Let's Discuss: Rocko's Modern Life Oddities

So the other night, I was watching Rocko's Modern Life! A classic from the 90s Nicktoon era! I loved this show as a kid, even though it could get kind of gross, but I guess as a kid, I never really realized how odd this show was for kids! 

Rocko's Modern Life Oddities

I mean first off, Rocko came to America from Australia like when he was a kid while his parents were still there? In one episode there was a flashback that showed young Rocko playing with young Filbert. In the current time frame, Rocko is an adult. He rents a house, he has a job, drives a car and yet...on Halloween he dresses up and goes Trick or Treating with Heffer and Filbert! What's up with that?!

And then Filbert gets married in one episode. It's just weird! I know, I'm analyzing cartoons too much. It's what happened when you're laying in bed and watching them late at night! Lol! I guess I can understand most of it, except the Trick or Treating part! I mean, you drive a car! You have a job! You rent a house! Why are you Trick or Treating?! Lol!

I haven't seen the last episode come around yet! As I know that it ended with everyone being on a rocket ship and ending up in space! And then there is going to be a new TV movie about it! Rocko and everyone comes back to O-Town but it's been 22 years since they were gone! It's bound to be a fun one!

Here's where you can watch the trailer if you care to! According to IMDB it airs on April 1, 2018! I tried to embed the video in my post but it was most uncooperative for some reason!

ARC Review--The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

I received this ARC from the festivities at BFest last year in 2017 for pure enjoyment purposes. I was in no way compensated for this review.

I was all kinds of crazy excited for Melissa Albert’s debut, The Hazel Wood! It screamed fairy tale book all over! The cover is just gorgeous and bespeaks of the fairy tale delights (or not so delights as real fairy tales run kind of dark) ahead! While I found the book to be interesting for sure, I wasn’t as swept away as I would’ve hoped for. I’m not sure how to describe what I mean, but I will do my best.

Alice and her mother Ella have been moving from place to place ever since Alice could remember. They always seem to be running from bad luck of some kind that continues to chase them around. Just as Alice thinks things might be settling down when her mother marries a man and they move into his apartment suite, the bad luck comes back! Alice comes home to find her family gone and it’s not until her stepfather and stepsister return with a story of being taken and that Alice must go to the Hazel Wood if she wants to get her mother back that the crazy adventure truly begins!

The Hazel Wood is the name of the estate where her mother grew up for a time and it’s where her grandmother lived and wrote the stories that became known as Tales from the Hinterland. This was a book of fairy tales, not the ones we all know and love, but a completely sort. Odd thing is, try as Alice might, she cannot find a copy of the book anywhere and she tried to find it once upon a time when she learned her grandmother wrote them. I would’ve thought it would be interesting to actually get to read these tales. It might have even helped with my reading if I had a better background on things, for this story sort of revolves around this elusive book.

Alice starts a journey to get to the elusive Hazel Wood, for no one really knows where it’s at. There’s plenty of secrets in this book. Joining her in her journey is a fellow classmate, Ellery Finch. Ellery knows a lot about Tales from the Hinterland as he too was a bit obsessed with the book growing up and he had a copy long ago before it was stolen. It seems though that their journey will be anything but easy as they hit roadblocks at every turn!

This book was a certain kind of weird. It’s almost an enjoyable sort of weird too! Again, I really feel like if I had known more about the Tales from the Hinterland, I would’ve been able to understand things better. I love fairy tales, so when I see certain elements from the variety of tales I’ve read, I’m able to get a better understanding of where this story is headed. Since Tales from the Hinterland is a fictional book from a fictional book there’s really no source for what they are made of. True, Ellery knows the tales backwards and forwards and will relate them to Alice at certain points, but there is the occasional interruption and truly, this drove me mad!!!

If you’re expecting there to be a romance building between Alice and Ellery, well, you’d be sort of wrong. There may be some fleeting feelings and moments between them, but soon other things start to happen and well…there just really wasn’t any romance at all in this book. Which I thought was sort of odd since it was fairy tale like in essence. I mean, a good chunk of fairy tales revolve around a romantic kind of love. Not all of them, true, and in this one we do see those other kinds of love, so that was nice in a sense too.

I truly think the thing that kept me from giving this one 5 stars was that I knew nothing of the Tales from the Hinterland, other than what Ellery knew. Maybe that was part of the point, as Alice never got to read them either, but it just made things a bit more confusing for me as a reader because I wasn’t sure what was really happening in a sense. Things definitely got muddled for me in more ways than one. Again, though, I did enjoy this story in some ways. The Hazel Wood was still fascinating and dark and beautifully told. I just feel like as a reader if I knew of the Tales of the Hinterland, I could’ve understood The Hazel Wood a bit more. Totally weird, right? Wanting to read a fake book in order to understand the book that mentions said fake book?

