Thursday, 31 May 2018

{ Hallmark Movie Tag }


                { The Hallmark Movie Tag }


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Thanks for the tag Rebekah!!!

1) What's the best Hallmark Christmas Movie you've seen?
  I really liked Finding Father Christmas, it just had a fun Christmas feel to it. :D 


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2) What's the best Hallmark movie you've seen?
  Ohhhh, hmm. I haven't watched many Hallmark movies actually! But I really enjoyed The Shunning. It's a lot like the book but I just found it a good Hallmark movie. :D 


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3) What's your favorite Hallmark Movie Season?

Ohhh. I recently started watching Hallmark, but I've really liked the June Wedding Season so far! We'll see if Christmas beats it ;P
4)  The last Hallmark movie you saw?

The Perfect Bride. It was pretty good, but some parts of it were rather cheesy ;D The only reason I watched it was bc Rosemary and Lee from WCTH!!
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5) Have you ever decided to watch a Hallmark movie based off it's title?

                  Yep, Unleashing Mr. Darcy. I didn't finish it though, it was pretty cheesy. AND yes,Ii started it bc MR DARCY!


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6) Do you like Hallmark murder mysteries? If so, which one?

No, i haven't watched any  :D

7) Favorite Hallmark movie series?
OH! Definitely When Calls The Heart! It's just so GOOD! Thanks for convincing me to start watching it again, Rebekah! :D :D

8) A Hallmark movie that had you dying of laughter??
Hmmm. Once Upon A Prince was SOOOOO CORNY!!!! It definitely made me LOL.
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9) Is there a Hallmark movie out that you haven't seen yet, but would like to?

AHHHH YES! I want to watch Campfire Kiss and A Chance At Romance.
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       10) Whats your most anticipated Hallmark Movie?
   The second Perfect Bride Movie. :D

Thanks again Rebekah! I tag:



~Victoria




Monday, 28 May 2018

{ The Theory Of Happily Ever After, By Kristin Billerbeck }


Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m done. And that just ruined my view on contemporary books.

The Theory Of Happily Ever After, by Kristin Billerbeck.



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On Thursday, I got an email from Revell, saying...

"You must post your review on The Theory Of Happily Ever After before the 28th, Monday, Or you'll be kicked out of the program"

[Welllllll....it didn't exactly say that..... XD] 

Me: "WHAT!! I HAVEN"T EVEN STARTED IT YET!"
So i got down to reading it. 

From the back:

"According to Dr. Maggie Maguire, happiness is serious science, as serious as Maggie takes herself. But science can't always account for life's anomalies--for instance, why her fiancé dumped her for a silk-scarf acrobat and how the breakup sent Maggie spiraling into an extended ice cream-fueled chick flick binge.

Concerned that she might never pull herself out of this nosedive, Maggie's friends book her as a speaker on a "New Year, New You" cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Maggie wonders if she's qualified to teach others about happiness when she can't muster up any for herself. But when a handsome stranger on board insists that smart women can't ever be happy, Maggie sets out to prove him wrong. Along the way she may discover that happiness has far less to do with the head than with the heart.

Filled with memorable characters, snappy dialogue, and touching romance, Kristin Billerbeck's The Theory of Happily Ever After shows that the search for happiness may be futile--because sometimes happiness is already out there searching for you."
My Rating:
2.5 stars.

Things I disliked:  [Oh, boy. There's a lot.] 

Not necessary comments, such as: booty, a 'sexy dress', underwear, bikini's.
Mentions of boyfriends, guys falling at Haley's feet and she just brushes them off, Jake and Maggie broke up, many mentions of their breakup, 
Maggie was at a bar but only drinks sparkling water, Maggie jokes about drinking and alcohol.
Maggie says “don’t they know it’s five o’clock somewhere?” And “this crowd needs some beer goggles” many mentions of drinking and people getting drunk. 
Mentions of social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.
Uses of, 'oh my goodness', 'heck', many uses of ‘sexy’, one ‘holy cow’
Maggie kept her some things from her parents. 
So many mentions of bands and singers, such as Taylor Swift, Barry Manilow, (and his song, “Mandy”), Spice Girls, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Brittney Spears, And a few other songs. 
Maggie and her two friends go “speed-dating” as an event on the cruise ship. 
Mentions of brands such as, Louis Vuitton, Juicy Couture, mention that “Maggie couldn’t ever get used to the idea of having ‘Juicy’ plastered across her bum”, 
Many mentions of Hallmark. Mention of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ (TV show), Beauty and the Beast, 
Maggie kisses Sam on the cruise.

