Free Friday – Fire with Fire

Love is a battlefield — and only the strong survive.

Fire with Fire (New York Syndicate Book 1) by [St. James, Michelle]

Shunning his Ivy League education and the empire that was his birthright, Damian Cavallo found his place in New York City’s criminal underworld after the fall of the Syndicate. Reclusive and angry, he works alone — until crime lord Nico Vitale makes a compelling argument for the new organization’s far-reaching power. After hearing Nico out, Damian is willing to consider the possibility of leading the New York territory.

There’s just one problem: he isn’t the only one who wants it.

Aria Fiore didn’t choose a life of crime — it chose her.

Raised by her dangerously unbalanced brother, Primo, after the death of their parents, Aria had no choice but to follow him into a life of crime. She finds happiness working in the city’s community garden but can’t help wondering if she’ll ever get the chance to choose something for herself. Then Damian Cavallo appears — hot, brooding, and demanding Primo forfeit the New York territory. Aria has no love for the business, but even the gorgeous criminal can’t shake her loyalty to her brother.

As the rivalry becomes more and more deadly, Primo’s first in command is only too happy to goad him into reckless action. Desperate to save her brother, Aria forges an alliance with Damian that quickly turns into an undeniable passion. Now she’s forced to admit the truth:

She is in love with Damian Cavallo — and her real enemy is much closer to home.

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Audiobook Review – #1 Lie

Working in Hollywood meant Jessica Dawson was used to lying. As an assistant to one of the biggest agents in town, biting her tongue and spewing out sugarcoated untruths were an almost daily occurrence. But fabricating alternate realities never spilled into her personal life, until three months ago when she told the biggest lie of all. 

While her dear gran lay on her deathbed, Jessica mentioned she’d met her soul mate. It had been Gran’s last wish to see all her grandkids settled down before she went to see Jesus. And as the only one still single, Jessica didn’t have the heart to disappoint her. 

No one expected Gran to make a miraculous recovery. 

Now, Gran was expecting to meet Jessica’s perfect man at her cousin’s wedding, which meant she needed to find a perfect man fast. Hiring a professional was the only solution. 

Enter Dave Larsson, younger brother to one of Hollywood’s elite. 

Sexy, funny, and just as smoldering hot as his super-famous sibling – he had talent and charm to spare. But most importantly, he was affordable and available. 

All she needed to do was haul Dave home, have him meet Gran and the family, then shortly after the wedding, “break up” with him. 

It was either that, or admit to her #1 Lie.

Only thing she didn’t plan on was the bigger lie she would need to tell herself when it was time to let him go.

Review

T. Gephart is a new author for me. When I picked this book I did not realize it was the fourth book in the series. After being half way through the book is when I made the connection because I was looking to see if the next book was an audible escape book and the whole series. I now have to go back to book 1 and read from there. Gephart’s writing is fun to read or in my case listen to. I loved the way the characters interacted with each other.

Jessica is a whole trouble of a mess because she told a big lie to her family. By the end of the book you have come to realize the person she lying to herself the most. Which I feel is the worst person you can you lie to. As whole Jessica as a character she was enjoyable. Dave was not what I expected. At first I thought that he was going to be some kind of player but was one of the most supportive “fake” boyfriends I have read. He was there for her every step of the way. Towards the end of the book I did want to hit Jessica because I thought some her decisions were poor.

I wanted to shaker her but what can you do?

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The narration!

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GRACE GRANT! I love her. She makes any story come alive. To me Grace Grant never had to compete with herself. I book I listen to I fall in love with her voice. Grace when she reads has a very good pace also she has a wide range of voices. There were accents in this story since they were in Texas for half if it. So Grace did a great southern accent.

10/10 would recommend this book.

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Audiobook Review – Maybe Now

Synopsis

What is more important? Friendship, loyalty, or love? 

Colleen Hoover and Griffin Peterson collaborate once again to bring fans of Maybe Someday back into the musical world of Ridge Lawson and Sydney Blake. And Maggie. And Warren and Bridgette. 

