Saturday, 13 May 2017

Video Game Review: Montaro

Montaro by JCKSLAP
Genre: Casual / Indie
Release Date:
25th July 2016

Copy sent as a gift via Steam
Synopsis:
Montaro is a DOGE.

Montaro is a casual runner game that was created to heal your heart.

- Random generated street levels.
- Lift up highschool girl's skirts, protect your doge by panties.
- Collect Doge coins to unlock over 8 Doge costumes.
- Doge's emoticons and background.

Friday, 5 May 2017

LootArt: My Dream Crate



So a while ago Loot Crate contacted me asking if I'd like to put together a post about my very own Dream Crate as they'd like to see what items other people would but in their ideal subscription boxes.

As a book worm I obviously love reading but there are already so many book subscription boxes now that it seems silly to dream of one. Instead my ideal dream crate is as follows:
 2 - 3 graphic novels depending on price
an art print
a pin or sticker
and an item with some art on.

So its a pretty flexible idea with a theme that focuses on Graphic Novels and illustrators as I feel they go hand in hand very well. The items I included in the image are Gal Pals pin by Jen Bartel, Trash Dove mug by Syd Weiler, Shadow of the Colossus print by Annie Stoll, Godshaper (written by Simon Spurrier and illustrated by Jonas Goonface, Paper Girls (written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang + Matt Wilson), and Spell on Wheels (written by Kate Leth, illustrated by Megan Levens, and varient cover by Jen Bartel).

So what'd you think? Reckon you'd be interested in subscription box like this or do you have your own better idea?

(Please note whilst LootCrate did contact me about this post they didn't compensate me in any way)

Monday, 1 May 2017

March & April Wrap Up

 

Yikes! April is over. I took a slight unplanned blogging break during April due to just wanting to spend more time on other stuff but not to fret I'm back now. It was supposed to be just Easter Friday I'd be off but I just kind of didn't return oops.

I'm still very much ahead with my reading goal even though I'm in a tiny slump right now. I have my nose in so many good books I just don't know what to read.

Outside of the blog I've kept my book club organised where we had a super successful readalong of Ice Massacre and Ice Crypt by Tiana Warner which was so lovely so please stop by if you wanna take part in others (The Bone Witch for example) and I've also worked on a few illustration commissions which maybe I'll share one day.

I also got to meet up with Amy, Bec, and Beth and we visited Liverpool to see Laini Taylor at a book Q+A and signing. She was super lovely (as were my lovely girls too) and loved my blue hair! I've linked their posts on it because I was lazy and didn't do one. We're going to meet up again in May for a less bookish adventure but I'm super excited.

Oh and I'm going to StratLAN in June so maybe I'll tell you about that.
Books Read

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 photo Dr Eleventh.jpg photo The Flowers of Evil 1.jpg  photo Dream Magic.jpg  photo The Princess Diarist.jpg

Ice Crypt remains my favourite from these two months, I love love love some wlw mermaid stories and this was great. Dream Magic was a wonderful sequel and I'm so glad I agreed to give this series a chance so I highly recommend this MG series. I sobbed a lot when reading The Princess Diarist so make sure you have tissues around if you haven't read it yet.

I kinda read a lot but also not really because theres some really short books here.
Currently Reading

The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3) Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
I'm currently reading The Sweet Far Thing (also dubbed as The Sweet Farting) with Allie for a buddy read cause its her fave series but she is in a reading slump at the moment so I'm making slow progress with her in mind. I read the first two chapters of Six of Crows to my boyfriend over the phone to help him sleep but since then I've just been lazy with it.

I actually haven't touched these two since last time I wrote a wrap up omg. I am the worst.

But I am also somewhat actively reading the following, slowly. I dunno I'm loving them but also just want to play games more.
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Reviews

We Awaken by Calista Lynne (5 stars)
Video Game: Radiator 2
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa (2 stars)
Harper and the Night Forest by Cerrie Burnell (4 stars)
Clutch by Lisa Becker (3.5 stars)
Dream Magic by Joshua Khan (4 stars)

Other Posts
Due to me not really existing here in April I only have one other post to share - my January and February Wrap Up post.

So because of that here are the other two from previously. In January I wrote about goals for this year and this month I advertised and explained my Book Club which you can all join.

Goals
I'm ahead on my reading goal - 10 ahead to be exact - so that is awesome and I've kept on top of keeping my book club in order, even got a new moderator to help out.

I've read 3 books from my "aim to read this year pile" and the Moomin book is of it too so I'm somewhat on track I guess:
 No progress on the whole I'd like to finish off some series that I started last year:

- Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
- Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman
- Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
But only one book left on the I'd like to finish off books I started last year list:
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- Darkest Mercy by Melssa Marr
- Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
I successfully took part in the Ice Massacre read-a-long with my book club so I only have to do one more to reach my goal of wanting to take part in two.

