29 January, 2010

Rosie the Reviewer {Fireproof}

5 *****

Never leave your partner behind…

Synopsis:Fireman Caleb Holt and his wife Catherine have been married for seven years and although Caleb thinks things were going great up until now. Catherine sees things differently. Their marriage is slowly falling apart until Caleb’s father gives him a book. A 40-day challenge to help his marriage.

Profanity:
None

Sexual References:
Few, through out the movie, Caleb struggles with an addiction to Pornography. No nudity is ever shown, and this is only referenced to. Never in graphic detail. Dr. Keller a character in the movie is shown taking off his wedding band while he flirts with Catherine, showing he is being unfaithful to his own wife.

Violence:Little, although you see the everyday life of a fireman, you see little violence. Only two scenes in the movie, where a house in on fire and Caleb must go in and save a little girl; and another where there is a car crash, but you never see the car actually crash, you see the result of it.

My Thoughts:I loved this film. It has depth and issues that most couples deal with today. Marriage is hard and a lifelong covenant you made before God. To never leave your partner behind. I would HIGHLY recommend all to see this. Whether you are Christian or not, marriage is not something one takes lightly and this will surely help you if you may or may not be having problems in your covenant. Make sure you watch this and Fireproof your own marriage.

27 January, 2010

Rosie the Reviewer {Lost In Austen}

0 *

Synopsis:
Young Amanda Price a modern day woman living in London ends up trading places with classic heroine Elizabeth Bennet from the book Pride and Prejudice. She takes part in Regency England while Elizabeth must live in modern day London. Amanda soon becomes evolved in the lives of the Bennet’s and soon the classic we love the most becomes topsy-turvy. Jane marries Mr. Collins, Lydia does not run off with Wickham, but with Mr. Bingley, and completely changed the classic we have loved for almost 200 years!

Profanity:Mostly from Amanda, using “d---n” off and on. As did Mr. Bingley when he confronted Darcy after Jane has married Collins, saying “d---n you…” repetitively.

Sexual References:
When Jane is sick at Netherfield, to make sure Bingley does not make a pass at her, Amanda lies telling Bingley she is “drawn towards other women”. She also briefly mentions to Darcy that she has a past and “lived with a man for a year”. Then Bingley unknowingly spilled Amanda’s “secret” to Caroline, who literally “comes out” of the closet in front of Amanda and makes a pass at her. There is one mention of Rape, when Georgiana lies to Amanda about Wickham.

Violence:Only two parts: 1) Where Amanda knees Mr. Collins in the groin. 2) When Bingley was cursing at Darcy, he then punches Darcy in the nose.

My Thoughts:
Oh, where do I begin? Honestly before I watched this I was very interested in seeing this. I have always thought that someone to change places with my favorite literary heroine was a splendid idea. I began watching it on the Ovation channel, unfortunately I came in on the Second Part. I watched up to the third and became completely disgusted with it! This was just a way to trash one of the best books in literature. I know Jane herself would be appalled at this mockery of her work. She a reverend’s daughter never, meant for Caroline Bingley to be a lesbian. Not to mention that they completely changed the plot where Wickham tries to elope with Georgiana, instead, she ‘offered’ herself to him only to be refused, Georgiana then lied and told Darcy he ‘ravished’ (raped) her. I am very disappointed in the creators of this mini-series and hope they don’t try to re-do anymore of Jane’s classic novels. I highly recommend for you to not watch this, and hope you do not recommend this for anyone either. If you have any respect for a literary classic, you won’t.

25 January, 2010

Rosie the Reviewer {A Gown Of Spanish Lace}

:::Spoilers::: 5 stars
Synopsis:
Ariana Benson is the new teacher in her town. She loves her job very much. God seems to have had everything fall into place for her. That winter a gang of men came into the schoolhouse and abducts Ariana. She is held captive in a quaint cabin in the bitter cold winter left alone. A year later the leader of the outlaw gang decided to let his son Laramie be guard over her. Both very shocked to when they met, thinking they’re too young to be in this situation.

