Saturday, January 19, 2019

Book Review ~ Scythian Trials by Elizabeth Isaacs



Descendants of the Amazons, the Scythians work alongside prominent governments but answer to no one. Warriors living on the fringe of civilization, they live by one credo: Strength through Equality. Power through Knowledge.
Nya Thalestris is the brightest Scythian of her generation. Strong, capable, ruthless, she is sure to earn a spot in the Trials, a time-honored mating ritual responsible for the evolution of her species.
Abducted by their sworn enemy, the Drahzda, Nya is forever altered and spirals out of control. The Society sends in Jax Nickius. Infamous psychologist and one of the most brutal warriors of their kind, he discovers triggers planted in Nya’s mind. As Nya solidifies her spot in the Trials, Jax develops a plan to help—while pursuing her as a mate. But, Nya’s attraction to Jax is at war with her instinct to never let anyone get too close.
During the Trials, Nya’s repressed memories surface, revealing a new enemy—one from inside the consulate walls—and a traitorous alliance on the horizon that could irrevocably change the course of history.
Since before the Bronze Age, the Society has managed to safeguard humanity from itself … until now.


Great world building and I loved the combination of ancient Amazons (Think Wonder Woman) and humans. Humans are known as Allos and Amazonians are Scythian. While this does have fantasy elements, fierce women fighters in a modern time it also has a love story attached to it. Basically to break it down the Scythian's train in elite schools if they are "worthy" and at the end of that time they pick a mate from Scythian men who compete in a trial to prove they are the best. Our main character Anya has a past she can't remember but doesn't like touch because of it. Her companion and counselor Jax has been able to help her through this but now with the trials approaching she is discovering things she didn't remember "triggers" and wondering if she is ready to accept a mate. I have to say I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast action paced book and flowed well enough that I wasn't constantly rolling my eyes at the "love story" or even the world building. I at times find myself wishing this was a real thing. I highly recommend this book. 


"... Fun and sensual fantasy [with] magnetic characters." ―Publishers Weekly
"The Scythian Trials crackles with life, hums with heart, and pounds with action for one hell of a read." ―San Francisco Book Review
"If you loved the Hunger Games and Divergent and just all around kicka$$ characters with an amazing storyline then you will love this." ―Books With Jess


Elizabeth Isaacs is an author, teacher, and publishing professional who began her career as a national presenter for Resource Profiles, where she developed teacher seminars designed to foster creative brain stimulation. Moving into formal education, she helped at-risk students improve their writing skills as well as created and implemented a creative writing/blogging program that centered on teaching the 21st-century learner. Works stemming from this initiative were published online and seen in over 40 countries.
Elizabeth receives invitations to speak nationwide at schools and book clubs. She co-founded the popular book blog, Chirenjenzie, which reaches thousands of readers throughout the world. The writer support and reader interest group promotes and interacts with followers on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter. Elizabeth has a Master’s degree from Austin Peay State University, where she studied classical opera. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
Her newest work, The Scythian Trials, is slated for release in 2018.  



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Thursday, December 27, 2018


We covered C dramas yesterday so now I am moving on to Kdramas because while mentally I know there is a difference as an American it took looking things up to figure out who was who and why they weren't in my other dramas. I am now feeling stupid but more aware. I have noticed I tend to watch the modern stories of Kdramas and more of the ancient storylines of CDramas so go figure. So for my first Kdrama I started with 

Prison Playbook (Wise Prison Life) I couldn't find an official trailer so here's the music video 

So seriously I can't even begin to describe how much I love this show.. so let me just state I have watched it 3 times and I finally just ended up buying the DVDS because why not and this gives me to the reason to force others to watch it too. The main premise is the whole story revolves around the lives of convicts behind bars, their families and duty officers working in the correctional facilities. A superstar baseball pitcher, Kim Je-hyuk, is convicted of assault after he saves his sister from a sexual attack

So after that I was like well we have to see what else Netflix offers in Kdrama stuff and I stumbled across meteor garden 2018 

And honestly I had very mixed thoughts about this one. That being said I am not familiar with the original one. So it was a okay one for me not one that I was like EVERY ONE should see. So I moved on to 
Accidently In Love 
This one was a little bit better but still I struggled with it and didn't have the same love I had with Prison Playbook. 

So I tried yet another one called Black and I only got to episode 2 because it was so dark...

Then I moved on to Strong Woman Do Bong Soon which I thought would be a comedy turns out it has a little Criminal Minds in it. 

So now I am in the middle of two shows and craving one like Prison Playbook so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! 

I really want to watch Heartless city with my new boo Jung Kyung-ho but I can't find it anywhere. Any suggestions? 

