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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Movie Trailer: Riddick

"Riddick (2013) - also known to fans as Riddick 3 - is the third movie installment in the highly regarded series that launched with Pitch Black (2000) and was followed up with The Chronicles of Riddick (2004). Vin Diesel reprises the title role and teams up once again with director and writer David Twohy for this highly anticipated movie.

The plot focuses on the anti-hero Riddick; he has been left for dead on a desert planet where he finds himself fighting for his life against alien predators far more viscious than any human he has ever faced. Riddick is forced to use a beacon to alert the very bounty hunters he has been evading to come and collect him as this is the only way he can possibly escape.

The mercs that arrive are even more lethal than any Riddick has faced before, and onboard one of the ships is a captain who has a very personal score to settle.

Vin Diesel is joined by Karl Urban who reprises the role of Vaako, former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista who plays Diaz and Katee Sackhoff who plays Dahl."

Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Title: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Genre: NA
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.”
Nastya Kashnikov used to be a happy, fun and loving girl until an incident two years ago that changed her life. She was of the path to recovering until the day she remembered with vivid detail what happened to her on that day. Afraid of what could come out of her mouth she self-imposed a vow of silence.
Nastya was known as a piano prodigy and now she’s just notorious for being gloomy, dark, dress with too short, too tight and too dark clothes and being mute.
Needing to be far from the people that know her story she decides to move with her aunt to a city two hours away from her parents’ house.
The new school is not as bad as she was expecting thanks to the school’s playboy Drew Leighton. Drew is funny and charming and doesn’t care how Nastya dresses or behaves; her not talking humors him and makes him want to know her even more. Drew knows about broody people, his best friend Josh Bennett is the epitome of it.
In his short life Josh has experienced loss like nobody else, he lost his mother and sister when he was just a child, couple of years later he lost his father, now at seventeen, his battling-cancer grandfather is the only person he has left. Being surrounded by death has made of him a recluse with carpentry as his only outlet.
Nastya has trouble sleeping and her nights are plagued by nightmares, her way to deal with it is to run until she too exhausted to think.  One of these runs takes her to an unknown neighborhood where she finds a house that brings some memories she can place, the house belongs to Josh; he is home and working on his garage.
After that night most of her runs take her to Josh’s house where she finds the peace she so much seeks and where she feels she belongs.
On the beginning Josh doesn’t know what to think of the mute girl that shows every night at his garage, but after some nights shared in silent company she becomes part of his nights and his life.

Nastya is a shell of what she used to be; now she’s just broken, with no dreams and no hope of a better future. She is not only hurting herself but those who love her too. On the beginning we know something bad happened to her but not exactly what, Mrs. Millay gives us crumbs along the way to entice us and keep us glued to the pages. When we finally learn what happened to Nastya every doubt and reservation about her is left behind.

Josh doesn’t like to get close to people, he has lost everybody he has loved and the last thing he wants is to suffer another loss. Life experiences have not only made him mature beyond his years but also have left him broken and with no expectations in life.

Josh and Nastya relationship is develops slowly, first they are companions, then friends and finally when their walls begin to crumble they become more.

Josh and Nastya lives are dark and sad but luckily for them they have Drew in their lives. Drew pretends to be the uncaring-womanizer jock, but that’s the façade he uses to hide the real caring person he is. Drew brings light and humor to balance a story that without him would have been too dark.

Katja Millay’s writing is flawless, fluid and smart; Her use of symbolisms is masterfully done. The story unravels slowly and is brilliantly executed.  The Sea of Tranquility is so well written that is difficult to believe that it is Mrs. Millay’s first book.

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay is an emotional, heartbreaking story about second chances and the power of love. One I recommend you all to read.
I’m looking forward to read more books by Mrs. Millay.

My Verdict: 5 Paws

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review: Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep

Title: Spartan Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy, book 4.5
Genre: YA
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
I’m Logan Quinn, the deadliest Spartan warrior at Mythos Academy. At least I was — until the day I almost killed Gwen Frost.

Professor Metis and Nickamedes say that I’m fine, that Loki and the Reapers don’t have a hold on me anymore, but I can’t risk it. I can’t risk hurting Gwen again. So I’m leaving Mythos and going somewhere far, far away.

I know Gwen wonders what’s happening to me, whether I’m safe. I can’t tell her, but this is my story.”
Spartan Frost is a novella in the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep. The events in Spartan Frost take place between books fourth (Crimson Frost) and fifth (Midnight Frost).

First let me tell you that you shouldn’t read this review if you haven’t read Crimson Frost.

