My Top 10 Games From the 2010s!

Back in December 2019, the Well-Red Mage posted his top 10 games from the 2010s. I thought this was a fun read and wanted to make a post of my own about it- so here I am, halfway through the first year of the new decade, finally making this post! Haha! Anyway, let’s jump right in and see what I can come up with! I don’t remember shit about what year games came out, so I had to look up lists of games released for each year.

2010

Donkey Kong Country Returns- Nintendo Wii

Donkey Kong Country Returns

It’s no secret around here that Donkey Kong Country is one of my favorite game series ever. So when DKC Returns came out in 2010, 14 years after the last proper DKC game, I was thrilled beyond words. It’s super fun and challenging!

2011

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land- Nintendo Wii

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Kirby always makes me happy. Do I really even need to explain more?

2012

Nintendo Land- Nintendo Wii U

I had a hard time picking a game from 2012. The names on the lists I was looking at all blurred together and I couldn’t pick one out from the lineup that really called to me. I settled on Nintendo Land, because when my husband bought me a Nintendo Wii U for my birthday in 2013, we played this game quite a bit and it was really fun!

2013

Animal Crossing: New Leaf- Nintendo 3DS

Animal Crossing: New Leaf | Animal Crossing Wiki | Fandom

A new Animal Crossing game was released in 2013… how could any other game be chosen but this one? I love New Leaf so much and played the hell out of it!

2014

Disney Magical World- Nintendo 3DS

Disney Magical World | Disney Wiki | Fandom

I didn’t learn about this game until several years after its release- even if I saw it, I probably just passed it right on by based on the fact that it had “Disney” in the title and I’m not a huge Disney fan. But this game is so fun! It’s got a lot going on and has a lot of things to do to keep you entertained for awhile. I loved it so much I got the sequel, though I have yet to try it.

2015

Yoshi’s Woolly World- Nintendo Wii U

Yoshi's Woolly World | Nintendo Wii U | GameStop

OMG this game… I just think about this game and smile! It was so cute and charming and so much fun to play! I loved everything about it!

2016

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Amazon.com: Kirby: Planet Robobot - 3DS [Digital Code]: Video Games

This is one of my favorite Kirby games! I loved all the different levels, loved the Robobot armor, loved the music- I remember I pre-ordered the game from GameStop because I wanted some sweet trading cards that came with it. I started playing the game “just to try it out” and ended up playing it until I beat it, haha!

2017

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild- Nintendo Switch

Amazon.com: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo ...

It was honestly really hard for me to choose between this game and Super Mario Odyssey, because I love them both. I’ve also beaten Mario, but have barely scratched the surface of Zelda. I ended up picking Zelda because I’m in awe of how huge the game is and how many different ways you can do whatever it is you want to do. It’s amazing, plus the visuals are beautiful. I suck at it and am dying/getting lost constantly, but I don’t even care!

2018

Kirby Star Allies- Nintendo Switch

Kirby Star Allies

Another one of my favorite Kirby games! So much love went into this game, and I appreciated the free updates that were released for awhile that added a ton more content to the game!

2019

Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn- Nintendo 3DS

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Review (3DS) | Nintendo Life

This game is cozy, sweet, and a wonderful remake of the Wii game Kirby’s Epic Yarn, with some extra goodies thrown in. What’s not to love!

So there you have it… some of my favorite games of the last decade! I realize that I chose all Nintendo games, and several of them are Kirby games… I’m a tad predictable, but I’m pretty easy to please, and I picked games I’ve had tons of fun with- regardless of where they landed on the charts! 🙂

Book Review: Vicious Royals by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook!

I know I have been posting my monthly gaming recaps, and I do have one for May! However, I’m so damn slow at actually putting out blog posts, I’ve accumilated quite the list of posts I want to do. So instead of doing my recaps, I’m going to tackle that list- in the order I wrote them down in- so I can finally get all my posts done. I’ll still throw my recaps in there- at this rate, I’ll do my May recap in December. Whatever, I suck, moving on….

Vicious Royals is the 2nd book in the Nocturnal Academy series by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook. I reviewed this book in December 2019 on Goodreads! Here’s the blurb for the book:

A sadistic vamp lord. A rebellious fae. A vicious hunt.

The first term of Nocturnal Academy is over. Majors have been assigned.

