Monday, May 13, 2013

My Picks of the Week! (14th May 2013)


 Hello my lovely Muses!

There are not many releases this week, but there is nothing wrong with a little break before the many new titles coming out at the end of the month. I noticed that most of the books listed are stand alone novels which is quite refreshing. Sometimes you just want to pick up a book, read it from cover to cover, and sigh with relief and satisfaction at the end instead of cliffhangers like so many books in series tend to do.

In movies, everyone needs to check out the epic Cloud Atlas, directed by the creators of The Matrix and the cult classic Run Lola Run. If it sounds familiar, that's because Cloud Atlas is based off of a book of the same name, a book that many felt would never be able to translate into film because of its grand scale of interwoven stories, settings, etc. But somehow it was pulled off and the movie really is stunning, but beware, it is long and it is the type of film that you may need to view more then once in order to get everything. What's also cool is the cast, Halle Berry, Tom Hanks,  Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Keith David, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, etc. Large cast and what's even better-- almost all of the actors play multiple parts and there are a few I didn't even realize who the actor was until the end when the credits rolled and they show you the actors and the parts they played. So if you want to watch something thought provoking with great acting, definitely give Cloud Atlas a watch!

In TV, the 7th season of Dexter makes its way on dvd and blu-ray, getting everyone caught up and ready for the 8th and final season (yes, I said, final season) which airs next month in June.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Best Wishes,






BOOKS (14th May)


 ADULT

Chase the Storm
by: V.M. Waitt

Up until he buys an old truck, Elijah Morgan lives life according to his family’s plan, never feeling like he belongs. Desperate to find his own path, he heads out on the open road, only to end up stranded in Nebraska. Not wanting to ask for his parents’ help, he takes a job with tough, independent farmer Chase McKenzie.

Despite their age gap, the attraction between Chase and Elijah soon becomes undeniable. They give in to their desire, but that night changes everything and threatens the secret Chase guards so carefully.

As the summer heats up, so does their relationship. When autumn arrives, Elijah is due back at college, and he’ll have to choose whether to continue his education and follow in his family’s footsteps… or to stay in Nebraska with the man he loves.


Release Date: 13th May 2013


Face of the Earth, The
by: Deborah Raney

From the award-winning author of After All, a man finds his wedding vows tested after his wife disappears.When Mitchell Brannon’s beloved wife of twenty years kisses him goodbye one morning, he has little idea that his life is about to change forever. Mitch returns from work early that evening, surprised Jill’s car isn’t in the garage. But her voice on the answering machine makes him smile. “Hey, babe, I’m just now checking out of the hotel, but I’ll stop and pick up something for dinner. Love you.” Hours later, Jill still hasn’t returned, and Mitch’s irritation turns to dread.

When the police come up empty, Mitch enlists the help of their next-door neighbor, Jill’s best friend, Shelley, to help search. As days turn into weeks and weeks into months, Mitch and Shelley’s friendship grows ever closer––and decidedly more complicated. Every lead seems to be a dead end, and Mitch wonders how he can honor the vows he made to a woman who has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth

Release Date: 14th May 2013


Healer, The
by: Antti Tuomainen

One man’s search for his missing wife in a dystopian futuristic Helsinki that is struggling with ruthless climate change

It’s two days before Christmas and Helsinki is battling a ruthless climate catastrophe: subway tunnels are flooded; abandoned vehicles are left burning in the streets; the authorities have issued warnings about malaria, tuberculosis, Ebola, and the plague. People are fleeing to the far north of Finland and Norway where conditions are still tolerable. Social order is crumbling and private security firms have undermined the police force. Tapani Lehtinen, a struggling poet, is among the few still able and willing to live in the city.

When Tapani’s beloved wife, Johanna, a newspaper journalist, goes missing, he embarks on a frantic hunt for her. Johanna’s disappearance seems to be connected to a story she was researching about a politically motivated serial killer known as “The Healer.” Desperate to find Johanna, Tapani’s search leads him to uncover secrets from her past. Secrets that connect her to the very murders she was investigating...

The Healer is set in desperate times, forcing Tapani to take desperate measures in order to find his true love. Written in an engrossingly dense but minimal language, The Healer is a story of survival, loyalty, and determination. Even when the world is coming to an end, love and hope endure.


Release Date: 14th May 2013


Tats of Honor
by: Vona Logan

Kegan Andrews wears his heart on his sleeve, or rather his skin—his tattoo is a testimony to those he’s loved and lost. The losses are piling up—like his young cousin’s suicide and his fiancée’s betrayal. He needs perspective, and the New Zealand trip he planned months ago seems to promise him that. Then Kegan meets Dominic, a man wrapped in so much grief and guilt it’s as if his own heart died two years ago with his long-time partner.

Dominic can’t move on—can’t even imagine it until Kegan jumpstarts his frozen heart. Dominic knows Kegan isn’t gay, so he fights his growing feelings, but Kegan embraces his new self-knowledge about whom he might love. Will Dominic stay mired in the safety of past heartbreak and become a distant memory etched into Kegan’s skin, or will he risk himself for the promise of a new beginning?


