December Wrap Up

December was a pretty fun month for me, and not just because it was the last month of 2016 (which needed to be over long before it was).

Books Read

Unfortunately I didn’t get around to finishing any books because of how busy I was – finals, skating, job, etc – so both of these books are just books that I was currently reading during December.

  • Catalyst, A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno
  • Winterspell by Claire Legend

Book Haul

  • Ahsoka by EK Johnston
  • Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
  • The Heir by Kiera Cass
  • Conversion by Katherine Howe
  • A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls
  • Catalyst, A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (Illustrations by Jim Kay)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (Illustrations by Jim Kay)
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Novelization) by Alexander Freed
  • Libyrinth by Pearl North
  • The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason
  • Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Memorable Moments

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Books at the Her Universe Fashion Show

This year at Comic Con was the third annual Hot Topic and Her Universe fashion show. Now, I’m a huge fan of her Universe and Ashley Eckstein (who I know as the voice of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars) so of course I was excited to see what all happened at the show. Needless to say A LOT OF GEEKERY. I wasn’t able to go, but I did vote on their website (its open until August 11th) and I wanted to cover the ones based on books. There are a lot more, of course, but the book ones were the best ones.


  • All photos belong to HER UNIVERSE and HOT TOPIC
    • Except the featured Image which belongs to TEEN VOGUE
  • All costumes, patterns, etc are property of their creators
  • All opinions stated are purely my own and are not meant to offend anyone



Designer: Jesse

Fandom: The NeverEnding Story – Falkor

My Thoughts: I’ve not seen The NeverEnding Story in years (and I’ve never read it, sorry) but even I immediately knew what I was looking at (after debating if it might be a Pokemon). So it scores well in my opinion for that. Its also well constructed and very professional looking.


Hannibal’s Design

Designer: Sarah Hambly

Fandom: Red Dragon/Silence of the Lambs –Hannibal Lecter

My Thoughts: This dress kind of terrifies me, but in that good, Hannibal kind of way. It pays homage to the character without being overly obvious.


The Dragon Beyond the Wall

Designer: Grace DuVal

Fandom: Game of Thrones – Jon Snow & Daenerys Targaryen

My Thoughts: I don’t know what this has to do with Dany – other than people apparently ship them despite that thing that came out at the end of the last season – and personally I think its a great representation of Jon without adding in Dany.

Notes: It makes much more sense now that I’ve seen this video, which shows that the dress turns into Dany.


A Promised New Life

Designer: Alexandra “Rei Star” Ray

Fandom: Howl’s Moving Castle – Howl

My Thoughts: I’ve read most of the book – I can’t remember why I stopped, but I do intend to finish it one day – and I think this is a perfect representation. Its also just a beautiful dress that you can admire without knowing the background.


I Solemnly Swear I’m Up to No Good

2016 Audience Winner

Designer: Camille Falciola

Fandom: Harry Potter – Marauder’s Map

My Thoughts: Its based on the Marauder’s Map, which, while pretty cool, is something we’ve all seen done over and over and over. Someone clearly put a lot of time into it, I’m just not sure it was the most creative one there.

Notes: This video shows that the dress actually transformed – the map showing up as the model walked – and that makes it much cooler.


Expecto Patronum

Designer: Erica Williams

Fandom: Harry Potter – Patronus 

My Thoughts: Its a very pretty dress, but to me it looks more like the Ghost of Ravenclaw tower than it does a Patronus. It also looks more like a regular prom dress than a cosplay, but I have to admit, it IS beautiful.


Newt’s Menagerie

Designer: Harmony Leiker

Fandom: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them – Dragons

My Thoughts: I don’t know what this has to do with Dragons, its pretty, but not that dragon-y. I think the front panel might have a dragon on it, but then again, I’m not too sure.


The Always Dress

Designer: Selina Zawacki “SZMOON”

Fandom: Harry Potter – Patronus

My Thoughts: Severus Snape is overrated – and not a good person (just a stalker) – and the doe on this dress barely shows in this photo (its in the beading on the dress). Its nice, but eh. (The girl who designed it has purple hair though, so thats nice).

damngoodshindigdotcom who was there said that the dress was actually electrically engineered so that it lit up as the model walked the runway.


The Story that Lived

Designer: Tanya Apuya

Fandom: Harry Potter – Book

My Thoughts: THIS WAS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE! It certainly got my vote, and I think you can love it no matter what fandom you like (because it doesn’t have to be a Harry Potter book!).

damngoodshindigdotcom who modeled the dress was kind enough to provide me a link to a few more photos!


Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston

It has just been announced that E.K. Johnston, the author of the bestselling A Thousand Nights, will be writing a book about one of the more popular Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels characters. Personally, Ahsoka is one of my favorite Star Wars characters ever. This news is so new that they’ve not even put it on goodreads or released a cover yet, but we do know that its coming October 11, 2016.

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