MOVIE REVIEW: Pacific Rim Uprising

Hi everyone!

Hubby and I went to the movies again last night to see Pacific Rim: Uprising. I plan to review the first movie, but I’d like to re-watch it first. This one is still fresh in my mind, so I am getting right into it.

*This will be a spoiler free review, however, if you haven’t seen the first movie, this might have minor spoils for that.*

Pacific Rim: Uprising
111 minutes
Director: Steven S. Deknight
Writers: Steven S. Deknight, Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder
Starring: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny
Synopsis (Taken from IMDB):
Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.


I’m glad I don’t try to review films the minute I finish watching them, because, it seems like the more I think about them, the more my opinion changes, sometimes. That is the case with this movie.

When I first left the theater, I thought the movie was really fun. It didn’t feel like the exact same movie, and the characters were funny. Now that I’ve had some time to think, I do have a few issues with the film, so let’s dive right in.

The plot was interesting, and unique enough to give reason for a second film. It wasn’t just a carbon copy of the first movie, and it made a lot of sense. There were some surprise twists and turns I didn’t see coming, which is always great in a movie, however, there were some plot points that were thoroughly disappointing, that I can’t get into without spoiling.

The special effects were fun, a bit unrealistic, but that happened in the first movie too. You couldn’t really do this movie without them, and I think, for the most part, the Kaiju and Jaegers were believable and the fight scenes were really great to watch.

The characters were very witty. Jake was nothing short of sarcastic, even when in crisis, and the other characters followed suite a lot of the time. I really thought the actors were great, and the dialogue kept this a light hearted film. The issue I had with the cast, was that it felt like every character was really young. Jake and Nate are supposed to be older and wiser than the cadets they are to train, but it really seems like they aren’t that far apart in age. It just bothered me. Adults can be featured in films – it doesn’t have to be all up and coming youngsters, because that isn’t realistic.


Overall, the movie was decent. It had a lot of high points that made it a worthy movie, but it also had a lot of low points. In the words of my husband, this movie lacked the magic the first Pacific Rim had. It’s still an action packed film that’s worth seeing once, but it won’t go down as the best sequel ever.

Rating: 3.5/5☆

What did you think of Pacific Rim Uprising? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you have a great weekend!




Jessica’s Early Writing (4)

Hi everyone!

It’s been a long week. I’m so glad today is Friday! Today, I have a short, but fun, early writing post! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. 😊

Here’s the entire diagram I made about my pets (as we’ve learned, I enjoyed writing about them)

And here are a couple up close shots for easier reading. I’ll translate (lol) underneath the pictures.

Intro: Hi my name is Jessica and I’m going to tell you about my animals.

What kind of animals?: I have 2 cats, 1 dog, and 2 fish?

What there names are? (What are their names?): One cat’s name is Perdy (Purdy) another cats name is Katdy (Katie). My dogs name is Thunder and my fishs names are Oreo and Jake.

Funny things: One thing that is funny my cat Katdy (Katie) chases my dog Thunder. My cat Katdy always chases Perdy (Purdy) and my fish swim upside down. (They really did swim upside down sometimes.)

Tie up sentens (sentence): If you have animals like me I hope they aren’t as goofy as mine are.

That’s all I have for you today. I havent been on WordPress much this week, so I’ll be spending some time catching up on blogs I’ve missed.

I hope you have a great weekend.




Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Hubby and I saw the new Tomb Raider movie last night and I wanted to get my review up as soon as possible.

*This will be a spoiler free review*

Tomb Raider
Release Date: 3/16/2018
Run Time: 118 mins
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Roar Uthaug
Writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas

Synopsis (taken from IMDB):
Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.


Side note: I’m not a huge video game player, but I do play a few on occasion (Skyrim and Dragon Age are the top 2). When I was young, my Dad would play the original Tomb Raider games on the play station and I would watch. We printed out all the walk throughs for the games and put them in a binder. When we would get stuck on a puzzle, we would eventually give in and I would look up how to get through. I never really played the older games on my own, but when the two new games came, I had to. And I loved them. The story is great, and I was excited to see the movie.

