Bombshell Book Review

My content warnings:

  • Hospital scenes/hospitalization
  • Cheating 

My biases:

  • Can’t stand overt, blatant, and obvious rudeness

#1 in Hell’s Belles

Read: August 29, 2021

Star Rating (of 5): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

  • One main qualm and it didn’t hit the way I wanted emotionally 

Enjoyment 🤗: 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

  • Action-packed and smutty 👍🏽 (right spelling?)

Heat 🔥: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • ❤️ Sesily & Caleb FOREVER 

Content warnings: 🤷🏽‍♀️

Prevalent Tropes: Forbidden romance, Only 1 bed 🛌 

Tropes I like! 😍

  1. Caregiving/sick bed
  2. Fake Dating 
  3. Friends to lovers
  4. Found family
  5. Single parent
  6. Bodyguard 
  7. Marriage of convenience 
  8. Disability rep
  9. Forced proximity 
  10. Wallflower 
  11. Bookish heroine
  12. Only 1 bed 🛏
  13. Teaching 🏫 
  14. Roadtrip Romance 

How it’s used…

Sesily Talbot is Caleb Calhoun’s business partner and friend. He shouldn’t but he did find her attractive 😏 

Smutty times 😋:

  • 12: Cupboard 
  • 16: Groundskeeper’s cottage
  • 20: At Sesily’s place 😏
  • Epilogue – off page

3-word Summary: What to do?!

Representation: 🤷🏽‍♀️

POV: Dual 3rd person

Thoughts 💭:

  • Best friends’s siblings
  • Being loud and proud

Movie/show rec: Charlie’s Angels but Sarah MacLean was inspired by A-team 🤷🏽‍♀️

Bombshell Reading Blog

Check-ins/Updates:

Before I begin:

There was buzz for this book, I already knew some stuff 🤔 Like the book occurs in the Victorian era. It’s about a girl gang 👏🏽 Sesily appeared first in Day Of The Duchess. Love Sesily’s ferocity 👏🏽

Monday: Sesily – Chapter 4

This section provided a good introduction to the story 👏🏽 But it’s not overly complex either 😂 Rereading They Of The Duchess too, gotta admit – it’s hitting harder the 2nd time around! Befitting for a 2nd chance romance 😂

Tuesday: Chapters 5 – 9

Things are amping up 👏🏽 We had a brawl, 1 bed situation, and a reveal already 😂 Already prevalent in the story – a forbidden love ❤️ Caleb is trying to resist but is finding Sesily irresistible 😂 We were already teased Peck and Imogen 👏🏽 but Adalaide and the Duke of Clayborn too?! This series looks to be a lot of fun 😂♥️😍

Wednesday: Chapters 10 – 15

Coleford a major marker for me for them 😂 I feel like it majorly helped their relationship along 👏🏽 The scene in the cupboard was 🥵 🔥 and 😂. The Duchess coming upon them settled them down. Highley 😍 Felt like it showed a new side and dynamic in their relationship, giving them an opportunity to have a honest conversation, showing a side of them no one knows 🤫

Thursday: Chapters 16 – 19

Sex scene was 🔥 and gratifying to read 🤗 Admittedly, I was a chapter behind but glad I got to read it in ebook form, on my kindle (so I can highlight 😋). Caleb’s actions afterwards hurt (especially for Sesily) but I can’t help but wonder, why 🤷🏽‍♀️? What past pain does he have? That’s never an excuse for abandonment but I can’t disregard the insight that’ll provide. But him leaving the country?! So soon?! I’m hurt 😢 for her. Feeling abandoned sucks. 👎 Mystery behind and around Caleb 🤔 Loved seeing Caleb confide in Sesily ❤️ Hopefully 🙏🏾🤞🏽 this carriage ride heats up 🔥😂

Friday: Chapters 20 – Epilogue

Invitation into Talbot house 🏡😂 Their love making was 🥵 🔥. I understand his fear but, at the same time, don’t feel it’s enough of a reason to leave a girl as capable as Sesily behind. It’s kind of eerie, Duchess’ timing 🤔 I love their friendship though! Caleb turns himself in 👮‍♀️😱. Imogen seeks out Detective Inspecter Peck 😋.The scene with Coleford felt anticlimactic. I think there needed to be more build up to Caleb’s story, the conclusion was fast.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 1/7

Watched with my partner’s sister again 😍

Note: No longer FREE on Peacock 😢 Good thing I have them on DVD 😋

Watched: August 31, 2021

Duration: 2 hours 26 minutes

Rotten Tomatos 🍅 Rating:

77% 🍅 

Star Rating (of 5):

