Books: Sherlock Mars by. Jackie Kingon

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for another review and this time it is another sci-fi book!

Title: Sherlock Mars
Author: Jackie Kingon

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

Description: In this book, we see how Mars is turned into a terra formed planet and we meet Molly Marvels who owns a famous bistro known as Molly’s Bistro. Just when a new restaurant that seves virtual food opens up next door and they hold a joint event, the owner of Virtual Vitals, Rick Frances, ends up dead in her restaurant and she helps with the case in knowing who killed Rick and try to keep her business in tact, try to keep her allies close and even find out secrets about her staff along with helping plan one of her daughters’ wedding in one of the most expensive hotels in the universe! Also, dodge threats that are made against her while being on the case.

Thoughts: When I read the description of this book I was intrigued! I love science fiction mysteries since this one had more of a futuristic vibe with it and how the story started. You never expect someone to die in your restaurant until it happens and I do like how Molly did mention how she started as a detective when she moved to Mars and then started her own restaurant later but she still has that mystery air inside while trying to connect the dots as she lives her life as a bistro owner and a mother/wife.

While I read this book, I remembered how Planetary Radio has been talking about living on Mars as lately and I think this is how Mars would look like when people start living there and many other planets. I have seen Gravion where they had colonies in planets and even Pilot Candidate shown how people can live in space too and of course the Zenon movies did the same thing but with just a satellite. Plus, it does give us the actual space elevators, people living on Mercury, and many other parts of the universe. I think this is pretty much like the Jetsons meet Sherlock Holmes since it had the comedy, the characters to set up the story and the mystery, and all the gadgets in between!

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I didn’t want to get out of the Kindle app but so may people around me interrupted my reading. (Trust me, I always hate that!) This book’s story had very good characters, a good plot and a good motive and makes you wonder if this person Molly talks to really did it but they pretty much tell what had really happened. I am not giving away who did it but if you want to read it just go for it and if you have loved Sherlock Holmes and the Agatha Christi books then you would also like this one too! I highly recommend to check it out!

That is it for this review! I am going to take a break and catch up with one of my fave authors, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff since I got the latest ARC by her and now catching up before I read it since it is a sequel!

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Books: Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn

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

Title: Bannerless
Author: Carrie Vaughn

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

Synopsis: This story takes place in a dystopian future where population control takes place after economic and environmental problems in the United States cause people to rely on birth control and have households in order to take care of children and earn symbolic banners to prove that they can take care of the children they bare.

We meet Enid Haven, an investigator, along with her buddy Thomas who get called out to a town where a person was killed and must figure out what had happened to him and what the townsfolk might have done leading up to the death. As she investigates the case, she ends up running into an old love who is a minstrel that she traveled while she was younger and had left after a storm taking place and she wonders if this old love had committed murder or he knows something that she didn’t?

Thoughts: This book was a major surprise for me while I was reading it. I wasn’t expecting it to be set in a dystopian future since it felt more like a Colonial-type period but as I read on I did notice that they still had technology and that was used through solar power, especially with cars. It did bring bartering and working for goods back into this and I can see how the economical problems of the past led to this and how the environment changes when typhoon-like weather can hit the areas, especially later on in the book where Enid and Dack, the minstrel she reunited with, went through a storm while traveling back to Haven which is the household she lived in when she was younger.

Besides knowing about the environment, I did like how there was backstory to Enid’s life in how she became an investigator which at first she didn’t know what to do and wanted to run off to travel before she settled with anyone and thought it would be with Dack but along the way she noticed that she had made thoughts and had feelings that being with a minstrel was not a good idea, heck even when Thomas was younger before she joined even warned her about Dack and that minstrels aren’t always the best. This did build up her character into the more demanding personality that we get to see in the more present story and it does go back and forth showing what she was like then and then present to balance out between her past and the current situation in how she couldn’t handle her jealousy with how people were falling for Dack to how she was handling with other people in the case and how they were acting a bit close-offish from her and Thomas wwhile they were gathering clues. I think this book is trying to say, “Be careful who to trust and how to trust them despite what they are telling you.” And I like that in a sense since there are times where mystery stories do take that idea and love to roll with it.

I hope Vaughn keeps on writing books like these or even do a sequel since this was a pretty good read. I liked the idea that they are in a world where they have to work for their keep and for a banner and sometimes people would like to bribe or cheat in order to get that banner to show off their status. Plus, it does paint a picture of what our world might end up if we keep on going the rate we are going as in hard economic times even though it is slightly improving but the environmental changes are weird and we are seeing it more. So, it is an interesting thing to think about when we might end up in this kind of world. I would say give it a read if interested.

