Book Review Tuesday (3/12/19)-King of Scars

Alright, I know it’s been a little while, but finally welcome to the first Book Review Tuesday of March 2019!


This book is/was easily one of the most anticipated books of the year, and it only released in JANUARY. Understandably, of course; I mean, who wouldn’t want a book centered around NIKOLAI LANTSOV? C’mon…

Aaaaanyway, I was surprised to find it already available at the library, just shy of a month after it had been released. So, naturally, I IMMEDIATELY put it on hold. I’d been waiting for this book for at least…hmm, probably a good six months, so I was beyond excited. I expected classic Leigh Bardugo fantasticness, but…

MAN, KING OF SCARS TRULY BLEW IT OUT OF THE WATER. 5 stars on Goodreads, 10 stars on my personal rating scale. No rounding down to 4.75 or anything. Just a solid 5.


If you do read it (which I HIGHLY recommend), I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Enjoy this week’s review!


NOTE: If you’re interested in reading this book, it occurs after the events of the Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows duology; both are also referenced throughout the book. Read both series before you read this.



King of Scars

In the blink of an eye, Nikolai Lantsov has risen from an infamous privateer to the king of Ravka. On the outside, he seems to have it made; he’s popular among the people of Ravka, and after the war to conquer the Darkling and his armies, Ravka seems to be at peace. But Nikolai is struggling with both internal and external forces that threaten to topple not just his reputation, but his country as well. The demonic entity inside him possesses him more and more, and the results grow more catastrophic with each day. Additionally, a threat that Ravka thought was gone for good threatens to rise once more, and if it does, it may mean the end of the country as they know it. Will Nikolai be able to juggle his personal conflict and the future of his country all at once?



Nikolai was always one of my favorite characters in the original Grisha trilogy (for my reviews on those three, see 7/3/18, 7/24/18, 8/21/18), and I was ecstatic when I found out that there would be an entire book dedicated to him. (Who wouldn’t be, though?)


I was not disappointed in the least. Jumping back into Leigh Bardugo’s carefully crafted book felt warm and fuzzy, almost like reuniting with an old friend. The beautiful world, the simultaneously heartbreaking and magical prose, the crackling chemistry of the characters,  and especially the witty, absolutely gut-busting banter. OH MY GOD, through all of the generally disturbing action scenes, there was always a truckload of hysterical one-liners throughout. (Mostly from the likes of Nikolai, of course.) In short, everything you could ever want in a book, period.

It has been confirmed that this will be part of a duology (!!!!!!!!), but we don’t have any details other than that. (Naturally, as the book just came out a little over two months ago…) In the meantime, we’ll just have to…re-read every single book in the Grishaverse to satiate ourselves while we wait for that…and the Netflix adaptation, whenever that’s coming out. Should be interesting, at the very least.


Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this review! Thank you for stopping by, and have a great rest of your day/week!


I know the expression is usually the other way around, but this is basically a sheep in wolf’s clothing

Alright. First off, here’s the “wolf” part, if we’re sticking to my pitiful excuse for a flipped metaphor.

As you’ve probably gathered, I forgot to do a Book Review Tuesday yesterday. I got home a little later from a doctor’s appointment, and I was REALLY tired. So, I just spent the rest of the night drawing, re-reading The Hazel Wood, and mindlessly scrolling through Instagram. So, sorry about that. I promise I’ll get around to making a review next Tuesday. 😉

Now, for the “sheep”.

Instead of a lame excuse/apology, I’ve got something for you…MORE FAN ARTS! (Because you know I was never going to come up with a creative name for a fan art post anytime soon, riiiiiight?) So, we have one kind of post disguised as another, and a little art dump. Enjoy…?

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Rumor (comic version), Umbrella Academy

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Jubilee (X-Men: Apocalypse)

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Mystique/Raven Darkholme (X-Men)

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Forager (Young Justice: Outsiders)

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Lenny Busker/what my hair kind of looked like in Florida (Legion)

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Halo (Young Justice: Outsiders)

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Number Five (Netflix version) (Umbrella Academy)

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Pogo (Netflix version) (Umbrella Academy)


So, I hope this post was a pleasant surprise. Again, I promise I’ll get to another book review next week, if conditions are favorable. Thanks so much for reading, and have a great rest of your day! 🙂


Florida: The Sequel

Though it’s…a little over a week late now, here’s my chronicle of my latest Florida vacation. It was a shorter trip than usually (President’s Day weekend), but there definitely wasn’t any shortage of things to do! I hope you enjoy my pictures!




