The Book Quadrant: Colel: Immortal Match Makers Book 5 by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe! I am back but this time with a book review!

Colel: Immortal Match Makers #5 by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!

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

So, this book continues Mimi’s Immortal Match Makers series where we get to see Colel the Goddess of Bees take the spotlight this time. Just when love bites it also stings! Colel has bene looking for Mr. Right for 70 thousand years and when she finally meets him while trying to take care of some beehives during a longer winter he not only hates her guts but also hates her bees because he’s allergic. She tries to figure out why he hates her so much when she has the hots for him. Plus, her love for her bees doesn’t make it any better despite how he works a florist that attracts her stinging friends. What does a goddess have to do in order to get her man? Turn him into a vampire? Turn him into a demi-god? Will it be a success? Will Zack ever get over Tula?

Thoughts: I know that last bit was a bit overdramatic but this book was a really good and funny read. I was even trying to keep myself from laughing way too loud while having dinner with Gondras one night at a restaurant. I think he was looking at me weird or maybe was too distracted by his own earbuds.

I did like how this book called back to the prequel series, Accidentally [Yours] which we got to reunite with some of the other characters like the God of Time and Ashley, the Goddess of Love, Penelope who took up Kinnish’s God of Sun job, and of course Kinnish. I always wanted a book with this goddess ever since she appeared in the prequel series itself and when I found out this book was coming out I was glad to read it.

I felt like it was a bit of an awkward romantic comedy since Colel was looking for her mate for many years and once that happened she felt warm from head to toe despite how badly she was treated. When you look at it, when you’re a god or goddess you do have those awkward moments and trying to fit in modern human society. I bet you’re wondering, what about this Zack guy? Well, during the book it shown his aftermath from losing the one he fell for. In the first book, which I only read before Goddess of Forgetfulness, don’t worry I will read the second and third one, Zack met Tula who was a pure soul, in the last book she tried rescuing him and well it didn’t go well for her. Things in this book did go weird where he sees her ghost and trying to figure out how to get her back and Minky is the only one to help. I hope it gets resolved in the next book since it is supposed to be the last one from what I heard. I am hoping not because I want to see Zack see Tula again. But seeing Colel and her mate being together in the end was a cute story. I am not revealing it because you must read it yourself and if you are visually impaired and have not checked out the prequel series, it is available on Bookshare or just buy it on Kindle along with Immortal Matchmakers!

Rating: Five Star Paw Prints Out of Five! This book was a very good read and a very funny one. It did show the funny quirks for each god and I couldn’t stop laughing! I do like their interactions and hiking how the book called back to the prequels itself. I am hoping to see Zack’s tragedy have a conclusion before the series ends because I want to see how that plays out. We will see how it goes in the next one and hoping it’s not the last.

Well, that is it for this review! I know it was a last minute add on but had to do it since this book was released recently and work kept me busy. I am trying to get through my NetGalley shelf as much as I can.

What is next? My haul post! Stay tuned!
Colel Immortal Match Makers #5

The Book Quadrant: The Duke With the Dragon Tattoo by. Kerrigan Byrne

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Taking a small break from beauty to do this!

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and opinions on this work of art.

We meet the Rook who has no name, nor past, but all he has left is a dragon tattoo on his arm. After being injured almost to death, he gets rescued and nursed back to health by the young Lorelei.

Lorelei was promised that her long lover, Ash, would return after leaving when she was fourteen when she had nursed him back to health. When she was arranged to marry all thanks to her brother, she gets whisked away after someone by the name of the Rook murdering him in front of her eyes. While traveling with this mysterious man, she starts learning about the true man that lives inside.

Thoughts: I like this book better than the Scott Beds His Wife. Even though the last one did kind of linked this one but I felt like this should have been book five instead. I felt like I couldn’t close it up due to how it took on the idea of the Duke where we meet the woman of the story and how she would fall in love later but also the man that ends up being in love with her later except it was more of a masked man. I had a feeling Lorelei and Ash would end up together even though the story was kind of heartbreaking. First you meet innocent Lorelei who has an abusive brother who also treated his wife badly by giving her a miscarriage but she does become stronger within the story emotionally after realizing how bad her brother was and that he did deserve being killed. Trust me, I wanted to kill the guy myself! I do like how Ash and her interact with each other even when he was the Rook since she wants to know who is and why didn’t he come back for her as he promised. All in all that this was a better book and it did give more of a sense of adventure and how the couple interacted with each other on top of it. I feel like this could have been after The Duke despite the Rook did appear towards the end of the last one but I felt like it was filler in between.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This one definitely deserves it because it was better and the story was not lacking personality either. The last one I felt like Samantha needed a better character story even with how she interacted with her husband while Lorelei and the Rook or Ash had a better chemistry and better character quirks to work off of each other. I do like how in the beginning it gave off the Duke almost since in that one Imogen did have to take care of her guy in the beginning except he became a raging jerk over time even after he was healed, here it started the romance. I think I prefer this one over the three I have read in the series since I did not read the first three and couldn’t find them on Bookshare. I am not sure if there will be another book but if there is who knows what Byrne would do since this did have a pretty solid ending from what I read. Again, I did enjoy this book and hope you guys check out the link while you’re at it.

Well, that is it for this book review! Next will be the Unnecessary Beauty Steps post.
THe Duke With the Dragon Tattoo

The Beauty Quadrant: Trying Out the New Jeffree Starr Blue Blood Pallet and Lipsticks!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back! Bringing another video here since it’s been a while!

Trying Out the Jeffree Starr Blue Blood Pallet and Liquid Lipsticks!

Yes, I finally bit the bullet and bought from Jeffree Starr’s makeup line. I wanted to try out his brand for a while now, heck even mentioned in my last Project Pan, which I should update by the way, ever since I added some items to it.

When this collection went online, I had a feeling the pallet would sell out first and well I did hear so many people were having issues just getting that on Beautylish, the official website for Jeffree’s brand, and Beauty Bay. I was glad to get the pallet and liquid lipstick bundle even though it was a little over a hundred but it was worth it due to not only getting the pallet but getting eight lipsticks in a mini set with six existing shades and two new ones. I did not know that he released so many blue shades until I got this and blue does go well with my skin tone. I did try Medusa out which was one of them and my thoughts were that I could hardly feel it on my lips as in these lipsticks are not only lightweight but it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing it. I did try out an ombre lip for my first time in my video by using Titanic and Drug Lord for an icy effect but my camera did not take the pic so young et to see me try it out. I did wear Jaw Breaker in my retakes though to see how another one was like. With the pallet, this thing is SUPER pigmented so be careful even dipping your brush. I did have some fallout with Ocean Ice which I used in my definer area while I used Celebrity Skin as my transition, even used Power to blend with it in my crease, Blue Blood all over my lid, I’m Cold in my brow bone, and Crystal Flesh in my inner corner. I would say tap the shadows lightly or swipe lightly if you can because when Graveyard Girl used the pallet she did say the shadows are pretty soft and she had some excess on the bottom of it. So, don’t go ham which I just went lightly with mine due to how well this pallet performs.