Spartan Frost starts couple of weeks after the events in Crimson Frost. Logan has moved out of the school and is living with his father in their New York house. Days have passed but Logan is still dealing with the aftermath of what happened between him and Gwen; everyday he relives the events and it has been impossible for him to find peace. He’s still in contact with some of his friends from school, and even though he asks about Gwen all the time he has cut all contact with her. He’s afraid of hurting her again because despite the reassurances of Metis, Nickamedes and his father he’s not 100% sure there is nothing wrong with him.

If I’m honest was expecting to learn more about Logan; we see some of what he’s feeling but I would have loved to see more of his feelings towards Gwen. One thing I really liked was that the relationship between Logan and his father is improving, they both have realized they are alone and need to be there for each other, they are on the right path and I have faith they will overcome all their problems from the past.

In Spartan Frost Logan doesn’t come to terms with his actions but he’s on the mend. He finds an outlet for his emotions fighting next to his father and the Protectorate. After some inner turmoil he gets to the conclusion that what better way to hurt the Reapers than to fight back.

Spartan Frost is a quick and entertaining read. In my opinion it doesn’t bring anything new to the series, unless you want to know what Logan was doing after leaving Mythos Academy. I recommend you to read Spartan Frost if you are a fan of Logan, but make sure to read it in between Crimson Frost and Midnight Frost, not before and not after.
One thing is for sure the end of Spartan Frost will leave you dying to get your hands of Midnight Frost.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Touch of Frost
Kiss of Frost
Dark Frost
Midnight Frost (July 30th )

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Early Review: Hunted by Kevin Hearne

Title: Hunted
Author: Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles, book 6
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey (June 25)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.

Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok—AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living—and still have a world to live in.”
Hunted is the sixth book in The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.

Hunted starts days after events in Trapped (fifth book). Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon are in Europe and they are being chase by the Roman and Greek goddess of the hunt.
After getting some invaluable help from the Morrigan they learned that the only way to escape Diana and Artemis is to run all the way to England. What Atticus and gang didn’t know was that the Roman and Greek pantheons were not the only ones with the “kill Atticus” agenda. A simple run to Europe becomes a battleground full of traps and treachery or as I call it, another day in Atticus’ life.

The Iron Druid Chronicles is one of my favorite urban fantasy series, one I’m always looking forward to read, but sadly Hunted was my least favorite book in this series to date. I’m not saying I didn’t like it or that the book was bad, because that’s not it. It just that (in my opinion) Hunted was not as excellent as previous books, it was just good.
I like action in a book but I also like slow moments; when the action is non-stop from beginning to end without any moment to wind-down it gets a bit too much and that was my problem with Hunted. From page one to almost the very end Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon are on the run; they can’t stop to even have a simple meal without something or somebody accosting them, this is good and entertaining for a while but when there is nothing else it gets a bit tedious, I got tired running along with them, so much that I had to put down the book many times, at the end it took me three days to finish this book when normally I would had read it in a day.

Atticus is still the smart, funny, caring, and loving character we love. Granuaile is coming to terms with what it means being a Druid and she grows a lot in this installment. We see not only more character development but also relationship developments.
Oberon continues to be a breath of fresh air; his opinion and comments help to light up dark and unhappy circumstances. I have said it before and I say it again, I think Oberon is one of the best sidekicks ever.

We see characters from previous books and are introduced to new ones. We also learned some truths but many are still left to be discovered.

Mr. Hearne’s writing is better than ever, the way he includes characters from folklore and mythology is masterfully done. In Hunted he shows us once again that his imagination has no limits. The story develops with many twists, turns and tricks along the way. One thing I noticed was that the tone in this book is somehow darker and less humorous compared to previous books. I think I prefer the lighter tone of previous books.

Despite my problems with Hunted I can say that it was a good and entertaining book and a must read for fan of this series. I don’t recommend reading Hunted as a stand-alone.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Shattered (TBA)

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Movie Trailer: Jobs

"We follow Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) from the enthusiasm and self-discovery of his youth through his darkest days, brightest triumphs, and the ultimate power of his drive, his passions, and his undying will to change everything we thought possible. Dark, honest, and uncompromising, “Jobs” plunges into the depths of Steve Jobs’ character, uncovering his driving motivations, his gifts, his flaws, his failures, and his ultimate successes."


Friday, June 21, 2013

Giveaway & 10 Reasons Why You Should Read A Cursed Embrace by Cecy Robson

Title: A Curse Embrace
Author: Cecy Robson
Series: Weird Girls, book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Penguin Group
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twenty something girls—with one tiny exception: They are the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that made them, well, a little weird.…

After Celia Wird and her sisters help master vampire Misha save his family, their powers are exposed to the supernatural community of the Lake Tahoe region. But fame comes at a price, and being “weird” isn’t always welcome.

To make matters worse, Celia desires the love of Alpha werewolf Aric, but his pack is bent on destroying their relationship to preserve his pureblood status. And once weres start turning up dead—with evidence pointing to the vampires—she must face the prospect of losing Aric forever. But the chaos only masks a new threat. An evil known as the Tribe has risen—and their sights are set on Celia and her sisters.”
A Cursed Embrace is the second book in the Weird Girls series by Cecy Robson.

My biggest fear after reading a great book is that the author won’t be able to deliver a following installment as good or better than said book. After reading Sealed With A Curse (first book) that was what I was thinking and fearing, but I’m happy to inform you there is nothing to fear, Cecy Robson has done it again with A Cursed Embrace.

A Cursed Embrace starts days after the events in Sealed With A Curse, with the Wird sisters trying to get back to their routines. After moving to Lake Tahoe they are finally having a break, a break that ends sooner than they have expected when they find a dead wereraccoon on their doorstep.
Somebody or something is killing humans in a very gruesome way, demons are being summoned and very-creepy-baby-demons are at large.
Aric and his pack have been investigating these incidents, but after the wereraccoon incident Celia and her sisters get involved in the investigation. They are stronger together than apart, at least that was what they thought, before they knew what was waiting for them.

This is one of those reviews in which I would love to just write OMG, OMG, OMG, you need to read this book, but I know you will want more from me to convince you than just saying that, so let me give you 10 reasons why you should buy/read this book as soon as you finish reading this post.

10 Reasons Why You Should Read
A Cursed Embrace

  1. When on page 4 you have already laughed out loud twice you know you have a winner.
  2. All the characters are unique, have very different personalities and characteristics but at the same time they all complement and balance each other perfectly.
  3. The guys in this book/series are Hot-Hot Panties in a Twist Hot.
  4. The sexual tension and smexy times will steam the pages or short out your reader.
  5. The characters not only grow page after page but they also show us sides we didn’t know nor did we expect.
  6. The Wird sisters (Celia, Taran, Shayna, and Emme) are so great you are going to do voodoo on Mrs. Mancuso for her to sell you her house, so you can move next door to them.
  7. The monsters in this installment are so creepy you will need to start sleeping with the light on or find a good therapist.
  8. Cecy Robson is not happy with only taking us on a roller coaster of emotions, not at all (she’s evil), she also put us through the wringer and leaves us with a broken heart and a serious case of “I Need Next Book Now” (Cursed By Destiny, January 7th, 2014)
  9. Evil Author aka Cecy Robson gives us in one page a twist in the story that stomps on our hearts and in the next page she gives us hope and a high feeling of happiness and wellbeing, showing us once again what a talented (twisted) author she is.
  10. You know that feeling, after reading a great book, when you say “damn this author is evil because she/he went all the way and did this or that to the characters I love”; then you start to analyze what just happened and realized the author took a risk, one that masterfully works in the story, then you feel like grinning non stop because the author was able to awaken in you feelings you were not expecting, then you rush to contact said author to tell her/him “she/he is evil but great”; that’s the feeling you will have after you have finish A Cursed Embrace, I also call that feeling  “The Stalking The Author Syndrome”.
My Verdict: 5 Paws

Where to Pre-Order A Cursed Embrace:
If after reading my “10 reasons Why You Should Read A Cursed Embrace” you are still not convinced (what’s wrong with you?) Cecy has something to motivate you even more, she is giving away to one lucky winner a “A Cursed Embrace Prize Package” containing: a signed copy of A Cursed Embrace, a bookmark, a rack card, A Cursed Embrace magnet, a lip balm, and a signed postcard.

To participate just fill up the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open internationally.*

*If you win A Cursed Embrace prize package on another blog, a different winner will be chosen to be fair to the other contestants

About Cecy Robson:

Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is an author with Penguin's SIGNET ECLIPSE. She attributes her passion for story-telling back to the rough New Jersey neighborhood she was raised in. As a child, she was rarely allowed to leave the safety of her house and passed her time fantasizing about flying, fairies, and things that go bump in the night. Her dad unwittingly encouraged Cecy's creativity by kissing her goodnight wearing vampire fangs. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, she began writing her Urban Fantasy Romance Series, Weird Girls, in May 2009. THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella, debuts December 4, 2012 followed by SEALED WITH A CURSE, December 31, 2012, and A CURSE EMBRACED, July 2, 2013.

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