Movie review: Safe Haven

20130304-042052.jpgMovie: Safe Haven

Rating: 3.5/5

MOVIE DESCRIPTION
Safe Haven is an affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again. The movie is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John. When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.

My review
Right off the bat I was skeptical about this movie, I think it’s because I expect all movies based on Nicholas Spark books to be the same. They are usually really lovey dovey and are meant to make you cry. When I first saw this trailer I was hoping it would be different than all the other movies before it.  The trailer I watched was short and did not give much away and I did not read any reviews or the synopsis of the book. I basically went in knowing nothing about the book/movie. Before the movie started I already felt bad for dragging my boyfriend a long; the entire time the trailers were on, I was hoping this movie wouldn’t be a complete bust because I knew my boyfriend would tease me about it. All that said, I was pleasantly surprised.
Starting off with the casting choices, Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel really sold me the movie. They aren’t my favorite actors but they played their respective roles well. I felt their chemistry from the moment they meet in the movie. What surprised me the most was the plot. There was a real message behind it, it wasn’t just about two random strangers meeting in a random city, there was an actual reason for her moving there. Most of the time I find the dialogue in romantic movies cheesy but in this movie, they stayed away from the cheesy lines and really focused on the characters and their interactions. I do have to admit that I found some parts of the movie boring. Some scenes were really random and to me felt like fillers. I haven’t read the book so I don’t really have anything to compare it to but I felt like some of the scenes were not necessary. For those of you who have read this book you already know the different events that happen in this movie, since I never read the book, I was surprised and awed at some of the twists in the movie. I liked the element of surprise because I did not expect what did happen to happen and that is the main reason I liked this movie. It was not predictable and that is really hard to say for a romantic movie.

If  you are browsing for movies to watch and you are a hopeless romantic like me, I recommend this movie for you. Actually I suggest you take your significant other or male friends because my boyfriend also liked it more than he thought he would. He enjoyed the story and all the struggles the main characters were facing. It wasn’t all about the “romance” between them, it was also about how each of us make mistakes and how life is about second chances. I honestly enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. It wasn’t a tear dropper but there were moments where I felt deeply for the characters. I loved how the author gave the characters real issues that people can relate too. That concludes my review, if you have any thoughts on this movie, feel free to leave them in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by!

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Guest Blogger reviews: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

20130225-185420.jpgBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohlby Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Summary (Goodreads) Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Nothing ever happens in Gatlin or so small-town boy Ethan Wate believes. Counting down the days until he gets to leave for college and escape the shadow his mother’s death has cast over his family, he never expects his world to be turned upside down. He’s seen Lena Duchannes in his dreams and when she walks into his classroom on his first day of Junior Year, he has to know her.

Lena is the niece of Macon (Old Man) Ravenwood, a “Boo Radley” character who has been cast as the town spook for years. A cautionary tale for any child on the scent of mischief, Lena is tarnished with the same brush by the “Good Folk of Gatlin.” As Ethan counts down the days to his escape, Lena, a Caster, counts the days to her destiny. On her 16th birthday she will be claimed by the light or the dark becoming a powerful force for either side.

This book was really interesting but had plenty of elements that ‘bothered’ me initially. I had never read a YA book from a male POV and it definitely took time to adjust but I was pleasantly surprised. Getting to hear what the teenage boy was thinking was a breath of fresh air after working my way through a pile of YA ‘heroines’ who’s only discernable difference was hair or eye colour.

I once described this book as hard to pick up and difficult to put down. It’s a long book and took me a few weeks to finish. It was in no way an uninteresting book or badly written, it simply had a lot of slow moving passages with not a lot of action. However the story and beautiful characterisation was still compelling enough that I couldn’t leave it alone. I may have had to take a break for a couple of days but at no point was it a risk for a “Did Not Finish”.

I really enjoyed the descriptions of Southern life, the traditions, the myths, the insular and conservative outlook mixed in with unmistakable charm. The main story of Lena’s claiming was nicely woven in with the normalcy of Ethan’s homelife, a house mired in grief over the loss of light his mother brought to their lives, his father’s inabilility to cope and housekeeper/agony-aunt/nana Amma’s struggles to keep it all together.

