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Friday, September 20

Book Blogger Hop: September 20th - 26th





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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.

Wednesday, September 18

In the GYM!: New Exercise Routine & Ketogenic Dieting


*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my 100% mine. 


I started 2019 with a goal to eat healthier and exercise daily but, unfortunately, that didn't come to function. At one point in time, I was lifting weights several times a week and I had lost a few pounds. However, everything came to a halt when my grandmother had to placed into a nursing home. Thanks to my an aunt, an uncle, and tons of cousins who refused to help, the task of boxing up my grandmother's belongings from her apartment and moving them to a storage unit came down to my mother and me. During that time, I was exerting myself a bit too much, so I put exercising on pause. It was meant to be a temporary thing but as of today I haven't started up my exercise routine again.

What's holding me back?

Well, thanks to allergies, really bad migraines, depression, and so on and so forth, I've haven't had the desire to diet or exercise. However, I need to start doing something. I've gotten to a point to either I buy bigger clothes or lose weight!

Tomorrow morning, I'll be kicking off a new exercise routine. As of right now, I'm not exactly sure what that routine is going to include. Probably 30 minutes on a stationary bike and some sort of cardio exercise, such as Tae Bo or Core De Fore.

As for eating, I thinking of starting a high-protein ketogenic diet. Over the summer, I watched dozens Youtube videos on ketogenic dieting so I'm wanting to try it out. A ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet. Lowering carbs will put your body in a metabolic state called ketosis. It will make your body turn fat into ketones which supplies energy to the brain. So, basically, it means your body will burn body fat into energy faster.

I normally take at least a multi-vitamin when I'm on a a dieting and exercising program. And that's exactly what I'll be doing when I'm on the ketogenic diet. However, I might have to look into buying a Bhb salts supplement, such as Ketond BioMax.

Tuesday, September 17

Fall Reads: The Witch Port Video Game


This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine!

Book can be purchased at the author’s web site at www.leonardbassed.com

Does anyone remember going into a video rental store, running across a slew of low-budget supernatural movies, and getting goose bumps by just looking at the freaky VHS cover arts?

If you're old enough, then you probably know exactly what I'm talking about. Well, I had that same feeling when I first laid eyes on the art cover art for the novella The Witch Port Video Game by writer-singer-actor Lenoard Bassed. Ironically, the author had originally intended to write a movie script instead of a book but eventually he decided to turn his idea into a YA novella.

“I was able to spend more time developing the characters and their world…the whole thing was just such an organic experience and extremely enjoyable, creative for me.” ~ Leonard Bassed

The plot centers around three school friend - Martin, Mackenzie, and Francesca - from a fictional town called Cradle Creek, who get introduced to a new video game called The Witch Port from a new acquaintance, Bianca Morris. At first glance, it looks like a simple sorcery game but they quickly realize it's actually real when the mysterious MacQuoid brothers arrive, as they are identical to characters in the game. Already freaked out enough, the teens start exhibiting supernatural abilities. Now they must literally play "The Witch Port" if they are to survive all this madness.


 Final Thoughts

Sunday, September 15

Sunday Post: 9/15/19

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

Good Morning, Everyone!


I've had another bad couple of weeks dealing with allergies, migraines, and depression. My reading has gotten slightly behind but I hoping maybe I can do some catch up this week if my eyes can handle it.

What Am I Currently Reading?

My current read is Beneath the Attic by V.C. Andrews (a.k.a. Andrew Neiderman), which is a new prequel to Flowers in the Attic. I wanted to begin reading it on Friday but due to a migraine I wasn't able to. While I've been a little bit critical of Mr. Niederman's recent releases, part of me is looking forward to this read.


Recent Reviews

 

Waking Up The Dead
(Audio Reads)

Aladdin (2019)
(Blu-ray Review)

Aladdin (1992)
(Blu-ray Review)

John Wick: Chapter 3
(DVD Review)

Into the Ashes
(Blu-ray Review)

Songwriter
(Blu-ray Review)

New in the Mail

Blu-ray Review: Aladdin (2019)


*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Walmart
Does anyone remember the live-action Aladdin in theatres back in May?

I don't recall seeing one single advertisement for the film but, then again, I hardly pay attention to television spots anymore; though I do recall seeing a very bad trailer for Aladdin on YouTube. Anyway, I guess other people knew about the film being in theatres as it made over $1 billion at the box office, despite the fact it received mixed to negative reviews from critics.

Aladdin (PG; 128 minutes) was released a few days ago on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Multi-Screen Edition, and DVD from Disney Home Entertainment. It's also available on Digital.

Directed by Guy Richie, the film stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, and Billy Magnussen.

Based on the 1992 animated classic of the same name, which was inspired by the folklore Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, the film centers around a street urchin named Aladdin (played by Mena Massoud). After rescuing Princess Jasmine (played by Naomi Scott), who he believes is a handmaiden, Aladdin runs into the Grand vizier of Agrabah, Jafar (played by Marwan Kenzari), who forces him to steal a magic lamp from the Cave of Wonders. The lamp is supposed to contain a jinn who will grant whoever rubs the lamp three wishes. Jafar betrays Aladdin but thanks to a sneaky pet monkey, Abu, Aladdin is able to prevent him from getting his hands on the lamp.

