Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Book Review: Sinful Cinderella

A happy Wednesday to all of you. This is my first book review for the new month as I get into full swing the origin of this blog mixed in with the new. Movie Love is Friday featuring The Jungle Book. But after May, Movie Love on this blog will only be on the first Friday of each month an d feature a summary of movies I have seen. By then I should have my new movie blog up and that is where my regular posts on movies will be. So until then. Now relax and check out my latest book review. I have two review styles. One with my thoughts on the book and a rating, the other where I separate the good and the bad then give a verdict. Today I'll be using the latter. This is not the main style and will only be used for books that I don't think a rating along will do justice.




Summary from Amazon:  And you thought the stepsisters were wicked....
I'm not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That's what I WANT them to think. Because then they won't suspect what I'm really up to.
The ball, the prince - it's all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don't know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can't see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.
They're about to find out.

Purchase: Kindle

Book Review

The Good: Despite a weak start the novella kept me reading. I did stop around 38% into it on my kindle because while I was intrigued, it was not a must read. But when I came back and went past the 55% or so mark the story picked up so much I had to finish. I had thought I would only browse it a bit more but I ended up hungrily finishing up the rest of it. This novella has a story worth reading despite taking a while to draw readers in and it has made me excited for the upcoming sequel. Twists and turns in the latter half of the book are a great read.

The Bad: The writing is just not that great. Not for a story that clearly wants the scope this is going for. It can barely hold up all it's parts as a novella and the average writing does not help. Also while I do like character driven stories. The story behind this character for the first half (50%) of the book is rather poor and shoddy. Not enough to make me lose interest but when the last 40% was able to jump off the page rather well it became glaringly obvious something had gone right yet wrong at the same time with Sinful Cinderella.

Verdict: This book has four star potential but is held back by a overall average book. The story is great in my opinion but the way the book is written hampers all that potential. Think Daredevil movie versus Daredevil on Netflix. I like both but clearly the one on Netflix is of better quality. So while I did enjoy the story it took a while because of not so great writing and a weak story start. I got it for free and while I definitely want to get the sequel when it comes out at the end of May. I would say buyer be ware on this. Download the sample and if you like that then you'll love the whole thing. If not then maybe hedge your bets and decide how long you want to wait until you start enjoying a novel.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Monday Mishmash: Post A to Z Challenge 2016 and Other Things


Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme created by Kelly Hashway for sharing what's going on in your life and noggin. You just grab a button and post your business...I mean thoughts online. No biggie. Have fun!

Note: Changed my Monday MishMash tag line a bit. Like?

1. Be happy to not have to post everyday. I mean I survived the A to Z Blogging Challenge 2016!! Had so much fun sharing a month of movies with you guys! I am a Survivor! Hear me ROAR!!!

                                                                

2. Start using my blog to post Monday, Wednesday and Friday. My prime post days with excepting being for certain cover reveals, guest posts and 

3. Work on starting a new blog called Movie Love where I'll post about going to movies and all movie related things. Will still do a Movie Love segment here once a month every first Friday once that blog is up.

4. Start up my 300 words a day goal for my Camp Nanowrimo WIP (Rapunzel Retelling). I have never won any wrimo before but still take part in them. Go figure. Oh and I'm doing Junowrimo too so heads up everyone!

5. Freelancing on a better schedule so that I hand in less late projects. Not good for business even with a flu. 

6. Read more and post at least two book reviews a week. One this week though, sorry but A to Z is stressful despite the fun. I did it though! Yes!!

7. Plan to see The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War this week.

Can you tell I'm happy about completing the challenge this year? Did you take part? What would you say for your own MishMash?

Do You Have Goals?


Well I still plan to publish The Missing Girls Series this year. But it will definitely be in the fall. Have to ensure to give ample time for promotion and cover reveals. Which should start around Mid-June.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Zootopia

Hello everyone, today is the final day and Z brings the highest grossing movie of 2016 so far.

