Bloody Pirates!

If you have read my last few posts you may have noticed I am on a bit of a pirate kick right now.

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I may or may not have binge watched all five Pirates of the Caribbean movies …

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Pirates of the Caribbean

The Curse of the Black Pearl

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This is by far the best one.  The originals usually are!

Dead Man’s Chest

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This one is ok.  The first time I watched it I didn’t like the creepy sea creature men, but I have gotten used to them.

At World’s End

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This one is awesome! I love it when Elizabeth turns into a bad-ass pirate and then becomes Pirate King.

But the ending scene after the credits ruins everything! She just gives it all up to guard Will’s heart and live on land? Why doesn’t she continue being a Pirate lord?  Also why is she not allowed on The Flying Dutchman?  Will went on it when he wasn’t part of the crew?  Even if she isn’t allowed on his ship, he can go on other ships.  And if Elizabeth is a pirate lord than she should have plenty of ships.  Why can’t they just hang out at sea?!?!

On Stranger Tides

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I really like Penélope Cruz’s character Angelica.  She is bad-ass and I love female pirates! I also really liked the romance between the mermaid and the church guy.  I know it was a random side story but its one of the best parts of the movie.  Also Blackbeard is my favorite villain in any of the movies.  For one, he looks normal and really cool.  He doesn’t turn into a skeleton or have creepy tentacles.  Another is his powers are super cool with the ability to control the ship.

Dead Men Tell No Tales

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I really like the two new characters Henry and Carina.  Their chemistry is great and I love that Henry is Will and Elizabeth’s son.  It is a great way to keep the series going but with a new story line.  Also how in the world has Johnny Depp managed to look the same age in all the movies?!?! It must be magic.

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Do you like pirates? What is your favorite Pirate book/movie/tv show/etc?!?!  I need more pirate stuff in my life right now!! Any suggestions?

Daughter of the Pirate King

Daughter of the Pirate King

by Tricia Levenseller

***** (5 out of 5)

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Pirates are one of my favorite fantasy / kinda historical fiction genres to read. (I know “Pirates” isn’t a genre but I can’t think of the right word) Pirates are a close second behind Robin Hood, who I am slightly obsessed with.  My favorite pirates are bad-ass woman pirates!

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Robin Hood and Pirate books tend to give me really bad book hangovers, and this one is no exception.  Luckily I only have to wait till the 27th for the sequel to be released.  But I am still really craving more pirate adventures RIGHT NOW!  I think I am re-watch all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies tonight tonight.  I have been meaning to have a marathon because I haven’t seen the newest one and this just light a fire under my butt.

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P.S. I have no idea what the gif says but its the only one I could find of that scene

Anyway, on to the book! In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I loved it.  It was awesome! It had pirate fights and lying and stealing and murder and intrigue and mythical creatures and a bad-ass heroine and a sexy, compassionate hero and pretty much everything you need/want/crave in a pirate novel.

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If you are like me and even a tiny bit obsessed with pirates, then I highly recommend this book!

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How I choose my books Tag

I found this book tag at Paper Eyed Girl and thought it would be a lot of fun!  Its kind of a two-in-one tag where you have to find certain books on your selves and then explain what made you choose them!

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Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

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I have lots and lots of blue covers and I couldn’t pick just one!

The Fault in Our Stars – My sister recommended this to me and she rarely reads so I figured I would give it a try.

The Selection – This one just sounded awesome.  Sort of like a Cinderella rags-to-riches story with some competition thrown in!

Endure – I picked this one up because it was the next book in the Defy series and I had already read the first two

Harriet The Spy – I haven’t actually read this book yet, but I loved the movie as a kid!

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you want to read it in the first place?

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I wasn’t sure I was going to like this because it seemed super dark and I don’t like stories where girls fall in love blindly with cruel men, but there was so much hype surrounding it that I was curious and ended up loving it!

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

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My mom tried to sell this, along with a bunch of other books, at our garage sale.  The ones that didn’t sell I went through and picked out anything that looked even remotely good.  I haven’t read this one yet, but I have read a good chunk of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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Phil recommended these to me and I absolutely love them! I can’t wait for the 9th volume to come out!

Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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I know I used this one already but its the only book I could think of for either category! I loved this book!

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

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I bought this in a little coastal bookstore.  I had never heard of an “Advanced Reader Copy” at that point.  I thought it meant the writing was more advanced and I was super confused why they would publish two reading levels for the same book.  The owner kindly explained to me what it was and I was intrigued.  I later learned that selling and buying ARCs is a no-no, but I only paid $4 for it and ended up really liking it.

What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

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I loved this movie and watched it a bunch of times before I learned it was a book.  Of course, I had to get the book immediately! I loved it!

Think of your all-time favorite book(s). When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

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Pride and Prejudice! I first read P&P in high school.  I think it was my sophomore year.  I fell in love with it!  I have a special shelf dedicated to Jane Austen books and P&P spin-offs.


 

This was a fun tag! I like searching though my bookshelves so find books that fit each category 🙂  I am not going to tag anyone but please play if you want to! Let me know if you do, I would love to see your answers!

Kindle Scout and A Pirate at Pembroke

I just finished reading Daughter of the Pirate King and I am having a book hangover 😦 The sequel, Daughter of the Siren Queen doesn’t come out till the 27th so I have to wait.  I am not good at waiting, especially when it comes to book hangovers.

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While blog hopping today I found a post by I am a Reader for a book called A Pirate at Pembroke.  THIS IS THE PERFECT BOOK TO CURE MY HANGOVER!!! It’s one-liner is “A Jane Austen-inspired Pirate Romance” I need this book!

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But it might not ever get published!!! That would make me really sad because I NEED this book!

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So here is what we need to do to get it published!  There is a site called Kindle Scout.  You nominate books you think would be good, and if a book gets enough nominations then it gets published! If a book gets published then everyone that nominates it gets a free kindle copy! You can see more details here.

Pretty please go nominate A Pirate at Pembroke. Have I mentioned that I need this book?

 

P.S. Noone asked me to write this and I have nothing to gain except getting a free copy of the book because I nominated it.  I just really really really want to read this book!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was nominated for this award by Mini at Book and Corner.  Go check out her blog! She has some really great Instagram pictures that I am totally jealous of 🙂

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. Thank you so much, Mini for nominating me! I really appreciate it!

The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

Here are Mini’s questions for me:

1) What is your guilty pleasure?

Oh, this one is hard! I love candy! I know I shouldn’t eat as much as I do but its just soooo good.  I am eating some right now!

2) If given a chance to meet an author, who would you meet and why?

J.K Rowling! Harry Potter was a constant staple throughout my childhood and played a big part in my love of reading!

3) Why do you blog?

I don’t really have a good reason, I just like it. I love reading and I enjoy writing out my thoughts and sending them out into the world. Its also a lot of fun to be part of the blogging community. Book bloggers are amazing!

4) Describe your reading style. Are you a planner or a random reader?

Definitely a random reader! If I try and plan out what to read I often back myself into a reading slump because when it comes time to read a book if I am not feeling it I don’t read it.

5) What would you choose; Book or Internet?

Probably internet because I can read books on the internet! (I don’t care if that answer is cheating haha)

6) Three things you always carry with yourself.

My Phone, a book (or e-book reader) and pony tail holders! I hate when I forget one of these three things and it can ruin my entire day!

7) Where would you like to live and why?

I like where I live. Colorado is an amazing place and I am comfortable here. I don’t want to move!

8) If you had to choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tacos! They are so yummy and you can make them up in so many different ways there will still be a lot of variety.

9) Tell me one fact about yourself.

I love playing softball.

10) If traveling became free, where would you like to go?

Lots of places! Ireland, Norway, England. I would also love to see the Northern Lights.

11) What is at the top of your bucket list?

I don’t have a bucket list, but I want to travel to all the places listed in question 10!

Here are my questions:

  1. How many physical books do you own?
  2. “It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
  3. What is the funniest joke you know by heart?
  4. What mythical creature would improve the world most if it existed?
  5. What game do you dominate when you play it?
  6. If you could get any tattoo done perfectly for free, what would you get?
  7. Least favorite genre of books and why?
  8. What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?
  9. What book gave you the worst book hangover?
  10. What was the last lie that you told?
  11. What’s the most useless talent you have? 

I only came up with two of these one my own.  The rest I stole from google #SorryNotSorry

I tag:

Mad Book Love

Verb Vixen

Reader Fox and a Box of Books

The Introverted Book Nerd

Please don’t feel obligated to do this tag, its meant to be fun! Also, if I didn’t tag you but you want to do it consider yourself tagged! Or feel free to answer my questions in the comments if you don’t want to do the full post!

One Con Glory Group Review Part 4/4: Conclusion

Make sure you check out the first three posts in this series:

This is the fourth and final post: Our Discussion

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It was impossible to discuss the book without spoilers, so beware!

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Here is our discussion:


Brittany – First thoughts? Phil’s review is sooo much better than mine with respect to its actually being a review. Haha mine is more of a ramble. But mine has gifs so I would say we are pretty equal 😉 Phil, you mentioned that the reader may be a little lost if they aren’t into this culture. I don’t know if I agree with that. I am into the culture, but I am not into Buffy (yet) and I didn’t have any trouble following along.

Phil– I loved your review! As always your personality really shown through and yeah I totally can’t handle the creativity of gif. When I mentioned readers being lost if they aren’t into the culture it was less about the plot and more about the jokes. Most of the jokes that I found funny were deep cut references that will feel like an inside joke that you’re not a part of if you haven’t read the source material. In your review you mentioned that nothing felt rushed but the conflict with Braidbeard losing his pass really felt rushed to me. You didn’t think so?

Brittany – Aww thanks 🙂 And that makes sense! There is a very good chance that I completely missed some jokes! As for the conflict with Braidbeard, it wasn’t about him losing his pass, it was about Julie realizing and accepting him as a friend and about her stepping up to help someone. It starts all the way back at the scene where they are bidding for the Glory figure. Braidbeard jumped in without hesitation. He could tell it was important to Julie so he helped, no questions asked. They didn’t win but it was huge that he tried to help. But then, when he got in trouble and needed Julie, she didn’t want to help him. It showed how selfish she could be. It fueled her fight with Jack. The issue was never supposed to be about Braidbeard. It was about Julie and it gave us a chance to see her grow.

Phil – I agree that it was meant to be about her personal growth but it just felt too anti climatic how easily she was able to get the pass. But you’re right it does start earlier when they were bidding on the figure I actually really liked when he decided to help her out. What did you think of the hand drawn pictures of the characters they added? I kind of wish they weren’t there because I like having my own mental image o f the characters.

Brittany – Um, I had forgotten about those. Where there only 2? I don’t remember. I was reading the kindle version so they might have been different but I didn’t really look at them. I just sort of skipped over them. I had my mental images and the pictures didn’t affect them. Did you read through the extras at the end of the book? I thought they were really cool!

Phil – Yes! I really loved the Q&A part especially about women in geekdom today. Do you ever feel like because you’re a girl some people assume you’re not really Into the nerdy stuff you’re into?

Brittany – Luckily no, I haven’t run into that. I actually get it more in my sports circles than in my nerdy circles. I know “geek shaming” exists and I have seen countless examples online of men accusing girls of being “fake geeks” but have not had to deal with it myself. I would make an easy target too haha. l love geek stuff but am awful with trivia and remembering details. I would fail miserably if someone tried to quiz me. I read a ton and I remember the feelings I get reading things, not so much the things themselves. I did notice that in One Con Glory it was never really brought up as an issue. Julie was accepted. It was sort of alluded to when Kirstie wanted to be friends because they were females in a male dominated world, but that was it. Recently I read “Don’t Cosplay with My Heart” and it was a big issue in that book. Now, stop getting off topic!! Lets wrap this up. What are your final thoughts? You told me you loved the book when you finished it but then you only gave it a 3.5? A 3.5 is just “meh” to me. I still think it was a 5!

Phil – I’m a bit harsher when it comes to my scores! I loved it for what it was, a fun, quick, and easy read. I took points off for that feeling that things were rushed and it didn’t leave me thinking about it after I was done. I could recommend it to some people but not everyone.

Brittany – Makes sense! This was fun 🙂 we should do it again some time!

Phil – I totally agree it was a ton of fun! It’s great to get someone else’s perspective especially when it’s pretty different from yours!


I really enjoyed doing this! I think I need to join a book club haha.  Are you in a book club? What do you enjoy most about it?  Would you be interested in participating in a group review like this when we do it again?  Let me know!

Friday Face-Off: Retro

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but up-kept by Lynn’s Book Blog.

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This weeks theme: a retro cover

My Choice: Ender’s Game

Covers:

 

Winner:

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The classic covers are dark and it is hard to tell what is going on.  The cover I chose keeps the dark colors but is easier to see the picture.

Which one is your favorite?