Wednesday, February 24, 2021

LDK Volume 2 - Manga Breakdown

LOVE RIVALS Aoi appears to finally be coming to terms with her feelings for Shusei. But before she can come to a conclusion, she witnesses a shocking scene between Shusei and a beautiful woman. However, it turns out that Shusei is not the only one who's popular with the opposite sex, as a younger rival enters the fray and vies for Aoi's attention. One boy is enough headache, but what will Aoi do with two gorgeous boys as love interests?

                                         Manga Breakdown

Shuusei's sister visits and he and Aoi decide to act like a couple so she will stop bugging Shuusei about moving in with her while she's between guys. It goes kinda well until the sister demands they kiss... then it falls completely apart.

A new guy (Komine) enters the picture and he's got a thing for Aoi won't leave her alone, he wants her to like him back, even going so far as to play up that she's his master and he'll do whatever she wants. Weird guy. Shuusei's apartment is finally fixed and ready to go, he moves out and Komine moves in with Aoi, without her consent kinda. It doesn't go quite as Komine played and by the end of it, Shuusei's apartment is ruined again and he must move in with Aoi once more.

I'm really rooting for these two. I think they are so freaking cute together. The only thing I don't like how sometimes Aoi cries for no reason. Like you'd think she'd want Shuusei to kiss her but she starts crying instead. It really makes no sense to me. If I liked a guy and we had to pretend to date, I'd kiss him, a lot. Not cry when he tried. I just don't get it at all honestly.

Besides that, I'm still enjoying this story and I hope that our couple can finally move on without the weird Komine in the picture. The art is still stunning and I can't wait to read the next one.


Monday, February 22, 2021

The Cecil Hotel

 

If there ever was a place where dreams went to die, it's this place. Countless suicides, deaths, and just strange behavior that takes over the guests - this place has it all. Welcome to the Cecil Hotel, where you can check in but no promises that you'll check out...


Music Monday - Witch of the Vale

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I've said this before and even shared a few bands/songs but I've recently found some really good new goth music and just had to share! You can find such good stuff on Bandcamp! If you've never checked out the website you should! So many great artists! 

Today I'm going to share two epic tracks from Witch of the Vale, a really great new darkwave duo from Loch Lomond. I hope you enjoy!





That's it for this post. Which one did you like better? Let me know below. Have a great week and stay safe. 


Sunday, February 21, 2021

Share A Poem Sunday - The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;


Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,


And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.


I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Friday, February 19, 2021

How I Started Gaming - Video Game Nonsense

If you were to ask my partner, I'm not actually a 'gamer'. If you were to ask most gamers they would also say the same thing.  I don't play enough games to classify myself as a 'gamer'. But, I do like to play video games. 

This started when I was little and would watch my father and brother play things like Street Fighter, Tetris, Pac-Man, Super Mario World, and all those boring sports games. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Captive of Wolves - Book Breakdown

For years, the monsters who killed my family have held me in a cage. Brutalized and half-starved. Only kept alive so they can steal my blood.

Until one evening when four eerily gorgeous men break me out of my prison.

They give me a soft bed and delicious food. They say they'll protect me—but their generosity may come at a price.

My rescuers are monsters like my captors: fae who shift into wolves. A curse gripping the faerie realm turns them wild under the full moon. Only my blood can cure their rage.

These fearsome men need me, and not just to lift the curse. A tragedy left them outcasts, and offering me to their rulers could win them back the home and the power they lost.

No matter how kindly they treat me, no matter how their smoldering eyes and strong hands stir unfamiliar desires in both my body and my heart, their castle is just another prison. As long as I'm a prize more than a person, my life will never be my own.

I've survived this long without giving up. I won't roll over now. But how can one damaged human girl hold her own against the savage fae?

*Captive of Wolves is the first in a new paranormal romance saga featuring possessive wolf shifters, fraught fae politics, and a wounded heroine coming into her own. Grab it now and get swept away in the fantasy!*

Monday, February 15, 2021

Music & Manga Monday

A spine-chilling and steamy romance between a Japanese sweets maker and the man who framed her mother for murder -- Something's Wrong With Us is the dark, psychological, sexy shojo series readers have been waiting for!