This full-length novel is a follow-up to the New York Times best-selling novel Maybe Someday. For the best listening experience, Maybe Now should be listened to after Maybe Someday and the spin-off novella Maybe Not. However, Maybe Now can also be listened to immediately following Maybe Someday

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Finding this book was like reuniting with old friends. I absolutely loved maybe someday. I love the way that Colleen Hoover creates her characters. Sidney and Ridge were a couple that really fought hard against their attraction to each other but in the end at one out. The first story really takes you through an emotional roller coaster. It’s about for bidden love and whether or not to stay with somebody out of obligation. So since maybe someday took the reader on an emotional roller coaster I was very happy with the reprieve of this book. Maybe someday is a story with a dual perspective. This book has a total of four perspectives. Sidney, Ridge, Maggie, and the new guy Jake.

I read reviews while I was listening to the audiobook. I typically don’t let other peoples reviews sway my opinion. This is why I don’t mind reading reviews as I’m listening to a book because a lot of the reviews I read are not spoilers. I have to agree with some of the reviews that I read. I personally would’ve really liked if this book stuck to the two main characters from maybe someday. Although I do appreciate having Maggie‘s perspective I personally think she should’ve gotten a book solely on her own. I feel like there was more that we could’ve learned from Maggie and it really could’ve gone in depth in her own story. Like I said I appreciate the fact that we got her perspective in the story. Colleen Hoover introduces a new character as one of the main peel these in this book. There was a lot of backstory and I feel like again if he was just stuck in Maggie’s book we could’ve really gotten to know both of these characters individually.

Sidney and Ridge We’re absolutely cute in the story. It was really great to see them grow as a couple and how they interacted with their friends as well as Maggie. I don’t want to give spoilers in this review so I will say one thing I really do appreciate about Colleen Hoover with these books is how much sure everybody is. Nobody’s freaking out and in the first book there was a lot of drama so with this one I like that it was pretty much a smooth ride. Everybody was trying to navigate how because Ridge and Maggie broke up how everybody fit into their lives. Everybody is pretty much mature and can talk everything out which I like. I read a lot of novels where the two main characters go assuming with the other one is feeling or making the decision what’s right for the other person instead of just sitting and talking it out. I understand that this is to further along with Story and create angst but I also appreciate that there’s a book out there where the characters can sit down like adults and talk it out.

The narrators absolutely did a phenomenal job. Angela and Zachary it was such a pleasure listening to them together again. Zachary weber is one of my all-time favorite male narrators and I could just listen to him forever. Rebekah Ross also known as Elizabeth Louise is again one of my favorite narrators. I think the way she narrates is so beautiful. Her voice is very soothing. Jonathan Todd Ross is a new narrator to me. I think you did OK overall in the book but there was just something really monotone about his voice. It kind of felt like he was reading a script. Now I know that he was reading a script but it shouldn’t feel like he’s reading a script. His range invoices was really nice and he was OK to listen to.

The production of this audiobook was absolutely fantastic. Between all four narrators there wasn’t any awkward pauses in any of the chapters. The sound mixing was really professional. That’s all I can say about that because I don’t really know what it takes to be a engineer of sound.

If you guys made it through this review there and you guys deserve a cookie. I’m really sorry that I haven’t been around over this past year and really only posting reviews when books were given to me. This book was not given to me and I did buy it with my own money.

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Audiobook Review – Marketville Mysteries Book Two

Audiobook Series Tour: Marketville Mysteries by Judy Penz Sheluk

Author: Judy Penz Sheluk

Narrator: Kelli Lindsay

Series: Marketville Mysteries, Book 2

Publisher: Judy Penz Sheluk

Released: Apr. 8, 2019

Genre: Mystery

Sometimes the past reaches out to the present. It’s been 13 months since Calamity (Callie) Barnstable inherited a house in Marketville under the condition that she search for the person who murdered her mother 30 years earlier. She solves the mystery, but what’s next? Unemployment? Another nine-to-five job in Toronto?

Callie decides to set down roots in Marketville, take the skills and knowledge she acquired over the past year, and start her own business: Past & Present Investigations.