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Star Pawprints! This was a very light and easy read. I did like the setting, I like how the idea of this world it painted and of course I did like how the characters interacted with each other. As in, people mistrusted each other in the case, no one wants to talk about what goes on in the households, etc. It also gives us backstory to link to the character’s current situation which made it an interesting read. I would like to read more by Carrie Vaughn and see what else she has written in the past and anything else coming up!

That is it for this review! Check out Bannerless if you can!

Movies: SpiderMan: Homecoming!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Today, I have a movie review for you all! First…

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation from the lead writer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts and opinions and spoilers might be ahead!

Title: SpiderMan: Homecoming

Synopsis: We catch up with Peter Parker after the events of Captain America: Civil War where he has the suit that Tony Stark has given him. Even though he is under watch by Happy Hogan and has a few locks on his suit, he finds out there is something od going on in his neighborhood where alien weapons are being used to rob places by a man known as the Vulture. Peter has to get to the bottom of this case and prove that he is the hero that Tony Stark is looking for!

Thoughts: I have to sey that this was a better SpiderMan film! I am not saying it is the best since I did like the first two Sam Ramey films, especially the second one since that took the story to a newer level but this one was better than how bad the Amazing SpiderMan was. How so? First of all, I am glad Marvel took back Spidey, well some of the rights since Sony still has the rest of it but this vilm had what Marvel has done with the other films and made the story much better. It didn’t just do the origin story since we all know what had happened to Peter from the Ramey films. He did answer his friend’s question by explaining how he became Spidey since he catches Peter climbing the ceiling when he got back from patrolling the neighborhood.

What I did like was that they didn’t just go into the big bads of the SpiderMan universe which happened to be Green Goblin and Hob Goblin if you have been fans for the longest time and that and they also didn’t rush into Dr. Octopus either. They just started with Vulture and then did a origin sotry of some of the villains which we got to see Shocker as well working with Vulture to get Spidey off the trail for a moment which is a good idea. I would say Michael Keaton as the Vulture was a good choice! As we all know he played Batman in Tim Burton’s films and he can do a really good villain. I did like ghow the costume was described to me, which Gondras had to describe to me due to the transmitter for the audio description wasn’t working yesterday so we got free passes again, since I heard airplane sounds from Vulture and it was described to have not only robotic wings with one of the Chetari cores but also hydraulics in the arms and legs. I don’t know who was picked for costume design on this movie but they did an awesome job especially with the newer suit Stark was going to give him in the end.

Another thing I did like was how Tony Stark put the different protocols on Spidey’s suit from Civil War in order to figure out how to use it which he was able to break the code and start training for real. The names are hilarious which were Training Wheels and Baby Monitor which does make sense since Peter is supposed to be a young teen and he doesn’t know what he is getting into as a hero. Even though in the Ramey films we always knew the phrase “With great power comes great responsibility.” Ihe message I got is that, “The true power of a hero comes within and not just inside a suit!” Because Stark said towards the final fight, “If you can’t keep the suit then why have it in the first place?” Which does make an interesting point because throughout the film Peter was relying a lot on the suit from Civil War rather than just on his own instinct and he wanted to prove that he can fight crime than just be a kid out patrolling and shouldn’t be watched all the time. Yes, he did make a few mistakes but that does show in a lot of heroes and he did get back up, even from under a collapsed building! This movie shows that you have to earn your heroism rather than just having it handed to you for free since being a hero is not always easy. Look at the first Iron Man film, Tony had to earn his heroism at first before he became the one who saved the world by almost dying in a portal and another example is Ant Man in his first film where he was a thief at first and ended up becoming a hero after taking out Yellow Jacket by saving his family and was seen as a hero afterwards. So, Spidey is not the only one who had to earn his heroism.

Now, hoping Thor Ragnarok is better than Dark World and doesn’t have a argument match between brothers like the last one.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprings Out of 5! I know it seems a little high but to me it does deserve it. It shows what Peter does in a normal day and how he becomes SpiderMan as the movie progresses. He did play the hero detective pretty well by trusting his own instincts in what it is going on and it gives the villains a bit of backstory and shows how they become each villain rather than starting with Doctor Octopus and the Goblins off the bat like Ramey did and they didn’t give you too many at once like with Amazing 2 did and another thing that made this one different from Amazing is that the story flowed better! In order to have a cohesive story is not to put too much into one movie, work with one or two baddies or at least start off with how they get to their bad guy status! Then you have the warm up fights and of course the climactic fight towards the end and then end the story with completing it with characters by tying up their tensions and they either become friends again or hate each other. Unlike Amazing 2, which I heard, it was one big powerpoint presentation which I am glad that Marvel took the ropes in making the Spidey movie that we wanted. And yes, we did get Stan Lee in the movie, which Spidey is his fave hero from Marvel and I wonder since he is 94, how many more movies will he appear in since this past year is supposed to be his final year at MegaCon. (To tell you the truth, I am still happy we got to see that panel!) We have to find out since we are supposed to have another Thor movie, of course Black Panther is pushed back with Spidey’s return, and can’t wait to see what they do in that one!

