#CurrentlyWatching: From Dusk Till Dawn

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Today’s #CurrentlyWatching will look a little different than usually. The thing is, in the regular feature I have reasons why you should watch the show and why you shouldn’t, but I am having difficulties doing that here. I am not one for gore, violence, blood and slaying all the time. Especially when it’s really gross, I usually just fast forward, because why would I subject myself to that? Therefore From Dusk Till Dawn would not have been my go-to-choice-of-show. I am not even sure I liked the show, but I can’t get it out of my head, so this is my venting space.

From Dusk Till Dawn is a remake by the El Rey network (can also be found on Netflix) of the 1996 movie of the same title. There are 3 Seasons so far and even though it is not officially cancelled, I am not the only one who thinks that the show is kind of concluded at this point. But there still might be a mini-series, which I would very much love!

The infamous Gecko brothers are on the run after robbing a bank and taking a hostage with them. Pursued by a Texas Ranger, the eventually end up trapped in a desert bar that is nothing like it seems. All along they were part of a vampire conspiracy without even having known it.

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So, I need to explain how this happened. When I immerse myself in a show, I go full in (I think you’ve noticed that by now). While I was cluelessly watching my shipping videos for some random show on YouTube, they kept suggesting Kate and Seth videos and I had no freaking idea what show they were even from. The videos kept appearing so much though, that I did some research and when I found out about the show, I immediately knew it wasn’t for me. I tried like two episodes, but it was no fun.

Then came my first week of unemployment and a ton of bureaucratic stuff I had to do. I needed background noise while doing all that stuff, so I put on From Dusk Till Dawn. I don’t think I have seen the movie. Of course, I know some of the film stills, but other than that I knew absolutely nothing and therefore had zero expectations. The first season dragged a little in the first half (then again, I barely paid any attention). From what I hear it’s basically the movie spread out over the entire season, but after that I simply couldn’t stop and binged all of it in two days.

Vampires are so outdated at this point, but since they are like snake-vampire-hybrids (called culebras) here, they totally work for me. The mythology was really fascinating and I just love that Robert Rodriguez was the one to do the remake, because it’s just always better if the idea comes from someone who was involved with the original. They even managed to get some of the old cast (in different roles) to appear on the show now.

In my opinion, basically everything got better from season 2 onward – the production value and the pacing as well as the storyline! There was just so much more to discover and I enjoyed the journey the characters went through. They went full circle and that’s always a thing of beauty, because nothing is worse than dragging on with a show so long that it becomes terrible. Believe it or not, in the end I even loved some most of the characters. Which brings me to the next and to me probably most important point. The ships!

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The main people this shipping stuff revolves around are the Gecko brothers Seth and Richie, good girl Kate and badass culebra goddess Satánico Pandemonium aka Kisa. From what I found out both guys are shipped with both girls (and I can definitely see why), but I like the Seth-Kate and Richie-Satánico combo best (although I stopped shipping the latter at some point). It might have something to do with me finding out about the show because of Seth and Kate but they are my favourite thing in that show and the most frustrating ship in the history of me watching horror ships. Spoiler alert: they never even kiss!

The thing with Kate and Seth is that they work incredibly well together, which lead so far that people even ship the real life people with each other (but they are just friends!!!). I am usually trying to be a relatively open to age differences in relationships, but when I found out that Madison Davenport (Kate) was only 20 and D.J. Cotrona (Seth) is 36, even I stopped to pause. It didn’t really affect me on the show though, because the characters just have a bond.

In my opinion, Seth protected Kate from the beginning, which is an odd thing to say considering that he kidnapped (and therefore basically doomed) her entire family and held them at gunpoint several times. But they became partners and Seth would give about anything to get her life back to normal, which is not really possible anymore. So, they became my new Bonnie and Clyde! YAY!

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So, be cool! I know this isn’t for everyone. Any takers? Or have some of you already watched it?