It’s not long before Callie and her new business partner, best friend Chantelle Marchand, get their first client: a woman who wants to find out everything she can about her grandmother, Anneliese Prei, and how she came to a “bad end” in 1956. It sounds like a perfect first assignment. Except for one thing: Anneliese’s past winds its way into Callie’s present, and not in a manner anyone – least of all Callie – could have predicted.

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Judy Penz Sheluk is the Amazon international bestselling author of the Glass Dolphin Mystery and Marketville Mystery series. Her short stories can be found in several collections, including Live Free or Tri and The Best Laid Plans, which she edited. Judy is also a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors. Find her at http://www.judypenzsheluk.com.

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Kelli Lindsay’s versatile style and years of experience with commercial, corporate and e-learning projects have created a dream career for her. She has lent her talents to TV, radio, video games, and various other fantastic projects, but she proudly admits that her true passion is narrating audiobooks. Her professional training has taught her how to put herself into the script or audiobook and deliver an incredible performance. With her professionalism and love for what she does, Kelli ensures that her clients and listeners get to hear exactly what they’re looking for!

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Judy Penz Sheluk has once again pulled you into another great mystery. The first book only gave you a taste of what Callie could do. Also, the first book left you wanting to know more about her life. Judy does not disappoint. Callie is on a whole new adventure. One thing I love about this author is that you don’t get bored reading or listening to her books. She weaves a tale that you finish her books in one sitting. It takes a true artist to be able to do that. 

Now for this book there was new voice actress Kelli Lindsay. I believe Kelli is a new a voice actress to me. She as amazing. She really brings the story to life. Also, I love the way she spells her name. It’s my favorite way of spelling it. Kelli has a voice for every character. Range is something I look for when listening to a new actor or actress if the have a weak range then I most of time I DNF the book. Kelli did not disappoint. 

The whole production was amazing. There was not any background noise or weird pauses.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Judy Penz Sheluk. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Bookish Blog Hops

Hello, wonderlandiansbooks. I’m very excited to be part of this event. This post is probably one at taking me you the most time to write. because I really had to think about the books that I’ve read over the years and which ones I really do think could change your life.

I can say with confidence that there are three books that I have a read that have changed my life and I hope they can do some good for you guys as well.

I’m going to start off with my very pick is a fiction book. If you have been following my blog for the last year and you’ll know that one of my is called Vampire Acadmey. It is written by Richelle Mead. Vampire Academy changed my life in this was the very 1st book that put female friendships above romanctic ones.

The 2nd book I chose to is by Lily Collins And this is a book about her life. Ita Lily Collins : Unfiltered no shame, no rregrets, just me. This book changed my life because I was able to read about somebody else’s experience says and really come to terms with who I am as a human being. It teach me that I shouldn’t live my life with shame and regret. There are things that have happened in my life that I can’t take back these were just experiences and lessons that I had to learn to get me to where I needed to be and live.

My 3rd and final book is by Lilly Singh How to be a Bawse. This once again was about her life. It really taught me that I need to go after the things I want to in life. I shouldn’t be afraid that I am going to fail. There is a very good chance that the thing that I set out to do could fail but I should not be living with that fear because I once again will be living with the regret that I never went after one of my dreams. It’s a book that teaches you that happiness and fulfilling your life should be 1 of your number 1 priority years. Not only your life but how can you also help others. It teaches you how to be the boss of your own life.

Jo Linsdell www.JoLinsdell.com

It’s amazing how one book can change your perspective on life. One of the things I love most about reading is how a book allows you to see the world from a different point of view, and helps you discover more about yourself (sometimes in ways you’d never have considered). There are plenty of non fiction books that have been life changers for me, but also fiction works. 

The book I want to focus on for this answer though is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. This is a book I read when I was young that has stayed with me over the years and I still consider a book that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. It taught me about the world (the good and the bad), and made me grateful for how lucky I am to have been born into the life I have. It taught me; about history, to hold on to the good times, love people, help people, appreciate the small things, to never stop dreaming… it taught me so many life lessons I could go on for ages. I think the biggest lesson it taught me was that it can all change in a moment. I was at school when I read it for the first time and I’ve carried that lesson with me ever since. I try to live life like it could all change in a moment. What I took away from this book definitely helped shape the person I’ve become. 

