Feb 27 2015
Book Break: What are You Watching? (2)
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Besides books, I have to say I love to watch me some TV.  And now that I have Netflix, it has opened me up to whole new world of shows that I never bothered to watch when they first premiered on network television.  And of course since my last post, shows have come and gone or gotten so convoluted I can’t watch them anymore.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t picked up new ones to LOVE.  So while Game of Thrones is still on hiatus, I’ve been keeping myself entertained with the following shows!

1.  The Wendy Williams Show

wendy What can I say, I love me some hot topics.  This is pretty much how I keep on top of the latest celebrity gossip besides facebook because I don’t usually buy magazines or check the gossip blogs.  I also enjoy her ask Wendy part of the show.  And although I don’t always agree with the advice she gives, the majority of the time I do think she is spot on.  I don’t watch many talk shows, but as they go this one has to be my favorite.  She keeps it fun and fresh and has some fabulous giveaways.

The Wendy Williams show airs originally at 10:00 AM (check your local listings).  But I catch the repeat at 12:00 PM on BET.

2. Scandal

scandalIf you are not watching Scandal then you need to GET YOUR LIFE!  I cannot even begin to describe the brilliance that is this show.  Shonda Rhimes sure knows how to keep you on the edge of your seats trying to figure out the storyline or just when the story is going to take a turn you were never expecting or anticipating.  And I have so much fun with my friends commenting on the show while it’s on.  This show just has so much to love about it and I love that a beautiful, strong black woman is the lead.  I’ve been craving more diversity in television for years now and I am happy to see great television shows that are doing this.

Scandal airs Thursdays at 9:00PM on ABC.

3.  How To Get Away With Murder

htgawm YES, Miss Shonda Rhimes does it again in her new prime time drama How to Get Away With Murder!  Mrs.  Annalise Keating is a brilliant law professor and hard ass defense attorney that really be pulling some hail mary’s to win her cases.  And with the help of her staff and five crafty and intelligent law students, Mrs. Keating is a force to be reckoned with.  And Viola Davis is MAGNIFICENT as Annalise and really brings her character to life.  She is real, gritty, brilliant, but damaged.  Though this show is only in it’s first season, I am all in!  I cannot wait to see where it goes.  And a cool bonus, the kid who played Dean in the Harry Potter movies has a prominent role as one of her students Mr. Wes Gibbons.

How to Get Away With Murder airs Thursdays at 10:00 PM on ABC.

4.  Arrow

arrowThis is one of those shows that was a season or two in before I decided to try it on Netflix.  I watched one show and was instantly HOOKED!  So hooked I ended up watching the first season over and over and over again.  I probably watched it like seven times because it was so good.  And might I add that the title character, played by Stephen Amell, is so freaking HOT!  I love the action, I love the back story, and I’m just hoping and praying Oliver and Felicity get it together because I swear they are perfect for each other.  I just think they have done a good job bringing the Arrow to life and I am excited to see where his story goes in the future.  Home Run with this one!

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8:00 PM on the CW.

5.  Supernatural

supernatural This is yet another show I’ve recently picked up from Netflix.  And I mean very recently.  But I am so caught up and in love with this show that I’ve already made it to season six.  And so far Netflix has nine seasons so I’m excited there is still more to watch.  I am LIVING for the Dean and Sam Winchester!  They can come and rescue my ass ANY DAY!  This show is pretty much heart stopping.  The ups, the downs, the love and hate.  My heart breaks for these boys on a continuous basis because they have to go through so much trying to essentially save the world.  They are damaged and broken, literally have been to hell and back, and yet they press on to keep the world safe.  I cannot get enough of The Winchester boys, and Dean’s voice is glorious!  Not to mention, they can also keep it funny.  I’ve never laughed so hard than at some of the episodes in this series!

Supernatural airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM on the CW.

