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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sheep Double Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced #1)
by Kerrelyn Sparks
March 7th 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
by St. Martin's Press

Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy—and her father's life.

Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage...until he discovers she's vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?

If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?

Adria Reyes Review:
Sheep Rating: 4 Gifted Sheep

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days was a solid start to a new series in my opinion. I’ve never read Kerrelyn Sparks before so this was a totally new experience for me. 

The set up for this book starts on an island where people send their children with “special” gifts in order to protect them. They are called the Embraced. Luciana is one of four young ladies who believe they are all orphans. Then one day during a bad storm, Luciana’s father comes for her and before she can process that she’s not an orphan, Luciana is told that if she doesn’t marry the Beast of Benwick her father will be executed as a traitor to a king. Lord Leofric of Benwick, aka The “Beast” of Benwick is also one of the Embraced. He can control lightning but that gift comes with a downside, his touch can harm or even kill a person, still he becomes attracted to Luciana and her to him, but she’s hiding a big secret that could get her and Leo killed.

There was so much detail in this book it was super easy to picture each location and each character. How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days is one of those books that needs the reader to pay close attention to what is being said because there’s a purpose in almost every event and they connect to one another, building a bigger story. I loved the details that went into the story, it was crafted, not just created, until even the most unbelievable scenarios had me believing they were possible, case in point, the difference in the way Luciana and her adopted sisters speak which is very Scottish and sometimes difficult to understand, and the way Leo and his friends speak which is more modern. It shouldn’t work because it’s so different but Sparks makes it sound so natural for the two dialects to co-exist.

That said, the amount of details and connections could be confusing or even a turn off for some readers looking for a more simple story. There were moments with this book that had me going “Huh? Who is that and what is their connection to Leo and Luciana?” But I’m tenacious and I needed to know what was going on and why, and to me it was worth the time it took to untangle some of the character connections. I did get a little fussy with the pacing of the story. There isn’t a whole lot of resolution or any kind of action for the middle part of the book and then suddenly for the last quarter of the story all we do is get one attempted murder after another and even a few murders that I still don’t know if they were necessary or not. So the beginning starts off with a bang and in the middle there’s a bit of a lull and then towards the ending the plot moves so fast and wraps up a little too quickly and neatly for my liking.

Even with my problems with the pacing and a large cast of characters, I enjoyed my first Kerrelyn Sparks novel. I loved Luciana and her adopted sisters, I loved the mystery of each girl’s origins and gifts and I’m certainly going to want to read the next book in the series because I got attached to these characters. I fell in love with Leo, he’s brave, intelligent, funny, and kind even though he’s spent his whole life on the outside looking in because he can’t touch anyone. *sighs* He was so easy to fall for. I would definitely recommend How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days to anyone looking for a detailed fantasy/paranormal romance with a lively, engaging cast, and lots of humor.

Katie D Review:
I'm also giving this first book 4 sheep
I had this whole big review all hashed out. My pros and cons of the new saga by Mrs. Sparks.....but Adria pretty much covered everything I was going to say! Great minds perhaps?

This wasn't my first Sparks rodeo and I hope Adria grabs some of her other works. This author is talented and knows how to get a good PNR on a roll. That said...yes parts were confusing and perhaps unnecessary. But I can be really forgiving knowing where these characters can go in the future. 

I'd say this one is totally worth your time and money!  

Chapter 4 excerpt

As Leo and his companions rode north, the rain began,and the rolling green landscape gave way to increasingly taller hills. Their horses went at full gallop, eating up the
miles before the rain could turn the dirt road into a sea of mud.

By the time they passed the second beacon, the rain was pounding on them. Their uniforms were drenched, their hair plastered to their heads. The hills had become mountains,and flocks of sheep huddled in the narrow glens where a few trees could give them shelter.

Thunder clapped overhead, and Leo spotted the first flash of lightning to the west. Good. He was going to need all the power he could get. Normal people didn’t stand a chance against the winged creatures that breathed fire.

People like his father.

Leo had heard the story many times over a campfire.His father’s last battle had been against the Norveshki.Cedric had plowed through a dozen of their fierce warriors, but when a dragon had attacked, all his bravery and expertise had been in vain.

