Sweet Valley Love Diaries: Jessica – “Dear Diary, You’ll never guess who I ran into today. He’s even hotter than he was three years ago. And this time it’s me he wants. Devon Whitelaw is finally mine, all mine!”
Sweet Valley University Super Thriller #17 – Very Bad Things – “Someone is jealous of Jessica Wakefield. Someone who’ll do anything to take her place. Someone who has the power to make bad things happen… Very bad things.”
Fair Catch by Kandi Steiner – “As if things aren’t already tough enough as the only girl on a college football team, Coach had to go and assign Zeke Collins as my roommate. A cocky kick returner and my brother’s best friend who should have been ripped of that title years ago, he’s as infuriating as he is undeniably sexy. I hate him, and for good reason — reason I won’t ever let him forget. He thinks because we grew up together that it’s his role to protect me, but all he does is get in my way, make me look weak, and piss me off more. I tell him I can handle myself, and I’m hell-bent on getting that point across to him and the rest of the nation watching the only girl in collegiate football. The pressure doesn’t get to me. The scrutiny? I’m ready for. But sharing very thin walls with Zeke Collins? I wasn’t prepared for that. And the more we’re forced together, the harder it is to distinguish that pencil-thin line between hating him… and wanting him.”
Blind Side by Kandi Steiner – “The hottest college football safety in the nation just asked me to be his fake girlfriend. And I just asked him to take my virginity. Clay Johnson has the abs of Adonis and the deadly smirk of the devil, himself. There’s hardly a day he’s not headline material during football season, and never a day he isn’t a bullseye target for every girl on campus. He used to be the easiest of all the players for me to wrangle as the Public Relations Coordinator, but after a nasty breakup with his high school sweetheart, he’s a mess. And a complete pain in my ass. We meet to discuss his behavior and review media relations standards. But when he witnesses how I fall to pieces in front of my guitar-toting crush, his wheels start turning. And he cooks up this absurd plan. He helps me get noticed. I help him make his ex jealous. All by pretending to be in a relationship. What he doesn’t realize is that this bookworm is a virgin, and far from versed in seducing a musician. So, to sweeten the deal, I convince him to help me — not just to get my crush’s attention, but to knock his socks off once I have it. But the more I come unraveled at the hands of Clay Johnson, the more trouble I have discerning what’s fake and what’s undoubtedly real — particularly, the way my heart flutters every time that breathtaking man touches me. We set the rules. We put the safeguards in place. But they say rules are meant to be broken. They probably should have added that hearts are, too.”
Jasper Jones – I was so excited to see this pop up on Netflix at the end of last year. I am a huge fan of Craig Silvey’s writing so was keen to see one of his books transformed into film. I love films set in Australia, and this did a great job of capturing the feel of a sleepy country town in Western Australia. This is worth a watch if you enjoy Australian film, or if you were a fan of the book and would like to see it translated to screen.
Adrift – I love disaster movies and survival movies. Any situation where characters are forced to battle the elements to survive? I’m there. This was based on the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, who faced a hurricane while sailing across the Pacific Ocean. This was a fascinating story of resilience and survival, and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys films of that nature.
George of the Jungle – This is a judgement free zone, okay. I’ve been loving the Brendan Fraser resurgence over the past few months due to his portrayal in The Whale. It’s been nice to see him back in the limelight because he was a huge part of my childhood/teenage years. This was as ridiculous as I thought it would be, but it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane with a childhood favourite.
The Voyeurs – I’m a big Euphoria fan and I really like Sydney Sweeney as an actress so when I saw this pop up on Amazon Prime I thought I’d give it a go. This had a lot of potential to be a great thriller, but ultimately fell quite flat with the ending. If you’re in the mood for a bit of mindless entertainment on a lazy afternoon, maybe check this out.
Headland by John Byrnes – “The small beachside town of Gloster is on the edge of disaster. After constant rain, floodwaters are rising fast. Detective Constable Craig Watson, exiled to Gloster from Sydney, is a young man with a damaged past and an uncertain future. Constables Ellie Cameron and Larissa Brookes are young women struggling to show their worth as police officers under a misogynistic sergeant. The drowning town holds a secret that someone is prepared to murder for, and as the floodwaters cut Gloster off from the world the three young police officers begin to understand that it’s not just them left stranded. Somewhere out there in the floodwaters is a killer. And he needs them dead.”
The House Of Now And Then by Jo Dixon – “Olivia is hiding from vicious media and online scrutiny in a remote Tasmanian house when an unknown man knocks on her door, seeking Pippa, a woman who once lived there. His father, Jeremy, has died, leaving behind a letter for the unknown woman. Olivia wants to help, but can she risk revealing her own sordid past and exposure to the world once more? Thirty years earlier, bohemian wild-child Pippa and her best friend Jeremy spend a perfect summer in the house. Pippa falls deeply in love with local boy Leo, and they begin to plan a life of adventure together, much to the displeasure of his conservative and controlling family. One night Leo leaves the house to confront his parents… and is never seen again. As Olivia is drawn into solving the mystery, the unexpected and tragic story of Pippa, Jeremy and Leo is slowly uncovered. At the same time, a path to reclaiming her own life opens, if only she has the courage to take it.”