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!