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Friday, July 24, 2015

My Favorite Things ~ Week 16


We are week 16 episode 29. I have been taking a break from blogging due to a few things. Still wrestling with illness and the lingering sinus infection. Add to it my stupid air conditioning decided to stop working last weekend and I've been without ac in KC for over a week now (it's not pretty folks) I finally broke down and bought a portable unit (not a window unit) but a portable unit to move around until we can either afford to pay for a new unit 7k or move into a new place by affording to sale the old place which sucks b/c the old place is... well let me just put it this way do you remember that old movie that stared Tom Hanks called Money Pit


Yeah well that's what I live in right now. No matter what I fix or do I keep having to fix another thing or put out another metaphorical fire of a crisis in another area. So I'm half tempted to cut my loses and runaway to Mexico and open a bar on the beach... wanna join me?


Any who enough of my woes let's move onto something way more entertaining.

NERD stuff
have you seen this video

First off I have to admit that anyone who can do these dances with this much rhythm is awesome add to it in full costume and you just became my hero... serious than add to it as an incredible and now I love you.
This begged the question or at least it did of me how many hours do you spend on Youtube with videos either like this or dancing cats or snowboarding dogs. Or you know whatever? My biggest problem with youtube are fan videos. You know what I'm talking about videos that fans made of their favorite show or characters set to music that they think totally describes the scene or what they want from the situation. I enjoy them I think because they are like little movies. The vines videos are almost too short for me. 5 seconds or 10 at most and poof then they repeat and it's over. But most Youtube videos are a good 3 to 5 minutes depending on the author and they entertain me for hours. Pick a song and I guarantee I can find you at least 10 videos from 10 different fandoms with a different take on the same song.
For example take the songs
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
or Say Something by A Great Big World
and I can find you a video in the:
Hunger Games fandom
Supernatural fandom
Pretty Little Liars fandom
Wolfblood fandom
Sherlock fandom
OUAT fandom
Arrow fandom
Avengers fandom
Harry Potter fandom
Chuck fandom
and well I think you get the point...

I LOVE YOUTUBE plus have of the fan videos I find on youtube are 20 times better than some of the original video trailers to begin with.

PERSONAL
I am not doing crap with no ac I have been basically sitting on my booty watching TV and netflix doing absolutely nada. Trying to remain cool. But I did work on reading done and cleaned up my Kindle which is super exciting! I didn't even know you could organize those (I have an original Kindle which was out before they were cool so take that all you tech people) this is me sticking my tongue out at you. I did finish my 100 letters to me which was a pretty awesome project that I will save for you next week since I am house sitting this week and I would love to post pictures of it in it's complete form instead of just talking about it which never does it justice. So I will save that juicy wonderfulness for next week. Other than that nothing too new to report in this section. Hoping next week will have more yummy goodness for you.

TV SHOWS
Well this has been a week of catch up with the TV Shows from PLL (Pretty Little Liars) to Kill Joys to Dark Matter to wrapping up Wallander (BBC version) to I guess that's it we haven't really watched anything else
 So I guess I will start with the first on the list Pretty Little Liars... For a #SummerofAnswers this has really been a #SummeroffrustrAstion my goodness I am really getting sick of the same old stupid mistakes the girls keep making. I mean how many times do we have to rush into a situation without calling the coops? How many times do we have to do drugs Spencer? How many times do we have to think we can out smart A? And how many times do we the watchers get promised to find out who A is only to be told nope psych just playing before we walk? I am seriously not even sure why I watch other than there is nothing else on Tuesday nights that hold my attention. Seriously I fast forward through half of this show and roll my eyes through the other half. Nothing surprises me and irritates me as much as this show. Apparently we will know who Charles is in 2 more episodes but I doubt that.
On a happier note I LOVE THIS SHOW and pray with all the wishes of a 1000 ponies and knives this show doesn't get canceled because it is the bomb diggity in my book which sadly means it probably has a death wish or a threat hanging over it. Cursed is thy middle name. It is an action, comedy, friendship, science fiction, family that live on a ship named Lucy who favors John I mean come on. They are bounty hunters too what could be wrong with a show like this. Add in missions, lies, secrets, doctors, sex, hawt men, brothers, and a past and BOOM you have Killjoys. Please please don't Almost Human this show!

