Monday Review: The Hearts We Sold – Emily Lloyd-Jones

(WARNING: LANGUAGE AND SEXUAL REFERENCES)

This world is full of demons who will grant you one wish in exchange for a body part.

Deirdre, known by Dee, has had a terrible home life, and sets off to a boarding school to escape. Dee finds out her scholarship is expiring and if she can’t come up with the money somehow, she’ll have to leave school.

A very peculiar demon finds her and offers her a deal; her heart for two years. She refuses at first until she comes across group of people who close voids that have been appearing all over. She offers her heart in exchange for money for school, and she becomes one of the Heartless, a void closer.

The demon gives her a knitted heart that takes the place of the heart he takes, if anything happens to it, they will die just as with a regular heart.

Some of other group members contracts are almost up but keep helping the demon (and essentially the world) bring a close to these voids.

Dee also starts to fall in love with one of the group members, James.

Will Dee and James be together?

Can the voids be stopped?

Will Dee get her heart back or will she die before her contract is up?

Can her life ever get better?

Monday Review: The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

(MATURE CONTENT WARNING)

This was an interesting book (and show) about a dystopian future, in which fertile women give birth to Commander’s and their barren wives.

Women can not own money, read, write or other ‘normal’ things, and instead are only valued for their ovaries. If they refuse they are usually sent off to The Colonies, a radioactive area where they must till the land as they slowly decay. Most doctors,priests, homosexuals, other religious peoples are killed.

There are rebels who wish to return to the life as it was before, if Canada (the only safe place free from the new politics) is not an option.

This is about Offred, a handmaid who is living in this new world. She tells her story and often speaks to the reader as if we are right there with her. We are given flashbacks of her past, a time where she was married, had a daughter, hung out with her best friend, had a job and other taboo things.

Will Offred survive this new world and go back to her family?

Will Offred join the resistance?

Monday Review and Bookish Wednesday: Final Fantasy 7,8, and 9 Ultimania Archive

First of all I’d like to apologize for not posting on Monday, things have been a little crazy, and I was trying to finish up a book (review for that will be next week).

I love this book, especially given that it has my favorite of the series in it, Final Fantasy 8 (go remaster!!)

I thought I might share since E3 recently passed, and news of the FF7 remake and FF8 remaster have surfaced!

Inside the book are the artworks by Amano, detailed descriptions of most of the characters and places, initial designs, memorable quotes and other fun things (such as a family tree of sorts showing how these characters are interlinked)!

Are you a Final Fantasy fan too?

Are you a new fan?

Will you be buying FF7, FF8 or both?

What platforms?

Monday Review: Scary Stories Treasury – Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell

I absolutely enjoyed reading these books when I was younger, middle school or late elementary age.

Getting the creeps/shivers are an oddly good feeling for me, nothing wrong with being creeped out every so often, and not tempted to leave your room at night after watching a horror movie 😋.

Growing up with spooky movies, loving the goth/punk culture, and understanding that it’s only a movie or book and it isn’t real (yes, even the ones that were based on true events), because it’s Hollywood or only words, are some of factors in which I love them!

So when I saw the entire trilogy of these books in one, I knew I had to purchase it, mostly for nostalgia’s sake! Also, the live action movie coming out based on these books is exciting!

You get spooky stories, scary ones and even creepy tales!

If you have read these, let me know what your favorites were!

Monday Review: Tales and Poems – Edgar Allan Poe

I decided to include both of these books as one would have more tales than the other or didn’t include one that the other did.

I’ve enjoyed Edgar Allan Poe, for a long time, since I was a child. My favorites include The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart and a few more.

I also enjoyed some of the movies based upon these tales, especially the ones that included Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee.

As with any debate, you tend to have the lovers of Poe vs. lovers of Lovecraft, and I’m here to say that I enjoy both!

What are some of your favorites by Poe?

Monday Review: Homeworlds (Mass Effect Comics Omnibus Book 1) – Mac Walters, Omar Francia, John Jackson Miller

(SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T PLAYED THE GAMES)

James Vega, Tali’Zorah Nar Rayya,Garrus Vakarian, and Liara T’Soni are the stars in these short stories.

James Vega’s story takes us to when he joined the military and his father disapproves and tries to keep Vega around to help obtain his drugs. He leaves in order to free himself.

Tali’s story begins when she leaves for her pilgrimage, she finds Geth in an odd place, access one of their memory cores, where she hears the recording of Saren and Matriarch Benezia “Eden Prime was a major victory…etc”. She heads to the Citadel in search of answers. Where she’ll meet up with Shepard.

