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July Movies

Published July 1, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

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As you know, I love going to the movie theaters! It is one of the main things my husband and I do when we go out.  Here are the movies I want to see this month:

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June Movies

Published June 1, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

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As you know, I love going to the movie theaters! It is one of the main things my husband and I do when we go out.  Here are the movies I want to see this month:

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I haven’t felt like reviewing books lately..

Published April 5, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

So I haven’t felt like reviewing any of the books I have been reading lately.  In fact, I have been dreading it so much that I have around 10 books that I have read and not reviewed!! I am not even sure I can remember enough details of any of them to review them.  Some of them are from way back in January.  Instead of reviewing each book, I am going to list them here and let you know whether or not I think it is worth taking a glance at.

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This is an anthology of short zombie stories, including stories by Max Brooks (World War Z, Zombie Survival Guide) and Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead).  I loved every story in this book.  Some much more than others, but basically they were all winners.  I am going to keep a list of the names of the authors so I can check out their other works.  This was a great book to break up my reading slump after reading a bunch of books that I DNF.

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This is a book I DNF.  It is about Ryan who records a tape of himself talking about his mom’s death, and all kinds of things like a diary, back in 1993, and about Ameliah who finds the tape in her grandmother’s home 20 years later.  I thought the premise sounded really good, but I could not get into the story at all.

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I got this book for free from the author.  I did not like it and DNF.  I was excited to read a book about a Marvel super hero that I wasn’t very familiar with.  The Hulk is not one of my faves, and tbh I didn’t even know his cousin was the She-Hulk (aka Shulky.)  This tells the story of Jennifer Walters who is lawyer by day, and crime fighting She-Hulk by night.  I really couldn’t get into the story at all, even though I was really interested in the book. It just wasn’t for me.

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This book was seriously good! I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because the premise sounds a little weird.  It is 1996 and Emma gets an AOL cd so she can connect her new computer to the internet (remember those? I used to get them from the store for free and glue them to the wall shiny side out, and I had an entire wall done like that) from her neighbor and former best friend Josh. When she connects, she gets on the internet, and her Facebook page comes up. Which is super weird because Facebook has not been invented yet. First Emma thinks it is some kind of elaborate prank, but soon realizes she is looking at the future.  She and Josh continue to check their Facebook pages and make changes to their lives that affect their future.  The book was really well written, and the characters were relate-able.  It was interesting to see how ridiculous they thought Facebook is, I mean why would anyone let everyone know everything they are doing all the time, and who has 300 friends.  Worth checking out.

I received this book for review from the publisher for free.  This book was just okay.  I’m not the biggest sci-fi fan.  A lot of the stories were hard to get interested in for me.  My favorites were Paying Old Debts by Gerri Leen and The Shadowless by Rati Mehrotra.  Not worth buying for just two good stories.

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This is a cute picture book for kids.  Carole P. Roman sent this to me for review.  I love her books for kids. The Captain No Beard books are super cute with lots of lessons for kids.

I got this book for free in exchange for a review.  I think the pictures are cute, but I don’t think the book is worth purchasing.  The book is so limited with the kiddos just learning to say the word water.

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I love these books by Carole P. Roman. I did get this for free in exchange for a review.  I reviewed some of the other books in this series here. I love how the books teach you about the culture and language of other countries.  It follows the same format of the other books, starting with a map of Italy, then talks about the capital Rome, and the history, then what name you might have if you were Italian. The book then talks about how to say a bunch of words in Italian, and they are written out phonetically so that you can pronounce them, and it talks about the food you might eat.

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I was so excited to read this book, because I love dystopian novels, and it has a lot of big name authors like Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, and Orson Scott Card.  BUT I didn’t love it.  I had a very hard time getting interested in the stories. I guess I love YA dystopian and stories about zombies and that’s it.

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I reviewed another book in this series here. I liked the first book better than this book, but this one was good also.  It is worth a read if you like fairy tale retellings!

8PS: What are you reading? What do you do when you don’t feel like reviewing books? Are there any books I DNF that you think I should try again?

 

 

 

 

April Movies

Published April 1, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

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As you know, I love going to the movie theaters! It is one of the main things my husband and I do when we go out.  Here are the movies I want to see this month:

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January Movies

Published January 4, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

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As you know, I love going to the movie theatres! It is one of the main things my husband and I do when we go out.  Here are the movies I want to see this month:

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November Movies

Published November 1, 2015 by Kattie Sivley

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My Thoughts on Melt by Selene Castrovilla

Published April 12, 2015 by Kattie Sivley

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Goodreads Summary:

Based on true events, MELT is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. MELT will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.

MELT is a brutal love story set against the metaphorical backdrop of The Wizard of Oz (not a retelling). When sixteen year old Dorothy moves to the small town of Highland Park, she meets, and falls for Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism?

Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

My Thoughts:

I don’t think I would have picked this book up if I saw it on the shelf, based on the cover.  It seems like it trying very hard to draw parallels to The Wizard of Oz, but other than the quotes, and the main character’s name, I didn’t really see it.  I tore through this book in one sitting, because I wanted to know what was going to happen with Joey.  I groaned when it ended, because so many things could have happened! That’s not a bad thing though.  I like how the story is told from both points of view, and you can see how different they are, especially since the characters are so different.  I didn’t like how they fell in super instalove, and both felt something special and amazing and all before they even talked to each other.  At first I thought (because of the Oz thing) there was going to be some magical component and they were connected because of this, but that isn’t the case.  I still don’t understand the Wizard of Oz being in the book, other than the author was apparently reading it at the time she was told the true story behind the book. IDK.  Joey though, poor Joey.  His story is heartbreaking, and I love the writing style she used to portray his thoughts.  Other than their pretty ridiculous love at first sight, Dorothy and Joey aren’t really the story in this book.  The story in this book is Joey’s home life and how his dad (a police officer) is an alcoholic, and a mean one at that.  It is about the abuse that goes on behind closed doors.  It is about turning to drugs and alcohol to cope. It is about not standing up for someone because you are afraid.  It is about family. I got this book for free from Netgalley for review.

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PS: How do you feel about dual points of view?  I think it can be awesome when done well.

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