Ingredients for a Great Friendship

With all the teenage drama out there, sometimes it seems like strong friendships are nearly impossible to find. And even when friendships are strong, many times they crumble due to lack of some key ingredients that are needed to make a friendship work. Many teens have close friends, but there are a lot of us who struggle when it comes to finding that best friend. A lot of teens have many “besties”, whereas I myself have two that I would call my best friends.

The first is a unique and rare occurence, and not something that I can say happens often. I met my lovely friend Beth over the internet. We first met by way of a “social media” type site for Christian girls. I later stumbled upon her Pinterest boards and saw how much we had in common. A few weeks later I also came across her YouTube channel, where she had some epic videos, as well as her cool blog that everyone needs to check out: (http://adventuresofanelvenprincess.blogspot.com/) I suggested to her that we friend on Facebook, and the rest is history. I have seen her in person once, but I feel like I have known her forever. And she is one of the people in my whom I have no secrets from.

The second is a guy, and since he doesn’t run a blog or anything, I shall call him Sir Guy (yes Robin Hood fans, that was a pun). I met him at my church when he came to youth group for the first time, and he was interested in a ministry I was involved in. We started texting and talking when we saw each other at church, and pretty soon I felt like he knew me better than most other people. Now, I can call him one of my best friends, and like any good best friend, he loves to pick on me and be very sarcastic. But he also knows when to be serious, and he is one of the few people in my life that I feel comfortable sharing with when I am in a rough spot.

Now, what makes for a good friendship? Most people would say something along the lines of similar interests or similar beliefs, but I have found that this isn’t always the case. Beth and I have a ton in common, but Sir Guy and I only have a few things. One of my other close friends is an atheist, and we don’t let that affect our friendship. There are a few simple things that are needed to make a strong friendship.

1: Trust. Never underestimate the power of trust, and the destructive effect of things kept hidden. Now, that isn’t to say that you have to tell your best friend everything immediately, but it does mean that you are honest, and trustworthy when it comes to keeping secrets. I had a friend once who I loved dearly, but I couldn’t tell her anything, because even if I asked her to keep it a secret, a few days later I would find that her mom seemed to know about it. And be honest. When you don’t like something your friend has to say, gently tell them that you take issue with it. Be nice, but don’t pretend to be ok with something when you really aren’t. It can cause problems later on, and feelings can be seriously hurt.

2: Openness. No, this and trust are not the same thing. I am referring to being real. We all know those people we call “two faced”? Well, I don’t like the term, but it is true. Everyone knows at least one person who is one way with one person/group and a completely different person when away from said person/group. This can also be a destructive force in a friendship. Let them see who you really are, and if they don’t like it, then they might not be a best friend. What’s not ok is to hide who you truly are and leave them to find out some other way. I struggled for a long time with letting people see who I am, which is a bit crazy, nerdy, and definitely not a “go with the flow” type of gal. But when I finally let people see who I was, I discovered that even though many people still didn’t like me, there were also a lot of people who did. Be you, and let your friends be them.

3: Loyalty. If you call someone your best friend, then treat them like it. Don’t go behind their backs and say nasty things about them, don’t treat other friends better than them, etc. It can be easy to let your mouth run away with you, but words are like fire. It only takes a spark to burn down a house, and it only takes a small amount of hurtful words to destroy a friendship. Words are also like toothpaste. Once you squeeze the toothpaste out, it’s not going back in the bottle. And once you say those words, their not going back where they came from. And this goes back to trust and openness. If you really have a problem with your friend, its ok to sit down and talk with them about it. In fact, you should probably do that before saying anything cruel about them to anyone else, particularly when you don’t know the entire story.

4: Humbleness. Yes, this is serious. Not only should you be willing to sit and talk out your issues, you should be willing to accept when you do something wrong. And trust me, I know it’s hard, especially when you honestly don’t understand how it could be a problem. But it’s important. And humbleness is also required when sharing your grievances with your friend, because sometimes it can turn out to be a simple misunderstanding. I am in a situation where I unintentionally hurt a friend, after this friend had majorly hurt me. I didn’t mean to hurt her, but something I said and my feelings got misinterpreted, and now this friend believes that I am mad for a completely different reason than I really am.

