January 24, 2014.

 

 

Synopsis~

A dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy, the infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.

 

 

I’m a huge fan of Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick. So, when I learned they were creating a third movie, I hurried out and purchased a copy. I couldn’t wait to watch it!

 

 

 

The storyline wasn’t that terribly original, very similar to Pitch Black. Sounds good right? It takes place five years after Chronicles of Riddick. Mercenaries, abandoned planet, criminal hunted for the reward, and vicious creatures waiting to devour them. Katee Sackhoff played one of the mercenaries very well. Complete dedication to her part. She was one of the brighter spots of the movie!

 

Riddick (Vin Diesel) played his normal role…all action and rough edges. I enjoyed the fighting, but there was a lot of down time that made the story lag in parts. The unique world building I was coming to expect was lacking in this story. While I enjoyed some of the graphics, the shoddy bike chase ruined the movie for me. *bummer* I really wanted to like this latest edition.

 

Favorite graphics: The Dog!

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

 



September 25, 2013.

 

 

Synopsis~

Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) arrives in Spain for a weeklong sailing vacation with his family, despite having a strained relationship with his disciplinarian father Martin (Bruce Willis). The situation takes an unexpected and violent turn when his family is kidnapped by intelligence agents. Will’s world turns upside down as he gets tangled in an intergovernmental web of lies and secrets, with a briefcase in the center of the mystery. Will finds himself on the run and realizes that he must recover the briefcase and take down secret agents in order to get his family back alive.

 

The Cold Light of Day

 

I picked out this movie on Netflix for my husband. He loves the Die Hard series. I’ll even admit that I enjoyed them as well. I was under the impression that this movie would be more of the same.

 

 

I mean, here is a list of some of the actors: Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Cavill

How could it not be good?

 

Yeah, not so much. Right from the beginning, things quickly went bad for me.

 

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There was enough eye-candy for everyone. ->

 

Until we learn that they are…

 

 

*spoilers*

 

 

…brother and sister.  *squish*  Wow, absolutely killed the one positive thing the movie had going for it.

 

 

The movie has everything to make it a success. A mysterious case, a kidnapping, good and bad spies, along with some great fighting scenes to satisfy even the most action-adventure hungry of us. The only problem it that with all the action, the story got lost along the way. Despite all the drama, shoot-outs and chase scenes, both of us were bored. By the end of the movie, neither of us were impressed. Most of the reviewers got it right when they could sum up the movie in one word: Okay

 

 

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

 



September 18, 2013.

Synopsis~

United Nations employee Gerry Lane is in a race against time to save both his family and the world from a Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

 

I was super excited to see a new zombie movie on the market with big name actors in it…namely, Brad Pitt. The previews showed scary fast zombies. I’m so there!

 

Unfortunately, this isn’t your typical zombie movie. If you are expecting guts, blood and gore, you will not get it. Oh, there are some good special effects (like watching the first zombie being turned), but the movie was more of a documentary than an all out down and dirty sci-fi. Despite my expectations, I still enjoyed the story. Yes, a zombie movie with an honest to goodness story.

I watched the theatrical version. I’ve since heard that the unrated version might have the missing gore needed to quench those of us who are blood-thirsty.

 

Maybe I’ll watch it again. Maybe the unrated version will be better. *Bummer*

 

Biggest disappointment of the movie: The lack of gore and the zombies themselves.
 

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

 



August 11, 2013.

Here are the last of the mini-reviews I promised. I picked some wonderful authors and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

 

 

Magic Rises (Kate Daniels) by Ilona Andrews

I’m a huge fan of the Kate Daniels series, so I snatched up my copy as soon as it came on sale. Although some of the twists felt a little forced, I loved being back in their world. The action and tension were first rate, and I gobbled the book up in one sitting. I love the characters, both good and bad, and the unique storyline. If you’re looking to venture into the urban fantasy genre, I would highly recommend this series.

 

Overall: Magic Rises is great read if you’re looking for a book with the right balance of romance, action, and enough tension to keep you up reading late into the night. I can’t wait for the next book. 

Rating: ★★★★½ 

 

 

 

Hex Hall (Book One) by Rachel Hawkins

I’m not usually a fan of young adult, but I enjoyed getting to know Sophie. Her witching ways sucked me right into the story. Not only is she shoved into a boarding school for delinquent witches, vampires, shifters and fairies, students are dying. Secrets are being exposed. Ghosts walk the halls, and only Sophie can catch the killer before more people die…but can she do it before becoming the next victim?

 

Overall: I enjoyed the quirkiness of this story, enough that I’ll pick up the second book in the series to find out what happens next. 

Rating: ★★★★½ 

 

 

The Mortal Bone (A Hunter Kiss Novel, Book 4) by Marjorie M. Liu

I’m a huge fan of this series, so it’s sad to say that I had a hard time slipping into the story. Once the action started, I remembered what I liked so much about the characters. Some of the story stretched my believability a little, but I have to confess, I liked the unexpectedness of the plot. The fight scenes are brutal and totally enthralling. And while I enjoyed getting to know these beloved characters again, I felt like the series was coming to a close.

 

Overall: Though I enjoyed the story and the characters, I believe this series has run it’s course for me. The spark from the first books has gone missing.  

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 

 

 

Written In Red: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop

I stumbled across this book by accident, curious what had so many people talking. On a whim, I read the e-book version, and found myself sucked into the fascinating and brutal world created by Anne Bishop. There is no doubt in my mind that this author is one talented lady. The massive world-building did slow down the reading a bit, but I can’t complain too much. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Come visit a world where the paranormals won the battle for supremacy and humans only exist in the world on their good graces.

 

Overall: If you are looking for a new twist to the paranormal world, where the shifters a more brutal and true to themselves, I think you’ll enjoy the peek into this fascinating story. I  added book two to my wish list as soon as I turned the last page. 

Rating: ★★★★½ 

 

 

 

The Host

As some of you know, I have to watch the movie before I allow myself to enjoy a book. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this movie, but the previews lured me into watching. And I loved it. The action wasn’t perfect. The special effects were nothing to rave about, but the storyline was top rate. The emotions ensnared me, and I watched the whole movie, enthralled by the story. Now I just have to find the book in my stack. I can only imagine it will be better, so I’m excited.

 

Overall: I’m into quirky movies, and this one is better than most. If you are looking for a sci-fi romance to enjoy, pick up a copy. 

Rating: ★★★★½ 

 

 



August 07, 2013.

I’ve read a number of books over the last week or so. Instead of giving you full reviews, I’m going to put up a few mini-reviews. I’ll post the remaining couple later this week.

 

 

Blood Law (Blood Moon Rising, Book 1) by Karin Tabke

This book started off great. I love gritty urban fantasy and this book fit that description perfectly. Unfortunately, things went down hill after the first few chapters. I lost my connection to the main characters. I still enjoyed Rafael, but Falon just kind of fell to the wayside. What I mean is things just happened around her. I wanted her to react more to her surroundings and fight for her future. The battle scene at the end did perk things up for me a bit, but it was a little too late to draw me back into the story.

 

Overall: I liked the premise and the writing, but something just didn’t work. I needed more from the characters. I don’t think I’ll be picking up book two. 

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

 

 

Soul Thief: A Demon Trappers Novel (Book 2) by Jana Oliver

I fell in love with Riley Blackthorne in this young adult, urban fantasy series. She struggles with everything in life, from going to school, to trying to earn enough money by trapping demons to pay the bills. The battle scenes are well thought out, the characters grew and suffered hard lessons. I liked how Riley had to make some tough choices, and how she was tormented by her mistakes. It reminded me that she was just a teenager, with all the heartache.

 

Overall: Unique storyline, great characters, awesome love interests. I’m curious to find out what this author has in store for us next. 

