The Book Quadrant: THe Riddle of the Sphinx by. Alexander Montague

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

The Riddle of the Sphinx by. Alexander Montague

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

Synopsis: This book gives off three perspectives with one boy escaping Tyran on horseback to a student in Princeton going through a love affair that leads to trouble, and finally ends a lawyer trying to find out about himself at his job and how he fits in.

Thoughts: I know that was a short description of the book but it was pretty much written like that on the NetGalley page for it. This book was an interesting read. Even though it says it’s a psychological drama but I didn’t see much in the first part of the book since it deals with a shah losing power in 1970s Tiran and yes it does lead with the seeing how a boy kind of has a sexual relationship with a boy and then ends with a so-called death and goes to Princeton. Apparently this book follows a boy named Kavan in the beginning and I think his name gets changed to Eric from what I’m seeing and it shows how he has a thing for men since we see it early on in the book with a friend that ended up going missing and was tricked in going with a teacher to be in a radical group. Then we go to many years later where Eric is a college student and meets a guy named Mark who ends up dating each other and this causes some complications when he meets up with the shah prince Ali and somehow they were seen to be connected and an article kind of makes things more complicated. This book was pretty complicated even though when it got to Princeton I felt the story was more cohesive due to how it is a young man exploring his gay side and able to love himself and his partner. I wished the Princeton stuff was the entire story since the older Eric was him in the start of the book where he has a wife and two daughters. I wonder if this book is supposed to do three stories with different possibilities.

I did find it strange is that I was wondering why did this book had the title The Riddle of the Sphinx and it did get revealed towards the end where Eric has a dream seeing himself in Princeton and him as a boy and he wonders why is he seeing these two versions of himself where the Princeton one fell ill with AIDS while the kid him was trying to head home when he remembered being brought to Paris. I just wondered is that did he get found with the group of boys in the desert somehow and was rescued with the rest of them? I would like to know. I have a feeling the riddle deals with how different lives can be experienced by the same person but the outcome is always survival since the boy version was that he survived the desert trying to find his friend but got tricked, his Princeton version was in a great relationship until a guy he spent a night with screwed it up and causes a break up and leading to his contraction with AIDS with a stranger even though he thought it wasn’t real but survived potential suicide, and now his adult version where he wonders if being a lawyer was what he really wants and his daily life is his survival? That is what I can tell from what I read.

Rating: 3 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! I found that this book should have just stuck with Princeton instead of having the other two parts to it. I found it more intriguing since it did show the drama of college life and how someone can get into a homosexual relationship depending on who you are with easily. Well, love is love and can’t judge it. I did find it funny that the wife in the end of the book did figure out that Eric was into men but didn’t want to leave him because it would look bad since they are a couple that is seen out in public a lot. Even though this was an interesting read but it was kind of confusing and the title for it was hard to fit in my mind. Doesn’t mean I can’t leave the link in case you guys want to read.

Well guys that is it for this post! I hope I won’t take too long with any of the other books since I have so many to read. Now hoping my Ipsy does come soon since I still need to post that! So stay tuned!
The Riddle of the Sphinx Book Link

The Book Quadrant: Nemecene: Through Fire & Ice by. Kaz Lefave

Note: Anyone new to anime reading this I am including a clip to Erik Vale’s Kimbley if I can find it.Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with another book review!

Nemecene: Through Fire & Ice by. Kaz Lefave

Disclaimer: This book was requested through NetGalley and was able to get a free copy of and able to read. This review is based on thoughts and opinions from the lead writer of this blog so respect what she has to say and thank you!

As Earth gets hotter every day Elize’s decreasing mental stability brings on new voices that no one not even her buddy Stitch nor her brother Keeto would understand. Within this last episode of the first trilogy of the ten episode series, we get more clues of what’s going on and how Elize is able to see what is going on with Stitch and Keeto tagging along. As each page turns, our three heroes find out new things that Dr. Tenille has handed Elize and the newer counselor so they can find out what had happened to the orphans from the Aldemedina Orphanage and responsible for these happenings.

On top of it, Sothese, the first narrator and new player in this game as the Spiritual Councilman to the Prenam, has his sights on ELize and snakes around anyone who gets in the way to find her as the Pranum’s leadership declines slowly. Will Elize, Keeto, and Stitch be able to keep themselves safe in order to take down whoever is behind the acts taking place in their new home? Will Elize be able to keep herself in control while new clues resurface?

Thoughts: I have to say is that sorry for this taking so long to read? I was trying to read it on my Braille Sense Polaris but due to new Firmware updates it always brought the book back to the beginning so I started reading it on an app that a former co-worker told me about called Natural Read and it worked out very well. It is basically a PDF reading app for your phone and when you encounter any PDF files you can Share it to the app itself. Now onto my thoughts.

