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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Fangirl Friday: Harry Potter Mobile Game + Nintendo Labo

Are we already halfway through January?! I have already accepted that this month is just a trial month for me and that the new year actually starts on February. Or Tuesday, because that's when school started. Honestly guys, I'm a complete mess. Oh wait, I'm always a mess. What's new?

Enough about me. Let's talk about Harry Potter! There's a new mobile game coming out for both iOS and Android systems this spring and I can't wait! Check out the trailer below!
Disclaimer: Video was taken from Gamespot


I'm sure you all have heard of the game system that literally EXPLODED and rocked the entire world. THE NINTENDO SWITCH. I was going to buy it two days ago for myself, but realized I won't have time to play. Let's get real, I BARELY HAVE THE TIME TO READ. (Sophia: I don't think anyone does on here? Shh...)

This new NINTENDO LABO LITERALLY looks like something I could create myself with some pieces of cardboard I can get from my local hardwood store for a quarter of the price. At least they made this look fun and some what intriguing in the trailer. It's a pretty creative idea from them, I will give you that, but it still looks really fragile. I can't wait to read the reviews once this is released!






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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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The Flooding by Sean Hancock + Teleport by Kevin Berry | Mini Reviews

I think my reviews for The Selection and Shatter Me are giving some life, so I’m going to attempt to write coherent paragraphs of the non-list variety over two books I got from Kindle Scout.

In reality, my brain is crying silently because it wants to worm its way back into the dead life until another book I feel strongly about makes an appearance and I can write coherent paragraphs (too bad those paragraphs feel like bullet points) without making a fool of myself. (I probably did better than I think.)

Also, it's snowing and cold and freezing and all I want to do is curl in a blanket and hibernate until spring.

Teleport by Kevin Berry

I've never actually read a book based solely on making a teleportation device as the main plot, so this was a ride inside a new experience. But there are huge loads of information that I personally felt were information dumps, and it went all over my head every time a character explained what was going on to another character. Nearly half the book is focused on creating the teleportation device or testing (and more testing) - those looking for a fast-paced book will find Teleport to be slow at first, but things do pick up later on as the book progresses.

Sometimes I come across books that have unnecessary romance (a lot of them have it as a nice touch), but Teleport felt really unnecessary and forced. I felt like Berry was trying to get a romance angle into the story when the story was doing fine without that angle.

Teleport was interesting and all, but there were some things that just didn't work out.

The Flooding by Sean Hancock

The Flooding is a far cry from what I usually read, but at the same time, it IS what I enjoy reading. That probably didn't make sense.

Hancock’s latest book starts off as a mass confusion that will most likely disorient you but will quickly try to put you on the same path as the reader as the book dives straight into the action from the very beginning. Most of the book is focused on flashbacks and memories - all of which are from Rosa’s past lives - in addition to keeping up with what is currently going on in Rosa’s life.

A lot that goes on in The Flooding does seem like a set up for the second book, so I am looking forward to where this story might be taken.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

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Fangirl Friday: Upcoming YA Releases + Trailers

Hey everyone! I've had a pretty difficult week. It feels like everything that could go wrong went wrong, but I am positive that these recent events won't stop me. I hope you all had a better week than I did!

I'm truly excited for these upcoming YA releases from these amazing authors coming out this Tuesday, January 16. (Synopsis and information were taken from Goodreads)

Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)
Author: Maureen Johnson 
Synopsis:
Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”
Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.
True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.
The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.


Zenith (The Androma Saga #1)
Authors: Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Synopsis:
Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.


Blood and Sand
Author: C.V. Wyk
Synopsis: Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.


You know the drill. Here are some fantastic trailers for movies and TV Shows that were released this week!

TULLY
ALTERED CARBON 

BREAKING IN

BLACK PANTHER
 



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Thursday, January 11, 2018

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Blog Tour: Death Island by Kelsey Ketch | ARC Review + Giveaway

Tour Schedule
Hello and Happy New Year!