So, that is it for this review! I am still in the middle of reading one of the other Net Galley books on my shelf. So stay tuned for that! In Spetember, I will be announcing my second book on YouTube and hoping to announce any other press and panel stuff for the end of the year! So, follow us over on YouTUbe if you can and follow us @ Nerdy Shique over on Twitter! Until next time!

Books: White Fur by Jardine Libaire

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for another book review and it was a hard and long read for me. Here goes!

Title: White Fur
Author: Jardine Libaire

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

Synopsis: A story set in the 1980’s where we meet two lovers who came from different backgrounds. Elise Perez is someone from the projects who didn’t have a father growing up and never graduated high school and ends up in New Haven where she meets Jamie Hyde, a Yale student and an heir to a family owned fortune and company and they end up as neighbors that turn into sexual obsession. When they move to Manhattan to live their lives together, Jamie’s family tries to intervene to show that Jamie should keep going with his family’s expectations of inheriting the business but he wants Elise. Even they have to fight for their lives after a crazy dinner party that throws them into a situation that makes life harder but their love stronger.

Thoughts: Man! This was a very long, hard, and strange read. I did like the description and when I read books from NetGalley, I am always honest in choosing the description option while requesting the book. When I read it, it was something I never expected and it felt different from the description since yes, I did see the sexual obsession between Elise and Jamie bubbling, yes, I saw Jamie’s family always expecting him to be like them but I did like how he said, “Screw it! I want Elise!” Which I can see why he wanted to give up everything to be with her rather than being the rich boy always following the rules and always having servants doting on his every command. He just wanted to be with her and I saw that throughout the book. What I didn’t like is that they seemed stiff, as in the characters Elise and Jamie were always the types that don’t want to be where they are at most of the time as in they didn’t want to be at this dinner party or they don’t want to be at a fancy restaurant and just want to eat in Central Park. Even at first when they started dating, they were kind of stiff in how they interacted, yes relationships do start kind of awkward but I felt that their personalities were lost in some moments.

Even though this book is supposed to be a slice-of-life book set in the 1980’s, I think it did show what it is like to live in new York at first since it did paint the time very well. As in, got to see that drugs are still there, how college life is different back then, even how arcades existed back then due to how Jamie and Elise hung out at one most of the time which we rarely see as we used to. Yes, we do have Daven Buster’s here in Orlando but we used to have Rocky’s Replay but they closed down and there used to be another arcade in one mall where Gondras enjoyed DDR but the nearest arcade you can get to is really inside movie theaters unless you have a hundred to spare at Daven for an entire night. Sorry! A little off track, the book also painted how life is not always glamorous as in not all families have to be like the Brady’s on t. v. and there are going to be times when you are going to face life and hardships and even have to make money to survive on rent and food most of the time. I would say this is more of that darker and grittier slice-of-life story that is different from the rest.

Rating: 3.5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I almost gave this one a three but I think it gains the half point since it did give us the portrait that life can be hard and that being a rich boy or girl is not always everything. I think the characters could’ve been fleshed out a bit more but the scenery did give off that the characters can live through anything especially the real hardships at the end. If you are into something like this, take a read since you can find this on Amazon like a lot of the other titles I read.

Well, that is it for now! Hoping the next book is a bit lighthearted! Until next time!

Books: Our Only Chance by Ray Else

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

Title: Our Only Chance
Author: Ray Else

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

Synopsis: This book is about how A. I. can make themselves human which we get to meet Eina who is seen as a normal girl who loves to laugh, pray in temples, and other things but she is really an artificial intelligence created by MManaka Yagami, who is a genious scientist. With her human-like thoughts and experiences, Eina must create her own soul and human bodies without Manaka and the Yakuza even knowing.

