Mystery Blogger Award!

Back in April, Matt over at Nintendobound was cool enough to nominate me for the Mystery Blogger Award.  Thanks, Matt! 🙂 I appreciate it! It’s always a treat to get one of these little awards!

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Matt didn’t ask any questions to go along with this award, but he had this to say before he gave his nominations: “I opted not to conclude this post by asking questions of my own. However, fully aware that I am going to end up tragically overlooking someone, I will give a nod to fellow bloggers who I admire and who create excellent content.”

I thought that was really sweet and it still amazes me that anyone wants to read my silly little ramblings. Have a great day everyone!

First Impressions: Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu 4 (実況パワフルプロ野球 4)!

In an attempt to try more games that have been sitting in my backlog for way too long, I looked through my Nintendo 64 games and decided to check out 実況パワフルプロ野球 4, which translates to Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu 4. It’s a baseball game I bought on accident because I thought it looked cute even though I didn’t know what the cartridge said until I looked it up when I got home. Ah well.

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So, Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu 4 is a surprisingly robust baseball game that I have NO CLUE how to play! Seriously, there were So. Many. Menus!

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I could barely figure out how to get started!

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It’s neat though, because there are a bunch of teams to choose from, and you can even choose what type of field you want to play on.

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Once I finally started playing, I realized the controls were pretty tricky. No matter how many times I tried, I couldn’t hit one pitch. I couldn’t figure it out! How embarrassing.

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I did slightly better when playing in the outfield, though I couldn’t figure out who I was throwing the ball to, which lead to me sucking at this game in every possible way.

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Conclusion

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I played for about 30 minutes before calling it quits. This is not a terrible game by any stretch- I just couldn’t really figure out how to play! I don’t know much Japanese (despite playing Japanese Animal Crossing games) and I don’t know much about baseball either, so that doesn’t help. The graphics are super cute though, and for a game released in 1997, the voice acting for the announcer is pretty awesome!

Book Review: Disgraced Fae by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook!

Back in April, I review Disgraced Fae by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook. This is the prequel to their Fae Prison Academy series- which follows the events of the Nocturnal Academy series. Here’s the blurb (which is the blurb for the boxset it is part of, not for the book itself- I couldn’t find it for some reason!):

Welcome to the Prison of Supernatural Magic where the punishment never fits the crime.

Behind these bars lurk the most dangerous and despicable creatures, and that’s just the guards.

Be sure to keep to the right side of the magical law because this jail is not somewhere you want to end up.

Join Mages, shifters, demons, witches and spies in this fantastical collection of magical prisoner books by USA Today and Amazon best selling authors.

Grab this set before they throw away the keys.

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And the cover (which also is just for the boxset, not the book itself):

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Here’s the review I posted on Goodreads:

Note: This review is only for Disgraced Fae by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! 🙂

Disgraced Fae is a prequel to the Fae Prison Academy series, and it centers on Peony… a character I really detested in the Nocturnal Academy series! This was supposed to be her redemption story of sorts.

Peony is a summer fae who has powerful plant magic that impresses the vampires. This is what she wants, because she is a huge suck up who wants nothing more than to be in as high a standing as possible with the vampires. She is owned by a vampire who is the director of the Magical Museum of Plant Arts. After a project she completes goes missing, she gets into trouble and sent to a fae prison, which happens to be underneath Nocturnal Academy! Convenient, right? Because she was such a suck up at the actual school, she seems to think that she’ll get out of prison and back into her master’s good graces easily. She soon learns that this is NOT the case.

So was Peony redeemed in this story? For me, the answer is… not really. She’s still cold-hearted, selfish and manipulative, and any time she had thoughts that were less than selfish, I questioned her motives. We do get a bit of a backstory on her and learn that her mother was really hard on her, but still. The fact remains that I just do not like her character, so I wasn’t too invested on what happened to her. Luckily the Fae Prison Academy trilogy will center on Virgie, who is a much more dynamic and interesting character!

I gave Disgraced Fae 3/5 stars on Goodreads!