Rambling about Spiderman Homecoming (With Spoilers!)

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I loved this movie! Even though I haven’t seen any other Spiderman films in full, I already know that Tom Holland will probably be my favorite Spiderman. He’s awkward, he’s hilarious, he’s your neighborhood guy, but he just happens to be Spiderman. It’s just a perfect combination, and Tom Holland acts this way all the time. Sometimes I wonder if he even had to try for certain scenes, or if he was just being himself. He might not completely look like a scrawny fifteen-year-old though, he is muscular, but he looks short on the screen so it does make him look younger.

I am praying that Michelle is MJ! I had heard that she wasn’t the love interest in this film because I watched it so late, but Liz was still a brown girl so I am happy. I only wish that they had actually been able to finish their date for homecoming. She was so nice, she actually seemed to like Peter as a person even though he was around 2 years younger than her. But he had to be the hero, and that was the end of that. If Michelle ends up being MJ/Mary Jane in the next movie, my dreams will come true. I ship Zendaya and Tom so much, and I ship Peter and Michelle so much. Their personalities are so opposite but are similar in certain ways. MJ is smart as she is in Peter’s advanced high school and helped the team to win the decathlon in the film. But, she isn’t as friendly as Peter. She isn’t bullied, at least not in the movie, but she doesn’t have many friends. She only seems to interact with Peter and Ned. Peter is super friendly and super smart, but his friendliness is a bit of a weakness for him. He’s a bit naive, which MJ is not. Opposites attract, and MJ is definitely the opposite of Peter.

Let’s move on from the romance to the action. Toomes has to be one of my absolute favorite Marvel villains. He actually had a rather relatable reason to become a villain! He was supposed to be cleaning up the fallout from the Battle of New York and getting money from the scrap metal/Alien parts, but then the Avengers and the government took over the cleanup. This caused him to lose all of the money he had used to hire the workers and rent or buy the tools, and bankrupted his company. He didn’t want to steal the alien parts just to kill people or take over the world, he just wanted to get money for himself, his family, and his employees. Why would the Avengers get paid to clean up the mess that they made while destroying New York in the attack? Toomes would not have become a villain if he had made his cash from cleaning up and selling the scrap metal/other artifacts found in the rubble. The Avengers basically indirectly created this villain. I haven’t seen the movie with the Battle of New York, but did the Avengers even pay anything to support those whose homes had indirectly been damaged during the attack or those out of a job because of the loss of a workplace? This villain made me really think about the superhero dynamic in general.

I can’t end my review before talking about the dynamic between Tony Stark and Peter. I feel that one of Marvel’s best decisions ever was making them have a father/son dynamic. Peter was looking for someone superhero-like to look up to, and Tony finally had someone to make him responsible. He couldn’t be the billionaire superhero who constantly just did whatever he wanted, he had a kid to look after now! Every time he tried to make sure that Peter was safe, Peter would be a typical teen. He was a real kid! He wasn’t a bad kid, he was a typical “nerd,” but he made mistakes by doing what he thought was right rather than asking the adults in the room sometimes. I feel that Happy was a bad babysitter for Peter though. Most of the conflict in the film could have completely been avoided if Happy took Peter seriously. Like, if Peter was mostly texting Happy about boring stuff, and never lied and said that he was doing anything serious, why would Happy not take him seriously when he was clearly NOT LYING about doing something serious? Honestly, that didn’t make sense to me. But it was the only part of the movie that I legitimately disliked.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who has the time to watch it! I can’t wait for the next one to come out this summer, I will definitely be seeing it in theaters.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Fanfiction Friday: Marvel Cinematic Universe Edition!

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So I’ve been going through one of my fanfiction stages again, and I have found some really good ones! Specifically, I have been reading a lot of fanfiction about characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

All types of fanfiction have their bad stories, but I find that the MCU fanfiction honestly has a higher volume of poorly written stories. I specifically wanted stories where Tony Stark and Peter Parker had a father/son sort of relationship, and maybe with a bit of angst, and I just got a ton of stories where Peter was just randomly attacked and kidnapped and Tony was just “Oh No My Son Is Gone Whatever Shall I Do?!!” I enjoy stories about kidnapping or angst in that way, but not when they are written like that.

