Happy Easter ♡

Hi everyone!

Just a quick post for today. We are off to church and then dinner at my in-laws’ house. Enjoy your day.

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April Goals

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday. I can’t believe tomorrow is Easter, and the first day of April. This year is already flying by.

In the beginning of March, I posted my goals for the month. Today, I would like to discuss how well I did, and set new goals for April. Here we go.


March Goals Wrap Up

1. Get more sleep.

I did really well with this one until my abdominal pain started acting up. Hopefully, I can get back on track.

2. Review a few of the books I’ve read over the last two months.

I made some progress on this, but my TBR pile grows every day.

3. Alter Reach: more self-edits, and start recruiting beta readers.

I made progress with Alter Reach – this will be an ongoing goal.

4. Try one new recipe a week.

Nope. Failed. Oh well.

5. Write a blog post every other day.

I pretty much did this. There were a couple missed days, but I made them up, and am happy to call this goal accomplished.


I think I did pretty well with my March Goals and am looking forward to April being even more productive.


April Goals

1. Make more progress on Alter Reach.

Like I said, this will be ongoing until the book is released.

2. Read from the Bible, nightly.

I’m trying to be more involved with our Church, but before I can do that, I need to study the source a bit more.

3. Work out at least 30 minutes a day.

I need to get my beach body ready. 😂

4. Read and review more books.

I’d love to put another dent in my TBR in April.

5. Update Twitter more often.

I feel like I’ve been neglecting Twitter, which is bad because it has been a pretty useful tool.


What are some of your goals for April? Let me know!

Have a fantastic Saturday!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi everyone!

Happy Friday. Late post for me, but I wasn’t feeling great today, and I still wanted to get this post up.

I was tagged by Jay, over at This Is My Truth Now. Thanks, Jay!

Definitely check out his blog, it’s amazing!


WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Questions for me:

1. You have the power of re-animation to bring back anyone from the dead. Who would you bring back?

My mom.

2. What is your dream vacation location?

Israel – I’m not sure if we will ever have the money or the ability to go, but I would love to go with our church some day.

3. Aside from reading, what are some of your passions?

Writing.

4. What is your favorite genre?

Fantasy/Adventure and Sci-fi.

5. Have you ever thought about writing a book?

Yup 😉

6. What are 5 ways to win your heart?

Chocolate
Chocolate
Chocolate
Chocolate
and did I mention, chocolate?

7. What are 5 of your pet peeves?

Hubby’s alarm going off 14 (or more) times in the morning 😉
Being late
My curly hair, when it doesn’t cooperate
Fake friends
Bullying

8. If you could trade lives with anyone for one day, who would it be, and why?

Amy Lee from Evanescence – because I would love to be able to sing like her.

9. Where would you go if you were invisible?

All sorts of places. That’s the one super power I’d love to have.

10. Are you currently binge watching anything? If so, What?

Hulu just added 3 more Survivor seasons, so I’m currently binge watching through those.

11. Why did you start blogging?

My blog is part of my author platform, but it’s grown into so much more than just promoting Alter Reach, and I love it.

My Nominees:

Invisible-No-More
The Cozy Pages
Moonshine’s Corner
E. Michael Helms
the orang-utan librarian
ReadRantRock&Roll
The Past Due Review
Elleguyence
Diary of a Bookfiend
A-scribe to Describe
Caleb Raves

***Not sure if you’ve been tagged or want to participate, so no pressure. I’m just happy to link to your blogs. 😊

Questions for my nominees:

1. What is one thing you would like to accomplish this year?

2. City or Small Town life?

3. Twitter or Facebook?

4. What book are you currently reading? (If anything)

5. What show are you currently watching? (If any thing)

6. If you were a character in a Star Wars movie, who would you be?

7. In a horror movie, would you be the first one down or the last one standing?

8. Is there a popular book out that you don’t like?

9. Top 5 favorite songs.

10. What is your dream job?

11. If you could have unlimited time or unlimited money, which would you choose and why?


Thanks again for the nomination, Jay!

If you want to answer the questions, I nominate you too!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Anything But Books Tag

Hi everyone!

Happy Thursday. My abdominal pain has been flaring up, unfortunately. That hasn’t been fun, but hopefully this medicine will help.

Quick post today. Enjoy 😊


Name a cartoon that you love.

Rugrats! I’ll always love Rugrats.

What is your favorite song right now?

Hm. It changes a lot, but I’m going to go with The River by Jordan Feliz.

What could you do for hours that isn’t read?

Binge watch things on Netflix or Hulu, haha.

What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Forgive me, but I’m not sure how to answer this question.

What is something unusual that you know how to do?

I don’t really think I know how to do anything unusual. I’m boring.

Name something you made in the last year.

What is your most recent project?

Alter Reach is the only thing I’ve been focusing on for quite a while.

Tell us something that you think about often?

Being a successful author! 😊

Name something that is your favorite.

Hm. I have a lot of favorites, so I’ll tell you my favorite color is orange.

Type the first thing that pops into your head.

Candle


As usual, I tag anyone who would like to do this. Just let me know that you did so I can read your answers.

Have a great day. 😊

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Days of the Week Book Tag

Hi everyone!

Ugh. It’s Monday, but we can only hope the week will fly by.

I found this tag at Sam’s Little Corner and thought it would be a fun way to kick off the week.


Monday: Book you’re too lazy to read.

The Game of Thrones books. I might ruffle some feathers here but I’m not a fan of the show (😮) and because of that, I’m not really intetested in reading the books. But, they are also really long, and I’m too lazy to try to see if I’ll enjoy them.

Tuesday: A book that was hard to finish.

I’m not sure why, but I struggled to finish The Call by Peadar O’Guilin. It’s not a bad book, nor is it boring…I just kept putting it down. I’ll have to work out my issues with it in a review.

Wednesday: Book you haven’t finished.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Not because I don’t like it, but because Obsidio by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was released. Haha.

Thursday: Book you don’t recommend.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I liked it when I read it, but now I’m not that into it and have no interest in finishing the rest of the books.

Friday: A book you can’t wait to be released.

It’s cheating to say Obsidio by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, but I’m going to anyway. I’m not normally one to keep up on release dates, except in this case.

Saturday: A book you wanted to re-read right away.

The Savior’sChampion by Jenna Moreci. I almost started reading it again, right away, but I had to contain myself.

Sunday: A book you didn’t want to end.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Thank goodness there were two more books!


What are you currently reading?

If you do the tag, let me know so I can read your answers!

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The Entertainer Blogger Award

Hi everyone!

On February 16th, I was nominated by Nina at The Cozy Pages for The Entertainer Blogger Award. Thank you so much! 😊

Make sure you check out her fantastic blog!


Rules
Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
Add the rules so others can follow.
Answer the questions that have been asked.
Nominate a handful of entertaining bloggers.
Display the photo also in your blog.

My Answers

What time of day do you get most of your blogging done?

I try to get my blogs set up at night to post in the morning, but on many occasions (like today), I write them early in the morning.

Can you give three of the blogs you check almost every day?

I’m not on here every day, unfortunately, but there are quite a few I try to check on a regular basis.

Do you have a favorite past post?

I know I just posted one the other day, but I really enjoy my “Jessica’s Early Writing” posts.

What’s the book nearest you right now?

Gemina by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

What’s your ideal Saturday night?

I generally like to stay in and watch movies on Saturday nights.

If you have a pet, what’s their name and do you have a picture you’d like to share?

My dog’s name is Cheyenne ♡

My Nominees

When Women Inspire
Waking Up on the Wrong Side of 50
LFBooks
Confessions of a YA Reader
Crystal’s Book World

My Questions

What is your favorite color?
Why did you start blogging?
Who is your biggest inspiration?
What is one goal you’d like to accomplish this year?
What is your favorite holiday and why?

*No pressure to participate, I’m just happy to link to your blogs. 😊


I hope you had a great weekend! Let me know what you did.

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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
PG-13
111 minutes
Action/Adventure/ScFi
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.

Review:

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.

Wrap-Up:

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!

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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.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Tomb Raider

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.

Review:

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.

Wrap-Up:

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.

Rating:

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! 😊

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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
Movie

adaptation of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis:
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.

Review:

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.

Wrap-Up:

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.

Rating:

4/5☆


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

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