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Squirrel Girl – Who Run the World? Squirrels collects issues #17-21 of the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. This volume contains a four-part epic and a single issue-story in which the “boys” get their own story while Doreen and Nancy go on holiday to visit Allene from Squirrel Girl – Beats up the Marvel rstly, let me warn you that if you don’t know what Chicken Alfredo is (I didn’t), you will be missing out on an important clue.Apart from that, this is another excellent issue in the ongoing adventures of Squirrel Girl and her supporting cast. If you haven’t read any Squirrel Girl comics before, then go and start with Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, The Volume 1: Squirrel Power, which includes her very first appearance from ere really isn’t anything else to say – either you are on-board, or you are not.
I knew just a little about SG going into purchasing this book, but I've read many other books by Shannon Hale, and I was not disappointed. You don't have to know everything about the Marvel Universe before reading this book. I'm a grown woman and I enjoyed it, but it would also be a great choice for young readers maybe 12 and up. Doreen (SG) is optimistic, enthusiastic, and adorable. It's very clean and you don't have to worry about any swears at all, other than maybe squirrel swears. I chuckled especially over SG's interactions with the other Marvel Universe characters. Would recommend!
I may be outside of the YA target range, but dang did I enjoy this. It was just so dang peppy!Sticklers for Marvel canon may HMPH at some of it since it is very much its own continuity. Newcomers should be able to slide easy enough into it, so long as you at least know the movies and have at least culturally absorbed basic facts on other Marvel books.But yeah, I didn't know what to expect from this book, but I ended up loving up. Here's hoping the writing team churns out another nutty adventure in the future! They did a great job making Squirrel Girl feel strong and a bit vulnerable at the same time, the part with the people turning on her online legit gave me the sads.But yeah, if you like Squirrel Girl at all, I'd give it a read.
Got the Kindle version for myself, and it was so good, so clean, so much like a number of little girls I've raised and watched my daughters raise, that I got the hardback version for another granddaughter's birthday. (I need to find out Naia's reading habits.)
I was originally resistant to reading this novel, thinking how could anything compare to the graphic novels by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. Shannon and David Hale did it! The book was a lot of fun, and, like the little notes on the bottom of the graphic novels included footnotes with Doreen's thoughts. If you like Squirrel Girl, or have yet to meet her, this is an entertaining fun read.
I haven't actually gotten a chance to read it yet because my daughter took it right after I got it out of the box and started reading it immediately. It is obviously a win because we got it just a couple of hours ago and she's halfway through. That's pretty high praise =)
A Novel for a true super hero fan. An amazing telling of Squirrel Girl's Origin story, that focuses on expanding her character beyond whats shown in her comics and while still keeping true to them. Well written, wonderfully creative, and delightfully entertaining. I would definitely buy a sequel if their was one.
This is another thrilling jaw dropping adventure from Bella Forrest. She takes you on a ride that has you question everything you think and yearning for more. Bella brings you into a world that takes you on an unexpected journey and has you loving every moment in a new world and hating the moment it ends.
This book was lit!!! It was so fast moving and I couldn't put it down! Liana is such a rock star! The non-stop action and suspense were amazing, as always. There were so many twists and turns. I don't want to give details because it would be too hard not to ruin it. It was beautifully emotional but not too much so. The characters have truly embedded themselves in my heart. I wish I could go lashing with Liana soooo bad!!! Can you imagine? This is just in time to make somebody's Christmas, too!!! Happy reading!!!
Another fantastic book by Bella is is the 4th installment of the Girl Who Dared series. This storyline is phenomenal and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Poor Liana is still trying to get herself out of a sticky situation and will she succeed? This book has so much action that you won’t be able to put it down. I don’t know how Bella can write all these fantastic books, but she does. She never disappoints.Will Liana get out of trouble? Will Grey finally recover? Will Leo get his own life? And let’s not forget Lacey, poor Lacey. So many questions and only Bella can answer them. As with all of Bella’s books, you go through all the emotions. I found myself crying at points and stressed in others. It’s a crazy emotional rollercoaster ere’s so much I want to say but I would be giving away spoilers.If you’ve read the first three books, then you must read this one. I promise you, you won’t be able to put it down. Like I said, Bella never disappoints.
Wow!!! So amazing! I never expect anything less from Bella Forrest. You will NEVER be disappointed with one of her books. There is just so much excitement and suspense and love. Her books bounce all over the board, and turn out AMAZING! You would think with there always being new characters and plots that it would get to be too much for you, but in reality you cant get enough! It leaves you with wanting me!!! If you havent read this series yet i would definitely give it a go or better yet ANY of her series!!!
I’ll revise as I move along or complete the book, but I just can’t keep it to myself. I’m at Kindle page 338 (6%) and I want to quit already! The ENTIRE TIME has been spent in interior monologue with Liana trying to process how she feels about her mother. Seriously!!!?? *SNORE* Move it along, okay??A LOT of the previous books started to drag and drag and I was getting annoyed with them...but to START a book so slowly and boring?! BAD choice.
As someone who's read Nia's blog for a few years (and done several of her workout programs), this book is a continuation of the same concepts she talks about there, in an easy-to-read and digest format.Fairly no-nonsense in approach, the book outlines several worthwhile concepts for people looking to simplify their health and fitness (no macro counting needed!) and start (or continue!) a mindset change to be more.