Aladdin rubs the magic lamp and Genie (played by Will Smith) appears, granting him three wishes. He wishes to become a prince so he can impress Jasmine. Genie has a bit of fun attempting to make Aladdin look like a prince and in the process the two become friends.

Unknowingly to Aladdin, Jafar is just around the corner with an evil plan of taking the magic lamp so he can become the new ruler of Agrabah.


Special Features include:
  • ALADDIN’S VIDEO JOURNAL: A NEW FANTASTIC POINT OF VIEW – Watch behind-the-scenes moments captured by Mena Massoud (Aladdin) in this fun, fast-paced look at his personal journey.
  • DELETED SONG: “DESERT MOON” – Experience a moving duet performed by Jasmine and Aladdin, fully shot and edited, with an introduction by Alan Menken. 
  • GUY RITCHIE: A CINEMATIC GENIE – Discover why director Guy Ritchie was the perfect filmmaker to tackle this exhilarating reimagining of a beloved classic.
  • A FRIEND LIKE GENIE – Discover how Will Smith brings talent, experience and his own personal magic to the iconic role of Genie.
  • DELETED SCENES
    • Falling Petals Into OJ
    • Jafar’s Magic Orrery
    • Anders’ Gift o Wrong Wishes
    • Silly Old Fool
    • Post Yam Jam Debrief
  • BLOOPERS – Laugh along with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of outtakes from the set.
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
    • "Speechless" – Music video performed by Naomi Scott
    • “A Whole New World” – Music video performed by ZAYN and Zhavia Ward
    • “ A Whole New World” (“Un Mundo Ideal”) – Music video performed by ZAYN and Becky G. 


Final Thoughts

Friday, September 13

Book Blogger Hop: September 13th - 19th





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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 Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books.
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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: Beneath the Attic by V.C. Andrews



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.


Emma and Elsie were standing with the Howard twins, all of them starring at me with childish expressions of surprise splattered like milk over their pale faces.

page 56, Beneath the Attic by V.C. Andrews

  My Thoughts

Blu-ray Review: Aladdin: The Signature Collection


*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Walmart
Once upon a time, Disney actually made 2D animations! Their last string of success with traditional animation occurred in 1989 with the Little Mermaid and ended in 1999 with Tarzan. In 1992, Disney released the now animated classic Aladdin, based on the folklore Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, which featured the late comedic genius Robin Williams as the voice of Genie. The film was critical and commercial success, taking in over $500 million at the box office. It spawned two direct-to-video sequels, a television series, and a live-action remake.

Aladdin was released on 4K Ultra Blu-ray, Blu-ray Multi-Screen Edition, Digital, and On Demand this week featuring never-before-seen bonus features, including an alternate ending!

 Set in the fictional city of Agrabah, Aladdin tells the story of a young street urchin, Aladdin, who's recruited by the evil Grand vizier Jafar to steal magic lamp from the hidden Cave of Wonders. Things don't go as planned when Jafar betrays Aladdin. However, thanks to sneaky monkey, Abu, Aladdin releases Genie from the lamp and receives three wishes.

The one thing Aladdin desperately wants is to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. He wishes to be a prince so he can impress Jasmine. Genie is determined to grant Aladdin's wish and befriends him in the process.


Special Features include:
  • (New) Sing Along With The Movie – Sing along to your favorite tunes as you watch the film. With magical on-screen lyrics.
  • (New) Aladdin on Aladdin – Join the speaking voice of Aladdin, Scott Weinger (“Fuller House”), as he reflects on almost 30 years of being Aladdin.
  • (New)“Let’s Not Be Too Hasty”: The Voices of “Aladdin” – Take your seat in the recording booth and watch as the voice actors of “Aladdin” work their microphone magic.
  • (New) Alternate Endings – Enter the realm of “what if” and see just how differently the movie could have ended. 
  • (Old) Revisit over 40 exciting bonus features from previous releases including:
    • The Genie Outtakes
    • “Aladdin”: Creating Broadway Magic
    • Unboxing “Aladdin” 
  • (Digital Exclusive) Drawing Genie – Join prolific animator Eric Goldberg as he draws and reminices about the Genie.  


Final Thoughts

Wednesday, September 11

DVD Review: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum


*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.
 
AMAZON; WALMART
Probably by now everyone has heard of the action film series John Wick starring Keanu Reeves. The third film, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (R; 130 mins) was released to theatres back in May and took in over $321 million at the box office. The movie landed on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD yesterday from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. It's also available on Digital.

John Wick (played by Reeves) is a former assassin who comes out of retirement after some thugs murder his dog and steals his car. After John's vengeance was complete, he was dragged out of retirement again due to a blood marker (promise) which leads him to kill a member of the High Table (the shadowy international assassins' guild) at the New York City Continental. Killing anyone on "hollow ground" is a "no no" for the guild, so John is declared "excommunicado"with a $14 million bounty put on his head. And the bounty rises by the hour.

Chapter 3 picks up exactly where Chapter 2 ended, with an injured John trying to escape New York City but with assassins around every corner, he must fight his way out of the country. He heads to Casablanca to seek help from an ex-assassin Sofia (played by Halle Berry) in the attempt to find the Elder, the only person known to be above the High Table.

Meanwhile, the High Table sends an Adjudicator (played by Asia Kate Dillon) to New York City to clean house. She releases Winston (played by Ian McShane) of his duties as manager of the New York Continental Hotel and dethrones the Bowery King (played by Laurence Fishburne). Then she recruits a Japanese assassin, Zero (played by Mark Dacascos) to hunt down and kill John Wick!


DVD Special Features include:
  • Parabellum: Legacy of the High Table
  • Excommunicado
  • Theatrical Trailer #1
  • Theatrical Trailer #2
  • John Wick Hex Game Trailer
  • Behind the Scenes of John Wick Hex


Final Thoughts

Saturday, September 7

Blu-ray Review: Into The Ashes


*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

AMAZON
Now available on Blu-ray from RLJE Films is the revenge drama Into The Ashes (Not Rated; 97 minutes). It's also available on DVD. Written & directed by Aaron Harvey, the film stars Luke Grimes, Robert Taylor, James Badge Dale, Marguerite Moreau and Frank Grillo.

Set in Alabama, the film centers on a gang leader, Sloan (played by Grillo), being released from prison and seeking revenge on Nick Brenner (played by Grimes), a former member of his gang who lead the authorities to his incarnation. Nick has been living a simple life in a small town with his wife Tara (played by Moreau) but he has always feared one day Sloan would come after him. And, unfortunately, that day is finally here!

Sloan tracks down Nick and takes the only love of his life. With his best friend, Sal (played by James Badge Dale), by his side, Nick goes on a revenge quest of his own, which leads to an investigation by the local sheriff (played by Taylor), who happens to be his father-in-law.

Special Features include:
  • Building The Fire: The Making of Into The Ashes 
  • Shooting The South: On Location


Final Thoughts

Friday, September 6

Book Blogger Hop: September 6th - 12th





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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 Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.


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.

Thursday, September 5

Audio Reads: Wake the Dead by Stacey Rourke


*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

AMAZON
A long long time ago (a.k.a. ten years ago), I found myself becoming a fan of the supernatural television series after watching the first season of True Blood and a little bit later I became a fan of the "Sooke Stackhouse" book series by Charaline Harris. Then I started reading other supernatural authors, such as Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison.

In late August, I listened to my very first supernatural audiobook, titled Wake the Dead by Stacey Rourke, which is book one of six in The Journals of Octavia Hollows series. The paperback and eBook versions were released by Anchor Group Publishing back in February 2019. The Audio Flow just released the title as an audiobook on August 23rd with Brenda Scott Wlazlo as the narrator.

Wake the Dead centers around necromancer Octavia Hollows, a woman who has the ability to bring the dead back to life. Along with her pet pig, Bacon, Octavia finds herself helping to solve the mystery to why a young boy is rapidly growing old! The one and only person who might have knowledge to what is going on is the boy's nurse, Nikki, who happens to be dead! 

Octavia must use her supernatural skills to bring Nikki back from the dead to solve the mystery. However, things are easier said than done as this nurse as a slew of issues that Octavia has to deal with first. 
 

Final Thoughts

Tuesday, September 3

Blu-ray Review: Songwriter (1984)


*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon

Late last night, I watched an old movie starring Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson called Songwriter, a musical drama that was original released to theaters to in 1984. I would have been a three-year-old back then, so I had no clue this movie even existed until it was released earlier this year to Blu-ray by Mill Creek Entertainment, which is part of their VHS Retro-Look Blu-rays.

Songwriter (R; 94 mins; $14.98) centers around country singers Doc Jenkins (played by Willie Nelson) and Blackie Buck (played by Kris Kristofferson). After working together for many years, the duo separate just as Doc's personal life becomes a huge train wreck. His wife, Honey (played by Melinda Dillon) kicks him out of the house and his manager, Rodeo Rocky (Richard C. Sarafian), steals the rights to his music.

In the attempt to get his career back on track, Doc becomes the manager for Blackie and a newbie singer, Gilda (played by Lesley Ann Warren).


Final Thoughts

Sunday, September 1

Sunday Post: 9/1/19

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

Good Evening, Everyone!


What Am I Currently Reading?

The last two weeks haven't been the best for me due to my bad allergies which I blame on the rainy weather. I wish autumn would hurry up and get here as my allergies are always better in the Fall. Anyway, I'm currently reading The Witch Port Video Game by Leonard Bassed. It's a 106-page novella with tiny lettering. I'll be reviewing it later in the month for a Book Blog Tour. Then I'll probably be reading Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin.


Recent Reviews

 

The Spanish Princess
(DVD Review)

American Gods: Season Two
(Midnight Horror Review)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
(Blu-ray Review)

White Line Fever
(Blu-ray Review)

The Hustle
(Blu-ray Review)


New in the Mail