Call the Midwife, Series Six (2016) - BBC's Smart, Romantic and Emotional Drama Returns!

Friday, June 23, 2017

It's safe to say when I watched the pilot of the British series, Call the Midwife, I never expected to let it work itself into my heart so fully. And yet, with quiet confidence, that is exactly what they've done. 

TV SHOW REVIEW | Call the Midwife, Series Five (2015)

Aside from the wonderful character relationships, story arcs, and emotional output these actors put into them, the writing is also brilliant. Heidi Thomas, who is no stranger to BBC productions, is a talent beyond words. She has a deep appreciation for these characters and their stories. This is something I admire and respect about the way she tells these stories. 

Season six takes us on an unforgettable journey. From deep emotional (and literal) scars and challenges for each character (Phyllis being one of them) to a happier ending that is sure to make the romantic in us swoon, there is never a dull moment. I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention Trixie as a favorite character/story. Her story arc this season is beautiful and precious, and awww... I love it still as I think back. Barbara also gets a nice story. 

Basically series six is a memorable binge-worthy experience. Fans will love these new additions. 

PBS (US) recently concluded airing the sixth season of BBC’s popular drama Call the Midwife. Before the first hour goes by, we catch up with the characters who’ve worked their way into our hearts for five years.

Christmas time arrives and departs peacefully for the residents of Nonnatus House. In the aftermath of the holiday season, Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) announces a mission their order supports is in need of medical supplies and staff. To help fill this gap, a party of Nonnatus staff heads off to Africa. Read the review in its entirety on Silver Petticoat →

Content note: though never explicit, Call the Midwife does deal with adult situations and topics, including but not limited to abuse, homosexuality, serious medical issues, an accident involving a young boy, and mental health challenges. The show is rated TV14 or TVPG depending on the episode.

Can't Wait / Waiting on Wednesday | Sixth Edition

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hello, readers and followers! Happy Wednesday - and welcome. As we do every Tuesday with Top Ten Tuesday, this day, we're joining the "Waiting On" fun with Can't Wait Wednesday. 

Back to today's bookish stuff. I'm linking up with my Bookstagram (check out our July challenge!) partner in crime, Tressa of Wishful Endings

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. (Find out more here.)

For today's meme, we turn the spotlight on a novel that doesn't release until 2018. So, why did I chose to feature this one, you ask? Well, the cover just released today (can we take a moment to appreciate its epic beauty?), which makes it seem the ideal time to help further its hype. With lots of virtual confetti, this week's Can't Wait/Waiting on Wednesday (Finding Wonderland style) presents, Olivia Twist.

A reimagining of a classic Dickens' novel, this one arrives from YA author Lorie Landgon (Gilt Hollow). 

Publisher: Blink (HarperCollins)
Genre: Historical Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: March 2018

​Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her past … or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive.

Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted “nephew” of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his “aunt” are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love.

Olivia Twist is an innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for her herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future- Goodreads 

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Wonder Woman (2017) – DC Comics Tells Iconic Character's Origin Story

With exception to two films (I can totally be this specific since that’s how few I skip), I’ve either seen or plan to, all of the recent comic book adaptations. From mutants to flying aliens, millionaires to archers, if they’re tagged “Marvel” or “DC Comics,” I’ll likely see them. The latest from DC invites us into the origin story of its icon, Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman.

Many years ago, in the wake of a peaceful land that saw man turn against brother and eventually war, a brave Queen (Connie Neilson) and her general (Robin Wright) battled in war. With the help of the god Zeus, the Queen and her band of Amazons were triumphant over the god Ares, in the process banishing their enemy. Ever since that fateful day, they’ve lived peacefully on a protected island.

Diana (Gal Gadot), Princess of the Amazon grew up in the shadow of these stories, which hail her mother’s victory. She has been trained harder than any before her, and wishes to be like her mother. What she doesn’t understand are the horrors war inflicts. Everything she knew and thought she wanted changes when she rescues an American fighter pilot.

Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is a patriotic pilot fighting WWI as a spy for British intelligence. While trying to escape the Germans, he breaks the barrier of the Amazon’s island. Believing Steve’s “War to End All Wars” is orchestrated by Ares, and that she’s the only one who can kill him, Diana leads Steve off the island in exchange for passage with him. As the pair leave behind all Diana knew, the brave warrior faces a world of danger, humans, finding strength in unexpected places… and love.

