Furiously Happy – Book Review

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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson is someone I admire greatly. This book is a collection of essays, and it made me laugh at a time when laughter was hard to come by. You see, Jenny Lawson is open about her struggles with Mental Illness. She is not ashamed of how her brain works, or malfunctions, and from her I learned that it is okay to struggle, but it is even better to fight.

This was a more personal undertaking than her first book Let’s Pretend this Never Happened. That first book shared a glimpse into her struggles, but not like Furiously Happy has done. Her stories of traveling, and how she just deals with daily life connected with me on such a deeper level, but yet I found myself trying really hard late at night not to laugh too loud as not to wake my boyfriend. She made me see that it is okay to talk about the daily struggle that is mental illness, but she is mainly focusing on the fact that we need to just grab life by the balls and allow ourselves to be furiously happy. It is hard sure, but it can be done.

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Even if you have never struggled with mental illness yourself, I still recommend this book to you. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will probably laugh and cry at the same time making you look like some kind of sociopath. I would also recommend that if you know someone who struggles with Mental Illness that you give them this book. It made my cloudy days a little brighter, and I know it can do the same for others.

Anyone who knows me knows how I have struggled. I do not choose to have panic attacks at shopping malls, concerts, or even just when I am simply crossing the street. I don’t choose to fall into the void of depression where all of the things I love to do, Have no importance to me for a while. But I can choose to be furiously happy and damn am I trying.

“I wish someone had told me this simple but confusing truth: Even when everything’s going your way you can still be sad. Or anxious. Or uncomfortably numb. Because you can’t always control your brain or your emotions even when things are perfect.”

This book get 5 out of 5 Metal Horns from me! 

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Black Widow Forever Red – Book Review

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Black Widow: Forever Red

I was given a Digital ARC of this novel from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

I love the Marvel universe. I think they always get the movies right, and make us feel like the super heroes are the real deal. Black Widow has been one of my favorites for the very obvious reason that she kicks ass. When I saw that Black Widow Forever Red was going to be released and that it would be a full fledged novel, not a comic book, I thought this was the book all Black Widow fans have been waiting for. 

I might have jumped the gun with that thought.

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The book is about Natasha Romanoff A.K.A. Black Widow. Considering her name is the title, you would expect the story to be about her, and focus mainly on her. Except it doesn’t. In the story you meet Ava Orlova. Who is just your average teenager, well except for the fact that she isn’t. There are a lot of exceptions going on here. 

I don’t want to give things away, so I will just share my views about the story itself. I personally think this is being marketed as a Black Widow novel, and it really should have another name. She is not the main focal point of the entire story. While she pops up, she is a small bit of a much bigger story. This was the most disappointing part of this book. I wanted MORE Black Widow. Ava to me was an okay character, but there’s another character Alex…and yes there’s a bit of a romance factor there, which I always think it wouldn’t be a YA novel without the romance being shoved in there some where. 

Because yes this is a Young Adult novel, which really just makes me think this was a way to cash in not only on the rise of YA fiction, but also on the popularity of Black Widow, especially among the main demographic for both points. Wish they had focused that energy on the actual story though. 

I also have to say, it was very hard to really get into the story. The writing in Black Widow Forever Red is not 5 star material, and I found myself easily distracted. 

I think this book will be popular among young teenaged girls. I think hardcore Black Widow fans will be highly disappointed by it. (teenaged or otherwise) 

This will be out October 13th.

I gave this 2 out 5 metal horns. 

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Sorry Black Widow, Wish I could have given you more.

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The synopsis from the Publisher:

Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy

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.

Ice Like Fire – Book Review

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(I was given a Digital Arc from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review)

That cover, is so beautiful. It does what the cover for the first book in this series did for me, it caught my eye. But as the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover.

I try not to reveal anything about plot lines and the stories themselves when I review, especially when it is a sequel because people may not have read the first one yet. I am also not cruel about an author’s work.

Ice Like Fire is written by Sara Raasch. It is the sequel to Snow like Ashes. I love fantasy novels. It is definitely my favorite genre. I love stories of magic and Queens and Kings. Stories of battles and epic travels. So I when I picked up the first book in this series, I thought with all the hype it was receiving, I was about to find my new favorite series. That didn’t happen. I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t get excited about it like I thought I would. Was the story unique? Not particularly, no. Was it horribly written? No, not at all, but I just couldn’t get into it, I didn’t hate it either.

I was curious where the story would go, hoping with all my booknerd hope that the sequel would bring the story up a notch. I received the digital ARC about a week ago from the publisher. I am so appreciative that more and more publishers are giving me these opportunities, but I have to be honest in the end about how I feel.

Unfortunately Ice like Fire was not entertaining for me. What I am about to write may seem spoilerish, but believe me, it happens right from the beginning, I am not spoiling a thing. There’s this magical item that is supposedly impossible to find,it is super important to the story and the plot and again it is supposed to be impossible to find but HOLY CRAP!!! it is found within the first few chapters of this book. Such luck. I feel like this could have been moved further into the story, and there could have been more character building done, which this story kind of lacks.

