Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Night of the Living Trekkies


OMG if anyone knows me, they know I'm a huge Star Trek fan. I love the show, love reading the novels and getting deeper into the Rodenberry universe. I love learning about the show, the characters, behind the scenes, the history behind the alien cultures depicted... I've even taken classes at the STARFLEET Academy to learn more.

Yep, I am Commander Angela Spugnardi (OMG she has a pen name!) in the STARFLEET Fan Organization, I run the college of Genealogy and assist with the college of Communications and just received my Boothby Award for completing over two hundred academy courses.

Still not impressed by my nerd credentials? That's ok, I don't need your adoration (LOVE ME!), I have my love and devotion forever tattooed on my arm.

(In Loving Memory of the Amazing DeForest Kelley)

And yes, that is a tribble I am holding for my newest cosplay Crazy Tribble Lady.

 I have an entire tribble suit in the works...

Me and author friend Lannie Sheridan at NerdFest. The old lady but is adorable, inspired by those quite real and painful injuries. (The big ones name is Worf)

So when I say, as a living, breathing Trekkie, that Night of the Living Trekkies was fanastic, you know I'm telling my honest opinion.

If someone screwed up my Star Trek with horrible books (Shatner) I'd be more than ready to spread my outrage all over social media. (Shatner shat on Star Trek)

Night if the Living Trekkies has so much to like for Star Trek fans and Star Wars fans alike. Let's all get along folks 😉 There are so many references to both franchises that I couldn't help but squeal with delight all the way through. You don't have to be an all out Trek nerd to enjoy this book, yes there are deeper and more nerdy jokes than some may understand if they're not as crazy Trekkie like me, but there is so much to like about this book and so much to still enjoy. And if you don't understand those nerdy references I'm talking about-Go watch more Star Trek! 😉

The chapters are cleverly named after Trek episodes and the curse of the red shirt prevails as the Trekkies test their warrior skills with very real replicated weapons on hordes of Trekkie zombies.

The book is so clever and original in a time inundated with zombie stories. It's a mix of a Star Trek episode with a Resident Evil, super beings twist, only you can actually believe there's a chance of surviving this scenario. 

I think I'm going to have to start looking into Quirk Books because this is exactly the kind of read I've been looking for!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Raymie Nightingale

5 Stars

Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship — and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

I really have no words today and I've been trying to think of what to say about this book. I love Kate DiCamillo's work, there's always a deeper meaning hidden just below the surface. This book is an incredibly simple story happening in such a short time wherein the whole world changes. DiCamillo is a master at fitting in as much info as possible in so few words. We don't have to know everything, we're given a little bit of detail that says so much more.

Raymie Nightingale is a great book in exploring how childhood is not simple and not always happy. There's a point where we all grow up and our childish views are left behind. Pain from our youth can alter the course of our lives, but friendships can help us endure and experience the positive side of life and growing up. 

There's so much to understand behind these three girls personalities and choices throughout the book. Again, so much is said in so little a gesture. 

I am so inspired, and so intimidated, by Kate DiCamillo's work. It's wonderful and I hope I'm not the only one who cries throughout her stories... 

I think there's a lot for kids to relate to in this story, a lot they can learn and maybe see the world in another light.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Rise of the Dead

4 Stars

Not my typical book to review, but I do enjoy reading a good zombie book from time to time. After reading Rise of the Dead I'm actually in the mood for more guys and gore so expect perhaps a few more terrifying reviews to come!

Jeremy Dyson is a new author, Rise of the Dead being his first book, he raised funds on Kickstarter to get a 'kick start' into publishing. I backed the project and have eagerly awaited the completion of this first time novel.

This book is action packed from day one. The characters hardly have time to crash from one adrenaline high before the next kicks in. Things move fast, in mere days society disappears and the few remaining fighters struggle to find safe haven in a new world where no one can be trusted and revealing your hideout will most assuredly get you killed.

The first few days of a zombie apocalypse are the most crucial-You adapt or you die. Jeremy did a great job at keeping up with the spreading virus, though at times it would have been nice to slow down and really take in the scenery. The characters didn't have time to contemplate the flood of death and destruction, they only had time to act. Dyson really got into their heads and let the reader get a feel for the confusion and dismay, but he missed out on some great opportunities for plot twists and world building.

But that's ok! This is only book one, there are more to come and the more an author writes and practices their craft, the better their work becomes.

Overall it's a great read. Fast paced, action packed, and one bloody battle for the human race.

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Library at Mount Char

5 Stars

Epic, Engaging, Mysterious, and Totally Mind Blowingly Unique.

It's not often I can't put a book down. I'm not the type that takes my books to the bathroom... When I gotta go, the book's gotta go.

But not this time. I couldn't stop, I had to know more and the most enjoyable thing about reading this book is that I wasn't even confused for a second! Most times when authors keep secrets from the reader, they become so mysterious that the ultimate secret becomes more confusing than it's worth.

Hawkins did an amazing job at making me believe everything Carolyn said. I didn't care it wasn't normal or that she didn't complete explain, I simply believe her because she told me to. Little by little everything became clear and infinitely more exciting.

I will say, after the initial climax, and trust me, it was epic, the book suddenly dropped to a lull and lagged a bit. There's quite a bit more story, and for a couple chapters I was left in the duldrums wishing the book had ended faster, worried my review would have to drop a star because of the bad ending.

But it picked back up and the ending is just a beautiful as the rest of the story. 

I feel like I just had something amazing attack my brain and I'm left shell-shocked and suffering from a severe case of PTSD.

I think I've found another author who's work I will be following.

This book was given to me by Blogging for Books and I am so glad that they gave it to me.