Thursday, April 30, 2015

We Won a Liebster Award!

*This is an old post - we are re-publishing it as our domain has changed.  The blog is the same, and the award still applies to our blog, it's simply an updated post.  Our nominees have already accepted or rejected their nominations, and aren't being re-nominated.  Originally posted on April 16th, 2014.

Wow, so this week, our blog was nominated for a Liebster award, by the adorable Elle on Elle's 411 on YA Books!  Lots of thanks to her for the nomination - yay! :D

We've won a few of these on our "Plugged In" blog, so this is exciting for our UnPlugged blog! :D

The Liebster Award's purpose is to get recognition to blogs with less than 200 followers, and promote mutual notice and blog love between new blogs.

There are some rules:
1) Thank and link back the person who nominated you
2) List eleven facts about yourself
3) Answer the eleven questions asked by the blogger who nominated you
4) Nominate 9 bloggers, who have less than 200 followers (you can't nominate the blog that nominated you)
5) Ask them eleven questions
6) Let them know of their nomination!

Since Ken hates answering questions, and I (Rose) love this sort of thing, I will be accepting and fulfilling the Award :)

Eleven Facts About Me:

1.  I've been reading since I was 2.

2. I adore reading, as well as writing.

3. I have a ton of different hobbies besides reading.

4. I love music more than anything else, and will listen to anything.

5. I play the piano, am teaching myself guitar and base, and hope to start learning drums soon.

6.  I'm incredibly eccentric and goofy, and a total bohemian.  

7.  I spent most of my life acting and performing, and hope to resume theatre work soon.

8.  I've moved more times than the number of years I've been alive.

9.  I love animals.

10.  I'm writing several books at the moment.

11.  I have violet eyes.

Elle's Questions

1) If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

Probably to be a successful enough author to actually earn a living (working on that one).  Otherwise, anything with traveling, art, acting or music would suit me just fine.

2) If you could choose any age to be forever, what would it be?

No idea.  I'm way to young to be able to answer that - the best years of my life could be ahead of me, and if I choose any specific time, I'd loose out on a ton of fun :)

3) What is your favorite musicalWhy?

Probably The Phantom of the Opera.  I saw it on Broadway in NYC in High School, and haven't seen a musical that's given me chills the same way.  It's a fantastic story, and I would adore being cast for that production! :D

4) What is your favorite bookHow did you come across it?

Ugh, this question always makes me cringe.  I don't have a favorite book - I love books way too much to have just one favorite, and I think most book lovers are the same way.  We don't have one favorite book, we have one list of favorite books ;)  

5) What is your favorite colorWhy?

Purple - at the moment.  It changes frequently lol  

At the moment, purple, because I'm adoring the purple in my eyes lately, and it just seems to be speaking to me at this stage in my life.

6) Who is your favorite youtuber?

I don't have one.  I don't spend a whole lot of time on YouTube, so I'm not really up on that sort of thing.  

7) Who is your idolWhy do you look up to them?

I don't really believe in idols.  If I have an idol at all, it would be God/Jesus.  I don't necessarily look up to Him, as much as I simply follow Him and trust him with my life.  

8) What are favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptations?

-Favorite: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug , probably.  

9) If you could travel back in time to any historical period, which would it be?

Probably the Victorian Era.  I've always wanted to see how people lived in that time period, and how they truly acted with each other.  

10) Sunrise or Sunset?

Both.  Probably sunrise though, if I have to choose one :P

11) What color socks are you wearing right now?

I'm not wearing socks at the moment.  Later tonight, I'll be wearing fuzzy pink ones with multi-colored polka-dots. 

My Questions for My Nominees

1) What do you do when you're not blogging?

2)  What is your favorite food?

3)  What is your dream job?

4)  What is your favorite genre of books?

5)  What is your favorite genre of movies?

6)  What is your favorite genre of music?

7)  What historical figure would you enjoy meeting?

8)  What is your favorite animal?

9)  Day or night?

10)  Paperback, or eBook?

11) What book would you like to see turned into a movie?

My Nominees

1)  Angel @ -Spare Reads-
3)  Paige @ Electively Paige
4)  Miss Perfection @ A Perfection Called Books
5)  Tanya @ A Book Paradise
6)  Lauren @ Pink Avenger Prime
7)  Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings
9)  Georgia May @ TeenBookHoots

Congrats to the nominees - I hope you have fun answering my questions!! :D  

Good luck to everyone with their awesome blogs!  Thanks for reading, and as always: 

Keep Creating!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

*Book Review* "The Best Kind of Trouble" by Courtney B. Jones

A few months ago, I participated in a book tour hosted by Itching For Books, for the first book in the "Trouble" series, by author Courtney B. Jones.  From the synopsis and cover, I figured it would be a book I'd really enjoy.  Since it ended up being a not-so-good rating and review, I waited to post my review until the tour ended.  As the tour ended several months ago, I'm posting my UnPlugged review today, and my official review will be up on our other book blog later this week. 

*As always, I'd like to remind my readers that the reviews here all have spoilers, however I have a spoiler-free, official (plugged in) review you can read here.

Welp, here we go!

I grew up in Texas where I still live with my husband, our two kids, and two dogs. I'm a recent college grad and an elementary school teacher.

I love to read and write love stories. I have an obsession with books. I own far far too many!

Connect with Courtney Online ~

The Best Kind of Trouble
(Trouble, #1)

~By: Courtney B. Jones

~PublishedJanuary 17th, 2014

~Length: 191 Pages

~Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Ashley Parker knows trouble. And Nathan Williams--star quarterback and charming ladies man—is trouble. She knows he'll only break her heart. But that doesn't stop her from jumping in feet first. When her whole world is flipped upside down, her guitar and her lyrics become her only solace. Along with sexy guitar player Caleb Mathews. 

Fueled by heartache, love, and lust, Ashley finds herself in the best kind of trouble. Boy trouble.

2/5 Roses ~

*I was given an eCopy of the book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

I'm honestly quite conflicted about my opinion of this book.  Being a musician myself, I was really looking forward to reading a book featuring a girl who writes and makes music.  I adore the fact that music is a main aspect of this story, and enjoyed the lyrics that were included in the story.  That's the good - now for the not-so-good...

 Ariel Facepalm

The main character is, unfortunately, infuriating.  The entire story is kind of odd, and throughout the whole thing, I kept thinking: “Ok, I guess technically that could happen, given the exact right circumstances and an insane amount of luck...or in a fantasy...but things don't really happen like that.”

 Chris Hemsworth Pondering

It was very much a contemporary urban fantasy, with a classic “Two guys and a girl” kinda twist.

Secondary characters: Ashley's best friend got on my nerves quite a bit.  She wasn't much of a friend, and just kept making things worse.  Her and her boyfriend were really random, and the drama that centered on the two of them toward the end was odd, and seemed out of place.

The guys: Nathan is your typical jock guy.  Masculine, possessive to a point, competitive and very testosterone-driven.  Caleb is an artist – a musician, to be exact – complete with the mysterious bad guy image, exuding a cool and confident vibe.  Exact opposites, except for one thing: Ashley turns into a hot mess when either of them look at her.

 Pretty Little LIars Eye Roll

The girl: oy.  Ashley is, well, very slap-able.  Meaning, I really want to slap her, basically every time she does something new.  She is simply a ball of irrational emotions she can't seem to control, and while there probably are people out there like that, I don't think it's entirely realistic.  I mean, do most women really become balls of burning lust because a guy smiles at them?  Even after they break the girl's heart?  I don't think so, and while I could be wrong, it was a bit pathetic.  Having that type of character in the lead, made it an annoying read.

 Scott Pilgrim Bam Suicide

Most of the time, it was a redundant “I know he could hurt me...I need to be careful...he's dangerous...but I just want him so bad!”  It was simply exasperating, and I wanted to tell her: either give in, or move on already, no grown woman is that irritating!

 Dr. Who Karen Gillan eye roll

Mainly, I just didn't like all the drama.  I knew going in that it would be an emotionally driven story, but there was so much unnecessary melodrama, it made me want to stop reading.  

 Taylor Swift frustrated screaming

Young college girls can be dramatic, but she wasn't a teenager, and the things she went through seemed very high school.  I couldn't help thinking “Where the hell was she during high school, because she's acting like she's 15 and just discovered wild hormones for the first time.”  

 Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada - epic eye roll

I simply couldn't picture her as a 20 something college student in her 3rd year - I saw her as a high school student with a bunch of college friends.  This probably would have been a bit more believable had it been in a high school setting instead of a college.

 Dancing Thumbs Up - Tina Fey from 30 Rock

Then we get to the music career.  I'm all for life experiences and past pain being turned into music and art – that's fantastic!  However, a full touring music career simply doesn't happen like it happened to her.  She sings in a local bar for a couple of weeks, and all the sudden gets signed with a record label?  Then goes on a country-wide tour two weeks after signing with them??  

 Young Johnny Depp Frustrated

Yeeeah, no.  It doesn't happen like that.  In order to headline a sold-out tour, you have to have fans, and in order to acquire fans, you have to have your music out there for longer than a month.  

 Duh funny Full House

Again, it's one of those things that you could argue may happen to someone with incredible luck and connections, but given that this is supposed to be a realistic, contemporary story, it's simply not believable.  I couldn't help thinking "Yeah, in your dreams!  Is that what this is?  Is she dreaming?  This is ridiculous..."

 Dreaming Pluto (Disney)

Basically, that's my biggest gripe with this book: it's not believable!  On top of that, the copy I had was filled with far too many mistakes to be acceptable.  Misused words, incorrect forms of words, missing words, and mistakes that simple Google searches would have fixed, made reading this even more infuriating.  

 Frustrated Parks & Recreation

If these issues were corrected, I suppose this book would earn 3 Roses from me.

Bottom line: this book needs to be re-edited (if it was ever edited at all); since some people like drama, and would enjoy this book, I wouldn't say “stay away” from it, but also would not be surprised if people don't like it.  While I don't think I'll ever read it again, I would be willing to read the sequel, because it did end on a cliffhanger, and one that made me go “wait, what??”

 Reaction What Minion from Despicable Me

It is an interesting story overall, and for people who like a ton of drama and who aren't looking for realistic characters or situations, this book may appeal to them.

What do you guys think about books like this one?  Stories that are driven purely on intense, irrational emotions and drama?  Does there need to be more realistic details for you to enjoy the story?  Also, what do you guys think about spelling/grammar mistakes?  Do they bug you (if you even notice them at all lol)?  Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, and as always:

Keep Creating!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

*Movie Review* Stick It!

Whoot!!  First movie review on DRR: UnPlugged people!  I'm excited!  Who's excited?  Anyone?  *crickets*  M'kay, well, here we go anyway, cuz really, I just want to gush about one of my absolute favorite movies of all time.

This movie is basically the quintessential "If you wanna know Rose, here's an example" film.

The character Haley Graham, played by one of my all-time favorite actresses Missy Peregrym, is basically the kinda girl I was growing up.  Stubborn, rebellious, athletic (seriously, I looked a lot like her when I was in High School, and she and I look a lot alike!!), and I have her kind of personality.  I was into gymnastics when I was younger, and even though I didn't stick it* out, this movie brings back memories for me, especially of the bars and balance-beam (my two fav areas).  If I could pick an actress to play me in a film (like that would ever happen :P) it would be Missy Peregrym.

*I know, it's a really, really bad pun, but how could I not? *Cheshire cat grin*

Ok, back to gushing.  Wait, first, I must give you the deets of this amazingly fantastic movie!!!  Without further adieu, drum-roll please!

 Stick It (IMDb)Stick It

Missy Peregrym
Jeff Bridges
Vanessa Lengies
& *squeek* 
Kellan Lutz!

~Released: April 28th, 2006

~Written & Directed byJessica Bendinger

~Genres: Comedy, Drama, Sport

~Plot (from IMDb):

After a run-in with the law, Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) is forced to return to the world from which she fled some years ago. Enrolled in an elite gymnastics program run by the legendary Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges), Haley's rebellious attitude gives way to something that just might be called team spirit.

Ok peeps, basically, this is one of my favorite films EVER!!  I'm totally bummed, because I didn't find it until I was like 19 or 20 (4 years after it's release), but ever since then, I've been in love with it.  It's my inspiration, and I adore watching a character so close to my own.  At least, one big side of me.  

OK!  Onto the "review" portion of our post. Ahem!  Herewego!

Obviously, this movie gets my 5 Rose rating, cuz it's just that awesome!

~Plot: Jaded young chick, pissed at life and parental mistakes (who isn't?), has a run-in with the law (again) and is forced, by her father and a very wise old judge, to face her past.  How can this NOT be interesting?!  Add in fantastic gymnastics, bmx stunts, some snarky humor, laugh-out-loud (what, she spelled it out?  Laaaame.  Doesn't she know she can use the ridiculously overused "lol" catch-all thingy??) humor, and Jeff Bridges on a trampoline.  Ooops!  Gave that away.  Shoot!  Now you really wanna see it, donchya? *grins* I know, it's epic.

~Character/Actors: Aaaaawe-some!!  I don't think they could have done any better with casting.  Missy is, just, superbly fantastic.  She nailed Haley's character, and gave an awesome performance.  

Jeff Bridges is, well, a legend, and his films are generally always entertaining.  His portrayal of Burt Vickerman was awesome, and really entertaining.  He was also really believable, and I found myself wondering once "Did he used to be into gymnastics, because he seems like a natural with it all!"

Nikki SooHoo (who plays Wei Wei) is just phenomenal!  She's hilarious, and I LOOOOOVE her dancing!  She's an inspiration in herself, and her character could have it's own film.  

Joanne Charis (played by Vanessa Lengies) is an awesome character!  I love the changes she goes through, and how much she grows up throughout the film.  All the girls do, really, but she grows more than most.  Overcoming petty jealousy, and getting over being an immature brat is always something to applaud ;)

~Ending: *cries* It. Was. Awesome!!  Such a great ending- I always get chills, butterflies, and tear up.  I love when they all pull out their bra straps, and support their fellow gymnast.  (What, did she say bra straps?  WTF?!)  YES!  It's epic, and you must watch the film to find out what I'm talking about.  It's awesome, trust me :)

Ok, do you need more reasons to watch this movie?  You shouldn't but if you need even more convincing, here's something...

For all you Twilight lovers out there!!  Did you miss it?  Up in the film info ^^ there's an actor there you may want to see.  Yes peeps, that's Kellan Lutz, the actor made famous by his muscles and "monkey-man" moves in the Twilight franchise, playing Emmett Cullen.  
Well, in this film, you see him several years younger than the first Twilight film (2008), and he's just adorable!!!  He skateboards, does some awesome stuff on a bmx bike, and is hilarious around the gymnast chicks.  He's a total bad-ass, and I adore his character.  He rocks, his character rocks, just go watch it now.

If you're still here, well, there's not much else I can say to convince you...

Ok, some fun facts, several of which make me love this movie even more!  *Warning!  You may learn more about me as a person through these, so if you don't want to read about the gushing fangirl behind this post, you probably should stop, and just go watch the movie now ;)

If you're still reading- wow!  You're either really bored, or you're kinda curious about me.  If it's the latter, then I'm flattered! :D  

OK!  Fun facts:

~This movie came out on my 16th birthday!!  I didn't know that at the time, but I do now, and it could be a freaky reason I love this movie so much.  There's a connection there, I swear! :D

~(This is a fun fact associated with me- if you don't wanna know about my personal fun-fact, skip to the next one, please).  I mentioned it a little bit at the top of the post, but Missy and I look a lot a like.  I looked sooo much like her when I was in know, before crap-life happened.  *sigh*  If I was able to work out the way I want to, I'd look almost exactly like her.  Same kinda face, similar hair, skinny & toned, etc.  Except she's like 3-4 inches taller than me (5'6 1/2 vs 5'2), and I've got a few more curves that no amount of exercising is ever going to remove ;).  Ok, enough with me, onto more about her!

~Missy Peregrym did have a stunt-double for some of the more dangerous tricks in the movie.  Yes people, gymnastics can become life-threateningly dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.  Yet another reason to watch Stick It- you'll see some awesome stunts!  Aaaanyway, her stunt double was beyond fantastic, and I wish they'd do something official on her, because she's very difficult to find info on.  

~While Missy Peregrym had a stunt double, she still trained for 4 months, just to learn the basics of gymnastics, and build up strength enough to be able to do the stunts she did perform- did I mention it's a difficult sport?  It is.  This movie will show you why.  (Tired of my gushing yet?  Don't care!  I warned you at the beginning this is a gushing fangirl post.)  This article has an awesome interview with Missy, where she talks about her stunt double, and training for the film.

Ok, so I'm outa fun facts, for now.  I'm going to go watch this movie, and if you watch it too, let me know what you think!  

Thanks for reading!  I'm off to conquer the world, and as Haley would say, "Bring It On!"

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

*Book Review* "The Memory Game" by Sharon Sant!

The Memory Game

~PublishedSeptember 1st, 2013

~Length133 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Light Romance, Contemporary, Fantasy

'If there is a hell, I think maybe this is it.' 

Three weeks after fifteen-year-old David died, he’s still hanging around and he doesn’t know why. The only person who can see and hear him is the girl he spent his school days bullying.

Bethany is the most hated girl at school. She hides away, alone with her secrets until, one day, the ghost of a boy killed in a hit-and-run starts to haunt her.

Together, they find that the end is only the beginning…

~ 4/5 Roses ~

*Spoiler Alert!*
This UnPlugged Review contains spoilers of the book.  If you don't want to read spoilers, please see my "Official Review" on Goodreads.

Guy meets girl. Guy is mean to girl. Guy dies, and comes back to haunt girl...tell me more!

So, the synopsis sounds pretty interesting.  I like the fact it's short- great teaser with just enough to hook you, but not spoil the surprises inside.  

~Cover: I really like this cover!!  The guy is edgy, and definitely looks like the kinda guy that could come back and haunt people.  He also fits the character of David perfectly, to me.  I can really see him as that person, and I love that!  The title is cool too, with the silhouette of a girl inside the 'o' in "Memory."  Did you see that?  I didn't the first time.

~David: Really cool character.  I love the fact that he changes so much.  Granted, that could be because he's only 15 when he gets hit by a truck, which then takes off and leaves him to die in a ditch...that really sucks.  But, he's not really gone, so it's ok, right?

 Chris Hemsworth Pondering

~Bethany: I really, really liked Bethany's character.  She's quiet and shy, but she's not weak, contrary to what most of the town thinks.  She deals with people taking out frustrations on her from every place in her life, and then deals with David following her around in ghost form.  Really, he's doing the same thing, following her to ease his frustration and boredom.  She's a tough cookie, and I love how she helps David grow up.

~The Ending: Omg, I couldn't believe the way Sharon ended this book!  Bethany dies!?!  

 Jacob Black crying

I love and hate it at the same time.  It's somewhat sweet that she dies in the same place as David did, and they are together in their afterlife, to face whatever comes next together.  

But still, she has to die??  And because her father killed her?  Just, wow.  

It was so suspenseful, and there were so many ups and downs with her health until then, that I really thought she'd make it.  Buried in the snow all night though, you just know she didn't.  Then she takes David's hand, and he can finally feel her, and she's warm to him... ugh, I totally wanted to start balling.

 Crying Chick

After I finished the last page, I had a serious Beca moment, from Pitch Perfect, when she finally watches The Breakfast Club.  I was totally there, having to catch my breath, happy for them, but sad from the emotional suspense too.

 Anna Kendrick as Becca from Pitch Perfect - crying

~Overall: This is a really good book.  It surprises you with the light romance that buds between David and Bethany, but it's so sweet.  It's awesome to see him get over the other girl he liked when he was alive, because she so wasn't good for him.  

Hopefully, David and Bethany will have a happily ever after-life! :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cover Love for "Full Contact" Book!!

Ok, since this is the first of these posts, lemme explain.  I'm going to do "Cover Love" posts.  Basically, gushing over covers!!

To kick it off, here's a good one!!
WoW!!  Between the look on the guy's face, and his tattoos, just, wow.

Note for authors here, this cover seems to be generating a ton of buzz - I've seen a bunch of people posting about it!

For me, it's more than the guy though.  I adore the dynamics going on here - the color contrasts, the natural feel of it, and the intensity of it all.

Overall, awesome cover!!

Ok, back to your lives, people.

Monday, April 6, 2015

*Book Review* "Royal Pain" by Danielle Doolittle!

Royal Pain, by Danielle Doolittle

Published January 5th, 2014
by Entranced Publishing

Find it on Goodreads

Falling in love can be a royal pain.

A cocktail of sex, booze and breakneck speeds is what sends Prince Henry of Benignus into rehab. He’s expecting to skip out on lectures and smoke behind the shed.
He’s not expecting Carleigh.

Carleigh Phillips knows Henry is trouble. His bad boy attitude reeks of self-importance and over-indulgence. She’s not expecting him to lift a royal finger during his time at the ranch.

She’s not expecting him to be a threat to her heart.

When Carleigh’s life is on the line, will Prince Henry step up to the plate? Or will he prove he really is nothing but a phony royal pain?