Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 End of Year Book Survey


I say this every single year but... THIS YEAR HAS GONE BY SO FREAKING FAST! A lot has happened, both in this blog and in my life in general, and I am actually really excited to summarize it all conveniently in this 2015 END OF YEAR BOOK SURVEY. I am using the template from Jamie's blog and I think you should also join the fun and share your 2015 stats with the book blogger community! 


Number of Books Read: 120
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Most Read Genre: YA Contemporary



1. Best book read in 2015?: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy


2. Book I was excited about & thought I was going to love More but didn't: Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca (my review) - I was really looking forward to this one back in 2014 and actually listed it as one of my most expected novels for the year 2015, but overall, I felt disappointed after reading it. I struggled with the main character Kelsey and the fact that I was unable to form any sort of connection with her; my interpretation of her was generally very negative due to slut shaming, comparisons of "those girls" vs. "me" and her tendency to think that the world revolves around her. I know that this book has been quite loved otherwise, so it mostly was just me that found issue with this.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book I read: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (my review). - I knew this book would be beautiful, but I never expected to fall in love with so much.

4. Book I "pushed" the most people to read: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (my review) - I will cherish this book for the rest of my life. It was so special, so beautiful, and something I found so easy to identify with. Willowdean is an absolutely wonderful character and I cannot wait to see what Julie Murphy comes up with next.


5. Best series I started in 2015? Best sequel of 2015? Best series ender of 2015:

Best series started in 2015: Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy
Best sequel: All Broke Down and All Lined Up by Cora Carmack (Rusk University #2-3) (my review)
Best series ender: -

6. Favorite new author I discovered in 2015: Elle Kennedy - HOCKEY AND HOT GUYS?!?!??! WHAT MORE COULD I ASK FOR?

7. Best book from a genre I don't typically read/was out of my comfort zone: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - Not only did the size of this book intimidate me, but also the fact that I was aware that it delved quite deep into historical topics I did not know much about. This definitely has wanted me to read more historical fiction, so if you have any recommendations, definitely let me know!


8. Most-action packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year:

Most action-packed: Tracked by Jenny Martin (my review) - badass female character and a Firefly vibes - YES PLEASE.

Most thrilling: The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry (my review) - this book was a thing of beauty and I cannot wait for it to be published to see how much love it will most likely get from the reading/blogging community!

Most unputdownable: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - THE DETAIL, THE CHARACTERS AND THE WRITING ALL BLEW ME AWAY!

9. Book I read in 2015 that I am most likely to re-read next year: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt - This novel was truly a wonder!

10. Favorite cover of a book I read in 2015: The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry


11. Most memorable character of 2015: Willowdean from Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (my review)


12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2015: Missoula by Jon Krakauer

14. Book I can't believe I waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book I read in 2015: 


16. Shortest & longest books I read in 2015:

Shortest: The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
Longest: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


17. Book that shocked me the most: Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

18. OTP of the year: Skylar and Josh from I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (my review)

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year: Paige, Tessa, Morgan & Keyleigh from The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (my review)

20. Favorite I read from an author I had read previously: The Start of Me and You by Emily Lord

21. Best you I read in 2015 that I read solely on a recommendation from someone else: The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

22. Newest fictional crush from a book I read in 2015: Josh Mitchell from I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

23. Best 2015 debut: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting I read this year: The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

25. Book that put a smile on my face/was the most FUN to read: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

26. Book that made me cry: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (A lot of books made me cry, but this one in particular stayed in my mind!)

27. Hidden gem of the year: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

28. Book that crushed my soul: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

29. Most unique book read in 2015: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

30. Book that made me the most mad: Missoula by Jon Krakauer



1. Favorite book blog discovered in 2015: Bookmark Lit

2. Favorite review I wrote in 2015: My review for Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

3. Best discussion/non-review post I had on my blog: List of 2016 contemporary debuts I am dying to read! I loved putting this together and finding new books to add to my TBR.

4. Best even that I participated (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.): Probably Top Ten Tuesday (my favorite from the year is the one in which I cast the male leads to some of my favorite novels, which can be found from here.)


5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015: Joining the WinterHaven Books Blogging Team!

6. Most popular post this year on my blog: Top Ten 2016 Debuts I Am Looking For

7. Post I wish got a little more love: My Christmas movie reviews like the one for Hallmark's Once Upon A Holiday

8. Best bookish discovery: Adlibris webstore (free shipping to Finland!)

9. Completion of reading challenges and/or goals set at the beginning of the year: I set a Goodreads goal of 90 books but ended up reading about 120!



