Book Review Tuesday (5/22/18)-Defy the Worlds

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

 

A few weeks ago, my mom took me to Barnes and Noble. We both meandered about the YA section, and in about thirty seconds flat, I saw this and immediately started cradling it like a baby. The rest of the time spent in the YA section went as follows:

“You sure you want that?”

“YUP.”

*My mom walks away to find something else*

*I briefly consider getting something else* nah I’m keeping this

I’m keeping this 

 

I read it after finishing my (then) current library book haul. And MAN, IT WAS ALMOST BETTER THAN BOOK ONE! (See 5/15/18-Defy the Stars) AAAAH! THE FEELS…

Enjoy the review!

 

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Defy the Worlds (Defy the Stars, #2)

After their previous adventures throughout the galaxy, Noemi and Abel are separated. Noemi has been rejected by her former crew and peers, and is an outcast from her planet. Abel struggles to escape his creator, Burton Mansfield, and believes he may never see Noemi again. But a sudden plague on Genesis and a ransom on their heads brings them back together, and soon, they are reunited, and now the fate of the galaxy lies in their hands. The clock is ticking, and it’s only a matter of time before they are captured…

 

 

(The following vine is a visual representation of me buying, reading, and finishing this book.)

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA indeed.

OH MY GOD

No spoilers, but not only was this book twice as beautiful, action-packed, and just flat-out wonderful, the cliffhanger at the end was just…GAAAAH!

AND NOW I HAVE TO WAIT OVER A YEAR FOR BOOK THREE TO COME OUT

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

 

I hope you tolerated my battery screams and enjoyed my review! Thank you for reading, see you soon!

 

 

 

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Confessions of a Potterhead*

I have a confession and something of a theory rolled into one.

I’ll admit to this, and I’m sure a lot of you Potterheads out there can too, but…despite my Hufflepuff status, heck, I’ve owned tons of Gryffindor stuff since I’ve gotten into HP. To be exact, some socks, one of Hermione’s Gryffindor shirts from the movies, and a “Books Turn Muggles into Wizards” shirt with the Gryffindor colors. Honestly, I think a good portion of Potterheads, Gryffindor or not, have owned at least one piece of Gryffindor paraphernalia in their lifetime.

Think about it. Gryffindor really is, for lack of a better description, the “central house” of the Harry Potter series. It’s the one everyone remembers when people mention the books.  A good percentage of the characters, be it major or minor, are Gryffindors. And the common traits of your friendly neighborhood Gryffindor-courage, chivarly, daring, bravery-are what many of us aspire to be. And heck, loads of us wanted nothing more than to be Gryffindors, didn’t we? We all just ignored the fact the Peter Pettigrew was a dark wizard and that all Gryffindors were perfect Heroes™.

Plus, we’ve all got at least one or two characters we adore from Gryffindor. I’ve always had a preference for Hermione Granger. She’s been one of my favorite fictional characters since the beginning. Then there’s the Weasleys, the Marauders, Neville…the list goes on and on. A lot of my Potterhead friends were also sorted into Gryffindor.

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You know who you are, guys. I love you.

 

But, of course, I acknowledge the fact this doesn’t apply to all of you. Maybe you’re a hardcore Slytherin who wants nothing to do with Gryffindor. Anything. Maybe red and gold just isn’t your thing. (It isn’t mine, but I guess I can pull it off sometimes.) But either way, every Potterhead is different. And I love you all.

Book Review Tuesday (5/15/18)-Defy the Stars

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

Before I begin, I apologize for posting nothing but BRTs for weeks. I’ve got some fan arts that I’ll probably post this weekend. I also saw Avengers: Infinity War over the weekend, and honestly? I have no tears left to cry. I thought of reviewing it, but I probably wouldn’t get through it without spoiling, like, everything. I know how horrible it feels to have things like that spoiled for me, so I’ll save you the pain. All I’ll say is that I emerged from the theater sobbing.

Now, for the weather.

I’m surprised that I didn’t post a review of this book earlier. I got it at the library a few months ago, and I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED IT. And the sequel (Defy the Worlds) is just as good, if not better, and I’ll probably review it some time after this. Enjoy your review!

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Defy the Stars

Since the human race has colonized other planets, tensions have been growing higher and higher. Years ago, Earth would have been the home planet of Noemi Vidal. But now, she is a soldier fighting against Earth, for the planet Genesis. When a mission goes terribly wrong, Noemi becomes trapped on an abandoned enemy ship, the Daedalus. There, she discovers Abel, the most advanced mech ever created, who has been on this ship alone for over thirty years. Despite their previous allegiances, Noemi and Abel know that in order to save their homes, they must join forces. As they venture through the known universe, they discover things that make them question what they previously believed, and uncover secrets that could be fatal in the wrong hands…

 

AAAAAH!

