Queen of Someday by:Sherry D. Ficklin


Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?

My Thoughts: I got this book for free from my nook, and I usually read free books if I am low on cash or during the waiting period in between book series and I decided to download this book because the summary kinda peaked my interest. I liked the setting of Russia or Prussia, since I am a history buff of course this would interest me. I also liked the political intrigue that the book had and not knowing who to trust.

I like Sophie as a main character and she had a character in the beginning of the book. However my problem with this book is the uninteresting love square or romances that are non-developed. I felt Sophie was brought down by the love scenes and I would have rather been had her be more a part of the political story line rather than start off as a great character than reduced to girl who all the other boys have to fight over.

Another problem is the love “square” that happens. Sophie is suppose to marry Peter, but is in love with Alexander, than falls in love with Sergei; and my main problem with this is that the males are poorly developed and uninteresting.

It was a free book so I didn’t feel too bad for reading it but I don’t think I will continue the series. If you like it fine but it wasn’t for me

Grade: 2.2/5

The Warrior Hier By Cinda Williams Chima

Summary (Via Goodreads): An epic battle between good and evil…

Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great – until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game – a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.

As if his bizarre heritage isn’t enough, Jack finds out that he’s not just another member of Weirlind – he’s one of the last of the warriors – at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.

My Thoughts: I was recommended this book from a friend who basically explained that it is a mash up between Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, so of course I decided to start reading it and I really enjoyed the book. The main character, Jack Swift; is your standard YA protagonist and I would describe him sort of like an older version of Percy Jackson. I also liked that his friends are also a part of the adventure. I also like his aunt Linda who serves as his “Obi-Wan” in the first book and trains him for the tournament.

There is a little romance between Jack and Ellen, but is pretty well developed and there is a twist, that most probably saw coming.

The book also does a good job setting up a fantasy universe within a modern day setting, which are books that I really like. Also setting up the major conflict that happens throughout the rest of the series.

It was a great first book that got me excited to read the rest of the series.

Grade: 4/5

Deadpool Movie review

I know I am a week late, but last week I was at a Model UN so of course I couldn’t see Deadpool opening weekend, and now I do have the chance and let me tell you it was amazing.

Before I give you my thoughts on the movie, a little history. A Deadpool movie was circling around since at least 2009 around the time XMen Origins: Wolverine came out, and the less I tell you about that Deadpool or Baraka Pool, the better. It wasn’t until 2014 that test footage was “Leaked” around the time of Comic Con that got everyone interested in seeing Deadpool on the big screen.

It’s most likely not around anymore, but let me tell you, when I saw the footage it got me hyped to see Deadpool. It was mainly the test footage that got audiences to get a brief preview of what a Deadpool movie would look like.

Now for the actual movie, I think this movie was awesome. It was everything that I wanted a Deadpool movie to be which had a great mix of action and comedy, with Deadpool giving the breaking the fourth wall humor that he always does in the comics. Ryan Reynolds was outstanding as Deadpool, and for someone who wanted this movie made for years, he pulled off an amazing performance. I also thought Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, the love-interest for Wade Wilson/Deadpool also did an amazing job and playing the role more than just a damsel and actually has a great character to her.

It was also nice to see some X-Men make appearances like Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who were more than just cameos and actually contributed to the story and had some great fight scenes in the final fight. They even made a reference on how the studio didn’t have a budget for other X-Men.

I am so glad that this movie was good, because this was in all intense purposes a movie that was made by the fans, and if not for the “leaked” footage, this movie wouldn’t have seen the light of day.

Grade: A

Daredevil Season 2 trailer review

Sorry that it’s been a while since I posted. I was at a Model UN conference so I haven’t had time to read or post, but when I got back I saw the season 2 trailer for the Netflix/Marvel series Daredevil.

Daredevil, the first season was one of first in a series of Netflix/Marvel productions set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I will be reviewing the first season before the second season premieres.

The trailer really gets me excited for the season;  mainly because of the introduction of the Punisher (Jon Bernthal) who is basically Daredevil, except that he kills people.  It also gives us what is seen to be a Daredevil vs. Punisher in regards to their ideologies.

Also the trailer gives us a little “post-credit” scene is regards to Elecktra. More of that soon.

