Through the Fog by S.J. Lynn

What it’s about:

Adalind Carter finds herself in search of a new nursing assignment. She finally gets her wish when given an opportunity to travel to England for the private care of Evan Jacob Frederick, the Duke of Warlington, who is showing signs of awakening from a two month long coma. Upon accepting the position, it doesn’t take long for her to discover just how little she knows about any of it…

What I thought:

I really enjoyed this bo28146781ok. I loved the characters and the storyline really drew me in. If I’m completely honest I couldn’t put this book down. I found myself desperate to see what will happen next, even though I had figured out the “big twist” ending right at the beginning. I knew where the story was going and yet I still wanted to continue reading and find out how Lynn would have the characters behave.

I really liked Adalind. At first her need to fix people bothered me but as the story progressed and her character grew, I really did end up liking her. Evan was amazing and I think his character was well built and reacted exactly as you would expect a real person to. I did find the side characters a bit dull, especially Adalind best friend (who’s name I cannot for the life of me remember) I found her to be a bit one dimensional and annoying. Hugo was a bit better, though I still feel like he could have had more depth. Betty was one of the better side characters. I found her to be entertaining at least.

The one thing about this book is you can tell that Lynn is not a seasoned writer. Her dialogue, while compelling doesn’t do a great job of distinguishing between the characters. Adalind is supposed to be a young American girl and Evan is an English Duke, yet most times they used the same language. Small things like a young girl would say it’s while an English Duke would say it is. Yet they both said the latter. It confused me at times. 

But even though the story was predictable and the writing was a bit junior, the book still kept me captivated and I found myself thinking about it for hours after I was done. And in my book that makes this one really worth the read.

What I wish I had known about having a newborn

So, normally I blog book or movie reviews but having recently become a new mom, I’ve decided to venture into something new.

Motherhood is something I always dreamed about, bringing life into the world and having a piece of you in the world that will love you forever. I always knew it would be hard, but I don’t think anyone truly understands how hard it is until you’ve done it.
3752754small1When I was pregnant I asked all the mom’s I met for advice, what I got back was nothing short of useless. I got stupid advice like, “Get as much sleep as you can now” – yes, because you can bank sleep and sleeping while pregnant will affect you when you have to wake up every 3 hours. And pearls like, “stock up on nappies” and “freeze meals”. All of which are good but doesn’t actually prepare you for having a child.

The truth is, the first three months of motherhood are unmitigated hell… and I’m only 8 weeks in. I wish someone would have told me that I was going to be sad, lost, empty… that I was going to cry for no reason, that I would be so sleep deprived I would forget who I am.

There’s no instant happy, you are scared and lost with a little human that you are responsible for. You’re recovery from the birth, shot full of hormones, and hate your body, but you don’t have time to worry about how you’re feeling. The reality of having a newborn is not all sunshine and rainbows, it’s hard and it’s easy to slip into a deep depression. I wish that people would be more honest when it comes to becoming a parent. Prepare women for what’s to come and give them real advice.

It’s important to remember that parenting is a two person job, you didn’t make the baby alone, so why should you raise him alone? I’m one of the lucky ones, I have an amazing husband who lets me cry just because I have to, and takes over so I can get just a couple extra hours sleep. And I have parents who come over and take him for 20 minutes so I can shower. Yet it’s still the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

I’m not trying to deter anyone from taking this journey, in fact, I think having a child is the greatest adventure in life. But it’s not the eighteen hundreds, it’s important to talk about the reality of having a newborn, it’s important for women to know what’s to come. For those of you on this road, you will have moments where you can’t take it, where you think you just can’t do this… and you will have moments when you look at you little one and feel such love you smile. It really is a journey and no one has it all figured out. Just know that you’re not alone in the world and get out the house! Cabin fever will only add to your fragile mental state.

Bad by Nicola Marsh – Cover Reveal

So this series has stolen my senses and gotten me even more addicted to the amazing writing of the sensational, Nicola Marsh. The Bombshell Series is deliciously addictive and now Marsh is adding another addition to the series – Bad. I just love it when a series continues!

This one is Wyatt’s story and promises to be just as good as the rest, if the cover is any indication. Check it out and look out for Bad, coming out soon.

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CBS’s Supergirl – The TV Series

10273542So in the great tradition of TV, CBS has stolen yet another idea from literature and created the Supergirl TV series. One of the highest profile new series this coming season, Supergirl is changing CBS tradition and removing comedy from the Monday night schedule, with The Big Bang Theory being moved to put the new comic book hero in a primetime spot. We’re going to have to see how that’s going to affect The Big Bang Theory ratings. Fans can be loyal, but in the past moving shows to another timeslot has had catastrophic results.

The new series is set to begin in November and should have a well-rated pilot episode, but can it sustain a TV series the way Smallville did? With a new generation of viewers the outcome should be interesting. I’m also dying to see if they do episode crossovers with other superhero TV shows and if cousin Clark Kent (AKA Superman) will make an appearance.