Nevertheless, I found quite a few absolutely amazing stories/series, and I am going to share what I found with you all!

Febuwhump 2019

This story by undeerqueen is a collection of drabbles about Peter Parker and Tony Stark’s father/son relationship. So far, all the one-shots have been great, and I think that they will continue to be updated throughout the month of February. They take place in different universes, so you don’t have to worry about “catching up on” the chapters. They are all standalones.

5 Times Everyone Forgot How Smart Peter Actually Was

I am a sucker for these “5 times” stories, and this one is one of the best that I have ever read. It has Peter Parker and “IronDad” tendencies, but it also includes other characters from the MCU and their interactions with Peter. The fact that Peter was in an advanced science school is barely touched upon in the actual MCU, so this fanfiction about how his book smarts could be applied to the lives of the superheroes was perfect!

Who Watches The Heroes Series

Honestly, the installments of this series feel like full-length books. The 4 stories in the series so far add up to around 230,000 words, so they might as well be! The series starts with the book Long Shadows, which basically explores the idea of “What would happen if Venom infected MCU Peter Parker?” It is just so well-written, and I flew through it in a few days. It isn’t finished yet, but the author went on a break in September. They said that they needed time for school, so they will probably be back this summer. I personally can’t wait!

5 Times Peter Passed Out In Front of Tony + 1 Time He Passed Out Alone

Like I said before, I am a sucker for those “5 Times +1” stories. This one hasn’t been updated for a few months, but the author is still pretty active on Archive Of Our Own. It might be finished someday. Nevertheless, the chapters can all be read as standalones, so you don’t have to worry about being left on a cliffhanger.

Avenging The…Group Chat?

I will let you know that out of 100+ fanfictions that I have bookmarked on my phone, I can count on two hands the number of chatfics that I have. Well, unless you count the number of Twitter BTS chatfics that I have “liked,” but that is a post for another day. This group chat portrays the Avengers as a sort of family, which was truly cute, and I loved every minute of it.

These are just five stories/series, but I will be back with more next week. Thanks for reading!

Growing Up Carrie Review

growing Up CarrieFamilies aren’t always perfect and neither was mine. When you add in a stepdad, there are more hurdles to jump over. It wasn’t always easy growing up after my stepdad came into my life. He met my mom on an Internet gaming site! Can you believe it? Later, he easily could have walked away from the responsibilities of raising a teen, yet he stayed and you won’t believe how it turned out …

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book, but I was definitely shocked by what came out of it. Most of the book was told from the father’s point of view, which allowed the readers to see his relationship with Carrie’s mother and the events in her childhood through his more mature eyes. Rather than this being a book about Carrie growing up, it became a book about the father losing the woman he loved too quickly and dealing with raising a young girl as a single father. I think I loved this storyline even more than the synopsis’ summary of a different storyline.

For starters, let’s talk about how Edward and Tammy, Carrie’s mother, met. They were friends on a gaming site, and one day he receives a message that his good friend is sick. He flies from Arizona to West Virginia to see her and ends up becoming instantly attached to both her and her seven-year-old daughter Carrie. It was so unique how their relationship started, but it is actually not uncommon nowadays! I wish that more romance stories would start with more modern “meetings” such as this one.

Then, we get into the main part of the story. Carrie’s mother passes away, and Edward is left to take care of her daughter. He wants to do it, but he doesn’t know anything about raising a girl. Luckily, with the help of some family and friends, he i sable to bring the girl home and make her feel welcome/ready to start her new life in Arizona. Edward is so strong in this part of the story, as he barely gets to chance to mourn the love of his life before he is comforting her daughter and moving to his empty home.

This entire story deals with the different stages of grief. Edward doesn’t understand how a nice woman like Tammy was taken away so quickly, and her daughter who had never done anything wrong left an orphan. He can’t be weak because then Carrie would fall apart, but he struggles to see how the future will play out. Throughout the book, he relies on prayer to connect himself with Tammy and stay grounded as he raises Carrie.