1. One book I didn't get to read in 2015 but will be my number one priority in 2016: Winter by Marissa Meyer

2. Book that I am most anticipating from 2016 (non-debut): The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

3. 2016 debut I am most anticipating: The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

4. Series ending/a sequel I am most anticipating in 2016: All Closed Off (Rusk University #4) by Cora Carmack

5. One thing I hope to accomplish or do in my reading/blogging life in 2016: Read more from genres that are out of my comfort zone! 

6. A 2016 release I've already read & recommend to everyone: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Best of 2015: Television


Yesterday, I shared with you a list of some of the best films I watched in 2015, and today I will give the same treatment to my favorite TV shows of the year. This list is a mix of shows I started in 2015 (either older shows or shows that started their run in 2015) and shows that continued in 2015. 

Community - Season 6


This season has its flaws, but in general, for a long-time fan of the show, getting this final season was a gift from heaven. I love how the season plays around with the previously established jokes and is very conscious of the fact that the show is almost over. In fact, I loved this season so much that I will focus on it on my master's thesis.

Parks and Recreation - Final Season


This show gives me life! I was such an emotional mess throughout the whole final season and loved seeing the destinies of the different characters I have loved SO MUCH throughout the years. There is a spot in my heart that will forever and always be reserved only for this show. 

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Tina Fey is one of my favorite women in the world, so a show by her was a must-see for me! Though I would have loved to see Tina herself playing the lead, Ellie Kemper does a brilliant job as Kimmy. And Titus, oh Titus - YOU WILL BE MY FAVORITE FOREVER AND ALWAYS!

Master of None


I have been a fan of Aziz ever since I first saw him in Parks and Rec. After that, I have watched his stand-up from Netflix and thoroughly enjoyed those. I was obviously very excited about the fact that Aziz has done a show for Netflix and once I started watching it, I couldn't stop. Though the show is funny, it is also extremely poignant and touching. Aziz is brilliant and the supporting cast is one I definitely want to see more of. 

Bloodline


My only reason for watching this show was Kyle Chandler (COACH TAYLOR 5EVER!), but after the first couple of episodes, I was completely hooked. The structure of the show is interesting and DEFINITELY made for binge-watching. If you like family dramas and/or crime stories, you definitely should check this one out.

Full House


I will forever remember summer 2015 as the summer I finally REALLY delved into this awesomeness. While living in US I watched episodes of Full House from here and there, but summer 2015 was really the first time I watched it from episode 1 onward in right order. In comparison to some other comedies I watch, the humor is pretty tame, but that doesn't matter, because really this show became a huge comfort for me, something to be watched after a long day or when I was feeling down. There are no words to describe how excited I am for Fuller House on Netflix and getting to feel that Full House kind of comfort again.

Grey's Anatomy


I feel like Grey's Anatomy makes my top lists every single year, and there is a good reason for that. THIS SHOW JUST MEANS SO MUCH TO ME! It is one of the first shows I actually started to watch religiously week after week. I had my first proper binge-watching experiences with it and after all these years, it feels like these characters are so much to me than just people on screen. 

I think the fall season was a good one - there were interesting new relationships and characters and I really cannot wait to see what happens when the show continues.

Grandfathered


I JUST REALLY LIKE JOHN STAMOS, OKAY? This show is kind of silly, but the cast is good and likable and it is nice to see John Stamos in a role that is very reminiscent of his role in Full House

Broad City


If you are a fan of amazing friendship narratives and laugh out loud humor, you definitely should check out Broad City. Ilana and Abby are so damn funny and real and this show in total is one of the funniest things I have ever watched. 

When Calls the Heart


I never expected to like this show, but I was proved wrong. Yes, it is a Hallmark show, but don't let that fact scare you, because if you like period dramas like Downton Abbey, you should really consider giving this a change. It focuses on a rich and young Canadian woman who moves into a mining town to become a teacher and ends up becoming a part of the community and the lives of the people around her. There's also an extremely handsome and kind Mountie called Jack there who will totally melt your heart and make you swoon!

What were some of your favorite shows you watched in 2015? Anything you think I should watch?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Best of 2015: Movies


The end of the year always means that I start to come up with different kind of lists that sum up the year. I thought that this year I would share with you, in addition to my upcoming book survey for 2015, my lists of best movies and TV I watched in 2015, starting with my list of The Best Movies I watched in 2015.

I watched a total of 187 films this year out of which 143 were films that were new to me, meaning that I watched them for the first time in 2015. The films on that list will be from that list. 

Foxcatcher


This film took me completely by surprise! I mostly watched it because of Steve Carell, whom I love, but ended up really enjoying the film as a whole. Also, that ending... don't let anyone spoil it to you before you watch this film (though since this is based on actual events, you might be familiar with the ending already).

Birdman


This film is WEIRD! It's a good thing I like weird. I love Emma Stone, and I have this weird thing going on with Michael Keaton (I mean, he's kind of hot, right?), so I definitely enjoyed this one. Birdman is also like visual candy - the way it has been filmed is so intriguing and interesting and just plain fun to look at.

Cinderella


I kind of hate myself for not going to the cinema to see this one because this film is SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL! Cinderella has been one of my favorite Disney films ever since I was a kid and this film was everything I could have asked for and more. I love Lily James and Richard Madden really makes a pretty hot Prince Charming. 

Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of


So, I am a MASSIVE BSB fan. When I first heard about this film, I wanted to cry from happiness, because while other music and come and gone from my life, BSB has been a constant since like I was like 8 years old. These guys have been the soundtrack to my life for such a long time, and seeing them on screen together, talking about the good and the bad really brought up a lot of emotions.

The truth is that out of all of these films listed here, I cried the most while watching this one (you should probably know that I usually cry at least once while watching films for some reason or another). 

The Night of the Hunter


The winner in the category "the most terrifying film I saw this year". I was expecting a film noir but ended up ABSOLUTELY terrified. If you are looking for an atmospheric, creepy and actually terrifying film, watch this one!

Once Upon a Holiday


I watched a LOT of Hallmark films and Christmas movies this year. I enjoyed many, but the one I liked the most was Once Upon a Holiday. Even though Christmas is already in the past, if you like Royal/Commoner love stories in the style of The Princess Diaries, you really should give this one a go. It is not super Christmassy, so it can definitely be watched after Christmas too. The male lead is SUPER hot too, so that is a bonus. 

Tangerine


I really have no words for this film - it was that good! The IMDb description for the film is "A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart." Though that description is what caught my interest, you should probably also know that this film features amazing trans actresses, humor, raw drama and so much more. I would cry from happiness if anyone from the cast was nominated for an Oscar because it is films like this that really deserve the attention!

Sleeping with Other People


I am so sad I did not get to see this one at the Edinburgh Film Festival in the summer, because this one was really pretty amazing! This is the kind of romantic comedy I would like to see more of. The cast is amazing (I love both Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie and in addition to those two, Adam Scott is also part of the cast and oh my, he is amazing!) and the humor is fresh and funny! 

The Longest Ride


I am one of those idiots who makes fun of Nicholas Sparks films and then cries like a baby while watching them. Out of all the Nicholas Sparks films I've seen (the only one I haven't watched is Safe Haven, mostly because I don't like Josh Duhamel), this one is definitely my favorite (yes, I liked it more than The Notebook). Scott Eastwood is such a babe, and for some reason this just turned me into an emotional mess that compares only to my experience of watching the BSB movie when it comes to "Milka crying to movies in 2015" experiences. 

Don't be an idiot like me and pretend you are too good for Nicholas Sparks films, because if I would have just swallowed by prejudices, I could have seen this glory on the big screen. 

MY COWBOY/SOUTHERN GUY WEAKNESS DEFINITELY HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!

The Hateful Eight


I am a Tarantino fan, so it came to me as no surprise that I really enjoyed this one. It has everything you would expect from a Tarantino film (violence, swearing, complicated characters, interesting visuals), but I personally found the way it discussed issues of race in America, as well as the use of a quite limited setting creatively, to be the most interesting aspects of the film. Not the best film I've seen by Tarantino, but nevertheless awesome!

Spotlight


If someone were to make a film "just for me", I am pretty sure it would look much like Spotlight. A tale of investigative journalism, true crime and so much more, Spotlight was a extremely interesting film to watch and I have a feeling it will be a high contender when it comes to the big film awards in a couple of months. If you like films that focus more on the narrative than flashy special effects and filling the screen with something that doesn't really add anything to the story, WATCH THIS! I am getting so tired of films that are three hours long but contain only about an hour of actual substance, so a film like this was like a breath of fresh air for me. AMAZING, SIMPLY AMAZING!

What were some of the best films you watched in 2015?

Monday, December 28, 2015

Book Review: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Release date: October 29, 2013
Author links: Goodreads - Twitter - Website
Publisher: Touchstone
Pages: 385
Purchase links: Amazon - Book Depository - Adlibris

Description (from Goodreads):

Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices.

Touching, absurd, and darkly comic, Allie Brosh’s highly anticipated book Hyperbole and a Halfshowcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations.

