Title: Puppet Boy
Series: N/A-Short Story
“My beautiful Puppet Boy and my beautiful Puppet Girl.”
A teenage boy and girl find themselves trapped in the lair of a crazy man obsessed with human puppetry.
Horror is a genre that I can honestly say I have not explored much. I hope to change this is the near future. Puppet Boy is not one of those books that left you on the edge of your chair, or even got your heart pumping, and in that aspect I guess you can say it was a let down. However, I have to give this book credit for what it did have, because the author z0mbies was successful in many other aspects.
Being such a short story, the length could’ve proved a challenge for character attachments. This was definitely not the case. Right out of the gate, I felt a connection to the main character, Tyler. You could chalk it up to the situation he was in, or you could say it was the memories that the author hung over him throughout the entire story. I like to think it was a mix of both. Now, for the other character, I cannot say I was much of a fan, but that would be because of her actions later in the book (don’t worry, I won’t reveal the secret).
The overall cruelty of the man in the mask is outstanding and even had me surprised at the lengths he went to put on his “show”. The horror he inflicts upon the two he held captive was, although gruesome, never overbearing and only added to the story. As the book unfolds, and you find out the history of the three characters, you understand everyone, and I mean everyone. No one is left out of the loop, and every movement is with a purpose. This made the whole experience in its entirety, dare I say it, enjoyable.
The amount of time and thought z0mbies put into this story really shows through. Even with the use of only three characters, the book never felt bleak and the author made the most of these three characters.
Title: Silence is Golden Volume 3
Author: Wattpad Author Robert Thier
Series: Storm and Silence Saga
Release Date: Amazon-September 4, 2017
Silent. Cold. Chiselled perfection. That is Rikkard Ambrose, the most powerful business mogul in Great Britain.
Free-spirited. Fiery. Definitely NOT attracted to the aforementioned business mogul. That is Lilly Linton, his personal secretary and secret weapon.
The two have been playing a cat and mouse game for months. So far, Lilly has been able to fight down and deny her attraction to Mr Ambrose. But what happens when suddenly, the dark secrets of his past begin to surface and they are forced to go on a perilous journey into the South-American jungle? A journey they can only survive if they band together?
I have been in love with Lilly Linton since I first read Storm and Silence. I actually find myself laughing out loud at her witty comments. My jaw may even drop open on occasion while picturing her outrageous exploits! Rob Thier created excellent characters and dynamic situations while telling this quirky tale. The erratic relationship between Lilly Linton and Mr. Rikkard Ambrose continues to capture my attention. These two are such opposites in so many ways and….yes…opposites DO attract!
At times, each lead character drives me crazy with the choices they make or things they say. Neither Lilly or Mr. Ambrose follow a predictable script, making the story line take unexpected turns and jackknife twists. Although the routes they take would not be the roads I would have chosen for them to go, I so appreciate that usually Rob Their gets them to where I want them to be-at least for a page or two. Honestly, now that they are back home in England, I am hoping a certain Captain will pursue Lilly and force our frosty Mr. Ambrose to make some decisions. I actually adore the idea of Lilly being pursued and even courted by the handsome British Army Captain Carter. Fortunately, Lilly already enjoys his company and he appears to enjoy hers as well.
In this installment of the Storm and Silence Saga, I found a new love for an old and rarely appearing character; Lilly’s Uncle Bufford. This man is a perfect guardian for Lilly. I thoroughly enjoy the ever so limited banter between Lilly and her Uncle. Lilly’s honesty with him, although only partial truths, is still refreshing. Uncle Bufford reminds me of Mr. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. I am very much anticipating the next adventure for Lilly and Mr. Ambrose in the forth installment of this saga, Silence Breaking.
Title: Stand By Me
Film Studio: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Starring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman…
Release Date: August 22, 1986
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Stand By Me was a movie that I knew my family watched while I was growing up. For as long as I can remember I had wanted to see it, and now I can finally say I have.
