Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (07.15.2014) Top Ten Favourite TV Shows!



Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and The Bookish

This weeks "Top Ten Tuesday" is: Let's talk about other types of stories! Top Ten Favorite Movies or TV Shows! (can break it down to top ten favorite romance movies or comedy shows etc. etc.)

I've decided to go with Top Ten Favourite TV Shows. Mainly because I don't know if I could list only 10 movies. I mean I can't even list only 10 TV shows! Here are my Top 15 Favourite TV shows!

I consider a top show a show that I always sit down to watch, or go home and put on the recording the same night or the day after it heirs.
Not all of them are in a specific order.

Check out the previous and upcoming topics here!

1. 

Smallville is always and forever my top show. 

2.

Supernatural will always be my second top show. The hilarity of this show knows no bounds.  LOVE IT! 

3.

Teen Wolf. I love Stiles. I love Scott. I love Derek. I love it. 

4.

True Blood. I love getting my True Blood fix and I have no clue what I will do without it after this year.

5.

This show just started and I fell in love with it after the first episode. It already has over half a million followers on Facebook, so I'm saying it's here to stay. 

6.

So what? I love ABC. Melissa & Joey is another awesome show. It has some bumps, but honestly I love how Mel and Joey interact together. 

7.

Baby Daddy. The guys on this show are beyond hilarious. Each character is amazing in their own way!

8.

This show is amazing! And it's Canadian made! It was picked up after the first season (I believe) by a big american company and has been strong every episode. Love it love it love it. 

P.s my small Canadian town was mentioned in an episode once. I may have  squeaked. 

9.

This TV show has been wronged by not receiving any Emmy nominations. It deserves it. So incredible.

10.

Charmed. Oh god I could totally go for this coming back on air. Even if it's different actors. I loved this show.

11.

Elementary! Jonny Lee Miller is a sex god to me. Maybe it's because I loved him as Mr. Knightly in Emma.

12.

Haven! I love Haven so much! Such a good show! 

13.

The Blacklist! WHO IS TOM KEEN??????? Crazy good show. Addictive.

14.

Kyle XY! It ended with such a cliffhanger, but honestly I loved this show!

15.

Roswell! I love this show and so many people are rooting for a movie.
I still am. 


Honourable Mentions:

Witches of East End! It just started its second season and I really enjoy it. 


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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Book Shout Out/Book Blitz: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet


If any of you out there have been following me on Instagram ( click the icon to see my profile) you'll have seen that lately I've rekindled my romance with Jane Austen, in particular Pride and Prejudice, even though I am again behind on my reviews (don't worry that's all happening this week...big big changes!).

Why have I rekindled said romance?

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is why. 




So here's how it started:

I was on Instagram one days and ran across an image that had a hashtag #LizzieBennet. 

It peaked my curiosity. However, well..


I check things out, especially start reading books, sometimes too quickly. If that makes any sense. Sometimes one person says something about something and I look into it. Then it ends up being crap. Luckily this one is a Youtube series, so you don't even need to take my word for it 'cause it will only cost 3 mins of your time to figure out if you like it or not. 

However, still being skeptical, I set it aside. Until later that day...

I was looking for the 'no ragrets' image to send to a friend. 

You know, this one:


Don't ask. 
Besides you've all sent it to someone before.
Admit it

 Anyhow, I came across another one that had the same Lizzie Bennet person. I was like...


So I looked into it. 


Did you know it's a Primetime Emmy Winner? 

That really got me interested. So, I watched the first episode.

Then I binged watched all 100 episodes + extras.


(Thats the pic by the way). 

I am a big big fan of Jane Austen and her works. I own all the DVDs, and have legally downloaded all the BBC adaptations (I'm pretty fond of their 1995 Pride & Prejudice and 2009 Emma). I own multiple copies of her novels, and yes I've read them all. 

At first I was like...


'Cause it was really starting to amaze me.

But, then it just started to blow me away. Actually, it swept me off my feet. 


This modern adaptation is amazing. I feel like they got everything right. The characters are realistic for their time, but stick to the true character that Austen created, or well they don't deviate too far (it is modernized after all). And, the situations have been adapted for modern society and time pretty well.

But honestly...I loved how they've included social media. All the webisodes are on Youtube and aired on Youtube. You can see on twitter what happens outside of the episodes [this includes twitter convos between characters (which you don't have to read if you don't want to--They're not needed to understand the story line), and pic!!!!!!]. Then there is the fact that her schooling and job situations revolve around social media and how people connect these days. I mean, that's what I'm doing right now.

And the acting!



These don't even do it justice. 

There are some hilarious moments. And the actor that plays Lizzie Bennet...


Is more than ok in my book. Lizzie Bennet re-enacts moments on her vlog to get her viewers up to date. And, this actor is pretty funny with impressions and voices. 
Props to her. 

And you know,


Maybe that will help a little bit.

And then there is Darcy...



I couldn't help by laugh at how socially awkward he was made to seem. Which, he is in the book. 

So take my word for it, or not, if you have 3 mins and 19 secs to spare check out the first video.



If you want to know more about the series, and even check out some merch you can check out the website:


If you don't want to take my word for it you can see what Buzzfeed has to say about it in their article '15 Reasons to Fall in Love With "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" again'

Now, the whole point of this post was no only to get some new addicts hooked on the series (which is complete so...BINGE WATCHING!!!!!), but to also inform you that this series has become so popular they have turned it into a novel.


Or, turned it back into a novel? 

Either way, you can find out more about the book, entitled The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, at it's website:


The book releases...TODAY! And my pre-order is on its way!


I've also used my free first audiobook download from audible.com to purchase it because the actor that played Lizzie Bennet is the narrator. Again, awesome impressions. 

And, I've also included the released except for you to peruse. 



Now I go back to finishing up all my review. 

Until next time,


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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The love triangle...have you ever been torn? With book characters I mean.


The love Triangle. 

So many great books have it. And because of it ‘Teams’ were established. Yup, readers spiritually backed fictional characters—and everyone was ok with it. The book world, in fact, loves it. I love it. I’m a fan of a good team t-shirt, and image collage. 

Team names were even created. I am partial to Everlark. 

Teams came about because books were doing what books were mean to do. Books are meant to make an emotional connect, and/or at least generate an emotional reaction for the reader. 

And we can see just how true that is with Fandoms; especially with the development of OTP, ships, and everything else. 

When you start to ship (root for a relationship between two, sometime even more than two, characters) you generally decided on one person that you believe the main character is suppose to be with. This also applies to secondary characters, but for this argument I’m sticking with main characters. 

But, do you ever wavered in your ship?

Like I said I love teams, and have a few banners on my site representing my teams, but, I guess I'm asking if you ever feel yourself torn between the romantic interest in a novel and/or series? Or are you a true shipper?

I’m asking because I was talking about some Teams thats I ship with my friend and they told me I was pretty hard-core about my teams. 

See I and am always Team Peeta (Hunger Games), Team Dimitri (Vampire Academy), Team Aiden (Covenant Series), Team Four (Divergent), Team Jesse (Mediator Series), Team Ron (Harry Potter/although I never thought that love Triangle actually existed but according to something I found in a magazine there is), Team Patch (Hush, Hush), Team Marc (Shifters), Team Beck (Demon Trappers), Team Cole (White Rabbit Chronicles), Team Jack (Arcana Chronicles), Team Jace (Mortal Instruments), Team Will (Infernal Devices), Team Ash (Iron Fey), Team Quince (Fins), Team Damon (Lux), Team Ben (Unraveling)…and those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head. And some I haven’t finished reading, or aren’t completed series, so for all I know I could be even more wrong, but still.

You see, personally, I barely every waiver. I mean barely. I stick with the same love interested throughout the novel and/or series without any doubt. Even when people are like “oh but the other guy is so awesome…”. I’m just like, “no”. End of conversation.

Is that weird? Does it mean that I don't connect with the book enough to stir up my emotions? Or maybe I understand the characters too well and can predict who the main character will choose? I say the last part because I’ve come to realize I choose the person they usually end up. I’m not saying every time, I have been wrong before.

