My Newish Skin Routine

For the first time ever in years and I mean years, I decided I needed to invest in myself and get started on a nice skincare routine. So, that’s exactly what I did. At first I was completely on top of it and then recently I stopped for about two weeks and I noticed that with the routine my acne was clearing up completely and without it pimples from all the sweat of work, wearing a mask, and general stress were coming back.

My sister recommended me this brand called Inkey and so far I can say it truly has helped me immensely! These are my morning and night routines!

Morning Routine:

Step 1: Double Oil Cleanser

I got this part for free when I first purchased everything. I don’t know how well it removes makeup, but as far as regular sweat, dirt, and clogs it does really well. You can see the dirt come off the the pad when I use it with this product. I’ve really liked this one.

Step 2: Salicylic Acid Cleanser

It says it’s meant to unclog pores while reducing black heads, blemishes and acne and I definitely have felt the reduction of all of that while using this product.

Step 3: Hyaluronic Acid

This is one of my favorite steps morning and night, because you need to keep some water on your face while applying this so it absorbes into the skin better and I like to wait to apply anything else to my skin till everything dries and it feels so good! It’s good for reducing fine lines and keeping your skin hydrated and it says on the website it’s great for everyone and honestly, I vouch for it!

Step 4: Succinic Acid

This is the acne spot treatment and I feel like this might be what does the most work in reducing my breakout spots. I haven’t tested it on its own though so I’m not sure, but with this routine my skin does feel smoother and healthier.

Step 5: Glyco-Peptide Moisturizer

I use this product because the morning moisturizer on Inkey was sold out and honestly I don’t mind just using this. They always say it’s good to start early to keep your skin smooth.

Step 6: Sun Screen

The last thing is to put on sunscreen! Best way to keep your skin healthy and save is to reduce the UV ray intake it has and starting to use sun screen daily has been important to me.

Night Routine:

Step 1-3: same as morning routine

Step 4: Beta Hydroxy Acid

This product exfoliates the skin. You can use it either morning or night and I chose the night time. It doesn’t feel like a normal exfoliate and you let it absorb into the skin instead of washing it off. It’s interesting, but again muy skin has been so much better since starting this routine and so this product is only helping.

Step 5: Succinc Acid (same as morning)

Step 6: Rosehip Oil

The product says it should only be used at night so that’s what I do. It says that it helps with skin texture and that it is good for all skin types. When I put it on it takes a while for the oil to absorb into my skin, but after my skin feels nice. It also smells nice too which I really like.

That’s it! It’s been ages, but this is finally the self care I’ve been missing out on. It feels so good to be doing things to help out my skin.

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Writing A New Book from Scratch

When I decided it was time for me to write again, I was looking at some of my old ideas and there are many and I couldn’t bring myself to write any of them. I felt too far detached from what I originally wanted those stories to become and I didn’t feel a pull towards any of them. So, I decided it was time for something completely different to begin.

At first, I felt I was at a loss. I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to write about, but then I was taking a shower and relaxing and *boom* brand new baby idea in the form of this gorgeous artwork image in my head.

This was something I could work with. I was intrigued by this image. Who was the person in this mental image? How did they connect to others and how did others perceive them? A lot of the most basic of questions. Not even a plot so much as an idea of a person I wanted to write about.

Finally, I was excited! I have this little seed of an idea and I’m watering and nurturing it little by little. Right now it is still an idea. So much about it to be explored and it can become anything! I am not yet ready to start drafting just pondering it and writing little things about it as things come to my mind.

It feels right. It feels exciting and new and like coming home, but also honoring that I am like a brand new writer now since it has been so long. So here I am at this new beginning. The place all books begin. Beginning like I’ve never done so before and I plan on giving every single moment of the journey my all.

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Watching BoJack Horseman: Season 1, Episode 3

I’m back at it again to talk about another BoJack Horseman episode! I am so excited! There’s so much nuance to this show and it is so worth exploring as much detail as possible.

Opening Scene: BoJack is on the set of ‘Horsing Around’ he’s doing a scene with Sarah Lynn. The family is having pancakes for breakfast and Sarah is hiding under the table. At first it starts out fun and Sarah makes a funny tv show joke about being afraid to pop from a pop quiz. Then the scene ends and BoJack gives a pep talk. It’s happy at first, but then it grows darker and the little girl looks horrified. This was the perfect way to showcase ‘Horsing Around’ and Bo Jacks headspace at the time. Also, to introduce his dynamic with Sarah Lynn as a very warped role model.

