TV Show’s I’ve Been Watching /2017

Small update : Hey booklovers! I know I’ve been so terrible at updating and reviewing this year. I’m sorry I will try and do better. I have a couple of reviews coming up for you,I haven’t been reading too much due to the nausea and fatigue from the first trimester of my pregnancy. I’m past the nausea now !! Thank god! I’ll be 18 weeks this Sunday, starting to feel little flutter movements ❤  I’m still pretty tired so instead of reading I’ve been watching TV series. So here is what I’ve been watching, let me know if you’ve seen any of these shows.

The OA

This is a Netflix show that I’ve been told to watch by a few people now. Not really knowing what it was about I started watching it and I finished it in 3 days! I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.I need answers!! can’t wait for a second season. The storyline sucks you in and the plot is engaging. It’s a slower moving show which I’m not usually into but it was just so interesting that I couldn’t stop watching.

Gypsy

Gypsy is a Netflix psychological thriller, staring Naomi Watts as Jean a therapist who throws herself into roles in her patient’s lives.I really love this series. I saw a lot of negative reviews and I don’t understand where the hate is coming from. I have always loved Naomi Watts she is an amazing actress.Sophie Cookson plays Sydney and she is fantastic. Naomi and Sophie are currently my fave f/f couple on tv. It’s such an addicting show and i need more !!! The show ended with so many un-answered questions and I really hope its picked up for a second season.

Jane the Virgin

After watching a few episode’s I was hooked, I absolutely love this show! It is a Spanish soap opera, told as a tella-novella. I know it sounds kinda weird and don’t let the title put you off the show. This show is so clever.Gina Rodriguez is such a talent actress, she is beyond charming and she is so beautiful. I just love her as Jane. My favourite character on the show is Jane’s father Rogelio. He is a tella-novella actor and is so vain, but that’s the whole point. Every scene he is in I laugh.

Game Of Thrones

Season 7 just premiered last Sunday and I’m thrilled. I can’t wait for Jon and Daenerys to meet ❤ Ahhh ! I need them to love each other! There’s just so many things coming together. But knowing the writers something terrible will happen.Unpopular Opinion, Ed Sheeran was absolutely fine in the show. they didn’t over do it or anything just casually stuck him in a scene.

 

Some other shows include Outlander, rewatched season 1 and finally watched season 2. I had some disappointed feelings with season 2 but the ending won me back and I’m so excited for season 3 in September. Shadowhunters , is very problematic but I love Simon and Clary,so I continue to watch it just for them.

Are there any show’s you suggests I watch? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Paper Princess by Erin Watt Review

paper-princess.jpgTitle: Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 370
Rating: 5 Stars

GoodReads Synopsis:

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

Review

“You may have lost your family, but you’re not alone anymore, Ella. You’re a Royal now.”

Paper Princess has become my newest guilty pleasure read.I have no idea when was the last time a book got me so addicted to it. I had lost all sense of time Erin Watt, the pseudonym of two authors, Elle Kennedy & Jen Frederick. This book is marketed as Ya but it has a lot of mature themes and I would say its more NA.

Ella Harper- I loved this girl. LOVED For every hit he tried to make with her, she hit back just as hard, or harder.She was strong, independent, unwilling to take shit from anybody, and a character you could easily root for.

Reed is the mysterious one of the group of royals. He is difficult to figure out. He is the you love to hate him kind of character and you question yourself as to why you like him.

Easton was definitely one of my favorite characters and I loved the fun relationship he formed with Ella. Like they just hang out in her room like actual brother and sister.

This was such a fun fast read, and it ended on a major cliffhanger!!

 

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde Review

28245707Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Genre: YA, Contemporary,Diversity
Pages: 288
Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads synopsis:
“Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself. “Full of irreverent humor and in-jokes, it’s geeky and funny, with a heavy dose of self-discovery. . . . . Seeing girls and women uplifting, protecting, and loving each other is extremely powerful especially in the context of fandom.” —Teen Vogue Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought. Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family. ”

My Review

Queens of Geek is such a fun book. It’s so cute and geeky and diverse.I’ve been in a reading slump for almost 2 month’s and I finished this book in one sitting. It was just what I needed.

I absolutely adored this book and I loved all the character’s except Reese. Queens of Geek follows three Australian friends as they travel together to a pop culture convention over the weekend.Readers get to read through the first person POV’s of Charlie, a Youtuber, actress, and bisexual Chinese girl dealing with a recent breakup, and Taylor, a creative cosplayer who is on the autism spectrum and has anxiety. Jamie a latino guy who loves comics.