If you’re wondering, yes I will be purchasing from his brand. I did go back on Beautylish for a Skin Frost and one of the full size Liquid Lipsticks and it happened to be Unicorn Blood since I do love unicorns and well the shade sounds really nice. Yes, there has been drama with Jeffree in the past but I have seen the changes that he has gone through. Yes he does speak his mind on Twitter but a lot of people do anyways and I have noticed he is focusing more on his brand rather than causing trouble. The only trouble I have seen with him is the heist of over 2 million dollars in makeup being stolen from him recently and he has been working to catch the people behind it since they did sneak peek his new concealer by stealing one of the shades. What the heck? I would take the time and do the same if it was my brand because not only I would want the stuff back but I want the people who have taken it in jail because selling makeup on the Black Market is not a good thing and I heard the same thing happened to Anastasia’s brand last year where people did the same thing by taking her pallets too. I wish him all of the best and even with his new release soon.

So, that is it for this post, I hope you enjoy the video because I did have fun using this pallet and will be doing it more since I do love blue shadows and of course it was something new and hoping more brands bring more blue shadows since they are coming back.

What is next? I am doing a post on the most unnecessary items in makeup routines in my opinion by the way. Stay tuned!

The Convention Quadrant: Omni Fandom Expo Year 6!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe from traveling the vast universe! Sorry for taking so long for doing this!

Convention Impossible: Omni Fandom Expo 2019!

I was ill during the end of March with a Bronchial Spasm, how it happened was that after Omni I was feeling a bit exhausted since I was going to bed around midnight during the convention and had to wake up early for work afterwards and by Thursday of that week that was when I got sick. I could not breathe that evening after work and Sunday night so Gondras took me to the Urgent Care twice and that was when I found out I had borderline Bronchitis. I am healing still, I even did a video Tuesday unboxing the new Jeffree Starr pallet which you get to see me use on YouTube this weekend.

So, since Omni passed and all I have to say is that I had a blast this year and let’s get to it!

Hotel: First was a first for us at the convention and that is staying at the Florida Hotel. As you guys know that this is the hotel that is attached to the Florida Mall in Orlando and a lot of tourists from all over stay at this place every year throughout the year. It is a huge tourist trap. I can see why this is a popular place because not only the hospitality is the best but the rooms are amazing! For the convention discount you get a pretty big room and we got a room with two queen size beds, a couch, and an easy chair. We also got a pretty good sized fridge and bathroom. Plus, our room did have a nice view of M & M World which is also an awesome place.

The convention was pretty much the same layout except Panel Room 1 was changed up where it was slightly smaller this year but I did get to the room very easily since I got to explore the night events on my own instead of waiting for Nerdy Shirts and Gondras to take me down to it. I do love how the hotel hallways are very shoreline friendly with my cane. And in case if anyone is wondering, no worries my cane survived this convention without incident. Since I mentioned events…

Events: This year it was mostly going to evening events since our day was packed with the Press Booth and of course we had interviews on Sunday during the convention. I did go to Derek Steven Prince’s panel Shino & Friends since I didn’t get to check it out last year along with Nobu’s and Sawa’s Q & A Panel since they were both guests and did perform during the convention, which we did catch some of that on Saturday and they know how to work with each other. Didn’t know Nobu was a metal fan either since he was starting to sing “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns & Roses or I give him props for good taste.

We did check out one of the big shows and that was the Marvel Parody Show. One thing I will admit is that I am a fan of musicals and my z musicals are still Rent, Grease, the one with Travolta and Newton-John, and Repo the Genetic Opera. This was one of those Broadway looking musicals with a contemporary feel with the Marvel Heroes and Villains! It was amazing and entertaining! The only issue I had was Ant Man because he had the song dealing with “All the Small Things” by Blink 182 which is a hard song to sing and the person had bad timing from what I seen. Everyone on the other hand did really awesome and the best songs from it happened to be the one Black Panther did to “Roar” by Katie Perry, Dead Pool doing “Thomas the Tank Engine,” and of course Captain Marvel doing “Immortals” and perfect timing for the newest Captain Marvel film. Hoping this group does another musical like this for next year because they did a really good job with this one. I also did attend the script reading again and it was still entertaining. All thanks to this year’s reading I want to watch Zootopia due to how well Paul St. Peter and Derek Steven Prince reading their parts. Plus, Tia Ballard being a part of it as well. Speaking of which!

Guests: This year’s guests were great again! We still got Bruce doing his balloon creations, heck Gondras even challenged him with one of the many key blades from Kingdom Hearts and had it hung on our wall for a little while. Paul St. Peter still remembers us as usual and we did hand him over our pamphlets which I will get to later. It felt great to meet Tia Ballard since of course she played Happy and glad to get to interview her for the channel. We also got to sit down with Sawa since we didn’t get to last year. We also had Nobu with her which a lot of you may not know this is our FIRST Japanese recording artist interview to date. Yay! Stay tuned everyone we will get those videos up since I was sick after all. What was also awesome was meeting Hisashi Yakawa in person. He was the one who did the art for Pokémon when it came out in 1997 and the first four seasons of Sailor Moon. I have been a major fan of both when I was a pre-teen and still remembered not only reading Teen People, Pop Star and other teen magazines I also collected Pokémon cards and Sailor Moon cards and stickers. I did bring my box set of the first twenty six episodes of Pokémon that got signed by Veronica Taylor and Eric Stuart and now Mr. Yakawa and of course on our wall in our apartment are pictures of Sailor Moon he has drawn to give to people. Did we get stuff signed by Tia in case if you’re wondering, we did get Cat Planet Cuties and a part of Fairy Tail with Happy and Natsu on it? Gondras did bring our Kingdom Hearts 3 art book to get signed by Paul and Derek since they are in the game as well.

Vendor Room: Finally, I have to include the Vendor Room. I felt this year it was more organized and sectioned off with Bruce doing his work in his corner, long with anything on display, then of course we had the guests along one side of the wall, the cosplay guests in one box, and then the vendors selling items in another. I only bought a few items in the room since we were busy all weekend and did go into the mall for food and I did have to drop by the NYX store for some stuff.