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How can a book change your life? A book can touch you, through the years and across distance, by describing a feeling or emotion you identify with. Perhaps, you thought you were the only one feeling that way. When that happens, it’s magic.

A recent read that changed my life was ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman. Our main character is a hard-working woman in an office job, who shirks social niceties and speaks to her mother on the telephone once a week. She eats the same thing for dinner every Friday and buys the same bottle of vodka before a weekend spent at home. 

This book spoke to me about what could be going on beneath the surface, when you see someone who doesn’t quite fit in. But, most of all, it is about the loneliness and disconnect we feel in today’s world. It is a book that makes you want to be a better person. I want to be someone who befriends people who may be lonely, someone who looks behind the mask and doesn’t judge. Someone who could help an Eleanor Oliphant.

Leslie Conzatti www.upstreamwriter.blogspot.com

There are other books that I’m currently in the middle of reading of that I have a feeling could very well change my life so I will keep you updated on those.

Audiobook Review – A Royal Shade of Blue

Hello, Wonderlandians. How are all of you? I know I post very sporadically on this blog lately. I’m done apologizing for it I have come to terms with the fact that I’m gonna post when I feel like posting. I have not abandon this blog but I am wholeheartedly more on Instagram these days with my school schedule. So no I cannot apologize for not posting because of school. But I am here today to do a review for you guys on a really great book called A Royal Shade of Blue. Now this book is written by Aven Ellis.

Let’s get into this review. I first needed to apologize to the lovely people who sent me this book Audiobook worms. Thank you guys so much for sending me this book again I apologize that this review is up super late. I’ve been having some issues with my WordPress as well as my emails. So now on to the book a review. This book was super fun it really was a modern-day royal tale. Miss Ellis is a new author to me. Is there a reading with the book was such a joy. Her writing is really funny. I haven’t read it really good at contemporary in a really long time. So this was definitely a refreshing change from some of the things I’ve been reading lately. We have our main character Clementine and our royal prince Christian. Their story is just so cute. When I first started reading this book I honestly thought of a Cinderella story and how they were texting and they didn’t know who they were to each other in the book they are actuallyDM’ing each other overOver Instagram and I thought that was a really cool twist to this story. I really don’t want to give too much away because as they say in all of my reviews I really think this is a book that you should go into not really knowing that much about it just like I did.

This book is read by Andrea Emmes. She is a new narrator to me and she was very pleasant to listen to. Now Andrea did have to go into another accent. Prince Christian is from the British rail line so she had to put on a British accent and to be honest it did kind of take me out of the story just a little bit. Doing a different accent is very difficult if you don’t live there. But I really do appreciate the effort that Andrea put into making each character sound different and I know how difficult it is to read an audiobook or at least I can imagine so I am just excited to listen to more books by her.

The overall quality of the book was really good and I have no complaints. It sounded very professional and there were no awkward pause or gaps or anything like that.

This book was sent me an exchange for an honest review. This in no way and have it my opinions my opinions are my own. Thank you audio book worm promotion with providing me this book.

Audiobook review – My not so wicked step brother

Audiobook Blog Tour: My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel

Author: Jennifer Peel

Narrator: Melissa Moran

Length: 6 hours 51 minutes

Series: My Not So Wicked Series, Book 1

Publisher: Jennifer Peel

Released: June 5, 2019

Genre: Romantic Comedy

“Wickedly charming, flirty, and clever. This is the ultimate friends to lovers story. I loved it!” (Becky Monson, number-one best-selling author of the Spinster series)

“You’ll want to crawl between the covers of this book and never leave.” (Whitney Dineen, number-one best-selling author of Relatively Normal)

Loveless is more than a name, it’s a curse.

I, Emma Loveless, have a destiny. It’s not the greatest of destinies, but when you have a name like Loveless, what can you do? I’m cursed to always be the friend, never the girlfriend. Unless you count my love affair with Duncan Hines, Dr. Pepper, and the ever-lovable Pillsbury Doughboy. They’ve seen me through it all, but a girl needs more than refined sugar to curl up to every night. It doesn’t help that I have a meddling, albeit wonderful, mother who can’t help playing matchmaker. Thanks to her, I can say I’ve been on a date with a felon. Now she swears she’s found the one for me, her new optometrist, Dr. Sawyer King. Meanwhile, I’m preparing for the inevitable restraining order. That is, until I meet the sexy doctor and have to admit my mother is right – love at first sight does exist.

