Posted in 2016

My Underrated Reads | Supernatural Series


Hey, everyone! Today I will be sharing my favorite underrated supernatural series. While putting together this list I realized that I have quite a bit of reads I feel that need some more love so there will be more of these coming! Happy Reading

1. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow. This series is hands down one of my all time favorites. Without spoiling too much it follows the main character, Dru, after her life turns upside down after father disappears after a hunting trip. It has werewolves and vampires, and some pretty interesting mythology. It’s filled with action and adventure, Dru is a kickass main character, and has an amazing cast of secondary and supporting characters. The only downside is the series has an open ending.

2. Lily Dale by Wendy Corsi Staub – I like this series because it was such a realistic, relatable version of the typical ghost story. It’s a great mystery, but also a great coming of age tale, I loved watching as Calla grew and learned. Calla just lost her mom and has moved in with her grandmother for the summer in Lily Dale. This story follows Calla’s journey is accepting her mother’s death and the mystery that surrounds it. I think if you loved Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Ghost Whisperer you would love this series as well.

3. Dark Visions by L.J. Smith – love, adventure, mystery, and psychic powers. Also in book two, there’s a road trip and it’s pretty amazing. I know this series was first released in the 90s, and then released in a bind up a few years ago. It’s such an interesting series filled with twists and turns. Thinking about it right now it kind of reminds me of Sense8.

4. Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson – this one is a lot like season one of Teen Wolf but with a female protagonist. This duology is really a coming of age werewolf story and it’s really sweet and has some cool werewolf mythology.

5. Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong – Okay this one isn’t underrated, but it is one of my favorite supernatural series. This is the series that made me love Kelley Armstrong. Now this series is pretty amazing. It follows a group of kids at Lyle House a special home for troubled kids. Lyle house has many secrets, and unfortunately for these kids, they’re right in the middle of it. I can’t say any more than that without spoiling the series, but it’s a really fun series, with great characters. (I recommend starting with The Summoning)

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Review: Superman, Volume 2: Trial of the Super Sons


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Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Paperback, First, 168 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by DC Comics
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
 
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Synopsis: 

Superman and his super-son Jon are back in the second volume by best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi!

With Jon becoming more and more powerful by the day, Superman’s greatest foes are starting to take notice of the new super-kid on the block. When one of the most evil and ruthless of Superman’s rogues’ gallery comes for the Man of Steel’s son, Clark must decide just how far he’s willing to go to protect the ones he loves.
Superman and Jon Kent are transported to Dinosaur Island to find the last of the Losers! Then, after a quick trip to the county fair, Jon meets his match in Damian Wayne—and the Super Sons’ fathers soon put the two young heroes through their paces as a new crime-fighting team is forged!

Collecting: Superman 7-13

My Thoughts: 

First of all,

This trade was a little different than the last one. Instead of having one story arc that was explored throughout the whole trade, this one had three. I will share my thoughts on each story arc, there will be a little spoilers but nothing that will ruin the trade or the story arcs.

The first arc was Dinosaur Island part 1&2. I thought this arc was really good and I can’t wait to see where the storyline goes. It left me with so many questions! It did a great job of exploring Jon and Clark’s relationship, and Jon ever developing powers, all while introducing a new plot line that I expect will show up in the coming trades. Honestly, these issues were so good that it could be its own series. Now, looking back I wish the story arc was further explored and fleshed out more, just because it was that good and exciting.

Now, after I read the first trade which I gave a 1-star rating, I was sure that I wasn’t going to be continuing on with this run. But, I saw the cover and knew I had to read it.

Truly, I only wanted to read this volume to see Damian beat up Jon.

Not that I have anything against Jon because he’s pretty freaking adorable but, Damian Wayne is my little demon baby and I love him!

The two issues in which Damian was featured were great! I enjoyed seeing Maya & Goliath again. Also, Maya calls Damian little brother and I die. Watching these two super sons work together was adorable, sweet, and oh so funny! I really can’t say much about this arc without spoiling anything, but these issues serve as a kind of backdoor pilot. And after reading this, I will definitely be picking Super Sons.