Favorite Part of the Episode: The whole episode and how it’s themed. This is introducing Sarah Lynn. It gives her background with BoJack. Deep nuances to their relationship and the tragedy that ‘Horsing Around’ caused her to become. All that in the third episode and in around 20 minutes. This show is art and so well written I am in awe every second I watch it.

Best Lines: “Well those boobs and jerkwads are the best friends you will ever have. Without them you are nothing. Remember that. Your family will never understand you. Your lovers will leave you or try to change you. But your fans you be good to them and they’ll be good to you. The most important thing is you got to give the people what they want; even if it kills you, even if it empties you out until there’s nothing left to empty. No matter what happens, no matter how much it hurts, you don’t stop dancing and you don’t stop smiling and you give those people what they want.” -BoJack to little Sarah Lynn opening scene

“But I do wonder as a third way feminist, if it’s even possible for women to reclaim their sexuality in this deeply entrenched patriarchal society, or if claiming to do so is just a lie we tell ourselves so we can more comfortably cater to the male gaze.” – Diane to BoJack (God, just God. This show it gets so deep and this is simply a quick quip and you could easily go past it and just enjoy the episode, but it says so much. Do women claim sexuality for themselves or is it truly for the male gaze? To me I think we can, but still this is such a deep thing that could be discussed, yet the line lasted a few seconds.

“You are not her father and you are not doing her any favors by refusing to set boundaries.” Diane to Bo Jack about Sarah Lynn taking advantage of him. God finally the truth. Someone said it! This show always does a great job at not condoning behavior and giving the facts even if it goes to that dark place there is always consequences, but also a sense of hope.

“I’m at a place right now where I never need to grow as a person or rise to an occasion, because I can constantly just surround myself with fans and enablers till I can die tragically young.” -Sarah Lynn to BoJack

Highlights:

Sarah Lynn is on the news. 12 years after being on ‘Horsing Around’ Sarah released a music single about being sexy and loving sex. Cut to 12 years after that and she is no longer relevant. Instead it’s all about Sextina Aquafina who is talking about how Sarah Lynn should go to the place famous people go where no one cares if they live or die.

BoJack and Todd are at the furniture store. Todd had broken Bo Jack’s bed and these girls come up freaking out, but not about them, about Sarah Lynn and Andrew Garfield who are also in the store. Of course hurting Bo Jack’s already bruised ego. They start talking and Andrew breaks up with Sarah and she starts taking way too many pills. The little girl from the tv show has definitely grown up and her mental health has been ruined from her time on the show. Then she ends up stabbing herself. It’s in public and Andrew didn’t want her to make a scene which of course makes it bigger and she ends up taking a dump on a sofa. It’s over the top dark humor and a really sad tragedy already. Sarah Lynn’s life is already feeling so far gone.

BoJack talking to Diane about the incident with Sarah. He says after seeing her crazy reactions he checked her into rehab. Diane talks about him seeing Sarah again and he says he is more of a before rehab friend, which really tells you all you need to know about him. He’s not a good influence on anyone. Then, Sarah reappears at his door. She talks to him about not needing rehab and then snorts pills in front of him. Instead of helping her and taking her back to rehab like a good friend and role model he lets her hide out with him. He’s even excited about it. I can’t help, but think about what’s to come later. Sarah Lynn’s story is only begun.

Sarah’s subtle manipulations. Sarah knows exactly how Bo Jack is and what she means to him. She is a memory of his fame. She wants to have him there because he’ll give in to anything she wants. At this point in her life she wants drugs and to party all the time and BoJack doesn’t have the sense to stop her and get her to get clean. He enables her and she comes back to him because she knows that. He never tells her no and it sucks cause it feels like he may be the one person that could.

A mini joke. At the party Sarah throws a group of guys passes carrying boxes that saw chips dips and then chains and whips. A super subtle very easy to miss joke, but in this show there’s so much of that. It’s so nuanced and I love it.

