10 Things That Make Me Happy!

This is a big of a different style blogging tag, as it is not exclusively gaming related. I saw this tag back in April on the always- awesome blog of The Shameful Narcissist,ย and she left the tag open to anyone… so here I am, late to the party as usual! Hey, better 5 months late than never, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, the whole point of this entry is simple: List 10 things that make you happy. Despite the fact that I think I am a bit of a realist and am often cynical (which some people see as me being pessimistic *rolls eyes*), I actually am pretty easy to please. I do look for the things that will make me happy, and I hold onto those things with an iron grip; in the end, those are the things that are most important. Besides, I don’t know when I’m going to croak, so I might as well focus on things that are enjoyable, right? Right! So here ya go: 10 thing that make me happy!

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1. Family and Friends

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Despite the fact that this is a numbered list, all the items are pretty much equal… except for this one! My family means the world to me, every single one of them. I was lucky enough to grow up in a fantastic (if not a bit unconventional) environment, and as a result am close to pretty much all of my family members. Of course, my husband is my family too, and I am grateful for him! With my husband came a whole new set of family members to get to know and enjoy, so when I say “family” here, I am referring to everyone on my side as well as everyone on his side ๐Ÿ™‚

I also include friends here, because I do not have many friends. This is my choice… I choose to only have a handful of close friends over many acquaintances, because it just seems pointless to me to have so many people in my inner circle. I’m not really a social butterfly at all either, so my idea of friendship is often just texting, or chatting here on our blogs! ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Video Games

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Well, obviously! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This blog wouldn’t exist if they didn’t make me happy! Video games are my #1 hobby, and they pretty much always have been. I play when I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I’m sick, when I need distraction… etc. I just LOOK at my video game collection, and I am happy.

3. Reading

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Reading is also something that makes me very happy. I’ve always been a reader, too, and I enjoy picking up a book and being transported to a different world. For that reason, I prefer to read fiction, because I’d rather read some shit that is made up just for my entertainment!

4. Animals

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I am a huge animal lover. I love most critters- from the fuzzy to the scaly to the furry and everything in between! (Just… not some insects, okay? I’m talking about roaches in particular- those disgusting fucks!) Just being around animals makes me more zen. I have several pets of my own, but I’ve often been told that I tend to spoil every animal that I know.

5. The beach/ pool

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I’ve lived in Florida my entire life, so there’s always a beach or pool close by. When I lived at my grandparents’ house growing up, I could swim whenever I wanted since they had a pool! Anyway, I find that being out in the sunshine and near the water is very cathartic for me. If I could spend the entire day lounging on a raft, I would.

6. Music

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I love listening to music! I do it quite often- when I’m driving, when I’m cleaning, when I’m reading… you get the picture. I’m sort of becoming an old fuddy duddy in the fact that I don’t like a lot of newer music that has come out recently- I like to stick to my old favorites! My favorite genres are heavy metal and hard rock along with some reggae, but there are songs that I like in pretty much every genre. A special shout out to punk rock for getting me through my teenage years! ๐Ÿ˜‰

7. Horror/ Skulls/ Other Goth Stuff

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I’ve always been drawn to the darkness, what can I say? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love horror movies and horror novels. The scarier, the better! I also love scary artwork. I’m endlessly fascinated by anything that goes bump in the night. And skulls? Skulls are my favorite. I have a lot of shirts and socks that have skulls on them, I have tons of skull jewelry… I even have a skull tattoo. I don’t know quite why the darkness fascinates me so much, but I just roll with it.

8. Writing

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If writing didn’t make me happy, I wouldn’t be doing this blog, but anyway… I love sitting down with a good old fashioned pen and paper and seeing what kind of crazy ideas I can come up with. Problem is, I am the absolute worst at finishing anything I start, so I have like 30 stories that aren’t done. Maybe one day I’ll actually finish one.

9. Holidays

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What holidays make me happy? All of them! Holidays both big and small are a great excuse for me to get together with my family and have a blast. It doesn’t really matter what the occasion is! Plus, any holiday that gets me off work is a bonus! Just don’t make me choose between Halloween and Christmas. I can’t pick!

10. Chips/ French Fries

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This may be a stupid response to wrap up my list, but here’s the cold hard truth: I am human. I try to eat healthy, but I don’t always succeed. And sometimes all I want is a big bag of potato chips. Or a large fry. And dammit, I don’t care if it’s bad for me. There are worse vices in the world.

