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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Posted in 2016

Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps, Volume 1: Sinestro’s Law


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 Robert Venditti &  Ethan Van Sciver

Paperback, Trade, 152 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by DC Comics
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

Hal Jordan is about to go from the head of the Green Lantern Corps to an army of one. Jordan’s long, illustrious–and tumultuous–tenure with the Corps takes several hairpin turns. At lightspeed. Toward a black hole. In a blender!

For starters, the Green Lantern Corps has disappeared, and now Sinestro’s own Corps enforces his uniquely brutal brand of law and order in the universe. As a result, Jordan has no ring to sling, or Sector 2814 (a.k.a. Earth) to protect. (So more of the usual for Hal!)

Green Lantern veteran Robert Venditti teams up with Rafa Sandoval and Ethan Van Sciver to pilot Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 1: Sinestro’s Law!

Collecting: Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps 1-7, Rebirth

My Thoughts:

I LOVE GUY GARDNER!

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This is the one I love.
I have to say this now or this review will just be about how much I loved him.

More importantly than my all encompassing love of a certain redhead, I have never read anything about the Green lanterns. My only experience being the horrible movie.

That being said, I wasn’t confused. Definitely there was a lot I didn’t really understand, but that didn’t dampen my reading experience at all because I loved this! I wouldn’t say that this is the perfect starting point but new readers can start here with minimal fuss, but some background reading will definitely make this better.

I was able to read and enjoy this trade with any prior knowledge and now I want to read the previous run, which it exactly what rebirth is supposed to do, you know in theory.

Anyway I really enjoyed the story and the characters. I spent the whole trade rooting for the green lanterns and wondering what the hell was going to happen next, cheering for Hal and also worrying if he was going to blow himself up, and wanting to slap Sinestro.

In short I had a great time, and I’m excited to see what happens next and hoping that there is even more Guy Gardner. Also, the artwork and colors were amazing! There were some stunning panels in this trade!

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Posted in 2016

Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Path of Doom


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Dan Jurgens & Tyler Kirkham

Paperback, Trade, 128 pages

Published February 17th 2017 by DC Comics

My Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Path of Doom is here, as a part of DC Comics: Rebirth!

Superman returns to Metropolis just in time to meet the city of tomorrow’s newest protector: Lex Luthor. But it’s not long before these dueling titans meet someone unexpected — the new Clark Kent! The two arch-enemies must put aside their differences and face the common threat of Doomsday, as Jimmy Olsen and the Planet staff try to uncover the truth: who is the man claiming to be Clark Kent?

Writer Dan Jurgens (The Death of Superman) returns to the Man of Steel along with illustrators Tyler Kirkham (Deathstroke) and Patrick Zircher (Green Arrow) for the next great Superman chapter in Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Path of Doom!

Collecting: Action Comics 957-962

My Thoughts: 

I didn’t hate it but, I sure as hell didn’t like it either.

The plot was okay, a tad annoying, but not bad. I have to say, though son of superman wasn’t my cup of tea it was heaps better than this one. I would recommend just reading son of superman instead of this trade honestly. In Son of Superman the plot was forgettable but it was action packed, with moments of great interaction between the Kent family. With this one there really isn’t a plot other then Superman fighting, there are many points in the plot that of explored would have made this trade much better, but the author chose not to explore them and instead focus on a fight that spanned the entire trade. A fight that I’ve read and seen before, so I wasn’t fond of that plot point one bit. 

The plot was pretty bland though there are a few things that stand out. The artwork wasn’t my favorite but I felt it worked well with story, though Wonder Woman’s design irked me a bit. Lois didn’t impress me in this one though, in son of superman she was pretty badass

I have a few questions:
SuperLex?
Weird dude in green hood, whatcha doing? Also, who are you?
Human Clark Kent, wth?

Also,
Why the hell does rebirth have so many duplicate characters now?
Two Lois lanes, possibly three Idk.
Two Wally Wests,
Two Clark Kents…
I’m starting to get overwhelmed and confused.

Overall, I’m not impressed.

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Posted in 2016

Favorite Book Couples


I found this list so freaking hard to make! I’ve read so many books over the years and have many couples that I love dearly, so it was pretty hard to narrow it down to just ten. These are the couple I have shed tears over, the ones I think work well with each other. And even though majority of these books I read years ago, they are the couple that stick with me & I can’t forget. Also, I will be adding in my favorite quote, since I don’t have any pictures!

Lara Jean + Peter  (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before)

“I didn’t fall for you, you tripped me!”

Oh this couple is the cutest one out of them all! It was a delight to watch these two fall in love and I can’t wait until the third book!

Adam  + Mercy  (Mercy Thompson)

“I thought you were dead.”

“Stupid. As if I’d die without taking you with me.”

Adam and Mercy are definitely my all time favorite couple. The quote I chose basically sums up their relationship perfectly. It’s a very lighthearted, jokey, loving relationship; they’ve had their tough times and they always find their way and I adore that!

Patch  + Nora  (Hush, Hush)

“You’re mine, Angel. You have me forever”

This series has a special place in my heart. I always loved Patch and Nora separately but together they just shine. They work well with each other in every aspect. 

