Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman


Goodreads Description:
Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again. 

I liked it well enough,  but it wasnt a classic for me.
The book was fun, telling you all you have to know about the most basic of Norse mythology tales in a fun and witty way. He tells different tales and all of them wildly entertaining but it all could be because Norse mythology hasnt been my favorite of mythologies, which would explain why I didn't become instantly hooked with this one. It was such an anticipated read for so many people and Gaiman is considered a genius, but for me, I have yet to find a book of his that I become completely enamored by.

Recommend it?
Yes, it is entertaining and funny.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review: Under the Dome- Stephen King


Goodreads Description:
On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away.
Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens -- town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing -- even murder -- to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.
I've wanted to see the TV show in the past, despite the not so fantastic reviews, particularly about the ending, but I have held off on that, wanting to read the book first, and now I have.... I dont know what exactly I was expecting, I NEVER know what to expect out of these books but I do know I was excited, I wanted drama and terrified people but I feel like I was let down by the book. Sure there were some gruesome and fucked up shit going down by some shitty people, and I guess I shouldve been happy with what happened, considering they had somewhat realistic reactions. But somehow it just wasnt enough, I ended up with a lot of questions after reading the book and feel like if the book had been longer, yeah I know, I cant believe I said that, considering the length of this monster, or had this book been split into 2 or 3 shorter versions, it wouldve felt a little better. But sadly, it is what is it. I enjoyed it well enough but wish there had been more or it had had a little but more drama from the people inside the dome. 
Recommend it?
yeah. honestly, its still a fascinating book.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review: The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore


Goodreads Description:

A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.
Examines the life of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston and his polyamorous relationship with wife Elizabeth Holloway and mistress Olive Byrne, both of whom inspired and influenced the comic book character's creation and development.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved this book!
It was so much fun and so incredibly fascinating just how Wonder Woman began, what inspired it, her ups and downs, and how she changed to fit society.
The book went by so fast for me, maybe cuz I kept picturing Gal after every Wonder Woman mention... which is the whole book.
The world is just a better place if you picture Gal.
I also loved to hear all the different things Diana has gone through throughout history and the personal life of William, Elizabeth and Olive, it was unheard of at the time, and not so known today even. 

Hearing all the struggles of the creator of Wonder Woman and pretty much everything surrounding it makes me respect the whole comic book world so much more. I honestly had such an urge to go out and buy a pack of comic books but they aren't cheap and im not rich xD But I do look forward to actually start collecting some comic though, they are art in the pages and outside of the pages.

Recommend it
If you like Wonder Woman, I really do recommend you check out her background.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Vale @ SDCC: I saw the Justice League

So the formatting was being a little bitch so its all out of place but below you will find the video that I took and the video that was on the Justice League Instagram page about how many people where there at that time


Hiya Ben


I gotta recreate that hat but omg guys. literally RIGHT THERE

Here I was still on the side and counldn't take pictures well yet but hey look! I actually caught Ray!

The second floor, they were there at first when I was there yet but Gal posted a video from there and all that Jazz

Here its all confusing but I kept getting closer and closer and I was like okay, this is it, my year is made.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon


Goodreads Description:

On the evening of May 3rd, 1937, ninety-seven people board the Hindenburg for its final, doomed flight to Lakehurst, New Jersey. Among them are a frightened stewardess who is not what she seems; the steadfast navigator determined to win her heart; a naive cabin boy eager to earn a permanent spot on the world’s largest airship; an impetuous journalist who has been blacklisted in her native Germany; and an enigmatic American businessman with a score to settle. Over the course of three hazy, champagne-soaked days their lies, fears, agendas, and hopes for the future are revealed.

Flight of Dreams is a fiercely intimate portrait of the real people on board the last flight of the Hindenburg. Behind them is the gathering storm in Europe and before them is looming disaster. But for the moment they float over the Atlantic, unaware of the inexorable, tragic fate that awaits them.

Brilliantly exploring one of the most enduring mysteries of the twentieth century, Flight of Dreams is that rare novel with spellbinding plotting that keeps you guessing till the last page and breathtaking emotional intensity that stays with you long after.

