Wednesday, March 14, 2018

J says :) #11

Let’s talk about…
Big rock!

Hello everyone, today I’m gonna talk about Big rock series, as you can see in the title :) If you’re already a fan of this gem, hidden among many books out there, you know what I'm talking about, to those who were not as fortunate, let me explain. It’s a series of books written by Lauren Blakely, and here are some of the reason why I loved them as much as I did :)

Great stories – I know all books have a story, ok? But it’s not always a good one, sometimes there are a couple of things that just bothers you and it’s perfectly normal… but not in those stories. Seriously, I can’t remember one thing that pissed me off while reading those books, and there were six of them. They were all different, but at the same time you could feel the same vibe and it was something special :)

Amazing characters – they are a great group of people, totally connected throughout books, all completely different from each other, yet truly fantastic in their own individual way. It’s fun to read when thoughout all series you have connections, like siblings or best friends.  I just loved the sarcastic banter between main couples, the sweet and funny moments that can melt your heart and leave you with awwww. And of course hot and steamy scenes, which you don’t want to read in public transportation, believe me ;) I really enjoyed the group scenes where couples from different books were spending time together, especially guys giving advice to each other, brilliant! :)

No unnecesary drama – it’s really important to me, I swear a book can be amazing, love it all the way, and then drama, drama, drama, secrets, lies, more drama and six months later they made up… what a bunch of crap ;) that is why I really appreciate books, with no unnecesary drama, of course there is a little, some secrets, some misuderstandings but I can take it in small doses ;) and in those stories there are about this amount of drama *holding fingers really close to each other* so yay! :)

Let me tell you a little something about each one of them (btw I love the titles), but no spoilers I promise, mostly because A haven’t read them all and she is my editor, so… it’s gonna be short and sweet, let’s roll:

Big rock (book #1)

It’s a story that starts with a deal between friends and business partners… they both have their reasons to agree to pretend they’re a couple who actually just got engaged, what can go wrong? So while Spencer and Charlotte are playing couple to the outside world, they begin to do it when they’re alone… and quickly they become something more entirely. It’s a great journey, that is really fun to watch :)

Mister O (book #2)

Nick and Harper have been friends for a very long time, since he is the best friend of her brother (Spencer – from book #1). He’s a creator of the television program called Mister O, and yes it’s about a man whose superpower is giving women orgasms ;) So when Harper feels like she needs guidance for male-female relations she comes to him for help. Of course the more time they spend together, the more he wants her all to himself…

Well Hung (book #3)

Here we have another classic, an office romance :) Wyatt (Nick’s twin brother from book #2) has a construction business, and that being said he definitely know how to use tools. He has only one rule – don’t mix business with pleasure. Enter his new assistant, since like half a year, Natalie (sister of Charlotte from book #1). He really tries to stay true to his rule, but then they have to travel out of town. And sometimes what happened in Vegas, doesn’t really stay in Vegas…

Full Package (book #4)

When Chase comes back from spending a year in doctors without borders program he needs a place to stay, besides a couch in his brother's apartment. And since his friend, Wyatt (from book #3) knows his sister – Josie, is looking for a rommate, it’s a perfect solution, right? It’s a wonderful story from friendship to love :) I think if I really had to choose my favourite in this series it would be this one (don’t really know why), but shhhh... don’t tell this to the other books ;)

Joy Ride (book #5)

It’s a story about Max (Chase’s older brother from book #4) and Henley. They used to work together, actually he was like a mentor to her and now she’s his biggest rival. It's easy to say that they have a past, and they’re definitely not friends right now… So a classic hate to love kind of thing, with fancy cars in the background :)

Hard Wood (book #6)

Patrick always felt something to Mia (sister of Chase and Max from books #4 and #5). But since he traveled between two coasts, he doesn’t feel like he can do something about it. But he’s definitely ready to settle down, and Mia is it for him. Now he just have to convince her and overcome some obstacles, like her rule not to date her brothers friends… 

If that doesn’t convice you to pick at least one ot them (I recommend reading them in order, but no pressure) than I don’t know what will ;) maybe the fact that I read them in little over a week, maybe two at the most, and I regret only one thing: I should have savored them more, and I just inhaled them all :) Oh and did I mention that all books are written from the perspective of guys? Brilliant! :) Also a little bonus info, A is actually listening to the audiobook of the first one at the moment, and says she loves it, so you can read the books or listen to them, your choice… But definitely give this series a try, it’s gonna be worth it :)


