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#46 Illuminae Rant Review

Friday, 20 July 2018

#58 Why you should join BookTube

Contemplating on creating a BookTube channel? Let me convince you to take the first step!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

#55 REVIEW | In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes by Abby Rosmarin

This is probably the most negative review I've done since The Murders of Molly Southbourne.
I was actually looking forward to reading this book, and I was okay with the first few pages, but then it just kept... being so goddamn boring, annoying and lacking a reason for existence, that I just couldn't... I couldn't handle this book.

In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes

★☆☆☆☆

It’s the wedding of the century. Her big brother – the man who was a second father to her after their dad passed – is the groom. And Nicole is fighting just to keep her head above water.

She’s surrounded by an aloof bride-to-be, a psychotic mother of the bride, ridiculous bridesmaids, and a town that feels like a parody of Americana. Her own family is perfectly fine with everything – with the exception of her wise-cracking cousin Ella, whose antics only serve to get Nicole even further into trouble. The wedding stress is invading all aspects of her life, including her own relationship. Nicole only wants what’s best for her brother – but what if that involves her brother leaving his fiancĂ©e at the altar?

As the wedding day approaches and tensions continue to rise, Nicole is forced to figure out what love, loyalty, and honesty mean – before it’s too late and she loses everyone she loves.

The Plot

Honestly? There is no plot. There's no storyline. It's just a bunch of idiotic characters, most of them being assholes and fucking bitches, going on a wedding. THAT IS 539 PAGES OF TORTURE.
I read and read and read and got so sick of it, but I wanted to know if there was a point in this pain. I DIDN'T FIND OUT, I couldn't take it, I just left it, I stopped, I didn't even read everything. I just read the fucking dialogues, because everything else was just descriptions of the surroundings. WHICH IS FUCK ASS BORING. Then I started to skip pages. Chapters. In the end, I tried to find the ending, but it just wasn't worth it anymore. I DNFed it and was happy to. Usually, I don't review books I DNFed, but I've put too much fucking time and effort in shit crap.

The Characters

So I'm not going to go through the whole fucking list of pigs which are the characters, let's just take the ones I at least memorized. 
  • Nicole - the main character. At first, I thought she might be a nice character, she felt like the usual girl in a world of men. I even liked some of the puns she made, BUT. She's a terrible person, she can't handle her brother being a blind ass idiot and starts being a fucking tumor of society. She is so rude and damn depressing to her girlfriend, which is probably the only character in this shit ass story who's nice and adequate!
  • Laura - Nicole's girlfriend. The only person I actually liked and who was relatable in this story.
  • The "Brother" - nonmemorable at all, is a dickhead for "falling in love" with such a stupid, but rich, bitch.
  • The "Bride" - fucking ANNOYING AND STRESSING ME THE HELL OUT, the whole time I read a scene with her I wanted someone to kill her, OR ME.
  • The "Family" - just a quick go through the family of both sides. Nicole's family seems to lack brain, will and a spine. The "Bride's" family is the worst thing anyone could have fucking think of. To create characters like this should be forbidden by law!

All in All

After this book, I think I'll never read a chick-lit again. I hated weddings before but now I will never attend one in my life, JUST FUCK THAT. This was one of the worst books this year. I even lack the words to express how much I did NOT enjoy reading this bullcrap.
But of course, that is just my own opinion, if you like chick-lit if you are a lover of anything contemporary, "southern accents" and stupid ass characters - this book is for you and I'm not one to judge. I mean I like crap stories too, just not this one.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

#54 BLOG TOUR | Depths of Night by Stephen Zimmer



Author: Stephen Zimmer
Featured Book Release:
Depths of Night
May 21 to May 27, 2018
About the author: Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker based out of Lexington Kentucky. His works include the Rayden Valkyrie novels (Sword and Sorcery), the Rising Dawn Saga (Cross Genre), the Fires in Eden Series (Epic Fantasy), the Hellscapes short story collections (Horror), the Chronicles of Ave short story collections (Fantasy), the Harvey and Solomon Tales (Steampunk), and the forthcoming Faraway Saga (YA Dystopian/Cross-Genre).

Stephen’s visual work includes the feature film Shadows Light, shorts films such as The Sirens and Swordbearer, and the forthcoming Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot.

Stephen is a proud Kentucky Colonel who also enjoys the realms of music, martial arts, good bourbons, and spending time with family.

Book Synopsis for Depths of Night: After a harrowing end to a long sea journey, the famed northern warrior Ragnar Stormbringer and a force of warriors step ashore in the lands of the Petranni, a tribal people known for their workings in silver and gold. The search for plunder takes a sharp turn when homesteads, villages, and temple sites show signs of being recently abandoned.

