I was re-watching some anime and I came across xxxholic and wondered what it would be like to have an AU with FFXV. So here is something no one asked for, but I’m doing anyway. Shout out to @valkyrieofardyn and @nightmarelady77 ^_^
Prompto Argentum – A student within Insomnia High School, and a skilled photographer. Ever since he was born, he had the ability to see and interact with spirits. He is often targeted by malevolent ghosts due to the fact that they find his presence irresistible. Having been orphaned at a young age, Prompto has been living on his own for a bit and is use to taking care of himself. One day he finds himself in front of a “wish-granting” shop and is hired to work there in exchange for having his wish granted. However, he probably should have chosen the spirits than his curious and definitely insane red-haired boss.
Ardyn Izunia – The owner of the “wish-granting” shop, and Prompto’s boss. Not much is known about the strange man, aside from the fact that he can be rather devious and is extremely powerful. He is rarely seen without his fedora and enjoys teasing his new employee, much to Prompto’s dismay. Despite being rather playful, Ardyn can be quite serious at times and does not bat an eye when encountering the peculiar and supernatural. He is often referred to as a “witch”, since his abilities can perform quite extraordinary feats.
Lunafreya & Ravus – Two siblings that are Ardyn’s personal assistants within the shop. They always seem to dress and act opposite of each other, like two sides of the same coin. Lunafreya is always sweet and kind while Ravus is more sarcastic and cold. When Prompto began working at the shop, they both took a liking to the new employee, though Ravus was reluctant to admit that. However, they can never leave the shop or it’s small yard, because they do not have souls and can’t exist in the outside world.
Noctis Lucis Caelum – A powerful zashiki warashi (vestal sprite) that has developed a crush on Prompto. Though Noctis can’t visit the human world often since the evil energy can literally kill him, he does keep an eye on Prompto and visits when he can. Often, he is accompanied by his protector and guardian Cor, or by his friend Ignis. However, he does have a group of Karashu Tengu that do follow him around and guard him that are known as the Kingsglaive. He may seem lazy, but he is actually really shy around Prompto; much to Ardyn’s amusement.
Cor Leonis – An ame-warashi (rain sprite) tasked with protecting and guiding Noctis. Though he does not approve of Prompto at first because of his abilities and the careless attitude he has, he warms up to the blonde after he assisted him with a task. Cor is always dressed in all black and carry’s a traditional Japanese paper umbrella, which he uses to float down with if he jumps from high places and carry his katana within the umbrella. Cor has a very cool and calm personality, always a practical individual; but he is not above taking a sharp tone when correcting someone.
Carbuncle – Compensation given to Ardyn by Cor for a task done, a small Carbuncle that takes the shape of a tiny blue fox; almost like a fennec fox. However, it has taken a liking to Prompto and often sneaks out of the shop to be with him.
Umbra – A magical creature that takes the form of a black and grey shiba inu puppy. He is a dear friend of Ardyn’s and can talk, often acting as the red–head’s drinking companion. Umbra seems to be just as old as Ardyn and is just as knowledgeable about the occult as he is.
Ignis Scientia – a famous kitsune (fox) spirit, known for his culinary skills. Ignis is an old friend of Noctis, and owns his own where many spirits come to dine on his cuisine. He is quite intelligent and meets Prompto on accident when the blonde follows the scent of his food and end up at his cart. Ignis eventually teaches the younger male a few pointers for cooking, despite being a bit weary of humans.
Gladiolus Amicitia – A classmate of Prompto’s who is the kendo captain at school and has the ability to repel spirits, specifically malevolent ones, with pure energy. While he can’t see spirits, he does keep a slight open mind after he and Prompto combat an evil spirit. Though he is a bit cautious of Noctis, since the young spirit did accidentally steal his soul one time. Even though Prompto sees him as a rival for Cindy’s affections, Gladio does consider Prompto to be a close friend.
