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

Opposite Books Tag

Hi everyone! I hope your week is going okay! I wanted to do a quick tag I saw on YouTube. I tag you if you’d like to participate, just let me know so I can read your responses!

First book in your collection/Last book you bought

I believe the first book I ever bought was The Silver Kiss by Annette Kurtos Klause. I rented it from the library in middle school, read it in one night and then asked for it for my birthday. 

The last book I book I bought was Gone by Michael Grant. I bought it on a whim in a great little used book store. I’ll review it when I get to it. 

A cheap book/An expensive book


I just picked up The Grim Legacy by Polly Shulman from the same book store I bought Gone from. I believe it was $3.

For my expensive book, I’m going to go with Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff…not because the book was super expensive, but because between the hardcover copy and the audible copy, I spent more than I ever have.

A book with a male protagonist/a book with a female protagonist

Male protagonist: The Maze Runner by James Dashner. 

Female protagonist: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

A book you read fast/A book that took you forever to read

A book that I read quickly: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I actually read this series in three days. 

A book that took me forever: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R. R. Tolkien. I actually really enjoyed this book but it wasn’t an easy read for me, so it took me quite a while to get through. 

Pretty cover/Ugly cover 

Pretty cover: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor. I bought this mainly because the cover drew me in. So beautiful. 

Ugly cover: The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith. Eh. I’m just not a fan. I find it a little predictable and boring.

A national book/An international book

I’m guessing this means a book that takes place where you live versus a book that takes place in another country. 

National: Eve The Awakening by Jenna Moreci. This book takes place at a college in California. 

International: Harry Potter. Sorry for the obvious answer but, hey, it works. 

 A thin book/A thick book

A thin book: Wake by Lisa McMan

A thick book: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A fiction book/A non-fiction book

Fiction: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. A fairytale retelling with sci-fi elements, which I haven’t read yet, because I am so far behind on my TBR. Are you surprised? I’m guessing not. 😛

Non-Fiction: Creation Basics & Beyond by a lot of scientists at th Institute of Creation Research. A really interesting look at science from a biblical stand point. 

Very romantic book/Action book

I don’t own a ton of romantic books, but I will go with Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. The main plot of this series is love, so it fits, I guess. 

Action…I will go with Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It’s about criminals trying to pull off the greatest heist. Action packed!

A book that made you happy/A book that made you sad

A book that made me happy: I want to go with Illuminae again. Not because it’s a super happy story, but because it was such a good book, I’m still on a high and I read it almost a year ago. Haha. 

A book that made me sad…I will go with another non-fiction on my shelf. My Story by Elizabeth Smart. Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped by two pretty sick individuals and she writes about what happened during that time. Ugh…such a difficult book to read. 

 

That’s all I have for you tonight. Good news everyone, tomorrow is Thursday. We are very close to Friday! Don’t forget to let me know if you participate in the tag. I will have another movie review for you next blog, so stay tuned for that!

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

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

Cloverfield – Movie Review

Hi everyone!! So sorry for the delay. We had a very stressful couple of days. Our fish tank’s ammonia and nitrite levels spiked super high and we lost half of our fish within a day. I am happy to report the 7 remaining fish are doing much better in their quarantine tank and we are cycling their actual tank to get it stable for them. 

Anyway, today I am going to finally review Cloverfield. As always, it’s probably best to see the movie before reading my reviews, but I won’t intentionally spoil anything. 

Enjoy! 🙂

Cloverfield 

Synopsis:

As a group of New Yorkers enjoy a going-away party, little do they know that they will soon face the most terrifying night of their lives. A creature the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Using a handheld video camera, the friends record their struggle to survive as New York crumbles around them.
Review:

So, let’s dive right into the aspect of this movie that is very polarizing for viewers…the handheld camera. People either love or hate this concept. I personally found it compelling. It drew me in, and it made me more attached to the characters than I expected it would. 

Hudson, “Hud” is the guy who holds the camera for the majority of the movie. We get a lot of commentary on what is going on through his point of view. He is a great character. He’s clearly the nerdy guy who is friends with the more “popular,” guy, Rob. Hud gets picked on a bit throughout the film, but he ends up being the character I felt the most connected too. Which is just a testament to the actors skills because we only see his face a handful of times in the movie. 

No, that wouldn’t work. People need to see this, you know? It’s gonna be important. People are going to watch this.

I found the visual effects to be super realistic looking. The camera work is a bit jarring, but it has a purpose of disorienting you so you’re never quite sure what’s actually happening. The cinematography has a way of making New York City seem claustrophobic and chaotic all at once, and that effect is why I think the handheld aspect of this film works to it’s advantage.

Maybe you should’ve left town a little bit earlier, right?

Cloverfield takes you on an adrenaline and emotionally filled roller coaster ride. You spend time frustrated with characters, on the edge of your seat with fear, and at times sad for the characters. You get to know each of them through the lens of the camera in a way a movie shot normally doesn’t do. 

You just need to say ‘forget the world’ and hold on to the people that you care about the most.