Another flash of lightning, this one a little closer. Leo would need to break off from the group soon. As they 
neared the village, a mountain loomed to the right, topped with craggy cliffs and a beacon tower. It was Mount Baedan, which the village was named after. He spotted a cliff that overlooked the village. That was the perfect place.

“My lord.” Nevis drew his attention to a horse man charging toward them. A scout.

Leo and his companions slowed to a stop. “Report,” he said, loud enough to be heard over the pouring rain.

The scout bowed his head, causing a puddle of rain to slosh off the brim of his cap onto his chest. “Four dragons from Norveshka have attacked the village of Mount Baedan.”

“No warriors?” Leo asked.

“None, my lord. Just the dragons. They swooped into the valley and set the village ablaze to force the people from their homes. While the villagers ran to a nearby cave, two of the dragons captured two small children and flew away.”

Leo stiffened, his hands tightening on the reins, as the men around him cursed under their breaths. Ten years ago, the dragons had started snatching sheep. Now they were nabbing small children.

He glanced westward, hoping to see another flash of lightning streak across the sky. He needed the power now.

“The rain put out the fires,” the scout continued. “The villagers are starting to leave the cave. A group of men rode out, hoping to rescue the two children.”

Leo swallowed hard as bile rose up his throat. The rescue attempt would be in vain. Men on horse back could not cross the mountains as fast as a dragon could fly.

Thunder cracked overhead so loud, the men flinched.

“Ride on to the village,” Leo shouted at them. “The last two dragons could still be close by. I’ll take care of them. You protect the people.” He turned his horse and started up the slope of Mount Baedan.

Higher and higher his horse climbed, but eventually the path became too muddy. Leo dismounted and patted the horse, the quilted material now drenched through.

“Go join the others.” He gave the horse a slap on the rump, and it started down the mountain.

Leo abandoned the muddy path that snaked back and forth up the mountainside. Instead, he scrambled straight up the rocky slope. He was halfway up when a bolt of lightning shot from the sky and struck the ground thirty yards away, blasting a boulder into bits.

Yes! The lightning had found him and was zeroing in. Energy from the blast rolled toward him, seeking him out in waves he couldn’t see, but could feel. His skin tingled. His hair, which had been plastered to his head, now crackled as it lifted into the air.

Thunder boomed overhead, sending another wave of energy toward him. It slithered under his damp clothes, giving him a slight shock. Then an increase in power. And speed. He charged up the mountainside faster than any human could go.

Anticipation swelled inside him as he reached the first set of cliffs. Another lightning bolt ripped through the sky, this one hitting only fifteen yards away. It blasted through the rocks, causing the cliff to crumble away. As the ledge beneath his feet trembled, he ran and leaped.

He landed on the next cliff six feet away as thunder cracked and the first cliff tumbled down the mountainside.

More energy surged into him, and he scrambled higher up the mountain. Faster. In a race against the next strike.

He reached the highest cliff. Nearby on the mountain summit, the beacon tower stood, deserted in the storm, its flame long smothered by the rain. The village lay nestled in the valley far below. He spotted houses built of stone with their thatched roofs burned away. The chapel of Enlightenment partially destroyed. The village lookout tower stood as high as the chapel bell tower and was manned by a lone villager. No doubt, he was keeping an eye out for the last two dragons.

Nevis and his troop arrived, and the villa gers poured from their homes to welcome them. Leo winced at the sight of small children running about. Dammit, Nevis, get them back into the cave.

A rumbling noise echoed through the valley, sounding much like thunder, but Leo knew better. It was the beating of dragon wings. The last two dragons had waited for the people to reappear.

Leo ripped off his gloves and threw them down, along with his bow and quiver. Then he drew his sword and pointed it to the sky. “Now!” Lightning broke through the dark clouds, racing toward him. He widened his stance and braced for impact. It struck his sword, fracturing so that a dozen smaller streaks shot off in a circle around him.

