Friday, July 1, 2022

Book Review: Death by Bubble Tea by Jennifer J Chow

Title: Death by Bubble Tea
Series: L.A. Night Market (Book #1)
Author: Jennifer J. Chow
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: July 5, 2022
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

When Yale Yee discovers her cousin Celine is visiting from Hong Kong, she is obliged to play tour guide to a relative she hasn't seen in twenty years. Not only that, but her father thinks it's a wonderful idea for them to bond by running a food stall together at the Eastwood Village Night Market. Yale hasn't cooked in years, and she hardly considers Celine's career as a social media influencer as adequate experience, but because she's just lost her job at her local bookstore, she feels she has no choice.

Yale and Celine serve small dishes and refreshing drinks, and while business is slow, it eventually picks up thanks to Celine's surprisingly useful marketing ideas. They're quite shocked that their bubble tea, in particular, is a hit--literally--when one of their customers turns up dead. Yale and Celine are prime suspects due to the gold flakes that Celine added to the sweet drink as a garnish. Though the two cousins are polar opposites in every way, they must work together to find out what really happened to the victim or the only thing they'll be serving is time.

 

Rating

*I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.*
 
Hello Fellow Readers,
 
I really enjoyed this book. I knew I was going to since cozy mysteries are one of my favorites genres, but I was surprised at how much. In the beginning, I wasn't sure about Yale. She's a booklover but doesn't like technology, doesn't have a computer or a phone. I thought she would be obnoxious about it, but she isn't. Yale really did grow on me, her quick thinking combined with her tenacity to solve this case really makes you like her.

I was also really surprised that I liked Celine as much as I did. You think she would be this self-centered, airheaded influencer, but she's the opposite. Celine was my favorite characters and I really wished that we got a couple of chapters from her POV. The only person I really despised (besides the killer) was Nik and his whole side story. I felt it was unnecessary and really didn't add anything. This kinda sucks because I have a feeling he's going to get a bigger role with the next book and could become a potential love interest .
 
The story was good, and kept he entertained but I did end up guessing who the killer was although not how thy committed the murder. This doesn't take away from the story at all though and how much I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be looking into Chow's other books because I really like Chow's writing. I will also definitely be picking up the next book in this series.
 
Overall, a very good start to which I am hoping is a solid mystery series.  
 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Book Review: The Wizard's Ward by Jules McAleese

Title: The Wizard's Ward
Series: Vale (Book 1)
Author: Jules McAleese
Genre: Epic Fantasy; Young Adult
Publication Date: April 30, 2022
Publisher: Vale Media LLC

Francis has gray blood.

The King of the Elves ordered all gray bloods be put to death, by any means necessary. Francis, the Wizard's Ward, has been hiding in plain sight all her life, under the care of Billington, the King's wizard. When Billington disappears from the Cardinal castle, Francis enlists the help of her first love, a battle-ridden soldier called X, to find the only family she's ever known.

But outside the castle walls, there is a war raging between kingdoms and Francis faces countless dangers that plague the land of Vale. Shapeshifting bounty hunters search for military deserters, pirates maraud Vale's seas, combat-trained dragons dwell in the witch's mountains, and betrayals harden once-warmed hearts.

As the journey pushes Francis to her limits, she uncovers the true power of her gray blood, a power that could fulfill a prophecy and bring down a psychotic king.

 

Rating

*I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.*
 
Hello Fellow Readers,
 
It's been a while since I've read a true Epic Fantasy, so I was a bit rusty and it took me longer than I would have liked to finish this book. Let me just say that I like the concept of McAleese's world. The magic seemed very interesting, and the different species that live in their world. BUT I do wish they would have gone into more detail about everything, especially the magic.
 
As far as characters go I didn't think I would like Francis. I thought she was melodramatic, selfish and stubborn, but as the story progressed and I realized that she was only a young teenager I started to really feel for her and everything she is going through. I am not sure how I feel about the rottentoes as I thought they would have played a bigger role in some situations, but I feel like they were glossed over a bit and only put in for Francis to make some allies. I hated X (and not just because his name) and Medea, but thought they were complex characters who seemed interesting.

