The Book Quadrant: Brutus by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with another review.

 

Brutus by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

 

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and opinions on this book!

 

Last time on Immortal Matchmakers, we saw our hero Brutus heading towards the Amazon to find a tribe of Amazons that were founded by Semile in order to bring back to his men so they can avoid the apocalypse! Zack, God of Temptation, promised Minkie, the invisible unicorn, that he would be bound to her and do what she wants and gets taken away to a private place in order to bring back his long lost love, Tula.

 

Now in this installment, Brutus is now captured by the Amazons and used as their sex slave at first but when the beautiful Fina comes into his view he gets hypnotized. He finds out not only she is a princess but a well-educated one because she was sent off to university to bring back knowledge to her village to make their lives better but her queen mother has held that back by bringing more tyranny on the tribe because of what Semile had told them many centuries ago.

 

Fina has been raised to be a warrior until she has been sent off to be educated in the real world and wanted to make the tribe’s life better by showing what she has learned and be able to live more civil lives instead of the ancient ways that her mother kept on them. She even hoped to bring men to the village until Brutus appears and her heart starts to beat for him. Despite being strong and keeping some of the traditions her falling for Brutus shows that she is deprived of something for so long that it makes her insides ache and hard to resist his good looks until she meets the Mistress of Bees. She wonders is he still loving her or is she the truly the one for him?

 

While Zack is in a cave with Mikie trying to figure out how to get Tula back since she still has Tula’s body inside of her. Even though the evil unicorn cannot reveal the secrets in getting Tula’s spirit back into her body he figures out how to save the world from its own annihilation and that is what he was sent to Earth to do and that is match making.

 

Thoughts: After reading this book I felt that it was great to have that old Mimi Jean comedy again especially in this series. I liked how Brutus had his interactions with Fina and her tribe throughout the book since he had to basically be used for his…you know…sorry guys! Kind of keeping it as family friendly as possible here! It did make me have the George Takai “Oh my!” moments while reading this book. His interactions with Fina were pretty on point since in the last one he did get his heartbroken by Kelol after all since she did end up with a florist. I wasn’t expecting her to save Brutus though since Bees and Brutus have been friends for a long time and it was cute how she was pushing him towards Fina which makes sense in friends helping others to move on if they get their heartbroken like in most rom coms! It was great to see Zack get to play another big role in this book since he is trying to save the world after all with love and his comedic moments were pretty entertaining, especially when we get to see more mythical creatures take the stage alongside the other gods that haven’t been paired up with anyone yet. Like with most pantheons of course there is a thunder one in this set too.

 

I do have to say though with the ending it was unexpected though! I feel that Mimi should keep going until I read the last few pages where we could see more by next year. I don’t want to give too much away in what happens but we do get to see a bit of mystery with what takes place, heck even now Tula is going to take the stage in main character status, which reminds me! Ever since I read book one, which I need to read two and three of course, she was just so innocent and cute, even pure but by this book she definitely became more of a stronger person and a hard ass. I guess being a spirit since Forgetty finally made her realize that she needs to live more once she becomes whole again and heck Zack was surprised when she started having a Sailor’s mouth in this book. I guess going from the dresses that you tend to see older women wear and having your hair in a bun turns you into something different later on. I can’t wait to see what happens to her in the next installment depending on how it’s written.

 

Rating: Five Shooting Star Pawprints out of Five! Even though this book kind of felt like a nice end but knowing with Mimi’s writing it doesn’t feel like it’s the end. I feel that this series has been one of Mimi’s best alongside the Accidentally Yours Series and Oh Hell No! Because the comedy is well balanced and I love the interactions between the characters, especially our god characters with different humans, demigods, and other fantastical creatures. I can’t wait to see what else Mimi has in store for any of her other books.

 

Before I go, I would like to mention this and that is while reading this book I ended up losing a very close friend. If you guys have noticed how our YouTube videos have changed for a little while is because of our video Editor and best friend, Rayne. On August 27th, he went into a surgery to help him transition from female to male and well due to complications after coming home the next day he passed away after a heart attack hit him. His husband, Tobi, another awesome friend of ours and has been on the team too is more devastated as much and even more. He has been raising money to help with funeral costs.

 

I do want to say is that Rayne has been an amazing person and even though he had so much ahead of him that it felt it shouldn’t have been cut off so soon especially when he just started school for his film degree since he loved doing film and photography related things since high school. Also, he did start his own photography business which he was going to be our photographer during Omni Fandom Expo this year but due to the pandemic the convention had to be pushed back to next year and he was going to move with Tobi back to Pennsylvania and would help us with events up there by giving us content from Northern events. Unfortunately, the death happened and not sure what will happen next for us. I know we will still go to Ranger Stop Pop next year since we got word that it got switched to a new location and had to switch our reservation to there and will be talking about the event around November or December for you guys. But do want to say this before I go! It’s going to be hard without Rayne because he has been a very important person in our lives, especially here with Nerdy Shique Universe. He has given us advice and has helped with editing too. No matter what we are still a team despite what happened to him and of course we will keep his spirit alive by keeping the website, YouTube, and anything else alive because this is not the end. He has been there even when I was told to end this blog back in November after RangerStop, but I said no! Someone outside said it don’t worry. So, rest in peace Rayne. You will still be in our hearts and despite your star is gone from the Nerd Universe, but Aquarius will keep shining. Rest in Peace my prince!

