Speedy Quote Sunday

Speedy Quote Sunday

Hello, loves!

Today is a special day for me. It’s the magical day in which I go from number 25 to 26. I’m excited to spend it with my mum. I hope you all are having a special day as well! If the 21st is your day of birth as well then happy birthday!

Now, for some beautiful quotes and deep, meaningful, totally humorous (because let’s be honest some of the best book quotes are so great you nearly pee yourself) book quotes!

There are special quotes, moments, feelings that stick with you after reading. They leave fingerprints in your mind for you to remember and carry with you.

 

“As soon as you admitted to loving someone, you suddenly had a lot to lose. You freely gave them a way to hurt you.” (A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, Krystal Sutherland)

Falling in love is a scary idea. I am 26 years old and have yet to have a first love. I have no idea what it’s like, but I’ve seen it with other people and it is terrifying. That doesn’t mean I’ll push it away if it comes my way, but I am skittish. I’m careful. I don’t want to fuck it the fuck up. I’ve messed around, sure, but the love part is still out there and when it happens I am scared of being hurt. It’s something I’ll have no control over.

 

“I’d built a wall around myself the first day we’d met, but she used a sledgehammer to smash it down and made me care for her.” (Awake, Natasha Preston)

To manage a feat, it’s impeccable. This reached me because I have my own walls. I’m cautious and protective of myself. My wall is named Sarcasm. It’s a comfort zone and I think we all have walls and that they can be important to have if only to have them broken down.

 

“The dead are so close they can hear us.” (The Witching Hour, Anne Rice)

Since we are rearing up on Halloween, has anybody ever thought about this? Ever imagine, or just get that feeling with hair standing on end, that you’re not alone? I’m a believer in ghosties and other supernatural nifties. I’ve had my fair share experiences with ghosts, so I’m always curious to hear from other people about them.

Have a ghost story? Tell me about it!

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Buzz Buzz Little Crow (Black Bird of the Gallows – A Book Review)

Black Bird of the Gallows (Black Birds of the Gallows #1)
Author: Meg Kassel
Published: 2017

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A simple but forgotten truth:

Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues of soon be full.

Angie Dovage knows there’s more to Reece Fernandez than the tall, athletic boy of mystery that the whole school is swooning over, just like he can tell there’s more to her than the spazzy band-geek. When he tells her that him being here, in her town, means a great tragedy will strike, she knows he must be full of it, right? But then why is there a murder of crows always around him? Why is he sneaking off and to who know where?

When something dark and supernatural attacks Angie, she’s lucky that Reece is there to help her. Then fellow students and people around town have been going crazy. She’s left with more questions than answers. There’s a battle between good and evil, chaos and death, she never saw coming. In the middle of it all, and which is a bad idea, she may or may not be falling in love with a harbinger of death

 

The cover of this book is utterly gorgeous and breathtaking!!!!! If that didn’t make me curious enough, then the mysterious back cover did. All around, this book drew my interest and I enjoyed it! It was quirky and funny mixed with the drama of teenage love mixed with the chaos of an intriguing mythos around the harbinger of death and creator of chaos.

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the approach to magic was genius and unique. Major disasters became so much more. So did animal mythos. Evil bees? I love bumble bees so I surprised when they were used as a force of evil. The logic behind was awesome though. Same with crow. It was like the dark met the light and the light met the dark in this book and was sprinkled with love and a hint of tragedy from the main characters. Everybody has a little tragedy though, right?

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The magic was incredibly enchanting, yet dark, reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty in that way. It wasn’t overbearing, but perfectly fitting into everyday life, perfectly hidden. This design was beautiful.

Angie was both interesting and not. There were times I wasn’t into her. She’s a teenager, so she’s going to have those dramatic moments, but her tone came off goofy. She rambled off from time to time and it seemed pointless. But I loved her relationships with her dad and her friends and how mixed up she felt for Reece. I admired her passion. It was louder than a bass dropping at a rave.

I love Love LOVED the style and unique vocabulary that Kassel used to sweep this book away. It was brilliant and refreshing and kept my attention with such enthusiasm. I giggled. I felt my heart break. I was swelling with emotion and engulfed in the words.

 

Overall

I’ve never read anything like this before. Something that was both enchanting and chaotic and tragic and yet, filled with love. My big problem? The ending felt hugely rushed and vague and confusing. I was as clueless as Angie and Reece were, but more so because there was no real hint as to how everything happened. And the special possibility about magic in Angie’s family? It didn’t feel very solid. I was more fascinated than anything so it was easy to let those bits slide. I feel like they’ll possibly come into play in later books, which I hope to read someday.

