Star Studded Saturday | 1

Star Studded Saturday

Lately I’ve been binging several shows. I requested some from the library, Netflix DVD, and watched episodes on TV. I’m one of those people who can only focus on one hobby at a time. It seems that TV shows and movies are the current obsession. Here are a few of the things I’ve been watching:

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Mom– I’ve always wanted to check out Mom on CBS but didn’t have access to the DVD’s. I received a free month of Netflix DVD so that was at the top of my list for shows to try out. I requested season 1 and quickly fell in love. Mom is a comedy about a mom (Anna Faris) who used to be heavily involved in drugs and alcohol. She has since turned her life around and trying to fix her past mistakes to be there for her children. Kristy (Anna Faris) has two children named Violet and Roscoe. We also get Kristy’s mother, Bonnie, thrown into the mix and trust me she’s a great addition to this series. I currently just finished season 3 and hope to finish season 4 before the next season airs in November.

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Fear the Walking Dead– Here’s the thing, I love the Walking Dead. It’s not my usual go to type of series but I tried it on a whim one day and needless to say, I watched about 5 seasons in less than a month. OOPS! Sorry, not sorry. However, when I attempted to watch Fear The Walking Dead…..things didn’t go as smoothly as they did with the original series. Don’t get me wrong, I think it has a ton of potential to be a great show……but for me it wasn’t a good fit. Mainly, the pacing was a huge issue for me. I didn’t have time to “catch my breath” so to speak. I felt there was too much going on the entire episode for EVERY episode. I never realized the importance of filler/calmer episodes until now. Sometimes you just need to episodes to focus on characters or share back stories, etc. While I enjoyed the characters, the story, etc. it was also WAY more gory and graphic than The Walking Dead. It took me a bit to get used to it in twd and this one was 10x worse in my opinion. Overall, I stopped watching on season 2 episode 6, I just couldn’t handle it anymore. Maybe one day I’ll try again but not any time soon.

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The Middle– I love a good comedy as well as a family focused series. My mom raves about The Middle and catches them when they show reruns on TV. Well…..I’m the type that has to start at Episode 1. I can’t just watch randomly or start at the current season etc. I’m always afraid of missing out on something or spoiling myself on future things that happen before I start the series from the beginning. With all that being said, The Middle focuses on a family of 5 who all struggle with day to day life. The show is very quirky which I adore. The daughter, Sue Heck, is very unique. She has her own personal style and doesn’t care what others think about her. Sue also is notorious for being “invisible”….you’ll see what I mean if you watch lol. The oldest son Axl is your typical teenage boy; he loves lounging around in his boxers, eating everything in sight, and giving his siblings a hard time. Then we have the youngest child, Brick. Brick has some social issues which takes up a lot of the focus on the series. Brick is also a HUGE book lover. Every time you see him, he has a book in his hands. It’s nice to see reading being focused on in a TV series, because you just don’t see that very often anymore. Overall, this is a great comedy show that focuses on a family who is far from perfect but love each other no matter what.


What TV series are you currently binging?? Do you plan to watch any of the ones listed above? Let me know in the comments below!! I would love any TV series recs as well. Thanks everyone and have a great day!!!

Jessica

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt Review

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Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

*5 Stars*


I think it’s best if you haven’t read books 1-2 of the series to skip this review just in case. 

Characters:

Ella: I’ve always enjoyed Ella’s character but we kind of clashed in this one. She felt content to bury her emotions and try to hide from the tough stuff. Who knows what I would do in her situation though *Shrugs*

Reed: Oh Reed……he went from a jerk with a capital J to a sweetie-pie. Ella has him wrapped around her little finger.

Easton: I feel like Easton has really grown as a person in this third book. He’s my favorite Royal so I can’t wait to start Fallen Heir right after this ❤ *googly eyes*

Quotes:

“I’m a Royal, baby. I don’t run. I fight.”

“She got under my skin the moment I met her, and she’s still there, in my blood, in my heart.”

Overall:

First of all, I buddy read this with the AMAZINGGGGGG Preethi for The Reading Quest we’re both participating in. I had a blast reading with her this week. She’s a super fast reader and agreed to set a daily reading schedule so she didn’t leave me behind haha. We had an awesome time going over all the details of this book and trying to solve the mysteries. Preethi is one of the best buddy reading partners ever!!


