The Tech Quadrant: Braille Sense 6 vs. Braille Note Touch Plus: WHich Notetaker is the Better One?

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! It’s time for a device battle!

Braille Sense 6 vs. the Braille Note Touch Plus: Which is the Better Notetaker?

So, it’s time to put the Braille Sense 6 and the BrailleNote Touch Plus up to each other and see how well they fare against each other. I have both of these devices and was able to use them over time, especially upgrading my Polaris to the 6 when I was offered it by the vendor I went through with a funding source I went through for my Braille Note Touch Plus. They are good note takers for the same price range, however there are features I would like to talk about between both devices that may work for some and may work for others if anyone wants to purchase one of these as their notetaker. Let me start with this!

Disclaimer

This post is based on thoughts, opinions, and experiences from the writer of this blog. She has used these devices and seen how they work and how fast they are, how well they type, and so much more. Please respect her thoughts!

Weight

First off, we’re starting with how much these devices weigh. One thing about these devices is well you can carry them place to place and weight can be a factor for what you choose.The Braille Sense 6 is 1.58 on its own while it’s 2.36 pounds with the case on.  The BrailleNote Touch Plus is 2 Pounds. Not by much when it comes to weight, the BrailleNote Touch Plus is three pounds lighter despite having the Android tablet underneath the Perkins keyboard, however I feel as though the BS6 kept the same weight from its Polaris and don’t feel much carrying it around to its Humanware counterpart despite not having the tablet built into it. If you would rather go without the tablet underneath, then the BS6 would be perfect since I had the Polaris before, going from one convention room to the next without the extra weight made it easier but if the tablet won’t hurt then go with the BNTP. I would say either one would be a great choice since both of them are almost the same weight and do have cases to protect them.

Keyboard

Both keyboards on both devices are in the Perkins Brailler style. H. I M. S. did have the QWERTY style with the QWERTY Plus and the U2 QWERTY which I admit I had the QWERTY Plus when I was at school and earlier press days with Nerd Shique Universe. The layouts are different from each other due to how they were built. The BNTP has the usual six keys for the Braille Cell, the Enter and Delete, and the Space Bar, then you have your cursor keys underneath. WHile the BS6 has your usual Brailler keys but have the F1, F2, F3, and F4 keys alongside an Alt key and a CTRL key to use on the Android platform. The learning curve for both is a little different if you have used devices from both companies like I’m doing now and have been doing for the past year due to how the shortcut structure is different. Yes, first letter navigation is available for both, except the chords are different when it comes to navigating to areas on both devices. One example is doing a copy on the BNTP is delete key with the letter Y. With the BS6 is the letter C with the Enter key. I would say if you’re familiar with a certain way of typing with one device then stick with the brand of devices you’re familiar with, unless you want to switch over for a newer experience depending on which layout seems to be easier. If you have any device demonstrated for you, ask for a demonstration of key commands on both devices.

Typing

With typing on either device, I found that each device can cause a bit of noise depending on your typing speed. I type fifty words per minute and can see how the noise on each device can be cumbersome. To me the BTNP’s keys are noisier than the BS6 since HIMS has been building their devices with keys that are softer while pressing them and have noticed it with the BS6 and the Q Braille as well. While the NNTP, on the other hand, the keys not only click pretty loudly but also have the clocks while inputting Braille. You can turn these clicks off pretty easily in the settings, except the keys themselves can be noisy no matter what you do. I think Humanware should have softer keys in the next notetaker if they decide to make another one in the next few years since HIMS has developed the BS6 but the BS6 has them beat in the typing department due to how quiet they are with input and having not too loud of a typing noise makes it easier, especially if listening to someone on a phone call. I give it to BS6.

Touch Features

One feature that made the Braille Sense Polaris and the BNTP comparable was being able to have the touch features. The BS Polaris had a touch strip in between the display and the cursor routing keys while the BNTP had a built-in touch screen underneath the keyboard. WHat made them unique was that you could touch Braille on the tablet under the BNTP as a quieter option while the BS Polaris only did touch gestures like if you used it as a tablet. Unfortunately, when the BS6 was created they took out the touch gesture ability due to lack of popularity, which there was no tutorial when Humanware does tutorials on how to do Touch Braille on their device. It would have been nice if the touch gestures were kept on the newer Braille Sense since the Android system is faster and the reaction time could have a better speed increase, which was an issue with the Polaris, which I will touch upon next. So, if you want the idea of doing the touch features then the BNTP would be the best device and it wins this category due to keeping the features or shall I say having them in the first place.

