Librarians Like No Other (The Librarians and The Lost Lamp – A Book Review)

The Librarians and The Lost Lamp
Author: Greg Cox
Published: 2016


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The Librarians, Jake, Cassandra, and Ezekiel, are back to solve the mystery of Aladdin’s lamp. Yes, that one.  Like so many other stories this one is real and the Library could be in some serious trouble. And the Forty AKA the forty thieves of The Arabian Nights are hot on the Librarians trail. With legendary creatures, high-tail adventure, a little gambling and a flying carpet, the Librarians look to find the lamp that Flynn Carsen (The Librarian before the three arrived) lost ten years ago before a powerful Djinn can be released to seek revenge on those who wronged him.

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First off,

PUNNY!

Being a major fan of the movies and the TV series, I was beyond excited to get this book. And I have to say, it does a magnificent job of following the tone of the show. The imagery was phenomenal, just like watching an episode of the show. And since the show hasn’t started the new season, this was perfect to tide me over for the time being.

The book carries each of the characters’ POV very well. I was surprised. The amount of detail didn’t feel overwhelming at all, though a little longwinded from time to time. I did feel like I learned a ton, like I always do with the Librarian(s), and I couldn’t control my geek-out. I’ve actually found myself wanting to be a Librarian. Just adding it to the list of things I want to be when I grow up. And yes, when I grow up. You only have to grow up when you want in my opinion.

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The pacing was very quick, but not in the sense that the story was rushed because it most certainly was not. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat with all of the action, proving that librarians are more than just books.

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Something else I enjoyed about this book, for those who’ve not seen the TV show, you are given a great overview of who the characters are, and what the Library is all about: finding magical artifacts of the world and protecting them.

With adventure, wit, and those darn one-liners, it’s easy to get hooked. I recommend this book for those who have a love or even a guilty pleasure for each of these things.

 

Quotables:

“If there was one thing he’d learned as the Librarian, it was to check his twenty-first-century skepticism at the door when it came to fantastic stories from bygone days.” (Flynn, p. 56)

“Trust me on this, Colonel, Luck is anything but a lady. More like a two-faced trollop who will stab you in the back and break your heart when  you least expect it.” (Jenkins to Baird, p. 81)

“Didn’t anyone tell you it’s not polite to skip ahead to the end of the book?” (Shirin to Flynn, p. 147)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Off We Go by Trent Dabbs.

To Have Loved and Lost (The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud – A Book Review)

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
Author: Ben Sherwood
Published: 2004

Charlie St. Cloud

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Charlie St. Cloud was nothing exceptional and all around ordinary. He did well in school, was a good big brother and had big plans for his future. He was a promising kid.

“He grew up fast, worked hard at his books, watched out for his mom and, loved his kid brother more than anyone in the world.” (Charlie, p. 8)

All of that changes when he and his little brother, Sam, get into a car accident and they die, except…Charlie comes back. He’s given a special gift. Every day at sundown, he gets to see his brother. He sees other people too. You can’t help that when you work in a cemetery. He doesn’t mind at all.

Tess Carroll, a phenomenal sailor, comes home before setting out on a trip around the world. When she meets Charlie she isn’t sure she wants to go. She connects with him instantly and isn’t sure why. She’s just drawn to him and him to her.

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This was a one day read done in a matter of seven hours. Now, I fly through books like that easily, but more often than not, I like to take my time to enjoy the story and make it last as long as possible.

I loved this book through and through. My heart melted more and more with each chapter. The scenery was soft and beautiful and my heart swelled whenever I came to a part with Charlie and his brother. I just flat out melted into a ridiculous puddle when he was with Tess. There was some serious romance that could rival Nicholas Sparks.

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The style and tone of the writing allowed me to see from various characters’ POVs and it was very well done. So much feeling, like I could sit on the end of a dock and listen to the wind on the water, which is one of the most intimate and pleasant moments for me to take and contemplate life with. This wasn’t a drama. It was a book with love. Love for family. Love that lights romance on fire.

