The Television Files: Daredevil (Season One)

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Network: Netflix Original Series
Season One: April 10, 2015

"The first in a planned series of shows detailing the Marvel universe, "Daredevil" follows Matt Murdock, attorney by day and vigilante by night. Blinded in an accident as a child, Murdock uses his heightened senses as Daredevil, fighting crime on the streets of New York after the sun goes down. His efforts are not welcomed by powerful businessman Wilson Fisk -- aka Kingpin -- and others whose interests collide with those of Daredevil. Though Murdock's day job portrays a man who believes in the criminal justice system, his alter ego suggests otherwise, as he takes the law into his own hands to protect his Hell's Kitchen neighborhood and the surrounding communities."


I went in watching Daredevil on Netflix with no prior knowledge of Daredevil's backstory, I hadn't even heard of the comics. If I'm being honest I only decided to watch it because I saw that Marvel was involved in making it. I love Marvel's superhero movies so I definitely wanted to give Daredevil a try. I also loved Netflix's original series Orange is the New Black so that was another reason why I decided to check this series out. 

I really fell for the show about halfway through the season, which is only 13 episodes. I felt the beginning of the season was a bit slow. There's just so many characters that you're learning about that it kind of strayed away from Matt, who's Daredevil, quite a bit. 

Something that I found both interesting, yet sometimes annoying, was how you're able to get into the lives of a lot of different characters: the villains, Matt's friends and of course Matt too. I really wish there was more Matt in the story, I felt like I knew more about Fisk than I did about Matt. 

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I was so happy to see that Deborah Ann Woll is in this! I loved her as Jessica in True Blood and I adore her as Karen Page in this too! Charlie Cox, plays Matt Murdock/ Dardevil and Elden Hensen plays Foggy Nelson, Matt's best friend. I really loved the friendship between the two characters. The give and take they have with one another can be really hilarious at times. Rosario Dawson plays a badass nurse, I really hope we get to see more about her character in season two!

The villain of the season was Wilson Fisk/ Kingpin and he definitely freaked me out! He's one of those villains with a well-developed backstory and he genuinely believes he is doing the right thing. I thought Vincent D'Onofrio did such an amazing job playing this character! I felt sympathy for him sometimes, but then he'd do something completely insane and then I'd remember why he's considered the bad guy. 

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Even though I thought Daredevil had a slow start, I really enjoyed the second part of the first season. I loved the well developed characters, interesting backstories and the setting of Hell's Kitchen. I'm so happy that it got renewed for a second season on Netflix, I'll definitely be eagerly awaiting season two! 



Author Interview: Susane Colasanti (City Love)

Published: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives.

Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he be the one?

Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources. Moving to New York City is just another adventure for her. Darcy wants this summer to be all about boy adventures—nothing serious. But how much fun is too much?

Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC so she can put her past behind her and reinvent herself. The only thing standing in her way is the grand total of seventy-three cents she has saved. Then she meets a guy who wants to show her the glamorous side of New York—a side that she would never get to experience on her own. If Rosanna doesn't resist, she may find herself in city love.

Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl's life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once . . . in a way it will never be again.
I was lucky enough to get an interview with the amazing Susane Colasanti about her new book, City Love! Don't forget to check out Susane's Twitter to stay up to date on everything Susane Colasanti.

-What are three words that best describe CITY LOVE?
Realistic, passionate, hopeful

-The book is told from three different points of view: Darcy, Sadie and Rosanna. Was there a character that you connected with most?
I’ve actually identified with each girl at different points in my life!

Rosanna was a lot like me in college. We both knew that New York City was our true home. One of my biggest dreams was to live in New York City where I could create a shiny new life and be the best version of myself. Putting myself through college and grad school (as Rosanna is doing) was not easy in one of the most expensive cities. There’s a scene in CITY LOVE where Rosanna is at the ATM and discovers that she only has 73 cents left in her account. That totally happened to me. It was such a scary, stressful experience that I knew I had to include it in this book.