The major portion of the lightning sizzled down his sword, eager to reach his flesh. It hit his bare hand and jolted him so hard he fell to his knees and dropped the sword. The dozen fractured shards rebounded, drawn to him like a magnet. They pounded into him, jerking him back and forth. Thunder cracked over him so loud his ears rang.

Power surged through him, so fierce and scorching he thought his skin would melt, his guts would boil, and his head burst like a kernel of corn dropped into a fire. Pain and power, power and pain, he could no longer tell the difference.

He only knew he wanted it, wanted to drink it in, soak it up, and claim it all.

The fiery torture eased to a warm, buzzing sensation, and he found himself on all fours, gasping for air. How many times had he endured this? And it still hurt like hell.

He rested back on his knees and splayed his hands in front of him. Sparks skittered around his fingers like a host of fireflies.

Good, but not enough. The Beast wanted more.

He grabbed his sword and hefted himself to his feet. “More, dammit!” He lifted his sword in the air. 
Lightning struck again, driving him to his knees and knocking the sword from his grip. He cried out as both pain and power ripped through him. Nevis was right.Someday he would explode.

Thunder cracked around him as if he’d become the center of the storm. His ears grew numb, only hearing the buzz of energy pulsing around him. This time, when he examined his hands, streaks shot out a few yards. Not enough to kill a dragon.

He fumbled for his sword once again. Nevis’s question reverberated in his head, bouncing off the inside of his skull. Do you enjoy courting death? Over the years, he’d found he could take in more power each time, but what was the limit? How would he know when it was too much?

He stumbled to his feet and slowly lifted the sword.

When he had the weapon only waist- high, the lightning streaked toward him. Like a desperate lover, it pounced, not even waiting till he was fully cocked. It struck hard,
flinging him through the air into the wall behind him. His head cracked against stone, and he crumpled into a heap.

Rain splattered on his face, keeping him conscious. The pain was merely the price he paid for the ability to protect his people. The pain would be fleeting.

The power he could keep for months.

He rose to his feet. If he were normal, he’d have suffered a concussion and some broken bones. Hell, if he were normal, he’d be dead. But instead, he swelled with strength and power. Tiny streaks of lightning swirled around him so fast, he appeared to glow.

He strode to the edge of the cliff to see what was happening. The dragons were flying low, prob ably to avoid the lightning. They swooped down at the screaming villagers, herding them away from the cave. Making them easy to prey upon.

With the superfast speed he now possessed, Leo pulled a length of coiled rope from his sword belt and tied one end loosely to a tree deeply rooted in the rock wall of the cliff.

The other end, he tied to one of his metal arrows. He grabbed his metal bow, nocked the arrow, and imbued them with some of his energy. Now, when he shot the arrow, it would fly faster and farther.

He aimed for the lookout tower and let the arrow fly. It whistled through the air and struck the top wooden beam of the tower, embedded deep. Continuing at his fast speed,
Leo tightened the rope, tossed his bow and quiver over his shoulder, sheathed his sword, then looped the sword belt over the rope. He ran to the cliff’s edge and pushed off.

Hanging on to the belt, he careened down the length of the rope. Just before crashing into the tower, he swung his legs up and over the top beam and landed on the top platform.

The lone villager gaped at him. “Go!” he shouted. With lightning sizzling around him like a golden nimbus, he didn’t need to speak twice.

The villager scrambled down the ladder, yelling that the Beast had arrived.

After dropping his sword belt on the platform, Leo quickly readied another arrow and pivoted, searching for the dragons. Even though it was possible for him to simply shoot a lightning bolt from his hand, he’d learned from experience that raw power didn’t always go exactly where he wanted it to go. Since there was a chance of hitting innocent bystanders or setting their homes on fire, he preferred to use a metal arrow imbued with his power so he could control the force and trajectory.

There, through a steady sheet of rain, a pair of red, glowing eyes was glaring at him. The dragon was perched on the bell tower of the chapel. It sat up, expanding its chest, a sure sign it was about to breathe fire. Leo released enough energy to make sparks pop and crackle around the metal arrow. When he shot it, the arrow would fly with enough speed and power that it would actually pierce the dragon’s scaly skin and release an electric shock wave through the creature’s body.

