Summer of Series: Ellie Marney Interview & Giveaway!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! You guys, I am so excited to have Ellie Marney on the blog today. If you have not heard of her, you are seriously missing out. Just check out her answer to the first interview question and I guarantee you'll be hooked!

Every Move
third in the Every series
Published March 1, 2015 by Allen & Unwin
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Rachel Watts is suffering from recurring nightmares about her near-death experience in London. She just wants to forget the whole ordeal, but her boyfriend, James Mycroft, is obsessed with piecing the puzzle together and anticipating the next move of the mysterious Mr Wild - his own personal Moriarty.

So when Rachel's brother, Mike, suggests a trip back to their old home in Five Mile, Rachel can't wait to get away. Unfortunately it's not the quiet weekend she was hoping for with the unexpected company of Mike's old school buddy, the wildly unreliable Harris Derwent.

hings get worse for Rachel when Harris returns to Melbourne with them - but could Harris be the only person who can help her move forward? Then a series of murders suggests that Mr Wild is still hot on their tails and that Mycroft has something Wild wants - something Wild is prepared to kill for.
Can Watts and Mycroft stay one step ahead of the smartest of all criminal masterminds? The stage is set for a showdown of legendary proportions...

Praise for Every Breath: A smart, contemporary take on a timely classic that is sure to please Sherlock aficionados of all ages. - Kirkus Reviews

Describing the Every series in 140 characters. No cheating or the Twitter gods are going to get you!
Wanna-be teenage Sherlock and his kick-arse girl Watson fall headlong into danger – and into each others’ arms – in the Aussie Every series.

What has been your favorite part of writing the Every series?
Well, I’m a bit of a sucker for my leading characters, and I have to say I fell hard for Mycroft while writing these books It was a pleasure to get back into the writing knowing I was going to spend time with him! I also loved following the character arcs – the way Rachel fights her demons in Every Move, and the unfolding development of Mycroft’s background and character, those were really fantastic things to have a chance to write, and to stretch myself with the writing.

Did you always plan for this to be a series? How did it take shape in your mind?
I actually never planned to take it further than one standalone book. But my publisher was so happy with Every Breath, and I was already a bit on fire with ideas for how the characters might continue into their next adventure…by the time we started talking about what my second book might be, I had already written a number of scenes for Every Word. I hadn’t even been given the green light for a sequel at that stage! I was so happy there was such a great response to the first book, because it gave me the chance to write the second. Then it seemed logical to complete a trilogy… I guess we started with that first idea and just ran with it J

What inspired you to write this series?
I was first inspired to write Every Breath by a long-standing love of Sherlock Holmes (as in, the Conan Doyle canon, which I read as a kid), and a little bit of curiosity – I’d always wondered what Sherlock would have been like as a teenager. Brilliant – obviously – and a bit arrogant, from all that brilliance, and also quite eccentric and charming…and so James Mycroft was born. The other thing that inspired me was the idea of writing a murder mystery for teenagers, and setting it in a location that I knew well and loved. I wanted to see what it would be like to write the grittier side of Melbourne, which is my adopted hometown, as well as some of the country locations that remind me of the areas where I grew up. So the Every series travels from Melbourne – with a side-trip (in Every Word) to London – and out to the wilder countryside of rural Australia.

Can you share anything with us about your next project?
Yes! I’m writing another YA crime story, but this one is a fair bit darker and more intense – with a major dollop of romance. One of the secondary characters from the final book of the Every series is getting his own book, and the focus this time is on drug crime. It’s set out in the locations that form the backdrop for Every Move – the isolated country farms and rural communities of the Australian Mallee area, near the desert. It’s some of the most tension-filled, swoony stuff I’ve ever written, and I can’t wait to start sharing it with people…but I’d better not talk too much about it until I’ve given the final draft to my agent!

What is the most interesting thing you have Googled in the name of research?
I once had to research how much tallow can be obtained from a human body when it is rendered down for fat – that was one of the more gruesome things I’ve had to check out. But most recently, I’ve probably flagged myself on various government alert lists or something by googling homemade explosives and booby traps. There’s actually a lot of info on YouTube…but I wouldn’t suggest you try it at home.

What is one series you would recommend to readers?
Aww, just one? For homegrown OzYA, I can’t really go past Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner’s Starbound trilogy, or Jay Kristoff’s Lotus War series. I’m also a huge fan of a local author Leanne Hall, who wrote the gorgeous This is Shyness/Queen of the Night duology. As for overseas authors…I’ve gotta say, I’ve just finished The Shadow Cabinet, the third book in Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series, and now I have to wait for SOOOO LOOONG for the fourth book, I might die.

Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America? GO!
Hmm. Well, Thor’s a god, so a bit hard to relate to…and Iron Man is kind of an obnoxious arse out of his suit…I’m gonna go Cap (he seems like such a sweetheart!)
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Giveaway!

Tunda Brooks is being so generous and offering up a copy of book 1 and book 2 for the giveaway! Enter for your chance to win EVERY BREATH and EVERY WORD.

All entrants must be 13 years or older and this giveaway is open to the US and Canada only.

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Don't forget to check out Danielle's blog where she has Lauren Layne visiting for the day!!! I am freaking out just thinking about it.

Summer of Series: Mindee Arnett Interview & Giveaway

You guys! I have adored everything Mindee has written, so I am so excited to have her on the blog today!

The Nightmare Charade
third in the The Arkwell Academy series
To be published August 4, 2015 by Tor Teen
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The final installment in a thrilling fantastical mystery series.

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough, not to mention the crazy events of the past year. Dusty may have saved the day, but there are many days left in the year, and with an old foe back to seek revenge, she'll need all her strength to defeat him and save her friends.

Mindee Arnett thrills again in this stunning final installment in the Arkwell Academy series.
Hello Mindee! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! I’m really excited to have you because I loved The Nightmare Affair so much!
Thanks for having me. I’m so happy to be here!

Describe The Arkwell Academy in a tweet! 140 characters or less. No cheating or the Twitter Gods are going to get you.
Girl and her boyfriend solve mysteries through dreams and magic.

What has been your favorite part of writing The Arkwell Academy?
This is going to sounds strange, but my favorite part was actually ending it. Or maybe I should say—getting to end it. So many book series don’t get the chance to end, but I was very fortunate. Not only did I get to end my series, but I got to do so in the way I wanted. There’s a deep satisfaction in bringing these characters to a close. I think readers of the first two books will be happy.

Did you always plan for The Arkwell Academy to be a series? How did it take
shape in your mind?
I didn’t actually plan a series. I was hopeful that it might become one, but there was no guarantee. The Nightmare Affair was my first published book, and at the time all I was prepared to be satisfied with just the one book. Lucky for me though, Tor Teen asked for three. So as soon as the book was accepted for publication, I began to make official plans for the sequels. Fortunately, I had laid a lot of threads in the first book that I was able to pick up for the sequels. That’s how I write all my books, dropping in certain details here and there that I can pick up later if the opportunity arises.

Book three, The Nightmare Charade, is almost upon us! Can you tell us anything
about it?
At the start of The Nightmare Charade Dusty is back at Arkwell from a summer-long vacation in Europe with her mother. She hasn’t heard from Eli in weeks, thanks to efforts from her mother and the magickind government to keep them apart. But once they’re both back on campus, nothing can stop them from reuniting. They meet, planning to make up for lost time, but right away they are interrupted by the magickind police who need their help tracking down a lost magical object, the deadly and dangerous Death’s Heart. The search starts them on a perilous journey where they will face enemies both new and old, and where their desire to be together will be challenged at every turn.