Welcome to the next stop on the Death Island review tour, the latest novel from Kelsey Ketch, and well, the very first review on the blog! Okay, it's the first review in a while. 😐


Death Island
Author: Kelsey Ketch
Publication Date: December 31, 2017
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Author for Blog Tour
Other Reviews: Daughter of Isis
Links: Goodreads | Amazon* | Barnes & Noble*
*Psst! Death Island is currently on sale!

Her family name tainted by her great-grandfather’s crimes of piracy, Meriden Cummings is far from the typical 18th-century woman. A social outcast, she works in a carpentry shop in a small village, where the people barely tolerate unconventional behavior.

However, her life takes a turn after a gang of pirates attack her village and her blood reveals an ancient map adorned with Mayan glyphs leading to Death Island. An island legends say is ruled by the Mayan god of the underworld, Ah Puch. Her great-grandfather had sought after the island before he vanished without a trace. Now, Meriden is about to journey across the sea to understand her family history.

There are only a few problems: her growing feelings toward a mysterious stranger linked to her great-grandfather’s past; a greedy band of pirates after her great-grandfather’s legendary treasure; and a contract she has unwittingly signed in blood with Ah Puch himself.

Six Things to Know About Death Island

It's been so long, I don't even think I know how to write a review anymore. 😭

So instead of a full-fledged review as I would love to do... we're going to good old lists! (I do love lists, don't you?)

Mayan Mythology! - I don't know about everyone else reading this, but I love mythology. Since Egyptian, Roman, and Greek mythology tends to be really popular... it's really nice to see something different.

It's slow at first, but picks up later - Death Island isn't my first novel written by Kelsey Ketch, but it's been a while since I've read her books. (Heck, it's been awhile since I've read a book and enjoyed it...) It's a book that's slow at first but eventually picks up as we get further into the story and does not let down until the very end. Ketch will pull you into the adventures the characters experience and keep pulling you until you finally finish the novel. There are some peeps who can vouch for me - I was a grumpy bookworm when they tried to get me to go questing with them on a game...

Feisty main character - Meriden is stubborn, badass, has wits about her... okay that sounds really weird put together into an actual sentence...

Pirates - Yes, pirates. That's all I need to say honestly. And... and... Pirates of the Caribbean vibessss.

But that ending?! - I might not be surprised right now, but eeeeep. During that entire time as it unfolded, I had my eyes glued to the pages like someone addicted to Netflix.

Okay, but is there another ending?! - Honestly I don't want to give spoilers, but I swear... I want to see the second ending for some reason. 👀

Obviously, my brain is a jumbled mess right now. Someone save me from embarrassment. 🙈

Author Bio

Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist in the state of North Carolina. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress or organizing the New Adult Scavenger Hunt, a biannual blog hop. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

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Fangirl Friday: Welcome 2018!!!

Hope you had a fabulous first week of 2018! Unfortunately, I entered the new year with a bad cold. I was not able to show up for work and was basically a miserable hermit at home during this entire week. Don't worry, I'm almost fully healed right about now. I just have this annoying cough and stuffy nose I can't get rid of.

Here are some books that were released on January 2 just in case you needed to add more books onto your never ending list of books to read.

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2)
By: Marie Lu
Synopsis: Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.


Someone to Love 
By: Melissa de la Cruz
Synopsis: Constantly in the spotlight thanks to her politician father's rising star, Olivia Blakely feels the pressure to be perfect. As the youngest girl in her class, she tries hard to keep up and to seem mature to the older boy she's crushing on, even as she catches his eye. But the need to look good on camera and at school soon grows into an all-consuming struggle with bulimia.

As Liv works toward her goal of gaining early admission to art school, including taking part in an upcoming student show, her life spirals out of control. Swept up in demands to do more than she's ready for, to always look perfect and to succeed, Liv doesn't know who she is anymore. It will take nearly losing her best friend and even her life for Liv to learn that loving herself is far more important than earning the world's approval.


Here are some trailers that were released this week and mind you, most of these are some scary stuff.

