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Bookworms! My loves!

It is the midnight hour and if you’re awake like I am right not then you’re an insomniac. Just kidding! But, you do live the night owl life. Since you’re awake, this is what’s coming up this snowy month.

Mostly I’m just trying to keep it together. It’s getting busier by the day with Christmas coming up. People are getting crazier trying to accomplish their holiday lists. I don’t know about you guys, but I could live with only getting books for Christmas. Well, books and a new pair of earbuds since mine broke a week and half ago. I’m a woman that CAN’T live without music and so I’ve been in dreadful withdrawal without earbuds. Come on, Santa, send a pair my way. I’ve been a good girl this year…sort of.

Also, my brother who is in the Army just got home from his time overseas and he and his fam will be joining us for Christmas. I’m very excited. It’s been a few years since we’ve seen him. Thought it’ll be crowded, it’ll be a very happy Christmas.

Now for books! Here’s what I’ll be reading, what I am reading, and what’s up on the chopping block of reviews!!

 

Coming Soon…

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A Wild Swan
Author: Michael Cunningham
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I love delving into short stories and especially love trying out new books.

 

Shadow of the Moon
Author: Rebecca York

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A full moon. Werewolves? I’m not drooling. You’re drooling.

 

The Princess Diarist
Author: Carrie Fisher

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The late and great! I don’t read many nonfictions or memoirs but I LOVE Carrie Fisher.

 

The Time Keeper
Author: Mitch Albom

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Another author I haven’t read from yet!

 

 

Currently…

Currently

 

Something Strange and Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard

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Kissed by an Angel
Author: Elizabeth Chandler

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The Traveling Vampire Show
Author: Richard Laymon

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Up For Review…

Up for Review

 

The Darkest Star
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Space Between
Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Space Between

 

Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber

Caraval

 

So many good ones coming up for the end of the year and just in time to complete my New Year’s Resolution of reading from twenty-five authors I’ve never read from before, even though some of those review won’t be up until 2019. I’m still counting them as read. Geeeeez, I can’t believe it’s nearly 2019. Anywho, I’ll have a brand-new book blog New Year’s Resolution coming and I’m quite excited!!

Bring on December!

 

More to come soon…

-K

 

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Speedy Quote Sunday

Speedy Quote Sunday

Bookworms!!

I am so sorry I’ve missed a Sunday. Life took a turn for the busy, but here’s a fresh Speedy Quote Sunday.

Some quotes stick to our lives, allowing our hearts to expand and make room for meaning and dreams. At least that’s how it is for me from time to time. Here are a few quotes for you.

 

“If you ask me if I’m okay again, I’m going to smack myself in the face just to punish you.” (Midnight Alley, Rachel Caine)

I’ve read the Morganville Vampires series so MANY TIMES that I’ve had to buy new copies. It filled with wit, sarcasm, and the occasional ‘oh shit, I’m going to die’. This line is one that always makes me burst out laughing because we all have that person that you know this would work on. This is a special kind of relationship.

 

“Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?” (The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien)

Such a logical question, especially if you’ve just woken up and haven’t had your coffee or breakfast yet, or your second breakfast. But then again, if you’re like me, you tend to skip a good part of the morning so that you don’t have to think about such a complex question.

 

“The right thing and the easy thing are never the same.” (Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia)

For the right thing is not always easy and the wrong this is not always difficult.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – November 2018

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Hello book clan!!

It’s the end of November and this is the Sundown Rundown. It’s been a stressful month, honestly. Thanksgiving was special. I’m thankful for the things I do have in my life. I’m lucky to have my mum and my family.

So, while the sun is setting, and much earlier thanks to Daylight Saving Time, so get cozy, maybe grab a snack and take the opportunity to catch up on any reviews you’ve might’ve missed this month. Orr, if you’re looking for new books to read, you may just find one here.

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Bloodlines

Author: Richelle Mead

A baby vampire needs protecting when she’s nearly assassinated. Trouble follows her and her new protector, alchemist, Sydney Sage to the boarding school in Palm Springs that they’ve been relocated to. Kids are getting strange tattoos that give them supernatural abilities. Sydney’s teacher is delving into the alchemical arts.