I related a bit more to Taylor than I did to Charlie.Even though her anxiety presented itself in different ways to mine, I could empathise a lot with the emotions she felt.It shows her struggles and how she tries to cope with her anxiety.She is so brave, she does some things I would never be able to do.

The romances are also super sweet. I loves Taylor and Jamie together. Jamie was a great character and I liked the way the friends to more relationship developed.
Charlie and Alyssa are so cute and there date was perfect.

ALSO IT HAD SUPERNATURAL REFERENCES!

Quotes

“There’s no one way to be a girl, Tay. You don’t need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be… Are you happy the way you are? Are you comfortable? Do you feel like yourself? … Then that’s all that matters. Fuck everything else.”

“Anxiety isn’t an attack that explodes out of me; it’s not a volcano that lies dormant until it’s triggered by an earth-shattering event. It’s a constant companion. Like a blow fly that gets into the house in the middle of summer, flying around and around. You can hear it buzzing, but you can’t see it, can’t capture it, can’t let it out.”

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Review

23874708Title: Everything, Everything
Author:  Nicola Yoon
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 322
Rating: 5 Stars

GoodReads Summary
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Everything, Everything will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It’s an innovative, inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.

My Review

I’ll admit I read the book because I saw the movie trailer and amandla stenberg is playing the protagonist. This is one of the cutest, saddest, most heartwarming stories I’ve read in a long while.I was really surprised by this book as it was really hyped up and I’ve been avoiding hyped book’s.This book was overall enjoyable, and I absolutely adored the writing!

It did have some predictable moments as many stories like this does, but I didn’t mind it at all. This is an extremely fast-paced book.I read it in two sittings, I would have finished it in one but you know life got in the way.

Madeline was funny and imaginative, and loving. Olly was quite perfect in his own ways.I loved him. He wears all black, can never sit still, and does parkour.
Their romance was so, so cute!! There texting conversations was adorable.

If you are a fan of YA contemporary but are looking for something a little different, I’d definitely pick this one up! 🙂 Nicola Yoon is one incredibly talented writer, and I am so glad to have discovered her.

Quotes

“I was happy before I met him. But I’m alive now, and those are not the same thing.”

“I wanted everything, Olly. I wanted you and the whole wide world. I wanted everything.”

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

28243032Title: We Are Okay
Author: Nina LaCour
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 234,Hardcover
Rating: 4 Stars

GoodReads Summary
You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart

My Review

I wasn’t planning on reading this book but I had a credit for an audiobook and I needed something to listen to in between studying.I’ve never read anything by Nina LaCour before. I’m so glad I decided to give this book a try. I really really liked this story. It is so beautifully written,

It is a character driven story, about relationships and friendship Marin was such a lovable and angsty character and I couldn’t get enough of her. I could feel her loneliness and grief in her words. Her story is heartbreaking, but her growth as the story went on was incredible. It’s a short book but it gets the story across, if it was any longer it would have dragged on and ruined the feel of the book.

One of my favourite part’s of Marine’s story is the pottery shop, it was perfect. It’s exactly how I pictured a cute modern pottery shop.

This was my first Nina LaCour book and it won’t be my last.

Quotes

I close my eyes, and I breathe her in, and I think about this home that belongs to neither of us, and I listen to the fire crackling, and I feel the warmth of the room and of her body, and we are okay. We are okay.

“And I think of how time passes so differently for different people.”

Review of Thirteen Reasons Why (Season 1)

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Trigger warning: Suicide, rape, sexual harassment, self harm, self harm scars, bullying, abuse, vomiting, blood

Everyone has been talking about Netflix’s new original series. The story about 17 year old Hannah Baker who committed suicide.Clay Jensen receives a box of thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah. Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. It’s so well done. Every episode is a new tape.

I started watching the show on Friday, the second I started it I knew I wasn’t going to be able to stop watching it. I watched the first 4 episodes and then went to bed. Saturday I watched up until episode 11. So yesterday I finished the season after my exam. And I freaking cried for over an hour after it was finished. My heart is broken for Hannah, Clay,Jeff, Jessica and Alex.

The thing that’s so amazing about 13 Reasons Why is that it’s so real. It’s not just here for entertainment. It’s a show about how someone can affect another person.The show doesn’t shy away from the difficult topics.

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The actors were amazing. Katherine Langford as Hannah is brilliant. She is so beautiful! Katherine prayed Hannah perfectly. Hannah went through so much and felt like she had no one to talk to.I hate everything that happened to her.

Jessica, I loved her, then I hated her, and then I felt really bad for her.I feel like Justin Foley actually is redeemable, he acts like a dick because that’s how the other boys expect him to act. It killed me when his mom chose her boyfriend other her own son. Alex, for baby, he was a jerk for doing what he did but he was the first one who wanted to come forward.

I highly recommend you watch it. Once you watch the pilot you’ll be hooked and need to continue.

Love and You by Gretchen Gomez

34335011Title:Love and You
Author: Gretchen Gomez
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 142, paperback
Rating: 5 Stars

This is Gretchen’s debut poetry collection and she didn’t disappoint. Gretchen is one of the first people I started talking to when I began blogging and she is such a sweet girl ! I am so HAPPY for her!

I ordered a paperback copy but I was to impatient that I also purchased an ebook copy so I could read it right away. I finished the book in one sitting. I expected to love it before I read it but I didn’t expect to feel so deeply connected to what Gretchen was saying. I’m at a loss for words. Her words are so powerful and beautifully written. I was able to relate to almost every poem and they left me in tears. Every girl should pick up a copy and read this collection. Girls need to know that self love is important and it’s okay to let go.I can’t even begin to pick a favorite poem I loved so many of them. I can’t wait to read more of Gretchen’s work in the future.

one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
for ourselves.
and another day
he broke my heart
and shattered
my soul.

i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
became anew.

– here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning

About the Author

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Gretchen Gomez is a writer and blogger from Bronx, New York. First generation Puerto Rican. She’s been writing poetry since the age of 11 and although silenced for many years, she cut the ties with silence. “love, and you” is her first published poetry collection and she is working on other collections at the moment. Gretchen makes art out of all her past experiences.

You can find her here:
blog: chicnerdreads.wordpress.com
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Please support her by picking up a copy of love, and you here: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/1542662958/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Life Update

Today was my official last day of class, this week was really stressful with exams. I got two of my marks back and there both above 80% ! I need to wait till next week to get the other two back. It was hard saying good-bye to everyone knowing they have another year ahead of them that I won’t be a part of. I will be going back in 2019 but it will be with a different group of people. I’ve met so many great girls this year and I don’t regret going into the program.I got hired at a nursing home down the street from my home, that I will be starting at on Monday ! 🙂

So, I have 3 book reviews that I’m currently working on and mini review of all the poetry collections I’ve read this year. Also have a Thirteen Reasons Why series review I’m working on.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Review

32075671Title :The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Ya,Contemporary, Diversity
Pages: 464

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.”

My Review

I loved The Hate U Give!! I gave it 5 stars. I have a good feeling it’ll end up on my end-of-year list.Very powerful read!  Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement,it doesn’t shy away from the hard topics. This is exactly the book I needed. From the first page I was hooked.I read almost the whole book in one sitting today and I’m not sure if I can express my thoughts properly.

I have to admit I teared up multiple times but also this book had me smiling and laughing the next moment.The incident happens early on in the book, which I believe was a good call because we learn about Khalil as the story progresses. I loved all the characters and they were all essential to the story arc.

The main character, a sixteen-year-old girl named Starr, is so loveable and her family dynamics are heartwarming. Starr’s voice is so powerful. Everything she went through, I felt it al with her.The decisions she had to make were not easy ones to make. Her emotions were so raw, I just wanted to reach in and give her a hug.

Her father Maverick is my favorite, he breaks so many stereotypes, he cries at his son’s graduation showing that even tough men cry. He also reenforces some stereotypes too. Real people are complex and have conflicting feelings.

The relationship with her family is beautiful and touching. Both of Staar’s parents are supportive of her which is refreshing in a YA novel. The siblings were realistic they teased each other but they also stood up for each other throughout the book.

It also showed the emotions of the people who do not understand the situation. I could go on and on and on so I’ll just say I highly recommended! It’s an important book.

Quotes

Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.

What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?

People like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right. Maybe

 

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Poem -Anxiety-

For World Poetry day I decided to share a poem I have been working on for the last couple of days with you. I have been nervous about sharing it because I’ve been out of practice with writing and scared that it wasn’t very good. Also my poetry is personal so it feels as if I’m sharing a piece of myself with you all. I posted a picture on Instagram and I have gotten some support from people, which is incredible, thank you !

 

It whispers in my ear,
I shouldn’t listen to it
Telling me
all the things
that could go wrong
I struggle to breathe
As hands
wrap around my lungs
People just look
Judging me
I can’t fight off
this monster
they don’t see
nobody does
my heart throbs
my muscles contracting
mychest burning
the monster
tightening it’s grip
I feel sick
Its too hot
I wish I could tell
But when asked how I am
I smile
and say
Im fine

-Anxiety — Stephanie Gillespie

 

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