Introducing Sarah’s dream. From little Sarah wanted to be an architect. A dream that was immediately shut down by her mom and ignored by Bo Jack. It is the hope and the line that could be used to save Sarah.

BoJack spends the day with Sarah. It seems fun and wholesome for the most part. As the sun sets Sarah tell BoJack that Herb has butt cancer which upsets him. He looks guilty and later on in the show we find out why. He ends up distracting himself and Sarah by giving her his tv award. He says he would have given that to his kid if he had one, but he wanted Sarah to have it. Then he starts singing the end credits to ‘Horsing Around’. BoJack is using Sarah too. She’s there to feed into his memories and feel like he’s on that wholesome show again. For him to feel like a good father figure, but he isn’t and he never was.

BoJack’s final straw is Sarah pawning the tv award he gave her. Only time he stops things is when his ego gets hurt. It’s not about helping her, but soothing his ego.

BoJack kisses Sarah. Not only that, but he has sex with her. They may both be adults, but that was the last thing either of them needed. They both need help and instead they turn to drugs and sex and bonds that aren’t healthy and it only unravels them both further. Todd and Diane try to give Bo Jack reason. To be true friends to him, but he doesn’t listen. Yet they stay friends anyway. Diane tells Bo Jack that he’s now taking advantage of Sarah. She has substance abuse problems and Daddy issues and he knew that and still had sex with her. Again, this show always sheds that light that this is not good for anyone. It’s not even remotely about humor, but laying out mental illness and drug and substance abuse does and how it can be so destructive to peoples lives.

End Scene: BoJack finally says he will take Sarah back to rehab and instead she leaves. She doesn’t want to grow anymore. She says that it’s already too late. As she leaves she says her new catch phrase “Suck a dick, dumb shits” and walks out the door. BoJack takes advice Diane says as it being societies fault for the tragedy of Sarah’s predicament. That he’s not to blame for any part. He holds onto that deeply because to face the truth would be to face that he isn’t a good person and that he isn’t just a victim. So he does what’s easiest and that’s even sadder.

Turns out reporters were outside and they got pictures of the two having sex. The beginning of more pain later. And so it ends.

All In All: This episode was so powerful and good just on its own. It says a lot that you could watch this episode and know so much about BoJack and one of the biggest story lines in the show just on its own. This is BoJack and Sarah Lynn and their spiral into darkness together. This is one of the most important early episodes of BoJack. Also, one of the saddest, but it still is only the beginning.

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Inspiration from Old Places

Randomly I was having a conversation with my boyfriend and Wattpad came up. It was a site I used to read so many books on, but also it is the place where I wrote my first ever book. It is short and bite sized and it is called “Confessions of a Teenage Writer”

I wrote this while hoping to finish at least one other draft of a novel. Yet, this became the first thing I ever finished and I’ve only finished one other draft of something since.

Looking back and reading the comments on this book made me want to sob. I hadn’t really looked at this book or anything on Wattpad since 2016. Yet, when I wrote it I realized I had effected others. I had accomplished what I had wanted to do so badly and so early on.

People had connected with my work. They had thought it beautiful. They’d encouraged me to keep writing, but in their eyes I already was a writer. The titles I have not thought I could claim for myself in recent years, but I am both writer and author. Again I feel the tears come.

Lately, I have been able to start the process of writing again. Currently, my project is in the idea phase. I truly don’t know much about it and it’s come in bits and pieces. Lately, everything in my life has felt like a gentle stream nudging me back to the passion I have had for so many years, to write.

For a single day at my work there was a young girl that came and of all things she wanted to be a writer. She worked for a day only. Yet, listening to her. Hearing how she hadn’t finished anything because she had all these ideas in her head and couldn’t commit to one I felt so inspired and nostalgic for who I was when I first began writing. It felt electrifying to remember and to understand that this was me coming back home to myself.

It’s felt like the universe has been telling me it’s ok. It’s ok that I needed the time I did, but the time is right now. It’ll be ok.

For now, my toes feel like they are dipping in this water. Preparing for the way I will wish to go. Where I will begin.

So, I have begun here. Waking up at 5:30 in the morning to write blog posts. I’ve started reading again. Started to think about an idea and build it out. All these things will soon build out and eventually I will be flowing in this gentle river until I make small stops on my journey when I finish the first draft, when I’m editing, when I’m hoping to see if there’s a home in publishing for my story, and again starting a whole new idea.

