After reading The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen I was looking forward to the next book in the series called The Traitor Queen. Aren has been taken captive after Lara’s father conquered Ithicana using plans by Lara that she decided against sending to him, thus making her a traitor and banished from Ithicana. I was curious to see how this was going to play out especially between Lara and Aren, as the last time they saw each other Aren kicked her out of his kingdom and stated that he would kill her if he ever saw her face again. How they are going to reconcile was something I wanted to know, as I couldn’t see a happily ever after happening for them after those events.
It’s been ages since I decided to write about a show, but there were several story inconsistencies that I noted while watching the latest season of Stranger Things that I felt it was warranted. Now don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the season but there were quite a few things that were “off” about it.
The year is officially halfway over, so I thought it was time to look back at all the books I’ve read so far since the start of 2022. Several of these books I read multiple times during the course of the year, so the actual number of books is higher if you take that into consideration, but I didn’t count how many times I re-read books, and some of them I only re-read certain sections, like returning to the romance only portion of some books and skipping the plot. It depends on the book and what I was in the mood for at the time. I also did not include any books that I read in previous years in this list, only the new ones.
I’ve officially been at my new job for a full month and have spent the entire time training. It’s been interesting, as it’s felt like I’ve been at school for a month instead of actually working. There have been homework assignments, presentations, and demonstrations of knowledge. I’ll be curious to see what happens once I get into actually working tasks/issues. But so far it’s been non-stop learning. I finished off the month by giving a demonstration of what I had learned thus far and will have several more of these next month. I think it went pretty well, and I found it interesting how to go into the presentation, as it was different from how I gave trainings in the past.
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 (books 4-5). 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.
There are a lot of different genres for books, and not all of them work for everyone. I tend to read books that exist in the fantasy or paranormal realm even when it comes to the romance books that I read (or they have a sci-fi element to them). So, I thought it would be a fun idea to write about the genres of books I generally don’t reach for or don’t find entertainment/enjoyment from. Not that there’s anything wrong with these genres, but they just aren’t for me.
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.
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.
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.
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.