New Jurassic World Trailer ….hmmm

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Now, I fully appreciate and enjoyed most of the previous Jurassic Park movies. I loved the blend they gave to science and entertainment. My concern was always this lingering fear that some highly evolved scientist was sitting around somewhere watching movie re-runs and cooking up the real thing and bringing it to life, I am not athletic enough to survive, which makes that a problem for me. This is also the reason why I have decided to opt out of the zombie apocalypse. The long and the short is that this one hits too close to home for me and so I get pansie-fied and run for the hills. So when I take a look at this trailer and see most of my ‘fears’ are getting a chance to play out in real life, I am not feeling that warm fuzzy to hit the theaters for this one. However, it does seem to have an edge to it, that one might not be able to keep themselves away from if they enjoy chasing rabbit holes. This installment stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, and Judy Greer. The primary focus is genetically modified hybrids based on dinosaur DNA. Which in and of itself is about as sick as the deep hole you go into when you start entertaining dark matter. The clear fear on these kids faces are priceless and do call to a more baser instinct within myself to take a look at what could be after them. But….if you take a look at the scene placement for the trailer, it feels off somehow. So in a sense you aren’t as enticed as you would have been if they showed a little bit more of what was under the hood. Have you seen the trailer? Are you going to hit the theater? Eh, you might look over and see me there too. Happy Movie Watching!!!!

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If I Break by Portia Moore

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If I Break (If I Break, #1)If I Break by Portia Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

O.M.G. I am writing this after having read all of the installments in this saga. I am giving it 5 stars! Now let me set the scene. I am trolling through Amazon after having finished an amazing series, but not yet completely ready to jump out of the escapism that is my reading, when I happen to pick this book up. I vaguely remember the book description, but for some reason, I think its going to be something way less than it is (yes, I am that jaded). Just the same I sit down with a cup of coffee and start reading. The book starts out with Lauren, in a bit of a panic; she is running around the apartment annoyed and pissed off and I am expecting this to take a turn for the worst. The author is brilliant, thank you Portia, as I literally had to finish it. I rather not give too much away but, you twisted my arm, so Lauren is in a fairly recent marriage to Cal, a devastatingly handsome man who is by all accounts emotionally closed off. Portia is so good a weaving their story that I swear she has met and lived with my own husband. He is charismatic, charming, but there is always this huge portion of him that is missing, its like he’s a dream in some ways because he seems so real and honest and then something happens and it makes him seem even more ethereal than when you started. As the story unfolds, you are thinking come on Lauren, this guy is either a secret agent or he literally is cheating and he is just that damned good that you can’t catch him. Either way your heart goes out to her as she remembers all of the things that led to where they are now and you learn that while he does things that can be thoughtless and in some ways even cruel, he has a side to him that is caring and compassionate. He just has a really hard time expressing these emotions. He can be very eloquent but he has this barrier that is more like traversing a gravitational pull when he doesn’t want to share. His presence is very commanding and yet he has these moments, however, fleeting, that you realize he has something there that can be redeemed. Lauren by contrast starts out unsure of herself, even in some instances insecure, but she makes up for it in the grit. She is dealing with some seriously heavy stuff, but her presence of mind and the perseverance that she shows lets you know that she is a strong and very dynamic person in her own right. She has tough breaks, but she isn’t a victim. She takes the licks and she doesn’t give up. I think that is what the reader will appreciate the most. She has her down moments where it all seems as if this is going to be the point where she throws in the towel and is down for the count, but yet somehow her support system gets her through. As wrapped up in the tumultuous relationship that she shares with Cal, the amazing thing is that she stills has the wherewithal to realize her true allies. The story is amazing, and trust me, there is no way that you can’t follow it through to the end of the series. There is a telling honesty to the piece that will grab your attention and make you keep turning the page, even when you feel like you want to stop, you will not want to put it down. So to reiterate, hands down its got the five stars. If I’m late to the party and you already read it, what did you think about it? Happy reading!!!!

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Calamity Jayne (Calamity Jayne Mystery, #1) by Kathleen Bacus

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Calamity Jayne (Calamity Jayne Mystery, #1)Calamity Jayne by Kathleen Bacus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished this title, I was hoping for something a bit lighter since I had done back to back drama for a bit, trust me it was worth the read. Calamity Jayne or “Tressa” as she prefers was a super fun read. As her name infers, she gets in to more than a little bit of trouble. The fun part is that her brand of trouble should probably come with some sort of warning label. Readers are going to fall in love with her brand of self-deprecating humor and the follies of her one horse town. Her rivalry with the infuriating Ranger Rick and the high jinx of her Grandma Hannah as well as the Green Hornet himself Joe, Ranger Rick’s lovable Grandpa. These characters bumble around the pages and make for a truly entertaining read. The author even blessed me with being able to stump me on the killer, which, for me is a real rarity. I was close though so it wasn’t a huge margin on that one. It was a great story and you could truly follow along with Tressa as she tries to solve the murder that never was, as most will tell you where there is no body there is no crime, but Tressa seems to be able to ferret out the biggest crimes just by waking up every morning and putting one foot in front of the other. With the Sheriff’s office breathing down her neck, Tressa is in a race to catch the bad guy before she becomes the next one on the chopping block. You are going to fall in love with her, root with her, and on a couple of occasions in the book, want to strangle her yourself. In the end, you will have to love her for her determination if nothing else. Tessa appeals to the underdog in us all, that person that has been overlooked and under appreciated for far too long. The one who if people gave them half a chance could surprise the pants off of you. The story has a heart of its own that is very clear to the reader and makes you want to cheer for Tressas’ tenacity if for nothing else. Out of a possible 5 stars I am giving her all 5. She had me at the opening line. If you haven’t had a chance to check out her antics, take a break and see what she has in store. Happy Reading!!!!!

