The Book Quadrant: The Girl From Berlin by. Ronald H. Balson

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

The Girl from Berlin by. Ronald H. Balson

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

Another addition to the Liam Taggart and Katherine Lockhart series where an old friend has called upon services from both Kat and Liam to go to Tuscany in Italy to meet Gabrielle who is losing her vineyard to a corporation who claims they have deeds on the land but she claims she can bring her own set of deeds to show proof that it is her property. Their only clue so far is a manuscript written in German that has been translated for them to read in order to see why it’s related to this case.

Ada Baumgarten was born in 1918 after the First World War and became the daughter of a prestigious violinist of the Berlin Philharmonic and became a prodigy herself. When she meets Kurt, a German boy, she starts falling for him and gets torn from him when he leaves for the military and her family starts being under suspicion due to her Jewish heritage. Even though with her violin and her work which is the only thing that has been saving her so far but with moving to Bologna it gives her family more heart aches and more suspicion and the story of her life brings questions on why is it related to the vineyard in the first place?

Thoughts: Again I read the audio version of this book through the NLS Bard service and it was the same guy that read The Trust as well. I did enjoy how he read this book since he did bring the characters to life with this one as well but this time he did an Italian accent for anyone who is Italian and of course German for any German characters except for Ada and her family and some of her friends. I didn’t mind but I did enjoy it like the book before it.

When I started this book I was wondering why start with Italy since that was the prologue but as the book went on I understood why since it does lead to the secrets Gabrielle has held throughout the book since it dealt with Ada and her back story. It has been revealed that Gabrielle was orphaned in World War II and has shut out her past even about Ada and it brought tragedy and I can see why since the Second World War was big and tragic on its own. When I was listening to Ada’s story I was really entertained about learning what had happened in Berlin since while being in different history classes not much of Berlin has been talked about since we knew what countries were taken over by Hitler such as Poland, Denmark, and many others. It also brought on what took place in Italy since we got to see some of the events with Musilini and of course Rome being a big event where of course Ada meeting Gabrielle at that point. I did like how the characters interact during these moments since they are reacting to the events like how Ada told off a German soldier after one of her concerts, how she and her family were going through the happenings, trust me I almost cried when her father told her to leave him behind at the camp because he didn’t want anyone to take savings that may help her and her mother. It was even sad when her mother left while being at the camp as well when they got to send to one. It was just a great round about tale since it did help us understand why the vineyard had to be saved and I did like how it hinted about Ada having her own patch in the vineyard since earlier in the story when her mother started working among the vines of grapes and olives that she named a part of it after Ada even though Ada found it silly. I can see why it happened since Ada’s mother wanted to leave something special even after the war had ended. It did get revealed a wine was named after a piece that Ada was famous for playing.

What also tugged at my heart strings was how she and Kurt were together. As history happens soldiers do lose their lives and this was a sad part to it. I did find it cute with how Ada and Kurt first met at the Junior Orchestra and how the Baumgartens helped Kurt get to the concert hall for practice but later his violin does get broken and was sent to the junior camps for the military. It was very heart felt whenever both Ada and Kurt were able to have their times together even with one instance when Ada was on a concert trip and she and Kurt were out all night and she had to leave the next day but it did come with some consequences that surprised people. I understand that since I had played clarinet myself in middle school that consequences during class like having people moved due to not being able to have their instruments or some members misbehaving and causing the teacher to yell can happen but back then it was even more strict from what I’ve seen. It was sad with how Ada lost him since I was hoping that they were able to spend the rest of their lives but understanding having someone for that long even if they were on opposite sides can be tragic even seeing how they end up losing their lives in the end. I don’t want to spoil that part because this is something that you got to read yourself.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! Out of Ronald’s books I would have to say this one is my most favorite because it was well written even how much the story that Ada told blended in with the present day stuff. It did link to the loose ends that Katherine and Liam had to learn as they have to hire extra lawyers in order to get things settled and solved while the clues were starting to show as they read the manuscript. I think I liked this one more than Karolena’s Twins because I prefer how Ada was spunkier and she didn’t want anyone push her down even if she had to face her consequences later when meeting that soldier later on. It was heart felt and of course I did like seeing what took place in Italy and Berlin during the Second World War and getting to know more of the history as I read on. I am wondering Mr. Balson going to write more for this series because I feel like he has done very well, if he does I am hoping to get to read that one too since I have been reading his stuff on NetGalley since the third book. If not, I am content with how it ended.

Well, that is it guys! I have more books to review and hoping to get more RangerStop content up as soon as possible. Plus, my BoxyCharm is on the way at the moment! So stay tuned!
The Girl From Berlin by. Ronald H. Balson

The Book Quadrant: The Trust by. Ronald H. Balson

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

The Trust by. Ronald H. Balson

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions on this ARC that was sent for review. Please respect the lead writer’s thoughts on this book! You have been warned!

In this book by the author of Karolena’s Twins finds Liam Taggart going home to Ireland for an uncle’s funeral but this funeral is not due to natural causes of death but a murder. Not only he finds out that it was a murder but this same uncle anticipated it and put the Will and Testament in Liam’s hands and must wait until he solves the murder that he can distribute the funds laid out for the rest of the family. During his time in Ireland, he finds deep dark secrets about his family and not only that finds out his old love, Annie, has been in contact with the family and closer to the uncle than he thinks. Will Liam be able to solve his uncle’s murder? Also, what is going on with new messages of death towards his family including his wife Katherine back in Chicago? Is this all connected somehow?

