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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Movie Trailer: Into the Woods

"Into the Woods" is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) - all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical "Chicago" and Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," helms the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, "Wicked" producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, "Into the Woods" hits theaters December 25, 2014.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Early Review: A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev


Title: A Bollywood Affair
Author: Sonali Dev
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Kensington Books (October 28th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.

Bollywood’s favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a naïve village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir’s tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she’s trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili’s life—cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate’s elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.
A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev is such a perfect book that you NEED to read it, the end. Not enough to convince you? Greedy people!

Milli Rathod was married to a boy (Virat Rathod) from her little village, when she was only four years old. Couple of days after the wedding, Virat and his family moved to a city, leaving Milli behind with her grandmother. For twenty years, Milli has been patiently waiting for her husband to come claim her. She has used her time wisely, getting an education and working on improving herself, all to be the perfect modern wife “her husband needs”.
Milli gets the chance to go to Michigan on a scholarship; a trip she hopes will change her life. Maybe, if Virat learns about it he will come sooner to make her his wife.
Virat thought his marriage to Milli was annulled many years back and has never thought of Milli. He is married to a woman he loves and they are expecting their first child together; but after he suffers an accident he learns the marriage with Milli was never annulled and his current marriage would not be valid unless he convinces Milli to sign the annulment documents. Due to his accident, Virat can’t travel. He asks his younger brother, Samir to travel to Michigan in his stead and to convince Milli to sign the documents.
Samir will do anything for his brother; even tricking the woman he believes is extorting his brother, but when he arrives to Michigan the woman he finds is not what he was imagining her to be.
Coincidences will bring Milli and Samir together, to an arrangement of mutual benefit. What starts as a simply friendship soon develops into much more; but they are both keeping secrets that could destroy their new bond.

Milli is a great heroine. She’s a woman that despite her limitations (thanks to her very traditional upbringing) has done the best she could with her life. She has worked hard to get educated and to be better, not only for her, but with the idea of helping other women in the future. Milli is selfless, noble, generous, smart and funny. She’s simply a delightful heroine.

Samir is a conflicted character, it’s almost as if he is two different persons, the public man and the family man. The public man is modern and doesn’t want any entanglements. The family man is caring, loving and bighearted. He loves to take care of those he loves and he shows it over and over again during the course of the story.

Samir and Milli’s relationship starts slowly. First, it’s a companionship, then, it turns into a friendship and from there, feelings start to bloom. Their relationship is packed with small gestures and little details, making their romance feel beautiful and sweet, but there is a problem, both of them are keeping secrets and when they come to light their love get tested.

The secondary characters bring color to the story, especially Milli’s best friend, Ridhi and her over the top Punjabi family. The Indian culture also plays an important role with its contrasting traditions and family values.

Sonali Dev’s writing is emotional, fluid, and vivid. Her words are easily visualized and experienced. A Bollywood Affair is so masterfully written is difficult to believe it is her debut novel.

One thing I have to talk about is the food. OMG! The Food!! As I said before, Sonali’s words are very vivid and food plays an important role in the story. This book made me Hungry! Yes, with capital H. As an Indian food lover, page after page this book kept me salivating and dreaming of samosas, rotis, curries, and so many more delicacies. Nom nom.

If there is a book contemporary romance fans need to read this year that is A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev. Trust me, order this book and read it. I can guarantee you you won’t regret it.

My Verdict: 5 Paws

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Short Review: The Second Chance Hero by Jeannie Moon


Title: The Second Chance Hero
Author: Jeannie Moon
Series: Forever Love, book 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: InterMix
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
The eternal bachelor finally finds his match—if he can get her attention…

After her fiancé dies in her arms in Afghanistan, combat nurse Kim Torres decides to get as far away from men and the war as she can. Now a nanny to a little girl, she’s trying to date again, but her heart just isn’t in it. Not even for a man as sexy as Owen Kent…

When Major Owen Kent returns from his deployment with the Marines in Afghanistan, he discovers how much things have really changed. The billionaire CIO’s friends are settling down and having families—things a serial dater like Owen doesn’t expect to do. But he’s also not expecting his friend Harper’s new nanny to be the woman who stole his heart half a world away. Kim may want nothing to do with Owen, but he’s not about to surrender without a fight.
The Second Chance Hero is the fourth book in the Forever Love series by Jeannie Moon.

This book started really good, the prologue sure caught my attention and kept me glued to the pages, but after awhile things started to go downhill thanks to the heroine, Kim Torres. My problem with Kim was her wishy-washy personality and her victim attitude. After the tragedy she lived it was understandable that she would have some traumas. My problem was that even though she behave like a fragile victim and saw herself as a victim, she got irrationally upset when Owen behave with care towards her and kept some things from her to protect her. He had to beg for her forgiveness not once, but twice and all because she couldn’t decide what she wanted in life.
I don’t like wishy-washy heroines and Kim was the epitome of one.

I liked Owen, although his character was a bit farfetched… A billionaire serving three tours in Afghanistan, yes…sure! I liked how caring and special he was with his family, friends and with Kim. At times I thought he was too good for her.

Having problems with Kim didn’t help with my overall enjoyment of the story. If it weren’t for my dislike for her I think I would have loved this book. It wasn’t that I hated it, because that wasn’t the case; it was just simply frustrating (for me) to read.

