Friday, February 23, 2018

Child of Nod by C.W. Snyder book thoughts


Title: Child of Nod
Series: Yes (The Balance #1)
Author: C.W. Snyder
Published Date: November 6th, 2017
Publisher: Curiousity Quills Press
Source: Netgalley
# of Pages: 274
Format: Ebook
Genre: Fantasy/Horror/Young Adult
Days to Read: 4
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
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Goodreads Synopsis

Alice wakes one day to find herself on the other side of death, in the corrupted fairy tale land of Nod. Unable to remember much of the events leading to her demise, she sets out on a journey to discover her memory and the reason for her presence in Nod. Unknown to her, the man responsible for her death, Jack, is on a mission to find her spirit and end her second life.

Alice takes flight, only to find herself drawn into the lives of those around her and the mystery permeating that place. From the humble streets of Elysium to the mirrored spires of Memoria, her journey takes her on a path that leads to a decision that will affect the fate of Nod.

Along the way, she meets a cast of characters that include a madman with a dark secret, her faithful companion, Dog, and a woman made of memory. Together, they help her on her journey as she uncovers the truth of Nod and the woman behind it all, the Red Queen.

My Thoughts

Honestly I don't think I have a lot to say about this book but I did enjoy it! It kept me interested and wanting to know what was going to happen. It's an interesting retelling of Alice in Wonderland. It has gore, zombies, someone made of memories, traveling over a weird landscape and more.

At first it's sort of confusing as to why certain POV's exist but it all makes sense by the end. I liked Alice and her companions and the world was intriguing. I'd definitely be up for continuing this series. I liked the plot twist. The whole book did have me thinking at times as it was thought-provoking and religion played a part in it. I was worried about where it was going but in the end enjoyed it just fine and had no problems with it personally.

I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea but if a weird Alice in Wonderland retelling with some horror sounds up your alley check it out.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Citrus Volume 7 by Saburouta manga thoughts


Title:Citrus Volume 7
Series: Yes (Citrus #7)
Author: Saburo Uta
Published Date: February 13th, 2018
Publisher: Seven Seas
Source: I bought it
# of Pages: 180
Format: Physical Manga
Genre: Contemporary/Romance
Days to Read: 1
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
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Synopsis

Secret Love

It's summer break-but instead of spending her vacation with Mei, Yuzu is stuck in summer school. On her first day, she meets a strange girl with an uncanny talent for observation. Will the new girl discover Yuzu's secret relationship with Mei...?!

My Thoughts

This is a volume where I seriously wanted to slap multiple characters. I'm still loving them, and to a degree I can understand them, they are in high school, but it did seem there was some miscommunication or just being well...not that bright. It's also getting kind of...messy? So many characters and stuff to keep up with, i've started constantly referring to the characters on Wiki to keep them straight (Here) though I think that's more to do with me and being fairly new to manga still. You can tell them apart by looking at them.

I think it's going somewhere but with 2 manga volumes a year it's going to seem slow, that said I am in this series for the long haul. Loving this fluffy/cute/angsty Yuri/Shoujo ai!

Other thoughts...Shirapon is creepy.

This volume takes place mostly at a festival and summer school. Shirapon has a creepy keen eye on observing people...everyone...and doesn't seem to understand personal space or tact. But she can't crack Mei, so she thinks going to the festival with new friend Yuzu (met in summer school) she'll be able to get closer to Mei and figure her out. When Yuzu overhears a confession between Mei and Shirapon does that mean the end for Yuzu and Mei or will it help them get closer?

The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre book thoughts


Title: The Girl in 6E
Series: Yes (Deanna Madden #1)
Author: A.R. Torre
Published Date: January 21st, 2014
Publisher: Redhook
Source: I bought it
# of Pages: 352
Format: Ebook
Genre: Thriller/Contemporary/Adult
Days to Read: 5
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
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Goodreads Synopsis

I haven't touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.

I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.

They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide... my lust for blood, my love of death.

Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets... one is bound to escape.

What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl's life depending on you venturing into society?

Enter a world of lies, thrills, fears, and all desires, in this original thriller from A. R. Torre.

My Thoughts

This definitely surprised me by being more than I expected! All I knew going into it is the main character is a cam girl who keeps herself locked in an apartment because she has urges to kill people. I've heard it described as an erotic thriller, which I can see, but personally I think it's more thriller than erotica (and i'm not complaining!).

