Widows film review

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Hello, all! Welcome back to my blog. It is such a crappy day here. It has been raining on and off for the past week or so. Mostly because we here on the east coast are on the tail end of a hurricane. So there’s rain, flooding, phone lines are down, tress are down…it’s a mess and to top it off we’ll be entering out third (I think) heat wave of the summer. Which sucks because I have to be outside this weekend. So check on your pets, your elderly neighbors, your kids, check on everyone because it’s going to be hawt!!! But moving on, I have just finished watching Widows. I read the book back in January and now I have finally watched the movie. If you would like to see my review of the book click here.

**WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**

So to recap, Widows is about a group of women who try to complete the heist that ultimately killed their husbands. I gave the book a 4/5. The movie…..not so much. For one thing, I knew the movie wasn’t going to be set in London which is totally fine. What I didn’t like were the character changes and the heist itself. So in the book, Linda was this smart-ass, didn’t-take-any-shit-from-anyone type of person. In the movie she was completely different: she owned a dress shop, she had kids and she was a bit on the reserved side. Whereas Alice was the tough chick who after being abused at the hands of her husband decided to take control of her life. Then there was Belle. Personality wise Belle was the same, however, like Linda she had a kid. Now I think they made these women have children to make them more personable and also to showcase that they had something worst fighting for. Which is great and all, however, I think it was a bit cliche and it would’ve worked out better if they didn’t have children. One thing that was added was the political agenda. They had two individuals (one black and one white) fighting for a position in a primary black community. And I think that was added to be more “modern” and more up to date with what’s happening today in society. The heist and the aftermath in the book was great. But the heist and the aftermath in the movie was weak and anticlimactic. Granted I know that the movie can’t be 100% accurate to the book. Hell, it probably can’t even be 80%. However, I do wish that the director tried a little bit harder to be parallel to the original story. But that’s just my opinion. It wasn’t a bad movie. Much like the book the movie spent a good amount of time showing the women prepare for the heist but there wasn’t a lot of action, which makes sense. I did laugh at some scenes and others caught me off guard. It was nice film though.

Accuracy wise: 1-2/5

Overall: 3/5

Until next time!

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Don’t Turn Around

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Noa is foster kid who has been living on her own for quite a while. When she wakes up in an abandon wearhouse strapped to a table with no idea of how she got here, she manages to escape and sets off on a journey to find the people responsible. Meanwhile, Peter is a rich kid hacker who hacked the wrong information. After strange men break into Peter’s home and threaten him and his family Peter decides that he has to get to the bottom of things before things get even worst. These two people embark on an adventure that turns their world upside down.

I did enjoy this book quite a bit. According to critics this book is like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo but for teens. I can see why; Noa is a runaway hacker living on her own like Lisbeth Salander. And Peter is the sidekick who is a pretty great guy in his own way. Of course this read was way tamer than Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The book was evenly paced although I think it was a tad bit rushed towards the end. Although Noa is a foster kid who doesn’t trust anybody she does eventually start to trust Peter and there is some chemistry there. I just wished that the author leaned into that a little more. But I guess there’ll more of that in the upcoming books which I hope to read by the end of the summer. To be honest, it wasn’t a great read but it wasn’t bad. Both characters are teenagers so as I said before the story was a bit tame. I think it could’ve been pumped up a little bit; been more gritty.

Overall, I give this 3/5.

Until next time!

I Hunt Killers

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Jasper Dent is the son of the most notorious serial killer in history. When a dead body is discovered in his small town Jasper uses his skills to prove that he is not like his father and expose this new killer.

It took me a good amount of time to get through this book. It almost felt like a chore and not a past time, if that makes sense. It started off slow, picked up speed, then slowed down again. It was a bit juvenile for my taste. Which makes sense considering the fact that I picked this book up in the teens/YA section of the library. Jasper was a good character but his whining about becoming like his father was slightly annoying. In addition, the book did make me think about the whole nature vs nurture idea. His father pretty much groomed Jasper to follow in his footsteps but Jasper is determined not to become him. Which is interesting because some serial killers weren’t raised in toxc environments but still ended up becoming killers. I kind of suspected who the killer was and when he cornered Jasper towards the end of the book it was very anticlimactic and dull to be honest. I enjoyed his best friend’s character. It was an ok book to read to past the time but it wasn’t full or suspense nor do it put me on the end of my seat.

Overall, I give it a 2/5.

Until next time!

Zoo 2

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Hey everyone! It is time for another book review of the summer. Today’s review is going to be on Zoo 2 by James Patterson. Please click here to read my review of the first book if you have not read it already. So let’s get started.

The world is still in chaos months after animals have started attacking people. However, a new threat has emerged. It seems as though some people around the world are turning into these feral human-like creatures. It is up to Oz and a team of scientists to figure out how to stop not only the animal attacks but also to prevent more people from turning into these ferocious killers.

