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Sunday, April 23, 2017

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So... We're Collecting the Undead's Undead "Souls?" Oh, and I Steps on Casting?

Hello wizardlings! (Yeah... I'm still working on that greeting.)

Today's guest is a little harmless monster brought to you by Adobe Spark Post.

We’re here to chat about monstrology and how I decided to finally dabble into collecting the animus from undead creatures, as the game puts it. But in my weird and quirky little way…

Monstrology is basically collecting the undead’s undead immortal souls that can be collected an infinite number of times.
Oh, dear. It seems ghostie has been caught in a very weird position and trying to escape. Too bad, ghostie.

It can be used in three fashions:

Summoned as a House Guest

They’re the in between of pets and decoration, so walking decoration fits them… right? Or, depending on the poor creature whose animus can now be collected for an infinite amount of times, they can also float or prowl or… insert any other action of moving from place to place.

Animus is the proper term, not soul. Soul is just my weird way of analogizing all of this, and it’s also a little darker? But then there’s also the death school, which is almost necromancy in and of itself.

But anyways, necromancy and raising dead aside (I'm reading The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco so that's on my mind), they’re considered decorations. And they can move around like pets but can’t be your actual pet. I thought they had to be pretty little decorations to fight them (giddyup ghostie?), which I'm apparently not the only one if you follow Tales of the Spiral, where Shadowhorn gives you a walk-through of how Monstrology works.

Summoned Later

I would say summoned as a minion, but that would be extremely inaccurate and only partially true. Since I haven’t actually messed around with this newest feature too much, I didn’t get the chance of giving this a try from both sides of the spectrum. From the looks, it looks like we can summon as minions to assist in battle or through the monstrodome (which is like a book on a stand you can buy from the crowns shop or craft) and fight them repeatedly.
Okay, that looks really cool.

So that basically means I can try and collect Malistaire and beat him up often for putting me through torture?! Well, okay, there’s one particular boss that I really hate throughout my journey as a balance wizard, and it was horrible having to fight the dude.

I think he was an elephant.

Well, anyways, by default, the monstrodome lets you fight a group of four wooden minions until you switch it out. Like any battle, you can fight up to four monsters at a time, and the place you’re transported to is really cool. It’s almost like an alternative world to Krokotopia, in my opinion.
Ayy, it's a floating candle!
I guess it is an alternative world.

Expelled?! Monster, Bye.

That was a Beyonce reference.

Ah, well, no one’s getting expelled here. The poor undead little soul whose animus is being collected can… though I haven’t given this particular feature a try yet. You can basically expel any undead creature aside from the bosses.

So much for expelling Lord Nightshade from class, eh?

Monstrology has been out for almost two weeks - have you given this new feature a try? What are your thoughts?

And well... if we go into sinister mode, can things get darkerrr? 😈

Other Shtuffs In Wizard101

I took a gander at some of the other shenanigans as well KI introduced, including the new Professor's Hoard Pack, Jewel Vault - hey, speaking of vaults, do we have a gear vault? I'm in desperate need of one.

Sadly enough, I DIDN'T GET THE OWL. THE FREAKISHLY CUTE AND SNUGGLY OWL. 😭😭😭

I did, however, get a rental of the new casting spell mount from the balance school. We can now step on casting! Hooray!
Surfs Up! Erm, Casts Up!
Personally I really like it, but I have one slight problem as a graphic design minor in regards to the mounts: the intensity of the color. It's too... light.

Did you check out the other updates? What undeadlings are you hoping to collect Animus from and fight constantly in the comfort of your own home (or dorm)? Be sure to leave your thoughts below or chat with me on Twitter (@HannahSophiaLin), because inquiring wizard minds want to know!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: So Many Trailers ahead!


Hey everybody! It's another post filled with trailers! Let's get started!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer



Kingsman: The Golden Circle Trailer



Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Official Trailer



Marvel's Cloak & Dagger Official Trailer



So many fantastic trailers were released this week! If I missed anything, please tell me in the comments below. Thank you so much and I hope you have a great weekend!


