Hi everyone! After a May hiatus, Megan and I are back and ready to tackle some new 5 Fandom Friday topics in June! As many of you know, this weekend is my wedding and next week I’ll be celebrating in Disney (which really means riding Star Tours 20+ times per day) and Harry Potter World! My bosses got Andrew and I a VIP Guided Tour of the park where we’ll get to go behind the scenes and we’ll be given front of line passes for everything we want to go on! Also, butterbeer ice cream here I come! I haven’t tried it yet since the last time I went was before the expansion so this is going to be the best trip ever! My HP World wish list includes a Ravenclaw cardigan and scarf and my Disney wish list is simply too long to type out because just like Ariel, I want EVERYTHING! I’ll be filming a Disney World haul video upon my return and I can’t wait to be able to relax and focus on blogging and not have the constant stress of planning a wedding looming over me. I feel so happy to be almost back! I hope everyone else is doing well and I look forward to reading all of your posts! Look for another photo challenge coming in July but we’ll be changing up the format a bit! And as always, we’re open to your suggestions for future topics! Just leave it in a comment here :-D
June 3rd: Favorite Places to Read
June 10th: Fandoms I Couldn’t Get Into
June 17th: Favorite Podcasts
June 24th: Fandom Habits
These are some photos that I took (and edited) last fall but I still hadn’t posted for some reason unbeknownst to me (actually now that I’m thinking of it, I took these photos the day of Melissa’s going away party when she moved back to Texas T.T). Since my second tpb of Spider-Gwen arrived yesterday I thought I would get on releasing these<3 I think everyone knows that Spider-Gwen is essentially my comic dream come true (thanks again Dan!) so I’ve purchased just about every Spider-Gwen article of clothing that WeLoveFine has had to offer. Even more exciting is that completely out of nowhere, my friend Eric asked for my address because he had a surprise for me… custom painted Spider-Gwen converse sneakers!!!! I was DYING when he sent me photos of them and I couldn’t believe how lucky I was that he thought of me! Each side of the shoes has a different design and I love them so much! To be honest, I’m super scared to wear them unless it’s a REALLY special occasion because I would be DEVASTATED if anything were to happen to them! I love that Eric even went so far as to customize the box! I decided to put together this everyday outfit complete with a Gwen Stacy headband and show off my best web hands. In other news, today is my first official day off for my wedding! I have some last minute appointments today and some crafting stuff to take care of and then I’ll be rewarding myself with a hot cup of tea while I savor every page of DC Rebirth!
Outfit Details: Cardigan (WeLoveFine) | Jeans (Siwy)
Shoes (Converse – Custom made for me by SonsOfGeekery – Thanks so much!!)
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting. This week I’m choosing the Official Pokémon Cookbook which is finally coming to the United States! It’s been available in Japan for a while but VIZ Media will be printing in English soon. The cookbook is *supposed* to be aimed at kids so obviously I’m super excited for it. All of the foods in the cookbook are made to look like Pokémon and I’m especially excited to make some Poke Ball Sushi Rolls. The cookbook comes out on December 6th (I’ve already pre-ordered my copy!) so it’s the perfect holiday gift for the gamer in your life<3
Fun & easy recipes inspired by favorite Pokémon characters!
Create delicious dishes that look like your favorite Pokémon characters – from desserts to pizza – with more than 35 easy, fun recipes. Make a Pokéball sushi roll, Pikachu ramen or mashed Meowth potatoes for your next party, weekend activity or powered-up lunchbox. (via Amazon)
Pretty much every time Oreo releases a new flavor, the hunt is on for me. I’m surprised to say that I’m really looking forward to both of the newly announced flavors but I know I’m going to have a difficult time tracking down at least one of them. The flavors in question are Blueberry Pie Oreo’s which will be available starting June 6th at Target stores (I’ll be heading there as soon as I land from my honeymoon in hot pursuit of this cookie / pie mash up), and Fruity Crisp which is clearly Fruity Pebbles Oreo’s (but it’s interesting they were allowed to do this since Oreo is owned by Kraft and Fruity Pebbles are owned by Post Foods- not that I’m complaining!) which will be available at Wegman’s, Price Chopper, Winn Dixie and other regional retailers (but none of the listed stores exist in NY by me WAH). If you happen to live by one of these stores I would be happy to PayPal you $$$ for a box of Oreo’s and shipping and I will also love you forever! Both flavors are limited edition and will be in stores just for the summer season. Blue berry Pie is made with graham flavored cookie and blueberry creme while Fruity Crisp will also have graham flavored cookie and will have rainbow crisps in the traditional creme. Both of these flavors sound like they would be a great addition to ice cream!
Talk about a teaser! The trailer released yesterday for the upcoming Beauty and the Beast film is only one minute and thirty one seconds and it only gives us the tiniest glimpse of what’s coming. First things first, is it me or does that castle look awfully similar to Hogwarts?! A very fitting aesthetic for a film Emma Watson is going to be starring in! Then we see the unused ballroom which is covered with cobwebs and decorated in golds fine enough for a French King. It’s very Marie Antoinette, but it still keeps that gothic vibe. All of the candles in the next shot remind me of being on that main ride at Harry Potter World and I was half expecting the Sorting Hat to be placed within one of those alcoves in the wall. “Belle (no last name)… better be… RAVENCLAW!” The we see what I can only assume is the tiny little child version of the Beast and we hear his guttural grunt when he slashes the painting with his claw. As the castle door slowly creaks open in the next scene and we hear the iconic phrases uttered by Ewan McGregor (Lumiere) and Ian McKellan (Cogsworth)- Look a girl! Maybe she is the one!- and my heart near exploded with joy. I cannot even come close to expressing how excited I am to see these actors in their new roles. The FINALLY, we heard Belle’s voice and see a beautifully artistic shot of the Enchanted Rose!!!!!! We also get the least revealing shot of Belle’s face hiding behind the rose which I feel like barely counts as the first look at Emma Watson as Belle as all these websites have been claiming.
I have to say that I was really hoping to see Belle’s iconic yellow dress or to view what the Beast will look like but since this is only our first teaser, I’m sure those are coming in due time. I absolutely adore the entire aesthetic of the castle! I’m so glad they went with a gothic style, especially since Beauty and the Beast really is one of the darker tales. It feels really fitting and the darker color scheme really allows the deep red rose to pop. Plus as I mentioned, I got chills as soon as I heard Lumiere and Cogsworth speak with the voices of some incredible actors. I cannot believe we have to wait almost an entire year for the film! I know my anticipation has been building ever since the project was announced. There also hasn’t been any official posters or images released just yet but I’ll be stalking the Disney Twitter account for hope that something will come our way soon.
During BEA last week, Tiffany and I were able to coordinate our schedules and film collaboration videos for each of our channels! One that I’ve always wanted to do is the Rip it or Ship it Tag because I love theorizing about characters who aren’t together in canon. I thought it would be fun to add a twist to the tag and only use Harry Potter characters so that’s what we did. We ended up with some really awful couples and a couple that we could actually see working. We also filmed a Cinderella recommendations video for Tiffany’s channel which you should check out!
**Warning! If you haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses which is the first book in the trilogy by Sarah J. Maas, there will be spoilers ahead. You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy and it was my most anticipated read of 2016. I can also confidently state that it will be my favorite book of the year (despite the fact that it’s only May and we still have 7 more months of reading to go – The Raven King is a very close second). I know that most people seem to either love or hate SJM and these books but I fall on the former side. I didn’t think I could possibly love one of her books more than I loved ACOTAR but alas, A Court of Mist and Fury proved me very wrong. The number of emotions I felt so intensely while reading this book left me one of the biggest book hangovers I’ve ever experienced (to the point where it’s been a week and I am still not finished with the book I picked up next which should’ve taken 2-3 days to complete). Everything in A Court of Mist and Fury shifts and the love interest I was rooting for becomes the main character I felt he was destined to be so to simply say I loved it is something of an understatement.
A Court of Mist and Fury picks up after the events that occurred Under the Mountain with a very broken Feyre existing alongside Tamlin in his Spring Court. It’s clear that the traumatic experience effected everyone in a different way and I loved that Feyre did not just completely revert back to normal. As a result of her time being tortured by Aramantha, Feyre evolves into a much stronger character than we see in the first book. She is no longer willing to be controlled and caged by Tamiln despite his promise of protection. I had picked up on hints of this behavior while reading ACOTAR and I have been solidly on Team Rhys since the ending so this book was pretty much everything to me. (please note, ACOMAF includes some of the steamiest scenes I’ve ever read and they are so so perfect) I have to say that I was not expecting to fall in love with all of the members in Rhysand’s court but I could not imagine a better band of characters. Their group dynamic is something I live for in books and I wish I could sign up to be part of their team. One character disappointment is the path the Lucien ended up on. He saw everything that was happening to Feyre and all of the signs that she was unwell and unhappy and chose to ignore them. He has a lot to make up for in book three. We also get to see more of Feyre’s human sisters which was a pleasant surprise.
Now for the worldbuilding! We spend the majority of A Court of Mist and Fury in the Night Court and it sounds incredibly breathtaking. You may remember that Amarantha had modeled Under the Mountain after Rhysand’s Court of Nightmares but it turns out that there is much more than meets the eye. I wish I could go for a stroll through the streets of the court during the night when it is intended to be viewed. The descriptions were breathtaking and I can’t wait to revisit them in the future. We also get to see the Summer Court which I enjoyed as well. I’m glad that we’re getting to branch out and explore much more of the Fey world than we were given the opportunity to see in ACOTAR. I also love seeing the different types of powers each High Lord wields and how it relates to their domain. At 640 pages, I felt like ACOMAF could have double in size and I wouldn’t have wanted a single detail cut. I can only hope that the final book will be well over 1,000 pages!
Final Thoughts: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is the outstanding second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. I’m sure you’re familiar with second book slump when reading a series and I am thrilled to say that ACOMAF is the complete opposite. It’s like, a second book spectacular. Feyre and Rhysand’s character development hits new heights in this book and readers are delighted with the opportunity to explore more of the Fey world. The stakes are still high despite Amarantha’s demise in ACOTAR and all of the events that occur will play with your emotions until you feel like you have nothing left to give. Some breaks may even be needed while reading because woah. My verdict: Read it. Then re-read it. Then repeat.
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights. (via Goodreads)
It’s no secret that I adore Disney’s line of Tsum Tsum’s (here’s a post I wrote about while anticipating the first Star Wars collection, and one about my addiction to the app game) so when I heard that Marvel would be incorporating the incredibly adorable toys into some of their variant covers, I was beyond excited! In addition to the covers, there’s going to be an in-continuity Tsum Tsum miniseries written by Jacob Chabot and illustrated by David Baldeon. The story follows a crate of Tsum Tsum’s who think they’re actually the heroes they’ve been designed after who get lose in Brooklyn. My absolute favorite of the variant covers has to be Chris Samnee’s Spider-Man cover but I also really love Joelle Jones’s Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur. There are going to be 20 variants in all but below are my top 5! Although the Captain Marvel Tsum variant isn’t included below, it does make me wish that she’ll appear in a future collection!
**Warning! If you haven’t read The Conspiracy of Us which is the first book in the trilogy by Maggie Hall,will be spoilers ahead. You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**
Map of Fates by Maggie Hall is the second book in The Conspiracy of Us trilogy and while I hadn’t been as invested in the first book as I had hoped, the cliffhanger ending left my interest piqued enough to continue reading. Plus, the cover of Map of Fates is one of the prettiest of the year in my opinion! I’m pleased to report that I enjoyed Map of Fates much more thanThe Conspiracy of Us and while it still wasn’t a 5 star read, I am genuinely looking forward to the conclusion because the story has really upped its game.
One of the elements I took the most issue with in the first book is the love triangle between the main character Avery and two of the guards from the twelve ruling families, Jack and Stellan. I’m not a huge fan of love triangles in general but if they’re done well I’m able to get behind them. In The Conspiracy of Us I didn’t quite understand or ever get the feeling that Avery and Stellan could potentially be interested in one another but Hall did a much better job of making it believable in Map of Fates. In fact, I ended up liking Stellan a whole lot more than I ever expected to. I suffered a bit through the beginning of the book, having read The Conspiracy of Us within the week it debuted last year because I couldn’t quite remember which character was which and it took me some time to acclimate to each’s demeanor once again. If you’re in the same boat I would suggest a book one re-read or to read your past review / Goodreads so you’re able to jump right in and avoid any confusion.
My favorite part of The Conspiracy of Us is the amount of travel the characters undergo because it allows the reader to experience new places without ever having to leave their couch. The travel aspect remained one of the driving forces of my interest in Map of Fates and I cannot wait to see where they’ll be exploring in book three. The revelation at the end and the new pieces of information the characters were able to ascertain from the clues have left me craving the conclusion. The stakes are high, the structure of the twelve ruling families is inevitably going to be evolving and Avery West is at odds with many leaders in the Circle. I couldn’t have asked for a more exciting installment!
Final Thoughts: Map of Fates by Maggie Hall is a much better installment in The Conspiracy of Us trilogy than book one. I had very minimal complaints this time around (although I’m still not very invested in Avery’s character) and I found myself flying through this quick paced YA thriller. If you enjoy media involving espionage and have a case of wanderlust, Map of Fates will leave you feeling satisfied. If you had mediocre feelings about book one, I can promise that Map of Fates will draw you in further.
That’s how long it took for Avery West’s ordinary life to change forever: In two weeks, she discovered she was heiress to a powerful secret society known as the Circle, learned her mother was taken hostage by the Circle’s enemies, and fell for a boy she’s not allowed to love, just as she found out another was her unwelcome destiny.
Now, Avery crosses oceans in private jets to hunt for clues that will uncover the truth about the Circle, setting her mom and herself free before it’s too late. By her side are both the boys: Jack—steady, loyal, and determined to help her even at the expense of his own duty—and Stellan, whose connection to Avery grows stronger by the day despite her best intentions, making her question what she believes at every turn.
But at the end of a desperate hunt from the islands of Greece to the red carpet at Cannes comes a discovery that not only changes everything, but could bring the whole world to its knees. And now Avery is forced to face the truth: in the world of the Circle, no one is what they seem. (via Goodreads)
**Warning! If you haven’t read the first three books in The Raven Cycle quartet by Maggie Stiefvater, there will be spoilers ahead. You can read my review of The Raven Boys (book one), The Dream Thieves (book two) and Blue Lily, Lily Blue (book three) if you haven’t started the series yet!**
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater is the fourth and final book in The Raven Cycle series and it is one that I could not get my hands on quick enough (seriously, I preordered the hardback AND the kindle versions). Having fallen madly and deeply in love with Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah, I couldn’t wait to spend more of my time in Henrietta and Cabeswater while the gang tries to navigate the mystery of Glendower. It’s long and sometimes slow moving journey but I have truly savored every moment. The Raven King is now my favorite book in the quartet and I can absolutely foresee myself re-reading this series for years to come. I also have to note that I was so nervous going into this book because it’s the end of an era but after reading the prologue I was confident this couldn’t warrant anything less than 5 stars.
One of the top three reasons I keep returning to this series(as I’ve stated in my reviews of the past three books) is the characters. I cannot let go of them. Stiefvater created such an intricate group of friends who’s bond with one another is stronger than anything else. They love each other deeply in the way that only real friends can and in typical high school fashion, theirs is the most important relationship in their lives. The lengths that they’ll go for each other and the way they feel each others pain is truly inspiring and griping. Gansey remains my favorite Raven Boy with Ronan as a close second. I also must note how swoonworthy all of the romance in The Raven King is. It’s the sweet kind of slow burn that’ll have you begging for more.
The stakes are at their highest in The Raven King as the search for Glendower draws to a close. It’s so heartbreaking to see Gansey wonder what he’ll have to live for after the search that consumed the majority of his life ceases to continue. Plus there’s that whole event that’s been foreshadowed since The Raven Cycle that my poor heart would never be ready to contend with. All of the characters see a balanced amount of story time in The Raven King although we see more Henry Cheng and the jury is still out on him for me. I think I may enjoy him more during a re-read but I didn’t want him to take any page time away from my precious Raven Boys and I can honestly say that is my only complaint for this book.
Final Thoughts: The way I felt while reading The Raven King is something that I cannot accurately describe. I feel so attached to this series, to these characters, and to the world of Henrietta and Cabeswater that I know this is a series that will be lurking around in my heart forever. The Raven King is a book that I hugged multiple times while reading it and after finishing it. If you can’t decide whether this series is for you or you’ve tried to read the first book but had trouble with the slow pace, I would urge you to give it another try. I cannot sing the praises of The Raven Cycle high enough and I want everyone to share in this bookish treasure with me!
Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.
For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey…and is certain she is destined to kill him.
Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path. (via Goodreads)