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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars by Codi Gary

Posted by Irish in 3.5 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars by Codi GaryGood Girls Don't Date Rock Stars by Codi Gary
Series: Rock Canyon, Book 2
Also in this series: Things Good Girls Don't Do
Published by Avon on 22 April 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, Social Issues
Reading Challenges: 2014 - Read 12 Adult Books, 2014 Personal Challenge
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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three-half-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Las Vegas, Nevada // Rock Canyon, Idaho // Winnemucca, Nevada

First Line(s): How many glasses of champagne did I have last night?

Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is the second book in Codi Gary’s Rock Canyon series though its a book that can well and truly stand on its own as there is little to no interaction with the characters from Things Good Girls Don’t DoGood Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is one of those books where the two main characters wake up married and then have to figure out where to go from there. This one though has the added twist of the two leads having a shared past and a shared child though Travis wasn’t told of this at the time. So this one has three popular romance tropes the quickie marriage, rock star and secret baby. Four if you count second chance at love as a trope….which is can very well be.

As with Things Good Girls Don’t Do, Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars there were things about the heroine, Gemma that annoyed me. She was very quick to judge and fly off the handle and was always pushing Travis away. Then of course there was that pointless conflict that nearly split the two apart…again. *le sigh* I may like the various tropes of a romance but sometimes the cliches of them really get on my nerves. I also felt that the title of this one was a bit misleading as Travis and Gemma don’t really date. They get married and make an attempt to make the marriage work even if one of them is always looking for a reason to bail. I think a better title for this one would have been Good Girls Don’t Marry Rock Stars. Though the Good of the title is also a bit misleading as Gemma kept a good many secrets and I for one am not a fan of a woman who doesn’t tell a guy that they share a child together.

Overall though I liked Gemma and Travis’s story. I thought that the two had some genuine chemistry together and I had when Gary used the pointless conflict cliche to add tension to the story. This story didn’t need that as there was already the feelings of betrayal from past misunderstandings and the secret baby. I also didn’t really mind the character of Charlie, Travis and Gemma’s 9 year old son as he did come across as a real kid. So often in an adult romance the children come across as wooden and 2-dimentional. They just seem so fake and forced like you’re supposed to just nod your head and go awe at everything they do.

Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is definately a book that I would recommend to people. Its not perfect but it was a quick read, well written and kept me engaged from start to finish. Even with the pointless conflict my eye rolling and ebook notatation snark was minimal. It made my heart ache at times and that is a feeling that I love to have when reading a book. Even if I may want to shake a character a time or two for their actions….and Gemma wasn’t alone in this. I did like Travis but he did some boneheaded things too. So if you are looking for a fun new romance to try then this might be one to consider.

 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Guest Post: Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux

Posted by Irish in Blog Tour, Contest, Guest Post2 Comments

Guest Post: Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux

Crossing the Ice

 

Greetings and Salutations Internet!

Today I have Jennifer Comeaux on the blog along with the character of her new book, Crossing the Ice, Courtney Carlton. Before letting ‘Courtney’ have her say here is a little about Crossing the Line:

 

Falling hard never felt so good.

Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.

The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though…

The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?

Guest Post

 

Hey, I’m Courtney! I’m twenty-one, and I’ve been a pair skater for half my life. All my partner Mark and I have ever wanted is to go to the Olympics. Some crazy things have happened this year, though. I never expected to fall for the guy who’s part of our biggest competition, but Josh is unlike any guy I’ve ever known. I could go on and on about him (and how amazing he is!), but I was asked to share ten things about him, so I’ll try to stick to the rules!

