posted on February 14, 2014 by
Before there was Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey, there was The Bronze Horseman, written by Paullina Simons. And before Edward Cullen or Christian Grey ever entered my fictional boyfriend fantasies, there was Alexander Belov. I’ve been obsessed with The Bronze Horseman since I first read it (and could not put it down), somewhere around 2007, and it has stayed with me ever since. It’s a breathtaking historical fiction; a sweeping saga with an epic, intense romance. And since it’s Valentine’s Day, it seems like a good time to finally share the obsession. This is how I like my history, by the way. Disguised as a love story. My mother-in-law introduced me to this book – a paperback copy she smuggled into the States from the UK. And I say smuggled because, for some reason, this book wasn’t available in the States until late 2009. But since I got my hands on it, I’ve lent it to everyone I know. If you’re a fan of romance, and romantic heroes, I suggest you get this book. Immediately. Alexander will be the perfect Valentine’s date, I promise.
The Bronze Horseman is part of a trilogy, a very long trilogy, each book averaging around 700+ pages. I don’t like to give spoilers in my book posts, but with this much substance, it’s hard to give a synopsis without giving too much away. The trilogy continues with Tatiana and Alexander and ends with The Summer Garden. Even though I loved all three, none can compare to The Bronze Horseman. And good news for fans of the book – it seems like a movie adaptation is finally in the works. There were rumors that it would be made a few years ago, but the studio who was working on the project let the rights expire. Since then, the rights have been optioned by another studio, and Paullina herself has written the script. So there is a chance that we’ll finally see this on the big screen sometime in 2015. Although I have no idea who they could cast as Alexander! Seems like an impossible task. Although, they did a good job with Edward and Christian, so there’s hope…
posted on January 20, 2014 by
Editors note: Angie sent me this post months ago and I am just now getting it up. (I’m so sorry for the delay, Angie. You’ve been incredibly patient, a quality myself I do not posses.) Stay tuned for more posts from Angie, which I promise will be posted in a more timely fashion!
Hello, obsessors! So, I have been up to a lot of stuff reading since my last post, but one of the books really stood out – Faithful by Kelly Elliot. Faithful is the third book in the Wanted series, so I’m going to do three mini reviews to introduce you to all the books. (That is, if I can remember the details from when I read Wanted!)
Wanted is a lovely book, but it’s also a bit disturbing. I say that because Ellie, the main character, was verbally abused by her mother into thinking she would never be wanted (hence the name.) I believe her words were something like, “You will never be wanted by anyone…remember that Ellie darlin’, remember that…” As a result of the abuse, Ellie had a hard time letting go of her past. And when it came to relationships, Ellie would deny her feelings for fear of getting hurt.
posted on December 06, 2013 by
Even though most of these books are more of the coffee table variety (and one clutch), one of the best things to do over the holidays is curl up with a good book. Preferably in front of the fireplace with a hot beverage, although in my very lucky case, I’ll be reading in a lounge chair on the beach in Jamaica. Here are a few fave girly reads in the next page of the Holiday 2013 Girly Gift Guide! Check out the full guide below the collection, or by clicking here. Happy girly gifting!
1. Sucré Laduree, 39.95 2. Kate Spade Book Emanuelle Box Clutch, 328. 3. Paper To Petal Rebecca Thuss, 19.88 4. The Art Of Procrastination John Perry, 12.95 5. Furniture Makeovers Barb Blair, 24.95 6. Vanity Fair 100 Years, 65. 7. Well-Read Women Samantha Hahn, 15.22 8. The Big Book Of Chic Miles Redd, 75. 9. Nice Is Just A Place In France The Betches, 11.58
posted on October 25, 2013 by
Jenn and I started this conversation about Dracula with the best intentions. We’re both really excited about the new series, but it’s just been one of those super crazy weeks, and the conversation ended up being this:
Jenn: The only reason why I wish to watch Dracula is purely due to the fact that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in it. I think your hottie post this week pretty much explains why. Hello GORGEOUS! I loved him in The Tudors as Henry VIII. Dracula is sexier than ever with him in the lead role.
