Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell


Helllllo readers, hope you’re well! Another day another review. I’ve been really enjoying this slightly more relaxed schedule. It’s felt a lot more helpful for encouraging creativity and I’ve adored reading lots more books from lots more genre’s and I have a lovely YA book for you today.

“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.


The first thing to mention is I was sent this book really nicely by the author. The story follows the life of Tegan Lockwook who is a very talented and also beautiful young girl who helps with the family business – Lockwood Holiday. Tegan is not only a talented painter but she also loves to compose and write songs and due to this she is accepted into a college in New York. Through her families financial struggles Tegan must stay with them, and put her dreams on hold. However, one summer her life is about to change forever, when American pop star Mason Keane comes to the estate, everything might be turned entirely on its head.

This is a very fun summer romance and to be honest with you I really enjoyed it. It  has a romance, it has a number of really likable an well fleshed out characters and it doesn’t follow the typical girl changes bad boy. I loved the fact that Mason is really presented as a ‘good guy.’ Mason does have struggles, he’s not perfect but the author really makes this clear at the beginning. I also adored tha the author wrote all of the songs in the book – it’s a lovely addition.

Delving into a problem I do tend to have with YA fiction, the character development throughout the book was JUST FANTASTIC. Tegan and Mason are constantly changing as individuals from the very beginning to the very end, learning not only about each other but learning about their own personalities too and the relationship DOESN’T HAPPEN IN A HEARTBEAT. I adored the fact that they built a friendship which leads to love – I won’t spoil the plot because that’s unfair but I really thought that this was a beautifully built relationship.


This is a really tough book to review because there’s so much going on and I don’t want to spoil any of the special bits – however I loved that the plot was full of surprises. Throughout the new story there are also glimpses into the older love story (#NOSPOILERS.) There are letters from a forbidden love that takes part during WW1 and they are mixed in with the romance of the modern world. I can’t like I wish there was more into  the past love story, but that could be the historical fiction lover in me.

I think the only thing that did kind of test me was the kind of languid quite overly done descriptions. Not only did they come across a little dramatic and full of teenage angst (which is okay in small doses,) but it did make the writing a little stodgy. Through the middle of the book it does slow the pace of the book down and it does become a little slow. There are also a long of cliche’s with I’m not a big fan of (piercing eyes etc,) but I think than Dallas has written this book for the lovey-dovey one’s of us. It does have some intense descriptions, and for some readers that’a a good thing – for me a little overwhelming especially towards the end.

So, what did I think in the end. I thought that the story was really special, I thought the characters were brilliantly written, the romance was built throughout and actually happened throughout the story rather than just smushed together. I did struggle a little with the overly cliched and heavy description of the love story – it just felt a little bit over done. But if you really love a romance, with a bit of mystery, pick up a copy today.






Wormwood by K.E. Coles

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Helllllo readers, fantastic book from me today! Really exciting book review for a fantastic author and friend actually who I have been collaborating with from the beginning. She’s a fantastic author, and has been forever a supporter of this little blog so it’s a really privilege to be reviewing her new book today.

‘I wore my guilt like a coat, but it was one I was used to wearing – old and worn and shabby, and it fitted me perfectly.’

They’re finished, aren’t they? Mesmeris. But what if they’re not? How far will you go to protect the people you love?

Pearl has moved on with her life. She has a home, a job, a wonderful friend in Spicer, and a beautiful child – everything anyone could want. If only she could stop loving Art.


So, what is Wormwood about? Well Wormwood is the third in the Mesmeris Trilogy and oh my life have I been waiting for this. Book one Mesmeris introduced us to the dark, dank world in this dystopian nightmare, the second book (Infixion) really pulled in a number of new exciting characters that helped to bulk the story and give it depth, and the third, well IT’S GOING TO TURN IT ALL ON ITS HEAD. Following on from Infixion Pearl is trying desperately to move on with her life; she has everything she could have ever wanted; a job, a house and a lovely friend called Spicer but her old life is starting to make an appearance and Mesmeris is still at large. Can Pearl distance herself from her old life? Only time will tell.

