Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Disliked Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl

I generally enjoy most of the books I've read. So I decided to just list the books I didn't like reading because I'm not usually glad if they were unenjoyable. This list is in no particular order except for #1.

1. Riot School by Robert Rayner - This book was absolute trash. Not sorry, it was racist, Islamophobic, Anti-Muslim, sexist, misinformation and so many other things. Worst of all it was touted as educational material for young readers. Just thinking about this book makes me upset. As if we are not already trying to make the world a better place without this crap. A huge no!

2. Soldier by Julie Kagawa - There was so much potential but it got bogged down by a sudden switch in focus and a drop in writing quality. The love triangle was always around but when it suddenly took priority over everything else without reason it just messed up the third book in this series. I continued since not everything was awful but I still don't understand why this book even exists. 

3. The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare - If you wanted Harry Potter to bore you, here's the perfect book.

4. Willow by V.C. Andrews - So boring it's almost fatal. Stay away!

5. The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare - I feel so betrayed. What did I do wrong universe? I love this series and the author but I think this book tried to kill me. I'm just floored, it was so bad.

So that's my list this week. Thank you for stopping by and I'll be trying to post regularly as of now. My health has been unexpectedly in a downturn of late. Take care.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: The Dark Deep

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

This week the cover for the upcoming Middle-Grade novel The Dark Deep was revealed. I have been hearing about this book for a while through Ally Condie's twitter and my interest was piqued. But after seeing the cover and the full premise? I'm 100% down for this book.

Release Date: October 2, 2018

Pre-order: Amazon, The Book Depository

Summary: When a bullying incident sends twelve-year-old Nico Holland over the edge of a cliff into the icy waters of Still Cove, where no one ever goes, friends Tyler and Ella - and even 'cool kid' Opal -rush to his rescue... only to discover an island hidden in the swirling mists below.

Shrouded by dense trees and murky tides, the island appears uninhabited, although the kids can't quite shake the feeling that something about it is off. Their suspicions grow when they stumble upon an abandoned houseboat with an array of curiosities inside: odd-looking weapons, unnerving portraits, maps to places they've never heard of, and a glass jar containing something completely unidentifiable.

As the group delves deeper into the unknown, their discoveries - and their lives -begin to intertwine in weird and creepy ways. Something ancient has awakened... and it knows their wishes and dreams - and their darkest, most terrible secrets. Do they have what it takes to face the shadowy things that lurk within their own hearts?

I thought the cover was absolutely epic and like the meme suggests, I can't wait to read this one.

Thanks for stopping by. Friday I'll be doing a Netflix Dragon post.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: What If It's Us

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

The excitement for this upcoming novel in the book world is high. Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera are both amazing authors in their own right. Together? Oh heaven have mercy, I am so pumped! The cover was revealed just recently and is absolutely fantastic and touching. Personally, I'm ready for this romance but have to wait for October. Darn. But behold and see if you will be just as excited waiting for this release.

Release Date: October 9, 2018

Pre-Order: Amazon, The Book Depository

Summary on Goodreads: Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

Have you heard about this book? What do you think of the cover? I'm definitely excited.

Thanks for stopping by. I will not be posting Netflix posts again until Friday April 20. So for this and next week there will be no Friday posts. Enjoy your week and see you on Monday.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Monday MishMash: April 2018

Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme created by Kelly Hashway for sharing what's going on in your life and noggin. You just grab a button and post your business...I mean thoughts online. No biggie. Have fun!

1. Working on new WIP for Camp Nanowrimo 2018. A Cinderella retelling I'm super excited about.

2. Freelance work has been up and down but I am chugging along and had a few well-paying orders recently.

3. Due to the accident earlier this year and depression, I had to work less during a weak financial period. When I requested ko-fi donations for Grammarly in March, one kind person donated $60 paying for the entire quarterly plan. I am eternally grateful for the kindness of the writing community.

