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Five Christmas Movies I Want to Watch

Posted November 29, 2018 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 0 Comments

With Thanksgiving behind us, it is now time to focus on the next big thing in holiday celebrations and that is Christmas. If you’re anything like me, my sisters and my best friend then you are addicted to those cheesy Christmas romance movie that are popular on the Hallmark channel. Netflix has decided to get in on that action because they have a bunch of Christmas movies out or coming out that I’m definitely looking forward to. Here’s a list of Christmas movies that I can’t wait to watch over the next month or so.

1. The Christmas Contract (Hallmark)

One Tree Hill is one of a handful of tv shows that I watched from the very first episode until the very last episode. No skipping, no quitting, just a whole lot of loyalty. Even when Lucas and Peyton left the show, I still watched it for Nathan and Haley then Brooke Davis and everyone else. So when I heard that most of the OTH gang was doing a Hallmark Christmas movie together, it flew to the very top of my wish list. I cannot wait to see Peyton and Clay fall in love in this movie. Haha, sorry Lucas!

2. Hope at Christmas (Hallmark)

I watched Ryan Paevey in Unleashing Mr. Darcy last year and really enjoyed him as an actor so when I saw that he’s got a new Christmas movie coming out, I watched the trailer and am on board. He looks like he’s playing another complete sweetheart and really, count me in on all things Ryan Paevey!

3. The Holiday Calendar (Netflix)

Bonnie Bennett from Vampire Diaries is now a photographer and has moved on from losing Enzo by the looks of it as she falls in love with her new best friend Josh who is all kinds of cutie. This is the first Netflix Christmas movie that caught my attention. I have plans to watch this movie pronto with my nieces.

4. The Princess Switch (Netflix)

Vanessa Ann Hudgens is another actress that I have liked ever since her High School Musical days. She’ll always be Gabriella to me and seeing her come out with a Christmas movie with a love interest in Sam from Nashville? Yeah, I’m totally watching this one.

5. Road to Christmas (Hallmark)

I guess Lucas couldn’t be left out of the Christmas movie making business because Chad Michael Murray is starring in Road to Christmas on the Hallmark channel and I’m so here for it. I adored CMM as Lucas Scott and can’t wait to see what he’s up to these days since I don’t watch any of the other shows he’s been on. I’m sure this one will be great, too!

Are you a huge fan of cheesy Christmas movies like I am? What movies are you looking forward to this year? Any favorite Hallmark Christmas movies you want to share? Comment below!


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The Weekly Recap (99)

Posted August 20, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 12 Comments

This week was for a bunch of different things. My continued exercising with my best friend Theresa and my sisters, the release of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and attending my first ever Taco Festival.

Brenna and I stayed up until midnight on Friday so that we could watch To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix, the moment that it dropped. Both of us were not disappointed and thought that the movie captured the heart and the charm even though some of our favorite parts of the books were either not included or changed. Still, we LOVED Peter Kavinsky and thought Lara Jean was fabulous!

A group of us drove out to Downtown L.A. for the L.A. Taco Festival on Saturday and it was a lot of fun. Too bad I failed at my first ever taco festival because I went and ate a sushi burrito instead. I did end up eating a taco but for the most part, I ate everything but a taco. I tried bulgogi tots, bulgogi tacos and ate some of my friend’s deep fried quesadilla. I also got 3 Dodger hats for $20 so all in all, I called it a win of a day.

Friday morning, we got some pretty bad news about one of our friends. She passed away in her sleep and our girls played basketball together and she was my favorite basketball Mom so it really hit me hard. My sister and I took dinner over to their house on Sunday and spent a little time with the kids, her sisters and Aunts and the rest of the family. I’m still so saddened by the loss and really hope that 2018 will stop taking dear to me people. *sigh*

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (99)All the Way by Kristen Proby
Series: Romancing Manhattan #1
Published by Harper Collins, William Morrow Paperbacks on August 21, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: First Person
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Goodreads

In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby’s brand new Romancing Manhattan series, three brothers get more than they bargain for as they practice law, balance life, and navigate love in and around New York City.