I am here. I am ready. I am inspired and hopeful. The best yet I am smiling. I appreciate so much the younger version of me who went for writing so head on and with such passion. Who read books every single day and couldn’t imagine she’d breath well in a day without at least ingesting a single chapter. Turns out for the most part it became true. I haven’t been able to come back to myself for so long. Now is the time. I want to shout that. Now is the time!

This feels so wonderful.

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Watching BoJack Horseman: Season 1, Episode 2

It’s time to continue the wonderful saga and watch BoJack Horseman: Season 1, Episode 2! It’s been a wonderful morning so far and I am so happy to be writing about one of the most impactful tv shows I’ve ever watched.

Episode 2: BoJack Horseman: BoJack Hates the Troops

Opening Scene: BoJack is sitting depressed in a bar. The Pelican bartender pours him a drink and tells him to say when and he says it after much of the drink is spilled all over the table. a blonde girl makes fun of him as she recognizes him from his show and sees how sad he looks. He confronts her and tells her how horrible she is, but later ends up sleeping with her. It’s very clear that BoJack has trouble making good decisions for himself.

Favorite part of the episode: BoJack talking to Diane about having a “Normal Childhood” and starting to show signs of discomfort and panic telling immediately that his childhood was not so great. Then, Princess Caroline calls and tells him to watch the news because they are talking about him and he runs from Diane immediately as he’d rather not face his past. Of course the news about him is terrible. The seal from earlier is a veteran and apparently “Just wanted his favorite muffins” and BoJack didn’t care and didn’t respect his dibs.

BoJack calls in on the news story to “set the record straight” and ends up sounding way worse. He ate all 12 muffins because he is sad and hates himself and admits it on live tv. Somehow this show perfectly captures that line of hilarity and deep sadness. Looking from the outside you can sense just how far removed from a sense of joy BoJack is. Even so soon you feel a way to recovery may not even be possible for him. As much as it is wished for.

Best Lines: “For to me, there is nothing the least bit funny about stealing a meal from Neal McBeal the Navy Seal.” (Whale blows water out of his blow hole in anger)-Whale news anchor

“I’m sure a lot of the troops are Jerks! Most people are jerks already and it’s not like giving a jerk a fun and telling them it’s ok to kill people suddenly turns that jerk into a hero!”-BoJack on the news

“BoJack Horseman makes me sick. He voiced his opinion even though it was unpopular and that’s the most cowardly thing a person can do.” A bear on the news

“Troops are all hero’s. Every single one. And I don’t believe saying that cheapens the word and actuality disrespects those we mean to honor by turning real people into political pawns. Also, I am not deeply ambivalent about a seemingly mandated celebration of our military by a nation that claims to value peace, telling our children that violence is never the answer, while refusing to hold our own government to the same standard. Furthermore, I do not find it unbelievably appropriate that this conversation is taking place on reality television. A genre which thrives on chopping up the complexities of our era into easily digestible chunks of empty catch phrases!” -BoJack

Highlights:

The email BoJack writes to Diane. He asks her to come to the apartment early saying he’s on horse tranquilizers and he’s drunk and alone and ends up falling asleep. She still comes in spite of how much of an obvious mess he is.

Little joke insert. Two dogs talking about loving chocolate even though it could kill them.

Beef between BoJack and an Seal over apple muffins. A seal makes a big deal about how he had dibs and just left the muffin in the produce aisle because he needed to go to the bathroom. Just the childishness of the fighting here brought me a sense of laughter and joy.

BoJack once again treating Todd like he doesn’t matter. Todd talks about how well his online date from earlier on went and BoJack completely brushes him off. If BoJack was a good friend, Todd’s comment about this foreign girls interest in American bank routing numbers would have been a huge red flag to tell his friend that maybe this girl isn’t someone he should get involved with. Especially once he’s only known her twelve hours and she wants a framed picture of his mother’s maiden name.

BoJack being a good friend to Diane. When Diane talks BoJack relaxes and listens to what she has to say. They have a genuine conversation about Diane enjoying going on the roof with her dad to see the stars. Sadly, BoJack remembers a time with his father and takes off again.

