Fandom of the Month Club: October 2015

Guess what guys?

It’s the end of the month, and that means Fandom of the Month Club boxes are arriving in the mail!

It is a basic subscription service: every month they send you something. But, Fandom of the Month is entirely centered around Fandoms (The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, etc.). You can sign up and check them out here: Fandom of the Month Club.

I might have accidentally spoiled myself as to what this month’s theme was, so – needless to say – I was super excited to get my box in the mail! I had a pretty shitty day on Thursday, so when I saw the package sitting in my mailbox it gave me just the happiness I needed to finish the week off with a bang.

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Isn’t the silly little box the cutest damn thing? And, when you open it, there is an adorable definition of what a fandom is – it’s glorious.

But guys…. guys, guys…

SUPERNATURAL! OH MY GOD!

This month’s theme is Supernatural and I am literally dying of happiness right now. I grew up watching Supernatural with my dad, and I’ve been having a really hard time and missing my family these past couple weeks – so getting this… it means a lot to me.

Okay, when first opening the box, the first thing you see is a customized post card that fits with the month’s theme. This month, we got this – and I freaken love it.

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It’s a pie! It’s a damn pie ❤

That’s right folks…. pie…

The second thing in the box is the awesome magnet. And ladies and gentleman, Percy Jackson has officially met the Winchesters. This could get very interesting. (They’re next to each other on the fridge)

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Then we have the amazingness that is the hand painted bag. It’s just as cute as last month’s, if not more so. Damn straight saving people is the family business.

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Look at it all! Well, you can’t see it all yet cause I haven’t posted those photos… but look!

Now comes the jewelry… yaasss….

First thing I grabbed was the necklace…. it is both gorgeous and practical. Hahaha

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You guys see what I’m seeing here? Yes.. no? Too bad ; D

We also got this amazing ring, and I freeaakkken love this ring. Look at the wings… look at it. IT’S SO SHINY!

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And my favorite:

The earrings guys! These earrings XD

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Baby’s license plate ❤ ❤ ❤

So what do you guys think? If you haven’t joined Fandom of the Month Club already, I highly suggest doing so. It is pure bliss.

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What can I say? I’m a fangirl ❤

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Wolf By Wolf

“Her self reflection was no reflection at all. It was a shattered mirror. Something she had to piece together, over and over again. Memory by memory. Loss by loss. Wolf by wolf.”

Title: Wolf by Wolf

Author: Ryan Graudin

Series: Wolf by Wolf #1

Publication: October 20th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 400

Source: Publisher at ALA Annual

Summary from Goodreads:

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

My Thoughts:

I don’t even know what to say right now because this book was so amazing. It blew my mind for all intents and purposes. You know it’s a good book when I put off writing the next chapter in my own just to finish it. Wolf by Wolf you tear you apart and leave you salivating for the next book when you finally reach the end (and trust me, you won’t want to reach the end). Not only is Wolf by Wolf lyrically beautiful and elevated, it also contains one of the most heartbreaking stories of strength I have ever seen.
Yael, Inmate 121258ΔX and Experiment 85, is out for revenge. A survivor of one of the Nazi death camps, Yael has witnessed horrors beyond imagining. She lost her home, she lost all of her possessions, her culture, her family, and herself. Experiment 85 was meant to be a test, a question of whether or not it was possible to bleach the skin, hair, and eyes into the perfect Aryan specimen. It was a success, and not only that, it gave Yael the ability to skinshift – she can transform her face and body into any other person. She is virtually invisible. She is on a mission to kill Hitler.
The plan is a very elaborate scheme, if you ask me, which only made this book more fun. After Hitler’s triumph, he and Emperor Hirohito created the Axis Tour – a tournament of motorcycle racing that is meant to showcase the great honor and strength of both countries. The previous year, a female won the race – Adele Wolfe – and was granted the opportunity to dance with Hitler himself. Yael, bless her heart, disguises herself as Adele to win the race so that she can get within striking distance. What she doesn’t count on is Adele’s twin and former love interest joining in the race alongside her. Let’s just say that it gets pretty chaotic.
Wolf by Wolf is an alternate fantasy novel, the first of its kind I have ever read. What if Hitler won World War Two? What if he defeated Britain and Russia? What if the United States never stepped in to help? This book explores that, and it is absolutely terrifying. The world as we know it today never existed, our history entirely different. Wolf by Wolf takes place in the year 1956 – more than ten years after the start of the war, fifteen years since the start of the Holocaust. If you guys know me, you know that I love history – especially the two world wars. They were my favorite topics in class back in high school and that love carried over till today. And, let me tell you, Wolf by Wolf does not disappoint on the historical front – on any front actually. Not only is it accurate in the historical details of what actually happened, it predicts a future based on those events that is almost undeniably what would have happened.
Okay, enough about how much I love history and the fangirling part of me that spazzed over the amazingness laid out before me. Yael. Oh my goodness, I love Yael. She is so, so strong. She is fierce in her own right and she isn’t afraid to show it. But, she isn’t perfect. She is terrified, she can’t stand to look at the mark on her wrist, she is terrified of the sound of trains. She is perfectly imperfect, and it was wonderful. Yael’s ability to skin shift is partially a driving force in this book, though it is mostly her desire for revenge on Hitler for what he did to her and her people. Yael is brave, but not in the “in your face kind of way”. There are subtle things at work in her character, especially at the end when she holds the gun in her left hand. If you’ve read it, you know exactly what I am talking about.
The other characters are just as amazing, at least the main two I’m concerned with – that is. Felix Wolfe and Luka Lowe. Felix, Adele’s twin, is the most amazing brother. He is kind, compassionate toward his sister and the rest of his family, he protects her – but he also doesn’t put up with her shit. There are more than a few scuffles along the way, but it never stops him from his mission: protect Adele at all costs so she can come home. It is quite sad, really. He stays overnight in the desert to fix her bike, he rides with her even when her pace is pushing him, he supports her in all things – except Luka Lowe.