Dark Matter on the other hand is one of those few shows I can either take or leave. It either has a really good episode where I'm like OMG this show is AWESOME or it has an episode where I could care less. Last week's episode was a care less episode. We got to learn about a few of the crew and well to be honest I wasn't that blown away by any of it and really didn't care. It didn't make me more invested in them or connect to any of them it just made me shrug my shoulders and go okay so what. Now it makes me wonder about 3 of the crew are actually really good guys forced to do bad things b/c of a crappy situation but does that mean then the other 2 that we didn't learn about are really bad guys who are just that? How's that going to work out? And do I care enough to stick around and find out? 


So I wrapped up the 3rd series of Wallander and Damn these shows are dark and deep and depressing I mean my goodness you need a deep drink, shower and sleep after watching them. No wonder they never give the man a HEA which is sad because I really want him to have one. He deserves to be happy DAMN IT. Also Tom is no longer in any episodes after series 2 for those of you that care. But by then you are kind of hooked on Wallander himself and his depressing as crap life so you man up and sit it out. I seriously have no idea how many series there are but I am not certain if I can take any  more dark police crap. I miss my Death in Paradise DI Richard Poole Speaking of which did I ever tell you how crappy that was?!?!
Let's save that for another day...

MOVIES
Apparently my mother had never seen Madagascar the movie and I wanted to see the Penguin movie from Madagascar but she was asking way too many damn questions about them so I made her watch the original just stop the questions. And boy was I glad we did because it's a cute movie. I actually forgot how much I enjoy this one. Its cute and funny and well just a good over all family movie. I highly recommend it.

MUSIC
Say Something by A Great Big World b/c hey we talked about it earlier


And here's that dean video that will rip your heart to shreds by 00shelly77 (does contain spoilers)


And well if we are going to do that song let's do the who
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri


And here's the Sherlock fan video by maitikaHan (again spoilers)


BOOKS


Title: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Author: Seth Grahame-Smith
Released: 2010
Summary:
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."

"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed thetrue life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation. 

Thoughts:
I have to admit this is a recent read for me and I actually did the audio book but then went out and bought the physical book because I enjoyed it so much. This book surprised me in a lot of good ways and that's saying something now and days. It is a rare day when a book especially an audio book can suck me in so much that I don't want to leave my car because I want to know what is going to happen next but this book did just that. The author did such a great job at weaving in the "journals" of Abraham and the history of this fascinating man's stories that I was shocked that I found myself going sure that could work. And weeks later I am still talking about it to people and telling them you have got to read this book. That is not something that I do very often. The way the journal, history and telling of the story are put together I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed with this writer that I went out and picked up his 3 other books. Some things I liked: 
I have no idea where to start. I loved how the writer weaved seamlessly the telling of Abraham's life into him actually hunting vampires to the point where I was like well... that could have happened. I enjoyed it immensely. 
I liked the concept its not something I would have put together and it was a pleasant surprise. As I put in the reason for reading this had 2 outcomes it could have been really good or bad. Lucky for me this turned out really well and I enjoyed it. 
The characters were very interesting including the completely made up one Henry and I enjoyed him enough I went out and got his own book just because I enjoyed how much of a role he played in Abraham's story. 
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE
My main complaint throughout the story is the constant counting as an audio book I have no idea what the counting was for or what it was about. But they were constantly counting from 5 or 2 or 3 and it wasn't chapters b/c they still made sure to read me the damn chapters as well. 
Also reading me the footnotes at the precise moment of the footnotes is very jarring and took away from the freaking telling of the story and I didn't like it (just a pet peeve of mine) it could've waited until the end or wasn't actually needed nor necessary for a fiction novel.

FAVORITE ACTOR
Since I've done a few different actors I think this week I will go with Eion Bailey he's an actor on a few things but my favorite thing that he's been on is OUAT (Once Upon A Time) He was August Booth AKA well I won't give it away for those of you who haven't gotten that far in a watch of the show. But I was so happy when they brought him back shortly this season.







