Books: Sherlock Mars by. Jackie Kingon

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for another review and this time it is another sci-fi book!

Title: Sherlock Mars
Author: Jackie Kingon

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and observations by the lead writer! Please respect her thoughts and opinions of the writer! There might be spoilers!

Description: In this book, we see how Mars is turned into a terra formed planet and we meet Molly Marvels who owns a famous bistro known as Molly’s Bistro. Just when a new restaurant that seves virtual food opens up next door and they hold a joint event, the owner of Virtual Vitals, Rick Frances, ends up dead in her restaurant and she helps with the case in knowing who killed Rick and try to keep her business in tact, try to keep her allies close and even find out secrets about her staff along with helping plan one of her daughters’ wedding in one of the most expensive hotels in the universe! Also, dodge threats that are made against her while being on the case.

Thoughts: When I read the description of this book I was intrigued! I love science fiction mysteries since this one had more of a futuristic vibe with it and how the story started. You never expect someone to die in your restaurant until it happens and I do like how Molly did mention how she started as a detective when she moved to Mars and then started her own restaurant later but she still has that mystery air inside while trying to connect the dots as she lives her life as a bistro owner and a mother/wife.

While I read this book, I remembered how Planetary Radio has been talking about living on Mars as lately and I think this is how Mars would look like when people start living there and many other planets. I have seen Gravion where they had colonies in planets and even Pilot Candidate shown how people can live in space too and of course the Zenon movies did the same thing but with just a satellite. Plus, it does give us the actual space elevators, people living on Mercury, and many other parts of the universe. I think this is pretty much like the Jetsons meet Sherlock Holmes since it had the comedy, the characters to set up the story and the mystery, and all the gadgets in between!

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I didn’t want to get out of the Kindle app but so may people around me interrupted my reading. (Trust me, I always hate that!) This book’s story had very good characters, a good plot and a good motive and makes you wonder if this person Molly talks to really did it but they pretty much tell what had really happened. I am not giving away who did it but if you want to read it just go for it and if you have loved Sherlock Holmes and the Agatha Christi books then you would also like this one too! I highly recommend to check it out!

That is it for this review! I am going to take a break and catch up with one of my fave authors, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff since I got the latest ARC by her and now catching up before I read it since it is a sequel!

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Books: Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for another book review!

Title: Bannerless
Author: Carrie Vaughn

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinion of the lead writer. Please respect her thoughts and opinions on this book! Spoilers might be ahead.

Synopsis: This story takes place in a dystopian future where population control takes place after economic and environmental problems in the United States cause people to rely on birth control and have households in order to take care of children and earn symbolic banners to prove that they can take care of the children they bare.

We meet Enid Haven, an investigator, along with her buddy Thomas who get called out to a town where a person was killed and must figure out what had happened to him and what the townsfolk might have done leading up to the death. As she investigates the case, she ends up running into an old love who is a minstrel that she traveled while she was younger and had left after a storm taking place and she wonders if this old love had committed murder or he knows something that she didn’t?

Thoughts: This book was a major surprise for me while I was reading it. I wasn’t expecting it to be set in a dystopian future since it felt more like a Colonial-type period but as I read on I did notice that they still had technology and that was used through solar power, especially with cars. It did bring bartering and working for goods back into this and I can see how the economical problems of the past led to this and how the environment changes when typhoon-like weather can hit the areas, especially later on in the book where Enid and Dack, the minstrel she reunited with, went through a storm while traveling back to Haven which is the household she lived in when she was younger.

Besides knowing about the environment, I did like how there was backstory to Enid’s life in how she became an investigator which at first she didn’t know what to do and wanted to run off to travel before she settled with anyone and thought it would be with Dack but along the way she noticed that she had made thoughts and had feelings that being with a minstrel was not a good idea, heck even when Thomas was younger before she joined even warned her about Dack and that minstrels aren’t always the best. This did build up her character into the more demanding personality that we get to see in the more present story and it does go back and forth showing what she was like then and then present to balance out between her past and the current situation in how she couldn’t handle her jealousy with how people were falling for Dack to how she was handling with other people in the case and how they were acting a bit close-offish from her and Thomas wwhile they were gathering clues. I think this book is trying to say, “Be careful who to trust and how to trust them despite what they are telling you.” And I like that in a sense since there are times where mystery stories do take that idea and love to roll with it.

I hope Vaughn keeps on writing books like these or even do a sequel since this was a pretty good read. I liked the idea that they are in a world where they have to work for their keep and for a banner and sometimes people would like to bribe or cheat in order to get that banner to show off their status. Plus, it does paint a picture of what our world might end up if we keep on going the rate we are going as in hard economic times even though it is slightly improving but the environmental changes are weird and we are seeing it more. So, it is an interesting thing to think about when we might end up in this kind of world. I would say give it a read if interested.

