Those who know me have come to understand and (hopefully) accept my ever growing obsession with Dwayne ‘ The Rock’ Johnson. Having seen pretty much all of his movies, one would assume that I would be super excited to watch his latest one – Jumanji. Normally, I would be at the theatre on opening day, grabbing some snacks and a bathroom break so as not to miss any of the action! But this time, I was a little hesitant. Why? I don’t have to explain it to you really, I’ll just leave you with this: The Robin Williams version.
Finally, however, months after its release, I borrowed a copy from the library and was more than pleasantly surprised. Without giving too much away, the concept is the same, yet different – modified to fit what’s popular today. The setting is on point (filmed primarily in Hawaii), the soundtrack is great (who doesn’t love Guns N’ Roses?) and the dynamic between the characters was super entertaining. Speaking of which, watching Jack Black portray a young teenage girl was hilarious – he stole the show! I laughed until I cried and then I laughed some more (seriously, I have abs now). The Rock was great too, naturally (obsessed, remember?).
So, if you’ve got a free Friday or Saturday night to just curl up with a good movie, I recommend this one for you! And, if you’re feeling nostalgic, check out the original as well.
While I am all about the Chick Lit genre, every now and then I enjoy reading a book that makes my hair stand on end and keeps me at the edge of my seat. If you are one for Psychological Thrillers, here are my top picks:
Web of Angels by Lilian Nattel: A woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder looks for answers behind the suicide of a pregnant teenage girl, and what may be happening to her surviving younger sister.
Identical by Ellen Hopkins: An “All-American family” with a deep, dark secret.
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane: A U.S Marshall tasked with capturing an escaped convict ends up questioning his own sanity.
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J Watson: A woman with amnesia wakes up every morning unable to remember her past. Leaving herself clues, she slowly pieces together her life and starts to doubt the people closest to her.
Misery by Stephen King: A crazed fan saves the life of her favourite author, then holds him captive.
Chasing River is a book I can see myself reading over and over again. In fact, I just finished reading it for the second time. It is the third installment in K.A Tucker’s “Burying Water” series, and I am absolutely obsessed with it. I don’t know if it’s the romance, or the danger, or the traveling, or the totally hot Irish guy, but this one had me hooked as soon as I started it. I love the fact that the story is told from multiple points of view, so that you are able to gain insight into both Amber AND River as characters-separately, and together. I love that the story takes place in Ireland, as it is one destination I would really like to visit. I found myself hanging on to every detail of every landmark or tourist attraction being described, and pictured seeing it for myself one day. I also really love the characters in this book. Each one had his/her place in the book, and it made sense for them to be there. One of the secondary characters (Ivy), is actually cast as the main character in the Fourth Installment “Surviving Ice.” All in all, I love it!! If you’re looking for a series with a storyline that’s not just romance based, give this one a shot. “Burying Water” is the first, and I promise it won’t disappoint. And once you get there, let me know how you feel about “Chasing River.” I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.