Despite their flaws, when it comes to superhero films, I’m a messy puddle of fangirl speak. Sure there have been duds, but I still adore what they stand for. I respect their “good guy” characters. I admire the messages of justice and truth. The female directed (Patty Jenkins) Wonder Woman falls into the same “win” category, though I’ll confess without reservations, for me, I don’t have the reaction to this so many do.

From the moment she stepped on screen in Batman v Superman, I know this was a character that would benefit DC Comics cinematic universe. Prior to this, the only introduction I’d had of this character was an episode or two of the 70s TV show. Seeing Gal Gadot confidently step into these shoes (in Batman v Superman) was one of the reasons this film dripped in confidence. The actress brims with the right kind of swagger to pull this role off (21st century Diana), and yet surprises with an innocent, beautiful WWI Diana. Seeing the world through the eyes of this new Diana is lovely. Her character is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise cynical world of superheroes who sadly, succumb to their weary souls.
It is our sacred duty to defend the world. And it is what I am going to do. - Diana
Everyone in this cast is brilliant. From Pine’s Steve Trevor (wonderful character who I’d really like to write a great deal about) to the hilarious and fabulous Lucy Davis as Steve’s secretary, and veteran Robin Wright. There’s an undeniable chemistry between everyone, and furthermore, a respect between the characters that’s magical. From the old-fashion and wonderful way Steve treats Diana (while fully knowing she can physically take care of herself, and respecting that) to Diana’s foolish but compelling belief mankind is better than they are, these characters find a place in our hearts and remain there.

As I alluded to earlier, I didn’t walk away from this film with the same reaction as others. Because I made plans to eventually see this in theaters, I followed my usual pattern of not reading reviews. But seeing the Twitter chatter couldn’t be helped. While the majority praised this for some variation of its “female empowerment,” this is not my takeaway. Does it feature a strong woman? Unquestionably. Did it make me feel any more empowered? No. Though memorable, Diana is not the first woman to do great things for great causes, nor will she be the last.

This film spoke to me on a much deeper level than that of a common society complaint. Instead I walked away awed by its messages of collective strength in the most horrific of adversities. Sacrifice, friendship, loyalty, love, and though this is perhaps the one tiny downfall, its parallelism. I’m in no way disagreeing that Wonder Woman is beautiful. This film is emotionally satisfying, in fact. There’s very little, if anything, I can find to complain about. The way Diana grows into the moniker that fits her so well, with class, elegance and grace is a joy to experience. The romance (though all fleeting) is bittersweet beauty that feels like it uses Jane Austen rather than “raunchy” as its model.

Diana Prince is a woman we’re sure not to forget meeting. She’s intelligent and looks to find beauty that’s hidden beneath the rubble. To her credit, she finds it, carefully chips away the clutter and protects it. That’s the image of a heroine to be admired. She’s a heroine who seeks truth and justice every day – and we love her for it.

Top Ten Tuesday | The Dust Collectors that Sit on my Bookshelf (aka The Series I Haven’t Started)

Monday, June 19, 2017

When topics like this roll around, one of my thoughts usually is some variation of, “Good grief. This will be a #ForShame subject.”

Broke and Bookish June 20:  Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't - Broke and Bookish

If you’re wondering the “why” of this thought, well, it’s because sometimes the books that fit into these types of categories are ones I should have read an age ago. Sadly, there they remain on my shelf. They look pretty. They tempt me. And how do I repay them? By letting them sit there gathering all the dust that descends daily in this old farmhouse. Somehow this hardly seems fair.

So without further rambles (yes, I know last week’s Top Ten Tuesday got looong; my dad is worth it though!), let’s have a look at the series that I haven’t - #ShameOnMe – read. Yet.

