Sunday, 17 December 2017

Carole's Sunday Review: Shadow by the bridge

Author: Suzanne Zewan
Title: Shadow by the Bridge
Genre: Historical Fiction & Mystery
Pages: 368
Published: November 2017
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

11-year-old Fritz Reynolds recalled his father telling him that man is the only creature who can find amusement in killing. Little did he realize that those words would become the theme for his teenage years growing up in the rural hamlet of Linden, New York. In this coming-of-age story, Fritz takes us back to a simpler time when neighbors gathered at the general store to listen to radio shows, drank barrel-aged cider, and worshiped at the Baptist church every Sunday. All was picturesque in his close-knit farming community until terror was unleashed on them. 


Gotta love a good mystery especially a murder mystery in a small town in the middle of nowhere. 


This story follows Fritz who sees a murder happen before his very eyes however he couldn't identify the killer so there was no reason to say anything so he didn't. He kept it to himself. Years pass and Fritz and the town tried to forget that horrible murder. Well...the past repeats itself and murders start haunting the town again. 



This was a good mystery...I was completely in the dark and I had no idea what was going to happen. Yes, this was a true story, but I had no knowledge on this so I was along for the ride. I felt bad for the little town because it is scary to have people you know slaughtered and you have NO idea who did or even why. Scary stuff. I really felt for Fritz that he kept such a dark secret for so long. I think he should've said something. MAYBE he could've helped. IDK. But yes, I get that he was a little kid and was scared to say somthing. 



But yes, this was a fun read. I really enjoyed it. There were some parts that seemed to drag on and on, but those slow parts were worth it in the end. 



I do wish we had more of a closing in the end. But sometimes life doesn't end with a little bow on top. 



If you need a good mystery, this is a good one for you to check out especially since it based off of a real one so it makes it even better. I should do some research and learn about the real deal. Poor Fritz! Poor little town! Poor murder victims...but so good overall. I'll stamp this with 4 stars. 



  








Saturday, 16 December 2017

Movie Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Director: Luc Besson
Writers: Pierre Christin (based on the comic book series "Valerian and Laureline" by), Jean-Claude Mézières (based on the comic book series "Valerian and Laureline" )
Stars: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen 

2h 17min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy 



My thoughts:
I read the book, and that made me want to watch the movie. I did not have high hopes cos sci-fi is tricky. It can be bad silly, it can be too tech, it can be too dull. But this was amusing.

Though Valerian was as much as a d*ck as in the books. I just do not like that guy. First he was all hopeless, but then he was like super agent. Whatever Valerian, you are a d*ck. It just felt a bit too much you know, especially in these times. He was all Laureline wink wink. Did not like the actor either.

But Delevingne was good, and saved the day.

Rihanna can not act, tragic. Totes ruined her part.

Action, aliens, a few jokes. I enjoyed it.

Oh and cried. Damn! Oh these hormones!

So sure, you can watch it. It was amusing.



Friday, 15 December 2017

Seeking Mr.Wrong - Natalie Charles

Lettie Osbourne has lived her whole life by the book. Sweet, predictable, and certainly not living life on the edge, she’s always been content to make a living as a kindergarten teacher who writes adorable children’s books on the side. After her fiancé leaves her, Lettie decides she is perfectly content to accept her fate as mother to her beloved dog Odin and favorite auntie to her niece and nephew.

But then everything changes.

When Lettie’s publisher decides to sell only erotica, her editor convinces her to turn up the heat and throw some spice into her vanilla life. Lettie sets out to find the perfect man to inspire her writing...and finds him in her school’s vice principal, Eric Clayman. As Lettie and Eric grow closer and her writing gets steamier, she’s left wondering: is Eric Mr. Wrong? Or Mr. Right? 

My thoughts:
I wanted something I could read fast. I dnfed one and then I started on this one. It felt light and cute so I gave it a go. Though my tablet was dead so I borrowed bf's so I could read it since this book is free now in May on xoxo after dark.

Lettie writes children's books and then boom drama, her editor wants her to write erotica...eh, srsl? Ok fine I can believe it (not really but I will roll with it.)

And she has a hot new boss too. Though that first meeting, ehh, srsly? What was he thinking (but fine I will roll with it.)

So these two slowly get closer, even though they should not. She writes. There is some drama and then they live happily ever after.

Conclusion:
Cute and light.

Cover
Well....cute...too cute

ebook, Ebook , 300 pages
Published February 13th 2017 by Pocket Star, Gallery, Threshold
Contemporary romance
Free on xoxo after dark for a few weeks


Thursday, 14 December 2017

Audio Review: On the Jellicoe Road

Taylor Markham is now a senior at the Jellicoe School, and has been made leader of the boarders. She is responsible for keeping the upper hand in the territory wars with the townies, and the cadets who camp on the edge of the school's property over summer. She has to keep her students safe and the territories enforced and to deal with Jonah Griggs – the leader of the cadets and someone she'd rather forget. But what she needs to do, more than anything, is unravel the mystery of her past and find her mother – who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road six years before. The only connection to her past, Hannah, the woman who found her, has now disappeared, too, and the only clue Taylor has about Hannah and her mother's past is a partially written manuscript about a group of five kids from the Jellicoe School, twenty years ago. 

Audiobook, 8 pages
Published May 14th 2010 by Bolinda Audio (first published 2006)
YA fiction
From Sync (love you audiosync!)

My thoughts:
I am feeling meh today, not in a review writing mood.

The start was rocky. It started with this accident. Then we were with Taylor at her school and I kept wondering why it kept jumping back and forth? Then it was explained that she was reading something. Yeah...messy.

So a slow start and it took me some time to get through this audio. It was not that compelling. Kids warring with Cadets and Townies.

Oh and Taylor was messed up! This teen needed family and a hug. And those who could have given her that, grrrr, wtf was wrong with you? Nope Hannah, I would not forgive you! Sure we get explanations at the end but still! Taylor just wanted to know why she was all alone and where her mum was.

But close to the end it did get interesting. I did want to know why Hannah was writing about those kids and where she was and how it all was connected. And I wanted Taylor to find some truth in her life.

Conclusion:
I even started crying at one point. And it was a good book all the way through, it just made me angry at the adults and I think reading it would have made the messy start better

Narrator Rebecca Macauley
I did like her accent, since hey AU book gotta have it right. So nothing wrong with her narration

Cover
meh


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