Well, there you have it! 10 things that make me happy. Honorable mentions go to nail polish, pens in many different colors, candles that smell like baked goods, and many other little things that bring a smile to my face.

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Back in April (geez, one day I’ll be caught up on my posts!) I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Red Metal over at Extra Life! It’s always an honor to be nominated for an award- it feels good to know that there are some people who find my blog interesting, haha! So let’s get started!

1. What is the dumbest competition you ever got in with your friends?

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Indeed.

Hmm…. that’s an interesting question! I’m not a very competitive person- I mostly stay out of any sort of competition if I can help it! Even when I was in school when I was younger I didn’t care much to compete. I guess I’m kind of a softy, haha.

2. If you could form a band, which genre of music would you end up playing?

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Slipknot is one of my favorite bands!ย 

Oh, no doubt I would be in a metal band! I love metal, hard rock, etc. so it would only be natural that I would be in that type of band. I’d probably play the guitar, despite the fact that my poor arthritic hands no longer have the dexterity to do so. Or maybe I’d just be the lead singer so I could scream all day long! ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. What is the first film you ever watched in theaters?

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Oh wow! I don’t really remember going to a lot of movies when I was younger. For some reason the first movie that comes to mind is Casper the Friendly Ghost, which came out in 1995 when I was 9. I also remember the fact that it was pouring down rain that day! There may have been an earlier movie that I went to, but I just can’t remember!

4. What is the oldest film youโ€™ve watched all the way through?

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Follow the yellow brick road, or something.

Well, I’m not exactly a movie buff. I do enjoy watching movies, but it’s not like I’ve seen all the classics or anything. I would say the original The Wizard of Oz (1939) is the oldest movie I’ve seen. I have a distinct memory of watching it on my old tiny black and white television when I was 3 or 4 ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Have you ever fallen asleep watching a film before?

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Just… no.

Oh yes. This shitty “horror” movie called Dark Water. It was so cheesy- basically this stupid woman was screaming because there was black mold growing slowly on the ceiling. Okay, so the mold actually wasn’t mold- it was a demon or something. I don’t know- I fell asleep, remember? All I know is that it was lame and even the fact that I consumed too many shots before watching did not help keep me entertained!

6. What is your personal record for most number of films watched in a day?

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Probably 3 or 4! Sometimes when my husband and I are lazy on the weekends we’ll watch a few movies just to veg out!

7. What is the single most heretical opinion you hold when it comes to video games?

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Sorry, just not interested…

Umm…. I do NOT like the Fire Emblem series at all. I’m sorry. Fire Emblem is a series a lot of people enjoy, but it’s not for me. It’s mainly the gameplay that I don’t enjoy, but I don’t seem to connect with any characters either. I’m not downing the series in any way, and I feel bad for even saying that I don’t like it! I can certainly appreciate Fire Emblem, I just don’t care to play the games.

8. What is your proudest achievement playing a game?

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I’m proud whenever I stick to and actually beat a game, haha! I am gonna say, though, I’m proud of myself for completely mastering Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. I have fully maxed out every character, done every little side quest, collected everything there is to collect… I’ve even found all the little treasure chests hidden everywhere. I’m obsessed, I can’t help it! And since I have an SNES Classic, I’ll probably be playing it again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

9. What do you believe to be one of the few advantages that gaming critics have over film critics?

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I think that the fact that you can actually interact with the medium is huge! I enjoy watching movies, don’t get me wrong, but it is a passive activity. Gaming is interactive, and everyone’s experience will vary.

10. Have you ever binge-watched a show?

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Walter White was one of the most bad ass characters ever to grace a TV screen!

Yes! There have been several. Breaking Bad is one of the main ones… believe it or not, my husband and I didn’t watch this show at all until a few months after the last season aired! For some reason, I didn’t find the premise that interesting, so I never tried to watch it. Then my mom and stepdad told me how great the show was, so we decided to check it out. We were instantly hooked! In fact, when we got to the last season, only the first half was on Netflix here in the USA. So naturally, we tricked Netflix into thinking that we were in the UK so we could watch the rest! We couldn’t wait ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, Stranger Things. We told ourselves we would spread the shows out and watch them over time, but that did not happen! Where the hell is season 3?!

There have been other shows I’m sure, but those two definitely take the cake!

11. Do you follow any webcomics?

No, I don’t! Should I be? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll happily take some suggestions!