He aimed for the dragon’s chest, but just as he let the arrow fly, the dragon pushed off, flying straight at him.

Fire erupted from the dragon’s mouth, forcing him to drop flat onto the platform. Flames shot over him, missing him by a few inches. Meanwhile, the arrow hit the dragon’s hip.

Sparks spread from the arrow, jerking the dragon around in midair. It shrieked, then shot up into the sky and turned north toward Norveshka. Leo notched an arrow to shoot again, but screams below made him look down.

The second dragon had grabbed a child.

“Nevis!” Leo shouted. “Catch it!”

Nevis spurred his horse and galloped after the dragon. It was gaining altitude, now higher than the rooftops of the houses.

Leo sent a surge of energy into his bow and arrow and aimed, trying to keep a safe distance from the child. The arrow zipped through the air. Direct hit to the dragon’s tail.

Sparks exploded around the wound, racing up the dragon’s body, and it jolted, bellowing in pain and dropping the child. A dress flapped in the wind. It was a little girl.

Nevis charged onward as she tumbled from the sky. Villagers screamed, then let loose a round of cheers as Nevis managed to catch her.

The dragon flew away, filling the sky with an angry roar.

Leo lowered his bow and arrow and watched through the rain as the villagers crowded around Nevis. The little girl was safely deposited in the arms of her crying mother. Nevis glanced back at Leo and gave him a thumbs-up before being dragged off his horse by a swarm of happy villagers.

With a cheer, the villagers led Nevis and his men into the cave. Boys led the horses, including Leo’s horse, to the stables. Women dashed into their homes to gather cups and jugs of beer and wine. A few men rushed into a nearby pen to slaughter a lamb. Leo wasn’t sure if the village was celebrating the rescue of one child or drowning their sorrows
for the two who were lost, but clearly they intended to partake of food and drink. And even more clearly, it was a celebration he could not attend.

He glanced at his hands. Sparks still shimmered around his fingers. One false move, and lightning would streak from his fingertips, possibly killing someone. He’d been in such a hurry he’d left his gloves on the cliff. With a sigh, he picked up his sword belt, then buckled it on.

The rain was still pelting him, so he climbed down the ladder to a second platform just below. Drops of rain leaked between the wooden planks overhead, and the it was an improvement.

He sat in the driest corner and rested his back against a wooden pillar. For a short while, because he had released so much energy, he would feel all right. But soon the pain would start again.

He spotted two men rolling a cask toward the cave. The villagers must have run out of beer. Sounds of laughter emanated from the cave. Soon he could smell the scent of a lamb roasting over a fire. His stomach grumbled. A quick search of his pockets came up empty.

With a sigh, he leaned his head against the pillar. Alone again. It was always this way. He was too damned dangerous to be near anyone. Even Nevis had learned to stay away from him when he had this much power.

He closed his eyes as a memory flitted across his mind. The first time lightning had found him, he’d been only five years old. One strike had sent him flying, and he’d crumpled onto the ground, twitching uncontrollably. His nanny had run to him. Calling out to him, she’d touched his face.

Then a surge of energy had shot through her, and she’d collapsed beside him dead.

His first victim. Someone he’d dearly loved.

“I didn’t mean to . . .” Leo whispered, the sound whisked away with the wind. “Forgive me.” Since then, every one had known to keep their distance.

And if a stranger didn’t know, he soon learned when he heard the new name Leo had been given.

Never touch the Beast.

Never let the Beast touch you.

The rain continued to fall. The energy inside him spread throughout his body, expanding, rebelling against the narrow confines of his human shell, demanding to be released and used. Not now. He had to keep as much power as possible so it would be available whenever he needed it.

The sun lowered in the sky, and the wind became more chilled against his wet clothes. He welcomed the cold. It made it easier to deal with the energy boiling inside him, threatening to escape like steam from a kettle.

The strains of a pipe and fiddle came from the cave. The people were dancing, their music accentuating the thudding rhythm in his head. The energy kept expanding, pushing against the inner walls of his skull, pushing so hard he expected to hear the sound of bone cracking. He squeezed his eyes shut, gritting his teeth against the pain.

