Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Series: The Lynburn Legacy #1
Publication Date: Septemebr 11, 2012
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 370 (Hardcover)
Source: Gifted from Alexa
Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

Before I begin this review, I have to take a moment to thank Alexa for forcing this series on me. Despite the beautiful cover, I had myself convinced that this simply was not a Lili book, and I was so very very wrong. I would not have read this without you, and the best kind of friends are the best book pushers ever. Thanks!

I don't know what I was expecting when I picked up this book, but the hilarity, sass, complex mystery, and interesting twists and turns blew me away. The creep-factor scared me and while there is a lot of creepiness, it's deliciously dark in a way that will entice readers instead of unsettle their lunches which is really awesome for a squeamish girl like myself.

Kami Glass is one of my favorite main characters ever. She is sassy and focused in following her investigative journalist dreams. She does not scare easy and she holds her head high, embracing her weirdness, and not allowing her past to haunt her. Sure, she has an imaginary friend named Jared that makes people thinks she's kind of crazy, but she learned to keep him to herself, too, as she grew older. Watching her grow throughout the length of this book was an honor because, through it all, she is easy to identify with and relate to, as well as root on and hope for. I also like the tiny bits of exploration about her Japanese heritage and how she was slightly different from the other residents of Sorry-in-the-Vale because of it.

But what really drives this novel is the entire character cast, really. Even the secondary characters were so interesting and three-dimensional, leaping off the page. My favorite would probably be Angela, Kami's best friend who is constantly exhausted that literally hates the world. She voices all of our personal anti-people sentiments and lives a joyous life of beauty, hilarious friends, and lots of sleep. There's also Holly who seems really simply characterized as a pretty girl that likes male attention, but she is so much more than that and I can't wait to learn more about her. Even Angela's older brother, Rusty, is great comic-relief with his mad karate skills leading to sneak attacks on both Angela and Kami throughout the book. Kami's family deserves a special award for being happy (something that is seemingly rare in YA) as well as diverse and down-right hilarious. Almost every scene her Dad was in constantly had me giggling.

And of course there are the of which I am slightly obsessed with, many of which I hate, and all of which are incredibly creepy for different reasons. But I leave you the joy of discovering them for yourselves.

I don't know how to describe the dialogue in this novel, but it is utterly realistic and also entertaining. I found myself reading aloud at one point because the conversations were so real, and the jokes were just so dang funny. The dialogue and sass alone are reasons to pick up this book, but the world-building and murder mystery is pretty great, too. Sorry-in-the-Vale is a quiet town in England that is mostly owned by the elusive Lynburn family. Today, the Lynburn's are moving back to this quaint old town to wreak some havoc. Throughout this time, Kami realizes the voice inside her head belongs to a real human being, but as they both come to terms with this, murders begin occurring in town and all leads point to Jared. Read it, fall in love with it, beg for me. Trust me, you'll love it.

But with all of this in mind, this book was just short of perfect in my eyes. While the mystery itself was great, there were a few times where I felt like the story lulled. For the most part the pacing was spot-on, but I suppose that's why the lulls seemed so prominent to me. Also, the ending is among the most killer cliff-hangers I have ever encountered. Sure, it shows that Brennan knows how to leave the readers literally begging for more and it also expresses her evil delight in torturing us--something she embraces and is most definitely known for--but it also isn't entirely necessary. The suspense is high and it'll definitely hook you to book two, but the way that Jared acted towards Kami was very out of character and false to me, almost like a show put on to drive the readers crazy. I'm just not a fan of the choice of ending because of this, though I anxiously await the moment I can sit down to read book two.

In sumnation, I have no idea if this review makes sense because I am so blown away. I encourage every reader out there to give this series a chance because not only is it dark, but it's got a level of hilarity that lightens the darkness of a gothic romance and a ship that is so worth shipping it's not even funny. All of the characters stand apart whether it's sleep loving Angela, hilarious Kami, creepy Rosalind Lynburn, or enticing Jared. And the world is I can't even wait to see what trouble Brennan stirs up in it next in books two and three. 

Don't be like me and hesitate, you'll regret it. This is not a series that can be ignored.

4.5 stars


The Intern Diaries (7): A Revamp & Being Thankful

I hate starting a post series and not finishing it, but I had to stop this series due to how people were reacting to it. A lot of you were wonderful, but there were a few eggs out there with comments that really upset me and it made it hard for me to continue.

