Books: Sadie’s Highlander: A Highland Protector Novel by. Maeve Greyson

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! A second post of the day and it is another book review for you all!

Title: Sadie’s Highlander
Author: Maeve Greyson

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts and opinions! Warning! Spoilers may be ahead!

Synopsis: This book is the first of a new series from the author of the Highland Hearts series with the Highland Protector Series.

In this one, we meet Alec MacDara was transported to the 21st Century North Carolina with his other brothers, sister, and parents from 10th Century Scotland in order to protect the Heart Stone as a cover of working a theme park known as Highland Life and Legends.

Alec holds back a film crew from filming a Scottish Romance film on their property until he made the appointment with Sadie and Delia Williams all thanks to the emails Sadie has written. He agrees unless Sadie reports to him every day while staying on the property since Sadie still has to work as her sister’s flunky assistant.

Sadie is an adopted daughter and is always told by her sister that she’s ugly despite the curve to her body. She always wants to be a screen-writer but her sister is always holding her back and having her work as her assistant even writing certain parts of a film or her emails for her due to the writing talent she possesses. Once she starts hanging around Alec and his family, Sadie gets accepted for who she is and accepted by Alec for her beauty and wins his heart forever.

Thoughts: This book was a very quick read for me! I didn’t know it took me two days until I saw my spreadsheet. It was a very cute story and it did have a very sweet ending. I have read one of Maeve’s other books and that was My Tempting Highlander from the Highland Hearts Series. My Tempting Highlander from the Highland Hearts Series and need to read the other ones in order to understand it a little more but I did enjoy her writing and since I got to read this one it did give me a bigger idea of how she writes. I like how she does the characters doing the time travel thing from ancient Scotland to our time and this one shows it very well even if Alec is speaking in his old tongue. I also imagine the kilts very well. I guess no matter what you are, blind even, you have something for men in kilts. Anyways, I did like how Alec and Sadie acted around each other even if they aroused each other for sexy times. I am thinking what if Chris Hensworth voiced Alec in this one and man it would make it sexier unless if we have to get a sound alike. I am not sure about Sadie since she did have to build her courage up even against her sister Delia, which I can imagine Mandy’s voice from Totally Spies coming out of her. I need to wonder about that while reading, there was a point where explosions take place at the ancient castle and Delia went missing. I am not sure what had happened to her and it would be interesting if she does come back and end up with one of the brothers in a later novel. Maybe that would stop her from being so cruel even to Sadie since I can see how hard she wants to impress her sister even working as her puppet. I did find it awesome that she finally stood up to her since I knew she wanted to put her in her place. I still find it funny in the start of the book when Delia broke one of her heels. I am hoping to see Sadie again and that the rest of this series can be available for on Net Galley.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This book was a cute story and I liked the characters since they were going through a new 21st Century setting and even running a theme park. It does show that anyone can accept you for who you are rather than how you look since I know that feeling very well. I am hoping with the next one, Joana’s Highlander, keeps this theme going unless Maeve does a different theme for each book. I am also hoping to see Delia come around again and probably fall for a MacDara brother? Let’s see!

Well, that’s it for this review! Next book will be another romance novel and I am still reading another book at the same time so stay tuned for that Sadie’s Highlanderone too. I will also be doing the Convention Spotlight on Omni Expo 2018! Until next time!

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Books: Heroine Worship by. Sarah Kuhn

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for the first book review of the New Year and it is…

Title: Heroine Worship
Author: Sarah Kuhn

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

Synopsis: In this sequel to Heroine Complex, it’s been three months since another portal has opened in San Francisco to let out a rampage of demons and Annie Chang, also known as the kick ass super heroine Aveda Jupiter, and her once personal assistant turned fireball shooting super heroine, Evie Tanaka into a time without fighting any demons and living in peace and dreaming for something to do. Once they get called to a lingerie shop known as Pussy Queen (Not kidding on that name) due to some strange happenings, both Annie and Evie find out that the portal in the shop that was closed off to the demon world was gurgling and letting out something invisible. Now both Annie and Evie have to solve this new issue and on top of that noticing the brides in San Fran are acting weird and going after Evie, who is engaged to her mostly human boyfriend, Nate, and Annie has to not only look out for the menacing Bridezillas, an invisible enemy, planning her best friend’s wedding as her Maid of Honor, but also try to figure out the closest best friend, Scott, is not as close to her as they have been in the past. Is Annie having a major identity crisis due to her Aveda Jupiter side or is it just that she wants to stay in the limelight even if Evie is the main attraction after saving the city before from a major threat?

Thoughts: I had to read the first one, Heroine Complex, in order to read this one and oh man I enjoyed both books! I did read them in audio since NLS had them in audio and having Text to Speech reading this one wouldn’t be as entertaining as the first since the comedy and actions were best in audio. Also, the onomatopoeias were even great in audio (where sounds are in word form for anyone who doesn’t know, best example is the old Adam West Batman TV show.)

I think I giggled the most during Heroine Worship because it did bring out a Buffy the Vampire Slayer mood to it since in that to show you have a lot of snark and this one does have that too. I do like how throughout the book Annie was trying so hard to be herself but her Aveda side kept on coming out instead and trying to force it out in every chance she gets. One good example was when they were trying to find Evie the perfect wedding dress and the tent at the vintage show was a hard to get in type thing but she did use her Diva Power to get in. I would have to say with this book shows the reason why I don’t watch the show Bridezilla since I will be getting married myself and hoping I don’t act like that or any of the women in this book despite having a demon puppy running around in every dress. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention demon puppies? I do like how it did call back to the first book with the demon cupcakes because in the first one when it starts you see Aveda go up against demonic cupcakes at a cake shop. You do get to see them at that same cake shop in this one and I have to say is Letta, the owner, does remind me of Mod from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic because the reader for this book made her sound like that. If this was an anime I would get that actress to be Letta because I was hearing her during that scene. What I find it even funnier is that she might be Goth is how she has porcelain unicorns. Well, when you look at it, you got to have something cute to love and I do have my Twilight Sparkle plush and unicorn earrings.