Speed

Both devices have pretty good speed when it comes to reaction time. When the Polaris was around, it had Lollipop as its system and it was very laggy and almost lethargic while using it, when the BS6 arrived I was happy that the reaction times were as fast as the BNTP when it comes to opening apps, being able to with saving files, and even downloading books from Bookshare. I have to say both get speed!

Android Systems

Both devices run on tw Both devices run on two different Android versions but they seem to work the same to me. The BNTP runs on Oreo or Android 8 while the BS6 runs on Android 10. Even though 10 is newer, Oreo still runs as smoothly despite how old it is. I did write to Humanware but not sure when will they update the Android version to a later version but hoping they could do it soon since we are already in Android 11 and if they want a leg up, they should either go to 11 or stay in competition may do 10 instead like HIMS has with the BS6. There is one drawback though is that there are times where either device can’t install certain apps due to the version they run, such as One Step Reader is the new version of KNFB Reader is not optimized for BNTP while the BS6 can due to how newer it is. I can’t fault the BNTP for this since I can still use KNFB Reader and it’s useful but would be nicer to have a newer Android version. Humanware, if you’re reading this, we need a newer Android version and now!

Apps

Speaking of apps, there are apps that each device does come with when you first receive them. The BNTP comes with KNFB Reader, which is normally $100 and Easy Reader + and of course your normal Google apps due to having the Android system. While the BS6 comes with Bookshare Download, a Podcasts app, Document Reader, Online DAISY, Google Search, Wiki Search, Assistant And your usual Google apps as well. Of course you can still download apps on Playstore but you have to see which ones are compatible with your device once you check them. One thing though is that not all apps can be available, one example is Kindle is not available for the BS6 but for the BNTP, which I find weird, while Audible is available for both. I do like the other apps you can read with on the BS6 but I do like the idea that I can still use Kindle on the BNTP but it’s not accessible there. It’s basically what you like to use on either device and how much you want to use the apps and install ones that can be used, either device is pretty powerful in this department and being able to stream anime, movies with audio description, and listening to music makes possibilities endless.

Bluetooth

Final category is bluetooth connectivity. One of the features of both is being able to use these devices as Braille Displays through bluetooth. You can connect to your computer with USB but what catches most users’ ears is the bluetooth capabilities. I admit I have trouble using the BNTP with devices besides my IPhone since it’s easier to connect with that. I even tried it with my ChromeBook and it couldn’t connect since laptops that run WIndows have an easier time with the Q Braille due to the bluetooth being easier to connect. The BS6, I have an easier time connecting with any device due to not having a code to pair with, which is the problem with the BNTP. It would be better if the BNTP didn’t require a code like the BS6 and other Braille displays because bluetooth has become more streamlined over the years and easy to pair with. I even had an easier time with my Apple devices since I can use my BNTP with those devices , even my Mac even though I have to unpair it due to using the Q Braille with it for the Function Keys. I have a Macbook with a Touch Bar, that’s why. I did try pairing the BS6 with the Chrome Book but it still has the BNTP with it, I have to try it out again at a later date. I do have to say the bluetooth on the BS6 is easier with other devices that have good bluetooth connections. I think the BS6 wins this category due to how much easier it is to connect even with a computer.

Winner: It’s a Tie!

It’s hard to say who wins what despite how they advance each other in some of the categories but both devices are still powerful for what they are. Not all devices are created equal and after using them both, they are equal in speed, the BS6 has a quieter keyboard over the BNTP, the BNTP still has touch features and I do love the idea of the tablet size for Touch Braille which you need a big screen for that, and of course you have a learning curb in using the keyboard shortcut structure which I’m still learning with the BNTP myself after using Braille Sense devices over the years. 

What Should I Get If IAm New to Note Takers?

My advice is to look at both! It doesn’t hurt to go to demonstrations or have someone come to you and demo both devices to show off their features. One thing I could also suggest is ask around before choosing, as in see who has gotten either device and prefer which one over the other since they do work differently. Also, look into Assistive Technology groups that may have members that use the devices as well since they may have different ideas of the both of them from what I brought here. And, of course, think about the features you think you would use more whether it’s at school or work since these devices could be used in either environment, if you can’t pick one, there are lower cost options to think about that work equally as well, especially in the bluetooth department.