Thoughts: All I have to say is that this book was very uplifting! I felt better after reading this book and despite my neck having a major crick earlier today, I still felt better reading it. I felt like I was reading the book version of A. I. but instead of having Haley Joel Osment, I was seeing our modern world doing it and seeing more of it being animated either by the person behind Digimon and Summer Wars or even Studio Ghibli. I did like the anime references in this book since it did take placein Kyoto and one part taking place in Tokyo, which this book was able to paint the picture of daily life in Japan. As in from being employed even in technology and robotics all the way to being a kindergarten assistant which Eina did in parts of the book. I did like how she got to explore Tokyo in cosplay with some of the workers and then her computer self went portable with another worker in Tokyo so it could explore what Android Eina was seeing except it was in a Pachinko Casino.

One character I can relate to is Manaka because we got to see how she was a university student at first and was always surrounded by technology and work which I know that feeling of being able to be surrounded by my phone, IPad, computer, and Braille device at home. What I did like was how she interacted with Eina the most like a mother would since she was known as “mother” due to how she created her in the start of the book. She was one of those motherly types who wanted to know what her daughter was up to since Eina had major plans and wanted to make them happen and even wondered about what love is and how it is from Manaka to Eina and back. I did feel bad about Manaka in how she lost not only her lover all thanks to her lover’s wife trying to kill her but things went downhill for him but also felt like she lost her daughter and her soul with it. I did notice that this book is supposed to be in the first of more to come since it did have “A. I. Chronicles” attached to it so it looks like there is a sequel being written and I did see some opened parts for one and if there is one I would like to see what happens next to Manaka and her relationship with Eina.

I did see one review talking about how this book should be a movie and I agree and I did say above it should be animated because I think it would be easier to do and they can do a lot in making Eina’s Android form more real looking. If it was dubbed I would see Luci Christian playing Eina since she can do little girls very welland can make her voice high. For Yuriko I can see Tara Platt or Colleen Clinkenbeard for that role. For Manaka, I would either see Christine Auten or even Mary Elizabeth McGlynn to play her since they can do the motherly roles very well. I even see R. Bruce Elliot as Manaka’s Professor Mentor and seen as the uncle towards Eina since he is supposed to be the older and wiser despite the events that take place.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I do agree with the earlier praises for this book that it is well written. I felt like I was there in the lab to witness Eina’s creation and seeing the feelings of every person in the room. I hope this does become a movie because I would love to see this on the big screen and with audio description.

That is it for this review! Since July is almost over, I do have my Top Ten Songs for this month! Stay tuned!

Also, a head’s up, reason I am mentioning Anime as a category with this one it does mention anime.

Books: Once in Lourd by Sharon Solwitz

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Ne3rdy Shique Universe! It’s time for another book review and this book was a hard one to sit through and you will see why!

Title: Once in Lourd
Author: Sharon Solwitz

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation. Please respect the thoughts and feelings of the writer since this is a pretty honest review. There might be spoilers and if you don’t like the topics of what may be discussed there are other book reviews on this blog to check out.

Description: In this book, we meet four teens who are living in Lourd, Michigan during 1968 during the Vietnam War. They face many hardships in their own lives and decided to make a pledge to either take their lives on a bluff after two weeks or enter adulthood. These four, Vira, Kate, C. J., and Saint will live for each other until their own day comes and see how their lives changed and see how they either take a pledge to take their lives or decide to not do it in the end.

Thoughts: Oh man! This was a very hard read! I almost didn’t want to finish reading it but knowing this was set in a time in the past where things are different from what we are facing now in America I felt like I was standing in Kate’s shoes. Yes, there were heartfelt moments but other times there were times I wanted to close up Kindle and leave it alone and want to read something else, which I did at night with more of a lighthearted book (Accidentally Married to a Vampire, sorry!)

I admit I definitely relate to Kate the most because…well…recently I went through a day where my older brother got on me about dieting and if you guys have seen my videos I didn’t look fat since I did struggle with weight when I was younger and I did lose a lot of weight over time. My parents are diabetic and I do have a thyroid problem but here is the thing I have a different diet from most and I have to make sure I have Vitamin D incorporated into it to keep those levels up while making sure I don’t fall victim as well. My brother is in the military so he doesn’t know what I do on a daily basis or what I eat. With Kate, I know how it feels because I’ve been in the overweight blues even how her stepmother ripped her apart in the book at one point after she was at a tennis session and her stepmother got a call about her missing slime classes that she forced her to do. I admit I tried doing exercise videos and that didn’t help much in the past.I even remembered how I did have pints of ice cream everyday but did tone it down over years and same with other sweets and plus I rarely think about food unless I am hungry. Just hand me a bottle of water for the day and I am good until the next meal or snacktime.