Now onto the relationship part. Well, since superheroes do have their love interests, these books did blend that in very well. In Complex, I was not expecting Evie to fall for Nate but they do share that personality trait of over explaining things in a way of being comfortable and they do get along with each other while working a case and of course their relationship was really cute and enjoyable throughout the book. It was almost like how Gondras and I met, as in when Nate first shown up and first saw Evie at the front door from when he told her when he first loved her in the cartoon duck shirt, jeans, and a pair of Chuck Taylors, he really wanted her since he thought she was gorgeous. With Scott and Aveda, it felt like a sad build up to their relationship because Scott was the outcast due to being picked on since his mom was working to be a lawyer and keep on providing him food and clothes to survive. Plus, it was even sadder how Aveda always pushed him away and he saw that and had to put a No Love Spell on himself. I see Ren from RWBY a little bit in him since he is a bit a tragic love story but when Aveda and him finally get together it was cavity inducing, as in very, very, VERY sweet and also a heroic rescue by him. Will they actually get engaged? I am hoping to read the third book through Net Galley because I loved every page of this book as it kept on going. I also loved every character:

Bea: Evie’s sister who is very smart and knows how to bounce ideas off of Nate and even joins in with the report making for Officer Rowryk when they have any demon updates to do.
Lucy: Even though she can be a little bit perverted with her lesbian side but she is also badass as much as Aveda and Evie since she may not have super powers but she does know how to back them up with weapons and wear a Lolita style dress while she does it!
Nate: He does have his smarts but he does have a soft side when it comes to Evie.
Mazie: Even though she was the bossiest blogger in the first but she knows how to run a stylish boutique and help small business owners while she’s at it even if her skin is always flaking off due to her demon form.
Shruti: Even though she knows how to have style due to having a vintage shop but she knows how to solve a mystery when it comes to it and of course her power of using her hair as a weapon and able to grow it or make it shorter makes it even cooler!

All in all, Kuhn knows how to make an awesome group of main characters and supporting characters. I can’t wait to see what comes next in the next book!

Rating: 5 Out of 5 for both! This story was a really good superhero story. It takes the idea of Charlie’s Angels and makes it more badass. You have a lot of characters with a ton of personality and ones with style too. If I had to choose which one I relate to more, I would have to say both Evie, Bea, and Nate because I can be a bit technical with my explanations even in writing but I do sometimes have a shy side and get nervous with spotlight but other times I can really shine if the moment is right. I am hoping that the next one is even more action-packed as these two. Last one it went from demon cupcakes to hybrid demons and this one shown that Bridezillas can be scary and now wondering what is next since this is supposed to be a trilogy. Sarah Kune, your books get the “Paw print of Approval!”

Well, that’s it for this review! I will include links to both of these books so you can take a look. By the way, I did redo the link for Coastal Scents in the Affiliate Links page so you can check that out and get some awesome makeup and sales at affordable prices! Heck, their brushes are awesome!

What is next for Nerdy Shique Universe? My Convention Spotlight on Omni Expo 2018 and of course another Access Tech post on the device called Aira and Heroine ComplexHeroine Worshipsoon I will be reviewing RWBY Volume 5! So stay tuned!

Books: Exploited: A Zero Day Novel by. A. Meredith Walters

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Happy New Year! 2018 has started and it is a good way of starting the New Year with a new book review!

Title: Exploited: A Zero Day Novel
Author: A. Meredith Walters

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions by the lead writer! Please respect her thoughts and opinions! Thank you!

Description: We meet Hannah Wieland, we may see her as a normal woman on the outside where she is a daughter and a sister and not only that a day-to-day worker but behind closed doors she is Freedom Overdrive a cyber terrorist but uses her hacking skills to take out people who corrupt and destroy people’s lives even took revenge on people who messed with her sister and father. She ends up meeting Mason, an FBI agent, who is trying to find out who Freedom Overdrive is until she gets closer to him and finds out that her lover is the one hunting her.

Thoughts: Man, I felt like I was reading a romance version of the movie Anti-Trust. If no one knows what that movie is it is a movie from the early 2000s with Ryan Philippe and Rachael Leigh Cook that deals with hacking and not trusting the ones around you since they are faking friendships with you until you lose.

This book is almost like that but we do see the story played from both perspectives of the characters Mason and Hannah. Hannah’s story deals with how she is not only having a job at an I. T. company but being her hacker persona, Freedom Overdrive, to hack into accounts of people who have done corrupted things including a firm that represented the re-pavement of some tarmac that ended up costing her father’s life and making her sister paralyze and having serious brain injuries and living at a residence home and trying to cover her tracks while she is at it. While Mason, an FBI agent, is trying to track Freedom Overdrive but doesn’t suspect Hannah as they go out on dates and being happy since he had lost a brother that meant so much to him and feeling the guilt his parents give him and don’t want to face them as much due to work and Hannah.

Does Mason find out? Well, you have to read this book to find out which I highly recommend since it not only has the usual romance but it does show that trust can lead to mistrust which that is how I felt like I was reading the romantic version of Anti-Trust and I can see how Philippe would fit Mason and Leigh Cook fit Hannah. If they animated this book or do a live-action movie, I would see why not casting the both of them for this movie. There was one part I did like was how Hannah was trying to figure out her partner in crime, Toxic Wrath, is by thinking it is her college roomie, Rose, which was an interesting part to the plot. I think it was a good connection since Rose did teach her how to hack but left after a semester since she would probably be found and then shows up in Hannah’s life over the phone which now I can imagine how she might tie into the next book, Aftermath which is the sequel to this coming out this July. I am hoping Net Galley does have this available to read because I want to see how it goes since I wasn’t expecting it to end on a cliff-hanger and that was smartly played by Walters with this one. Now I want to read her other books since she did write this one pretty well and got me curious.

