Hey Howl Pack

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.

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”.


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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 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.

The Era of YA Vampire Books

I was looking at my bookcase, and I still have a bunch of books from when I was a teenager. I went through a serious vampire phase. Don’t get me wrong I still love a good vampire book. But there’s something about the late 2000s and early 2010s in young adult fantasy books, where there were a lot of books featuring vampires. Now, I didn’t read all of them and most of the book series I’m going to mention today I technically never finished either due to going to college or growing out of the phase by the time the rest of the books in the series came out.

I Read All Released Books in Icehome Series by Ruby Dixon

After reading Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon, I initially wasn’t going to read the spin-off series called Icehome but I found myself reading all 16 books that have been released as of June 2022. There are two more still coming. Similar to the first series, each book takes place from a different couple’s perspective. There is some overlap between the stories are characters are separated or relationships happen at the same time. Not to mention, there is also overlap with the main series, and characters from there make appears throughout the Icehome series. But you don’t have to read that series in order to read this one.

Tandem Reading Guide for A Touch of Ruin and A Gate of Retribution by Scarlett St. Clair

When I initially read A Touch of Ruin by Scalett St. Clair, I was wondering what the heck Hades was doing the majority of the time. He’s apart from Persephone for a large amount of time, not to mention he doesn’t really get into his motives or reasons for things. So, I was looking forward to A Game of Retribution coming out. Now that it’s been released, I’m sharing a tandem reading guide between the two. This is not perfectly lined but as close as possible without going by the page.

My Thoughts on A Game of Retribution (Hades Saga, Book 2) by Scarlett St. Clair

A Game of Retribution by Scarlett St. Clair is A Touch of Ruin from Hade’s POV. While the two books occur at the same time with many of the same scenes, there are a lot of new things. Scenes are expanded upon or shown completely differently. As Hades picks up on things that Persephone doesn’t, and some additional ones that don’t make appearances at all in A Touch of Ruin. So, even though they are essentially the same book, they are different enough that you could enjoy both. Plus, the plot regarding what they do apart is different, which makes A Game of Retribution a good read.

Tandem Reading Guide of The Awakening by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

The next tandem reading guide I’m doing is between The Awakening and The Awakening as Told by the Boys by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti. Both of these are the first books in the Zodiac Academy series. These books were published two years apart from each other, and you don’t really need to read the retelling to understand the story. Most of the elements brought up in The Awakening as Told by the Boys are mentioned later, but it does give some context for where the guys’ thought process was at the time when they were bullying Tori and Darcy Vega.