Now, here’s a truth. Friendships don’t always last. That friend I just mentioned? Our friendship crumbled because of lack of trust and openess. And it turns out that she may not have known me as well as I thought she did. And it’s sad. It really is. Because I still love her, I still miss her, and I still pray that things can get better. And that is why it is so important to have these things in a friendship. And it’s even better when your friends are strong Christians, because then your friendship is rooted in something far deeper than the world could ever give. But here’s something else to remember: Friends come and go, but Jesus will never leave you. He is the one friend who you can know without a doubt will never leave you, never hurt you, never abandon you. During this rough time in my life, I have clung to my friends, and to Jesus.

Equally important as gaining friendships is identifying harmful friendships in your life. Sometimes, you have to step back from certain relationships when they start to hurt you and/or the other person, or when they are having a harmful effect on your actions and behavior. This can be anything from a friend who is simply a bad influence, or a situation that is damaging you emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I went through the latter, and it was painful. But this is where prayer is super important. You need to pray for guidance to a proper response to the situation, and do your best to keep the drama down.

For the first few years of my pre-teens, I didn’t have a “best friend” per se. Sure, I had close friends, but not that deep friendship like what I wished for. So I prayed that God would send someone into my life, and he did. That person is likely gone from my life for the time being, but He has continued to send friends to me who have strengthened me in my walk, and have helped me through some rough situations. So if you feel lonely, don’t just give up. God knows what you need, and His timing is perfect. Until then, pray that He will prepare you to be a good friend. Becaus we all know the saying: In order to have friends, you have to be a good friend. 🙂 But don’t just sit back and do nothing. Seek out people with similar interests or beliefs or general personalities, and interact with them. You never know, one of them could be that friend you are searching for!

A Thanksgiving Message

In the midst of the cooking and planning, checking up on sales, travelling, and general rush of Thanksgiving, take a moment. Just take a deep breath, and remember something. This is the day that we have set aside to be thankful for the many blessings we enjoy. So while it is great to cook that turkey and get to those sales in the morning, don’t let all that take away from what today is about. Remember to hug your family and tell them you love them. Remember to be grateful that you have the delicious food before you(even if the turkey is a bit crispy). Remember that getting that tablet at a crazy cheap price isn’t everything.

And I’m not going to tell you not to go Black Friday shopping, but think about this: Isn’t it ironic, that we spend a day being thankful for what we do have, and then spend the next day rushing people, pushing people, sometimes being mean to people, just to get more stuff? And now that many sales start on Thanksgiving, it would almost seem that the true meaning of this day has been forgotten.

So if you miss that incredible sale, just relax. I’ll bet you can get the same thing online for a better price. And if the turkey gets burned, or the rolls turn out flat, just be thankful that you have turkey and rolls at all. And if you really don’t want to see that relative who seems to boss you around, remember to thank God for the family you have.

God says to “give thanks” and to “be content”. That’s what the pilgrims did when they had the first Thanksgiving. They didn’t have much, but what they did have, they shared and were thankful for. Sadly, I think that we forget what they went through before Thanksgiving was a thing. So lets take time to remember, be thankful, and praise God for all that he has blessed us with. God bless everyone!

“Mockingjay: Part 1” – My Thoughts

After my great disappointment with the first film, and the amazing comeback that was Catching Fire, I awaited Mockingjay: Part 1 with great anticipation. I knew that this film would be intense and a great deal darker than the previous two, but I figured I was prepared. But I don’t think anything could have prepared me for just how intense and crazy the movie would be. (SPOILERS ARE CONTAINED IN FOLLOWING REVIEW)

And as a side note: I was unsure of how I felt about them splitting Mockingjay into two films. At first it seems like a way for them to make more money. But after seeing the film, I am REALLY glad that they split it. The amount of emotional depth and character development captured in this film never could have happened if they had tried to cram it into one final film.

