Dark Wild Night

The wonderful writers of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings have delivered another wonderful book to there ever growing series.  Wild Seasons now holds three novels, the latest, Dark Wild Night.

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Book Bio

What struck me most about Dark Wild Night was my personal connection to the story and its characters.  And when I mean connection I MEAN UNCANNY CONNECTION.  I related so strongly to Lola that her worry became my worry.  Not to mention their relationship development reminds me a lot of my own, friends to more, it’s a fun journey.  Not to mention I am dating Oliver in real life, so be jealous!

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The enjoyment of this story on a nerdy level was everything that I wanted it to be.  Comics, superhero talk, nerd jokes, and artistic design that made it sing for me.  Thrown together with strong passion and some hotness it makes for a great read.  My only disappoint came with the love story’s ending leaving a little to be desired but in all honesty it fit Lola and Oliver so well I can’t be mad at it.  They generated a different story that is all their own making them stand out in the series as a whole.

With so much already accomplished I can’t wait to see their next addition Wicked Sexy Liar, which has the most vague, maddening description ever, makes it appearance next year!

Definitely check all their stuff out!

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“OVERdue”- ZZ Ward

There are so many things that I love in this world, chocolate chip pancakes, ricotta cheese, movies, knitting, scarves BUT there is one thing that just drops me to my knees and that one thing is a strong female especially a strong female song with a bad ass beat!

There are many types of genres that women have gotten really good at and one in particular it that jazzy, rock, possibly bluesy type.  An artist by the name of ZZ Ward has a song that I was introduced to some time ago but recently fell back in love with.  “OVERdue” is a hard rock, bluesy beat that talks about a relationship that is over and she has moved on.

Her lyrics are straight forward poem that produces a final say every female has showed one time or another.

“Open up your dirty eyes, look what you did,
Let me see your filthy hands, I caught ’em red,
I can smell the bullshit on your breath,
Got it written from your toes to your neck,
Baby, let the venom sink into your chest,
Tryin’ to play me like a pawn, that’s what you get,
Get up off your knees, bitch, no need to beg,I don’t want you back, back,
I don’t want you back,
Better hit the road, road,
Like your name was Jack,
Call me on the phone, phone,
I won’t call you back,
You should be alone, how do you like that?

Laugh it off, boy, I’m a lunatic,
Laugh it all the way till the truth sinks in,
Laugh it off, boy, till your teeth fall out,
Till your head just breaks,
Till your eyes fall down, down, down,

It’s over to the left,
Over to the right,
Over through the day,
Over through the night,
I’m over, over, over you,
Boy, this over’s overdue,

It’s over to the left,
Over to the right,
Over through the day,
Over through the night,
I’m over, over, over you,
Boy, this over’s overdue,

It’s over to the left,
Over to the right,
Over through the day,
Over through the night,
I’m over, over, over you,
Boy, this over’s overdue,

It’s over to the left,
Over to the right,
Over through the day,
Over through the night,
I’m over, over, over you,
Boy, this over’s overdue,

I’m over, over, over you.”

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Absent

So over the course of some months where life became busy and decisions became unsure I took some time away from blogging.  It was one of those decisions where confidence was lacking on my part, assuming no one was really reading my blog.  But ya know who cares?? I enjoy reading and I like breaking the stories and posting for others if they want to see it.

It is with great excitement that I say I am back and will be posting as much as I can!

YAY!

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Keep Me Safe

I know I am a little late on this post since the book came out last October but I believe that you “meet” books at certain times just like you “meet” special people in your life time.  Keep Me Safe, A Slow Burn Series novel, is written by one of my favs Maya Banks.

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Keep Me Safe Book Bio

Let me start by saying I have never read this type of book.  Now the book is a Romance however I believe it to be more paranormal, mystery/thriller style.  Of course I use those words lightly.  The book centers around a young female who has psychic abilities.  Sounds pretty cool right!  Well it starts to get freaky, not graphically but Banks really allows your mind to travel its own imagination road and come up with some scary, unsettling stuff.  I sadly made the mistake and read this book while I was house sitting alone.  I didn’t sleep very well HA!

