Carmel Crush

Carmel Crush (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #9) By: Jenn McKinlay

Plot:

When a breakup via cupcake threatens to crumble their friend’s life for good, Mel and Angie race to solve the murder as this New York Times bestselling series continues…

Love is in the air at Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Angie prepares for her wedding, but co-owner, Mel, is preparing for a breakup. Her old friend, Diane Earnest, is dumping her fiancé after discovering he’s only marrying her for her money. She wants Mel to personally deliver a batch of caramel breakup cupcakes to the louse and give her a play-by-play of his reaction.

When Mel finally tracks the man down, the look on his face isn’t the reaction she was expecting: he’s dead. After the police arrive and see the incriminating cupcakes, Diane becomes their prime suspect. If she hopes to taste freedom again, Mel and Angie must make sure the real killer gets their just desserts…

Review:

This was not one of the more entertaining and fun Cupcake Bakery books. I’ve never been a fan of Mel, it’s always been the side characters that have me enjoying the series, but this time they were just as annoying as her. The constant Mrs. Tate Harper and Mrs. Joe DeLaura, or whatever their last names are, was annoying. I’ve always hated that and I felt like I was beat over the head with it. There was constant “I’m not good enough for my man” to the point where I almost stopped reading. Angie and Mel were both like this so it was just constant. If maybe one of them had been confident with some self-esteem it might not have been so bad, but you’d get finished reading about one’s “failures” and have to start reading another. It was awful.

The mystery at least was fine. There were plenty of suspects to kill the guy, the clues were there to pick out who did it, the dude “deserved” to die. It was the only good part of the book.

Oh, before I forget, Mel’s college friend was awful. She was supposed to be unsympathetic to a point, but because of reasons owing to Mel’s lack of self-worth and messed up view of the world, she felt like she had to help her out. There was even a “cute” little romance between Diane and her IT guy. Of course this is all thrown away in the last part of the book and I just wanted to scream.

The views in this book about women and their relationships were awful. You do not owe someone big if they save you from being rapped and the video of your rape being distributed. They were being the bare minimum of a decent human. When you get married it’s not just about being someone’s wife and what you can offer them. I feel like McKinlay knows this but it was not clearly conveyed in the book and because of everything else that was going on it added to the lack of a positive female message.

I was really disappointed with this book, but I feel like I’ve invested so much time in the series so far that I need to continue it. Hopefully, things are better in the next installment.

2/5

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Justice League (2017)

The Superman we Deserve

Justice League (2017)

Director:

Zack Snyder

Starring:

Ben Affleck

Gal Gadot

Jason Momoa

Amy Adams

Ezra Miller

Ray Fisher

Henry Cavill

Plot:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

Review:

I watched this movie for the scenes with Superman, Henry Cavill, and his mustache. I had no hopes for this, I knew it was going to be crap from the minute I heard about it. DC completely screwed up the execution of this entire franchise. I have no hope of seeing a good Superman movie in my lifetime. At least Wonder Woman, Gal Godot, wasn’t awful, though in JL it seemed like they made the boobs of her costume bigger which was stupid.

The Flash, Ezra Miller, had a horrible costume, wasn’t a fan of the actor either. Cyborg, Ray Fisher, wasn’t a complete emo idiot, so that was nice, but the CG was just god awful and he’s mainly CG so…

Ben Affleck as Batman is just, ugh. I’m sorry but he is not that buff, I know he isn’t, so the suit just seems like a giant rubber unwieldy thing and I can’t believe him kicking butt in it. At least Aquaman, Jason Momoa, looks amazing. His lines are fucking stupid, but he’s hot and believable kicking ass.

Story was stupid. CG was half a step up from SyFy. Dialogue was so bad it wasn’t even funny. Movie sucked.

1/5

Son of No One

Son of No One (Dark Hunter #23) By: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Plot:

It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Life will continue to throw every bad thing it has at her, and she will continue to not put her head in an oven. But that’s okay. That which doesn’t kill her will just require a few hours of mental insanity. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group trying to get their own cable show as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when her group accidentally releases something truly evil into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.