For starters, the characters. Katniss is just incredible, and I REALLY hope Jennifer Lawrence wins some kind of award for her performance. And don’t even get me started on the “Hanging Tree” scene. Who knew she could sing too? I wanted to weep for her so many times throughout the film, seeing her pain and grief mingled with her strong spirit and desire to do the right thing. And Peeta about broke me. While his appearances in this film were mostly brief all things considered, Josh Hutcherson made me love this poor guy even more than I already did. And the scene after Peeta got to District 13? It physically hurt me to watch it because it had been brought to life so well. One surprise in terms of characters I ended up liking was Gale. For the first two films, I generally disliked him and felt he was rather one-dimensional. But in this film, I actually liked him a bit more (though I am and will always be team Peeta). He obviously cares a lot about Katniss, even though he understands that she doesn’t truly love him. And Finnick was once again masterfully portrayed by Sam Claflin, as a broken man who just wants to be back with the woman he loves. The scene where he reunites with Annie made me cry happy tears, and sad tears too (for reasons undisclosed). Haymitch and Effie were once again the loyal supporters, and I loved seeing how Katniss and Haymitch have grown closer. He’s almost like a father to her. And even though Effie is still as shallow as ever, you can clearly see that she cares a lot about Katniss and Peeta, and Gale in her own way. Pretty much all the characters impacted me, from President Coin who was perfectly done, to Plutarch, to Boggs and Cressida. And lets not forget President Snow. *shudders* Donald Sutherland does such a great job of bringing the villain to life. I will never be able to watch Pride and Prejudice the same way.

Now for the plot. Unlike the first two films, the plot in this one seems to move a bit slowly. But it fits. There’s less action and more character development, and more time to actually care about them. I thought the plot was really well executed as a general rule, and I appreciate that the biggest plot twists were foreshadowed so it wasn’t a complete shock to the ones who hadn’t read the book. I honestly can’t find much fault with the plot to be honest. It would be really tricky for someone who hasn’t seen the first two films to sit down and watch this one, but I think that was the idea. My dad actually watched Catching Fire first, but he was still able to understand most of what was going on before he went back and saw The Hunger Games. As for the cinematography? First rate. District 13 was PERFECT. I never imagined it that way, and yet it somehow fit. I think my favorite bits were when some rebels were headed to blow up a dam and when a pile of white roses ends up over District 13. The music was incredible as well, and like I said earlier, I LOVED the Hanging Tree song. Haunting and perfect for the tone of the film. Speaking of tone, I thought it was tastefully done. For those of us who have read the books, we know that Mockingjay is far darker than the other two. And so I was a little concerned about how dark it was going to get. The result? The film was dark, but they did it with finesse so that you didn’t feel complete despair and gloom. It was an… “intense” darkness. Nail biting, lip chewing, edge of your seat kind of stuff.

As the content goes, this film was a pleasant surprise. The first films had no small amount of cussing, and the first film was pretty brutal in terms of violence. But Mockingjay, despite the darker tone, remained pretty ok. No cussing in this one to be found. There is some violence, the worst instances being where we see human remains. The first instance is when Katniss visits District 12, and sees thousands of human remains. It’s just bones, and we only see a couple of close ups, and for those of us who have seen Lord of the Rings, it won’t be anything too crazy. The other one is when Katniss visits district 8 and goes to a hospital. To get to the wounded, she has to walk through a makeshift morgue, where we see brief glimpses of dead bodies. Its painful, but again, nothing overboard. I think the real issue in terms of content is the intensity of this film. It gets crazy sometimes, and definitely a bit much for the younger set. I know way too many 13 and 14 year olds who went to see the first two films, but I think this one, despite being less bloody, is more intense than the previous two.

Overall? I loved it. I can’t find fault with the characters, plot, or tones, and I think they captured the book perfectly! My one complaint? I can’t believe I have to wait an entire year for the last movie! *Gasp * Stay nerdy!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode Review – “The Things We Bury”

After seeing the promo for this week’s episode, I was genuinely nervous. What the team finds could cost an agent his life? Uh, I DON’T THINK SO!!!!!!! And while I didn’t enjoy this episode as much as previous ones (for reasons that will be mentioned later), this was still an episode that had me on the edge of my set. My lips were chapped by the time I was done because I was biting on them so much!

This episode definitely stood as a little more of a filler episode, but it still worked very well. Ward reunites with his big brother (who I actually felt some pity for. He didn’t seem like that bad of a guy), and promptly… Well, nevermind, spoilers. Coulson, Skye, Tripp, and Fitz are on a quest to find the strange city that the existence of was discovered in last week’s episode. And I just have to say, seeing Fitz being a little bit like himself again was amazing! 🙂 I was very pleased with his development. And back at the base, Bobbi interrogates a hostage left by Ward, they discover a startling (and rather gross) truth about Daniel Whitehall, Mac begins to question whether or not Coulson is mentally sound, and Jemma fangirls over agent Peggy Carter. Yup, there was a lot going on in this episode. And did I mention that Skye’s father and Coulson come face to face?

I generally enjoyed the episode, though I am a bit unhappy with Mac. The way he is spreading doubts about Coulson really bothered me. But I LOVED Jemma. Her reaction to finding a file signed by Peggy Carter was pretty much how every fangirl reacts to anything fandom related. xD And I wanted to scream when Skye’s father once again said “THAT ISN’T HER NAME!!!” I wanted to scream “WHAT IS HER NAME THEN????” He is obviously a bit off in the head. And other rocking things? Well, we finally know what the strange blue alien that was used to make the lifesaving serum is. It is called a Kree. I haven’t read the comics, but I did some reading, and it appears that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is setting up for “Inhumans”, a MARVEL film that is supposed to come out within the next 4 years.

Now, unfortunately, I have to have a rare paragraph with a MAJOR warning about the content of an episode. There have been some questionable things in the first season of this show in terms of sexual content, but it was rare. And the violence has been relatively tame in terms of actual blood. Well, we were treated to both sexual content AND violence in this episode. Sex comes in when Bobbi and Lance have an argument concerning the way they feel about each other (keeping in mind that they were married before), and it ends with very… *ahem* passionate kissing and them climbing into the van. And when I say passionate, I mean a bit steamy to be shown in a Hallmark movie. 😛 When it comes to violence: The truth about Daniel Whitehall was that he discovered a woman who wasn’t harmed by the Obelisk back in the 40s. He planned to experiment on her, but was captured by the SSR. When he was released 40 years later, he found the woman again, untouched by time. And this time, he did more than just experiment. He cut her open and took everything he could from her body, and the scene, while not the most graphic thing I have ever seen, was said by some to be the most graphic thing ever shown in the MARVEL Universe. Fortunately I saw it coming and was able to look away, but I am hoping that this isn’t a sign of more to come. Oh, and that woman? She was Skye’s mother. And Skye’s father knew that it was Whitehall who killed her. And now he’s working for Whitehall. So what do we think he wants with Whitehall? Any thoughts? XD

Despite the content issues, this proved to be a strong episode overall, one of the highlights being flashbacks with Peggy Carter! And week after next is going to be mid-season finale. So I think we are in for a wild ride!

Once Upon a Time Episode Review – “Smash the Mirror”

I eagerly anticipated this week’s episode, as we were given the gift a TWO PART episode instead of just a regular 45 minute runtime. I couldn’t imagine what they had in store that would require two hours, and my wait was made worse when I couldn’t watch it on Sunday night. But on Monday evening, my mom and I sat down to enjoy the episode, and it was well worth the wait.

I will start out with a cautionary bit: This episode had one part that sincerely bothered me, and it threaded throughout the episode and kind of left a bitter taste in it’s wake. As we fans know, Regina and Robin Hood are in love, but are kept apart by the fact that Marian is alive (though she is frozen into a icicle currently). Unfortunately, Robin tossed honor aside for a night of passion with Regina, and the two… ahem… “did the do” as I like to say. And Regina feels somewhat guilty, and has a nice, honest to goodness heart to heart with Snow, who seems to brush aside the fact that Marian is dying, and tells Regina about hope, love, and such. It just disturbed me that the writers thought it was ok. It was one thing with Snow and Charming because Charming wasn’t really married and they were actually married (they just didn’t know it, though I still disagreed with that too), but for Robin to toss aside his dying wife that way seriously bothered me, and I hope the writers will do better with his character in future.

Ok, back to the review. The entire episode was a crazy roller coaster of amazing-feelsy-awesomeness. We found out a bit about the fates of Anna and Kristoff, and how Elsa got trapped in the urn. We also learned how the Snow queen reached our world. That backstory was great, particularly when Anna found “Icicle” Hans in a closet. xD But it had a sad ending, and I felt terrible for Elsa, Anna, and pretty much everyone (except Ingrid, I don’t feel bad for her in the least).

In Storybrooke, Emma is still struggling to control her powers after last week’s craziness. Henry tries to help her, but she accidentally hurts him. The look on Emma’s face when she did that broke my heart. And I wanted to smack some sense into her when she went to Mr. Gold for help. Like: “Yeah, great idea Emma! Go to the guy who is betraying his wife, you, and Hook for help getting rid of your magic! Sounds like a solid plan!” (Though she doesn’t really know he’s lying…) And this is where it got crazy. Gold tells her that he can help her, but alarm bells went off in my head when he told her that they would have to go to the edge of town to do it. It is obvious that he wants to use the hat without anyone seeing. Oh, and we are still trying to figure out what he needs as the final ingredient in the spell using the hat.

Emma calls her family to tell them that she is going to be ok, but Hook is immediately freaked out. He calls Emma and begs her to call him. He is so scared for her, and I want to give Colin a big thumbs up for the phenomenal acting he has done. Oh, and did I mention the Snow queen was trapped by Rumple so that she couldn’t stop him? This was the one time I was rooting for her to actually succeed in doing something.

I won’t say too much more at risk of spoiling everything, but I will tell you two things! 1: Hook is totally dead at this point. As it turns out, the final ingredient that Rumple needs is the heart of someone who knew him before he became the Dark One. And as it happens, Hook is the only person left alive who fits that profile. I cried when Rumple tore out his heart, but was even more sad when he didn’t kill Hook immediately. Why? Because now, with Hook’s heart, Rumple can control him, and make him do whatever he needs to get all the magic needed to power up the hat. And the second thing? Well, the Snow Queen has cast that dreaded “Spell of shattered sight”. Yup. Things are not looking good for Storybrooke currently. And to make it worse, we get no new episode next week. It’s really a bummer, because Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not coming on next week either! And since Doctor Who is off until Christmas, I will have to content myself with an episode of Murdoch Mysteries. xD Stay Nerdy everyone!

Doctor Who Episode Review – “Dark Water”/”Death in Heaven” + A look back at Series 8

When I realized two Saturdays ago that this season of Doctor Who was almost over, I felt a bit… depressed? Which was surprising, considering my general sense of disappointment in this season of the show. (oh, please note that I use “series” and “season” interchangeably, but they mean the same thing) And on Saturday night, as the credits rolled and we got a glimpse of the Christmas special, I came to a sad realization: Not only was I more depressed than ever before, but I honestly didn’t care about the Christmas special.

And that’s not to say that the two part finale wasn’t good, because it was excellent. But it was also depressing. And it left me with a sense of: “I don’t want to keep watching, and I definitely don’t want Moffat to stay.” (Be warned: SPOILERS are contained in this post)

Well, the first part, “Dark Water” was actually pretty enjoyable. I liked how most of it was character centered instead of plot centered. And at the beginning of the episode, I burst into tears. This is why I warned about spoilers, because there is no way I could review this episode without spoiling this. Danny died. Yup. Classic Moffat right there. Take a wonderful, lovable character and kill them off. And the the woman named Missy was definitely a nutcase. But when it was revealed at the very end that she was not just some random enemy, I wasn’t too surprised. I had kind of guessed that our old friend “The Master” would be returning. Overall, the first part was good, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the skeletons everywhere.

The second part, “Death in Heaven” was good, but it just got more and more depressing as time went on. I did love getting to see Kate Lethbrige and Osgood back with their mighty UNIT forces, and the nods to the Brigadier made me melt a little. I love Osgood. She is sweet, smart, and a VERY cool character. Aaaaand… yup. She’s dead. Missy disintegrated her and made the Doctor mad, and the worst part was that the Doctor had basically just invited Osgood to travel with him. *sobs* I spent the entire episode trying to figure out what Missy’s plan was, and when I realized that it was all basically a way to show the Doctor “look, you and me are the same”, I felt kind of mad. Like, that was what all this emotional pain was for???? But I think the one part of the episode that had the most impact on me, was the reveal of Danny’s fate. He was turned into a Cyberman, but still possessed his emotions. I started crying when he pulled the mask off and showed Clara. And when he begged her and the Doctor to take away his emotions, it was worse. And when they finally did take them away so that he would no longer be in pain, Danny kept his promise not to hurt Clara, and instead held her in his metal Cyberman arms. (tears much?) And that bombshell about the Brigadier at the end? I was crying and freaking out at the same time! One of my favorite lines from this episode was when Clara was about to turn of Danny’s emotions. “I wasn’t very good at it… But I did love you.” She said. The fact that she admitted that she had messed up really turned on the waterworks.

