor—and healed by the hands of his wife, Telmaine. Soon he finds himself drawn deeper into political intrigue and magical attacks, while Telmaine must confront a power she can no longer keep sheathed in gloves, a power she neither wants nor can control. "

[I'm starting it now, pretty good actually!]
The Bought:
None :(
So, what did you recieve this week?
Wdebo :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Jolin Tsai's Agent J Movie !!

Agent J- The album/ song was super good (song at the bottom) and they created a "movie" for it!!

I love this movie, it's pretty good! Watch!

Jolin's acting was really good!

Eng Subbed!

Part 1



Part 2



Part 3



Here's just the song...



Hope you enjoy! And remember to comment!!

Wdebo :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Those Good Ol' Reads : 2

So, since I really need to go to bed NOW here is just one book that I loved as a sixth grader...

The Prophecy of the Stones By: Flavia Blujoro

(From Amazon): "Jade, Amber, and Opal meet for the first time when they are 14 and find that their destinies are inextricably intertwined in some way that they have yet to discover. Each girl possesses a stone that matches her name. These stones have great power and are related to an ancient prophecy about the saving of the Light. The girls embark on a quest to understand their role in life and, in the process, enter the kingdom of Fairytale, where some of the magical beings are good, and some are evil. Another key figure is a knight errant who calls himself the Nameless One, who is also destined to be part of the fulfilling of the Prophecy. This is a long, involved story that often takes on the quality of a B movie. The style is somewhat flat and the voice is very youthful. Characters are constantly explaining situations and history. There is a dependence on magical objects that descend willy-nilly into the story and chance meetings in which the girls and the Nameless One are immediately known and accepted. Dialogue is stiff. While there are some interesting fantastical creatures and plot twists, there are also some very odd elements. Death, for instance, is "on strike" so no one can die. There is a small parallel story of a dying girl in a Paris hospital who has dreams that somehow relate to Jade, Opal, and Amber."

(I remember reading this and totally falling in love with it...I still have it on my shelf yeah!)

So, what are your Good Ol' Reads?

Wdebo :)

Peace, Love & Baby Ducks

Title: Peace, Love & Baby Ducks
Author: Lauren Myracle
PAPERBACK
Amount of Pages: 289 (approx)
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publishing Date: May 14, 2009
Geared Towards: 12 +


"Little sisters want to be than their big sisters. Everything the big sister has, the little sister wants-and more"

Summary: Carly and Anna are sisters living in a wealthy neighborhood and the students of the poshest of the posh boarding school. Carly, being the oldest, has always been the one that Anna, being the younger sister, leans on. Now however things change...

When fifteen-year-old Carly comes home from her intense six week camping trip she finds out that her cute little fourteen-year-old Anna is no longer cute and little any more. She has become the kind of girl that all the guys dream about.

Through the three parts of the book (Peace, Love and yes...Baby Ducks) the struggle of two sisters journey through one year of high school is revealed in Lauren's sarcastic, funny, and sweet voice as Carly and Anna learn exactly what sisterly love means.

Here's Lauren Myracle talking about it...



Wdebo's Review: I LOVED The Internet Girl Series (TTYL, TTFN, L8r G8r) they were so sweet and funny and I just loved Lauren's narration through IMs. Anyways, this isn't a review for The Internet Girl Series, but for Peace, Love & Baby Ducks.

This book was just so adorably funny! I had so much fun reading it and I just wished for a sister while reading it. (Being an only child I felt lonely). I could totally relate to Carly, she's the nerdy-er one and well one who feels diffrent (with all her hippie cloths.) But after the second part she just annoyed the crap out of me because she was just acting so dumb especially with Cole. Eh.

Anna, even though she was the pretty/hot one was still a shy and timid girl, I felt really bad for her, she does not understand what is happening to her and she just seemed so confused (until the very end then I just wantedto punch her) but before that I felt so bad for her.

Favorite Character: Roger-he's so sweet and always there for Carly (he even proclaimed it) it would be amazing to have a BF like that :D

All in all, this was an adorably sweet book that I'm sure many of you will love to read and can totally get into. Cute and funny!

Grade: B+

Wdebo :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Zombie Queen of Newbury High By: Amanda Ashby

Title: Zombie Queen of Newbury High
Author: Amanda Ashby
PAPERBACK
Amount of Pages: 199
Publisher: Speak (Part of Penguin Group)
Publishing Year: 2009
Geared Towards: 12 +



"'I'm not doing a very good job of this,' he admitted as he took a deep breath. 'But what I'm trying to say is that when you did that spell yesterday, you inadvertently turned everyone who was at the assembly into flesh-eating zombies.'"






