The Conjuring (2013)

Starring

Vera Farmiga – Lorraine Warren
Patrick Wilson – Ed Warren
Lili Taylor – Carloyn Perron
Ron Livingston – Roger Perron

Summary

“In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm-house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror. In desperation, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a whole area steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Perron family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone involved.”

-From IMDB.com written by Kenneth Chisholm

Review

Wow…just wow. Honestly this movie scared the living CRAP out of me. It was REALLY well done, not bringing in any of the gruesome things which most horror movies just SEEM to need to have (such as SAW (do not watch if you dislike blood and torture)). This played on your real life fears of things that scared you such as clowns/dolls, doors opening on their own, and things which just scared the living bejeezus out of you.

I can honestly, and happily, say that I left my seat about two times from jumping, and successfully screamed once. My dad even had the hairs on his arms stand up, which is quite hard to do. It was such a successful movie that I couldn’t sleep and then my dad just HAD to scare me by placing our old, and creepy, clown under my pillow. I nearly had a heart attack and it wasn’t funny. BUT, we still had a good laugh.

I couldn’t breathe after the movie and my heart was in my throat but it wasn’t so scary that you felt sick. There was almost NO special effects and I really liked that.

It’s a great Halloween movie but DON’T watch it alone, otherwise it will not end will for anyone. I would walk around my house with a knife and lock myself in a closet or something x.x

But anyway, overall it was REALLY well done. It is rated R and fits its rating, so I suggest that you be at least 16 to see this movie. I saw younger kids watching it, and know of them see it, and this was NOT appropriate.

But definitely check this out tomorrow or even watch it during Halloween. ^.^

Let me know what you think and enjoy!!!!

Warning! This trailer is quite scary and will make you jump. Do not have your volume too loud!
You have been warned. 

Interview with Emmy Curtis

I got the amazing honor of interviewing Emmy Curtis, the author of The Alpha Ops series (first book reviewed here.)

It was a fabulous interview and her responses were fantastic. I got a great laugh xD.

Click here to see her website with some information on her novellas.

The second book of her series was out yesterday so I can’t wait to read it, but until them, here is the interview. ^.^ Enjoy!!!!!!

1. What inspired you to become a writer and why short story romance?

Hmmm. I grew up always reading romance, at a time when they were mainly about men who veered toward being a bully to a much younger, weaker woman. I enjoyed them, but all the time I wanted to read books where the women and men were totally equal either physically, mentally or emotionally. I never really yearned for short-story, in fact the novella is really just a lead-in to the full length series, but I think some stories are better as novellas. With Josh and Grace in DANGEROUS TERRITORY, because the rescue is by nature short, I thought trying to string it out over a full length novel wouldn’t serve the reader or the characters well. My new book, releasing on October 7th, features two secondary characters from the novella, but explores their dynamic, personally and in combat, if you like, in a much deeper way.

2. When you were a child did you ever think that you were going to become author?

I’m sure my teachers at school would laugh, but yes, I always hoped. I was always jealous of my best friend, Jo, who used to write whole stories of our lives (fan fiction really), where we invariably hooked up with the boys we liked. They were SUCH good stories, funny and smart, that now I’m jurging her to write a full-length book now!

3. Where did you get your characters for your Alpha Ops series? Were they based on people in real life or were they just created from pure imagination?

They are based on men and women in the military who I have met. Whoa! Yes, I said it. The people in my book really exist. Maybe not literally, but all their characteristics exist in the people who serve right now. Some of their stories really happened. But mainly, I looked for these characters because I wanted to write about the combat forces often overlooked by novelists. Not every hero is a Marine sniper or a SEAL! So I decided to pick the special ops people in the air force.

4. When you write, what are some things that you have to have with you (ex. A box of mints, and candle, your favorite pencil, etc.) and your routine?

Coffee, and these:

5. Just out of personal curiosity, how and why did you choose your pen name?

My friend Shauna and I were discussing baby names for her soon-to-be-born baby around the same time that I was submitting DANGEROUS TERRITORY for publication. I shamelessly stole one of the names she came up with, which was Emerson. So now both her lovely daughter and my alter-ego have the name Emmy J

6. In your spare time where can you be found and what can you be found doing?

Shooting trap (clay pigeons), reading, walking my dog, traveling and watching Marvel movies!

7. What are your top 5 favorite books?

These change almost monthly, but for now:

Light Her Fire by Samanthe Beck Hot, hot, hot (and really funny)

Abby Road by Ophelia London (sweet, sexy and funny)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (a dream of a YA book. Everyone should read this)

Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (another YA book, that’s both funny and suspense)

Confessions of a Spy by Peter Earley (an amazing up close and personal look at a real double agent)

8. What are your top 5 favorite movies?

Again, these change regularly!

Midnight in Paris (a love letter to Paris and writers everywhere)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (by the way, the new Captain America – and current Faqlcon in this movie – is a former Pararescuer like my hero in DANGEROUS TERRITORY!)