So, I have a new idea! This is just going to be a post series of things I want to talk about it instead of asking for what you want to hear. Hopefully such topics will still coincide. So, what I want to talk about today is simply being thankful.

~*~Today's Topic: Being Thankful~*~

I feel like this is a topic that is constantly overlooked. I send out thanks a lot, but I don't think many of you realize just how thankful I am.

Firstly, I am thankful for every one of you who reads these posts whether you comment or not, and for those who shared my remorse when I thought I had to end it. For those who do comment, you guys put huge smiles on my face for taking the time out of your day to communicate with me. I'm also really thankful for each and every one of you who cheered for me when I got my internship at Bloomsbury because I was so bewildered and still can't believe I've spent seven months of my life there with a couple more to go. And I also want to thank every one of you who I met through this process that shared in my excitement. You guys rock my socks off.

I owe a huge thank you to Bloomsbury as well. This publishing house is indescribable. Being able to work there brings a huge smile to my face. The children's publicity and marketing department there are like one big happy family, and they welcomed awkward me in with a huge smile and a hug and let me adjust in my dream position while slowly giving me new responsibilities. They solidified my love of this industry and made me feel like I belonged, like I have a future here, and that I have the hope to continue on in this industry based off of the person I am, my experiences, and even my pretty resume.

As I begin the process of hopefully finding a new home this summer, I am feeling very nostalgic. When I first started in September, I didn't even fathom I would come as far as I have, all the while with a huge smile on my face. I was expecting to enjoy this internship, but not love it as much as I do. And as I sit here almost 8 months later, it's ridiculous to me that 8 months have passed. I spent five months working here three days a week, as if it was a part-time job, and I'm there now 2 or 3 days a week depending on my schedule, and I can't believe that shortly I won't be walking through those glass doors (that I run into often) anymore. This internship has kind of become a huge part of my life, you know? I let that happen because I love it so much and I'm happy there, and one day this will be what I do for a living. I'm sure of it.

But at the same time, I am also excited about my future. I learned so much here, but there's so much more to learn. And I not only learned about a different side of publishing, I learned a lot about myself and even the people around me and what I do and do not look for in friends and how my school is so awesome to help me the way they do and even how to plan a bookish wedding (Thanks, Lizzy!).

I also owe a thank you to my family. If you told me at all growing up that I would actually one day work at a "book castle" I would have laughed in your face, maybe had some tears rolling down my cheeks. I wanted to be in this industry for as long as I can remember, so long that I didn't know what a publishing house was but assumed anything that produces awesome books was simply a book castle.

As a child of a lawyer and a hotel industry professional/photographer, I never really thought my parents would 100% go along with my chosen career path. It's not as financially rewarding as other fields could be, nor is it as "serious" as their chosen professions, but they accepted my desires and encouraged me to follow them to a school where I can get an Accelerated MS in Publishing. Even though I fell in love with NYC much faster than I did say, dorming, or college homework, I've fallen in love with it all and they've been with me every (sometimes hard) step of the way.

I don't think I'll ever forget the day that my Dad drove me to the train station to hop on a train in the middle of the summer so that I could interview for my current position. He got choked up telling me that whether I get this position or not, he was really proud of me for pursuing my dreams and for working so hard for someone my age, and that I have nothing to be ashamed of. I went back to Jersey that night knowing I had an internship in the Fall, and neither him or I could stop smiling. Moments like this combined with my Mom & Dad's unending support make it all worth it...

...even if they hate having to help me commute in when I am not at school.

So, this is my thank you. It's not the best one out there and it certainly could be more eloquent, but I wanted to thank my friends. There are so many of you, but Dana, Alexa, Bekka, and my amazing book club deserve huge props for putting up with crazy-excited basket-case me. Bloomsbury deserves my infinite gratitude and devotion, and my parents deserve the world and more, though I'll never quite find a way to put that into words.

So thank you. Truly. For taking this crazy journey with me and sticking with me every step of the way and for allowing this to become a possibility. I can't wait for what's to come, but I know it's going to be amazing.

Stacking the Shelves #96

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

This is literally two months worth of books because I have not posted a single STS in February due to how busy I was. Crazy, right? So, without further ado...

