Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hey Peculiars

Hey everyone!

Now after a move, and I'm mostly settled in. I can hope to get back into my book reviews.. I don't have a review for you just yet though. First I want to say at Quirk Books they've reached a special mark. 5 Peculiar Years

#5PeculiarYears

This will celebrate 5 years of 'Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. Also it's celebrating the upcoming movie due out in September! I'm super excited for it. I hope you all are too. They are hosting a contest on their website. http://www.quirkbooks.com/5PeculiarYears I'm going to be submitting an entry later this week....at least I hope to remember to after work. :).


Please tell me what you think of the books, and will you be going to see the movie 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'?

I also have thought of starting a booktube along with this blog, but I don't know how many active readers I actually have, and if people will actually watch me on YouTube. I also don't really have a HUGE library due to lack of space...yes I just moved and got a whole extra room which I can make my library, but I still am trying to keep it looking nice and neat. I just need your thoughts, and input.


Well I think that's all for now. I've been working a lot, but any suggestions on my next read? I have a review I will try to get posted up soon for ' My Best Friends Exorcism' another book published by Quirk.

Thank you to all my readers for staying with me,
Stay Peculiar,
Alexandra

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Review for 'The Cube' a film by Scott McMahon


First, I know it's not a book, and this is a book review blog. But I'm branching out,and reviewing a new friends film. It'd be neat if eventually I can review products,electronics and stuff too, but I'm happy with books, and films now. I actually haven't gotten many books sent to me lately. I know hands have changed a lot at Quirk. :(...but........onto the review for 'The Cube'





How did I find The Cube?
I first noticed 'The Cube' as I was browsing IMDB. The synopsis immediately grabbed me. Checking out the message boards there was not a lot of chatter about it, or anything. I still looked around and could not find the film. I watched the trailer on youtube, and looked at the comments. I left my own, and the director Scott McMahon replied. We chatted a bit,and it is under a very limited release. He kindly sent me a copy in exchange for a review.

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS

I really liked The Cube, it did leave me guessing. I'm actually still pondering it and it's been two days since viewing. ( as i write this that is.) A couple with financial issues receives a red cube on their porch one day,nothing else just a cube. They decide the throw the cube away, but then another shows up, and another and another. The woman Yvette starts notices strange things starting to happen,she blames the cube. More strange things start to happen. I was just as confused and curious as our main characters. I was on the edge of my seat when Yvette for really upset and carved STOP into the cube. After that cube had been thrown out, the next one said NO. It was pretty intense.
The couple decides to move, after all fails to find out who's been placing the cubes on their porch, even with cameras set up. After the couple moves I saw things getting better for a while, but that didn't really last long.

In the end, I was thinking quite a bit. There were 2 quotes at the beginning of the film that I thought back to. I may be wrong, but I think the couple was suppose to represent Adam and Eve and the cube being the forbidden fruit. But that's just my take on it with first viewing. I'm still pondering it, with next viewing, I think I'll show my mom and see what she thinks. Or maybe the ending was supposed to be left up to interpretation?

The film was filmed in Oregon, I've never been there myself, but I'd love to visit someday. The scenery was absolutely beautiful. The acting was that of a B movie, but I think for this film it works. It makes it more real life. Yes I just compared real life to a B movie, because life isn't scripted, i think it helps make the characters more real at times.
This movie had a very limited budget, but don't let that stop you from seeing it. The film is only available through Vimeo. Please support Scott,and Arrowinn Productions.

Thank you again Scott for letting me view your film. I'll be excited to see what you have out next. :)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens (Review)

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
5/5 Stars






I won this in a contest from St. Matins, thank you for providing me with an ARC. I was very happy,and surprised to see this in my mailbox. It made my day.

First I need to say I am a HUGE Chevy Stevens fan. The first book of hers I read was 'Never Knowing' I read that in about one night and was instantly hooked. I've since read all her books. Her newest book 'Those Girls' was just as an edge of your seat thriller as her first novel 'Still Missing' Three sisters Jess,Courtney and Dani are in fear of their father,after another bad night they finally get away. You may think things are going good,but they don't stay nice for long. Their truck breaks down,and some guys offer to help. Let me ask you, would you accept help from two guys alone? They did,and things didn't stay nice for long. I honestly can't say much more because you have to read it for yourself.
Eighteen years later, the girls are now living good lives, and are safe from everything that happened in their childhood....well until everything comes crashing back to them.

I really really enjoyed this. I would of finished it sooner,but I had to work. I was very shocked at this novel. Just now I have to wait a whole year for another wonderful novel from Chevy. I must say Chevy's books are filled with very graphic details, this one is very graphic at times. If you don't like disturbing content then tread lightly. She doesn't sugar coat anything. Despite that it's a very quick read,and most of the characters are likable. I was rooting for the girls the whole time too,but at times I wanted to yell at them wishing they hadn't made some of the choices they did. Read 'Those Girls' and you wont be disappointed.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mystery Writers of America Cookbook by Kate White (Along with many other author's contribution.) review

Mystery Writers of America Cookbook by Kate White

4/5




This is a review for Quirk Books as part of their blogger team. Thank you guys.