First off is the Tyaki stand! I loved this girl’s little cakes and glad she came back. Funny thing was while being in the Press Booth, we found one and Gondras thought it was our Japanese Snacks friend who brought it and we took it and when I ate it I felt the familiar taste since it was cookies and cream. On Sunday, I found her stand and happy I did since I got a sample pack this time where I got to not only have her classic flavors but also two new ones which were white chocolate caramel and the breakfast delight. I still love the chocolate peanut butter one as usual since I am a Reese’s lover and of course the chocolate chips in these are really good. I did buy from the shirt stand that helped us during Holiday Matsuri with my cane. I did get the United States of Smash shirt since that was All Might’s most epic battle in My Hero Academia and the guy at the stand remembered I loved Steven Universe and had a new one where Steven is Dr. Strange and made sense, I even worn it when Daddy Blue Cat visited me last month. I did thank them for the help during Matsuri by the way and did mention how I posted my story time video about it and used it on the Omni group to say, “Hey! This happened so watch out!” And finally, Japanese Snacks Guy was around yet again and picked up some new snacks. One of them happened to be takoyaki chips. If you guys don’t know what this little dish is its octopus dumplings and they are delicious! I had them during a Japanese culture festival in Orlando years ago and squid is one of my favorite seafood of all time since I do love Calamari. These chips to me tasted like plain Lay’s since I felt like I didn’t taste anything. I was hoping to be hit by a slight touch of fish flake and octopus mixed in or at least seaweed but nothing. Another item was melon flavored Kit Kats which was interesting to say the least. I was dying down a bit on Kit Kats since I have so much chocolate to eat still but ever since I moved I haven’t eaten it much due to how mellow I’ve been. I did try one and it felt like I was eating cantaloupe covered wafers and it was a light chocolate taste mixed in. Not bad in a way. I haven’t tried the gummies I bought in apple and peach since it’s been forever since I had Japanese gummies. I hope he will be at Ranger Stop since that is the next con we will be aiming for!

Verdict: CONVENTION ACCOMPLISHED! I have to give it an Accomplished because I felt like we have accomplished some things and that includes getting some new things made to promote ourselves and they are shirts and pamphlets. Yes, ever since Holiday Matsuri last year I had an idea to get pamphlets made to show our work even to handlers since it feels like our work is not being taken seriously. Gondras did say it was a good idea to do and it worked out well since we had them made at FedEx and he did the design with a template and got them done in time for the convention that weekend. FedEx has pretty good prices so will be printing with them instead of Staples. And now onto shirts which people did like. Last year while doing the Customer Service Basics class, the teacher told me that we do cosplay and enjoy it but should dress the part of representing a blog and looking back on it I do agree with that. So, for a few months I looked into Vista Print and even Custom Ink for shirts and all thanks to the excellent customer service that Custom Ink has done even helped with the design after understanding that I am blind that the shirts came out amazing! Even had a sample for GOndras to try in his size because we have to make sure he could fit in their shirts and he did. Definitely will be having these shirts with us and I will be going back to Custom Ink for anything else because they do other items too and I have some ideas. Also, we still have our lovely business cards to pass out to attendees too. So hoping our new promo material keeps going.

Also, we did get to stay in the hotel finally since it would be hard commuting back and forth between Daytona and Orlando and the Florida Hotel has some of the best hospitality I’ve ever seen. Better, or shall I say way better than the World Center because I even had text messages sent asking about my stay and the guy who helped at check out even gave ideas on breakfast when I asked him. And not only that, some tourists even helped me when it came to finding the Starbucks and a bathroom too. And I think the hospitality also spreads through the mall since it is attached to it, I got amazing service at the NYX Store too since some of the store attendants, Gondras, and I did talk about how NYX;s complexion items are hypoallergenic and did mention that the primer, Hydro Touch, works out for me. And anyone who wants to know, the location is nice since it’s a lot more roomy than the other one I’ve been to since it fit all the displays and makeup stations very well.

And one last accomplishment would probably be finally getting to interview Sawa and Nobu because we wanted to interview Sawa since last year and due to scheduling we couldn’t get that chance until this time around.

Needs for Improvement: Even though the convention was a success but I do have one thing to talk about that needs to be improved and that is the Press Booth. This year press teams get to have time blocks to promote themselves, even play recordings, and even interview attendees if they wanted and well…I felt…this was a bust! How so? Sorry to say, forgot to disclaim but this is a review based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer after all and well due to the location of the booth people didn’t stop by. I am a very quiet observer despite my extrovert personality and from what I heard most of the attendees were either with the cosplay guests, the industry guests, or even in Artist’s Alley and the Press Booth was a small alcove in the back of the vendor’s area and it felt hidden away. Heck, even when we played one of our interviews from Omni Fandom Expo past no one paid attention. To me this should have been in an easier to spot area rather than a tiny alcove. We are press and we promote our work and we should be loud and be seen rather than be hidden. Heck, we used the last hour or so of the convention to use for interviews which is another thing which I have noticed where one press team did use the booth to interview Tia Ballard when we did our interview upstairs with her which I think the Press Booth should have been used better as the interview spot rather than upstairs. Which that does draw attention to an audience where people could be like, “Hey, someone’s talking to someone, let’s watch!” I even watched the Tia interview myself at the end. Not only that there was supposed to be a press conference thing with Hisashi and Mamoru but that didn’t happen unfortunately at the Press Booth. If this was used again, I would say just use it for all guest interviews and place it in an easier to see spot because we want to show our work and sucked that not a lot of people paid attention to do so.

And another thing, which I didn’t realize until our buddy Evan said it, guest autograph times should be posted on the booths for them somewhere because there were times where we wondered what time some people would show up and conventions tend to put a small display board saying, “Person Will Be Here At…” Heck, even Holiday Matsuri does it. So, why not have poster board saying it? Thinking about it now…as a joke maybe…maybe I should be in the creative team for this convention. Just saying!

Well, that is it for this review! I am glad we got to do another year of Omni Fandom Expo and this has been the only convention that keeps us coming to do our work every year. I still remember 2014 and how it was a small and very ambitious convention and it has morphed into what we attend today. I would say this has been the best year besides 2014 and 2015 combined. Plus, it is always blind people friendly because my cane is still in one piece and I don’t feel invisible either as in just an attendee with a prop. Which for the record my cane is not a prop! Anyways, hoping next year will bring many more people and there is one guest that should come back and he misses Orlando since I have gotten back in touch with him and that is Neil Kaplan! Reason why I got back in touch is that recently the NFB did a news story talking about the CWB not hiring a blind actor to play a blind character and I remembered Neil having a class teaching students at the Braille Institute in California how to do voice acting. He no longer does it but still stays in touch with students and did mention Omni Fandom Expo and he wants to be a guest. So Omni, if you are reading this, please get Neil! He is one of the biggest sweethearts and he has been on Digimon and of course he did say he wants to sit down with us for an interview which is even more awesome.

