Book Review Tuesday (1/22/19)-The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Hi, everyone, and welcome to this week’s Book Review Tuesday!

 

This book was one of my first “interim” books of the year-the Kindle books I check out in the time when I’ve finished with my current batch of library books and the new batch isn’t ready yet. I initially started reading this because a) I loved A Monster Calls (see 5/16/17 if you want to read my review of that one), and b) EpicReads was, as usual, raving about it, and they even had a quiz or two based off of it. In short, it wasn’t nearly as spectacular as A Monster Calls, but The Rest of Us Just Live Here is still a fantastic book. And to be fair, the two are very different books. Maybe I shouldn’t be making that comparison.

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But anyway, regardless of whether my comparison was justified or not, here’s the review! Enjoy!

 

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here

In every story, there is the “Chosen One”. The one who is destined to rid the world of whatever supernatural threat has come to end it, the one who is destined to fall in love with a handsome prince and live happily ever after, until they are called upon to save the world again. Mikey, of all people, should know. His small town is full of them–they’ve faced down vampires, zombies, and even gods, and too many have sacrificed themselves in the process.

But Mikey? He’s just a normal kid. He doesn’t have powers, or the weight of the world on his shoulders; as long as he graduates high school in one piece and gets the girl of his dreams, he’s fine with it. But when supernatural forces cause his high school tp explode, Mikey realizes that the Chosen Ones shouldn’t have to be the ones with the burdens on their shoulders. Sometimes, it’s just too big for one group of kids to handle.

 

 

Anyone who’s read their share of fantasy knows all of the tropes like the back of their hand. This witty novel explores-and sometimes mocks-all of them, while simultaneously delving into the world beyond the Chosen Ones. Alternating between snippets of a classic fantasy story, starring the current Chosen Ones (or “indie kids”, as they are referred to in the book), and the not-so-adventurous story of Mikey’s life, Ness has created a well-crafted look at what happens to the normal ones, those who aren’t destined to save the world. Clever, laugh-out-loud, and sometimes very real, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a spectacular read not only for fantasy readers, but also for anyone who’s just looking for something new.

 

Well, thank you so much for reading this review, and have a great rest of your day!

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Fan-Art-Man, Fan-Art-Man, does whatever a…fan art can? (If you couldn’t tell, I’m running out of title ideas.)

Hello, everybody!

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“Kanye’s my main man!” 

Sorry, I had to slip that in somewhere.

 

Alrightly. First of all, happy Martin Luther King Jr day to all! We have so much to thank this incredible man for, and I am eternally grateful for all that he has done to contribute to our society. Thank you.

 

Now…oh, hey! This is the first fan art post of 2019, isn’t it! Niiiiice! Most of these fan arts are technically from December 2018, but we’re just gonna ignore that. WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS LOTS OF MUTANTS.

Enjoy the fan arts!

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Storm, X-Men Apocalypse. Aside from Nightcrawler, she’s my favorite of the X-Men. 🙂

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Talky-Walky, Black Hammer (shown with a blending stump). You guys also really need to read Black Hammer-it’s OUTRAGEOUSLY weird, but you’ll be better for it.

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My first drawing of 2019! Johann (B.P.R.D.) is looking a little blue here. Poor guy.

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Vision in his human clothes. (Captain America: Civil War).

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Rogue, X2: X-Men United. I watched it again about two weeks ago, and I enjoyed myself waaaaay too much. 😉

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Storm, X2: X-Men United. (See above; I enjoyed myself.)

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“Kurt Wagner, but in the Munich Circus, I was known as the Incredible Nightcrawler!” (X2: X-Men United)

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This isn’t really a fan art, per se, but I still figured that I’d show it here. Behold my spidersona. I based her color scheme/costume largely off of the colors of the Peacock spider. 🙂

 

 

Well, thanks so much for reading, and have a wonderful rest of your day! I’ll be back with a book review tomorrow! 🙂

 

 

Book Review Tuesday (1/15/18)-The Disasters

Hello, everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Book Review Tuesday!

 

WOW. I didn’t realize how long I’d been waiting for this book until a few weeks before I checked it out.

I feel like it was on some sort of EpicReads list, and it looked really good, so I put it on my to-read list, and then on hold at the library. Of course, it wouldn’t be available for another…mmm, give or take 6 MONTHS OR SO, because I was an idiot and I didn’t realize that it was coming out in December.

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So anyway, it became available a few weeks ago, and I was overjoyed to read it at last. And? I must say, I was not disappointed in the least. A truly wild ride, packed with witty banter, classic sci-fi fun, and lots of crazy twists and turns! We’re only, oh, three or so weeks into 2019, but it’s the best sci-fi book I’ve read so far this year!

 

Enjoy the review!

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The Disasters

Nax Hall has dreamed of becoming a pilot since he was a little boy, back on Earth. Now, he is looking to enroll in the Ellis Station Academy, so he can train to be a full-fledged pilot and travel across the universe. But his dreams are tragically cut short after he fails his exams within a day of arriving, and he’s sent on the first ship back to Earth with three other expelled students. It seems as though this is the end for Nax and his friends, until Ellis Station Academy is attacked by a group of terrorists. As the only ones present at the time of this tragedy, Nax and his ragtag gang are now the prime suspects for the heinous crime. Forced to flee to another planet, they must now discover the truth about the attack on the Academy-and evade the law.

 

 

OH. MAN.

I had high(ish) expectations for The Disasters, but nothing could have prepared me for how stellar (no pun intended) this novel was. Feasible, intricate, future world-building? Gotcha. A cast of characters that are not only very diverse, but UNCANNILY LIKEABLE? Look no further. Spectacular writing, paired with a super-fun plot that had me on the edge of my seat? Check and check! Any sci-fi fan, no matter what your specific tastes are, read this book. I promise that you’ll be grinning the entire time you’re reading this.

Oh, and also, it reminded me a lot of Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a pretty major plus, if you ask me.

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Well, thanks for taking the time to read this review! Have a fantastic rest of your week, and take care of yourselves! 🙂

Book Review Tuesday (1/8/18)-The Bone Witch

Hi everyone, and welcome to this week’s Book Review Tuesday!

First and foremost, happy happy birthday to David Bowie, the Man who Fell to Earth. Thank you for bringing your joy, creativity, and music to this planet.

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(Currently listening to my all-Bowie playlist. I just finished re-watching the “Life On Mars?” music video, and I’ll admit that I got choked up. GAH. 💔 )

 

Aaaaaanyway, time for me talk about books and try not to cry.

 

The Bone Witch was recommended by a good friend of mine about a month or so ago. I trusted her judgment and checked it out at the library, hoping to be pleasantly surprised. And? AMAZING fantasy novel. With a world and lore that nearly rivals that of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, this book really packs a punch.

Enjoy the review!

 

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The Bone Witch

In Tea’s world, witches protect the people from the forces of evil. Each one harnesses a different power, connecting to different elements and forces of nature. Tea has yet to discover her powers, but when she unintentionally resurrects her brother Fox, she realizes that she’s a Bone Witch, capable of various feats of necromancy.

Bone Witches are feared and their powers frowned upon, and Tea becomes ashamed of her powers. But under the tutelage of a mentor in the city, she learns to control her unusual abilities. She must face not only the criticism of the other witches, but also the true evils that threaten to change her world for the worse. Can Tea figure out her budding powers-and learn to face down the forces that could destroy her world?

 

 

See above, my friend has great taste.

The Bone Witch is an expertly crafted fantasy, with a world that I’d willingly get lost in and beautiful writing to match. So much time and attention to detail is put into the world-building, and it truly shows through in this novel. I adored all of the lore and history with the witches, and it reminded me a lot of the Grishaverse (type “Grishaverse” into the search bar, and all of my reviews for them should come up) . The characters were incredible, and they were each very unique and fit well into the enchanting world. Overall, I highly recommend this to all you YA fantasy fans out there, especially fans of the Grishaverse. 🙂

 

I’m preeeetty sure this is a trilogy, but I haven’t quite looked into reading the rest of the series just yet. I’ll have to add the sequel(s) to my TBR, regardless.

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Thank you so much for reading this week’s review! Have a fantastic day, and take care of yourselves!

Book Review Tuesday (1/1/19)-The Hazel Wood

Hi, everyone, and welcome to the FIRST BOOK REVIEW TUESDAY OF 2019! WE MADE IT! HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!!

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This book was one of my last reads of 2018, and part of my *sniffle* last library haul of that year as well. I’d heard some rave reviews (mostly from EpicReads), and I almost bought it at Barnes and Noble, but, alas, still in hardback, and therefore, more expensive than a book of that size really should be. I finally got around to checking it out last week, and I was AMAZED. My expectations were average, but The Hazel Wood was well above-average.

Enjoy the review!

 

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The Hazel Wood

Alice Proserpine has lived her whole life on the run. Her grandmother is a recluse, the author of a renowned fairy tale book, Tales from the Hinterland, and her mother seems to run into bad luck wherever they roam. But when Alice receives news that her grandmother has passed away, she decides to set off to uncover the truth about why she really hid herself away. The Hazel Wood, the secluded house where she lived out most of her adulthood, has never been found by the public, but with the help of some of her grandmother’s most devoted fans, she finds some vital clues about its location. But what she finds there is stranger than she could have ever imagined…

 

 

WOW.

The Hazel Wood was immensely better than I expected it to be. The mix of realistic fiction and fairytale fantasy blended together perfectly, making for a chilling, masterfully crafted gem of a book. Incredibly creative, with unique and fierce characters and a twisted plot to match. Not only that, but there were a bunch of wonderful and hilarious pop culture references thrown in at the most perfect of times-everything from Star Wars to David Bowie to Nirvana to T. Rex.