When it is discovered that the Petranni have all taken refuge within a massive stronghold, Ragnar, and the others soon fall under the shadow of an ancient, deadly adversary. Wielding his legendary war axe Raven Caller, Ragnar finds his strength tested like never before.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.stephenzimmer.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stephenzimmer7

Twitter: @sgzimmer

Instagram: @stephenzimmer7



Tour Schedule and Activities

5/21 Beauty in Ruins https://beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.com/ Guest Post

5/21 Literary Underworld literaryunderworld.com Guest Post

5/22 Sapphyria's Books https://saphsbooks.blogspot.com/ Review

5/22 The Horror Club thehorrorclubblog.wordpress.com Review

5/23 Oak Hill RPG Club wordpress.com/oakhillrpgclub Review

5/23 Breakeven Books https://breakevenbooks.com Interview

5/23 Bookwraiths http://www.bookwraiths.com Guest Post

5/24 MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape http://mylifemybooksmyescape.wordpress.com Author Interview

5/25 Ally Books and Reviews https://allybooksandreviews.blogspot.com/ Guest Post

5/25 Sheila's Guests and Reviews http://sheiladeeth.blogspot.com Author Interview and guest post

5/25 The Book Lover's Boudoir https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpress.com/ Review

5/26 I Smell Sheep http://www.ismellsheep.com/ VLOG

5/27 MightyThorJRS Fantasy Book News and Reviews https://mightythorjrs.com/ Guest Post

5/27 Jazzy Book Reviews http://bookreviewsbyjasmine.blogspot.com Top 10 List



Amazon.com Links for Depths of Night:

Kindle Version

https://www.amazon.com/Depths-Night-Ragnar-Stormbringer-Tale-ebook/dp/B07BN9QRS8/

Barnes and Noble Link for Depths of Night:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/depths-of-night-stephen-zimmer/1128335131?ean=2940159032843


Inspiration: A Look at the Genesis and Growth of An Iconic Hero Character
By Stephen Zimmer

Inspiration strikes and develops in a lot of ways.  In some instances, it hits you in the manner of a lightning bolt, as it did with my Rayden Valkyrie character where I had a full vision of her character (and even backstory) right from the beginning.
At other times, a seed takes root, grows over time, and then comes to full harvest.  This is the case when it comes to my Ragnar Stormbringer character, who made his literary debut in the new eBook novella Depths of Night.
Ragnar first came to light in the storyline that I developed for the Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot screenplay.  I envisioned Rayden meeting and adventuring with a true peer in her quest to hunt down a band of brigands that had taken a number of innocents captive for the purpose of selling them into slavery.  I envisioned the character as being a male warrior from her homelands, who would be a kind of counterpart to Rayden in the core plot of the storyline.
The character that emerged was very different than Rayden in many aspects, but one who also lived along a certain honor code.  He is definitely more brash, crude, and reckless than Rayden is, in style, and he fails to restrain his anger as well as she does, but like Rayden he is not given to cruelty or greed like so many that inhabit their world.
His word, when given, is unshakeable.  His courage rivals hers.  His inner strength matches his outer strength, a quality that is also similar to her.
As the TV Pilot storyline developed, I found myself wanting to tell the stories of how he acquired his “Stormbringer” moniker and how he came into possession of his axe, named Raven Caller.  I conceived of writing a pair of connected novels, a duology, to tell this story.
This is when I began to get the notion of telling Ragnar’s story in the way that I have been telling Rayden’s; through short stories, novels, either stand-alone or in multi-book story arcs, or even novellas.
The approach gives me the widest range possible for shining light on different moments of Ragnar’s life and his development.
When I decided to tell Ragnar’s story in this way, much more about his character emerged, from the lands he visited, to what forged him as a youth, to the main things that drive him through life.  More and more about Ragnar’s life unfolded in my mind until Ragnar had become a character whose purpose had grown into something far beyond a single storyline for a potential TV series.
In some ways, there was a real balance that emerged between the Ragnar and Rayden characters, entailing male and female, hero and heroine, both living in the same world.
The flaws and unpredictable nature that Ragnar has make for some fertile ground as a storyteller, but I did not want to see him seen as a violent brute.  He is not what one would describe as an intellectual person, but he is curious about the world, and he does approach it with an open mind.
With these nuances, and writing his first stories in prose, I began to see him as an anti-bully kind of figure.  He is the strong, unapologetic hero that would intervene to trounce the bully in anyone’s life because it transgresses a natural sense of right and wrong within Ragnar.
This area of inspiration provides a lot of fuel for the fire in writing his tales, as I see Ragnar having a lot to offer a complex, often relativistic world like we have today in terms of his no-nonsense, no tolerance approach to cruelty, harassment, bullying-behavior, predatory behavior, and the like.
He is the kind of character who can inspire, who can encourage an individual to find the hero inside them to intervene for others and help them fight back when others seek to make them victims.
The inspiration process for the Ragnar Stormbringer character has been an incredible one, beginning with the writing of a TV Pilot screenplay and now evolving into a full-blown character who can stand on his own in short stories, novellas, novels, and, perhaps, even visual media such as TV shows and movies!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