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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

Author: Krystal Sutherland

Facing your fears is easier said than done, especially when your family is cursed to die from a fear specially picked out for them. One person will step up to help to remove the curse and face death in the face.

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What a Girl Wants

Author Lindsey Kelk

It’s not easy to have choices. Choosing between two men. Choosing between two amazing jobs. What’s one to do?

The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman

The Owens family have always been the talk of the town and not in the good way. It doesn’t stop them from living wildly and free. From a legacy of witches, Vincent, Jet, and Franny will confront the family curse, that an Owens can’t have true love. They might even beat it.

Practical Magic

Practical Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman

The Owens family have always been whispered about, but that doesn’t stop them. Sisters, Sally and Gillian each go on their own journey to find love and happiness. Sally is grounded and Gillian is carefree. Both will come to realize their love for each other triumphs everything, even evil.

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From Here to You

Author: Jamie McGuire

Darby is on the run, and Trex is just settling down from his life as a Marine. When their lives collide, Trex is sure he’s found the one, but Darby is still recovering from here last relationship and almost marriage to an abusive man. Trex will do anything to have her, but she knows he’s hiding things. With so many variables, can they make it work or will their pasts come between them?

Tis the season to get merry, drink hot cocoa, and watch cheesy Christmas movies while decorating the tree. It’s also the time of year when you hope your road gets plowed so you can get to work without playing slip-n-slide the whole way there.

Stay warm and cozy and see you in December.

More to come soon…

-K

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No Such Thing as Chance (From Here to You – A Book Review)

From Here to You (Crash and Burn #1)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: 2018

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A woman on the run. A stranger with a secret.

Darby Dixon sits in a Texas church bathroom. The most important choice of her life awaits her. She’s made some bad decisions in her life. For example, getting engaged to an abusive man. Now she has to choose: get married to him or run away and start over. With a positive pregnancy test in her hands, she chooses freedom.

Former Marine Scott “Trex” Trexler has seen the most war-torn places on earth and now he’s settling down in Colorado Springs with a good security gig up in the Mountain Complex. He’s always been waiting to find ‘The One’ and the moment he walks into the Colorado Springs Hotel and sees Darby at the front counter, he knows it’s her, that she’s the one he’s been waiting for.

She knows he’s dangerous. Whether that’s good or bad is unclear. He knows she’s guarded. Wildfires are surging across the mountain and each of their pasts are threatening to surface, showing that what you don’t know can hurt you.

 

This book was really nice. I mean that. It wasn’t McGuire’s typical intense, fire-burning, toe-curling romance that will drag you under, like with the Maddoxes. Which, side-note, the mention of the Maddox twins and them getting a side story in between Darby and Trex’s. This one was down to earth and intense because it was filled with a nerve-wracking tension of fear and watching Darby work on moving forward after the abuse she went through was so real.

Anyone who has an inkling of what it’s like to be abused by somebody you love can relate to Darby. She’s skittish and nervous and completely guarded. And then Trex isn’t willing to let her go and certainly willing to wait to be in her life in any way he can. It’s sweet and also something totally unseen in the world. But, here’s the con of their relationship. They moved way too fast. Trex was already ready to jump in to the Daddy position and everything and that was making me anxious like crazy. Like, baby doll, sloooowwww down. You’ve got forever. Even Darby pointed out how fast he was moving. So freaking weird.

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I really valued the insight that Darby gave to what it’s like to be a survivor of a situation like hers. This is a real thing that happens with people and I feel like it’s not addressed enough. Doing this from the front seat of someone who’s gone through it was impeccable. McGuire did not hold back on details. She was blunt and to the point as is her classic style. I loved it, but with this book it also made me sad. It is real fucking hard to stay strong or find strength when you’ve been beaten down and Darby did it. She got through it and was able to move forward and, though she may be fictional, I praise her.

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The setting of the semi-sleepy town was homey. At least that’s how it made me feel. The other characters helped with that, too. I’m definitely shipping Zeke and Naomi now. They’re super cute and coaxing suspicion out of me.