Let me begin by saying that I think I have a reasonably healthy relationship with food, and my body image issues aren’t any worse than any other middle-aged, American woman. From the first few chapters of Nia’s book, Lift Like a Girl: Be More, Not Less you would think that this book is only aimed at women who can’t make those statements. Although I think that initial conclusion is wrong, after having read through them I have been reminded that it never hurts to take a fresh look at why we do the things we do and what it is that we really want from things like fitness and l of that notwithstanding, I am a busy, professional, middle-aged woman. I need nutritional guidelines that make sense, are rational, are easy to follow and still let me live the rest of my life. Nia does that in spades. Second, if I am going to age well I need to build and maintain strength; and I had better do it in a simple, sane and safe manner. I am way too old to hurt myself in the gym. At my age I can do that anywhere. I am also too old to hit the power rack without someone whispering in my ear what I am doing there and how I am supposed to be doing it. Score again, for Nia’s book. The Kindle edition is well formatted, the diagrams are easy to read on either a color or an e-ink screen. If you need an easy, sane and guilt free way to face your future from a position of strength; buy it.
Let me be clear: the workout plan in this book *alone* is worth ten times the cost of the book (and Nia's workout plans often sell for that much or more). If you have no interest in nutrition guidelines or readjusting your mindset, then buy the book just for the lifting schedule. The incremental progressions suggested have helped me see gains like no other. But there is more....I first discovered Nia’s articles on the web a couple of years ago and was immediately hooked. Nia does not just offer workout plans. She offers an exit ramp from the Insanity superhighway (pun intended). She was, and continues to be, an answer to prayer for ter giving birth to my last child at age 42, I had 70 post-partum pounds to shed and a metabolism that wasn’t cooperating. I also struggled with an unhealthy obsession with food. I did P90x—six days a week, an hour or more each day, for 90 days. I followed a strict low-carb diet. I lost weight. I was proud. I am grateful to Beachbody for offering me options when I felt pretty hopeless about ever, after completing a 2nd round of the “X” I realized that this type of workout schedule was not sustainable for me. I went off the rails with low-carb and struggled to find a way of eating that didn’t involve counting calories or calculating macros…or forgoing whole food groups. After spending a couple of years running (not an activity I enjoy), I made the shift to weight lifting at the delightful pre-menopausal age of 46. I loved the feeling I got from lifting heavy weights, but I felt lost and on my own. I found lifting plans on the internet, but they often involved long workout sessions. Because I was inexperienced, I didn’t know how to alter the workouts to fit my needs, or which lifts were most effective or efficient. I worked with a trainer for a while, but it was costly and inconvenient to where I at’s when I discovered Nia.Her workout and nutrition philosophy were entirely different from anything else I’d come across. She emphasized simple exercises and a simple way of eating. But beyond that she insisted on a new way of thinking about exercise and food, a way that focused on being kind to myself and learning to love the process of becoming strong. Nia is gifted in the use of positive psychology (not to be confused with “thinking positive”). Her insights are born from painful experience and a deep compassion for people. She’s walked the road from obsessive exercise and disordered eating, to having a love for her body and the things it can do. She has a driving passion to help others achieve the is book is Nia’s “magnum opus”: the distillation of years of work into one volume. Her straight-shooting, no b.s. style is refreshing and to the point. You won’t find ego, you won’t find strict rules and you won’t find marathon workouts. What you will find is the encouragement that you, too, can develop a strong body by doing a few big movements on a regular basis. You’ll find nutrition advice that involves a basic, down to earth way of eating—and thinking about—food. And most importantly, you’ll have an experienced fitness coach who will teach you to love the body you have for what it can do—one rep and one weight increment at a , at age 48, I can say I am the strongest I have ever been in my life, and for the first time I am developing a healthy relationship with food. I give Nia’s philosophy and workout programs all the credit. If you’ve never lifted before, if you’ve lifted for years, if you are a “mature” woman, if you are a Millenial—this book will offer you a unique, and desperately needed, mental perspective along with as much physical challenge as you desire. Whether you need sanity in your workouts, or a place to begin—you have arrived.
Lift Like a Girl outlines a sustainable, rational and evidence based lifestyle program centered around attainable nutrition goals and efficient, yet powerful weightlifting. In the first chapters, it reads like a great autobiography. Her writing feels a natural extension of the process Nia underwent during her own transformation from a miserable woman with an eating disorder to a strong role model. Nia shares the skills and techniques she used as she led herself to healthier choices and a healthier life. Her passions speak loudly. Her writing is both concise and heartfelt; I could feel her pain and her e reason the book is so valuable, however, does not lay in Nia’s journey. The value of LLaG resides in the evidence based, sustainable, useful principles she outlines. As the book progresses from the "why" to the "how", Nia provides ample evidence behind her guidelines. And that's what she gives, at least in the nutrition section - guidelines. There aren't rules to violate, tasks to fail, or Instructions from On High. Her citations are from reputable sources. There are no food fads to be found. It's refreshing and a provides much more specific detail regarding the recommended weight training program. Her approach should allow beginners to start with confidence. I use the word "should" deliberately - I did not read this book from a beginner's standpoint. The diagrams and descriptions are clear without being mething I should probably mention - I've been practicing the LLaG Phase 2 workout for about 5 months. I can tell you that my body has reshaped itself. I am stronger. I have better endurance. I can do the things I love much more effectively.Overall, the LLaG book reflects the LLaG program: it focuses on the total woman without shame. It supports empowerment. It discourages shame. It helps me moderate my inner monologue, such that I talk down to myself much less frequently. Because of the LLaG program, I'm more; I'm closer to the best version of 's a great book. Read it. You won't be wasting your time.
Let me start with my bias - I have followed Nia Shanks' blog for several years and have purchased many of her workout programs. Everything I like about Nia's programs are in this book - it's a sane, reasonable, sustainable, effective approach to being fit. No more burning out, cycling through extreme diets, or getting injured. Follow the program, be patient and consistent and get is book outlines Nia's journey that shaped her philosophy about fitness, and its a journey that many people might recognize at least part of. She's been on the merry-go-round and she shows us how to stop spinning around. The included work out program included in the book and is doable even for someone like me who considered herself to be an unathletic clutz.