There is so much more I could say, but I think I shall conclude with my general thoughts on the season. Did I hate some of it. Indeed. Did I feel much of it was “meh”? Yup. But were there some episodes that I truly loved? Yes, there were. But to be honest, the season in general was a letdown. The Doctor is so… Not the Doctor? He’s cold and detached for the most part, seeming to care very little. He even mocks humans, despite the fact that all of his previous selves loved Earth and it’s people. He talks about how one man’s death isn’t important, and yet in the 11th Doctor, he said “In 900 years of space and time I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important”. I feel like I am watching an entirely different show from the past Doctors. The only thing keeping me from a total disconnect was Clara. She grew and changed and messed up and did her best to fix it, and that is why I loved her. She wasn’t presented as some sort of angel companion, nor was she completely bad. She showcased the human flaws that we all have, and in the end, payed a heavy price.

My biggest problem is that we have more questions and NO answers. Such as:

  • How did the Master return, and where is Gallifrey?
  • How did the Doctor and Clara meet Orson Pink, who is Danny’s grandson? Is Clara pregnant with Danny’s baby perhaps?
  • What happened to the little boy that Danny sent “back from the dead” in his place? Did he get to his family?

And many more. Well, that’s my last Doctor Who review until Christmas folks! And to be honest, I am ok with that. I think I am going to spend some time watching all of the past Doctors, from the very first, and be reminded what Doctor Who is all about. Stay Nerdy!

Book Review – “Daughter of Highland Hall” by Carrie Turansky

Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain’s elite.

When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love—and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served. 

After reading “Governess of Highland Hall”, the first in the Broadmoor Legacy series, I just knew that I had to read this second book! I was intrigued by Katherine’s character in the first book, so I was excited to see that this one was centered around her character! The first book was excellent, and this one did not disappoint.
At first, one might feel inclines to dislike Kathrine. I mean, she seems REALLY self-centered when you first read about her, and she is that way when this book starts out. But the reason I liked her was because I saw that underneath that outward appearance of selfishness lay a desire for something more, and that is the basis for the story. The new wife of her cousin William has a brother, who comes to visit, Jonathan. He has a heart for God, and I loved how Katherine was drawn to that. I thought her journey through the book was incredible, and the fact that she doesn’t just come to faith in order to please Jonathan. I related to her on a deep level, perhaps because, like me, Katherine often struggles with meeting the high expectations set upon her by society.
Jonathan was a great character, especially as love interests go. I had so much respect for him, particularly how he kept his distance so he could honor his commitment to God. He understood that he could not be “unequally yoked”, as the Bible says, but still continued to encourage Katherine as a friend. And his passion for the lost and needy was touching. I liked how, despite their very different backgrounds, he and Katherine connected on a deep level.
The side characters were good, though there were a couple I was not particularly fond of. Julia and William, the central characters of the first book, were every bit as committed here. Penny was a fun character, but I wish she had more time in the story. I hope the next book is about her. The two characters that I hated were: Louisa, Katherine’s overbearing Aunt who is just plain rude, and David, Katherine’s other cousin who has loose morals, is a flirt, and is generally unlikable. I felt a little for him by the end of the book, but I still didn’t like him very much.
The book was pretty good content wise. A few kisses, falling in love, etc, and some implied mentions of “women of ill repute” as you might say. There was some violence, particularly a man who beats his wife and attacks Katherine.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed “Daughter of Highland Hall”. I loved the characters, the story, and the message, and I recommend the book to 15 and up! I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

(I received this book for free from the publisher for my honest review)

