Friday, October 9, 2015

Weekend Read - Carry On

I am loving this book so far. The characters and world really pop and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Question of the Week - What's Been the Best Concert You've Seen Lately?

My sister and I went to the Elton John concert last Saturday night and had a blast. :)

This was from before anything even started, all the cell phone lights kind of looked like stars.

As you can see from the rest of my pictures the stage had a beautiful set up and the whole concert was one heck of a light show. It was really impressive and just about two and a half hours of music.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Black Widow: Forever Red

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

* Read via NetGalley

“Natasha Romanoff hated pierogies—but more than that, she hated lies.”

“Why is for guitar players and Americans.”

“Sorry. It’s more punch than line.”

“ROMANOFF: I believe that’s called karma, sir.”

“ROMANOFF: A patriot and a ballet-dancer assassin.”

“ROMANOFF: I find everything about children disorienting, sir.”


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Review: Black Widow: Forever Red

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

* Read via NetGalley

3 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

I wanted to love this book but some parts just fell pretty flat or felt unnecessary to the story. The beginning which sets up everything was awesome/really well done. It draws you right into the story. The whole quantum event that happened is really interesting and leads to some memorable events.

There is definitely some insta-love in this story which might put you off but the story overall is well worth reading. I think I liked the sisterly relationships a lot more than the romantic relationship.

Black Widow’s parts of the book are great and I love the dry humor. Seeing her relationships form and more of her personality is a nice addition to the story.

The Alex character to me anyway seemed like he really wasn’t needed. I get why he was added but I don’t think there was enough time to feel all the emotions that you’re supposed to feel about this character and his past. The story might have been even stronger if it was just about Ava and Natasha. I don’t know about you but I don’t think every single story needs a love interest.

I went back and forth a lot on whether I even liked Ava’s character at all. By the end though I think I’ll definitely be able to root for her when she shows up in the comics.

The one thing I really disliked in the story was a framing device used throughout before some of the chapters of a committee hearing/investigation. So through the entire story you know that somebody died but not who. Though you don’t exactly have to be a rocket scientist to guess who ends up dying. Using this framework just takes a bunch of the surprise and some of the heart out of the story because you’re expecting this to happen the entire time you’re reading.

Overall this was a great Black Widow story and introduces a new hero that could have quite an impact on the comics world.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sentence Sneak Peek - Black Widow: Forever Red

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

* Read via NetGalley
* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“Natasha Romanoff hated pierogies—but more than that, she hated lies.”

“The moment Natasha Romanoff anchored her carabiner to the steel frame of the open skylight, her mind went into overdrive.”

“When it was over, Natasha kicked off the locker.”

“San-ta Claus!”

“When Ava Orlova opened her eyes in the mornings, all she could hear was Swan Lake.”

“The next morning, the pounding on the door began before the alarm went off.”

Prosypaysya, Ava!”

“You’re crazy.”

“It’s not a big deal.”

“Do we know that girl?”

“Ava stood in line at the registration desk, willing herself to calm down.”

“Natasha Romanoff was still reeling from Ava’s left hook when the door to the roof burst open.”

“The bullets didn’t stop coming.”

“Sirens wailed in the air, echoing off the pavement above them.”

“It had taken Alex only minutes to hoist Ava up, sling her over his shoulder, and carry her from the riverbank to the plane, but he had been so worried about her—and about dropping her—that it had felt more like hours.”

“As the S.H.I.E.L.D. plane lost altitude, Manhattan came into sight.”

“You know what they say.”

“Some S.H.I.E.L.D. bunkrooms were their own method of torture, Alex guessed.

“It was the early hours of the morning when the taxi rattled up to a deserted Long Island City cabstand.”

“Two tickets to Odessa.”

“Grounded for life,” Natasha said.”

“Five hours into the flight, Alex still wasn’t sleeping.”

Ava Orlova is only seventeen years old.

Odessa Verfi.

“Just turning the key wasn’t enough.”

Alex Manor.

“No more secrets,” Alex said.”

“Ava and Natasha sat cross-legged, facing each other on the sagging bad.”

“The flight was a straight shot, ninety minutes south over the Black Sea.”

“It hadn’t been hard to find Ivan’s lab.”

“A curving ramp took the three of them below the ground.”

Ivan,” Natasha said, her voice a low warning.”

“The burst of sniper fire that followed was deafening, even on the far side of the lab.

“Ava gripped Alex’s hand tightly in her own.”


“The Montclair High School Orchestra played Tchaikovsky at the funeral.”

“Natash Romanoff strode through the main entrance to the Academy, brushing the snow from her black leather jacket.”

Friday, October 2, 2015

Question of the Week - What book are you reading right now and loving?

I am loving this book so far. It’s a survival story at it’s core but it’s also pretty darn hilarious. It’s pretty much the perfect blend of survival and humor.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Dumplin’ is My Spirit Animal

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

5 out of 5 gnomes

So much awesomeness packed into a tiny book package. I just couldn’t put this book down. I read at every free opportunity and just fell in love with it all. The characters, the humor, the crazy situations, the drama, it all equals one heck of a good time.

Willowdean/Will is quite a fierce and funny character. You’ll think she’s super confident at first and that’s definitely how the world sees her then she really starts to doubt herself. That’s when things start to implode with her friend and her mom.  

As you read you’ll probably start to miss Lucy as much as Willowdean does. Her aunt seems to be the glue that was holding the family together. It is great learning about her though especially when Willow and some friends check out a Dolly Parton night at a very entertaining club.

The other great aspect of this book is how Dolly Parton music permeates the story. Willow’s aunt loved Parton and it’s part of how she met her best friend Ellen too.

The Clover City pageant is crazy but I really like how it was betrayed and the mini revolution that forms around it this year.

Of course this book deals a lot with body image and I love seeing not the norm in characters from Willodean to her friends all of them are different. A lot of this hits close to home too especially Millie because like Willowdean I can remember thinking, well at least I’m fat but not that fat. That’s why I’m glad that this book is out there. It shows that you should really put yourself out there in the world and go for your dreams.

Whether you’re fat, skinny or somewhere in between this book should be a must read. I for one can’t wait to see this in movie form because if done right it would be a sight to behold.