I’m naturally a sucker for fast-paced, sci-fi adventures in space, but this exceeded all expectations. Not only was the world building and plot spectacular, but I LOOOVED the characters. Abel, especially. In this series so far, he’s probably the closest thing I have to a fictional crush. Not quite hot or anything, but he’s just kind of overall lovable, and every scene with him is heartwarming.

Also, I won’t spoil who, but there’s a character that reminds me of Professor Bruttenholm from Hellboy. Just sayin’.

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed my review, and have a great rest of your day!

Book Review Tuesday (5/7/18)-Exo

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

This book was another that I had obtained from the OH SO SACRED LIBRARY (I eternally bow down to thee). My expectations were average (about a six-ish out of ten on my scale). The first quarter or so met my expectations, but then it really picked up, and my rating shot up to about an 8. I’d highly recommend it for anyone who loves sci-fi dystopia…and ALIENS!

Enjoy the review!

 

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Exo

One hundred years ago, we discovered that we weren’t alone. The zhree, a peaceful alien race, chose Earth as an off-world colony, and have helped mankind make many technological advances since their arrival. Though most of the human race is tolerant of the aliens, a terrorist group called the Sapience is still intent of removing their mark from the face of the planet.

Donovan Reyes is the son of the Prime Liaison for the zhree, and he works for the government. But after a mission gets sorely out of hand, he lands in the hands of the Sapience, who see him as a vital pawn against the Prime Liaison. Donovan knows that there’s no chance that his father will ever listen to the terrorists, so he must try to escape…and gather as much information as possible about them before they resort to drastic measures…

 

As I mentioned before, I found Exo to be a joy to read! Clever and believable world-building, very realistic characters (to the point that I imagined one of them exactly like Laura Dern*), and a plot that successfully kept me on my toes for much of the book.

Also, on the subject of the zhree, I kind of imagined them a little bit like the Arsians in The Search for WondLa series. Albeit Arsians with more eyes (except for in Loroc’s case), and more advanced technology. *stifles a sob*

 

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day, and stay cool! (Or warm…depending on the weather. I happened to have made the mistake of wearing a dark blue shirt in 70 degree weather…oof.)

Book Review Tuesday (5/1/18)-Caraval

Hello there, fellow bibliophiles, and welcome to the first Book Review Tuesday of May 2018! Also, happy May Day, Labor Day, or whatever festivities are occuring where you are!

This book was another library borrow that I got a thrill out of. Fast-paced, clever, elaborate, and filled with love and magic! Also, according to Goodreads, you might like it if you’ve read Daughter of the Pirate King (see 4/10/18), Defy the Stars, (loved, but haven’t reviewed thusfar), Bound by Blood and Sand (bought on my Kindle, fairly decent), and a bunch of other books that have landed on my current to-read list. So I guess this was meant to be.

Enjoy my review!

 

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Caraval

Scarlett and Donatella Dragna have lived their whole lives on a tiny island, in the shadow of their domineering father. Their only escape was the tales of the legendary Caraval, a magical show where the audience can take part, told to them by their grandmother. For years, Scarlett has been writing letters to Legend, the master of Caraval, and has not received a single response.

Until now.

Scarlett is now seventeen, and facing an arranged marriage to a boy she hasn’t even met. But she suddenly receives an invitation and tickets to Caraval, and with the help of a mysterious sailor, reaches Caraval’s location. But now, the stakes are even higher. This year’s show is like a game…and the object? Find Tella, who has been kidnapped by Legend. Can Scarlett save her younger sister before Caraval ends?

 

The main reason I enjoyed Caraval so much was probably the intricacy of it all. Each twist and turn was filled with another creative, and surprising twice. I could imagine the setting and characters as though I was looking at them through a movie screen. All in all, spectacular book!

 

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of your day!

HARRY POTTER! Did you put your name in the Goblet of Fan Arts?!?!?

Yep, that’s right-I’ve got lots more fan arts!

Most of these are HP related, as I did them soon after my Pottermore sorting. I also got some new, more skin-tone color pens on Wednesday, so I’ve been testing those out a bit. Enjoy!

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Elisa Esposito (The Shape of Water)

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Lindsey Jordan, a.k.a. Snail Mail

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Hufflepuff, based off of a European badger (Harry Potter)

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Ravenclaw, based off of Golden eagle (Harry Potter)

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Gryffindor, based off of African lion (Harry Potter)

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Slytherin, based off of Black Rat snake (a bit too derpy and cute, perhaps?) (Harry Potter)

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Princess Nuala (Hellboy II)

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The Amphibian Man (The Shape of Water)

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Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

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Rey (The Force Awakens)

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Abe Sapien (Hellboy)

 

I hope you liked my fan arts! I’ll be back tomorrow with the first Book Review Tuesday of May 2018! See you later, and have a great rest of your day!