Chew Volume 1 : Taster’s Choice by John Layman & Rob Guillory

6839093I recently got Chew over the weekend from a local convention. The artist behind Chew was a special guest at the con. This graphic novel has been on my TBR for a while. The concept of it sounded really cool. It deals with a conspiracy, bird flu, FDA, and cannibalism. The main character has the ability to see memories attached to whatever he eats. This gets him in trouble throughout the volume. I have to say that the second half of the volume is what got me excited to read more. It took me a few chapters to fully grasp what was going on. It was a bit all over the place at the beginning so it is definitely something you have to stick with if you want it to get better.

The art style is honestly really cool. I feel like the way the character’s are drawn is fitting to their personalities. The main character isn’t necessarily likable in my opinion but I think that is the point. It is a series that you have to go into with an open mind. I think the concept of it is honestly super interesting. The way that they took something that could easily happen in today’s society and twist it into an interesting story line is suburb.

Overall, I think this is a really good graphic novel series to get into. The whole series is now completed and it consists of 12 volumes. I don’t think the series gets enough love as it is so if you like strange and quirky series then I would give it a shot.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars | Read: August 17th

Additional Information

Goodreads Link

Pages: 128

Genre: Mystery / Graphic Novel

Synopsis: 

Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he’s a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. He’s been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, and most bizarre cases.

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The I Dare You Book Tag

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I wasn’t tagged to do this tag but I saw Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm do this tag so I wanted to do this tag.

RULES:

  • You must be honest
  • You must answer all of the questions
  • You must tag at least 4 people
THE QUESTIONS
1 – WHAT BOOK HAS BEEN ON YOUR SHELF THE LONGEST?

It would have to be the great illustrated classic editions of Black Beauty, Little Women, & The Secret Garden. They are so old that the edges are yellowing.

2 – WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT READ, YOUR LAST READ, AND THE BOOK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

Current – Vicious by V.E. Schwab & Chew by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Last Read – Motor Crush by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, & Babs Tarr

Future Read – My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

3 – WHAT BOOK DID EVERYONE LIKE, BUT YOU HATED?

The Selection by Kiera Cass. I am probably the only one I know that HATES this book with a passion. I found that it was just too stereotypical for me, the characters fell flat, the story line was underdeveloped, and I felt like nothing was really explained. I told myself that maybe I was too harsh on the book and then I was like “nah it sucked”

4 – WHAT BOOK DO YOU KEEP TELLING YOURSELF YOU’LL READ, BUT YOU PROBABLY WON’T?

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas which I know will upset a lot of you. I just don’t think the book is up my alley. I have read the synopsis a thousand times. It just doesn’t interest me.

5 – WHAT BOOK ARE YOU SAVING FOR YOUR RETIREMENT?

I am going to have to say Lord of the Rings simply because the whole series is so long. I have a bind up edition of the whole series which is roughly 1,000+ pages. It’ll take me until I’m 80 to read it.

6 – LAST PAGE – READ IT FIRST OR WAIT TIL’ THE END?

I must admit that sometimes I’ll read the last sentence of a book simply because I’m nosy. I feel like it helps me finish the book faster because I want to know what it means.

7 – ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: WASTE OF PAPER AND INK, OR INTERESTING ASIDE?

I really enjoy the acknowledgement so no complaints from me.

8 – WHICH BOOK CHARACTER WOULD YOU SWITCH PLACES WITH?

Blue Sargent from The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater simply because I already get told that I remind people of her. I would LOVE to spend a day or two with the gang. I would read books about history with Gansey, study with Adam, listen to music with Ronan, and play games with Noah.

9 – DO YOU HAVE A BOOK THAT REMINDS YOU OF SOMETHING SPECIFIC IN YOUR LIFE? (PLACE, TIME, PERSON?)

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee reminds me of my brother. That was his favorite book when he was school so every time I think of it I think of him.

10 – NAME A BOOK THAT YOU ACQUIRED IN AN INTERESTING WAY

I acquired an expensive leather-bound copy of Little Women for super cheap at an antique store. I did some research later on which told me the edition of the book was pretty old.

11 – HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN A BOOK AWAY FOR A SPECIAL REASON TO A SPECIAL PERSON?

I don’t really part with my books. I have loaned books out to people but that’s about it. I tend to buy my friends a copy of the book.

12 – WHICH BOOK HAS BEEN WITH YOU MOST PLACES?

Hmm I would have to say Nancy Drew book because I was always reading it when I was younger.

13 – ANY “REQUIRED READING” YOU HATED IN HIGH SCHOOL THAT WASN’T SO BAD TWO YEARS LATER?