This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like, “The God of Cake,” “Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving,” and her astonishing, “Adventures in Depression,” and “Depression Part Two,” which have been hailed as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written.

Brosh’s debut marks the launch of a major new American humorist who will surely make even the biggest scrooge or snob laugh. We dare you not to.



I had seen this book around in bookstores as well as online, but before I noticed it on Scribd, I never actually knew what it was about. I must say that the cover really made me think this would be a book that I would enjoy, but alas, I was wrong. Though Brosh's blog wasn't familiar to me before, I instantly felt connected to this book and ended up laughing my ass off at three o'clock in the morning while reading this one.

This collection of stories by Allie Brosh consists of tales from her childhood, as well as her adult life. Though this book is definitely one of those titles that will make you laugh out loud, there is also surprising amounts of deepness in there, especially when it comes to her essays Adventures in Depression and Depression Part Two. As a major dog lover and a dog lady for life, I loved the essays that focused on her dogs and the struggles of dog-owning.

I think the essays/stories are extremely well organized - the first essay instantly caught my attention, made me laugh, and managed to suck me in to the book in a way that made me read the whole thing at one sitting. The illustrations are absolutely hilarious, and their simplicity works so well with Brosh's sense of humor. I think this is the type of book that will connect with someone in some way and I am actually really looking forward to gifting this to someone so I can share the laughs with someone else. There is a story about cake here I think a lot of my friends would feel a connection with. 

If you have Scribd subscription, you can read this one from there! 




Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Book Review: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Release date: January 12, 2016
Author links: Goodreads - Twitter - Website
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Age group: YA
Pages: 288
Purchase links: Amazon - Book Depository
(Review copy from Netgalley)

Description (from Goodreads):

Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.

But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school. 

When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside. 

Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.


Oh man, this is one of those books that's really hard to review for two reasons. One, I did not want to give away any of the mystery of the book and thus spoil it for someone. Two, I ABSOLUTELY FREAKING LOVED IT AND WRITING REVIEWS FOR BOOKS THAT I JUST WANT TO SHOUT LOVING THINGS ABOUT IT DIFFICULT. 

I want to start by suggesting that you ADD THIS TO YOUR GOODREADS RIGHT NOW, PREORDER IT AND THEN START TO COUNT DAYS FOR JANUARY 12TH BECAUSE WITH THIS BOOK, YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT. 

I had heard good things about Underwater from some of my blogging pals, but I never expected it to be this good. And I am kind of happy I didn't, because though I generally do not like surprises, being surprised by a book is one of the best things I know. 

Underwater focuses on Morgan who hasn't left her apartment for months. Instead of going to normal high school, she has spend most of the junior year taking online classes that allow her to stay inside in her pajamas. She has a rhythm - take classes, watch TV, eat tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches every day for lunch. Why does not Morgan go outside, you may ask? She is scared. She is afraid of losing control. She is terrified of the things that can happen to her if she leaves the protective walls of the apartment. She feels like danger lurks everywhere. No place is safe, expect her apartment. And going to a normal school, living normal life like she used to, feels like something she can never do again.

When Evan moves to the apartment next door, he brings with him the smell of ocean and sun. He reminds Morgan of the time before her life came crashing down. He gives her hope of maybe someday being okay again. But unlike Evan, Morgan cannot go outside, even if a part of her would want it. Morgan does not want to burden Evan with her reality, but at the same time she feels like Evan might be able to help her. And maybe Morgan can help Evan too, since she knows something about what happened to someone close to Evan. 

There's much more to this book than the slowly budding relationship of Morgan and Evan. I loved the relationship between Morgan and Brenda, the therapist Morgan sees twice a week. This kind of patient-therapist relationships are extremely important because of the stigma that is still unfortunately present. I feel like too often relationships like this are portrayed without proper research and because of that they are flat, prejudiced and tend to support the stigmatized attitudes. Reichardt carefully and skillfully builds the relationship between Morgan and Brenda, showing the benefits of therapy and what goes into the process.

There's also wonderful family dynamics found from this novel. I loved the relationship between Morgan and her little brother who does not quite understand why Morgan is staying inside, but manages to provide her with support, love and distractions. The dynamic between Morgan and her mother is also extremely interesting, especially after Morgan's distant father is added to the mix. 

Reichardt writes so well and in a way that made it impossible for me to put this book down. The way she writes the thoughts and feelings of Morgan is extremely touching and easy to connect with despite the fact that I have never experienced the things Morgan goes through. By the end of this book, I had tears in my eyes, because the power of Reichardt prose and characterization managed to take me by storm.

