Books: Trying It All by Christi Barth

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am back with another book review! Let’s get started!

Title: Trying It All
Author: Christi Barth

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

Synopsis: This is the fourth installment of the Naked Men series which I should talk about the first three books since I haven’t reviewed any of them here.

The Naked Men series is a book series about five guys who went through a major accident while in high school and survived while playing soccer in Europe. The bus they rode in ended up falling off a cliff and killed their bus driver and the bus went up in flames charring their belongings leaving four of them stranded and one of them help the French rescue teams rescue them. Well, they did come out of caves and shown that they were able to survive the accident in a mountain range.

Now fast forward where the guys end up falling in love with girls that met up with them which Griffin fell for Chloe, a survivor of a deadly college shooting who wants to feel safe but willing to risk anything to be with him, Knox meets Madison, a girl who came to D. C. to not only be with him but also find the brother that she wanted to meet her entire life, and Logan, Madison’s brother, who catches up with long-time high school buddy Brooke, who has a secret about her job that she is willing to move on and show that Logan can be able to give everything up for love and get closer not only to him but also him closer to his sister and father.

Now we are onto Riley Ness, the control freak of the bunch, he is always the guy with the plan and knowing how to survive danger when it comes to it. He always has this notion that danger should be predicted to get over his anxiety from the accident that almost cost him and his best buddies their lives many years before by working for the NTSB. Even though he is a pain to a lot of people including his buddies but he knows that he needs to tame the fighty and sexy Summer Sheridan, who is also a college shooting survivor with Chloe from the same college they went to and owns a clothing boutique, has to help him loosen up and able to try to live. Even though Riley wants to feel like she shouldn’t risk her life by trying everything, he wants to show that he wants to save her in the name of love while she wants him to loosen up for it and enjoy life.

Thoughts: I felt that this book was a really good continuation of the story. Ever since I read Risking It All, the book that started it all, it took the idea that Lara Adrian did by having each character meet the one they fall for and shows the ups and downs of the relationship while they are dating to lead to the full on conclusion of them being together forever and it does continue those relationships in the kanon. For instance, Risking It All ended with Griffin letting Chloe to be the one asking to marry him if she wants it and it continues into the next in seeing how their relationship continues and how Knox, the braniac and millionaire overnight of the group, ends up with Madison which he felt that she was pushing onto him and doesn’t want her at first but then Chloe helps Madison with advice along with Summer and Anabeth, Madison’s roommate and who works at the expensive bar the guys like to go to, in how to get Knox’s heart and agree to marry her. Then it moves into Giving It All which Logan leaves his world saving gig in order to meet Madison after her revealing herself to him over a satellite call and then ends up on an island as a hurricane hits and runs into an old high school friend and has to help her get over a tragedy that happened and thought she was responsible by saying, “It wasn’t your fault!” And then it moves into Trying It All where all the girls and guys help Summer and Riley get together with advice in how they have to handle each other since Riley is afraid of falling in love and losing Summer while Summer is afraid of living life to its fullest even in love! Forgot to mention with Giving, it does show how two have to give it all up for being with each other which that was another bit of advice with Trying. So yeah, the narrative was able to blend with each other as the series progresses. I wished that Barth gave a preview of the next book because I have a feeling that Josh is the last one unless she is planning to do one for their butler. (Which would be interesting.) I can’t wait to see what may happen with Josh since he is the only guy among the Naked Men that is left.

I did find it weird in this one that they didn’t show anything of the podcast or blog postings. Throughout the first three books we see how the guys perceive topics within the “Naked Men” blog and podcast they do in the series which the books are named after. This one had Summer become a guest and be on camera and wishing to see how that went when the other books shown the guys talk about the topics but not this one which was to promote a project to put seatbelts in buses. I even saw how the chapters were a bit like cliff-hangers as I read, I think Barth wanted to change it up since in the other books it shown how things were solved as the book went on even if the girlfriends/fiances are pissed at them and how they had to fix it like in a lot of romantic movies. This one, it just gave a summary of what had happened to show what happened in the next chapter in order to fill in the blanks from the previous one such as when both Riley and Summer got really hurt due to a storm while in a nature preserve and Summer locked up their phones in the car and he had to go and get help to get Summer from underneath a tree which it summed up in the next chapter that he kept falling while finding help through the storm and Summer gets rescued and brought to the hospital. I am not sure if she wanted the book to be slightly shorter since it was twenty something chapters long and just focus on the romantic bits. It is good but wishing it didn’t go that way.

