Thursday, July 31, 2014

Film Thursday #7: Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (TV Movie 2014)

 It has been quite a while since I enjoyed a lifetime movie (or watched it for the content instead of the bad acting, lol) but I couldn't stay away from this one. Thankfully it was put up on Netflix, since I don't have cable. The main two reasons I watched this movie: Christina Ricci (one of my favorites) and the Lizzie Borden story that I learned about at school sounded interesting. I think it was well-done for a lifetime movie, and I hope they put out more movies like this. The acting was not horrible, and it had some good people in it. Plus it had just the right mix of creepy and court-room drama. And the dresses of the period, 1800s-1900s, were really pretty. I would recommend checking it out if you like movies like this.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Top 5 Wednesdays: Top Books/Movies/TV Shows That Made You Cry #16


Top Five Wednesdays is hosted on Goodreads.

1. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen. One of the only books that got actual tears out of me.

2. A Little Princess, the movie from 1995. I've seen this multiple times and it always makes me cry.

3. Veronica Mars. The season one and two finales always make me bawl.

4. Supernatural. Any scene with Dean Winchester is always so well acted I can't help but cry during the sad scenes.

5.  Buffy. The season two finale with Buffy vs Angelus made me cry buckets.

Waiting On Wednesday #14

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Release Date: August 5th, 2014 (pretty close!)

Summary from Goodreads:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.

Love gets ugly.

My Notes: Since I read Slammed I now want to read all of her books and can't wait for her new one. :D There was a giveaway on Goodreads, but I didn't win. :(

Wishlist Wednesday #14

Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes 

Summary from Goodreads:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

My Notes:

I've heard amazing things about this book. I just picked this up from the thrift store for .95 cents and I cannot wait to read it. Planning on reading it next week when I have time at home (I hate bringing my own books with me in my bags because I don't want to ruin them).

Monday, July 28, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?/Week of Wisdom Wrap-up #14

This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week. 

The Books I Read Last Week:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review: Magic Burns by Illona Andrews

1811543Summary from Goodreads:

Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.

When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…

My Review:

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #17


Claymore Volume 8: Review
Maze Runner: Review
How to Deal: Review
The Queen of the Tearling: Review
Obsidian: Review 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Summary from Goodreads:

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.

My Review:

Thursday Treasures #8

Thursday Treasures is where I tell you guys what I love at the moment: books, movies, or anything that I'm obsessing over.

The Walking Dead Game Season Two from Tell Tale.

I just finished playing the fourth episode of this game and I LOVED it, the story-telling and characters are amazing. Plus most of the time the game leaves you in shock and makes you do hard things, the choices you make influences the story. The only thing I'm sad about is that there is only one more episode of the second season, and then we'll have to wait a while for the next one (I hope they make a third one). Out of all the Tell Tale games I've played this one is my favorite, mainly because of the main character Clem (there are not a lot of games where you play as an 11 year old). I recommend checking out the first season of this game!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #13

Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.
Omens (Cainsvelle # 1) by Kelley Armstrong.

Summary from Goodreads:

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancĂ©, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

My Notes: I've started reading this series, made it about 50 pages, but had to take it back to the library. I hope that I can grab it again before the second novel comes out. 

Waiting On Wednesday #13

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.

18241263The Fall by Bethany Griffin

Release Date: October 7th, 2014.

Summary from Goodreads:

Madeline Usher is doomed.

Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.

My Notes: I'm a fan of Poe and this sounds like a interesting retelling (and now I have to go and read that story of him), maybe I will finally read more of her books! :D

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Week of Wisdom Update - Day 1 Mature Monday

 Week of Wisdom, is a read-a-thon, where the goal is to read one book a day for a week.

I started off the read-a-thon with the adult paranormal novel, Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews, it was 260 pages and the second book in the series. I'd been meaning to read this for a while and this read-a-thon helped to push me. Since I finished early I managed to get half-way through The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, and also half-way through the audio book of  The Raven Boys.


Total Pages Read: 260

Review: How to Deal by Sarah Dessen

Summary from Goodreads:

Rule #1: There are no rules

Just when you think you've got everything figured out for yourself, things get turned upside down. Families change. Lives end. New lives begin. And love sneaks up on you when you least expect it. The trick is finding that one person you can always count on, that one person who will throw out the rules and help you figure out how to deal with it all.

Here, from acclaimed author Sarah Dessen, are two books about girls who stick together and manage to get it right -- the two books that served as inspiration for the film How to Deal, starring Mandy Moore. Read them, and you'll see where Halley and Scarlett's story began.

My Review:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

6186357Summary from Goodreads:

If you ain't scared, you ain't human."

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers--boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out--and no one's ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

My Review:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Manga Review: Claymore Volume 8

Summary from Goodreads:

Clare's battle with the awakened Ophelia ends with a surprising request from Ophelia. Ominous signs begin to emerge as Clare searches for Raki. Not only are the usually solitary Yoma joining forces, they appear to be preparing for battle. More mysteriously, Clare is taken captive by a male Awakened Being and held in a dungeon with other Claymores. Who are her captors, and what do they want?

My Review:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #16


NOS4A2: Review
The Assassin's Curse: Review
The Graveyard Book: Review
Rule: Review
The Walled City: Review
Fire With Fire: Review

Review: Far From You by Tess Sharpe

18296034Summary from Goodreads:

Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she's fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that'll take years to kick.

The second time, she's seventeen, and it's no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina's brother won't speak to her, her parents fear she'll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared.

My Review:

Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Summary from Goodreads:

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

My Review:

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Review: Fire With Fire (Burn For Burn #2) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Summary from Goodreads:

Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.

And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn...

My Review: