Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward | Audiobook Review


Theme: Romance | Sub theme: Stepbrother  | Is there sex? Yep

Rating: 4/5 | Verdict: Good listen

Notes:
  • If you're looking for incest, this isn't it. They met late teens, and for me, that doesn't really count. You won't need to worry about being all iffy about incest with this book.
  • It starts out pretty light-- it has the old-fashioned 'teenage rivals scenario' which got me to pick up the audiobook in the first place. Read on though, and it goes a few levels deeper that will hit you right there-- in a surprisingly good way. 
  • I did have this feeling that some scenes and phases were roughly sewn together. Some transitions and characters just came a little out of nowhere.  
  • It has its predictable and mushy parts, but you'll forgive her for that. 
  • I see a tattooed guy on the cover, and I pick that out, I wonder why? O_o

Audiobook Voice: Quite good, it has a girl narrator for all parts. The boy part can be better but it was still alright. (Side note, the whole time I thought the boy protagonist's name was 'Alec' instead of 'Elec'.) 

Book Plot:
You’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I’d seen Elec.

When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.


Spoilery Afterthoughts (Read more after you have read the book, and comment if you agree about any of them!):

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wasted Words by Staci Hart | Audiobook Review

Theme: Romance

Is there sex? Yep

Rating: 2.5/5 | Verdict: Meh.

Notes:
I thought the plot meant that it would be a sure-fire hit for me... who doesn't like stories where the nerdy little bookworm ends up with the super hot sports agent? Unfortunately though, as intriguing as the beginning introductions were, their romantic revelation and interaction wasn't as thrilling as it could be. 

Audiobook Voices: Quite good. There's a guy and girl narrator.

Book Plot:
Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.

Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.

She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.

Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.

Semi-spoilery afterthoughts (Tell me if you felt the same way!)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G. | Audiobook Review


Theme: Romance | Sub theme: Best Friends | Is there sex? Yep

Rating: 4.5/5 | Verdict: Must-listen!

Notes:
  • Don't let the light semi-corny beginnings fool you, their story develops well so listen through it 'til the end!
  • If you're a Taylor swift fan, take note of the Chapter Titles ;)

Audiobook Voices: Excellent - There's a guy and girl narrator!

Book Plot:
Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend...


Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve ...

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…


Semi-Spoilery Afterthoughts (Read more after you have read the book, and comment if you agree about any of them!):

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Top 10 Cinderella Theme Chick Flicks / Romantic Comedy


Every girl deserves a Cinderella happily ever after, and this goes to show that happy endings don't just happen in cartoons.

 Now with this list, I thought it was an opportune time to say that I’m super excited for the newest Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits, that is coming this 2017. Sofia Carson is playing our heroine and she looks so talented over here. It seems like she’s doing some sort of Hanna Montana mystery talented girl in disguise over here, while her prince is clueless. I can’t wait! I just love a good Cinderella story, and I have high hopes for this one. Especially since her prince is pretty cute.

Well, since we have to wait like many more months until that time we can see that, I guess we have to settle for some past renditions of the age old fairy tale.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Passengers Movie Review: Jim's Heirarchy of Needs


On the get go, the film reminded me of Robinson Crusoe, a guy stuck on a deserted island... with the slight difference of our guy being stuck on a high-tech, state-of-the-art space ship, with all the amenities he could possibly ask for!


In a sense, Jim (Chris Pratt) didn't need to fight to survive. But if  Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs taught us anything, once we've secured food and safety, then comes Love/Belonging... and boy was our boy just dying inside.

Technically though, he wasn't alone. On board with him were 4999 others. In a state of suspended animation, ready to be woken up once they arrived on their new Earth-- 90 years into the future. Jim was just that unlucky one to have erratically awoken way ahead of schedule.

On a particularly miserable day, all by his lonesome self, Jim bumped into the pod of the beautiful sleeping Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence). 


Day by day, he would learn more about Aurora from her files, and he found that he was falling more and more for her...

So here comes the moral dilemma. If you were Jim, would you wake her up? Effectively also taking away her very future just so you won't be alone?!

(Hey, not judging here. If it was the other way around, I'd wake Chris Pratt in a heartbeat!)


*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Thursday, August 18, 2016



Suicide Squad Rocked! For the record, I almost didn’t see this film cause of what the critics were saying, but even if I’m late to the party, I’m glad I still went in.

Bad guys are bad asses. It’s no secret I love villains. And you know, there are just too many good guy movies that after a while all of their characters feel bland and the same. I think villains can have more personality as there is more leeway, you’re not sure of what they won’t or will do. I really think they deserve more chances at the spotlight. #moresuicidesquad

Unfortunately, since these villains are no Iron Man or Batman, they can’t have a full trilogy to explain their backstory. If that’s what you were looking for then, of course you’d be disappointed because this 2 hour movie is not that.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Just how much should you give up to succeed in your job? (Thoughts on The Devil Wears Prada)



Andrea wanted to be a reporter, but to do that she must first work at Runway Magazine under the most impossible boss you can imagine, Miranda Priestly.

At first she was fine with just getting by, but as demands got higher, she did get pushed into doing more and more as she subconsciously wanted the approval of her boss. And the more she did a good job, the more was expected of her. And this, my friends, is the never ending cycle of corporate America. It’s a vicious cycle of eat or get eaten.  

At a certain point though, you might think to yourself, up to what point is all this work still worth it? You might not think about it that much now, but I can imagine that as you get older, time can become more and more important and all of a sudden you come to realize just how much of your life you have spent in something that you really did not want to do.

Now there is this book by Bonnie Ware called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, and there she enumerates some things that I feel are related to the things Andrea, in the Devil Wears Prada movie, realized later on.