Zootopia

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Venue: Palace Cineplex

One of the best movies I have ever seen. If you ever thought Pixar's Up might be too lauded, here's something amazing in animation I hope will thrill you highly. Going to Palace Cineplex is a bit of chore since I have to jump on four modes of public transportation (2 to cinema and 2 to get home) unlike Carib 5 where I can end up using only 2 if I get the right bus on time (or better yet sometimes a family member will pick me up so I only pay for one bus). But Palace Cineplex is in Sovereign Center, one of my favorite malls in the country so there is an upside. Anyway I arrived early, got my ticket, ate a lovely meal of curry chicken and rice and peas in the food court and got inside in time to enjoy my first theater viewing animated movie for this year (first movie I saw in theaters this year was Deadpool). 

From the start I was taken away into a world where animals talked and walked on two legs. Which has been done before but the scale, detail and performances took this movie to a whole other level. This movie might be an animated movie with cute animals kids will love. But like Pixar's Inside Out last year this movie's not just for the kids. All kids of issues rise to the surface as new police officer Judy Hops tries to solve a crime while struggling to prove herself to everyone as more than a cute bunny rabbit. She 'recruits' hustler Nick Wilde to help solve a case that goes further than she can imagine. The movie covers so many things including obstacles to one's dreams, perseverance, prejudice, discrimination both in and outside the workplace, social structure and racism (in animal form). To go into deeper details would mean heading into big spoiler territory and I rather not.

So my experience with Zootopia was movie magic to put it lightly. Even supporting characters like the sloths had the DMV were able to make an impact with just minutes of screen time.

This post brings 2016 A to Z challenge to a close. We did it guys! Thanks for journeying along with me this year,

Friday, 29 April 2016

You've Got Mail

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Summary on Google: Struggling boutique bookseller Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) hates Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), the owner of a corporate Foxbooks chain store that just moved in across the street. When they meet online, however, they begin an intense and anonymous Internet romance, oblivious of each other's true identity. Eventually Joe learns that the enchanting woman he's involved with is actually his business rival. He must now struggle to reconcile his real-life dislike for her with the cyber love he's come to feel.

This is one of those nineties movies that allows me to reminisce. A reminder that romance can indeed happen anywhere and with anyone. One of my favorite Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movies. The top for each actor being Forrest Gump and City of Angels, respectively. Movies like these just don't make it in theaters anymore or at the very least just don't hold the level of that special something that this one did. That of course is my opinion and if you have seen this movie before and enjoyed it, I would suggest maybe giving it another glance. Also there are few quality movies starring book store owners these days. Can't imagine why.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

X is for those movies that deserve a red mark

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We have all been there. That movie that just disappointed on all fronts. Now I will use X in this challenge to show four movies that I feel deserve that big X. From those that were a disappointment straight to the ones that were just flat out horrible.

1. Tomorrowland

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This movie missed the mark in all sorts of ways. I posted it as T early in this year's challenge and almost every comment agreed with my disappointment. A movie with so much promise that crashed. Not quite a burned out hull but no firework show either.

2. Man of Steel

Superman, bearing his traditional red and blue costume, is shown flying towards the viewer, with the city Metropolis below. The film's title, production credits, rating and release date is written underneath.

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I really dislike this movie a whole lot. Worse I feel Superman Returns got shafted for this mess. I understand that there are people who enjoy it. But I am far from one of them. Saw this at home and every time I have tried to watch it since has only annoyed me more. Even if it came before Superman Returns I'd still hate it. I've nicknamed it 'Sophisticated Transformers'. Except I actually like the Transformers movies. Michael Bay knows how to make things go boom with limited deep story fun. Zack Snyder...yeah I'll just go watch Watchmen again and remember he can do better.

But at least the top two don't have to share a table with the final two. Just this list.

3. The Last Airbender

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Why did you let this happen Nicklelodeon? I just don't understand. You had an amazing animated series with dedicated fans. Why stab us in the face with this atrocity. And enough with the white washing and race bending using people who can't act!! The only real acting came from the actors who played the adult fire benders including Zhao and Iroh. Oh and don't get me started on the actress who played Katara. White washing was not her number one problem. It was talent and a dim witted casting director. Same with Sokka. If you are going to make black characters white at least get talented people who can do the role. Trust me while people are mad about Scarlett starring in next year's Ghost in the Shell, no one doubts her acting. Well, no one who could ever have been part of this shitty movie.