Sadie is all about warm fuzzies and random acts of kindness. She radiates positive energy. She does not hesitate to open a door or reach a can on a high shelf for someone who can’t. Sadie is my role model. I want to be her when I grow up.

The girl I’m most different from is Darcy. She’s a wild child having fun and not worrying about tomorrow. But one thing Darcy and I have in common is a desire to be in the Now. Darcy is zipping through life at such a hectic pace that she’s trying this new thing where she stops to just be. I frequently have to remind myself to slow down, breathe, and fully experience the moment before it’s gone.

-The girls are spending their summer before college in New York City. Have you ever been to New York City? If so, do you have a favorite part?
New York City has been my home for almost twenty years. New York was, and always will be, my first city love. I’m originally from Middle of Nowhere, New Jersey. My hometown is a rural area that felt excruciatingly remote and isolated when I was a teen. I couldn’t wait to live in a big city one day where things were happening! My love for New York grew as I did, and I was finally able to move here when I started grad school at NYU. My favorite neighborhood is the West Village, where the CITY LOVE girls live and where I lived for nine years. The energy of that area makes me feel alive in a way no other place can. I tried to capture that amazing energy in this trilogy.

-Darcy, Sadie and Rosanna are on the verge of potentially having the best summer of their lives. What was the best summer of your life?
The same summer in CITY LOVE! The summer before college freaking ruled. High school was finally over. I was free of the haters, the bullies, the small-minded kids who tormented me for years because I was different. High school was the worst time of my life. I counted down the days until it was over. That summer after high school felt like an enormous weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I no longer felt like an outsider among strangers. I felt like someone who was about to find her place in the world. Fortunately, New York City welcomes every type of person with open arms. I found my people here and built my real family.

-While writing CITY LOVE did you have a playlist? If so, could you share a few songs that were on it?
Absolutely! Like my eight previous teen novels, CITY LOVE has a playlist you can find on my website, susanecolasanti.com. “Rewind” by Stereophonics, “Titanium” by Sia, and “Night Changes” by One Direction were among the top picks. And of course “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys and “Welcome to New York” by Taylor Swift have to be included, too.



Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You, Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, Keep Holding On, All I Need, Now and Forever, and the City Love trilogy. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York City.




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Review: Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

Received copy from publisher for review.
Published: March 17, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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One girl. Two stories. Meet Fiona Doyle. The thick ridges of scar tissue on her face are from an accident twelve years ago. Fiona has notebooks full of songs she’s written about her frustrations, her dreams, and about her massive crush on beautiful uber-jock Trent McKinnon. If she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his beautiful blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to play or sing any of her songs in public. But something’s changing in Fiona. She can’t be defined by her scars anymore.

And what if there hadn’t been an accident? Meet Fi Doyle. Fi is the top-rated female high school lacrosse player in the state, heading straight to Northwestern on a full ride. She’s got more important things to deal with than her best friend Trent McKinnon, who’s been different ever since the kiss. When her luck goes south, even lacrosse can’t define her anymore. When you’ve always been the best at something, one dumb move can screw everything up. Can Fi fight back?

Hasn’t everyone wondered what if? In this daring debut novel, Moriah McStay gives us the rare opportunity to see what might have happened if things were different. Maybe luck determines our paths. But maybe it’s who we are that determines our luck.

I absolutely love this book, it's a new all time favorite! Going into the book I was worried that Fiona was going to be more of a 'pity me' type story and Fi was going to be this fairy tale version, but it totally was NOT that at all. Both versions of the main character's story are inspiring, brave, honest and raw.

I immediately fell in love with Fiona's humor and personality. Fi took a bit to grow on me, but I think that was a super important part of the story. Throughout the book you can so clearly see both versions of the character grow.

I adored the sibling relationship between Ryan and Fi/Fiona's. It was interesting to see the changes and similarities in their relationship between the two versions of Fi/Fiona. Even though there were differences, you could still see how much they loved and cared for each other.