Unfortunately, my last name means business. Not only do I find myself in the friend zone, but also the twilight zone. Only in my world would Mr. Right turn into my stepbrother. To top it off, he brings with him a wicked stepmother who will do anything to keep us apart. Despite all this my heart – or is that my mom? – keeps telling me Sawyer is the one. But what if true love isn’t strong enough to interfere with my destiny? It’ll be me and the Doughboy…for eternity.

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Jennifer Peel is the award-winning bestselling author of the My Not So Wicked and More Than a Wife series, as well as several other contemporary romances. Though she lives and breathes writing, her first love is her family. She is the mother of three amazing kiddos and has recently added the title of mother-in-law, with the addition of two terrific sons-in-law. She’s been married to her best friend and partner in crime for a lot longer than seems possible. Some of her favorite things are late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and Southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.

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Melissa Moran is a former radio personality who has won both a CMA (Country Music Association) and ACM (Academy of Country Music) award for broadcasting. In addition to commercial voice-over work, theater, on-camera roles, and improvisational comedy, Melissa has narrated over 175 audiobooks in many different genres. Originally from Massachusetts, Melissa traded in her winter coat for flip flops and now resides in sunny Florida.

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This is the first book I have ever listened to by Jennifer Peel. It was such an enjoyable experience. Jennifers writing style is very easy to get into. The book was very easy to follow except for the beginning. The jump between timelines I felt could’ve been a little bit more announced. Although you do you recover the fact that there’s a time jump maybe within the first couple of minutes of listening to the second chapter. The characters were very well developed. Emma was such an amazing character. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever related to a character as much as I related to Emma. Her love for all things sugar is definitely me. Her and I both have an obsession with pop up while hers is a Dr Pepper. Me and Dr Pepper used to date exclusively but unfortunately I had been cheating on him with Coke. I think Emma is definitely a character that is ultra realistic and it’s just somebody that you can connect to. The love interests is very adorable. This is a slow burn kind of a story. If you don’t like a slow burn on this book isn’t going to be for you but I found myself really anticipating the moment when these two really got together. Also, bonus there are twins in this book. If you know anything about me than you know I love twins.
This is the first book I’ve ever listened to Melissa Moran narrate and I thought that you did an amazing job. Her inflection was very good. The annunciation of the words you could understand exactly what she was saying. Her pace was a bit slow for my personal liking but I tend to think that of every narrator. Which is why I speed up the narration. With the sped up Maria friends I didn’t feel that her boys went into chipmunk range which is definitely something I look out for when I do you speed up my audiobooks. This book there were no accidents that I could hear specifically. So overall she did an amazing job and I am definite looking forward to listening to more of the box that she is narrated.

The overall sound quality for the book was amazing. The team did an amazing job. It was very seamless from chapter to chapter. There were no awkward pauses or any background interruption. It was a very professional produced book

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Peel. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Jennifer Peel’s Songs that could be in the soundtrack for this book
  • Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore- Reo Speedwagon
  • Rumor- Lee Brice
  • Save the Best for Last – Vanessa Williams
  • I Want You to Want Me – Letters to Cleo
  • Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  • Complicated – Carolyn Dawn Johnson
  • Accidentally in Love- Counting Crows
  • Yeah- Usher
  • Wannabe- Spice Girls
  • Love Walks In – Van Halen

Dream Cast

Jennifer Peel’s Casting Picks
  • Emma – Zooey Deschanel
  • Sawyer- Adam Brody
  • Jenna- Mila Kunis
  • Brad- Ashton Kutcher
  • Shelby – Blake Lively
  • Dane Carrington – Dennis Quaid
  • Josephine Carrington- Julia Roberts
  • Macey & Marlowe – Karissa and Katie Strain
  • Ashton – Jenner Brody

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After Movie Review *SPOILERS*

Hello, wonderlandians. Today I have a movie review for you of After. After if you don’t know is a book that was written by Anna Todd and was recently adapted into a feature-length film that premiered last Friday, April 12th. Now I was fortunate enough to see the movie a day before it came out because my theater does that and I know a lot of other people saw it on April 11th as well. Why did I wait until April 15th to write this review I really needed to gather my thoughts and opinions about the adaptation. So I’m going to be breaking this review down into a couple of parts I’m going to be reviewing the movie by itself and then I will be comparing it as a book to movie adaptation.