That completes this post! If you have either device, drop a comment below or if you’re wanting either one, drop down a comment, I would like to hear what you all think on either side! Next will be my Ipsy bags!

Anime Quadrant: Eden’s Zero Review

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe. I am back with a new post but taking a detour from the current line up of posts.

Eden’s Zero Review

Recently, RJ and I finished watching the first season of Eden’s Zero, which is the newest project from Hiro Mishima who is known for Groove Adventure Rave, also known as Rave Master, and Fairy Tail. I feel that I should give you a review but first, this bit of info.

Disclaimer

This review is based on the thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this season, please respect the thoughts of this anime, you have been warned!

What Is It About?

This series opens up on a young Shiki on the planet for Grendel which is a planet of androids and talking with the Demon King, Ziggy, and talking about a cosmic figure called Mother. Once Shiki is told about finding Mother, she will grant one’s wish and he wishes to be friends with everyone. Fast forward years later when we meet Rebecca Blue Garden, who travels to Grendel to do a vlog on her V Tube channel about traveling the Sakura Cosmos. She runs into Shiki, who is the only human on the planet, and finds out with her cat android, Happy, that androids are no longer friends with humans with a virus that humans have given to them and causes Shiki to leave with Rebecca. Once leaving, Shiki promises to search for Mother in order to grant his wish, while traveling, he makes friends alongside Happy and Rebecca such as Homura, who was trained by one of the Shining Stars that his grandfather, the Demon King had created, Weiss, who is into building androids, and Pino, an android who was built by a future version of Weiss that ended up in a past timeline to find her creator. Alongside meeting his new friends, Shiki becomes the new Demon King and inherits the old ship the Eden’s Zero alongside the other Shining Stars, Hermit, Witch, and Sister, to find Mother to find Mother.

THoughts

Unlike with Fairy Tail, I did like this series off the bat. If you guys don’t know, at first I didn’t like Fairy Tail like I did with Rave Master and it took Todd Habrecorn to convince me that the series was awesome. I am still working on getting more of the series. Sorry, due to some finances I haven’t been getting any more of the parts but will this year since I finally got to the final arc of the series. I’m happy that NetFlix did pick this up so it is easier for us to catch up with seasons since we do have it included with our phone plan. It got us to finish the series within two and a half weeks versus months of getting the parts individually. Funimation did take a few months to record, edit, and add the features to a DVD and Blue Ray set and distribute it through the internet, FYE, and other places for people to buy. 

Like I said, I did enjoy the first season and liked the idea that this is a space opera which makes it different from Fairy Tail. Some people found this as a rip off from Fairy Tail due to how some of the characters were modeled after some of them from Fairy Tail. One example is Rebecca modeling Lucy and Shiki as Natsu. Also, we also meet Elsie who is basically Erza, then other characters looking like Fairy Tail characters showing up at certain places. I can see where this could happen but Mashima is known for re-using his character designs for other works. One example is how he re-used the Etalus version of Wendy for Rebecca’s rival for V Tube. Also, Jelal is also re-used for certain character designs, which he did come from Rave Master by the way with his design. Some artists do this actually since I’ve seen it with Yukiru Sugisaki when she used Gareas’ design from Pilot Candidate for Dark from DNAngel. 

Acting

Let’s get into the acting, shall we? The acting was pretty spot on and they did not only use some people who have appeared in one series RJ and I have enjoyed, Re: Zero, but also called back two actresses for their respective characters. Tia Ballard to be Happy in this one and Colleen Clinkenbeard not only as Mother but as Elsie Crimson. When RJ told me about this in manga form and how they had Happy in here, I was hoping they would bring Tia back to be him again since I loved this cute, blue kitty. Yes, I still have all of my Happy items! I hope to find Happy plushies from this series since he has a black tail tip versus the white he had in Fairy Tail. Of course, Tia did bring the voice back for him like with Fairy Tail and still cute as ever especially with the space fish! Yes, there are space fish, why wouldn’t there be any? ANyways, with Colleen, since she did play Erza Scarlet back in Fairy Tail, they did model Elsie after her and she is a Captain Harlock style space pirate in this one and yes she brought the ERza voice for Elsie. I’m glad that these two were brought in for these parts because if they casted anyone else, it would not be the same. I guess Bang Zoom saw the Funimation dub and knew if they did not cast these two as their Eden’s counterparts then it would have not given the series justice.

