Gaming Firsts!

As y’all are probably aware by now, when I start following someone’s blog, I make it a point to try to read all of their posts, past and present. The problem is, I am painfully slow at doing this and constantly playing catch up. With that being said, recently I stumbled upon a post written in 2015 by Cilla vs. Games about her gaming firsts, and I thought it would be a fun post to do! She had written this post in honor of National Video Games Day, which is cool. Anyway! Here are a few of my Gaming Firsts! 😉

The First Game I Remember Owning and Playing

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This honor goes to Tetris for the Nintendo Game Boy! I’ve written about this before, but the gist of it is… I saw an advertisement for the Game Boy on tv, told my mom I wanted one, and what do you know? On Christmas, I had my very own Game Boy, which came bundled with Tetris! I LOVED to play Tetris so much, and it remains one of my favorite puzzle games to this day.

The First Game I Spent More Than 100 Hours On

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Well, back in my day (haha, I’m old) there wasn’t a whole plethora of games and systems to choose from like there is now! I pretty much grew up playing my Game Boy and Super Nintendo only… unless I went to a friend’s house that had a different system! Because of that, I played some of the same games over and over, and I Loved. Every. Second! With that being said, I bet you I put over 100 hours into Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo. I’d beat the game, erase it, and start over constantly. I spent hours looking for every hidden bonus and memorizing every level. It was an obsession.

The First Game I Played Online

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I’ve never been a big online gamer- neither solo nor multiplayer. So I’m really trying to think of a game I played online, and the best I can come up with is some website I used to get onto with my husband (then boyfriend/fiance) back in like 2003 or 2004. It was a neat website with lots of different games you could play against people, but I can’t remember the name of the website. All I know is that our user name was FishPatty. Who knows what we were smoking when we came up with that name!

The First Game I Obtained The Platinum Trophy For

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LOL welll…. I don’t really go after achievements in games. Too much of a hassle in most cases, plus I’m just not that talented. Can I just answer this question with the first game I ever 100% completed?… Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars for the Super Nintendo! I had everyone in my party with max stats, I found every hidden treasure box, I did every little sidequest… it remains one of my great gaming achievements to this day 😉

The First Game That I Played With Someone Else

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I played video games with my friends down the street a lot when we were growing up, but the first game I have explicit memories of playing was Kirby’s Dream Course for the Super Nintendo. My friend Jason and I would spend HOURS playing the two player courses and laughing our asses off at our misfortunes. Good times!

The First Game That I Purchased DLC For 

As a rule, I generally don’t purchase DLC because the whole concept of it annoys me to no end. With that being said, there are a few exceptions to that rule, such as if I think said DLC really adds a lot of value to the existing game and it is a decent price. I’m pretty sure the first (and one of the only) times I paid for DLC was when all the extra content was introduced for Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U. I think there were 8 new tracks, 6 new characters, a few new kart parts, and a bunch of new colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy (so each new color could almost be considered a new character). It seemed like a lot of new stuff for like $11, so I bit the bullet and paid for it.

P.S. Sorry the picture above is so shitty, I couldn’t really find a good one for some reason? Plus, I’m lazy, so if I can’t find it right away, forget it!

The First Game That I Streamed

I have never streamed a game in my life- I’m not cool enough nor good enough for any of that mess.

So there you have it! A few of my gaming firsts. It was fun answering these questions!

Book Review: A Rebel Witch by Ashley McCleo!

Back in March, I reviewed the second book in the Spellcasters Spy Academy Series, called A Rebel Witch, by Ashley McCleo. Let’s get right to it!

Here’s the blurb:

The evil queen of demons is after me.

But as long as she remains in Hell, I’m safe.

I hope . . .

Now that I’m participating in the Spy Games—a dangerous competition between magical spy academies—I’ve increased the risk of the queen’s minions finding and dragging me to the depths of the underworld.

In fact, with each passing Spy Game event, it becomes more obvious exactly why the queen wants me.

