Webtoon Wednesday: AMuslimMamaComics!

I love supporting amazing artists on Instagram. When I first started reading Asbah Alaena’s comics, I fell in love with the art style. Soon, I started following the story of herself and her family. Her name on Instagram is @amuslimmamacomics, and she writes about her everyday life raising children, being a wife, and being a Muslim woman.

I am not Muslim, so I didn’t know what to expect coming into it. Soon, I kept reading her older comics just to learn more about the religion and to understand my Muslims friends better. She writes about the peaceful, amazing, funny, and difficult parts of being a Muslim in today’s world. One of my favorite inspirational comics of hers was this one. I never really understood what Ramadan was truly about until I saw this comic, and it made me so happy to know that this was how my friends were going to be feeling for that month.

A lot of her comics are simply relatable if you have kids or have been around kids for any period of time. She discusses the good, bad, and the hilarious of being a mother. One of my favorite motherhood-related comics of hers is this one!

I would definitely recommend you check her out and read even more of her comics, she even writes about some political/social and humanitarian issues in comics such as this one!

I hope that you check her out and enjoy her comics as much as I did! Let me know who your favorite Instagram artists are in the comments!

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 paintbrushes


The Magician ARC Review


The Magician: Book 1 of the coming-of-age epic fantasy serial (The Ravenglass Chronicles) by [Cronshaw, Jon]Kat is heir to the throne…

…but the last thing she wants to do is rule. 

When the day she’s been dreading finally arrives, Kat is torn between her royal duties and a magical destiny.

Will she choose true love and risk certain war, or accept an arranged marriage with a man three-times her age?

With only a wyvern and a messenger boy as her friends, who can she really trust?

How deep do the secrets run?

Inspired by the tarot and set in a rich medieval world, The Magician is the first instalment of The Ravenglass Chronicles, a fantasy novella serial with new episodes released each month.

You’ll love this coming-of-age epic because everyone loves hidden magic, family secrets, and forbidden love.

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I loved Kat, and I felt so bad for her. She never really wanted to be a woman, she just wanted to keep being a child so that she would keep her freedom. Now, she has to go through an embarrassing “first blood” ritual, and then she must be engaged/betrothed to a random man from another kingdom. She does everything in her power to put off this ceremony, but her younger sister has already gone through the ceremony and her mother keeps pushing her to become a woman.

Cronshaw does a good job of showing how sometimes sisters can mature at different levels. Elizabeth was really too young to realize the trouble she was going to be in once she goes off with her betrothed, a much older man. But she feels that she is more mature and responsible than Kat, a girl who won’t let go of her childhood to become a woman. Kat knows more than Elizabeth, but she doesn’t want to play along to appease her sister or her mother. She will fight this ceremony until the last second and fight the betrothal even longer.

I hope that Kat is able to salvage her relationship with her younger sister. Her younger is going to need her help throughout or either to escape this marriage that is definitely going to hurt.

The romance in this book was sweet. It was very innocent, as Kat is still only in her early teens. I liked seeing the two have feelings for one another, but still trying to keep things secret to not get in trouble. I hope that they are able to continue the romance in future books, but this book ends on such a huge cliffhanger that I don’t know what could happen in future novels.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an upper YA fantasy novel with a coming-of-age storyline.

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

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books


My Convenient Marriage ARC Review (Sweet Bay Brides #1)

How far would she go to become a mother?
Declan Chambers is a hard-nosed businessman with no time for love, marriage, or children. But when he discovers he has a daughter who’s being raised in an abusive home, he decides to fight for custody, even though he knows nothing about kids, especially shy, little girls who refuse to talk to men. 

Daycare teacher Abby is drawn to Callie, the new student who was taken away from the only parent she knows.  She doesn’t trust men any more than Callie does, but she feels compelled to help the man who’s struggling with instant fatherhood and protect the child who stole her heart. 

But can she protect her own heart when a marriage of convenience promises her the one thing she wants more than anything? 

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I’ve read a few novels with fake relationships or fake marriages, but never one told in this way. Abby and Declan had chemistry from the moment that they set eyes on one another, but they didn’t jump right into the “convenient” marriage part. They each had their own jobs, and they weren’t going to drop everything for feelings. They both had their own failures with love, so why would they risk everything to try again?

Declan was mess. He was a perfect businessman, but he didn’t know how to be close to people. He hadn’t had a successful relationship in a long time, so when he was told that he had a child, he knew that it could only be from one person. Declan could not take care of Callie on his own. I’m not even going to say that he tried his best, he did something, but Callie must have gone thorugh an awful first night experience when she was dropped off with Declan. Declan couldn’t even keep his temper under control and ended up yelling at Callie, an already abused child. Thank goodness Abby came into the picture on only the second day! Without her, Callie would have never survived living with Declan.

Abby was such a great female character. She knew that she wanted a child, and she didn’t even want to be married to have one. Working at the daycare was a dream job for her, and Callie instantly clung to her. Abby knew that she wanted to get closer to this broken child, and Declan gave her the opportunity to. He needed someone to help him raise this child, and she was more than willing to do that. Then he needs to fight for this little girl’s safety, and Abby is more than willing to do this.

My least favorite part of the book was probably the scenes at the beginning where Declan couldn’t take care of Callie. This wasn’t all of his fault, as wasn’t given enough information on Callie’s history. Not even her medical history! But it was definitely cringy, and I was just hoping that Callie would be saved soon. And then Callie was, and I was super happy again.

My favorite parts of the book were all of the cute family scenes that Cassie, Abby, and Declan have as they are bonding. I found myself reading and rereading those because of how adorable they were. I will definitely be rereading this book just because of how cute it was overall. The family-oriented style was a good look for this book.

