Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Heat

Release date:  31/7/2013

Cast:      Sandra Bullock

                 Melissa McCarthy

Synopsis:  Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) couldn't be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies.

You know what to expect when you see a comedy with Sandra Bullock, nothing taxing, slap stick humour and her great timing, how wrong I was. There was nothing of her usual flare, it’s not as though I expected anything other than a routine plot with a few laughs. Okay, I did laugh at one point but I think that had more to do with my friend freaking out over an impromptu throat operation than anything else.

Melissa McCarthy surprised me, there were a few moments where she really showed that she can act, I’ve seen bits of it in other films but at the moment have only seen her comedies, and it would be nice to see her in something else.

The film was predictable, unfunny and way too long. When you start looking at your watch hoping it’s nearly over, it’s not a good sign.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Malevolent Ghost – Dawn Gray

Type: Paranormal

Published: December 2012

Burke Flats is situated in the picturesque state of Vermont, but the town itself is anything but pretty with terrible secrets lying just below the surface. Will Stiles and his men from S.P.I.R.I.T arrive in town to look into the marshlands where something supernatural has been plaguing the area for hundreds of years and they intend to get to the heart of it.

There are a growing number of deaths around the marshes; the locals Anna and Blake are doing their own investigation and soon they join forces to finally lay the matter to rest.

This book jumps straight into the action and then never lets go. We are first shown what the marsh can do and gives us a hint of what is out there and then we are introduced to Anna, a local woman who can communicate with the dead. The military team S.P.I.R.I.T is a paranormal group of soldiers who turn up to help. It soon develops into more than that for Will and Anna and the scenes do get a little raunchy and did catch me be surprise, up until then I assumed it was young adult. I also really liked the inclusion of Zander from the previous book. Just one call home told us where he was in his life and what had happened to Sam, it was a nice touch.
Dawn Gray knows how to build up the tension, draws the reader in completely when it comes to wanting or rather needing to know what lurks under the marsh. She slowly paints a very disturbing picture of what the founding fathers did to increase the wealth of the town. It is written at a great pace and has a nice flow that is well worth the read.



Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Charlene Harris book signing

Had a great time Charlene was such a nice person, had time for everyone. Waited along with Jane Linsdell and Romina Scatigno Sellars from Lindsay and Jane's Reviews and my friend Sarah Jackson.

We arrived nice and early, nearly first in the line and had a great chat waiting for her to arrive. She spent a little time waving and saying hello and spoke to us all individually asking us more questions than we asked her.
 She is visiting a number of cities while in the UK and if you get an opportunity why not go.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Sora's Quest - T L Shreffler

Sora is a young spoilt rich girl who is about to be married off to someone she has never met. Her only option, as she sees it, is to run away, only nothing goes to plan. At the point where she plans to run, her father is murdered and she is kidnapped at knife point, by the assassin and so starts her journey.

Initially I found Sora an uncaring character but as her circumstances change, so does she. When she is taken they treat her like the prisoner she is, but once they realise that she wears a magical necklace, known as the Cat’s Eye, she becomes valuable to them.  Her thoughts are one of escape but fear holds her in place and she starts to think of her captures as more than just her enemy. They open her eyes to other races that she thought had died out a long time ago, to new ideas that have been kept from her, but now they are all running for their lives as a Wolfy mage is close on their trail and he wants them all dead. We never find out who hired the assassin, known as Crash, or why her father had to die but I assume these details will be imparted in the continuation of the series.

The pace is great throughout, Theresa Shreffler adds the action at all the right points and I love the description during the fight scenes. Tenderness from Crash is very rare and we are given just enough information to know why, but when he does open up the scenes are very well done. Sora’s Quest totally grabbed me and I can’t wait to read the next in the series.



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