4. I have my Patreon up and running. Super nervous but I'm still moving forward.

5. Plan to read more in April. Really need to do this.

6. My depression is more under control now and I believe the hiatus did some good. Happy to be back.

7. I plan to work on better updating social media for my adult pseudonym Royme Drake.

8. Happy Easter!

Thanks for stopping by and take care.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Taking A Break

While I enjoy blogging, I also need to think about my health. Right now my mental health (and I'm still ill physically) is on shaky ground and I need some time. This blog will be on hiatus until April 1. Then Monday, April 2 I should be back unless something else comes up. Thank you to everyone who has supported this blog. Hopefully taking March off will be enough to help me rest. Take care.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Netflix Dragon: February 2018

The day has arrived folks! My monthly compilation of what I watched on Netflix. Are there any shows you enjoyed in February?

Dragons: Race to the Edge (Season 6)

The final season went out with a bang. Hiccup and his fellow riders went head to head with their enemies both to protect dragons and their human loved ones. Highly recommend and you can check out my review of the show here.

Quantico (Season Two)

Oh my goodness, this season was even crazier than the last. Alex, as usual, gets sucked into multiple conspiracies but this time the stakes are even higher with less clear-cut solutions. Neema and her twin sister face even more prejudice due to their Muslim heritage with both dragged into a terrorist plot. Ryan Booth and Alex's relationship is explored not just in romance but also friendship and as undercover agents/spies. We get to see how the CIA works very different from the FBI and so much more. Midway through a fresh presidential conspiracy pops up and throws all the odds in the air. Just trust me that by the end you will have your brain scrambled, bleeding heart and wanting more. A plane scene towards the end brought tears to my eyes. Though for me nothing tops Simon Asher's sacrifice towards the end of Season One. There was even a small memorial for him this season and it had me in tears. Recommend straight into the stratosphere.

Also Watched

You Get Me: Will review this on Monday. All I will say watch who you make your one night stand ladies and gents. This film about a high school jilted lover gets dark fast.

Altered Carbon: I was supposed to watch this but then decided to wait. So I'm watching in March.

Guardians of the Galaxy: So glad this gem is finally available on Netflix for Jamaica. Peeked at the start just out of pure nostalgia. Will rewatch when I carve out some time.

The Cloverfield Paradox: Watched about the first half hour but it was late and I wanted to sleep. Fell down the Quantico rabbit hole after that. Will finish in March and review.

Black Lightning: I'm enjoying the season so far and having it appear on Netflix after airing on the CW helps me stay on top of things. Recommend.

Thanks for dropping by. What did you watch on Netflix recently? See you on Monday.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Book Review: Fox and Raccoon and Top Ten Re-Reads

Hey everyone, today we have a double feature. A book review and a Top Ten Tuesday post. Enjoy

Title: Fox and Raccoon

Release Date: June 19, 2018

Source: NetGalley

Summary: The first in a new picture book series featuring sweet felted creatures and a little village you won't soon forget!

Welcome to Juniper Hollow! Meet Fox and Raccoon. They are best friends. They live next door to each other, and they spend every day together. Except for today! Fox is so busy she doesn't have time to play. But never fear--Raccoon is here to help! He mails letters, goes to the fruit stand, picks up some yarn and even buys some sugar. But Fox is STILL busy. Will she ever have time to stop and play with him? As it turns out, she has a surprise up her sleeve...

Lesley-Anne Green's endearing felted animals and adorable detailed sets create a world that readers will want to come back to again and again.

This series was such a sweet quick read. Every word jumped off the page and made you feel part of the story. You could sense the deep love and friendship between Fox and Raccoon. Not only that, the other animals around the community are helpful and kind. If you ever wanted to read a family friendly book with a message of friendship and positivity to a child, this is it. Also a great read for children wanting a book not too long to read for themselves. There's a lot in a tiny package. The artwork is also beautiful. Sadly I hardly saw any of it because the PDF copy I got from Netgalley was of poor quality and somewhat jumbled with hardly any of the pictures actually in it. But I still highly recommend this book because it is a wonderful read for any child.