To be completly honest, I feel like there isnt much that I can say about this book but I will try my best to punch out a review.
The book felt incredibly slow for me, which personally I find it weird because it seems like a well researched book and its clearly well thought out but it just wasnt doing it for me. We get to see different perspectives and the characters have life of their own but it could just be that maybe we got details that to be honest, couldve been replaced with something maybe a bit more thrilling.
I feel like to be honest, if the book was adapted into a small fictional docu-series, it would actually be something I would binge watch on netflix. But as reading material. It didnt do it for me. 

Recommend it?
mmmm to be honest, for most of you, no, but if you are a history nut, then yes, this is a 100 recommend.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Vale at SDCC: My San Diego Comic Con Haul

So this was my first year ever at comic con and I focused pretty hard on books! Now, I went Friday-Sunday and I had to work 2 of those days so I missed a great deal of things, that and I was exhausted so I would just not care.

Here are all my samplers, so many freaking samplers! I was very excited for some of these and can't wait to get to them.

ARCS! Yay for arcs! Arcs are always exciting, and as I mentioned in my video, I am very excited for some of these.

Dollar Comics! I love it! To be honest nowhere else have I seen comics for a dollar so I will probably only buy them at comic con.

Some bags, on the right, its the bag you get at comic con naturally and the Lost Boy one was being given away. Bags are essential at SDCC! I also had the chance to get a DC Icons shirt and was given a Vikings shirt when I got to work the both, it was super freaking cool and then of course, my 2 new funkos.

So this is a single poster that is signed on both sides by the authors, signed stuff is always so freaking cool.

Finished copies where being given out and it was so cool because 3 of these, I wont say which, I have attempted to read before, didn't love them but wanted to give them another chance and lo and behold! THEY WERE BEING HANDED OUT! It was fate.

Lord of Shadows poster! I had one in my hand when I was handed another one, who am I to complain. I plan on given it away so yay for extras.

random swag, buttons postcards. 

last 3 comics that I bought for a dollar.

The Renegades poster is such a high quality, im so surprised.

Okay so for We Have no idea, have you ever seen such an amazing personalization? He did this for everyone, he was incredibly kind and i'm so glad I got a chance to meet him!

Danika Stone was incredible, she was the first author that I get to meet in person that I loved and Im so glad that she was my first because it left such a positive experience in my head, im always so nervous when it comes to meeting people, specially people im a fan of but I feel like meeting her really pulled me out of my shell. 

It deserves its own picture, im so proud of it.

Lastly, more arcs!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas


Goodreads Description:
'On what slender threads do life and fortune hang'

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of Château d'If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas' epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialised in the 1840s.

I can't believe I finished this!
One comment that probably isnt worth anything but holy shit this guy was fucking RICH! Like filthy rich! If he would be rich in todays terms, just imagine!
I started this book not knowing much about what type of language I would find, but excited for the story. It was surprisingly an easy read! At first, the book starts a bit slowly, not much is going on that kept me interested but I was determined to pull through it! And through it I did, it started to pick up for me to the point that I simply wasnt putting it down and I was staying up until midnight.. Except that last day, that one I fell asleep with the book in my face, 3 hours later.... Yeah, that was awkward.
I just LOVE the way Dantes took his time, and had patience to slowly destroy those that did him dirty, SLOWLY from the INSIDE!
Even then though, while Dantes might find something resembling peace, I dont think he ever is as happy as we was with Mercedes before the 3 stooges put him in jail and thats just sad. 
I loved this tale, it had everything that it needed to have, it was satisfying in a way that I was hopeing for but was still surprised by.
I am so glad this book came into my life.

Recommend it?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review: It by Stephen King


Goodreads Description:
“A landmark in American literature” (Chicago Sun-Times)—Stephen King’s #1 national bestseller about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers…an evil without a name: It.

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

Readers of Stephen King know that Derry, Maine, is a place with a deep, dark hold on the author. It reappears in many of his books, including Bag of BonesHearts in Atlantis, and 11/22/63. But it all starts with It.

“Stephen King’s most mature work” (St. Petersburg Times), “It will overwhelm you… to be read in a well-lit room only” (Los Angeles Times).

This book is GRAPHIC! It is my best friends favorite book and I felt semi forced to read it after that fact and because of the movie coming out and I was simply left cringing at some scenes. Its just like HOW just HOW does he come up with half of the book or so many books at all! Its crazy. It also took some BALLS to really write some of the stuff going on in the books and I feel like that makes a huge part of its thriller portion.
BECAUSE of those cringing scenes, I also feel like the movie wont be done justice and hey, no one wants to see that anyways, but the movie is bound to be a lot freakier anyways because with just the clown description, it isnt 100% doing it for some people, even if they hate clowns like me. But then we see Skarsgaard in his clown make up and its like... Im not going to sleep in the next 100 years! 
I felt like the book had some slow scenes but then I picture them out of the book and its like no, it really takes away from it, Im glad they are in there. Like when its described when the kids are playing and making up games. Another thing that bothered me was the whole going back and forth in time, it kinda made it confusing for me and at the same time its like.. You know they are going to make it, I kinda wish the book was simply split in 2 and not mashed together. But then again, im not a legendary best selling author. So what do I know.

Recommend it?
Trigger warnings aside, yes.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings


Goodreads Description:

There is darkness sweeping across the stars. 

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Maurader, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector. 

When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal. 

Meanwhile, on the far side of the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The final pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two. 

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles towards the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only thing certain is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted. 

From internet sensation Sasha Alsberg and author Lindsay Cummings comes a new serialized space opera, full of action, fantastical intrigue, and steamy star-crossed romance. ​ 

For fans of popular sci-fi books and fantasy books for teens such as Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Wool by Hugh Howey, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

Its not often that I don't finish a book but I had to for this one. Its a work in progress and thats why I went with 2 stars instead of 1. I think that if they changed a thing or 2 it could be a bit more original. There are things that could be easily likable but the way its written/done it was just like so many things already done before.
I dont think that I have even reviewed a DNF book but because this one is getting released as a full book and is getting edits done, I have some hope for this book series.

Recommend it?
mmmmm... Maybe wait for the finished book. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza


Goodreads Description:

When Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company, is photographed in the front row of a fashion show eating a bruffin--the delicious lovechild of a brioche and a muffin--her best friend and business partner, Beau, gives her an ultimatum: Lose thirty pounds or lose your job. Sure, Janey has gained some weight since her divorce, and no, her beautifully cut trousers don't fit like they used to, so Janey throws herself headlong into the world of the fitness revolution, signing up for a shockingly expensive workout pass, baring it all for Free the Nipple yoga, sweating through boot camp classes run by Sri Lankan militants and spinning to the screams of a Lycra-clad instructor with rage issues. At a juice shop she meets Jacob, a cute young guy who takes her dumpster-diving outside Whole Foods on their first date. At a shaman's tea ceremony she meets Hugh, a silver fox who holds her hand through an ayahuasca hallucination And at a secret exercise studio Janey meets Sara Strong, the wildly popular workout guru whose special dance routine has starlets and wealthy women flocking to her for results that seem too good to be true. As Janey eschews delicious carbs, pays thousands of dollars to charlatans, and is harassed by her very own fitness bracelet, she can't help but wonder: Did she really need to lose weight in the first place? 

A hilarious send-up of the health and wellness industry, Fitness Junkie is a glorious romp through the absurd landscape of our weight-obsessed culture.

I really found myself enjoying this book from the first set of pages and also found myself disliking Beau.
Like he was the typical douch that let any sort of recognition get to his head and forget how he got there. The people that were there for him. Janey more than anyone. From Janey we see just how superficial society has gotten but also that hey, not everyone is bad, sure they want to fit in with the latest trends but for some, their heart is in the right place. As well as, hey, its okay to be happy just were you are at and to enjoy yourself once in a while. 
Now the weird personally thing was that I found myself wanting to eat the junkiest of junk while reading this and even as I write the review I am eating a muffin. Not a bruffin, but a dark double chocolate muffin xD I guess its because I kept reading about workouts and its like.. This counts as a work out right? I can treat myself now!