Release Date: 15th May 2013

YOUNG ADULT

Below
by: Meg McKinlay

Secrets have a way of floating to the surface. . . . Mystery, compelling characters, and an abandoned town beneath a lake make for a must-read adventure.

On the day Cassie was born, they drowned her town. The mayor flipped a lever and everyone cheered as Old Lower Grange was submerged beneath five thousand swimming pools’ worth of water. Now, twelve years later, Cassie feels drawn to the manmade lake and the mysteries it hides — and she’s not the only one. Her classmate Liam, who wears oversized swim trunks to cover the scars on his legs, joins Cassie in her daily swims across the off-limits side of the lake. As the summer heats up, the water drops lower and lower, offering them glimpses of the ghostly town and uncovering secrets one prominent town figure seems anxious to keep submerged. But like a swimmer who ventures too far from shore, Cassie realizes she can’t turn back. Can she bring their suspicions to light before it’s too late — and does she dare?


Release Date: 14th May 2013


Kindness for Weakness
by: Shawn Goodman

Shawn Goodman will capture your heart with this gritty, honest, and moving story about a boy struggling to learn about friendship, brotherhood, and manhood in a society where violence is the answer to every problem.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest meets Catcher in the Rye.

A fifteen-year-old boy from an abusive home desperately seeking his older brother's love and approval starts pushing drugs for him and suffers the consequences.


Release Date: 14th May 2013



Out of This Place
by: Emma Cameron

A powerful novel in verse captures the voices of three teens as they struggle against hardscrabble realities — and move toward their dreams.

Luke spends his days hanging out at the beach, working shifts at the local supermarket, and trying to stay out of trouble at school. His mate Bongo gets wasted, blocking out memories of the little brother that social services took away from his addict mom and avoiding the stepdad who hits him. And Casey, the girl they both love, longs to get away from her strict, controlling father and start anew in a place where she can be free. But even after they each find a way to move on and lead very different lives, can they outrun their family stories — and will they ever be able to come together again? Set in Australia and narrated in alternating points of view, here is an affecting look at the evolving lives of three friends from talented new author Emma Cameron.


Release Date: 14th May 2013

Rules of Disappearing, The
by: Ashley Elston

She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.

Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself.

But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival.


Release Date: 14th May 2013


Spirit and Dust
by: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Daisy Goodnight can speak to the dead. It’s not the result of a head injury or some near-death experience. She was just born that way. And she’s really good at it. Good enough to help the police solve the occasional homicide.

But helping the local authorities clear cold cases is one thing. Being whisked out of chemistry class by the FBI and flown to the scene of a murder/kidnapping in Minnesota? That’s the real deal.

Before the promotion can go to Daisy’s head, she’s up to her neck in trouble. The spirits are talking, and they’re terrified. There’s a real living girl in danger. And when Daisy is kidnapped by a crime boss with no scruples about using magic—and Daisy—to get what he wants, it looks like hers is the next soul on the line.


Release Date: 14th May 2013

Towering
by: Alex Flinn

At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on.
Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying.


Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.

Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.

Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.

A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Alex Flinn knows her fairy tales, and Towering is her most mind-bending interpretation yet. Dark and mysterious, this reimagining of Rapunzel will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering where Alex will take them next
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Release Date: 14th May 2013





MOVIES & TV SERIES (14th May)

MOVIES

Cloud Atlas
Directed by: Lana & Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer

Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry

Future. Present. Past. Everything is connected. An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.The story is a time-shifting weave of six interlinking narratives, with diverse settings from the savagery of a Pacific Island in the 1850s to a dystopian Korea of the near future. Based on the New York Times best-selling novel "Cloud Atlas" written by David Mitchell. 


Release Date: 14 May 2013


Frankie Go Boom
Directed by: Jordan Roberts

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd

An insane comedy about two brothers, a girl with a broken heart, a sex tape, an angel. And a pig... For his whole life Frank (Charlie Hunnam) has been tortured, embarrassed and humiliated on film by his horrible brother, Bruce (Chris O'Dowd). When Bruce makes and uploads a video of a disastrous one-night stand of Frank's, the sex tape immediately becomes a viral hit and things really hit the fan. Will Jack (Chris Noth), Bruce's violent drug-fiend rehab buddy, find out it's his daughter (Lizzy Caplan) in the video? Can Phyllis (Ron Perlman), Bruce's transsexual computer hacker prison buddy, get them out of trouble? Frankie Go Boom is an outrageous comedy about brotherly hate, amateur porn and the dangers of online fame. 

Release Date: 14 May 2013


Liz & Dick
Directed by: Lloyd Kramer

Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Grant Bowler

For nearly a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were Hollywood royalty and their fiery romance often called the marriage of the century was the most notorious, publicized and celebrated love affair of its day. Swarmed by paparazzi worldwide, their love affair was played out entirely in front of the media from the time they met on the set of the major motion picture Cleopatra, left their respective spouses, married and divorced, only to remarry and divorce once again. Despite their roller coaster romance for the public eye to see, Liz and Dick shared an undeniable love greater than most people could ever dream of. 

