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Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel UniverseThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe by Ryan North
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oh, Squirrel Girl…

This was a fun jaunt into the world of the squirrel and how a superhero can beat up the Marvel Universe without too much violence. (Violence doesn’t bother me, but for the sake of the review, I thought I should mention it.)

I love that Squirrel Girl is an outside of the box superhero. Her, Peggy Carter, Ms. Marvel, Deadpool…I’d say they have their own thing without being a typical comic type story. These are the comics I like to read more than Captain America, or Iron Man with the typical comic fare. Squirrel Girl didn’t disappoint.

So then why the three stars?

I thought there would be more humor. There were a few moments of needing to laugh out loud, but I went into the story with the idea in my head that I’d be laughing more than not. (Again, Deadpool was ringing in the background on that idea. That’s a self-imposed idea I went into the story with.) I think I just wanted to laugh…because Squirrel Girl feels like she’d be snarky and funny. I didn’t think that she may be more serious like Ms. Marvel.

Also, the story felt squished in parts. I mean, I understand that comics are limited by numbers of panels and pages. (page limits are the worst, honestly.) But as Squirrel Girl went through her beating up of the Marvel ‘Verse, it was panel after panel of having a number and the superhero with the image of Squirrel Girl the victor. I’d like to know how it went down.

The art was fun and colorful. A lot of pinks and cuteness with all the squirrels. It was something different than say Spider-man and I enjoyed the balance of comic book and cuteness. I liked the diverse cast of crazies…I mean…characters. I liked the start, liked the end. The middle is where it muddled for me.

Still, though, I’d recommend this. For a unique girl hero, also because it was enjoyable–art and story. There are definitely mentionable parts that stick in my mind, but I do try my dernedest to do these spoiler free…so I’m zippering my mouth here.

THREE SOLID STARS!

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Review: Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken

Dirty Exes (Liars, Inc., #1)Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FOUR AND A HALF STARS!

Jessie? Colin? Jessie? Colin? Just pick one of them already!

That’s me screaming at the book starting about halfway through.

Blaire is a PI. She detectives for a living. Her business? Finding out if a spouse is cheating, getting the proof if true, and trying to make life right for so many.

Well, one day, Jessie Beckett’s wife decides she wants her almost ex husband to stay with her. So she’s looking for evidence of Jessie cheating. More so she could blackmail him into staying rather than divorcing. What she doesn’t know is that to Jessie, Blaire is the one who got away.

So where does Colin fit into all of this? He’s Jessie’s BFF. Vanessa…or was it Victoria… I don’t know. I hated Jessie’s wife so I really didn’t bother to remember her name. Anyway, he’s her brother. And he decides, with a flop of his man-bun, that he’s going to help Blaire into Jessie’s pants. Until he decided to try to keep her for himself.

What a twisty fun ride this was!!! Not only did Jessie and Blaire have chemistry, Blaire was so determined she didn;’t know what she wanted, and Colin was fantastic at playing Devil’s adovate! I always know what to expect in a ROMCOM and even then, this one kept me on my toes.

The bonus feature for this book was that IAN HUNTER from The Matchmaker’s Playbook (series!!! WHICH I LOVED!!!) is Blaire’s brother…so that little crossed brought about a happy squeal. So there was a familiar piece to it.

Now by the end of the book, I wondered how Blaire was going to choose one man and whether she could/would/should get any proof against Jessie…whether she would ruin him or love him or the fallout of making a different choice…

I love ROMCOMS! I LOVE just about every book by Rachel Van Dyken!!! It’s not really fair, because I knew I’d probably love it from the first word. But, still, I LOVED THIS BOOK! I cannot wait for the second one in SEPTEMBER!!! (Why so long?!?!?! UGH. I little to no patience for these things. LoL!)

So yes, I rec this for anyone looking for a fast, fun romcom. I cannot rec this one enough.

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Review: Lost & Found

Lost and Found (Lost and Found, #1)Lost and Found by Nicole Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great THREE AND A HALF STARS for me.

Ahh…the story of Rowen and Jesse…and a location I didn’t like when I lived there, though now I miss so much about it (seasons, mountains, etc.), Montana.

A troubled girl is shipped off to a Montana ranch to learn about responsibility and how to not sleep around. It sounds very typical for an angsty new adult sort of tale. And maybe it is, but you know what? I love that sort of stuff. The characters are what hooked you into the story right from the moment a goth girl boot hit Montana soil from the step of a bus.

So Rowen was sent off by her mother to this ranch. Where in which she encounters Jesse Walker. And so begins a tale of romance and cheating and so many twists… Things that made my stomach drop. Things that…hit too close to home, so to speak. I kind of want to spill all this tea, but for some reason, I’m adamant about keeping the spoilers away.

So what can I say?

Rowen meets Jesse and his family. She meets a bad-boy-cowboy… Lots of drama. Angst for sure, and not the typical teen kind. And a yearning to read the other books in this series. (Yes, I know these stories are older by now, but that’s how I tend to read a tale–way later than everyone else.)

The only thing I didn’t like was what I call the “repetitive idea” of how the character thinks. But then, I’m just stupid picky like that. And don’t let that keep you from reading this tale. Especially if you’re looking for a great dramatic romance with the perfect-ish ending…Ish because it had to end…which NO!!!!! DON’T END!!!!

Yes, Read this one! Just do it and thank me later. If you like romance, that is.

FOUR STARS EARNED!!!

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Review: Michael’s Wings

  • Title: Michael’s Wings
  • By: Tiffany Reisz
  • Series: Original Sinners
  • Overall score: 5/5 stars
  • Recommended?: Major YES! Read This!

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This review is spoiler free. And it wasn’t easy because all I want to do is talk fine details about this story with my two, utmost favorite characters from The Original Sinners series. I am thrilled that Tiffany Reisz wrote more of Griff and Mick…and I definitely plan to return to their world over and over again. Just a great read and one of the best additions to the series so far!

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***Thanks to NetGalley and Tiffany Reisz for the ARC of this book!***

Okay, so when Tiffany Reisz put up on her instagram that this book was available on NetGalley, I ran-not-walked over there and picked it up. Again, the subject matter isn’t my cup of tea (or in Norwegian, en kopp te.) But, that’s not why I keep reading anything I can relating to the Original Sinners’ series. It’s the twisted story that has me grabby-hands and wide-eyed for the books.

Michael’s Wings is a collection of short stories, featuring Griffin Fiske and Michael (from The Angel). I had only been begging for more of these two for what feels like forever. And this came along, and I am over-the-moon happy!

Michael and Griffin…those two. Plus, Griff in a kilt *drooly emoji here*…so…

Anyway, onto the review.

Michael’s Wings ~ The primary story where Michael runs off to Louisana, where King, Søren, and Nora now call home. Griffin asked Michael to marry him (*SQUEAL!*) and now Michael has a few days to ponder his answer. Does he want to marry that spoiled trust-fund-baby dom? Seeing everyone again was great. Nora is ever the same. King and Søren haven’t changed, and if they did, it was for the better… Such a sweet story. And it just made me fall back into old ways where Griff and Mick are concerned. (The thing where I hate to put them down and leave them alone for five seconds. Even snuck in the reading of a single sentence in at work once…) I’m going to leave this story now for fear that I’m going to spoil it because… It was five stars for me.

Griffin in Wonderland ~ This goes back in time to when Griffin was twenty-two and realizing he was at rock bottom. This was back when King, Søren and Nora were in NYC and the 8th Circle was in its hey day! Sort of a discovering himself, coming-of-age-tale for Griff. It was where he learned how to be who he is. So interesting to see young Griffin. Five stars.

Gauze ~ A flashback to the moment Michael slit his wrists and comparison with why he had gauze on his wrists again. The events happened during The Angel and covers some answers we didn’t have before. It was a sweet moment for one of my favorite characters in this series. Five Stars.

The Theory of the Moment ~ So…just after the events of The Angel, Griffin had a talk with Michael’s mom. Just to clear the air about why a much older man was in love with her son and where the future might take them some day. It was enjoyable and gave some insight to the always wild Griffin. Made my heart melt a little. A moment or two, it felt a little repetitive in the ideas being talked about between the two characters, but a great missing piece to the Griff-Mick puzzle. Four and a half stars.

The Couch ~ Sort of funny. Sort of Sweet. Sort of: “Oh good lord!” in a blissful way. It was cute and funny and just a moment with these two guys who are stubborn and yet so in love. *happy sigh* Five stars.

