I’m back!

Hey, guys. I know I’ve been gone for a super long time. So, I’ll try to get you up to speed as best as I can.

Well, the initial reason for my absence was that back in the late summer of last year, a large flood came to my area of residence. We were without Internet for a month or so and my in law’s house is going through a remodeling stage. At the time, I also had an overabundance of freelance work to do. Needless to say, vlogging and blogging was put on the back burner.  My Youtube channel hasn’t been updated in forever either. I WILL get on that one day.

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But here’s the better news. We have gotten our own place! That’s right! Me, hubby, and his brother have moved into a house. It’s a rental, but you know, baby steps. We had the Internet put in last week. So, I’ll probably be around a lot more.

That is pretty much the short version of what has been happening. I’ve also made a decision. I will finally buckle down and try a hand at writing a novel. Won’t give out too many details about that at the moment. But I will tell you that it is in its infant stages. As in, I am writing character details and such things in my journal. I figured that would be a good place to start.

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Well, I guess that’s it for now. I look forward to talking to you guys again.

Oh wait! I got a new puppy!

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Her name is Myrtle.

 

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Book Review: The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor

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What can I possibly say to do justice to these stories and the Great Flannery O’Connor? I first discovered her work on a fateful trip to my local library in a volume of miscellaneous short stories. Just one semester later, I was assigned another one of her short stories in my undergrad English class and they kept on coming, especially since I reside in Louisiana.

On a surprise trip from my fiance to the book store to cure a stroke of depression, I picked up O’Connor’s complete works. I describe her stories as “coming home and definitely good for what ails you.” Even if you are not very religious or Southern, everyone can take something away from Ms. O’Connor’s well crafted tales.

I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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VIDEO COMING SOON! VIEW THE VIDEO TO SEE HOW MANY STARS I GAVE IT.

I was tempted to read this book because my favorite booktuber, abookutopia, really enjoyed it. At first, I found the book ran a little slow and I wasn’t too sure about it. But, I’m really glad I stuck it out to the end. First of all, before I really started to enjoy the book, I couldn’t help but praise it because the writing style is absolutely breathtaking! The author’s prose is like watching a waterfall.

I loved Shazi’s character as well. She is a very believable, strong female heroine because she has FLAWS. She is very stubborn and you will get annoyed with her sometimes. I love her love story with Khalid as well, at first I wasn’t too sure about him and I was more on Tarque’s side, but by the end I preferred Khalid. I’m guilty when I say that my favorite YA troupe is the love triangle. If there has to be a troupe in a book, I would pick the love triangle. But this one is actually interesting to watch.

Book Review: How I Created My Perfect Prom Date

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Wow…

I had been looking forward to reading this novel ever since I first saw the movie Drive Me Crazy. And…what a let down. I would have given it 1 star, but I gave it two. Just because, for the most part, it had the ability to keep me entertained. But I can see why they changed the movie so much.

First of all, I read the Kindle version and it was loaded with errors! Another thing that bummed me out was that I think the book was updated for contemporary audiences. The book mentions iPhones and Halo, but the movie came out in 1999. I’m sad I didn’t get to read the original version.

A lot of the characters come off as much more of a jerk than in the movie. Except for Alicia and Nicole, in fact Alicia is a lot tamer in the novel. Still don’t like her though. Brad and Chase come off as much bigger jerks, and I don’t like it. Dulcie is a WAY different character.

All in all, in the book vs. movie debate. See the movie, skip this book.

I gave this novel 2/5 stars on Goodreads.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trilogy Book Review: Book One

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My cousin gave me the whole set of this Buffy trilogy for Christmas. I just hope the other two prove to be better than the first. I was originally set to give this book 2/5 stars, but the last story of the three is what earned the book its extra star.

The way this trilogy is set up is that each book has different stories written by different authors. The three stories are Coyote Moon, Night of the Living Rerun, and Portal Through Time.

Coyote Moon: This story is okay, not great, but not horrible. Coyote Moon is about a carnival that comes to Sunnydale, but the carnival is just a disguise for some were coyotes to resurrect their evil leader. It’s a pretty silly premise, which reminded me of a lot of the sillier episodes of the show.

Night of the Living Rerun: This was the worst of the bunch. The plot line that tries to tie Buffy and the gang to the time of the Salem Witch trials is extremely confusing and ultimately boring. However, I will give it a point for having a heart warming ending.

