Wednesday, August 24, 2016

R&R Review Wednesday: Galthain's Bones by Krystine Kercher

Exile #1

Goodreads Blurb:
"A seeress sends thirteen-year-old Bjorn Horsa across the desert to retrieve a mummy's bones from the ruined city of Deathwater.

Buried with the mummy is treasure: a map and a journal that point the way to the forgotten kingdom of Astarkand.

Join Bjorn on his quest as he makes allies, receives unexpected aid and encounters hidden treachery."

Monday, August 22, 2016

R&R Review Monday: Envious Obsession by Katie Keller-Nieman

Envious Series #2

Goodreads Blurb:
"When you’ve lost your mind, do you know it? Do you believe in reincarnation? What about destiny? How about love? I did, but not anymore.

For years, Sandy’s life has been ruled by her visions. They led her to her soul mate, Eric. They warned her not to trust her childhood friend Aurora. But they were a lie. She was on the verge of having everything she ever wanted. Just when she was about to have it all, though, it slipped through her fingers. Sandy is sick. With this revelation, her world crashes in around her. Her visions are written off as hallucinations, symptoms of her illness, not memories of past lives. But while she may not believe any longer, she is far from safe. Aurora is not the kind person everyone thinks she is. She is dangerous and obsessed with Sandy, and Todd can’t help getting caught in the crossfire. Protecting his cousin Sandy once seemed so easy for him, but now it threatens to take away everything Todd fought so hard for: his sobriety, his sanity and his future. The closer he gets to Sandy, the more danger they both are in. Still, he is determined to do whatever it takes to keep Sandy safe. (Contains mature language and themes.)"

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

R&R Review Wednesday: Through the Riptide by Bert Murray

Colin Preston #2

Goodreads Blurb:
""transcends its romance narrative that tracks a woman's tremulous anxieties, beset by cosmopolitan desires, New York big city dangers and Southampton big money corruption...with a lyrical voice" - Shirley Geok-lin Lim, American Books Award winner

An attractive thirty year old professional woman leaves NYC after being attacked there and finds a new job by the seashore. She has to decide whether she will date her ex-boyfriend or a mysterious new man she meets on a bus ride. Filled with passion, emotion, romance and the excitement of a summer by the sea..."

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Movie Round Up: Mini Reviews Galore!

So recently, I was going through my notebook of review notes and came across a lot of movies I had written down that I had seen but I didn't write down all that many notes about them!  I still have thoughts, though, so I thought I'd do a little Round Up post and collect all those mini reviews.  I have so many that I'll probably end up doing a part 2 a bit later with more reviews.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Series Review Tuesday: The False Titanbringer (Breath of the Titans) by Riley Westbrook and Sara Lynn Westbrook

Goodreads Blurb:
"Breath of the Titans: Little Black Stormcloud by Riley A. Westbrook and Sara L. Westbrook is a story that centers around a half elf, half dragon boy who just turned 16, named Lovonian. The story begins with Lov and his uncle Nord taking their annual hunting trip. On their return to Elvenhom, they find that the city’s population has been slaughtered by an army of Titans, except for those taken as slaves, when they see the collection of ears that were chopped off. With Amon dead and his mother captured, Lov and Nord begin their quest to find his mother by seeking out Nord’s old friend Jaxon. After acquiring weapons and knowledge of their enemy, they set out to rescue Lov’s mother with the help of a fairy sent by Lov’s grandfather. From there, they encounter all kinds of adventures and creatures, while in desperate pursuit."

Sunday, July 31, 2016

To Read Or Not To Read: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

In this new discussion type post, I'll be talked about whether or not I really want to read the next book in a series and what my reasons are.

As all of you probably know, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out today (the play debuted in London yesterday).  It takes place years after the original series ended with Harry now married to Ginny with three children enrolled in Hogwarts and a job at the Ministry of Magic.

Harry Potter #8

Goodreads Blurb:
"Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016 

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places."

When the book (or rather, screenplay) was first announced, I was so excited to get a peek into Harry's life after the whole Voldemort storyline.  We got a little bit at the end of The Deathly Hallows which was so, so cool and I wanted more!  So I found all the news I could on the subject and learned as much as I could of what the plot would be like and when it would be released and all of that.  And I settled down for the wait.

After a while though, I got lost in other series' and in other character's lives.  After finishing a few series', I thought about how wonderful the endings were because they left just enough to the imagination and allowed your mind to wander.  Everyone could choose how they wanted the characters to end up and it really emphasizes that the future is a mystery and you don't know what will happen.

So the release date drew ever closer and I was resucked into the excitement via other bloggers and fellow bookworms.  But this time, I just felt... meh.  I actually didn't really want to know what happens to Harry as he grew older.  I didn't want to see how his marriage with Ginny was holding up and how his kids were doing and what job he had and just what his life was like.  As terrible as it sounds, I really liked the happily ever after in Deathly Hallows and I'm content with that.

So will I be reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?  The answer is probably not.  I honestly just don't want to know what happens.  It's like how I felt after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  I really shouldn't have seen it because I was content with how things ended in the original series.  I don't want another generation (but, of course, now that I've seen it, I have to see the next one coming out in December).

However, I AM really excited to see Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them!  It's set in a new setting with different characters (I still have to take the new test of what house I'm in for the US wizarding school!) which I'm really excited for.  The wizarding world is very fascinating to me and I would like to read more stories that take place in it, however I think I'll leave Harry Potter right where I left him at the end of Deathly Hallows.

Are you planning on reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?  Or, if you're lucky enough to live in England, are you planning to watch it?  How do you feel about books that pick up a character 20-30 years later?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Life Update: Vacation Pictures Part 2

This is part two of the vacation pictures!  I didn't want to make the first post super long so I decided to split it into two.  If you didn't get to see the first post, and you'd like to, click HERE.  In that post, there were pictures of the Four Corner Monument, Sedona, AZ, San Diego, CA, LA, CA, Hwy 1, Big Sur, and Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.  In this post, there will be pictures from San Francisco, CA, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Salt Lake City, UT, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Park!  Let's get into it!

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