Hamilton Book Tag

Okay, here is an exciting Tag and it is based on one of my favorite musicals Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which is a telling of the founding father Alexander Hamilton. I wasn’t tagged but this excites me so I am doing it.

The musical is very good, which I may review because every song is good. If you can’t afford tickets because Broadway tickets listen to soundtrack on spotify  and you will not regret it.

The tag was originally done by maureenkeavy

The Room Where It Happens | Book world you would put yourself in

At 11 years old, who didn’t want to live in the Wizarding World and go to school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Schuyler Sisters: An Underated Female Character

Sabriel from Sabriel, who I see as a badass warrior but is never really mentioned along side the other leading leadies of YA

My Shot | A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

Jonas from Falling Kingdom, I know he was a bit whinny in the first book but that never stopped him leading a rebellion against the king.

Stay Alive | A character you wish was still alive

Enough said.

Burn | The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

If you have read the series, you know why.

The Reynolds Pamphlet | A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

For Gone Girl, this it me by suprise. Steelheart was the defination of what I didn’t see coming and the less I say about The Song of Ice and Fire the better.

Non-stop | A series you marathoned

After reading Cinder I juped right into Scarlet and Cress and then waiting pratically a year and half for Winter.

Satisfied | Favorite book with multiple POVs

This is what I think is the definitive fantasy series and that really nails how to do multiple points of view.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story | A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

Lunar Chronicles really nails how to do fairy tale retelling and mixing in Sci Fi while telling a compelling story.

Harry Potter, after almost 10 years since the publiation of Deathly Hallows, the fandom is bigger and better than ever.

Helpless | A relationship you were pulling for from the very start

From the first few page, who didn’t want to see them together.

Ten Duel Commandments | Favorite fight scene

Cinder vs. Levena, the Luke vs. Vader of the series

Say No To This | Guilty pleasure read

I don’t care what anyone says, I thought the books was awesome, and better than the TV show.

Right Hand Man | Favorite BROTP

Will and Jem, Brolationship goals.

What’d I Miss | A book or series you were late to reading

Just started reading a few months ago and so far it is amazing.

That was hard but very fun. Thanks for reading!

Snow Like Ashes by: Sara Raasch

Summary (Via Goodreads)A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. Like a lot of first books in high fantasy books there is a lot of world building, but at least with this world building kept you engaged in the story and also the characters.

I like Meira, she is basically Arya mixed and Cleo from Falling Kingdoms. While her character covers the trope of a young girl who wants to be warrior but gender norms keeps her from doing so. The story is framed differently Throughout the book she keeps getting visions from Hannah, who was the former Queen of Winter before its defeat, and in the end the visions actually means something.

I also like that there isn’t really a love triangle, or if it is, it is very down played. One is Mather is who set to be King of Winter, the other is Theron who at one point Meira was forced to marry in order to secure an alliance. I felt both of those characters lacked development but hopefully in future books will gain some character development.

Another side character is Sir, the main who raised Meira from when she was orphaned. He basically serves the Obi-Wan role in the book.

If I were to point out a negative I would say the villain. I didn’t feel that he had any type of development or was really any interesting. Another is the ending and how anti-climatic it felt, and how rushed it was.

In the end, I thought the book was great and excited to read the sequel.

Grade: 3.7/5


Superbowl Trailers

Yesterday was the Superbowl and that means new trailers for upcoming movies and I till countdown to the ones I am excited for.

  1. Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows: This was a movie I initially wasn’t excited for because the first movie was a little underwhelming. But with this trailer it seems that they are embracing the cartooney side of the Ninja Turtles from the 80s cartoon. Also what got me excited was the inclusion of Beebop, Rocksteady, Casey Jones and KRANG!! I am actually excited about the movie.

2. Xmen Apocalypse: The 3rd movie of the Xmen First Class trilogy if you say. Gives us a new threatening villain in Apocalypse and inclusions of young versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Night-crawler, and Storm. With also new characters such as Jubilee and Psylocke. Since I loved XMen: Days of Future Past with Brian Singer back in the directors chair this could be an amazing movie.

