Tuesday, August 29, 2017

My Review of The Dark Tower

 ****Trailer courtesy of Youtube and AMC*****

I promised in an earlier post that once I saw Stephen King's The Dark Tower that I would review it and that time has come.  The Dark Tower is actually a series of books.  King fans will recognize this as well as be able to point out that throughout this series you begin to realize that all of the books Stephen King writes are interconnected.  The trailer above will help tie some of this together for you.  I noticed a reference to about 4 different books while watching the movie. ( Talk about your Easter eggs).  If you are not a huge Stephen King fan or you are unfamiliar with the book series that is just fine because you can still enjoy the movie.


 The Dark Tower is the only thing that holds the universe together and something or someone is trying to destroy it.  Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) is the last Gunslinger and as such has sworn an oath to protect the Dark Tower at all costs.  However, he has lost his way and now all he cares about is revenge.  He has been chasing the Man in Black, Walter O'Dim (Matthew McConaughey) for what seems like an eternity.  Walter is responsible for the deaths of the previous Gunslingers including Roland's father but for some reason his magic does not work on Roland. Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a teenager living in modern day NYC who has been having horrible nightmares for the past year.  He wakes from each dream and draws what he has seen.  It soon becomes clear that he is drawing both Roland and Walter as well as places and events from Mid-World.  Walter is searching for the right child to bring down the Dark Tower so he can let in darkness and rule over everything. Jake finds himself being tracked by the Man in Black and so he decides he must find the Gunslinger if he has any chance of saving himself and possibly the world.

My Thoughts:

Truth time....I have not read any of the Dark Tower books except the first one when I was a teenager.  I have read several other books by King which was enough to help me spot the little connections shown throughout the movie.  This was a PG-13 rating so it was not filled with swearing or gory scenes. It ran for about an hour and a half but it felt pretty fast paced to me.  The action sequences were awesome.  I know there were some haters that felt like Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey were wrong for their respective parts but let me assure you they were cast perfectly.  McConaughey makes being a baddie look so good and Idris Elba was a badass with his weapons.  Both of these men have had plenty of experience playing both good and bad guys so it made the dynamic between them that much better.  I will not spoil too much of the movie but I will tell you what I saw that tied in other King novels. There were references to It, Misery, Christine,  and The Shining.  I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review: You Say It First-Happily Inc. #1 by Susan Mallery

Book Blurb Compliments of NetGalley: 

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold romances invites you to visit Happily Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale 
Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks—mainly the venue's captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Although he won't let love consume him, for ecstasy with an expiration date, he's all in. 
Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can't turn the floundering business around, she'll have no choice but cave to her domineering mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working at the family's bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn't belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he's right—where she really belongs is in his arms.
Susan Mallery has done it again!  I have yet to meet a series by her that I didn't love and this one is going to be no different.  First of all, who doesn't love the idea of an entire town dedicated to falling in love and finding your happily ever after? The chemistry between Pallas and Nick is undeniable and had me cheering them on from the beginning.  The other characters  which include Pallas' group of girlfriends and Nick;s brothers all had me guessing as to who the next couple was going to be.   I loved the addition to Pallas' twin brother Cade and her cousin Drew to the mix of available bachelors in the town as well as reclusive writer Jasper.  My mind was literally going crazy trying to figure out what couples would be formed in upcoming books.I laughed so much throughout this book and now I can't wait to sink my teeth into book 2 which comes out in September.  No worries I will be reviewing that one as well since the wonderful people at NetGalley and the publishers were awesome enough to grant me ARC's of both.
If after reading the book, like myself, you can't get enough of the Happily Inc crew then I highly recommend heading over to Susan Mallery's website (www.susanmallery.com) and checking out all the fun extras she has like a map of town, coloring pages, a widget to create your own wedding story, and all kinds of behind the scenes info on the many characters.

Review: The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

The Art of Hiding

Nina came from meager beginnings and was looking forward to becoming a nurse after high school but one day while visiting a construction site with her father Nina's whole life changes.  She meets Finn. He is older, successful, and owns his own company.  They fall in love and before she knows it, Nina has the comfortable and luxurious life she always wanted. Years pass by with Nina busy caring for her husband and her 2 boys, Connor and Declan.  A twist of fate destroys the life Nina and her sons have known in the blink of an eye. They are forced to start all over again in Nina's hometown with hardly anything left to their names.  The rest of the story is one of hope and finding the strength to be happy with what you have not miserable thinking about what you don't.

Reading Nina's story of life after tragic loss helps put in perspective the whole question of whether or not money can buy happiness.  Nina had what she considered to be the perfect life with the exception of always feeling isolated and timid around the other families in their prestigious neighborhood. The aftermath of her life blowing up is realizing that money and material things can certainly make life comfortable but it's the people and experiences in your life that bring true happiness.

The characters in the story are easy to relate to. I enjoyed seeing Nina's personal growth as well as that of her children. The one scene that stuck with the most happens at a sports banquet for her son Connor and is rugby team.  He gets an award and in his acceptance speech he thanks Nina for always being strong and someone whom he could look at like a personal hero.  This scene is very touching. It's the first time the reader gets to see Nina truly appreciate how far she has come and what survivors they all are.

