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Wednesday Anything – Vampire Academy movie

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I read the Vampire Academy series a while ago now. I’m talking years. I didn’t even read the last book because I was over it by the time the movie came out, but I have read the first three Sydney and Adrian books because I freaking loved Adrian. I wanted him to be the winner, even though I knew it would never happen. I was hoping for a miracle.

So, on the advice of my (youngest) sister (who loved the whole series) I watched the movie. Uuuh did I miss something in the books? It was a little odd because I didn’t really get the comedy vibe from the books but it was definitely there in the movie?! Like Mean girls with vampires. I actually didn’t hate it though. The girl that played Rose (just googled her name – Zoey Deutch) gave me Ellen Page vibes and I adore Ellen Page to infinity and beyond, I also found Rose’s one liners to be quite witty! Do I need to grow up? Maybe. 

I read on Wiki that it under performed at the box office and that there more than likely won’t be another one. That might be for the best…ahem… I secretly wish there was a follow up though.

Anyway I just wanted to share that little weekend experience with you all. If you have watched it let me know your thoughts! If we’re still friends now that liking the Vampire Academy movie is no longer my secret shame.

Oooh! While I was hunting out the above clip on YouTube I also found this! Beauty and the Beast!! I’m dying!! Since my French is pretty much limited to basics like hello, goodbye, telling people my name and commenting on the weather, I’m going to have to watch this with subtitles. Worth it. 

Book Review – It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tillie Cole

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It Ain’t Me, Babe

By Tillie Cole

I’m going to start off this review by saying that I think it must be incredibly hard to write a contemporary romance novel about motorcycle gang and get it right.  I’d imagine it would be pretty hard to balance being cheesy and being authentic, and while you have to keep in mind that it IS a romance, you also have to remember that these characters are brutal gang members. There’s really only one author that has done it perfectly right, in my opinion (Madeline Sheehan). 

Sinning never felt so good…

A fortuitous encounter.

A meeting that should never have happened.

Many years ago, two children from completely different worlds forged a connection, a fateful connection, an unbreakable bond that would change their lives forever…
Salome knows only one way to live—under Prophet David’s rule. In the commune she calls home, Salome knows nothing of life beyond her strict faith, nor of life beyond the Fence—the fence that cages her, keeps her trapped in an endless cycle of misery. A life she believes she is destined to always lead, until a horrific event sets her free.
Fleeing the absolute safety of all she has ever known, Salome is thrust into the world outside, a frightening world full of uncertainty and sin; into the protective arms of a person she believed she would never see again.
River ‘Styx’ Nash knows one thing for certain in life—he was born and bred to wear a cut. Raised in a turbulent world of sex, Harleys, and drugs, Styx, unexpectedly has the heavy burden of the Hades Hangmen gavel thrust upon him, and all at the ripe old age of twenty-six—much to his rivals’ delight.
Haunted by a crushing speech impediment, Styx quickly learns to deal with his haters. Powerful fists, an iron jaw and the skillful use of his treasured German blade has earned him a fearsome reputation as a man not to be messed with in the shadowy world of outlaw MC’s. A reputation that successfully keeps most people far, far away.
Styx has one rule in life—never let anyone get too close. It’s a plan that he has stuck to for years, that is, until a young woman is found injured on his lot… a woman who looks uncannily familiar, a woman who clearly does not belong in his world, yet a woman he feels reluctant to let go…

I’m going to start off with the things I liked about this book. Firstly, the prologue of this book hooked me instantly. It was probably one of the best prologues I have read in a while. Even though we hadn’t yet learnt River and Salomes stories, the dark and dangerous undercurrent was there, woven through the sweetness and innocence of their first meeting. I LOVED it.
This book did NOT lack originality. I didn’t feel like I was reading the same old contemporary romance. The cult story-line was an interesting idea and you could tell the author had done her research. It really was the best part of the book for me. Being from a country where we really don’t have a lot of this crazy sh-t going on I was just flabbergast at what I was reading sometimes. Man, there are some complete nutters out there! I felt like the description of Mae adjusting to the outside world was a pretty accurate description of how someone in her position would behave. 
Styx was an interesting hero, I love an imperfect hero and his speech impediment and how he dealt with it tugged at my heart strings. He had a hard time growing up and was taught by his father, who obviously loved him, how to deal with it in the way they were conditioned to deal with such things within gang life – violence. 

 

“Mae…You need a b-better man. It ain’t me, babe, no matter how much you th-think it is…or want it to be.”

Now….the things I didn’t love so much. It pains me to write this because I AM a Tillie Cole fan but something about this story just felt a little off. A couple of things stand out – A LOT happened in this this book, warring bikie gangs, a crazy ass cult and the love story. Usually this isn’t a problem for me but it just didn’t quite mesh together as well as I had hoped. Almost like it was too many separate things trying to fit together into a story. Maybe it was just me? 
Also, the dialogue was a little distracting. I have no doubt that bikers have absolutely filthy mouths but at times it all felt a little bit forced and over the top. I have no problem with this type of thing usually but in this instance I just found it a tiny bit too much.

