A very late review of my 2016’s best

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Eileen was a great read. It was dark and isolating and a detailed portrait of a person but also a reflection. It was like a battle of the self, the anatomy of basic human feelings and thought processes with a dash of poisonous habits. It was brilliant.

The thing about jellyfish was a delight. It was little smiles and a warm heart and good wishes. It was the sweetest and it touched me and I’ll forever yell I loved that book from the rooftops. It also had the most beautiful science that reminded me of my love of science and made me sad that science is usually made boring and dry and theoretical and unloved.

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Aliens among humans? The enemy within by Scott Burn

31439520One of the last books I read in 2016 and it didn’t disappoint.

It follows the story of a teenage boy, Max, who feels he is going crazy because he starts hallucinating the end of the world. However, when he finds out that three other people are going through the same things as him, things change. They’re different and are being hunted down by the military. Every step they take now will decide their fate and humanity’s.

It’s a very quick and fast paced novel, with some beautifully developed characters and a plot that took unexpected turns. I wasn’t very engrossed in the beginning but soon I was invested in the adventurous storyline.

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YOU can help refugee orphans and widows: Read more to find out how

I know we are fiction-based bloggers but it doesn’t mean we ignore the harsh reality that’s out there. The war, the blood-shed, the loss is not gone unheard.

Thanks to the Vlogbrothers and their amazing “Project for awesome” we can help less known charities help more people.

Here’s a video by my best friend Beez that tells you about the great work “The Zahra Trust” has been doing for the refugees. Watch it and if you like and appreciate their work, don’t forget to vote on this link to help them: Vote for Zahra trust

 

Share the video with your friends and family and don’t forget to vote!

Review of Writers of the Future Vol. 32 by… a bunch of people

28189984This was a great read. Basically it’s a collection of short sci-fi and fantasy stories written by new and budding authors. As I read through them I felt so motivated to write because telling a beautiful story in a few pages is a crazy-cool accomplishment that these amazing people did VERY well.

There’s nothing much to discuss when it comes to this book so I’ll just quickly mention some of my favourite short stories and why I liked them.

The first one is Möbius by Christoph Weber (also loved the beautiful illustration by Talia Spencer) This one is a sci-fi. It basically follows the life of an anti-genetic engineering detective Liz Arus whose mum died because of an engineered virus. However the line between allowing genetic engineering to continue in hiding or not blurs when her father gets involved. I loved the writing style, the characters and I love the ending.

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Esper Files by Egan Brass

32493342Publication Date: October 26, 2016

Publisher: Inkitt

Targeted Audience: Young Adult/Adult

Genre: Sci-fi – Steampunk/Fantasy

[Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review]

This book has been one of my best October reads. I haven’t read a lot of steampunk (something that I hope to change) and reading this has convinced me to read more of it soon.

The book is set in a Victorian era, steampunk, London and begins with a scientist (known as Professor) conducting an experiment that goes real bad, real fast and before you know it, super enhanced human beings known as Espers start popping up. An institute is set up where people with such cool powers are taught to use it for good but naturally we have some villainous peeps with villainous intentions trying to burn the world down. Cue, Nathan and James, Espers from the institute who are later joined by Freya, who wants to save her brother, an Esper,  from the evil Baron.

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Mini Comics/Manga Reviews #1

latest.pngAvatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift by Gene Luen Yang

Illustrator:  Gurihiru

Publication Date:  February 11, 2015

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

I loved this book! I have been a HUGE ATLA fan and reading these graphic novels always brings back the feels in huge waves.

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This book in particular gave us an insight into Aang and how he tries to rekindle the past by bringing his new Air Acolytes to a festival in honour of Yangchen, the previous Air Avatar. When they arrive, however, they find that the sacred meadow has been replaced by a factory co-owned by Toph’s father.

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1 Year Anniversary!

Hello my book fellas! It’s our one year anniversary today!

*screams with joy and flips around like a dolphin*

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since we started talking about books and stuff. A year since we met all of you guys here on this beautiful bloggy world, life in plastic, it’s fantastic… what…*

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Brian, his Grandad & the Cup of Ages by P.J. Taylor

18742093Publication Date: January 15, 2014

Publisher: Penpress

Targeted Audience: Middle Grade

Genre: Fantasy/Magic

[Note: I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review]

First, off lemme just say that in my opinion I think that this book is a bit too big for average middle grade students. I mean, when I was 11 I don’t think I’d have read this book because it’s just so big.

But if I did read it or if someone read it to me I think I’d have liked it a lot. It’s all about wizards and magical creatures. The story revolves around Brian and how he gets thrown into the magical world when his mom leaves him at his grandparents. And yes it did remind me of Harry Potter in a lot of places because of the characters but plot-wise it is pretty unique in its own way albeit similar.

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Review of podcast: Alice isn’t Dead

aid-logo-posterAlice isn’t Dead (AID) is an amazing podcast that was made by Joseph Fink, one of the creators of Welcome to Nightvale. We can confirm that this is now one of our favourite podcasts (including Nightvale). We usually listened to one episode every night just before sleeping so we didn’t really have time to ponder much over it but it had just enough intrigue to keep us awake till it ended. After which it was dreamland, filled with creatures of the podcast, and radio static.

Before we talk about just HOW amazing this podcast is, let’s discuss the plot. The central character of this podcast is our beloved Keisha. She is out on a road-trip, with her truck and her radio, looking for her lost wife, Alice. Since this podcast is written by Joseph Fink, naturally it’s not just that straightforward. Along the way Keisha meets creatures you never want to see and ends up in places you never want to be in. Basically, it’s perfect!

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Unlike Nighvale where you are constantly being creeped out by Cecil because of how normally he reacts to crazy shit, in AID Keisha reacts like a normal person to all the shit she sees which makes her super relatable. Because while in Nightvale the mysteries were very open-ended, in AID our confoundment was accepted.

And in the middle of the scenes when we break away from her, it was as if the character was allowing us to experience her anxiety because her anxiety and her fear were ever present. But she never let it hold her back. She used it as her super power.

One of the best parts of this podcast were the repetitions. The description of the thistleman being our favourite. The repetitions created this fixed picture that made everything so real and unchangeable.

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And the sounds! Podcasts are nothing without it. The sound of the radio transmission going on and off, and the sound of the truck engines in the background, started growing on us, just like Keisha herself. The footsteps in the back, the “yip yip yip” of the Thistlemen, everything had such power that it gave us goosebumps.

Jasika Nicole has done a fabulous job by voicing Keisha, because she is talking to Alice through the radio and she absolutely loves Alice and Jasika Nicole was able to make us feel all the emotions and we felt like her confidant. Her voice was perfect for all the philosophy, the irony, the humour, and the badassery. It was exciting yet soothing to listen to her speak.

Needless to say we cannot wait for the second season and you guys NEED to listen to it.

The linkies!

Here is where you can listen to it: Alice isn’t Dead- Podbay
(You can also download their app on your phone)
Here is a link to their website, if you’d like to make a donation/buy their merch: Click me
And here is a link to the creator of that fabulous fanart: Fantastic Artist

 

 

Mini Book Reviews #1

Don’t want to spend a lot of time reading huge ass reviews for books? Welcome to my mini reviews edition!

If you remember, I had done one a while ago but it was a Mini DNF review. This is my first mini review of books I’ve read and scrutinized thoroughly *cue professional music*.

28498779Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Publisher: 47North

Targeted Audience: Young Adult/Adult

Genre: Fantasy/Magic

[Note: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Also, this book is technically targeted towards adults since the MC is an adult but young adults can read it too.]

This is the kind of book I give a three star because I liked it… but I also didn’t like it.

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