The Tough Decision

It’s not that I’m a completely poor person, it’s that I’m not rich. My love for books is often halted by the fact that I have so many other things to pay for. I guess I just really thought about it yesterday when I was at Books A Million and I had to pick between two very exciting novels. I had the first novel of the Paige Tyler’s series that I already did a review on (Her Lone Wolf) and another novel by Patricia Briggs called Moon Called (which I haven’t read) to choose from.

I enlisted the help of my guy and one of his friends. Of course they just looked at the covers and decided the one with the woman on it with boobs was a better decision; should have known! I decided to pick the one that I haven’t read any of the books in the series. I’m a couple of pages into it, along with the other two novels I’m reading, and it’s turning out to be a pretty good story so far.

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I guess I made the right decision in choosing it but we will see. Next check I’ll be getting the other story for sure!!

Jade

P.S. Books A Million link is below!! Check it out or find one near you! It’s so awesome! Almost…almost as good as Barnes and Nobles

P.S.S. I’m always up for book donations!

Books A Million

Movie Review: The Judge

Hi!

I actually got exactly what I was looking for in this movie. The powerful emotion, the pull and tug of inner toil and the chemistry between characters. There wasn’t much romance (which you know is my thing) but the small bit there satisfied me. The strong riff between father and child, both on the same side of the law, both with strangely impossible, different views of the justice system sold the story. I commend the director, David Dobkin, and the four writers that worked on this story.

MV5BMTcyNzIxOTIwMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzE0NjQwMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_It really touched me. It touches the heart strings. Makes you want to cry but then you don’t. Makes you want to laugh but then you just smile. The almost ‘wow’ factor that it holds is beautiful. Waiting to see what would happen next, the surety that I already know; then comes the confusion as to where it will actually end up. I hadn’t seen the preview in a while and when i decided to choose the movie in Redbox I thought, why not. I chose it, along with the last review’s movie and knew I’d watch it second. I’m glad I did. I don’t think I’d be prepared or willing to watch another movie after this one. I oddly felt a kindred connection with Hank. Not that I had some big hot shot college life style or that I turned out to be any semblance of a successful person but in his relationship with his parent.

I know that the reason they have these pulling-the-heart-strings movies and the reason they work so well is because there ARE people out there like you and me. Those of us who have struggled so hard to fit into a category planned by our parents or those of us who were trying to get out of it. These types of movies seem like some kind of telepathic retelling of our own childhoods turned twenty-something turned adulthood lives. We gravitate towards these types of movies thinking that in the end everything will come together just how we want our own lives to.

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It’s true, none of those directors, writers, dreamers or sappy editors could say anything different. Outside of sex, completely relatable story lines for the average American human will work every single time. We stand in line, we wait and we watch. Then we cry or smile a little, wipe our faces and leave. In the end, when everything is going to hell we have a vision of how everything will work out or fix itself in some kind of rightful but also injustice type of way. Sounds contradictory but it is just how our minds work. Whether or not we are actually correct doesn’t matter. What matters is that the movie was great, I know feel emotional about my life and my relationship with that one parent or person and I am going to subtly tell all of my friends who seem to be struggling to see The Judge.

There you have it. I’m not sure what I can say as to what i actually mean for this movie. If I had a rating scale for my reviews it wouldn’t be on it. I’d say watch the movie, give me your thoughts. I’d love to hear if it touched you the way it touched me.

Jade

P.S. Casting did one of the best jobs ever pairing Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. They worked well together. I didn’t expect RD Jr to be any less like his Tony Stark character and now believe it’s firmly become apart of his actual personality (or is it the other way around?). Due to my many years of Law and Order I always knew it’d be exciting to see Vincent D’Onofrio, Detective Goren, again!

Book Reviews Coming Up!

Hi all!

I know that a lot of the posts that I’ve been making have been things that are NOT book reviews. I see your observation and I raise you a well rounded blog. I’ve wanted to add all these different things to the blog but I guess I wasn’t as committed before. That sounds like something that i am definitely NOT supposed to tell you but I am.

Before I had a lot of time to do nothing. I just moved to a new state, I didn’t have a job and spent a lot of time either procrastinating finishing Hunter or eating and drinking. I had plenty of time to read books and write reviews and I did not. Now that I have safely acquired a job, a handsome guy and a plethora of new novels I can make this blog all that i want it to be.

I also meant to throw in there that now that I’ve bought my domain name I kind of feel as if I made an agreement with you guys. I wish that i could get feedback from you guys on either the blog, the book reviews or any books that you’ve read but I am not going to hold water for it. I just want to have a great blog, out there to the world, and share what I can. If it’s read or not really is just apart of perception. I do hope you guys enjoy it and all the new things that I will be adding but nothing can make things better than ‘practice’ and suggestions! It also helps the confidence of the blog to like, comment, follow or share!