Gone Wild by Jodi Lundgren (Arc Review)

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Publisher: Lorimer
Page Count
: 176
Publishing Date: September 1, 2016

**I was provided with an eArc by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

This book is extremely difficult to review in my opinion. I read it together with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and we honestly finished this within a couple of hours, it was so short! Definitely watch out for her review in the next couple of days!

Both main characters are relatable in terms of their lives being tough and you feeling bad for them almost immediately. However, that does not excuse for some of their stupidity. They had their reasons for running away from home, but they went so utterly unprepared. You cannot simply go into the woods without food, water or proper attire. Brooke was a little more prepared than Seth, but it took them forever to meet and there were some really dangerous situations they couldn’t even handle together.

My mediocre rating is not based on me not enjoying the story, but more on the fact that there was little to no development. Of course the characters had some epiphanies and knew that they had to change their lives, but I am not really sure they made the right conclusions.

This was a short review for a short book. If you are up for something like a novella about two teens trying to figure out their lives in the woods, this might be for you, but don’t expect too much of a conclusion. I preferred Seth’s ending to Brooke’s, simply because he got something, while we just left her wherever and did not get to see how she dealt with her family and her boyfriend.

Fazit: 2.5/5 stars! I did not hate it, but it was too short to really treat the topics with the attention they deserved.

3stars

Have you heard of Gone Wild? Would you read it? 

This Is What Goodbye Looks Like by Olivia Rivers (eArc Review)

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Publisher: Red Sparrow Press
Page Count
: 338

**I was provided with an eArc via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!**

This Is What Goodbye Looks Like is my third book by Olivia Rivers that I have read this year (check out my review for Tone Deaf and In the Hope of Memories by clicking on the titles), but this time we did another Three Bloagteers buddy read (meaning Cátia, Cristina and me read together and yes … I totally just made that name for our group up!). I think we never had such fervent discussions about any of our buddy reads before and all of that without actually disagreeing in most parts. But let’s dive into the review!

I very much enjoy Rivers style of writing, or I obviously wouldn’t continue to read her books. It’s easy, accessible and just flows extremely nicely without her ever forgetting to give the characters depth and flaws. I very much appreciate that she is not afraid to include disabilities and show how people can still cope and live as full of a life as others. However, this time the MC was a bit more difficult. Lea’s behaviour had reasoning behind it, I can’t deny that, but it was still majorly twisted. I get that people do weird things when they are grieving, but it went way too far. Still, I liked the story, but then somewhere around the 2/3 mark of it all it took an odd turn.

It was clear from the beginning that everything would blow up in Lea’s face at one point or another. I was scared of that moment, but also anticipating it. When it finally came, it wasn’t resolved in the way I had hoped it would. There was a definite lack of confrontation and explanation. The focus was put on Camille, Lea’s sister, instead of Seth and Lea’s relationship and that shift somehow didn’t make sense for me. It made some previous events redundant and unnecessary, which is really a shame. I won’t go into more detail though, because I don’t want to spoil anyone.

Ultimately, it was an interesting story about how guilt can cripple you and how you have to decide for yourself when to let go and what to truly take responsibility for. It was a story about family, friendship and love and while I do not agree with everything that happened in the end, I don’t regret reading This Is What Goodbye Looks Like at all.

Fazit: 3.5/5 stars! A twisted read that took a different turn in the end than I thought it would.

4stars

Have you read a book by Olivia Rivers? Are you considering checking out this one?

Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Book Review)

landline“Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?”

I have to give a huge shout out to Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions, because without her I probably wouldn’t have gotten around to reading the book for another year or so. THANK YOU FOR SENDING IT TO ME!!!

I’ve found that it’s impossible for Rainbow Rowell do disappoint me. I seriously don’t think it even matters what she writes about, because all her characters are just insanely relatable and fun to get to know. They are flawed, but even more importantly, they are real. Georgie McCool is a writer for TV and even though I am not, I have worked with a couple of them and that made me instantly connect to her. I know how stressful her job can be and how insane you can get when you are getting close to a deadline. I loved her relationship with Neal and equally so with Seth.
They are such different characters, they were bound to clash somehow, especially because they each love her in their own way. And so does she! Reading her story, I really could see her feelings develop and why she wasn’t willing to let go of either of them. So, while I do understand Georgie and her very separate relationships with both of the men in her life, I definitely think she could have handled the situation differently. She built up this wall between her work life and her life at home, making up rules about what each of the men could to talk to her about. But that’s not how life works! Life is messy and the lines get blurred – Georgie should have known better. That’s all water under the bridge now though, especially since I don’t want to spoil you.

