As of June 9, 2012 I will no longer be accepting e-books for review. This is due to the overwhelming
demand of reviews, work and night classes taking up a lot of my spare time. It
is taking me several months to read and post reviews therefore until “my to be
reviewed list” is smaller I will no longer accept any more e-books for review.
I am extremely sorry.

August 30, 2010

Movie Monday

This week on DVD:


House MD Season 6

The Vampire Dairies Season 1 the-vampire-diaries

I will not go out and buy Vampire Dairies, I will not go out and buy Vampire Dairies, I will not go out and buy Vampire Dairies. Oh who am I kidding I won’t be able to resist myself.

I’m trying to cut back on my TV Series buying – going to ask for them as gifts or wait till Wal-Mart has Boxing Day sales and they are $19.99 each.

This week in Theatres:


Starring: Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal and Michelle Rodriguez
Directors: Ethan Maniqui, Robert Rodriguez
The highly skilled Federal Machete is hired by some unsavoury types to assassinate a senator. But just as he's about to take the shot, he notices someone aiming at him and realizes he's been set up. He barely survives the sniper's bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his old friend Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of nonviolence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren't you!

Going the Distance: Going-the-Distance-Poster

Starring: Drew Barrymore and Justin Long
Director: Nanette Burstein
Run Time: 1 hour and 37 minutes
A look at the trials and tribulations of a long-distance relationship.

No movies watched this week and I am preparing to leave for the US woot woot!

All movie synopses are from my favourite movie website


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August 28, 2010

Review: Eyes like Stars by Lisa Mantchev


All her world’s a stage
Enter Stage Right
Beatrice Shakespeare Smith (Bertie): Our heroine.
Nate: A dashing pirate who will do anything to protect Bertie.
Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed, and Peaseblossom: Four tiny, mischievous fairies, and Bertie’s loyal sidekicks.
Ariel: A seductive air spirit. Disaster follows in his wake, but Bertie simply cannot resist him.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. The actors are bound to the Théâtre by The Book, an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of the actors, but they are her family. And she is about to lose them all because The Book has been threatened, and along with it the Théâtre. It’s the only home Bertie has ever known, and she has to find a way to save it. But first, there’s the small problem of two handsome men, both vying for her attention. The course of true love never did run smooth. . . .

What first drew me to this book was the beautiful artwork on the cover. I would walk into Chapters every other week and always pick up this book read the excerpt and book it back. Unfortunately at the time I didn’t have any extra money to spend on books so I had to wait. But the wait was worth it. Lisa knows how to take “boring” Shakespeare and make it interesting. I would have preferred to read her versions in high school.

My likes:

- New twists on famous theatre characters

- Bertie is a strong female type who doesn’t let any of the boys push her around

- I LOVE the fairies. They had the best dialogue throughout the book. They are always talking about cupcakes and other delicious treats. (I wanted to go buy a cupcake every time they talked about sweets) My favourite scene in the entire book is as follows:

Bertie snatched Moth from midair. “How do you feel? Any more free than usual?”

He paused to Reflect. “Yeah, but only because I’m not wearing underwear today.”

Cobweb and Mustardseed backed away from him. “You’re going commando?’

Moth nodded. “I forget to five Mrs. Edith my hamper this week.”

“Aw, man! I want to go commando, too!” Cobweb said as he reached for his trouser buttons.
Page 191 – 192

I was in tears laughing so hard at this scene it is my favourite

- Nate – I love me some pirate, and perfect for Bertie

- Ariel – Though I think I like him more for his gracefulness and looks. Don’t think he is the one for Bertie. He is for me


- My only complaint is trying to understand how the Theatre work was confusing at first but Lisa explained it near the end.

Overall this is a great book for someone wanting to read something happier than vampires, ghosts and werewolves and loves classical theatre productions.

The Results:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Would I let my 15 year old sister read: You Betcha

No course language or inappropriate sexual references.

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August 25, 2010

Shadow Hills is now available on e-book

Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus is now available on your e-readers. You can purchase it at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.



All you tech junkies should be happy :)


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Waiting on Wednesday:

“Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I am eagerly anticipating

This week I bring you :


Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.

That's right Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. Which release on August 31 – that is like less than a week away :). I have heard so much about this novel on Twitter that I can’t wait to pick it up while I’m down in the U.S.

Book cover and synopsis are from Keirsten’s website.


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August 23, 2010

The Versatile Blogger Award



I would like to thank A & C over at Book Junkies for awarding me this award :) Be sure to check out their blog as they are having an awesome 100 followers contest!

7 Things You didn't know about Cassay:

1. I love peppermint white hot chocolates from Starbucks – come winter I’m addicted.
2. I’m a sucker for animals. I have recently adopted a snow leopard, polar bear, tiger and a chimp from the WWF. I’m thinking about adopting a sea turtle.
3. I don’t like stand up comedy, I prefer comedy movies.
4. I have 1 sister but have a 2 friends in the states that I consider my “bro and sis”.
5. I used to play World of Warcraft until I found reading. I was a gnome mage – The Worlds Cutest Gnome was my title.
6. Cassay is a nickname my friend gave me in grade 8 – she calls me Passay Cassay.
7. I used to be one of those people that thought books/reading was stupid and made fun of those who read…now I’m one of those people to reads all the time. Oops – Sorry Jess for making fun of you all the time but your getting me back now.

There are some things you have to do when you receive this award:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic
4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award

My 15 Bloggers that I love to search each week:

1. Nymfaux
2. Crissi Founder of Book Club on Facebook
3. Stella
4. For What Its Worth
5. Maybe Tomorrow
6. Novel Thoughts
7. Reading or Breathing
8. Supernatural Snark
9. Tales of a Teenage Book Lover
10. Teens Actually Read
11 Tynga
12. Emily’s Reading Room
13. Courtney Reads
14. A Good Addiction
15. All Things Urban Fantasy

Thanks again for everyone's support. It means so much to me. It really makes reading and watching movies even more fun when I can share it with others that enjoy them same thing :)


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Movie Monday

This week on DVD:

The Back-up Planlost-season-5-promo

LOST: Season 6

As much as I want to go pick up LOST I won’t because I’ll put it on my Christmas list instead and just my mom or bf buy it for me.

This week in Theatres:

Nothing fantastic... You got Takers with Matt Dillon and the new exorcism movie which I totally won’t be seeing. I don’t do horror movies

This week I watch Kick Ass. I was fairly disappointed with it. I thought it was going to be way funnier than it was. I think I laugh all of 3 times throughout it all. I was getting bored near the end. I’m a little sad that it wasn’t better.

It’s kind of a shitty week for movies!


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August 18, 2010

My First Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I am eagerly anticipating.

This is my very first Waiting on Wednesday…how exciting!

My pick for this week is The Grimrose Path by Rob Thurman. This is the second book in her Trickster’s Series. The first novel in the series is Trick of Light.GrimroseSm

Bar owner Trixa Iktomi knows that inhuman creatures of light and darkness roam Las Vegas-especially     since she’s a bit more than human herself. She’s just been approached with an unusual proposition. Something has slaughtered almost one thousand demons in six months. And the killing isn’t going to stop unless Trixa and her friends step into the fight.

Synopsis from Rob’s website.

The Grimrose Path will be released September 7, 2010.

Please check out Rob’s website where you can read an excerpt of both Trick of Light and The Grimrose Path. As well as an excerpt of her other series –  Cal Leandros and Chimera.


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August 16, 2010


I’m so pumped! I HAVE 50 FOLLOWERS!!!!!! *does a happy dance in her room* I would like to thank everyone very very much and because  you guys & gals did it before we even hit September 1, check that you did that all in 13 days! So because of that I have been working on something TOP SECRET and I will pick 5 bonus winner from everyone who has entered before Aug 18. So pass on the news that there will be 5 bonus winners if you sign up before Aug 18. I picked the 18th because it is my lucky number.


Movie Monday

Welcome to the latest edition of Movie Mondays. So I realized that I am just dumb and was totally looking at the wrong dates when I was giving out movies in theatres. I have figured out my error and you will now get movies that will be coming out on Friday. Sorry it was my bad! I should really learn how to use technology better and learn to read LOL.