Thoughts: I didn’t know that this book along with Karolena’s Twins were part of a series until I went back and found the first two books, Once We Were Brothers and Saving Sophie, were within the series. I can see looking back on reading Karolena’s Twins that it did mention one of the characters from the first book and another character from the second and how that one tied to the character from the first and how Liam and Katherine ended up together and married.

I would have to say I prefer reading the audio version of this book than reading it as a Kindle book because the guy who read it was amazing at it especially with Saving Sophie and now reading the next book in this series which you will see that review sometime soon. I did like how he went into an Irish accent when need be to bring the family and any other characters Liam encountered while being in Northern Ireland to life. To the story itself it did have the suspense I know and love with a murder mystery because it brought an idea of the past known as the Troubles in Irish History. It was a time where Protestants and Catholics didn’t get along and man it looked dicey for Liam. It did bring up how his dad died since he did get shot while trying to save his sister who also got shot during this time period and more things did get revealed about his family whether the families who were at war with the Taggarts were coming back to go after the rest of them since calling cards shown up in their mailboxes. Even interesting how Katherine was targeted since she did get married into the family and had a kid with Liam since Karolena’s Twins did end on that. What I do notice in this series that the first, third, and now the fifth one I’m reading, The Girl From Berlin are connected to World War II while the second and fourth books are more of a suspense story dealing with family where in the second one, Saving Sophie, had someone from the law firm that Katherine used to work at finding his daughter who was kidnapped by the in-laws in the Middle East while The Trust had Liam get through past family issues in order to keep his uncle’s trust from going into wrong and selfish hands. It does connect to the idea of law since Katherine is connected with how she handles cases but I find this book was more of a Liam thing since it did show how he did work for the C. I. A. at one point. Still it was a really good book. So far with the next one I am seeing some family matters but I will see how that one goes.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! I think this one in the series has been Balson’s best due to how he made each character come to life. Heck, I had some chills and mistrust to some of the characters while reading it and how the person reading it made them sound. I felt like I was watching a movie a moment there. It did had its historical fiction parts like with the other books but I felt more drawn to the present and glad that I did get to take the time to read them and now on the fifth book which that will be coming soon once I’m done. If you want to give this a read, I highly recommend along with the others!

That is it for this review! Make sure to check out the link for this book alongside the other books Balson has written that will be linked through the Amazon page I leave behind. Don’t worry the next RangerStop review will be next!
The Trust Liam Taggart & Katherine Lockhart Book 4

The Book Quadrant: The Best Kind of People by. Zoey Whitall

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

The Best Kind of People by. Zoey Whit all

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

The Woodbury Family has been a respected family for many years. George is a science teacher at Avalon Hills Prep and his wife, Joan, is an E. R. Nurse, while their daughter, Sadie, is a popular student at the high school. One night police come and arrest George for a charge of sexual misconduct on a trip that involved some girls from the school and has to await trial despite how he saved his daughter from a gunman while she was in the middle school grades. Joan has to survive the time while he’s in jail while everyone turns cold and Sadie goes from popular to social outcast and loses friends to this case. Andrew, a lawyer in New York, comes home to help the family during this ordeal but has unhappy memories rise from the depths and a writer goes and exploits what is going on by writing a book based on the case itself. Will this family be able to hold onto each other or will they fall into their own depression?

Thoughts: Man, this book was deep! DEEP! I wasn’t expecting what was going to happen until the first chapter. I felt that this was a strong start and it kept on going. I had my ear buds on reading this at work due to how good it was from beginning to end! It did go in stages where it went from after the arrest to a few months later, then a week before the trial in how the family lives. I did like how each stage shows how much the family was being affected.

At first Joan was always the one with the cool head where she always takes everything in stride and this situation shown her how she started to self-destruct in a way. She was starting to yell at her kids for example which she never had done and then Andrew suggests that she should go to support groups and she went from church goer to support group goer and of course she got closer to Sadie and Andrew and her sister, Clara. Sadie started off as the genius track & field student and almost got killed due to some guy with a gun that saw her at a dance class as a middle schooler. She then goes through her own self-destruction where the students in her class and the classes underneath started hating her for what her dad done. She tried to live her life normally but she starts skipping classes more, even student council meetings since she was president, her classmates were taking her seats and don’t want to give them up, heck I loved how she kicked someone out of her seat during one meeting, and the last bit of her destruction when she started doing drugs and hanging out with other people. While Andrew, he was always the cool cucumber with a boyfriend since he did come out of the closet during his high school years all thanks to his aunt and he starts to self0destruct after meeting up with his old boyfriend while visiting Avalon Hills and this causes him to unravel and take it out on his boyfriend, Jared, which started hating him for treating him like a doormat even while his family visited for The Best Kind of People A NovelChristmas. All in all this was a great picture of going from perfect family to family that let go of themselves!
During the prologue of this book, Sadie was grabbing her stuff for a presentation and one of the items happened to be this eraser and she held onto it as the gunman appeared and her dad showing up to tackle the guy. She had this on her and in the pocket of her skirt since it was something that kept her relaxed. It’s kind of like my Panic at the Disco necklace since it helps me with my anxiety in a way and eraser was something that helped her. She even had it with her during the ordeal until she loses it and goes crazy trying to find it while being with her new friends. I think losing it was a way of her letting go of the past and face what is going on in front of her and that it was time for a change in her life and that the path she went down on was something meant to be since at first she was the perfect straight A student that never smoked or drink but changed when she lost her savior of her youth and the only thing that kept her going.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a really good book! It did go from that perfect small town family that shown that they’re not always perfect such as seeing a father probably had something in his past that caused him to go through sexual misconduct but found out that he was set up, a mother who was so cool but loses it, a daughter who was the perfect student but loses herself due to people hating her, and a son who loses what he loves the most. I did like the writer who did exploit them but he did make the story he wrote different towards the end but I would say read the book so you can see how that role played. I mainly focused on the family since that was really important. I couldn’t close kindle like with the last book I read since this was a really good page turner and hoping with the next book will happen again. I hope to read more books by this author since this was a start for me with Whitall’s writing. It was a good look into a family who has changed and glad I got to read this!

