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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Monday, September 26, 2016
Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J Maas
Pages: 418
Published: August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens 
Source: Ebook
Links: goodreadsSarah J

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil. Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart. Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
I am really enjoying this series. I am so happy to be reading a series where all the books are out! YES! I think this book series is so addictive.  The way Maas does world building is fantastic. So this book picks up immediately where the last book ends.  Celaena is now the King's Champion and so she has to do what he says. She not only has that to worry about but also the Wyrdmarks.  There is of course a little love drama. Chaol, Dorian and Celaena are kind of a love triangle.  I like how the author just nips it in the butt and it's not an annoying love triangle.  Nehemia is an amazing character in this book.  She is so strong and what Celaena should be.

One thing I  liked about this book was that we get to explore a little bit more or Celaena's past.  Not too much.  But enough.  Some of her past I didn't totally expect which is something I really really enjoy.  I love to be surprised when I read.  I had no idea what was going to happen in this book.  The previous book had a straightforward plot.  We knew Celaena needed to be the champion and win. But then ... nothing.  So when this book started I was excited to see what were her missions going to be. I also like how flawed the characters are.  They all make mistakes.  Things they wish they hadn't done, or actually don't have a problem with the choice they made.  This book does a good job of making the reader hate the villain, the King of Adarlan. One character that did not get enough page time is Mort.  An ancient talking doorknob. I really wanted more from him.

This is a decent sequel.  Sometimes series suffer from second book syndrome where it is really just a filler book. Crown of Midnight really moves the story along.  I am pretty much almost done with book three so be sure to look for that review soon.

Reviews of other books in the series:
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Comic Adventures Issue #45

Thursday, September 22, 2016

read a lot of comics and rarely review them here on the blog. That's because I really don't have a lot to say for an entire post.  So I thought I would review several comics on one post.  I will still review graphic novels on their own now and then, but this is where I will talk about super-hero type comics (DC/Marvel) or sequels to some that I have already reviewed.

This issue I talk about Wonder Woman Volume 8 New 52,  Rat Queens Volume 3 Demons,  He-Man The Eternity War Vol. 2, and 

I love Wonder Woman in the New 52.  Yeah, I've said that before.  There is a big costume change as you can see on the cover over there.  Wonder Woman is always getting a costume makeover these days. No one wants her too girly, too slutty, to manly, I mean the old school costume was just fine. Donna Troy is the villain from the previous volume.  What I like about her is she is pretty much the same as Wonder Woman but darker.  More finishing up plots here.  Wonder Woman is the God of War, she is apart of the Justice League, she is queen of the Amazons. Strife has turned out to be one of my favorite characters in the series.  She is such a troll.  She gets Troy to break out of prison and just laughs about it. She pretty much convinces Troy to go to the Fates to get her life string cut only to find out she doesn't have one!!! I wish the Fates had been drawn a little better.  Overall... I love that the mythology is still here in the comic. I'll be sad when rebirth comes around in volumes because I'm sure they'll take Wonder Woman in a new direction. 
4 out of 5

I love the Rat Queens soooo much!  This comic series is really amazing.  Especially if you like fantasy and adventure type stories. I love the all female cast of character that run around in an adventuring company. I did just read that this comic would be continuing as a webcomic.  UGHHH... I don't know if sales were just really down or what.  I know there has been a lot of controversy with the artists and writers.  Pushing each other out, arrests, so much drama behind the scenes. I don't know how I feel about the whole webcomic thing?  I mean.... is it going to be free?  I get these from the library so I'm wondering. The new artist does draw the girls way more sexual, but that happens in DC Marvel comics too.  I enjoyed this comic but I'm not going to continue in this series if there are no more issues that we know are going to come out for sure.  It's unprofessional to me and awful for the readers to have to deal with it as well.  I feel like the publisher should've nixed this in the butt sooner. 
3 out of 5.