Review: "The edge of the abyss" by Emily Skrutskie

Book 2 in series The abyss surrounds us
Main character: Cas

I have trouble finding words good enough to describe this story... it was just... so unique, that I'm not sure I can truly express it using the words at my disposal... but I am definitely gonna give it my best shot ;) this novel is the conclusion to The abyss surrounds us duology, and that is the main reason why I'm gonna have to write this review in a very specific way... :) first, I will have a totally spoiler free paragraph, where I will tell you what the first book is about and share some little details about our main character... this will be for all you people who are completely new to the series ;) and then I will talk all about my thoughts and feelings about this second book, and this duology in general, and that will definitely include some major spoilers from the first installment, but I cannot avoid it completely to fully express all my love :) ok, so let's proceed to the completely spoiler free zone first ;)

I originally heard about this duology from a very trusted source... that's also why I didn't need to know too much about it before I decided to get both of the books... basically all I heard were: sea monsters, pirates and girls falling for each other and I was sold ;) but I will say some more especially for you all ;) Cas is a Reckoner trainer... she was learning it all her life, and now when she's almost eighteen it's time for her first official assignment... Reckoners are genetically modified giant monsters that are bonded with a specific ship to guard it through their journeys... the whole thing takes place in this futuristic / dystopian setting of our world after certain events transpired and shaped it the way it is now... it's all explained much better in the book, so I'm not gonna go into more details :) but something goes horribly wrong and Cas is kidnapped by pirates who attacked the ship she was guarding with her Reckoner... only to discovered that she was left alive for a very specific reason... they have a Reckoner pup that they want her to hatch and train to protect them... dun dun duuuuunnnn ;) sorry, I felt that this moment needed a dramatic music theme ;) ok, what more can I tell you about Cas...? well, to be honest not much that won't spoil you things, but I will say that I absolutely adore her... she is a kick-ass main character... strong, brave, clever... determined to do the best she can in a situation she's put in... but at the same time she is so humanly flawed and imperfect... she struggles... and I love her for it even more :)

Now I want to jump into all the spoilery things from book #1 to explain better why I adore the whole series in general, so last warning people SPOILERS AHEAD :) ok, you had time to avert your eyes if you don't want to be spoiled about some major surprises from the first book, so I'm gonna get to it ;) we pick up a few weeks after *that* ending, and Cas is now a part of the pirate crew... I still remember how I gasped when I read it in the previous book ;) but she learned some very troubling things about the industry she spent her whole life believing in and now it's time to do something about it :) everything gets even more complicated once the horrible truth about how much Swift had to do with Cas's Reckoner's death... like Cas and Swift's relationship wasn't hard and complicated enough... if you can even put such a simple label on everything that is between them... *sighs* I am completely in love with this duology... it was one of the most unique stories I ever read, full of phenomenally entertaining writing style, complex characters that you can't label easily as good / bad, fast paced and full of action and surprising turns of events... it took me quite a few days after finishing it to finally sit down and write my review... I simply had too many thoughts running around in my head :) the ending is definitely not wrapped up nicely in a big bow with answers to all your questions, but I was very satisfied where we left things :) so if you are looking for something different to read, definitely give this duology a try :)



Movie madness #2 ;)

Hello hello awesome people to the second installment in a brand new series here on my blog :) this is yet another one I am actually doing with my lovely sister J :) and it's all about movies ;) this time, we are doing... 2017 - a year in reviews ;) so a few informations before we dive into all the goodness :) first of all, we will talk about 20 movies we saw last year... some of them were absolutely amazing, some of them were disappointments... but what's most important, we will both include SPOILERS about the movies in our opinions, so if you haven't seen them and you don't want to know anything, just skip certain paragraphs :) it's gonna be easy, cause every time we will start with the title and the trailer, and only then there will be some text :) so no excuses, you've been thoroughly warned :)

Collateral beauty

J: If you’re looking for a funny and easy movie look somewhere else, because I guarantee that this story will make you cry more than once… unless you’re a robot ;) It really made an impression on me, and actually stayed with me for a really long time after watching it on the big screen. Don’t want to say too much, because A haven’t seen it yet (shame!) and since she’ll have to edit my parts, I decided that it’s gonna be spoiler free. So what is really important is the fact that the cast was wonderfully selected, with Will Smith at the front. But my favourite characters were played by: Hellen Mirren (I just love her, don’t you?), Keira Knightly and Jacob Latimore as death, love and time… Let’s not forget about the song… Let’s hurt tonight by OneRepublic, in a word = perfection. The whole story was beautiful and heartbreaking but at the very end it gave hope, and that was the best part. So if you’re looking for an emotional movie to cry your eyes out, it’s a good choice for you :)

Assassin's creed

A: ok, so when it comes to this movie, I was soooo excited after I saw the trailer... it looked so cool :) and don't even get me started on Michael Fassbender in the main role... oh, that was defintiely a great choice :) I loved him especially in that "past version" with the hood and markings and wrist blades... *sighs dreamily* :) over all I was sort of disappointed in this story... true, I am not familiar with the game at all, so I can't speak about how close to that story this one was... but I will say that I definitely expected much more scenes in the past... they were my favourite ;) all in all it wasn't that bad, but I expected more :)

The great wall

J: If I’m being honest this movie surpised me, because after seeing the trailer I thought: monsters? Seriously, again? And on top of it Matt Damon with a ponytail? Come on… But my curiosity won and I watched it… and loved every minute! Sure, sure it doesn’t have mind blowingly new approach for this kind of a story, but the whole movie? As great as the wall in the title ;) Personally I enjoyed the sarcastic banter between characters played by Matt Damon (yes, even with the ponytail) and Pedro Pascal. The second one was my favourite, with all his comments and whining, he was hilarious :) I loved the role of Tian Jing – she was a badass warrior, dressed in blue – so another plus from me, and her whole team of acrobatic warriors, was an amazing thing to witness. The music was spectacular, I loved the drums, especially right before an attack, they were beautifully haunting. On the bright sight the colours (for example different outfits for archers, warriors and so on) were just breathtaking. When you add to it exotic place with majestic views, you really have it all. Maybe for me it could be a little less fighting, especially at the end and more scenes like the one with lights in the sky, but that’s just me :) All in all this movie has a really specific vibe and trust me you don’t want to miss it :)

La la land

A: so about this one... it's where J and I have some different opinions ;) with most of the movies mentioned here we agree on, but with this one... let me explain :) we both love the songs in this musical... I wan unable to listen to anything else but this soundtrack for weeks after I saw the movie :) not only the music, but the whole visual side of this musical is fantastic... but here's where our opinions differ... J hates the ending :) she was so mad when the main couple didn't end up together... or more importantly, how it was handled in the movie... I don't mind... so I'm gonna tell you my opinion at the same time stating very directly that J thinks it sucks :) me on the other hand... :) I saw the whole movie as a perfect picture of how a love story and relationship can start... it captured that magical feeling perfectly... but not all stories end with a picture perfect happy ending when the main couple rides off into the sunset together... and that's ok... :) sometimes that love is just part of our story... it helps us grow and change as a person, and even though it didn't end like you expected, you can look back at it as a valuable experience... :) that's why I loved this story... :)

John Wick chapter 2

J: After seeing the first movie I was really excited to go to the movies for the second one… and I have to say it didn’t disappoint. It was exactly what I was hoping for, which was plenty of action, the kind of action that makes sense, like when you want to kill someone just use a gun and fire once per every person, don’t talk too much or you know, throw your gun away and fight with your hands. It was really realistic, which is an exception in Hollywood :) And a big, gold star for Keanu Reeves for this role, he was just spectacular, totally one of his top 3 roles ever :) so if you’re a fan of action movies, this one should be on your to watch list :)

Beauty and the beast

A: this was probably my most highly anticipated movie of last year... and the one I was most terrified to see... mainly because of my super high expectations... if you didn't know that about me yet, Beauty and the beast trope in books is my absolute favourite... :) the Disney animated movie was my favourite when I was growing up... and many years later... :) so imagine the build up to the actual screening... the announcing of the cast... the trailer... and then the movie itself... *sighs happily* I was in love... so much that I saw it many times since that original one in the movie theatre... :) there are no week sides to this perfection... at least not in my opinion :) ready to hear some more specific praises? either way I'm gonna tell then to you :) I love the characters... not only the ones I loved before where wonderful, but several things that bothered me in the animated version were corrected in the movie... for example, Belle's dad... Maurice annoyed me before, but I adored him in this movie... and don't even get me started on Le Fou... he was horrible before but here... with all his witty and sarcastic lines... he put the biggest smile on my face throughout the whole story... Gaston was an amazing villain... both Belle and the beast... *sighs dreamily* Belle was always one of my favourite heroines... because... well, because of the library, but also many different reasons ;) and here I fell in love with her even more... she was smart and brave and just... *sighs happily* :) a lot of plot holes that bothered me before were fixed in this movie version :) so now that we have established how much I loved the characters and the whole story, let me share with you some more reasons why it was amazing... :) for example... the soundtrack... oh how I loved those songs... the only thing missing from it, is the "Beauty and the beast" song by John Legend and Ariana Grande, but the version from the trailer above... the epic and amazing version that I fell in love with... but no, we got this cheap-sounding awful version that I couldn't even listen to the end... *shudders* moving on :) the whole movie is just stunning visually... the rooms, the costumes... *sighs dreamily* it all looks absolutely amazing and I have no words good enough to describe it all... but it can be said basically about the whole movie :) I saw it so many times already, and every time it makes me laugh, tear up and sigh in happiness :)

Fifty shades darker

J: Ok fine, judge all you want but I liked this movie, I really did :) I know it doesn’t really have a great story, or pretty much any story at all, and some women think it’s in some way degrading. I say: I see your point, I just don’t agree. Besides it’s really similar to many movies I’ve seen, the only difference is sex scenes, and come on I have Netflix and watch Game of Thrones so it’s not like it’s so controversial :) Besides all things aside, it has phenomenal music, just like the first one, I’m in love with those songs, they match the vibe of the movie perfectly. Oh and for me a movie should match your mood, and sometimes I’m in a mood to watch Jamie Dornan playing Christian Grey, ok? #NoShame :)

Guardians of the galaxy vol. 2

A: I have two words for you: baby Groot :) don't get me wrong, I loved this sequel, but this is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about it :) ever since I saw him in the trailer I couldn't wait for more scenes with him, and the movie did not disappoint ;) I really liked the majority of it... the action, all the sarcastic banter that I remembered so well from the first one :) the very... interesting dynamics between the team members :) I had some troubles with Mantis, one of the new characters, because she made very little sense to me... like, why exactly did we need her? on the other hand, the whole plot with Yondu was amazing... let me tell you, I did not expect to fall in love with him so much... and I especially did not expect to cry during that funeral scene as I did... oh, it was so touching... the whole movie is an action packed wild ride and I need the sequel ASAP, especially after seeing the teenage / moody Groot at the end :)

Kong skull island

J: Well I have to confess that I don’t remember that much about it as I thought… well of course I remember an island, for me an exotic location is always a plus in a movie. There was a giant (I wanna say) gorilla, well duh it’s right there in the title – Kong and stuff ;) And there was definitely him – Tom Hiddleston. Fine I went to see him, ok? You got me, I’ll admit it. Maybe it wasn’t the kind of  movie that I will watch countless times, but I didn’t regret watching it. It was pretty much what you can expect, a movie with a lot of action, little adventure and a group of people where you‘re constantly wondering: who will die next. It’s like Jurrasic Park all over again ;)

Pirates of the Caribbean dead men tell no tales

A: *sighs heavily* oh, I have many things to say about this movie and none of them good, so I will try to be brief so as not to focus too much on the negative in this whole post... I was hesitant before seeing this fifth installment of the very popular series... I definitely had my ups and downs with the previous movies soooo... my expectations weren't very high... and unfortunately I was still disappointed... this one was just a big hot mess... Johnny Depp was a caricature of a caricature of his character... the plot was all over the place and the only good thing I can say about it all is that the visual effects were awesome :) unfortunately, that's the only thing I enjoyed... I mean, they tried... with the new female character, but her whole story was wrapped up very messy and all over the place and just... *sighs* don't make me talk about it more... I just didn't like it... if you did, I'm happy for you :) but it was a total miss for me...