I liked this book more than the first two because we get to see more what is going on with Elize and how Keeto is trying to find ways of helping her with Stitch. I felt like this was more of a story about her because of what she was going through with the voices inside her head and it felt like she was taking on her mom’s psychosis all thanks to them. I did like how her personality changed from sweet and innocent to someone who had a major attitude issue and then switched back due to realizing what she was doing or forgetting about it later. This book did show how it was driving her insane even towards the end where things were getting darker for her due to harming herself. I did feel like I was looking in on both Keet and Elize because of how they have grown through each episode and how I felt that this story is starting to shed layers like an onion in what they are going through as each page turned and as each day drew on since this takes on midday for Elize with how she goes through her day of seeing the doctor or the captain characters that she has interacted with about her voices and so on and any clues dealing with their mother while Keeto is late evening with his journal writing to their mother about the day’s events.

While Sothese, on the other hand, in the book description I felt like I was wanting to punch him with how of a…pardon my French…asshole he is! I understand he is important to the story and how he wants to find Elize but how he does it is so creepy! I know there was one challenge where we had to pick a voice or actor for this guy and I chose Erik Vale but using his Kimbley voice from FullMetal Alchemist which makes him sound creepy enough and thought that voice as I read the book on my Braille Sense and on Natural Read. What I found it interesting was how he made Caroline involved with this as a way of luring Keeto into it and who knows maybe with the next episode there may be more to it and Sothese’s plans since we did end the book on a bit of a cliffhanger where he has Elize at last and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Star Paw Prints! This book is one of the best I’ve read in Sci-Fi so far due to how mysterious it sounds. I found Sothese’s actions creep7y but it does show how he wants to get what he needs and that is by using different people as pawns even if it’s at the risk of his job in the religious unit. ELize is starting to show more of herself even if new voices come to be and how she interacts with them as each day goes on makes it even more interesting and you do get to see her other side by the end of the book where things start getting juicier. While Keeto is trying to figure out more things about Elize that may have been shared between her and their mom since it looks like she may be facing the same fate as her and plus it’s starting to get more interesting to learn that he and Elize may not be human as he thinks. I can’t wait to see what Episode Four has in store for me since I want to see more of what is going on and plus this book series is painting our world as time goes on since we are going through major climate changes. One example, huge wasps nests in Alabama and a tree species dying in Alaska due to Hemlock. Who knows what else is happening in our world and it would add more material to these books I guess.

That is it for this book review. More books to be read reviewed as time goes on since I do have a new Mimi Jean Pamfiloff book coming up to review since I still have my kitty nose in that one. Stay tuned!
Nemecene: Through Fire & Ice

The Book Quadrant: The Extinction Agenda by. Michael Lawrence

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

The Extinction Agenda by. Michael Lawrence

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

Jason Mason and his team of F. B. I. Agents stumble upon a discovery of a deadly virus created to end human life but when the place they were looking into as a possible hideout goes up in flame and his team including his partner get killed on the mission, James knows that there is a piece missing to all of this and wonders how the people behind the virus are finding out that he was coming after them?

After being obsessed to find the clues and the links, James ends up losing his wife who tried getting close to the investigation and now he has to piece the clues and find out about a man that has been found at any historical periods of this virus being made and used and meets one of the test subjects to find those pieces out. What does he find out? Well, that is one answer that this book shows!

My Thoughts: I was on the edge of my seat every moment of this book! This was a really good suspense mystery from beginning to end! I felt like the main character was going to die almost every time while reading it. I did get the Resident Evil vibe while reading it too. The image of skeletons burnt still invade my thoughts even took me back to the Castlevania anime series which I don’t want to spoil that either.

I would say is that you would never thought that a virus could be made but it can and how it could be used against humanity. This is basically Man vs. Man due to how much it was revealed towards the end even after meeting Alehandra who survived being tested on with this kind of virus to find her sister along with it. I did like how she played a huge part in the rest of the book since she did want to have revenge like James did for his wife but it was for her sister. I don’t want to give too much away but they are related in this book. I did find the reveal of the bad guys towards the end even more interesting because you would not think who the key players were until you read it to the end. And one more thing, I did like how tech was played in this book because as a tech nerd myself even with Adaptive Tech that sattleites can be used to detect you and your body heat. I found that really interesting when it was set in winter throughout the rest of the book. It can show that tech can be a scary thing even with how the bad guys were using it throughout the book. I would say just give it a good read!

Rating: Five Star Paw Prints Out of Five! This was a very awesome book if you’re into Resident Evil and other books that deal with medical science and technology. It was an edge-of-your-seat book where you would think someone would die but people still survive no matter how the odds are stacked against them. If there was a sequel planned, I think I would like to know since the final message from one of the bad guys was kind of cryptic and how files were going to be looked at in the end. I did like the clues that dealt with using chemical symbols from the Perodic Table and how each place was being destroyed to keep it under wraps. I hope there would be a second one because I want to see what happens next and what they find even if it didn’t look like there is a hook!