Here comes the sad part. There were times that this story felt bland. There were many filler parts and bits that didn’t seem needed at all to push thee story forward. I felt stuck in places and forced to skim. And again, sometimes Trex was ready to assume a role he shouldn’t that would leave any woman in Darby’s position very skittish. There were just parts that weren’t meshing for me here and there.

 

Overall

This was more of a good book than a bad book in my opinion. There were ticks that got to me, but I loved the way Darby and Trex were written. I’ve never seen a man so head over heels, jumping in the cold-water ready to be in love for the rest of his life. It’s so unreal that it makes for a good tale. High tension and romance filled with a beautiful restart to life. I may have been irked and had to skim here and there, but this is a good read for a plane ride or road trip.

 

Quotables:

“Even if I gave in to my feelings, one of two things would happen: Trex would change, because in my experience, that’s what men did when they got what they wanted, orI would fall for him and in four to six months, my growing belly would send him running, leaving both of us—or maybe just me—heartbroken.” (Darby, p. 117)

“PTSD is PTSD, Darby. It doesn’t matter where it came from.” (Trex to Darby, p. 141)

“It might not be and open wound, but it leaves a scar.” (Hailey to Darby, p. 282)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? End of All Time by Stars of Track and Field.

 

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Fall in Love Whenever You Can (Practical Magic – A Book Review)

Hello, book clan!

I’m sorry about the delay in posting. I took the holiday and spent it with my family and also got slammed with a bit of extra work this weekend with Black Friday. I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. I’m thankful that I had my family to spend time with. It was a great time. I don’t know about you, but green bean casserole is the best besides the turkey, of course.


Practical Magic (Practical Magic #2)
Author: Alice Hoffman
Published: 1995

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For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in town.

After Sally and Gillian Owens’s parents die, they come to live with their strange aunts. The siblings soon discover their great family legacy. Magic. As they grow up, watching their aunts help countless women by casting love spells for them as well as other spells for the right price, they also witness the consequences and feel the town’s whispers of witchery.

Gillian fall in love as much as possible, but Sally is logical and cautious with her heart. Both women just was to escape and they get their chance. One runs away and the other finally finds love and marries. They’re never truly far away from each other. Their bond keeps them close and protects them. A bond of magic and sisterhood.

 

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I loved this book as much as I loved the one before it. 5 bolts for this one! It was elegant and poignant and tragic and heartbreaking. The magic lit this book with a warmth that soothes the heart. It’s a struggle being a woman and you get to see some of those struggles in this book. It’s a struggle to be in love, too.

Hoffman’s writing is so beautiful that it makes me ache. They’re like whispers on a warm wind that evokes delicious goosebumps. There’s just a longing in it and makes me daydream.

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The magic isn’t just in the Owens family, but is this book. The cover is vibrant and creative and bewitching. I love the artistry. The writing style is wispy and has an ancientness to it that doesn’t touch the modern world.

The bond between main characters, Sally and Gillian, is one of true sisterhood. While there were times (a lot of times) that they didn’t see eye to eye and argued with each other, they also protected each other no matter what. They loved each other even though they struggled with one another, and you saw that echo on down with Sally’s daughters. I couldn’t get enough of it. It brought realism to the book and made it even more magical. A simply splendid coming- of-age tale.Scarlet Reader - Practical Magic

While there was sisterhood, there was also romance. It’s not easy for an Owens to find love. Sally and Gillian were not excluded. To see how each sister fell in love and how it was for them was emotional. The book takes a primary focus on it. It’s not the idea that love is some fairytale. It’s that love is hard and comes in many and unexpected ways. Also, that love is worth it. It can stun you, shock you, surprise you, make you feel like you can’t breathe and/or that you’re floating. So I hear anyway. All of this? This book greatly encourages it. It seeks for you to fall in love, too, like Sally and Gillian did and to not give up on it.

Overall

I haven’t brought up the movie LOL. The book and the movie are so incredibly different. So much so that they seem like they’re not even related. Both, however, were amazing. Practical Magic is my favorite movie hands down. It’s dramatic, filled with family, romance, and even a little horror, and the best part, magic. I really enjoyed this book. It’s going up on my favorites shelf.