1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | This series is one I think looks really interesting especially as a fan of Kiera Cass’ ‘Selection’ series! Tell me, have you read these? Find on Goodreads

2. Finishing School by Gail Carriger | A steampunk YA series about a “finishing school” that teaches girls the fine arts of weaponry and espionage? Yes, please! Find on Goodreads

3. Gallegher Girls by Ally Carter | This is the one series I consistently hear amazing things about! This is why I consistently ask myself, “WHY!?” Find on Goodreads

4. The Selection by Kiera Cass | I’ve read the first two books in the original series, and some of the novellas, but I’ve yet to read the “add on” books (and The One). When I put these on today’s list, I was more thinking of The Heir and The Crown, though of course, I’ll be reading them all eventually! Find on Goodreads

5. Summer by Jenny Han | Yeah, the same old mantra can be played for this series. It’s yet another one I’d love to read because Jenny Han’s books scream my name. I just haven’t read them. #ForShame Find on Goodreads

6. Lowcountry Romance by Rachel Hauck | As a fan of Rachel’s sweet contemporary romances, of course I’m eager to read these. I’ve had them on my shelf for years, but since she never disappoints, they’ve outlasted all of the unhauls. Find on Goodreads

7. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade | Just another series I’ve yet to read. Basically as I put this entire list together, I’m shaking my head and asking myself, “WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ THESE!?” Find on Goodreads

8. Alienated by Melissa Landers | Don’t know a great deal about these books, but a friend does enjoy them, so I’m curious. Find on Goodreads

9. The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski | The beautiful covers have kept me hooked on these, however I also love the sound of these books, and the heroine sounds memorable. Find on Goodreads

10. Noble Legacy by Susan May Warren | In addition to the fact that I enjoy Susan’s novels, these covers are also super cute! Who doesn’t love a cover with a rugged cowboy on its cover?? Or a series about siblings! Find on Goodreads

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Top Ten Tuesday | The Dust Collectors that Sit on my Bookshelf 
(aka the Series we Haven't Started)
That’s it for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday! What series haven’t you read… and why not?? Let’s talk about those series together. I’m looking forward to chatting all things bookish with you. Leave your Top Ten Tuesday links, and I’ll be glad to visit. (No promises it’ll be today, but I will stop by this week. Of that I am certain - always glad to chat with fellow readers!)

PS: If you want to chat about Wonder Woman, come back tomorrow. I've got a review! 
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Bookstagram Challenge | July 2017 #WishfulWonder Challenge

Happy Monday book lovers and readers. Another month is nearly upon us. You all know what this means! My friend Tressa (of Wishful Endings) and I are pleased to announce we have put together another Bookstagram challenge. (Can you tell we're lovin' this bookstagram thing??)

Our thanks and a shoutout to everyone who has joined our challenges. We're having so much fun browsing our tag, and appreciate your creativity and time. Our little challenge (which we started just as a way to have some fun in this book community) has grown, and we're enjoying those who've contributed. If we haven't clicked that heart on your photos and/or commented, it's not because we won't, it's simply due to time restraints - summer always seems busy. BUT please know we enjoy browsing your photos, and sooner or later one or both of us will find them with that #WishfulWonder tag. 

Now, onto the other Bookstagram-y things, my usual habit (you know I *have* to share some of these creative beauties, right??), below I'm spotlighting a few photos that I've loved from our June challenge.

As usual, I'll indulge in my "spiel" that tries to tempt you to join us.

+ If you’re pressed for time to participate in daily challenges, first and foremost, while we love it when you do, there’s no rule that says you must post every day. (Not that you needed my permission to say this, but I thought I'd put this out there.)
+ If you think you can’t participate because of it being “too much work,” try taking a handful or several days’ worth of photos for an hour. (This is generally what I try to do, which is nice and I often find I have a little “stock pile” of Instagram photos as a result.)  
+ If you're looking to meet other Bookstagrammers (people in the book community on Instagram) and bloggers, or build your "brand" in the book community, joining a challenge is an excellent way to do this. 
+ If you don’t think our #WishfulWonder challenge looks like a good fit for you, there are TONS of challenges on Instagram. A brief #Bookstagram or some variation of a #BookChallenge hashtag search will show this. 
+ Best of all, the best thing about these challenge (well, aside from the people. And the books.) is the creative outlet. You develop your OWN style of photos, which is what makes everyone's account so unique! I've seen simplistic (in terms of prop use, etc.) photos that are stunning and I've seen more elaborate shots that compliment the book and suit the style of the bookstagrammer. Plus, if you're like me, and you love creative outlets, this is an excellent way to do this. 
+ Still not convinced? Go ahead and follow our #WishfulWonder tag on Instagram or Twitter to be inspired!

