Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless



Waiting on Wednesday is held weekly by Breaking the Spine. This event spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are excited about. So without further ado here is my pick.



Book: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: November 8, 2016

Summary from Amazon: Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Purchase: Amazon

After reading Fairest I knew Marissa could do a story no wrong. With the completion of one series she has already moved unto another fairytale retelling. This time with Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. I just can't wait to get my hands on this book!

So that's my Wow this week. Thanks for stopping and if you have a Wow, share it in the comments.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Getting Personal: Skyping with Grace Randolph and Monday MishMash

Sunday May 15, 2016 will go down as a special day for me. Why? Well I got to skype with Youtube movie news sensation Grace Randolph, creator of the channels Beyond the Trailer and Movie Math. She has been mentioned on my blog in the past via questions she has answered for me on Morning Movie News segment and my love for movies. I was over the moon when I won among a select group of viewers a chance to chat with her via skype for five minutes. Score!


Source - Also is a great article about movie reviewers, 
news commentators and critics.

Of course for such an occasion I decided to skype on the veranda ready for my 1:30 pm meet up, 2:30 pm Eastern on her side. We started with some chit chat. Me excited to be talking to her for the first time and she also excited and thanking me for being a regular viewer. Then it was question time. She asked me about the movie I had most recently seen and it was the Jungle Book. Both of us enjoyed that movie and talked a bit about the technology and characters of the movie.

Then...the glitches started. Before there was a small one but soon she actually got knocked off and could only type. Thankfully I could still also hear her and soon she was back with her smiling blonde self. I started talking about a fan casting I did for a future Fantastic 4 movie which intrigued her since she is among those who would love to see a Fantastic 4 movie do well at the box office. Unfortunately the glitches came back and I decided we better finish up. Overall I had a wonderful time and glitches be damned. Grace is wonderful to chat with and keeps all her viewers up to date on what is happening in the movie verse. She interacts so well with her fans and I even sent her my fan casting in a twitter DM.


Ending this with one of her videos. This one involves Grace confirming Old Man Logan for the Rated R Wolverine movie along with a few theories. Enjoy.


Monday MishMash





1. Update my Fantastic 4 (named Fantastic) fan casting and story. With the recent open casting of Black Panther and Fish Mooney returning to television's Gotham, I need to make some changes. Already started some additions and plan to continue. It is still very amateur but I'm having fun. All I will say right now is that I cast Edward Norton as Mr. Fantastic/Reed. If Chris Evans can go from Fox to Marvel then Edward can go from Marvel to Fox. Just saying.

2. Continue managing my freelance schedule.

3. Getting ready for Junowrimo and Bunowrimo. Yes I plan to do two next month. Yes I'm nuts.

4. Watching Angry Birds and X-Men: Apocalypse this week. Why did Jamaica bring both of these out last week? It only makes me more amped and I follow a budget.

5. Working on an exciting new idea inspired by NBC's Emerald City trailer. Yes, another one.

Thanks for stopping by and today is Labor day in Jamaica.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Book Review: The 13th Warning

Hope you guys are having a great Friday. Sorry about no Wednesday post, that one will go up on Monday instead. I'll end my posts this week with a book review of an author you'd have to be living under a rock or the farthest darkest corner of the earth not to know of him.




Summary from Amazon: Joseph has always had such good luck that his nickname is Lucky. Tomorrow, he is going to turn thirteen on the thirteenth of the month. He’s the thirteenth child in a family with thirteen kids…and both of his parents are also thirteenth children. With so many thirteens, his luck is bound to run out! 
An old man and a woman with a black cat visit Lucky to warn him that he has too many thirteens in his life. And if he collects thirteen thirteens by midnight on his birthday, he’ll unleash evil spirits. Almost as soon as the old man and the woman leave, the bad luck begins. And the thirteens just keep coming: the thirteen doughnuts his teacher gives him, the thirteen he scores on his pop math quiz, the thirteen barks from his normally quiet dog. Now Lucky is driving himself crazy adding up everything he comes across. Can he break the curse of thirteen in time? Clever and fun, The 13th Warning is certain to spook young readers.