 

  1. He’s an absolute sweetheart
  2. He’s super smart and just graduated from UCLA
  3. He’s really into music and loves all different types
  4. His soft, quiet voice is incredibly sexy
  5. He moves like liquid across the ice (seriously, I could watch him skate all day long)
  6. He loves In-N-Out burgers
  7. He and his sister have skated together since they were kids, but they don’t have much in common otherwise (she’s the total opposite of a sweetheart)
  8. His standard outfit is a T-shirt, jeans, and Converse (and he looks smokin’ hot in it!)
  9. He doesn’t flaunt his family’s wealth (unlike his sister)
  10. His blue eyes crinkle when he smiles (and they give me heart palpitations)

There’s SO much more about him I could tell you, but I’ll let you discover it all when you read our story!

 

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I turned to Josh with my arms folded and my head cocked to the side. “So, you’re an athlete, a dancer and a musician? If you tell me you’re a skilled artist, I’m gonna have to hate you.”

He laughed. “I can barely draw a stick figure.”

“Whew.” I swiped my hand across my forehead.

“Even if I was the next Picasso, though, I wouldn’t have told you.” He paused and held my gaze. “I don’t like the idea of you hating me.”

My stomach fluttered. Josh didn’t often make extended eye contact, but whenever he locked those sinfully blue eyes on mine, I became a mesmerized puddle of swoon.

 

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August 18th -

Confessions of an Unsuspected Bookworm *Review
Ali’s Books *Review & Excerpt (blogger’s choice)
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Rebook424 – Cassidie’s Reviews *Review & Dream Cast (blogger’s choice)

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Kristina’s Books & More *Interview

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The Story Goes… *Review & Playlist (blogger’s choice)
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Confessions of a Y.A. and N.A. Book Addict *Review
The Ultimate Fan Blog *Review & Excerpt (blogger’s choice)
Tifferz and her Sisterz Book Reviewz *Review
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Hope. Dreams. Life… Love *Review
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

Posted by Irish in Top Ten Tuesday10 Comments

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is about those books that I really want to read but that I don’t own yet. This one was initially hard for me to chose books for because if there’s a book that’s published that I really want then I buy it. Also, as a long time blogger I also get a decent amount of ARCs so its hard to think of what I could choose for this weeks list. Then I started to think about the books that I want to read that haven’t been published yet, or aren’t yet available here in the US. Some of them I could probably get in ARC form if I asked but there are certain books that I know I’ll like so I don’t mind waiting for them to be in stores. Though if you happen to have one of these books and want to send it to me I won’t turn you down. ;-)

 

 

1. Sweet and Wild by Viv Daniels (Unknown release) – Dying for Hannah’s story! Dying I say!

 

 

2. Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (Sept 2014, Putnam Juvenile) – Loved The Fifth Wave and I need to know what happens next!

 

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3. All the Rage by Courtney Summers (April 2015, St Martin’s Griffin) – its Courtney Summers! No more needs to be said!

 

 

4. Eren by Simon Clark (US Release: June 2015, St Martin’s Griffin) – Sounds dark and mysterious and I may have to import it from the UK as I am not sure I want to wait for the US release.

 

 

5. Deep by Kylie Scott (January 2015, St Martin’s Griffin) – I know that Ben will not be Jimmy but I was pleasantly surprised by Jimmy’s book as I didn’t think I’d like it and I loved it…so I am hoping for a similar reaction with Ben’s story. Plus…more Jimmy and Lena!

 

 

6. Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones (October 2014, St Martin’s Press) – Love this series so much and can’t wait to see what happens next!!

 

 

7. Rowdy by Jay Crownover (October 2014, William Morrow) – I may or may not be stalking Edelweiss to see if this one becomes available.

 

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8. The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West (May 2015, Harper Teen) – So bouncy with impatience for this one!! Love me some Kasie West something fierce!

 

 

9. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (February 2015, Henry Holt) I recently read Something Real and I *LOVED* it!! While I may not be sure of her fantasy book I am really looking forward to her next contemporary!

 

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10. Apparent Wind by Trish Dollar (Unknown release) – Keane!! I have been waiting for this book for a very very long time…now I just need Trish to write faster and for a publisher to buy it so it can get into my grubby little hands!

