Monday, March 31, 2014

Hope Review

Title: Hope

Author: Sam Rook

Book: (The Knights of Av'lor Book One)

Pages: 302

Rating: 4/5

So it starts out a bit differently but I really liked the characters though some of them had no role in the book besides being bad. I mean the main characters were almost killed by him but they never actually met so I am a bit disappointed that there isn't going to be a second book. I hate stories that have an open ending. Well there might be another book but not for a while.
Kathryn (Kate) has just lost her mother and daughter but now she is unexpectedly thrown into another world (Av'lor) filled with Deamons. She meets Hal (also a human from Earth) and almost dies only to wake up inside a castle filled with knights that have wings. Angels? No, but they aren't evil either. In fact they protect Av'lor from monsters.
Kate has the Sight, which means she can see the future, and having that she manages to save lives. As a reward she asks that she and Hal be given a chance to join the Knighthood. Since she is very powerful when it comes to magic she makes it in and so does Hal, though he gets in because of his swordsmanship. Sir Lanclor is her instructor but she feels drawn to him and he to her but he knows he can't do anything about it. On the one night they can change who they are he sleeps with her and realizes that he truly loves her. But what can he do about it?
Together they continue to try and find a spell to win the war but their time is growing short. Now it is up to Kate to win the war and save the man she loves.
Will the portal be destroyed? Will her Sight of Lanclor dying be wrong? How will she prevent it? Will she survive the outcome?
So I didn't cry at the end because it would've been a terrible ending. No I cried when I thought Hal was going to loose one of his wings. Go figure. I did enjoy this book and I hope you will read it too!

About The Author

Sam Rook lives in Vermont with her husband and two children. Her passion for fantasy novels began in high school with her desire to write following shortly thereafter. Software engineer by day, fantasy author by night, she strives to give her readers a chance to enjoy worlds that transport them away from the stress of everyday life.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ender's Game Movie Review

Title: Ender's Game

Year: 2013

Time: 1hr 54min

Rating: 5/5

This movie is so much more entertaining than the book! That's my opinion anyway since I didn't care for the book. My sister loves them both though...thanks to her I got to see the movie! Thanks sis! I loved the movie even if it was a little weir and a bit too graphic in some places.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) gets thrown out of school (or so he thinks) so when he is attacked by the mean kids in school he has nothing to lose. After he wins the man who has been watching him, Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford), decides that he is ready to join in the battle against the Formics. The Formics that almost destroyed the Earth in a previous invasion. Even in a school full of gifted kids he is the odd man out. The only few people who like him are Bean (Aramis Knight), Alai (Suraj Partha), Petra (Hailee Steinfeld), and a few others.
He gets moved up in the ranks to a place where he is loathed by the team leader. Even after he wins the battle against the other team the leader wants nothing more than to destroy him. Eventually the leader, Bonzo (Moises Arias), corners him in the shower and tries to kill him only to have Ender win against him.
Ender refuses to go on until he get to see his sister, Valentine Wiggin (Abigail Breslin), one more time. They allow him to since he threatened to quit. He talks to her and realizes that he was made for this. He was made to fight and defend against the Formics.
He becomes the captain of his own crew (simulation...or so he thinks) with his friends as his mates and begins to fight Formics. After destroying the Formics home planet he learns that what he just did wasn't a was very real. He breaks down because he doesn't believe that they were evil or wanted to destroy the Earth at all. They just wanted to meet and learn from us but humans didn't even give them a chance.
Are all the Formics dead? Will Ender ever come to terms with destroying a whole species? Does he figure something out that he should've realized a long time ago?
Ohhhhhh I don't remember the end of the book so I can't really compare them! Not fair that everyone is just fine and dandy after killing off an entire species! At least Ender (the person who rarely shows emotions) breaks down when he finds out what he did! Humans are awful when it comes to things we don't understand...aren't we? I hope one day we might change for the better but until that day I just have to hope if something come up we don't shoot first and ask questions could be a disaster if we do.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Pirate's Curse Review

Title: The Pirate's Curse

Author: M.L. Guida

Book: (Legends of the Soaring Phoenix, #1)

