“The Key” by Jennifer Anne Davis

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Title: The Key
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Series: 
True Reign (Book 1)
Release Date: 
11/16/13
Pages: 
342


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Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake-this is no fairytale.
Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.
When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.

Chronicle Review by Audrey:

I first decided to read this book when I was doing a school project. I honestly wasn’t expecting much out of it. Sure, the concept sounded good to me and the idea was definitely there. Though, as soon as I started “The Key”, it immediately occurred to me that this wasn’t just another book I was being forced to read for school. To perfectly sum up my feelings about the book would be entirely impossible to do in just one sitting. Though hopefully I can give you a little insight of what I felt. Hopefully.

From start to finish, this book is a whirlwind of emotions. With death and other twists (although predictable), this book never had a bland moment, not once. The lives the characters were living were relatable, though gratefully not too much. The medieval time period has always had a certain calling to me, so while reading this, I definitely was impressed at the amount of knowledge and research done to give her characters like Rema true and realistic feelings on society. Jennifer Anne Davis writes not only a love story, but one of adventure and deceit.

Like I said, me writing this review could never do this book, or the series justice as I can’t describe it to myself. But because all of the components incorporated into this book, and the next two, I finished my school project not only with time left to spare but I had to grit my teeth as I waited for the third book to come out. All in all, I have read this book and the other two in the series about three times, and that number will undoubtedly continue to grow.

Audrey’s Rating: 6/6

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“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953)

Classic Cinema Review by Wendy

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei’s fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.

Not Rated      Comedy/Musical     20th Century Fox
Starring:  Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe and Charles Coburn

So this was my very first Marilyn Monroe movie.  Since I was a girl who grew up in the 1980’s, I HAD to see the movie where (I assume) Madonna got her “Material Girl” inspiration!  I will admit, at first the movie was a bit how I expected; A musical with beautiful women acting coy while using their feminine charms to get what they wanted.  After watching further into the movie, it became more apparent to me that Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe’s character) was playing at her own part.  She was completely honest in her intent and actions.  She definitely used her feminine charm and perceived innocence to her advantage, however she was quite intuitive in her understanding of how men, specifically, saw and treated her.  I really enjoyed Lorelei’s friend Dorothy.  She seemed more realistic in her expectations, and yet she was the one surprised to realize her feelings and reciprocation of those feelings with a man.  The plot was a little light and not complicated and there were a few ridiculous situations, but it was fun and I’m a sucker for cliché, happy endings.

Wendy’s Rating: 4/6
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Its difficult to give some kind of a star rating to an older movie since I haven’t watched many to make comparisons. I have watched a ton of movies from the past few decades though and quite a fair share of musicals.  I am giving this movie-musical four out of six crowns.

Welcome!

Originally, I wanted to start this blog as a way to challenge myself to read more classic books and meaningful literature.  After looking at lists like “99 Classic Books Challenge“,  “50 Books To Read Before You Die” and “Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime“, I realized, much to my embarrassment, that I have read very few. (Shame! Shame!) Read More

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