Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Taking A Break

While I enjoy blogging, I also need to think about my health. Right now my mental health (and I'm still ill physically) is on shaky ground and I need some time. This blog will be on hiatus until April 1. Then Monday, April 2 I should be back unless something else comes up. Thank you to everyone who has supported this blog. Hopefully taking March off will be enough to help me rest. Take care.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Netflix Dragon: February 2018

The day has arrived folks! My monthly compilation of what I watched on Netflix. Are there any shows you enjoyed in February?

Dragons: Race to the Edge (Season 6)

The final season went out with a bang. Hiccup and his fellow riders went head to head with their enemies both to protect dragons and their human loved ones. Highly recommend and you can check out my review of the show here.

Quantico (Season Two)

Oh my goodness, this season was even crazier than the last. Alex, as usual, gets sucked into multiple conspiracies but this time the stakes are even higher with less clear-cut solutions. Neema and her twin sister face even more prejudice due to their Muslim heritage with both dragged into a terrorist plot. Ryan Booth and Alex's relationship is explored not just in romance but also friendship and as undercover agents/spies. We get to see how the CIA works very different from the FBI and so much more. Midway through a fresh presidential conspiracy pops up and throws all the odds in the air. Just trust me that by the end you will have your brain scrambled, bleeding heart and wanting more. A plane scene towards the end brought tears to my eyes. Though for me nothing tops Simon Asher's sacrifice towards the end of Season One. There was even a small memorial for him this season and it had me in tears. Recommend straight into the stratosphere.

Also Watched

You Get Me: Will review this on Monday. All I will say watch who you make your one night stand ladies and gents. This film about a high school jilted lover gets dark fast.

Altered Carbon: I was supposed to watch this but then decided to wait. So I'm watching in March.

Guardians of the Galaxy: So glad this gem is finally available on Netflix for Jamaica. Peeked at the start just out of pure nostalgia. Will rewatch when I carve out some time.

The Cloverfield Paradox: Watched about the first half hour but it was late and I wanted to sleep. Fell down the Quantico rabbit hole after that. Will finish in March and review.

Black Lightning: I'm enjoying the season so far and having it appear on Netflix after airing on the CW helps me stay on top of things. Recommend.

Thanks for dropping by. What did you watch on Netflix recently? See you on Monday.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Book Review: Fox and Raccoon and Top Ten Re-Reads

Hey everyone, today we have a double feature. A book review and a Top Ten Tuesday post. Enjoy

Title: Fox and Raccoon

Release Date: June 19, 2018

Source: NetGalley

Summary: The first in a new picture book series featuring sweet felted creatures and a little village you won't soon forget!

Welcome to Juniper Hollow! Meet Fox and Raccoon. They are best friends. They live next door to each other, and they spend every day together. Except for today! Fox is so busy she doesn't have time to play. But never fear--Raccoon is here to help! He mails letters, goes to the fruit stand, picks up some yarn and even buys some sugar. But Fox is STILL busy. Will she ever have time to stop and play with him? As it turns out, she has a surprise up her sleeve...

Lesley-Anne Green's endearing felted animals and adorable detailed sets create a world that readers will want to come back to again and again.

This series was such a sweet quick read. Every word jumped off the page and made you feel part of the story. You could sense the deep love and friendship between Fox and Raccoon. Not only that, the other animals around the community are helpful and kind. If you ever wanted to read a family friendly book with a message of friendship and positivity to a child, this is it. Also a great read for children wanting a book not too long to read for themselves. There's a lot in a tiny package. The artwork is also beautiful. Sadly I hardly saw any of it because the PDF copy I got from Netgalley was of poor quality and somewhat jumbled with hardly any of the pictures actually in it. But I still highly recommend this book because it is a wonderful read for any child.

Rating: 4 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl

I am not a huge rereader these days. But I know the books I would grab in an instant.

1. Sweet Valley Series by Francine Pascal: These books were my childhood! I got to follow Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield from childhood all the way to University. Want to do it all over again.

2. R.L. Stine books: Goosebumps, Fear Street...everything. I recently started buying his Slappy puppet series and I'm a kid again. He might write mostly for kids but his books are ageless to me.

3. V.C. Andrews series: The ghostwriter has recently taken the series down a poor quality path. But there are still lots of books from the grander days I have yet to read. The original author might have died after writing only a few of the books herself. But her gothic legend lives on.

4. Harry Potter Series: These books helped define my teens by turning me into a fantasy buff. Before that, I was very contemporary.

5. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine: C.J. wrote the start of an amazing series. Go read it!

6. School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani: Because it's amazing and compelling.

7. Enid Blyton book series: These short story collections are just so beloved.

8. Poetry: Various kinds by different poets

9 & 10. Other books I just can't recall right now. Peace.

Thank you for stopping by. Fancy getting Fox and Raccoon for a child you know? Do you reread?

Monday, 26 February 2018

Netflix Dragon: The Babysitter Review

Happy Monday folks. Today I'll be reviewing a Netflix Original Film. The Babysitter played on the trope of the evil babysitter and gave it a modern campy vibe. Read on for my full thoughts.

