Wednesday, April 1, 2020

O.W.Ls Readathon TBR

Hello, all!

I've always heard about the O.W.Ls Readathon around Booktube, and this year I'm finally participating! This readathon was created by G at Book Roast, and it surrounds one of the exams in Harry Potter. Basically, G has created an entire booklet full of careers in the wizarding world, and you choose whichever job you want, and then you have a certain amount of books to read to fulfill the requirements for said job.

Aside from the packet of careers, G also created a letter from Professor McGonagall as well as a letter listing all the prompts. For my first time joining in on the readathon, I chose Journalist/Writer. I thought since I actually went to college for journalism, this would be a fun way to start off. For this career, I have to read three books, so I figured I'd break down the prompts as well as my TBR for the month.

1. History of Magic: Witch Hunts- Book featuring witches/wizards

 For this prompt I'm going to read Witch Hat Atelier, Vol 4. This is such a fun manga following a young girl as she apprentices to become a witch. I also tend to read mangas in one sitting which I think work well for readathons.

2. Muggle Studies: Book from a perspective of a muggle (contemporary)

For this one I'll be reading Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams. I really enjoyed The Bromance Book Club, so I've been really looking forward to the second in that series.

3. Defense Against the Dark Arts: Grindylows: Book set at the sea/coast

For this third prompt, I actually got to choose whatever subject I wanted, and I've been meaning to read All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace, so I figured why not. This is all about a princess of a sea kingdom who has to fight for her right to the throne, and it gives me all Triwizard Tournament vibes, so I think it'll be perfect.

I think this readathon is going to be so fun, and I can't wait to jump right in. The sheer amount of effort and detail that gets put into this is crazy and insanely cool. For more info about it, check out G's video explaining it all and the Magical Readathon website. Let me know if you've ever participated in either the O.W.Ls or the N.E.W.Ts, or if you're interested in participating!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Night of the Dragon Blog Tour

Hello, all!

I've been a huge fan of Julie Kagawa's Shadow of the Fox series since it first came out, so I'm incredibly excited to be a part of the blog tour for the final installment, Night of the Dragon. You can find my reviews for the other two books here and here. Big thank you to Inkyard Press for having me!

Pub Date: 3-31-20
YA - Fantasy

**Potential spoilers ahead**

Yumeko, a Kitsune shapeshifter, has given up the final piece of the sacred Scroll of a Thousand Prayers in order to save her friends from a terrible death at the hands of Genno, the Master of Demons. Now, Yumeko and her ragtag band of companions must journey to the Moon Islands in a desperate attempt to stop Genno from calling forth the Great Kami Dragon, and making a wish that will plunge the entire empire into chaos and destruction.

With so many obstacles standing in their way, one of the biggest hurdles the group must face comes from within. Kage Tatsumi was once the deadliest assassin in the Shadow Clan, now he's forced to share his body with a dangerous demon named Hakaimono. For the most part, Tatsumi has a grip on the demon inside, but there are moments when Hakaimono's blood rage is too much. The pair agree to work together, but they soon find out their combined power and skills may not be enough to help Yumeko overcome what's ahead. Especially when the group discover there's been a shadowy figure following their every move, and he has his own plans in store.

This was an action packed rollercoaster right from the jump. There wasn't any slow building, you were thrust right into the fray, and I loved it. I've always said this series plays out like an anime, and this was no exception. The character development and growth of Yumeko and Tatsumi was wonderful, and watching their relationship blossom was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. As I said, the action in this story was full throttle. Every time you turned the page, there was some evil to vanquish or some new obstacle the group needed to face. Whatever Kagawa threw out, Yumeko and gang met it with humor and heart. I sort of figured out the little twists before they happened, so that was the only reason why this wasn't a full 5 star read for me, but either way I enjoyed every minute and thought this was such a solid end to the series.

Rating: 4.5/5

Friday, March 27, 2020

5 Fandom Friday- Most Beloved Disney Sidekicks

Hello, all!

This week's 5FF is dedicated to all the sidekicks out there. The ones who provide comedic relief, advice, or just a shoulder to lean on. There's so many great choices to pick from, so here are just a few of mine.

