A Romantic Cop Drama?

I’ll admit, I may have a problem with constantly reading Nicholas Sparks novels. I found two I loved to death, to the point where the covers are falling off. Now, I’m treating his books like Pok√©mon, and I need to read them all, for better and worse. This book, A Bend in the Road, falls squarely in the middle. Reading the description, I was expecting an adorable romance about two people from previously failed relationships, for very different reasons, coming together and finding love again. That was true for the first half of the novel. The second half was a terribly written cop drama that made no sense.

The second half of the book was a beautiful description of police brutality when of course, the only recourse for the protagonists’ actions was suspension with pay. Other things could have been happening, but I was just so mad. A message to Sparks:

Stop writing cops! You are terrible at it! Just because you made the cop the main protagonist doesn’t mean we will forgive his insane actions!

And by trying to make us forgive him, he did try by having our cop protagonists do a cute flashback to when the book was a romance novel. I one hundred percent support just stopping and the middle and pretending that the ending didn’t happen; you will be much happier that way.

Escaping the Underworld

Imagine this: you are trapped in the underworld with your father, but what to do anything to escape, including taking down hordes of enemies in the way and getting help from your estranged family members. That is Hades in a nutshell. This is an action-packed room-based procedurally generated game taking place in the Underworld of Greek Mythology as you follow Zagreus, son of Hades, in trying to reach the surface.

Not only is the game gorgeous and amazingly voice-acted, but the action is also very seamless and responsive. It could be because I’m used to crappy computers, but I am used to playing action games that do nothing but stutter and take seconds before a response from the on-screen character. I recently got this game on the switch, and now I am saving up all my money possible to buy a better computer so I can feel this fantastic playing an action game in the future. I just don’t want to stop playing because of the fantastic gameplay and heart-touching story I wasn’t expecting. I would highly recommend anyone picking up this beautifully made game.

Life’s Treasure Hunt

Seeing the world in the eyes of a child can be both magical and heartbreaking. Especially when you are aware of how heartbreaking the entire story may be. As a millennial, at least I think I am one, my life was revolved around the after-effects of 9-11 and the most recent War on Nouns. This book contains one such tragic story.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer tells the story of Oskar, a child who is trying to find meaning and some way of connecting to his dad after his tragic’s death. Through this child’s eyes and as he connects with others to try and figure out the one mystery that may “complete” his life, you are left with heartbreaking moments as you discover other “childish” characters who seem to be unable to let go of that past. Because that might be the meaning that we are all looking for: a way of trying to live after the darkest of times.

Just Trying to Live Your Life

I think a lot of people have their niche in which they may or may not feel that you fit in with the outside world, but it’s your world. For me, that world included anime, manga, and books, which eventually lead to the blog that I’ve had for a couple of years. I’ve even been judged for not being “girl” enough, whatever that means. I then found The Wallflower by Tomoko Hayakawa that felt too close to home in so many ways. I am in fact protagonist Sunako Nakahara without having my privacy invaded by a bunch of dudes.

This manga, in so many ways, is a crazy rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. We follow four, super-attractive guys, as they move in with the expectation of turning Sunako into a “lady,” filled with all the stereotypes imaginable while Sunako is just trying to live her life watching horror movies and true-crime documentaries: something that everybody is doing nowadays.

Also, for everyone’s well-being, the characters are all eighteen. I don’t care if it says everyone is in their first year of high school. That was a mistake, and we are not questioning it. Just remember 18, mainly for this one character who can’t keep it in his pants. You’ll know who I’m talking about.

Utopic Dystopian Pt 4

I have reached the final book of The Giver Quartet. And it must be my favorite of the entire series. Son is the book that truly combines all three previous stories together. We follow Claire, a Birthmother from the community. She has a different experience from many other people: she feels love, and the only thing she wants is her child.

My favorite part of this book is the comparing aspect as Claire goes to different communities. Previously, you would have to go based on your memory of previous books to do this. This is the first time we experience going through all of these communities through the protagonist’s eyes. Each community has different ideas of how life should be left, so it’s interesting to see how interactions change based on new information.

I am honestly happy that I read this series, just for this book. This was the perfect ending I could have imagined for this series. Everything truly came full circle.

Undercover in a School of Horror

For whatever reason, mysteries and school life go hand-in-hand. All of the natural drama that occurs in school just offers itself to the subterfuge that needs to occur to have a good mystery. There is a natural tension that can be exploited. That being said, it could be simple or an overall rollercoaster, which is what we saw with Arisa by Natsumi Ando.

I think it was until the very end that I did not know what was going on in this story as we follow Tsubasa, who is trying to figure out why her sister, Arisa, tried to commit suicide. The only information she has is that it has something to do with her school, so Tsubasa goes undercover as Arisa. Going in, I thought this was going to be very shoujo-y, given the author, but I would say that anyone who loves manga and mystery will enjoy this. Yes, there are shoujo elements, but they are overwhelmed by the want to get the full story.

This manga talks about self-harm as these are thoughts several characters have had or actually carried out. Take care if you decided to read this.

This is Romance? Pt 2

After reading The Wedding, my faith in Nicholas Sparks as a writer has been renewed. This time, instead of trying to believe that relationship can take place within the span of a day, we are taken through the last year of what should be a dying relationship. This time, there is something worth fighting for.

As I mentioned last time, romance without some conflict is boring. This is sequel our conflict is time itself and people getting comfortable with how the relationship has been for the last however many years. Yes, the relationship from the previous book is brought to the forefront several times. Still, this rendition is a lot more realistic, letting the readers know it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, as we were led to believe previously. There will be fights and disagreements, but love is hard work, and it’s best to always remember that.

Super Human Space Rocks

I would like to first start by stating that I know I’m late. I’ve been told by my friends several times over. I’ve been busy. Now, that over with, on to the review.

Many of the people in this fandom should already know from the title, but I am here to talk about Steven Universe for the people who have not gotten around to it. For the most part, I do not watch the more recent American cartoons. Even though I heard good reviews about this show, I was still slightly skeptical. For the most part, that skepticism was unfounded. The overall storyline was interesting, the characters were multi-faceted, and the ideas introduce was something I had never really seen before. I was very progressive with the ideas presented. I do have one complaint though. I promise, its nothing too bad though. Towards the end of season 5, where the story starts to really hit its climax, it felt as if the story would keep deviating from the storyline. In the beginning, when it was mainly exploring who the characters were, I was fine with it. But towards the end, I got a bit annoyed. Going back through now that I know the plotline, I might see how it added to things, but I didn’t at the time. Other than that one thing, what’s not to love about superheroes from outer space with amazing songs along the way?

As of writing this review, I have not watched the movie and what’s after, so please don’t give spoilers in the comments. But we can talk about how awesome the first five seasons are.

Silence Saves

An interesting movie that I watched was The Silence. I admit that I was expecting a horror movie, so don’t go into it thinking that. It is more along the lines of a thriller. I was… a bit weird. I liked it, but weird. The premise is that these creatures have escaped from a cave. They are swarming the country and are extremely sensitive to sounds. Good thing our protagonists and her family understand American Sign Language.

The plot, for the most part, is systematic and obvious. All the key points of thrillers are hit, with just the right amount of timing. In my personal option, I wished the thrilling part got there faster. It wasn’t until the very end that the movie really got going. Either way, it’s a movie that you really don’t need to think about what’s going on. For what it is worth, it is a decent movie. It’s not absolutely amazing and noteworthy, but it is a good watch.

For anyone who is planning on watching this movie, can you confirm if it’s true that they don’t say the mom’s name ever? I don’t recall a single scene where they say it. I’m hoping that I’m wrong, but that’s something you really shouldn’t forget to put in.

My Childhood All Over Again

One of the shows that I would make sure to watch whenever it was on, was Full House. Now, I bet you can imagine how excited and skeptical that I was when said that they were going to reboot it into¬†Fuller House. I’ll admit, I wasn’t so sure that the cheese of the original show and the heart-wrenching family moments would still be there, but let me tell you, it is on point. I don’t care if it is nostalgia getting to me, I’m having fun with this show. I recently finished the fourth season. It’s been an absolute trip with plot twists nearly everywhere. I wish I could tell you anything, but it feels like it will be spoilers. A bunch of my favorite characters came back and brought new adorable characters along for the ride. If you are able to, I would just set aside a weekend, probably a long one, and just finish the entire show in one go. I heard a rumor that there is only one more season left. I’m a bit mixed by this. The show is so good, and I want it to continue. On the other hand, I don’t want it to continue to the point where it’s stupid and a total waste of time. I’m sure that so many fandoms are worried about this, and I know that I have felt that way about shows that I loved before. I’m just crossing my fingers that it stays good. *knocking on wood*

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