So, what is next for Nerdy Shique Universe? Well, my video trying out the new Jeffree Starr Blue Blood pallet tomorrow! Yes, I jumped the gun and picked up one of his bundles from his collection to bring it to you all on the YouTube Quadrant and I will also post the video here for anyone who may be curious little space kitties as well. Of course we have our interviews from Omni Fandom Expo, I am sorry for not getting any events recorded. First, the Marvel musical was not allowed to be recorded, also went to night events that would kick you out if you did record it, and plus I was enjoying attending things by myself since I rarely got to do it. Yes I could have done it at Matsuri but after the cane breaking I would have gotten hurt if I tried. Also Press Booth did keep us pretty busy. Again, sorry about that! And I have more posts to come!

The Review Quadrant: The Scott Beds His Wife by. Kerrigan Byrne

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with another book review!

The Scott Beds His Wife by. Kerrigan Byrne

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

This book continues the Victorian Rebels series where we meet Gavin St. James, the Earl of Thorn and a notorious highlander, always gets what he wants including women who are married to other men and wants to put his past behind him until he meets a woman with a fiery spirit who is claiming the land he wants for the longest time.

Samantha Masters comes back to Scotland in a pair of trousers along with secrets of her time being in the Wild West and wants to leave that behind, especially murdering her husband who is a part of a dangerous family. When she meets Gavin their time spent together not only brings them closer but also a marriage that keeps a scandal under wraps once the land she came to claim burns to ashes.

Thoughts: I tried to find the other books in this series but the only one I can find on Bookshare are the one before this one, The Duke, this one, and the next one which I will review next. It ticks me off when Bookshare doesn’t have all of the books in a series for me to read because I have to read it in order to understand it. But I do notice how these books can be read as standalone novels since the characters we meet are individual people. I did find this book very good since I did get to see how someone that shows up unexpectedly can feel like they don’t fit in with the land they are supposed to be a part of. I can see that a lot with Samantha since she is the spunky tomboy that prefers to wear pants rather than poofy skirts and bodices during the 1800s when that was the fashion at the time. Plus, her attitude was very different from the prim and proper due to how she always lived in the Wild West. I always pictured her accent taking on the southern type and did hear it throughout the book and I can see how Gavin became interested in her. I could see why he preferred someone different over anyone else even though some secrets did arise about him throughout the book even about his brother and his father since the Prologue kind of gave us a glimpse of his family from the past which made it interesting. I did like how the idea of marrying for land came into being but I felt like it didn’t matter throughout the book because I felt like these two were meant for each other even if they had secrets they want to leave behind. It is all about love and it did shine through with this book.

I do love Samantha’s character because she was fiery and she didn’t want to give up on anything especially when she kept a promise to a friend of hers but almost lost it as she fell for Gavin. She did show how she did things back in America to take care of animals and even wanted to help Gavin’s mother despite being injured when Erendale burned down. She still found ways of being able to keep herself strong throughout the book even when things got harder and her secrets were starting to unravel and wanted to hold onto Gavin while she did it.

Rating: 4.5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! I am knocking off five points from this because I felt like Gavin’s back story was kind of missing in a way. Yes, we got to hear more about Samantha’s back story but I felt like I wanted to know more about Gavin especially leading up to the end. What I mean is that with the last book, The Duke, I got both characters’ back story as in Imogen trying to work as a nurse and a bar maid to help pay for her dad’s debts and meeting a duke who lost his family and later on she becomes a Countess out of a crime and the Duke was sick while being tortured during a war and they end up together after so long. Here I felt like I just saw all of Sam’s story and not enough of Gavin’s except that his brother is a Highlander that hates his guts. I will be reading the next one and see how that goes. I do love Samantha and Gavin as a couple in this book and I did like how they stayed together even in the end when the secret is finally out. Hoping with the next one my review will be better.

That is it for this review guys! I will include the link to the book on Amazon and hope you check it out! Hoping to get Ipsy March 2019 up and my review of Omni Fandom Expo up soon because I’ve been kind of ill lately. I know, it sucks being sick! Until next time!
The Scott Beds His Wife by. Kerrigan Byrne

The Review Quadrant: Battle of the Bulge: Oh Hell No #4 by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe! I am back with another book review!

Battle of the Bulge: Oh Hell No! #4 by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

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

What is it about? This book starts where digging a Hole left off where Abi Carter, Georgie’s best friend, had a bit of a one night with hot Mitch Hofer, an Australian swimmer known for his…ahem! Manly gear and nicknamed “The Bulge.” After being kicked out, Abi ends up being his body guard after knowing that he has a hit while Mitch doesn’t want her as one due to how he gets distracted by her at every turn while he is watching his back and same with her. Will they be able to work together to keep him alive or will The Bulge take over?

Thoughts: I found this book very entertaining since it did have that Love-At-First-Sight idea and then I-Hate-Your-Guts attitude once things started going. I love how these two are able to work with each other even if Mitch tries to keep Abi out of his life and why he doesn’t want her in due to safety reasons. I felt like they did care for each other as the book went on and knew they would be together in the end. Come on now, can’t have one of those stories where guy and girl end up together in the end.

I did like the twist and turns with the idea of Mitch’s life being on the table since he did have a hit placed on his head for pictures that his uncle had that dealt with WWII and the Battle of the Bulge, yes that is an actual battle by the way. I did like how Abi was always there at the right times to save Mitch as well since we weren’t expecting the attacks to take place and she is pretty much there to keep him safe even off the clock or fired.

So far in this series, I do like each couple and how they interact with each other. Tass and and Hunter did have their arguments in the first book but were meant for each other in the end, Henry and El did have their break up in the beginning but were a cute couple towards the end and it was a very sweet ending, while Georgie and Sam had an even touching story despite their deceptions. Even sweeter with Sam having a family. While Mitch and Abi had their happy ending despite life threatening situations and a weird beauty pageant. I can’t wait what the next one brings.