That's it for me folks this week its been real thanks for joining me for yet another awesome week on my favorites. As always I would love to hear from you on what you thought about this week, as well as, what some of  your favorite things are. Please feel free to leave a comment on some of your favorite items here below or come over to Twitter and let me know your thoughts. You can also join me on the dark side at Tumblr or over at Podbean where I record the podcast at. Until next time stay safe and enjoy the weekend and shake that groove thing. 



Friday, July 17, 2015

My Favorite Things ~ Week 15

Hey everybody welcome back to a Few of my Favorite Things. We are on week 15 episode 28 we skipped last week cause this gal right here was sick. I wasn't just sick I was CAPITAL S... I... C... K so yeah joyous nothing like having a sickness in the dead of summer to add to your misery.

But enough about me cause we're back... (I tried with the impression and honestly I think I should just give them up. Clearly it's not my fort-ate and honestly not winning me any points at the moment)

NERD NEWS
So nerds how many of you totally geeked out or nerded out (not sure if that's a word) about SDCC (for non-nerds that would be San-Diego Comic Con) even those of you not 100 % tuned into the nerd/geek vibes knew something big happened last weekend b/c every major trailer for the next year was dropped/released or hinted at in the DC and Marvel universe and hell even those who have nothing to do with comic books but had something nerd/geek/sci-fi or paranormal related was talked about.

I mean my goodness everything from
Superman vs. Batman
Suicide Squad
to
Man from Uncle (I actually want to see this one)
Crimson Peak (want to see but more than likely won't very scary)

Conman (a web series by Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk)

to TV Shows coming out like the ever popular
Sherlock
Dr. Who
Dark Matter (new one on Sy Fy which I will hit on later)
Supernatural
Arrow
Flash
and Heroes Reborn

from the DubSmash war of Shield agents Sky and Coluson vs. Agent Carter and Jarvis
And just b/c this was so AWESOME here's the link so you can understand what I am talking about
click here to get it

to Nerd HQ was and is still being talked about on places like
YouTube (duh)
The Nerd Machine
Tumblr (again duh) and Twitter
Screenrant
to personal favorite websites like Bloody Disgusting 
Nerd Bastards
Geek and Sundry 
and well thousands of more you already know I'm a nerd I don't need to point it out but if you need more links to get a fill of stuff let me know in the comments and I can hook ya up

PERSONAL:
Well as I mentioned above I've been one sick cookie so not much has gotten done in the realm of personal other than I did get a chance to organize some of my bookcases and well just clean up yeah and boo... but that also gave me a chance to see what photos I have and what I need to do with what photos I have and what else I may need to accomplish as photos go. Plus it also gave me ideas of what needs to be moved around and hell what I need to get rid of and what books I should keep. PLUS it helped me to figure out what the hell I need to do with all my POP Funk dolls that I apparently am not going to stop collecting :( so that was good.
Needless to say I have absolutely NOTHING for this section so let's stop wasting time because...

Everyone knows when you're sick for like 5 days and yes I seriously was that means you get to watch a BUTT TON of TV and so I did!!!

TV SHOWS
I totally did it I completed my bet to  on Twitter and finished watching all of the 10th doctor who! Which for those of you who are not Dr. Who fans that would be David Tennant's reign as Dr. Who

Anywho it took a long ass time for me to like this doctor and in fact it took the last half (literally the last 4 episodes) of Martha's story line for me to start to enjoy him and than Donna came and Lord have mercy I fell in love with Doctor and Donna combo my goodness I heart the Doctor and Donna. (Rant ends at 15:16)

 and then the Damn BRITTS and their let's break the freaking hearts of the world b/c the only way we can truly experience real life is to rip out the hearts of the viewers and stomps on it and spit in their eyes so hey this will be fun to ruin their favorite character's whole FLIPPING STORY LINE got a hold of it and did just that and now I FREAKING HATE EVERYTHING DOCTOR WHO except for those few brilliant episodes where the doctor had Donna and I just pretend the last 4 episodes of the season truly don't happen and the doctor never lost her and the stupid regeneration never takes place and all of you can stuff it up your prissy little arses who want me to like or get to know Rory or freaking Matt Smith cause guess what kids I DON'T FREAKING CARE any more!!!!! You pissed me off with the whole Donna thing BITE ME!