Garrus starts us out learning to shoot with his father on Palaven. His father was tough on him to teach Garrus how to be an adult, and Garrus wanted to be on the lines as C-Sec and his father kept him doing paperwork. We go back to the present as Arch Angel in Omega during the showdown between the three armies. He gets a call to his father and thanks him for everything.

Liara is now the Shadow Broker, looking for more Prothean Artifacts. She runs into problems, which conveniently includes Illusive Man, who wants to strike an unwilling deal which Liara is happy to refuse. She heads to Mars where she learns is where the information she wants is located.

Monday Review: Invasion (Mass Effect Comics Omnibus Book 1) – Mac Walter’s, Omar Francia, John Jackson Miller

(SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T PLAYED THE GAMES)

We begin in Omega. Reaper enemies have attacked, and Aria T’Loak, the leader of Omega, finds out and attacks back!

Cerberus comes to their aid and when they are done with the first wave of reaper’s, they start butchering the corpses or they become husks too.

The Cerberus General of the ship who helped out, takes Aria to the Omega-4 Relay to disable the signal. A new Wave of Adjutants appear from the station, Aria takes them all out with her biotics, but uses too much of her powers and falls unconscious.

It all a ploy, to restrain Aria, her abilities and keep her hostage, while another Cerberus operative has taken over Omega.

What happens next?

Will Aria return to Omega?

Will Omega fall?

Did Illusive Man have a say in all of this or was it an inside thing?

Monday Review: Evolution (Mass Effect Comics Omnibus Book 1) – Mac Walters, Omar Francia, John Jackson Miller

SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T PLAYED THE MASS EFFECT GAMES

We start off with Pre-Illusive Man, Jack Harper, and his team, trying to see what the Turians are hiding on Shanxi. They capture a Turian by the name of Desolas, Saren’s brother, before the Eden Prime incident.

They investigate a cave with a beacon-like structure, and they are suddenly attacked!! The attackers look like aliens they have seen before, but different, evolved somehow.

One of Jack’s team members touches the beacon, to see if he can turn it off somehow. A surge of power unleashes and Jack tries to pull him off, but is engulfed in this electric-like power.

The turians start examining Jack, as the side effects from the beacon, is different from others who have made contact with it. The turians release them back to the Citadel and head off to Palaven.

Jack goes after them and finds that the beacons are what makes the husks, an evolutionary change in alien genetics.

What will happen next?

What changed in Saren?

Will Saren and Desolas work together?

Will Jack stop them?

What made him into The Illusive Man?

You gotta read it to find out!

Mass Effect Omnibus Book 1

Monday Review: Shadow and Bone (GrishaVerse, Book One) – Leigh Bardugo

I picked this book out because Owlcrate talks about it frequently, and one of my best friends named one of her dog’s, Alina, after the main character!

Alina Starkov, an orphan, was raised by Duke Keramsov, a renowned war hero who takes in orphans, alongside her friend Malyen “Mal” Oretsev.

One day when they’re eight years old, they are tested by the Grisha, the world’s magical military force. They are not Grisha and continue to live as civilians.

Years pass and Alina and Mal are now soldier’s, about to trek across the Show Fold, an area of the world ravaged by pure darkness, unspeakable evil and vicious monsters.

Alina and the other soldier’s get attacked in the Shadow Fold! One of her friends gets taken away by one of the monsters and Mal gets injured! Alina protects Mal against her body and seeing all the chaos. All of a sudden, a bright magical light bursts forth from Alina, a power never known to her.

The Darkling, the leader of the Grisha, now tells Alina she’s Grisha and needs to go at once before others hear of her powers, people who would hurt her. She must hone her powers to save the world and break the evil that resides in the Shadow Fold.

Will Alina survive the monsters and those who would harm her?

Will she see her friends again?

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

Monday Review: Daughter of the Siren Queen – Tricia Levenseller (Book Two of DotPK)

We start off with Alosa heading to her father’s (the Pirate King) hideout, to give him the pieces it the map to Isla de Canta, wherevthe Sirens reside with lots of treasure.

Alosa is still hiding her real feelings for Riden, a character we meet in the previous book, and it takes a lot for her to keep those feelings from spilling.

She starts hearing rumors that the reason her father is immune to Alosa’s siren powers is because he has a device to control sirens.

She finds out her Siren mother is alive and has been her father’s prisoner since Alosa was born. She rescues her mother and starts off to Isla de Canta, with her angry father not far behind.

Will Alosa’s mother stay with her?

What is the real reason Alosa’s father can’t be controlled by her powers?

Will they reach the Isla before the other pirates?

Does Riden feel for Alosa?

Daughter of the Siren Queen – Tricia Levenseller