Rating: Five Star Paw Prints Out of Five! This book deserved the rating since it did keep the romantic comedy idea going despite the hardships Abi and Mitch were going through. As in, Mitch being hunted down despite being a celebrity and being guarded and Abi trying to keep her head in the game thinking about keeping herself paid to pay for her final semester and a future business she wants to pursue, this was a great story. So far this has been one of my favorite newer series that Mimi has written besides Librarian’s Vampire Assistant and the the sequel series to Accidentally Yours which I am waiting on that next book. Still a great book!

Cartoon Quadrant: RWBY Volume 6 Review!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! I am back with another review!

RWBY Volume 6

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on what she is about to say even on one particular subject. So enjoy!

After saving Mistral, Ruby and the gang are on the journey yet again to head for Atlas this time in order to protect a possible relic of the Seasonal Maidens (That’s my name for them by the way!) While traveling, Ruby, Weiss, Blake, Yang, Qrow, and an old lady by the name of Maria end up finding out what the Spring Relic really is and find out more about the world they live in. Meanwhile, Cinder returns and is now cut off from Salem and crew, now as a solo villain she plots to find Ruby with the help of Neopolitan. On top of it, Adam Taurus is in vengeance mode against Blake for what she did to him at Mistral and not get over the past and her betrayal to him.

Thoughts: Damn! This volume was deep! Very deep! What I mean by this is that not only it answered questions about some stuff I was hoping for but it also shown the origins of Salem and Ozpen. Plus, how Remnant began along with it. Basically, Salem was a girl who lived alone in a tower and one day a legendary hero by the name of Ozma shown up and was able to help her escape. Ozma became ill after a sickness appeared and Salem hoped to get help from the God of Light, yes this deals with deities and I kind of felt like it was really deep even when the tale kept on going. It even went really deep when the God of Light refused to save Ozma and the God of Darkness shows up. It did cause a fight between the two gods after Ozma’s health was returned and led to Salem being immortal and not be with Ozma ever again. I can see as the origin story continued that Salem did walk the path of darkness and how she put faith and love into deities that she prayed to and they failed her in the end and how she became the crazy person she is and creating Grimm and other things kind of shown that she has to do things herself especially with what the post end credits revealed.

I don’t want to give too much away since this also tells how the relics were created and later on how the Maidens were also born except what made me happy was that they finally explained where Silver Eyes came from. Basically they are from the God of Light which Ruby was trying to find ways of activating them more throughout this time and all thanks to Maria and some knowledge from the Spring Relic she is able to use them. I did find it pretty epic with how she was able to use it again zombie-like Grimm at a barn and then later on a Kaiju Grimm but it did finally helped her grow in a way. When I first started watching this series she was the immature and reckless teammate among Team RWBY and when the Fall of Beacon took place that was when her silver eyes activated. By the time Volume 4 took place, she knew that she couldn’t stay home and let Beacon stay in ruin and must find the guys who destroyed it. Volume 5 just shown how she must take out Salem before anyone she knows dies like with Pyra and now in Volume 6 she wanted people let her do what she needs to do in the fight and let people have faith in her, especially with Qrow.

Speaking of which, he was pretty much annoying during this volume and wished someone just yell, “Shut up!” Even towards the end when Ruby finally said, “Step aside and let me do it!” I think he was being too protective over Yang and Ruby due to how Yang lost her arm and didn’t want her to get hurt even further but seeing how Yang helped Blake again which I will get to next I think she’s fine! While Ruby, I can see it since Ruby is the only thing left from her mom, Summer, he doesn’t want her to get hurt or killed even after what they went through in the last two volumes. I wonder what will happen to him in the next volume since apparently they will be replacing Vic as his voice. Oh yeah, not sure if you heard guys but Rooster Teeth has cut all ties to Vic due to some allegations of sexual assault and harassment were made alight as the new Dragonball Super movie with Broly came out recently. Not only that, Funimation also dropped him. I will give you my thoughts once I do my rating.

Now onto Yang! This volume shown her and her relationship with Blake starting off rocky at first since Blake has returned and with some series this can happen. As we know that Blake ran off at the end of Volume 3 after Yang got hurt when she helped Blake from getting hurt by Adam! I can see why it started off a little rocky since Yang was hoping to help Blake get over having her losing her arm except it did take a while for Blake to return. This volume did reflect on their awkwardness of being teammates again and mostly friends…ahem, even though me and Gondras agreed they should kiss, still the final few episodes did show an epic fight of them working together again and this time it was them against Adam. I am glad that that fight took place and how it ended made it better! I am hoping with Volume 7 they keep their dynamic going since these two know how to work together.

Acting: I have to give major props to the acting for this volume. Not only the story was well written but the acting matched it too. It has improved since last volume and how each character interacted was beautifully done. I give major props to Melissa Sternenberg who voiced Maria in this volume. She brought some of the comedy back in with being an old lady throughout this thing and also giving fighting advice to Ruby since she did have the Silver Eyes herself but were taken from her. I did like how she could connect them to tech so she could see since she did mention they needed repairs. Also, I give major props who voice Cordova since she had to yell her lungs out towards the end of the volume.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This volume definitely brought on and deserved the five star paw prints because it was a very well done volume. I hope they keep this going for the next one because it looks like it’s about to be End Game from what we’re seeing with the Post End Credits. I am hoping not since there are more things to come since we have the last two relics in Atlas from the looks of it and Vakuyo which was revealed in this volume before Hazel interrupted. Also, we don’t know the Winter and Summer Maidens yet which those two seem to be important and we haven’t seen the Winter one as of yet either. I am hoping with the next one it will show themselves. Ruby has grown up significantly with this volume because I can see she is starting to show that she may be a tiny fighter but she can kick butt and did speak up for herself. Not only that Yang and Blake did have their rocky start after getting back together at the end of Volume 5 but they did take on Adam together to get their team dynamic back. Seriously, these two need a relationship too since they give off Utena and Anthy vibes in my book with how they want to protect each other. Now to the bigger elephant!

I know I mentioned about Vic being replaced for next volume due to being let go and it does suck that you lose your job even in the voice acting industry. This feels like the original actor who played England in Hitalia except his sentence was worse due to having child porn. Unlike Vic, these kinds of allegations will follow him forever until he pretty much dies. I am not taking any sides because I have experienced loved ones even Gondras lose jobs even in more serious things and to me I was up for karma catching up to him since I have heard the stories even from friends who have volunteered at the conventions he was at and one of them was MetroCon and he did get banned from. I do have to say is that looking at my first experience meeting Vic at Anime Festival Orlando 2006 I had a good experience. I did have a creeper get on me at the same convention but four years later at a late night event and I can tell most creeps don’t care about how you feel nor if you have a significant other. I also have seen some of the Tweets on Twitter from some voice actresses I do follow that have said something and I can say this, someone can be innocent until proven guilty. I am not siding with anyone at the moment and at the same time I hope things do clear up because there needs to be hard evidence towards something like this and pictures don’t always cut it. I would say if something did happen why didn’t police get alerted early on? Is it due to work or something else? I am not sure. All in all, I hope the best for Vic and I also hope the best for anyone who had something that probably have been victimized and I understand sexual harassment is not a good thing and a lot of things can be risked when it happens. So, if you have been a victim recently, take to the proper authorities right away and not wait. Scars can happen and people can get hurt.