A HUGE thank you to everyone who gifted me things for my birthday!!!! <3

From Jessie for my Birthday
a personal library kit
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
The Lucy Variations by Sarah Zarr
Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
watermelon sour patch gummies <3

From Angie for my Birthday
Veronica Mars on DVD
Fairest by Marissa Meyer

From my Parents for my Birthday
a pair of white converse
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

From Kelly for my Birthday
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

From Tara for my Birthday
Finding It by Cora Carmack
The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

From Jon for my Birthday
a signed All Fall Down by Ally Carter

From Jon
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
Alistair Grim's Odditorium by Gregory Funaro
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

From Dana for my Birthday
a Lulu Guiness purse designed by her brother
cat socks
a "people suck" notebook
Guardians of the Galaxy on DVD

From Bekka for my Birthday
the best card ever!
Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas
The Book Thief on DVD

From Shifa for my Birthday
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

From Max for my Birthday
a personal library kit
Strand giftcard

From Montana for my Birthday
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

From Macmillan for Review
Forever For A Year by B.T. Gottfred
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Borrowed from Nicole
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

From Edelweiss & Simon and Schuster
Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca

Thank you everyone for not only making my 20th a kickass birthday, but also for making this a great five weeks book-wise! <3 I can't even pick anything I am more excited about because this has been an awesome two months!

Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 222 (Hardcover)
Source: Gifted
In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

I've been sitting on this reviewer since January 25th, and the reason for that is because I can't word. I just don't know how to describe my thoughts in regards to this book. My good friend Bekka said it ten times better than I ever could. I enjoyed this book a lot, but I also had a lot of issues with it in the sense that I didn't think it was entirely necessary.

Really, my issue is with Levana's back-story and that's not to say that her back-story is bad because it is not. It's just that I loved her as a villain in the other works in this series, and her back-story both helps her and ruins her. I totally understand why she is evil now. Her evil older sister kind of ruined her life for no true reason and abused her physically, mentally, and emotionally. So her cruelty is totally understandable, but watching her grow and become more and more twisted was horrifying and unsettling to read as I flipped the pages.

The evil Levana that we know today was born out of something we all want: a desire to be loved. But she took her actions so far that the pit in my stomach grew and grew and grew. She manipulated her chosen love borne out of a childish crush by using glamours and taking away his free will, forcing him to do things that he regretted and ruining his entire reputation in the process. I can honestly say that I was disgusted by how she chose to go about finding that love, and it kind of ruined her back-story a little bit for me. I'm unsure exactly what I imagined when I thought of her, but this wasn't exactly it, though it does add to understanding her desire to be married in a weird, twisted way. Do you see why it's so hard for me to word right now?

With that in mind, I am not disappointed or upset. I really enjoyed this book. Sure, it was unsettling, but it was very well written and my level of uncomfortableness just goes to show how talented Meyer is at writing deliciously dark and twisted tales. I enjoyed this and found it easy to flip the pages at a lightning fast speed on my daily commute home from my internship, and I look forward to book four now more than ever. But my main issue with this book is that it did change the way I view Levana slightly and while it gave us a little bit of set-up for Winter's story in the final book in the series, it wasn't entirely necessary. Levana, one of my favorite villains ever, was affected by a book that I loved but don't really think had to be brought into existence, and I kind of wish that I discovered her story in a different way while we discovered Winter's full story in book four.

I would say that this is worth the read, though, upon completion of Cress. It should not be read before its intended spot in the series because you won't be able to appreciate a lot of the depth in this book since it covers decades spanning Levana's childhood to the evil queen we love to hate today.

4 stars


Stop The Goodreads Creepers

I don't know about you guys, but I love Goodreads. I don't really care that Amazon bought it out and that it doesn't have half stars, even though I wish it did. I tend to not be part of the drama or bullying or trolling because I use it more to track what I read and organize my bookish thoughts on shelves. I don't even post my reviews there anymore because that's what this blog is for.

But I'm really starting to hate it because there is nothing more sucky than logging into Goodreads and seeing I have a message, opening it, and seeing it's a creep. A lot of my messages are about possible trades, some of my author friends, even some friends who I messaged about one of their reviews to talk books. And then sometimes there are creeps.

My initial goal for this post was to go back in my messages for about a year, but I didn't have the patience because I found enough by simply going back to June 2014. So, let's take a tour of Lili's inbox starting from the most recent messages...