The book really focuses on the lives of Fi and Fiona, but there's also some cute boys thrown into the mix. I think there was the perfect amount of love interests without taking away from the importance of the main characters' stories.

Amazing Quote:
"I live with my parents, play for a terrible lacrosse team, take classes I don't care about. I'm just barely treading water here!" 
"So grab a vest, Fi."



Everything That Makes You talked about the big 'what if' of life and how it can change in an instant. Moriah McStay transported me into Fi/Fiona's world with her beautiful writing and amazing storytelling. The story is relatable, memorable and just all out incredible. Everything That Makes You is an innovative coming of age story that demands to be read. I highly recommend!


**I received this book for review from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Author Interview: Moriah McStay (Everything That Makes You)


 Published: March 17, 2105
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

One girl. Two stories. Meet Fiona Doyle. The thick ridges of scar tissue on her face are from an accident twelve years ago. Fiona has notebooks full of songs she’s written about her frustrations, her dreams, and about her massive crush on beautiful uber-jock Trent McKinnon. If she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his beautiful blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to play or sing any of her songs in public. But something’s changing in Fiona. She can’t be defined by her scars anymore.

And what if there hadn’t been an accident? Meet Fi Doyle. Fi is the top-rated female high school lacrosse player in the state, heading straight to Northwestern on a full ride. She’s got more important things to deal with than her best friend Trent McKinnon, who’s been different ever since the kiss. When her luck goes south, even lacrosse can’t define her anymore. When you’ve always been the best at something, one dumb move can screw everything up. Can Fi fight back?

Hasn’t everyone wondered what if? In this daring debut novel, Moriah McStay gives us the rare opportunity to see what might have happened if things were different. Maybe luck determines our paths. But maybe it’s who we are that determines our luck.

I absolutely love Everything That Makes You, it's a new all time favorite of mine! I was so happy to be able to interview the amazing author behind the book, Moriah McStay! (I'm seriously fan-girling right now!!) *breathe* Okay, onto the interview!


-What are three words that best describe Everything That Makes You?
What if and boys.

-The book has such an original concept by giving two stories to the main character. What inspired you to write Fi and Fiona’s story?
I wanted to write this story a long time. Like Fiona, I was in an accident as a child. It wasn’t nearly as bad as Fiona’s, but my right eye was badly damaged, so it looked very different than my left. You could tell. I got lots of questions, couldn’t play contact sports, had to wear big glasses. As I got older, I wondered what parts of my personality changed because of that freak accident. Or maybe none did.
In college, I engaged in this "what if" conversation with friends, and everyone had at least one moment of their own. Maybe not an accident, but an incident in school. A sick parent. A move from one city to another. I thought it’d be cool to write a book about it. So eventually (many, many years later) I did!

-Who do you connect most with, Fi or Fiona?
At first, I identified more with Fiona. I think approached Fi—the one “without any problems”-- with the same assumptions lots of us have about people who look whole from the outside. Without much empathy. But once I realized Fi had her own issues, I connected with her more. Now, I see parts of me in both. For example, I’m creative like Fiona, but not painfully shy. And while I’m not a jock like Fi, I am pretty competitive.

-Fiona is an extremely talented songwriter and guitarist. Fi is the best lacrosse player in the state. Other than writing, do you have any special talents?
This isn’t a talent—more a personality trait—but I’m pretty active. I do yoga and exercise a lot. I love the outdoors, and drag my family on day hikes whenever they’ll let me. That’s about all I have time for right now, with three teenage daughters and some books to write!

-Fiona and her group of friends hang out at a coffee shop called the Otherlands. Do you have an awesome coffee shop like the Otherlands or a cool place you go to hangout?
I have Otherlands! It’s real, and about a mile from my house. I wrote most of ETMY there. The chairs really are terrible.