6. Empire

empireYES GAWD, this show is the most entertaining new show today.  There are just no words for all of the awesomeness all up and through this show right here.  Cookie Lyon is my everything and she gives me so much life right now.  My girl is street smart, intelligent, and beyond savvy when it comes to producing music that works.  Lucious is a selfish, hot mess, and all of their boys are damaged from the fall out of their relationship.  But I love that despite all the ratchetness (cause it can get ratchet), this show is exploring and starting discussions in black households about black culture and issues in and amongst the black community.  Exploring themes like homophobia and mental illness, Empire is groundbreaking and inspiring.  Not to mention the MUSIC coming out of this show.  I haven’t genuinely listened to the radio or bought music in YEARS.  I think the majority of the songs on the radio now are crap and I miss the music from the 80’s, 90’s, and early 00’s and the oldies I listened to with the rents.  This show is single handedly restoring my faith in good music and Jussie Smollett (the kid playing their gay son Jamal Lyon) is a dream!  I will buy anything he puts out because his voice is freaking MAGIC!  I can’t even tell you how much I am loving this show and again, I get to enjoy it while commenting on it with my friends on facebook.  The show, the music, the actors have all come together to create the most talked about phenomenon on television in a long time!

Empire airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM on FOX.

New Comedies:

Blackish
The Goldbergs

Guilty Pleasures:

The Love & Hip Hop Franchises
The Housewives of Atlanta
The Millionaire Matchmaker
Killer Kids
Deadly Women

Shows I Can’t Wait to Start Back:

DaVinci’s Demons
Outlander
Game of Thrones
Motive
Rush

So, what are you all watching these days?  What is your must see tv?


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Feb 23 2015
Review: Eona by Alison Goodman
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eona-agPublisher: Penguin Group
Published: April 19, 2011
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 637
Form: Paperback
Series: Dragoneye Series (2)
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Once she was Eon, a girl disguised as a boy, risking her life for the chance to become a Dragoneye apprentice….

Now she is Eona, the Mirror Dragoneye, her country’s savior–but she has an even more dangerous secret.  She cannot control her power.  Each time she tries, she opens herself to the ten spirit dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered, and her ability twists into a killing force.  Worse, more destruction is on her trail, for she and her friends are on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army.  They must find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power if he is to wrest back his throne.  But to help, she must drive a dark bargain with an old enemy, which could obliterate them all.  Eona, with it’s pulse-pounding drama, unforgettable fight scenes–and many surprises–brings to a close an epic story.

My Thoughts

Eona picks up right where Eon left off.  Eona has escaped the clutches of the evil Rat Dragoneye and the usurper Lord Sethon.  Joining ranks with the Resistance, the cause dedicated to the rightful heir to the throne, Prince (now Emporer) Kygo, Eona is at a loss as to how to harness her new power without bringing down the wrath of the forlorn Dragons upon her and her company.  Now Eona must embark on a journey to discover her full power potential, restore Prince Kygo to his throne, and right a most grievous wrong from the past.

I was all in on this book.  I enjoyed Eona getting to know herself as a young lady and trying to navigate the politics of her world while trying to stay true to herself and her ideals.  Though she crosses her own lines and fails miserably at keeping promises, her struggle with power and herself was interesting.  I felt the struggle of her budding romance with Prince Kygo yet her strong attraction to Lord Ido’s power, though evil.

Eona did manage to work my nerves though.  There were many instances where she held back information or kept secrets when it really wasn’t necessary or beneficial to her or her friends.  It also irked me when she would get upset with someone else keeping secrets when she was doing the exact same thing and when the consequences were way more detrimental.

This book was intense and action packed.  Overall a lovely series by Allison Goodman.  If you’re into YA Fantasy, then this series is a must read.


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Feb 18 2015
Review: Eon by Alison Goodman
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eon-agPublisher: Penguin Group
Published: August 1, 2008
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 529
Form: Paperback
Series: Dragoneye Series (1)
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She has a powerful secret…
with deadly consequences.

For years, Eon’s life has been focused on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he be chosen as a Dragoneye, an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret.  He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy.  Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; the penalty is death.

