Interviews: No Ordinary Balloon Man and Shadow Scythe Studios from Omni Fandom Expo 2018!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy SHique Universe! Now to continue with our press coverage from Omni Fandom Expo!

Interview with Bruce Carr and Evan Benardi!

So, this year had a new person to interview or two new people and they are Bruce Carr, also known as the No Ordinary Balloon Man, and Evan from Shadow Scythe Studios. If you haven’t been to Omni, Bruce was known for the Colossal Titan from Attack on Titan during the first year of Omni in 2014 when he attacked the Matthew Mercer and Kyle Hebert panel. That is the most impressive feat when it came to balloon making! The year after he made Armored Titan for the Cast Panel in 2015 which you can still catch that video on our channel and it is our most viewed to this day. We got to interview him and Evan this year since we wanted to show his work to you guys! He and Evan are examples when it comes to doing anything with a disability.

So enjoy the interview and make sure you check out Bruce’s stuff all over social media with No Ordinary Balloon Man and if you want to have him anywhere at events and conventions, get in contact with him! : Cough: holidaymatsuri::cough: Which I did suggest Lighthouse have him at their walk for next year. Forgot to mention, he does sing anything you request! We all sang the “Pokémon Theme” even during one of his panels.

Anyways, stay tuned for everything else from Omni Fandom Expo and enjoy our interview! Until next time!


Conventions: Omni Fandom Expo 2018: The Most Inspirational Anime Convention Year!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I’m back from Omni Expo 2018 and man I am exhausted but feel inspired! How so? Well, this year was a huge inspirational convention and there were things that took place that were things that made me not feel inspired but an inspiration on its own. I will explain as the review goes on.

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts, opinions, and observation of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on this convention and thank you!

Man! This year was a huge year for Omni Expo and let’s see let’s start with location!

Location: This year Omni Expo was at the Florida Hotel again since it was a success at this location a year ago. Last year, the format was a little weird because of Panel Room 1 being close to the vendor hall and the Main Events Room and so on, this year they changed it up slightly. Instead of having Panel Room 1 close to Vendors, they put it closer to the Gamin Rooms and Panel Room 2 which 2 was changed and was a bit bigger from last year. As in, PR 2 is not as tiny, I don’t feel like my claustrophobia was being affected, it was just longer and had more chairs in the audience area. PR 1, on the other hand, it was wider! As in, it seems like they wanted these rooms to be bigger than last year’s rooms and glad they went with that especially with more people attendee this convention. Yes, there was a bigger turn out this year that I’ve noticed and glad to see that with this year. Heck, someone even posted on the Florida Mall Facebook saying, “There are so many people with weird colored hair, armor, and more.” This is what happens when you hold a convention, heck I still remember walking past Auntie Ann’s last year as Link and everyone followed with their gazes.

Vendors Hall: This year’s Vendors Hall felt like it was the same size as last year. Even though I was hoping Surreal Makeup would be back for this year since there was one item I did see I would like to get but they weren’t there which sucked a little. Hoping to catch them again somewhere at Holiday Matsuri if we get press again or just buy from their website. I did find something nice that I did end up picking up and that is a Pink Ranger lunch box from the same guy who sells a lot of old school stuff even from Power Rangers. It is the classic Mighty Morphen Pink Ranger and as you know it brings back so many memories and when I was around that age I didn’t get any Power Rangers stuff except the movie items from McDonald’s when I was about to go into the fourth grade and wanted to see that movie but saw Pocahontas instead. This lunch box does come in handy to carry food in even for convention time when I do carry sandwiches and other things, heck I think it’s roomier than my Dead Pool Chimichanga truck lunch box. We did bump into the Japanese snacks guy we always love buying from since he spotted me through my Rarity cosplay and I thought he wouldn’t be selling at the convention but silly kitty or shall I say unicorn me was glad to see him and did get another mystery bag and a bag of strawberry Kit Kats to try out! Look out for a video on that! Besides the vendors, they did bring back some of the vehicles they had on display, which we did hear the Jurassic Park theme song playing in the back and that was next to Rob Simms’s table. We mostly mingled with some of the other guests, I did get to talk to Mesumi Sempai a little bit since I never got to talk to her one on one and she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. We did talk to Paul St. Peter again since we have interviewed him last year and it was sad that he didn’t bring back Pirate Curses. We did go to two of his other panels which….

Events & Panels: This year was eventful! Even more than last year! I can see why there was a bigger turn out since there were a lot of guests coming including Sawa who was the Japanese singer that was invited this year, we wanted to interview her but due to her being on high demand for interviews and her schedule being busy we will be arranging a Skype interview sometime soon. We did go to her acoustic show Saturday night and if you haven’t seen her live I would suggest to do so! We do have both of her CDs and I will probably do a review of them whenever I can get the time to do it since now I’ve been pretty busy. I did get brought to tears during one of her songs since it was very touching and hearing it acoustic made it even more special. She did do one medley but don’t want to tell you guys about it since she did say not to record that one but the others you could. I did like the song “What Is Wrong with Me?” since that is also a sticker you could get for free at her table and can’t wait to hear the album version. We did go to her panel on Sunday and it was very educational because we get to learn about the bath houses and she shown pictures of the one her family owns. It’s interesting to learn that like with apprenticeships, where you take up some of the more cultural things like being a Geisha and puppetry, it is starting to become a bit of a dying breed due to people in Japan starting to get their own bathrooms to take showers and baths in. If you’re visiting Japan at all, I would say visit them or even Sawa’s family’s bathhouse since we have seen them in anime and movies why not check out the real one? Also, meet Sawa if she is at a convention near you because she is a major sweetheart!

Besides going to Sawa’s stuff, we did go to, well I did go to the Crystal Carnivale ball since it was RWBY themed this year. As you know, Gondras and I are huge fans and well we did have a bit of a hiccup at the door. The thing was Gondras was supposed to be my escort despite not being formally dressed, I thought he would do his Fourth Doctor but he didn’t since it would be a little hot in the Florida Mall Hotel despite it being cold at night, I know the weather should have happened during Holiday Matsuri. Anyways, when we got to the door, they wouldn’t allow Gondras in even though we asked the staff it was okay and apparently word didn’t get to the volunteers at the door. I didn’t want to waste the $5 and went in anyways. One of the staff members did find me and apologized for what had happened at the door and was appreciative for what we have done ever since the convention started. I did spend the rest of the hour there but felt bad for Gondras even though they wanted him back in and I tried telling him to come back which they said it was okay, he didn’t want to. I did try having fun at least and got to see the Nora cosplayer, since she is one of my fave characters from the series, perform even if I couldn’t see it. The funny thing though, not sure if they got the vibe from my dress or something, the room was split into red and white tables representing Team RWBY and Team JNPR and when you entered the ball you were given a pack of buttons with clothes pins in the color representing that team and I was already sitting at a white tablecloth table and asked what color was the clothespin and it was white. I did joke in my notes, “Maybe they knew I had a Team JNPR shirt?” Which is true, I have it in my closet again to go with my new RWBY chiffon skirt and hat! I did reunite with Gondras and we go to the Creating Good Guys panel and Bad Guys panels that night since I am a writer after all and have been on a major writer’s block with my third book and getting back into it, it was interesting in my opinion since it did give me new insights in how I should take my story. I even asked advice from Kaz LeFave and Mimi Jean Pamfiloff recently and I thank them for that. In between both of those panels, we did attend Derek Steven Prince’s Jeopardy panel which I did put on our itinerary as a possible thing to do. We did participate in it and winning lets you spend an hour with him. Did we win? Yes! It was a challenge with most of the questions and we got to learn more about him before the interview which you will catch on our YouTube soon which that was our entire hour with him. He did come into the Creating Bad Guys panel and sit in on it. I think we do have video from that so you will get to see the Good Guys and Bad Guys panels.

