Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunday Funday: Deadpool 2 (2018) - Review


Happy Sunday everyone!  I can't believe it's already Memorial Day Weekend - it's nice to have some time off!  This weekend is the 44th Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Velvet Ice Cream's Headquarters which is one of my favorite events to go to during this holiday weekend.  It's is the first real fair of the season and really kicks off the summer.  I got to go on Saturday and their new flavor,  pineapple upside-down cake, was really tasty!

Anyway, this past Tuesday I had the opportunity to see Deadpool 2 at the movie theater.  The first film was great (read my review here) and I had high hopes for the sequel and it really delivered.  Keep reading for my thoughts on the movie, and to see what movies I'm hoping to next up at the theater:


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I wouldn't say Deadpool 2 is better than the original movie but it's still just as great. My favorite new addition to the cast is easily Domino - and yes her power of luck is extremely cinematic. Josh Brolin's Cable is also very commanding whenever he shows up on screen. Plus, I liked having the chance to see Julian Dennison back on the big screen as Russell aka Firefist. If you haven't seen him in Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople, I can't recommend it enough. I was so pleased to see he got cast in this big budget superhero movie and is getting some much deserved attention. Go, Ricky Baker! Anyway, as you can expect there are a ton of laugh out loud moments, jokes, and fourth wall breaks. As much as I was planning on talking about the awesome everyman Peter and his mustache, I definitely have to mention one of the other members of the X-Force called The Vanisher. Basically, his character is invisible and we only see his face for a couple of seconds - did you catch who plays him? Oh my gosh, I couldn't believe they got him for the part! Wow! Finally I wanted to mention that quick little group cameo in the mansion. Yes, it makes you question the timeline of the X-Men movies timeline even more, but it was a good laugh.

Now I'm going to mention some things I was a little underwhelmed or disappointed with in this movie. I was hoping to see a little more of the X-Force aside from Domino after seeing them featured in the trailers like they are. Somehow I totally missed the fact that Bill Skarsgard appears as one of the group. I also wish that that *that* didn't happen to Vanessa before the opening credits rolled since I really enjoyed her part in the first movie, but at least we got those titles during the opening credits. I also wish we got to see a little more of Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, but I will say that her scenes that we do get are pretty great. I was also hoping to see more of the Essex Home for Mutant Rehabilitation, though Eddie Marsan gives it his all as the Headmaster.

Overall, Deadpool 2 is a great sequel with a lot of crazy action scenes, cool CGI, and a fantastically warped sense of humor. It totally earns its R-rating and is definitely worth seeing at the theater. However, it never quite manages to outdo its predecessor, but either way it's still quite a ride. Don't forget to stay for the mid credits scene (but don't worry about staying all the way until the very end). Before today, I didn't realize how much I needed an action sequence set to Dolly Parton's "9 to 5". Here's to hoping we get to see Deadpool again soon. By the way Marvel/ Fox, you should really hop to it on a Domino movie and that Black Widow movie. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't mind seeing them cross over into each other's stories.


My review was originally posted on Letterboxd.

Next Up:




Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25th) - I'm hoping to see this one on Tuesday (I like to take advantage of the great discount the movie theater offers on Tuesday).  Han Solo is one of my favorite characters in this series and I'm anxious to see what Alden Ehrenreich does with the character.



Incredibles 2 (June 15th) - Okay, The Incredibles is one of my favorite movies and I absolutely can't wait to catch up with the Parr family.  I can't wait to see more of Jack Jack's new powers!

How has your week been?  What movies have you seen recently?  Are you planning on seeing any of these?  As usual, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.






This week I'm spotlighting one of my current #BeatTheBacklist reads, Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo.  This will be my fifteenth read of the fifty books I've challenged myself to read for this reading challenge.  I'd say I'm doing pretty good so far!  I'm so excited to be back in the world of Ketterdam because I absolutely loved book one (you can see my review here).  By the way, does anyone imagine Kaz as a younger version of Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) from Peaky Blinders?  Or is that just me?



Beginning: 

Retvenko leaned against the bar and tucked his nose into his dirty shot glass.

56:

"Your friends are not coming," said Bajan.  "It is time to think of your own surviva.  You could be home with your family by summer's end.  Van Eck can help you if you let him."

50/50 Friday: Book You Wish Was Recommended To You More/Less - I'm going with authors instead for this week's topic instead that are recommended to me all the time at work.  Both of the authors I've selected have been recommended to me a ton of times for a wide variety of reasons.


More - Louise Penney - I've been really trying to decide if I should start into the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series.  Maybe a few more recommendations would really sell me.


Less - Debbie Macomber - I've read one or two of her stories in the past and while she's a good writer she isn't quite my style.  I'm not particularly interested in reading more of her soon.

What are you reading today?  Have you read any of these authors?  As usual, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Fantasy Character Names


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Best Character Names - and I'll be spotlighting some of my favorite fantasy names.

