2016

People always say to put the bad news before the good news.

*slightly maniacal Jack Skellington voice* AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I’LL DO…HEHEHEHEHEHEHEEEEEEEE!!!!!

So anyway…

As I’ve said on multiple occasions, 2016 SUCKED. Actually, let me rephrase that. 2016 was the best and worst year of my life all at once.

The bad news: TOO.MANY.PEOPLE. DIED! It’s kind of weird, it’s like they really…aren’t dead. All of them. Like, I have to remind myself that they’ve passed on. Like they are not truly dead, but live on as lingering spirits in their work, be it Blackstar or Star Wars. I hate to have lost so many lives this year (not excluding primates and fish; R.I.P. Harambe and Blaze, one of my fish), but I find it comforting to know that they still live on somehow.

Rest in peace everyone, whoever you are, whatever you were. I miss you, and goodnight.

Now, DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE ELECTION. DARKSTALKER MIGHT BE A BIT OF A BETTER PRESIDENT THAN TRUMP (in some weirdly twisted way. I mean, you see that he kind of has a heart in that one part of Talons of Power).

Good news: Every year has its perks. Good movies (Kubo and the Two Strings, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rogue One, etc.), good books (Escaping Peril, Pax, Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, Ravenous, Talons of Power, etc.). Plus, I turned 13. I’m a teenager! And, to top it all off, we’ve discovered a bunch of crazy cool animals (I MEAN, COME ON. ZIGGY STARDUST SNAKES!!!!!!) And, the Giant Panda, who for so many years has been an archetype for endangered species, was removed from the endangered species list!

More good news: We have so much to look forward to in 2017 (Doomsday excuse me, Inauguration day aside). Great movies, great books, and…A NEW ST. VINCENT ALBUM! YAHOOOOOOO! And I believe that we can make 2017 an awesome year if we just tough it out and stick together. Who’s with me?

Happy New Year, everyone.

P.S.- Just so you know, I won’t be able to do a BRT this next week b/c I’ll be in Florida…again. I’ll be sure to post about that. 😉

Happy Birthday, Book Review Tuesday!

A long time ago  One year ago, in a galaxy far, far away, on December 29, 2016…

…I made my very first Book Review Tuesday. Since then, I’ve come so far. Sure, I’ve missed a few days, but now I’m to the point where I don’t know how many reviews I’ve made (partly because I’m too lazy to do the math, but still). So today, I deliver another favorite, as well as an excerpt from my review on Goodreads of this book, which happens to be the 9th Wings of Fire book, Talons of Power.

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Talons of Power

An unexpected visitor has arrived at Jade Mountain Academy. His name is Darkstalker, an animus NightWing who’s been asleep for over two thousand years, and has been the stuff of nightmares for the dragons of Pyrrhia ever since. Now, he has come promising that he has let go of his evil ways, and has begun to prove it…by giving out random superpowers for the NightWings who want them. But Turtle, a secretly animus SeaWing prince, is onto him. His suspicions are confirmed when he takes some of the fellow dragonets to the Rain Kingdom and challenges Glory for the throne, promising the NightWing refugees that he will make them a new kingdom. Can Turtle, Moon, and Kinkajou stop him in time? And will Turtle manage to keep his own powers a secret?

Now, my excerpt from my Goodreads review. It goes into a little bit more detail about Darkstalker’s plans to usurp Glory, and also reveals a possible bit of social commentary.

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DARKSTALKER FOR PRESIDENT, 2016! MAKE THE NIGHTWINGS GREAT AGAIN!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my last BRT of the year. I wish you all a happy new year!

Book Review Tuesday (12/27/16)- The Ruby Key

Hello again! I have delivered you the promised book review of the MUCH ANTICIPATED (by me, at least) Ruby Key. Aaaaaannddd…

I loved it!!!!

I would probably give it about an eight on the MTBRS. YEE!

So here’s your revi—-

HOBBES, QUIT JUMPING ON ME AND SCRATCHING UP THE COUCH.

—ew.

Sorry. Kittens…

 

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The Ruby Key

Genna and her brother Dan live in a world in the midst of an uneasy truce with humans and nightlings. One night, the twosome come upon a nightling slave, and she tells them a horrifying secret- their uncle Banris has made a deal with the nightling kai-lord Letrin. If Letrin can kill off enough humans, Banris will gain immortality. Can Genna, Dan, and the slave stop the deal-and escape death themselves?

 

I started and finished this on Christmas day, and I was totally hooked. Highly recommended for all fantasy lovers!

Now, notice how I didn’t say anything about this being the last Book Review Tuesday of the year.

Because…PLOT TWIST! IT ISN’T!

This Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the first BRT, and I am doing another book review to celebrate! So, see you Thursday, and hang in there-4 DAYS TILL 2016 ENDS!