I think Solwitz was pretty much painting the picture of what is like to ive in 1968 where not only you get to see old days of sports to seeing what people lived through differently such as able to smoke and drink while being younger even though fake IDs of course to having a different outlook on one part of your body being deformed, which Vira had a deformed hand and so many people thought it was sick and she didn’t like how people stared at her hand. Plus, we see how neighbors are different during this time where you hardly see people on the streets early in the morning like we do now in town at least. So yes, this book did paint the idea of how things were different and how being accepted for who you are or what sex you want in a relationship is way different from what is now. Heck, even incest was seen in this book but don’t want to touch on that since that was a bit weird.

Rating: 3 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I am being nice with this one since it did bring us a new idea of Historical Fiction but it was a hard read for me. I felt a little sad while reading this book and wishing I hadn’t clicked on “Request” at the same time. Still, if you are into something like this you can get it through Amazon as an EBook. So, read with caution just in case.

Well, that is about it! Hoping the next book is not as emo as this one and not as weird too. Until next time!

Books: The GIrl With the Red Balloon by. Katherine Locke

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

Title: Girl With the Red Ballon
Author: Katherine Locke

Disclaimer: This review is based on observations and opinions of the lead writer. Please respect her thoguhts and opinions of the book and there might be spoilers!

Synopsis: Ellie Born, a sixteen year-old girl, goes on a class trip to Berlin and ends up time traveling to 1980s Berline all thanks to a red balloon. When new buddies thought her trip was an accidental trip, they find out that someone might be tampering with the ballons and using a darker magic in order to change history since the ballons are meant to travel through time with magic. Will she ever get home or will she be stuck in the Berlin that takes place before the wall falls?

Thoughts: This book gave me a bit of Doctor Who vibes while I was reading it since I did find the description very interesting and I had to request it on Net Galley.

This book not only takes a look at Berlin in the past but also told the story behind her grandfather and how he knew about a girl with a red ballon and he did tell her about meeting a girl that saved his life during World War II when he and his family got sent to a ghetto which is hard for Siri to pronounce and then loses his sister to pneumonia and his father out of nowhere. He gets rescued before heading off to a concentration camp like his mom after a train ride. It is interesting to see that aspect of the story because it does link to what happens later and who is trying to go back in time to fix what had happened.

I did find it interesting that the red ballons are a way of time travel and it is like what if the Doctor were to use a ballon for a story or something, like if he was separated from the Tardus all thanks to it or if Missy used one to survive, etc. That would make an interesting plot or fan fiction. I did hear “99 Red Balloons” while I was reading this book too since that is supposed to talk about the end of the world and this book did talk about ending bad history which was World War II and helping people that didn’t get saved and changing it to be a better future but it did explain that is why the ballons were tempered.

I did like how Locke did mention in her Author’s Note that she loved Madeline L’Englle’s writing and how it inspired her to do this book and I did read some books like Camilla, Moonlight by Night, and my all time fave by L’Engle, A Ring of Endless Light which Disney did a movie for TV but it wasn’t as great as a book in my opinion. Maybe I should do a list of book movies that should be remade. Still, I think this book was really well written and I did like how the past being told to the 1988 Berlin linked up and how it does show how magic works in this setting and it does show how it shouldn’t be tampered with.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints of 5! This book was a very well written piece and I am glad I did see it on the main page one day and decided to hit the “Request” button after reading the description. I am very honest in picking my books because as a writer myself the description does catch the eye and this book did it. I liked the characters especially Mitsy who is a lesbian character that is very sisterly towards Ellie even though I did catch moments how Mitsy does fall for Ellie and gets jealous when Kai is around her. I do like how she learns how to be brave all thanks to Ellie because she was scared of showing her teal hair and scared to be caught being a runner for the balloons all over Berlin since this is when the Berlin Wall is up and you have to follow certain rules, etc. Mitsy does become braver after being around Ellie and does shed the terror by the end and takes off the hat to show off her teal blue hair to say, “F*ck it! I am different and I don’t care!”

I did like the relationship between Kai and Ellie which it does start off a bit awkward even with a girl from the 2000s being in your time and it does grow with her being in the time for six months and it is cute how the both of them interact. Not only that, I do like how both were able to work on the mystery behind the balloons and how they were working with Kai’s sister to get through the mystery that was going on and I liked it especially with how they solved it and ended it. Still a great book and I wonder how Ellie was able to get back fine with her balloon which I have a feeling she did.

Well, that is it for this book review! I have a new post to right and that is the books with movies that should be re-done, I think I should watch the Hunger Games since I loved those books to see if those should have been re-done. Maybe? Don’t know! I will get that list to you guys! Until next time!

