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Monday, October 23, 2017

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Dipping Toes in PvP Again and Wizard Photography Fun | Questing Shenanigans

Honestly I should just change the name of this occasional little thing and call it “Wizardly” Shenanigans rather than “Questing” Shenanigans because then I can cover all aspects of my wizardly life rather than chatter about questing, questing, and more questing.

That could get boring unless I start doing walkthroughs on YouTube and make commentary (which I will no doubt have…). Wiztubers and booktubers are brave souls for venturing into video shenanigans - I am not a brave little soul.

So it’s been awhile since I last did Questing Shenanigans (because August I decided to go pour my heart out into reading before school actually started) and not much happened in terms of leveling. My ice is still initiate (okay, she leveled up one), my myth is still master (okay, she also leveled up one), and my balance didn’t make any progress. Don't be so shocked. It's hard to level up there when you solo 95% of the time.

But let's be honest: the moment this post is live, I'll probably be somewhat ahead because that's how I work my blogging life. Being somewhat ahead and behind at the exact same time.

Oh please. Azteca is boring despite the aesthetics. Especially when your schedule says, “I AM A VERY BAD QUESTING BUDDY.” AKA I don’t go online often, and if I’m on during the school year, I’m probably doing daily assignments and checking plants before trekking down the scholarly path. Sometimes I go on a few quests.

On Sophia Waterheart

No leveling, no stepping foot into Azteca, spent 99.9% of the time doing daily assignments and gardening.

But… I did decide to try out PvP for a little bit after a long while. First try: dead. Second try: also dead, after two hours and many aura switching and dispels and really everything one doesn't like with PvP (and I mean a lot), but the team I got placed with make a good team (and we’ll be a boss at questing but I’m 88, someone else is 82 and the other one is 68).

We’re scattered questing wise. (BUT AZTECA IS LONG AND IN MY BRAIN THAT’S CODE FOR BORING. Also code for lonely, which is probably why it’s boring.)

Did I mention I make a very bad questing buddy? (If you can handle my scarcity, that’ll be great.)

There were no pics because I prefer asking people if they’re okay with being part of a screenshot and that means revealing I’m a blogger which means revealing…

Long story short, wizards are curious and ask questions. Some might assume I'm a fansite owner and no, I'm not. You heard it from me officially, folks.

On Sophia Legendheart

Leveled once (yay, new gear), made little progress in Grizzleheim, spent 99.9% of the time doing daily assignments and gardening (well, she finally got her defense jewel when she gets to level 85 though…).

Then I got a little bored of Grizzleheim and decided to do some side quests before I venture into Celestia like a good little wizard.

(I’m sure I’ll do fine on my own - I just choose not to.)

Have some pics of Kensington Park, though:
Frog is so gross but it's an AoE so...
Earthquake is much better.   
Also there are so many missed photo opportunities I never noticed before! O_O
The moral of this photo is to never press that X button to interact with anything until you press CTRL + G, because you never know when a photo op will appear.

On Sophia Iceheart

I am not a brave soul to venture into the second part of Krokotopia, so I only logged on to hover in game. (Also I think I’m more focused on my myth and learning the mythical ways before continuing on ice? Or maybe I want to at least get Legendheart to 60 before continuing. Ugh, I don't know.)

Other Wizardly Shenanigans

This is exactly why I should rename this to Wizardly Shenanigans and not questing shenanigans.

Remember that reading places in the spiral post I wanted to make? Yeah, it’s still in progress. Thankfully, Mari volunteered her library as tribute for photos (yes, the Mari who did the trial run and did not get kidnapped like Anelise). Anelise came willingly, so that's okay, right?

Okay, but I got the chance to chat about random things with Edward Lifegem and Autumn Dreamwalker (with the occasional Mari) in game for a good hour or so. (We haven’t spoken in years in game!)
  • Edward's Halloween Run is this Saturday!
I probably mentioned a bookish feature based off of Wizard101 worlds once or twice, but there’s a name! And a smol notebook as a master list! With notes! And two graphics! (Although simple.)

Honestly why did I not think of this back in my early blogging days.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

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Blog Tour: The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter | Review + Interview

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The Sky Throne #1
Author: Chris Ledbetter
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: April 17, 2017
Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.

When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.

Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.

Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus's quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.

On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.

Sophia's Review

I haven't been on a blog tour in so long, it's weirddd. How do I format things again?

Honestly, I'm starting to trust Chris Ledbetter's ideas because all of the books I've come across/read that are by him all have one thing in common: they're different, they're unique and they refreshing take on something. Please don't ever let me down with bookish concepts. I'm picky now, and I'd probably cry.