 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, New Adult, Review5 Comments

Review: Scoring Wilder by R.S. GreyScoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
(Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)
Published by Self-Published on 15 June 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, New Adult, Sports & Athletics
Reading Challenges: 2014 - Read 12 Books I Purchased, 2014 Personal Challenge
Pages: 356
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Place(s) Taveled to: Los Angeles, California // Malibu, California

First Line(s): Cheat on me once, shame on him. Cheat on me twice…what the actual fuck is going on?

I first heard about Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey from a friend and it sounded like it would be right up me alley. I do love me some sport themed romances especially when there is an aspect of forbidden love to it as well. Kinsley is a rising star in the soccer world and has been recruited to a top school in California and Liam Wilder is a bad boy soccer star…who just happens to be her coach. The attraction between the two is instant as is the edict that they aren’t allowed to date because of their roles on the filed. There is much torture and push and pull and the aches of the heart are huge. I just loved these two together and thought that their relationship was very realistically portrayed. I also loved the secondary characters of Becca and Penn and totally think that Grey wasted an opportunity to have a spin off book staring them.

There were things that I felt were a bit implausable though but maybe its just because I don’t really follow professional soccer. But I found it odd that Liam was constantly stalked by paparazzi and that he was always doing interviews on talk shows and things. And I also found it weird that Kinsley had to report to school 3 months early for soccer practice but again I wasn’t an athlete in college so maybe that was normal. So those aspects took me out of the story a bit as they just never rang true but the rest of the book? That I loved.

Well, with the exception of Tara who was such an evil character that I really wanted to punch her in the face. But what I did like about her was that she added a realistic conflict between Liam and Kinsley and it wasn’t a crazy made up thing that existed in the mind of one of them. All too often in contemporary stories there is this pointless drama/conflict that splits up the characters and it usually results from a lack of communication. There is no point to it all and its something that is easily solved when they finally speak about it but for whatever reason a big formula plot point in stories is that the hero and heroine need to break up before they find their HFN. *le sigh* Its a plot point that I can do without. But here in Scoring Wilder the conflict isn’t pointless and the breakup is so heart wrenchingly real that my heart aches just thinking about it.

Scoring Wilder is a fun read and I got so lost in the story that once I started reading I couldn’t stop. I am so excited to check out other books from RS Grey and have already purchased another title from her that I hope to get to soon. If you like a good romance, especially if you like the sport trope then this is a book for you. I don’t think you’ll regret it, I know I didn’t.

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A favorite quote from Scoring Wilder:

“If only we actually were in Harry Potter. I’d totally Crucio her ass. Yeah, that’s right, I’d use one of the Unforgivable Curses. Come at me, Ministry of Magic.”

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Audio Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Audiobook, Review3 Comments

Audio Review: The Martian by Andy WeirThe Martian by Andy Weir
Published by Brilliance Audio on 22 March 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Health & Daily Living, People & Places, Sci-Fi, Survival Stories
Reading Challenges: 2014 - Read 12 Books by Male Authors, 2014 Personal Challenge
Narrator: R. C. Bray
Length: 10 hours 53 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible.com
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four-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Acidalia Planitia, Mars // Cape Canaveral, Florida // Pasadena, California // Schiaparelli Crater, Mars // Arabia Terra, Mars

First Line(s): I’m pretty much fucked. That’s my considered opinion. Fucked.

I first heard about The Martian by Andy Weir through the Goodreads status updates of my friend David over at From My Bookshelf and it had him on the edge of his seat. Looking for a new audio I decided to download this one and give it a go. From the opening lines I was hooked and became totally engrossed in the story. The story starts not long after Mark Watney is left for dead on Mars after his team had to abandon their mission and Watney’s suit was damaged and he was knocked out in their escape. When Watney wakes he must then figure out a plan to stay alive for 4 years when the next mission to Mars is set to arrive. A daunting task for both Watney and those listening along as he works through many a problem just to survive.