Blind Tech Quadrant: Sunu Band Review

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe. I am back with a new tech review!

 

Sunu Band

 

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and experiences from the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on the device that is being talked about in this post.

 

I bet you’re wondering what the heck is this thing. Well, it’s a watch that uses sonar to detect obstacles with vibrations. I heard about this device through A. T. I. A. and was there during 2019 with my job to see what new adaptive tech is being made. This was next to the Tap Strap, which I did get the second generation recently and will review that later on and was able to test it.

 

As you guys know my cane was broken a month before this show and I was still wary about people at conventions by watching out where I am going if I can. When I tested this out, I even had one of the guys on the team walk up to me and it vibrated and thought I wished I had this device during Holiday Matsuri so my cane wouldn’t have been broken. I didn’t purchase it until this past year since they had a showcase discount and it has been working out well for me. I was hoping to put it to the real test this year with the convention season but due to the pandemic all of the conventions we were hoping to cover for the blog were all pushed back to next year but it doesn’t mean I can’t review this item for you all since I have been talking about it on our podcast, Nerdy Shique Transmissions.

 

Set Up: When you first purchase your Sunu Band you would have to download the Sunu Band App through either the App Store or Google Play. At first, I had a hard time finding the app but had to type in the full name into the search and got it. It will prompt you through the sync where you have to have the app and the band near each other to work. Once it’s synced, first is to calibrate it to be able to have proper measurements in detecting the obstacles. Which that is next!

 

Obstacle Detection: Anything in the world can be counted as an obstacle whether it’s a table, a chair, a wet floor sign and so much more, even a person can be one if they don’t move. I’ve seen it at the anime conventions I go to, heck I still remember at Holiday Matsuri where a group of girls were sitting in the middle of the ramp leading towards the elevator banks since we were heading back to our room. With the obstacle detection you can set up the distance between you and the object in front of you or someone coming near you whether in meters or feet, which I set mine to meters since I can’t see the obstacle until I get close to it. This does help me in detecting the obstacle and able to step aside or stop and put my cane in pencil grip mode in front of me.

 

Apps: Besides Obstacle Detection, which is an app, there are other apps with this device such as your Alarms App for any time you need it to wake you up or alert you if you need to be somewhere, your Compass App for knowing direction, and my favorite one is the Place Finder App. This allows you to be able to find a place in certain categories if you need to know where it is or if you’re getting close to it. One example is that I did take an Uber to a bagel shop and it was in a plaza shopping center and put this app to the test and had to raise my hand parallel to the horizon and told me what was in the plaza, as in any stores around it or restaurants if I wanted. One weak app would have to be the TapHaptics App where you can tap the side of your thigh twice for the vibrations to pause and be able to re-activate them by doing the same gesture again. If I am not in my professional clothes or a skirt that has stretch material and tried doing this app it has a hard time noticing you doing it. I prefer just pressing the Home Button that is on the button near the sonar dot and it will tell me the time, which does help since I don’t purchase Braille or talking watches anymore since I can hear the time through the app.

 

Is It Worth It? Yes! Reason being is that as either a total blind person or someone who has some light perception this device can be a big help especially in public where there will be a lot of items in the way and it’s hard to dodge. Yes, we do have a cane or a guide dog to help us know that there is something there but the message of cane to tap can be delayed in  a bit and that sometimes happens even when I sometimes have sighted guide. You can buy this for $300 or wait for an assistive technology show like A. T. I. A. or other shows across the country where you could get this for a discount. Also, with the app you have to make sure to put in the full name because there are some other apps that can get confused if you just type in Sunu and you have to make sure the company name is Sunu as well. What is also worth it to me is being able to have this on if I leave my cane in my office and walk between my classroom and office without it. I can use it to have the vibration detect a chair if I am carrying one of my devices or looking for my phone.

 

Rating: 4.5 Shooting Star Paw Prints Out of 5! I am knocking off five points due to how sometimes it can be a little hard getting some of the features to work like the Haptics App and of course the Compass App but if you know how to level your arm with the horizon then you could get it to work. I still prefer the Obstacle Detection the most due to how many obstacles can be placed in the way of my path, heck even a crowded store like Ulta or Hot Topic, even Bath & Body Works are perfect examples since they have a ton of displays to show their products. Back in the day before my mobility skills improved and this device I would run into those tables or accidentally knock over a hand soap or lotion sample. When I wore this band before the pandemic at Bath & Body, I was able to have it vibrate on the way out since my left eye has issues detecting anything on my left. Still a good device and now recharging mine so I can use it tomorrow when my dad visits.

 

That is, it for this post! I hope I will get to test this device at a convention and once I do I will definitely include it in my convention reviews because of how many things can get in the way such as artist tables, an R2 D2 can be controlled in some areas as an example, and so many more things. For now, I will be using this for normal day use when I do get out when I can. Once I post those reviews you will know over Twitter! What is next up on Nerdy SHique Universe? My Ipsy Glam Bag of course!

The Book Quadrant: To Sleep In A Sea of Stars by. Christopher Paolini

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with a new book review!

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Disclaimer: This partial ARC was given to the lead writer of this blog to review. Please respect her thoughts and opinions that are in this review. Thank you!

Kira Navarez has always hoped to explore new worlds but one world has given her a nightmare she thought she would live. While being on a planet in a system ripe for colonization by humans she ends up falling onto a relic that causes her to change into something that no one has seen before that may lead to the annihilation of the human race and she is the only one to keep it from happening.

