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.