From The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore


Zaknafein


Jarlaxle


Guenhwyvar

From The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


Eowyn


Faramir


Aragorn

From  A Song of Ice and Fire



Tyrion


Daenerys

From Discworld by Terry Pratchett


Vetinari

From Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas



Chaol


Do you like any of these names?  What are some of your favorite character names?  As always, thanks as always for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Peril in the Old Country (Terribly Serious Darkness #1) by Sam Hooker (ARC) - Review


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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Terrors lurk in the Old Country from goblins, bloodthirsty cannibals from nearby Carpathia, nefarious secret societies, to bloodless murder victims. Then there are the government agencies that might take you in for "questioning" in the middle of the night. Sloot can barely keep himself from drowning in the sense of doom that saturates the Old Country. Any minute could be his last, but now things are looking worse than ever as he's been ordered to correct a ghastly financial statement. It's almost certain that this will lead to Sloot's grisly death, but that probably isn't the worst thing that could happen.

I have a feeling that if you like Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams, you'll also like the tone and style of Peril in the Old Country by Sam Hooker. I loved the dark, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Sloot is something like a mild mannered Arthur Dent sort of character who gets thrown into a whole new world that is nothing like what he's used to. He gets thrown into more and more ridiculous and terrible events and he has to deal with all of these changes to his life now. Unfortunately, the humor doesn't always quite work or flow as well as I would like it to, but the absurdly dark sense of humor is one of my favorite aspects. I also loved some of the ridiculous (in a good way) details that go into the story. I know that this style won't be for everyone, but it's still quite a bit of fun in my opinion. I will definitely want to try the future installments of the Terribly Serious Darkness series.



Thanks again, NetGalley!


I read this ARC from May 16 - 17, 2018 and my review is also on GoodreadsPeril in the Old Country by Sam Hooker will be released on June 5th, 2018.

Music Monday: BTS


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

So I've heard of BTS, the K-Pop boy band for a while now and I know a lot of people love their music.  Somehow, though, I'd never managed to hear any of their songs until this past weekend when I decided to get out from under that rock.  The first song I tried was their newest release called "Fake Love" which was trending at #1 on YouTube on Saturday.  While it's not my usual style at all, their sound is pretty addictive - and they're great dancers - and the cinematography and editing in the video is good.  Next up I listened to their first song from 2013 called "No More Dream".  I can easily see how much younger they look.  I think I'll have to try more of their music in the future.





Saturday, May 19, 2018

Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber (ARC) - Review


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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Tella and Scarlett should be celebrating the end of Caravel - after all Tella finally escaped her father and she saved her sister from an arranged marriage - yet Tella still isn't truly free. Out of desperation, she's made a deal with a criminal and she owes him Legend's, the master of Caraval's, real name which is something that no one has ever been able figure out. Tella only has one chance to figure out his name and that is by winning the next round of Caraval, usually that would be next year but now the schedule has been has been bumped up. She's still reeling from the events of the last one before she's thrown right back into it. Caraval asks a lot of its players, and this time is different, but for Tella the stakes are greater than ever. In fact, if Tella loses and fails to uphold her end of the bargain she'll lose everything and everyone she cares about, but if she wins Caraval and Legend himself will be destroyed forever.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber is a fantastically imaginative sequel to last year's Caraval, but this time around the stakes are higher than the first time around and more personal. This time around we get to see another round of the game, but now it's much different game altogether. There's a whole new setting, a whole new magical mystery to get wrapped up in, and so many dark twists and turns to wrap your head around. In this sequel, we follow the story from Tella's perspective rather than Scarlett's. Like the first time around, Tella kind of grated on nerves. I don't know if I'm getting old or what. Either way, there are times where she doesn't make the brightest decisions out there. Though I will agree that she has grown as a character over the course of the series, like she says she isn't a silly little girl, but she definitely has a lot quite a bit of growing up to do. One of my favorite aspects in this novel is that we get to find out a little more about the wider world these two sisters inhabit, especially in regards to the fantasy elements like the Fates and the Deck of Destiny.

Overall, Legendary is a more than worthy sequel to Stephanie Garber's debut novel. I love being engrossed in an intricately twisted world where you're never quite sure sure what's real at any given time. If you enjoyed Caraval, I expect you'll want to devour book two as soon as you can. I also expect you'll want to try this series if you liked The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Garber has such a way with words that I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation throughout. After that ending I'm absolutely dying for the third book in this series, Finale!

Thanks again, NetGalley!  I read this ARC from May 12 - 14, 2018 and my review is also on GoodreadsLegendary by Stephanie Garber will be released on May 29th, 2018.

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads which is also on of my most highly anticipated reads of the year, Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi.  I'm not that far through yet, but so far I'm already hooked - it's totally living up the hype so far! 


Beginning: 

Pick me.

It's all I can do not to scream.  I dig my nails into the marula oak of my staff and squeeze to keep from fidgeting.  Beads of sweat drip down my back, but I can't tell if it's from dawn's early heat or from my heart slamming against my chest.  Moon after moon I've been passed over.

Today can't be the same.

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I open the purse and the sight is beautiful I nearly cry.  The silver shines like the scales of the sailfish, its weight a promise of things to come.  Five hundred!  After a new boat, that's almost a year's worth of rest for Baba.  Finally.

50/50 Friday: Book You Can/ Can't Bring Yourself To Reread


Can - Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - I don't reread often at all, but every now and then I go back and reread a small part of this series.


Can't - Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan - I loved this creative vampire series in my younger days, but I'm kind of scared to revisit it because what if it doesn't live up to my memories.