And there you have it! Thanks again for the nomination, Red Metal! I appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

My Gaming Month in Review: August 2018!

Despite my best efforts, I still suck at posting and being up to date on everyone’s blog posts! I just have not had the energy. However… after 7 1/2 years at my current job, I am embarking on a new career path starting this Tuesday! I am hoping with this new job I will be less stressed and have more energy to be able to get back to more of the things I enjoy doing. Some of those things include reading all of your posts as well as writing more of my own!

With that being said, here’s a short post detailing what I played in August. Unfortunately, I didn’t make a whole lot of progress in any of my games, so this isn’t going to be the most interesting post! Sorry.

Console

Nintendo Switch

I’ve gotten back into playing Super Mario Odyssey, which continues to delight and surprise me! I haven’t played a whole lot of it, but I’m enjoying every second of it. I completed the Metro Kingdom, which I enjoyed despite my reservations at first. I mean, realistic looking people in a Mario game really weirded me out at first!

Anyway, after the Metro Kingdom I ventured to the Seaside Kingdom, which I found beautiful! After getting rid of the weird ass octopus-boss-thing, it was even more fun to explore.

Edit: According to my strategy guide, the name of that thing is Brigadier Mollosque- Lanceur III, Dauphin of Bubblaine. Um WTF?!

Right now I’m chillin’ in Snow Kingdom (ha! An unintentional pun!) and I am just about to participate in the Bound Bowl Grand Prix, so I believe I’m almost ready to travel to the next kingdom!

Mobile

iPhone

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp had some fun changes this month. They updated the way the goals are laid out, and they are actually much more fun to complete. Each event has several goals to complete as well, and the prizes are pretty generous!

Speaking of events, there were 6 events this month! They were:

1. Redd’s Summer Festival- a gardening event *rolls eyes.* I played it very passively, and got a couple cool items.
2. Fishing Tourney #5. I always enjoy the fishing tourneys, even though they upped the goal requirements and I never get the gold trophy anymore. Oh well. The piranhas were fun to catch!
3. Flower Festival. This was a cute gardening event. I enjoyed planting the flowers and creating hybrids! I felt like there was actually a decent amount of time allotted for this event. which made it way less stressful.
4. Gyroidite Scavenger Hunt #4. This time around I hunted denim gyroidites, which were super cute! I didn’t care all that much for the actual prizes, but it was fun collecting them anyway.
5. Summertime Bug Catching. I enjoyed this little event, because some of the prizes included fortune cookies! I didn’t complete the last goal, though, because no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get a goliath beetle to show up for me. Fuck you, goliath beetle.
6. Brewster’s Sweet Harvest. Another gardening event that just started on 8/31, so it’s not done yet. I’m sure I’ll bitch… er, tell you how well I did next month!

Currently, I’m at Level 91 and have 107/ 109 animals invited to my campsite!

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I started playing Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery this month. I’ll admit, I avoided playing it at first because I wasn’t in the mood for bullshit energy meters and microtransactions. I have a couple friends that like it, though, and since I really love Harry Potter, I decided to give it a chance.

You start off as a young witch (or wizard, if you are a guy of course) who gets an acceptance letter into Hogwarts. (I’m in my 30s, but I’m still waiting for my letter dammit!). The story is set in a time when Harry Potter is a baby, so he’s not at Hogwarts. Your story is pretty similar to Harry’s, though: you make a good friend, you make an immediate enemy, people think you’re a freak because of something that happened in your life… etc. I have to say, I really do enjoy the story and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out as the in-game years progress.

The game is divided into Chapters, and each Chapter typically has a few story- related tasks as well as Lessons for you to complete. Everything you do requires energy, which is where it gets annoying. Also, most tasks have a time limit, so running out of energy is an issue. ALSO…. the game is very passive. You tap away on the screen, you trace a pattern… there really isn’t much to do.

And yet… I find myself enjoying the game. I enjoy the story, and when I run out of energy, I just put my phone down for a little while and do something else. I don’t even play it every day- I’ll just pick it up every few days or so and complete part of a chapter, then leave it alone for a bit.