There was an element to this book that I did not expect at all. I don't want to spoil it to anyone because I loved the process of figuring it out, puzzling together the pieces of information Reichardt gives, but I can say that it has something to do with why Morgan is so afraid. 

Though the subject matter of the book and the things Morgan goes through can get very dark, this novel has an incredible sense of hope and new changes that are up for grabs as soon as soon as Morgan feels like she's ready. Underwater is an incredibly promising, mind-blowingly good debut novel that makes me eagerly anticipate Reichardt's future as an author. 



The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Film Review #13) - Once Upon A Holiday


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year celebrates Christmas and the Holiday season through Christmas related posts.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year will run from the 1st of December to the 25th!
Happy Holidays!




Once Upon a Holiday (2015)
A Hallmark Channel Original Movie
Starring Paul Campbell & Briana Evigan

Since I am a sucker for the royal-commoner love story trope and romantic Christmas stories in general, I absolutely ended up falling in love with Once Upon a Holiday.


Katie is the princess of a randomly named, fictional European country. She is in New York City just a couple of days before Christmas Eve, and her schedule is filled with meetings with ambassadors and other events of official capacity. Dying to spend Christmas like she did when she was a child, running around New York City with her mother, Katie waits for the perfect moment and makes an escape from the confines of her security. But New York City isn't quite as safe as she thought it would be, but luckily she repeatedly runs into a charming young man who eventually ends up giving her the best Christmas of her life.

After getting his heart broken, Jack has been devoting his time to working and helping others. While his sister and friends think he should take a leap and start dating again, he thinks he is not ready for the commitment. When he repeatedly into Katie, who seems like she is a bit lost, it is only natural to him to try and help her. He thinks she might be in trouble and has no idea that Katie is a royal.


Ever since I read Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot YEARS AGO, I have been obsessed with stories that feature love between a royal and a commoner. When I read about this movie, I was pretty positive I would love it, and I was right. Briana Evigan is really good in this one and throughout the whole film she really reminded me of Hayden Panettiere. Paul Campbell is quickly becoming my favorite Hallmark guy out there - there is something so "normal" about him, yet he is incredibly charming and sweet and handsome! I think this was my third Paul Campbell Hallmark film for this year, and I really cannot wait to see more of him in any capacity.

If you are a fan of stories about royals, cute romances, Christmas or cute films in general, you definitely should check this one out! I already kind of want to rewatch it, but I think I will save it for my Christmas Eve/Christmas Day film marathon.


Monday, December 21, 2015

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Film Review #12) - Best Christmas Party Ever


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year celebrates Christmas and the Holiday season through Christmas related posts.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year will run from the 1st of December to the 25th!
Happy Holidays!




Best Christmas Party Ever (2014)
A Hallmark Channel Original Movie
Starring Torrey DeVitto & Steve Lund

After I watched Christmas Incorporated, one of the films of the 2015 Countdown to Christmas lineup and fell in love with Steve Lund, I immediately dug out this one from the 2014 Holidays lineup. I remember skipping this last year mainly because I am not a huge fan of Torrey DeVitto (she has an annoying role in Pretty Little Liars and that has kind of left its mark on me), but I am happy I did watch it now, because I quite ended up enjoying it.


Jennie (DeVitto) is a party planner in New York. After her boss announces that she will retire after the holidays, Jennie starts to hope that it might be her time to take the lead in the company. When Nick (Steve Lund), Jennie's bosses nephew shows up, Jennie soon realizes that rather than being chosen to be the head of the company, she is supposed to help Nick to prepare for that position. When the two are given a project to plan a holiday party for a toy story that has been meaningful for Jennie since she was a child, they have to learn to work together. 


At the beginning it was quite difficult for me to adapt into seeing DeVitto in a role like this, because Jennie is very far away from Melissa, the girl she plays in PLL. The more I watched on, the more I started to like her. I think the plot is nice and simple enough for a movie that has a run time of under 90 minutes. There is no unnecessary drama or too many supporting characters, and I think the development of the relationship between Jennie and Nick is done quite well.


Okay... Let's talk about Steve Lund. This guy is so freaking handsome it is kind of unreal. I am pretty sure he could have chemistry with a piece of paper and I would still be swooning. In under 90 minutes, he managed to make me fall in love with Nick and hope that the film could be a little bit longer just so I could see a little bit more of him and his relationship with Jennie.

I was positively surprised of Best Christmas Party Ever and I have to admit I was prejudiced towards it just because I wasn't quite sure how I would like DeVitto. She and Steve Lund work well together and the chemistry between their characters is definitely there. If you are looking for a romantic Christmas film with a HOT HOT HOT male lead (or a beautiful female lead), definitely check this one out.