And now that's done... moving on

So also while I was sick I caught up on two new awesome amazing space balls shows that EVERYONE and their MOTHER should be watching (let me add in a warning: only if your mother likes cussing, sass and shooting)


I mean my goodness not that I have a lot going on Friday nights but this makes me not want to have anything going on ( I actually do I play volleyball but usually after the game is over I rush home to shower and then watch these shows they are that good). Needless to say I think they are just summer fillers which is sad I would love to see full episodes or seasons of the whole show and I hope beyond a doubt that they get renewed b/c wow they are perfect.

Darkmatter is about:
A group of six people with no memory of who they are and where they came from wake up on a starship. Naming themselves "One" through "Six" in order of their awakening, they stabilize their vessel and begin trying to figure out what happened to them. 13 episodes thus far and I think we are on episode 5 (did go to SDCC and had a good showing I think)

Kill Joys is about:
Killjoys follows a trio of hard-living but fun-loving bounty hunters – Dutch, John, and D'avin– taking on interplanetary missions, chasing and capturing deadly criminals throughout a distant system named the Quad. They have sworn amongst themselves to remain neutral during a bloody, multi-planetary class war that threatens to destroy the Quad. 10 episodes thus far and I think we are on episode 5 (did not go to SDCC and I was very disappointed in that)

Alright I think that's about it in TV shows... for the moment I am watching Geeks who drink so that might be next's week's hot topic.

MOVIES;
I watched 2 movies I know shut the freaking front door WHAT?!
First off I watched


over the holiday weekend (4th of July yes it's been that long since we've done this folks) and you can check out my overall stellar review here on the reading blog. I think I gave it a B for effort mainly b/c nothing will ever top Jurassic Park but at least they gave it there all and hey they have a man saving Margaritas from flying dinos what could be more entertaining?

You can also see that gif or jif depending what side you take in that great debate on the reading blog (see how much you are missing by only listening?!?) I know you like that plug.

The other movie I watched was Heroine a Bollywood film for those of you who went down a naughty path or just tilted your head to the side like my 90 lb puppy does when I say something in a funny voice. Or my mother when I told her it was a movie she should check out.

The movie begins with Mahi Arora a renowned heroine, being thrown out of a car at night. She hails a taxi to a police station with the intention of lodging a complaint. Before she can do so, her secretary takes her from the station. The movie then goes to flashback for a while, showing the circumstances and her relationship with a well-known actor Aryan. Aryan is in the divorce proceedings with his wife, and dating Mahi. Mahi is completely in love with Aryan, and during one of their intimate moments, takes a video of them just for fun. Aryan is split between his current wife and son, his career, and over-jealous Mahi. When Mahi comes to know about an intimate scene Aryan is shooting for a movie, she barges on to the set and creates a ruckus, which upsets Aryan. Later Mahi is teased by Aryan's current wife in a party, and she insults her back. While driven back from the party with Aryan, Mahi raises the topic, which results in her being thrown out of the car. Mahi then goes into depression, putting her career in jeopardy. One of her friends suggests Mahi to stop playing the victim and to get back again with a bang. Heeding her advice, Mahi decides to rejuvenate her career. She employs a PRO, Pallavi who reinvents Mahi's image and puts her back on the front page of every newspapers and magazines. She starts relationship with an upcoming cricketer, Angad Paul. Their love affair begins to blossom and puts her back into the spotlight. Mahi uses Angad to get role in a big budget film. However, lead hero manipulates so that all the spotlight in the film goes to him and an item girl. Mahi is dissatisfied despite the film being a success, and in a desperate attempt to prove her acting skills she works in an art film for next nine months. In between Angad proposes to Mahi, but she feels that presently they should concentrate on their respective careers. This causes Mahi and Angad's relationship to end. Also the art film never completes, again Mahi goes into depression accompanied by heavy drinking and smoking. As no big film coming her way, she decides to work on a low budget film with newcomers. Also she agrees to make an appearance in the marriage of an industrialist daughter. As fate would have it, Mahi meets Aryan at the wedding. Aryan seems to be apologetic to Mahi for what he had done to her. They decide to rekindle their affair. Mahi is happy that Aryan is back in her life. Also, he wants her to do a big budget film with him. However, the director of the film is reluctant to cast Mahi in the role of the lead heroine as she has lost her appeal. Mahi becomes insane about losing the role to another heroine. She asks Pallavi to leak the sex tape of her and Aryan on the news so that she would get back on the spotlight for the release of her low budget film. As a result of this controversy, the film becomes an instant hit. However, when Rashid Bhai quits his job and a veteran actress in the industry, Shagufta Reza whom Mahi admires dearly, dies, Mahi decides to quit acting as well. In the concluding scenes, Mahi is shown walking alone in a foreign country and on being asked if she is Mahi Arora, she replies "no". It is implied that Mahi moved on with her life.