Ledbetter doesn't disappoint, of course. Well before the demigods of Mount Olympus and Percy Jackson existed, there were the Titans and the Olympians. "WAIT, you ask. DOES THIS MEAN IF I LIKE RICK RIORDAN'S BOOKS, I MIGHT LIKE THE SKY THRONE."

And let's be honest: the Olympians probably didn't spring into adulthood straight from birth, so they have to start somewhere, even if it starts with Hyperion attacking young Zeus and killing his best friend in the process. This would be a highly tragic way for Lupe to die because she IS my best friend. He is then sent to Mount Olympus Preparatory, which if we're putting two things together, all of the students who go there will later be known as the Olympians.

Considering the fact Greek mythology is vast, there is a large cast of characters - anyone who knows little to nothing about Greek mythology might end up lost keeping track of all the characters and who they are. We've got the major players: Chronos/Kronos, Rhea, Zeus, the rest of the Olympians, the Titans, etc. - most of them have nicknames that are remotely similar to their original name, but it may be difficult to keep track regardless. Or maybe I'm very strange and have a shabby memory. My brain cries when I try to remember too hard.

"Okay, but the Olympians and Titans usually bicker like nobody's business. Is that included and will it give me headache (aka make me want to throw the book against the wall)?" Despite the somewhat large cast of characters, Ledbetter has a great balance between what we as readers know about Greek figures depicted in media and a personality each character has of their own. The Olympians have their bickering and putting each other down sometimes, but it's a lot less bickering and more familial than what I know of, which is 10 tablespoons of bickering and 1/2 teaspoon of actually getting along. Yes, Percy Jackson. I'm eyeballing you, even if I loved you in my middle school days.

The Sky Throne brings back great middle school reading memories without trying to replace them - fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus will most likely find themselves enjoying the first book in Ledbetter's new series.

And lo and behold, Ledbetter has confirmed! There is a sequel in the works! Secretly I'm dancing around. Shh.

Chatting with Chris Ledbetter

Do you have another profession besides writing?
Yes. I am the store manager for GNC, a healthy lifestyle, vitamin and supplements store.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since December 2006.

What genre do you write and why?
I write fantasy mostly. I have dabbled in other genres, but I love the creative freedom of fantasy.

Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?
Yasss! Skittles. I must have Skittles to write.

Do you write every day?
When I’m in full on drafting mode, then yes, I write every day. But if I’m not drafting a specific manuscript, then I flit from project to project or research.

What is your writing schedule?
When I’m drafting, I usually get up around 4:30 am to begin writing before work. And then I’ll typically jot down notes about things I need to do story-wise at work. Then I’ll continue drafting when I get home from work. On days off, I write all day.

In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?
Yes. It’s a slower process to write longhand first, then transfer over to the computer. But I have found that my mind works through the process better when I write longhand. My brain thinks better, and I generally produce better initial work that way.

What is your next project?
My next project is the second book in the Sky Throne series. It’s called The High Court and it’s set to release late spring 2018.

Presents! (AKA Giveawayyy)

Grand Prize: One winner will get a signed paperback of The Sky Throne + $20 Amazon GC (open USA only)
First Place: Two winners will each get an ebook copy of The Sky Throne + $10 Amazon GC (open internationally)
Second Place: Two winners will each get an ebook copy of The Sky Throne (open internationally)

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Fangirl Friday: Black Panther Trailer + Stranger Things 2





Well, hello there! Hope you had a fantastic week! It's been a chill week for me and I'm looking forward to making my schedule for next semester! Time sure goes by fast!


Anyone excited about the upcoming Marvel movies like the Black Panther? Guys, I'm stoked for this! See the awesome poster and trailer that was released earlier this week!



Let's talk about the good stuff here. This upcoming Friday, we will FINALLY get to watch season 2 of Stranger Things on Netflix and I cannot contain my excitement!


I would re-watch or watch the first season (HIGHLY RECOMMEND) if you haven't watched it already just so you are prepared for the release of the epic new season. Watch the final trailer below if you need a reminder of how awesome the show is. You're welcome for having something to look forward to this week!





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Friday, October 13, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: The Emerald Cloth Cover Reveal & Giveaway + Star Wars!

Hey guys! Happy Friday the 13th! We are one week closer to Halloween! Tell me in the comments below on what you plan to be! I plan to just wear my Darth Vader onesie watching horror movies. I'm a boring bean, I know.