Thoughts: When I saw that this was written by Christopher Paolini I was surprised. I have read the first three books in the Inheritance series and still on the fourth one on one of my Victor Reader Streams and when I read this I was amazed how much his writing has changed. I know he was a teenager when he wrote Eragon and I have a feeling he is in his twenties or early thirties by now writing this book and I was happy to read a partial ARC of it. This book kind or reminded me of Event Horizon with a mix of Alien or Prometheus depending on how you see it when this book comes out around September. I did like how he started the book with the voyage with Kira and her team since this was important to start painting the picture and how Kira started to change. As in the mission that changed her to how she loses herself and the teammates closest to her, then to her being alone in the universe. I did find it interesting how the parasite is more of a suit rather than just a virus like how Sam Neil was infected in Event Horizon since his consciousness was being controlled and manipulated when Kira is still conscious and being able to control herself. At first, when she first got infected with her first encounter, I had a feeling that something was going to happen to her and that it could kill her with how Paolini made it sound. I may have to buy the book to read the rest of this because when it dropped off I was hoping her travels on the Valkyrie to get to 61 Sydney, which is in the Wayland System, and how she would deal with things and the remaining crew from the military from the quarantine ship. I also hope this turns into a short series too because I can see this may require a sequel if Paolini hasn’t started on one yet.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! For a partial ARC this was a good one! I liked how the story was set up with the mission starting off good and then it went to crap once Kira fell into the relic where a crashed drone was located. I feel that this may be a series because we are going to be facing an alien race that may threaten the human race or maybe Kira is just going to be the next Eragon by being the hero and having to use the military at her side to take on what may be coming after her for the suit. It looks like I will be buying this book, heck I would even get it on Audible to see who gets to read this book since I’ve been enjoying that service on my new Kindle that I purchased this month. Let’s see how this one goes.

That is it for this book review! I know it’s short since it was a partial book after all and hoping I will get the book once it’s released in September since one of the other Dresden Files books is supposed to drop at the same time which I am happy for since it’s been five years since Skin Game! Anyways, what’s next? June is right around the corner so stay tuned for more posts!
To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

The Web Series Quadrant: RWBY Volume 7 Review!Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! It’s time for my long awaited review of this!

RWBY Volume 7 Review!

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and observations of the lead writer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts because she has different opinions from people on YouTube. You have been warned!

I know the seventh volume of RWBY ended in February but due to work and the CoVid19 pandemic rising I didn’t get the chance to do it. I finally got to sit down and re-watch the season and here we go!

Team RWBY arrives in Atlas to not so open arms. All thanks to the ship they arrived on being seen as stolen they are welcomed by Ace Operatives who are an elite group of huntsmen and huntresses appointed by General Ironwood. Despite the cold welcome, they are warmly welcomed by an old friend who was presumed dead since the Vital Festival, Penny. Once meeting up with Ironwood again they are now given new jobs to work with the Ace Operatives to be seen as trusted and handed their licenses and in on a secret expansion of Amity Stadium to help reunite everyone in Remnant. Even though Ironwood wants to keep this a secret danger arises when Dr. Watts and Teri an come to Atlas to cause trouble for him and try to frame Penny and not only that cause disruption in an election for the Council Head between Jacques Schni and Robin Hill. Besides the troubles in Mantle, Weiss has come back home to not only a cold shoulder from her father but a warm hug from her sister Winter and that her sister may take on the powers of the Winter Maiden since times have gotten worse since Ironwood is trying to find ways of protecting Atlas and Mantle from another attack by Salem. Will they be able to keep her away or will the Grimm and Salem’s allies be able to take down Ironwood his friends including Team RWBY?

Thoughts: This was a better volume because it did continue from where Volume 6 left off and felt like it was a better story. Even though Volume 6 had some added back story but here it felt like it brought back what we enjoyed with the early volumes of RWBY or at least me. I have been noticing people on YouTube have been complaining about some parts of this volume and I agree a little bit and disagree with most of it. How so?

Penny: First off Penny was brought back and I was hoping to see her returning after what had happened to her in Volume 3. Some people think she should have stayed dead but to me I had a feeling that she would be back at some point and this is where she did return since Atlas was where she was created. Got to remember folks, Atlas is known for their military, tech, and dust mining in the world of Remnant and being able to bring her back was not hard even though it was revealed later that someone’s aura was used to help her be brought back. Hey, you have to get it from somewhere. Even though she was treated as the protector of the city but we did get to see more of her in a newer light this time since I kind of felt like despite being able to hang with Ruby and the gang during the Vital Festival she was able to hang out with them again this time but as a helper. She did help with the enemies in this and even with the Winter Maiden, which I will touch upon later, but I did like how she was brought back for this volume and I did like her from the start. I wonder how she will play in the next volume after I talk about the Maiden role this time.