 

Quotables:

“Crack your bones and eat the marrow, snap your spines like broken arrows.” (p. 104)

“…I don’t kiss guys who don’t tell me what planet they’re from.” (Angie, p. 119)

“Death doesn’t require a prediction. It’s an inevitability.” (Reece, p. 128)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

 

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Monsters of Man (to make monsters out of girls – A Book Review)

to make monsters out of girls (the things that h(a)unt #1)
Author: amanda lovelace
Published: 2018

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

this is how I bury you

Amanda Lovelace comes back with this epic first book in a duology answering the question, and contemplating it: What happens when the man of your dreams turns out to be a nightmare with sharp teeth?”.

Poetry takes a turn into the dark and scary. Boundaries are non-existent as Lovelace’s memory of an abusive relationship is explored from unimaginable angles.

The eternal question that she also faces, that we all face: Can you heal once you’ve been marked by a monster, or will the sun always sting?

 

Lovelace is always amazing when it comes to being vulnerable. She lets out ever part of her for the world with her modern and inventive poetic style. It’s what I love about her books. She takes the average box and not only jumps outside of it, but rips it to shreds, destroying the expected shape and stanza of prose poetry.

She segmented her book into parts, that for me, were curious.

pt. 1 – monster-boy

pt. 2 – monster-girl

pt. 3 – sun-heart

 

What was really awesome about this novel was also something I couldn’t fully agree upon. Lovelace approaches the idea of comparing abusive men to monsters. Throughout time (and my own personal studies) monsters are debatable. If asked, the common ones are vampires, werewolves, zombies, Frankenstein, Creature of the Black Lagoon, and the list goes on. But a lot of these have been divulged upon that they’re not so much monsters as they are just creatures turned dark by humans, which I agree with. They’re not evil 100% of the time just like people. So, as I read this book, man became its own terrifying monster over being like the ones we know through history. But for me, that’s also because an abusive man is scarier than any mythological, literary, film monster ever could be.

There’s artwork! Having read the princess doesn’t die in this one, I was excited to see artwork right alongside Lovelace’s work. It was chilling and perfectly paired to show the horror she was expressing through her words. It’s like getting hit by a million pinpricks.

Relatable on a very real level for anyone who’s been through abuse or knows somebody who has. Not just across the U.S., but the entire planet, women and men have grown stronger and braver in coming out about abuse they’ve suffered through. It’s become scary at how often it really happens and the fear it instills in people, keeping them from being able to speak out. This book was incredibly brave and vicious. It’s good to be vicious. To fight back and prove that you come back stronger from something that could destroy you because you destroy it instead. Triggers are very real, and I thank Lovelace for putting that warning in there before the beginning.

 

Overall

While I didn’t enjoy this book as I have her other one, it still approaches a major subject from an incredibly personal position, a firsthand one. The bravery of that alone is applauded. One thing I have to say is that you may not get a full feeling for what Lovelace expresses in this book if you haven’t experienced this pain before or seen it firsthand. It won’t make for a terrible read if you’ve never experienced things like this, but it’s an outside perspective versus and inside one.

 

Here are a few poems that I really enjoyed and that really ripped into me:

 

you had years
on me
&
I wanted
to drag
my teeth
across the surface 
of every one
of them.
 

-red & the wolf (p. 20)

 

I found this to be one of the most interesting ones with how Lovelace brings up the Grimm’s Little Red Riding Hood in which the wolf is actually a monster. Like I said, I don’t believe all creatures are monstrous, but this one definitely is. The wolf of the tale is known for not only being stalkerish, manipulative, and murderous of a young girl, but rapey, too. This shed light on the question of age, and at what point it is okay to be with someone older or younger than you.

It reminds me of the latest subject flitting across the internet, too: grooming. If you don’t know what it is, it’s when an adult builds a relationship, which is usually private/secret, with a young child/teen. While it puts on the front of friendship and/or guidance, behind the scenes it is boyfriend/girlfriend and deemed a type of sexual abuse. There have been many cases made across the decades.

Thankfully, at the end of the tale, Red splits the wolf open, making him regret coming onto her.

 

on the days 
you decided you

were still in this
we me,

ancient trees
leaned into my touch;

will-o’-the-wisps
swarmed around me;

butterflies
made nests in my hair;

falling stars
tangled in my eyelashes;

nectar oozed
from my fingertips;

& even oceans
feared the multitudes in me.
 

-moon made up of honey (p. 41)

 

The imagery of this one has to be my favorite. So strong and powerful. Sweet. Fantastical.

 

he may have gone,
but I’m still finding
his fingerprints
on every surface
of me.
 