This movie caught my attention immediately, and the connections they develop to the characters are ones that I have not felt in a long time. Even days after watching the movie, I find myself still thinking about it and can find nothing about it that wasn’t amazing. Sure, some of the acting was cheesy but it never got in the way of the plot or the main points the movie was successfully making.
Every aspect in the movie was there for a purpose. Whether it be the songs the boys were singing, to the silent moments where nothing needed to be said. Each second of the movie was designed for a specific reason and nothing was pointless. To me, no matter if it is a book or a movie, making every second count is the most important quality a narrative can hold.
Stand By Me will forever be remembered as one of the best movies I have seen. Not just in the classic genre either.
Making a movie based on a book is nothing new. In fact, in 1924 one of the first film adaptations, Greed was made based on the novel McTeague by Frank Norris. Initially over 9 hours long, the footage was cut and cut some more. Eventually when released, the silent film was a mere two hour remnant of it’s original. So much of the story had been eliminated, the box office version didn’t make sense and flopped. Subsequently, portions of the film have been restored, making the now four hour film, into what some consider one of the greatest films ever made.
Listed below are some of my favorite book series. Their authors created amazing stories, amazing characters all in amazing surroundings! I can only imagine how engaging these stories could be if transferred onto the big screen. Unfortunately, many incredible novels haven’t successfully made the transition from pages to screen. My list of ten book series below, I believe, have potential to manifest into remarkable movies or even television series….I must admit however, I loved these stories so much and I am afraid to risk wishing for a conversion of these scripts from paperback to picture show for fear of their demise.
True Reign by Jennifer Anne Davis
First Aired: October 17, 2013-Season One
Status: 2014-Season Two, 2015-Season Three, 2017-Season Four-Final Season, last episode aired June 16, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction, Drama, Fantasy
Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.
As a dedicated follower to almost all CW shows, I was somewhat excited to see what drama they would create now. I have taken multiple classes in school that have helped me know the actual history of Europe. Although I anticipated the show wouldn’t be exactly right, I was hoping for a somewhat truthful retelling. My hopes were not completely destroyed right off the bat, but as the show progressed, I found more and more inaccuracies that started to irritate me. From the gorgeous dresses, some of which were “highly inappropriate” for the time period being portrayed, to the situations happening between European countries, I was just disenchanted. I am all in favor of dramatics, but I feel if you are making a representation based on a certain time period, you have to completely and accurately capture it to the best of your ability. I feel as though it could have been portrayed much better.
Now, there was good in the series (if you want to look at it that way). The crazy insanity of some characters, like King Henry captured my interest and helped keep me entertained. The interactions between Queen Catherine and King Henry were the reason why I continued pushing through the first season. All of the extra drama is not something that I normally shy away from. I find the added drama creates more laughter because I know the probability of that happening is next to nothing.
All together the first season is acceptable, but I feel that it has started to lose what it was that made it entertaining at the beginning of the premiere season. With the deaths of a couple of key characters, and possible directions the show looks like it may take, it feels as though I am going to find myself more annoyed than being able enjoying Reign. Hopefully as I continue watching, my predictions do not come to life.
Title: The Keatyn Chronicles Book 4-Love Me, Book 5-Adore Me, Book 6-Hate Me, Book 7-Get Me
Author: Jillian Dodd
Series: The Keatyn Chronicles
Release Date: Love Me-8/10/13, Adore Me-11/23/13, Hate Me-3/30/14, Get Me-8/25/14
Pages: 1114-Books 4-7
Book 4-My mom says that you can’t love someone until you learn to love yourself.
So even though Vincent is getting more and more scary. Even though he’s doing a nationwide search for me. I’m going to learn to love myself.
Book 5-I’ve finally become the kind of girl my little sisters could look up to. Except for the lies. Lying to my friends is killing me. And the longer I’m there—the closer we get—the more I feel like I’m being eaten from the inside out. If I go back to Eastbrooke, I’ll end up nothing but a shell. So I’m not going back. I’m going to St. Croix by myself. And for the first time in my life, I’m okay with being alone. Except . . . I don’t actually end up on the island alone.
