TeamSilverSpace Channel Announcement! (GameTube?)

Anyone who knows Andrew and I knows that books are my thing and video games are his thing.  He’s been wanting to start a video game channel on YouTube for quite some time now but everything got a bit sidetracked since we were crazy busy planning our wedding.  I had gotten Andrew the game capture equipment he needed for Christmas last year so that just shows you how long this has been in the works!  I’m so excited to be part of Andrew’s channel and it’s really fun to be able to collaborate with him on something that I know he loves.

I definitely consider myself more of a casual gamer. I love the old games from my childhood (which is why we’re starting with Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Quest as our first Let’s Play series), Pokemon (in all of its iterations) and anything I can play on my 3DS.  I’m definitely going to be going out of my comfort zone as we continue on with new games because my gaming skills seem to have peaked during the N64 days.  I’m horrible at first person shooters and other games that require me to control where I’m looking and walking simultaneously.  I feel like people are going to watch our channel and think I’m great at gaming and then the second we debut a newer game, everyone will see just how awful I really am lol!  Either way, it’s fun to spend some quality time with Andrew and record our conversations.  I’ve always wanted to make more time to play video games so I’m excited that we now have a reason to do so!

I’m glad we waited to start the channel too because Andrew worked really hard on all of the channel art and it completely paid off. I’m heed over heels in love with his design! He made me into a magical girl Pokemon trainer<3  And he animated the opening sequence.  Andrew’s brother and my brother-in-law Joe also created the music for us! (Fun fact: Joe did the credits music in my YouTube videos too!)

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Anyway, here are the first few episodes of our Let’s Plays! I hope you enjoy and if there are any games you want us to play, let us know in the comments and we’ll keep a running list for future episodes!

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2016 Reading Challenges: July Recap

Welcome to my reading challenges recap for 2016!  This is a monthly post where I’ll be updating my progress throughout the year by challenge so you (and I) can see a breakdown of what I’ve read and which goals those books apply to.  I’m always open to suggestions in the comments as well!

GOODREADS

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Goal: 100

Read so far: 77 (This screenshot was taken late so ignore that number!)

FLIGHTS OF FANTASY

flights of fantasy

Goal: 30

Read so far: 31 (WOOHOO – COMPLETED!)

Books that Qualify:

January: Truthwitch (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Fablehaven

FebruaryGrave Mercy (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Reign of Shadows (review), Stars Above, Shadow and Bone

MarchThe Crown and the Arrow, A Fierce and Subtle Poison (review), The Fellowship of the Ring, The Skylighter (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Madly, The Shadow Queen

AprilThe Winner’s Kiss, The Rose and the Dagger, The Raven King

MayA Court of Mist and Fury (review), Clockwork Princess

JuneHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Shadow Hour

July: Vicious (review), Peter Pan, Captive Prince, A Monster Calls, An Ember in the Ashes

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE READING CHALLENGE

contemporary romance reading challenge

Goal: 21+

Read so far: 20

Books that Qualify:

January: Meant to Be (review), Pivot Point (review), Summer of Sloane, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (review)

February: Firsts (review), Boomerang (review), The Love that Split the World

MarchSplit Second (review), Tiny Pretty Things (review), Catching Jordan

AprilWild Swans (review), The Distance Between Us (review), Summer of Supernovas (review)

MayKindred Spirits

JuneHeartless (Pretty Little Liars), Summer in the Invisible City (review), The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love (review), Highly Illogical Behavior (review), The Unexpected Everything

July: The Lover’s Dictionary, It’s Not Summer Without You (review)

THE RE-READ CHALLENGE

re-read challenge

Goal: 10

Read so far: 5

Books that Qualify:

January: N/A

FebruarySuperboy: Smallville Attacks (review)

March: The Fellowship of the Ring

April: N/A

May: N/A

JuneFlashpointHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

July: Peter Pan

2016 TBR PILE READING CHALLENGE

TBR Pile Reading challenge

Goal: 50

Read so far: 33

Books that Qualify:

January: Meant to Be (review), Mitosis, Firefight (review), Pivot Point (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (review)

February: Grave Mercy (review), Boomerang (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Shadow and Bone 

MarchThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (review), Split Second (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Tiny Pretty Things (review), Madly, Komomo Confiserie Volume 1, Catching Jordan (review)

AprilThe Distance Between Us (review), Sword Art Online Girls Ops Vol 1

MayClockwork Princess

JuneHeartless (Pretty Little Liars), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

July: Vicious (review), The Lover’s Dictionary, Peter Pan, It’s Not Summer Without You (review), Captive Prince, A Monster Calls, Dangerous Girls, An Ember in the Ashes

2016 FINISHING THE SERIES CHALLENGE

finishing the series challenge

*This challenge will fluctuate throughout the year based on whether a new book in the series has been released. A star denotes that I am either finished or current with the series.

Goal: 3-6 series

Series completed so far: 6

Series current with so far: 13

Books that Qualify:

January: Mitosis, Firefight (review), Pivot Point (review), Truthwitch* (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Fablehaven

February: Grave Mercy (review), Boomerang (review), Into the Dim* (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Reign of Shadows* (review), Shadow and Bone, Ranma 1/2 volume 3

MarchThe Crown and the Arrow*, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (review), Split Second* (review), The Skylighter* (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Tiny Pretty Things* (review), Madly*, The Shadow Queen*, Catching Jordan

AprilThe Winner’s Kiss*, Archie Volume 1: The New Riverdale*, Map of Fates*, The Rose and the Dagger*, The Raven King*

MayA Court of Mist and Fury (review)*, Clockwork Princess*

JuneHeartless (Pretty Little Liars), The Shadow Hour*

July: Vicious (review)*, The Thousandth Floor*, It’s Not Summer Without You (review), Captive Prince, An Ember in the Ashes*

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BookTube: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child Review

I filmed my first review video! With the exception of Cassie, Melissa and I’s monthly book club, Spines With Wines, I usually save my wrap ups for the end of the month.  Apparently, if it’s Harry Potter, I have no trouble talking for 20 minutes straight so that was fun for Andrew to edit lol! Filming this video made me unexpectedly emotional and spoiler warning, I cried two times because Harry<3.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Vlog

I can’t believe I have a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in my possession.  To celebrate the book’s release and Harry’s birthday, me, Andrew, Gil and Kelly baked some Harry Potter treats, watched some films and favorite YouTube videos and attended the midnight party at our local Barnes and Noble!

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Potter Month: My Harry Potter World Haul

Potter Month

Potter Month is a month long celebration of Harry Potter hosted by myself and The Nerdy Girlie! If you partake in Potter Month, you can POST YOUR LINK HERE and see what other Potter fans are up to!

Today I’m finally posting my Wizarding World of Harry Potter (and Marvel) haul from when Andrew and I went to Universal during our honeymoon.  I had been saving the video for Potter Month (despite filming as soon as we got home) and then other things just took priority because I was so behind due to wedding things!  I swear our honeymoon vlog and EternalCon vlogs are still coming!  Our day at Harry Potter World was my favorite of the whole honeymoon since my office had gifted us with a VIP tour.  We got to go to the front of every line and take photos wherever we wanted and we were even told how things are made and we had the opportunity to see their production stages which was really cool!  We spent the bulk of the day in Diagon Alley (the Gringotts ride is my absolute favorite now!) and by Hogwarts of course<3

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Waiting on Wednesday: Starfall by Melissa Landers (Starflight #2)

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 Starfall by Melissa Landers which is the second book in the Starflight series.  I haven’t read the first book just yet but it arrived here yesterday.  I can tell you that it’s a sci-fi book and it takes place on a spaceship.  But the real reason I’m anticipating this one is because of the beautiful cover that was recently released.  It’s actually what inspired me to pick up the first one!  I’ll leave the synopsis down below, but I’m not even going to read it because I don’t want to spoil myself!

Starfall

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage to a bloodthirsty prince and prevent a coup, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a lowly ship hand, she finally has the chance to return home and make peace, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend… with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee, including Solara and Doran, are planning a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, they find Cassia ruling her home planet, having imprisoned the rogue prince who would have overthrown her family. Deep down, Kane knows that Cassia can’t rule her world and be with the bastard son of a business man, but he’s also sure she returns his feelings, and that makes the circumstances all the more painful. When the outer realms are threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew rally to protect the population from widespread enslavement. The reunion forces Cassia to consider who her true family is and if she can live without the boy who has been there for her through thick and thin. (via Goodreads)

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Summer of Sailor Scouts: Volume #2 Manga Review & Impressions

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!

This week we’re each discussing a different volume of the manga!  Since my post is on Tuesday, I’ll be talking about the second volume (Alexa discussed volume 1 yesterday, Cee will talk about volume 3 tomorrow, Cristina will continue with volume 4 on Thursday and Sierra will conclude with volume 5 on Friday). Don’t forget to check out my Sailor Moon Art Collectionmy wish listSailor Moon FavoritesSailor Moon Book Tag, enter our giveaway!

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  1.  I love that all of the Sailor Scouts are already assembled by the end of the second volume.  It takes a really long time to get to that point in the anime and a huge reason why I’m such a Sailor Moon addict is enjoying the antics of the ultimate girl gang.  I love seeing the girls work together to fight evil and bring justice to the monster who are plaguing them.  The girls are very close and they’re always looking out for one another despite some sisterly bickering between battles.
  2. When Sailor Venus shows up, the girls believe that she is Princess Serenity and Sailor Venus doesn’t correct them right away.  In the anime, this moment was a cliffhanger at the end of one episode but it was immediately rectified within the first minute of the following episode.  I think Sailor Venus is even more mature in the manga than the anime and she has so much experience fighting evil that she’s an important asset to the team.
  3. In volume 2, Sailor Moon already realizes that she is Princess Serenity.  She begins having memories of her past and she also learns that Tuxedo Mask is Mamoru.  She also remembers that he is someone she loved in her past.  Again, this takes forever in the anime!
  4. The girls are able to travel to the Moon and talk with the former Queen of the Moon Kingdom which allows them to learn more about themselves and more about the Dark Kingdom and how they’ve come to Earth.
  5. The end of this volume is more somber than the first volume.  It definitely leaves you needing to read volume 3 ASAP to continue the story of the scouts.
  6. While I do like the anime more than the manga, I have to say how much I love the artwork.  It’s so magical and I could stare at it all day! I like that Kodansha includes color pages at the beginning of each volume (even though the interior artwork is my favorite).  I think they do a good job of trying to convey the transformation sequences and weapon scenes but nothing will ever compare the animation.  It helps to already have those scenes embedded in my mind while reading!

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Potter Month: My Harry Potter Shelves

Potter Month

Potter Month is a month long celebration of Harry Potter hosted by myself and The Nerdy Girlie! If you partake in Potter Month, you can POST YOUR LINK HERE and see what other Potter fans are up to!

Yesterday night / morning I was one of the many people not at SDCC scrambling to secure the Funko exclusives being sold at retailers so people unable to make SDCC also had the opportunity to feed their collectibles addiction.  The number one collectible I needed for my collection, more than anything else is the Newt Scamander Funko pop which I talked about in a YouTube video recently.  He’s such a cutie and he’s wearing a little Hufflepuff scarf!  For those that don’t know, Newt is the main character in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  I seemed to be one of the only people able to place an order at B&N yesterday morning (the website was down for the majority of the day) but I got an email shortly after I placed the order that my Newt would be delayed. Which made me incredibly nervous.  So I basically ran to B&N yesterday morning and I picked up two more Newts.  Albeit, I got an email later in the day that Newt shipped so that’s great news! I’m glad that I was able to help friends with my two extras who were unable to get him.  The new figure inspired me to rearrange my bookshelves a bit since there was literally zero space on my two shelves dedicated to Harry Potter and I still had another set of books and some potions to add to my display.  So last night I got to work and I’m so pleased with the result! Although, I STILL have no space for the Hogwarts Funko train >.<  Also! Sorry there are no outfit photos this week.  My computer was being slow last night and I didn’t have the time to stay up and edit since I waited until 1 AM the night before to get the Dorbz Rides Vanellope Funko when Hot Topic put their exclusives up for sale and I near fell asleep at work the next day since my normal bedtime is 10PM lol!

harry potter shelves

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Summer of Sailor Scouts: My Sailor Moon Art Collection

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!

This week we’re each discussing Sailor Moon swag! I posted my wish list yesterday because I was having some technical difficulties uploading my video of my Sailor Moon art collection.  But the good news is that I have it to post today (even though it’s totally Cee’s day and you should head over to her blog to see her post)!  Don’t forget to check out our Sailor Moon FavoritesSailor Moon Book Tag, enter our giveaway!

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Tea & Book Chat: It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han (Summer #2)

**Warning! If you haven’t read The Summer I Turned Pretty which is the first book in the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han, there will be spoilers ahead.  You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**

It’s Not Summer Without You is the second book in the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han.  This book picks up almost 10 months after the events of the first book and we spend the majority of it living the current consequences resulting from past events which are often relayed via flashbacks.  Your thrown into a world where many things have changed since The Summer I Turned Pretty ended and because I waited between books (it’s been almost a year since I read the first – also during BookTube-A-Thon!) I initially thought I had forgotten a major thing that happened.  I really enjoyed this book, much more than the first despite how sad it is.

It's Not Summer Without You

Belly is still immature and a bit annoying but after what happened, I felt more for her.  The sibling love triangle is in full force in this book which is one of the only aspects that I really didn’t like from the first book, but I feel like it was developed more thoroughly and that it worked better in It’s Not Summer Without You.  At the end of the first book Conrad and Belly appear to be living happily ever after but everything basically falls apart in this installment.  We see the cruel ways Conrad has been treating Belly, his hot and cold behavior, and their awful prom experience.  There’s one major factor that I do not want to spoil, but it’s a huge reason for his behavior.  While it’s understandable that he would be affected by this event, he definitely uses this as a scapegoat in my opinion.  Belly’s brother Steven was mostly absent from this book and her bossy best friend Taylor continually got on my nerves.

Final Thoughts:  While I enjoyed It’s Not Summer Without You much more than the first book in the Summer series, it was not without its faults.  This is a heartbreaking book to read but I felt that Han truly created and built upon some beautiful relationships in this installment.  As I stated before, the main character, Belly, is still immature and annoying but I definitely forged more of a connection to her.  I’m looking forward to reading book three (much sooner than it took me to get to this one!) and seeing how the story concludes although I am extremely worried that my ship will be sinking.

Rating 4

Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.
But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach. ( via Goodreads)

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