\\\\\ You're invited to join our July 2017 #WishfulWonder Challenge.
Hopefully everything is self explanatory, but if you have any questions about the prompts. We’d love to see your pictures, so be sure to tag us with the usual, #WishfulWonder hashtag. Also, feel free to share this.

We'd also LOVE your feedback on favorite prompts. Swing by our July Challenge intro post to vote in our poll, or drop a comment down below. 

Happy day, Book Nerdigans. Join us in our fun, bookish endeavors - we look forward to chatting with you.
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Missing by Lisa Harris – Exhilarating Suspense from Lisa Harris

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Author: Lisa Harris
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2016
Genre: Fiction; Mystery and Suspense, Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Source: Bought
Blogger | Goodreads | Wordpress
Rating: 4 out of 5

As an agent of the Tennessee Missing Persons task force, Nikki Boyd is used to seeing a multitude of cases cross her desk. Specializing in the missing persons unit, driven by her personal past, Nikki’s latest case sends her on a search for a missing wife. With the woman’s husband dead, and a trail of men seeking her who’d do the woman harm, Nikki will have to unravel the case before someone else finds her victim. Even if that means turning the investigation on her best friend, Tyler… the man she harbors unrequited love for.

Up until I’d read Vendetta, I was unfamiliar with Harris’ books. But it only took that one novel for me to be impressed. The style, characters and rapid pace won me over like nothing else had. Book one set up a story (about Nikki’s missing sister) that is meant to linger throughout the trilogy. While frustrating for a reader who wants answers, it’s this that keeps us up and flipping pages, all while being actively invested in this story and its characters.

One of the best things about this series, and novel in particular, are the characters. They’ve developed, but haven’t revealed all of their secrets (just yet), which forces us to keep peeling back those layers. Everyone is complex (Nikki’s teammates) and interesting (like Nikki herself), which is sure to keep you reading late into night as much as the adventure does. What I loved most about the characters is that the romance differs from the norm. It’s not the usual kind of sparks or “instant” romance that some stories opt for. This keeps the relationship interesting and us “on our toes” as we wonder what will happen (even though we’re confident it’ll turn out as it should).

Needless to say, even though everything about the characters is memorable, the suspense shouldn’t be underrated. It too is wonderfully written. The mystery in Missing might not be as interesting or breath-catching as Vendetta but it keeps the reader engaged and looking to untangle this mystery.

If you love a good mystery that’s as much about saving lives as it is about bringing justice to the victims, you’ll love Lisa Harris’ Nikki Boyd Files.

SynopsisNikki Boyd Enters the Deadly World of Counterfeit Drugs to Find a Missing Woman.

Nikki Boyd isn't usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she's ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant--and another dead body--Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons. The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business--including Nikki. 

Christy Award-winning and bestselling author Lisa Harris puts readers right into the action in this fast-paced thriller that will have them turning pages long into the night.
  - Goodreads

Coming Next from Lisa Harris, Vanishing PointDetective Garrett Addison and FBI Agent Jordan Lambert team up to find a serial killer before he strikes again, but what if everything that was believed to be true about the Angel Abductor is false? - Goodreads | November 2017 | Add on Goodreads

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow – Sci-Fi Gaming YA Novel Launches New Series

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Publisher Provided – Thank you!
Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Series: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, 1
Rating: ★★★★

There are two things 17-year-old Sofi Snow is good at. Keeping her guard up, and protecting her bother. It’s all she’s ever known. She’s fierce in her every day and as an online gamer. Her world is an Earth ruled by cooperation’s rather than a form of government. Her primary goal though is to keep her young brother, who is a part of the games' virtual and physical arena fights, safe. When an explosion rocks the arena, Sofi is injured and Shilo is nowhere to be found.

