Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dreams of Gods & Monsters

13618440From Goodreads:    Two worlds are poised on the brink of a vicious war. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera's rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her.

When the brutal angel emperor brings his army to the human world, Karou and Akiva are finally reunited - not in love, but in a tentative alliance against their common enemy. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves.

But with even bigger threats on the horizon, are Karou and Akiva strong enough to stand among the gods and monsters?

The New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion as - from the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond - humans, chimaera, and seraphim strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

My Thoughts:

-    I'm not a fan of this series. I was really excited after the first book, but I just didn't like the other two books. 

-    The chapters on Eliza were so pointless. What was her purpose? The Stelians were not needed. We didn't need another enemy. It just made the book WAY too long and slow and boring. I would have been happy with the book ending at chapter 74, but because of the Stelians, the book went on and on and on.

-    I got so tired of Akiva and Karou admiring each other and drooling over each other. Ugh! They are gorgeous! I get it! Move on! How about they get to know each other a bit? Their relationship is stupid, and I was never a fan.

-    The descriptions get really repetitive. They got all wordy, and then the same passage was repeated with more wordy descriptions, and I just got frustrated. So much of this book could have been chopped.

-    I felt like this series would never end, and I was so relieved once I finished. I wanted to quit several times, but I pushed through. 

Previous Books
(covers are linked)


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Patchwork Girl of Oz

560637Goodreads Synopsis:    In this dazzling tale, L. Frank Baum proves once again his power to delight and enchant readers of all ages. Follow the adventures of a charming new band of characters as they explore the wondrous land of Oz and discover that you learn more by traveling than by staying at home.

Forced to venture out of the dark forest, Unc Nunkie and Ojo the Unlucky call on the Crooked Magician, who introduces them to his latest creation: a living girl made out of patchwork quilts and cotton stuffing. But when an accident leaves beloved Unc Nunkie a motionless statue, it is up to Ojo to save him. In his search for the magic ingredients that will restore his uncle to life, Ojo is joined by the Patchwork Girl and by the conceited Glass Cat, who boasts of her hard ruby heart, the resourceful Shaggy Man, and the lovable block-headed Woozy, whose tail hairs are just one of the things Ojo needs to rescue Une Nunkie.

As they travel to the Emerald City, home of the wise and powerful Ozma, they meet Dorothy, the kind and sensible girl from Kansas; the gallant Scarecrow; and, of course, Toto. But no one proves more loyal than the spirited Patchwork Girl, who, although she was brought to life as a servant, is determined to see the wide world for herself.

My Thoughts:

-    This story has the most endearing characters since the first book. I loved Ojo and the patchwork girl. 

-    The story wasn't a typcial Oz book, but at the same time it is a very typical Oz book. The formula was changed a bit.

-    I loved the Ojo's motives. He worked so hard because he loves his Unc Nunkie. It was sweet. 

-    Oz is a just, kind, and understanding place. I want to live there. Everyone is happy. There is no crime. I wish our leaders were more like Ozma. 

-    I really enjoyed this one!

Previous Oz Books
(covers are linked)

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Wonder Woman

My Thoughts:

-    This movie was alright. I enjoyed it overall. 

-    The cast was great. I loved Robin Wright, Gal Gadot, and Connie Nielson. Chris Pine did a good job as well, although I didn't appreciate his naked scene. I also loved David Thewlis. It was fairly obvious who he was, but he pulled it off well, especially for his age. 

-    I loved all the action/fighting scenes. I am a sucker for great hero shots. I loved when Diana was crossing the battle field. 

-    My biggest complaint was I felt like the whole movie was the first Captain America movie but with Wonder Woman. The story and scenes were very reminiscent of Captain America. I feel like this movie was kind of a rip off. 

-    I am happy that DC is stepping up their game, but I feel like they are trying to catch up with Marvel in the movie industry. Justice League better deliver. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Days of Blood & Starlight

12812550From Goodreads:    Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

My Thoughts:

-    I have mixed feelings about this one, but they are mostly negative. 

-    I loved the world building. The Angels and Chimaera are awesome.

-    The writing is good and kept me interested, but the story is pretty slow. It wasn't too bad, but it still felt slow.

-    I would say this book is for older teens and adults. There are some graphic and brutal scenes, and there are a lot of dark themes. 

-    There are too many characters, and a lot of them aren't needed. The two deer girls were really useless. Why do we care about these characters? Do they have a future role to play? Do we really need Zuzana and Nick?

-    I'm still not on board with Akiva and Karou's relationship. I've grown more against it. Akiva is a boob. He needs to man up. I'm so sick of him crying. Karou needs a swift kick in the butt.

-    When I finished the book, I felt sad and depressed, and not in a good way. I'm not super excited for the last book. I felt awful, and I needed something happy and fluffy after this read.

Previous Book
(covers are linked)


Friday, July 14, 2017

Fan Art Friday: Yoshi

For Jenny and Jenni, I decided to spotlight Yoshi today.

I can't pick a favorite. There are a lot of great artists here. 

Which is your favorite?
Who is your favorite Nintendo character?

All the illustrations are linked to the source.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

8490112Goodreads Synopsis:    Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

My Thoughts:

-    I feel like I'm the last person to read this series, but I'm finally doing it!

-    The whole book was setting up the last 100 pages. It was worth all the build up. Wow!

-    I loved the Gothic world that was created. I want to live in that town.

-    I didn't connect with the characters until the last little bit. Karou grew on me, and I felt so sad for her and her situation. Akiva bugs me a little. I was weirded out when he fell to his knees and cried like a baby. It really ruined his image. I feel really bad for the characters. They endured a lot, and it sucked. My heart cries for Brimstone! He is my favorite. 

-    The ending is killer! What happened? What is going to happen? AH!

-    I'm not completely on board with Karou and Akiva's relationship. I didn't like the insta-love. I feel like their whole relationship is more lust than love. I'm hoping their relationship deepens more in next book. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Vol 11-12

16071859Goodreads Says:    Mamoru  is leaving to study in the US?! Even though Chibi Usa is back in the thirtieth century, fate won't leave Usagi lonely! An even younger pink-haired munchkin has arrived: Chibi Chibi, a mysterious little lady of few words. At the same time, three gorgeous pop stars enroll at Juban High School. 

My Thoughts:

-    They used the word "uterus" in an attack yell!?!?

-    I don't understand what power lets some of the guardians switch genders. They can go back and forth at will. 

-    I'm confused about Mamo-chan. What happened to him?

-    There are way too many guardians now. Nine was too many, and not it is just ridiculous.

-    Just when we get rid of Chibi-Usa, here comes Chibi-Chibi. Who is she?

16071860From Goodreads:    Sailor Galaxia's power can melt cities and kill Sailor Senshi in a flash. Can Kaguya and the Sailor Stars help Sailor Moon defeat her? With her friends and allies vanishing around her, what will Usagi have left to fight for? 

My Thoughts:

-    Hooray! The last volume! It is slightly longer than the others. 

-    To be honest, I just sped through this trying to get to the end. I wasn't really into it. I just wanted the series to end!

-    The majority of the volume was the enemy monologuing and Sailor Moon monologuing. Blah blah blah! I was so sick of it! 

-    The series is too long. I should have ended sooner. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Cars 3

My Thoughts:

-    I'm a big Pixar fan, and I was really disappointed with Cars 2, but the series has redeemed itself. Cars 3 is the sequel I've been waiting for. It is the real Cars 2. 

-    The story was great! I loved the nostalgia. I loved the focus on Doc Hudson. 

-    I liked the new characters, especially Cruz. She was fun. I loved the relationship that grew between her and Lightning McQueen. 

-    The scenery was so beautiful! There were a lot of eye candy moments, especially the cross country trips. 

-    The movie is a little too long, but I don't think you could cut anything out. 

-    Gnome really liked it. I love movies that my daughter and I can both enjoy. 

-    This movie is definitely worth seeing! 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Falling for You

13553217Goodreads Synopsis:    Rae's always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet. But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her...and the less she wants to give. 

As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier. And possessive Nathan becomes jealous. 

Then a tragedy lands Rae in the ICU. Now, hovering between life and death, Rae must find the light amid the darkness…and the strength to fight for life and the love she deserves.

My Thoughts:

-    I loved this book! 

-    I'm really glad I didn't judge this book by its cover or title, or I probably wouldn't have read it. The cover is a really bad representation of the story. The book is by one of my favorite authors, so I had to give it a whirl.

-    I love the use of poetry. The author has a such a way with words and poetry. I picked up a poetry book because of this book, and I'm not a poetry reader. 

-    I loved Rae. I really felt for her and her situation. I thought dating Nathan was bad judgement on her part, but considering where she was coming from, I understand why she would jump at something like that.

-    This was such a page turner. I couldn't put it down. I just had to get to the end. 

-    What Leo does for Rae is so sweet and amazing. I wasn't sure about him at first, and I just wanted Leo and Rae to stay friends, but he proved his quality. 

-    The story is full of misery and sadness, but it is also full of hope, love, and kindness. It is such a great read! 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Fan Art Friday: Luigi

I've been playing a lot of MarioKart online, and I decided to highlight my favorite Nintendo character. I'm a big Luigi fan. He is the better brother with the better mustache.

I'm partial to the Luigi death stare pictures. They give me great joy. I really love the last picture. I like the style and imminent threat of the a blue shell.

Which is your favorite?
Who is your favorite Nintendo character?

I had to really dig for these. I was surprised by the lack of Luigi pictures on Deviant Art. Come on people! I did my best to link the picture to the source.