Tired of movies where babysitters are damsels in distress? Enjoy horror comedies? Want a cheap man's 'Home Alone' campy horror where the kid isn't actually alone? Like the more fun and less mind-bending movies by Netflix? Then this one might just be up your alley.

Viewers get to follow Cole, a young boy with typical things in his life like bullies, first crushes, and a best friend. One of the people he cared about the most was Bee, his babysitter. Sexy, cool, friendly and always telling Cole he's better than he thinks, she's a Godsend. But all of that goes out the window when one night Cole decided to stay up late. Seeing your babysitter and her friends murder a fellow teenager for a Satanic ritual would ruin anyone's night. Getting caught is even worse.

What ensues for Cole is a madcap fight for his life as these teens try to kill the only witness to a murder and well...Satan worshipping. Not for the squeamish since there was a lot of blood. As Cole struggles to survive and not be tempted to the join other side or get killed by the beautiful yet cunning Bee and her teen cohorts. The question is not just if Cole will survive but who will he be once this is all over.

In the end, the film is nothing deep, just fun cheap horror. If you like your films simple and want some laughs and maybe a few thrills, then this film might be for you. Personally, I enjoyed it a lot. Though I have to agree with the cheerleader. It's not cool to shoot a girl in the boob. Take care everyone.

So what do you think? Is this movie up your alley? Do you have/enjoy Netflix? Let me know.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Netflix Dragon: Dragons Race to the Edge Season 6 Review

Please Note: Netflix Nation segment has been renamed Netflix Dragon. I would like to expand this segment online and #NetflixDragon can now be used online to keep up with current and previous posts. Twitter (@sheenakgraham) and Instagram (@queendsheena) is where I'll be using these hashtags. #NetflixNation has already been used on and off for years by others. Hence my decision to come up with a new title so I could register the hashtag.

Happy Friday everybody, here with a new post. This time for the final season of Dragons: Race to the Edge. For those who keep up with the series and the Dreamworks movies, we know How to Train Your Dragon 3 comes out in 2019. So there's no question that this series needed to end with a bang. Read on to see my thoughts and decide if this show might be right for you.

This season has finally caught up with the quality of the first two seasons. While I found a few scenes somewhat dodgy, they all came together in the end. Trust me, the two-episode finale is goals and no doubt that this series is among the best on Netflix.

What did I enjoy?

Action: Just about every episode has really good to downright amazing action. Whether flying on dragons or battling on land. Hiccup and his crew are down for anything to protect their home Berk, dragons and the innocent.

Characters: We get to see all the main and even some supporting characters grow throughout the season. 13 episodes might not sound long enough to do that but this finale made it work. Even the twins get somewhat enlightened. Don't worry they're still ridiculous and insane but they learned things. Plus Chicken got some jewelry so everybody wins.

Villains: All I will say is that you better watch all the way to the end. To truly appreciate how perfectly this series has been connected to the films. Each villain played their role well but that end villain scene in episode 13 was just too perfect. No spoilers, it will be worth gold for fans.

Story: We get to see multiple arcs come to great conclusions. Even one with Viggo that I doubted came together really well when the season ended. Though I will say that a few times filler episodes took a bite out of time that could be better dedicated to episodes following the main plotline. A small nitpick in comparison to what worked but still something I have to make note of.

Final Verdict

Season Six was everything any fan of this franchise and lovers of amazing content can hope for. Highly Recommend. My favorite seasons are still the first two but this one comes close behind. Way to end on a high note Dreamworks and Netflix.

P.S.: Viggo is the best villain of the series. Period. Don't at me.

Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend. Hope you liked the new review format. Will be going between this and the original depending on the show/movie. Also I will now be doing this segment twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Waiting On Wednesday: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming books we're excited about. Formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine until her site went quiet. The meme is still followed today by dedicated bloggers who have a need to share their anticipation of upcoming reads.

So here we are with another WOW upon us. This week I'm anticipating a book by an author I really enjoy. Kiersten White is not one to be put in a box. Writing books from paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi genres and more. Each story has its own magic and I also enjoy hitting her up on Twitter. When she announced the cover reveal just recently of an upcoming novel, I was there. This title is a retelling of a tale many of us know. But through Kiersten's eyes and twisted imagination. I can't wait!

Release Date: September 25, 2018

Summary: Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.
So what do you think? Did the cover and premise send chills up your spine? Let me know and yes, Netflix Nation will be back this Friday. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Cover Reveal: On the Come Up

So today I'm sharing the cover of a book many have been anticipating. After the novel The Hate U Give became a bestseller with a truthful and moving story, there was great interest in what the author would do next. That would be On the Come Up and today I will be sharing the cover of what I believe is yet another amazing story by Angie Thomas. No question that this cover both beautiful and electric. Definitely struck a cord when I saw it. Now let's see what you'll think.

Title: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least get some streams on her mixtape. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom unexpectedly loses her job, food banks and shut-off notices become as much a part of her life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

So what do you think of the cover? Thanks for stopping by.

Taking A Break

While I enjoy blogging, I also need to think about my health. Right now my mental health (and I'm still ill physically) is on shaky grou...