#53 REVIEW | The Legend of Dollaretta: La Vie en Rouge by Cherry Gunzenhauser

I'm finally back with new reviews I should have done since fucking February! FEBRUARY!!! I know, I have no shame, I'm sorry, but I'm doing it now, and I'm catching up with everything, right now I'll just do the written reviews and then add the video reviews later when I get to filming those. Right now I just can't find the fucking time, I'm sorry. So, here we go, today I have a wonderful graphic novel for you - The Legend of Dollaretta: La Vie en Rouge by Cherry Gunzenhauser.

The Legend of Dollaretta: La Vie en Rouge 

★★★★

The 17-year-old (vampire) Demi Chevalier is angry, fed-up and socially indifferent, yet she has accepted that Elizabeth Rose Convent will be her home for the next two years. She anticipates many hindrances but does not expect her curiosity to be so deeply ignited by what she is told of the Convent's infamous legend of Dollaretta. 
According to the legend, those who speak of Dollaretta will find themselves fated to peril, and incidentally, the first student to tell Demi about the legend finds herself in a grave situation. Demi refuses to acknowledge the strange coincidence, although there is a part of her that begins to feel a deep-rooted sense of paranoia. For the next few weeks Demi experiences vivid nightmares about the legend then as if to test her better judgment, she is confronted by a student who is convinced that the legend is real. Despite the eerie and suggestive nature of Demi's nightmares, she tries to tell herself that paranoia is to be expected under the given circumstances. 
The girls in the dormitory (Kea, June, Lorain, and Angelica) begin to notice Demi's strange fascination with the dead student, but they're unaware that Demi is convinced that the murderous and mythical vampiress (Dollaretta) is very much real and haunting the convent.

The Illustrations

Okay, so I really liked the illustrations. They were simple and easy, they had a somewhat "manga" style /ish feel to them and seeing that that's the only style I myself can draw at least a little bit, I had to appreciate that, lol. But seriously, if you don't like manga or graphic novels, or simple illustrations, better keep your hands off this one, you probably won't like it. I myself loved the technique, the characters, again the simplicity of how everything looked. I liked that it was black&white it gave the story its own feel, which you'll understand if you read it. There's this vibe you get from this novel, I don't really know how to explain it, yet it did its artistic job in getting a reaction from me.
A big thumbs up for the chapter pages, they were awesome, I mean it's been what? Almost 5 months since I read it? And I still remember almost everything! I'll come back to that later.

The Plot

I loved the plot! Here's why:
  • it has vampires in it (you know me, I'm a sucker for a good vampire novel)
  • it's paced very nicely, I really didn't see the end until I finished the story and was like "What the fuck? That's it? I want MORE!" *wink at the author who hopefully will give me the next ARC soon?*
  • very interesting story overall, quite original, has a mythical feel to it which I do appreciate very much. I loved the twists and turns and how everything unfolded, yet I have to complain at least a little - it's too short! :D
  • this story is very memorable and I always seek that in books, I don’t like to read and then forget everything, I mean where’s the point in that, right? Yet this story still stays in my mind almost as if I read it a week ago. I don’t remember it by heart, though I do temember some pages and most of the story. That’s a big plus for the plot!

The Characters

I won't name the characters this time, I just don't know what to say about most of them. I do know that the main character was making me feel very conflicted, seeing that sometimes I understood her and her actions, other times I was really annoyed by her. And still I can't say anything bad in this section either, it's probably not the strongest part of the book, yet still good enough for me to like them and the story.

All in All

This graphic novel deserves 5 stars! I loved it and I definitely recommend it to everyone who thinks it might interest them. It's a creepy story, very mystical, very intriguing, with a cliffhanger at the end. I WARNED YOU, THERE'S A CLIFFHANGER, SO DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT IT WHEN YOU READ IT! It's worth it though, lol.