Well guys that is it for this review! I will leave a link to this book this time since I forgot with the last, sorry! So, next is my bi-monthly favorites post with September and October! To new small town family with imperfections. We got to meet different characters that were

The Book Quadrant: My Pen Is Huge by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

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

My Pen is Huge by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!

Disclaimer: This book was an advanced reader copy sent to me by the author. Also this review is based on thoughts and opinions so respect my thoughts on this book and thank you!

In this new installment of the Oh Hell No series, we meet Giselle who is a post graduate and shows up at her new job hoping to work for the famous journalist, Leland Marik. Once she starts working and finding out that some fishy things are happening that link to what Leland is doing, she is trying to get to the bottom of it in order to get a story out.

Leland Marik was always the lone wolf journalist and never let anyone else work with him until Giselle walked into his office one morning with a lipstick stain on her skirt. Once hired on, he not only guides her through the journalism business but also working on his own story behind the scenes and try to keep out of it. While working on a dangerous story, he sees that Giselle is not stopping to catch up with him to break it first but has to keep her out in order to keep her safe but slips and finds out that they were a match made in heaven!

Thoughts: I liked this one! I did like how it basically filled in some blanks that took place during the last book, Battle of the Bulge, since that was where Leland appeared in at the beginning of the book. I did like the interactions between Giselle and Marik since their personalities were almost the same which Marik may have that British tone to him but he can be a bit of a smartass as much as Giselle even though she did start off as trying to be a good girl with a feminist edge to her since she did try telling Marik and his buddy to use work appropriate language in the beginning of the story. I did find some of the funny moments cute and it did call back to Librarian’s Vampire Assistant for one part but it did make the story flow a lot better as in I did find the characters and the story flow better and the jokes aren’t always coming at you in a rapid fire succession, just part of the background. I am actually happy that there will be another installment to this book since now that we’re seeing more characters coming into the story and hoping it does keep going after the next. I do notice how the first story did start off with it being more of a college life type and nothing dangerous sounding but once the end of the second book took place it started showing the characters going through dangerous situations until this book came out since the blanks being filled had to deal with the Mitch Hofer situation from the last book and maybe the next one may be more laid back since it deals with Jeizele’s old roomie, Camille. Let’s see what happens next! And of course, having a huge pen, as in the writing utensil, was pretty well symbolized since at the beginning where Marik talked about his dad having a pen collection or was he sent one, I forget! Sorry! Still a good story nonetheless!

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a really good book and enjoyed it overall! I liked the characters’ interactions even with Janelle’s parents in the picture towards the end and of course it did call back to one of the previous books Mimi has written. I think this has been one of the best books she has done and loved it from beginning to end. I would say this would be read more as a stand-alone but at the same time should read Battle of the Bulge too in case you may want to see what has been taking place before this one.

That is about it guys for this post! I know it felt short since I don’t want to give so many spoilers and of course don’t want to be that one person to spoil the entire thing. I definitely say is give this book a read and same with Mimi’s many other books on top of it! I am reading another new book since I have to catch up with what I haven’t read for a few years now. I do have my Ipsy Glam Bag post next so stay tuned!
My Pen Is Huge by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

The Book Quadrant: By Light of Hidden Candles by. Daniella Levviee

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

By Light of Hidden Candles by. Daniella Levee

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer. Please respect her thoughts on this book that was an advanced reader’s copy through NetGalley.

In the Jewish Quarter of Fez during Sixteenth Century, an ailing mother hands her daughter a heavy ring that has a major significance and a message to return it to the person who gave it to her until five hundred years later, Alma, a college student, goes into a program that has her going to Spain with a project from her grandmother to not only return a ring but find out the roots about her family. Before the trip, she ends up with meeting Manuel, a Catholic who joins the program, to be her study partner but he gets a warning not to get too close to Alma due to her Jewish heritage.

Once in Madrid, the two not only go into archives to find the clues behind their family but their friendship grows and hints of Manuel’s own feelings towards Jewish people start to grow as well and he starts questioning about his own faith and what he wants to do once he’s graduated from college. While Alma, on the other hand, she tries to piece the clues that they find about her family and any connections they may have such as a person with the name of Leon in the files that they were given and that Manuel’s ancestor may have clues and tie INS with hers.