This week on DVD:

The Last Song – For all you Miley fans….I am n1264082601_the-last-song-movie-posterot one of you.

Furry Vengeance

Sadly there isn't anything worth buying this week

Last on DVD i missed Heroes Season 4 – I can’t believe I forgot it I really love this series I guess I will have to put it on my Christmas List now.

This week in theatres:

Vampires Suck
Starring: Ken Jeong and Matt Lanter
Director: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
Run Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
A spoof of vampire-themed movies, where teenager Becca finds herself torn between two boys. As she and her friends wrestle with a number of different dramas, everything comes to a head at their prom.

The Switch
Starring: Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman
Director: Josh Gordon and Will Speck switch
Run Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
An unmarried 40-year-old woman turns to a turkey baster in order to become pregnant. Seven years later, she reunites with her best friend, who has been living with a secret: he replaced her preferred sperm sample with his own

Nanny McPhee Returns
Starring: Emma Thompson and Maggie Gyleenhaal
Director: Susanna White
Run Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Nanny McPhee arrives to help a harried young mother who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war, though she uses her magic to teach the woman's children and their two spoiled cousins five new lessons.

Also in theatres Piranha 3-D and Lottery Ticket

 Movies I saw this week:

Scott Pilgram vs. The World

Rating: 6 out of 5

I loooved this movie. I was in tears pretty much the entire time from laughing so hard. I would say this is The Hangover movie of the summer. Everyone MUST go see this movie! I DEMAND IT :)expendables_movie_poster2

The Expendables

Rating: 5 out of 5

I technically didn't see this one the boyfriend did (I went to Scott Pilgram instead.) But he says that it is a must see movie. It doesn't have a cheesy story line and the action is amazing. Pretty much if your a guy you need to see this movie. It does have anyone who has ever done and action movie in it.

The Other Guys:

Rating: 3 out of 5

I was fairly disappointed in this movie. I thought it was going to be way funnier than it was unfortunately it wasn't :(. There was a point in the movie that my bf was making fun of me for because it was more “accountant” humour and i thought it was funny. He said it wasn't but whatever!


Any movies you saw this weekend that is worth seeing?


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August 14, 2010

My First Blog Award!!


I never in a million years expected this! But I would like to thank John Smith for giving me the “It's The Bold Faced Liar Creative Writer award!” Make sure to check out his blog.

So to be able to accept this award, one must now do the following:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link to them.
2. Add the award to your blog.
3. Tell six outrageous lies about yourself and one truth.
4. Nominate four creative liars–I mean writers–and post links to them.
5. Let your nominees know that they have been nominated.

Here are my six lies and one truth about myself. Can you spot the truth?

1) I love spiders
2) I have a women crush on Kate Beckensale
3) I have met RPattz
4) I am married
5) I own a corvette
6) I’m a secret million
7) I have a diploma in English

Now to pass this award on to 4 other people – These are my favourite bloggers that i love to check up on every day.

Jeremy West





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August 11, 2010

Review: Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

clip_image003Thou art the black rider. Go Thee out unto the world.

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine, How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home – her constant battle with hunger and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power – and the courage to fight her own inner demons?

A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, Hunger is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic trope to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.
Excerpt from back of book

Jackie has created a novel that I believe with touch the heart of every girl that reads it. Any girl who has an eating disorder or has thought about it should read this novel. I guarantee it will change your prospective and will give you your second chance just like Lisa got her second chance. Throughout reading the book I felt the pain both Lisa and Tammy were feeling. I don’t suggest eating anything while you’re reading...there is a pretty graphic scene one of the character puking. Let’s just say my Chicken McNuggets did not like reading that and I was almost sick. I know very ironic that I was eating a super unhealthy meal while reading about two girls that can’t bear to eat anything. I felt pretty guilty.

Jackie also shows her character Lisa that she does have people that care about her well being. Even though at first Lisa is pissed and thinks they are just being insulting. Lisa is lucky that Death has given her a second chance to live her life. Most girls don’t get a second chance. Lisa realizes throughout the book that she does have a problem and has a support system behind her.

