Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas at the Castle by Melissa McClone


Title: Christmas at the Castle (Ever After)
Author: Melissa McClone
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group
Genre: Holiday, Romance
Publication: October 18, 2016

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

A royal wedding. A meddlesome mother. An unexpected union.

A European getaway during the Christmas holiday is exactly what veterinarian Katrina “Kat” Parsons needs. She can’t wait to be a bridesmaid in her childhood friend’s royal wedding, but she hopes to steer clear of the bride’s arrogant older brother. 

Crown Prince Guillaume wants his younger sister’s wedding day to be perfect, but he’s suspicious of Kat. He and his mother on are on high alert, afraid Kat is not just there for the wedding, but also to find a prince of her own.

But when Kat’s kindness and generosity prove them wrong, the prince realizes there’s more to her than he ever imagined. Can he trust his heart or will he lose the one woman he can’t live without?


Monday, December 26, 2016

Wucaii by Pembroke Sinclair



Title: Wucaii
Author: Pembroke Sinclair
Genre: Fantasy
Publication: August 12, 2013

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Author's publicist

It has been 500 years since Aelana has been home, and a lot has changed in that time--including her. As a half-dragon, half-human hybrid, she has been traveling the universe destroying worlds. Both anxious and excited to return, she wonders what she will find. Her memories of home are filled with pain and loss, especially for her first and only love. She knows he won't be there, but will his memory? Will her anguish remain? What waits for Aelana on her home world? Find out in this exciting urban fantasy novel by Pembroke Sinclair.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

From Gods by Mary Ting



Title: From Gods (Descendant Prophecies #1)
Author: Mary Ting
Genre: Young Adult, Mythology
Publication: October 2, 2013

My Rating: 3/5

Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? It’s not from Mother Nature. It is most likely from Mason Grand, swoon-worthy demigod, one of Zeus’s descendants.

Skylar Rome is supposed to be having the best summer ever before she heads off to college. Little did she know, her whole life was about to change while visiting her cousin. Nearly drowning at the beach due to unknown forces, one of the Grand brothers she’d just met, Mason, saves her life. Cool, collected, mysterious, and dangerously good-looking, Skylar is drawn to him from the start. Though she knows he is the type of guy good girls stayed away from, it seems he is always saving her life, and the attraction was inevitable.

Upon meeting the brothers, strange things begin to happen. When she accidentally kills one of the brothers, it throws her life into turmoil, as they search to find the answers. Implausibly, she gets caught up in a world of the decedents of ancient gods, all who have super powers. Not only is her discovery difficult to accept, evil beings are after her. Running out of time and running for her life, she must unravel a mystery. What do they want from her? Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will she find the answers, or will she die trying?


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

How The Secret Changed My Life by Rhonda Byrne


Title: How The Secret Changed My Life: Real People. Real Stories.
Author: Rhonda Byrne
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Nonfiction, Spirituality
Publication: October 4, 2016

My Rating: 5/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

An awe-inspiring compilation of the most uplifting and powerful real-life stories from readers of the worldwide bestseller "The Secret". Discover how everyday people completely transformed their lives by applying the teachings of "The Secret".

Since the very first publication of "The Secret "a decade ago, Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling book has brought forth an explosion of real people sharing real stories of how their real lives have miraculously changed for the better. "How The Secret Changed My Life" presents a selection of the most heartwarming and moving stories in one inspirational volume. Each story provides an authentic, real-life illustration of the pathway that leads to success in every area of life: money, health, relationships, love, family, and career. The people in "How The Secret Changed My Life" show time and again that no one is excluded from living the life of their dreams.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bird Magic by Sandra Kyne


Title: Bird Magic: Wisdom of the Ancient Goddess for Pagan and Wiccans
Author: Sandra Kynes
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Genre: Spirituality, Religion
Publication: September 1, 2016

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

A thorough treatment of birds specifically for Pagans, Witches, and other magically-minded folks. Through background information and ritual, you will learn how to incorporate the Bird Goddess's meaning and symbols into your practices to enrich your spiritual path. A number of activities provide you with various ways to connect with birds on a personal level to enhance your everyday life.

You will learn how birds provide a simple yet powerful way to stay connected with the natural world. With an encyclopedic listing of 60 birds, each profile highlights the bird's wisdom and what it has to teach and share. The book provides practical info for identifying birds and where to look for them.

In addition, Bird Magic will help you: Awaken intuition and psychic abilities. Enhance your sabbat and esbat rituals. Understand why the Bird Goddess was the major deity for millennia. Recognize her influence on modern Pagan practice.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Doctor Strange (2016) + Some Big News!