Thoughts: So, this book kind of felt like The Confectioner’s Tale which that book gave present and past like with this one in how it was written except you have two characters for the present and one for the past. We get to see the story with the character Miriam and how she went through the Spanish Inquisition and how she escaped it and then it links Alma and Manuel together with what they are doing in present time to link the story in why the ring was given to Alma’s ancestor in the first place. I did also enjoy some of the more comedic parts since it does deal with the religious aspects both Alma and Manuel go through. For instance in the start of the book before Alma had to leave for Spain she is celebrating Passover with family. I also felt like I heard the record stop when she mentions Manuel being Catholic with all the music and how her family feels about it. I also did like how everyone Manuel meets kind of act scared of Alma and what she may do to him but during the story she did try to not get so deep By Light of Hidden Candles by. Daniella Levvieinto their friendship with each other even though she was jealous of one of her roommates having coffee with Manuel. I kind of felt like those points were kind of a normal thing for college students to go through. Heck, I did have a bit of a jealous reaction when one of my brother’s gal pals tried to have a bit of a flirt with Gondras a long time ago. Got to love jealousy. Anyways, I did love the parts with Miriam and how she and her father were being tracked down especially to the safe place where they were being kept, it was like how the Holocaust took place during World War II and how even before that Jewish people had to be hidden. It did get pointed out during one of the Manuel chapters that things have changed for the better when it came to Jewish communities around the world after he finally meets a relative that was related to his dead grandmother and he wondered why they excommunicated her.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a very good book and it took the switch from present to past very well. I did find it heartwarming at certain points in the book and pretty sad as well. I do like the pairing between Alma and Manuel due to how they have really good chemistry even when Manuel shown up at Alma’s grandmother’s shop the first time. Also it was even more heartwarming while reading Miriam’s side of the story since that does link everything together. The theme of this book being “You don’t know who you are until you find the pieces” fits with the entire story and how it was written. I hope I get to read more books by Levee since it was a really well put together piece and enjoyed it. I will link you guys to the book so you can also check it out!

That is it for this review! I do have another one since I am reading Mimi Jean’s newest book and will be starting on another after that. Until next time!

The Book Quadrant: AntiSocial by. Heidi Cullinan

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AntiSocial by. Heidi Cullinan!

Disclaimer: This was an advanced copy I received from NetGalley for me to review and this review is based on my own thoughts and opinions. Please respect the thoughts of AntiSocial on Amazonthe lead writer of this blog and also respect the content of the writer you are about to see that this review is on. Thank you!

Xander can’t stand people especially frat boys until Skyler Stone walked into his life. He came to Benten, a school soaked in Japanese culture, to get away from being one of the corporate types until he has to spend all summer with Skyler in order to be changed into a more social person.

Skyler Stone had everything handed to him and planned out and even hoped to be a lawyer once he gets to grad school at Yale. When some of his frat brothers messes up a mural painted by Xander he has not only win Xander’s forgiveness but promises to work with him all summer to prepare for his final senior project by building his social media. As time goes on these two start forming a relationship and start changing each other into new people they never thought they knew even to themselves.

Thoughts: I know I promised a different book at first but when reading that one I couldn’t take it since I felt like it was too much Fifty Shades of Gray and decided to read this one which was next on my Google Sheets page. All I have to say is that I made the better choice to do it because this was a really good read. It is not only a version of Pygmalion also known as My Fair Lady but it was also done as a yaoi story which to anyone new to this name it is known as boys love in Japanese. I know it’s ick to some but I have been a yaoi fan and my first title was actually Gravitation and still have my DVDs thank you very much.

I did love Xander’s and Skyler’s relationship throughout this book because of how much it kind of reminded me of Yuki and Shuichi where Xander was Yuki and Skyler was Shuichi where at first Xander was a grumpy and artistic hermit that loves to pain and hates his work but also works on a campus-wide manga and Skyler is the happy-go-lucky guy that is rich and in a frat at first but then later when the relationship gets deep they start shedding those personalities we see at first and Xander becomes a nicer guy and gets inspired by Skyler in his work and also being more soft towards him and his friends while Skyler becomes someone who is indecisive and has more feelings and cares more about Xander and other people and prefers to follow his own path and not be the person his family expects him to. It was very touching and trust me I was chanting, “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!” As they were getting closer to it every page turn. I had to put on my ear buds while reading this and also I admit I was kind of jealous of Xander having COpic markers. Long story short my ex got me an external hard drive for my birthday a month before we broke up instead of Copic markers because he didn’t know that he could just get me a basic set during my artist days. I admit I am still bitter about that and yet still have a ton of colored pencils. Anyways, I do love how Xander and Skyler were anime fans in this one which you do see the manga FullMetal Alchemist throughout this book and was referenced by Skyler since I do see a little bit of symbolism with it. I don’t want to give away too much in that. I also find it awesome that Heidi is one of us, as in anime fan!