Which actually brings up another question: Have you ever been on a Team that you knew wasn’t going to be the one picked in the end?

The only ‘Team’ I ever wavered on was Twilight. I like to think it’s because I hadn’t read many books in the genre so I didn’t really have a feel for it, or maybe it was a series that really had me emotional invested. Basically this is how I was: Book 1: Team Edward; Book 2: Team Jacob; Book 3: Confused; Book Four: Team Edward. I think it was mainly because Jacob could give her a life a close to human as possible, where as Edward couldn’t…I guess I was a little wrong on that one.

Some of you maybe are asking 'Why is this important?", but if you are seriously involved with the book world you're probably not, like me you've probably thought about it before, or are now happy to be thinking about it. But, either way, it's important to me because the academic community finds it interesting. Yup, I had a class were we studied FanVids and had an entire section on 'ship vids'. I've had classes on dystopian society novels were we discuss Team Peeta vs. Team Gale. Recently, in my Vampire class we are discussing Team Edward vs. Team Jacob. And really thats enough for me to realize that there is some importance in 'Teams' and 'ships'.

So tell me about your Love Triangle/ ‘Team’ experiences. Have you ever wavered? Have you always been a hard-core shipper/ Team supporter? What do you think it means when you are emotionally invested in just one love interest and not the other?

Oh, the confusing and emotionally challenging life of being a reader. *Sigh.

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Stacking the Shelves #33


"Stacking the Shelves" is a meme created by Tynga's Reviews

Here are the books I've received in the mail, from authors, from publishers, and picked up myself.

Feel free to click on the title of any of the books to be brought to their Goodreads page where you can find their summary and other info.

And, click on the Book Depository icon to be brought to their purchase page. 

Dissonance #1
Ericka O'Rourke
ETA: July 22nd 2014


Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.


Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.

But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.



Elisa Ludwig
ETA: June 10th 2014


The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint – which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes – an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore.


United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies – the slacker, the nerd, the athlete, and the "perfect" student – band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. The diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons.



Elisa Ludwig's Coin Heist is a fun, suspenseful, and compelling thriller, told from the revolving perspectives of four teens, each with their own motive for committing a crime that could change all of their lives for the better—if they can pull it off.

Smith High #4
Marni Bates
ETA: June 24th 2014


It's prom season at Smith High School and love is in the air. . .for some people.


Melanie Morris knows she shouldn't keep flirting with her best friend's brother, Dylan Wellesley, even though the last thing she feels is "sisterly" around the cute soon-to-be freshman. But attending prom with somebody else might mean losing him for good. . .

Isobel Peters accepts the fact that she's a huge geek, but she never expected renowned player, Spencer King, would want to get his hands on. . .her reputation. What begins as a bargain could turn into something real--or a Notable disaster!

Corey O'Neal is dating the boy of his dreams, rockstar Timothy Goff. But it isn't easy to trade in anonymity for instant celebrity status, especially now that swarms of protesters want them both banned from prom. Dating Prince Charming in real life is a whole lot harder than it sounds in fairytales.

Happily ever after? Try awkwardly ever after!


Wild Seasons #1
Christina Lauren


One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.


But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.



When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away


Hopeless in Hotlanta #1
Magan Vernon & Dawn Pendleton


MacAllister "Mac" Barlow thought she was living the life she always dreamed of. When she catches her fiancĂ© in the act with his secretary, she high tails it out of their apartment without looking back. Looking for a new life, she drowns her sorrows in a pitcher of beer at Tony's Pizzeria. 

Darcy Pepper isn't one for long-term relationships. Bouncing from guy-to-guy to get what she wants isn't satisfying her anymore. Walking out on her current boy-toy, she finds herself at a tiny hole-in-the-wall pub. More disappointed in herself than she's ever been, she sees Mac, a girl she vaguely remembers from high school. 
Left flat broke, the girls quickly enlist the help of a waiter at Tony's and before they know it, they've got an apartment, jobs, and possibly even love interests beckoning. 
Maybe things aren't so hopeless after all.



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