Book Review: Double Full (Nice Guys Series, #1) – Kindle Alexander

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Double Full’s my third read from SUPER AUTHOR Kindle Alexander. I was not expecting too much from it because I still have the “Always” hung-over but this was actually another impressive story from the author.

The novel centers on football quarterback and up and coming NFL superstar Colton Michaels and the sexy cheerleader Jace Montgomery. Theirs was a requited love all throughout their four years in college but Colt finally got the nerve to approach Jace during their last spring break in college that led to a super romantic getaway in Hawaii hidden from the entire world to see. Their secret love fest was abruptly stopped by Colton’s overbearing s.o.b of a father who threatened his son and go after Jace if they’ll continue with the whole thing. About 10 years after Colt left (abandoned) Jace without any explanation (poor Jace), our cheerleader has grown to be a successful cheerleading master of some sort. In short, he did well – pretty well actually. Colton on the other hand continued to dominate the NFL while battling a lot of things after he was forced to give up Jace – A. Alcoholism, B. His scheming-blackmailing Russian girlfriend whose name I can’t even properly read. C. His father’s still an a-hole but yeah, he’s old. D. Coming out and his lifetime regret of letting Jace go.

The author sure knows how to weave stories and jump from one scene to another without losing her readers. Oh, and I just love how Kindle always uses “HIS” (insert name) every time the other guy refer to his one true love. The writing’s almost too sappy but it’s just way too awe-worthy so to hell! Lol

I was also totally hooked with Mitch whom the author introduced in the latter part of the book (whom I supposed will be the main character for the second book of the series. Yay!) without actually swaying too much from Colt and Jace. What an impressive transitioning ability! Double Full is a total sap-fest of a book but it’s the good kind so make sure to put this one on your to-read-list! It’s so worth it!

 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Review: Texas Pride – Kindle Alexander

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This was another novel from Kindle Alexander which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s not as intense as Always but it has the right ingredients to be considered a good novel. Texas Pride centers on Austin Grainger, a two-time Academy Award winning actor who turn his back from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood wanting to settle down and find peace from it. He decided to go back to his hometown in Texas where he purchase a land and thought that this is where he will find that life he’s been cravin’ for until he laid eyes on Kitt Kelly. Kitt’s the young, sexy and closeted ranch owner who sold him his land and lives next door. As they get to know each other and fell in love, they also find themselves in compromising situations which threatens both their status and what they feel for each other.

I love how Kindle Alexander writes her novels. She’s very consistent in delivering a smooth sailing story. I love the pacing of this story and the characters are well-developed. I love that each has certain characteristics. I love that you could easily remember them. I also love how Austin and Kitt does not beat around the bush making it possible for the story development to progress more which in turn will give richness to the story.

So far, I’ve read two titles from this author and I’m on my third one – in less than three days!!!! I’m very much impressed that I can tell. What an achievement to have produced two exceptionally well-written novels. I can’t wait to read more from her – she’s worthy buying after all.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Fifty Shades Of Grey – E. L. James

Published May 25th 2011 by Vintage

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I wasn’t keen on reading the highly popular erotic novel (and its subsequent sequels) Fifty Shades of Grey but with my friends non-stop gushing about “Christian Grey” and “Anastasia Steel,” (mostly it was Christian) I finally decided to give in and ride on the bandwagon (esp now that the film’s version is slated for release February of next year)

 Penned by E L James, Fifty Shades of Grey centers on the naïve college girl Anastasia Steel who met the “elusive, supersexy, BDSM*-loving, demigod looking billionaire” Christian Grey through an interview she did for a friend. Grey immediately took interest on her and eventually offered her something that would deliver the young Anastasia into the dark, sensual world and shattering past of the powerful Christian Grey.

The book obviously has more than its share of erotic scenes – like way too many! It also carries as a whole the irresistible charm of Christian Grey. At times, I find Anna’s character annoying because of her uber-innocence but hey, that just me putting myself in her shoe..uh, LOL. And is it disturbing to mention how the character of Christian Grey reminds me so much of Edward Cullen from Twilight minus the pangs, vampirism and all? LOL

After reading the book, I realized that I liked both characters – Christian Grey, Anastasia and her inner goddess! She was awesome! Fifty Shades of Grey simply has its own appeal that lures you to the erotic, dark and troubled world of Christian Grey and tags you along Anastasia’s journey into it. It’s worth reading after all…

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

*BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism) is a variety of erotic practices involving dominance and submission, role-playing, restraint, and other interpersonal dynamics. (source)

Review: The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

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After raving so much about the book, it made me anxious and uber-excited anticipating the release of the film and I thank my lucky stars that I was able to score an invite for its advanced screening. Seriously, the wait was just about to kill me! The story is centered on sixteen-year-old cancer patient Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she meets Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. From there, they were inseparable that even led to Augustus granting Hazel’s wish to meet the author of her favorite book, flying them both to Amsterdam.

