Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind Review

Hello, all!

The one superpower that I always wished I could have was telekinesis. I think it would be so cool to be able to move objects with my mind. The fact that it would also help me get things off high shelves because I am very small is just an added bonus. This is why I jumped at the chance to read The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind by Jackson Ford, so big thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the copy!

Pub Date: 6-18-19 by
Fiction - Sci-Fi - Mystery
This story follows Teagan Frost, a young woman with telekinesis who scrapes by in life working jobs for the government that no ordinary human can manage. She pretty much has no choice in the matter because it's either do some break-ins for the higher ups or rot in a laboratory, and as much as Teagan may not love her job, it sure beats being experimented on.

Things were going pretty smoothly for Teagan, that is until a body turns up at the site of her team's last break-in killed in a way that could've only been done by someone with her powers. Now, Teagan has less than 24 hours to not only clear her name, but save the lives of her teammates as well. Teagan has gone her whole life thinking she was the only one of her kind, and now she must hunt down this stranger before her whole city goes up in flames.

I had really high hopes for this book, and while I did like it, I just felt it lacked something. Right from the get go it was jam packed with tons of action and the adrenaline only kept building the entire time. All the bits of Teagan using her powers were really cool, and they're very clear about how it's not magic but science that gave her her abilities which is a break from the typical superpower trope. I think my main issue was the dialogue. Most of the interactions between the group, for me, felt a bit forced. All of these characters come from tough backgrounds, and I almost felt the dialogue tried a little too hard to have that come across. Despite that, there were still enjoyable parts, but I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series if there is one.

Rating: 3/5

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Mini Thoughts

Hello, all!

Big thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for these copies!

Pub Date: 6-25-19
Adult - Fiction
The Great Unexpected- Dan Mooney: Joel lives in a nursing home and wants to kill himself. Literally. After years of being told what to eat, where to go, when to sleep, and when to take his medication, Joel has decided he's going to take his own life. His plans get thrown for a loop when his new roommate, Frank, moves in. The two couldn't be more different: Joel is a cranky grump, and Frank is an over the top retired soap opera star. As the unlikely duo grow closer, Frank promises to help Joel find the perfect way to end his life, but along the way, the two end up discovering there may be more yet to life. I felt the premise of this book was interesting, and thought I'd be in for a bit of a tug on the old heartstrings, but I just didn't get into this. There were some touching moments, but even more that rubbed me a little wrong. Overall, I didn't feel connected to any of the characters, and just felt a bit bored throughout.

Rating: 2/5

Pub Date: 6-13-19
Young Adult - Fantasy
Darkwood- Gabby Hutchinson Crouch: Magic is forbidden in the land of Myrsina, along with other abominations such as girls doing math and science. This doesn't bode well for Gretel Mudd, who isn't technically a witch, but does do a lot of math. When her inventions catch the attention of the sinister Huntsmen who want to try her for witchcraft, she has no choice but to flee her town into the Darkwood, the terrifying forest where all sorts of evil and beasties live. While fleeing for her life, she crosses path with a rag tag group of witches: Buttercup, who can't help but turn the things she touches into pastries; Jack Trott, who can make plants grow with a lift of his hand; The White Knight and her band of Dwarves, and a talking spider named Trevor. Gretel comes to learn these aren't the scary villains she's been taught to fear her whole life, and they all have a common enemy: the Huntsmen. The merry band of outcasts join together in order to not only save Gretel's village from the Head Huntsmen's wrath, but also to show people that the Darkwood isn't as terrifying as it seems. I knew I was going to like this based off the synopsis, but I wasn't expecting just how much. It's a smart, funny, witty take on the fairy tale trope, and was so entertaining. It gave me such Monty Python vibes with the humor and banter which hooked me right from the start. I really loved the characters, especially Trevor, their interaction as a group was a major highlight for me. It's a quick read, and a really solid start to this series, and I can't wait to see what's next.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

BookCon 2019

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So for the past 2 years, it's become a little tradition of mine and my mom's to go to BookCon. It's something I look forward to every year, but I have to admit, this year was a little underwhelming. There didn't seem to be as many vendors or even that much variety this year. I saw a few booths that were even shut down which surprised me.