Cindy Aurum – A girl who is a classmate of Prompto’s and his long-time crush. She can’t see spirits either, but Cindy does possess a nasty ability; which is an increase in bad luck. Cindy unknowingly brings misfortune to those around her, the first time was with her parents when they got into an accident where they both died. Ardyn often warns Prompto about her with rather cryptic words, though Prompto does not care and they become very good friends.
I have a pretty great group of best friends who all love to read and their TBR lists are extensive–for this post, I’m going to do three books per person. They are all fellow bloggers on here and some of you might follow them (or might want to follow them). We also each have given each other nicknames from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I will refer to my friends by their nicknames.
This is going to be a semi-long post.
This list is also for those of you who have been wondering what they should read during these next few hot (or cold) months. If you have any recommendations that you think my friends will like, then let me know! I will also include my three-book summer TBR at the end of this post!
With 2016 winding down, I thought I would look ahead to 2017. Here
are four books from the first half of next year that I’m eager to get my
hands on. Are any of these on your TBR pile? What ones do you think
should be on mine? Let us know!
Exo (Exo #1) by Fonda Lee
Release date: 31 January 2017
It’s been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien
race with far reaches into the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still
oppose alien rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes isn’t one of them. His dad
holds the prestigious position of Prime Liaison in the collaborationist
government, and Donovan’s high social standing along with his exocel (a
remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright
future in the security forces. That is, until a routine patrol goes awry
and Donovan’s abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience,
determined to end alien control.
When Sapience realizes whose son Donovan is, they think they’ve found
the ultimate bargaining chip . But the Prime Liaison doesn’t negotiate
with terrorists, not even for his own son. Left in the hands of
terrorists who have more uses for him dead than alive, the fate of Earth
rests on Donovan’s survival. Because if Sapience kills him, it could
spark another intergalactic war. And Earth didn’t win the last one …
The Hate U Give by A.C. Thomas
Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins
Release date: 28 February 2017
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing
debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses
issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and
unflinching honesty.Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two
worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban
prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is
shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best
friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling
him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are
taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug
lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know
is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can
answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Release date: 7 March 2017
From the multi-award-winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover
the Secrets of the Universe comes a gorgeous new story about love,
identity, and families lost and found.
Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving
Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior
year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and
realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he
was, who is he? This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal
questions of belonging is a triumph.
Want by Cindy Pon
Release date: 13 June 2017
Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their
wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them
from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those
without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s
corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a
result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.
With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the
wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from
within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely
on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them
Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth,
the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou
finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can
Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own
Peter Parker (Spider-man); Your friendly neighborhood spider-man!
First appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962)
Created by: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Place of Origins: Queens, New York City
Team Affiliation: Avengers, Daily Bugle, Future Foundation, New Avengers, Jean Grey School of Higher Learning
Love Interest: Gwen Stacey(Peter’s first serious girlfriend), Mary Jane Watson(Came after Gwen), Felicia Hardy(Black Cat), Betty Brant, Carlie Cooper, Anna Maria Marconi, Michele Gonzales, Ms.Marvel, Liz Allan, Debra Whitman, Cindy Moon, and the list goes on he is a man whore!
He has a terrible identity problem
Racked with Oedipal Guilt
Agonizes over his choices
Always attempts to do the right thing
Authorities are suspicious of him and cannot decide whether he is a helpful vigilante or a clever criminal
Peter Parker is reconciled with his natural sympathy for the students with his assumed obligation to combat lawlessness as Spider-man. As a law-upholding liberal he is conflicted with being in the center of militant leftism and angry conservatives.
Peter Parker’s Biography:
Peter Parker is a science enthusiast from Queens, New York City. Peter is an orphan living with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Peter obtained his unusual powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider when he was inside of a science exhibit. Latter from the bite he discovers that he has the agility and proportionate strength of an arachnid. Besides the strength he also can attach himself to walls and ceilings. Later from his knowledge of science he develops a gadget that allows him to fire webbing of his own design through small, wrist-mounted barrels. Soon Peter designs his own Costume and becomes a novelty TV star. Failing to stop a fleeing thief his failure eventually catches up to him and the criminal ends up killing his Uncle Ben. He later catches the killer and learns that “with great power comes with great responsibility.”
Despite his super powers Parker struggles to balance both his secret super-powered life and personal life dealing with his widowed aunt paying rent and the conflict of dealing with football star Flash Thompson and as Spider-man has to deal with the wrath of Publisher J.Jonah Jameson. He eventually graduates from high school and meets roommate and best friend Harry Osborn and girlfriend Gwen Stacy. Harry then struggles battling a drug problem and his father is later revealed as Spider-man’s nemesis the Green Goblin and Gwen’s father is revealed to be a detective for the New York City Police but then killed during the battle between Spider-man and Doctor Octopus.
Even though J.Jonah Jameson, Publisher of the Daily Bugle, launched a campaign against Spider-man resulting in negative publicity making it impossible to earn money he lands a job as a photographer for Jameson’s Daily Bugle.
Spider-man once tried to join the Justice League but got rejected by Batman
Ability to cling to most surfaces
Utilizes web-shooters to shoot strong Spider-web strings from wrists
Web-shooter (dissolves in 1 hour, Cartridges pressurized at 300psi)
special modified camera that takes pictures automatically
Expertise in the fields of Applied Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Mechanics (he is a serious genius).
Capable of creating shields, hemispherical barrier, a club, or a hang-glider wing with his webbing.
Uses spider-tracers (spider-shaped adhesives homing beacons keyed to his own spider-senses)
Can create light beacons as a flashlight or project spider signals
Has an IQ of 250(Very sharp!)
Webs are strong enough to restrain the Hulk
Capable of bench pressing 10 tons
top speed is 200mph
Resistant to foreign chemicals
capable of taking a grenade to the face
Can knockout a dinosaur with a single punch
Has defeated the Hulk
Developed a unique “way of the spider” martial art
Has more girlfriends than any other superhero
Can go toe to toe with the greatest marvel masters while blindfolded
Can dodge automatic weapons
One of the best healing factors in Marvel
Every part of his body can stick to surfaces
Can defuse bombs
Said to be capable of mildly talking to spiders (though he can’t control them like Ant-man)
Beat Falcon and the Winter Soldier single-handedly
Can Stop a car moving 40mph
His durability has limits
Spider senses can be tricked or disturbed by drugs
Anti-spider pesticide ethyl chloride
Is Spider-man your favorite Super Hero? tell me what you think!
CindyLu - "Hold on tight, Miss Oracle, cause here we go!"
I’m finding more and more that I like writing these two. Lunyx will always be my first love when it comes to Luna, but I definitely have a limb or two on this ship.
Vague mention of Promptis.
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on tight, Miss Oracle, cause here we go!”
Lunafreya barely had the time to grip her girlfriend’s waist
before she revved the engine on the bike and away they went. Summer winds whipped
her braided pigtails against her cheeks, and she was able to catch the scent of
citrus and motor oil that was weirdly alluring and uniquely Cindy Aurum. Before
long, Lunafreya found herself resting her chin on Cindy’s shoulder as they sped
down the highway in the direction of Galdin Quey, and placing playful kisses on
her neck and smiling brightly every time Cindy blushed and giggled in response.
“You keep that up and I’ll end up crashin’ this thing,”
Cindy warned with a soft smile and firm side glance. It was hard, Lunafreya
admitted, but she did cease teasing her for the time, and instead took in their
surroundings as they passed. It was a pretty long ride from Hammerhead to
Galdin, and it was a side of Leide Lunafreya didn’t see much of. Most times she
visited it was she almost never made it anywhere that wasn’t between the garage
and Insomnia (of course she had to stop and see her two favorite kings). If she
did, it was usually to Lestallum for a night to pick up parts with Cindy.