March 21, 2015
March 11, 2015
December 12, 2014
July 14, 2014
The reason this one creeps me out is because it was an obvious open line to hit on me by trying to show he has interest.
July 7, 2014
July 1, 2014
June 25, 2014
Coming on WAYYYYY to strong, buddy. Who said I wanted to be worshiped?

So, once I hit this point I felt as if my point has been made and I also got lazy because I've had a Goodreads account since 2013 and these are all the creepy messages that I didn't delete in frustration since June 25, 2014. So in roughly 9 months, I have these seven messages, plus at least another three more that pissed me off so much I just deleted them so I would never have to look at them again.

All of these messages came in out of nowhere with no provocation from myself, and for the few who are "[Creeper's name here] said: blah blah blah" it's because they are responses to my friend request question which is simply, "why do you want to be my friend?" So, these creeps want to be my friend because they think I'm pretty after viewing a tiny profile picture on Goodreads. For all they know, I'm catfishing them! I'm not, you guys have seen videos of me, obviously, but my point is that there's no provocation or even a necessity for these notes. What if I was married? What if I was lying about my age and I was actually only 14 years old posing as someone older to meet website guidelines or because I didn't want to feel awkward reading books my peers may deem inappropriate for various reasons? (I know a little kid that did this, who is now not ashamed that she is advanced for her age).

I've changed my picture three different times, at least, throughout the duration of these messages. They're all just pictures of my head, and instead of being flattered by their behavior I'm creeped out. Goodreads is an online book community that I use purely on my own. I don't post on message boards or engage with people that are not my friends, so why are these guys seeking me out and popping my perfect little peaceful bubble? Why are they making my little happy place seemingly unsafe because they're hitting on me, and I'm sure, many other women, because we are simply women with an online profile on a website not meant for online dating or any romantic relationships whatsoever? Is this what society has come to?

I've taken to posting screenshots of my gross encounters on Twitter, and there's always a huge amount of Feedback among the lines of "I hate when this happens!" "Goodreads is not a dating site!" "Ew!" "That's gross!" and so much more. So my solution is simple...I'm making a post here telling all these guys that they suck, I don't like their behavior, and it creeps me out. As a twenty-something female, I shouldn't be receiving creepy unwanted and unprovoked messages on a BOOK MONITORING WEBSITE. If I was on a dating site, fine, but I have not said anywhere that I have a desire for this, so why are they trying to take advantage of a female-dominated community by doing this? If I messaged a hot guy on a website, "Hey, I think you're hot!" odds are he would ignore me, maybe show his friends my message and laugh, and not respond. So what makes it okay for them to do that, but not for me to do so?

I'm sick of it. I'm sick of the creeps and the fact that they feel like they are allowed to do this, that if they don't get a response they just move on to a ton of other girls with the same copied and pasted message, which I know to be true because it happened to my friend. Stop the preying, and the creepiness, and the fact that they view a website I enjoy for the use its meant for as a way to find women. Stop with the inappropriateness and making me feel like I can't post a picture of my head on the Internet with no inappropriate aspect to it whatsoever without being made uncomfortable. JUST STOP.

Have you had any negative Goodreads experiences? Tell me about them below or make your own post to stop the Goodreads creepers. Do what you want to do, but it feels good to rant! This has been a PSA on why I really hate being told I have a new message on Goodreads.

My Current Obsession (2): The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The last time I did one of these, I talked about a BREAKING BAD, which is now officially one of my favorite shows ever. Seriously. So, I figured it would be fun to maybe turn this into a feature whenever I am bored and needing to get the feels out about my latest obsession, which just so happens to be another Netflix show. However, I've got some positive and negative feels about this one, and I want to hear your thoughts.

~*~The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt~*~

I, like a huge part of the world, am obsessed with the hilariousness that Tina Fey is guaranteed to produce, so I was anxiously awaiting The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Netflix premiere on March 6th and just finished binge watching the entire series in less than 24 hours. Granted, it's only about thirteen 23-25 minute episodes, but still. Initially sold to NBC, Netflix bought it with a two season guarantee, which means we will have more Kimmy next March! For this, I am super excited. After watching season one, I would guess that there's a lot of hope for future seasons.

Firstly, Kimmy Schmidt is hilarious and oddly relatable. Sure, we haven't been kidnapped and held underground in a doomsday cult for 15 years, but we can relate to her overwhelming positivity, being an outsider in her community, her desire to explore and be happy, and her ability to embrace her general weirdness. Plus, she's still a kid trapped in a 30 year old's body because she's obsessed with the world she left behind as an almost 8th-grader, meaning her pop culture references will make us long for our childhoods and also make us laugh in embarrassment of our old obsessions.

Throw in Titus, her gay roommate that is a Broadway wannabee, Lillian, her hilarious no-filter elder landlord, and Jacqueline, played by the always amazing Jane Krakowski, who is her rich employer currently going through a terrible marriage whose young son is a super-villain in training, and you have a great cast. I mean, Jane alone is a scene stealer.

But, if you ask me, the show does gas out a little near the end. Some issues about race arise, which I'll cover later, and the plots become a little different than the whimsy found in the beginning. The purpose of certain subplots become questionable, and the direction of the series does shift. It's not enough to deter me from the series, but I am curious what season two will cover with the directions they are choosing to take the show now.

~*~The Guest Stars~*~

There is also a huge plethora of amazing guest stars in this series. I want to focus on four because they really had me freaking out, but there have been so many more. Firstly...MARTIN SHORT! Martin Short plays a heavily disfigured plastic surgeon to the point where he is nearly unrecognizable, and while he is only in the show for a single episode, I'd love to see his royal weirdness again. I was heavily debating on showing a picture in this post, but I am leaving it to your imagination if you haven't watched the show yet because the fact that Martin Short is hidden in that hilarious get-up is part of the fun.

Next up, we have the amazingly talented Dean Norris, who played Hank in Breaking Bad. Now, my first "My Current Obsession" post was on the aforementioned show, so you can imagine how much fangirling and freaking out occurred in my dorm room when I realized Dean Norris had a guest role for an episode. I'm not going to say who he plays, but he's still got that great machismo attitude down without having to play a gun-toting DEA agent.

Lastly, we have two Broadway big-wigs! Nic Roleau and Jefferson Mays both had guest appearances in a musical number that made me laugh hysterically. Nic was the second Elder Price (took over for the amazing Andrew Rannells) in the hilariously offensive Broadway show THE BOOK OF MORMON. Jefferson Mays has been murdered thousands of times since he plays the enter D'ysquith family in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER and he kills it every dang time! Keep going strong, Jefferson! You rock!

Click the Broadway show titles if you want to read my reviews of their respective shows. I've been fortunate enough to see them both on-stage strutting their stuff and they are ridiculously talented.

~*~Some Personal Weirdness~*~

The show has a level of unbelievability, doomsday apocalypse survival thing aside. All the guys falling at Kimmy's feet, combined with Xanthippe's behavior was just weird to me. The guys are self-explanatory just because, well, Kimmy is weird and very cute, but the world just doesn't work that way. Xanthippe is Jacqueline's step-daughter that is hell-bent on getting Kimmy fired because she doesn't let her pretend to do illegal things and she calls her out on her fake stories. While her stand-off's with Kimmy are hilarious, her characterization is just really off to me. She's a bored-looking teenager that pretends she's cooler than she is to impress her friends, but she threatens Kimmy in a movie-villain mastermind "I own you" way that just felt off to me. No other way to put it. I kind of was really happy when they figured out a way to remove her from the show. I don't know if it's because she will be back later, or because Tina Fey realized her character just wasn't working.

~*~The Questionable Stuff~*~

There's a lot of controversy surrounding this show because of race. The question is whether the show is toeing the line of using satire about racism and stereotypes to show people how terrible it is, or whether the content is really racist. The way they are choosing to portray two communities can be considered to be racist depending on how you view the comedy and jokes. Some people from those communities have spoken how they do not believe it is racist, while others believe it is, and the same goes for general viewers who are not Asian-American or Native American. A lot of people are saying that the community's are not as accurately portrayed as they could be, like in Fresh Off The Boat.

Titus, Kimmy's roommate, is a gay black man from rural Mississippi that ran away from a marriage so that he could be himself in New York City. He undergoes the trials and tribulations of being a black male even though the city is a diverse area, and we do witness that the color of one's skin can mean something and change how you are treated (see the werewolf episode for reference). However, the show tackles Asian-American's and Native American populations differently, though Titus's story will always be more in depth because he is a leading character.