Keeping the Faith (Just a totally cute laugh-fest)

Wimbledon (The best romantic comedy ever. I mean ever. Go watch it.)

Sahara (I’m a big fan of this movie and I suspect I’m in the minority)

9. If you could go on vacation to anywhere in the world, cost not an issue, where would it be and why?  

Here: parrotcay.com

Private island, villas, infinity swimming pool, a spa, and gourmet food. Could a girl ask for anything more?

10. If you were stuck on a deserted island and you could have 5 things dropped off to you (not including transportation, and food and shelter was not an issue) what would they be and why?

One – My fully-loaded Kindle, because I’d rather have that than a tablet I couldn’t read in the sun, even if it meant losing TV streaming ability!

Two – Unlimited Fray Bentos Steak and Kidney pies.

Three – Unlimited Cadbury Flakes

Four – A Pararescuer like Josh, you know, to come rescue me .

Five – Good lingerie, because of number four! And maybe some spanx because of numbers two and three!

11. What are the top 5 things that you cannot live without?

My friends, my husband, my PC, coffee, and my bookshelves of signed books!

12. Where do you see yourself in the future; whether this is related to your own personal life or in relation to your writing

I suspect within a year I will be far, far away from where I am now. Being a military family and moving regularly is a big adventure! All I hope for my writing, is that I continue to write books that at least some people like. I know that no book pleases everyone, but even when people read my book and don’t like it, I am profoundly grateful that they spent their valuable time reading it!

 

To Read ASAP For Me!

It turns out one of my good friends has recently written a novel and to say I was shocked was an understatement. I know many people who love to write, but to actually get to the level where you can publish is a definite achievement and I am honestly so proud of her.

I haven’t read the book yet but I just found it on Amazon.com and I will be reading it really soon as it looks like exactly what I like to read.

The book is titled The Unknown by G.A. Viva! (Click to link to go to Amazon.)

I will definitely be reading it ASAP and getting a review out there. She has absolutely inspired me to try to get some of my writings published when I can finish them off, and I definitely will be trying to now.

So go check it out and let me know what you think. I’ll be reading it as soon as possible so look out for the review!

Happy Birthday Leo Tolstoy!!!!

Have you seen the Google Doodle today?

If not, go check it out.

Today is Leo Tolstoy’s 186th birthday!!! (Wow he’s old.) You know, the author who wrote War and Peace? That book I couldn’t make it through? xD

Well I’m going to try and pick it up again today in honor of his birthday and my mum may go for Anna Karenina. Let’s hope I can get through some more now. x.x

But click here for an interesting article about Leo Tolstoy from the Guardian.

So who else is gonna try to read this epic novel with me?

Any takes? Yes? No?….Thought not xD

(Google doodle moves; this is just a still picture. Go look!)

‘How Far Your Favorite Authors Went For Their Love Of Books’

Everyone does something stupid for a book. You continue to read it as you walk into a mall and walk face first into an automatic door (haven’t done that yet.) You walk around your house reading it and miscalculated a doorway, walking smack into a door (done that.) You stay up into a new day to try to finish the pages of your favorite book (been there and done that LOTS of times.)

But these authors, some of them, went a little bit beyond. Click here to find out just how far they went for their love of books.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Summary

“Listed in the Marine Corps Professional Reading Program, The Art of War has influenced military tactics since the being written around the 6th century B.C. by Sun Tzu. The book has been credits to tactics used by General Normal Schwarzkoph and General Colin Powell in the Persian Gulf War. The Art of War has also been linked to other military leaders such as Napoleon, Vo Nguyen Giap, ho Chin Minh, and Mao Zedong.

Although written by Sun Tzu as a military reference, The Art of War is full of advice that has helped people of all backgrounds to prepare for many of life’s battles. The teachings of Sun Tzu go beyond the traditional battlefields and have been used in the boardroom, in sports, and anywhere challenges need to be faced and overcome.”

-From the back flap of the 2010 edition by P.L Publications, translated from Chinese by Lionel Giles, M.A.

Review

This book…..I’m honestly still working on processing it.

The book, my version (there are TONS of translations) was only 73 pages, but in that small amount of time, a lot of information was thrown at you and it was REALLY deep stuff.

When I started reading this book, I kind of sat there like, “Why can’t the US Military follow these rules?” But then as you progress and you see the word “chariot” and words such like that. This book really doesn’t apply to modern warfare anymore as land battles can be won from the air with planes and drones now. But its the thought process that still can be applied. As it said on the back cover, it’s good to apply to life and you most definitely can do that.

This is an older read, just because younger people won’t understand it at all. I had a hard enough time with it. You were constantly re-reading points to make sure that you actually understood what was written.

I do recommend reading this book just because of some of the points in it. None of this I would ever use because I am not a soldier, but still, the though process which is suggested in some of the points in the book are interesting and can be applied to life’s challenges.

There isn’t much else to say about it. It’s a classic, and an ‘easy’ read so if you have some spare time, go and check it out.

Let me know what you think while you’re at it ^.^

Happy reading!