Luka… what to say about Luka? Goodness, well, he’s a heart throb for one. A previous victor of the race, he is arrogant, cocky, attractive (and he knows it), infuriating, and a bunch of other words I could possibly get in trouble for saying. But, he is also kind – to a certain degree. He protects Adele, he loves her to be completely honest. There is animosity and some distrust, but for good reason – might add. Don’t worry, though, he is pretty chill about it – once he gets her back, all is said and done. It was kind of funny actually, at least his attitude about it I mean. I did really like him, it was hard not to.
Wolf by Wolf is pretty fast paced. It is told through “Now” and “Then” sections, which makes the story fly by. Now, as you might assume, is the race. Then is Yael’s life and how she came to be who she is when the book starts. It details her journey of surviving the death camp, how she escaped, how she lived after, and how she joined the resistance. It details every person she lost, each of her five wolves. It was heartbreaking, I found my eyes watering more than once.
Overall, Wolf by Wolf is one of the best books I have read this year. It stands high up on my list with Illuminae and Six of Crows. A book filled with lyrical language, horrifying truths, and a twist at the end that will leave you clinging to your seats – Wolf by Wolf is a must read for any self-respecting lover of books. It is the kind of book that will keep you up at night, that will keep you thinking for weeks after reading it. It is revolutionary. I am honored to have gotten the chance to read and review an early copy.

“She-wolf. An interesting choice.”
“I didn’t choose it,” she told him. “It chose me.”

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Waiting On Wednesday # 7

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released.

This weeks Waiting On Wednesday is Raging Sea by Michael Buckley!

Publication: February 2nd 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Summary from Goodreads:

In the first book of Michael Buckley’s Undertow trilogy, the Alpha arrived and the world was never the same. At the start of the second book, most of south Brooklyn is in ruins and the nation is terrified. Nearly everyone that Lyric Walker loves is either missing or presumed dead, including the mesmerizing prince Fathom. It’s up to Lyric to unite the Alpha before the second wave of a cataclysmic invasion wipes out mankind for good.

 

Okkayy, so, I might be fangirlling so hard right now that people are staring at me. A couple of days ago, my mother informed me I had two packages in the mail. Not one, but two! I was expecting the first one, but what I wasn’t expecting was for her to open the packages and tell me that this amazing beauty was in one of them.

I read Undertow, the first book in the series, when I was first starting my blog last May – and let me tell you, boy do I freaken love that book. (My review is hyperlinked to the title…. read it!). I have to say, because of that cliffhanger at the end of book one, I have been desperately waiting to get my hands on book two – and now I finally have! *blows kisses to the beautiful people at HMH Kids*.

I’m so excited to dive into this book (haha, see what I did there?). It’s back at home right now, but its going to be the first thing I devour when I come home on break.

 

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My Life In Books

Huge thanks to Victoria from Addlepates and Book Nerds for the nomination! (Psst, go check out her lovely blog <3)

All right, so for this tag, all you have to do is answer the questions and then tag other bloggers – the number is up to you. I’m actually pretty excited for this one – so, without further ado, let the tagging games begin!

1. Find a book for each of your initials


Stranded by Melinda Braun (You can read my review here)

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick  (Okay, for this one – not only does the title start with my middle initial, but the main character is named Samantha Reed – so this wins by default)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Here is my review of this one)

2. Count your age along your book shelf- which book is it?

Hmm… this is hard because I’m only using the bookshelf I have here in my dorm – if I included the ones from back home, I’d have three total to choose from. Haha. But, anyways, the nineteenth book on my shelf is It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt. You can read my review of this amazing book here

3. Pick a book set in your city/state/country

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare takes place in Los Angeles, that’s close enough ❤ And if you want my current location, both Vampire Academy (Missoula) and Raised by Wolves (Billings) take place in Montana.

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, hands down. TAKE ME TO SCOTLAND DAMMIT!

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color

Do you have any idea how freaken hard this was!?! I have too many favorite colors! So for this one, I choose Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Not only is the title symbolic of my inability to pick favorites, but the cover also features every color… so yea.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

This will probably be really silly, but I have really fond memories of Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, and Greg Call. I’ll never forget my mom sitting down to read these with me ❤

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading? 