Summary: (From B.O.B) Quiet, unpopular, noncheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. Rob-super hot football god- has asked her to prom! Life couldn't get any better. Enter Samantha-cheerleader queen and Miss Popularity- who has made it quite clear that Rob should be her prom date. Mia is desperate to make sure she doesn't end up dumped in front of the whole school. So with prom in just a few days, she turns to Candice- her holistic, hypochondriac best friend- and decides to try a love spell to make Rob stay with her. Unfortuantely, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus on her whole class instead, and she is their zombie leader! At first, she loves all the attention. But when she learns from zombie hunter hottie Chase that her classmates will actually try to eat her in a few days, she's not too thrilled. She's sure she and Chase can figure something out, but in the meantime, she's suggesting that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.


Wdebo's Review: After reading something like Wintergirls, it is always nice to read something not so serious. Zombie Queen was a great candidate for that spot! It was like having one of those chessy zombie movies played in front of my eyes plus romance. But I'm not complaining, a girl needs to fill her romance quota up every day :D

I liked the story for its chesiness. It was sweet and cliche and I totally guessed the ending. woohoo for me!! LOL.

I didn't really like Mia, she seemed too weak. She was very fickle and her whole life just revolved around Rob everything she did was Rob, Rob this Rob that yuck. Also, gawd this is what angers me about Zombie romance novels, she overlooks the most obvious clues and then all of a sudden when the clue turns on her she always goes, eh what just happened? Eh.

Favorite Character: Chris-Ok I mean hottie zombie slayer yeah!!

All in all, it was a sweet cute book for those who just need a break from a seriousness of the world and need cliche ness to help them run away from reality into a cotton candy, love filled, zombie love world. Yeppers!!

Grade: B-

Wdebo :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jay Chou

Yeah!! Welcome to another amazing episode of...Tuesday's Taiwanese Superstar (insert heart here)!

So, this week I have decided to do it on Jay Chou. The amazing star and director of Secret and he also has a new movie out (Don't know what it's called but my friend was obsessivly watching it in Chinese School) about kung-fu and basketball.
Here's some info from Wiki...
Name: 周杰倫 / Zhou Jie Lun
Eng Name: Jay Chou
Profession: Singer, songwriter, actor
Knows how to play: Piano, violin, cello, guitar, drum, guzheng (A chinese instrument that you pluck strings like a layed down harp), erhu (a two stringed chinese violin, like a small lap cello), harmonica
So here's one of my fav song by him...Fearless (Eng Subbed)




Also, if you have a chance do check out the movie (Fearless with JET LI-ok so it has Jet Li so it IS AMAZING!)
This is another great song (sad and sweet mv) by him I'm not Worthy (Eng subbed)



If you want more mvs by him just search on Youtube "Jay Chou eng sub"
Hope you enjoy it!! And remember to comment esp if you loved it!
Wdebo :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Wintergirls By: Laurie Halse Anderson

Title: Wintergirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
HARDBACK
Amount of Pages: 278
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publishing Year: 2009
Geared Towards: Older teens


"'You're not dead, but you're not alive, either. You're a wintergirl, Lia-Lia, caught in between the worlds. You're a ghost with a beating heart. Soon you'll cross the border and be with [Cassie]'"



Summary: (From front flap) Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other people's lives. Her father is away on business. Her stepmother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head kees telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way-thin, thinner, thinnist-maybe she'll disapper altogether.

Wdebo's Review: I read this book and was disturbed, but on the other hand (ok this is going to sound weird but I can't seem to find a good word for what I am feeling) touched (not the right word, but you get the point..hopefully) that there are people like Laurie Halse Anderson who can write with such strong emotion and create this horrifying worlds that are creepy but beautiful all at the same time.

I think Wintergirls is one of her best books yet, even better then Speak (And that's saying a lot cuz I LOVED Speak). Lia was a raw and very creepy narrator who totally craves food but is denying it to her body. (?) I never understood how anorexic people could do that. (Or that maybe I am a growing girl and could never stand to be far away from my food AND I am too lazy to participate in starving myself).

I think this quote is really deep (and part of it is on the front flap)...

"'Dead girl walking,' the boys say in the halls.
'Tell us your secret,' the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the library aide who hides in Fantasy.
I am the circus freak encased in beeswax.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.
When I get close, they step back. The cameras in their eyeholes record the
zit on my chin, the rain in my eyes, the blue water on my skin. They pick up
every sound on their collar microphones. They want to pull me inside of
them, but they're afraid.
I am contagious."


