Apologies, I’m slowly turning into a Flaming Ball of Stress™️

Yeah, sorry for missing Book Review Tuesday this week. My school’s final exams are next week, and I’ve also had multiple tests to study for as well (Tests AND finals, all within two weeks! Two for the price of one! Whee!). As a result, I don’t think I’ll be able to do a Book Review Tuesday next week either. So sorry.

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But! I also have two weeks off after finals, so I’ll definitely be able to pick back up once school lets out for winter break. YEET!

Again, so sorry for the absence of book reviews this week. Have a nice day, and stay warm out there. 😉

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“Go to madelinetodd.com…they’ve got a new thing called…uh… FR E SH F AN AR TS…*wheezy laughter*”

Yep, I’ve got some FRESH FAN ARTS for you guys!

I haven’t really posted any of my art since late June (oops), and I feel like I’ve improved a lot since then, what with the art class at my school and just a little more experience in general. I’m excited to share some of these with you guys, I hope you enjoy them!

 

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My interpretation of the Darkling from Shadow and Bone.

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A little porg, who is now quite traumatized after seeing his brethren being roasted on a spit by Chewbacca.

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Johann Krauss, in his newest suit. (B.P.R.D.)

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My interpretation of the wonderful Jax, from Heart of Iron. 

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Professor X, X-Men: First Class . (I watched it for the first time in about three or four years in September; I felt the judging eyes of my cats on me as I cried during the “I can’t feel my legs” scene.)

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Mystique, from the new Dark Phoenix trailer. (*LOUD SCREAMING*)

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Nightcrawler, X2: X-Men United. (Which celebrated its 15th anniversary this May! Yay!)

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Abe Sapien, Hellboy (2004). 

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Newt Scamander, The Crimes of Grindelwald. (I saw it a few weeks ago, and it was ASTOUNDING. Certainly didn’t deserve that low of a rating from Rotten Tomatoes.)

 

Well, thank you for sticking around long enough to see more of my art and endure the deluge of book reviews! Once I get some more done, I will definitely post some more. Have a nice day, and stay safe!

Book Review Tuesday (12/4/18)-Eve

Hello, fellow bibliophiles, and welcome to the first Book Review Tuesday of December 2018!

Man, I still can’t believe it’s already December. The year’s almost over now, and honestly? THANK. GOD. But hey, now it’s nearly Christmastime!

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Eve was another one of my “interim” books-the ones I borrow from the Kindle library when my physical library books aren’t ready yet. Though my expectations were somewhat low, this book did not disappoint! A simulatenously bleak and hopeful novel, with a startlingly believable vision of the future.

Enjoy the review!

 

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Eve

After a plague has wiped out most of the population, mankind is struggling to repopulate. Boys are raised in labor camps, while girls go to the School, where they are educated on their past history and the dangers of men. Once they graduate, they are promised bright futures in the capital city.

Eve has believed all of this since she was five years old, making good grades and obeying the word of the headmistress and teachers of the School. But before she is set to lead her graduation ceremony, she discovers a dark secret about the true fate of the School’s graduates, and runs away so that she might still have a chance at a better life. With only the instructions of a teacher to guide her, she sets off into the unknown, where  Caleb, a boy who’s been living on his own for many years, comes to her rescue. She soon discovers that much of what she has been taught in School is completely irrelevant, and must find a way to survive, dodge the authorities, and make it to safety.

 

I didn’t expect to like Eve as much as I did; I thought it would just be something to pass the time for a day or two, that I’d forget in a month’s time. On the contrary, Eve was an incredible book! While it presented a nightmarish, startling future world, it still managed to be hopeful in the worst of times. Hopeful moments in more dystopian novels is something I really admire; there isn’t a situation that’s completely devoid of hope, after all, no matter how bad it gets. Additionally, the characters were incredible, from the naïve but determined Eve, to the rogue boys and schoolgirls. A solid 7.5 or an 8 on my rating scale.

 

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s review! Have a great rest of your day, and please take care of yourselves and stay warm. 🙂

Another One Bites the Dust *clap*

 

Welp, looks like I forgot this week’s Book Review Tuesday.

Sorry, guys. I’ve been rather tired and out of sorts this week, what with school starting back up again and having to wake up at 6:00 a.m. after about a week of sleeping until 8:30 or 9:00. Plus, I’m sad to say that a fair amount of the books I read over Thanksgiving ended up being rather mediocre. (Looking at you, The Cruel Prince and Stranger than Fanfiction…sorry.) But hey, at least Black Hammer (very good comic, highly recommended), Madman (also a very good, highly recommended comic), and The Catcher in the Rye (not a comic, but veeeery highly recommended all the same) all exist.

 

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Did it again.

But I promise that I’ll come back next week for December. Bye for now, folks.

(Also, below is my few remaning brain cells’ reaction to me forgetting this week’s BRT. Oops.)

 

 

Book Review Tuesday (11/20/18)-Catwoman: Soulstealer

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

 

After how much I loved Wonder Woman: Warbringer (see 9/11/18) and Batman: Nightwalker (which I stupidly haven’t reviewed, but will at some point), I figured that Catwoman: Soulstealer would be no different. So, I checked it out at the library, along with Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass. 

It’s funny, I kind of hated Throne of Glass (pleeeease don’t brutally murder me for this, it just wasn’t my thing), but I really liked Catwoman! I’d have to read more of Maas’ work to make my theory have a little more weight, but I guess I just like it when she’s given a set of characters and a world to work with, as opposed to creating her own. (Okay, that’s…probably a little mean, sorry, but that’s how it’s been for me thus far.) So whether you’re a Throne of Glass fan or not, Catwoman is spectacular!

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Enjoy the review!

 

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Catwoman: Soulstealer

Desperate to escape her drug addict mother and care for her terminally ill sister, Selina Kyle turns to a life of crime to get by. For years, she fights her way to the top of the food chain, struggling to provide for her and her sister, while simultaneously dodging the likes of Carmine Falcone. Eventually, she is discovered by Talia al-Ghul, who recognizes her potential and talent, and sends her off to train with the League of Assassins.

Many years later, Selina returns to the streets of Gotham City under the alias Holly Vanderhees. In the absence of Batman, she rekindles her reputation, and allies with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, the three of them are a force to be reckoned with. But can they evade the authorities for long enough?

 

 

I’ve always had something of a soft spot for Catwoman, partially because of the fact that I love cats, and because, well…simply put, she’s a spectacular villain, and, in some cases, antihero. I especially like her depiction in the animated show The Batman. (It ran in the early to late 2000’s…anybody remember it? Quality.) I mean, her costume is SPOT-ON. COME ON, GUYS. 10/10.

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I actually imagined Selina’s costume in Catwoman: Soulstealer a little like this. It’s always been one of my favorite interpretations of Catwoman.

But anyway, Sarah J. Maas did an incredible job of depicting Catwoman, as well as giving her some backstory and history. I also really enjoyed the camaraderie between her, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn. They’re so fun together, and Harley didn’t get on my nerves.

 

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Let me elaborate on that. Usually, Harley Quinn is either a) not only oversexualized, but also incredibly annoying, or b) just adorable. My personal favorite is Batman: The Animated Series Harley, though her Catwoman description in terms of clothing was more along the lines of Suicide Squad.

 

All in all, a well-written novel that did considerable justice to the original characters!

 

Well, I hope you all have a great day, and for my followers in the U.S, have a happy Thanksgiving!

It sounded better in my head (A Heart of Iron theory)

WARNING: IF YOU HAVE NOT READ OR HAVE NOT FINISHED ASHLEY POSTON’S HEART OF IRON, THIS POST CONTAINS SOME MAJOR SPOILERS.

(For the review of Heart of Iron, see 8/14/18).

 

Hi, fellow bibliophiles! I’ve been promising for weeks that I’d post more non-BRT content, and I have (finally) delivered.

Since August, I’ve re-read Heart of Iron twice. During my second re-read, I noticed something near the end of the book that could possibly give us some clues to the outcome of the sequel, Soul of Stars. It could turn out to be nothing, but…

I’ve got a theory, folks. 

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Here we go.

 

Take a look at this passage on page 412 of  Ashley Poston’s Heart of Iron, in which Di is on the brink of being controlled by the HIVE, and is repeating a series of words and names to himself to remember who he really is.

”Ana. Dossier. Siege. Jax. Robb. Tsarina. Nevaeh. Di. Cerces.

Ana. Dossier. Siege. Jax. RobbNevaeh. Di. Cerces.

Ana. Dossier. Siege. Jax. RobbNevaeh. Di.

Ana. Dossier. Siege. Jax. Robb. Di. 

Ana. Dossier. Siege. Robb. Di.

Ana. Dossier. Siege. Di.

Ana. Dossier. Siege

Ana. Dossier—

Ana,

Ana,

A…

…”

 

My theory is that this passage could determine the order of the fates of the characters. In her various Instagram stories, Poston has often hinted that the crew of the Dossier are definitely not gonna be completely alright by the time Soul of Stars is over. (I’m reasonably worried.) So, let’s break this on.

The first to go is Tsarina, the ship where the crew encountered the red-eyed Metals, and discovered Di’s current body. I’m not sure how that will come into play.

The second to go is Cerces. Cerces was a planet that was only mentioned a few times throughout the book, but whenever it came into the conversation, it was noted that Cerces housed infamous mines. Could we witness what Cerces is actually like in Soul of Stars? Only time will tell…

Next is Nevaeh, where the chase scene with Ana, D09 occurs in the beginning of the book. Though the crew of the Dossier is, as far as we know, bound for a place called Xourix, there’s definitely a possibility of them returning to world of the Ironbloods.

