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REVIEW: Project Daily Grind; Mirror World: Book 1, by Alexey Osadchuk

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*No Spoilers*

This exciting and thrilling novel is a LitRPG (literature role-playing game) set in an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) called Mirror World. In this world, you can become a powerful wizard, slay a dragon, become a great warrior, or even rule your own kingdom.

However, for others, they use Mirror World as a way to make money for their families. Same goes for this man, who becomes Olgard. His mission: to make enough money to pay off his loans and to get his dying six-year-old daughter a new heart. So he starts working in the mines, digging away for various minerals and gems.

However, something goes awry as he not only plays the game smartly but the “dying race” that he has chosen becomes more beneficial than others may have believed. What is going on behind the scenes with the developers? Will Olgard survive long enough in this strange new world to see his family again?

This novel caught my eye when I saw the guy standing, looking like a pirate, and the monstrous spider behind him. I wanted to grab this book and read it!

I listened to this novel on audio. The narrator was really creative with the various voices of each character. It wasn’t boring at all to listen to and kept my attention throughout!

This novel also reminded me of an anime called Sword Art Online which is about an MMORPG that takes place in virtual reality. However, the characters in this novel felt more genuine and realistic than the characters in the anime.

This novel is also loosely based on the MMORPG World of Warcraft. There’s orc-like characters as well as wizards, elves, and dwarves.

None the less, I would say if you’re a lover of video games and books, this series is worth a read (or listen)!

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REVIEW: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

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*No Major Spoilers*

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company, and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths even more disturbing secrets.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?

I was really looking forward to reading this novel while I was looking for Jessica Jones comic books for the comic week. Krysten Ritter is the actress that plays Jessica Jones on the Netflix series of the same name. I was wondering if it was going to have hints of her Netflix character sprinkled in there.

I listened to this novel on audiobook, I feel like I absorb and understand the novel better when I hear it. So I’m sorry if you consider that cheating.

Anyway, this novel reminded me a lot of my experiences in high school. High school was not the best time for me because of many reasons. So I had to deal with those feelings that the novel brought up.

This novel is parts what I expected it to be, and parts that threw me for a loop. There were sprinklings of Jessica Jones in here, if you have never seen the show then it’s just a cool “easter egg” for the fans.

I loved this novel, there wasn’t a moment of rest. I was just go-go-go as soon as Abby Williams drives into Barren. Both action and thriller wise as well as an emotional roller coaster.

I actually like this protagonist, she is strong and determined. When she becomes close to solving the mystery of her used-to-be friend, Kaycee, she will not stop until the mystery of her past is solved.

I would recommend this for Book Clubs and casual readers alike. There’s mystery, thriller, emotions, and dug up memories to satisfy any reader.

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My Latest Netflix Binge

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This an anime about a red panda named Retsuko. By day she’s an office worker in the accounting department. She deals with terrible bosses and annoying coworkers like a champ. When the frustration gets to be too much, she goes to a karaoke bar and belts out death metal.

This comes from the same studio that has created Hello Kitty and several other kid-friendly characters. Seeing this venture into cute and cuddly, but adult at the same time is something I think all of us can relate to.

I hope they make more episodes of this someday! My fiance and I will binge it when season two comes out! If it comes out.

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REVIEW: Oops, Caught by Alli Reshi

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In this sci-fi short story, we follow Mark Noland and Officer Gavson as they attempt to escape from an alien prison cell. The mission was supposed to be simple, an in-and-out job. However, due to outdated resources and unexpecting surprises, they are captured and will be killed in gruesome ways unless they can escape.

The LGBT genre is still a niche in the world of fiction, and this is not flat out LGBT, it’s more just hinted at. So I would say it has soft gay subtext involved.

Seeing Noland and Gavson work through their problems as they make an escape attempt is interesting. Their pasts are vastly different, but when it’s your neck on the line, it’s another ball game.

This was an entertaining read. I enjoyed it even though the beginning was a bit tough to start off. If you’re looking for a quick sci-fi read, this could be your book.

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REVIEW: Noble Vol. 1: God Shots by Brandon Thomas

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**Thanks for Diamond Book Distributors for sending a review copy of this graphic novel**  

When an astronaut is rescued from a failed mission and wakes up with powers beyond his understanding and control, he starts looking for answers. Where those answers lead him will be his undoing.

This graphic novel looked interesting to me from the beginning. The cover looks like it’s going to be epic! However, the actual storyline is disappointing. The plot was confusing until the last section.

From what I’ve gathered, an asteroid was destined to hit earth, a woman and her science company sent astronauts to destroy the asteroid. The astronauts died in the process. However, they each woke up with special abilities and powers.

So from the research I have done, Noble was supposed to kick off the Catalyst Prime storyline. The group of superheroes were all the astronauts from this failed mission, and are going to be struggling with their powers, and coming to grips with them.

I will have to read further into this storyline to decide whether this one was good. Some comics are better with others in the arc. However, as it stands this book was meh.

 

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Discussion: Mental Health

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I know, I know, it’s another blog post about mental health. I know it’s not a fun subject to talk about, but it’s one that needs to be discussed.

I feel like I’ve been in a slump as of late. I often suffer from bouts of depression. When I went to the mental hospital last year I was diagnosed with Bipolar Depressive Disorder. Knowing what has been causing my mood swings and depressive slumps, gives me comfort in a way that’s difficult to explain.

I have also been dealing with physical health issues as well. I went to the doctor yesterday and she thinks it’s my meds. So she gave me some anti-nausea meds. I’m not pregnant, so yay!

I’m feeling better now, and I am going back to reading and reviewing. I hope you guys have been enjoying my reviews so far. I try to be fair with each book, but sometimes, it’s difficult not to pick favorites.

So I appreciate everyone who reads my reviews and is very supportive of me. I really appreciate it!

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REVIEW: The Run-Out Groove by Andrew Cartmel

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*No Spoilers* 

The Vinyl Detective is on the case again! He is hired to find out where a famous musician’s child is after her suicide. Normally he hunts records, but now the stakes have been raised. They know they’re getting close to the truth when their lives are put at risk in various and dangerous ways. Will he solve the case? Or will he even live to tell the tale?

I have read the first novel in this series and I fell in love with the series! I thought the fact that this is a “detective” who finds rare and collectible vinyl was very unique and intriguing. I was not disappointed with this newest installation in the series.

My favorite character was Celeste Drummond. She had suffered an emotional breakdown after her sister committed suicide. She plays piano and is really amazingly talented with the black and white keys.

I would recommend this for people who love musical mysteries. The hunt for vinyl records isn’t in much of the novel as the first one. However, I wouldn’t let that detour you from this one. The action is thrilling and kept me glued to the pages!

You don’t need to read the first novel in the series to understand this one. I know that’s a huge question concerning jumping into the middle of a series. They do reference the first book a bit, but not enough to be spoilers or confusing.

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