Our flight was about three hours long, and we landed in Florida a little later at night. We didn’t do a whole lot, save for have some delicious pizza (from Cappy’s) and pie (from Goody-Goody). But I did once again reunite with some old *ahem*…acquaintances, the demonic doll and the vampiric lamp.

DAY 2:




In the morning, I spent some time feeding the neighbor’s cows some Spanish moss and oranges. Some of them even let me pet their noses 😭 I’ve missed these guys.

Later that day, we had lunch in Tampa and went to the Tampa Art Museum.



Also, the only glimpse you’ll get of my sudden Lenny Busker hair, brought on by the humidity. 


Our first stop was the Robert Indiana exhibit. I’d never heard of him before, and I immensely enjoyed viewing his art and exploring the meaning behind it.




We also saw a plethora of classical Greek art. I especially enjoyed the statue of Athena and the vase with the sphinx on it.


DAY 3:

Our last full day in Florida was the always fun (and pretty much mandatory, considering the climate we’re in) beach day. This time, we went to Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island.


I didn’t get as many pictures, but it was most certainly a beautiful day. (I was too busy a. frolicking in the ocean b. trying to evade the throngs of loud tourists and c. evade the seagulls, which were frequently dive-bombing said tourists every time they saw somebody break out the sandwiches.)


DAY 3: 

Our last day in Florida was less eventful from the previous two days, consisting mostly of packing and eating Cuban food (*starts salivating*). But, I did get to visit my friends one last time.



My bovine friends, that is. 😉


Overall, a relatively quiet trip to Florida, but a fun one nonetheless. I’m sorry about how late this post came, and I hope you enjoyed reading it. 🙂

Book Review Tuesday (2/26/19)-Navigating the Stars

Hello, fellow bibliophiles, and welcome to the last Book Review Tuesday of February 2019! (MAN…this year has already gone by so fast…but hey, it’s almost March, BRING ON THE WARM WEATHER!)




I bought this book on my Kindle to tide me over during my trip to Florida recently (which I promise I’ll post about soon). I feel like it came to me from Goodreads in one of the recent boatloads of recommendations I’ve been getting (DOUBLE WHOA). As you’ve…probably figured out, I’m always hungry for exciting sci-fi, so it was a quick (and…well, rather lacking in forethought) buy.

Though my appetite for science fiction was not quite satiated, I will say that this was definitely and interesting and compelling novel. A tad bit of a slow read for me (then again, I read it in chunks while rather tired), but I doubt you guys will have the same experience as I did.

Whoops. Guess I’m not selling the book very much. Well, you can tell for yourselves if you’d like it or not right about now, because I come bearing a review!




Navigating the Stars

Lyra Daniels lives in a constant cycle of moving from planet to planet, dragged along by her archaeologist parents. For them, it’s a chance to delve into the mystery of the Terra Cotta Warriors, which are showing up on countless planets across the galaxy. For Lyra, it’s a tragic circle of making friends, growing close, and having to leave them behind, never to see them again, and, thanks to the complications of interstellar travel, leaping forward many years, leaving her friends to age while she stays seventeen. After another planet housing the Warriors is discovered, Lyra tags along on the latest mission, spending her days worming her way through the Quantum-Net, and trying to cozy up to Niall, the only other crew member who’s close to her age. But when Lyra and the rest of the crew realize that they aren’t the only ones searching for the Warriors, they must work together to unravel a conspiracy like no other.


Alright, let me get one stupid joke out of the way before I get to my relevant opinions. The premise of Navigating the Stars was definitely original and captivating (unknown lifeforms creating Terra Cotta Warriors identical to the ones here on Earth) but it immediately made me think of this…



Alright, here we go.

Navigating the Stars, though a bit slow at certain points (mostly when Lyra was travelling through space), was certainly an inventive and creative novel. LOTS of attention to detail and science, with relatable characters, and an intriguing plot to match. And though it wasn’t necessarily “action-packed” (not a bad thing, in the case of this book), the last third to quarter (or thereabouts) of the book was definitely creepy and very high-stakes. And yes, we do eventually get…ALIENS. 

A must-read for anyone who loves a well-crafted sci-fi mystery.


Well, thanks so much for reading the review! Have a great rest of your day, and take care of yourselves! 🙂


Book Review Tuesday (2/19/19)-The Last Namsara

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


I recently checked this beauty out at the library (…yes, I did just say that…seriously, gorgeous cover, guys), and though I haven’t yet returned it, I gobbled it up in about two nights. These days, it’s tricky to come across a fantasy novel that isn’t chock-full of cliches and overdone tropes, so I was surprised at how much I loved The Last Namsara. A beautifully-crafted, action-packed tale of bravery and love. Absolutely stellar! Also…




…okay, not quite like these dragons, I’m sorry to say, but dragons all the same. DRAGONS.