Ashley: Let’s face it, there is no shortage of vampire shows out there, so what makes this one different and why should we watch it? Like you, the main reason I’m watching is JRM – I think he has the perfect amount of brooding intensity and sensuality. And unlike The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, True Blood and Twilight (to name a few), this one is a period piece, which I’m also excited about. I do, however, think the 10pm Friday time slot is kinda…sucky. (Pun totally intended.)
posted on October 17, 2013 by
Ashley: Of all the new shows this season, I might be most excited for Reign. They are saying it’s like Game of Thrones meets Gossip Girl. I mean, that just sounds like the most perfect show ever! Reign is a historical drama about the rise of Mary, Queen of Scots (a beautiful, headstrong monarch played by Adelaide Kane). But it seems to be more of a modern history, weaving a contemporary soundtrack and fabulous fashion into the true story of Mary and her arrival at the French court. So, it sounds like it’s also a bit of A Knights Tale meets Ever After? Either way, this sounds like something I NEED to watch. Plus it’s on the CW, so you know the cast is full of pretty people. And by pretty people I mean hot guys.
Jenn: I love all historical dramas. I sometimes wish that I could have lived during those times but then I realize I would be lost without modern technology. I read a little about Mary Queen of Scots and she was the great-niece of Henry VIII. The Tudors immediately had me hooked so I am sure this show will do the same. And the fact that is incorporating a modern flair is even more intriguing. I wish we could have watched these types of shows in history class – I would have paid more attention (after researching the true events and not the glamorized Hollywood version).
posted on October 08, 2013 by
Sometimes girls just enjoy a good cry. Whether it be a movie (Beaches kills me each time I watch it) or a book, I think there is something therapeutic about shedding a tear or two every so often. Recently my book club read a book that caught me off guard when I found myself SOBBING during the last 100 pages or so. Literally, I had to put the book down and collect myself before continuing. Now my husband will probably tell you that I am known to cry at Hallmark commercials; I say I’m just a very empathic person. But it’s been a while since I cried THIS hard while reading something so I decided to write a post dedicated to those novels. Do you have your tissues handy? Here we go…
Most Recent: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
SYNOPSIS: After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
REVIEW: I read this book rather quickly. I couldn’t put it down after about halfway through. I found the storyline so compelling and you knew that something had to happen because people just can’t take babies. The story shook me to the core and made me question my beliefs. Before reading this, I had an idea of right and wrong. After reading it, I’m not sure what I would have done in their situations.
posted on October 01, 2013 by
Jenn: Girl comedians are my favorite. I love how edgy they can be and that they will speak their minds about anything and everything. Rebel Wilson can make me laugh as soon as she is on the screen. She has a larger than life personality, the best facial expressions and can basically make me pee my pants by not really saying much. Most people probably remember her from Bridesmaids and she didn’t even have a key role in the movie. Needless to say, I am most DEFINITELY excited for her new tv show coming out, Super Fun Night. I am not even sure what it’s really about but I just love her so much, I’ll watch any show with her in it.
Ashley: Now that you mention it, I have no idea what it’s about either, but I also can’t wait to see it! That speaks a lot to the appeal of Rebel. Did you see her in Pitch Perfect? HILARIOUS! So I did some research for us, and the show is about a girl named Kimmie, a dorky and sweet junior attorney who hangs out at home every Friday night with her equally nerdy friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash). They have a thing called “Friday Night Fun Night” where the motto is “Always together! Always inside!” But that all changes when Kimmie gets a promotion and starts crushing on a guy at work – a handsome attorney who she thinks might be attracted to her after he mentions that he likes girls with a “bit of chunk.” So she pushes her friends to get off the couch and go out. I can’t even imagine what happens when they hit the clubs…
posted on September 28, 2013 by
Jenn: Sex, sex and more sex…who doesn’t want to watch a show about that? Masters of Sex, starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, follows a true story about two researchers, Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who pioneered the study of human sexuality in the 1950/60s. A VERY controversial study at the time. Although the show will probably have a lot of nudity in it, it looks to have some substance behind it by showing the discoveries of the doctor and his associate, along with the criticism they received.