BoJack somehow saves himself. On Mr.Peanutbutter’s reality show the seal comes to meet BoJack to receive his apology. An apology that BoJack somehow makes up well when Todd gives him state hamburger buns to give to the seal. But, then backpedaling with facts.

End Scene:

BoJack takes on the roof again with Diane and finally decides to open up about his real childhood. His dad was a drunk and a failed novelist and his mother an heiress to the sugar cube fortune. Finally Diane is getting information to start writing a proper memoir about BoJack.

All in All:

I am amazed with how deep the show goes to discuss the flaws of the military in such an early episode and as a major sub-plot in the story of this episode. Even the minor sub-plot of Todd being scammed was amazing. There is so much amazing detail in this story and I adore it.

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Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali: A Review

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

My Rating: 5 stars

Cover Rating: 7/10 this is a super pretty cover! It’s sweet and lovely and it fits the book very well.

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Publish Date: June 13th, 2017

Number of Pages: 328

Received: Netgalley provided an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

An Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2017
Kirkus Top 10 Contemporary Teen Novel of 2017
A 2018 William C. Morris Award Finalist 

Saints and Misfits
 is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen. 

There are three kinds of people in my world:

1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose. 

2. Misfits, people who don’t belong. Like me–the way I don’t fit into Dad’s brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama’s-Boy-Muhammad. 

Also, there’s Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don’t go together. Same planet, different worlds. 

But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right? 

3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O’Connor’s stories. 

Like the monster at my mosque. 

People think he’s holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask. 

Except me.

Opening Sentence: “I’m in the water.”

Musings:

I loved this book for being about a girl embracing her heritage and ultimately accepting that there is strength is facing the darkness that touched you. Saints and Misfits may have been a light read, but the ending pulls everything together and makes an impactful mark on your heart.

What I loved:

Getting to know a bit about Muslim culture. I don’t really know much about what it means to be Muslim and this was a nice little drop of knowledge for me. Reading stories like this one helps me understand more and see a fragment of the beauty of Muslim culture.

The value of religion and family. Janna falls for Jeremy and in the book she comes to decide weather or not they should pursue anything further then a crush. Her faith matters deeply to her and the question of dating someone outside of her faith being good for her or not is an important question.

Janna’s relationship with the older man she helps take care of. I love how adorable it is that she helps this man and he talks to her and recites poems that she writes down and saves for later reading. This wholesome relationship in the book was so cute to read about.

No one is perfect no matter how put together they seem to be. I love that this novel explores this in both a darker sense and in a lighter way too. You never know what’s going on beneath the surface in others lives and from a glance you can think someone is infallible, but taking the time to know someone you see they are human just like you are. In the darker sense sadly some people are more nefarious and that’s a sad thing to think about.

All in all:

I really enjoyed reading this. It felt real and full of teen drama. What it’s like to deal with internet problems and issues between friends and trying to balance family, grades, and life in general. So much lives inside Saints and Misfits. It was a wonderful read.

About the Author

S. K. Ali* is the author of Saints and Misfits (Simon & Schuster, 2017), a finalist for the American Library Association’s 2018 William C. Morris award. Her debut novel won critical acclaim for its portrayal of an unapologetic Muslim-American teen’s life. Saints and Misfits was featured on several Best Teen Novels of 2017 lists including from Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and the New York Public Library. It was also a CBC Canada Reads 2018 longlist title and featured in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, NBC News, Huffington Post, Salon, Bustle, CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, The Social, The Morning Show and other North American media.

Sajidah holds a degree in Creative Writing from York University and has written about Muslim life for various outlets, including the Toronto Star and NBC News. Her second novel, Love From A to Z(Simon & Schuster, 2019), a story about finding love in the time of Islamophobia, was a Today Show pick, a Goodreads Readers Choice Nominee and on several best 2019 YA lists, including Kirkus and Entertainment Weekly’s top ten. Love from A to Zwas the first YA title chosen to be part of the Today Show’s “Read With Jenna” book club.

Her picture book, The Proudest Blue (Little Brown, 2019), co-authored with Ibtihaj Muhammad, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list and was featured in the New York Times, NPR, Amazon Editor’s Choice, The Today Show, among other media. Along with We Need Diverse Books co-founder, Aisha Saeed, Sajidah is the co-editor of a Middle Grade anthology called, Once Upon an Eid(Amulet, 2020), winner of the Middle East Book Honor Award and a Kirkus and School Library Journal Best Book of 2020.

