Young Adult Book Series You Should Read

Books

When I think about my favorite books, there is a common theme that starts to appear. Many of my favorite books happen to be YA novels, and more specifically, most happen to be series. There is something to be said for getting multiple books to really explore and get to know the characters and world portrayed. Since young adult books typically have plot lines surrounding self-discovery and personal growth, series are particularly enjoyable and at times necessary for these books. While there are many young adult series I have not read, this is my list for the best YA book series that I have read so far.

Fantasy

Harry Potter

Is anyone surprised to see Harry Potter here? It is not one of the best selling book series of all time, as well as one of the most successful movie franchises of all time, for no reason. Harry Potter features an imaginative and exciting world, witty and relatable characters, and amazing adventures and mysteries that keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s probably my favorite series of all time, so it’s safe to say Harry Potter is my number one recommendation if you haven’t already read it.

Percy Jackson

A childhood favorite that still manages to entertain me as an adult, Percy Jackson (both Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus series) is a true classic. Imagining a world in which the Greek gods live in New York and mostly ignore their demigod children, Rick Riordan’s many, many books featuring the same lovable characters are absolutely hilarious, extremely fast paced and riveting, and informative to boot. We’re not gonna talk about the horrible movie adaptations though (I’m still upset about it).

The Earthsea Trilogy

Harry Potter and Percy Jackson are modern classics, but long before they came out, the Earthsea trilogy was dazzling readers with its fantasy world. The world building is incredible, the lore extensive, and the overall plot probably the most traditionally fantasy of the other books on my list. If you are a fan of classic fantasy novels, then you can’t miss reading Earthsea.

Science Fiction

The Hunger Games

Class struggles, segregation, propaganda, mass murder, war, and a badass female protagonist, Hunger Games has basically everything you could want from a dystopian series. The stakes are high and the danger real, and even just reading about Katniss’ situation is enough to make you a little anxious. A perfect binge read, the series also comes with a decent set of movies to watch after you finish the books.

Maze Runner

While I think the first book was definitely the strongest of the three, each book is still extremely entertaining. The characters and their relationships are built up nicely, the overall mystery is pretty intriguing, and there are some surprising twists along the way. The movies are a little weak, especially when looking at other book to movie adaptations like Harry Potter, but they do have Dylan O’Brian in them, so I guess they’re not all bad.

I Am Number 4

Ok I’ll be honest, I haven’t technically finished this series. It did kinda start to drag on a bit towards the end, but the first 4 books or so are really some of my favorites. They have so much action in them, great characters and changing relationship dynamics, and cool powers that make you wish you too were an alien. I am planning on going back and finishing the last book at some point, so even though I haven’t read it all you can still trust me that it’s a good series.

Romance

The Selection

The Selection is basically the Bachelor if the bachelor was a prince. It is really your typical teen romance book, with a love triangle and everything, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a fun read. You get emotionally invested in the characters and the plot lines, even if you don’t expect to, and it takes a while to decide which potential couple you like the best. Now that I think about it, it’s probably even more like the Bachelor than I thought.

Twilight

I know what your probably thinking, but hear me out. Twilight really isn’t that bad. The movies are one thing, but the books became the phenomenon they were for a reason. Are the Twilight books the greatest novels ever? No, absolutely not. But are they still pretty entertaining, and do you still end up with an opinion of Edward vs Jacob? Yeah, pretty much. It’s been a while since I read them, and I honestly can’t remember anything from the books, but I do remember actually enjoying them, so I still think they’re worth reading.


I love young adult books, and especially series that really let me get to know the characters and experience more adventures with them. There are many more series that I could add to this list, and some that probably would have made it had I read them at this point. But of the series that I have read, these are some of my all time favorites. Do you have any recommendations of young adult series I should read? Let me know in the comments below!

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5 Comedy Shows You Need to Watch Now

TV Shows

If you’re a college student like me, then your life just got a whole lot busier and more stressful. With the school year starting back up, and the constant juggling act between studying, relaxing, and having fun beginning again as well, finding ways to unwind and forget about stress for a minute is so important. Recently, I’ve been turning towards comedy shows to help me destress, probably watching way too much TV in the process. Here is my list of some amazing comedy shows I’ve watched recently that you need to watch.