1. Timon and Pumbaa: How can you have a list like this and not include these two? Not only are they hilarious, but they gave the world the great mantra: Hakuna Matata.

2. Genie: Robin Williams had some amazing parts throughout his career, but I've always thought Genie was one of his best. Aladdin was already a great movie, but he just brought it to a whole other level.

3. Olaf: I have to admit, I'm not a huge Frozen fan. I just never really got the hype, but I did think that Olaf was the funniest part of the entire thing.

4. Mushu: Eddie Murphy as a sassy dragon? Yes, please.

5. Sebastian: I love how most sidekicks are really fun and upbeat, but Sebastian was always sort of annoyed. But he did give us the complete bangers "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl", which automatically put him on my list.

Let me know some of your picks!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

OwlCrate March Review

Hello, all!

This months theme was "Music of the Night", and although it wasn't my favorite box, there were some cool things. Let's get into it.

First up was this mint chocolate chip lip scrub by Fairytale Bath Company inspired by Twilight. I'm not a huge fan of the scent, but I've always wanted to try a lip scrub since I get really chapped lips.

I love when we get candles! This Wintersong inspired one was created by Flick the Wick and I'm obsessed. I've gotten a few candles by them in the past, and they're always so great. This smells a lot of peach, which I love, so I can't wait to light this up.

Just like candles, I'm a sucker for a pair of socks! These were an OwlCrate exclusive to celebrate their 5-year anniversary, and just like every other pair of socks they've sent, the quality is so nice and cozy.

Then we had these book plates by @Veresknatasia_art. The design is very Harry Potter-esque, which I love. I'm not sure if I'll actually use them though, since I kind of don't like the idea of defacing my books, but they're pretty cool.

This wooden art print was a new item they included. It was inspired by the Monsters of Verity series and designed by Emilee Rudd. I didn't actually like that series, but I think the print is nice.

We had this wireless speaker which was another OwlCrate exclusive. These are always convenient to have around, so I'm sure I'll get use out of it.

The last item was this The Phantom of the Opera art print by Anne Lambelet.  I've never seen this musical, and I also don't really have any desire to, but the artwork of the print itself is really nice.

The book this month was The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu. Everyone knows Mozart, but not many know there was another. Nannerl Mozart is a brilliant musician in her own right, and she has only ever had one wish: to be remembered forever. Despite her talents, she knows her music will never be taken seriously especially since women composing music is forbidden in 18th century Europe. She may play music until she's reached marriageable age, but then she must give it up. With every year that passes, Nannerl's hope of playing music forever diminishes as the talent and word surrounding her brother, Wolfgang, grows. As his talents start to eclipse her own, a stranger approaches Nannerl with an interesting offer-- he can make all her wildest dreams come true but it may cost her everything.

I'm a big fan of historical fiction, especially if it's centered around someone who actually existed, so I'm interested to see how this plays out. Lemme know what you all thought of this box!

Friday, March 20, 2020

5 Fandom Friday- What I’ve been loving on Disney+

Hello, all!

The main reason I got Disney+ was all the amazing Star Wars and Marvel shows that'll be streaming, but once I got it and saw all the shows from my childhood I forgot, I was completely hooked. Here are just a few that I've been binging.

1. The Mandalorian: Not gonna lie, this was why I ended up caving and buying a subscription to Disney+. I absolutely loved this show, and obviously I would die for Baby Yoda (I know, I know he's not Yoda, he's The Child), and I can't wait to see what happens next season.

2. So Weird: You all know I've always been into the spookier things in life, and this show was The X-Files for kids. I used to think Fi had it all: she got to tour the country with her rockstar mom all the while investigating paranormal activity ranging from alien encounters to banshees. What a life!

3. X-Men: Animated Series: This is one of my favorite cartoons. I remember watching it every weekend when I was young, and I still love it just as much. I still can't get over Rogue's ridiculously over the top Southern accent though, but the theme intro alone makes up for it.

4. Recess: This was my jam when I was in middle school. It used to play in the mornings as well and I'd watch it then have to power walk to school so I wouldn't be late, but it was worth it.

5. Lizzie McGuire: Find me a young girl in the early 2000s who didn't love this show. I always wished I had a little cartoon version of myself to speak whatever was on my mind. I'm so bummed that the reboot of this doesn't seem to be happening because adult Lizzie would've been everything.

Lemme know what you've been watching!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Honey-Don't List Review

Hello, all!

Last year I became absolutely obsessed with Christina Lauren books. When I saw that their latest, The Honey-Don't List, was available on Netgalley I jumped on it. Big thank you to them for the copy!

Pub Date: 3-24-20
Adult - Contemporary
Carey Douglas has spent the last ten years of her life working behind the scenes for America's favorite home renovating couple, Melissa and Rusty Tripp. In that time, Carey has gone from a 16 year old country girl working the register at their first store, to secretly helping them build their design empire. Now, as the Tripp's are about to embark on a book tour and launch a new TV series, Carey is facing her most challenging job yet: making sure no one figures out that these design darlings can't stand each other.

James McCann has been knocked down a few pegs on the employment totem pole. He went from working an engineering job to running errands as Rusty Tripp's assistant. So, after he and Carey find his boss in a very compromising position with someone who's not his wife, the last thing he wants to do is be forced into going along on a book tour to make sure things go smoothly. With the pair having their own reasons why they have to stick this job out, Carey and James vow to keep their bosses' secrets to themselves. But they soon realize that instead of trying to fix what's already broken, they could try building something new together.

As much as it pains me to say it, out of all the Christina Lauren books I've read, this was my least favorite. There wasn't anything necessarily wrong with it, it just lacked that signature magic the duo usually have. The story itself was alright, the relationship between Carey and James was fine but wasn't really anything to write home about. Honestly, it took me almost half the book to even really get into it. Despite not falling for this one as much as I have their others, I'd still recommend if you're a fan.

Rating: 3.5/5

Thursday, March 12, 2020

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) Review

Hello, all!

I'm a huge Sarah J. Maas fan. Her A Court of Thorns and Roses series is one of my favorites, and I think she's one of the best writers when it comes to Fae-centered fantasy. When I was strolling through BookCon last year and saw a massive banner for her newest adult series, Crescent City, I was counting down the days until I could get my hands on the first book, House of Earth and Blood. I'm so happy to report it didn't disappoint at all.

Pub Date: 3-3-20
New Adult - Fantasy
Bryce Quinlan, half-human half-Fae, once had it all: the perfect party life, the perfect circle of friends, but that all came crumbling down one night when a demon slaughtered all she held dear leaving Bryce broken and alone. When the accused was thrown in jail, Bryce thought her nightmare was over, but when murders start again in Lunathion in the same fashion as her friends, Bryce finds herself right in the middle of the investigation. And she'll do whatever it takes to avenge her friends.

Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is known for being a ruthless killer. Umbra Mortis, the Shadow of Death as he's know, was once a general in a coup to overthrown the Archangels, but now he's enslaved to them. Used as a weapon against their enemies, whoever Hunt is pointed at, he must take down, no questions asked. With a dangerous unknown demon running around the city, Hunt is given an irresistible deal: help Bryce find and defeat the murderer and his freedom could be within his reach. But as the pair dives deeper into the underbelly of the city, they discover an even greater darker conspiracy. One that could mean the end of all they know and everyone they love.

Holy. Cow. This book killed me in the best way. Everything about this story was brilliant. The world building was stunning, it really felt like Crescent City was a real place. The characters were so intriguing and interesting. Bryce had so many facets to her, some flawed but others endearing. Hunt was a brutal killer, yet vulnerable. The murder mystery was captivating and left me on the edge of my seat. There were twists that I never expected that literally left my jaw on the floor. Aside from Bryce and Hunt, this story is filled to the brim with fascinating characters, one of my favorites being the fire sprite, Lehabah. There was a moment towards the end with her that choked me up, and I'm notoriously unemotional when it comes to books. Love, friendship and loyalty is really at the core of this story and what ties it all together, and it was beautiful to read. I cannot wait to see what else Maas has in store with this one.

Rating: 5/5