The movie definitely borrows from the game. Actually, one of the coolest aspects of the movie is how much it felt like a Tomb Raider game. Quick, action-packed sequences with seconds to make life or death decisions. However, the story is pretty different from the game, which threw me off. Many of the characters make appearances but their motives (and even names) have been changed. I needed to remind myself throughout the movie that I needed to treat this as a separate entity from the game (as I would when comparing a book-to-movie adapataion to the original source). Once I did that, I was able to enjoy the movie much more.

I think Alicia Vikander plays a perfect Lara Croft. She has the look and the charm that makes Lara, Lara and I don’t have anything negative to say. Vikander delivers a solid performance, and is able to keep you on the edge of your seat and then make you laugh to break tension.

I also really enjoyed Walton Goggins as Mathias. While a different character in the movie versus the book, he really delivers a tense performance. From the minute you meet him, you know he isn’t a good guy, and Goggins was able to really bring that almost invincible, bad guy feeling to the character. He was not going to be an easy villainto defeat.

The special effects are really awesome in this movie. They leave your adrenaline racing as Lara Croft runs, jumps and ducks her way through countless dangers. The action sequences never feel boring or cookie cutter, and I was on the edge of my seat more than once.

I think the first half of the film dragged a bit. I know this was an origin story, and we needed time to understand and get to know Lara Croft, but it felt like there was a little too much time spent on her ‘normal’ life. Once the action started, it was a lot more fun.


This was a pretty good movie. It was entertaining, tense, and action-packed. The first half of the movie being a bit slow, lowered the rating for me. But once the movie picked up, I had a great time watching. If you’ve played the game, you definitely need to leave your expectations at the door. It’s a great movie Lara Croft origin story, and you need to look at it completely separate from the story of the game.


3.8/5 ☆

Have you played the games? Have you seen the movie? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

If you’re celebrating today, please have a wonderful and safe time! ☘

We will be headed to my in-laws for some cornbeef and cabbage. Enjoy your day! 😊



MOVIE REVIEW: The Hunger Games

Hi everyone!

Happy Thursday. I’m so ready for it to be Friday, haha. I watched The Hunger Games for the 17373730 time (haha) on Tuesday and wanted to review it. I also plan to re-read the books, but I have other reading to catch up on first.

*This will be a spoiler free review*

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Director: Gary Ross
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 142 min

adaptation of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.


I always try to go into book to movie adaptations with an open mind. I try to remind myself that a book has a lot more time and space for detail, and a movie will inevitably cut things or change things to make it work. It’s hard to go in with a super open mind when a movie is made from one of your favorite books. Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed.

I LOVED The Hunger Games trilogy. I flew through the books faster than any other book I’ve ever read. I might even be as bold to say it’s my favorite trilogy. So, naturally, when I heard it was being made into a movie, I was nervous and excited.

Jennifer Lawrence made a perfect Katniss, from looks to mannerisms, she nailed this part. Josh Hutcherson is fantastic as Peeta too. He brings that innocence that book Peeta has to life, and the chemistry between him and Jennifer Lawrence is on point. I’m thoroughly impressed with the entire cast, and believed each person played their role perfectly.

The writers did a great job translating this story to the screen. I think they did a great job getting the needed information in while keeping the pace of the movie going well. There were points that dragged a bit, but overall, the movie kept me drawn in and interested the entire time.

One critique I had the first time I watched this movie, was the “blood bath” scene at the cornucopia in the beginning of the games. I’m aware this is a violent story, and this scene in particular was very intense in the book. I don’t think it needed to be super bloody, but the way it was shot felt a little underwhelming. I’m not even sure how to describe why this scene didn’t really work for me, but every time I’ve watched the movie, I’ve felt the same.


I can honestly say, this is one of the best book to movie adaptations I have ever seen. It is so close to the book, only making minor changes to make sure the movie is well paced.



What did you think of The Hunger Games movie? Let me know in the comments.



Alter Reach Character Profile: Pierce

Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday. This week is flying by for me because I had Monday off, and I’m okay with it. I’m introducing the last character of Alter Reach that I can without any spoilers today. I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know my friends these last few months. I can’t wait until you can read their story!

Without further ado, let me introduce you to Pierce.

