Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Voice is Back!

[Press Play Saturdays is a regular feature which may include randomly selected songs, videos, television shows, movies or sports-related updates. My blog, my prerogative. Happy Saturday!]

I’m super excited that The Voice is back, though I miss Usher and Shakira already. I’m also over Adam Levine but I’ll always love the bromance between him and Blake Shelton so it’s all good.

Here’s to start off my weekend on a high (and romantic) note:

 
And oh, am I the only one who didn’t like Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake‘s Runner Runner?

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Book Review: Promise Me Light (Promise #2) by Paige Weaver

PPFF Rating: 5/5 Stars
Best friends. In love. Forever.

goodreads blurb:

“I’m darkness, Maddie. Stay away from men like me. You’ll only get hurt.” 

At one time my life was simple. Easy. But that was before the war. Now I was no longer an average college student. I was a survivor. A woman living in a ravaged world. My future was not bright and my life was far from perfect. The war had taken so much from me… but it wasn’t finished yet. It wanted more. It wanted my heart. My soul. The one person I couldn’t live without. It wanted Ryder Delaney. My best friend. The bad boy. The one person who could fight like no other and love me like no one else. He was the father of my baby. I watched him walk away one hot summer day and I prayed he would return. I needed him like I needed air to breathe and water to drink. Without him I was lost. A light without her darkness. Until he returns, I’ll wait for him. And I believe he will return because love is powerful… And so is the light calling him home.

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“I’ll always want you around, Ryder.”
“And I’ll always be there,” he said, his voice lower. “Wanting to be around you. Never needing anything else.”

I had some issues with the first book – it certainly wasn’t what I expected. But I enjoyed it, surprisingly, which was maybe because I had read Promise Me Darkness after watching World War Z so I was still pretty much in the mood for something apocalyptic. 😉

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Book Buzz: My Apocalyptic Reads

I’ve been so looking forward to reading these two books. The thing is, they’re both apocalyptic stories. It’s a bit of a surprise actually that I really enjoyed Promise Me Darkness (Promise Me #1) so it should follow that I’d want to read the next and final installment – Promise Me Light (Promise Me #1). After all, a good is a good book no matter the genre, thus, Red Hill.

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Red Hill by Jamie McGuire
Release Date: October 1, 2013

goodreads blurb:

When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

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This is the End

[Press Play Saturdays is a regular feature which may include randomly selected songs, videos, television shows, movies or sports-related updates. My blog, my prerogative. Happy Saturday!]

It’s been raining again and the wind is blowing hard outside. Instead of picking up another book to read, I’ve decided to catch up on my movies.

Now watching: This is the End

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P.S. I know it’s Sunday. Again. 😐

Book Review: Seeing Julia by Katherine Owen

PPFF Rating: 5/5 Stars
Not angsty but an emotional read (if that even makes a difference).

goodreads blurb:

I’ve been here before. I’ve done this before. At sixteen, I
buried my parents. At twenty-three, my fiancé Bobby. And now, almost four years later, my husband Evan. I’m here again in the after. Here’s what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left
behind.

Tragedy. Heartbreak. A decade of loss defines her, but an illicit connection to a stranger saves her, yet leaves her questioning her past, her life, and herself, most of all.

When she’s at the precipice of her life, looking over the edge and seeing nothing, he saves her from herself. The connection between them stirs something inside that Julia thought she had lost long ago. Still, she questions her ability to start over and wonders if she can move on if it means letting go of her past–a past that seemingly still defines her.

Owen’s award-winning debut novel, Seeing Julia, is intense heartbreak that ultimately captivates.

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Here’s what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left behind.

The thing is, I’ve been trying to stay away from the whole New Adult genre which is why I’ve been reading a lot of Romantic Suspense lately. The former has become so much predictable, what with all the f**ked up characters and rollercoaster of emotions, not that I don’t like reading them, usually. Anyway, a good read is a good read so it primarily doesn’t matter much what genre a book is but it does make a whole world of difference when a story is so well-written. And this book is definitely that – beautifully written, that is – and so much more.

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Book Review: Chasing Stars (Crossing Stars #1) by L. Duarte

PPFF Rating: 4/5 Stars
A poignant read, “honest truth”.

goodreads blurb:

As a pampered Los Angeles teen, Portia McGee once created a bucket list with her best friends Tarry and Niki. Though falling in love topped their list, it was the last thing she could ever imagine doing. Through the rejection of her parents, Portia learned early in life that love is elusive.

Now a famous and frivolous A-list actress, Portia has a Hollywood pedigree sealed in gold by a celebrity actress mother and New York mogul father. When Portia’s latest role requires an elaborate temporary tattoo, she meets Will, a gifted tattoo artist with a tortured past. The attraction is electric and immediate, but Will refuses to take the encounter to the next level—a decision Portia associates with the ring he so clearly wears on his wedding finger. Those old, familiar feelings of rejection take hold, and Portia now realizes that she must face the past in order to forge a new future. As their deep bond ignites in Portia an unexpected spirituality, can she finally free herself to once again chase the stars of her early days? Both richly glamorous and rich in meaning, Chasing Stars is a sparkling celebration of how faith and love can conquer even the most challenging of circumstances to uplift the human soul.

Chasing Stars is the debut work of romantic fiction by L. Duarte that charts the improbable, rousing romance between two star-crossed lovers, and the journey both must take to open their hearts to renewed hope and lasting love. At once soulful and playful, it’s certain to transport anyone who still, deep down, has faith in the abiding power of second chances.

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I learned very early, how usable we all are, and how vulnerable you become, when you become attached to someone. Instead of being used, I became the one who uses others.

To be honest, I’m still trying to formulate the right words to express how I feel after reading this book. Chasing Stars starts out to be just like any other book about the privileged kids of Hollywood. Portia, Niki and Tarry are three friends who, even with all their parents’ money and fame, don’t have loving and nurturing family lives so growing up, they end up relying more on one another. Their friendship and loyalty are evident when they make their “very own list of fabulous things to do” before they die which includes “falling in love, walk through a sea of butterflies and getting matching tattoos”.

But the real story begins when Portia McGee, an Oscar-winning actress, comes to Will‘s tattoo shop to get some temporary ink done for a movie role. There’s an obvious sexual tension between them and Portia, being her usual untamed and wild self, tries to seduce Will who is “six feet of pure, defined muscles”. He doesn’t give in (but he is affected) and she feels sad and disappointed when she sees him wearing a “shiny platinum band” on his finger, not that it stops her from flirting with him anyway and then BOOM… they KISS! Hello, fireworks!

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When September Ends

[Press Play Saturdays is a regular feature which may include randomly selected songs, videos, television shows, movies or sports-related updates. My blog, my prerogative. Happy Saturday!]

As I’m currently feeling nostalgic, I’ve been abusing the replay button for Green Day‘s “Wake Me Up When September Ends”.

 
So, I’m also a cliche. Zzzzzz…