Maybe I like this game because I’m not really in any big hurry to complete it. I’m sure people that play it religiously and want to beat it ASAP get pissed off at it, and I understand. For now, I’m just enjoying the slow journey. I’m on Year 1, Chapter 7, and I’ve completed all the story tasks. I’m just finishing up my Lessons ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s it for my gaming in August. Not much progress, and sorry for the lack of screenshots! I just wasn’t up to the task. Like I said at the beginning of this post, things are changing for me, and hopefully everything will be headed in a more positive direction. Thanks for reading!

My Gaming Month in Review: July 2018!

Console

Nintendo 64

After continuing to plug away at Doubutsu no Mori, I finally paid off my house loan!

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Yes, I got stung by a bee, don’t hate!

Tanukichi was apologetic when he said he couldn’t upgrade my house any further, but he said he wanted to build a monument for me to commemorate my accomplishment. How nice of him!

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Immortalized in gold.

Also, this Google Translate made me laugh so hard….

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Really?!

Nintendo Wii

Since my loan is fully paid off in Doubutsu no Mori, I decided to move on to the next Animal Crossing game I need to do so in, which happens to be Animal Crossing: City Folk. As I’ve previously mentioned, this is the Animal Crossing that I’ve put the least amount of time into, so I have a long way to go!

When I booted up the game, my pals told me I hadn’t seen them in 3 months. Sorry!

I walked around picking weeds and talking to everyone, enjoying the stormy weather. I also met my new neighbor, Moe!

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He’s a cutie!

I couldn’t remember what version of Nook’s store I had in this game, so I went to take a look. To my surprise, I had Nookington’s! It was closed for the night, though.

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I don’t know why fancy clothes are shown in the window when he doesn’t even sell clothes…

Not much else happened this month. To make money, I caught a bunch of fish. However, I realized that I had only 4 fish that I had donated to the museum… I like to always donate one of each kind of fish (or bug) to the museum, so I ended up donated most of my catches. Oh well.

Currently, I owe 248,000 bells on my loan.

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Despite my greatest efforts, I only managed to get “Master” ranking at the end of Summer in Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, which is the ranking below Hero. I was SO PISSED, because I really thought I had it. I feel like the game royally screwed me over, and I almost gave it up. However, being so close to the end irritated me and I want to actually beat it, so I decided to try again in the Fall.

Turns out, you can fast-forward your gameplay a little bit by sleeping all the way through the day! So I settled into a routine of waking up, checking my crops and animals, then going right back to bed. I even considered selling my animals just so I didn’t even have to worry about them, but… their cute little digital faces made me feel guilty.

The only crops I planted were Bluemist flowers, which turned the easiest profit. I also put a shitload of fertilizer down to make them grow faster. I really didn’t want to take any chances this season!

Finally, at the end of the season…

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Ultimate Farmer bitches!

Sweet! The ultimate ranking is the top ranking you can get. Damn skippy! The next day, I raced up the mountain to ring all the bells.

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Trippy…

The somewhat douchey Harvest King returned and restored the goddess tree.

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Oh shut up already!

A brief ending sequence played, and the game was beaten! FINALLY! I’ll probably write some sort of wrap up for this game in a later blog entry, if I get around to it.

Handheld

Nintendo DS

After months of ignoring the bane of my existence The Legendary Starfy, I decided I was ready to finish it up! I had left off on Level 8-2, so I didn’t really have much left to do! The level immediately aggravated me by starting out with one of those stupid gap jumps that are impossible to judge so you just die a million times before you figure it out!

I played a train section with some damn cheesy graphics…

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Hmmm….

After a couple more slightly annoying levels, I made it to the final boss, Mashtooth. Oh my god… what a huge pain in the ass he was!

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I hate him.

This annoying asshole had a couple different forms you had to fight, and each time you lost, you had to start all over. The plus side of this is I started to become pretty good at fighting his first form! His second form was difficult, though, and gave me some trouble.

The last “form” wasn’t really a fight… I just had to push the moon back at him a couple times. Ha, that sounds so dumb when I actually write it out! Anyway, I finally beat the stupid mother fucker, which means….

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I FINALLY BEAT THE LEGENDARY STARFY OMG! There are some end game levels to play, but I’d be lying if I said I was interested in playing them.

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iPhone

In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, I participated in Fishing Tourney #3! I ended up missing a couple days of gameplay though, due to being busy around the 4th of July and not really wanting to play. I only got a bronze trophy, but oh well.

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Another July event was Kapp’n’s Bloomin’ Booty, which was a sunflower themed garden event. Meh… you probably know how I feel about gardening events by now. I got a couple cute items, but didn’t really care to participate too much.