The story flowed well in the first part, but once the action started it seemed like it never stopped. It was really fast paced and unfortunately some parts did feel rushed, as if there was too much the author needed to add but had a page limit. The ending really did make me want to read the next book, which I will when it comes out.

Overall, A solid start to an Epic YA Fantasy

Friday, June 10, 2022

Graphic Novel: The Phantom on the Scan by Cullen Bunn

Title: Phantom on the Scan
Author: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Mark Torres
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Genre: Horror; Graphic Novel
Publication Date: December 14, 2021
Publisher: Aftershock Comics

Twenty years ago, a comet fell to earth. Since that night, Matthew has been haunted – haunted by a spirit that gives him incredible psychic abilities. But these abilities come with a price…and payment is due.

Every time Matthew uses his gifts, he draws closer to death, and other psychics – all of whom gained their powers on the night the comet fell – are dying in the most horrible of ways. To save himself, Matthew gathers a group of psychics to solve the mystery of their powers before it’s too late.

A new dimension of horror brought to light by master storyteller Cullen Bunn (DARK ARK, UNHOLY GRAIL, BROTHERS DRACUL, PIECEMEAL) and illustrated by Mark Torres (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Judge Dredd, The Shrinking Man), the team responsible for the psychological terror thriller, Cold Spots.

Rating

 
*I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.*

Hello Fellow Readers,

The premise for Phantom on the Scan is interesting and I was pretty hooked on the story, in the beginning. Like Matthew and the others I wanted to know what was going on. Unfortunately, as the plot developed I realized what was going on and what was going to happen I couldn't help but be disappointed . The ending just fell flat and some of the characters felt like they were only put into the plot to die in some horrible way. I will say that I actually liked the art style. I feel like it really suits the theme of the story. I do wish it was longer and that the side characters actually had a chance to shine.

Overall, an okay graphic novel

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Graphic Novel Review: Summertime Rendering Vol. 1

 

Title: Summertime Rendering Vol. 1
Author: Yasuki Tanaka
Genre: Graphic Novel; Manga
Publication Date: May 31, 2022
Publisher: Udon Entertainment

Hearing the news of the passing of his childhood friend Ushio, Shinpei returned to his hometown on the remote island of Hitogashima to attend her funeral. Little does he know that it is the beginning of a summer full of mystery and horror! No one is prepared for the time-twisting adventures ahead that defy life and death!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rating

*I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.*
 
Hello Fellow Readers

I was ready for mystery and horror but what I got was confusion. Summertime Rendering was a little hard to follow as the story progressed, more and more things kept happening, but there wasn't an explanation for why. I think Tanaka was trying do was have the reader discover things as the protagonist Ushio did but like him I was just lost the entire time. 
 
I will say that while I did not like the over sexualization of all the female characters, the art style was good and the shadows were creepy as well. I do like the ending to this and it makes me actually want to read the second volume.
 
Overall, a rough start that hopefully gets better with the second volume

 

 

 

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Movie Review: When Harry Met Sally

Title: When Harry Met Sally
Director: Rob Reiner
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Staring: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby
Release Date: July 14, 1989
Tagline: Can Two friends sleep together and still love each other in the morning?

In 1977, college graduates Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) share a contentious car ride from Chicago to New York, during which they argue about whether men and women can ever truly be strictly platonic friends. Ten years later, Harry and Sally meet again at a bookstore, and in the company of their respective best friends, Jess (Bruno Kirby) and Marie (Carrie Fisher), attempt to stay friends without sex becoming an issue between them. 

 

 

 

 

Rating

Hello Fellow Movie Watchers,

I am not ashamed to say that When Harry Met Sally is one of my all time favorite movies. No matter how many times I watch it, I never get tired of it. All love of this has to do with the dialogue. Harry and Sally just banter so well, their rapid back and forth really makes their relationship shine. This is due in part to Nora Ephron's ability to write amazing romantic comedies, and in combination with Reiner as director this was always going to be a classic.

It does help that Crystal and Ryan have such amazing chemistry, I don't think I could ever see these two characters played by anyone else. Crystal is the only one I can see delivering Harry's witty lines, and Ryan as straight laced Sally is pretty much perfect.