So what did I think? The first thing I want to say was that it’s incredible how Coles has managed to keep the suspense throughout all three books. Her writing is not filled only with impact, but it’s engaging, wonderfully captivating and it tells a story. The whole story. I’ve read too many dystopian style stories that only look at the surface. They don’t delve into the bottom of characters but this does. Coles is fantastic at creating a web. A story that has multiple strands that keeps the reader engrossed.

All the characters are fantastically written Pearl especially. The main character needs to stand strong throughout the story and I’m not going to lie Pearl is not only a pillar for the tale but she is relatable and warm. She’s a nugget of gold in this story. I also adored that we got to delve into Art’s personality and understand more, I also adored Spicer. He’s just bloody fantastic.

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In terms of the story, I adored the ability to delve into the perspective introduced through Wormwood allowing us as the reader to learn more about the ominous cult leader Papa. We’ve had whispers but we really get to look into Papa’s back story. Not only does it give us a completely new perspective but we get to delve more into the dark side that Spicer and Pearl are desperately trying to fight against. The ending? Well I’m not going to go into it, because that would just spoil it but the story goes out with a little bit of a bang. I’ve adored these books from the beginning and it’s certainly not one I’m going to forget for a long time.

Overall this is a fantastic book filled with light and dark, good and darkness. It’s got a fantastic set of rich, warm and enticing characters and Cole’s writing really flourishes through this final book.I feel that Cole really met her stride here – it’s not that she didn’t deliver before, no. But here I feel that she finally felt comfortable to really round out the story, push the characters to their limits and really explore her writing. It’s just bloody fantastic. 

I’m going to stop here because I could go on, and on and on and on. GO pick up this book and the rest of the trilogy if you haven’t already. It’s fantastic.




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Helllllo readers,

It’s Friday and that means FRIYAY for me – I lave me some Friday’s . Anyway I love reading tags and this week I had the lovely surprise of being tagged in the YA Frenzy Tag created by Icebreaker 694. I was tagged by the brilliant Jemima at ‘The Bookaholic’ who’s blog you should really follow because it’s full of lovely, informative and bookish posts (I’ve left a link above^) – for now, onto the tag!

Here are the rules:

Respond to this new tag in comments (so I know if you can participate).

Read through my Q&A.

Answer the questions I’ve answered in this post

Choose at least 3 to 5 other bloggers to participate!

So, to begin;

1. What book got you started on the path of YA?

I think really the books by K.E Coles; when I read these books I didn’t really know a lot about YA books and I think they were quite badly marketed. I always thought they were for young people despite enjoying them. When I was blogging beginner I always thought I needed to read more intelligently – now I realise that’s bull**** and instead read and review what you want.

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2. List 3 awesome book related gifs, add your own captions.

When characters fall in love after TWO GODDAMN MINUTES.

When someone recommends a book to you that you already know and love.

When someone asks what I’m up to this evening – #wellduh.

3. What was the latest series you finished?

I don’t read a lot of series – I don’t read a lot of any series books from any genre really so it would probably have to be the ones above or Harry Potter. I much prefer standalone books to be honest with you.

4. What is one thing that you hate in YA? What is one thing you love?

I don’t want to copy the answers from Jemima but I definitely think waspish or easily influenced females are often something I struggle with in terms of YA Books. I think when they can stand on their own and can inspire readers, especially female readers that is just brilliant and you often need stronger characters for that.

I love that YA books bring together readers from all walks of life, all ages, all different personalities and are being used to spread important issues. I think YA books are often the bravest is expressing views on sexuality, gender, mental- health, relationships, family struggles and I love that they can be read by all.

5. Take this Buzzfeed quiz and post your results. The quiz is “Are You Able to Identify the Real YA Cover From the Fake?”

 Are You Able To Identify The Real YA Cover From The Fake?
You got 8 out of 10 right!
You did better than 60% of those who took this quiz!
  1. Golden Bookworm

    You’re a gold-standard bookworm! You can definitely identify your YA covers like a BOSS. Never stop getting your read on.