First I was going to add a video along with this of me semi-preparing one of the recipes, and a review of it..but I recorded it on my tablet, and well I'm not to good with videos. The file was too big for all the editing software I tried. (I admit I didn't try very hard with editing the video,but it's not the most important thing. I can still put in my word about it. :) ) I did only cook one thing from the book right now, I'll make more later.
OK, I made Karen Haper's Zucchini Bread. I chose this because it was cheap,easy,and well I like zucchini. I did really enjoy it. As I was making it I kept thinking I was doing something wrong, and prayed it would turn out correctly. When I pulled it out of the oven I was glad it came out. The only issue I had was it stuck to the bottom of the pan a little. I did grease it like I was supposed to, but like I said I'm just not the baker type really.
I also made quite a mess making it. Book is already soiled...oops. well it's a cookbook that's going to happen.




 I flipped through the book, and was really impressed. I was trying not to drool over some of the pictures of the stuff I would eat. Some stuff I know I wont make, just either I won't eat it, or well I also don't have anyone to cook for in general.
This book is really well laid out into categories,and many well known authors have put in their favorite recipes. Pick this up if you're hungry. preferably for food. Feed your hungry for murder and mystery with food inspired by your favorite authors,and feed your hungry for murder and mystery with a book from your favorite mystery author. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Review)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Stars: 5/5 each

This is a double review. Books 1 and 2 of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children. This is also a review for Quirk Books. Let me start off with saying I LOVED these books. I have a thing for old photographs myself,yet haven't come across anything as peculiar as Mr. Riggs, or what people have let him borrow. It's so cool that someone finally took photos and made a unique story with them.
This peculiar story has it all, old photos,bizarre islands,loops..or time travel basically,freaks..well peculiar,and more. Follow Jacob on his quest to prove his grandfather wasn't crazy. throughout the book Jacob's dad isn't too happy with him at times. His dad mainly wanting to focus on his book, but doesn't want Jacob wandering off by himself....yet the whole reason they went to the island was for Jacob. He quickly makes friends with the peculiar children particularly Emma, his now love interest. He also learns that Miss. Peregrine who runs the school is a ymbryne. She can transform from human to bird at will.
Towards the end he has a tough decision to make. What would you do? SPOILERS....Would you stay in the past in a loop, or go back to life as it was before?
Mr. Riggs also states in the back that all the photographs are authentic. Some have been altered slightly,but if so very little. He doesn't state which ones,but I love that they're all real. My favorite one, which is one of the most creepiest is a photo of a young girl standing in from of what appears to be a pond. Yet in her reflection is 2 figures. 2 young girls.




 Now on to HOLLOW CITY

 In Hollow City we continue our journey right where our hero's left off. I love how there was no break, or jump in time between books, the transition was real nice. This book is also filled with loads of awesome photos. Besides our hero's being chased and practically dying around every corner,their main protector Miss. Peregrine has been stuck in bird form and they're running out of time before she will stay a bird forever.
This book had some really amazing photographs too, I would say my favorite photo from this book is the one of the folding man.





I am really excited for the third installment to be released. Also a movie adaptation is in the works. This is great news.

If you love adventure,old photographs,and anything strange or peculiar I highly suggest Miss. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and it's sequel Hollow City.


Stay tuned for the third installment review

Thursday, February 26, 2015

One Among Us by Paige Dearth (Review)

One Among Us By Paige Dearth
5/5

I'm reviewing this for NetGalley

Possible minor spoilers.

This book was a bit different than her previous two that I read. A young girl named Maggie wasn't abused by her parents at all. Her parents loved her,but she was taken. Taken from a shopping mall one day after wanted to prove she could do something by herself. It would turn every parents worst nightmare come true. (I myself am not a parent yet,but I can only imagine what loosing a child would be like.) Maggie was forced into a van and taken far away. Forced into human  trafficking. It was sad reading,I kept wondering how long would she be missing for. I was praying it would only be a few days. Days turned to weeks,weeks then turned to months.Months to years,it never ended. With tragedy striking here and there you can only hope. I won't say anymore because you just have to read to find out for yourself. I will say it had a bittersweet ending, similar to 'Believe like a Child'. If you want to read any of Ms. Dearth's books,but aren't sure due to the graphic content and subject matter I would start with this one. I would say it's the tamest of them all. I read them in reverse order,but they are not a series. They all have similar locations,and some reoccurring characters,and some may overlap,but it doesn't effect the stories. I am looking forward to more of what Ms. Dearth has in store for us next.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Darker Shade of Magic (preview) by V.E. Schwab (review)

This is a review for a preview of a full length novel:

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
4.5/5

This is a review for NetGalley

This is the first novel by V.E. Schwab that I have read. Although NetGalley only gave my a preview of it. I was really excited. Although I don't read a lot of fantasy novels, I am very excited to read the full length novel.
What more could you ask for? Magic,Coats,Kings,Queens,London and more,,I'm very interested in how it all plays out,plus I loved Kell from the start. I also want to say the cover is brilliant.

I will add more to my review once the full novel is published and I get to reading it. :D