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Star Paw prints! This was a very smart novel and I loved the characters and how they interacted especially with Hannah. You would never suspect things until time goes on with the book. I am hoping Aftermath shows what goes on from here and plays more with some of the other characters like Hannah’s friend, Kyle, and the old roomie, Rose, to see how they might play in. I am also hoping to see what Mason may do to Hannah after what the ending had him go through. I would say read the book!

Well, that is it for this review! I hope everyone’s New Year started off right and don’t worry, I will have more book reviews to come and the next one is a sequel story I need to read the rest of the first one before I start this one! Until next time! Don’t worry, more Holiday Matsuri stuff if anyone

is asking!

Favorites: November & December 2017!

Hello SHiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It’s that time again and that is the Faves and this time it’s November and December! Where has the year gone by? Well, new faves and let’s hop to it!

Convention Faves:

Fave Purchase: The Cat Ears and Tail in Latte! First is a fave purchase at Holiday Matsuri and that is the cat ears and tail that I got from the maker I always go to known as Micki LA Course. I started buying my cat ears from her in 2013 when I found her stand at Florida Anime Experience when it was in Orlando, apparently it will be in Vero Beach now, and I went for a day to get a signature from Mahle Flannigan since no one else wanted to help out with that. At least I went for a day and went around in the dealer room which was kind of small and found her stand on the outer perimeter of the room and the first ears were in vanilla fudge calico pattern and still have to this day! I forgot to get the tail from her for the longest time even when I found her again at Holiday Matsuri! She had a new fur and it is the color of lattes when they have their cream and you know me and coffee and couldn’t resist and got the tail too! I highly recommend her ears and now tails because they are very fluffy, they clip on, and you don’t always have to use for just cats, a girl came to her stand to ask for wolf ears for her wolf fondness cosplay for a RWBY thing that evening and she handed her the ears. I remembered that you could use her red ears for Flareon too. If you see her stand I recommend her ears s and she does have other things too.

Fave Panel: The J. Michael Tatum 18+ Panel! Do I need to say more? That’s it! Highly recommend if you are at a con with him as a guest and if you are 18 and over. I also did love his panel with Brandon McInnis which is also the “It Gets Better” panel which we will get the videos up soon of that and know how he feels because I was picked on too as a younger person and I did have a speech impediment which you do not hear as much today but if you knew me in high school that was back when it was really bad. I know how you feel <r. Tatum, if you are reading this, I had problems sounding my S’s and Sh’s when I was younger.

Fave Cosplay Moment: The InuYasha During the Holiday Cosplay Runway! Even though my Ageslash was complimented on Friday but this moment goes to the InuYasha cosplayer during the Cosplay Runway and hoping they are okay after being told to “Sit!” Which that takes a lot of dedication. I think nowadays if you try to tell any InuYasha cosplayer to “Sit!” They probably won’t do it due to how much it hurts and you have to face plant for it. Hope they are okay!

Fave Food to Eat: The Bourbon Burger at Denny’! After the con, we headed for Denny’s because we needed a meal after eating sandwiches and snacks all weekend! I had the Bourbon Burger and OMG it was delicious! Even the onion rings were delicious! If we have another Denny’s After Con thing I am ordering it again.

Makeup Stuff:

Fave Ulta Set: The Be Gorgeous Set! This year Ulta was killing it with their sets! I remembered having three of them when they started doing their own makeup brand but the only one I really still have is one that is in a Caboodle style train case and I did try de-potting things and didn’t go well. Not a good idea guys! So, this year they released a lot of sets but the ones I got were the Love MakeUp, the Beauty Treasures, and the Be Gorgeous which is my all-time fave out of the three! I do love jewelry boxes but the Be Gorgeous has my heart at the moment because I have been using it like crazy for November and December even if I got it in October. This comes with a 42 eye shadow pallet at very bottom, face items such as concealers, blushes, bronzers, and two powder highlights with one cream one, and you also get the gel liners, brow powders, and glitter top coats. I would say the eye shadow primers in this set weren’t the greatest because it was hard to get out of the little plastic part where they were in and not as creamy, very stiff mind you but everything else was amazing! I did use this set when I did my RWBY main cast looks with Nora, Ruby, and Cinder which they came out really great. I did use this set to re-create Kathleen Lights; teal smoky eye despite the teal being shimmery along with the other shades but I did have fun re-creating it. You can find the pics over on my Instagram at Mari Blue Cat! I am hoping Ulta keeps up with these sets because they are a major step up and it’s been a while since I have gotten anything Ulta brand.

Lip Oil: Ulta Brand Lip Oil! All thanks to the Love MakeUp set I got two lip oils and I like one more than the other. The set came with the Soft Rose and the Coconut one which they are a part of a line that Ulta sells and I never tried any out since Too Faced was the only real brand that did them and they are tinted. These don’t have tint which is great because with lip oils you really don’t need it since you need the extra nourishment after wearing lip colors all day, especially liquid lipsticks which can be very drying. I prefer the rose one over the coconut one because I feel like when putting on the coconut one is too sticky and I feel like not enough product goes on my lips and have to dip in twice. I think this happens due to how tiny of a size they give you in the Love MakeUp set but I do want to try the Black Raspberry one since they do have other flavors in the line. I can’t wait to go to Ulta!

Brow Powders: Ulta Brand! I know it’s weird to mention Ulta again but I have been loving the brow powders in their sets since I decided why not try it out. These powders do have a bit of fall out but they do go on the brows very well and you don’t know you have anything. I did use the taupe ones for Yang and Weiss’ looks to match the white and blonde hair they have, I did mention I did de-pot the powders from their older set I still have but a good portion of the powder came out but the taupe one was handy during my Link cosplay and the dark brown during my Itachi cosplay. I am going to explore more in the brow powder department!

Bronzer: The Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer! I know I said I would probably won’t use bronzer but I started using it now for contouring and started doing it when I tried out the Morphe Vegan Set to see how I feel about it and it is great. The bronzer I do like at the moment is the Butter Bronzer from Physician’s Formula and I can see why so many people love this thing! Even though the smell is the biggest love but this one is not heavy, it is just light and easy to blend and build up too. I had this with me for Holiday Matsuri to contour my cheeks for Link and my chin and under the lip for Itachi and that is really my contouring. I do do the nose time to time but I really stick to the cheeks, the jaw, and the chin and lip areas. I may have to try other bronzers but this one is a fave!