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

 

Forgiven (Demon Trappers) (Book 3) by Jana Oliver

Book three picks up right where book two left off, and I dove right back into the story. This book is very action packed with witches, magic, demons, angels and an assortment of demon hunters. I liked how Riley had to face the fallout of her choices, how she struggled to make things right and save her friends. She’s growing up hard, becoming tougher, and I like her more for it. I enjoyed the writing and world-building for this series.

 

Overall: The fight scene at the end stretched my believability a bit, but I like the characters enough to continue reading this series. I want to know what happens next with her pseudo-boyfriend Beck. 

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

 

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

I enjoy reading post-apocalyptic stories. Ann Aguirre does a fabulous job of building a whole new world for us to sink into in this series. Deuce is a very unique character, struggling to survive living underground, and someone I immediately connected with in the story. I loved her determination, her tenacity and her willingness to fight for herself and her people. She is shown as human, with all the mistakes we make, but she also grows stronger with each hurtle she overcomes. The story is heartbreaking, the fight scenes fantastic, depicting the world as a brutal place to scrape out a living. I loved it.

 

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this story, the characters, and the love interests. I will be buying book two when it’s released.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

 

 

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

I’ll start off and preface that I enjoy bad sci-fi movies. You’ve been warned. lol

 

I enjoyed this show more than I thought I would. The action scenes were great, though the love interest felt a little heavy-handed. I would’ve liked the romance to feel more natural and deeper. If the story was a little bit richer, the acting done a little better, this could’ve been a hit. I think the actors did what they could with the script they were given. The show does have some good eye-candy to entice you to keep watching.

 

Overall: I enjoyed the simplicity of just watching an action movie. The special effect were well done (in most places). If you’re curious about the movie, I would suggest renting.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

 

 



May 22, 2013.

 

 

Synopsis~

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into a reluctant relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children.

 

Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. Katie must choose between a life of transient safety or one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven. — IMDb 

 

 

I was surprised at how well I liked Safe Haven. I would characterize the movie as a romance with a touch of suspense. I enjoyed getting to know Alex and Katie, watching them overcome their past and fall in love. It didn’t hurt any that Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel are absolutely gorgeous. 

 

Though the acting was fair, spots in the movie felt slow at times. And despite the twists, I found the movie to be a little predictable. Surprisingly, that didn’t detract from my enjoyment.

 

David Lyons did a fabulous job acting, coming off as determined and creepy at the same time. I don’t want to give away spoilers, so I’ll stop there. If you have a lazy afternoon and are looking for a satisfying romance, you might like Safe Haven.

 

 

Favorite scene: It’s a toss up between when Alex begs Katie to give them a chance and the snippets of Katie’s past.

 

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 



February 21, 2013.

 

 

Synopsis~

A tormented zombie (Nicholas Hoult) experiences a profound transformation after entering into an unusual relationship with the daughter (Teresa Palmer) of a military leader charged with eradicating the walking dead. As the unlikely pair build a tenuous bridge between the living and the dead, those on both sides of the battle begin to sense that nothing in their world will ever be the same again. Warm Bodies is based on the novel by Isaac Marion. Rob Corddry and John Malkovich round out the starring cast. — (C) AMG

 

 

To celebrate publishing my book, I begged asked my husband to take me to a movie. I’m a huge fan of zombies, so when I saw a preview of Warm Bodies, I had to see it.

 

 

 

The show was not what I expected at all. I thought the movie was hysterical! My husband almost fell asleep. Go figure.

 

The actors were wonderful, especially Nicholas and Teresa. I loved this scene…he tells her to act dead. When she started moaning loudly, he turned toward her and said not that dead. lol

 

The storyline wasn’t that terribly good, a number of logic issues throughout, but there was something very moving about two people so opposite, with no hope of a happily-ever-after, falling in love.

 

This is not your straight-forward zombie movie. There is some violence (people do get eaten), some okay graphics (the boneys were awesome), but the zombies themselves were so very human-like that I was a little disappointed. You won’t have decay or body parts falling off. Warm Bodies tickled my funny-bone and landed purely in the romantic comedy category for me.