Kira Buckland plays Rebecca here and if you have seen Re: Zero, she was Beatrice in that series. I did notice that I did hear Beatrice at certain points since she was using the more adult version of that voice. I think it fits since Rebecca is supposed to be around her twenties and she’s supposed to be Lucy, I can hear a slight match with Cheramie’s Lucy voice. I don’t mind cosplaying as Rebecca since she was introduced with a cat headband and I do love cats! WHile with SHiki, we have the voice of Sean Chipblock. He is the voice of Subaru Natsuki in Re: Zero. He fits as Shiki since his character only had androids as his friends during his childhood. I understand the child-like curiosity even with having humans as friends since I have it towards technology myself. He does grow as the series goes on and we are waiting on the next season of Re: Zero since here Chiplock does more of a comedic version of Subaru while with Re: Zero, we hear more of the dramatics. I think the shift shows his range. THere are many other good actors chosen for a lot of the other characters which will take a long time to touch upon, I just focused on these few since they were perfect choices for their characters. Heck, even a favorite of ours does show up and that is Paul St. Peter, which has been a while since we saw him at conventions lately. I know he’s promoting Eden’s Zero as of late. Still, the actors were chosen very well for thiseries and it’s great to hear Tia again as Happy!

Raing: 5 Shooting Star Paws Out of 5!

This series is a great one so far since we are still in season one. I’m excited to see what the next season has to bring. This season did end on a sad note but it also ended with a positive one which would lead into the next arc. RJ is reading the manga so he is keeping up with the story. I hope it keeps being animated and we get to see more of it. In my opinion, it is not a Fairy Tail rip off. It takes place in space when Fairy Tail is an earth story. Eden takes on science fiction with some magic using Ether Gears when Fairy is more of magic. Yes, we still see elements of the two but we also see Rave Master elements as well, one call back is Elie’s blasters with the Happy Blasters Rebecca has. We do see some time travel shenanigans take place at certain parts but not to the extent that Fairy Tail had done. I would say check out the series, it is available on NetFlix and you decide if it is a rip off of Fairy Tail or not.

Well, that’s it for this review. Glad to have an anime review again. I will do the Braille Display Showcase next since I am still waiting on my subscription boxes to arrive for this month! Stay tuned!

Music Quadrant: Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead Tour Review

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Another new post and it’s a bit of a detour!

Pop Punk Is Not Dead Tour Review

I felt it was time for a detour. I am still working on the Saturday Panels post but due to technology acting stupid, it got deleted and now have to re-write it. Don’t worry, I will still get that cup as scheduled. I do want to review this since of course concerts have come back and my all time favorite band was one of the many that toured. First is the disclaimer!

Disclaimer

This post is based on thoughts and opinions and observations of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and opinions of what she has experienced. You have been warned!

So, last night was the night the Pop Punk Is Still Not Dead Tour with New Found Glory in Orlando. When I heard Luke, who was a guest on Nash’s WTF Is Wrong With You talking about how everyone is touring again when people were getting vaccinated, I decided to search for New Found Glory and guess what? They were coming through this month and that was last night. I purchased the tickets for me and RJ and we were both vaccinated and ready to go. He was vaccinated in the summer while I got vaccinated in March since educators were up to get the vaccine. We did have to show our vaccination cards as we were going into the House of Blues at Disney Springs and had to wear masks which we did last night. I even kept an eye out for emails from Live Nation about the mandates and we followed. We did get there in time for the doors to open and it felt good to be back at the House of Blues which has been forever. I think the last time I went was for Traverser back in 2018 and that was a long time ago. Even RJ is hoping we can start going back with friends for local shows when the pandemic is done and I agree since I missed being there with friends and getting to eat at Hop afterwards. MMM Midnight Pancakes! Anyways, this show had a bit of a switch in the line up which we did not know.