Of course, two of the most iconic scenes came from this movie. The infamous moaning in the resturant and 'I'll have what she's having' line is pure comedic gold. Also, the ending with Harry admitting his love for Sally really set the bar for romantic endings.

Overall, if you've bever seen this movie and love rom coms, GO WATCH THIS NOW!
 


 

Friday, June 3, 2022

Book Review: Husband (Not) Wanted by Rose Reynolds

 

Title: Husband (Not) Wanted
Author: Rose Reynolds
Genre: Historical, Romance, Western
Publication Date: June
Publisher:

Abigail "Big Abby" Wendell, a lone frontierswoman in the Dakota Territory, must acquire a husband or give up the homestead she established with her late father. The men in her small town have never been kind to her, but Abby isn't easily rattled. Both practical and stubborn, she posts an advertisement in want of a husband, and she gets far more than she bargained for.

Carl Brooks is a simple, rambling man who never took to book learning. Believing a family and land of his own was not in the cards for him; he was in for quite the shock when Abigail's advertisement found him in the midst of planning his next move. The promise of a real home is too good to pass up.

After some mishaps and miscommunication, Abby ends up married to the wrong man! Or perhaps, he’s just the man she needs? When Carl makes his way to Abby; they find they have both met unexpected challenges on the long and dusty road to wedded bliss.

Rating

*I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.*

Hello Fellow Readers,

I was very intrigued by this book. First of all, I was itching for a historical romance, it being a western was just an added bonus. Second, I love that it went unconventional with the Female Main Character (Abby) being the one to place the advert. Lastly, I wasn't expecting to like both male leads in this. I thought for sure Reynolds would villianize one to make the other look better, as that is what most authors do, but I am so glad the author did not go that route.

I really liked Abby as a character and I was upset on her behalf that in order not to lose her land she had to get married, but the mix up was pretty funny. Both Karl and Carl were good male characters, but I do think that in the end she made the right choice in who she stayed, but I am ecstatic that all characters got their happy endings.

 Overall, a pretty enjoyable Western Romance. 



Wednesday, June 1, 2022

#CurrentlyReading June 2022


 Hello Fellow Readers,

May just hasn't been that good of a month we ended up catching the big C, this was after dealing with Little J teething and a formula shortage so I have not had time to really read. I am getting back into it though. Anyway, Here is what I am planning on reading.

Turns out that reading nothing but true crime isn’t exactly conducive to modern dating—and one woman is going to have to learn how to give love a chance when she’s used to suspecting the worst.

PhD candidate Phoebe Walsh has always been obsessed with true crime. She’s even analyzing the genre in her dissertation—if she can manage to finish writing it. It’s hard to find the time while she spends the summer in Florida, cleaning out her childhood home, dealing with her obnoxiously good-natured younger brother, and grappling with the complicated feelings of mourning a father she hadn’t had a relationship with for years.

It doesn’t help that she’s low-key convinced that her new neighbor, Sam Dennings, is a serial killer (he may dress business casual by day, but at night he’s clearly up to something). It’s not long before Phoebe realizes that Sam might be something much scarier—a genuinely nice guy who can pierce her armor to reach her vulnerable heart.

 

 


Alex Turner is never The One--but always the last one an ex dates before finding love--and now she's determined to find out why in this hilarious new rom-com.

Single divorce attorney Alex Turner is watching reality TV when she sees her latest ex's new fiancé picking out her wedding dress. Yet again, the guy she dumped went on to marry (or at least seriously commit to) the next person he dates after her. Fed up with being the precursor to happily ever after, she decides to interview all her exes to find out why.

Up-and-coming chef Will Harkness mixes with Alex like oil and vinegar, but forced proximity growing up means their lives are forever entwined. When Will learns Alex and her friends are going on a wild romp through Los Angeles to reconnect with her ex-boyfriends, he decides to tag along. If he can discover what her exes did wrong, he can make sure he doesn't make the same mistake with Alex.

On this nonstop journey through the streets of LA, Alex realizes the answer to her question might be the man riding shotgun...