Anyway that is pretty much it for these two months, I hope you have all had busy and fun time too.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Book Tour Review: Dream Magic by Joshua Khan


Dream Magic by Joshua Khan
Series: Shadow Magic #2
Genre: Middle Grade | Fantasy
Length: 336 pages
Published on 6th April 2017 by Scholastic
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WhSmith
Joshua Khan: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Received from Scholastic via Faye Rogers

Synopsis: In a world ruled by six ancient Houses of Magic, a girl and a boy begin an epic and dangerous journey of discovery . . . Lileth Shadow, princess of darkness, is struggling with her growing powers. Castle Gloom is filling with ghosts, zombies roam the country and people throughout Gehenna are disappearing. Then Lily is attacked in her own castle by a mysterious sorcerer known as Dreamweaver and his army of jewel-spiders whose bites send victims to sleep. Thorn, and his giant bat Hades, must save Lily from the realm of sleep and help her overcome the evil Dreamweaver in order for her to reclaim her kingdom.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Review: Clutch by Lisa Becker


Clutch by Lisa Becker
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary / Romance
Length: 140 pages
Published on 26th October 2015 by Author
Purchase: Amazon 
Lisa Becker: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook
Received from author in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Book Tour Review: Harper and the Night Forest by Cerrie Burnell


Harper and the Night Forest by Cerrie Burnell
illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson

Series: Harper #3
Genre: Middle Grade | Adventure
Length: 240 pages
Published on 2nd March 2017 by Scholastic Children's Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD | Waterstones | WhSmith
Carrie Burnell: Twitter | Goodreads
Laura Ellen Anderson: Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads
A review copy received from Scholastic Children's Books via Faye Rogers

Synopsis:
Harper and her friends get to visit the mysterious Night Forest, and it is rumoured that a magical Ice Raven lives amongst the ebony trees. Will the children try to capture it? Or give it freedom?

Friday, 17 March 2017

Review: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa


The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
Series: Haruhi Suzumiya #1
Genre: Light Novel | Fantasy
Length: 202 pages
Published on 1st April 2009 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WhSmith
Nagaru Tanigawa: Goodreads
Copy borrowed from Jenny during the Travelling Book Project I hosted.

Synopsis:
Haruhi holds the fate of the universe in her hands . . . lucky for you she doesn't know it!
Meet Haruhi - a cute, determined girl, starting high school in a city where nothing exciting happens and absolutely no one understands her.

Meet Kyon ­­- the sarcastic guy who sits behind Haruhi in homeroom and the only boy Haruhi has ever opened up to. His fate is now tied to hers.

Meet the S.O.S. Brigade - an after-school club organized by Haruhi with a mission to seek out the extraordinary. Oh, and their second mission? Keeping Haruhi happy . . . because even though she doesn't know it, Haruhi has the power to destroy the universe. Seriously.

The phenomenon that took Japan by storm - with more than 4.5 million copies sold - is now available in the first-ever English edition.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Video Game Review: Radiator 2

 
Radiator 2 by Robert Yang
Genre:
Simulation / Indie

Release Date:
16th June 2016

Free to play on Steam
Synopsis:
A free collection of three short experimental games (Hurt Me Plenty, Succulent, and Stick Shift) about male sexuality, punishing, eating, and driving.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Review: We Awaken by Calista Lynne


We Awaken by Calista Lynne
Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | LGBT
Length: 180 pages
Published on 14th July 2916 by Harmony Ink
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WhSmith
Calista Lynne: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Received from author in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.

But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

January & February Wrap Up

I can't believe the first two months of this year have already passed.

Luckily though I am on track with blogging and my reading goal so its been a good start to the year even with all the shit that has been going on around the world.

Outside of the blog I've also celebrated my two year anniversary with my boyfriend, kept my book club organised, and started planning my trip to YALC (actually just before I finished this post I purchased my tickets and booked the hotel).

Friday, 24 February 2017

Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman


Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Series: Unwind Dystology #1
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | Dystopia
Length: 384 pages
Published on 2nd June 2009 by Simon & Schuster
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Neal Shusterman: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Copy bought as part of a box set via Amazon

Synopsis:
In America after the Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement: The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child through a process called "unwinding." Unwinding ensures that the child's life doesn’t “technically” end by transplanting all the organs in the child's body to various recipients. Now a common and accepted practice in society, troublesome or unwanted teens are able to easily be unwound.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Review: I.D. by Emma Ríos


I.D. by Emma
Series: Standalone
Genre: Graphic Novel | Science Fiction
Length: 80 pages
Published on 28th June 2016 by Image Comics
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WhSmith
Emma R: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Blog
Purchased myself a copy from Waterstones.

Synopsis:
A dystopian tale that analyzes the conflict between perception and identity through the struggle of three people who consider a 'body transplant' as a solution to their lives.






Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Books and Tea Book Club

Hey book readers,
I’m just making this post to give a more informative run down on the events hosted on my Books and Tea Discord chat but before I get to that I’ll tell you about what the chat is. Anyone is welcome to join, just click here.

Discord is a 100% free communication platform that can be ran in browser, desktop app or mobile app. It allows you to set up multiple voice and text channels to allow for talking about specific things. For my book clubs perpose me mainly make use of the text chats to talk about bookish things.

