Friday, February 27, 2015

In My Thoughts This Fine Day #9


Yes, I finally started watching Game of Thrones. I'm only on the first season and totally hooked so no spoilers. So far I'm mostly interested in Daenerys. I think it's because I know she's getting a dragon and this excites me. Plus I just like watching her come out of her shell. I also like Tyrion. Yes, he's a Lannister but I like him. Hate his sister, though. Anywho, it's all very intriguing. Any one else out there watch the series? Should I read the series like ASAP or just keep watching the show?


I feel like a lot of books I've been reading lately all start off pretty good and then somewhere in the middle they lose steam, or maybe I do. All I know is I've started several books and been really into them and then suddenly I just don't want to finish them. Anyone else notice this?I can't decide if it's me or if authors start writing a book that's pretty dang good but not quite fleshed out so by the middle they start scrambling for a finish???I don't know.




Does this movie look familiar? The Money Pit. It's hilarious...when it's a movie. See, my hot husband and I have bought a house and are remodeling.(that's why I'm not around as much as I'd like to be) No, it's not as dramatic as the movie but sometimes, I tell you, I find myself just laughing hysterically at the things that go wrong. I can't wait to be done!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Title To All The Boys I've Loved Before
By Jenny Han
Genre YA contemporary
Pages 288



First Sentence I like to save things.



Synopsis
Though she's never had a boyfriend, Lara Jean has loved 5 boys in her life. Of course they know nothing about her feelings. That is until her habit of writing a love letter to get over these loves blows up in her face. Somehow her letters get mailed and things are about to get very complicated for Lara Jean.

What it has going for it
When I saw that Jenny Han wrote another book I had to read it. Jenny Han is the master of the love triangle/sqaure/how ever many guys. I hate the love triangle. I think we pretty much all do but mostly, for me, it's because it isn't a love triangle you know who the girl is going to choose and it's pathetic. When I say Jenny is the master of the love triangle it's because when I read her books and am introduced to all these guys I feel as helplessly confused as the poor girl.Who to choose? You really feel like the character is really torn and and so are you. I love it!

I love watching these imperfect characters take a good, long, hard look at themselves and grow up a little. I love books where there's human imperfections and character growth.

I really wasn't sure how to feel about Peter but by the end, right along with Lara Jean, I really kinda sorta liked him and now I'm all torn up inside! Eeeeek!

I loved the realistic family relationships. While the family did have an almost unbelievable, too good to be true feeling about them, I still liked it

What's lacking
Jenny Han's main characters always seem horrifically immature. Sadly I think it's because most the YA characters we read about act more like 20 somethings so we get used to that idea. I have to remind myself of how me and my friends acted at 16 and, yeah,we were pretty immature and stupid. Still, sometimes I rolled my eyes at how annoying Lara Jean was.

That ending!!! Dude if this wasn't a series I would have killed someone. I thought it was a stand alone and seriously freaked out at the end. Not cool!

Yea or Nay?
I say go for it. There's some eye rolling in these pages but mostly there's just smiles.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars

Title For Darkness Shows the Stars
By Diana Peterfreund
Genre YA Scifi/fantasy
Pages 407

First sentence Dear Kai, my name is Elliot and I'm six years old and live in the big house.



Synopsis
Elliot made a choice four years ago to stay on her father's estate instead of going with the love of her life Kai. When Kai suddenly returns well off and successful Elliot has to face the choice she made even if it's breaking her heart. In this post apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, love conquers all.



What it has going for it
I loved the way this one starts out. It's definitely a YA post apocalyptic world but it still stayed pretty true to the original classic Persuasion.

Elliot stays behind and makes the choices she did for a good reason, well, a better reason than in the original and I liked the effect it had on my opinion of her. She has more spunk.

Even though the cover has nothing to do with the book or story I loved it.

What's lacking
I really hated the Reduction idea. Mainly because it wasn't really fleshed out very well. Which wouldn't have been a problem if it wasn't such a huge part of the story but it was. If the preCORS pushed science too far that they caused the Reduction then why were they pushing it again? weren't they worried? I don't know. It just irritated me.

What was with the author choosing to make Elliot's dad a bad guy? That drove me crazy! Having him vain and lazy in Persuasion was good enough. No need to make him evil.

Kai was kind of a jerk.I mean, I get it. He was mad she didn't go with him but sheesh, she actually had a reason to stay behind and choose the estate over him in this version and he was much ruder than Captain Wentworth.

The letter just wasn't as good as the original. No letter will ever be as romantic as Captain Wentworth's letter to Anne. Sigh!

Yea or nay?
It started out OK but just got boring at the end. I prefer the original.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Getting To Know You: Celebrity Crushes!

My blogging friend,  Jenni has decided to start a new feature on her blog and today's topic was too hard to resist. So I've decided to join her. So here's what it is.  




I’ve decided to start a feature called Getting to Know You. I’m going to post something each Thursday with a new topic to discuss. I want to make this interactive because I’d like to get to know my readers/blogger friends better too. You can participate either by commenting on this post or doing a post on your own blog and linking it up here.

Celebrity Crushes, we all have at least one.  Even my mother (and believe me,  if you knew my mother you'd be shocked) had one. *cough cough John Wayne cough*.  I have far too many to count so I'll just name the top three.  Ready?!




Aww, Timothy.  Isn't he dreamy? I'll admit he's getting a little older now and I preferred him a bit younger but even older he's a hottie. 


Jenni and I might have to duke it out over Ewan here.  He's number 1 on her list though so unless my torrid romance with Timothy doesn't work out, she's safe. 


James Mcavoy. Sigh! There's something so dreamy about him. I Can't even put my finger on it but every time he walks into the room (well on my tv) I sigh.  

Well,  there you have it. Honestly  I have so many crushes I could go on but I'll just leave it here.  If you want to show off your crushes link on up and get ready to drool. 


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Review: The Other Queen

Title The Other Queen
By Philippa Gregory
Genre Historical Fiction
Pages 438

First sentence Every woman should marry for her own advantage since her husband will represent her, visible as her front door, for the rest of his life.

Synopsis
Queen Mary of Scots, not to be confused with Mary Catherine and Henry VIII's daughter, has been fighting for her throne nearly her whole life. Accused of planning the death of her husband and marrying his murderer she is now at the whim of her cousin Queen Elizabeth. Held captive by an Earl and his wife she must plan and hope for escape while trying to win over her captives.


What it has going for it?
Oh boy. How do I even begin to write my feelings for this one? I like Gregory's books. I like how she brings England's History to life in a readable and captivating way. Her books often have a steamy romance to cling to amidst the history and, call me sucker for romance, but I like it. This book however has no romance and is as much about Bess of Hardwick, Mary's captor, and her husband George, than it is about Mary. But I digress. The good thing about this one is Gregory's capacity to take a neutral look at both women and let you form your own opinion about them. While very different from Gregory's other books it still kept me reading, even if it did go a little slower than I like.

What's lacking?
Forgive me but I thought this book was supposed to be about Queen Mary and so I expected to be sympathetic to her. What actually happened was there were two other characters vying for sympathy and Queen Mary, who I wanted to like, was freakishly annoying. Now don't get me wrong, I thought she was treated completely unfairly by Queen Elizabeth but the way Gregory wrote her...I really didn't care that she got what she did. And then, because of the three different characters, there's no one to really root for, no hero or heroine. I can see why Gregory wrote it the way she did  but I would have preferred one character to sympathize with rather than three I couldn't stand.

Favorite moment
I'm not sure I had one.

Yea or Nay?
Meh, it was OK but I just didn't like any of the characters enough. You have to at least like one, right?