Book Review: Rebel Heart by Vi Keeland | Penelope Ward


REBEL HEART
Rush Series Duet #
Author: Vi Keeland | Penelope Ward
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: May 22, 2018

Rush and Gia’s story continues in the gripping conclusion to Rebel Heir…

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Sleep with your boss. Check.

Blow all your money on a rental you can’t afford. Check.
/> How to walk away from a man you fall in love with at the end of a summer:

…I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

Rebel Heir is the second book in the Rush Series Duet. Book One, Rebel Heir, is available for sale now.


ANNNNNNNNNNND My favorite duo has done it again for the second time in a row.  How in the heck do these two amazing authors continue to out-do themselves time after time?  I will try to keep this review as vague as possible for the people that haven't started the duet yet.  I don't want to give away spoilers. 

This, like the first book, is another situation where THE VERY SECOND the book hit my kindle I squeeeeeeeled out loud and read it non stop in one sitting.  From the first page to the last page I literally barely even functioned as a normal human because I HAD to finish reading.

In this duet you need to read Rebel Heir first, they aren't meant to be read as a standalone.  To be honest though, you will absolutely want to read both.  So when Rebel Heir ended, I had to know what was going to happen.  This book was a roller coaster of emotions.  Penelope and Vi have a way of writing that causes you to become so completely absorbed in the world they create that you aren't aware of what's going on in the real world around you.  No joke.  I felt all the feels while reading this book, amplified times ten. 

I'm rating this book with five stars.  I would rate it higher if I could because I rated Rebel Heir five stars and this book was even better than the first, in my humble opinion.  Trust me when I say, go and one click both of these books.  You will not regret it.  You will get taken on an awesome ride that you won't want to end.




PURCHASE LINKS:

REBEL HEART
Amazon ➜ Rebel Heart (Book Two)  http://smarturl.it/v52c2a
iBooks ➜ Rebel Heart (Book Two) http://smarturl.it/mfsebq
B&N ➜ Rebel Heart (Book Two) http://smarturl.it/ew2ggj
Kobo ➜ Rebel Heart (Book Two) http://smarturl.it/l2li2q
Google Play ➜ Rebel Heart (Book Two) http://smarturl.it/ko7i8e
Add it to Goodreads here: ➜ http://smarturl.it/6v4qox
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REBEL HEIR
Google Play ➜ http://smarturl.it/pe0ir3
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About the Authors:

Vi Keeland
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author.   With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over ninety Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty languages. She resides 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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Penelope Ward
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son and beautiful daughter with autism. 

With over a million books sold, she is a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over fifteen novels, including RoomHate which hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Stepbrother Dearest, Neighbor Dearest, Drunk Dial, Cocky Bastard, Stuck-Up Suit, Playboy Pilot and Mister Moneybags (the latter four co-written with Vi Keeland).

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Movie Review: Sony Pictures Classics' The Seagull

Corey Stoll and Saoirse Ronan in The Seagull

The Seagull
CAST: Annette Benning, Saoirse Ronan, Corey Stoll, Elizabeth Moss, Marie Winningham, Jon Tenney, Glenn Fleshler, Michael Zegen, Billy Howle, Brian Dennehy
DIRECTED BY: Michael Mayer
SCREENPLAY BY: Stephen Karam (based on the play by Anton Chekhov)
PRODUCED BY: Robert Salerno, Jay Franke, David Herro
RUN TIME: 99 Minutes
RATED: PG-13
RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2018 (Houston)
One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life.


The Seagull is one of those small, low fanfare films that will be enjoyed by an arthouse crowd, but not by many others.  While the portrayals of the characters and general acting was superb, the film, as a whole, was lackluster and forgettable.  It was nothing to register the summer movie radar.

The cast was top notch.  With names like Annette Benning, Saoirse Ronan, Corey Stoll, Mare Winningham and Brian Dennehy, the cast could act-out dialogue from a phonebook and it would be memorable.  The acting did not disappoint.  The acting was completely engrossing.  Bening (as Irina) is the quintessential aging actress.  She has played the aging actress before and she plays it very well. Ronan (as Nina) is super vulnerable as the wide-eyed starlet hopeful.  Corey Stoll (as Boris) is wonderfully over-dramatic and spineless as the love interest.  Winningham (as Polina) and Dennehy (as Sorin) had smaller, but memorable roles.

The problem with the film seemed to come from the editing.  The film is cut like a series of vignettes.  And while the vignettes are supposed to culminate to depict a “everyone loves someone else” plot, the sketches were not strung together tight enough.  The emotion failed to build.  With a run time of just over ninety minutes, it felt like something was missing.  There were supposed to be some heart string moments along the way, and they seemed lost on the audience.  By the time the real shocker is played out at the end, there seemed to be a collective shrug in the audience.

The Seagull is period piece that felt old and dated. Period pieces can be entertaining by exposing audiences to something out of the usual, but even the camera work of The Seagull seemed to miss the point.  The film is set in the Russian countryside, but the cameras were so focused on close shots of the cast, that the scenery felt wasted.  The costumes appeared cliché.

If it’s all about the acting, or you are a fan of the cast, The Seagull is a fine film.  On all other aspects, it is wanting. Maybe a movie to save for some at home video format.  If you want to catch The Seagull, seek it out at an art house theater near you starting on May 25.