The relationship that develops between the too main characters is insanely fast! And faster than your normal “heat-in-the-moment” “love-at-first-sight” type of stories.  But the twist is so good and I ended up getting so caught up in it that my palms were sweating.  It was a nice break from the traditional Romance of meet>fall in love>fight>make up>happily ever after.

With any books whether it be a children’s book or some article there is always something to earned from a story.  Keep Me Safe focuses heavily on being worthy to be loved.  Both characters assume they have done to much wrong or posses so much hardship that love is not an option for them.  However, the most scared people are the most thankful and cherish good when they find it.  No matter what you have done or have experienced in your life love is always here waiting for you in so many forms.  Never look down upon yourself, you are worthy of so much, love being one of the many.

Luckily, Banks has more coming and her second novel, In His Keeping, is already outSo definitely check it out!

More from Maya Banks

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Into The Woods

A week back I went and saw the movie, Into The Woods.  Upon seeing the previews I was very excited.  The movie contained great actors that I enjoy plus it was a musical, what a perfect combo!  Now, I have not seen the play or read it so this is a simple review of the film and what I experienced as the story unfolded. **POSSIBLE SPOILERS**

Into The Woods was written by Stephen Sondhem and James Lapine.  The story focuses on several fairy tales characters: Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Bakery and his Wife, Jack and the Beanstalk, and a witch.  Each character has a “wish” and each character has an item that all are related in some way or another.  So obviously the characters cross paths and interact heavily.

The movie as a whole was interesting and I can not quite decide if I actually enjoyed it or not.  Due to the fact that it was originally a broadway musical the movie was quite long, not Les Miserables long but I was wondering when it was going to end.  Going in I knew that Disney had produced the film and was excited to see that magical charm however, the movie was lacking in that “ah” Disney experience.  As the singing began, I myself felt it to be a little flat in response to it.  I understand the musical singing style that it would not be like Hair Spray but I wondered why does this singing sound familiar.  Then it dawned on me, Stephen Sondhem did the music for Sweeney Todd!  No wonder it sounded similar.  There were honestly only two songs that I enjoyed and unsurprisingly it was Meryl Streep’s and Johnny Depp’s.  I will say that I do enjoy Anna Kendrick, thanks to Pitch Perfect, but her singing in Into The Woods was very well done, that girl has talent.

More importantly, let me explain as to why I am blogging about this film when I haven’t read the play.  As the film continued and I thought it was coming to an end, but it wasn’t, the film took an interesting turn.  Instead of a generic happily ever after,” each main character lost something of value to them.  Whether it be death, rejection of love, or a physical item lost I found this concept very interesting.  From a literary standpoint the woods symbolize many things.  From my interpretation, the woods, at the beginning, represented opportunity, obstacles to face, character “equality,” but also unknown outcome, and temptation.

Woods gave possibility to every “wish” that was produced and allowed that “happily ever after.”  However, the Woods were both negative and positive because with the completion of that “happily ever after” something was removed that corrupted it.  This moment hit me when Chris Pine’s character, Prince Charming, hit on the baker’s wife and the wife responded positively to his forward actions.  Literally my jaw dropped and I was like WHAT THE…IT ALL MAKES SENSE!

So what I can say for now is that I loved the deeper literary symbolism however for the movie in general Meryl Streep nailed it, like I knew she would, but left a little bored with the film overall.

But don’t let me steer you in not watching it, go check it out for yourself!

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Captivated By You

Over the course of the past four years or so, Sylvia Day has published many books.  Ones that have made the headlines most,  is her Crossfire Series.  Her most recent release is the fourth book, from Crossfire Series, Captivated By You.