TV: Doctor Who Season 10!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Today was the last episode of Doctor Who Season 10! Oh man and here are my thoughts!

Disclaimer: This review is bbased on observations and opinions of the lead writer! Please respect her thoughts and opinions! Spoilers ahead too!

Oh man! Oh man! This season was the strongest season for Capaldi because last season was weak! I didn’t do a review on it because I missed two episodes and didn’t pay attention to it as much as I did with this one and Season 8 along with the Christmas specials! I was bummed after seeing Clara resurrected when we all know that companions die and they tend to die epic deaths and hardly come back. Nope! Even though this was a death that led to him meeting with river again in the second Christmas special and that was when they took a year off before the next one including a new season. I think taking that year to make the new season was a good idea. I know it threw off a season each year but after the last season…yeah it needed work and glad it was worked on, especially when the news dropped about Peter Jackson being in for an episode or two. When I heard about it, I was like, “Okay! Dude who did the Lord of the Rings movies is joining the team! This will be interesting!”

So, the Doctor is a university professor in this one teaching Physics and does make sense since time travel does have to rely on Physics and then we see the new companion, Bill Potts, walk in to listen to his lectures and after the first meeting things start going weird. Such as seeing puddles coming alive to having a house killing your roommates after moving in and of course the adventures to Mars to meet a classic Who creature and meeting GRman soldiers and ancient Celts who are afraid of a demon that they had to fight for all time.

Nerdy Shirts explained that Bill was a call back to one of the classic doctors but I did like her as a companion. Too bad she was only in for this season since most companions are around for one or two. Her character shown her to be inquisitive and asking about the many creatures that they encountered and of course does get into trouble in some points, especially when the Monks appeared in this season where it does show how she really cares for the Doctor despite being a lesbian. Yes, she makes it clear in one episode she doesn’t like men. I’m cool with it and it made it different from the Clara and Danny story from season 8. I did like in the last Christmas special that she was hinted as a doll that the kid had at the end. The ending for for Bill, in my book, was better than Clara’s actually even though it dealt with the Cybermen again in the end of this season but better in a way. Gondras and I were surprised that she was turned into one which GOndras did say, “Now they are turning everyone into one?” Which he talked about Season 8’s ending where the Brigadeer and Danny were turned into them but I would say how they did it this time was calling back to the classic design according to Gondras. I haven’t really seen enough classic Who but he has told me enough about it that which brings me to…

One of the episodes featured another classic creature from Doctor Who and it’s the Martian Men who are lizard creatures that sound human but have more of a growl to their voice. The episode has the Doctor go to Mars and meet British soldiers that have saved one of these creatures and he assimilated himself to them until the Martian Queen comes alive. Apparently, they were dormant and appeared to be extinct even though there was an episode of Smith where a Martian Man was in a submarine with him Rowry and Amy. I do find it interesting how they put a piece of British history on Mars as a way of them colonizing it and made it seem more “dead.” Hmmm, foreshadowing much Doctor Who with humans colonizing Mars?

The Return of Missy: We did get to see Missy again in this season since she did show up at the start of Season 9 and was only around for two episodes dealing with Davras and the Dahlics. In this one was a bit more interesting because she ends up in a vault inside the Tardus. Even though the Doctor wants to be friends again with Missy but you know how she always like to turn her back due to her Master side and yes it is cute how they work with each other until the season finale when we get to meet a Master from the past! The one that appeared in the tenth’s run! Oh yes! Double the Master, Double the fun! You never thought that would happen especially with how he asks Missy about becoming a woman which when Missy first appeared in Season 8, I wasn’t expecting her to be the Master but they did play it low. I wonder what will happen next with the Master now since it looked like the old and Missy vanished in the finale but it was fun seeing a female version of the Master!

Regeneration? Throughout this season, it felt like we were almost seeing the end of Capaldi’s doctor since this was his last season. At first in some of the last few episodes it felt like he was going to sacrifice himself. But the non-human companion with Bill and the Doctor was worrying about him as well in how he was acting reckless throughout the episodes. I can see how he was really reckless especially the space episode where the satellite was acting like a business in space where he ends up blind after handing Bill his helmet. I did like that tidnbi and would’ve love to see more episodes with that since that could be a weakness that Missy could play with or any other villain but nope, Bill did help get his sight back all thanks to the Monks. It felt too quick but would be a great story unless it was told as a story in a book.

Do we get to meet the next version? Well…I would say wait until the Christmas special if you haven’t caught this one, I would download it from ITunes if you can. I can’t wait what will happen during the Christmas special since Gondras did do a text message description for me that the next doctor looks like William Hartnell and we will see how that will take place during the special. Besides Holiday Matsuri, can’t wait for Christmas!