Derry Girls

I can’t speak highly enough of this show, and I really believe that it is one of the best comedies on television that I’ve seen. The show follows a group of Northern Irish teen girls and an English boy as they navigate high school during the Irish Troubles of the 90s. If you like 90s sitcoms, Irish humor, teen humor, or just funny TV shows in general, then you should definitely give Derry Girls a try! Fair warning though, you’ll ultimately be disappointed that there are only 12 episodes out so far.

Derry Girls season 1 trailer

Schitt’s Creek

Schitt’s creek is another show that I finished much too quickly and now have to not-so-patiently wait for the next season to come out on Netflix. The shows see’s the wealthy Rose family as their assets are possessed by the government and they are left moving to a town called Schitt’s Creek, a town they had originally purchased as a joke. Every season just gets better as you get to know the characters and start to see them grow and adapt to their new situation. It’s hilarious, at times heartwarming, and totally binge-worthy.

Schitt’s Creek season 1 trailer

The Tick

The Tick, an Amazon original comedy, is a wacky and bizarre spoof on superhero shows and media. There are so many jokes crammed into each episode, it’s worth rewatching to catch all the jokes you missed the first time. Of all the shows on the list, The Tick’s comedy style is probably the most niche. I mean, I love the show, but I also recognize that it’s pretty damn weird. If you are a fan of dry and slightly strange humor, superhero shows, or spoofs of certain genres, then you’d love The Tick!

The Tick season 1 trailer

American Vandal

Speaking of spoofs, American Vandal is a spoof of true crime documentaries, while somehow managing to feel kind of like a real documentary at the same time. It’s totally juvenile and obscene humor, so I was fully expecting to not find it funny, but I actually had a hard time containing my laughter (warning: do not watch this in a library). Season 1 is definitely stronger than season 2, but season 2 still has a few good moments. It’s laugh-out-loud funny with a captivating mystery as a backdrop, keeping you glued to the screen until the season is over.

American Vandal season 1 trailer

Gravity Falls

A kid’s show that is totally not just for kids, Gravity Falls is right up there with Disney greats like Phineas and Ferb or Kim Possible. The show follows twins Dipper and Mabel Pines as they spend the summer with their great uncle Stan in Gravity Falls, Oregon. Everything is not as it seems in Gravity Falls, and Dipper, Mabel, and their friends seek to uncover the supernatural mysteries of the town. I feel like the best way to describe the show would be that it is a mix of the X-Files and Rick and Morty, but a family friendly version.

Gravity Falls season 1 trailer

I love watching TV shows, and comedies are definitely my favorites. There are of course many more shows I could put on this list (Futurama, Malcolm in the Middle, Parks and Rec, etc), so I just chose to focus on ones I’ve watched recently. Whether you’re busy and looking for a way to destress, or bored and just want to watch something entertaining, these shows are all absolutely hilarious (the trailers really don’t do them justice). Have you seen any funny shows recently? Let me know in the comments below! And make sure to subscribe to stay notified of my new blog posts!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review

Movies
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man is arguably one of the most beloved superhero characters of all-time, a fact that is reflected in the vast amount of movies centered around the character. With many adaptations already existing, including a current series of live-action Spider-Man films, standing apart from those other Spider-Man movies is a challenge. However, it is a challenge that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse handles beautifully.

In this review, I have several different criteria used to judge the movie. Each category will also be given an individual rating in addition to the overall rating of the movie. The criteria includes characters/character development, plot/story, pacing, animation, and dialogue. So without further ado, let’s get into it!

Rating

Plot/Story

9

Characters

7

Pacing

9

Animation

10

Dialogue

8

Overall

8.5

Plot and Story

Trailer for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider- Verse”

Into the Spider-Verse is not the same Spider-Man story we’ve heard a thousand times. Or at least, it is the same story just with a twist or two. The movie introduces the idea of a multiverse, in which several universes exist with different versions of Spider-Man. These versions include the Peter Parker we all know and love, as well as a kid named Miles Morales as the newest Spider-Man and the main character of the movie. When the villain of the story, Kingpin, opens a portal to these other universes, several different Spider-People cross over into Miles’ universe, and they must work together to return to their own universes and destroy Kingpin’s machine.