The last two issues in this trade felt a little out of place. Though Lois Lane continues to be pretty freaking amazing.

Frankenstein and his Bride are hunting for a fugitive. These last issues mainly focused on them, and their relationship. The ending for the last issue was rushed, one second they’re looking for the fugitive and the next she’s apprehended with little explanation. but the main focus really wasn’t on the fugitive it was the Frankensteins and, damn the Bride was ice cold! By the end, I wanted to punch her and hug Frankenstein.

One critique I have is there needs to be more dad jokes. Clark told only TWO dad jokes in this whole trade. I would love it if Batman told a dad joke, can imagine?

While I still stand behind the 1 star I have volume 1, I have to say this volume was pretty freaking adorable. I think I liked this volume much better because I knew what to expect. It has action but it’s mainly family-focused and filled with fluff, it’s sweet and entertaining.

I get it now.

If you’re new to comics and don’t know where to start, this run is a good starting point if you’re interested in Superman or fans of Smallville!

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Mini Reviews: Hugo Cabret & This Is Where I Leave You


Hello everyone!

Sorry I went MIA on you guys, but the end of the semester was a killer, and I was swamped with papers, exams, projects, presentations, and then finals week. I was lucky to make it out alive and when it was all said and done, I slept for like a week straight.

Anyhow, I’m back! I haven’t been reading much but I have a couple of reviews coming your way and other cool things!

For today I have some mini reviews for you guys, these books were okay but they weren’t my favorite, and so I don’t have a lot to say about them. Click the pictures to be taken to a goodreads page if you want more info on the books.

 

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I mean the artwork was gorgeous & the structure of the book is amazing. I love that this book is told in both in prose and pictures. The pictures are what make this book worth the read.

But the story and characters are pretty freaking bad. Hugo is in my opinion an unlikable character, and he really annoyed me. The other main character Isabelle  is pretty bratty but,  I didn’t hate her. When together Hugo and Isabelle is a volatile, annoying, stubborn mix.

I expected something better, and what I got was something that was pretty boring. I read it pretty much in one sitting, and I had only 120 pages felt (majority of that is just pictures) and I just couldn’t finish it, I didn’t care!

While the pictures are amazing and I really enjoyed that part, I wish the whole book was pictures only because the writing was subpar. 2 stars

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I’m giving up on this book.

I started it January 13th 2016

It has sat unread for over a year, and I just don’t see myself going back to finish it, at least not anytime soon.

Though I have chosen to leave this book unfinished, what I did read wasn’t bad.

I really enjoyed the family dynamic and I loved Judd’s character. He was this hopeless romantic, who is just down on his luck, and being in his head was entertaining. Sad, but entertaining nonetheless. I spent majority of this book wanting to fight everybody who did Judd wrong, and then wanting to give him a hug.

Phillip pissed me off, I was rooting for him and then he just disappointed me. He was the youngest child and I had high hopes for him, he was my favorite sibling before he went and made me hate him. What I enjoyed about this book is that each and every character is facing their own battle. Everyone is a little sad, a little broken, a little angry, but all trying to cope, move on, or just accept it. Their flawed but loveable, accept Jen. Jen is horrible.

Also, I know there was supposed to be this big twist, it was so freaking obvious! I saw it from the get, but I loved the way it was handled. Though it was an obvious twist it was an interesting twist. 3 stars

 

Happy Reading!

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Posted in 2016

Favorite Spring Reads


I don’t know about where you guys live but, here in New England Spring has Sprung! Not really, but the days are much warmer. With the change in weather, comes a change in the types of book I read as well. In Winter I tend to read colder, grittier, sad, angsty novels, and poems about heartbreak, letting go, and change. So basically i’m sad all winter long. In Spring I like to read books that are much happier, so today I will be sharing some of my favorite Springtime reads, and so books that I’m looking forward to reading this season. Btw, click the pictures to take you to their goodreads page.

Favorites

The Time Traveler’s Wife

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Now If you’ve read this book, or seen the movie then you know that this ain’t the happiest book but, it has a lot of happy moments and I adore it. I think about it constantly and thoughts of the meadow Immediately put me in the Spring mood.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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Now this book is super sweet, happy, cute, and funny! Just lighthearted and adorable. Honestly if you haven’t read it yet, do it now. It’s almost perfect!

Sarah Dessen

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When I think about warmer months, I think about the little beach town Sarah Dessen created, Colby.  And the surrounding towns that make appearance in all Dessen novels. My favorites are Along For The Ride, Whatever Happened to Goodbye, and This Lullaby

The Hundred Oaks Series

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This series is super cute and adorable, but at the same time isn’t afraid to tackle so tough issues so I love it. Catching Jordan + Stealing Parker (books 1&2) are really good, and anything involving sports makes me think about warm weather. This is my go to series for something sweet and cute, but also meaningful. 

Roger and Amy’s Epic Detour + anything Morgan Matson

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Morgan Matson has amazing contemporary reads, Epic Detour being my favorite. A sweet contemporary read about letting go and forgiveness that involves a ROAD TRIP!

Books I’m Looking Forward Too.

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It’s basically a road trip in 18th century Europe

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One, I love this song

Two, sounds like it will be sweet and funny which is perfect for Spring

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Love and Conventions? Sign me up!

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A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Hopefully it has a happier ending, but I highly doubt it.

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Posted in 2016

My Favorite Poems


In honor of National Poetry Month I decided to share some of my favorite poems! It was really hard to narrow it down to just a few, so I’ll have another post up either this week or next!

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Posted in 2016

Mini Reviews: Lullabies + Love and Space Dust


Hello Everybody!

Both of the books I will be reviewing today are poetry books, I didn’t have a lot to say about, which is why they’re mini reviews as opposed to my much longer ones. If you want more information about the books just click on the book cover it will take to its goodreads page.

Happy reading!!

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I hate this book.

I think if I were about six years younger, I probably would have loved this.

The poems are all the same, and to make it even worse they aren’t even good!

The interlude sounded very much like Michael Faudet, and I disliked these poems and bits of prose more than the poems leading up to it.

The poems and prose in the last section were painfully juvenile, boring, and repetitive. I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over.

Out of the 113 poems and prose in this collection I liked six.

My Rating: 1 of 5 stars


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(This was a re-read for me so, I have the review from when I first read it and when I read it again.)

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This is hands down my favorite collection of poetry! There are poems in this tiny book that I can relate to so wholeheartedly, that it breaks my heart.

3/31/17:

I recently just read lullabies by Lang Leav which was filled to the brim with love poems that I hated, they were dull, and repetitive.

Love and Space Dust is also filled with love poems, that have a similar theme; but what makes it great, what makes it spectacular is, that it is more than just love poems.

2015 I said that this book was filled with poems so relatable it broke my heart and two years later I still agree. Love and Space Dust is about love, life, and relationships and it’s amazing and heartbreaking all at the same time.

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Posted in 2016

Suicide Squad, Volume 1: The Black Vault


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Rob Williams & Jim Lee

160 Pages

Published February 28 2017 by DC Comics

Received by publisher in exchange for a honest review.

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

From writer Rob Williams, superstar artist Jim Lee and Philip Tan comes the new Suicide Squad!

The government has once again handpicked the worst of the worst for its Task Force X. Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Katana and Killer Croc. All deadly criminals sent on the most dangerous missions possible by a governement that wants them killed. But their newest challenge? A teammate so powerful that even this group of murderers and thieves can’t control.

Behind the pencils of Jim Lee and Philip Tan, as well as the pen of writer Rob Williams comes Suicide Squad, Volume 1: The Black Vault!