A Better Distraction ~ This one was another random moment of Griff and Mick’s life. Just a short, sweet, naughty tale that makes you love these two together even more. And also some laughs, thanks to a Titanic moment or two. Tied for ultimate fave story from this book. FIVE STARS!

Christmas in Suite 37A ~ A longer story happening between The Angel and Michael’s Wings. Michael went off to Europe to study for three months and Griffin is just trying to survive. Told in three parts. Part one, Griffin is with Nora in NOLA. He’s freaking out because Michael is gone, broke up with him…so in Griffin style, he’s freaking-the-f#@<- out. Part two, Griffin heads home to meet up with Michael who is returning to the US for the holidays. (Ask about the Søren/Griffin moment, and all I can do is laugh.) Part three, Grififn and Michael have dinner. And that’s all I can say about it without wanting to dive into SPOILER details. I will say that this answered some questions I always had and gives more insight to story one…

My only complaint about this book is that it was out-of-order, story wise. That being said, it isn’t that much of an issue. Any time I can get a Griff/Mick story, I am a happy girl. This book was pure joy from page flip one to the tear dropping from my eye at the last page flipped on my Kindle screen.

Is this review fair? I can’t say. I mean, Tiffany Reisz is not only a great person to “chat” with on Twitter and Insta, but her stories are unique and smart and funny and hella hot and…well, I find it difficult to ever want to put one down, this one being one of the most difficult ones, because I do love those characters so much. I’ve come to know and love them. And just when I thought I couldn’t see them anymore, here is this book of bliss.

I HIGHLY REC this book! I would say read The Original Sinners stories before diving in so you get a hint of who is who and why they are. And if you have already read them, do yourself a favor and read this collection of pure happiness!

Thanks again for the opportunity to read this. Anytime for you, my Queen, Tiffany Reisz!

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#PitchWars is here!

I’M SO F#$<*&@ NERVOUS!!!!

Sorry, Cap.

Anyway, as I’m sitting and deciding on whether I’ve chosen the right mentors for my story…
Should I really submit the revamped Darrows? Because it is somewhat a repeat.
Who should I really submit to? Because they can help make me or break me right now.
Is every single person who read that story being sugary and fluffy with their praises or are they being so-very-true blue?

I just now–like literally right this second–remembered that I hadn’t even done a #PitchWars Bio for this year. Not that much has changed since last year. I’m still writing and unpubbed, except now I’m also serving up coffee and talking to everyone under the sun at my coffee-house job…

The story I’m submitting:

Love, Darrows

This is the retelling of the whole Cupid tale from myths of yore. And I say it like that because most people think of Cupid as being Greek myth, but he started out in Roman myth circles. Which my story touches on both here and there. The twist to my Cupid tale is the fact that my Cupid is gay. Plus, there is a Psyche (the original Cupid’s love) but I’ve included the other erotes and Greek/Roman myth characters and stories to create a modern-day, high school Cupid with his own unique story and personality. Quentin Darrows is seventeen–a poetic little $#!+, too–and in love with his best friend who loves to date anyone, male and female alike. And this poor Cupid is just trying to cope with it all.

(Quentin is going to kill me for using this Cupid image. He really doesn’t like babies in diapers being Cupid.)

Love, Darrows is a modern take on a Cupid who can’t control his own love life with his phone app arrows, so he fights for his boyfriend, Lex, in any way he can. The story I am submitting it part one and part two, Love, Carter, completes the tale.

What I am ready to do:

I am ready to rip this baby apart if I have to. I want to learn and make QUENTIN THE BEST DERN CUPID ever! I want to get his story out there and into the world. Give him the wings to fly because I know when he does, he’ll fly far! I’m ready to work hard and absorb all the advice a mentor wants to give. Be harsh with me, because I need the honesty to get my story living. I’ll stay up all night. Work all day, except when I’m working, and even then I’d be working on Darrows.

I just look forward to having new eyes and new thoughts on something that’s been with me for years.

Even if I’m not chosen, MY ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO GET DARROWS PUBLISHED.