My Review:
A Gown of Spanish Lace was nicely written and has a strong plot and does not lack action. There is no profanity or sexuality. There is times of violence, but it is very G rated. After this novel was written for girls. This book is also very different from any of Janette Oke’s other novels, it has a hint of edginess, which I found rather refreshing. I enjoyed “Love Comes Softly” though it is a toss up between this novel to be my favorite of hers.

21 January, 2010

Posts and an Introduction

I’m going to try and be a bit more creative and productive on this blog and at least post once a day. If I don’t have anything new to post, I will at least try and timestamp something for you. I am also hoping to be doing an interview series of unpublished authors, which you can look forward to. Possibly having a few “guest posts” by my friends Veronica and Natalie, if they would honor “Kenzie's Desk” with their talent!

I am also writing on this blog and keeping it because I am a writer of Christian fiction myself. I have been writing since I was ten and my fave genre to write about would have to be historical fiction, primarily WWII/Nazi Germany era.

Look forward to interesting posts, interviews, reviews, and so much more!

God Bless you,
Kenzie

19 January, 2010

Rosie the Reviewer {Love Comes Softly}


:::Spoilers::: 4 ****
Synopsis: A woman and her husband travel west in search of a new life together. Only to have everything taken from her in just one moment…Marty will have to marry a complete stranger, or struggle through the harsh prairie winter alone


The Author: Janette Oke, has kept the audience of readers for years. She is not only the author of the famous “Love Comes Softly Series” (aka the Love Saga), but also the author of the Canadian West Series, and numerous books co-authored with T. Davis Bunn.

Violence: Very few, Marty’s husbands death is rather tragic, but this novel is told from her perspective, so you do not actually see the accident. Another account is of a townsperson, whose husband physically abuses her.
Profanity: None.
Sexuality: A couple of brief mentions, one of her friend nervous of “sharing a bed with a stranger” and the same friends daughter finding out she is pregnant and unmarried.

My Thoughts: I actually didn’t read the first book until I had watched the made for TV movie “Love Comes Softly” (Katherine Heigl, Dale Midkiff). I was easily captivated by this story. Love Comes Softly is the first book to even dare to have a “marriage of convenience” to end in true love. Now many authors are following in this authors footsteps. This novel has changed the Christian market forever. I only have one negative thing to say, I wish the speech were more sophisticated, at least for Marty. Most likey, as the movie had it portrayed she would have come from somewhere in the Eastern United States and their speech is more sophisticated than how it was portrayed in the novel. However I do highly recommend the book and it’s series!

18 January, 2010

Rosie the Reviewer { My Name Is Chloe (Book 1)}


4****

The Review:Chloe Miller is a fifteen-year-old, who’s lost, confused, and angry at the world. She has chosen to be a rebel and doesn’t care what other think of her. Most of her family believe the way she does, except her brother Josh, who has a faith in Jesus Christ. Chloe goals are her music, she knows what she wants and is not afraid to go after her dreams. Music seems like the only way to vent her feelings. When Chloe starts begins going to a choir practice at school, she meets Laura, who like her brother has a faith in Christ. Still sits at a table of outcasts where she meets Allie. A rebel sort like herself, she is into Wicca. Allie begins to talk to her about Wicca, while Laura speaks to her often of Christ…Which way is right? Wicca or Jesus?


My Thoughts:I really liked the depth and edginess that this book has. Life for teens in public high school is rough and they all face so many different challenges day to day. Each person needs to find something to believe in, it’s our nature to worship something. Even if we don’t quite realize it, we will always be worshiping something. I do highly recommend this book, it really shows the life of an average teen and all the hard obstacles thrown their way.

17 January, 2010

Calling All Jane Austenites!!!


Today while my sister and I were scrolling through the books upon the shelves at Books A Million she spotted Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Though not just any ordinary edition, it was the second in the series of Insight Edition.