P.S. Unfortunately I can’t find the cover of MY version of the book, but I love it. It’s a guy holding a Katana with a sunset behind him. All you see are his arms grasping the weapon. And with my personal love of Katanas…I just had to xD.

A Secret Purchase ~ SHHHH!

I purchased Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh yesterday (read the review of the entire series here) and I’m SOOOOO excited.

I love this series so much and am slowly purchasing all the books so I can have the entire series. I only have Archangel’s Blade, which I’ve read 3 times, and now I have a second one (which is the last book in the series).

Maybe I should purchase the first one…o.o

But I’ll work at that.

Do you guys have any books that you just have to purchase the entire series (even if its massive) because you love it so much?

This is my series…because I’m literally in love.

Corvette C3 1968-1982: How to Build and Modify (Performance How-To)

Summary

“The vast majority of Corvettes built between 1975 and 1982 are affordable and plentiful, and are ideal for high-performance builds. Learn how to transform a mundane C3 into a standout, high-performance car.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

Well this book is definitely something different. I received this book through the mail as I had apparently requested it which I honestly don’t remember doing. I love vehicles and all, but a book like this is something that I really would never read.

And, as I should be truthful, I didn’t really read this book either (the way you don’t read a cookbook, but flip through). I mostly just flipped through it as a lot of it I don’t really understand or have any interest in.

I’m not really a Corvette girl, never have been and I don’t really know why, so I guess I wasn’t terribly motivated to read this book either, but I was asked to do a review and I will as it was, still, an interesting book.

First off, this book is in color and has LOTS of pictures. This is really different from other car manuals I’ve read. Most just have instructions or small drawings, at most black and white pictures. But this is in full color with step-by-step pictures which really is useful if you are looking to build and/or modify your vehicle. There are even brightly colored boxes here and there to warn you about different issues and also little tips.

There is also a lot of writing; how to do different things and explaining what different things are.

Honestly, I didn’t understand most of the book. I may love cars, but I am not a mechanic by any means and so didn’t understand how most of it worked. But if you are into cars and are looking to remodel, this is definitely a possibility.

I recommend that you check it out as it is really quite interesting to flip through, and if someone else knows more about vehicles and reads this book, let me know how you think it would hold up if you REALLY wanted to used it as a manual.

The company did release a few other manuals for other vehicles so check them out as well.

Thanks, and happy reading!

HAPPY 5 YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!

Wow…I can’t believe its already time.

5 years.

I can’t believe I’ve survived this long. There definitely have been a lot of ups and downs, especially with my lacking of posting recently but I’m bringing her back (her being the blog xD)

And this is the 5 year mark. It’s a nice round number and still can’t believe it.

Just a few stats for the blog over these 5 years

Total amount of views: 43,252
Total amount of comments: 332 (would LOVE to get this number up!)
Total amount of posts: 712
Total amount of pages: 7
Total number of follows: 73
Most popular post: The Lion by Roald Dahl
Total amount of author interviews: 5
Total amount of interviews: 9

Just a few numbers and of course I’d LOVE to bring those numbers up, but I can’t do it unless you guys, my readers, continue to help me. I hope that all of you continue to follow and support me and this blog.

Until next time, happy reading!

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Summary

“In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers, Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

This book was, just wow. Nothing like I thought it was going to be. I had had this book sitting on my shelf for quite some time now but when I got it, the reading level was way beyond me and I didn’t understand the book. It starts as if it is part of a series and that is what threw me off to start with. But now that I found out that there was a movie being made of it, I decided to do a little looking around and found out that it indeed was the first one of the series (only just found out that there is more than 1 book in the series.) So I started reading it.

This book is definitely off the wall. The writing style is very strange and sometimes quite confusing but you just have to push through it because eventually it all starts to make sense. This is not a book that you can just sit down and read. You really have to give yourself a little time to actually sit and think about it. Some books you can just pick up and read about 3 pages of and then come back some time later and continue reading. This you cannot. You have to really read a good bunch of pages or finish a chapter before you can put it down because otherwise when you come back it will not make any sense at all. But I have to say that it was extremely well written. It kept you thinking, wondering what would happen, and it kept surprising you with different things that happened. The characters were developed quite well as you got to understand Ender and how he acted and how he felt in different situations. You really got close to him and felt bad for him during many situations.

Honestly, there is not a whole lot you can say about this book without giving anything away as there were many details that can ruin the book for you.

I am also going to tell you that nothing it what it seems and that the end is going to be shocking and leave you sitting there with your mouth open (metaphorically – except in my case where it actually was).

But I am going to tell you this…please read this book before you see the movie because I have a feeling that the movie is going to be different. I am also going to say that you have to get into the book before it starts the flow. The beginning feels a little rough, but it will all start to make sense later on. Just dive in and get going.

Good luck, enjoy the book, and let me know what you think.

Update: There is a movie for this book out and I saw it and thought it was fabulous. It wasn’t exactly like the book…but I still defiantly recommend that you watch it. But read the book first, because after the movie, reading the book will be really difficult.