Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #13: Starfall by Melissa Landers

Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for! 

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Title: Starfall
Author: Melissa Landers
Expected Publication Date: February 7th, 2017

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage to a bloodthirsty prince and prevent a coup, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a lowly ship hand, she finally has the chance to return home and make peace, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend... with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee, including Solara and Doran, are planning a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, they find Cassia ruling her home planet, having imprisoned the rogue prince who would have overthrown her family. Deep down, Kane knows that Cassia can't rule her world and be with the bastard son of a business man, but he's also sure she returns his feelings, and that makes the circumstances all the more painful. When the outer realms are threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew rally to protect the population from widespread enslavement. The reunion forces Cassia to consider who her true family is and if she can live without the boy who has been there for her through thick and thin.

The cover is just beautiful and I keep seeing this one pop up on everyone's "Waiting on Wednesday!" I'm definitely excited for this book!

So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

[ARC REVIEW] Monstress: Awakening Volume 1 (Part 1) by Marjorie Liu

Title:  Monstress: Awakening Volume 1 Part 1

Author:  Marjorie Liu

Artist:   Sana Takeda

Genre:  Adventure / Steampunk / Fantasy / Drama

Year Published: 2016

Year Read:  8/26/2016

Publisher: Image Comics

Series: Monstress Issue #1

Source: eARC (NetGalley)

Content Rating:  Ages 16+ (Strong Language)

I would like to thank NetGalley and Image Comics for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Now I will admit that I had never read any of Marjorie Liu’s comic books before, even though most of them were highly praised.  So, when I heard that Marjorie Liu was creating a new comic book series called “Monstress” and I had heard a lot of good things about this series, I just had to check this series out!

What is this story about?

The story starts off with Maika being sold to a witch named Sophia and it turns out that this was a part of plan that Maika conjured up when she was at her homeland to get inside the witches’ strong hold in order to find out what happened to her mother.  It also turns out that Maika possesses a dangerous power where she is psychically linked to a monster of tremendous power and she is prone to have beastly urges whenever she is in danger.  Now, not only does Maika have to control her dangerous powers, but she must survive the horrors of the war between the humans and the supernatural forces!

What I loved about this story:

Marjorie Liu’s writing: Wow!  For a first time reader of Marjorie Liu’s works, I must say that I was quite impressed with Marjorie Liu’s beautiful writing of this issue!  I loved the way that Marjorie Liu wrote the world that the characters live in as it seems like Ancient China with some supernatural touches to the universe that really made this world so mesmerizing to read about.  I also loved the way that Marjorie Liu wrote Maika’s character as Maika is shown as being a strong female protagonist who suffers a horrific injury as she loses her arm in the war and yet is still determined enough to sneak into the witches’ strong hold to find out the truth about her mother.  I also think that the beastly aspect of Maika’s character really made her interesting and I would love to see where they take her character in the next issue!

Sana Takeda’s artwork:  Sana Takeda’s artwork is just simply beautiful to look at!  I just loved the way that Sana Takeda made the characters’ hairs glow throughout the pages, especially with Maika’s long and raven hair glowing at various places of her head.  I also loved the way that Sana Takeda drew the steampunk aesthetics to the story as we see many machines and rusted pipes throughout the artwork and it really gives the story a dark and gritty futuristic feel.

What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:

For anyone who does not like strong language, there were a couple of utterings of the “f” word throughout the story that might offend some people.  Some readers might want to skim through the curse words if they get offended by them. 

Final Thoughts:

Overall, “Monstress Volume One: Awakening Part One” is a truly fantastic introduction to Marjorie Liu’s “Monstress” series and I definitely cannot wait to check out the next few issues of this series!

 * 2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominee for Best New Series & Best Writer (for Marjorie Liu)

Stacking the Shelves #6: August 27, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is a book meme created by Tynga's Reviews and it is about sharing books that you are adding to your shelves, whether it's physical or virtual.  This means including books that you bought from the store or online, books you borrowed from friends or from the library, books you've reviewed, gifts and ebooks!

Hey everyone!  Quite a few things had happened over the week.  A few weeks ago, we were celebrating my mom's birthday and we watched the Disney live action movie "The Jungle Book" and I really enjoyed it!  Now, I just have to check out the live action version of "Cinderella!"  And the past two days, my laptop had shut down due to my charger cutting off and I had to wait for two days until my new laptop charger came in.  So, I had to use my dad's computer to surf on the internet, which was weird since I had all my video materials on my laptop.  But, now I got my laptop back and I'm ready to do some more reviewing!

Books Borrowed from the Library: 



ARCS Received:

Friday, August 26, 2016

Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays #16: Cinderella

Hey there!  Welcome to "Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays," a new feature on my blog where I discuss about some fairy tales and folktales I have read throughout the years. 


Type: Fairy Tale

Country of Origin: France

Main Character Hero or Heroine: Heroine

Recommend?: Yes!

The story starts off with a young girl named Cinderella who lost her real mother to an illness.  After that happened, her father decided to remarry and he ended up marrying a wicked woman with two daughters.  The Stepmother and her stepsisters would constantly make Cinderella's life miserable by making her do all the chores around the house.  One day, the king was holding a ball and every maiden in the land was invited to attend, including Cinderella.  Unfortunately, Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters had some chores for Cinderella to do and Cinderella wasn't able to go along with them to the ball.  However, later that night, a fairy godmother came in and said that she will take Cinderella to the ball and she gave Cinderella a nice dress and a carriage to drive in and when Cinderella made it to the ball, the prince immediately fell in love with her.  Unfortunately, Cinderella was forced to leave due to the clock ringing midnight and she must get back home before the magic is gone.  But then, Cinderella accidentally left behind her glass slipper on the palace steps and the prince ends of finding the shoe and vowed that whoever fits the slipper will become his wife.

I have always loved this story and I loved the fact that it uses the glass slipper cliche for Cinderella to find her prince!  Although, I will admit that the whole aspect about Cinderella's step family being evil might not sit well with some people as I have noticed that in real life, not all step families are terrible people and this story might be implying just that.

1. If you were given a formal outfit to wear to a party, what would you want to wear?

I would definitely get some new slippers and a blue dress to wear to the party!

  2. Do you think all step families are bad?

I definitely don't think so.  Sure, there are some bad people in the world, but having a step family is not bad at all, especially if said step family are really nice people.


Cinderella by Marcia Brown



Seriously, Cinderella is so Annoying! by Trisha Speed Shaskan 





Cinderella by Golden Books



Cinderella illustrated by K.V. Craft




Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby

Book Blogger Hop #6: August 26th - September 1st

Hello everyone! I'm participating in another book meme called the Book Blogger Hop which is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer!  Basically, you just answer weekly questions and then post up your link on the question's page.

This week's question is: 

Can you say this sentence describes you? Example: READING IS MY PASSION   Submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews!
Yep!  That sentence describes me quite well!

Feature and Follow Friday #32: School's almost here...

★the Changes:☆
  • Weekly Features will be chosen from LIKES on the linkylist and not as random.
  • Bloggers and Authors will get to have ONE spot a quarter (90 days) as the feature. But, you can still participate.
  • The reason we are switching to this method is because we had issues with contacting people. This way we just choose them.
  • We have also switched to THUMBNAIL link list – use a graphic that you want us to use when we showcase you as the feature.
  • Weekly questions have been changed to Post Prompts. Very similar just a little more open ended.
  • We are asking for ideas submitted by participants.
  • We will have the post schedule available so you can schedule in advance.


  • The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
  • You create your own post using the post prompt.
  • You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
  • Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
  • If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation.
  • The person with the most likes gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
  • It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
  • As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.

specific rules

  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followedFollow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

What's been going on?

Hello everyone! i know it's been awhile since i've last posted for the feature and follow friday, but i had so many things to do for the past few weeks that i wasn't able to respond t the weekly friday memes like i normally did. anyway, what's been happening to me for the past few weeks was that we celebrated my mom's birthday a few weeks ago and we were able to watch the new live action jungle book movie, which i actually enjoyed!  then, some bad news came yesterday when my laptop shut down and i wasn't able to do much blogging for the past two days.  that was definitely a drag! but despite that, august was a pretty good month for me so far and i hope that things get better later on!