As you all know I love James Patterson. I have stated this many times before; his chapters are so short that they don’t make me feel like I’m reading a long book which in turn sets the book at an even pace. However, I felt like with this book the story felt rushed and there were a lot of unnecessary acts portrayed by the characters. As I stated before, scientists are trying to come up with viable solutions which in turn has them flying all over the world to gather information. I think the story around that part (which in actuality is the bulk of the story) gets a tad boring. There is also a part at the end where Oz thinks he has come up with a decent solution to eradicate the killer human problem. Now, in real life this type of thing takes months, even years to develop but for the sake of the story it took them about 2 weeks. Even for the sake of the story I still found that the process was rushed and I didn’t believe in it. I think the main reason it felt rushed was because of the format of the book. So, James Patterson has a group of stories called Bookshots which are (and I quote) “lightning fast stories by James Patterson. Novels you can devour in a few hours.” With that being said there could have been some parts omitted from the book just so you can have a fast read but I doubt it. Anyway, because of the way the book ended I’m going to assume there’s another installment to Zoo which, if there is, I hope to read soon. 

Overall, I give it a 2.5/5

Until next time!

After She’s Gone

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Hello all!!!!

I have finished my first book of the summer and I am happy to be back in the swing of things, reviewing and sharing my thoughts with you. So this review is on Lisa Jackson’s After She’s Gone. Honestly, Jackson is on my list of favorite authors along with James Patterson and John Grisham. So let’s get into it.

The newest actress on the scene, Allie Kramer, goes missing on the same day her stunt double is shot during a movie shoot. Her older, jealous sister Cassie is the prime suspect although Cassie swears she had nothing to do with her sister’s disapperance. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Cassie embarks on a journey that becomes more than what she bargained for.

Like with a lot of Jackson’s novels this story kept me intrigued the entire time. Halfway though the read I always try to narrow down who could’ve commited the crime. The end of this story didn’t have a big of a plot twist as some of Jackson’s other books but I was still shocked. Also with her books there is always that bit of romance. There are times where I’m rolling my eyes because it’s so cliche but at the same time I live for the romance! It’s funny because a lot Jackson’s books are thrillers but in Barnes and Noble they are in the Romance. Which makes little sense to me. Anyway, the twist was a tad bit cliche as well. I did enjoy the use of a secondary character by the name of Rinko. Rinko is a friend of Cassie’s whom I will say is “special” and he provides some very insightful information throughout the book. It was also evenly paced, no rushing which I love. I did enjoy this book although not as much as some of Jackson’s others. 

Overall, I give it a 3/5.

Summer Break

HELLO EVERYBODY!!! I am back! I have been away at school for the past few months and I haven’t read a single book. I feel oh so very sad. But the semester is over, finals are over and summer break has finally arrived. So be prepared fro some book reviews all summer!

Joyland

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What is up, fabulous people! I can’t believe spring break is almost over. It seems like yesterday I was driving 2.5 hours to get home and now I’ll be driving another 2.5 on Sunday. Time certaintly does fly. But anyway, I have managed to do a little pleasure reading since I’ve been home. I recently read my second Stephen King novel called Joyland.

Joyland is a coming of age story where a young man takes a summer job working at an amusement park, Joyland. While working there he gets caught up in an unsolved murder and befriending a child with special abilities. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What I have noticed about King is that he takes time set the stage and actually build up to the plot of the story. The book did start off boring but it was intriguing enough to keep me reading. It was also nicely paced. Even though the book didn’t have chapters and it was continuous I didn’t feel as though I was reading a long book or that the story dragged on in any way. I will say that the creepy supernatural aspect of the book was somewhat anticlimactic. This was one of King’s most recent novels so maybe the older stories are a bit more sinister and creepy. Overall, I am not mad at this book or disappointed like I was when I read the Dead Zone (read review here).

Overall I give it a 3.5/5.

Until next time!

The Dead Zone film review

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Hello, hello, hello! It has been a while since I’ve posted but I have been busy with school. You all know how that goes. But spring break is next week so hopefully I’ll be able to read another book and get back to you guys with another book review. So this past summer I have read The Dead Zone by Stephen King and I have just now watched the movie. The reason why it took me so was because I had absolutely no clue it had made into a movie. BUT it is on Amazon Prime! So I watched of course. So without further ado let’s get into it. Click here to read my review of the book.

So the Dead Zone is about a young man, named Johnny, who has arisen from a five year coma and has realized that he has psychic abilities. Although he sees it as a curse he does use his power to further the greater good. The movie stars Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Brooke Adams as well as other actors. I wasn’t too keen on Walken playing the part of Johnny because 1) Walken looked too old to play the part and 2) Walken just didn’t seem to fit. To be honest I was considering not watching the movie simply based on the fact that Walken did not look right. But as the movie went on I actually got into it and I think Walken did a good job. Now that I think about it I believe that characters of Johnny and Sarah (played by Adams) were actually suppose to be a little bit older than their book counterparts. There were some other changes of course.

