5 Reasons Why You Should...Watch the Morganville Vampires Webseries

I swore the next post wouldn't be about a TV show, but whadya know...it's going to be about a TV series. Technically, it's a webseries -- so maybe I can ward off the guilt that way. If you like vampires, great acting, and YA adaptations, this is a must for you.

5 Reasons Why You Should . . .

Watch The Morganville Vampires Webseries


SHORT BACKSTORY
Morganville Vampires is a series by Rachel Caine. It follows 16-year-old Claire who attends college and live in a house with three other older students. And...there are vampires. Only these are the bad kinda vampires and not the ones you have crushes on. Rachel Caine used a kickstarter to launch and produce her series into webisodes that premiered this October. Basically -- she's a badass author.


5. The 1st season is already available on Youtube. I've provided the linkity link here: MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES WEBSERIES. I also made it in all caps in case you missed it. This is important information after all. Right now, you can watch the first six episodes. I believe this is the entire first season. It's a bummer that they run only about 8 minutes each. But...it's worth it!

4. You will like it even if you've never read the books. Admittedly, I have never read any of the Morganville books. But Becca is obsessed. She claims it's her number one favorite vampire series (that's a huge proclamation). And while, I've never read the books, I'm still enjoying the series SO much. It has the fun banter, the cute guys (a must!), and some cool twists. I also love that it doesn't take itself too seriously -- especially since it's a vamp show. 

3. There are ships! I have already called dibs on ships. Even if it's only eye flirting and great banter. The fact that Claire is 16 and all the others in the house are older, makes it really interesting. Claire + Shane = OTP. 

2. The acting is AMAZING. The main four actors need to be booked on the CW or ABC Family STAT. They all have great comedic timing and make what could be a really corny scene -- super awesome. I'm also going to talk a bit about the production value. It's not Hollywood quality, but it's actually really good for being a kickstarter. I expected something much more choppy and unwatchable (like plenty of bad indie films I've seen). But it's all really engaging and enticing. It also has a campy 90s feel that I'm digging. 

1. Michael & Shane are basically a Young Sam & Dean Winchester. Michael and Shane are played by Ben Easter and Jordan Farris. I kid you not, these two guys are basically young Jensen Ackles and young Jared Padelecki. It's...incredible. I want them to go mainstream so badly!!!

P.S. I didn't include any gifs with this one. Because all of the gifs on Tumblr are super amazing and artsy and deserve to be reblogged and liked there. I've included a link to my favs below: 


REALLY GREAT GIFS ON TUMBLR


Have you seen The Morganville Webseries? Have you read the books? Sound off below!!

5 Reasons You Should...Watch The 100

I've been trying to come up with some cool post ideas. And I've decided to focus on "5 Reasons" posts. Just listing out the top 5 reasons you should watch, read, or listen to whatever I've discovered recently. We'll start with a TV show since I haven't begun my binge reading yet (that will happen in a few days). 

P.S. These posts might be infrequent or frequent depending on how busy I am.

5 Reasons Why You Should . . .

Watch The 100 on The CW


SHORT BACKSTORY
The 100 is a sci-fi show on the CW that's like Battlestar Gallactica and Lord of the Flies only its not. Basic Premise: A group of 100 juvenile delinquents get sent to an abandoned Earth to test if it's survivable. Sure it is! If you don't mind crazy radiations that's mutated the animals and "grounders" trying to slaughter everyone. Sounds fucked up? Because it is. Proceed below.

5. The 1st season is on Netflix. Didn't watch season 1? I envy you. Now you can binge-watch the entire thirteen episodes on Netflix. It's seriously awesome. What's even more awesome--the second season is already topping the first. Sure, we're only two episodes into the new season. But it's still kickass. 

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4. It's based off a YA book by Kass Morgan.  I am all for supporting YA book adaptations. The better they do on screen, the more likely studios and producers will keep adapting them. KEEP EM COMING!

3. The character arcs are superb. It's not just following a main protagonist. This is really an ensemble show with multiple arcs. The writing is amazing. The acting is great. There's nothing else you can really ask for. Also -- the females are all very well portrayed (most of the time even stronger and smarter than the guys *looks at you Raven*)


2. Bellamy & Octavia. Are you a fan of brother/sister bonds in TV? How about little sister/older brother bonds? How about little sister/super protective older brother bonds? Bam! This has that times ten. It's a really rocky relationship with tons of depth and backstory. I love it to the millionth degree. 