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Also, can I just tell you how pissed I am that there are several seriously cool beachy items, but you have to buy fortune cookies to have a CHANCE to get one?! I mean, you could buy 5 fortune cookies and get 5 of the same thing… sorry, I’m not wasting my Leaf Tickets on that shit. Hopefully I’ll be able to buy one or two with some Bells, but otherwise, no beach stuff for me.

Oh, I finally paid off my loan for my van. Woo!

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The 3rd event for July was the Gyroidite Scavenger Hunt #3, this time with adorable little jelly gyroidites! I really liked the furniture this time around.

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Surprisingly, there was another Fishing Tourney… but I really sucked at it this time around. I didn’t play much, and I ended with another bronze trophy. I didn’t even get a pic of my results, sorry!

My birthday was July 26th, and my friend Callula sent me a message telling me to check her campsite out. She had it decorated with birthday/ party decorations for me, which I thought was really awesome!

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Lastly… I got Stitches’ picture! Aww!!

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Here’s what my campsite looks like:

Currently, I’m at Level 87, and I have 102/ 104 animals invited to my campsite.

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Also, I decided to try out Pokemon Quest.

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It was very cute but… I just wasn’t a big fan.

Maybe I just wasn’t in a good mood when I played it, but it seems like there’s many different things going on, and it just wasn’t something I was interested in continuing to play. Also, I’m tired of free to start games with energy shit, so there’s that.

So that’s what I was up to in July! Like I said, my birthday was July 26th, and I got some cool gaming related stuff that I will share with y’all in a later post! Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

Book Review: Prophecy of Three by Ashley McLeo!

Sorry in advance to those of you who don’t care for book reviews, since I’m doing two of them back to back! A few months ago I started receiving ARC copies from another talented writer named Ashley McLeo, who is currently writing the awesome Starseed Trilogy! So far, I’ve read two of the books and one novella, and they have all been amazing! All my reviews are posted to Goodreads, but I’ll post them again here as a courtesy just in case anyone is interested! Again, I’m not trying to go into a deep analysis here… I just want to give a brief overview of the book and what I thought of it! ๐Ÿ™‚

The blurb from Prophecy of Three is as follows:

It begins with a burning library, a frantic witch, and an enchanted prophecy. It ends with the birth of the three.
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Lily Whiplark returned home from college expecting nothing more than an epic summer solstice party followed by months of blissful relaxation after her devastating breakup with her boyfriend Liam. Instead, she’s handed a ticket to Ireland to meet her birth family. In the rolling hills of Ireland, Lily’s life takes a thrilling turn when she discovers she’s one of three women fated to save humanity from an alien invasion. Whatโ€™s more, the events of her birth are connected to the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria, historical witch hunts in Europe, and even the legendary rift between Adam and Eve. Despite the promise of danger, Lily agrees to train in the magical arts. But will it be enough? Will she be brave enough to learn all that is required to rectify Eveโ€™s betrayal and save humanity from magical otherworldly forces intent on chaos?

The cover of the book (which is so beautiful!):

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Prophecy of Three, the first book in The Starseed Trilogy, was quite entertaining! After a brief prologue, we are introduced to Lily, the main character. She has just returned home from college, and she is happy to see her unconventional family once again. (Lily was adopted and lives in a commune consisting mostly of women!) Shortly after arriving home, Lily is given the opportunity to travel to Ireland to meet her birth family. Despite her reservations, she ends up making the trip!

After arriving in Ireland, Lily’s world is turned upside down. First of all, she learns that she is a triplet. Her sisters, Evelyn and Sara, are there with her, and they are nothing alike at all. Second, she learns that she and her sisters are actually witches! Lastly, she learns that her birth family did not give her and her sisters up because they didn’t want them- they gave them up to protect them. This is all because of a prophecy written many years ago.

There were so many things I loved about this book! The characters are entertaining and engaging. I rolled my eyes at Evelyn for a little while, but she does have some redeeming qualities. Lily’s birth mother as well as her aunts are so interesting and seem like they would be some awesome ladies to have in your family! ๐Ÿ™‚

One aspect I really enjoyed with this book is the fact that the story provides a different take on witches. Without going into too much detail, witches are apparently descendants of a race of beings called fata from the planet Hecate. I can’t wait to see how this knowledge plays out in later books!

Overall, I thought this was a fun, entertaining read, and I rate Prophecy of Three 5/5 stars!

