Book Review: Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson



Midnight at the Electric
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction/Historical
Released: June 17 2017
Review Source: HarperTeen

Divided by time. Ignited by a spark.

Kansas, 2065. Adri has secured a slot as a Colonist—one of the lucky few handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own.

Oklahoma, 1934. Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine fantasizes about her family’s farmhand, and longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called the Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire—and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life—Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.

England, 1919. In the recovery following the First World War, Lenore struggles with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself?

While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined.


Midnight at the Electric follows three different girls who are all connected in some way. They each come from a different time period; 1919, 1934 and 2065. Each dealing with their own types of dramatic situations they each learn from one another whether they know it or not.

This book had so much potential for me to love it. It hooked me, that's for sure, but it never gave me that feeling of having completely loved the story. I don't feel like I got my answers - which leaves me frustrated.

It was a little bit difficult to keep up with. The three girls are in different periods and for a chunk of the book you're with each one. So we start in 2065. When you feel like you haven't really connected with the girl there you get thrown into 1934. It was - for some odd reason - very easy for me to connect to this girl. So I had no issues with her story. But then I get thrown into 1919. When things get a bit confusing then we get thrown back to 2065 and don't get answers for a while. I felt like this was too jumbled and wish that it had a more flowing story.

I've heard so much good things about this book that I really don't want to change anyone's mind about reading it. The intrigue that Anderson brings to the story will have you hooked. And maybe there are people out there who are able to follow a story that throws you around a bit. But for me, this was one that was difficult for me to follow.


Audiobook Review: When it's Real by Erin Watt



When it's Real
Author: Erin Watt
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: May 30th 2017
Review Source: Harlequin Teen

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?


When It’s Real was a total blast! I read Erin Watt’s previous series, The Royals, and could not wait to get my hands on their new book. Then I read the premise, a bad boy singer needing an image change, so they get a girl next door, ordinary, not in the limelight girl to help him out. Oh yes, this will definitely be something I will enjoy. So as soon as the audiobook was in my hands, or on my phone, I was all in.

Oakley Ford, definitely needs an image update. He’s had some bad press and even if they say any press is good press, it’s not always the case. Especially since Oakley wants to change his music, do something more him and less pop. He can’t work with the producer he wants to because of the image that is portrayed of him in the media. He kind of reminded me of Justin Bieber (and I’m totally a belieber so it’s a good thing), he’s been in the limelight since he was a kid and growing up with everyone watching has to be tough. All your mistakes for the world to see, I know we’ve all made mistakes we aren’t proud of just luckily we didn’t have the world watching. Then we have girl nextdoor Vaughn Bennett. Her older sister, Paisley, works for the same PR company that represents Oakley. They notice a picture of Vaughn at her desk, ask a few questions, do a little digging, and then bam! contracts are made and they’re offering Vaughn a lot of money to be a fake girlfriend and becomes too hard to turn down. That kind of money provides a brighter and easier future for Vaughn and her family.

This book was an absolute blast reading, the animosity between the two in the beginning, watching Oakley start to fall for Vaughn, watching Vaughn fight her feelings for Oakley, and all the great dialog in between. Vaughn was a total snarky girl and it made me love her so much. Please pick this book up! Great read for the summer, great read for whenever. These are the YA books I eat up like no other.


#Denver Win Passes to #DespicableMe3 6/27



Despicable Me 3
Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Writers: Ken Daurio (characters), Ken Daurio (screenplay)
Starring: Jenny Slate, Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell
Official Socials: SiteFacebook | Twitter | InstagramIMDb
Hashtag: #DespicableMe3
Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination's Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central's global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s, and proves to be Gru's most formidable nemesis to date. The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017. https://www.despicable.me


Do you want to see DESPICABLE ME 3 before it hits theaters? Click the poster for your chance to win a pass for you and a friend to check out an advance screening on Tuesday, June 27 in Denver! Seats in the theater are first-come, first-serve so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! No one is admitted into the theatre building until one hour prior to the screening time. In theaters everywhere June 30th! www.despicable.me



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#SaltLakeCity Win Passes to #DespicableMe3 6/27



Despicable Me 3
Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Writers: Ken Daurio (characters), Ken Daurio (screenplay)
Starring: Jenny Slate, Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell
Official Socials: SiteFacebook | Twitter | InstagramIMDb
Hashtag: #DespicableMe3
Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination's Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central's global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s, and proves to be Gru's most formidable nemesis to date. The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017. https://www.despicable.me


Do you want to see DESPICABLE ME 3 before it hits theaters? Click the poster for your chance to win a pass for you and a friend to check out an advance screening on Tuesday, June 27 in Salt Lake City! Seats in the theater are first-come, first-serve so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! No one is admitted into the theatre building until one hour prior to the screening time. In theaters everywhere June 30th! www.despicable.me



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Review of HBO's The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks





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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Director: George C. Wolfe
Writers: Rebecca Skloot (Book), Peter Landesman, Alexander Woo, George C. Wolfe
Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne, Renee Elise Goldsberry
MPAA Rating: TV - MA
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An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.


When you want the truth of a story to be told you go and write one your self. When Henrietta Lacks passed away her cells were "donated" for testing to find an immortal cell that can continually be tested on. Talking with the family is what Rebecca Skloot wants to do so that she can shed light onto the human being whom changed science forever.

Want a good laugh? I went into this film thinking it was a science-fiction type story. I totally thought that Oprah Winfrey was suppose to have an immortal life...and that she was Henrietta Lacks. You can tell that I don't really know much about history so I didn't realize that this was a true story.

So when it started and it showed me that it was real I was blind sided. Literally sat there thinking that the science-fiction part was going to happen soon. I've seen The Fourth Kind - it makes you believe that the science fiction that is taking place has happened at some point in time. But then about a half hour into it I realized I really had no idea what kind of movie this was, but that I was loving it.

Oprah Winfrey does such an amazing job playing Deborah Lacks. Loving daughter of Henrietta and someone who just wants her mom to be known for who she was. And Rose Byrne - I saw her in Insidious and really didn't like her from then on. But in this role she was perfect and I couldn't have pictured anyone else playing her.

This movie is definitely a feel good movie, a historical movie that makes you think about how you would react if Henrietta had been your mother. It's a family movie at heart and it makes you really appreciate what you have even if you don't realize what the movie is making you feel until the end.

If you hadn't planned on seeing this I really think you should. And I should let those out there who were like me know that this is not a science fiction film. This is a film that takes you on an emotional journey and shows you the life of Henrietta Lacks.

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Cover Reveal: Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward | Vi Keeland



DEAR BRIDGET, I WANT YOU
Author: Penelope Ward | Vi Keeland
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Model:  Philip Van den Hoogenband – Chadwick Models Melbourne
Photographer:  Brian Jamie
Cover designer:  Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

Dear Bridget,
I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face. So, here goes.
We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.
But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways. I want you.
The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.
So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.
No questions asked.
Think about it.
Or don’t.
Whatever you choose.
It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.
--Simon
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Penelope Ward
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list fifteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island. 

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in fourteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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