Things I Liked:
It started off very humorous! I wasn't sure what to think of it, but i found it a lot like Erynn Mangum's books and often found myself comparing them.  And Maggie and her love of Hallmark!
Maggie had a very interesting job and she was an author too! Its so nice to see a different job rather than the usual. I’ll admit it. I thought Maggie was kind of a disgusting couch potato sometimes. Ik Ik, I bet I’m like that at times but it was just so gross. She ate ice cream 24/7. She didn't want to wear a swimsuit bc her ice cream would show. etc. It just didn't seem necessary. 
Though, I was very disappointed to see this in the Christian Fiction world. Little faith content in the first 3/4 but the last quarter was so much better. 
At about 50 % through I really lost my interest so I basically just scanned through the rest and read some parts. I didn’t like Maggie kissing Sam on the cruise, I found that pretty dumb. A lot of mentions of people getting drunk and drinking. Maggie makes some very unwise choices that I didn’t like and I really lost my likeness of her!! I just wanted to tell her to smarten up! And mentions of When Calls The Heart—-Whoop whoop!!! I really liked the ending which bumped it up 1/2 star, which brings my rating to 2.5 stars. It just really wasn’t my cup of tea!

**I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review from Revell**{WHAT AN HONOR TO SAY THAT!!! ;D } 

Cya on Thursday with a fun tag!!
~Victoria

Saturday, 26 May 2018

{ Loving Grace by April Smith Blog Blitz }




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Welcome to the Loving Grace blog blitz and giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
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Title: Loving Grace
Author: April Smith
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Christian Fiction, Young Adult Romance
Grace Summer lands herself in a melon load of trouble when she becomes torn between the boy of her dreams and the boy almost next door. As the newly crowned Watermelon Queen, she is thrust into the spotlight, meets the dreamy Warren Hartley, and continues trying to get over an accident that rocked her world. Mix in working with Beau Baron who Grace happens to fight with just about as much as breathing and the metaphorical sparks fly. Like most things in life, Grace must learn to take the good with the bad. While the good is the handsome and fun Warren Hartley, the bad is Beau Baron—or at least being around his annoying and rude self way more than she would like. For Beau, Grace is nothing more than aggravating and an irritating reminder from the night of the accident. Tensions soar as Grace and Beau fight to love themselves and maybe, just maybe, each other.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
April Smith grew up spending summers working on her best friend’s family watermelon farm and she was one of those watermelon queens she writes about. She has her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching.
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GIVEAWAY
Ambassador International is giving away:

Grand Prize: (1) print copy of Loving Grace (US Only)
PLUS 4 more winners will receive an ebook copy of Loving Grace (open internationally, except where prohibited by law)
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight May 26, 2018 and last through 11:59pm June 2, 2018. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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Check out the schedule at JustRead for a full list of stops & more chances to win!


Thursday, 24 May 2018

{ Jane Austen, Bookish Confessions, and A New Schedule }




Hey everyone! I'm back again with a random-ish post! Enjoy!

First off, lets talk *sighhhhhh* JANE AUSTENNNNNN! While I haven't read a Jane Austen Novel, We'll be focusing specifically on the movies.

 Oh, the movies.*happy sigh*

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 {The BBC 2009 one!!} is the single most best-est Jane Austen Movie ever made! 


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With humor, regency, mystery, and a light touch of romance, it's the perfect four hr! The old one tho....*gag* The filming, the actors and actresses, and setting were spot on in 2009!! Don't you agree?? our TV series for a Friday Evening. Sadly, this one doesn't seem to be very popular!!!!

