Book Review Tuesday (4/17/18)-Arclight

Hey, everyone, and welcome to today’s Book Review Tuesday!

I just recently returned this book to the library (*sniffle*). My expectations were a little low (I forget why), but this book surprised me with its intricate plot, compelling characters, and plentiful twists and turns! I hope you like Arclight as much as I did. Enjoy the review!

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Arclight

In a dystopian, future Earth, the world is divided into three sections. First is the Arclight, mankind’s only defense from a dangerous outside world. Then there is the Gray, the uninhabitable wasteland, and beyond that, the Dark, where dangerous monsters, called the Fade, dwell. No one goes beyond the Arclight, and nobody comes back from the Dark alive…

…all except for Marina.

Marina has no idea of who she is, what her previous life was like, or how she is still alive. And now, the Fade want her back in their realm. Will she be the savior of mankind, or instigate a new era?

 

 

Incredibly fast-paced, gripping, and powerful, Arclight exceeded all of my expectations. Such an exciting read! I won’t spoil anything, but I’ll just tell you that your mind will probably be blown by the twist at the end. In short, I enjoyed this book immensely.

 

Have a great rest of your day, and stay warm…or cool…whatever the weather. You never know, at this point. (For me, it was nice and warm in the morning, but it just started snowing…)

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HOW DID I NOT REALIZE THIS?

Okay, so I was looking back at my Hufflepuff post (See ’PUFF PRIIIIIIDE) and I saw that I mentioned that “Tonks probably had teal hair at least once in her life”. Most of you were probably thinking, “where the heck did that come from?”

And then I realized that I forgot to mention something important that happened at the end of January.

MY HAIR’S TEAL!

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This was about a day after I got it dyed. It was SO FUN! A long two hours, but it was all worth it. (Also, the teal dye smelled strangely of sweet tarts…don’t ask me why)

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This was when it was starting to fade a bit. Here (and right now), it’s starting to fade, and more green than teal.

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And now, it’s a lot lighter, but I still love it. My roots are showing now, too.

 

Having teal hair has been super fun. It’s been worth all of the black towels and ruined pillowcases. Once it fades completely, I might have my natural color for a while longer, but I might dye it a different color at some point. I LOOOOOVE IT!

‘PUFF PRIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE

I haven’t really been sure about my actual Hogwarts house for a while. I’d taken some knockoff sorting hat quizzes here and there, and I’d gotten everything except for Slytherin. Huh.

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About three days ago, I eventually decided that the Pottermore quiz would probably be the most reliable out of the menagerie of quizzes around the internet.  I was a little surprised by my results (I thought I’d be Ravenclaw)…but nonetheless…

I am now a proud HUFFLEPUFF!

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Hey, I kinda work the Tonks-ish hair, right? She probably had it teal at least once in her life…

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I’ve always had kind of a soft spot for her. Before I read Order of the Phoenix, one of my parents showed me a part of the movie with her in it. I think it was initially because she had pink hair (and I was still well into my pink phase). And man, I just thought she was the COOLEST! I even dressed up as her for a Harry Potter birthday party, complete with sprayed-on pink hair. I think my mom bought a choker for that costume, too. That was really fun.

 

Anyway, after reading some more on Pottermore, I am growing ever happier upon being sorted into Hufflepuff! I mean really-we’ve hardly produced any dark wizards, we’re loyal, protective, and kind, we’ve got an adorable mascot…

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I WANT TO BOOP HIS LIL NOSE OMG

…and we’ve got Newt Scamander and his wonderful hair.

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…I-I really wanna touch his hair…

I really hope that’s not just me. Just look at that glorious foof. GAH.

 

In short, I am so glad to have been sorted into Hufflepuff! Now all I’ve gotta do is wait for it to get cold outside so I can order a Hufflepuff scarf…

 

Book Review Tuesday (4/10/18)-Daughter of the Pirate King

“HUZZAH, I’M THE PIRATE KING!!!”

 

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

SLIGHT PLOT TWIST-I bought this one on my kindle, and I enjoyed it greatly. A fast-paced, action packed novel, with a clever and fierce heroine to match! I hope you enjoy my review!

 

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Daughter of the Pirate King

Alosa Kalligan, the seventeen year old daughter of the infamous Pirate King, is the fearless captain of her own ship, unmatched by hardly anyone on the high seas. Until one day, when she is kidnapped by the crew of the Night Farer, who seek to take her back to her father for a ransom. But what they don’t know is that Alosa has other plans. She has staged her kidnapping in order to find an ancient map that leads to an island filled with unimaginable riches. If she can just get the crew out of the way, she could quickly escape and do what no pirate has done before…

 

Daughter of the Pirate King was such a joy to read! What with sharp, witty dialogue, an action-packed plot, and as I said before, a heroine who is a true force to be reckoned with. Love, love love!

Also, throughout the entire book, I couldn’t help but imagine Alosa as like an older, pirate version of Merida from Brave. 