Source: Purchased for my Kindle

Book Review

R.L. Stine is a story telling genius. There are stories that while still fun I'll look back on and say that was not so scary or not as good as I remember. But not this one. Despite being one of the recent Goosebumps I have read (yes I have restarted getting more of these) it was both a scary and  mesmerizing read. At just 59 pages the book is a quick read. Yet I found myself worrying for the main character Joseph a.k.a. Lucky from early on. R.L. Stine really knew how to take a mundane and silly visit from the Superstition Society and make it seem genuinely frightening. If that pair had shown up at my door as an adult I would be really uncomfortable. As a kid? No way. That door would have stayed closed until my mother answered it. Mundane accidents took on a whole new meaning with a curse you went back and forth wondering if it might be true or just plain superstition. The ending leaves you with both answers and questions about the whole thing. My only criticism is that this book was not longer. Do an adult version R.L. Stine. Hell, a 200 page YA.

Rating: 5 Stars

Monday, 16 May 2016

Book Blitz: Eun Na and the Phantom and Monday MishMash

Good Morning! This Monday is not only another MishMash but also a book blitz! I joined Juniper Grove Solutions over the weekend as their latest tour host. Decided to take on this gem as my first blitz with them. So presenting a blitz about a fantasy tale that will intrigue you and a giveaway. 

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Title:  Eun Na and the Phantom
Author:   Erica Laurie
Published:   February 2nd, 2016
Genre:   Fantasy
Synopsis:
One man’s immortal curse.
The precious gift of a dragon’s soul.
And a woman who can set him free.
A logger is in debt to his landlord, and he must pay up or hand over his daughter, Eun Na as payment.
Hardworking and kind, Eun Na attracts the attention of a mysterious man from the mountains. When an accident renders her father unable to work, the handsome young man steps in and offers his assistance. Yet he is not what he seems.
Eun Na and the Phantom is a magical story set in a fictional world based on historic Korea. It is sure to please both readers of fantasy and viewers of K-dramas a like.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads




About the Author:
Bookworm. Shutterbug. Story writer. LDS. Wife. Mother. Loves dragons and Korean dramas.


Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • 2 winners will each receive a bookmark

Giveaway is International.  Ends May 22nd at 11:59 PM EDT.


Excerpt from Eun Na and the Phantom by Erica Laurie:

“Are you a ghost?” Eun Na asked as she looked and saw Tae Kyung standing there. He was leaning up against a tree. His eyes went wide briefly, as a bit of color left his face. Was he surprised to see her? No, it wasn’t that Eun Na reminded herself. It was something else. He had called to her first.

“Something like that,” Tae Kyung replied.
“Well that would explain it” Eun Na walked to the side of the road where Tae Kyung was standing and sat down next to him. Eun Na removed her worn shoe. One of the pieces of twine was broken. She would need to mend it.
“What would explain what?” Tae Kyung asked as he joined her.
“Ghosts would explain my wound,” Eun Na said as she pulled off her sock and revealed the angry looking red streak on her leg. Its dark color became lighter. “It’s even healing right now, before my eyes.” If she hadn’t seen it fade, she’d not have believed it.
“Mmm,” Tae Kyung murmured as he reached over and put a hand on her head. She felt a tingling sensation on her scalp from his touch. “You must have hit your head when you fell into that hole.”
“Is that your polite way of saying I’m going crazy?” Eun Na said, turning her head to look at him as she spoke. The smile he gave her made her heart rate speed up. She moved to cover her feet when Tae Kyung spoke.
“There’s nothing wrong with your leg.”
“Huh?” Eun Na looked at her leg. Tae Kyung was right; the angry red wound was gone. “Maybe I am going crazy.” Eun Na gave Tae Kyung a pondering look, and then leaned over and pinched his arm hard.
“Hey! What did you do that for?” Tae Kyung shouted, leaning away from her.
“Sorry. I was just checking to see if you were real.”
“Shouldn’t you have pinched yourself to see if you were awake?” Tae Kyung grumbled, rubbing his arm and watching Eun Na warily.
“I am awake. That’s the problem,” Eun Na replied. “My life is turning into a huge mess it seems.”
“I think you need new shoes,” Tae Kyung informed her.
“What?” His sudden change of topic confused her.
“I bet that’s why you were limping. So, put your sock and shoe back on, and let’s go see what we can find.”
“That’s all right. I’ll make do with these. My family can’t afford shoes just now,” Eun Na explained as she finished putting her shoe back on and stood up. “Well, I must be going.”
“To buy shoes,” Tae Kyung said as he moved swiftly. He took one of Eun Na’s arms at the wrist, and in a fluid motion, lifted her onto his back, her legs to either side.
She had no choice but to wrap her arms around his neck and shoulder. “Hey! Put me down.”
“Only after we buy you a pair of shoes that are not worn out to strings.”
“They are made of twine,” Eun Na laughed.
“As I said, they are nothing more than strings,” Tae Kyung said, winning the argument.