Sometimes he thought this was the worst part about his gift. The headaches would torture him until either he released some power or it managed to escape on its own.

“My lord?” a female voice spoke below.

He opened his eyes.

About the Author:
Apparently, she has issues with reality. After writing 16 books about vampires and shifters, Kerrelyn has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet.

Although Kerrelyn is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters.

Kerrelyn lives with her family in the Greater Houston area of Texas. You can visit with her on Goodreads or her Facebook page, where she does a monthly contest. On Twitter, she posts as @KerrelynSparks.

You can write to Kerrelyn using this address:
P.O. Box 5512
Katy, TX 77491-5512.
If you would like to receive bookmarks, bookplates, or other swag that is currently available, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If you would like to order a signed book, please contact Katy Budget Books, and Kerrelyn will go there to sign them personally for you!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Book Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch
by Rin Chupeco
March 7, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price...

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha—one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

Tea (pronounced Tay-uh) begins her life as a child in a village, until one day her brother, Fox, is killed and she raises him from the dead. Only a bone witch or Dark asha can do this. Tea’s gift for necromancy makes her feared and ostracized by her community and there is no way she can stay. So, another Dark asha, Mykaela, takes her to be trained.

Heartglasses, made by the heartforger, are worn by the people in this fantasy world. A person’s heartglass changes colors depending on what they're feeling, but will generally stay the same color. What can be romantic, but also seriously scary, thing about heartglasses is that if you fall in love with someone you can give them your heartglass. If the person the man or woman gives to is good, fine and dandy, but if not, they can control you.
Green = Sickly.
Blue = Worry.
Orange = Disinterest.
Yellow = Fear.
Red = Healthy and Happy.
Pink = Romantic.
Black = Punishment.
Silver = Can draw runes, which means you can fight, whether it be as an asha if you're a girl or as a solider if you're a boy. Silver heartglasses are so very important and sought after.

Now, there is over indulgence of descriptions, like in ashs’s clothing, that can be boring, But not all of the world building is bad and I could visualize the towns, the places the ashas are trained, and the different countries. There is some fantasy action scenes and monsters called Daevas, one that is obviously a dragon. The ashas are like geishas, in a world half like Japan and half like medieval Europe. The chapters set in present time, told from a bard’s POV when he meets an older Tea whose heartglass in now black and she is raising dead Daevas for an act of revenge are very well done. There is the potential for great YA fantasy series. I’ve seen complaints about a romance, but I suspected who might be the potential romantic interest and I won’t say who, but the last chapter has proven it for me.

If you’ve read Memoirs of a Geisha, enjoy high fantasy like Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, plus George RR Martin’s grittier high fantasy series, this is along that vein. And give this first book a chance—I suspect the next one will be less plodding and have more action and more romance, and the overly flowered, boring descriptions toned down.

I give The Bone Witch 4 supernatural sheep.

Pamela Kinney

About the Author:
Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. 

She is represented by Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sheep Movie Review: The Great Wall (2017)

The Great Wall
Directed By: Yimou Zhang
Written By: Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, Tony Gilroy
Feb 17, 2017
Cast: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe 
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of fantasy action violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Runtime: 104 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary's The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world's most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.

Went to see this with my husband and 15 year old daughter, and we enjoyed it! Not sure why people are dumping on's a monster killing action movie...and if you are looking for anything else, you'll be disappointed. The cinematography was wonderful, especially the use of color. The scope of some of the scenes is jaw-dropping.

There are humorous one-liners, lots of monster killing, and superhero style fighting. I liked the fact that there was no romance between the hero (Matt Damon) and heroine (Jing Tian). They were just two warriors fighting for their lives.

As a side note: our theater just installed recliners! Now that was an experience...felt like watching the movie at time I want to bring a pillow and blanket :)
This movie definitely shows best on the big screen and if you love action and superhero type movies then you will have fun at this one.

The husband and kid give it 4 Sheep.

I'm a little more critical and give it 3 3/4 "I didn't sign up for this" Sheep.


Winning the Internet this your nose!

I will never not laugh at this...