Rating: 4.5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! All thanks to summing up the parts, it does take five points off because the last three books didn’t do the summing up and having a chapter be a cliff-hanger each time. I do like the characters of Summer and Riley since I didn’t expect Riley to be a bit of control freak. I always remembered him being a bit cheeky and always being a wingman. I didn’t know that he didn’t stand for Summer, it didn’t really show in the past few books actually. I wished it did since I did like Summer from the start of the series since she was the fashion lover and I didn’t see her as flighty. I guess Barth was waiting until this book to develop her more which can happen in a books eries with a ton of characters. I am hoping with Josh it will be even more interesting since he owns a food truck. I even came up with names that would probably fit such as “Taking It All,” “Betting It All,” and “Missing It All.” Unless she is writing something with their butler that is also some possibilities too.

That is it for this review! More books to come! Stay tuned!

Books: The Twilight Wife by. A. J. Banner

Hello Shiquers again and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I know I just did a post like an hour or so ago but just finished another Net Galley title!

Title: The Twilight Wife
Author: A. J. Banner

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer and producer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts and opinions!

Synopsis: We meet Kira Winthrop, a thirty-four year old marine biologist, who doesn’t remember the diving accident that gave her a very complex memory loss and can’t remember the past few years of her life. She does start getting flashes of many things such as a man that she had remembered, remembering her college days, and even being on the island before meeting her now husband, Jacob. She wonders where are these thoughts coming from and what exactly happened during the accident and is Jacob really her husband or just a part of her complex flashes?

Thoughts: I never heard of A. J. Banner until I saw this title in an email among some science fiction titles and thought it was pretty interesting. This was more of a psychological thriller since Banner did write one called The Good Neighbor which was a big best seller on Kindle. I did try finding it on Bookshare but they only had this one.

I did like this book even though I felt a little confused in the beginning and starting to learn about Kira and start to learn about what she is going through. It started to come easily since it deals with someone trying to figure out what had happened to them and how it led to where she is now. It did take some interesting twists such as how she started remembering Aiden, the “husband’s” best friend and employee and wonders why is he always on her mind and if she was really with Jake in the first place. The dots do connect and they connect very well.

What I did like is how the use of tech was involved. It made the mystery more interesting since Jake was a huge software developer and he was using the internet and the computers in his office and in Kira’s office to his advantage to plant false memories and trying to take out the truth before her knowing what really had happened to her and Aiden during the accident. If you are into psychological thrillers, I would say check this out since this does show how someone can toy with not only your mind but wanting to keep the truth that you can’t trust the person you are with anymore. Also, it does make the island in the middle of nowhere idea very well since Mystic Island, which is where she is in this book, was a way of being away from it all and yet became her prison. It even got more interesting when she meets a fisherman that gets her confused as Jake’s mother but she finds out a little bit more about Jake even when she met Nancy and her husband, Van, which I felt like with how Nancy acted around Jake that she wanted him for herself and leave Van even after a scary event that took place during a dinner thing. I did feel how Nancy was a bit jealous towards Kira, that is how I saw it while reading. I even thought, If you want Jake so much, why not have him? But that would ruin the surprise towards the end of the book.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! This book was a pretty good read! I did get confused in the beginning but it sometimes happens. The twists and turns were great and it did play the small island idea with a “Nowhere to Run!” idea when the secret has been found out. If I were to find a way of getting my paws on The Good Neighbor then I would give it a read. I hope I do find more titles in NetGalley by this author in the near future since so far so good as someone who already has a second book is doing pretty well.

That is about it for this one! I know it was another post so soon but it was fresh in mind! I am going to read a title by Kristy Barth but I have to read the book before it. Until next time!

Books: The Expansion by Christoph Martin

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I have another book review for you today and I thought I would take longer than expected but nope! Let’s get started!

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer and producer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts and opinions on the book that is being reviewed. There might be spoilers that may want you to read the book when it releases!

Title: The Expansion
Author: Cristoph Martin

Synopsis: We meet Max Burns who ends up in a lot of trouble in this book. When the body of the senior official of the Panama Canal’s expansion is found dead, suspicion is pointed at Max alongside sabotage and murder along with political betrayal and intrigue in the Central America area of Panama. He can only turn to Carice Dean, a scientist with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, but little did he know that she holds a secret aobut herself that may either cost him his life or arrest.

Thoughts: At first I thought I wasn’t going to read this book from NetGalley’s collection since lately I haven’t had much luck until I was approved for this book. I was glad since the description made me interested when I got an email about authors from the U. K. offering books this summer and thought it would be interesting.