The way that Charlie and Tess came together was like peanut butter and chocolate. Lovely when separated, but together they’re the perfect combination. This romance isn’t shoved together with some awkward meeting or damsel in need of rescuing. It’s just a girl trying to visit a loved one and a guy trying to chase off geese. So simple and maybe even a way of the fates bringing them together. I got way TOO many emotions and love, and let me tell you, I wanted to be Tess. To find a man like Charlie? One could only be so lucky.

I couldn’t put this book down. It’s a beautiful piece of art that includes spirit, love, humanity and loss. I highly recommend this book. I was very surprised when I read it. I didn’t expect to get so attached. And yes, Zac Efron is a very nice image of Charlie St. Cloud.

 

Quotables:

“The serenity around him was palpable. Now he had this paradise to himself; fourteen hours until the world returned. For him these were the most precious moments. Time for himself. Times to be. Time to think. But most of all, time for his most important activity, hidden deep in the woods.” (Charlie, p. 52)

“Charlie blinked, Sam vanished, and all that was left in the Forest of Shadows was the fading light and the whoosh of the wind.” (Charlie, p. 113)

“Nothing had changed. Everything had changed.” (Charlie, p. 209)

“There are lots of things you don’t understand, but don’t worry. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.” (Sam, p. 250)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Holding Out For a Hero by Ella Mae Bowen.

 

Find me on Twitter: @CheshireKat_92

Midnight Tease

 

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Hello bookworms! My loves!

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I am back with the Midnight Tease. For those of you not familiar with it, I basically stay up late (because who needs sleep?) and tell you what is coming up on my list and what is coming up for review. Real simple stuff. And who knows? Maybe you’ve read what I have on my list or are going to. You may even put it on your list.

I hope the summer has given you amazing opportunities to sit under that perfect tree or by that beautiful ocean, breathing in salty air so that you can read the day away. It’s hard to believe it’s July already. The summer is getting away to quickly.

Here is what it currently on the back of my couch, vying for my affection.

 

Coming Soon…

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I Know What You Did Last Summer

Author: Lois Duncan

 

 

Evermore

Evermore Series

Author: Alyson Noel

 

 

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The Librarians and The Lost Lamp

Author: Greg Cox

I have been following this all the way back to when Fynn (Noah Wyle: ER, Falling Skies) started out in The Librarian: Quest for the Spear. Love it ALL. Plus, it reaches out to my little geek heart and reminds me of the four years I worked in my college library, though I wish it had been this exciting.

 

 

History of the Future-Goodreads

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

Author: A.S. King

 

Currently…

 

Siren - Epic Reads

Siren

Author: Kiera Cass

I know! I’m behind. I’m nearly finished though. It’s my current nightstand reader.

 

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Opposition

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

The final book in the LUX series, not including Oblivion, which I will also be getting to.

 

Up For Review…

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Siren

Author: Kiera Cass

 

Blood + Chocolate

Author: Anette Curtis Klaus

 

Opposition

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

More to come soon…

K.

 

 

Secrets Become You (Beautiful Oblivion – A Book Review)

Beautiful Oblivion
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: 2014

Beautiful Oblivion

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You fell in love with Abby and Travis. Now meet Cami and Trent.

Independent and determined, Cami Camlin is a bartender at the local bar, the Red Door, by night and a student at college by day. After a cancelled trip to California to see her boyfriend, she runs into Trenton Maddox and he gives her that teasing grin. Just as tough and rowdy as the rest of his brothers, he works as a tattoo artist at Skin Deep. Cami’s done well in avoiding his flirtatious ways since grade school, but then he insists that they have to at least be friends. Harmless, right?

Yeah. Right.

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With her current relationship on the rocks and her family life in constant shambles because of her alcoholic father, and Trenton being kind and pretty perfect with always there for her, she begins to feel like the two of them aren’t just friends. And that isn’t so bad, but it is. She can’t fall in love with him and not just because he’s a Maddox.

