Friday, April 6, 2012

Let's Review Some Books And Movies

Wow it's been a while since we talked books and movies, huh? Well let's start with what's in the awesome and what's on the D-List. Awesome Books To Check Out!!! 1). The Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh. I was skeptical about these books because I'm usually on the iffy when it comes to books that center around angels. Why? I love angels, even in my own book, Renegade Night I mention angels but I had really read some angel centered books that just left me blah. THAT WAS NOT THE CASE WITH THE GUILD HUNTER SERIES! In Angel's Blood, the first book it begins with the story of Elena, a hunter born with the ability to track vampires. She can scent them out and it makes her one of the best. Vampires take on a whole new twist to the myth which I REALLY appreciate and the Archangels/angels take on one as well. Humans are Made vampires by the angels. No one knows how it is done except for the angels but they contract 100 years of servitude. Forget what you've ever seen or been told about Angels. The angels in these books are not the Guardian type. That is not to say they're not evil but they can be ruthless and cold when they want and some of them...well I won't ruin it for you. Elena is contracted on a top secret mission by none other than the head Archangel in charge of New York. Raphael doesn't just want Elena though for a job, he wants to possess her and Elena is about to give Angel Boy a run for his money! However,when you play with angels, death is always an outcome. Just get the books and you'll love them as much as I do! They are soooo worth the read. 2).Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon Retribution is the latest installment to the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Sundown Brady in a past life was a deadly gunslinger, card sharp, and hired killer. In his mortal life he was known as William Jessup Brady and when he was betrayed by his best friend, he cried out for vengeance, no he cried out for Retribution. In the Dark Hunter world, Sundown answers to no one but Acheron. Well okay he has a Squire that gives him enough fits and a best friend that's flighty. Being located in Las Vegas, one would think Sin City had a lot to offer a Dark Hunter, but the Daimons are the least of his worries. A gorgeous but ruthless woman by the name of Abigail Yager is determined to kill him and she's going through Dark Hunters to do it. Abigail was orphaned as a young child by the very man she once thought a friend, Sundown Brady the Dark Hunter. She was taken in by a Daimon family and her hatred of Dark Hunters and Sundown has been honed to a sharp edge. She wants Retribution and she wants it now! However before she'll get her chance, something evil has been unlocked and the world may just end before either of them find Retribution. I was hooked from the first page and again Sherrilyn Kenyon gives us a reason to love her Dark Hunters! She not only tells the tale of Sundown and defines him but she also introduces Native American lore and characters. It is a book well worth the read and it even has a surprise story of the birth of Acheron and Tory's first born that will even give you a reason to root for Artemis! 3).Glass Slippers & Jeweled Masques (an Erotic Cinderella Fairy Tale) by Denyse Bridger All I can say hot hot! This story has the premise of the classic childhood fairy tale, but that's where it all ends! Cindi Lancourte is the illegitimate daughter of a powerful businessman and a lovely woman who worked for him. Acknowledged when his wife died, she was quickly relegated to the role of servant by his new wife and step-daughters, but an invitation to a Masquerade gives this Cinderella a new shot at happiness with a handsome Prince Charming. This book is available for EBook format. Cindi's journey is one of discovery in all the most erotic and sensual ways. There's nothing Disney about this book but it is tastefully and sinfully written. Enter the world of Glass Slippers & Jeweled Masques from the mind of author Denyse Bridger today! 