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Star Pawprints: Yes! I give this one a five because it was stronger than the last season! They did have a good choice in using Peter Jackson during this season but saved him towards the end from what we have seen. I did like Bill and too bad this was her only season. I can’t wait what to see with the next doctor once the new season happens probably next year. Hoping so or take another year off since it did help develop the story a lot better and make it strong!

Well, that is it for this review! I decided to base it on thoughts alone since that would be easier! Let’s see if Season 11 will be strong whenever it comes back on BBC!

Books: Surrender the Dark by Tibby Armstrong

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I finished another book and you know what that means!

Title: Surrender the Dark
Author: Tibby Armstrong

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation of the lead writer! Please respect her thoughts and opinions on this book! Plus, not only spoilers might take place but it also contains yaoi, as in boys love, if you aren’t into it then don’t read unless you know someone who likes it.

Description: We meet Benjamin Fuller who is hunter born and hunter raised to kill vampires! While helping his uncle, he ends up going blind all thanks to a vampire in his uncle’s basement and the vampire not only escapes but kills his family as he does it. Now he has to fight vampires blindly and with a new sense which with this new sight he couldn’t see that the vampire that killed his family would come back and fall in love with him. On top of that, a war between vampires, zombies, and witches is about to happen and Ben, Tiziki (I am calling the vamp that) along with his friends, Akito and a witch named Nix must stop it unless Ben has to sacrifice himself to save it.

Thoughts: Oh man…. this book was awesome! At first I was like thinking, “Great! He is blind by acid! Book over!” But when I saw that Ben had a cane with a sword conversion that was when I was interested! I never expected that he would go Daredevil on vampires in this book since we do see Blade have sunglasses while fighting and Angel go badass in Buffy in vamp form but here! Here! We have blind guy go Zaruichi on vampires! I wished that he didn’t get his sight back in the book because it would’ve been a greater challenge in the final fight but when he meets up with Tiziki…why the nickname? Well, it is a Greek name and not sure how I would spell it from hearing how Siri pronounced it, Tiziki came to mind! Great, now I am craving for Greek food with the delicious Teziki sauce! Anyways, focus, that was when he could see again. What I found interesting was how not only he was able to see again along with seeing the auras a lot more in his friends and Tiziki, he was able to see the monsters for who they were and not everything is always beautiful once you see it. Such as when he first walked down the street with his sight back, Ben had his sunglasses off for the first time and he saw his reflection in a car window and saw the scars on his face and above his eyes which scared him. He was hoping that his scars were heroic but it was the result of having acid poured on his face.

Speaking of acid, I found it interesting with the vamps in this one that not only walking in daylight weakens them but acid and iron weakens them more which causes them to have more human traits such as eating food, drinking stuff, and have some blood to make them strong again. What is also interesting, since I mentioned zombies, they are created through magic and vampire blood that was collected to bring back the dead. They do act like vampires even which was what I got from reading this. Okay, basically the zombies are revanants created by witches which is cool in a way.

Speaking of witches, my fave character throughout this was Nix who is the daughter of Lord Morgan and Lady Morgana of the Fae! She may be small but she does have a lot of power even if she has a cuff that helps her from being found by her parents. Oh yes, she has mommy and daddy issues where if daddy finds her she is dead or mommy finds her then she is banished. Since it looks like a sequel may come up, she will be important in that since in this book she was not only able to make barriers to protect any onlookers and police from seeing anything supernatural but she was able to absorb magic from her father without being detected which shows that her talents can be used very well. I do like how she does have the motherly attitude towards Ben since they did meet each other as kids and did look out for him by helping him out with getting over hangovers and reading to him. If Ben and Tiziki were together then I would see Nix and him as a couple but I did see how she cared about Akito like that too even though he was gone in the end of the book. I am wondering how the next one will have him involved when it releases.

The romance, since it was balanced beautifully with the action, was very well written. At first Tiziki shows up and was supposed to kill Ben but couldn’t help by falling for him since Ben is a handsome guy as in blonde curls, muscles, and tattoos and piercings underneath. Not kidding! Tiziki was also described as very handsome and very bishonen-like. To me, I felt like I was reading Gravitation again with how the relationship was starting as in how both were kind of awkward and always fighting with each other until KISS! And…you know what will happen next…sorry! I am keeping my professionalism here! If you are into Grvitation, Loveless, and other yaoi (it means boys love in Japanese for anyone who is asking) then this is a book for you! Heck, I think my blush was glowing during the Epilogue last night and I did have lights off so…yeah…I was glowing in the dark! Hey Vivi! You should read this too if your blush glows! (Yes, I told her about this one!)

