Friday, 14 May 2021

Short Movie Review: Otherhood

A grounded, soulful, celebratory comedy about three mothers and their adult sons. The film explores the stage after motherhood, Otherhood, when you have to redefine your relationship with your children, friends, spouse, and most importantly, yourself.

Director: Cindy Chupack
Writers: Mark Andrus (screenplay by), Cindy Chupack (screenplay by) 
Stars: Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, Felicity Huffman

1h 40min | Comedy

It was not bad, not awesome, just one of those movies that you can watch and enjoy.

Recommend
If nothing else is on, sure



Thursday, 13 May 2021

A time of blood by John Gwynne

Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages


Published April 18th 2019 by Pan Macmillan (first published April 16th 2019)


Series: Of Blood and Bone #2


Fantasy


Own





I am behind on my reviews, writing my third one!




Where to start. Riv turned out to be a half breed, and all those before her have been killed. Lots of infanticide going on behind the screens of the so perfect angels, who turned out to be evil asshats . Pretending to be all righteous, all while sleeping with warrior women and having their offspring killed. Anyway, Riv lived, got wings, and the there is someone new at charge now who is not all kill the kids.





Drem is running from evil things in the woods. While Riv is all anger, Drem is calm. I like him.





I am all reviewed out. Gotta make this quick.





Lots of things going on. Baddies coming! FU baddies. Grrr angels, they are so evil. And then the end, damn, now I need book 3!








Drem and his friends flee the battle at Starstone Lake to warn the Order of the Bright Star. They’ve witnessed horrors they’ll never forget, such as magic warping men into beasts. But worst of all, they’ve seen a demon rise from the dead – making it even more powerful. Now Fritha, the demons’ high priestess, is hunting Drem’s party.





Concealed in Forn Forest, Riv struggles to understand her half-breed heritage. She represents the warrior angels’ biggest secret, one which could break their society. And when she’s found by the Ben-Elim’s high captain, he swoops in for the kill.





As demonic forces multiply, they send a mighty war-host to overthrow the angel’s stronghold. This could decimate the fractured Ben-Elim. And their allies in the Order may be too overwhelmed to send aid – with Fritha and her monstrous beasts closing in. Like heroes of old, Drem and the Bright Star’s warriors must battle to save their land. But can the light triumph when the dark is rising?


Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Audio: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest


Series: The Blood of Stars, Book 1


Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins


Release date: 07-09-19


Publisher: Listening Library


YA Fantasy


Library





I am not the best with YA fantasy, I keep trying cos they sound good and then they turn out to lack worldbuilding, being cliche, love triangles, angst, and 16 year olds that are the best assassin/thief/effing mafia boss in the world. BUT this was not that. This was great, this was wonderful worldbuilding, a heroine with flaws and who is not the best at absolutely everything (though she is one great seamstress!), no love triangle, no angst.





It really is project runway meets Mulan. Maia's father is called to enter a competition to become the Emperor's tailor. But Maia's father is a drunk, her brothers except one is dead so she dresses like a man and goes. Even though it is  forbidden. And she is one hell of a seamstress, and not to mention, owns a pair of magical scissors.





This pretend fantasy China was great, I liked everything about it. I liked Maia too, she was strong and even when others tried to hold her down she did not give up.





I kind of need a third comparison, cos the only Mulan thing was that she dressed as a boy. Then there is this whole adventure she takes too when she is looking for secret things. 




Great story, good characters, and even a romance that starts to blossom. And then is ends and I am all, nooooo! I need book 2!




Great narration, omg I keep using great, I need new words. But yes the narration really worked for this book, perfect in audio form





Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.




Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.




Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia's task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.




And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor's reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.



Tuesday, 11 May 2021

TMST


 

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog. Feel free to leave your links in the comments if you are participating.




List your top 5 favorite books/series



It is hard to pick just now, I want to look at all my favs! But they are STILL in boxes.




Magician by Raymond E.Feist. I have re-read it at least 9 times.




Wheel of time by Robert Jordan, cos ALL THE FEELS. Though I do mostly just re-read the first two




October Daye by Seanan McGuire. Awesome UF that keeps giving




Heartstrikers by Rachel Aaron. LISTEN TO IT NOW!!!!




The Others by Anne Bishop. OMG, amazing in audio!





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