Many other events and panels we went to include the two panels that Bruce Carr also known as No Ordinary Balloon Man which if you haven’t catched him at a con, you should because he does a lot of balloon creations. This year he went all Digimon with Wyrmon, Tai, and the Digimon Emperor! We did see Josh Seth stand next to the Tai creation during the weekend which was awesome. What panel stood out between the two he had done was Twisting Up the Odds because what was interesting about him is that he has Asperger’s along with Evan, which we also catch with him and records video of his creations, and it was a very inspirational panel. One thing I have to say is that being disabled people think you can’t do anything and it’s heartbreaking to see that. I did help with making a penguin because Bruce pulled me up to the front due to his story about how he went into balloon making and that he and I recreated the penguin he had made for a boy that not only his condition but was also blind and that he came to me for that it brought tears of joy. Heck, trying to keep my composure here! I still have the penguin and knowing that my final review part may make you guys cry so have the tissues because I may need them too! Another event on a happier note, the Live Script Reading! This year’s script reading was very entertaining and it included Sawa, Paul, Derek, Josh, one of the cosplay guests, and Rob Simms and the scripts they had included from Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, and Fifth Element. Perfect timing for Guardians 2 since they had the scenes with Taser Face and the one where Groot had to get Yandu’s fin back. In the Taser Face thing, Sawa played the part of Rocket and she did pretty well and she did narrate the Yandu and Groot part where Josh was Rocket, Rob was Groot, and Derek was Yandu. He gave him the Veemon voice from what I was noticing and it fit! I still busted out laughing with the human toe part! That still gets me even when how the audio description read it out to me while seeing the movie a year ago. And another event was Josh Seth’s illusion show that he made for Omni Expo! What most people probably don’t know is that he does magic related things and it was an amazing show that he put together for Omni and how he made the tricks. Heck, the final trick, he had the serial number on Gondras’ dollar bill in the end! Holy crap! Two thumbs up if you’re into magic shows. It was my first one live as a blind person since Gondras wanted to see how Josh would make his show seen by a blind person since on Pen & Teller’s Fool Us show one of the magicians did a card trick made for a blind participant in mind. I did participate somewhat in the final trick where he tried asking me to come up but he had me stay in the audience. Don’t want to fall off another stage which…in case anyone is asking…my panel…no one came again! I am not sure if it is my time slot selection since the cosplay contest was going on and hoped to get some remains of Josh’s crowd from his creative panel. Empty and again Gondras had to play the crowd which I do have video from. Not sure if I should bring another panel or not, who knows what will happen next year.

Rating: ::hears alarms:: SUPER CONVENTION ACCOMPLISHED! What does that mean? It means this convention had a major accomplishment since things have gone through the roof! This year’s Omni has been a major inspirational convention because of how we can tackle obstacles and put ourselves out there. Ever since Omni first found this blog all thanks to a small typo, I wouldn’t be still doing press for them to this day and is keeping me hopeful for my future doing press. Not only that, also my dreams to become an Assistive Tech Specialist since I was told to stick with writing except I use tech in order to write and without that tech I wouldn’t be writing this review and Nerdy Shique Universe wouldn’t exist! All I have to say is that all thanks to meeting Sawa, Derek Steven Prince, even getting to be up there with Bruce helping him with re-creating that penguin, it has inspired me to go further. What really makes me go further was that staff member, Roy, who came to talk to me before the Crystal Carnivale ever started and telling me that they have appreciated what not only me but what Gondras and Nerdy Shirts had done over the years. Yes, I went to year one alone and came back with two other members and looking at what we’ve done is a major accomplishment and that really warmed my heart. ::sees kitty minions with tissue boxes:: Thanks! ::takes one:: So in the end, I hung up my Omni Expo badge as a symbol of how much we’ve done in the past and even this year. Thank you Omni Expo for bringing us for press every year and showing that you guys may be small as heck but you still bring people to your convention even if it’s before springtime and had to switch with MegaCon. You guys are still a favorite and keep on going!

Needs for Improvement: Even though this year was really good but I do have two things to improve on…

Improving Volunteers With Escorts: As in, letting them know that even if they don’t have formal wear but let their escorts into the Crystal Carnivale when it comes to being disabled. Staff did apologize to me in person which was the best thing ever and I did write to Omni that there should be something in place to help any disabled, especially blind, attendees when it comes to getting around and even having their escorts with them in a special way. For instance, when I was in the costume contest last year as Link, I had Gondras escort me to where I need to be and they let him help and even handled Ageslash in making it wave. Anyways, that should be a permanent thing for certain events whether it’s being a contestant or going into the formal even if the escort is not dressed for the occasion.
Signings Should Be In A Small Room: What I mean by this is that the lines for the guests were taking up foot traffic in the Vendor’s Room which there were the area for shopping and it was hard to see who was in line for the guests and who was going to a vendor. I think the Florida Mall Hotel can move the walls so it would be a nice section to block off between the vendor halls and have people either peek in to see if a guest is around or see about the schedule on an easel to say, “Hey! This person is going to be back at this time!” Would ease the foot traffic a little or expand the width of the vendor’s area to make it more expanded for signings. I missed it where in the Double Tree near Universal there was a big area for the guests to sign things and that was out of the way of people walking, it was the same way back at the Rosen Center in 2015 and even year one where there was one huge area towards the back of the vendor area for guests so it would be easier to walk around. So yeah, there should be a bigger area for guests and/or make a room separate for them so foot traffic won’t be so obstructed. Always next year folks!

Guest Suggestions: Since I haven’t put this in here, now starting to with new reviews, I think conventions should be suggested some people and take them on a bit more. Here are my suggestions for 2019!

Melissa Fon: Since we have three Digimon guest, why not get someone from one of the most iconic of the seasons and darkest of them all, Melissa Fon who played Rika. She also was the voice of Edward in Cowboy Bebop!
Steve Blum: He was at Holiday Matsuri and would be fun for him to return for another Orlando convention!
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn: Can’t have Steve without Mary since they have worked with each other in the past!
Neil Kaplan: He has not been back to Orlando has he? He plays Halsemon and Hawkmon in Digimon Season 2 and any Voltron: Legendary Defender fans, he is Zarcon for that season!
Team FourStar: It’s been four years since they’ve been back and it would be fun to bring the main three, Lenimpataur, Takata, and KaiserNekko to bring on the fun. Especially with Final Fantasy VII Mission Abridged being such a hit. Try having your fiancé quote Vincent Valentine from this!
Louis Lovehog also known as Linkara: Since MythiCon had ended in 2014, I think we’re missing Atop the Fourth Wall Live and it would be fun to see him do another comic here in the Sunshine State!

