Thursday, September 29, 2016
With an older cat who was scared of Frasers screaming and crying, they decided to adopt a younger cat, and enter Billy who right from the start stuck by Billys side and was able to help him. His ability to calm Fraser down and reassure him is truly amazing, and I loved all the stories about their friendship. An awesome bond that is truly special. 4/5
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
This felt like one of those books that I was meant to like, but I found it a bit meh. I found the changing narrators made it a bit stilted for me, as I kept having to go back to see who was talking and the time periods kept jumping round too, going from the present, back several years then going between last night and today made the book feel like it had been chopped up.
I was expecting a big twist, and it didn't hold any surprises for me leaving me a bit wanting. 2/5
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
It is a very Kiwi film, one that I think does a great job of merging drama and humor, in a way that Hollywood films fail miserably at doing. Ricky Baker is a 12 year old that has struggled with previous foster homes until he is sent to the country to live with Bella and her husband, the very grumpy Hector (Sam Neill). Here he learns survival skills and an unlikely buddy story emerges.
Julian Dennison was awesome as Ricky Baker and you can't help but love his cheeky Kiwi charm and his need to be a gangster. From the interviews I have seen he is just as likable in real life and is enjoying all the attention of being a movie star. 4/5
Monday, September 26, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
I enjoyed this novel about the real life character who little is known about, as I am intrigued about womans lives at this period of time when there were so many restrictions on her choices, and parents, employers and husbands or partners were able to control what the ladies got up to. 4/5
Friday, September 16, 2016
This was a lovely little book that made me hungry hearing about all the fancy food that he cooked although I would be a bit of a rookie with the strong cocktails they shared. The recipes seemed a bit overly complicated with lots of overnight marinades and truffles, not quite my style. In the end though it wasn't all about the food, the book was a sweet story about not giving up on love and you never know how friendships will blossom and grow. 4/5
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Andrew Gross has given a new twist to this world war two thriller. Although at moments, I thought it was pushed it a bit too far and became a bit unbelievable it still was a good read, and at moments I had to put it down, not wanting to know what was next and it may have even put a tear in my eye for a few minutes. 4/5
Monday, September 12, 2016
I watched this last week and was mesmerized by her voice. It is always nice to find an artist whose voice is strong when they are just singing with a guitar and even better than their recordings. It made me revisit some of my old CDs. How old school.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016
From what I have seen in the young adult book section at the store and library it is filled with vampire and dystopian novels, this comes from research I have done while searching for presents for family and friends kids. I am not a fan of youth fiction or comic book stories, but I had recorded this one as it was on poor peoples free tv, so thought I would give it a go.
So in this movie we get a futuristic Chicago which after a war has divided the population into five factions. Tris An aptitude test that should dictate which group she should belong to, shows that she has characteristics for a few of them, which makes her a divergent. Divergents are considered dangerous by the government, so she has to learn to conceal her abilities in order to survive.
So she gets lots of tight leather outfits, gets to run a lot, do some fighting, jump and then run some more. There doesn't appear to be a lot of sweating and lots of fabulous hair. You can tell who the baddies are because they scowl a lot and there are some lovely looking manboys as love interest, but you know who the true love is - he will be the one looking like he has stepped off the catwalk.
Like all good movies, you have to Wikipedia it to find out how much it made and this one made a whopping $288 million, so you know that the rest of the books in the movie will then be make into more spin off movies. I don't think I will be booking a seat at the cinema to see any more - I'll save it for the teenagers it was intended for. 2/5
Thursday, September 08, 2016
I did like this one, it felt like a step back into Barbara Erskines earlier novels of 3o years ago and I liked both of the main characters as they were both tough and sensitive. It was a bit too long and a tad repetitive in the middle, but I enjoyed curling up on the cold evenings and getting sucked into the story. 4/5
Monday, September 05, 2016
Sunday, September 04, 2016
Saturday, September 03, 2016
It is interesting to find out her perspective, as often it is easy for us to blame the family - what did they know? Did they not suspect anything? Did they not bring him up right? Was he allowed access to guns and weapons? Was he bullied? And really this just seemed to be a normal kid with normal parents who plotted and planned with his friend and maybe in hindsight we can see clues more easily.
I was a bit surprised by the community response. Many people showed their tolerance and acts of kindness to the Klebold family, while many more were angry threatening family and friends and you have to admire them for staying in the same town afterwards.
Certainly a book I have been thinking about days after reading it and I am sure I will think about it for the years ahead. 5/5
Thursday, September 01, 2016
I found the first part of the book engaging and interesting, although it was a little lacking in backstory as I wondered about how her family had ended up on the train, and it felt to me like some of the story had been edited away.
I did struggle with the second part of the story which was about a more grown up Gretl who has settled in South Africa. Although it was interesting to read about an area of the world I know little about, I found it a little bit focused on the religious aspects of her life and I was a bit creeped out by the love affair. 2/5