Thursday, 28 February 2013

Review: Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands


Devil of the Highlands
Series:  Devil of the Highlands #1
Author:  Lynsay Sands
Genre:  Historical, Romance, Adult
Release Date: January 27th 2009
Pages:  351
Format: ebook
Source: Borrowed from the library

Rating: 

Reason chosen: 

I’ll admit that I was looking around for a good highlander romance

Summary taken from Goodreads:

They call him the Devil . . .

He is the most notorious laird of Scotland: fierce, cold, deadly . . . and maybe even worse. Yet Evelinde has just agreed to wed him. Anything, she thinks, is better than her cruel stepmother. Though Evelinde should be wary of the rumors, she can't help but be drawn to this warrior . . . for the Devil of the Highlands inspires a heat within her that is unlike anything she has ever known.

They may call him whatever they wish, but Cullen, Laird of Donnachaidh, cares only for the future of his clan. He must find a wife, a woman to bear him sons and heed his commands. He has no need for beauty or grace, but one taste of his lovely bride's sweet lips and the sultry feel of her skin arouse an untamed passion. Perhaps there's more to marriage than he thought . . .

Review:

Well…I’ve fallen in love with another highlander. And he is nicknamed ‘The Devil’. How, awesome is that? I liked this book. It started off with some awesome passion, and then there was some mystery added in, and I was a goner. Cullen really got me from the first meeting. He didn’t fit his nickname, but he doesn’t talk a lot so I can see how people can come to that conclusion, but then he goes and totally woos Evelinde in a very, very nice scene by the water. *SWOON. I also really liked the mystery aspect of this novel. I liked that it affected them at ‘home’ and wasn’t about some enemy clan. Now I thought I had ‘The Villain’ all figured out, but this book was tricky and when it was all revealed I was happily surprised.  This book kept me on my toes, kept me thinking, and kept me falling for Cullen.

Good:

Cullen—I loved when he tells her he will try and tell her as well as show her what he is thinking. Damn….just damn.

Evelinde—She had a pretty crappy life, but is not willing to settle for anything other than what she wants.

Bad:

I find there was a lack of depth in their romance. I guess I just wasn’t feeling their love too much.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I really enjoyed this novel. I liked the mystery, I enjoyed the characters, and swooned over the male character, and I found the writing as easy to follow as any writing about Scotland during the time of Lairds and Highlanders could be.

Next in the Series:


Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover of Highlanders like I am…than this is a book for you

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Charming the Highlander by Janet Chapman, The Chief by Monica McCarty, The Highlander’s Reward by Eliza Knight, The McCabe Trilogy, and The Montgomery and Armstrong series by Maya Banks, Daughters of Glen series by Melissa Mayhue

Read Completely:
Yes

Author Website/Blog: http://www.lynsaysands.net

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Review: Picture Perfect by Janice Thompson


Picture Perfect
Series:  Wedding by Design #1
Author:  Janice Thompson
Genre:  Romance, Contemporary, Christian
Release Date: February 1st 2013
Pages:  336
Format: Paperback
Source: Copy was provided by publisher for review

Rating:

Reason chosen:

I was informed of some recent releases by the publisher and asked if I wanted to complete a review.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Feisty wedding photographer Hannah McDermott has dealt with her share of difficult brides. But none can compare to the ultimate Bridezilla she's dealing with now. Still, she's trying desperately to impress Bella Neeley, Galveston Island's most sought-after wedding planner, so she can take the top spot in Bella's list of recommended photographers--a spot currently occupied by her arch-rival, Drew Kincaid. What she doesn't count on, however, is falling head over heels for the competition.
With her contagious humor and cast of quirky characters, Janice Thompson gives readers more of the bridal business drama they want in a brand-new series all about those long-suffering people who make beautiful weddings happen. Readers are desperately waiting for more of Bella and this new series brings her back in a big way, while introducing new characters fans will love. Fans will laugh out loud as they experience this breezy and entertaining novel from a great storyteller.

Review:

Although I haven’t read any previous books by Janice Thompson I found I really enjoyed this novel. And…now I really want to read her other series Weddings by Bella (which happen to some characters that were re-introduced in this novel). I found this book a bit slow in the beginning, but it really came through to be an overall great book. I found the beginning a little slow because I was being introduced to a bunch of characters and sometimes I found that other character got in the way of the focus on Drew and Hannah’s romance. But, in the end I found it wasn’t something that really affected my overall opinion of the novel. I found a lot of situations and characters very funny and I couldn’t help laugh out loud sometimes.


Good:

Hannah—Determined

Drew—I fell in love with Drew.

