Movie Review: The Secret Life of Pets



Release date: July 8, 2016 (USA)
Production company: Illumination Entertainment





Can I just say how adorable this movie was. Seriously! I am so glad that I finally took time to go sit and watch this movie. The Secret Life of Pets is the perfect summer movie for the whole family and it also makes you wonder what your pets do when they are home alone. 

The movie follows a variety of animals but mostly focuses on the main star, Max. Max has the best relationship with his owner, Katie. However, that all changes when she brings home a new dog, Duke, but that is not even the cherry on top. After getting surrounded by a mob of killer cats, picked up by animal control, and joining a squad of abandoned pets, Max and Duke must work together if they have any hopes of returning home. 

Walking into the movie I had a favorite character and that was Chloe but halfway through the movie...okay i lied in particular with one scene my favorite character changed to Gidget. 


If you have seen the movie then you know exactly where this picture is from. I just have to say...watch out for the cute ones. However, there are moments where I am still Chloe. LOL!!!! 

If you have not had the chance to experience this movie. Mark it on your agenda to see it. This is a movie I will definitely be buying when it comes to stores. 








Book Review: Result May Vary by Bethany Chase

Results May Vary
Title: Results May Vary
Author: Bethany Chase
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 336
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary

        
She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can’t get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband’s other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story’s ending will mean forgiving the man she’s loved for half her life, or facing her future without him. 
The first chapter had my heart sinking. As in the premise, the book throws us into the main character's world and we immediately find out that her husband, Adam, has been cheating on her. Not only has he been cheating on her, but he's been unfaithful with another man. This is her high school sweetheart and I thought this sets the reader up for a lot of raw and ripe emotions. And somehow, I thought back to my undergrad psychology classes and was ready for the five stages of grief.

Can we really work through forgiving someone after they've broken the sanctity of marriage? Today it seems to be the norm rather than the exception. But what if, on top of the infidelity, you find out something else that breaks the trust between husband and wife even more? This is exactly how this story plays out. If Caroline, or Caro (to her husband), or Care (to her friends and family), wasn't sure whether she was going to try to make the marriage work, the news she finds out following the affair is enough for her to emphatically decide to move towards breaking it off for good. You never know which way she will decide but this is where I felt the story went awry.

We never see the five stages of grief. We never really get to see why or if Adam and Caroline had anything worth fighting for after ten years. Their story is told in flashback spurts. It all felt a bit rushed to me. As a reader, I never saw Adam as anything but a self-absorbed one-dimensional character. What I did like was the relationship between Caroline and her sister, Ruby, and Caroline's friendship with Jonathan, a friend from college.

Maybe this would have worked better as a short story. It just felt a little draggy to me because Caroline wasn't that interesting of a character. Maybe it was her age, maybe it was where she was in life, or maybe there was just a lack of things to work with (as an author) since this book focuses solely on "what will Caroline decide next?" And again, if she didn't go down a path that felt predictable to me (she immediately starts dating a co-worker that comes with its own set of problems and her sister moves in with her while she is dealing with the aftermath), I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more.

The daily minutiae of her life didn't hold my interest. There was no excitement or adventure, or even a pivotal moment where we see her focus on what really went wrong. Although towards the end of the book, we come to know Adam a little bit more, which helps with understanding how things were destined to play out.

This fell short for me but I don't discourage anyone from reading it. And I'm certainly not discouraged from reading her first book or any other works by Bethany Chase. But this story in particular just didn't jive with me.


Waiting on Wednesday: Roseblood by A.G. Howard


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
This week pick is:

RoseBlood

Roseblood

Author: A.G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Expected Release: January 10, 2017

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.

Blog Tour & Author Book Tour Announcement: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi


Hi everyone! We just wanted to let you all know how excited we are to be part of the FURTHERMORE by Tahereh Mafi Blog Tour! Below is the synopsis of the book, pre-order links and Tahereh's Book Tour Schedule! And guess what? She will also be tour with her uber talented husband, Ransom Riggs!

Furthermore


The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn't miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it's been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she's about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she'll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit--and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself--and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.
   
 
Tahereh-8

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. (You can learn how to pronounce her name here.) She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. SHATTER ME is her first series, with television rights optioned by ABC Signature Studios; FURTHERMORE, her newest project, will be out on August 30th, 2016.
Her work is represented by Jodi Reamer of Writers House, LLC.
         


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It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by
Here is what we Finished, Currently Reading, and what is
Next In line. How about you? These were some fantastic reads and we are so excited to share what we think with you! So make sure you keep your eyes out for our reviews!

 The Hand That Feeds You

  How to Hang a Witch Results May VaryStephen King and Philosophy The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #14) Roman Crazy (Broads Abroad, #1) After You (Me Before You, #2)

 This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) Hexed (The Witch Hunter, #1) Furthermore
The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk, #1) The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)
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