-Did you have a playlist while writing EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU? If so, could you share a few songs that were on it?
I listened to a lot of singer-songwriter alt while writing, since that’s what Fiona would like. Some songs I kept coming back to:
Fix you by Coldplay
Song for Zula by Phosphorescent
7 Layers by Dotan
Winds of Change by Vance Joy

We Made a Mountain by The Mynabirds is a song I think Fiona and Fi would play for each other, if they could



Moriah McStay grew up in Memphis, TN, where she acquired a come-and-go drawl and a lifelong love of cowboy boots and fried pickles. She attended Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Two graduate degrees and seven jobs later, she finally figured out what she wants to be when she grows up.
EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU is her first novel, and she's probably at home right now working on another one. 

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April Wrap Up 2015


I read three books in the first week of April and three books during the last week of April. The middle of the month was filled with making pocket letters and watching Daredevil on Netflix. 
I truly didn't think I read six books this month, I'm pretty pleased with that number! I definitely have to give credit to Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon because that definitely got me out of my reading slump. I came out of April with a new favorite, Everything That Makes You and I'm still in total awe over how amazing it was. I'll be interviewing Moriah McStay, author of Everything That Makes You, this month! 

Books Read
1. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
2. Fallen Too Far (Too Far #1) by Abbi Glines
3. Yes Please by Amy Poehler  
4. Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School #1) by Jen Calonita
5. Hit (Hit #1) by Delilah S. Dawson
6. Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

I read two new adult books, a memoir, a middle grade and two young adult books. I love how diverse the genres were for me this month, I usually just stick to young adult. I also put my Kindle to good use, I read three books on it in April. 

Reviews Posted
1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
2. Wait For You by J. Lynn
3. Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School #1) by Jen Calonita

For May I'm planning on reading City Love by Susane Colasanti. I was also lucky enough to get an interview with Susane so that will go up this month too. I'm hoping to read Unteachable by Leah Raeder in May. I got this book as a birthday gift from the totally awesome Briana and I can't wait for one of our book talks!

Stacking the Shelves: April 2015

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Review:
-The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) by Jodi Medows
-Etherworld (Elusion #2) by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
-Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay (Author Interview coming this month!)
-Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook
-Wrong About the Guy by Claire LaZebnik
-Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy
-Encore to An Empty Room (Exile #2) by Kevin Emerson
-City Love by Susan Colasanti (Author Interview coming this month!)
-Invincible by Amy Reed 
A big thank you to HarperTeen and Katherine Tegen Books!

-Hit (Hit #1) by Delilah S. Dawson (My Review)
Thank you so much for Simon Pulse!

Gift:
-Unteachable by Leah Raeder
A huge thank you to the totally awesome Briana from Bree's Books! I can't wait to read this one!

Bought:
-Yes Please by Amy Poehler 


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Review: Hit by Delilah S. Dawson

Received copy from publisher for review.
Published: April 15, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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NO ONE READS THE FINE PRINT.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own.

Since yarn bombing is the only rebellion in Patsy's past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren't strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy's list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.

I know I'm not going to like every book I read and unfortunately Hit falls into that category. I thought the concept of a teenage bounty hunter was awesome, but it just didn't come across well in the book.

The main character, Pasty Klein (yes, that's really her name) is given the option to either become a bounty hunter for Valor (once a bank, but now it's the new United States) or she and her mother will be killed because they have outstanding credit card debt. Now, I have absolutely no idea why Valor all of a sudden decided to collect money from their clients, from what I can remember that was never clearly stated in the book.

I truly didn't like the characters. The main character killed a lot of people and I just didn't really respect her as a heroine or understand her decisions. I felt that death/murder was taken very lightly and I wasn't really into that.

I found the romance to be insane. Patsy and Wyatt's relationship felt inappropriate at times because of the deadly situation they were in.


I know this is a first book in a series so all the questions can't be answer, but there was just so much left unanswered. Most of the time I felt confused and, if I'm honest, just bored. I really wanted to like this yarn-bombing bounty hunter's story, but it just wasn't for me. I won't be continuing on with the series when the next book, Strike, comes out in March of 2016.


**I received this book for review from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.