Book Review: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

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I’m trying to write this review before I drag myself to bed. Forgive me in advance if I’m harsh. I’m sleepy but I wanna do this review since I just finished the book a few seconds ago.

So I did enjoy The Replacement. It was spooky, dark, gory, full of adventure and suspense. It had me quite entertained. But sadly, this book also was horribly flawed in my opinion.

Let’s first start off with how this book was laid out to us. It was messy from start to finish. You can literally tell when the author was having trouble trying to get her ideas out in the open without murdering the book. I’d have to say she was somewhat successful but not entirely. Then there was Tate. Oh, Tate, Tate, Tate. This character was horrible. And not in a villain kind of way. I understand that this character had gone through some terrible things and that she was struggling with getting people to listen to her. But instead of being fearless and headstrong, the author made this character so unappealing. This character, in my opinion, never develops properly. She does not give a single care for Mackie, yet in the end she magically falls in love with him. When he tells her that he found her sister, instead of wanting to know more, she persists for like 2 seconds then suddenly wants to have sex with him because she suddenly had the urge to do so. It made no sense. Then on top of that, the author made her a hero without any real reason, she almost magically transformed into Wonder Woman, even though she was human and could very likely be killed by these supernatural beings, yet Mackie, who isn’t human, is a total wuss and shrinks into the corner. Mackie’s character in the beginning is lovely. He had a great story and had so much potential. Yet the author finds a why to overly confuse and and then magically find his own conclusions for every situation without actually gaining any knowledge. What bugged me the most of all about this book was that some of these characters had stories to tell but unfortunately the stories were just randomly placed, like the author didn’t know how to make the story flow into the plot so she just copied and pasted it randomly. For example, Mackie’s mother had an amazing story to tell about her childhood, which later on links to what is happening in present time. But she randomly tells the story without any real justification for it, so you have this information and you have no idea what to do with it or even where to put it because the author just tossed it in without preparing the readers.

Then there was the little things, like the author adding way too much information that was irrelevant to what was going on and stuff. This story was just messy from start to finish.

Overall, I did enjoy reading this book despite all the problems I found with it. I rated a 3 out of 5 stars on goodreads mostly for being messy. I think I went into this book expecting more out of it than what I actually got.

Anyways, if you’d like to add me on Goodreads.com please find me under Spaztic_Nerd. Check out my ratings on this book or others. Let me know if you agree with me. Until next time! ❤

My Top 10 Things I Love

As suggested by NotAPunkRocker. ❤ It’s hard to think of only 10 things that I love because I love a lot of things. But I’ll try to stick to things that I love beyond reason. Like crazy love.

1.) Books. Whether they be old or new. If it’s a book I want I’m going to be all creepy like and fondle it and touch it and smell it. I’ll probably do that for a few week before I actually read the darn book. My fiancee started telling me that she thinks the books feel rather violated while I do this. I just can’t help it. I’m currently doing this to my recent buy The Sowing by Steven Dos Santos.

2.) The color orange. Almost obsessively. I try to buy as much things as I can in the color orange. Most people find it ugly, I think it’s like rays of sunshine. No they’re not yellow. Look at it again.

3.) I really love nail polish. I have bottles and bottles of it. But what keeps me from buying newer ones are the prices, I need coupons for most. And I really hate how long it takes to dry them so that reduces the amount of times I actually paint them. But I have a lot of bottles and I love every single one of those colors! Especially, for some reason, the blue. I just like how blue looks on my nails.

4.) This guy:

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For those of you who don’t know, that’s my baby. Cloud. He just turned two on March 17th. Lol. And yes, he’s obsessed with guinea pigs. He’ll sit like this at PetSmart for hours if he has too, just to watch them. I had a few guinea pigs at one point and I would let him be near them. He wouldn’t hurt them. Just sit and look at them and occasionally bathe them (which they hated). I love this kid with my whole heart and as of this moment in my life, he’s very important to me. The only one in the world who, regardless of what mood I’m in or how much attention I give him, he’ll wag his tail for me and act like I’m his whole world. It’s a special feeling. And it’s a great pick me up when I desperately need one. ❤

5.) Hippos. They’re adorable. Everyone who says they’re vicious and ugly have not seen this:

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THAT’S adorable. Cutest thing ever. No argument.

6.) Superheroes of all sorts. I love them. Especially Spiderman. I’m a huge spiderman fan. If you can’t talk superheroes with me then I honestly don’t see the excitement in your life!!! They’re amazing and fabulous and I swear to god one day I’m going to be a superheroes. I don’t know when, I don’t know how, but it will happen.

7.) Lists. I think that has something to do with my OCD. I love lists. Whether they’re mine or someone else. I just like them. I don’t know why I bother to make them sometimes, because I toss them or loss them, and I rarely follow them. But they make me happy and they look so pretty all neat and organized like. 

8.) Old Fashion purses. I love them. I won’t buy new ones because I feel like they don’t have the same character as older ones do. So I’ll go to thrift shops, antique stores, yardsales. And I’ll buy a bag there for like $1-2, I’ll be wearing that bag for a very long time. And I’ll make it look good.

9.) Piggy Banks. I don’t even put money in them. I just like having them around. Whether they’re makeshift out of jars and cups or not. If it’s a piggy bank, I want it.

10.) Coffee Mugs. This is my all time favorite thing (not including Cloud). I love coffee mugs. I might not be drinking coffee 24/7 but I love collecting coffee mugs. They’re funny, pretty, cozy. And they just make me feel happy and spazzy. I love them. And I have about 30 of them right now. But I still want more. (Just thought of the Little Mermaid. O.O)

Well those are the my top 10 things I love. This is getting fun honestly. Let me know what you think down below. Leave me anymore suggestions and I’ll see what I can do! Until next time! ❤

My 10 Top Peeves

Okay so I decided to start  talking about my peeves. Mostly so that people could get to know me. Because for some reason I just can’t talk about myself. So let’s start with this.

1.) This is my biggest peeve that has to do with food. When you’re opening a bag of chips or something… Open the whole bag. Like you know what I’m talking about, the chip bag has a side you can open the top from, make sure it’s opened all the way. Don’t just open it part of the way. This literally irks me the most.

2.) If I’m reading a book or watching a show or movie, why should anyone talk to me? This actually happens a lot. I don’t like being bothered when I’m watching a show or reading. It’s the same thing when I have headphones on and suddenly the whole world needs to talk to me. I don’t know about anyone else but this annoys me and I kind of feel like people do it on purpose.

3.) Hanging hangers the opposite away. This might seem a little silly, shoot I even see it as silly. But the moment I see anyone put a hanger in with the hook facing your way, expect me to sigh heavily and redo it for you.

4.) The word Coolio. That’s not even a word but for some reason people like to use it.

5.) People staring at me while I eat a hotdog or a mini microwave pizza. I know that I eat both of those foods weirdly. It almost looks like I’m playing with my food, believe me I’m not. I’m OCD. That being said, I’m performing rituals that I feel need to be done when I’m eating those foods. So please don’t stare. It makes me not want to eat at all anymore if you do.

6.) Dirty dishes that are put into the sink should at least be in a neat order. If you’re just toss dishes into the sink, it’s not going to make me want to clean your mess. Pile it neatly, it shows courtesy for the one who is washing them.

7.) If I’m talking to someone on the phone, don’t talk. Please. I find it rude because I’m already talking to someone else, I am not going to stop talking to that person to answer your question or to have a separate conversation. If I’m talking to someone important like a bank operator and you forgot to tell me something that I needed to know about it. Too bad. You should have told me before. Don’t start telling me and expect me to tell the operator, especially if I am in the middle of telling them something already. I’m probably not even going to listen to what you just said. It annoys me because I know I didn’t get all the information I needed before hand and once again, it’s rude.

8.) People who treat my books like they’re not special. If you’re borrowing my book, I expect you to treasure it with your life. I don’t want to have it back all nasty and ruined. And I don’t want you to keep it for months and months. I think I’m pretty logical and reasonable to expect it back after a week or two.

9.) Dirty carts or baskets from stores… Ew. What else can I say? I believe that stores should clean them up once in a while. I know that it’s just extra work, but I don’t want my merchandise touching something nasty and black that I can’t even identify. I don’t care how crazy I look while I am pulling out multiple baskets or carts, I’m going to find a clean one.

10.) Now this is one of my biggest pet peeves because my dog is my baby. I try really hard to keep him off of people. He gets excited and thinks that everyone automatically likes him. And I know that’s not the case, so I try to keep a hard hold on his leash. But sometimes it happens, and he is able to just on you or put his paws on you. But if you start screaming and swearing that my 17lb dog attacked you, I’m going to punch you in the throat. That’s one thing that will make me borderline violent. My dog is little. He’s not aggressive. He looks no where near intimidating. But I have seen people scream and cry and swear that he has bitten them or growled at them. Right while I’m in front of them. Don’t do that. Ever.

So those are my top 10 peeves! Hopefully I’ll try another list as well!!! Give me some suggestions down below! ❤ Until next time!!!

Book Review: Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

First of all, let me say that I have done away with the schedule that I had made. I could not keep up with it since I had so much going on. Plus let’s face it. I’m not that organized! So I’m back to my movie and book reviews and my randomness. Sorry!!! ❤

Now let’s talk books. Particularly, Tantalize.

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Now I remember reading this book when I was about 19, I think. I remembered liking it but for some reason I could not remember what it was about. So I reread it in a day. Yup a day. I know. All 310 pages of it.

Let me just say this (though I think I have said it before…), I typically hate female protagonist. Most because they tend to make the wrong choices, are hard headed instead of headstrong, they feel like the world owes them something, they gain a love that they don’t deserve… Honestly my list goes on and on. The end factor is, I hate female protagonist most times. That’s my thing, don’t hate me for saying it.

Now, the protagonist in this book, Quincie Morris, I did not hate. Quincie is about 17, just lost her parents, in now the owner of a restaurant that her uncle manages for her until she turns 21, and she’s in love with her childhood best friend who is also a werewolf. Keep in mind, that I never said I liked this female character, but I didn’t hate her. So I will not be bashing her character to bits. She had a few moments where she over sexualized herself. But honestly that was the only fault I found in her.

Kieren is Quincie’s wolf friend. He’s very unique because unlike most werewolves of his kind, he can’t change at will. He’s also in love with Quincie but he will never show it or act upon it because he is afraid of hurting her. I loved this character to bits. Unfortunately, though Kieren’s character is strong and steady throughout the book, you will see it suddenly drop at the end of the book, which makes me angry at the author.

Then there’s our Bradley. Vampire macho. You learn to love him despite him being the bad guy. He wants Quincie to be his bride. And he wants her restaurant to attract other vampires. He had a great potential to be a badass villain. But… just like with Kieren, his strong character suddenly goes down hill and he is defeated WAY too easily in my opinion.

Now I don’t want to give away the story more than I have, I figured that with this book I’d talk more about the characters than the actual story. Let’s just say the beginning was okay, the middle was great and kept you hooked and the ending was right out just plain weak. I rated this book 3 stars on Goodreads. I would have rated it higher had it not been for the lame way it had ended. Though I will say that this book is worth your time and you can enjoy its good moments. 

I’m off for now! If you’re interested in following me on Goodreads, look for Spaztic_Nerd! Check out what I’m reading and what I have read! Let me know if you agree or disagree! ❤ Until next time!

Quick Update

So if anyone is following me at goodreads, I have changed my name to Spaztic_Nerd there since I was tired of people referring to me as The Butterfly. -.- So I went back to the name I use here. So feel free to check up on me there and my reviews.

Also, I was just given a time for an interview so I won’t be having a criminal blog today unless I have some time. Sorry about this! I have plans that never seem to come out for me. Which I apologize for. This month has been pretty hectic and depressing. But hopefully soon I’ll be a little more stable than what I am now.

Also I forgot to say good morning!!! ❤

Book Review: A Tale of the City by Armistead Maupin

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First of all, I’m going to say that it’s 11:03 pm on Monday and I almost didn’t post this because I’m still not over my depression. But I figured that I’ll get my butt up and try to be productive, even if it’s just writing one blog. Right?

Now let’s get to the review.

I loved this book. I really did. And as soon as I found out that there were more books to this tale, I went right over to the book store and bought books 2 and 3. 

This book started off so blah. Like you knew that someone was staying permanently in San Francisco with a friend that she hadn’t seen since high school. You knew that the friend liked to sleep around. It was almost boring. But it still was interesting enough to keep you going. As the book continued, you realize everyone is weird and has some fault in their characters. Major faults, might I add. Let me tell you a few: Connie sleeps around, Beauchamp is cheating on his wife, Dede cheated on her husband, Anna likes to give everyone marijuana. See? Major faults. But before you know it, you’re held captive by this book and you can’t put it down. You need to know what’s going on with Mary Ann and did our gay Michael finally find the right guy and what the hell is Mona doing? The book sucks you in. And right when you’re getting towards the end, you start laughing, crying and becoming bewildered with these characters. It became quite a shock to me when I started to realize that I actually cared deeply for these characters and I wanted all of them to be okay. And I cried actual tears when a dead finally happened, even though I was expecting it already. 

I don’t have to keep going. The book is wonderful and it speaks for itself. I highly recommended this book and I gave it a 5 out of 5 on goodreads.com. (Feel like adding me there? Look up Glass_Butterfly! <3)

I’m Sorry

I’m sorry that I deserted my blog for about 3 days now. I have been struggling with a lot of personal things. I know that it would help me to talk about it but right now I think I rather not make it public. Just know that I was dealing with a lot and I went through a dark place.

But I’m back now. My writing will go on as scheduled and everything that was not posted up for Thursday and Friday will be posted up this Thursday and Friday! So don’t lose hope with me yet!

I think distracting myself and talking with my friends will help move me along. Lol. So once again, I’m very sorry and I will be getting back on track now that I’m here! Monday’s book review will be up as scheduled so don’t miss out! ❤