Well, that is it for this review! Don’t worry everyone, we do have videos coming up from this year’s event! From my panel to our interview with Mr. Prince, we have a lot! Not only that, I did say we are trying to arrange a Skype interview with Sawa in the near future due to her packed schedule and hoping we can get it up before whatever convention we go to next. Knowing that our time differences well probably be worked around since she is in Japan and we’re in the U. S. would be nice to visit Japan, wouldn’t it? Hey, we have to work with what we got and I did re-install Skype since we have our first interview in the works to make up for not being able to interview anyone during Holiday Matsuri last year. You will see! So, in the meantime, make sure you follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique for all the latest updates for our posts here on Word Press and YouTube. In case if you want to suggest who we should start doing Skype interviews with, would like suggestions and see if we can reach out. We also would like authors too since we do have book reviews here! So, until next time! Catch you all on the universe side!

Books: Dark Designs by. Stephanie Spangler

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I just finished another book tonight and time for another review!

Title: Dark Designs
Author: Stephanie Spangler

Disclaimer: This book review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and opinions on this book. There might be spoilers ahead.

Synopsis: Even though they’re opposites but twins Ivy and Violet Grant have one thing in common and that is their magic. Ivy has returned to Oak Hill after being away for college and returns and notices how her sister, Violet, who is often quiet, a little distant from her because she thinks that she would act like their mother who had left them. Charlie Logan, a former farm hand, has been obsessed with Ivy Grant for many years and finds a book with dark magic during a burglary and decides to use it in order to get his hands on Ivy again.

With the help from their grandmother, both Ivy and Violet must use their magic practices in order to defeat Charlie and the dark demon within him in order to keep Ivy away from him or they’re doomed.

Thoughts: Even though this book was fast but it was too fast because of how much each chapter had and ended a bit too quickly. I don’t mind the short chapters since there are times where so much story is told and it feels like forever before the next one starts. Spangler is pretty good at writing, I did notice that there were times where some things were missing from the plot such as how did the girls knew that they can do magic for instance or what kind of book Charlie may have found. Even though there were parts where some explanation took place like Audrey, their grandmother, getting her magical talent and how the spell book hat their family had contained information she needed there should have been a bit more to explain. I did notice in the description how both sisters were practicing their magic but I didn’t see it much because I mostly see them bickering, Violet being with her new boyfriend, Kevin, and them being with Audrey. I wished they would’ve focused on them starting to use it slightly more since this is a story about magic after all and could’ve explained what kind of magic they used. I do notice how it kind of felt like Dresden Files with using ritual items like candles, blood, sticks to write things down, even matches, and stones, I am thinking if I were to get this right and that is they might be using Wicca in the book due to Ivy’s friend from college was also Wiccan and did give her a blade with a stone that did help take down Charlie. I don’t want to give away too much but I think this book could’ve had more explanation to the magic itself and I did like the character back stories that led up to how Charlie was stalking Ivy but could have shown his obsessions towards her a little more and could probably show him talking with the spirit a little more that was taking him over as the book progressed. Besides my nit picking, I did like how Violet was acting on the more big sisterly role, not sure who is supposed to be the older one since there are times where one twin is born a few seconds to a minute more than the other from what I hear, I think it may be Violet due to how much she has been looking after Ivy even in this book when Charlie was coming after her. Also, I did like how she was acting on not only as sister but the replacement mother which she was angry towards her which I take it’s due to leaving the both of them or it’s just probably due to the magic part, we don’t really know since it was rarely talked about. I do remember Audrey mentioned that their mom left because she didn’t understand the magic they possessed and didn’t want to learn it. Wishing that was explained a little more too.

Rating: 3 Out of 5 Star Paw Prints! I know it is a bit of a harsh rating but I feel like the characters’ motivations needed to be Dark Designs by. Stephanie Spanglerexplained a little bit more. I get that Charlie Logan is obsessed with Ivy and I wonder why he is obsessed with her. Was the dark magic book necessary and how was it tied in? I understand that Violet is mad at their mother, why was she mad at her? Audrey talks about why their mother left, is it due to the magic or is it that she is that wild? These questions still made me wonder and not sure where Spangler was going with this book and wishing that some points were explained a little more. There was some back story which I did like and wishing there was a little more to it even towards the Grant family even with the magic explanations even where there was a matching book to Charlie’s. Plus, I felt this book went a little too fast and wishing it slowed down a bit so I could get a breath in between chapters even with the action.

Well, that is about it for this review, I know it was a little fast and a long explanation to some things but the book was good except it should’ve been worked on a little more and that’s my opinion. Well, next post will be my review on Omni, it is taking a bit since I have been busy the past week and my Braille Sense needed a major recharge since Gondras had my charger for the rest of the weekend. I really need that Polaris! Anyways, until next time!

Restaurants: Peach Valley Cafe Review

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Before I do my Omni Expo stuff, I would like to do a food review!

Place: Peach Valley Café
Location: Orlando, FL

Well, it’s been years since I have done a restaurant review since I haven’t tried any unique places as of late. Well, I did try Bakery Plus and Smash Burger except this was around the time when Irma hit! Today, I’m bringing you a place I finally tried and that is Peach Valley Café. I didn’t know about this place until the National Federation of the Blind here in Orlando talked about how they held their Christmas party there for years. I couldn’t go to their Christmas Party due to Holiday Matsuri taking place the same weekend, especially last year, so I finally got to go today because of the 35th anniversary Orlando’s Chapter was having and celebrated at this café.

When I arrived with my dad, it was a pretty big place in a shopping center. I didn’t know it was close to where Gondras lives which he could’ve been at this thing to meet everyone and know what the NFB is about after knowing that I always go to their meetings and have been for years. There is the Greater Orlando Council of the Blind’s fundraising event this Wednesday so he will get his chance then.

Back to the Peach Valley Café, I was led to a room that is meant for group events and it was decently sized as well. There were three groups of tables from my hearing and the waiters and waitresses were very accommodating. Good thing is that we got the event menu beforehand and it was small from their usual menu. I went for the cheeseburger since that is my go to item at restaurants that serve them if it is a new environment. It is the easiest thing to pick for me and don’t have to worry about forks and knives just eating the burger and putting ketchup on my fries. I didn’t know they had sweet potato fries until someone mentioned them and at least I didn’t crack up with that) If you have seen my interview with Bryce Papenbrook then you would know that story!) But the fries were as good. I wish they were extra crispy since I love my fries that way, wishing I asked for them like that but there is always next time since I want to come back on a normal day. I’ve heard the chicken salad is also good and their breakfast items are even tasty which makes me curious about that due to seeing that one of the items to choose was an omelet and that is my favorite egg dish. I almost thought about dessert which their only thing was peach cobbler. I do like cobbler, wishing there was more variety, especially something with chocolate. I mean you can combine peaches and white chocolate or regular chocolate with peaches, I mean Brookside tested that very well with their stuff. I may have to try the cobbler next time since it was close to closing time too on a Saturday which is 3 PM.

Final Thoughts: Even though this is my first time, I would say it was a really good first try. I’m open to new places if I have heard a lot of good things about them and Peach Valley was one of them. I have to try the chicken salad sandwich next since that is one thing I have loved for many years. I also have learned to ask for my fries extra crispy on my part even though they were really tasty. Also, the staff was very friendly and if they get something wrong they fix it automatically. When I got my second cup of split tea, which is half of sweet and half of unsweet and have done it ever since drinking the McDonald’s sweet tea, I noticed it was unsweet and asked for it to be fixed and they did it right away. They should have a bit more variety with desserts since you know me with chocolate, I do want to try out the cobbler next time.

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Star Paw Prints! If you’re in the mood for breakfast or lunch, Peach Valley is the place for you! It is a place with a friendly atmosphere and they are very accommodating too. If you’re in town and have extra time to stop for a fairly priced bite to eat, Peach Valley is for you!

That is it for this review! I will include a link to their website in case if you want to check them out and take your friends to. I highly recommend! Next post will be my Omni Expo review and I will also have Peach Valley Cafe Official Websitea book review lined up! Until next time!

Beauty: Being Careful With Vitamins For Beauty from Within!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I did say I was going to be doing another post. And this is the boiling hot topic that is going on in the beauty world!

Disclaimer: This post is based on thoughts from the lead writer. She also did her research on this topic and bringing it to you guys here! Any fans of the person or product must respect her thoughts and opinions along with the experience she went through.

Being Careful With Vitamins!

I bet you’re wondering, what’s this is all about? Well, you see it deals with a new vitamin supplement that came out and not a lot of people like it or are skeptical of it. Tati Westbrook also known as Glam Life Guru has released her first product of her beauty line and people were expecting makeup but it turned out to be vitamins. These vitamins are supposed to help with hair, skin, and nails which you can find in the drugstore and what’s even more interesting is the pricing and that you can pay for more ach month which is around $40 per 30 day supply. What’s interesting is not only people don’t like the price but don’t like the idea of her releasing vitamins because although she claims they’re safe but they include ingredients that can be harmful to someone that might be allergic to them, that can’t use anything with that ingredient, and so much more. People were asking questions about the ingredients which she only addressed on Instagram and Snap Chat and she disabled the comments on her announcement video because of the comments and supposed to make a video addressing them and she also claims that she’s working with medical experts and labs to create these vitamins in order to be glutton free, vegan, and sugar-free. And she’s claiming its “magic” and it “works.”

Who’s Buying It?

According to the Snap that drama channels have played is that 25,000 people have bought it but most other people aren’t. I bet you’re wondering if I will buy it. No! Why? Well, let me tell you about my experience with one of the ingredients and that is Biotin.

For a while I wanted to grow my hair out because Gondras wanted to see me with longer hair and I’m trying and when I found a bottle of Biotin I decided to try it out. I didn’t consult a doctor and thought I was fine until last summer! Since around 2005, I’ve been seeing an Endocrinologist due to a threat of Thyroid Cancer and I was growing hair in areas where guys grow hair. So, last summer I was seeing my Endocrinologist for a follow up and she tells me that my thyroid levels were off and I told her I was taking Biotin supplements and didn’t know I was supposed to talk to her and that it’s known for making levels go haywire and that there’s signs warning people about it in their labs in the building since it’s easier for me to get my ultrasound and blood work done there. So, I did return in two weeks to get blood work after seeing being off of Biotin will help but it didn’t and had to get my meds increased to 212 where I have to take two different micrograms of my thyroid med to equal that amount. So, afterwards I decided to stop taking it knowing that I would risk my thyroid even more and it is an important gland for all of us and I have had these problems since I was three weeks old back in Boston. Ever since stopping, I did see my Endocrinologist again and she was happy that I took myself off completely and I’m still on the same dosage and have to see her again in May. Yes, blindness is hard but a thyroid issue is a whole bigger level than that. I did share my experience on the announcement video so people can be aware about it and people were surprised and the ones who had issues too thanked me for it and even someone tossed their Biotin when I put my comment on a drama channel’s response since Tati did disable the comments. So, yes if you have a thyroid problem definitely consult your doctor if you want to get this vitamin but best since they would say is to stay away from it, even articles on the net talked about people going through the same thing and took more of the generic forms of thyroid med and go through the same levels issues.

Another ingredient that people have issues with is Saw Palmetto! What it is, from doing research, is an oil used from the fruit from the Saw Palmetto plant which is well-known here in the Gulf Coast area especially Florida! It was mainly used for men to help with sexual drive and prostate issues. It is also used for hair loss and they did say women can take it but their side effects besides the usual stomach issues can include breast size increase. People have commented on Tati’s videos and apparently Instagram that it also blocks birth control effects and can cause pregnancy if not careful. Okay! I am thinking why would an ingredient meant to help men more be used in a product like this? I’m thinking maybe some men who have hair, skin, and some nail issues want to take this too? Even though the oil is meant for hair loss but when I researched there were some pages saying it’s better as a topical treatment which you run it through your hair.

Another ingredient that seems to be huge in the Halo vitamins is Ceramides RX. I had to take some research since I never heard of this kind of thing and found out it’s a topical product that is meant to help with dehydrated skin. There are creams made with this and now thinking about it like with Saw Palmetto, why is something like this in vitamins? I decided to take a look further to see if it can be injested and just found an article from January of this year! According to Very, there is no knowledge about any Ceramide supplements taken by mouth since it’s best to go for any lotions and skin care formulas to be placed on top of skin. What is also more interesting about the Safety section is that it mentions high blood levels of Ceramides tested shows diseases like Cardio Vascular and Diabetes. Oh no! Even though Tati has backed this ingredient and how it works…oh…jeez…looks like this might bite her in the butt because again these are meant for topical uses not injestion. I’m kind of thinking was this researched at all before the start of the creation of these vitamins?

There are other ingredients that were used even ones that are seen in other Hair, Skin, and Nail Vitamins but there are some that weren’t used like my fave vitamin to help with my eye sight, Vitamin A! Also Calogen wasn’t mentioned when I was watching a video on the ingredients and we know that this a very important thing in skin and how it survives when we keep it healthy with Calogen. Heck, even Japan put this ingredient in marshmallows at one point as a jelly and I remembered seeing a snacks video eating them and she mentioned the importance of Calogen and how at a certain age where we’re depleted of it over time. Better to mention this than one scene from Speed Grapher that still freaks me out to this day.

Looking at this vitamin, I’m agreeing with a lot of the YouTubers when it comes to this and that is consult any doctor, as in a Nutritionist, Dietician, and even an Endocrinologist!

Oh right, almost forgot! FDA! I should mention this since before the comments were disabled that people were asking if the FDA approved these vitamins. This is a big concern since there is a different approval process from prescribed supplements and meds. Even though it’s not required to be approved by the FDA but companies have to put the same warning labels given by the FDA and can’t falsely claim anything on their labels to consumers. Oh yes! That is another red flag since Tati did state in her Snap that it’s not FDA approved and when I did go to the Halo website myself to check out and see if the full ingredients list is there I did see the FDA message that is used everywhere at the bottom of the page. And of course, pointing out something interesting since she says that her vitamins will work in three weeks, I noticed there is the statement that everyone was waiting to see and that is “Results may vary!” Which means not everyone will get the same results according to the original product claims. So, is this whole “Three Weeks You Will Get Results” a disclaim? Time will tell and reviews popping up from people who may have purchase will have to see if it does work according to Tati. I mean my Vitamin D didn’t start showing better levels until my Endocrinologist appointments in the three month mark.

Alternatives to This Vitamin

Are there any alternatives? Yes! You can get the individual vitamins over the counter that were put into these vitamins such as C and B 12 Complex. Heck, you have so many B Vitamins on the shelves at every single store you go to. You can, if you can take it by the way, get Biotin over the counter for around $8 and Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin & Nails for $10 to $15 if you can’t afford these “magical” vitamins.

