Book Review: After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson

Book Review:  After She's Gone by Lisa Jackson

If you like mysteries with a slow burn, you’ll like After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson. The book centers on the Kramer family: Cassie, Allie, and mom Jenna, all actresses. When the sisters were teenagers, a stalker of Jenna’s almost killed them all.

Fast forward to the present, Cassie is a struggling actress, while Allie is a star…a missing star. She failed to show up for shooting a last minute script re-write, and her body double ended up getting shot for real during the scene.

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Book Review: Salem’s Cipher by Jess Lourey

Book Review: Salem's Cipher by Jess Lourey

In Salem’s Cipher by Jess Lourey, Salem and Bel have been friends since childhood. Bel is now a police officer in Chicago, while Salem is a genius cryptanalyst who has been sought after by the world’s top security agencies since she made a quantum computing breakthrough in college. She’s also been an agoraphobe, unable to leave the safety of her comfort zones of work and home since the death of her father.

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Canada’s National Parks Go Fee Free for 2017

Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary by making entry to all its national parks free for the entire year of 2017.

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Book Review: The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

Over the years, spiders have often been used in horror stories as the monster, but usually they’re gigantic arachnids. What if the spiders were regular size, but extremely deadly and hard to kill? This is the basis of The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone.

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Netflix September 2016 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in September 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy movie additions include Disney’s Zootopia, The Imitation Game, The Finest Hours, and London Has Fallen.

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Movie Review: #Horror (2015)

#Horror

#Horror boasts a cast that includes TImothy Hutton, Chloë Sevigny, Natasha Lyonne, Tara Murphy, and Balthazar Getty.

But the actual plot is about six tween girls who face a night of terror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns deadly, a story inspired by real events of extreme cyberbullying.

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Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (author of Wayward Pines) deftly weaves together a mystery thriller that balances in both the normal and the sci-fi worlds, and it’s a page-turner you won’t be able to put down. I read it through in one sitting.

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Movie Review: Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2016)

Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

I didn’t get to see Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse in its limited theater run, so when I saw it on the Netflix DVD new release page, I added it to my queue.

The horror-comedy movie centers on three teen Scouts gearing up for their last-ever camp-out. The trio of friends suddenly find themselves in the middle of a zombie outbreak, and they attempt to save the town with their scout skills.

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Movie Review: The Funhouse Massacre (2015)

The Funhouse Massacre

The Funhouse Massacre is a recent horror film, but it heavily evokes horror films of the 80s.

The plot is that six of the world’s scariest psychopaths escape from a local asylum and proceed to unleash terror on the unsuspecting crowd of a Halloween Funhouse, where the themed mazes are inspired by those killer’s various reigns of terror.

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Book Review: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Book Review: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

All the Missing Girls is a murder mystery written by Megan Miranda about the disappearances of two young women from a small town, ten years apart, and how they intertwine.

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Beyonce and Bilal Slay at 2016 BET Awards #BETAWARDS

2016 BET Awards

In a night filled with incredible performances, two artists managed to stand out at last night’s 2016 BET Awards.

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Movie Review: Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Independence Day: Resurgence Movie Review

In 1996, aliens came to conquer Earth in a big blockbuster known as Independence Day. We may have kicked alien butt, but twenty years later, they’re back and they’re bigger in the sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence.

Here’s the spoiler-free review: If you liked the original Independence Day, you’re going to like this one. If you didn’t, this film has nothing new that will win you over.

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Netflix July 2016 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in July 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy additions include the Back to the Future trilogy of movies, Mean Girls, The Big Short, The Sting, and Netflix original Tallulah.

But the real gold is in the series. Netflix originals include Marco Polo: Season 2, Stranger Things: Season 1, Marcella: Season 1, BoJack Horseman: Season 3, and Deep: Season 1.

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Book Review: Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Book Review: Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Beyond the Ice Limit, the latest collaboration by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, starts off with a slow burn, but as the characters hit the icy waters near Antarctica, the action and mystery are non-stop.

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When Senseless Violence Comes to Your City #OrlandoUnited

#OrlandoUnited

I was home alone in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, a week ago today. Time was creeping up on 2am. I was working on some posts for this blog, and took a break to clear my head. I refreshed my Facebook feed and this came up on my screen:

shooting at Pulse nightclub

Then others started commenting on the post, and it became clear there was a shooting at Pulse nightclub. Over the hours to come, details would become clearer. The initial 20 dead would climb to 50 dead. But then it became 49 because it was felt the shooter didn’t deserve to be memorialized with the 49 innocent souls he took that night.

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