So you could say that im glad that I am done with the book.
I loved it, to be honest, its the perfect summer read.

Recommend it?
Yup I do!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review: Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch


Goodreads Description:
The tour-de-force, hair-raising new novel from Herman Koch, New York Times bestselling author of The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool

Once a celebrated writer, M's greatest success came with a suspense novel based on a real-life disappearance. The book was called The Reckoning, and it told the story of Jan Landzaat, a history teacher who went missing one winter after his brief affair with Laura, his stunning pupil. Jan was last seen at the holiday cottage where Laura was staying with her new boyfriend. Upon publication, M.'s novel was a bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough.

That was years ago, and now M.'s career is almost over as he fades increasingly into obscurity. But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbor who keeps a close eye on him. Why? 

From various perspectives, Herman Koch tells the dark tale of a writer in decline, a teenage couple in love, a missing teacher, and a single book that entwines all of their fates. Thanks to The Reckoning, supposedly a work of fiction, everyone seems to be linked forever, until something unexpected spins the "story" off its rails. 

With racing tension, sardonic wit, and a world-renowned sharp eye for human failings, Herman Koch once again spares nothing and no one in his gripping new novel, a barbed tour de force suspending readers in the mysterious literary gray space between fact and fiction, promising to keep them awake at night, and justly paranoid in the merciless morning.

This book builds on the suspense from the very first set of pages.
It also starts to build on the plot in a way that for me, started to get a bit hard to keep up with what was going on.
Another thing that irked me was that sure, the suspense was building and I was like holy shit imma burst out of my seems but then it kinda start just bobbing along in a flatline until the end again and it irked me because I was like what if this is one of those stories that have a strong beginning and then suck!
Mean, I know.
But it DOES pick up as the climax reaches but even then, its not as entertaining as the beginning portion of the book. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


Goodreads Description:
Henrietta Lacks, as HeLa, is known to present-day scientists for her cells from cervical cancer. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells were taken without her knowledge and still live decades after her death. Cells descended from her may weigh more than 50M metric tons. 

HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks was buried in an unmarked grave.

The journey starts in the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s, her small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia — wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo. Today are stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells, East Baltimore children and grandchildren live in obscurity, see no profits, and feel violated. The dark history of experimentation on African Americans helped lead to the birth of bioethics, and legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

Jesus this was such a wonderful book! There are a few set of books that I can consider worth it and this is one of them for sure. It was so interesting, informative and just something that deserves to be shared not just for information but for the recognition that the family of Henrietta and Henrietta herself deserve, particularly after how they were played. What are the chances in life that something like this is discovered, the effect that someone, that their insides, can have on the future! Not just a single person, a single family, but generations to come! How sad and weirdly ironic that she herself held what scientist needed to have been able to help save her.
This book covers a wide set of topics, ethics, science, racism, legality, technicalities and well... lots of ism and ities. 

Recommend it?
Freaking yes, this should be assigned reading. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review: All the missing girls by Megan Miranda


Goodreads Description:
Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.

This was such a good book, I can't believe I did not read it sooner. It took me a while to understand how the book was being doing, from later dates until the date of the disappearance, and I sure as heck wasn't expecting a bunch of the things that were happening. It's sad for me but so great at the same time. It made for an exciting book. This is a book I will shove in everyone's face and tell them to read it about 50 times. 
I love the way that Miranda developed her characters, it was just so good!
I cant, I sound like a broken record with this book I know. The book isn't lying when its somewhat compared to The Girl on the Train, its that addicting... Unless you didn't like that book, then you probably would like it either. The book itself reveals why the story is done in reverse but like the girl on the train you have your suspicions as to what happened to the missing girls, but you are never truly right and in the end, the most unexpected person did it. 

Recommend it?
Freaking yes, it has been a few days since I finished the book and as you can probably tell, I am still not able to put coherent thoughts together.