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a very heart-warming yaoi story because it shows how two guys can find love even if they can’t be accepted by their own families at home but at college in general. I did feel like tears almost came on but it did have a very touching ending to it and I did like how Skyler gave his dad his own “Screw you! I don’t care about your money!” I hope I read more stories by Heidi Cullinan because she wrote a really well-paced story and gave it a very happy ending. I would love to see this as an anime because it fits that art style and if I were to pick who voices who, I may pick Newton Pittman and probably Josh Grelle or Eric Vale to be Skyler. Unless I didn’t think of voices due to how well the story and characters were written in the end. I would highly recommend this book if you are into yaoi, well unless you don’t mind the characters not being Japanese. I did enjoy it after all.

Well guys that is it for this review. Come on back for my Glam Bag Plus! Until next time!

The Convention Quadrant: RangerStop 7 in Orlando, FL

Before this post begins I want to say that this post is dedicated to Robert Axelrod. He just passed away yesterday and I remembered meeting him at the very first Omni Fandom Expo. He did suffer from a big surgery a year ago and Barbara Goodson did raise money for treatment at last year’s RangerStop. I still remembered going to his Sunday panel at Omni where he talked about his role as Lord Zed in Mighty Morphen Power Rangers and his work on Digimon. Rest in peace Mr. Acxlrod you were a very talented voice actor who brought a lot of entertainment to kids as they grown up like I had when I first saw Zed on screen.

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

RangerStop 7 in Orlando, FL November 8th through the 10th, 2019!

It’s Morphen Time again with RangerStop 7! Yes, another year for Orlando’s Power Rangers convention. If you were in Atlanta you probably have went to the pop culture version of this convention and probably met other familiar faces besides our favorite Rangers. Let’s see what this year has in hold for the fans that are excited for the Orlando counterpart!

Hotel: This year the convention will be held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort which is in the heart of International Drive. Me and Gondras have stayed at this resort before the renovations have been done back in 2011 and 2012, we did go to AFO 2015 as attendees and seen the changes. There are more panel rooms added, ramps and stairways well small ones stair sets. If you have a wheelchair or a blind cane, watch your step as my tip. We will be staying at the hotel which the price for the discount is $109 a night. I would say book now because the rooms will go fast in time for the convention and if that happens you can stay at other places in the area, there is the La Quinta to let you know. Besides the hotel, you do have many attractions surrounding the hotel like the Orlando Eye for example, CityWalk down the road, even Universal alongside SeaWorld and their parks along with it. And for bites to eat, there are many restaurants you can go to like Red Robin for example or can order in if you wanted to if you have Uber Eats!

Tickets: There are so many tickets to choose from
You also get a 20% discount on some of them like the weekend pass with a shirt, the all weakened pass for example. One ticket I found interesting is of course the Family Plan where you can have two adults and up to five kids age’s four to twelve for $100 at the moment. For information on tickets, you can visit the link I will be providing down below!

Guests: This year there will be a lot of returning guests such as Kat Sutherland, Karen Ashley, Austin St. John, Christopher Kayman Lee, and a few new ones to add which one we are excited about! John Tui will be appearing at this year’s RangerStop for his first time. For anyone who has remembered the season SPD like we have he played Doggie Cruger in that season. Another interesting add on for any pop culture lovers and that is Samantha Newark who is known as Jerika and Jem from Jem & the Holograms! Make sure you follow RangerStop on their Facebook group because there are more guests to come. I am crossing my fingers on some and hoping to interview a few to add to our channel!

Well guys that is it for this spotlight. I know it’s short but there are new announcements to come for this convention. I do have to say is that this one is a huge blast to go to and worth the money since I did attend back in 2015. The guests are veryRangerStop Orlando Page nice and you get to hear their stories from being on the series or from their own convention experiences since they do appear at other conventions around the world. And of course with our second year of press we will be wearing the shirts and bringing the pamphlets along since we want to spread the word about our work so can’t wait for what this year brings.

What is next? Still waiting on my subscription boxes to come. I also am saying that I did join Dollar Shave Club well sued to hygiene issues…okay I was lazy in using RangerStop Tickets PageGondras’ razor from his box! Now I get one myself! It is worth it! Anyways, I am waiting on Glam Bag Plus and BoxyCharm at the moment since they got shipped out recently. So, until next time!

Also, check out the links to the tickets page and RangerStop Orlando!

The Book Quadrant: The Wicked Billionaire by. Jackie Ashenden

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I’m okay from Hurricane Dorian and here to give you guys another book review!

The Wicked Billionaire by. Jackie Ashenden

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

The second in the Billionaire Seals book series where we see what happens to Lucas Tate in this one. When his best friend in the Navy dies and finds out that arms dealers are after his friend’s widow, Lucas has to protect her from being in danger of being killed or having to fork over money that she doesn’t have.

Grace is an artist that has an exhibition in two weeks and doesn’t know about the danger she is in until she feels the icy eyes on her back and finds Lucas Tate in the New York streets watching her. When she finds out that her husband, Griffin Riley, was doing some illegal activity and that the people he was dealing with are after her, she has to go with Lucas in order to keep herself alive and work on her paintings in time for her first art show in order to prove to her father that she is successful as a painter despite the danger she faces.

Thoughts: This book was better than the first in my opinion. Oh yes, I had to read the first one, The Dangerous Billionaire, in order to understand what was going on since it dealt with three brothers in this series. Basically this series deals with three foster brothers, Sullivan, Van for short, Lucas, and Wolf, who were adopted by a rich billionaire who owns an oil company. Later this billionaire ends up adopting a long time friend’s daughter named Chloe and then he dies and in the first one Van has to protect Chloe from her father who is dangerous and can do anything in order to get his daughter back. Van ends up falling for Chloe and things get steamy.

In this one, this deals with Grace and Lucas and I felt this one is a better read because of how I relate to Grace due to being a former artist myself and painting is really fun if you don’t mind getting it all over yourself. Heck, I remembered getting an ink wash all over my toes and flip flops once. Anyways, it felt more personal and I liked the interactions between Lucas and Grace being more natural while Chloe and Van felt more robotic and awkward even if they were foster siblings throughout their story. I did like how Grace was first described as Lucas watched her as in being long, elegant, looking a bit like Pippy Longstocking and always fashionable and wearing gold nail polish and spending money on her art supplies which back in the day I remembered doing that myself, even with my dad, but hey it is very relatable. I did like how the romance just took a bit to develop in this one and how Lucas couldn’t keep Grace out of his mind if even she was a widow while Grace just felt like Griff was just a friend and not a husband as she painted in the book. I prefer that in a romance rather than just have it quick and done like how the first one did where the two just had one night and that’s it even if it is too tempting. Still this was a good one.

Now to the action, I felt like the action was more woven into this one as in it didn’t feel like danger was on every page, as in the first instance where a guy disguised as a police officer shows out of nowhere and Grace almost opened the door to let him in and Lucas was right behind him. Now that is good example of good The Wicked Billionaire by. Jackie Ashenden on Amazonaction. With the last one I felt like, “Bring my daughter at this spot! Leave her be!” And a picture of a kiss was taken and that is it. Nothing else. I guess there are times where the first book is not always the one that drives you in but the second does even with how much someone can wait in the shadows and keep an eye on someone while anything can happen when your eye is not in focus. Even the final action scene shown it which I won’t spoil that part which you have to read to see what I mean. Still, I felt like I was on the edge of my seat a little bit and wondering what may happen next in the book even if it goes back to a normal day where Grace has her cup of coffee and probably take out a bottle of nail polish to paint her nails and Lucas is just working out for a few hours.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This book was a Nose-In-The-Book-Worthy Read because of how I felt relatable to Grace and that art is a passion for someone even if they’re in danger. I prefer this one over Dangerous Billionaire because of how the story flowed a lot better in this one and I prefer the action showing up more than just using a picture as black mail. I am hoping with the next one since I want to see what will Wolf do since with the Epilogue it gives a bit of a sneak peek I hope with his story? It gives me a lot of questions since throughout this book he was only called up for something important and it did reveal what it was. I would say give this one a read more due to it filling in the blanks of what had happened in the first but if you want to read the first one to get better context of what had happened first then give that one a read but to me this did a better telling and I liked the characters in this one more than Van and Chloe. That’s all I have to say!

Well guys that is it for this review! Make sure you check out the link to the book in this post and by the way this is a 21+ story in case of little eyes reading this. Next one will be a bit of Fifty Shades but hoping better than that since the author stated it has some of that. Anyways, this month will be of course my boxes coming up and will probably do another anime review later and of course will be doing my post on RangerStop 7 because we got press for that this year again! Decided to do it earlier in case of hotel discounts. So stay tuned everyone and follow our Twitter @ Nerdy SHique for the latest stuff! Until next time!

The Book Quadrant: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant Book 3 by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

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

The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant Book 3!

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of this blog’s lead writer. Please respect what she has to say or you will be Nice’s next Fanged Love!

Last time in our story, Michael Vanderhorst has become the King of the Vampires and found out that all of their leaders have been taken. Not only that, he also tried to reveal to his love and boss at a local library in Phoenix, Miriam Murphy, that he is a vampire. The story picks up when he starts to try and figure out where the leaders were taken and where they were being kept. Along the way, Nice shows back up since he was one of the many taken and he becomes even more obsessed with Miriam but does confess his feelings to Miriam and finds out that she has a secret of her own and something even larger that deals with her family and what they were doing for his old master, Clyne. How will Michael solve this mystery? Let’s find out!

Thoughts: Yes, I know that was a bigger description from what I wrote but decided it was time to do something completely different. I did re-read this book since work had me busy and didn’t want a data drain on my plan with my Galaxy since Wi-Fi was being wonky for the past month. Anyways, I found this book funnier the second time I read it. I did like many other pop culture references even towards the CW since they did play Vampire Diaries years ago. I still think Nice is still hilarious even if he became obsessed with Miriam even more and kept running after Michael on foot for her. I can imagine this in anime mode where you see a speeding vampire on foot and Michael just speeding away even more in an electric car. Now to the relationship!

In this book, Miriam and Michael have gotten closer despite the danger and of course with her family secret which you have to read the book to find out. Which Mimi did mention some people spoiled some stuff at the back of the book, which I am sorry for any of that in my past reviews? Anyways, it did make them a cuter couple since Michael did want her for so long and yes I did have that “Dream Weaver: moment during a few love scenes or maybe “Carless Whisper.” Hey now, this girl has a huge imagination and can insert any music I please! ::drinks Vanilla Pepsi:: I hope with the next book things go farther since it looks like Michael may have to deal with Nice next since he had vanished with Miriam. Which brings me to my next point!