Now I need for everybody to understand that I am not bashing the movie I’m not bashing the actors who put all of their hard work and effort into this fell. I am going to be critiquing the movie and I’m going to be pointing out things that I didn’t particularly like about it but I will mostly be doing that in the book to movie adaptations portion of this review.

Movie Review

About two months ago I listened and reviewed the after audiobook. I was really excited for this movie to come out that as soon as I could pre-order my ticket I did. I went into this movie knowing that they were going to be making it PG-13. So with that in mind, I knew that they were going to be many changes made from the book to the movie at application portion of it.  I will be getting into all of that in my review of the book to movie adaptation portion. So as a film as a standalone I really enjoyed my time watching the film. It was a very cute film. The acting for me was beyond the point I thought all of the actors and actresses playing the parts had really great chemistry. All of the locations were absolutely beautiful. The cinematography was on point. Every shot was beautifully filmed. My hats go off to the cinematographers because as a photographer myself I enjoyed every aspect of that. For the story as a whole if I had not read the books and I went to go see this movie I honestly feel like I would have been very confused. I have seen a lot of people on Twitter who haven’t read the books saying that they were very confused about what was going on. I feel how the editing was it was very choppy and didn’t feel like a whole cohesive story.

I definitely have a feeling that it is going to be greenlet for a second movie.  I have to say that if this does happen I will be very intrigued to see how they are going to bring the second book to life because there was so much changed. Josephine Langford is a new actress to me. I have never seen her act in anything before and I thought she pulled the leading female character off very well. For somebody who is a newbie actress who is thrust into a very popularized book-to-movie adaptation that has a very strong fan base, it can be a little scary. At least this is quite a lot of young women say. I think she has done a fantastic job. Hero plays the main male character and he played Voldemort in Harry Potter while young Voldemort anyway. So book-to-movie adaptations shouldn’t be anything new to him. Harry Potter has a very loyal fan paste and I must say they might be a little crazier than After fandom.

As a whole After set out to do what it wanted to do. I have a feeling we will be seeing Josephine and Hero gracing the big screen once again in the next After movie.

I have to end this off by say that I actually LIKED the movie. I really enjoyed my time watching it.

Comparing the Movie to the Book

This is actually the part of the review I’ve been dreading.  Now not all book to movie adaptations are great. Unfortunately, this one falls in that category. If you want to go read my review of the book after by Anna Todd here is where you can go read that. this movie was a very watered-down completely change the version of the book. The first mistake I feel that they made was making this a PG-13 movie. If you read the books you will understand that the books are not at all rated PG-13. They are very much rated R in the sense of movie ratings. After is not a book that should be read by Young teenage people. Those are just the facts I am seeing many reviews from people in their late teens probably early twenties now who said that they read the book as early as 12 years old. I know for a fact that I would never let my 12-year-old son or daughter pick up this book. One because there are heavily graphic sexual scenes. Yes I know that they can find that on television but as a parent I really would think that there would be more policing on what your children are reading. That’s my personal opinion. so the fact that they really watered down the sexual tension between Tessa and Hardin kind of irritated me because their relationship at the core is very lustful. Harden is this very possessive person and in the movie, we don’t get that at all. maybe a little bit but not to the extent that we get it in the book. Hardin, in fact, is actually a lot sweeter they really did soften him for the movie. This is one point that got a lot of the fans kind of disappointed in the movie. Hardin is meant to be a very cruel individual to everybody around him. This has a lot to do with his upbringing from his dad being an alcoholic and his mother being raped.

