Book Review: Wicked Nobles by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hooks!

Recently, Margo Ryerkerk (who graciously sends me ARCs of her books) teamed up with writer Holly Hook for a brand new series called Nocturnal Academy. Wicked Nobles is a prequel to the series and gives us a little insight into the main character, Onyx Logan. Please note that this book is part of a compilation called Academy of Magic, so I don’t think there’s any way to purchase it separately! This is the same compilation that my last book review was featured in, so click here if you want to see the book cover and read my thoughts. With that being said, here’s what I wrote on Goodreads about Nocturnal Academy:

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This is the only cover art I could find for the whole collection- nothing just for Wicked Nobles. Kind of lame, but you get the idea!

Wicked Nobles is the prequel to the forthcoming Nocturna Academy series by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook. The main character is a girl named Onyx (what a bad ass name!). She is half fae, but doesn’t appear to have any magic, which makes her pretty low on the totem pole as far as supernaturals are concerned. Nevertheless, she has to keep her fae identity a secret or risk enslavement by vampires.

Of course, the vampires find out about Onyx’s identity… because her mom SOLD HER. Wow, great mother… anyway, Onyx is forced to attend Nocturna Academy, where vampires and faes go to school together. While the vampires learn how to lead, the faes learn how to best serve their future vampire masters.

Onyx is not subservient and has no desire to conform to the vampire’s demands, so she immediately begins plotting ways to get the hell out of Nocturna Academy. One of her teachers offers to help her, but she quickly learns that everything is not black and white, and escaping may be more difficult than she thought.

This book makes me SO excited for the Nocturna Academy books. The series seems like it’s going to touch on some pretty dark subject matter, and I can’t wait to see what happens to Onyx!

I gave Wicked Nobles 4/5 stars on Goodreads! Also, note that in this book, the academy WAS called Nocturna Academy instead of Nocturnal Academy- I didn’t make a typo there! The authors changed the name after the first book due to… stuff. Haha 😉

Gaming Goodie(s) of the Month: A Mixed Bag!

Even though March is more than halfway over, I still haven’t posted my February Gaming Goodies post… I’m slow, I know. Better late than never!

First up, I ordered a couple games from Amazon! I got Wii Fit U for the Wii U (obviously). I’ve been trying to work out more regularly (and I’ve been doing pretty good) and I switch between a few different exercise routines- one of them being Wii Fit/Wii Fit Plus. I felt weird not having Wii Fit U, so I finally bought it! It came with a little pedometer too, which is nifty.

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I also bought something I certainly didn’t need… おいでよ どうぶつの森, or Oideyo Doubutsu no Mori. That loosely translates to “Come to Animal Forest” but the game is, of course, the Japanese version of Animal Crossing: Wild World for the Nintendo DS. I’ve seen this game for sale before and skipped over it because I thought I didn’t need it… the thought nagged me for years until I finally caved in and just bought the damn thing! Like I need ANOTHER Animal Crossing town to tend to… 😉

Next up, we have one of the greatest items I have ever come across:

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A GIANT KIRBY!! Look how awesome he is! My husband and I were at Books-A-Million and I was busy being distracted by Harry Potter goodies until he said “Oh no…” when he spotted a big pile of Kirbys! I have never seen such a big plush in person before and I wasn’t going to buy it at first, but he convinced me to. I’m a sucker for Kirby things.

This is how big he is next to a normal sized plush, just for comparison:

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Lastly, look at these awesome Kirby socks! These were also at Books-A-Million.

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Here’s eveything all in one lovely picture:

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So there you have it! I have scored some pretty sweet stuff this month as well, including one that I’ve been waiting for for quite awhile (spoiler alert: ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS) so stay tuned for a post on that next month. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

Book Review: An Academy Witch By Ashley McCleo!

An Academy Witch is a prequel to The Spellcasters Spy Academy series by Ashley McCleo. I already reviewed the first book of this series, so it was interesting to read this, as it focused on one the characters that I actually strongly disliked in the first book! I received this book as an ARC, so I’m sharing my Goodreads review as a courtesy!