I honestly didn’t set too many expectations prior to seeing this. I mean, the book was one of the best reads I’ve had recently and I didn’t want to spoil the whole experience if the movie didn’t live up to its promise. Fortunately, the movie didn’t disappoint. From the onset of the film, I was already grinning from ear to ear and midway through it until the end – I think I was one of the viewers bawling like a 12 year-old girl whose puppy just got kicked!

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I just really love how effective and succinct Shailene Woodley as Hazel. This girl could pull you into a corner and just be in awe of her emotional depth. It’s amazing how she’s able to make you smile and feel giddy about her and Gus (Ansel Elgort). At the latter part of the film, I was with her crying. I feel her pain and I feel her resolve. She truly connects in such a way that everyone could easily relate to. Ansel on the other hand was dreamy as Augustus Waters. He’s got a really good chemistry with Shailene and I think everyone sighed heavily (wishing they were Hazel) during the swing scene and that oh-so-well-rehearsed dinner. It was almost too much but it’s still awe-worthy. Shailene and Ansel intricately worn the characters of Hazel and Augustus to life that it’s almost difficult to let any one of them go.

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It was also nice to note that Josh Boone who directed the film and Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber who wrote the screenplay decided to be subtle about their approach on one of the characters fate. For someone who hasn’t read this John Green novel, it was a bit surprising and heartbreaking at the same time.

Another wonderful thing about this adaptation is the fact that it goes beyond its target audience much like the book. It’ll destroy your emotion but keeps you on the ride at the same time. The Fault In Our Stars has one solid story that will probably rival Noah and Allie on a different kind of level – bittersweet yet there is acceptance. It was magnified in such a way that it does not really revolved on two cancer patients but rather the romance, the young love and that heartfelt loss and acceptance that will forever be in their hearts.

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Director: Josh Boone
Based on the novel The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Lotte Verbeek, Willem Dafoe, Emily Peachey

Rating: 9.5/10

Watch it nationwide on the big scree n on June 5, 2014.

Book Review: Always – Kindle Alexander

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Always is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of one soul finding its mate. I’m not exactly sure about the number of times I’ve cried while reading this book. I can’t even discern which emotion was dominant directed towards the two main characters in this book.

The stirring narrative of Avery Adams and Kane Dalton’s story was a true testament that truly, love knows no limit. It should be boundless and true love can really stand the test of time – even the afterlife. Too sappy for you? Maybe so, but this is one book I’m putting atop that pedestal of my favorite books EVER.

It feels wonderful to have stumbled upon this great read. I was inspired by both men. Under an unconventional relationship (by world’s standard, unfortunately until today) they have led a beautiful life so normal and just awe-inspiring that I have to commend the author Kindle Alexander for writing such a story.

Sometimes, it’s frustrating to read a book involving homosexual characters that deals with third parties, with too much personal baggage and with too many characters too high strung to deal with their personal issues. With this, Kindle Alexander created something that is maybe a little too ideal but perhaps something that actually exists. Not necessarily under the same scenario as Avery and Kane but that love is somehow a reality for some. The existence of that kind of love was real – and I’d like to believe it is real. Mushy huh? But true, I’m even wishing the same for myself.

Always is the mere definition of the saying that love conquers all. I’m a firm believer that it does. So thank you Kindle Alexander for writing this novel. It’s such a beautiful gift. Maraming Salamat.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Aftermath – Cara Dee

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I absolutely adore this book! It was written beautifully and it tugs to your heart in so many levels. Austin Huntley is a family man who lives his life in order. He’s got a nice career and a nice family and is simply content with what he’s got. Cameron Nash on the other hand is an antisocial mechanic with very little patience when it comes to dealing with – err life. Bonded by their five months traumatic captivity together, the two men formed something that they realized is more than just their will to escape their captor but something that will change their lives forever.

I didn’t expect this book to be so good. I mean, I loved how the author seemingly tied everything together while going back and forth from the past to the present every other chapter. I love the “love” element in it though, I find the whole kidnapping thing a bit puzzling but it’s okay. It’s no biggie to be honest since it kinda helped the story development. It’s also nice to note that both characters have their own identity that was easily dissected throughout the book. Cam’s character for one is a very interesting character. I liked the fact that his Asperger Disorder was discussed here and it didn’t become an issue at all because seriously, it’s no biggie. Cam’s so adorbs here to be honest. It’s actually surprising that the book isn’t that dark at all. Their situation was traumatic ofcourse but it sure was nice to note that the author was able to turn it into light reading – in a good way.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Review: School Ties (1992)

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With future Hollywood biggies assembling the cast of this 1992 film, it’s perhaps one of those good “School Movies” to come-out pre-Harry Potter era. Nah, it isn’t like that at all. This is a story of anti-Semitism and elitism if you may consider it so. Brendan Fraser plays David Green, a working class Jewish teenager who got himself a football scholarship in his senior year to an exclusive school in Massachusetts. Here, David meets his team mates who are part of the “upper echelon” and have shown Jewish prejudice that made David uncomfortable in so many ways.

 We also have here the evil Matt Damon who plays Charlie Dillon whom David replaces as the blocker in the team which totally pisses the former off. To add salt to the injury, he also loses his girlfriend to David. Ouch!

 The whole thing didn’t explode in there though – after being harassed for his religion, he was also scrutinized for cheating on a final exam as Dillon exploits his influence to encourage everyone in the school honor system committee to oust Green.

 You see, it was actually a well written plot for a feel good “redemption movie.” There were moments in the book that you’d take the punch for David, like you want to give it good to Dillon. Oh, Did I mention that we also have Chris O’ Donnell and Ben Affleck here? No, they’re merely a support act. You see, it’s a delicate process figuring out where this movie really stands. Like remix Dead Poet Society / Scent Of A Woman / With Honors then add some football scholarship angle and you’d get a substandard result – that my friend is School Ties for you.

Director: Robert Mandel
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell, Randall Batinkoff, Cole Hauser, Andrew Lowery, Ben Affleck, Anthony Rapp, Amy Locane, Peter Donat, Michael Higgins, Ed Lauter, Peter McRobbie, Zeljko Ivanek

Rating: 8.5/10

John Spainhour is Mister World Philippines 2014!

pic_2Filipino-American John Spainhour, a model and a former US marine scout sniper was chosen to represent the Philippines in the upcoming Mister World 2014 that will be held in Torbay, United Kingdom. The announcement was made last May 29 at the Glorietta 5 Atrium by Ms. Cory Quirino who’s heading the so-far very successful campaigns of both Miss World and Mister World Philippines since 2011.

26 year old John was born in South Carolina, USA, growing up in Manila, Philippines. Describing himself as “Disciplined, hardworking and dedicated” John is a former Marine Corp Scout Sniper. Since finishing his service, he has worked as a fashion model, and is looking for new opportunities and adventures to pursue. In his spare time he likes to be in the outdoors, going camping, snowboarding and hiking. He is also a scuba diver and likes to play video games. via MrWorldTV

pic_1Now this is good news for pageant pundits and fans because we now have a very capable candidate to hopefully succeed the current Mister World Francisco Escobar of Colombia. If you still remember, Andrew Wolff almost bagged the crown from Escobar in 2012 placing as 1st runner-up. With John’s military training and modeling experience, it should be easy for him to do the physically tasking challenges required in the pageant and at the same time pull that charm that will hopefully win him the title. Good luck John!! Make the country proud!

During the event, it was also announced that Fil-Persian model Sam Adjani will be the country’s representative for the 2015 edition of the pageant! Why! Such good choices from Miss Cory!!
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Book Review: More Than Him – Jay McLean

More Than HimMore Than Him is the third book from the More series by Jay McLean. It’s the continuation of what transpired during the second book of the series (More than Her.) Basically, it’s still about Logan and Amanda. Personally, I was not at all excited to read this one because I thought the author could’ve concluded their story in the second book and moved on with the other characters. You see, their story has become repetitive. There’s too much going on in it- too much drama, too much sex, too many conflicts. It felt like the author tried to stretch the story which became utterly unbearable. I’m very disappointed with this after having high regards on the first book. This one didn’t live up to its promise at all and review ratings for that matter. It’s such a shame because it could’ve been great. At the end, it’s obvious that there’s an impending book again and it’d be about Cameron and Lucy – whilst I love these two, I think I’d skip a Jay McLean for now after reading the last two titles from her. It was just exhausting reading those. Gaaaahhhh! I’d love for it to work but it just didn’t (atleast for me)….it was just frustrating and all. The whole POV writing style also became a bit inconsistent – like there are moments that the characters will be talking directly to the reader and it will change again. This was just utterly disappointing for me. Maybe I’d give it time and perhaps I’d be able to read Luce’s story – she’s my favorite character to begin with.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

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I’ve read this one like a few months ago and I still enjoyed re-reading it every now and then. This was the first John Green book I’ve read as well. This book is narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen year old cancer patient who is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she met the handsome Augustus (Gus) Waters whom she eventually fell in love with.

Hazel’s a rather quirky girl and does have a unique sense of humor. Gus on the other hand was more carefree on the surface but deep inside, he’s someone who take things a lot more seriously. For the record though, I’ve read this book prior to learning that there will be a movie adaptation set to be released this year – next week actually! (exciting huh?!)

It was so hard letting go of Hazel and Gus, I mean finishing the book – I was a bit depressed and was feeling so bad because of how it ended. You see, It’s actually a beautiful ending – bittersweet perhaps? It’s a connection from the characters that you fell in love with and if something bad happen to them – it feels like youre heart is breaking for them. I’m getting overly-sentimental here but it’s true. This book is an inspiring book, a spirit-lifter and a book that tells you that nothing’s really permanent in this world. And yes, I did cry reading this book. I know, I know but hey’ crying is good right?

‘tis one of my favorite quotes from the book:

There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars