Saturday, August 18, 2018

~Stacking the Shelves #59~



                Welcome to Stacking the Shelves was created by Tynga and the full details can be found on her page.  Basically you showcase the books you bought or received each week.  Little, or not so little, weekly book hauls. 

Physical Books:

The Darkest Legacy (The Darkest Minds #4) by Alexandra Bracken

Through the Dark (The Darkest Minds Novella bind-up) by Alexandra Bracken

Audiobooks:

Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons #3) by Sarah J. Maas

                Another good small week.  I have some pre-orders I’m waiting on but I never count them until they arrive.  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Movie Corner #15


                Hello happy movie fans!  I hope all is going well with you.  I know I have been a bit MIA as of late and I am sorry for that, some of the Top Ten's I've missed have just left my mind blank unable to think of anything for it for too long but hopefully my brain can catch back up soon!  Also last weekend I may have gone and done something that has kept me rather distracted… I signed up to be a pet foster parent.  I see all the urgent foster needs and while my job hours are tricky my place sure beats boarding / shelter / or being put down.  So I had a home visit and got all the paperwork signed up, who knew there was so much, and we found my first foster.  Her name, which I didn’t choose but find kismet, is Bella.  So the cute puppy news aside here's what I’ve seen the last two weeks:
Bella!  


The Darkest Minds:  4 Stars
                So I read the first two books in the series back at the start of 2016 and was about 75% finished with the third book at the time of seeing this movie.  I was a bit foggy on some of the specific details from the book but even the trailer made it very clear like most book to movie adaptations there would be changes.  Overall as a movie I was mixed.  I found many moments and parts I enjoyed from the book.  Some of it made a really nice movie piece but I can recognize that the timing was skewed.  The connections built between Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu are forged with some times but in the movie it seems to happen instantly.  The connection between Ruby and Liam isn't as strong.  Basically I felt everything was very rushed.  All the connection I felt was that I knew these characters and the connections already but non-readers may not.  I enjoyed myself well enough but some of the changes didn't make sense as a whole to the larger story I know having read the books.  Still I do hope they make more.


The Spy Who Dumped Me:  5 Stars
                By far my favorite movie I have seen this go and maybe even all year.  Seriously this movie was the best.  It was hilarious!!!  I was rolling and laughing so hard through 98% of the movie it hurt.  First let me say that half the stuff the MC is thinking / said and I have been there and her best friends name is Morgan who is a little wild and haha so is mine!  So the hilariousness is there for sure.  I couldn't stop laughing.  It was crazy and over the top in the best way.  I loved all the cast they did a great job, and it never hurts seeing Sam Heughan, just saying.  Really though the real stars were Kunis and McKinnon they did a great job and played off one another so well.  They look like they could be best friends who get into all sorts of issues!  I loved this movie and can't wait to see it again!


Mamma Mia!  Here We Go Again:  4 Stars
                So I saw this trailer and thought it looked good even though at the time I hadn't seen the first one.  So I watched it on Netflix and it was only okay.  Still the trailer for the second one looked much better even if I saw some continuity issues from movie one.  Anywho I went into it and I did enjoy it much more than the first.  I only new some of the songs and again my biggest issue was with some things I noticed off between movie 1 and 2 but still it was a fun time.  Some good singing and dancing to be had.


Slender Man: 1 Stars
                This is by far my flop.  This looked like it might be a cool horror movie I could laugh at, as you know I laugh in horror movies.  Well I was wrong.  It was very odd and I couldn’t care less about any of the characters as there was no development and unlike other horror movies I've seen there is no rules or understanding for it and everything just sort of happens without rhyme or reason.  Also on a person note one school scene, not a spoiler,  they are in science and most school science scenes always want to dissect something like it's what is done every day not sure where they go to school mine it was 1 year and 1 time and a frog not a flipping eyeball!!!  Who dissects and eyeball in class just saying the only legit freaky thing in the movie and it wasn't supposed to be just I have an issue with eyeballs.  Anywho as for the movie I'm not really sure what happened it just kind of blurred right by.