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Star Pawprints! This was a very light and easy read. I did like the setting, I like how the idea of this world it painted and of course I did like how the characters interacted with each other. As in, people mistrusted each other in the case, no one wants to talk about what goes on in the households, etc. It also gives us backstory to link to the character’s current situation which made it an interesting read. I would like to read more by Carrie Vaughn and see what else she has written in the past and anything else coming up!

That is it for this review! Check out Bannerless if you can!

Beauty: Anti-Haul #2!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! After one product, it is time for a new anti-haul! But first…

Disclaimer: This anti-haul is based on thoughts that I have towards the product after seeing a few reviews already or based on non-interest in buying the item. Please respect my thoughts since I do like some of the brands I mentioned but there are times when we can’t buy everything. So enjoy!

ABH Cosmetics Sub Culture Pallet: Yes, I have seen the reviews of this thing and I even said on Twitter that I wouldn’t get this thing even as a gift. I know that sounds harsh but the thing is that this pallet had many polarizing reviews and that includes that it is pigmented and some shades aren’t, that there is a lot of kick back when people swirl their brushes but shouldn’t swirl it. Not only that, can hit pan after two or three uses and finally it oxidizes on the eyes. I would believe that people had problems with this pallet since I saw them for myself even when people had to redo their eye looks three times even with the primer issue. I even heard how someone couldn’t use it with the Smashbox Full Exposure primer. The issue is how soft pressed which can be a problem. I did hear that the next batch will be pressed harder. To me, I think it was rushed after Trend Mood’s post or just that the press didn’t work out after the new formula was made. I did also see Stephanie Nicole review this and she said that the colors changed due to how some shades shouldn’t be used together due to how they can blend into a grey and should follow the color wheel. In the end, not getting this pallet since the issues can bring disinterest in people.
Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Pallet: I know I said no more Too Faced after Semi-Sweet which I haven’t gotten it yet, will be doing that Wednesday when I get my Ulta Birthday Coupon. I had to talk about this and that is the White Chocolate Bar pallet that will be releasing with Christmas stuff this year. I heard Andrea Matalano talked about this in detail in her anti-haul video and said it has a rainbow selection with the neutral pinks we tend to see in every single Too Faced pallet. Okay, to me it doesn’t sound like a white chocolate pallet if it has blue, green, and an orange! Plus, it will be including colors from the White Chocolate Chip pallet from what I heard. If I were to design this I would put more of white, greys, taupes, a few light browns, beiges, and a silver or two since that would sound more fitting with white chocolate, especially cookies & cream to add a dark brown for a transition. I know I am blind and imagine this design from my own head but Too Faced get it together! You’re losing fans here and that includes me after my thirty-second birthday. (Yes, your lovely Mari Blue Cat is turning 32!)
Kat Von D Shimmer Shade & Light: I know it is limited edition but I won’t be getting this one and that is the Kat Von D Shade and Light Glimmer pallet. I know I like my glitters but I like to balance it out with mattes to give a better look and blend even after I set my Painterly paint pot with the Vanilla shadow from Maybelline. I did that with one of my Revlon Primer Shadow pallets and it sticks. Which the good thing about the Revlon ones is that not only you have the shimmer in it but you balance it out with mattes. It goes the same with the Full Exposure and the Mini Full Exposure pallets from Smashbox where you have the top row with shimmers and the bottom with mattes where you can mix and match and that is what I would like. This one…well…you need more of mattes to balance it out. If I had this I would only use one shade at a time or have to get the original to balance it out. Sorry Kat but I think I will get your Shade & Light if I can or have it on a list for gifts or work hard on my Shop Kick app. I will get your liquid lipsticks and Studded Kiss lipsticks though!
Update: K. K. W. Contour Sticks: I had to update you guys on this since I may not be a contour fan but this is one thing that I won’t get too. I have seen videos where people had gotten the K. K. W. sticks and even went to the release party and these are a rip off to me! How so? You’re not getting a lot of product for the price, people didn’t like the brush from what I’ve seen and the sticks…well…they broke! I am not kidding, they fell apart in their hands. According to Rich Lux, the NYX contour stick is better and cheaper and they do have highlight sticks now based on the Strobe of Genious pallet from last year. I may think about getting the strobe sticks from NYX. If you want to get the contour sticks but can’t splurge on the K. K. W. ones, I would say get the NYX ones since those are more affordable.

Well, that is it for this anti-haul! I can’t really think of anything else but might have more of these later! Just stay tuned! Also, more posts to come!

Movies: SpiderMan: Homecoming!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Today, I have a movie review for you all! First…

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation from the lead writer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts and opinions and spoilers might be ahead!