The part of the story with Carrie’s growth is where Edward’s love truly shines through. There are several time skips as the book progresses from a seven-year-old Carrie to a seventeen-year-old Carrie. These time skips are never confusing and I loved seeing how Carrie would change both physically and mentally in each new section.

This story was amazing as it told how Carrie grew closer to her father, and they both overcame their grief together. I read it all in one sitting, and I would definitely read it again. The writing was smooth yet descriptive, and the entire book was just a roller-coaster of emotion. I would definitely read this one again, it is going into my permanent collection.

I would recommend this story to lovers of adult contemporary romance or adult family stories.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars

Daddy’s Soul Tie Review

Daddy's Soul Tie (Healing in the Horizon Book 2)Shannon has struggled with a drinking problem for years, and she traces back the cause of this issue to her father, who was also a heavy drinker. This story discusses the generational issue of alcoholism, and how two people years apart were determined to overcome their inner demons.

This book discusses the issue of how alcoholism can infiltrate generations of people. Shannon’s father was taught to be an alcoholic by his mother, and he, in turn, taught his daughter to do the same exact thing. It is hard to break the habit after he had been drinking for so long, but he was determined to do it, and so was she. This story was definitely inspirational, as they were both able to work on breaking their generational curse. It was also interesting to see that because her grandmother and her father were both alcoholics, Shannon already had the ability to drink a lot of alcohol without becoming intoxicated. This didn’t mean that she wasn’t damaging her liver, but it did mean that in order to get drunk she had to purchase a lot more alcohol than her friends did. It’s interesting to see how the genes played a part in this “curse.”

I had the same awkwardness in this book as there was in Giving Birth to HIV, but it just seemed more prominent since this story is so short. In fact, the story is only about 40 pages and then the other 30 or so pages are the article. Again, the article was interesting, but I would have liked to see a little more story for this novel, especially since the subject matter was so interesting!

The thing that I liked the most of the book was the fact that there were interviews throughout with Shannon and her father. It gave it a very personable feel as if I was seeing one of their private conversations.

This novel would be good for anyone who wants to learn more about how alcoholism can affect generations, and who also wants encouragement on their own journey.

I received a copy of this novel and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Curse of the Draekon Review

Chosen: Curse of the Draekon Book OneLissa is a healer in Caldiri, and she raises her little sister Lori with her older brother Lin. Every year, the Draekon come to the human regions and ask for humans to come and serve in the capital. The people in Caldiri don’t even know what happens to the humans there, they only know that their children, neighbors, or friends are taken only to never be heard or seen from again. Lissa’s older brother scarred his face for life to try and avoid the draft, but Lissa still has a few years to get through, and Lori has become of age to be Chosen. When both Lori and Lissa are taken, even when only one sibling is supposed to be Chosen per year, Lin vows to do anything to retrieve them.
When Lissa arrives in the Capital, she is scared to death when thinking about all the torture her and her sister are bound to endure for the rest of their lives. Things in the Capital are far different than what she was told, and she begins to wonder whether the things she was told in her childhood were true or not.

I read Enlightened by Samantha Britt, but I think that I will end up liking this series even more than the Immortal Chronicles. She always creates such unique universes. In this universe, The Draekons came from another continent to conquer the humans’ continent. They need the humans in order to reproduce, and they use the humans to help them in every aspect of their lives. The humans allow the Draekons to have control because the Draekons have longer lifespans, better healing ability, and are generally stronger than the weak humans. The only reason why the Draekons really need humans is that without them they can’t reproduce. This world is described beautifully throughout the book and has a long history. This book doesn’t even touch on the entire world, only the parts that Lissa was able to see. I feel that it will get even more intricate in the next installment of the series.

The plot actually didn’t move that quickly, which I enjoyed. It was hard to keep track of how much time had spent, but it did feel like I was realistically walking with Lissa through her days. I also liked how this allowed her to be human, rather than being some super healer who is able to heal thousands of people without any rest. It allowed me to truly connect with her.

At first, I thought that Lori was a spoiled brat. She was not grateful for anything that her siblings did for her, and she was already 16 years old. I was happy to see her do a little bit of growing up once they got to the Capital. It was a beautiful thing to see a true sister bond in literature, something that is often underestimated.

