What have you been reading and watching in your spare time so far this year? Here’s what I’ve been up to:
Blurb: “Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies… That’s what Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past she wishes could just stay buried …When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.”
My Take: This was a very emotional read. In the beginning, Sky’s (the heroine) strange behavior almost made me put the book down. Same with the hero, but worse. I nearly stopped reading five times. Holder’s weird and sometimes violent reactions (AND the stalking) kept me wondering why I was still reading. However, when the truth finally came to light, everything the protagonists did and said made complete sense. The author wrote a well-crafted, layered story. I really enjoyed it. So much so that I’m putting it in my keeper pile.
Blurb: “Vampire bachelor Samson can’t get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there’s nothing wrong with his hydraulics – that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms. His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it’s the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion. However, another attack on Delilah and a dead body later, and Samson has his hands full: not only with trying to hide the fact he’s a vampire, but also with finding out what secrets Delilah harbors for somebody to want her harm.”
My Take: A vampire with erectile disfunction who’s in therapy with a vampire shrink. lol I couldn’t resist it. The prospect was just too hilarious. I’m happy to say that his wood problems aren’t physical. There’s a perfectly reasonable psychological cause, and the heroine is the cure. So far so good. I’m enjoying it.
2012 R 104 minutes
Cast: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Aasif Mandvi, Steve Coogan, Toni Trucks, Deborah Ann Woll, Elliott Gould, Alia Shawkat
Netflix Synopsis: “In an effort to conquer his writer’s block, a young novelist — who’s having trouble duplicating the success of his earlier work — jots down all the attributes of his dream girl. But things get weird when she suddenly comes to life.”
My Take: This movie really surprised me, in that I thought it was going to be another dull and sucky “frustrated-writer-brings-creation-to-life” movie. Well, it wasn’t. It was very unique and clever. What’s more, the characters weren’t picture perfect. They were truly flawed, especially the hero. That’s what kept me watching. Ruby Sparks was well worth its 104 minutes.
Cast: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington
Description: “Boston roommates Aidan, Josh and Sally are your average twenty-somethings — except that they’re also a vampire, werewolf and ghost, respectively. All three struggle with their supernatural identities while trying to get by in the human world.”
My Take: Yippie! It’s back for a third season, and from the premiere episode, it’s clear they’ve hit the ground running. Up is sideways and black is grey. Nothing is what it was, or what it appears to be, and I’m loving it! Sally isn’t a ghost anymore. Now she’s got a body, yet she’s still dead. But wait… She’s not a zombie. WTF? Maybe she’s a ghoul? Who knows?!? As for Josh, well, he broke the curse so he’s no longer a werewolf. He’s human … but for how long? And Aiden is still hot (though a bit scruffy from being buried alive for the past 14-15 months). Yeah, he’s still a vampire, but he’s not himself. At. All.
It’s complicated. lol