The Best Fandom Crossovers on the Internet

I haven’t blogged at all this week, and my brain is way too fuzzy to do any kind of serious post or review (and there was no Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this week anyway) so I thought I would do something a bit random. In my adventures in internet-land, I have discovered something fun, crazy, and sometimes mindblowing. We call them crossovers, fandom collisions, etc. Basically, you take two fandoms and “combine” them to get something fun. Sometimes this means drawing some fanart with characters doing crazy stuff, sometimes it’s combining screenshots. So I decided to show y’all my favorite fandom collisions from the internet. These are from all sorts of different fandoms, so hopefully you’ll see something that you recognize! Enjoy! (And as a note, none of these images belong to me, but y’all probably guessed that. All credit goes to the original artists and such)

Rory, Rory is ready(Captain America/Doctor Who):

Rory. Rory is ready.

Only Classic Who fans will get this one(Doctor Who/The Hobbit):

Haha!!

And we all know who does it best(Doctor Who/Tangled):

How can I not pin this? XDXD

(and to amend it with some Lord of the Rings)

Samwise Gamgee - The original user of the frying pan in battle!

The beauty of this film(Princess Diaries/Batman/Star Trek/Lord of the Rings/Mary Poppins/Doctor Who):

The most unintentionally geeky movie of all time.

How perfectly true this is in context of the book(Hunger Games/Tangled):

Hunger Games meets Tangled! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I tried to imagine what this would sound like…(The Hobbit/Frozen):

Smaug tweets, Frozen crossover. Didn't know I needed this... AHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

It’s creepy how this totally makes sense(Doctor Who/The Avengers):

I read this in both voices. xD

“You have keen eyes Master Olaf…” (Frozen/The Hobbit):

"You have keen eyes, Master Olaf."  <LOL!!  This is so true!!

I will never read this line the same way again(The Hunger Games/Frozen):

Hahaha

The perfection of this crossover is almost too much(Frozen/The Avengers):

Frozen and Avengers Meme // This is just the best...I'm laughing so hard....

I am becoming more and more sure that there is a Disney quote for EVERYTHING(The Hobbit/The Lion King):

Funny!

I may not be a huge Sherlock fan, but this made me laugh(Sherlock/Lord of the Rings):

Tell me where is Mycroft, for I much desire to speak with him.

The fact that Doctor Who can even combine with Jane Austen(Doctor Who/Pride and Prejudice):

LOL!!!!!

The fact that Sherlock is Smaug and John is Bilbo is perfect(The Hobbit/Sherlock):

XD YES

Inigo Montoya has no words… (Star Wars/The Princess Bride)

Star Wars/Princess bride crossover: Genius!

What is there to say? This speaks for itself(Frozen/Lord of the Rings):

I have been waiting many moons for this meme to appear. AAAAAAAAH!!!!!!

If you don’t think it works, listen to the Demi Lovato version of the song, and tell me that you don’t think of Loki(Frozen/Thor):

Loki/Frozen crossover

Even children’s shows are not safe from the fandoms(Doctor Who/Pooh Bear):

Doctor Pooh. OH. MY. WORD!!!!!!

This works so well, I have nothing to say(Doctor Who/Aladdin):

Yes. So much yes.

The fact the Uther would totally do this is what makes it great(Merlin/Frozen):

LOLZ!!!!!!

This little jewel of a song rewrite(Doctor Who/Mulan):

Mysterious as the dark side of an ood... I can just imagine Shang singing this

I love that I wasn’t the only one thinking this(Merlin/The Princess Bride):

The Dread Wizard Merlin <<<<AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And finally….

The meme that has taken the internet(Captain America:The Winter Soldier/Pretty much every fandom):

I was waiting for the Hobbit crossover to get here... AHAHAHA!!!!!

#HailHydra

well, now this one I can see. Definitely.

Hope y’all enjoyed it! I will hopefully be back to normal posting soon! Until then, stay Nerdy!

What’s Up with Hannah Lately?

So you are probably wondering why I haven’t posted much this week. Well, life happened. I have been busy getting a job, doing schoolwork, and doing NaNoWriMo, and on top of all that, I get sick. So blogging kind of got pushed aside this week so I could focus and get better. But I promise that I will be back to normal blogging as soon as possible (hopefully next week). Thanks for being patient with me! And by the way, the first part of the Doctor Who finale was AMAZING! And the official trailer for Battle of the Five Armies about broke my feels.

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