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.

The Dangerous Book for Boys (Amazon)

DangerousBookforBoysThe Dangerous Book for Boys is a book (which I haven’t read) and a TV series created by Amazon. The TV series is entertaining and well-acted. I liked the values that the father tries to instill in his sons, particularly the main character Wyatt, who is struggling the most with his father’s passing.

This is an entertaining, light-hearted, family TV series that adults can enjoy with their children. Personally, I think it is clever how the idea for this series was created from a non-fiction, how-to book for boys. It will definitely be joining my list of TV shows to recommend to families or adults who enjoy good, clean, fun.

 

Jumanji (PG)

JumajiThe 2017 film Jumanji is more like a sequel than a remake. And, I think it is clever how they adapted the idea of Jumanji (previously a board game in the 1995 version with Robin Williams) into something that modern teens would use/could relate to (a video game). The film pays tribute to the 1995 version with a small reference to Alan Parish (Robin William’s character in the original), and has more of a back story and more character development than the original.

There was a little bit more profanity than I was expecting in a PG movie, and there is some crude humor. But overall, the movie was entertaining, funny, and enjoyable.