Ranking The Worst to the Very Best :: Marvel Movies

This year will be the year of Captain America: Civil War. I don't think my heart is ready. But in honor of what looks like will be the best Marvel movie, I'm going to rank the ones that have already released. Since Marvel doesn't own rights to all superheroes in their canon (X-Men, Spider-Man), this will be focused on primarily Marvel movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Like Avengers, Thor, etc.

Note: there will be typos. My editing brain has shut down. Not all gifs will correspond with their movies because I'm wayyyyy too lazy for that. I'm not the creator of any of the gifs. If I've posted one that's yours and you'd like it to be removed just leave a comment.

Ranking the Worst to the Very Best . . .

Marvel Movies


SHORT BACKSTORY
If you don't know what Marvel is...I'm not sure I can make this into a "short" backstory. But to give a context to how I will be ranking these: it will be extremely biased to my own tastes. I love superheroes. I love superhero movies. I do read comics -- but mostly X-Men. However, the biggest factor in the ranking will probably come down to plot. There will be spoilers if you have not seen the films.



Ranking the Worst to the Very Best :: Seasons of Gilmore Girls

In honor of Gilmore Girls returning, I thought this ranking would be very apt. Just so you know, I am extremely biased. I ship Rory and Jess. Always have. Always will. So the ranking will reflect my otp.

Note: there will be typos. My editing brain has shut down. Also, the gifs won't coordinate with the season because that's waaaay too much work. Becca is a queen. She coordinated them for The Vampire Diaries ranking. *bows down*

Ranking the Worst to the Very Best . . .

Seasons of Gilmore Girls


SHORT BACKSTORY
Gilmore Girls was a show that ran from 2000-2007 and it followed a mom, Lorelai Gimore, and her daughter, Rory Gilmore, in Stars Hollow. The small town setting, the rapid-fire dialogue, and the genuine love between the mother-daughter relationship all make this a stellar show. Add in broody Luke (who we all shipped with Lorelai) and Rory with her numerous romances, and it was a show that you had to watch. If you haven't yet: Binge it. It's worth it.



On My TBR: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

On My TBR: Science Fiction

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor



Release Date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher:  HMH Books for Young Readers
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When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.      Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.




Reasons to Read

  • TIME TRAVELLLL! Since I'm now on a Legends of Tomorrow kick (aka the show on the CW with time travel), I'm all for a time travel book. 
  • "Outlander for teens" umm...yes, please. I love romance. I love Scotland. Sign me up. 
  • Twelfth century Scotland is actually a time period that I know little about, so it's definitely even more enticing to delve into a new historical setting for me. 
  • That tagline kicks ass.

On My TBR: Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

On My TBR: Historical

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey



Release Date: April 19th, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
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Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.

Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.


Reasons to Read

  • I've had great success with Swoon Reads books, so I imagine Love, Lies and Spies will be an utter delight to read.
  • Romance! Admittedly, historical fiction is something I don't read often, but when I do, I gravitate towards ones with romance.
  • "They agree to pretend to fall for each other" -- hello! Pretend relationships are some of my favorite starts to romances, so I am game.
  • Juliana sounds like a female lead that I could easily connect to. She's more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage. I mean...I love her already.

5 Reasons You Should Read: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

5 Reasons Why You Should Read

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West



Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
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When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

Reasons to Read


5. KASIE WEST! If you've never read a book by Kasie West, I deeply urge you to pick up one of her books. So far, I've read all but the sequel to Pivot Point (not because I didn't love it, but because I suck at reading final books in series). And I have fallen head over heels for every single book I've read of hers. Honestly, they are that good. My favorites so far (if I absolutely had to choose) are On the Fence and Fill-In Boyfriend

4. THE WRITING CONTINUED... Okay, I know technically that this point goes along with #5, but West's writing deserves two sections. Her writing is like pure candy, it's so sweet and good and you'll be smiling from ear to ear while reading. Plus, the humor is gold.

3. THE SIBLING RELATIONSHIP. I don't want to give too much away, but there's a brother-sister relationship that I absolutely adored in this book. I love family dynamics and this was a new one that totally had me at the start. 

2. THE GIRL FRIENDSHIPS. There are some rocky friendships and then a friendship that blooms in this book. Both are juxtaposed very nicely, but it's the one that grows that had my heart. I loved it so much and it was just a sweet touch to this overall amazing story.

1. THE ROMANCE. I loved Gia. She felt less like a character and more like a real person to me. She starts off very self-centered, but you can tell right away she'll be going through some personal growth. That she does. And it made me fall more in love with her. Add in the "fill-in boyfriend" and you've got one hell of a sweet romance. I love pretend relationships. This one had a really cute spin, and by the end, I was shipping them hard. 

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


SHORT BACKSTORY
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


SHORT BACKSTORY
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...

THOSE DIMPLES!!!

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


SHORT BACKSTORY
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


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!!