Before she knew it, early afternoon had turned to dusk, and the
sunset painted the sky in purple and orange hues that one could only really
ever see when at the shore. Cindy parked the bike under an awning, and greeted
a weapons seller she seemed acquainted, then took Lunafreya’s hands.
“Well, c’mon on, Highness!”
She was led down the beach, and somewhere between the dock
and the shore they had lost their shoes in favor of sliding their toes into the
sand as they ran to catch the last of the light the sun had to offer for the
day. Waves crashed upon their feet and Lunafreya relaxed into Cindy’s arms as
they came around her waist, and allowed her to rest the back of her head upon
“It’s so beautiful,” Lunafreya whispered absently. As the
warm pigments made their final descent into the water and the stars sprinkled
the indigo night, she felt the light drawl of Cindy’s accent grace her ears.
“You sure are, darlin’.” It was Lunafreya’s turn to blush,
and she had tried to hide it behind her dipped head and pigtails, but Cindy was
too keen on how to make her swoon. Blunt nails lightly dragged up her sides and
the princess shivered as a soft gasp escaped her lips.
“I don’t deserve someone as genuine and as kind as you.”
Tipping her head back again, Lunafreya searched her eyes. True, she didn’t
believe that she was worthy of such high praise, especially when it was all she
ever heard from her public, but coming from Cindy, Lunafreya truly believed it.
“Maybe…” Cindy teased.
“You probably deserve better.” There was a lilt of insecurity thst
Lunafreya knew all too well, and she smiled before cupping her adorable cheeks
and kissing her perfectly shaped lips.
“How can I have better, when I already have the best?”
Now that summer is coming to a close, I’m looking forward to cooler
weather and plenty of reasons to stay inside, curled up on my couch or
my bed, and reading a book. So here are four books I hope to read this
fall. Are any of them on your TBR list? What other books are on your
list? Let us know!
Sacrifice (Serpentine #2) by Cindy Pon
Skybright is plunged into the terrifying Underworld where demons are
bred, while Stone, stripped of his immortal status, must find a way to
close hell’s breach before more mortals die. Meanwhile, Zhen Ni,
Skybright’s former mistress and friend, is now wed to the strange and
brutish Master Hou, and she finds herself trapped inside an opulent but
empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses beneath the estate,
Zhen Ni worries that Master Hou is not all he seems. As Skybright begins
the dangerous work of freeing Zhen Ni with the aid of Kai Sen and
Stone, nothing can prepare them for an encounter so dark that it
threatens to overtake their very beings.
A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir
A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire
as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from
the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by
the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox
their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.
In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will
of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is
questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a
mission that might destroy her, instead.
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
A Thomas Dunne Books for St. Martin’s
When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a
story that has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has
central LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in
love with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves.
To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange
as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say
that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known
for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little
anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.
But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away
from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now
they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their
scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every
secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.
Shame the Stars by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
A YA re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet set in 1915
Texas during the height of the Mexican revolution, about Joaquin, a
Mexican-American teen trying to protect his family’s ranch and his
sweetheart, Dulcena, from the Texas Rangers and their posses.
On Dave’s list of bad days, this was one was up there. It was supposed to be a hop, skip, and a jump to another world for a little time killing, instead there were wormholes, malfunctioning Time Tables, and…
Zombies, of all things.
Dave crash landed himself on a parallel Earth in 1998. He had a bad habit of getting stuck, but at least as of now it would only be for a few hours.
Given the circumstances, Dave was actually relieved to have not brought company with him. Running through a building Dave slams a door behind him to try and halt the incurring doom moaning behind him. As the horde shoves itself against the door the hinges start to creak.
The only way out at this point would be down. Dave looks to the window, and sees his way out; the fire escape. The door busts open and the zombies flood in, just as Dave breaks through the window. He slips down from the escape, landing with only slight loss to his footing. Standing, Dave brushes his white coat off and keeps his eyes against the groaning masses. It wouldn’t be long before the undead shoved themselves past the window and into the street after him.
"Hey you!” Dave hears the call of a female, and turns his head.