Show Rec – Ted Lasso

undefinedI haven’t really been in the mood to watch anything. The last full show I watched was Julie and The Phantoms, which is fantastic. Unless it’s currently airing on TV, or a Hallmark Christmas movie, nothing is holding my interest.

Well, nothing I willingly pick out.

Sometimes the best shows are the ones that other people pick for you – namely my dad. He keeps finding and watching these shows and then I get sucked in and end up looking forward to the next episode, or the next time we can sit down and watch it. It’s like there’s no pressure, I’m not in control so I can just sit back and relax and enjoy.

Can anyone else relate?

But anyways, he started watching Ted Lasso on AppleTV+ (he’s a soccer fan and is always looking for new soccer related shows – that aren’t just live matches) and he started this one. Now, he started it while I was taking a nap on the family room floor with Codigo, so I missed the first episode and a half, but was immediately hooked. The comedy is stellar, it has emotion and deals with some heavier topics, and my favorite part – it highlights like every facet and kind of a British person. I mean, every personality is accounted for and it’s just wonderful. Wholly enjoyable. Continue reading “Show Rec – Ted Lasso”

The Holiday Drinks Book Tag

I was looking for a fun holiday themed tag to do – since I haven’t done a tag in a while – and I stumbled upon this one over at Way Too Fantasy. I’ve linked Lisa’s post with her answers, so make sure you head over and check them out!

This tag originated over at Waves of Pages – so make sure you go check out Ariel’s blog.

I thought this tag was so cute, and I’ve been drinking my fair share of hot chocolate so far this season, so it seemed fitting! So, let’s jump into it and see what books pop into mind! Continue reading “The Holiday Drinks Book Tag”

3 Books That Hit My Radar Pt. 10

I know, I know. I just posted one of these.

It must be because of the holiday season, but the ads are out in legit droves and between the covers of these books and the synopsis’ I had to share them. Tell social media to stop showing me ads to amazing sounding books, and these posts will be less frequent.

I’ve already added these books to my cart – I haven’t decided if I want to go eBook or physical, which is the only reason I haven’t purchased them yet. Part of me says, save the shelf space, you bought an expensive Kindle so use it and the other part of me just turns into a goblin saying “preeeeettttyyyy” – basically Gollum.

I just recently re-watched The Hobbit and you know what, Gollum is actually fucking terrifying and that scene where he’s going on and on about the things he eats…would it be considered cannibalism if he ate goblins and other creatures, or only if he eats other Hobbits? Or are other creatures akin to chicken or beef, so fair game?

Okay, wow, that was a sidetrack, but I am curious.

Anyways, you’re getting another one of these posts and I hope you check them out. So, let’s dive in. Continue reading “3 Books That Hit My Radar Pt. 10”

Book Review: The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)

Title: The Lost Hero

Author: Rick Riordan

Pub. Date: October 12, 2010

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

JASON HAS A PROBLEM. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and his best friend is a guy named Leo. They’re all students at the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids,” as Leo puts it. What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly? Jason doesn’t know anything—except that everything seems very wrong.

PIPER HAS A SECRET. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out, whether she wants to or not.

LEO HAS A WAY WITH TOOLS. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?
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Single Shelf Tour

As you all know, I’ve read a lot this year.

I mean, this really, probably isn’t a shock to any of you.

At some point, I drifted away from wildly popular, mainstream books for less popular books – typically small press/indie pubbed or self pubbed. I was looking for a specific kind of book – i.e. Upper YA/New Adult High Fantasy with a dash of spice. I’ve read a lot of high fantasy this year, it’s been a great escape while at work, and in looking for books to fit my wants, I stumbled across quite a few. Now, some of these I’ve found previously, and others are new to me this year. Most of them I bought physical copies for the covers, but they all sound good and I’m looking forward to reading the ones I haven’t had a chance to read yet. Continue reading “Single Shelf Tour”

Book Reviews: The Venatrix Chronicles Pt. 2

I still haven’t had a chance to read books 6 or 7 and it’s killing me. I fully intend on staying up and bingeing them while on holiday break from work. That’s only a week and a half out and the waiting is killing me.

I have so many concerns.

I have so many questions I need answers to.

And I have characters I need to see dead.