Married to the Enemy

Nao has followed in her mother's footsteps to become a traditional Japanese sweets maker. Even at 21, her skills are unparalleled, landing her a spot at a world-class confectionary company. However, when she meets the young, handsome heir to the company, she recognizes Tsubaki: her first friend, and the same boy who framed her mother for murder over a decade ago. As the only witness to the crime, Nao seizes her chance to get close to him, but instead of finding answers, she falls deeper for Tsubaki's allure...







Mini Manga Breakdown

A romance with a mystery?! Sign me up, please!

The plot starting is pretty simple. Everything is perfect for little Nao until Tsubaki frames her mother for the death of his father. Her mother ends up dying on trial, leaving Nao alone. After Nao turns 21, she receives a letter from her mother, saying she didn't kill anyone.

Nao wants to prove her mother didn't kill anyone and find the real killer. When a chance encounter has Tsubaki asking for her hand in marriage, she might get her wish. Though now married to the guy who claimed her mother was a murderer, finding the actual killer won't be easy.


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These two songs I'm sharing with you now are completely different. But they're both pretty good. I hope you like them!




Saturday, February 13, 2021

Cyberpunk 2077 Review - Video Game Nonsense

 

I'd been looking forward to this game for quite a while and was so excited when it was finally in my hands. Then I played a little... 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Mid-Month Reading Update


It's that time of the month again! Where we get to talk about if I'm actually following my TBR or not. Before we start, I want you to guess if I'm on track or far behind. Got your guess in? Alright, let's go!

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Finally A Vegan - Book Breakdown

Stephanie took part in Veganuary, the month-long global challenge to try veganism, for January 2019. In Finally a Vegan she describes how her changing attitudes to animal welfare and exploitation led her from staunch omnivore to vegetarianism in the preceding years. She recalls her excitement at taking part in the challenge itself and shares her daily food diary, failures as well as triumphs.

Drawing on her post-Veganuary experiences, Stephanie then responds to the common questions But what about my boots? But isn't it expensive? and But surely it isn't healthy? before honestly asking herself How vegan do I want to be?

Ideal for vegan-curious readers, Finally a Vegan is an insightful memoir inspired by one life-changing month.

10% of Finally A Vegan profits will be donated to vegan projects and charities.


Monday, February 8, 2021

Music Monday - Danheim

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It's been quite a while since I shared some epic Viking music from Danheim! So here we go! Grab an axe and get ready to go on a raid! 




Did you get anything good on the raid? Or at least enjoy these great songs? Either way, I hope you have a great week! 


Friday, February 5, 2021

February TBR

 


Welcome to a new month but the same old stuff. Because it seems that the world just can't get it together. Yes, we've made some progress in a way, but in other ways, I feel we are taking series of steps back. But, this is not the post for that. 

Today, we're going to talk about the books I want to read this month. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

A Deal with the Elf King - Book Breakdown

Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Uprooted, this stand-alone, fantasy romance about a human girl and her marriage to the Elf King is impossible to put down!

The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella's village to be their Human Queen.

To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she's dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town's only healer.

That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives... for her.

Everything Luella had thought she'd known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.

The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another... but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.

A Deal with the Elf King is a complete, stand-alone novel, inspired by the tales of Hades and Persephone, as well as Beauty and the Beast, with a "happily ever after" ending. It's perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon-worthy couple.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

January Wrap Up

 

I read quite a few books this month! A lot more than I thought I had. Did I get through my TBR? Let's get into this, shall we? 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Music Monday - Scandroid

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I found this really cool new artist through the Cyberpunk 2077 game and I wanted to share how awesome it is! It's a really cool retro yet futuristic vibe. Something I've not really heard a lot of. Let's just get to it!





So what did you think? Pretty cool huh! Which was your favorite? As always, stay safe and have a great day dear butterfly. 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Share A Poem Sunday - Because I could not stop for Death - Emily Dickinson

To me, this poem is about how we see death during our life. As children, we know about death but never worry about it. 'It can't happen to us, surely'. But as we get older we know that we won't live forever and so we start to fear the unknown, death. 


BECAUSE I COULD NOT STOP FOR DEATH


Because I could not stop for Death –

He kindly stopped for me –

The Carriage held but just Ourselves –

And Immortality.