Anyway, that’s just a little words from me! BTW!!! New book reviews will be coming up soon along with everything else. You can be expecting something from Chelsea Cain and Gena Showalter! Feel excited! Because you should be 🙂

Happy Readance!

Jade

Movie Review: O With This Ring

Hi!

Ok, so I was actually surprised by this movie. I know I say that a lot about books and movies but it’s true. You guys probably think “Darn…this woman really doesn’t know what she’s getting out of anything. That’s not true…I just haven’t really had much faith in cinematography and in literature as of late. I think about it all the time and yet the more movies i watch the more I’m surprised about which actor played what part. This movie was like that.

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If you mixed a cheesy romantic comedy, a slightly theatrical drama and the scoring of a B-rated film you would get this movie. Now, one of the surprising parts is that it messed well! I laughed at funny parts, I said ‘what?’ to some other parts and I hung my head in a sad form of shame at others. My kind of B-rate. The other thing that surprised me is that the movie was made in 2015. All these actors and actresses are currently extremely famous. I feel like a group of really great actors and talented women came together to donate to charity by making a movie paid for by the bills of poor single mothers.

That sounds harsh and very negatively descriptive but don’t get too upset yet. It worked out. By the end, I was satisfied with the way it went and wouldn’t mind watching the movie again if I was looking for something that I didn’t have to pay too much attention to. I do like how unpredictable the movie was. Usually with B-types you can pick out what’s going to happen, to who it’s going to happen or generally have an idea of how the persons life could get worse. I was actually happy with the odd turn of events by mid movie. So…thank you Nzingha Stewart for that little delectable piece of movie.

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Did I mention that the women in this movie are just…fabulously beautiful!

Jade

P.S. I know that I always use words that would most likely go better with food descriptions but no…I’m not crazy. I’m just constantly hungry and everything sounds delicious

🙂

Next movie: The Judge

Interviews: Seth Meyers and Rolling Stone with Stephen King On Writing

Hi,

So, I’ve been thinking long and hard about the next book that I’m going to write. It’s not that I’ve been having a hard time with motivation but I just have been a little insecure about my writing. I’d been thinking if I can really even pull off this book that is completely out of my genre. I’m basically going from strictly romance (and the works) to thriller. I thought, why not go check out interviews of your favorite writers and see if you get some insight. I instantly thought Stephen King first. When I was in private school many, many years ago I went through this long horror phase and read nothing else. Some writers I easily forgot after reading them but Stephen King, Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clarke were three that I couldn’t get out of my mind. Yes, now that I think about it I will be rereading some of their books and writing reviews on them. It only seems fair now that I tell you they were favorites that I go back and share my opinions of them. Now or from then.

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Anyway, so I just googled interviews with Stephen King. I initially just looked up interviews with Stephen King and google added the little ‘YouTube’ tidbit on the end which I guess I didn’t mind. I stumbled across the video interview with Seth Meyers and was instantly taken away. Outside of King being one of the best writers he also has an alluring personality. I could honestly hear him speak on anything; religion, books, art, politics and I believe I would still be taken away. I am impressed, not that my opinion of him matters, in his straight-at-you way of answering questions, sharing parts of his life some keep secret, thoughts about God and his reasons for writing.

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There is a portion in the interview where Andy Greene, the reporter, asks King about his daily writing habits and I had to get a screenshot of it (from my phone of course, sorry so blurry) and share it with you. This is definitely my dream of writing. It’s where I’d want to be, how my day would go; of course in my own way. I’d love to have it as a career, to wake up and know that writing is on my main agenda. That other full time jobs and random ‘must do’ responsibilities won’t get in the way as they do now. I spend most of my time working more than one job trying to keep myself afloat or pay for things just to have them and it cuts into my writing tremendously. I actually am surprised that I was able to finish Coalesce while I was at KU for Architecture. It also blows my mind that I had any time at all to finish Hunter over the last year. In the interview, King goes into the struggles of drinking, drugs and family life. He talks on being poor, on becoming rich and his thoughts on those who live higher than him. Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury.11887967_10153535879463948_3265007605171142786_n

I had, before, questioned if I had that sort of drive to make it happen. I questioned if I was as taken away by writing as I am by my ability to write. Then I read something that inspires me, I watch an adapted from novel film or read an interview by a Great and I think…I do. I correct myself in thinking that it might just be the fear of failure, one that King touches on in the interview, that might actually be holding me back. It’s like a thorn in my side and in my thumb and neither seem to be going anywhere any time soon. But maybe that’s what separates all these Greats from me. They have pushed through their writing insecurities, they’ve made their lives as writers and they are sitting on the other side of my dream waving me over. It’s all together luminous in thought.

