The Punisher (TV Series 2017—) Season 1 Review

punisherposterTitle: The Punisher
Universe: Marvel’s Cinematic Univers
Genre: Action, Conspiracy thriller, Crime drama
Creator: Steve Lightfoot
Release Date: November 17th 2017
Stars: Jon Bernthal, Amber Rose Revah, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes and plenty more!
Summary: After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle became a vigilante known as “The Punisher” with only one goal in mind, to avenge them.


Following his phenomenal debut in season 2 of Daredevil, Frank Castle gets his own spin-off series in The Punisher. Mysterious yet brutal in his ways, the slightly troubled antihero elevates the violence within the Netflix superhero universe while demanding viewers to reflect on violence and its many forms.

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Jade City by Fonda Lee

Jade-City-final-cover-e1495648519644Title: Jade City
Series: The Green Bone Saga #1
Stand-alone: Yes
Author(s): Fonda Lee
Publisher: Orbit
Format: ARC
Release Date: November 7th 2017
Pages: 444
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780316440868


If anyone had told me that they would publish a book that would blend The Godfather with magic in an Asian setting, I would have probably been skeptical and overlooked it without second-guessing my decision. Fonda Lee brings shames to doubters with her latest novel part of The Green Bone Saga series, Jade City. Maybe it is my love for anything related to organized crime (Goodfellas, The Sopranos, The Godfather, etc.) that helped me enjoy this more than I thought I would, but the author strives to deliver a brilliant story that stands tall and proud with its detailed world-building.

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Star Wars : PHASMA // From a Certain Point Of View

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I’m coming back not with one but 2 reviews today for 2 STAR WARS BOOKS 😀 I’ve only recently jumped into the Star Wars fan wagon after rewatching all the movies (not that I’m impressed with the graphics it was rather funny LOL) but I think the comics sparkled the fascination in me for this world. That’s why I was pretty excited when Penguin Random House sent me these two books for review (big thank you to them!)

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I WAS SO EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK! Because Captain Phasma just looks like a frkn badass one and I was so disappointed when she just spoke like 2 lines in Rogue one -__-

what to expect

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  •  A full action-packed book. It was so much fun to read!! I feel like living in the movie and you get to PEW PEW AND SHOOT EVERYONE (Warning: I’m not doing the book any justice it’s only my excitement and enthusiasm speaking here). No but for real, the suspense combined with humour and fast paced is always a win for me.
  • We get to see a lot more of Phasma’s personality. This just confirms how ruthless, violent and driven she is and can be SUCH A MANIPULATIVE SMART-ASS when she needs to. Exactly what I need in my villains.
  • The story is not told by Phasma. But by Vi, a former spy. This is the main reason why it did wonderfully for me. The story it is told like A LEGEND. I have the vibe of The Arabian Nights tone in here and THAT MY FRIEND, IS EVERYTHING I EVER LOVED. I seem to always be impressed when authors decide to write novels in this style ( like Strange The Dreamer).

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All The Crooked Saints : Performing Miracles

“Do you have darkness inside you?” 

I believe I was struck by a YA darkness these past few days.  I just can’t seem to enjoy them somehow. I need some light here. Please show me the way.

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This book has a great concept, it has SO MUCH POTENTIAL. It’s about the Soria family who have the capacities to perform miracles. What that means you asking? It’s mostly helping the pilgrims to accept their darkness. There’s one Saint who performs the miracle by revealing the darkness upon the pilgrim. It can take a particular form depending on the person. You can have a girl with a never-ending cloud raining upon her and can’t stop crying, a man turned to giant, a pair of twins stuck with serpents coiling around them, a man growing moss on his body.

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 The trick is, the Soria family member CAN’T help the pilgrims in any single way. That means they can’t talk to them but only pass by and it’s the role of the pilgrim to find a way to heal themselves. Why? Because by helping them, it will trigger a Soria darkness. Continue reading

Batman: Under the Red Hood by Judd Winick

undertheredhoodcoverTitle: Batman
Story arc: Under the Red Hood
Universe: Pre-52
Volume: 1 & 2
Author(s): Judd Winick
Illustrator(s): Doug Mahnke, Paul Lee, Shane Davis, Eric Battle, Tom Nguyen, Cam Smith, Rodney Ramos, Wayne Faucher, Larry Stucker, Mark Morales
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: March 1st 2006
Pages: 384
Genre(s): Comics, Science Fiction
ISBN13: 9781401231453


Judd Winick masterfully introduces to the canon Batman stories one of the most iconic characters who has shaken the very foundation of the Dark Knight. Filled with intense and bloody action sequences, Judd Winick does an impeccable job in characterization and brings to life the Red Hood with pure finesse and grace. In Batman: Under the Red Hood, readers will be pleased to see the rise of a new player in the war on crime who doesn’t see justice through the same scope as most superheroes.