THE POST prompt:

Top 5 Favorite Book Boy Friends

My answer

My top 5 favorite book boyfriends are:

1.  Daemon Black from "Obsidian" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

2. Augustus Waters from "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

3. Alex Markov from "Kiss An Angel" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

4. Lucas Maxfield from "Easy" by Tammera Webber

5. Marcus, Lord Westcliff from "It Happened One Autumn" by Lisa Kleypas

[BOOK REVIEW] Baba Yaga and the Wise Doll by Hiawyn Oram

Title:  Baba Yaga and the Wise Doll

Author:  Hiawyn Oram

Artist:  Ruth Brown

Genre:  Russia / Toys / Animals / Magic / Suspense / Folktale

Year Published: 1997

Year Read:  2016

Publisher: Dutton Children's Books  

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 5+ (Child Mistreatment and Some Scary Scenes)

Buy or Add on:  Amazon  //  Goodreads

I have read many Russian folktales during my time, but I rarely read Russian folktales that involved the legendary fictional figure, Baba Yaga.  So, when found a children’s book that starred Baba Yaga called “Baba Yaga and the Wise Doll” by Hiawyn Oram along with illustrations by Ruth Brown, while I was impressed that the illustrations were well done and the characters Baba Yaga and the wise doll were interesting, the story kind of felt a bit flat for me.

The book starts off with Baba Yaga looking into her many ways mirror to take a look at three girls who are named Horrid, Very Horrid and Too Nice.  Horrid and Very Horrid always made fun of Too Nice and one day, they would not let Too Nice play with them and threw her out of the house. The only way that Too Nice can come back inside the house is if she goes to Baba Yaga’s house and gets one of her toads that wear a jeweled jacket and a diamond collar. Luckily, Too Nice has a wise doll that was a gift from her mother and the wise doll would give Too Nice some good advice to survive in the world. When Too Nice finally comes to Baba Yaga’s house, Baba Yaga makes Too Nice do various tasks and if Too Nice passes her tasks, then Baba Yaga will give Too Nice anything she wants. But if Too Nice fails the tasks, then Baba Yaga will feed Too Nice to her toads and her black cauldron!

Can Too Nice pass Baba Yaga’s tests?

Read this book to find out!

Hiawyn Oram has done a good job at portraying Baba Yaga as this frightening yet reasonable character who does some horrifying stuff such as feeding people to her toads and black cauldron, but is willing to give Too Nice a chance to obtain her toads as long as Too Nice performs her tasks well. I also loved the way that Hiawyn Oram portrayed the wise doll as the wise doll was the most interesting part of the story, next to Baba Yaga herself and I loved the way that the wise doll helped Too Nice by making its shadow do most of the tasks set out by Baba Yaga which gives the story a mysterious and creative edge.
Ruth Brown’s artwork is truly gorgeous, especially of the images of Baba Yaga, her toads and her black cauldron.  I loved the way that Baba Yaga was drawn as having greenish skin and wild black hair that makes her look so frightening.  I also loved the fact that her toads were drawn with jeweled jackets and diamond necklaces as it makes them look regal and yet since they belong to Baba Yaga, we know that they are truly revolting.

The reason why I gave this book a three and a half star rating was because even though the illustrations were gorgeous, the story felt a bit flat because the characters were not develop enough where I was interested in them and there were many plot holes in this story that made me scratch my head a bit about how one situation transitioned to another situation. For example, I was puzzled about why Baba Yaga wanted to mess with Too Nice and her sisters rather than some other random person and why the sisters wanted Too Nice to get a toad from Baba Yaga in the first place.

Overall, while “Baba Yaga and the Wise Doll” had interesting characters in both Baba Yaga and the Wise Doll and the illustrations were gorgeous to look at, the story felt a little flat due to the lack of characterization of Too Nice and her sisters and the many plot holes in the story.  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since smaller children might be frightened of Baba Yaga and her toads.