Sunday, April 21

Audiobook Review: Love and Other Wild Things by Molly Harper

Love and Other Wild Things (Mystic Bayou, #2)
Author: Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi & Jonathan Davis 
Title: Love and Other Wild Things
(Mystic Bayou #2)
Genre: PNR, Fantasy, & mystery
Pages: Audiobook
Published: September 4th 2018
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)



Welcome to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shape-shifters, vampires, witches, and dragons live alongside humans. The town formed around the mysterious energy rift in the bayou, which helps keep the town's magic in balance. But lately the rift has been widening and destabilizing - threatening to send the town's magical population into chaos. 

Energy witch Danica Teel has been sent by the League to figure out what's going on, with the help of bear-shifter Mayor Zed. While working on the case, Zed falls head over paws for Dani, but she's reluctant to engage in anything beyond a roll in his cave. Dani's family is counting on her to get the job done, and she has no time for distractions. But when an ominous presence begins stalking Dani through the bayou, they'll need to band together to make it out alive. 

Just like pie...you cannot have just one piece. Wait...is that a saying? Or am I making things up. LOLL But yess - I was super curious to dive into book 2. 

This time the story follows Mayor Zed and Danica. Zed is a bear shifter who is the unlikely mayor. Danica (Dani) has special powers that will help take care of shutting the rift that is causing problems for the town. The two have chemistry from page one, but Dani isn't big on relationships and doesn't plan on staying long.

I did love how they had an easy friendship from page 1. Yes, there was burning chemistry right away but they didn't act on it. I also love how friendly both of these people are. They are so kind and warm and loving. No brooding or fights. Sure they had to overcome her aversion to relationships but Zed didn't force anything on her. They went HER pace. I liked it. 

The mystery was an easy one. There was a small twist there I didn't see coming, but it was pretty predictable this time around. Oh well. It does make me worried though for the next book. Hopefully, the mystery is a touch better and my mysterious. 

I also worry about that rift! Eeee! Especially what happened happened? It doesn't look good, to be honest. 

Zed is a big ham and I loved him!!! *cuddles*

Dani was...okay. I warmed up to her a bit. I WANTED SOMEONE TO BEAT UP HER FATHER! GRRR! *shakes fist* This better be resolved darnit! Grrrr. 

The narrators seemed more fit for these two over the last book they read. These characters seemed to match their voices more. So I enjoyed the audio more so than the last one.

Overall...I liked this a lot. The mystery was meh this time around. However, I adore Zed and I liked Dani after a bit. I loved the dynamic of their relationship and how easy it was. Sure there was a touch of drama there. But you could see how much they loved each other. I'll give this....mmmm...3. WHEN IS THE NEXT BOOK COMING OUT! I WANT MORE!











2019 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge
Book 9 of 16/25


Saturday, April 20

Movie Review: Yo-Kai Watch Movie (2014)



Yo-Kai Watch Movie: It's the Secret of Birth, Meow! PosterFilm Title: Yo-Kai Watch Movie
Length:  1h 37min
Released: 2014
Genre:   Animation, Action, Comedy 
Rating: Unrated (I would say a PG)
Where I Got It: Netflix

SUMMARY:

When the evil Yo-Kai Kin, Gin and Bronzlow makes the Yo-Kai Watch disappear from time so they can help Dame Dedtime prevent humans and Yo-Kai from being friends, Nate Adams finds help in the Yo-Kai Hovernyan, who takes Nate, Whisper and Jibanyan 60 years to the past, when the Yo-Kai Watch was first invented by Nate's grandfather, Nathaniel Adams, while he was a boy. Together, the 2 boys fight Dame Dedtime and her evil Wicked Yo-Kai minions to save the world from her evil plans









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REVIEW:

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OH MY SWIRLS! Okay - sorry - I had to start this review with my favorite character's catch-phrase. He is adorkable.

This is such a cute show and I actually adore watching it with my friend's little girl. It's hilarious and heart-warming. Such a good show and I was excited when we saw that it was a movie too. 

The movie follows Nate who is a boy who owns a special watch that can see yōkais running around. They are essentially ghosts, but not always the ghosts we think of. They have powers to influence us humans and the earth. Sometimes they are people or animals who die and get powers. Sometimes they just are. Before you scratch your head and wonder why this is a kid show. This is not dark but very light-hearted. Nate helps these creatures and they become friends. When he calls one to help they jump to it.

In this film, Nate's watch disappears. For some reason the past is changed and his grandfather who made the watch decides not to. The only way to get it back is to go into the past and convince his grandfather to make the watch. 

Such an adorable movie! I like Nate and his pals. I'm bummed my favorite yōkai didn't really pop up til near the end for a few seconds, but I did adore it. 

I do encourage watching the show first. Lots of references to the show, but even if you just watched one episode you'd be able to really get what is going on. 

OOOOO THAT ENDING MELTED MY LITTLE COLD HEART! Awww. 