Before I show you the exciting cover reveal and giveaway, I just wanted to say another sad news that is tragic. The fires happening in California right now is horrifying and my thoughts and prayers are those affected by the fires. Seems like there's always something bad happening every week and it's terrible


Title: The Emerald Cloth
Author: Clare C. Marshall
Release Date: April 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
Cover Designer: David Farrell
Publisher: Faery Ink Press
Hosted: Lady Amber's PR
Synopsis:
Resist.
That’s what my friends tell me.
But to free my prince,
And save my people from extinction,
I must cooperate with my greatest rival.
Everyone believes Kiera Driscoll is dead. Only her friends know the Violet Fox is alive, because they’re in hiding with her deep in Feenagh Forest.
Prince Keegan Tramore, who married Kiera in secret, faces a far worse fate. Cursed to slumber eternally, Keegan has been captured by the powerful Frostfire family. The curse is spreading, only affecting those born on the surface. Worse, the Frostfires pin the blame on the Freetors and persecute them relentlessly–a nightmare for Kiera, who wants all Marlenians to live in harmony. Difficult, now that the Frostfires and their Northern allies–including Kiera’s bitter enemy, Lady Dominique Castillo–have usurped Keegan’s rightful throne.
There is one hope: the Emerald Cloth, an artefact with legendary healing properties. Although Kiera swore she’d never seek another artefact again, she will do anything to protect her people. The Frostfires seek the cure as well–and they’ll go to great lengths to prevent it from falling into Kiera’s hands.
Whatever the cost, Kiera must free Keegan and her people from the magic-induced slumber before the kingdoms succumb to the curse of the Silver Spear.

Author Bio
CLARE C. MARSHALL grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial-up internet, and yet she turned out okay. Her YA sci-fi novel Dreams In Her Head was nominated for the 2014 Creation of Stories award. Her hit fantasy novel The Violet Fox earned an honorable mention in the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Awards. She is a full-time freelance editor, book designer, and web manager. If there’s time left in the day, she devotes it to Faery Ink Press, her publishing imprint. When she’s not writing or fiddling up a storm, she enjoys computer games and making silly noises at cats.

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Have y'all seen the new Star Wars The Last Jedi trailer during half time of that football game?! I was honestly watching Dancing With The Stars at that time (Team Stark and Fish Upon A Star BTW), but I had to change the channel just to watch the spectacular trailer. One word though. PORGS!!!!


We also can't forget about our other superheroes!



Those who love soccer or are soccer fans every four years for the World Cup, well I got some sad news. The United States soccer team got eliminated and won't be participating in the upcoming World Cup 2018. Just wanted to let y'all know ahead of time before you ask when the USA is gonna play when you see a World Cup game on TV somewhere next year. Let's hope the USA team can get themselves together and hopefully qualify for the next World Cup!





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Friday, October 6, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Las Vegas + Restore Me Cover Reveal


It seems like I'm starting these posts with some sad stuff before we go onto other news. I can't just fangirl about books and movies if I don't state the important things that happened that week first.

I have no words and I don't think there are words in the dictionary that could describe how I feel about the tragic event in Las Vegas. It was plain awful and I just have no words. No words as to how I can help to fix this. I know we can do better than this.

I can only offer my prayers and my thoughts to those who passed away during the incident and to those who were affected by this. #StayStrongVegas





To end this very short post....

HAVE YOU ALL READ THE SHATTER ME SERIES BY TAHEREH MAFI YET?!

If not, then you honestly should stop reading this post and go to your local library. You better check out those books and start reading it to catch up on the awesome stuff you are missing out on! If you have read them then, we should be best friends.

Mafi has stated that she will be releasing three more books and EW exclusively released the cover reveal for the fourth book called Restore Me, that will be released on March 2018, on Wednesday.

THE COVERS ARE GETTING MORE BEAUTIFUL!


Also, they released a small excerpt which you should definitely read by clicking here. I am happy. I am anxious. I can't breathe, because I've never realized how much I needed this and how God has blessed us with this beautiful cover. The excerpt was so beautiful and awful at the same time! Beautiful, because Warner and Kenji was in the excerpt duh. Awful, because its ONLY AN EXCERPT AND I WANT MORE RIGHT NOW. HOW DO YOU GUYS EXPECT ME TO SURVIVE UNTIL MARCH TO GET MY HAND ON THIS BOOK? HOW?!

In all honesty, you have to read the entire series in order to understand the beauty of this world Mafi created. Let's hope I can survive until march. PLEASE pray for me and my sanity.








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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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Iridescence @ Light Up the Shining Night | Novel Newcomers

Sometimes I want to take a very, very long break from the interwebs and blogging and disappear under a rock, never to appear again because there are days I just don't want to do anything or accomplish anything and it's a horrible feeling because I think I could've accomplished a lot in that unproductive time. And then a few HOURS go by.
So while I'm being a very productive human being (AKA not wanting to slack and wanting to be ahead in both blogging and school or at least one of those before later months come knocking), Novel Newcomers 2017 is still in session even if I'm very bad at staying on track and should probably find a cohost because I'll have less on my shoulders.