There we gooooo, all finished for this tag!

I always seem to get more links back so I can see all your wonderful answers when I tag random reasons for people reading the tag; so today I’m going to tag people that love Malteasers (or of course anyone that fancies the tag!) Please let me know if you complete – I LOVE READING THE ANSWERS YOU ALL GIVE. Till next time have a fantastic weekend!

Gideon and the Crimson Samurai by Ricky Baxter

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Helllllllo readers – it’s Monday which is always a bit of a struggle but I have a really exciting and interesting book for you today. Many of you will know how much I adore reading books for the younger reader because 1) they tend to be quite exciting, and 2) they often have some wacky, crazy characters. Many of you will know my Mumma B works in a primary school and when I used to help out you would often find me poring over the books when I should be cleaning up glitter or photocopying music (oops.) Without further reminiscing onto le review.

Gideon Joust is your average twelve-year-old boy, with all the growing insecurities one would expect, following the mysterious disappearance of his father. On one fateful day, the boy’s world is turned upside down – leading to a chance encounter with a brash child warrior: Kibishi the Crimson Samurai.

Gideon and the Crimson Samurai is uniquely written in play format – suited for teens and adults alike.


As the rather short blurb suggests the book follows the adventure of Gideon Joust who is, on the surface, a rather average twelve-year-old boy. However there has always been a question that has concerned him – what did happen to his father? Why and how did he disappear? Where is he now? As he begins his quest to find out what really happened he meets another young boy named Kinishi  who turns out not to be a regular boy as like Gideon, but instead a warrior. They go on their mission together – one that will change Gideon’s life forever.

Enough of the blurb, onto my thoughts on the book – the format is really interesting as it’s written in play format which I  was really surprised to see. I think the book is targeted at 14/15 year old’s and for me, although I found it a little difficult to get through (namely because I’m not used to seeing a children’s book in this format) I think would really work with the book’s target audience. It definitely allows you to get more into the action and get straight into the tale. The author additionally adds a lot of detail around the writing to help give more of a description and flavour to the book as a whole – for example.

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After many long hours of aimless searching and journeying though much greenery and fields, the young Gideon falls flat to the ground, devoid of strength and motivation.

Gideon: I give up – what was I thinking? How big is the outside world anyway? I really need to find that crazy samurai before he gets any further, but how am I supposed to find him when he is probably miles away by now? As Gideon lay on the ground, he smells a delicious and sweet scent that lasts for only a fragment of a second. The young boy leaps to his feet in excitement, as he smells the scent once again. Gideon races onward, following the direction of the scent – desperately traversing over many hills, gasping in awe at the lush scenery of the landscape, filled with rich grass and nearby wildlife under the bright and blue sky.

As you can see this helps to flesh out the book and make it more of a story than just a play script that I think will help to engage readers .

The characters are really well-developed throughout and the friendship that develops between the two is a lovely read. It does have suspense, action and a lot of adventure and I can imagine action loving readers getting incredibly excited about the plot and the quest stile plot. For me the writing was a little basic at times and there lacked a little pizzazz. It felt a little simple and I thought more strength could have been added to the spoken parts however I do understand the target age so it does fit. I also thought the cover worked incredibly well with the story inside and definitely would intrigue readers.

Overall a lovely little read – for me a little predictable in the plot-line and in the telling and I thought the spoken parts could have been stronger but definitely an interesting book. I have heard that this is going to be made into an audio book which I think will work much better in terms of the format! One to definitely get your YA reader getting stuck into an adventure.




Comrades We by A. Louise Olsen

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Hellllllo readers – today I have a bit of an apology before I throw us into the review. A few of you will have seen that I have closed my review requests box until I can catch up with the books I already have waiting to be read/written/posted. Unfortunately because I’ve been so swamped a few have been lost in the depths of my email inbox but I’m getting to them all one at a time. Today’s is one that ended up being a reviewed a little later than promise so big apologies and a slapped wrist, but I hope the review more than makes up for it (maybe.)