Well, that is it guys for this review! I am glad to get another one up after so long and hoping to get one up soon since I am reading the third installment the Librarian’s Vampire Assistant. What’s next? My May and June Favorites!
The Extinction Agenda by. Michael Lawrence

The Beauty Quadrant: Tetris X Ipsy Collab

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

Ipsy X Tetris Collection!

It’s been a while since I have reviewed beauty stuff on here and glad to get back to it on here again. Most of the time it’s on YouTube. Due to my mini tripod falling apart this is the only way of doing my review on the Ipsy X Tetris Collection!

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

This month marks thirty-five years since the game has been released. It started on Atari and then moved up to the Game Boy and has been a favorite for many people. Even there is a rave song called “We Love Tetris.” I think and remembered the song at the JACON Holiday Masquerade years ago. Ipsy has collaborated with the game to create a makeup collection!

What’s In It? This collaboration includes two six pan pallets in Game On and Block Party alongside a highlighter, two lip glosses, three lip balms, and five eye brushes. If you guys are subscribed to the regular Glam Bag or Glam Bag Plus you probably received elements from this collection. In the regular bag, you could have either received an eye shadow single from the pallets, a lip balm, or gloss, or even the brushes. While GBP, you could have either received the full pallet in Game On or Block Party.

Trying On Products: I decided to give the brushes a try and used the Block Party pallet which is the bolder pallet between the two. I used the bottom row three shadows which they were really pigmented while putting them on. I did use the brushes for the look which they included a flat shader, a brow brush, a crease brush, a fluffy blender, and a packing brush. I used the packing to put on the third shade on the bottom row, the crease brush for the middle bottom shadow, and the flat shader for my brow with the lighter shade in the row. I did blend them together with the blending brush. I did use the brow brush to apply my brow items as in spreading the Control Freak gel from NYX and then applied the Tame & Frame in Chocolate from NYX and set it with my BrowGal Pencil since I wanted to try it out that I got in my Allure Beauty Box. The brushes did feel really soft and I did like the handles. They start from the Farrell in a box shape and then end at a rounded point and the bristles were really soft too especially the one for brows because I remembered getting one set of brushes that a very stiff brow brush. Plus the bristles did fit my eye area very well because they were not too big but just right!

Besides trying out the shadows I did try out another item I did get and that is the Suba Beauty Hydro Liner in Grease. I was a major curious kitten about these liners since I heard about them on Beauty News and glad to get one in Glam Bag Plus. It was hard trying to get the water in the cap but managed to do so. It was easy to apply the liner because you don’t need a lot of water to wet the brush and dab the liner on. It was very smooth in application and it didn’t skip either like pencils and other types of eyeliner do. I like this formula so far and it’s an interesting product for what it is. I have to try other ones to see how they perform.

I did like the highlighter as well since it did go on very well. It is a gold highlighter from what I am hearing and you get a deluxe size of it in the entire collection if you were to buy it from the Ipsy Offers. The lip balms are pretty smooth but to me they need more moisture to them. I did get one of them in my Glam Bag and even they are supposed to have a sheer tint but I feel like my lips are a little drying. I do like the smell though. And finally, the lip gloss is slightly sticky but it is pretty good in application. It has more of a flat brush to apply which does make sense for a formula like this. I have to keep on wearing it more to see how I like it.

Final Thoughts: This collection was pretty good for what you get if you bought the entire thing. Even though the value is over a hundred but to me it felt more of a $75 value due to the lip balms being slightly drying. I did enjoy the brushes and how well they performed and how soft they were even with applying the shadows I used. The shadow pallet is pretty pigmented for what you get in it. I will have to wear these more to get more use out of these. The highlighter is nice but I wish they made it bigger because my brush couldn’t fit the entire square. I think it would have worked as a bigger square or as a cube of loose highlighter. I wished they made more items for this collection or switched the lip balms and keep the lip glosses and released another highlighter or maybe a blush to go with it. Just saying.

Rating: 4 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! I felt this was a pretty good collection and did like the brushes, the gloss, the highlighter and of course the shadows. The Suba eyeliner was also good too. I hope Ipsy makes more beauty collaborations like these because gaming has been a big part of most people’s lives. Heck, Wet N Wild is releasing a Pac Man Collection soon which is interesting. One game I would like a brand to take on is either Final Fantasy or Banjo Kazooie because there are tons of colors to use from those two games, especially the bright colors since we rarely see enough bright shadow pallets.

Well, that is it for this review! It feels good to talk about a collection after so long. You can see my look on Instagram which my profile name is Mari Blue Cat. Next time will be the interview with Sawa and Nobue!

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!