We slowly drove – He knew no haste

And I had put away

My labor and my leisure too,

For His Civility –


We passed the School, where Children strove

At Recess – in the Ring –

We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –

We passed the Setting Sun –


Or rather – He passed Us –

The Dews drew quivering and Chill –

For only Gossamer, my Gown –

My Tippet – only Tulle –


We paused before a House that seemed

A Swelling of the Ground –

The Roof was scarcely visible –

The Cornice – in the Ground –


Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet

Feels shorter than the Day

I first surmised the Horses' Heads

Were toward Eternity –


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Book Breakdown

By 2021, the World War has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can't afford one, companies build incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. They've even built humans. Immigrants to Mars receive androids so sophisticated they are indistinguishable from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government bans them from Earth. Driven into hiding, unauthorized androids live among human beings, undetected. Rick Deckard, an officially sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to find rogue androids and "retire" them. But when cornered, androids fight back - with lethal force.

The Inspiration for the Film BLADE RUNNER.

Originally published in 1968, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? remains a masterpiece ahead of its time, a prescient rendering of a dark future. Now comes a striking new edition of the classic for future fans to enjoy.





Monday, January 25, 2021

Music Monday - BrunuhVille

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Today I thought we'd listen to some epic fantasy music. It relaxing and takes you away into another realm.




Don't you feel like you've stepped into an epic fantasy after listening to these? Anyway, as always, have a wonderful week and stay safe!


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Share A Poem Sunday - The Haunted Palace by Edgar Allan Poe


THE HAUNTED PALACE


In the greenest of our valleys

By good angels tenanted,

Once a fair and stately palace—

Radiant palace—reared its head.

In the monarch Thought’s dominion,

It stood there!

Never seraph spread a pinion

Over fabric half so fair!


Banners yellow, glorious, golden,

On its roof did float and flow

(This—all this—was in the olden

Time long ago)

And every gentle air that dallied,

In that sweet day,

Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,

A wingèd odor went away.


Wanderers in that happy valley,

Through two luminous windows, saw

Spirits moving musically

To a lute’s well-tunèd law,

Round about a throne where, sitting,

Porphyrogene!

In state his glory well befitting,

The ruler of the realm was seen.


And all with pearl and ruby glowing

Was the fair palace door,

Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing

And sparkling evermore,

A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty

Was but to sing,

In voices of surpassing beauty,

The wit and wisdom of their king.


But evil things, in robes of sorrow,

Assailed the monarch’s high estate;

(Ah, let us mourn!—for never morrow

Shall dawn upon him, desolate!)

And round about his home the glory

That blushed and bloomed

Is but a dim-remembered story

Of the old time entombed.


And travellers, now, within that valley,

Through the red-litten windows see

Vast forms that move fantastically

To a discordant melody;

While, like a ghastly rapid river,

Through the pale door

A hideous throng rush out forever,

And laugh—but smile no more.

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This is how 2020 was to me. I started with such promise before slowly sinking into darkness. My own personal life was like that. I went through the darkest time in my life. Some may say that reading dark poems only depress them more. To me, it shows I'm not alone and that we all go through dark times. Makes me feel less lonely. 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Onyx & Ivory - Book Breakdown

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Music Monday - Female Rock Groups

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I thought we'd crank up the power and listen to some recent rock music by two of my favorite female lead rock groups. Get ready to head-bang to these awesome tunes. 





So let me know which one was your favorite? As always, have a great week and stay safe!


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Onision: In Real Life - TV Talk (Discovery+)



So I just learned about Discovery+ and signed up for it because they have a few shows that my partner and I love. He enjoys Naked and Afraid and true crime, while I love Ghost Adventures and a few cooking shows. So we thought this was great! 

While looking through the originals, I found Onision: In Real Life. About an abusive, sexual predator that is still making YouTube videos today. He uploads daily, so you could hop over to YouTube and check him out right now. 

This documentary covers his early life a little, but it kicks off when he started his channel. It shows him and his first wife and then his second partner, who was only 17 when they first hooked up. He actually had to check the laws in the state they were going to be in to make sure it was legal for them to sleep together. He was 25. 