If you're a woman looking for a book about flexible dieting - a sane, sustainable approach integrating both the physical and mental aspects of fat loss and fitness, combined with a simple and brief but serious lifting plan, you can't go wrong with this one. As a disclosure: I've known Nia for years and she's been a guest writer on my blog. I received an advanced copy of the book and I wrote the foreword (I wouldn't have written it if I didn't think this book was full of awesomeness).
I have been following Nia Shanks through her blog for a while, because as a busy mom who works full-time, I someone who cuts through the fitness and nutrition noise and gets to the core of what matters. As a fitness buff and an RKC certified kettlebell instructor and nutritionist myself, I do tons of research in this field, and over the years, I haven't found anyone in the fitness industry who does a better job of this than Nia.I was excited to pick up e-book the morning of its release, and I ended up staying up too late last night finishing itin one day (I guess that does not fit in well with Nia's advice on getting sufficient sleep, does it? I'm sure she'd give me a free pass this time...:). The book definitely didn't disappoint. I was pleasantly surprised that the book was not merely a compilation of Nia's many blogs, but it was a very thoughtful, well-written, comprehensive discussion of what really matters when it comes to fitness and nutrition, packaged with personal stories about Nia's experiences and challenges and those of other women whom she has coached. It was a quick read, and there really is zero fluff there.While there is no specific diet prescribed - because that goes against Nia's entire philosophy - there is a really excellent chapter on simple nutrition habits to adopt that will improve your health (and in so doing, help you achieve your weight loss and other goals). Nia also provides a two-phase training program that is adaptable to any fitness level, with photos and clear guidance on each of the exercises.I literally own hundreds of fitness, nutrition and health-related books, and this one is definitely in the top 10 must-haves. Kudos to Nia for sticking true to her "sane and simple" perspective on health, and for helping us all become more healthy as a result of her guidance.
I am so glad I found Maggie Hartley's books! I love this genre and read Cathy glass, Casey Watson and one or two others but these three ladies are my favorite foster carers ! Thanks to Amazon who has the list of similar writers ( and products) to peruse. This story was detailed and very well-written, suspenseful, and had a happy ending. My, what these dedicated foster carers do for these poor kids who through no fault of their own, are often hard to manage/live with and have been through horrendous home lives. I like the way Maggie describes what works, what doesn't and does not hold herself up as a perfect foster carer but simply a loving and strong foster mother. I have ordered 2 more of her books! I think the story of Ruth shows what happens in some unfortunate families and how the foster system works- not for entertainment but a memoir and education for readers to learn from.I would like to hear about how Ruth did in her future but maybe that's unknown.* I wish all MH's books were in paperback since I don't like Kindle!
I honestly don't know any other way to describe this book except for tears and laughter. It's a shame there has to be a need for foster care in our world but thank God for people like them because the good ones are truly God's gift to these children.
Not as good as "Tiny Prisoners" but still great. Maggie's love, compassion, patience, expertise and commitment to foster kids is incredibly uplifting! Her ability to live these kids well, no matter what challenges they pose, is a wonderful reminder that there are still people in this world who make the system and the world a far better place! She is a great inspiration.
It's hard to think of a parent treating a child like this, but it's good to know some of those little ones are taken in and helped like Maggie. Anyone who is working with abused children can learn from reading her books and explaining the delicate situations they experience.
I always enjoy books that are written by Maggie Hartley. She is a great person who fosters children with problems in her home. Her books make us aware about how many children have emotional problems due to abuse from their past.
Ruth came to the author through the Foster Care System, abused and frightened. Maggie uses many skills she's learned from foster parenting to help Ruth with her anger and fears. It's a great read for parents, foster carers, and anyone who loves children.I'm hooked and have purchased every book by this y thanks to Maggie for this informative and delightful story.
I cried so much during this book. The little girl, Ruth, just broke my heart. For one so young, she has had to overcome a lot. No child should ever have to live like this. I hope, where ever she is, she is finally happy.
I didn't give it give stars because of all the typos. However i could enjoy the story and the author paints a pretty good picture and the illustrations are good too. Felt like an anime i had seen. Not too Jeremy which is good. Like the characters and the main and whom I consider the heroine have a good connection that i wish and hope grows. So tired of wishy washy guys who get all these girls after them but never want to really commit to any of them.. That would be my only thought to the author. The anime he mentions he watches while writing this was my starter on this idea too and there are good aspects about it, but so far it just keeps adding different girls while the guy, as good of a guy as they show him to be, doesn't have the guts to love any as most wish to be. This book does better i think than that, yet i wonder if it will follow every day life with monster girls and make fans fantasize that it goes a way they want but the life the main guy picks will never be inked. Still pretty good.
In the city of Lindworm, monsters and humans co-exist after years of war. However there are not enough specialists who know how to care for the health of the population. Dr. Glenn is a 17 year old human who runs a medical clinic for monster folk and with his childhood friend and assistant, the albino lamia Sapphee, he works to help all those who enter his doors. But the patients can be a little quirky, but he cares for each of them equally. But when danger comes to his door, he will need all the help he can receive from those he himself helps.A new genre of monster/human relations. Take Monster Masume meets Nurse Hitomi and add in a good backdrop and history of the world the characters reside in. I personally thought it was enjoyable and can not wait to see what happens next in the series.