Also, another alternative is go for skin care, hair care, and nail care in drugstores, beauty supply stores, and your local nail salon if you can. I will use my stuff for example, I do use Celestial from Lush even though it costs $20 but it is way cheaper than getting Sunday Riley in my book and my skin loves the coolness it gets from the vanilla water. I also use a hydrating primer from NYX, coconut oil to remove my makeup, and even use it on my cuticles and my face and on my elbows time to time. Heck, I sometimes run it through my hair for added moisture and do have other hair products like Garnier Sleek & Shine anti-frizz serum and R&B from Lush, which I have been using since 2008, and my hair looks amazing! I also change up my shampoo and conditioner time to time to keep it from being dull and use a dry shampoo on top of it. Whenever I want to straighten my hair, I do use the Garnier heat protectant to keep it from frying. So, yes there are alternatives in cosmetics and vitamins to what Tati is selling. I’m not saying not to buy since it is consumer’s choice but at the same time should be careful with what you put into your body.

Oh right! Almost forgot one alternative and that is there are foods enriched with certain acids like orange juice with your daily amounts of Vitamin C, vegetables like sweet potatoes, spinach, and other leafy greens that help. Even nuts and seeds do have these vitamins and can help with keep your skin and hair healthy. When I first started doing the hair growth thing, I looked into the diet thing and saw things on seeds and I have containers of Flax and Chia Seeds, and a bag of sunflower kernels for whenever I make trail mix or even put on a salad or oatmeal, or when I have ice cream or frozen yogurt I break out the Flax and Chia seeds. You can find different ways of helping your health with vitamins and have to consult your doctor, even a nutritionist can help you with picking out what vegetables and fruits that can help you the most day to day. Sorry Tati, I did enjoy your channel for a few years but Halo’s vitamins aren’t what I need nor take, and if anyone is wondering…he is going to address in detail in a video about the concerns. I did get a bit irked knowing that in her Snap that she thinks that people are attacking her character instead of the vitamin and don’t have the proof to back their facts. I am interested in seeing that more in detail since I did mention I commented my experience and people thanked me for that along with mentioning it on drama videos and people have seen my original comment before those comments were disabled. That’s another thing is that people will be concerned and comment towards a product that is being put out, I mean look what had happened with the Subculture pallet and the unprofessionalism that took place. I won’t go and harp on this part but to make it simple I agree that Tati didn’t handle what people were asking very well and I will have to see what she has to say. In the meantime, if you want to purchase the vitamins to try them out, in my advice even asking doctors for consultations not his product, just buy a month’s supply and see if it gives you the results in three weeks like she says and be your own judge but if you experience side effects at all just stop. Or go with the alternatives instead and get the over the counter stuff when it comes to vitamins and skin care!

Well, that was a hard post to do but it was very informative. I won’t say if this release was a flop to me but time can only tell if people have certain issues and experiences. So, until next time guys!

Books: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant 1 by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I’m back with another book review from Mimi Jean!

Title: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Disclaimer: Attention Human Pets! This review is based on thoughts and opinions of this blog’s creator! Please respect her thoughts unless Mr. Nice has to come after her! MEW! : hides:

Synopsis: We meet Michael Vanderhorst in the start of this new series from Pamfiloff who ends up in Phoenix, Arizona to pick up his creator’s ashes. By the way, did I mention he’s a vampire? He was changed all thanks to one vamp and has lived for over four hundred years and when he finds out that he was murdered and that the investigation is not going as he hoped, he gets involved with a mystery to see if he can find the person who has murdered him. On top of that, while visiting, he walks into a library for an unexpected interview by Miriam Murphy who has been working at her parents’ library ever since they died. When he finds out a drug cartel has been after her to get the property from her, he also gets involved with that mystery to see why they’re after her. Will Michael help Miriam to save her from the cartel and find out who killed his vamp creator? And will the Vampire Society stop him before he gets more involved?

Thoughts: This book was a new one and glad that it is something fresh and new. It’s not like Mimi’s many romantic comedies or a just plain romance, it’s more of a mystery with vampires mixed in. It did have a few comedic moments but I mostly seen it towards the end especially with Mr. Nice who is a hilarious character from meeting him so far. He is also a closet romance story fan which makes it funnier! While reading it, I was imagining Micah Asoledad doing Mr. Nice’s voice because I was kind of hearing his Yurio voice from Yuri!! On Ice but with more of a Greek and Spanish mixed accent from what it has been described. I even heard the voice when he gets mad about book cliffhangers and I know how that feels because I see that all the time in most books and movies, even anime!

Besides the characters I liked, I did like the lore that Mimi has created for this one as in what you knew about vampires just throw it out the window! I even chuckled a little towards how these vamps love spicy food especially Indian food. I did kind of crave Gondras’ curry while reading it and then chocolate chip cookies because like every book I’ve read so far by Mimi they always make a cameo. I did make an extra bit of getting cookies besides the Choco chippys, they also have M&Ms! Those are my fave kind of cookies, especially when I go to Mrs. Fields when I can. I hope this series keeps on going this way because the vampires are entertaining and have their own issues even with Michael, I even liked how awkward he feels around Miriam and hoping to see what he figures out about her as more books are released. I don’t know why but this is my own opinion about the both of them and that is I don’t see them as a couple, just as friends because Michael already has an established relationship with Lula and I want to see that more with the both of them and yes he does care about Miriam but I prefer Lula and Michael after reading this one. Hoping they stay together. Also, more Mr. Nice please! He was hilarious! I am hoping to see more things revealed about him.

Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Star Paw Prints! Why did I take five off? Well, even though it was something new for Mimi to write this, I felt the start of the book was a little jumbled in my opinion. I felt like some parts should’ve been cleaned up in the book to make the story flow a little bit better such as how he shows up at the Sunshine Society and interacting with Viviana, I feel like she should’ve shown more signs of she shouldn’t be revealing that much, I wanted to know more about Aspen a little more in how he became a vampire because I felt like his in and out in the book a little too short, I wish he had more of a presence and same with his son, Jeremy, since he was only mentioned once. Yes, it’s the first book and knowing that later on in the books it will be more polished and Mimi did say in her author’s notes at the end that she couldn’t stop writing it because it became addicting to write. I know that feeling, I go through it with fan fiction sometimes. Bring on the sequel and I won’t be the one hurrying her up either. I can’t wait what else she brings soon!

Well, that’s it for this post! Hope you guys check out the link to The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant that I will be providing down somewhere in this post! Next will be a Cosmetic Controversy based on some The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloffvitamins that were recently released. So stay tuned later on today!

Tags: Baby Bat Days!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I’m back with a new post and it is all thanks to my best friend Vivi Blanc and she created a new tag known as the “Baby Bat Days” tag. I felt like why not do a post since I already did a video over on my channel and haven’t done any tag posts on here for the longest time so why not?

A little disclaimer, with her questions, I will answer to the best of my knowledge because I’m kind of bordering Steam Punk/goth/rocker/nerd since there are times where there is a little bit of Goth inside of us. I do look at the positives of life so don’t get annoyed about that.

