Friday, November 27, 2015

Double Review--It Ended Badly by Jennifer Wright/Binge by Tyler Oakley

**I interrupt the usual reviews with two short reviews for two nonfiction works I have little to say about, i.e. short reviews. One was better than the other.**

It Ended Badly

Spanning eras and cultures from ancient Rome to medieval England to 1950s Hollywood, Jennifer Wright's It Ended Badly guides you through the worst of the worst in historically bad breakups. In the throes of heartbreak, Emperor Nero had just about everyone he ever loved-from his old tutor to most of his friends-put to death. Oscar Wilde's lover, whom he went to jail for, abandoned him when faced with being cut off financially from his wealthy family and wrote several self-serving books denying the entire affair. And poor volatile Caroline Lamb sent Lord Byron one hell of a torch letter and enclosed a bloody lock of her own pubic hair. Your obsessive social media stalking of your ex isn't looking so bad now, is it? 

With a wry wit and considerable empathy, Wright digs deep into the archives to bring these thirteen terrible breakups to life. She educates, entertains, and really puts your own bad breakup conduct into perspective. It Ended Badly is for anyone who's ever loved and lost and maybe sent one too many ill-considered late-night emails to their ex, reminding us that no matter how badly we've behaved, no one is as bad as Henry VIII.

I’m one of those psychotic people who puts 75% of the new books at my small library on hold at the same time so I get to read them first. Yeah sorry people in my small town. That’s me. So I have a pile of about 35 books sitting at home and this was the first one I got through. The tagline of this book is “13 of the worst break-ups in history”. Sign me up.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review--This May Sound Crazy by Abigail Breslin

Growing up in film and the online era, Abigail knows better than anyone—it’s rough out there in love-land. And this generation is ill-prepared to handle it gracefully. Let’s be honest: if Cinderella had been on Twitter, she’d have ended up a crazy old cat lady like the rest of us. #realtalk 

So when your “boyfriend” is liking different eligible young things’ selfies, what’s a modern ingenue to do? Put down the iPhone, step away from the hair dye, and ~chill~. Abbie is here with cautionary tales and solid advice on being a classy-ass lady in the digital age.

I’ve seen Abigail Breslin in movies/television since she was 6 [The Princess Diaries 2] until now [Scream Queens]. I’ve always recognized her in whatever she has played in and I’ve always liked her acting. I heard she was penning a book about life, romance, and social media and figured I needed to check it out.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Supergirl Season 1 Episode 5 "Livewire"

**This episode aired out of order due to the tragedies in Paris. Episode 5 aired on November 16th and Episode 4 will be rescheduled at a later time. Therefore, this label while airing as Episode 4 will be viewed as Episode 5 here.**

Monday, November 23, 2015

Once Upon a Time Season 5 Episode 9 "The Bear King"

**This episode aired as a two-parter with "Birth" on Sunday November 15th. Normally I'd review all two hours together but since there is no new episode this week, I'm breaking these up. That means I will not discuss hour one below at all. Please visit hour 1's review HERE**

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Review--Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber

Ashley Davison, a graduate student in California, desperately wants to spend the holidays with her family in Seattle. Dashiell Sutherland, a former army intelligence officer, has a job interview in Seattle and must arrive by December 23. Though frantic to book a last-minute flight out of San Francisco, both are out of luck: Every flight is full, and there’s only one rental car available. Ashley and Dash reluctantly decide to share the car, but neither anticipates the wild ride ahead. 

At first they drive in silence, but forced into close quarters Ashley and Dash can’t help but open up. Not only do they find they have a lot in common, but there’s even a spark of romance in the air. Their feelings catch them off guard—never before has either been so excited about a first meeting. But the two are in for more twists and turns along the way as they rescue a lost puppy, run into petty thieves, and even get caught up in a case of mistaken identity. Though Ashley and Dash may never reach Seattle in time for Christmas, the season is still full of surprises—and their greatest wishes may yet come true.

If anyone read my last review, you will understand where I’m coming from with this one. It’s pretty much got the same problems with a prettier cover. Seriously I love the cover and that’s kind of where the love ends.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Stacking the Shelves--November 21/Weekly Wrap Up


1. A Girl's Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber

2. A Christmas Miracle for Daisy (Taming of the Sheehans Bk 5) by Jane Porter

3. He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker


 1. After Alice by Gregory Maguire

2. Batwing Vol. 1 The Lost Kingdom by Judd Winick/Ben Oliver

 3. Batwoman Vol 1 Hydrology by J.H. Williams III/W. Haden Blackman

4. Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 1 Redemption by Scott Lobdell/Kenneth Rocafort

 5. The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury

6. The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios

7. This May Sound Crazy by Abigail Breslin

8. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink/Jeffrey Cranor [audiobook]

Weekly Wrap-Up


1. Illuminae (Illuminae Files Bk 1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff [4 Stars]
2. The Runaway Christmas Bride by Scarlet Wilson [2 Stars]

TV Reviews

1. Once Upon a Time Season 5 Episode 8 "Birth"
2. Supergirl Season 1 Episode 3 "Fight or Flight"
3. The Flash Season 1 Episode 7 "Gorilla Warfare"
4. Arrow Season 4 Episode 7 "Brotherhood"

Books Read

1. Illuminae (Illuminae Files Bk 1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
2. Nightwing Vol. 1 Traps and Trapezes by Kyle Higgins/Eddy Barrows
3. Birds of Prey, Vol.1 Trouble in Mind by Duane Swierczynski/Jesus Saiz
4. Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
5. This May Sound Crazy by Abigail Breslin
6. It Ended Badly by Jennifer Wright
7. The Runaway Christmas Bride by Scarlet Wilson


Friday, November 20, 2015

Review--The Runaway Christmas Bride by Scarlet Wilson

Varsity coach Mitch Holden thinks he's seen everything until Scotswoman Emma McGregor steps out of her car, in a bridal dress and veil, and asks him where she can find a job. Mitch is stunned but directs her somewhere to stay... and finds himself unable to keep from checking up on her. 

Emma McGregor has had the worst day of her life. Finding out her groom didn't really want to marry her was a devastating blow, but Mitch and the town of Marietta reach out to her in a way she couldn't have imagined. Nowhere seems to do Christmas like Marietta does. 

But Mitch has secrets of his own. Everyone knows about the injury that tragically ended his promising football career, but there's more to the story... Will the magic of Marietta sprinkle some Christmas dust on their broken hearts and help them find their happy ever after?

I’ve actually taken a break from review books in the past couple of months because I felt like I was getting bogged down in requests. It happens. So I did start looking for some Christmas romances for review because the usual slate of holiday releases in print seems a bit depressing this year. I haven’t seen any interesting ones.

I’m not sure what the deal is with Tule Publishing since they are relatively new on the market. I’ve been pretty hit/miss with them because of a few things. One they tend to be super short (just over a hundred pages). That means I just have to accept things I normally would not accept in such a short span of time. Second they tend to be super short so they are convenient for quick reads or smaller amounts of time. Plus I can read them on my iPad when I sit outside with the dog at night in the dark. It’s so much more convenient than trying to read “The Lake House” by Kate Morton by booklight.