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Friday, April 28, 2017

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Ninja Girl by Cookie O'Gorman | Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

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Ninja Girl Cookie O Gorman

Ninja Girl
Author: Cookie O'Gorman
Publication Date: March 30, 2017
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer: Sophia

Seventeen-year-old Snow-Soon Lee kicks ass--literally. She teaches at her family-owned martial arts gym, The Academy, and cares more about training to be the next Bruce Lee than hooking up. In fact, Snow's never even been kissed. But when Girls Night rolls around, Snow decides to prove to her friends (and herself) that she's not just some boring tomboy. Impulsively, she kisses a hot stranger and even manages to escape his two security guards.

One stolen kiss…

Ash Stryker's senior year sucks. His politician father pulled him out of Chariot High, separating him from his championship-winning soccer team. Now he's stuck at a prissy private school with no friends, no team and no chance of being scouted. On top of that, thanks to the death threats his dad's received, Ash has a security tail aka professional babysitters. When the mystery girl from the movies shows up at his school, rappelling from the rafters, Ash knows one thing: he won't let her get away again.

One interesting job proposition…

After a seemingly random attack, Ash's mother surprises everyone. She hires Snow to be Ash's personal bodyguard until after the election. But can Snow's kick-ass skills hold up against the rising threats to Ash's family? More importantly, can Ash convince his ninja girl to screw ethics and kiss him again?

Opposites attract in this YA romance where a smooth talker meets his match in the tough girl who (literally) sweeps him off his feet. Moral of the story:

Sometimes even bad boys need a bodyguard.
Review copy provided by the author for the blog tour

So I have Cookie O’Gorman’s debut novel, Adorkable sitting in my Kindle app, and I can’t wait to read it because it sounds freakishly adorable, and I am all about adorable books (I like to mention Imperfect Chemistry for the New Adult readers).

Ninja Girl is O’Gorman’s second novel, and it does seem like a second book in a stand alone series since from what I know, the love interest of this book, Ash, makes an appearance in Adorkable and the couple in that book make an appearance here. (Did I make sense or was that too weird?)

What drew me to Ninja Girl in the first place is the Korean MC, Snow, who looks up to Bruce Lee as her role model and makes her decisions based on what she thinks Bruce Lee would approve. She’s phenomenal at martial arts, which makes her stick out from her group of “friends” because she’s considered a tomboy. To prove that she is indeed a girl, Snow decides to kiss an entirely random guy, someone she would never typically go for, who turns out to be the son of a running candidate for the Senate that recently got pulled out of his life in a public school to a private school.

Ninja Girl reverses the whole damsel in distress and boy saves girl trope - instead, Snow is the one who saves Ash. Snow is recruited as Ash’s bodyguard when his father starts getting more threats as they get closer to elections. It’s just so refreshing to see a familiar trope being reversed and breaking out of the norm (and of course, O’Gorman isn’t the only one who does this, but I’m extremely glad there’s another female character to root for).

It is a very nitpicky thing, but I am a little bothered by the title since ninja originates from Japan. However, I feel the title fits remarkably well with Snow as a character - she is extraordinarily fast in her movements when we see her in action as a bodyguard.

I loved the writing style in Ninja Girl - O’Gorman is hilarious with her writing style, and there are a lot of moments where I just really enjoyed having Snow as the main character and getting to know Ash as a character. As mentioned, I currently have O’Gorman’s debut novel on my kindle and getting the chance to see her writing style in her sophomore novel makes me extremely excited to read her debut when I get the chance. There are some fantastic lines in Ninja Girl that I love, and I honestly want to make a different post featuring all of my favorite quotes from the book.

Overall, though, if you want a cute story with a kickass main character who is a POC and hilarious lines, Ninja Girl might be the book for you.

About the Author

Cookie O'Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her debut novel ADORKABLE is out now!

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Fangirl Friday: SHATTER ME #4?! + Future Disney Releases

I GOT EXCITING NEWS!

Yes, I'm starting this post off with a BANG!

Anyone a HUGE fan of Tahereh Mafi's Shatter me trilogy and the novellas?

If you haven't heard of this glorious series or still haven't read them yet (PURPOSELY throwing shade at Sophia), then I have no idea what you're doing with your life. It is one of my all time favorite series and I'm glad there will be three more books to this series! The third book didn't feel enough! It felt like it was the beginning of something new!

The fourth book will be called, Restore Me,and will be out next year on March 6. BTW, it's going to be told in both Juliette's and Warner's POV. JUST PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY ALREADY!


Here's the 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?"

I'm about to pre-order this gem off of amazon right after this post and just patiently wait. 


Now we are in an era where Disney is dominating the movie scene, because they are honestly going to do a live action movie of all of their animated movies. I'm not mad. Beauty and The Beast WAS EXCELLENT! 100 out of 10! Yes, you read that right. It is NOT a typo. So I expect the same quality from all of the live action movies coming soon. 

The company has recently released the release dates of these live action/animated movies!

The Lion King- July 19, 2019
Frozen 2 (Frozen sequel)- November 27, 2019
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 -Nov. 21, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time-March 9, 2018

Anyone excited about any of these films mentioned? I can't wait for these to come out soon!

Let's end this post with a Cars 3 Trailer!








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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Understudy by Cheyanne Young | Audiobook Review

Understudy Cheyanne Young

Understudy
Author:
Cheyanne Young
Narrator: Stacey Glemboski
Length: 4 Hours, 45 Minutes
Publication Date: January 6, 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer: Sophia

The high school play is in two months and senior Wren Barlow just became director. Wren still isn't over the fact that she got stiffed as a stagehand instead of the lead role that she totally deserved. Now she is in charge of rehearsals, costumes, navigating around cast member hookups and managing the real life drama at home.

The principal counts on her to succeed because tickets have been sold and the money has been spent. But when he drops a gorgeous bad boy on her and wants him to help the play for extra credit, she falls hard for someone she knows she can't date. With everything spinning out of control, the mysterious and secretive detention king named Derek has a few tricks up his sleeve and wants to help—too bad Wren is scared to give him a chance to prove himself.
Audiobook provided by the narrator for review - thanks!

Wow, it’s been nearly two years since I’ve last written an audiobook review, and I feel like I’m in familiar shoes with no clue what to do.

The Storyline

Understudy follows Wren Barlow, who auditions for the school play in the hopes of winning the lead role and adding it to her college resume. Instead of getting the lead role, however, she ends up as a stagehand manager and later gets thrown into directing the play after her aunt suddenly quits. With tickets already sold, though, Wren is stuck handling everything from rehearsals to costumes along with her drama at home.

I don’t ever recall reading a story centered around a play, and I thought it was fascinating to have the opportunity to see what it is like working with a play as I never got the chance to do so during high school (I never had the time). The growing romance between Wren and Derek is cute, and I love how realistic the obstacles are getting in the way of them having a relationship throughout the book. (Not the cutest couple I’ve ever read, but still on the cute radar.)

However, Understudy has a little problem: there are a few stereotypes and assumptions laced throughout the book. (Maybe it’s just me and my personal preferences.)
  • Wren’s aunt thinks she is too fat to fit into the lead role of the play. “You did a fantastic job, butttt I believe you’re too fat for the role.”
  • Math obsessed geeks? Never could have pegged them as someone to get a Hello Kitty case? So who would you "peg" to get a Hello Kitty case then?
  • Boys just care about boobs from birth? This one is probably more true than not.
Fortunately for the first problem, Wren is not a character who flaunts the same beliefs her aunt has - she does not believe she’s too fat for the play and thinks she should have been selected on her talents. (From an acting stand point, directors probably choose the person based on the looks, but saying a person is too fat for the role doesn’t help their self-esteem. Sadly, this probably occurs more often in the entertainment industry than it is actually wanted.)

Looking past that, though, Understudy is a fun book to read with a cute romance to boot.


The Performance

Understudy is the first book I listened to without actually following along with a book version. (When I first started I was scared I would get hopelessly lost, so I never got an audiobook if the ebook wasn’t available to borrow.) Understudy is performed by Stacey Glemboski, whose credits also include Slave by Laura Frances, Grimm House by Karen McQuestion, and more.

Glemboski is an expressive storyteller - although there are a few bland moments throughout, she brings the characters to life with their own distinctions, and she gives Wren a sarcastic humor that wouldn't otherwise be noticed in physical format. It also felt like I was listening to someone telling me a story from their past while having coffee and dozing off in a pleasant way or daydreaming but still taking in what the other person is saying.

Understudy is one of my first audiobooks told by Stacey Glemboski, and her performance is one of the reasons why I finished the book. Having an audiobook version felt like it fit in with the school play theme Cheyanne Young centers the story around, and I think Glemboski did a good job with her performance.


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Blue Bottle Tree by Beaird Glover | Cover Reveal

Happy Tuesday book dragons (I'm still trying to figure this greeting out four years and then some later)!

I am briefly popping out of my study and project cave (more like project cave with the occasional procrastination because there are posts to schedule and reviews to write and deadlines to meet) to present to you the pretty and creepy cover of Beaird Glover's Blue Bottle Tree! (And if you missed the really pretty cover to Jadie Jones's Wildwood a few weeks ago, make sure to check that out too!)

Here's a peek at the synopsis:
There’s no such thing as Voodoo. At least, that’s what most of the Baptists in Bellin tell themselves. But Seven LaVey knows better.

In a small rural town just outside of Nashville, Voodoo conjures and curses simmer and seethe under the noses of the many who will never know. Seventeen-year-old Seven romanticizes about the meaning of life while held captive as a zombie under the shell of a kiddie pool. He's counting on the strength - and maybe even love - of a certain redheaded clarinet player to save him. But will she?

Filled with betrayal and revenge, two families struggle with a curse that stretches back to Queen of the Voodoos Marie Laveau in this contemporary Southern Gothic adventure. Prepare for a wildly original twist on the paranormal.
Lately I make everyone wait a second or two with stalling, but since I poked my head out of the study cave for a few moments to write this post...

Onward!
Okay, that's creepy. That face is creepy. Welp. (And fog is naturally creepy...)

Blue Bottle Tree is coming October 24 from The Parliament Press! If you're interested in paranormal romance, dark fantasy, voodoo, or gothic set in the south, be sure to check Blue Bottle Tree out and add it to your shelves on Goodreads!

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Monstrology in Wizard101: 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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