Movie Review: Tolkien

Title: Tolkien
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: May 10th, 2019
My Rating: 4/5
IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 

Summary from IMDB: The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

Review: I thought this movie was really interesting. How much of it was really based on Tolkien's life, I couldn't say, but the way that he was portrayed made him look like a wonderful person, so full of life. I love Lily Collins, she is an amazing actress. At first, I didn't know it was her, she looked so mature and her accent was British, haha. It was her though. 

This movie made me want to rewatch the hobbit movies and the Lord of the Ring movies. Of course, my husband went out and bought the hobbit on DVD and we have been watching it non-stop since. If you like a good love story set during world war 1, with a wonderful fantasy overlay, then check out Tolkien. 

Book Review: The Rise of the Magicks by Nora Roberts

Title: The Rise of the Magicks
By: Nora Roberts
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy
Pages: 464
Release Date: November 26th, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads: The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Year One and Of Blood and Bone concludes her stunning trilogy that the New York Times Book Review praised as "A match for end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King's The Stand."

The first battle is already over, but the big fight for good and evil is yet to come: The young Fallon leads their army to Washington D.C., to drive the black magic out of the world. She is the chosen one to rebuild the world after the apocalypse and unite her inhabitants. There is a great burden on the young woman, because the family of her father's murderer seeks revenge on her and her sweetheart. But Fallon's mission is now easier than the interpretation of her feelings for Duncan, whose fate is inevitably tied to hers.

Review: Magic is on a come back. If you haven't read the previous books in this series, don't worry about it. The story was easy to follow and everything from past books was explained well. I really enjoyed the magic and how it worked. It's a good sign when you can understand the magic in a book instead of just having magic that can do anything and there is no rhym or reason to it. The characters were great as well. They live in a dystopian world where they are fighting for equality and safety. I really felt their battle and conviction in doing what was right, even if it meant they would give their lives for their cause. This was a fantastic story that really kept me on edge the whole time.  

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Mini Reviews: A Whole New World, Warm Bodies, The Last Book Party

Who's ready for some mini reviews? I have three more books that weren't good enough to warrant a whole review for themselves. I didn't feel strongly about these books although they weren't terrible reads. You might have read them, you might not. Maybe you watched the movies, maybe you didn't. If you have any opinions on these books, please leave them in the comments. I would love to know what you thought about these books. I think the purpose of these mini reviews is because I have read way to much lately and built up a treasure trove of books to review and it would take me months of posting every single day to get through them all, lol.

A Whole New World

(Twisted Tales #1)

By Liz Braswell


The beginning of this book followed the Disney version of Aladdin almost word for word, but half way through it morphed into something new. I really liked the second half. It showed Aladdin and Jasmine in new rolls as protectors of the kingdom and warriors as they fight Jaffar who is a huge butt hole. It was entertaining.

Warm Bodies

(Warm Bodies #1)

By Isaac Marion


I liked the movie, but I loved the book. This is a really unique concept and play on the zombie world. We all know that zombies are dead people, but never thought they could fall in love and come back to life. This was a fun story that had a fun ending. 

The Last Book Party

By Karen Dukess


There was a very uppity kind of vibe with this book and although I enjoyed the story it wasn't my favorite. Still worth the read if you like a contemporary fiction with little story line.

Well, that has been another installment of less than book reviews. I have to say, I really did love Warm Bodies, but there just wasn't enough that I felt like saying about it. What was the last book you felt half thrilled about? 

Weekly Menu #313 And The Book Of The Week

Monday and its my anniversary! 13 years married to a perfectly imperfect husband that I love very much. There have been a lot of ups and downs, hard times and good, but through it all, I still love him. I intend on going out for dinner on my anniversary, so you are all on your own for dinner tonight. I will take care of you the rest of the week, though.

This weeks book is going to be NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. I've heard a lot about this book, all good things. It sounds exciting and unique. I need a unique story about now. Has anyone else read this book? I wonder if the tv show is as entertaining? I will have to find out after I read the book.

- Anniversary Dinner!






Leftovers Night

What are you eating this week? Share it with me in the comments below. I'm always looking for new and delicious recipes.