The Martian is a book where you do have to suspend a bit of belief in order to read it as we aren’t so advanced as of yet to send manned missions to Mars. And of course there is Watney’s ability to figure out and manipulate things just so in order to get him through another day. But despite how implausible some of the events might seem the story never comes across as anything but real. I loved Watney’s way of telling a story and its really brought to life by RC Bray. Bray was the perfect choice for Watney and I loved his narration style. I loved how he brought out all the humor in this book and his delivery was spot on. There were lots of little quips and comments throughout The Martian and I think that they really came across better in the audio than if I’d read them in print. Plus there was all that tech-speak which, even though I’m scientifically minded, might have gotten a bit overwhelming and boring after awhile but listening to it just made it all the more fascinating.

Weir often uses a stream of conscious type of narration when telling this story and while this is something that normally bothers me royally in a book I didn’t mind it as much here. There was very much in the moment things that happened that I think if it was Weir looking back would have lost some of its edge. And there is also random changing of view points and that is also something that will bother me in a story but its something that works here. There is just something comforting in how the POV will switch to people at NASA knowing that they are working on the problem to bring one man home when it would be so easy to just cut their losses. I know that seems harsh and callous but its not an easy thing to try to perform a rescue mission when the rescuee is trapped on a planet light years away!

For most of this book I was on the edge of my seat. I’d find reasons to drive around just to hear more of the story with my heart racing the whole time. Its a book that even though you hope for a happy ending you just aren’t sure that you are going to get one and I just love when that happens in a book. The Martian is the sort of book that will appeal to all those that loved the movie Apollo 13 as they two stories share many similarities. This is a book that if it hadn’t come to me so highly recommended from a friend I might have passed on it but once I started it I was hooked. Its a book where I think that the audio is truly the way to go in order to get all the nuances, all the tension and humor and the beautiful way that Weir tells a story. Weir’s debut isn’t perfect but I love how he crafted his story. This is an author that I am looking forward to reading more stories from.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J MaasCrown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
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Series: Throne of Glass, Book 2
Also in this series: The Assassin's Blade, Throne of Glass
Published by Bloomsbury on 27 August 2013
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Assassins, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Epic Fantasy, Espionage, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Love & Romance, Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2014 Personal Challenge, 2014 Read 12 Books Recommended by Others
Pages: 420
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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three-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Bellhaven, Fenharrow // Rifthold, Adarlan (World: Erilea)

First Line(s): The shutters swinging in the storm winds were the only sign of her entry.

After the disappoint that I felt after my read of Throne of Glass some of you might be wondering why I picked up Crown of Midnight which is the second book in Sarah J. Maas’s series and the truth is I don’t rightly know why. Several people I know said that Crown of Midnight was better and that the action really takes off and so since I had a copy I thought why not. Plus, there is a part of me that is a total glutten for punishment and there are times with a book or series I just can’t stay away, no matter how painful it is to read them. And while I did like Crown of Midnight better than Throne of Glass  this book still annoyed the ever loving crap out of me. If I could smack a character inside it, it would be Celaena as she still doesn’t fill that role she is meant to, that of the badass assassin. Though, at least in this one she doesn’t spend the entire book going on and on about parties, clothes and boys. So praise be for small favors.

The love triangle started in Throne of Glass is also mostly resolved and you can be sure that I breathed a sigh of relief there as this one had the makings of going on for the entire series. Of the two choices, Prince Dorian and Choal I do think that Celaena made the right choice for her and found a good compliment to herself. Even if she allowed misscommunications and misunderstandings to come between them. Most of these characters are supposed to be strong and powerful and yet they never come across as such. In fact, Celaena’s judgmental friend Nehemia often says something similar to Celaena during their few interactions. Though Nehemia’s words might have had more effect on Celaena if they weren’t laced with scorn and attitude. There were several times when I wondered why these two were friends since Nehemia only seemed to judge Celaena and find her wanting.