Ironwood: With all the things that have taken place I did notice that Ironwood did show that he was pretty mistrusting towards a lot of people. Yes, he did keep a huge secret and yes he was trying to do it to protect everyone but he was acting very rash in order to do that. I did notice it when Team RWBY and the rest of JNPR meeting up with him that he was holding a brave front but inside you can tell that he is afraid of what may happen if he tries to trust anyone. As in how is he able to share his trust with Qrow this time? How will he trust Team RWBY? Will he be able to trust Oscar since he is the newest Ozpen reincarnate? It made the story seem to flow smoothly until the end when everything started to fail when he noticed that things are starting to fall apart as in that even though his team of Ace Operatives were the strongest but there was something that made them vulnerable and open to the enemy. I also did like Oscar’s philosophical talks with Ironwood in this one because he was able to try and reason with him knowing that Ozpen could say the same to him since the theme here is fear and that everyone, including Ironwood, has it and it’s hard to escape from it even when Salem is the one bringing it. I wonder how it will continue in the next volume with Ironwood since someone did say he was going to be on the death list next but who knows how that will play out.

Team RWBY: I felt that this volume made them stronger because not only they were able to get newer weapons, also new looks, but also trained by the Ace Operatives. I also feel like their personalities also improved. Some people were ragging on how Yang was not the same as she was from the first volume, especially looking out for Ruby, which I kind of see it but I am also noticing it’s that Ruby has grown up and same with Yang after she had lost her arm in Volume 3 and found out that her mom, Raven, is the Spring Maiden and that they can still work together but at the same time can make themselves stronger when working on their own. On top of that, I noticed how Ruby has taken more of a leader stance since she is the title character after all and since the past few volumes it didn’t feel that way but since the change and now knowing what Salem is capable of she needed to step up! I did like how she gave orders in how to handle the dinner party Weiss’ father was putting together and the election was probably rigged and that she had Weiss go in to find that evidence to prove it. Plus, she did step up when Ironwood was starting to break under the pressure towards the end of the volume. Despite what others think I feel that she has gotten stronger and same with Weiss since she wasn’t too happy about coming back to Atlas but she had to with her team. I did like how she stood up to her father towards the beginning of the volume since he noticed how she cared for her friends but said that they are family to her. I did find it interesting how her mother, on the other hand, pointed to her that she left Whitley, her brother, alone. I have feeling that may play into the story somehow but we will see! Blake, let me see, I have noticed this volume she has become more out spoken since Volume 5! She did get a new bold hair cut but she did have a change in personality even around Yang since now it looks like they’re dating. Yes! Even though she did have that fight with Adam towards the end of last volume which I am seeing that she is starting to get over it and becoming better as the volume rolls on.

Winter Maiden: In this volume we get to meet the Winter Maiden finally and her name is Freya. Unlike the spring and Fall Maidens losing their lives young, Freya has reached her old age and this time she needs to pass her power on and it ended in an interesting way. Sorry for spoiler’s people but if you have not seen this volume I would say watch before you read! At first Winter was ordered by Ironwood to take the power since he thought it would be able to help her be able to use the Staff of Creation but unfortunately due to Cinder getting in the way the power went to someone else! It was Penny who ended up with the power.

I decided to go back to the Maidens Wiki to see if my hunch was correct about what had happened and it was which Freya gave her the power. I find it interesting though because isn’t Penny an artificial human with a soul? I even remembered that the way the power is passed onto another young woman is that either they are in the dying maiden’s thoughts or the maiden deems them worthy. With Raven it was out of nowhere while Cinder took it on due to greed, with Penny, on the other hand, I felt that Freya knew that cinder was not the one but waiting for someone else who was worthy and that was Penny. I think Freya noticed the aura inside of her and that it was pure and passed it onto her and I found this interesting since now we have her as Winter, Raven as Spring who is a bandit, and Cinder who took the Fall powers, I wonder what about Summer?

Thoughts on Summer: This brought me to this point since I kind of have been wondering like a few others on who might be the Summer Maiden? She hasn’t been revealed yet since now the circumstances with Salem are changing and things are getting worse. My thought is that did Salem kidnap her? It is a possibility because during the second to last episode she brought up Ruby’s mom and of course her name is Summer. I am wondering could she be alive and did she kidnap her? Because up to this point I remembered Ruby mentioning that her mom didn’t come back from her final mission and there is a possibility she may have had a run in with Salem. I am not sure if she had the Summer powers but if she did then it may have been passed on or Salem would have taken them since she wants the Maiden Relics in the first place. Either or I am hoping we can see the Summer Maiden next volume or if my theory would be partially right. Let’s see how that happens!

What Do I Want to See in Volume 8? Where to start? Definitely Summer Maiden because of how things are going down and I feel as though she may make an appearance or my thoughts may be the idea of how it will be revealed. And of course seeing how Penny deals with her now new position of Winter Maiden. I have a feeling that Ironwood won’t like it since he was hoping Winter would take them on. Also, this will still bug me since I feel like it was forgotten, the dreams of Pyhra coming back since those appeared in Volume 4 and hoping to get to see if those appear again if they are still a message.

Rating: 5 Shooting Star Paws Out of 5! I know I didn’t get to put a real rating but this deserves the five because it did continue the story from the last volume. Some people have been talking about the negatives and how this series is not the same as we remembered. Yes, Vol. 4 and 5 seemed to be the filler volumes and it did drag the story a bit not focus on Ruby herself but I feel that 6 and 7 fixed the story since we got to see some back story behind Remnant and what Salem is planning and that we got to see how badly Ironwood is afraid but didn’t want to show it and tried to make things safe but there was an opening for things to go bad. Plus it did bring back an old character and it built our favorite characters up to be better in this one so I feel that the story is stronger and it will get stronger, hopefully, with the next volume.