What I typically write:

Usually my stories fall into a million different categories. Well, except for my NYC-RomComs. I write adult and YA. I usually go contemporary with my tales, though I’ve been in and out and twisted around almost every genre out there–Paranormal, supernatural, retellings, rom coms, myths, knights and princesses, angels and demons, ghosts, dystopians, mystery, space, and superheroes[ish]–with the exception of horror.

What I read:

I like almost any kind of story. Romances tend to be in my top picks (most recently Mónica B. Wagner’s Frosh series and Rachel Van Dyken’s The Matchmaker’s Playbook series). I love a good non-romantic series (see the Lunar Chronicles and Divergent). Graphic novels–Scott Pilgrim, Agent Carter, Spider-Gwen, and Ms. Marvel are among the tops ones I read.

Well…I just love a really good book I don’t want to put down but then I regret when I finish reading because I want to keep those characters and events with me forever.

Favorite Movies/TV/Netflix/Hulu

In other words, random stuff that has nothing to do with writing, yet has somehow inspired me in so many ways.

Anything Chris Evans, my favorite being What’s Your Number?

And Scott Pilgrim…

I like Captain America, The Avengers, Underoos (aka Spider-man), Back to the Future, Star Wars (Han Solo), Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks and Rec, The Office, Rick and Morty, Supernatural, Brooklyn-9-9, Stranger Things, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Friends from College, iZombie, Game of Thrones…

I CAN’T BELIEVE CAP KISSED MARGERY TYRELL!!! *WORLDS COLLIDE*

…Westworld, you name it and I’ve probably watched it. Almost anything you can find at a Comic Con panel or that will make me laugh. Or sigh. Or go awww, or even just…

Random things about me:

I am becoming a polyglot.

I speak American natively, and I have many years of Spanish under my belt. Recently, I started learning French, Norwegian, and Japanese. (I have plans for Swedish and Italian in the future.) I can already label some items and ask questions in French and Norwegian. I also can recognize a lot of Hiragana on packages (and read a few things) when I’m shopping at Daiso–Japan’s answer to the dollar store.

Daiso is one of my favorite places to go.

I have a growing collection of Funko figures. Mostly Captain Americas. The first one I owned  was Han Solo I found back in 2011/2012. Then Marty McFly and Doc. Then Chewbacca. Then when Cap came out…and so on and so on…

Recently, I used a plastic Coca-cola crate and turned it into a shelf for my Toby Stanks (yes, I did that on purpose. #TeamCap #SorryNotSorry) and Underoos Funko figures on the other side of the room from Cap and me.

I like photoshopping photos into looking like a comic or something someone drew. (This is one I did for a coffee project at work.)

I am allergic to sulfites, meaning that virtually everything I eat will make me sick–including my beloved fruits and veggies. I was never vegetarian but I really don’t like meat especially without ketchup or a sauce or seasoning.
The only thing I like without that stuff is the Flying Dutchman from In-N-Out. So I’m there a few days a week.

Despite my allergies and my body’s inability to handle food properly, I have managed to lose almost 100 pounds…which is a great feat, IMO. It’s still a work in progress, though.

I always wanted a Captain America sweater, but when I couldn’t find one that not everyone else would have, I looked up knitting patterns and figured out how to knit my own…It’s a great comfy sweater perfect for reading and rainy, cold days.

I like to draw.

I now draw the boards for my store.

this isn’t the best one, but it is the most recent.

 

L’il Sebastian. Because…

 

And…well…if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a HUGE fan of Chris Evans. He has the BEST SOUL anyone could own.
Everyone at work picks on me, a lot of people roll their eyes, but I will defend him/that fact to the death.

MY FAVORITE CAP IMAGE:

Why? Because it always reminds me that when things look bleak, when you’re feeling down, when all looks lost in the world, keep fighting, keep hoping, keep working and you will come out of it a better person and hopefully on top of it all.

I plan on staring at this one a lot in the coming weeks when the mentor/mentee teams are announced. (And hopefully long after as I’m readying Darrows with my mentor’s help.)

Well, it’s time…

Time to begin. Isn’t it? (sorry, channeling Imagine Dragons there) Time to get those mentors listed and get Darrows into the mix.

*deep breath*

Thanks for taking the time to read. And sorry about the fangirly me. (not too sorry, though. it is who I am.)

GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO ARE ENTERING!!!
SEE YOU GUYS ON THE FLIP-SIDE!

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