Doctor Stephen Strange is an amazing neurosurgeon who, due to an awful car accident, can't perform surgeries anymore. He is told that there is one way left for him to save his wounded hands, and get back to doing the job he loves so much, but there's more to this healing process than he could've ever thought.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Harley Quinn Vol. 5: The Joker's Last Laugh by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Alex Sinclair


Title: Harley Quinn Vol. 5: The Joker's Last Laugh (Harley Quinn II #5)
Author: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Alex Sinclair
Publisher: DC Entertainment
Genre: Comic, Action
Publication: September 20, 2016

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

MAD LOVE!

Mason Macabre is more than just Harley Quinn s neighbor in her new Coney Island digs he just might be the man of her dreams. But to save his life, she ll have to face the clown of her nightmares!

With Harley and her gang of merry maidens battling to keep innocents out of the crossfire of her enemies latest vendetta, Mason s been whisked away to the one place our hellacious heroine never wanted to set foot in again: Arkham Asylum. Inside its horrific halls, Mason is at the tender mercy of none other than the Joker and Harley and the Clown Prince of Crime have had the mother of all bad break-ups.

Will she and the madman who helped make her what she is kiss and make up long enough for her new beau to escape with his life? Or this time will the joke be on Harley Quinn for good?

It s the reunion you ve been waiting for! Courtesy of acclaimed creative team Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, HARLEY QUINN VOL. 5: THE JOKER S LAST LAUGH proves that when it comes to true love, Harley s not joking around! Collects issues #22-25 of the ongoing series and the special issue HARLEY QUINN: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR."


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne


Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8)
Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, Gemma Rovira Ortega (Translation)
Publisher: Publicaciones y Ediciones Salamandra, S.A.
Genre: Fantasy, Stage Play
Publication: June 31, 2016 (original) / September 2016

My Rating: 5/5

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Apps I've Been Loving #3

Screenshot taken with my phone

Since I moved to another country I was able to get a more decent phone, so, naturally, I had to look for new apps! :)

Sunday, October 9, 2016

A Thousand Salt Kisses by Josie Demuth


Title: A Thousand Salt Kisses (Salt Kisses #1)
Author: Josie Demuth
Publisher: Wise Ink
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication: June 28, 2016

My Rating: 2/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Seventeen-year-old Crystal White is the new girl on Starfish Island. Dragged to the remote community by her environmental activist father, she is eager to find fun that doesn’t involve touching fish guts or listening to local folklore.

During a midnight swim with some new friends, Crystal is pulled out to sea by the waves. Convinced she’s going to drown, Crystal is rescued by Llyr, a handsome stranger. As she searches for him in the following weeks, she finds there may be more truth to the Starfish legends than she thought.

Over a sizzling roller-coaster summer, Llyr introduces Crystal to magic she’d only ever dreamed of. But as Crystal comes to love Starfish Island, it begins to drive her family apart. A nearby power plant is devastating local marine life, and her parents are stuck in the middle. As the magic and mundane parts of Crystal’s life converge, she finds herself risking everything to save Llyr, her family, and herself.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)


Bridget Jones 1 & 2 are two of my favorite movies EVER, I find them incredibly funny and entertaining, so, naturally, I've been really looking forward to the third movie!! Hmm well, no, not exactly. I've been waiting for years for a third movie to be announced, thinking that it might never happen, but OH MY GOD IT HAPPENED AND I'M SO HAPPY. Especially after that third book came out, because... well, have you read what it's about?! No, thank you, Helen Fielding, I'd rather have this movie. Thank you very much.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Shadowhunters - Season 1

If you're familiar with The Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandra Clare, then you might have seen the Shadowhunters TV show, which follows the same story.

I actually started watching this in January when it came out and had to stop it for certain reasons, but I had the chance to finish it just recently and now I'm ready to talk about it! :)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children #1)
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk
Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Fantasy, Adventure
Publication: June 07, 2011

My Rating: 4/5

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Kilala Princess, Vol. 01 by Rika Tanaka, Nao Kodaka


Title: Kilala Princess, Vol. 01 (Kilala Princess #1)
Author: Rika Tanaka, Nao Kodaka
Publisher: Tokyopop
Genre: Manga, Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Publication: December 01, 2006

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Manga publishing pioneer TOKYOPOP is back... this month with the launch of popular, out-of-print Disney shojo series Kilala Princess! Collect all 5 volumes - only 2 were previously released in English.

When Kilala awakens a sleeping prince named Rei, she magically gains the power of the princesses! So when her friend Erica is kidnapped, Kilala decides she and Rei must set off on a quest to rescue her! Filled with the most popular Disney princesses-Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White, Belle-TOKYOPOP's Kilala Princess combines the magic of Disney with the fantasy of shojo manga!


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #7


I am so happy with the books I've gotten recently! I actually have to thank a couple of people because they were kind enough to give me some of these :) Just look at all those beauties!

Stacking the Shelves is a meme made by Team Tynga's Reviews, this is the description:

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page! (http://www.tyngasreviews.com/2012/05/staking-shelves-official-launch.html)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Batgirl, Vol.3: Mindfields by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr


Title: Batgirl, Vol.3: Mindfields
Author: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr
Publisher: DC Entertainment
Genre: Comic, Action
Publication: August 24, 2016

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Batgirl's about to lose the greatest weapon in her arsenal...because her mind is failing her! Are her ragtag group of allies ready to pick up the slack? And while Batgirl is down, it's Black Canary to the rescue to discover the identity of a malevolent mastermind menacing Burnside! Don't miss these stories from BATGIRL #46-52.



Friday, September 2, 2016

A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen


Title: A Duke to Remember (Season for Scandal #2)
Author: Kelly Bowen
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Regency
Publication: July 26, 2016

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Love takes the stage...

Elise DeVries is not what she seems. By night, the actress captivates London theatergoers with her chameleon-like ability to slip inside her characters. By day, she uses her mastery of disguise to work undercover for Chegarre & Associates, an elite agency known for its discreet handling of indelicate scandals. But when Elise is tasked with locating the missing Duke of Ashland, she finds herself center stage in a real-life drama.

Noah Ellery left the glamour of the London aristocracy to pursue a simpler life in the country. He's managed to avoid any complications or entanglements—that is, until he lays eyes on Elise and realizes there's more to this beautiful woman than meets the eye. But when Elise reveals her real identity—and her true feelings for him—the runaway duke must confront the past he left behind . . . to keep the woman he loves forever.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Suicide Squad (2016) + My Harley Quinn drawing


So I finally went to watch Suicide Squad! It felt like I'd been waiting for ages for it to come out, and I'm so happy it's finally here!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

My Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly


Title: My Fair Princess (The Improper Princesses #1)
Author: Vanessa Kelly
Publisher: Kensington Books / Zebra
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Regency
Publication: August 30, 2016

My Rating: 4/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Despite being the illegitimate daughter of a prince, Gillian Dryden is happily ignorant of all social graces. After growing up wild in Italy, Gillian has been ordered home to England to find a suitable husband. And Charles Valentine Penley, the excessively proper, distractingly handsome Duke of Leverton, has agreed to help transform her from a willful tomboy to a blushing debutante.

Powerful and sophisticated, Charles can make or break reputations with a well-placed word. But his new protégée, with her habit of hunting bandits and punching earls, is a walking scandal. The ton is aghast . . . but Charles is thoroughly intrigued. Tasked with taking the hoyden in hand, he longs to take her in his arms instead. Can such an outrageous attraction possibly lead to a fairytale ending?


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My Favorite KPop Bands


KPop is really big these days, and rightly so, if you ask me. I actually started listening to JPop and JRock many years ago, since the Dramas (Asian TV shows) I watched first were Japanese, but then I started to get into CPop and then finally into KPop (it's been a long journey). So I thought I would share my favorite KPop bands with you today! :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd


Title: Dawn at Emberwilde (Treasures of Surrey #2)
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Historical Fiction, Regency
Publication: May 10, 2016

My Rating: 2/5 - DNF (70%)

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Isabel Creston never dared to dream that love could be hers. Now, at the edge of a forest filled with dark secrets, she faces a fateful choice between love and duty.

For as long as she can remember, beautiful and free-spirited Isabel has strained against the rules and rigidity of the Fellsworth School in the rolling English countryside. No longer a student, Isabel set her sights on a steady yet unexciting role as a teacher at the school, a safe yet stifling establishment that would provide her a steady environment to care for her younger sister Lizzie, who was left in her care after her father’s death.

The unexpected arrival of a striking stranger with news of unknown relatives turns Isabel’s small, predictable world upside down, sweeping her and her young charge into a labyrinth of intrigue and hidden motives.

At her new family’s invitation, Isabel and Lizzie relocate to Emberwilde, a sprawling estate adjacent to a vast, mysterious wood rife with mysterious rumors and ominous folklore—along with whispers of something far more sinister. And perhaps even more startling, two handsome men begin pursuing Isabel, forcing her to learn the delicate dance between attraction, the intricate rules of courtship, and the hopes of her heart.

At Emberwilde, Isabel will discover that the key to unlocking the mystery of her past may also open the door to her future and security. But first she must find it—in the depths of Emberwilde Forest.



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Alice in Wonderland: Special Collector's Manga by Jun Abe


Title: Alice in Wonderland: Special Collector's Manga
Author: Jun Abe
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
Genre: Manga, Fantasy
Publication: May 25, 2016

My Rating: 4/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Manga publishing pioneer TOKYOPOP is back bringing readers Disney Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, a retelling of the film in manga style, as buzz builds for the Alice Through the Looking Glass May film release. Hardcover collectible with exclusive bonus features and illustrations from renowned artist Jun Abe! Alice Kingsleigh was a young girl when she visited the magical world of Underland for the first time. Now a teenager, she spots a white rabbit at a garden party and tumbles down a hole after him where she is reunited with her old friends. Alice soon learns it is her destiny to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Royal Enchantment by Lia Davis


Title: Royal Enchantment (Skeleton Key)
Author: Lia Davis
Publisher: Barclay Publicity / After Glows
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publication: June 15, 2016

My Rating: 2/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Skeleton Key Book Series
One Skeleton Key. Endless Adventures.

Ava Green has made a name for herself in the real estate world by reconditioning old, historical homes with her partner and friend Jeff. But her newest project, a three-story Victorian in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, promises to be her biggest moneymaker yet. And one she’s undertaking on her own. During her first walk-through of the house, however, she discovers a locked door, and a skeleton key that seems to appear out of nowhere. Unlocking the door, she is transported to a mystical world of fae and mythickal creatures and meets the King of the Morna. The sovereign of the Dark Elves.

King Finn Sylcan has searched for the one who can bring the magick back to his world, Edra, for eons. An old prophecy told of a female of both Dark and Light elven descent, a hybrid both Calim and Morna. It is said she is the only one who can repair the damage the war between the Dark and Light kingdoms caused. But after searching for so long, Finn never dreamed that she’d just show up outside his palace walls. Or that she’d be his mate.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Apps I've Been Loving #2

Screenshot taken with my phone

Not long ago I made a post about apps I'd been enjoying, so I thought it was time I shared my new favorites! :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fairy Tale, Retelling
Published: February 5, 2013

My Rating: 4/5

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Doodletopia: Manga: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Cute Manga Characters and More by Christopher Hart


Title: Doodletopia: Manga: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Cute Manga Characters and More (Includes Bonus Manga Crafts and Cut-Outs)
Author: Christopher Hart
Publisher: Ten Speed Press / Watson-Guptill
Genre: Manga, Drawing
Publication: June 21, 2016

My Rating: 4/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

An interactive doodle book from the best-selling art instruction author and cartoon master that pairs illustrating insights with drawing, designing, coloring, and crafting activities for aspiring manga artists.

For years, Christopher Hart has given readers the tools and techniques needed to learn how to draw and cartoon. With the Doodletopia series, Hart offers his readers a chance to practice and perfect their artistic skills. Filled with page after page of chibi, kawaii, and shoujo characters, Doodletopia: Manga provides aspiring manga artists with activities to stimulate their creativity. After covering the basics of rendering cute manga characters, Hart sets readers loose to interact with the book's many exercises and challenges, including sections where readers can draw a companion for an already drawn character, create their own emojis, and complete their own scenes. Readers can design manga bookmarks, stationery, and even get started developing their own manga graphic novels. Pairing the informative content for which Hart is beloved with myriad opportunities for creative expression, Doodletopia: Manga offers aspiring artists the next level of interactive art instruction.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Harley Quinn Vol. 4: A Call to Arms by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, John Timms, Alex Sinclair


Title: Harley Quinn Vol. 4: A Call to Arms (Harley Quinn II #4)
Author: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, John Timms, Alex Sinclair
Publisher: DC Entertainment
Genre: Comic, Action
Publication: June 28, 2016

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys are hitting the road! As if Hollywood wasn't weird enough already, now Harley's made her way to Tinseltown and she's about to have the most destructive fifteen minutes of fame ever. Will the industry survive Harley's Hollywood hijix, or will the City of Angels fall from grace? And will Coney Island be able to contain Harley's newfound celebrity status?