Like all Maddox brothers, Trenton doesn’t take no for an answer and he’ll do just about anything to prove himself to Cami and show her that he’s better than her California boyfriend. But when he finds out her secret, she’s sure that he’ll never want to be with her.

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This is the first in the full-fledged series about the Maddox brothers and is attached to the Beautiful Disaster series. And like Beautiful Disaster, this book was a rollercoaster of secrets and falling in wild love that leaves your heart pounding. Personally, I loved the amount of stubbornness that Cami has and the loyalty she has to everybody she loves, including her troublesome brothers.

One of my favorite things that a book can do is exploring characters’ lives throughout the book instead of gaining all of it at once. Cami’s issues with her family that keeps her in constant avoidance of them, and the crippling guilt that keeps Trenton from allowing anyone else to drive with him in the car is what really pulled me in. Jamie McGuire did an amazing job with how realistic she made these issues and while to some people might not seem like it, all I can say is, if you have never been in any of these situations then you don’t understand.

I feel like Trenton’s issues weren’t explored enough, however. The picture was there, but unlike Cami, he never fully said what happened to him. It was just common knowledge to everyone in the book that he’d been in a car accident with a girl and he was blamed for it. I wanted to hear about it from him.

This book really pulled me in though. I can’t wait to read the next ones because I’m such a sucker for a crazy and steamy romance. But then there’s a big question isn’t there? Which Maddox brother do I choose? I’ll have to have that figured out by the end. Which one do you choose?

 

Quotables:

“I was pretty damn smart. Smart enough to have kept my distance from Trenton all these years. I’d seen him flirt, seduce, and evade since we were kids. There was absolutely no trick Trenton Maddox could play that I wouldn’t be ready for.” (Cami, p. 29)

“I wondered whether continuing  with something that seemed so futile was worth dragging my heart through the mud, and what it meant that he’d come all the way here to only see me for three minutes.” (Cami, p. 50)

“I was in trouble. Big, disastrous, Maddox trouble.” (Cami, p. 83)

“I froze for a moment, feeling like a cornered animal. He’d been giving me the third degree since the server set our dinner on the table, and I was becoming emotionally exhausted. Seeing him for the first time, and then being alone with my thought all day…it was too much. I was a runner without anywhere to go.” (Cami, p. 175)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Into Dust by Mazzy Star.

When You Want To Be Bad – Book List

My lovely bookworms!!

It has been a good little while since I’ve done a list so guess what? I’ve go ta list for you.

Now, this list is for bad girls. By that, I mean when you just need a book with a bad, rebellious, I-Don’t-Give-A-Shit girl. Sometimes I tend to live vicariously through them. Looking for the dark, wild, adventurous, and in some cases, downright criminal girls, then take a peak at the list.

Below, I’ve got 10 books here for you to add to your list and I am sure there are tons more. These are just my picks. Some I’ve read and some I’ve got on my list to read.

 

Sins & Needles Trilogy
Author: Karina Halle

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Ellie Watt, girfter thinking she can go straight, comes home to Palm Valley where she discovers one last job. The catch? It’s the used-to-be-goth Camden McQueen who’s now hot and muscly. When he catches her mid-con, he give her a proposition she doesn’t have the luxury to turn down.

 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larsson

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Lisbeth Salander is a deeply troubled and brilliant researcher and hacker. She’s hired by Mikael Blomkvist to carry out an investigation into the disappearance of a young woman back in 1966.

 

Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard

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Mare Barrow lives life one pickpocket at a time while her family strives to make ends meet in a world of reds and silvers. And you don’t want to be a red, powerless unlike silvers who are comparable to gods. Mara is suddenly brought into the life of silvers when its discovered that she has powers. She has to watch her back in order to stay alive and to make sure her family stays alive as well.