Eun Na decided to rest her head on his strong shoulders and just enjoy the moment.

Giveaway



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Monday MishMash


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!

1.  Getting some nice cash in hand to do great things. First a dental appointment then readying to get another cover done. So is the writing life.

2. Freelance work which I kind of avoided last week. No chance this week. Won't allow any lateness.

3. Reading more.

4. Writing more for myself. Very intrigued by a new novel idea I got over the weekend. 

5. Trying for another free movie pass this month (saw the movie Batman v Superman when I won one in April. Last time I won before that was in 2015 and the only one I won that year). Not sure what I'll see yet if I win it.

6. Watching Game of Thrones. Did three episodes yesterday. By that I mean the first three episodes of Season One. So I'm totally on a roll. 

7. Wednesday's post will be about me experiencing Skyping for the first time with a certain Youtuber. I have mentioned her before and had a great time chatting with her on Sunday.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Captain America: Civil War - The Book Tag

I don't do book tags but I saw this one yesterday and had to have it. So I stole it from Cornerfolds. Like anyone is going to come moseying on my blog telling me rules. Onward! #TeamCap


                                              Team Captain America



Captain America: Name a character who always does the right thing.


Falcon: A loyal character

The Shadow Queen


Gabril could have turned runaway princess Loreli in and live a life with his family. Instead he went on the run with her and her brother  as guardian and protector. Damn.

Winter Soldier: A character whose mind isn't entirely their own.

Mockingjay (the Final Book of the Hunger Games)

Peeta M. gets twisted by the Capitol and when he snaps drama and potential tragedy are just seconds away. His lucid moments are in between and makes for one crazy ride.


Ant-Man: A character that’s just happy to tag along.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Dobby just wants to help Harry Potter. The freed house elf was loyal through out and glad to help.


Hawkeye: A character that is extremely good at something very specific.

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Paxton is a hunter through and through.

Agent 13: A character you’re super nervous about.

Throne of Glass

Celaena. This lady has been through all kinds of shit. Just read the books.


Scarlet Witch: A character that started out on the wrong side but ended up joining the team.

Divergent

Peter is the douche you'll fall in love with. For his jerkish ways and snappy come backs. Both in the books and movies.

Bonus - Winter Soldier & Captain America: 
Two characters that have been friends for a long time
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Twilight

Carlisle and Edward Cullen. These two vampires know each other very well while playing the role of father and son. Of course after over a century together they'll be thick as thieves. No matter their differences and who comes in and out of their lives.


Team Iron Man


Iron Man: A character that doesn’t seem to learn from their mistakes.

Flowers in the Attic

Pick a number. Everybody is wrong and messed up or deluded or naive in this book. Everybody!!

War Machine: A character that’s always showing off his “big guns.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Attack on Technodrome Volume 11

If you anything about these turtles you know they're ready to rumble anytime. Especially Raphael. Maybe Alex Cavanagh in his ninja persona and Mini Alex can go on a mission with them one day. Can you imagine?

Black Widow: Badass female character that also has a soft side.

Talon

Ember Hill barely edged out Katnis Everdeen for this spot. But come on. This teenage girl turns into a dragon! A dragon!


Vision: A character you are unsure about.


This version of Cinderella took me for quite a ride. I really am not sure what to expect of her despite the ending. Can't wait for the sequel and here is my recent review of the book.

Black Panther: A character out for revenge.

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Ronan the Accuser. Oh yeah, he's evil. That or he has the perfect band name.

Spider Man: A character you were afraid just wasn’t going to fit in.

The D'Evil Diaries

Jinx had a lot of issues to sort out being a demon that was not like the rest. A lot. 


Bonus - Captain America vs. Iron Man: (You pick) 
Name two characters that started off as friends and are now enemies OR 
Name two characters that are on opposing sides that you want to work together.

The Last Ever After: 3

Agatha and Sophie. Talk about a strange friendship gone wrong. Fairy tales man.

I Tag..... Screw it. Just steal it too, you freaks. Love you and thanks for coming. Enjoy the weekend. And yes, I do own all these books.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Book Review: Sidekicked

Jolly Wednesday to you all and today I'll be sharing an oldie but goodie. Already rated this book on Goodreads a while back but never posted a review there or here. Time to rectify that right now and share with you a fun yet somewhat serious look into the life of a young upcoming superhero sidekick. Is it all fun and games or is there real risk involved. Read my review to get a glimpse and decide if you want to find out the full story yourself.