Rating: 4 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl

I am not a huge rereader these days. But I know the books I would grab in an instant.

1. Sweet Valley Series by Francine Pascal: These books were my childhood! I got to follow Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield from childhood all the way to University. Want to do it all over again.

2. R.L. Stine books: Goosebumps, Fear Street...everything. I recently started buying his Slappy puppet series and I'm a kid again. He might write mostly for kids but his books are ageless to me.

3. V.C. Andrews series: The ghostwriter has recently taken the series down a poor quality path. But there are still lots of books from the grander days I have yet to read. The original author might have died after writing only a few of the books herself. But her gothic legend lives on.

4. Harry Potter Series: These books helped define my teens by turning me into a fantasy buff. Before that, I was very contemporary.

5. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine: C.J. wrote the start of an amazing series. Go read it!

6. School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani: Because it's amazing and compelling.

7. Enid Blyton book series: These short story collections are just so beloved.

8. Poetry: Various kinds by different poets

9 & 10. Other books I just can't recall right now. Peace.

Thank you for stopping by. Fancy getting Fox and Raccoon for a child you know? Do you reread?

Monday, 26 February 2018

Netflix Dragon: The Babysitter Review

Happy Monday folks. Today I'll be reviewing a Netflix Original Film. The Babysitter played on the trope of the evil babysitter and gave it a modern campy vibe. Read on for my full thoughts.

Tired of movies where babysitters are damsels in distress? Enjoy horror comedies? Want a cheap man's 'Home Alone' campy horror where the kid isn't actually alone? Like the more fun and less mind-bending movies by Netflix? Then this one might just be up your alley.

Viewers get to follow Cole, a young boy with typical things in his life like bullies, first crushes, and a best friend. One of the people he cared about the most was Bee, his babysitter. Sexy, cool, friendly and always telling Cole he's better than he thinks, she's a Godsend. But all of that goes out the window when one night Cole decided to stay up late. Seeing your babysitter and her friends murder a fellow teenager for a Satanic ritual would ruin anyone's night. Getting caught is even worse.

What ensues for Cole is a madcap fight for his life as these teens try to kill the only witness to a murder and well...Satan worshipping. Not for the squeamish since there was a lot of blood. As Cole struggles to survive and not be tempted to the join other side or get killed by the beautiful yet cunning Bee and her teen cohorts. The question is not just if Cole will survive but who will he be once this is all over.

In the end, the film is nothing deep, just fun cheap horror. If you like your films simple and want some laughs and maybe a few thrills, then this film might be for you. Personally, I enjoyed it a lot. Though I have to agree with the cheerleader. It's not cool to shoot a girl in the boob. Take care everyone.

So what do you think? Is this movie up your alley? Do you have/enjoy Netflix? Let me know.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Netflix Dragon: Dragons Race to the Edge Season 6 Review

Please Note: Netflix Nation segment has been renamed Netflix Dragon. I would like to expand this segment online and #NetflixDragon can now be used online to keep up with current and previous posts. Twitter (@sheenakgraham) and Instagram (@queendsheena) is where I'll be using these hashtags. #NetflixNation has already been used on and off for years by others. Hence my decision to come up with a new title so I could register the hashtag.

Happy Friday everybody, here with a new post. This time for the final season of Dragons: Race to the Edge. For those who keep up with the series and the Dreamworks movies, we know How to Train Your Dragon 3 comes out in 2019. So there's no question that this series needed to end with a bang. Read on to see my thoughts and decide if this show might be right for you.

This season has finally caught up with the quality of the first two seasons. While I found a few scenes somewhat dodgy, they all came together in the end. Trust me, the two-episode finale is goals and no doubt that this series is among the best on Netflix.

What did I enjoy?

Action: Just about every episode has really good to downright amazing action. Whether flying on dragons or battling on land. Hiccup and his crew are down for anything to protect their home Berk, dragons and the innocent.

Characters: We get to see all the main and even some supporting characters grow throughout the season. 13 episodes might not sound long enough to do that but this finale made it work. Even the twins get somewhat enlightened. Don't worry they're still ridiculous and insane but they learned things. Plus Chicken got some jewelry so everybody wins.

Villains: All I will say is that you better watch all the way to the end. To truly appreciate how perfectly this series has been connected to the films. Each villain played their role well but that end villain scene in episode 13 was just too perfect. No spoilers, it will be worth gold for fans.

Story: We get to see multiple arcs come to great conclusions. Even one with Viggo that I doubted came together really well when the season ended. Though I will say that a few times filler episodes took a bite out of time that could be better dedicated to episodes following the main plotline. A small nitpick in comparison to what worked but still something I have to make note of.

Final Verdict

Season Six was everything any fan of this franchise and lovers of amazing content can hope for. Highly Recommend. My favorite seasons are still the first two but this one comes close behind. Way to end on a high note Dreamworks and Netflix.

P.S.: Viggo is the best villain of the series. Period. Don't at me.

Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend. Hope you liked the new review format. Will be going between this and the original depending on the show/movie. Also I will now be doing this segment twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Waiting On Wednesday: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming books we're excited about. Formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine until her site went quiet. The meme is still followed today by dedicated bloggers who have a need to share their anticipation of upcoming reads.

So here we are with another WOW upon us. This week I'm anticipating a book by an author I really enjoy. Kiersten White is not one to be put in a box. Writing books from paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi genres and more. Each story has its own magic and I also enjoy hitting her up on Twitter. When she announced the cover reveal just recently of an upcoming novel, I was there. This title is a retelling of a tale many of us know. But through Kiersten's eyes and twisted imagination. I can't wait!

Release Date: September 25, 2018

Summary: Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.
So what do you think? Did the cover and premise send chills up your spine? Let me know and yes, Netflix Nation will be back this Friday. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Cover Reveal: On the Come Up

So today I'm sharing the cover of a book many have been anticipating. After the novel The Hate U Give became a bestseller with a truthful and moving story, there was great interest in what the author would do next. That would be On the Come Up and today I will be sharing the cover of what I believe is yet another amazing story by Angie Thomas. No question that this cover both beautiful and electric. Definitely struck a cord when I saw it. Now let's see what you'll think.

Title: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least get some streams on her mixtape. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom unexpectedly loses her job, food banks and shut-off notices become as much a part of her life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

So what do you think of the cover? Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Romantic Book Quote 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by  The Artsy Reader Girl

Well this week's theme is Love Freebie to go along with Valentine's Day on Wednesday. While you should post ten romantic, swoon worthy or sexy quotes from books. Instead, I'll post one and give ten reasons why I am so taken by it.

*Drum Roll*

The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Ten reasons why I chose the Snape quote.

1-5: Severus Snape is an amazingly complex character who while also a bullying angry man turned out to be a talented brave individual who faced many obstacles and never got over losing his soulmate, Lily.

6. Romances can be one-sided and this is often not explored enough in my opinion. Or even worse too often with 'reality show' level drama thrown in. Not here, thank goodness.

7. Snape used one word to show his undying love for Lily. Magical.

8. Not all romances end well and J.K. was able to show how love can survive after tragedy perfectly.

9. The Feels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10. Always (Snape).

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Galentine's Day and VD when it comes Wednesday.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Netflix Nation: January 2018

Please Note: There will be no blog post on Monday, January 12. Will return on Tuesday.

Hey, welcome to another Friday with Netflix. What did I watch in January? Take a gander and see if there's anything you might want to take a look at as well.

Black Mirror: Season 4

Black Mirror is today's, Twilight Zone. Each episode takes you on a unique journey steeped in science fiction alternatives to the world we know today. From a man using DNA to create a secret online universe to a man who uses devices to make dreams come true like an evil genie. Overprotective mother, dating, trying to cover a murder. These seemingly simple or dire acts are made complex and innovative with each episode. With six episodes you won't take forever to binge watch or choose an episode at your own convenience. Highly recommend.