Saturday, February 25, 2017

I Smell Sheep 2017 Oscar Winner Predictions! + giveaway

89th Academy Awards
Every year we all pick our winners and see who gets the most right...the winner gets...nothing, but one flock member will win a Oscar worthy surprise!



Oscars, Awards, nominees, best picture, 2017
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures -
Denise, Jeanie
La La Land -Katie, Sharon, Pamela (like Hidden Figures to win, but I bet LaLa Land to take it), Adria
Manchester by the Sea


Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea -Denise
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
-Katie, Adria
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences
-Sharon, Pamela, jeanie


Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
-Pamela (I suspect Jackie, but this was filmed in my town, so loyalty)

Natalie Portman, Jackie - Denise, Jeanie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
-Katie, Sharon, Adria


Mahershala Ali, Moonlight -Katie
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water -Sharon, Denise, Jeanie, Adria
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
- Pamela
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals


Viola Davis, Fences -Katie, Sharon, Jeanie, Adria
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
- Pamela, Denise
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea


Kubo and the Two Strings- Pamela
Moana -Sharon, Denise, Adria, Jeanie
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Arrival -Pamela
La La Land -Katie, Sharon, Denise, Adria
Lion- Jeanie


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
-Katie, Sharon, Pamela, Denise, Jeanie, Adria
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land

Arrival -Denise
Hacksaw Ridge -Sharon
La La Land -Pamela, Adria
Manchester by the Sea
-Katie, Jeanie

Fire at Sea- Jeanie
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
-Sharon, PamelaDenise, Adria
O.J.: Made in America -Katie

Extremis -Denise
4.1 Miles -Jeanie
Joe’s Violin -Pamela, Adria
Watani: My Homeland -Sharon
The White Helmets -Katie (amazing doc!)


Arrival -Sharon, Pamela, Denise
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
-Katie, Jeanie, Adria
La La Land


A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
- Pamela, Denise, Adria, Jeanie
Suicide Squad -Katie, Sharon


La La Land
-Katie, Sharon, Pamela, Denise, Jeanie, Adria


"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" from La La Land -Pamela
"Can’t Stop The Feeling" from Trolls -Denise, Jeanie, Adria
"City Of Stars" from La La Land -Katie
"The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story
"How Far I’ll Go" from Moana


Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
-Katie, SharonDenise, Jeanie, Adria
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 


Hidden Figures -Sharon, Pamela, Denise, Jeanie, Adria


Hell or High Water -Sharon, Denise, Jeanie, Adria
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea 
20th Century Women -Katie

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Review: Elemental Storm (The Eldritch Files Book 6) by Phaedra Weldon

Elemental Storm (The Eldritch Files Book 6)
by Phaedra Weldon
October 21st 2015 
Pages: 273
Secrets are like our past. They always come back to screw up our future.

As the French Quarter drags into the Summer heat, Elemental Witch Samantha Hawthorne makes plans for her future, which includes getting through her imposed stint as a Cleric and pinning down a date for her wedding. All plans disappear when her Air Elemental makes a rash decision that tips the balance of power out of Sam's favor.

Will Sam and her friends be able to mend her shattered power while being investigated for the murder of a local mambo, a churning storm, the spirit of a cursed ring and the appearance of her fiancé's ex, whose power is even greater than his own?

Sam wants to set a date for her wedding and get through her time as a Cleric but things never go as she plans. What should have been an easy investigation turns into a mess when her Air Elemental makes a disastrous decision that leaves Sam vulnerable. Crwys knows something is wrong but he doesn’t want to discuss it with Sam. A storm is brewing in New Orleans and it is not your typical storm.

This is another hit in the Eldritch Files series. Turbulent and mystery fill the pages to make this a great page turner.

About the Author:
Phaedra's imagination and love of television and movie characters often rewarded her with strange looks at school. Her love of science fiction and fantasy blossomed when her cousin Cyndy gave her Anne McCaffrey's "Dragon Flight" for her twelfth birthday. After that, her mother bought her subscriptions to Ellery Queen, Issac Assimov's, F&SF, Realms and Analog and her father never failed to bring home a book of short stories no matter where he traveled.

