Sundown Rundown – May 2018

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Hello, bookworms! It’s dusk. The fireflies are peeking out. The sky is on fire. And here we are.

I hope you all are doing well. It’s the end of May and this is the Sundown Rundown.

This month has been a busy work month. With summer finally rearing its gorgeous head, I’m getting loaded with the work others don’t want. Blah. The way of the world. The show I’ve been binging this month, well actually, I’ve binged two shows this month. STAR and West Wing. I’m excited that STAR has been renewed and jus to incur the wrath of many who watch the show, I’m glad Star got her shot at stardom. The woman has some serious talent.

STAR

Now with West Wing, I don’t like politics. They make me super cranky. There’s always an argument about who’s right when all just want a semblance of peace and safety. When I started this show-it’s on Netflix right now-I was bored out of my skull. I didn’t expect to enjoy this show, but now I’m season three. While being a serious show, humor lines it through and through. I don’t know why I haven’t taken the time to watch it before now. It touches on real issues, shows depth about them and also lightens it to show that nobody is perfect, even the crew running the country.

WW

Aside from my binges, life has mostly just been filled with writing and working. I know! I’m not super exciting! I can’t help it. BUT! I have been punched by a number of inanimate objects this month-gotten my finger smashed, hit my head, ran into things. A little sky-high compared to my usual klutz activity.

Anywho…

Relax. Catch up on some reviews. Maybe discover you want to read one of these. Or, you just love seeing me ramble on and on in excitable tones about my obsession with books. In any case, this is me wrapping up this month’s reading.

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If There Be Thorns

Author: V. C. Andrews

The Dollangangers now under the last name of Sheffield with two sons and an adopted daughter thought they’d left their dark past behind. It just followed them. The 3rd book in The Dollanganger series, delve even deeper into this twisted family from the POV of their sons. Both are having their own childhood issues that can revel The Dolls. Up for history possibly repeating itself, but on a worse scale? Even more secrets are discovered and created in this installment.

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Seeds of Yesterday

Author: V.C. Andrews

Bart Sheffield, son of Chris and Cathy Dollanganger, invites his family to helpm him celebrate his twenty-fifth birthday. Of course it doesn’t go as planned. A whole new set of troubles from The Dolls, with more secrets and tragedy…and an ending that will forever change the family? Up for gut twisting and the feeling of outrage? Read this series.

Ink and Bone

Ink and Bone

Author: Rachel Caine

Smart and clever. I was hooked from page one and couldn’t put this down. Librarians are more than just the people who find your books. They are the ones who help guide to knowledge. That’s the case here and MORE. In training for The Great Library of Alexandria, Jess Brightwell gets more than he bargained for. There’s danger, secrets. and twisty twists! Caine has outdone herself again. *queue my geeky fangirl*

Paper and Fire

Paper and Fire

Author: Rachel Caine

More dangerous before, there’s a friend in need of rescuing and this band of scholars will do whatever it takes, even take on The Great Library of Alexandria and its automata that will hunt down anyone who goes against the institution. *GASP* Sounds like a rebellion! I love rebellions, do you? If so, READ THIS. So much detail that you’ll feel like you ‘re in the book.

Ash and Quill - Goodreads

Ash and Quill

Author: Rachel Caine

This one is on fire! Green, greek fire, actually. But seriously, more dangerous before if that possible! I’m totally addicted. Jess and his friends are in the burner capital of the world, yet another place that wants them dead. They must bargain with their secrets and information in hopes of surviving. The secrets they’re guarding can’t stay hidden forever anyway, and these people may just help start the revolution that’s been hanging in the air.

Smoke and Iron

Smoke and IronSmoke and Iron

Author: Rachel Caine

I know this isn’t out yet-and I will be reposting the review closer to release-but holy crap! What do I say that won’t give away the epicness of this installation to the The Great Library series. Certainly unforgettable for me. Smart people doing dangerous things! Playing with fire, playing with criminals and all for the greater good of books!

Forever

Forever…

Author: Judy Blume

That first love and all of the first that come with it. Truly a true romance. The kind that leaves you unsure and realizing that not everything is what you thought it would be.

Me Before You

Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

A romantic story that will certainly break your heart and mend it and break it again. The relationship between Lou and Will is subtle and humorous and will make you fill a lake with tears.

GOS

Garden of Shadows

Author: V. C. Andrews

Unimaginably dark. Couldn’t forget it if I wanted to. Yet, I couldn’t put it down. This will take you back to the very beginning before Flowers in the Attic was born. This is the story of Olivia Winfield and Malcom Foxworth. Where the secrets started and love wilted to nothing but death.

All in all, I accomplished some series this month. I just finished Lemony Snicket’s All The Wrong Questions series and can’t wait to get the reviews up. They were so much fun.

Favorite book this month:Smoke and Iron

I realize that my choice book is an ARC, which means you haven’t yet read it nor can you until July, but so what? It was so good! Heart pounding and heartbreaking. My emotions were all over the place and I was just amazed from start to finished. This book—this series—was a double whammy. Both action packed and incredibly smart. I’ve never seen the two so spectacularly balanced.

Least favorite book this month:Me Before You

Maybe this makes me appear heartless. This was such a hit and so many people loved this book. I was just one of the few who didn’t. It wasn’t terrible, but enough of it didn’t capture my attention. I’m selfish, I need more than just moments every couple of chapters. The love between the main characters was so subtle, but it was too slow for me.

So that’s May! Done! Finite! But here comes June and I’m quite excited for that. I have one of my closest friends coming up for our yearly get-together and I am in desperate need for it.

My summer reads so far have only The Great Library series and Forever… but there are more on the way.

More to comes soon…

-K.

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