So, I just thought I would share my thoughts on one of my favorite writers with you guys. I’ve included the links to both the video interview with Seth Meyers and the article written by Andy Greene. Tell me what you guys think of Stephen King or any of your favorite authors! Have you read any really great interviews lately you would like to share?

P.S. I hadn’t realized until my guy told me to read an interview, just for the sake of the creativity and genius of the article, how beautifully these interviews are actually written. The description of Stephen King’s writing office, the simply placed Maine town in the article along with the actual flow of the questioning was genius on part of Andy Greene. I commend him for his writing genius also!

Interview by The Rolling Stones of Stephen King on Writing

Movie Review: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

So, I just saw this movie (night before last) and I liked it a lot.

I must admit that initially I didn’t know what to expect. I’d seen the previews of it and i thought ‘Hmm…that seems pretty interesting’ but nothing to serious. Of course, apart of me wanted to see the movie because the beautiful Henry Cavill is in it. In the end, I saw different previews of it and thought it all together seemed like a decent movie.

The part that actually sold me on the movie was when i was sitting in the theater to watch another movie and I cam early enough to catch First Look. There were doing a short little behind the scenes moment when the director, Guy Ritchie, was talking about the idea for the movie. He’d said he loved the old classical spy movies; that old school type. He talked about the James Bond movies and their kind of handsome, smooth way of showing the life of a spy (obviously these are my words but you get the point!). I definitely am a James Bond fan and if anything could get me to watch something it would be in comparison that him.  MV5BMTc2NjQ4ODYyNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODA3OTU5NTE@._V1_SX214_AL_

So, now on to the actual movie! The cast of this movie was so well put together! The chemistry between Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander was just genius. The dichotomy between Cavill’s version of spy and Hammer’s fight against his own anger was just beautiful. I believed these characters, believed what they were trying to do and I believe Ritchie achieved what he wanted in a “new” classic spy movie. I also thought Hugh Grant was pretty good in the movie. I liked his character a lot. There were so many parts in the movie that made you laugh, regardless if you were supposed to or not; it was amazing.

I also loved the cinematography of the movie. The cut scenes, the way it was set up was so old school. The entire movie I just kept thinking that James Bond was going to come running from one side of the screen and shoot someone. The costumes, the cars, the boats, everything fit in with the era and settled well with the actors. There were so many potential story turns and twists that I just wanted to laugh and clap with glee. Call me crazy but this is probably one of my favorite movies this year (that’s saying alot! I’ve seen so many).

Anyway! I encourage anyone who is looking for a little shooting, a little romance, a little fighting and great humor to go see this movie. I would definitely go see this movie multiple times over and can’t wait until it comes out on DVD! Cudos to Guy Ritchie and the cast, this one hits my list every time.

Jade

Book Review: Sexiest Vampire Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks

Hey all!

Ok, so it’s not really happy news that I’ve come to share with you. I actually am doing a review on this book even though I did NOT read it. I know, I know! You guys are like WHAT!? I will admit that I thought twice about doing the review but since I already had it in my queue for books to read and review I thought why not.

I actually got this book on loaner from another reader at work and I thought it was going to be great. Outside of the last few Twilight books, I am actually an avid vampire-story reader. I love the new ideas that people come up with, the spins and twists and i love the seriousness in which they sell their plots.Sexiest-Vampire-Alive

This book had none of that. I began to read it and immediately from page one I thought it was horrible. I couldn’t take the awkward way the book portrayed some B-rated surfer movie meets Interview With A Vampire meets Clueless plot. Everything said was a “dude” or a “omigosh” or “…falls on the floor with head in hands” I just couldn’t take it. I did try and stick it out and read more of the novel but I was so out of touch with the characters from page one that I refused to read further. If I had been at home or in the comfort of an inclosed space (and if it weren’t a borrowed novel) i would have thrown it across the room as I am known to do with books disliked.

I was actually surprised also because I have read at least one or two other Kerrelyn Sparks novels and I for sure thought she was going to give me some semblance of a decent novel. I was surprised that this turned out to be a hippie soap opera for hot vampires.

So there you have it. I read the book but not in it’s entirety and this is my complete opinion of the novel. I guess now would be the perfect time to say I would NOT recommend this novel, not to anyone. However, I do know that someone will most likely go and read it just because I disliked it and that is fine also, good for them! I hope you like it!