1. How old were you when you started in the sub culture? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! It’s hard to say because I really don’t know. But I could say the real age I was introduced to something goth-like was around fifteen when I started my more punk rock journey.
2. How you were first introduced to the sub-culture? Well, I knew some people who were Goth, well mostly one person when I was 17. She was mostly a punk but I think she was borderline Goth especially with the spikes as one element. Nowadays she thinks I’m just a fake. Well, you earn some and lose some.
3. Did you start with the music or the fashion? I think I mostly started with the beauty aspect so you can call it fashion is where I started and most of the time I wore gothic elements with my cosplay especially with my Soul Eater character Kiosk Ishida, even with the chains and ripped up casual shirt and pants. I am going to re-vamp the costume for a different outfit design. So, yeah mostly the beauty aspects since I started wearing bolder lip colors and smoky looks even with the neutral colors on top of it since most smoky pallets do have the neutral aspects. My five bold lipstick to wear happens to be the NYX Cosmic Metals blue and green ones.
4. How did your family/friends feel about you being Goth? Has it changed? Well, when I started wearing the spikes my mom hated it because she was expecting me to be more like the other girls in school who were preppy and snobby but I always followed the “Be Yourself” aspect of life and I always wanted to shop at Hot Topic rather than JCPenny and Charlotte Rousse. The store I hated going into that existed in my early high school years was Paul Harris and she always wanted me to go in there for clothes. I was different from everyone in my family, even from my ex-sis-in-law. My mom did get over it by the time I hit around 24 because she realized that I wouldn’t listen and just let me be because I was accepted as who I was even if I did go blind. While my friends, Gondras and Chibi hated the spikes because it poked them! I did tone them down even though I wore them with cosplay even as Hatsuharu, I wasn’t kidding with the cosplay parts. Oh right, when I was with THEE X his family thought I was weird but didn’t matter after the break up! Nowadays Gondras doesn’t mind the Goth elements since I do wear the darker lipsticks even Ion from Kat Von D he did like on me.
5. How confident were you when you started and how confident are you now? Hmmmmm I guess I was a little overbearing because I wanted to fit in and was seen as a poser even to the punks. I tried a little too hard and hardly tried at all back then as time goes on, I just let it flow and be myself. Now? Well, there are times when I think about doing something for goth add-ons but never go through with it, I guess I was afraid of being judged since I do still wear spikes but not the super sharp ones and now that I’m looking to start my career I know it will be hard to switch but if I were to open my business, I want to be comfortable in whatever I wear if I’m not hurting anyone.
6. Were you into any other alternative/subculture groups before Goth? Yes, punk stuff! I know the spikes were considered as “punk” but I do admit I did try a little too hard being more punk when some punks were annoyed with me and was seen as the poser. I did love listening to Good Charlotte, New Found Glory (absolutely loved them and even sang along with all of their songs) which that made two girls mad once. I should tell this story now! So, I was wearing one of my Good Charlotte shirts and two girls came onto the bus since we were heading home. I was a senior at this point and one of them asked, “Do you like Good Charlotte?” I said, “Yeah.” As I put a CD in my CD player (yes, those existed back then) and she goes, “You shouldn’t be listening to them.” I go, “Why?” Her buddy goes, “Because they’re not really punk!” The other noticed I was putting in my copy of NFG’s self-titled album and goes, “Ewww! NFG!” I just ignored them on the way home because I didn’t care. I did remember seeing one of the girls while heading for math once and asked, “So, do you think you’re punk!?” I nodded and just walked off. So glad I didn’t see those two after that since they were annoying. Anyways, yep, was mostly into punk.
7. What was the worst experience when starting in the subculture? Hmmmmmm can’t really say anything that was the worst except getting mad at someone at NYX making fun of my best buddy Vivi for her dress and look that day while I was wearing my fedora with a skull and piercings on it, my Harley Quin goggles, and my Doctor Who shirt for a steam punk look that day for a photo shoot. Didn’t know it happened until either Stellar or Vivi mentioned it and I guess glared a little. I guess everyone expects us to look like a model walking into NYX when NYX is known for making bolder makeup.
8. What has been the best experience while starting out? Oh man! I would have to say getting my flame sleeved hoodie! My mom at the time was always the type where you had to get a new piece of clothing when the seasons are turning or school starts, etc. Heck, her thing is mostly shoes, at least I don’t have to worry about that since my current pair of Vans have lasted me three years so far. Anyways, I was at Hot Topic mostly looking for cosplay stuff and this was when I did crappy, cheap cosplay and not kidding since I used a vampire cape as my trench coat as Dark for a few years. I found my hoodie at the front among the winter stuff and saw the sleeves and wanted it so badly because it was different and unique and couldn’t find it anywhere else and when my mom found me I pointed it out and told her I wanted it and she kind of turned her head sideways even when I tried it on and she gave in after knowing it fits and got it! I loved that hoodie and worn it for a long time until the zipper broke off.
9. Do you have any pics from back then? No!
10. If you could go back to change anything, what would you change? Definitely the poser part! I felt like no matter what I did people still bullied me and made fun of me, even mocked me, and I could’ve shopped a little more for my clothes rather than my mom. I did say I was different and plus could’ve stood up to her a little more because I felt like I couldn’t be different and express my wardrobe a lot more. I admit I am not into blouses nor skirts unless if they have a logo or something on it I like like my Doctor Who dress and my RWBY skirt for example. Still, I could’ve said when she got on my case for having spiked bracelets and my five keychains on my chain wallet, “I’m different and you have to accept it! I may wear spikes and rocker tees that are always printed on black shirts, it’s just who I am and no one else is going to change me with a wand. I will still be the same!”
Well, that’s about it! I think this was a hard tag but I think I did pretty well! I think it was a nice change from book reviews at the moment so there you go! So, stay tuned for anything from Omni Expo!

Favorites: January and February 2018!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Sorry for being missing since my last book review but I have been busy living life outside of the net and I do have a major announcement or two within my January & February Favorites!


New Panel At Omni Expo 2018: Yes! My panel has been approved for Omni Expo 2018 and this one is a little different from the one last year. Nerdy Shirts talked to me about it during MegaCon when we were doing press and he thought I should do a panel on writing and get the word about my book, well now books, out there more and well from what you have read from my Holiday Matsuri 2017 review, I had panel form issues and couldn’t do it then. I did point it out on their Facebook group and they got back and said that they will try and make it more accessible with mobile devices which looking at how Event Bright works well on the apps they should definitely do it that way. I did put in the panel form for Omni last summer since they were accepting panels around July and I did fill it out. I didn’t know it got approved until a week and a half ago and now it’s going to be hosted on March 10th which is that Saturday during the con at 5 PM in Panel Room 1. It is during the costume contest this year but I figured since scheduling it on Saturday is where a lot more people show up during Saturday than Friday and a lot more things take place in Panel Room 1. I am hoping to get a better turn out this year than the last when we tried in the afternoon in Panel Room 2 on Friday. So crossing my fingers. What makes me happy about this slot is that it’s right after Joshua Seth;s panel that day! Yay! You get two authors for the price of one since he is also an author himself. So, if you’re going to Omni, please come! Please do!

Going for my JAWS Certification: My second announcement is that I’m going for my JAWS Certification and that’s the main reason why I have been gone for a bit. As you guys know, I have changed my career goal to work as an Assistive Tech Specialist and as my first step of getting myself back in the game even getting a job is to get this certification since a lot of positions are seeing if you do have a certification as a plus. I figured getting this would help me out in my search and can help any public or private schools or even universities with JAWS if they were to put in their computer labs which it would be nice. So, I have been studying for the test itself despite being familiar with it for years but there are other things to look over for it. So, wish me luck everyone!


