Thursday, January 30, 2014

Movie Review with Dr. Daen: Twilight

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Rated: PG-13
Time: 122 min
Release Date: November 21, 2008

Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg (Screenplay) , Stephenie Meyer (Novel)
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke (Full cast and crew HERE)

A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire.
Hello and welcome to BBR! Today on BBR we will be doing a movie review with Dr. Daen. For those of you who don’t know, Dr. Daen is a very close friend of mine. He has a doctorate in Bullshit and will call you on it in a moments notice. So with that being said, let’s get started!

BBR: Hi, Dr. Daen, thank you for joining us today :)

Dr. Daen: Thank you. Thank you. Glad to be here.

BBR: So, you just recently watched Twilight, is that right?

Dr. Daen: That is correct-amundo.

BBR: Fantastic, can we now say that you are a HUGE Twilight fan?

Dr. Daen: You mean being a fan of the horrible actor of the most epic ending in Twilight...EVER!?

BBR: Now, now, Doctor. Please, let’s not jump the gun. We’re only on Twilight, let’s not fast forward to the last movie.

Dr. Daen: Okay, Okay, sorry. Excuse myself. *sniffles*

BBR: Are you sick?

Dr. Daen: Oh, very sick of seeing Kristen Stewarts acting through five movies.

BBR: I’m sorry to hear that, but I’m sure a lot of the readers out there can understand the pain that you went through.

Dr. Daen: hahahaha. Good one, BBR. Oh I love you so much. HAHAHAHA

BBR: *silence ensues*

Dr. Daen: hahahaha… hahahaha...hahaha

BBR: Ahem… are you done?

Dr. Daen: *pulls self together* *ahem* Yes, forgive me.

BBR: Not a problem. Lets start from the beginning, shall we?

Dr. Daen: You mean the beginning to end of all actors.

BBR: Heh. yes, yes, aside from her non acting abilities, how did you like the beginning of the movie?

Dr. Daen: Uhmm. Since I haven’t read the books...and going based off just the movie, I found it very slow. They could have… I think they could have introduced the characters a bit more. Like gone into a bit detail. Because I’ve heard from you, that the books went into much more detail.

BBR: Ahh, right, right. Books aside, did you think the movie as a whole was slow?

Dr. Daen: Yeah, I thought the very first movie was very, VERY boring.

BBR: Was there anything that you liked in the movie?

Dr. Daen: I kinda liked how they introduced Edward in the movie. How he tried to stop a truck from crushing the worst actor in the history of the world. That mother fucker. WHY!!???

BBR: You liked that he stopped the truck, or did you like the fact that she would have done an awesome “I-AM-DEAD” acting piece?

Dr. Daen: Definitely the second.

BBR: I see. Now, what was your favorite part of the movie?

Dr. Daen: My favorite part was when we were introduced to the Cullen family. I really enjoyed that. I really liked the family. 
BBR: Definitely, I’m a big fan of the Cullens <3

Dr. Daen: Oh and the baseball scene. BADASS!

BBR: And what was your least favorite part of the movie?

Dr. Daen: When they showed off Edwards’ fast movement running thing.

BBR: lol.

Dr. Daen: I found it really cheesy. And when Edward walked into the sunlight. I thought that was cheesy as well. A diamond vampire? Make the mother fucker burn!

BBR: Heh. Sparkle! Would you recommend this movie to anyone?

Dr. Daen: Hmm. Uhmm. *lots of thinking going on* If you like a twist on vampire/fantasy then yeah. Cause, I mean, they don’t burn in the sun, so...that’s a small little twist. And along with their special little powers.

BBR: okay an-

Dr. Daen: I mean, I like the idea with vampires have some sort of ability. Instead of it just being “I’m gonna suck your blood.” In fact in Cirque de Freak, they fed off of animals. So it’s not like it’s anything new.

BBR: Okay an-

Dr. Daen: As far as abilities go, I’ve never heard of any other book that does that.

BBR: *ahem* okay. that’s good to know. Now, 10 being the highest, what would you rate this movie?

