Vengeance by Michelle Madow

Thursday, November 29, 2012

About the Book:
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Series: Transcend Time, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Novella, Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5 

Review: Picking up right where Michelle’s debut novel, Remembrance left off is this, a 50-some page novella from nice-girl-turned-antagonist, Chelsea’s POV. The story is a short work of fiction detailing Chelsea’s anger, hurt, and resentment towards her best friend, Lizzie and her now ex-boyfriend Drew in the aftermath of the secret that blew everything to smithereens, and Lizzie’s near death. Seeking out a way to exact her own kind of revenge, Chelsea allows her friend, Shannon to talk her into speaking with a shelf-proclaimed witch. Talk about harsh, right!? (Remind me never to get on Chelsea’s bad side. *wink*) In many ways, I am disappointed Chelsea didn’t get her own full-fledged novel in order to better shape her character to carry over into the finale but then the writer in me recognizes this method as “good policy.”

No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig

About the Book:
Author: Elizabeth Ludwig
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Edge of Freedom, Book 1
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical
Rating: 4 out of 5 

Review: While reading this historical work of fiction, I was surprised to learn that Elizabeth Ludwig has published novels prior to this since I’ve not yet uncovered the gem that was her style of writing. Under the assumption that Ludwig was another of the fabulous debut authors from 2012 (in my defense, this is her first pairing with Bethany House), imagine my further surprise when I realized I actually own one of her novels from the “Love Finds You” series. Before I reveal what I thought of this story, here is how the story goes: New to America by way of Ireland, Cara Hamilton is searching for someone. The man she meets on the docks upon arrival at Ellis Island wants to know who. Rourke Walsh has been driven by revenge for his father’s death for so long that he has forgotten what it’s like to live with peace – to be God’s servant… to accept love again. He desperately wants to learn the whereabouts of Eoghan Hamilton and Cara is his only lead. He knows that the man who killed his father had a twin sister but the more he gets to know Cara, the more he wishes she had nothing to do with the man whom Rourke has promised to visit his revenge on. Will there ever be truth between Rourke and Cara?

Give Thanks

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Every year, Thanksgiving Day brings up a bounty of memories and traditions that come flooding into our minds as if they happened only yesterday. The day represents something special in traditional activities but also our history and heritage. Although it’s a common holiday we share and celebrate, for American’s Thanksgiving Day may hold a different meaning. It may be merely another day for those who still have to go to a 9-5 job, for others, it could signify seeing family members that we’ve not seen all year or it may be a tradition of helping out others.
For my family, Thanksgiving holds more of a traditional meaning. We are either at home or spend the better part of the day with my mom’s family but whichever one works out, we always enjoy a meal with all the trimmings, watch a customary version of Miracle on 34th Street and have lots of laughs. (Since my family is hosting this year, who knows how things will turn out! *fingers crossed*)

Downton Abbey, Series Three (2012)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Though I cannot promise I won’t “slip up,” this will be a spoiler-free review.
Anyone who has watched this series – which I believe is basically... everyone, knows its sorrows, joys and triumphs. It’s an award-winning ITV series penned by Julian Fellowes that has evolved a great deal in the last three years. Praised for its first season but earning lackluster reviews in its second (which I attribute to the time frame), the series returns for a stronger, but emotionally driven third season. One that wouldn’t be the Downton Abbey we know and love without some fun and soapy drama – and there’s plenty of it!

Trading Christmas (2011)

Until Hallmark channel paid notice, authors whose works were considered Christian – or at least moral stories, rarely got much exposure in the world of film, on the small screen or the silver. A pair of movies, already a success and to their credit based on Debbie Macomber’s novels have already been made prompting Hallmark to again bring another of her novels to their holiday line-up.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Super hero films are a dime a dozen now days. When studio execs decide to produce them it really doesn’t matter how “good” they are because they’re sure to draw a crowd with cool special effects. Despite being for reasons that involved losing the franchise (the rights), less than ten years after the last Spider-Man film was made, the series was re-booted with a young, fresh-faced cast and some unique twists of its own. 