In 2007 Bethany House published "Pride and Prejudice: The Insight Edition" now Bethany House just published "Sense and Sensibility: The Insight Edition" most likely leading to complete this series with editing all of Austen’s work into this new fun and informative version with each of her novels.




While you are reading this new Insight Edition, the book’s information will help you understand the era and Jane Austen herself. It will include tidbits through the book of:

Historical and cultural details from England and the early 1800s.
Facts and tidbits from Jane’s life that parallel and/or illuminate the novel.
References to (P&P or S&S) in today’s culture particularly in film.
Tips for love and romance.
Unscientific ranking of the novel’s most frustrating characters.
Themes of faith drawn from the novel or Jane’s life.
Comments and asides on the book’s characters and plot
And parts of the novel that just make us smile :-)

I look forward to the next novel of Jane’s they decide to edit and add to the Insight Edition series…dare I hope for it to be Emma??? ;-)

16 January, 2010

Rosie the Reviewer {"Love and War" by BarlowGirl}



5 *****

Synopsis:
"Love and War" is BarlowGirls’ fifth album and is a long the lines of their other work. Full of electric guitars, drums, and great rock music. All of the songs are written by the band and each song will challenge you in a different way.

Profanity:None

Sexual References:None

Violence:None


My Thoughts:I have been a fan of BarlowGirl since their debut self-titled album came out in 2004. I have followed this band since the beginning and have not been disappointed since, they’re lyrics are constantly challenging and very uplifting. I personally connect with Tracks 3, 6, 7, and 8. Track 3 "Beautiful Ending" most may say is the best song on the album, I don’t know if I would. It’s always hard for me to choose a favorite, they’re all great! It is an uplifting song of an unfailing love. Track 6 "Love is Marching" speaks of strength and trying to change the world for the better. Track 7 "Running Out of Time" is about a person’s spiritual war, that if we stand by and let evil take over, we are equally guilty. Track 8 "Time For You to Go" is revealing the truth about how biased the media is with it’s indoctrination of today’s youth. This album is one I highly recommend you buy, you will NOT be disappointed whatsoever.

14 January, 2010

If I were...

(I stole this from my xanga friend and thought it was fun, I had to do it!)

If I were a month, I would be May.
If I were a day of the week, I would be Sunday.
If I were a time of the day, I would be 5 o’clock or after.
If I were a planet, I would be Earth.
If I were a sea animal, I would be a shark. (Cause I always fight for what is rightfully mine)
If I were a direction, I would be South.
If I were a piece of furniture, I would be a desk.
If I were a liquid, I would be tea.
If I were a gemstone, I would be a opal, fiery on the inside, snowy on the outside.
If I were a tree, I would be a weeping willow.
If I were a tool, I would be a survivors knife (never said what tool it had to be :-) ).
If I were a flower, I would be an lily.
If I were a kind of weather, I would be a rainy summer night.
If I were a musical instrument, I would be a electric guitar, cause I have a sassy side!
If I were a color, I would be pink, girly and classy.
If I were an emotion, I would be melancholy because I get hurt easily.
If I were a fruit, I would be an orange.
If I were a sound, I would be the wind.
If I were an element, I would be Fe (Iron) because I’m strong.
If I were a car, I would be an Army Jeep.
If I were a food, I would be broccoli; you either like me or you don’t like me.
If I were a place, I would be a forest.
If I were a material, I would be cotton canvas like the old military fatigues. Because I’m in for the long haul!
If I were a taste, I would be an acquired taste.
If I were a scent, I would be feminine, but with a hint of durability.
If I were an animal, I would be a cat, no body owns me but God.
If I were an object, I would be a book, full of information.
If I were a body part, I would be a pair of eyes.
If I were a facial expression, I would be a smile.
If I were a pair of shoes, I would be sturdy pair of boots.

What are you?

13 January, 2010

Hello all

This isn't my frist blog here, so I know all what to do, but just wanted to introduce myself. I'll write more later...

God Bless!