Through a Crimson Veil (Crimson City #3) Review

Through a Crimson Veil (Crimson City #3) is a 2005 supernatural romance novel written by Patti O’Shea, published by Love Spell.  Set as Book Three in the Crimson City series, the story follows the half demon half human Conor who must protect the half demon half human Mika from unknown assailants while Mika harbors a terrible secret. Positives: Great main leads Humorous dialogue Good storytelling Great characterization Negatives: Some pacing issues Cardboard antagonists Plot:   Mika Noguchi is a half-demon who enlist the protection of the half-demon Conor McCabe. However, she…

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Fallen (Fallen Series #1) Review

Fallen (Fallen Series #1) is a 2009 fantasy young adult supernatural romance novel written by Lauren Kate, published by Delacorte Press.  Set as the first installment in the Fallen series and centers on main protagonist, Luce Price, who is sent to Sword & Cross boarding school after being involved in a mysterious fire, her attention is captured by the strangely familiar Daniel Grigori. Positives: Premise is interesting Some good writing Great antagonists Negatives: Poorly written Frustrating main protagonists Poorly written characters Uninteresting story Unbelievably forced romance Plot:   The novel revolves…

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Witchling (Overworld/Sisters of the Moon #1) Review

Witchling (Sisters of the Moon #1) is a 2006 paranormal fantasy romance thriller novel written by Yasmine Galenorn and published by Berkley.  Set as the first book in the Sisters of the Moon series the book follows the D’Artigo Sisters, operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency, who are tasked with keeping the mysterious Shadow Wing and his minions at bay. Positives: Great characters Witty dialogue Interesting story Good writing Negatives: Lackluster writing Main three feel like troupes Plot:  The story follows the D’Artigo Sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, who are operatives for…

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Crimson City (Crimson City #1) Review

Crimson City (Crimson City #1) is a 2005 supernatural romance novel written by Liz Maverick and published by Love Spell.  Set as the first installment in the Crimson City series and follows vampire Fleur Dumont, who struggles to attain her family’s legacy after the murder of her brothers, and Dain Reston, a B-Ops member struggling with his own inner demons, as the two of them attempt to solve the murder of her brothers. Positives: Good writing Good lead characters Good world building Negatives: Predictable story Slow story progression Repetitive info-dumping…

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The Discovery Review

The Discovery is a 2017 romantic science fiction thriller film directed by Charlie McDowell, starring Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, and Ron Canada. The film follows a scientist whose proof of an afterlife caused a rash of suicides forges ahead with his research, while his disapproving son falls for a troubled woman. Positives: Good performances Good cast Good score Good characters Interesting story Negatives: Slow paced Lacks intensity Plot: The plot follows Will (Jason Segel) who’s father is a scientist, Dr. Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford), who…

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Splintered (Splintered Series #1) Review

Splintered (Splintered Series, #1) is a 2013 fantasy adventure romance novel written by A. G. Howard, serving as the first installment in the Splintered Series.  The story follows Alyssa Gardner who ventures into the real Wonderland, which is far darker and more twisted than the lively tale suggest, to rid her family of a generations old curse stretching back to her ancestor Alice Liddell.  Aiding her in her quest is her secret crush and best friend Jeb, and her mysterious guide, Morpheus. Positives: Great characters Engaging story Highly descriptive writing Great…

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Stardust Review

Stardust is a 2007 romantic fantasy adventure film directed by Matthew Vaughn, starring Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Strong, and Robert De Niro.  The film is based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name and follows a young man named Tristan who seeks a star to impress a girl, only to find that the star is a lady named Yvaine.  However, Yvaine is being pursued by a prince seeking power and a witch seeking eternal youth. Positives: Great characters Great cast Great performances Good story Good visuals…

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The Fault in Our Stars Review

The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 romantic drama directed by Josh Boone, starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe.  Based on the novel of the same name by John Green, the story follows a sixteen-year-old cancer patient, Hazel (Woodley) who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she meets and subsequently falls in love with Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), another cancer patient. Positives: Terrific performances Terrific script Great characters Great story Great cast Negatives: n/a Plot: This…

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Fifty Shades of Grey Review

Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2015 erotic romantic drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. The film is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by E. L. James, and follows a college graduate, Anastasia Steele (Johnson), who begins a sadomasochistic relationship with a young business magnate Christian Grey (Dornan).

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The Wedding Ringer Review

The Wedding Ringer is a 2015 romantic comedy directed by Jeremy Garelick, starring Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Alan Ritchson, Cloris Leachman, Mimi Rogers, Ken Howard, Affion Crockett, Jenifer Lewis, and Olivia Thirlby.  The plot follows Doug Harris who hires Jimmy Callahan to be his best man for his upcoming wedding.

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