The use of the multiverse takes a story we’ve heard a thousand times and breathes new life into it, even poking fun at the fact that the original story has been told so many times. It is wildly entertaining to see all of the versions of Spider-Man that have existed, as well as to see Miles learn to become Spider-Man himself. However, the actual plot of Kingpin as the bad guy and destroying his machine as the end goal kinda gets lost (or at least overshadowed) by the multiverse storyline. The overall story though feels fresh and exiting even amidst the other Spider-Man stories that have been told.

Characters

Different versions of Spider-Man that appear in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Characters in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Most of the characters in the movie are the different versions of Spider-Man, including a female version, an anime style girl with a robot, a film-noir Spider-Man that fights Nazis and is voiced by Nicholas Cage, and a pig named Spider-Ham that is voiced by John Mulaney. Of course, the real highlights are Miles Morales, the newest Spider-Man, and a jaded Peter Parker as his mentor.

The characters are each hilarious, unique, and fun, but (with the exception of Miles and Peter Parker) not developed much or even really seen for that matter. The relationship between Miles and Peter is amazing, and many of the characters get their moments to shine (like Miles’ dad and uncle), but the other Spider-People are not as well-developed as they could be. With that being said though, I do also want to mention the representation in the movie, which features a Hispanic and African American main character and a wide array of badass female characters.

Pacing

The pacing of the movie is overall really strong. It is exciting and fast paced, with great action sequences, some good plot twists, and witty dialogue between the characters. However, because the overall plot of Kingpin and his machine isn’t quite as exciting to me as the multiverse stuff, the movie doesn’t feel like it’s building up to anything too crazy or exciting, which kinda slows down the pacing a bit (don’t get me wrong though, I do enjoy the overall plot, it just isn’t a main standout for me).

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Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack

One more thing to mention about the pacing is the soundtrack of the movie. I know that music isn’t necessarily an aspect of pacing, but it can make a big difference in the feel of a scene and the tone of the movie overall, impacting how the pacing of the scenes seem as well. The soundtrack for the movie is incredible, with each song perfectly expressing the mood, feeling, and of course the pacing of each scene. The songs help to make the movie more exciting and enjoyable overall, and also helps to establish Miles’ character even further.

Animation

The animation is so stunning and unique in Into the Spider-Verse. It mixes different styles of animation but somehow makes them blend together seamlessly. Each person in the movie looks completely different, even the background characters, which can be a rare thing to see in animated movies. Even the colors used seem different than what you usually see. The whole film is a work of art, and it is truly some of the best animation I’ve seen. If you’re an animation geek like I am, you need to watch the movie just to appreciate the art.

Dialogue

Balancing humor, genuinely good life advice, and touching sentiments, the dialogue is one of the stronger parts of Into the Spider-Verse. The relationships between Miles and some of the other characters, like his dad, uncle, and Peter Parker, are well developed and realistic due to the strong rapport between the characters.

My only complaint with the dialogue is that the more minor characters often have little dialogue at all, preventing them from being fully developed. This is especially upsetting with the characters voiced by Nick Cage and John Mulaney, which had the potential to be even more hilarious and memorable had they actually had more to say. So while the dialogue is pretty strong between the main characters, the dialogue with minor characters is more of a missed opportunity in many cases.

Peter B. Parker’s introduction – a good example of the dialogue in the movie

Conclusion

Overall, Into the Spider-Verse is an amazing movie, and definitely one I would recommend watching. Even if you’re sick of Spider-Man movies, or just superhero movies in general, this movie’s uniqueness makes it a refreshing change. While the some of the characters and dialogue represent a missed opportunity, everything else – from the animation, to the idea of the multiverse, the pacing, and even the soundtrack – is absolutely wonderful.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is available to watch on Netflix, and if you have a Netflix account, I would definitely say it is a must watch. In fact, I would say it’s a must watch for just about anyone, appealing to superhero fans, animation fans, and everyone in between. Have you seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below! And make sure to subscribe to be notified of my new posts!