Most of the time my studies, relationships, and the tournament keep the looming threat of abduction out my mind.

But when someone I love is taken by the demons, I must act.

And face the powerful queen of Hell head-on.

A Rebel Witch is a fantasy academy book that features a tournament of supernatural spies, heartwarming friendships, enduring love, and magic-fueled action.

The cover:

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And my review:

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

A Rebel Witch is the second book in the Spellcasters Spy Academy series. In the Academy, year 2 is also known as Grind year- and the name fits, because students are often pushed to the limits physically, mentally, academically, etc.!

When Odie and her friends arrive back at the school at the start of the new term, they discover that security has been enhanced because both Odie and Eva (her best friend) have been demon touched… not to mention that the royals of Hell are after Odie and Alex (her boyfriend)!

Despite this, the night of the welcome back feast, the students learn that the first inaugural Spy Games will be held between the four spy schools in the USA! Two students from each of the upper classes will be selected to compete in the games, which are considered quite dangerous. Of course Odie wants to participate, because she still feels like she needs to prove herself.

Each round of the games is held at a different school, which makes things really interesting and exciting! Spellcasters is a school for witches, but the other schools are host to vampires, fae, and shifters- it’s really neat to see all the magical races come together to compete!

No spoilers here, but this book is SO exciting! There are many different things going on, but the story remains fast-paced and entertaining the entire time. I loved how all the different magical races interacted and cooperated with each other. I cannot wait to read about year 3 at Spellcasters!

I gave A Rebel Witch 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

Book Review: Savage Monarchs by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook!

Savage Monarchs is the final book in the Nocturnal Academy series by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook (though the story does not end here- the next series they wrote is a direct continuation of what happens after this book!). As always, I received an ARC of this book and am re-posting my review here as a courtesy to the authors! I originally reviewed this book back in February on Goodreads.

Here’s the blurb:

Escaping the academy was just the beginning.

I’ve made it out of Nocturnal Academy.

No longer do I exist to please the vamps. Now, as a member of the Winter Court, my job is to execute them. But maybe my new standing is no better than being a courtesan. Now I am to become an assassin for the King of the Winter Court. The rules of the game might’ve changed, but I’m still a pawn.

If the King of the Winter Court thinks that I’m going to turn into a mindless soldier after everything I’ve been through, he’s in for a rude awakening. I’m going to do this on my terms while keeping a wall around my heart at all times.

I will not be vulnerable again.

Life, however, has other ideas. Like throwing in a friend from my past and worse, Thorsten, a handsome jerk of a vampire who has messed with my mind and feelings one too many times.

I might’ve left Nocturnal Academy, but I’m far from safe.

Enter a magical world where a half-fae will fight for her voice to be heard!

And the cover:

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And my review!

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

Savage Monarchs wastes no time jumping right back into the action of the previous books! It begins with the vampire Thorsten witnessing everyone freaking out over Onyx escaping the Academy. He doesn’t quite know where she went, but he is happy she escaped- and he hopes to see her again.

Meanwhile, we find out that Onyx has actually been spirited away by her father, who is King of the Winter Court. This confirms what Onyx suspected all along- she inherited ice magic from her father. She is pretty wary of her father, because she thinks he saved her so her could mold her powers to use for his own devices. Despite this, she wants to train and become a warrior princess for the Winter Court. Her goal throughout this novel is to find a way to kill Volthus, the vampire that “bought” her at the end of the last book.

I enjoyed this book, and I thought the ending was kind of sweet. I have to wonder, though, how this girl so quickly became a warrior. One minute, she’s at the Academy barely able to conjure any sort of magic; the next minute, she can fight and outsmart vampires (and fae) that are way older and more experienced? Anyway, this is still a pretty good story! Supposedly the next few books in the series will focus on other characters (neither of whom I’m very fond of), but hopefully we’ll see more of Onyx someday!

I gave Savage Monarch 4/5 stars on Goodreads!