The show stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers (AKA Supergirl) and the ‘first look’ trailer shows forgotten actress Calista Flockhart as the mean boss. What I find incredibly interesting is that IMDB lists Dean Cain as Fred Danvers, presumably Kara’s father, which is hysterical as he played Superman in the 90s TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Once again, we have to wait in anticipation to see where this is gonna go. The ‘first look’ trailer looks interesting enough but since it’s quite long, I feel like I watched the entire first episode already.

Awesome DIY nails

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I stumbled onto this on Pinterest the other day and just had to have them, so I did my research and bought what I needed to get started.

Turns out it was really easy to do. Here’s what you’ll need:

1. White or grey nail polish.
2. Rubbing alcohol.
3. Newspaper.

Now just follow these 4 easy steps:

1. Cut squares out of the newspaper, there’s no specific size, just make sure the newspaper is bigger than your nails.
2. Paint your nails and wait for them to dry completely.
3. Once your nails are dry, put some rubbing alcohol in a bowl and dip your nail in. (Make sure your whole nail gets dipped in)
4. Place the newspaper over your nail and press down for 30 sec, then slowly peel it off.

Repeat with all your nails and you’re done! Have fun 🙂

Firefly & Serenity

x0ySJwtUhpv3ta7jxKOA31NTo1_500“We aim to misbehave”

I am a huge Joss Whedon fan, he’s got a killer sense of humour and an imagination that makes me want to marry his brain. I was addicted to  Buffy the Vampire Slayer (both the movie and series), Dollhouse and his masterpiece Firefly!

I actually stumbled onto the movie first. I walked into the DVD store one day, looking for something new to watch (which was kinda hard, as I’d pretty much seen everything back then), when the cover caught my eye. I asked the guy behind the desk if it was good and he told me he loved the series. I had no idea what he was talking about but I decided to give it a try… and the rest is history – of me watching the movie a million times!

I’m going to start with the TV series first because I highly recommend you watch it before the movie.

fire1What it’s About:

Five hundred years in the future, the world has changed, people live across the galaxy on terraformed planets or on spacecrafts floating through the vast emptiness of space. Firefly follows the journey of a wayward crew of renegades who make a living through thievery and helping people. The crew of the Serenity tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions, as well as authority agents out to get them.

What I Thought:

This really is one of my all time favourite series, I watch it all the time and even though there’s only one season, with only 14 episodes, it still has enough action, suspense and character building to keep you hooked.

The world Whedon creates is spectacular. It’s very basically described as a western in space, so it could fall under my favourite genre – Steampunk. The characters dress like cowboys, even their weapons look like old school guns. When they visit planets in the outer rims, they are cowboy like societies and the law is laid down like you would expect it to be done in a western. Only two languages have survived, English and Chinese, which are both spoken by everyone. The characters interchange between the languages very well and even though you might not understand the Chinese, you still understand what it is they are saying. I also love the way they speak, it’s all muddled and yet has more emotion behind it then the way we speak now.

fire womenBut, like all Whedon’s work, the characters are what makes this show. Which is why you’ll notice that he tends to use the same actors in all his series. River Tam is one of the best heroines I’ve ever seen and I’ve had many an envious thought about her. I love that her character is undefined and we spend each episode learning a bit more about her. I also think Summer Glau embodied the character so very well. In fact, all the females (both the characters and actors) in this series are kick-ass and amazing.  Zoey (Gina Torres) is the fighter, Kaylee (Jewel Staite) is the sweetheart mechanic and Inara (Morena Baccarin) is the ‘brains and beauty’ mix.

The men also kick-ass and keep you entertained. Mel is a true leader with too many secrets that you just want to suck out of him, and Nathan Fillion is the PERFECT person to play him. He manages to get Mel’s wittiness and strength spot on. I can’t imagine anyone else playing him. Wash is the one that keeps you laughing and personally I think Alan Tudyk is a genius! The man could act in anything and be incredible. Adam Baldwin plays Jayne, the trigger happy duchebag you love to hate. He’s surprisingly funny in this role, he’s got his own agenda and yet there’s a kinship that he shares with Mel. No matter how many times he threatens to leave, I really believe he never would. Shepard Book (Ron Glass) is one of those mysteries, he’s supposed to be a Shepard yet we know he was once more then that, he definitely has some ties to the Alliance. I could kidnap Whedon just so he’ll tell me what Book’s secrets are. Then there’s Simon Tam (Sean Maher) the big brother who gave up everything to rescue his sister… need I say more?

The story is so addictive and once you get sucked into this world you just want to stay there. I really enjoy the cleverness about this series, the mysteries to uncover, the countless laughs and the great action. In each episode we learn a bit more about the characters and see them doing what they do best – misbehaving.

Really? How can you not love a series where the most respectable person on the ship is the hooker?!