Liquid Lip: NYX’s Lip Lingerie! Next is my fave liquid lipstick and I give it to the Lip Lingerie’s from NYX Cosmetics. Not sure if I mentioned them but they are way better than the Liquid Suede ones in my opinion. I like how the lipstick stays on my lips even on top of the E. L. F. lip primer and they feel light even throughout the day. I took French Maid with me which is a purple color to Holiday Matsuri and it did not vanish at all since it stayed all day even while talking! These are also inexpensive and around holiday time they do have sets which I got two of them when Ulta did a $10 off $25 NYX purchases during the end of November and I think it ended on Christmas Eve. I got the sets with French Maid, Lace Detail, and something else and the other with Teddy, Push Up, which is one I wanted the longest time ever since Jessica Braun, and there was one more but they are worth it for the set but you can get them individually if you don’t want the colors in the set itself. I am thinking of getting Beauty Mark and Baby Doll because the other set came with Embellishment which I already have and they have a great color range to choose from!

Fave Eye/Face Pallet: Ofra Holiday Glow Pallet! Next is the Ofra Holiday Glow Pallet which was an Ulta only thing for the holidays since you can only get on their website for anything Ofra. Ofra is a very good brand and I remembered getting items from them in my Ipsy and Boxy Charm when I used to get them both and still have the pallet I got on the Ipsy Offers page years back but this pallet is a mix of face and eye stuff where you get eight shadows which one of them is an Ulta exclusive shade while the rest are regular Ofra shades, a bronzer, a highlight, and four blushes. Most awesome thing is that you can take the pans out to customize a pallet with them or if you run out of an item you can get the refill except Winter Berry which I think that is a Christmas shade only. These things are very pigmented, especially the bronzer! I would say with the Americano bronzer is to go in light handed since this can go out of hand and should blend it in with a brush afterwards because I had major blending issues once and did give it an air brushed look with a powder brush since I was using my oval contour brush from Ulta and wanted to try it on the hollows of my cheeks and didn’t work out that way. I also like how you can use two of the shadows as liners but I use them as eye shadow shades like the others. The good thing was that this was half off when I got it and hoping you guys got your paws on it like I had.

Fave Eye Base: NYX White Eye Base! I have been testing out the white eye base from NYX for the past couple of months and I would say it is a fave despite how crazily creamy it is! This does make your shadows pop and does give a nice base to it but there are some shadows you need to build up since there are times where people do have trouble with certain shadows, one good example happened to be the Maybelline Rock Nudes pallet which those shadows need to be built up while with other shadows when I clean them off you do see them on the cotton round later. I did admit I had a hard time removing my makeup on Christmas when I did a red, green, and gold eye look where I used Ruby Red from Maybelline, Golden Sage from L’Oréal, and Treasure from Pacifica which was an Ipsy sample before I got the full pallet and then used the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Rust and the Wet N Wild Midnight Mermaid Liner in Sea Symmetry and knew that the Maybelline shadow stuck like glue with this base! I think I like this eye base as much as the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly since it works very well and does go on very smoothly and I do prefer a potted eye base over a tube because I can control the amount I put on and I can be more sanitary with a brush. Plus, it has lasted me this long too when most eye primers last me a month which were the Maybelline one, the E. L. F. one which was less than a month every time, and better than using a B. B. Cream and foundation in my book. Plus, this does work better than using a pencil which I keep hearing the Milk pencil from the Jumbo Pencil line is the best for shadows but this is just as good.

Fave Christmas Special: Doctor Who 2017 Special! This year’s Christmas Special of Doctor Who was pretty good but last year’s was better than this one but with this year’s special it does show what had happened after the Doctor yelling out, “I don’t want to re-generate! I want to stay!” That was when the First Doctor appears and they got someone that is like William Hartnel for this special and did the same when they re-told the re-generation scene for Hartnel into the Second Doctor. This was basically showing the Doctor kind of going through a crisis since in Season 9 it shown that too where he even had his last moments with Clara but this kind of did that better since Season 9 was a bit of a weak season when 10 was the stronger of the three with Capaldi. I am going to miss him but now with the Thirteenth Doctor coming in and this time being a woman, I can’t wait what is in store for her and her adventures in time and space since the new season will be starting in spring which works out well for me! What I did like the best about this special though is where they show the Brigadier’s Father in World War 1 with the Christmas Truce which is an important part of history and it is a good way of doing that and showing this where the guy who headed Unit for the longest time came from and of course led down to his daughter in Season 8. Sorry for spoilers but Phathom Events did do a theater showing of this yesterday if I remembered and if you wanted to see it in the theater it was another good way of seeing it too but it is in select cities. I can’t wait for April when the new season of Doctor Who starts with the new Doctor!

Fave Books: The Cavannah Legends Series! Next is the Cavannah Legends series which I have read leading up to the book Chasing A Legend which was the one book I got on NetGalley to review from and was told I can read as a standalone but I did read the first three to get the idea of what I got into. I did love the books and how Sarah Robinson created the family of brothers who are into Mixed Martial Arts and their dad used to be a Mafioso before they were born and that is how he met their mother and she is so cute because she really wants grand babies! The book I loved the most was Saving a Legend with Kieron meeting Fiona because it shows how much Fiona sacrificed her own adult life to take care of her autistic sister Shea ever since their parents died. I am hoping this series continues since the youngest brother ended up with someone and I want to see how that relationship started since Robinson did spark that relationship in Chasing a Legend.

Songs: Can’t be a faves without my favorite five songs!