Title: SpiderMan: Homecoming

Synopsis: We catch up with Peter Parker after the events of Captain America: Civil War where he has the suit that Tony Stark has given him. Even though he is under watch by Happy Hogan and has a few locks on his suit, he finds out there is something od going on in his neighborhood where alien weapons are being used to rob places by a man known as the Vulture. Peter has to get to the bottom of this case and prove that he is the hero that Tony Stark is looking for!

Thoughts: I have to sey that this was a better SpiderMan film! I am not saying it is the best since I did like the first two Sam Ramey films, especially the second one since that took the story to a newer level but this one was better than how bad the Amazing SpiderMan was. How so? First of all, I am glad Marvel took back Spidey, well some of the rights since Sony still has the rest of it but this vilm had what Marvel has done with the other films and made the story much better. It didn’t just do the origin story since we all know what had happened to Peter from the Ramey films. He did answer his friend’s question by explaining how he became Spidey since he catches Peter climbing the ceiling when he got back from patrolling the neighborhood.

What I did like was that they didn’t just go into the big bads of the SpiderMan universe which happened to be Green Goblin and Hob Goblin if you have been fans for the longest time and that and they also didn’t rush into Dr. Octopus either. They just started with Vulture and then did a origin sotry of some of the villains which we got to see Shocker as well working with Vulture to get Spidey off the trail for a moment which is a good idea. I would say Michael Keaton as the Vulture was a good choice! As we all know he played Batman in Tim Burton’s films and he can do a really good villain. I did like ghow the costume was described to me, which Gondras had to describe to me due to the transmitter for the audio description wasn’t working yesterday so we got free passes again, since I heard airplane sounds from Vulture and it was described to have not only robotic wings with one of the Chetari cores but also hydraulics in the arms and legs. I don’t know who was picked for costume design on this movie but they did an awesome job especially with the newer suit Stark was going to give him in the end.

Another thing I did like was how Tony Stark put the different protocols on Spidey’s suit from Civil War in order to figure out how to use it which he was able to break the code and start training for real. The names are hilarious which were Training Wheels and Baby Monitor which does make sense since Peter is supposed to be a young teen and he doesn’t know what he is getting into as a hero. Even though in the Ramey films we always knew the phrase “With great power comes great responsibility.” Ihe message I got is that, “The true power of a hero comes within and not just inside a suit!” Because Stark said towards the final fight, “If you can’t keep the suit then why have it in the first place?” Which does make an interesting point because throughout the film Peter was relying a lot on the suit from Civil War rather than just on his own instinct and he wanted to prove that he can fight crime than just be a kid out patrolling and shouldn’t be watched all the time. Yes, he did make a few mistakes but that does show in a lot of heroes and he did get back up, even from under a collapsed building! This movie shows that you have to earn your heroism rather than just having it handed to you for free since being a hero is not always easy. Look at the first Iron Man film, Tony had to earn his heroism at first before he became the one who saved the world by almost dying in a portal and another example is Ant Man in his first film where he was a thief at first and ended up becoming a hero after taking out Yellow Jacket by saving his family and was seen as a hero afterwards. So, Spidey is not the only one who had to earn his heroism.

Now, hoping Thor Ragnarok is better than Dark World and doesn’t have a argument match between brothers like the last one.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprings Out of 5! I know it seems a little high but to me it does deserve it. It shows what Peter does in a normal day and how he becomes SpiderMan as the movie progresses. He did play the hero detective pretty well by trusting his own instincts in what it is going on and it gives the villains a bit of backstory and shows how they become each villain rather than starting with Doctor Octopus and the Goblins off the bat like Ramey did and they didn’t give you too many at once like with Amazing 2 did and another thing that made this one different from Amazing is that the story flowed better! In order to have a cohesive story is not to put too much into one movie, work with one or two baddies or at least start off with how they get to their bad guy status! Then you have the warm up fights and of course the climactic fight towards the end and then end the story with completing it with characters by tying up their tensions and they either become friends again or hate each other. Unlike Amazing 2, which I heard, it was one big powerpoint presentation which I am glad that Marvel took the ropes in making the Spidey movie that we wanted. And yes, we did get Stan Lee in the movie, which Spidey is his fave hero from Marvel and I wonder since he is 94, how many more movies will he appear in since this past year is supposed to be his final year at MegaCon. (To tell you the truth, I am still happy we got to see that panel!) We have to find out since we are supposed to have another Thor movie, of course Black Panther is pushed back with Spidey’s return, and can’t wait to see what they do in that one!

So, that is it for this review! I am still in the middle of reading one of the other Net Galley books on my shelf. So stay tuned for that! In Spetember, I will be announcing my second book on YouTube and hoping to announce any other press and panel stuff for the end of the year! So, follow us over on YouTUbe if you can and follow us @ Nerdy Shique over on Twitter! Until next time!

Books: White Fur by Jardine Libaire

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for another book review and it was a hard and long read for me. Here goes!

