Just How Un-dreadful Is ‘Penny Dreadful’?

The Showtime show, ‘Penny Dreadful’, kicked off with its first episode in April of this year. The TV series is described by producers as “a psychosexual horror”, and after watching season 1, I think that’s really the only way to describe it. The first season revolves around 8 main characters: Sembene, Victor Frankenstein, Ethan Chandler, Brona Croft, The Creature, Dorian Gray, Vanessa Ives, and Sir Malcolm Murray. Continue reading

The Fault In Our Stars: The Movie

When I first decided to watch ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ it wasn’t because I particularly wanted to, but because I figured it’d make for a good blog post. Then when I realized that it was harder than I had expected to take pictures of the movie screen, I thought I’d just give up on the movie altogether. However, when I tried to leave, I just couldn’t get my bottom off of the seat. Continue reading

Julie James vs. Jennifer Probst – Version 2014

The two greatest contemporary romance writers of this generation, Julie James and Jennifer Probst, each released a new book this year, and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been salivating over the two. Thankfully, the wait was over about a week ago, and I spent last weekend in bliss, reading both these new releases instead of studying for the AP Biology test. Do I regret it? Not. One. Bit.

Then, as I was reading both books, I realized that not everything was exactly what I expected. Some things were disappointments, and some things were even better than I’d expected. I had a favorite in mind, but after reading, it turned out that the other book was the better read. One thing is for sure: the authors sure did surprise me. Both were great reads, but I’m here to help you determine which author is the “Best Contemporary Romance Writer of 2014.” Every year past, the winner has been Julie James – with her engaging, sexy FBI reads – but who will outshine the other this time? I don’t know, but the question is: are you ready to find out? Continue reading