Collecting: Suicide Squad 1-4, Rebirth

My Thoughts:

I gotta say, this one surprised me. I honestly enjoyed this trade and will absolutely be continuing on with the run!

What I loved about this trade was that it was fun! I loved the way the team interacted with each other, there were a lot of quips and snide remarks which made it entertaining and relatable. It felt real, it felt like how a team would interact and I enjoyed it.

I’m a sucker for teams because I love the interaction and this trade had a lot. As a whole the team interaction is funny, definitely not serious, and protective. But, when the team splits up is when you sometimes see a different side of them which is intriguing and for me often pretty funny.

Side note, I’m low key shipping Killer Croc and Enchantress.

Side note #2: I feel like Rick is an exasperated dad dealing with is violent, murderous children. And this makes the whole trade even funnier to me.

On the squad this time around is Rick Flag, Katana, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Enchantress, and Harley Quinn. I hope we get to see different characters as the run continues but I will also be happy to keep the team as is. I want to see Enchantress and Katana explored more, as they didn’t get much action in this trade.

I don’t really have much to say about the storyline. The whole trade focuses on the mission, and honestly it’s a little murky and i’m guessing it will be further explained in the next trade, considering how it ended. This trade focuses more on how the team works together, and how Task Force X operates as a whole.

My favorite part about the whole trade where the one shots at the end. Katana’s was my absolute favorite! Also, I really enjoyed the design of the characters especially Harley.

Long story short,
I liked it, it made me laugh, I ship Killer Croc/Enchantress, and I will continue on with the run.

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Posted in 2016

Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies


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Greg Rucka & Liam Sharp

Paperback, Trade, 128 pages

Published February 28th 2017 by DC Comics
My Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Received by publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

New York Times best-selling writer Greg Rucka returns to Wonder Woman! After suffering an unimaginable loss, Diana must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion. However, in the midst of her grief, her Lasso of Truth stopped working! Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman’s past unravel her present!

From the ashes of DC Universe: Rebirth, critically acclaimed writer Greg Rucka along with illustrator Liam Sharpunveil a tale that will forever alter the DC icon in Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies!

Collecting: Wonder Woman 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, Rebirth

My Thoughts:

This trade was okay, just okay. I think the main problem with this trade was that my expectations were really high, and I was severely disappointed.

It started out really strong and I was looking forward to it. Wonder Woman thinks that someone is messing with her head, her memories and to top it all off she can’t go home. It was after the first issue that things kind of go downhill.

Now, don’t get me wrong the storyline as a whole is pretty interesting and definitely not what I was expecting (in a good way), but it just wasn’t what I was expecting. Though I have to admit, the Cheetah storyline was intriguing and kept me interested I wanted to know more. Actually that plot point was the highlight of the trade.

The whole trade was pretty fast paced, and action packed which was great. Honestly that fight scenes where some of my favorite parts. The artwork and colors were gorgeous, I loved Diana’s design in this and the jungle was beautiful!

Now, here’s the plot point I didn’t like: Steve Trevor. Actually, I’m indifferent about this plot point, I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. When I talk about Steve Trevor, I’m talking about him as a soldier, because I liked him and his team in that instance. What I’m on the fence about is the romance. Toward the end of the trade it got real sweet and I wasn’t feeling it. Maybe, I’m just bitter because I loved Diana and Clark together and she totally disregarded the whole entire relationship. Overall, I’m not impressed with the Steve/Diana relationship but that might change, who knows?

All in all, the trade wasn’t bad, it just didn’t met my high expectations. I will continue on with run, hopefully it gets better or my expectations get lower.

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Posted in 2016

Anything but Books tag


I first saw this tag over on Riley Marie’s channel, you can check out her video here

1. Name a cartoon that you love.

I freaking love Steven Universe! This cartoon totally took me by surprise, because I never watch cartoons but Steven Universe is quality!