Dr. Daen: Hmm. I’d say 5. I didn’t really like it, but I didn’t really hate it. Because of the specific scenes that I mentioned above.

BBR: Great! Thanks for stopping by! Will you be joining us again soon?

Dr. Daen: Oh, hell yeah I’ll be coming back. And real soon too! I enjoyed my stay!

BBR: There you have it folks! Tune in next time for another movie review with Dr. Daen. Hope you enjoyed! Leave a comment in the section below with your thoughts on the movie review. If you liked it go ahead and leave a movie request review down below for Dr. Daen. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ARC Review: Montana Bride by Joan Johnston

*Received from NetGalley*
Montana Bride
(Book #3 in the Mail-Order Brides series)
Amazon | Goodreads | BN

Author: Joan Johnston

Publisher: Dell (January 7, 2014)
Genre: Adult, Historic Western Romance, 416 pages
ISBN-10:  0345527488
ISBN-13: 978-0345527486
My Copy: ARC eBook

When Karl Norwood’s mail-order bride meets an untimely demise on the way to the Montana Territory, Hetty Wentworth steps in to take her place. Hetty has no idea how she’s going to pretend to be all the things she isn’t—including the mother of two kids. She only knows her deception is necessary if she’s going to save two orphans from the awful fate she suffered as a child.

Karl smells a rat when a much younger woman than he was expecting arrives with two children who look nothing like her. But his mail-order bride is so beautiful, he doesn’t object—until he realizes that his charming new wife has been lying . . . about everything. Can a woman forced to keep secrets and a man hindered by distrust ever hope to find happily ever after in each other’s arms?
ERMERGERD. Joan Johnston does it again. *le sigh* I absolutely loved books 1 & 2 of the Mail-Order Brides series and book #3 is no different. We first met Hetty in book #1, a brief introduction as one of Miranda's little sisters. And then again in book #2 when she was traveling with her little sister, her twin sister Hannah and Hanna's sick husband Mr. McMurty.

Keeping secrets and lies is something Karl Norwood does not approve of, but that's exactly what Hetty Wentworth does to help two children on their mission to a better life. And Hetty just can't bring it to herself to leave these children behind. So she takes on the lie that she is a woman who she is not and has these children whom she just met and hardly knows. Not only is Karl expecting a woman with children, but a woman with experience as a wife: in the bed. And Hetty is far from an experienced woman.

When Karl first meets Hetty he already notices she's a lot younger than she pretends to be and that these children can't possibly be hers. As they look much different from her. They must have different fathers! Despite the fact that Hetty didn't want to do this in the first place, she goes on about it, to give herself and these children a better life. All the while carrying guilt with her about her previous "loves" death. And I put love in quotations because when you first get a real glance at Hetty's personality, she's flirty and beautiful and loves the vying attention of men. Even if that meant she had to put them at each other so that the one she wants will pop the question and that eventually that led to the death of a man she loved. I liked Hetty's character. She's not a push over, a bit stubborn and she's caring to a boot, definitely a Wentworth breed. 

Throughout the book Hetty is having a hard time keeping these secrets and she's having a harder time falling in love with Karl. She knows she doesn't deserve him but as time passes she slowly starts seeing things with a clearer eyes and falls for Karl. Does she tell him? Of course not, not like he would believe her, especially since their marriage started out with a pack of lies. Karl, Karl, Karl. *swoon* bookish nerdy and slowly learning to become a leader and an alpha, yes, I said it, ALPHA male. He knows what he wants but he's too scared to give his heart what it wants, and what it wants is Hetty. And not just her beautiful body, but her heart as well. Will Hetty and Karl free themselves of the lies that surrounds them and become a family or will the lies tear them apart? Well, you're just gonna have to read and find out!

LOVED this book, like all of JJohnstons' books. If you love yourself a good historical western romance, then you definitely need to pick up this book! BUT, before you do that pick up books 1 & 2 :)

Click HERE for my review of TEXAS BRIDE (Book #1 in the Mail-Order Brides series)
Click HERE for my review of WYOMING BRIDE (Book #2 in the Mail-Order Brides series)


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday Jams #33 - DUBSTEP!

