Thursday, October 11, 2018

Last Fan Standing

Hello, all!

Man, has my October been jam packed so far! On Tuesday night, I saw Elton John on his farewell tour (which was ah-mazing), then last night I got to do one of my favorite things-- play some trivia! I think if you've read this blog for awhile, you'll know how obsessed I am with Bruce Campbell. What I didn't know was that he just so happens to host a little sci-fi/horror/fantasy trivia show called Last Fan Standing. Luckily, my friend had gotten an email about the show, so me, her and her husband went and it was so much fun.

Basically, the premise is to be the last fan standing at the end of the show. I wasn't sure what to expect going in since I had never heard of this event before, but what they did was give everyone in the audience a clicker, then Bruce asked a series of multiple choice questions and at the end the four people who had the highest number of correct answers with the fastest time were called up to play the actual game on stage. Then once you got to the stage, there were more rounds to whittle it down to only one person. Once that was done, they took a little break and started the process all over again with the audience participating to get another 4 people up on stage. Once that person won, they went head to head with the winner of the first round to become the last fan standing.

Turns out, I was really good when it came to answering the questions, but I just wasn't fast enough on the clicker to get up on the stage portion. I'm tellin' ya, me and that clicker just did not click! Although, maybe it was a blessing cause I know I would've been way too nervous if I did get picked and probably would have had the biggest brain fart ever. Which some people did once they got up there and it was hilarious, especially cause Bruce was ragging on people the entire time. There was one guy who went up wearing an Army of Darkness shirt, told Bruce about how much he loved The Evil Dead movies, then proceeded to get an Army of Darkness question wrong. The shame that this man will now have to live with.

I did think it was slightly unfair because the same girl got picked for both rounds, and actually ending up winning, but as Bruce said "it's his show and he'll do as he pleases!" I thought it was also fun that they let the crowd answer the question if no one on the stage got it right, and handed out Bruce Bucks (signed paper money with Bruce's face on it) to whoever got the answer. Bruce also started handing out real dollar bills to people in the audience when they got the answers as well which was such a Bruce Campbell thing to do. I tried raising my hand for a few questions, but never got picked. I think they had something against our row, or maybe I'm just a tad bitter cause I wanted those Bruce Bucks!

The show was so great, and Bruce is just so hilariously charming. Ever the showman, he was telling jokes and stories during the entire thing, and of course, ragging on Long Island as well. I'll have to work on my reflexes so that way if they ever come around again, I'll be ready!

Are you all any good at trivia? Lemme know!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Mini Thoughts

Hello, all!

I always love a nice spooky story, especially around this time of year, and I recently received two via Netgalley, so let's get right into them. As always, thank you to them and the publishers for the e-copies.

Pub date: 10-9-18 by
Houghton Mifflin
Adult - Fantasy - Horror
Received from pub via Netgalley
In the Night Wood- Dale Bailey: This story centers around Charles, a failed husband, father, and scholar who has a slight obsession with a Victorian children's fantasy author named Caedmon Hollow. Charles' wife is a long distant relative of Hollow, and after the death of their young child, they leave the States to stay at Hollow's remote English estate which his wife has just inherited. While there, Charles digs deeper into Hollow's life on the grounds of writing a biography. What he finds is an eerie link to another world that may prove to be more than they bargained for. I really enjoyed the concept of this story. I felt the writing was very atmospheric and that you could really picture being in this small Yorkshire village, but overall I felt it was very slow. The bits that had to do with Hollow and the supernatural were interesting, but it just took a lot of time to get there. I felt like I had read the majority of the story before anything really happened. I was hoping for a dark, engaging Victorian-inspired story, but it left me wanting just a little bit more.

Pub date: 10-2-18 by
Graydon House
Adult - Fantasy - Historical Fiction
Received from pub via Netgalley
The Witch of Willow Hall- Hester Fox: Holy cow, did I love this book! I was initially drawn in just by the tagline, "Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there's still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn't even know it." and I'm happy to say that this book is more than just a great tagline. After a scandal forces Lydia Montrose and her family to flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall, she notices strange occurrences cropping up in the seemingly charming estate. Lydia feels a growing sense of terror and unease in her new home, which only worsens after the death of her younger sister. After one such encounter with the supernatural, Lydia discovers there is a power within her that she must learn to harness if she wants to protect herself and her loved ones. I can't say enough how much I loved this book. It was beautifully written (so hard to believe this was Fox's first novel!) and the witchy-ness wasn't too overpowering and in your face. It was subtle and allowed for the story to become so much more. I cannot recommend this one enough.