That's the really really long version I got from Wikipedia (love that sight and it explains it way better than I ever could) great movie go forth watch and check it out!!! LOVE BOLLYWOOD

MUSIC
Alright this week was hard to pick music for you guys but I settled on: 


Haven't Told Her by Plain White Tee's (Hope I spelled that Right) just b/c I heart the freaking Song
and b/c I heart Wolfblood a BBC young adult show about werewolves and well don't get me started here's a fanvid of the 2 main characters (Maddy and Rhydian) to this song 
done by XFreedomXToXBeXYouX

The second song I picked is Twisted by Keith Sweat b/c we needed some Old School in this joint

Alright hope you enjoyed that flash back from my past and if you know that flashback congrats you're as old as me!

BOOKS
Man so I cleaned out my selves this weekend and you would think that would make this section easier. And alas it did not...
Title: Broken Wing
By: Judith James
Released: 2008
Summary:
Set during the chaotic beginnings of Napoleon's rule, this saga tells the story of Gabriel St. Croix, a street survivor searching for a place to belong. Abandoned as a child and raised in a brothel, he has never known friendship or affection. Hiding physical and emotional scars behind an icy facade, his only relationship is with a young boy he has spent the last five years protecting from the brutal reality of their environment. But all that is about to change. The boy's family has found him, and they are coming to take him home.

Sarah Munroe blames herself for her brother's disappearance. When he's located, safe and unharmed despite where he has been living, Sarah vows to help the man who rescued and protected him in any way she can. With loving patience she helps Gabriel face his demons and teaches him to trust in friendship and love. But when the past catches up with him, Gabriel must face it on his own. Becoming a mercenary, pirate, and professional gambler, he travels to London, France, and the Barbary Coast in a desperate attempt to find Sarah again. On the way, however, he will discover the most dangerous journey and the greatest gamble of all is within the darkest reaches of his own heart.
 


Thoughts:
Yep I went with a romance again. Le Sigh not sure why other than I love that the man character was raised in a brothel and yet has a chance at redemption. Give me a good old redemption story romance or otherwise and you have me hook line and sinker I'm not going to lie. And boy howdy does this one deliver. I love that it takes a person to teach a broken man how to have a friend first than love and that was a huge thing for me. Too many times in TV shows and movies and books we try to rush the romance after a traumatic event but in this book (and it's 400 pages people so keep that in mind) the main characters become friends first and that is key no matter what. Needless to say whether you are into it for the romance or the healing this is a great book of interest and I liked the history and the redemption as well as the le sigh romance parts of it as well.

FAVORITE ACTOR PART
You know what I'm doing a 2 for 1 since I made such a stink about the Doctor and Donna I'm going to go ahead and do a Catherine Tate (Donna Noble companion to the 10th Doctor) and David Tennant (10th Doctor) combo post of their most snarky comments. I will read them for you and post the pictures on the reading blog for those of you not wanting to head over there.

















Alright now that my tears have stopped still a little bit salty... nope, nope A hell of a lot salty over this wound.

moving on

That's it for me folks this week its been real thanks for joining me for yet another awesome week on my favorites. As always I would love to hear from you on what you thought about this week, as well as, what some of  your favorite things are. Please feel free to leave a comment on some of your favorite items here below or come over to Twitter and let me know your thoughts. You can also join me on the dark side at Tumblr or over at Podbean where I record the podcast at. Until next time stay safe and enjoy the weekend and shake that groove thing. 



Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday's Movie Review ~ Jurassic World


Title: Jurassic World
Released: 6/2015
Actors:
Chris Pratt
and more people you may recognize but can't play other than Nike from from New Girl


Summary
  1. Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinos to run amok. Now, it's up to a former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.

Thoughts
First off once you've seen Jurassic Park you have seen the mother load. And let me be clear the first one still holds up to this day. I made Momma G watch it first before we went to this one just in case they referenced it in this movie and yes folks they did (props to them for doing that and I added bonus points to the grade and recommendations because of it). Otherwise take the first movie add it some extra bang, move dinos, extra blood and guts and you have the new movie. Cause honestly that is all this is other than a woman running around in heels through the whole movie and well Chris Pratt... 

Who while a hawt man and all is no Jeff Goldblum from the original Jurassic Park :) just saying
That being said it was a good enough movie to keep me entertained. I was surprised about it and there were a few twist and turns that I was entertained enough to not roll my enough they got stuck. I enjoyed the action, the hunting, the *le sigh* romance that now every action movie must have, and the new dino they invented. I have to say that I saw a lot of the "twist" coming but hey it's hard to fool this old bird any more. That being said like I stated in the very beginning once you've seen Jurassic Park it's hard to surprise anyone and if you've seen Jurassic Park what's the point of watching anything else other than to see the dinos again?!?! Am I right, am I? you know I am. No one wanted to see anything other than the T-rex and we got that. We wanted to see Raptors and we got that. We wanted kids in danger cause that's what the first movie had. And we wanted 2 people who don't have kids but felt bad that 2 kids were trying to survive with a "man eating dinos" after them going into the big bad scary dark woods after said kids to "save" them because hey that's what the first movie had and you know what that's what we got. Along the way we got some new adventures, new deaths, new twists, and lots of humans being eaten WAY more than the first because hey we wanted that too. 
We may or may not have even gotten a Jimmy Buffet cameo
Alright all in all not a bad one just not the original one :)

Final Grade: B
Is this a re-watch: Sure I hated Jurassic Park 2 & 3 but this one was okay enough that I would see it again. 
Would I recommend: Yeah it was a good summer flick to keep us entertained until the next big thing. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Review ~ Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer by Seth Grahame-Smith

TITLE: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer
AUTHOR: Seth Grahame-Smith
COPYRIGHT: 2010
TYPE: Fiction
PAGES: Audio - 11 hrs
SERIES:  No

REASON FOR READ:
I mean come on Abraham Lincoln as a vampire slayer... there were two outcomes it could either be a really good book or a horribly horribly bad book...

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."

"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation. 

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
I have to admit this book surprised me and that is saying something now and days. It is a rare day when a book especially an audio book can suck me in so much that I don't want to leave my car because I want to know what is going to happen next but this book did just that. The author did such a great job at weaving in the "journals" of Abraham and the history of this fascinating man's stories that I was shocked that I found myself going sure that could work. And weeks later I am still talking about it to people and telling them you have got to read this book. That is not something that I do very often. The way the journal, history and telling of the story are put together I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed with this writer that I went out and picked up his 3 other books. 

THINGS I LIKED
I have no idea where to start. I loved how the writer weaved seamlessly the telling of Abraham's life into him actually hunting vampires to the point where I was like well... that could have happened. I enjoyed it immensely. 
I liked the concept its not something I would have put together and it was a pleasant surprise. As I put in the reason for reading this had 2 outcomes it could have been really good or bad. Lucky for me this turned out really well and I enjoyed it. 
The characters were very interesting including the completely made up one Henry and I enjoyed him enough I went out and got his own book just because I enjoyed how much of a role he played in Abraham's story. 

THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE
My main complaint throughout the story is the constant counting as an audio book I have no idea what the counting was for or what it was about. But they were constantly counting from 5 or 2 or 3 and it wasn't chapters b/c they still made sure to read me the damn chapters as well. 
Also reading me the footnotes at the precise moment of the footnotes is very jarring and took away from the freaking telling of the story and I didn't like it (just a pet peeve of mine) it could've waited until the end or wasn't actually needed nor necessary for a fiction novel. 