This book is actually part of a boxset, so there really isn’t a blurb just for An Academy Witch. Here’s a picture of the cover from Ashley McCleo’s website though!

This is what I wrote on Goodreads:

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review of this book! 🙂

An Academy Witch is a prequel to A Legacy Witch by Ashley McCleo and centers around Diana, the haughty and spoiled daughter of the headmistress of Spellcasters Spy Academy. At least… that’s what I thought about Diana before I read this book!

Diana is a headstrong young woman who wants to attend Spellcasters, but she wants to gain entry based on hard work and dedication- not simply because of her mother. Diana trains hard and completes the trials set before her without complaint because she wants to prove herself.

I admit, I did not like Diana’s character at all when she was presented in A Legacy Witch. I did not understand was she was so rude, cold and seemingly entitled. After reading An Academy Witch, I completely understand her motivations and why she wouldn’t like Odette just breezing into the academy based on the fact that she is a Legacy (meaning her parents attended the school). She could have gone about things a little nicer, but hey… no one’s perfect!

This was a short, easy read that was thoroughly enjoyable and gave a different, more inside viewpoint of Spellcasters. I really enjoyed it, and I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

 

 

My Gaming Month In Review: February 2020!

Wow, two months in a row with this type of post… I’m on a roll! Ha. Anyway, let’s get right down to it… here’s the progress I made with my games in the month of February!

Console

Nintendo Wii

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I didn’t make too much progress in Animal Crossing: City Folk this time around. I did play on Groundhog Day and got my Resetti model. I also played on Valentine’s Day and got a letter and some chocolates from Harry, how sweet! Festivale was on the 24th, but I didn’t play… so I might need to rewind time so I can check it out 😉

Nintendo Switch

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I’m still having an absolute blast playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! I ended up wandering into Hateno Village, where I found and completed the Myahm Agana Shrine which… was a challenge. It was some weird tilty piece of shit labyrinth puzzle that wasn’t a lot of fun! Anyway, after some exploration, I decided to finally pay attention to the main quest and “Seek Out Impa.” Cool! Now I have two more main quests: Free the Divine Beasts (that will take me literally forever) and Locked Mementos (that’ll probably take forever too). I also completed the Ta’loh Naeg Shrine, which was a training exercise- the first one I’ve encountered. Because I’m an idiot, I broke a few of my weapons trying to chop the Guardian into pieces before I realized you have to follow the onscreen instructions. Uggh.

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I’m happy to say that I beat Yoshi’s Crafted World this month! Yay! I’ll do a more in-depth End Game Thoughts post a little later. Anyway, the final levels of the game were decently challenging. One level in particular, Be Afraid of the Dark (in Shadowville) featured a creepy clown looking character that chased you with an axe! Definitely did not see that coming! Anyway, I defeated Baby Bowser, recovered the final Dream Gem, and that was that! Such a fun game!

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After beating Yoshi, I decided to play Mario Tennis Aces as my next “Switch Sunday” game. There are a few different game play modes, which is interesting. I first played through all the tutorials and played a few of the characters in Free Play mode just to get a feel for the game. I then played a little bit of Adventure Mode. I beat Bask Ruins, so now I’m getting ready to play Piranha Plant Forest!

Handheld

Nintendo Game Boy

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I continued playing Pokémon Blue a bit. I explored Route 13, battling trainers and gaining experience. I think I’m starting to form a team that I’m going to keep until the end, but we shall see. I was also SO EXCITED to nab a Ditto!! He was kind of a bitch, but I got him in the end.

Mobile

Kindle Fire

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I’ve been playing a bit of Wordscapes here and there on my tablet when I have some downtime, and it’s a lot of fun- and a challenge too! I’m on Level 90, which isn’t too shabby… until I think of my aunt, who has completed over 20,000 (yes, I typed that correctly!) levels. I have a lot of catching up to do!

iPhone

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Of course, I’m still playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. I’m now at Level 165 and have 180/183 animals invited to my camp. So close! I just can’t seem to get that last map from Gulliver. Anywho, I played through the events for this month, though I didn’t get the final prize because I didn’t craft everything from the scavenger hunt in time. That’s okay! As sad as I was to see the snow melt, I’m ready for springtime!