Also, I want to give major props to Christina V. as Robin since she did a really job playing this character during this volume. She did an amazing performance and I enjoyed every chapter of it!

Well guys that is it for this review! Sorry if I haven’t given this blog much love since of course we are going through a major pandemic and times gotten busy after all. I will get back to here and of course I do have the podcast to do on top of it. And then of course I do have one more RangerStop video to put here and that will be next! Until next time!

The Book Quadrant: P Is For Pluto by. Jackie Kingon

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! I am back with a long awaited book review!

P Is for Pluto by. Jackie Kingon

Disclaimer: This book review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and opinions! Thank you!

Molly’s Bistro is opening on Pluto and just as she is about to head out there to make sure things are going according to plan her new chef is murdered! She heads for Pluto with her best friend Jersey to crack the case alongside a relaxed police force who is on the job. While finding culprits, she notices that most of the people on the planet looks alike and she even gets confused as a clone herself while being kidnapped. Will she be able to find who killed her chef and be able to open her restaurant in time?

Thoughts: I think this has been my favorite book so far from Jackie Kingon. I felt the same science fiction and humor from Sherlock Mars in this one due to how she always gets in so much trouble like most of the characters in the first one. My favorite part would be when she first meets her clones and she had amnesia on top of it and had to help them make her most famous desserts from her restaurant but only remembered her chocolate chip cookie recipe which sounded so good to me. It was very enjoyable and did see the same interactions with Jersey that I enjoyed before even when Trenton shows up. I do find it interesting how androids seem to have bad gambling addictions at casinos if they’re not careful, even one good example is the character April May who was turned into one and a video shown her and her sister arguing about her addiction. I did find it more interesting how cloning is so big on Pluto and how they told the history about it from Earth and how they implemented it over time on the planet since of course it being controversial on Earth why not do it somewhere else? I did like the scenes with the hatchery since we got to know how Pluto used it over many centuries. It did give an interesting perspective on the case because of how the chef was killed not only with the original but the clones too which kind of shown that someone didn’t want the chef working at Molly’s Bistro on Pluto in the first place. What I also liked that was brought back from Sherlock Mars was of course the mysterious messages Molly has gotten to stay out of the case and just go home. During the last one the person threatening her caused so-called accidents like having Becky’s and Burton’s wedding attire floating in space on the way to the wedding location for example. Here it was mainly going after Molly and her life or getting her mixed up in weird situations that she couldn’t get close to what was going on which makes the book more intriguing as each page turned in the Kindle app.

Rating: 5 Shooting Star Paw Prints Out of 5! I felt that this book was a great sequel to Sherlock Mars because it brought back some of the elements I have enjoyed while reading it. It did bring back the humor even though I felt like I laughed a little more while reading this one. I did like how they made Pluto as different from Mars as in not only having so many clones inhabiting the planet along with androids but also the food. On Mars, according to the books, the food is so fresh, the ingredients are grown all over the planet, and you have tons of great restaurants to choose from while Pluto, on the other hand, the food is really bland, to get really fresh ingredients you have to go to special locations, and also trade for some items too. Not only that, also get used to the odd flavors of the food you eat, I mean Jersey did and it took Molly some time even before her family shown up. I still find it funny how Courtland, her husband, just didn’t want to touch the food despite how normal it looked and find it weird how Molly enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see if Kingon will write another book in this series because I’ve been enjoying it so much and hoping I get to see what may happen with Jupiter since that is my favorite planet after all.

Well guys that is it for this post! I’m glad to get it up finally because I’ve been really busy and trying to get some rest in between due to being exhausted every week but it is part of life when you’re working an eight to five job after all. I am reading the series that the next couple of books on my NetGalley shelf are on so stay tuned for those reviews and of course I am waiting on my subscriptions to arrive and we do have Omni Fandom Expo coming up this month and don’t worry I will get the rest of the RangerStop panels up for you all! Until next time!
P Is for Pluto by. Jackie Kingon

The Book Quadrant: Chocolate Chocolate Moons by. Jackie Kingon

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with a new book review but this time it’s a book that is a prequel to something I already read!

Chocolate Chocolate Moons by. Jackie Kingon

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on this special book file she got from the author directly. You’ve been warned!

This book is the first in a series where we meet Molly, a chubby food lover who wouldn’t have thought that her life could change when winning a scholarship to the Armstrong Food Academy on the moon. Later in her life she lives on Mars with her husband and two twin daughters and after starting her new job as a security officer at a culinary academy she finds people are being poisoned by her favorite chocolate snack, Chocolate Moons.

Thoughts: I didn’t know when I read Sherlock Mars that there was another book before this one. To be fair I didn’t join NetGalley until after this one was published and did enjoy that one over this one slightly more.

I felt this one had way too many characters to follow. At first we follow Molly and her ex-boyfriend, Drew, who ends up having an affair with Colorful Copies or C. C. for short and then we meet even more characters that I feel like she didn’t really interacted even with the first poisoning happened. Yes, she was trying to hide herself due to her weight but unlike in this one she didn’t interact with the characters like in Sherlock Mars that were suspected for the poisoning in the first place. As in, we followed their day to day lives and wondering where is Molly among these people? I get the idea she doesn’t want to be with her ex when she knew about him being on Mars but would make sense if she was the main character in this story that she interacts with more of the suspects rather than Drew which I felt the story should have him as narrator. Sorry for being critical.

I did like how Molly and Jersey met in this since the second book did briefly mention how they worked together at the culinary academy and their friendship works very well. As in, Jersey being someone who takes vitamin supplements and spends on fancy things while Molly is simpler and does eat but does lose the weight later to be healthier. It did continue into the next book where we get to see more of Jersey and Molly together and hanging out on Mercury and Mars. This book needed more of that but I understand it was the first.

One last thing, when it came to the suspect reveal I was kind of surprised since I was not expecting it but I would say if you’re into intergalactic mysteries or mysteries in general I would say read these books! I would say read them in order like always!

Rating: 3.5 Shooting Star Paws Out of 5! I only gave this a four but I felt this was a better rating because I preferred the second book more than the first despite reading that first. I am grateful that Jackie did send me this book to read and same with the next which I will read after finishing re-reading Sherlock Mars to get the feeling of the series. I feel the main character had less of a moment when the suspects had more to it and glad with the second one we got more interactions with the suspects in the second one. I can’t wait to read the next one, P is for Pluto with how it continues.

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The Book Quadrant: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant #4 by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

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The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant Book 4 by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!

Disclaimer: This book review is based on the thoughts and opinions of the writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and opinions on this ARC that was provided to her by the author and her team. Enjoy!

Last time, we left our heroes with a pile of ashes of Michael’s and Lula’s creator, Clyve, all thanks to Mr. Nice but when Michael turns to Miriam and Nice he finds her gone and he has to look for her. A year has passed and Michael has not found Miriam and still looking for her. After five years of working on the library and working at it, news comes up that Miriam has been married to Nice and after rescuing her she acts totally weird from her usual self. As in not liking books, not caring for her library, and just falling for the frills and lace that Nice wears. Michael tries to get her to snap out of it until she reveals something he doesn’t know that it is crucial to not only save her but something they created.

Thoughts: I feel that this has been the best book so far because it not only pokes even more fun at Twilight but it had a bit of more of a serious tone to it as well. There were a few comedic moments but I did notice that this book took more of a serious road because of what was going on like trying to find Nice and Miriam and how much Miriam was acting once Michael had found her and of course with the truth that came out in this book. Don’t want to reveal that because I was kind of surprised myself even though there was a bit of a tidbit about it in the last one. Also, glad it did not go the way like Stephanie Meyer did with the name relating to it. Read this book and you will know.

I did like another bit that was added to the vampire lore in this book series and that is if a vampire drinks a drug addict’s blood they will take on the same drug affects that the person went through which I got to see Michael going on a trip! It was interesting to see how he saw just teddy bears and rainbows and marshmallows from one drink of that kind of blood. Sounds better than the chocolate as a tranquilizer or liquor to them. Also, Nice was more of an asshole in this one, sorry for the language, but had to be since he did kidnap Miriam at the end of the last book and I feel like the tag line did fit with the description for this book from the last and that was “No More Mr. Nice Guy!” Also, I did like how he took his Fanged Love obsession to the next level since the surprise does lead to that and I kind of felt like with his obsession did bring me back to the Twilight obsession from years ago but this was beyond that. And there was another character I did start liking and hoping she will be in the next and that is Greta.

Greta is a former princess and has a huge crush on Michael even sexually but also owe him a lot over time. I do like how she is in a rock band as part of the many jobs a vampire takes on. I could imagine her as a Jamie Marchi character due to how she has the sarcastic tone to her voice and also the attitude, “Oh! Was I supposed to be at this at this time?” Also her keeping old-fashioned torture devices from the 1500s does seem to make her happy!

Rating: 5 Shooting Star Paws Out of 5! This book has been the best so far because of it picking up where it left off. I did like the interactions between characters, heck even Spicy Bubba in a maid outfit made it better. Not only that we did get to see more of the serious side of this series even with Michael in the end. I would say give these books a good read even with this one. I can’t wait to see how the next one where we get to get the story from Miriam’s point of view will make it even more interesting and I am looking forward to it. Now with all that said and talking about it, I am hearing “A Thousand Years” from New Found Glory in my head due to how it’s on their newest movie songs album.

That is it guys! Will be reviewing more books this year since I have so many to read still. And with the next post it’s a follow-up to a post I made a year and a half ago almost two years relating to a small subscription box. Stay tuned!
The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant Book 4

The Book Quadrant: Nemecene Episode 4 by. Kaz LeFave

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Nemecene: Dreams Flow in Streams by. Kaz LeFave

Disclaimer: This book review is based on thoughts and observations of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on this book which was given to her as an ARC for her to enjoy and review.

In this episode, we find Elise in a newer world where no one can pass through and memories fade and where being guided can lead to being misdirected. Keeto now has to keep his sanity while his sister is being kept in incubation after seeing her murdered in front of him and Stitch and must play a game of Trust-&-Seek in order to save his sister but can he stay strong and sane in order to do that?

Meanwhile the Gadlin Subculture is going through its own crisis where the ocean is in its vision but the planet is changing at a fast rate despite their ways of fixing it. Tufferie, on the other hand, is now selected among the group that has been watching the twins’ progress in the city Aedenborough and must keep the truths behind their veils as she guides her friends to help save Elise’s life and keep Keeto sane to help put the pieces together.