The fate of the furious

J: It’s the eight movie in a series, and I still enjoy it… that’s right I said it! :) Let me explain, the main reason is that it doesn’t pretend to be something more than it is. It’s not realistic, at least not at this point, because, well let’s just say cars flying between buildings, endless runway, torpedoes on ice and blowing stuff everywhere and still they save everyone by driving cars… yeah right, nice try :) but this kind of a movie on the big screen is awesome, lots of action, funny characters with great chemistry it all fits perfectly. I’m not a big expert on cars, or even a little one, ok I don’t know shit about cars, but I still enjoy watching people race in them. I’m not gonna talk about the story, because it doesn’t really matter, here the most imortant thing is the team, and what a team they are :) but I remember that I really liked characters played by Jason Statham and Luke Evans, they were hilarious :) also Charlize Theron as a bad-ass villain was awesome :) so if you’re a fan of this series or those kind of stories, you should definitely watch it and just relax :)

Wonder woman

A: this movie... *sighs happily* this movie was... *sighs dreamily* it was everything I wanted to see but didn't know about it ;) I even had troubles picking just one trailer to show you, because all of them were amazing :) ok, I will do my best to explain why I loved it so much, but forgive me if I will sound chaotic and all over the place ;) first of all, it really shows that the director was a woman... it shows in the way she crafted the story... in characters... her touch is in everything... :) I loved the beginning of the movie, where we were on the Amazons island... and we saw strong, smart, brave women... fighters through and through, but sometimes with a softer side... :) that whole thing was probably my favourite part of the movie... but Diana was wonderful throughout the whole story... to see a strong and brave woman who is also kind... with the biggest heart and innocence within her... *sighs happily* I had chills soooo many time during that movie... Gal Gadot is perfection as Diana... I already can't wait for the sequel... :) I feel a re-watch coming on... because I still saw it just once... it was such an emotional movie that I needed time to process everything... especially since there are very sad and emotional parts and I wasn't sure if I was in the mood to sob again... but I am getting there ;) if you haven't already, definitely go watch this unique gem... those action scenes... that music... *sighs happily* I need more :)

The mummy

J: Well I have to say that after watching the trailer I was excited, but after watching in on the big screen I was like meh… It just didn’t click for me, at all. Well exept for the amazing Sofia Boutella who was playing Ahmanet. I was actually rooting for the mummy, so when she lost at the end  I was really disappointed ;) But seriously, she was great, not only she looked fantasticly creepy, she was convincing. The scenes with her were the only bright parts of this movie… And then we have Tom Cruise, it’s not like I don’t like the guy (I like him in mision impossible), he just didn’t fit the role in this movie, not only was he a little too old, but kind of weird and I don’t know, boring and unconvincing. Don’t get me started with the woman by his side, she was there just to explain things to the audience and be saved… and that’s just sad. The whole story had a potential, but it just didn’t work. But that’s just my opinion, you can try if you like, but don’t say I didn’t warn you ;) of course you can just watch the parts with the mummy, cause she was awesome ;)

Despicable me 3

A: ok, so to be prefectly honest... I don't remember a lot of specific details of this movie... :) I remember some, but... yeah... :) anyway... :) I know that I absolutely loved it when I saw it :) which is not always a given, especially with movie #3 in a series :) but this one was wonderful... hilarious and emotional I enjoyed myself immensly while watching it :) the villain is pure perfection, the bigger story is so sweet and just... *sighs happily* if you were hesitant, definitely give this gem a try :)

