Posted in Book Review Tuesday, Holidays

Book Review Tuesday (10/1/19)-Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2)

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

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[ahem] Okay, technically, it’s only extra spooky because it’s officially spooky time, but hey, we’ve gotta celebrate somehow, right?

 

Anyway, I’ve been waiting for this book for over a year. Ever since I read Carry On (you can read my review here), I’ve been itching for some more Simon and Baz action. And now, we’ve FINALLY GOT SOME MORE!!!

So, without further ado, let’s begin this spOOkY Book Review, fellow bibliophiles!

 

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Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2)

Ever since defeating the Humdrum, Simon Snow has lived on in the eyes of his peers as a hero. But in reality, he hasn’t done anything heroic since then. Lethargic, unmotivated, and weary, Simon has barely ventured beyond the couch. Baz is worried, but doesn’t know what to do–until Penny magicks tickets to America.

Soon, the trio is whisked into the heart of the United States, on an unplanned roadtrip. Their travels put them in the paths of monsters and unlikely allies, but soon, their trip takes on a darker tone–Agatha, Simon’s ex-girlfriend, is in deep trouble. What started as a vacation quickly turns into a rescue mission, and soon, Simon, Baz, and Penny find themselves racing against the clock, their relationships–and magickal abilities–tested.

 

 

Let me get this straight. Wayward Son still garners 5, fangirly stars from yours truly. I absolutely loved being back in the world of Simon and Baz, and Rowell’s signature writing and quips never failed to make me smile.

But I still felt like something was missing. 

I still can’t put my finger on what exactly it was, but Wayward Son, for the most part, seemed to pack less of an emotional punch that its predecessor. I’ll have to re-read it, maybe I’ll do another post.

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Normally, I wouldn’t be doing an update on this one. However…no spoilers, but this bad boy ends on a cliffhanger.

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Since it came out exactly a week ago, we don’t have any updates on the next books. I mean…after that, we NEED a book three. I’m just hoping and praying that it doesn’t suffer from Return of the Jedi syndrome. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it too, but…you know what I mean.

 

Thank you so much for reading! I’ll be back with my regular posts (as well as a few more book tags) soon! Have a spectacularly spooky rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

Posted in Books, Geeky Stuff, Holidays, Movies, Music

2018

Whew.

The past 2 or so years have both been dumpster fires, and that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. Mostly 2016, but you know what I mean.

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And this year?

Weeeell…I wouldn’t quite go so far to say that it was good, but it was less of a dumpster fire. You get my drift?

I’d be lying if I said that 2018 was easy. I had to face many daunting obstacles, make some difficult transitions, and come to terms with some truths about myself. But you know what? I managed to overcome those challenges, and I bet that you were able to do the same with yours. But if we look past all that we’d like to forget about this year, parts have been pretty awesome. I got to have so many new and wonderful experiences (Chicago, Sequoia National Park), discovered LOADS of new and spectacular books (some notable 2018 releases included Heart of Iron, Thunderhead, Honor Among Thieves, A Conspiracy of Stars, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, and a few others), some amazing films (Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, The Crimes of Grindelwald, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Antman and the Wasp, and I haven’t seen Aquaman but I’ve heard that it’s great), incredible music (Lush, Twin Fantasy, etc.) and much more. Of course, we’ve had some not-so-great moments in those respects (The Light Between Worlds, Venom, etc.), but overall, it’s been alright. And regardless of what kind of year we had in 2018, we’ve got a lot to look forward to in 2019.

I saw a meme the other day that was kind of hopeful, however silly it was.

 

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Fingers crossed. 

 

And I’m really hoping that this will be the way things are. If it gets too bad, I’ll just remember that Dark Phoenix, Avengers: Endgame, Soul of Stars, Honor Bound, King of Scars, and An Anatomy of Beasts are in our futures. So let’s try to make 2019 the inverse of 2016, everyone. Make it good. 🙂

 

Posted in Book Review Tuesday, Holidays

Here I am, Back from the Dead…

I’m back, everyone! Hi again!

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I forgot to mention in my last post that I’d be missing another Book Review Tuesday because yesterday was Christmas, so…sorry about the lack of BRTs this month. But! Not to worry, Book Review Tuesday celebrates its 3rd anniversary this Saturday, so I’ll be doing the last Book Review Tuesday of 2018 then. Sheesh, this year has gone by so fast…

Anyway, happiest of holidays to you all! See you on Saturday!

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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. 😉

Posted in Books, Geeky Stuff, Holidays, Uncategorized

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!!!

 

Posted in Holidays, Random

Thanksgiving!

Hey guys! If you’re in America, have a happy Thanksgiving. If you’re not, I still hope you have an awesome day. Besides being thankful for  family, friends, food, and stuff like that, you know what else I’m thankful for?

You.

That’s right, all of you! All 22 of you!

I’m very thankful for all of my followers! Thank you, all of you, for tolerating my weirdness/fangirlness, liking and commenting on my posts, taking my *quizzes*, and just being there. Thank you so much.

Just for the heck of it, here’s a picture prior to the baking of the HOLY PUMPKIN PIE

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And, here are some more Hobbes pics to satisfy your hypothetical hunger for cute kitten pics:

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MYSTERIOUS FISH ABDUCTION

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Evidently, she likes my screensaver…

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I just about died after I saw this picture!!!

So yeah! Have a happy Thanksgiving and a great day!

Posted in Animals, Books, Geeky Stuff, Holidays

Happy Halloween!

Technically, it was yesterday, but I really wanted to wish my followers (and everyone else) a happy Halloween!

Last year, I was stupid and insane and I didn’t show you my Halloween costume. (*slaps past self in the face repeatedly*) So, here’s a (slightly awkward) picture of me in my Batgirl of Burnside costume.

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Minus my weird expression, it’s pretty cool, right?

Now, let’s go to my costume.

I dressed as…my hero…my idol…the best book character in the universe…you can probably guess who it is now….*drumroll*…

…EVA NINE!!!!

IT WAS SO FUN!!!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Now, I have LOTS (meaning three) pictures!!

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Here’s a selfie I took. I chose the greenish filter to try to make it look like the illustrations in The Search for WondLa.

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The Omnipod I fashioned from a mini mirror, a popsicle stick, lots of duct tape, and some mini sticky pearl things. Too bad there’s no Gym Buddy…

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And finally, this is the whole costume, complete with sneakboats, patches, and a satchel (that later got stuffed with candy and coated with dust from a Pixi Stick with a broken wrapper). Isn’t it awesome?

And, I have one more thing to share before I go…

WE GOT A KITTEN ON SATURDAY!!!

She’s a 13-week old Ruddy Abyssinian, and we named her Hobbes! She’s super sweet, sassy,  and fierce (for a tiny kitten) (but hard to do your math homework around).

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*in Mr. Burgermeister voice* Isn’t she adorable?

Well, I hope you all had an awesome Halloween and ate lots of candy! Bye!

Did anyone else get the Frankenweenie reference I just made? If you did, ten (hypothetical)  points for awesomeness.