When I purchased the tickets, they said that it was supposed to be Yolo, New Found Glory Hot Mulligan and Simple Plan. Unfortunately, Simple Plan backed out and they did have a replacement with Less Than Jake. We weren’t mad because we did enjoy their music. My first time hearing Less Than Jake was the Digimon Movie Soundtrack with “My Best Friends Are Metal Heads.” I still remember that scene to this day. Back to the show, I do have to say out of honestly and agree with RJ, Yolo and Hot Mulligan felt that their bass was turned up beyond eleven! I almost fell off my stool with Yolo, sorry if I got the name wrong since I hardly remembered it. I haven’t really listen to mainstream radio these days since I have Pandora, Band Camp, and my music library on my phone. I also felt that it was hard for me to understand Hot Mulligan since the lead singer was scream singing most of the time. I love a good scream band but if they’re really good and just not have the bass up so loud. I do have to say that Yolo, sorry again, was good during “Vicious Love” though, I think I prefer her over Haley from Paramore a little more. It did get better when Less Than Jake hit the stage since we were excited about them. I put them as one of my top favorite ska bands next to Ore Ska Band from Japan. Their set was a mix of old and new and it brought up when I used to download music from mp3.com back in the day since I had to rely on my dad to buy my music if I wanted the full album, I remembered getting some of the older songs and “Gainesville Rock City” was one of them actually. I was glad to see these guys and it was good to bring them on since they’re a Florida band that’s still going strong.

Finally, New Found Glory was the headliner for this one and man it was amazing! I remembered going to Warped Tour 2007 and they were great back then. I’ve been a fan since 2001 and I remembered hearing their song “Hit or Miss” for a short while. I didn’t know who they were until my brother visited and asked me if I heard of them and said, “No.” This was when Camelot Music existed and there was in the mall down the road from us and he picked up the self-titled and played the song and realized who they were and burned some of their songs and then got a copy of the album for myself a year and half later and then continued from there. I currently have the ten year anniversary edition of the self-titled, alongside Sticks & Stones, Catalyst, Resurrection, both From the Screen to Your Stereo Volumes 2 and 3, and their latest, Forever & Forever X Infinity on my phone and I listened it on shuffle, oh right, their live album as well on my phone and was glad I did and sang along with almost all of their songs. What do I mean by this? Well, they performed “Let It “Go” from their From the Screen to Your Stereo 3 and well, Jordan comes on dressed as Elsa with the wig and the most sparkly dress ever and a cast on his leg. Apparently, while touring in Pennsylvania, he broke his foot but didn’t cancel any performances so he performed the best he could with a cast covered in LEDs and he was dedicated due to all of the fans. I did sing the many other songs they’ve done like “Understatement,” “All Downhill From Here,” and so much more. My throat is still recovering from all the singing but it was worth it! They were going to do another performance of the self-titled album but only had the tickets for last night. I did forget to mention, during the performance they did perform one song they never had before and that was “Never Snows in Florida” from their first album, “Nothing Gold Can Stay and it sounded amazing live. Great to hear that one. So, enough gushing!

Rating: 3.5 Shooting Star Paws Out of 5!

I did take some points off for the first two acts since they were too loud with their bass. I’m sorry but the bass should not be that loud unless you’re in the Bass Zone at Electric Daisy Carnival and don’t have to fly off my stool while doing it either. Less Than Jake and New Found Glory were our favorite parts since they can put on a show. RJ did get confused by the Backstreet Boys being played as NFG was coming on but they did use it as a pre-cursor to the carnival intro they used since that was the theme they used for the Catalyst album. I think they did the Backstreet Boys with “Backstreet’s Back” because they were saying they have returned to Orlando and glad they have since it took me years to see them again after Warped Tour. Not only that, wishing I could have given Jordan a hug for the pain he went through with his foot since that was painful I bet and he mentioned that he loves to jump a lot during shows, heck one picture in the booklet on self-titled has him and the guitarists jumping. I did remember when I did have eye sight that it was true since during the live show in London which I have a DVD of for one Christmas that he did jump a lot.

Well, that is the end of this review, I am glad I did catch New Found Glory after so long and loved their music ever since I was a teen. It felt good to hear their music live again and getting to see them at the House of Blues was a great relief since it’s been a long time since we’ve been at a concert there. We tend to catch our local band buddies there but it was our first for a major show and the last real major show, which I know I mentioned Warped Tour but realized it was actually Rise Against Mac k in 2012 when they toured with A Day to Remember and Manzinger, which I also remembered I did get into Rise Against all thanks to the bonus CD that came with my copy of Sticks & Stones when they had the song “The Angel You Are” on that CD. Who knew? Not sure if we will catch Simple Plan another tour in the future but I still need to find a way of catching Red Jumpsuit Apparatus since they’re touring with the tenth anniversary of their first album. Not only that we did miss their set during Warped Tour that year. That will be another time. So, stay tuned guys for the Saturday Panels post!

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

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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.

Well guys that’s it for this review! Before I go, I want to tell you all that we have a podcast! Yay! It’s called Nerdy Shique Transmissions and you can get it at:

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

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

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