Beasts and Maidens

Beasts and Maidens

by M. E. Timmons Overview (from B&N.com):  In a world in which all men are beasts until they fall in love, a young witch will do everything she can to break the curse. In it’s most basic form, this is a large-scale take on Beauty and the Beast.   Luckily, this book is so much more than that.  It’s got fantasy and magic; a curse, witches, and men that are literal beasts.  At its heart, it’s a love story.  It’s… Read more »

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The Amazing Spider-Man (Rated PG-13)

The Amazing Spider-Man (Rated PG-13)

Starring:  Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field Directed by:  Marc Webb Synopsis:  Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young.  His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. My Thoughts:  This was yet another movie that I saw with very low expectations.  I’ve seen the 3 Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films and thought they were alright… Read more »

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A Dangerous Game:  A Short Story

A Dangerous Game: A Short Story

by Ella Monroe Overview (from B&N.com):  In A Dangerous Game, an e-orginal by Ella Monroe, Taylor Cane is planning a dangerous game for tonight’s over-the-top party for Washington DC’s privileged crowd.  Not even her three best friends know what she’s going to do…what she has to do.  Because if Jackie Whitman, Laura Beth Ballou, or Lettie Velasquez ever found out they’d do absolutely anything to stop her. This is a short story (44 pages on the Nook) that comes from… Read more »

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Safety Not Guaranteed (Rated R)

Safety Not Guaranteed (Rated R)

Starring:  Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson Directed by:  Colin Trevorrow Synopsis:  Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel. My Thoughts:  I’m not normally interested in watching indie movies.  I originally watched this on Netflix because of Mark Duplass (The League) and Jake Johnson (New Girl).  I didn’t expect much going in, since it was on Netflix and the synopsis sounds kind of… Read more »

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Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

These make great appetizers and snacks.  They also make great lunches.  I actually make it and separate it into 1 cup servings that can be frozen for later (in freezer bags or freezer-friendly tupperware).  *Do NOT eat, if you have a peanut allergy!* Ingredients 1-1/4 pounds extra lean ground turkey 1 package (16 oz.) frozen stir-fry vegetable blend, thawed 1/3 cup reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce 1/4 cup hoisin sauce 3 tablespoons reduced-fat creamy peanut butter 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root… Read more »

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The Truth About Forever

The Truth About Forever

by Sarah Dessen Overview (from B&N.com):  Macy’s summer stretches before her, carefully planned and outlined.  She will spend her days sitting at the library information desk.  She will spend her evenings studying for the SATs.  Spare time will be used to help her obsessive mother prepare for the big opening of the townhouse section of her luxury development.  But Macy’s plans don’t anticipate a surprising and chaotic job with Wish Catering, a motley crew of new friends, or…Wes.  Tattooed, artistic,… Read more »

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Zombie Island

Zombie Island

Zombie Island by Samantha Hoffman Series: Zombie Apocalypse #1 Goodreads Samantha is holed up all alone in her apartment, trying to outlast the zombie apocalypse. During a routine trip into town for supplies, she is chased through the city by vicious Warriors, men that kill zombies, and make women wish they were dead. After being trapped on a roof at gunpoint, she is saved by the brothers Ryder and Reese, and she decides they might be her best chance for… Read more »

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4th Wish

4th Wish

by Ed Howdershelt and Abintra Press Overview (from B&N.com):  A beach, a bottle found, and a beautiful woman.  Just another day in paradise, right?  Nope.  That would be too easy.  This is a new take on an old story. 4th Wish was obviously a take on a genie story.  It was a short story (58 pages on the Nook) that didn’t take long to read, but was a little strange.  Normally I like books that are out of the ordinary,… Read more »

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