It’s a good monster girl story, nothing too flashy. I’d call this Slice of Life with some Comedy, Romance, Ecchi/fan service, and a bit of Action. Honestly, it needs better proof reading, It’s not bad butt there are numerous errors throughout the novel, not nearly bad enough to hinder reading. Unless you have a serious pet peeve about that kind of thing. That being said i like this story and would recommend to all monster girl fans.
I loved the world building in of all things biology of monsters! It could use tad more in the rest of the world but I am sure that will come with later volumes.I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys high fantasy with realistic behavior to an extent.
An excellent read for fans of the Monster Girl genre! This light novel is far more than just a daily life story as the title already implies. Not only is it light-hearted and suggestive at times, but also dark and mature. The story is also rather educational on some real life e only issue I found with this light novel, was a few typos that appeared throughout the story. Other than that, I found it to be an engaging and enjoyable read.
I only got half way though the centaur case before i quit. Glenn did not interest me as a character and sahppe was hollow to me. As i glimpsed through the book i saw that it read more like a whodidit than as a fantasy adventure. The medical knowledge is also limited or nonexistent from what i saw
There are very few books that I take the time to read as of late. This was one that I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters developed at a steady pace and were not overly explained so that I could "see them" for myself. I did feel as if the end of the book was drawn out somewhat and that there was some unnecessary recollections but all in all the book held my attention and I would recommend it to my friends. I also bought the second in this series and look forward to seeing where Dottie travels to next.
This is a fun, happy, sad book. I found myself not being able to put it down. Though it didn't end like I thought and hoped, I look forward to reading the sequel.
Wow I could hardly put this debut novel down by author Sandy Taylor. It's the first book of a trilogy . I already looked for the second ebook on Amazon and when it is available on June 10 will buy it!!!This book is a wonderful tale of friendship, love, betrayal and forgiveness that will stay with me for some time. Dottie and Mary's friendship started at five years old and spans through the years until they are age nineteen.
I listened to this as an audio book. The reader had exactly the right voice which added to the atmosphere. It's an intimate story about ordinary people, but the setting and the characters were so well developed that I came to care about them and must admit that I shed a tear at the end. The scene with the woman with 8 kids in the council office was hilarious. A great story.
Two girls grow up together in Brighton, so close that they are always thought of together. They both fall in love and experience all the sweetness and sadness of young love, but that love turns into tragedy for them both.A wonderfully story of all the emotions of growing up and falling in love, only to have ones heart broken.
A sad but very good story. The time period was so different from today. I could relate to the era and I too had a very good friend..our friendship did not end the same way but we grew apart after high school..a good read for any who relate to the late 50s and 60 s. You will cry but you my laugh a little also
This series still going strong, I liked the art "except the first and the last issue in this volume", I didn't like the story in the first issue of this volume but the other issues "the main story" was good overall it is still going strong and I am enjoying every volume
A huge improving over the Civil War 2 story line, but I did not care much for the Villain and the forced underline message of be nice to people on the internet. All in all I still love Ms. Marvel and can not wait for the next volume to come out.
The book was OK, just OK. There were a few grammatical errors and missing words that I noticed on my kindle version of the book, not sure if they are in the printed book as well. The story was interesting and it was a decent, quick read, nothing special. I found out about this book in Cosmo magazine and heard it was good so I gave it a shot.
This true life story is a must read for anyone with a dream of going to a big city with the hopes of becoming famous! It was full of drama and intrigue, and after wondering how this could possibly happen to anyone, easy to see how a person could fall for such deceit. So happy that Meily didn't receive a much harsher sentence, and could move on with her life. I couldn't put this one down, and would highly recommend!
I gave this 5 stars solely for its category and marked style, which I believe accomplished all that the author intended it to. I happened upon Meili' s housearrestgirl blog by accident and was fascinated. I also being in a situation that I'd never see myself in, totally related to her writings on her blog, and her positive outlook to make the best and most of it. I also enjoyed her humor and sometimes sarcasm at times, as well. Her book was promoted at the end, so I got it. I'm glad I did. I love that 'transparency' is honored, for the most part, in our day. I also felt that she grew and has turned back around for the better coming out stronger and wiser. Her family has been amazing and supportive, and my goodness, "hello" Harper Collins published her book !!... Cheers to you Meili for a great and awesome outcome and future in your life.I also love to write and have been writing my own experience, so she is/was inspiring, for me and for many I'm sure. I saw another posted review saying that back in their day they laid low and hid such things. They seemed irritated that she is making money on a book about her experience, etc...which I saw as a shame. Perhaps that person might look a bit deeper into some unexpected challenging things they may have found themselves in, in their life. Perhaps if someone would've been brave enough to open up and talk about those things it may have helped that person. It's so easy to be judgmental for all of us, it takes discipline to see similarities vs our differences in others.I once read by a famous author, that we read to know that we're not alone...I think it helped Meili to write during her situation and I'm certain it was cathartic and healing to write the blog and then her 's why we write.Blessings to you Meili !!! 🍃🙌🏼💚
I can't believe that someone could be this stupid! Somehow, this description of the author enabled her to get out of living in jail for the rest of her life, which although harsh, was what should have happened to her, but didn't. I wondered if she was naïve instead of just plain old stupid, but don't think she could be that dumb. Whether she wrote this story hoping that readers would believe her story, or just wrote what she did, to entertain anyone that wanted to read this book, I don't know! Although entertaining, you can't help saying to yourself "C'mon, get real" as you go thru her ordeals.