Favorite part or line from story:
I have to say that Henry was the interesting part of the story not to mention the diaries kept me on the edge of my seat. The way the author weaved history and the vampire story line so seamlessly into one another blew my mind. I was blown away by it. 

FINAL GRADE: 4 out of 5 stars but thinking of changing this to 5 out of 5 the more I think on it
Would you recommend this story?Yes and I do to a lot of people
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Review ~ The Best Yes by Lisa Terkeurst

TITLE: The Best Yes  
AUTHOR: Lisa Terkeurst
COPYRIGHT: 2014
TYPE: christian self help
Audio - 7 hours
SERIES:  
no
REASON FOR READ:
Love the thought about it. Learning how to make wise decisions in the midst of endless demands seemed like a great read at the time.

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul?
Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In "The Best Yes "she will help you: Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love. Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no. Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process. Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today. 

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
This audio book surprised me with information. It was and is a Christian book so please keep that in mind before picking it up. If you are opposed to hearing how to make a decision based on prayer or the Bible than no this is no the book for you. However, if like me, you are not opposed to that than this wasn't a bad book. I enjoyed her stories of real life applications. The woman who read the book was believable and had an easy going voice that wasn't rushed or harsh. I felt as if this audio book was a good match for me. I learned how to say no with love and how not to put off decisions. I enjoyed the book enough that I have recommended it to my mother and a few of my friends. I have to say that I wish that I had bought a copy now instead of checking it out from the library I have enjoyed it that much. I am at next pay period going to buy the actual book to digest it a little slower than pushing through an audio like I tend to. As with any self-help book there were parts that felt that were repeated over and over and I felt as if that maybe they could have taken it out. I didn't need the summary and the book could have been shorter. I also don't appreciate the chapters being read to me and it is jarring to me when that happens. I have to say that I with audio books I think I do better with fiction books opposed to self help books because I found that I kept wanting to repeat and listen to parts over and over an then I wanted to take notes but since I was driving that was hard to do. 

FINAL GRADE: A
Would you recommend this story? Yes I think this was biblical sound book that did help me come to some decisions and helped me to recognize where I need additional help in certain areas of my life. 
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Album Review ~ Pain Killer by Little Big Town




This Week I'm reviewing

Title: Pain Killer
Artist: Little Big Town
Released: 10/21/2014
Tracks:
1. Quit Breaking Up With Me
2. Day Drinking
3. Tumble and Fall
4. Pain Killer
5. Girl Crush
6. Faster Gun
7. Good People
8. Stay All Night
9. Save Your Sin
10. Live Forever
11. Things You Don't Think About 
12. Turn the Lights On
13. Silver and Gold 

Bought From: Itunes 
Price: 11.99

Summary about Album: 
7th album by the group that is still together and that is saying something. They are a country group so maybe that's the difference I'm not sure. They for sure go for more of the pop and faster beats in this album just like they did in the last album. They have the harmonics which makes this foursome a killer in the country industry. 

Overall Personal Thoughts: 
Just like with Tornado the group has stuck with more of the pop center music and less of the country harmonics that I came to know them from with their 2nd album The Road To Here which is sad a little because I love that album and still to this day is my favorite by them. It's the one that I tend to over play on my Ipod. Don't get me wrong this is still one of the strong country bands that I go to when I want some country but the more albums they put out it feels less and less like country. That being said I still buy their albums. Their songs that are the most popular are Girl Crush (which are still playing hard core on the stations and Day Drinking) both of which have more of their country background to them. I happen to like Good People which has more of the country beat and accents that I crave and know the band from (could just be me as well as the lyrics). I think even the main album's title song Pain Killer isn't that popular due to the fact that it's more of the country vibe with a twist and when they went more pop with Girl crush people just latched on to it which is sad. Anyway I'll let you decide which why they have a little bit for every right?

Favorite Tracks: Good People and Pain Killer (and I'll admit I do like Girl Crush just a bit)
Grade: B not their best album doesn't come close to The Road to Here but still a Little Big Town album so a must buy b/c I heart the band
Would I recommend: Sure I do love this band and thus far they haven't put out something that is completely way off. Plus all their music is fun to listen to. 

Get the music on Itunes: here
Get the music from Amazon: here