I also felt some of the organization this year, especially in respect to the author signings, were incredibly poorly laid out. Last year, they had all the author signings in their own space, while this year it was at the back of the show floor, so all the lines were meshing into the vendor booths. I had a signing at 11am that didn't even start until 11:30 because they were still setting up. So it just seemed everything was a little bit of a mess this year.

Aside from that, I did still enjoy myself this. I got pretty much everything I set out for: I met Frank Miller (one of my favorite comic book artists) and Thomas Wheeler; got a chapter sampler for the last book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series; listened to a panel with Leigh Bardugo; and met Sarah Dessen. Even though this year didn't blow me away like all the others, I'm still excited to attend next year.

Here are some pictures!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

LitJoy Crate May Review

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Let's jump right into this months "Darkness Calls" box.

First up was something I've never received in a box before: pot holders. I love the Hades/Greek mythology theme, since I'm a huge fan of that, and I can definitely get use out of these so it's a win-win.

Next up were these Harry Potter inspired magnets. I'm really surprised by how nice the quality is of these, they even have a bit of heft to them. You can never have too many magnets, so I put these right on my fridge.

You know how I mentioned I don't usually love the pillow covers in these boxes? This is one of them. I do like its inspiration, The Cruel Prince, but this isn't something I see myself using anytime soon.

The last item in the box was this Night Court stationery set. I'm a big fan of stationery, so I was excited about this. It almost looks like a ticket rather than a post card, but I really do like the design on these.

The book this month was Nocturna by Maya Motayne. Fin is a faceshifter who gets caught by a powerful mob boss who forces her to use her talent to steal a legendary treasure from the Castallan castle or be stripped of her magic forever. After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfie is now first in line to inherit the Castallan throne. Feeling like he will never live up to his brother's legacy, Alfie will do anything to bring his brother back, including dabbling in forbidden dark magic. When Fin and Alfie's fates collide, they accidentally unleash a terrible ancient power, and must work together to contain it before it devours the world.

I haven't heard much about this story, but I'm definitely interested to see how it plays out. Also, the cover is gorgeous. Lemme know what you thought of this months box!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Darkness on the Edge of Town Review

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I'm a huge Stranger Things fan, so I was really excited when I heard that they were going to start bringing out novels to expand the universe. Luckily, I received a copy of the newest addition, Darkness on the Edge of Town by Adam Christopher via Netgalley, so thank you to them!

Pub Date: 5-28-19
Young Adult - Fiction - Sci-Fi
It's Christmas 1984 in Hawkins, and all Chief Jim Hopper wants to do is have an easy quiet holiday with his new adopted daughter, Eleven, but she has other plans. After unearthing a box marked "New York" from the basement, Eleven starts asking questions about Hopper's past. Why did he leave Hawkins? And why has he never mentioned New York before? Hopper would rather face off against the Demogorgon again than open up about his past, but Eleven won't budge. Thus begins his tale of being a NYPD homicide detective in the summer of 1977.

After returning home from two tours in Vietnam, Jim Hopper is looking to start over with his wife and young daughter. He takes a job as a detective in New York, so the family packs up and leaves Indiana in hopes of starting fresh in the Big Apple. Soon, Hopper and his feisty partner Delgado are assigned a series of unsolved brutal killings that seem almost ritualistic. Their investigations are halted once a group of shadowy federal agents swoop in and seize all their files. Hopper, not one to let anyone take away his things, decides to take matters into his own hands by going undercover into one of New York's most dangerous gangs. Just as he seems to be closing in on the truth, a blackout hits and Hopper and the boroughs are plunged into a darkness the likes of which have never been seen before.