What is the most interesting thing you have Googled in the name of research?
As readers of the Arkwell Academy series know, there’s a connection to the King Arthur myths in my books. So I did a lot of research into the Arthur stories. That by itself isn’t very interesting, but in my research I discovered that in some of the stories Arthur and Merlin commit infanticide in their attempt to stop Mordred from coming to power. This was a real eye-opener for me. Usually, Arthur is considered a hero, but that’s some pretty villainous actions he’s taking right there. Although I don’t
reference the infanticide lore in my books, the idea of it definitely influenced me. A lot of Dusty’s story is about turning good and evil on its head, and asking the question of what makes someone good or bad and everything in between

What is one series you would recommend to readers?
Gates of Thread and Stone series by Lori M. Lee. It’s a wonderful fantasy with a kickass heroine. Kai is funny and fierce.

Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America? GO!
This is sooooo not fair. Can’t I have them all? Actually, I have a really hard time picking between Thor and Cap. I love them both. But I guess if I had to choose only one, I would go with Thor. Demi-god for the win! __________________________________________________________________________________

Giveaway!

Tor is kind enough to be giving away the full Arkwell Academy trilogy!

All entrants must be 13 years or older and this giveaway is open to the US and Canada only.

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Summer of Series: Ashley Elston Interview & Giveaway!

Well, this post was initially supposed to go up on Saturday and I feel terrible that it didn't, but I have had some major laptop drama. So much so that I'm actually on a forced hiatus until I get a new one, but hey! I wanted to share this awesome interview and giveaway with all of you, so check it out!

The Rules for Breaking
second in the The Rules for Disappearing duology
Published May 20, 2014 by Disney Hyperion
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Anna Boyd almost lost her life to get what she wanted most in the world: freedom.

But just when it seems that her family has finally escaped Witness Protection, the illusion that Anna could resume a normal life comes crashing down.

The deadly man Anna knows as Thomas is still on the loose, and now he's using her as a pawn in a dangerous game with the drug cartel determined to silence her forever. When Thomas and a mysterious masked man capture not only Anna but also her fragile younger sister and her boyfriend, Anna decides it's time to break all the rules-even if it means teaming up with the lesser of two evils.

Anna will do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves and win her life back once and for all. But her true enemies are hidden in plain sight. Before long, Anna will learn that putting her trust in anyone may be the last mistake she ever makes.
Describe The Rules for Disappearing duology in a tweet! 140 characters or less. No cheating or the Twitter Gods are going to get you. ​Gah! This is hard! Okay - here goes - 
By the sixth placement, Meg's done running. She's done with the Witness Protection Program. No matter what it takes - she's getting out. ​​​

What has been your favorite part of writing your duology? 
The research has been fun. I went to New Orleans several times and there's no better town to do research in. I've loved the school visits and meeting readers. That's probably the best part. ​ ​

What was your writing process like? Did you always plan for it to be two books?
I'm sort of a mix between a plotter and a pantster. I know the main points I want to hit in a book but I'm not always sure how I'm going to get there. I didn't plan in the beginning for there to be two books mainly because I wasn't sure I could get the first book published. Luckily, I was given the opportunity to continue writing in that world.

Your next book, This Is Our Story, was recently announced; can you tell us a little bit about what we can expect?
I'm really loving this book right now. It's a YA legal thriller told from two different viewpoints - the unknown shooter who accidentally killed his friend on an early morning hunt and the intern to the prosecutor assigned to the case. It's been really fun to write.

​What is the most interesting thing you have Googled in the name of research?
How to remove your fingerprints from your fingers - I do not recommend googling this. It's pretty gruesome. Cheesy pick up lines. Bullet wounds. ​ ​

What is one series you would recommend to readers?
​I just finished the Finnikin of the Rock series and I'm in love with those books. ​ ​
(Lili: I read these last month and I am OBSESSED!!!)

Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America? GO!
​Iron Man all day long. ​
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Giveaway!

Ashley is being the awesomest of awesome and giving away a signed paperback of the first book in this duology, THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING.

