Ranking the Worst to the Very Best :: Seasons of The Vampire Diaries

Becca here! I haven't been on the blog in a long, long while, but Krista and I often talk about our fav television shows and recount the oh-so-amazing seasons to the not-so-good ones that we wish we could forget. And a lot of our favorite television shows were first books! Beware: this ranking is super subjective, based mostly on season arcs for plot & characters. So without further wait, here's my ranking of The Vampire Diaries: Season 1 - 7

*disclaimer: there will be typos in this post. I've shut down my editing brain for now*

Ranking the Worst to the Very Best . . .

Seasons of The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries is about Elena Gilbert -- a human girl who keeps a diary of her life (ha, sort of) -- and her encounter with the freaky supernatural in a town called Mystic Falls. The freaky supernatural just so happens to be two very hot vampires. Oh and they're brothers! And there may be a very strange connection between them via dopplegangers. It gets weird. It gets hot. And it's highly addicting. Not all seasons pan out, but the ones that do are A+++ television.

On My TBR: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Hello! I'm back...again, kind of. Last year was the death of blogging for me. Literally 2 posts in 2015. Ouch. This year, I'm going to try harder because truthfully I love chatting on this blog. And there are times that I miss it dearly.

Last year, I slowed down with reading, so for 2016, I have LOTS to catch up on. Which brings me to my reoccuring posts: On My TBR. There are so many YA and NA books that I'm dying to read. So many that are high, high, high up on my TBR. These posts will not only be a catalog of sorts for my own TBR, but maybe will help spread the word on some new and older releases. 

Also, these posts will feature only one book instead of lists. I like the idea of giving all the attention to a single book :)

p.s. there will probably be a slew of typos. My editing brain usually shuts off when I blog.

On My TBR: Fantasy / Retelling

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Release Date: February 23rd, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
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She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world... 

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury. 

Reasons to Read

  • Jessica Khoury's previous books have mostly been pure YA science fiction novels. And while I love me some science fiction, I'm ridiculously excited to see her work her magic on a fantasy.
  • It's a retelling of Aladdin. ALADDIN!!!!!!!!
  • Ancient shape-shifting magic. I love shape-shifting books, so not only is this a retelling, but it has one of my favorite magical elements in it.
  • That cover. It's gorgeous. It wants to be on my shelf.
  • People on Goodreads are going crazy for it. Seriously, GR friends, keep on giving this book 5 stars because you're just making me want it even more. 

5 Reasons You Should Watch: Love, Rosie

Movie time! It's been a while since I recommended a movie, probably because I haven't had time to watch much. But alas...I have a movie recommendation and it's a good one because it's actually adapted from a book. Holla! Also, I should shout out to Laggies which is another great indie flick with a superb romance. But...it's time for the ultimate recommendation today: Love, Rosie. 

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch

Love, Rosie

Based on the 2004 novel Where Rainbows End by Ceclia Ahern, Love, Rosie tells the story of childhood best friends Rosie and Alex. They literally are soulmates but just can't seem to have the right luck to make it work. It's more of a saga, stretching from their childhood days to college and to adulthood. Think of it like the movie One Day but kinda better.

5. FRIENDS TO LOVERS. Hello my favorite kind of romance ever! I love when the best friends have soulmate connection and Rosie and Alex have just that. 

4. SAM CLAFLIN. He is sexiness all the way. And watching him grow from a teenager (he seriously looked like a teen) to an adult was kind of heart-wrenching. Plus, this...


3. LILY COLLINS. I know there are some intense Lily Collins fans. Honestly, I never understood it. I am here to tell you -- I get it. I finally get it. I LOVE her. She was breath and life in this movie. So fantastic. And her comedic timing is on point.  

2. SOOOO MANY EMOTIONS. I haven't read the book, so it was all really surprsing. Yes, this isn't the most original rom com ever. BUT I can forgive it for the brilliant acting and the believable romance. Because when the main duo have chemistry it beats out 99% of all other rom coms. Which brings me to...

1. THE CHEMISTRY. Was perfect. From the moment Alex and Rosie looked at one another, I believed it. It's hard to think that Lily Collins "supposedly" dated Jamie Campbell Bower in real life and has ZERO chemistry in The City of Bones, but for Love, Rosie she had 100% chemistry with Sam Claflin and as far as I know, they've never been together. I would re-watch this movie just for this pair. It was beautiful and painful and perfect.

If I've convinced you, then watch the trailer below and see for yourself. 

5 Reasons Why You Should: Read Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Happy 2015 everyone!!! 2014 was a pretty pathetic year of blogging for me. I'm not going to make promises that 2015 will be any better. But I will be crossing my fingers. (One can only hope!) 

I've been on a bit of a reading spree lately so I'm super excited to have some book posts the next couple of months. First of all, I was obviously late to the Snow Like Ashes party. I did not receive the invitation. Or the owl forgot to send me one. But it's okay because it's better to show up late than never. Amma right? 

5 Reasons Why You Should

Read Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes is a YA Fantasty. I wouldn't consider it "high" fantasy but stylistically, I would say it's similar to Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone. Anyway, Snow Like Ashes follows Meira, one of the last remaining Winterians who are trying to rescue their countries stolen magic and fighting to return to their decimated lands.

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
5. MEIRA! I loved the main character. She was so easy to connect to and I think I honestly fell in love on page 1. She has such a deep backstory, especially with the sense of belonging to a cause but not feeling like she belongs to the country the cause is for. It's all explained in the book, but I found it really quite captivating. 

4. ROMANCE. YES IT'S GOOD! I love me a good romance sprinkled into my YA books. And this one is no different. I knew from the opening that I was in for a treat. I don't want to spoil anything, so I will just leave it at that ;) 

3. SIR AND MEIRA. I honestly didn't know I loved father-daughter relationship until reading Julie Cross' Whatever Life Throws at You. But I do. I really do. And Sir and Meira have a complicated and endearing relationship. He's really her commander, very stern and strict. But it does fall in the paternal category at times. 

2. THE STORY. I could not put this book down. I literally had to tear myself away from to write, but when I finished, I immediately returned to reading it. Becca and I were reading it at the same time and we would be gasping and wild eyed at the same moments. It seriously invokes some reaction. It's that good. 

1. THE WORLD. Okay, if I didn't convince you to read Snow Like Ashes yet, then I need you to listen to this part. The world is PHENOMENAL. Honestly, read this book just to sink your teeth into the world Raasch has created because it deserves to be read. Eight different realms. Four Season Kingdoms (Winter, Autumn, Spring, Summer) and Four Rhythm Kingdoms. I'm not going to even try to explain anymore because I will botch that stuff up. And Sara Raasch does it perfectly. Read the book and enjoy the world building. It's pretty beautiful. 

Alright, I think I've successfully fangirled over this book. But in all honesty, with such limited time to read these days, I'm so glad I chose to pick this one up :D 

Have you read Snow Like Ashes? Sound off below!

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

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: 


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

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.

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

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

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

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...


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


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