Marvel's: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 4

This season was not short on action, CGI and surprise twists. Ghost Rider was displayed pretty well on screen. We get to see the team on a new mission with twists and turns. There are also multiple tragedies to pull at the heartstrings including losing a member of the team. This season held no punches and I'm excited to see what has been happening in the current Season 5. Highly recommend.

iZombie: Season 2

Getting back into this series has been a fun ride. If you like your horror with some romance, comedy and medium gore...then this series might be for you. Recommended, especially for fans of the show.

Dave Chappelle: Equanimity and The Bird Revelation

Dave Chappelle returned in December for a two-part comedy session. While I found him entertaining I was disappointed by some of the highly homophobic jokes and mean-spirited statements of those suffering sexual harassment. I can take a joke but saying women who leave an industry because a man reveals his penis to her unwillingly has a weak spirit? That's just going too far. I usually enjoy Dave's over the top comedy and still recommend as I had a great time. Just think a few jokes should have taken feelings into consideration. But again, this is Dave Chappelle. Jokes are not for the faint of heart.

Black Lightning - Episode one

Black Lightning is a new series airing on the CW. It also airs one week behind on Netflix where I watched episode one. So far I am loving this show with a father getting back into the superhero business to protect his community and family. There have been a few review complaints about why he's not a younger heartthrob like the white CW heroes. As far as I'm concerned he's the perfect hero for all viewers as well as a diverse audience. A black man not being a gangster, taking care of his family and community along with being a school principal and secret vigilante? Sign my black butt up! Highly recommend to fans of superhero television shows.

Also Watched:

Coraline: Rewatched the movie and enjoyed every minute of it. Highly recommend.

Babysitter (2017 Netflix Film):  Really enjoyed this one. Plan to do a full review in the future. A fun cheap man's home alone. All I will say, when fighting a teen satanic cult, don't shoot a girl in the boob. Recommend.

Bleach (Season 1): Thought I would catch up on an anime I have not watched in years. Unfortunately, the subtitles were in Spanish. So this was D.O.A. for me.

How to Get Away with Murder: I looked at the pilot, plan to watch later in the year. Possibly April.

Thanks for stopping day. What are you watching? Did any of these shows catch your eye?

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: The Burning Maze #3

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming books we're excited about. Formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine until her site went quiet. The meme is still followed today by dedicated bloggers who have a need to share their anticipation of upcoming reads.

Rick Riordan is a talented storyteller who I have loved reading for years. His work is mostly aimed towards middle grade and young adult. But as one of the adults who love reading within these genres, I'm hooked. Especially when it includes fantasy. I am excited for the third book in this spine-tingling series.

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Summary: The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . . .

Thank you for stopping by. Sorry for not posting on Tuesday. Monday I had an accident when a family member knocked me with the car door.

My side was hurt and I have pain on the left side of my body. So I have to ease back a bit as I recover. Thank you for understanding and see you Friday.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Book Review: Remade Series and Tremontaine Series

Hey everyone today I'll be reviewing two book series I downloaded from Netgalley. I got e-copies of both series in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Remade Seasons One and Two

Source: Netgalley


Summary: In one moment the lives of twenty-three teenagers are forever changed, and it's not just because they all happen to die. "ReMade" in a world they barely recognize--one with robots, space elevators, and unchecked jungle--they must work together to survive. They came from different places, backgrounds, and families, and now they might be the last people on earth. Lost meets The Maze Runner in this exciting adventure from Serial Box Publishing.


Remade is a sci-fi series written by different writers. You get to follow teenagers in various settings from the changed future where they are reborn and the past before it happens. While it's quite an interesting concept, it can also be confusing. One of my favourite characters is Loki in Season Two who pretends to be much braver than he actually is. In the past, he was a shy young teen who got pushed around. Now remade he's trying to stay in charge of a ragtag team and stay alive. This series is definitely for sci-fi fans looking for twists and turns with surprise reveals and various technologies and locations to explore. Personally, I have been on and off and would rather collect the entire series once it's over. The last one I downloaded was Season 2 episode 7. I believe I'll stop there and wait for everything to end and get a paperback or digital collection. Still, recommend for an interesting premise and decent story.