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Goodreads Book Bio

While reading through this series some of you have seen my reactions previously in my reviews: Bared To YouReflected In YouEntwined With YouI am happy to report that I am finally rooting for Gideon and Eva.  Before Captivated By You I have never in my life hated two characters together as much as these two.  There lack of common sense was astounding.  However, the devotion that Gideon and Eva share toward one another is a beautiful thing.

Day has done an amazing job of taking her readers on crazy roller coasters.  From anger to finally happiness Day makes it worth while.  More importantly, Day brings up an interesting topic.  Both Gideon and Eva suffer from hard beginnings in life.  As a result both regularly attend therapy.  I am a supporter of therapy but most of all I am a huge supporter of communication whether it be with a professional, friends, family, or loved ones.  Overall, communication is the only thing that will bring trust and honesty as well as serenity to your life.  Gideon and Eva have bad communication, well technically Gideon haha but its an overall problem. Please, definitely check out the Crossfire Series because Captivated By You makes the series worth. I am ready for the next installment.

Check out Sylvia Day’s Page for more info.

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Game of Thrones: tv

I have just started watching the highly loved show, Game of Thrones. And believe me there is a reason this show is as good as it has become.

First the show is based off amazing novels that are literary wonders just like that of Tolkien. Second the show is gruesome, raw, ravishing, and unbelievably well done. If you have not already jumped on board then you should. Now there is always argument as to why so many die within the series but there are always reasons for everything. With plot twists, battles, and strong female leads the show is metaphorically beautiful. Love this show and will definitely be reading the books.

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Captivated By You is OUT NOW

If you have not seen yet, Sylvia Day’s Captivated By You is currently out, Book 4 of the Crossfire Series.  I know I will definitely be getting my copy soon!

Captivated by You (Crossfire, #4)

 

For more please check out Day’s webpage and my reviews of Bared To You, Reflected In You, and Entwined With You under Novels page.

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Dirty Rowdy Thing

Any time Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (also known as Christina Lauren) releases a book I FREAK! And every time that happens I feel silly but after I read the new release I realize why I freaked in the first place because DAMN! they’re books are great!  The newest release of this dynamic duo is Dirty Rowdy Thing, book 2 of the Wild Seasons series.

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“From the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player, Book Two of the brand-new Wild Seasons series that started with Sweet Filthy Boy—a story of friends, love, and lust.

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other…which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.”

After reading  Sweet Filthy Boy I was so ready for the next installment of Wild Seasons.  Patiently waiting till November my patience was worth it.  Hobbs and Billings had me laughing and for the first time tearing up.

The story follows a couple who both are quite the rowdy pair.  With steamy, steamy, steamy, pages that burned my fingers this book does not disappoint.

However, this book to me was a little different from the other that Hobbs and Billings has graced us with.  Though Sweet Filthy Boy was easily relatable with its topic of not being defined by your past and living outside of your over thinking head, Dirty Rowdy Thing hits very, very close to home with me.   I myself am the type of person who likes control and prefers to do things myself.  With that being said, Finn and Harlow are great examples of headstrong people.  And you might learn a thing of two.

Definitely check it out for yourself!

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Wallbanger

While shopping in target I have seen the book titled Wallbanger now for what seems like an eternity.  I was so intrigued by the title alone I had to read it…AND I am so glad I did!

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

“The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight…” (goodreads book bio)

Wallbanger involves Caroline (loved that cause well that’s MY name) and Simon on there journey of anger, sexual tension, to love and contentment.  Caroline is an honest open character that is a great perspective viewing of Simon.  He himself is a very complex idea of modern relationships and a deeper understanding of a person who learns as he goes just like all of us. The book takes you on a love journey as well as a journey around the world and all over the kitchen (I wanna cook ALL of those dishes Caroline made!)  So please please check this book out!  And when you think you want more luckily there is a sequel, Rusty Nailed, which I have just started…

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Alice Clayton has quickly become one of my favs. With fresh, quirky, and modern, relating tales you will enjoy her as well!  Each character generates a real atmosphere that you could easily meet on the street.  With humor that had me laughing out loud I will coming back for more!

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