Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Audio Book Review: You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) By Felicia Day

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
By Felicia Day 

From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world... or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs.

After growing up in the south where she was "home-schooled for hippie reasons", Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star.

Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.

Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.
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My Review:

I will first admit that I only knew Felicia Day from the Youtube channel 'Geek & Sundry' and from a few very awesome 'Supernatural' episodes. As much as I would love to say that I'm also a gamer girl, I'm not. Way back in my childhood, I had friends who had PS2's (or XBox's, etc., etc.,) and when I played I was very bad. I recently discovered that I'd much rather watch someone play the game and actually move the story along, then be stuck on level 2 and have my stress level at an all time high.

Onto The Book:

After reading this novel I feel way more connected to Felicia as a person. I also wish I had a few of her childhood experiences because they would make such entertaining stories for the present day. I adored how eccentric she was raised. It's true what they say: 'Your experiences shape who you become'.

It's inspiring to know what lengths someone has gone to and what obstacles were put in his/her path to have the career we see today. It's never roses and daffodils all of the time. 

The second to last chapter was very heartbreaking. I didn't know that even existed in the gamer world. I've read up on what GamerGate actually is, which can be defined by Gawker as "participants believe they're fighting for video game journalism ethics and with protecting the 'gamer' identity". It began in 2014 and with everything that happens on the internet it also got misunderstood as hating women gamers apparently. Felicia Day had her personal information leaked all because she wrote a tumblr post asking for unity and tolerance in the gamer community. That's terrifying for anyone. Good thing it didn't keep her down!

The Audio Book:

I enjoyed Felicia's rendition of this audio book. I liked how she would start singing a few of the lines (that were meant to be sung) just to give the reader more accuracy and heighten the entertainment value. Her voice was very relaxing to me. I would recommend any and all books read by her.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Book Look #153: Into Darkness By Hayley Barrett

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Into Darkness By Hayley Barrett
Book Look: Into Darkness By Hayley Barrett

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Movie Review: This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous

This Is Everything:
Gigi Gorgeous

Are there limits to your love for your family? One family's acceptance is tested when a champion diver, destined for the Olympics, announces they're transitioning from male to female and invites their YouTube followers along for every moment. It's a story about unconditional love and finding the courage to be yourself.

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My Review:

I'm not a regular watcher of Gigi Gorgeous on Youtube, but that doesn't take away from anything this movie showed. This movie/documentary took me on such an incredible journey. I adored every minute of it. Her percevirence and take-no-sh*t attitude is inspiring. I loved seeing her evolution because she always stays true to herself.

I also liked seeing her father's reaction to all that was happening. From the beginning (when she started doing makeup on Youtube, before she came to the conclusion that she was transgender) you could see the emotion on her dad's face. I respect him all that much more because deep down it seemed like he didn't really approve of it all, but loved her enough to stay beside her through all the surgeries and life choices she made. That's not something most people in the LGBTQ+ community have unfortunately.  

To this day I still don't understand what so many people find so wrong in the LGBTQ+ community. At the end of it all, they are still people and they deserve, at minimum, your respect. It's their bodies and if they want to change something on it, they have a right to do that. Someone's happiness should always be valued over everything else (including your personal beliefs).

In conclusion, I think we should love people more. Independent of personal beliefs. Life isn't easy, why can't we help each other out instead of tearing them down?

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Power Of Book Covers: Red Winter By Annette Marie


They say don't judge a book by it's movie...err...COVER. 
BUT they never said we couldn't PRAISE them.

This week's cover:

Red Winter
(Red Winter Trilogy #1)
By Annette Marie

In a few short months, Emi's mortal life will end when she becomes the human host of an immortal goddess. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess—and not once has she doubted her chosen fate.

Shiro is a spirit of the earth and an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command—whether she wants him or not.

On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate—but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope … and hope is all she has left.

RED WINTER includes 10 full-page illustrations by artist Brittany Jackson.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book Review: Singe By Aly Martinez


Singe
(Guardian Protection #1)
By Aly Martinez

She was my nightmare. Every time I closed my eyes, I watched her fall into that inferno. Over and over, I failed to save her.

I hadn’t been able to reach her, and the guilt only burned hotter over time. Four years later, I was the unreachable one.

Heroes aren’t always saints. Sometimes, we’re nothing more than jaded sinners driven by sleepless nights and hearts full of darkness.

And then I met her. She was a dreamer who managed to soothe my scars and heal my wounds.

But, as the flames closed in around us, I feared I wasn’t the right man to save her. That is until I realized she was the one woman I’d burn the world down to protect.
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My Review:

This was an amazing book! It wasn't perfect by any means, but it made me realize that I need higher standards when considering books in the contemporary romance genre. This book had me up at 4 AM the first day I started reading it.

I liked Rhion to a degree. I enjoyed her eccentric personality and her witty retorts, but her word vomit in critical situations become annoying very quickly. Jude even mentions in the book that even though she's saying a lot, most times no information actually gets transmitted. 

Jude was amazing. He did have some jerk moments, but overall he was an awesome person who was suffering even more than Rhion because of one huge disaster. He also had a few very sweet moments and witty banter that made it impossible for me to hold the jerk moments over his head.

One other thing I didn't like was how loosely the word 'crazy' and 'insane' was thrown around when referring to women. The word crazy can be defined according to Google as "mentally deranged, especially as manifested in a wild or aggressive way". I don't understand how an eccentric personality and a few silly quirks can be summed up as the word crazy. From the context of it all I understand that it was used as a joke, but after the fifth time it was mentioned it ended up rubbing me the wrong way.

The ending seemed very rushed and resolved way too easily. It would have been better had it been lengthened into 3 or 4 chapters instead of making me anxious waiting for the other shoe to drop for 6 or 7 chapters after Jude and Rhion were together. 

In conclusion, this novel was fantastic. I can't wait for the next book in this series. From what I've read each book could be read as a 'standalone' because it'll feature a different character with minimal storyline intersection. I really want to read the stories for Aiden Johnson, Apollo (I usually hate 'villains', but he deserves a happy ending. Right?), Devon and Brianna.

My Favorite Quotes:

"(...) if life had taught me anything, it was that the easy part didn't exist for me."

"(...) you're living in the dungeons of what you could have done differently (...)."

"There comes a point where you have to stop beating yourself up for the mistakes you made and step into the reality of what actually happened."

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