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We know there’s a sequel coming some time this year, but it has yet to be titled or have a cover reveal. The author has also hinted at the release of Tales from the Hinterland somewhere down the line, too…OOH…

 

All in all, spectacular book. Would probably land a solid 9 on my book rating scale.

 

Well, I hope you all have a happy, happy new year, and a great rest of your day! Thanks for reading this post, and take care of yourselves! (And for those of you in temperatures like the one’s I’m in, please stay warm. It was -2 degrees around midnight last night.)

2018

Whew.

The past 2 or so years have both been dumpster fires, and that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. Mostly 2016, but you know what I mean.

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And this year?

Weeeell…I wouldn’t quite go so far to say that it was good, but it was less of a dumpster fire. You get my drift?

I’d be lying if I said that 2018 was easy. I had to face many daunting obstacles, make some difficult transitions, and come to terms with some truths about myself. But you know what? I managed to overcome those challenges, and I bet that you were able to do the same with yours. But if we look past all that we’d like to forget about this year, parts have been pretty awesome. I got to have so many new and wonderful experiences (Chicago, Sequoia National Park), discovered LOADS of new and spectacular books (some notable 2018 releases included Heart of Iron, Thunderhead, Honor Among Thieves, A Conspiracy of Stars, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, and a few others), some amazing films (Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, The Crimes of Grindelwald, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Antman and the Wasp, and I haven’t seen Aquaman but I’ve heard that it’s great), incredible music (Lush, Twin Fantasy, etc.) and much more. Of course, we’ve had some not-so-great moments in those respects (The Light Between Worlds, Venom, etc.), but overall, it’s been alright. And regardless of what kind of year we had in 2018, we’ve got a lot to look forward to in 2019.

I saw a meme the other day that was kind of hopeful, however silly it was.

 

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Fingers crossed. 

 

And I’m really hoping that this will be the way things are. If it gets too bad, I’ll just remember that Dark Phoenix, Avengers: Endgame, Soul of Stars, Honor Bound, King of Scars, and An Anatomy of Beasts are in our futures. So let’s try to make 2019 the inverse of 2016, everyone. Make it good. 🙂

 

Book Review (Tuesday), 3rd Anniversary Edition-Dare Mighty Things

Three years ago today, I was probably hunched over my laptop, and I had a fetus of an idea to do a book review on my blog, every week on Tuesdays. Over the course of time, I’ve forgotten a fair amount, my book genres and audiences have shifted, and hopefully they’ve gotten a little longer, and maybe even more intelligent sounding. (Like I said, hopefully.) And here we are now, with 2018 almost behind us. I’ve got one last book review for 2018, and then it’ll be 2019! And would you look at that-the first Tuesday of the year is NEW YEAR’S DAY!

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THANK GOD 2018 IS ALMOST OVER, amirite or amirite, guys? 

So now, without further ado, the last Book Review Tuesday of 2018!

 

I got this one at the library a little before the mental dumpster fire that was finals week. It had been on my to-read list for about a year or so, and I thought, hey, why not check it out? My expectations were average-nothing spectacular, but nothing egregiously bad.

Boy, was I wrong about that one.

Dare Mighty Things had close to everything I’ve ever wanted in a sci-fi novel. Do not be fooled by its unassuming appearances-it quickly becomes something like nothing you’ve ever read before. Buckle your seat belts, folks, this one’s a wild ride. 😉

 

 

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Dare Mighty Things

Thirty years from now, NASA has taken great leaps and bounds in the field of space travel and exploration. Now, they are offering a program for a new generation to take the reins. Twenty five gifted young adults will undergo many physical and mental challenges to become candidates to board a spacecraft with other astronauts, and explore the unknown regions of the universe. Out of these 25, only one will be able to go to space. Cassandra Gupta, an incredibly gifted young woman and one of the youngest candidates, is determined to rise to the top. Becoming an astronaut and exploring deep space has been her lifelong dream, and with her prowess and smarts, should be a shoo-in for the space program. But everything that she’s been told and trained in pales in comparison to what she truly faces in the darkest reaches of the universe…

 

 

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

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HOLY MOLY, that was amazing. As I said earlier, I greatly underestimated the potential of this book. But in the end, we’ve got the full-meal-sci-fi-deal, folks. The plot kept me on my toes, I grew to love (and to almost hate, in some cases) the wonderful and diverse cast of characters, and oH MY GOD…

Just to warn you guys, there’s an insane cliffhanger at the end that will, without a doubt, leave you hungry for so much more. I know that’s how I felt, certainly.

 

The sequel to Dare Mighty Things, One Giant Leap, came out in October, and as of right now, I haven’t been able to find it on the regular library or the Kindle library. Maybe it’ll be reasonably cheap on Amazon…who can say? I mean Heart of Iron (see 8/14/18) came out this year, and it was…what 7 bucks on Amazon? Pretty great deal for something that recent, if you ask me.

 

Aaaaaanyway, I hope you have a great rest of your day, and a happy new year!