 

 

Favorite graphics: Boneys!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 



January 16, 2013.

 

 

Synopsis~

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane. — (C) Warner Bros. 

 

We had a chance to see this movie Friday. I was expecting something spectacular. Something to wow me. And some of the movie did…the rest of the story kind of fell flat.

 

One character did surprise me. Anne Hathaway played the perfect Catwoman. Not only was she gorgeous in the suit, she was the perfect prickly cat. And talk about hot! And those moves…yawza!

   

My biggest issue was Christian Bale as Batman. I didn’t think he cut it. Yeah, he had the brooding, tortured hero thing going, but his role in this movie just didn’t do it for me. He started okay, but things went quickly downhill.

 

I did liked the plot (although I guessed the end pretty quickly). The fighting was great as well. The special effects were nicely done. Unfortunately, the combination wasn’t enough to push the movie into a higher rating for me. I suspect this is a case of expecting more from a movie because of all the hype.

Favorite part of the movie: Catwoman.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 



December 31, 2012.

 

 

Synopsis~

Marvel Studios presents ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes – Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Captain America (Chris Evans). When Loki and his army threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. 

 

 

Joss Whedon is the master, tacking on another winner to his long list of must see movies. How could he not with this huge cast of talented actors! I was surprised to find Scarlett Johansson played such a big roll in the film and so well!

 

The special effects were wonderful, not as overwhelming as I feared. It fit the movie without appearing ‘fake’. The plot was solid, and easy to follow.

 

What I liked about the movie and added to the chemistry was not all the characters got along. Who knew super heroes mixed like oil and water? There was a certain charm to watch these tough characters put aside their differences and do what must be done.

 

I was not a huge fan of all the heroes, so I was surprised to find they all did so well. The movie gave each their own screen time without feeling rushed.  I won’t go into the storyline as I’m sure you’ve all seen the movie before I had. The Avengers is a movie you can go back to again and again and enjoy it each time. There is action, adventure, drama, a touch of romance, not to mention some of the best action scenes I’ve seen in a while. If you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for?

 

 Favorite scene: When Hulk confronted Loki in Stark Towers. Hilarious!!

Rating: ★★★★★ 



December 29, 2012.

 

 

Synopsis~

The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life – and death - in this gothic thriller. A brutal killing spree terrorizes 19th-century Baltimore and a young detective turns to notorious author Edgar Allan Poe for help getting inside the mind of a serial killer.

 

The previews quickly caught my attention. Edgar Allan Poe is a master in the art of writing, but I wasn’t sure how that would translate into the movies. Despite my reservations, I rented this movie.

 

Boy, am I glad I did! I’m into quirky movies, and this one fit right up my alley. All the characters were very well casted. See the yummy detective played by Luke Evans? Whowza! Superb acting.

 

 

The movie started out with Poe returning to Baltimore and the woman he’d left behind. We quickly learn that he’s deeply in love, but afraid to commit…everyone he’s ever loved has died.

 

They chose Alice Eve to play Emily Hamilton, Poe’s love interest. Not only was she beautiful, but she’s very clever as well. She was the perfect foil to the deeply dark Poe.

 

I had my reservations about casting John Cusack as Poe. Much to my surprise, his over the top acting suited the character.

 

Now onto the movie…I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. The characters were fantastic. I loved the scenery and the setting. The clothes and background were breathtaking at times. The plot was not what I was expecting either. A serial killer has latched onto Poe’s writing. With each mutilated body, clues are left behind…clues that lead to Poe.

 

The investigators team up with Poe, and they give chase to the killer. The stakes are raised when the next victim is Emily Hamilton. Poe has to figure out who the killer is before he loses the only person that matters to him.

 

Emily’s plyth was horrible. The ending of the movie has a few twists that I won’t give away, but if you are looking for a little bit of drama, something a little dark and entertaining, you might want to give The Raven a try.

 

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


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