Convinced he’s a alive, Sofi escapes the hospital (after overhearing the sinister plans for her) and sets about finding her brother. To enter the forbidden world where the Delonese live (the alien planet surrounding Earth), Sofi needs help. She’ll need the kind of help only Earth’s playboy, Miguel, one of the Delonese’s ambassadors, can offer. A dangerous possibility not only because ambassadors aren’t allowed on the planet, a complication further agitated because they share a history both wish to forget.

Anyone who’s read Weber’s Storm Siren trilogy will realize this novel is infinitely different. It launches a new duo (or trilogy?) for the author and also marks a new direction for her prose and storytelling voice. In Sofi’s world, there is a more “pristine,” dystopian world whereas her debut series was earthy and organic.

Sofi’s world is anything but akin to Nym’s with perhaps the distinction that both heroines are fighting for something. As a heroine, Sofi is interesting. She’s a fighter and is a victim of her circumstances, but I also liked that this novel steps back to show a “bigger picture” system. She’s fierce, sassy and does exactly what she wants, sometimes at the risk of her own life. The loyalty she displays is admirable as is the protective nature she shows her brother. (Plus, who doesn’t love Sofi's name and the futuristic way her name is spelled??)

High in energy and adventure, ‘Sofi Snow’ is a fantastic start to a new series. The opening is a little slow, and took some adjustment before realization of who everyone is sinks in. Plus I think simply the fact that several chapters affix themselves around the games that set everything into motion slows the flow. If you look beneath the surface, once things start rolling, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow deals in weighty and political topics. Not only this, but emotional topics. Elements I did not anticipate when picking this book up.

Those who enjoy sci-fi or gaming will appreciate this novel. It’s easy to get “lost” (in the way of a reader who wants to keep reading, and loses track of time while reading) inside this world. Sofi is a strong heroine who’s surrounded by interesting characters. Even though I enjoyed these character, and despite the POV switch off (I do like that this novel isn’t written in first person!), I don’t feel as if I know Miguel well (something I attribute to being a "me" problem). But since there is more to come in this series, I’m sure we’ll see more of him.

An exciting adventure awaits the reader as we journey with Sofi Snow. Only beware, if Weber has a distinguishable trademark, it’s her ability to stick the reader with a cliffhanger. Such is the conclusion of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow. You've been warned. Now go forth and meet Sofi Snow. ↠

Content: While never prevalent, there are some instances of profanity (some are made up uses), and references to characters who’ve “slept around.”

Synopsis: Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi's dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth's corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth's Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi's the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she's convinced he's been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel, Earth's charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight's bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he's a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford. – Goodreads

Coming Next from Mary Weber: Untitled, book 2 in the series. Add on Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary ARC copy of this book.

Top Ten Tuesday | Fathers + Daughters (aka the Post in which I Admire My Dad and other Memorable Father-Daughter Fictional Duos)

Monday, June 12, 2017

With Dad’s special day just around the corner, it’s no surprise that today’s Broke and Bookish requests blogger’s put the spin on fathers in literature.

Broke and Bookish June 13 | Father's Day Related Freebie - Broke and Bookish

Ah, the ties of fathers and daughters. It’s a wonderful sort of bond.This I know because I’m a daughter. Biased or not, I think my father is a pretty cool guy. We’re very similar when it comes to temperament, observations or how we deal with things, though that’s where the similarities end (my sense of creativity most definitely does not come from him, nor did I inherit his early bird status), yet still he’s taught me so much.

He’s taught me the importance of hard work every day through his work ethic.
He’s taught me to never compromise on something when it’s the right thing – even if it is the harder task.
He taught me to always make time for the silly; like when he indulged his seven-year-old daughter who wanted to “ice skate” in the kitchen.
He’s taught me how to laugh at myself. (When the situation calls for it.)

Happy Father’s Day, Dad. You’re the best.

In the past, I’ve written posts about favorite father-daughter duos in fiction (books, movies and TV). It’s always been a fun thing for me to put together and take a closer look at the complicated and heartwarming relationships between these memorable father’s and their daughter. Particularly when it comes to TV, I’ve met some amazing characterizations and relationships between fathers and daughters. I think the reason why some of these characters linger with me so long is these types of relationships are fewer than they are commonplace. Everything today is all about the romance, and don’t get me wrong, I love this (because, yeah, I’m a romantic), but sometimes it’s refreshing to become immersed in a show or book and find there’s a strong bond between parents.

