October & November Wrap Up

Ah yes, as is becoming the norm, I’ve been awfully slow at getting up these posts, so I thought I would just go ahead and combine them.

I was busy through most of October with my Doctor Strange cosplay, which you can see in the Memorable Moments category, and November I was busy preparing for the end of my first semester of College, getting ready for an Ice Show, and working at my job.

Book Haul

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Books Read

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Comics

One of the biggest reasons I’ve not been doing as much reading as usual, is because I’ve been too busy reading comics, which is both good and bad. Good because I love comics, bad because I also love books. But comics – at least the digital ones I get on my phone – are much easier to read between classes, or while standing in line at the cafeteria.

Youtube

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been super busy recently and haven’t had time to film and stuff, but if you’d like to see my unboxing of my Marvel Collector Corps: Doctor Strange Box feel free to click the link and bounce over to my channel!

Memorable Moments

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(Almost) Ten Books I’ve Added To My TBR Lately

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held by Broke and Bookish
NaBloPoMo 2016 #8

This is according to my TBR shelf on my Goodreads, which you can view here!


As Old as Time by Liz Braswell 

Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father’s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle’s mother returns–a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.

But Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind–images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making.

I’ve read one of the other books in this series, Once Upon a Dream (read my review) and I really enjoyed it, so I hope this book is just as good.

Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl

BLACK WIDOW: RED VENGEANCE is the action-packed sequel to the instant New York Times best-seller, BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED, penned by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. This time, Stohl takes readers inside the minds of Marvel’s most cunning and dangerous spies-Black Widow and Red Widow-delving deeper into their powers and will reveal more than ever before about the infamous assassin and her fledgling hero-in-training. 

I really loved book one (read my review) and although I preordered this ages ago, I still haven’t found the time to read it.

Everland by Wendy Spinale 

The only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Marauders—the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.

Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook? 

I really love anything set around Peter Pan, and this is one of the strangest retellings I’ve ever heard of, so I really want to get my hands on it!

Rogue Touch by Christine Woodward

Twenty-year-old Anna Marie was just fired for the third time–this time from a bakery. Why can’t she hold a job? Well, for starters, she dresses . . . differently. She looks like a Goth girl to the extreme, her shock of white hair contrasting with her head-to-toe black garb, her face the only skin she chooses to reveal. But Anna Marie doesn’t have a choice. Her skin, her touch, is a deadly weapon that must be concealed. She accidentally put her first boyfriend, Cody, in a coma when they kissed. Horrified, she ran away to Jackson, Mississippi, where she’s been living alone in a cramped apartment and scraping by on food stamps.

Then she meets otherworldly James and everything changes. He’s just like her–completely alone and also on the run. To elude James’s mysterious and dangerous family, the pair takes to the highway. As they cross the country, their simmering attraction intensifies and they both open up about their secretive pasts. James reveals that his true name is Touch and he christens Anna Marie Rogue. But with danger at their heels, they know they can’t run forever. Rogue must decide if she’ll unleash her devastating powers once again, which she swore never to do, in order to save the only person who seems truly to understand and accept her.

This is one of the chapter books published by Marvel Prose, and since I still vastly prefer books to comics – sorry hardcore fans! – I’m really excited to try anything that lets me get a little into the universe without needing comics to do it. Its also about Rogue, who is one of those characters it seems everyone but me likes, so maybe this will change my mind.

The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta 

Saying there are two sides to Jennifer Walters’s personality is an understatement. When she hasn’t morphed into a 650-pound, crime-fighting, hard-partying superhero, she’s a single lawyer trying to get her act together. Hilarious and action-packed, The She-Hulk Diaries tells her story, as she juggles her intense legal career by day with battling villains and saving the world by night. Maybe bad guys will stop trying to destroy the planet so she can have a real social life and even meet a guy who isn’t trying to take over the universe.

Yet another book by Marvel Prose, this one about the She-Hulk, which is a character I know absolutely nothing about.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner.As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love? 

I won this in a give away on tumblr. I got to pick any thing I wanted that was under $20, so I picked this and Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George.

Venturess (Mechanica #2) by Betsy Cornwell

Young inventor Nicolette Lampton is living her own fairy tale happy ending. She’s free of her horrible step-family, running a successful business, and is uninterested in marrying the handsome prince, Fin. Instead, she, Fin, and their friend Caro venture to the lush land of Faerie, where they seek to put an end to the bloody war their kingdom is waging. Mechanical armies and dark magic await them as they uncover devastating secrets about the past and fight for a real, lasting happily-ever-after for two troubled countries—and for themselves.

Smart and unconventional, this novel will appeal to readers of romance and adventure alike.

I loved book one of this series (read my review) so much, so I knew I had to get my hands on book two. Unfortunately, its not expected to be released until next August, so I have quite the wait ahead of me.

Books I Picked Up on A Whim

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May 17: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

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Black Widow: Forever Red

Black Widow: Forever Red (Black Widow, #1)Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Marvel Press
Series: Black Widow, Marvel Prose
Genre: Sci-fi, YA
Purchase: Book Depository

This review contains no spoilers.

One of my friends  was really, really unhappy that I bought this, apparently he’s heard nothing but bad things about this. However, two of my other friends were ecstatic and begged me to lend it to them as soon as I finished.

I’ll start by addressing the thing that my friend (the one that didn’t want me to read it) was so disgusted by: insta-love. Yes there’s a love story, and maybe you could qualify it as ‘insta-love’ but, at the same time, there’s mind control and weird stuff like that going on. Like how there’s technically incest in the Silmarillion, but there’s magic, amnesia, and a dragon involved. Unlike in the Silmarillion it was a rather sweet love story and I kind of ship it.

The style of the book is pretty unique. The chapters are interspersed with excerpts of Natasha being interviewed by SHIELD, which can help keep the story going and sometimes clear up stuff that wasn’t explained in the book (because its not always her POV, this is our best look into why she did some of what she did). Of course, because its her, she doesn’t always tell all, which is what makes her POV so much fun.

There are a lot of laughs and jokes, in classic Marvel fashion. Even when it seems like the world is about to end someone (usually Tony or Natasha) has something funny to say.

There’s a bit of sci-fi mumbo-jumbo, but nothing that I wasn’t able to figure out. It’s all explained when it needs to be (and some of it doesn’t need explaining, because it’s Tony Stark and you’re not supposed to get it).

Characters

Black Widow: Of course it has to involve Black Widow, she’s the titular character. She showed up at the very beginning, then was absent for a while, then she came back about a quarter of the way through and was there to stay. Because this deals a lot with her history – including explaining the Red Room where she was trained – there’s a lot of interesting looks into who she is and why she is how she is. Fair warning: you’ll cry.

Iron Man: Tony was in it for a while, and he was amazing while he was there. Pure Tony Stark, you’ll love his scenes.

Ava: Other than Black Widow, she is about the main character. She was once held captive by and experimented on by the same man who made Black Widow what she is.

Alex: A poor, random teen that gets drug into the insanity of SHIELD. He also happens to be a major fan of the Avengers, making me think of Po in Kung Fu Panda and how obsessed he was with the Furious Five.

Red Widow: You read that right. This book introduces a new superhero who has also has just been debuted in the comics, who is known as The Red Widow. I won’t tell you any more about her for fear of spoiling the series. I really love her, and I hope you do too.

The Avengers: The rest of the Avengers are referenced pretty often, and are the brunt of a few jokes, but not much other than that.

Reading Progress & Updates

  • 04/16
    • marked as: currently-reading
    • page 95 23.0%
      • Where is Black Widow? I wanted a book about Black Widow, not two random teens having dreams about each other. Okay, they’re not that random, but still!!!
    • page 96 23.0%
      • I take the time to complain about Black Widow not being there and she shows up on the next page of course. Fate.
    • page 102 25.0%
      • Natasha you totally deserved that 100%. You go Ava.
    • page 103 25.0%
      • Anyone know why Natasha’s file says “see Steve Rodgers and James Barnes” when her birthday is mentioned? Is this a reference to Age of Ultron or Winter Soldier, because I still haven’t seen those.
      • Since I made that comment I have seen both of those movies and I still don’t get it.
    • page 105 26.0%
      • Sometimes I forget how much I love Natasha’s sense of humor. Then she calls someone a ‘junior Avenger puppy’
    • page 115 28.0%
      • “How many guns can one person keep in their pants?”
      • If your name is Natasha Romanov: a lot.
    • page 134 33.0%
      • So in-universe she gets invited to movie premieres, Valentino sends her clothes, she’s the top of Time’s 100 Women Who Rule (and thinks there should be more than 100) and goes bowling at the White House and Marvel still won’t given her a movie in our universe? Ugh.
  • 04/18
    • page 170 42.0%
      • “Star Quantum Detangler…. Stark Quantum Hypnotic Rectangular… Stark Quantum Hypnotic Regulator…. Stark Quantum Rapid Eye Movement Stimulator….. Stark Quantum Ultrasound Scanner.. Basically, if Tony could put the words ‘Stark’ or ‘Quantum’ in front of it, he was game.”
      • I feel like this quote really sums up the insane genius that is Tony Stark.
  • 04/21
    • page 206 51.0%
      • THEY JUST PICK-POCKETED TONY STARK!!!
  • 04/28
    • page 223 55.0%
      • According to Pepper, Tony is still a teenager.
      • I think Pepper is right.
    • marked as: read

Overall

I’d recommend this to any Marvel fan, be they a fan of the comics or the movies. I feel like it’s geared for comic fans and follows some of that lore (the author herself says so in her notes at the back of the book), however there was nothing that I, as someone who has never read the comics, didn’t understand. This book is a whirl-wind of emotions, both good and bad, and there are times you’ll go from laughing to crying in a matter of seconds.

If you’re going to read the book, you have to read the author’s notes, they’re actually really funny. This is, in case you don’t know, by Margaret Stohl, the author of the very popular Beautiful Creatures series. I loved her writing style so much I’ve placed that on hold at the library.

April 2016 Wrap Up

This is my wrap up for April 2016, including my book haul, books I’ve read, reviews I’ve posted, and my May TBR. It’s a bit of a long post, but I’d love for you to check it out and then let me know if you’ve read any of these books and – if you posted one – link me to your hauls and wrap-ups!

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