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Friday, October 21

Book Review: The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Staton by Sarah Bates

Author: Sarah Bates
Title: The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Genre: Historical Fiction & YA
Pages: ebook
First Published: February 22nd 2016
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

Johnstown, New York, 1823: It is a time when a wife’s dowry, even children, automatically becomes her husband’s property. Slavery is an economic advantage entrenched in America but rumblings of abolition abound. 

For Elizabeth Cady to confront this culture is unheard of, yet that is exactly what she does. Before she can become a leader of the women's rights movement and prominent abolitionist, she faces challenges fraught with disappointment. Her father admires her intellect but says a woman cannot aspire to the goals of men. Her sister’s husband becomes her champion–but secretly wants more. Religious fervor threatens to consume her. As she faces depression and despair, she records these struggles and other dark confidences in diaries. When she learns the journals might fall into the wrong hands and discredit her, she panics and rips out pages of entries that might destroy her hard-fought reputation. Relieved, she believes they are lost to history forever.

I've always been a fan of Elizabeth Cady. Yes, yes, she helped women get the right to vote and helped slaves be free. Those things make her a force to be reckoned with. However, I really find her an interesting and intriguing. I've read and seen many videos/movies about Elizabeth as a suffragette, but there is pretty much nothing about her early life. 

This book covers the early life of this great woman. It was wonderful to read. Very entertaining. The beginning was a little slow, but it did get really interesting and even though I knew what was going to happen next, I was curious to see what was going to be happening next. 

Her husband annoyed me. Meh. He was okaaaaaaaaaaaay - but I always thought she could've done a hair better. The pickings back then were I guess that was the best in her area. 

There were some chronological oopsies and "stretches" from the historical facts that had killed my history-nerd soul a bit, but like any historical fiction has creative license. However, the author did an excellent job bringing the time period alive and didn't make it sound like a history book. So this is good for those who are not crazy about historical-type books. 

I do wish that it would've followed more of her later life, because I find that even more interesting. I can't imagine living a life like that! Fighting for a simple right like to vote? SMH. 


This was a fun story about an interesting story about an influential person. I want to read some more about her. Some historical inaccuracies and slow parts, but overall this was pretty good. I do recommend this for those that want to learn more about the brave women who helped change the history of the US and the world. In the end, I shall stamp this with 4 stars. 

Thursday, October 20

Music Album Review: The Great Big Nothing by Spinning Naru

It's been so long since I've shared some good music on here! Now it is time blow off the dust of this old meme and revise it.

This is a special occasion! What? Why? I personally was asked by a new band to review their first album, 'The Great Big Nothing'. I'll go through each song and review them. I'll also give a rating between 1-5.

Artist: Spinning Naru
Album: The Great Big Nothing
Release Year: 2016

1) As You Wish
I loved the little sound bit at the beginning, because it really is clever and funny. This song really reminds me of the movie "The Princess Bride" grunge-style. If they ever made a modern movie, this song should be the theme-song. My two favorite parts of the song would be the lyrics and the harmonica part. The beginning (after the sound bit) was a little rough, but it surely did pull together nicely. Overall, not a bad way to start the album. I personally would have started with the next song coming up. I shall stamp this with 3.

2) Get Up
The beginning is awesome. I think this should have been the song to open the album with. A good song to jump up and down and yell out the lyrics. This was a fun one with an upbeat tempo. Not sure what else to say for this, so I'll give this a 4.

3) Anchors
Love, love, love the guitar and bass part at the beginning! Best part of the song. I love the meaning behind the lyrics. It all tied in together nicely. There was a quiet part that I feel should have been a little louder, but that could have been a recording thing since they self-recorded. I wasn't too crazy about the part at about 3 mins where the vocals drift into a round thing (whatever the term is for when one person sings and then another one joins in). I'm not sure what its called, but I feel like it was not really in sync correctly. I'll give this one a 3.

4) Idiot 
MY FAVORITE OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!!!! SO GOOD! Deep and sad and gives you the feel. We all have a part of us that hate's ourselves and this defiantly plays off of that self-hate we all feel here and there. There is a clean version and one with swear words. I, of course, prefer the one with swear words ;) But yes....if you were to listen to ONE song from this album, I would recommend this one for sure. Out of five, this is getting a solid 5.

5) If It All Goes Wrong
Eh. It's okay. Not my favorite. Nothing really wrong with the song that I can pinpoint...I just connect with it. A 2 for this one. 

6) Lilith
My 2nd favorite! Very grungy and Nirvana-feeling. I'm a huge Nirvana fan, so this is right up my alley. The vocals are a little scratchy, but it oddly works for this song and this tempo. Maybe they did it on purpose? The beginning instrumental is the best and then it is followed with some great lyrics. This shall get a 4. 

7) Words in My Dictionary
The first two minutes are really good, but I feel it drifts off for a bit and then gets good again. I feel like their is a blank space in the middle. Maybe its just me? The ending is funny and makes me smile. It really is original and worth listening to after the rest of the song. I love when bands put in little sound bits of themselves. I'll give this a 3.