I have to say, I am not sure where this series is planning to go with romance. It seems like literally everyone is in love with Lissa. She has like three royals, one boy at home, and I think someone else but at this point, I can’t remember. It’s really just too much, and I hope in the next book one or two guys will be eliminated. I don’t even know how she will deal with this love….Pentagon?

I didn’t notice any editing errors in this novel.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new adult fantasy series to get into this summer!

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

 

Winter Flowers Blog Tour plus Review

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 flowersbook_front.jpgWinter Flowers (The Flowers Series #2)

by Tani Hanes

Genre: NA Romance

Release Date: July 20th 2018

Summary:

What ever happened to Pete and Daisy?

When we left them, their daughter had just been born, and some momentous decisions had been made.

It’s now four years later. Their family has grown, as has their love for each other. Clio is a rocky smart, precocious four year old, and she’s been joined by baby sister Francie. Pete’s career as a musician is finally taking off, and things should be rosy; however, fame and fortune bring their own pitfalls, and a voice from the past arrives in their lives, threatening to upset everything they’ve worked for.

Can they survive Pete’s success, and the long shadow cast by Daisy’s past? How will Pete deal with groupies, temptation, and prolonged separation from his family? And how far is Daisy willing to go to protect those she loves?

Join the Santangelos on this rollicking roller coaster second installment of their journey.

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Daisy and Pete have an amazing relationship with their two girls, Clio and Francie. They seem to have a perfect family life, but then Clio’s birth father wants to come back into the picture. He’s still in Pete’s band, which means that they can’t avoid him for the next few months.

Just before Pete’s band is going on tour, Daisy has a miscarriage and starts drifting away from Pete. Pete worries that while he is on tour, she will not be faithful and will instead find someone else. Even though when he left they were on good terms, he still worries about what will happen while he is away. He also doesn’t want Richard to try and confront him while he is on tour, because if he tries to defend himself, Richard will try to tear their family apart and take Clio.

I loved reading about Pete and Daisy’s family in this story! Francie and Clio were adorable, and it was a treat to see them grow and learn from their parents. I was also happy that Pete loved both his daughters equally, even though only one was biologically his. I was always rooting for Clio to be able to stay with the family that raised her.

I got upset a few times when Pete seemed to be putting the blame on Daisy, basically asking her why she chose Richard of all people to sleep and have a child with. I understood that Richard was a horrible person, but Daisy wasn’t expecting to have a child by him. It wasn’t even her fault for anything. Sometimes he would say that nothing was her fault, and then other times he would say that the whole situation was her fault, even if she was literally crying and saying that she wished Clio was his and not Richard’s.  He eventually realizes the error of his ways though, and I was able to overlook this flaw in his character.

I still root for Pete and Daisy, but there were several other people in this book that tried to be with both Pete and Daisy. They did try to turn those people down, but they did entertain them sometimes. I think that the main moral of this story was that communication matters. If they had communicated more, those other people would not have even tried to enter their lives. Because they didn’t communicate, it opened up the possibility for others to try and take their spot.

Clio was an adorable little girl, but she was portrayed as being wise beyond her years. I think that she was maybe a little too wise for a 4-year-old, but it was still hilarious to read some of the things that would come out of her mouth at certain times of the story. Her younger sister wasn’t like this at all, but I don’t know how she will have grown int he next story when she is a little older.

I enjoyed this book, despite the lack of communication between Pete and Daisy and the mixed messages being sent by Pete. My favorite part of the story was just them coming together as a family and growing past their issues.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a non-conventional contemporary adult romance with strong family themes.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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IMG_1863.jpegAbout the Author

My name is Tani Hanes, and I am a 51 year old substitute teacher. I’m from central California and am a recent transplant to New York City. The most important things to know about me are that I’m punctual, I love grammar and sushi, and I’m very intolerant of intolerance. The least important things to know about me are that I like to knit and I couldn’t spell “acoustic” for 40 years. I’ve wanted to write since I was ten, and I finally did it. If you want to write, don’t wait as long as I did, it’s pointless, and very frustrating!

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