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Monday, 20 October 2014

After This Sunday Night!!! 19.10.14



What is this...
I decided to start a new blog thread called After This Sunday Night, where I plan on discussing all my favourite just aired TV shows. Because, let's face it, TV is a big part of my life and has been since I first watched Dexter's lab as a wee child :)

On these posts, I'll be ranking my favourite five shows of the week in descending order of preference, Only those that most impressed me will be featured.

So here goes...



  My fave TV Show this week:  

How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 Ep 4 (10/16/14)



Did all that just happen? 

How to Get Away with Murder (2014) Poster
HGAM has been doing just fine so far.. But after this episode, I'm forever hooked to this show.

“Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone?” 
Those are the magic words that have me tethered to this show now. Everything up to that point was well built up, and Connor (Jack Falahee)'s actng was top notch throughout the whole episode.

I enjoyed every single moment of this episode, and each revelation only went to increase my questions, a great thing to ensure the success of a mystery show.

I have only one last thing to add...
I've been pondering over Wes's character (Alfred Enoch) and why Annalise (Viola davis) seems to be giving him so many chances, and I've come to this deduction- He might actually be her son! Think about it.. 
Anyway, only time will tell if my suspicions are true.


  My 2nd fave TV Show this week:  

The Originals Season 2 Ep 2 (10/13/14)

The Originals (2013) Poster

Having Charles Michael Davis and Daniel Gillies acting in the same fantasy show is a sure way to ensure my eternal loyalty to it.

Though this episode did not have the combative supernaturals going at each other's throat as I normally prefer it, it span a lovely story altogether, and I love story telling! Seeing Marcel and Elijah's beautiful past was heartwarming, and it also made me understand just why The Originals didn't just kill him last season.

And I must add, the new Kol is drop dead gorgeous! Daniel Sharman is one good looking boy! Damn! Maybe he might just take up the big black hole left behind after Diego (Eka Darville)'s death.

As for the little wolf.. I've never been a fan of hers, but she's slowly starting to not annoy me so much.

Klaus... well I never really liked him, but he did a good job as always. I'm just glad Camille (Leah Pipes) didn't take so much of the air time. I can't even remember if she was in the episode or not, That's how irrelevant she is to me.

  My 3rd fave TV Show this week:  

Scandal Season 4 Ep 4 (10/16/14)

Scandal (2012) Poster

Until this episode, Scandal had fallen so low in my opinion that I mightn't have featured it in this top five list.

However watching Olivia do 'her thing' in this episode, and be the gladiator we all love her to be was.. Yeah that was something!

The only thing that diosappointed me was her falling back into Fitz's arms again. Aaargh! However, I can't blame her. I too have that one ex whom I avoid like a plague, or otherwise my knees will open up each time I meet him. Maybe Fitz is like that to her, and for that, I empathise with her :)

Oh Jake dear! If Olivia hadn't been so busy with Fitz' daughter's case, she'd have helped out Jake. She's bound to feel very guilty about that when she finally finds out. But that's good, for it means she'll be an awesome gladiator once again to help him. That is if she figures out soon enough that he didn't really kill Fitz' son as he's been accused.

Damn her father!!! Makes for good TV though...

  My 4th fave TV Show this week:  

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Ep 3 (10/16/14)

The Vampire Diaries (2009) Poster

I enjoyed this episode immensely, and most of it was because of bad Stephan, and the Damon/Bonnie scenes.

The waterhole..or-something party was too high school for me.. typical of Caroline. I'm so tired of her, Really I am, but I always make a note not to pray for the death of a tv show character, so I won't. Plus Julie Plec would never write her off, as her character apparently has a large following- yikes!

Bonnie is doing magic again- yeeiy!

Elena got kissed by a very cute dude that isn't a Salvatore brother- yeeiy!

Stephan is bad again (or so I hope)- yeeiy!

I think I might actually really enjoy this new TVD season, because so far the episodes have been very promising.


  My 5th fave TV Show this week:  

The Flash Season 1 Ep 2 (10/14/14)
The Flash (2014) Poster


Though the pilot episode was wanting, and severely so, The Flash redeemed itself in this episode. Unquestionably a family show that will of course attract even children as viewers, it still held me intrigued all through the episode.

I enjoyed the telling of Barry's history with the West family. I also enjoyed how so much like a regular human the producers have seen to make him, giving him so many regular limitations, like the fact that he's fast does not give him superhuman strength.

And Iris (Candice) is so beautiful, and a great actor. She always puts a smile on my face. She has such a cheerful, sunshine-y demeanor!

Though the two nerds, Dr. McGee and Cisco, are terrible actors, speaking as though directly reading from a script, the rest of the cast is doing a good job holding up the show.


Those are my top five shows this week.

Extras to mention...
I wanted to mention Homeland because I love Quinn and the job he's doing, However Carrie ruined the episode for me.

Grey's Anatomy is not even in the list. I love that it's managed to bounce back without Yang, but it still needs to do a whole lot more to really capture my attention.

Red Band Society is another favourite of mine, but it's not what I'd call one of my top five shows of the week.

