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!