S. K. Ali lives in Toronto with her family, which includes a very vocal cat named Yeti.

*first name: Sajidah (Saj-da)

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Watching BoJack Horseman: Season 1, Episode 1

Today I thought it would be fun to begin a brand new blog series detailing my thoughts on each episode of one of the most detailed, deep, and beautiful shows out there BoJack Horseman. When I first watched it I realized just how much there is to look at within it and over time I fell deeply in love with all of the characters and the nuances and struggle the show portrays.

So without further ado, let’s talk BoJack!

Episode 1: BoJack Horseman: The BoJack Horseman Story, Chapter One

Opening Scene:

BoJack opens with a snapshot of what made BoJack a famous actor: The BoJack Horseman show. A feel good family tv show about the bachelor BoJack taking care and raising three young girls. When I think back there’s no way I could’ve anticipated the deep, hard hitting show I got just from this very clear basic opening. The perfect set up to get into what will be one hell of a ride.

Favorite part of the episode:A flashback of BoJack and Princess Caroline where they are walking down the street and see a baby and Caroline says how cute the baby is and BoJack bolts out of there like the flash. The baby in the stroller is knocked over and everyone’s looking to where BoJack went going what the hell.

Best lines:

“I don’t know how you can expect anyone to love you when you so clearly hate yourself.” Princes Caroline to BoJack

“He’s so stupid, He doesn’t realize how miserable he should be. I envy that.” BoJack to Diane about Mr. Peanutbutter

Highlights:

The beginning interview: Right away you get a sense of who BoJack is as a person. He is drunk, he parked in the handicap parking, he thinks all of that is normal, and he thinks he’s pulling off an incredible interview. His inflated ego and lack of awareness of the reality of situations is already there in full force. BoJack is a washed up actor with a deep longing for the height of his career and will defend that time of his life to the very end.

First scene with Todd: First of all Todd is a sweet bean and I love him. Secondly, immediately BoJacks poor view and lack of care for Todd is shown. BoJack is blending a Vodka drink for himself first thing in the morning and talking to Todd about him being a parasite.

First discussion with Penguin about BoJack’s Memoir: BoJack has been trying to write a book about himself for the longest time and he blows off all his deadlines. This detailing his irresponsibility. BoJack doesn’t want a ghost writer and says he wants to do everything himself, but instead he is drinking and watching reruns of his old show. I can’t get over how details of a character he becomes already even though this is only 5 minutes into the show.

First scene with Princess Caroline: One of the many times Princess Caroline break up with BoJack. Immediately, it is apparent why she’d want to break up with him. He is acting Ike an asshole and in a flashback you she him cheating on her.

Mr.Peanut-butter intrudes on first scene with Princess Caroline: The first instance of the long running joke of “What’s this? A crossover episode?”, happens. BoJack of course is not happy. Mr.Peanutbutter always tries to make friends with BoJack and BoJack just really doesn’t like him.

Princess Caroline flipping to agent mode after breaking up with BoJack: This I the career tie that keeps Princess Carline attached toBoJack as she tries her best to find him work and prove herself to be one hell of an agent.

BoJack having the saddest breakdown. This is where you realize how heavy the show is. When BoJack comes to his senses and realizes that he’s a washed up actor that no one likes and he hasn’t been able to achieve any more oof his new dreams or desires.

BoJack gets a ghostwriter for his memoir: I love Diane. She’s so awkward and adorable and knowing what comes later it’s real bittersweet watching this first meeting between her and BoJack. Diane bring out the truth of BoJack: His envy of Mr. Peanutbutter, what he feels about himself and life and misery, how he knows he can’t bear the responsibility of his own happiness. Just one of the deepest and realist conversations with BoJack you can get.

The layering already with Todd throwing a Quinceañera for a mafia man’s teenage daughter. Todd has this lush life and backstory and just this underlying story within this how that quietly reveals itself is truly amazing.

End Scene: BoJack finds out Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter are dating and throws up a lot. A cheeky and fun end to the episode.