I loved getting to know Deanna. She's isn't evil, or at least not entirely. Sure she has evil urges but they didn't appear out of the blue. I won't spoil you but there is more to the story there. And she doesn't want to hurt innocent people and fearing that she will, locks herself up. Being a cam girl is a means to live, both for money because she still has to eat and live and all that of course, as well as a means to sort of escape her rather lonely life.

I even related to her in some ways. Not in the murderous tendencies kind of way but I do believe we all have some darkness in us. Maybe some more than others but we all have some, a dark thought here or there. It's what we do that tells us who we are.

I loved getting to know her story.

When a little girl's life depends on her getting out of her apartment, well let's just say I love Deanna ok! There is true evil out there...and I don't think Deanna is it. Messed up...sure, but she tries and has good in her. She obviously isn't perfect though. Who is?

The beginning sucked me in, the second half of the story captured my heart and tears. I also feel like saying too much would spoil it, so i'll just end it with I loved it, and if it intrigues you give it a shot.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Curved Horizon by Taylor Brooke book thoughts


Title: Curved Horizon
Series: (Camellia Clock Cycle #2)
Author: Taylor Brooke
Published Date: March 8th, 2018
Publisher: Interlude Press
Source: Netgalley
# of Pages: 324
Format: Ebook (pdf)
Genre: Contemporary/Romance/New Adult
Days to Read: 5
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
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Goodreads Synopsis

In the sequel to Fortitude Smashed, navigating the ins and outs of love is hard enough as strangers, but now Daisy and Chelsea must find a way to transform their friendship into something more. Meanwhile, Shannon and Aiden’s year-long relationship is put to the test when a horrific accident puts Shannon’s life at risk.

My Thoughts

I love these characters! I just had to get that out. This is the sequel to Fortitude Smashed which made it onto my favorites of 2017! And i'm sure this sequel is going to be on my favorites of 2018! It's a character-driven soulmate AU. The first book centered around Aiden and Shannon, my review for the first book is Here if you wanna check it out, a M/M couple. This one still has them and leaves off where the first book ended but centers on their friends, an F/F couple that time out and are each others Rose Roads. Rose Roads being soulmates and timing out from their Camellia Clocks which are implanted in every baby's thumbnail and count down to when they meet their soulmates/Rose Road.

I loved how the whole Clock/Soulmate thing was explained more in this book. My favorite part of this book though is the characters, I live for these characters! In this one sexualities are used on the page. There is demisexual, bisexual and pansexual rep. The characters...it's hard to know where to start. I got to see more of Aiden and Shannon whom I love. Even if they aren't the center of this book they are still very much there and not neglected. The girls, Chelsea and Daisy, really shined. All of the characters, well Aiden, Chelsea and Daisy especially, have past trauma and pain to work through. They are messy, they are insecure, they are afraid, they are human. They mess up, they aren't perfect, they doubt themselves, and they love each other. They also grow so much through-out the novel.

They have some mental health issues and I loved how that was looked at. Daisy and Aiden have delt with depression, Chelsea was abused and didn't grow up in a loving household, and some of them have been raped/sexually assaulted. They have to deal with their demons in their own ways and realize they are good people who deserve to be loved. And just like real life, it's hard and it's messy and they won't ever be perfect, because people aren't perfect, but they learn and they grow.

I loved getting to learn more about their pasts. This book also showed how important it is to talk to each other, as well as to not judge someone so quickly. I really didn't like Chelsea in the beginning but damn if I don't love her now! Chelsea and Daisy are very different, just like Aiden and Shannon, but they end up being so cute together and working well, when they talk to each other.

Anytime i'd get annoyed by something it'd end up being discussed/called out and I loved it. Friendships are explored, it's not just about romance but also about Aiden and Daisy's friendship and Chelsea and Shannon's. Obstacles stood in their way, and they got through them. And I love how this book has the found family trope, found family is my favorite!

I related to them at times, mostly Aiden and Daisy, but I would die for all of them! This series has so much going for it. Complex characters who can be messy and stumble, but who are real and learn, grow and love. It deals with abuse, sexual assault and mental illness (depression mostly). It deals with friendships, love and communication. It has a demisexual chinese girl (Daisy), bisexual boy (Shannon), pansexual boy (Aiden) and bisexual girl (Chelsea) and it's all used on the page. It gave me so many tears.

Thank you to Netgalley and Interlude Press for giving me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

January 2018 Wrap Up

Reviews

I hate Fairyland Vol. 3 by Skottie Young 5 stars
Deadly Partnership: Murder, Blackmail and Voices from the Spirit World by Richard Gardner 4 stars
Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol. 2 by Nozomu Tamaki 5 stars
Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn 5 stars
The Last Savanna by Mike Bond 1 star
The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs 4.25 stars
Haunted by R.L. Stine 3.25 stars
Food Wars! Vol. 4 by Yuto TSukuda 5 stars
Food Wars! Vol. 5 by Yuto Tsukuda 4 stars
Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie Liu 3.75 stars

I have also read 13 stories in 'The Complete Grimm's fairy tales' (12-13 each month to finally finish it this year), 31 short stories in 'Horrors! 265 scary stories' (they are each 1-2, maybe 3 pages long, so 1 a day is perfectly fine) and 7 short stories in '100 Tiny Tales of Terror'.

Number of pages read: 1,856
Average number of pages read per day: 59.87
Average Rating (not counting the short stories from the anthologies i'm still working on): 4.03

Other Posts

2017 Wrap Up and Plans for 2018!
Books on my radar: First Quarter of 2018

Youtube Videos Posted

December 2017 Physical Book Haul
December Wrap Up Part 1
T5W: 2018 Reading Resolutions
December 2017 Wrap Up Part 2
December Kindle Haul #2
Top 10 Favorite Reads of 2017
Books I read in 2017 and some stats
New Years Resolutions Book Tag
T5W Books I didn't get to in 2017
Recent Reads #1-3
Most Disappointing Reads of 2017
T5W Forgettable Books
Recent Reads #4-7
January Nocturnal Reader's Box Unboxing
T5W Books I disliked but love to discuss
Recent Reads #8-10
How I annotate
T5W Hidden Gems in my favorite genres

TV Shows I watched

Chobits

I read the manga of Chobits last year, and I finally got around to watching the anime! I loved it! It's cute, hilarious, and makes ya think a bit while mostly just being cute and funny.

Supernatural

Love this show, love the Winchesters. I am a Sam girl HOWEVER I love all of them! Sam, Dean, Castiel, Jack...and each episode generally leaves me on the edge of my seat and needing more.

Movies I watched

Corpse Bride

I decided to finally start paying attention to what's coming and going on netflix. I saw Corpse Bride, which i've wanted to see but never did, was leaving (has left) Netflix, so I watched it before it left...and now i'm kicking myself for not watching it sooner! I loved it!

The Nightmare Before Christmas

I saw this was leaving as well and while I have watched it before it had been a long time, so I watched it again, and enjoyed it again.

The first 4 Pirates of the Caribbean Movies

I saw that the 5th Pirates of the Caribbean movies is on Netflix, which I pay for anyway, Dead Men Tell No Tales, and i've wanted to watch it but didn't want to as well, because of Johnny Depp. However I love the POTC movies...I had watched the first 4 over 5 years ago, pre-house fire, and afterwards, I got the movies again because I love them, but apparently only re-watched the first 2 before the Johnny Depp crap happened. The 3rd and 4th were still in the packaging...5 years later...

Anyway I re-watched the first 4 because I love the movies and my memory sucks, and then watched the 5th, technically an hour or so into February but before typing this up so...anyway I loved the 5th one too! It answered some questions, raised some more but over-all I loved it and I am POTC trash. But they do have great action and characters and just...I love them okay.

I know these aren't reviews for what I watched, I don't know how to review tv shows and movies, I have a bad memory and it's not like I can annotate them. But I can at least say, I watched these and how I felt about them. Feel free to chat about them with me :) Or anything else of course.

What have you read or watched in January? Or played any video games? How was your month? Read or seen any of these? I hope you had a good month, and if not that February is better for you! :)

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

January 2018 Book Haul

Just a collection of all the books i've gotten this month, one way or another. As for the large amount of free Ebooks, thank you to Bookbub, Instafreebie, people mentioning other free books in Goodreads groups on Amazon or Smashwords...getting emails from newsletters signed up for thanks to Instafreebie...too many dang deals everyday. And I pass on about just as many as I take. O_O

Physical Books


No, i'm not pregnant. I play the Sims and like other Simmers I know I like naming my baby Sims and I just like names in general. Could also come in handy for characters.

Netgalley Books


Paid for Ebooks


Free EBooks


Have you got or read any of these books? What books have you gotten recently? So many books, so little time.