Friday, June 29, 2012

Review: Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades trilogy, #3) by E.L James

Goodread summary:
When unworldly student Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged young entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and ultimately repelled by Christian's singular sexual tastes, Ana demanded a deeper commitment; determined to keep her, Christian agreed. Now, together, they have more-love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of infinite possibilities. But Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy and being together poses challenges neither of them ever anticipated. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian's opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity, identity, or independence; Christian must somehow overcome his compulsion to control and lay to rest the horrors that blighted his past and haunt his present. Just when it seems that together their love can conquer any obstacle, tragedy, malice and fate combine to make Ana's worst nightmares come true.

I can't even begin to describe how much I like the book. For the biggest part I really don't know why I love it so much.
It is far away from perfect and there are some things that piss the hell out of me but this book, the trilogy, it's one of the most addictive reads I've read!
There is just no explanation, not one I can understand anyway... I just couldn't stop reading the books the first time I got the chance to and now after I re-read them I still can't figure it out.
As you know the book is following Ana and Christian's story and their life together after they got married. What you don't know is that is the most serious book from the trilogy and it's full of twist and turns and mood swings and so much passion and love and then there's the sex and the fights..
The book is at a fast pace and the characters are practically racing trough their problems which is one of the things that bugs me but it's better that way because the book is long and it's easier to read it that way.
Ana is a bit more mature in this book but she still doubts herself and she is a little annoying when she starts asking all those question that make Christian freeze and his eyes go wide... It's not a look that is normal for a man like him and it pisses me off that she brings him to that state.
Having said that, she is the only one that could make him talk and make him open up and I kind of respect her for it.
Ana is the center of Christian's universe.. She is the one thing that makes him truly alive, or that's how he sees it.
I loved this Christian, from book three. He is so different from the man we met in book one. He is gentle, sweet and so romantic. That is when he's not pissed at Ana for doing something, like... go out with her friends when he's out of town or almost gets herself killed...
I think that he's grown the most from all the characters in the book because he had to change everything about himself. He gave up his lifestyle and he tries so much to be less controlling... Well that last part will never change because that's just who he really is, deep down, beneath all fifty shade of fucked-up, he needs his control and mainly he does it so he doesn't get hurt again.
What I don't get about Ana is, why is she fighting him so much. Is it so hard to sit and eat a little at breakfast or let someone drive you to work if it's going to put your husband at ease, if it'll give him a peace of mind...
Ok I started babbling...
Anyway, as I already said, this book is more complicated and there is something quite irresistible about it. I loved reading it, I loved re-reading it, I loved the happy moments and the sad moments, and the fighting and the (too many) sex scenes.
Everything was amazing and the only truly bad thing about the book is that it's over.
The bonus materials in the end from Christian's P.O.V. were the incredible. I really hope those rumors that E.L James will re-write the books from Christian's P.O.V. are true and that someday we'll get to see some of the most intense moments from his perspective. I would really love to see that conversation with Ana over the phone, when she was at the bank to get the money to save Mia... It was heartbreaking but I can't imagine what was for him...

I'll stop now because I don't have all night even though I could go on, and on, and on...
It is not a series that everyone would enjoy so if you're not into Erotica you probably won't like it. Don't judge if it's not your genre...
I personally absolutely LOVED IT!!!
 I give it:


You can find the book on Goodreads,

And purchase it from:

The Book Depository, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
And you should check out the author on Goodreads and her website.

Here's another cover I found:


See the rest of my reviews here.
Until the next time,

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wating on Wednesday (7)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Expected publication: August 7th 2012  
Bloomsbury USA Children's

Synopsis:
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

I saw this book on a WOW or a giveaway post somewhere. It might have been an interview with the author, I can't remember when and where but there was an excerpt and I absolutely fell in love with the little I found out from it. Even if I hadn't read the excerpt... look at that description.
I just really, really want to get my hands on this book when it comes out(or earlier if anyone is offering ARC :D.. ).
For now, I just hope that the book is as good as that little peace of it I already read! 