I was the weird one that actually liked a lot of the required reading….so I don’t have an answer for this one.

14 – USED OR BRAND NEW?

Both because I really don’t care as long as the pages aren’t falling out.

15 – HAVE YOU EVER READ A DAN BROWN BOOK?

I have read all of the Robert Langdon series besides Inferno plus the new one that is coming out. I actually really enjoy that series.

16 – HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A MOVIE THAT YOU LIKED MORE THAN THE BOOK?

I don’t think I have one that I liked more than the book but come back to me in a few months.

17 – HAVE YOU EVER READ A BOOK THAT’S MADE YOU HUNGRY, COOKBOOKS INCLUDED?

Yes, I’m always hungry so yeah….

18 – WHO IS THE PERSON WHOS BOOK ADVICE YOU’LL ALWAYS TAKE?

My friend Abs has never failed me in book recs so far so I’m going to have to say her. I am currently reading Vicious because of her.

19 – IS THERE A BOOK OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE (OUTSIDE OF YOUR USUAL READING GENRE) THAT YOU ENDED UP LOVING?

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera and We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. Those books are both contemporaries which I don’t really read as much.

I’m going to tag Lauren @ Northern Plunder, Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward, Heather @ bookandwords, & Ellie @ Coffeewithellieblog

Work Out With Emmie : Healthy Enchiladas

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I am so incredibly excited to announce that I will have a new series on my blog starting today. Every Friday I will post something for what I like to call WOWE aka Work Out With Emmie. This series is to help motivate others as well as myself. I will be sharing healthy recipes, affordable places to get workout clothes, and other things that fall into the category of getting healthy. If there is anything you would like to see from this series please let me know. I am trying to expand the list of ideas I have. The recipe I am sharing today is one that I have adapted to my own likings from one of my favorite fitness youtubers Whitney Simmons.

Healthy Enchiladas

Ingredients
  • 1/2 lb of ground chicken or turkey (completely optional)
  • 1/4 of an onion
  • 1 zucchini (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of enchilada sauce (red)
  • Tortillas (I use flour)
  • Shredded cheese of your choice
  • Optional seasoning

Okay so I usually use ground chicken, but you can easily swap out the meat for tofu or even go meatless. I would substitute the meat for another veggie like bell peppers. I have made definitely tweaked the recipe over time because I figured out what I liked and didn’t like so yeah.

You will need to preheat your oven to about 375 to 400 depending on how impatient you are because let’s be real we all get hangry. You will also need a frying pan because you will cook the meat/veggies ahead of time.

You will add the chicken/turkey to the frying pan first so you can let that cook while you cut the veggies. I tend to cut my veggies pretty thin so it’s really all up to you what you want to do. Once the meat is cooked a little bit I tend to add the veggies in so they can cook with the meat for a while.

This is where the recipe kind of takes a turn of it’s own because of what I like. You have to pour the tomato sauce and the enchilada sauce into the frying pan once the veggies have soften a little bit. I tend to add a little bit of chili powder because I feel like it can taste a little bit bland without it. You can honestly add whatever seasonings you want to here or go without seasoning. I am a gal who loves seasoning.

Okay so once everything is nice and hot you will need to start making the enchiladas. You simply put a little bit of cheese down (optional) and then add the concoction from the frying pan. You close them up and place them in a pan that will go in the oven. I pour some of the enchilada sauce on the top with a little bit of cheese before I shove them in the oven.

I usually end up with 6-7 enchiladas which is great for meal prepping if you are into that. They really don’t take that long to make. It takes me about 50 mins to do everything. I like  them to be a little crispy on the outside so they stay in the oven for 15-20 mins.

I hope you guys end up giving this recipe a try. If you do please leave a comment down below telling me what you thought of it. I also hope you guys enjoy the new series and let me know if there is something you want me to talk about next time.

The Narnia Book Tag

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I will admit that I have never read the Narnia books simply because I watched the movies as a kid. I had this thought that yeah this is just a movie…there’s no book attached to it. I would like to read the series eventually in the future though so maybe this will motivate me. I was tagged by the lovely Nadwa @painfullyfictional so please be sure to check out her blog once you are done over here.

This tag was created by Clémence @Clemi’s Bookish World so please be sure to check out the original tag as well.

NARNIA – A magical world you would like to visit?

Okay this might sound really cheesy or stupid but I really want to visit the world of Percy Jackson. I want to know once for all who my godly parent is. I’m still convinced I’m a demigod so don’t even try to prove me wrong.

THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW – A book you think is underrated?

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This book has under 8,000 ratings on Goodreads. I honestly have no idea why more people haven’t read this book. I have a whole review for this book up on my blog if you want to check it out.