From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. And it’s not just because she can’t even begin to pronounce his last name: Maboddimun. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his apparent age…

Centuries ago, Cadegan sold his soul for vengeance against the betrayer who cursed him. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him as much as it irritates and frustrates him. Something he can’t seem to fight, and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him his soul.

He knows he has to stay away from her, but the evil her friends unleashed is hellbent on consuming her soul. Something he cannot allow. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?

Review:

Yeah, I’m done with this series. There’s always another world ending, apocalypse coming event, or a bigger badder demon. It’s just not interesting anymore and I don’t care about the wider world, at all. I don’t even want to see the previous couples anymore. The series has gone on long enough, the world isn’t fun, I wish she’d just end it and move on to something else instead of just adding more in the world.

At least this book returned to one couple and their “romance” but it was love at first sight, amazing sex, then they switch bodies and have even more sex. It was weird and at times confusing. There was no wooing, it just went straight to sex and sacrificing for each other, and learning about the hero’s tortured past. It feels like Dark Hunter novels are just torture porn at this point.

Jo started off interesting, but quickly got to a point where the only thing that mattered was her man. Literally all of her problems disappeared once she got with him. Apparently all her rich relatives and friends won’t help you unless you get a man, or she won’t accept their help until she’s got a man. It was stupid.

I liked Cadegan at first but then after a series of stressful events he all of a sudden is pushed over the edge and turns into his demon self. The event that pushed him over wasn’t any more stressful or threatening than previous ones so no idea why it set him off and the others didn’t. Of course the only thing that could stop him was the love of his woman.

I felt like it was poorly plotted all around and not entertaining at all after a promising start. So I’m done with the series, too many recent installments have left a bad taste in my mouth.

2/5 

Silver Silence

Silver Silence (Psy-Changling Trinity #1) By: Nalini Singh

Plot:

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence–her mind clear of all emotion–Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…

Review:

Now this is what I wanted! The previous book, Allegiance of Honor, was basically a combo epilogue for the Psy-Changling series and a prologue for the Psy-Changling Trinity series. It showed you all the couples from the previous books and it set up the world for this new series. It was alright, but honestly too long for what it was, but whatever.

Silver Silence is about the Psy Silver, who is head of the EmNet, which is a humanitarian organization that helps out all the races. She has chosen to remain Silent because she feels that’s the only way to control her incredible power.

Valentin is the alpha of the bear clan in Russia. I loved the bears so freaking much. There better be more books about them because they were so much fun. If I was a changling that’s who I’d be. Family was everything, which is normal in a changling clan, but they’re also very in each other’s lives more than the other changlings we’ve met so far. As the alpha Valentin was all the bear traits cranked up to eleven and I liked him a lot. I did find it kind of weird that he liked to put his hands around her neck, but he never choked her so eh.

The couple has great chemistry and their romance was so awesome. By far the best part of the book was them and their interactions with the bears. I thought that the issues that began to arise with Silver’s power felt kind of contrived and the solution very abrupt, but it did give us Part 2 of the book which was just so sweet so I don’t know.

We were given a little hint at the leader of the Consortium, even though the bad guy in this wasn’t working strictly under their desires. You got to really see the struggles that are going to shape the world and I kind of understand why we haven’t gotten a human Psy relationship yet, at least not one that I remember off the top of my head.

I’m looking forward to the next book, it doesn’t come out till later this year, so hopefully I’m able to stay caught up this time.

4/5

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Director:

Charles Crichton

John Cleese

Starring:

Jamie Lee Curtis

John Cleese

Kevin Kline

Michael Palin

Plot:

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

Review:

I swear I’ve watched this movie before, I know I have, but the only scene I remember was in the game Scene It. I didn’t even remember the ending.

Oh well, Jamie Lee Curtis is awesome in this, not only is she gorgeous but she’s the brains. She’s got all of them wrapped around her finger. I freaking loved the ending.

Four people pull a diamond heist, not a very elegant one, but that’s not the point. They have the diamonds and that’s when things really get started.

The movie is funny, but not often laugh out loud. I was expecting more slapstick and there were moments, but honestly if it wasn’t for Kevin Kline’s character it would have been an entirely different movie. He was deranged and weird, while everyone else was mostly normal.

It’s an older movie and a bit dated when it comes to airport security, but still fun.

3/5