Monday, August 22, 2016

Utah Book Week!

And just in the nick of time! Guess what?! My life is crazy again! I swear it'll never end sometimes. So, yeah. Ill be participating by reading these books. Both by Utah author's that I actually know. And yes, both are self published but hey, so was whats his name who wrote The Martian so....
Anyway. Here's what I'll be reading.

I'll also be participating in the Instagram photo challenge.

If you want to join up too and read books by amazing Utah authors this week check out the blog page and link up! Wish me luck!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Mini Movie Review #7

I seriously should do better with movie reviews around here. I go see a movie practically every week with my husband on our date night so I see a lot of them! Anyway, here's a few we've seen recently.

The Legend of Tarzan 
Oh boy. Truthfully I wasn't dying to see this one. But, as I mentioned, my husband and I go out once a week to see a movie (mostly for the popcorn) and sometimes we don't have much to choose from. This one was as ridiculous as I thought it would be. Shirtless hero, helpless female, mustached villain. Slow motion swinging from vines scenes. While entertaining, I wouldn't see it again.

Star Trek Beyond
Let's face it, I see the Star Trek movies  to be entertained and for the characters. I never could get into the series but I do enjoy these movies. This one was great. Adventurous and comedic. I'd say it's worth the watch.

 Jason Bourne
The whole reason I decided to write a movie review post. I love the Bourne movies. I've seen them a dozen times each at least. So, you can imagine how happy I was that they were making another one. Sigh! I even re-watched all the other movies this weekend in preparation! I was so disappointed, guys!  It was entertaining enough but it didn't feel like a Bourne movie. Something was just off. Jason wasn't as cool as in the other movies and I was actually bored. I figured out what was wrong the morning after seeing it. They uses a different screenwriter. Stupid, stupid, Hollywood! Makes me furious. Movie stars and directors do NOT make the movie. You need a decent screenplay! Even The Bourne Legacy (you know, the one without Matt Damon) was better than this and why??? Because they had the same screenwriter that wrote the other Bourne movies! So, yeah, don't waste your time. The others are better. This one just couldn't live up to Tony Gilroy's writing.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

July Wrap Up

Can I just say, thank goodness July is over! My book blogging buddy Suey mentioned on Twitter that while most people get the drolls in January through March she gets them during July. I totally agree. It's so damned hot that I can't bear going outside. Not even to lay in my pool. Yard work needs done every five seconds but the heat makes it pure misery. So, anywho, good riddance July is over!

You'd think with being cooped up in the house all day I'd be reading like crazy. And while I did read a few more books than usual this month, I still only managed to read six books this month and DNF another.

 The Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella, Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase, I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

One Dead Spy, a graphic novel by Nathan Hale, was August's book club pick. I tried to read it and only got half way through. It's just to immature and boring for me. I chose to DNF it.

Sadly, like all other sucky things in July, Blue Lily, Lily Blue and Black Rabbit Hall were 3 star books but the rest only got 2 stars from me. It wasn't a great reading month. Sigh! Like I said, thank goodness July is over. I really hate it.

Here's to a much better August!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Review: I Heart You, You Haunt Me

Title I Heart You, You Haunt Me
By Lisa Schroder
Genre YA Contemporary Verse
Rating ⭐️⭐️

Ava and Jackson were inseparable or so they thought. When Jackson dies in a horrible accident Ava must learn to live with out him. But when she starts seeing his ghost and hearing his voice in her head she thinks maybe she doesn't have to lose him after all.

First Sentence
I've never been to a funeral until today.

I love verse novels. There's something so great about such a short story with so few words that can rip your heart out and then put it back together. I'm always shocked that I love them so much, particularly because I don't like short stories. Is there really a difference? But I digress.

This one was sadly a disappointment. It was a fine story about grieving and then moving onward in life but it felt more like a short story. Aw! See?! Maybe I wasn't digressing. Short stories don't have enough depth. Somehow, verse novels have loads of depth. This one, sadly was just too..1+1 =2. If that makes sense,

On the bright side I read it quickly and can tick off another book for my Goodreads Challenge. I'm so behind!

Should you read it?
Meh, nothing special here. You wouldn't miss anything by skipping it.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Review:Black Rabbit Hall

Title Black Rabbit Hall
By Eve Chase
Genre Adult Contemporary
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Amber Alton has always been certain of one thing. Holidays and summers are spent at the family's estate Pencraw Hall or, as their mother calls it, Black Rabbit Hall. But one Easter holiday something horrible happens that alters Amber and her siblings lives forever.
Decades later Sonya, a young girl on her way to the alter, considers having her wedding at Black Rabbit Hall. There's something almost eerily familiar about the old derelict house. But as she learns more about the house her own future will never be the same.

First Sentence 
It is one of those journeys.

When I saw this book and was told it would be like a Kate Morton book I was very intrigued! I've only read one Kate Morton book but loved it!

I love atmospheric books with creepy old houses and family secrets and Black Rabbit Hall didn't disappoint. It jumps back and forth between Amber's and Sonya's perspectives and when it got to the end of one character's perspective and jumped to the other it did so with little cliffhangers so intense I'd have to flip to the next section on that character's perspective to make sure things were okay before going back to where I was. Hmm, not sure that made sense but if so, it was a good thing. I liked the way the characters, though not all likable were, fleshed out and real. You could almost feel sympathy for all of them. Even the crumby ones. The house its self was a character I think I liked best of all. I wanted to go to this strange house by the end of the book.

Not everything was perfect in the book, however. I think perhaps the twist ending was supposed to surprise us but I saw it coming from a mile away. It didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book but not seeing it coming would have been much better. Still, I enjoyed it, sped through it and will gladly read anything else Chase writes.

Should you read it?
I'd highly recommend it. Even if it is a tad predictable.