I bet you’re asking me, who do you think should play Qrow now? Well, I think either J. Michael Tatum should use his Scar voice or maybe Todd Haberkorn since I have heard him do an older man’s voice. Who knows, we have to wait for this fall for the next volume!

Well, that is it for this review! I know that last bit was a bit deep but hey I had to put my own two cents in with latest updates. Please don’t get on my case for what I said either since my Disclaimer is something I stand by so please respect my opinion. What is next for us? Hoping getting any remains of Holiday Matsuri items up and of course Omni Fandom Expo is in a week and a half or so so yeah this year is breezing by fast! I will also try to do my Coastal Scents Revealed Rouge look soon since Omni is happening soon and my parents will be visiting me in a week. So stay tuned on our Twitter for the latest updates!

Movies: Alita: Battle Angel Review

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe. I am back and with a movie review.

Alita: Battle Angel

This past weekend Gondras and I caught the new

This movie takes place in the twenty-sixth century where a floating city named Zolem survives something known as the Fall. We are in Iron City where the story is told and we meet Dr. Ida where he finds the torso and the head of a cyborg girl in the trash heaps and finds out her brain is still in tact. After bringing her back to life and naming her Alita, Alita must remember who she was and know what she has to become and able to help her new father and her new love interest, Hugo, in order to survive in Zolem and fight any other cyborg. Aalita movie and it was due to Movie Bob reviewing it. I know Ghost In the Shell was not a success at the box office and some people were skeptical about this one and well I was all in for it because Heroine Worship by. Sarah Kune mentioned this title since the main character, Aveta loved reading this title when she was younger and compared herself to her. When I heard that this was going to be movie I was happy. I am going to do this review a little differently since I am an anime fan and have been one since nine years old, I am doing this from someone who has not seen nor read the riginal source material since I went in with an open mind. First I must do this!

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and observations of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts because they aren’t the same as everyone else’s.

This movie is set in the twentieth-sixth century where floating cities exist, well a floating city by the name of Zolem survived an event known as the Fall. People of Iron City dream of living there but the only way of getting there is becoming the True Champion. One thing that falls to Iron City is old trash and one day Dr. Ida stumbles upon a head and a torso of a girl with her brain intact. He takes her back and replaces her cyborg parts to revive her and she has no memory of who she was nor what she was and where she was during the Fall either.

After meeting Hugo, she starts knowing about girls being tragetted and killed on the streets and other many things like a sport that she starts competing in and other cyborgs trying to hurt her and Dr. Ida who has been a Warrior Hunter underneath and as she starts fighting for him and Hugo she starts learning about old memories of who and what she was, a warrior herself.

Thoughts: This movie was very good and despite its issues and somewhat of a mess it was cared for even with the source material. This movie was adapted from the manga and anime along with OVAs on top of it and like most movies being adapted from a cartoon or anime series crunching a lot of episodes into a two hours plus film can be an issue but this was done very well.

We have to thank James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez for doing a great job on this and having excellent teamwork on this. Cameron is known for Aavatar and Titanic while Rodriguez is known for Spy Kids, Machete, and Shark Boy & Lava Girl except this movie is beyond the scope of those movies Rodriguez has done. I have to say it was a great thing that the wait to do this movie was well worth it because if we had gotten it earlier it would have been a complete mess and not do well at the box office and we would not get any sequels. I think Rodriguez coming in was the better choice because he and Cameron did handle this with care and gave us something new and different and gave us something whole rather than a half assed mess. I wish these two would adapt the Evangelion as a movie or even the Rebuild movies into live-action or other anime films and series because they not only shown what happens in a post apocalyptic world to life with beautiful CGI but also characters that you can relate to.

Speaking f characters, the cyborgs were really well designed and loved how Gondras described some of them along with the audio description,, which did work for me this time, even Alita herself was well designed. People cracked on her for the eyes but when you look at a cyborg she is supposed to be a little doll-like and you see it with the other cyborgs taking on doll-like apperaances, even Zzapan wheere he always cared about his face for example. Then of course the weapons they use like the one cyborg who had mantis arms as her weapons. These designs are just amazing. Another bit is the CGI having a real quality to it. I think they had the motion cap actors take on that real look like an actual person walking next to each other. One example is the scene with Hugo and Alita together after her upgrade where he gives her a touch along her arm and she feels it and she feels it. I don’t know what kind of tech they are using but they need to pass it onto other fil studios because CGI in other works need some work. Or at least an overhaul. Not only that with the CGI, the fight chorography that was used in this film was amazing and felt like the audio description couldn’t keep up. You can tell that time was put into this film and was well taken care of over the years because this movie is an action flick so we need great fight scenes. I did say it take on the original material very well.

Cons: I did talk about the pros and now for the cons. We did notice that some people had issues with the ending taking too long than it should be. Yes, there should be some great stopping points but this is a film that brings people into the world and introduces the characters and the villain like most films do. I have a feeling with how it ended that a sequel will be done with how much was put into it and did hear the manga is pretty long but I think they did a good job with what they put into it and did not do what Shamalan did. If you remembered Last Airbender and how bad that was a storytelling mess without personality you can see this movie was far from that.

Some people did have issues with the whole telling the story through action and having exposition being explained. Got to remember that this is being adapted from a manga series and anime and anime does a lot of that. For instance, using one of my favorite titles, Elfen Lied with explaining what Lucy was in the first episode. As in using just using the creepy atmosphere of coming at you and the other characters as she escapes and taking out people to show her power says “Oh crap! She is a threat! Run!” With Alita, in one scene when she remembers her first piece of her past she starts fighting when the situation got rough. This spells out, “Oh crap! She fights too?” I would say if you are not into anime, go into this movie with an open mind and remember that this story is told with action and points explained that are imperative to the sotry.