The Hazel Wood is still remarkable storytelling though! It’s a dark, twisted tale that will keep you guessing at everyone’s intentions. For we already know not to trust the people within fairy tales, but in reality it’s harder to tell who’s trustworthy and who’s not. If Melissa were to ever do a bonus addition that let us read these mystical Tales from the Hinterland, I’d be all over that! And possibly even willing to do a re-read of this one! Which coming from me, as you know, is BIG!! This is most definitely a book all lovers of fairy tales should read! It contains the classic elements we know and love and it is a truly magical read in essence, if a little befuddling at times. I might just be overanalyzing things too much as I read.

Overall Rating 4/5 stars

The Hazel Wood releases January 30, 2018 


It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

Last Week I Read:

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop (4 stars)
Until Dawn by Erin Kellison (3.5 stars)

Review That Was Posted:

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (Blog Tour Post) (4 stars)

Currently Reading:

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

What I Might Start Reading:

Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop 

Other Posts of Interest:

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

I felt like this week was a drag, which was odd since I had Monday off. I guess I'm still trying to adjust back to normal long weeks without holiday time off! Lol! January always sucks in that sense! I had a pretty good week in the bookish realm too! Didn't add too many to my TBR pile which is always nice! Lol!

I bought:

  Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
What Do You Do with a Chance? by Kobi Yamada & Ill. by Mae Besom

Then I won in a giveaway from Lisa's Lost in Lit an ARC of Moonlight Sins!!! Cannot wait to read this one!!

Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout (ARC)


And then this beauty arrived...

Thankfully I already guessed the book before someone spoiled it on Twitter. Really got to remember to stay off that thing until my box arrives, but I always forget! Lol! I'll share pictures of it later on and possibly on Instagram later today but in a way you can totally avoid seeing it if you want to be surprised! ;)


Let's Discuss: What's the Point of Oreo Thins?

A random idea came to me the other day, it was for the commercial for the new mini Oreo Thins and it occurred to me once again--as it does every time I see these...

What's the Point of Oreo Thins?

Okay, granted, I get it! Oreo Thins are the thinner version of Oreoes! You can have one of your (possibly) favorite cookies, but in a "lighter" fashion.

But seriously?! Look at these things! They are wayyy too thin! Why are we even bothering with the cream? Clearly, if you're eating one of these you are not much of an Oreo person! I can't even describe a comparison to this! Lol! It's just that crazy!

Don't get me wrong, if you love these cookies, that's great! I'm a cookie snob! Lol! But seriously extremely picky with cookies too! I'd much rather have a Double Stuf Oreo or the most delicious MEGA Stuf!

Where do you stand on Oreo Thins? For them? Against them? Or do you not care for Oreoes either way?! Lol!

Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict
This week's question is: When reading a mass paperback book, many people fold the cover back, as if they were reading a magazine. Doing this will eventually create creases in the spine. How do you feel about this common bookish habit? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)
Needless to say that I think this is sacrilegious!! Like I will have legit panic attack inducing breathing when I see this! Especially if it's one of my books. I'm more likely to buy a person the book they want to borrow rather than let them read my copy*. 
*Note that this is usually just when it comes to my sister! Lol!!

Random Thursday

I interrupt sharing from Dave's book for a special post that's still very much Disney related! All last year I kept pages from my Disney Desk Calendar (2017) where I felt like the factoid was pretty much wrong! Like you couldn't be more wrong than this! And I feel like sharing them here because I am a Disney geek!

Okay, so here I'm being nit-picky but I mean come on, these things DO matter! The description is all correct and whatnot, but the picture is totally wrong! Obviously this is THE END of the movie where we assume Jasmine and Aladdin were married and go off to live happily ever after! But obviously since we had a movie later on with the wedding, this is not their wedding scene! Regardless it is at the END and NOT during Whole New World!

Once again, nothing wrong with the factoid, but the picture!! This is NOT Thumper! This is his girlfriend later on! What did they end up calling her, Miss Bunny? I mean there's eyelashes AND a heavy girlish blush!

Sorry for the crookedness, my printer/scanner isn't in the best spot with light and whatnot! All about convenience and space! Lol! Here the factoid is wrong, it's saying the fairies must rush back to the cottage in the glen to find Prince Phillip, but so wrong!!! This is when the fairies are going to the cottage in the glen to raise baby Aurora! I mean Fauna is clearly carrying a baby!!

Okay I'm being nit-picky again here! The quote is when genie complains about having a crick in the neck, yet the picture is concept art during is Friend Like Me song and he's juggling his head. Again, not really anything wrong...just being nit-picky.

Okay, here it really comes down to the terminology. The fairies shrank down to tiny size and flew into what's more of a jewelry box or safe-like box than a closet!