It shows videos where he was opening abusive to her. One day, while they were having sex, he stopped in the middle of the act to shave her head, then they went back to the action. Who would do that to someone?

He even caused her to have a stress-related seizure!

I had to look into this more because - as of now - only the first episode is out. There's going to be three, I believe. But I had to know more now. It's insane how deep this rabbit hole goes. It's not for the faint of heart. There's grooming, more abuse, just really gross stuff, and even one of his kids getting hurt. 

All this left me wondering... why is he still allowed on YouTube? I wish I could answer that, but I can't. If you have the time, I fully recommend checking this out. You can learn everything off YouTube for free if you can't or don't want to pay for Discovery+. 

Just before, it's a scary deep rabbit hole that spans years. 

In the end, I was left with a single thought: it's honestly scary the stuff some people can get away with just because they're kind of famous.


Monday, January 11, 2021

Music Monday - Pop Hits

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Today I'm going to share two songs but two different artists that I've found recently and liked. I really hope you like them too! One is pretty upbeat and makes me feel like dancing, the other has a nice beat hiding a more sad song. I hope you enjoy them both!




I really hope you enjoyed these! Which was your favorite? Let me know below and as always, have a great week! 


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Netflix's Bridgerton - TV Talk

 

I'm going to commit one of the deadliest book sins out there with this one... but it's gotta be done.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

January TBR

I hope you all had a lovely holiday. Mine was kept low-key, but my partner and I did watch the last half of Vikings. God, I won't spoil anything for anyone who hasn't watched it. But I didn't care for the ending at all. It was disheartening to me. 

But moving on, it's that time again my friend, where I mention the books I want to read this month and then never read them. Of course, I'm still hoping to change that and so I've picked books that I really want to read. Hopefully, this helps. 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Music Monday - Plastic Hearts

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So in November Miley Cyrus came out with a new album and it's better than I thought. Much, MUCH better than the stuff she's put out the last few years - in my humble opinion. I still only like a few songs off this one but I really like this these songs and wanted to share! She really was inspired by rock stars from earlier times.


***WARNING LANGUAGE***







 

Well that's all for this week! What was your favorite song? Let me know below! Have a great week and happy reading!


Sunday, January 3, 2021

Her Perfect Bones - ARC Breakdown

The girl's body is curled up like a shell and almost completely buried in sand. Only her fingertips can be seen, reaching helplessly up towards an escape she will never find…

Seventeen-year-old Shelby Mayfield sits alone on a bus to Fog Harbor, California. Aside from a few items of clothing, all she has with her is twenty-two dollars, the ragdoll she’s kept since kindergarten, and the devastating secret she’s been hiding.

How long will it be before her family realizes she’s gone?

Can anyone see the fresh bruise on her cheek beneath the makeup?

Perhaps she was a fool to believe the person she is meeting in this remote little town could help her…

When a girl’s body is found hidden in a barrel in a woodland cabin, the local police are at a loss. The film from an old camera found looped around her neck is their only lead, but Criminal Psychologist Olivia Rockwell’s blood turns to ice when she recognizes the ragdoll in one of the girl’s last photographs. She used to own one just like it, and it can only mean one thing: if she doesn’t dig deep into the mind of a deadly killer from her past—her own father—more innocent lives will be in danger…

A totally gripping and utterly addictive crime thriller for readers who love Lisa Regan, Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh. But be warned: you’ll be sleeping with the lights on after you’ve raced through the pages in one sitting!


Book Breakdown

Are you looking for action? An epic car chase? Slow burn romance that's filled with tension? What about really cool crime scenes? Twist and turns you never see coming? Then this is the book for you! I love Decker and Rockwell! Even though this book is on the longer side: it never once dragged on. Which is something other books in this genre have done for me. It's perfectly paced between keeping you on the edge of your seat and giving you room to breathe before the next big moment.

As with every book, this author's writing keeps getting better. She's getting so good with her witty dialogue and I'm here for it!

Start this series today! You will not regret it! It's worth it alone for the gritty world the author has built and how she keeps flushing out these complex characters. I can't wait to see where this goes next!

*Thanks to the author and NetGalley for this title in exchange for an honest review*