I'm sad that the He-Man DC run is done.  I really enjoyed it.  I thought this would a good ending to the series.  Nothing was left up in the air.  Skeletor finally becomes the villain he should be. I was getting tired of him not really having a big presence. Finding out more about Skeletor's past was so interesting to read.  I love a good villain backstory. Skeletor claims he is going to take Hordak's power and save the universe. This comic kind of leads into a possible She-Ra series.  The Crystal Castle is shown for She-Ra to be the queen of this castle.  I loved to see it. Swift Wind is in this comic as well and is as loyal to She-Ra as expected. OK.. I'm a She-Ra fan girl. I suppose there just wasn't enough fan base to keep these comics going.  I look on goodreads and there aren't a lot of reviews.  He-Man is a fantastic comic series though and I recommend it to everyone who likes fantasy.  Though the Eternity War did drag a little... went on a little too long.  Sorry to see that this is the end of it.

4 out of 5

Justice League to me has been one of the top comics that came out of the New 52.  So Mobius wants war with Darkseid, saying the New Gods are dead (I think the New Gods are from Convergence??).  So this is why Mobius and Darkseid want to fight each other.  I guess...  Then the Justice League joins because the battleground is going to be Earth! There's a couple side stories squeezed in.  Superman and Lex Luther get boomed somewhere and have to figure out how to get back together.  Batman and Green Lantern get stuck together and I think that it's hilarious.  Their banter is funny. No Aquaman in this volume... um... guess he's doing his own thing. The art is something I love... Justice League has been able to keep great artists on board. This is the type of comic you are either going to like or don't like.  Either you like huge epic battles or you don't.  I am glad this isn't some huge crossover event and it's all taking place in the Darkseid War arc.

5 out of 5

This counts for 49 comics towards my 2016 Graphic Novels Challenge.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: JK Rowling
Pages: 343
Published: July 31st 2016 by Little, Brown UK
Source: Library
Links: Pottermore

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Well... you know I had to read this. I read it right when it came out too. It's quite a quick read.  I'm glad I read it even though I was leery about it.  Yes it's going to change the way you thought the kids of Hogwarts were going to turn out. They are all adults now and all have kids. The story follows mostly the kid's story. In case you didn't know, the book is a play.  So be prepared to read it in the format of a script. I wish I could see this play so hopefully someday it comes to America. Albus Severus Snape who is Harry's youngest son is having a hard time in school.  He is trying to live up to his father's legacy which isn't easy.  Scorpius Malfoy, Draco's son, isn't having an easy time in school either so they become unlikely friends.  I hope you go into this book when you read it knowing nothing.  That makes everything even more surprising.

Cursed Child Cast

The following is going to have spoilers for this book.  I don't normally put spoilers in reviews but I want to actually chat about what this book was really about so proceed with caution.

Rowling does such a good job with mixing themes into her stories.  This book talks about supporting one another, parenting, seeing people for who they really are and accepting it, growing up, the feelings of needing to be perfect, and more. I liked reading about the gang of friends being together again. I did have some issues though with the parents.  Harry Potter is kind of shown as a bad father. I'm not a parent so I have no idea about Harry's feelings as a parent but I am sure it's not easy.  He and Severus really just don't get along.  Harry I think expects too much out of his son.  In my mind (before reading this book) I would think Harry would be an amazing parent but apparently not. Draco turns out to be the better father.  Really I love who Draco became as a man. Harry doesn't want Severus and Scorpios to be friends but Draco wants his son to be happy so pushes Harry to allow this.  I don't really like that Harry's character wouldn't want this.  Would he be so petty when he grew up to act like this?  This is what I'm talking about if you read this, characters might not be who you want them to be.

The book's real plot surrounds the Time Turner.  I don't always love time travel stories.  They can feel like a way to make a plot that wasn't there to begin with. The kids in the book come across one and decide to go back in time and change things around to make their lives better.  So we keep seeing a different future for Harry, Hermione, Ron and Draco. It is interesting how just one choice in your life and change your entire destiny.

Now let's really get into the problems with the book. Sometimes I do think Rowling needs to let Harry Potter rest.  She's like that person that can never let high school go.  She constantly goes back and adds more and more to the story.  I obviously can't let go either because I keep reading everything that she puts out.   Who do you think is the villain of this book?  Voldemort.   Ughh... really?  Well OK fine, I can deal with that. But then... he has a child?  With Bellatrix LeStrange? Now I can see Bellatrix wanting to be with Voldemort so bad.  But Voldemort getting it on and having a child?  I don't know.  I mean... they would have to have sex.   Voldemort having sex?

End spoilers.

I think there is a middle of the road on this book.  You can read it and just like it. I don't think it's a love it or hate it book. I still don't love the cover. It's creepy.  I don't know who that child is on the cover either?  I recommend this book if you are a Harry Potter fan.  It's a fast read and there is the magic of Rowling's writing that will suck you in.


Comic Adventures Issues #44

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

read a lot of comics and rarely review them here on the blog. That's because I really don't have a lot to say for an entire post.  So I thought I would review several comics on one post.  I will still review graphic novels on their own now and then, but this is where I will talk about super-hero type comics (DC/Marvel) or sequels to some that I have already reviewed.

This issue I talk about The Gigantic Beard that was EvilBatman Vol 8 Superheavy,  Y: The Last Man, and  Aquaman volume 7.

This graphic novel was crazy!  I'm so glad I discovered it.  The artwork is amazing. The comic is about a guy, Dave, who lives in a place called Here. It a town where everything is normal and nothing is different. Everything is perfect... reminds me a little of the Lego movie where everything was awesome.  Dave is a little different from the other people.  He has a nose hair that won't go away.  Every time he cuts it, it grows back. The town fears a place called There.  There is where bad things happen, though no one really knows what. No one has been there and returned.  There is supposed to be full of chaos. One day... Dave has terrible things happen. That hair that keeps growing back suddenly grows out of control! His hair causes a lot of drama in the town where everyone starts to stand outside Dave's house to watch his uncontrollable beard. His beard is eventually outlawed because it can't happen Here.  The town comes up with a plan to make sure Here is protected.  The story is a little preachy but really a nice tale of people conforming to what society wants.   5 out of 5

So I've been trying to finish the Batman series in the new 52 and maybe they just need to end it.  Batman has been replaced by Jim Gordon.  It's like Bruce Wayne get amnesia but then doesn't.  He has no interest in being Batman again.  Jim is chosen to be the new Batman and so now he's out and about trying to fight crime. Chosen by some group called Powers Corp.  I had to look at other reviews and realized I wasn't the only one who didn't know who that group is.  I guess it's being introduced in this comic.  Whatever. There is a sunflower villain in this comic.  I wasn't sure what I was seeing at first.. but yeah, a sunflower.  Bloom is his name.  He hands out seeds to people and it gives them superpowers. Bloom is going to be in the next volume and I would be interested in seeing where that villain goes.  Sometimes having the same villain over and over again gets boring.  Bloom is taking a chance on an entirely new villain which can be hard to get used to when I'm so used to all the villains from before.

2 out of 5

I remembering hearing so much about this comic so I had to go and read the first volume.  I've been waiting a while to write up some reviews and honestly I can't remember anything about this comic.  I have to go back and look at reviews to refresh my memory. So all the men in the world die, except one. This one man wants to go and find his girlfriend so he sets out into the world.  While out and about he meets all kinds of women.  Including a group who swears that if they find any living men they are going to murder them.  I thought this was odd because don't they want to populate the world again? Or just have a relationship with a man?? The even cut off one of their boobs so they are able to shoot at these men better because apparently women warriors used to do this.  I think I had planned to read more into this series but I totally forgot I was even reading this series so I'm going to just pass.  Which is really too bad because I've been trying to read more outside of superhero comics.

2 out of 5

This issue seemed to be a filler volume.  A story we have read before.  Aquaman's wife wants to kill him and she is taking over Atlantis. He is banned from Atlantis for not wanting to take over another world. Arthur never really questions why he's called a traitor for this. The people from Atlantis who are on Arthur's side still kind of think he's a traitor.  They never really take his side until things are revealed.    Mera's sister Siren is in this volume and I did enjoying that.  This volume kind of goes way off topic from the story we've been following since volume 1. The artwork is changed up in this volume, it is much darker. Justice League makes an appearance which was the best part of the comic.  I'm not too worried about finishing this series since the New 52 is coming to an end so I'll for sure finish out Aquaman.