  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    • Very action-packed

Enjoyment 🤗: 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

  • Move Harry 😱
  • Wedding crashers

Heat 🔥: 🔥🔥

  • Kissing 😘 

Book to movie/show 🍿 : 👍🏽

Content warnings: Death of a loved one 🥰, orphan

The set-up:

Note: Not including as much of the plot. I struggle with names and places myself, so that’s what I’ll emphasize 😉

Key 🔑 players:

  • Harry Potter
  • Ron Weasly – Harry’s best friend, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix
  • Hermione Granger – Harry’s best friend, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Albus Dumbledore – Hogwarts Headmaster, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Severus Snape – Hogwarts Potions Master 👨‍🏫, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Mad-Eye Moody – former Defense of the Dark Arts professor 👨‍🏫 at Hogwarts, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Remus Lupin – – former Defense of the Dark Arts professor 👨‍🏫 at Hogwarts, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Tonks – 🪄 Order of the Phoenix, Lupin’s wife
  • Rubeus Hagrid – Hogwarts Care of Magical Creatures Professor 👨‍🏫, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • McGonagall – Hogwarts Transfigurations Professor 👩‍🏫 , 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Mrs. Molly Weasly – Ron’s mom, Harry’s best friend, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix
  • Mr. Arthur Weasly – Ron’s dad, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Ginny Weasly – Ron’s sister, Harry’s girlfriend 
  • Fred Weasly – Ron’s brother, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • George Weasly – Ron’s brother, 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Draco Malfoy – Slytherin
  • Crabbe – Slytherin
  • Goyle – Slytherin
  • Rufus Scrimjour – Minister of Magic 🪄 
  • Pius Thicknesse – Ministry of Magic 🪄
  • Dolores Umbridge – Ministry of Magic 🪄
  • Kingsley Shacklebolt – Ministry of Magic 🪄, Order of the Phoenix 
  • Bill Weasley – 🪄 Order of the Phoenix 
  • Mundungus Fletcher – 🪄Pickpocket
  • Dobby – former Malfoy house elf, “saves” Harry multiple times 
  • Kreacher – Black house elf

Notable places 🌎:

  • Hogwarts – School 🏫 of 🧙‍♀️ Witchcraft and Wizardry
  • London, England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 

Horcruxes:

  • Diary
  • Locket
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3-word Summary: Hunt for horcruxes

Thoughts 💭:

  • Unfinished business
  • Loyalty 🤔

Crazy Rich Asians Watching Blog

Rewatching early in the morning 😏 Movie based on the novel by Kevin Kwan of the same name. The series “Crazy Rich Asians” includes China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. That means there are 3 published full-length novels and a movie 🍿👏🏽

Love rewatching and rereading (as you know 😂). Rewatching/rereading doesn’t require too much attention 🤗

Try to focus on movies 🍿 /shows that are bookish 📖

Find bookish media the most enjoyable 👏🏽

Watched: August 29, 2021

Duration: 2 hours 1 minute

Rotten Tomato 🍅 Rating: 90%

Star Rating (of 5): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book to movie/show 🍿 : 👍🏽

Pretty comparable 👍🏽

Enjoyment 🤗: 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

Heat 🔥: 🔥🔥

  • Wholesome – Kissing 😘

Rewatchable?: Y

  • Love the movie 🍿 snd the books 📚

Content warnings: 🤷🏽‍♀️

The Set Up

Note: Not including as much of the plot. I struggle with names and places myself, so that’s what I’ll emphasize 😉

Key 🔑 Players

Nicolas “Nicky” Young – male protagonist

Rachel Chu – female protagonist, economics professor at NYU

Colin Koh- Nick’s best friend, Araminta’s fiance

Araminta – Colin’s fiance, family owns resorts

Astrid Liang – Nick’s cousin

Micheal – Astrid’s spouse

Alister Liang – Nick’s cousin

Eddie Liang – Nick’s cousin

Ollie – Nick’s cousin

Eleanor Young – Nick’s mom

Peik Lin – Rachel’s college friend

Important Places 🌎

New York (NYU) – where Nick and Rachel met, where Nick and Rachel live

Singapore – Nick’s birthplace, site of Koh wedding 👰

3-word Summary: Crazy Rich Asians

Thoughts 💭:

Meant as points of discussion

  • Wealth

Feel more comfortable doing these! 👏🏽 Feel like I found their identity 😁

Beyond The Highland Mist Book Review

My content warnings:

  • Hospital scenes/hospitalization
  • Cheating 

My biases:

  • Can’t stand overt, blatant, and obvious rudeness

#1 in Highlander

Read: August 8, 2021

Star Rating (of 5): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Enjoyment 🤗: 🤗🤗🤗🤗

Heat: 🔥🔥🔥

Content warnings: 🤷🏽‍♀️

Prevalent Tropes: Time travel, Enemies to lovers

Tropes I like! 😍

  1. Caregiving/sick bed
  2. Fake Dating 
  3. Friends to lovers
  4. Found family
  5. Single parent
  6. Bodyguard 
  7. Marriage of convenience 
  8. Disability rep
  9. Forced proximity 
  10. Wallflower 
  11. Bookish heroine
  12. Only 1 bed 🛏
  13. Teaching 🏫 
  14. Road Trip Romance 

How it’s used…

Addrienne is taken from the future to the past

Smutty times 😋:

  • 25 – The truth is out
  • 28: Pre-wedding tup off page
  • Epilogue: Nursery

Might have lost track 🤦🏼‍♀️😂 Overall, not too explicit

3-word Summary: Future meets past 🥰

Representation: Scottish

POV: Dual 3rd person

Thoughts 💭:

  • Violence against women 
  • Madness as a way to freedom
  • Public humiliation 
  • Wanting whos you Cant have
  • Scary 😟 men

Movie/show rec: Outlander (time travel)

Beyond The Highland Mist Reading Blog

Check-ins/Updates:

Before I begin:

Definitely gives me outlander vibes 😬 Glad to see it published 2007 because I know the 90s can be problematic .

Took the time to properly set up my reading notes 📝👏🏽

Monday: Beltane – Chapter 7

This book took a while to get my attention but it got it! Feel like the story picked up after Adrienne travels back in time 😉 Not a fan of the violence displayed against women. After learning more of Hawk, he’s more than what he seems. 🤔 Already get good vibe between Lydia-Addrienne ♥️ I have a feeling we’ll love their relationship

Tuesday: Chapters 8 – 14

Hawk is endearingly playful 😂😍 and wants Adrienne. Still getting to know more about Hawk 🤔 Hawk grows to care for Adrienne more and more. Adrienne poisoned 😱 ☠️ Learn some things 🤔 1) Hawk cares for Adrienne immensely 2) The court fool is Adam. Adam re-enters conveniently. Hawk has choices 🤔 Appropriate responses by Addrienne, finding herself naked in a room with Adam. 😂 Part of me feels Hawk wanra Adrienne out of the challenge she provides 😏 The truth of Adrienne revealed 😱 Major mistake deopping Adam’s name then 😂 Olivia will spicw things up 😂

Wednesday: Chapters 15 -21

Hawk makes Adrienne jealous. Adrienne makes Hawk jealous 👏🏽 Adrienne drunk but Hawk wants her consent. Then Olivia comes back in, tells of Hawk’s past. 😱 Forge fire 🔥 burns the black queen 👸 Adam, King 🤴Finnbheara pull Addrienne through time 🕰 Story is still bonkers but it’s enjoyable 👏🏽 For me, I think it’s because I like Hawk 👍🏽 I also feel his character has changed the most 👏🏽 From an aloof player to a sensitive, in-love man ❤️

Thursday: Chapters 22 – 28

Relieved the truth about Esmerelda is coming out so soon 👏🏽 Oftentimes, that fact would be painstakenly prolonged. Interesting reveal Rushka was Esmerelda’s father 🤔 Addrienne’s response to finding out what Esmerelda did ✅ Addrienne and Lydia trying to find out Addrienne’s time traveling triggers 🤔 Hawk and Addrienne progress 👏🏽 Hawk believes Addrienne time traveled from the future 🤔 Feel Samkain is the 3rd act conflict.

Friday: Chapters 29 – Epilogue

Interesting how within each chapter there’s a part in Addrienne’s perspective and a part in Hawk’s perspective 👏🏽 It’s subtle but there. Spicy 🌶 Adam came to the wedding, moonlight Samkain festival nuptial 😍 3rd act conflict – worst than Hawk imagined?! This section was less action-packed but I feel it was needed. Thought fitting Addrienne went back in time, are wedded, and receive the Queen’s protection 🤗 But wasn’t that resolution too sudden? +Enjoyed Lydia & Tavis’ arc, would have loved seeing more of it 👏🏽

End of book 📖

Overall, felt the story was full. Dragged a bit after Addrienne was poisoned, but I was content overall. There were magical monents but didn’t take over the story.