1. “Fire” by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown: I know what you’re thinking, “What!?” Okay, I blame this on Todd in the Shadows’ Halloween episode and it was talking about this guy by the name of Arthur Brown who had a music career in the 1960’s and he came out with this song called “Fire” and it was a hit and it was even #2 in 1968 after “Hey Jude” by the Beatles. Yeah, this guy had a very trippy song and it was even trippier with the song. Back then, he couldn’t tour because the costume he had on had a flaming torch on his head and clubs back then had a lot of cloth walls, rugs, and even paint that can catch fire very fast. He has been touring right now from what I have seen on YouTube since venues have changed over time. I did find it interesting that Alice Cooper did perform this song and I think with Arthur Brown once since the title said Arthur Brown and Alice Cooper doing it together. Great, now it’s in my head because the song’s keyboards and beat are catchy, very catchy that is!
2. “Out Loud” by. The Gabby Show: I know it’s not her actual name but she not only does videos on YouTube but she does music as well. I love this song the most because it not only has a great beat but the lyrics even with the chorus deals with saying things you actually mean out loud. I do struggle with this because I tend to bottle things up and it’s not healthy. I also sometimes get this song stuck in my head.
3. “Team Rocket” Metal Cover by. Jonathan Young: Another metal cover by Jonathan Young and apparently he did a metal cover album for the “2Ba Master” Album which I have to take a look at since that has been my fave Pokémon soundtrack. This version of the song “Team Rocket” is way too awesome since they did get someone in to be Jessie but wishing they got someone else do Meowth’s parts and actually sound like Meowth. I can’t wait to see what other metal covers Jonathan did with his crew for this album!
4. “Bang Bang” by. Ariana Grande, Jessie J. and Nicky Minage: I know mentioning Nicki Minage is a first here but I do like this song since it is catchy and of course I do love Ariana and her vocals match up with Jessie J.’s! Nicki does a pretty good rap solo for this one too. I couldn’t help listening to this song after getting Nicki’s MAC lipstick in Pink Print and enjoy the color a lot since it is like Cream Cup after all.
5. “Chandelier” by Sia: Not sure if this was on a list but I kept on hearing this song after finding out that Sia will be the new face in the Viva Glam series at MAC or shall I say “face” since she doesn’t show it in pics and will go the same with the posters and advertisements and the tube for the lipstick she will be releasing next year. I may have to get this one since I do love this song and it is something different to listen to besides all the metal I tend to listen to and I have a softness for any song that has an operatic or symphonic sound and her voice in this song is “Damn!” I can imagine karaoke with this song will be a challenge even though someone did sing it on The Voice.
Well guys, that is it for this bi-monthly favorites! 2017 introduced me to a lot of new music and a lot of new makeup products. I am hoping 2018 will do the same thing because I have new convention experiences, new products I catch on my local shelves at the drugstore or at Ulta, and so much more! Let’s see how it goes!

Next will be the Voice Actor’s Panel from Holiday Matsuri which we have up on YouTube! Stay tuned guys!

Conventions: Holiday Cosplay Runway Contest from Holiday Matsuri 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time to get back to the Holiday Matsuri 2017 coverage and starting with the Cosplay Runway Contest!

Saturday, December 16, 2017 Cosplay Runway!

This year we covered the Holiday Cosplay Runway Contest that is a big event for cosplayers. This is where people do holiday versions of their costumes to enter and well we did have some interesting entries and some entries that weren’t holiday even. Normally with non-holiday cosplays that is for the Cosplay Super Show on Sunday which we didn’t get to cover this year but if you guys want to see that for next year’s coverage then request!

One of the most interesting entries happened to be a group doing the Three Amigos and they sang “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano (Sorry if I misspelled that! My Spanish is very rusty!) And did fit since that gets played everywhere during the holidays. The good news is that Gondras did get a lot of photos of the entries and winners which I will announce down below since my camera on my phone caught them better this year. Thank you Apple!

Who won this year? Here the6y are:

Best Junior: Happily Ever Cosplay
Best Prop: Monster Hunter which all thanks to characters from this series having such huge weapons, they will always win Best Prop. (Need to see this series at some point!)
Most Festive: Krystal Andrews for the Christmas Miku
Best Creative: Jesse Golden for Gilgamesh from Final Fantasy which was awesome for having all the weapons!
Flashiest: Cosplay Unlimited who did Queen Beryl
Best Group: Love Bug (Which I must see since Christina plays a role in it!)
Most Detailed: Sakizo Cosplay
Judge’s Award: Peppermint Sombra from Over Watch!
Best in Show: Sierra as the Disney Story Reader who actually had light up pages when you open the book! (I bet that took a lot of work!)

There were other entries including the White Queen from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, an InuYasha which when the hosts said, “Sit boy!” They really sat! Yes, as in face down! The female host did have to get back at the guy and they did it together with the “Sit!” I hope the person was okay afterwards. Some of the non-holiday contestants was a Happy I believe and a Blake from RWBY. If I did Blake, I would probably do some holiday thing.

I hope you guys enjoy the pics since this year they turned out great and hoping next year we will change it up and bring you the Sunday contest! What is next in coverage? One of the voice actor events! Next will also be the Faves of November & December 2017!

Books: Chasing A Legend by. Sarah Robinson

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I just finished a book and now it is time for a review! I know it has been a while since I have done another Net Galley review but I will explain in the review.

Title: Chasing a Legend: A Cavannah Men Novel #4
Author: Sarah Robinson

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer. Please respect her thoughts and opinions! Thank you!

Synopsis: Sarah Robinson is back with a new addition in the Cavannah Legends series with one of the younger brothers, Quinton, getting injured really badly in a motorcycle accident and had a vision of a long-time lover telling him to hold on. After months of surgeries and recovery, he reunites with his old love, Kira Finley, who becomes his physical therapist and as not gotten over the pain of her leaving him when they were younger and she returns from school to be in his life again. While re-kindling the love and finding out their truth, Kira finds out that her tattooed and pierced bad boy with new scars is artistic and can create things out of metal but when she gets a letter that would help her finish her training to be a doctor, they wonder if it will cause them to lose each other again.