All entrants must be 13 years or older and this giveaway is open to the US only.

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A forced hiatus

Hi everyone!

If you haven't seen the drama on twitter, my laptop is pretty much dead. I've been to Apple 3 times in the past 4 days and there's no hope right now. I'm typing this post on my phone and preparing to give my lovely Summer of Series cohost, Danielle of Love at First Page, access to my blog to post this weeks summer of series posts since I can't do it myself.

I'm hoping to get home to New Jersey this weekend and maybe buy a new machine with the help of my parents, but my blog will be relatively inactive until we can make that happen. I love living alone and being independent, but I feel like my life just kind of fell apart with the loss of my laptop. My life is on there, my blog, my ability to apply for jobs and communicate with a lot of my friends and family.

Gah! I just miss you guys so much and hate that this is happening. If you see me on twitter say hi! And know I'm fighting super hard to not have this hiatus be any longer than necessary. If I had a choice this wouldn't even be a thing right now.

<3 Lili

Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Series: The Remnant Chronicles #2
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 470 (ARC)
Source: From Publisher for Review
Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

This book got me out of a terrible reading slump, and I am so thankful it did. But what else is to be expected when you combine a strong heroine with a crazy Komizar, a love-struck assassin, and a ridiculously intelligent and sneaky prince? PURE AWESOMENESS, THAT'S WHAT!

The Heart of Betrayal picks up right where book one left off and just throws us back into things. I have to say, one of the most interesting things about this book was the world-building and crazy power dynamics of Venda. It made this entire book one huge politicking game that was off its rocker and all over the place. Interesting and scary all at once.

But this was also the one negative of the book, if you ask me. In order to see the world with Lia and Rafe, prisoners of Venda since Kaden's few POVs were there to fill in gaps more than anything else, we had to get out of the Sanctum. To get out of the Sanctum you had to curry favor with people and bide time. So there was a lot of boredom pretty much while our characters bought themselves those allies and time. Sure, we learned about Venda, but we didn't get to see the action and adventure we knew were looming. Instead we dealt a lot with the creepy Komizar that has a thing for mind-games that constantly leaves readers sick to their stomachs. So many horseback rides and so much random wandering when there could be awesome action! It's sad that the pacing in this book was a little slow in the middle because the beginning and espescially the end were killer! BOOK THREE NOW PLEASE?!

And, as always, I have to mention the ship. This is one ship I desperately want to set sail. It is a ship worth rooting for that's crazy perfect and I love it. I want it. It's gotta happen. Book three now, yes? (How many times do I have to ask nicely before I get it?)

I was hesitant going into this one because book one blew me away, but book two stepped up to the plate and held its own. No sequel syndrome here, just lots of heartbreak and horseback riding and crazy cliff-hangers that leave you dying a slow and painful bookish-anticipation death. But, in all honesty, it's those reasons you have to read this series because it is so dang good!

Mary E. Pearson, you are a goddess!



4.5 stars

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FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for my honest review 

Summer of Series: A.C. Gaughen Interview & Giveaway!

I first read SCARLET back when it was a stand-alone, so for it to be a crazy successful trilogy with the best ending ever makes me really happy. I am so excited to welcome A.C. Gaughen to my blog today!

Lion Heart
third in the Scarlet series
Published May 19, 2015 by Bloomsbury Children's
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The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure.

Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.

Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?
Describe the Scarlet trilogy in a tweet! 140 characters or less. No cheating or the Twitter Gods are going to get you.
Ha!  How's this: "Girl with knives takes down the medieval patriarchy in just three novels.  Also, Robin Hood."
(Lili: If I wasn't already in love with this series, then you would have just succeeded in making me fall in love with it!)

What has been your favorite part of writing this trilogy?
UGH! One favorite?  It's amazing how many people have shared their love/tears/ragefire/feels with me over the books--that's just so totally beautiful and vulnerable and kind.  But I guess I'm really still not over the fact that this is what I wanted to do when I was seven, and by the time I got my big girl shoes, I was able to do it professionally. That's...still kind of amazing.

