September TV Show Series Premiere Reviews

Limitless

My Rating: 8.5/10

IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

For Fans Of: Sherlock, ElementaryBlacklist, and Scorpion

I enjoyed the movie version of Limitless and was looking forward to seeing a weekly TV version of the starring Jake McDorman (from Greek) and Jennifer Carpenter (from Dexter), with guest appearance by Bradley Cooper. If you’re a fan of shows featuring a genius who helps solve crimes, like Sherlock and Elementary, then you’ll love Limitless. The beginning of the episode plays out almost exactly the same as the beginning of the movie did, so that was slightly unoriginal, but that was really my only disappointment from this. I enjoyed McDorman’s humour and the voice-over conversations he had with himself that help explain his train of thought.

SCREAM QUEENS

My Rating: 8.25/10

IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

For Fans Of: American Horror Story and Scream

I really enjoyed Scream Queens. It was so insanely weird and creepy and funny. Be warned though, this isn’t a serious horror TV show but is instead a fantastic satire. There is definitely some gore in this, so make sure you have a strong stomach. This premiere especially reminded me of the American Horror Story: Coven season with the the uber bitchy but funny lines. The show also left me guessing as to who is the killer and what the motive is behind the killings, which I enjoyed since that is usually pretty easy to figure out. My one worry for the show is that, since quite a few characters died in the first episode, I’m not sure how much lasting potential the show has and how they’re going to continue with other seasons. The only way I could see that working is if they turned it into an anthology series, like AHS.

Blindspot

My Rating: 6/10

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

For Fans Of: Blacklist, Kyle XY, and Person of Interest

This was one of the shows I was most excited about. I love Jaimie Alexander (from Thor and Kyle XY) and I was intrigued about the idea of her having no memory, but being covered in tattoos that are all clues. Unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed by this premiere. Jaimie Alexander’s performance and the curiosity of wanting to find out her story were the only things I enjoyed about the show. The male FBI agent that she gets paired up with is the typical macho growly-voiced man, spouting off one-liners in the vein of CSI: Miami (ugh, I know right?). All the action was way too predictable and there were far too many coincidences that left me scoffing and rolling my eyes.

P.S. The second episode was even worse than the first. Yes, I gave it a second shot. I’m definitely done with this show now.

Minority Report

My Rating: 6.5/10

IMDB Rating: 6.1/10

For Fans Of: Almost Human, Caprica, and Continuum

I was a big fan of the movie version of this TV show and was excited to be watching a show again that was set in the future. The trailer makes the show look quite cheesy, and I’m glad I went into the show with that mindset because it was super cheeseballs. I did enjoy the futuristic setting and I liked that they didn’t do it exactly the same as Minority Report. They have instead set it after Pre-Crime has been abolished and the three children who could see the future murders (called pre-cogs) have now kind of gone into hiding. It was interesting and kind of entertaining, but followed the stereotypical procedural drama script. Oh and the main detective lady’s outfits were all about the boob. Like we get it, she has large lady lumps. Honestly, was she wearing a push-up bra while running? Can you not.

Quantico

My Rating: 8.5/10

IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

For Fans Of: Grey’s Anatomy, Cover Affairs, and How To Get Away With Murder

I’m totally addicted to this after one episode. It reminds me of Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder a lot. Newbies coming to the FBI training centre who have to work and live together while hiding all these secrets. Plus there’s a bombing that one of them is behind? Sign me up. I just love how many characters there are and storylines they have to explore. It also seems like they all have interesting backgrounds to their characters, which I like. So much happened in the first episode, and yet you still know almost nothing about the bombing or who these people really are. I’m very intrigued. Not exactly amazing acting, but it will definitely be a guilty pleasure must-watch for me.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Book Review

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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is the second book I’ve read by her, and now my favourite of the two (the other one was Oryx & Crake, which I really enjoyed). I’m a fan of books that touch on feminist issues and The Handmaid’s Tale essentially revolves around the limitations put on women and the control exerted over them by men.

Atwood’s writing style in this book is extremely poetic, and I personally loved this. I’m honestly not usually a huge fan of poetry because I sometimes find it confusing or, and don’t hate me, pretentious depending on the author. Atwood’s lyrical style of writing in The Handmaid’s Tale added depth to the narrator’s voice. The poeticism of this book helped suck me into the story and I ended up reading it quite quickly. That being said, I have read a lot of reviews where readers hated this about the book.

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I enjoyed the way that Atwood unfolded the protagonist’s story, jumping between her present situation in the dystopian society and her past, which led to this society emerging. The one negative comment I have about the past and present jumping is that it there wasn’t any visual on the page to show this jump, so it would take a few sentences sometimes to realise what had happened. This wasn’t too distracting from the story though, because it was usually easy enough to figure out and then continue on.

I would give this a 4.75/5

For Fans Of: 1984 by George Orwell, Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – Book Review

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Adrift after her sister Bailey’s sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey’s boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs… though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart.

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The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson is the second book by Nelson that I’ve read. She also wrote I’ll Give You the Sun, which is one of my all-time favourite Young Adult novels. The Sky is Everywhere was honestly incredibly beautiful. It had loss, heartbreak, love, friendship, and poetry. One of my favourite things about reading this book was the ‘found’ poems that showed up throughout the book. These poems were written by the protagonist and were left around her small town, and they helped illustrate her intense loneliness after the loss of her sister.

Nelson has brought art into both of her books and I adore the unique way in which she includes them in her work. In I’ll Give You the Sun both main characters were artists and described scenes in ways that connected with their particular medium, one sibling even titles scenes in his life as if their works of art. In The Sky is Everywhere Lennie writes poetry, but is also a musician, describing certain moments in a melodic way.


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The Sky is Everywhere is Nelson’s first work, and as such wasn’t quite as developed or emotionally fraught as her later work, I’ll Give You the Sun. Despite being her debut, it is still a truly wonderful read and gave me all the feels. I enjoyed Lennie’s confusing and slightly messed up love story.  It was not the safe direction that a lot of young adult authors would have taken the novel, and because of this I found it refreshing.

I would give this 4.75/5

For Fans Of: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Isla and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, and If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht – Book Review

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LEAVE YOUR MARK isn’t a book of advice — it’s a mentorship in 288 pages. 

Aliza Licht– global fashion communications executive, AKA fashion’s favorite ‘PR girl’ and former Twitter phenomenon– is here to tell her story, complete with The Devil Wears Prada-like moments and insider secrets.

Drawing invaluable lessons from her experience, Licht shares advice, inspiration, and a healthy dose of real talk in LEAVE YOUR MARK. She delivers personal and professional guidance for people just starting their careers and for people who are well on their way. With a particular emphasis on communicating and building your personal brand, something she knows a thing or two about, Aliza is your sassy, knowledgeable guide to the contemporary working world, where personal and professional lines are blurred and the most important thing you can have is a strong sense of self.

Leave Your Mark is exactly what it says it is. It’s a social media, PR, fashion, and marketing mentorship all rolled into one. Broken into easy sections that chronicle Licht’s career, it’s fun to read about her career evolving.

As someone starting out in the industry, Licht’s story was very inspiring and made me want to push myself and gain more job experience. Licht details the hard work that she put in to get where she is now, which shows how much effort anyone in the PR and marketing industry has to put in. The book is both a reality check and incredibly motivational.

I enjoyed how she incorporated lots of witty quips and personal stories to make you feel a connection with her journey. The book is split into three main parts, making the small book seem even less daunting. Within each section, Licht has created lots of easy-to-read lists describing tips and steps for success. I don’t know if I’m the only one but I truly adore lists; they turn what could be daunting paragraphs into easy bite-size chunks of info.

The only thing that I felt was missing from the book was further detail on how she went from her starting position at DKNY to her current position at DKNY. This would have been especially useful for anyone already in a starting position at their dream company but looking for more tips on how to move up.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone entering university, currently in university, or recently graduated and beginning their career. It was a very fun and inspiring read that I will continue to revisit when I need to motivate myself. One of the drawbacks of the book is that a decent amount of the information is pretty basic, so it may be interesting but not as insightful for readers with more career experience.

I would give this 4.25/5

For Fans of: #Girlboss, Blog Inc., and How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are