Book Review: Spirit Snatcher by Margo Ryerkerk!

As I’ve done previously, I’m sharing this book review as a courtesy for Margo Ryerkerk, a really great author who so graciously gives me copies of her books in exchange for an honest review! I reviewed this book back in April on Goodreads, so sorry I’m just getting around to posting this now!

Spirit Snatcher is the third book in the Ardere series. Here’s the blurb for it:

She will venture into the enemyโ€™s lair to save the ones she loves.

Sierra is trying to come to terms with the discovery of her familyโ€™s dark secrets and master the elements when the Culpatus begins to abduct Guardians from Londonโ€™s streets.

To find out what the Culpatus has planned and where theyโ€™re taking the Guardians, Sierra has to team up with Gavin and confront the reality that her heart still longs for him, even though sheโ€™s dating Cooper.

The mission to rescue the Guardians will test Sierra, Gavin, and Cooper like nothing has ever before and take them deep into the lair of the Culpatus.

Will they manage to free their people, or will they end up prisoners themselves?

Filled with plot-twists, secrets, and romance, Spirit Snatcher will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more!

And of course, the gorgeous cover:

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Spirit Snatcher was another excellent entry in the Ardere series! The book was exciting and entertaining right from the beginning. In Spirit Snatcher, we see Sierra continue to become a warrior as she works hard to master the elements. She learns everything so quickly, which I find somewhat surprising considering a few short months ago, she had no idea she was a supernatural! Then again, maybe because she is a Fluidus, everything comes easier to her.

One thing that made me kind of cringe a little was Sierra having to “choose” between Cooper and Gavin. While Cooper seems like the sweeter choice, Gavin seems like her destiny. I can’t fault her for being a little confused- and after all, she is only 18.

By the time the final battle was taking place, I couldn’t put this book down. There is one character in particular that managed to get away, and she is a horrible person that I hope eventually gets what is coming to her! I also felt very sorry for the Umbra, because the fact that the Ardere generally look down on them as a lesser species is unwarranted.

I’d like to mention something else I’ve noticed in this book, as well as the other books in this series: the descriptive language used is so beautiful! For instance: when Sierra was getting dressed up, she had on “titian eye shadow.” Titian means bright, golden auburn (I will admit I had to look it up to see what it meant).

I rate Spirit Snatcher 5 out of 5! Since I’ve read and reviewed this book, I’ve also read and reviewed the 4th book in the series, so I’ll be posting that at some point as well!

Blogger Recognition Award!

Back in January, Art of Redress was kind enough to honor me with the Blogger Recognition Award!

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I always really appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my little blog, and getting recognized from time to time means I don’t totally suck, right?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, here’s the rules for this award!

Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that personโ€™s blog.

Done and done, if you read the first sentence of this post! ๐Ÿ™‚ Art of Redress is seriously a great blog- every entry is really entertaining to read! Please check it out if you haven’t yet.

Give the story or history of your blog.

I’ve touched on this before, but I’ll do a little recap anyway. I’ve always enjoyed writing in any form- short stories, journaling, etc. I’ve kept several online journals throughout the years, though none of them stuck around. A few years ago, I started reading a couple gaming blogs and found I really enjoyed the content. For awhile, I just lurked around and never wrote anything, haha! Then finally I decided what the hell, let me try this blogging thing out. I chose to blog about video games since that is my favorite hobby and I could blab on for hours about them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.

Are you sure you really want to listen to advice from someone with the user name DefyTheMajority?!? Haha! ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, here’s my best advice.

#1: Don’t worry about being too formal! Blogging is supposed to be fun. I myself am a very casual blogger and when I write, I try to write as if I am having a conversation with a friend. I’m talking about video games here, not submitting a dissertation.

#2: Don’t put pressure on yourself to follow a schedule! I’m not saying blogging schedules are a bad thing. I have several friends I follow who always post on a consistent basis, and I do envy that. However, if I try to set a schedule for myself, it just makes me feel pressured. When I feel pressured, I end up not doing anything. Don’t stress yourself out!

#3: Blog about what you love. If you write about something you love, whether it be your favorite hobby, recipes, parenting advice, etc., if you feel passionate about it, it’ll be much easier to write about!

So there ya have it! The last two rules were to nominate other bloggers and leave comments telling them that you did so, but… you know me! I nominate everyone! Woo!

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As always, thank you so much for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