The fourth one worries me the most-now, JAX IS GONE. TIME TO PANIC.

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nOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

 

It’s mentioned that every time he reads somebody’s stars, his life span shortens. And throughout the course of Heart of Iron, he (unintentionally) reads the stars of at least three people. Chances are, if he does survive, he’ll barely escape with his life.

NO. NO. NO. UNACCEPTABLE. HE’D BETTER NOT DIE. I SWEAR TO GOD—-

 

After Jax is Robb. With the threat of his tyrannical mother gone, his chances of survival are…slightly higher. Of course, the royal guard is definitely still after him. And maybe his fate could be connected to that of Jax? I mean, they’ve kissed twice now…(PERFECTION. COUPLE OF THE YEAR. 100/10,)

 

Next to go is Di himself. His chances of survival are fairly slim, seeing as he’s fighting a losing battle to keep the HIVE out of his body. But what will this mean for him and Ana? (Close second for couple of the year, I might add.)

 

After Di is Captain Siege. If she does shuffle off this mortal coil, something tells me that she’ll go out with a bang, with a gut-wrenching sacrifice for the rest of the Dossier’s crew. If anything, I’ll be saddened to see her go.

 

Second to last is the Dossier itself. Like with the Tsarina and the various locations throughout the galaxy, I’m unsure as to how this will factor in. Maybe the Dossier sustains some substantial damage, or gets destroyed? Only time will tell…

 

Lastly, of course, is Ana, the love of Di’s life and the main heroine. She’s probably the most likely to survive, but she’s still in considerable danger, seeing as she’s badly injured from the attack by HIVE’d Di, so depending on where Soul of Stars picks up, she could either be in critical condition, healing, or healed. You never know. We’ll just have to wait ’til next year…*gulp*

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F E A R 

 

Welp, thank you for tolerating that tangent. Again, it could turn out to be completely illogical, but I’m keeping my hopes up. I just wanted to share this theory with the interwebs, regardless of whether or not any part of it turns out to be true.

Anyway, if you haven’t read Heart of Iron yet, PLEASE go and read it, and when you’re finished, feel free to read my review and share your thoughts! Hope you have a great rest of your day! 😉

Book Review Tuesday (11/13/18)-To Kill a Kingdom

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

 

Before I get into today’s review, though, I have a little something to say.

I was devastated yesterday afternoon when I heard that Stan Lee had passed on. Marvel has and will always be a big and meaningul part of my life, so thank you, Mr. Lee, for all of your wonderful contributions to this world. Excelsior. 💔

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Now for the review.

I recently checked this book out at the library, convinced by many months of seemingly endless praise. (It’s already been nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award, so awesome job, Mrs. Christo!) And though it didn’t quite live up to the massive amount of hype, it was definitely a  thrilling novel. To Kill a Kingdom is a rich and dark retelling of “The Little Mermaid”, where the main character still wants the prince’s heart, but…in a different sort of way. Let’s leave it at that for now. 😏

Enjoy this week’s review!

 

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To Kill a Kingdom

Lira, princess of the Sirens, is a formidable foe, with a collection of many human hearts and a bloody appetite to match. On a quest for another heart, she accidentally kills a fellow siren instead of the human prince she’s after, and her mother, the infamous Sea Queen, gives her a punishment and a task. By the time the Winter Solstice comes, she must kill the human Prince Elian and take his heart. But it’s easier said than done-she’s trapped in the form of a human until she can complete her mission.

With her new human body, she tricks her way into the ranks of the prince’s siren-hunting crew. Elian takes Lira in as one of his own, but is still suspicious of her origins and intentions. As the Winter Solstice draws nearer, Lira becomes entangled in the affairs of the human world, but is still determined to complete her task. Will Elian’s heart be hers before time runs out?

 

 

I’ll admit, I’ve never read the original version of “The Little Mermaid”, nor seen the 1989 Disney version in full (I have hazy memories of seeing a few clips when I was a little kid), but I know the basic gist of the story. And I must say, this an incredibly well-done retelling! Alexandra Christo does an excellent job of simultaneously staying true to the original tale and giving it a twist all her own. A truly enchanting, dark, and action-packed novel. Even if you aren’t familiar with the original works, I’d highly recommend it to anyone who loves a well-crafted fantasy novel.

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I know I’ve been saying this for at least a month now, but I PROMISE that I have more than just book reviews coming in the next few days (or weeks) or so. I’ve been a little bit busier, but Thanksgiving break is coming up, so I’ll probably have some time this week and next week for some new content. I PROMISE, GUYS! SORRY!!!

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Well, I hope you have a great rest of your day, and stay warm! (Or, just…maintain a decent body temperature, depending on what the weather is where you are. Sound good?)