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review: Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades trilogy, #2) by E.L James

Goodread summary:
Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

Okay so where do I start?
Fifty Shades Darker is so much better than book one, still not perfect but amazing. It was an improvement in pretty much every way possible. It was somehow more serious, there were less sex scenes and the characters were growing up before our eyes.
I started to like Christian more and more and by the end of the book I kind of loved the man he became.
He's just so much different than the cold, scary CEO Christian Gray we saw in the fist book. He was more involved, there were so many emotions in him , good and bad(at times when he was scared about Ana's safety, he would lash out and we all know he could be pretty harsh but the ice melted away quickly every time he saw that she was safe and sound).
There was this one chapter in which we me Dr. Flynn and he said that emotionally Christian is still and adolescent and that made a lot of sense because he changes his moods so fast!
Anyway, I could go on and on about Christian's character, the changes in him and his growth as a (fictional) person but that would take too much time.
Now let's talk about Ana. She was devastated when she left Christian and she wanted to craw back to him begging for forgiveness but she also knew that she can't be the submissive he needs. I respected her a little for standing up to her own heart when her safety was involved, she made the right choice when she left. That's what I liked about her, her determination to put herself first. The thing that bugged me was that the grieving period was cut so short, but I wasn't really surprised that Ana jumped at the offer Christian made her. She's still dependent on Christian but their relationship is healthier that before so that's something!
I sill hated every mention of the inner goddess and Ana's subconscious, like they are real people standing next to her doing back flips or whatever but that is simply EL James' fault for always putting them there..
As I said before, this book was more serious than book one. The characters had to face some real world dangers and they couldn't hide in their little bubble of love and way too much sex, all the time! Ana had to face some problems on her own and she did a good job considering what she was going through. Christian had a hard time letting go as always but he managed too....

All in all I really enjoyed this book and I found it better written and more complex. It was complicated and I loved it!
There were so many awesome scenes but here are some of my favorites:
The first one I absolutely loved was when Elena cornered Ana at Christian's birthday party after they announced their engagement. The moment when Ana splashed her drink on Elena was precious just like the one when Grace slapped Elena.
Another favorite moment.. well this one actually surprised me a lot that's why it's burned into my mind, and that was when Christian fell on his knees as submissive when he thought Ana was leaving. It was heartbreaking and I was so pissed at Ana at that moment that she made him so insecure. That's when I really saw it, that she was his weakness and she could break him.
Oh I loved this book and I can't wait to start the next one, to re-read it so I could write my review of it.
But let me just say that this book IS NOT for everyone. Pick your reads carefully guys and if you don't like erotica don't start this.

 I give it:


You can find the book on Goodreads,

And purchase it from:

 The Book Depository, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
And you should check out the author on Goodreads and her website.


See the rest of my reviews here.
Until the next time,

Sunday, June 24, 2012

In my mailbox (6)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted and created by Kristi at The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.
Here's what I got this week:

I borrowed:

Nightshade (Nightshade #1),
and
Bloodrose (Nightshade #3)
by  
I borrowed those from the library but I would absolutely love to buy them and I will, the first chance I got! 

That's all I've got this week but they've been keeping me busy. I've read the first two and now I'm reading Bloodrose. Expect my reviews soon.

Thanks for visiting. If you leave a comment and leave me a link of your IMM I'll come and comment too. 
Until the next time,

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Just an update

Hey guys,
I'm sorry for the absence. I know that I start posting and then stop and then start again but school's been crazy and my focus shifts a lot. I just forget what day it is and I can't prepare my posts in time.
After June 29th things should get back to normal for me and I will pay more attention to my schedule. Plus I'll have more time to read and I've been building a book pile for the summer.
If anyone wants me to reviews a book for them they could always add to the pile. :D
I will not post any reviews and memes this week, except for In my mailbox. I will keep that one up because it helps me keep track of my books.
Well that's it for now...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

In My Mailbox(5)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted and created by Kristi at The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.
Here's what I got this week:

I received for review:

Feuding Hearts by




I borrowed:

The Nearly Weds by



Heartbreaker  by



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Friday, June 15, 2012

Review: My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2) by Rachel Vincent

Goodread summary:
When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand.

Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk...