I want to apologize that with the last two books I thought it was a cliff hanger towards the end. Mimi mentioned at the end that they weren’t because of them being more well-rounded endings and this one did have a rounded one with how they were able to save the vampire race but it is not over since there is supposed to be a fourth one. I guess it didn’t help that I used to watch soap operas when I was younger and felt that the endings of the first two books were cliff hanger worthy but looking at how Mimi described each ending it does make sense how they were not leaving us hanging at the end but I do have to say each ending shows want us to wonder what will happen next and that is how I feel with this one’s ending and when to see what Michael do next and what Nice may have in store for him since his obsessions lead him to doing what he did. That will be another mystery all in its own and can’t wait for the next one!

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This book deserved this rating with how the mystery continued. I did love how Miriam and Michael were able to get together finally and that more things took place. I have to say that this book does want me to find out what will take place in the next one since the ending kind of make me wondered what will happen to Miriam and what will Michael do to get her back? The last one did have him try to kill himself to protect her so let’s see what crazy scheme he may have. The comedy did flow in this one as much as the last since things have changed and each character did have good timing. Hoping that keeps going even with the next! Can’t wait!

Well guys that is it for this book! Check out the link I will be including in this post since Mimi’s work has been one of my favorite work since I have started reviewing books. Heck, I even turned one of my own students onto Accidentally [yours} since she does love vampires and that series has it. So, I do have another book The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant Book 3 On Amazonreview coming up which has been a long awaited one due to how big my NetGalley bookshelf has bene growing and need to get back into the back log of it all. Heck, books would fall off that shelf in the virtual world if this was an online game. Anyways, until next time! Stay beautiful while traveling the vast universe and anyone in Florida, stay safe during Dorian!

The Tag Quadrant: The Boujee Beauty Youtuber/Blogger Tag!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! Since Hurricane Dorian is out in the Atlantic I figured I should post this before he gets close.

The Boujee Beauty YouTuber/Blogger Tag!

Disclaimer: What I am about to talk about in this tag is based on my opinion! I don’t have the same thoughts and opinions as everyone else so please respect!

Well, time for another tag! I saw this on Spooky Lips and Fat Hips’ channel through my subscription feed. I learned about her through Angelica Nyquist and thought I would check her out and even Karen Harris also mentioned her. She is a gothic YouTuber that loves makeup and when I watched her video since other people did it too she tagged everyone who was watching. I figured it would be fun to do a post since I am not only on YouTube but also here on Word Press! So enjoy what I have to say!

