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My Go-To Book Recommendations

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Since I have been trying to get more social on apps like TikTok and Twitter, I usually get a lot of book recommendations that get added to the never ending “To Be Read” list. However, when I can I try and recommend a book in return.

I have a short list of books that come to mind when someone is looking for a new read. So I guess I’ll now share mine.

  • The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris this is an adult mystery novel about a boy with Synesthesia and is on the Autism spectrum. His neighbor is murdered and he’s an unlikely witness.
  • Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt this is a middle grade coming-of-age story about Delsie who lives with her grandmother in Cape Cod. This is an emotional story about growing up, losing and gaining friends, and what it’s like realizing you’re economic status affects how others see you.
  • The Last One by Alexandra Oliva this is an adult survivor story about a woman nicknamed Zoo who enters to be on a reality TV show. Things quickly go awry when a superbug wipes out a majority of the TV crew. However, Zoo thinks the cameras are still rolling. Can she survive in the wilderness without the sparse resources the crew provides?
  • The Troop by Nick Cutter I see this book somewhat frequently amongst book communities, so I don’t recommend this very often unless you’re brand new or wanting to branch out to the horror genre. This is basically a modern, higher-stakes Lord of the Flies.
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George is the story about a boy who runs away from home and goes to carve a way of life in the Catskill Mountains. This reminded me of The Hatchet series, and I found it to be more relaxing and not as intense.

Some of these I have reviews for and others I either read before I started the blog, or felt like I couldn’t do the book justice. If any of these catch you eye or fancy, I hope you read them and let me know what you think about them!

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REVIEW: Doctor Who: Flip-Flop by Jonathan Morris

*Spoilers Ahead*

Christmas Eve in the year 3060, and the planet Puxatornee is home to a prosperous human colony. 

A space craft has arrived in orbit carrying the Slithergees, a race of obsequious alien slugs. Their home world has been destroyed and they are humbly requesting permission to settle on the first moon. 

And if they don’t get permission, then they are humbly threatening to declare all-out war. 

The future hangs in the balance. The decision rests with Bailey, the colony’s president – but she has other things on her mind. 

Christmas Eve in the year 3090, and the planet Puxatornee has changed beyond all recognition. 

The Doctor and Mel arrive, on a completely unrelated mission to defeat a race of terrible monsters, and soon discover that something rather confusing has been happening to history. 


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I have been quiet on the blog recently due to my mental health and feeling burnt out. However, I recently felt like listening to a Doctor Who audio drama so I first listened through Doctor Who: Phantoms of the Deep by Jonathan Morris. I don’t feel like I have enough of an opinion on this audio drama for a full review since it wasn’t very long. However, I will say that I enjoyed it and it was just the thing to get me back to the reading world.

I started Flip-Flop almost immediately after finishing Phantoms of the Deep and I have thoughts about this wacky and weird adventure. There will be spoilers ahead, so be warned. Without spoiling this story, I liked it overall. Thought it was a good story and unique plot. The ending is up to the listener’s interpretation in a sense. Definitely would recommend this for fans of Doctor Who, time travel stories, and science fiction fans in general.

Now to delve into the spoilers. This entire story is about how The Doctor and Mel get stuck in a time loop. They go back in time against their will to “fix” the past so that the apocalyptic “future” won’t come true. Thus, creating a paradox and time loop.

I am somewhat unsatisfied with the ending since there really is no “ending” because it’s a never-ending loop. It’s a time travel story where no matter what happens at the critical point of the president’s assassination, their world is going to be post-apocalyptic. To each version of The Doctor and Mel coming into the story for the first time, they are somewhat aware of the time loop they’re stuck in. The Doctor refers to this as ‘tripping over one’s own footprints’.

One of the possible futures is where the president is saved from assassination and ends up giving their world to the Slithergees or face the threat of an all out war. Since the Slithergees are blind, slug-like creature they end up enslaving the remaining humans and using them as seeing eye dogs.

The other possible future is one where the president is assassinated and all out war is declared on the Slithergees and sends the planet into a nuclear wasteland where the survivors are on death’s doorstep when The Doctor and Mel arrive.

Overall, I liked the story and I think you should check it out. It’s a unique story for Doctor Who fans and I think you’ll enjoy it.

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The Future of Elisha’s Book Review

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I know there has been a considerable gap between reviews this year. I am aware of this, and I have been thinking about what possible solutions there are. I have started a crowdfunding page, and I am trying to be more active on my social media accounts to try and network with other readers and bloggers.

I hope that I can get the momentum going once again in time to have enough of a back catalog, so when I go back to work in the fall, the blog won’t be a significant concern. However, with the unpredictableness this year has already been, I have not been making any solid plans.

All I hope for is to keep reading and reviewing when I am able. My mental health has been more fragile than usual this year, considering the current events going on in the world. I am still going to read the books I want to read and the books I am asked to read by authors and publishers alike.

Regarding upcoming book reviews, I am excited to announce my comic book weeks may be returning. I have discovered so many ways to access comics that I feel comfortable bringing this back to the blog.

I hope everyone is doing well and is staying safe. Thanks for reading this long update, but there were important things I wanted to bring up in a blog post.

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DISCUSSION: Are Video Games Getting Easier, or Am I Getting Better?

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With video game companies often cashing in on the nostalgia by remaking, remastering, or rebooting beloved franchises, such as Crash Bandicoot or the Spyro series, the question I find myself and my video game fans asking, are video games getting easier?.

I wasn’t a video game nerd growing up, the only games I played were Pokemon, the Mario & Luigi series, and other mismatched games. One of the spinoffs I love is the Pokemon: Mystery Dungeon series. I was so excited when they remade the first game, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, as Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX. I bought it as soon as it came out for the Nintendo Switch.

Now, I remember Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team being quite tricky growing up. As I’m playing this remake, I haven’t been having many troubles other than getting buttons confused, but that comes with the territory. I quickly noticed how easy this game is now. Unless I haven’t hit the difficulty spike, I’ve had little to no problems working my way through the game.

So this begs the question, did they make this game more accessible to the younger audience, or did I just get better at strategy games overall? Well, I think I just got better by playing more strategy games such as Octopath TravelerChocobo’s Mystery Dungeon, and all of the later entries in the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series. I think with time and experience with other video games of the same genre, I might just have a better grasp on how to play the game than when I was a kid.

However, I’d like to hear your opinion! Do you think video game companies are making video games easier, or do you think you’ve just gotten better at playing the games?

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REVIEW: In the Hall With the Knife (A CLUE Mystery #1) by Diana Peterfreund

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*No Major Spoilers*

When a storm strikes at Blackbrook Academy, an elite prep school nestled in the woods of Maine, a motley crew of students—including Beth “Peacock” Picach, Orchid McKee, Vaughn Green, Sam “Mustard” Maestor, Finn Plum, and Scarlet Mistry—are left stranded on campus with their headmaster. Hours later, his body is found in the conservatory and it’s very clear his death was no accident. With this group of students who are all hiding something, nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a motive for murder. Fans of the CLUE board game and cult classic films will delight in Diana Peterfreund’s modern re-imagining of the brand, its characters, and the dark, magnificent old mansion with secrets hidden within its walls.

“Just then, there was a horrible crash right outside the door, and suddenly the sound of the storm got a whole lot louder.”

I loved playing the CLUE mystery game while I was growing up. So when this novel was on a list from one of my newsletters, I knew I had to read it.

This novel is perfect for mystery lovers. There are twists and turns, as well as learning about all of the characters involved in this mystery. The story is told from different perspectives, and at first, it was difficult to tell Orchid and Scarlet apart until more character development helped me differentiate the two.

Scarlet Mistry, she was on the Council for Beautification. She lived, along with other students, in the Tudor Dorm. She would also try to keep up and boost morale with the female students to do better at their schoolwork and activities.

Also, she and Finn Plum were essentially a “Power Couple”, together they ran schemes and Finn helps Scarlet with her Chemistry homework.

Orchid McKee, she never saw Scarlet as a friend, but while they were snowed in at the dorm she confided in Scarlet her biggest secret. It’s a spoiler, but I felt like this should be mentioned because Orchid is a private person.

One of the characters I suspected to be the murderer in this story was Vaughn Green because when the other characters would ask about his sudden change in personality, he would internally blame his brother for the mishaps around the dorm. Even though when Vaughn was introduced we met his brother, he hated the school and the students because they were all preppy, rich kids and the only reason Vaughn was able to attend the school was because of a scholarship. So Vaughn was sort of considered an outcast because his home was next door to Blackbrook in the next town over. Only hearing about his brother during the murder investigation, I suspected Vaughn having multiple personalities.

A character I didn’t know much about in this story because he was introduced about halfway in the story was Sam “Mustard” Maestor. He was a former military academy student and he was kicked out, but we never find out why. The only thing we know anything about his background was when he was first introduced into the story from his perspective. He starts referring to his military experience but never says exactly why he was kicked out.

Beth “Peacock” Picach, is Blackbrook’s best tennis player. She is always righting down what she eats and the calories included and what her exercise routines were. All of her chapters included this log and a few thoughts about her day. She was the most suspected character due to an altercation between her and Headmaster Boddy.

I would highly recommend In the Hall with the Knife if you are a fan of locked room mysteries, the board game Clue, and a twist you won’t see coming, this a great book I’d highly recommend.