Finn Cavanaugh is known for being a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. He owns a successful law firm with his brother and brother-in-law in Manhattan. On the rare occasion that he has down time, he spends it at his home in Martha’s Vineyard. But when Finn’s troubled niece goes to stay with him for the summer in Martha’s Vineyard, he’s reluctant to take time off from work. That is, until he meets his beautiful new neighbor, London.

London Watson is a Tony Award winning actress on Broadway. When tragedy strikes her family, leaving her alone and injured, she flees Manhattan for Martha’s Vineyard. Hoping she can figure out how to pick up the pieces of her life, London is convinced that she’ll never be able to return to the stage. But when she meets the charming young girl next door and her sexy uncle, they soon lure London out of her shell as she finally begins to heal from the wounds of her past.

But when London feels confident enough to return to the spotlight, she’s dealt another devastating blow. Will the newfound love between London and Finn be enough to conquer all? Or will it be over before it has a chance to grow…?

I’m about halfway done with this book and I’m seriously hoping that something happens to make me feel something because so far, I think the hero is okay, I want to smack his niece and the heroine is blah. I will admit that I was drawn to this book because of the cover and I’ve always wanted to try this author before but so far, I’m not that invested in what’s going on in the story. To be blunt, I’m bored. We’ll see if that continues to be the case or if the story turns around. Wish me luck.

What I Read

Down with Love (Laws of Attraction #1) by Kate Meader | 3.25 out of 5
Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath | 4.5 out of 5
Two Weeks Notice by Whitney G | 3.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews and When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath. Both books were super good. I cannot wait for the next book in both of those series. I’m super anxious for that.

Book Boyfriend

Peter Kavinsky
To all The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Yes, again. The movie came out and he was the perfect Peter. Oh man, I love this guy!

What I Reviewed

The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen | 4 out of 5
Gone too Far by Suzanne Brockmann | 4.25 out of 5
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (98)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

What I Got

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Finding Dandellion by Lex Martin
Bad Reputation by Stephanie London

What I Got for Review

Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?


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Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Posted August 17, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart
Director: Susan Johnson
Release Date: 17 August 2018
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1:39
Movie Type: Drama, Romance

Lara Jean Covey writes letters to all of her past loves, the letters are meant for her eyes only. Until one day when all the love letters are sent out to her previous loves. Her life is soon thrown into chaos when her foregoing loves confront her one by one.

Brenna and I have been super anxious for this movie to come out and once the clock hit midnight last night, we were prepared to watch it together. We both read the books (all of them) a couple of weeks ago and have been big ol’ nerds about all things Peter Kavinsky and this movie.

The movie is quite a bit different from the book but both Brenna and I really enjoyed it. The casting is pretty spot on and we adored all things Peter Kavinsky. Lara Jean and the rest of the Song sisters were extra fabulous and Papa John Corbett was pretty great too. And Josh!!! Oh man, we loved Josh! There’s much to enjoy and love about this movie. I thought Netflix did a fabulous job of bringing Peter and Lara Jean’s story to life. I loved seeing how far they came from beginning to end. Seeing them go from faking dating to real feelings was so much fun.

The book was super sweet and funny and all things that I love in a book and the movie was great but there were things missing from the movie that were my favorite parts of the book. Also, some of my favorite things that happened in the book were changed in the movie and that really bummed me out. I would start mentioning what those things are but I don’t want to spoil the movie too much so just know that the book and the movie are different but the movie did capture the charm and the heart of the book and they definitely got the characters right. Lana Condor was an outstanding Lara Jean and Noah Centineo was a perfect Peter Kavinsky.

The movie has only been out for a handful of hours and I’ve already watched it twice. It was an enjoyable teen rom com, wayyyy better than The Kissing Booth and with that ending, THERE BETTER BE A SECOND MOVIE!!!

Movie Trailer

My Rating

Grade: 4.25 out of 5


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