Also, (I'm sorry I quoting this but I totally can't remember who said it) this book did scare the crap out of me..literally. (well not literally but you get the idea). It's one thing when the writer writes "I cut myself, then I fell and saw the celling, my bright blue celling." (Or something like tat), it's an entierally diff thing when they go into GREAT detail about the feeling of the cut, the way the blood rolled down, etc. etc. like Laurie does.

Now for the things I hate to talk about, the cons. I really loved Elijah but then he totally turned around and stabbed Lia in the back (maybe he was doing it for her own good, I don't know). Also, Lia just bothered me a lot, obviously, she is hungry and craves food, yet her whole family and her loved ones are there saying "No! EAT NOW!" I just don't understand that....

Favorite character: Emma-Lia's younger step sister, who is a little over weight, but I love her for her naiiveness and just how much she loves Lia it is amazingly sweet and she is Lia's strength.

All in all, if you are a Laurie Halse Anderson fan you will not be disapointed. Also, if you crave deep books and not fluffy-lovey dovey books then Wintergirls is PEFECT for YOU!

Grade: A

Wdebo :)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

In My Mailbox 七 (7)

FINALLY!! AP testing (For me that is) IS OVER!!!!!!!!!!! So, to celebrate I went to the library, but sadly I could only get four books, but they were what I wanted :D

I "stole" this idea from The Story Siren.

The Borrowed:

Wintergirls By: Laurie Halse Anderson

(From front flap): "Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other people's lives. Her father is away on business. Her stepmother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way-thin, thinner, thinnest- maybe she'll disappear altogether."




(Wow, I was so excited to read this book I heard so much hype from other book bloggers and I just started a bit, it's quite disturbing but good!)

Here's the book trailer...








The Elite By: Jennifer Banash

(From B.O.B): "When Casey McCloy steps in the Bramford, she's overwhelmed by the sophisticaton and elegance of it all. Fresh from the Midwest, she's moved to New York City to live with her grandmother and attend the prestigious Meadowlark Academy. Here, all that matters is who you know. The designer to know is Zac Posen. The girl to know is Madison Macallister: popular, pretty, and platinum blond. She's not just Casey's new classmate and neighbor; she's an icon. So Casey aims to get in with Madison and her gorgeous gal pals from the start. As the reigning queen of coolness, Madison is capable of destroying reputations with one well-timed whisper. Better to be on her good side.

After a haute makeover from her new frenemy Madison, Casey is wearing the right cloths, saying the right things, and meeting the right people. Including Drew, the boy-about-town Madison thinks belongs to her and her alone..."

(I have also heard a lot about it, and am v excited to read it!)

Zombie Queen of Newbury High By: Amanda Ashby

(From B.O.B): "Quiet, unpopular, noncheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. Rob-super hot football god-has asked her to prom! Life couldn't get any better. Enter Samantha- cheerleader queen and Miss Popularity-who has made it quite clear that Rob should be her prom date. Mia is desperate to make sure she doesn't end up dumped in front of the whole school. So with prom in just a few days, she turns to Candice-her holistic, hypochondriac best friend- and decides to try a love spell to make Rob stay with her. Unfortuanately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus on her whole class instead, and she is their zombie leader! At first, she loves all the attention. But when she learns from zombie hunter hottie Chase that her classmates will actually try to eat her in a few days, he's nto too thrilled. She's sure she and Chase can figure something out, but in the meantime, she's suggesting that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.

(It just sounds cute and funny. Oh yeah, zombies + romance = perfect)

You Are So Undead To Me By: Stacey Jay

(From B.O.B): "Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming, but when you're trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it's kinda hard to score a date. Let's just say Megan's love life could use some major resuscitation.

Megan's convinced her life can't get any worse-until smeone in school starts using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into scary, hardcore flesh-eating Zombies. Now it's up to Megan to stop the Zombie apocalypse. Her life- and more importantly, the homecoming dance-depends on it."

(Again like said before- zombies + romance = perfect)
The recieved:
(Unpictured) So I recieved an autographed book plate and a book mark from Cindy Pon!! Yeah! Srry I can't find it (But I know I have it) so I can't take a pic, my desk is way too messy!!
The Bought:
None :(
So, what did you recieve this week?
Wdebo :)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Wonder in Madrid- Jolin Tsai

Jolin is way talented and, in my mind , the apple of Xiao Zhu's eye.

This is such a great song, so cute and fresh.

Her outfits are adorable.

It's so funny how everyone's staring at her and there's one dude that takes out his camera. lol.

Note: This is NOT filmed in Madrid it was filmed in, I think, Hungry

Srry, not english subbed :(



Hope you enjoy it!