The Blind Side (2010)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Blindside
This was on my “to see” list from its debut in theaters. Initially (and ironically, since I'm the least among us who likes football) I was the only one of my immediate family interested, so it was “abandoned” in pursuit of other theater trips. Since it appeared on DVD, there were several surprises in store as a result of that, not the least of which was that suddenly my family was actually clamoring to see it. 

What does Entertainment Say About Us?

Friday, November 9, 2012

America loves going to the movies. That is no secret. We get a thrill walking into the Cineplex, buying an over-priced but oh-so-yummy bag of calorie laden popcorn and handing the ticket person our stubs before walking into the theater door they specify will show our movie. The anticipation of the opening credits build while we munch on that popcorn and watch the endless, worthless bunch of advertisements and then… the theater goes black and the HD screen lights up with the first frames. I am one of those people who don’t go to the theater much in comparison to average America but I love every second of it. For me, it is an “innocent” afternoon out without being “extravagant” and since I am a simple girl anyway, it is a fun activity that satisfies my need to enjoy an outing. But is that really “all” that an afternoon in a dark theater is?

How do our entertainment choices reflect on us?

The Paradise: Series One, Episode One (2012)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

When it comes to gorgeous costume dramas, the British know how to make ‘em and do it well. There have been dozens of them that enchanted American audiences and several have even ended up in my collection. This is one of their recent endeavors and sadly, I think it shows the wear of writer’s who have already tried this premise.

Lark Rise to Candleford, Series One (2008)

Lark Rise to Candleford

This beautiful, entertaining lark was something I was clamoring to find any way to get my hands on. As a continuity airing on British television, the wait was an even longer wait in making its way to the states. Finally it did arrive on DVD and I anxiously bought all four subsequent series.

A Flight of Fancy by Laurie Alice Eakes

Saturday, November 3, 2012

About the Book:
Author: Laurie Alice Eakes
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2012
Series: The Daughters of Bainbridge House, book 2
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

Review: Stories set in the regency era usually hold my attentions without trying. Unfortunately, A Flight of Fancy fell inches short. The reason(s) why, I cannot put my finger on but something about the novel didn’t allow me to “connect” with it. Here’s how the story plays out.  

Lifestyle vs. Anonymity

Friday, November 2, 2012

Just a little over a year ago I started this blog. Its purpose was to post film reviews and the occasional rant if I needed a place to vent opinions on “hot button” or topical issues but even beyond that, it was meant to feed my love of scribbling words and forming them into semi-coherent sentences. Prior to creating a Blogger account, I read one blog that was similar to the sort of blogging I had in mind, and it seemed to work well for her, so after some thought, I became interested in getting in on blogging. Little did I realize how rewarding it could be or how many people I’d “meet” in the process. Not long ago, one of my friends on Blogger advised to be careful you don’t become burnt out on blogging because eventually, well… you’ll blog about blogging! If I could beg your indulgence, that is the purpose of this post. In the recent months, I have been asked by readers about my inclination to never post personal photos or use a profile picture that is actually of me. After a year of blogging, it seemed appropriate to share some of my reservations. The reason being I am a bit Internet shy when it comes to pouring my heart out either on the page or through posting photographs of daily life. Here is why.

Cover Candy: Edition Three

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Calling all book lovers and you, my book-loving friends! Again, I have compiled a list of upcoming novels that have piqued my interest and are stylin' so fabulously with their cover candy! Some of these books I am anxiously awaiting and others merely caught my eye because of their cover design. Check out the covers and most of their respective synopsis below (plus I've added most of the synopsis to the prior parts 1 and 2 of this series), and then, let me know which you are looking forward to reading or which covers you like best... or drop a line about just anything! Have fun checking out these 2013 books! I know I did.
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