Monthly Archives: June 2011

Book Review: Filter

Filter: The Von Strassenberg Saga (Book 1)
Title: Filter: The Von Strassenberg Saga (Book 1)
Author: Gwenn Wright (blog / twitter)
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Mystery

My Rating:

In this darkly romantic family saga, Rocky Evans searches for a way out of her stepfather’s self-inflicted poverty. Just weeks before graduation, with a plan to go anywhere the alcoholic slug of a man wouldn’t find her, a car pulls up alongside her on the dark streets of Nashville. The young attorney in his flashy car speaks cryptically of the family she never realized she might have.

In a fast paced, heart wrenching first installment of The Von Strassenberg Saga, Rocky Evans begins on her journey to unearth the roots of her family tree. What she will learn is there is a reason some roots are best left deeply buried.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that was so compelling that even when I wasn’t reading it (and trust me, every moment I could steal away and read, I was doing just that), it was still consuming my thoughts. There are so many young adult books out there that, while they’re still entertaining, you know exactly what’s going to happen from the first chapter or two in. This is certainly not true about Filter! It’s not only unpredictable but it’s very unlike anything else out right now.

I still have theories swimming in my head and I can’t wait to learn more about The Von Strassenberg family and what the future holds for Raquel. I also look forward to finding out more about the delectable mystery of William. I feel like we’ve only barely scratched the surface of him and I’m so anxious to find out why he’s so darn mysterious and what he’s hiding. All these question marks make me happy especially when they come at the end of a first book in a saga because it leaves me salivating for more!

Perhaps the most interesting part of this novel is that it is essentially two stories in one alternating Chapters. One story is set in the 1800’s and one in present day and yet it all comes together into ONE perfect puzzle leaving some of the most important pieces out until the very last couple pages. Absolutely brilliant! I’d say there are many more great reads to come from Gwenn Wright after this excellent debut and I can’t wait!

If you have an eReader (Nook/Kindle) you can buy it for $2.99 which is an absolutely STEAL for the quality of this book and it’s well worth the price of Paperback as well. If you read it, let me know what you think!

Tomorrow Will Worry About Itself

I’m not like the typical worrier, but that’s not to say I don’t worry. Most worriers worry about their jobs, their money, their family, their homes, the stuff they need to get done, etc. The important stuff I don’t worry about at all. I have this overbearing optimism about the BIG things in life, even if they seem bleak, I feel like they’ll always work out the way they are supposed to. People might expect this sort of outlook from someone who has always had everything they ever needed and wanted and has always had everything go in their favor, but this is definitely not the case for me. I have certainly had plenty storms in my life but every storm passes.

Have you ever noticed how perfectly blue the sky is after a storm? What about the plants? Have you noticed how they instantly perk up after a fierce storm? I feel like this is exactly why I am still so optimistic even though I have had to weather many nasty storms throughout my life. Sometimes there are blessings in picking up the pieces and lessons to be learned.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34

Like I said, I struggle with worry, too! I worry about really insignificant things. Mostly anything unknown. If I have an event coming up somewhere I’ve never been before I worry about getting there, getting lost, not being able to find a parking spot, being late, getting caught in traffic, etc. Pretty petty stuff to worry about right? I constantly have to remind myself of the Bible verse quoted above. Not to mention most of the time things end up working out perfectly and I wonder why I even bothered to worry about it at all!

Whether or not you’re a worry-wort, we all have our share of worries. What do you worry about?

Movie Review: Super 8

Super 8
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Science Fiction
Director(s): J.J. Abrams
Producer(s): J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burkv, Steven Spielberg
Score Composer: Michael Giacchino
Studio: Paramount Pictures

My Rating:

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth — something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure I was even going to see this film in theaters but I got an email about Advance IMAX Screenings and I figured why not! I’m really glad I decided to go and even more glad that it forced me into seeing it in an IMAX theater. The intense action in this movie was really spectacular on the big screen as well as with the stellar IMAX sound. I think the amazing special effects in this movie is part of why I enjoyed it. I really liked the entire mystery aspect it had, as well. Even the trailer had that mystery about it and I think that’s brilliant. So often trailers tell the entire story and don’t allow you to discover it yourself when you actually see the movies. I also thought it being set in 1979 was really charming. I’m sure folks who grew up around that time will feel a little nostalgic! All around it was pretty enjoyable. Lots of action, a bit of mystery, some adorable childhood love story and even a few chuckles here and there! One bit of advice, don’t rush out of the theater once the credits start rolling. There is a little clip that rolls during the credits and it’s worth sticking around for.