ANTM was interesting as usual, but not so much so that I counted the days to Friday night. Keith and Will are doing a mighty fine job, I must say!

~Robi
#Penwarrior


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Poem of the Day!!! My Violent Love

Seasons, wars, winds, kings of vast lands,
Things of past and future grands!
But her smile I swear, her smile-
Never before did one so beguile!

I’ll sing her a song I’ll chant of her beauty, I swear,
Dare you stop me my anger will sure flare!
Watch out,  my love ‘tis a violent one that I gear,
Let any that dares steal my love away forever me revere!
For my vengeance is best delivered by my spear-
Of sharpest steel that you, brother, should fear!

I love her, I do-
I dare you trouble to spew!
Then your life you’ll surely rue,
For my spear your insides will sprew!

So pray listen when I say- I love her, I do!

My Violent Love, a poem by Carol Robi


Rarely do I write love poems, but when I do, they tend to be infused with a certain air of violence. What can I say? I am a proud daughter of the Abakuria tribe. And unfortunate as it may be, we are a rather violent people in temperament. To deny it would be to deny my identity. So I stand here today, gladly embracing my heritage, and proudly dissipating my tendency for violence through my words. A more productive venture, I say.

I wrote this poem, as you might have guessed if you've read my works, while composing the love story between Makena and Nyangi, major protagonists in my book series, A Story Untold.  I'm proud to say that the book has now been published and is available in Amazon, titled A Love Story Untold.

A Love Story Untold


~Robi
#Penwarrior

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Poem of the day! The Penwarrior


Today's poem is a throwback. I wrote it exactly ten years ago, back when I was fifteen. I had then been struggling with writing the book that I finally finished this year, A Story Untold.

My biggest fear back then was that I wouldn't be able to capture the true emotions and souls of my characters, as well as the fear that I might not make a good author in the end. I'm happy that it all turned out well, and I'm glad for that fear for it made me strive even harder, and pushed me to grow into what I've become.

The Penwarrior
by Carol Robi

I want to write about pain
The toiling under the sun in vain
That wrinkled outstretched arm
Hoping for a better outcome each time

I want to write about fear
That paralizes all that is near
And keeps us hoping for a saviour
For we are too scared to dare.

I want to write about life,
That which synonyms strife.
A constant struggle, fight we bear
'Till the day from here we'll disappear

~Robi
#Penwarrior

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Book Review!!! In Kelly's Corner by Roxie Riviera

In Kelly's Corner (Fighting Connollys, #1)In Kelly's Corner by Roxie Rivera
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This is one of those books I really enjoy in the begining, and I'm then unable to read it to the end. It happened the same way with Ivan, the author's other book. Interesting at the beginning, and then somewhere in the middle the story starts waning off.

Here you can see my reading progress, and understand just how much I enjoyed the book at first. The characters were so refreshing to me!

09/16 marked as: currently-reading
09/16
46.0% "I'm enjoying it a lot. I love the main character, Bee. She's quirky, fun, sweet and a workaholic that stares at her computer most of the day. I can relate to that! Kelly's also very sweet, manly, alpha without being overbearingly so.. I love the characters already, and the story is interesting enough"
09/17
50.0% "I'm starting to get bored.. damn! And I liked the first half so much.. I'll still be reading it to the end though. I still love the MCs too much"
09/20
70.0% "So unfortunate. This will have to be a DNF for me. I loved it so much at the beginning, but thereafter it's been a struggle to keep turning the pages"
              
The MCs, Bee and Kelly, are definitely what had me so interested in the beginning. I was roped in in their story, but then somewhere along the way..

Although I always give all books I could not compel myself to finish two or three stars, this book I shall glady give it three, because it was well delivered and had an interesting enough story. It's only mistake was not being captivating enough for me.



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~Robi
#penwarrior

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Poem of the Day - Know Thyself, Robi


Know Thyself, Robi
To be me is to be free,
My day my own to plan to choose.
Set plans and norms are there to abuse,
Hours I wake or sleep I self decree.

Mellow eyes of brown, puppy dog's- my best friend said,
Widest smile, infectious smile, beautiful, he claimed.
Easy smiling, easier laughing, positive I'm proclaimed-
Emotional, highly neurotic when distressed I'm famed.

Hair course as grass tuff of the dry savanna I adorn.
The state of my hair, my poor ma does daily mourn.
'Tis my hairdressers' constant source of headache-
For to straighten it I've refused, I won't quake.

Skin, dark brown that near glows when shone,
Body slim and long despite all junk I've fed it.
As a teenager a constant nightmare 'twas, I must admit-
For queries on if I'm aneroxic or bulimic, were frequent, groan!

Comfy clothes I love best,
Throw a sweater, jeans and converse- I'm happily dressed!
My face in a mirror often only twice I see-
In the morning and evening while brushing my teeth.

Disastrous for me are days ventured with make up on, I swear!
Oft upon the pushing of friends or dear mother.
I'm bound to smudge it, mess it, smear it- I'm a lost cause, I declare!
Better it weren't there to begin with, we'd all much rather.

I wrote this poem because someone in a group I'm a member of in goodreads started a discussion thread where people could post description of themselves as they'd like to see it in a romance book.
What started out as an attempt to write a prose description of myself ended up in verse form, but I still managed to get the idea across :)
I'm glad for this exercise for it helped me appreciate things about me, both the negatives and the positives. So go ahead and write one of your own, I'm sure it'll help you too. And feel free to share on the comment line or on the discussion thread.
Here's the link to the discussion thread: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1889404-describe-yourself-as-if-you-were-the-heroine-in-an-ir-book#comment_id_106195075

~Robi
#penwarrior

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Poem of the day! Breaking from the mold

Breaking from the Mold by Carol Robi

I wrote this poem as a self reflection on just what has brought me where I am today. I'm still not sure what exactly is responsible, but I know my defiance against fitting any set mold has been a great factor in most of my decisions.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Book Review!!! Game, Set, Match by Nina Malone


Game, Set, MatchGame, Set, Match by Nina Malone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this story.

Izzy was a great MC and Jason was also a wonderful protagonist.

Izzy met Jason when she was in college, and she liked him then, though he chose not to follow through. Years later, she still has feelings for him, and their careers make them meet again.

I enjoyed the story, though not enough for five stars.

I could have done without the foul language, Izzy and Jessica cussed a lot more than I'm comfortable with. However, the story was interesting enough that I managed to get over it.

Jessica, a support character was slightly annoying, and I honestly felt sorry for Simon. His character was hated so much, yet the author didn't convince me enough to make me understand why Nick, Jessica and Izzy were so hard on him.

Here's a detailed look at my reading progress
08/30 marked as: currently-reading
08/30
13.0% "I don't know what took me so long to read this book. I'm off to a good start already!"
09/01
25.0% "I'm lovin this book. I've read reviews complaining how sexually graphic it is, but I honestly get how the 'sexualization' plays into the story. I like it!"
09/02
40.0% "Taking it slow but still loving every minute of it :)"
09/05
80.0% "Ok, now I must admit the sex scenes are too much. The story is still interesting though.."
09/06
100.0% "Review coming up"
09/06 marked as: read              


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~Robi
#penwarrior

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Poem of the Day - Serengeti

Serengeti is a poem I wrote, inspired by the character Nandi in the Drachenburg School for the Supernaturals Books



Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Strange Bedfellows at only 99c

An Interracial Contemporary Romance..


Friday, 22 August 2014

Book Review!!! When You Come To Me by Jade Alyse

When You Come To MeWhen You Come To Me by Jade Alyse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book- could hardly put it down from the beginning to the end. A very difficult thing to do, considering just how long it it.
I especially loved the author's style of writing. Especially the first half of the book, though the second half the style dwindled a little. I love the descriptive writing told in an almost poetic way, though of course this contributed to why the book was so long..
I loved the MCs. I warmed up to Natalie almost immediately, but Brandon took me a while. He almost seemed too self-entitled at first, just assuming Nat had nothing to do but drop everything she was doing and listen to his relationship problems. But I soon warmed up to him, and pretty soon I loved him as much as I did Natalie.
I loved riding the rollercoater of emotions that is Natalie's life. Her character roped me in from the beginning, and though this book reads like a very drammatic telenovela, I never once tired of the whole relationship drama.. Okay, maybe in the end, but I blame that on all the weddings lovey dovey sap. I'm not into those.
The constant mention of racial differences put me a little off, not because it is irrelevant, which it isn't, but because it did not need to be mentioned so often. I did not forget that they were of different races between every few pages. However this love story is so endearingly sweet, that almost nothing could stop me from finishing this book. n

A few things put me off:
1. Some plot holes like:
 1.1. We are told constantly that Brandon is a bad dancer- then at some point he miraculously becomes a good dancer.
 1.2. Natalie's original description as an introvert or quiet person is highly debatable- she often had a lot to say to strangers like when she first started hanging out with Scott and Brandon.
2. A few grammatical errors here and there- he instead of she, repetition of the, spelling mistakes- however the story is so intresting, you'll almost never notice them.

Here are notes I wrote during my reading progress..

08/21 marked as: currently-reading
08/21
2.0% "Despite the negative reviews I'm reading here.. After reading just two pages- I think I found the book! The one that'll get me out of this slump I've found myself in these past few months. Please be good! Fingers crossed. I'm ropped in by the almost offhand/ understating of emotions.. whatever- I'll tell more later. I'm getting back to the book!"
08/21
7.0% "I like this book! Why don't people like it? It's overly descriptive-yes, but I like the writing style- almost poetic. The constant mention of white and black is annoying, but Natalie's emotions are so vivid, engrossing! As said, I like this book :)"
08/22
46.0% "Oh lordie I love this book! I know most people that have read it complained about its length,too long, but I honestly never want it to end. There's depth, emotion, interesting plot twists, great character development, situation descriptions- am so glad I picked up this book!"
08/22
61.0% "Can't.put.this.book.down!"
08/22
100.0%
08/22 marked as: read              

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~Robi
#penwarrior