And now Hugo! People had issues with him as a character because how he shows up out of nowhere as the love interest. Sometimes this does happen in a lot of movies, even anime sometimes shows some random person being the random love interest. Look at Titanic with Jack showing up and that romance between him and Rose starting. I did love it how Hugo introduced Alita to chocolate because she was acting like a girl at that moment and even more around him as the film went on until the climax. This does show how a cyborg can act human besides the robot parts and it gave Alita a nice piece of innocence. I do agree with Bob that this does fit in the idea of being meant for teenage girls being in the audience even if they haven’t gotten into the anime in the first place. Heck, you see that rebellious side to Alita throughout the film even when she wanted to go against Ida in order to protect him. I did love how she acted towards the guys on the Motor Ball court and I do like that nice futuristic spin on basketball.

Rating: 4.5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! It was hard to see about giving a four or five but I met in between. This was a film to enjoy because of not only its visuals but the storytelling as well. I am glad that Cameron and Rodriguez partenred up for this project and came up with a great finished film. I am hoping this film does well at the box offices because it does a bit of sequel bait to work with and I want to see more of this movie series. If this film does become succssful that would bring more anime films to live-action. I was hoping Voltron being one of them and if that happened I think it would be interesting taking on Legendary Defender. Not only that bring that long-awaited Evangelion film since that was thrown out years ago. I think some of the studios that done the adaptations should take notes because of how well done it was put together despite the ending being clunky but of course how the characters interacted with each other. As in, Alita acting more human and how she interacted with the cyborgs, Ida, and Hugo even her hatred towards Vector. I am also thinking that Cameron and Rodriguez should keep working on more projects due to how well they cared for source material and used a big budget to create something golden. That is why I am giving this movie the Star Paw Print of Approval with how well it was made, how they used their tech to create the CGI, and so much more. Hey, can we get an Alita world next? I am just saying!

Well, that is it for this review! Man, it felt good to get back to writing movie reviews! Next will be my Omni Fandom Expo Spotlight! Stay tuned guys!

Technology: ESight

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe! I am back with another Assistive Tech Post!

ESight

I bet you’re wondering, “What is ESight?” Well, it is a pair of glasses that has a camera that is attached to them and what it does it tries to give someone who has lost some sight regain some of it back to be able to see in front of them again. This was developed in Canada a few years back and well Momma Gondras saw it on Rachael Ray and saw someone was able to see with these glasses and they were talking about how it worked for them. I have met people that has tried these glasses out and one person it didn’t work out for them while the other it did. Reason why I am writing about it here is because I tried them today.

How I Got Onto the List? Well, like most places there is a waiting list for this thing due to how long of a list to demo these glasses can be a high demand. I want to tell you a little bit about my past before I got onto this list.

When I got diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, I wanted to find ways of seeing again since I was an artist and well you know makeup has been a new creative outlook for me and still wanted to find ways of seeing again and able to draw again. Not only that drive too since my dream car is still a VW Beetle in blue, either the old Herby model or the newer ones since I am not picky. Anyways, I always saw an eye specialist in Miami and he was helping me with research in getting something to help me see again but as time went on my hopes kind of stalled out since I was getting comfortable with my visual impairment even before getting my job as an Adaptive Tech Instructor. That was when Momma Gondras came in last year and it was during Irma hitting. I told her my plans in being a tech instructor since it is a field that they need more people in and volunteering at the middle school I used to go to was helping me get over some hurdles that I have noticed during my work experience and she was asking me about job related stuff and it was hard for me to answer to tell you truth. Heck, I wanted to go back to school even for my Grad Certificate for Adaptive Tech. After that, I learned that I shouldn’t share my dreams with the future-in-law if they don’t share the same ideas or aspirations as you. Apparently, there were things and said and done which was that Gondras put me on the waiting list for ESight. I was surprised by that because I wasn’t expecting it due to how skeptical we felt about it and will get to that.
Why Were We Skeptical? Now! I and Gondras were skeptical about this device because we didn’t get that much information through the website and that is why I don’t feel like posting the link, best to Google search for yourself. Most websites that talk about tech items do talk about the specs of the item, what it is exactly and so on. For example, I will use Apple for this. For a lot of their products they talk about how big their Mac Books or even their IPads, heck the newer IPhones with the height and width, what the camera is like, Siri of course, and the latest I OS that will be coming with the device and what else can be done with that particular product. With the ESight website, on the other hand, the information is repetitive, not too much to talk about even with pricing, and doesn’t give success stories if it has worked for a lot of people.

What even has me more worrisome is that it lists off different eye conditions that it can help but the issue is that people have different types of an eye condition and the degree of sight can change over time, which I will tell my experience with this device next due to my degree of vision. Plus, an eye condition can take place at any time in life, like me with getting my condition in high school for example and going blind at twenty-three. Not only have that, depending on the amount of sighted loss it can be tough to regain which I will tell you my experience now!

My Experience with These Glasses! Trust me, I was really not looking forward to this demo since I did take the day to do it due to how bad traffic can get between Daytona and Orlando, especially the part of town it was taking place. I felt a bit off with the address first, but let me start with the call though. I was working on my Chrome Book when I got the call and the person was very friendly and told me that he was from ESight and explained things that looking back at the website now was not mentioned there. A little red flag right there! Oh yes, the Red Flag Kitties were there waving their little flags! I had a feeling if I turned them down I wouldn’t be left alone without guilt after waiting on the list since 2017 after Irma. Got to talking more and got some pricing, which looking at the website, another Red Flag Kitty pops up because he mentioned the prices and how low it has gotten and I remembered the fundraising option if it did work. This device was originally $10,000 which is more than the Braille Note Touch and the Braille Sense Polaris on their own own. Even though they dropped the price it would have taken most of my pay and have me eating ramen for the next few months and probably skip more conventions and probably makeup re-stocking. And not only that, there was a home trial but it is a risk to take because if these didn’t work you lose $500. For anyone who wants to try these you are getting some warning while reading this and I care. I even almost had a major spit take with the home trial option.

So, fast forward to today. Getting to Orlando was a breeze even though there was some traffic on Sand Lake which the address that was given was at an office building that felt like in the middle of nowhere. I have gone to similar buildings but they did have names when it came to job interviews but this was kind of weird in a way since I didn’t know where I was going and I remembered that one guy I used to know had his demo at a hotel. I think it would have been better if it was in a place that is well-known like an office inside of a mall or at a doctor’s office, heck even at one of the Lighthouse locations would have been nice since that was mentioned during my demo. Getting into the building was even more of a pain because the elevator in the parking garage was a freight even though we were able to get to the basement level, yes it has one of those, and the stairs were leading to doors either private or there was no exit on the floor I was supposed to be on. I am not kidding, I felt like I was in a bad Escher painting. With my experiences being at my dad’s doctors or other parts of Orlando with parking garages with office buildings at least I could get in and out without a problem. Anyways, so we got in and was seen pretty quickly.