I have seen some mixed reviews about this book but I just want to go on record and say that I really, really enjoyed this book. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because I wish that Nina had been just a little bit angrier and less zoned out when it all started to fall apart.  Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for granting me an ARC and being cool with me leaving my honest opinions of the book.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

 I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I honestly do not know where to start. It's been a long time since a book has left me feeling so unsettled for lack of better terminology.  The book is a collection of stories told from the viewpoints of young girls that immigrated to NYC in the 90's with their parents from China and Taiwan.  This is a very important collection of stories that I do believe help the reader put themselves in others shoes and realize how fortunate their lives have been.  The first story " We Love You Crispina" sort of reaches out and grabs a hold of you.  The descriptions of the poor living conditions, the lack of food, and racism is pretty graphic.  There was a scene involving regurgitated food that almost made me gag my damn self.  The rest of the chapters were filled with shocking, perverse, and even uncomfortable sexual interactions.  It was a tough read for sure.  I actually had to put it down a few times.  I really liked the way the author wrote in very plain and brash language because to be honest that  voice is what makes the book so memorable.  I would not recommend this for young adults under the age of 18 because of the sometimes graphic nature of the stories.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

My Friday Night Plans!

                                                        ***Courtesy of Youtube ***

I have always admired Stephen King's ability to continually write stories that suck the reader in and terrify and intrigue all at the same time.  I have read some of the books that included the characters in The Dark Tower. I am very glad to be going to see this movie tomorrow night.  I mean let's be real....Matthew McConaughey and  Idris Elba in one movie! How can anyone not wanna see that?   I will post a full review on here as soon as I get a chance this weekend.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Releases For Theses Two Kindle World Series

I don't know about you but I love being able to read books all set in the same place or with characters who show up again in different stories.  If you haven't experienced any of the Kindle World series then let me introduce you to two of my favorites.  The "Dare To Love" series is based on the popular book series by Carly Phillips.  These novellas are steamy and fun. 

Check them out now!
Falling for the Dare Elaine Marie http://amzn.to/2h0dspo
Don't Dare Me Jen Talty http://amzn.to/2uUr77h
His Daring Play N Kuhn http://amzn.to/2h0uBiz
Stunning Dare Taige Crenshaw http://amzn.to/2uujR0E
A Stranger's Dare Vonnie Davis http://amzn.to/2uyQWXX

The second series worth getting into is based on author Aleatha Romig's "Infidelity" Series.  These books are filled with dark romance, suspense, sexiness, and sometimes shocking scenes. These are hard to put down for sure.

You can also join the series fan club here! https://www.facebook.com/groups/368121873586542/ 
Envy A.D. Justice http://amzn.to/2uUVhVw
Revelation Amy Briggs http://amzn.to/2uSjcVu
Collared LeTeisha Newton http://amzn.to/2ue0FkH
Diamonds N Kuhn http://amzn.to/2uVwLU7
Devious Solease Barner http://amzn.to/2f2K1lS
Captivate Stacey Lynn http://amzn.to/2uSx7Li 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Review: The Fat Bitch Diet by A.R. Khan

               *****I agreed to voluntarily read this book and give my honest opinions.*****

Viola Ginamero has life but the tail.  She has had the greatest boyfriend, Franklin, for the past 9 years and just knows he is gonna propose anyday. Her best friend Shaniqua and her have been working at The Protein Hut in perfect unison forever and she has an amazing video channel.  Then the unthinkable happens and in the middle of her day Viola hears her beloved tell the entire world that not only does he not want to marry her but he refers to her as a "Fat Bitch".  Just like that her whole world starts to spin out of control.  She then decides to lose weight  and get Franklin back and a proposal to boot.

This was a fairly decent read but a slightly difficult one for me.  I actually found Viola to be disgusting and annoying in some scenes. I also felt that Shaniqua was unnecessarily ghetto at times.  However, the story of redemption and perseverance was pretty a compelling one.  I really liked the secondary characters that became like Viola's family and how they supported each other. I only gave this a 3 out of 5 on Goodreads and Amazon. However, I believe it is the beginning of a new series and the book got so much better by the end that I would read part 2.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Something New Review: Book 2 in the Brides of Cedar Bend Series

I love reading Lena Hart books. Honestly part of the appeal is that they feature interracial couples and it isn't the main focus of the book.  I love that she is so color blind when she writes.  The main couple here is actually not interracial but it completely irrelevant. This series is going to be one of my favorites.  It is just so well written that you can't help but get sucked in from page 1.  I read this in one sitting simply because I could not put it down.

Savannah " Savvy" Williams  is a nutritionist fresh off a pretty bad break up on her way to be maid of honor in her little cousin's wedding.  She just wants to get through it and move on to the next phase of her life which includes finding a new job.  Damian Carson is a mechanic in the small town of Cedar Bend and the minute he rescues Savvy he knows he doesn't want to let her go.  These two have chemistry off the charts and end up in a fake engagement themselves.  How far will they go to maintain the farce?  I guess you will just have to grab a copy and find out for yourself.

This one is getting 5 stars on Goodreads and Amazon for sure.