Comrades We is the story of the adventures of six friends as they grow up together, learn magic, encounter bad stuff, and try to fight their way out of trouble.

This is a fantasy novel. There is magic. There are swords. There are mysterious and cryptic gods. There are some really bad guys and there are good guys who are mostly ordinary and trying to do their best with what they’ve got. And if needed, there is always tea


First thing to mention is I really like the blurb for this book it doesn’t really give anything away and I like that – I think it’s because  I recently went into a bookshop for the first time in a long time and I looked at the blurb and thought what do I really want to read about. I just couldn’t decide, but here it was kind of made for me.

As the blurb states that’s kind of what the book entails; a number of characters learning, living, and casually battling magic with swords – you know just the day job. The author manages to weave a lot of energy into the different characters despite there being six of them which you may worry lacks a little detail but it works here. I did feel like each of them was give specific characteristics which helped you to keep an eye on them and keep up with their story. I did feel that each of the characters could have been delved into more but that’s just me, I think the author could have built the profiles more strongly and created a more intensive character profiling. Saying this Gilli and Tomas were my favourites; I liked seeing their relationship grow and develop. I would profile in all our characters but there is just too much to write – go and discover for yourselves.

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There is a good mix of the fantasy writing, landscape descriptions and the warfare that is described as we follow the characters as they battle their way through the different dangers they are placed in. As I mentioned earlier I liked learning about the characters as they improved their magic skills and the descriptions and adventures of them at school and then moving that into the real world and the danger that added. The plot definitely moves with pace and at times I did wish the plot would slow a little and allow us to look at the characters a little more for me although the plot is important it needs strong characters to hang from and become a complete storyline. For me I thought that could have been more description of the landscapes, it has more of a YA feel which I like but I thought with the fantasy genre a little more description of the landscape would have helped draw the reader in more.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I think if your favourite genre is fantasy with a YA feel this is definitely one to get a hold of. For me I think I could have done with a couple less characters as I worked more into the story I did feel a little lost and had to flick back. Reading on a computer does make that more difficult but I think with strong character profiling this could have drawn me in more and made each more memorable. I thought the amount of ‘magic’ was perfect for me and I enjoyed watching the different relationships. The ending was also strong and definitely had me wanting to find out more too.  A really lovely self-published book from a lovely author and one I definitely want to read more from in the future.






Any Red-Blooded Girl by Maggie Bloom

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Hello readers; for this review I delved into the depths of my Kindle and the books that I downloaded when I realised that you could get books for free. Yesssssss. However, it doesn’t mean that they are all worth the time even though you don’t pay a penny for them. As a dutiful blogger it’s sad to say I really wouldn’t recommend this book, but will give it a little review any way.

The last thing fifteen-year-old Flora Fontain wants to do is spend her summer vacation stuck in a tent with her overprotective parents and angst-ridden brother, especially when she should be in Europe with her best friend Jessie—sipping espresso, posing for cutesy tourist pics, and hunting for hot Italian (or French, or maybe even English) stud-muffins.

But since her parents trust her about as much as they trust a cat burglar at the moment, Flora has no choice but to suffer through the boyfriend-less summer of her discontent from the back of a rented SUV, until…fate tosses a sexy, sophisticated gypsy boy into her path, making Flora wonder if destiny might know best after all. That is until destiny screws up, big time. Because just as Flora falls head over heels, an unexpected turn of events threatens to land her in the slammer—or worse, separate her from the man of her dreams.

I’m not going to spend time rewriting the blurb because it’s all in there really but honestly, and I wouldn’t say it unless it was, this book was pretty awful. I thought the cover was really eye-catching but what’s inside really didn’t deliver. The characters are watery; Flora is exhausting she’s stroppy, whiny and tirelessly rude to her parents. Mick was soppy and mushy and too goddamn sensitive. It’s confusing because the author is selling him as this dangerous character, which he is, but the two sides of his character are just too detached.