All in All:

I love this show so much. The fact that I could write all this detail from just the first episode is astounding and this doesn’t even include everything I could have said. I can’t wait to continue my rewatch this amazing series and detailing what makes it sodamn special for all of you.

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The Unstoppable Wasp by Sam Maggs: A Review

The Unstoppable Wasp by Sam Maggs

My Rating: 5 stars

Cover Rating: 10/10 This a beautiful cover! Showcases Nadia looking powerful and strong in her wasp suit and encapsulates the feeling of G.I.R.L showcasing our strong and intelligent heroine.

Publisher: Disney Book Group

Publish Date: July 14th, 2020

Number of Pages: 272

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

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Synopsis:

Bestselling author Sam Maggs brings Nadia Van Dyne (the Unstoppable Wasp) and her genius friends to life in an all-new original YA novel based on the world of The Unstoppable Wasp Marvel comics series.


Nadia Van Dyne is new to this. New to being a Super Hero, new to being a real friend and stepdaughter (to one of the founding Avengers, no less), new to running her own lab, and new to being her own person, far, far away from the clutches of the Red Room―the infamous brainwashing/assassin-training facility. She’s adjusting well to all of this newness, channeling her energy into being a good friend, a good scientist, and a good Super Hero. It’s taking a toll, though, and Nadia’s finding that there are never quite enough hours in a day. So, when she’s gifted a virtual assistant powered by the most cutting-edge A.I. technology that the world has to offer, Nadia jumps at the opportunity to “do less, experience more”―just like the advertisements say.The device works― really works. Nadia has more time to pursue her passion projects and to focus on new discoveries. But it’s never quite that simple, and not everything is as it seems. This thrilling adventure finds Nadia confronting her past as she tries to shape her future, and learning that sometimes the best way to effect big change is to think small―maybe even supersmall, Unstoppable Wasp-style. She’ll need the help of her genius G.I.R.L. (Genius In action Research Labs) squad and found family to save herself and (not to be too dramatic) the entire world as we know it. Along the way, Nadia discovers that when she teams up with the people who love her the most, they’re totally Unstoppable.

Opening Sentence: “She was going to force Nadia to hurt her, and Nadia hated when people forced her to hurt them.”

Musings:

I adored ‘The Unstoppable Wasp”! It caused me to nerd out completely throughout. I loved every part of it. It’s definitely perfect for that young Marvel lover in your life.

What I loved:

The fun facts! I find it really adorable how every once in a while Nadia would nerd out and explain a concept about science or technology to the reader. It felt like she really and truly adored science and enjoyed sharing little tidbits with the people around her.

The diversity of the cast. Nadia is Russian and gives little tidbits about Russian words and foods and each member of G.I.R.L. are all from different backgrounds and lend a bit of their culture through who they are throughout the story.

Nadia’s struggle with Bi-polar disorder. Everyday is a time-management struggle for Nadia. Managing her mood, being a cool American teen, connecting with the mother who died before she could meet her, coming up with ideas for her like-minds project. Nadia has so much on her plate at all times and managing her mental health at the same time is overwhelming and causes her to struggle with her personal relationships.

How real Nadia feels. Nadia may be a super hero, but who she is inside and her struggles, wants, and desires make her feel like a girl doing her best to follow her dreams and also just enjoy being alive even with life feels overwhelmingly hard.

All in all:

‘The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope’ is a wonderful read that made my nerd heart very happy. It’s beautiful to me. Nadia isn’t 100% succeeding in every area of her life she’s doing her best and she wants to do great for the world. Sometimes you got to rely on the G.I.R.L.’s around you who only want you to succeed. Everyone in this book feels like a family.

As a side note: I super nerded out hard talking for the longest time to my boyfriend about the version of Hank in this novel. I got so much out of this book and it‘ll live inside my heart as one to remember.

About the Author:

Sam Maggs is a bestselling author of books, comics, and video games. She’s been a senior games writer, including work on Marvel’s Spider-Man; the author of many YA and middle-grade books like The Unstoppable Wasp, Con Quest!, Tell No Tales, and The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy; and a comics writer for beloved titles like Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, My Little Pony, and Transformers. She is also an on-air host for networks like Nerdist. A Canadian in Los Angeles, she misses Coffee Crisp and bagged milk.