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! It deserves a 5 because it was a romance and action story written very well! As in, the action and romance were balanced and it was even more awesome with Ben going Daredevil on a vampire with a sword! Hoping with the sequel continues Ben and Tiziki’s story and see what happens to Akito next. I would also like to see more stuff with Nix since she is an awesome half-breed character. And yes, more yaoi!

Anyways, that is it for this review! I am reading another book on my Net Galley list of books! If you saw my Kindle shelf, you would be like “Damn!” I am a bookworm guys and I am glad Kindle is accessible with Siri. Anyways, we will try to get more MegaCon footage and make sure you check out the Nerdy Shique Universe channel since I did a makeup look using the new Maybelline Fairy Highlighter in Exclusive Purple! Until next time!

Books: Disenchanted by Susan Carol

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Before I do my May and June Faves I have another book review for you! Don’t worry, I will make sure the faves go up this week! Let’s see what I got this time.Title: Disenchanted
Author: Susan Carol

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thought and opinion in this review! Warning there might be spoilers!

Synopsis: This is no ordinary fiary tale where this story is based on the old Cinderella story except we meet a girl that has a hard time being swept off her feet.

We meet Ella Upton who lost her innocence at age 17 all thanks to a minstrel that had the voice of gold and charmed her heart until it was broken and never saw him again. Around the same time she loses her father and her mother at a very young age, at age 24 with a stepmother and two stepsisters, Ella has been through a lot in her life including financial hardships and have to do the chores herself until one day the Prince Florian is having a ball in order to find a bride and her best friend, Malcolm Hawkridge, persuades her to retrieve a very important orb that was taken from his grandfather who was court wizard before he was born. Before midnight at the ball, she has so many suitors which happen to be some of the royal brothers of Florian and Florian himself, along with Hiratio Crushington, she doesn’t know what to do except turn a blushing red as she waltzes around until she gets the treasure back for Mal in time for the clock to strike twelve!

Thoughts: This was a very interesting re-telling of Cinderella! I thought I never thought that I would like Ella since she is not so prim and proper that everyone expects. She is more of a person who speaks her mind with a lot of sarcasm. I did like how she took away the new hearld’s horn in the beginning of the book so she wouldn’t hear him blow it and then later he stands back so it wouldn’t get taken away from him on the night of the ball.

As I read, I almost felt like I was reading Ever After but what if the stepmother realized that they were broke and wants to marry off all three and not only that does consider all three girls’ feelings rather than just two of them like in every Cinderella story that gets told in book and film. Plus, this shows the characters more human such as seeing the stepsisters being disappointed when they are told they can’t go to the ball due to financial hardships to the stepmom wanting to have all three daughters to have a better life since she cares about them so much, and even Ella trying to sell off a prized possession to be able to afford tickets to the ball and how she actually falls for Horatio instead of a prince, which I did like in the end.

What bothers me is they didn’t explain much about Ella’s parents’ link with the king. I am not sure if there is supposed to be a sequel or not but I wonder as well why the king had pictures of her mother and what does she mean to the king really? They did explain it briefly especially with how the king was able to see her mother’s appearance in her and not only that wondering about the town’s pawn shop (I see it as one) owner knowing her father and wants to know more about the fairies that left, etc. If there is a sequel, I would like those dots connected since that got me curious after finishing the book since it did finish open ended.

What I did like the most is the gown not being the typical ice blue that you sometimes saw. I mean in the Disney movie you saw a blue ball gown and in Ever After it was a bit of a white or was it purple that Drew Barrymore wore as her character, Danielle. This gown was a transforming gown between white, gold, and silver and the glass slippers…well according to Mal they were supposed to have a Dorothy effect but never worked when she tried them. If there is another book that these shoes should be part of it.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! This book took the Cinderella character to make her more of a regular person, as in taking the maid idea and make her more sarcastic due to losing the old self and having guys go after her at the ball. Which reminds me, I do like how she and Horatio interact with each other throughout the book by seeing her as trouble at first and then getting to know her and rescuing her from a trollish guy and then the romance starts from there. I am hoping there is another book because this was something I really liked. With magic, on the other hand, it does blend into the actual world but you have to have a license which sounds fair in a way! I did write my own Cinderella story but it does take the bit of what if the main character was a guy. I will tell you guys more in September when it releases. So, good one from another good author!

That is it for this review! Hope that next post will be the May and June faves as promised! Until next time!