Tessa for me was very much how she was in the books. So I really don’t have any qualms about her. What I do have a big issue with is the pacing of the movie was way too fast. There were a lot of scenes that were filler and were sped up too quickly. There were scenes in the movie that really shouldn’t have gotten as long as a timeframe as they did. A lot of crucial parts that make a lot of sense to the story or not in the film or were rush over. I personally feel like this did a disservice to the storytelling of the movie as a whole. some factors that were changed were how Tessa meets Hardin dad. In the book they have a dinner. In the movie she meets him at the wedding. This to me was a little bit problematic because there was a whole build-up to the wedding that we get in the books that we do not see in the movie. Again to meet at the little bit of sloppy storytelling. Another big part of the book is the fact that Harden gets an apartment for him and Tessa. He’s paying for it. In the movie, they are at a friend of his dad’s apartment where they can say for a year. In the book he got Tessa to put her name on the lease. This kind of locks her into a sticky financial situation because she can’t break that lease at as long as she is I’m at least he has some kind of connection to her.

One thing that I really like is they changed Tristan’s character to female which really expanded the diversity that we didn’t really see in the books. With this change, I was actually very proud that they made this.

The one change I really can’t Overlook is how they changed the bet.  in the book The that was for Hardin to basically trick Tessa into losing her virginity. This for me was such a crucial part of who Hardin was and by the end of the book and even into the next book him trying to break away from who he was. This was a very disgusting thing that happened in the book but it was pivotal to the storyline. In the movie, all he had to do was make her fall in love with him. This in my opinion is very much over played in Hollywood and I was actually really excited to see the that played out on screen. It would have brought something new and exciting. In an interview that Anna did, she said that she wanted to change the bat because in her opinion it wouldn’t translate while on film. I completely disagree with that, in fact, it would have made it way more interesting. She also cringes when she reads how she made the BET. Honestly, authors should stand by her writing and I feel like she made the changes she did because she was trying to fix the things that in her mind she had messed up. It’s there it’s in writing please stand by what you write.

It may seem like I’m coming really hard for the book to movie adaptation portion. That’s probably because I am. This honestly probably should have been picked up by passionflix. If you guys don’t know what passionflix is it is kind of like Netflix but for romance novels. I feel they do an amazing job when it comes to book movie adaptations. Everyone that I’ve seen I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. They stick really close to the books swell as much as they can. Pretty much from the books that I’ve read and the movies that I’ve seen they don’t miss much. There are a lot of fans who are disappointed by the book to movie adaptation. As I’ve said as a movie it’s not bad. As an adaptation, this book is not adapted it’s Loosely based off of the book.

This just in there is going to be a second movie.

I feel like at this point I’m just ranting and I’m really sorry about that. Let me know if you are going to be seeing the movie. Let me know if you read the book and what you think of it.

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Audiobook Review – Bite Me

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A nerdy high school senior transforms into a vampire vixen who’s unaware that her hunky date for prom is the slayer sent to destroy her.  

Morgan Taylor-Jackson can’t wait for high school to end. In six months she leaves for UCLA and says goodbye to La Jolla, California, and her parents’ messy divorce. But when Morgan is bitten by a four-year-old boy, she becomes infected with a mysterious condition. Fever, insomnia, and a new bustline are only the beginning; Morgan morphs from nerd to bombshell.  

As far as Van Xander is concerned, all vampires are evil, even the ones who reject human sacrifice and call themselves Puritans. When Helsing Incorporated sends Van to La Jolla to investigate the local coven, Morgan is his prime target. Pretending to be interested in her, Van asks Morgan out and puts her through a series of tests to determine her killer nature.  

Morgan is thrilled to be dating a hot guy like Van and falls for him hard. As Van strings Morgan along, he grows increasingly guilty. Morgan is kind, compassionate, and a gooey romantic. Just as Van’s mind begins to change, evil forces threaten everything. When prom night arrives, there are only two ways out of the ballroom: death or immortality.

Review

Bite Me is written by Louise Cypress. This is the first book I have read by her. Her style of writing is on where you can just sink you teeth into and have a great time. This is an interesting take on the vampire genera. If you know me or my tastes in reading then you will know I love me a great vampire book. Morgan is such a great and relate able character. What I love is that for most of the book she has no idea that she is a vampire. Then we have Van Xander who is a descendant of Van Helsing which is again something I thought was interesting to incorporate into the story.