The YA market in particular seems to lack strength in this department. In these stories, parents receive a passing mention (like, for example, the book I’m currently reading, which is Before I Fall) but don’t play a pivotal role in the life of their children. If you’ve been a reader for a while, I’ll warn you, the following list may seem redundant. (What can I say, I still adore these characters.) If you’re a more recent visitor and reader, read on to discover who these characters (from books, movies and TV) are still near and dear.

» Memorable Fathers and Daughters in Fiction «

1. Mr. Bennet and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen |While I like the idea of the relationship Mr. Bennet has with all of his daughters, its Elizabeth and he have the closest and most special relationship with. Their bond encapsulates in the final scene…
“…I could not have parted with you, my Lizzy, to anyone less worthy.”
2. Cinderella and her Father from Cinderella | Through their time together is cruelly cut short, these two are so sweet together. The affection this man has for his daughter is always portrayed beautifully. 
“To him she has always been a princess” 
3. Hazel and her Dad in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green | I don’t remember their interactions in the book, but do recall appreciating the role Hazel’s father played in the film. Add on Goodreads
“You are not a grenade, not to us. Thinking about you dying makes us sad, Hazel, but you are not a grenade. You are amazing. You can’t know, sweetie, because you’ve never had a baby become a brilliant young reader with a side interest in horrible television shows, but the joy you bring us is so much greater than the sadness we feel about your illness.” (Hazel’s dad, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)
4. Jack and Sydney Bristow | Complicated though this relationship is, I still liked it. It evolved and shifted over the five years this ABC show was on air. The one flaw I grew most wearisome of was the lies.

5. Nancy and Mr. Drew from Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew Mystery series | ‘Tis true I’ve never read one of these books, but I do love these characters as I’ve met them in TV shows or telefilms. Or in the 2007 version with Emma Roberts! 

6. Ramona (and Beezus) and her Father from Ramona and Beezus | Another duo I've not met in the books, but in the film? Aww... this father daughter trio is super cute! 
 “I wouldn’t change a thing. You girls make my life very colorful.”
7. Richard and Alexis Castle from Castle (ABC) | I remember when I first met these two (way back, some eight years ago) being impressed by their relationship. It was probably the first father-daughter TV relationship I’d seen that worked and worked really well, not to mention didn’t feature a daughter who was disrespectful.

8. Mr. Walker and his kids, Kate, Logan, Becket and Raegan from Melissa Tagg’s Walker Family Series | Who doesn’t love this family?? Melissa’s fun-loving and relatable family saga is beautifully written. Find the Walker series on Goodreads 

9. Veronica and Keith Mars from Veronica Mars | Despite the fact that this WB show is older than ABC’s Castle, I didn’t start watching Veronica Mars until more recent years. Of course, now that I have seen all the seasons, without hesitation these two are forever in my heart and always find a place on any of my father and daughter list features. I feel like this is the Father-Daughter equivalent of the Gilmore Girls.

10. Garner Bradford and his Girls from Then Came You and True to You by Becky Wade | Ok, so thus far, this relationship hasn’t developed because a. Garner’s (novella) story is told entirely through journal entries, so we don’t really “see” him as a father. Then in his middle daughter’s story (book one in the series), he’s MIA, but still. I love him as a character simply for him and the way his daughters talk about him. Knowing he raised these amazing ladies says a lot about him! Add on Goodreads

BONUS! 11. Margaret and Mr. Hale from North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell | Again, I know theirs isn’t the primary relationship, but I do love what’s there.

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Time to chat: Tell me, what father/daughter duos do you love best? Who makes your favorite lists – tell me all about them? Do you like any of these father/daughter duos? How did you spin this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic? Leave all these bookish thoughts –and Top Ten Tuesday links, down below.

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Destination Wedding (2017) – Alexa Vega Returns to Hallmark RomCom about Second Chances

Hallmark began its June Weddings month with a wonderful romantic-comedy that features child star Alex PenaVega. She plays the “type A” planner personality, Ellie Hamilton. In the wake of her sister, Mandy’s romantic engagement, Ellie throws herself into what she does best: she sets about making all the plans and arrangements, and perfecting the details. 