Kissing Booth 3 Watching Blog

Watched with my sister and goddaughter 🤗

Watched: August 23, 2021

Duration: 1 hours 53 minutes

Star Rating (of 5): ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Summer Bucket 🪣 List 
    • Mario cart
    • Flash mob
  • Time jump – 6 years later

Enjoyment 🤗: 🤗🤗🤗🤗

Rewatchable?: Y*

  • If watching the whole series 

Content warnings: Death of a loved one

The players:

  • Noah Flynn – male protagonist, Harvard Pre-Med, Elle’s boyfriend, Lee’s older brother
  • Elle Evans – female protagonist, graduating senior, Noah’s girlfriend, Lee’s best friend, Rachel’s friend 
  • Lee Flynn – Elle’s best friend, Noah’s brother, Rachel’s boyfriend, UC Berkeley bound
  • Rachel – Lee’s girlfriend, Elle’s friend, going to Rhode Island School of Design
  • Cloe – Noah’s college friend 
  • Marco – Fellow HS senior, crushing on Elle

Notable places:

  • LA Beach House – Summer hang out
  • UC Berkeley – “Dream” college
  • Harvard – Where Noah goes

The set-up:

  • Note: May not be in order. Watched the movie multiple times 
  • Post graduation 👩‍🎓 
  • Elle ❤️ Noah & Noah ❤️ Elle
    • Move in together 
  • Summer ☀️ Beach 🏖 House
  • UCB or Harvard
    • Elle chooses Harvard
  • Summer Bucket 🪣 List
  • The return of Marco
  • Chloe visits
  • Mario cart race
  • Ashton – Lee’s new Berkeley friend 
  • Brad – Elle’s brother
  • Linda – Elle’s dad’s girlfriend 
  • Race day
    • Marco as Wario
  • Flash mob
  • Noah confiding in Chloe and Elle confiding in Marco
  • Noah finds out about Berkeley 
  • 4th of July and Marco comes
  • Elle misses last DDR session 
  • Rachel overhears Elle-Noah break
  • Elle goes to USC
  • Flynn’s keep the beach house
  • Noah’s “don’t forget me”
  • Lee leaves 🥲
  • 6 years later: Lee and Rachel getting married, Elle and Noah return to the kissing 😘 booth

3-word Summary: Adulting is hard

Thoughts 💭:

  • Leaving the past behind
  • Unrequited love ❤️‍🩹
    • Marco
  • Growing up but not growing apart (Elle & Lee’s case)

Harry Potter (HP) And The Half-Blood Prince 6

Watched with my partner’s brother, sister again, and my partner 😍

Note: No longer FREE on Peacock 😢 Good thing I have them on DVD 😋

Watched: August 13, 2021

Duration: 2 hours 33 minutes

Star Rating (of 5): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Rewatchability: Y

Content warnings: Death of a loved one 🥰, orphan

The set-up:

Note: Will not be so detailed. Want to enjoy 😉

  • London bridge 🌁 collapse
  • Horace Sluggorn – New Hogwarts Potions master
  • Narcissa Malfoy, Severus Snape, and unbreakable vow
  • Taking potion unexpectedly 
    • Half Blood Prince’s book 📕 
  • Lessons with Dumbledore
    • Tom Riddle meeting 
  • Katie Bell cursed 😱
  • Skin 🥰
  • Slug club dinner 
    • McCormick
    • The shelf 👏🏽
  • Vanishing cabinet 🗄 
  • Sluggorn’s Tom memory
    • Horcruxes
  • Ron poisoned 😱 
    • Bezoar
  • Draco has the 1nd vanishing cabinet 🗄 
  • Harry uses “Sectumsempra”
  • Sluggorn’s real memory
    • 7 horcruxes
  • Horcrux hunting 
    • Diary ✅ 
    • Locket in the cave 😱
  • Draco, Dumbledore, Harry 🤫, Bellatrix, Greyback, Snape on the Bell Tower
    • Snape kills Dumbledore 🪦 
  • Snap is the Half-Blood Prince 😱
  • R.A.B.

Note: Some details may be missing. I got caught watching 😂

3-word Summary: So many feelings…

Thoughts 💭:

  • Infamy
  • Introducion to horcrux hunting. (The final leg)

Life Update 8/22/21

Mood: Can’t complain 😄

Currently Reading: Beyond The Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning then continue with Secrets Of A Summer’s Night by Lisa Kleypas

Walk it out: PT this week 👏🏽 Still walking 🚶🏽‍♀️ everyday*

Events I’m excited for:

Exciting weekend!

Nephew’s 16th birthday 🥳

Friends’ baby shower

Grandma’s 90th birthday 🥳

Funny story 😂:

Last week took this out 😂 Not everyone finds what I find funny to be funny

Something good:

Things are feeling *normal again (only with masks 😷😂)