Book Review (Tuesday), 3rd Anniversary Edition-Dare Mighty Things

Three years ago today, I was probably hunched over my laptop, and I had a fetus of an idea to do a book review on my blog, every week on Tuesdays. Over the course of time, I’ve forgotten a fair amount, my book genres and audiences have shifted, and hopefully they’ve gotten a little longer, and maybe even more intelligent sounding. (Like I said, hopefully.) And here we are now, with 2018 almost behind us. I’ve got one last book review for 2018, and then it’ll be 2019! And would you look at that-the first Tuesday of the year is NEW YEAR’S DAY!

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THANK GOD 2018 IS ALMOST OVER, amirite or amirite, guys? 

So now, without further ado, the last Book Review Tuesday of 2018!

 

I got this one at the library a little before the mental dumpster fire that was finals week. It had been on my to-read list for about a year or so, and I thought, hey, why not check it out? My expectations were average-nothing spectacular, but nothing egregiously bad.

Boy, was I wrong about that one.

Dare Mighty Things had close to everything I’ve ever wanted in a sci-fi novel. Do not be fooled by its unassuming appearances-it quickly becomes something like nothing you’ve ever read before. Buckle your seat belts, folks, this one’s a wild ride. 😉

 

 

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Dare Mighty Things

Thirty years from now, NASA has taken great leaps and bounds in the field of space travel and exploration. Now, they are offering a program for a new generation to take the reins. Twenty five gifted young adults will undergo many physical and mental challenges to become candidates to board a spacecraft with other astronauts, and explore the unknown regions of the universe. Out of these 25, only one will be able to go to space. Cassandra Gupta, an incredibly gifted young woman and one of the youngest candidates, is determined to rise to the top. Becoming an astronaut and exploring deep space has been her lifelong dream, and with her prowess and smarts, should be a shoo-in for the space program. But everything that she’s been told and trained in pales in comparison to what she truly faces in the darkest reaches of the universe…

 

 

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

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HOLY MOLY, that was amazing. As I said earlier, I greatly underestimated the potential of this book. But in the end, we’ve got the full-meal-sci-fi-deal, folks. The plot kept me on my toes, I grew to love (and to almost hate, in some cases) the wonderful and diverse cast of characters, and oH MY GOD…

Just to warn you guys, there’s an insane cliffhanger at the end that will, without a doubt, leave you hungry for so much more. I know that’s how I felt, certainly.

 

The sequel to Dare Mighty Things, One Giant Leap, came out in October, and as of right now, I haven’t been able to find it on the regular library or the Kindle library. Maybe it’ll be reasonably cheap on Amazon…who can say? I mean Heart of Iron (see 8/14/18) came out this year, and it was…what 7 bucks on Amazon? Pretty great deal for something that recent, if you ask me.

 

Aaaaaanyway, I hope you have a great rest of your day, and a happy new year!

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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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Apologies, I’m slowly turning into a Flaming Ball of Stress™️

Yeah, sorry for missing Book Review Tuesday this week. My school’s final exams are next week, and I’ve also had multiple tests to study for as well (Tests AND finals, all within two weeks! Two for the price of one! Whee!). As a result, I don’t think I’ll be able to do a Book Review Tuesday next week either. So sorry.

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But! I also have two weeks off after finals, so I’ll definitely be able to pick back up once school lets out for winter break. YEET!

Again, so sorry for the absence of book reviews this week. Have a nice day, and stay warm out there. 😉

“Go to madelinetodd.com…they’ve got a new thing called…uh… FR E SH F AN AR TS…*wheezy laughter*”

Yep, I’ve got some FRESH FAN ARTS for you guys!

I haven’t really posted any of my art since late June (oops), and I feel like I’ve improved a lot since then, what with the art class at my school and just a little more experience in general. I’m excited to share some of these with you guys, I hope you enjoy them!

 

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My interpretation of the Darkling from Shadow and Bone.

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A little porg, who is now quite traumatized after seeing his brethren being roasted on a spit by Chewbacca.

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Johann Krauss, in his newest suit. (B.P.R.D.)

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My interpretation of the wonderful Jax, from Heart of Iron. 

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Professor X, X-Men: First Class . (I watched it for the first time in about three or four years in September; I felt the judging eyes of my cats on me as I cried during the “I can’t feel my legs” scene.)

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Mystique, from the new Dark Phoenix trailer. (*LOUD SCREAMING*)

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Nightcrawler, X2: X-Men United. (Which celebrated its 15th anniversary this May! Yay!)

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Abe Sapien, Hellboy (2004). 

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Newt Scamander, The Crimes of Grindelwald. (I saw it a few weeks ago, and it was ASTOUNDING. Certainly didn’t deserve that low of a rating from Rotten Tomatoes.)

 

Well, thank you for sticking around long enough to see more of my art and endure the deluge of book reviews! Once I get some more done, I will definitely post some more. Have a nice day, and stay safe!

Book Review Tuesday (12/4/18)-Eve

Hello, fellow bibliophiles, and welcome to the first Book Review Tuesday of December 2018!

Man, I still can’t believe it’s already December. The year’s almost over now, and honestly? THANK. GOD. But hey, now it’s nearly Christmastime!

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Eve was another one of my “interim” books-the ones I borrow from the Kindle library when my physical library books aren’t ready yet. Though my expectations were somewhat low, this book did not disappoint! A simulatenously bleak and hopeful novel, with a startlingly believable vision of the future.

Enjoy the review!

 

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Eve

After a plague has wiped out most of the population, mankind is struggling to repopulate. Boys are raised in labor camps, while girls go to the School, where they are educated on their past history and the dangers of men. Once they graduate, they are promised bright futures in the capital city.

Eve has believed all of this since she was five years old, making good grades and obeying the word of the headmistress and teachers of the School. But before she is set to lead her graduation ceremony, she discovers a dark secret about the true fate of the School’s graduates, and runs away so that she might still have a chance at a better life. With only the instructions of a teacher to guide her, she sets off into the unknown, where  Caleb, a boy who’s been living on his own for many years, comes to her rescue. She soon discovers that much of what she has been taught in School is completely irrelevant, and must find a way to survive, dodge the authorities, and make it to safety.

 

I didn’t expect to like Eve as much as I did; I thought it would just be something to pass the time for a day or two, that I’d forget in a month’s time. On the contrary, Eve was an incredible book! While it presented a nightmarish, startling future world, it still managed to be hopeful in the worst of times. Hopeful moments in more dystopian novels is something I really admire; there isn’t a situation that’s completely devoid of hope, after all, no matter how bad it gets. Additionally, the characters were incredible, from the naïve but determined Eve, to the rogue boys and schoolgirls. A solid 7.5 or an 8 on my rating scale.

 

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s review! Have a great rest of your day, and please take care of yourselves and stay warm. 🙂

Another One Bites the Dust *clap*

 

Welp, looks like I forgot this week’s Book Review Tuesday.

Sorry, guys. I’ve been rather tired and out of sorts this week, what with school starting back up again and having to wake up at 6:00 a.m. after about a week of sleeping until 8:30 or 9:00. Plus, I’m sad to say that a fair amount of the books I read over Thanksgiving ended up being rather mediocre. (Looking at you, The Cruel Prince and Stranger than Fanfiction…sorry.) But hey, at least Black Hammer (very good comic, highly recommended), Madman (also a very good, highly recommended comic), and The Catcher in the Rye (not a comic, but veeeery highly recommended all the same) all exist.

 

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Did it again.

But I promise that I’ll come back next week for December. Bye for now, folks.

(Also, below is my few remaning brain cells’ reaction to me forgetting this week’s BRT. Oops.)

 

 

Book Review Tuesday (11/20/18)-Catwoman: Soulstealer

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

 

After how much I loved Wonder Woman: Warbringer (see 9/11/18) and Batman: Nightwalker (which I stupidly haven’t reviewed, but will at some point), I figured that Catwoman: Soulstealer would be no different. So, I checked it out at the library, along with Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass. 

It’s funny, I kind of hated Throne of Glass (pleeeease don’t brutally murder me for this, it just wasn’t my thing), but I really liked Catwoman! I’d have to read more of Maas’ work to make my theory have a little more weight, but I guess I just like it when she’s given a set of characters and a world to work with, as opposed to creating her own. (Okay, that’s…probably a little mean, sorry, but that’s how it’s been for me thus far.) So whether you’re a Throne of Glass fan or not, Catwoman is spectacular!

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Enjoy the review!

 

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Catwoman: Soulstealer

Desperate to escape her drug addict mother and care for her terminally ill sister, Selina Kyle turns to a life of crime to get by. For years, she fights her way to the top of the food chain, struggling to provide for her and her sister, while simultaneously dodging the likes of Carmine Falcone. Eventually, she is discovered by Talia al-Ghul, who recognizes her potential and talent, and sends her off to train with the League of Assassins.

Many years later, Selina returns to the streets of Gotham City under the alias Holly Vanderhees. In the absence of Batman, she rekindles her reputation, and allies with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, the three of them are a force to be reckoned with. But can they evade the authorities for long enough?

 

 

I’ve always had something of a soft spot for Catwoman, partially because of the fact that I love cats, and because, well…simply put, she’s a spectacular villain, and, in some cases, antihero. I especially like her depiction in the animated show The Batman. (It ran in the early to late 2000’s…anybody remember it? Quality.) I mean, her costume is SPOT-ON. COME ON, GUYS. 10/10.

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I actually imagined Selina’s costume in Catwoman: Soulstealer a little like this. It’s always been one of my favorite interpretations of Catwoman.

But anyway, Sarah J. Maas did an incredible job of depicting Catwoman, as well as giving her some backstory and history. I also really enjoyed the camaraderie between her, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn. They’re so fun together, and Harley didn’t get on my nerves.

 

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Let me elaborate on that. Usually, Harley Quinn is either a) not only oversexualized, but also incredibly annoying, or b) just adorable. My personal favorite is Batman: The Animated Series Harley, though her Catwoman description in terms of clothing was more along the lines of Suicide Squad.

 

All in all, a well-written novel that did considerable justice to the original characters!

 

Well, I hope you all have a great day, and for my followers in the U.S, have a happy Thanksgiving!