The plot, summer romance between two very different personalities, not allowed by parents etc, although stereotypical isn’t inherently awful but here it is so over-done. Flora and Mick adore one another after little over a day and their constant sneaking off to meet one another gets very tedious very quickly. Maybe I’m getting a little old and cynical in my old age but I couldn’t help myself thinking – get a goddamn grip. What also caused an issue for me were the themes that were discussed. Although the writing and the plot is very much 11+ parts of the relationship are a little too old for that age group and it just didn’t settle right with me.

If I’m completely honest with you this book made me angry because it’s lazy writing. I know writing books is struggle and I am in awe of the numerous authors who tirelessly work to bring out fantastic fictional tales and yet 764 people (including myself) have read this terrible book when we could be reading tens of books that are hundreds of times better. Please don’t be another to add a review to this frankly inappropriate and exhausting tale. Sorry but it has to be said.

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Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos

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Hellllllo readers, hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. I’ve had a bit of a reading standoff recently. I feel like I never have a minute where I’m not panicking about not reading and it’s a bit tiring. I want to read allllllllll the books but there are so many exciting things to do/watch/tidy. Yes tidy. I took three days off a couple of weeks ago and tidied my room instead of reading that’s how bad it has got. But it’s okay; because I’m going to delve into the shelves of my not-yet-reviewed books and bring you some that I’ve read numerous times but never reviewed. Why? Oh, I don’t know. But I can have a bit of a reading break and still bring you some (hopefully) great content. This is a book I’ve read so many times, and it’s just a bit brilliant.


I’m telling you because if I don’t, I will choke on it. Everybody knows what happened, but nobody asks. And Elvis the EMT doesn’t count because when he asked, he didn’t even listen to me answer because he was listening to my sister’s heart not beat with his stethoscope. I want to tell. It’s mine to tell. Even if you didn’t ask, you have to hear it.

Fourteen-year-old Donnie’s older sister, Karen, has always been the one person in his life on whom he could totally depend. But as Karen slowly slips away in the grip of an eating disorder, Donnie finds himself alone in facing the trauma of his parents’ faltering marriage and his new life as an outcast at school.

Donnie makes it his responsibility to cure his sister’s illness and fix his parents’ issues, letting every part of himself disappear in the process. It is more important — and somehow easier — to figure out if today is a day when Karen is eating, or to know if Dad and Mom are sleeping in the same bedroom, than to deal with his own problems. In the end, though, Donnie must decide whether to float through life unnoticed, or to claim his rightful place as a member of his family and of the world. This powerful story from a brilliant new talent introduces a memorable boy in Donnie, who, from his funny and painfully honest point of view, describes a harrowing year that leaves both him and his family forever changed.

I’m not sure whether you would class this as YA but it’s a book I have read so many times. It sings to the reader in me as to the characters, the writing style and the feel of book. Yes, books have feels. The plot follows Donnie as he reviews the life he has lived so far, carefully pulling apart the seams of his family to find out when everything went so wrong; his parents’ marriage derailing, his sister slowly slipping away from him, the sudden rejection from his so called friends. Donnie attempts to disappear, to stop existing in the world which is breaking up and causing so much negative events in his life. It’s a harrowing tale in the year of the life of a boy who just isn’t sure what to do anymore.

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I realise that all sounds a little bit depressing but this book is gold. The writing is so soft and lyrical. It moves seamlessly between past events, Donnie’s imaginary events (tight-rope walking, in the jungle with the army and the like.) It is told from Donnie’s point of view but we really get to delve into the relationship with his sister and her eating disorder which is beautifully told, but showing the devastating effects it has on each member of the family. The plot doesn’t move quickly but it does cover a lot of ground; the holidays, the fights, the moving in of the new neighbours. It gives you an honest but hopeful view of this dysfunctional family. All of their trials and tribulations  but also the bonds that help to keep them together.