I really enjoyed the time and care taken by the authors to create a rich and descriptive world inhabited by the Casters. The different powers each one possessed, the explanations of the claiming and the reveal of the Duchannes curse all kept me riveted and eager to keep going through the books slower moving passages.

The relationships between the characters of Lena/Ethan, Lena/Macon, Ethan/Amma were all incredibly real, sweet and moving and stayed with me long after I closed the book.

Overall this was an enjoyable read despite the slow moving parts and I look forward to reading the rest of the series and learning what’s in store for Lena and Ethan.

Rating: Four Stars ****

Thank you to Danielle for sumbitting this review, make sure to check out her wonderful blog by clicking here!

Liebster Award :)

Thank you to Danielle for nominating me for the Liebster award, I’m truly honored!  When a blogger is nominated for this award, they need to do the following:

  1. Thank the person who nominated them
  2. Answer the 11 questions provided
  3. Write 11 questions for the people you will be nominating
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers
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What is the Leibstar award?
This award is given to upcoming new bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It’s a great way to promote new blogs and help spread the word. I love reading other peoples blogs, it’s the perfect  way to come across new books and authors and meet new bloggers.

Danielle created questions for the nominees to answer. Below are my answers

  1. If you had to live anywhere in the world and never leave where would it be?
    Paris! It inspires me everyday.
  2. Three things you can’t live without?
    my books, my camera and my laptop
  3. Favorite Book Hero/Heroine?
    I don’t really have a favorite book but right now I read way to many books making it really hard for me to pick one. Right now,I am loving Sylvia days crossfire novels
  4. What did you want to be when you grew up at age five?
    I wanted to own my own hotels. Now I’m not too sure.
  5. What music do you like?
    All types of music. It all depends on my mood that day.
  6. What would be written on your tombstone?
    live long and prosper
  7. What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
    Wash my face! And check my emails
  8. What’s your favorite part about blogging?
    interacting with other bloggers. We need our own convention!
  9. Are you a PC or a Mac
    I used to own a PC for five years, when my computer died, I decided to invest on a Mac.
  10. If your BFF was down in the dumps, what would you do to cheer him/her up?
    since I’m usually a terrible singer, I sing and dance for her. It usually puts a smile on her face ( even though I look redicioulus)
  11. Do you believe we’re alone in the universe
    for a second. Dun Dun Dun

My questions

  1. Who are your top 3 favorite authors?
  2. Favorite book that was adapted into a movie and did you like the movie version?
  3.   What is your favorite hot beverage?
  4.   Favorite genre to read?
  5.   What is your favorite season of the year?
  6.   Favorite romantic movie?
  7.   Favorite TV show?
  8.   What is your guilty pleasure?
  9.   Tea or coffee? What do you prefer?
  10.   What is your favorite quote?
  11. Twilight or Warm Bodies?

My nominations: Make sure to check out their blogs!

  1. http://aalisun.wordpress.com/
  2. http://kirstywales.wordpress.com
  3. http://emzsnow.wordpress.com/
  4. http://karlaamaemaglaoy.wordpress.com/
  5. http://gongjumonica.wordpress.com/about/
  6. http://belleofthelibrary.wordpress.com/
  7. http://analyzemaster.wordpress.com/
  8. http://missbookaholic.com/
  9. http://littlebrokentypewriter.wordpress.com/
  10. http://DanielleFazeela.wordpress.com/
  11. http://teacupsandbookends.wordpress.com/

Once again I would like to thank Danielle from http://whatdanielledidnext.wordpress.com for nominating me!

Guest Blogger Reviews: The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson

Today’s guess blogger review is brought to you by Kirsty Wales s from http://kirstywales.wordpress.com

Dorothy  I have read all of Dorothy Koomsons books and I have to say they are all so beautifully written,The Rose Petal Beach is no exception to this. The story tugs at your heart from the first page and makes you think about what you would do in that same situation.

