Sunday, June 26, 2016

Review ~ The Never List by Koethi Zan

Title: The Never List 
Author: Koethi Zan
Copyright: 2014
Type:  thriller
Pages: 384
Series: no

Reason for Reading
A friend recommended it to me and I thought I would give it a try


For years, Sarah and Jennifer kept the Never List: a list of things to be avoided at all costs.


But one night, they broke their own rules – with horrifying consequences.


Sarah has spent ten years trying to forget her terrifying ordeal. But it seems the killer has not forgotten her…


The Problems: I thought that they actually kept it very clean which I know is weird coming from me because I actually think most authors use rape and other forms or torture for plot uses. That being said this book was actually about just that and yet it was like the author didn't want to actually talk about the torture or rapes. In fact the author did everything humanly possible to not talk about the "rapes" that happen and did only talk about it with a human trafficking aspect later with a twist that sort of fit but felt like it didn't because it wasn't part of the story line that was going on. It felt like it should have been another story that the author just kind of tied into this story to make it sort of fit to make a shocking "AH HA" moment that really felt like a scratch my head moment instead. 

The Wins: It had a couple of twists and turns I wasn't expecting. I liked watching the main character grow and try to deal with everything that happened. She actually had issues that she had to deal with and she dealt with them in a realistic way not in a hurry up make it work for the plot kind of way. I also liked the end and even though I thought the ending had some rough moments and needed to be cleaned up a little bit I liked how the author ended it in a not completely healed way but still going to keep fighting in her own way and stronger for it. It was nice. 

Goodreads Grade: 3 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this book to others? If the reader enjoys thriller type of books that aren't too detailed then this is the book for them. I never really felt on the edge of my seat and I wasn't overwhelmed with descriptions. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

From Page to Screen ~ A Study in Pink

A Study in Pink (Scarlet) the book verses BBC's Sherlock Holmes TV show

In the debut of literature's most famous sleuth, a dead man is discovered in a bloodstained room in Brixton. The only clues are a wedding ring, a gold watch, a pocket edition of Boccaccio's Decameron, and a word scrawled in blood on the wall. With this investigation begins the partnership of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Their search for the murderer uncovers a story of love and revenge-and heralds a franchise of detective mysteries starring the formidable Holmes.

The book moves at a slower pace then the show but again it's a book and it is written in a time that is different then a lot of readers are use to. That being said it is a very interesting book and fun to see Sherlock deduct things. What I like about the book is the fact that while Sherlock is cocky and intelligent he doesn't come off nearly as condescending as he does in the show. In fact when he is explaining things to us the readers through John he is very slow and tells it in an interesting way that makes the reader go oh that makes sense. Not oh no I feel stupid which is how at times it can come off in the show. I also like that the book takes the time to explain things to us the reader. The book takes the time to go back in history to explain things as well. 


"Nothing happens to me," Afghanistan war veteran Dr. John Watson tells his therapist. But that's before he moves into 221B Baker Street. In no time, the depressed doctor has joined his eccentric flat mate, Sherlock Holmes, in tackling a case of serial suicide.
Can suicide be a serial crime? It seem so, since it has already happened three times, with each victim disappearing under identical circumstance and later turning up dead with the same self-administered dose of poison. When a fourth victim is found, a woman dressed entirely in pink, Detective Inspector Lestrade gives up and calls his consulting detective: Sherlock.
With Watson lending his medical expertise, Sherlock uses his deductive powers to establish the pink lady's life history, based on clues such as the wear pattern on her wedding ring. Obviously murder, he concludes. And with that the game is on to find the killer, someone who can lurk unnoticed in the middle of a bustling city, snaring victims at will and convincing them to take their own lives.
Lestrade's staff warns Watson to avoid Sherlock, who they call "freak" and consider a psychopath ("I'm a high-functioning sociopath," Sherlock insists). But the doctor receives a more ominous signal from another source, a shadowy figure calling himself Sherlock's arch enemy, who attempts to entice Watson into turning against his new friend.
Meanwhile, the pink lady left an especially baffling clue: she scratched "Rache" into the floor where she died. The name Rachel? The German word for revenge? A coded message? To Sherlock the answer is elementary. Less clear is how the killer enticed his victims into self-destruction and whether the great detective will be lured to the same demise.
I love who they have cast as Sherlock and Watson both Cumberbatch and Freeman are a perfect fit for Watson and Sherlock. I love that I no longer can think of anyone else playing these characters. I also enjoy how each character stays true to their own character traits and flaws. I like the modern rendition of Sherlock and I really enjoy that it was brought to the 2000s to show us what a Sherlock in our time frame would look like. The thing that always gets me is how condescending Sherlock is to others including Watson and how Watson puts up with it. But what I love about it at the same time is how much Sherlock needs Watson and it is shown so well in this show verses the book. The friendship shows through a lot clearer on the screen then it does in the book and the need they have for each other really comes out here. The show stayed close enough to the book that you could pick out what was in the novel that you could say OH OH I read that but traveled just far enough away that you didn't feel that you were watching another show about the same thing you just read. 