The book is at times funny, a little sweary, gut-wrenchingly painful and then hopeful it helps to stir all these emotions and yet it pulls me back every single time. There are parts of this book I can still remember clearly now even though it is a year of so since I last read it. Donnie and Karen sat on the step outside in the freezing cold escaping another argument, the summer on the deck, the greatest dive in the history of dives. I know this means very little but to be able to pull out so many thoughtful moments really shows what a joy this book is to read. A beautiful tale that I will continue to adore.





Day and Night Book Tag


TGIF: Happy faces, smiles all round and the goddamn wonderful Friday feeling you just cannot beat. Bring on that weekend now please. Friday has become my book-tag day and after finally being tagged in one (I normally just fill them out as and when I please,) I’m a little excited to bring this to you today. First things though, you have to check out the blog that nominated me for this tag, thank you joysofbookworms. It’s a lovely one and I really enjoy delving through and reading through all the book-ish posts. Recently hitting 100 followers I think it’s definitely one to take a look at and click that follow button. Take a look here! Without further delay, onto the taaaaaaaaag.

 D: Do you read more in the morning or at night?

I’m going to say morning? I tend to read when I get up and then on the bus to work and then I’ll squeeze in some reading on the bus home and then finally before bed if I’m not flat-out. So I think morning. Most of the time.

 A: Are there any books that changed the way you thought about things?

I think The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch definitely changed the way I see life. Recently I’ve been struggling a little with anxiety and combating those negative feelings, but this book documents the life of Pausch, who is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live. The book is a memoir about what being positive really means and how we can always make a difference even in truly difficult times. It’s really helped to enforce the idea that we only live once and you really should live it to the full.

 Y: YA or not?

Hell Yes.

A: Are there any characters you honestly believe to be real?

Intriguing. Honestly, are there characters I wish were real? Yes, definitely. Are there any I believe to be real, minus books which are based on or written as like autobiographies, no. Unfortunately the fiction world is, well, fiction. Saying that I’ve read The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson so many times that they’re starting to feel real.  Odd.

N: Nobody borrows my books or I don’t mind lending them out?

I really don’t mind lending my books out because I think it’s important to share with others my adoration of reading and if that means getting one of my own back with a broken spine or a slightly ripped page I think that I can deal with that most of the time. I currently don’t own any first editions or books signed by authors so they may be an exception to the rule in the future.

D: Do you ever smell your books?

I tend to smell books when I’m in old second hand book stores, yes I’m a public book sniffer. My own books, less so.

N: Not everyone likes books, is this a positive or a negative?

We’re all allowed our own opinion and judgement and although I adore books, some may not, and just don’t get the same butterfly feeling when opening a new book. I know mylittlebookblog has inspired a number of my friends to read more and I think that’s pretty wonderful. So it’s both.We’re all different and we all like different things and that’s okay.

 I: I keep my books in the best condition or maybe not? Which are you?

I try my best, but ultimately the book will be trawled around with me squashed in my bag with my lunch, iPhone, notebooks, camera. It may be dropped in the bath, the corners may be folded over if I’m about to miss the bus and I might be a little heavy handed and crack the spine if I’m reading late at night. I try my best, but it rarely works.

G: Gosh I have too many books! True or False?

Yes. I think this will be forever true.

 H: Have you ever spilled or stained your books before with something, and if so how?

The most memorable was at a house-party around a year ago now. The idea was to go dressed up as what you wanted to be when you were younger and I wanted to work in publishing and be an editor. I took a book with me, ‘Remember to Breath my Simon Pont,’ and somewhere between the opening of a second bottle of wine and the making of a second bowl of punch the book got liberally soaked in alcohol to the point of it being unreadable. Drunk Lizzy, you suck.

T: Toned or untoned while reading? . . or in other words. . .Do you read and workout at the same time?

Me? Work out. You are kidding right?

So there you go, my answers the Day and Night tag. I now tag Rachael Ritchey to complete this challenge and anyone with the word book in their website name *evil laugh.* Enough from me for now, new review up tomorrow, but happy Friday everyoneeeee.