What would you do if your husband was arrested for a heinous crime that he says he didn’t commit, but the person accusing him of this crime is your best friend?

The Rose Petal Beach is about Tamia Challey who has to deal with all of these things, as the plot gets thicker and secrets and lies are revealed for what they are can Tamia deal with it all.

The main question throughout the story is what would you do for the one you loved, how far would you go? The entire story centers around the tale of The Rose Petal Beach, which is a beautiful tale about love and loss and a womans search to find her true love.

This story will make you smile, will make you think and it might even make you cry but it is definitely worth reading. Have you heard the story of the rose petal beach?

Thank you to Kirsty for submitting your review. Make sure to check out her blog by clicking here

Live Love Laugh

Another poem written late at night. It’s almost 4 am, whooppie! I hope everyone else is having a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by!

Live, love laugh, sounds easy right?
Life is short and love can be hard to find.
That doesn’t mean you that should give up on yourself
Everyone goes through rough times, don’t be hard on yourself.
Don’t forget about laughter, we all need it in our lives.
Sometimes you have to  laugh at yourself, trust me you will survive.
Live, love, laugh, three simple words to live by.
Grab life by the horns and aim sky high.

Book Review: Beautiful Bastard

20130213-212051.jpgAuthor: Christina Lauren

Publisher: Gallery Books

Release date: February, 2013

Purchase from Amazon | Chapters/Indigo

Kobo: $8.99

 

Synopsis:

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.

Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over 2 million reads on fanfiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.

My Review

I’m planning to keep this review short because to be honest, it wasn’t that good. Because of the hype this book received, I was expecting it to be amazing. Before I even read it, I was hoping it would be similar to Sylvia Days Crossfire novels. Maybe that was my mistake? It’s never a good idea to judge a book by it’s cover. For some reason I was expecting to feel “wow-ed” but instead I found myself wanting the book to end.

I  do have to say that I was instantly intrigued by the title of this book ” Beautiful Bastard” knowing the title and nothing much else, it was obvious that the main  male character was supposed to be a arrogant and some what rude. The synopsis was interesting enough for me too pre-order the book. My Kobo alerted me the night this book became available and with no hesitation, I started reading it the same night. The first few chapters weren’t to bad, I loved how the author described both the characters. They didn’t make him seem too perfect, that is probably the only thing I liked about this book. It really didn’t do anything for me, all they did was argue and have sex over and over and over again. That basically sums up the book. The dialogue was not the best, some of the lines they used during sex made me laugh- which I was not expecting.  As for the main characters, I found Bennett to be way too aggressive and not in a sexy way but then again that’s the way the character was intended to be. I was hoping for more emotion between them. Towards the beginning of the book I had a really hard time liking his character but to be fair he does open up at the end. As much as I did not like this book, I do like what they did with Chloe’s character. They made her a powerful and intelligent woman who doesn’t take crap from anyone. I feel like this is one of the few times that they made the female character strong and capable of fighting her own battles.

To be honest, besides the sex there wasn’t anything else really going on in this book. Nothing really stood out to me. The sex was ruined by the terrible dialogue.I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, I tried not to read the reviews before I read the book myself. Looking at them now, they are mixed. I guess it depends on the type of person you are. When reading books in this category, I want them to excite me and build some kind of emotion, I did not feel this way with this book. Over all, I was disappointed, I don’t think I have ever skimmed through pages while reading a sex scene before. Final thoughts: It wasn’t terrible, it took me 4 nights to read it ( it usually takes me around 2). It was definitely not worth the price I paid.

Rating: 2.5/5

Do I recommend it? Like I mentioned before it all depends on what kind of person you are, if you have a friend who has the book, borrow it, read a couple of chapters and see if it’s worth purchasing.

Thank you for stopping by! If you have any thoughts on this book ( without spoiling it) feel free to post it below.

Your day will come.

I find myself wanting to write poems when I can’t sleep at night. Even though they aren’t the best, I still want to share them. It’s almost 4 am here, yes I am a insomniac! With out further a do, here is my super short poem.