Crazy Rich Asians:  5 Stars
                I was so excited to be able to snag this one last night.  This is based on a book but I have not read it.  I only heard about it when the trailer came out and it looked really good. I was so excited to see it.  I loved the whole thing from start to finish!  The cast was amazing and talented and the visuals were just stunning.  It had a beautiful story of love and family and how culture among with other things can put those at odds.  It did make me want to check out the book, but I know I'll be seeing the movie again!
               

*****
                I still have some more movies I want to check out like The Meg, Mile 22, Alpha, Dog Days and more.  Still starting in Sept. I may be seeing less movies with the changes to my subscription.  If that happens I may end up turning this into a once a month post rather than every other week but we shall see how it plays out.  Still going to see as many as I can in the mean time!  What movies have you seen recently?  What should I see?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

~Can't Wait Wednesday~ Shifters and Glyphs (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2)

                Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Wishful Endings.  Waiting on Wednesday has been don for some time so I am switching it up for now!  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

Shifters and Glyphs (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2) by Christina Bauer
Out:  10/30

From Goodreads:
                After being raised by the meanest fairies in the history of ever, Bryar Rose is now free to live her own life. For the first time, she’s attending West Lake Prep, a regular high school.  Well, mostly regular.  Some of the students are actually hidden members of the Magicorum.  In other words, they’re really wizards, fairies, or shifters.  Bry doesn’t mind, though.  She’s thrilled to enjoy all the new experiences of being around normal kids her age, from locker pranks to lunchtime mystery meat.  Everything is going along great, except for one thing.

                Bry’s dreams about the pyramids of Egypt have gotten darker and more sinister.  Every night, she sees her new man Knox and her best friend Elle in danger.

                With no other choice, Bry plans to leave school to explore the pyramids on her own.  But her new man Knox discovers the scheme and is having none of it.  He wants to stay by her side, no matter what.  It’s a good thing too, because Bry must solve the mystery of her attraction to the pyramids and soon.  Otherwise, it could cost the lives of those she loves most…and that means not only Knox, but also her best friend Elle.

Why I’m Waiting:
                I have really enjoyed this series thus far from book one to the novella between then and now.  I am very interested in all of the characters, their stories, and the mystery of these pyramids.  Plus auto-buy author!


                What are you waiting on?  Tell me below what you think of this title and leave a link to your WoW as well so I can check it out.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #58


                Welcome to Stacking the Shelves was created by Tynga and the full details can be found on her page.  Basically you showcase the books you bought or received each week.  Little, or not so little, weekly book hauls. 

E-Book (Review):
Magic Harvest (Fairy Trafficking #1) by Mary Karlik

Physical Book:
Being Alpha (Alpha Girl #7) by Aileen Erin- I won this, signed,in a trivia game by the author with my very own Ink Monster pin and signed bookmark!


                Another good small week.  I have some pre-orders I’m waiting on but I never count them until they arrive.  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week. 


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

~Can't Wait Wednesday: Girls of Paper and Fire~


                Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Wishful Endings.  Waiting on Wednesday has been don for some time so I am switching it up for now!  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Out:  10/23

From Goodreads:
                Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king.  It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

                But this year, there’s a ninth girl.  And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

                In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara.  She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her.  Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after—the girl whose golden eyes have piques the king’s interest.

                Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort.  But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her.  Instead, she does the unthinkable—she falls in love.  Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive split that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyes country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

                Presented by James Patterson, Natasha Ngan’s lyrical, searing, visceral fantasy, Girls of Paper and Fire, will remind us how precious freedom is—and the price we must pay to achieve it.

Why I’m Waiting:
                 I am on the fence back and forth on this.  I’m not a huge fan of women being subjected to this but I like the revenge aspect of it and think I could really get down for her finding romance and revenge.  So I’m down to give it a go! 