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Let’s Talk About: Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact is the best mobile game I’ve ever played. The fact they made it free is amazing and I’m so happy about it. I’ve played almost from the very start of its release and I’ve loved every moment of exploration and every event and enjoying pulling for the characters I’ve wanted most.

Definitely my two favorite moments where this:

Pulling Ganyu on the first 10 pull on her banner!!! I remember when I first saw Ganyu was going to be a character and instantly I got so much excitement. She’s so beautiful and I kept telling my boyfriend how much I wanted her. Then, was so excited to show him that I got her and on the first 10 pull too! It was a great moment!

And this:

So this pull was somehow even more special because it was pulled during the picture event and I needed one last thing for to unlock the last trove and my boyfriend sent me the very last color I needed. Then those primogems were just enough to do one pull. That pull got me Xiao. I swear I was on such a high after this pull because it fell into place so perfectly and it’s like with that one little gift my boyfriend sent me he got me Xiao. Plus, the odds of that happening are astronomical, but it did and I felt so much joy and love and awe in that moment and for so long after. I’ll always treasure Xiao a bit extra just because of how he came to be on my team. 🙂

My two favorite events have been the most recent Theatre Mechanicus.

And the event that got me my little seelee buddy:

The tower defense was so awesome. Along with all the lantern rite tales that gave so many great primogems! Definitely the best event so far. I just really love that I have a little buddy following me everywhere so I’ll forever love that I got to do that seelie event.

Already I’ve made so many great memories because of this game. It’s so gorgeous and fun and so massive and I know it’ll continue to grow over time and I’m so excited to see what comes next! I know I’m excited to see Rosaria and Hu Tao to come to Genshin! I’ll definitely be pulling for both when they arrive. As it stands right now my most wanted characters are QiQi, Keqing, and Klee. I love all the girl character what can I say? I have my two most wanted of the male characters Razor and Xiao. I do admit I’ll love to get Dainsleif when he comes out too.

I’m just so excited about this game and all that’ll be added to it! I know it’ll all be amazing!

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House of El: Book One: The Shadow Threat: A Review

House of El: Book One: The Shadow Threat by Claudia Gray

Illustrated by. Eric Zawadzki

My Rating: 4 stars!

Cover Rating: 10/10 the art is stunning! Perfect art style for this story I adore all the art!

Publisher: DC Comics

Publish Date: January 5th, 2021

Number of Pages: 208

Received: DC Comics provided a physical copy in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

Welcome to a brand-new vision of one of comics’ most famous tragedies from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray and illustrator Eric Zawadzki. In this first graphic novel in a trilogy, explore Krypton like never before: through the eyes of two teenagers on opposite sides of the same extinction-level event.

Zahn is one of Krypton’s elites: wealthy, privileged, a future leader. Sera is one of Krypton’s soldiers: strong, dedicated, fearless. Their rule-bound society has ordained that their paths should never cross. 

But groundquakes are shaking the planet’s surface. Rebellious uprisings are shaking the populace. Krypton’s top scientists–Jor-El and Lara–conduct a secret experiment that is meant to reform their planet from the cellular level up. Zahn and Sera must join forces to investigate the hidden dangers truly threatening Krypton. In the process, they form a bond that will endure past the end of the world…

Opening Sentence: “Wake up!”

Musings: As someone who has never read any Superman comics and has not watched Superman since I was a kid, I liked that I could still gain a sense of the world and an understanding of events in an easy way. The beautiful art helps immensely and paints the picture of an advanced world that has lost the value of emotion allowing growth and change in society. Everyone is made perfect and emotionless. A cool and calculated mind.

What I Loved:

The idea of the world. This is a society that has progressed so far that minds are made so perfect there is no desire to progress. Due to this, the rich live a life that doesn’t acknowledge that the world is unstable and falling apart. In order to fix this, experiments to give back emotions to a select few begin and through contrast these people find the desire to search for solutions to fix the world they live in that is beginning to break apart.

The art. There’s so much color and action on every page. It depicts the desperation of the world lived in and the comfort of the Rich’s lives. It’s beautiful and I love it.

All in all:

This comic is the start of a fun, action-filled adventure. I’m excited to see how Zahn and Sera band together in order to help save their world and restore their humanity along with it.

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