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review 2017-09-04 15:24
Treacherous Beauties by Cheryl B. Dale
Treacherous Beauties: Featuring Major TV Movie Stars - Cheryl Emerson

Annabelle's dead brother haunts her dreams, pleading with her to help him, and the only way she knows how, is to go to where Alan died and try to find his killer...


The mystery was intriguing, the slightly paranormal angle satisfying without descending into the bizarre, the suspense intense...It would've made for a pretty awesome suspense/thriller if it weren't for:

  1. the premise itself—the heroine goes to the town where her brother was murdered determined to find his killer; she's not law enforcement, she's not a detective, she's just a widow posing as an accountant
  2. and the idiotic heroine—read above and add the fact every single decision she makes when she's there proves just what a naïve idiot she really is (you can't say you love someone while lying to them and believing them a murderer; you can't take the word of the only woman the hero dislikes as judge of his character while having proof of his amiability in his interactions with pretty much everybody else in town).


The fact it was written in the first person POV of the heroine didn't help matters at all, merely compounding her bad traits.

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review 2017-08-19 05:07
Protecting the Movie Star (The Protectors) by Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams
Protecting the Movie Star (The Protectors Book 4) - Samantha Chase,Noelle Adams

 

If experience makes the man, Cole is a force to be reckoned with.  From an early age he's fought battles that no person should have to face and done acts that have left him in despair.  Criminal, fighter and best friend are monikers he can't escape, but the one title that changes the man from fighter to warrior is protector.  He wears that title like a badge of honor and will let nothing stop him from shielding the woman he loves.  Not even guilt. Protecting the Movie Star is darker and bolder than the previous three novels in the Protectors series. Not only does Cole and Evangeline tempt readers with their page turner romance, but authors Chase and Adams close out the series by tying up loose ends. An emotional tale of redemption, faith and hope that inspires the heart and heals the soul.

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review 2016-12-26 22:41
#CBR8 Book 124: Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson
Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame - Mara Wilson

I wasn't initially going to get this book. While I've seen Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, possibly the two films that Mara Wilson is most famous for, I haven't really watched any of the others she was a child star in, nor do I follow her Twitter or writing career as an adult. It just didn't seem like this would be all that interesting to me. Nonetheless, this book got a lot of positive write-ups from people with good taste, including Patrick Rothfuss and Wil Wheaton (himself a child star once upon a time) and several of my Goodreads friends. I do like an entertaining audio book, so I changed my mind and used a credit on it. Now I'm glad I did. 

 

As with a lot of celebrity autobiographies, Ms. Wilson reads the book herself, and she has a very wry and self-deprecating way of telling the stories about herself. As she reveals later in the book that one of the things she does for a living now is storytelling, it should come as no surprise that this is a well-told book. The book is an anthology of observations, many dealing with Ms. Wilson's childhood, not just as a child actress, but also dealing with her anxiety and OCD, the death of her mother and how and why she made the choice to give up acting when she became a teenager. There's an open letter to Matilda, the character she is most famous for, and there are stories about her college years and her writing as an adult. The chapter dealing with her mother's death and how it feels growing up without a mother, even though she seems to have a lovely stepmother; the one where she talks about determining the fairly severe levels of her OCD, not to mention the one where she talks about Robin Williams and learning about his death were probably the ones that affected me the most.

 

The reason this book doesn't quite get one of my highest rating is that it really is quite short. I was surprised at how quickly it was finished, and some of the stories are just not all that interesting and felt a bit like filler. This book was written before Ms. Wilson came out openly as bisexual, and as others have already pointed out in their reviews, I suspect some of the chapters would may have been written a bit differently if this was public knowledge. It's a good book, and Wilson is a witty story teller. While not on the same level as Craig Ferguson's or Amy Poehler's books, it was stil a good read.

 

Judging a book by its cover: It's a fairly simple cover, and shows Mara Wilson as she is probably most well-known and recognised. As a little girl, from her role as Matilda. I suspect most people don't know what Wilson looks like as an adult (I had to do a Google image search), so putting one of her most iconic images on the cover of a book that deals with her life as a child star, and has several chapters dealing with Matilda, it seems like good marketing strategy. I know she says in the book that she hates being called cute, but she really was.

Source: kingmagu.blogspot.no/2016/12/cbr8-book-124-where-am-i-now-true.html
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review 2016-07-28 21:58
Star Trek Movie Tie-In (Star Trek: The Original Series) - Alan Dean Foster

So I have been a long time warming up to the reboot, I will be honest. I didn't watch this movie until the second one came out, and I haven't read the novelization until after I saw the third one (in the theatre and in 3-d). Quite frankly, the third movie is the best of the three, but I find this reboot to far superior to say Star Wars Force Awakens.

But about this novelization. It's a good novelization. Foster has little touches that work nicely, and in particular gives Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov more to do (he even, to my mind, improves upon a weak point in the movie). Of course, when takes a step back and starts looking at plot, there are a couple issues - and not just how Kirk is a special snowflake in this movie and book (where he really wasn't in the OST).

Still, a nice enjoyable quick read.

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review 2016-07-21 08:29
The Woman in the Movie Star Dress by Praveen Asthana
The Woman in the Movie Star Dress - Praveen Asthana

The Woman in the Movie Star Dress by Praveen Asthana has an intriguing storyline but needs editing for homonyms and typos. This does not reflect on the writing of this author. The premise is an excellent one: that a person's soul can be imprinted on the fabric of their clothing. Unfortunately the repetitiveness of the words "transference" and "chi" became distracting. Half of the references could have been omitted. I gave this book three stars.

 

Genevieve, the protagonist was born Daisy Bear Nightcloud, but changed her name after what was called "The Incident!" She lives at home with her father, Jimmy an alchoholic and brother, Travis who is mentally unstable and bent on revenge.

 

She works for Annabel at Mel's Hollywood Clothing Store where they sell clothing that had been used in movies. The Store specializes in costumes and clothing worn by movie stars and set extras. She works with Gretchen who entertains her by discussing her sexual escapades as they sell items and gossip. Genevieve has a cavalier attitude about the store inventory and treats it like her personal wardrobe without the knowledge of the owner.

 

She steals her father's peyote to help her feel more confident and to establish a better connection with the stars who wore the clothing.

 

She ends up with three possible men: Cameron Scott, who raped her mother and had just been released from jail; Todd, who she grew up with and finds him a bit boring; or Renzo, the mysterious guy who sells murder memorabilia. I was puzzled why she would consider dating the man that attacked her mother. She is promiscuous in her interactions with strange men she selects at Hollywood parties.

 

I received a complimentary kindle copy from Doublewood Press an Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and NetGalley.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Woman-Movie-Star-Dress-ebook/dp/B00R9WTCD8

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