King Arthur legend of the sword

J: If you’re loking for a movie that has it all, look no further, you found it :) seriously people, I don’t have words to describe how much I loved it. If I say I watched it on the big screen three times and at home at least once a month, it should says it all… I’m not kidding about how amazing it is, believe me! Ok, confession time, when I found out that the main character would be played by Charlie Hunnam I was sold, yeah I know what you’re thinking… but can you blame me, really? This guy is serioulsy hot, and his voice? Instant chills… He’s the whole package, with just the right amount of a cocky asshole and the attitude that he learned on the streets. But his not the only one I loved in this movie, second place belongs to the mysterious Mage played by Astrid Bergès-Frisbey. Her power to control animals is fun to watch especially with cool effects like changing her eyes to match them, my favourite are snake-eyes :) There are many more characters that I liked, way too much to write about all of them here, maybe just a special something for Eric Bana and David Beckham for their episodes :) But I have to say something about the villain, in my opinion Jude Law was magnificently terrible human being. He loved power more than anything, he was willing to do unspeakable things for it and in the end it cost him everything. Outside of characters, magic and an amazing story I enjoyed the dynamic of the movie (especially when Arthur was growing up), fighting scenes (just the right amount) and don’t get me started on the music. I should write it in capital letters, because that’s how great it was. I’m listening to it right now ;) it fits perfectly into the movie, just… nope can’t do it, I really don’t have words, it’s so unique and gives me chills every time, especially the ones with Lady in the Lake, Arthurs execution and his final jurney to the Camelot. Oh and speaking of Camelot and fighting in general, I have to add that one detail of the power of Excalibur was just wow… and I’m talking about the eyes, it’s always the eyes, am I right? So when Arthur take the sword in both hands, his eyes turn blue, because of the power he possess, so hot. And that would be it, because I don’t want to bore you, but I could talk about this movie for a while :) so if you like movies with adventure, magic, great characters and amazing music… just watch this one, if you havent already, I can guarantee you’ll thank me later :)

Atomic blonde

A: from the moment I saw this trailer I knew I would love this movie... if it would match the trailer of course... I learned my lesson with "Assassin's creed" thank you very much :) fortunately the rest of the movie definitely had the same vibes as this short teaser... Charlize Theron as a bad-ass spy was fantastic ;) she was strong and clever, but not immune to hurt... not to mention that the second woman in that movie was pretty kick-ass as well :) and of course James McAvoy never hurts... ;) I am definitely hoping for more movies like this in the future and just more movies in what's hopefully gonna be a successful series as well :)

Transformers the last knight

J: I have to say it’s a hard one. On one hand we have giant robots and on the other hand… not much else. I don’t really remember much about it and that says it all. The story was… nope I got nothing… What I remember liking was an old robot, some kind of a butler for Anthony Hopkins character. But the whole story aboub Optimus Prime turning Nemesis... I don’t know, for me it was just random parts of the movie put together without much sense. If you’re a fan of the franchise maybe you’ll like it more, but I watched these movies from the first one and it’s just getting worse. Maybe this movie would be fine, if they would just stop pretending it’s something more than a simple action movie with cars turning into robots…

Justice league

A: this is a movie that's a bit tricky for me to describe... there were parts I loved and other parts that made me cringe... but all in all I had very little expectations going into it, so I actually enjoyed myself :) the same can't be said about my sister though... yeah... I went with her to see the movie for the second time, and hers first, but... there was a technical problem... there was a power shortage, so about half way through the movie, the screen went blank... we waited, with very little explanation from the staff, for almost an hour, and when it came back on, the movie basically started from the beginning... I'm sure that at some point they would figure everything out, but it was friday evening... a very late evening, and we were both exhausted after our respective work weeks, so the whole situation really pissed us off and we went home... I told her the ending of the story and we are gonna watch it soon at home :) but we saw the best part... as in Aquaman emerging from the waves and such... ;) him and the Flash were the absolute best parts of the story... and Wonder Woman... :) I couldn't really stand Batman and Superman was just a joke... bringing him back to life, with a weird blast that teared off his clothes, but just from the upper part of is body, not the pants... and don't even get me started about the horrible job of CGI-ing his mustache out of every frame... *sighs* but there were a lot of good parts in it as well... it was definitely much more funny than I expected, that's for sure :) and it made me very excited about Aquaman's standalone movie... ;)

Thor Ragnarok

J: I had high hopes for this one after seeing the trailer, and it didn’t disappoint! Seriously, I love Thor, he's one of my favourite superheroes and not because he’s played by Chris Hemsworth… ok maybe it has something to do with it ;) but my point is after really good first movie, came the second one and even I thought it was meh. But this one? Perfection! :) I know that Thor with short hair is not for everybody, but for me it totally worked, if you add to it the red paint on his face when he was entering arena as a gladiator. And the fact that he’s got lightning all over him, such a cool visual effect, just as Odyn have said: are you a good of hammers or a god of thunders? And the answer is definitely god of thunders! My God, he was seriously hot :) but besides his hottnes and amazing voice, he was just funny and entertaining as hell. Other characters were equally good like Tom Hiddleston as Loki, don’t even get me started, because we’ll be here all day. I though that Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie was bad-ass :) we could use more female warriors like her in Marvel movies for sure. And let’s not forget about Cate Blanchett as Hela – love those kind of villains. So to sum up: great story, fantastic cast, hilarious sceens and phenomenal music, so just an amazing movie :) even if you’re not a Marvel fan you should see it, and then maybe you’ll join us :)