I'm starting to think that I've found a new favorite book series. I can't exactly tell you what I like most about them but I just can't stop reading the books(I know that it's just book two but I'm riding the wave...)
You know how I said book one was incredible... Well book two is even better!
Kaylee and Nash can't seem to find a moment to themselves ever since they started going out but even in the midst of all the demons around them, all the teens dying around them, the inappropriate brother and the overprotective father the still are together and their relationship is pretty strong( in my opinion). I even think Kay's doubts as to why Nash is still with her are starting fade away. I really hope she moves past those worries. Nash has me completely fooled if he's not honest with her.
Anyway... whit the start of the book, Kaylee and Nash had to face a new challenge and this time Tod was more involved than ever.
I'm not going to dwell on what exactly that challenge was but it was somehow more serious than the one in book one. I know it's hard to imagine something more serious than four girls dying for no apparent reason but what I meant was that it was more serious for Kaylee and the fact that she had to personally challenge herself so she could help someone how in my opinion didn't deserve it.
The reason she made all the decisions was because Tod knows exactly where her weak spot is and he knows how to make her feel guilty. What pissed me off, and that was pretty much in the end, was that Tod actually used Kay and he used her weaknesses to benefit from it.
I didn't want to see him that light and I was shocked and pissed of.
Other than that everything else was interesting and amusing at times... Kaylee had problems with her dad because he went from not being there to being there all the time and he was overprotective and he was trying too hard. The aren't use to each other yet and that makes both their lives a little bit more difficult but they'll figure it out!
I absolutely loved the book. I enjoyed reading it and I couldn't put it down. (Thank God and whoever made reading books on iPods possible, because I could bring the book with me everywhere and school proved to be useful for something...providing time for me to read.. :D )
I got book three today and I was thinking of starting it tonight but I think I want to get some sleep because two nights in a row with reading way past midnight will not go well with school in the morning...
Amazing book. Read it if you get the chance!!!!


 I give it:


You can find the book on Goodreads,

And purchase it from:

 The Book Depository, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
And you should check out the author on Goodreads and her website.

Here is another cover I found:


See the rest of my reviews here.
Until the next time,

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday(6)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Expected publication:  May 8th 2012 - It's already published but I haven't yet read it and I really really want to!
  Point

Synopsis:
Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.

Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.

I  liked Abandon and I would love to get my hand on a copy of the sequel. Let's hope I'm able to do that. I  want to see what happens next.


You could see my review of book one here!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review: My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1) by Rachel Vincent

Goodread summary:
She doesn't see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.

Okay, the beginning of My Soul to Take was a little strange. I have to say I rather didn't like it very much. Especially the way Nash just swept in and saved the day. It was kind of weird to see this character we know absolutely nothing about come and start flirting with the main character, when we didn't even know her story. But at some point I warmed up to him and his presence, I guess he does have the ability to calm people down and to influence them... :)
Hmm... well maybe I need to correct myself, it's not that I didn't like the beginning, it just was a little confusing and frustrating not knowing anything.
Once we got past the introductions to the bean sidhes I couldn't stop reading. It was so new and interesting and compelling and mysterious. I loved it!
I don't really know what to say . The story is awesome on so many levels and I couldn't stop reading it until I finished it.
Kaylee was the perfect narrator because she didn't know much more than us when the girls started dropping dead for no apparent reason. We got to hear the new information firsthand as she did and it was bearable not knowing the details.
Kaylee and Nash had a crazy first days as a couple but the connection that formed between them was unbelievably strong. Their relationship is still developing beautifully and I see Nash as the anchor that kept Kaylee from losing her mind... that and I quite enjoyed his presence because he's pretty irresistible.
What I loved most about the book is that it's not your typical YA story where two teenagers are fighting the whole world to keep their relationship intact. It was more serious than that and they were fighting to keep someone else alive.
The insight on the afterlife that Tod provided was well appreciated.
I haven't read books where the afterlife of a person is so well described. The whole system was fascinating.
As the book progressed I found myself glued to my iPod and I loved every second of it.
The supporting characters did their job well and the light was on Kaylee the whole time.
I loved the last chapter but I also felt sad when my suspicions were confirmed about Kaylee's mom and about her death. I kind of expected it to turn out that way but I wasn't looking forward to the moment when Kay found out that the 'borrowed time' she's living on is indeed her mother's.
The events in the last chapter were surprising and the end left me wanting to read the next book right away.
I'll be finishing up now and I'll go and start doing just that.
Well go ahead and start reading this series if you haven't already. The book certainly was incredible.
 I give it:


You can find the book on Goodreads,

And purchase it from:

 The Book Depository, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
And you should check out the author on Goodreads and her website.

Here is another cover I found:


See the rest of my reviews here.
Until the next time,

Sunday, June 10, 2012

In my mailbox (4)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted and created by Kristi at The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

Here's what I got this week:

I won:

Stripper by Anitra Lynn McLeod 

 
and 

Blade of Moonlight by Kimberly Dean


I borrowed:

 Wicked by Sara Shepard 

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My Soul to Take by 

and 

My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent

I bought:

Descendant by blood by Angeline Kace
(I had it as .pdf but it was free on amazon and I wanted it on my kindle)



Well that's it for my mailbox this week. What did you get? Leave me a link with your IMM post in the comments and I'll come and check it out! 
Until the next time,


