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Safe Haven

Safe Haven (2013)

Lasse Hallström

½

A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

February comes around and inevitably there is a Nicholas Sparks movie. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but let’s face it, they aren’t always winners.

Safe Haven, was a pleasant surprise. Of the last five Spark’s movies this is by far the best, easily beating last year’s The Lucky One and Dear John before that. Josh and Julianne had great on screen chemistry, with a believable relationship minus the schmultz. The kids were too perfect and Cobie’s twist of a role added a little extra something to the story and the back drop of the small coastal town made me want to move there.

Sure, the plot is predictable and the characters aren’t much more than two dimensional, but you can’t deny the entertainment factor. It’s the perfect flick for the V-Day weekend, with enough story, laughs and romance for a wide audience.

I’ll definitely be seeing this again.

BY - February 3rd, 2013 - Movie Reviews - Leave a comment

Feature and Follow Friday #52

Feature & Follow

Follow & Feature Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is a great opportunity to find and meet new bloggers. Grab the code over at their website to join in on the blog hop!

Welcome!!! For those of you who have not been here, welcome to the hell mouth...er I mean Otherwhere.co. While books are certainly a main focus here, you will also find movie reviews and entertainment news! Poke around, leave a comment, join this site, follow my Twitter/FB/Goodreads/Linky and tell me what you think! Happy blogging!

What is the first thing you would do if you woke up to find yourself in your favorite book?

If I woke up in my Buffy comics (cause really, who wouldn’t want to wake up in Whedonverse) I’d immediately hunt down Spike. Shenanigans would ensue. Life would be good. I’d also of course be a vampire slayer. You sense the theme right?

On the Blog this Week:

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[Book Review]: Spell of the Highlander (Highlander #7)
[Meme]: I Want it Wednesday #54
[Book Review]: The Dark Highlander (Highlander #5)
[Book Review]: Kiss of the Highlander (Highlander #4)

BY - January 31st, 2013 - Follow Friday - 4 comments

Spell of the Highlander (Highlander #7)

½

It's taken him eleven centuries to find the right woman. He's not about to lose her now.

Jessi St. James has GOT to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the glass of an ancient mirror. But when a split-second decision saves her from a terrifying attempt on her life, Jessi suddenly finds herself confronting six and a half feet of smoldering INSATIABLE alpha male.

Heir to the arcane magic of his Druid ancestors, Cian MacKeltar was trapped inside the Dark Glass eleven centuries ago. And when the Dark Glass is stolen, an ancient enemy will stop at nothing to reclaim it. For Jessi, the sex god in the mirror is not only tantalisingly real, he's offering his protection—from exactly what, Jessi doesn't know. And all he wants in exchange is the exquisite pleasure of sharing her bed.

If you are one of the ten people who read this blog (okay, I know there’s really only three of you), you’re probably getting sick of all the Karen Moning fangirlin’ and stream of Highlander romance novels. Well, have faith. This is the last one.

For now.

Cian MacKeltar an ancient relative of Drustan and Daegus is stuck in a mirror by none other than Darroc (of Fever fame. The connections to that series are thick all the way through and NOW we know why the walls got all weak and unseelie leaky.

Cian is a total barbarian, he isn’t even in the category of alpha male as he is more animal than anything. Jessica is a good counterpart to him with her completely brash attitude and seemingly no fear of the giant highlander.

The rest of the MacKeltars make their appearances and play a pretty big role as well. The end of this book leads practically right into Darkfever, something that almost made me want to re-read those books again. Even though I just finished them a month ago.

A great ending to the Highlander novels and a perfect lead in into one of the best series ever. You can’t go wrong with these romance novels!

The Audiobook: I will miss Phil Gigante’s sultry tones. Couldn’t have had a better narrator. I wish he was in the first three books of the Fever series. Re-record? Anyone?

Narrator: Phil Gigante          Length: 10 hours and 59 minutes

BY - January 31st, 2013 - Books - 2 comments

I Want it Wednesday #54

I Want it Wednesday Otherwhere.co Edition

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted over at Breaking the Spine, where we highlight dying-to-read upcoming releases. Parajunkee also hosts Desperately Wanting Wednesday. I Want it Wednesday is kind of a mix of both. Now with movies!

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

I loved If I Stay and even more so Where She Went. The duet books are such great reads and the premise of Foreman’s next duet sounds beautiful. I know this book came out a few weeks ago, but I couldn’t help myself. Plus I only found it just today!

Upside Down

Juan Solanas

Adam and Eden fell in love as teens despite the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Ten years after a forced separation, Adam sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with his love.

Since dystopians have been making quite the comeback in literature it’s no surprise that their appearance is taking over the theaters as well. The premise behind this story is intriguing and I love Jim Sturges. It’s the perfect early-in-the-year flick. Watch the trailer and tell me what you think!

BY - January 30th, 2013 - WoW - 1 comment

The Dark Highlander (Highlander #5)

Journey to a world of ancient magic, breathtaking sensuality, thrilling time-travel.... Journey to the world of The Dark Highlander. Crisscrossing the continents and the centuries, here is a novel as gripping as it is sensual—an electrifying adventure that will leave you breathless....

I am Dageus MacKeltar, a man with one good conscience and thirteen bad ones, driven to sate my darkest desires…

From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A sixteenth-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the thirteen Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure.Before long, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that will sweep her back into time to medieval Scotland. Plunged into a world of timeless magic and dark seduction, she will soon face the challenge of a lifetime: fighting thirteen evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man...