In the book Johnny becomes a tutor to a high school senior named Chuck. But in the movie Chuck was changed to Chris and he was more so middle school age; about 11, 12ish. Johnny also had a vision about his student as well as others being involved in an accident but that entire situation was reworked in the movie. Johnny also volunteers to help the cops catch a killer and, without giving too much away, something happened after that situation which I did not think was necessary. Also, some of the events were out of order. The book in itself was kind of slow so I wasn’t really surprised when the movie progressed that way. All in all, I got a little bored with the movie but I continued watching it.

Accuracy wise: 2/5

Overall: 2.5-3/5

Until next time!

The ABC Murders miniseries

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Hello, everybody! Welcome back to my blog! I have been keeping busy with my school work but have found time out of my schedule to finally post something. So, I was on the internet the other day trying to find out when the show 911 comes back on (it’s March, 18 if any of you watch it) and I found out that Amazon has done a miniseries on Agatha Christie’s book the ABC Murders. I. Was. Shook! Now to be honest, I wasn’t sure how the show was going to drag out a murder mystery and the show ended being three episodes long. Again, to be honest, I didn’t really see a point to making this whole production but that didn’t stop me from immediately heading to Amazon and watching.

Let me give you guys a little background on the book itself. There is a killer out in England who is murdering people alphabetically; Alice Asher in Andover, Betty Bernard in Bexhill and so on. And who better to solve the case than famed detective Hercule Poirot?

Like a lot of Christie’s books, the big reveal you do not see coming. AT. ALL! The show of course was a bit different. First off John Malkovich plays Hercule Poirot. This was unexpected. As unexpected as Rupert Grint playing the new man of Scotland Yard, Inspector Crome. As I got into the series, however, I rather enjoyed seeing them work together. I think it worked well because of the age difference between not only the actors themselves but their characters. Poirot is an older man now who’s not really needed anymore, while Inspector Crome is a young individual trying to make a name for himself. So seeing that dynamic being Malkovich and Grint made the series all the more entertaining. There is this one actor in the series who I am not familiar with; Eamon Farren. He is an Australian actor who has done quite a big of work but he played his role in the ABC Murders so well! I honestly wish to see more of him.

The series was different from the book in that, Poirot is a washed up has-been who’s services are no longer required. With that being the case, he doesn’t have his sidekick, Hastings, and his good friend Inspector Japp (Crome’s predecessor) has retired. Because the series was so short I think they made the right call not having Hastings present because there was no point. I also think that having Poirot as an older gentleman gave the audience a chance to see how he deals with the fact that he’s not as famous as he once was and having to deal with some personal issues that was revealed in the show and not in the book. Poirot’s background was that he use to work for the police department before he went solo. In the series, his backstory was switched up a bit to reveal why he does what he does and why he takes his job so seriously and I loved this new backstory.

As I said before, I don’t think there was a point to making this production since it was so short but I loved it. The dynamics between the actors were great, the filming itself was great and it was nice to see both Malkovich and Grint in roles that you wouldn’t necessarily think they would take on.

Overall, I give the show a 5/5.

Until next time!

Zoo

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Hey, everyone! So, tonight is my last night at home for tomorrow I return back to school for the spring semester. I am excited and nervous for this semester because I have anatomy and physiology as well as clinicals this term. I heard A&P is pretty intense but we shall see. Anyway, I finished Zoo by James Patterson today and I returned it to the library just before closing (thank goodness). I love James Patterson and have been wanting to read this book for a while now (what else is new)?

Jackson Oz is a biologist who has noticed an strange increase in animal attacks worldwide. Since nobody believes him, Oz travels to Africa to investigate first hand which leads to an even bigger problem.

One thing I like about Patterson is that his chapters are pretty short; about 3-5 pages so it doesn’t seem you’re reading such a long book. Another thing I like with his adult books is that it’s easy to comprehend. A lot of time when books are made from an adult’s point of view, especially from someone very mature in age, the context is a little challenging to follow but not with Patterson. The plot of the book was interesting and, honestly, terrifying. Imagine your cat or dog suddenly attacking you for no apparent reason. Then imagine that the reason for such behavior was because of human advancements. Go figure. The book was evenly paced but the ending was a little too….for lack of a better word, simple. In addition when the scientists came up with an explanation as to the attacks it made sense but once again I was hoping/expecting something more complicated or sinister. From what I understand there is a second book out which makes sense because the book didn’t end like I expected it too. Furthermore, it wasn’t as thrilling and heart pounding as I thought it would be but it’s still a good read though.

Overall, I would give the book a 3/5.

P.S. CBS made a TV show based off of Zoo and I might watch it. I’ll let you guys know.

Until next time!