 

Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt

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Ella Harper’s life has been anything short of easy, living in a low rent apartment and using her late mother’s ID so she can work at the local strip club. When it’s discovered that her father has died she’s shipped off to the lifestyle of the rich and famous which turns out to be a lot worse than she thought when she comes face to face with her new guardians’ sons. Surviving is what she does best and all she has to do is make it until graduation and then she’ll be set for life.

 

The Wish List
Author: Eoin Colfer

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After a robbery gone wrong, Meg Finn sets out to make it all right so that she can enter into heaven and that means helping the man she robbed complete a wish list before he dies.

 

Open Road Summer
Author: Emery Lord

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Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave behind her rebellious ways and start anew. So she joins a music tour and suddenly starts falling for the opening act, Matt Finch, a regular boy-next-door. So much for leaving the drama and rebelliousness behind.

 

Dorothy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige

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Amy Gumm has a crappy life. Her mother is an alcoholic and she’s bullied daily in high school. Then suddenly her trailer is swept off in a tornado with her in it. You know the story. Only Amy is recruited into a revolution in Oz and it’s nothing like the books. Rats, flying monkeys and goth munchkins, oh my!

 

Pretty Little Liars
Author: Sara Shepard

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Five girls’s dark secrets come to light, proving they are not the angels people think they are. Their torturer, A., manipulates these girls causing more issues to arise such as murder.

 

Love Lies Beneath
Author: Ellen Hopkins

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Tara has it all, the lavish home,  beauty and a great sex life. When she gets into a skiing accident, she gets the cute doctor too. But she has secrets to keep and those secrets are threatened when she begins to depend on him too much. She’s not quite that worried as long as he doesn’t cheat on her.

 

This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab

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All Kate Harker wants is to be like her father, letting monsters do as they please and extort money out of humans for protection. She’s kicked out of her sixth boarding school and August Finn jumps at the opportunity  to watch over her, but after an assassination attempt their both on the run.

 

There you have it, my loves. Got a bad girl book? Tell me!

More to come soon…

K.

This is Not a Fairytale Romance (Beautiful Disaster/Walking Disaster – A Book Review)

Walking Disaster
Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: 2011

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In walks Abby Abernathy and she instantly makes it on to Travis Maddox’s radar, but that’s not why she came to college in a sleepy Illinois town and it’s certainly not where she wants to be…until it is. She loses a bet against the playboy and now has to live with him. The more time she spends around him, the harder it is to hold on to the good girl image she’s worked so hard to create for herself. It’s also harder to ignore the feelings that are growing for him. She knows she should resist them and tries time and time again. He’s brash and a jerk and possessive, but more so, he’s caring and thoughtful and protective. One can’t go wrong with a combination like that, but then it does go wrong when her past is brought to light.

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Travis “Mad Dog” Maddox comes from a family of all brothers where he’s always had to defend himself. Known around town for his amazing fighting skills, he spots Abby Abernathy at one of his fights and his world spins out of control. Nobody has ever had this effect on him, and it’s not like the usual “take it and forget it”. He has to know her because underneath this innocent exterior there’s some more, wild and daring. Trying to discover it, he finds himself doing a thing he didn’t think himself capable of. Falling in love. He’s scared though. Can she handle damaged goods like him?

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I couldn’t do separate reviews on these books because they’re two sides of the same coin. These books are the same story, but from different points of view. I love books that can manage something special like this. Being able to walk through the eyes of two people in one story is amazing. Both of them are so different and you can see the push and pull between Abby, getting away from her past, and Travis, not wanting to lose another person he loves again, so well. I couldn’t feel a single bit of repetitiveness that would lead them to feel like their identical.

These two books were wild and dangerous and so much fun to get lost in. Definitely a toe-curler. The love created between these two characters could start a wildfire. They show that such strong feelings aren’t easy and that’s how it is. Love isn’t easy. It makes you angry and scared and you’ll be wondering if you’re doing it right nearly every day. You may also feel like you belong in the psych ward, in one of those nice padded rooms. It’ll make you crazy. But that’s what’s great about it. Abby and Travis are crazy about each other and I’m crazy about them. One of my favorite ships. Because you aren’t losing your mind then what are you doing?!