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE – A classic that you love?

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This book quickly climbed the ranks of my favorite classics. I have a HUGE list of favorite classics so if you like to see me do a post about them please let me know. I do have a review up for this book as well.

THE HORSE AND HIS BOY – A book you picked up without knowing what it was about?

I honestly try to do this with every book I read. I recently did it with The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. I did the same thing going into We Are Okay, The Handmaid’s Tale, Simon vs The Homosapien’s Agenda, and loads more.

PRINCE CASPIAN – A sequel that you loved?

I mean I loved any of the other books in the PJO series if that counts as sequels. I mean I tend to love sequels as much as the first book. I am drawing a blank for this one.

THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER – A quest you’d like to be a part of?

NO SPOILERS!! I am not going to spoil you but man I want to take part in the quest/journey that takes place in the Heroes of Olympus series. It’s a mesh of two different worlds.

THE SILVER CHAIR – A book you didn’t expect to love?

I’m honestly going to have to go with We Are Okay again because I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do. I went into the book with eh expectations even though one of my good friends LOVED it. That book honestly wrecked me. I will forever recommend that book until I die.

THE LAST BATTLE – A perfect ending to a series you love?

I have the WORST habit of never finishing series. I am going to have to go with the Percy Jackson series once again.

THE PEVENSIES – A siblinghood of friendship you’d love to be a part of?

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THE RAVEN GANG FROM THE RAVEN CYCLE BECAUSE DAMN THESE KIDS TEAR MY HEART OUT! I don’t know if I’ll be able to live through the last two books.

EUSTACE SCRUBB – A character who grew on you?

Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle. The Dream Thieves which kind of centers around Ronan made me fall more in love with the punk lord.

TUMNUS – Your favourite mystical creature?

Fairies for sure!

REEPICHEEP – a loyal character

I would say Noah from TRC because he is pretty loyal to his little group of friends.

THE WARDROBE – Your favourite hideout/place to read?

I really like reading in bed or tucked into a corner of the library.

Okay so I have NO earthly idea who else to tag besides the two people I’m going to mention so if you are interested in doing this tag then go ahead. Just tag me in it so I can read your answers as well.

keepreadingforward & absintheandbooks

My Recent E-ARCS Pick Ups

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So I recently decided to order all of my arcs with their release dates so I can read them. I have 8 arcs that I need to read over the fall months. I’m really excited for a huge chunk of these. I am not going to go into detail about every book because I will have good reads links to each one.

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Have anyone of you read these books yet? Are you excited for any of them? I want to interact with my audience more so please don’t be afraid to leave comments.

 

Studyblrs Unite : A New Discord Server

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So a good friend of mine and I decided to make a server to help fellow students. It’s basically the studyblr community but on a chat room basis. You can talk to people in real time instead of waiting forever for them to reply back on Tumblr. We wanted to create a place that would allow students to meet other students that are in the same field as them. We have channels for math, science. english, and so on. We even have a section for you to show off your cute school supplies. You can ask for help on a certain math problem, get someone to look over your paper, and so much more.

We only ask that you do not bully others for what they are studying or need help on. We want this to be a safe zone. If you are interested in joining the server I have link right here for you to click.

The Blogger Recognition Award

CUPCAKEShout to to Katie @ Read With Katie for tagging me in this! She has a super awesome blog and you should definitely check it out.

RULES:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

HOW IT ALL STARTED…

There is honestly nothing too special about why I started blogging. I have been in the blogging world for a while now. I was strictly on Tumblr. I enjoyed it, but I always felt like my posts were drowned out by everyone else. The community over there also got too toxic to the point where I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used to. One of my good friends Heather made a blog and she really enjoyed it. That inspired me to make my own blog. I wanted to have fun writing about the things that mattered to me. My blog has really helped me grow as a person even though I have only had it for a few months.

MY ADVICE…

  1. Write about whatever the frick makes you happy. Don’t stick to ONE specific thing. Your blog can be much more than just books. I blog about cosplay, travel, sustainability, college, and much more. You need to be happy with the content that you are producing. Don’t ever feel like you have to stick with one specific thing.
  2. Find a system that works for you. I tried to write all of my posts a few days ahead of time so I am not stressing out at the last minute. Don’t feel like you need to keep a strict schedule. It will only cause you to stress out and give up. Make your schedule flexible. Plan in advance if you can because it makes a whole world of a difference in my opinion.

I nominate: Heather @ bookandwords, Ellie @ coffeewithellieblog, Sizzle (heh) @ northernplunder, and honestly anyone else who would like to talk about their beginnings in the blog world.