As I mentioned in the “Characters tab” above, Ella irked me a bit in this one. I felt she tried to solve her problems with intimacy or just ignoring what was going on. I get it must be a ton of weight and pressure on her shoulders but sometimes we have to face difficult things in life. I also felt she could’ve been more supportive at times when Reed was wanting to discuss the issues going on and she wasn’t having it.


On another note, this book was very fast passed. Something was ALWAYS going on and that’s what I love about this series. Drama, drama, drama. I really enjoyed all the story lines taking place, sometimes it can feel overwhelming if not done correctly but that was not the case here. Wade has really grown on me in this series. I feel like he’s similar to Reed in that he puts up this facade so he doesn’t get hurt but if you dig a little deeper, you will see who he really is. Callum is also turning into one of my favorite characters. I wasn’t sure how I felt about him in book one, but I really like the way his character is evolving.


Man, oh man did we have some secrets come pouring out in this book. I won’t go into detail but you just never truly know what is going on with someone at any given moment. I loved the mystery aspect to Twisted Palace. I love a good mystery and this one definitely kept me on my toes trying to solve the case.


Overall, if you haven’t started the Royal series, PLEASE go pick it up. Disclaimer: This series does have some sexy times, so if you aren’t into that I suggest skipping these. I’m thrilled the authors (Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick) came together to make this stunning series. They are truly great writers and I hope they continue with many more series in the future.

Let me know if you’ve read this series or if you plan to. I hope you all enjoy it if you do pick it up. Hope you have a great day!!


P.S. I’m trying so hard not to talk about that “one” awful character but I don’t want to spoil anyone so my lips are sealed.

Jessica

WWW | 1

img_1384-0The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. It’s a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you plan to read next.

The Three Ws are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading:

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I’m buddy reading this with the amazing Preethi from TheLoneReader for The Reading Quest Readathon. I’m really loving this book so far. We love sharing theories on things that happened, it makes reading this book that much more exciting. Plus buddy reading with her is the best!! We’re constantly messaging each other and flipping out over every thing that happens haha!!

Recently finished:

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I really enjoyed reading the latest installment of the Malediction Series by Danielle L. Jensen. I gave this book 4 stars and you can find my review on it here. This series/author is highly underrated. I’m trying to get the word out there so others pick up her books and fall in love like I did.

Reading Next:

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I was one of the lucky readers who got an advanced digital copy of Fallen Heir by Erin Watt. I still cannot believe it honestly. I entered for a chance on Facebook along with 2300 readers and 800 bloggers. I think it’s funny I won this but can’t win a Goodreads giveaway with 30 people lol!! This is the fourth book in the Royals series and it focuses on my favorite Royal, Easton!! *Squeals for days* Super excited to finish Twisted Palace and move on to this one.


I’m really loving this new meme/feature and can’t wait to share future WWW with you all! If you participated in WWW, share your link in the comments below for me to check out!! Thanks everyone, have a great day!

Jessica

Top Ten Tuesday | Recs. for Baking Lovers

Top ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Top 10 recommendations for baking lovers.


I’m a huge fan of baking. I love creating fun, exciting desserts and decorating them with different frosting patterns, toppings, etc. My current favorite things to make are cake pops, sopapilla cheesecake, and Oreo cheesecake bites. Just typing that makes me hungry LOL! But moving along, I thought it would be fun to come up with books that have a baking theme to share with you all today. I’ve included a wide variety of genres/age groups so you can include the whole family in today’s topic.


*Clicking each book photo will take you to its Goodreads page.*

*Let’s start off with some children’s books.

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If you know anything about me at all, you know my massive love for Amelia Bedelia. I adore this character so much!! I remember reading so many of her books growing up and I still read one now and then today. In this story, Amelia has entered into a cake making contest. Knowing Amelia Bedelia, this will definitely spell trouble for all those involved. If you are unfamiliar with Amelia Bedelia, she is a quirky character who always takes what you tell her literally. If you tell her to dress the turkey for dinner……she will make clothes for the little guy. It’s a super cute series that I hope you all check out.