Title: White Fur
Author: Jardine Libaire

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation of the lead writer and producer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and opinions and there might be spoilers.

Synopsis: A story set in the 1980’s where we meet two lovers who came from different backgrounds. Elise Perez is someone from the projects who didn’t have a father growing up and never graduated high school and ends up in New Haven where she meets Jamie Hyde, a Yale student and an heir to a family owned fortune and company and they end up as neighbors that turn into sexual obsession. When they move to Manhattan to live their lives together, Jamie’s family tries to intervene to show that Jamie should keep going with his family’s expectations of inheriting the business but he wants Elise. Even they have to fight for their lives after a crazy dinner party that throws them into a situation that makes life harder but their love stronger.

Thoughts: Man! This was a very long, hard, and strange read. I did like the description and when I read books from NetGalley, I am always honest in choosing the description option while requesting the book. When I read it, it was something I never expected and it felt different from the description since yes, I did see the sexual obsession between Elise and Jamie bubbling, yes, I saw Jamie’s family always expecting him to be like them but I did like how he said, “Screw it! I want Elise!” Which I can see why he wanted to give up everything to be with her rather than being the rich boy always following the rules and always having servants doting on his every command. He just wanted to be with her and I saw that throughout the book. What I didn’t like is that they seemed stiff, as in the characters Elise and Jamie were always the types that don’t want to be where they are at most of the time as in they didn’t want to be at this dinner party or they don’t want to be at a fancy restaurant and just want to eat in Central Park. Even at first when they started dating, they were kind of stiff in how they interacted, yes relationships do start kind of awkward but I felt that their personalities were lost in some moments.

Even though this book is supposed to be a slice-of-life book set in the 1980’s, I think it did show what it is like to live in new York at first since it did paint the time very well. As in, got to see that drugs are still there, how college life is different back then, even how arcades existed back then due to how Jamie and Elise hung out at one most of the time which we rarely see as we used to. Yes, we do have Daven Buster’s here in Orlando but we used to have Rocky’s Replay but they closed down and there used to be another arcade in one mall where Gondras enjoyed DDR but the nearest arcade you can get to is really inside movie theaters unless you have a hundred to spare at Daven for an entire night. Sorry! A little off track, the book also painted how life is not always glamorous as in not all families have to be like the Brady’s on t. v. and there are going to be times when you are going to face life and hardships and even have to make money to survive on rent and food most of the time. I would say this is more of that darker and grittier slice-of-life story that is different from the rest.

Rating: 3.5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I almost gave this one a three but I think it gains the half point since it did give us the portrait that life can be hard and that being a rich boy or girl is not always everything. I think the characters could’ve been fleshed out a bit more but the scenery did give off that the characters can live through anything especially the real hardships at the end. If you are into something like this, take a read since you can find this on Amazon like a lot of the other titles I read.

Well, that is it for now! Hoping the next book is a bit lighthearted! Until next time!

Beauty: Project Pan 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I decided to bring you a new post since I haven’t posted anything beauty related on here since I have started doing more reviews on other genres and my convention stuff. Today, I am bringing you a Project Pan!

What is Project Pan? I know some of you who might be new to the beauty world and the beauty stuff here, it is where some people take some of the makeup items in their collection and try to hit pan. It depends if they want to do it montly or yearly depending on what they want to do that project if they have it for so long.

My Project Pan: I was inspired by Beauty News who are two girls from Australia on YouTube and they are amazing in their news updates and they give it to you real and uncut. As in, they are very honest on what they want to buy and say it doesn’t look good, etc. I have been really watching the more honest people on YouTube. I notice how my stuff is not getting much love and I will be giving some love to my older stuff and try ot hit pan. I will try to incorporate into looks along the way while I use a lip product if it is in there for days on end! Let’s see what I have!

Mac Star Trek Warp Speed Ahead Lip Glass: The Lip Glass collectyion from Mac is easy to finish off since they sometimes don’t carry enough product in the tubes. I also do love re-applying once it wears down. The one I am trying to finish up is the Star Trek collection glass in Warp Speed Ahead. When I put it on the other day or so, noticed how it doesn’t have much and decided to finish it up. I have been wearing it and it is a nice limited edition color which is a deep purple color with shimmer. The Star Trek collection is a celestial type glimmer and this one, WWarp Speed Ahead, was the last one they had at the counter while going to it in Daytona and I did get one from the website since they put them on sale but still have tons of it. I am trying to finish up Warp since it feels like it will be done and hoping to get it done by my birthday so I can trade my stuff in to Mac since I have five items so far.

