A series I started, loved, but haven’t finished.

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Here’s my series that I started and LOVED, but have yet to finish-Only Time Will Tell( The Clifton Chronicles  #1) by Jeffrey Archer

Genre: Historical Fiction, fiction & literature

What it’s about:

The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.

As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?
This introductory novel in Archer’s ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler’s Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

-Taken from Goodreads

I was recommended this book by a fellow Goodreads member, and had it on my TBR list for a really long time (like really long.  We’re talking a couple of years).  I wasn’t even sure if I’d enjoy it, but was bored one day and decided to read it.  Omg.  I fell in love with it.

I absolutely loved how Jeffrey Archer broke down his chapters by character.  Every time one chapter ended, I kept wanting to know more about what was going on with that particular character.

I won’t spoil the ending, but let’s just say that it gets even more interesting.  In fact, I think it will be even better than the first book!

Do you have a series that you’ve started, LOVED it, but haven’t finished?

The Vampire Diaries


Who watches the Vampire Diaries?  I haven’t read the books, but hear the show is better anyways.  

Last week was the start of season 8, which will also be the last.  As much as I like this show, I’m kind of surprised it has lasted this long.  Not that I’m complaining..I can’t get enough of Damon’s (played by Ian Somerhalder) smouldering eyes.

Is it just me, or is everyone on this show good looking? 

With season 8 being the series finale, here’s what we an expect: 

•Damon & Enzo are the new bad guys and causing a series of deaths.  Last season they were taken by an evil being, which was revealed in last week’s episode Hello, Brother.

• Bonnie no longer has her magic.

•Caroline and Stefan finally get to be together, leaving poor Alaric single.  What will happen with him? Will Steroline last?  Guess we’ll have to stay tuned and find out!

•Rumour has it that Elena might come back.  But we don’t know that for sure yet.  If so, does that mean Damon will finally get his happy ending?

•This season is going to be one big renunion, which means some of our beloved characters from the first season will be returning. 

Do you follow the show? Have you read the books? 

Drop a comment and let me know 🙂


Darth Vader vs Kylo Ren-Who’s more badass?

You don’t know the power of the dark side.

I’ve always liked Darth Vader. I still remember when Star Wars III came out in theatres, the scene when Anakin becomes Darth Vader sent chills down my spine.

I even went to Toys R Us and bought the talking helmet along with the lightsaber that lights up and makes sounds.

Now we have Kylo Ren, who’s following in the footsteps of his grandfather.

Who’s more badass?  Well..let’s try to break it down:

• Anakin had excellent fighting skills and was better with the lightsaber than Kylo Ren.

I do have to say, Kylo Ren has a pretty awesome suit and cool lightsaber.

 Anakin kills Padme, the love of his life.  Kylo Ren kills Hans Solo, his father.  I don’t know which is worse.

I think the force was stronger with Kylo Ren.  He’s bad to the bone and has anger management issues.

In a fight, I’d say Darth Vader wins. If Kylo Ren works on his lightsaber skills, he could be better than Darth Vader and finish what he started..

Who do you think is more badass? Leave a comment and let me know why.

Epic Battle of 2016


*Caution: spoiler alert*

Next time they shine your light in the sky, don’t go to it. The Bat is dead. Bury it. Consider this mercy.

Tell me. Do you bleed? You will.

Unfortunately, I missed the opening day, but I managed to watch it at the AVX in 3D the same week.  To be honest, I was a little skeptical. Ben Affleck as Batman? He’s not a bad actor. In fact, I do happen to like him. But let’s face it..Daredevil wasn’t exactly a hit. Some will disagree, but I actually thought he did a great job. I always felt it was hard for anyone to fill Michael Keaton’s shoes..but Ben, you did it!

As for Superman…what can I say? I’m a bit biased. He has a special place in my heart and has always been my favourite superhero. They couldn’t have picked a better person (Henry Cavill), to play the hunky, red-caped man of steel. Although, if memory serves me well, wasn’t Clark Kent geekier and a bit of a klutz?

As much as I liked the movie, there were some disappointments with character portrayal. Let’s start with Lex Luthor. I appreciate that Zack Snyder tried to stay true to the original characters in the comic series, but Jesse Eisenberg could have toned it down on the eccentricism. Sorry, but he just didn’t do it for me! He reminded me more of the Joker. Lex Luthor is supposed to be of genius-level intellect, a brilliant scientist and great business man. They needed someone who could play a more suave version.  Someone like Kevin Spacey.
Wonder Woman. My favourite heroine! I absolutely LOVED the fact that a typical A-list celebrity wasn’t chosen for this role. For me, Gal Godot is incredibly stunning, and was the perfect choice. I kinda wish her character was more developed, but I know this was more of an introduction to the Amazonian.

Truth be told, I’m not a comic book reader. So I had absolutely no clue as to who Aquaman was and what his story is. I was expecting him to play a larger role in this movie, but was disappointed by his 10 second appearance. Guess I’ll have to wait for Aquaman and Justice League to come out to see how everyone fits into the picture.
Okay..so here’s the real kicker and spoiler. I literally gasped and dropped my jaw when Superman dies! WTF?! Did I miss something? Superman CAN’T die!! He’s SUPERMAN! Like I said, I don’t read comics and this was new information to me! This whole time I’ve gone 35 years believing Superman was invincible, unless exposed to kryptonite.

My hubby on the other hand, was a comic collector during his childhood years. He played daddy daycare with my two little boys, while I went out with my 10 year old daughter. I totally thought I’d spoil the story for him, but it turns out he already knew that and wasn’t surprised at all.  

Am I the only one that found this ending shocking?
What did you think of movie? Love it? Hated it?

Book Review: in a dark, dark wood

I’m running through moonlit woods, with branches ripping at my clothes and my feet catching in the snow-bowed bracken.

What it’s about:

The story starts off with Nora in a hospital bed, with no memory of what has happened.  All she knows is that she’s hurt pretty badly, and someone is dead.  Rather than wondering who, Nora is trying to piece together what she’s done.

Back home, Nora is a crime fiction writer living on her own in a small apartment that she rarely leaves.  She hasn’t seen Clare in ten years, but accepts an invitation to her bachelorette weekend out in the woods.  The moment she arrives, she quickly regrets being there.

There was something strangely naked about it-it felt like we were in a stage set, playing our parts to an audience of eyes out there in the wood.

My Review:

I loved that Ruth Ware included the Halloween story of In a dark, dark room.  Except, if memory serves me correctly, the original version included a dark, dark shelf and in the box was a ghost.  Perhaps she wanted to recreate her own version.  Either way, it was a great way to set the tone for the book.

I liked that this story was narrated by the main character, Nora.  It begins in the present where she finds herself in the hospital trying to remember what happened.  As she’s trying to figure out the details, we’re taken back and forth from the present to the past in order to piece everything together.

While the book was off to a great start, as I got to know Nora, I started hating her.  She was this grown woman who was still hung up over her high school boyfriend, someone who couldn’t stick up for herself and cared what others thought.  The real kicker was her relationship with Clare.  I mean, come on..Clare invites her to her hen, but doesn’t invite her to the wedding.  Yet, Nora still decides to go even though she doesn’t want to. 

As as the door opened I saw a flash of bright blond hair, and I had a moment of complete panic. This was a mistake. I should never have come, but it was too late to turn back.

I thought it was pretty obvious why she was only invited to the party, which really could’ve been settled over a cup of coffee at a cafe.  But then I guess we wouldn’t have a story now would we?

Reese Witherspoon must scare easily, because it wasn’t a scary story like I had hoped.  There were parts that moved a little too slow for my liking and missed the mark on wowing me.

However, it was enjoyable enough that I would give it another go at her next novel, The Woman in Cabin 10

Genre: Mystery/thriller

Rating:

  

Published: July 30, 2015


What’s up Wednesday

What’s everyone watching this week?

Since I live in Canada, some of the shows like Game of Thrones is only available by paid subscription via HBO Canada.  But in order for me to subscribe, I have to have cable which I don’t have because I find it expensive.  Instead, I pay for streaming services like Netflix and Crave TV at a minimal monthly cost.

So what do I watch on Crave? Here’s my top 10:

Already watch

1) Sex and the City-my favourite show, and one that I can watch over and over.

2) Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

3) Salem

4) Seinfeld-another comedy I can watch old re-runs of.

5) The Affair

6) Teen Wolf

7) DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

8) Ray Donovan

9) Penny Dreadful

10) Blue Bloods-I watched Magnum P.I growing up.  So naturally, I would watch another show with Tom Selleck.

So you watch any of these shows? If not, what do you like to watch?

TBR LIST 2016

A-E

Bardugo, Leigh Six of Crows

Bryndza, Robert Dark Water

F-J

French, Tana In the Woods

Hannah, Sophie Closed Casket

K-O

Meyer, Marissa Cinder (The Lunar Chronicals #1)

Moriarty, Liane The Husband’s Secret

Miranda, Megan All the Missing Girls

P-T

Riggs, Ransom Hollow City

•Riggs, Ransom Library of Souls

Slaughter, Karin The Kept Woman

Slaughter, Karin Pretty Girls

U-Z

 Ware, Ruth in a dark, dark wood

Book Review: Harvest Moon


Harvest Moon by Tonya Coffey

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

All dreams have meanings.  

Find the courage to decode them.

What it’s about:

For her eighteenth birthday, Jess’s’ dad buys her an old vintage trunk. In it, she finds two books-one which is gold with red swirling letters, and one titled Myths and other Legends.

Weird things have been happening, like crows circling the forest where she lives and the howling of wolves.  Not to mention, the strange dreams she’s been having.

Jessa slowly uncovers a world of faeries and is needed by her people in order to save them from trolls.  As heir to the throne, she is set to marry her guardian and future king.  But she finds herself attracted to another man.

My Review:

A good storyline with some great characters.  Even though I’m not much of a romance reader, I liked that there was a love triangle between Roderick and Micha.

I couldn’t help but stare, and when his eyes met mine, he took my breath away.

However, it was a bit slow and I found it took a long time to build the story.

Genre: YA fantasy
Rating:

  

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About the author: Tonya Coffey

Tonya grew up in a small town in Kentucky where she lives with her husband and two teen boys. Together, they motivate her to be the best at whatever she faces. If she isn’t writing or reading a fantasy novel with lots of action, you will find her sitting in front of a canvas, painting the landscape which is so abundant around her home.