Book Review: While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

While We Were Watching Downton AbbeyWhile We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What do you get when an author put a fake historic apartment complex in Midtown Atlanta (my hometown!), put my favorite show in the title, and also make it very interesting, AND have a British Concierge that reminds me so much of Carson? Then you have While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, a book I never thought I’d actually like-I was expected to hate it, but instead I loved it. Every last bit of it.

So I guess I’ll split this up between the three characters in the book:

Samantha Davis: Samantha Davis married young to her husband Jonathan Davis because of money troubles after what her father did to the firm. She can’t cook, her mother in law hates her, and her siblings are a mess. Her sister Meredith was in New York visiting a friend and her brother Jackson was into a business that failed-in fact, he’s been doing it so many times that Jonathan had to bail him out. But Samantha finally put her foot down, thanks to her mother in law, and threatened to cut the both of them off if Meredith didn’t take the job at the Atlanta Preservaton Board and if Jackson didn’t get a job and make money his own. Well Meredith got the job at the Atlanta Preservation Board, and Jackson….Jackson worked for Edward Parker on Private Butler. Samantha thought it was working just fine, until Jack pulled a stunt so bad that she thought that her friends and Edward didn’t want to talk to her after what he did. But it turned out they cared for her, knowing that it wasn’t her fault, and also that ‘didn’t talk till Thanksgiving and before Christmas’ thing she went through with Jonathan and that brought them back together.

Claire Walker: So here’s Claire Walker, your typical writer who’s trying to come up with her next book while writing in her journal, talking to her daughter who’s away in college, and making two best friends at the same time. She didn’t write not one word till the last episode of season two of Downton Abbey-Claire tried to sleep, but the idea came full force, beating out the Highlanders and men in kilts, as she dreams about her friends and the concierge. And now she’s writing the contemporary novel and also she sat in for a author that wasn’t feeling well.

Brooke Mackenzie: Brooke Mackenzie is a single mom to her daughters Natalie and Ava, and on top of that her ex-husband, whom she put through college and to make it big in Boston, had cheated and divorced her for a skinnier woman he was sleepin’ with, and tried EVERYTHING to get away from him. Then Edward Parker asked her to do a single father’s party for his own daughter and everything was right in the world…until one of her daughters let out that the Barbie was pregnant with her ex-husband’s child. There was a one time that she had to let Samantha watch over her girls because Zachary wasn’t there one the day she needed him to watch the girls. And it was the most beautiful scene ever of Jonathan reading Stellaluna a couple times before the girls went to sleep.

All in all, I truly enjoyed this book-better than I thought. I couldn’t stop reading it and it made me wish I was actually living in the Alexander in Midtown (if it was real…and I’d had a job and all that….)

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Book Review: Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil ReturnsRevenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The second book of Revenge Wears Prada…I thought I wouldn’t like it as I thought, but the more I read it, the more I actually loved it.

It had been years since Andy and Emily had worked as Miranda Priestly’s assistants at Runway, and the two girls who used to be enemies are now best friends and married-Emily to Miles and Andy to (well, about to) get married to the love of her life. Max Harrison. From wedding preperations to finding a letter her mother-in-law wrote to him about his bachlor trip and meeting his ex girlfriend, to a week later when Andy finds out she’s pregnant with her first child, it’s almost all too much…

Until the deal of the lifetime with Elias-Clarke comes on their laps that Andy and Emily both face the Devil herself again, Miranda Priestly. Andy downright refuses to sign the deal, knowing good and time well that they’ll work under Miranda again and go through what they went through when they were working at Runway, Emily basically turned around and started kissing Miranda’s ass again, even at the dinner.

It was like Andy was the smart one throughout the whole entire thing, even when she had Clementine and met back up with Max again through her mommy and me class (I didn’t know they even EXISTED in New York) and then the moment of truth came when Andy got to Emily’s house and found out that both Max and Emily signed the deal, and automatically, and this is the part I truely hate but understand, Andy washed her hands with them (both Emily and Max), took Clementine and went home, feeling betrayed. A year later her and Max seperated, Andy found a job with the Writer’s Space, dated a couple times with a man named Nick, also her Grams died a year before the ending.

But I honestly hated the ending-to me, I think Andy should’ve stayed with Max after the “betrayal” and yeah she could’ve worked at the Writer’s Space because divorcing him after what he did was stupid as hell on Andy’s part. Yeah they have child visitations and keeping the kid on certain days and whatnot, but divorcing him? ANDY WHY.

Secondly, I thought The Plunge was doing much better where they were instead of with Elias-Clarke and under Miranda Priestly. THEY DIDN’T REALLY NEED HER SO ANDY WAS RIGHT AND EMILY WAS WRONG. Dead wrong.

Also, just FYI, I loved Miranda’s apartment. Just saying. I would totally live there.

So inconclusion, Andy was right at the end and Emily was wrong. Miranda’s still the Devil Wearing Prada, and this book was really good.

That’s all. *Miranda Priestly voice*

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Book Review: Party Weekend (Sweet Valley High #143) by Francine Pascal

Party Weekend (Sweet Valley High, #143)Party Weekend by Francine Pascal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So since this is the only Sweet Valley High book I actually own (which sucks, by the way) so yeah I do need to read all of the books, but this book right here was actually pretty good. First time I thought I would hate it and would DNF it. But then I gave this book a chance and I loved it.

It takes place after Jessica and Elizabeth’s junior prom, and the junior class of SVH are entering a talent contest at the countywide battle of the junior classes, and of course, El Carro High starts some drama by taking over their practice spot, ruining their set and planned on pushing Jessica off the thing when she wanted to do the Peter Pan fly thing in the SVH, but thank god Ken stopped it before something truely happened to her.

Also Jessica has been seeing the ghost of her dead boyfriend Christian, who came to her and told her that what she was planning to do was going to be a chain reaction to what happened to him before he died. When Erica pull the stunt and the fight was going to happen, Jessica stood there in fear and thought that she was going to relieve it again, but then had an idea to let Palisades High play their presentation, but played Christian’s part and everyone stopped.

I thought for a second that Olivia and Ken broke up over the Erica thing (which to me is really stupid) but I’m glad they didn’t after he saved her life. I enjoyed this book and I’m going to hunt down all of them so I can read them all, including senior year.

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Lately, I’ve Been….

Hey y’all!

I haven’t blogged on here in a long time, haven’t I? Sorry about that-been busy with trying to get into school and watching and playing new things and reading new things. So I saw this on a friend’s blog and I thought I’d do a currently as well because those look like fun.

So currently I’ve been….

WATCHING

The Ride to Hangman’s Tree

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I never saw a western movie, ever. Not one. So when I looked through the western section of the movie part of my TV (we have on-demand), I browsed through it and found The Ride to Hangman’s Tree, and it was actually pretty damn good, though I was sad that they didn’t get the Black Rider. And on top of that they also had Wells Fargo in the movie as well so it was nice to see a bank robbery (and get the black box too)

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This part was actually pretty damn funny

BEBE’S KIDS

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This movie came out in the 90s, and honestly it’s still funny as it was the first time I watched it. It’s about a man (Robin Harris) who meets a woman named Jamika (at a funeral) and her son, Leon, and wanted to spend time getting to know her. So he agrees to take them to Funworld. Next day he goes over and…there’s three more kids with her! Turns out they’re called Bebe’s Kids, and that’s when the movie turns into a lot of laughs and fun, and there’s some really good songs in the movie as well.

HATFIELDS & MCCOYS

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This mini series right here sparked my western reading again. I’ve always been interested in history, like way back when, back when there were kings and queens and all that…and also because of the Hatfield and McCoy dinner show I went to see in Pigeon Forge, TN (but that one’s purely for entertainment though). Even though there were some historical mistakes (that honestly I should care about, but like I just watched this for the hell of it) I actually enjoyed myself and I’m glad that I watched it.

JESSICA JONES SEASON 2

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HOLY CRAP THIS SEASON OF JESSICA JONES. I loved it, I can’t even put it in words. I’ve loved this show the moment it first premiered on Netflix and I binged watched the first season for two days and I loved it. This season of Jessica Jones? Can’t say enough about it, all except PLEASE GO WATCH IT. PLEASE.

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS SEASON 8

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Yep…I’m a Real Housewives Fan, but I only watch Beverly Hills, NYC, and of course, my hometown of ATL (which I’ll get to in a second) I just got done watching the last ep of this season just now (thanks, XFinity) but this season was, as always, dramatic AF-mostly from Dorit’s pathological-liar ass mouth, Erika, Vanderpump, and Kyle’s closets which I would love to have this season, and getting to know Teddi more. They went to Berlin for the group trip and OMG it was so beautiful and I’m glad they had fun (I think they went to Teddi’s beach house to-and I wish I lived in it).

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA SEASON 10

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Season 10 was a whirlwind, like really it was. Cynthia turning fifty, Kandi’s doing her thing with Xscape, NeNe’s fighting with Kim Zolciak Bierrmann, Porsha’s being…well, Porsha, Kenya got married and Sheree’s in a relationship with an ex-con while finishing up Chateau Sheree. Oh yeah Marlo and Eva was in this season too, and it was really, really fun and a whirlwind and I loved it.

LISTENING TO

Honestly…I’ve been listening to ‘I Know These Hills’ by Kevin Costner and Modern West feat. Sara Back, Kendrick Lamar’s HUMBLE., Whitey Morgan and the 78s “Waiting Round to Die” and “All the King’s Horses’ by Karmina. That’s it. And also the This Is Why You’re Single podcast

READING

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  2. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  3. Runway Vampire by Lyndsay Sands (finished it yesterday actually)

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS

It’s going well-also May 27th at 4:30, clear yer calaenders because I’m going to be on Encounter Roleplay’s viewer-game called Trials of Bhaal and I can’t wait. Also I’ve died again in Curse of Strahd and I’M GLAD CRITICAL ROLE IS BACK halleujah.

So what have you been up to lately?

New Year, New…Me, Maybe?

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(from Pintrest)

Hey y’all, and first off Happy New Years, even though it’s a few weeks late and lately I’ve been busy doing things-like reading four books into the New Year Reading Challenge and applying to colleges. Yes-I, Brittany, am applying to colleges now. I have only applied to Georgia State University in Downtown Atlanta, but I am going to do Clark Atlanta University and then maybe Kennesaw State University again when I get a chance. I’m also going to blog on here whenever I get a chance because I miss blogging on here so much, and soon I will do a book review on those four books I’ve read already this year, and already on my fifth book.

But like some (or everyone) I do have some New Year’s Resolutions that I’m not breaking (which is awesome, by the way) so here’s my Resolutions:

  1. Apply to colleges and wait and see what college I’m going to get into
  2. Learn how to drive and get my driver’s licence
  3. Go to more concerts that I will enjoy
  4. Read more classic novels that I will enjoy
  5. Write more and actually write a novel
  6. Go on a trip by myself one day or with friends
  7. Blog on here more about my life or start my own personal/lifestyle blog
  8. Play more D&D

So what are your New Years Resolutions, if you make some?

….I’m Getting on a Plane

Hey y’all!

When you read this post, I may or may not be on a flight right now coming back home because I’m on a plane. For the first time ever. Like I’m excited and also terrified because I don’t know what’s gonna happen when I get there. I don’t know if the plane’s gonna crash or what! But I all I know is that I gotta get up tomorrow morning and check in, get my Starbucks (because goddammit I’d be needin’ my Starbucks!!!) and then try to relax once we board on the plane. But to help me on this flight, here’s my buddy Dierks Bentley singing about drinking on planes (though mine isn’t gonna be that long of a flight).

Another Book Haul?! Why Yes..yes it is

Hey y’all!

So yesterday I went to the library to grab a couple books to read over the month since I’ve been lately flying through books like a crazy person, and I needed some more books. So off to the library I went to grab more books and I thought I’ll share it with you.

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Apartment Therapy: Complete + Happy Home

To start off this rocking book haul that talks about interior design (my weakness) and I never heard of Apartment Therapy till I got this book and had a little peek-through and started to get a lady-boner from what I saw and flipped through. And now I want an apartment so I can maybe get it photographed by the Apartment Therapy guys.

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A Year in Desserts

Oh hello food. Or desserts. I mean delicious desserts that I really wanna make and eat right now. Because OMG flipping through this book makes me wanna make all of them and eat every single last one of them because they look soooooo good. I brought this for my mama so she can make something for thanksgiving, but I might actually make something from this book and post it real soon…

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The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in all of Us by Rosanna Pansino

You’ve seen her on YouTube before-she has her own nerdy cooking channel and is sometimes always on IJustine’s channel, and she even had her own speical on the Cooking Channel. But yes, I just HAD to get Ro’s book-one because I wanna cook really badly and make all the things she has in this book. Two: because I hope she has the Turkish Delights recipe in here (if not then I’ll get it offline.)

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The Glam Guide by Fleur de Force

Beauty vlogger Fleur de Force came out with this book about a couple years ago and I’ve always wanted to read it, but now that I found it I just had to snap it up and read it because it looks good and I did flip through it, and it looks good (though I just skimmed through it.)

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Balancing in Heels: My Journey to Health, Happiness and Making it all Work by Kristin Cavallari

Remember her? Remember Kristin from Laguna Beach, then from Laguna Beach to The Hills when Lauren left? I do. And also, do you know her husband, Jay Cutler, who plays for the Miami Dolphins? Yeah that Kristin. She wrote a book and I can’t wait to read it because I’ve been wondering what she’s been up to since the last time we saw her.

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Beauty Rules by Bobbi Brown

Soooooo…………does anyone know how to do their makeup really well? Anyone? Well how about any beginners out there *raises hand* anyone? Anyone? Well in all realness, I’m terrible with makeup-the only thing I have close to it are lipsticks and a Stila In the Light Palette (which I am gonna get something else real soon to replace it) and I wanted to pick it up to see what tips I can pick up and maybe use in my life one of these damn days…