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Mar 20, 2019

Spring Reads: Other Bodies by Joel Ohman


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I can't believe today is the first day of spring; well, at least the calendar refers as the 20th as the beginning of spring, as Mother Nature still thinks it's winter here in the midwest. To kickoff my first Spring Reads post of the year, I'm reviewing the controversial Christian YA novel Other Bodies by Joel Ohman.

Set in a futuristic Philadelphia where VR technology is used, the novel centers around Hattie Martins, a sixteen-year-old who's just starting to build a new life, which includes a new job at a women's clinic, Managed Motherhood, and making a few new friends. Then she learn she is with child!

Like many pregnant teenagers in real life, Hattie has to make the toughest decision in her young life - get an abortion or keep the baby!

 Final Thoughts

Mar 18, 2019

DVD Review: Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


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If you've been following my for blog for the past 10 years, then you would know I've been a big of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles since 1987. Like many kids growing up in the late 1980s, I watched the original TMNT animated series. While the cartoon has unfortunately aged quite a bit over years, it's still my favorite TMNT series; though, I did enjoy the 2012 computer-animated series.

Last year, Nickelodeon debuted the fourth TMNT animated series, titled Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,which is oddly similar to the first episode of the 2012 series, Rise of the Turtles. The pilot episode, Mystic Mayhem, was also released "free" on YouTube. Since I love anything that is free, I did watch Mystic Mayhem when it debuted. Let's just say the new animation style didn't appeal to me right away, as well as the many unnecessary character changes; so I made no attempt to watch the new series. That being said, after seeing the art cover for the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD, my interest was reignited and I thought it would give the series another chance.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ($14.98; Not Rated; 93 minutes) arrived on DVD from Nickelodeon last week featuring the 22-minute episode Mystic Mayhem and six 12-minute episodes. There are no special features or bonus extras.

The episodes include:

  • Mystic Mayhem - After goofing around in New York City, the turtles and their friend April O'Neil stumble upon their first villain, Baron Draxum. In order to defeat Draxum and his Oozesquitos, the turtles must exchange their weapons for mystic ones.
  • Origami Tsunami - While attempting to track down the paper thief duo, the Turtles meet the Foot Clan, who are making origami warriors out of the stolen paper.
  • Donnie's Gifts - After giving his brothers new gear that he created himself, Donatello must destroy his own creations after the gifts malfunction during a fight with Meat Sweats.
  • War and Pizza - April's new job as a party captain at Albearto's Pizzeria hasn't been easy. After Donatello upgrades one of the animatronics, total chaos occurs.
  • Mascot Melee - Dressed in disguises, the turtles travel across Times Square to purchase a new robe for Splinter.
  • Shell in a Cell - After falling from a rafter, Leonardo lands on Ghostbear during a wrestling event and is crowned the new champion.
  • Minotaur Maze - After the stumbling upon the mystical Undercity, the turtles enter the Maze of Death to find the world's greatest pizza.


Final Thoughts


Mar 15, 2019

Book Blogger Hop: March 15th - 21st





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Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop! 


If you want to schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

The Book Blogger Hop now has its own Facebook Group! Please join the group to get all the newest Book Blogger Hop updates. Also, you can communicate with your fellow book bloggers in the group.

What To Do


1. Post on your blog answering this question:


This week's question is submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Review.


2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below. Please enter your Name/Nickname @ Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Here's an example: Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading a few posts and possible become a new follower. The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Friday 56: A Justified Murder



Rules

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it).
Post it.
 Add your (url) post below in the Linky at: www.fredasvoice.com
Add the post url, not your blog url.


Sara's eyes widened. "You took the pills in front of a camera? I've heard of that, but---" She took a deep breath and her voice lowered. "You didn't want a life without friends---and neither did Mrs. Beeson."

page 56, A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux

  My Thoughts

Mar 14, 2019

Music News: Mack Brock Releasing New EP "Covered"



Being released on March 22nd from Sparrow Records (Capitol Christian Music Group) is the EP "Covered" by Mack Brock, a music producer and former Elevation Worship leader.

Mack Brock had released his debut 9-song album, Greater Things, in 2018 and later toured with Rend Collective.

He has been a worship leader for over 15 years. He's the co-songwriter of O'Come to the Alter, Resurrecting, Here As In Heaven, and Do It Again. His songs have been in the Top 50 on CCLI, and four were in the Top 100 CCLI worship songs. 


Mar 11, 2019

Sunday Post / It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @  Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Date.


Good Morning, Everyone! 

Don't you hate it when the doorbell rings when you're in the bathroom! That's exactly what happened to me this morning. I was in the middle of buzzing my head before I was going to take a shower when suddenly I heard the doorbell ring. I wasn't about to go to the door with half shaved head, so I just continued buzzing. Afterward, I found a package door tag slip on the front door from FedEx, which marks the first time in history FedEx has showed up at my house before noon! I was supposed to sign for a package tomorrow, but for some reason FedEx decided to deliver it a day early. No biggie, FedEx will redeliver the package tomorrow.

My reading and blogging plans last week didn't occur. I spent my last Monday afternoon putting canvas pictures on the walls of my grandma's room at the nursing home. Plus, I brought over more of her belongings. Grandma wasn't  feeling well when I visited on Wednesday. On Thursday morning, instead of using her call button, she attempted to transfer herself from her wheelchair to the toilet and fell. The good news is she didn't break anything. There's alarm on her wheelchair, so the nurses were in her room quickly. Later in the day, she was sent to the emergency room as one of the aids noticed she wasn't acting right. It turns out that grandma's white cell count was high due to an infection. She's spent the weekend in the hospital and is supposed to be released back to the nursing home sometime today.



What Am I Currently Reading?

Sometime this week I'll be reading A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux. It's the second novel in the Meldar Mystery series.

 

Last Week's Reviews


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Mar 9, 2019

Midnight Horror Review: Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season


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Good or bad, one of my favorite television series to watch is AMC's The Walking Dead, which the second half of season nine is currently airing on Sunday nights. I've never read the comic books the series is based on, but I've been a fan of the show since episode one. Yes, there were a couple of bad seasons, but I've stuck through it and continued watching.

However, I can't say the same thing has happened with the prequel spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, as that would be a lie. I never cared much for first season and I eventually tuned out early on during the second season. I skipped season three completely and only returned to the series when the character Morgan (played by Lennie James) crossed over from TWD for the first episode of the fourth season. Thanks to the much needed change in direction by the new showrunners, Andrew Chambliss and Ian B. Goldberg, I became a fan of the series. I even bought the first three seasons, so I could play catch up during the mid-season hiatus.

Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season ($44.99; Not Rated; 12 hrs 10 mins) landed on Blu-ray, Digital, and DVD this past week from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. I received an early review copy and spent last weekend binge watching the entire 16-episode fourth season.

Season four doesn't pick up directly after the third season finale cliffhanger, instead it begins where the eighth seven finale of TWD left off, where Morgan has isolated himself from the other communities because he feels guilty for killing the Saviors. After a brief cameos by Rick, Carol, and Jesus (played by Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride, and Tom Payne), Morgan leaves Virginia and travels to Texas. This is where Morgan meets the soft-speaking John Dorie (played by Garret Dillahunt), a friendly police officer who's looking for his lost love Laura (played by Jenna Elfman). Shortly after their meeting, they're captured by a group of survivors, but are later rescued by Althea (played by Maggie Grace), a journalist driving a SWAT CMTV. By the end of the first episode the trio meet Alicia, Nick, Lucian, and Victor (played by Alycia Debnam-Carey, Frank Dillane, Danay Garcia, and Colman Domingo).

The final eight episodes of the season involves a a fierce storm which separates the group. Along with three new characters, Sarah, Wendell, and Jim (played by Mo Collins, Daryl Mitchell, and Aaron Stanford), Morgan goes on a mission to find his missing his friends.

Special Features include:
  • Episode 401 Audio Commentary with Executive Producer Scott Gimple, Showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg
  • Episode 405 Audio Commentary with Director Michael Satrazemis, Actors Jenna Elfman and Garret Dillahunt
  • Episode 410 Audio Commentary with Director Michael Satrazemis and Actress Alycia Debnam-Carey
  • Episode 416 Audio Commentary with Showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg

Final Thoughts

Mar 8, 2019

Book Blogger Hop: March 8th - 14th





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Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop! 


If you want to schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

The Book Blogger Hop now has its own Facebook Group! Please join the group to get all the newest Book Blogger Hop updates. Also, you can communicate with your fellow book bloggers in the group.

What To Do


1. Post on your blog answering this question:


This week's question is submitted by Angelica @ Paperback Princess.
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2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below. Please enter your Name/Nickname @ Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Here's an example: Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading a few posts and possible become a new follower. The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Friday 56: Middle School: Born To Rock



Rules

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it).
Post it.
 Add your (url) post below in the Linky at: www.fredasvoice.com
Add the post url, not your blog url.


And that's when I started to realize just how bad this whole thing was getting.

page 56, Middle School: Born To Rock by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts

  My Thoughts

Mar 6, 2019

Tips on How to Plan a Great Party for Your Teenager


If party planning doesn't come naturally to you, it can feel like a very stressful process. This is especially true for parents who are naturally introverted. However, it's important for your child to socialize and create memories. If your child is at the age where they can verbalize that they'd like to have a party, make it happen. Consider the following ways you can make sure your child has an amazing party.

1. Create an itinerary.

A timeline will help you to make sure there's no lull in the party. If the party is from 4 to 6 pm, make sure that there's entertainment to last that time. Write down when you'd like to cut the cake, serve the food and play different games. If things are running late, you can adjust. However, it's best to make sure the kids are entertained during the time they're at your child's birthday party.

2. Determine what the menu and decor will look like.

Think about what your child's favorite foods are. It's also wise to consider your budget, allergies and preparation. If it's a lot easier to order a ton of pizzas, that's totally fine. Then, you can focus on purchasing large bags of chips, trays of cookies and the birthday cake. Ask your child what they'd like the theme to be. The theme will help you decide whether you should include inflatables new jersey or another option.

3. Solicit help.