Prone to mothering her baby sister (Andrea Brooks), Ellie plans the perfect wedding. The kind of wedding she always dreamed of having. With increasing wedding tensions, the family makes ready to leave for the big day and its destination event. Only a duo of hiccups changes everything.

First Mandy and Jason (Andrew Dunbar) miss their flight because they’re fighting. Then, once Ellie and the wedding party (minus a bride and groom) arrive to the Mexican paradise, she runs into her ex, Greg (Jeremy Guilbaut). Greg is not only a wedding attendee but he’s Best Man to Ellie’s Maid of Honor. Ellie and Greg are forced to work together as Ellie tries to convince her guests the Bride and Groom are still on their way… and furthermore, Ellie has to figure out her conflicted heart.

Anything I said about Alexa’s romcom from last year’s June Weddings (Ms. Matched) can be said about this one. She plays a similar character as she did in Libby, and is still entertaining to watch. That said, I did feel like there was a marked change or maybe growth to her acting in this new role, which I enjoyed seeing.

Alexa and Jeremy have a good rapport together, and I appreciated that they were able to convey a message with their acting. An emphasis centers on the romance and pretty escapism (the scenery, which I’ll mention later one), but as these scripts are prone to do, there is more to the story than mere romantic sparks. (This one is written by Nina Weinman, who is known for her emotional teleplays, such as Operation Christmas or the witty – and well scripted, Pumpkin Pie Wars.) Of course, it’s not just Ellie and Greg who are memorable. Fans will love the When Calls the Heart connection that sees Andrea Brooks and of course, Jeremy (Greg) as co-stars of this fun flick.

One of the best things about this film (apart from everything *smile*) is the setting. I absolutely love that a. its script takes a serious look at the foundation of good relationships (and its import), b. it begins in a metropolitan city and c. moves to an exotic beach setting. These are the kinds of things that help set apart these sweet romances. These are the things that make something standout from the sea of its peers. The script is especially good and lets the characters eventual choices feel organic and “right.”

Those looking for a fun, witty and fabulous romance should be sure to spend an adventure  with these characters. Become a guest of this destination wedding, sink your toes into the sand, and let go of your cares. Even if only for 90 minutes, it’s sure to delight!

Photos: Hallmark

Everything, Everything (2017) - Witty YA RomCom Adapted Cleverly

Friday, June 9, 2017

Last month I finally read the popular YA novel Everything, Everything. A couple of weeks ago, I spent the morning sitting in the theater watching the film adaptation.

BOOK REVIEW | Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – Contemporary YA Experiences 'Everything' For the First Time

The book was surrounded in controversy because of its "happy" conclusion, but my takeaway wasn't the same as the popular opinion. This isn't an "easy" happiness end. The characters still had challenges ahead of them. There is still going to be good and bad days for one of its characters. The story is, for me, charming and sweet, and wonderful. I loved how it was written too. Then along comes the film, which is a clever and unique way to adapt a novel that spends a good deal of time telling its story when the primary "love story" happens through text messages, IM's or notes. But then comes the glorious, enchanting moments in Hawaii, and everything comes full circle.
I'm willing to sacrifice everything just to live one perfect day.
As an adaptation, this film is magical. As a story apart from that, it won't be "right" for everyone. My mom saw it and did like it though I don't think she enjoyed (apart from the end reasons - those neither one of us have issues with) it in the same way I do. One thing we both like is the cast, which is wonderful. They all help to make this such a memorable experience.

If you want to see my "official" and "professional" (or I try to make them so... *smile*) thoughts on the film, check out my Silver Petticoat review. It went live today!

Everything, Everything (2017) – Best-Selling YA Novel Adapted in an Imaginative and Clever Way

Unique stories often don’t get the credit or recognition they deserve. Sometimes because they’re so underrated that few people discover them. Other times, it’s because a conclusion is seen to be “too easy.” This film might fall into the latter category, but my interpretation of it finds something far greater in its imaginative story. Continue Reading on Silver Petticoat →

Did you see Everything, Everything? What'd you think (of the film or book)?? Comment down below or on Silver Petticoat with all the thoughts.

Photos: WB
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