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Justice League Movie Review: Enjoyable But Messy

HI there! 😀 Trang’s back from her mini hiatus as announced in the end of my last post (Kind of back I’m out of town for the day, this is a scheduled post that I wanted to share with you guys a long time ago LOL just waiting for the right time to drop it. Also, I’m going to be blog hopping real soon, answering comments, send some love and spamming y’all blogs! )

Back to the subject : I’m not going to lie, when I first step out of the theatre room I was IN ECSTASY. WOOW ! I think I got so excited because all of the superheroes were reunited on screen.

DID YOU KNOW THEY FEATURED K-POP IN THIS MOVIE? FROM MY FAVOURITE GIRL BAND BLACKPINK?

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 I’m going to tell you all my little secret, my favourite DC superhero of all time is FLASH! So can you imagine my level of excitement when I can finally see him on the big screen and played by Ezra Miller (who’s one of my fave actor since We Need To Talk about Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower)?! I. WAS. IN. HEAVEN. He was perfect. The Flash in the comics always bringing the humour and that awkward nerdy vibe and tha’ts what he delivers. Continue reading

Seventh Decimate by Stephen R. Donaldson

seventhdecimatecoverTitle: Seventh Decimate
Series: The Great God’s War #1
Stand-alone: Yes
Author(s): Stephen R. Donaldson
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: November 14th 2017
Pages: 320
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780399586132


Stephen R. Donaldson returns with a new trilogy that fails to break new grounds, but remains a typical and captivating adventure that will decide the fate of countless people. Seventh Decimate merely sets the table to a potentially exciting sequel as we follow Prince Bifalt and his arrogant self into treacherous grounds.

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Artemis by Andy Weir : Lunar Civilization and YA Approach

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When they announce that Andy Weir would release a new book this year, I HAD TO REQUEST A COPY FROM MY PUBLISHER ❤ I greatly enjoyed The Martian, as you can see in this review, so I was looking forward to this book.

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Jazz Bashara, is a “porter”, another word for a criminal who smuggles contrabands in town. When one of her employers offers her the ultimate job with a millions on the line, she couldn’t refuse. Even if she has to do the impossible and probably tackles one of the biggest cartel and criminal organization coming from Earth . Sounds cool? Yeah, did I mention that this all happen ON THE MOON?

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Turtles All The Way Down to a Boring Plot

Another John Green novel and another disappointment for me.

I know this book is very popular in my blogosphere and a lot of readers recommended this book. With all the HYPE surrounding it, I was very excited. Maybe, too excited. It’s no one’s fault ( I love y’all recommendations) , this is purely my VERY personal opinion.

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Bonfire by Krysten Ritter : Yes, Jessica Jones wrote a novel

YES PEOPLE !! JESSICA JONE’S ACTRESS WROTE A BOOK 😀 ! 

Let’s be honest, with all the celebrities wanting to write books (and Youtubers…), I was skeptical whether this was going to be good or not. So, how did Krysten Ritter deliver?

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I always have a hard time appreciating contemporary thrillers (as you can see in my previous reviews for A Stranger In The House or The Girl On The Train), but this one did its job.

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It’s a fast-paced gripping thriller with an incredible story background and depth.  

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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murderorientexpresscoverTitle: Murder on the Orient Express
Series: Hercule Poirot #10
Stand-alone: Yes
Author(s): Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: 1934
Pages: 315
Genre(s): Mystery, Classics
ISBN13: 9780062073501


“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”

— Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express

In this timeless classic, Agatha Christie challenges the world to dethrone her from a position that only she could attain through a inconceivable, gritty and captivating crime story.

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Origin by Dan Brown : Artificial Intelligence vs Gods

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Alright y’all, Dan Brown is back! WOO but as the fifth instalment… it’s quite well… predictable.