I thought it was going to be set in the 1920’s at first since that was around the time the Panama Canal was built but was wrong, this was a book set in the 2000s. It does make sense since we do have advances in technology than back when the original canal was built. I did like how the book shown all the characters that were going to be involved throughout the chapters as I read, which it started with Max losing his parents and being with his friend Gotfrito and how his best friend would play his role in the story later on with a reunion in Panama. Then we see Carice in how she starts her role by being at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center with her roommate and colleague and we find out her secret later on in the book. There are times when books do shove the characters up front and don’t tell who they are or do and just briefly and just stay for the rest of the book which is a hard thing with character development but Martin does paint the characters very well as I kept reading. I did feel that Carice’s and Max’s relationship was a bit forced since Max was supposed to get married but the split happens when he was going on this project, I would let you read this book to see how that happened. I felt with Max meeting Carice was meet at a party and have one night and she’s gone for most of the story, I wished he could’ve met her slightly earlier like visiting the canal site or something and then it would start naturally as time goes on before she had to leave for a few years until they had to cross paths again.

The murder, on the other hand, I thought it would be happening as the story starts but I can see why it took until close to the ending chapters since it brings the important characters into the book and how events are happening and how it does lead into the murder. I think I prefer the story with a murder that way without starting the book with body on ground and they look at the most likely suspect and just have Max go through chapter on chapter to see why was it him until the end. I think putting key players in first and then the mystery works out better than mystery and then key players. I can see how this story was in his head and has stuck with Martin for a while, trust me the idea for my third book which I have been working on a little bit lately was the same way. It is like a bee buzzing around you until you have to hit it to stop bothering you. I bet with the next one it is the same way since Martin did say he is working on a sequel, which will be out next year. I can’t wait how that will be looking like since there were a few loose ends as I finished the book that need to be tied up. I have to wait!

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! This book deserves the five since I feel like the book did build up to the murder very well. It brought in the characters that are going to be important and then gives the set up towards the murder and the fingers to be pointed at the unsuspected when it takes place with sabotage and murder. It did make me suspect someone else, which most mysteries do, but at the same time it made it more interesting with how the story builds to the climax in the book. I can’t wait what Christoph Martin has in store for the next one next year! Hoping it will fill in some loose ends and see how the canal expansion finishes up.

Well, that is about it for this review! I would say look out for this book on Amazon in paperback and as an EBook coming soon!Until next time here at Nerdy Shique Universe!

Books: The Jekyl Revelation by Robert Marsello

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Now I have another book to review!

Title: The Jekyl Revelation
Author:Robert Masello

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

Synopsis: This book is a thriller and science fiction book where it goes between England in the 1800s to present day California. We meet Rafeal, an environmental scientist, finds a trunk in the middle of lake while on patrol in Topanga Canyon that unlocks items from the past such as a top hat to a cane and a small trunk that contains a journal that contains the entries of the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson. The entries tell his tale of how he faced tuberculosis and gets over it but the experiment turned him into the creature that inspired his famous story, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde!

Even though the story unravels for Rafe but his life in the canyon has become even more dangerous when he finds a meth lab in the canyon that leads to risking his life along with the woman he rented a trailer from and may cause a psychotic drug addict wanting the journal before he knows where the story takes him next and how the trunk ended up in the lake in the first place.

Thoughts: I don’t know guys! I feel like this book was a bit meh but at the same time it was compelling. I did like how it switched from present day to the past which I read in the author’s notes at the end that he loves to do the switch between present and the past to tell his stories. He even warned the readers not to try and write a paper based on his books which some of the parts are fiction since we are supposed to enjoy the book.

I remembered reading the play version of the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde in my senior year of high school and I ended up reading the part of Dr. Jekyl which I did it better than the dude who read Mr. Hyde. Try having the guy crushing on you at the time looking over and being amazed. (Not kidding!) I did like the idea how the past pages told the tale of Stevenson and how he became Hyde and due to the elixir he was given by the doctor he saw about his condition in the beginning and somehow the stepson got his paws on it and then he became Hyde. As I read, it does show how he was worried about the stepson and worried in how he created the monster that he was inspired to write. I wished at some points that the present stuff would’ve had a somewhat of a conclusion before transitioning into the past since I wondered at some points where it cut off and goes to Stevenson as “What happened?” For instance, there was a part in the book where the break cables in Rafe’s jeep were cut and his partner and him were about to hit a lake and wondered what happened to them but it didn’t reveal when they go back to the present! Or I think I fell asleep since I read it at night and Kindle loved to keep going.If Bookshare or NLS Bard get this book I will read it all the way!

