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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Movie Trailer: The Legend of Hercules

"In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic - a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit."


Friday, November 29, 2013

Review: Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne

Title: Wake to Darkness
Author: Maggie Shayne
Series: Brown and De Luca, book 2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: MIRA Books
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Stranded with a murderer...

Rachel de Luca's uncanny sense of perception is the key to her success as a self-help celebrity. Even before she regained her sight, she had a gift for seeing people's most carefully hidden secrets. But the secret she shares with Detective Mason Brown is one she has promised to keep. As for Mason, he sees Rachel more clearly than she'd like to admit.

After a single night of adrenaline-fueled passion, they have agreed to keep their distance--until a string of murders brings them together again. Mason thinks that he can protect everyone he loves, including Rachel, by taking them to a winter hideaway, but danger follows them up the mountain.

As guests disappear from the snowbound resort, the race to find the murderer intensifies. Rachel knows she's a target. Will acknowledging her feelings for Mason destroy her--or save them both and stop a killer?”
Wake to Darkness is the second installment in the Brown and De Luca series by Maggie Shayne.

Rachel de Luca has come to terms with recovering her sight and with the price she had to pay. Even though sometimes she regrets not yielding to her attraction towards Detective Mason Brown, she knows she was right to take her time to getting used to her new life. But now, Mason is back in her life and asking for her help, and this time around she’s not sure she will be strong enough to deny him one more time.
Mason didn’t want to get Rachel involve in his new investigation, but something in his gut is telling him she will not only be able to help him, but she may also be in danger from this new threat, and what better way to protect her than to have her close at all times.

I loved Rachel and Mason in Sleep With the Lights On (first book), and I loved them even more in this new installment.

Rachel is coming to terms with her new life as a sighted person, but many things are still new to her. Seeing her discover them for the first time it was an amazing experience, one that made me think of how we take many things for granted, it also made me value my sight and realized how lucky I am.
One of the things a like the most about Rachel in this installment is that despite continuing being the cynic woman I love she is also realizing that maybe the things she writes about are things that deep inside she believes in.

Mason is still the caring, loving, protector man I loved from Sleep With the Lights On. He hasn’t had an easy time dealing with the aftermath of his brother’s death. He’s staying strong for his family, especially his nephews and sister in law, but still, some days he feels what he’s doing is not enough. He misses Rachel and wish she was in his life.
Somebody is attacking the recipients of his brother’s organs. Mason knows Rachel is on that list and will do anything on his power to protect her.  

I really liked Wake to Darkness, I liked how the characters have grown and how they come together as a family, including Rachel and her niece.

Another thing I loved is the setting. Mrs. Shayne brings us Christmas in the mountains, with the magic of the season seeing for the first time thought Rachel’s eyes. I think this made it more vivid and realistic and all around special.

Even though pretty early I guessed the whodunit I can say that that didn’t deterred me in the enjoyment of the story; it only kept me interested more because I was dying to know the reasoning behind that person’s actions.

Mrs. Shayne’s writing is spotless and fluid. The balance between mystery, gore, romance and humor is perfectly balanced, making of Wake to Darkness an impossible to putdown book and an amazing addition to a great series.

I can’t recommend you enough Wake to Darkness, but I also recommend you to read first Sleep With the Lights On to get the full effect of what the Brown and De Luca series is really about. There is a novella in between books called, Dream of Danger. I haven’t read it, but I’m planning to read it soon. Dream of Danger is currently free on Amazon and Kobo books.

I don’t know if Mrs. Shayne is planning to write more books in this series, but if she does I’m sure I’m going to read them, same with anything else she decides to publish.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Dream of Danger (Novella)
Wake to Darkness

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Quick Review: The Night is Forever by Heather Graham

Title: The Night is Forever
Author: Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters, book 11
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense, Mystery
Publisher: MIRA Books
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“A Ghost Rider in the Sky?

What happened here, on a historic ranch outside Nashville, during the Civil War? And what's happening now?

Olivia Gordon works at the Horse Farm, a facility that assists patients with mental and physical recovery; her specialty is animal therapy. She's always loved her job, always felt safe...until now.

People are dying, starting with the facility's founder, whose body is discovered in a ravine on the property--site of a massacre in 1862. And before every death, Liv sees a horse and rider, wearing a soldier's garb, in the night sky.... Warning? Omen? Or clue?

Liv calls in her cousin Malachi and his Krewe, an FBI unit of paranormal investigators, to discover the truth. New Krewe member Dustin Blake knows they need Liv's involvement in the case, yet he's worried about her safety. Because he and Liv quickly become more than colleagues...and he doesn't want to lose her to the endless night.”
The Night Is Forever is the eleventh installment in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham.

After enjoying this series so much I’m sad to say that The Night Is Forever was a little bit boring and didn’t meet with me expectations.