Streaming Services Ranked – Netflix vs Hulu vs Amazon Prime Video

Reviews
Netflix
Hulu
Prime Video

Streaming services are slowly but surely starting to replace cable television, but each streaming platform has different shows and movies that it offers. Where not everyone wants to spend the money to get every streaming service that exists, knowing the pros and cons of different streaming platforms helps people watch the shows and movies they want to without breaking the bank.

I’ve compiled a pros and cons list for Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and have ranked each of them according to my personal preferences. I include the price, mobile app, and some of the shows and movies available as part of my ranking.


Netflix

netflix logo

Pros

  • Great original content
  • Large selection of both movies and shows
  • Good mobile app
  • Ability to download shows
  • Binge-friendly format

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Have to wait for new seasons to come out
  • Often remove old shows/movies

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services, and for good reason. The biggest benefit to Netflix in my opinion are all of their original shows and movies, such as Stranger Things, Derry Girls, Mulan (one of my all-time favorite movies), and many more. Also, they have one of the better mobile apps, with an intuitive design and the ability to download certain videos.

However, there are some problems with Netflix, the biggest of which for me is the price. Not only is Netflix pretty expensive, but they have also been raising their prices recently. The lowest plan starts at $9 dollars a month but has limitations such as no HD videos and viewing on only one screen at a time, while the most expensive plan costs $16 a month. The other biggest drawback for me is that you have to wait a long time for newer seasons and episodes to come out on Netflix.

Hulu

Hulu logo

Pros

  • Episodes come out on Hulu as they come out on TV
  • Options for add-ons like live TV, HBO, and Spotify plans
  • Large selection of TV shows
  • Cheaper option

Cons

  • Not as many movies as Netflix
  • Mobile app isn’t great
  • Glitches occasionally on the website and mobile app

Hulu is an amazing option if you’re looking for a large selection of TV shows, especially current shows. One of the biggest benefits of Hulu over Netflix is the fact that episodes are often released on Hulu as they come out on TV, whereas Netflix makes you wait a long time. While this does make shows less binge-friendly, it’s great if you don’t have cable but still want to watch cable shows as they come out. Some of my favorite shows on Hulu are The Good Place and Veronica Mars. I haven’t seen too many Hulu original shows (season 1 of Runaways was pretty good), but I have heard good things about most of them.

I also really like how customizable the plans are, with various price points and add-ons to suit different needs. They also offer student discounts, making it a great option for people in college. However, I will say that the mobile app isn’t the best, and I often receive error messages when I try to watch something online (this could be an isolated problem though). Also, I would recommend Netflix over Hulu if you watch movies but not TV shows, as I think Netflix’s movie selection is better.

Prime Video

Pros

  • Comes with Amazon Prime
  • Great original content
  • Ability to rent straight from the site if a show or movie is not available
  • Not too expensive, and student pricing available

Cons

  • Not always clear whether or not something is actually free or if you have to pay extra
  • Streaming online is not compatible with certain plug-ins
  • The app is good, but has some issues

Prime video is such a great option, if only because you get the other benefits of Amazon Prime as well. I mean, free 2-day shipping, special deals, and access to their entire library of shows and movies for $13 dollars a month or $119 a year is kind of an insane deal. They have a great selection, including shows like Psych and The Tick, but I will say I think the show selection is better than the movie selection. However, you can rent shows or movies straight from the site if it’s not available for free.

My biggest complaint with Prime Video is that it, for some reason, makes my comuter overheat when I try to watch videos. Now, I’ve talked to other people who don’t share this problem, so it’s probably not too big of a problem, but it does mean that you may need to download a different plug-in or the Prime Video app to watch something. The app is fine but not the most intuitive, and it starts the next video way too quickly. And finally, I don’t like that shows and movies not included with the actual prime membership often show up in searches, as it makes it confusing as to which videos you can actually watch.


Conclusion

All of the streaming platforms listed above are great options for streaming shows and movies for different reasons. Netflix is best for people who watch a lot of shows and movies, and who can afford to pay a little extra. Hulu is best for students and people who may want to stop paying for cable. And finally, Prime Video is best for people who use Amazon regularly and would benefit from the additional benefits of Prime.

Overall, my top pick out of these three would be Prime Video. It is just such a good deal with the other benefits of Prime, not to mention they have a huge selection of videos (with some pretty great original ones as well). My second choice would be Hulu because of it’s relatively low cost and the ability to add on extra services like Showtime and Live TV. Finally, while I love Netflix and its absolutely huge library of shows, movies, and original content, the high (and rising) cost does limit its appeal for me.

At the end of the day, you really can’t go wrong with either Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video. Each of them has their drawbacks, but ultimately the benefits outweigh those problems. What streaming platforms do you like to use, or which ones do you hate? Let me know in the comments below! And make to subscribe to be notified of my newest blog posts!

Best Fashion Youtubers You Need to Watch

Fashion
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The Best Fashion Youtubers You Need to Watch

If you’re like me and are interested in fashion but are not sure how to learn about it, Youtube is the place to go. Fashion videos on Youtube are extremely helpful, and there are many fashion Youtubers that give great advice, offer helpful tips and tricks, provide outfit inspiration, and entertain people in the process.

There are many great Youtubers focused on fashion, so everyone can find one that they love and are inspired by. I’ve compiled a list of 7 the best fashion Youtubers that you need to watch, or at least the best fashion Youtubers that I’ve seen so far. So without further ado, let’s get into it!

Best Dressed

Best Dressed, AKA Ashley, is the first fashion Youtuber that I started watching. She is my number one recommendation for anyone interested in fashion, but especially for beginners and people new to watching fashion videos on Youtube. She offers great advice and has an amazing fashion sense, but the best part of watching is just for Ashley herself. She is extremely entertaining, her commentary is funny and relatable, and her videos are extremely high quality.

“50 outfits for when you have nothing to wear” – one of Ashley’s best (and most popular) videos

Amy Serrano

Amy is extremely knowledgable about fashion, and watching her videos helps you become more knowledgable about it too. Amy is great at breaking down trends and style elements, thoroughly explaining and demonstrating what makes a good outfit. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there is always something to gain from watching her. Not to mention, Amy is actually a professional stylist. Trust me, this girl knows her stuff.

“10 closet essentials for a killer wardrobe” – for beginners looking to buy basic pieces

Miss Alex

One of my favorite things about Miss Alex is the fact that the majority of her videos are quite short (usually around 10 minutes or less). When you’re looking for fashion tips or outfit inspiration, you don’t always want to spend a lot of time watching a video. While her videos are short, they have some great information and outfits packed into them. Speaking of short, Alex is very short herself, and so if you are petite and looking for advice on how to style your outfits, she is a great choice for that.

“Summer outfits with basics” – simple/casual outfit ideas that most people can easily replicate

The Notorious KIA

The Notorious KIA, AKA Kia, has a great selection of lookbooks in which she provides outfit ideas and advice on different styles and trends. I’m most impressed by how thought out and extremely detailed all of her videos are. They are each jam packed with tips and advice to an extent that I think few other fashion Youtubers match. I would most recommend her videos if you have a specific style question (like how to pair different prints), but she’s helpful and entertaining to watch even if you don’t have a specific need.

“How to: discover your personal style!” – detailed guide to help you define your style

Ivy Nicole

Ivy Nicole is seriously underrated. She has amazing style, great editing skills, and a variety of different videos she’s put out. Her videos are generally not too long, but they vary in length enough that you can always find a video to fit your schedule. Ivy also just seems like such a nice and positive person, that it’s hard not to enjoy watching her videos.

“Lazy day outfits” – comfortable outfits that still look put together and cute

Haley’s Corner

This girl can find great pieces in a thrift store like nobody’s business. While her thrift haul videos are great, she also has plenty of fashion tips and outfit inspiration videos, as well as beauty videos and even DIY videos. Haley’s videos always make me want to go shopping, and often inspire me to try something a little different. If you enjoy watching hauls and thrift flips, her videos are some of the best.

“Epic $100 thrift haul” – vintage clothes thrifted for very little money

And I Get Dressed

And I Get Dressed, AKA Kellie, is so entertaining to watch. She is hilarious, joyful, and all around just seems like a fun person. She focuses on plus size fashion, doing hauls, try-on videos, and vlogs of her life. Kellie doesn’t do too many tip videos, but she does explore different plus size brands and provides outfit ideas. Regardless of if you’re plus size or not, her videos are still super fun to watch just because of her personality.

“I let a stranger pick my outfits” – this video is more entertaining than you might expect

So there you have it! Those are seven of my favorite fashion Youtubers that I feel give great fashion tips, have amazing style, provide outfit inspiration, and are just generally really entertaining and fun to watch! Do you have a favorite fashion Youtuber not on this list? Let me know in the comments below! And make sure to subscribe to Sweet and Petite to stay updated on my newest posts!

Review of Avatar: the Last Airbender

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Aang in Avatar the Last Airbender
Avatar Aang in Avatar: the Last Airbender

Writing a review of Avatar: the Last Airbender is extremely easy for me. I’ll go ahead and tell you now, I give it 6 stars out of 5, an A++, 110%, and whatever other ways would allow me to express my love for ATLA. Growing up, it was one of my favorite shows, and even over 10 years later, it still remains one of the best shows I’ve seen (I’ve actually seen it about 5 or 6 times now). In today’s post, I’ll be reviewing and explaining why Avatar the Last Airbender is an amazing show, and why I think everyone should watch it!

Criteria

My criteria for evaluating the show includes how likable the characters are and their development/character arcs, how original, entertaining, and cohesive the overall plot and story are, the quality of dialogue, including emotional or humorous moments in the show, and the overall pacing of each episode, season, and the series as whole.

Below, I have my ratings on a scale from 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest) for each individual category, as well as for the show as a whole.


Story/Plot:9

Characters: 10

Dialogue: 8

Pacing: 8

Show: 10

Story and Plot

With an imaginative and expansive world, well-developed lore, and a unique concept, the story of Avatar: the Last Airbender is truly one of the best. Rather than explaining the story to you myself, I’ve instead decided to let the show itself tell you. The intro perfectly sets up the show and gives an insight into the world and characters as an added bonus.

Intro to Avatar: the Last Airbender

While the show’s story and concept as a whole are amazing, the plot of each season and each individual episode are just as strong. Each season builds upon the one before, with evolving character arcs and relationships, an increasingly mature tone, and an exciting overarching plot that drives the plot of each episode. However, some individual episodes are perhaps not as strong as the others, either by not advancing the plot or characters much, or by generally lacking the same level of emotional punch packed into the other episodes. That being said, every episode is thoroughly enjoyable and still worth watching.

Characters

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Aang, Sokka, Toph, and Katara (Team Avatar)

The characters in ATLA are easily the highlight for me. Each one is funny, endearing, and entirely lovable, while also each being entirely unique. The characters grow and mature over the course of the three seasons, with truly some of the best written character arcs in any show. Each of the characters have well-developed and changing relationships with the other characters they interact with, making the characters and the show as a whole feel authentic and believable.

As the seasons go on, the characters and their relationships evolve with the plot. Avatar is a children’s show (and the first season especially reflects this), but as the characters grow up over the course of the show, so too does the overall tone of the story. While the main characters are very young and certainly appeal to a younger audience, they usually come off as endearing rather than annoying, a rare thing for many kid’s shows. If I had to pick a favorite character, I honestly would have trouble deciding between them.

Dialogue

Avatar’s dialogue is generally fantastic, perfectly complementing the amazing characters. The writing is funny, energetic, thoughtful, introspective, witty, and at times deeply moving and inspiring. However, when deciding what to say about the dialogue, I struggled to be objective and put my personal feelings towards the show aside.

Even though I do truly feel like the dialogue is great, I do feel it is necessary to point out the fact that it is ultimately a kid’s show. While not afraid to explore deep topics such as the loss of loved ones, some of the jokes are definitely geared towards kids. I personally still find it funny and enjoyable, but some people may find some of the dialogue to be tedious or juvenile.

Overall, the dialogue is still a large part of what makes the show so great. Each character has their own unique voice and sense of humor, and the different personalities perfectly play off each other. Click here to see just a few of the most iconic lines from the show!

