Mr. Robot: Season 1 | TV Review

Genre: Drama, Suspense
Premiere Date: June 24, 2015
Network:  USA


Elliot (Rami Maled) is a computer programmer working for a cyber-security company. He is a loner, and deeply unhappy with the current state of the world. One day, he is contacted by an underground vigilante hacker group, led by a man who calls himself Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), and Elliot has to decide whether he should take this chance to assist bringing down corporations he hates so much. Mr. Robot is a brilliantly-done and extremely relevant show with gorgeous cinematography, complex characters, and outstanding performances. I definitely recommend you give this show a shot!

Check out my full spoiler-free review in the video below:

Do you watch Mr. Robot? What do you think of this show?

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day | Book Review

Genre: Memoir
Page Count: 272
First Published: August 11, 2015


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As you can see, this review is short and sweet, and that's because sometimes the book is satisfying to the point of not having much to say about other than "it's REALLY good!" And that's what You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) turned out to be for me. When I started reading this book, I didn't think I could love Felicia Day more than I already did. I was wrong.

Every bit of Felicia Day's adorable, quirky personality comes through in her writing, and that was something I expected—I knew I was going to be grinning and laughing along the way. What I didn't expect was connecting with this book on a personal level as much as I did, and I certainly didn't expect to be trying my hardest to keep it together and not cry at certain points as I was listening to it (because I was stuck in traffic, and I really didn't want people around me to think I'm having a meltdown in my car, by myself, in the middle of rush hour). Whether she talked about her anxiety, obsession with perfection, addiction, GamerGate, or career struggles—she didn't shy away from saying exactly how she felt, and I was loving every second of it. By the way, I highly recommend the audiobook—Felicia Day narrates it herself, and I don't think there is a better way of experiencing a memoir than through listening to the author read it out loud.

...don’t chase perfection for perfection’s sake, or for anyone else’s sake at all. If you strive for something, make sure it’s for the right reasons. And if you fail, that will be a better lesson for you than any success you’ll ever have. Because you learn a lot from screwing up. Being perfect . . . not so much.
— Felicia Day

In the end, I really wish I could give this awesome lady a hug. Not just because she deserves it, but also because of how much this book actually inspired me. You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is honest, hilarious, moving, relatable, and beautifully written. If you're considering reading it—don't hesitate. I only wish it was longer!

Have you read this memoir? What memoir really inspired you?

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) | Movie Review

Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 7, 2015 (limited)
Runtime:  1 hr. 42 min.
MPAA Rating: R


Minnie (Bel Powley) is a 15-year-old girl growing up in San Francisco during the 1970s. Like any teenager, she is impulsive, eager to experience life, and wants to feel loved, so when it comes to exploring her sexuality she turns to her mother's boyfriend, Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård). As unusual and weird as it sounds, this film doesn't portray a story of a victim and a predator, nor does it glorify or romanticize their relationship. The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a coming-of-age story from a female perspective that shows a girl trying to figure our who she is through a series of reckless, yet conscious choices. The film is beautifully made, and the actors couldn't fit their roles better. While it may be out of your comfort zone, I highly recommend you check this one out.

Check out my full review in the video below:

Have you seen The Diary of a Teenage Girl? What did you think?

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin | Book Review

Series: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book #5)
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 1019
First Published: July 12, 2011


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Here I am, done with the last published A Song of Ice and Fire book, which definitely feels bittersweet. A Dance with Dragons left me with more questions than answers, and definitely set up a lot of future things in the series. In general, I really liked the book but it had its slow parts just like A Feast for Crows. Of course, it was all worth it in the end, and there were some really exciting (and terrifying) things that happened throughout the story. 

First of all, a lot of what happens in A Dance with Dragons takes place at the same time as A Feast for Crows. This is important to remember, and sometimes you may have to think twice to place the events chronologically (however, it's not as confusing as it sounds). Eventually, the events of this book surpass the timeline from A Feast for Crows, and we even get to see some characters from book 4 towards the end. I loved observing the snowball-effect in A Dance with Dragons, with seemingly small decisions and details slowly becoming more significant. I also really enjoy the slow-building aura of magic and mystery—while we started with mostly politics and relationships in the first book, by book 5 we are also knee-deep in prophecies, visions, magical creatures, artifacts, and a general sense of unknown. 

