Book and Movie Reviews
This page is dedicated to reviews for all the books I read and all the movies I watch.
Ready Player One ~ *****
Ready Player One is a new twist on life "plugged-in". In the future the world as we know it has changed. In order to escape the dreary and depressing real-life, people connect to a online escape called The Oasis. In the Oasis you can be whoever you want, whatever you want, whenever you want. The entire existence of humanity revolves around an online life that is keeps most people connected at all times.
The creator of The Oasis dies and leaves an easter egg that whoever solves the puzzle will win the rights of the Oasis, essentially running the entire online experience for every user. Driven by the desire, power, prestige, and hope of a better life. With this, as you can imagine, there are some who will stop at nothing to solve the puzzle and that leads to a very dangerous "real life" outside of the Oasis.
This movie makes you think, especially in this day and age with everyone plunged in trying to escape a not so fabulous real life by replacing it with the perfect online experience.
The graphics were amazingly done in a movie based mostly on CGI while trying to keep it real. The acting was spot on and believable, and the message is deep. While the players search for a way to solve the riddles, they are faced with reality vs. virtual life.
I highly recommend watching this movie. Not only for the entertainment value, but also for the questions that you will ask yourself later. Do I depend on virtual life to have a great human experience, or do I depend on life to give that to me? Take life by the horns and unplug once in a while.
Happy Movie Going!
The Duff, better known as the Designated Ugly Fat Friend, was a cute premise and I had high hopes for this film.
We start with a trio of unlikely friends who've known each other for years. Where one goes, the others are inevitably present and they are happy and comfortable with their relationship. That all changes one night at a party when Bianca's neighbor, Wesley, the ever popular jock of the school, explains that Bianca is considered the D.U.F.F. of the group. He 'enlightens' her on her role as the trio's advocate for others who are interested in dating her friends, using her as the approachable one because she isn't appealing enough to date.
Heartbroken, Bianca examines her life and comes to the self realization that Wesley's right, leading her to the decision to cut all ties to her best friends. When Bianca over-hears Wesley is in danger of losing his scholarship because he's flunking science, she offers a trade. Help in science for 'reverse-duffing'.
This movie has a great message about feeling comfortable in your skin and embracing who you are. However, the theme of bullying and the lack of consequences bothered me. We see a group of proverbial 'snotty-rich' girls harassing Bianca in a way that makes her the talk of the school, including the teachers lounge. There are no consequences and the same group of girls double their efforts when Bianca, through the help of Wesley, blows off the first incident a little to easily.
The second downfall was the sexual content woven throughout the film. While I loved the idea of the movie, I was more than a little shocked at the sexual references. I didn't read the book before hand so I can't say how the movie stacked up as far as staying true, and maybe I'm too naive but I have to ask. Do teens in high school really talk like this? Yikes!
If you're looking for a cliche' movie that has some witty expressions and a message that has to be uncovered with a bit of effort, this movie is for you. All in all, I thought the casting was perfect and the actors had chemistry and personality onscreen which made the film enjoyable if you can look past the rest. I'm just glad I was one of two people in the theater watching it, the other being the friend who came along for the adventure. Otherwise, I'm afraid I would have been a more bit embarrassed. I gave it 3 1/2 stars.
Titled End of Feeling, this book is anything but as you will feel the effects long after the last word is read. Benjamin Nefer and Charlotte "Charlie" Austin will follow you into your dreams and keep you company for weeks to come. I LOVED it!
We start our journey as Charlie moves to a new school, becoming the topic of conversation for many there. She is beautiful, smart, quirky, and an instant target for smooth talking Benjamin. The problem, she's already been warned of his reputation and she has a secret or two she'd rather keep private. Hiding is her specialty and she prefers to remain in the shadows.
Benjamin is the typical great looking, smooth-talking, high school jock with amazing footfall skills and a reputation for breaking hearts. On the outside he is the kind of guy every girl wants to date and every guy wants to emulate. But his home-life is a nightmare, one that will only be tolerable when he remains unfeeling.
Assumptions keep Charlie at arms length, giving Benjamin time to realize feeling empty may not be what he wants. Outside influences help Charlie remain at a safe distance from Benjamin's heartbreaking ways and wonder what it would be like to trust her secrets with the outside world.
This book is one emotional whirlwind that keeps you turning pages to see what happens next. I found myself cheering for Benjamin and Charlie as they navigate a world no teenager should ever have too, knowing that many do.
Simply put, I LOVED this book!
Emotionally charged, this book is a great end to a FABULOUS series!!!
Unbearable is the highly anticipated, at least for me, story of one of my man crushes, Booker Gatto. I fell in love with him when I first met him in Unbelievable and couldn't wait to hear his story. It did not disappoint!
Booker has sworn off relationships for good and has punished himself to a life alone, until he meets Tess, a shy, insecure woman who breaks through Booker's wall of defense without even trying.
Tess, running from a past of emotional and physical damage, falls head first for the amazing Booker, (which, let's face it, who wouldn't), as she fights her inner demons to finally have the normal life she has always dreamed of.
This final installment was so emotionally charged, I felt exhilarated and drained at the same time. The subject matter was so intense and so well written, I felt as if I was living through their pain, struggles, joy, and romance. Sherry has a way of taking the written word and bringing it to life around you as you experience the love, desperation, fear, joy, and relief with each word. It literally leaves you breathless until the very end!
This is a fabulous series that I recommend to all who are looking for a clean romance that will keep you turning pages until the very last word and leave you wanting more! Unbearable is the perfect end to a perfect series, and while I hate knowing this is the last in the Port Fare series, I love that I was able to experience the ride!
Another fantastic read! Jaimey Grant does it again with her tale of two young lovers torn apart by circumstance. Sometimes the things we want in life are not what is destined to be our future and it takes a twist of fate to make us realize our true path.
I loved watching Michaella and Gabriel work through their long standing emotions as they discover just who they really are.
Michaella is a strong, passionate, loyal woman and I found myself cheering for her as she came to terms with her inner self and the man she was truly destined to have. I loved the relationship that developed between one of my new favorite characters, Rhys Wainwright, and Michaella. He is my new man crush; well, next to Lord Heartless that is. Why? Because he is such an imperfect person with a heart forged in gold hidden away from the world until Michaella happens to him. And Michaella doesn't find herself until she finds Rhys.
Next, is Gabriel, whom I loved, but not as much as Helene'. These two are so perfect for each other, it is easy to see from the very beginning. I loved Gabriel's spirit of conviction as we watch him become the man he hid deep inside until he had no other choice but to let his inner man out.
But nothing in life is ever easy and we must watch as four beloved characters navigate their way through one of the most complicated relationships possible, and hope the outcome is what we wish for.
This story is a compilation of three different tales that are woven together in a heart twisting saga that has you cheering for an outcome different from what you originally anticipated. I found it difficult to put this book down until I read it through to the very last "The End".
This is sweet, romantic tale of two hearts that become four; with old and new characters, new love, and old memories, making this a wonderful addition to the world Jaimey has created. But be warned, once you read these Forgotten, and other Heartless Tales, you will find yourself wanting more!!
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