Pacing

The pacing of Avatar is overall fantastic (are you sensing a common theme yet?), with plenty of great exciting moments, action sequences, and emotional scenes. However, there are some aspects that do lower my overall score for pacing.

First, while I appreciate that the show grows and matures over the three seasons, this means that the first season seems a lot slower and less exciting in comparison to the others. Also, there are some filler episodes that don’t do too much to advance the plot or characters. While those filler episodes are often still entertaining, they do slow down the overall pacing a bit.

Avatar Review – Final Thoughts

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Avatar: the Last Airbender

I’m not gonna lie, I do feel a little biased towards this show. I mean, the nostalgia alone is enough to make me want to rate Avatar a 10 out of 10. But even putting my bias aside and looking at the show objectively, it still holds up as an amazing show. If you weren’t already convinced, it even has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating and a 9.2/10 rating on IMDb.

Avatar is funny, heartwarming, exciting, beautiful, and so much more. It is probably my favorite show ever, and I know a lot of other people who feel the same. I cannot recommend this show highly enough.

Have you seen Avatar? What would you rate it? If you haven’t seen it yet, do you plan on watching it? Let me know in the comments below! And make sure to subscribe to Sweet and Petite to be notified of my new blog posts!

Young Adult Books Everyone Should Read

Despite the genre’s name, young adult books are not exclusively for teenagers and adolescents. With classic themes and tropes, relatable characters, and plots that often center around a journey of self-discovery, YA novels have something that anyone can enjoy or relate to.

As someone who is technically still considered a young adult, I have read many YA novels and still continue to read more. In fact, many of my favorite books are actually young adult books. While it’s true that some lean a little more on the young side, many are enjoyable and relatable reads regardless of age. I’ve compiled a list of some classic young adult books from different genres that anyone can enjoy. So without further ado, let’s get into it!


Harry Potter (fantasy)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book cover.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The Harry Potter books are some of the most popular books of all time, so it should come as no surprise to see it here. If you haven’t read the books or seen the movies, and aren’t sure whether to get into the series, I urge you to check it out.

Each new book offers exciting, well-paced adventures set in an expansive, imaginative, and (not to sound too cheesy) truly magical world. The writing is funny, exciting, thoughtful, and immersive.

But the real reason to read is the well developed characters, each with their own unique personalities, voices, and character arcs that see them grow over the course of series. With amazing characters, an immersive world, and exciting adventures, I can’t recommend the series enough.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (fiction)

book cover for It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Fair warning, It’s Kind of a Funny Story is more sad than the title would suggest. Following a teen boy’s experience in a mental hospital after he nearly commits suicide, the subject matter is admittedly dark and at times difficult to read about. However, It’s Kind of a Funny Story is beautifully written, thoughtful, and deeply moving.

Depression and mental health struggles are themes that, unfortunately, many people can relate to. With humor, wit, and an ultimately hopeful tone, Ned Vizzini’s novel wonderfully portrays depression while showing the hopefulness of the journey towards recovery. No matter whether you are a young adult or not, It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a must-read that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.

Between Shades of Gray (historical fiction)

Between Shades of Gray book cover
Between Shades of Gray

Ruta Sepetys has become one of my favorite authors. All of her books that I’ve read have been amazing, but my favorite one is definitely Between Shades of Gray.

Taking place in World War II era Lithuania, the book follows the capture and displacement of the main character and thousands of others deemed undesirable by Stalin. This is an aspect of history that I hadn’t learned about before reading this book, and while it is only based on history, it still has a lot of interesting information seamlessly blended with storytelling.

Between Shades of Gray is gripping, moving, and dramatic. If you are a fan of historical fiction, or if you just like entertaining books with great characters, you should check out Ruta Sepetys’ books.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (science fiction)

Book cover for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is wonderfully bizarre in all the best ways. When Earth is destroyed to make way for a freeway, human Arthur Dent is taken on a journey around the universe as his friend, Ford Prefect, does research for the revision of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

With witty writing, a large cast of strange characters, an imaginative world, and the answer to life itself, this novel is the full package. Instead of trying to tell you how funny this book is, I’ve decided that this quote better sums it up: “You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.” “Why, what did she tell you?” “I don’t know, I didn’t listen.”

