The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss (Max Wirestone)

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For fans of The Guild, New Girl, Scott Pilgrim, Big Bang Theory, Veronica Mars, or anyone who has ever geeked out about something. 

The odds of Dahlia successfully navigating adulthood are 3,720 to 1. But never tell her the odds.

Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision-making in the St. Louis area. Unemployed broke, and on her last bowl of ramen, she’s not living her best life. But that’s all about to change.

Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own she’s offered a job. A job that she’s woefully under-qualified for. A job that will lead her to a murder, an MMORPG, and possibly a fella (or two?).

Turns out unfortunate decisions abound, and she’s just the girl to deal with them.

Pub Date: October 20, 2015 by Redhook Books

I received an eArc from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


I had so much fun reading this book. The geeky references were amazing, and I would like to say that outside the MMORPG references – that I got only because I watched The Guild recently, I got most of everything else! So yay me! The Pokemon references were totally lost on me, I have to admit that I never watched it…

I LOVED the writing. It is written as if Dahlia is writing her story in the future about the events that have already occurred, so sometimes she gives hints to the future and her inner dialogue is hilarious.

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(my copy did have some typos and missing words, but it was an ARC, so I’m not sure how the final version turned out.)

The characters are so many that a few felt underdeveloped. I think that it would have worked better to cut some of the Guild members and stick to the important ones plot-wise. I really liked Dahlia, and I loved Nathan, and I wanted to see more of them and their weird and cute relationship, but that didn’t developed much (unfortunately). Charise was crazy as hell, and she really kept me on my toes right until the end of the book (I thought for sure that a plot twist was coming…). I really liked Detective Schuler and until the end I wasn’t sure if there might be something more between him and Dahlia… I think she should stick with Nathan though, but honestly, the book didn’t give much closure in regards to that and I would like to know who she did end up with (sorry people, I’m a sucker for romance!).

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The plot kept me thinking. I will tell you this though: I did not see the murderer coming… but a few things were a bit convoluted. Still, the plot flowed well enough and it had a good pacing.

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I was expecting Dahlia’s ex-boyfriend Erik to actually make an appearance – other than in-game – but he did not, and I felt that that was a missed opportunity, given how much time she spent thinking about her failed relationship with him.

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To sum it up, I really enjoyed this book, and it left me wanting more. I could totally see this becoming a series or something, with Dahlia taking on nerdy cases and socializing with her weird and wonderful new friends.

Rating: 4.2 Stars

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Wandering About: Tokyo (day 2) 2015

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Day 2 in Tokyo was also my last day in Tokyo, and now, that I finished packing and have everything ready to go into my 18 hours journey home – in which I will be, by the time you read this – I already miss it.

Tokyo was the biggest surprise I had on my trip. I loved Seoul, I loved Kyoto and Osaka, but Tokyo… oh wow, here I COULD LIVE!

Unfortunately, the day wasn’t as productive as I’d wished, but we did go to Akihabara and Harajuku, and I loved both places. I wanted to spend the whole day in Akihabara, exploring the shops, looking for anime and manga stuff that I wanted, but my mom was a bit tired and sick of shops that she thought were all the same – they weren’t, mom!

I love love love my Haruka & Michiru chibi figurines, I love them (they’re OTP), and I was so glad that I (finally) found them…

By the time you read this, I’ll be inside an airplane heading for Paris (probably), so I hope you enjoy my (few) geeky photos 😉 . I loved Tokyo, so much so that I’ll be starting to save money so I can come back here…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Official Trailer

Nothing more exciting than being at Starbucks at 11 a.m. in the middle of Tokyo and finding out that a new Star Wars trailer has been released. I should apologise to the poor souls next to me who had to endure the trailer playing on my phone and my squeaking (and almost tears).

*I’m fangirling bad right right now*

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Bookish-Wishes

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It’s tuesday again! Here we go for another Top Ten Tuesday 😀 , a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me (a new book from a certain author,  a reading superpower, a library that is your absolutely #librarygoals, a character to come to life, to met a certain author etc. etc.) YOU DREAM IT AND THE BOOKISH GENIE CAN DO IT.


1. Rowan WHITETHORN to come to live please!

Come on, this had to be my first wish, right? Even more than Jem Carstairs, I would love for Rowan to come to live, and if he could prefer brunettes instead of blondes, that would be amazing (source).

2. Books 5 and 6 of The Throne of Glass series now!

Because how the hell am I going to wait a whole year for it? And then another? I don’t know how to do that! I’ve never had to do that – perks of being a very recent massive reader. So Genie, talk to Sarah J. Maas, because I need those books yesterday!

3. Tahereh Mafi, I need more Warner!

So… if she could possible put out another book from that series… maybe from Warner POV, that would be super amazing. Thank you!

4. Meet Sarah J. Maas, and Becky Albertalli, and Rainbow Rowell, and Cassandra Clare, and J.k. Rowling, and …

Maybe just do a Con with all of them and me being able to have some time with each, so I could accurately freak out.

5. Could you just make all the series I want to read but do not own yet appear right now, here, in front of me?

Wouldn’t that be something?! I’m a sucker for series. I realized that I don’t mind having standalones on my kindle, but series I need and want the physical copies, so Genie, get to work! (Right now, the Grisha trilogy would be spectacular…)

6. Rainbow Rowell could write a sequel to Fangirl

Carry On is coming, but I need a true sequel!

7. A Self sustainable library in my house (I would probably need a bigger house)

Wouldn’t that be something? Getting a book as soon as it was out… *dream*

8. Find me a job where I could read and blog about books all the time!

Is there such a thing? Because I would totally like to have it!

9. Genie, remember that Con with all of the amazing authors? What about getting all the book blogging community there too?! I would like to meet them!

So, would you all go? 😉

10. Ok, back to number 1… Genie? Where the hell is Rowan?

I really want that amazing male Fae Prince in my life!

Wandering About: Tokyo (day 1) 2015

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Today was our first day walking around Tokyo, and we had a day-tour planned. It was pretty cool and even though I haven’t seen much of the city yet, I can now tell you that I’m in LOVE with Tokyo and I could totally see myself living here. Somehow, I had imagined super crowded and confusing streets, a lot of tall buildings and not enough space, and so far I have been mistaken.

So, here’s what I saw today (I’ll just dump a few pics 😉 …):

Meiji Shrine:

Meiji Shrine, located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken.

Outer Garden of the Imperial Palace:

Sensō-ji Temple

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism, it became independent after World War II.

Lunch with view to the Hamarikyu Gardens and Tokyo Bay

Cruise through Tokyo Bay

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Other Stuff

I’ll be honest here, I have no idea what these are called, but mine was the green tea with white beans one and it was the best thing I’ve ever eaten. I swear, I could live in Japan just for their sweets…

 

The New Year’s Wish (Dani-Lyn Alexander)

Typing out memos is anything but torturous when your boss is this hot! Dani-Lyn Alexander’s irresistible new yuletide romance is a lighthearted office romp that will make you long for the company holiday party. 

Olivia Calloway isn’t cut out for the nine-to-five life. She’s a born entrepreneur. She just has to figure out her soul’s true calling — and she’s given herself until the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve to do it. With her trust fund dwindling and only two and a half months to go, she takes an assistant position at prestigious law firm Harris & Harris. The problem is, Olivia’s a terrible employee — incessantly late, forgetful, and clumsy. Not that her gorgeous new boss Garrett Emerson seems to mind. Beautiful, charming Olivia has been on his mind ever since she ran into him, literally, sprinting to the interview. But Olivia’s first big assignment — to plan an elaborate last minute New Year’s Eve party for the entire company — could make or break her job entirely. With Ms. Harris herself demanding perfection, a jealous office rival rooting for Olivia to lose, and even Garrett dreading the affair, can Olivia finally prove herself — or will an unforeseen complication send her back to the drawing board? All she wants for the holidays is to be her own boss — and to ignite the flirtatious sparks between her and Garrett…so she can file their relationship under love.

Pub Date: November 30, 2015 by Pocket Star

I received an eArc from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


I read this book on the day that I got to South Korea, by then I was severely sleep deprived, but I got through the book pretty quickly in a few hours – I blame the hotel and the fact that they didn’t have my room ready by the time I got in.

This was a fun and light read, and honestly that’s the most I can say in favor of this book: it’s fun, light, easy to read.

The writing is easy enough to get through, but I did find a lot of inconsistencies. At first I thought “well, Cristina, maybe you’re reading things wrong because you haven’t slept in 48 hours…“, but nop, it was not my mistake. The timeline is a bit messed up between Olivia and Garrett’s point of views.

The characters are fun and light as well, but it’s a case of sort of insta-love, and there isn’t much character or relationship development and that was a real shame. We do see Olivia bonding with Garrett’s daughter, and sure, that is taken into account, but at the end of the day it doesn’t go much deeper than that.

The plot reads like a simple TV movie rom-com – fun, light and perfect for a lazy sunday. I found the ending quite hard to swallow really, and if you’ve read this you probably understand why.