I know Scarlet initially released as a stand-alone and it was so well-loved it turned into a trilogy. Can you describe what that process was like? How did you choose to expand upon the story?
So, sort of an insider secret, it was always my intention to have the story be a trilogy. My publisher wanted to be more cautious, so they purchased Scarlet as a standalone and then said we'd talk after the book came out. The funny thing was, I thought I was totally prepared to write a trilogy and I knew where the story was going and I was READY.  But that was such hubris--writing is a crazy beast and when you think you know where the story "has" to go, it tacks and runs down a different path.  So it was a very unexpected, humbling journey--a lot of work and a lot of joy.  I had no idea how hard it would be to say goodbye!

Now that this amazing trilogy is done, can you share any hints about your future works?
*steeples fingers* well yeeeessss...Just a little bit!  My next series is going to start in 2017 and the series is currently titled "Elementae" and the first book is TERRA--the first book centers on Shalia, a young girl that discovers she has the ability to control the earth on the same day she marries Calix, a young king that hunted the Elemental powers to extinction.  The series as a whole will introduce women with other elemental powers, and I'm pretty psyched about it!!  I'm a hardcore fantasy fan, and this genre was where I started all my scribblings as a kid--in fact, this world and Shalia's character in particular is something I've been thinking about since I was about 14!

What inspired you to write Scarlet initially? It is such a great re-imagining and the imagination behind it is crazy amazing!
A lot of different things--partially, totally missing my time in Scotland (I went to school there and lived there for a while) and partially my love of Robin Hood--and my frustration with the typical portrayal of Maid Marian, and how she ends up a little lame.  Will Scarlet's character is always shadowy, and angsty, and a little off-screen, and it suddenly struck me that I might know why that was.
(Lili: OMG YES!)

What is the most interesting thing you have Googled in the name of research?
God, I've been getting this a lot lately, and I have to say I should probably change my answer to avoid being on MORE watchlists...but yes, it always has to do with a) the mechanics of medieval torture (did you know more people died from INFECTION than the torture itself?  And it was almost impossible to recover from being tortured because of that?) (also, please play out the philosophical ramifications of that--that literally, when a society was reduced to torturing for information, no one could recover....just saying....)

Ahem.  b) also lots of stabbing questions--where can I stab someone that they will bleed out slowly?  Where can i stab someone and they will not die?

Yeah.

BUT, c) probably the most interesting thing for my geeky heart was looking up some modern scholarly articles about King John's reign and rise to power, and how despite his perception, he might actually have been a really effective King.

What is one series you would recommend to readers?
ALL OF THEM THATS MEAN AND HARD.  I think the series that has been my biggest love in the past few years is the Grisha Trilogy, but I'm just going to assume that everyone already knows how awesome that is.  One of my all-time favorites might be the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.  Or any of Ally Carter's series....or Katherine Longshore's Royal Circle Series (seriously amazing YA historical fiction).

Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America? GO!
I mean, we're talking about series, so let's just say Thor is for Tuesday, Iron Man is for Wednesday, and Captain America...welll he might take a few more days.  And that is definitely a series worth--ahem--rereading.

Heyo.
(Lili: And here I was thinking it was impossible to love A.C. Gaughen even more!)
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Giveaway!

Annie being the awesomest of awesome is providing a signed copy of LION HEART to one winner.

All entrants must be 13 years or older and this giveaway is open to the US only.

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My Current Obsession (3): Parks and Recreation


The last time I did one of these, I focused on THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT. That was exactly four months ago plus one extra day. Crazy, right? I guess it comes as no surprise that my current obsession is in the same comedic vain...Amy Poehler's hilarious PARKS AND RECREATION. As I write this post, I am eight episodes into season four and I am loving it so much I just want to fangirl with everyone!