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Throughout the course of my life, Merida has been one of the only Disney Princesses that I’ve actually liked. I wasn’t a huge fan of the other princesses when I was little-I only really wanted to watch (and enjoyed) The Lion King and The Jungle Book and the other Disney movies which centered around wildlife. (Because, screw humans, I want AWESOME ANIMALS!)

 

Aaaaanyway, have a great rest of your day! (Thank God the weather’s warming up…)

Book Review Tuesday (4/3/18)-Rebel of the Sands

Hey, everyone, and welcome to the first BRT of April 2018!

 

I intended to review this book about a week or two ago, but due to California and a bit of Burger King Foot Lettuce, I was a little…delayed. I got this one at the library (no surprise there), and I managed to gobble it up in a few hours. It wasn’t the most spectacular novel in the universe, but it definitely kept me turning the pages for a while. Enjoy the review!

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Rebel of the Sands

Amani Al’Hiza is just an orphaned girl with exceptional skills with a gun, dying to get out of her town of Dustwalk. In a daring act, she sneaks out of her home one night, crossdressing as a boy, and enters a shooting contest. There, she meets Jin, and with him, discovers a perfect escape. But what she never anticipated was a wild journey out into the desert, mythical creatures, and dark secrets that could mean the difference between life and death in the wrong hands. What dangers await Amani and Jin in the merciless deserts of Miraji?

 

 

About two years ago, I remember this being one of the runners-up for one of the YA catergories in the Goodreads Choice awards. It didn’t win, but I’m fairly sure that it got a lot of votes. I’d say that this was a fun, action-packed, and fast paced book, but not entirely worthy of all of the hype surrounding it. Not to say that this wasn’t good, but it wasn’t spectacular or DiTerlizzi/Rowell/Shusterman level mind-blowing or anything. (Wow, that was a coherent sentence…)

 

 

Well, see you guys soon, and enjoy the rest of your day!

RELEASE THE FAN ARTS! *Maniacal Laughter*

Spring Break (and the brief time before) has been fairly productive as far as fan arts go. I’ve filled up a sketchbook and have already begun filling up another one that I got for Christmas. (So far, there’s three drawings in that one.) Hope you enjoy! *more maniacal laughter ensues*

 

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Baz Grimm-Pitch (Carry On)

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Okoye (Black Panther)

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Eva Nine (The Battle for WondLa)

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Gen Pryde (dunno which one…) (A Hero for WondLa)

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The Amphibian Man (The Shape of Water)

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Elisa Esposito (The Shape of Water)

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David Bowie

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Will Toledo

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Liz Sherman (Hellboy, B.P.R.D.)

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Eva Nine, Hailey Turner, Eva Eight, Rovender, Nadeau, and Huxley (A Hero for WondLa)

 

Welp, I hope you enjoyed (or should I say tolerated?) all of my fan arts! See you soon!

LA and Sequoia National Park 2018

Hi, everyone!

As I said earlier, the reason I wasn’t able to make another BRT this week was due to my vacation in California. I had an AMAZING time! Figured I might as well showcase a few of my highlights from my vacation. Enjoy!

 

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Our first stop after landing was Meltdown Comics in LA. MAN, it was such a fantastic comic shop! I’m really sad it’s closing.

But hey-at least I got a few Meltdown stickers, as well as a B.P.R.D. trade paperback (which I held up like Rafiki holding Simba in The Lion King the entire duration of the visit). I ended up reading it at least six times. Yep.

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Believe it or not, this is Sequoia National Park. Not Isla Nublar.

*Jurassic Park theme blaring* *T-Rex roar*

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These two were taken at the Giant Forest, which houses many giant Sequoias. They were soooo beautiful! One of the park rangers suggested that we hug one of them while we were at the park, and described it as “like hugging a wall”. As it turned out, that was fairly accurate. 😜

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These were all taken by Hospital Rock, which was fairly close to the park entrance. I swear, if there’s any place on Earth (*ahem* Orbona) that’s most like the Wandering Forest, it had to be there. I honestly wouldn’tve been surprised if some of the vegetation got up and ate a bird or something.

(Psst, anyone know the way to the heart?)

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General Sherman, the world’s largest tree!

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Lake Hume, in King’s Canyon National Park.

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On a far weirder note…this monstrosity was in this tiny, sketchy town near Sequoia. The only reason we could think of to construct such a thing was to scare off them ‘squatches.

Who knows.

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We visited the NHMLA after our visit to Sequoia. I had an amazing time, and I enjoyed a bit of geeking out and childhood nostalgia. Here we have the skulls of an Einiosaurus, Styracosaurous, and Triceratops.

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SQUAAAAAAAAWK!

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I forget what the thing on the left is, but whatever it is, it CRACKS ME UP. (Also, that poor lil Hyracotherium is in for a big surprise…)

“REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!”

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Pakicetus, one of the first whale ancestors. I kinda had a mental freakout when I saw this guy, as I grew up watching waaaaaay too much Walking with Prehistoric Beasts. (Okay, technically the one they have is Ambulocetus, which evolved some time later, but you get the idea.)

 

I hope you’re all enjoying your spring break! See ya later!