Brow Product: NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade in Chocolate! You never thought I would go for something outside of my clear brow gel comfort zone until I have tried brow powders from Ulta all thanks to their makeup sets. I decided to see about getting one of the powders from NYX’s Baking Brow Powders but got the brow pomade instead and in the color Chocolate. I love this stuff! There are times when I want to keep my brows from going crazy and this does help since the Essence brow gel is so light and using the NYX pomade on top helps with keeping it down. Plus, these are perfect for the Florida humidity since knowing we’re in our early spring time and the humidity does go up around late March, this will be perfect once we hit that point of time.

New Pallet: Urban Decay Naked Heat! Well, I finally got it! I know it’s been out for a while but I got my paws on the Urban Decay Naked Heat pallet. I figured it was time to treat myself and since I have been starting to collect the Urban Decay Naked series pallets I felt that it was time to see what the newer Naked pallet was all about and lovin’ it! I used it on Valentine’s Day and took a pic for the What’s Up In MakeUp and everyone thought it went well with my eye color with the combination I came up with. I’m still sad that the Naked Smoky was discontinued but glad that this one replaced it and so far I have the Ultimate Basics, Basics 1 and 2, the original one, Naked Smoky, and now Naked Heat!

New Setting Powder for Under Eyes: L. A. Girl Setting Powder in Translucent! This was a recommendation all thanks to Casey Holmes on YouTube and that is the setting powder by L. A. Girl. Ulta has been carrying this brand and apparently they have them in store and now shrinking the NYX section to make room for more of this brand and other brands. I do love NYX but have been impressed by how huge their display is and can see why they’re doing it. Makes me sad though I couldn’t get a new pot of Super Natural from the Cosmic Gel Liner line. Anyways, I wanted to try this powder for a little while since I had heard good things and was happy that the Altamonte location had it and decided to use Translucent and loving it! The only thing you have to do is tap off any excess powder if you were to dip in without using the sifter. Yeah, I take out the sifter to use it and put it back like my E. L. F. one and this one is bigger than the E. L . F. one and knowing it will last me longer than that.

New Foundation & Powder: Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation and Powder in Buff Beige and Warm Beige! Well, I stepped out of my Almay comfort zone and started to use a new foundation and powder. I deicded due to a budget to try out Wet N Wild’s Photo Focus foundation and powder since I was running low on both and now I can see why everyone or mostly everyone enjoyed this line! I love the foundation which was unique in its own way with you use the little paddle to spread the foundation on your face and then use a sponge or brush to blend it in. It blends very well, my color in the foundation by the way is Buff Beige due to how warm my skin is and it was hard to see which one matched best among the light medium shades and this one was matched to me by my dad due to vision. And the powder is in Warm Beige and man this one didn’t feel so powdery like when I used the one from Almay. I may have to try out the setting spray since I did have a setting spray sprayed on me all thanks to Vivi since powder can end up on my phone but these two things have been a nice addition and it looks like I will be using for a long time. Also, the foundation is not too cakey and the smell reminds me of white chocolate almost. Way to go Wet N Wild!

Fave MakeUp Remover: Shea Moisture Coconut Oil! I have stepped away from the Garnier Mycellar Water to make room for coconut oil and I have been using the one from Shea Moisture. I have been using the Shea Moisture since last summer since my nose was so dry in the creases and started using it and it leaked in delivery from Ulta so I had to get a free one and that leaked and got a refund. I love this stuff because you can use it as a moisturizer on your face which I have done, on my hair sometimes even if I didn’t pack any hair products when I stay with Gondras, and now cleaning my makeup with it. Mycellar Water was causing my skin to feel dryer over time and decided to look into using coconut oil and it does work! It’s easy to remove where you swirl your cotton ball into the oil and wipe first and then use a tissue to wipe it off like with Cold Cream. I’ve been using it and find it better and it doesn’t break the cap when it falls from the counter. Sorry Garnier but Shea has my heart for now until I run out and going to Trader Joe’s afterwards.

Books: Goddess of Forgetfulness by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff and Nemecene: The Epoch of Redress by Kaz LeFave! One part of being a little away is reading some books on my Kindle app on my Galaxy Tab! Well, one on my PC at home and these two happen to be Goddess of Forgetfulness by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff which is book four in the Immortal MatchMakers Series and Nemecene: The Epoch of Redress by. Kaz LeFave. Forgetty was a very cute and funny story and it has me reading the first book in the series now which is on my IBooks app at this moment while Nemecene 1 is a new format I wouldn’t expect since the story was told from three different perspectives. I can’t wait to get into the next one since I need to start on it soon. Kaz did start writing a screen play and can’t wait to see how this series will be turned into a film. Really great reads if you’re looking for something new!

Well, that’s it guys! I know I don’t have any music faves it’s due to reading more than listening to music. I hope to have some fave songs for the next faves though! Let’s see what happens next and also stay tuned for all of our coverage from Omni Expo 2018 because this year will be action packed from what I put on my itinerary for this year’s convention! Until next time! And if you haven’t yet, I’ve been doing a lot more videos lately too over on the Nerdy Shique Universe channel including my cosplay looks for Rarity and my Digimon character and even did the following someone’s tutorial with And That’s Jacob!

Books + Access Tech: Nemecene: The Epoch Of Redress by. Kaz LaFave

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I’m back with a new book review!

Title :Nemecene: The Epoch of Redress
Author: Kaz LaFave

Disclaimer: This review is based on the lead writer’s thoughts and opinions! Please respect her thoughts on this book! Spoilers may happen but at the same time it won’t. And by the way, this is also dealing with Assistive Tech!

Synopsis: This story takes place in a toxic future where dead oceans and poisonous gases exist, we meet Elize and Keeto who are twins that are a target for a deadly predator and must save Elize from the fate that their mother had faced and the mystery of her death floods Elize’s dreams every night along with the same psychological illness that their mother had been imprisoned for and died from.

Keeto is an archaeologist and bookworm who keeps Elize’s problem from their oppressive father and afraid that he would find out and have her committed and they escape to Edenborough, a floating city with a bio wall. While in Edenborough, Elize befriends Zafarian, who is known for breaking the law but has an expertise in gadgetry doesn’t please Keeto but the three end up in a conspiracy to find out what has happened and piece the mystery that is front of them even if a stranger is trying to get in contact with them with certain clues.

Despite taking up new identities, Elize being an intern at the university and Keeto being an archaeologist at the Museum of Antiquities, Elize starts noticing how fragile she is and coming to terms with it. Will they be able to survive and find out what happened to their mother? Will deceit and lies take them down an even more dangerous path?

Thoughts: This book had a longer description but I condensed it as best as I could. Anyways, this book was a very interesting and entertaining read. When I saw the third book up for request, I knew I had to check it out and noticed the other two were also up for request and took them on. Well, that is where tech comes into play.