That’s about it for February 2020. Thanks for reading!

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Back in September last year, Megan over at A Geeky Gal received a Sunshine Blogger Award and extended an open invitation to everyone who wanted to answer her questions! They seemed like fun questions, so I decided to give them a go!

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1. What game are you currently playing?

I’m playing through a few different games right now, trying to clear some of my monstrous backlog! The main ones I’m playing are Pokemon Blue for the Game Boy, Animal Crossing: City Folk for the Wii, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Switch!

2. What game are you most looking forward to?

I know it’s already out, but I’m really looking forward to playing Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Switch! The original Luigi’s Mansion for the GameCube is one of my favorite games of all time, and I can’t wait to play this one and see what kind of spooky surprises are in store 😉

3. What is your favorite game of last year?

Um… I really stink at playing games when they came out, so I’m just going to go with a game I beat last year that I really loved- Super Mario Odyssey for the Switch! I had such a blast with that game, and I still have so many more Power Moons to find!

4. What would you change about your favorite franchise?

It’s hard for me to even pick a favorite franchise, because I have several of them! Let’s just pick… hmm… Animal Crossing! There’s not much I would change about this delightful series… but I wish they would expand the world a bit. Like, maybe have different areas we could go to that have villagers indigenous only to that area. For instance, there could be a whole underwater area where whale, seal, and fish villagers live… or a spooky area where bats live! I think that would be a lot of fun.

5. What game has influenced you creatively? Writing, drawing, etc.

Definitely Donkey Kong Country (well, the series as a whole)! When I was a kid, I would write stories based off the games. I had one pretty bad ass story that was based off of Donkey Kong 64 that was epic, haha. I should try my hand at creative writing like that now…

6. What games do you have multiple copies of?

Donkey Kong Country 1, 2 and 3. I still have all my original SNES carts, but I also have the Game Boy Color version of DKC (they never made Game Boy Color versions of the other two), repurchased them all as enhanced Game Boy Advance ports, and downloaded them all on both the Wii and Nintendo 3DS Virtual Consoles. I also have an SNES mini, which has the first DKC on it. Yeah… I’m a bit obsessed with those games.

7. How do you usually spend a lazy evening? 

Typically watching TV with my husband, reading, or playing a game!

8. How many countries have you been to?

Sadly, none aside from my own! Boo! I need to get out more.

9. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?

Hmm… I loved to come home from school and watch The Animaniacs! I also loved The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Saved By The Bell. Still love The Animaniacs and Fresh Prince. As for Saved By The Bell, I haven’t seen it in forever, so I’m not sure if it’s something I still like or not. I did buy the DVD set for $18 a couple years back, so at some point I’ll check it out again!

10. What was the first game you ever beat?

Does Tetris count? Haha! I mean, I beat my high score over and over. Aside from that, probably Kirby’s Dream Land for the Game Boy!

There you have it! Thanks for the fun questions, Megan! 🙂

Gaming Goodie(s) of the Month: Just a Couple Things From Best Buy!

For February’s Gaming Goodie post, I wanted to show a couple things I picked up at Best Buy recently! It’s nothing major, but still, I think they are pretty cool!

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This picture doesn’t do it justice… the colors are stunning!

First, look at this GORGEOUS Dark Samus amiibo that I found! I’ll admit, I didn’t know this existed. Sometimes I am shit at keeping up with stuff. Anyway, I passed on the original Samus amiibo that came out awhile back, but this one was just too gorgeous to pass up. The colors are even better in person!

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New one on the left!

Then, I got another adorable little Kirby Squishme (on the left)! I already had one (on the right) and this one was the only one at the store. How could I leave him all on his lonesome?! My husband saw this first and actually hid it from me so I wouldn’t see it… then he told me about it and I grabbed it, haha! Don’t they look cute together?

