Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Non-Canon Ships

Posted October 19, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 12 Comments


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is: Favorite Non-Canon Ships

These are the couples you love, but they never got together in canon (canon meaning: what actually happened in the text). Or that did get together, but weren’t together in the end of the series. Or a couple you ship but it’s actually impossible for them to be together because they are from different worlds, franchises, etc. Let your shipper heart run wild. I know mine will.

So…I’ve decided that I’m going to cheat this week and do TV Ships instead of Book Ships since I read romance and the ship is pretty set in stone in every book. Ha!

1. Bamon (Bonnie Bennett and Damon Salvatore) from Vampire Diaries.

It’s been a couple of seasons of me shipping these two. I haven’t been a fan of Elena’s in such a long time that I don’t remember what season it was that I stopped shipping her with either of the Salvatore brothers. It’s been that many seasons. These two started the series off hating each other’s guts. A few seasons ago, they still hated each other but they got stuck together and they learned to lean on each other to stave off loneliness and homesickness. They were protective of each other once they found the bad guy stuck in that Hell with them and in Season 6 when Bonnie sent Damon home without her, Damon was the only person back at home who never gave up on finding a way to get Bonnie back.

This hug in the gif above is the hug that cemented my love for these two. I want them to happen dammit but ugh, Damon’s one true love is supposed to be Elena so the odds of this happening are slim. Boo.

2. McKono (Steve McGarrett and Kono Kalakaua) from Hawaii 5-0.

I’ve never watched Hawaii 5-0 as it was going on. This is one of the few shows that I binge watch every summer. Ever since the first episode, I’ve wanted McKono to happen. Sure, I like Adam (Kono’s man) and I adore Catherine (Steve’s woman) but that doesn’t stop me from wanting my ship to have a chance.

I keep coming up with how they can come together and my latest thread is…something bad happens to Adam in jail, like..he dies and Steve wants to be there for Kono and with him grieving over Catherine’s shenanigans, they come together in grief and heartache but grow together in love. Haha, I need to cut it out. I don’t even care that Steve is Kono’s boss. That makes me want them together even more. My friend Grace (who got me on to this show) does not support my ship. Boo.

3. Sylveride (Sylvie Brett and Kelly Severide) from Chicago Fire.

We got a quick tease of these two in the early days of the show but they’ve gone away from them because Sylvie got with Cruise and Cruise and Severide are friends and well, bros and before hoes and all that. I wasn’t a fan of Cruise and Sylvie and I’m even bigger non-fan of Sylveride not getting their chance. They brought a new girl on to the show to be Severide’s love interest and I’m not a fan of that either. I hear that Sylvie is getting a new love cross-show love interest and while I’m curious about them, I still want her to end up with Severide. Plus, she was supposed to hook up with Jimmy and I guess that’s out too. Gah.

I don’t want a lot of things but I do want my ships to shine so make that happen, Chicago Fire writers. Pretty please. 🙂

4. Solijah (Sophie Devereaux and Elijah Mikaelson) from The Originals.

When The Originals first started, I wanted Sophie and Elijah to get together so stinkin’ bad. I have a thing when watching TV shows where I pair up the people that I want to get together and I wanted these two. The set up was perfect. When they first meet, they hate each other’s guts. They don’t trust each other and they were always trying to stay one step ahead of each other. I wanted their strong hate for each other to turn into a love that made Elijah forget about Haley, haha. The writers sure showed me, huh?

That ship didn’t even last a full season…and I’m still not over it. *sob*

5. Tom and Rachel (I don’t know their ship name) from The Last Ship.

Oh, Tom and Rachel. I was so invested in these two in my binge watch of The Last Ship. I was the freaking Captain of the Tom and Rachel Ship. I couldn’t watch the episodes fast enough because I needed more Tom and Rachel (and Danny and Kara) goodness. I didn’t even know how they would make a relationship with them work since he was married but that didn’t stop me from shipping them hard. Then there was no more wife and my hopes soared and then the season 3 finale happened and…I’m still not over any of it.

I haven’t recovered from the shock of what happened and the nail in my love coffin. Damn writers for playing with my emotions like that.

What ships do you support that are just…not going to happen or hasn’t happened yet and things aren’t looking good for them?

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Review: Undrafted

Posted October 18, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 10 Comments


Starring: Tyler Hoechlin, Aaron Tveit, Chace Crawford, Philip Winchester, Manny Montana
Director: Joseph Mazzello
Release Date: July 15, 2016
Rating: Unrated
Run Time: 1:30
Movie Type: Comedy, Drama, Sports

When twelve ragtag teammates set out to play what should be a meaningless summer intramural baseball game, it ends up becoming the most important game of their lives. This collection of characters – the reliever turned starting pitcher (Tyler Hoechlin), a hot dog power hitter (Chace Crawford), an outfielder with anger management issues (Joe Mazzello), a player coach with clipboard envy (Duke Davis Roberts), an over-eager catcher (Ryan Pinkston), the old guy who shouldn’t be playing anymore (Philip Winchester), and the guy everyone forgot was on the team (Matt Bush) – truly gives new meaning to the phrase “amateur status”. As they struggle to transition away from baseball and towards an uncertain future, the best player among them (Aaron Tveit) – who they all felt should have gotten drafted – has to deal with the news that his big league dreams were dashed, leaving him grappling with why he should still play. One game can be just another box score, but when it’s played by a team

This movie was brought to my attention because Tyler Hoechlin is in it. I watch Teen Wolf and was a little bummed when I found out that Derek wasn’t returning last season but then I heard he was filming this movie and I perked right up. I love sports comedies and this one just looked funny from the trailers and the cast interviews that were going around.

When the movie came out, I forced Brenna (my daughter) to watch it with me and while she was not happy about putting her phone away for an hour and a half to watch a movie with her Mom, when all was said and done. She loved it and so did I.

You guys, this movie was funny. I was not prepared for how much laughing I was going to do. I thought it would be one of those movies that claim to be a comedy but I don’t laugh all that much. I was wrong. Every character brought something different to the movie and they were all distinctly different from each other. They were all really funny too. This movie was made up of funny moments but there were sprinkles of deeper issues through out as well. These guys are all college aged (except the old guy) guys with uncertain futures, coming together to win an intramural baseball game against a bunch of Division 1 players who thought they had the game in the bag.

I don’t even have a favorite character in this movie because I loved them all. I loved the dugout shenanigans, the fights, the jokes, just…everything. I liked this movie so much that Brenna and I watched it again the very next night. Too stinkin’ funny.

Movie Trailer

My Rating

Loved It

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Week in Books (38)

Posted October 17, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 10 Comments

Week in Books v2

This week was for Timberlake and Chill. I spent the first part of the week listening to Justin Timberlake so that I can prepare myself for Wednesday’s Netflix Concert and when I was finally able to watch his Netflix Special, I was one happy camper. I seriously love me some JT. I’ve loved him since I was 14 years old. Haha.

The rest of the week was pretty quiet. I got some reading done, watched some cheesy Hallmark movies (I was in the mood for them) and I spent some quality time with my family. All in all, it was a good week. My Dodgers went 1-1 in Chicago and are coming home to hopefully keep the party going, my Lakers lost but that’s okay because I’m liking what I’m seeing from them then I started and am loving the heck out of the new show, Pitch (Ames! We must discuss!) so yeah, my week started off quiet but it was still filled with good stuff.

Now on with the books and blog stuff…

Currently Reading

Keepsake (True North #3) by Sarina Bowen.

There’s a first time for everything.

Lark Wainwright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah is a survivor, too. It’s been four years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult where he grew up. He’s found a peaceful existence on the Shipley’s farm, picking apples and fixing machinery. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. He doesn’t always know what to make of a world where movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV or spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she pushes Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he’s good for much more than farm labor.

I have so many books to read this week and you’d think I’d buckle down and get my book club book read since our meeting is next week Monday but nope. As soon as I got Keepsake, I cracked that sucker open and have been reading it ever since. Loving me some Zach right now. 🙂


The Hating Game by Sally Thorne | 4 out of 5
Addicted (Outlaws #2) by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5

Book Boyfriend of the Week

Joshua Templeman from The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

“Sounds like a good plan. It’ll pay off. Desperately, huh? So, pray tell, what is the aim of the Starting Over Game?”

“The same as all the others. For you to love me.”

Of all of the books that I read this week, Josh’s book was my favorite and he is my choice for book boyfriend. I couldn’t stand how mean he was to Lucy in the beginning of the book but I liked that as the book progresses, we see his feelings for Lucy slip through with every interaction between them. Josh wasn’t a bad guy, he was a big softy and his protective instincts toward Lucy had me melting into a puddle of lust for this guy. On top of the beautiful, strong body and smart mind, there was a caring man underneath all of that who had his own set of insecurities.

I loved that his relationship with Lucy changed but the bits and pieces that made their relationship unique stuck around. In the end, they were still competitive with each other and low key mean to each other but they both knew that all of their jabs were nothing but love.


10/12: Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels | 1 out of 5
10/13: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West | 4 out of 5
10/13: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne | 4 out of 5

Posts You May Have Missed

10/10: Week in Books (37)
10/11: Movie Review: The Girl on the Train
10/12: Top 5 Wednesday: Inaccurate Book Covers
10/13: Eye Candy Friday: Crosbie Lucas from Undecided by Julianna Keyes

New to My Bookshelves

The Player by Claire Contreras
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Twisted Palace (Royals #3) by Erin Watt

New Review Books

The Other Sister by Dianne Dixon
Satisfaction (Lawless #2) by Lexi Blake

There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?

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