Rating: 3 Stars

Tremontaine Series (Season 3)


Summary: Swordplay, scandal, and sex—welcome to the world of Tremontaine, a glittering new entry in Ellen Kushner's classic Riverside series. 

This is the 7th episode in the third season of Tremontaine, a 13-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode written by Liz Duffy Adams and Delia Sherman. 

Diane hosts a hunting party outside of the city that provides an opportunity to manipulate her relationships as well as those of her associates. Kaab investigates the Inspector’s background and discovers her past may pose a significant risk for her family’s future. Micah questions the trust she’s placed in Diane. Esha wonders if the City is changing who she is for the worse.

Welcome to Tremontaine, where ambition, love affairs, and rivalries dance with deadly results. A Duchess whose beauty is matched only by her cunning; a handsome young scholar with more passion than sense; a foreigner in a playground of swordplay and secrets; and a mathematical genius whose discoveries herald revolution when games of politics begin, no one is safe. Keep your wit as sharp as your steel in this world where politics is everything, and outcasts are the tastemakers.

I must say that this series never really got me going. I was intrigued since the same publisher did Remade. But I never got into the story. I downloaded multiple chapters/episodes but barely got into any of them. Honestly, don't remember much. Not a fan of the pacing and the characters just feel off-kilter and boring. The story is just not my cup of tea either. Try it if you want but this was not for me.
But it could be because I came in on Season 3 so I'll give them a little leeway. Hopefully, those who start from the start meet a more interesting storyline and better pacing to explain things better.

Rating: 2 Stars

Thanks for stopping by. See you on Tuesday for Bookish Tuesday and another book review.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Netflix Nation: Fall/Winter 2017

Does anyone want to ask why it took so long to get this posted? No? Thank God! The overdue Fall/Winter (or in Jamaica, the last three months of the year) line up is here. If you need to catch up on my last Netflix Nation compilation post click here. On this segment, I discuss shows I have watched on Netflix. Either compiling what I have watched over a period of time or reviewing individual shows like my Punisher review.

Watch Period: October to December 2017

DC's Legend of Tomorrow Season 2

Heroes came and fought and they traveled on their time ship. Sadly I remember little from this show. But at the time I had fun. Not the best superhero series out there but if you like watching CW hero line-up, you're free to give this series a try. Oh and there's a tragic death from one of the teammates. That part hit hard and really resonated. Just recalled that. Yup, I really came to this post late.

Neyo Yokio

This anime series is weird as hell. Netflix really went over the rails with this but I ended up enjoying it. Plus having a diverse cast that actually blends in with the weirdness is a plus. No tokens present. Feel free to take a gander if you like your animation off the beaten path.

Arrow Season 5 and The Flash Season 3

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Both these shows put their heroes through a lot and I would recommend watching. There has been some quality dip in parts but mainly on the Arrow end. The Flash though has a dramatic plot twist towards the end that had me in tears. I recommend this the most just for that. If you enjoy CW shows these two might just be up your alley.

Trollhunters Season 2

Oh, my God, this was beyond amazing! One of the best things on Netflix, period. I can't wait for the next season which will bring in new storylines including aliens. If you thought Trolls v humans and Trolls v Trolls was crazy. Will review this show in detail later this month or March. But either way, it's a must see if you have any love for animation or great storytelling. Highly Recommend into the stratosphere. Yes, I said that. All the stars!!

Also watched:

The Good Place: Only one episode. It's a nice show but one I'll watch it through when I don't have much to watch. If you enjoy binging comedies you can check this out.

The Punisher (Marvel series): Already reviewed this and while there were a few good episodes the season was sort of subpar but only because of some bad episodes and story pacing. Do better people.

