Book | The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

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Author has a great writing style, the plot twists were perfect, often I didn’t even suspect one coming. I loved that Jude wanted to be a knight to set her feet in the Faerie, and not, say, find a good match of a husband to do that for her. What I didn’t like was the romance line. The whole “I treat you like dirt, because I like you” and “I almost killed you, because THEY would’ve killed you” is unpleasant to read to say the least. I hate how easily heroines, yes, heroines! forget all about the fear and horror they’ve been put through by the man who is kissing them now. I’ll give this book 3 out of 5, and will read the next one, with hopes it grows into something better. The plot outside the romance is great, and romance can improve, the way Sarah J. Maas books did (that’s personal opinion, of course).

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[Movie] Bright

Directed: David Ayer
Written: Max Landis
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Crime

What a gorgeous film. Since it came to be on Netflix, I watched it at least 6 full times, and I am not someone who enjoys watching stuff to begin with. It’s been a while since a movie pushed me to the edge of the chair!

This society is greatly divided by a war against the Dark Lord that took place a couple thousand years back. Elves pretty much run the world. Orcs, people who sided with the Dark Lord back then, are racially profiled in the meantime. The only folk who do not care about this petty feud are the Shield of Light society, dedicated to protect the realm from the second rising of the Dark Lord. For out there, in the dark, hide the Inferni, renegade elves, who have obtained a magic wand or few, and are prepared to pull him out of the death. One day, one of these Inferni escape, not wishing a world where Dark Lord rules. An assassin is sent after her, a wand in her hand… A magic wand, loose in this broken world.

Daryl Ward and Nick Jacoby, a rare sight – an officer orc, unblooded, with his tusks filed off – are unlikely heroes. They take the call on a slaughter that just happened nearby, just to find people burned to crisp, distorted. Killed as if by magic.

Then the FBI get involved, with gorgeous Edgar Ramirez (Bodhi from the newer version of Point Break) as the lead, blue haired Kandomere, and all shit breaks loose. It’s a wonderful, tough, beautiful, action and magic packed movie. Best Urban Fantasy I’ve ever seen.

5-5

[Series, S1] Lucifer

Genre: Mystery, Comedy, Horror, Fantasy
Based on: Characters created for Vertigo
Country: United States
Language: English
Season 1

I got this recommended to me by a lovely friend, but kept it on “sometime” list, for when I had better means to watch it. Then it appeared on Netflix, and I had no more excuses, so I went ahead and watched it. And I loved it!

Lucifer Morningstar got bored of hell, and misconception of what he is, or why things happened to him. So he decided to have some fun upstairs. Contrary to the twisted beliefs, Lucifer is not evil, but rather a punisher of evil, so his fun is not that far off from our fun. Parties, drinks, dances, bodies. Sin away, darlings, preferably with him.

His fun gets a spiked, and a tad more interesting when he runs into a detective. She won’t fall under his spells. Hell, she even counteracts his magic somehow, making him more human. More flesh, more mortal, blood and all. Meaning, he could actually die if someone killed him with her in the proximity. And Luci’s just not one to quit playing with fire, if the fire feels new.

The only dilution to his wonderful time is his brother from up-up stairs. An angel sent down to ask or persuade, or otherwise get Lucifer back into hell for duties. Duty-bound, and duty-blind angel goes to extreme lengths in attempt to fulfill his mission, and forgets to wonder the big question: what’s too far? What’s too far for an angel?

Really, this was one fun ride, especially the finale of it. I really can’t wait for the next season to happen on Netflix, I know it’s already out some place else, and it bothers me a bit. If you want something light, fun, funny, Good Omens, Crowley-y – go watch Lucifer.

5 / 5 

Elven Autumn

So, today a bit about my side-job-hobby. Jewelry crafting. To be more specific, of my newest piece: Elven Autumn.

I made this with a sense of Gothic Lolita, Elven Gothic Lolita, Elven Goths, and Japanese type of lolita. Basically it’s fantasy+goth in my head. It took me three hours to make it, so I’m selling it for three times less of what it’s worth, and invite you to think about it.

The ribbon is what took me so long. At first I wanted to make four little loops, but as sewing went on, I realized I just cannot for the life of me base it all on how well will the glue hold it. So I ripped it all off, and started youtubing: how to make a perfect bow. You’re witnessing the result. Yes, symmetry is not perfect, but it’s hand made, it doesn’t have to be perfect. One of the kind is never perfect.

Then, of course, the perfect length of bead bib. Oh how difficult it was to decide. I settled for this length of 9, for I thought of black cats and their nine lives. In the back it is sewed to the ribbon, and the ribbon is tightly sewed onto what I assume is a button loop at the back of this pretty little brooch base you’re seeing. So it’s as secure as they come, I promise.

Now, why the autumn? Because when I put it on the red marble, in the chill of the room, it just spoke to me of autumn, fall, cool dawns with someone in a full attire, and this under their chin.

So this is my baby. Love it as I do, please. Below some more pictures, you may use any of them if you give credit where credit is due (and if you link me to it, I will put it somewhere public in return, win-win)