Friday, February 24, 2017

Movie Review: This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous

This Is Everything:
Gigi Gorgeous

Are there limits to your love for your family? One family's acceptance is tested when a champion diver, destined for the Olympics, announces they're transitioning from male to female and invites their YouTube followers along for every moment. It's a story about unconditional love and finding the courage to be yourself.

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My Review:

I'm not a regular watcher of Gigi Gorgeous on Youtube, but that doesn't take away from anything this movie showed. This movie/documentary took me on such an incredible journey. I adored every minute of it. Her percevirence and take-no-sh*t attitude is inspiring. I loved seeing her evolution because she always stays true to herself.

I also liked seeing her father's reaction to all that was happening. From the beginning (when she started doing makeup on Youtube, before she came to the conclusion that she was transgender) you could see the emotion on her dad's face. I respect him all that much more because deep down it seemed like he didn't really approve of it all, but loved her enough to stay beside her through all the surgeries and life choices she made. That's not something most people in the LGBTQ+ community have unfortunately.  

To this day I still don't understand what so many people find so wrong in the LGBTQ+ community. At the end of it all, they are still people and they deserve, at minimum, your respect. It's their bodies and if they want to change something on it, they have a right to do that. Someone's happiness should always be valued over everything else (including your personal beliefs).

In conclusion, I think we should love people more. Independent of personal beliefs. Life isn't easy, why can't we help each other out instead of tearing them down?

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Power Of Book Covers: Red Winter By Annette Marie


They say don't judge a book by it's movie...err...COVER. 
BUT they never said we couldn't PRAISE them.

This week's cover:

Red Winter
(Red Winter Trilogy #1)
By Annette Marie

In a few short months, Emi's mortal life will end when she becomes the human host of an immortal goddess. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess—and not once has she doubted her chosen fate.

Shiro is a spirit of the earth and an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command—whether she wants him or not.

On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate—but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope … and hope is all she has left.

RED WINTER includes 10 full-page illustrations by artist Brittany Jackson.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book Review: Singe By Aly Martinez


Singe
(Guardian Protection #1)
By Aly Martinez

She was my nightmare. Every time I closed my eyes, I watched her fall into that inferno. Over and over, I failed to save her.

I hadn’t been able to reach her, and the guilt only burned hotter over time. Four years later, I was the unreachable one.

Heroes aren’t always saints. Sometimes, we’re nothing more than jaded sinners driven by sleepless nights and hearts full of darkness.

And then I met her. She was a dreamer who managed to soothe my scars and heal my wounds.

But, as the flames closed in around us, I feared I wasn’t the right man to save her. That is until I realized she was the one woman I’d burn the world down to protect.
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My Review:

This was an amazing book! It wasn't perfect by any means, but it made me realize that I need higher standards when considering books in the contemporary romance genre. This book had me up at 4 AM the first day I started reading it.

I liked Rhion to a degree. I enjoyed her eccentric personality and her witty retorts, but her word vomit in critical situations become annoying very quickly. Jude even mentions in the book that even though she's saying a lot, most times no information actually gets transmitted. 

Jude was amazing. He did have some jerk moments, but overall he was an awesome person who was suffering even more than Rhion because of one huge disaster. He also had a few very sweet moments and witty banter that made it impossible for me to hold the jerk moments over his head.

One other thing I didn't like was how loosely the word 'crazy' and 'insane' was thrown around when referring to women. The word crazy can be defined according to Google as "mentally deranged, especially as manifested in a wild or aggressive way". I don't understand how an eccentric personality and a few silly quirks can be summed up as the word crazy. From the context of it all I understand that it was used as a joke, but after the fifth time it was mentioned it ended up rubbing me the wrong way.

The ending seemed very rushed and resolved way too easily. It would have been better had it been lengthened into 3 or 4 chapters instead of making me anxious waiting for the other shoe to drop for 6 or 7 chapters after Jude and Rhion were together. 

In conclusion, this novel was fantastic. I can't wait for the next book in this series. From what I've read each book could be read as a 'standalone' because it'll feature a different character with minimal storyline intersection. I really want to read the stories for Aiden Johnson, Apollo (I usually hate 'villains', but he deserves a happy ending. Right?), Devon and Brianna.

My Favorite Quotes:

"(...) if life had taught me anything, it was that the easy part didn't exist for me."

"(...) you're living in the dungeons of what you could have done differently (...)."

"There comes a point where you have to stop beating yourself up for the mistakes you made and step into the reality of what actually happened."

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Book Look #152: One For Sorrow By Pippa DaCosta

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This Week:
One For Sorrow (The Veil #5.5)
By Pippa DaCosta
Book Look: One For Sorrow (The Veil #5.5) By Pippa DaCosta
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Friday, February 17, 2017

My Ramblings: Open Ended Endings...


Open Ended Endings...

Am I the only person who wants a concret never changing 100% ending in all the stories I read? Does that make me abnormal for wanting to hold authors to that made up rule that I have in my head?

This has come up a few times in the past years (since 2009), but I've always 'tried' to not let it faze me. THE TIME HAS COME...for me to ask very nicely that all authors end novels in the way I consider right. 

I'm blowing this out of proportion because it legitimately bothers me. I recently found out that what I considered to be on it's way to become a series will stay put (until further notice) at only two books. There would be no problem with that except for the fact that the last book left off at an open ended ending. For all I know the characters could have gone on countless adventures after that book ended, or they could be dead because of an unknown allergic reaction. 

To this day there is a series (which I will not name) that left off at such a despicable ending that I can't forget about. It genuinely keeps me up at night. The author of said unmentioned series has said over the years (six years to be exact) that she would maybe continue their story after the characters were older. That still hasn't happened (with the exception being a novella here and there). That's not enough for me! It's too short. 

When this subject gets brought up I get fired up. I would never bash any author for the endings that they write for their story. At the end of the day, it's still their story. Some would say I should be honored to have the privilege of reading their stories, but I still want to ask very politely for an ending that I don't need to make up in my head.

Am I the only one that feels this way?
Has this happened to you?
Let me know in the comments below!
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