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Blog Tour: Quanta Rewind | Guest Post by Lola Dodge + Giveaway

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Hello bookwyrms, and welcome to the second day of stops on the Quanta Rewind tour, the fourth book in the Shadow Ravens series! Lola Dodge, author of the series is stopping by and taking over BWT with a guest post about Quanta (I didn't exactly make the topic too easy but heh), but before she takes over, here's a brief look on what her book is about:


Title: Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens #4)
Author: Lola Dodge
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Ink Monster Publishing

With more and more Red Helixes turning up missing or dead, the Shadow Ravens are ready to take their fight to Doctor Nagi himself.

But breaking into Alpha Citadel is no cakewalk, and Quanta isn’t so sure about this whole “teamwork” thing.

If she and the Ravens can’t learn to work together, no amount of rewinding time will save them from the inevitable.

And if the Seligo win, everyone loses.

Ten Things No One Knows About Quanta

This is such an interesting topic because there are still a lot of things that Quanta doesn’t know about Quanta. She spent so many years as a captive/lab subject that she’s just now figuring out what freedom feels like and what she enjoys. There’s so much she wants to do and try—as soon as people stop trying to kill her and her friends!

But here are ten things that no one knows about Quanta:
  1. Quanta wants to learn how to paint
  2. She has tons of scars from her lab rat days
  3. She doesn’t have “parents” per se—she was a test tube baby
  4. Being clairvoyant since she was young made Quanta a SUPER manipulative toddler
  5. If Quanta loses control of her Red Helix powers, she can break space time and kill a whole bunch of people…possibly ALL of the people (oops?)
  6. She doesn’t want to have kids
  7. In the first version of the series, she lived at a home with troubled Seligo teens, hustling them all at poker
  8. She can’t swim and doesn’t want to learn because fish are creepy (who knows what’s swimming around down there)
  9. She’s an ISFP
  10. Cipher is trying to get her to play video games, but Quanta’s awful at them—and she sucks at using any complicated form of technology
That’s a start—and you may find out some more of Quanta’s secrets in Quanta Rewind ; )

<3 Lola

About Lola Dodge

Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BAin English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

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Blog Tour: Cage of Darkness by Jennifer Anne Davis | ARC Review + Giveaway

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Cage of Darkness Jennifer Anne Davis

Reign of Secrets #2
Author:
Jennifer Anne Davis
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Reign Publishing
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Reviewer: Sophia
Other Books by Jennifer Anne Davis: Cage of Deceit, Rise
Other Fantasy Books: Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter, Lost in Wonderland by Nicky Peacock

While traveling to Fren, Allyssa and Odar are hijacked by a ruthless assassin who divulges a stunning secret that changes everything.

Trying to come to terms with this newfound revelation, Allyssa is taken to Russek and delivered into the hands of a malicious and twisted royal family. She finds herself an unwilling pawn in a risky political game that will either end with her death or the annihilation of her beloved kingdom. Unsure of where the lies end and the truth begins, she must survive the brutal family and escape the fortified castle, all the while coming to grips with her feelings for Odar.

In a kingdom filled with darkness, Allyssa enters a game where one wrong move means death, secrets hide around each corner, and it will take every ounce of cunning she has to survive.
Advanced copy provided by the author for the blog tour

Well, booklings, it’s that time again in which I slack off in reviews, forget about writing them and have trouble writing those reviews when I have to write the reviews (I could call off from the tour, but I already the book, so I might as well).

Cage of Darkness is the newest book by Jennifer Anne Davis and the second book in her Reign of Secrets series. The book is the sequel to Cage of Deceit, which, in my review for the blog tour last year, there is a massive cliffhanger. The actual review is hidden, so all you need to do is click on the letter, and it’ll expand. ^^ Of course, I haven’t checked up on that review in particular since BWT went through its latest makeover, so… I don’t know how the spoiler button will fare (it seems to work? I rarely use it now).