Ashley: I think Showtime has mastered the art of nudity + substance. I mean, look at The Tudors! I think it’s an interesting concept for a show, and we already know that 50/60′s era shows have appeal based on the success of Mad Men. One thing I could not be more excited about is the casting of Michael Sheen. I find him oddly sexy. And he’s a fabulous actor. And I knew I recognized Lizzy Caplan from somewhere – she played Janis in Mean Girls! I think she was also in a few episodes of True Blood. Gotta say, she’s looking way better than she did in her Mean Girls days! Sidenote: You know what’s weird? I never took a Human Sexuality class in college. I feel like I missed a rite of passage…
posted on September 27, 2013 by
Ashley: So I hadn’t really heard much about Betrayal, but when I read this description I knew I had to check it out: “Two lovers’ worlds will collide, culminating in a powerful and compelling story of sex, love, loyalty, marriage and treachery in the provocative, sensual and gripping new drama.” I mean, that definitely sounds like something I need to watch! So I did a bit more research and learned that it’s about a photographer named Sara (Hannah Ware) who is married to ambitious Chicago prosecutor, Drew (Chris Johnson). But then she gets involved in a scandalous affair with a stranger she meets at an art gallery. That handsome stranger is Jack, played by Stuart Townsend, who I only know because he dated Charlize Theron…
Jenn: I’m sorry, my heart just skipped a beat. How did I miss that Stuart and Charlize broke up? I just looked it up and it happened three years ago! I even thought they were married. Geez, I am OUT OF THE LOOP! I can somewhat imagine how it would be difficult to resist Stuart Townsend, he’s not too hard on the eyes. It also looks like there is a murder trial in the series too that puts the lovers on opposite sides…way to throw a major wrench in this relationship. I see that James Cromwell is in the cast (American Horror Story Emmy winner!). I love that guy! He creeps me out but I’m always drawn to his characters. He plays Jack’s powerful entrepreneur father-in-law, Thatcher Karsten. Oooh, this could be very intriguing.
posted on September 26, 2013 by
Jenn: Mork is coming back to TV! After 32 years, its pretty exciting that Robin Williams is coming back to the small screen in The Crazy Ones, a comedy about a father-daughter duo that own an ad agency. His daughter is being played by Sarah Michelle Gellar which I find to be a very interesting cast choice. I love her on the big screen. I never watched Buffy so I can’t comment on her in that series. Plus I don’t think I have ever seen her in a comedy. Correct me if I’m wrong?
Ashley: I had to IMDB her, and no, I’ve never seen her in a comedy! Unless you consider I Know What You Did Last Summer a comedy? I mean, it was so awfully good… I’m really curious to see how she pulls off funny, especially opposite a comedic legend. I adore Robin Williams. He’s so amazingly cooky. But it seems like she plays the Yin to Robin Williams’ Yang. He’s unorthodox and unpredictable and she’s focused and organized, and it seems as though she’s constantly having to keep him in line, if that’s even possible. And I had no idea it was about advertising!! I’m even more excited now! As you know, I work in the industry, and it will be nice to have a comedic spin on that world since Mad Men has more than covered the serious side.
Jenn: That makes more sense if her character is the serious side of the relationship. Speaking of Mad Men, James Wolk has a role in both shows playing Bob Benson in Mad Men and Zach Cropper in this show. I am interested to see how the two characters compare (if they do at all). I think this show is going to have a lot of criticism with Mad Men being so wildly popular – Simon Roberts versus Don Draper. Kelly Clarkson is making a cameo in one of the first episodes and I read that Josh Groban is signed on to make an appearance too. can’t wait to see who else they have lined up.
Ashley: Oh that’s exciting! I also heard Brad Garrett (from Everybody Loves Raymond) has signed on as well! I do think this will be so vastly different from Mad Men that it might be hard to compare. Don’s genius is more refined and restrained, and Simon’s genius is more…insane. But the best creative minds in the biz are all a bit eccentric, so I think it totally works. I imagine this show will be full of catchy one-liners! There is a lot of buzz about RW being back on the small screen, so I hope that works in the show’s favor and not against it. And it seems like RW and SMG have good chemistry (she is admittedly one of his biggest fans and was honored just to read for him), which can totally make a show.
Jenn: I heard RW improvised in a lot of his scenes and since they only had him in mind for the part, I think he will make the show. I also read in article that RW called James Wolk funny. I hope the show lives up to the hype and can stand on its own alongside an already successful advertising show.
Ashley: Sorry, had to get one last thing in. I’m sure a lot of people will be tuning in since it comes on after the much anticipated hour-long season premiere of The Big Bang Theory. And NO ONE is more excited about that than me! But I will have to decide what to watch at 9 – Glee (which is a bittersweet, Beatles-themed episode) or The Crazy Ones? Seriously, what would I do without my DVR??
The Crazy Ones premieres Thursday, September 26 at 9/8c on CBS.