Clary + Jace (The Mortal Instruments)

“You love each other – anyone can see that, looking at you – that kind of love that can burn down the world or raise it up in glory.”

I think this quote is enough explanation.

Kami + Jared (The Lynburn Legacy)

“I thought you would like a weapon better than a rescue.”
I have reviewed every book in this series and in each one I express my undying love for this couple. If you haven’t read the series, please do!

Puck + Sean (The Scorpio Races)

“I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.”
“It’s late for that, Puck.”
This couple is hilarious, but so amazing! Watching how this couple developed over the course of the book was entertaining and endearing. I can’t say anymore with spoiling!

Perry + Aria (Under the Never Sky)

“That was my first kiss,“ she said. “My first real one.”
He brought his head close, resting his forehead on hers. Blond waves fell around her face, soft against her cheeks. His chest rose and fell as he drew in a breath. “Felt like the first real one for me, too.”

This whole entire trilogy is amazing and filled with a bunch of different, rich, vibrant relationships. But the relationship that formed between these two in the first book was amazing and it only got stronger in the other two books.

Sydney + Adrian (Bloodlines)

“Being with you is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, the one perfect decision I’ve made in a lifetime of fumbling and poor judgment.”

Did you read the quote?? So many feels, SO MANY FEELS!!

Meghan + Ash (The Iron Fey)

“For better or worse, I’m afraid you’re stuck with me now.”

I really don’t know what to say for these two other than how amazing they are for each other!

Kellen + Kiera (Thoughtless)

“I had to stand by my husband’s side while he put himself out on a limb. If it broke, at least we’d fall together.”

First, If you haven’t read the Thoughtless series by S.C. Stephens I highly recommend it. Second, this couple has been my favorite since 2011 and I still think about this couple all the time! I have shed many tears because of these two.

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Posted in 2016

Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen


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James Tynion IV &  Eddy Barrows 

Paperback, 128 pages

Published February 14th 2017 by DC Comics
 
 

Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

Detective Comics is back! Follow the adventures of Batman, the world’s greatest…teacher?!

The Dark Knight and series co-star Batwoman team up to take new protégés Red Robin, Spoiler and the villainous Clayface under their leathery wings! The only problem is, neither new super-instructor knows exactly what they’re in for as the attempt to train these wiould-be heroes before a mysterious army takes Gotham for themselves.

From the new creative team of writer James Tynion (Batman/TMNT) and artist Eddy Barrows (Martian Manhunter), Detective Comics brings back the characters you know and love and thrusts them into dangerous, new adventures!

Collecting: Detective Comics 934-940

My Thoughts:

When DC announced the titles for Rebirth I was most excited about this title because it had two of my favorite characters: Cassandra Cain & Stephanie Brown. And an added bonus was that this title would also feature Batwoman, so I was extremely happy when DC approved me for a review copy. It wasn’t my favorite of the rebirth titles I’ve read before (which is Aquaman) but sadly, it wasn’t as good as I hoped it to be.

I really enjoyed the team aspect, especially since a featured a diverse set of characters. I tend to enjoy team ups much more because I enjoy the interaction and how they work together when on missions. This team which consists of Clayface, Red Robin, Orphan, Spoiler, Batwoman, and Batman worked well with each other and came together pretty seamlessly which was great. If I’m honest I wish there was more interaction between the members. There was a lot of interaction between Stephanie and Tim, which I expected but I really wanted more interaction with everybody; hopeful there is more in the next volume.

It wasn’t spectacular but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The storyline was interesting and entertaining. I thought the pacing was perfect and the artwork was excellent. The characters felt real, though I do have to say that Cassandra and Clayface kind of faded into the background a bit as Steph, Tim, Kate, and Bruce took most of the attention. But, I have to say that Cassandra Cain is my favorite character so I’m biased. We get a lot of Batwoman’s backstory which I honestly loved and I can’t wait to see where her story arc goes in the coming volumes. I also enjoyed seeing a vulnerable Batman in this.


Overall, I enjoyed this title and can’t wait to see where things go. That ending has me a little worried about the direction of the storyline, so I will definitely be continuing on with this one.

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Posted in 2016

My Top Ten Favorite Couples


In honor of Valentine’s Day I thought it would be cute to share my favorite couples! All of these couples are from movies and TV. I’ll do book couples next week!

1. Barry Allen & Iris West (The Flash)

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These two are so cute! I can’t tell you how happy I was when they became an official couple!

2. Chairman & Sayuri (Memoirs of a Geisha)

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I watched this movie when I was younger, and I’ve always loved this couple. The quote in the picture is a favorite of mine as well

3. Baby & Johnny (Dirty Dancing)

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Do I even need to explain this one? She’s like the wind always makes me cry.

4. Brennan & Booth (Bones)

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I waited years, YEARS for these two to admit their feelings for each other. They are perfect together, so sweet, so understanding. AND their vows were literal perfection and worth the wait.

5. Noah & Allie (The Notebook)

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It wasn’t over. It still isn’t over. *sobs*

6. Zuko & Katara (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

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So..
this couple never happened, but it should’ve. I could go on and on about why Zutara should’ve been endgame but I won’t. Just know I’m still upset.

