Pretty Little Liars – Series Finale Review

Hello! So sorry it’s been so long since my last post. No good excuse. Sometimes you just have a unproductive span of time. 

Anyway, I’ve been an avid watcher (and by avid watcher, I mean catch up on hulu/netflix) of Pretty Little Liars since the beginning of the show. It’s been an exciting and entertaining, as well as confusing, and plot-hole filled seven seasons but I hung in there and watched the series finale last night. 

I’m going to take a moment and mention that this is going to be a SPOILER REVIEW – if you haven’t seen the finale and don’t want the show to be ruined, stop right here. 

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I’m going to start this review off with a bit of positivity. Alex Drake’s story line made sense in the context of season 7. The Easter eggs were well, planted and I could tell the reveal of Spencer’s twin as AD was planned from the beginning of season 7. 

That’s where the positivity ends. Here’s the thing, if you’ve watched the show from the beginning, you’re well aware that the original A reveal of CeCe Drake being A was out of left field. It was a character that wasn’t flushed out well, and it left viewers feeling confused. However, that reveal, in my opinion was a lot better than this. At least CeCe was a character you had met a few times. The biggest pitfall of this reveal was they introduced a brand new character and hour into the show and said that she was the big bad we have been waiting to meet. That is a huge let down. AD should have been someone who was in the show from the very beginning. The writers had so many options…Ezra, Melissa, Mona, hell…it could have been Allie. I would have bought any of those characters or a plethora of others. Why the writers felt the need to end this show with a brand new character is beyond me. I think it was a disservice to people who had spent 7 seasons watching and waiting for this. 

I also HATE that each girl ended up with their high school sweetheart. Unrealistic and it was just a move to please the fans. Ezra and Aria specifically had me wanting to turn the TV off. A relationship that started off so wrong, became even worse when it was revealed that Ezra was a creep and then they get married in the end. Ugh. The finale spent far too much time on the “Ezria” wedding, instead of focusing on wrapping up the storylines with closure. 

The finale felt rushed. Especially toward the end. I did enjoy that Mona finally won the game in the end. I enjoyed her character the most throughout the seasons and it was nice to see her win. 

What was with the hint to a spin off show? Please tell me they aren’t going to try again with a new set of girls because that would be so lame. 

Wrapping up, I’m sure you can tell, I was very disappointed in the end. I don’t fault the actors in their deliveries. They just weren’t given a great script to work with. I wanted to feel emotional when the show was over…but I wasn’t sad. I’m glad the show called it quits before it really ruined itself, but they didn’t do the show justice with the ending. 

RATING: 2/5 ☆
Let me know what you thought in the comments below. I’ll be back with a new post soon. 😊

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post 

Hey there! Sorry this is coming late. This weekend was crazy busy and flew by. I hope your week is going well. I’ll be back with another post soon! 

Enjoy 🙂 

Poetic Expression

Feelings bleeding through,
the black ink on this paper.
A written tale of a little,
girl ripped apart by love.

So much power held in my mind,
spilling it out through my pen.
Turning my darkest fears into,
a symphony of poetic expression.

Piecing every thought together,
my personal diary in metaphors.
Pulling myself apart to find,
the words to turn my life around.

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post 

Hi everyone! I’m not ready for the weekend to be over. 😦 

Here’s another poem for you. Enjoy 😊

No Turning Back

Like a fallen star,
on a cold winter’s day,
wandering, waiting, 
I have lost my way.

Like a broken tree,
covered in thick ice,
I have learned my lesson,
and paid the price.

Like a winter wonderland,
suddnely turned black,
I have reached my fate,
there’s no turning back.

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Monthly Goals

Happy Saturday! Today is Canal Days in the town I live in. It’s a great event where they block off streets and have live music, food and vendors. Really looking forward to it. 

I’m planning on posting two blogs today. I figured it was time to do my monthly goals. May kind of got away from me, so my results might be a little painful. 

May Results:

  1. Post 3 blogs per week including my weekly Poetry post. – I failed miserably at this. Sorry about that. I will make this a goal for June as well. 
  2. Get some pictures of myself taken by hubby. – Another fail to add to the list. Not starting off great, am I? Haha. 
  3. Go to Church every Sunday. – Almost did this, so I’m giving myself a half of a point. 
  4. Update Twitter & Facebook four times a week. – I think I did this!
  5. Cook one new recipe a week. – Not sure it was one a week but I tried some new recipes this month, so I will call this completed. 
  6. Maintain a happy, healthy environment for our new fish kids. – This is happening. 😊
  7. Read 4 books (or more). – Nope. 
  8. Lose 5lbs. – Nope. 
  9. Read from the Bible nightly. – Nope.
  10. Write a new piece of poetry. – Nope. 

GOALS COMPLETED:  3.5 out of 10

Well…I failed miserably you guys. But, not every month will be successful. I will keep a positive outlook on June!

June Goals

  1. Post 3 blogs per week including my weekly Poetry post. 
  2. Get some pictures of myself taken by hubby. 
  3. Go to Church every Sunday.
  4. Update Twitter & Facebook four times a week. 
  5. Cook one new recipe a week. 
  6. Plan a trip for our two year anniversary.
  7. Read 4 books (or more). 
  8. Lose 5lbs.
  9. Read from the Bible nightly. 
  10. Write a new piece of poetry.


Mostly the same goals as last month. Let’s see if I can do better this month. Do you have any goals for the month of June? Let me know in the comments. 

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

If you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica

Reader Problems Book Tag

Hello everyone! Two blog posts in one day – unheard of! I’m really trying to get back on my game of writing consistently, so here I am. 😛

This is a tag I found on Katytastic’s YouTube channel – check it out. If you want to answer the questions, I tag you. Let me know you did it so I can read your answers! 🙂

 

QUESTIONS

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I don’t really have a strategy for this. I normally just look at my shelf and grab a book that sticks out to me. The only time I pick a specific book is if I am reading through a series. For example, the Hunger Games – I read the books, one after another.


2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

Sometimes I quit, sometimes I commit to the end. If I am reaching the “exciting” portion of the book and still not loving it, I put it down. There have been times when I was reading a book and thinking about putting it down, but I powered through and ended up loving the book. This is rare though.
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your GoodReads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I set unrealistic GoodReads reading challenges for myself, but I try to catch up by reading as much as possible whenever I have a chance. 



4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

This bothers me so much…but I still buy the un-matching book because I am not satisfied until I have the entire series on my shelf. 



5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I don’t really have anyone to bond over my shared hatred of certain books…except maybe my husband, but he isn’t really into the books I’m into so that doesn’t always work. I just look up YouTube reviews and try to find people who have similar opinions. 



6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I leave said public setting and finish reading the tear-worthy section. If I’m in a situation that I can’t leave, I’m normally not reading.


7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

Sometimes I re-read the book, sometimes I find a synopsis. It depends on how long it’s been since I read the prior book. Normally, I start reading a series after all the books have come out anyway, so I’m not in this situation often. 



8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I let people borrow books once and a while, but it has to be someone I trust. I love my books, don’t get me wrong, but if it’s a story I think people should read, I am happy to let them read it. 



9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

This is me, right now. I try to power through it by picking a book that I have been excited to read. This normally helps me to get back into it.



10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I only spend money when I know I can..so I suffer through wanting all the books until I can either afford them or ask for them for Christmas 🙂 



11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

It depends on where I am on my TBR list. Sometimes the new book is at the top, and sometimes it’s a little farther down. I only buy a book if it’s in the top 5 of my reading TBR unless I’m buying from a used book store and find something that just interests me.

 

Well, there it is. Last post for today, but I’m hoping I will be better about posting now. Thanks for sticking with me! 🙂

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post x2

Good morning and Happy Memorial Day! I hope you’re all having a great weekend. I missed last week’s Poetry Post, so I thought I would give you two poems today to make up for it.

Enjoy! 🙂

Grand Finale

My world
began collapsing
a long time ago,
and I’m sorry you
got crushed when
the final pieces fell.

Replace A Heart

So broken, beyond repair,
soul forsaken without a care.
Humanity ripped apart,
a cold stone to replace a heart.

Snow white in a bed of thorns,
nightmare, comfort forlorn.
Self-esteem ripped apart,
bloodied hole to replace a heart.

 

Let me know what you did this weekend in the comments below. I have lots of blogs planned for the coming week so stay tuned!

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica

Writing Resources I Find Useful Pt. 2

Hello everyone!

I kind of fell off the face of the earth the last few days and I apologise for that. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and I am looking forward to a long, three day weekend ahead to recoup and catch up on all the blogs I planned to put out, along with continuing the progress on Alter Reach!

Tonight I thought I’d put together another list of writing resources I find useful. You can read my first list here. 

1. Jeff Goin’s blog is fantastic. He has advice on writing, publishing, setting up your blog…just about anything you need advice on, he has. He does have some paid services, but I think you can find quite a bit of useful info that he offers for free. 

2. Mandi Lynn is a YouTuber/Published author who has tons of useful info to share…from outlining to publishing options, she is a great resource I find myself referring to when I need help. 

3. Beyond Your Blog is a great resource. There is some advice, along with writing opportunities to help you take your writing to the next level. 

4. Every Writer – tips, tricks and contests galore. This is a great resource for inspiration.

5. The Write Life – I follow this on Facebook, and they always have great articles and memes to spread inspiration and laughs along the way. I just discovered their actual site. It has many useful articles and links to other great resources (some of which, I have mentioned.)

6. I mentioned Well-Storied in my last post of useful resources but I never mentioned the Facebook group. If you’re a Facebook user, search for Your Write Dream (what Well-Storied used to be named). You should find a Facebook group you can join. It is fantastic, there are so many friendly people willing to give advice and help you out. I’ve gained a lot of inspiration from that group. 

7. #AmWriting – if you’re a Twitter user, this is a must-use hashtag. You can find resources and other authors to connect too. I use it every time I post and it’s helped me build my platform more than I think I would have, had I not used it. 

8. Narrative Ink Editing – while not an advice resource, I figured in this second installment of resources, I would touch on some of the editors I’ve been researching. If you’re in need of an editor, I’d highly recommend checking this one out. It’s on my top list of editors I’m considering. 

9. Think Written has a cool article with 365 writing prompts. When I’m feeling uninspired, I seek out writing prompts. Here’s some fun ones if you’re feeling the need. 

10. Descriptionari is a cool site where people post descriptions of all sorts of things. It’s a great place to get inspiration for descriptions.

That’s all I have for you today. I hope you find some of these useful. I will try to get back on track with regular posts 😉

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica