Book Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

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image from goodreads

This is another one I read because of mixed reviews on my GR feed, so I wanted to decide for myself. Unfortunately, I fear I have to go with the less favorable ones.

This book initially caught my eye because I just love twin stories, and was reminded of 90s classics like Stranger With My Face and Twins. In fact, the premise of The Secrets We Keep is very similar to the latter, although I hadn’t read it in years and don’t recall exact details. I do recall it being really dark, at least to my teenage self. Continue reading

Book Review: Undertow by Michael Buckley

undertowI had read mixed reviews of this book on my GR feed, so I decided to read it and decide for myself. As you can see by my two-star review (I realize now I’ve been way too generous with these ratings. Most 3-star reviews I’ve given would be 2.5, can GR do half-stars please? /tangent)

At first, Undertow reminded me a lot of the now-cancelled CW show “Star-Crossed.” In the latter, aliens have come to Earth and are now living in camps, their teenage offspring are being integrated into public schools, and clumsy metaphors for Brown v. Board of Education abound. Of course, there’s also a forbidden love story between the human heroine and a hottie alien, and it’s insta-luv, because what other kind of love can there be when alien hotties are involved? Undertow features virtually the same conceit, except it’s sea creatures (called Alphas) instead of aliens. The Alphas have come to the surface like and are now living in camps on Coney Island, and their teenage offspring are being integrated into the local public school. Continue reading

Reign of the Fuckboys: Neither Can Live While the Other Survives

If only Queen C were writing this script.

If only Queen C were writing this script.

One of my favorite things about Reign has always been its female characters (well, that and Henry sexing someone out a window). Y’all know that Catherine de Medici is love, but I’ve also grown to like Mary’s handmaidens as well. Shit, I even like Claude. In fact, the only female character I just can’t seem to warm up to is Mary herself, but I’ll get to that. As Reign moves toward the conclusion of its second season, the emphasis seems to be shifting off of its leading ladies and onto its resident quintet of fuckboys. “Tempting Fate” might as well have been named “Fuckboypalooza” although that sounds less dramatic.

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Fifty Shades of Run Gurl Run: A movie review

I didn't want this movie poster on my blog. So have a gif instead.

I didn’t want this movie poster on my blog. So have a gif instead.

Full disclosure: I have not read the Fifty Shades of Grey books (although I did read part of the first one when it was still Twilight fan fiction). I have read Jenny Trout’s extremely detailed recaps, however, so I feel I am pretty knowledgable about the books. Yes, Jenny’s recaps are biased, as most recaps are, but she provides a significant amount of textual evidence for her conclusions, and I suspect I would have largely agreed with her anyway.

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Reign 2×10: “Mercy” review

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I think we were all waiting to see how the Reign writers would follow up last week’s episode—specifically, if the rape plotline would be addressed with proper sensitivity or abruptly dropped once the shock value and dramatic impact had run its course. Granted, one episode—and a preview, as we’ll soon see—makes it still a little soon to tell, but so far, the writers’ method wasn’t entirely satisfactory (at least as far as I am concerned).

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So… Shit went down on Reign

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I know, I’ve been remiss in blogging about Reign lately. I have a lot of thoughts after most episodes and on season two in general but I never actually write them down except sometimes on my twitter, and not in a particularly coherent fashion. But since shit went down on Thursday’s episode, “Acts of War,” I had to write a post about it.

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