Enjoy the review!



Asha, the infamous dragon-slayer princess of Firgaard, has grown up surrounded by tales of Namsara, the joyous lightbringer, and Iskari, the destroyer and harbinger of death and sadness. For most of her life, she has believed them to be children’s stories and nothing more. But as her fierce reputation builds, she is declared to be the newest incarnation of Iskari. After this realization, Asha lives a simultaneously dangerous and tedious life, her only purpose being to kill Firgaard’s dragons and present the king with their severed heads. To Asha, her grueling task seems meaningless-until the king offers to call off her arranged marriage in exchange for the death of Firgaard’s most notorious and deadly dragon. Will Asha win her freedom-from her marriage, the royal life, and from the burden that the legends of old have put on her shoulders?





The Last Namsara has pretty much got it all-a heroine who not only kicks butt, but isn’t devoid of flaws, incredible, descriptive writing, beautiful world-building, great chemistry between the characters, and…yes, gotta love those dragons. Who doesn’t love a little fire-breathing insanity every once in a while?

All in all, I highly recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a little something new in YA fantasy. And dragons. Can’t stress that enough.


The Last Namsara has a sequel (The Caged Queen) which came out in late September. I definitely want to get to it soon, as…I think book #3 comes out sometime this year? Hopefully? *tightly crosses fingers* We’ll see, folks…


Thanks so much for reading this week’s review! Have a great rest of your day, and stay warm!

…And for my final trick, I will forget a Book Review Tuesday…*whips out magic wand*

Yup. Magic or not, I’ve forgotten about this week’s BRT. Sorry, guys; I had a lot on my mind and a few things that I wanted to get done (packing, studying for a quiz, etc., making a birthday present for a friend), and it just slipped my mind.


So sorry, everyone. I’ll try and make one next week, and I’ll probably have the annual Florida post (I’m heading over there for President’s Day weekend) around the same time. Stay tuned for more stuff next week…hopefully…

Have a great rest of your day, and take care of yourselves! 🙂

Book Review Tuesday (2/5/19)-Amid Stars and Darkness

Hey, fellow bookworms, and welcome to the first Book Review Tuesday of February 2019!



*loud oinking ensues for the rest of the year*

Happy February as well (even though…let’s face it, February’s kind of the most boring month of the year…)!

Now, onto this week’s review.

For some reason, I’ve been getting a BOATLOAD of recommendations from Goodreads. Boatload with a capital B. Or maybe with the 🅱 emoji?


Yeah, that’s better.

Anyway, I found Amid Stars and Darkness amongst the 🅱OATLOAD of book recs, and I figured it would be fairly interesting, at the very least. I’m always itching for original, creative sci-fi, so this was kind of a “shut up and take my library card” kind of moment. I just finished reading it a few days ago, and I’d say that I’m reasonably impressed!


Enjoy the review!



Amid Stars and Darkness

Delaney’s life on Earth is turning out to be a normal, peaceful one, with nothing surprising, even with the newfound existence of life on other worlds. But after a night in a club, she is captured by a fleet of aliens who have mistaken her for their runaway princess, Lissa Olena. Swept away to a bizarre planet, Delaney must act undercover as the princess’ lookalike while the search for the true princess continues. If she keeps up the ruse for long enough, she may be forced to marry Olena’s psychotic fiancee, Trystan, but if she makes even a minor slip, she could set the entire kingdom into total chaos-and put her life and the lives of many others in danger. Will Delaney be able to play the dangerous royal game long enough to survive?


Alright, I’ve got a confession to make. One sci-fi trope I’m absolutely SICK of is making aliens look almost exactly like humans, but with a few minor tweaks (i.e., abnormal skin/eye color, conviniently super attractive). Like, come on, have a little imagination!


And Amid Stars and Darkness was guilty of this, like many others. But the good thing about this novel was that the world building, and writing DEFINITELY made up for it. I was able to put aside my annoyance regarding the aliens, what with the intricately crafted planet, social structure of the aliens, and the vivid descriptions. Honestly, I even loved the descriptions of the BATHROOMS. THAT GOOD. The writing was very well done, and the characters were generally pretty likeable. Overall, about 85% the aspects of this book were spot-on, which made me able to see past the flaws.

There’s a sequel out (I think it came out last year? Somewhere around that time, I believe), and I’d be interested in reading it. With where the plot might be going, I’m intrigued to see what happens next. 😉


Well, have a happy Lunar New Year, and a great rest of your day! Take care of yourselves, and thank you for reading this review!