-intruder (p. 66)

 

This one can be interpreted in many ways. Positive and negative. Horrifying or straight up heartbreak. Whether she is talking about a woman whose boyfriend, the love of her life, has broken up with her, leaving only memories and heartbreak behind, or the survival of sexual assault, trying to scrub away the feeling of it and never feeling clean enough, never feeling like the assaulter let go, is still a mystery to me. This one can be divided among many situations and emotions, I feel.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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All Hallows Read – A Book List

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Halloween book list!

 

Halloween. Is there a better time for a book list! I think not! And there are so many scary books to choose from! If I haven’t said it enough, I LOVE Halloween. I can’t get enough of it and the books that come out during this time of year, I love to see which one will scare me the most.

So, grab a flashlight, hide under the covers, of even just dim the lights or sit by the fire…

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Here are some killer YA books to pick up this scary season.

 

The Sacrifice Box
Author: Martin Stewart

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Don’t go back to the box alone.

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Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel
Author: A. W. Jantha

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The Sanderson Sisters are back for an encore.

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The Wood
Author: Chelsea Bobulski
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It’s dark and sinister and alluring. Don’t go in alone or you might not come out.

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Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas

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Sometimes appearances cane be deceiving. 

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that’s NOT what happened
Author: Kody Keplinger
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Finding the truth has it’s consequences.

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Paper Valentine
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
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Love can be killer.

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Something Strange and Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard
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There is something strange and zombie on the loose…

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More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Getcha Head in the Game (Ender’s Game – A Book Review)

Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1)
Author: Orson Scott Card
Published: 1985

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17/25

“I’ve watched through his eyes. I’ve listened through his ears, and I tell you, he’s the one. Or at least as close as we’re going to get.”

Andrew “Ender Wiggin, a Third, is chosen to go to Battle School for the I.F., the international fleet at the ripe age of six. What he believes are just games that he’s engaged in with other kids is actually much bigger than he knows. He hasn’t met a soldier he can’t mold or a battle he can’t win. Originally a part of a grand experiment that’ll save Earth, he becomes the top soldier in his class, advancing quicker than anybody else in history.

Ender being a part of an experiment to create soldiers and fleet generals isn’t all of it. The buggers have been attacking the Earth since long before Ender was born. If not stopped, the next attack made on the planet will end it altogether.

This book marks 17 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. I’ve heard about the movie and that the book was a genius and conqueror in the Sci-Fi genre.

This blew my mind! Nuclear. BOOM. Orson is a master storyteller and this is only book one of a saga. So much happened and he did a splendid job of spanning it over years. It was a journey that was trying and it chipped away at not only Ender, but his sister, Valentine, and his brother, Peter. All three of them had a large part to play, proving that age doesn’t really matter when it comes to power. Rising up to their has shown both heroism and jealousy. They show that Ender isn’t the only brilliant one, but emphasize how scary it is. It was mind-blowing to see children rise up in power and scary.Scarlet Reader

Ender had so much pressing down on his shoulders. For a six-year-old, Ender was such an incredible character. So many times, he was ready to give up, but he had so many by his side. Petra and Dink guided Ender to become a better shooter. Alai and Dwarf became his closest friends in a place where friends seem impossible because everybody is against him. This isn’t just some game though. It’s more. Bigger.

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I became intrigued with Ender’s name the further I got in the book. He became responsible for hurting people and dominating in Battle School. I never thought to question the nickname until I was well over halfway through. Ender and how it relates to his actions and determination. He ends every simulation, battle, and fight on top, winning. Realizing this was chilling.

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The writing and style was amazing. Engrossing and not a detail amiss. Orson really captured a whole new frontier in this novel. It reached deep into a place that pulled at one’s humanity. He really grabbed at emotions, rocking them, and getting them to feel the pressure that Ender felt. Just captivating. And I really liked the dialogue at the beginning of each chapter from the head of the I.F. and how it gave accounts of progress with their war against the buggers. They knew what they were doing and it was great, haunting foreshadowing.

Overall

This book was engaging from page one and so entertaining. So in-depth. I was so sucked in that I felt like I was in the book. And that ending! I teared up big time. I really just want to cradle Ender in my arms after everything he went through. A phenomenal book that surprised me. The writing swept me away into this galactic world with many disguises. Everything was just perfect. I loved this. I hope to read the rest someday.

Quotables:

“The battleroom is ready. Petra’s hands are steady. The enemy is deadly.” (Petra, p. 82)

“We aren’t just ordinary children, are we? None of us.” (Valentine, p. 240)

“I’ll tell you something. If you try and lose then it isn’t your fault. But if you don’t try and we lose, then it’s all your fault. You killed us all.” (Valentine, p. 241)

More to come soon…

-K.

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Unlucky 13 Book Tag

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For years, the number 13 has been looked upon as unlucky and superstitious. Personally, it’s my favorite number and I’ve had nothing but luck with it. Though…I don’t have a lot of luck to begin with and I’m a major klutz, so…moving on!