I don’t root for, nor do I care about a single character in these books. This is shocking on my end because when it comes to fantasy, I have favorites, and I love them till the very end. Not here. I really just don’t care what happens to them, and that’s probably why I did not enjoy the book. This story is not unique. We have seen it now in 100’s of books. Amazing girl who doesn’t know she’s amazing, two guys wanting her love and attention, and some kind of magical element. This is the YA fantasy formula.

The writing is good, but the story just doesn’t really capture my heart like I hoped it would. I was really hoping that the sequel would redeem the story, sad to say that for me it did not. I am sure this book will still be loved and praised by many, but I won’t be one of those.

Book is out October 13th!

It gets 2 out of 5 metal horns from me.

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Walk on Earth a Stranger – Book Review

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Recently I was given a digital ARC for Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, it is the first book in The Gold Seer Trilogy. It is one of my first couple of ARCs, and I am grateful and so excited that I was able to read this before its release. I was given the digital ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, so lets jump right into it.

The story is about Lee (Leah) westfall who has a bit of a secret. She can sense if there is any gold around her. That’s right even the smallest speck of gold, she can sense it and figure out exactly where it is. Something huge happens and the life she knew is pulled away from her by a man who is dying to control her. Desperate she disguises herself as a boy and heads for the trail heading west. Towards California and the Gold Rush.

Did you ever play Oregon Trail in elementary school? Did you ever become emotionally attached to your pixel family trying to make it across the country? Well this book kind of magically brings that to life. Though I say magically because it is such a well written book, and not because there’s tons of fantastical magic happening in the story. While she does have this power and she uses it on a number of occasions, the story focuses more on her trying to make it through the trip alive and without having her secrets discovered. I will say that in the middle it doesn’t seem like much is actually happening. I didn’t actually love any of the characters, but Lee is someone you will root for. It is slow paced but you will feel like you jumped on the TARDIS and were taken back in time. While some of the things that happened were a bit predictable, I can always overlook that when the writing is good, and that’s the case with Walk on Earth a Stranger.

Lee is such a strong charcter and some of the other female characters will come to surprise you. When the ending came it set up quite nicely for the next book. The writing is really what gripped me as I read this in about a day and a half. The world building and the detail made me feel like I was right beside Lee.

I enjoyed this book even if it wasn’t as fast paced as a lot of my favorite reads, I think big things are headed Lee’s way and I can’t wait to find out what. This will be out September 22, 2015 so make sure to go out and get it!!

This one gets 4 out of 5 Metal Horns!!!

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Lady Killer – Book Review

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Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich

(I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review)

Lady Killer lived up to what I imagined in my head the minute I saw this cover. It is about Josie Schuller a lovely house wife and mother who is also secretly a brutal killer. She is a professional assassin and a damn good one at that. Suddenly she finds that keeping the balance of housewife and killer becomes a little blurred as her life and the lives of her family are put on the line. 

I loved this!! I actually had not heard of it before I received the review copy, but I am also not always in the loop about graphic novels and their releases. I am changing that slowly as I become more and more enamored with the different styles of art and story they bring to life. This has become an instant favorite. As I read it I just kept thinking “YES!! What a badass!!” I finished it in one sitting, wanting to know desperately what happens next.

It was fast paced and gripping.

From what I could find, this comic is done? I hope it is not true, there are way too many unanswered questions and loose ends. I NEED TO KNOW MORE!! If you are looking for a gateway comic and you are a bookworm who loves books like Throne of Glass or The Hunger Games, books with amazing female lead characters then I highly recommend Lady Killer for you. Josie takes no shit and kicks serious ass. She will become a fave character of yours like she did for me.

The art is in the style of 1950’s or early 60’s comics. Absolutely gorgeous and fitting to the style of the story.

I highly recommend! And hope to get a physical copy to add to my collection one day.

This is the synopsis from the publisher Dark Horse Comics:

Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer! She’s balanced cheerful domestic bliss with coldly performed assassinations, but when Josie finds herself in the crosshairs, her American Dream life is in danger!

A brand-new original black comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival.

I give this one a resounding Five out Five Metal Horns!! It is released in the USA on September 2nd so pick it up.

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The Rithmatist – Book Review

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If you read fantasy novels then you have definitely heard of Brandon Sanderson.

Well he wrote The Rithmatist for a younger audience. Teen/Young Adult audience to be exact. If you are not usually a fan of Young Adult novels, then you may want to start being a fan. This book made me so excited and happy!!!

Seriously, it hooked me right from the start, and it kept me interested and wanting more. Which is where it made me sad because from the information I could find, the second book is only scheduled for 2017. Brandon Sanderson, if you ever see this… please hurry!! I will give you … (checks pockets…) 20 euros if you release it sooner!!

It is indeed that wonderful.