Final thought: All in all I really enjoyed both and would highly suggestion both of them to anyone who wants a good detective novel or show. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Album Review ~ Caught a Ghost

Artist: Caught a Ghost
Title of Album: Human Nature

Released: 2014

1. No Sugar in My Coffee
2. Sleeping At Night
3. Human Nature
4. Time Go
5. uuu
6. Can't Let Go
7. Hold Out
8. Connected
9. Somehow
10. Nothing For You Here
11. Better
12. Get Louder

Bought from: Amazon
Price: $7.99

Thoughts on Album:
This was a lovely find and I thank my sis @courtam on twitter for the suggestion. This band has a lot of soul, jazz, punk and flavor to it. I am really surprised that they are not higher on the charts. I really enjoy all the songs. Each one to me feels different yet the same. They are different enough that it's not the same song done over and over yet it is similar enough that when its playing on the Ipod I know that it's Caught a Ghost playing. I enjoy that element of this band and I have to say that for a band to do that it is something. I also find that with this band I keep coming back to listen to it repeatedly on my Ipod whether in the car or at work and that is something big.

Favorite Track(s):
No Sugar in My Coffee, uuu, Human Nature

Grade: A I really enjoy this band and this album I can't wait to hear more from them.

Would Recommend:
This is one of those bands that once you hear them you can't help but keep listening to them and each time that you do you find something different in each song that  makes you enjoy the band even more. I highly recommend this band to any and everyone.

Get the music from Itunes here
Get the music from Amazon here

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Review ~ Doctor Who: Pest Control by Peter Anghelides (audio)

Title: Doctor Who: Pest Control 
Author: Peter Anghelides
Copyright: 2008
Type:  audio, science fiction
Pages: audio
Series: yes but not a series just a series by audio and doctor who

Reason for Reading
It’s David Tennant reading to me an adventure of him and Donna Noble my favorite company

The TARDIS is lost in battle on a distant planet. When the Doctor sets off in pursuit, Donna is left behind, and finds herself accepting a commission in the Pioneer Corps. Something is transforming soldiers into monstrous beetles, and she could be the next victim. Meanwhile, the Doctor steals a motorbike and stages a jailbreak. Well, how hard can it be to find the TARDIS, rescue Donna, and negotiate a peace? But that’s before the arrival of a brutal and remorseless mechanical exterminator, bent on wiping out the insects. It may be that nothing can stop it, because this robot’s solution for the infestation is very simple: kill everything. Featuring the Doctor and Donna, as played by David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the hit series from BBC Television, this story has been written specially for audio, and is read by David Tennant.

The Problems:
1.      Donna has a little role and is always and forever getting into trouble (nothing new) but this time it seemed out of character for her
2.      The story didn’t have the same pace as a typical doctor who story usually does
3.      The villain didn’t measure up as a villain and didn’t really make sense.

The Wins:
1.      David Tennant as always kills it. He gets the emotions and does the influx of voices. I can tell the different characters.
2.      I love anything that David Tennant does. The story wraps around and does finish so it’s almost something I could see being made into a show not just a book
3.      Donna Noble was at least in this one and she did have a full story in it.