Farewell to Manzanar (non-fiction)

Farewell to Manzanar book cover
Farewell to Manzanar

Farewell to Manzanar is a biography written by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, a Japanese-American whose family had been put into an internment camp during World War II. Shedding light on a subject often glossed over or even ignored in schools, Farewell to Manzanar describes what life was like in the American internment camps, and the horrors that those American families were put through.

Both haunting and touching, this is one of the best biographies I’ve read so far. If you are a fan of historical novels, World War II history, or other novels such as The Diary of Anne Frank, Farewell to Manzanar is an excellent book that I highly recommend everyone to read.


As a young adult, I typically find myself enjoying and relating to YA books. However, with many universal themes, well-written characters, and more, young adult books can appeal to anyone, regardless of their age. The five books on my list are ones that I feel not only could appeal to anyone, but that can stand the test of time as well. In fact, several of these books were recommended to by my parents, who read them when they were young adults.

Of course, this list contains only a few of my favorite young adult novels. Also, while I have read a lot, there are of course many I haven’t yet had the chance to read. Have any young adult books you hoped to see on this list, or any recommendations for what I should read next? Let me know in the comments below! And make sure to subscribe to Sweet and Petite to stay updated on my newest posts. Thanks for reading!


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My All-Time Favorite Movies

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My All-Time Favorite Movies

When somebody asks me what I like to do for fun, I usually answer with reading, binge watching, and watching (and rewatching) movies. After almost 20 years of answering with that, it’s safe to say I’ve seen my fair share of movies.

There are so many movies that I love, that compiling a list of just a few is a challenge. However, certain ones stand out for me either for the nostalgia attached to them, the actual level of quality, or just the sheer number of times I’ve watched or read them. These are my top 5 all-time favorite movies.


Clueless

Cher and Dionne in Clueless (1995)

Rom-Coms are some of my favorite movies, from 13 Going on 30 to How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, but Clueless is undoubtedly my favorite. With an outstanding cast, iconic outfits, endlessly quotable lines, and lovable characters, Clueless is always my go-to romantic comedy. Not to mention it is a wonderful reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma. I mean, what more could you possibly need from a movie?

Princess Bride

The 1980s boast some pretty amazing movies (think any John Hughes movie), but my personal favorite is The Princess Bride. Adventure, romance, and hilarity all rolled up into one, The Princess Bride is a truly classic movie that stands the test of time. Every character, every scene and every quote are so memorable, and each minute of the movie enjoyable. There is something for everyone to love and enjoy about The Princess Bride.

Princess Buttercup and Westley in The Princess Bride.

Mulan

Mulan in Disney’s movie by the same name

Disney and Pixar movies are my absolute favorite. I love animation, and Disney and Pixar not only just come out with some of the best animated movies, but they are also the movies I grew up watching the most. I can’t pick one main favorite, but Mulan, Tangled, Ratatouille, and Coco stand apart as the ones I am most likely to rewatch (for the millionth time). With Disney, you can’t go wrong.

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire could not be more different than the other movies on this list, and while it’s not necessarily one that I go to watch frequently, every time I’ve seen it I have been absolutely blown away. With a story that is simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking, it is without a doubt the best film I have seen (though Shawshank Redemption and Ex Machina come close). Truly a must-see movie for everyone.

Jamal and Latika in Slumdog Millionaire

Harry Potter

Harry Potter and Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

As a big reader, I’m almost always disappointed by book-to-movie adaptations. However, the Harry Potter movies are a rare exception, staying pretty true to the original source material. As a massive Harry Potter fan, there are few things more exciting than seeing the amazing world and characters from the books come to life. But while I love the movies, the books are still better 🙂


Watching movies is one of my favorite things to do, and is something that I’ve done quite a bit of. Out of the many movies I’ve seen, these five stand out as my all-time favorite movies. They are the ones that I consistently go back and rewatch, that make me laugh and cry even after already knowing what happens. If rewatching a movie feels like visiting an old friend, then these movies are like visiting family for me.

What are your favorite movies of all time? Let me know in the comments below! And don’t forget to subscribe to Sweet and Petite to see more blogs about movies, TV shows, books, fashion, and more!