When Eona’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a struggle for the Imperial throne.  Eona must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to taker her magic…and her life.

 

My Thoughts

Eon has been masquerading as a boy in hopes of becoming the next Rat Dragon Master Apprentice.  But during the picking ceremony, the long lost Mirror Dragon appears and catapults Eon into a position of Co-ascendant Dragon Master.  In the midst of treachery and political posturing, Eon must learn to embrace the truth in order to harness the power of the Mirror Dragon and save the Emporer and his beloved Empire.

Seriously when I first began reading this book I didn’t think that I would really enjoy it.  I’m happy to say I have never been more wrong.  It starts a bit slow, but as I read on I was more and more intrigued.  And by the time the Mirror Dragon appeared, I was completely and totally invested in this story and it’s characters.

As Eon is suddenly catapulted from servant or slave to Lord, he has to very quickly learn how to navigate his very new, and very treacherous political arena.  Learning how to control his dragon becomes imperative as the Rat Dragon Master Ido and the Emperor’s half brother Sethon scheme and plot to take the power of all 12 Dragoneyes and the throne.

But the history of the Mirror Dragon has largely been lost for some 500 years and Eon is at a loss to realize how to even call his Dragon to him.  As the book goes on, the key to the secret of the Mirror Dragon becomes glaringly obvious to the reader.  But despite this, it is frustratingly wonderful to accompany Eon on his journey to power and self discovery.

I really enjoyed the characters, even the villains.  They were fully fleshed out and completely necessary to the story.  Also, I admire that the author touched on and included sensitive issues such as gender identity, deformities, and disabilities through her characters.

Overall I really loved this book and immediately began the follow up Eona.  Review to come soon.


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Feb 15 2015
e-Book Deals!
Written By: Jade | |

I’m VERY EXCITED to announce that the ebook version of Storm Siren, written by my blogging buddy Mary Weber is now on sale for only 1.99 on Kindle and Nook!  So please show her your support and go and download it!  It’s an excellent deal!

PS- Isn’t that cover GORGEOUS!


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Feb 12 2015
Review: The Choir Director by Carl Weber
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thechoirdirector-cwPublisher: Kensington Publishig Corp.
Published: January 1, 2012
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 414
Form: Paperback
Series: The Church Series (5)
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New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber takes readers back to church–where preaching isn’t always enough…

Bishop T.K. Wilson has done all he can to make First Jamaica Ministries a success. But with his last choir director getting caught in a scandal, attendance and cash flow are down. To fill the pews and collection plates, Bishop is counting on a new choir director, the charismatic Aaron Mackie, to revive the church.

Aaron has been waiting his entire life for the opportunity to prove he has what it takes to be a big-time choir director. But his ways around women, past and present, could cost him more than his job.  Soon, the Bishop is dealing with in-fighting, jealousies, and personal vendettas.  But a final piece of the puzzle has yet to be revealed:  Someone has been robbing the church blind.  Someone whose connection to the Bishop is far too close for comfort…

My Thoughts

It’s been I don’t know how long since I’ve started reading Carl Weber’s books and I still can’t get enough.  Although I know exactly what to expect from them, I am never disappointed and am always left wanting more!

In The Choir Director, Weber gives us total drama and total intrigue.  You will get caught up and invested in these characters lives while trying to puzzle out the mysteries surrounding them.  Although I pretty much guessed early on who the main culprit was, I was interested to know and understand their motives for being a snake.

I love that we get to revisit with characters from previous books, while being introduced to new characters with their own issues and drama.  Weber is excellent at weaving a tale and getting the reader completely caught up in his characters’ messy, messy lives!  I loved getting to know Aaron Mackie, and watching him actually progress and grow up during the course of this book.  I also loved being reacquainted with older characters and getting insight into past events that have come full circle to bite the Bishop and his wife in the ass.

Overall, this book is full of craziness and drama and I loved every single second of it.  Weber continues to weave his magic and I’m looking forward to the continuation of this story with The Choir Director 2.

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