Radiance by Alyson Noel Review

I feel oddly productive today. I did all the things on my to-do list. I bought a couple of movies and I think I’m still wired for that Starbucks energy shot. I knew I should have just got a coke. But I finished the first book of December and I quite enjoyed it.

Radiance (Riley Bloom, #1)Radiance by Alyson Noel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve read two of the Evermore series by the author of this series. I have to say that Riley is a tad more interesting than her older sister Ever. I don’t know why, but Ever seems kind of dull, while Riley is pretty spunky. It’s been awhile since I’ve read literature intended for children, but I really enjoyed this book. I’m looking forward to learning more about the Here After. Oh and I thought the book sent a good message about living your own life.

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Movies and A Begone Era

In total this year, I’ve watched only eleven movies. To me that’s a good thing, but since I have no recollection of other years, I’m not sure if I’ve decreased or increased my viewing.

I’ve been a major Natalie Portman fan since the age of fourteen. This is also around the time I became obsessed with Star Wars. But I’m veering off topic. I knew Natalie was up for the Best Actress. I waited for news to hit the internet of the 2011 Best Actress win and I was euphoric when she was announced as the winner. But it wasn’t until November 2011 and after the purchase of both a portable DVD player and the purchase of the Black Swan, did I see the performance that won her the Oscar. As a person with a mental illness, it hit a nerve watching Nina. But I found the movie very enjoyable and it also sparked an interest in ballet.

I have a list of films that I would like to watch. Most of the films are independent, but there are a few blockbusters. I’m an equal opportunity viewer after all. I find myself wanting to watch silent films. I’ve always been fascinated by history and wouldn’t it be perfect to see it in action?

Any recs of films that I should watch? I’m making my way down the Best Picture nominees, but I’m open to all suggestions!

Secrets in a Small Town Book Review

So I guess this would be my first blog post. Well not really, since I’ve been blogging since I was fifteen, but this one would be my first public one. I had a lot of trouble deciding what type of blog this would be, but I’m thinking it’s going to be an entertainment blog. My definition of that would be books, music, movies, television, etc. It might also double as a DIY blog.

So here’s my first review:


I started this book (Secrets in a Small Town by Kimberly van Meter) a few days ago. It started off strong and I thought that the author was doing a good job. My only qualm with it, is that it ended too quickly. I think there were too many sub-plots running and they weren’t wrapped up in a good way. I know that Harlequin has a certain amount of words for their specific lines, so I think Secrets in a Small Town would have done better in the HQN line by the same publishing company. But I did enjoy Piper and Owen, I just didn’t like the way the story was wrapped up.

All in all. I liked it, but I thought it would been better suited for another publishing line. I felt like I didn’t get a chance to really know the characters and their respective stories were wrapped up too quickly. So I think it merits three stars.