Using SCRIBD

 

I read A LOT. I don’t think this comes as a surprise, but also last year I really got into listening to Audiobooks. I first did the Audible thing, and that was good, but I wanted to try something new this year.

That’s when I came across Scribd.

I signed up and received one month free, and I am loving it!

The way it works is every month you will get billed $8.99. And now you can listen to an unlimited amount of audiobooks and read an unlimited amount of ebooks!! It’s basically like Netflix for BOOKS!!! 

They used to have a credit system where you received 3 ebook credits and 1 audiobook credit. Then there were the unlimited library choices that didn’t require any credits. Usually, many new releases though required credits. NOT ANYMORE!! IT’S ALL UNLIMITED!! They got rid of the credit system and I am so excited!

I’ve found that this is really working out better for me than Audible. At least here I can also grab some ebooks.

It’s also been helping on my journey to read War and Peace. I’ve been going back and forth between my physical copy and the audiobook on Scribd. Which is great! I typically like using audiobooks for dense classics or Non-Fiction, and there are A LOT of options for both on Scribd.

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I highly recommend you check Scribd out! If you use my link you can get up to 2 months for free, and in the interest of full disclosure, if you sign up I get one free month! Right now as I am in the midst of launching my own business that would really help me, and I would be forever grateful! I also just think it’s a great service. Their library has grown quite a lot, and they get new stuff all the time! Check it out! You can cancel at any time!

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Short Story Sunday – Part II

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Well well well, if it isn’t another Sunday. I know I said I would update this story on a bi-weekly basis, but well I got sick, and it blowed. I really didn’t bother updating the blog at all, and then had work to catch up on, but enough with the excuses here. If this is your first visit, then you will want to read Part One of the story.

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Now that you read that, here’s Part Two. Enjoy!! Please note that I do this on a whim. No editing goes into it, and I basically just want to do this for fun. It helps get the brain flowing, so that I can go and work on my other stories. 😀 Still I really hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to share, comment, and like!! Peace and Love!!

NOTE: TRIGGER WARNING for Sexual Harassment. Please do not read if sensitive to this subject. 

Part Two: Invitations and Hesitations 

I really should tell you how I ended up locking myself away like a depressed Rapunzel in her tower. Yes, it comes down to that party invitation. I spent the next few days being extremely indecisive about it.

“I mean it could be fun.” I would say to Patrick one minute. “but then again, I think I would rather just stay in on Saturday.”

“Something new, then.” Patrick would reply. “Look I know you hate parties, and not everyone needs to be belligerent and drunk 24/7, but you haven’t really done much other than work on your art and selling pieces online–” As I was about to defend myself he cut in again,”Which works for you Zara. You are the way you are, but don’t you ever feel like trying? Try and meet new people, or just break out of your shell a little?”

After another day or two of me being wishy washy, and Patrick barely listening to my excuses by Friday night, I finally said while I was making dinner, “FINE! We will go, because YES, you are coming with me. Let’s be social. Let’s walk into the lion’s den!”

I didn’t get dressed up because it didn’t seem like that kind of party. Skinny jeans, white tee, and a black hoodie seemed like a perfect outfit. As we both walked out of our door to head down stairs to the party, patrick turned to me before locking the door, “You are sure you want to do this?”

“Well don’t question me NOW Pat. For fucks sake.” He moved aside and I closed the door to the apartment, took a breath and locked it.

When we arrived, I couldn’t find the host. It was already crowded and excessively loud. “I’m going to grab us a couple of beers. You’ll wait here?” I simply nodded at his question. I shoved my hand into the pockets of my hoodie and based myself against a wall. People kept walking by, dancing and spilling their drinks trying to get through. Suddenly someone was next to me, and he came really close to my ear to talk to me, I realized then that it was possibly just because over the loud music that there was no other way of communicating, but smoke signals would have felt less suffocating to me. He continued to talk, and I zoned out completely, as I tend to do under normal circumstances anyway.

“…and that’s how I ended up here.” Is what I heard from this tall stranger with black hair, green eyes and a chiseled jaw when I finally tuned back to earth. I laughed because he was laughing, and I responded with “Haha, that’s cool.” His expression kind of flickered, which told me he realized I hadn’t paid attention to a single word he said. At this point I could see Patrick carrying two beer bottles in his hand, all I could think was ‘thank god’. I turned my back on the stranger as Pat handed me a beer.

“Sorry they only had hipster microbrews here.”

“You mean cereal and milk left out in the sun for too long? It’s okay, I kind of expected that with this crowd.” I took a sip and shuddered. Patrick then waves at some dude across the room.

“It’s my coworker Daniel, wanna come with me?” Pat asked.

“No no, you go. I will be fine here.” and Patrick walked away. He glanced over his shoulder and his forehead creased as I felt a hand on my shoulder. When I turned, the stranger was still standing there.

“That your boyfriend?” he asks.

“Umm, no. Just a friend. Best friend actually.”

“Good.” and he put his hand on my waist. I winced at the touch. I grabbed his hand and placed it back on his side.

“Playing hard to get huh?” and the most disturbing grin crossed his face. I took a step back, as far as the crowd and walls would allow me, but he stepped forward. “I am not playing at all actually. Thank you, but NO thank you.” He wasn’t having it though, and he once again put his hand on my waist, grabbed it actually and brought me close to him with no effort at all. His face was close to mine at this point, and I could smell the alcohol on his breath. “Can you please let go of me?” and I glanced over at Patrick, but he wasn’t near his friend, he was struggling to get through the crowd to come to me. Suddenly I felt like a boulder fell onto my chest, and the hand on my waist felt more like a giant bear trap. I started to panic, and began to push myself out of his grip. At this very point he said “Fine, bitch!” and pushed me off. I stumbled back, my breath caught in my throat, and of course in this instance, I fell straight to the floor, the beer bottle in my hand crashing and breaking to pieces.

I knew I was having a panic attack, the heat rising to the back of my neck, my chest tightening. I struggled to get up, and cried out when placing my right hand down on the floor. There was glass stuck in my palm, blood rushing out. Patrick finally reached me, and helped me to my feet. Before I could say thank you, I turned and pushed out of the crowd to the building’s hallway. I ran again. I ran right back to the elevator and right to our apartment door. Realizing too late that Patrick had the key. I slammed my back against the door. I fell straight to the floor, and began to sob all while trying to calm my breathing.

I felt a hand on my arm, and flinched. It was Patrick.

“I’m sorry. You’re okay, you ARE safe.” He sat there with me, me against the door to our apartment, and him against the wall next to it. He didn’t touch me again. He let me calm down enough, to finally open the door. He guided me into the apartment, “Let’s get your hand cleaned up.”

“I…I Don’t want to gg..go to the hospital ththough.” I struggled to speak.

“No. No we will do it here, and if it needs more care, we can go tomorrow. Okay? Where’s your medication?”

“Ba-Bathroom.”

We walked slowly to the bathroom, and he cleaned out my hand. Carefully and slowly, cleaning out all the cuts as he went. “Take your medication, to calm down, and I will go make you some tea.”

I took my meds, and headed to the couch. I sat there crying, and I’ve been going back every day since. To sit there, occasionally crying. Patrick occasionally brings me tea. What a way to live.


Well that’s the end of part two. I know, it got a little dark, but I hope you liked the read.

See you next time!!

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

©2016 Joana Simoes. All Rights Reserved

15 Book Nerd Facts About Me

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I have seen a few book nerds writing up some book nerd facts about themselves and I thought this would be a fun and quick post to make!! So here are 15 BookNerd Facts about me!!

1. Books have been a HUGE part of my life from the very first word I learned how to read.

2. Covers of Books have ZERO influence on what I buy now, because in the past year some of the prettiest covers, had the crappiest stories.

3. I don’t care if I buy used or new books, and lately I have been heading more towards used books, because I am GENUINELY trying to spend less money on books. For the price of one book, I can get 10..NO JOKE.

4. I have slowed down my requesting of titles for review. I requested too many last year and disliked most.

5. My current favorite writer is V.E. Schwab.

6. I am editing my first novel, and have four other ideas juggling around in different parts of the writing process. You can call me crazy.

7. I usually have my Kindle on me.

8. Which brings us to this fact…I enjoy Ebooks and Physical books. I have no rhyme or reason as to what format I get.

9. I stop paying attention to any reviewer who only gives books 4 or 5 stars to absolutely EVERYTHING they read. I notice it more and more with people who seem to just try to kiss ass to get free stuff from publishers. You are in it for the wrong reasons, and I have no respect for you.

10. YES, I do prefer the company of books.

11. I try to convince everyone to read the Harry Potter series.

12. My boyfriend lets me talk his ear off about books I am reading, or book ideas I have to write. He’s quite supportive.

13. I hate seeing shelves with pristine books like they have never been read. It breaks my heart.

14. I hate hate hate the mortal instruments series…NOT SORRY.

15. I own over 600 Books.

*Bonus fact: I worked at a book store for about two years and it is where I met one of my best friends and it was one of the best times I had.

Those are just 15 little fun facts!! Enjoy, and tell me some of your booknerd facts!!

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My Top 10 BookNerd Problems

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When you are an avid reader, there are some things that regular people will say or do that will just get under your skin. Then there are just somethings that come with the territory of being a booknerd. Here are my top ten booknerd problems. Are you ready for this? I am!

1. When you are reading, and someone asks “What are you reading?” 

Take note here, If I am reading a physical copy of a book, do NOT ask me what I am reading, just read the damn cover and then google it. If I am reading on my Kindle, do NOT ask me what I am reading, for the simple reason that it is fucking annoying!! Wait until I put it away and then ask. If you’re not even a reader, don’t ask me just to make small talk. I hate small talk. Just go away honestly.

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2. When people say they’ve watched the movie, and don’t need to read the book. 

This might be my biggest Booknerd Problem. That is the dumbest thing someone can say. The story you see on the big screen could never ever live up to the books. Even the movies I love that are based from books, I still love the books 100 times more! You have no idea what you are talking about, and you are making me angry for no reason. Sit down somewhere and think about what you’ve done!

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3. When you finish an amazing book, and can’t decide what to read next.

Booknerds, you know what I am talking about. This happens to me quite often. I will read something amazing, and then everything else I try to start seems so mediocre compared to the beautiful piece of fiction I just finished reading. Sigh. What can you do, but continue to dig through your piles to find your next amazing read.

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4. Waiting for the next book in a series… 

Anyone who is a reader and a serious booknerd will tell you, this is some serious business that requires the patience of a saint. Currently I am waiting for the next book in the Kingkiller Chronicles, The Song of Ice and Fire, and A Darker Shade of Magic. Luckily V.E.Schwab who wrote A Darker Shade of Magic is on point, and her next book is being released next month. As for George R.R.Martin and Patrick Rothfuss I will wait patiently because I know how amazing their books will be no matter how long we wait. I still remember waiting for the Harry Potter books to be released one by one and how incredible it was to finally have the book in my hands. But what am I going to do while I wait?!

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5. When someone says I read too much…

Well, all I can say to that is, you don’t read enough and you can suck a dick. I love to read. I always have from the very first word I learned how to read till this very point in my life, and until my very last day on this earth…reading will always mean the world to me. Some of you should try OPENING a book and reading it once in a while. Could be useful to the world.

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6. Moving…

When I moved from the USA to Germany the main things that were packed up and shipped were all of my books. People kept telling me I was nuts and that I should have given them away to charity. I don’t tell you to give a way the things you hold dear do I? Anyway once we moved to a different apartment here, I had to pack them up again, and move them…AGAIN. Now that we have about 600 books on our shelves…I am kind of dreading the day we will move again. Balls.

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7. Running out of shelf space…

We recently had to pick up some more Swedish puzzles (aka Ikea Bookshelves) to organize my books. Running out of shelf space is a common booknerd problem. They were starting to pile up all over the place. I have it under control at the moment. My book collection has grown with the local used book sales that seem to be happening more and more often now. I can’t help it when I get a giant stack of books for 20 bucks. So we haven’t run out of shelf space…yet.

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8. When a book is so amazing that you don’t fall asleep…

I have lost count how many times I have done this. Sleep is not a priority when I am hooked into a book. When I first read the King Killer Chronicles I was twitching in the morning because I stayed up all night reading. I have done that more than once. Call me irresponsible if you would like, but I always do my work, and I always study the next day. I mean I will probably start dozing off while I make dinner, but that’s besides the point. Some stories deserve that kind of attention.

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9. When someone asks you what a book is about, and your brain goes into overdrive…

This happens to me all the time. I gush about a book and someone will ask what it is about, and then suddenly my brain simultaneously explodes and goes blank. I want to say so much, but then I want to say so little because I wouldn’t want to spoil a book for someone else. Its hard out here for a booknerd.

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10. When your favorite characters die…

There are many characters to name, but within the Harry Potter series are the ones that truly broke my heart. I couldn’t bare with the death of Sirius Black and Dumbledore (and so many others.) I cried serious tears and yelled into the wind the words “J.K. Rowling…WTF?!” It gets seriously rough, and obviously I am a masochist because I just reread it, and get punched in the gut every single time. Again and again.

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So those are my booknerd problems! Comment down below and tell me some of yours!!

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Trouble in YA Paradise

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I am specifically using The Hunger Games as my opening image for a reason. You will catch onto it soon.

There’s trouble in YA fiction paradise, and it has been stirred by a white male author who I wanted to originally leave nameless, but at the same time I want to tell you who it is so you can decide whether it is worth your time to read his book. I try so hard not to tear into writers, because I myself am an aspiring author, and I wouldn’t want it done to me, but this falls under an exception and here is why.

Scott Bergstrom wrote a book called The Cruelty, and it has apparently garnered him so much attention, that the book already has a movie deal. I would be happy for any author to get this because I still strongly believe that YA publishing is pushing the industry forward, but I am not happy about this particular deal. This book is described by Publishers Weekly as:

“Bergstrom’s heroine is Gwendolyn Bloom, a Jewish, slightly overweight 17-year-old, who is transformed into a “lean warrior with hair dyed fire-engine red,” during her mission to rescue her father, a kidnapped diplomat. Her search takes her into Europe’s most dangerous slums, and into contact with gangsters, spies, and arms dealers.”

I would like to give the writer the benefit of the doubt as many other YA authors have tried to do, but let’s be honest those writers are probably nicer than me. The description is there because he wrote the book this way. As if a female needs to lose weight to become empowered, or important. I will come back to this clusterfuck in a second. The real problem I have with this is the fact that this writer decided that he was going to put down the entire YA Sector of fiction by saying:

“The morality of the book is more complicated than a lot of YA so I wanted to try doing it on my own,” Bergstrom said. “In a lot of YA, the conflict takes place inside a walled garden, set up by outside adult forces. If you think of those stories as a metaphor for high school, they start to make a lot more sense, but that was one thing I wanted to depart from.”

and the even bigger cock of a quote:

“I’m inspired by the world around me. What troubles me about so much of today’s fiction aimed at young adults is that its set in an imaginary time and place.“

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So you’re troubled by imagination and those who can create worlds you probably could only dream of creating? You don’t come out of the gate as an arrogant prick, and those two quotes tell me all I need to know about this writer. He is coming in with his chest puffed out and his nose up in the air claiming that he’s writing something different, something unique. Sorry sir but your trope has been done before, and not just in YA. It’s sad really that men think it’s okay to write young women this way. When your target audience is young women. Here’s where you, and all those people backing you will run into some snags in the near future, your target audience isn’t simple minded. Your target audience has grown up reading amazing and strong female characters and they have reached a point in their reading lives that they don’t want to be told that as a female, the only way to feel like an empowered warrior is to lose weight. NO ONE wants to read that. I know I don’t.

But apparently someone thinks that females of the world need this shit.

“Kicking butt to save your dad is actually a lot easier for me to swallow than kids killing kids in The Hunger Games.”

That’s a quote from his agent’s neighbor or someone who read the story, and apparently never actually read The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is one of the most morally complex YA novels out there. Katniss throws all of her heart and soul to save not just her sister, but also so the future of Panem would be more than just “kids killing kids”, and not to mention it paved the way for so many other YA novels to be published, unfortunately that includes this story by Mr. Bergstrom.

If you go on twitter and look at the hashtag MorallyComplicatedYA you are going to find that the target audience of your novel Mr.Bergstrom is highly offended by your remarks and your plot. How does that saying go? You shot yourself in the foot? You may have gotten all those deals rolling in, but I am going to gather by the truly empowering females all over social media aren’t falling for your shit, and in fact might be turning on you. You offended an entire genre, you insulted fellow writers who could have backed your story, you offended the entire female gender with your remarks. I wish you luck, because you are going to need it from this day forth.

I imagine your agent and your publishers are all feeling a little nervous now, and will probably force you to apologize. Hope you try your best to sound genuine, but fantasy seems to be a concept you cannot grasp.

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I could continue tearing into this, but I think I will sign off now. Just know, all young females deserve to read empowering characters, yours is not one of those, and everyone seems to know that.

Peace and Love

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The Reading & Writing Slump Blues

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If you noticed that I have not updated in a while, it is because I was not around. I went to Portugal for about 10 days. While I could have scheduled some blog posts while I was gone, I decided not to, because I would not be able to give those posts the adequate attention they would require. I spent those ten days with Family, and making new friends. (SURPRISE MOTHER FUCKER!!)

So not only did my blog fall into a slump, but I also fell into a reading slump. I barely read anything at all while I was over there. I don’t regret it because I had more important things happening. Still now I am trying to both break the blogging slump and the reading slump but that feels a little frustrating right now.

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Luckily, I have things for work to write that are helping break the writing slump a bit, and school work that requires my focus as well, and since those two are important tasks I truly need to get through, it has helped me quite a bit. Even though my cat, hasn’t quite gotten over the fact that I was gone for ten days, so she keeps roaming around me and jumping on my lap at inappropriate times. STAY KITTY!!

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My reading slump, is the first real one I am dealing with this year. I typically break them by rereading Harry Potter, but I didn’t want to start a reread until around Xmas time. So the next idea is to read some graphic novels, which tend to be fast and simple to get through. I have Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (J.K.Rowling) waiting to be read, and I got about 8 chapters in, but I don’t feel like reading. Which is ridiculous because I love this series, and this one opens in such a disturbing way. So it has nothing to do with the book itself, I just need to get back into it. Hopefully a couple of graphic novels will help.

There are a couple of concerts coming up as well, which will also interrupt my reading a bit, but this has never been an issue before. Then again, I don’t think I have ever felt a slump like this. Ah well, I am sure I can manage to break out of it. I have at least broken out of the blogging one, and I will head back into my work so that I can continue to write and further push me to want to read something entertaining. *crosses fingers* I will be posting some reviews and such soon on here again. Stay Tuned!!

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Daughters Unto Devils – Book Review

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Daughters Unto Devils by: Amy Lukavics

I started a Halloween Read Along with a couple of friends, well Actually it ended up being me and one of my closest friends reading it because others dropped out. Which is totally fine. We picked Daughters Unto Devils because people on Goodreads were calling it terrifying and good. I was all about terrifying for a Halloween Read along.

Daughters Unto Devils is about a sixteen-year-old girl Amanda Verner and her family. There’s some mystery about the last winter the family went through. There’s something happening with her youngest sister who is a baby who cries non-stop. And Amanda is secretly pregnant. Then the family moves to the prairie, and chooses to settle in a huge cabin, but when they open the door to this abandoned cabin there’s dried blood everywhere. The prairie is known to drive men crazy, crazy to the point of killing, but what happened in this cabin? What will happen to this family?

Ya know, going in I thought I would be instantly scared. It was more that I was instantly disappointed. The writing was good, but the story fell flat. The characters all seemed like the same person with little to no differences in personality. Also why the HELL would you go and settle into a bloody cabin and think your life would be normal? I mean sure they cleaned it up but really? I bought this one on my kindle, and it honestly didn’t get “creepy” until I was about 80% done with the book. I say creepy, because whoever is calling this terrifying must have a super low threshold for fear. This was not terrifying. I had this discussion with my friend who also read the book, and we both agreed that it is actually quite difficult to find a truly scary book. I know you’re probably thinking “Uh, hello Stephen King?” but I like his books, not all of them, but some. I read The Shining last year and it was certainly scarier than this nonsense of a book, but a lot of horror in novels, isn’t actually that horrific.

My problem with Daughters Unto Devils is that I feel it was a missed opportunity. I realize this was a YA novel but still there should have been more scary parts mixed in, there should have been more creepy scenes mixed within the pages. Sure the ending was weird and creepy, but that’s it. It was one of the most disappointing reads this year. I originally gave it three stars on Good Reads but I changed my mind the more I thought about it for this review.

If you get scared easily, sure check this out. If you’re like me and need something seriously scary to get to you, then check something else out. This is NOT terrifying as so many people claimed it to be. This is why I always read things even if they have weird reviews; to form my own opinions on them.

This gets two out of five metal horns from me.

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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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Twilight the Nickelback of Fiction

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Twilight was released 10 years ago, and beyond making me feel a little old, and as if time is zooming past me, it has also brought the surprise release of a Gender bent Twilight reimagining by Stephenie Meyer. I will get to that in a few but before I do, let me get to it.

Twilight is the Nickelback of Fiction. Here’s why I say that. Everyone loves to hate Nickelback, but somehow they have sold millions of records, sold out arenas, and I believe still have a career going. So EVERYONE hates this band, but yet they are still quite a successful band. So someone or a few someones are lying about how they feel about them and their music.

Well, over the span of this decade that Twilight has been out, so many people have come out and said how ridiculous it is. How awful it is. How silly it is. People love to hate Twilight. Let’s look at the facts though, this series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Those ridiculous movies grossed over $3.3Billion. That’s not chump change there. So which one of you assholes is lying?

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When Twilight was becoming really popular, I worked at a bookstore. People kept asking for it, so I got it for myself as well. I really enjoyed the story. Yea it’s flawed, the writing isn’t amazing, but it was entertaining. People can talk shit as much as they’d like about this series, but at 100 Million copies sold, some of those people talking shit have Twilight on their bookshelves (and probably Nickelback on their iTunes). I am not here defending Twilight as some amazing piece of literature, but I will defend it for what it has done for Young Adult fiction.

The numbers don’t lie. Young Adult fiction has been the fastest growing branch of publishing. Harry Potter has a lot to do with that, because that series opened the imaginations of youngsters wide open. But technically Harry Potter was a middle grade novel, at least I would say the first two are. When Twilight was released and became as popular as it did, it made even more teens and young adults fall in love with reading. In 1997, about 3,000 YA fiction novels were published. The numbers these days are above the 30,000 mark per year. Did you know that print books are making a come back and are still selling more than expected considering the digital age we are in? Here’s my opinion on the matter… On youtube, Instagram, tumblr, and yes wordpress and plenty of other blog sites young adults and adults in general are coming together for their love of not just YA Fiction, but all kinds of books. This is why I don’t hate on Twilight, it was one of the first few stories to burst those walls down, and has allowed for Hunger Games, Divergent, and Throne of Glass to become the popular books that they are, because Twilight started something, and it started something huge.

Now Stephenie Meyer released that gender swapped Version of Twilight called Life and Death. Her reasoning was because she got tired of hearing about Bella being a Damsel in distress, but come on, Ms.Meyer you wrote her that way, even if you don’t seem to see it. I am intrigued by this gender swapped thing, but I am not about to buy another copy of Twilight to read it. If it came as a stand alone, I would get it, and I am not ashamed.I don’t believe in guilty pleasure. But those Gender swapped names, Beau and Edythe?

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See look at me, being a hater. But here’s why I hope it still sells. In the digital age, the time of selfies at every second, and those stupid ass Kardashians, I am glad that books are selling like they are. It makes me happy that young adults and adults too are more interested in a half assed attempt at a new novel by Stephenie Meyer, than of Keeping up with what dick the Kardashians are sucking this week. (ugh so Brash,I know.I can’t help it.)

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So Cheers to you Nickelback of Fiction. You are still successful and will probably continue to sell. There will be another version of you down the line, but Books over Bimbos, I always say. Not every book ever written needs to have some sort of wonderful message behind it. Not every book needs to be a call for world peace or be a work of fiction that snobs go around misunderstanding anyway. Sometimes a book is an escape or a break from the stress of life. So what difference does it make to you if someone else reads a book about a glittery vampire or a pulitzer prize winning piece of literature? Stop being a hater (and a liar, I see that Twilight book on your shelf).

Twilight the Nickelback of Fiction, is still more successful than you. So Stop it.

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MATG

Black Widow Forever Red – Book Review

Black Widow: Forever Red
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.

Black Widow Forever Red

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. 

Metal Horns

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

Black Widow

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.