The plot of Crown of Midnight was a bit more true to the synopsis than the one of Throne of Glass but it was just so easy to figure everything out. There was much sighing on my part as the characters overlooked bright shiny clues over and over and then were all shocked at the big reveal. Really characters? Really?? I thought you were supposed to be smart. This made for a really predictable read and my only real consolation was that it was a quick one. It saddens me that this isn’t a series that I’ve been able to get into as I do love the fantasy genre but this one is filled with ever high school cliche and it lacks any real world building. Celaena is supposed to be a skilled assassin and yet she barely uses these supposed skills and doesn’t come across as strong at all. She’s weak and annoying and I just want to shake her half the time. About the only character that I liked in this one was Choal and even he made choices that I wanted to shake him for.

I do have an egalley of Heir of Fire and I am debating on if I should read it or not. Based on my feelings for Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight my head is telling me to avoid it like the plague. And yet, a small part of me can’t help but wondering what new crazy, toss the book across the room things Celaena and company might bring to the table. See…told you I was a glutten for punishment. As of now, plans to torture myself are on hold but who know what my fingers will dance to the next time I’m flipping through my ereader looking for something new to read. After all, WTF-ery reads might annoy but there is also something addicting about them.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, New Adult, Review1 Comment

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. TuckerTen Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker
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Series: Ten Tiny Breaths, Book 1
Published by Atria Books on 24 September 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Girls & Women, Health & Daily Living, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Reading Challenges: 2014 Personal Challenge, 2014 Read 12 Books Recommended by Others
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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two-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Miami, Florida // Chicago, Illinois

First Line(s): “Just breathe,” my mom would say. “Ten tiny breaths…Seize them. Feel them. Love them.”

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker came to me highly recommended and as I was looking for a new book at the time I decided to give this one a shot. I liked the book, mostly, at the beginning though I found it hard to like the main character, Kacey. She was very judgemental and abrasive and seemed to delight in looking down her nose at every one. Then you have the main love interest, Trent, who is a bit of a creeper always watching and following Kacey around. I have never been one to understand the stalker as a romantic plot line. For me, there is a big difference between wanting to spend all your time with someone and stalking and Trent definately came across as a stalker.

Then there was that WTF-ery of a reveal closer to the end of the book and the whole thing just took a complete and total nose dive. If you were with me as I read this you would have heard many a sigh and seen many an eye roll and if this book wasn’t on my ereader then you can be sure it would have been tossed across the room in disgust. The best thing about this book was the side romance between Kacey’s neighbor and the cop even if it was rushed but I so would have enjoyed a book about them as opposed to Kacey and Trent.

Overall, Ten Tiny Breaths, was well written it was just filled with so many implausible things. Every time the character had time to think they’d jump to the craziest of all possibilities and then that thing would end up being the truth. Then with all the crazy that was swirling around everything all ends up being tied up in this neat and tidy bow. Happily ever afters all around! Now I’m not saying that books should have a sad ending. Because I love me a good HEA and that is part of why I read romanctic stories because I like the predictability of thier endings. But in this case based on all that came before it was just all so very very hard to believe.

Ten Tiny Breaths was a book that made my head hurt as I tried to make sense of it all. It frustrated me so very much and at this time I don’t have any plans to read anything else by KA Tucker.

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People who liked this one better than I did

Maryse’s Book Blog: “Loved it!! A MUST READ! I wont say any more. The shock value from the very start to the very end must be experienced blindly for full impact. Just know I think you should read it.”

Dear Author: “Finally, despite the weighty issues, the pace of the story is snappy and the emotional low notes are interspersed with humor and sexiness.”

Mostly YA Book Obsessed: I wasn’t…wowed like I was expecting to be. It was still a good story that I really enjoyed. Full of pain and healing and learning how to love. I especially liked the last few emotional chapters.”