                What are you waiting on?  Tell me below what you think of this title and leave a link to your CWW as well so I can check it out.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Star-Touched Stories (The Star-Touched Queen #2.5)


                Hello happy readers!  My days are a bit off but it works out even better because yesterdays review actually comes out today so win!  Yes I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of Star-Touched Stories (The Star-Touched Queen #2.5) by Roshani Chokshi.  I had the pleasure of meeting her a few times at book events before she was published as just a fellow book lover and since her publication and she is so sweet and I have enjoyed this world, I reviewed the previous two books here:  The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes.

Rating:  5 Stars

                Star-Touched Stories is a set of short stories or novellas.  There are three lush stories full of beauty and adventure. The three stories are : Death & Night, Poison & Gold, and Rose & Sword.  All three were brilliant and beautiful.  They each were a very decent size/length and just expanded the world we already knew.  I loved seeing characters I knew in a different and new way, and what has become of some.  There is such a beauty to the way Chokshi has written this world.  Everything is so vivid and jumps right off the page.  I can't really get into much more of these as I wouldn't want to spoil anything.  Just pull up a chair and enjoy these short stories as they pull you deeper into the rich and marvelous world of magic!  This is an enchanting addition to the series that anyone who has enjoyed the other books will devour instantly! 

                Until next time!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Movie Corner #14


                Hello happy movie fans!    So I haven't seen all the movies I had planned these last two weeks and I'm not sure which of the ones I want to see coming up I'll be able to see at the start of their run given the MoviePass issues.  Yes I have a MoviePass and it has been allowing me to see movies at my hearts content, basically a dream come true for me.  I'm holding out hope they work things out and continue to work.  Either way I'm going to use it while I have it!  That said here is what I’ve seen the last two weeks:


The Equalizer 2:  5 Stars
                So the first movie was awesome.  I like these type of movies and these type of heroes that do bad to help the little guys.  It’s always something you can get behind.  Like the first one it has some amazing action sequences where he uses his skills and the things around him to really kick ass!  It had a little story of his current life after moving on from his last place which grounds him as well as his personal connection to the only friend from the agency he has left.  The movie even managed to infuse some laughter in there as well which really rounded it out for me and I am sure will be a movie I turn on all the time when it's on regular TV as something I can always re-watch!


Unfriended:  Dark Web: 4.5 Stars
                I went into this thinking it might be a bit of cheesy horror fun but was honestly surprised.  It has the who theme of everything is seen from a computer screen which on the big screen but when I watched the first Unfriended on TV it was a bit harder to enjoy as you have to read IM's and texts on the screen and because it's the side of the screen depending on your TV size it sometimes is hard to catch.  It's an interesting movie for sure and it did keep me fascinated and including the dark web aspect with all the crazy and illicit things was a good idea.  It was creepy and suspenseful and really kept you focused.  I was honestly creeped out. 


Mission Impossible:  Fallout: 5 Stars
                A couple weeks ago I hadn't seen past the first two movies years ago.  But they always look interesting and fun.  So I got me a 5 pack movie for $20 and marathon watched all 5 previous movies from start to finish and found myself really loving the action and the impossible aspects of them mixed with a surprising amount of humor.  I was really excited to dive into the newest installment and it was just as good if not better than the ones before it.  I enjoyed the different levels of espionage and all mixed in with some awesome action and tying things back to the previous movies so seamlessly.  It didn't feel like so many years has passed from the first films because they flow together nicely.  I would highly recommend a binge watch and seeing the newest installment! 


*****
                That's all for now.  Hopefully MoviePass gets it's stuff together and I will still be able to see plenty of movies on the cheap.  That said this week alone I have several in mind top two being The Darkest Minds (because hello book to movie adaptation) and The Spy Who Dumped Me because it looks hilarious!  What movies have you seen recently?  What should I see?