I would say this book is a way of showing that no matter where you are,w hether it is a tiny canyon or in England, monsters can be created which I saw in this book. Whether it is due to drugs which I saw in the present day parts with the character Lazlo and how he worked with a motorcycle gang, the Spirits, he was pretty much greedy in getting the journal thinking it was treasure in a small box, or seeing Lloyd, Stevenson’s stepson, taking on the character that was supposed to be fictional and how he harmed women. But in the end, the good will prevail somehow such as seeing Lazlo dying in a major meth lab accident where the fire spread all over the canyon due to a stupid move, and seeing Lloyd lost at sea in the Samoan islands after jumping on the boat that during a storm for Stevenson to live another day.

Reting: 4 Star Pawprints Out of 5! This book deserves a four since I felt that it was good but at the same time kind of felt like the transitions were too fast to me. Yes, it had a strong start of the whole rising action and the start of the conflict such as the trunk, the idea of illegal meth labs happening, and starting to see the past through Stevenson’s journal. I think some of the story should’ve had two or three instances of the present having its tale being told in a complete way and then transition to the past to tell the journal pages which I saw in some instances in the beginning of the book. I think it would’ve slowed down and let me enjoy the book a bit more. I did like the past being weaved in to show that someone left something in the canyon and how it got there and how it connected the dots through the journal which was interesting. Wishing the present parts were told more conclusively and hoping there is a recorded version. I may have to see Marsellp’s other works if they are available.

That is it for this review! I am reading a newer book by someone in the UK and it is a long one but it’s pretty good so far! Let’s see how long it will take me. In the meantime, I will try and do the Anime That Should Be Dubbed list. Until next time!

Also…I found out from GOndras that Adam West died. Rest in peace original Batman! Too bad we didnb’t get to meet you last year at MegaCon Orlando.

Books: Leather Pants (Happy Pants #2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I have another review on a Mimi Jean Pamfiloff book!

Title: Leather Pants: Happy Bants Book 2

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

Synopsis: This book is the sequel to Tailored for Trouble and the second book in the Happy Pants series and I was excited to read this one after reading the first one! We meet Sarah, Taylor’s best friend, who is a judge in San Francisco who is really serious about her career and how she got there by missing the fun of life to get where she is including not falling in love until she gets the fateful cookie from the Happy Pants café as a birthday gift from Taylor. She eats the cookie and ends up fruning into the guy who is the main part of a case and he is the famous singer Colton Young and they had a bit of a one night together in a club bathroom which little did she know it ended up as blackmail material against her and Colton in order to give him community service, which ends up at the Happy Pants Ranch to help Ms. Lucy everyday in time for his new tour. As time goes on, Sarah starts falling for the bad boy and not only that learns about a secret about him that his fans don’t know about and she is the only one that can really help him and risk her career along with it.

Thoughts: Whoa! This book was amazing and it was a great sequel to the first! Normally the sequel is not as great as the first but I think this one slightly better than the first. How so? Well, since this is supposed to be a romantic comedy and I laughed a lot more during this book than the first. I did have small chuckles during the first but this one I had a bit more because of how awkward Sarah was being around Colt when he comes closer to her and she just feels her heart flutter even when he wears the leather pants she loves him for. I can see how she cared for him throughout the book when he went through his moods and willing to help him in anyway he can and he did get jealous whenever his brother tried to dance with her at a charity event that Bennet Wade, Taylor’s husband, held and you can see how he was getting overprotective of her through the entire story. I know that feeling since my fiancé, Gondras, is pretty protective of me too and if anyone does me any wrong he does want to help me.

My fave part of the entire book would probably be during the charity event where the crowd asks Colt to sing and they don’t know that he has forgotten his old songs and Sarah went up to sing for him but almost cabaret and it was a way of saving him from embarrassment when he tried to say, “No.” It was kind of cute for her to distract the crowd and it shown her fearless side even if she couldn’t sing from how the book described it. There are times when I don’t want to be onstage singing even in front of my best buddies while playing Rock Band and just stick to my shower with “Bohemian Rhapsody” or New Found Glory.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! Like with Mr. Rook’s Island, I give this a five as well! This book was entertaining and it did bring me more laughs than the first. I didn’t want to close up Kindle even when I am in bed listening to it on Kindle. If you are into romantic comedies like I am, this will be your major cup of tea! I would say check out Tailored for Trouble since that starts the series and how the Happy Pants cookies are and why they are so special, which is funny at the end of the book when she is with Colt she does realize that the cookie was eaten on her birthday and forgot all about it and he did lick some of the crumbs from somewhereon her that night. I can’t wait for the next one, Skinny Pants, where we get to see Taylor’s older brother who was divorced gets to meet his girl and be the next Happy Pants cookie victim!

