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!):

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, December 26, 2013

FROZEN is just downright cool!

This would be an awful pun I know, but Frozen was just downright cool!! ^_^ It is everything you could ask for in a princess flick these days. Thank god Disney moved on from the damsel in distress themes! There's more to being a princess than being pretty, demure and shy... you could be, I don't know, like a normal girl who just wants to have fun and be free!


This reminded me so much of Tangled (duh! >_<) but with a much richer cast. I mean have you met the simply adorable Olaf?! He is a snowman that can melt anyone's heart I swear! And Sven, the amazing telepathy talking reindeer! haha Yeah, that was pretty funny. And I don't know about you, but I'm glad that the eternal snow curse wasn't cast by an evil witch from Narnia or something, there's much more story behind this... where seemingly bad people aren't always bad, and seemingly good people aren't always good. Appearances can be... snow deep! Yeah I didn't exactly get that either XD

Anyhow, I'm really glad the creators of Tangled came up with an original story this time, I mean, I bet this gave them so much more freedom in tinkering with the characters and story line in general, and I'm happy to say they did this right! That along with the breathtaking scenery and BEAUTIFUL score, you got a timeless Disney flick right there.

It's something I'd watch over again, that's for dang sure ;)

90% - Daringly original in its genre. Or highly entertaining with uber story-line. touching! awesome! repeatable!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Iron Man 3: Musings on Terrorism and America


Amid recent acts of terrorism that has been happening to the United States, I cannot help but surmise that writers wanted a plot that is not only relevant but will also strike a chord to the American people.

Terrorism. What comes to mind when you hear the word? Wars, 9/11, bombs, Muslims-- I bet you even have a mindset in your head of what a terrorist is supposed to look like. Well, The Mandarin was portrayed in the television as a man in long robes, a beard, having an army of rebels located in dry regions of the world, and a rigid heartless expression. What you don't realize is that a terrorist could be anyone, can come from anywhere, and doesn't have to look like Osama bin Laden.


He could be an idealistic and seemingly harmless smart chap right from where you live, and from countless superhero stories (or even everyday life) you should know that the bad guy is not always who they should be, and even the purest of intentions can be corrupted by greed and desperation.

One would like to believe that the war is only happening in places such as Iran or Pakistan, but actually it can be much, much closer to home. As long as there are people who are being oppressed and treated wrongly, no one is safe anywhere.

Iron Man as a Symbol

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Every Day by David Levithan Novel Review: A Curious Concept

Rating: 3.5 STARS

I picked out Every Day by David Levithan out of curiosity seeing as it had a pretty intriguing concept. What if you woke up in a different body everyday? You're about the same age but you can either be a boy or a girl, and you have to adjust day in day out to the mindset of a different person, being someone but no one at the same time.

Somehow he can access the memories of the person so he's not left totally clueless. If he sticks to the routine then there's no problem, he'll just come and go with no one noticing. But there's also that other side of him that wants a kind of consistency in his life, which happens to be Rhiannon-- the person who made him realize that there's gotta be more to life than a daily existence being someone else.

(I'm talking like he's coming from a male point of view but he's actually neither. It makes sense since technically he's only a soul, going from one body to another, so it's safe to assume that he's bisexual in whatever body he assumes. Some might think this can be confusing but he actually really know who he is, he doesn't like a person based on gender but he likes a person as a person.)

Not a Love Story
Though despite what it says on the back of the book, it's not a love story, not in the sense that I thought it would be. It's more philosophical than anything else, like is what he doing moral and just how much can he meddle in other people's lives. 

Everyday he doesn't know what a person is facing and everyday he risks changing things, and he doesn't know what repercussions his actions can do for the person the next day. You might think that's ridiculous as not a lot can be changed in a day. But you'll be surprised just how much it can be affected, especially coming from the person who knows the value of a day more than anyone

A Lot of Resentment