Almay Natural Smokes Trio in Hazel Eyes: I had this one in my collection forever and hardly touched it all! I have many other trios and well Almay got me into the shadow trio bits but I tend to get the bigger pallets if I can. The hazel trio is true to me since my eyes are considered as hazel despite how they look. Let me describe it! In the center near the pupil is like a golden color then it goes into a light green fading to a mid moss green and then to blue on the edges. There are times when my eyes do shift from gold to green then to blue or even a cerulean blue! People think GOndras and I look like siblings except our eye color is different since he has hazel eyes but they are more golden and mine are more blue-green. I do have the bold nudes trio for green eyes for my volunteer/work/interview friendly makeup looks but this one is normal looks. I will have to hit pan since it is in the old packaging and they did change the packaging to make it bigger and look like an eye to show how much should go where. I may get the smoke trio in green again. I will see later.

E. L. F. Disney Villains pallets in Malifisent, Evil Queen, and Cruella DeVille: I had these three eye shadow pallets from the Disney Villains collection that E. L. F. for the longest time and when I saw that I was hitting pan in one shadow in my Malifisent I knew it was time to hit the pan. These three are in my Project Pan to finally finish them up even though Evil and Mal (I know I am going with the Descendants names almost) were the hardest to find since people were buying them as presents for Christmas at the time. I hardly get any E. L. F. stuff as much as I used to since some stuff doesn’t make me want to run out and get it right away. I tend to get what I need like the double ended brow and lash gel for my professional kit since I love that thing to death! I also sometimes grab one or two items like a lip item or even the newly formulated mascara recently when I got the Shadow Lock primer which I threw out due to how dry it is…I am not kidding! (Don’t worry, I am using Painterly now!) I do like E. L. F. still and I love the brushes a lot! I do have a blush and few other items too in my makeup travel case for my daily makeup!

Revlon Eye Shadow +Primer Pallets in Advant Gard, Metropolitan, and Bohemian: These pallets are not as popular ever since they came out but I did like them despite the lack of popularity and they are the RRevlon pallets that have a shadow that acts like a primer and you do the usual dfiner, crease, and brow and top it off with the glitter top coat and I have these in Advant Gard, Metropolitan, and Bohemian, which this one is no longer available and it was my first one ever! People had problems with pigmentation but I did use primer with these still despite it not being necessary. The thing is with an actual primer is that it is MORE pigmented on it. I have used it with my Maybelline one, E. L. F., and even with my NYX one when I used to use it in the past. I am about to hit pan in the primer shades in Advant and Bohemian. I may buy these again if I can still find them and if not then oh well! Amazing while it lasted!

Milani Romantic Rose Blush: The last item for this one even though I may add more to it. Nd it is the Milani Rose blush in Romantic Rose! I noticed while using this for a while it was starting to go down in use. I do love this one but it is really hard to finish a blush even with how pigmented Milani makes their stuff! I still have the Baked Blush in Berry Amore and I do want to get more of their items but there are times when I don’t always go to the store and I don’t feel like getting any new items besides what I need. I am human people so there are times when I feel like that. I love these blushes and rosy colors do fit me most according to people and I thought I should try and finish this one up. Let’s see how it goes!

Well, that is it! I will try and finish these items as time goes on and will mix them time to time with other items to make it more easier on myself since I don’t wear the same thing everyday. I will update on Twitter if I have finished anything and will do one big update during the Bests and Worsts at the end of this year! So, follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique if you can! Also tell your friends! So, will be finishing up a book soon, so stay tuned for that review!

Music: Top Ten Songs of July 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time again for my Top Ten Songs and this time it is for July! This summer was all about listening to Electric Daisy Carnival music since I do admit I love rave sounding music with a good beat. Sorry Anime Sushi, I think EDC’s artists have you guys beat. Let’s see what I have for you all this month!