 

Stories of famous monsters in a new horror anthology edited by James Aquilone and featuring Joe R. Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, Jonathan Maberry, Ramsey Campbell, and many others.

Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Moreau, the Headless Horseman, the Invisible Man, the Phantom of the Opera, the Wicked Witch of the West—they're all here, in this collection of horror short stories that reimagine, subvert, and pay homage to our favorite monsters and creatures.

Written by the biggest names in the genre—including Joe R. Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, Jonathan Maberry, Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Morton, Owl Goingback, Richard Christian Matheson, Seanan McGuire, Maurice Broaddus, Dacre Stoker, Linda D. Addison, Alessandro Manzetti, Tim Waggoner, John Palisano, Mercedes M. Yardley, Lucy A. Snyder, Gary A. Braunbeck, Rena Mason, and Monique Snyman.
And monstrously illustrated by Colton Worley and Mister Sam Shearon.
 


Monday, May 16, 2022

Graphic Novel Review: Jacob's Apartment by Joshua Kemble

 

Title: Jacob's Apartment
Author: Joshua Kemble
Genre:Comic; Graphic Novel
Publication Date: May 17, 2022
Publisher: Graphic Mundi

Jacob's Apartment follows the stories of two twenty something roommates, Jacob and Sarah, as they seek to find their place in the world. When confronted with the death of his aging father to cancer, Jacob's world is turned upside down, causing him to question everything. Sarah wrestles with her own demons, searching for solace in one-night stands after her professor (and ex) leaves her for a job in New York. A coming-of-age graphic novel in the vein of Ghost World and Fun Home, Jacob's Apartment weaves the threads of faith deconstruction, identity, young love, and loss to create an engrossing world in which waking and sleeping dreams collide. This book invites readers to consider how young idealism can be quickly extinguished and questions what the value of anything is without love.

 

 

Rating


*A Thank you to Edelweiss+ for allowing me to read this. This is my honest and unbiased review*
 
Hello Fellow Readers,

Jacob's Apartment is a realistic tale about two roommates who are going through very emotional turmoils. Joshua is having a crisis of faith, which stems from the fact that his father is currently in the hospital dying. Sarah is trying to cope with childhood drama in the way way with excessive drinking and meaningless one night stands. This leaves her drowning in a sea of disappointment and bad choices.  Both of these young souls are lost. 

Kemble does an amazing job bringing Jacob and Sarah to life through his art and words. I wish I could say that everything works out in the end for these two, but Kemble (and I) realize that there is a need to share a realistic story no matter how much we wish for things to be different.

Overall, a very emotional graphic novel which may or may not break your heart.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Book Review: I, Bionic by Jess K. Hardy

Title: I, Bionic
Series: Ignisar (Book 2)
Author: Jess K. Hardy
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction
Publication Date: April 7th, 2022
Publisher: City Owl Press

A BILLION STARS, TWO HEARTS, ONLY ONE CAVE.

After half-human bionic Elanie installs her LunaCorp hormone upgrade, tumultuous emotions and her changing body complicate her life aboard the deep space pleasure cruise, the Ignisar. Seeking answers, she’s thrown into the path of the ship’s handsome but curt physician, Sem, an empath from the ocean planet Portis.

Knowing empaths typically can’t tolerate being around bionics since AI emotions are unreadable, Sem is worried he won’t be able to treat Elanie effectively. Especially as he finds himself undeniably drawn to her, making a fool of himself every time he sees her. Remaining professional in the face of a massively inappropriate crush becomes next to impossible.

When a mysterious voice hacks Elanie’s programming, forcing her to hijack an escape pod and jump through space, Sem follows her to the edges of the Known Universe. Stranded on an uncharted planet together, they must fight to survive deadly blizzards, arctic ice caves, and a secret, hedonistic cult. Navigating their growing feelings for each other might prove to be an even greater challenge than escaping back to the Ignisar. 

Rating

*I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.*

Hello Fellow Readers,

This is the second book in the series, but can be read as a standalone which is what I did, but now I am going to have to read the first book in the series because I loved this. I was really looking for a fun, smutty romance that could jump start my reading habit as I have been slacking off lately and I, Bionic did exactly that. 

