Book Review Tuesday (9/26/17)-The Shadow Cipher

‘Sup, fellow bibliophiles! Welcome to the very last BRT of September 2017! I promise, it won’t be nearly as disappointing as my last post…heh heh heh…NOT SORRY! HAH!

Anyway, I read this book while I was on the school trip that I mentioned earlier, and I thought it was really interesting. Enjoy your review!

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The Shadow Cipher

In an alternate version of New York City in 1798, unimaginable technology unlike nothing the world had ever seen powers and advances everything, all thanks to the Morningstarr Twins, a pair of genius architects and inventors. Just after their ideas were put to use, they vanished, leaving only the Old York Cipher, a puzzle that takes you through the grand city, with great treasures promised to those who solve it. Now, almost 220 years later, no one has solved it. But siblings Tess and Theo and their friend Jaime believe that they can. This time, there’s more at stake than treasure-a slimy real estate developed has announced that the apartment complex they live in, constructed by the Morningstarr Twins themselves, will be torn down in thirty days. Can they solve the Old York Cipher before they lose their home?

 

Though The Shadow Cipher wasn’t mind-blowingly amazing or anything, it was still a very interesting read, with writing and mystery that will keep you turning the page. For instance:

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Let’s just appreciate that line for a second.

 

(Honestly, that might have been my favorite part of the entire book…😂)

 

So there’s something to look forward to if you do end up reading The Shadow Cipher…don’t worry, there’s certainly more than that.

 

Well anyway, I hope you liked this week’s book review! Have a great rest of your day!

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Happy (almost-a-week-belated) Birthday, madelinetodd.com!

So it appears I forgot this website’s 2nd birthday…shoot.

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But hey, at least I remembered the BRT on Tuesday, right? Right? Riiiiiiight?

So this year, I suppose we won’t really have any extra book reviews and memes and stuff, but…uh….

…I guess I’ll…

…give you a ridiculous amount of GIFS?

Nevermind, I know you’re tired of those. I’ll just put some random memes. Okay? *weak smile*

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…yeah, sorry. I’m saving my fan arts posts until I have more fan arts, and I don’t have any more “big reveals” or anything, sooooo….

Um….bye! *awkwardly waves at you*

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Book Review Tuesday (9/19/17)-Ravenwood

Hello everyone! I’m back from my school trip-I had such a fun time in Moab! I blew through a stack of library books (as well as some Kindle books too, of course), and the following is one of those. Don’t be fooled by the low-ish rating on Goodreads (3.30 out of 5)-Ravenwood is wonderful. Here’s your review!

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Ravenwood

Ark is an apprentice plumber in Arborium, a nation where life is centered around a giant tree where everyone lives. With one of the worst jobs possible and a domineering, abusive boss, times are hard for Ark. But everything changes when he overhears a plot to kill the king  and destroy Arborium forever. Knowing that he cannot keep this information to himself, Ark embarks on a dangerous quest to get the word out before Arborium is lost forever. Will Ark save Arborium, or will it be lost to time?

 

 

Like I said earlier, this book has a kind of meh rating on Goodreads. A lot of people in the reviews said that some negative things, like that the plot was too complicated, there was too much detail, blah, blah, blah. Don’t listen to them-Ravenwood is unlike any book I’ve read in a long time. And for your information, the amount of detail really adds to the plot and makes it easier to picture the world of Arborium. The world-building is outstanding as well. So, go ahead and read Ravenwood! You won’t regret it!

 

 

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day, and stay tuned for the last BRT of September 2017!

 

My Top 5 Favorite Songs of 2017!!!

Hey there everyone!

 

We’re just a bit more than halfway through 2017, but already, we’ve gotten a lot of good music that’s come out! I just wanted to share my 5 2017 favorites so far. Enjoy!

 

1. “Half a Million”-The Shins

(This music video is crazy awesome. And I mean CRAZY awesome.)

I downloaded Heartworms (the new Shins album) the day it came out, and didn’t get to listening to this one for a while. Thus, I didn’t really care for it for a few months. Then, I actually got to listening to it, and man, I was SO happy! Super fun and upbeat, and with the classic, weird lyrics to match!