Thoughts: I took a bit to read this book because I had to go back and read the books before this one and was glad that Book share had them in their collection along with this one since I did have a lot of books to read before this one. I got to know what the other brothers were like since I was wondering who they were as I read. As in, how did Rowdy and Claire meet, who are Fiona and Sheaf and then Cain with Nora? I was glad to go back and read these books because it got me to know the characters especially with the twins Kieron and Cain and how they got their girls. With this one, like the others, it does how someone can change for the better even if it means they have to go through a life-threatening accident to do it. Quinton was known for a bad boy and was pierced and tattooed but when he went through his accident he had to change for the better. I think what helped that change was being with Kira. Yeah, they were in love for a long time from when they were kids but she did help that change since he did not know what he would become if he had not changed and he did help Kira to keep going with her training to be a doctor. I liked how the characters interacted and able to get along through book and even throughout the series as a whole. This series has been a great one and I have enjoyed it so far and hoping to see if Sarah Robinson will do another since the book ended with the youngest, Jimmy, starting to date a woman finally since I have wondered that throughout each book and of course Casey, the one member they have treated as a sister probably falling someone who was left at the altar.

Rating: 5 Star Paw prints Out of 5! This was a really good read and it was very cute. It does say you can read each book as a standalone since I did not get to read the first three first but in my reading philosophy I have to read the entire series in order to get the whole thing and glad I did. If you love books like these then you will enjoy what Sarah Robinson has in store for you. I know she has other books but need to hunt them down. I am hoping she continues this series with Jimmy or Casey.

Well, that is it! I was glad to get another book review out before the New Year and before the Holiday Matsuri coverage. Do not worry that will come right round the corner. Stay tuned!

Books: Swimming With Fishes by. Rashida Ashanti Malcolm

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

Title: Swimming With Fishes
Author: Rasheda Ashanti Malcom

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

Synopsis: This story is about love affair between two people and in this one we meet Kat, who is a sickle cell anemia sufferer, who was predicted to meet a man from overseas to bear his child and all thanks to this prediction from her teenage years she waited until her twenties when that man does arrive. Thornton Benjamin or Ben is an English businessman who has a wife and kids and meets Kat and they start hanging with each other everyday and even though his love starts sparking with her, he doesn’t know that she is sick and that does know that he is hers. Even though she doesn’t know he is married nor he with her sickness, this affair not only brings the prediction to life but trouble to the ones they love.

Thoughts: This book was almost like A Love Affair to Remember but more sweeter than that. My mom did catch me while being consumed by this book but didn’t tell her since there are those times when my mom does talk so much I can’t get a word in. I did tell her about the last book, if you have read the review for that, anyways, I could see how much the two loved each other despite what was going on. For instance, even though Ben has his family to take care of he didn’t give up Kat and despite having her kid and almost dying due to her sickness, she never forgot Ben either. Even though with how they live two different lives, as in Kat with her sickness, her religious mother, and being in a rural area of Jamaica and Ben with his wife and kids, they still loved each other even at the end of the book despite how hard it became when Ben’s wife knew about Kat. I did like the scene how Ben’s wife, Claire, visited Kat to confront her to see who she was. Did Ben end up with Kat? I would say get the book on Amazon if you can because this was an enjoyable read and if you are into romance books then this would be the one for you!

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I enjoyed this book a lot since it was an enjoyable and romantic read. It did show both characters in how they lived their lives and able to not forget each other if they are cross ocean from each other. This book does show how love triumphs all and does show choose the ones you love rather than settling with the ones you didn’t want, which I have seen in one part of the book with an old friend and Kat. I do like how each of the characters interacted with each other and gives you a bit of an idea of between Jamaican life, which we saw with Kat, her family, and friends, to the British life with Ben and his wife and friends. All in all, this was a very positive read and I would definitely suggest it. Where can you find it?

Here: https://www.amazon.com/Swimming-Fishes-Rasheda-Ashanti-Malcolm/dp/1909762458/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510463319&sr=8-1&keywords=Swimming+With+Fishes&dpID=514UP8yKfDL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

Yeah, definitely will be including links for now on! Sorry if I hadn’t before!

Well, that is it for this short review! Next will be the Gift Guide! Stay tuned!

Books: The Writer’s Retreat by Indu Balachandran

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

Title: The Writer’s Retreat
Author: Indu Balachandran

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer! Please respect her thoughts and feelings on this work. There might be spoilers!

Synopsis: Amby Baylan is tired of the corporate life as a worker at a bank and quits to become a Tweet writer for Krish Kumaar, the heartthrob actor. Despite the chances to ogle over her boss and have a glamorous life of traveling, Amby still wants to fulfill her life to become a writer and finds an ad online that gives her the opportunity of the lifetime and that is a Writer’s workshop on the island of Crete, Grece. Once she jet sets for the island, she meets two other women who were going through the same thing as she did and having her fun and learn new writing techniques. Besides her writing, her love life seems to spark when she gets not only a visit from the superstar but the man she was arranged to marry. Will this tale of writing spin into a story of romance?

Thoughts: This was the cutest, romantic comedy I have ever read next to Mimi Jean Pamfiloff’s books! This gave a new spin on the different romantic comedy tropes and movie references that I knew that Amby would go through what you would see on the movie screen. As in, girl meets guy and he is famous, goes through the troubles of his stardom as in meeting other girls and try to drive them away with a playful gay lover, and not only that follow her dreams by leaving him behind and her arranged lover on top of it. I do love Amby, Mini, and Bobbi and how they were able to interact with each other since they were like sisters and destined to meet especially with their lives. Mini wanted to get away from writing children’s stories on the retreat and Bobbi wanted to get away from the boring advertising writing life she is known for to be a travel writer but the one I feel more linked to is Amby because well I feel like I can relate to her the most.

How so you may ask? Well, I know how it feels to be the one who thinks life is boring and need a new career and that is how I feel right now and I am going through that Gap idea she brings up in the book because of my goal of being an Assistive Technology Specialist and trying to get my butt back to school for it and trying to find my first job but it is not going so well. I do still write since I am working on my third book and have this blog and its channel to work on in between. Also, volunteering at a local school too to help me gain my confidence. So, yeah I know what it’s like to have it.