3. The Jungle Book: Next in the long line of live action animated Disney movies. Iron Man director Jon Favreau and giving us great visuals, and if it is anything like Iron Man, it could be well done.

4. Independence Day Resurgence: In a sequel to a movie made over 20 years ago, the aliens are back and causing a whole lot of destruction. This is a movie I am not very excited about, mainly because I am very weary about sequels made after 20 years.

5. Captain America: Civil War: Now this is one of the movies I am insanely excited about. It also gave us new footage including whose on whose side and a new Iron Man wrist suit.

6. Jason Bourne: Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass is back in the Bourne series, and even though it was only 30 seconds it made me the most excited about seeing Matt Damon back as Jason Bourne.

Those are the Superbowl trailers do have a favorite let me know in the comments below.

Throne of Glass by: Sarah J. Maas

Summary (Via Goodreads): After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My Thoughts: I was recommended this book from a friend, who described it as Game of Thrones meets Hunger Games, and I could say that I really enjoyed the book. As a fan of high fantasy the world really grabbed my attention, and while the first few chapters takes a while to set things up it is a given for any high fantasy book.

Now let me discuss the characters. First is Celaena, who was an assassin who has to compete in a tournament in order to receive her freedom. I would describe her as Katniss if she went bad. She also has a bit of snark to her. Next is Chaol, who is captain of the guard and is tasked to train Celaena for the tournament who is basically Four from Divergent and I like Celaena and Chaols back and forth. Another is prince Dorian who is another suitor for Celaena who shares her love of reading. While I am not against love triangles and romances I feel that it was a distraction  from the main plot.

I really liked the plot, the tournament felt like a sick twisted Triwizard tournament with very dangerous tasks such as picking a poison, climbing challenges and hard duels, but I felt some of the other competitors could of had some development. I also liked the murder mystery plot, even though without giving too much away it felt a little anti-climatic.

In the end I felt this was a great first book of a series and despite some problems I really enjoyed the book and was excited to see what came next.

Grade: 3.8/5

Saga Vol. 1 by: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staple

Summary (via Goodreads): When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

My Thoughts: Wow! That was my feeling about reading this graphic novel. It is something that I have never read before and it was amazing. This tells the story of two people Marko and Alana who fall in love but are from opposite sides of a galactic war. Basically Romeo and Juliet in space. But the romance was so well done. Even though they are already married by the start of the novel, the romance really develops over time in regards to protecting their daughter, Hazel.

Also in Vol. 1, there is a lot of world building which is usual for any sci fi graphic novel. But it also sets up the plot and the other characters such as, the Will; the bounty hunter hired to capture them and IV a royal member, and develop their characters and arcs as well.

Also, the world looks amazing and Fiona Staple, the lead illustrator gives us a feel of how the world looks and feels, and designs of the many creatures and characters are very distinct and unique and is something that I have never seen before in any graphic novel.

The graphic novel is also very graphic, in terms of violence and sexual imagery, which isn’t to distracting. So if its not for you it is understandable.

Vol. 1 was an amazing book, that could easily set up to something epic.

Grade: 5/5

Falling Kingdoms by: Morgan Rhodes

Summary (via Goodreads): In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword

My Thoughts: When I first heard about the book, it was described by my friends as a YA Game of Thrones, which kinda turned me off, because I didn’t want to read a sanitized version of Game of Thrones. The book kinda surprised me on how good the story was, even though I felt the conflict was started in a convoluted way. Even though it is not at the level of Game of Thrones, it was still a very good book.

Let me describe the lead characters, first is Cleo; who is the princess of one of the ruling kingdoms. At first she starts off as the pampered princess but by the end she changes. Jonas starts off as the bad boy rebel trying to hate the world because he grew up in poverty but also changes. Lucia is what I like to describe as Davina from the Originals with the powers of the Avatar, while she doesn’t have a lot in terms of development she does in future books, and Magnus; who I like to describe as a dark prince, trying to break from his King father and not really knowing his true allegiance.

I think this was a very solid first book, while it takes a while for the plot to really start moving forward, mainly because it is mostly focusing on world building in which a lot of fantasy books has to do. I enjoyed the book as much as I thought I would and was excited to see what happens next.

Grade: 3.7/5