Wrap Up:

All in all, this is a great “monster destroys city,” movie with a unique twist. I didn’t feel like I was watching a movie that had been done a million times before. The script was clever, the characters were believable, and the visuals were realistic and frightening at times. I really loved this movie. 

RATING: 4/5 ☆

Let me know what you thought of Cloverfield in the comments below. 

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 Monthly Goals

Hi there! 

Quick update – we got a fish tank! Very excited. 

Anyway, today I figured I would go over the results from my “monthly goals” and tell you what my May goals are. 

April Goals – Results 

  1. Complete Camp NaNoWriMo. – I have a rough goal of 25,000 words, but my main goal is to finish Alter Reach. – I unfortunately didn’t accomplish this. I got quite a bit done, but Alter Reach isn’t complete yet. 
  2. Post 3 blogs per week (including Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post). – I think other than the last week, I pretty much kept up with this. So yay me. Haha.
  3. Clean out/organize under my kitchen cupboards (yes, there will be non-writer goals!) – DONE
  4. Start looking into editors (if you have any suggestions, let me know!) and pricing out my options. – I haven’t settled on one, but I’ve looked into options. 
  5. Start looking into cover designers (if you have any suggestions, let me know!) and pricing out my options. – Same as #4. I haven’t settled on anything yet. 
  6. Get some “professional” photos of myself taken. (By professional, I mean have my husband take some nice portraits of me.) – Failed. I’ll try again in May haha. 
  7. Clean out/organize my closet and donate things I don’t need. – DONE! 
  8. Go to Church every Sunday. – In my defence, my husband and I were sick for the first two weeks of April, and we had to skip Easter…so this didn’t happen, but I’m not considering it a fail.
  9. Update Twitter and Facebook more often. – I did this with Twitter. I still neglected Facebook, but my traffic there is small anyway.
  10. Plan a nice Birthday for my hubby (his Birthday is the 27th!) – I think he had a good birthday, so I’ll call this a win! 🙂 

GOALS COMPLETED: 7.5 out of 10

Not bad. Okay, here’s my 10 goals for the month of May! Some goals will be repeated from month to month because they are good habits. 

  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. Maintain a happy, healthy environment for our new fish kids. 
  7. Read 4 books (or more). 
  8. Lose 5lbs.
  9. Read from the Bible nightly. 
  10. Write a new piece of poetry. 

Alright, that’s a good list of goals I think. I hope you all have a great week! Stay tuned for a couple movie reviews I have planned (including the promised review of Cloverfield), along with some other fun blogs. 

You can 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

Passengers – Movie Review 

Hi there! 

This blog is going to be a review of the movie Passengers starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. I have to admit, I was so excited to see these two starring in a film together. I’m a big fan of both of their work. 

Per usual, I’m going to try to keep this spoiler free but I’d suggest you watch the movie before reading this. 

Synopsis (Taken from IMDB.com)

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
Review

I had high expectations and hopes for this movie. The trailer looked pretty cool, I am a fan of both actors, so I thought it would be pretty great. Unfortunately, I was wrong. Now before I get into it, I’ll start off by saying this wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen but I was left feeling like if I never saw it again, I wouldn’t be depriving myself of anything.

I’ll start with some of the good parts. The movie is very pretty. The CGI and scenes of space are super appealing and for the most part, believable. 

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt do pretty well given the material they had to work with. I don’t blame either actors for the weakness of this movie. 

The outside look of the ship was pretty unique and cool looking. My husband disagrees, but I thought the inside and some of the technology used on the ship was fun as well. 

Alright, on to the bad. 

My biggest issue with this film was that it felt like two different movies that they tried to combine into one. The trailer teased this as a romance, scifi action movie. The movie focused so long on the romance (almost 1.5 hours of the 2 hours mocie), that when things finally started getting interesting, it felt like the writers just threw a bunch of things in at the last minute to make it “exciting.”

I felt like there were moments when the writers added things to cover up plot holes. The ending was rushed and predictable. I barely cared about the characters (again, I don’t think that was Lawrence or Pratt’s fault…the story has to hold your interest as well as the actors). 

The other big issue I had was the over sexualized nature of it. There are two times that I can think of where you see Chris Pratt’s naked behind for no reason..it doesn’t move the plot forward, it just makes the girls in the audience swoon. 

The pace is very slow, like I stated earlier. After an hour of the two main characters (Spoiler alert…kind of) flirting, screwing, and being mad at each other, I felt myself wondering when the movie would actually become interesting. By the time the action started, I was already over the movie. 

Wrap up

Like I said, the movie wasn’t the worst thing I’ve seen…but I definitely won’t be buying the DVD and watching it over again. Which is such a shame given how excited I was to see it. I’m glad I didn’t see it in theaters and waited to rent it. 

RATING: 3/5 ☆
 That is all I have for you today. Let me know what you thought in the comments!

You can 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!

I hope you have a great rest of your week, I will write to you soon. 😊

Until next time –
Jessica