Goodreads Grade: 3 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this book to others? It’s a Doctor Who novel with David Tennant’s 10th Doctor so yes I would recommend it

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Review ~ The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Title: The Handmaid’s Tale Author: Margaret Atwood
Copyright: 1998
Type:  fiction
Pages: 311
Series: no

Reason for Reading
My friend Alyssa suggested it to me

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now... 

The Problems:
1.      It happened too fast had did we allow it to go from society of today to Offred? I don’t think even with the way that life is going that it would fall apart that fast with no explanation other than it just happened b/c babies weren’t being born?
2.      I needed more explanation during this to let me know how we got to where we were and why we as a society allowed it to happen
3.      There is way too much hype surrounding this book for what it offered

The Wins:
1.      It was interesting being in Offred’s head and watching her go through what she was going through and how she made the decision she made and why
2.      Seeing the life and rules the caste system and how it was set up was interesting and the “secret” society and how why we brushed against it yet still had the same things we claimed destroyed society was interesting. I would have liked to see more depth in that and what the consequences of that would be.
3.      I liked seeing Offred struggle with the basic choices she made and how she would reflect on the what ifs I believe out of everything those were the real moments of the story.

Goodreads Grade: 2 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this book to others?  I really didn’t care for it I felt that we started in the middle of the story and for that reason it didn’t make sense how we went from the one extreme of this life to that life with little to no explanation of how we got there.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Update on 35 things to do before turning 36

35 things to do before turning 36
1. Read 52 books this year
Whelp it is March and I have only read 3 books so far so not looking promising

2. Read the Bible this year
Working my way through Exodus

3. continue to pay down my credit card every month
Whelp I have managed to pay off one so hopefully I continue the trend

4. Make a project from Pintrest
not yet

5. Read a classic book all the way through (not just audio but actually read it)
6. Go abroad
7. Attend a live play, ballet, symphony or opera
8. Learn to be grateful and positive every day (find something to be thankful and positive about the day)
9. Visit some local places around (road trip)
10. Attend a book reading or art gallery or a book signing

11. Do and finish the JJ Virgin diet
I did this and found out that I am intolerant to gluten and soy but boy howdy put them together and I am down for the count. It has been interesting. 

12. Go on a date
uh no

13. Write a letter to yourself something deep and personal to be read in 10 years
14.  Go to the zoo
15. See Chris Evans, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Benedick Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman (if possible)
I have seen Chris Evans back in NOLA in January
I will see David Tennant and Matt Smith in St Louis and NYC in April
Chris Evans and Tom Hiddleston in June

16. Make my own bread (healthy kind)
17. See an opera (via movie theater) see a ballet
18. Have a heart-pumping adventure like skydiving or white water rafting
19. Get another tattoo
20. Attend a festival
21.  Learn how to make a gif
22. Explore more local libraries
23. Stargaze or go to a planetarium 
24. Go 24 hours without technology of any kind
25. Write in my journal at least once a week and work my way up to daily.
I have been managing to do this by using a bullet journal which is awesome

26. Do an escape room or scavenger hunt
27. laugh more learn how to loosen up and joke more
28. Cook a recipe from a cookbook weekly or at least 2 a month.
29. Learn a new makeup trick and hair style
30. Do my hair 2 days a week
I have been doing my hair everyday except this week

31. Try something new
32. Go to a drive in movie theater
33. Get a real bed with a frame and new mattress
I am moving in April to a new place and am hoping that this will happen at that point

34. Quit a bad habit
I haven't drank a soda since mid January and I am very happy about that

35. Work out

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday 13 ~ episode 1

Miss this meme:

This week I am going to do 13 of my favorite Dr. Who episodes up to season 8 (because I haven't seen that season yet so basically 9th, 10th and 11th doctors)

1. The Empty Child (9th doctor)
2. Tooth and Claw (10th doctor)
3. Blink (10th doctor)
4. The Unicorn and the Wasp (10th doctor)
5. The Lodger (11th doctor)
6. Day of the Moon (11th doctor)
7. Silence in the Library (10th doctor)
8. Forest of the Dead (10th doctor)
9. The doctor's wife (11th doctor)
10. The Girl who waited (l1th doctor)
11. Closing Time (11th doctor)
12. Asylum of the Daleks (11th doctor)
13. The Angels take Manhattan (11th doctor)

Honorary Mentions: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship