I have a mild obsession with gimmicky snack flavors, so my friend suggested I start a blog where I review them. I'm actually somewhat considering it, because I love trying stupid gimmick flavors of things.
For example, I found this while grocery shopping earlier today:
I found this to be quite good, actually. I would've said Fruity Pebbles rather than Froot Loops, but that's mostly a texture thing. I'd honestly recommend it if you can find it.
If anybody has thoughts on whether I should pursue this idea, let me know! I'd spin it off into another blog so as not to clog this one up.
Wow this movie was fantastic. I’m really big on horror movies needing better stories, better dialogue, better characters and deep symbolic value. Luckily this movie has all 4 in spades. Smart, Disturbing, tragic, and horrifyingly realistic. Midsummer gets a 9/10
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve likely heard me talking about Tula Skincare on Stories. A blogger favourite for years, they recently launched in Canada at Sephora and I was lucky enough to be gifted a set of Tula products to try out. As always, although I was gifted the products, this review is not sponsored and reflects my genuine opinion on how the products work.
First up is the Cult…
reaching the present, so just a few more to clean up. and mostly sentai, actually? part one here and part two here. lets do this
19. lupin yellow and patren sango ring set- 6/10
and back to a sentai set! not one of my favorites, again, unfortunately. the gold and rose gold works a little better here but is still iffy, and using both of their rounded visor shapes as the motif just feels a bit mushy.
it is, however... the only ring set i found that focused on two female characters. So That’s Something
20. lupin red and patren ichigo VS ring set- 8/10
yeah, a very similar design but a definite improvement. the V S of the teams badges make for much stronger motif, especially since you can read the letters together. and that silver and gold! sorry, just a sucker for silver and gold
21. horobi and jin parent and child rings- 7/10
very simple set, definitely not clockable as toku merch unless you already know. i can respect that. both of these rings would be Pretty Boring on their own though
...while originally released while 01 was still airing, to specifically represent horobi and jin, this design does work for kr mbjr, huh...? that bodysharing principal i guess... (but that probably makes most remaining 01 fans sad.)
22. ryusoulger rings set- 8.5/10
at least we dont have to end of that depressing note, since the currently last ring set is this lovely one from ryusoulger!
...actually maybe nada fans are still sad. they always seem sad. well, nothing to do about that.
good note to end on! silver and gold, and the way the motifs interlock is quite nice. oh, and neat detail i noticed:
each of these bands actually has two gems! one of them on each band just gets covered up when worn together. thats a great little note that really adds to how each looks when separate, i appreciate it.
And that’s where we wrap up! if i didn’t miss any along the way whoops. i tried to find them all at least, but poke me if i missed one.
Only for now though, since I’m sure we’ll keep seeing more of these sets. There’s still plenty of backlog, as well as recent shows like Saber and Zenkaiger that have pretty obvious duos for inspiration.
And i welcome it! admittedly, some of these can be kinda awkward in the sense that... oh, you’ll acknowledge this bait-y relationship to sell merch of it, but not commit to it in the show? but on the other hand, there just really isnt any almost any other ongoing merch Just focused on relationships, platonic or otherwise like this. and given that the relationships between characters is what so many of us return to tokusatsu for, amongst the deluge of the rest of these shows’ merchandise im glad there’s at least Something to represent that :)
- The whole concept for the story was really fun to read. Like the jumping between POV’s and time frames kept the story really interesting. And this is one of the few books where there was not a POV that I dreaded reading.
- Now I am not the person to come asking for a creepy books but this one was up there for me! Like the death scenes were just so vivid in my mind that it really gave everything I needed from this kind of a story.
- I liked how the romance was not the highlight go the story. it was like a nice little side dish that was just fun to read about. Sometimes stories that are like murder mystery kind of things the romance can take away but I liked it in this book.
Things I didn't like:
- I wish we never had the scene where Varin felt betrayed by Keralie. I wish it ws kind of spun that he didn't actually betray her. But I get why it had to happen. Like that was worth it to get to the part where Kera found out she had been controlled by Mackiel.
- This book gave me all the creepy crawly vibes that I want from a book in October. Like I was not expecting this mix of murder mystery/sci-fi/ fantasyish story! It was such a surprise and I loved it. The whole story was set up in a really cool and different way. Like it never felt like the story was dragging on or was trying to fill in gaps. Everything had a purpose and reason behind it. The amount of twists and turns in this book was so amazing. I don't think I saw a single one coming. Like I could sense when someone was going to die but like the other stuff was such a shock and I loved it. Defiantly recommend this book for your creepy autumn vibe reading.
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“you have no idea” Lucius said as Severus snorted and laid out some twigs on the table to examine them “but first could you check on Draco and Harry? Harry can explain part of what happened … I need to get a vanishing cabinet out of the peacock areas” he said as he rushed off. All that could be heard was Lucius saying ‘too late!’ since apparently one of the rare peacocks had already perched and even laid an egg on top of the cabinet. The feathered bird refused to move …
Source; Crimson Ink by Blackkitten23
Honestly.. thsi needs a fanart.../ comic strip
Quirrel: So i left the vanishing cabinet at the peacock area
Luc:... oh no...
Tom:...quirrel, peter? Lets go to grindlewald (yeets)
Quirrel & Peter: (yeets)
Sev: Imma check out the dead magic pieces.. (yeets)
Cissy: (floos in) wut happened?
Luc: oh nothing darling. Just us discovering that speaking in parsletongue might train oral s3x
Cissy:.... do I want to know?
Luc: no... no u dont.. now if u’ll excuse me... (walks to the peacock area)
Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Caged in Fire by Amy Thorn
Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Caged in Fire by Amy Thorn
Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway:
Caged in Fire
By Amy Thorn
Caged Duet, Book 2
There are enemies all around and I’m in the hands of the worst ones my club has ever faced. They plan to sell me as punishment for what Thanatos has done to them and caught up in the cross fire, I have no idea if I’m going to survive long enough to see the man I love again. I have to keep fighting, despite the…
When I picked up Nan Shepherd's book, which is considered a classic of nature writing, I wanted mountains. When I finished Nan Shepherd's book I was given so much more than what I was looking for. I cherished every word, every chapter, of this book. Everything had a purpose and I found Shepherd's love, devotion, and care truly excellent.
When choosing a nature book, I usually go with themes like landscape or animals. I had high expectations for a book that has been said to rival Thoreau's Walden and John Muir's writings. Not knowing much about Scottish landscape, I assumed it would be as lonely and desolate as the images in my head. Boy, was I wrong.
Nan Shepherd writes beautifully, lyrically, sensually. She breathes life into what seems like a lifeless landscape. It is hard to doubt someone describing a landscape they grew up in and continued to mature in. She displayed intimacy an intimacy with nature I envy. Hopefully one day I'll be able to see these mountains in person and feel a sliver of what she felt.
Some may say that I'm talking too highly about a short book on a woman's mountain journeys. Well, this is now one of my favorite nature books. I find myself coming back to passages and rereading chapters to get that sense of beauty all over again.
Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway: Never Fade Away by E. L. Esch
Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway: Never Fade Away by E. L. Esch
Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway:
Never Fade Away
By E. L. Esch
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Until death does us part, but it’s knocking on our door…
I’d had enough. That’s how I found myself in a dingy alleyway with my revolver in my hand. I was sick and dying anyway, and there was nothing I could do about it. Nothing except maybe taking back some shred of control…
Book Blurb: Our heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.
First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.
Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.
And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.
Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.
When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.
Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.
The squad is back again and still on the run! Aurora and her fellow squad 312 members are still chasing after finding what they need in order to stop an ancient evil from destroying the galaxy. After escaping from their last scrabble and still reeling from the lose of their ace pilot Cat, everyone is still on edge. It doesn’t help that Kal’s psychotic sister is chasing after them and willing to do anything to get him to join his family’s cause. To top it off Auri now has to master her powers as the Trigger while searching for the Weapon... it also doesn’t help that Tyler is separated from the crew and now all hell is unleashed. Secrets and mysteries are being unleashed in this next part of our adventure and each of our characters must deal with a different task. This was next part of the adventure was sort of split into two arcs, Tyler and his trapped behind enemy lines and must escape story and Auri/Kal’s storyline with their growing relationship, family secrets, powers growing, and what it means to truly love someone. I loved this book and it definitely was a fast paced read for me. I couldn’t put it down and though I was kinda sad the crew was mostly split during this book it was an interesting adventure continuation for our crew. One thing that really shines in these books is the bonds between all the members, and I can’t wait to see where the final book wraps everything up. I was so nervous for our characters, especially with all the close calls. It was interesting to still see Cat in this and her interactions with Tyler, especially with how their relationship ended in the first book. I will say this, I LOVE KAL WITH MY ENTIRE HEART. We get to know more about Zila which is just amazing because she has always been an interesting character and her backstory is so intriguing. Fin and Scar? Yes. Just so much yes. So yes, this was a great sequel to the first book and I can’t wait to start the final book!
- The book as a whole was just kind of disappointing. It had a great concept but just did not deliver on what I wanted. Like really it was just ok. The characters were boring. The story felt rushed. All around there were problems everywhere. It just felt like it needed to be a little longer. Like there was supposed to be 6 days left in the story then all of a sudden it was the final day. If you're looking for a book for a bit of a younger person then this might be good. Like young people just getting into the YA genre might like this book.
oh boy, oh happy day, i get to talk about Azalin Rex
this book does some fun stuff with mild fakeouts and starting at the end and then jumping back to the beginning in a way where it's not immediately clear how one connects to the other, but it's not done in such a way that it's meant to pull the wool over the reader's eyes, which is good bc i already knew the end twist going in and lemme tell u it is very satisfying watching our charming protag charge headlong and heedlessly towards his own doom
Firan Zal'Honen is a wizard! he's the very best wizard who ever wizarded, and currently he has no idea where he came from or why he's not there anymore or what the fuck just happened
all he knows is, he was tortured with visions for a bit, as one does, and then the mist spat him out in a place called Darkon, and the guy in charge of Darkon, helpfully named Darcalus, is the object of Firan's utter and all consuming loathing, and also killed his son probably
so Firan does what any reasonable wizard would do and enlists the help of some local coup-organizers to weasel his way into the upcoming Met Gala for all the governors in this place. he sneaks out of the approved areas, argues with the ghost of his son for a bit, barges in some places he's not supposed to be, and finally finds what he's been after: the object containing the soul of his nemesis, without which Darcalus, an undead wretch, is mortal and vulnerable
unfortunately this is Ravenloft, where the universe can and will bend over backwards to fuck you over, and Firan has some conspicuous gaps in his memory. gaps that are helpfully filled when the punchup with Darcalus turns into a merging of souls and minds and oh shit, thats you Firan buddy! the thing you were hellbent on revenge for? you did all that!
and now the book takes 150 pages to explain itself, going down the laundry list of Firan's life up to this point. this is less interesting to me than what just happened, so suffice to say he was a stubborn and prideful magical prodigy that ended up the wizard-king ruler of a country called Knurl out in the prime material plane
the man's lawful evil all the way down, having some uhhhhhhh lets say draconian ideas about how to maintain peace and order, and yes it does involve a lot of beheadings how did u guess. eventually he figures out that magic can't, in fact, keep him kicking forever, and puts some effort into getting himself an heir.
there's a frankly hilarious bit where he has a crisis of confidence upon realizing that a decade of trying has produced no viable results, and despite having mastery of the unquenchable fire of the stars he apparently never learned the Scan Ur Dick spell, so the problem might just be you, Firan, did u ever think of that before blaming ur wife
anyway turns out his wife did in fact curse his dick so once he got that taken care of he gets himself a lovely lil scion to raise in his perfect mirror image
shockingly, this goes as follows:
Firan: "my son! i will teach you to rule as i do, with a fair and just iron fist!"
Irik: "hm. consider, tyranny bad? oh cool ur not listening immmmm just gonna go join the rebels real quick"
Firan: "anyway i need to execute you now"
Irik: "cool. i forgive you btw."
Firan, an hour later: [great sobbing wizard tantrum about how his son's dead now]
me: [also great sobbing wizard tantrum about how his son's dead now]
seriously, despite being the world's stupidest smart person, and also objectively evil, this guy has a lot of pathos! i feel for this idiot! i wanna shake him by the lapels and make him acknowledge how much he actually cares for his son!
the big thing here is he's baked Lawfulness into his own nature to the point where any emotion that doesn't follow what his idea of a Proper Ruler should be gets ruthlessly cauterized. except it doesn't work like that, you prick, so he ends up eating his own tail about how he did exactly the right thing, his only fault was not raising irik to be a "stronger" prince, and thats why he feels like his heart is breaking from grief and guilt.
except it can't be guilt bc he did nothing wrong. do u see the problem here.
anyway this is where the quote unquote Dark Powers get involved. they coerce Firan into taking the next step on his Foolproof Live Forever Through Positive Thinking And Magic plan, and one really bad baja blast later the man's a fullblown lich
lich powers! necromancy! shame the only form he's capable of bringing his son back to life in is a wretched rotting shadow of true life, in constant agony and despair, and not even Firan is gonna settle for that
so back to the drawing board! he spends the next few decades scouring the continent for magical secrets and tales of resurrection, trying to find a way to bring his son back properly and gain atonement for both of them
eventually the mists take him and drop him into Barovia, bc Strahd's the fuckign welcome wagon for new arrivals i guess, and Firan, by now called Azalin, sets up shop in Castle Ravenloft for forty fuckign years
they were tombmates
oh my god, they were tombmates
to my unending outrage, the book spends barely a chapter on this period. give me more damn you! show me the petty squabbles, the arguments over who keeps leaving corpses in the hallway, the lingering sexual tension on movie nights! i deserve to know who tops goddammit!
but no, we just skip to Azalin chasing after a mirage into the mists four decades later, and then uhhhhhh getting split in two? like when a cartoon character gets zapped with a science laser and splits into Good Half and Evil Half? except it's Human Half and Lich Half, which hate each other on instinct
and we're back at the beginning! with human Firan acting on his loathing for the lich Darcalus, only to fuse together again and force him to confront the fact that the person he holds such hatred and anger for is himself
thus, Azalin Rex settles into his final form. a wretched, undead genius, locked in his own prison domain and given a country to rule the way one gives a highly maladjusted macaw a rubix cube with a peanut hidden inside
in conclusion, i am now in the stage of grief labeled "memes"
#church's ravenloft reviews #king of the dead #guys i love this book so much #i love this IDIOT so much #he's an awful awful person and he's my poor little meow meow no i will not be taking questions at this time
Sometimes I think about that review on Rotten Tomatoes that was complaining about how Star Wars: Visions was "too Japanese" and that a name like "Ronin" was too 'unrealistic' in the context of Star Wars. The sheer ignorance of that take absolutely baffles me given how the entirety of Star Wars includes names such as Obi-Wan Kenobi and was inspired by East Asian media and cultures (and also appropriated said cultures, too...) but apparently "Ronin" is "too Japanese" of a name
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-Jere Pilapil- Ahh Dracula. It’s so interesting watching this one after the Spanish-language version. It’s odd watching the differences, knowing that a better version exists out there, even if I’m sure in 1931, English-language audiences would have no way of seeing it. The Spanish version includes some things - Dracula’s lack of reflection, the prison bars Renfield bent - that we’re just told in this version, for example. Bela Lugosi, though! He deserves his iconic status as Dracula, as he anchors this movie as the rest of it floats about, loosy-goosy around him.
Even without being spoiled that the Spanish version is superior, this one does suffer from some of the quirks of the silent-to-sound transition. Dwight Frye plays Renfield like a stage actor where all the audience is at the back of the house. David Manners plays John Harker like a robot that downloaded “heroism” as a personality. Other performances are essentially non-entities. The only actor to stand up to Lugosi, fittingly, is Edward Van Sloan, as Van Helsing.
The dichotomy between Lugosi and Sloan is interesting. I love Lugosi’s Dracula; at the start of the movie, you could almost believe that maybe he isn’t a vampire; maybe he’s just so convinced of it that he pulled the rest of the movie into his delusion. Sloan stands firm, but at times you can’t be blamed for thinking that maybe he’s evil and just taking advantage of the Sewards’ paranoia. It adds an interesting extra dimension to the movie.
But as a telling of Dracula, it’s a bit bland. It feels like the stage play adapted to screen that it is: often very static, overusing a fake bat effect that has aged very poorly. And, while leaning on Lugosi is a good instinct, the constant close-ups of him exercising his mind control powers grow tiresome, and have the effect of feeling like stock footage. I wouldn’t say that this version of Dracula holds up, but it is a good delivery service for a couple great performances. 5.5/10
The Chainlink price has certainly grabbed the attention of many in the crypto sphere with Chainlink price predictions putting LINK at $10 or more in 2020 – causing many to ask, “what is chainlink?”
Chainlink is a cryptocurrency project that’s building a decentralized network of oracles.
The Chainlink crypto fanbase is convinced Chainlink will continue its huge gains against Bitcoin. And with…
“Sleep Baby, Sleep “ by M.J. Hardy. Introducing a new female to the riggers of crime solving, that would be Charlie Taylor, Asian female police physiologist, set in Michigan.
The case involves the kidnapping and murder of children in the Detroit suburbs. Also involves a child pornography ring. Part of a state police task force she’s pressed into service in hopes of figuring out who the offender is, that being a serial killer.
I liked the book and the character. First of a series, 2nd one not out as an e-reader yet, nor libraries, or would have gone right into it. It’s out there, not flashy but good.