If you have read the Fever series, Dageus MacKeltar will be a familiar name to you. As one of Christian MacKeltar’s many uncles he plays a big role in the later Fever books. Here in The Dark Highlander, you get to read his story of how he became the ‘possessed’ and all the romance that went with it.

Not as broody as his twin brother, even with the thirteen evil druids residing in his head, Dageus is one my fave in this series. His story is well entwined with the previous novel as well as the set up for some major plot points in the Fever series. You get to spend plenty of time jumping around time periods, revisiting is family in ancient Scotland and his brother’s family in present time. I keep staring at Kayak.com wanting to buy tickets to Scotland, like, yesterday.

Chloe is another solid female lead with enough spine and snark to put up with Dageus and is man-child ways. He is still a warrior through and through, but Chloe is able to love all sides of him. Even though it seems to take for.ev.er. for her to figure out just what’s going on with her man, she just rolls right along with it.

the Audiobook: Another stellar performance by Phil Gigante, you can’t go wrong with him.

Narrator: Phil Gigante          Length: 10 hours and 58 minutes

BY - January 28th, 2013 - Books - Leave a comment

Feature & Follow Friday #51

Feature & Follow

Follow & Feature Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is a great opportunity to find and meet new bloggers. Grab the code over at their website to join in on the blog hop!

Welcome!!! For those of you who have not been here, welcome to the hell mouth...er I mean Otherwhere.co. While books are certainly a main focus here, you will also find movie reviews and entertainment news! Poke around, leave a comment, join this site, follow my Twitter/FB/Goodreads/Linky and tell me what you think! Happy blogging!

What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it?

That would be the book I am currently reading. Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer Armentrout. This series is a blast to read and it’s taking everything to put this book down and get some sleep. I’m hoping to finish it tonight so I finally can!

What books keep you up to all hours?

On the Blog this Week:
[Book Review]: The Sea of Tranquility
[Meme]: I Want it Wednesday #53
[Book Review]: Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires #4)
[Book Review]: Kiss of the Highlander (Highlander #4)

BY - January 24th, 2013 - Follow Friday - 8 comments

The Sea of Tranquility

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

I walked into this read with no idea of what I was getting into. Within a page I was completely transfixed, the mystery of Nastya’s mute behavior was so brilliantly written, I didn’t even realize she wasn’t talking until the teacher mentioned it.

The clever unraveling of Nastya’s past intertwined with Josh’s story of loss and acceptance was like nothing I’ve read before. This could have easily been too heavy handed and depressing, while it certainly was intense it never crossed that line.

Nastya is one of the best character’s I’ve seen written to the page. Her genuine capability to not give a crap about what people thought of her, as long as it was how she wanted them to see her, was a very realistic vulnerability.

There is so much in this book that stoked up some very intelligent conversation at our book club. You won’t be at a lack of discussion points. To say nothing of the last line of this book, even to this day it’s one of the best endings ever and this cold-hearted reader almost teared up. Almost.

The Point: A haunting unraveling of Nastya’s past that reveals a depth of vulnerability and strength not just in herself but in those around her.

BY - January 24th, 2013 - Books - Leave a comment

I Want it Wednesday #53

I Want it Wednesday Otherwhere.co Edition

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted over at Breaking the Spine, where we highlight dying-to-read upcoming releases. Parajunkee also hosts Desperately Wanting Wednesday. I Want it Wednesday is kind of a mix of both. Now with movies!

"I dare you..." If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does.... Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....


This series reminds me very much of the Perfect Chemistry series. One which I reluctantly loved. Pushing the Limits has a totally different tone, and even with the excessive high-school-ness of it all, there is something to be said about these stories that keeps me coming back.

The Lone Ranger

Gore Verbinski

Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.


You can’t go wrong with Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer getting back together again along with Johnny Depp. It’s practically Pirates of the Caribbean but with cowboys and indians. Like I said, you can’t go wrong.

BY - January 23rd, 2013 - WoW - Leave a comment

Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires #4)

½

Chicago is beset by supernatural tensions, and Merit-vampire protector of a safe haven called Cadogan house-is worried that the humans will be reaching for their pitchforks any minute. It doesn't help that yet another vampire rave is broken up by the mayor, and a new inhibition- reducing drug is circulating through the community.

It's up to Merit to put her house in order-literally. And if that takes getting a little blood on her hands, so be it.

Give me a good speculative vampire mystery any day. Merit is a great character to enjoy on the page, along with her cast of friends. This series has gotten its hooks into me, and have loved every installment.

The drama was majorly ratcheted up in Hard Bitten, several long standing story arcs come to a head and leaves you with one hell of a cliff hanger. I haven’t been able to get my hands on the next book yet, so I am still in total suspense over the end of this book.

Better written then the Sookie novels, with great characters and an easy read with enough depth to find many relatables. PNR fans would find much to enjoy here, especially if you are a fan of Patricia Briggs or Linda Hamilton.

Audiobook: The same narrator that started the series continues it. I have gotten used to her voice, though she isn’t a solid fit for the material. Emotions get lost and character voices lack distinction. She doesn’t necessarily take anything away from the read, but not much is added to it.

Narrator: Cynthia Holloway          Length: 10 hours and 25 minutes

BY - January 22nd, 2013 - Books - Leave a comment