So, it started off telling the salesman about myself, my degree of vision, and he did explain what the glasses were, what the camera does, and that it doesn’t work for everyone, oh right also get to adjust the glasses if need be with a remote that is attached. He also had me try and see one of those eye charts we always get tested on. I admitted I only saw his arm holding it not the card since I can only see in my peripheral which brings up another red flag which I will get to the next point of the story. So, the glasses felt like standard blind man glasses as in sunglasses with a camera attached and there was a strap to hold them on. The strap felt like a tourniquet. I know it’s supposed to be adjustable but I felt my head getting tighter despite the adjustment and. So, he had me try to see my dad with these on and unfortunately I couldn’t. My dad did not appear clearly which they were supposed to. So, this brings up that one Red Flag Kitty which the person on the phone explained that with my RP versus the standard that it can be worked with the camera versus the tunnel vision standard. With the demo it shows that it didn’t! The guy in the room did say reason why it didn’t work on me is due to the lack of natural vision that is left in my peripherals and I can see why.

How I went blind was an interesting tidbit which I will share here. When I was trying to draw something a few days after designing my first costume on paper, I noticed my right eye turning. It was like a hurricane on a weather map and knew that I lost my right eye and then a year or so after my left eye followed and yes I may still have some vision in my peripheral like a flounder but not enough for these glasses. I am taking Anatomy of the Human Eye I and I learned so far that not all eye conditions are the same even with mine. I have met people in the past that are going through RP but different versions even different ways with the same thing as mine. These people working on ESight feel to me, well mostly to my dad, is that they are just there to sell the product. Plus, Gondras did bring up that it feels like a VR set that is not made to fit a certain degree of vision that a person may have and should make the tech help for those different degrees of sight loss and I agree with him. I did tell him that we were right about not working but at least I did try it for free rather than shelling out major cash. Even my dad asked if we had to pay up front. It can happen with some places.

Final Thoughts: Even though the glasses didn’t work one me doesn’t mean it won’t work for anyone but I would say is that think before signing up for a demo because the website is not a good place to check because the pages repeat the same information over and over and once you’re on the phone with someone or there at the demo that is where the true information is given.

I’m sorry but being a bit harsh here, also honest, but when looking for something like this you need more information, actual testimonials to see if it worked, and give the price tag on the website and any information about how to get the funds to pay for it. If it had worked for me, then I would have a Go Fund Me raise the money for one after hearing someone have this device work for them.

Another thing is, please don’t go in with hopes of it working. Technology works in different ways and can either work great or not for someone who tests that new toy. Just know that yes it is a possibility of seeing again but if it doesn’t work out then find a different avenue which I did appreciate the guy giving an alternative for something similar. And now looking at it, I am also thinking that the people who worked on this device should look more into eye diseases because not all of them work the same way, they get diagnosed differently and people have different ways of losing their sight due to that condition like I had. Not only that, get a better website because I feel it needs to show better information about the product and how it works and explain the tech better. Plus, the pricing which is the first question on a lot of people’s minds when going into something like this. Even when I tried confirming on their website, it did have a question, “If this does restore some residual vision, how much will you pay?” And gives you options from highest to lowest so that is why a price guide on the main website can help.

So yeah, if you’re thinking about having a demo, just look out for some things even with the website and if not, I understand!

Well, that is it for this experience. I know it was an interesting experience with the building I went to but I rather try this at a doctor’s office or at a Lighthouse knowing that I am in a safe and familiar environment. Plus, I feel as though that this device should be improved upon even with the website because of how many eye conditions can happen at any moment. Which I need to get back to that Human Eye class because I am learning a lot of stuff as time goes on.

That is it for this post. Sorry for a bit of a mishap but my Boxy Charm was not shipped yet so hoping to see if it will soon because I have seen some people on YouTube get theirs so far. Next up is one of our interviews from Holiday Matsuri! Stay tuned!

Books: Twelve Days at Bleakly Manor by. Michelle Griep

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe! I am back with another book review!

Twelve Days at Bleakly Manor by. Michelle Griep

Disclaimer: This book review is based on thoughts and opinions by the lead writer of this blog. Please respect what she has to say about it.

What Is It About? London 1851 where this story takes place and it’s Christmas. Clara Chapman had lost a lot and about to lose someone most precious to her of all and when an invite is sent to her by a mysterious man to spend twelve days at a mysterious mansion her life not only is in danger during this time but also meeting up with her former fiancé, Ben Lane.

Ben Lane was imprisoned and wants justice for what had taken place and knows he didn’t commit embezzlement. Once he gets an invite to the mysterious Bleakly Manor, he finds Clara which he has a feeling he would have another chance to win her heart back after leaving her at the altar the year before.

Thoughts: I loved this book! I felt like I was reading Christmas Carol minus the spirits of Past, Present, and Future. This was set in the time of Charles Dickens and it was a perfect setting. I know it’s late for me to read Christmas stories but this was on the Net Galley shelf next and I was glad to request this book.

I did like the characters and how they interacted with each other like Mr. Pocket, the French woman who was always into her riches, and of course Clara and Ben the most since they were so cute together throughout this story. I can see why they fit despite the heartbreak that Clara had to go through but a coin did say, “Second Chance” after all and that is what had happened.

If I were to pick a favorite scene I would probably say how everyone worked together to put out a fire in the mansion. Around this time anything can go up in flame especially a fragile Christmas tree. I did like how it went from a Christmas Tale to a mystery since not only we don’t know who was doing this gathering but everyone wants to know who it is and able to stand out to get their fortunes, especially with how Clara wanted to stay for the five hundred pounds promised to her but she did worry about her dying aunt and of course Ben wanting to know who had embezzled the money when he’s innocent himself. Very well done! I am not sure if there is supposed to be a sequel soon because this is the first in a series and hoping to get a chance to read it next since I did like this book and wanting to see what else Griep has more in store for us.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of Five! This was a very entertaining read from start to finish. I didn’t feel bored with the interactions between characters and I did like how they found their own fun within the time at Bleakly Manor. Even though this was holiday themed but it was a mystery mixed within and definitely recommend it!

That is it for this book review! More to come because I have over two hundred books to get through! Next up is my Boxy Charm for January and of course starting to get our Holiday Matsuri videos up so I will be bringing you one of them! Stay tuned!
Twelve Days At Bleakly Manor by. Michelle Griep