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**Pride & Prejudice....YES!**
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Pride and Prejudice. Wow. While I haven't watched the whole 1995 one (I might try it again sometime, but some of the actors were terrible.....) SORRY BUT COLIN FIRTH...*gag* The other day, I was chatting with some friends from Goodreads and there was a SERIOUS Jane Austen debate! Hahahaha, I'm pretty sure the 2008 Sense and Sensibility won and the 1995 (*gasp*) P&P won ;D The 2005 Pride and Prejudice is wonderful! I haven't watched it in quite awhile but the filming, the characters, and the storyline was FANTASTIC! 
                                           
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Now onto..........
    Bookish Confessions....XD

okay, okay. today we'll have three bookish confessions....

1. i don't read all my library books....I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO READ 15 LIBRARY BOOKS {PLUS MY OWN} A MONTH!!! I usually only read 3-5 library books a month--i prefer to read books i own, ;D

2. I guess I'm not a real reader...i can't read just anywhere! Usually on top of my decorative pillows on my bed or hanging upside down off my bed XD.

3. I can't force myself to read book! If i am not enjoying a book or can't get into it---i'll just set it down! Otherwise, I'll dread reading bc i'm not enjoying the book. ;)

Lastly......

           >>-The Schedule-<<

On Mondays's, I will have a book related post {book review, book haul, book recommendation, etc.}
On Thursday's, I will have a random post {monthly wrap-up, movie review, room tour, photo dump, recipe, or just talk about random things like this post!}
What would you like to see for random posts? What about for book related posts?? 
And occasionally, I will have a bonus/extra post, such as, if I'm part of a blog tour on a Wednesday instead of a Tuesday. ;D I'll start on Monday so see ya then! :D

Thanks for reading my super random post! Be prepared for bookish post on Tuesday!!!

Monday, 14 May 2018

Cover Love: New Releases.

Hey everyone! I've been seeing, Shantelle Mary, do some fabulous Cover Love posts and I thought it would be fun to join in!! This is going to be the New Release's Edition. :D

One of my favorite covers for New Releases, is The Orphans Wish by Melanie Dickerson---AH! IT's gorgeous, and the book was even better than the cover!!! I was so excited to get an Advanced Readers Copy from NetGalley, which you can still do ;D

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The Orphans Wish by Melanie Dickerson: Release Date: June 26, 2018.

Next up we have....The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall---my most anticipated book of 2018! AND GUESS WHAT!!!!!!!!! I HAVE A COPY IN MY HANDS RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!! Its soooo good and the cover is gorgeous. The Penderwicks is one series I could not live without. {Special thanks to my cousin who made me at least try to read them, and I am so thankful she did!!!!!!!!}



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The Penderwicks At Last by Jeanne Birdsall. Release Date: May 15th, 2018.


Next we have, THE SEA BEFORE US BY SARAH SUNDIN!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!! And isn't this cover gorg.?????

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The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin. Release Date: February 6th, 2018.


Last one! {For now} Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh! I LOVE this cover!! I have yet to read a Courtney Walsh book but this cover! *DRRROOLLLL*36840302
Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh. Release Date: June 5th 2018.

If you do a cover love post, I'd love to check it out!




~Victoria



Sunday, 6 May 2018

Tagged Yet Again! The Liebster Tag.

Shantelle Mary tagged me for the Liebster Tag, so I decided to do it with my sister, Amanda!


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What did you eat for your last meal? 
A. A muffin.....for breakfast. 
V. A hamburger for supper last night. Yes it is 11 o’clock this morning ;)

What is the best part of your average week? 
A. Piano lessons on Wednesday. And taking Pip on a walk! 
V. Hmm....usually going to the post office to see if any bookmail came in! 

What is the most amazing place you’ve been? 
A. Kananakis, And Banff in Alberta. 
V. Oh I don’t know! I haven’t traveled much but I did love camping last summer in Kananakis and Banff! 

One question your ask your favorite author?
A. Oh what is my favorite author.....ooh...Erynn Mangum? Umm....let’s see, how much coffee do you drink? As much as Lauren Holbrook? 
V. Robin Jones Gunn, of course! Will you be writing more books about Christy Miller Spencer and her group of friends and family? 

What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer? 
A. Swim! 
V. Go to a Bible camp, with one of my best friends, and visit my other best friends! 

Last new author you tried out? Did you like the book? 
A. Janice Thompson’s Salt Water Taffie, And NO! Cheesy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
V. I really don’t know, I think it was the Millie Keith books by Martha Finley revised by Kersten Hamilton! And yes, I ADORED that series! It was my favorite series EVER! Thanks for the wonderful recommendation Faith, Rebekah, and Shantelle!

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done? 
A. Told the Ferris wheel conductor to stop the Ferris Wheel! *lol*
V. I really don’t know! I’m not that adventurous XD. maybe jump in the deep end of a swimming pool when I couldn’t swim or something like that! Or gone on a really scary ride at an amusement park. 

A character trait you admire in others? 
A. Uhhhh I don’t know..
V. Not blowing out grumpiness in emails and texts, lol! I usually text depending on what mood I’m in and some people can text and email happily even when they’re grouchy >.< That's not really a character trait but whatever XD

What’s your favorite book genre to read? And what draws you to it? 

A. Contemporary definitely. Mmmm, because it’s realistic? I guess? 
V. Well, duh! Contemporary/Modern fiction of course! I think the light summery feel, draws me to it. And the easy plot, that doesn’t have too much historical detail. I also LOVE WWII fiction, AH! I find it so interesting to learn about Jews hiding, food and plastic rations in the United States, etc. 

What’s one book you wish more people knew about? 
A. *sigh* Lauren Holbrook!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
V. Ooh. Ooh. Ooh. I really wish more people read Millie Keith. That series is amazing and I love how Millie deals with slavery and such. Whoops that’s a series XD

Do you like to cook/bake? 
A. Cook or Bake? Nah. 
V. I do like baking so things. I don’t enjoy baking or cooking for more then 1 1/2 or 2 hours at a time though! 

Thanks for tagging us, Shantelle! You thought of some clever questions. 
11 Facts about Amanda: 
  1. I love cats!
  2. I wear cat headbands ALL the time.
  3. I love swimmin’! 
  4. I have never read a World War Two book. 
  5. Erynn Mangum is my favourite author! 
  6. I’m super picky about books. 
  7. I have worn glasses for about a year. 
  8. I’ve been to a Bible camp twice.
  9. My fave kind of chocolate is Cookies and Cream. 
  10. My favourite song is A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman. 
  11. I love scrambled eggs and make them almost every day for lunch!

11 Facts about Victoria: 
  1. I have read 70 books this year so far, which im super excited about! I only read about 140 last year so im excited to beat that.
  2. I hate milk. 
  3. I bottle feed calves and we currently have three.
  4. I spend too much on books, but I can’t bear to pay full price for books so thrift stores and used bookstores it is! 
  5. Some of my favourite blogs are Rebekah Ashleigh, Firefly’s Story Space, Shantelle Mary, and Reflections Of The Heart. 
  6. I love When Calls The Heart and can’t wait for Season Six! 
  7. I am a Road-To-Avonlean (Made that up, LOL!), and I have watched EVERY episode multiple times, that show is amazing!!!!! 
  8. I actually never read in the afternoon! Always morning or evening. 
  9. I broke one pair of glasses lenses a few times after they cracked and I had to go on a trip without glasses so I was sick the whole time. Never again! XD
  10. I can’t stand Kindle or Ebooks—Only read when forced! 
  11. I really like Country music but I can’t listen while I read or I’ll get distracted and sing along, true, true.
Thanks for reading!
I'm going to tag Micah Alice & Everything!
My Questions are:
1. Favorite historical read?
2. Least favorite month?
3. Weird fact about yourself?
4. What age did you start reading?
5. Jane Austen, yay or nay?
6. How many books have you boughten this year so far?

Bye fo real!
~Victoria