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Monday, June 18, 2018

The Hit (David Baldacci)

Robie had killed evil before. People were happy, thrilled, that another monster had met his end. But the world went on, as screwed up as ever, and another monster - maybe even worse - would replace the fallen one.
On that clear, crisp morning in the normally serene Central Park, his trigger pull would be remembered for a while. Investigations would be made. Diplomatic broadsides exchanged. More people would die in retaliation. And then life would go on.
When government hit man Robie is given his next target he knows he is about to embark on his toughest mission yet. He is tasked with killing one of their own following evidence to suggest that fellow assassin Jessica Reel has been turned. She is leaving a trail of death in her wake. Including her handler.
The trap is set. To send a killer to catch a killer. But what happens when you cannot trust those who have access to the nation's most secret intelligence?

The White Rose was the name taken by a resistance group of mostly college students in Munich during World War II who worked against the tyranny of the Nazis. The group had taken its name from a novel about peasant exploitation in Mexico. Most of the members of the White Rose were executed by the Nazis. But pamphlets they had printed were smuggled out of Germany and dropped by the millions from Allied bombers. After the war the members of the White Rose had been hailed as heroes.

❤️ I seem to love every Baldacci book I read (I have not read as many, but he manages to deliver every time).
This story had me guessing what would happen next throughout the entire plot. Even when I thought I had it figured out there came a new twist.
The ending was not corny either, which is a good change to many books today.
If you enjoy conspiracy theories, you will definitely enjoy this.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Directed by J.A. Bayona; Written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly; Based on the characters created by Michael Crichton)

Four years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen and Claire return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that the dormant volcano on the island is active and threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. Life has found a way, again.

Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, BD Wong, Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, Geraldine Chaplin, Justice Smith, Isabella Sermon

😐 I absolutely loved the first Jurassic Park film: I remember being obsessed with dinosaurs and everything about them for a long time. So, anything after that would be disappointing. I still watched 2 and 3 (only once each).
But this has to be the worst by far with cloned little girls, evil corporations selling dinosaurs to warlords, and the dinosaurs fleeing back to civilisation!
To begin with, nobody in our society would spend millions for a giant beast which would be an economical and logistical nightmare to raise, train, feed, and manage.
The beginning itself was weird with the sea dinosaur that did not appear again... or did I miss it?
And finally, the first Jurassic theme actually made sense with the whole theme park story. It could happen. How does setting dinosaurs free in our world (in the city) make any sense whatsoever? Even if a sequel came out of it, I would not watch that - too unrealistic!
And a cloned girl? Seriously?!?
There were a few scenes in the middle that had my attention, particularly the betrayal and some action scenes; otherwise, it looked more like a parody than a serious film with dinosaurs.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Happy Birthday (Danielle Steel)

For April Wyatt turning thirty is not what she had expected. She is single with no interest in changing that. Her successful restaurant in downtown New York consumes every ounce of her passion and energy. Ready or not, though, April's life is about to change in a tumultuous discovery on the morning of her milestone birthday.
April's mother, Valerie, is a popular TV personality. Since her divorce, she has worked tirelessly to reach the pinnacle of her career. But she is having trouble equating her age with how she feels, and all the hours with personal trainers, top hairdressers, and plastic surgeons cannot hide the fact that she is turning sixty - and the whole world discovers it on her birthday.
It is also Jack Adams' birthday - the most charismatic sports announcer and hall-of-fame football star on TV, a man who has his pick of desirable younger women. But he fears his age may finally be catching up with him when he wakes up on his fiftieth birthday needing an emergency visit to the chiropractor.
As these three very different people celebrate their birthdays, they discover that life itself is a celebration - and that its greatest gifts are always a surprise.

There had been no way of knowing all those months before, but the worst birthday for some of them had turned out to be the best birthday after all.

😝 The only reason I read this book was because it was a free copy.
To begin with, there is too much detail. I do not need to know what every character is doing every step of the way - a lot like 'he says, she says'.
The story is predictable and the characters are typical and shallow. I became sick and tired of hearing how great Valerie was at setting tables, how great Jack was as a sports announcer, and how great April's restaurant was.
In the end, I was sick and tired of all these people (seriously, I could not stand them).
In terms of story, I have one question: what was the point behind this book?
I felt like I was reading just for the sake of it.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Le retour du héros (Laurent Tirard)

France, 1809. Captain Neuville is called to the front leaving his future bride heartbroken. Her sister decides to write letters on his behalf to cheer her up, but it all goes south when Neuville reappears.

Starring: Jean Dujardin, Mélanie Laurent, Noémie Merlant

❤️ Fresh, funny, and entertaining with a couple of twists. The acting is also very good.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Oh Dear Silvia (Dawn French)

Silvia Shute lies in a hospital bed, unconscious and unaware. Gathered by her side are family and friends, each thinking they know the real Silvia. The true Silvia. But do they really? For Silvia, who pushed them all away at the end, is hiding a secret. One that they would all love to know. And as her visitors gather, the truth is slowly revealed.

I sort of understand something now, I've been thinking about it all night sitting here next to you. I realize that, in our marriage, we were both in different marriages really, I think. We were a bit like bacon and eggs, where y'know, the chicken is involved, but the pig is really committed?

❤️ I have always been a big fan of Dan French and this book did not disappoint me. It made me laugh, cry, feel anger, and sorrow. It took me some time to like the characters, but I soon realised that they all had very important reasons for being there, and it began to make sense.
Dawn French has a knack for drawing you into the story one character at a time and when it is finally over you feel sympathy for most involved (even for Silvia, who did nothing but lie there).
I am not one to read books written in the form of a diary, but this one had me glued all way through.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Les dents, pipi et au lit (Emmanuel Gilbert)

Antoine, a bachelor party animal, has new roommates: Jeanne and her two children.

Starring: Arnaud Ducret, Louise Bourgoin, Timéo Bolland, Saskia de Melo Dillais, Laurent Ferraro, Michaël Cohen, Colette Kraffe, Hervé Masquelier, Roby Schinasi, Joana Preiss, Robert Plagnol

❤️ What can I say? A laugh-out-loud film from beginning to end.
I was not familiar with Arnaud Ducret's work, but now I am a fan! He is a great actor, funny, and makes it all seem effortless.
The plot was hilarious and the rest of the cast was amazing (including the two kids).
Overall, a well-spent time; however, you should not bring young kids to watch this movie as some scenes are too graphic for little children.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Break no Bones (Kathy Reichs)

A decomposing body is uncovered in a shallow grave off a lonely beach...
The skeleton is articulated, the bone fresh, and the vertebrae still connected by soft-tissue - it's a recent burial, and a case forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan must take.
Dental remains and skeletal gender and race indicators suggest that the deceased is a middle-aged white male - but who was he? Why was he buried in a clandestine grave? And what does the unusual fracture of the sixth cervical vertebra signify?
But just as Brennan is trying to piece together the evidence, another body is discovered - and before long Tempe finds herself drawn deeper into a shocking and chilling investigation, set to challenge her entire view of humanity.

Whatever the outcome, I am among the lucky. I have people in my life. People who love me.

😐 I am not a huge Bones fan, but I was offered this book, so I decided to give it a go. To be honest, it bored me (not that far from the TV show).
The story was engaging and it moved at a good pace, not to mention the fact that the characters were well-represented.
However, there were too many details that I did not care for, Tempe's relationship with Ryan and Pete became too distracting for the plot, and there were too many pointless references to Boyd (I love dogs but enough is enough).
The ending also seemed rushed, I was hoping for a little more action.