Murder on the Orient Express

A: I had no idea about the ending of this story... even though it's based on a book that's been out for years... even though there were multiple previous adaptations... I was able to not be spoiled about the ending... up until the week I saw it in the movie theatre, when I was spoiled because someone didn't believe me that I really don't know that they all killed him on that train... :) yeah... so close... ;) but still, I absolutely loved the movie :) so much so, that it started my new interest in mystery / detective books... I was never a fan of them, not like my sister J who adores them :) but once we got out of the cinema... let's just say that I discovered a whole new world of books :) now I have a long list of stories I want to try out in the future :) but back to the movie :) I loved this adaptation, although I can't really speak about how close it was to the book, since I haven't read it... but I will at some point in the future so we shall see :) for now, I have nothing but praises to say about the cast and how stunning it was visually... a fantastic movie that I highly recommend :)

Honorable mentions

Ok, so before we will end this post, just one more thing... :) we shared lots and lots of movies we saw last year, and our thoughts and opinions about them, but there are a few that are still on our must-watch list :) so I'm just gonna leave trailers for them below, and if you saw any of them, let us know which you would recommend to see as first :) or if you have thoughts about the movies we shared above... :) me and J are always interested in finding out how much in common we have with others :)


A + J

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Review: "From Lukov with love" by Mariana Zapata

Main character: Jasmine

I did not plan to read this book as fast or as soon as I did :) I got it as soon as it came out, because I own all other Mariana's books... although so far I read only one... well, with this one that number have gone up to two ;) anyway... ;) I love her writing style, so buying her other novels wasn't even a question... :) so I bought this one, but had a whole other plan of reading... but then... this one... it's about figure skaters you guys... :) I loved that sport when I was younger... I watched it in the middle of the night if there was a live transmission of world championships and such... but I've never read a book with main characters who do it :) by the way, if you have any other recommendations like this, definitely let me know :) but back to this book :) *sighs* my brain is all over the place today ;) so even though I was suppose to read something else... my mind kept coming back to this one... and it took me like one day to decide to dive into it... I figured that I can just check it out, read a few chapters and just see if it's something I will enjoy at that moment... yeah... I devoured this book practically in one day... and it's quite long :) I just couldn't put it down :) so let me tell you more about the overall plot of the story and our main character and then I will get into all the reasons why I adored it so much :)

The main character of the story is Jasmine... I mean, yes, we also have Ivan and their hate-to-love-with-a-weird-friendship-inbetween sort of romance ;) but in my opinion this is a story about Jasmine... about her accepting who she really is, what she's ready to sacrifice to accomplish her dreams, coming to terms with her past choices and just growing as a person... so let me tell you more about her :) Jasmine is a figure skater... she trained basically her whole life, first as a solo performer, and then in pairs... she had success as a junior, but never quite accomplished her dreams as a senior... or once she switched to pairs... I understand why some people may have problems with her... why in some reviews I read you could see people describing her as obnoxious, annoying... but I would use adjectives like stubborn, strong-willed, determined... she's not a kind of person who will stand down from a fight... I loved her for all of that... :) she's a survivor... every time life knocks her down, she gets right back up... now, about a year after her last partner left her, she's working part time and still training on her own... that is until she gets a most unexpected proposition... Ivan Lukov, a guy she hates, her friends brother... an owner of many gold trophies... a guy she hates... he and his coach want her to be his new partner for one year... yeah... that's quite a shocker for her... but it is a chance for her to achieve her dreams... maybe her last one... so after consideration and establishing some rules she decides to agree... the whole book takes place over the span of that year, with an absolutely wonderful epilogue at the very end with the most amazing glimpse into the future :) so now that we have some basic informations out of the way, let me tell you about all the reasons why I loved this story so much :) and the main one is...

