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!

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

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

The Riddle of the Sphinx by. Alexander Montague

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Blind Tech Quadrant: Review On Tap!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! I am back with something I have not done in a while.

Review on the Tap!

It’s time to review another blind tech item which I have not done since May. I have reviewed OrCam which you can find in the May 2019 Archive alongside in the Related Posts area down below. Let’s get to the review shall we?

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and experience of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and opinion and her experiences since not everyone has the same issues and successes with a product. You have been warned.

What Is It? The Tap is a wearable device that kind of looks like brass knuckles and you wear it on your hand. There are censors that go on your knuckles and it is connected through Bluetooth and can be used as a way to text by tapping your fingers in different formations to form letters and words. This device was introduced at the 2018 NFB National Convention and I got to see it in action and try it out at the A. T. I. A. this past January and picked up one myself. Let’s get into it.

My Experience: I received a discount coupon for this through going to A. T. I. A. where it was demonstrated. I was so excited about it since I had heard about this device through the Blind Abilities podcast. I had to check this device out and glad I did and man it was a hard one to learn. This device made my motor skills give a major exercise and my arm a workout with how much I had to move to make the taps work. I did have my IPad Mini 2 at the time before I got my new one which I will explain later and downloaded the Tap Manager, Genius, and Aloud apps at the time. I didn’t know Aloud was more the learning the alphabet app when trying out Genius which that was a hard one to do since I didn’t really know the navigation and trying to know which buttons are which at the time were hard enough. The Tap Aloud app was the place where I learned everything and glad it is the better app due to not only giving you the hand motions to do the letters but also the practice rounds to do the letters first then do words and punctuation along the way, which I will talk about now!

Struggles and Issues: Not all devices are perfect and this one is no exception. I had issues where the Tap Aloud app kept on kicking me out after learning new punctuation and even did it when I re-installed this app and Manager, also got Academy just in case and re-connecting my Tap after a while. I did find the device had an update and glad to get it. I did contact Tap Team about it and yes we did have a bit of a back and forth because I think this app and the others should get updates, heck Academy is not letting me do anything since it is still at allowing notifications. And to tell you the truth, I have an IPad Mini 5 and I have the latest I.OS updates but seeing that this is still an issue is no excuse. Updates are meant to fix bugs and when they asked me to do a screen recording which good thing I was able to do and find instructions on it I did provide them a recording and they were glad it gave them what is going on, which I used the lesson on Y & W as an example to learn the semicolon which is using C, fingers 1, 3, 4, and 5 which are your thumb, middle, ring, and pinky and you tap them together three times for this punctuation. Heck, it happened with comma, which are fingers two and four, index and ring, which I did mention the team that they should look at the other lessons since it happened with some of the others too and fix the issues there and they told me that it tends to crash. What were my feelings? Well, as an instructor and a tech user myself seeing Tap on Amazonthese issues can be bothersome and being able to bring it up to the company is important for them to know in order fix it. For example, when I first got into Discord I noticed how the app was not accessible where the buttons aren’t labeled for the voice software is able to read it and I brought it up to them over Twitter. I was thanked and was told that they will fix it to make it more accessible which makes me feel better that they gave me a great response.

Now to the struggle with it, I have motor issues due to my visual impairment and that usually is the first sign with it as well and even though this device made that stronger in the end but also it did hurt trying to do some of the letters. Some of them included Z, J, V, and sometimes W due to how the finger placement was kind of difficult. I think they should crate later models with wristbands to help not only with comfort but also help people with motor issues get the finger placement when first learning this device.

And one more thing, even though I just restarted this use of the product, I noticed after learning the different letters and numbers that after getting out of the app and trying to type in text messages and even Pages that the letters were not responding to their positions which I had different letters show up instead. Like instead of the letter I I got M and so on. After getting the new update that was fixed! But I noticed that using it to do the basic functions like double tapping to select an item and trying to swipe on a surface with this to perform the IPad tasks aren’t happening even after the device update. I did get the email about how with the new I.OS coming in September with Tap is supposed to have mouse movements and since also IPad OS is being released in September too for anyone who has the Apple tablets I am hoping there is another update for this device to handle both systems and their new features that are coming. If not, well that’s going to be a major issue there. I did read how some people did struggle texting after learning it too so I was not the only one either after seeing reviews after its release on the internet when I notice the not being able to swipe or double tap and so on.

Final Thoughts: This device is pretty innovative for what is. It is also not that expensive either which is $199 or if you were to attend any events where it is you will get discount codes and coupons through their website also by joining the mailing list any sales throughout the year. I would say buy it after some of the improvements I have mentioned that are needed are made. I feel like even though this is a great device as a substitute for Dictation with Siri which as you know that I have issues with that a lot but it does have its bugs and should have them fixed by updating the software more often which a lot of apps and devices do and of course do the same with the apps too since I have told what had happened with me. And of course you have the latest and greatest device to support this item but there will be issues so I would say wait a little bit until after I.OS 13 and IPad OS 1 are released and if I noticed the improvements I will do another post on this down the road.

Well guys that is it for this post. I hope you enjoy reading about this device and if you want to learn more, I will also include a link when you want to purchase this for yourself or your blind buddies. So, stay tuned for more posts and stay beautiful while traveling the vast universe!

The Book Quadrant: The Extinction Agenda by. Michael Lawrence

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

The Extinction Agenda by. Michael Lawrence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Scott Beds His Wife by. Kerrigan Byrne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books: Twelve Days at Bleakly Manor by. Michelle Griep

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

Twelve Days at Bleakly Manor by. Michelle Griep

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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