Would you rather buy one expensive/luxury or a group of items for the same kind of money? Hmmm! I would say there are times where I do get one expensive item and then get a lower priced item unless I have a coupon while other times I do buy one or two or maybe many items for a certain amount since I do love my drugstore items more than a luxury or expensive item. I do pay my bills so I do think about what I will be spending even with the upcoming 21 Days of Beauty where I am just focusing on three items at the moment.
When you’re buying products do you believe in the phrase “You get what you paid for?” Sometimes yes while other times no. There are the everyday YouTuber that reviews items honestly and that makes me think about purchasing the item since that’s important because if you buy something that is extremely expensive and it turns out crappy then it’s not worth it. Plus, there are items I have gotten that either aren’t reviewed really high that work out for me and times where that product was not that great in the end. It can be a win type situation depending on what you get. Plus, there are times when I do buy items I really love and continue purchasing because it did work out in the end.
What’s the most expensive item you have purchased with your own money? I would say my Jeffree Starr Blue Blood Bundle! As you know that I love the color blue and it is our color aesthetic for this blog and this past spring Jeffree Starr released his Blue Blood pallet and it became the Hunger Games over on his site, Beautylish, and Beauty Bay! I got the bundle with the pallet and the mini liquid lipsticks for $100 because I wanted to try his lipstick formula and oh man it was worth it! I wore Abused to my friends’ birthday party this year and they thought it looked amazing on me and I do love the root beer scent that Jeffree puts in his lipsticks and they are more moisturizing than others. While the pallet, on the other hand, I have to keep it from being used so much because the colors are so amazing in pigmentation! I wished I tried his stuff earlier but glad to do it now!
Are you willing to buy products at full price or at a discount? Both! Because there are times that a product is really new and I must have my paws on it that I wait for the release like for instance the Urban Decay Naked Honey pallet coming out in September since I do love the Naked series and have been collecting the pallets and do use them time to time. While other times they do go on sale and I do love the coupons and the discounts places give out like E. L. F., Colour Pop and even Ulta! I love Ulta’s point system and even their sales like 21 Days of Beauty where they do a day for certain products from 25% off to half price. I can’t wait for this coming one since I have my eye on Tarte’s blushes, the Dose of Colors lipsticks, and the Urban Decay eye pencils. And I did love my birthday discount which as Platinum I get $10 off and since I am close to Diamond I think I get something different. I will see how that goes. I do save my points like I did this past birthday so I am saving my points for the Naked Honey.
Where do you shop beauty products the most? I would say both Ulta and Target! Reason being is that Target tends to have their beauty items cheaper than most places like CVS, Walgreens, even Walmart when they say they have the lowest prices but I am asking again, do you guys feel like Walmart is raising their prices? I feel it. Anyways, I do use Shipt and Target is my number one place for food and beauty products when I need them in a pinch especially skin care. I am loving the Up & Up brand since I am trying their moisturizer which I am going to say is that it’s better get drugstore items for skin care since they are stepping up. While Ulta, like everyone else, they have an amazing points system which you can save them for money off a higher end to luxury item. Remembered when I mentioned my birthday? I saved up to $20 in points to buy myself my new flat iron, the new Urban Decay foundation, and a bottle of my favorite Wet N Wild foundation and added my birthday coupon. Plus, there are times where they do really good sales on different departments like around Christmas they do a certain percentage on hair tools, they do that 21 Days of Beauty sale twice a year, even 20% off at random times with the different tiers of membership where you can also use it on prestige brands. Not only is that BoGO also good too! For instance, I got half off on one Maybelline mascara recently when I bought another tube of the Angel Falsies mascara.
How often do you get your nails and/or hair done? Normally I do those things at home! I remembered getting a French manicure and it broke on me in two days because my nails get abused due to my typing and also washing dishes. I also rather buy my own nail polish, top coat, and base coat, and of course nail polish remover which would cost you the same as a manicure at a salon or beauty school. While hair, the last time I had it done professionally was highlights at a beauty school in town which I may not go to again since they made my hair go twiggy after blow drying it and putting hair spray. That is a bad thing and I had to put so much of my R&B to get it back to normal, oh right Shine So Bright too! I am not sure who teaches the hair coloring department but hair spray and hair drying after getting it done is bad since you hair can get damaged after chemicals touch it or it’s depending on the type of hair you do it on. Besides, when I get my hair flat ironed it is my own flat iron which I did get a new one from Con Air and using the Marc Anthony Hair Dryer cream as my protectant. I also rather trust my tools over the professional ones and plus sometimes you are paying a lot for a hair stylist to do it too. I think the next time I will have my hair done professionally is my wedding.
Do you prefer long or short nails? Short! I do love the ease of long nails for scratching that annoying itch but I hate it when they break so often so I clip them and plus I do read Braille so one false scratch there it goes!
Which makeup brush brand is your favorite? Like Lacey in her video I get my brushes from so many brands it is not even funny. I mainly get them through my boxes every month like Ipsy, Glam Bag Plus, heck BoxyCharm got some during July, and I think I got one or two in Allure so far. Plus, I do buy them on special from Ipsy and of course from Amazon because you can get really good brush sets for good prices. Oh right, even Coastal Scents have good brushes and you hardly hear about them on YouTube anymore.
High end or drugstore mascara? I admit both! I tend to have my mascaras last more than three months. I know it’s a hygiene issue but if it’s still liquidy then I am good or if my eyes hurt slightly or water then it has to go! My all-time favorite high end mascara has to be the Urban Decay Perversion mascara because of how great it curls my lashes and even lengthens them. I remembered getting my first sample of it in my Ipsy bag and then more samples followed suit until Ulta put it on sale for the 21 Days of Beauty and this mascara stays liquidy even past its expiration date and it took me so long to finish it before it dried too. While my favorite drugstore one goes to Rimmel London because the Super Curl is better than the Roller Lash from Benefit in my opinion because it does the same as that one! And of course I do enjoy the ones from Maybelline like the Colossal Cat Eye, the Angel Push Up, and now added Lash Discovery which is holding up pretty well so far.
Think of your favorite makeup brand, is it drugstore, high end, luxury, or indie? I would say my favorite drugstore brands are of course Wet N Wild and NYX Professional Makeup because those two were my starts in makeup. I still remember how my first lip gloss came from Wet N Wild and it was from a Kmart that used to be open up the street from my parents’ place which is now an Ulta. While NYX had more of the items I liked to use and even with the packaging since I prefer using concealers in jars over wands, even have eye primers in jars, heck I prefer the Hydro Touch primer the most since my skin is so dry. When it comes to high end, Urban Decay was my gateway into that side since my first item from them, full size by the way, was their Naked Basics pallet. I have grown a lot when it came to my makeup choices.
Considering your answers do you think you’re boujee? Nope! The thing is you don’t have to spend a lot to love makeup. Yes, I do like getting some of the higher end stuff but I do love going back to my drugstore roots when it comes to skin care, hair care, and of course the makeup staples. It’s not like I spend a lot on Chanel clothes and always buy Natasha Denona makeup pallets, you mainly see me using a BH Cosmetics pallet or a Wet N Wild trio time to time when most of my other high end stuff come from subscriptions or just get them from sales if I can. One good example is the Sephora birthday gift a few years ago when I got the Marc Jacobs gift. It was not worth it because the lipstick felt like I was wearing Cream Cup from Mac when their Spooky Lips and Fat Hips aka Lacey’s Channellipsticks around $17 each while Marc Jacobs is up in the $50 range. I even remembered how Gondras’ mom got mad at a seasonal worker at Lush who treated me badly and even caused my skin rash had a schpeel about how I could just go into Sephora for my skin care needs when I just go to Target instead and plus with Lush I can get way more than just shopping from Sephora, just saying.

Anyways, that is it for this post! I know it was a lot and I feel like it was easy for me to say this stuff in blog format. I will link you guys to Lacey’s channel since she is a really good YouTuber and I enjoyed what she had to say in her video. I will have the next book review up since I am re-reading The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant Book 3. Stay tuned!