Thoughts: Man that was kind of hard to write the synopsis in my own words since I did remember how the book went at certain points. So, basically this book continues from where Through Fire & Ice but with one twin dead and the other grieving with Stitch. I was surprised when I was going into the book that the reason why Elise went cold was due to what took place at the end of the last and that she is now in an area being brought back to life within nine days if possible.

I did find this book really interesting since the afterlife or purgatory in this world is more of a dream world. As we know that different cultures have different ideas of death and purgatory and I find this new since it shows Elise’s memories even with Keeto, Nithruyu, Stitch, and even going back to a time of their ninth birthday. Okay, the number nine is bigger in this book since we have nine days to get her back, ninth birthday, and still keeping the nine chapters in this idea.

What do I think of Keeto in this book? I find him doing well despite the grief he was going through. Yes, I saw that he was going a bit insane even around Stitch, who had his hair freezing which we can tell he did like Elise more than just a friend and how his attitude just went cold and the ice was also hurting Keeto at times. I was surprised that he let Sparky go through but I understand since he lost his sister who has been his only friend all his life and they are trying to survive in a toxic environment and of course wondering what is going on with Caroline who is also another life line where they are. I also found his journal entries very interesting since he was calling out to his and Elise’s mother and hoped for more responses and what I find more interesting is the tech being used with the transmitters where he has recorded things over time. He even questions more about what he finds and if it is really linked to his mother but at the same time it still loops back to the birthday memory. I feel like the birthday is a big symbol while reading the book. I don’t want to spoil too much since you may want to read this one.

And finally, Tuffurie, I liked how she started in her segments of the story as in working at the café where the twins tend to hang out at and have those Flyer Bakes all the time. I can imagine if this was animated that she has glasses or something to make her more unique to me besides the jewel tone eyes like the others had. I know with the others like her she has been still in the story and I hope they keep her as each episode keeps on being written. I did find it interesting how she interacts with Elise and trying to help her and yet not helping her by saying, “Do this this way but not that way!” And how she makes it sound like it will get her back as each day keeps going. I can’t wait to see if she has more things to do in the next episode since she seem to have more care for Elise like Nepharus had in Episode 2. Will have to see!

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a really interesting book with how we got to see what purgatory was like and of course getting to see more of Keeto’s mind. I do like how the ninth birthday came into play and that memories can be changed and also time since there was some time traveling that took place but can’t say how. I hope with the next book we get to see more growth with the twins and that Elise and Keeto find that new place after knowing that they can’t stay where they are anymore. I have a feeling they had to leave Aedenborough even though their journey took them to different parts of the world they’re in. With the next one I can’t wait to see how Kaz will make it since new things are popping and now more things are showing with the Gatlins and who knows what secrets may hit and how both of the twins will find out. Still a great series so far!

Nemecene: Dreams Flow In StreamsWell guys that is it for this review! Things are getting serious from what I can read and hoping to read the next episode and review it for you all! Next time will be doing my Glam Bag Plus!

The Book Quadrant: The Girl From Berlin by. Ronald H. Balson

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The Girl from Berlin by. Ronald H. Balson

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Another addition to the Liam Taggart and Katherine Lockhart series where an old friend has called upon services from both Kat and Liam to go to Tuscany in Italy to meet Gabrielle who is losing her vineyard to a corporation who claims they have deeds on the land but she claims she can bring her own set of deeds to show proof that it is her property. Their only clue so far is a manuscript written in German that has been translated for them to read in order to see why it’s related to this case.

Ada Baumgarten was born in 1918 after the First World War and became the daughter of a prestigious violinist of the Berlin Philharmonic and became a prodigy herself. When she meets Kurt, a German boy, she starts falling for him and gets torn from him when he leaves for the military and her family starts being under suspicion due to her Jewish heritage. Even though with her violin and her work which is the only thing that has been saving her so far but with moving to Bologna it gives her family more heart aches and more suspicion and the story of her life brings questions on why is it related to the vineyard in the first place?

Thoughts: Again I read the audio version of this book through the NLS Bard service and it was the same guy that read The Trust as well. I did enjoy how he read this book since he did bring the characters to life with this one as well but this time he did an Italian accent for anyone who is Italian and of course German for any German characters except for Ada and her family and some of her friends. I didn’t mind but I did enjoy it like the book before it.

When I started this book I was wondering why start with Italy since that was the prologue but as the book went on I understood why since it does lead to the secrets Gabrielle has held throughout the book since it dealt with Ada and her back story. It has been revealed that Gabrielle was orphaned in World War II and has shut out her past even about Ada and it brought tragedy and I can see why since the Second World War was big and tragic on its own. When I was listening to Ada’s story I was really entertained about learning what had happened in Berlin since while being in different history classes not much of Berlin has been talked about since we knew what countries were taken over by Hitler such as Poland, Denmark, and many others. It also brought on what took place in Italy since we got to see some of the events with Musilini and of course Rome being a big event where of course Ada meeting Gabrielle at that point. I did like how the characters interact during these moments since they are reacting to the events like how Ada told off a German soldier after one of her concerts, how she and her family were going through the happenings, trust me I almost cried when her father told her to leave him behind at the camp because he didn’t want anyone to take savings that may help her and her mother. It was even sad when her mother left while being at the camp as well when they got to send to one. It was just a great round about tale since it did help us understand why the vineyard had to be saved and I did like how it hinted about Ada having her own patch in the vineyard since earlier in the story when her mother started working among the vines of grapes and olives that she named a part of it after Ada even though Ada found it silly. I can see why it happened since Ada’s mother wanted to leave something special even after the war had ended. It did get revealed a wine was named after a piece that Ada was famous for playing.