This is funny, but it is also meaningful. It is a lesson about friendships and forgiveness. Love it. 

Overall, a great movie even though it is a "kid movie". Great lessons. Lots of laughs. I'll stamp it with 5 stars. 








Friday, April 19

Book Review: Isle of Savages by T. Briar


Isle of SavagesAuthor:  T. Briar
Title: Isle of Savages
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Pages: ebook
Published: June 13th 2017
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)



On July 20, 20— a charter school’s sponsored sail from San Diego to Hawaii hits a reef during a violent storm. Sixteen souls abandon ship. Nine students, along with the hated captain and first mate, wash up on what they believe is a deserted island. 

Separated into three groups by circumstance and mutual distrust, treachery and death lurks for all. Over the course of a single day, one student betrays all the others. Another drowns. Two others get ambushed by a great white shark. And, like falling dominoes, the captain, first mate, and six students fall prey to a tribe of bloodthirsty cannibals. 

In the face of almost certain death, who will escape from the isle of savages to tell the tale? 

I was immediately drawn in by the cover and the summary. SCARY!!

The story follows a group of people who wash up on a deserted island. The group is separated into three groups for many different reasons. There is a lot of distrust and hatred all because of the captain and his first mate who also survived. However, they soon learn they all share a common threat....cannibals. 

A nightmare, but an entertaining nightmare. One of my fears is getting eaten; which is a very common fear. I also fear getting lost on an island thanks to my love of the show LOST. Thanks guys! *grumbles about never going over the ocean in a plane or boat*

The story jumps right into the meat and potatoes of the story. I do wish we had gotten a chance to see the events on the boat. Something seriously bad had happened before they crashed. It drove me insane not really getting that back story. I feel it would've added to the story to see these characters before the crash.

However, a part of me does feel that it was wise to just toss us on this island with these people because there is a sense of who is reliable? Who can WE trust as the reader? It did add to the suspense there. But me being me...I like all the juicy details. 

There is some jumping around between everyone. It was done well and I wasn't confused about who was who. Kuddos there. 

Holy cow that ending. I didn't know what was going to happen!

Overall, I really did like this story. It certainly did its job and scared me. The thought of fighting off cannibals! *Shudders* The ending was good. I go back and forth about wanting more information about their time on the boat before crashing. If you like a bit of thriller, I recommend this. Quick and it was good and it did remind me of my fear of islands and being eaten. 4 stars!





Thursday, April 18

Audiobook Review: Wild Irish Witch by Tricia O'Malley

Wild Irish Witch (Mystic Cove, #6)Author: Tricia O'Malley 
Narrator: Amy Landon
Title: Wild Irish Witch
(Mystic Cove #6)
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Pages: Audiobook
Published: January 8th 2016
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)



As a gifted healer, Fiona O’Brien has led a magickal life, though most certainly not an easy one. 

Born and raised in the small town of Grace’s Cove, Fiona faces undue criticism and scrutiny from the town’s elite and religious sectors. When Fiona is credited with healing the daughter of one of the town's leading families, the local priest demands she be arrested and put on trial. The charge? Witchcraft. 

Only the love of a warm-hearted man with a booming laugh – and the kindness of strangers – will help her win a battle against closed minds and moral hierarchy. Through it all, Fiona holds on to her faith that light must prevail against the dark. 

And when Fiona is given a choice – one which will forever change the fabric of her life – she learns that she must know heartbreak to truly understand her gift.  

Oh my. I've been dreading these last couple of books since that means the series is nearly done. However, I decided it was time to dive into this. 

This story follows the mama bear of the gang of magical ladies. We get to see her "modernly" and her in her youth. She tells her daughter and granddaughter about John her one true love and how she lost him. 

I will admit I dear cry during the scene we knew that was coming. It was all so sad and tragic. I would have a hard time making the choice she did but Grace was right...she had to do it. So sad! So tragic! Ughhhh my poor heart! THE FEELS! 

I adore Fiona and I fell for John. How can you not? Especially with his little sheep pal? Super cute. 

That "priest" was a monster!! GRR!! 

I loved the format of the story. I felt like I was sitting in the room with the girls listening to this tale. I think it helped that I listened to the audio so I was literally listening in on the story. 

Now...I did have an issue with the end. I liked it but didn't. I am still trying to sort out my feelings about what happened. I can't say without spoilers, but I am unsure how I feel. Emotionally I liked it, but reasonable and logical Carole is still grumpy about it. 

For sure I am happy the author left this with a chance at more storylines we can see. There is one more book that follows Grace...so I am curious to see what happens. 

Should I even say anything about the narrator? She is amazing as per normal. I adore her!!!


Overall, I do think this is one of my favorites of the series. I adored John and Fiona. It made me feel strong feelings. I am torn with the ending. Maybe reading the next book will cement my feelings. We shall see. I'll stamp this with 5 stars. It was just so good even with my fenced feelings with the ending big reveal.