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There you have it! Just a couple little things I picked up. I didn’t need these things, but I had to use my giftcard on something! I also bought the entire Beavis and Butthead DVD collection but yeah… that’s not exactly video game related, lol!

My Gaming Month in Review: January 2020!

Hey everyone! Hope the new year has been treating you right so far! I’ve been a bit lame on the posting front lately, which isn’t how I planned for things to be. I’ve been struggling for awhile with chronic migraines (I’ve had them for years) and for some reason over the past few months, the intensity has really kicked up a notch, which makes it hard for me to do… well, anything really. I’ve fallen behind on blog postings, video game progress, housework, etc. Some days I can’t even look at the computer and something as simple as scrolling through a post will make me so dizzy I want to puke. I’m hoping my brain will stabilize itself soon because I’m fucking sick of it! 😉

Anyway! In the meantime, I’ll just do what I can do and that’s that! I decided to bring back an ongoing series I used to write awhile back (I tried to look for the last time I posted one, but the aforementioned dizziness reared its ugly head as I scrolled through my blog, so oh well)- My Gaming Month in Review! I love writing posts like this, but my problem was I would spend so much time trying to take screenshots and remember what I did in the game, I wouldn’t enjoy the actual game I was playing as much. Yikes!

So, this is going to be a similar post to my old ones, but I am just going to give a briefer summary, and I probably won’t include my own screenshots. Enjoy!

Console

Nintendo Wii

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I’m still working my way through Animal Crossing: City Folk, just trying to get my loan paid off. I try to play though any events during the month, so on New Year’s Day I played and got my fancy new 2020 shirt! It’s got a rat on it since this is the Year of the Rat, so I thought that was pretty cute! I also participated in the Dab Fishing Tourney that was being held, and surprisingly, I won! I still owe 484,000 Bells on my loan, but at least this is my final loan and I’ll be done!

Nintendo Switch

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I’ve been playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild here and there over the last couple months, and I LOVE IT! I’m not nearly as far as most people. As a matter of fact, I’m not far in the game at all, because I am having a blast just exploring everything. My main goals right now are to complete as many shrines as I can so I can upgrade my health and stamina, and activate as many towers as I can so my map is complete. During my last session, I searched FOREVER trying to find the Dow Na’eh Shrine (it was behind a waterfall, ugh) and I managed to activate Hateno Tower. My main objective is Seek Out Impa, which is like… the first thing you’re supposed to do after getting off the Great Plateau. Oh well, I play how I want!

So I’ve started this thing I call “Switch Sunday” which is exactly what it sounds like… on Sunday, I try to play a Switch game! Yes, I’m already working my way though Zelda, but I wanted to choose another game to play as well, because I’m a glutton for punishment. Anyway, I decided to start playing Yoshi’s Crafted World, and that was an excellent choice! The game is so cute and relaxing, and puts me in a great mood when I play it. I also like how it’s not completely linear- after the first few levels, several branched pathways appear to let you choose which way you want to go. I think that’s pretty neat! I left on on Acorn Forest- Jumping to Victory, and I’ve recovered 3 Dream Gems so far (which means I’m more than halfway through the game at this point).

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Nintendo Game Boy

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Yes, I’m STILL playing Pokémon Blue. Things take me forever, remember?! I’m more than halfway though the game at this point though, so I have definitely made progress! In January, I beat the Saffron City Gym and got my 5th Gym Badge. While wandering Route 12 afterwards, I finally got a better fishing rod and caught Tentacruel (or was it Tentacool? Shit, I don’t remember), Goldeen and Krabby. Now I’m exploring what Route 13 has to offer!

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I also want to add that I’m still playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on my phone. I can’t help it, it’s part of my routine nearly every morning! Right now I’m at Level 162, and I’ve invited 177/183 animals to my campsite. I can’t get the last island containing those animals to pop up as part of Gulliver’s islands, dammit! I keep refreshing but no luck yet. I enjoy participating in the events, and I feel no pressure to complete them.

That’s it for gaming in January! Hopefully February will see me completing a couple of these games, but we’ll see how it goes. See ya!