Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post - 3.25.17

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)
AND
Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer (details)

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Slow reading week. But, the mailbox had some goodies.

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For Review:

California
by Edan Lepucki
-Dystopia
courtesy of BookShout -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

Always and Forever, Lara Jean
(To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3)
by Jenny Han
-Romance, YA
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

Get It Together, Delilah!
by Erin Gough
-LGBTQ, YA
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads


UNBOXING:

From Owlcrate package (details & signup):
OwlCrate is a subscription service that sends you magical monthly boxes tailored to a chosen theme. Each OwlCrate will contain one new Young Adult novel, as well as 3-5 other bookish treats to help you get your nerd on. @owlcrate


March Box includes:
theme: Sailors, Ships & Seas
- Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
- Signed bookplate, letter and temporary tattoo from author
- Sea theme pendant necklace from The Geeky Cauldron
- Octopus notepad from Boygirlparty
- Mermaid scales washi tape from Simply Gilded
- Sea theme tea towel from Kitch Studios
- Owlcrate pin

Daughter of the Pirate King
(Daughter of the Pirate King #1)
by Tricia Levenseller
-Fantasy, Historical, Pirates, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.



OTHER things: kinda book-related


Win a Signed Copy of Puck for Shakespeare's Birthday (April 23)!
from Twisted Lit (here)

Puck
by Kim Askew, Amy Helmes
-Retelling, Shakespeare, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

Life isn’t always fair, and no one knows that better than fifteen-year-old Puck. When she’s unceremoniously booted from yet another foster home, this city kid lands at DreamRoads, a rehabilitation wilderness camp. Her fellow juvenile delinquents include a famous pop star with a diva attitude, a geeky, “fish out of water” math whiz, and a surly gang-banger with a chip on his shoulder. The program’s steely director aims to break Puck, but she knows that every adult has a breaking point, too. Determined to defy this realm of agonizing nature hikes and soul-sucking psychobabble — even if that means manipulating four lovestruck camp counselors and the director’s dim-witted second-in-command — Puck ultimately gets much more than she bargains for in this “wondrous strange” outdoor odyssey inspired by Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."


AND watched: in theatre

Song to Song (2017)
Director/Writer: Terrence Malick
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman
-Drama, Music, Romance | imdb | my rating: 4

Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.

MUST remind myself for next time that I am not crazy about this director's style. However, it does well in taking you into the music scene in an artsy way. You will love the soundtrack if you are into this type of music. Loved the cast and all the cameos of musicians. When Ryan was at the piano I was wanting to hear him start singing City of Stars - but that is another music genre.

The Tenor (2014)
Director/Writer: Sang Man Kim
Starring: Ji-tae Yu, Yûsuke Iseya, Ye-ryeon Cha
-Biography, Drama, Music, Korea | imdb | my rating: 4

The talented Korean tenor, Bae, who penetrate the audience's hears through his delicate and powerful singing, is on the rise to stardom at the European opera scene. Sawada, a Japanese music producer, is searching for a new tenor for an upcoming performance. He watches a performance of Bae and invites him to Japan, which marks the beginning of friendship. But, the thyroid cancer strikes Bae. During an operation, the nerves of his vocal cords has be cut due to the widely spread cancer. Unfortunately, Bae ends up losing his voice at the peak of his career. Sawada cant's stand to watch Bae's miserable so he starts to look for a solution.

PART of CAAMFest 2017 (Celebrating Asian American Film, Music and Food - here)
Based on a true amazing and inspiring story. The power of the human spirit and passion (for whatever) as a driving force can create magic.

As this film was part of a film festival a special thank you recording was made for the San Francisco audience from the actual tenor, Bae Jae-chul.


AND watched: on DVD

Bad Moms (2016)
Director/Writer: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell
-Comedy | imdb | my rating: 4

When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.

FUN and funny. Loved the interviews with the actresses and their moms in the Extras section.

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* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

11 comments:

  1. I grabbed some Bigfoot books, a few dinosaurs and some apocalypse stuff so that lot should be great fun to read! I wanted to get more reading done this week but I still got three books read so I shouldn't complain too much! Spent too much time watching Gold Rush dvds...

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  2. I watched Bad Moms. I thought it was okay, but not really my type of movie. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Have a great week of reading!

    My STS

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  3. Love the pirate theme for the Owl Crate. You got some interesting ones for your review pile, too.

    Have a great week!

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  4. March's Owl Crate seems fun, though I have to say I'm not really interested in that particular book. Hope you like it though!

    I saw Bad Moms in theaters and really loved it. :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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  5. Ooh! I love that Owl Crate package of Daughter of the Pirate King! I hope you enjoy all your books!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

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  6. I have a copy of California on my Kindle...and started it, but didn't connect with the characters. I will probably return to it, since I've ordered another book from the author (Woman No. 17).

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  7. WHAT?! No way... you got the latest Lara Jean book? Was it on Edelweiss? Duuuuude, if it's a physical galley and you ever get tired of having it... let me know (and let me know if you want to do some sort of exchange for it). ;) I have a collection of Lara Jean books and swag! I don't collect for many series, but this series is one of them. :D I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  8. The Owlcrate looks great and so does Get It Together, Delilah!. Hopefully this week you get to enjoy some of them!

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  9. I remember when California came out and I kinda wanted to read that, it sounded really intriguing. Hope it's good! And a pirate themed Owlcrate? How cool!

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  10. I really need to check out Owlcrate. I get Illumicrate already and I just love the surprises when it arrives. Enjoy the new books!

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  11. California looks interesting and your Owlcrate is awesome as always! My sweetie surprised me with a few goodies off my Amazon list: The Fever by Megan Abbott, The Descent by Jeff Long (horror) and a different Descent by Tim Johnston (thriller). Also, beloved offspring spoiled me with Blackwater: The Complete Caskey Family Saga by Michael McDowell (southern Gothic) on kindle.

    I'm a spoiled brat :D

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