Sunday Confessions #5

Hello week five of my confessions. I love this post. It helps me recast what I've done during the week and puts into light the mass amount of books I've been reading lately. I thought at the beginning of the year that my book consumption would be less than last year. I was in a reading slump and because of it, I put my book challenge low at 150 books. I'm already at 124 books and we still have a lot of time left in the year.

My poor dog this week. She has seasonal dermatitis and it makes her itch to no end. So, this week she has been resigned to the cone of shame. She looks like it too. After the initial fight of keeping the cone on her head, now she just looks at everyone with those sad dog eyes. Poor thing. She will feel better soon.

On to the recap. Enjoy!


Weekly Menu #313 And The Book Of The Week
Mini Reviews: A Whole New World, Warm Bodies, The Last Book Party
Book Review: The Rise of the Magicks by Nora Roberts
Book Review: Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood
Sunday Confessions # 6

I picked up The art of racing in the rain from the library just because I was interested in the movie that is coming out.

Things you save in a fire was suggested by another blogger and it sounded great so I requested it on Netgalley and received it, hooray! Can't wait to dive into this one.

A stranger on the beach is another blogger suggested book. I really need to seem lest interested in books, lol. I can't help myself.

Where the crawdads sing was a book club suggestion and I have a feeling that we will be reading it soon so I picked up a copy at the library to get a head start on it. I didn't expect to get it so soon since it is a popular book.

The princess beard is a Netgalley request. I read the first two books in the series and was excited when I received an email from the publisher asking if I would be interested in reading this story. Yes, yes I am!

How Rory Thorne destroyed the multiverse is another Netgalley request. I'm up to 10 reviews waiting for me to read. I need to get to it, lol.


I'm excited for this coming week and all the new books and reviews I get to enjoy here on the blog and out there in the blogosphere. I would love to hook up with you and do some post swaps and/or buddy reads, so shoot me a line. My contact info is up on the menu bar. 

Book Review: Society Girl, by Alys Murray

Title: Society Girl
By: Alys Murray
Genre: Romance
Pages: 314
Release Date: August 19th, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Embrace)
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads: Sam Dubarry is a cynic. Growing up in the foster system in NYC does that to you. And falling in love is by far the stupidest thing you could do in her opinion. 

But there’s one thing she craves more than anything—family. The illegitimate American daughter of an English Lord, Sam is desperate to make her father take notice of her. Which is where the Animos Society comes in. 

The exclusive Oxford University club is her family’s legacy—and full of the worst kind of rich men. But becoming the first female member will take everything she has. Maybe more.

Daniel Best is the one man who truly sees Sam. The real her. The new mechanic for her father, Daniel is everything the Animos’ aren’t. Kind, honorable, good. But then the worst thing she can imagine happens…

The Society will let her in, if she destroys the one person she might be falling in love with first.

Review: All she wants is to be loved, but is she too blind to see that it might be right in front of her? Sam, the main character in this book has lived in foster care since her mother died, but now that she has found her father, all she wants to do is make him proud. The things that this woman goes through to be part of an all male society is crazy. I feel like she has no respect for herself as a woman to allow these men to treat her in such a fashion. I guess I really don’t understand her need to be accepted. I absolutely loved Daniel and how vulnerable he was. He loved Sam, and she loved him, but she was willing to throw it all away. It was a nail biter at the end. Will Sam stay with Daniel?

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

TV Review: Star Trek Discovery

Title: Star Trek Discovery
Genre: Scifi
Release Date: 2017
Rating: 7.4/10 IMDB

Summary from IMDB: Ten years before Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

Review: This was fantastic. I am a huge fan of Star Trek in general and this was just what I needed. It has been a long time since the last Star Trek show, one that left a lot to be desired, but the way they brought this show current, allowing the show to take on more of a relevant feel. I loved it. Everything scientific was explained in a way that made sense, but at the same time was still just out of reach. The plot twists were excellent. My husband and I were trying to guess what was going to happen and I have to say that I was right! Take that husband, hehehehe. We binge watched the first two seasons within a week and a half and we can't wait for season three. Five out of five stars!

On another note, read the book, didn't really like it. It was slow and the show went in a different direction than this story. Wish it had followed the timeline, but then again it is what it is.