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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: 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.

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!

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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

Guest blogger reviews: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Hi everyone,

Today’s review will be by a guest blogger named Monica. The book she will be reviewing is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
Thank you Monica for this review!

Review:
I read the blurb and it was promising. It was a breather
It was a summer vacation of my third year in university. Feeling bored, I searched over the Internet for some titles which sound interesting to be read. For those who know me, they will not be surprised to see me in a corner reading a novel. It’s something akin to breathing; reading is a necessity for my existence.

I am a bookworm and I read almost all genres. Others comment that I have an eclectic taste for books, and I don’t disagree with them. So that time, I was browsing over newly released books when I found a genre I am very fond of – Young Adult fiction. YA puts me at ease, comfortable even. It doesn’t make me afraid of getting a coronary or nightmare. It doesn’t make me cry like an idiot over a tragedy of a century. This is not to say that YA is boring – I cannot imagine it could be. It’s just the right genre for me at the time, I guess, being 18 and all.

In my search, I stumbled upon a novel titled Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I read the blurb and it was promising. It was a breather, actually. With the popularity of vampires and werewolves stories no thanks to The Twilight Saga, it was refreshing to find something of a different nature. A very far nature, I daresay.

The Lightning Thief is the first book of a series, which I wasn’t familiar at the time. I got my copy and couldn’t help myself from leafing through its first pages. I was that interested. It attracted me to read because of promises of – gods, demigods, and all those exciting adventures that accompanied the first two mentioned.

I remember when I was in grade school that I am fascinated in mythology. It is something that is universal, yet not too many people my age were very knowledgeable about it. And that made me curious.

The novel was actually classified as a middle-grade book. So what? I didn’t mind. I love reading and as long as the book is sensible and interesting enough, I wouldn’t care less even if it was made for toddlers. It started by introducing the characters, which as much as I expected, young, and most of the personalities that go with the age. The writing was light and easy – it made me feel like the author was an old friend and he was leisurely describing me the scenes as we were sitting and sipping our tea. The descriptions aren’t that grand; I’m not fond of overly described setting, plus it makes my head aches when writers use highfaluting words to create a picture of something as mundane as a flower.

As for the characters, they are loveable. There’s no other way to describe it. They are believable – any one can be like you and me. The attitude that they have are also age-appropriate. I liked it. Others tend to fit their characters into a personality which is not tailored for someone their age, and it made the novel less real. Good thing Rick Riordan had none of that.

What I like best about the characters is their humor. It is ever present. I always find myself laughing at their jibe or witty remark. I also got used to their sarcasm and ironic comments that I sometimes anticipated what they would say. It only got better because the novel was narrated by the hero, Percy Jackson. His inner thoughts and somewhat comical character made him loveable.

An of course, the mythology part. Allow me to use this word, but it was awesome. No exaggeration. I couldn’t find a more appropriate word to express what I feel about it. Rick smartly described concepts, items, and entities in his book in such a way that made me guessing as to what or who he was pertaining to. It was very gripping. I rejoiced when I predicted correctly, and grew frustrated when I got it wrong. It was maddening, too. I have a fair share of mythology lessons and it made me feel like visiting my former teachers whenever I matched a character based on a description.

Now, why exactly do I like this book? It is a YA fiction, but it helps readers be more aware of the lost glory of mythology. The targeted readers are those middle-graders, and I commend the author’s technique of introducing lessons in a book which is too enjoyable to ignore. It is one of the best ways of studying Greek mythology. It is fun- and adventure-filled story and it will surely capture a reader’s interest.

But did it only stop from the young ones? No, it didn’t. Like me, others have been hooked and addicted. Aside from the fact that it was refreshing as mentioned in earlier paragraph, the story is also timeless. People of all ages can actually relate to Greek gods and goddesses, the origins and nomenclature of things. Even though the heroes and heroines may be young, we all have our own inner-child, and we can enjoy a good laugh with a good book.

As of now, I have finished the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series which consists of five novels. The Greeks are interesting, but it seems the readers don’t want the fun to end. So the author continued his story adding the Roman side in his Heroes of Olympus series, and the third installment has been released this fall.

I have read the latest novel in the series, and I am waiting for more. The next is due somewhere around October 2013, and it seems so far from now. But I can wait. And the rumor about the second book in the first installment making it to the silver screen made the wait bearable. But not much.

Thanks again to Monica for this review, click here to visit her blog. If you guys have any questions for Monica feel free to leave them in the comment box. Thank you for stopping by!

Book review: Reflected in You- Sylvia Day

13596809 Reflected in You is the sequel to Bared to You from Crossfire series.

Synopsis:

“Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful… except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…”

My review

I didn’t just like this book, I loved it. If you enjoyed Bared to You then you will definitely love Reflected in You. This book picks up right where the first book left off.

I found this book to be a better read than  Bared to You,  the author does a great job of explaining some of the issues that had bothered me in the first book. One of them being how Gideon became so successful at the age of 28. ( I still sometimes doubt it)

Every book has it’s faults, both Gideon and Eva to me were way too needy. I found their relationship to bee a bit obsessive and sometimes unhealthy. Gideon’s over “protectiveness” and Eva’s insecurity definitely made this book an interesting and emotional read. Reading through the first couple of chapters, I found Gideon’s obsessive nature and Eva’s behavior immature. The second half of the book  was more interesting to read.

Sylvia Day does a great job describing each character with great detail. You can feel the passion they have towards each other and the need to always be together. After getting though the first part of this book, I could not stop reading it. As unhealthy as their relationship sounds, you can’t help but root for them. Right when you think they have overcome their problems, your wrong. Their past always has a way of catching up to them. Like usual, I don’t want to give away to much, that’s why my reviews are short. I want you guys to experience this for yourselves.

I really did enjoy this book, if you are ready for a emotional roller coaster ride, buckle up, make your favorite drink and read on!

This book can be found at pretty much any book store and online at Amazon.com

Rating: 4/5
Would I recommend this book? Yes.

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box below.

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