Pages: 326

Rating: 4/5

This book is much better than I thought it would be which made me so happy. It was a free book on Kindle and I am so glad that I got it! Read this book! So good!
Hannah and her father find themselves in the ocean when their ship is attacked by vampires and the crew is murdered. Their only chance at survival is the ship comming their way. The vampires want both her and her father but she has no idea why.
Kane is the Captain of the Soaring Phoenix and rescues them from his rival. He thinks Hannah is a man until...(you'll just have to read it to find out!) and when he realizes that she is a girl he treats her better. On the other hand he hates her father who because of what he does to Hannah to keep her controlled.
See Hannah has powers (but she's not a witch) and Kane hates her because he fears she is a witch. He learns more about her and discovers that she is not a witch after all. She and Kane's brother grow close (she only sees him as a friend) and she learns what the pirates aboard the Soaring Phoenix are...they're vampires! She tries to kill Kane with her powers (on accident) and regrets it as soon as he falls to the floor. He had scared her and she'd reacted in order to protect herself.
He cares for her though he tries not to show it until he and the crew are about to reach the destination where they will leave Hannah and her father. Taking her to bed he loves her all night only to turn cold in the morning so that it will be easier for him to leave her behind. She is to be married to another man and he knows it is best to leave her be.
Hannah meets the man she is to marry and want to run as fast as she can back to the Soaring Phoenix and into Kane's arms. Her fiancé is cruel and wants nothing more than to have her in his bed for the rest of her life. He hurts her and takes her to his home where he tortures and almost burns a slave to death until she uses her powers to save the slave. Not that it matters because he just shoots the slave just when Kane shows up in the field.
Kane has to run but he comes back for Hannah who manages to get away from her fiancé only to get recaptured. So is Kane, but he gets tortured while she almost gets raped until more of his crew shows up and gets them both back on the ship. Kane's rival shows up and there is an epic battle between the two vampire ships which leads to Kane's brother being turned into a vampire.
Will Hannah be able to stay with Kane? Which ship will make it out in one piece? Will Hannah be safe from the pirates and her fiancé?
Ok so the synopsis might be long and sound a bit dull but please read this book! It really is worth it and I so can't wait until the second book comes out! I don't know when it comes out though!!!!

About The Author


Vampires, demons and witches! I love to write about these dark entities and the darker the better. My characters are plunged into worlds where they experience torture and mayhem, but even in a world of darkness, true love survives. I write both contemporary and historical paranormal stories and currently, am with Lyrical Press, Buffalo Mountain Press and Passion in Print.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Winter's Tale Movie Review

Title: Winter's Tale

Year: 2014

Time: 1hr 58min

Rating: 4.5/5

I honestly expected to cry throughout the whole movie since I was in tears just watching the previews for it on TV. I was both relieved and disapointed that I didn't, though when I looked over I found my dad was in tears. Hahaha! XD I loved the movie a lot and it was a very unique concept. We saw it for Valentine's Day and I am glad we did though I wanted to go see I, Frankenstein. Whatever! I enjoyed myself! I will have to go see the other movie on my own...
Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) is a thief who is being hunted down by his old boss Pearly (Russell Crowe), who is also a demon. He is saved by a white horse that somehow managed to do the impossible. Peter breaks into a house and meets Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a woman that is very sick. If she gets hot she will die and despite her terrible condition Peter falls for her and she for him.
They only get one night together since Pearly manages to slip some poison to Beverly even though he isn't allowed to cross the boundary line. She dies and Peter faces Pearly after not being able to save her. It is supposed to end for Peter when the horse flies away (he's a messenger from God or something) and Pearly throws him over the bridge. Yet he wakes up with no memory of who he is or what he has lost.
Many (many, like a 100!) years later Peter is still alive and looking just like he did before he was supposedly killed. He still has a miracle to use and Pearly is determined not to let him use it. Beverly used her miracle to keep Peter alive for this save a little girls life.
Virginia Gamely (Jennifer Connolly) is a writer with a very sick daughter, Abby (Ripley Sobo), who is dying. Peter meets them and she helps him remember who he was. He meets people from his past and knows exactly how to save Abby. Pearly won't just let him save her life, he works for Lucifer (who I believe is Will Smith) who makes him human so that he can kill Peter without upsetting the balance of good and evil.
Will Pearly kill Peter, the boy he raised? Will the horse come back and help them get to where they need to go? Did Beverly die in vain? Will Peter be able to use his miracle to save Abby?
I loved this movie though I kind of wanted it to end differently. Like...he saved Abby and went back to the past and lived happily-ever-after with Beverly. Crazy notion...but why not? The whole movie is kind of out there. Jeez just watching Pearly's face when he gets mad! *shiver* All in all it is a must watch so get your bum to the movie theatre and enjoy.