Saturday, November 25, 2017

Anticipated Winter Releases - Books, TV, and Movies

I am pumped for this anticipated releases list! It was slim pickings in some of the categories, but I can honestly say that I am excited for everything listed. Please comment below and let me know what you are anticipating in the months of December through February! Always happy to hear other fellow nerds 😀.

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West - December 26
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu - January 2
Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely - January 2
Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings - January 16
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston - February 27

Agents of SHIELD - December 1
Grown-ish - January 3
The Magicians - January 10
Black Lightning - January 16
American Crime Story - January 17

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 15
The Greatest Showman - December 20
Pitch Perfect 3 - December 22
Maze Runner: The Death Cure - January 26
Black Panther - February 16

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller - Book Review

Series: Otherworld #1

Genre: Science Fiction, Y/A

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis: The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true. Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted. And it’s about to change humanity forever. Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.

My Thoughts: Prior to Otherworld coming out, I had heard rave reviews. There were also murmurings from many people in the book community comparing this book to Warcross by Marie Lu and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, both of which are five star books in my opinion. On top of that, his book was also co-written by one of my favorite actors, Jason Segel (if you haven't seen How I Met Your Mother or I Love You, Man... you are seriously missing out on some great comedy). With that said, I think it's very safe to say that I am disappointed after reading this book. I went into it with such high expectations and they were not met. This book is by no means a bad book. There were things I enjoyed and I am overall excited to see where the story goes in the next installment, but I do have some BIG issues.

I found myself not really feeling anything for any of the characters. I didn't relate to any of them and most had no likeable characteristics. I was also under the impression that there would be a lot of gaming in this book, and that definitely was not the case. It was more like living in a virtual reality, with no actual gaming happening. However, some of the twists caught me off guard and kept me on my toes. The plot was pretty fast paced and left me wanting to know what would happen next. 

Overall, I was mildly entertained by mostly disappointed by this book. I wanted so much based on things I had heard going into it and I got almost none of them. I do think based on where things left off, that book two has the potential to be better. I believe this series is only going to be a duology, so I am excited to see how the story wraps up and if Simon and Kat become characters I will actually want to root for.

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FTC Disclaimer: "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Current Obsession: Graphic Novel/Comics Edition

In the last couple of months I have been OBSESSED with reading graphic novels and comics. Part of it is because all my fall TV shows are back on (and I am an AVID TV watcher), so reading graphic novels and comics are a way of maintaining my reading habits but not taking a whole month to finish a book. I am also a completionist and I have several comic series that I have started and not yet completed (not because I don't want to... just lack of time). So I thought it would be fun to share with you guys the comic series and graphic novels that I am DYING to read/finish in the next couple months!

I would also like to add a side note of sorts. I am new to the comic/graphic novel genre... I have really only been reading them for about two years. I do prefer graphic novels or comic series that are wrapped up in just a few trade paperbacks. I haven't been able to get into the long, complicated superhero stories from DC and Marvel (I just don't think I have the time to commit to those stories with my avid novel reading habit). I have read a couple of the short Batman runs though. With all that said, I would love some new recommendations. Please send your favorites my way in the comments section below!

To Complete
  • Preacher (bk. 3-5)
  • A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (vol. 2-3)
  • Deadly Class (vol. 2-6)
To Start
  • Gotham Academy
  • Gotham Central
  • Paper Girls
  • Seconds (graphic novel)
  • Boxers & Saints (graphic novels)