Tuesday Jams is a weekly post hosted by Sharonda @ Salacious Reads. This is a way to share with others your love (other then books of course) for music! Want to participate? Easy! Head on over to Salacious Reads & link back up with her Tuesday Jams post in her comments section!

This week on TJ is all about DUBSTEP! This past week I've been listening to a lot of dubstep ^_^ I even like the dubstep remixes to popular songs. Like Sail by Awolnation, which btw there are a ton of dubstep remixes out there. Another favorite of mine is FEEL ME by KREWELLA it's on the playlist, so go ahead and check it out and let me know what you think. I lurve the lyrics it's dirty and I lurves dirty ;)

Hit the play button on the black music player below to jam with me this fine Tuesday :)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tuesday Jams #32 - Aaliyah!

Tuesday Jams is a weekly post hosted by Sharonda @ Salacious Reads. This is a way to share with others your love (other then books of course) for music! Want to participate? Easy! Head on over to Salacious Reads & link back up with her Tuesday Jams post in her comments section!

This week on TJ we're spotlighting AALIYAH! Absolutely love her and her music. Taken from this world at such a young age (22) I was only 11 when she died, but during her brief time here she def had me with her music! LURVE! I picked Aaliyah this week because (and big laughs here) I was playing League of Legends and one of the champions dance on League is to the choreo on Aaliyah's music video: Are You That Somebody. And since then I've dubbed Quinn's (champion on League) Best dance NA (North America) lols. Real talk though. Quinn's dance is so OP (over powered)! And now I will show you the video of the Quinn's dance :)

Yeeeah! How awesome are the Riot workers for paying tribute to Aaliyah? FUCKING BADASS!

Hit the play button on the red music player below to jam with me this fine Tuesday :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tuesday Jams #31 - Heartbreaker!

Tuesday Jams is a weekly post hosted by Sharonda @ Salacious Reads. This is a way to share with others your love (other then books of course) for music! Want to participate? Easy! Head on over to Salacious Reads & link back up with her Tuesday Jams post in her comments section!

Oh, baby! Heh. This week is all about Pat Benatar! The first song I ever heard by her was Hit Me With Your Best Shot and no, this was not because of Guitar Hero, although I wrecked shit on Easy Mode with this song xD BUT, the first time I heard this song was when my mom would sing it around the house. And thus grew my love for Pat and all music from the 80s. Well, Pat and many others :)

Hit the play button on the purple music player below to jam with me this fine Tuesday :)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

ARC Review: Crash into You by Katie McGarry

*Received from NetGalley*
Crash into You
(Book #3 in the Pushing the Limits series)
Amazon | Goodreads | BN

Author: Katie Mcgarry

Publisher: Harlequin Teen (November 26, 2013)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, 496 pages
ISBN-10:  037321099X
ISBN-13: 978-0373210992
My Copy: ARC eBook

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

Boy meets a drag race no less. Need-for-speed junkies Isaiah and Rachel meet at an illegal drag race, and when shit hits the fan, Isaiah takes Rachel for a ride. A ride that will have their lives entwining with emotions and fast cars. 

EEK. YES! After the first few pages of Crash into You, I was completely hooked! I love almost everything about this book. I was kinda crushed when in Dare You To (Book #2 in the Pushing the Limits series), Isaiah wasn't "the one" that ended up with Beth. I was crushed, CRUSHED I tell you! But after all my squealing and jumping around had settled down, I finally gained the courage to start this book. The problems that these characters go through are a bit unrealistic to me, but KMcGarry does a great job of pulling all the feels out of you and onto the page. ALL THE FEELS.
Reeling you in and making, YES, MAKING, you fall in love with her characters.  And by the time you're done reading the book all you can do is stare at the last word, of the last sentence, of the last paragraph, of the last page, of the last chapter and think to yourself: why? why is it over? I'm not over exaggerating here people. It's that damned good. The characters are all well developed and have these personalities that either you hate or you love, but regardless of your feelings towards said characters, they were made to make you feel that way. And in this case, I absolutely loved Rachel and I loved Rachel with Isaiah even more. 

