Top 5 Wednesday: Other SFF Media Part 2

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

August 15: Freebie
–In celebration of my birthday week (and because there are 5 Wednesdays this month), this is my gift to you. Pick any topic you want this week! We have years worth of archived topics you can look through if you are having trouble deciding.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

For the Freebie I wanted to do another Top 5 SFF Medias which are non book related. As a SFF I had a bunch and I would love to talk more about them.

Click here for my other Top 5 Wednesday.

Bioshock series

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This is a game series that takes us from the deep seas of Rapture to the city up above in Columbia. Its a first person shooter that has such an engaging world and rich storytelling. The first Bioshock had such an awesome twist and with Bioshock Infinite, Booker and Elizabeth are some of my favorite characters in gaming.

Saga

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Calling it a Romeo and Juliet set in space is pretty much an understatement. It deals with the marriage and relationship of two different species who are on opposite ends of a war being on the run, while caring for a newborn child. Also there is a bounty hunter who is after them who I believe is such a fantastic character.

The X Files

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I got into this series kinda of late but I have been watching it on Hulu. I would consider this a sort of precursor to shows like Supernatural and Buffy. Dealing with a monster of the week, while also dealing with long story arc. It deals with Mulder and Scully and they are tasked with dealing with sort of the strange cases that may deal with aliens. Even though I started late I do really love the show.

The Fallout series

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An open world game set within a post apocalyptic wasteland. This game series is amazing. Even with this vast wasteland it is filled with engaging quests, developed characters and a great use of setting. I also love the morality system that was presented in Fallout 3 with a decision to save a town or blow it up.

Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic

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Even though this is based on an existing property such as Star Wars, I would call it the definitive RPG experience within the Star Wars universe. It is also the game that put Bioware, the makers of Dragon Age and Mass Effect on the map. It has such engaging characters that you follow including a homicidal droid. Part of me really wishes that we could get another Star Wars RPG experience but I don’t think that will happen.

Those are some other SFF medias that I like. Do you have any favorite SFF media? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Summary:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep

The Review:

This was another book that was on my TBR for a long time, along with the author, and it is a lovely book that was such a fun read.

The writing was magnificent, it felt as if every word as magical and poetry. The writing style with is lyrical prose just made the story just as strong as it already was.

The world building was outstanding, and it takes you on a journey through the world and through the dreams of Lazlo, who is an orphan and a librarian who is always fascinated by the history of the world especially trying to find the lost city of Weep, which is always have been told to be legend. It really does a good job at tying in the lore within the world.

Sarai, is the blue skinned girl who communicates with Lazlo through his dreams and they both form a connection with one another. She is trying to get out of the influence of who her mother was and a world who basically wants her dead. She is very wide eyed and outgoing. As a godspawn she is made of light and darkness and is always at a constant struggle with what to do and it makes her a fantastic character.

The Sarai and Lazlo connection is one of the highlights of the book for me. They form such a good relationship with one another and its a love story that you want to root for. While it does sort of come across as insta-love especially when they first meet each other through Lazlo’s dream, it really helps that both of their characters are well developed.

In the end, Strange the Dreamer was a great first book that introduces you to a great world. Laini Taylor’s lyrical prose made this book truly amazing, and I cannot wait to read Muse of Nightmares.

Grade: 5/5

Summer Blogger Promo Tour: TBR Tag

Happy Sunday everyone.

This is another post for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour.

1. What is the Summer Blogger Promo Tour?
The Summer Blogger Promo Tour is a summer tour that we’ve put together at The Book Bratz that helps a bunch of bloggers both new and old link up with each other and collab on fun posts throughout the summer!

And for this one myself and Lili @ Utopia State of Mind

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Lili: I put all the books I want to read on my To Read shelf on Goodreads. I know there are books I haven’t looked at from when I first started my Goodreads accounts ages ago, so I only look at the recently added ones.

Me: I usually start with Goodreads and for some of my bought books I looks at my shelf and then my Goodreads to see which books I really want to read.

  1. Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Lili: Print. I don’t normally prefer to read on e-book unless the price is unbeatable OR it’s an e-arc. Those are really the two reasons I’d do this.

Me: It is Print books mostly, sometimes it is an e-book

  1. A Book That’s Been On Your TBR List The Longest

Lili: This older series by Mercedes Lackey – the thousand kingdoms I think? I loved so many of Lackey’s books as a child growing up that they have this special nostalgic place in my heart.

Me: Anything by Patrick Rothfuss and Mark Lawrence. I haven’t read anything by these two authors but I keep hearing great things about them.

  1. A Book You Recently Added To Your TBR

Lili: I think I added WE HUNT THE FLAME recently, but there have been so many fantastic 2019/2020 books announced that I have gone on a TBR rampage. Save me.