8) Thank You
*Claps* *claps* 
Love the clapping parts! This would be my third favorite! It has a nice tempo and the lyrics are fun. Anyone can really relate to this song. It reminds me of the fun I had in my youth. Ah. Memories. Very fun! I'll give this a 4. 

9) Dandy Man
Yayy another sound bit at the beginning! I really wanted to love this song, because I love the reference. But it fell short for me. I think the tempo was off and I wasn't crazy about the instrumental or lyrics. A 2 for this one. The reference and the beginning give it a bonus star. 

10) Blue Duck Academy
A very long song...which I was worried about because it is a hit or miss when a band does a song that is over the typical 2-4 minutes. However, I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it in the end. It is a strange song for sure, but it's pretty catchy and pleasing to the ear. At first I wasn't crazy about the speaking parts...but they grew on me. This will get a 4. 

I've listened to this album a few times and I will listen to this again and again. It was such an honor to be asked to review this album and the songs these boys made themselves. They are a good mix of Nirvana and Weezer with a sprinkle of Pink Floyd. A couple of the songs were meh, but the vast majority were awesome. The cover is cool and I feel like it captures the feeling of the album. I like the back of the cover too (I'll share it below). After looking at all the songs, I shall stamp this with 4 stars. 


Monday, October 17

Blodeuedd's Monday Review: Make Me Burn by Tiffany Roberts

Groomed to slaughter, Morthanion spent millennia battling the forces of light, claiming countless Mesmerized by her voice and beauty, he is powerless. Captured and banished to a remote island by the Mage Council, his fury knows no bounds - until he meets her.

Aria knows survival means avoiding the other islanders at all costs. Yet when she encounters the dangerous, persistent Morthanion, it’s clear all the rules have changed. But can she forgive him the wrongs he’d done and grant him her trust…and love?

Stripped of magic, Morthanion understands that savagery is necessary to survive. When Aria’s true nature is revealed, the other inmates will stop at nothing to have her – and the demon would fight the entire world to keep her safe.

My thoughts:
I need to get this review written, I need a new concept...something fast.

A demon is sent to an island with other people that mages do not like. The island is hell, wtf is mages thinking, women do not stand a chance there. I get that mages are all, let's get rid of the baddies, but this was such a bad idea. But it makes for an interesting story since people are bad. Though we learn something late on that really makes me hate the mages, they were assholes too.

Ok so at first I was really worried about Mort, he is such an alpha hole. He sees a woman and is all, I will have her. Omg man, ahole much, and then he makes his I have never raped anyone speech. Which I find hard believing since he is very alpha hole. But like always he does get into his big stupid brain that she is his mate. And he does care for her.

Aria, oh this girl was naive beyond words. I get that someone took care of her for 20 years ago, but I have a hard time believing she did not die one day after that person went away. She does have some sort of times. And she does go all My demon so very fast. 

They are perfect for each other. 

It was cheesy in a good way. A fantasy romance with darker moments, passion, and two people who I do not understand are still alive falling in love. So read it for the cheesy escapism.

Oh look, it comes with a warning, I know someone if you will like that ;)


Standalone in a three book series.

Warning: This book contains explicit sexual content and violence and is intended for mature readers only.

Paperback, 306 pages
Published March 5th 2016 by Createspace
Isle of the Forgotten #1
Fantasy romance
For a review

Sunday, October 16

Book Review: The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Author: Nicholas Sparks
Title: The Choice
Genre: Romance & Fiction
Pages: 272
First Published: September 2007
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given as a gift)

Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life -- boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him...and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. Despite himself, Travis can't stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

It has been SOOOO long since I have sat down with a Nicholas Sparks book. Yes, yes, he is known for his cheesy romances that pull at the heart. I am a romantic by nature, so I can't help but adore his books. For some reason, I have had a hard time picking this one up. It has been on my shelf for eons. But I finally decided enough was enough and to give a read.

Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh! WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO MY HEART MR SPARKS?! Ugh. 

This book is divided into two parts. 

Part 1: Goes over the beginning and how the two lovebirds found each other. 

Part 2: It has been years of happiness and love. However, Travis is face with a terrible choice to make. I will not spoil that, but it is a decision that would break the heart of even the most strong-willed person. I can't even imagine making this decision. Nope. 

The beginning was a little slow. I wanted to smack Gabby. She was so annoying and so unnecessarily bitchy to Travis. I liked Travis a lot. I felt bad for Kevin though....I was hoping he would end up with Stephanie in the end. 

I want to know more about Travis' friends and how they met their spouses. Honestly, I just wanted to know more about them and their stories. Maybe a short story some day?? *waggles brows*

The ending was good. I wasn't sure what to expect honestly. I had my hopes, but I had my doubts. There was a point I did cry. DAMMIT FEELS! It ripped my heart in two. SO SAD!!!!!!!! But the ending made the whole journey with it.

In the end, this was pretty good. The beginning was a touch slow and it took a while for me to like Gabby. I could hardly put down the rest of the book. So good, so much feels. Out of five stars, I stamp this with 4 stars. 

I now kinda want to re-read some the books I have already read. Mhmmmm....