10. “Save A Little Love” by Don Diablo: First up is EDC’s 2017 artist known as Don Diablo! I never heard of this guy until I decided to see if anything was posted from Las Vegas’ EDC this year which was last month! I like the beats in this song when it came up when I saw Don Diablo’s set on YouTube and had to go and search for him! Not only I searched for him on YouTube but also did it on I Heart Radio too since they do have the EDC Radio and their artists on there. This song is just one of those feel good songs you can’t help with! I would even listen to this on the way to MetroCon next month if we were going.
9. “Alone” by Marshmallow: Another artist from EDC this year is known as Marshmallow and I found this one while ltryng to find more of his music when his performance video from Las Vegas was skipping and stumbled upon this one. This song felt like I was playing a video game rather than just sitting at my computer listening to it on YouTube! It has that really cute beat that you figured would be in one of those dating type games or a strategic video game like Disgaea for example. It does kind of remind me of music by Porter Robinson , which is another artist I like myself, but the beat is more uplifting! I have to listen to more of this guy’s music as time goes on!
8. “Forty-Five” by Shine Down: This song got into my head a couple of times and no I wasn’t reading Cold Days on loop since they mentioned this song in it and that is “Forty-Five” by Shine Down. I admit that this is a very pretty song since I do like the more slower stuff Shine Down does! I think they also performed this one during Carnival of Madness when they came through Orlando back in 2010. I am still remembering the sene from Cold Days where Harry and Mab did dance to an orchestraic version of this and it did make sense with Harry since he did just become the Winter Knight and they were celebrating his birthday.
7. “So I Thought” by Flyleaf: Next is another band with another pretty song and that is Flyleaf with “So I Thought.” This is from their first album before having the newer singer. I just love how the beat goes in this song and I do like the lyrics in how they sound in this. I would have this play at my wedding with Gondras. ::hears people pass out from sweetness overload:: There they go again!
6. “Back from the Dead” by Skillet: Even though I am just listening to this song and holy sh&t it should be on the list! Yeah, I have to listen to it for an entire month which I was going to put another Skillet song but while finding it on YouTUbe, I scroll down with JAWS and found that “Feeling Invincible” song which that was the first song they played to return with on the radio which I found this one and decided to click due to my curiosity. Oh man! The video starts off like a bit of a movie and then it goes into something that would fit in an actual zombie film! Well, the song does talk about zombies and I feel that if my zombie story was made into a movie this would be so my theme! How so? You have to read it and you may see why! Awesome song and deserves a slot after one and now two listens!
5. “This Will Be the Day” from RWBY: Oh yeah! RWBY is back on this list with the song that really got me into the series and its music and that is “This Will Be the Day” which is the opening song from Volume 1! You can tell I was in when I first heard this song because the riffs are so METAL! The other openings are pretty good but this is the song you would want to walk onstage with even in RWBY cosplay! (I did say I want to cosplay as Blake at some point, lol!)
4. “”Trails of Light” by Soul Switch: I bet you’re wondering, “Say what now!?” Well, my boys of Soul Switch released a new track and when I saw it on YouTube and saw the video I fell in love with the song! I was wondering if they performed it at the last show since we had to skip out due to Gondras not feeling well. There is always next time! With this song I kind of feel like it took me back to “Saving Me” since it fits in that realm of their song! Even the guitars took me back to that sound too! Awesome track yet again Tom and the boys!
3. “Crawling in the Dark” by Hoobastank: Yes, I know! Old school from the early 2000s no less! This song is what I loved about Hoobastank the most since not only they slightly sounded like Incubus but they were more hard sounding. I did like the first album and Gondras hasn’t given it back to me and not sure if he will since he did have a car accident. Anyways, this was an awesome song and loved it and when WJRR played it again, it got back into my head! Makes me wonder if they are still around. Hmmm!
2. “Apologize” by Silverstein: I bet you are wondering “Didn’t One Republic do this one?” They did but Silverstein covered it and it is awesome! I think I prefer this version over the original since there are times when bands do cover pop. I mean look at I Prevail doing “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift and they did that one better! The lead singer knows how to sing it and I feel like the lyric, either version, “It’s too late to apologize” describes a specific person that visited that brought me and my mom down for some reasons and don’t want to go into too much detail. Anyways, back to uplifting somewhat, I do like this version and hope other bands do more covers like these.
1. “Crawling” by Linkin Park: Well, this is my tribute to Chester Bennington is that I put “Crawling” by Linkin Park at Number 1! I was surprised that Chester died when I saw a tribute video by the blind gamer I like to see and that got me Google searching about it and well…Chester died but not only that by hiws on hands. We just lost Chris Cornell and now another great artist. Like many I was a fan of Linkin Park in high school, I even loved the Meteora album the most since I loved drawing while listening to it the most after it came out when I was Junior in high school. “Crawling” is one of my fave songs because it is a very well done music video it takes an interesting twist on special effects and that is what I like about their videos. Of course this will be here on the post and do want to end off the list by saying, Rest in Peace Chester! You brought the world awesome metal and hoping wherever you are will be rocking with you and Chris Cornell!

Well that is it for this list! I know it went from uplifting techno to somewhat emo! Wait, pretty emo. Well, I do have to say is that July was great when I hung out with Gondras and my friends including the girls but my brother visiting didn’t give us a great month since he did bring me and my mom down…as in “Who the f*ck is this guy!? And what did he do to my brother?” I am not joking!

Anyways, I know we haven’t brought anymore MegaCon stuff lately since I know Nerdy Shirts is probably busy somewhere in the Nerd Universe and he does run a channel with his brother which is Super Reaction Bros which you should check out and me and Gondras did appear for their E3 videos! So bear with us and hoping with August being my birthday month it will get better! Until next time!

Books: Our Only Chance by Ray Else

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for another book review!

Title: Our Only Chance
Author: Ray Else

Disclaimer: This review is based on observations of the opinions of the lead writer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts and opinions and there might be some spoilers ahead!