7. Bonnie & Enzo (The Vampire Diaries)

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Okay, these two aren’t my favorite couple. But I did really like them together and I love Bonnie. She was so happy and I loved it and now… *cries uncontrollably*

8. Topanga & Cory (Boy Meets World)

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The picture says it all, tbh.

9. Arthur & Gwen (Merlin)

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This one breaks my heart but damn, I loved them.

10. Sandy & Danny (Grease)

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Puppy love at it’s finest!

✧・゚: *✧・゚:* *:・゚✧*:・゚✧ .・゜゜・ ・゜゜・. 。・゚゚・ ・゚゚・。

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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Posted in 2016

Reader Problems Book Tag


Hey everybody, I’m here with another Tag! I have no idea who created this tag, but if you do please let me know so that I can give credit, anyway I can across this tag over at The Book Nut so go check them out!

 

  1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I usually just look at my bookcase and see what pops out to me, or I’ll be scrolling through goodreads. But It really goes by how I’m feeling at the time.

  1. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

Put it down, life is way to short to waste time on something you’re not enjoying.

  1. The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

This is so bad, but if I’m behind on my challenge I just change it to a lower number that suits me.  So no, I don’t try to catch up. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  1. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

I honestly don’t care that much. But why can’t they wait until the series is over to change the covers?

  1. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

No one. I just look at good reviews and wonder how they could ever like that book.

  1. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

This actually happened to me last semester while I was reading before class. I was reading The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie and one of the stories made me burst into to tears, unexpectedly. I was too sad to care about anything else. Also In high school we were reading the Scarlet Ibis, and I cried my eyes out in the middle of class I literally couldn’t keep it in, and then I cried while I walked home. I Just dry my tears and keep it pushing, and stop thinking about it.

  1. The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

Probably not. I’ll skim it, but that’s about it. I honestly only reread a book if it’s a favorite of mine.

  1. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

I say no.

  1. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I stop reading, and just wait until I get in the mood to read. If I don’t feel like reading I’m not going to force myself.

  1. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

None, I haven’t bought books in so long. I own an unprecedented amount of books it’s crazy.

  1. After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

It depends on my mood, but they probably sit there until I get a break or something.

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Posted in 2016

Review: Bluets by Maggie Nelson


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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color…

A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists.

Maggie Nelson is the author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction, including Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007). She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.

My Thoughts:

It took me forever to read this book. It took me almost a year to finish this book, and it’s tiny. It’s only 95 pages but to me It read and felt as if I was reading a book that was well over a thousand pages, and that’s a good thing! This book gave me so many things to consider, to love, to learn, to understand and relate to! It was an experience.  A weird, sad, relatable, thought provoking experience and I enjoyed every single second of it. I wish I could forget everything about this book, just so I could I have that experience again.

It’s safe to say that I will never look at the color blue the same way again. Honestly, I will probably happen across a blue object and wonder what this color means to someone else. This is definitely a book about blue; you will come across the history of blue and hear about other people’s experience with blue. But It’s not just about the color of blue.  It’s about pain, sadness, loss, regret, happiness. ’s not so much about blue the color, but blue the feeling.

This book is a raw & obsessive look about falling in love with the color blue, and that might sound weird, but if you read this book you might just fall in love with blue yourself.

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Posted in 2016

Reading Habits Book Tag


Hello everyone!

I came across this tag and thought it would be fun to do! This tag was originally created by TheBookJazz you can check out her video here, but I personally saw it over at Dreamland Book Blog and you can see her post here

 

Reading Habits

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
My room. I literally can’t read anywhere else in my house or I will get distracted by everything and everyone.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmark, definitely. My bookmark collection is extensive and beautiful. I’m obsessed with them.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you
have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
I can just stop reading. I don’t really care about where I stop.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
Nope.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
Only when i’m at school. I will listen to music while a read, so I don’t get distracted by other people’s conversations

6. One book at a time or several at once?
Several at once. I usually read by moods, and if one book reaches a point I don’t like I will pick up a different one.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?
I prefer to read at home, so i can be cozy.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
silently in my head, unless I read a passage that I really like it makes me laugh then I have to read it out loud.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Only if i’m bored with the book. But sometimes I like to read the last page of the book before I actually start it.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
Keep the spines new. Unless it’s a Mass Market Paperback, then I have to crack the spines

11. Do you write in your books?
Yes! I tab, write, highlight, circle. I do everything, to me it’s a sure fire sign that a book is well loved.

12. When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time?
In the evening, and maybe right when I wake up before I get out of bed.

13. What is your best setting to read in?
In my bed, surrounded by a mountain of blankets.

14. What do you do first – Read or Watch?
Depends. Sometime i’m like I have to read the book before I watch, but it doesn’t happen. Sometimes I read because I watched the movie or TV show.

15. What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book?
These days it’s E-book. I’m addicted to my Kindle right now. But physical books will always have a place in my personal library. 

16. Do you have a unique habit when you read?
I make faces. It’s why I almost always read at home.

17. Do book series have to match?
ideally, yes. in actuality i’m going to get whatever I cheaper.

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