Q&A With 'Mayfly' Author Jeff Sweat



  1. Which scene in your book was your favorite to write? I loved any scene that let me looked at my favorite place, Los Angeles, from the lens of a far-off future. But my favorite scene, my most wrenching scene, was the scene with Apple and the Betterment. There was so much love and joy and loss in one place that it almost physically hurt to write.
  2. What is your favorite character in your book? In all books? My characters tend to be kids that, however flawed, I would have liked to have known when I was a teen, that I’d be proud to have as a kid of my own. But I think I like Pico the best—he doesn’t fit into this world of his, he knows it, and he simply doesn’t care. My favorite character in all books is Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.
  3. What does your office look like? My office looks like my wife’s and my worlds thrown together, in a shade of pink that neither of us like. My half has an unplayed guitar, several yo-yos, and a rack of my black-framed glasses, which I buy in bulk from China. My wife’s half is full of knitting projects and design books, and her half always overtakes the other.
  4. What were your favorite books to read as a child and teenager? I read anything I could get my hands on, from comic books to junk novels to slightly less junky novels. The ones that had an impact on me were the Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander, S is for Space by Ray Bradbury, and The Daybreakers by Louis L’Amour.
  5. If you could spend one day inside any literary world/with any literary character, where and who would it be? The Golden Compass, with the armored polar bear, Iorek Byrnison. He doesn’t believe he has a soul, but somehow his Otherness tells us more about what it means to be human than any other character in the book.  
  6. What’s next for you? There’s a whole world left in Mayfly, so I’ll be going there first. After that, I have a contemporary YA book based on my experience moving to New York for college, a couple of screenplays, and a sci-fi series that asks, “What if Europeans never came to America?”
  7. What is your favorite literary quote? A line from The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald: “His dark eyes looked back so kind and nothing.” It’s evocative of a look and a feeling without ever really describing either. I liked it so much that a modified version made it into Mayfly.
  8. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Write every day—not just because of creating good habits, but because when you write every day, the story never leaves you. Then new characters and plots emerge when you walk the dog, when you take a shower, when you’re thinking of nothing. Creativity tends to live along the margins, and you have to give it an opportunity to emerge.
Jeff’s life has been centered around the story—first as a journalist, then as a social media pioneer, and then as a public relations expert working with some of the top advertising agencies in the country. He uses his reporter’s training in every page of Mayfly, always coming back to the question: “What if…?” He grew up in Idaho as the middle of eight children—seven boys and one girl—and attended Columbia University in New York. 

Jeff lives in a big blue house beneath the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles with his wife Sunny and their three kids, two cats, a racing greyhound and a blue-tongued skink. He likes karaoke, motorcycles and carpentry. He was once shot in the head with a nail gun, which was not a big of a deal as it sounds. But it still hurt like crazy.

#Seattle Grab Passes to #AdriftMovie @ Regal Thornton Place 5/29



ADRIFT
CAST: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin
DIRECTED BY: Baltasar Kormákur
SCREENPLAY BY: Screenplay by Aaron Kandell & Jordan Kandell and David Branson Smith (Based on the book by Tami Oldham Ashcraft with Susea McGearhart)
PRODUCED BY: Baltasar Kormákur, Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell, Shailene Woodley
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2018
ADRIFT is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirits whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime. As the two sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn't anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. ADRIFT is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love.


Do you want to see Adrift Movie before it hits Theaters  Click on the link below, for your chance to download an admit-two screening pass for an advance screening on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00PM in Seattle! Seats in the theater are first-come, first-serve so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY!

#Portland Grab Passes to #AdriftMovie @ Regal Lloyd Center



ADRIFT
CAST: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin
DIRECTED BY: Baltasar Kormákur
SCREENPLAY BY: Screenplay by Aaron Kandell & Jordan Kandell and David Branson Smith (Based on the book by Tami Oldham Ashcraft with Susea McGearhart)
PRODUCED BY: Baltasar Kormákur, Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell, Shailene Woodley
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2018
ADRIFT is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirits whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime. As the two sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn't anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. ADRIFT is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love.


Do you want to see Adrift Movie before it hits Theaters  Click on the link below, for your chance to download an admit-two screening pass for an advance screening on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00PM in Portland! Seats in the theater are first-come, first-serve so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY!

#Houston Grab Passes to #AdriftMovie @ Edwards Greenway Grand Palace 5/30



ADRIFT
CAST: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin
DIRECTED BY: Baltasar Kormákur
SCREENPLAY BY: Screenplay by Aaron Kandell & Jordan Kandell and David Branson Smith (Based on the book by Tami Oldham Ashcraft with Susea McGearhart)
PRODUCED BY: Baltasar Kormákur, Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell, Shailene Woodley
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2018
ADRIFT is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirits whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime. As the two sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn't anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. ADRIFT is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love.


Do you want to see Adrift Movie before it hits Theaters  Click on the link below, for your chance to download an admit-two screening pass for an advance screening on Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00PM in Houston! Seats in the theater are first-come, first-serve so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY!

#SanAntonio Grab Passes to #AdriftMovie @ Santikos Silverado 5/30



ADRIFT
CAST: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin
DIRECTED BY: Baltasar Kormákur
SCREENPLAY BY: Screenplay by Aaron Kandell & Jordan Kandell and David Branson Smith (Based on the book by Tami Oldham Ashcraft with Susea McGearhart)
PRODUCED BY: Baltasar Kormákur, Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell, Shailene Woodley
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2018
ADRIFT is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirits whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime. As the two sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn't anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. ADRIFT is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love.


Do you want to see Adrift Movie before it hits Theaters  Click on the link below, for your chance to download an admit-two screening pass for an advance screening on Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00PM in San Antonio! Seats in the theater are first-come, first-serve so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY!
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