I enjoy body painting, it’s a chill hobby that I like to do at least once a week. I never really body paint with the goal of getting all the attention online. I just upload them to my Instagram because ‘Hey, I spent hours on this. It needs to be saved somewhere and someone might enjoy it too.’ So, when I got invited to join Mrs. Lovecraft’s DC collab, I was all for it. Joining a bunch of creators, many of whom I’m mutual stream friends with, who were going to all do a body paint theme together sounded like a lot of fun. I debated for a good while on which DC character I was going to do and decided that Wonder Woman would be a lot of fun.
I’ve read a fair amount of dark romance books in the past, so I’m not unfamiliar with darker tones. Or books that explore dark topics like murder, torture, etc. However, the Cat and Mouse Duet by H.D. Carlton was not something I was fully prepared for. When it says dark, it’s very dark. The names of the two books in the series are Haunting Adeline and Hunting Adeline. These are also not classified as romance, which I thought was surprising considering I learned of these books from individuals on TikTok that normally only suggest romance books. This duet is categorized under the occult suspense and horror genre.
Another month has already come and gone this year. While I’m looking forward to summer being done as I’m not a major fan of the season, I also don’t want to rush the end of the year. But I feel good about everything I accomplished this month. For starters, I addressed and fixed my top front teeth which had been making me feel self-conscious about speaking or smiling. I still need to address all the rest of my teeth, but I think this was a major step in the right direction. Plus, there’s only so much I can afford at a time. Especially since I maxed out the insurance for what it can cover. So, I’m saving up to do the next set, but I don’t know exactly when that’s going to happen. Another thing is I did all my major training for the job I started mid-May with multiple presentations that made me super nervous, but I felt really good once they were each done especially when I heard the feedback. I think the next step there is getting customers and actually supporting them, but I’m feeling confident and still looking forward to every day at work. Which is more than I could say about my previous job.
I had so much fun playing Stray from BlueTwelve Studio. So, I thought I would share a few thoughts I had in regards to this latest Indie video game published by Annapuma Interactive. Stray is an adventure, platform, and puzzle game where you play as an adorable little cat. The cat originally was on the surface with his friends but fell underground into a sealed city where the former residents (humans) have died and been replaced by robots that are being killed by a parasite creature called the Zurk. You team up with a drone named B-12 to find a way back to the surface.
When I’m trying to get out of a reading slump, I usually end up reading something from Ruby Dixon. There was a series I hadn’t checked out of hers so I added all the books immediately to my Kindle Unlimited without reading the synopsis of them beforehand. I figured I was getting into another light-hearted sci-fi book series that was maybe 400 pages at most and the majority being sex scenes. That’s not what happened when I started reading Aspect and Anchor. For starters, I would not class these as science fiction, other than the fact they don’t take place on earth (though one of the main characters in the first book came from there). Aspect and Anchor is more fantasy than science fiction (even though it’s classed as such on Amazon). So, I thought I would give my overall thoughts on the series rather than talk about each book individually.
Who doesn’t love a good fairy tale/folklore retelling? Tessonja Odette is back at it again, this time with a Snow White retelling. But instead of seven dwarves and a magic mirror, there are a few twists to how these are incorporated into the world of Entangled with Fae. I did receive an advanced reader copy (ARC) of this book, so it’s not out quite yet. But I didn’t want to hold off on sharing my thoughts on the latest standalone novel in this series.
Netflix recently released an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, which was a hot mess, to say the least. I can get into a period drama movie when it’s done right. When it’s not, a 1h 47m movie will take me hours to complete. If I finish it at all, and unfortunately for this adaptation, it fell into that category. So, I thought I would discuss the ways this movie went wrong.
Publishers often change up book covers either to bring in a new audience or encourage individuals to buy additional editions of their favorite series. Sometimes, I liked the new design over the old one. But usually, it’s the other way around. So, I thought I would compare some of my favorite series where the covers were drastically changed over the years.
I learned about this book through TikTok from the author and was super intrigued about it right away. And was lucky enough to get an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of From Tormented Tides by Val E. Lane. This book is a contemporary pirate fantasy with a slow-burn romance that starts out with a snippet of what’s to come at the climax of the book. And I was hooked right away from the prologue. So, I’m going to be breaking down my thoughts on the book without giving too many spoilers.
While I could post a review about every book in The Bonds that Tie series by J Bree, I didn’t want to put them down or pause reading to do so. I enjoyed the series that much (spoiler alert). So, I’m just going to combine them all together as I have done with other series that captivated my attention to this extent. I originally discovered this series through TikTok, but only ever heard that they were fantastic without any real details around the plot which I appreciate so I could go into the series without there being spoilers. I love discussing the details of a book as much as the next person especially when it’s a good book, but I don’t like knowing those details until I’ve gotten a chance to experience it for myself. Case and point Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, I still haven’t finished that series due to the fact I know everything that’s going to happen and it makes me not want to pick up the next book. So, with that being said, I’m not going to be going into heavy details about the books, so there will be no spoilers here while I share my thoughts on this series.