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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Post #11



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

So it's been a few weeks since I posted my last Sunday Post so I wanted to give a little update as to what I've been up to.  I've been pretty busy lately with work and the blog actually.  Trying to get this blog back to posting more than one to two days a week is taking a bit of time, but I'm loving getting back to blogging again.  This weeks been a great one and I hope you are all enjoying the new types of posts.

TV Shows and movies recaps and reviews are just a few of the things I'm going to be adding to the blog in the coming weeks.  I'm also opening the blog up to some product reviews as well.  But anyway, I hope you all had a good week and weekend.  I know I have!

Last Week On The Blog


This Week On The Blog

  • Mini Me Corner Review: Sleeping Cinderella 
  • Mini Me Corner Review: Little Red's Riding Hood 
  • Mini Me Corner Review: Gamourpuss 
  • Review: Broken 
  • Review: Broken Dreams 
  • The Royals Recap Episode 4, 5 and 6 
  • Ali Talks: How I Manage My Reading Schedule

Around the Blogoshpere


New Arrivals to Ali's Bookshelf



        Dorothy Must Die by             The Wicked Will Rise               The Witch Must Burn

         By Danielle Paige                      by Danielle Paige                 by Danielle Paige




 The Wizard Returns                         No Place Like OZ                                Alias Hook

 by Danielle Paige                             by Danielle Paige                             by Lisa Jensen




 The Queen of the Tearling       The Grace of Kings                 Wait for the Rain    
   by Erika Johansen                           by Ken Liu                           by Maria Murnane                     





                                            
Nothing Like Looking                                           The Kidney Hypothetical
by Chris Van Hakes                                                         by Lisa Yee




So there we have it. I hope you all have a great week and it's back to work tomorrow for me. 


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Book Vs. Movie: Insurgent



Book Vs. Movie is something that I like to post every now and then when I see a movie and I've also read the book.  I haven't posted one of these posts in awhile and since I just saw Insurgent, it made me think of sharing my thoughts with you.  



The Book:

I was super excited to read Insurgent and like a lot of sequels, I didn't like it as much as I loved the first book in the Divergent series.  This happens to me a lot and honestly I would love to find a series that I love all the books and not just the first and the last.  To me, Insurgent felt more like a filler story than a great book.  There was a great chance to make the second book in the series a great one, I just felt like that ball was dropped.  I'm not saying I hated it or that I hated the series, honestly I liked the book, just not as much as I loved the first one. 

I love Veronica's writing style though and will continue to read her books. I must also say I love seeing her in person, she's great with her fans and I hope she comes back to my area. 




The Movie:

Even though I didn't like the book as much as the first, I was really excited to see the movie.  Not as
excited as my mom, but still excited to see if they could pull it off.  What must be said right away is that I loved the movie more than the book. Here lately that has been happening more and more as they start to actually get the movies closer to the books. It was great seeing it all come to life and seeing Tris and Four get closer.  I love them together and love seeing the cast on the big screen.

I did however have a few problems with the movie.  One of which has to do with casting.  I didn't like who they cast for Johanna,  I love that actress, but not in this role. The sets where freaking amazing though and well let's just say those things made me forget about the small things.

I'm trying really hard not to give any spoilers, but there is this one part where I seriously mumble Yes do it again. I wanted to be Tris in that part and kick this one persons ass and he was the one character I loved to hate and I'm pretty sure there are others that feel the same way about this one.  The rest of the casting is perfection for these movies. 




I'm going to stop here though so I don't start saying and spoiling parts of the movie for the ones that haven't watched them.  All in all the movie is way better than the book, at least for me that is. The book I would give a 3 puppies to but the movie I would give a 5!


The Royals: Episode 3 Recap

Episode #3
Title:We Are Pictures or Mere Beasts
Aired: 3/29/2015
Creator: Mark Schwahn

Written by: Julia Cohen, Johnny Richardson, Michelle Ray
Directed by: Arlene Sandford, Mark Schwahn, Jean de Sesonzac

The Queen and Princess Eleanor throw competing fashion shows during London’s fashion week while Prince Liam narrowly avoids a catastrophe.




So it's time for yet another recap, I'm trying to get caught up with the episodes so I can post correctly.  Let's talk about episode three, It starts off with drugs and alcohol yet again, but this time add a sword in there and the decision to give Liam some time to see what he can do for the monarchy.  Oh and we must not forget to mention sex, that's always a part of this show.  Not that I'm complaining one little bit. 

 I'm trying really hard not to give much away, but seeing as this is more of a recap I have to give some away.  Really enjoyed the part where Ophelia and the Princess is tying to find more about Jasper now.  A great team up between the two.  I just hope they find out more about him.  He's another character I love to hate.  