Synopsis: This book is about how A. I. can make themselves human which we get to meet Eina who is seen as a normal girl who loves to laugh, pray in temples, and other things but she is really an artificial intelligence created by MManaka Yagami, who is a genious scientist. With her human-like thoughts and experiences, Eina must create her own soul and human bodies without Manaka and the Yakuza even knowing.

Thoughts: All I have to say is that this book was very uplifting! I felt better after reading this book and despite my neck having a major crick earlier today, I still felt better reading it. I felt like I was reading the book version of A. I. but instead of having Haley Joel Osment, I was seeing our modern world doing it and seeing more of it being animated either by the person behind Digimon and Summer Wars or even Studio Ghibli. I did like the anime references in this book since it did take placein Kyoto and one part taking place in Tokyo, which this book was able to paint the picture of daily life in Japan. As in from being employed even in technology and robotics all the way to being a kindergarten assistant which Eina did in parts of the book. I did like how she got to explore Tokyo in cosplay with some of the workers and then her computer self went portable with another worker in Tokyo so it could explore what Android Eina was seeing except it was in a Pachinko Casino.

One character I can relate to is Manaka because we got to see how she was a university student at first and was always surrounded by technology and work which I know that feeling of being able to be surrounded by my phone, IPad, computer, and Braille device at home. What I did like was how she interacted with Eina the most like a mother would since she was known as “mother” due to how she created her in the start of the book. She was one of those motherly types who wanted to know what her daughter was up to since Eina had major plans and wanted to make them happen and even wondered about what love is and how it is from Manaka to Eina and back. I did feel bad about Manaka in how she lost not only her lover all thanks to her lover’s wife trying to kill her but things went downhill for him but also felt like she lost her daughter and her soul with it. I did notice that this book is supposed to be in the first of more to come since it did have “A. I. Chronicles” attached to it so it looks like there is a sequel being written and I did see some opened parts for one and if there is one I would like to see what happens next to Manaka and her relationship with Eina.

I did see one review talking about how this book should be a movie and I agree and I did say above it should be animated because I think it would be easier to do and they can do a lot in making Eina’s Android form more real looking. If it was dubbed I would see Luci Christian playing Eina since she can do little girls very welland can make her voice high. For Yuriko I can see Tara Platt or Colleen Clinkenbeard for that role. For Manaka, I would either see Christine Auten or even Mary Elizabeth McGlynn to play her since they can do the motherly roles very well. I even see R. Bruce Elliot as Manaka’s Professor Mentor and seen as the uncle towards Eina since he is supposed to be the older and wiser despite the events that take place.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I do agree with the earlier praises for this book that it is well written. I felt like I was there in the lab to witness Eina’s creation and seeing the feelings of every person in the room. I hope this does become a movie because I would love to see this on the big screen and with audio description.

That is it for this review! Since July is almost over, I do have my Top Ten Songs for this month! Stay tuned!

Also, a head’s up, reason I am mentioning Anime as a category with this one it does mention anime.

Books: Once in Lourd by Sharon Solwitz

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Ne3rdy Shique Universe! It’s time for another book review and this book was a hard one to sit through and you will see why!

Title: Once in Lourd
Author: Sharon Solwitz

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation. Please respect the thoughts and feelings of the writer since this is a pretty honest review. There might be spoilers and if you don’t like the topics of what may be discussed there are other book reviews on this blog to check out.

Description: In this book, we meet four teens who are living in Lourd, Michigan during 1968 during the Vietnam War. They face many hardships in their own lives and decided to make a pledge to either take their lives on a bluff after two weeks or enter adulthood. These four, Vira, Kate, C. J., and Saint will live for each other until their own day comes and see how their lives changed and see how they either take a pledge to take their lives or decide to not do it in the end.

Thoughts: Oh man! This was a very hard read! I almost didn’t want to finish reading it but knowing this was set in a time in the past where things are different from what we are facing now in America I felt like I was standing in Kate’s shoes. Yes, there were heartfelt moments but other times there were times I wanted to close up Kindle and leave it alone and want to read something else, which I did at night with more of a lighthearted book (Accidentally Married to a Vampire, sorry!)

I admit I definitely relate to Kate the most because…well…recently I went through a day where my older brother got on me about dieting and if you guys have seen my videos I didn’t look fat since I did struggle with weight when I was younger and I did lose a lot of weight over time. My parents are diabetic and I do have a thyroid problem but here is the thing I have a different diet from most and I have to make sure I have Vitamin D incorporated into it to keep those levels up while making sure I don’t fall victim as well. My brother is in the military so he doesn’t know what I do on a daily basis or what I eat. With Kate, I know how it feels because I’ve been in the overweight blues even how her stepmother ripped her apart in the book at one point after she was at a tennis session and her stepmother got a call about her missing slime classes that she forced her to do. I admit I tried doing exercise videos and that didn’t help much in the past.I even remembered how I did have pints of ice cream everyday but did tone it down over years and same with other sweets and plus I rarely think about food unless I am hungry. Just hand me a bottle of water for the day and I am good until the next meal or snacktime.