The narrators Alexander Cendese and Reba Buhr. This is the first book I have listened to be these voices actors. I have always said that the narrators can make or brake an audiobook. Reba Buhr was such a joy to listen to. Her tone was consistent. Reba had many different voices to all of the characters. Alexander was great for the role of Van. I feel like Van in person would have a large and in charge voice/personality. He was enjoyable.

The production was great. Sounds was clear. Sadly, I couldn’t speed up the audio to test it at higher speeds.

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Audiobook Review – Between the Sea and Stars

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With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner.

Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?


Amazon Bestselling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published The Songs in Our Hearts, and The Songs We Remember, with 48Fourteen Publishing. Allerleirauh, Between the Sea and Stars, Blinding Night and WinterDream with the Parliament House Press. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. For Chantal, writing novels has become a lifelong dream come true! When she’s not typing away at her next project, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of Iced Coffee, and watching Disney Classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, sister and furry-‘brother’ Taran.

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“Daydreams and whimsy with with a touch of pixie charm.”

A long-time daydreamer, Dollcie Webb has always carried a special fondness for Young Adult Fantasy literature. The poetic imagery and enticing otherworldliness call to her sense of curiosity, satisfying a deep desire to explore the world around her. A graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s in Theatre and Electronic Media Performance, she’s taken her experience in audio and theatrical performance and has melded the two into a career as an audiobook producer and narrator.

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If you guys know me then you know one of my favorite genre’s of books is all about mermaids. So this book was really refreshing in the way that the author is portraying mermaids. If you love a book that is all about mystery and love this book is definitely for you. I would highly recommend this audio book over the print because there are a lot of words and names that are really hard to Pronounce. Shantel is an amazing author the way she writes is so beautiful.

This is the 1st book I’ve heard don’t Dollcie read. She is very pleasant to listen to. Her range of voices is incredible and she keeps the audience engaging because she herself could be like a siren. You want to keep listening to her her inflections in her words and her tone is very easy to understand.

The over all production of this are you book was fantastic. There were a few areas where the transition between chapters was a little breathy. Other than that the audio was fantastic.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Chantal Gadoury. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Lena – Gemma Arterton
    • When I first saw Gemma in Tess of D’Urbervilles, she was everything I imagined my character, Lena, a merrow turned human, to be.
  • Soren Emil – Matt Smith
    • Soren holds a special place in my heart from a time before I started officially writing “Between the Sea and Stars.” I’ve always associated his character looking like Matt Smith, which is why I’d cast him as such.
  • Jace Wyatt – Aaron Taylor-Johnson
    • I’ve been inspired by Aaron Taylor-Johnson since the first time I saw him in “Anna Karenina.” When I started to look for someone who reminded me of Jim Hawkins (the real inspiration behind Jace Wyatt) I saw Aaron played a role in a movie called Albert Nobbs. At that moment, I knew I had found the right choice of a “face character” and movie cast for Jace.
  • Edwin Wyatt – Max Von Sydow
    • Edwin was a character I had planned to have in the story of “Between the Sea and Stars,” but suddenly he appeared, and became a character that I fell in love instantly. He is the sweetest of men, and so wise. When I started to look for a face that could envelope everything about Edwin, it was hard. I had been torn between Richard Harris, and Sir Ian McKellen, but when I saw Max Von Sydow, in this photo – I really felt like I had found the face of Edwin perfectly.
  • Asger – Rohit Khandelwal
    • I knew as I was writing Asger, I was trying to bring in more diverse of characters – different skin colors, tail colors, – just different from Lena and the characters that I was already planning on land. And I really loved just how different Asger became. I found the photo of Rohit as I was trying to figure out Asger, and what he’d look like – he was an inspiration right from the beginning.
  • Lord Jarl – Jeremy Irons
    • I went through a huge phase of watching “The Borgias” right before I had written “Between the Sea and Stars,” and kinda just loved Jeremy Irons as an actor. I know he could play evil – and well. And I know he’d adapt the character Lord Jarl perfectly.

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