Parks and Rec



Literally, the reason I love this show is because of the cast. I can't remember the last time I have encountered a show where I have loved each and every character. They're all so different and dynamic, and that's what makes this show so wonderful. They are the most unlikely group of friends and the funniest group of co-workers, and I didn't think I could love a bunch of goofballs as much as I love my Pawnee goofballs.

Leslie Knope played by Amy Poehler: Amy Poehler is always hilarious, but she plays a relentlessly optimistic wannabe small-town politician that is desperate to go down in the history books and get out of her mother's shadow. At the same time, she can throw down and shoot a gun like nobody's business. When she's pursuing something passionately, you know she's going to make you laugh your ass off. Plus, her love life is pretty hilarious and adorable at all once. Also obsessed with waffles because life.

Ron Swanson played by Nick Offerman: Lover of meat, hater of people, laziest boss in the world, man's man (every week he has to sand down his toenails because they're too strong for clippers) that is only attracted to psychotic women named Tammy...with the sweetest and most surprising kind side that he keeps buried way deep until someone amazing like Leslie needs it to make a rare appearance. Also, owner of a sick mustache.

Andy Dwyer played by Chris Pratt: Compared to the rest of the cast, Andy isn't as huge of a character. But if there's anything we all know it's that Chris Pratt is awesome and absolutely hilarious. While the entire show is hilarious, he provides a ridiculous amount of comedic relief because every scene he is in is meant to make viewers smile, even if other characters are struggling. It's crazy to think that he was initially just supposed to be a guest star in season one. I am so happy he is now there full time! Plus, his blooper reels on Youtube are drop-dead funny.

April Ludgate played by Aubrey Plaza: The most lovable deadpan college student character you'll ever come across. I literally can't say anything else because she's perfect.

Tom Haverford played by Aziz Ansari: Firstly, can I say I am so happy for him that he lost weight? I know he wanted to and he was never that large, but comparing him today to what he looked like in the first season of the show is such a drastic change. Aziz plays a wannabe gangsta government employee obsessed with partying and hot women, but he doesn't have enough game to appeal to anyone but elder cougars in town that are looking for extramarital affairs. He's also obsessed with fashion. In other words, he is perfectly hilarious. Just like everyone else.

Ann Perkins played by Rashida Jones: A super gorgeous nurse that ends up being Leslie's best friend and even though they are complete opposites, I am obsessed with their friendship and their ability to constantly be there for each other and lift each other up. Plus, her love life is also hilarious.

Chris Traeger played by Rob Lowe: Relentlessly optimistic, increasingly bubbly, obsessed with his health and obtaining perfection, super-sleuth, and ridiculously attractive. Need I say more?

 Ben Wyatt played by Adam Scott: Cute nerdy new addition to the office that is wonderfully nerdy and nice to look at and nerdy. Did I mention he was adorkably nerdy? He appeals to my soul!  

Jerry Gergich played by Jim O'Heir: Slowly approaching retirement office mess-up that is the butt of all jokes and the easiest person to blame for everything. EVERYTHING IS YOUR FAULT, JERRY!

Donna Meagle played by Retta: Always in the background of all episodes to deliver a hilarious line when necessary, best office worker ever with an attitude. In other words, all things cool.  
 

~*~Just get past season 1~*~


Season one is only six episodes long, so it has a few issues and the main one is that it is way too short. The characters aren't fleshed out and it's like the creators of the show were still on the hunt for the true heart of each character. Everything else becomes super interesting in season two once the characters are properly fleshed out and the obsessiveness with the pit morphs into so much more. I have to say, though, that season three rocked my freaking socks off and I'm prepared for it to continue to blow my mind.

Plus, this is a quick binge since the longest episode so far has been 27 minutes and the shortest a mere 20 minutes! Just watch it. You can thank me later. ;)

Have you ever seen Parks and Rec? Who was your favorite character? Do you want to watch it if you haven't already? Share your thoughts below!