4. Elektra

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This movie was rubbish. It actually redeems just about every other movie on this list. It's that bad.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Waterworld

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Summary on Google: After the melting of the polar ice caps, most of the globe is underwater. Some humans have survived, and even fewer still, notably the Mariner (Kevin Costner), have adapted to the ocean by developing gills. A loner by nature, the Mariner reluctantly befriends Helen (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and her young companion, Enola (Tina Majorino), as they escape from a hostile artificial island. Soon the sinister Smokers are pursuing them in the belief that Enola holds the key to finding the mythical Dryland.

Honestly I don't really remember this movie all that well. Will try to watch it again in the future. But I did recall liking how big the world was and the scope that was put into making this. In a way it's the living novel no one can really afford to make which proves true since it had way too big a budget in 1995 to make back it's money. Ironic enough this was the first of two mid-nineties post apocalyptic box office flops/misfires for star Kevin Costner. In 1997 he had a true flop in The Postman which according to wikipedia made less than 20 million on a 80 million budget. Ouch! Yet I will say I do recall The Postman better and enjoyed that movie despite any faults that were present. Saw both at home on the dear ol' television. If you are a Kevin Costner fan or into watching television movies from the nineties. Well here you go. Also I think today audiences would be ready to go see an epic feature like this. Especially since there's still three functional Universal theme parks in the world based off this movie. Also these rides accompanied the film so technically it's not like Tomorrowland. Goodness gracious no one wants another one of those movies. If Waterworld can be done right, yay. If not, NAY to infinity.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

V for Vendetta

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Summary on Google: Following world war, London is a police state occupied by a fascist government, and a vigilante known only as V (Hugo Weaving) uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressors of the world in which he now lives. When V saves a young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) from the secret police, he discovers an ally in his fight against England's oppressors.

This film is what I would love to see more with superhero movies. Amazing one offs that focus on the deep elements of the world the story is set in. When I saw it on cable for the first time I was 100% drawn in. This is what helped me learn about graphic novels and during this time was part of a small boom of graphic novel adaptations including Sin City and The Spirit. Now don't think I'm dissing Marvel or DC superhero movies but I love seeing various sides of any medium and sadly superhero movies are becoming an area where newer franchises are afraid to adapt their heroes for the big or small screen. I mean look at Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl? All DC properties. Marvel: Agents of Shield, Daredevil (Netflix), Jessica Jones and so on are all Marvel. Remember when there was Hellboy? I mean how many superhero movies since have been anything like that? Too few in my opinion. Sure there are also the X-Men movies and Deadpool which are with Fox but there is a certain level of sameness that bothers me. 

V for Vendetta was a dystopian political thriller that stood out from the pack. While not a huge hit at the box office, it's a movie that shows how fear and control overused by the government can tear down society. Not only that but our complacency in the situation as citizens also makes us responsible. The anti-hero of this movie holds everyone accountable for the terrible totalitarian government that had taken root and stole all their liberties. Before Captain America: Winter's Soldier brought up the right of freedom versus safety in their blockbuster. V for Vendetta went for the jugular and didn't let go. There is so much I could say that I enjoyed about this movie but at the end of the day I loved that it was different from a lot that was out there. Yes there were similar tropes but this movie turned them inside out. Evey went through a transformation not seen enough with female lead characters who these days either need to be super bad asses or damsels in distress. The transformation from a regular woman who is thrown into a perilous situation and has to decide for herself what to do is not covered often enough in this manner. When she is captured, tortured and set with an execution date it is very gripping. But the outcome was something else and one I hold up to the test of what an amazing screen writer and director can do with a film with the addition of talented actors.

So I'm going to leave it here and say I recommend this film for everyone. Love it or hate it you'll be treated to a piece of movie-dom not pushed into our movie going experience as much as I would like these days. There is a reason people say television has much better quality show viewings than what is available at the theaters. Because sadly that is true.