The Chemistry between Sem and Elaine was good and I enjoyed both of their point of views, but I did enjoy Sem's chapters just a little bit more early on. Eventually, I learned to really enjoy Elaine's no nonsense naive attitude. Honestly, I did not expect there to be to much of a coherent plot, so I was pleasantly surprised, that there actually was one, and a interesting one to say the least. I will say that the ending did seem a little rushed, but the sexy times were good and I really enjoyed it.

Overall, a very fun and sexy read. 

 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

#Currentlyreading May 2022

 

Hello Fellow Readers,

I think I will just post everything I plan to read in May instead of just what I am currently reading. So, here's my May Reading List, What are you all reading for May?

 

What would you do if you lost everything that mattered to you, as well as all means to protect yourself and others, but still had to save the day? 

Conrad Brent is about to find out.Conrad Brent protects the people of Brooklyn from monsters and magical threats. The snarky, wisecracking guardian also has a dangerous secret: he’s one in a million – literally.

Magical ability comes to about one in every 30,000 and can manifest at any age. Conrad is rarer than this, however. He’s a middling, one of the half-gifted and totally despised. Most of the gifted community feels that middlings should be instantly killed. The few who don’t flat out hate them still aren’t excited to be around middlings. Meaning Conrad can’t tell anyone, not even his best friends, what he really is.

Conrad hides in plain sight by being a part of the volunteer Watch, those magically gifted who protect their cities from dangerous, arcane threats. And, to pay the bills, Conrad moonlights as a private detective and monster hunter for the gifted community. Which helps him keep up his personal fiction – that he’s a magical version of Batman. Conrad does both jobs thanks to charms, artifacts, and his wits, along with copious amounts of coffee. But little does he know that events are about to change his life… forever.

When Conrad discovers the Traveling Fair auction house has another middling who’s just manifested her so-called powers on the auction block, he’s determined to save her, regardless of risk. But what he finds out while doing so is even worse – the winning bidder works for a company that’s just created the most dangerous chemical weapon to ever hit the magical community.

Before Conrad can convince anyone at the Watch of the danger, he’s exposed for what he really is. Now, stripped of rank, magical objects, friends and allies, Conrad has to try to save the world with only his wits. Thankfully though, no one’s taken away his coffee.

 

In the world of Vale, the King of the Elves lives in fear of an ancient prophecy. 'Only a gray blood can kill the king,' or so it foretells.

But nobody in the land of Vale has gray blood: not the elves who rule the land, the mortals who inhabit the villages, the mer who rule the sea, or the witches who are engaged in a bloody and costly war with the elves. No one except Francis, and her life depends on keeping this secret.

When Billington, the King's Wizard, brought under his protection a newborn baby, an infant hunted by the king's Sleuths, his decision put both of their lives in jeopardy.

Fifteen years later and now the wizard's ward, Francis is shaken as her protector disappears from the castle overnight, and she must enlist the help of her first love, a battle-ridden soldier named X, as she embarks on a quest of survival and self-discovery.

But outside the safety of the castle's walls, a war is raging and Francis must endure betrayal and face a myriad of dangers plaguing the land of Vale as she seeks to find the only family that she has ever known. As she encounters shapeshifting bounty hunters, marauding pirates, and dragons that dwell in the witch's mountains, can Francis uncover the true power of her gray blood? Or is the King's prophecy just a thing of legend?


 

Finley Fox refuses to give up her life’s work. With her family’s cabin rental business at risk of going under, the eldest of five has been laboring for years to care for the property, not to mention her now grown siblings. But when a New York billionaire makes a play for the ailing resort, Finley struggles to resist her attraction to the handsome man sent to secure the deal.

Archer Weston craves stability. With his best buddy since childhood in need of a favor, the lonely businessman heads to the mountains to convince the owner to sell. But his mission hits a hurdle when his heart melts in the presence of the hardworking, beautiful woman.

With debt and sibling drama piling high, Finley fears that leaning on her irresistible guest for support could end in her own heartbreak. But as their relationship grows and intensifies, Archer is caught between his long-term loyalty and his one shot at finding his forever…Can this unexpected couple keep both their dreams alive?