Friday, June 8, 2012

Review: Fifty Shades of Gray (Fifty Shades Trilogy, #1) by EL James

Goodread summary:
When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Okay, let me start with the fact that this book is not for everyone! Read a few reviews and see what other people make of it but give it a try and see if you like it for yourself.
The book is far away from perfect, I won't try to convince anyone that it is... but I loved it!
I actually am behind on all the buzz about the book and I just saw this incredible( but negative) review of the book and I had to see what it was about.. And now though I agree with a lot of the things that were pointed out, like the 'oh my's and the 'fingers running trough someone's hair' and the incredibly annoying inner goddess and non-stop sex(erotica is not exactly my genre and the sex was a little bit too much for me), that didn't matter. I wanted to and did focus on the story behind all that and it was fascinating and addictive and I sped trough it, and I loved it, loved it, loved it.
As I said already, the book is not for everyone, so is BDSM. So as long as people are happy with it, it's entirely their choice...
In the book it wasn't entirely Ana's choice, that's one of the reasons for the negative reviews, but Ana made what was best for her when it was too much. I loved reading about her life. It was a bit annoying with all the blushing but then again I would probably blush too if I was in her place...
What I absolutely hated was the inner goddess. Oh I hated that thing, and it was everywhere :D.
Ok back to the story.
Let's talk about Anastasia. She is the shy, innocent girl that's minding her own business when she stumbled into the big bad wolf.
Christian Gray changed her life. He came, dropped the bomb that is his lifestyle and gave her an opportunity. And she took him up on it even though that she wasn't entirely comfortable with it. What most people don't get or just don't stay with the book long enough is that Ana grew up. She was innocent and not ready for what the world has to offer her and by the end of the book she learned to think about herself. Leaving the charming, lovable, and incredibly fucked-up Christian was the hardest decision she had to make and she did it to protect herself. She saved herself from an somewhat abusive relationship and she did it not to please someone but to keep herself safe. That's how I see it.
I see her as a gown woman that is ready to face what's next. And that is the influence I take from the book.
Christian on the other hand is so much different. On the outside he's a sweet candy, and on the inside he is broken and fucked-up. He is incredibly successful (a little bit too much so) and he looks like a God but the beauty is only skin deep. He is scarred for life from his childhood and from his adolescence and you could say he's beyond any fixable state. He's possessive, over-protective and with stalking tendencies but it's obvious he cares for Ana. Yes he put her in a bad position by exposing her to his lifestyle but that's all he knows until she shows up. He likes control but with Ana he always finds himself at loss because she is not easy to control with her 'smart mouth' and all the personal questions and the disobeying but she is the light in the end of the tunnel. He is changing too as the book proceeds and his character build into something more complex than the cold demeanor we met at first.
The story was really addictive. I found myself glued to it and I didn't want to stop. I read it in two days and I loved it.
That all being said, I still think that the book has its flaws and it's far away from perfect but it is amazing.
I am glad that I checked my email when I did and that I found the amazing review(I'll ask if I can post a link to it later).
I already read all the books but I simply couldn't stop to write a review. Now I'm going to re-read them again and slowly and thoughtfully write reviews for the other two books.


 I give it:


You can find the book on Goodreads,

And purchase it from:

 The Book Depository, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
And you should check out the author on Goodreads and her website.



See the rest of my reviews here.
Until the next time,

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday(5)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


 Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Expected publication: January 24th 2012 - It's already published but I haven't yet read it and I really really want to!
Harper Collins / Balzer + Bray

Synopsis:
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...
.

I have Everneath on my to-read list ever since it came out but I never managed to read it. I would love to get my hands on one copy.


You could see my reviews of some of her books here!

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Review: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks


Goodread summary:
Seventeen year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. 
Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father… until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him.
Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. 
The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms – first love, the love between parents and children – that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts… and heal them.

Beautiful, well written, well thought of. I wont dwell on the little things and the characters and all that because the story was amazing. I loved the pace and I loved the message the books sends.
It was yet another incredible book by Nicholas Sparks and he did not disappoint me at all.
There is something about his works... I can't just quite figure out what it is but they make me smile, cry and feel at least ten more emotions all in one scene...
I just finished watching the movie (for a third time I think) and I loved it even more after reading the book. Everything was great!


 I give it:


You can find the book on Goodreads,

And purchase it from:

 The Book Depository, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
And you should check out the author on Goodreads and her website

There are way too many covers for me to find all of them and to put them here. Most of them are pictures of 'Ronnie' and 'Will' so you get the picture. :)

See the rest of my reviews here.
Until the next time,