 

 

 

2. “New York”-St. Vincent

(Now THIS music video is just weird…but in the best way possible.😂)

I also got this the day it came out, being the first single from St. Vincent’s upcoming album (which I’ve been waiting something like 3 years for). Though it’s nowhere near as good as some of the content off of her last album, St. Vincent, it’s still a wonderful song. Squee!

 

 

3. “Put Your Money On Me”-Arcade Fire

(This one’s just a lyric video, but prepare to be blown away by the song!)

I discovered this one when my mom, brother and I were in the car listening to Everything Now (the new Arcade Fire album) on CD in the car. I was hooked the second it came on, with the opening melody that reminded me of spiders crawling up a wall, and beautiful lyrics. It reminded me a little of David Bowie, like something he might have produced on one of his later albums. Be-yoo-tee-ful!

 

4. “War Is Coming (If You Want It)”-Car Seat Headrest

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(This one’s just a Bandcamp link, but you can still listen to the song, of course.)

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Alrighty, I suppose there’s not much to say other than that….*ahem* Great song.

 

5. “Oh! You Pretty Things”-Lisa Hannigan

(This one’s just the album cover with the song in the background. Still, beautiful.)

As you may have noticed, this is, in fact, a David Bowie cover. One of my personal favorites! Lisa Hannigan did an AMAZING job covering it, making it simultaneously haunting and soothing. I’m currently listening to it on repeat, as that’s what I normally do when I download new songs. Also, according to my parents, it was in a show called Legion, which I haven’t seen, but I know it has something to do with the X-Men, which makes it even more perfect and fitting!

”Let me make it plain, gotta make way for the Homo superior…”

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my musical taste, and enjoyed the songs as well! See you later! 😉

Book Review Tuesday (9/5/17)-The Summer of Moonlight Secrets

Hey everyone! Welcome to the first BRT of September 2017! I hope you guys have had a nice, relaxing first portion of your month. Ahh, it’s finally starting to cool off…sorta.

Anyway, the book I’m going to review is more of a *ahem* summer read (hence the name, The Summer of Moonlight Secrets), but it really doesn’t matter when you read it, right? Riiiiiight?

Okay, here’s your review!

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The Summer of Moonlight Secrets

Allie Jo  lives at a historic hotel in Florida, along with her parents, who work and live there as well. Chase and his father are just visiting for the summer. Neither of the two kids know that this summer will change their lives. One night, Allie Jo spots a beautiful, ethereal girl coming out of the hot springs near the hotel. She begins to notice her more and more frequently, hanging around bodies of water near the hotel. And something about her just doesn’t seem quite human. Allie Jo and Chase know she’s hiding something, but what? Will they ever find out the secret of the strange, aquatic girl?

 

 

I’ve been reading a lot more YA books lately (as opposed to MG), and I thought this was a nice break from it all. Interesting and wonderfully written, yet nice and fluffy enough to read in a short sitting. If you read it, I hope you’ll enjoy!

 

Thanks so much for reading, and have a great rest of your day! 😉

 

Also, I will not be able to do a BRT next week, as I will be on a weeklong overnight trip with my class. So, I’ll see you sometime after then!

Fan arts, fan arts, everywhere

I’ve had quite a productive summer as far as fan arts go. In just about four months, I’ve filled up almost half of my sketchbook (OOPS). Maybe that’s just because I crank out drawings like a flippin’ machine, or maybe it’s because I had way too much time on my hands. But anyway, here are EVEN MORE fan arts for you to see! 😁

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Madman!

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Johann Krauss (Hellboy)

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Maleficent (Maleficent)

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Is there Life On Mars? (David Bowie)

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Abe Sapien (Hellboy)

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Frank Einstein (Madman)

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Hellboy (and some kittens, because why not)

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Will Toledo (main singer of Car Seat Headrest, whom I have an insane crush on 💘💘💘)

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(I mean, LOOK AT THIS GUY!!!!!)

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And finally, Sophie Foster (Keeper of the Lost Cities)

 

I hope you enjoyed my geeky drawings, and have a great night!