There are some worlds separate from ours - worlds that are thought to be just whispers. But what happens when one of those worlds collides inside our own? That’s exactly what happened in the sleepy town of Harthsburg. When Theodore Lexington’s body flew up into the chilly air it was clear that his day was turning into a real-life nightmare.

But the magical creatures that swept him into the sky, known to some as Twilight Breathers, took more than just Theodore. With only a small group of people left behind, three friends Eliza, Ben and Audrey set out to save him, along with any other townspeople they can find. But the more they learned the more they wonder if the creatures are really there on their own accord.

Will the three friends be able to save Theodore in time? And who or what is behind the appearance of the Twilight Breathers?




A BILLION STARS, TWO HEARTS, ONLY ONE CAVE.

After half-human bionic Elanie installs her LunaCorp hormone upgrade, tumultuous emotions and her changing body complicate her life aboard the deep space pleasure cruise, the Ignisar. Seeking answers, she’s thrown into the path of the ship’s handsome but curt physician, Sem, an empath from the ocean planet Portis.

Knowing empaths typically can’t tolerate being around bionics since AI emotions are unreadable, Sem is worried he won’t be able to treat Elanie effectively. Especially as he finds himself undeniably drawn to her, making a fool of himself every time he sees her. Remaining professional in the face of a massively inappropriate crush becomes next to impossible.

When a mysterious voice hacks Elanie’s programming, forcing her to hijack an escape pod and jump through space, Sem follows her to the edges of the Known Universe. Stranded on an uncharted planet together, they must fight to survive deadly blizzards, arctic ice caves, and a secret, hedonistic cult. Navigating their growing feelings for each other might prove to be an even greater challenge than escaping back to the Ignisar.

 

When Yale Yee discovers her cousin Celine is visiting from Hong Kong, she is obliged to play tour guide to a relative she hasn't seen in twenty years. Not only that, but her father thinks it's a wonderful idea for them to bond by running a food stall together at the Eastwood Village Night Market. Yale hasn't cooked in years, and she hardly considers Celine's career as a social media influencer as adequate experience, but because she's just lost her job at her local bookstore, she feels she has no choice.

Yale and Celine serve small dishes and refreshing drinks, and while business is slow, it eventually picks up thanks to Celine's surprisingly useful marketing ideas. They're quite shocked that their bubble tea, in particular, is a hit--literally--when one of their customers turns up dead. Yale and Celine are prime suspects due to the gold flakes that Celine added to the sweet drink as a garnish. Though the two cousins are polar opposites in every way, they must work together to find out what really happened to the victim or the only thing they'll be serving is time.

 

 

Finally free of Swickley and a life that was broadcast to the whole world on Stuck in the 90's, Jess is doing her best to adjust to existence on the outside–but she can't outrun her past forever.

Like-Life Productions has tracked down Jess and her boyfriend, Kipps, and forced Kipps to come back to set for the rest of his contract. Determined to rescue Kipps and exact revenge on Like-Life Productions for what they did to her, Jess teams up with a reporter who's investigating the seedy underbelly of the TV production company–including a series of suspicious disappearances. Jess agrees to return to set under the guise of missing her friends, family, and old life. Then she can take them down from the inside.

Jess must play along in order to gain the power she needs to expose the truth–but fact and fiction blur as Jess struggles to stay one step ahead of Like-Life Productions. How far will she go to maintain control of the narrative, and what will it cost her?

 

 

Single divorce attorney Alex Turner is watching reality TV when she sees her latest ex's new fiancé picking out her wedding dress. Yet again, the guy she dumped went on to marry (or at least seriously commit to) the next person he dates after her. Fed up with being the precursor to happily ever after, she decides to interview all her exes to find out why.

Up-and-coming chef Will Harkness mixes with Alex like oil and vinegar, but forced proximity growing up means their lives are forever entwined. When Will learns Alex and her friends are going on a wild romp through Los Angeles to reconnect with her ex-boyfriends, he decides to tag along. If he can discover what her exes did wrong, he can make sure he doesn't make the same mistake with Alex.