Monday, October 8, 2018

NY Comic Con 2018

Hello, all!

It's that time of year again, folks-- Comic Con time! This was only my third time at NYCC, but it's something I look forward to all year long. Usually, I only go on the Saturday but this year, thanks to my brother, I also got to go on Sunday (and for free!)

I had so much fun this year. On Saturday, it was my friends first time going and I loved seeing her get excited for things and geeking out over everything with me. I honestly feel like Comic Con is something everyone should experience at least once. I got to see so many cool things, bought so many cool things, saw a few interesting panels and even got to meet two of my favorite comic book artists/writers-- Jen Bartel, who is the sweetest person ever, and Chris Claremont, who is one of my absolute favorite writers, seriously he created pretty much all of my favorite X-Men (namely, my #1, Kitty Pryde).

Here's a little recap of the two days, and I tried to make sure to take more pictures this year cause I usually fail at doing that, I hope you enjoy!

Friday, October 5, 2018

White Stag Review

Hello, all!

I received a copy of White Stag by Kara Barbieri through NetGalley (huge thank you to them!) and what first drew me to this was that it was described as being a bit of a twist on the monster-turns-human trope, and instead was a story of a human girl turning into a monster, and her learning to accept her place and power in the world. Unfortunately, it seemed to have missed the mark a bit for me.

Pub Date: 1-8-19 by
Wednesday Books
Young Adult- Fantasy
Received from pub via Netgalley

Janneke, who was the last born daughter in her family, was raised to be her father's heir: she was taught to hunt, to fight, and to survive. One day, her village is burnt to the ground and all of her people, including her family, were murdered by the vicious goblin, Lydian. As the sole survivor of this raid, Janneke is taken captive and continuously tortured within an inch of her life. Once Lydian had his fill, he passed Janneke off as a cruel joke to work for his nephew, Soren. He, unlike his uncle, is good-natured and treats Janneke with kindness and protects her, and soon the two form a bond and friendship. When the Goblin King's death sparks an ancient hunt for the next king of the Permafrost, Janneke must learn to trust that not all goblins are cruel and that Soren may have the answers to her very being, and that those answers hold the key to saving both the goblin world she now resides in and the human world she was taken from.

I found this story very intriguing. I felt there were bits that were really interesting and I loved the Norse myth references that were littered throughout. I also really enjoyed the banter between Janneke and Seppo, those were probably my favorite parts of the whole story, but I felt there was something missing. I think it was possibly because I felt like Soren as a character was a tad underdeveloped. At the start of the story, Janneke has been in the goblin world for almost a century, so I wish we could've gotten a bit more backstory into Soren's life and time with Janneke during that period, especially to make the relationship aspect more believable.

I would've also loved to delve more into the realm of Permafrost because you can tell just by the little glimpses that there's a wealth of other creatures besides the goblins that inhabit this brutal land, and I think it'd be nice to touch upon them. There were interesting dynamics woven throughout, however, such as the question what exactly makes a monster? As well as the struggle Janneke goes through as she feels herself changing into a goblin, yet desperately tries to cling to her humanity. Despite this being a fast-paced, action-packed fantasy, and having all the makings of a story I would absolutely love, nothing really resonated with me and I felt it was just okay.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Top 5: Halloween Songs

Hello, all and Happy October!

This is my absolute favorite time of the year. I spent my weekend decorating my entire house for Halloween while blasting/having a solo dance party to Halloween music, so I figured why not share the fun? So here are just 5 spooky little jams to get you into the ghostly spirit.

1. Werewolves of London- Warren Zevon: This song is constantly stuck in my head this time of year, it's just so dang catchy. This is also the song my neighbor saw me dancin' my brains out through our open front window. I have no regrets.

2. Monster Mash- Bobby Pickett: My parents used to own a bar when I was little, and my brother and I used to karaoke this song there all. the. time. Didn't even matter if it wasn't Halloween time, we would just grab the mic and go to town. I'm sure all the patrons really loved us.