Lucifer (Fox series): Peeked but opted to watch at another time. Have watched a few episodes on television. Very good show but I don't feel like binging it much. Recommended.

Scandal (Season 4 - 6): Really good show but I'm not remembering enough to discuss in detail. Highly recommend if you enjoy Shonda Rhimes series.

Godless: NO!!

Hotel Transylvania: I rewatched this animated movie Christmas Eve and still love it. Some people don't but I really enjoy this movie and can't wait for part 3 this Summer. Watch if you want.

Star Wars Rebels: Thank you Netflix for letting me catch up on Season 3. Recommend.

Thanks for stopping by. What are you watching? See you all next week!

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

WOW: Smoke in the Sun and Book Review: The Cruel Prince

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming books we're excited about. Formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine until her site went quiet. The meme is still followed today by dedicated bloggers who have a need to share their anticipation of upcoming reads.

When the cover for this upcoming sequel dropped tongues wagged like crazy. It looked incredible and I'm looking forward to what this climatic finally will bring. Hurry up May 2018.

Release Date: May 3, 2018

Summary: The highly anticipated sequel to Flame in the Mist--an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn 

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice--to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead. 

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.

Book Review: The Cruel Prince

Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of Air #1) by Holly Black

Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Source: NetGalley

Summary on GoodreadsOf course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

The Cruel Prince is a tale best read at a slow pace to fully take in all the worldbuilding and intricate storytelling. Holly Black creates a world where the rules of the human world don't apply and princes can have legs of beasts. It starts off with a double murder and takes you deep into a world where life and death clash at a moment's notice. The Fae don't play fair no matter the rules and our main character Jude as a human risks all to belong and save those she cares about. If you enjoy deep storytelling this book is for you. Also if young adult books, fae, and Holly Black is your jam. I got an e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 Stars

Thanks for stopping by. See you on Friday with a post all about Netflix.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Monday MishMash: January 2017

Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme created by Kelly Hashway for sharing what's going on in your life and noggin. You just grab a button and post your business...I mean thoughts online. No biggie. Have fun!

1. Sorry for being away. Last week was a mess with several setbacks. Including a creepy incident when someone sent me porn, I had to report because I was not sure about the age of the female in the picture. Also, it was disgusting overall since it was supposed to be a request for ordering freelance work. My poor eyes.

2. On Twitter, I'm having a great time taking part in #authorconfession tag. We discuss our wips and writing in general. Each day has a question to answer and it's a load of fun with great community.

3. I will be doing multiple Netflix Nation posts this month. Including compilations of what I watched over the last few months. Keep an eye out.

4. Skipping Bookish Tuesday again this week but will be doing Waiting on Wednesday.

5. While I have the covers for the first three books in The Sacrifice Series done. Finances last year had me put the last two on pause. I am ready to go again and will be ordering for May 2018 (unless an earlier date opens up, Najla does inform me when others cancel. Fingers crossed for March/April).

6. Need to do book reviews more often. I'm working on it!

7. Plan to focus more on my own writing. Got more freelance jobs this month and focused on that. Now I'll do my best to better balance both freelancing for clients and my own work.

Thanks for stopping by and see you on Wednesday.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Cover Love: City of Ghosts

This morning the cover for City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab was revealed. I love the haunting vibe including the background and font. The fact that we can't see the girl's face as she's shadowed by her cat definitely deepens the mystery. Compliments to the cover artists. Victoria is the author of multiple books for both young adults and adults alike. The Shade Series, Monsters of Verity series and Vicious, among other titles.

Summary: Cassidy Blake's parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn't sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn't belong in her world. Cassidy's powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

Thanks for stopping by. What do you think of the cover?

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: The Savior's Champion

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming books we're excited about. Formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine until her site went quiet. The meme is still followed today by dedicated bloggers who have a need to share their anticipation of upcoming reads.