This one was so close to being right! It says Pumbaa thinks he's being chased by Nala because she wants to eat him, they say, no she's not! She's looking for Simba! Uh, WRONG! She IS trying to EAT PUMBAA because there's no food in the Pride Lands! Simba happens to stop her and save Pumbaa and they have their OMG reunion! Duh!

Okay being nit-picky on the terminology again, but come on, you don't call a handmade gown that was torn to shreds a work dress!! Everyone knows that Cinderella was wearing her handmade dress that her little animal friends help make for her but then her stepsisters ripped it to shreds!

Again, terminology here is not quite right. Or the movie wasn't very clear on two dudes who work the fireworks are actually bad guys for doing their jobs! It's says Mushu scares the bad guys away, but the firework guys weren't the Huns, so why are they "bad"?

Mini Review--Until Dawn by Erin Kellison

A witch reality television show, a deadly curse, and a vampire on a mission—a perfect brew for love.

During the live end-of-season Tell All episode of the reality television show, Witching Wild, cast member Judith Kress opens fan mail expecting the usual personal questions, but gets cursed instead. Vampire Calvin Blake is charged with saving her life and discovering the source of the curse, but ends up in deeper trouble than he thought possible. Survival is going to be a dangerous affair until dawn.

I had a mix of things going on today that led me to pull up a novella, Until Dawn by Erin Kellison that gives us another glimpse at the Dragons of Bloodfire series! Though this time, we're following a vampire servant around rather than the dragon itself.

Lady Fane is an old and powerful dragon and a huge fan of the show Witching Wild. When she sees one of her favorite hosts, Judith, have her life threatened she sends her vampire servant, Calvin out to go protect her. Calvin of course does his lady's bidding willingly. 

Judith is a witch with a curse on her from another witch. If she can manage to stay alive until dawn, she will get to stay alive and Calvin is to be her protector in the remaining hours of the night. Naturally, there's a little bit of romance thrown into the mix but there's also a good deal of danger from curses to zombies to a vampire's hunger, there's plenty that might end up offing Judith before dawn!

Naturally with short little reads like this, there's never quite enough to satisfy the reader! We get a nice glimpse into the vampire side of things when it comes to working with dragons. It kind of made me miss my dragons that I've met before though we do get a glimpse of one of them however briefly! 

It was a short and sweet read though I guess this is why short stories don't always work for me as I'm left craving more! Still a fun little read to the series!

Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars


Review--Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before; both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…

After almost three years I return to Anne Bishop’s world of The Others and I found I quite missed visiting the Lakeside Courtyard! Vision in Silver continues the story of Meg, Simon, and a whole laundry list of other people, Other and human alike as they try to live together in a world where there are many prejudices against the terra indigene.

Things between humans and terra indigene are definitely heating up, and not in a good way. The Humans First and Last group are getting bolder in their advances to take away everything from the terra indigene. They are a group of humans who think very highly of themselves and want to “take back their world” from the Others, but what they don’t realize is that the Others are letting them live here. There’s also more development from the other cassandra sangues that were rescued from all over. Many of them are struggling to adapt to life outside their prisons.

In the meantime, Meg has been getting the urge to cut more and more. Prophecies are demanding to be seen and heard and one of them involves Monty’s daughter who mysteriously shows up at Lakeside one day and there’s a larger mystery involved with her that is revealed over the course of the novel.

What’s hard to describe about this book is what actually happens. It’s a slower paced kind of read, but the story is more character focused than anything. I surprise myself by how much I enjoy it as I do sometimes prefer more action in my story than not. Here, there is some action, but not as much as one would think.

The story revolves around the relationship between humans and the terra indigene that is slowly falling apart. A variety of nasty humans are thinking they are the dominant species here and want to take out the Others. In some ways, the story is also about Meg as she tries to lead a normal life. Or as normal of a life as possible.

I still keep hoping for some Simon and Meg romance, but it’s definitely something that is being built up gradually. At least I hope that’s what Anne is doing! I still have two more novels to read at this point, so there’s still loads room for more!

I will admit, this is a hard series to get into if you’re looking for a fast-paced, action packed, tension inducing kind of read! While this series has a nice deal of action and tension, it isn’t fast-paced in the least. It’s a gradual buildup to things, but in the meantime while waiting things to happen, lots of little things occur while we get to meet a lot of different people! True, trying to keep track of all the characters (and my 3 year gap from time away) can get a little frustrating, but for the most part I am able to see who is good and who is not so good. This is definitely a series for readers who enjoy a character driven series because this series has that in spades!


Overall Rating 4/5 stars 

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.

Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.

After barely escaping the imposter’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king — and reveal Javan’s identity — is to fight in Maqbara’s yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.

The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive — but she has dangerous secrets.

Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both.

Really need to start this series as well! Have I mentioned how far behind I'm in with nearly ALL my series?!

AUTHOR: C.J. Redwine 
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2018

BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER BLOG TOUR: Review--Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu


Welcome to my stop on the Batman: Nightwalker Blog Tour!!

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review for the blog tour, hosted by Rock Star Book Tours. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Marie Lu continues the DC Icons series with a favorite superhero of mine, and of course that would be Batman! I think it was the Michael Keaton movies that got me hooked. Don’t ask why! Lol! Batman: Nightwalker tells a tale of a young Bruce Wayne, long before his Batman days but perhaps played a stepping stone in the path that he would soon take.

Lately, the rich and famous of Gotham City’s citizens are being attacked by a group known as the Nightwalkers. Their homes are burglarized and the residents killed. Bruce Wayne is a bit distracted by his upcoming trust fund being opened to him, making him a legal adult and granting him access to his parent’s money. Though, as we know, Bruce isn’t the bad sort of rich elite. In fact, his tendencies to want to help the citizens of Gotham come from what his parents were always trying to do. And it’s when he’s trying to help the GCPD out in a car chase of sorts, he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. Needless to say the police weren’t too happy with Bruce and as punishment he’s to work at Arkham Asylum.

It’s there that he meets a young girl around his age named Madeleine. The police cannot get her to talk and it’s believed she works with the Nightwalkers. Days have gone by and she refuses to say a word, until suddenly she does, and it’s with Bruce.

While I am a pretty decent Batman fan, I have to admit, I was just a teeny bit upset with this one. I think it’s because when we get down to it, this is before Bruce becomes Batman. Sure he does a few things that aren’t exactly within the law, his Batman tendencies are showing just ever so slightly.

Add in the fact that I don’t know much about my superheroes other than what the movies tell me, then I guess you could say I don’t fully understand the comic book world, and I don’t truly! So I can’t say if there were more familiar characters in this one either. Though I did recognize one Harvey Dent! Harvey is one of Bruce’s best friends, so it was kind of interesting to see, much like Gotham in a way. Though I will admit, I couldn’t figure out if the Dianne that was also Bruce’s friend was a true character or not. Google didn’t really help either as I got a real person (I believe) with that name instead of this one! Lol! But it was kind of cool to see even Harvey, and Alfred, and Fox popping up. It gives me a sense of familiarity for being only vaguely familiar with comic book lore.

Madeleine was a strange character, again, I don’t know if she was a real attribute to the Batman world or not, but she was definitely one of those “villains” that had you wondering if she were truly villainous or not! That Bruce becomes a little enamored with her definitely put an interesting twist to things.

The pacing to this one was slightly on the slower side, but that doesn’t mean it was at all bad! I’ve come to realize that a slower pace usually makes for great buildup to other points of the novel! Such as the ending to this one! Holy cow it was wow! There were quite a few astonishing surprises by the end of this one! Certain things come into light and it just kind of spins your head around, but in a good way! I’ll be curious to see if Sarah J. Maas’ Catwoman: Soulstealer will have any reflection on this one. I was always a fan of the romance between Batman and Catwoman, we can thank Batman Returns for that…and the animated series if I recall correctly! Been ages since I seen the original one!

Overall I was quite pleased with this story. Sure, I would’ve liked it to have been a little more “Batman” like, but since Bruce is still a teenager I guess he can’t be off fighting crime this early on! I mean, at least not to the full extent that he will eventually do! Definitely a read all Batman fans ought to check out! It was positively riveting!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars

Marie Lu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy and The Young Elites trilogy. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

Time for the giveaway info, 3 US readers will receive a copy of Batman: Nightwalker! Just fill out the rafflecopter form! 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
1/1/2018- Pen and ParchmentReview
1/2/2018- Margie's Must ReadsReview
1/3/2018- YA Book NerdReview
1/4/2018- Mary Had a Little Book BlogReview
1/5/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview

Week Two:
1/8/2018- YA BibliophileReview
1/9/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
1/10/2018- The Young FolksReview
1/11/2018- The Book NutReview
1/12/2018- The Wanderlust ReaderReview

Week Three:
1/15/2018- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderExcerpt
1/16/2018- a GREAT readReview
1/17/2018- BookHounds YAReview
1/18/2018- Icey BooksReview
1/19/2018- Ex LibrisReview

Week Four:
1/22/2018- Brittany's Book RamblesExcerpt
1/23/2018- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview
1/24/2018- Brooke- ReportsReview
1/25/2018- Nerdophiles- Review
1/26/2018- Novel NoviceExcerpt

Week Five:
1/29/2018- YA Books CentralReview
1/30/2018- Bookish In BedReview
1/31/2018- Book BriefsReview