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Laura Numeroff has an entire series on “If you give so and so something….” I LOVED them all. They are super cute and the illustrations are beyond gorgeous. These are also nice for doing activities with children because you can read the book and then make the food mentioned for a snack. I think If you give a pig a pancake may be my favorite from the series. The little pig is just the cutest!

*Moving along to Young Adult.

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Jenny Han wrote this adorableeeee series about a girl named Lara Jean who loves to bake. She’s always making these amazing desserts for her friends and family members. It such a great series that you all need to pick up asap!

~Side note: I know there are other Young Adult books that have a baking theme but for the life of me I could not remember them. Let me know which ones I missed in the comments below 🙂

*Lastly, Adult books

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I love me some Susan Mallery. She has so many amazing series filled with these characters you find yourself thinking about long after the book is read. This particular book is all about two exes who work together to save a failing restaurant. The ex wife is one of the best chefs in town while the ex husband owns and manages the restaurant. Will these two get a second chance to make their relationship work?

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Are you still there?! This cover may have made you pass out. Hope you are okay!! This is a series by Emma Chase, each book follows a different couple but they all make appearances in each so I recommend reading in order. The first book follows Prince Nicholas and Olivia who owns a pie shop. This is more of a New Adult read so if you don’t enjoy those sexy time scenes…..maybe pass on this one.


I thought it would be fun to tell you about 5 books I’ve read and enjoyed, then show you 5 books I want to read. Here are the 5 books, that involve baking, that are on my to be read pile:

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Joanne Fluke has a series called Hannah Swenson that revolves around a baker who tries to solve murders/mysteries that surround her and her bakery. I love me some mysteries/thrillers so this sounds like a perfect series for me to try out! I plan to read the first book for #TheReadingQuest .

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As you can tell from the cover, this is an older series. I think this first book was published in 1996. The author is STILL writing this series so it must be good right?!?! This is another series surrounding food/desserts and mystery. Fingers crossed that you and I both enjoy it!

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Heartless is a retelling of the Queen of Hearts/Alice in Wonderland. This cover and all the details put into this book are mind blowingly good. There’s also a special edition white background that I wish I could get my hands on. I’m told there is a baking element to this book but I can’t tell you what it is having not read it just yet.

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This story follows a 26 year old, named Kat, who works at her Aunt’s bakery in Louisiana. As the story progresses, Kat joins a baking reality TV show to fight for a job in a famous bakery in New York. It also talks about a potential best friend romance! Can’t wait to see how this all goes!

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100 days of cake is a story on mental illness/mental health. Molly is a seventeen year old teenager suffering from depression. Molly’s mother thinks making the perfect cake will somehow cure Molly of her depression. ((Not sure how she thinks that will work but okay)). I’m curious to see how this book covers depression, I hope it gives a fair representation and doesn’t sugar coat things.


Well there you have it! I listed my top 5 favorite books involving baking as well as 5 books that are on my tbr. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or others involving baking that I didn’t mention here today. Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!

Jessica

Star Studded Saturday | Intro

Star Studded Saturday

Welcome toooooo Star Studded Saturday!!!!! This is a brand new weekly feature that I came up with to talk about TV/Movies. I love TV and movies as much as I do reading!! Seriously!! To my knowledge, this isn’t something anyone else is doing BUT this is the Internet and EVERYTHING has been done in one shape or another. I mean no disrespect to anyone who may have done this previously, this is just my spin on one of my favorite hobbies!


In this weekly feature, I plan to post a mixture of things related to TV/Movies.

Including:

  • Gushing about shows I’m binging
  • Reviewing movies
  • Discussing my favorite TV shows past and present
  • Covering all the upcoming MUST SEE films
  • Revealing my favorite TV couples/characters

So on and so forth. I have a million ideas for this feature and I cannot wait to get started!!


I would love for anyone and everyone to join me in this feature. If you love TV and movies then step right up!!! This is the place for you ❤ Feel free to use the photo above in your posts. If you like, you may post your Star Studded Saturday link in the comments on my post every Saturday, and I’ll try to check them all out! There aren’t many rules, just that it involves either TV and/or movies. Pretty simple right?! Thank you all so much for joining me and for all your support ❤

Jessica

The Reading Quest

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*All artwork provided in this post belongs to Aentee @ReadatMidnight . Graphics were created by CW @Read,Think,Ponder .*


*For all the rules on this awesome challenge, please check out this post on Aentee’s blog. ( Click Here ). The Reading Quest challenge takes place from August 13th-September 10th so you have plenty of time to complete your quests.