I had some issues with downloading the protected PDFs and even tried to access Acrobat Digital Reads and still wouldn’t work. So, I worked with Kaz to make her books accessible for me to read my computer. As you guys know, besides reading on my Galaxy Tablet, IPad, and IPhone SE, soon to upgrade to the 8 this year, I also read books on my computer and have been for many years. I use JAWS as a way to read DAISY formats on FS Reader and PDFs on Adobe Acrobat. Before, Adobe was not accessible and it always read things in code or gives me “Warning: Empty Document!” Which I and Kaz were able to work around that together which some companies and colleges do when it comes to providing reading material to their visually impaired clients and students. I did suggest NLS Bard and Book share to Kaz to get her stuff converted so anyone who wants to read after this review can have a new alternative when she looks into it. She did get the PDFs of the first two episodes without images and chapter art and it worked! I do have the third episode in paperback for Gondras to read to me which I miss having a paperback in my paws! Trust me, I sniffed it because I was really happy about it. Hey, try missing having actual books in my collection.

Anyways, my thoughts on the first book! I loved it! I found it how interesting the chapters took on the points of view of three characters which happen to be Nithruyu, the one who has been following the twins throughout the story in this episode, Elize, which you get to see how she interacts with people and going through her state of mind, and Keeto where his telling is in journal-style but as messages to their mother which I liked his storytelling the most. I hardly seen storytelling like this especially when it takes on different points of view of three characters that are important to the story. You get to see how they think of one person if they can trust them or not, or how they see each other, and even what they explore in Edenborough.

What I liked the most was how the world was painted after climate change took its course. Since this is a science fiction story, there are times where books are written in different versions of Earth in the future and there are times where we wonder if Earth is going to end up like Venus or are there going to be colonies around planets like in the anime Gravion, or what Evangelion painted with the Second Impact where the ocean changed to a red color and Angels attack. These are good pictures of what the writers and animators have painted for us and LaFave did it with this one which is almost like what took place in the Second Impact where the oceans are dead and we have poisonous gases taking root and there are still some cities that are around, like Edenborough for example, and in order to get from one place to the next you have floating platforms and trains. I’m hoping to see more of Earth looking like this in more episodes to come since this is supposed to be nine episodes long and a conclusion and can’t wait to see what Episode 2 holds for me after how this has ended since I don’t want to give too much away but definitely recommend. I even recommended it to the women over on Galactic Suburbia since they are known for recommending a lot of books, especially ones crowding my Book share and NLS Bard shelves on my Victor Reader Stream but they do get recommendations from their audience. Hoping they read my tweet!

If I were to pick a character I would say Elize is the one I liked. Reason being is that she is quirky in a very cute way especially with how she interacts with Stitch, which is the guy she became friends with and it’s his nickname by the way. Plus, you get to see how her state of mind develops as the episode continues. I did read in the description for the third book that it gets worse but I have to see Episode 2 to get me to Episode 3 first since knowing, like with anime and manga, you have to go book by book and episode by episode to know what the character is going through. I can’t wait to see what happens to her next since knowing that Nithruyu gives a message to Keeto to look for the answers in his sister. Speaking of anime, if this was animated as a tv series, I would see either Luci Christian or Jamie Marchi do Elize’s voice and give it a slight Scottish accent since I was imagining either one voicing her while reading it.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This book was a perfect story and glad I was able to Kaz in order to make it accessible for me to read. I guess this series is starting off with perfect teamwork both in the pages and outside in how people can work together. I can’t wait to see what Episode 2 holds for our three companions along with Stitch and see how much more the world gets painted in this new Earth. I will be reviewing Episode 2 for you guys so I would suggest to hang on tight for when I finish with the next installment!

Well, that’s it for this book review! I was glad to work with Kaz LaFave in getting this book readable and if you’re in Canada and find her at a bookstore on her book tour, I would suggest dropping by and saying “Hi!” And pick up a copy! I will leave a link to this first episode if you little kittens in the Nerd Universe want to be curious! What’s next? Not sure but I will come up with something! Until next time!

Books: Goddess of Forgetfulness by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Hello Universe Pets and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I’m back with another book review and it’s from an author I love to review!

Title: Goddess of Forgetfulness
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the Goddess of the Blog Universe! Please respect her thoughts and opinions and watch out for an invisible unicorn while you’re at it! Warning: There May be spoilers!

Synopsis: This is the fourth installment of the Immortal Matchmakers Inc. series that Mimi has released after her accidentally [Yours] series! In this book, we follow the Goddess of Forgetfulness or Forgetty for short, who was known for making people and her divine brothers and sisters forget her. When she finds out that she’s about to go evil, Forgetty has to find a mate before she starts making the world forget everything! She has to find one that won’t forget who she is and once that happens and it happens to be the Moscab King, she wishes that she forgets him and that they ever met at a DJing gig. Meanwhile, Zack, the God of Temptation, is in trouble due to his own evil switch being flipped. While trying to find his true love, Tula, he gets caught by Mermen (not kidding) and kept in order to be punished. What will Tula do in order to save Zack? Will love help him get over the darkness? Will Forgetty turn the Moscab King good? Is Chimel still pulling the strings on love?

Thoughts: I haven’t read the other Matchmaking series books, I really need to read the first one since I got that on IBooks but I know the format that Mimi does in these books. I loved the accidentally [Yours] books and loved the romantic comedy bits in those but this one really turned up the imagery of everything! I was able to see what was going on in my head and had a bit of a chuckle eve if in front of my parents, don’t worry I had my ear buds in since they act weird when I read or “see” sexual things even though I’m old enough but I make sure they don’t hear what I’m reading. If you’re wondering, “How can you see words?” Well, I did go to a discussion on imagery in literature at a writer’s conference and while writing you can use the words to paint that image and Pamfiloff pulled it off so well in this book. For instance, I did imagine the God of Wine and Parties, aka belch as his nickname, and Forgetty being glued to the Empire State Building nude and I busted out laughing on that, another image was feeling the pain of Zack losing Tula by rocking her until he hears the last few heartbeats. I’m hoping they find a way of bringing her back since the book did explain how they met and I want to read the first three books in how they interact with each other even though I have so much to do in little time at the moment. I will get there!

What I did like the most was Forgetty’s journey to find love even if it meant standing up in front of a crowd to find it. I remembered reading certain romance books where some characters have done the same thing, heck it happens in a lot of movies, and Forgetty realizes what she was doing is just that and you could tell that she watches all the movies and remembers every line. (Yes, I quoted “1985”) I think my favorite reference was the Fifty First Dates one because I love that movie and Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler were great in that and in here she points out that she would be Sandler and the guy would be Barrymore.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This book was a really good one and very comedic. It did cheer me up, which I didn’t mention that, during some upsetting times in my life recently and I may have to read the others to keep me smiling alongside my positivity. I would say I was expecting a book about the Goddess of Forgetfulness since I read the previous series to this one because I had a feeling she would have to find someone for herself after seeing the other gods get their lovers so far. If you’re into romantic comedies with a supernatural twist, I suggest accidentally [Yours] and Immortal [Matchmakers Inc.] especially with what I read so far in this book because Pamfiloff does very well with these and her way of doing supernatural is way different from all the other supernatural stuff I have read and seen in movies and tv over the years. I guess I thank Net Galley suggesting Tailored for Trouble from the Happy Pants Series two years ago or so!

Well Universe Pets, that’s about it for this review! I will have a link to this book on Amazon so you can check it out and make sure you check out Mimi Jean Pamfiloff’s other books while you’re at it! Until next time!

Goddess of Forgetfulness (Immortal Matchmakers Book 4)