One thing I have to leave clear is that I’m in the minority regarding this book, most reviewers have loved The Second Chance Hero, so don’t take my words at face value and give this book a chance.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
The Temporary Wife
Unexpectedly Yours
The Wedding Secret
The Second Chance Hero

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Found by Alyssa Rose Ivy


Today is Tuesday! You know what that means? Yes, today is that special day in the week when we can treat our eyes to some delicious eye candy. It’s Top Off Tuesday! Top Off Tuesday is a feature hosted by Felicia from The Geeky Book Blogger's Book Blog, Amanda from On a Book Bender, and Christi from Smitten with Reading.

The cover I have for you today is the cover for Found. Found is the third book in The Crescent Chronicles by Alyssa Rose Ivy. I really like this cover, I like the colors and the simplicity of it, the perfect (for me) model’s body has nothing to do with my decision to share it with you… nothing.
I haven’t read this book, but the reviews are really good. I added first book (Flight) to my TBR. Let’s see when I get to read it.

Levi might be hot, strong, and have a cool set of wings, but it's not enough to make up for keeping Allie in the dark.

Allie's tired of being left with more questions than answers. She's tired of loving a guy who refuses to level with her. Most of all, she's tired of her life spinning out of control.

Desperate to save Jess no matter the personal cost, Allie has to face the possibility that the only one she can trust is herself.
If you also want to participate on Top Off Tuesday head over to Felicia’s blog to share your link or just to see which other blogs are participating.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tour Stop, Early Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

Today is your lucky day, as part of the Promo Tour for Seventh Grave and No Body I have many Great things to share with you, starting with my review and continuing with an excerpt, so you can see the awesome-hotness-sauce that is Charley and Reyes together. *swoon* But that is not all, I also have two giveaways for you, in the last one you can vote for my blog. What are you waiting? Go and vote for me! Thank you for your support. 

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Title: Seventh Grave and No Body
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson, book 7
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Review copy from publisher
“Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.”
Seventh Grave and No Body is the seventh book in the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones.

Charley is dealing with the news she got in previous book and trying to make changes in her life to accommodate her new circumstances, one of them is having a healthier diet, one that doesn’t include coffee and as we know Charley without coffee is a terrifying sight.
If dealing with caffeine withdrawal wasn’t enough to get a girl crazy, Charley also has the constant overbearing company of Reyes, who hasn’t left her side since the moment they learned the Twelve were after Charley. Charley understands his need to protect her, but she needs space to breath and to do her work, especially when she has couple of cases that need her attention. Luckily for her she has Cookie, her amazing assistant/best friend who supports and helps her in all her endeavors. And Cookie knows how to make Charley’s life easier.

Seventh Grave and No Body has everything I love from previous books, a kickass heroine, a swoon worthy hero, a superb cast of supporting characters, and enough action to keep you entertained from beginning to end, all that balanced with the perfect amount of humor and many laughing out loud moments to make the reading experience an unforgettable one.

In Seventh Grave and No Body we see Charley coming into some of her powers, we also see her discovering new things from her heritage and some new truths about the prophecy she is supposed to fulfill.

Darynda Jones doesn’t shy away in this installment, with some unexpected deaths is easy to see she’s not afraid of hurting her characters. Although I applaud her courage, I can’t help but be worried for what is to come in future books.

Seventh Grave and No Body is everything I was expecting it to be and more. It not only made me love this series even more (I didn’t know it was possible), it also made me want to listen to the audiobooks, something I’m currently doing.

Seventh Grave and No Body is a must read for fans of this series. Even though it could be read as a stand alone I don’t recommend you to do that, to get the full effect of the Charley Davidson series you need to read these books in order, starting with First Grave on the Right and continuing from there on. If you haven’t read this series what’s wrong with you you need to fix that soon because you are missing one of the most brilliant urban fantasy series in the market.

To say I’m eagerly waiting for the release of next book in this series, Eighth Grave After Dark, is the understatement of the year. May 19th, 2015 can’t come soon enough.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Third Grave Dead Ahead
Seventh Grave and No Body (October 21st)
Eighth Grave After Dark (May 19th, 2015)


Excerpt:

Still covered in duct tape, he turned on his side to face me, his flesh straining against the binds. “You would tell me if something were wrong, right?”
“What do you mean? Of course, I would.”
“So, if you knew something could happen to you, you’d let me know.”
Where was he going with this? “Yes. Nothing is going to happen to me. Well, unless the Twelve get ahold of me. Other than that, I should be fine.”
He nodded in thought.
“Reyes, what is it?”
“I think you keep secrets from me.”
“You keep secrets from me,” I said, teasing. “Seems only fair.”
He leaned forward and nibbled on my ear. “We can decide who gets to keep secrets and who doesn’t later. Until then, want to do it?”
“Reyes!” I said, appalled. “You just had your arm nearly ripped off at the shoulder.” That and the fact that a grown man asking me if I wanted to “do it” was hilarious.
“We can still do it.”
I giggled. “No, we can’t.”
“I’m very creative with my mouth.”
“I am well aware of that.”
“You should sit on my face.”
A bubble of laughter escaped again. “I am not sitting on your face. Oh, my god.”
“Just sit on my face. I’ll make all your dreams come true.”
“You really need to practice humility,” I said.
“Humility is overrated.”
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Meet Darynda Jones:

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.



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