Bad:

A lot slow in the beginning, and a lot of side-tracking secondary characters.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am determined to get to Janice Thompson’s previous series  and see how it all started. I laughed, I swooned, and I was emotionally connected with each character. This is a series I would happy to continue with.

Previously In the Series:

Technically you can check out the Weddings by Bella series

Next in the Series:

Icing on the Cake ETA: August 1st 2013

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover of good heartfelt romance than this is for you

If you liked this you'll probably love:

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano, Courting Cate by Leslie Gould, A Tailor Made Bride and Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Read Completely:
Yes

Author Website/Blog: http://janiceathompson.com/blog/
Twitter: @booksbyjanice

This book was provided courtesy of the publisher/author; however, receiving the complimentary copy did in no way influence my review.


"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Movie Review! Beautiful Creatures 2013


Beautiful Creatures
Release: February 14th 2013
Staring: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Man and Emma Thompson

Rating:

Based On:

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Synopsis from IMDB.Com:

Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.

It should be noted that I have not read the book.

Negative/I don’t get:

I felt like there was no Depth to the movie. The love story moved pretty fast (almost instantly after meeting twice). There could have been more revealed about Lena’s history and maybe even the castor history.

I personally thought the ending was weird. Now I get that there are multiple novels and that it is only the beginning, and obviously I need to read the books to understand everything better, but the ending just left me thinking…Really? Not to mention you should have to read a book to better under the movie…that isn’t really how it’s suppose to work.

I don’t think things like the curse were really explained well. What was the curse? That female castors don’t have the ability to choose?

How was Link able to do what he did? I don’t really get that.

Although Alden Enrenreich and Emma Thompson did a pretty good job acting wise, I found that a lot of the character (ok, the main two) were not how I pictured them. I did get the chance to read the first two (ish) chapters of the novel and got a pretty good idea of Ethan…and that wasn’t how I pictured him.

Also, why Lena? Why was she the one to break the curse or bring about the great change? Because of her birthdate? If so maybe that should have been said. I get that her birthdate falls on winter solstice. But, does everyone else? Probably not.

Also…why would Ridley do that to Link? I though they want her to break the curse and turn dark? Don’t get it.

Positive:

Alden Ehrenreich was funny and a pretty good actor. I found that he really brought across the awkward feels that Ethan had about his life and his future. Not to mention all the sarcastic comments and random rants were pretty funny and he pulled them off. Even, when he was angry at Lena it looked realistic.

The story itself seems like a good one, and probably is when you real the books.
I liked the setting for the novel as well as some of the special effects for the
castors. It was subtle yet just right.

Story Line:

The story was a pretty good one. A new girl comes to a new school, one that Ethan just happens to be dreaming about. He gets to know her, finds out she is a castor, and falls for her. Together they try and break the curse to prevent her from “going dark”. 

I love stories that have an significant event that changed the future (in this case the acts of a female castor, during the Civil War). 

There was a lot of stuff that seemed open for interpretation in the movie, and a lot of background or even just little info that seemed to be missing, like I was just suppose to know it.

Now, maybe I am judging too hard because I’m thinking, “A lot of people love this series it should be good”, and maybe I was expecting too much. But it let me down. Confused me even. I am willing to admit that there is a chance I went into this judging it not as just a movie, but as a book that was made into a movie, and maybe that has hindered some of my perspective. Hopefully the book is better, because the movie was not something I’d be willing to buy.  

The Characters:


Ethan—As a character he seemed really awesome. He was funny, emotional, and determined. Alden Ehrenreich was a pretty good actor in this movie, but just from reading the first couple of chapters of the book I don’t think he looked like the Ethan I pictured. Maybe I’m wrong and the rest of the novel will reveal that he was a good fit. I don’t know.

Lena—As a character she seems pretty cool too, but I found Alice Englert’s acting not very good. I felt she was mainly mopey, and didn’t really have a change in expressions.

Sarafine/Mrs.Lincolm—well the trailer basically gives it away that they are one and the same and I really liked Emma Thompson’s performance. I wished there was more info on Sarafine. I get that there are more than one way for someone to die, but how did she supposive die in the first place. Anyhow, the character seemed pretty awesome and filled with depth, and I really truly loved Emma Thompson and her ability to pull off such difference characters

For Men:

Um…I guess if you like the book, and are a lover of supernatural YA movies than there is something here for you

For Women:

The romance. The YA supernatural story.

Overall:

Overall, its sad to say I’m truly disappointed. I walked out of there thinking “I should have seen Identity Thief”. I just found I still had a lot of questions, not the big picture questions that could come in future books/movies but smaller ones, and I wasn’t feeling the actors.

Trailer:


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