12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

It’s the most hectic time of the year! With Christmas right around the corner, here is a festive book tag!

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This tag was originally created by Lizzie Loves Books. 


ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

My favorite never changes. For those of you who have been with me, you know my favorite stand alone. LOL

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Blood and Chocolate

Author: Annette Curtis Klaus


ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TWO TURTLE DOVES.

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Poison Princess

This one is so hard! I’m struggling! I’m going to go with Evie Green and Jackson Deveaux of The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole.


ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: THREE FRENCH HENS.

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

Wither

The Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano.


ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FOUR CALLING BIRDS.

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favorite series?

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Easy pick for me. Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine has always been one of my biggest favorites and Shane Collins and Claire Danvers are another of my utmost favorite pairings.


ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FIVE GOLDEN RINGS.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

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Count Olaf is definitely one of my favorite villains. A Series of Unfortunate Events is one of those series that you’re never to old to read and Olaf is entertaining and memorable and surprisingly terrible yet genius villain.


ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: SIX GEESE A LAYING.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world-building?

Arcana Rising

I live for the life and death, action-packed, you never know what minute may be your last, intense, adrenaline driven kind of world. I simply loved the apocalyptic world of The Arcana Chronicles. It was raw and stripped down and on the verge oblivion.


ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: SEVEN SWANS A SWIMMING.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favorite animal sidekick?

Secondhand Souls

Author: Christopher Moore

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An itty-bitty girl, given the task of being death is gifted with two hellhounds, which is totally epic. She’s funny and also conniving and sadistic. She refers to her lovely sidekicks as her goggies and it’s so adorable you swoon.


ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: EIGHT MAIDS A MILKING.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

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I’ve always the Percy Jackson universe with their Nectar was mouthwatering.


ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: NINE LADIES DANCING.

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favorite kickass female lead?

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Mare Barrow of Red Queen is just one of many that have surprised me as a kickass leading lady. With electric abilities like hers, I’d hate to be on her bad side.


ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TEN LORDS A LEAPING.

How about your favorite leading lad?

Arcana Chronicles

Jackson Deveaux of The Arcana Chronicles is brash, bullheaded, but strong, and determined. Currently, my favorite leading man.


ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: ELEVEN PIPES PIPING.

What is your favorite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

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The Hobbit

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien


ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: 12 DRUMMERS DRUMMING.

Drum roll please…what is your favorite read of this year?

Children of Blood and Bone

Definitely Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.


Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Hoped the holidays are special for all of you.

 

I tag anyone who wants to do this fun Christmas tag! 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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That’s What Friends Are For – A Book List

Hello, loves.

With Thanksgiving coming up, I decided on a booklist to represent friendship. I know personally, I’m thankful for my family and friends. Sometimes I’m a lot to put up with LOL.

Whether we’re up or down. In great times of need. Blood or not. Friends are always there for us. This book list is dedicated to them. With love, tragedy, heartache, and hardships, life would be a different beast if we had to tame it by ourselves.

And sometimes it isn’t easy to have friends. You’ll fight and cry and may not speak for days or weeks or months, but you know they’re not far away and that you’ll make up. Sometimes you drift apart and that’s okay, too. Make room for as many as possible is my advice.

Like an onion or a flower, sweet or sour, there will be many. Only a few will crack open your heart and be in your special circle. The circle you pair your family in, and it won’t matter how far away you are from each other. It’s the heart that keeps you connected (and of course social media these days LOL).


The Rules of Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic

“Don’t live a little. Live a lot.”

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A Wrinkle in Time
Author: Madeleine L’Engle

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“We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.”

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The Thing About Jellyfish
Author: Ali Benjamin

The Thing About Jellyfish

“But a person doesn’t always know the difference between a new beginning and a forever sort of ending.”

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Author: Rick Riordan

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“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse…and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”

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Daughters of the Moon
Author: Lynne Ewing

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. You get nowhere standing up, so get up on that seat and go!”

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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Author: Ann Brashares

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“Maybe, sometimes, it’s easier to be mad at the people you trust because you know they’ll always love you, no matter what.”

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The DUFF
Author: Kody Keplinger

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“You can lie to yourself if you want, but reality is going to catch up with you. I’ll be waiting when it does… whether you like it or not.”

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Pay It Forward
Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde

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“What’s weird is when you mean a lot more to somebody else than they ever meant to you. I mean, a whole lot more. Like life on two whole different planets.”

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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
Author: David Arnold

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“But I also know that sometimes—not always, but in the best of cases—innocence lost can be knowledge gained, and I think this is one of those times.”

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Sisters in Sanity
Author: Gayle Forman

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“It’s just that we’d like to think that craziness and sanity are on opposite ends of an ocean, but really they’re more like neighboring islands.”

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-K.

 

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The Jungle Will Consume You (Heart of Darkness – A Book Review)

Heart of Darkness
Author: Joseph Conrad
Published: 1899

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There is a taint of death, a flavor of morality in lies-which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world—what I want to forget.

Up the Congo River, follow Marlow on his journey. He meets Mr. Kurtz, an ivory trader who has a mysterious, godlike presence over the region and its inhabitants. During his journey, Marlow is obsessed with the man. Both intrigued and disgusted by him, Marlow is shown the darkness and despair that dwells within man in this jungle.


This review is going to be shorter than my usual ones and that because I didn’t really enjoy this one. There was nothing wrong with it, we just didn’t mesh. Sometimes the bookworm and the book just don’t work. This is one of those cases. I did finish it. I just can’t say that I enjoyed it.