Me: Crazy Rich Asians. I know that is mostly because the movie is coming out but I do sort of also want to read the book.

  1. A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because of Its Beautiful Cover

Lili: I haven’t done this recently only because I have to really go the extra effort to add the book to my TBR. So it’s normally just arcs I want to keep a track of or maybe request.

Me: A more recent example is Four Dead Queens. I remember seeing the cover at BookCon.

  1. A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading

Lili:  Psh, I would love to read all the books on my TBR! That’s what it’s there for!

Me: If it’s on my TBR, then I will read it. Hopefully eventually

  1. An Unpublished Book on Your TBR That You’re Excited For

Lili: Well I just finished SADIE and that was fabulous, but of course I’m excited for SHADOWGLASS and SPY WITH THE RED BALLOON!

Me: What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertali because I want to see what both of those authors come up with. Also Muse of Nightmares because I just finished Strange the Dreamer and loved it.

  1. A Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You

Lili: Gah, a lot. I haven’t read Jenny Han or Victoria Schwab yet. So these are ones I get a lot of grief about! Or the Illuminae series – that one too. To be fair, I do now own these, so I have more of a reason to read them now!

Me: Jenny Han as well. I know Too All the Boys I Loved is coming on Netflix and it reminded me that I never even touched those books.

  1. A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You

Lili: DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC keeps getting recommended to me, by one person…but I will read it!

Me: Anything by Renee Adhieh. I even met her at BookCon and I felt so bad for not reading her books. I keep getting recommended her books, but I will read them eventually.

  1. A Book On Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read

Lili: Gosh all of them? I am most excited for KINGDOM OF THE BLAZING PHOENIX though. I Have that but I haven’t dug in yet…

Me: City of Saints and Thieves, I am still surprised that I haven’t read it yet

  1. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

Lili: I will not be answering this question. It’s too cruel.

Me: Yeah, about that. It will ever be growing that I have completely lost count.

WWW Wednesday 8/8/2018

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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I am FINALLY reading this book, and I am enjoying it. This has been on my TBR for a long time and I finally decided to read this. I really enjoy the writing and the world building.

What did you recently finish reading?

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Strange the Dreamer. Now I am hyped for Muse of Nightmares. It was so good. I loved the writing, this was the first book of Laini Taylor and I want to read more.

Furyborn, I really enjoyed. I liked the style in which its a book told through two time periods and each being such a lustful worlds in them.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I read Leviathan last year and really loved it. I loved the steampunk WWI story.

City of Brass also been on a TBR for a while, I heard great things about it and I am so excited to read it.

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!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorites You’d like to Revist

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

August 1: Favorites You’d Like to Revisit
— What favorite books would you like to re-read? These don’t just need to be books, they can also be TV, movies, video games, etc.

I love this topic because, there is always stuff I would love to revisit and not just books either.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

The Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld 

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I remember reading this series back when I was in high school and into college and really enjoying it. Then when I was at BookCon , I found out we has revisiting that world with Impostors. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of that book, but since I barely remember the Uglies trilogy, I should start by re-reading it.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel

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Buffy, is one of my favorite shows of all time, and withe news of a reboot, it got me thinking that I should rewatch the series. While I do have reservations about the reboot, but I did hear that it maybe a continuation rather than a full fledged reboot. I also credit this series for getting me more into the supernatural genre. I also can’t watch Buffy and also forgot about Angel, which I believe is a spin off that is almost better than the original show.

Red Dead Redemption

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With the sequel coming out in October, what better way to get me excited for the sequel, is to replay the original. I honestly believe that this game nailed the definitive western experience and it makes you feel like a bad ass.

The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff/Amie Kaufman

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My girlfriend bought the first book back in March. She still hasn’t read it, but no pressure for her. I really loved Obsidio, and it really gave me the epic finale I was looking for. This is one of my favorite series and I would love to do a buddy read with her.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Another one of my favorite series. With King of Scars coming out this year, with also a Nina POV (so excited). I want to re-read this series again. While I wasn’t a huge fan of Shadow and Bone, this series, got me into the Grishaverse in the best way possible, with fantastic characters. I also heard rumors of a Six of Crows 3. Cross my fingers to hope that it is true.

Those are some of the favorites I would like to revisit. What are some of your favorites you would like to revisit? Let me know in the comments below.

One of Us is Lying by: Karen M. McManus

Summary:
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. 
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. 
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? 
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.”

The Review:

This is a book sort outside of what I usually read because I don’t read a lot of YA contemporary, but I do like a good mystery book, and this book had it.

It started with five students in detention, all of whom look straight out of The Breakfast Club coming from all different walks of life, and while at first they seem like the cardboard cutouts of those characters as the book went on they started to become more fleshed out.