That is about it! I am hoping more of the MegaCon Orlando videos do go up on YouTube so you can watch our experience during this year’s event. You can still see the Tom Wilson Q&A, the Stan Lee Q&A, and the Princess Bride script reading! Until next time!

Books: Mr. Rook’s Island Volume 1 by. Mimi Jean Pamiloff (Coming out This Month!)

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Now to take a break from convention stuff to have a new book review that is coming out on June 13!

Title: Mr. Rook
Author: Mimi Jean Pamiloff

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation of the lead writer and producer! Please respect her thoughts and opinions since she did read the book!

Synopsis: Welcome to Mr. Rook’s Island where you can have an exciting journey or just finding the long awaited fantasy you ever dreamed of such as sailing with a pirate or even looking for a treasure in the caves like Indiana Jones! You can have it all on an island near the Bermuda Triangle where you can get lost in a fantasy you desire! Unless you are Stephanie Fitzgerald, on the other hand, who is trying to find her sister after finding out that she has vanished and the last place she was in is at Mr. Rook’s Island but finds out that she is getting into secrets that the island has that not everyone knows about and something about Mr. Rook that she wants to know until she falls for the mysterious man with the mysterious island.

Thoughts: Damn! This book was steamy like crazy! Even the air conditioner and fan in my room wasn’t working while I was reading this book!

All I have to say is that Mimi has done it again with her writing! I have read Tailored for Trouble, Accidentally In Love With a [God?] from BookShare, and Ten Club and now this new one! This is supposed to be the first of a new series which she had a hard time to know what to write and I can relate myself since I am about to write my third book and it is kind of hard knowing where to start the story or how to start the words. Anyways, she wanted to do three separate ones from what I read in the end and then she combined it into this new one which she also hinted to the next book which I can’t wait!

I thought it was clever that she would set the island near the Bermuda Triangle since we all know that the Triangle itself is a mysterious place where people in planes or ships would disappear and having an island right on the edge kind of makes sense since you don’t know where you are going exactly, where you send some of your fortune to, and you hardly get any signal out there which makes sense! Plus, this book makes it seem like a steamy version of Gilligan’s Island but you have women meeting men for many fantasy excursions to fill their own dreams as a way to get away from cheating husbands or just want to enjoy the end of your life for once. Doesn’t that sound like a nice cruise for a week? I wouldn’t mind staying in a bungalow with a hot man rubbing my feet after a long convention weekend.

Now onto the characters! Like always, Mimi seems to bring on a sultry and sexy man and a very spunky woman and I saw it in Stephanie and Rook! Stephanie kind of not only has the spunk but she does have a guarded side which you see a lot in this first book which she hates how anyone touches her due to the pain of losing her sister but she starts letting it down when she meets Rook for the first time which she starts feeling the attraction towards to him. I kind of feel like I was reading Accidentally In Love Book 1 again since this couple reminds me of Guy and Emma from that but Stephanie shows more of the mistrusting side and doesn’t have Rook whisper inside her head all the time. I hope her character does get developed more as the story goes on since I want to read more of this series and see how she and Rook get along after how it ended.

What about the love making? Oh man! I would say it’s even more steamier than the romance scenes in Midnight Breed Series! I felt like I need a glass of wine despite that I don’t drink due to being lightweight or unless I would have some Lindor Truffles while reading it but my face….my face! It was turning strawberry red from all the blushing! Heck, I was hearing “Careless Whisper” in my head, even Hyde’s (dude from L’Arc`en`Ciel) singing it while reading it. Girls! If you are 31 like me, pick up this book if you are into steamy romances!

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints out of 5! Damn! Yet another fiver here! I am hoping the next one is as good as this and also fill in blanks as well since the ending was pretty good and the dots were about to start connecting and knowing the next one will do the same! I highly, highly recommend if you are late twenties early thirties and need a very good romance story to relax yourself from a long day of work or just sit down and enjoy something with your gal pals!

Look out for Mr. Rook out June 13th!

That is it for this review! I am reading one of Mimi’s other books to catch up in the Happy Pants series so you will see my review next on that!