There are many ways people avoid this number. Here are some fun and shivery factoids!

  • Many buildings will avoid having 13 floors. Hotels will skip right over the 13th floor. There’s not a row 13 on any plane either.

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  • At least 10% of the U.S. pop. is afraid of the number 13, the phobia known as triskaidekaphobia.
  • There are even connections back to The Last Supper, as Judas was the 13th guest to arrive at the supper and is the one who betrays Jesus.
  • In Norse mythology, 13 comes into play when treachery arrives in the form of Loki at a dinner party in Valhalla, the resting place for soldiers after the ultimate battle, as the 13th guest.
  • To get witchy for a moment, a traditional coven usually has only 13 members.

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  • And for those of you with those long names, if you have 13 letters in yours then you’re considered cursed in some cultures. Look at Charles Manson and Jeffrey Dahmer for example.

Got the shivers yet?


A book with a number in the title. (Extra points if it’s the number 13.)

1984 – George Orwell

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This book didn’t scare me until the end. Serious heebie-jeebies with how it flipped my mind upside down. Many people are scared about how it relates to our present time and that’s even scarier.


A book with psychic(s).

Dark Visions – L.J. Smith

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Still a big favorite of mine. Really lit the way for psychic characters. In this one, L.J. Smith gives powers to psychics that’s dark and unimaginable.


A book with witches

Triple Moon & Double Eclipse (Witches of East End) – Melissa de la Cruz

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I actually just completed this little series and I really enjoyed it. With magic came the spoils. A lot of spoils. And a lot of drama over boys. This is proof that magic can come with riches and attitude.


A tragic book

We All Looked Up – Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up

End of the world. Question life. Leave no regrets. This was eye-opening. I cried. Actually, there’s this part in the book and whenever I hear ‘Landslide’, the orchestral version, by Stevie Nicks, I think of it and cry. So beautiful. Really rips open my heart, as these kids set out to do the things they wished they’d down sooner.


A ‘dark’ book

The Stand – Stephen King

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Apocalypse. The great fight between good and evil. Though a long read, I really got sucked into this and how it tied into magic and religion. Really intense and sometimes even scary when certain subjects were approached.


A book you can’t live without, like a lucky charm.

Blood and Chocolate – Annette Curtis Klause

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it way too many times. I read this book every year. Even had to buy a new copy when my old one died. I LOVE this book. It sleep in the cubby next to my bed. I can’t live without this book. It encompasses so much-love, family, growing-up, trust, and more. Sweet moon.


Book with a black or blue cover.

Lightning – Dean R. Koontz

Lightning

Not only a beautiful cover, but a beautiful story. A man goes back in time to save the woman he loves over and over, not stopping until he can get it right. How does lightning work into this? Every strike signals his arrival. Mystifying and really sweeped me off my feet.


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-K.

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The Black Tidal Wave (The Hatching – A Book Review)

The Hatching (The Hatching #1)
Author: Ezekiel Boone
Published: 2016

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My Rating: Full boltFull bolt

 

There is no waking up from this nightmare…

An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake. A nuke is dropped in China. A strange  and fatal plane crash is investigated by the FBI in America. Strange earthquakes in India. As the series of events increase, they come to a head.

A species thought long dead wakes up and begin swallowing the world, turning into a horrifying  apocalypse that’ll haunt waking dreams.

 

First, the cover art is wicked. Webbing over a black cover really gave a great idea that the book was about spider and that it would be creepy. I got a copy that actually came with a slip on case that enhanced the ominous vibe. It really got my hopes up! Which kind of sucked.

This book straight-up comes off as a SyFy (or if you still remember the original tag-SciFi) movie. No joke. The terrible graphics and bad puns, all done on purpose, and completely unbelievable. Come on, guys. You know what I’m talking about. Sharknado. Lavalantula. And this one, of course, is about ancient spiders waking up, ready to take over the world.

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I found this book unrealistic and not as scary as I was hoping. It wasn’t scary at all actually, and I’m jumpy around spiders. With how the characters came off—overly vulgar and over the top—I couldn’t take this book seriously. It dimmed my interest.

This book jumped all over the planet. From where the ancient spiders breached the earth in South America and devoured a tourist group to a nuke drop in Asia to the oval office, the book really circulated around the important parts, tying them together in a unique way that seemed random, but wasn’t. Was it clear all of the time? No. Did it seem pointless sometimes? Yes. But it wasn’t. It was just incredibly expansive, showing how dangerous this ancient species had and in such a short time. That a shoe wasn’t going to be enough to stomp them out.

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Overall

This was not what I excepted. I just couldn’t get into this book, but I started it and then finished it. Now I will go ahead and donate it, because maybe somebody else will enjoy it more than me.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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