Overall, this book was amazing, and I am definitely going to continue reading this series.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet family-oriented romance novel.

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

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 books


A Creation of Tomorrow Review


\A Creation of Tomorrow (The Creation Series, #1)Alice’s daughter now missing, Cami was without a mother, and the one person that protected her from her father’s anger. Now Cami continuously wore new bruises.

Having no doubt Cami’s father Tom was responsible for the bruises Alice turned to the police again and again, but just like when Patsy went missing, they repeatedly turned their backs on her.

Alice was desperate to find help. With nowhere left to turn, she turned to the most dangerous men she’d ever laid eyes on.

Rumour had it that they were drug traffickers. The leader was thought to be the devil himself, and his men his demon disciples; but what choice did Alice have? She needed someone that could protect Cami.

They didn’t wear patches on their leather, and they weren’t called by any name, but they were brothers.

For Rick running a drug ring was challenge enough. Having each other’s back was all that mattered – until Alice approached him. Taken with Alice, and drawn in the moment he looked at Cami’s picture Rick ordered Jonathan and Swan to tail the little girl, and find out what they could about her situation.

What they found was that she abused and needed their help. What they discovered was an innocence they forgot existed in the world, and a strength no child should ever have.

Her sweetness drew them in. Her strength tore at their hearts. They would do anything to keep her was safe.

This is a creation of tomorrow..

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Cami was in trouble, and her grandmother knew. No one believed that Cami was being abused by her father Tom, and the police reports that Alice had been filing were fruitless. Tom was going to really hurt Cami if Alice didn’t do something, so she decided to turn to a local gang for protection. She was expecting to have to pay but little did she know, the gang’s leader Rick had a soft spot for her and little girls in need of his help. The gang decides to watch this girl in order to find out what her father is really doing to her. They don’t mean to become attached to young Cami and Alice, but they do. Now, they have to worry about protecting the two from Tom and from the gang’s enemies.

This was the longest book that I’ve read in a while. It actually took me 2-3 days of on and off reading to finish it! But I kept on reading because I just loved the characters so much. I was reading in a lot of different spare moments that I had, just to get a chapter or two in. And even through all of this, I still had that moment at the end of the novel where I thought “that’s it?” I didn’t want these characters to ever stop talking to me.

This book has a nice balance between shocking/sad and cute/relaxing scenes. You would have a scene with Rick’s gang fighting or killing members of another gang, and then you would have a scene with the same guys playing with Cami. The author makes sure that her readers know that just because the men are gangsters doesn’t mean that they are cruel to everyone that they meet. They can treat a young girl like a princess, and still kill anyone who dares to put her in danger. Some scenes might get a little gory for those faint of heart, but it still was an amazing novel.

This was also a semi-realistic portrayal of child abuse. Everyone knew that something wasn’t quite right with Cami’s relationship with her father, but they couldn’t get her to say anything. Bruises aren’t uncommon on children, and police reports might not go anywhere for quite a long time. The only way for the gang to find out what was wrong was to see it firsthand. Cami didn’t even show signs of being abused emotionally, she had gotten good at hiding things. The gang had to get really close to Cami to get her to say a word about her father.

After the father story arc is set to the side, you get to see Cami’s life with the gang around her. They became a sort of messed up family, with the gang using the money that they received from their other activities to give Cami elaborate gifts. I was so sad when they worried about Cami’s safety from themselves.

The romance in this book was also sweet. Rick definitely had a soft spot for Alice, and slowly Alice started to warm up to him as well. I had wished that it had gone further than it had, but it had to end for safety reasons. Such a tragic love story! Then, there is a romance that was introduced at the end of the novel. A bit of a triangle even. I don’t know how this will work out, but I will just have to wait until book 2 and see!

Overall, this was an amazing thriller. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an adult mystery/thriller novel with a side storyline about family.

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

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


Daddy Dragon Saves The Day Picture Book Review


Daddy Dragon Saves the DayThe dragons of Quace are a boisterous bunch, and this scaly family is home alone with Dad! How will he cope with the chaos? Will he ever work out how to un-singe a lawn? And hey! Is that a meteor on its way to ruin everything? He’s going to need all his mythical might to make sure that Mrs. Dragon doesn’t come home to a smoking crater instead of a house. Young readers will enjoy the ride as captivating colors and rip-roaring rhymes join forces in this playful tale of everyday domestic dragon life getting quite out of hand.

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This is the cutest picture book ever! I thought Bobby and the Monsters was cute, but this one definitely tops it.

Daddy Dragon is taking care of the kids as Mrs. Dragon is away at a meeting. He thinks that he is going to be able to handle taking care of the little ones, but they are definitely a handful. First, they tear up the house. Then, when Daddy Dragon tries to clean up the house, they destroy the yard. But soon, an asteroid is coming down from the sky towards the babies. They can’t destroy it, but Daddy Dragon swoops in, and saves the family. The children apologize for making such a mess, Mommy Dragon comes home, and everyone cleans together.

This book would be a perfect bedtime story. The moral of “no matter how “bad” you are, your parents will always be there for you” is an important one. It is also nice that the story didn’t just treat the children acting out and making a mess as “normal” or “cute” behavior. They apologized to their father in the end and realized that they shouldn’t have been acting out.

The art in this book is intricate yet simple. The dragons are all color-coded so kids would be able to draw them. Some of the pictures even look like they were drawn in a “crayon-ish” style. There were no super glossy-looking pages, even while reading the novel digitally. The pictures had duller colors and slightly rougher lines, looking like they were drawn with colored pencils or crayons. I am sure that any kid reading this book would be inspired to go draw themselves.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an adorable children’s book about a dragon father and his kids.

I received this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books


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