2. What is your favorite song right now?

 Slide by Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean and Migos & Flame by Tinashe

3. What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Tumblr. Facebook. Pinterest. Netflix. Youtube.

4. What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I love to talk. I could talk your ear off, I always have something to say.

5. What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Mythology and Folklore & Sociology (it’s my Major, so…)

6. What is something unusual that you know how to do?

I don’t know how to do anything unusual. But I do whistle a lot, like A LOT! Is that unusual?

7. Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.

I have an app on my phone called Recolor which is a coloring app (the best one in my opinion) and I love coloring on there.

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This one is one of my favorites!

8. What is your most recent personal project?

I’ve been writing, whenever I have the time. As of right now I have three different stories that I’m working on.

9. Tell us something that you think about often?

These days,

My characters, feminism, government, & school.

10. Give us something that is your favorite.

Chocolate

11. Say the first thing that pops into your head.

Drake

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Posted in 2016

Collateral by Ellen Hopkins


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Hardcover, 496 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Atria Books
My Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Synopsis:

The gripping story of a woman torn between love for her boyfriend, a dedicated Marine deployed to Afghanistan, and the resentment she has for the war that is tearing their lives apart.

Written in Hopkins’s stunning poetic verse style, Collateral centers on Ashley, an MFA student at San Diego State University. She grew up reading books and never dreamed she would become a military wife. One night she meets a handsome soldier named Cole. He doesn’t match the stereotype of the aggressive military man. He’s passionate and romantic. He even writes poetry. Their relationship evolves into a sexually charged love affair that goes on for five years and survives four deployments. Cole wants Ashley to marry him, but when she meets another man, a professor with similar pursuits and values, she begins to see what life might be like outside the shadow of war.

Collateral captures the hearts of the soldiers on the battlefield and the minds of the friends, family, and lovers they leave behind. Those who remain at home may be far away from the relentless, sand-choked skies of the Middle East and the crosshairs of a sniper rifle, but just the same, all of them will sacrifice a part of themselves for their country and all will eventually ask themselves if the collateral damage caused by war is worth the fight.

 

My Thoughts:

I struggled with this book, before ultimately deciding to put it down unfinished. I think the story Hopkins crafted was interesting, engaging, and made me think a lot about my own personal views on a number of issues. But the characters frustrated me, and there were points where Cole and Ashley was so unbearable that I just couldn’t read it any longer.

With this book the male main character was practically asking me to dive into the book and punch him! My dislike for Cole, made me kind of dislike Ashley as well. Though Ashley didn’t need Cole’s help because she’s not a great character either. I know for a fact I am not the only person who will dislike Cole. I’m pretty sure the main point of the story is to dislike Cole. I disliked him because we have totally different views of the world which made it hard for me to really like him and enjoy his character, though there was points when he wasn’t so bad. I wanted to root for Cole and Ashley in the beginning, but then Cole became a completely different person and Ashley saw the change and made excuses for it, or even ignored it, which is unbelievably frustrating. Though that’s just one problem with Ashley , she’s also judgmental, selfish, and Immature.

Ashley is difficult but I still found her an interesting protagonist, but sweet lord almighty this girl is frustrating. Both Ashley and Cole are flawed, there are parts in the book where you like them and root for them both together and apart, but then there are parts when you just can’t root for them or like them. Hopkins never portrayed any of the characters as perfect beings, she showed their flaws and their struggles and honestly it was my favorite part of the book.

I started this book not expecting how it would turn out, I thought it was going to be a girl who falls in love with someone else while her boyfriend was at war; and its kinda like that be it is also so much more! I am not a big fan of war, I personally want every soldier to come home and be with their families, and the way the soldiers are illustrated in this story makes you think, and wonder about the things that are happening at war. While this book doesn’t make the soldiers out to be monsters, it shows some of the things people do once they have seen things that they just want to forget.

Though, I didn’t finish it I still think the book was a really interesting, engaging read and recommend it, though it might frustrate you immensely.

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