I adored Cage of Deceit a lot more than Cage of Darkness, but I liked it in its own regard when I didn’t compare it to its predecessor. Cage of Darkness brings back Princess Allyssa in all her kick butt glory as she and Prince Odar are forcibly taken on their journey to Fren by an assassin who takes her to Russek, where the royal family there is looking for revenge. Much like in the first book, Cage of Darkness focuses on court politics and intricacies involved, but in this sequel, the court politics are brought up a notch as new players are introduced.

One of my favorite things back in the first book was how Allyssa isn’t the “typical” princess - caring about the court, winning the hand of a prince, going to balls, etc. Allyssa snuck out at night and teams up with someone else just to bring down the criminals of Emperion, and she doesn’t care much about trying to win a prince’s hand. Cage of Darkness gives us a brief look at how she is outside of the court but focuses heavily on how she handles herself as a princess in another court despite the unpleasant conditions she faces.

The one thing that I am bothered with, however, is the romance between Allyssa and Odar. I totally ship the two of them. They’re both clever and strong willed, and they’ll make a great couple together. (Also, I am all about strong couples like Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows.) BUT…. this might just be a personal preference, but Allyssa kind of moves the relationship a little fast even when things are falling apart around them, thus keeping both at a distance from each other.
So far, she’d heard a lot about what the king and queen wanted, but nothing about what Odar did. “I love you and want to marry you. I thought you felt the same.” She folded her arms, trying to hold herself together.
But anyways, that might be a nitpicky personal thing. Other than that, Cage of Darkness lived up to all of my expectations as a sequel, and I am eagerly waiting for the third book to see what Allyssa goes through next.


About Jennifer Anne Davis

Jennifer Anne Davis is the award-winning author of the bestselling TRUE REIGN series. After graduating from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential, she married her high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.

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Fangirl Friday: Movie Trailers + Upcoming YA Movies/TV Shows


Hey! Welcome to another fangirl friday post! I got movie trailers to fangirl today, as well as some news about some new YA movie and TV Show adaptions happening very soon!

Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Trailer



Transformers: The Last Knight



Detroit Trailer



Dear White People Official Trailer (Netflix)



Anyone a fan of Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle? Universal Cable Production has acquired the rights to adapt this phenomenal series as a TV Show!


More news!

Anyone else a fan of Alwyn Hamilton's Rebel of the Sand?
Willow Smith's production and Cartel Entertainment have the rights to produce the movie! Hurray!

Congrats to these two amazing authors for this great opportunity! I can't wait to hear more information about these fabulous news.



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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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Wildwood by Jadie Jones | Cover Reveal

Hello, and happy Tuesday!

Wildwood is the first novel in Jadie Jones's Wildwood trilogy, originally published as the Moonlit trilogy before being acquired by The Parliament House. Moonlit, now being published as Wildwood, was something I've wanted to read for years (and it's been sitting on my Kindle because adulting has responsibilities I have to attend to), and I am more than excited to hear the entire series is getting a complete makeover.
Puppies are involved because I just got out of a conversation of baby animals not too long before I wrote this post. Puppies for the win. But kittens are cute, too.

And with the makeover, Wildwood is getting a completely brand new cover!

Here's a look at the synopsis:
Tanzy Hightower is not crazy. At least that’s what she tells herself. She also tells herself that the shadows stalking her in the woods aren’t living, murderous beings.

On her father’s death, Tanzy is swept up by the woods and the shadows that took him. She quickly realizes those monsters lurking in the dark now have their sights set on her. Neither Tanzy nor life as she knows it escapes unchanged when she is introduced to a world…unseen.

Two strangers seem too willing to help her navigate her new reality: Vanessa Andrews, a doctor’s trophy wife with a southern drawl, and Lucas, a quiet, scarred man with timing that borders on either perfect or suspect. But Tanzy has secrets of her own. Desperate for answers and revenge, Tanzy must put her faith in their hands as her past comes calling and the shadows close in.