4).Wanted: Dead Or Undead by Kerrelyn Sparks Phineas McPhee aka. The Love Doctor, Dr.Phang, and The Blardonnay Guy just wants love in his life even though every female vamp wants him. Phineas only wants the one woman who doesn't want him and hates vampires, Brynley Jones. Brynley Jones has no love for Vampires and works with them to be close to her brother. To say she comes from a dysfunctional family is an understatement when you come from a werewolf family and not just any werewolf family but the Supreme Pack Leader's family. When the infamous and dangerous Corky Currant is on the prowl as Queen of the Malcontents, Phineas must follow a lead to Wyoming. Trouble is,everyone else is in Europe tracking her. That leaves Brynley Jones to be his day guard as well as be able to assist him. Now if Phin can just manage not to fall for her more than he already has and not wind up Werewolf chow, things might work out. Brynley just wants to let her inner wolf out but she has a past she can't run from no matter how much her inner wolf wants to. With an unlikely pairing under the worst of circumstances these two come together and more than the fur flies! This book was hilarious, heart wrenching in parts, and highly engaging. I just can't wait till the next book in the Love At Stake Series. If you haven't discovered Kerrlyn Sparks, I highly recommend her! Her Love At Stake Series is wonderful and entertaining! Books To Pass On I try not to be too judgmental on books but a few just fell flat with me this time around. 1).Wings by Aprilyn Pike has got to be one of the worst books I've ever read. I got this as a gift, and I believe it's more of a YA book but ugh where do I start. The heroine finds out she's a fae. I am not against Faeries but this book was nothing more than more pixie dust. Great for kids and I loved Tinkerbelle too, but I think Tink is still more entertaining than this book was. Total stinker! 2).Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs Hey the Little Mermaid was always one of my favorite stories as a child so I was on board with reading Tempest Rising. I can't tell you how it ended and it takes a lot for me to stop reading a book even if it's a bad one in the middle but that's what happened. I just had the worst time getting into it and following the plot or even liking the characters for that matter. What really got me was that it was in the wrong section at the local Walmart. It was YA not adult even though it appears Ms.Deebs tried. Apparently she missed the mark. It was like if Saved By The Bell had been a Sci/Fi show. Think a cheap knock off of the kid's movie Aquamarine and you would have Tempest Rising. So what had you rushing to the movies or the video store? 1). The Grey starring Liam Neeson as a hunter hired to keep the wildlife safe from the loggers who are en-route to the Alaska. What ends up happening is the plane crashes. If being in the Alaskan wilds are not bad enough in the snowy regions there are these huge wolves who want the intruders to their territory out...well more like they want them for dinner and it becomes a battle for survival. Liam Neeson is the star of this movie. I don't really get into movies that portray wolves as the bad guys because they are becoming slaughtered for their pelts and their numbers are dwindling however these were not your ordinary wolves. These were wolves on steroids. Not only is Liam Neeson's character driving the men onward to civilization in hopes of leaving the wolves behind, but he's got his own baggage to deal with and eerie as it is-it's the loss of a wife. This is sooo worth the rent! 2). The Woman In Black starring Daniel Radcliff. Unless you've been living in a rock, Daniel Radcliff rose to fame with his portrayal of Harry Potter. He certainly shows those grown up acting chops in this movie. The Woman In Black gave his horror movie buff here the heebie jeebies and I jumped and screeched more than a few times! It's effects are not over done and the thrills and squeals come at all the right moments. I don't have anything bad to say other than I hated the ending. It's worth seeing but if you've missed it at the theaters, make sure you get it on DVD. The Woman In Black is engaging and will definitely give you more than a few reasons to maybe leave a night light on. 3).Immortals staring Mickey Rourke as a ruthless sadistic king who is bent on defeating the Gods. The only salvation is a young peasant, Theseus who must fight to not only save all of humankind, the oracle Phaedra, and the Gods themselves. I loved this movie right up until the last 45 minutes of it. When you think of Immortal you don't think of Gods being able to be slaughtered and I don't know I just kind of expected more I guess. The special FX are great and the premise of the plot is great too but somewhere it just fell short! So my opinion is to just wait for this on the Redbox or the Discount Rental shelf. 4).Footloose You know I was pretty on the fence about this remake and you know you just can't top Kevin Bacon but this movie-this remake to an 80s classic came real close! I thought Dennis Quaid's performances as well as the rest of the cast was on point! Highly recommend watching this movie! Awesomeness and you'll even want the soundtrack! Well that's my hits and misses so tell me, what are you reading or watching?

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