Two thumbs up to Jackie for writing a novel based on one of the biggest problems among teen girls. I hope that it will open the eyes of many and will help them to ask for the help that they need. Remember you will always have a support system behind you even if you don’t believe it. Your family and friends would rather have a happy and healthy daughter/friend then a sad and unhealthy or possibly dead daughter/friend.

The Results:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Would I let my 15 year old sister read: Yes, I may force some of her friends with low self esteem to read it as well.

Minimum course language (If I remember correctly there is only 1 or 2 swears) and no inappropriate sexual references.

I would also like to thank Eleni from La Femme Readers for sending me Hunger.

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August 10, 2010

Would you like to Guest Blog In September?

So I am wondering if anyone would like to guest blog in September? I will be on vacation Sept 3 – 21(Going to Vegas, California and Forks!) and I don’t really want to leave you all with nothing to read so I thought maybe someone would like to guest blog. I’ve already recruited my little sis to do some reviews on your favourite series (Pretty Little Liars and The Clique). So if you are interested please email me at vampsweresandcassay at yahoo dot ca




August 9, 2010

Movie Monday!!

This week on DVD: date_night_movie_poster_steve_carell_tina_fey_01

Date Night 

I loved this movie! I’ll be making a trip to Wal-Mart this week – besides I tricked my boyfriend into taking me shopping but the deal was I had to buy him his new Madden game. With my secret crush on Steve Carell, why wouldn’t I love this movie? I was in tears laughing more than once. I’ve never seen anything with Tina Fey but she is pretty damn funny.

So I realized I was giving everyone movie titles the came out this past Friday so I’m going to stay with the trend and just call it:

Movies in theatres this past Friday:

The Other Guys

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg
Director: Adam McKay (Step Brothers)
Running Time: 1 hour and 47 minutes
Synopsis: The-Other-Guys-Movie-Poster

NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson and P.K. Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson) are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. They don't get tattoos - other men get tattoos of them. Two desks over and one back, sit Detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). You've seen them in the background of photos of Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and eyes closed. They're not heroes - they're "the Other Guys." But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn  into New York City's biggest crime. It's the opportunity of their lives, but do these guys have the right stuff?

Also in theatres but I don’t feel like I need to elaborate is Step-Up 3D.

I didn’t get a chance to go out and see any movies this week. :(  

All movie synopses are from my favourite movie website

Thanks for stopping by for Movie Mondays!



August 8, 2010

More Contests?

Well I found some more contests for you all!!! Aren't I just sooo nice?

Confessions of a Bookaholic has 9 prize packs to be won. Here is the link for the international contest feel free to take a look at all the other wonderful contests.

Also, Paperback Dolls is having a MEGA Cassandra Clare giveaway!

August 7, 2010

Another Contest: Win an ARC of Personal Demons

Well I'm just on a roll on finding contests for you guys.

Lisa has a monthly contest where you can win your choice of a signed ARC of Personal Demons or a debut author novel. You can find the contest here.

Amanda Hocking - My Blood Approves Series Giveaway

I just wanted to let you all know of a wonderful contest the lovely Amanda Hocking is having. The 4th book in her My Blood Approves series release date quickly approaching, she is giving away her entire series to one lucky winner. You can find her contest here.

Good Luck to all and don't forget to enter my 50 followers contest :)


August 4, 2010

50 Follower Contest!!!!

So I am very excited to be hosting my very first contest and the reason why I am is because of my facebook page I have 25 followers, on twitter I have 42 followers and on the blog I have 13 followers. In total that is 80 people!! I never imagined I would have that many people following me. I would have called this contest “Get the facebook/twitter followers to join the blog Contest!” But that is a bit of a mouth full so I’m just gonna call it the 50 followers contest.
So now here is what you can win, I know that is what you have been waiting for.


If I get 50 followers:

1st winner will receive 1 book of their choice up to $15.00 on Book Depository!
EDIT: I'm adding 5 bonus winners for something special - must enter contest before Aug 18 to qualify :)

And you make things a little bit more interesting....

If I get 100 followers:

1st winner will receive 2 books of their choice up to $30.00
2nd winner will receive 1 book of their choice up to $15.00

If I get 150+ followers:

I will add a 3rd winner who will receive a paperback copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Nice prizes hey? You can either choice a book that is already out or a pre-order. So here are the rules!