I’ve made choices that brought me closer to the guillotine. But the fight isn’t over, not yet.

I must get through the spring term. Not an easy feat when the vamp students are planning a sacrifice and have a bone to pick with me.

But even if I survive the prison academy, someone will be buying my contract after school is out, and rumor has it that the king of sadists is interested in me.

Whatever he wants, he gets.

But if he thinks I’ll go down without a fight, he has another thing coming.

I’ll even ally myself with Thorsten, the vamp guard whose family the sadist has wronged.

But working together with Thorsten brings new problems. The handsome jerk seems to hate me, yet keeps putting his head on the line for me.

My mind is growing more and more confused with him while my body craves him.

If I’m not careful, I’m going to leave Nocturnal Academy not just with a slavery contract, but also a broken heart.

Dive into a world where vampires rule over fae, and one girl is determined to change it all!

Vicious Royals is the second book in the Nocturnal Academy trilogy.

Book three will be published in winter 2020.

And the cover:

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And my review!

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

Vicious Royals is the second book in the Nocturnal Academy series (formally Nocturna Academy- the name was changed!). This book was mostly told from Onyx’s point of view, though occasionally it is told from Thorsten’s point of view- more on him in a second!

Vicious Royals begins with Onyx in class for her courtesan major. Because of her (in my opinion, dumb) stunt she pulled at the end of the previous book, she is basically training to become a sex slave for a vampire. The teacher tries to make it sound enticing, saying shit like “You are more than someone to sleep with… you are his companion, his champion, his muse…” Yeah, okay. That’s ridiculous!

Thorsten, meanwhile, is a vampire guard at Nocturnal Academy who has helped Onyx on several occasions. He’s pissed about her recent decisions, but still tries to keep her best interests in mind anyway. Onyx can be a little hard to deal with, though. She really is quite baffling in this book- sometimes she seems quite haughty, as if she is better than everyone else. I’m not sure where the attitude comes from, but maybe she’s just trying to grow a thick skin so she can survive her situation!

In the end, Onyx knows she doesn’t want to be sold off, so she forms a daring plan for her escape. Vicious Royals ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

I rated Vicious Royals 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads!

Book Review: Rogue Blood by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook!

Rogue Blood is a short story set in the Nocturnal Academy universe. I originally posted this review on Goodreads in December 2019! Here’s the blurb for the book:

As a half fae, Onyx Logan knows not to trust anyone since they might have contacts to the vampires, who’d love nothing more than to enslave a fae like her.

However, when Onyx and her mother are threatened by their landlord, Onyx becomes desperate to keep a roof over her head and accepts a waitressing job.

The bar has a lot of strange customers, and Onyx promises herself to get out as soon as she saves enough money.

Just as she is about to quit, something horrible happens…

Dive into a world where vampires rule over fae, and one girl is determined to change it all!

Nocturnal Academy is a four-book series (prequel and trilogy)

The prequel, Wicked Nobles has been released as part of the Academy of Magic boxset.

Book 1, Cruel Elites will be released on the 5th of December.

Book 2, Vicious Royals will be released on the 18th of December.

Book 3, Savage Monarchs will be released in winter 2020.

The cover:

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And my review:

Rogue Blood is a short story that takes place in the Nocturnal Academy universe, just before Onyx begins attending the Academy. The story begins with Onyx at school, where rich, snobby girls are making fun of her. She tries not to react to them, because her mom told her rich people are often involved with vampires. This means that if they find out that Onyx is half fae, she could be in big trouble!

After school, Onyx discovers that she and her mom are about to be evicted from their apartment because her mom couldn’t afford to pay the rent. She is unsure of what to do but wants to help out somehow. It just so happens that she meets a woman at a bookstore, who in turn offers her a job at her bar. I wanted to slap Onyx and say “NO! Don’t do it!” Of course, she ends up taking the job because she doesn’t want to be evicted.

As the saying always goes, if something is too good to be true, it probably is… and Onyx ends up getting herself in a really sticky situation. I feel bad for her, though, knowing that she is doing all of this for her mom… and her mom just ends up selling her to the vamps! Anyway, I enjoyed this fun little story, and it was interesting to get a glimpse into Onyx’s life before Nocturnal Academy!

I gave Rogue Blood 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads!