Friday Inspiration 

Hello Friends! I fell asleep last night before I could write my post. Thats right, I was asleep before 1 am! Woo! 

But I already knew what I was going to share today. I decided to share a video instead of a quote because it’s one of my favorite songs from my teen (maybe early 20’s, I can’t remember) years. 

So let’s see if this will work, I’m trying to post from my phone. If the link doesn’t work, I promise to fix it later.:)

Remember that no matter what, the most beautiful you can be is when you are nothing more than yourself.

Have a great Friday!

Movie Review: Suicide Squad

Release Date: 8/5/2016
Cast: Will Smith | Ike Barinholtz | Margot Robbie | Jared Leto | Jai Courtney | Joel Kinnman | Jay Hernandez : Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje | Cara Delevigne
Production Company: Atlas Entertainment | DC Comics | DC Entertainment
Director: David Ayer

Review

Okay, here is the secret behind…me. I don’t get into superhero movies. I feel like they have gotten so boring because it’s the same thing over and over again. Also, I never really connected with the superheros. I was always the strange girl that loved the bad guys. I mean…come on, they have way cooler costumes and tragic backgrounds. There just seems to be more to them. When you make a movie full of bad guys of course I am going to go see it! Even after all of the horrible reviews!

The acting in this movie was fantastic. I feel like every actor that crossed the screen did a wonderful job. I may have jumped on the Harley Quinn band wagon after this movie as well. Margot Robbie was such a believable Quinn. She was crazy, bad, and under it all, just another girl in love. I want to be her after watching this movie.

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My favorite character was Deadshot (after Harley Quinn, obviously, because…girl power!) This was another character that was so great. Will Smith has never let us down with his acting…(except in that one movie he did with his son (After Earth) but that wasn’t his fault, that movie was just horrible) and he didn’t disappoint in this movie either.

I could go through the list of characters and tell you what I loved about them all and rave about how great they performed, but I will save you from the boring.

After this…

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Jared Leto! Still no Heath Ledger Joker, but OMG so amazing! I was told that the Joker in the comics is actually abusive to Harley Quinn and pretty much uses her, but in Suicide Squad they have this crazy, psychotic love that…well, if I was a bad guy I would totally want their love story!

I realize that a lot of people dislike Suicide Squad, and I can understand what you don’t like. The story line was kind of all over the place, like they were given trouble, just to introduce the characters. The whole witch thing didn’t make much sense and I think I would have been okay with a movie just about the members of the Suicide Squad, without the lame storyline of them taking out this strange, old soul witch lady.

Would I watch the movie again? You bet I would! Even with the horrible story line, it was action packed and the backstories were fabulous! I would even consider spending more money and going to the theaters to see it again…if I wasn’t broke at the moment. Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as the critics say it was.

If you are looking for a interesting movie that will NOT put you to sleep, this movie will fit the bill. I had gone to work at 5 am the morning I saw the movie. This was after getting very little sleep the night before and no nap before seeing the movie. This usually means I will fall asleep in the theater if the movie is bad or not that great. This movie kept me awake and alert. I loved it.

My Rating

9-10

Prompt Challenge: 080216 Fireflies

Prompt Challenge

Hello Friends! Welcome back to Prompt Challenge Wednesday! I actually enjoyed writing this story and had to stop writing towards the end. It was getting to long, so if the ending sounds a little rushed…it was. It is just a short story after all. I think this one might be another for my file of stories that may become more.

Enjoy the read!

Prompt

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I have been watching the lady that lives beside me. I noticed one night that she had walked to her back yard with a tray of food. It wouldn’t have been so suspicious if it hadn’t been a try full of fresh food. Had it been slop, I would have thought nothing of it. I watched her walk around her house and go through the gate, where I lose sight of her. I even tried to see her from the upstairs window, but she goes to a part of the yard that is covered in trees.

I watched her for 2 weeks, and it never failed. Every night at the same time she would walk out of her house with a tray full of food and disappear into her back yard. I finally built up the courage to peak through the fence that separated our yards. But even that had its limits and gave me no new information. I decided that I needed to find out what she was doing, so I started talking to her more.

After a few days I confessed that I had seen her taking the tray of food into her back yard. I was always the type of person to not beat around the bush. If I wanted to know something, I just came out and asked.

The day I asked her about it, she told me to come over that night and she would show me what she does with the food. Her smile was friendly and her eyes sparkled. It was like she was going to show the world her first born or something. She seemed so excited to show me. I didn’t think much of it, I just showed up that night, helped her prepare the food and followed her into the back yard.

The spot of the back yard that was hidden had a picnic table. There was nothing special about it, just a family picnic table. The lady lit the candle that sat in the middle of the candle and sat the tray down. She sat at the table and patted the seat beside her.

“Have a seat.” She said, smiling up at me. “They can be a little shy when new people are around, but they don’t meet a lot of new people, so they will still come.”

“Who?” I asked. I was more curious now than I had been before.

“My parents.” She whispered. I thought the woman was crazy. I was planning on calling the police after I was done, after no one showed up, and get the poor woman some help for her delusions.

“Do they live back here?” I asked her, trying to figure out how crazy she was.

“Silly, no, they don’t live back here.” She shook her head and laughed. “They just come to check on me every night, make sure I am fairing okay in the world.” She looked at me, her eyes lit by the candle light, giving her an eerie other worldly look. “It’s hard to make friends in this world.”

“Yeah, it is.” I said. I was feeling sorry for the woman. She had created some kind of crazy place in her back yard where reality didn’t exist. I knew the woman lived alone and that she never had visitors. I was mad at myself for not being a better neighbor, or even a better human, and looking out for the people that lived around me.

“Here they come.” She said, clapping her hands. I looked at the seats in front of us and saw nothing but two fireflies. They were common around this time of night. But they changed before my eyes. They grew larger, taking human shapes and before I could even blink, two people sat in front of me.

“Daughter.” The male said. He looked at me and smiled, holding out his hand. I stared at his hand. “Is this not what humans do? Shake hands, I think they call it. When they meet someone new.” I shook his hand and nodded.

“Of course.” I mumbled. “I am sorry, but you just…” What had I just seen?

“What is your name, human boy?” The woman asked.

“This is Nick.” The lady said. “He is my neighbor. My new friend. He asked me why I brought food to my back yard every night.” She smiled over at me. I was wondering if I had lost my own mind. Maybe the lady had drugged something she had given me. I did eat cookies when she gave them to me. Maybe that was a stupid idea. Maybe this whole thing was a stupid idea. I was going to have to call the doctor the next morning to get myself checked out at the mental ward.

“What a strange person.” The man said, looking over to his wife. “I think we have shocked him.”

“I bring the food for my parents.” My neighbor spoke to me. “They just love human food, and they can only get it when it is given to them. And they bring me fairy food.”

“Fairy food?” I choked.

“Really?” My neighbor asked. “You haven’t figured it out yet?” She laughed. “My parents are fairies. I meet them out here because it is the only safe place for them to come. No one can see them here and they can’t stand to be inside a house. They say it is unnatural for a fairy to be trapped by four walls.”

“So…You are a fairy?” I asked her.

“Sort of.” She said. She looked at her mother and frowned. “My father made a mistake when he was younger and I was born to a human woman. That human woman didn’t want me, so my father took me to his world and I was raised by him and his wife, which I have grown to love just as if she were my biological mother.”

“Okay.” I said, rubbing my head.

“It’s okay, Nick.” She said laughing. “It’s a lot to handle.” They were all staring at me. “The only reason I have allowed you into this secret is because you are part fairy as well.” She frowned. “Your mother was half fairy and your father was human, so you are not even half fairy, but your mother was the child of a very important fairy.”

“My mother disappeared when I was only 16.” I snorted.

“But I am your grandfather, your mother’s father.” The man spoke to me.

“I’m your aunt!” My neighbor shouted, causing me to jump. “Isn’t it great?” She asked with a clap of her hands.

I felt like my entire life had just become a lie. I was part fairy? What did that mean for me? My mother left when I was a teenager, she just disappeared. Now I have a grandfather sitting in front of me and an aunt beside me. It’s the most family I have had my entire life.

“I am also the king of the fairy realm.” The man who claimed to be my grandfather said. “And while you are not even half fairy, we need you.” The man tried to smile, but his face was hard and unkind. “All of my sons and my sons, sons, have died. You are the only heir to the throne and there is much to learn, much to figure out, and immortality to be found.”

“Yeah, okay. I’m okay with that.” I said, shrugging my shoulders. Obviously, it was all a joke or a dream one.

But it has been ten years since that night. I have married a fairy and we have a child. I have taken the throne and I have won my immortality and the love of the fairy people. I keep asking when I will wake up, but I think I am finally starting to believe that this is real. If it is just a dream, no one wake me up because this is so much better than the human life I was living.

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daugher of Smoke and Bone

RATING

3 Nerd Girl Rating(Is it refreshing to know I don’t rate EVERY book at 5 stars?)

Author: Laini Taylor
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Genre: Fantasy | YA
Pages: 418
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: Walking to School over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonictions about the day.

Read the Blurb at Goodreads

Cover

The cover is gorgeous and promises wonderful things.

Review

 Karou was raised by monsters. She is all she knows as family. Brimstone, the head of this family, makes wishes and sends Karou out to collect teeth. What the teeth are for, she has yet to find out. Her life is full of questions and secrets. But that all soon changes when angels show up,  marking the doors Karou has used all her life to get to Brimstones Shop. Without warning, Karou is cast out and all the doors are destroyed. She begins her quest to find her family and figure out the truth about who she is and what is going on.

Okay, this book started out fantastic. I loved the idea of a human girl being raised by monsters. I was in love with the book almost from the very beginning. And even though Brimstone is such a tough character, I knew there was something more and loving with him. Though there is not much character development with him, he is still my favorite character.

I think I lost interest in the story at the end. I promise, no spoilers other than, Karou does figure out who she is and what she has to do with everything that has happened recently.

I felt like the story was promising for something amazing. I was intrigued from the start, but then it just kind of fell flat towards the end. I can’t really explain it. At the end I instantly opened the next book, but only a few chapters in I was bored again. There are just too many slow and bland parts in between the other parts.

Spoilers

Okay…a few spoilers here. (HIDE) (Just scroll to conclusion to skip spoilers)

One thing I didn’t really understand is the fight that Akiva had with his ‘siblings’. (I’m too lazy to look up their names.) Akiva has fallen in love with this creature that they have been fighting, and they want to kill him or fight him because of it…yet they would throw themselves in front of the enemy to save one another? It doesn’t make sense. They have covered for Akiva before because he disappeared. Why couldn’t they cover for him again, or even say he had died in battle or something? I doesn’t make sense that they would kill or die for him, yet they wouldn’t allow him to love what they consider a monster/enemy.

There is also the ending that really ticked me off. Karou has seen her past life. She knows who she is now and everything that has gone on with her and Akiva. She knows why Akiva has a sudden hatred for the monsters he had grown to…appreciate(?) but when she finds out that in his rage (caused by her death!) he has killed all of the chimera. I get it…he killed her people, but in the end, wasn’t it because of her, for her?

Spoilers over

 

Conclusion:

I had high hopes for this book. I had heard so many fantastic things about it and a few people were just so in love with this book. I thought I would fall in love with it too, but I didn’t. In all honesty, I am probably going to trade this entire series for credits at my local book store, or keep it only for the gorgeous covers. Who knows.

The concept is fantastic. The whole wish making thing, the battle between the angels and chimera, and the human girl being raised by monsters. I loved the idea, but the story fell a little flat for me. Maybe the love story messed it up for me…I don’t know, I just don’t think I will be finishing this series. It feels like it would be a waste of my reading time to even try. Then again, I could get super curious later on and come back to it. But as it stands right now, this series will be moved off my TBR list and to the bottom shelf where I put the books I don’t really like. Sorry, to those of you who loved it. Maybe you could share with me what you loved and I could try to understand?

Prompt Challenge: 080116 The Beast

Prompt Challenge

Hello Friends! Sorry this is a day late. Not only is it a day late, but I also don’t like it. As I was writing it I was in pain and feeling a little sick. That is what working a 10 or 11 hour shift will do to you. Yeah yeah. I know people do that kind of shift all the time, but my shifts are usually 8 hours at the most. And it was truck day. I was hot and sweaty, didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before, and not to mention the pain in my ankle. It was a rough day and my story isn’t so good. So please forgive me. Next week should be much better.

Prompt

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I noticed it not too long after I moved in. The little lady across the street comes out her front door with a plate full of something, and returns without it. At first I didn’t think anything weird of it. I just thought she had a dog or something in the back yard.

A few days after I noticed her do it the first time, I introduced myself. We spoke for a few minutes and I asked her about her pets. It was then that she informed me she had no pets. When I asked her about the food, she laughed it off and told me not to “worry my pretty little head” about it.

Of course, I have always been the curious girl that got herself into more trouble than most. I just had to know the truth. What was the food for? So I waited the next night. I watched her take the food out to the back of the house and come back with nothing in her hands. It wasn’t long before she turned out her lights in her house. I tiptoed to the back of the house, looking for any animals that may be eating the food. I was quiet and tried to stay to the shadows.

I spotted the dish the food was brought out in, but it was already empty. Not even a crumb was left. Frustrated I hurried back home before someone saw me.

The next night I came up behind the old lady’s house from the woods. I had taken a walk to the end of the street and then slipped into the dense woods, making my way back to the old lady’s house. I sat behind a tree and waited for her to bring out the food. I was determined to find out what was eating the food. Of course, I assumed at this point that it was nothing more than a few wild animals. Maybe the lady had some wild furry friends that she just wanted to keep well fed.

The sun had gone down and I watched as the lady made her way around the house with the dish full of food. She sat it in the grass where she had left it the night before. It was hard to see much, as the moon was not even out. I heard the woman clicked her tongue and call out “Come and get it.” She waited for a few minutes and smiled into the forest. It was then that I realized I may have made a big mistake.

I heard the growl come from beside me. Just over a little, right were the old lady had looked with a smile. It never crossed my mind that she may be waiting for something bigger than a raccoon or some other kind of wild animal. I didn’t expect anything bigger than a dog. As I looked over I realized that my curiosity had landed me in a predicament that I would be lucky to escape. I watched as the shadow made its way out of the woods and across the back yard. The black creature towered over the old woman, but she wasn’t afraid. She reached out her hand to it, petting what looked like a muzzle. I would have thought it was a bear, if the thing wasn’t standing on two legs and laughing.

“My baby.” The woman said. “I brought you more tonight.” She smiled and her eyes landed on me. I had fallen into the old woman’s trap. The woman sat on the ground and picked up the plate of food. “It’s much fresher then this food.” She began eating the food herself and the creature turned to the woods. Its glowing blue eyes settled on me and it lunged for the woods. I turned and ran, but I knew I wasn’t going to be fast enough. My fate was sealed the moment I moved in across the street from the old lady. There was a reason the house was so cheap. I should have listened to the realtor . He had told no one ever stayed in the house more than a few weeks. I was just in such a hurry to start a new life, to get away from my messed up past.

And now, here I was running from some kind of beast. I only had seconds to wonder if maybe the realtor was in on the plan as well. Maybe my whole life had lead to this. Who knows, but I never imagined that I would be the dinner of some old lady’s deformed child.

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Book Review: Yellow Brick War

Yellow Brick War

Rating5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Danielle Paige
Release Date: March 15th 2016
Series: Dorothy Must Die
Genre: YA | Retellings
Pages: 270
Publisher: HarperCollins
Buy it : Amazon

First Line:

The Witches were waiting. (This has got to be the most boring first line ever. Lucky it’s a second book in a series. Quick question for writers out there… If it’s the second or third (or so on) book in a series, does the first line matter as much?)

Read the Blurb at Goodreads

 

Cover:

For the series, I love that all the books match. The covers are grungy, beautiful, and eye catching.

Review:

 To be clear, I honestly thought this was the last book in the series. I just started reading the series this year and for some reason I thought it was just a trilogy. After reading the last page and getting angry that I was wrong, I found out on Goodreads that there is another book. It was a bittersweet moment. I wanted to know the ending, but I have enjoyed the story so much I am glad there is another book to wait on. Of course…I hate waiting on books!!

This book starts off with Amy and the witches back in Kansas. A quick brawl with Dorothy ends when Dorothy finds just enough magic to send herself back to Oz, leaving Amy, the Wicked witches, and Nox, stuck in Kansas. The dull lifeless place “where dreams go to die.”

Suddenly Nox is part of the Wicked and Amy is forced to go back to school to find the original magic shoes that brought Dorothy back to Kansas the first time. On top of it all, she also finds that, while she can finally admit she has feelings for Nox, because of his new status as the Wicked, he cannot have a relationship with her, not matter how he really feels.

This book was so frustrating. Not in a bad way, but in a way where I couldn’t stop reading in hopes of finding something good happening. And by good, I mean Amy and Nox finally admitting to one another that they were in love and finding some way to be together. Not that I really had any real hopes that it would happen.

I can’t help it, I am a sucker for romance!

Another thing that I found frustrating is how she is towards her mother. I understand that her mom was a completely different person before Amy was swept away to Oz. And let’s all be honest, if our home town was as dead as Amy’s, we wouldn’t even give it a second thought to stay. What bothered me is that Amy didn’t even give her mom a chance to redeem herself. I felt like it was a bunch of hogwash that she claimed she didn’t want to get close so it wouldn’t hurt her mother when she went back to Oz. Obviously, it’s going to kill her mother again, because her baby has disappeared once again.

But whatever. That was probably the only things that really bothered me about the story.

I thought this book was really fantastic. I loved every minute of it, even the parts that bothered me were enjoyable. Some answers were revealed and the story brings you that much closer to coming to a conclusion.

The ending was a little confusing. And the addition of a new character, I’m curious to see what happens in the next book. Hopefully with the next book the story will end and I can have some semblance of a happy ending. Please let me have a happy ending!

This is slowly becoming one of my favorite series I have ever read. I have always loved the Wizard of Oz story and seeing it in a new light has only made me love it more. Then again, maybe I just like the idea of being picked up by a tornado and land in a new and magical world.

Friday Inspiration

Hello Friends! I haven’t done a Friday inspiration in a couple of weeks. I haven’t been in a good place to do one, though that was probably when I should have been doing the post. But! I am back in the saddle again and I’m feeling so much better. Really, I am. I have low moments in the day, but I am able to get through them pretty easy.

But let’s get this inspiration going!

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Where I have been in my head lately, I felt like this was the perfect thing for today. It seems that my lowest points in life come when I am stuck in a place I am not happy with. I know what makes me feel better, but I continue to do the things that make it worse.

I’m trying to accept change. And maybe soon, there will be a really big change happening in my life. A new start may be headed my way. Until that change, I want to make a few other changes. Really take control of my life and cut out the bad decisions.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day and find yourself in a wonderful place full of growth and good changes. I also hope that none of you are feeling stuck in your current situations. While I have problems of my own, I still always have an ear for anyone who needs to chat.

Have a wonderful Friday Friends!

August Prompt Challenge

Prompt Challenge

Hello Friends! I have some bad news, I didn’t actually write a short story this week. I wasted a bunch of time and didn’t get it written. I know…I have failed at life. Don’t worry, it’s not the first time. Good news is there are 5 Wednesdays this month, so you will still get 4 stories!

For today I will just give you the prompt I have picked for this month!

Prompt

This will give you a chance to write your own story. So…go write something and let me know what you come up with!

I promise, next week there will be a short story!

Book Review: Ice Like Fire

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Rating
5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 13th 2015
Series: Snow Like Ashes
Genre: High Fantasy | YA
Pages: 479
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line:

Five Enemies. Five dented helmets sit lopsided over five equally dented breastplates; five black suns shine, scratched yet distinct, on the silver metal.

Read the Blurb at Goodreads

Cover:

I don’t have much to say about the cover. It’s beautiful and it really catches the eye.

Review

Meira has taken her place as Winters Queen. While the Winterians celebrate their new found freedom, Meira worries about keeping her people free. She fears that Angra was not defeated, but she also worries about Cordell’s presence in Winter. She feels the ever growing fear that the Winterians have not seen their last battle and she isn’t sure what she is supposed to do next. All she can do is keep her people busy, rebuilding their home and looking for the magic chasm that the King of Cordell demands be found.

Meira and Theron, go on a quest to find the keys to open the newly found chasm and both have their own reasons for looking for the keys. Meira wants to destroy all magic but Theron wants everyone to have magic.

As they start on their journey, Meira discovers that nothing is what she thought it was, and there is deception underfoot.

This book was just as wonderful as the first. It was fast paced, filled with action, and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Meira and all that she has been through.

I love that we get a new perspective in the story, falling into the mind of Mather. Mather gives us a new look into the world that Meira doesn’t see. I felt like seeing things from Mather’s perspective we got a deeper idea as to what was going on. I was able to see the things going on that Meira had no clue about. I feel like if Meira had known what was going on she would have figured things out a little sooner.

The beginning of this book moved quickly into things, but gave a glimpse of what life for Winter could have been if Angra had not enslaved them all those years ago. It was a glimpse of a happy life, but Meira didn’t fall for it, which makes me love her character even more. At first she seemed like a whiney teenager, wanting to be the hero of the story. Now she is seeing the errors of her ways, but finding that who she had been was exactly what Winter needed. She becomes the queen of Winter and is suddenly having to care more about the people who look to her for guidance then she cares about herself. It’s a wonderful transition from who she was in the first book.

I love that Meira struggles to find a balance between being the queen her kingdom needs and the wild and reckless girl she used to be.

As for Mather, he is a bit of a jerk at the beginning, but in the end he finds himself again. Of course, he was once told he was a king, and now he suddenly has a mother a father and no crown. But what makes Mather so wonderful is he is not mad that he is not a king, and he does not envy Meira for her position. He only wishes it was still his burden to carry, because it is a heavy burden and he hates that it has fallen to the girl he has loved for so long.

Overall, this has become a beautiful story and I can’t wait to see where the next book takes me.

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! And happy August! I can’t believe it’s already August…like, where did the first part of the year go? I think the first of the year goes supers slow, then after like May it just flies by.

I let July get away from me. It was a hard month for some reason. My anxiety was at an all time high and it took everything I had just to function like a normal person. Hopefully that is all behind me now and August can continue on like it should when it comes to my blog.

I am still trying to figure out some things with the blog, but for now things will stay pretty much the same. Book reviews, movie reviews, and I will be adding some Netflix show reviews, because Netflix is amazing!

But let’s jump into the real reason for this blog. What are you reading at the moment?

I finally started a book I have been looking forward to for a while.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

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I have heard so many great reviews of this book and I just had to check it out myself. I will say, to where I am now it is a refreshing story. It’s something I don’t feel like I have read over and over again. I love the idea of monsters raising a human child…if she is human, I still haven’t figured that out yet. And thanks to Teenwolf I know what a chimera is.

This is embarrassing, I am still reading Sons of Beasts: The Legend of Steeple Creek by Phillip Edwin

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I feel it important to point out that this book is not boring. I have enjoyed everything I have read. It’s just as I stated earlier, July was not a great month for me. I didn’t want to read much and I spent a lot of time watching TV because I didn’t want to do much of anything else. I will be finishing this book this month though, and hopefully the author will still be up for doing an interview.

That’s it for me at the moment. I am getting back into the grove of things slowly.

What are you reading?