This week's Novel Newcomers was originally two bloggers but I've divided them up into separate posts for reasons I won't disclose (reality: I'm waiting for others and I don't nag because I know I was the one late). The first half is Iridescence from Light Up the Shining Night Stars, who helped cohost the first #NovelNewcomersChat back in early August (it was a smol chat, but we did pull it together last minute... whoops), along with Annie from I Live and Breathe Words.

Somehow the other half got lost in my email and while I was cleaning it up a few months ago or a few weeks ago the person completely disappeared? How..!
I probably need help. Shoutout to the next Novel Newcomer Rebekah from Rebekah Rose Books for dealing with sleepy brained me who somehow deleted her email.

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
Most of my free time is taken up by these two, but if I have some more time to spare I usually sketch or doodle something. I used to sketch and paint way more often but it's cut down now. I also bullet journal. I'm a planner and I love the flexibility that the bullet journal system provides. I plan a lot.

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
When I first read this question, I was (still am, tbh) very confused. I asked my best friend the same thing and she replied, "um, nothing?" with a confused face as well! I'm not sure if this is an "accomplishment" but it is unusual. A few of my friends in college are actually a bit afraid of me. I have no clue why but one of them told me that she's sort of afraid of me, maybe because I'm blunt and take no nonsense. Or something like that. I never thought I'd be someone who intimidates others as I'm usually the one talked over. So I guess that is kind of accomplishment. All of them are still my friends though. They said that they appreciate my honesty and bluntness, and we're all good friends.

What is your favorite food?
Pizza! Definitely Pizza. I'm actually a vegetarian since birth (I haven't even had egg once, ever) so I suppose that cuts down a lot of food options. Pizza is the food my best friends and I eat when we have some money saved up or as a celebration for anything. It's pizza.

Name 1-3 authors who are not well known or bestsellers whose books you think everyone should read.
I recently read a series by Jennifer Probst called Searching For. It's romance, and I totally loved ALL the books in the series. I'm surprised that I only came across her work now because I've been going through romance books for quite a while now.

Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy is one of my favourite books which gave me so many feels. I haven't seen her or this book mentioned anywhere, and I hope that changes! Again, this is romance.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is one of my all-time favourite books, and I've hardly seen any mention of it?! This book deserves to be read by everyone. I have read it three times, and I still want to reread it again. It's effect doesn't fade. Zafon writes VERY well.

What book world would you prefer to not get stuck in and why?
Mostly, Game of Thrones. I would die very soon. Also maybe The Hunger Games. That world is just depressing.

If you had to possess the soul of a fictional character for a day, who would it be? (You’re really just experiencing their day.)
Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. All I want is to experience being loved by Rhysand. Even if I see him only for five minutes. If only I could *sighs*

Favorite line from your current read? (Can be funny, inspirational, etc.)
"We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with lacquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved." This is from The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Hocus Pocus + PLL Spin Off + More!

It's the last week of September and it's time for the fabulous month of October where the temperatures drop (thank God) and we are one month closer to the end of the semester and the end of 2017! Time sure goes by fast.

I feel like I'm the only one on planet earth who haven't seen Hocus Pocus. *cue the gasp of horror*

 

A fitting GIF, don't ya think? Well, apparently Disney is remaking this movie with a new cast. *cue the eye rolls cause we all saw this coming* Although I've never seen the film, I sure do understand the anger. Guess we'll see and find out who will be the new cast and we'll judge from there. I might see the film for the first time this year. Who knows?



Alright PLL (Short for Pretty Little Liars if you didn't know) fans. It's time to be excited once again that we will see Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish reprise their roles for the new show Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. Honestly, I was a fan of PLL at first, but after the second season, I was so over it and was wondering when it was gonna end. Am I the only one who felt that way?

Anyway... here's a little blurb of what Freeform said about the series.
"Everything about the town of Beacon Heights seems perfect, from their top-tier college to their overachieving residents. But nothing in Beacon Heights is as it appears to be. The stress of needing to be perfect leads to the town’s first murder. Behind every Perfectionist is a secret, a lie and a needed alibi."

The one thing I'm very excited about is the new trailer of Pitch Perfect 3. Watch the fantastic trailer right now and fangirl along with me please!


RWBY is an anime series and season 5 will be in select theaters! The blurb under the YouTube video has an excellent decription. You are better off reading that than me trying to re-explain everything and butcher it in the process.


"Fathom Events and Rooster Teeth are partnering to bring RWBY, the global hit western-style anime series, to cinemas nationwide for a special one-night event featuring the premiere of RWBY Volume 5 Chapter 1, a look back at Season 4, and exclusive interviews with the talent and crew! The world of Remnant is filled with horrific monsters bent on the destruction of humanity. Fortunately, the kingdoms of the world have risen to combat these forces by training powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses at academies around the planet. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training whose journeys will take them far past the grounds of Beacon Academy." -quoted from Fathon Events





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