In the end I should probably mention that it didn’t hit me as much emotionally as some of the Rowell‘s other books. I don’t know if it was because of the topics that were dealt with or because of all the things left unresolved. I know that Rainbow Rowell does that a lot and I’ve learnt to deal with it, but there are just so many questions unanswered. Either way, that phone was a real Christmas miracle and stories like that are always great!

Now, don’t read on if you haven’t read the book! SPOILER-WARNING!

I just wanted to add that I like how subtly Rainbow Rowell spun in that Heather was gay. I didn’t expect it at all, but I loved that it was no big deal whatsoever, because that’s exactly the way it should be!

Fazit: 3.8/5 stars! Perfect romance for the Christmas time that will make you value your time with the family!

Have you read the book? What’s your take on it?

Orphan Black Season 3 Premiere

I love Orphan Black and after the discovery of the male Castor clones, I was majorly excited for the Season 3 Premiere of the show. Please beware of Spoilers for the first two episodes of the new Season!

Male clones … I don’t know why I am so happy about that, but I am. I think Ari Millen was a great choice too! He already portrayed Mark, a supposed member of the Prolethean group, all through Season 2. I really liked him a lot, because he defied the leader of the group and seemed to have somewhat more sense than the others. Finding out that he’s one of the Castor clones was so exciting and now Sarah gets to meet all sorts of other versions of them. As always I am more than impressed by Tatiana Maslany‘s and Ari Millen‘s acting, because I often wonder how they shoot all the scenes.

I hope you’ve seen everything that happened last Season, because otherwise this will all be pretty confusing. Let’s dissect what’s happened in the Season 3 Premiere (“The Weight of Combination”/”Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis”) :

  • Sarah meets Rudy, one of the Castor clones, who tells her that she should count her sisters and lo and behold, Helena is missing. As we know, Mrs S betrayed Helena and handed her over to Paul (who’s part of Castor) in order to protect Sarah. But of course, Sarah isn’t grateful, because there is nothing more important to her than protecting her family, which ultimately ends in her having to send Kira away again. I feel so sorry for them, they’re never able to just be together.
  • There was this scene where Sarah had to play Rachel and Alison played Sarah and that was just so weird. I wonder how Tatiana felt playing that scene.
  • Speaking of Helena: she’s pregnant! And she talks to a scorpion which no one other than her can see… I’m guessing that’s not a good sign, but don’t fret, Sarah is coming for her!
  • Cosima feels better! I love her so much and I am happy she didn’t have to die, but her relationship with Delphine is definitely on the rocks or over …
  • Alison is my favourite and ever since she and Donnie are working together and don’t have secrets anymore, they are even more hilarious! She now wants to take over the drug dealing business from some teenage kid, in order to gain the votes for her campaign from all the addicted soccer moms. Who even thinks like that? It’s genius!
  • Cal … I love Michiel Huisman, be it in this, as Daario in Game of Thrones or in the new movie The Age of Adaline. I don’t even care that he earned his money by creating dubious weapons, he seems like a good father to Kira and that’s all that matters now. And his conversations with jealous Paul are always fun to watch.
  • Have I mentioned that I think Ari Millen is great? The Castor clones are so interesting and it’s great that, contrary to the Leda clones, they are aware of each other. Rudy’s and Seth’s relationship was so cute and heartbreaking. I find Rudy most intriguing so far! He seems like the Sarah Manning of the Castor clones to me. And then there’s Mark … the last scene of “Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis” looked seriously painful and he better watch out, because Sarah is coming for him. Now I just wish that the Leda and Castor clones would work together instead of against each other.

This Season will surely be exciting! What are your thoughts on Orphan Black?