Wdebo :)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Those Good Ol' Reads : 1 Welcome!

So, I've decided to start this little thingy to do every Friday (hopefully).

These are books I have loved since I was younger (So yeah from kiddie books-YA books), I won't have any actual reviews up for these, probobly just some comments.


These are just to help remember those amazing books from my childhood that I hearted to pieces.


There will be labled Kiddie, Middle School, etc.


Hope you enjoy!!


The Giving Tree By: Shel Silverstein
(From Amazon): ""Once there was a tree ... and she loved a little boy." So begins a story Of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.

Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk ... and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave.

This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return." (Kiddie~)


(Aw, I loved this story, it was adorable and I just loved the pictures!)


Pop Princess By: Rachel Cohn

(From Amazon): "Wonder Blake is a fifteen year old frustrated chanteuse, stuck dreaming her pop star dreams in a small sleepy Cape Cod town while mopping the floor of the local Dairy Queen. Enter Gerald Tiggs, or "Tig", as he is known in the biz, the former manager of Wonder’s older sister Lucky, who died tragically in a car accident two years earlier. Tig overhears Wonder wailing away on her Walkman at the DQ, and offers her a record deal on the spot. And the rest, as they say, is pure pop fantasy. Wonder vaults to insta-fame on the strength of her single, the appropriately titled "Bubble Gum Pop." In typical Britney/Christina fashion, she is tempted by drugs and alcohol, dissed by a famous diva, and caught between the boy next door and a mysterious stranger she meets on tour. All the while, Wonder longs for a return to the quiet life she used to have and the wise counsel of her beloved deceased sister. " (YA)



(I remember this was the very first YA book that I read that had the F word, and having never heard the F word b4...yeah...)





East By: Edith Pattou
(From Amazon): "In the rural villages of Norway, there is an ancient belief that children inherit the qualities of the direction in which they are born. Nymah Rose, the last daughter of eight siblings born to a poor mapmaker and his superstitious wife, was a North-born baby. It is said that North-born babies are wild, unpredictable, intelligent, and destined to break their mothers' hearts because they all leave hearth and home to travel to the far ends of the earth. To keep her close, Rose’s mother lied and told her she had been born of the obedient and pliable East. But destiny cannot be denied. One day, a great white bear comes to the mapmaker’s door to claim Rose’s birthright. Everything that comes after, as richly imagined by author Edith Pattou, is the basis for one of the most epic romantic fantasies ever told. East is a deftly woven tapestry that melds traditional fairy tale motifs of both Beauty and the Beast and East of the Sun and West of the Moon, with the haunting icy lore of medieval northern lands. Told in a changing chorus of voices, including that of Rose, her hopeful brother Neddy, her regretful father, the charmed white bear, and the Troll Queen whose selfish wish is the catalyst that seals Rose’s fate, East will enchant any and all who venture within its pages." (Middle School + )

(Oh I loved this book it was so amazingly written...highly reccomeded!)

So, tat's all I have for this week. Oh yeah APUSH TEST IS FINALLY OVER!!!

So, what are your GOOD OL' READS make ur own post and send me the link, I be waiting!! :D

Wdebo :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

NEW LOOK!!

So, as many of u might have noticed my blog has a BRAND NEW LOOK!!

Props to Kelsey for helping me turn my ugly little blog to how it looks now soo PRETTY!! <3

Wdebo :)

Book To Movie: Revolutionary Road

Title: Revolutionary Road
Author: Richard Yates
PAPERBACK
Amount of Pages: 355
Publisher: Little, Brown & Co. (1st edition)
Publishing Year: 1961 (1st edition)
Geared towards: Adults
Movie Info: Stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank and Kate Winslet as April.
"They were a rather strange young couple. Irresponsible. The guarded way they look at you; the way they'd talk to you; unwholesome, sort of"
Summary (From B.O.B): In the hopeful 1950's, Frank and April Wheeler appear to be a model couple: bright, beautiful, talented, with two young children and a starter home in the suburbs. Perhaps they married too young and started a family too early. Maybe Frank's job is dull. And April never saw herself as a housewife. Yet they have always lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. But now that certainly is about to crumble.
Wdebo's Review: Just a note, I am so sorry I haven't written any of my own summaries in FOREVER but I've been really busy so yeah.
Anyways, I have never been a big fan of books like this (A Walk to Remember is an exception) and the only reason I read it was because I won it. Now, I am very happy I did win it and have a chance to read it because it was very good and totally exceeded my expectations.
I found the first part to be very well written as with the third part. The story was so well written and detailed that my heart went out for this family. Well, not a lot because Frank and April annoyed the crap out of my sometimes. Frank is this really egotistical (haha I love that word) guy who might be blessed with good looks but he struts around and thinks of himself as the alpha peacock. He's rude and cocky. While April is cowering in the corner and only comes out of her shell a bit at the end.
I loved the last part the most, I thought it was the strongest written. The dialogue was so raw and you felt like it was literally playing a movie in your head as you watched the whole thing played out.
The second part, ehh, not so good. I found it boring and dragging and the whole moving to Paris then not moving just seemed like the author put that in to fill out space. It was pointless and went by fast it felt uh.
All in all, this was a ok book. I wouldn't call it a motivating book but it was nicely written and descriptive. I could totally call this book a "classic."
Grade: B-
Wdebo :)
I would like to thank Reviewabook123 for sending me this book! Thank you! Arigato! 謝謝! <3