To sum it up, it was an alright read, you should give it a go if you like fun, light romances, without much plot. As I said, perfect for a lazy sunday… 😉

Rating: 2.3 Stars

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Wandering About: Kyoto to Tokyo 2015

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Quick post today people… Hello!!! I’ve arrived at Tokyo. But before we got on the train, we went to Fushimi Inari Shrine in the morning. You all know the shrine, it’s the one featured in Memoirs of a Geisha, it’s the one with all the toriis.

There are a lot of toriis in this shrine, I read that it’s about 4km and 2 hours to go through them all… and up up they go! I managed about 1/3 – 1/2 of the way up, by then I was sweating profusely and I realized that jeans are not ideal to climb that. Be warned people, no jeans! I also knew that my mom was at the base waiting for me and I had been gone a long time, so I had to go back. It is beautiful though, and if I EVER return, I’ll be climbing all the way up.

Also, a lot of Hello Kitty’s all around the Shrine! And Rice Cakes with Red Bean filling? Delicious!!! Then it was time to catch the shinkansen to Tokyo. Tokyo seems so gorgeous so far, so different from Kyoto though. I’ll post pictures of it tomorrow.

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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Hey!!! It’s time for an Blog Award post 😀 .  Michalah @Cape Town Dreamer  nominated me for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award – thank you so much! So, here’s how it works…

RULES:

1. Display the award on your blog
2. Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who awarded you
3. Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded
5. Write seven interesting things about you.


Facts

1. I should be in bed right now, instead I’m scheduling posts for the next couple of weeks, to make sure that the blog will be alive while I’m away – you’ll read this on the 18th, but that not when I wrote it 😛 !

2. I also just finished packing, and realized that I didn’t brought enough formal clothes from Portugal. Again, by the time you read this, I’ll be in Japan, and the clothing won’t matter anymore! 😀

3. I might be slightly addicted to Twitter… I know understand why I avoided it for years.

4. I’m super late on all my TV Shows and I don’t like it. But at the same time, I like the extra time for reading… decisions, decisions.

5. I love to bake and I miss it! I think I gave this fact a couple of times already… oh, well… I also love to cook.

6. I knitted the 4th Doctor scarf! I reduced it a bit, but it’s still large as hell. I did it for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration in London.

7. I don’t own many fandom things, but I do have 10th’s Sonic Screwdriver and Hermione’s wand.


That is it! I won’t do the tagging, ok? I have no idea who has this one, it has been around for a while now. 😉

Wandering About: Osaka 2015

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Today was time to head to Osaka! Osaka is crazy!!!! Beautiful and crazy! We went just for the day, mostly to just look around – time was of the essence here. We ended up just going to Osaka Castle and Dōtonbori, so I’ll just dump a few pics here 😉 .

I loved it!!! And I bought a couple of weirdly great things… and I saw a lot a lot of manga.

Tomorrow we’ll stay in Kyoto half the day and then we’ll make our way to Tokyo. I want to see a shrine in the morning and take a walk around the city 🙂 .

The Emoji Book Tag

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Hello. Welcome to another book tag! Trisha Anne @The Bookgasm and Anette @Anette Reads tagged me for the Emoji Book Tag, where you take your five most recent or most used emojis and come up with books that fit the emotion.


Smirking Face

I’m so sorry, I love this emoji, I find it kind of indecent! And when I see it, the first book and couple that comes to my mind is Warner and Juliette from Ignite Me, Tahereh Mafi.

You know why, right? If you’ve read it, then you know. If you haven’t, why?!

 


Heart Eyes Emoji

This emoji I use a lot, usually in context of ships and so on, but know I’m gonna associate it to a book I read recently that I loved (apart from all the others books featured on this Tag), and that is The One Thing, by Marci Lyn Curtis.

I adored this book! It recently came out, and I need to get my hands on a physical copy.


Smiley Face Emoji

Oh, HAPPY FACE! A book that left a smile on my face, and makes me smile just from thinking about it is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

I loved this book so so much, and I miss it! I’ll need to re-read it soon 😀 !

 


Bawling Emoji

The most recent book where I cried like crazy was Queen of Shadows, Sarah J. Maas. All kind of tears went on in there: happy, sad, angry, more happy, ecstatic, …, I was an emotional mess for the last 25% of the book.

Totally worth it though!


Pained Face Emoji

Let’s say that this my shocked face, and none better than The Wrath and the Dawn, Renée Ahdieh to fit it.

Why? Because of that ending! It totally took me by surprise and left me a mess of shock and other feelings.

  


That’s it! This was a fun one! I think a lot of people already did this tag, so I’m gonna go ahead and tag EVERYONE who wants to do it.