“For the first time in my life, I feel wanted…like I finally belong. There is nowhere on Earth I would rather be than here with you. You do not cage me, Styx. You make me soar.”

After saying all of that, I did mostly enjoy this story. It kept me hooked until the end and I read the whole thing within a twenty-four hour period.  Also it has pretty high ratings on both Amazon and Goodreads so it’s highly likely that others didn’t have the same small issues with this book that I had. I am still, without a doubt, a Tillie Cole fan. I will be looking out for more of her books in the future.

“And just like that. I knew she was it. There would never be anyone else for me.”

 

WARNING: Contains sexual situations, violence, taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up*

Also -Just want to add a little shout out to our Twitter buddy dreamcatcher @mokotutza for reading along with us! Thanks for reading with me and keeping the Flame induced nightmares away. You made me laugh more than once!

 

 

 

And now we’re adults that still do the same thing

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(Found on Pinterest – So many amazing things on there)

We love reading. And pants.

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Our blog has been a little bit quiet over the last couple of days (and maybe for a couple more!) because we have been buried in books. Charmaine’s reading an insane book that’s going to take her until shes approx 50 years old to finish. So this picture (found on pinterest) is definitely us right now. Except we’re wearing pants. 

 

Love & Loathes – April 27th

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Love, Love, Love

1. Giveaways!!! We’re having our very first one this week and its so EXCITING!! ENTER ENTER ENTER!

2. Love that every time I read a book with a hot werewolf in it I automatically picture Alcide from Trueblood. Every. Single. Time. Not a bad thing. -K (Swoon! -C)

3. Finding amazing books that have been out for awhile but you haven’t read yet. Score! (This is why my TBR folder is looking ridic -C)

4. Cheap Amazon books – hurrah! (This is also the reason why my TBR folder is looking ridic -C)

5. The randomness of the Internet, Snoop Dogg ‘Sookie’ video I’m looking at you! (I can’t believe you hadn’t seen that yet! -K)

 

Loathes

1. Chocolate – I’m still eating Easter eggs and now I’m going to have to haul my ass back to the gym on Monday to counteract all that chocolate. Which is going to cut into my reading time. Boo. -K

2. Hate when you read a book that everyone else is raving about and you just can’t get into it. So frustrating! Sometimes I swear my brain malfunctions when i read certain books. Its the only explanation. (Happens to the best of us! -C)

3. A book that tells me it’s going to be a 16 hour read. Sigh. -C (I still think this is hilarious -K)

4. Toilet training children. Enough said. (Ugh! agree! -K)

5. Tired Eyes, my eyes feel like they want to rip themselves out of my head tonight! Tough love time because they still have a 16 hour book to read! -C (HA HA HA -K)

 

Book Review – The Girl in Room Fourteen By Carol Drinkwater

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I love reading short stories that are done well. They are quick and satisfying. Perfect if you’re trying to break up a few longer books, or have just read something heavy or just want to try a genre but don’t want to commit to full length. However, at the same time, short stories can sometimes suffer from not having enough time to fully flesh out the storyline and/or characters… I found this book while browsing aimlessly on Amazon. I purchased it along with a random variety of other books. I have some bigger books on the go at the moment but thought Saturday night was the perfect opportunity to start and finish this 1 hour read.

Menton

Menton

This book is set on the Riviera and is based around a woman named Cecile, who sells Lemon products at the markets in Cannes. In this story we revisit her past adventures and love and watch how she came to end up where she is today.

 

This isn’t usually the type of story I go for, although from reading the blurb I thought maybe a piece of romantic descriptive writing might be exactly the change I (briefly) needed. And it was ok, but for me it veered towards the ‘needed more story space’ rather than the former. However before I get into any of that I did want to start with the positive… The descriptive elements. I literally could imagine myself in the Mediterranean. The author did a beautiful job of making every element; from the surroundings to the food seem so realistic you could taste it, see it and feel it.

However for me, that’s the best of what the story had to offer. I found the storyline pretty predictable. This also meant that inevitably the characters frustrated me. Sometimes a lot. At least twice I wanted to jump into the book and shake Cecile. And at the end it just… well it just ended. It almost felt like someone had ripped out the last chapter. I wanted more, but not in the good way of wanting more. So while the descriptive elements of the Riviera couldn’t make this book a ‘love’ for me, they at least made me feel like I had escaped to a beautiful place overseas, even if was just for an hour.

Sunday Loves – 27.04.2014

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In the name of all things WTF! I bring you this weeks Sunday Love… This has apparently been around for a while, so how have I not seen this ‘tribute’ to Sookie by Snoop Dogg before?! Who came up with such an idea? What would Sookie think of this? And Eric for that matter?!!! Seriously is EVERYONE in love with Sookie, even rappers? And whose plan were the dancing Merlottes waitresses?! Honestly this is just everything.

Behold….

I. Just. Can’t.

This made my night.