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Movie Thoughts: If I Stay

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Movie Thoughts, Rated PG-13, Review5 Comments

if_i_stayTitle: If I Stay (Official Site)
Tag Line: Live for love.
Release Date: 22 August 2014
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 106 min
Genres: Drama
Series or Standalone: Series
Where Seen: Movie Screening
Production Company: DiNovi PicturesMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)New Line Cinema
Distributed By: Warner Bros.
Director(s): R.J. Cutler
Writer(s): Shauna Cross (screenplay), Gayle Forman (novel)
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz (Mia Hall), Mireille Enos (Kat), Jamie Blackley (Adam), Joshua Leonard (Denny), Liana Liberato (Kim), Stacy Keach (Gramps), Gabrielle Rose (Gran), Jakob Davies (Teddy), Ali Milner (Liz), Aisha Hinds (Nurse Ramirez), Gabrielle Cerys Haslett (Young Mia), Lauren Lee Smith (Willow), Christine Willes (Nurse Davis), Chelah Horsdal (Liddy)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

As a book I wasn’t overly fond of If I Stay there was just something about the writing and how some of the scenes played out that just turned me off. So much so that as of writing this, If I Stay is the only Gayle Forman book that I’ve read despite so many people telling me how much I NEED to read her If I Stay1others. When I first heard that If I Stay was going to be turned into a movie I may have sighed and though but what about <<insert other book titles here>>. THAT one would make a far better movie and while I do still think that there are other realistic contemporary young adult books that should be made into movies I’m not as ambivalent to If I Stay as I once was.

The previews didn’t wow me for this movie and if it wasn’t for recieving screening passes then I probably would have waited for this one to stream on Netflix before I watched it. But if I had then I would have missed out on something special. If I Stay is one of those rare instances where the movie is better than the book. Chloë Grace Moretz really shines as Mia and she just took my breath away with the range of emotion she managed to convey. Mia’s role isn’t an easy and Moretz does a fabulous job bringing the before and after Mia to life. The supporting cast was also super excellent and I loved every one. The only actor that I had issues with was Jamie Blackley who played Adam and often came across as stiff If I Stay2on screen. Some of this though might be projection to some of the idiotic things that the character of Adam does in this story. There is so much push and pull between these two as they each try to hold on to each other while also trying to follow their dreams that it really tugs on the heart strings.

Another thing that this movie did really well was how it wove in Mia’s past with her present as she wandering about the hospital trying to figure out what she should do next. I was engrossed in this movie and got so caught up in the story that the world around me mostly fell away. I say mostly because I couldn’t seem to stop thinking about how Mia in the now was barefoot for all of her scenes. I keep thinking that poor actress and can someone please give her some shoes as those floors have to be cold! But those moments were fleeting and I mostly just sat there engrossed. My heart aching as events moved forward and we got to see all the various hurts and all those wonderful family moments that you almost wanted Mia to leave. Though at the same time there was still so much left for her to stay for that you are really torn on what choice you want her to make.

If I Stay nearly brought me to tears as well. Ok, there were some tears but just before this movie made me want to ugly cry (as others in the audience did) it moved to a past memory that was so If I Stay3heart achingly perfect that you can’t help but smile and laugh and want to freeze time right there. Right at that perfect moment so that the accident and nothing bad happens and these characters can just stay with each other forever with no hard choices needing to be made. Sadly though you can’t freeze time and bad things do happen and somehow you have to find the strength to pick yourself up and move on.

The soundtrack for If I Stay was also one of the best film soundtracks that I can recall in a very long time. Each song chosen and every note of the musical score was just perfect for the scene that it was in. Its a soundtrack that makes you want to immediatly run out to buy it just so you can relive all those moments in the film. And the storyline of the story along with how it ends makes me want to read Where She Went for the first time. I want to know more about these characters and what happens next. Though I think I am more fortunate than If I Stay 4some in the theatre as I know there is more story to tell. There were several gasps in the audience at the final seen and I heard a couple “That’s it?”, “That can’t be how it ends”, and “What happens next?”.