Jasmine :) again, I understand why some people might not like her, but I really connected with her... and not because we are very similar, although there were times when I definitely could relate to her and the way she was acting... ;) not always the best thing ;) don't get me wrong, she wasn't perfect... far from it, but... she really struck a chord deep within my heart and I was a goner ;) even though she definitely did some super irritating things a few times within the pages of this novel... but each of her flaws and mistakes made her more real, more human in my eyes... I can't count all the times when I wanted to shake some sense into her and the next moment I just wanted to hug her :) like I mentioned before, for me this is a story about Jasmine... about how she changes and grows as a person within that year... how she learns new things about herself... *sighs happily* I loved her character development... and of course we can't forget about Ivan... he was... a big mystery at the beginning of the story... mainly because he speaks very little, and since the whole story is told from the perspective of Jasmine, we have to wait to get to know more about him... but it's definitely worth it :) because we discover, along with Jasmine, that the person he shows to the world... the champion figure skater, is just a small part of him... I adored discovering every little new thing about him... showing us how much more complex he is than what I originally thought... not to mention his relationship with Jasmine... since they have a history of fights between them, it's hard to imagine how them skating together can be sucessful... but they are both goal oriented and determined to make it work... over time and once they slowly start to get to know each other more, they turn into unexpected friends... very peculiar friends I have to add, but friends nonetheless :) and since Mariana can be called Queen of Slow Burn Romances for very good reasons, it's not until very late within the story when their relationship turns romantic :) I was more than ok with that, because it gave us the opportunity to be a part of their whole journey... :) *sighs dreamily* and I loved every part of it :) another absoltely fantastic and complex part of this story was Jasmine's family... apparently one of her sisters was the heroine of Mariana's other book, but I haven't read it yet :) all her stories can be read as total standalones so don't worry if you haven't read any of her other novels :) they are a very... interesting bunch :) I think my personal favourite was her mom... for many reasons :) but I don't really want to get into too many details, so you can make up your own opinions while reading the story :) the writing style was once more phenomenal... even though the book is not short, it felt like I was flying through it... reading chapter after chapter, because I could not put it down... Mariana made me fell completely in love with Jasmine, even though she wasn't an easy character... this whole book made my laugh, tear up, sigh in frustration, made all sorts of aaaawwww noises because of some totally adorable scenes... it was a perfect mix of everything I love in books, and I highly recommend you guys to give it a try :)



Review: "Hekate's chalice" by Teagan Kearney

Book 1 in series Adept solutions
Main character: JB

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book :) this was a phenomenal read :) it's a first story in a series of novellas, so my review will be a bit shorter as well.. after all, I don't want to spoil you anything ;) so let me tell you a bit about characters and the plot of this book :) JB is the current owner of Adept solutions, a detective agency that he took over from his dad... what's unusual about him and his employees is that all of them are... not exactly humans... or just humans ;) JB himself is part daemon, Gemma and Jason are humans (and twins), but with certain... gifts and abilities, Zhanna is a fairy and Nikki is part imp :) each of the books in this series... and I know since I am currently reading the third one ;) evolves around a different case at the same time allowing us to get to know more about the whole group :) that's pretty much all I can tell you without giving away too much, so let me jump into all the reasons why I adored this story :)

Like I mentioned, each book is focused on a different case, and with this first story, JB and his team are tasked with finding the missing chalice... it's a very important artifact, and the whole theft was kept secret... they have only a few days to solve everything and find the chalice... :) so before the end of this story we will have the answers... :) additional note, this whole series takes place in an alternate version of our world, where there are all sorts of paranormal creatures, and people are aware of them :) it definitely gives so many possibilities for very interesting stories to tell... :) even though the whole novella wasn't very long I really liked how the whole case progressed :) obviously, I can't tell you anything about it :) what's more important, within not so many pages Teagan Kearney was able to make me absolutely fell in love with the whole cast of characters :) that first story is a fantastic introduction into a very diverse group, where each and every person is different and has his or her own personality... to be honest, I am unable to pick just one of them to name as a favourite of mine ;) the writing style is amazing and entertaining, so you can't help but finish the book in one sitting ;) generally, I have nothing to say but praises about this book :) if you haven't already, definitely give it a try :)