 

Quotables:

“Real love is dangerous, it got you from inside and held on tight, and if you didn’t let fast enough you might be willing to do anything for its sake.” (p. 24)

“Never think summer is over, even when roses droop and turn brown and the stars shift position in the sky. Never presume August is a safe or reliable time of the year. It is the season of reversals, when birds no longer sing in the morning and the evenings are made up of equal parts golden light and black clouds.” (p. 193)

“Lightning, like love, is never ruled by logic. Accidents happen and they always will.” (p. 203)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? Crystal by Stevie Nicks.

 

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The Only Remedy For Love is to Love More (The Rules of Magic – A Book Review)

The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic #1)
Author: Alice Hoffman
Published: 2017

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Rules of Magic:

Do as you will, but harm no one.

What you give will be returned to you threefold.

Fall in love whenever you can.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.  –Goodreads

On the edge of the sixties, Owens siblings, Vincent, Franny, and Jet are invited to Massachusetts to spend a summer with their odd and mysterious Aunt Isabelle, in that one town, in that one house on Magnolia street. Together, and on their own, they discover the many secrets surrounding the Owens family, and the magic. The town has always blamed the family for everything that has gone wrong, but that doesn’t deter them. If anything, it makes them embrace it all even more.

While the Owens siblings embrace their history, they also push it away, trying to refute this family curse. Love snags each of them, putting them on paths that will fulfill their happiness, lead to pain, and send them each on unexpected journeys—the sisters growing to become the aunts so well-known in Practical magic and Vincent leaving behind one life to start a fresh one.

 

This book was utterly gorgeous. If you’ve read and/or seen the movie, Practical Magic then you know this addition to it is going to be phenomenal. And it was. It really was. The storytelling was lush and filled with and heartwarming and heart-shattering beauty. I was swept away into one of the most incredible tales. It even begins with ‘Once upon a time’.  Just the way Hoffman writes whisks me away in a daydream-like wind. I was breathless and holding my aching heart from beginning to end.

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The start of the book was a little slow, but picked up really quickly. Each page, I was learning something new about the siblings and their family. This history was ever growing as they grew. This is definitely one of the greatest family lines of witches ever.

“Love as much as possible.”

The siblings were so independent of each other, yet they were close, protecting one another. Jet was falling in love hopelessly and letting it sweep her away. Franny was resisting it and risking a cold heart forever. And Vincent trying to find himself before he could find love. The way they each approached love is something we all can relate, in a way. Personally, I was tearing up with Franny because I could scarily relate to her the most. I don’t ever give my heart way, much like her, always fearing I am the one who will ruin my love and break him. I also believe in respect and trust first before jumping too far in. So, like Franny, I never let anybody get to close. I don’t want to ruin them and I also don’t want to be in pain. Painful, yes. Scary, you better believe it. The Owens were incredible in conquering their curse and living their lives to the fullest. It’s inspiring and my emotions were hitting a peak.

Love and magic intertwine and nearly seem like a single entity in this book and maybe they are the same in real life too. They certainly seem unbelievable, but create a feeling of wonder. As much as I believe in magic, and I totally do, I believe in love. But, like the Owens, it’s tricky and difficult to have. Do it anyway.

My senses were tingling from all of the imagery. It was vivid and powerful. I could smell the Owens’s garden and envision the walks they went on, feel how hard their hearts beat when they were experiencing that little curse called love, as well as feel the fear that shadowed those heavy thuds.  Each surprise was subtle and not overdone for shock value. It made the story even more realistic. Much like with me and everyone, these surprises whether of pain or loss show us what we’re made of and what we’re willing to do.

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Transitions were abrupt as were scene switches, but blended into each other. I really enjoyed how each parts of life were segments into parts, showing how the Owens moved forward. It didn’t feel glitchy with the cut of each scene, but reminded me of how movies and TV transition. It was perfectly placed and moved the book forward through its span of a lifetime perfectly, right up to the entrance of Sally and Gillian.

 

Overall

Finally getting to read this and Practical Magic, I am even more in love with this story. It’s powerful and all-consuming for me. I love magic and even more when it can be expressed with such elegance, enchantment, and (again) inspiring. This is going up on my favorites shelf and I will keep it in my heart to remind myself to be more open. IT’s with my heart that I’m terrified to take leaps. In the world today, I feel like it can be a little understandable.