The title is self-explanatory – it’s about the ORIGIN OF THE WORLD. If you’ve read his other sequels you will PROBABLY see the pattern in all his stories. Im not going to spoil the exact pattern here for those who haven’t read any of Dan Browns yet 😉 In general, Dan Brown has this ability to throw us a bunch of facts, create a story around it and pick THAT ONE TRENDY MYSTERIOUS QUESTION and put a murder on it.

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The story of Origin unfolds this way:

  • Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire computer genie was on the verge  of revealing to entire world what is the origin of the world when he was shot to death.
  • Robert Landon has to find out who killed Edmond (who is also his former student)
  • We learn that Edmond’s discovery will shock the world, especially putting religions to shame.. but WHAT IS IT? TUN TUN TUN.
  • This is where Dan Brown settle for his theme : Religion vs Science and the rise of computational theories

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The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

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BoyOnBridgeTitle: The Boy on the Bridge
Series: The Hungry Plague #2
Stand-alone: Yes
Author(s): M.R. Carey
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Hardcover
Original Release Date: May 2nd 2017
Pages: 392
Genre(s): Horror, Science Fiction
ISBN13: 9780316300339


Previously in The Hungry Plague series:

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (Book vs. Movie)


“Things don’t end, after all. They only change, and you keep changing with them.”

— M.R. Carey, The Boy on the Bridge

Although the pacing is a bit rocky at first, The Boy on the Bridge heightens your senses and delivers a conflict-ridden, exhilarating to the core, stunning and complex story filled with characters to love and hate.

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Why Thor : Ragnarok is the best Thor movie yet

HI GUYS!! Trang’s back 😀 I guess it will be a very comic focused post since yesterday is .. The 5th of November!! Hola to V for Vendetta reference 😉 It would be a shame to not mention this super graphic novel.

Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.

Alright now back to Thor: Ragnarok movie and my verdict is …

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This movie was amazing and HILARIOUS. I loved Marvel movies and I was very picky with Guardians of The Galaxy, but here the humour was just perfect. This movie is the perfect example of super heroes and comedy. It doesn’t feel forced, doesn’t feel like they’re trying hard. It is simply naturally funny. One character in particular that I absolutely loved is Korg (he’s the big blug guy made of rocks in this trailer) . I laughed EVERYTIME he was on screen.I just learned that he was played by the director Taika Waititi and all his lines WERE IMPROVISED OMG ❤  Continue reading

Batman (Volume 4) The War of Jokes and Riddles (Rebirth) by Tom King

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batsvol4coverTitle: Batman
Story arc: The War of Jokes and Riddles
Universe: DC Universe Rebirth
Volume: 4
Author(s): Tom King
Artist(s): Mikel Janin, June Chung, Clay Mann
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Single Issues
Paperback Release Date: December 19th 2017
Pages: 200
Genre(s): Comics, Science Fiction
ISBN13: 9781401273613


Previously on DC Universe Rebirth’s Batman:
Batman (Volume 1) I Am Gotham by Tom King
Batman (Volume 1.5) Night of the Monster Men by Steve Orlando
Batman (Volume 2) I Am Suicide by Tom King
Batman (Volume 3) I Am Bane by Tom King
Batman/The Flash (Volume 3.5) The Button by Tom King


“And so it came. Over the next months, as I fought to hold the city together, Gotham divided. Then fell. Into Slaughter. Misery. Torture. Mayhem. Havoc. Betrayal. Devastation. Insanity.”

— Tom King, Batman (Volume 4) The War of Jokes and Riddles

With unique charisma and a never-before seen story, writer Tom King, alongside artists Mikel Janín, June Chung and Clay Mann, resuscitate the hopes of fans with what will probably go down as one of the most intriguing wars that the Dark Knight and Gotham have ever faced.

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How Nyxia Made Me Cry

MY RATING : ★★/5 

Recommend for fans of : Illuminae and Ready Player One 

I think the title is self-explanatory, plus, I just finished this book. I have so many things to say about it that’s why I decided to write my review RIGHT AWAY with fresh emotions you know. I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews for this book and I’m going to say this : you either find it MEH or Love it. I’m fortunate enough to find myself TO ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK.

Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

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We follow around a team of young people recruited by Babel Communications who would do anything for money even compete against each other in order to be prepared to live on another planet. While I always hate the setting of having teenagers settling on another planet like The 100 Tv Show, this book turns it around and succeeded to completely suck me in the story. Because this WHOLE NOVEL is not about living on Eden, it’s about the journey to Eden. It’s a journey of competition, friendship forming, enemies and what are you willing to do to achieve what you want the most. Then.. there’s a twist near the end that I love making the competition even harder. A twist like in Gemina and Illuminae.. 

THERE GUYS. That’s what interesting. Scott Reintgen created a Ready Player One competition on board of Space Ship. GENIUS.

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Oh hell yes. There are a lot of actions. Every now and then we get to learn a little bit about Eden and Babel Communications while the contestants have to duel each other. The Nyxia element contributed greatly to the story, it’s a dark substance that you can manipulate  and it will transform into whatever you want it to be, except into nutriments. That’s the only “mystical” element in the story and I thought it was great! Very well described and we get to see the extensions and limitations of its powers.

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Monthly Wrap-Up + Halloween Costume | October 2017

Hello lovely people!

It’s that time of the month where we go through all the good (and maybe bad?) stuff that happened to us!

This is an easy way for everyone to check out posts that might intrigue them or have missed from us and share their thoughts with us. You can even get a glimpse at Trang’s Halloween costume below 😉

Feel free to share what you’ve been up to and talk to us! There’s no bad time for catching up or for fangirl/boy’ing! ❤

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”

— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

    I guess it was about time that I finally took a dive into the very original story of one of the most famous monsters out there. Seeing the big green creature left and right around Halloween in every form possible, whether its a show, a movie or in person, his background has always been summed up as the man brought back to life through an electrifying experiment. Now that I’ve read his story, I can definitely tell you that it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. Oh, no, no, no. This is one classic filled with correspondences and flowery writing like none other. Although it did enlighten me on how Victor Frankenstein’s creation came to life, it definitely didn’t impress me with its writing style, characterization and its abundance of details. Its themes and the moral of the story does stir up some nice little discussions for those who wish it, but if you were looking for a story that would raise the hair on the back of your neck, make you sweat in fear or have you cowering for a week at the mere thought of this legendary creature, this is not where you’ll find it.

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Books for Stranger Things fans

If you are a hardcore fan of Stranger Things like me, you would binge watch everything from Season 2 and then got stuck of having nothing to do after… But, luckily for us, there are books ! 😀 So here are some books that can delay your withdrawal symptom of  Stranger Things feels for a bit or for those of you who haven’t watched it yet, reading these books would be a nice way to prepare for it 😉

To start off, what is Stranger Things ?

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Netflix Tv Show. Setting : 1983. Event: A boy goes missing. A monster. Weird events happening. Dark things going on. Romance here and there. A waffle lover and X-Men mutant.

In order to choose which books will be included in this selection, here’s a list of themes that appeared on Stranger Things : 

  • Supernatural aspects ranging from monsters to creepy interdimensional stuff
  • Nostalgia (so anything from 60s to 90s) 
  • A horror/suspense event
  • A bunch of kids in bikes 

From that, I choose the books that have the same themes. So here we go!

Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

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The funny thing is I stumbled on this book in a random book sale beside my neighbourhood library. It was the most beautiful story I’ve ever read and It’s a book you will remember. If you like that 60’s vibe and a touch of magical realism,  some suspense and horror elements, this is for you.

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson—a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever.

 

 

Paper Girls Vol.1 By Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

This graphic novel screams Stranger Thing but all girls version!! I picked this up after my friend Brianna, who worked at Indigo, recommended this graphic novel to me and I loved it. It has the right kind of humor, beautiful artwork and that 90’s vibe.

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

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The Age of Instagram Poems // the sun and her flowers, Love Her Wild, The Universe of Us review

If you’ve been on Tumblr or Instagram lately, you will notice the rise of a new art: the short and sweet poems. This is a reborn for poems, because once they were linked to complex words and over-exaggeration and now, well, they are simple, sweet, short and efficient.  Some understand the power of words and master it beautifully.

So, I’m here to share with you my top favourite poetry collections this Fall ! ❤ 

3RD PLACE

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 The Universe of Us by Lang Leav. I loved her Love and Misadventures and I feel like with this one, she was more connected to her storytelling roots. The poems are longer, there are more stories and I love how honest she is. She knows that after several books, it :universeofusodetowriters Continue reading