Fatemarked by David Estes

Fatemarked.jpgFatemarked by David Estes is the first in The Fatemarked Epic series. It’s been a while since I’ve come across a book that I couldn’t put down, but Fatemarked had me hooked. I couldn’t and didn’t want to put it down.

The book is well written and the characters are multi-faceted. Each character has its strengths, and none are perfect. Even the characters you don’t like and want to hate have a human side to them that makes you empathize or at least recognize they weren’t always the monsters they were portrayed to be.

If you are looking for an enjoyable escape and you’ve got several hours to spare, check out Fatemarked. But be prepared, you won’t want to stop reading.

I would say this book is PG-15. There is a sex scene in it, but its no more than what you would see in a PG-13 movie, and you can skip over it. However, there is cruelty and violence in the book which is why I gave it the PG-15 rating. I would not want my young teen to read the book. The cruelty is by no means graphic, but it is enough that some people may be uncomfortable.

Incredibles 2

Incredibles-2I went and saw Incredibles 2 with my family today. And boy, was it great! It is one I’d definitely be interested in seeing again, and even more astoundingly, one I’d definitely be interested in owning.

Being a fan of the first Incredibles, I was super excited when they announced there would be a sequel. Like many, I thought 14 years was too long to wait. It was about time for a follow up to the Incredible family adventures.

The sequel does not disappoint, and remains true to the first movie with its emphasis on family. Packed with humor and fun family moments that everyone can relate to, this movie is a must see.

This is definitely making it on my “favorites” list.

Taxi Brooklyn (Netflix)

Taxi Brooklyn - Season 1Update: (June 2018) The closer I got to the end of the show, there were a lot more sex scenes. This TV show is no longer on my list of shows to recommend.

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An entertaining TV show about a cop who lost her driver’s license and is forced to use a cab for transportation. The cab driver ends up being a real asset in her work to find and arrest killers in Brooklyn.

This show can be watched on Netflix, but unfortunately, there is only one season as the show was cancelled. I haven’t gotten to the final episode yet, but I hope it doesn’t end on a cliff hanger because I will never know what happens.

This series, although it only lasts one season, is definitely making it on my list of TV shows to recommend.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)

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The 2010 version of Hawaii Five-0 is entertaining if you can ignore the fact that this show doesn’t make a pretense of using appropriate police techniques. The main character is a “get-the-job-done-no-matter-what” type of person and often uses tactics that aren’t legal or would make any evidence obtained unusable in court. (For example, in order to get a criminal to talk, Steve, the main character, puts him in shark cage in the ocean and “abandons” him for a little while. In another scene, he ties a guy to a car and takes him on a high speed ride through a winding parking garage).

While the show may be completely unrealistic in terms of its detective work and the situations some characters find themselves in, what makes the show enjoyable is the relationship between the main character, Steve, and his detective partner, Danny. While Steve is the kind of guy who doesn’t mind dumping people in shark cages in the middle of the ocean, Danny is very much by-the-book, and his and Steve’s techniques often result in friction and banter that makes the show entertaining as the two personalities collide.