The “death” happens rather quickly with Simon, having an allergic reaction and dying, while it does start as an accident there is people who believe that he was poisoned. Since all of them were in the room, they all became suspects. As the book goes on, you begin to believe that all of them has a reason to kill Simon, mainly because he posts on a sort of Gossip-Girl type website spilling all of the students dirty laundry, and it revealed a lot of their deepest darkest secrets.

I liked that the book was told through all of their POVs, it really fleshed out a lot of their characters, and you begin to realize that they are more than just a Brain, a Jock, a Princess or a criminal.

I also liked how it talked a lot about the age of social media, and how the story became a national news scandal. It actually had some commentary about news media in general and how it affects those who are involved in the story.

Also with the mystery itself, it actually keeps you guessing with a whodunit, but it also evolves into a whydonit mystery, and a how. Because even with the reveal of the killer you still want to know, how and why.

In the end, I really enjoyed One of Us is Lying. It was a good YA mystery, that kept you guessing throughout the book. The characters were very fleshed out and you wanted to root for. It was takes a lot of good twist and turns.

Grade: 4/5

Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Interview with Lili

Happy Sunday,

This is another post for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour.

1. What is the Summer Blogger Promo Tour?
The Summer Blogger Promo Tour is a summer tour that we’ve put together at The Book Bratz that helps a bunch of bloggers both new and old link up with each other and collab on fun posts throughout the summer!

This week I am interviewing my partner Lili@UtopiaStateofMind

 

       1.How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging over two years, although it doesn’t even feel like that sometimes. Then again it feels much longer some days.

 

  1. What is a book or series that you like but everyone seems to hate?

This is such a difficult question! I don’t know if there’s a series like this. Maybe this means I just have very general tastes? I will say that the opposite occurs often. For example, while I enjoyed Harry Potter, I just never loved it as much as a lot of my friends.

 

  1. What is your go-to genre to read?

Science fiction and fantasy! If I had to pick one though? Fantasy. But I’d never just pick one, I’d more easily combine them into the genre of speculative fiction.

 

  1. Who are your auto-buy authors?

Traci Chee is one of my favorite authors, Heidi Heilig, Katherine Locke. I think these may be my top three where I also know I have just jumped blindly to their next books knowing I’d love it.

 

  1. Have you meet any authors? If so who were your favorites?

I’ve actually met quite a few in the last year. Since being back in NYC I’ve been able to go to tons of book events, not to mention I was lucky to go to a few conventions recently. Katherine Locke is one of my favorite! I first met her on Twitter when I read, and loved, Girl with the Red Balloon, and I feel like we’ve bumped into each other so much!

 

  1. If you could be a character in a book series, what series would it be?

This is extremely difficult. Recently in books I’ve been doing a, “I’d ___ with” series. So I’d fight a dragon with this character, or I’d pine after this one, and one of the ones I do is, “Character of My Heart”. So I’ve recently started thinking more and more about who I’d be. If I had to pick one, I’d pick Lirael from Lirael, or Daine from Wild Magic.

 

  1. What are some of your favorite posts?

I really like writing discussion posts, even though those are the hardest for me to write! Recently I’ve just been a combination of burnt out, but also extremely overworked over the last year particularly. So I just haven’t been able to be as creative, but I already have some really great ideas lined up for later this year.

 

  1. What’s your favorite part about blogging?

I think reading is my favorite. It’s hard for me to write reviews, mostly because I never just want to get together and sit down. I have to take notes while I read, so that’s definitely helpful, but I just don’t like the actual process I guess? But reading is definitely my favorite, I love getting sucked into new worlds.

 

  1. What book made you want to blog?

Gosh, I think the first book I reviewed was Eat, Pray, Love. But that isn’t the book that made me want to blog. I think it was a combination of factors that kind of just pushed me into it. I don’t even remember why I started with that book. I was mainly trying to just motivate myself to do non-thesis reading – and it worked! So the TLDR is there is no one book I guess?

 

  1. What’s your favorite social media platform?

I love instagram. It’s hard because I feel like my content isn’t necessarily what people love. I adore outdoor single book photos with unique angles, but that is kind of rare in the Bookstagram world. That being said, if that sounds like your jam -> https://www.instagram.com/utopia.state.of.mind/

 

  1. What made you want to start a blog?

So I already talked a bit how I wanted to make sure I was reading non-thesis books, but I think I also missed talking about books with friends. I was doing a very serious Masters, and I missed chatting about current reads – like I can do now. I missed that interaction and sharing my love of a book with the world, but also friends.

 

  1. What tips do you have for new bloggers?

Figure out why you want to blog and try not to lose sight of it. We can get overwhelmed or caught up in arcs or reviews, but find out why you want to blog and hold onto that. Because that motivation is going to be what keeps you blogging.