Name: Pierce

Gender: Male

Age: 29

Background: Pierce is a mystery to most. He is mute and has been all his life. This doesn’t make him any less dangerous. Pierce is a very intelligent man, who is able to see things coming before any one else. He is a silent predator, and always has been.

Appearance: Tall, dark, with brooding, almost black eyes. He dresses in formal attire, and is always lingering in the shadows.

Family: Pierce was bounced around from the day he was born. His parents gave him up for adoption, and subsequently, each home he landed in threw him out.

Friends: You could say, Astrid is a “friend” to Pierce. She is the only one who understands him, and together they are very fierce.

Romance: Again, you may be able to draw a romance out between Astrid and Pierce, but it isn’t really romance. They use each other because it gets them to the places they need to be.

Introvert or extrovert? Introvert to an extreme.

Strengths: His silence is not only in his voice, but his movement. He is able to slip in and out of places without being seen or heard.

Weaknesses: He has a very difficult time communicating with Zeke, and it frustrates them both. They are allies, but they dislike each other immensely, which makes trying to conquer the most powerful magic in the world a bit difficult.

Goals/dreams/aspirations: Pierce’s main goal is to finish the job with Zeke and crew and disappear with his reward. He has no intention of hanging around longer than needed.

Fears: He fears failure. The last thing he wants is to lose, and he fears that Zeke will be his downfall. He trusts (to a certain extent) that Astrid has his back, which is why he hasn’t left yet.

Let me know what you think about Pierce in the comments. Have a great day!

Meet the other characters of Alter Reach:



TV SHOW REVIEW: Colony Season 1

Hi everyone!

Hubby and I are off today, which is good because I’m not feeling all that great. Hopefully, by tomorrow it will be better but for now, I’m just resting. That’s why this post is coming at a weird time for me. I didn’t have the energy to type it up last night and I slept late this morning, haha.

I’ve been binge watching Colony for the last few days, and I wanted to review it.

*This will be a spoiler free review*

Season 1
Air Date: 1/14/16
Season Finale Date: 3/17/16
Starring: Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies
Synopsis (taken from imdb):
In the wake of a mysterious alien invasion, a family fights to stay together in a new world order.


Colony is not your typical, action/adventure, alien invasion story. It focuses in on the lives of the people after the Arrival, and slowly introduces you to the world. We focus mainly on the main family, the Bowmans; Will and Katie, along with their two children, Gracie and Bram. Their third son, Charlie, went missing during the Arrival, and when we meet the Bowmans, the family isn’t sure he survived.

This show never loses sight of the fact that the conflict is not really between the invaders (known as Hosts) and humans, but instead between humans and humans. Will is recruited by the Occupation (the government that is cooperating with the Hosts) with the promise that in turn his son will be rescued and reunited with his family. Meanwhile, behind Will’s back, Katie joins up with the Resistance in order to protect her family.

Both parties have legitimate reasons for acting as they do, and it is very interesting to watch the events unfold. This family feels real, and the situation feels real. I like that the first season chose to focus more on the characters and how life works in this world. You never quite understand how and why things are happening, but the show keeps you hooked all the way through.

Season 1 left us with many unanswered questions, and I guess that could irk some people, but I really think it gives the show room to grow. Instead of giving everything away in the beginning and resorting to repeating events to keep the show interesting, the writers of Colony give you more of a slow burn, keeping you interested, but never giving too much away.


I think if you enjoy shows that are able to keep up the mystery, while still giving you bits and pieces to keep you interested, this is the show for you. It ramps up as the season progresses, but this is not a fast paced, action/adventure to start and you have to be okay with that to really give it a go. I found it immensely entertaining, with a unique perspective and great acting.



Have you seen Colony? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.



Alter Reach Character Profile: Astrid

Hi everyone!

Happy Sunday! Hubby and I took tomorrow off because we celebrated all the birthdays and anniversaries on his side of the family this weekend and wanted to take a day of rest.

Today I wanted to introduce another baddie from Alter Reach, Astrid.

Name: Astrid

Gender: Female

Age: 25

Background: Before Zeke turned into a monster and all hell broke lose in Alter Reach, Astrid was causing her own trouble. She is insane, and has been using her powers to get what she wants for years. She had been jailed for murder and was awaiting her sentence when Zeke lost his mind. He freed her and put her to work for him, using her lack of emotions to his benefit.