3 out of 5

This counts for 45 comics towards my 2016 Graphic Novels Challenge.


Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Monday, August 29, 2016
Title: Stars Above
Author: Marissa Meyer
Pages: 400
Published: February 2nd 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: Library
Links:  goodreads,

The enchantment continues.... The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies? With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles. -- The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles. Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch…. The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be. Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles. The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit. After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna. The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective. Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century..
Some of you may have noticed I haven't posted a book review in a while.  It was this book that kind of gave me the burn out.  I started to write the review for this book and just didn't know what to say. Not that the book was bad or anything but just I had nothing to say about it.  I hadn't run into a book yet that I just really had nothing to say about it.  So maybe this book was really just middle of the road for me.

I'm a little sad that this is the last book in this series, but at the same time I'm glad. I like when a series actually ends and doesn't go on and on and on (I'm looking at you Stephanie Plum).  This book is full of short stories.  I love short stories.  They are like a break from long novels.  I don't always love when an author wraps up characters nicely.  Sometimes you should just finish a novel and leave it.  JK Rowling keeps trying to wrap up Harry Potter and I'm like it's done.. leave it!  These short stories are actually pretty good.  Some not so relevant to whole overall arc of the series so those maybe could've been left out.  I'll do a short review on each story:

The Keeper:
This story is about Michelle Benoit and how she ended up being the caretaker of Cinder. We also learn more about how Scarlet comes to live with her.  Really a great background into this whole part of the story.  I often wondered about the way Scarlet comes to stay with her grandmother.  Though it is a little surprising she never discovered Cinder.

This story focuses on Cinder and when she first arrives to live with Adri and the family.  This one could've been just left up to the reader's imagination.  It is interesting to read about Cinder not remembering anything from her past but I didn't think it needed a whole story of it's own.  I suppose it was to make the reader feel bad for Cinder and how she grew up but I think that was explained enough in the main stories.

The Queen's Army:
This story is about Wolf and how he ends up in the queen's army.  It was really touching to read about his family, especially his brother.  Now this story about the sad background of a character was totally worth the read, unlike Cinder's story.  Wolf's background wasn't exactly touched on in the main series. I do think siblings always compete with each other whether they mean to or not, but to compete to a level where you really dislike the sibling is just sad.

Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky:
This was my least favorite story in the series and I really didn't see how it related to the whole overall series.  It's about Captain Carswell being basically a player in high school.  He ends up falling for a girl who is a little nerdy.  The most important part of this story I suppose is how much pressure Carswell's dad puts on him to do well in school.  Which eventually causes Carswell to rebel.  I knew some people in high school like this.  Their parents kept them so sheltered that once they were able to do what they wanted, they ended up going way to far with their freedom.

After Sunshine Passes By:
This is the story about how Sybil puts Crescent into the satellite.  Here is another good background story.  I was interested to know how Crescent ended up where she did. Crescent really had no idea that she was going to end up in the satellite.  She had thought she had done all this hard work for the Queen and then ended up in some sort of bubble for the rest of her life. She really thought she was going to Earth.

The Princess and the Guard:
This story focuses on the reasons why Winter never used her Lunar gift. Unfortunately, Winter uses her gift to try to save a servant from killing herself only to find out that the servant was bring severely abused and Winter only prolonged it. It just goes to show that we really don't know what's going on behind closed doors. We also find out about Winter's scars on her face.  Such a great background story.

The Mechanic:
This story goes way more into detail about the day that Kai meets Cinder.  This was another story that I don't think really needed to happen.  We could really just figure this all out in our minds.  Though I suppose it's still sweet to read the details about that day.  Iko has always been an annoying character to me in this book series.  I know she is supposed to be the comedy but she just comes off as annoying.  She makes a fool of herself in front of Kai as usual in this story.

Something Old, Something New:
Wolf and Scarlet are getting married.  I'm not totally surprised by this.  There were a lot of characters in this book who are probably going to get married. This was a story with a big bow on it.  We get to visit all the characters again after all that happened in the series. This was a good story and should've been included at the end of Winter. It was like visiting old friends and I'm glad this story was written.