Other interests are manga, anime, gaming, hiking, waterfalls and spending time with her daughter.

Her latest series are The Eldritch Files, The Grimoire Chronicles and The Dark Backward (coming 2016). There is also a 15 book Dark Fantasy series on the horizon, as soon as she feels she's got all the tools she needs in her wheelhouse.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Action Lab Entertainment Comics Coming April 2017

Action Lab comics are some of my favorites! They have something for everyone. Here is a sampling of what they offer...
The following titles will be available for purchase in April at comic shops everywhere!

ACTION LAB: DOG OF WONDER: VOLUME 2-WHERE MY DOGS AT?Writer(s): Vito Delsante and Scott Fogg
Artist Name(s): Reilly Leeds
Cover Artist(s): Jay Peteranetz
96 pgs./ E / FC $9.99

Action Lab’s adventure continues! After rescuing a falsely imprisoned dog in our last story arc, Percy and the Action Lab League set out to bring down a criminal dog racing ring! And not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! Percy’s secret is revealed and EVERYTHING CHANGES! Written by Scott Fogg and STRAY co-creator Vito Delsante with art by newcomer Reilly Leeds!! Collects issues 4 - 6!

Writer(s): Brockton McKinney, Corey Kalman
Artist Name(s): Devin Roth
Cover Artist(s): Devin Roth, Daniel Arruda Massa, April O’Neil
32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
Sam Kickwell has been thrown back into the high-stakes world of professional karating thanks to the ninja assassin who took his limbless brother’s life. But while he prepares for the fight of the century, he inadvertently comes kick-to-kick with FBI karate expert Cynthia Weaver. Will the two team-up to take down a megalomaniacal maniac…or will their sparks ignite a karate-fire that will consume them both?!

Writer(s): Dino Caruso
Artist Name(s): Chad Cicconi
Cover Artist(s): Chad Cicconi
32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99
Blue Hour reaches its climactic conclusion, as open warfare breaks out between three factions among the human colonists and the Maasym. In a last desperate attempt to salvage the situation, Wardell is forced to make the ultimate choice to prevent genocide or extinction.

Writer(s): Ram V
Artist Name(s): Nick Barber, Alex Diotto, Jason Lewis, ROSH, Kel Nuttall
Cover Artist(s): Mukesh Singh
Collects BRIGANDS #1-5.
160 pgs./ T+ / FC $14.99
A rat-pack of medieval conmen, thieves, cut-throats, hasbeens and never-will-bes are set to carry out the heist of their lives. For some, it is a second chance at a better life. For others, it's the only chance they'll ever get. And in the treacherous world of BRIGANDS there are only two sureties to life; the steel in your hand and the promise of a dagger in your back.

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza & Bryan Seaton
Artist Name(s): Dan Mendoza
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza (regular and Tattered & Torn variants), Bill McKay, Victoria Harris, Xenia
32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
The tables have turned now on Dollface and the gang, as Zombie Tramp tries to take each one of them out. Are Lila and Ivan ready to deal with such a powerful witch this early in the game?

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Omaka Schultz
Cover Artist(s): Omaka Schultz
Inks: Omaka Schultz
Colors: Julie Barclay
32 pgs./ E / FC $3.99
A new beginning! Bandit is transported to the Crow King's realm and it's a land of magic, dark spirits, and fairies.

Featuring new Hero Cats - Lancelot, Sapphire, Newton, and Madalyn. This is a perfect starting point for new readers.

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Kyle Puttkammer (Pencils), Tracy Yardley (Pencils), Sey Viani (Pencils), Marcus Williams (Pencils), Sarah Elkins (Inks), Brandon Page (Inks),Sigi Ironmonger (Colors), George Gant (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Jenny Parks
Collects HERO CATS #13-15.
96 pgs./ E / FC $11.99
From the streets of Stellar City to the mountains of Mars, the Hero Cats prevail. This volume features a phenomenal tour of talented artists with new visions of familiar faces.

Writer(s): Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Arturo Mesa (Pencils), Geraldo Filho (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Arturo Mesa (Covers A, B, D, E), Josh Greathouse (Cover C)
32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
Anthony has done the impossible by becoming the newest member of the Infinite Seven, Smash Brannagan. But can he survive his first mission? Training Day gets a new meaning as Anthony and Washington track the Sandsnake to Japan!

