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It’s Mae Polzine! I started this blog back in 2015 to be a place where I could be creative and share things that I love. So, I post a variety of things. I stream a variety of things (gaming, body paint, art, etc.) on Twitch multiple times a week, with stream highlights and all VODs posted on my YouTube Channel. And I’m daily in my Discord chatting with pack members, this is also where you’ll get updates from me on when things are happening around the interwebs. Lastly, I offer Twitch emotes and sub badges over on my shop page, along with other things.

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My Thoughts on The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom, Book 1) by Danielle L. Jensen

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen is something that’s been on my TBR for a hot minute, and I finally got around to reading it. No spoilers, this book was an interesting read. It goes back and forth between Lara’s and Aren’s POVs to tell the events of the story. Lara was set to the Bridge Kingdom to act as a spy, so her father could invade and take control over the bridge (the only true route for trade between Northern and Southern countries). However, during the course of the book, she learns that not everything she was raised to believe is true. It’s a compelling and intense story from start to finish.

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Bugsnax: The Game Where You Are What You Eat

Bugsnax is a game where you play as a journalist who’s trying to discover the mysteries of an unusual island, called Snaktooth Island, after being invited by Elizabert Megafig. However, when you arrive she has gone missing and the individuals that she went to the island with have all left to do their own thing due to infighting and a lack of food. So, it’s your job to gather the folks back to camp, discover what happened to Elizabert, and what the deal behind these mysterious bugsnaxs is.

Ranking The Dark Pictures Anthology, Until Dawn, and The Quarry Video Games by Supermassive Games

Over the weekend, I played The Quarry from Supermassive Games and I thought I would rank each of the video games that this developer released that are in this universe/genre. They have released other games but I’m only focusing on The Dark Picture Anthology, Until Dawn, and The Quarry specifically. Since they all have a similar vibe with the game broken down into segments with a narrator or curator that gives insight into what’s happening. Or can affect the gameplay to some degree.

My Thoughts on Glow (The Plated Prisoner Series, Book 4) by Raven Kennedy

Glow is the fourth installment in the reimaging of the King Midas myth series called The Plated Prisoner. It takes place immediately following the events of Gleam, so spoiler warning for that book. Auren has killed King Midas and is no longer under his control. Slade has escaped the Fifth Kingdom’s palace with her after temporarily rotting her to save her life. However, in their attempt to flee the palace, the other kingdoms decide to come up with their own narrative of what happened. Stating that Auren can steal powers and seduced Slade in an attempt to steal his as well, all so the other kingdoms could appear more powerful. Of course, we know that’s not true but we get to see how this narrative plays out in Glow.

Ranking the Side Questlines in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

I have been playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim over on Twitch for the last month or so. Typically in the past when I played this game, I never played past Act I before restarting the game. So, this is the first time I’ve really ever explored outside of that. And man have I explored outside that. I’ve done practically every side questline (the only ones I haven’t fully done are the ones without stories or connected quests), became a Thane everywhere I could, and bought a house everywhere I could (one of them I still need to finish building). So, I thought it would be a fun idea now that I’ve done all the story side quests that I would rank them from “it was alright” to “this was my favorite thing to do”.

The Various Reading Orders of Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

There is a lot of debate over where to read The Assassin Blade in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Not to mention, two of the books literally take place at the same time on different continents (i.e. Empire of Storm and Tower of Dawn) which can be read in tandem. I already did a post on how to complete a tandem read of those two books. So, I thought I would share the various ways the rest of the series can be read. There isn’t a right or wrong way to go about reading this series, and some prefer reading it in a certain order. I am not one of those people, but I also skip over the first and second books whenever I re-read the series or segments of the series. Not that I didn’t like them, but from the third book on the series is completely different.

Products I Commonly Use when Body Painting

I love body painting. It’s been something that I’ve gotten better at over the course of the last year to two years. And that’s mainly been due to practicing and doing a different look every single week. I would say at this point I primarily only reach for my makeup when I’m doing a body paint look. I still do daily makeup when I know I’m going to be on a video conference call or leaving my apartment, but that’s pretty minimal. I don’t really do the full glam thing anymore or test out a bunch of products like I used to prior to the pandemic. My habits around makeup have completely changed. So, I thought I would discuss the products I typically use for body painting since it usually ends up being the same things I reach for every time.

My Thoughts on The Broken Kingdom Series by LJ Andrews

I love a good retelling or adaptation of classic folklore. This series by LJ Andrews is going to be broken into four parts. The first is Beauty and the Beast (books 1-3), and the second is Cinderella (starting with book 4). The other two have yet to come, but by the end, all four tales will collide together for a grand finale. While the series are separate, they occur in the same world and are interconnected. So, you can read the Cinderella books first, but it is recommended to read them in the order they were published. The whole series is part Viking, part folklore, with Fae and magic.

My Least Favorite Romance Tropes

There are a lot of different romance tropes, and not all of them vibe with me. While the post on my favorite tropes was more focused on the book overall, this one is going to have some more specifics. As these things are the quickest way to turn me off from a book or make me want to DNF it.

My Favorite Romance Tropes to Read

I used to be a fantasy-only reader, though I did enjoy it when there was a romance subplot. But within the last few years, I’ve been getting more into reading romance novels. The majority of which I read on my Kindle, so it’s always funny seeing whatever book my Kindle wants to advertise to me when it’s not fully on. Most of the time they don’t immediately draw me in, but sometimes they do. I have found a few books through there. So, I thought it would be a fun idea to share which Romance Tropes I love seeing in books.