What kdramas do you watch? Where do you watch them? What kind are your favorites? 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

New Love

So I have started a new obsession/love that I have to share... It's called Cdramas (Chinese Dramas) and I blame Netflix 100% it started off as a whatever I will try something different and has morphed into a FULL BLOWN obsession. I am googling actors, watching numerous shows, trying to keep up with everything and I can't even describe how hard I have been trying to learn the language so that I can just sit back and enjoy the beautiful backgrounds.

It all started with The Rise of Phoenixes

And I was in love from there on I couldn't stop watching this show... 70 episodes y'all and that is saying something as I can barely make it 3 seasons of any show before I burn out. From there I tried to find anything I could to just have more. I tried 
Ice Fantasy

But for some reason that didn't really hit the spot. So I wanted something like The Rise of Phoenixes with out the time commitment and I wanted roughly the fantasy aspect of Ice Fantasy so I settled on 
Eternal Love AKA 10 miles of peach blossoms

And my world was officially over. I am IN LOVE and couldn't stop watching in fact I have watched it numerous times as the first time I didn't get what was happening until mid -way through it was very confusing to this American but DEAR GOD I am in massively in love. There are almost 3 storylines going on and my favorite was SuSu and YeHua even though it was to me the most tragic I still loved that storyline.
OMG if you want to start a cdrama I am now recommending this one FOR SURE!!

I moved from that to Ashes to Love
now keep in mind this trailer gives the WHOLE story away but still look at the beauty of this show.
I am only 11 episodes in and I have to say I am confused how this can last 50+ episodes but I'm hooked enough to figure it out.

I also checked out Young Detective Dee and Painted Skin as well as Snow Girl as movies oh and I tried Brotherhood of the Blades 2... do you know of any more?

So what about you? Which Cdramas do you like? Which would you recommend to me? Where do you watch them? Right now I feel like I am stuck with Netflix but I am opened to other options. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a fantastic holiday with many blessings and fun times with those you love :)

For those of you who have lost loved ones around this time I year. Know I am thinking about you and how hard it is. I lost my dad 15 years ago 12/28 so this time is always rough for my family and my mom. I pray you have a peaceful day of remembering the good times. 

Monday, December 24, 2018


Where have you been my whole life?

I am sorely disappointed that kpop has just now come into my life. Because honestly I am in love and I can't stop listening to it. I started off just wondering what it was and found a playlist on YouTube and it spiraled from there.

Some of my favorites right now
Tempo has been on non-stop play since I found it. It is fantastic to dance to and to listen to with the headphones on.

if you like EXO
Loveshot is also fantastic

I also love that they have English subtitles so I know what the heck I am listening to LOL (that would be the old lady in me)

Another favorite is

A new favorite that reminds me of Ginuwine (if you are old enough to remember him) is
artist & album title: LuHan-Reloaded

And let us not forget the lovely BTS' idol with our very own Nikki Minij (which is how I found it to be honest)

Lastly I am really digging as a fun pick me up
iKon - Love Scenario

And a bonus one is
Twice - What is Love?
This is a fun girl group that I am also digging
So help me out who did I miss who should I listen to next? What is the newest craze in kpop and what should I know about it?

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Review ~ Beneath the Lighthouse by Julieanne Lynch

 Title: Beneath the Light house
Author: Julieanne Lynch
Published: 2018
Pages: 304
Genre:Young Adult

Summary per Goodreads: 

Sixteen-year-old Jamie McGuiness’s sister is dead. Sinking into a deep depression, he frequents the lighthouse where her body was discovered, unaware of the sinister forces surrounding him.

When an angry spirit latches onto Jamie, he’s led down a dark and twisted path, one that uncovers old family secrets, destroying everything Jamie ever believed in.

Caught between the world of the living and the vengeful dead, Jamie fights the pull of the other side. It’s up to Jamie to settle old scores or no one will rest in peace—but, first, he has to survive

I found this book to be a bit suspenseful at times I was wondering what would happen and others I wasn't surprised at all. This book does tend to move slower then I am use to so that threw me off for a minute. The descriptions of the places were done very well and the friendship between the main character Jamie and his best friend was the highlight of the book for me. Their banter and back and forth really had me smiling. The drawback for me was the "cursing" I don't mind some cursing in my books but if you are going to curse then just do it. She used freck instead of the f word. Which threw me off as most people wouldn't know what was going on. Every time she did this I was drawn out of the book and had to regroup (which was a lot). Otherwise I would recommend this book to young adult and some people who like suspense and ghost books. Also the characters for the most part were really drawn out well.

Book Review ~ Scythian Trials by Elizabeth Isaacs