Besides relating to Amby, I did like the style the book was written in and that is in first person but in the way of telling it like a movie, as in giving the main characters, where they were coming from, and not only that saying, “We will get back to this later! Let’s go to this right now.” Which usually works in film better but Balachandran did do this well in her book and I did crack up time to time due to the scenes having a lot of funny moments. I would love to see this played out on the big screen and may drag Gondras in since one thing about being engaged there are times when I want to see a chick flick.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! This book was a very fun read! You have the romantic comedy story weaving in and out and of course the scene changes played out very well. I do love the characters and even see myself as Amby since I am going through my own “The Gap” in my life. I hope this does become a movie because it does give a new spin on storytelling and who wouldn’t want to laugh at the awkwardness between Amby and K. K. throughout the film. I did do the “Awww!” at the end like most romantic comedies when I watched them when I was younger. Yes, I admit I was a chick flick lover myself when I couldn’t get the guy back then. At least I am getting married to now 11 years-of-being-together fiancé. I highly recommend this book!

That is it for this review! What is next for this blog? Not entirely sure but I will come up with something! Until next time!

Books: Pawn n-Mr. Rook’s Island Book 2 by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

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

Title: Pawn-Dr. Rook’s Island Book 2
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Disclaimer: This book is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer! Please respect her thoughts and feelings on the book. Spoilers might happen.

Synopsis: This book continues the Mr. Rook’s Island series where Stephanie starts her new life on the island of fantasies as Mr. Rook’s new assistant. She is still determined to find out what happened to her sister while she works for Rook and find any new evidence linked to the death. As she snoops around, she finds out more about Mr. Rook and his history with the island and not only that she also has Warner Price breathing down her back waiting for anything she may have on Mr. Rook. Will she get home to give out the island or will her love for the mysterious Rook take over?

Thoughts: This book was a very good read! I felt the continuation was pretty good and did start from where it left off as in hurricane comes through and Stephanie stays on the island, etc. I did enjoy the comedic parts and how awkward Stephanie had felt since she is dealing with a crew that brings anyone’s fantasies come true and after reading from the last book where she stumbled on the herum in a tent, it does show what else the island is capable of such as pirates, a Scottish castle and more. I do like how the mystery solving was blended in this time with how Stephanie was looking through everything. Not only that, Pamfiloff also shown the sleep walking thing a bit better as in the body sleeps while Stephanie’s inner self goes out to find clues. I think I have seen this somewhere in some other books, especially one called the Goblin Wars Trilogy where the main character did the same thing in the end of the second book and most of the third one where her inner self walks while her body sleeps.

In case if you were wondering, yes there was romance in this book and this time Stephanie was being tested in order to earn Rook. I did like that in the beginning of the book since she did have to room with Lucas the yacht driver from the first book where Rook and her did scuba dive together. I did see at first how they would get together but then as the book goes on it did reveal she still preferred Rook and I was kind of hoping that she would forget Rook after how she was treated and knew Lucas would be the better one but of course this is Pamfiloff’s story so main character gets the love interest that she wants. It did get pretty touching in the story with how Rook and her got together even after giving up his vows as a monk, since the actual story of the island dealt with monks owning it and why he kept it a secret, which I won’t go into too much detail. Besides their love, there are more secrets to come even with the last book which I can’t wait to see where the story starts when Pawn had ended. Heck, this book even gives you a mini story like the first one that dealt with one of the women who were on the islad that were a part of the VIP club.

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Star Pawprints! This story did give a great continuation and how Stephanie was solving the mystery behind her sister’s death. Not only we get the clues behind Rook but even more about the island’s history. I can’t wait how the next book, which is the last, will wrap this story up even with what took place in the mini story at the end. If you want to check this book out and the first, I would suggest it since it does unfold pretty good stuff and the romance was a bit more touching in this one than the first.

That is about it! I am trying to finish reading another book at the moment so stay tuned for that review! Until next time!

Favorites: September and October 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for favorites for September and October! I will also be including my fave top 5 songs!

Empties Finished: First, let’s start with a Project Pan Update! Urban Decay Naked Basics 2: First, I finally finished my Urban Decay Naked Basics 2! I was giving this one so much love when I first got it even with my neutral looks for anything interview related and Pre-Employment Program stuff and man it took forever. I decided to toss it finally noticing that it is hard to get the eye shadow with my brush and knew that I had to let it go. I do have a back up of this pallet and it is out of its box!

Revlon Primer + Shadow in Bohemian and Metropolitan: Next I finally finished two of my Revlon pallets from that Primer and Shadow line which it was an okay thing and not very pigmented for most people. I only had three of them and finished two of them which happened to be Bohemian and the other Metropolitan. I don’t know what is up with some Revlon items but the nail polishes, the So Lengthy Mascara, and the lip items are the best from them while the eye shadows are meh in my book. I had these for a long time and glad to finish two out of the three, I will get to Advant Gard and I know it.

Burberry Brit: I finished a perfume and that is Burberry Brit from Burberry. I had this bottle for a long time and it was time for me to finish it! It was also a fave scent for anyone who noticed it at the Blind Rehab Center I stayed at in Daytona.

Painterly and Kaaahhhnnn by MAC: Time to start a new with Back to MAC and that is with Painterly from their Paint Pots and Kaaaahhhhnnn! From their Star Trek collection! I loved these two a lot. I am thinking of going for Soft Ocre next time if I am looking for a primer again while Kahhhnnn, it was just limited edition and this was the only other Star Trek themed lip glass I had. The thing is that the lip glasses tend to go thick and you finish them a bit too quickly. Glad to start a new collection to take back.

I think that is it for this Project Pan update!