3. Dead Man's Party- Oingo Boingo: I worked at Party City for almost 6 years while I was in school, and this was always played at least 10 times a day during October, and I loved it. Just try not to shimmy when this comes on.

4. Nightmare on My Street- Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff: I've always said that if I could be any horror movie character I'd probably be Freddy Krueger cause I may be a nightmare, but I keep it sassy. This song is so fun which is just what Halloween should be.

5. Thriller- Michael Jackson: C'mon, like I could really make a Top 5 and leave this one off. This is the OG Halloween song; everyone loves it, everyone knows at least one part of the iconic dance. It's just all around great. And who can forget the great Vincent Price's monologue as he evilly laughs, "For no mere mortal can resist, the evil of the thriller!"So good.

What're some of your favorites? Lemme know!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Funko Haul

Hello, all!

I have so many Funko Pops that my shelves are overflowing, and I know I should really slow it down a notch or else I'll be buried in them, but where's the fun it that? Here are a bunch that I've recently picked up to help me along in securing my own spot on Hoarders.

Mortal Kombat is one of my favorite video games and Kitana is my go to fighter, so this was a no brainer. I've never seen these action figure Funkos before, but I kinda like them!

How cool is this Nearly Headless Nick Pop? I know they also made a Moaning Myrtle one but I haven't been able to track that one down yet. Now whenever I look at my shelf, I can't help but go "Neeearly headless? How can you be neeearly headless?" in my best Hermione impression.

Keeping with the Harry Potter theme, I picked up these two from Funko's new 5 Star line. I think I may like these more than the Pops. Don't get me wrong, I love the Pops, but I actually really like the style of these ones. I love how they're more proportional and come with little accessories. I definitely foresee me going into a spiral and buying all of these now as well.

My Sailor Moon collection probably makes up about 70% of all my collectibles, so what's one more? This was a 2017 Convention exclusive of Sailor V and I just love it with her glasses and everything.

How could I say no to the ghost with the most?! I also recently heard that Funko might be bringing out a Lydia Deetz Pop where she's in her red wedding dress, and I need it to be mine, like right now.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

OwlCrate September Review

Hello, all!

So the theme this month was Masters of Disguise and let's just get right to it!

Ooh, I've become such a sucker for a bath product, and this exclusive bath soak by Leeloo Soaps is no exception. I'm also really interested in the foaming aspect of it, I've never had a foaming bath soak before, but I'm guessing it's just like a bubble bath? Either way, I'm here for it.

I don't know about you, but when I think of "Masters of disguise" I think spies, and then I go to poison lipstick kisses, and I'm diggin' that OwlCrate was on the same wavelength and added this apple mint lip balm by GeekFireLabs. I'm a little unsure about the scent, to be honest. I think if it was just one or the other I would like it better, but the mix sort of reminds me of children's medicine.

Next up, we have this art print designed by Kirsty Carter inspired by Lila Bard from the Shades of Magic series. Just throwin' this out there-- I haven't read this series, but recently I've been hearing about it non-stop, so I think it's something I'll have to pick up.

A series that I have read and loved is Six of Crows, so I was really excited to receive these fingerless gloves with the crow insignia which were a Team OwlCrate exclusive. My hands are always freezing, especially once the weather turns, but I hate wearing gloves, so this may be just the thing I needed. Also, the quality of them is really nice, which is another plus.

I've saved the best item for last-- a Harry Potter mug! And not just any HP mug, but a Prisoner of Azkaban themed HP mug! POA is my favorite Harry Potter book, so anytime I get something from that book is great, but this is just too good. The artwork is so detailed (each of the Marauders are spread throughout the scene), and everything from the Knight bus to the Dementors is just amazing. I have one other mug that was also designed by Cara Kozik and her work is always so great.

The book for this month is Mirage by Somaiya Daud. This story follows a girl named Amani who is kidnapped from her village and taken captive in the royal palace. While there, she discovers that she bears a striking resemblance to the much revered (and hated) Princess Marem. Amani is then forced to impersonate the princess during public appearances, constantly fearing for her life. One wrong move could cost her everything.