To be completely honest, I was skeptical about this book because of the comparisons made between it and Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman; I'm not a fan of that book for several reasons, one of which is the fact that Piper Kerman (by her own admission) is a little too high on the WASP scale for me and I don't find her very relatable. I love the Netflix series by the same title, but it's much different than the book and the supporting characters are what make the show, not Piper. I wanted to read Smoke in advance of the author's appearance at the 2015 Arkansas Literary Festival, to determine whether I'd want to attend her speaking engagement.I found myself immediately drawn in to Meili's story and, while I was often skeptical about some of the details, I couldn't stop wondering how her involvement with her L.A. "friend," Lisette, would come to a close. What I truly appreciate about Meili's story is the fact that she never attempts to diminish her involvement in the operation, nor does she try to hide the moment when she began to realize the magnitude of the crime. What skeptical readers must realize is that Meili, like I have done myself, was seeking acceptance in an intimidating environment and it allowed for a sort of mental suspension of disbelief; readers may perceive Lisette's tales as fantastical, but to a inexperienced young woman in need of support, her narrative was ili Cady was recently interviewed by a Los Angeles news affiliate and was asked that tough question, "Why?" Her response was succinct, yet protectively vague, and I found myself thinking about the unwise decisions I've made in my own life and why it is that those who are open about their mistakes are persecuted while others are allowed to mask theirs from public view. I respect Meili for sharing her experience and, as she mentioned once in her blog, "we are welcome to decide to be unhappy or look at the darker side of things, but at the same time we are just as welcome to embrace something better; to strive to make ourselves better and happier, and more able to give something back to the world."
Meily Cady writes her story about a manipulative and destructive friendship that began in LA as she was struggling to become an actress. Lisette Lee, purportedly the Samsung heiress, became friends with Meily at the suggestion of a mutual friend. Lisette love-bombed Meily almost like a cult leader, only to coax her into becoming her "personal assistant" and quickly made her a pawn in her drug-smuggling scheme. Eventually, due to Lisette's extreme narcissism and flights into drug use and fantasy, the drug team was caught as they smuggled 506 pounds of marijuana into Ohio. The team was blind to the risks of following the same patterns of dispatch, and by reading Meily's account, one can see that it was only a matter of time before they looked so suspicious that someone caught on to their scheme.Drug stories abound. The hook in this story is another take on how a "nice girl" gets sucked in. Lisette is the charmer, with the tell-tale signs of manipulation over people who are mesmerized by her "love" and "attention" as she whipsaws them back and forth between unconditional approval and sharp criticism, including cruel penalties. The questions one asks while reading are like this - how could Meily agree to using her own bank account to launder $40,000 and blindly believe that it wouldn't be "seen" because it only was in the account for a "few minutes"? This is only one of many examples that leaves the reader scratching their heads as to how Lisette maintained such tight control over Meily without her becoming resistant to all - or at least some - of Lisette's demands. It's a classic case of a bipolar person who has amazing will and energy while in an "up" cycle to subdue and control the normal people around her. Her anger is another typical phase of being bipolar, when she vented, punished and lied to control those around 's hard to understand how Meily could not see that she was being lied to over and over. To her credit, she lays it all out in her book, but the red flags are there about Lisette from the start. It's also hard to understand why her friends, her boyfriend and her parents didn't sit down with her more than once and say - this girl is not a positive influence, she's manipulative and very immature, and she exerts too much control over you. She is bad news, I think she lies to you. Or - if she can't tell you what "business" she has, it sounds like drugs to me, you should get out! That's what parents and boyfriends and roomates are for. Yes, Meily should be able to wake up on her own, but she certainly seemed to be under a spell and fell deeper and deeper into it to the point that she submitted to all demands and didn't question the "leader". Perhaps she so hotly defended her friendship that all of her normal friends simply backed off because she wouldn't listen - at least that is how Meily explained it.I gave this three stars because the story is good to remind us in this day and age of random shootings that when a person seems "off" for whatever reason, we need to be very alert and observant ourselves, and on behalf of our friends or our kids who might be involved enough with a person who has a manipulative, controlling personality that they see nothing wrong. At the same time, I fault Meily for not having enough backbone to push back against Lisette on a regular basis, even though this would have made her fall out of favor. I fault her for believing the lie about seeing Ben in Bed and Bath with "a girl" and the lie about her lost ring, and many more. She needs to examine why she accepted so much of what Lisette told her and gave her, and why she didn't confide more in those other friends around her. At the same time, I can empathize with her because I know how powerfully persuasive a person can be who has "superhuman" bipolar energy. It does not excuse malevolent, narcissistic behavior.I didn't give more stars because there is a part of me that wonders if she knew much more than the story tells, and if she is giving at least a portion of the profits from this book and movie to a drug center, or if she is willing to go the distance and counsel others about what drove her to stay connected to a destructive person like Lisette, because that is what this story turns on, not the pot smuggling itself. This conflict is what made the book interesting. However, its disingenuous of Meily to use the word "accidentally" in the title. Her involvement was anything but accidental, and her editor should have known it. Lisette was not a princess of any kind. There should have been more background about Lisette, and some sort of update as to where she is now. The book seems like it was written from discussions off of a tape recorder rather than skillfully written, but its better to have told the story than not. It takes courage for Meily to tell this story, and humility to reveal her own character flaws.
Geez, this book is bad on so many levels,don't know where to begin. It's hard to believe someone could help load suitcases,so heavy with pot and/or cash they can't be lifted, and wonder if "this might be illegal?" Or the smell of pot so strong they put air freshener in to cover the smell. Duh, you think there might be drugs in those cases? I only hope most criminals are this stupid, as it makes it so easy to end them. Then after a clueless career as an "smugglers" assistant, write a tell all book about her own naivety, and plain silly actions that gets her off with a slap on the wrist from the DEA. Sorry this book disappointed on every level.
I had never read such an explicit account of the London blitz. I had read about it but never so completely felt it. That in itself was worth reading the book. The story of Lisa as she is sent from Nazi Germany by kindertransport to England and of her life as a hated German to many and a loved daughter by others. I don't understand why this book has not come out in Paper. It is so worth discussion by book clubs.
The Girl with No Name is one of the very best novels I have read in a long time. Watching this girl from the beginning of her teens until she becomes an adult was Outstanding. She goes through such ordeals and some very sad times to --------. Read it for yourself. I don't want to give away any of the story. It is great, exciting, suspenseful, sad. So many twists and turns. Please read this, you won't be sorry.
I enjoy learning more about WWII from the viewpoint of ordinary people and this was about a German refugee in England. Some parts were maybe a little far fetched but it was a heart warming story in the end, although much sadness of course also. You saw how the English worked together to help each other and resist defeat.
The book was a fascinating read, the story of a young Jewish girl from Germany who was sent as a refugee to England at the start of World War II. She was taken in by a childless English couple and was gradually assimilated into the country. learning the English language although continuing to worry and wonder at the fate of her biological parents and blind brother whom she had left behind in Germany. Still, she adjusted well until one day she was caught on the streets of London during a German bombing blitz, suffering a head injury with resultant amnesia, leaving her "adoptive" parents believing that she'd perished. To reveal more of the story would spoil it for potential readers; suffice it to say that much happens to the heroine Lisa/Charlotte following her injury. I would definitely recommend the book.
I enjoyed this easy flowing neo-romantic tale because it astutely highlighted the terrors of an evacuee, intrinsically weaving her difficulties into the equally challenging terrors of the Blitz and then contrasting them against the tranquility of the countryside, where social problems are largely self made, but non the less real!
Since my father was an American bomber pilot in WWII who was based in England I assume that started my interest in WWII history in England. Having visited areas in Germany to do with the horrible Holocaust, I have also wanted to learn more about the strength...emotional and spiritual...of the Jewish people who had to try to survive the horrible treatment humankind was willing to give. Historical fiction has always been my most favorite genre from the time spent learning of facts woven with fiction. The main character exhibited such strength for a teenage girl facing such unknown in her life. I was grateful for the good people willing to help the refugees and even those who held terrible feelings towards her. It was wonderful watching how things progressed to turn hearts around and become the people you wanted them to be. I would definitely recommend this book to all of my friends.
great book which tells a story about part of WWII we never think about and the situations so many people went thru. Excellent book to read and to make you appreciate what you have now, think about lost love and how life will grow from the most usual is one you will not want to put down at night and will look for other works by the author.
If you read "The Sisters of St Croix" you will love this book. It brought WW11 in London alive. How people coped with bombs dropping nightly while taking in children from Germany. The Kindertransport was real. The book delved into feelings of loss, exclusion, friendships and coming to the conclusion that most people are good.
What a beautifully glorious story. Lisa and her families and acquaintances were so courageous throughout the entire ordeal and Lisa found happiness and peace. My tears are flowing, in mourning for all the people who were lost, for Harry who never learned honor, and for all the orphaned children. My tears are shed in joy as well, for survivors Dan and Naomi, the people from the village who were there to provide a future for the St. Michael's kids ... and, oh, so much for Lisa who deserved everything good. And Miss Edie was one of my favorite characters. She loved Lisa like a daughter and recognized how much they needed one another. Inspiration!
> An important biopic, but not inspiring. Before this film hitting the screens, I remember many experts were expecting it doing well at the Oscars. Now it's got 4 Oscar nods, even though it is very sad the movie is a hit and miss. A slipped away opportunity, had a great storyline, but the outcome was decent. An important historical biopic, at least for a certain section of the audience. I respect that, but it did not impress me as I anticipated. From the Academy Award winning director for the movie 'The King's Speech', and the last year's winner for a lead role, Eddie Reddmayne together did not deliver the expected masterpiece. But Alicia Vikander was so good, another brilliant co-female-star display just like Felicity Jones from Eddie's previous movie 'The Theory of Everything'. If I were a jury I would definitely give the supporting actress award to her, that's the result I'm hoping for in the next Sunday. The actor did a hard work for the title role, in the many scenes he mastered it, but that's where I slightly disappointed. I felt his character was a little intense, maybe I'm not getting him because I'm straight. The locations, costumes, even the direction and music were good. Both the lead actors kind looks alike, no doubt on the casting, but it only should have been a bit better in exhibiting story. Maybe the pace should have been a little quicker as well as some sentimentally appealing scenes would have done good. I desperate to give more marks, but I can't go beyond this. I won't consider it a bad flick, what I meant was a missed opportunity to be a masterpiece. So overall, it is a good watch. 7/10
"You helped bring Lili to life, but she was always there." _The Danish Girl_ certainly took a long time getting to the big screen. The script went through dozens of iterations after David Ebershoff’s book was first was optioned. The cast changed numerous times. Directors passed it back and forth. Finally, after fifteen years of floating around, Tom Hooper’s film was released. And while the lead performances were brilliant, the film itself felt a bit flat. And weirdly, this seems to be something we say far too often about films that take a long time to get to the silver screen. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our Transgender series with Hooper’s 2015 film _The Danish Girl_. We talk about what works in the film, but we really try to dig and figure out what might be causing it to have its issues. We look at the journey the book took to get to the screen, and look at the age-old question of what responsibility do filmmakers/storytellers have to the original story and the original people when making biopics. We discuss Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander and what they bring to the table here, along with their fellow thespians. We chat about the incredible look this film has and how it fits in with the story. And we touch on how this series has opened our eyes to other great films that we would love to share down the line. This was a fun series, even if it ended on a bit of a downer note. It did give us perspective for the world of transgenders and what they go through to feel ‘right’ in their own bodies. We have a great time talking about this movie, so check it out then tune in! Andy’s star rating: 3 stars Pete’s star rating: 3.5 stars Average star rating: 3.25 stars To listen to The Next Reel’s episode on _The Danish Girl_, please visit: Subscribe to the show wherever the finest podcasts are served and don't forget to leave us a rating and/or a review in Apple Podcasts! Find us on: , and the podcatcher of your choice!
I hardly ever watch contemporary American comedies in which most of the top cast are women (I still haven't seen either 'Clueless', 'Bridesmaids' or 'Heathers', for example), but recently I enjoyed 'The Devil Wears Prada', I have liked both Lindsay Lohan (especially in 'Bobby' and 'The Prairie Home Companion') and Rachel McAdams (most significantly in 'Redeye' and 'Passion'), so knowing that one of my favourite SNL comediennes, Tina Fey, both wrote and co-starred in this, made me give it a shot. It being critically lauded by some male cinephiles I trust didn't hurt matters, either. It was full of laughs and subtly got across its points about 21st-century American society and of the growing pains for young women in its high school shenanigans. 'Mean Girls' is definitely worth the trouble to find and to give a try yourself. It left me enthusiastically wishing Ms. Lohan can sort out her personal troubles and get back to acting, where she belongs.
If your the sort of person who won't enjoy a thing because it is "problematic" then I'd recommend giving _100 Girls_ a wide, wide berth. If that's not an apt description of your tastes, then I'd... Probably still recommend you miss _100 Girls_. Even if you don't take into account the film's **bizarre** level of obsession with gender dichotomy, the saccharine moments of "heroism" that are at best dated and at worst genuinely damaging, and even if you discounted the weird, uncomfortable roles characters' relationships take, then all you're left with is a bland, hackneyed plot without any real character development and a **massive** disconnect between message and arc. I'm not saying that _100 Girls_ could never have worked (although for some viewers I'm sure that will be the case), I'm just saying it doesn't.
Gunslingerettes line up for the atrocity exhibition. Bad Girls is directed by Jonathan Kaplan from a screenplay by Ken Friedman and Yolande Turner. It stars Madeleine Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson, Andie MacDowell and Drew Barrymore. The plot sees the four girl actors playing prostitutes on the run following a justifiable homicide and a hanging escape. Suffice to say that they get into scrapes & double crosses whilst being pursued by the Pinkerton's. Being asked to suspend disbelief is one thing, being force fed drivel masquerading as pro-feminism is entirely another. Bad Girls is a mess of a movie, an insult to the Western genre, the fans of the lady actors, to the lady actors themselves; who simply deserve much much better and arguably worst of all; to women in general. The script is laughable, serving only as an excuse for the gals to sling those guns and hips when possible, and be abused and saved by "men", while the plotting is by the numbers as everything falls into place readily. There's even slow-mo shots where they serve no purpose of enhancement. Throw into the mix that three of ladies look nothing like on the run outlaws, all shine and span and make up with nice hair (Masterson the exception as she has a modicum of believability about her), well it's rather a depressing experience all told. Sure, as a red blooded guy I'm not going to be turned off by Barrymore's shapely thighs adorned in white stockings, or Stowe's truly gorgeous face, but when the highlights of a "girl" Western is something that's only aesthetically sexy for men, then they clearly have got it wrong. So what's the justification for it being so bad? Well the back story offers up the answer. Film was meant to be directed by a woman, Tamra Davis (erm-Billy Madison & Crossroads), but she was jettisoned a couple of weeks into production. The plan with Davis at the helm was for it to be a Western told from a female point of view. However, Kaplan (The Accused/Unlawful Entry) was brought in quickly and the screenplay rewritten in a hurry. And boy does it show. Technically it's a duffer too, Jerry Goldsmith's score is cheap in texture and Jane Kurson's editing is choppy to say the least. There's no eye catching cinematography (Ralf D. Bode), while the acting away from the script hindered girls (ie: the men), is either a waste of time them being in it (Nick Chinlund) or badly directed (James Russo). While Dermot Mulroney seems only to exist as being a link to Young Guns; the "boy" version that this is clearly trying to ride the coat tails in on. If you want a good Western about the girls fighting the good fight then seek out George Marshall's 1957 film The Guns Of Fort Petticoat. It's a fun movie that at least has believable women fighting back under duress. Bad Girls, tho, is just bad in every department. 2/10
The team have feminists in their sights. The seaside resort of Fircombe is struggling to attract the tourists, so Sid Fiddler (Sid James) proposes a beauty contest to draw some much needed punters into the town. Getting the inept Mayor (Kenneth Connor) to agree was easy enough, but opposition comes in the form of Augusta Prodworthy (June Whitfield) and her league of feminists. Lurid, smutty and just about average in the pantheon of the Carry On series. No Kenneth Williams for this one, but a point of interest is that Robin Askwith appears for the only time. Askwith ironically would become the star of the "Confessions" series of film's which would take the sex comedy to a whole new plateau from 1974 onwards. Carry On Girls has its moments, Bernie Bresslaw in drag brings quite a few gags, while Peter Butterworth as a lecherous old man steals the film. Also pleasing for the franchise faithful is that the Sid James and Barbara Windsor (Hope Springs) pairing gets a nice arc befitting the relationship the pair built up during the series. Beauty contests and feminist whiles are given the treatment in Talbot Rothwell's screenplay, and the dying seaside town in need of a boost has a certain warmth to it (filmed on location in Brighton on England's South Coast). But really it's mild Carry On fare outside of the flesh and double entendres that are laced in humorous stereotypical cheapness. 5/10
I have mixed emotions in general about Bing Crosby, as both an entertainer and as a human being. Still, as I love both older movies and jazz singing (though most of his music couldn't be considered as such), I have sought out as many of his films as I can inexpensively find. This came out in a fine Grace Kelly boxed set that I found locally very inexpensively, and I greatly admired this performance of hers, at this early juncture of her very short filmic career. It was obvious, even now, that she would be a superstar. Hard to believe that director Seaton, who won an Oscar for the screenplay (Kelly won the other Academy Award, amongst the film's seven nominations), was the same director that later did 'Airport'. Kelly's rapport with both Crosby and William Holden is purely magical.