Book 6-I was told if I went away, he’d forget about me, lose interest, and move on. But he hasn’t. In fact, my being gone has only made things worse. So it’s time for me to take matters into my own hands. It’s time for me to fight back. Hey, Vincent. You ready for a little chaos?
Book 7-Keatyn’s crazy life comes together in one perfect script in the finale to Keatyn’s high school story. Will Keatyn get her life back? And if she does, which life (and boy) will she choose?
In the forth book, Keatyn is still primarily focused on her new life at boarding school. She concentrates on her relationships, the concept of true love, schoolwork, school projects, the school play, social committee, dance team, soccer, and all of the other extra activities she gets involved in doing. The stalker issue gets pushed off to the side for a short while. Just when she is getting daily life into a rhythm, reality punches her in the gut! Murder, gossipy tabloids and a nationwide actress search specifically targeting Keatyn, all hit at once and in a snap she is forced to focus on her stalker, constantly consumed with the safety of anyone associated with her.
For her protection, and maybe a bit of supervision, she is assigned a bodyguard. His cover story is that he is the new soccer coach…but being Keatyn’s soccer coach doesn’t explain any private time they spend together. It forces Keatyn to make up more lies to protect the truth. All of the deception with people she genuinely cares for, heavily weighs her down. Keatyn finally starts to crack under all the pressure and stress. She is much more emotional in the second half of this series. She holds it together just enough to keep up the facade, justifying her lies with the understanding that the truth will only put more people at risk. Honestly, Jillian Dodd wrote Keatyn as a young lady with exceptionally strong spirit, even though she doesn’t realize just how tenacious she has become.
She gets fed up playing only defense. Keatyn’s fears fuel her anger towards her stalker and she starts calling the shots to take some control. She antagonizes her stalker, eventually pushing him over the edge. Book 7, Get Me, is full of action; abduction, more murder, the paparazzi, high speed chases and crashes, explosions and tons of suspense! One of Keatyn’s main goals before she had a stalker, was to bring all of her friends from completely different circles together. This naive dream of hers never came to fruition until ironically, she wasn’t even thinking about the idea any longer. If you have read any of my other reviews, you will know I am a sucker for happy endings…This book didn’t disappoint me. I enjoyed reading the entire series even the second time through. Throughout each of these books, sexual situations are more descriptive so I recommend pre-teen and younger teen audiences should delay delving into Keatyn’s World until they are mature enough to grasp and tolerate more racy scenes. That is the mom in me coming out…All in all, I really did enjoy all seven of these installments in Keatyn’s journey.
Summer is usually a busy time for most families, and this summer has been especially hectic for ours! My husband is starting a new business while restructuring his current one, I have been out of state helping my parents for over a month; honestly between managing businesses and trying to squeeze in time to see family and friends (including our beautiful grandkids YAY!) Audrey & I have totally let our Classic Challenge Blog plummet. Our main purpose for starting this blog was to challenge ourselves by reading and watching classic and celebrated literature and movies. In the past few months conquering the classics has proven to be quite elusive to us! I am posting our Classic Challenge Curriculum that is essentially our ‘To Read’ list….If there are any titles you are passionate about and you think we should add them to our Curriculum, Please leave us a comment. We would love to hear your recommendations!
There seems to be a muddled definition of when and specifically why literature should be deemed as classic or modern classic. For simplicity on this blog, our “Classic Challenge” list will include titles that have already been accepted as classics and also popular, well-written and celebrated works which may or may not be deemed as classics in the future. This month I am determined for us both to finish Dracula! We are also committing ourselves to a new blog post (to include all our categories) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday! So far, over the past few weeks we’ve been on track…Just have to keep it up…Okay we can do this!…
Our Classic Challenge Curriculum, as pictured below, includes titles we have already read. Wendy’s ‘Completed Classics’ are noted with a purple check; Audrey’s ‘Completed Classics’ are noted with a blue check. Please see our Classic Challenge Page for any Classic reviews we have written.