Book Review Tuesday (8/15/17)-Page by Paige

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a very wonderful and booky summer! (Speaking of summer…NOOOOO IT’S ALMOST OVER AND I HAVE TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL IN ABOUT A WEEK!!!!)

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Anyway, let’s just enjoy the precious little time we have left and read some books. Man, it went by so fast…

I hope you enjoy my book review! (Also, ignore the corny title of the book. The book itself makes up for it.)

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Page by Paige

Paige Turner has always been the odd one out in her family, born to two authors (hence the name, Paige Turner *ba dum TSSSSS*). But Paige has always had her head in the clouds-or her sketchbook. And now, she and her family are moving to New York. Paige simultaneously explores the big city and the thoughts in her head, sketching everything down and following the rules and tips her artist grandmother laid out for her. Paige soon finds three friends-Jules, Longo, and Gabe-but can she summon the courage to reveal her artist self?

 

I just LOVED Page by Paige! It’s probably one of my favorite graphic novels I’ve read this year (up there with Nimona). The art style is wonderful, and the character of Paige is very relatable for me, personally. Artist or not, you’re sure to love this book.

 

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day!

 

(Also, I really just want to put a few gifs here because I just rewatched Hellboy II-The Golden Army on Sunday…)

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*high pitched voice* I’m not a baby, I’m a tumor…

(I swear I’m normal…)

Mermaid (or something): Late night drawings and biological analysis (sort of)

(Well that  was one heck of a weird title…)

So last night, after watching the first two Hunger Games movies (which were awesome), I had a little time before I had to go to bed. So I decided to draw. Normally, I draw fictional characters about 75% of the time, but I couldn’t think of anyone to draw. But eventually, this squirmed its way out of my head and onto the page of my sketchbook:

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I still have no idea what prompted it, but I love it anyway.

As I said on my Instagram post, I knew that this wouldn’t end with just one drawing. I mean, HOW COULD IT? I mean, LOOK AT THAT MERMAID THING!

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And then this happened…

BEHOLD!

THE MERMAID (OR SOMETHING)!!!

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I had a lot of fun drawing and designing this mermaid. There were a few points I definitely wanted to discuss (here comes the “biological analysis” part), so here goes!

DISCLAIMER: Though I have been a total zoology nerd basically since I could read, I am not completely knowledgeable on this topic. Some of this information might not be completely true, just to let you know. 

In general, I wanted this mermaid to look more fishlike than human, so there are a lot of things that I took from various fish species to piece her together. For example:

-The ears. Most fish do have ears, but they are very small and different from ours. They use not only their ears but their lateral lines to sense sounds in the water.

 

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-The stripes. When I initially drew the mermaid the first time, she was very colorful, with horizontal stripes. I based her off this general image I had in my mind of a tropical fish of similar color and pattern, but when I googled such a fish, it didn’t exist. (**** you, imagination…) But, I did find a fish similar to my vision, albeit with horizontal stripes as opposed to vertical ones.

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-The mouth. Realistically, if I were to steer in the far fishier direction, the mouth would probably be bigger, and the lips wider. The teeth were a rather confusing point, because when I googled “fish teeth”…

…well…

Let’s just say that you should never google such things. *shivers*

So I just went with small teeth.

-As far as the nose goes, I just put little slits.

-The head fin and tail, I discovered, are not only similar to each other, but similar to leaves of kelp (which the mermaid’s leg band things and dress are made of). I suppose this could possibly be a form of camoflauge. Maybe this mermaid lives in a kelp forest.

-Lastly, I’ve been kind of in self-debate about this for a little while, but I can’t decide whether my version of mermaids would lay eggs (I imagined them like shark or dogfish eggs-HEY, PEOPLE SOMETIMES CALL THOSE MERMAID’S PURSES! MAYBE I’M ONTO SOMETHING!) or if they would give birth to live young, like mammals. Either way, this mermaid has no visible breasts, which would be a mammalian trait. I’m still unsure about that. I suppose either one would work, but…hmm… *strokes imaginary goatee in thought*

 

Well, that just about wraps it up. Thank you for reading!

EDIT: The mermaid now has a name (or nickname), thanks to my dad: Abigail Sapien (like Abe Sapien) 😉

 

 

 

 

And just when you thought they were over…

They’re back…

THE FAN ARTS…

*evil cackling*

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Catwoman (The Batman)

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Poison Ivy (The Batman)

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Batgirl (The Batman)

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Robin (The Batman)

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Batman (The Batman)

(Okay, I promise there are no more The Batman  fan arts, don’t worry…)

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Abe Sapien!!! (Hellboy)

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Hellboy (Hellboy)

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Liz Sherman (Hellboy)

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BABY HELLBOY (Sorry, there are no pamcakes…)

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Emily (The Corpse Bride)

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Elsa Van Helsing (Frankenweenie)

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An experimentation in hand-lettering and a chance to let the insane Bowie fangirl in me loose. (The quote is from “Space Oddity”)

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Victor Frankenstein (aka my fictional boyfriend <3<3<3) (Frankenweenie)

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Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger, and Severus Snape (all drawn for HP’s birthday)

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Rey (Star Wars)

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Sally (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

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Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

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Muthr 06 (The Search for WondLa)

Also, just because, here’s an amazing Harry Potter meme I found…34c0fd76bafaff75eeaafc0818afe91d.jpg

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Thanks for looking at/tolerating the sheer amount of fan arts I just posted, and have a good day!