EVENTS
At the moment we host a few different events. The main type of event we do areread-a-longs with a few read-a-thons. We currently have a travelling book project that is close to ending - once it does I'll organise a new one, and during December we do a Secret Santa Book Exchange.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Video Game Review: Girls Like Robots

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Girls Like Robots by Popcannibal
Genre:
Puzzle / Indie

Release Date:
14th February 2014

Copy bought for myself via Humble Flash Bundle: So Cute
 
Synopsis:
Their faces are the playing pieces. The rules are their emotions!Ridiculously charming puzzles, wrapped around an epic tale of love and danger, topped off with an authentic old-time stringband soundtrack!The goal is to put every one next to their friends.But you can't please everybody all the time.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Review: The Mills & Boon Girl's Guide to: Happy Hour by Ada Adverse


Mills & Boon Mondern Girl's Guide to: Happy Hour by Ada Adverse
Series: Mills & Boon A-Zs #2
Genre: Humour
Length: 96 pages
Published on 3rd November 2016 by Mills & Boon
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WhSmith
Ada Adverse: Twitter | Goodreads
Read a borrowed copy.

Synopsis:

’Perfect for the gin drinker in your life.’The Sun
Have you ever…?
A) Wondered whether the cucumber in your artisan G&T counts towards your five a day?
B) Vowed to spend a wholesome night in, maybe juicing, but surrendered to the inevitable cycle of off-license wine and Facebook stalking almost immediately?
C) Binge-watched an entire box set without even a shred of FOMO?
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes!’, the Mills & Boon® Modern Girl’s Guide to Happy Hour is for you: a guide to surviving a 21st century social life – with a feminist twist.
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes!’, the Mills & Boon Modern Girl’s Guide to Happy Hour is for you: a guide to surviving the office – with a feminist twist.

Friday, 27 January 2017

2017 Goals

My plan was always to post this at the end of January to give me a month to settle into one of my goals and think how else I want this year to go. It took me way longer than it should've to write this because I had idea for what I wanted to include but the moment I came to typing my mind went blank.

Brilliant.

But I have succeeded and made a post, so keep reading to see my goals for this year. 

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Rewiew: Burned & Broken by Mark Hardie


Burned & Broken by Mark Hardie
Series: Standalone
Genre: Mystery | Crime
Length: 368 pages
Published on 26th January 2017 by Sphere
Purchase: Amazon | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Mark Hardie: Twitter | Goodreads
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
An enigmatic policeman - currently the subject of an internal investigation - is found burned to death in his car on the Southend sea front.

A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.

As DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are brought in to solve the mystery that surrounds their colleague's death, they're under intense pressure to crack the case without damaging the force's reputation.

When a dramatic turn of events casts a whole new light on both cases, the way forward is far from clear. Were the victims connected in some way? And just how much should Pearson and Russell reveal to their bosses as they begin to unearth some dark secrets that the force would rather keep buried?

Mark Hardie's stylish and gripping debut introduces a brilliant new detective duo to the world of crime fiction, weaving together two suspenseful stories that end in a breath-taking finale.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Length: 358 pages
Published on 4th February 2016 by Faber & Faber
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Alwyn Hamilton: Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads
Received from Joel as part of the Travelling Books and Tea Project

Synopsis:
"Tell me that and we'll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that's how you want your story to go and we'll write it straight across the sand."

Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It's not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al'Hiza must call it 'home'.

Amani wants to escape and see the world she's heard about in campfire stories.

Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.

But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan's army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion...

An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Video Game Review: Viscera Cleanup Detail: Shadow Warrior

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Viscera Cleanup Detail: Shadow Warrior by RuneStorm
Genre:
Simulation / Comedy

Release Date:
11th October 2013

Copy bought for myself via Steam with a discount voucher
 
Synopsis:
After the battle is over, someone has to cleanup the mess! Introducing Viscera Cleanup Detail: Shadow Warrior from RuneStorm, a unique crossover mini-game that combines the worlds of Viscera Cleanup Detail and Shadow Warrior.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Review: Low, Volume 1: The Delirium of Hope by Rick Remender


Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope by Rick Remender
Series: Low #1
Genre: Graphic Novel | Science Fiction
Length: 144 pages
Published on 28th March 2015 by Image Comics
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Rick Remender: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased myself a copy from Waterstones

Synopsis:
Millennia ago, mankind fled the earth's surface into the bottomless depths of the darkest oceans. Shielded from a merciless sun's scorching radiation, the human race tried to stave off certain extinction by sending robotic probes far into the galaxy to search for a new home among the stars. Generations later, one family is about to be torn apart in a conflict that will usher in the final race to save humanity from a world beyond hope. Dive into an aquatic fantasy like none you've ever seen before, as writer Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Uncanny Avengers) and artist Greg Tocchini (Last Days of American Crime) bring you a tale mankind's final hour in the cold, deathly dark of the sea.