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

WTF? I'm still not done with it??!!


Ok, I'm really sorry I haven't been book blogging on my book blog lately, but I promise you I WILL AFTER AP testing *gag me*.

So, that's not what my babbling is about. It is about how I am STILL NOT FINISHED WITH SLUMDOG MILLIONARIE!!

I watched the very end becaue I had to work on a project for chinese school and then I watched from the beginning to middle at my friend's party, but I still haven't finished it yet!!

AHH!! I am not a very happy camper about it. I mean it's so GOOD!!! *Sigh*I guess that's what summers are for huh?





Anyways, now that we're on the topic of movies, I totally want to watch Let the Right One In...





So what movies do you want you want to watch?


Wdebo :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Van Fan

So, this week's TTS is also the star of my MOST FAVORITE TAIWANESE MOVIE. It was just adorable heartwarming, sweet, sad, romantic, funny, amazing..etc etc ! <3>

His looks have changed quite a bit...

From this....
















To this...













To this...


That is QUITE a big jump from number 1 to number 3.
Anywho, Cape No 7 (The movie that made him a star) is amazing and so sweet!! And I will tell a little bit here because I just want EVERYONE to watch this movie!!
Summary (From Wiki): In the 1940s near the end of the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, an unnamed teacher (Kousuke Atari) dispatched to the southernmost town of Hengchun falls in love with a local girl with the Japanese name Kojima Tomoko (Rachel Liang). After the Surrender of Japan, the teacher is forced to return home as the Chinese occupation of Taiwan resumed. On his trip home, he pens seven love letters to express his regret for leaving Kojima Tomoko, who originally planned to elope with him in Japan.
More than 60 years after the teacher left Kojima Tomoko, Aga (Van Fan) is introduced as a struggling young Hengchun-native rock band singer who could not find success in Taipei. After returning to his hometown, Aga's step father (Ju-Lung Ma), the Town Council Representative, arranged a position for him as a postman, replacing the aging Old Mao -Best character ever!-(Johnny C.J. Lin), on leave after a motorcycle accident broke his leg. One day, Aga comes across an undeliverable piece of mail that was supposed to be returned to the sender; the daughter of the now deceased Japanese teacher has decided to mail the unsent love letters to Taiwan after discovering them. Aga unlawfully keeps and opens the package to discover its contents, but the old Japanese-style address Cape No. 7, Hengchun County, Takao Prefecture can no longer be found.
Meantime a local resort hotel inside Kenting National Park is organizing a beach concert featuring Japanese pop singer Kousuke Atari, but Aga's step father makes use of his official position to insist that the opening band be composed of locals. Tomoko (Chie Tanaka), an over-the-hill Mandarin-speaking Japanese fashion model dispatched to Hengchun, is assigned the difficult task of managing this hastily assembled band, led by Aga along with six other locals of rather particular backgrounds. After a frustrating trial period, Aga and Tomoko unexpectedly begin a relationship. With some assistance from hotel maid Mingchu (Shino Lin), who is revealed to be Kojima Tomoko's granddaughter, Tomoko helps Aga find the rightful recipient of the seven love letters. Tomoko then tells Aga that she plans on returning to Japan after the concert because of a job offering. After returning the seven love letters, a heartbroken but determined Aga returns to the beach resort and performs a highly successful concert with his local band alongside Kousuke Atari, during which Tomoko accepts his love.
Oh wow that's long, but it totally sums up the story and it's amazingly sweet! Ohh! They have eng subbed ones you can download. Just email me for it and I'll my friend where she got her's and I can send you the link!!
So here's the trailer...



Hope you enjoy the movie!!

Oh yeah! Van's song... (eng subbed!)





Hope you enjoy!! And support Van!! And COMMENT!! :D

Wdebo :)