Movie Review: Enola Holmes

Title: Enola Holmes

Genre: Mystery

Release Date: September 23rd, 2020

My Rating: ★★★☆

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin


Summary from IMDB: 

When Enola Holmes-Sherlock's teen sister-discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.


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I would like to first off say, that I absolutely hate it when the characters address the camera like they are talking with the watcher. Its interrupts the story and tells me as the viewer that the person who wrote the script couldn't figure out how to convey important information in an entertaining way, but instead, they are just going to tell you what it its. It's lazy.

With this being said, I gave this movie 3 out of five stars. The acting was great, the characters were well written, but the format sucked. 

Enola is a bad ass young woman with the whit of her older brother, Sherlock. She manages to get herself into some pretty crazy situations, but in the end, solves the crime and saves the day.

Weekly Menu #371 And The Book Of The Week


Monday is back and so am I. What a first week of school. The boys did great, but I'm not going to lie, I was a little on edge. Its hard trying to schedule all those zoom meetings with three different kids at three different schools. It's no joke.

I know I missed last weeks book of the week, but this week is going to be great. I'm reading Daughter of the Serpentine by E.E. Knight. The first book in the series was great and I've been waiting for this one ever since. Can't wait to share how it was with all of you.

Let's get on with the menu, shall we? I hope you enjoy!


Sunday Confessions #63


Sunday!.. I think we made it through the first week of distance learning... I think...

What a whorl wind. I've learned many things this week. That my 2nd grader is way too smart for second grade, but emotionally isn't ready to move up. My 5th grader is excited to go back to school and was upset when his school email was suspended due to a glitch in the matrix and he wasn't able to do his school work. My 8th grader hates talking about himself and broke down on the first day of school. Although, this last one doesn't surprise me.

Let's hope this coming week is a little bit better.


Weekly Menu #371 And The Book Of The Week
Book Review: A Map of Days by Ranson Riggs
Movie Review: Tesla
Sunday Confessions #64

19/196 in my Star Wars Legends challenge
10/20 in my Scotland challenge
41/341 Gilmore Girls challenge
40/100 in my 100 books before you die challenge

What a week. I managed to read three more books in two of my challenges. Still waiting for Gone with the Wind, so I can continue on my 100 books challenge.

Book Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Title: The Turn of the Key

By: Ruth Ware

Genre: Mystery/Horror

Pages: 337

Release Date: August 6th, 2019

Publisher:  Gallery/Scout Press

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, The Turn of the Key is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.


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This book freaked... Me... out... I don't think I have any nails left. From beginning to end, this story had the complete creep factor.

This is the story of a young woman who takes a nanny job at an old home. Come to find out, they've had four nannies in one year and some creepy things are going on. Rowan takes the job anyway, but come to find out, she has secrets of her own. I don't want to spoil anything for you, but I didn't see that coming.

I followed the story with eyes pealed, watching the characters lives unfold before me. The ploy thickening and entangling itself with the secrets that they hold so dear. This was not only a murder mystery, but a ghost story and thriller.

Loved it from start to finish.

Book Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Title: Library of Souls

By: Ransom Riggs

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 465

Release Date: September 22nd, 2015

Publisher: Quirk Books

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience. 


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This story is unique and exciting. I haven't read anything like it and probably won't again. The book started off a little on the slow side for me, but by the end I was glued to the pages and couldn't put it down. That ending! What a way to leave it. Satisfying.

Movie Review: Message from the King

Title: Message from the King

Genre: Thiller

Release Date: August 4th,2017 

My Rating: ★★★★☆

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Luke Evans, Alfred Molina


Summary from IMDB: 

A mysterious outsider from South Africa, named Jacob King, arrives in Los Angeles to look for his missing younger sister.


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With the recent passing of Chadwick Boseman, my husband and I wanted to watch a movie that we hadn't seen before with this amazing actor in it. 

This movie came up on our feed when we searched his name. I was intrigued and excited to watch it... It did not disappoint.

The story is about a South African man named Jacob King (Yes, he has his signature, Wakandan accent), who has come to LA to search for his missing sister. He finds out that she has had a hard life and has fallen in with the wrong crowd. This ultimately leads to her death.  Of course, Jacob sets out to find the people responsible for her murder and makes them pay. 

The thing is, we don't know much about Jacobs past or present at the beginning of the movie. We soon learn that he's good at finding people, tracking down information and of course, kicking ass. 

At the end of the movie, you know his whole back story, his family and how he knows how to do what he does. It was a wonderful movie that kept me glued to my seat the whole time. A definite must.  

Book Review: Breathless by Jennifer Niven

Title: Breathless
By: Jennifer Niven
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 384
Release Date: September 29th, 2020
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Goodreads:

From Jennifer Niven, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places, comes an unforgettable new novel about a sensitive girl ready to live her bravest life--sex, heartbreak, family dramas, and all.

Before: With graduation on the horizon, budding writer Claudine Henry is making plans: college in the fall, become a famous author, and maybe--finally--have sex. She doesn't even need to be in love. Then her dad drops a bombshell: he's leaving Claude's mother. Suddenly, Claude's entire world feels like a lie, and her future anything but under control.

After: Claude's mom whisks them away to the last place Claude could imagine nursing a broken heart: a remote, mosquito-infested island off the coast of Georgia. But then Jeremiah Crew happens. Miah is a local trail guide with a passion for photography--and a past he doesn't like to talk about. He's brash and enigmatic, and even more infuriatingly, he's the only one who seems to see Claude for who she wants to be. So when Claude decides to sleep with Miah, she tells herself it's just sex, nothing more. There's not enough time to fall in love, especially if it means putting her already broken heart at risk.

Compulsively readable and impossible to forget, Jennifer Niven's luminous new novel is an insightful portrait of a young woman ready to write her own story.


I have mixed emotions about this book.

The story was amazing. I loved everything about it. When the main character's life falls apart when her dad decides he doesn't want a family anymore, the mother and daughter duo take a summer trip to an island where their family once lived. Its a coming of age story that fills the heart and makes you cry.

For me, it was the main character that brought the story down. She felt selfish and distant. Her emotions didn't really match with the situation that she was in. All she wanted to do was have sex and think about sex. Do 18 year old girls really think about sex this much? If she didn't refer to sex as much and actually dealt with her emotions by the end of the story, I might have been able to give this book a higher rating.

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