1. The Romances. I'm not going to lie. Not all of them are great *side eyes Clarke and Finn* but for the most part, you will have pairs you root for. And isn't that what great television is about? Being able to love something enough to choose a side. Who do I ship? Octavia & Lincoln (OTP!). Bellamy & Clarke. Finn & Nobody! He should really be with Raven, but that guy is a d-bag to her so he should die alone. Yeah, this show is good enough to provoke the crazy fangirl in me. 


Are you already watching the 100? If not, go watch it NOW! You won't be sorry. 

Ranking the New Fall 2014 TV Shows

For September, I thought it would be fitting to do another TV post, since fall television is about to begin. *cues the drum roll* As a self-proclaimed TV Junkie, this is usually my favorite time of the year. This year, however, is really filled with some ho-hum looking new shows. I can't name one that I'm super super excited for. Not like last year. The Originals -- yes! The Tomorrow People  -- double yes! Once Upon a Time in Wonderland -- hell freakin yes (also RIP)!

While most shows this year look like duds *cough cough Scorpion* There are some that I'm a bit excited for. So let's break it down.

Here are a list of the news show, separated by Network with their premiere date attached.

NBC
Mysteries of Laura - Sept. 24
Bad Judge - Oct. 2
A to Z - Oct. 2*
Marry Me - Oct. 4
Constantine - Oct. 24
State of Affairs - Nov. 17

FOX
Utopia - Sept 7*
Red Band Society - Sept 17*
Gotham - Sept 22
Gracepoint - Oct 2
Mulaney - Oct 5

CBS
Madame Secretary - Sept 21
Scorpion - Sept 22
Stalker - Oct. 1
The McCarthys - Oct. 30

ABC 
Forever - Sept 22*
Black-ish - Sept 24
How to Get Away with Murder - Sept 25
Selfie - Sept. 30
Manhattan Love Story - Sept. 30
Cristela - Oct. 30

The CW
The Flash - Oct. 7
Jane the Virgin - Oct. 13

*indicates that I have already seen the pilot, whether the show already aired or I saw an early release of the pilot


I Rank The New Shows

So I'm basing these rankings on their concept, cast, and trailer. I'll try not to be biased based on the shows that I've seen the pilots for...okay, who am I kidding, I'm going to be super biased. Note: That I love the CW and I'm not much of a crime show fan, so the rankings will reflect my personal television tastes. 

I also didn't spend the time writing summaries, so if you want a synopsis of the shows, you can find the list at TV Guide.

I'm Back! (Sort of) & The Post Where I Pimp Out Witches of East End

So you may have noticed that I haven't posted on Nawanda Files for months. That's crazy! I've been a book blogger for 2+ before my indefinite hiatus (unannounced) back in June. The truth is, blogging is super time consuming and I just haven't had enough free time to devote to it. Right now, Becca and I are focusing on writing and promoting our books, so book blogging has sadly taken a backseat.

And also, somewhere last Spring blogging felt a little more like work than it once used to. I tried really hard to climb out of the blogging slump, only to be sucked back underneath it.

So...I'm back to say that I really want to try to blog more (but may only a couple times a month). I truly do love blogging. Nawanda Files has opened up so many doors to friendships and the bookish world. I can't begin to imagine what my life would be like if I didn't start this blog two years ago.

My posts maybe more book adaptations-centric since I have soft spot for books into TV and books into movies. Which brings me to today's post...

WITCHES OF EAST END


If you're not watching this show, you're not living. In all honesty, I was super hesitant to start it. For one, it's on Lifetime. And what I know about Lifetime is soapy drama movies with terrible acting. Secondly, I started the pilot and I wasn't sold. The script was a little...cheesy. 

But I'm here to tell you WATCH THE WHOLE FREAKIN SEASON. I binged on Netflix and it's beyond addicting. The writing gets better, the plots get jucier and the actors are really amazing. 

Big cheers to Melissa de la Cruz for writing a great series with a great adaptation! 

And now for the gifs. Because if my words don't persuade you, these will...

 

Killian: Daniel DiTomasso might be the sexiest actor on TV right now. He's originally a model and this is his first big gig. Not too shabby! And he can act, you guys! He's one of the best parts of the show. Hands down. 


Freya and Killian: The romance really develops nicely. It starts out as a hate-flirting kinda thing, but it's clear how much chemistry they have together. 

 

Girl Power: If you're a fan of Charmed and you miss the sister bonds, then this is the show for you. All the women on the show are incredible and each have their own inner-strength and amazing (sexy!) storyline. 

