Cover Love [2]

Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey
Release Date: January 5th 2012

Dragonswood

This cover is pretty awesome! It reminds me of the seen in the Harry Potter movie where the girl gets cursed in the snow - you know the one where she levitates and screams bloody murder...yeah, that one. Creepy and interesting all at the same time. 

Dusty Reads [1]

Dusty Reads is a weekly meme hosted by Giselle at  Xpresso Reads about books that have been sitting unread on your shelf at home for a long time. 


Marked (House of Night, #1)Marked by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Release Date: May 1st, 2007

The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire -- that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It's tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.  She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.  But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers.  When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

I've had this book lying around for about a year now. I have actually picked it up several times and read the first couple of pages. By no means does that really count as trying to read it. My efforts were lazy at best.  I will undustify this book as soon as possible!

Are there any books collecting dust on your shelf? Did you attempt to read a book and put it back on the shelf, only for it to collect a third...and fourth layer of dust? Discuss below!

Review: Drive

Drive
Release Date: September 16, 2011
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan
Genre: Drama   
Rating: R
Current Location: DVD (January 31st)
5/5 Robots: Refer to Poster


A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.



When the movie began, I literally felt like I needed a seat belt for my theater chair. But this isn't an action movie like Fast and the Furious. This is a movie about a guy that has no name. A guy that loves to drive. A guy that falls in love with a girl and who has a mysterious past. 
Ryan Gosling portrays the nameless character with such depth that it's hard to tear your eyes away. In my opinion, he deserved an Oscar nomination for his role. It was nothing I had ever seen Gosling play before. It was an inner battle that was played in a nuanced way. At the end of it you'll realize Ryan Gosling is more than just another pretty face (I'm talking to you Channing Tatum!)

The driver doesn't speak much in the film, but by the end of it you feel as if you know him better than if he had told you his entire story with words. I loved this movie. While some people may feel like it is slow, it's pacing is made so that you feel on edge. I wished it could have been longer. Hell, I wish I can watch it again! Luckily it's on DVD soon and the wait will be over. 


This is a very bloody movie. So don't see it if you have a low threshold for the crimson color. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys visual movies. 


Bonus: Check out the song
A Real Hero by Electric Youth featured in the movie. It's really good!

Academy Award Nominations: Sound Editing (1 total)


In My Mailbox [2]

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and is where we share the books we got through the week.


Picking out books has become one of my favorite things. Buying them...not so much. But since both go hand in hand, it's been pretty difficult to contain my book buying addiction. This week I think I got it under control.

Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
This was a spontaneous buy at Barnes & Noble. I made a self inflicted rule that I can't go into a book store without at least buying one book. It's not a healthy rule, I admit, but it may get me some awesome books.


Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
I got this on Kindle. I'm somehow addicted to werewolf books. I don't know why, it's a personal problem. But I find them more intriguing then vampires or zombies.
Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1)

Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson
I got this book from a Secret Swap. Very interesting premise.
Kiss Me Kill Me (Scarlett Wakefield, #1)

Thrift Store Buys!
I went to the thrift store and found some awesome deals! These books were $1 each. Some look better than others, but you can't beat bargain books!
Once a Witch (Witch, #1) Awake at Dawn (Shadow Falls, #2) Fallen (Fallen, #1) Passion (Fallen, #3) Eragon (Inheritance, #1) Prep  The Au Pairs (The Au Pairs, #1)

Tempest Audiobook
This was my very first win from a giveaway! Special thanks to Rachael from Rachael Allen Writes for hosting the great giveaway!

That's it for my mailbox! What's in your mailbox? Anything juicy? Anything deadly? Though hopefully not too deadly...anthrax kills! Sound off below!

Review: War Horse

War Horse
Release Date: December 25, 2011
Actors: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson
Genre: Drama   
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: The dreaded "Limbo"
4/5 Robots: The horse has got some soul!



Young Albert enlists to service in WWI after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on.








I was shocked to learn that this was a play before it became a movie. Shocked because I couldn't believe that a movie primarily about a horse could ever be a successful stage play, but it is. Steven Spielberg directed this movie, and like many of his films you can tell there is a heavy family oriented vibe to it. The tone is moving and there's always a nice uplifting message by the time the credits role. 

War horse is no different, except for one thing...it's about a horse. Shocker, I know! But really, the lead actor in the movie is the horse, not Jeremy Irvine. The audience follows the horse and his life with different owners during the war. It's great to get to see different sides of a war interacting with the horse in different ways. Some love him, some abuse him, and others just use him as a means to an end. But "Joey" the horse is no machine. He has a soul, and through amazing story telling we are able to see his soul and the people he has moved and touched during a time of violence. 


Other than the delightful horse, my favorite character in the film had to be the mother played by Emily Watson. She is playing many motherly roles as of late. She was in an independent film called "Cemetery Junction" that is fantastic. So my love of this actress is ever growing. Watson provided the humor and the compassion that all mothers should have. 


Another one of my favorite actors made an appearance in this film, Tom Hiddleston, otherwise known as Loki from the movies "Thor" and the upcoming "Avengers". I absolutely 
love Tom Hiddleston. He is the second owner of Joey and you want to be angry at him for taking Joey away from the boy who loves him, but you just can't. Hiddleston plays his part that way. You sympathize with the man and the situation he's in. Hiddleston also plays Scott Fitzgerald in "Midnight in Paris," which was equally brilliant. Okay, I'm done salivating...back to War Horse. 

It's a rather long movie, but it is paced well and moves efficiently. If you like uplifting movies about history or war, then I would suggest to go see it when it comes out on DVD. Unfortunately, it's in the dreaded "Limbo" right now. Meaning that it is neither on DVD nor in theaters. Unless you want to risk deadly viruses attacking your computer then I would suggest waiting to see it when it's released again. 


Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Cinematography, Art Direction, Music (Original Score), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing (6 total)



Review: Midnight in Paris

 
Midnight in Paris
Release Date: June 10, 2011
Actors: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams
Genre: Comedy  
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: DVD
4/5 Robots: Because it's more than just a pretty place!

A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.



I'm going to admit that when I watched the trailer to this film I knew nothing about it. Not even when I finished watching the trailer! It doesn't give you any hint to what the movie really is, nor did it make me want to see the movie. Then, luckily, a friend went to see it and told me the actual plot. So here it goes:

A writer goes to Paris and time travels to meet other writers in Paris from the 1920s. Yes, it's fantasy! I didn't even know, and when I found out I was hooked. I instantly went to get the movie and watch it. It's amazing! Owen Wilson meets the Fitzgerald's, Picasso, Hemingway, and many more. Woody Allen wrote the script, and it's an amazing one. It's no wonder he won the Golden Globe for best Original Screenplay.

My absolute favorite part of the movie has to be the Fitzgerald's and Hemingway. All of them bring such delight to these authors that you never knew (and will never know). My sister is an English major, so she was constantly telling me back history's about these people as the movie went on. It was great! And I can say they accurately portrayed the histories of the authors. Zelda Fitzgerald is kind of crazy, but Scott Fitzgerald is in love with her. Their relationship is funny and interesting. I almost wished the movie was just about them. Oh well, I have to wait for a Fitzgerald biopic to be made now. And then there was Hemingway. Every time he spoke it was like you could see the words flowing from his lips and onto paper.

The acting was phenomenal, the location was beautiful, what else could you ask for in a movie?

Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best Director (Woody Allen), Best Original Screenplay, Art Direction (4 total)