Be true to yourself, don’t be bothered by what other people have to say.
This is your life, how you live it is your decision at the end of the day.
There’s no point in worrying, no one leaves this world alive
Count your blessings and wait for your shinning moment to arrive.
Be true to yourself, don’t be bothered by what other people say.
Your day will come, lets see what they have to say.

Guest Blogger reviews: Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

20130214-004922.jpgAuthor: Veronica Rossi

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release date: January 8, 2013

Rating: 5 stars – I LOVED THIS TO PIECES!

Purchase from Amazon | Barnes & Noble

SYNOPSIS

It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night? — Goodreads

CAUTION. SPOILERS MAY LIE AHEAD. TIS NOT TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW.

In the heart-pounding second installment to Under The Never Sky, Veronica Rossi delivers a beautifully written sequel in Through The Ever Night. I’ve been waiting for over a year for TTEN as I got an ARC for UTNS in 2011. I’ll try to not squeal and fan girl for the duration of this review, but I’m already having trouble doing just that. Rossi completely and utterly blew my expectations out of the water with jarring and heartbreaking revelations and the possibility of deep betrayals. Plus, the romance in this book practically seeped through the pages.

Last we left our beloved characters in UTNS, Aria had discovered the shattering revelations that she was half outsider. She had left Perry behind, but after months of being apart they are finally reunited. And oh! It. Is. So. Bittersweet! Lots of things have changed for them both, like the fact that Perry is now Blood Lord of the Tides. His tribe does not welcome Aria (and this is the part where their reunion is bittersweet) and even attempt to kill her.

Aria leaves soon after but not because of the incident. She has a mission: to go in search of information for the still blue. They all need the still blue because the aether storms – which are kind of like intense lightening storms – threatened their lives every day as it has become almost impossible to be safe from them.

Throughout the novel, I just kept stopping and telling Perry that Aria loves him whenever he doubted her love for him. Her leaving without saying a word deeply betrayed him and my heart hurt. It’s one of the many things that Veronica Rossi does exceptionally. She makes you feel for the characters, making you forget about everything else but them. I realized as I was reading that Rossi used the sequel to expand character relationships. The bond between Perry and Aria magnified, but at the same time their love was riddled with doubt on Perry’s part because he just didn’t believe ASLDKFJDL;FKJDK. Then, there is the relationship between Roar and Aria, which at times may have been interpreted as romantic. I was really scared for that possibility. Don’t get me wrong, I love Roar but I am an Perria shipper at heart. Aria as a character has grown immensely both physically and emotionally since UTNS. The same goes for Perry – as he’s trying to handle the duties that come from being a Blood Lord – and some of the other minor characters of the story.

Everything that made Under The Never Sky amazing and fresh was written with sheer brilliance in Through The Ever Night. Rossi added much more depth surrounding Aria and Perry’s world that involved past and present vital information. We got to learn about where the word “aether” came from and the marking ritual that is performed for an outsider with a heightened gift. Those were, of course, the little things.Veronica Rossi does not spare her readers with shocking and agonizing twists.

My favorite thing about Through The Ever Night had to be the development of the relationships between the characters. Aria and Perry’s romance just captured my heart. It was different, seeing Perry rendered to Aria so utterly and completely. Then there is Aria, who was self-less enough to leave Perry to protect him, to protect everything he’s ever known. Roar and Aria’s friendship could only be described as open and comfortable. They have a bond, not quite the same as what Aria has with Perry, but it’s different in it’s entirety. Aria calls Roar her best friend and I couldn’t agree more.

The last ten chapters or so were filled with heart-racing action and shocking events. My heart literally was heavy until the very end. I consumed those pages and felt sad when I realized that there was no more. I’m definitely looking forward to reading what Veronica Rossi has in store for us in the anticipated conclusion, Into The Still Blue. If you have never read this series, I urge you to go forth and read it! You won’t be disappointed and the idea for her world is unique, creative, and captivating. You’ll become utterly obsessed as I have, which is a healthy sort of obsession. Right?

A huge thank you to  Emma for submitting this review. Please check out her blog by clicking here