Also, having read both books, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see a show made of their story. A full-fledged, in depth, show. Starz, HBO, Netflix, I’m calling you out!

 

Quotables:

“What’s meant to be is bound to happen, whether or not you approve.” (p. 17)

“If you plan on calling yourself a scientist you should be aware that odds don’t matter. The natural world defies statistics.” (Franny to April, p. 89)

“In life we don’t always get what we choose. I gave her what she needed.” (Isabelle to Franny, p. 126)

“Don’t waste time when there’s someone you love.” (Vincent to Haylin, p. 243)

“I just do the best I can to face what life brings. That’s the secret, you know. That’s the way you change your fate.” (Isabelle, p. 258)

“It was said that fate could not be altered, except by one thing and that was war.” (p. 266)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? Go Your Own Way by Lissie.

 

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Indecisive (What a Girl Wants – A Book Review)

What a Girl Wants (A Girl #2)

Author: Lindsey Kelk

Published: 2014

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My Rating: Full bolt

19/25

 

Being arrested in your own bedroom is never a good start to the day. Tess Brookes really needs to sort out her back-stabbing roommate—and her life.

Tess Brookes gets the opportunity of a lifetime. Actually, she gets a few. Her life feels like it’s spinning out of control. With choosing between her dream job and a life she never thought would be possible, she’s struggling.

Then suddenly, her long-time crush, the man she’s sworn time and time again she’d spend the rest of her life with, Charlie, finally confesses his feelings to her. But then, there’s the enigmatic Nick. Her heart is being stretched in so many directions that she can barely breathe. All she knows is that she’ll have to decide carefully. This is the part where her life changes forever.

 

This book marks 19 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. I plucked this one as a way to introduce new authors to myself while also looking for fun summer reads.

 

This book…I didn’t enjoy this book. Nope. Not at all.

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The writing was superb and fun. The writing was light and easily relatable. Definitely a smooth flow. The story contained some seriously beautiful imagery. I loved the setting: Milan, Italy. Just gorgeous. The description was fantastic. Sadly, that was about all that appealed to me.

The characters? Not so much. Tess came off majorly whiney about her life—unsure of whether she wanted a fantastic job in Italy doing photography or starting a venture in advertising with her forever love, Charlie. She must also choose between Charlie, the man she’s known for as long as she can remember, and Nick, the beau she met while in Hawaii on vacation. All of this would be epic for drama, but there wasn’t very much drama. It was more anxiety driven in my opinion. Tess was stressed about making choices and that’s not enjoyable to live and certainly not that fun to read for an entire book.

I was also not a fan of the men she was into. Personally, Charlie is the man I would get super pissed at and never ever date. Tess pined for him for years. YEARS! She grinned and bared it as he dated every other girl and had her pick out gift for them because she’s the best friend and a girl. I was a seething mess. He came to her with those rosy colored eyes and Tess was all for it. Maybe I’m just cold or don’t know as much in some of people’s opinions, but I would never take up with the man I’ve been falling for, for years when he suddenly realizes he’s in love me. If I did, he’d really need to prove it because otherwise it’s like feeling like a second fiddle, or in Tess’s case, the umpteenth fiddle. And Nick. That man came across as entitled and a string-along. He strung Tess along and I find that heartless, especially in the light of her trying to figure out her feelings for him. Booth of these men weren’t intoxicating. They were just of jerky quality.

While this book capitalized on the issue of indecision with major life choices, it didn’t come off as anything more than irritating. I know this was more of a pure enjoyment type of read versus the deep, emotional page-turner that moves your heart and makes you think about your own life. I enjoy a great, breezy book, but this one just wasn’t doing it for me. It just dragged, with Tess’s best friend being annoying and disrespectful. She paid no regard to Tess and what she wanted most of the time.

The story just dragged. Sometimes I couldn’t get a feel for which direction it was going in. It

Overall

This book just wasn’t for. All the drama and intensity it was trying to achieve came out a mess and was straining. Now, like every time I review a book I didn’t enjoy, I always say that there are those who did enjoy it. And I say that with this one, too. It could be just me, but I couldn’t get into this book at all.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? Everyday is a Winding Road.

 

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