Jim Hopper is one of my favorite characters on Stranger Things, so I was immediately drawn to this story. Anything about his background and life before he became the grizzly grump we all know and love is right up my alley. It was so interesting reading about his life outside of Hawkins, and I would love it if the show touched upon it as well. What I loved most though were the little snippets in between the story of Hopper and Eleven. I absolutely love these two together. Their dynamic works so well, and you can really feel the fatherly love Hopper has for her. This was such a fast paced, action packed glimpse into Hopper's backstory and a must read for any fan of the show.

Rating: 4/5

Thursday, May 23, 2019

OwlCrate May Review

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This months theme was Epic Adventures. Here we go!

Stardust is my favorite Neil Gaiman book, so this glass water bottle inspired by it was probably my favorite thing in the box. This was designed by KDP Letters and I love it. It's a really nice size, and not too bulky so it won't take up much room in my bag which is always a plus.

How adorable is this Howl's Moving Castle sticker by Naomi Lord? I really love the style of this, it's so cute. I've become way more obsessed with stickers lately, so I'll definitely be checking out this artist to see what else they've got.

I recently came back from a trip where I had to use my passport, and how I wish this had come sooner so I could've used it! This fun passport holder was designed by KitCronk Studio and it's based on The Hobbit.

Can we take a moment to appreciate how pretty this sleep mask by Bookworm Boutique is? You all know how I feel about the ACOTAR series, so this is great. I've tried sleep masks before and I didn't fully love them, but the quality of this feels so soft, so maybe I'll give them another go.

The last item was a pillowcase inspired by A Darker Shade of Magic designed by Stella Bookish Art. I'll admit, I don't usually love the pillowcases they send, but this design isn't too bad. I love the nautical pirate theme, and the quote/font is nice.

The book this month is We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal. Zafira is the Hunter, she disguises herself as a man and goes into the cursed forest of Arz in order to provide for her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, quick to assassinate any fool who would defy his father, the ruthless King. Both have to hide their true selves: if Zafira is outed as a girl, all her achievements will mean nothing; if Nasir shows his true compassion, his father will punish him in the most brutal way. Both are reluctant legends in their land. When the two are sent on missions that will cause their paths to cross, they stumble upon an ancient evil that poses a giant threat that neither the two could ever imagine.

The pin this month was also designed by IceyDesigns, who I've followed on Etsy for a while now, so I'm excited to add this one to my collection. Lemme know what you guys thought of this months box!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Beetlejuice Review

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Beetlejuice has always been one of my favorite movies, so when it was announced that there was going to be a Broadway adaptation, I knew I needed to see it. I finally saw it over the weekend, and despite it being way different than its original source material, I really enjoyed it.

Basically, the show keeps some of the core details from the movie, but completely shakes up others. For example, rather than dying in a car accident, Barbara and Adam die from falling through the floor in their home. Delia isn't yet married to Charles Deetz, she's only a "life coach" for his weirdly obsessed with death daughter, Lydia. Also, Beetlejuice serves as the show's narrator so he's in the mix right from the get go.

Even though there were a lot of changes from screen to stage, the core of the story was still there. Beetlejuice is still a "bio-exorcist" trying to get the Deetz's out of the Maitland's house using his grossly wacky ways. Barbara and Adam are still two adorable nerds. Lydia is still an emo Hot Topic goth who's strange and unusual. There's even a huge sandworm that pops up throughout.

The musical numbers were funny (there's still the classic "Day-O" scene) and Beetlejuice was the raunchy ghost with the most we all know and love. The scenery kept the Tim Burton aesthetic that made the original film so loveably weird, and the score really paid tribute to the Danny Elfman classic.

Despite the few liberties the play took, I enjoyed it and I thought it was funny. The actor who played Beetlejuice was hilarious not only with his delivery, but even in his movements. He almost reminded me of Joey Fatone mixed with Fat Mike from NOFX. The young actress who played Lydia was ridiculously talented, and the two together really made the show shine.

If you're a fan of the movie, this is a show worth checking out. You can find all the info here.