Appearance: Unruly, curly auburn hair, dark skin, menacing, hazel eyes.

Family: Astrid has only spoken about her past briefly, and all she has to say about her family is that they are “gone.”

Friends: Astrid hangs around Zeke and his group, but she wouldn’t consider them friends. She has no emotions. She has shut them off completely, and with that comes a lack or remorse and mercy.

Romance: Again, with her lack of emotions, she has little interest in romantic endeavours. However, Pierce (who you will meet soon) has managed to gain her trust on a small level, so she seems to gravitate to him.

Introvert or extrovert? Introvert. She is not outspoken at all, and offers few words.

Strengths: Her lack of remorse makes her very strong, and very dangerous. She fears nothing. She is also smart, with an ability to wield power, even Eloise isn’t familiar with.

Weaknesses: Astrid is insane and unpredictable, which puts Zeke in a difficult position. His plans have been ruined on a few occasions because Astrid decided to go rogue.

Goals/dreams/aspirations: To survive, but really, even that doesn’t matter to her.

Fears: Nothing. Normally, I would say a character has some fear, hidden deep within them, but Astrid does not. She doesn’t fear death, loss or anything else.

Let me know what you think about Astrid in the comments below. Also, let me know how your weekend has been.

Meet the other characters of Alter Reach:



The Intimidating TBR Tag

Hi everyone!

Happy weekend. It’s been a crazy week, but hubby and I took Monday off, so I’m excited to have a three day weekend.

I haven’t done a tag in a while, and thought this would be fun. I found this one here. As usual, if you’d like to do the tag, go for it! Let me know so I can read your answers. 😊

1. A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t finished.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. I’m about half way through, but I recently agreed to read and review a couple of books, so I put this one on the back burner so I could focus. I have one more to read and review, and then I’ll be back to this one.

2. A book you just haven’t had the time to read for.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I’m so mad I haven’t finished this one. I loved the first two, and I can’t wait to find out the end, but I just haven’t had time.

3. A book you haven’t read because it’s a sequel.

I will choose Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo for this one. I’m definitely getting there. I need to write my Six of Crows review.

4. A book you haven’t read because it’s brand new.

I’m going to say Origin by Dan Brown. It’s the newest book on my shelf, so I’m going with it.

5. A book by and author you read previously but didn’t really like.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I’m not really a fan of Divergent, so I’m not sure how much time I really want to dedicate to the other books.

6. A book on your TBR pile that you’re just not in the mood to read.

I guess for this I will go with Gone by Michael Grant. I bought it at a used bookstore, and now I’m just not that excited to read it. I’ll probably read it someday.

7. A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t read because it’s enormous.

I’m really disappointed to say Gemina by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. However, I’ve been listening to the audio book to and from work, and on lunch break, so I’m making time. It’s so good, but it’s also big. Haha.

8. A book on your TBR you bought because of the cover.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I really didn’t need to read the blurb, I just wanted the pretty cover. Haha.

9. The book on your TBR you find the most intimidating.

Creation Basics & Beyond by Various authors at ICR. This one is a science book, and while I’m not really great at science, I really want to dig into it. It’s just intimidating. I’ve read a bit of it, but it takes time for my brain to process in the info.

That’s all I have for you today. What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoy your weekend!



BOOK REVIEW: The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci

Hi everyone!

I was chosen to be an ARC reviewer of Jenna Moreci’s newest novel, The Savior’s Champion (releasing April 24th). I’m super pumped to finally review this one. Enjoy! 😊

*This will be a spoiler free review*

Title: The Savior’sChampion
Author: Jenna Moreci
Release Date: 4/24/18
Genre: Romantic Fantasy Adventure
Catagory: Adult


Tobias Kaya doesn’t care about The Savior. He doesn’t care that She’s the Ruler of the realm or that She purified the land, and he certainly doesn’t care that She’s of age to be married. But when competing for Her hand proves to be his last chance to save his family, he’s forced to make The Savior his priority.