There is a huge overall theme of transformation that comes through particularly well in this book. This is something that's present throughout the entire series, but it definitely stood out the most to me in A Dance with Dragons. George R.R. Martin crafts his world beautifully, and there are so many details to put together and theorize about. You can see this theme of transformation everywhere: from major events effecting characters, to unconfirmed kills that turn out to be more important than they seem at first, to power shifts, to subtle changes in descriptions of lands and weather. Speaking of weather... winter is here, my friends, and it really feels like we are gearing up for another Long Night. Who is ready from some White Walker action? I know I am!

As for the characters and individual storylines—this is where A Dance with Dragons lost a star for me. I'm not going to attempt to describe every single PoV because there are 18 in total, and we would be here until tomorrow if I tried. The majority of chapters belong to Jon, Tyrion, and Daenerys. Jon is probably the character I was most interested in throughout this book, and the events surrounding him kept me reading. Let's just say, if I thought I was going to be done reading for the day after the chapter I was on ended, and I saw that next chapter was Jon's—I wasn't done reading for the day. Daenerys was hit or miss for me, but her storyline actually had some interesting developments in this book, and I'm very interested where the author takes things from here. Tyrion on the other hand ended up disappointing me for the most part. He is meaner, more cynical, and generally less pleasant in A Dance with Dragons. While the change in his character makes sense because of the final events of A Storm of Swords, it doesn't mean I welcomed it. In addition, I'm not the biggest fan of "on the road" type of storylines.

The people I really wanted to hear more from are Bran and Melisandre. Bran has three chapters in this book, but the path that his character is on is so drastically different from anything else in the books that I can't help wanting more. Melisandre appeals to my love for the magical elements, and I loved reading about what's going on in her mind. Too bad she only has one (!!!) chapter in A Dance with Dragons—I really hope she appears more often in the next book. There is also a character I can't really talk about whose story I'm very interested in and need more from because it seems like a game-changing development. 

Though there are a lot of interesting things that happened in this book, I was getting overwhelmed by all of the smaller characters, especially at Meereen. The fact that the chapters involving these characters were mostly focused on politics and scheming didn’t help my confusion. Lastly, I was still bored with Greyjoys who weren't Asha, and I was pretty annoyed by the chapters that had to do with Martells. I was surprised (not in a good way) by where George R.R. Martin took that storyline, and frankly, I would have rather read more about Arianne and Dorne. 

Overall, I obviously still really enjoyed A Dance with Dragons, and I cannot wait until the next book. George R.R. Martin's writing is excellent, as always, and there were plenty of things in this book to keep me interested and intrigued. The epilogue left me speechless—THAT came out of nowhere for me, and now I HAVE to know what happens next. 

Have you read A Dance with Dragons? What did you think?

P.S. If you want to know my overall thoughts and speculations about the A Song of Ice and Fire series—check out the video below, and don't forget to take a look at my Game of Thrones + ASoIaF playlist.

TV Show Tag!

Though I haven't technically been tagged to do this, there was no way I was going to pass on this epic TV Show Tag. We all know how much TV I watch. I've seen this tag going around for a while now, but most recently on my friend Lindsay's blog and on Harini's blog. Of course, I loved reading their answers, and today I thought I would share mine. Apologies for so many Game of Thrones mentions—I tried to have a variety of shows in here, but this one is my favorite so I'm just keeping it real. I'm not going to tag anyone in particular, but if you love TV shows—please do this tag and leave me a link below so I can check it out! Now, let's do this...

Best TV Pilot?

LOST - there have been a few TV shows that had me hooked from the first episode, but LOST was the first show I was glued to (at least for the first 4 seasons) because of the jaw-dropping pilot. Too bad the show couldn't sustain its quality in the later seasons.

Worst TV Pilot?

Reign - it was so bad, I didn't even give the show my usual 3-episode trial. There are few things that bother me on screen as much as historical/cultural inaccuracies, but when the dialogue and acting aren't that great either I have to quit. I do not understand why so many people love this show.

Best Series Finale?

Sadly, I can't come up with one. I am yet to see a finale that leaves me satisfied.

Worst Series Finale?

Dexter - though it had other problems, I will never forgive the writers for what they did to Deb.

Favorite TV Actress?

Robin Wright - from Princess Bride to Santa Barbara (remember that? lol) to Forrest Gump to House of Cards, and numerous roles in between... There is no other like Robin Wright. I love watching her on House of Cards!

Favorite TV Actor?

Kevin Spacey - OK, so I wouldn't actually call him a TV actor, but since he's on House of Cards (do you see a trend here?) this is who I'm going with. He is fantastic, and very intense as Frank Underwood.

Most Disappointing Cancellation?

Smash - I was so sad to hear it was cancelled! I'm assuming the topic of Broadway had a limited audience, but still, this show was awesome with its characters and music.

Best Opening Titles?

Game of Thrones - I mean, come on! It's not just the theme song, it's also the creative way to show the map of that world. There are only two opening titles sequences I never skip, with Dexter coming in a close second.

Favorite Female Character?

Claire Underwood - sorry to sound like a broken record, but I love Robin Wright's character on House of Cards. This lady is unstoppable, I want to be Claire Underwood when I grow up.

Favorite Male Character?

This is way too difficult... I'm somewhere between Sherlock, Frank Underwood, and Tyrion Lannister. Please, don't make me choose. Also, I feel like this is an alarming favorites list—what does this say about me as a person?

Least Favorite Character?

Ramsay Bolton - do I even need to explain?  I mean... gross.

TV Crush?

Ragnar Lothbrook - sexy rough Viking man? Yes, please!

Favorite Childhood TV Show?

Xena: The Warrior Princess - I used to be a huge fan of this show when I was growing up. Granted, I was about 11 when it started, but I honestly can't remember any favorites from earlier childhood.

Favorite Teen TV Show?

I'm not going to lie, I don't have a teen TV show I absolutely love... But if I had to pick I'd go with Glee - I love all of the singing in that show, and the story was actually really good during the first few seasons.

Fastest Binge Watch?

Vikings - I started watching this show with the intentions to slowly get through it and ended up binging two seasons in a week. I'm actually considering buying it on blu-ray and binging it again.

Favorite Show of All Time?

Game of Thrones - is anyone surprised?

Show I Regret Watching?

American Horror Story - though I liked the first season, everything after that was not my cup of tea. I watched almost the entire second season despite not liking it (and later about three episodes of the third), in hopes of it getting better. It never did—I just felt like they were trying way too hard to shock me, regardless of whether or not it worked for the plot. This obviously felt like a huge waste of time. 

Favorite Animated Show?

I have NO idea, I haven't watched one consistently since Duck Tales

Guilty Pleasure Show?

The Vampire Diaries - yes, I still watch it. In my defense, it was not bad when it started. Now I watch it because I've spent all this time on it and I want to know how it ends.

Favorite Mini Series?

Sherlock - I think the creators did a fantastic job adapting this to a modern setting. Obviously, Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson are amazing.

Most Embarrassing Watch?

Pretty Little Liars - OK, I don't actually watch this anymore but I cannot believe I willingly got through four seasons of it. I don't think I'm ever going to attempt catching up.

Character Whose Wardrobe I'd Most Like To Steal?

Katherine Pierce from The Vampire Diaries - I love wearing dark colors and fitted clothing, so this whole sexy villain look definitely appeals to me. Plus, she has been alive for a loooooong time—I'm sure she has some gorgeous vintage clothes and accessories somewhere as well.

Show I'd Most Like To Be On?

Game of Thrones or Vikings would be great. Somebody call my agent!