What also tugged at my heart strings was how she and Kurt were together. As history happens soldiers do lose their lives and this was a sad part to it. I did find it cute with how Ada and Kurt first met at the Junior Orchestra and how the Baumgartens helped Kurt get to the concert hall for practice but later his violin does get broken and was sent to the junior camps for the military. It was very heart felt whenever both Ada and Kurt were able to have their times together even with one instance when Ada was on a concert trip and she and Kurt were out all night and she had to leave the next day but it did come with some consequences that surprised people. I understand that since I had played clarinet myself in middle school that consequences during class like having people moved due to not being able to have their instruments or some members misbehaving and causing the teacher to yell can happen but back then it was even more strict from what I’ve seen. It was sad with how Ada lost him since I was hoping that they were able to spend the rest of their lives but understanding having someone for that long even if they were on opposite sides can be tragic even seeing how they end up losing their lives in the end. I don’t want to spoil that part because this is something that you got to read yourself.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! Out of Ronald’s books I would have to say this one is my most favorite because it was well written even how much the story that Ada told blended in with the present day stuff. It did link to the loose ends that Katherine and Liam had to learn as they have to hire extra lawyers in order to get things settled and solved while the clues were starting to show as they read the manuscript. I think I liked this one more than Karolena’s Twins because I prefer how Ada was spunkier and she didn’t want anyone push her down even if she had to face her consequences later when meeting that soldier later on. It was heart felt and of course I did like seeing what took place in Italy and Berlin during the Second World War and getting to know more of the history as I read on. I am wondering Mr. Balson going to write more for this series because I feel like he has done very well, if he does I am hoping to get to read that one too since I have been reading his stuff on NetGalley since the third book. If not, I am content with how it ended.

Well, that is it guys! I have more books to review and hoping to get more RangerStop content up as soon as possible. Plus, my BoxyCharm is on the way at the moment! So stay tuned!
The Girl From Berlin by. Ronald H. Balson

The Book Quadrant: The Trust by. Ronald H. Balson

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The Trust by. Ronald H. Balson

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions on this ARC that was sent for review. Please respect the lead writer’s thoughts on this book! You have been warned!

In this book by the author of Karolena’s Twins finds Liam Taggart going home to Ireland for an uncle’s funeral but this funeral is not due to natural causes of death but a murder. Not only he finds out that it was a murder but this same uncle anticipated it and put the Will and Testament in Liam’s hands and must wait until he solves the murder that he can distribute the funds laid out for the rest of the family. During his time in Ireland, he finds deep dark secrets about his family and not only that finds out his old love, Annie, has been in contact with the family and closer to the uncle than he thinks. Will Liam be able to solve his uncle’s murder? Also, what is going on with new messages of death towards his family including his wife Katherine back in Chicago? Is this all connected somehow?

Thoughts: I didn’t know that this book along with Karolena’s Twins were part of a series until I went back and found the first two books, Once We Were Brothers and Saving Sophie, were within the series. I can see looking back on reading Karolena’s Twins that it did mention one of the characters from the first book and another character from the second and how that one tied to the character from the first and how Liam and Katherine ended up together and married.

I would have to say I prefer reading the audio version of this book than reading it as a Kindle book because the guy who read it was amazing at it especially with Saving Sophie and now reading the next book in this series which you will see that review sometime soon. I did like how he went into an Irish accent when need be to bring the family and any other characters Liam encountered while being in Northern Ireland to life. To the story itself it did have the suspense I know and love with a murder mystery because it brought an idea of the past known as the Troubles in Irish History. It was a time where Protestants and Catholics didn’t get along and man it looked dicey for Liam. It did bring up how his dad died since he did get shot while trying to save his sister who also got shot during this time period and more things did get revealed about his family whether the families who were at war with the Taggarts were coming back to go after the rest of them since calling cards shown up in their mailboxes. Even interesting how Katherine was targeted since she did get married into the family and had a kid with Liam since Karolena’s Twins did end on that. What I do notice in this series that the first, third, and now the fifth one I’m reading, The Girl From Berlin are connected to World War II while the second and fourth books are more of a suspense story dealing with family where in the second one, Saving Sophie, had someone from the law firm that Katherine used to work at finding his daughter who was kidnapped by the in-laws in the Middle East while The Trust had Liam get through past family issues in order to keep his uncle’s trust from going into wrong and selfish hands. It does connect to the idea of law since Katherine is connected with how she handles cases but I find this book was more of a Liam thing since it did show how he did work for the C. I. A. at one point. Still it was a really good book. So far with the next one I am seeing some family matters but I will see how that one goes.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! I think this one in the series has been Balson’s best due to how he made each character come to life. Heck, I had some chills and mistrust to some of the characters while reading it and how the person reading it made them sound. I felt like I was watching a movie a moment there. It did had its historical fiction parts like with the other books but I felt more drawn to the present and glad that I did get to take the time to read them and now on the fifth book which that will be coming soon once I’m done. If you want to give this a read, I highly recommend along with the others!

That is it for this review! Make sure to check out the link for this book alongside the other books Balson has written that will be linked through the Amazon page I leave behind. Don’t worry the next RangerStop review will be next!
The Trust Liam Taggart & Katherine Lockhart Book 4