Jade

Sexiest Vampire Alive on Amazon

First Book Review by Another Reader

Hey guys!

I appreciate the participation I am getting for the book review idea! The first book review that I received was from Romance Novels for the Beach! Please, Please, Please, go read the review! Comment what you think of the review or of the book itself (if you’ve read it)!

I also included a link to our contributors book blog below! I loved this review and encourage you to go on her page and check out the many others that she has! AND I DO MEAN MANY (MAN, THAT READER HAS MASSIVE INVENTORY)!!!!

Thanks for the review donation and I look forward to many more from others in the future!

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Book Review by Romance Novels for the Beach: Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren

Hands down, this is one of the hottest contemporary romance series out there. I love how each book has a different and unique couple, yet you’re practically guaranteed some delightful dirty talk, and passion in the bedroom.

What’s it About? 

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When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice. Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?

First Impressions

Ruby has had a crush on Niall forever, but it isn’t until they go on a business trip together that their mutual attraction for one another becomes known. Lucky bitch! Sounds like a pretty good business trip to me. Whenever I go away for business I usually end up alone in my hotel room eating Thai food, and watching The Big Bang Theory reruns. Actually, that doesn’t sound half bad right about now. Might need to get myself some Pad See Ew in the next 20 minutes or so.

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An Old-Fashioned Not-So-Gentle Man

I’ve read every book in this series, and I must say that Niall is my favorite male lead so far. He’s hesitant when it comes to acting on his desires for Ruby, which is different from the other playboy guys in the series, who are all so sure of their sexual prowess. Niall, on the other hand, just got out of an 11 year marriage, and he’s never been with another woman. He’s so unsure of himself and how to please Ruby sexually, but he also has this possessive, sex god, dirty-talkin’ persona hidden underneath his expensive business suit that you just want to rip him out of!

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Niall is old-fashioned in that he believes you should be in love before you have sex. You don’t really find many of those guys out there anymore. Due to this belief, he decides to wait before having sex with Ruby, and technically they don’t complete the deed until very late in the book. However, you don’t really mind the wait because they basically do every other dirty deed you can think of. By the time they finally get around to having sex, it seems so blasé compared to some of the other stuff they’ve already done.

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Series: Beautiful series, book 4. Not necessarily my favorite story, but definitely my favorite man.

Should you read it? Be prepared, because this book is hot, hot, hot! That being said, Niall and Ruby also have so many awkward sexual conversations and scenarios when they first come together that it’s really adorable.

Smut Level: This book has some satisfying delayed gratification in that you have to wait a while for the horizontal mambo performance, but they’ve already practiced all the necessary steps for success.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $7.99 Kindle Price. Gallery Books. 401 Pages.

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Movie Review: Jupiter Ascending

So…can I just stop for a second a do a movie review?

I actually saw a bunch of reviews for this movie when it first came out and was surprised how bad they were. It seemed that people, in general, thought it was horrible. I also know, previous to watching the movie, that people think Channing Tatum isn’t that great of an actor. I’ve heard that if he isn’t using that gorgeous body of his, he is useless. I also know that i may very well be a fan of the abs, dancing and hot voice but i like him. Unfortunately, I believe that he wasn’t very good in this movie. There were too many holes in the acting. Often times the action threw me off, especially with the horribly placed slow motion parts. I also was just too unfocused on the story.

So, there were a few parts that I absolutely loved about the movie! I loved the fact that when they have to go get her entitlement filed it was just like on earth. The workers there were likened to those at the DMV and other government places. You stand in line all day, no matter what time you came, you get tossed back and forth to different departments before you find the right one and then you have to do it all over again. I thought it was hilarious and enjoyed that scene very well. I also think it was beautiful while we were in a different world experiencing different things we were seeing the comparisons between the planets and earth.Jupiter Ascending

I thought that the love story between Jupiter and Caine was a bit forced. I do like that they fell in love, obviously as I’m obsessed with romance novels, but it didn’t mesh well for me. It seemed one moment he was saving her and the next she was coming on to him. As most movies with action and romance they always have the parts where their kissing and the audience is like “COME ON GUYS!! WE DON’T HAVE TIME FOR YOU TO HUG AND MAKE OUT!!!!” this one definitely had its share.

It also seemed weird that the harvesting of humans was a big deal but wasn’t necessarily dealt with. Yes, if she stopped them from taking earth everyone would be happy but as Caine said, there were so many different planets out there.

Overall, I guess I believe they could have done so much more with the story than they did. I also believe they could have gotten rid of a few of the parts as their reasoning for being there seemed to fall through the cracks. I could see a sequel to this movie being great if they do a terrific rewrite and maybe give us more information.

Jade!!!