  • Must be at least 13 years or older
  • International – If Book Depository ships to you, you may enter!
  • Must be a blog follower
  • Contest end September 21, 2010 at Midnight (MST)
Earn extra points by:

+1 point – Follow me on twitter @CassayC
+1 point – Follow my facebook page (see right side bar)

Please fill out this form to enter. ****contest is now closed****
Have fun and good luck. Remember the more people the join the better the prizes!


Exciting Mortal Instrument News

This afternoon Cassandra Clare made a BIG announcement. This annoucement was....drum roll please......


I for one am jumping up and down about this one!!!

Stay Tuned I will be posting a contest tonight!

August 3, 2010

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I was lucky enough to win an ARC copy from Chapters of the Clockwork Angel. Welcome to my 2nd review, I am very excited to share my thoughts on this novel with you all. Enjoy!

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother in Victorian England, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, who are members of a secret organization called the Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she has the power to transform at will into another person. The Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own. Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. She soon finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and Will, whose volatile moods keep everyone at arm’s length. As their search draws the deep into a plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Excerpt from back of book.

Cassandra Clare has done it again creating a strong and fantastic read for her new trilogy. If you loved The Mortal Instruments you will love The Infernal Devices. You will notice similar characteristics between Will and Jace...being arrogant seems to run in the family. Magnus pops in for a chapter or two, we get to see a different side of him. I was hoping for a little bit more Magnus but I think we may be seeing him a lot more in Book 2. Tessa is a strong female type. I like how she grew throughout the book. I saw some similarities to Clary. In the Twitter world everyone seems to be able to pick between Team Jem (James) and Team Will. I truly cannot decide. I am torn. I feel bad for Jem because of his secret but he makes the best of it and acts like a complete gentlemen at all time unlike Will who is a jerk at the best of times but when he decides to be sweet and gentlemanly it’s perfect. I really can’t decide. So I am going to take Cassandra’s advice and go with TEAM CHURCH for now LOL.

Each chapter ended with me wanting more. I was always sad thatmy lunch break was over so I couldn’t keep reading. If you are a fan of The Mortal Instruments make sure you pick up the Clockwork Angel on August 31, 2010.

The Results:
5 out of 5
Would I let my 15 year old sister read: Heck Yes!
No course language or inappropriate sexual references.


August 2, 2010

Movie Monday!

This week on DVD:


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

I haven’t seen either of these so I won’t be picking up any movies this week. If anyone has seen either movie please tell me how you liked them.

This week in theatres:

The Expendables
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, and Mickey Rourke
Run Time: 1 hour and 43 minutes
A hard-hitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren't quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger the men struggle with an even tougher challenge, one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers.

The boyfriend is dying to see this one.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Starring: Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Run Time: 1 hour and 53 minutes
Everything is totally sweet.
Scott Pilgrim's life is so awesome. He's 23 years old, in a rock band, "between jobs," and dating a cute high school girl. Everything's fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, roller blading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. But the path to Ms. Flowers isn't covered in rose petals. Ramona's seven evil exes stand between Scott and true happiness. Can Scott beat the bad guys and get the girl without turning his precious little life upside-down?

Eat. Pray. Love.

Starring: Julia Roberts and James Franco
Running Time: 2 hour and 13 minutes
Liz Gilbert (Roberts) had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having - a husband, a house, a successful career - yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali.

Movies I saw in the theatre:

Dinner for Schumucks

Starring: Steve Carell and Paul Rudd
Director: Jay Roach
Run Time: 1 hour and 50 min
Synopsis: See last week’s Movie Monday
Rating: 5 out of 5

I loved this movie. I killed myself laughing. I highly suggest going to the theatre to watch it. I am a huge Steve Carell fan and he did not let me down, there were many time he was on screen and I was almost in tears laughing so hard. Paul Rudd well he is Paul Rudd there isn’t much more you can say about him lol.

All movie synopses are from my favourite movie website

Thanks for stopping by for Movie Mondays!


edit: I will post my review of the Clockwork Angel tomorrow and well as post the 50 Followers Contest on Wednesday!