 

The Plot: It's seriously phenomenal. And it's how I got my sister to watch the show. Basically: there are four witches and they have all been cursed. Wendy: Only has 9 Lives (like a cat). Joanna: Has immortality, but her two daughters always die in their twenties and then she has to birth them again and repeat the process (heartbreaking!) Frey and Ingrid: Are Joanna's daughters cursed to always die young and forget their "past" lives when they're reborn. So yeah. It's pretty cool! 

 

Frederick: He's new to season 2, but I am a huge Christian Cooke fan, so I'd thought I'd throw up this gifs. *swoon*

 

The humor: There are lots of funny moments and the show is way less cheesy than I thought it was. Wendy is my favorite just because she brings the sassy and the humor so well. 

Alrighty...that's it. Hopefully you'll at least try out the first episode. It's really a fantastic show with a great cast, and I hope that it continues on for more seasons. 



*I did not personally make any of the gifs, if you find one that is yours and you'd like me to take it down/give you credit. Just shoot me an email :) 

Sexy Sundays: Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

Stupid GirlSEXY SUNDAYS (ROMANCE REVIEWS):

Sexy Sundays is a weekly feature on Nawanda Files where our romance expert will provide reviews for the hottest New Adult and crossover titles in the genre.

Stupid Girl
by Cindy Miles

Cindy Miles hooked me right from the start of this book when tragedy befalls Olivia Beaumont, prior to her senior year in high school.  I think we can all guess what happens--but being the romantic I am, I believe that you can simply date in high school and make out without having anyone feel obligated to “go all the way.” I seriously get way too wrapped up in my characters’ lives lol.

If You Love the CW...

So this is a quick post for all those CW lovers out there (myself included). Becca, who is a co-blogger here on Nawanda Files and my twin, is a writer over at the CW Atlanta. Every once and a while I like to pimp out her articles. Today is that day, my friends.


Preach, Klaus, preach!

Check out her posts over at CW ATLANTA

My favorites include her post about the four new shows (there is also a poll to vote for your favorite) and her the 100 recaps




Book Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of EverythingBOOK REVIEW:

The Beginning of Everything
by Robyn Schneider

I'm always on the hunt for a really great book with a male POV. So far Split by Swati Avasthi and Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn lead the pack, but The Beginning of Everything easily elevated itself to one of my all time favorites.

Let's start with the highlights. Ezra. The lead of the book was once a popular tennis jock only to have seriously injured his leg in a hit-and-run (he was hit) and been lowered to "cripple" status. The popular kids isolate him--or so he believes in his point-of-view. Honestly, I found the whole social dynamics intriguing. It was really difficult to tell if the popular crowd was really cruel to Ezra, or if it was Ezra himself feeling distanced from them. It's a tug and pull that I constantly felt throughout the book.

Sexy Sundays: Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker

Five Ways to Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths, #4)SEXY SUNDAYS (ROMANCE REVIEWS):

Sexy Sundays is a weekly feature on Nawanda Files where our romance expert will provide reviews for the hottest New Adult and crossover titles in the genre.

Five Ways to Fall
by K.A. Tucker

I just finished Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker of course I loved it!!! But I realized that I had not reviewed the last three of her books and I thought I could put them all together in one synopsis. Hopefully not belittling them in the process because if you’re a romantic like me you will LOVE these books--in fact I will have to go back and read at least one because she has a new POV coming out in September :)

I love writers like K.A. Tucker whose books make you fall in love with all the characters then refuse to let them stay dormant. I guess I’ll start backwards because I just finished Five Ways to Fall. 

Freebie Friday [9]

FREEBIE FRIDAY:

Freebie Friday is going to be a weekly feature here on Nawanda Files. Where we're giving a book away every week off our shelves.

Last Friday's Winners:
Congratulations...Jennifer and Sandra. Vicious Deep and A Touch Scarlet will be shipped to you soon! 


To enter the giveaway this week. Pick a book from the list below and enter it into the rafflecopter. 
US Residents only. 


ARC (Advance Reader Copy)
Fragments by Dan Wells -- Like New
September Girls by Bennett Madison - Like New
Maybe Tonight? by Bridie Clark -- Like New
Othersphere by Nina Berry -- Like New
The Ward by Jordana Frankel -- Like New

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

MOVIE REVIEW:

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

I saw it! And gah! There were so many amazing moments. I have to say with all the negative reviews from the critics, I was expecting a terrible movie. But, alas, it wasn't terrible. Was it perfect? eh...not really. But it was still very entertaining.

The highlight of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was (shocker) the romance between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey.

Real life couple Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone reprise their roles and they have some insane chemistry. Oh, and if you haven't seen the SNL skit where they suck face and do this...

then you're missing out.