After reading all the background stories I wonder if Meyer always planned on writing these backstories.  They must've popped in her head as she was writing the book and then she jotted them down for a later date.  I don't think I've ever read a book full of background stories about all the characters in a series.  Since the author basically wrote this boo for her fans I will give this a higher score.  Only because it is very obvious that this is a book for people who need their favorite characters stories wrapped up. I would've been find without this book.

3 out of 5 stars
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Fairest by Marissa Meyer  
Winter by Marissa Meyer


Pokemon Go Book Tag

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pokemon Go Book Tag

I really like Pokemon Go, so when I saw Aentee's book tag, I had to participate!  I am so excited about this.  I haven't done a book tag before, honestly because they never interested me.  But I've been playing Pokemon Go (though I have slowed down to be honest) and thought this would be a lot of fun to do. I was never interested in Pokemon before this game came out.  I haven't even watched a full episode of the cartoon.  But I do love gaming.  So... I followed the crowd and downloaded this app.  Enjoy! 

The Game:  The character I picked at the beginning of starting the game was an accident.  I downloaded the app and started playing and didn't realize I had even picked a character. Squirtle was my first character. 

The Book: Thinking back to the book that started me on reading, well there isn't just one.  I loved reading in middle school and Fear Street was my go to series.  Then in high school I stopped reading and in college I read Salem's Lot and fell in love with reading again. 

The Game: I thought Pikachu was really hard to get then when I went to certain places in town I discovered that he's in a lot of places. Though I still don't have enough to evolve him yet. Plus I love how he says his name!  It's so cute. 

The Book: A classic??  For me it would be Dracula by Bram Stoker.  I really love that book. It's classic horror. Plus some of the illustrated editions out there are great.  I remember when I first read the book I went up to the library and found it there.  That was before I used the holds option and would just go up to the library and browse around. 

The Game: Ughhh the Zubat.  Those dumb things are everywhere and I waste sooo many balls trying to catch them. Just awful.  Errrr... I really don't think the powerful ones are much better either. 

The Book: I did lose interest in Twilight.  I'll be honest.  I really liked Twilight when I read it.  Then it became a movie and it became this and that.  Then the author wouldn't publish the book from Edward's point of view.  I think it just all turned me off. 

The Game: I want this guy!  I didn't even know Ditto exists. Is it a evolved Pokemon??  Who is this guy??

The Book: Humm.. this is a tough one.  

The Game:  I think people are getting Snorlax from the eggs you walk around to hatch.  I haven't found one of him anywhere.  But I do know people who found him in the 10 K eggs (I have yet to get a 10 K egg). 

The Book: A large series?  Well... Wheel of Time seems like a large series.  Terry Brooks books seem long to me too. There are just some fantasy series out there that go on and on.  
The Game: What!  Who is this Gengar??  I need him.  I am falling behind on finding some of these hard to get Pokemon. 

The Book: I think recently Winter by Marrisa Meyer kept me up reading.  I wasn't scared kept up... just couldn't stop reading type of kept up late into the night. I mean... when you realize you are only 100 pages to the end of the book how can you just stop reading???
The Game:  I love these guys.  I have no idea about Pokemon lore though.  Are they like a male and female couple??  I don't have mine evolved to this yet though. In fact, I am not even halfway there. I have about 25 candies for each of these guys. 

The Book: One true pairing is what OTP is.  Yeah I had to google it.  I'm not a romance reader so I had no idea.  Well.... I'll pick a couple from comic books.  Superman and Wonder Woman.  Mainly because my husband is Superman and I'm Wonder Woman and we are a perfect match. 

The Game: Yes Rapidash!  I only have one so far but this is almost my favorite Pokemon (other then Mew).  He's just so sparkly. 

The Book:   Fast paced read?  I think the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich is fast.  I could really sit here for about 4 hours and read those books start to finish.  It's nice though sometimes to go from a long series novel to a silly detective story. 

The Game: Eevee!  So cute.  I was able to collect these pretty fast and I have all three evolved forms.  Someone told me you had to do a trick to get each type (fire, water, electricity) but when I evolved each I just automatically got all three types.  Not sure if that is normal or not.   The trick is you are supposed to name them something to do with their element.. google it.  Not sure if that's true. 