Portal Through Time: Thankfully, the longest story is also the best story. Buffy and the gang must time travel through different eras of time to stop other slayers from being murdered by a crew of vampires that are trying to disrupt the Slayer timeline and resurrect the Master. The story makes for some excellent scenes in different time periods and as a bonus, Angel is in this one!

I gave this book 3/5 stars.

A Short Review of Phillipa Rice’s “Soppy: A Love Story”

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I chose to read Soppy close to Valentines to get into the spirit. The comic is brief, so I will be brief with my review. Soppy is a comic and was written and illustrated by Philippa Rice. Soppy is basically a series of short moments that her and her partner share together. The artwork is adorable, the red and black coloring looks great, and the scenes were very heart-warming and funny. My only complaint is that I wished Rice would have made a linear story out of it.

I gave this comic 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

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The Cupid Book-Lovers Tag

 

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Earlier today I received an email about the “Cupid’s Book-Lover” tag that is going around here on WordPress. I thought it would be fun to do, especially since lately all I’ve been posting on here is book reviews and videos. That’s not all that I intended this blog to be and I’m sorry about that. I will admit that I’ve been having a lot going on in my life as of late and it is looking like that might continue for a while.

However, I think I should take some of this chaos and use it to find new topics to bring to my lovely readers and video viewers. Until then, here is the tag.

Copy and Paste the following in your blog to participate in this tag.

The Rules:
1. Tag the creator (AbbieLu @ Cafe Book Bean)
2. Have fun answering the questions.
3. Tag 5-10 people to join in the fun.
4. Thank & link those who tag you.
5. Don’t worry about the rules!
You don’t need to be tagged to participate.

Love is in the air!

1) Favorite Love-Story book?: The Romantics by Pankaj Mishra It is not a happy love story but it is beautifully bittersweet and realistic.
2) Share your best Valentines day memory?: This is not with my current partner. But one my exes showed up on Valentines Day in a suit and tie and made my grandmother and I dinner complete with wine.
3) Favorite fictional hero/heroine? Fictional Hero: Hmmm….this is a hard one. One must really draw upon their own definition of hero. I’ll have to give this more of a think. As for heroine I’d say Kaye from Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tales series.
4) What story has the best most memorable romantic moment; kiss, proposal, etc.?: I have never forgotten Kaye and Roiben’s kiss from Holly Black’s Tithe.
5) What is your all time favorite Romantic movie?: Before Sunset [It’s the second in a trilogy starring my favorite actor Ethan Hawke. It is a masterpiece.]
6) You can go anywhere for a romantic getaway (fiction or non-fiction,) where do you go?: London
7) Who do you want to be your valentine?: I have a valentine. My fiance.
8) Chocolate or flowers?: Chocolate
9) Novels: Romance or Adventure?: Both
10) What fictional villain, do you secretly love?: Humbert Humbert from Lolita. When Jeremy Irons took on this role I fell in love and I am aware this may cause some controversy.

Let the Tagging begin: Anyone who wants to do this, feel free!

Book Review: Monster In His Eyes by J.M. Darhower

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I’m back from another hiatus! For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been in unbearable pain. It got so bad that my fiance had to rush me to the hospital. But I’m all better now and back with another written review before I post the video review up. I will have the videos for this and the previous read Girls’ Guide to Fishing and Hunting up sometime this week. Until then, enjoy this review.

The protagonist is stupid. But don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book. 18 year old Klarissa Reed is free from her overprotective mother’s paranoia when she embarks on her first year of college. One night Klarissa decides to go out partying with her dorm mate, Melody, and her life is changed forever when she meets Ignazio Vitale.

“Naz” is a lot older than young Klarissa, in his late thirties, but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing her and courting her. If you want to call it courting. He wines her and dines her with expensive food and clothes, and occasional rough sex with choking. You know, the normal stuff.

I know I should dislike this book because it has many troupes that I dislike. To start, I mentioned that Klarissa is stupid. She gets involved with a man she hardly knows and doesn’t take off when she finds out he hangs with criminals. I would have flown the coop! She also needs very little prompting falling for him, so this book is guilty of insta-love! I also usually tend to dislike books with a lot of sex scenes because plot usually takes a backseat to said sex.

But in this book, the plot is strong! This plot really kept me at the edge of my wheelchair and I kept wanting to know what was going to happen. So, I guess I can forgive the insta-love and numerous sex scenes, because the plot twist at the end of this book really threw me for a loop! I will be reading the second one soon and the third one comes out this month! I’ve already pre-ordered it.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.