Showing posts from July, 2016

Cliche Book Tag

Note: I thought this might be my first book tag but I actually did a Civil War one back in May.

Francina Simone alerted me to this by doing her own Cliche Book Tag on Youtube.  After watching hers I said I would do my own one day and that day has arrived.

Question One: Actions Speak Louder than Words. A book that wasn't or couldn't be better than the movie.

Folks, that book for me has to be The Road by Cormac McCarthy. This book. I will never like it. It was so un-enjoyable to me I couldn't even look at the movie for more than a couple of minutes because I kept thinking of that damn book. Barely was able to read it. Don't care who likes it. NO.

Question Two: The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side. A rags to riches or riches to rags story.

1. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass - I love this series. Don't care who says it's fluff. I love it as is.

2. Princess Academy Series by Shannon Hale - A good series but I barely started book one and stopped. I plan t…

Movie Love: The Secret Life of Pets

Movie Love

July has not been a big movie month for me. But that has been by choice. I have work to do, stuff to buy and I really want to send more money to my parents (which means my mom). Which has been done and I'm very proud of myself. No one wants to be the bum kid. Not even at 31.

The Secret Life of Pets from Illumination Entertainment follows Max (dog, terrier) who is taken care of by his owner Katie and focuses his life around her coming and going. He has his own animal friends though including a tabby cat Chloe and dog Gigit. However when Katie brings home Duke from the pound life changes in an instant and Max doesn't want to share. As things get worse between the two dogs Duke tries to abandon Max deep into the cit. But the plan backfires when their collars are stolen and Animal Control catches them. Their escape is facilitated by Snowball and his gang which call themselves The Flushed Pets. Animals who were abandoned by their human owners and swear revenge with plans…

Book Review: Soldier

Summary: The thrilling next story in the The Talon Saga, the incredible new YA fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa. When forced to choose between the sinister Talon organisation and being hunted by her own kind, dragon-human hybrid Ember fled. Even if it meant losing Garret, the dragon-slaying soldier she shares a deep bond with. Now Garret has uncovered secrets that will shake the foundations of dragons and dragon-slayers alike. Can the danger reunite them?
Source: Purchased from The Book Depository
Book Review
This review was a long time coming and not an easy one to write. I adored book one of this series and enjoyed book two despite a few hiccups. But this one. Oh man. I don't know what is up with beloved series and I of late. This has to be my unhappiest review since City of Fallen Angels back in February. What really gets my goat here is that the faults were obvious. Why do YA authors keep falling into the trap of eye grabbing scenes over flow,…

#BlackLivesMatter, #BlueLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter

Update: Please note that I will not be posting on Monday July 18. Instead I'll post on Tuesday July 19 and as of next week Tuesdays are back on this blog except for IWSG week or otherwise stated. Thank you for understanding.

I am a black woman. But first I am always a human being. Though I am all the way over in Jamaica, news from the United States have saddened my heart. Deaths potentially caused because of the colour of someone's skin is never okay and a black man in America today do have good reason to be concerned. Black women and children as well. The loss of a human life is always a tragedy but that is made worse when it can be prevented. I believe a black doctor who helped to treat the injured police officers said it best. He respected and loved the police but feared for his life due to the disparity of police shootings among black males. #BlackLivesMatter

Also the lives of the officers lost because a monster decided to use frustration as an excuse to kill those who tak…

Cover Reveal: The End of Oz

Morning everyone. Today I'm sharing a cover reveal that had the internet buzzing. The Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige has been taking YA by storm. When it was announced that the series would have one more book before it ended, readers went nuts. Well now the cover for the fourth and very likely final book in the series was revealed recently. Danielle even told us on the twitterverse that it was coming.

Aw, munchkins! All the cover love has been like a huge Twitter hug! All the feels! — danielle paige (@daniellempaige) July 7, 2016

Ready to view the treat that is the cover for a 2017 beauty? Behold!

ICYMI: the cover reveal for THE END OF OZ by @daniellempaige! — Epic Reads (@EpicReads) July 6, 2016
I love it! The green is perfect for Oz a.k.a. The Emerald City. It also is neat that the design was not just some picture of a castle from the real world digitized to look more fantastical. Just true art…

TMI Bloghop: My Turn

At first I thought about posting a book review but at the last minute decided to go do a hop I have been meaning to do sing I saw it on Yolanda's blog. The TMI Hop was apparently made to find out everyone's business. Kidding, Kidding. But seriously this is not for those who get anxious about sharing stuff. For more on how to take part through July 13 visit Yolanda's TMI post where I found out about this cool up and she has the sign up linky at the bottom.

I'm lazy so I just copied the questions off her page. But I wrote in my own answers. It's late people. I want to go to bed by 1 a.m. or so. Enjoy.

A: Age 
31. I'm fine with saying it. Though sometimes on social media I feel a little old. But that's fine and I know I'm still young. This is not the Dark Ages.
B: Biggest fear
Losing my joy, becoming a bad person, not being able to help someone in danger. Oh and driving a car. Sorry but when you imagine a car blowing up every time you try to drive it. You just…

IWSG: Moving Forward

On Monday I did my monthly Getting Personal post sharing my current feelings and got a variety of responses. In life every action has an impact and people react to you in various ways. I'm happy to say readers have been supportive and I thank them for that.

Today I'll be answering the new question of the month.

What's the best thing someone has said about your writing?

The nicest thing was not so much words but actions. In high school there was a girl who loved what I wrote so much she would meet me after school asking if I had written a new chapter to my mini-novel. Which now I know to be a novella. It was a simple little thing back then partly inspired by the Sweet Valley High books I loved so much and some small paperback teen romances that I don't recall the series for. But I remember the name of the staring character, Nichelle Harper. After being cheated on she got a new lease of life and went through social ups and downs and had a bit of a misadventure. Still hav…

Getting Personal: The Beat Goes On

First off a quick Happy July 4th to all my peeps celebrating that special day. For me it's Monday.

Hi, yes it's me. Back in the best scenario. It's funny that we writers want to write yet when that pile up happens we just want to do anything but. Not an option in freelance writing when people have paid for you to get up off your ass and work. So here I am having regular work. My least money woes summer. Yet I'm tired and somewhat miserable. The work load was unexpected because a few customers do make big orders that I just had not expected. Yes it is good for the pocket but not anything else. Plus I have the health stuff and another confirmed flu bout late last week...I'm stressed.

Yet I named my post today 'The Beat Goes On'. Why you might ask. Because life will not stop because I have a bad day, week or year. Everything will go on no matter how my view point whirls. So that means one thing in my humble opinion. I need to pull up my boot straps, re-organiz…