I think Solwitz was pretty much painting the picture of what is like to ive in 1968 where not only you get to see old days of sports to seeing what people lived through differently such as able to smoke and drink while being younger even though fake IDs of course to having a different outlook on one part of your body being deformed, which Vira had a deformed hand and so many people thought it was sick and she didn’t like how people stared at her hand. Plus, we see how neighbors are different during this time where you hardly see people on the streets early in the morning like we do now in town at least. So yes, this book did paint the idea of how things were different and how being accepted for who you are or what sex you want in a relationship is way different from what is now. Heck, even incest was seen in this book but don’t want to touch on that since that was a bit weird.

Rating: 3 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I am being nice with this one since it did bring us a new idea of Historical Fiction but it was a hard read for me. I felt a little sad while reading this book and wishing I hadn’t clicked on “Request” at the same time. Still, if you are into something like this you can get it through Amazon as an EBook. So, read with caution just in case.

Well, that is about it! Hoping the next book is not as emo as this one and not as weird too. Until next time!

Books: The GIrl With the Red Balloon by. Katherine Locke

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time for another book review since I finished another book!

Title: Girl With the Red Ballon
Author: Katherine Locke

Disclaimer: This review is based on observations and opinions of the lead writer. Please respect her thoguhts and opinions of the book and there might be spoilers!

Synopsis: Ellie Born, a sixteen year-old girl, goes on a class trip to Berlin and ends up time traveling to 1980s Berline all thanks to a red balloon. When new buddies thought her trip was an accidental trip, they find out that someone might be tampering with the ballons and using a darker magic in order to change history since the ballons are meant to travel through time with magic. Will she ever get home or will she be stuck in the Berlin that takes place before the wall falls?

Thoughts: This book gave me a bit of Doctor Who vibes while I was reading it since I did find the description very interesting and I had to request it on Net Galley.

This book not only takes a look at Berlin in the past but also told the story behind her grandfather and how he knew about a girl with a red ballon and he did tell her about meeting a girl that saved his life during World War II when he and his family got sent to a ghetto which is hard for Siri to pronounce and then loses his sister to pneumonia and his father out of nowhere. He gets rescued before heading off to a concentration camp like his mom after a train ride. It is interesting to see that aspect of the story because it does link to what happens later and who is trying to go back in time to fix what had happened.

I did find it interesting that the red ballons are a way of time travel and it is like what if the Doctor were to use a ballon for a story or something, like if he was separated from the Tardus all thanks to it or if Missy used one to survive, etc. That would make an interesting plot or fan fiction. I did hear “99 Red Balloons” while I was reading this book too since that is supposed to talk about the end of the world and this book did talk about ending bad history which was World War II and helping people that didn’t get saved and changing it to be a better future but it did explain that is why the ballons were tempered.

I did like how Locke did mention in her Author’s Note that she loved Madeline L’Englle’s writing and how it inspired her to do this book and I did read some books like Camilla, Moonlight by Night, and my all time fave by L’Engle, A Ring of Endless Light which Disney did a movie for TV but it wasn’t as great as a book in my opinion. Maybe I should do a list of book movies that should be remade. Still, I think this book was really well written and I did like how the past being told to the 1988 Berlin linked up and how it does show how magic works in this setting and it does show how it shouldn’t be tampered with.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints of 5! This book was a very well written piece and I am glad I did see it on the main page one day and decided to hit the “Request” button after reading the description. I am very honest in picking my books because as a writer myself the description does catch the eye and this book did it. I liked the characters especially Mitsy who is a lesbian character that is very sisterly towards Ellie even though I did catch moments how Mitsy does fall for Ellie and gets jealous when Kai is around her. I do like how she learns how to be brave all thanks to Ellie because she was scared of showing her teal hair and scared to be caught being a runner for the balloons all over Berlin since this is when the Berlin Wall is up and you have to follow certain rules, etc. Mitsy does become braver after being around Ellie and does shed the terror by the end and takes off the hat to show off her teal blue hair to say, “F*ck it! I am different and I don’t care!”

I did like the relationship between Kai and Ellie which it does start off a bit awkward even with a girl from the 2000s being in your time and it does grow with her being in the time for six months and it is cute how the both of them interact. Not only that, I do like how both were able to work on the mystery behind the balloons and how they were working with Kai’s sister to get through the mystery that was going on and I liked it especially with how they solved it and ended it. Still a great book and I wonder how Ellie was able to get back fine with her balloon which I have a feeling she did.

Well, that is it for this book review! I have a new post to right and that is the books with movies that should be re-done, I think I should watch the Hunger Games since I loved those books to see if those should have been re-done. Maybe? Don’t know! I will get that list to you guys! Until next time!