Movie Review – IT 2017 Film

It (2017) poster.jpgIf you don’t like horror movies, don’t go see this. If you don’t like Stephen King, stay away.

I saw the first film of IT and while it was scary, it wasn’t on the level of the new adaption. I didn’t think I would like this movie, as I hadn’t really the first, but this movie blew me away and I can’t wait for part two.

William (Ben) Denbrough is sick and unable to go outside with his brother, Georgie, during a rainstorm. Instead, he fastens a little paper boat and seals it with wax to let his younger brother float it. Georgie goes outside and runs alongside his new handmade toy. When it flushes down the gutter, he reaches in after it.

A clown, calling himself Pennywise the dancing clown, appears and talks to Georgie, trying to lure him closer. Eventually, the boy leans too close and the monster strikes.

Ben doesn’t believe his brother is dead and thinks he’s lost in the sewer system. When school lets out for the summer, him and his friends start hunting. Probably is, something is hunting them back.

My rating 4.8 stars out of 5

 

 

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

www.andreaRcooper.com

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Lily Thomas just wants to live a normal life and to run her ice cream shop. Except her heritage as a witch won’t leave her alone. Now her visions are coming more frequently and screwing up her life. If she could just get a handle on them…

But when a good dead goes awry, Lily is sent to the coven leader’s house to learn how to control her powers or have her magic bound. Sounds like the best option, in her opinion, but when mysteries swarm around her, her visions might be the one thing to save her life.

Add in her new romance with Jarred, keeping her business afloat, and deal with a coven member who blames her for his daughter’s coma, and Lily’s got her hands full.

Can she find out who is trying to take her powers and kill her before it’s too late?

Author’s Note: The CraftField series is suitable for teens and adults who enjoy a cozy witch mystery. Find out the cold truth in the third volume of “The CraftField Series,” and it is a standalone novella.

Bio:

Brooklyn Shivers grew up in the Midwest solving crimes right along with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Throw a little Charmed into the mix, and she was hooked on paranormal characters stuck in spots and investigating their way out of them.

Today, Brooklyn enjoys writing and reading her childhood favorite mysteries to her own kids.

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Movie Review Alien: Covenant

Movie Review: Alien: Covenant

A black-and-white poster of a mass of people being surrounded/tortured by the aliens, not unlike the Renaissance depictions of Hell, with one alien at the center highlighted by a shaft of light from the upper-left.“This movie is the sequel to Prometheus (2012), and is the second installment in the Alien prequel series and the sixth installment overall in the Alien film series, as well as the third directed by Ridley Scott.” 1

Plot – A colonization-ship Covenant is set out for a remote planet, Origae-6, with two thousand colonists and human embryos aboard.

After a stellar neutrino burst damages the ship, killing 40 colonists. Walter, the android on board, orders the ship’s computer to wake the crew. While making repairs to the ship, the crew picks up a radio transmission from a nearby, habitable planet. The Captain decides to forgo their mission to investigate the new uncharted planet.

For an Alien’s movie, the actual Aliens were not in a lot of parts, in my opinion, of the aliens. The parts that were in the film were superb.

Cinematography and special effects were spot on.

Acting from the key characters was superb including Michael Fassbender’s dual execution of both androids David and Walter.  Katherine Waterston as Janet “Danny” Daniels did a stunning job as well.

Downsides of this movie: the plot, including monster violence, character motivations and development, and the reveal plot twists were lacking. However, the ending of this movie gave me goosebumps and far outshines the ending of any other Alien movie I’ve ever seen. It’s one where you’re rooting for the heroine, and hoping instincts are wrong, only to have the worst thing that can happen, happen.

The next movie in this prequel series, Alien: Awakening, has been written and production scheduled to begin in 2018.

My rating 4.6 stars out of 5

Bibliography:

1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien:_Covenant

 

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

www.andreaRcooper.com

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Kara James brings her new Werewolf series

Please welcome author Kara James

Werewolves and Rugby…can you handle their bite?

Wolf Binding by Kara James extended bleed.jpgWolf Binding – Book 1

Ryan Taylor had everything going for him as Rugby half-back until a werewolf bite changed everything. Now he has to keep his secret hidden.

Jessica needs an exclusive story to lock-in her new role as a reporter. Traveling to New Zealand, she gets assigned finding out more about the elusive Ryan Taylor. Except, this bad boy would rather remain secretive.

