Mini Reviews: Love & Misadventures and The Creeps

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AUTHOR: Lang Leav
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Poetry about love sprinkled with the author’s artwork.
GENRE: Poetry
RATING: 2/5
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I did not like this book. I thought I would, but halfway through the book I couldn’t stop cringing. Overall, the poetry is pretty bad, there’s nothing special about. They’re super short poems in case you have a short attention span and like to waste paper. The poems are generic love poems without much substance so it feels like you can relate, however, and maybe it’s just me, but I like seeing some vulnerability and intimacy in poetry. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say a fourteen year old girl who has fallen in love for the first time wrote this. I have nothing against teenage girls because I was one, but because I was one (with her own poetry phase) I know how bad poetry writing can be.

TITLE: The Creeps: A Dark Deep Collection 
AUTHOR: Fran Krause
ILLUSTRATOR: Fran Krause
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A collection of comic strips and stories about fears.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Non-Fiction
RATING: 3/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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I decided to get this book because I wanted a collection of scary stories to get ready for Halloween next October, but I’m not sure this is what I was looking for.

I was expecting truly creepy and scary stories, and while they were all valid fears, it’s not what I was looking for. I would say that these were odd fears people have, but because they were so specific, I couldn’t relate to all them, and therefore not as scary as I was hoping for.

So, these are not the ghost stories I was looking forward to, but they’re fun nonetheless. The illustrations were also more on the fun side than the creepy side, but it was good. It’s a quick read and fun, but not that creepy.

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Books Before Blogging, Booktube, or Bookstagram

It’s hard to imagine a world without books and without all the platforms I’ve chosen to follow book bloggers from WordPress, Youtube, or Instagram. But, there was a time when the online book community was not part of my life. In some ways it was a simpler time for example, I had time to re-read more books, my TBR list was much smaller, and I didn’t have my book buying compulsion issue. This also means I would choose my books without reading reviews or recommendations!

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So here’s a list of books I read before following or joining the online book community!

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5 Reasons to Watch Black Mirror

When I first heard of this Netflix show, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I am so glad I started watching it. It’s one of my favorite shows ever and definitely my favorite show Netflix has produced.

REASON #1: It’s an Anthology

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One of the things I like about Black Mirror is that it’s not serialized, meaning you can watch any episode in any order and your viewing experience won’t change because of it. I still recommend watching it in order (maybe it’s me being picky about order, there is a reason why they distributed the episodes in the order they chose) but it’s also refreshing and relaxing to know that there’s no pressure in watching the show in any particular order. They’re like standalone books instead of series… and you know how much I love my standalones.

It’s not enough for this show to have completely different stories each episode, it also has a completely different cast every episode too.

REASON #2: It’s Really Weird / Very Science Fiction

This show is weird, there is no other way to describe it. It’s so interesting to see how they incorporate different types of technology in each episode from nano-bot bees to realistic game simulators. The premise of each episode sucks you into a new mind boggling world that leaves you wondering what happens next. All the episodes have some elements of dystopian worlds, but some are more futuristic than others, but they are all F*&#ed up. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

REASON #3: It Has a Message

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At face value, the show appears to be weird with no real plot or story besides showcasing a weird world, but it has a message. Weird fiction as a genre almost always has a message that delivered through it’s weirdness, Black Mirror is no different. The episode, Nosedive demonstrates how social media can either better or ruin our lives. I also has a few episodes showing what happens when people take justice into their own hands and how it’s not always a good thing.

REASON #4: Twists and Turns

For a show that switches the characters and casts it sure can pack an emotional punch to the gut within an hour of meeting a new character. There are several episodes where I’m left incredibly conflicted about the protagonists and that’s always a good sign of a good show.

Whenever you start a new episode, you’re shoved into a new world and its along with the characters that you start uncovering what is happening in the show. It’s a slow process to the realization that the world is really F&*%ed up.

REASON #5: Easter Eggs

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Every episode is completely independent from the other but is it really? The show has a bunch of Easter Eggs in each episode. There are several mentions or callbacks to the Prime Minister from The National Anthem”, or the logo from White Bear”, or how about that song that keeps popping up from “Fifteen Million Merits”. They’re simply Easter Eggs hidden for your viewing pleasure, it also makes me want to watch the show again.

 WARNING: This is a show that is DEFINITELY not suitable for children.

Top 5 Wednesday: Going in Blind

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–We all know that some synopsis writers spoil events that happen halfway through the book or have heard reviewers say “its best to go into this one blind.” Discuss those books.

Normally, I would give you my reasons as to why I chose the books I did for each Top 5 Wednesday prompt, but I’m not going to do that this time. These are the books or shows I that I didn’t read the synopsis for or the synopsis are so vague that you might as well not read them. Either way, just know that I have loved each and every book or show mentioned on this list. Continue reading

Review: Alexander Hamilton (Graphic Novel) by Jonathan Hennessey & Justin Greenwood

TITLE: Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father Image result for alexander hamilton graphic novel
AUTHOR: Jonathan Hennessey
ILLUSTRATOR: Justins Greenwood
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Alexander Hamilton’s life.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Non-Fiction | Biography
RATING: 3/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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August 2017 Update: School and Hurricanes

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It seems like a year has gone by since the last time I wrote an update, but really it’s been just a couple of weeks.

Since the last time I wrote to you guys I’ve gone back to school and that has kept me quite busy with readings, homework, and just trying to get back into to the groove of things. This also means, I won’t be reading much of what I want, and instead I’ll be reading whatever the professors assigned this semester.

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Then, Hurricane Irma razed its way through the Caribbean and Florida. For those that don’t know, I live in South Florida. While Irma didn’t hit my home directly as we thought,  there was a huge frenzy surrounding the storm before, during, and now after. This isn’t my first hurricane, but I can honestly say it has been one of the scarier ones I’ve ever gone through. Thankfully, me and my family are fine and safe, however the recovery process will be a long one, not just here in Florida but all the islands affected by it in the Caribbean.

If you’d like to help for the hurricane relief for Irma or Harvey, take a look at this article, How to Help Hurricane Irma Victims. I know the title says Irma, but it can also help Harvey victims.

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As for my reading in August? I feel like I did a lot of that, but I just realized I only read about 4 books. This is apart from Fables: Camelot (Volume 20) which I did not finish, and a school assigned book.

FAVORITE READS

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Without a doubt my favorite book of the month had to be A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas because it was perfection! If you read A Court of Thorns and Roses and feel iffy about reading the next book, don’t be, read it! So far, it’s my favorite book in the series. I’ve even gone back to read some of my favorite parts, and it hasn’t been a month yet.

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I also really enjoyed  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, which I got to read with a friend. This is the first book in a trilogy and I can’t wait to get some time off from school and read the rest of the books. I loved Lara Jean because I found her so relatable in some ways.

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I also have to talk about my continued love for Legend of Korra and the new comic that was FINALLY released this past month! It was glorious and made me so insanely happy to return to the world of Avatar and my OTP couple, Korrasami.

BOOKS READ

MOVIES & TV Shows WATCHED

  • Watchmen
  • The 5th Wave
  • The Bodyguard
  • Before I Fall
  • In Your Eyes
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Pretty Woman
  • Game of Thrones (season 7)

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