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This story is about Joel, who wants to become a Rithmatist. Rithmatists are a very selective group of people who have the ability to bring two dimensional figures that are known as Chalklings to life. This is important because there are wild chalklings that the Rithmatists need to be able to defend their world from.

Joel is just a son of a chalk maker at Armedius Academy who would give anything to become a Rithmatist himself. He gets thrown into a mystery when a few Rithmatist students go missing. Him and his friend Melody along with another group of wonderful side characters bring this mystery to life. This story might be written for a younger crowd but Brandon Sanderson got it right. The story has mystery, and amazing detail. There are drawings explaining exactly what it is that Rithmatists do.

It brings this world to life, and it had been a while since a book has brought me so much joy, and yet some sadness. Booknerds know what I am talking about. I highly recommend this book!!! The characters are wonderful and the plot is imaginative.

This one gets 5 out of 5 Metalhorns from me!!!

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The Wrath and the Dawn – Book Review

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (I am glad this is a blog and not a youtube video, because I would butcher her last name, I am so sorry) was the first book I read from the books I chose from my summer reading challenge. It was a great first read and first choice. I have this fear now every time I decide to read a super hyped up Young Adult novel, that it will be disappointing but this one was surprising. It was actually worthy of all the hype.

This story is about Shahrzad (Shazi) who wants to take revenge on Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan, why, you ask? Well quite simply, or not so simply put Khalid has married about 100 women, each dawn after the wedding, the women have been killed. The last one was Shazi’s best friend. This is when she volunteers to marry Khalid. She wants to be able to break the cycle of murder and innocent lives lost once and for all.

Khalid has his own secrets, and as you go through this book, you realize there’s so much more to the story.

This book is a retelling of 1001 nights, and the greatest thing of all is the beautiful descriptive language used, you practically feel like you are within the palace walls.

Here’s the surprising factor for me. I have mentioned before that I am quite tired of the romance and love triangles in young adult novels. Coming from a hopeless romantic that’s really saying something. The truth is though, that I LOVED the romance in this book. It’s not cheesy and it’s not lame. It shows real conflict of emotion and real feelings in the characters. You will fall in love with them, even the secondary characters, who were actually some of my favorites from all the books I have read.

I highly recommend this book. It pulled me in and did not let me go. I read it in a couple of days, probably could have finished it sooner if I had the time. Really go out to your local book store and buy it, buy it on your kindle, or head to your local library.

This one gets four out of five metal horns from me.

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The Diviners – Book Review

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Guys…Gals, I am about to get really hyped up about this. I am going to tell you what I think of this book, and I think very highly of this book. I read it so fast, and kept having a hard time putting it down. Let me tell you why, cuz why else would you read this review?

This story is about Evie O’Neil who gets shipped off to New York, for reasons you shall discover when you read it. (cuz ya will!!…probably…maybe.DO IT) She has to live with her uncle Will, who is absolutely obsessed with the occult. This is really where the fun begins, but even the opening of the story is pretty damn creepy.

The story takes place in 1926 and Evie gets mixed up in some occult and mysteries of her own. She has a supernatural power that she tries to keep a secret, but when a murder occurs and her uncle gets called to help with the investigation Evie gets thrown into a world of craziness.

The book is written in such a wonderful way that you feel that you’re being transported back in time. Some of the scenes in the book are so creepy that I actually had a moment where I didn’t want to walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night to pee. TMI…I know but seriously all the little shadows as I walked out of the room really creeped me out after reading this book.

I am really looking forward to the second book that comes out soon (August 25, 2015) and I hope it is just as creepy!!! I absolutely recommend this book!!!

This one gets 5 out of 5 metal horns from me!!

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Magonia – Book Review

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Okay so I am a little behind on my book reviews.Bare with me as I change up some things here on the site.

So I need to tell you all about this book.

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley is one of the most imaginative stories I have read in quite some time. You can’t compare this to anything else. You can’t describe it by saying that it’s the next game of thrones or the next hunger games, because this book stands out on its own.

It is about Aza Ray who has been sick her entire life.  It is a mystery what the character has, but it is a lung disease where she has a lot of trouble breathing.

Suddenly she starts seeing ships in the sky. That’s right SHIPS (ok this aspect is a little like Stardust, but thats where the comparisons end) Her family kind of just shrugs it off as “oh well you have crazy side effects from your medication…ships in the sky…HAHA” (not a direct quote here.

The only one who really believes, is her best friend Jason. (yes theres a bit of a love interest here)

Craziness ensues and she ends up in a world where she’s no longer sick, and she’s no longer weak.

Listen, I don’t want to give too much away but I really loved how creative this story was. I read it fairly quickly as it’s not that big of a book (300ish pages) I loved it, and highly recommend it if you’re looking for some out of this world fun and a unique story.

Comment below if you’ve read it, but please NO SPOILERS!! Comment below if you haven’t read it as well!!

It gets four out of five metal horns from me(like my new rating system?)

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