A solid full-length work by Laurel and Hardy that just may be a tad too sophisticated for their audience at the time. It still works, mainly due to an excellent supporting cast and the hilarity of seeing Stan pretend he's drunk, trying to siphon wine into bottles.
After seeing this, my third film from the 7-DVD 'Jean Harlow 100th Anniversary Collection' from Warner Archives, I'm very tempted to say, without exaggerating, that perhaps she was the first 'modern' actress (though Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford would also be in the running). Her speech was very fast by that era's standard, she displayed a huge range of emotion, was incredibly sexy and was great at both comedy and drama. This was great, as she's a chorus girl from a poor family in the Midwest who wants to marry a millionaire but the right way, and without sacrificing her values in the process. At first she's not taken seriously, as she meets a wealthy banker (finely played by Lionel Barrymore) who knows what it's like to be on the poor side of the tracks, and enters his social circle. Then his playboy son (a very good performance by Franchot Tone, whom I liked best in 'Mutiny on the Bounty', his only Oscar-nominated work) takes a shine to her, unsure if she's the real thing or just another floozy. Heartily recommended. Not a great script, but it's lifted with Harlow's personality, jolly comedic relief by Patsy Kelly and a solid supporting cast, decently directed. For single-handedly saving Warner Brothers from bankruptcy just the previous year, she deserved better but this wasn't a bad showcase at all for her considerable talents.
4.5 starsEast Sussex Coast 2016 – Ella Daniels has given up her safe life as an accountant to pursue her career as a thriller writer full time. So, her and her family have moved from London to the coast on a house overlooking the sea. However, Ella soon hears the rumours of a mysterious murder and a missing girl and she can’t concentrate on her new novel until she gets to the bottom of the tragic case.East Sussex Coast 1886 – Eighteen year old Violet Hargraves aspires to be a painter, however, her father insists that it isn’t proper and instead she should marry. However, when the naive Violet meets the handsome and older man Edwin, her new neighbour, he offers her the chance to make her dreams of becoming a painter real. As Violet starts to fall under his spell she gets a warning from the most unlikeliest place…his is is my first read from Kerry Barrett, but I don’t think it will be my last, she sucks you in as the tale unfolds told from two points in time; present day from Ella’s point of view and then back in 1886 as Violet first meets Edwin and events start to unfold. The Girl in the Picture did a great job in pulling you in, feeding you parts of the past as Ella slowly starts unravelling the story from the present, so although you may guess what has happened you can’t be entirely sure until you reach the was also a bit of an emotional journey, Ella starts to learn about Violet’s life and starts to sees parallels to her own history, which forces her to face some emotional baggage she’s been hauling around since childhood. Towards the end of the book when the whole mystery unravels and you learn the full extent of the tragedy…I admit, I may have shed a few tears, there was no ugly crying but it was a bitter sweet poignant moment.I really enjoyed this book I really liked how well Barrett balanced the two separate timelines and the intrigue of the mystery with the more human story of Ella and Violet.
I enjoyed this book because of the dual time line, the intriguing unfolding mystery, and the many things that the main character and the girl in the picture have in common. The story started out a little slow at first but it quickly became a compelling mystery filled with greed, violence and manipulation that kept me guessing right through to the end of the book. In present time Ella Daniels has left her job and the hustle and bustle of London for a historic seaside home where she plans to become a full time writer. As she settles in and meets friends and neighbors she learns that the house she's renting has quite a notorious history, including a horrific murder and the unexplained disappearance of a teenage girl that happened more than 150 years ago. As Ella does research and gathers clues the story unfolds through they eyes of a very naive and talented young artist named Violet, and the married couple who live next door. Mystery lovers and fans of historical fiction will find this book a real treat. I read a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
Violet Hargreaves was a very good painter but she became involved with a very evil man. Edwin Forrester was a very selfish man. He would do anything to get what he wanted. Ella and Ben Daniels, with their two sons, had just moved in and in the attic they found the portrait of a lovely young girl. Who was she?This was one amazing story. From the first sentence I was engrossed in this, I read it in one sitting. The way they investigated and researched the people from their house, fascinating. The interaction of the characters, the descriptions of the surroundings, wonderful. It is a complex plot, with some surprises. The author has done a great job of making sense of all the threads to this. I loved how Violet and Frances became friends and tried to help each other. I think this book is very well written and leaves no questions at the end. Well worth the time to read.I received this ARC for free and voluntarily reviewed it
You'll like this one if you enjoy dual time line mysteries. OMGosh there'a a painting in the attic! Ella, a thriller writer (how appropriate) moves into a new home and discovers there's a long unsolved mystery about the woman who lived next door. Violet was a wonderful painter who fell in with the, let's face it, evil Edwin after they meet on the beach. She was too young and impressionable and well, you know how things go when this sort of thing happens. Ella finds herself working things out. You might see where she's making wrong assumptions at times, but that's part of the charm of this well plotted novel. I really enjoyed Violet and Ella both- Barrett has created two terrific characters you'll wish could actually meet. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is a very engaging and entertaining novel.