SLENDERMAN
 

Blumhouse's Truth or Dare
  
 




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Saturday, December 30, 2017

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Late Fangirl Friday Edition: Happy New Year!

There's nothing like publishing my last Fangirl Friday post fashionably late. What's new? I'm still procrastinating and clearly need to work on it this upcoming year. Honestly, the weather here in STL is BRUTAL. So in order to cope with this very cold weather this weekend, please enjoy my list of books and movies I'm most excited for this 2018!

UPCOMING 2018 BOOKS
Each novel description and information were taken from Goodreads

RESTORE ME (SHATTER ME #4)
BY: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: March 6

SYNOPSIS: Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?
WAR STORM (Red Queen #4)
BY: Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: May 15
SYNOPSIS: VICTORY COMES AT A PRICE.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

THE FATES DIVIDE (CARVE THE MARK #2)
BY: Veronica Roth
Release Date: April 10

SYNOPSIS: In the second book of the Carve the Mark duology, globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth reveals how Cyra and Akos fulfill their fates. The Fates Divide is a richly imagined tale of hope and resilience told in four stunning perspectives.

Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them.

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.

Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

 

UPCOMING 2018 MOVIES 
Each movie description and information were taken from IMDB.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Release Date: May 4

SYNOPSIS: The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.








OCEAN'S 8
Release Date: June 8
SYNOPSIS: Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.






FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIME OF GRINDELWALD 
Release Date: November 16
SYNOPSIS: The second installment of the 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' series which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander.











 
  SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
Release Date: May 25
SYNOPSIS: Han Solo and Chewbacca's adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their early encounters with Lando Calrissian.
 






Tell me below what books or movies you look forward to! Happy New Year!





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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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Shruti @ This Is Lit | Novel Newcomers

Happy Holidays!

It's finally Winter Break and my energy can go elsewhere AKA other priorities like blogging and reading.

But holy monkeys, I'm so very behind on this year's Novel Newcomers, mainly due to lack of blogging motivation. Lupe and Anelise seem to be in the same boat too... funny how co-bloggers are there to help out but we all slump together as well. 😢

Unfortunately, this also means after two years, Novel Newcomers will be taking a hiatus for 2018. 😭

I will be finishing this year's feature though so I won't be dropping off right in the middle and leave everyone else hanging.

That aside, this week's Novel Newcomer is Shruti from This is Lit.

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
I watch a lot of TV shows. I need to commute a grand total of 4 hours daily to get to and from work and that’s when I read. I don’t read [on] the weekends, though. That’s prime Netflix watching time. I’m constantly on the lookout for new TV shows to watch, but this October, I’m more excited about all the recurring ones. Stranger Things! Riverdale! Fresh Off the Boat! Obviously, I really love my TV shows. :D

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
In school, I learned English and this other Indian language (Hindi). But, my native language is Tamil, which I only knew how to speak and not read or write. However, I taught myself to read it when I was 6 or 7 by paying close attention to the new ticker on Tamil news channels. My family is still surprised that I was so easily able to teach myself the language.

What is your favorite food?
I can never pick! I would, however, say that anything that has cheese is my favorite. :)

What Hogwarts House are you, and would you ever want to go to Ilvermorny?
Slytherin! My cubicle at work is decorated with a lot of Slytherin merchandise, too. I’m THAT proud of my house.

I don’t think I’d mind going to Ilvermorny. I love America and a wizarding school in one of [my] favorite countries? Count me in!

We’re in the last stretch of the year! Quick, what are 5 books you hope to finish by the end of this year?
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Interesting trivia: Number 5 is always added to my “what do you want to read before the end of <date>” lists. But I never read it. Let’s hope 2017 changes this!

What book genres do you hope to try one day but have never ventured into before?
LGBTQ. I haven’t read any books from this genre. I’m not avoiding the genre, I just haven’t read any books from it. Recommend a good book from the genre and I’ll get on it right away! 😀

The holidays are almost here! What are you looking forward to this season?
I have a niece now! She was born a couple of weeks back and I’ll be visiting her in the US this December. Can’t wait! 😀

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