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.
Review

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?

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...