Now Tobias is thrown into the Sovereign’s Tournament with nineteen other men, and each of them is fighting–and killing–for the chance to rule at The Savior’s side. Instantly his world is plagued with violence, treachery, and manipulation, revealing the hidden ugliness of his proud realm. And when his circumstances seem especially dire, he stumbles into an unexpected romance, one that opens him up to unimaginable dangers and darkness.


I was really blown away when I finished reading The Savior’s Champion. It has just enough of everything you’d want in a Romantic Fantasy Adventure. There is this tension that grips you from the first sentence and holds you through the entire novel, only breaking for moments of the tender and beautiful romance, interlaced through the book. I read the majority of this 500 something page book in one day. I could not put it down.

TSC opens with a prologue that left my heart racing and my mind spinning. I know people have mixed feelings about prologues, but this is one that doesn’t info dump, and is still able to set the story up and introduce us to the world. We learn quite a bit about how the world works.

The world building of TSC is incredible. It is interwoven throughout the chapters, mixed in with dialogue, and never slows the plot down. Jenna is able to paint a vivid picture of the world without ever info dumping. It’s such a refreshing thing to read, because sometimes fantasy novels fall prey to this.

Speaking of characters and dialogue, TSC is filled with amazing characters who are all distinct. While this story is told in deep, 3rd person, we are still able to learn so much about all of the other characters in the novel (and there are a lot!). Jenna is a master at developing sound, distinct characters that never feel cookie cutter. The dialogue really helps give us a clear picture of the characters, along with helping build the world of TSC.

The tournament itself was crafter amazingly and kept me guessing the entire time. Jenna has an insane ability to write very intense, thrilling – and sometimes super bloody scenes. The tournament is not for the faint of heart, and Jenna wastes no time revealing that. I felt myself holding my breath during some scenes because they were just so vivid and intense. I loved everything about it.

The romance in this novel is also something I’d like to touch on. There is nothing “instant” or cheap about this romance. It is developed through the entire book, and it is such a healthy and exciting romance to read about. Tobias and his love interest develop feelings over time, and it feels real. There wasn’t a moment that I wasn’t shipping them.

The last aspect I’d like to touch on is the main character, Tobias. What an incredible lead. He is intelligent and strong, and he was a refreshing character to read. Of course, he’s clearly a hottie, but he has depth that many MCs lack in books I’ve been reading. I truly enjoyed reading his story and I’m a fan!


I could go on and on about this book, but I’d have to head into spoiler territory and I promised I wouldn’t do that. You will just have to trust me, this book is amazing. From the writing to the characters, TSC has everything I was hoping it would and more.



**Presale Giveaway!!**

Everyone who pre-orders a copy of The Savior’s Champion can enter the giveaway! Each participant will receive the first five chapters. There are a ton of other prizes to be had. Pre-order TSC and enter the give away here!

Buy TSC! (Available in Ebook and Hardback):

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Learn More About Jenna Moreci:

Jenna Moreci is a Silicon Valley native and YouTube sensation, dominating the authortube communities with her straightforward and hilarous writing channel. A lifelong storyteller, Jenna specializes in crafting thrilling adventures with heaping doses of bloodshed and romance.

When she’s not writing or ‘tubing, Jenna enjoys angry music, potent wine, and laughing until her face hurts with her goofball fiance.

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I really hope you’ll consider pre-ordering this one, it is definitely worth the money. Can’t wait to hold the hardcover in my hands in April!



Not Alone – A Poem

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday. Late post for me, but it’s been a busy weekend. I hope yours has been relaxing!

The poems I’ve shared with you so far were written over the years. I haven’t written anything new in a very long time. Part of my new year’s resolution was to write more poetry. I’ll admit, I’m really rusty, but I’m pretty happy with what I’m sharing today. Enjoy this NEW poem 😊

Not Alone

I stood at the end of the bridge,
until the heat of the flame licked my face.
I watched as the memories turned white,
crumbling to ashes as they blew away.

As the light perforated the darkness,
mercy called me from the edge of my rope.
I’m tired, but I’m alive with eyes wide open,
breathe in deep, the truth, I’m not alone.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

I hope you enjoy your the rest of your weekend and Monday doesn’t come too quickly. 😁


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