Excerpt: 

Ryan removed the last two drink holders and nudged the car door closed with his hip as he balanced the teams grub. The late November sun warmed his skin, promising another hot Christmas this year. Maybe they’d chip in for a visit to Europe, or even the States, and take in a bit of snow and skiing.

For the bulk of this rugby season, they’d stayed to themselves. But with his bar fight two months ago, they needed to ramp up their good reputation.

Across the street, a tabloid camera clicked and Ryan waved.

He was a magnet for trouble and he didn’t know how long he could keep his team’s true existence under wraps with all the publicity hounds following them all the time. He juggled the drinks as he opened the front door. “Well, don’t anyone bother to let me in.”

“It’s your house.” Carman tossed an empty wrapper in the trash. “Figured you had a key.”

A few of the guys bounded forward, snatching the drinks out of Ryan’s hands.

With all the drinks gone, Ryan tossed the holders into the trash. “Wait, where’s my shake?”

“Sorry, mate.” Neal ran a hand over his face. “I got carried away and had two. Can I get you something else?”

“No. I’ll get a beer.” His muscles ached from his earlier encounter with the jaywalker. He wanted to get drunk and lay naked in his bed without worrying about anything. He and his team were too popular. And one day, one of them was going to slip. It was just a matter of time. But what could they do? If the entire squad retired, people would question. If they dispersed into different teams, the chance of discovery became even greater. Scientists would swoop down and experiment on them. Dissect them.

He’d volunteered to host this year’s Christmas fund for children in hopes of building the public’s trust, but it was all a ruse. If the people discovered the truth about their underdog, the Hellion Rugby Team, the women and children would scream in fright and the men would defend themselves, and lives would be lost. And it would be his fault for craving acceptance, normality – even if it was false.

He crushed the beer can in his hand, then threw it into the trash.

“Hey man, you okay?” Brady’s dark brows furrowed.

“Yeah. Just tired. I’m gonna hit the hay.”

“Whoa, what’s the matter with you?” Carmen asked. “Dropping out while the sun is still shining?”

He shrugged but gave a twisted smile. “Guess you guys aren’t exciting enough to keep me entertained.”

“Did he just insult us?” Carmen waved out a hand. “Maybe it’s time for a night run. Let’s see if this old man can keep up with the younger members of the pack.”

“Try it and see,” Ryan snarled, hunching his shoulders.

Carmen glared but took a more submissive posture.

Note to self, take this mutt down a notch, and soon.

The doorbell rang, and half the guys jerked to attention. Their fingers curled into fists. Everyone knew Ryan didn’t get visitors. Ever. He even had a Post Office Box at the mail station so no delivery drivers surprised him. Wouldn’t do any good to order a pizza then transform into a wolf while the delivery guy screamed like a girl and ran. Even if he wasn’t hungry, the instinct to chase and kill would be too strong in his animal form.

“I’ll get it. Probably someone lost.” And how had they gotten past his ten-foot-tall security gate? He swung open the door, wearing his best scowl. “What?”

Before him stood a buxom, auburn haired beauty. She straightened her shoulders, her pinstriped suit smeared with grass stains and mud. Twigs clung to one side of her hair and one of her heels was twisted so much it looked like it might snap off at any moment.

“Hi! I’m Jessica Martin from The Australian newspaper. We have an appointment.”

“We do?” He leaned against the doorframe and crossed his arms.

She lifted her chin, her mouth forming a thin line. “Yes, I’m here to interview you.”

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Wolf Holding (1)Careful what you wish for…

Kevin Taylor awakes to his worst nightmare. His leg has been amputated from the knee down because of his motorcycle stunt accident. Thinking his life is over, he broods until a new physical therapist takes over his care and he finds himself falling for her.

Amber Carter loves her job helping people, but she lives with a secret. As a teen, she tried a spell from her family’s grimoire and her parents ended up dead. Now she’d rather just live a normal life. Except when Kevin finds her book and turns himself into a wolf, will she have enough power to fix him?

Wolf Holding – Book 2 in the Wolf Binding series, but written as a standalone.

Kara James Bio

Kara James has been fascinated with Rugby and werewolves. So what better way to bring her two passions together than with bad boy romance in the Binding series?

She also holds degree belts in Karate and Mauy Thai – and was excited to blend MMA and Shifters in her Shadow series.

Kara lives with her family and is a full-time mom and a writer (whenever all the kids are in bed).

 

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