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Summary from The Book Depository: The Avengers meets Louis Sachar in this hilarious and action-packed tween novel by John David Anderson, which Publishers Weekly called a "superhero story that any comics fan will enjoy" in a starred review.Andrew Bean might be a part of H.E.R.O., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn't mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. First, there's Drew's power: Possessed of super senses his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet he's literally the most sensitive kid in school. Then there's his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling barstools than fighting crime. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: Middle school is a drag even with superpowers.But this is all before a supervillain long thought dead returns to the city of Justicia, superheroes begin disappearing at an alarming rate, and Drew's two identities threaten to crash head-on into each other. Drew has always found it pretty easy to separate right from wrong, good from evil. It's what a superhero does. But what happens when that line starts to disappear?"

Source: Purchased from The Book Depository.

Links : The Book Depository, Amazon, Barnes and Noble.

Book Review

One of the things I really loved about this story was how 'down to Earth' it was within a fantasy tale about superheroes and their sidekicks. It is written in a fun comedic style that does not hide both the good and negatives sides of the existence of superheroes and villains. Drew's power is both a blessing and curse. Sure he can smell what would be the components of a bomb but he does not have superpowers to stop it mid explosion or beat up the potential villains who would be in his way. This is just an out of the box example I'm setting up but you get the gist. The novel follows Andrew Bean a.k.a. Drew who is a part of a secret organization which trains psychics. When a villain returns and wreaks havoc, the sidekicks end up having more responsibilities thrust upon them than expected. Through in real life drama, school crushes and parents who need to be kept in the dark. Childhood drama takes on a new and potentially deadly meaning as these villains are not afraid to hurt anyone adult or no to get to their goal.

The book is one that I think readers who are both love and hate superheroes can read. Why? Because it keeps the joy and woes of such a scenario and world while also bringing in the reality of the situation a lot of superhero stories gloss over for the sake of fantasy or 'that is fiction'. Drew has a crush, has to face potential death and betrayal, attacks close to home and all sorts of scenarios with long standing implications and consequences. It is not all solved within the book and in the end we get to see there are ripple effects to every decision made. Even Drew's wayward drunk mentor has a story and shows being a superhero is not all capes and victories. If you want a superhero story that is not just a superhero story then this book is for you. If you just want superheroes this book works that in as well. Either way I would recommend everyone give this a peek and see if you might enjoy it just as much as I did. MG/YA has books that dig deeper than the surface and this is one both adults and kids a like can read and see how dangerous life can be and also how great and adventurous.

Rating: 4 Stars

Monday, 9 May 2016

Getting Personal with Reflection Post and Monday MishMash

Today I'll be integrating my Getting Personal segment with the A to Z Reflection post.


2016's A to Z Blogging Challenge ended April 30 and in it's wake are all kinds of emotions both from those who took part in the challenge and those who were just spectators. For myself I have a mixed sense of elation, tiredness, and relief. Elation from being a victor and completing the challenge. Last year I did not take part but was a minion to The Joy Brigade. This year however I was determined to take part and also ended up being a minion to a variety of blogs. About two or three ended up being removed from the challenge and another one or two stopped writing challenge posts. But there were those who went to the end even if they didn't get every letter. I send congrats to all of them as taking on this challenge is not easy. Then there is tiredness. April took a wild turn when I was hit by a bad flu. If I had not made notes of the movies I wanted to do in advance I am not sure if I would have made it after sickness hit. A lot of the post I ended up having to do day to day because the flu as well as my exhaustion issues and everything else that comes with having a life took hold. Yet I still persevered and that's what matters. Lastly there's the sense of relief. As much as I loved going from day to day proving I could do the challenge as well as enjoying my movie theme. It was a relief to post the letter Z. It's kind of like writing a book. Of course you want to write it. But you also want to finish that book eventually and move unto something else. No one wants too much of a good thing.



At the end of the day I'm very happy with A to Z this year. My only gripe is that there are some on the list who join with zero interest in visiting others at all. But that has nothing to do with those who organize the event and is up to the individual. It was fun sharing my love of movies with both regular visitors and new alike. Kudos to all who worked so hard to organize the event and to all who took part thanks for making this year's challenge so many flavors of wonderful.


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!

This week will pretty much be a week of writing, enjoying some shows on television and Netflix and going to see Captain America: Civil War in theaters. Oh and reading of course. Definitely reading.

Thanks for stopping by today.