Book Review Tuesday (1/30/18)-Fairy Keeper

Hey there, fellow bookworms, and welcome to the last BRT of January 2018?

Is it just me or did this month fly by super fast? Come to think of it, that’s probably a pretty good thing. I’m kinda tired of nuts and tide pods and Somebody Toucha My Spaghets. (The latter wasn’t even that funny to begin with.) Gah.

Anyway, I actually bought this one on my Kindle while in Florida almost a month ago. The author had a very intersting take on mythical creatures, and a society that almost revolves around them.

Okay, now I’ll get to the review before I spoil anything more!

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Fairy Keeper

In the world of Alluvia, many resources come from magic and mythical creatures. One of those is fairies-not the beautiful, dainty creatures you’ve been led to believe in, but more like bees than anything-used to produce nectar. The special humans who tend for them are the Fairy Keepers, marked by a butterfly-shaped birthmark on their necks and gifted with the ability to communicate and control a hive of fairies. Fourteen-year old Sierra is one of the Fairy Keepers, but she doesn’t enjoy her sacred job. But her opinion is soon shifted when she finds all of the fairies in her hive dead and the queen missing. She soon learns that this is no coincidence-fairy hives across Alluvia have been wiped out, and every queen gone with them. Will she find the source of these mysterious deaths, and stop it before every last fairy is gone?

 

Though this book wasn’t outstanding, it was certainly a very interesting and inventive take on magical creatures, and an alternate world that revolves around magic itself. The characters were very realistic, and it was easier to relate with their struggles.

 

Thanks so much for reading, and have an amazing rest of your day!

 

 

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Elves and Such

On January 8, 2018, I had absolutely no idea whatsoever what to draw.

So, I started sketching the outline of a human face in my sketchbook.

Slowly but surely, it morphed into a kind of ethereal being, adorned with delicate jewelry and simple makeup. This was the finished product.

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I decided that she was some sort of elf. Overtime, she began to capture my imagination, and became obsessed with sketching these beautiful elves.

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My second elf. I really enjoyed working with her hairstyle and circlet.

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This might be my favorite out of all of them. I especially enjoyed the thorn-like piercings at the top of the ear and the feather woven in her hair. I imagined that it might be from some sort of hawk or falcon.

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This one sorta looks like she has KISS makeup. Oops. 🤘😜

She’s also the only one of the elves who has…

…drumroll, please…

…eyebrows.

I don’t know why, they’re kind of prettier without them. With this particular one, I felt that it kind of fit, but otherwise, I nixed them out of the other drawings.

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I really enjoyed this one’s expression-curious and a little pensive at the same time. I also used the same technique for the curly hair as I did when I drew Annie Clark and Dustin Henderson.

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My final elf, so far. I thought of giving her more of a flower crown, but I decided that the whole concept was rather overused. The little blossoms and petals in her hair and the twin roses on either side seemed better, anyways.

 

Have a favorite? Feel free to comment! I hope you enjoyed my elves!

 

GUESS WHO’S BAAAAAACK? (This is Me from Now On)

That’s right, the octopus girl I mentioned a few months earlier has RETURNED! (See I Know You’re Sick of my Weird Mermaid-Like Things By Now, But…)

Oh, and did I mention, she has a name?

Pearl.

 

So anyway, I’m assuming you guys really want an explanation as to why the heck Neon Cheetah has been replaced as the header image.

As time went on since I first adopted the name and character, I started to realize that Neon Cheetah didn’t really…fit. I’m rather salty, introverted, and a bit reserved, and somehow, an anthropomorphized cheetah with rainbow spots and dyed hair didn’t quite match up. And I had started having more and more fun drawing Pearl in her various forms, that I thought that she might be better for me anyway.

So Neon Cheetah isn’t dead or anything, don’t worry. I just feel that I needed a bit of a change.

Also, the rainbow, leopard print background on here kinda hurt my eyes after a while. Yeesh. You couldn’t even see the home button.

 

So now, here are a few Pearl portraits I’ve done since her last blog appearance.

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Currently on my bulletin board. This is pretty much where she first had clearly visible gills.

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The lyrics here are from Car Seat Headrest’s “America (Never Been)”. Beautiful song, if you haven’t heard it already.

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I might’ve been a little heavy-handed on the tilt shift on this one, but heck, I’m still proud of it.

 

I also ended up making a Christmas ornament of Pearl, as well as a bookmark with her on it, along with the Betty Smith quote, “The world was hers for the reading.” She’s also involved in another project I’m working on currently. That’s all I’ll disclose for the time being.

 

Until next time, everyone!

 

 

 

Sir! We’re detecting a massive amount of Fan Arts emerging from hyperspace!

*Death Star noises*

Yeah, that’s right, I’ve got some more FAN ARTS! WOOT WOOT!

Be warned, most of it’s just Star Wars…because that’s how my brain works. Yep. Enjoy!

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The Angel of Death (Hellboy II-The Golden Army)

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A porg! (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

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Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Star Wars)

(and no, I’m not drawing him shirtless.)