From the best-selling creative team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Connor (STARFIRE) comes HARLEY QUINN VOL. 4!

Collects HARLEY QUINN #19-26 and HARLEY QUINN ROAD TRIP SPECIAL #1.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

E3 2016 Games I'm Excited About + I'm Moving!


Every year, I'm looking forward to know what's going to be revealed at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). Sadly, I can't really get all excited because, since I live in Venezuela, I can't afford to buy the new consoles and games, so all those cool new things are out of my reach. But no more...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart


Title: Is It Just Me?
Author: Miranda Hart
Publisher: Hodder
Genre: Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir
Publication: October 1, 2012

My Rating: 3/5

Well hello to you dear browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence?

Does everybody struggle with the hazards that accompany, say, sitting elegantly on a bar stool; using chopsticks; pretending to understand the bank crisis; pedicures - surely it's plain wrong for a stranger to fondle your feet? Or is it just me?

I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you too dear reader) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

Because frankly where is the manual? The much needed manual to life. Well, fret not, for this is my attempt at one and let's call it, because it's fun, a Miran-ual. I thank you.


Friday, June 17, 2016

The Crown by Kiera Cass


Title: The Crown (The Selection #5)
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Published: May 2016

My Rating: 2/5

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Ultimate Truth, Knowledge & Wisdom by Sanjay Goel


Title: The Ultimate Truth, Knowledge & Wisdom
Author: Sanjay Goel
Publisher: Notion Press
Genre: Spirituality, Philosophy, Psychology
Publication: December 17, 2015

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

What is the purpose of life? Do worldly success, material comforts, health and wealth ensure happiness and peace? What are good and bad Karmas? What causes all that happens to us in this life... our karma or fate? Is there a state called death? Is there rebirth after death? Is everything preordained, or are we responsible for our doings? How can we achieve ultimate peace and bliss? These are some of the questions that we keep asking ourselves all the time... Drawing from the wisdom of ancient Vedic philosophy and personal experience, the answers to these and many more such oft repeated questions are touched upon, going on to cover the gist of the Vedantas and the supremacy of Karma Yoga, interspersed with practical tips for modern day life, such as the qualities of a good leader, who is an ideal Guru, the effects of philosophy on health, benefits of meditation, etc...


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Portrait of Passion by Lynne Barron


Title: Portrait of Passion (Idyllwild #1)
Author: Lynne Barron
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Publication: August 30, 2013

My Rating: 4/5

Source: Author's publicist

What’s a gentleman to do when a mysterious lady with a secret past and a reputation frayed around the edges suddenly appears in London in pursuit of his naive young cousin, setting the gossips’ tongues wagging, stirring his family into pandemonium, and driving him mad with her irreverent ways? If the gentleman in question is Simon Carlisle, Viscount Easton, the answer is quite simple. Seduce the beguiling lady. But Miss Beatrice Morgan isn’t your average tarnished lady. She’s lived a slapdash life wandering the globe like a gypsy, painting fantastical portraits of duchesses and landscapes featuring a crumbling old fountain, all the while harboring a secret desire to return to the only home she’s ever known. Will Beatrice sacrifice her honor, her virtue, her very heart to reclaim Idyllwild?


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)


I was SO excited to go see this movie, I'm a huuuge fan of Alice in Wonderland, and I loved the first movie from 2010, so there was no way I was not looking forward to this!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Court of the Dead: The Chronicle of the Underworld by Tom Gilliland, Landry Q. Walker, Corinna Sara Bechko, Sideshow Collectibles


Title: Court of the Dead: The Chronicle of the Underworld
Author: Tom Gilliland, Landry Q. Walker, Corinna Sara Bechko, Sideshow Collectibles
Publisher: Insight Editions
Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror
Publication: May 17, 2016

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

In the sprawling citadels of the Underworld, deep within the vast libraries of Voxxingard, a curator sits. Staring at an empty tome, he ponders the puzzle that has been laid out before him by his Master, the shepherd of souls known as Death — a question deceptive in its simplicity, “What is the purpose of the realm of the dead?”

To answer this, the curator must write a journal chronicling the rise of the Underworld and the history of the never-ending war of Heaven and Hell. From the lowest scavenger of corpses to the highest chancellor, all those within the Underworld must be questioned and examined. For what is the purpose of the land of the Dead? Is it a haven for the refugee spirits of the mortal world? A sinister part of the celestial war machine that threatens to consume reality itself? Or does it instead serve to bring true balance to the long abandoned promises of Heaven and Hell? Accompany Death’s curator on his strange journey as he unravels the most terrible and wonderful secrets found within the Court of the Dead.



Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan


Title: The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister #1)
Author: Courtney Milan
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Victorian
Publication: March 15, 2016

My Rating: 4/5

Sometimes love is an accident.


This time, it’s a strategy.

Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly--so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don't get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention.

But that is precisely what she gets.

Because Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is not fooled. When Minnie figures out what he's up to, he realizes there is more to than her spectacles and her quiet ways. And he's determined to lay her every secret bare before she can discover his. But this time, one shy miss may prove to be more than his match...


Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Action, Romance, Retelling, Mythology
Publication: May 3, 2016

My Rating: 5/5

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck


Title: Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1)
Author: Colleen Houck
Publisher: Hodder
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mythology
Publication: January 11, 2011

My Rating: 3.5/5


Would you risk it all to change your destiny? The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that's exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Matched by Allie Condie


Title: Matched (Matched #1)
Author: Allie Condie
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publication: November 30, 2010

My Rating: 3/5


In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

My Recent Drawings #3


It's actually been a while since I last made one of these posts, so I thought I might share my latest drawings with you today. I hope you like them! :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Everealm by J.D. Wright


Title: Everealm (Everealm #1)
Author: J.D. Wright
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Publication: October 31, 2014

My Rating: DNF (41%)

Source: NetGalley

Breestlin cannot escape her destiny to become ruler of her father's kingdom, but she never planned to become queen at twenty-three years of age. Upon the return of her first love, Rowan, Bree must quickly learn how to adapt to both her new responsibilities as a ruler and her inability to suppress her feelings for Rowan. To make matters more difficult, her outcast uncle, Silas, will stop at nothing to get what he desires, putting lives and the kingdom in danger. Bree must seek the assistance of the wizard, Dagan, who in a twist of fate discovers much more about his family (and himself) than he could ever imagine in this steamy love story, full of mystery and romance... 

Danger awaits, as we journey through Everealm, the first book of the Everealm Series.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bob's Burgers: Well Done by Loren Bouchard, Jeff Drake, Tom Connor, Anthony Aguinaldo, Frank Forte, Ben Dickerson


Title: Bob's Burgers: Well Done
Author: Loren Bouchard, Jeff Drake, Tom Connor, Anthony Aguinaldo, Frank Forte, Ben Dickerson
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Genre: Comic, Humor
Publication: March 15, 2016

My Rating: 4/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Satisfy your hunger for the red hot Bob's Burgers with this sizzling new collection, served well done! Written and illustrated by the fine folks at the Emmy Award-winning studio Bento Box Entertainment, these Belcher Family shenanigans are guaranteed to delight fans of all ages. Thrill to Louise's investigation into a pest control problem, Tina's fanciful pursuit of Jimmy Pesto's heart, and Gene's imaginative reimagining of a maritime classic! The Belcher parents Bob and Linda also join in on the fun, alongside dozens of your favorite cast members. Bon appetit!


Monday, April 25, 2016

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge


Title: Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Romance, Retelling, Mythology
Publication: January 1, 2014

My Rating: 3.5/5

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.


Friday, April 22, 2016

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Action, Romance, Retelling
Publication: May 5, 2015

My Rating: 5/5

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!


Monday, April 18, 2016

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is, like the title suggests, a retelling of the classic Pride and Prejudice, but with zombies. It's based on the novel of the same title by Seth-Grahame Smith, which follows the same events we see in the original story, but people have come to learn the art of combat, to protect themselves against the undead.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Gotham Academy, Vol. 2: Calamity by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl


Title: Gotham Academy, Vol. 2: Calamity
Author: Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl
Publisher: DC Comics
Genre: Comic, Action, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication: March 16, 2016

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Olive has received information that her mother might be alive—and now, she and her friends must investigate! Of course werewolves, ghosts, and new student Damian Wayne won’t make it easy!

Welcome to Gotham Academy! Gotham City's most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It's got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by... like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students! Are these Gotham's newest heroes... or villains? The future is here at Gotham Academy.

GOTHAM ACADEDMY Vol. 2 digs deeper into the mysteries that surround the prestigious school and the characters that inhabit it.

Collects issues #7-12 and the sneak peek story from DC SNEAK PEEK: GOTHAM ACADEMY #1.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Title: Obsidian (Lux #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publication: November 29, 2011

My Rating: 2/5

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.


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