Hmm… probably Huckleberry Finn. I hate that book so much, never bring it up. Ever.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R Martin. I have all of them sitting at home, waiting for me on my bookshelf. Winter is coming.

…. Annnd so is the game of internet tag. Alright you beautiful nerds, the contestants of the 76th annual book nerd games will be:

Fantasy Angel from Avid Reader

Parneet from The Enchanted Book

Jess from Princesscia of Books

Tasha from Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books

Summer from Xingsings

Always Opinionated Book Girl

Eve from Twist in the Tale

Jordyn from J.Bookish

Teaser Tuesday # 7

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

This weeks Teaser Tuesday is for Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin!

“These were the names she whispered in the dark.
These were the pieces she brought back into place.
These were the wolves she rode to war.”

 

“She-wolf. An interesting choice.”
“I didn’t choose it,” she told him. “It chose me.”

 

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Obsidian Fan Cast

So, as all of you are now well aware (at least I hope so by now), I am a huge, explosive fan of the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Today, I’m going to do something a little fun.

Obsidian, the first book in the Lux series, has been optioned for a film and is now confirmed to be on the road to the big screen. Do you know what that means?

TIME FOR A FANCAST OF OBSIDIAN! Woohoo!

1. Daemon Black

Daemon is only the most important character, besides Katy of course. If you’ve kept track of my previous posts, you’ll know that I absolutely love him – so I take the responsibility of accurate fan-casting very seriously ; D. Daemon physically is described to be beautiful or handsome and to have dark hair and emerald green eyes with dark eyelashes that compliment his naturally tanned skin. It is mentioned in Obsidian that he walks around without a shirt on most of the time, even in the winter, showing off a well muscled and defined chest. So, guess who I pick?

Tyler Hoechlin! Just look at those eyes, yep, mhmm… Daemon Black.

2. Katy Swartz

Katy is our resident feisty heroine. I love her to pieces. Not only is she hilarious, but she is also a total book nerd who runs a blog. Katy is described to have light brown hair and grey eyes. In Obsidian, she mentions she has curvy hips, puffy lips and large eyes..

I picture Katy as either Pheobe Tonkin or Kat Dennings, maybe a mix of the two.

2. Dee Black

Dee is Daemon’s sister, and I freaken love her. She is a little spitfire and she isn’t afraid to say what she is thinking – also, she doesn’t put up with Daemon’s shit. Dee is described beautiful and  has a tall, thin figure, like the body of a ballerina. She has long curly black hair that extends to her waist. Like her brother, she has bright green eyes. My ideal casting would be Adelaide Kane, but I know that she is committed to Reign (which I love). But, whatever XD She’s still my ultimate fancast choice.

P.S: She played Derek Hale’s ( AKA Tyler Hoechlin’s) sister in Teen Wolf

I’m sure that, if you’ve read the books, you’ve noticed that I only did the the main characters. I plan to do three more characters next week, namely Ash, Andrew, and Adam Thompson.

So, what do you guys think? Agree/disagree? Who would you cast and why? Let me know in the comments down below and we can fangirl together ❤

Black Widow: Forever Red

Every Russian family line ends in a czar. That’s the only way the genealogist gets paid, sir.

Title: Black Widow: Forever Red

Author: Margaret Stohl

Series: Standalone

Publication: October 13th 2015 by Marvel Press

Pages: 401

Source: Publisher at ALA Annual

Summary from Goodreads:

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .

Black Widow:Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

My Thoughts:

I was skeptical from the start. Not only had I heard that this book wasn’t really worth the hype, I have been raised as a huge Marvel superhero fan – I was terrified they were going to destroy one of my favorite characters in the Marvel universe.
There is only one way to come out and say what I want to say, so I apologize in advance.
THIS BOOK RUINED BLACK WIDOW AND EVERYTHING I LOVED ABOUT HER!

There was none of this:

Nor this:

And certainly none of this:

YOU CAN’T HAVE BLACK WIDOW WITHOUT BLACK WIDOW!

Okay, so, what do I mean by that?

Black Widow: Forever Red is supposed to be about Natasha Romanov, AKA Black Widow – but this book is barely even about her. It follows two kids, Alexi and Ava as they discover that they have special powers blah….blah…blah. Romanov barely makes an appearance even though the book is titled after her! She is present, but she is in no way, shape, or form the main character.

I will say this, the writing wasn’t bad – but it wasn’t good either. It felt forced, and it showed through the characters. Ava seemed whiny and unneeded and Alex was just a huge stereotype of anger management issues. Needless to say here, not even the characters that were involved in the plot could save this sinking ship. It was like the damn Titanic on crack. Save yourself the time, money, and the pain of reading this book – it’s not worth it. You wan’t Black Widow? Sorry, you won’t find her amazing badassery here.

I can’t even find the words to describe how upset I am right now, so instead I leave you with:

Sorry not sorry about the lack of real review here, I’m too damn angry.