The Night Is Forever plays the same formula as previous books just with different characters and a different setting. Heroine’s friend dies in mysterious circumstances. The Krewe of Hunters sends a new member (hero) to investigate. Hero and Heroine dislike each other at the beginning. Something happens to put heroine’s life in danger and hero moves in with heroine to protect her. Sparks fly between them and fall in insta-love. The rest of Krewe’s team comes to investigate. Heroine gets abducted; at last moment hero saves her. While all this is going on we learn about historical facts that happened in the area, battles, famous assassinations and such.

I didn’t have a problem in previous books with the way Mrs. Graham intermingled the historical facts with the plot. I actually found many of them enlightening. Sadly that didn’t happened with The Night Is Forever, in this case it felt more like a school lesson than an organic part of the story.

After eleven installments of same all, same all I’m ready to give up on the Krewe of Hunters series, that doesn’t mean I won’t read more books by Heather Graham, I’m sure I will, she’s a very talented author, I just need something different next time I pick one of her books. This doesn’t mean you may not enjoy it, The Night Is Forever is a well-written book, it just wasn’t for me.

My Verdict: 3 Paws

Other books in the series
Phantom Evil
Heart of Evil
Sacred Evil
The Unspoken
The Night is Forever

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday's Hot-Hot Hottie: Sam Claflin

Today's Hot-Hot Hottie is the English actor
Sam Claflin
Sam Claflin latest role as Finnick Odair, a male victor from District 4 in the Hunger Games movie series has brought him to light, and I couldn't be more thankful for that.

Click Here if you want to know the 31 Reasons why Sam Claflin Is The "Hunger Games" Tribute Of Your Dreams.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Title: Crash Into You
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits, book 3
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (Nov. 26th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind. 

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. 

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.”
Crash into You is the third book in the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry.

I’ve been waiting for Isaiah’s book since the moment I met him in Pushing the Limits (first book). When I read that book I was almost sure Beth would be the person Isaiah will be pair with, but after reading Dare You Too (second book) I realized that although Beth and Isaiah were great as friends they would haven’t had a promising future together. Isaiah didn’t agree with that and he ended up with a broken heart.

In Crash Into You Isaiah is still suffering from a broken heart and hasn’t been able to come to terms with Beth’s decision. To add to that, his life is upside-down, the life he planned with Noah is harder than they both thought, they don’t have money to eat nor pay the rent. If they don’t find some money soon, they will get evicted and the last thing Isaiah wants is to go back to live with his foster parents. With that in mind Isaiah plans to participate in an illegal race to get some quick money to cover the rent. What he wasn’t expecting was finding a normal and decent girl there, a girl that shouldn’t have been there. As the good guy he is, he can’t do anything but protect her, even though he knows nothing good will come out of his meddling.
The only place where Rachel feels like herself is behind the steering wheel of her car. Pretending to be the perfect daughter is taking a toll on her. When the opportunity to race her car comes Rachel doesn’t think twice. Now she realizes she is in a world she doesn’t belong and her life is at risk, without any other option she puts her trust in Isaiah, a guy with whom she would never have crossed words in different circumstances.
What Isaiah and Rachel weren’t expecting was to find a kindred soul in the other.

I liked Crash Into You, but I had some problems with it. First, Isaiah’s character was too easily redeemed of his imperfections. For example, in Pushing the Limits (first book) Isaiah is pictured many times as a drug user in front of his friends and on the page. He was showed high more than once, and in this book that was “explained” as if he weren’t using, just pretending to be to fit in. First, he was usually high with Beth and Noah, his best friends and the only people he shouldn’t have needed to pretend to be somebody he was not. I would have preferred if he had changed his habits because of Rachel and not the way they were brush to the side with that explanation.

Despite that, I liked Isaiah, I loved how he goes the extra mile for those he cares about and how he’s completely unselfish when the wellbeing of others is on the line.
He hasn’t had an easy life and for him to trust people is very difficult. Opening his heart is even harder because it has been broken many times.

I liked Rachel, but didn’t love her. She was an ok character. I hated that she let her family walk over her and took without complain everything they throw at her. At the end she was better, but for me it was a bit too late.

The chemistry between Rachel and Isaiah is on since the moment they met. I liked that Rachel accepted Isaiah the way he was and didn’t expect him to change for her. Isaiah gave the strength Rachel needed to confront the unfairness of her life. Even thought I would have liked somebody stronger for Isaiah, I think a girl like Rachel was just what he needed.

We see characters from previous books. We see what’s going on in Noah, Echo and Beth’s lives. Their friendships are stronger than ever, showing us once more that they are a family. Logan also plays an important role in this book; I really liked him here and hope to see more of him in books to come.

We are also introduced to new characters, from them I loved Isaiah’s friend, Abby, there’s a strong story behind her, one I really want to read. I hope she gets her own book soon.

We are also introduced to Rachel’s family, including her four brothers. I wanted to like them, but sometimes they treated Rachel more like a commodity designed to make their mother happy than a sister and even though at the end they came around I can’t forgive the selfish way they were with her.

Now we come to the last issue I had with Crash Into You, and that’s the “villain” in the story, Eric. Eric is a nineteen-year-old guy with hands in many illegal dealings. He’s threatening Isaiah and Rachel, he’s supposed to be this very bad guy you don’t want to deal with. My problem was that I never felt he was that bad of a guy. Yes, he talked loud and people were afraid of him, but I never saw or felt why people should have been afraid of him. I couldn’t understand why instead of going to the police Isaiah and Rachel preferred to do everything they did to pay him off.

All in all Crash Into You was a good read, one that despite its problem kept me glued to the pages from beginning to end.
Next book in the series, Take Me On, will be Rachel’s twin brother, West’s story. Take Me On will be release on May 20th, 2014. I’m looking forward to see what Mrs. McGarry has planned for him.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Crash Into You
Take Me On (May 20th, 2014)

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Movie Trailer: Muppets Most Wanted

"Disney’s "Muppets Most Wanted" takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014."


Friday, November 22, 2013

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Title: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Director: Francis Lawrence
Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt (screenplay).
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Based on: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Genre: YA
"THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn, based upon the novel "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik. The novel is the second in a trilogy that has over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE opens on November 22, 2013. Lionsgate presents a Color Force/Lionsgate production."
*This is a spoiler free review*

I just step out of the theater with a nice feeling of satisfaction. I’m happy to say Catching Fire was everything I was expecting it to be and more.

Catching Fire’s adaptation is kept very close to the book. I thought The Hunger Games was one of the best book/movie adaptations I’ve seen. After having my expectations so high I was a bit scare about Catching Fire, I didn’t know if it was going to meet them or if it was going to fall flat. Luckily for my and for other fans Catching Fire not only met my expectations, it surpassed them. 

The acting of Jennifer Lawrence reiterated why she is an Oscar winner. Josh Hutcherson interpretation of Peeta doesn’t stay behind; he shines next to his co-star.

My only query will be with Liam Hemsworth, I wasn’t so sure about his role as Galen in The Hunger Games (First movie) and now after this second movie I’m still on the fence with him. I think his acting lacks strength and he doesn’t give proper homage to a character as strong as the Galen of the books.

One new character that caught my eye is Sam Claflin, he plays, Finnick Odair, an ally and fellow contender in the Games. Sam not only does an excellent job at playing Finnick, he’s also hot as hell.

As with The Hunger Games (first movie) the costumes, makeup and hairstyling is amazing and incredibly creative. The scenography and visual effects are top-notch.

Catching Fire is not a happy movie; don’t expect laughs because you won’t find them here. What you will find is a hearth-wrenching emotional movie that during almost two and a half hours will take you on a trip to Panem and its different districts. During that trip Mr. Lawrence and his very successful cast will make you cry and hope for a better future, when everything couldn’t look grimmer and the only thing you know is the uncertainty of the things to come.

I recommend this movie to fans of Suzanne Collins’ books and to anyone who want to watch a great and emotional movie. I also recommend you to watch The Hunger Games movie first.

Now, I’m eagerly looking forward to the release of next movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, to be release on November 21st, 2014.

I can’t wait to watch this movie again.

My Verdict: 4½  Paws

Other movies in the film series
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mockingjay - Part 1 (November 21st, 2014)
Mockingjay – Part 2 (November 20th, 2015)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Covers of the World: Worst Covers Ever - Part 6

It has been a while since a did a Worst Covers of the World, I thought I wouldn't find enough bad covers to do a sixth post, but I'm glad to tell you that I was once again wrong. 
Without further ado here are some new Worst Covers of the World. 

What's with these furry guys? Are they supposed to be sexy? Wax emergency in aisle 1!
If being furry as a bear wasn't bad enough the "guy" on the first cover has a huge hanging belly! 
The worst part I think is the little wording under the author's name:"Burly, sexual, and Full of Nostalgia".

Here we have the "sexy" covers: The Fabio in the left cover needs to learn how to use conditioner and the ghost on the right cover is just wrong. 

The cover on the left is a victim of poor photoshop and too much imagination. 
The cover on the right is wrong and confusing. I really don't want to know why they "guy" has the pants down.

Mating with the Raptor, of course, because he looks so sexy and appeailing. 
The Prince of Galerir is another victim of bad photoshop, and it reminded me of this:

Maybe that last picture can be the cover for The Princess of Galerir. 

What do you think of these covers? Which is your favorite? 

If you want to check previous Worst Covers click Here

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