If I Stay was a movie that I was on the fence for but its one that I am so glad that I went to see. I think those that loved the book and those who, like me, didn’t care for it as much will like this movie adaptation. This is how Hollywood should adapt books into film and I hope that they decide to turn Where She Went into a film as well. As I almost would prefer to experience that story on the screen than in print.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Top Ten Wednesday: Books People Tell Me That I MUST Read

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Top Ten Tuesday Wedneday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is about those books that people keep telling me that I must read but I just haven’t gotten around to yet. What say you internet? Should I give any of these sooner rather than later? Or are there any books I must read that I left off this list? LMK in the comments!

 

 

 

1. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

 

2. The Selection by Kiera Cass

 

 

3. Every Breath by Ellie Marney

 

 

4. Code Name Verity

 

 

5. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

 

 

6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

 

7. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

 

 

8. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

 

 

9. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

 

 

10. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Stitch Fix #2

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I recently received my second box from Stitch Fix and was excited to see what this batch had in store for me as I did enjoy the experience with my first box.  For those new to Stitch Fix its a subscription service that costs $20 for a box of clothes picked out for you by a stylist. You can chose to have a box shipped to you on a regular basis or on your own schedule. I plan on getting a box once every couple of months. The $20 fee can then be applied to an item you purchase from the box and if you buy everything you get a discount on all items.

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I was immediately drawn to the first item in the box as I love the color teal. Its bright and summery and just a lot of fun to wear.

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I pulled out the shirt first which was by Market and Spruce and valued at $68. I liked the back of the shirt as well which had a nice crochet detail without being see through and tabbed sleeves.

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With this one I loved the color and liked how it fit, for the most part, but felt that the v-neck was cut a bit awkwardly. Its a shirt that I wouldn’t feel comfortable in without wearing something underneath it which would then make the whole thing a bit ill fitting. So I decided to put this on into the Discard pile.

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Next up were a pair of Jake Slim ankle length jeans from Just Black which value at $88. Overall I liked the fit and the dark color of the jean and I also appreciated that they weren’t a skinny jean but they were definitely not an ankle fit on me!

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At 5’4″ I am not short but these jeans certainly made me feel that way. Even with a heel these jeans would be far too long and would require me spending more money in order to get them hemmed. If they were cheaper than $88 then I might consider them but at this time I decided to send them back.

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Next up was a Kaiya stripped belted dress from Tart that values for $94. I knew immediately that the belt wouldn’t work as it was brown and the dress accents were black and pink. The belt that was shipped was also a small and so didn’t fit. The dress itself was made out of a spandexy material that I typically like but the overall effect of this one made me feel fat and frumpy. I liked the colors but this one just wasn’t for me.

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Following the dress I tried on a gray Cossette crochet detail knit shit from Ezra which retails for $48 and while I liked the color and how soft it was I felt that the material was a bit too see through for my tastes. It was also a little snug around my middle which once I start exercising more will go away and make this one fit better. So I debated on holding on to it until then but in the end I decided to send it back as I don’t think the see through aspect of the material will ever sit well with me.

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Finally there was a Abrianna longsleeve knit cardigan from 41Hawthorn which retails at $48. I liked the navy blue of the cardigan and the length of it but like the cardigan sent in my first fix there is no way to tie or button it closed. Therefore it just sort of hangs limply on my frame. I decided to send this one back as well.

In the end, I had fun trying on all the clothes but elected to not keep anything from this fix. I liked the styling options a bit better than my first box but for reasons mentioned above didn’t fall in love with any of the pieces. I am still a fan of this service though and have already scheduled my next fix. If you would like to try Stitch Fix yourself please consider using my referral link!

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