Merry Christmas 2016!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! So far, I’ve had a great Christmas. I spent most of the day (after the ceremonial opening of the presents) on my chair reading. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. 💖

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These are the gingerbread cookies I helped make on Christmas Eve. The red and green Christmas tree was eaten by Santa that night. 🎅🏼

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STOCKING!!!!!

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PRESENTS!!!

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A basic (and blurry) overview of most of my presents. Among them include Kubo and the Two Strings, Pusheen sticky notes, Bloom County 2015-2016, The Ruby Key, a Rey bookmark, and VICTOR!!!!! IMG_3432.jpg

This is me prior to reading The Ruby Key, which I am SURE to review next week. Ever since I got Goodreads, this has been recommended to me. But unfortunately, it was unavailable literally EVERYWHERE, so I’ve waited the whole year to get this book. And now I’ve got it!!! And it’s so worth it! I like it a lot so far.

Sending warm wishes to all wherever you are. Merry Christmas, and hang in there- ONLY 6 DAYS TILL THE NEW YEAR!!!

 

Book Review Tuesday (12/20/16)-Curiosity House-The Screaming Statue

Hello again! So, you remember my review of the first CH book (see Book Review Tuesday, 7/19/16)?

Well…

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! WE GOT A SEEEEEEEQQQUUUEEEEEEELLLLLL!!! *wildly waves newspaper in your face*

AND IT WAS AVAILABLE ON THE KINDLE LIBRARY! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

…Anyway, I enjoyed the second installment just as much as the first one, and I hope you do as well.

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Curiosity House-The Screaming Statue

Pippa, Thomas, Max, Sam, and the whole gang are back!

After the debacale with Nicholas Rattigan a few months earlier, the residents of Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders are recovering, but impending doom is lurking-the museum may go out of business! Then, their friend and world-reknowned sculpter Siegfried Eckleberg (aka “Freckles”) is murdered. And this murder may even be tied to another murder of a rich New York resident, as well as their own lives. Can they solve the murder? And what does Howie, the “human Owl”, have to do with anything?

 

If you read and liked The Shrunken Head,  you are GUARANTEED to like this book too! Bye for now, and happy holidays to all of you! 😉

Book Review Tuesday (12/13/16)-The Nest

Hey everyone! Hope you’re staying warm this December and getting into the holiday spirit, whatever it is you celebrate.

I read this book a few books after The Thing About Jellyfish (see  my last book review), and it was great! Definitely creeped me out, but in the best way possible. The kind of creepy that makes you go “OMG” but doesn’t keep you up at night, if that makes any sense.

WARNING: IF YOU HAVE A FEAR AND/OR PHOBIA OF FLYING INSECTS, I SUGGEST YOU DON’T READ THIS.

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The Nest

Steve’s summer is not what he hoped it would be. His  newborn baby brother Theo is fighting a terrible illness that he may never recover from, and his parents worry about him most of their time. Plus, to make matters worse, Steve finds out he is allergic to wasp stings after an encounter with a strange white one stings him. That night, the white wasps visit him in his dreams, offering to heal the baby. But when the dreams continue, and the wasps give him more information, Steve grows suspicious. Will he accept the offer of the mysterious wasps?

 

Strangely enough, even though I kind of despise wasps, I wasn’t super creeped out in the disturbing insect department. A spine-tingling, thrilling read!

 

Book Review Tuesday (12/6/16)- The Thing About Jellyfish

Hey everyone, and welcome to the first Book Review Tuesday of this December! One of my favorite things to do in cold weather like this (where I live, a balmy 13 degrees currently. URGH!!!!) is to get in pajamas, drink hot chocolate, and read a book. This book has virtually nothing to do with winter things, really, so what better thing to read? Isn’t it so fun to read books that have nothing to do with the current season? Plus, it was absolutely awesome!

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The Thing about Jellyfish

Recently, Suzy’s best friend drowned and died on vacation. After a trip to the aquarium, she becomes convinced that the drowning wasn’t the whole story. She was a good swimmer, so how could she have drowned? Suzy’s conclusion-she was stung by a jellyfish. Eager to learn more, she begins her science project on jellyfish. But she still wants more. All she needs is to find someone who’s an expert on jellyfish stings-even if that means traveling to Australia totally alone. Nothing can stop her now. Can she find out the truth about her friend’s death?

I thought this book was REALLY GOOD! I gave it the same rating as The Flame in the Mist (see my last post). Plus, for all you animal freaks (and fans of the My Life is a Zoo series), there’s plenty of SUPERCOOL JELLYFISH FACTS!!! HOW I ADORE ANIMAL FACTS!!!

I hope you enjoyed my review! Have a happy December, and be sure to stay warm!