With wild blood coursing through her veins, will Tanzy’s choices shed light on the shadows of her past, or will they bring forth the darkness within her?
Curious? Ready to take a look at the amazinggg cover?



Seriously, though. It's really pretty. And despite the fact I try not to judge a book by it's cover, a book with a pretty look does get my attention.


I'll try not to make this as long as the last cover reveal. (Lupe cuts straight to the chase though. I'm a little more... evil? I guess?)
Thoughts? What do you guys think? Wildwood is coming out THIS September from The Parliament House!

About Jadie Jones

Young-adult author. Equine professional. Southern gal. Especially fond of family, sunlight, and cookie dough.

I wrote my first book in seventh grade, filling one hundred and four pages of a black and white Mead notebook. Back then I lived for two things: horses and R.L. Stine books. Fast forward nearly twenty years, and I still work with horses, and hoard books like most women my age collect shoes. Its amazing how much changes... and how much stays the same.

The dream of publishing a novel has hitch-hiked with me down every other path I've taken (and there have been many.) Waitress, farm

manager, road manager, bank teller, speech writer, retail, and more. But that need to bring pen to paper refused to quiet. Finally, in 2009, I sat down, pulled out a brand new notebook, and once again let the pictures in my head become words on paper.

As a child, my grandfather would sit me in his lap and weave tales about the Cherokee nation, and a girl who belonged with horses. His words painted a whole new world, and my mind would take flight. My hope - my dream - is that Tanzy's journey does the same for you.

Confession time: Jadie Jones is not my name. It's a pen name I created to honor two fantastic women who didn't get the chance to live out their professional dreams. First, my grandmother - a mother of four during post World War II America, who wanted to be a journalist so bad that even now when she talks about it, her blue eyes mist and she lifts her chin in silent speculation. And second, a dear friend's mother who left this world entirely too soon. To Judy Dawn and Shirley Jones, Jadie Jones is for you. It's been a pleasure getting to know her.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Giveaway + Netflix Shenanigans


Hey guys! I won't bore you guys to death today since you are only reading this to find out more details about the giveaway. Here's the giveaway!

The Dead Inside: a true story
Author: Cyndy Etler
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Hardcover
Synopsis:
For readers of Girl Interrupted and Tweak, Cyndy Etler’s gripping memoir gives readers a glimpse into the harrowing reality of her sixteen months in the notorious "tough love" program the ACLU called “a concentration camp for throwaway kids.”
All Cyndy wanted was to be loved and accepted. By age fourteen, she had escaped from her violent home, only to be reported as a runaway and sent to a “drug rehabilitation” facility that changed her world.
To the public, Straight Inc. was a place of recovery. But behind closed doors, the program used bizarre and intimidating methods to “treat” its patients. In her raw and fearless memoir, Cyndy Etler recounts her sixteen months in the living nightmare that Straight Inc. considered “healing.”

The Author:
Cyndy Etler was homeless at fourteen, summa cum laude at thirty. In her current work as a teacher and teen life coach, Etler happily teaches teens that books work better than drugs. She lives with her husband and dogs in North Carolina. Find her at CyndyEtler.com.

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Anyone a big fan of Zordaida Cordova's Labyrinth Lost?


Well Paramount now has the rights to develop this novel into a movie! HOORAY! No other information is released yet other than the the fact that we will get to see this beauty on the big screen soon!

NETFLIX is STEPPING UP THEIR GAME! With the release of 13 Reasons Why, and the master piece (according to my father) of a Marvel show, The Iron Fist, everyone has been wondering what else Netflix will be releasing yet. 

Well,  A Series of Unfortunate Events has been renewed for a THIRD SEASON! So expect more episodes of this fabulous show.



Anyone a fan, like my dad, of the Marvel shows on Netflix? Well here's a tiny teaser trailer of The Defenders coming this August!



Last, but not least. Anyone remember Anne of Green Gables? There's going to be a series adaption on Netflix on May 12! Watch the trailer below!





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