A lot happens in this episode, from a car accident that the prince ends up getting punch in to two fashion shows that the queen thinks she's helping the princess with.  This episode is by far one of my favorites so far.  I just wish I could call bagsy on Prince Liam! 

It was also way to hard to pick a favorite line out of this episode, there were way to many that I loved.  One of which said I win on the princess herself.  Yep I said on!  Seriously, if you haven't watched this show yet, you should head over and watch it as soon as you can. An all new episode will air this Sunday! 

 

Another high ranking for this episode! 


 

The Royals: Episode 2 Recap


Episode #2
Title: Infants of the Spring
Aired: 3/22/2015
Creator: Mark Schwahn

Written by: Julia Cohen, Johnny Richardson, Michelle Ray
Directed by: Arlene Sandford, Mark Schwahn, Jean de Sesonzac
Prince Liam is reunited with his ex-girlfriend Gemma at the annual garden party. Elsewhere, the Queen and Cyrus work to counteract King Simon's wishes.





I think I might start calling these recaps, they are more of a recap than a review.  You already know what I think of the characters, but in this episode we get to meet another character.  Her name is Gemma and she's the prince Liam's ex girlfriend.  You must know straight off that I don't like her, I love him with Ophelia, but the ex is the type of girl you would normally see a prince with.  The stuck up female, who thinks she knows it all.  Now you can see why she gets on my nerves so much.

Ophelia does try to counteract the new ex that tries to weave her way back into Liam's life, with the queens help of course.  It doesn't really end well for Ophelia this time.  Let's just say Kentucky bourbon isn't really a good way to try to win a contest. 

In this episode the Queen and the Kings brother try to change the King's mind on doing away with the monarchy.  Again in this episode I love the King, he's okay with Liam falling for Ophelia, even though she's the daughter of his head of security.

I also want to mention the Prince getting back at his mother was a riot and the Queen saying FML was even better! Another great reason why I love this show so much. 





My favorite line this time is actually a text.  I love my mum #LOL.  The Princess types something else in this episode and ends up with her actual text changed to this.  I laughed so hard at this one.


Again this show doesn't disappoint and again it gets another Ali's Bookshelf...

The Royals: Episode 1

Episode #1
Title: Sand and Unfold Yourself
Aired: 3/15/2015
Creator: Mark Schwahn

Written by: Julia Cohen, Johnny Richardson, Michelle Ray
Directed by: Arlene Sandford, Mark Schwahn, Jean de Sesonzac

Following the death of their older brother, Prince Liam and Princess Eleanor struggle to adapt, Queen Helena works to maintain the family’s image and King Simon questions the monarchy’s future.




Alright, so episode one was a whirlwind of emotions, action, drinks and well a princess who showed a bit more than she really meant too.  But all in all this episode was a great beginning to what is becoming my new favorite show on TV. 

When I first heard about this show, my first thoughts were oh great another show depicting royalty as high and mighty and wearing those ridiculous cloths. This show is nothing like that!  Yes, there are some ridiculous hats, but the cloths are more normal in the designer look.  I really don't want to give too much away in my reviews of each episode, but I am going to summarize it a bit in my own words. 

We start off with the princess, who I love by the way, drunk and giving the world a great show from down under.  It also starts off by the showing the prince drunk and going at it with someone he doesn't realize he knows. The one Ophelia whose dad is the head of security at the palace. Yep, told you this show is a roller coaster.  Then something tragic happens and it sets the course for the whole episode.  

Like I said I don't want to give everything away that happened, but I really love how normal this show is.  Yes they are royal and have money, but it doesn't show them all prim and proper.  The princesses is drunk and high most of the time, the king is beside himself with grief and the Queen, let's just say she's evil and I love to hate her.

Even though I've already said this in another post, I adore this cast.  They are perfect in their portrayal of each character.  Let's talk about the script, whoever the writers are, these people are brilliant.  I love the one liners in this show just as much as I enjoy the cast.  There was one point where the princesses goes down the wine cellar and is taking some of the wine. She looks over at her guard and says "I'm the princesses, my house, my wine." then there is this one, "The Queen knows everything," 

My favorite line though, came from the beginning of the show after they found out the bad news.  The line came from Ophelia.  


"I'll never forget the look on his face, the bewildered boy who had just lost his brother and in the same moment had become the future King of England."

There is also a huge announcement in this episode, one made by the king.  It's made during dinner and he mentions the future of the monarchy.

All in all this show and episode has me on the edge of my seat on Sunday's dying to know what's going to happen next.  If you haven't taken to the time to watch this one, it's a must see!



For episode one I'm going to give it an Ali's Bookshelf...




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