I’ve decided to join the Knight quest. These players are warriors skilled in direct combat. On their quest, they are will fight their way through the First Across path. The stages within this path are inspired by action and weaponry.

My character card:

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As well as the other Character Classes you may choose from:

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Here is the Quest Board showing what path the Knight will take:

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  • The first book of a series
  • A book with a verb in its title
  • A book with a weapon on its cover
  • A book with a red cover
  • A book that has a TV/Movie adapation

TBR wise, I’m going to try to read these:

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For a bonus (see the middle blue tiles in the Quest Board above) , I’ll be buddy reading Twisted Palace by Erin Watt with my amazing friend Preethi-The Lone Reader.


Don’t forget to use the official hashtag for this challenge #TheReadingQuest. Also, be sure to link your sign up post here. I’ll be posting my TBR and updates as I go along on my Twitter page. Can’t wait to see what you all are reading and your progress throughout the challenge. Good luck everyone!!!

Jessica

The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen Review

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The Broken Ones by Danielle L Jensen

*4 Stars*


Characters:

Marc: There is so much more to Marc than you initially realize. I loved Marc for his character, his loyalty, and his dedication to those he cared for.

Penelope: Penelope was a ray of sunshine in this story. She was dealt such a sorry hand but never let it harden her. I have such admiration for her.

Tristan: *Sigh* Tristan you didn’t do it for me in this one. I understand you had a role to play but it was so hard to read.

Anais: I really enjoyed seeing Anais more in this book. I felt closer to her than I did in Stolen Songbird and Hidden Huntress. Loved seeing her thought process and protectiveness for her sister.

Duke Angouleme: Can I just say what an awesome villain the Duke is?! Man, I can’t stand that guy!!

Marc’s Parents: I know I’m going over the top talking about individual characters BUTTTT I just HAD to talk about Marc’s parents. GAHHHHH. I loved them soo much! They were the ultimate parents. I could actually feel the love they had for each other and for their son Marc. *gushes*

Overall:

This one really tugged on my heart strings. It was a really touching story that made you feel several emotions throughout the book. You think things are one way to find out that they truly aren’t as they seem. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump here lately and I’m just now able to pick something back up. I went with The Broken Ones because I really enjoyed the previous two books I read in this series. I struggled with Tristan in this one because he had to play this awful role and he was really good at playing the part. I found myself believing he was evil even though I knew he wasn’t. It was heartbreaking to read. Sweet Penelope was the shining star in this book. All she wanted was to be loved. She wanted everyone to have equal rights and be treated fairly. Was that so much to ask?! Too much to want out of life?! In this story we see Marc and Penelope’s relationship blossom. I wish we saw the beginning of their relationship (The part where they fell for each other).  It was pretty hard to love their relationship in the beginning because they just kept saying “I’ve always loved you” or “I never thought I could have you even though you’re all I wanted”. ((Those aren’t word for word quotes but you get the gist)). So I did struggle with Marc and Penelope in the beginning, but once the story got rolling you couldn’t help but root for them. A funny thing was throughout the whole book I turned my Grey’s Anatomy knowledge on and kept trying to think of ways to help Penelope. My brain kept saying “Well on Grey’s Anatomy they did this and that, maybe that will help her.” I thought it was hilarious looking back so I thought I’d share haha. Overall, I really enjoyed the latest installment in the Malediction Series. I loved diving deeper into Marc and Penelope’s history as well as the other characters.


**It has been recommended by the author to read Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress, The Broken Ones and then Warrior Witch.**


P.S. Another thing that hit me while I was reading this was on page 149 (in my book), it talks about only Marc and his father having the keys to the labyrinth. So when these horrible full bloods (or whoever) wanted to get rid of someone, Marc/his Father HAD to let them in knowing good and well what they were about to do.  I can’t imagine the grief they must have felt for playing any role in what was going on.


 

Jessica