Jenna Moreci is an author and Youtuber who has a second novel incoming. That is The Savior's Champion, the first in a new series. The cover was revealed recently and looks phenomenal. There's also an epic book trailer. The book will be released April 2018. Jenna is a very talented writer who also gives great writing advice and does cool videos. Her nickname's Cyborg. That's just awesome.

Summary:  Tobias Kaya doesn’t care about The Savior. He doesn’t care that She’s the Ruler of the realm or that She purified the land, and he certainly doesn’t care that She’s of age to be married. But when competing for Her hand proves to be his last chance to save his family, he’s forced to make The Savior his priority.
Now Tobias is thrown into the Sovereign’s Tournament with nineteen other men, and each of them is fighting—and killing—for the chance to rule at The Savior’s side. Instantly, his world is plagued with violence, treachery, and manipulation, revealing the hidden ugliness of his proud realm. And when his circumstances seem especially dire, he stumbles into an unexpected romance, one that opens him up to unimaginable dangers and darkness.

Thanks for stopping by and how do you feel about this upcoming release?

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. As of January 9th, 2018 and hosted by  The Artsy Reader Girl. So on with this week's theme!

Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals 2018

1. Read 100 books in 2018

2. Submit a manuscript to Swoon Reads in June

3. Review books every month this year

4. Watch at least 10 books to movie adaptations in theaters

5. Read more comic books

6. Finish my fan fiction Descendants 2: Evil Rises by April

7. Get a Scrivner subscription in February

8. Write more Poetry and final manuscripts

9. Make 197 writing submissions in 2018

10. Draft at least ten manuscripts this year

So there are my ten resolutions in the bookish arena for 2018. What do you think? Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Book Review: Ivy in Bloom

Poetry is one of my great loves and today I will be reviewing just that. So glad to be reviewing books on my blog again. So on with the first book review of 2018!

Title: Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers of the Past

Publication Date: April 1, 2009

Source: NetGalley

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository

Summary from GoodreadsIvy in Bloom captures the weariness of a young girl tired of a long winter. "I stare out the window," she says on the first spread of brown and gray, "looking for birds or flowers / or even warm showers / but I don't see any such thing." But then Spring comes when "March is out of breath snow melting to flowery waters and watery flowers spring rose from its wintry rest." And Ivy's "heart dances with daffodils." As these words also dance across each spread, Ivy's world erupts into a riot of color. 

Ivy in Bloom introduces the poetry of Dickinson, Longfellow, Browning, Wordsworth, Frost and others. Excerpts from their writings, as seen through Ivy's eyes, will open up poetry as a way for children to express their own feelings about the changing of seasons. This book includes longer excerpts and brief bios of each author.

Personally, I enjoyed every page of this short poetry book and reread it more than once. Vanita has written a book combining her own poetry with the greats like Dickinson, Wordsworth, Frost and more. Following this little girl through the changing seasons is a great way for kids to be introduced to poetry. It uses regular things any child can experience and expands upon it with words written lyrically to enhance the senses. As an adult, I enjoyed it immensely as it reminded me of why I love poetry so much. So while made for children it has crossover capabilities with adult poetry lovers.

The illustrations by Kristin Blackwood also help draw children and adults alike into Ivy's world and the poetry that shows how the seasons change along with her reaction. Masterfully down in various colours showing emotions, seasons and so much more. I got this lovely e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

On a whole, this book is a beautiful quick read with lots of readability potential. At the end of Ivy's tale, you are shown what Vanita wrote along with the excerpts and full versions of poetry from the other poets used in this story. For those being introduced to poetry, this can be an excellent treat learning about different poets in a friendly non-text heavy environment. Reading this to children can help expand their vocabulary and interest in writing. Parents and Librarians alike will find great use for this book to read to children. Children get to enjoy reading poetry in a way they can grow to understand. I highly recommend this book and the art is just as amazing.

Rating: 5 Stars

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Disliked Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by  The Broke and the Bookish  and hosted by  The Artsy Reader Girl .  I generally enjoy most o...