Update on MegaCon videos: Nerdy Shirts is getting the videos up, it’s taking a while since the upload speed at his place is slow but he is getting videos up as he can. So, I am keeping an eye out and then will post the Brina Palencia panel along with others here! Stay tuned!

Books: Gilded Cage by Vic James

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

Title: Gilded Cage
Author: Vic James

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation! Please respect her thoughts and feelings about this book.

Synopsis: This story is a telling of magical aristocrats in a modern world where commoners are there to serve them. We meet the Hadley family who end up in the world of Slave Days where a family has to work for the Jardian family, a huge aristocratic family that has been equal for many years, for ten years. The family is known for having many of magical skill and secrets that they don’t want to give until the Hadleys have their son sent to a Slave Town in order to work while the others were sent to the prestitious Clindestined where they not only have to take care of baby that one of their members gave birth to with a slave woman but taking care of a family member who has been in a coma for over twenty years.Twists and turns take shape and even people are willing to get hurt or die in order to change things and show that everyone is equal no matter who they are.

Thoughts: All I have to say this book was DAMN! This is one story I wanted to keep going and not be disturbed from reading because of how good it was! I did get confused on some points such as the family backstory with the character Utope who was in a coma for over twenty years. Yes, it got explained but I wondered is that is she so emotionally unstable even with death? I mean she went into her coma after losing her parents in a fire and then destroyed an entire wing after a death and I feel like that should be something the family should control or at least help her by going through treatment or training to control her powers or both. I remembered in the Dresden Files, it was explained that Molly’s powers can be triggered by feelings and in Ghost Story her guilt made her magic even more powerful. So, yeah Utope’s powers should’ve been helped with.

I was also even surprised by how Luke, the son, was sent off to the Slave Town for being “useless” to the Jardians but it was revealed later that he was useful. I did like all the parts with him and how he was dealing at the place he was in even when working with the rebels since it shown the darker side of the Slave Days if you’re not useful to the Equals. I almost thought they weren’t going to make it when a huge chemical fire rose up when he and the rebels rescued a friend that got arrested and tortured. You know those moments in books that you think your fave character will die but he survives in the end. I had that the most with Caid in Midnight Breed Series for most of the books he shown up. That is how I felt about Luke and hoping if there is a sequel, since the epilogue opened it to one, that he gets through what had happened to him in the end and that he gets rescued again.

Another character I did like was Abby, Luke’s older sister, I did like how she interacted with Jenna, the unskilled member, and had a feeling that they would get together despite how forbidden it was. I liked how she did the hardest not only to act normal as she worked but knowing the secrets of the family as she worked such as remembering the history since she had read upon it before working for them and trying to figure out why Luke got sent away when she and her parents and the little sister were sent to the Jardian home instead. I did like how she said, “Screw the rules!” towards the guy that was on the leash that was known as Dog. He did interact with her at first by grabbing her ankle when she had to take him to the stables on the property and she knew that something was really up and wanted to solve the mystery behind it and why was he treated as a dog. She is one of those characters that can fit with the Mystery Inc. group on Scooby Doo with how suspicious she gets. I can see why Jenna fell for her in the end.

Rating: 5 Star Star Pawprints out of 5! This book was a very good read! I never thought I would enjoy it as much! There were some confusing moments like I mentioned above but hey I got passed that with how well it was written. I am hoping there is a sequel since it opened up to one and you know I would be reading that! Way to go Ms. James!

That is it for this review! I am glad I am almost caught up with my “Older Than Three Months” shelf on my Net Galley account. I was so caught up with the Victor Reader Stream but I am glad to find some of the books I read in the past recorded and also as Bookshare files so far. That is about it!

Books: The Bear and the Nightingale by Catherine Arden

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time for another book review! This one was a hard one but let’s see what I think!

Title: The e Bear and the Nightingale
Author: Catherine Arden

Disclaimer: This Review is based on opinion and observation of the lead writer and please respect her thoughts on this book!

Synopsis: We meet a wild child by the name of Vasilisa who lives on the edge of wilderness in a small village in Russia where winter roars through most of the year. Like many children, she enjoys listening to the old stories that her nurse tells including the one about Frost and his brother which most people fear them the most when they hear the story.

When her mother dies, her father goes to Moscow to find a new wife which she forbids her and family to honor the old spirits that are worshipped by the village which causes Vasilisa to be fearful of the problems that start arising due to how these spirits aren’t being worshipped anymore. Signs start showing up such as crops failing and demons coming closer from the forest which causes her new stepmother to become even more stricter in grooming her in becoming either a bride or a nun. As time goes, she has to fight the ones she love in order to combat the evil that comes close with the gifts that were concealed from her in order to save the village despite having dirty looks casted upon her.