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Maz Kanata (Star Wars)

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Abe Sapien (Hellboy)

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Johann Krauss (Hellboy II)

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Rey and a couple o’ porgs (Star Wars)

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Will Toledo *swoons, and then faints like an old woman*

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Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie)

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Kubo (Kubo and the Two Strings)

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Harry Potter, the Boy who Lived (Harry Potter)

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I would’ve put this on my sign for the Women’s March in Denver last Saturday (which, by the way, was SPECTACULAR), but I doubt anyone would’ve gotten it! So here’s Liz Sherman!

 

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed my geeky barrage of ink-pen! See you soon!

Book Review Tuesday (1/23/18)-What’s Left of Me

Hi there, everyone!

I’ve only started to really get back into the normal routine of checking out stacks of books at the library, browsing the Kindle library when I’m waiting for my holds, picking books up after school, etcetera. I read this particular book on my Kindle during the interim of finishing a stack of libary checkouts and waiting for my other holds. I must say, it was a very interesting concept.

Now, without further ado, here’s your review!

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What’s Left of Me

Eva and Addie live in an alternate version of planet Earth, in which a small percentage of the population is born a “hybrid”-a person with two souls inhabiting one body. Usually, one soul overtakes the other in early childhood, but when that doesn’t happen, the hybrid is institutionalized. Eva and Addie are a hybrid-though they hid the fact that Addie’s soul had not really dominated Eva’s. But the unimaginable happens, and she along with Hally and Lissa, and Devon and Ryan, two hybrid siblings, are now stuck in a clinic, where their other soul will be “extracted” from their bodies. Will they find away out, and keep both souls intact?

 

 

Though I would’nt say it was the best book in the universe or anything, it had a very fascinating and inventive concept, very realistic characters, and a well-thought out world and future. All in all, not at all a bad book!

 

Now, before I go, I’ve got two things to tell you:

 

  1. Car Seat Headrest is re-releasing Twin Fantasy, (I’m listening to the “Cute Thing” re-release as we speak), and I’m considering doing a review of it.
  2. There’s a something of a drastic surprise coming your way very soon. All I’ll say is that it has something to do with the background change.

 

See you later, everyone!

Book Review Tuesday (1/16/18)-Shatter Me

Before I get to the acutal review, I just want you guys to know that I did do a BRT last Tuesday, but something must’ve gotten weird with the post (or I got distracted) and it didn’t post. So you kinda get two BRTs today-one was just meant for last week.

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Alrighty, that aside, hey there, and welcome to today’s BRT!

This one’s from the same author as Furthermore and Whichwood (you can search those in the “Book Review Tuesday” category, the latter is fairly recent), and honestly? I can’t decide whether I like Whichwood or this novel better! So if you decide to read it, PREPARE TO BE AMAZED!

Here’s your book review!

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Shatter Me

Juliette was born with an ability-some say it’s a gift, most other call it a curse. With the slightest touch of her hand, she can kill a person in seconds. After 17 years of moving to new towns, discrimination, punishment, and expulsion, the ruling Reestablishment has put her in prison with charges for murder. But now, they have other plans for her. Now, forced to be a weapon for the Reestablishment, Juliette has glimpsed the oppressed reality of the world outside her window. With the help of another soldier, she sets in motion to escape. But with the eyes of the Reestablishment all on her, will she succeed?

 

Before reading this (and after reading Mrs. Mafi’s other works), I went into it expecting a well-written book, but a generally overused YA dystopian plot. Both were ture. Thing is, Mafi executed it so well that it was impossible not to be utterly enthralled. What a book!

 

 

Have a great rest of your evening, everyone, and stay warm!

Book Review Tuesday (1.9.18)-Everlost

Hey there, fellow bookworms, and welcome to (finally) the first BRT of 2018!

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Again, I’m so sorry that I was unable to do a BRT last week. That aside, I got this book from the library (no surprise there), and though it was relatively short for my taste, I loved it! Also, it’s by the same author as Scythe (See the BRT for 10/17/17), if that raises your expectations. It certainly did for me. Now for the review!

 

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Everlost

Fourteen year old friends Nick and Allie were both killed in a car accident. But when their spirits passed on, they are not transported to where they’re supposed to be. Instead, they are now stuck in a place in between life and death. This place is Everlost, where lost children run free, with whispers of monsters and sinking into the ground to fear. Ruling over them all is Mary Hightower, who takes Nick and Allie in and teaches them all she knows. But though Nick feels that he has found a home with her, Allie seeks to know more, and above all, just wants to return home. Soon, she begins dabbling in forbidden magics, and soon discovers that Everlost isn’t as harmless as it appears…

 

 

Alright, technically this book was written around ten years before Scythe, but let me just say this: MAN, Neal Shusterman really did it again! Intricate world-building, complex characters, and just the right amount of creepy. Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!

 

Have a great evening, everyone, and stay warm!

 

OH! And also…

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO DAVID BOWIE!

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