I’ve only read three out of the Maddox Brothers series and I can’t wait to finish. I love a good, no, beautiful and complicated love story.

 

Quotables:

“Tell him that I’ll keep my promise. By this time tomorrow he won’t miss me.” (Beautiful Disaster, Abby to America, p. 178)

I saw the same peace in Travis’s eyes that I had witnessed handful of times. And it hit me that just like on the other nights, his content expression was a direct result of reassurance from me.” (Beautiful Disaster, Abby, p. 256)

I wasn’t stupid enough to hope, or strong enough to stop myself from feeling the way I did. Total eye-opener. Not so tough, after all. Not when it came to Abby.” (Walking Disaster, Travis, p.90)

Maybe it was just me. Maybe it was just me and her. Maybe together we were this volatile entity that would either implode or meld together. Either way, it seemed the moment I met her, my life has been turned upside down. And I didn’t want it any other way.” (Walking Disaster, Travis, p. 252)

 

P.S. Song of the day? Untouched by The Veronicas.

K-I-S-S-I-N-G (Naomi + Ely’s No Kiss List – A Book Review)

Naomi + Ely’s No Kiss List
Author: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Published: 2007
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Naomi and Ely, best friends, who grew up in the same building and went through everything together, even the divorce of Naomi’s parents, though that’s partly because her dad slept with one of Ely’s moms. That’s only the tip of the it’s complicated train. Naomi is irrevocably in love with Ely and dreams that one day they’ll get married. A slight hitch? Ely’s gay.

Naomi and Ely created a No Kiss List of people so that they never get into a fight. And then Ely break that list by kissing Naomi’s current boyfriend. Cue the explosion. This epic betrayal tests their friendship and both wonder: will they ever get past this? Can they get past this?

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Now, I couldn’t get fully on board with this book for a couple of reasons. It was a nice book about two friends needing to see where they could go and fit into the world without each other, but it struggled at doing even that. Cue Spoiler: I couldn’t get past how neither character could take the responsibility for anything they did wrong. While it’s ridiculous that I say this, I couldn’t handle how self-absorbed they were either. Their disregard for people around them was a bit unbearable, but that didn’t make the book terrible. Not at all. I just didn’t like the characters. It happens sometimes.

However, the in-depth and personal look at lifelong friendship was intense and really made me question if friendship really can withstand anything. This book is a great example of how gut-wrenching heartache can be when it’s caused by somebody you’ve shared everything with and trust with your entire being.

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I love-love-loved the way this was written with emojis, and through other characters’ POV. The emojis made the book more fun and kept in touch with how the characters communicate while also bringing the reader to the modern day of technology. The use of other characters’ POVs (point of view) gives the reader great perspective to not only how the main characters are imploding, but to how the outside characters are affected by it as well. It puts the reader with them as if they live in the building with Naomi and Ely, making them a part of the drama.

The heartache stays with you. It comes from every direction-friends, family, lovers and even crushes, bringing real issues to the front line, like divorce, financial problems, identity crisis, and more. Which, shows that sometimes a heart can’t be completely repaired no matter how much you love somebody and that people change even when you don’t realize it right away.

 

Quotables:

“Buffy could be a bitch, but cut the girls some slack—she once had to kill her true love in order to save the world. I get it, Naomi. You’re like Buffy.” (Gabriel to Naomi, p. 118)

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(I know, me and the Buffy gifs. Can you tell I’m a fan?)

“…even though I really liked her as a person, I didn’t really think I liked her as a girl, because when you like a girl, there’s this ignition—you can feel it—and with her, there wasn’t any ignition…” (Boy Robin, p. 156)

“You didn’t think it would be easy, did you?” (Neal to Ely, p. 198)

“It’s like Naomi always used to say: Life tells you to take the elevators, but love tells you to take the stairs.” (Ely, p. 209)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Secrets by OneRepublic.