Faves:

New Collection: Ulta Be Gorgeous Set: First is the newest Ulta gift set and that is the Be Gorgeous set that they released for holiday this year! When the new holiday stuff comes out you know I am getting some of it early to try out! This one especially when the email was in my inbox and it was $19 along with the Be Charming set. Even though these sets are the same price, the Be Gorgeous was way worth more than the other because I feel like I can create more looks with the shadows than the other. I did do two looks with it and managed to do a video of one of them but the other my Android camera kept on going out. I hope to get my next video up. I do admit I only didn’t like one item and that is the eye primer they put in this set. They did it as a cream in the plastic mold but wishing they did it as a tube of it instead because it is hard to put on the eye that way. I had to go into Painterly for my primer but I do love how it did get me into color correcting!

Color Corrector: NYX Concealer in Green: Next is a concealer and you would not expect to see it being a green one from NYX. I had some issues with dry patches and redness on my face and needed some help and when I saw the Be Gorgeous set had concealers, I decided to do some digging. I got the NYX Green Concealer at the NYX store in twon since a website highly recommend it and this concealer is amazing! It does go on thick but it does blend very easily and for $5 it is not that bad for a concealer. I am going to try out the light shade for the under eye because sometimes the Cover Girl one I use runs out a little too easily.

Eyeliner Pencil: Penny by Ulta: Next is an eyeliner fave and it might be cheating since I got it last month during the 21 Days of Beauty but it is the Ulta Gel Liner Pencil in Penny. These pencils are AMAZING! Yes, I know you have to sharpen them but I prefer to sharpen over automatic because they don’t break as easily. These go on smooth and they do pack on a lot of color. Plus, they do stay put in the water and lower lash lines! Where was this pencil when I first did Link but I would just get the black one for the wing. Still, it is a good pencil!

Lip Product: E. L. F. Lip Primer and Plumper: I mentioned this in my “Best Liquid Lipsticks for Conventions” because it does help and that is the E. L. F. Primer and Plumper! I heard about this all thanks to Andrea Matalano because she was have the same problems like I had with the Color Pop Matte Liquid Lipsticks where they ran all over the place! I looked like what if Harley Quin kissed the Joker way too much with Ribbon from the Hello Kitty collection. I was so happy to find out that I was not the only one and when she mentioned this product I knew I had to find it and Ulta had it on their website and it was amazing! Yes the plumper does sting a little but that goes for all lip plumping products but it doesn’t swell like crazy when I used a NYX plumping gloss a long time ago. You essentially put the primer down first and then put the plumper on top or put the plumper on top of the liquid lipstick after putting that down. This makes any liquid lipstick stay in place. I used it on my Kat Von D’s, my Ofra ones, even my Rimmel Apocalips or Show Off Lip Laquers and they stay put! Where were these? I did get two more by the way!

T. V. Show: Stranger Things: It took me a year but glad I did see it in time for Season 2 to come out and that is Stranger Things! This show was interesting and yet weird but I loved it! It tells about a boy gone missing in a small town around the 1980s, is it around that time? Anyways, He goes missing after a night of Dungeons & Dragons with his friends and then the next day a mysterious girl shows up and more people do go missing as the story goes and the girl, 11 or El for short is linked to the strange happenings that lead to a world that is different from ours. This show was great and I loved it! Yes, the first season was slightly short but it is NetFlix after all. I can’t wait what comes next since Nerdy Shirts and his brother were the ones who got me more curious about the first season after watching their reaction video to the second season trailer, I had to see it for myself. If you are into strange worlds beyond and having nerds be the hero, this show is for you!

Cartoon: Voltron The Legendary Defender: I had to mention this since it is a part of my Rookie Days of Anime and that is Voltron Legendary Defender! I haven’t mentioned it on a faves because I didn’t see season 1 and it got spoiled for me while I was in Daytona but I did catch up very well with Season 2 and now that Seasons 3 & 4, or shall I say Season 3.1 and 3.2 came out this year, I loved it! All I have to say is that the characters they did for this series is better than the classic, sorry that’s my opinion, because you have Elura be more useful and not always in distress, Lance as more like Saka from Avatar and a lady’s man, Pidge with HER character seems more like the one in the original but looking for her brother and dad who got taken, Hunk being more handy in the kitchen and science, and Keith being emo, and Shiro being the leader! Lotor, which I did like more, had a better character build up especially towards the end of 3.2 which I won’t give which you must see yourself. All I have to say is that this was a really good come back for the series and told a better story, even it gave an origin story for Voltron and filled in the blanks. I can’t wait what the next season will bring because it did end on an amazing note.

Book: Shattered Heir by N. M. Howell: I know I gave this book a bit of a detailed review but this was a great book and I want to apologize to Ms. Howell because I feel like I won’t get any newsletters from her again but I was pretty honest. There are times when you can’t always please everyone and someone at a job search seminar I went to recently said know your target audience and you will retain more as much as you repel. I didn’t think the story need any changes because the story was well-written and enjoyed it very much. I hope I get to read the sequel because I want to know what happens next to Reina and her guardians and how she will get her kingdom back in order.

Songs: Now onto my top 5 fave songs because it is hard to pick ten and these songs have been stuck in my head for the longest time!

1. “Victorious” by Panic! At the Disco: This one is a very catchy song with a very catchy beat!
2. “Uma Thurman” by Fall Out Boy: This always pops up on any radio I tend to listen to on I Heart Radio! I really want to try out CK Eternity since Calvin Klein is a fave clothing brand of mine and perfume brand too!
3. “Bulls&*^!” by Rise Against: Next is Rise Against with a song that does tell all! It does get into my head time to time and don’t always sing along.
4. “A Favor House Atlantic” by Coheed & Cambria: I started listening to these guys again and I still remember an old classmate loving them. I also have an easier time singing along with this song too!
5. “Strike Back” English Cover by Jonathan Young: I found this cover on YouTube by this guy since I love the song by Back On and did finally get my paws on Part 18 of Fairy Tail. The lyrics do fit me the most since I did get put down recently for my career goal by someone but not letting it be put down anymore. Heck, I would get the chorus tattooed with my Fairy TailxKingdom Hearts tattoo design. Plus, the song was well translated too!
Well, that is my faves of September and October! Let’s see what November and December brings when of course we have Thanksgiving and Christmas and Holiday Matsuri rolled into one!

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