The Movie:

ser1When the series was cancelled Whedon had some angry fans on his hands who wanted to know how the story ended. So two years later he came out with the movie, Serenity.

The whole cast came back to tell us what some of the big secrets were. The movie is just as phenomenal as the series and, coming in at almost two hours, is action packed with River getting to show off what she can do. There were some real shock moments in the movie with some key characters getting killed off, and in the end the movie had a good conclusion, but an open one.

The real amazing thing about this series and movie is that you really can watch them over and over, enjoying them every time.

I really look forward to what Whedon does next.

mel1“Here’s how it is: The Earth got used up, so we moved out and terraformed a whole new galaxy of Earths. Some rich and flush with the new technologies, some not so much. The Central Planets, thems formed the Alliance, waged war to bring everyone under their rule; a few idiots tried to fight it, among them myself. I’m Malcolm Reynolds, captain of Serenity. She’s a transport ship; Firefly class. Got a good crew: fighters, pilot, mechanic. We even picked up a preacher for some reason, and a bona fide companion. There’s a doctor, too, took his genius sister outta some Alliance camp, so they’re keepin’ a low profile. You understand. You got a job, we can do it, don’t much care what it is.” – Mel, Firefly

Defiance the TV series

In the world of Sci-fi there are many chances to create a cult following like Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica, and then there are even more chances to ruin the genre all together. But as an addicted sci-fi watcher I just have to check them all out for myself. So when I saw the trailer for Defiance I couldn’t wait to watch it.

The series is set in the near future, where aliens known collectively as Votans have come to Earth seeking a new home after their solar system was destroyed. However, when they reached Earth, they discovered despite a prolonged negotiation with the government on Earth, they were not welcome. Rather than turn away, they began a war with the humans as they are determined to make Earth their new home. During the war, the Votans dropped terraformers on the planet and transformed the surface; scorching the earth, opening chasms in the ground and covering the surface of the planet in dust and debris. After decades of war, a ceasefire is declared when both sides realise they must focus on survival on this new almost alien planet.

What I think:
I LOVE this series! Really, once I started watching, I just couldn’t stop. There are only 13 episodes in the first series but they are all action packed, with great characters and a soundtrack to keep you firmly in this new world.

The main character is played by Grant Bowler, he plays the character really well, though I think Nathan Fillion would have been perfect for the role (then again I am a huge Firefly and Castle fan)

The series has the feel of Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, with strange Alien beings and different languages. I really enjoy the fact that they don’t all speak English and that they swear in a new language.

If you’re a sci-fi fan and love all things new world, definitely check this one out!

Vamps

What it’s about:

Two female vampires in modern-day New York City are faced with daunting romantic possibilities.

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Sigourney Weaver, Justin Kirk and Wallace Shawn

What I thought:

So last night I stumbled onto this, rather, unusual movie. I hadn’t really heard of it but as a vampire fan I thought I’d give it a try. When it started I saw that Alicia Silverstone was in it and I love her, so it started off really well… and then just got weird.

The basic premise of the story is that Goody (Silverstone) has been a vampire since the 1800s and in the 1990s Stacey (Ritter) gets turned and they become best friends. Now they live in New York, living off rat blood and going to regular meetings to abstain from drinking human blood. Things suddenly get complicated when vampires are being forced into the daylight and Stacey falls in love with a Van Helsing.

The truth is the movie is complete ridiculousness, but I kinda loved every minute of it! Honestly, it’s meant to be though. It’s a quirky story full of silly characters and a funny storyline. Both Sliverstone and Ritter played their characters well and Weaver was hysterical in her role of the evil vampire.

If you’re in the mood for something ridiculous give Vamps a try. You might hate it, but you might just find (like I did) that you can’t stop watching and shed a tear at the end.

Bates Motel TV Series

This weekend I decided to start watching the new TV series Bates Motel. As a Hitchcock fan I was incredibly intrigued to watch the series that was inspired by his greatest master piece (It’s the movie Psycho for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about).

So I got comfortable and started with episode one, and what I got was 15 min of pure discomfort and a complete state of freaked out! Really, Hitchcock would have been proud. Now I say 15 min because that’s about how long I lasted before I completely flipped out and couldn’t bare to watch anymore. Which, of course, is what makes me desperate to watch more – once I fast forward past that one part.

Our introduction to the modern day, adolescent Norman Bates was so well done, with Freddie Highmore giving me chills. Really, I cannot believe how the innocent Charlie Bucket and August Rush looked at me with evil seeping from every pore. I take my hat off to this young actor! He managed to bring Norman Bates to life. Though I’m not sure that’s a complement.

The series is really so very well done, if you can stomach the content. You get a real idea for how Norman Bates was from the beginning and you can really understand how he ended up keeping his dead mother in the house.

If you’re a Psycho fan who respects the disturbed world of a psycho killer, check out Bates Motel.