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Friday, April 27, 2012

Sweet Possesion by Maya Banks

I listened to this book on audio. The funny thing that happened was while listening to this book, I accidentally picked up another book and started reading that one, too. So, two books. Simultaneous. One print, one audio. I was reading for several chapters before I realized that I am doing two books at once and following the story perfectly! But once I realized what is happening, I cannot replicate the event. It happened when I wasn't paying attention. Have this ever happened to you?

This story is about this singer who lives for the adulation and fame. He's a bodyguard who likes his job. He doesn't like her music, and he thinks she's too much. So, when he has no choice but to work with Lyric, there's a lot of resentment. She's a wild child. In fact, she's not above sleeping with her two bodyguards all at the same time. I think they have a French word for that. She's Lyric Jones and she behaves the way she does because she's outrunning her nightmares. She's not always successful on keeping them at bay, but she tried.

He's Connor Malone. And he's nothing less than aghast to find out he responds physically to Lyric Jones. Sometimes, our body will feel the way it does, even if our head is not on board with it. He can't stand her antics, and it drives him crazy, but proximity brings out the best with these two.

I love the connection Connor has with his circle of friends. I adore his friends for taking in Lyrics and treating her like one of them. It's almost too good to be true, but these friends makes the book much more enjoyable for me.

It's a contemporary romance published in April 2011 by Berkley Heat. I borrowed my copy from my local library and listened to it via Media Overdrive ap in my iPhone. I would like to say that Caroline Wintour is a fantastic reader. She's what holds me to the story, most of all.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Raid: A Movie

Have you ever seen a movie when the action never lets up once it started? Well, this movie is it. It's more action than Mission Impossible (all versions), more karate than Bourne series, and movies of the likes. I do not even noticed if they developed any of the characters, I am too busy holding on the the seat of my pants for the wild ride.

The plot is easy to follow. The main character is a policeman. That day, they set out to capture one drug lord. He's guarded by two able men. One of them is so much fun to watch kick ass. There's gun fires, and lots of them.  But there's a story too. One that will get you engage long enough to make sure you never leave your seat.

I enjoyed watching it. Would I watch it again? I'm not sure. But the first time I saw it, I really enjoyed myself.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Adventures of Tintin

My first memory of this title was when my mother would tell us a story after the lights are off when my sibling and I are children. I love those times. My mother is a virtual library or stories when we were growing up. It's so pleasant to hear her tell us different ones every night.  I think I have the loveliest mother who enriched us that way.  I wish she'd tell more stories to my children, too.

I wasn't that impressed with the preview of this movie. In fact, I did not see it in the theaters because I didn't like the texture of the preview. I don't know if I'm making sense. It seemed rather odd. It was compelling to me.  But I needed to try my new DVD Blu-ray player and decided to rent this one out of Redbox. Isn't that a clever thing? Those Redboxes? I love how it's only 1.50 a night....and if I'm responsible, that's all I'll have to pay.  Unfortunately for me, I tend to forget and end up using up 2-3 nights.  Still it is way cheaper than movies.

Fast forward to last weekend, and we're watching this in our house on a 70 inches screen. WOW!  I was blown away by the graphics. It's fluid, and sometimes, I have to check to see if it's real. How come it was apparent to me in the movie preview?

Tintin is a reporter who's always after some story. He found this ship at a flea market and bought it. Just before he could take it, another man wanted to buy it too, and for a much higher price. The man tried very hard to buy it from Tintin, but he likes the ship and didn't give it to the man. The rest of the story is a rolling adventure in pursuit of treasure and dodging bullets and chasing bad guys.

There's enough action in there to double your heart rate. I highly recommend it.