March wrap up/April TBR

Wow, March is almost over and spring is finally coming.

I am happy to share what I read for the month of March and also what I plan on reading in April.

What I read in March.

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This year I started reading graphic novels again, and I am enjoying them. With Paper Girls calling it a girl version of Stranger Things would be an understatement. I kinda want to talk about it, but I don’t want to go into spoiler entire. But this is a series I am happy to recommend to people.

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Another graphic novel that I picked up from the library sort of like a prep school that is not what it seems but the mystery of the first volume is enough to keep me intrigued.

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In my quest to discover Cassandra Clare and the world of the shadowhunter universe. After reading the first three books in the Mortal Instruments series and really enjoyed them, but I love the Infernal devices so far. It was nice to see a good prequel to the shadow hunter universe.

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Also in my quest for reading Cassandra Claire I read City of Fallen Angels. While not my favorite in the series so far the ending had my intigued.

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Lives up to the hype! This was one of my favorites of this year. A Review will be coming up later this week.

April TBR

These are the books I plan to read in April

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As a Sci Fi fan, it surprises me that I never read any Ann Leckie. I heard nothing but great things about this book, and she is an author I have been dying to read.

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A couple years back I read A Star Touched Queen, and I enjoyed it, and I have been meaning to pick up the series again so I am excited to see a new series by her, which is different from Star Touched Queen but I am excited to read it.

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A saw the trailer to the show, and I immediately wanted to read it. It is hard to believe that I still never read Neil Gaiman before and I hope this will be a good one.

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I read the Hate U Give and absolutely loved it, and I want to see Angie Thomas’s next book.

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Okay, so this was a cover purchase. It was a used book I picked up at my local bookstore, and its a dark fantasy that I always love.

Those are the books I read in March and may read in April. What’s on your April TBR, let me know in the comments below.

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WWW Wednesday 3/12/2019

Happy Wednesday everyone,

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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Late last year I finally decided to enter the Shadowhunter world and started reading The Mortal Instruments, the first three books anyway, and I really enjoyed them so far and finally seeing what the hype is about.

I am currently loving it so far, and I see why people love Jem so much, and it also gives us another glimpse in the Shadowhunter world.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I really loved this book. The world is amazing, and I love the romance between the characters.  A very well written Asian inspired fantasy dealing with concubines to the Demon King.

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After reading the first volume of Papergirls, I can honestly say that I am a fan of Brian K. Vaughn. I would sort of describe it as a sort of girl version of Stranger Things, while also maybe dealing with time travel. I really want to keep reading this series.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I bought this book during my Amazon gift card haul because I was very intrigued by the premise, especially since I am a fan of twisted fairy tales.

That is my WWW Wednesday. What books are you currently reading? What have you recently finished and what will you be reading next? Let me know in the comments below!

God of War (Video game review)

Okay, I know this is not book related but I finished playing God of War (2018) for the PS4 and I just really wanted to talk about it.

When I first played God of War (2018), I actually never played any of the previsions God of War games, mainly because last generation I had XBOX. From what I was told the previous God of War games was mostly a hack and slash game with Kratos, killing across Greek mythology after the death of his family. Then I remembered the E3 trailer from a couple years back that introduced a God of War semi-reboot with Kratos and his son but instead of Greek mythology the focus in on Norse mythology.

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The story of this game is amazing. From the first ten minutes you are introduced to Kratos, and he left the events of the PS3 God of War era behind him and is now raising a son Atreus. It starts with their wife and mother dying and them burning the body  with the final wish to take her ashes to the highest peak of the mountain.

While the story is a basic journey to go from here to there, the strength lies in its characters, mainly of Kratos and Atreus. The journey takes them across some of the nine realms and they begin to bond with one another and learn to build a better connection with one another.

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It would feel like a very long escort mission but the fact that Atreus is a part of the game play works, with commanding him to fire arrows at enemies and even make light bridges to go across

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The game-play is really amazing. Instead of the normal hack and slash, it introduces a new combat system and the weapon of the Leviathan ax which you could throw at an enemy and call it back to you, very different from the Blades of Chaos. A lot of the enemies have various ways to deal with combat and it starts a bit of a learning experience.

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The boss fights are also amazing. My favorite is the fight between Thor’s sons and after dying a handful of times caused me to really rethink my approach to the fight and trying to utilize Atreus more.

An impressive feature about the game is that it looks as if it was done in one shot, even though there is some cuts in between takes. It makes the game have a more cinematic feel to it and feeling like you are a part of the action.

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In the end, God of War is an amazing. Definitely was a game of the year in my book, with high intense action and a gripping story that made me want to stand up and clap after the game was over.

Grade: 10/10

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Summary:

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

The Review:

This is another book that I read outside of my usual genre reads, which is more of a YA Contemporary mystery novel centered around a young girl trying to find out what happened to her sister.

The main format of the book, follows both Sadie’s story with trying to figure out the murder of her sister. There is also a podcast that is following Sadie’s story as well as the murder of her sister Mattie which happened years ago.

The main strength of the book was the relationship between Sadie and her sister Mattie. Growing up Sadie was always very protective of her sister Mattie, especially when dealing with their alcoholic mother who never really cared about them, even after Mattie’s death their mother became very absent and would always abandon her.

I really did like Sadie the character. She was smart and reliant especially when she was on her own trying to track down her sister’s murderer by any means necessary  and she always used her street smarts to figure everything out.

The podcast format was also very well done. It the sort of boom of true crime podcasts it added a lot to the story especially with the character of West McCray the host of the podcast. While it may seem that he is doing the story about Sadie and her sister for sensationalism, there is times that he really does care about Sadie and is also invested in trying to find out what happened to her sister.

With Sadie, there was also a lot of themes of pedophilia and grooming. When Sadie finds out who the killer is, it also shows how a man can kinda put blinders on a town and that’s how he was able to get away with it for so long.

In the end, I truly enjoyed Sadie. The podcast format really felt as if I was in on the action, trying to figure out the mystery surrounding Sadie and her sister while also being really invested in Sadie’s story.

Grade: 5/5

March 2019 TBR

Happy March everyone,

It has been a while since I did a TBR and I kinda want to give myself a reading list for this month. I have a lot of books planned this month that I will hopefully read this month.

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I saw this at a bookstore, read the synopsis and picked it up automatically. It deals with an emperor’s death, and his daughter and two sons must deal with the consequences and their father’s last wish. It looks like a very complex fantasy novel which I am excited to read.

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This is a book I got from an Amazon gift card that I got for Christmas, and it also seemed very interesting, and of course the Parisian setting isn’t bad either. It looks like a very unique premise with “beasties”.

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I finally was put off the waiting list for this book. It was a book I missed in 2018, and I really want to read this. I am trying to read a lot more diverse fantasy, and this seems like my cup of tea.

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I finished reading Y: The Last Man, and I really enjoyed. I also read some of Saga and really loving it. I was told that since I am a fan of Brian K. Vaughan’s writing and was recommended this book.

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Okay, I have to admit, this was a cover check out from the library. I mean just look at that cover and tell me that you wouldn’t want to read it. It also has a cool premise dealing with warring kingdoms which I am always happy to read.