The theme of the darkness that dwells inside humanity was really strong in this one. In the depth of the wild which draws out the beast even in men—a side that we often don’t like to think about or imagine that we have. You never see it until you’ve been pushed to limits you never knew existed. I mean, this is more than just button pushing. This is mind-breaking.

The style of the short story was poetic and dark and bridged on horror. Horror that lives in people that nobody knows about, not even that very person sometimes.  It was chilling and deep and read much like a journal. Though the story was short, it took me some time to get through it, like crawling through molasses, which I don’t like. It was detailed not so much visually, but philosophically, I felt. In some places, I was left in awe by Conrad’s words and in others I was falling asleep. It was a real push and pull.

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The characters, Marlow and Kurtz, came across maniacal in their own way. Marlow was obsessive to a very scary level that made goosebumps crawl all over me. Right up until the end he was unable to even think about anything else unless it had to do with him. Kurtz came across as a very unstable individual. Narcissism became very dangerous in the form of this character. Everything circulated around him. Each felt incredibly drawn out which was another part of the reason I wasn’t fond of the story.

 

Overall

I enjoy diving into classics. There’s a wisdom in them that can and should be taken away from each of them. The lessons they teach or emphasize upon is so important. However, I didn’t enjoy this very much. I seriously struggled to get to the ending. The is one of those that is either eye-opening or it is just blah. I fell to the blah side.

 

Quotables:

“The fascination of the abomination—you know, imagine the growing regrets, the longing to escape, the powerless disgust, the surrender, the hate.” (p. 4)

 “The earth seemed unearthly. We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there—there you could look at a thing monstrous and free.” (p. 32)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – September 2018

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Hello, book clan!

September has come to an end, so I have the Sundown Rundown for you. Here, I’m wrapping up the month and giving you a chance to catch up on some reviews you might’ve missed.

Honestly, I didn’t get as much done in the reading department as I wanted to. It was a bit of an exhausting month with extra work at the bookstore. We actually just did a few book sales at a few schools. I enjoyed getting to be a part of it. It was a great experience to see kids so excited about books. I swear, seeing kids interested in books over texting and Snapchat is rare. Wish, I could count the times parents have told me, “I’m just glad he/she loves to read. Kids don’t do that much these days.”.

Now, at the end of the month and with Fall upon us, the leaves are changing colors and the temperature is dropping, it’s leggings, sweater, and boot weather. Those sunsets get sweeter, coming sooner and sooner. I’m just sad to say goodbye to the fireflies until next summer. Settle in and catch up because it’s nearly October, one of the best months of the year.

 

Down a Dark Hall

Down a Dark Hall

Author: Lois Duncan

There’s more going on in Blackwood School for Girls than just teaching. Kit is terrified and she should be. Lucid dreaming. Sleepwalking. Doors shutting on their own and shadows in the window. Something ghostly is happening and she doesn’t plan on sticking around.

 

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Reality sucks these days. Virtual reality is where the world prefers to be. Log into the OASIS. The great hunt for Halliday’s Easter Egg begins. Billions are on the line. Who will get to it first?

 

of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck

George and Lennie find work on a ranch in Salinas Valley. Though they want to get through this job so that they can have their own ranch. Struggles quickly find Lennie in the form of jealousy, bullying, and misunderstandings.

 

Over the Moon

Over the Moon

Author: Angela Knight, MaryJanice Johnson, Sunny, Virginia Kantra

Magic, lust, and romance under the full moon. Fae battling over a human’s soul. A royal werewolf seeking salvation from a rogue, and getting more than she bargained for. The moon can make crazy things happen.

 

Devoured

Devoured

Author: Amanda Marrone

It’s not easy getting haunted by your twin sister. Being Snow White isn’t that great either. With her help along with the help of the cute boy, Luke, Megan may solve the mystery of girls that have been going missing for years. But, she’ll have to hurry before another girl goes missing, which may be sooner than she thinks.

 

Nightlight

Nightlight

Author: The National Lampoon

Belle Goose is obsessed with vampires. Edwart Mullen is a computer game playing, storm chasing nerd. Are the two meant to be together forever? Probably not, but Belle can feel it in her gut that he’s a vampire and she is going to love him forever.

 

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Double Eclipse

Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Mardi and Malloy Overbrook are back in East End for the summer. Boys, drama, and magic abound. Even more shocking, their mother that’s been missing for years has come to find them to help them fulfill a prophecy.

 

daughter

Daughters

Author: Stuart Land

Young girls all over the world are getting pregnant, but their virgins. As this world epidemic grows, more strange things keep happening and humanity is put to the test as life as you know it changes. Evolves.

 

Shooting Scars

Shooting Scars

Author: Karina Hale

Ellie Watt: con artist, bad ass. Camden McQueen: tattoo artist, love of her life. Ellie must join her ex-boyfriend, a drug lord, on a mission in order to protect Camden. The past comes back to bite her in the ass.

 

Favorite Book of the Month: Easily Ready Player One. The imagery was so powerful and I was in love with the unique style that Ernest Cline writes in. I really felt like I was a part of the story. It was exciting and exhilarating. My brain was sparking off the charts.

 

Least Favorite Book of the Month: Nightlight was funny, but it wasn’t memorable nor did it have any real point. With no real plot or anything to pull me in, this was a one time, curious read.

 

Until next time!!

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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