The Book: Never get tired of spinoffs?  That's tough because most series run their course.  I am probably copying most comments but Harry Potter is always fun to read.  I read the Cursed Child and enjoyed it.  I also loved the newest book in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King so I am hoping he has more stories buried in his mind for that world. 

The Game: Ughhh!  I think maybe one time I got something cool.  I think it was a star fish.  I live in a land locked state so we don't get a lot of water types here. I still haven't had a 10 k egg yet either.  I would like one of those. 

The Book: I don't really like debut novels.  I typically stick to authors I know who already have books out.  So... this one I really can't answer with a great book. 
The Game: I used up my lures pretty fast.  I didn't realize how hard they were to obtain without putting money into the game (I refuse). Soooo now I just go to super busy places and use the lures that someone else has thrown out. Is that cheating???  

The Authors: I don't buy any books hardly ever.   They all come from the library.  But my pretty much only auto-buy author is Stephen King.  I will buy his books!!  I would love to own all his books someday. 

The Game: I don't know much about these birds. Where to get them?  Do they evolve?  I mean... I'm just trying to catch all the basic Pokemon. 

The Book: I think Marissa Meyer's new book Heartless about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland might be overhyped.  But I can't wait.  It's supposed to be a standalone book too, not a series.  We'll see.  I'm sure if it's successful there will be a series come from it. 

The Game: The servers are getting better.  A lot of people have stopped playing the game now that the hype has died down.  I even saw an article today talking about how many people have stopped playing it.  It's in the millions. Of course there's been tons of updates since the game's release so I am sure that has helped too. 
The Book:  Game of Thrones... need I say more?

The Game:  I have only found ONE Magikarp.  ONE PEOPLE!  It was in a random place too.  You need soooo many candy to evolve this guy and it may never happen in my lifetime. 

The Book: Miss Peregrine's Home for Pecular Children by Ransom Riggs really impressed me.  I was interested in it for the creepiness but had no idea just how cool the story was going to be.  I only hope the film lives up to the book.  I've seen a lot of movies based off YA books just flop on the screen (5th Wave was terrible).   

The Game: I think I heard these don't actually exist in the game.  But Mewtwo has always been my favorite Pokemon.  I never was into Pokemon but when it was popular years ago I was working at Blockbuster video and learned about Mewtwo.  So cute! 

The Book: There are so many collector's editions.  I do want to own all the Dan Brown books in the editions that include all the pictures so I know what pieces of art and locations look like.  Those collector editions are reasonably priced and books I can afford. 


Suicide Squad Movie Review

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Suicide Squad.  It was the movie I had been anticipating all summer.  I know this review is late and yes I did see it opening night. The week the movie was coming out I was starting to get worried.  The reviews on Rotten Tomatoes from the critics wasn't that great.  But... I never trust the critics.  Sometimes, they can't stand a movie but the general audience loves it. Still I was nervous. If you google Suicide Squad reviews right now all you are going to see are the negative reviews from the critics.  Honestly this movie was good.  No it's not the caliber of Marvel movies... but I still thought as a comic fan it was good. 

The actors were great in their roles... except Will Smith.  I'm sorry but when I see him act lately all I see is Will Smith and not the character he is acting.  Otherwise Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn was amazing.  Personally I also really liked Jared Leto's portrayal of Joker was a new take that impressed me. I wish the film had utilized the Joker more.  I feel like since he was the big villain in the previous Batman films Suicide Squad decided to not go this route. The problem with this film I do think is that the plot was a little bit too much for people who have never been introduced to these characters before.  The villain was weak too. WEAK!  I don't even know if the villain exists in the comics or was made up for the film?  I've seen people saying this film is worse the the Green Lantern film.  Um... did we watch the same Green Lantern movie???

Eventually I know DC is going to pull together their movies.  It's just DC is trying to speed it's way into the movie world and not really giving character development a go.  I do hope to see more Harley Quinn in other movies, and possibly this Joker. One can only hope!

I give this film a B

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