Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Over on Nayu's Crochet Dreams #16 Goodbye & hello

Big clue in this picture!
Find out who I said goodbye to this week and who are the new addition to my family over on Nayu's Crochet Dreams!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Within the Essence (The Division: Book One) By Connie L. Smith





14th January 2017, Inkspell Publishing, 336 pages, Ebook, 
$3.99/£3.18
ISBN: 978-1-945910-02-9

Buy Links:
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Within-Essence-Division-Book-One-ebook/dp/B01N1KO581/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483964427&sr=1-2&keywords=within+the+essence

Book summary
 As the demons near, the Essences rise…

AJ had never been particularly athletic or coordinated, so waking up to realize she suddenly has super-human strength is a massive, mind-shaking shock. Finding that she’s gained a stalker overnight is another mark in the unusual category, and when she discovers she’s always had the essence of a werewolf in her blood, her world all but shifts beneath her.

Demons, she’s told, are looming in the world’s future, and the only hope humanity has of surviving their arrival is if she and teenagers like her surrender their humanity to dive into their mythical essences. Fairies, dragons, dwarves, mermaids… The remnants of seventeen different fantasy species must come to life to save the lives of everyone.

Someway, an army of supernatural teenagers must prepare to meet the demons escaping from their dimensional banishment, or everything ends. Can these teens succeed and save the world?

Note from Nayu
This isn't a book review because I haven't read this book, and at the moment it's not my kind of read. However I've read and adored Connie's previous works including the 10/10E New Adult book Tail Lights and Teardrops 
  and took part in Within The Essence's cover reveal so feel certain that you'll want to know about this one!  
 
About the Author:
Connie L. Smith spends a decent amount of time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and might forever be sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. Much of her preferred music is severely outdated, and as an adult she’s kind of obsessed with Power Rangers. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either), and her MA in English and Creative Writing.

Websites:

Thursday, 12 January 2017

What are YOU reading? #337 - The First AND Last Post


What are you reading on Monday? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you post books completed last week and plans for upcoming books. Jump over to her blog and see who else is participating.

This is the first meme of 2017 – yay! What you don't know until now is that it's the last of the 'What Are You Reading Meme' on this blog. The content of this meme will become individual posts over the next few months, with me reading much less for review purposes, so after much deliberation I'm simply going to stop doing the meme. You'll get the book reviews as reviews, and I will be reviewing anime and games more often which kind of negates the game part of the meme. You can always see what I'm currently reading/listening to/gaming/watching in the right hand menu of this blog (I update it fairly regularly when I'm well). Thanks goes to GMR for putting the posts together for me over the last few years, which has saved me a lot of time. (It's been a pleasure! ^-^) Time to get on with what I've been doing these last few weeks besides being ill in bed!


READ
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Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
Non-fiction
10/10E
(Awesome biography from the Gilmore Girls actress...)




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Marge and the Pirate Baby by Isla Fisher
Children's, 7 years +
10E/10E
(The unusual babysitter returns!)



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True Happiness by Linda Weaver Clarke
Non-Fiction
10/10E
(Linda explores where happiness can be found...)








LISTENED

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All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon, Narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis
Contemporary
10/10E
(My interest was piqued by Caitlin's daughter losing her voice, and the twists that follow kept me captivated until the end!)



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The Food of Love by Amanda Prowse, Narrated by Amanda Prowse
Contemporary
10E/10E
(A shocking insight into having a teen with anorexia...)



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 Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Narrated by Rachel McAdams
Classical Literature
...from Audible
(I finally read this hilarious and heartwarming classic tale!)








WATCHED

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Winx Club: Season 7
Magical Girl anime, French version
REWATCH - 10E/10E
(Finished this awesome season filled with magic and hope!)




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Clannad
Slice of Life anime, Japanese version
REWATCH - 10E/10E
(Enjoying watching the friendships grow in Nagisa's life, something she's desperately needed...)




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Aikatsu Stars
Music Idol anime, Japanese version
10E/10E
(More mystery builds about Yume's hidden powers that pop out when she performs...)




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Aikatsu: Season 3
Music Idol anime, Japanese version
REWATCH - 10E/10E
(The focus is on Akari now who has finally met Sumire [one of my favourite characters]...)




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My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Season 5
Slice of Life anime, English version
10E/10E
(I've seen a few of the episodes before, but I'm now entering the new to me ones which are heaps of fun: I liked that ponies who were mostly in the background who I liked [Minuet & Lyra Heartstring] got a prominent role in one episode...)




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Once Upon A Time: Season 5
Fantasy Drama, English version
10E/10E
(Wow, just wow to what happens with Emma as the dark one. So awesome!)




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Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream
Skating Comedy/Romance anime, Japanese version
REWATCH - 10E/10E
(Got to love how clumsy Aira is in the beginning!)








CRAFT ETC
This particular meme has been delayed due to illness, so I haven't been able to do a lot of craft. I have made a pretty dishcloth...


Picture was not taken in ideal conditions...bad lighting!


...and I can reveal the secret project I was working on too (currently unfinished!)...



Mostly I've only been able to watch and do a lot of gaming.
Animal Crossing New Leaf provided me with a super cute 2017 cake! 


It may be a Japanese only item, as my family who have the English version haven't received it in the game's post system. I've got most of the ice collection provided by the snowmummy...



...still waiting for a bed though. Got until February 13th so there's still time to catch those currently elusive snowflakes!
Reviews will be forthcoming for Disney Magical Castle 1 & 2, which is like Animal Crossing only everything is Disney themed. And you can't have more than 1 bed in your house which annoys me greatly! I'm in love with the numerous outfits, such as this one...



I'm still obsessed with Love Live School Idol Festival, with recent cards being absolutely gorgeous...





...I'm always saving gems where I can, and can now at least pass an Expert level on the lowest speed.
Besides those, the game I'm on the most at the moment is the Hatsune Miku Project Mirai Series. Another series which will get a review soon, I'm blown away by how fun it is. I'm mostly on #2, although the deluxe version (#3) is my current play as I'm unlocking all the songs for it. I adore the outfits, and just how cute Miku and her friends look in songs. Today when I turned it on every character (separately, when I switched to them) had their eyes closed and were trying to bash a watermelon. Naturally they succeeded but I kept pressing a button too soon which closed that cute sequence so no picture of that for you...



Something clicked and I'm finally getting better in the rhythm game, earning more points which lets me buy more clothes!


I hope you are having a great start to the year, and while this is the last meme (for now) here on NRC, the individual meme elements will be on my blog so there'll be plenty for you to read throughout the coming months!