When Dong, a guy from Vietnam who is working towards his GED with Kimmy, becomes her friend, there are jokes about him being good at math and not liking to be touched, and other stereotypical things. Eventually, he becomes a big character, though. SPOILER ALERT: He has a huge crush on Kimmy and he actually eventually wins her heart, which does not normally happen with the Asian-American characters, but because immigration is after him he is forced to marry someone to get his citizenship so he can stay in America. END SPOILER. Aside from that big spoiler, Dong is constantly running from immigration because he is in the country illegally, and the show could have used this as a soapbox or a way to educate people, which they chose not to, and instead used some cliches and questionable story-lines to surround his character's existences.

The Native Americans in the show are played by actual Native American actors. Gil Birmingham, who many people will recognize from the TWILIGHT franchise, is Comanche and Sheri Foster is Cherokee. They both play Jacqueline's parents, and Jacqueline is played by the white Jane Krakowski. So Jane, a white actress, is playing a girl who is Native American that is trying to be white because she feels like an outsider in her community and identifies more with popular culture outside of her community. So, like Kimmy, they are using an outsider storyline with her and allowing her parents to bring in the realistic Native American community beliefs to the show, which isn't done that respectfully heritage-wise in my opinion. I do believe that if either Birmingham, a very successful actor, and/or Foster has an issue with the portrayal of Native Americans on the show, they would not have taken these roles, but such a thing is up to the discretion of the viewer.

~*~Other Serious Topics~*~

The show does tackle serious topics though, as mentioned in Titus's case. There's also the viewing of using pity money after a personal disaster becomes a nationwide news story. Education due to funding is joked about, the fact that women are held to certain physical standards to the point where they change everything about them via surgery is noted, the way teenagers feel like illegal things are the way to be cool is touched upon, the charisma of cray cray cult leaders is explored, and even the cult-like behavior of work-out phenomenons is touched upon. This was actually pretty funny.

Plus, Tina Fey makes an appearance in a terrible perm wig. So there's that, too.

~*~The Overall~*~

The show is not the ultimate best because it does have some controversy that is worth discussing, but it is a hilarious tale of a naive, doe-eyed girl navigating the big city that a lot of people will find entertaining. It's a fast binge that is good for sick days and can serve as a nice pick-me-up when needed. The cast is strong and the storyline is a little wonky, but in a way that works due to the execution. I recognize that there is controversy that will deter some viewers as will the changing plot a little over half way through that can make viewers seem disillusioned, but for now, I am still curious about what season two has to offer after the interesting ending to season one even though I have to wait another year for it. I think the show is worth giving a chance and viewers can draw their own conclusions after experiencing the comedy for themselves!

Have you seen the show yet? What are your thoughts? Share them below!

Don't forget to comment with what you think my next Netflix binge should be!

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Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

I think this was the easiest seasonal TBR I have ever put together because I just stared at my bookshelf and picked the 10 books I decided to keep at college with me after the move from the hell room purely for this purpose. Here we go!

~*~Review books that I am freaking out over~*~


2. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson- Hello beautiful book, I am totally prepared for you to rip my heart out.

3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir- This debut is going to rock my socks off like nobody's business, and I am so ready for it!

4. Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine- A Phantom retelling part two? Yes please! I love these characters, this Asian-inspired world, the twistedness, and the diversity. Time to finish off this lovely duology.

5. The Second Guard by J.D. Vaughn- A high fantasy middle grade that is sure to kick some serious butt because it looks so good! I cannot wait!!!!

6. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West- Kasie West's contemporaries will never ever disappoint me.

7. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli- Literally every single person I have spoken to has nothing but praise for this book, and I cannot wait to discover this awesomeness for myself!

 ~*~Backlist Books that I will finally be reading~*~

8. The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta- I now own the entire trilogy thanks to my parents celebrating my freedom from the hellroom, so let the reading binge commence!

9. The Lynburn Legacy series by Sarah Rees Brennan- I am starting book one during a friendly read-a-long with Dana tomorrow night under the hashtag #LiliandDanaReadUnspoken. After watching Sarah Rees Brennan share a bit of her upcoming novel at a signing, I knew I had to give her works a chance.

10. The Young Elites by Marie Lu- It's Marie Lu. I can never go wrong with Marie Lu.

Don't forget to share your thoughts and link your TTT lists below because something tells me this Spring is going to be awesome! <3