Writer(s): Zag Entertainment
Artist Name(s): Zag Entertainment
Cover Artist(s): Zag Entertainment
64 pgs./ E / FC $4.99
Arranged and Adapted by: Cheryl Black and Nicole D’Andria
Fred Haprele was supposed to play the part of a Mime at the premiere of a show, but his stand-in manages to have Fred miss the show. Betrayed, Fred gets akumatized and turns into Le Mime, determined to prevent the performance from happening.

Collects MIRACULOUS #7-9.
192 pgs./ E / FC $9.99
Ladybug and Cat Noir must battle against the Pharaoh, a super-villain with the powers of the gods of Ancient Egypt; Copycat, a Cat Noir lookalike who frames him for theft; and Timebreaker, who uses her powers of time travel to go back in time, which means double the Timebreaker and double the Ladybug! Will Ladybug and Cat Noir’s miraculouses finally fall into the hands of the nefarious Hawk Moth? There’s only one way to find out!


Writer: Adapted by Nicole D’Andria from the Peter David novel
Artist Name: Laura Neubert
Cover Artist(s): Laura Neubert
32 pgs./ A / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
Drina struggles to fight against her instincts. Meanwhile, Artful and Bram get into even more trouble! Who is friend and who is foe in the latest issue of legendary comic writer Peter David’s Artful?

Writer(s): David Pepose
Artist Name(s): Jorge Santiago, Jr. (Pencils), Jasen Smith (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Jorge Santiago, Jr. (Cover A); Maan House (Cover B); Joe Mulvey (Cover C)
32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
When his grade-school sweetheart is found dead, there’s only one friend Detective Locke can trust to help solve her murder — his childhood imaginary panther, Spencer. But when they face a vicious crime syndicate and memories from Locke’s traumatic youth, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to find the truth?

Writer: Damon Clark
Artist Name(s): Alyzia Zherno
Cover Artist(s): Alyzia Zherno (Cover A), Damien Worm (Cover B)
32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
Christian has taken down two and has three to go to break the circle. This is it, his last chance. If he can’t finish the job, his soul will be damned forever.

Writer(s): M. Goodwin
Artist Name(s): Michelle Wong
Cover Artist(s): M.Goodwin
Collects issues #9-12 of the hit series.
128 pgs./ T+ / FC $14.99
Addison's hunt leads her ever closer to a confrontation with the notorious Irene Trent, and the truth behind her mysterious powers. Fate finally pulls the Brody family back together, but the curse of their bloodline guarantees there are no happily ever afters for monsters. The exciting and epic conclusion to the twelve issue series!

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Winston Young
Cover Artist(s): Winston Young (cover A-B), Celor (cover C-D), Pow Rodrix (cover E-F)
32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
Katie Carva is Vampblade, but now when she transforms, the blades are the ones in control… and the blades are really f$%#@d up! Consequently, so is Katie’s life!!

Features 3 covers (regular, artist, and 90s style), each with a risqué variant as well!

Writer(s): Markisan Naso
Artist Name(s): Jason Muhr
Cover Artist(s): Jason Muhr (Cover A), Markisan Naso (Cover B)
32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
"If you haven’t read Voracious yet, you better get right on it. Incredible story with just as incredible illustration.” (

Gus Horncrasher is determined to find Owen at any cost, but first he has to go through Captain Jim. Back in Blackfossil, the Sheriff begins to unravel Nate’s secrets, Starlee prepares to leave town and Maribel’s first encounter with Tony is revealed, as the second volume of VORACIOUS concludes.

Featuring a “Dead Leaves” variant cover by VORACIOUS writer Markisan Naso! Limited to just 500 copies!

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza (cover A – regular, B), Marco Maccagni (cover C-D), Marcelo Trom (cover E-F)
32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
Xula continues her tests and obstacles to prove her worthiness to Kaiju Queen. But will she accept her final challenge?

Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including a pair of covers by series creator Dan Mendoza (DollFace)!!