Thoughts: This was a really good book but at the same time it was something that slightly made me take breaks due to how much it scared me. It is supposed to be a sci-fi and fantasy tale but I saw more of a fantasy story with a lot of religious undertones weaved in. The writer, Arden, did look into folktales to weave into this story which made it even more interesting and I did get brought back to my Comparative Myth class in the heroes unit of the class where this is a twist on the hero myth.

How so you might ask? Well, we see most heroes being brave in a lot of tales which they are either chosen from saving their friends from evil at a young age or have a special gift early on but Vasilisa was mostly put into her predicament based on fear from her stepmother and had her gift from her father that he got from Moscow and given to her nurse in order to give to her but kept until she was a teenager when things got worse. Not only that, a priest did add more to her fear and her stepmother’s and half ister;s fears on top of that. Which they did show the priest follow the siren songs of a water spirit that Vasilisa made friends with in the beginning of the book to rescue him before he died and was told that he will end all the spirits of the forest unless he dies or she has to get rid of him herself which a lot of heroes do have a major choice to do and you see it with her. As in, she did make a choice of sacrificing her life and food by giving it to the Donavoy in the oven and did hurt herself when the Frost’s brother shown up by going into the forest herself to save her family or she will be sent off to a convent to be a nun because her stepmother forced her to go. What makes her different from most heroes too is that people mistrusted her too which she saw that she wasn’t acting like how a normal woman at the time should be as in taking care of the family in the kitchen, being married off to a man, when she rather rides horses and go into the forest to play around. When she was arranged to be married off, she scared off her fiancé in order to rescue her nephew by riding the fiance’s horse! This got the looks that they thought she was a witch and should be exiled instead of being able to live in the village. I can see how much fear can cause your own hero to be mistrusted and turn away from the tales that you know and love on top of it in order to be saved.

The reason why I had to take breaks was the parts with the stepmother and how she was acting towards Vasilisa and her interactions with the priest. I know this is early in Russia’s history and how religion was taught differently back then but I felt sorry for Vasilisa the most since she was treated harshly by the stepmother and I know why. In the beginning of the story, she was able to see the demons and she wanted to be a nun herself but couldn’t due to being married off to Vasilisa’s dad. She refused to bathe because that was when the demon she saw the most came around. Her fear was something she couldn’t control but forced upon on the family and she didn’t know how to deal with it. Heck, I remembered when the priest gave Vasilisa a crucifix in order to protect her but the stepmother took it away from her knowing that it didn’t belong to Vasilisa but meant for herself alone. I can see why the priest gave it to her because he remembered that Vasilisa was the one to save him from a spirit that tried to kill him off. I can see how the priest wants to help the stepmother but he did show how he was becoming more involved with the Frost legend due to see the “Bear” which he thought it was something else that would help him even in his services. A very good antagonist in my opinion that adds onto how Vasilisa would have to save the village from the evil demons.

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Star Pawprints! I gave it a rating of 5 because this story was a very well written story despite how many breaks I had to take. It shows how fear can make you into a hero that can be despised by your own community. I wonder how the recorded version will sound whenever I get to it through my NLS wishlist since that would be interesting to hear. Vasilisa is a really good hero in how she was developed and shown how much sacrifice she had to go through in order to save her family and her village from eternal famine from evil.

That is it for this review! I hope with the next book I don’t have to take so many breaks in between because it is starting to become a modern sci-fi tale in it. Let’s see what I bring next!

Books: Results May Vary by Bethany Chase

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time for another book review and this one is another romance!

Title: Results May Vary
Author: Bethany Chase

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer! Please respect her opinions on this piece of literature.

Synopsis: We meet Caroline who had everything including a husband that she thought was the best thing ever due to being high school sweethearts but when she finds out that he has been having an affair with another man then it causes her world to crash. She wonders what went wrong and what other secrets he may have been keeping from her. This even gives her chance to rekindle with her sister and have a new romance on top of it with someone she knows at the office.

This book is a vary compassionate piece where things may take place in many ways.