If you can recall, I stated in the previous paragraph that I loved ALMOST everything. And I say almost because some of it was a bit irritating. And by irritating, I mean that I wish the characters would have handled things a bit differently. But that's just me.  Other than that, I thought this was great book.

Raised in foster care, Isaiah has the mental attitude of someone working against the world. Or, rather, the world is working against him. Trusts no one and has the "big bad" label that no one messes with. YEEEAAAAH, who wouldn't love this? Tattoos, charming smile (when he smiles), and a heart of gold! You know damned well under all that rough bad boy exterior lies a heart of gold just waiting to swoon you off your feet and into bed... ahem.. I mean, yeaaah. lol. I absolutely loved Isaiah from the very first book: Pushing the Limits. So you can be damned sure that I was reeling with excitement when he finally got his own book and a damned good book at that. 

Rachel and Isaiah make a great pair in this YA novel, although, Ana and Isaiah sounds a bit better. HAHA. *sigh* I know, I can keep dreaming. I would definitely recommend Crash into You. If you're looking for a Young Adult novel to sweep you off your feet and will have you glued to your book until the very last page, then you should stop reading this review and pick up your copy NOW!

Click HERE for my review of PUSHING THE LIMITS (Book #1 in the Pushing the Limits series)
Click HERE for my review of DARE YOU TO (Book #2 in the Pushing the Limits series)


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tuesday Jams #30 - Elvis Baby!

Tuesday Jams is a weekly post hosted by Sharonda @ Salacious Reads. This is a way to share with others your love (other then books of course) for music! Want to participate? Easy! Head on over to Salacious Reads & link back up with her Tuesday Jams post in her comments section!

This week on TJ it's all about ELVIS! Yeeah, baby! hehe. I recently finished a book that mentioned Elvis about a million times from beginning to end. I kid you not. The main characters were Elvis junkies like no other! It came down to the point where Min (main character) declared herself off of men until the reincarnation of Elvis walked into her life. LAWL! So, since reading this book my playlist had some Elvis, Elvis, and more ELVIS! 

Hit the play button on the orange music player below to jam with me this fine Tuesday :)

And for those of you interested in the book that I mentioned above, click HERE.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 Reading Challenges

Ahh. It does feel good to be back and blogging! Last year, I completely failed myself. I lost all my reading challenges (I know, I know, big sigh here). I got a little sidetracked with life and well, I read what I felt like reading and didn't stick to the challenges that I set for myself. I'm planning on changing that this year. And with that being said, here are the challenges I will be participating in:

Press the play button to get into my combat mood ;)

Oh, yeah! You in the mood yet? Awesome! Let's get started!

click HERE to take you to the host of this reading challenge

click HERE to take you to the host of this reading challenge

click HERE to take you to the host of this reading challenge 

Well, that about does it for the my challenges. What challenges are you participating in? GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Hello! Welcome to BBR! Yes, this is the same blog just a different name (sort of). I guess you can say that I just couldn't part with the Beach Bum part of the name. lawl. Long story short, I was having a bit of a problem with my last blog and just decided to start from scratch. I've imported all of my old posts so all my past reviews and what not are still at your fingertips. 

The theme of my blog will not be based on beach themes, although I am a total beach bum, I've decided to switch things up. The themes will change regularly and will change to something that is currently occupying my mind/mood. I am still doing blog designs/graphic designs for blogger, so if you're interested just head on over to my "contact BBR" tab and shoot me an email. 

If you've had a chance to read my "About BBR" section, then you know I'm looking for book reviewers. If you're interested or know someone that is interested, send me an email and I'll get back to you asap. 

I didn't get a chance to blog/read as much last year (total bummer, I know) but I did read a bit and I am totally psyched to get back into blogging and actually reviewing the books I read this year! DETERMINED. Just like how I'm determined to lose the weight that I've gained during Thanksgiving/Christmas. Sigh. Why must we have these holidays so close together! It's OUTRAGEOUS! On my physique of course. heh. 

And with that being said, I hope you guys have a great New Year! 

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