 

 

 

 

Book Review Tuesday (8/8/17)-Serafina and the Splintered Heart

Hey there, everyone! Tomorrow is National Book Lover’s Day, which is pretty great, so here’s a great book I read over the weekend. It was incredibly anticipated since about last year (when book 2 came out), and unlike book 2, it did not disappoint. (Book 2 was still good, mind you, but not as good as book 1.) So, without further ado, here is your book review!

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Serafina and the Splintered Heart

Strange things are afoot once more at Biltmore Estate. And Serafina is feeling equally strange. After waking up buried alive in a coffin on Biltmore grounds, she escapes to find that no one seems to notice her. In fact, everyone thinks she is missing, but only her close friend Braeden knows the truth-she died at the hand of Rowena, the sorceress daughter of Uriah. Meanwhile, the Estate is being pelted with raging storms and floods like never before, putting it in terrible danger. Can Serafina somehow make herself noticed-and stop whatever black magic is behind the happenings at Biltmore?

 

Overall, I thought this was a great conclusion to this series.* As I said earlier, I liked it better than Serafina and the Twisted Staff (See Book Review Tuesday-9/5/16). But, nothing can really compare to the utter mind-blowing awesomeness of Serafina and the Black Cloak (See Book Review Tuesday-4/26/16). From most of the reviews on Goodreads that I’ve seen, most people are satisfied, as I was, with this third book. And I hope all you other Serafina fans out there are satisfied too. 😉

 

Anyway, thank you so much for reading, and have a great day! Don’t forget to keep on reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*In the author’s note, Beatty said that there would be more books to come set near/in Serafina’s world (Serafinaverse? I kinda like that name), but no more actually focused on Serafina. All we know so far is that the first book is going to be called Willa of the Wood. 

WondLa Myers-Briggs! (Reprise)

As I said in my last post, I’ve made some changes to the WondLa MBTI chart that I posted a few months ago (I deleted it). I switched around a few of the types, Redimus is now an INTJ, and I put the types in a reasonable order. I also made it look *fancier* as well. So, without further ado, here you go!

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Now that I’ve made some changes, Rovender is an ISTJ-and I am an ISTJ! Yay!

Feel free to tell me your character/type in the comments, and I hope you liked this!

Also, I’ll try and make the Wings of Fire MBTI happen soonish!!! 😉

 

Book Review Tuesday (8/1/17)-Darkness of Dragons

Hello, fellow bookworms, and happy first day of August!

The book review I present is for, in my opinion, one of the most anticipated MG/YA reads of 2017. For me, Darkness of Dragons, along with Nightfall (Keeper of the Lost Cities-I keep meaning to review those guys, but…) are my most anticipated reads of 2017 period. I will tell you one thing before this review-I was not disappointed.

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Darkness of Dragons (WoF #10)

It all comes down to this.

Darkstalker is now finalizing his plans to recolonize the Lost City of the Night, and with the Nightwings, along with most of the dragons in Pyrrhia, under his spell, he appears unstoppable. But the SandWing Qibli knows that he can be stopped-by using a little magic against him. Thing is, Qibli has no magic. But what he does have is a little help from the animus SeaWing Turtle-an enchanted earring designed to protect the wearer against Darkstalker’s sorcery, and a bowl that mutliplies any object placed in it. Now, with the help of what’s left of the scattered Jade Winglet, he must find Darkstalker and defeat him once and for all-and distribute some magic earrings along the way. Can they end Darkstalker’s reign of terror?

 

Wow.

Darkness of Dragons was not my favorite of the WoF books, but nonetheless, it was a wonderful end to the series. Also, rumor has it that Tui T. Sutherland is planning more WoF books, but the only definitive one we know of so far is that The Dragonet Prophecy (the first book in the series, if you didn’t know) is being adapted into a graphic novel this coming January. Pretty exciting!

Also, I might start working on a WoF MBTI chart (like I did with WondLa), so that will be pretty fun. I’m also definitely making a few changes to the WondLa MBTI chart I made, so stay tuned! AAAAAAND, I’ve been drawing loads this summer, so expect some new fan arts soon!

Goodbye for now, and try and stay sane until January, WoF fans!