Thoughts: This story was very good! I did lose my phone with it but I did find it on Bookshare and able to continue with the rest of it. At least I have the phone I’ve been using now with the rest of the books from Kindle, so don’t worry about me! Anyways, this book was entertaining and very cute but did show how a wife can be suspicious towards her husband after finding out an affair that may be taking place. I was surprised it ended up being a man and the book did unravel more secrets as chapters kept on being read. I did like the character Ruby, her sister, since she had a better outlook on everything including love herself. I kind of see her in me in a way since I don’t have a job myself and doing freelance work with my blog is the only thing keeping me together at the moment and it does show you have to start or re-start your somewhere small and then it grows. I did like her new romance, Caroline’s I mean, since it was cute and funny despite her boss did have two little girls already and he wanted to start and move on after his wife’s death and it did help Caroline to move on even if she still had thoughts towards her ex-husband. I think this would be a great book to read for anyone who may be divorced or lost their spouse or anyone else as a way to cope and move on because it shows it can be rocky at first but you will be okay in the end even if it means that your sibling would be with your best friend.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints out of 5! This book was a really great read and as said above it does paint the picture of moving on from tragedy such as death and divorce. The characters were great and they interacted with each other through their bonds and not only that they do have their own personalities towards moving on with life. I definitely would recommend this to someone who just broke up with someone and needs a bit of comfort or at least some example of moving on and this book does that!

That is it for this review! Next book is kind of a sci-fi fantasy tale since I just started reading it and hoping to keep on reading it as time goes on. Next will also be the Top Ten Songs of April and it will be interesting!

Also, we will be at Orlando Overdrive this Saturday to do press coverage! This is our first nerd music event to cover and all I have to say is that 2017 is becoming very adventurous for us here at Nerdy Shique Universe! Just stay tuned here, Twitter, and Facebook for our videos and review on Orlando Overdrive 2017!

Books: Karolina’s Twins

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation from the lad writer! Please respect her thoughts and feelings on the book that she just finished.

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

Title: Karolina’s Twins
Author: Ronald H. Balson

Synopsis: This story is about a woman who have survived the Holocaust and must fulfill a promise she had made with two of her friends in order to find a pair of sisters that were sent away in order to survive the end of WWII in Poland.

Thoughts: This story was very well-written. It goes between the modern day since the Holocaust survivor, Lena Shheman-Woodword, goes to a lawyer and her husband for help to find these twins and then tells her story which we get a glimpse of Poland in the past. Like with the last book, The Girl from Venice, it does show how Poland was like during WWII but in a different area. A while back when I first joined Net Galley, I read another WWII story that dealt with Poland as one of the locations and that was Lilac Girls which shown how some of the Polish girls were sent to a labor camp like how Lena was in this one but sent to a textile one and the really big one, Aushwitz which was the major death camp. I decided to read this one after The Girl from Venice because it gave another survival story but this one was also fictional but based on an actual person’s survival or shall I say inspired by her survival.

After reading this book it got me thinking why would so many people be cruel to another race of people during a time of war when they didn’t do anything wrong. I know we see some of that today with what is going on over in the Middle East but this really knows how to drive the pont of WWII was horrible but very important in history especially with what happened to people who lived in Poland at the time alongside France, which is seen in Lilac Girls, and Italy, which was in The Girl from Venice. Of course it was also seen in the book I mentioned in my last review Everyone Brave is Forgiven where it is placed in London and gives two sides of the main character surviving there and her lover in Germany in how he survived being a soldier in that one.

This was a very touching story because it did show how much families can love each other during war and how so many can lose their family during that time but regain it once it’s over. I did like how Lena connected with Katherine, the lawyer you meet in this tale, since she was recounting her survival story but also knew that Katherine was about to be a mom herself and was able to connect with her in how much family can mean to oneself. I did also like Katherine because she was very strong during the trial that Lena’s son placed on her and that would risk her own career and how she was able to work with her husband, Liam, throughout the entire story. It kind of reminded me how I went through my computer situation and I had to rely on Gondras with getting our videos from Omni up and helping me get a job application done on a website that is not that accessible with my screen reader when I got my computer back and running. It shows how a couple can work together in order to reach their goals whether it is searching for two girls that survived or just getting some ice cream to calm that craving.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints out of 5! I thought this was very well-written and gives you the past and present in one story. I felt like I didn’t want to close Kindle up because of how the WWII tale was being told. Yes, there was a twist and I don’t want to give it away but it was interesting in a way! If you are into stories with happy endings, this is one for you! If you’re into WWII history like I am that takes on a fictional aspect, this will also be for you! So enjoy!

Well, that is it for this review! You can find this book on Amazon for Kindle. And next time I will bring you the Convention Spotlight on MegaCon 2017!