T.V. Shows

Tangled: The Series Season 1 | Review

So Tangled is one of my favorite Disney movies and since I’m utter Disney trash, I needed to see what the T.V. show was all about. Tangled: The Series was getting many positive reviews much to my surprise, but trust me when I say that it is well deserved. I was a bit hesitant that it wouldn’t include the themes of the movie that I loved, but I was proven wrong. This T.V. show has the best balance of humor, character growth, an interesting plot and well developed relationships. Tangled: The Series also gave me major Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra (AKA the most iconic animated T.V. shows of all time) nostalgia. In general, this show was truly a pleasant surprise and I could absolutely see it moving on to become a great T.V. show. Also, yes I am aware it’s a children’s cartoon, but I could care less about the intended audience.

Spoiler Free Review:

The T.V. show takes place in the two year time period between the movie Tangled and Rapunzel and Eugene’s marriage in the short film, Tangeld Ever After. There is a movie that takes place before the first episode of the show called Before Ever After which explains how Rapunzel got back her blonde hair which you can watch if you like. I didn’t watch it yet and I still understood what was going on so I don’t think it’s necessary. Essentially, Rapunzel touches these mysterious black rocks that have been popping up all throughout Corona and it turns her hair back into blonde and it’s basically indestructible.

The show is a lot lighter than the movie, so there isn’t too much intensity at this point in the story. The plot does appear to be kind of self explanatory and predictable, but just wait it out until the end and there’s definitely more to the storyline than you think . In particular, the ending to Season 1 was a cliffhanger and it automatically reminded of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I definitely think the plot can only get better from here and although majority of the episodes aren’t focused entirely on the plot, I imagine Season 2 is going to have more plot driven episodes.

Rapunzel absolutely stays true to her character and don’t worry, she is played by Mandy Moore who voiced her in the movie (Every character from the movie pretty much has the same voice actor). She is still “a naive princess who makes horrible decisions,” but she also has her bad-ass moments as well. Eugene is still arrogant and sarcastic and everything we love about Eugene Fitzherbert. The romance is present, but it’s definitely not the main focus of the story. I actually really loved how Eugene and Rapunzel’s relationship was done. While they did have a lot of chemistry in the movie, they fell in love in three days which I know is pretty long according to Disney, but I wasn’t sure about the portrayal in the show. Eugene is seriously the most supportive boyfriend which is a rarity in it of itself. He always knows when to give Rapunzel space and they actually have a healthy relationship with communication. Shocker, I know.

Cassandra is a new character that is introduced who is Rapunzel’s handmaiden, close confidante and best friend (next to Pascal of course ;). I know a few people didn’t like how Cassandra seemed to be coming between Rapunzel and Eugene. But I think it was more so Cassndra and Eugene outside of Rapunzel and Eugene’s relationship. Cassandra does represent the tough female character archetype but I loved her character, nonetheless. She’s bad-ass and clever (and I totally headcanon her as a lesbian) and doesn’t take anyone’s shit. Definitely a combination of Korra and Asami if you liked Legend of Korra. It’s always important for me to see female friendships and Rapunzel and Cassandra have an incredible relationship.

I’m not going to say too much about the villian since he’s not necessarily your typical antagonist, but I can absolutely see him getting a redemption arc and becoming a morally grey charcter. Overall, I really loved Tangeld: The Series. I will definitely be watching season 2 and for a Disney show (since Disney T.V. is not the same as it once was), I was duly impressed. Also, the soundtrack is really great, specifically Ready As I’ll Ever Be (I need more of Zachary Levi’s singing) Again, if you like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, would absolutely recommend watching.

Monthly Wrap Ups

January Wrap Up | 2018

As per usual, I’m late with the wrap ups. January was a pretty meh month both in terms of reading and life in general. Four books were completed which is average but regardless, some good books were read this month.

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Rankings (Least Favorite to Most Favorite):

A Tale of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

The Immortalists By Chloe Benjamin

Stay With Me By Ayobami Adebayo

Autoboyagraphy By Christina Lauren

Reviews This Month:

The Immortalists By Chloe Benjamin

Autoboyagraphy By Christina Lauren

Book Reviews

Review | Autoboyagraphy By Christina Lauren


Published: September 12th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Source: Local Library

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance

Synopsis: Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

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Spoiler Free Review:

What I was expecting was a fluffy, LGBTQ+ contemporary with relatable woes about the writing process. And while I did get all of those, this book has so much more depth than what I was expecting. Mormonism is almost always viewed as a savage cult in the media and it was interesting to get a sense of what it really means to be Mormon and growing up in a religious and conservative family. Although I’m not Mormon myself, I did grow up in a religious and strictly conservative Muslim family so some aspects of Sebastian Brother’s story were painfully relatable. For that and so much more, Autoboyagraphy is a special novel to me.

Tanner is your typical white boy in high-school. He’s fairly good in school, set for college and has a “hermione granger-like” best friend. But he’s bisexual and his parents actually play a role in his life which is incredibly rare in YA. Absent parents is one of the most infuriating tropes in YA and it was refreshing to see parents actually know everything going on in their child’s life. It was also interesting seeing the religious dynamics in Tanner’s and Sebatian’s family. Tanner’s family is liberal, his father grew up in a Jewish family and his mother in a conservative and homophobic Mormon family. Personally, I would love a spin-off or short story on Tanner’s parents’ love story. Religion does often come between marriage and relationships so it was interesting to see being brought up in young adult fiction.

What also sets this story apart is that we actually follow a character who’s a college commuter and doesn’t dorm. Shocker, indeed. YA rarely has college-aged characters so it was nice to have Sebastian be a college student who’s not some creeper 6 years older than Tanner. I did want more of Tanner’s writing process and it wasn’t as apart of the story as I would have liked. Nonetheless, the entire premise and idea of two people meeting in a writing class still lived up to my expectations.

Overall, Autoboyagraphy ended up being a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t expecting to hate this book, but I did not expect to connect with it like I did. Religion is never brought up in young adult fiction and it’s always been something I’ve grown up around and to be able to see religion and sexual orientation challenged was a refreshing concept. This story is definitely underrated, so if you’re looking for a unique contemporary with equal amounts of fluff and an insight into Mormonism, I would recommend Autoboyagraphy. 

Rating: 4/5

Book Reviews

Review | The Immortalists By Chloe Benjamin


Publication: January 9th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Source: E-ARC via Netgalley

Format: Ebook

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Fantasy

Synopsis: If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.

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Spoiler Free Review: 

The Immortalists is marketed as a contemporary and fantasy novel, but I see it more as a mixture of historical fiction, magical realism and literary fiction. At its core, it tells the tale of four siblings and their lives intertwined in magic and family.

The story has an introspective quality to it and you really get to delve deep into each of the sibling’s minds and get to know them as individuals. Additionally, I felt like the magic aspect was subtle which is what made it seem more like magical realism. Was it really magic or was it all just a series of coincidences? The story also follows a Jewish family through the 1980s, there’s discussions on being gay and Jewish, being disconnected with your religion as you grow older so it was interesting to read about. The sibling’s Jewish heritage didn’t overtake the novel, but it was always present which I think fit the story very well.

The Immortalists is told in four perspectives and you get a taste of each of the sibling’s stories. Though some of the characters were less interesting than others, each of them were complex in their own right. Additionally, it was interesting to see real life events being woven into each of the character’s lives. Events such as the AIDs crisis during the 1980s, 9/11, etc. There’s interracial relationships, LGBTQ+ relationships and characters with no romantic relationships at all.

In general, The Immortalists focuses on themes of mortality. Would you be able to defy death itself or just accept it when it comes towards you? Though I think what makes the story so memorable is the familial bond between the siblings. Even when they were apart, it was like there were invisible strings pulling them together. Overall, The Immortalists was compelling, to say the least. I don’t think I’ve read a book that explores science, mortality, magic and family all at once. If you’re a fan of The Raven Cycle By Maggie Stiefvater or They Both Die At The End By Adam Silvera, I would definitely recommend it for you.

Rating: 4/5


Top 10 Books To Read in 2018

Since it’s a new year, there are still too many books I wanted to read in 2017 but sadly didn’t get to. Here’s some of the ones at the top of my list that I hope to get to throughout 2018. Let me know if you’ve read any of them and your thoughts on them. 🙂

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Monthly Wrap Ups

December Wrap Up | 2017

The year is finally over and I would say I ended pretty strongly. Could I have taken more time out of my day during winter break to read? Obviously, but the Internet is stupidly distracting. I read some amazing books this month, some of which ended up on my favorites list so it was overall a good reading month.

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Rankings (Least Favorite to Most Favorite):

Radio Silence By Alice Oseman

Adulthood Is A Myth By Sarah Andersen

Milk and Honey By Rupi Kaur

Black Like Me By John Howard Griffin

The Mothers By Brit Bennet

Last Night I Sang to the Monster By Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body By Roxane Gay

Reviews This Month:

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body By Roxane Gay

Milk and Honey By Rupi Kaur

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Radio Silence By Alice Oseman


Favorite Books of 2017

So this reading year has been an eventful one. I think it’s definitely been the least amount of books I’ve read but in terms of genre, I think I’ve more widely than I’ve ever done in my life so I would count that as a success. Even with only 65 books completed in contrast to my usual 100+ books, I feel satisfied. The amount doesn’t seem to matter anymore and looking back on what I’ve read this year, I’ve learned so much, especially in regards to the ownvoices books I’ve read. None of this are in any particular order though the last few are probably my all time favorites.

23447923There’s something about Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s stories that stick with you. I think what makes this book memorable is family dynamic. I don’t think I’ve ever read an amazing father figure like Sal’s dad, Vicente. In general, there’s just this nostalgia I associate with this book. It’s just an utterly beautiful story. Read my review here.







28587957 This is probably one of the select few novels about race written by a white author that I can accept as well done. In fact, Jodi Picoult did an immense amount of research fro this novel and although she can never depict the authentic experience being black in America, I can appreciate the effort. This book was targeted towards white people, to be able to recognize their privilege and realize that the corrupt justice system does not serve equally to people of color. In general, this novel is brave and though it will never be entirely accurate, it presented an incredibly powerful story. Read my review here.




32620332Going into this book, you might expect a glamorous story about a celebrity full of gossip, scandals and affairs. You’re not entirely wrong, but what this story offers is nuance. Not only is Evelyn Hugo’s story incredibly compelling, but it’s also unique. Evelyn Hugo carved out a career for herself, being Cuban and bisexual along with many other experiences. There is no good or bad depiction of Evelyn Hugo, she’s just morally grey Evelyn Hugo who’s story is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Read full review here. 






Considering this book was my very first read of the year, I think it goes to show how memorable it was to me. Celeste Ng’s writing is addicting and this story was incredible. It’s introspective, emotional and manages to explore many different themes from family dynamics to racism. The hype is absolutely worth it for me. Read full review here.








I usually don’t include memoirs on lists of favorite books, but I found this one to be exceptional. I love The Daily Show and Trevor Noah’s humor and his memoir was on par with it. Learning bout the Apartheid and his mother and childhood, it was so much more interesting than most memoirs I’ve read. Also, by listening to the audiobook, it really did feel like Trevor Noah was telling his story to you. If you would like read any memoir, Born A Crime is probably one of the most authentic ones I’ve read.






Listening to the audiobook is probably the best way to read this book. Ta-Nehesi Coates’ voice is entrancing. Many reviewers described reading this book like being woken up from a dream. I don’t think there can be enough educating on marginalized experiences so this is an absolute must read.








I’m pretty sure this is on nearly everyone’s list and I don’t think anything I say will do this story justice. I genuinely don’t have really anything bad to say about this book because the truth in this fictional story is what makes it so incredibly powerful. I know that this is going to be a classic in the future and going to be remembered for years.








Another Celeste Ng book, what’s new? It’s strange because I initially thought that I liked this book less than Everything I Never Told You. It didn’t have the same addictive quality and there were parts that had dragged. But in the end, I kept thinking about this story and it’s characters and themes of family and motherhood. It goes to show that as more time passed from when I finished this book, the more I loved it. Celeste Ng is an amazing storyteller and one of my favorite authors so I think I’ll love everything she writes at this point. Read full review here.





If you asked me why I decided to include this book last, I really wouldn’t be able to give an answer. This book is haunting and just plain melancholy. But what I really loved  is the plain honesty in it. Roxane Gay is forthright in her writing, she never sugarcoats her experiences. Her writing is compelling and her story is powerful. I don’t think you’ll find a story like Roxane Gay’s one and at this point I’m rambling. I really don’t think I can say anything that will do her story justice so do yourself a favor and read it. Hunger is an absolute must read. Read full review. 

Book Reviews

Review | Milk and Honey By Rupi Kaur


Published: November 4th 2014 by Createspace

Source: Overdrive Ebook & Audiobook Library

Format: Ebook

Genre: Nonfiction, Poetry

Synopsis: milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

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Spoiler Free Review:

So I did not plan on writing a review for this considering the number of reviews already out there and obviously the massive hype. It does make me happy to see people who generally aren’t readers find solace or relatablitity in this book. However, there are several who find this book to be a depiction of “modern poetry” which is normally used in negative context. However, I believe that the essence of poetry lies in the fact that we’re able to express our thoughts and feelings without the typical boundaries present in prose. I really don’t understand why poetry always has to be a complicated ensemble of metaphors and similes. It does not. Rupi Kaur was telling her own story through these poems which is what makes it difficult to review in the first place. Poetry is precious and personal and tied to a person so I didn’t see any fault in her particular style.

In general, I don’t find this collection to be exceptionally profound but I do understand why people connect to it. It contains messages of love, women, relationships and the like. However, I didn’t really connect to much of it. Some felt like the quintessential poems of (straight) romantic love. There were of course lines about her being in a toxic relationship which I can’t speak for but it’s always hard to find the courage to write about such a personal and traumatic experience.. By far, my favorite poem was the one about women of color. “our backs tell stories no books have the spine to carry.” This so perfectly describes the women in my family and their adversities and that particular line just hit my soul (as cheesy as it sounds).

Overall, Rupi Kaur is definitely a talented poet and I appreciate her free verse style since I write free verse poetry as well. The collection was enjoyable and not as bad as I was expecting. In general, each poet has the liberty to write whatever they choose to no matter what style. After all, isn’t poetry really just a bunch of fragmented sentences?

Here’s to poetry:

“To each their own.”

Rating: 3.5/5

Book Reviews

Review| Little Fires Everywhere By Celeste Ng


Published: September 12th 2017 by Penguin Press

Source: Local Library

Format: Adult, Literary Fiction, Contemporary

Synopsis: In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned — from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren — an enigmatic artist and single mother — who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

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Spoiler Free Review:

Celeste Ng’s does it again and proves how profound of a writer she is with her sophomore novel. There’s so much nuance and subtlety in her prose and that always seem to carry important messages. Little Fires Everywhere is very different from her debut in that it’s much more slower paced. With Everything I Never Told You, I consumed the book very quickly, but with this one, it took a while for me to enjoy it, but nonetheless another one of my favorite books of 2017 (no surprise there).

The story in the very late ’90s when Clinton is president so it’s not necessarily historical fiction, but it’s also interesting to read from a time period that’s rarely every written about. There’s the Richardsons family who are the epitome of a “functional”, well off white family. There’s Mia and Pearl who live from paycheck to paycheck, not necessarily poor but far from the Richardsons. There’s also the McCullough’s, the white family who have adopted May Ling Chow, (now Mirabelle McCullough) a Chinese American baby who comes later into the novel. As I mentioned, this book is much slower paced and a little more introspective. Celeste Ng first establishes the different characters  and relationships before diving into the plot. This frustrated me at first, because I felt that there was no substance to some of the events that were happening. However, when the story line does come into play, it’s much more clear that everything ends up connecting towards the end.

One of the themes in this novel does center around motherhood and family. There’s Mrs. Richardson’s “cookie cutter” method which is kind of a close minded view. She’s a very tactile and precarious person. Her way of raising children is kind of like checking boxes off a checklist while Mia’s method is much more fluid and carefree. I’m obviously not a mother, but it was interesting to see how these two concepts clashed and how it was in contrast to how my own mother raised me. It did make me grateful that I was raised by a bad-ass desi mom, that’s for sure.

When the plot actually does come into play, the story immediately becomes so much more intense and addicting, in typical Celeste Ng fashion There’s the question on if a child should be raised comfortably with her adopted parents without any exposure to her Chinese culture or be raised by her biological mother who may or may not offer a comfortable spot in her home. To me, the answer was always obvious, but Celeste Ng always has this way of messing with your head and I felt conflicted at one point on which side I should be on. At the end of the day, there’s more gray areas than not which is what set this court case apart.

The story is told in third person omniscient, so there’s many perspectives from both the adults and teenagers. To be completely honest, I was uninterested in the teenagers’ story. It was predictably bland even if Celeste Ng does seem to write teenagers quite accurately. After finishing this book, I knew this would be a story that would stick with me. A reviewer mentioned that Little Fires Everywhere has more momentum than her debut and I can definitely see it. I think as more times passes from when I’ve finished, I love the story even more. Celeste Ng is truly a talented storyteller and a master at writing meaningful so it’s no surprise that this won a Goodreads Chioice Award. I really hope she releases another book soon because I really can’t get enough of her work.

Rating: 4.75/5

Book Reviews

Review | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo By Taylor Jenkins Reid


PublishedJune 13th 2017 by Atria Books

Source: Local Library

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+

Synopsis: Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

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Spoiler Free Review: 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo recounts the story of Evelyn Hugo, renowned actress and celebrity known for excessive husbands and her glamorous life. This book is marketed as “chick lit” but I think it could easily be literary fiction. Once I started the story of Evelyn Hugo, I was immediately hooked on her life story. This book wasn’t just addictive, it was heartbreaking and intense and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It’s rare to find books that focus morally grey individuals and Evelyn Hugo is as complicated as any other human being. To me, she isn’t just a character in a fictional story, she jumps off the page and often times I tricked myself into thinking that Evelyn Hugo is actually a real human being which to me is proof of a well written story.

The main story line revolves around the entirety of Evelyn Hugo’s life, but in particular, it focuses on her relationships. The title says “seven husbands” which is ironic in a sense considering the story behind it. It was interesting to see how a whole line of people led up to a single person and the way the media perceived it. People often point out how perceptive reporters are, but this story explored how the media was ignorant to what was right in front of them.

The story was expectantly glamorous and included all of the decadence of the wealthy but also included the struggle of reaching to the top while being a POC. Evelyn Hugo is Cuban and early on in her career, she dyes her hair blonde. We see her abandoning her heritage for an exclusively white career. Evelyn Hugo is also bisexual which I feel is important to mention as well (I think sexuality spoilers are bullshit). In general, what sets Evelyn Hugo’s story apart is how she was able to get there, being Cuban and a survivor.

Monique doesn’t play as important of a role in the story, but her’s is intertwined with Evelyn’s story and the way in which it happens just might catch you by surprise. Overall, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is absolutely one of my favorites of this year. Evelyn Hugo is such a morally ambiguous and intriguing character. I was nearly in tears by the end which is always a clear sign that this was an exceptional novel.

Rating: 5/5