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A Moment (Moments, Book 1) by Marie Hall

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A Moment (Moments, #1)A Moment by Marie Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I recently read A Moment (Moments, Book 1) by Marie Hall. It gave me chills. You have to understand that from the writers perspective, you can have a million emotions flowing between characters and harnessing that so that people can take away the right implications from your words is a challenge in and of itself. Liliana and Ryan have that range of emotion and Marie Hall lays them out in stark detail for her readers. The story begins on a day that is possibly the worst in both of their respective lives. Things are very bleak and there seems to be no relief for two souls that are as damaged as these two people are. Their hurts are evident in their copping mechanisms. For Ryan its losing himself in his fights, for Liliana its losing herself in the carefully constructed routines that she has created. As the unfolds and layers begin to come off it is clear that each of them is dealing with a form of loss that is in some respects bigger than both of them are. For Liliana its the overwhelming feeling of regret at disappointment and having her dreams shattered in such a short span of time. For Ryan his hurts are deeper and they run in long rivulets like a splintered piece of glass throughout his life. Ryan is running out of ways to cope and his demons are becoming larger and bigger than he can fight off. The subject matter is very heavy and yet comes off as very real in the telling. I found myself empathizing with both of them and I honestly felt my heart break a couple of times as they learned to love each other through pride, pain, hurt, and ultimately redemption. The characters in this story are full and rich, each of them has a strong support within the fabric of the story. Especially Javier. There are so many elements to the story that make it a true stand out, because the reward of the ending means even more given what they end up traversing together and apart. As individuals they learn as much as they can about themselves, but I think they grow the most when they are together because they are able to love with minimal expectations. There is a great range of depth within this very rich story. It was truly a page turner. If you haven’t had the opportunity do take a moment to pick this one up, it will not disappoint. Its a very real love story. Out of a possible 5 this story gets all 5. Kudos to the author as this story truly blew me away. Happy Reading!!!!!

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Vault Picks: The Big Hit (1998)

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I saw this movie years ago, and while I paid absolutely no attention to it while it was in theaters a slow stroll through the aisles at Blockbuster found me enlightened. I cannot tell you why this one is funny, per say, its not the characters or the dialogue alone. Let’s just say that this one has that subtle humor that most people tend to gloss over and not even totally get until a second or third viewing. This is one of those movies. For instance, throughout the movie you have to appreciate that Mark Wahlberg’s character lives on Mylanta. Then there is the movie rental that is never returned. There is the one and I do mean one friend that has a serious aversion to hand lotion and “straight jackin'”. I rather not give too much away, but just know that the humor is there. Its there in the way the plot lines fuse into each other for the big finale or in the way that there are so many ways you can take the phone buster jokes. Its also filled with some really cool actors that you will appreciate once you’ve given it the chance that you didn’t when Blockbuster video was still around. So take an hour out of your busy life and get a real laugh from this one. It is not on the approved viewing list of most. Please let me know what you think, I need the validation… Happy Movie watching.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Ok clearly as with food, I have a type. I am actually really looking forward to this one. I know, I wasn’t terribly excited by the end of the first trilogy by Peter Jackson. I felt that last “Return of the King” was just longer than it needed to be, so we had a slight falling out of sorts. Just the same he ended up redeeming himself in my eyes as I got a look at the last two Hobbit movies and I honestly liked the way it played out complete with visual effects. So I am recommending this one to all of your movie viewers out there looking to find a decent movie to munch on. This one in my opinion will lay it out nicely and make a nice imprint on our brains for our enjoyment. Who’s with me? Happy Movie watching…

Fifty Shades of Grey…

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I can pretty much assure you that I am going to pass on this one given that I have read the entire trilogy. In this case I preferred the words to the screen adaptation and trust this is not a dig at anyone more of one of those things where once you have formed a picture in your mind, the actual real life versions tend to be incapable of comparison. I might be prompted to see it just to see what their take on the red room of pain was, nah…I’ll pass. How many of you out there are planning on checking this one out? Just a show of hands will do…. Happy movie watching. Oh and while I am at it no I am not sure that I care for the revised version of crazy in love by Beyonce, again nothing against her but it just isn’t the soundtrack I had in mind while reading it.