Release Date: 14 May 2013


Open Gate
Directed by: Dan Jackson

Starring: Tyler Hoechlin, Agnes Bruckner

A crime drama that takes place in a small East Texas town. Kaleb, a young rodeo bull fighter, struggles with the realities of small town life. His troubles are made worse when he discovers the rodeo he works for is using the bulls to traffic drugs between Texas and Mexico and more people in his little sleepy texas town are involved than he could have imagined. 

Release Date: 14 May 2013



Offender
Directed by: Ron Scalpello

Starring: Joe Cole

Hot new talent Joe Cole ignites a masterpiece of explosive intensity in this powerful action suspense thriller. For Tommy Nix, his girlfriend and unborn child were his entire life and his reason for living. That is until one cruel day when they were brutally torn away as the collateral damage for a ruthless gang who pulled off an armed robbery-murder during the chaos of the London riots. As the city swelters and burns around him Tommy is left with nothing but rage inside. Launching a one-man-war against those responsible he will stop at nothing, even incarceration, to deliver his own form of blazing justice. A man who has lost everything becomes capable of anything...

Release Date: 14 May 2013

Texas Chainsaw
 Directed by: John Luessenhop

Starring: Alexandra Daddario

In 1974, enraged townspeople hunt down and kill every member of the Sawyer family for committing a series of grisly murders. Decades later and hundreds of miles away, a young woman learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion's dank cellars.


Release Date: 14 May 2013


TV SERIES

Dexter: Season 7


Starring: Michael C. Hall

DEXTER returns to DVD and Blu-ray in explosive fashion with Season 7, as Dexter is finally forced to confront his greatest fear, as Debra witnesses his insatiable, ritualistic slaying of a killer. Now Deb knows the secret of his Dark Passenger, his undeniable thirst for blood, and the Code that their father Harry instilled in him as a young boy. But as Deb tries to reconcile the unfathomable idea that her beloved, mild-mannered brother is Miami's most notorious serial killer, Dexter is still pulled by his natural impulses to seek out the guilty and exact his brand of vigilante justice. 

Release Date: 14 May 2013


Dance Academy: Season 1, Vol. 1


Starring: Jordan Rodrigues, Xenia Goodwin

Ever since she was a little girl, Tara Webster dreamed of becoming a dancer. In Season 1 Volume 1, country girl Tara leaves her home, family and friends to audition for the prestigious National Academy of Dance in the big city. When she s given a spot she s sure her life will be spectacular, but what she doesn t realize is that there s a whole lot more to surviving the Academy than just dancing.
Tara soon meets the other first years: carefree Kat, gorgeous Ethan, rebellious Christian, loveable Sammy and overachiever Abigail. Together they manage the pressures of exams, crushes and dancing, all the while knowing that at the end of the year not everyone makes the cut.
For the first time on DVD, see 13 episodes from Season 1 of the hit drama series about chasing dreams.

Release Date: 14 May 2013


Dance Academy: Season 1, Vol. 2

Starring: Jordan Rodrigues, Xenia Goodwin

In Season 1 Volume 2, Tara returns from the holidays excited to have been awarded a first year scholarship, but the rest of the year is full of challenges no one could have seen coming.
The group continues to put all their effort into dancing, but along the way some battle eating disorders, struggle with their parents, overcome physical injury and even deal with big breakups.
With the end-of-year Nutcracker performance approaching, can the Academy group pull it together? And does Tara really have what it takes to stand center stage?
For the first time on DVD, see 13 episodes from Season 1 and take a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the hit drama series about chasing dreams with your very own backstage pass.

Release Date: 14 May 2013


Dance Academy: Season 2, Vol. 1

Starring: Jordan Rodrigues, Xenia Goodwin

It was a rocky first year, but ultimately Tara Webster got everything she wanted: a place in the top dance school in the country, friends she ll know forever and she fell in love twice! She even danced the role of her dreams. So Second Year should be a piece of cake. Right?
In Season 2: Volume 1 Tara reunites with her friends and discovers the exciting news that they can all compete in a prestigious ballet competition, Prix de Fonteyn, to determine the best dancer in the world. Teacher Miss Raine spells it out for them: Make no mistakes. Second Year counts. And you are all in competition. Everyone must work harder than they ve ever worked before on the dance floor and in life.
For the first time on DVD, see 13 episodes from Season 2 of the hit drama series about chasing dreams.

Release Date: 14 May 2013


Dance Academy: Season 2, Vol. 2

Starring: Jordan Rodrigues, Xenia Goodwin

Tara Webster soared to great heights during her first year at the Academy, but by her second year she s learned that being on top in dance, in life, in love only makes for a long fall back down.
In Season 2 Volume 2 the stakes are higher, the lows are lower, and the competitions are exhilarating. Tara and the entire crew must manage tragedy, relationships and the ultimate final showdown performance. Above all else, it s their friendship that held them together this long. Will it carry them through into their third year?
For the first time on DVD, see 13 episodes from Season 2 of the hit series about chasing dreams.

Release Date: 14 May 2013

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