These reviews won’t be long, since at this point, anything and everything I want to talk about would be a spoiler. So they’re going to be a little more rant-y/stream of consciousness than other reviews.

But anyways – here are my spoiler free reviews for Paths of Malice and Dance of Souls! Make sure you check this series out, because it just gets better and better.

Welcome back to a world where enemies and friends can be difficult to distinguish, where angels are deadly and demons desirable, and shadows of the past loom dark across the future. If you love kick-butt heroines, slow-burn romance, breathtaking action, and stories that leave you with a book hangover for days after you finish . . . you need to discover this dark and deadly series. Prepare to turn pages late into the night!

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3 Books That Hit My Radar Pt. 9

I do at least one of these a week and I’m not even mad about it. The only thing that does make me mad, is the fact that I can’t and haven’t read the books I recommend to you all. Now, that’s not always the case, I’ve read a few of them that I’ve listed in these posts, but not the majority.

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying indie/self-pubbed books so much recently. I don’t know what’s pushed me away from bigger mainstream titles, but I’m honestly not mad about it. And I know these posts tend to focus on smaller, less popular titles, but I’m including an upcoming 2021 release from HarperTeen, because it sounds amazing and I only just heard of it. And based on the pitch line alone, I need to share it with you all.

And, even better, one of the books I’m sharing with you is one I actually just read and will be reviewing – hell the post will probably go live before this one – and I definitely recommend it.

The last book is one that I saw an ad for. I’ve read other things by the author and the cover drew me in and now I need it.

So, without further ado, here are three more books to add to your TBRs! Continue reading “3 Books That Hit My Radar Pt. 9”

Book Review: Stealing Embers (Fallen Legacies #1)

Title: Stealing Embers

Author: Julie Hall

Pub. Date: September 22, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A realm of monsters. A world of lies. She belongs to both.

My name is Emberly, and everything I’ve ever been told is a lie.

Monsters don’t exist. Wrong.
The nightmarish spectrum world is just my imagination. Wrong.
In a few months, I’ll finally be free. Wrong.

It takes being dragged to a secret training academy in the mountains to unravel the truth. My captors–an elite race of angel-born warriors called Nephilim.

The deadliest of them all is an arrogant shape shifter, Steel. He’s gorgeous, lethal, hot-headed . . . and convinced I’ll be the death of them all.

Maybe he’s right. As soon as I show up, the monsters that have haunted me my entire life breach the academy walls. My only hope of saving my new friends is learning how to control my powers, but when a stunning betrayal hurts someone I care about, I have an impossible choice.

Stay and fight for a place to belong . . . or decide once and for all that I’m better off alone.
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Book Review: Rebel (Starlatten #2)

Title: Rebel

Author: Darby Cupid

Pub. Date: December 11, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A fighter with a desperate soul, a queen with a broken heart and a planet torn apart by lies.

An orbit has passed since Crystal’s family were assassinated, stranding her on Earth.

Now, as queen of a war torn planet, struggling to keep the capital from rebel rule, Crystal discovers the reason behind the attack is far more sinister than she could ever have imagined.

Crystal’s memory of her perfect family is shattered as she’s forced to right her ancestors’ wrongs, but putting your planet first isn’t as easy as it seems when your heart is on the line.
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I’m Tired, So Here’s A Scene…or Two

Rush at work has officially ended and looming not far ahead are the holidays and time off work. But that being said, it’s been nonstop chaos for weeks and months now and I’m exhausted. There just never seem to be enough time in a day to get everything done.

I was going to post my next reviews for the Venatrix Chronicles today, but I couldn’t bring myself to focus on writing reviews, so I’m going for this post.

I’ve been thinking about doing this kind of post for a while, and now’s better than never. I’ve done a recap on all my NaNoWriMo Projects – which it might be time for an updated post – but I just wanted to come on here really quick and share two scenes from my 2017 NaNo WIP.

2017 was a weird NaNo for me – I initially wanted to write this mermaid story, but quickly lost interest, and then I was inspired to write this mash-up of Barbie Island Princess and Tangled and I managed over 50k of that story.

So, I thought I’d just share two scenes from each of these WIP’s just for the hell of it. I actually reread the mermaid one, and nothing really sparked, granted there’s not much there. But the Island Princess one – I’ve been rereading it for fun and it’s not as terrible as I remember it being. I’m actually almost tempted to work on it again.


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