Brainssss! On The Mississippi (Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim – A Book Review)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim
Author: Mark Twain & W. Bill Czolgosz
Published: 2009

Huckleberry Finn

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

There warn’t no home like a raft, after all. The monsters cain’t get you there. Not so easy.

In this book, by the father of American Literature, the pox is causing people to drop left and right and they come back as zombies, also called baggers. Huckleberry Finn and his dearest friend,  Jim, a bagger now, go on the run after Huck fakes his death and it’s blamed on Jim. The two travel the Mississippi and there’s more than scammers, robbers and the people pretending to be baggers.  Peoples’ baggers are turning on them, going crazy and eating them. Huck can’t help but wonder if Jim will turn on him.

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I was very surprised with this book. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of America’s biggest classic novels right along side Tom Sawyer and To Kill a Mockingbird. I debated whether or not to get this book and in the end decided to give it a read (obviously). I was glad that I did. The adventure this time around was much wilder and dangerous than before.

One of the primary curiosities I had about this novel was if it would run along the same vocabulary and language as the classic novel did. It does and even adds some new vocabulary to keep with the time period and tone of the characters. A bagger or bunderlug refers to a zombie. Huck will often refer to zombies as bagger. I was very happy to see that with that extra addition. Keeping with the language Twain created really got me to respect this book on a major level. Keeping this was incredibly beautiful and a great homage to Twain. The book didn’t have to keep the language so I loved that it did.

The addition of the walking dead added some detail I didn’t expect. People were able to hang on to their loved ones, though sometimes it doesn’t always work out that way. I found that element to be extremely touching since zombies are usually portrayed as hungry and utterly brainless. It was also pretty funny the way Huck would describe the way they acted. There were some real The Walking Dead moments that I thought of while reading though.

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Approaching a classic with such a spin can be tricky I imagine. It does add something unique and fun however. More so, the novel twists the idea of blind trust and faith. You see this the further you read about Huck and Jim’s wild adventure on the river. Jim protects Huck from a bagger gone bad. There’s even a man who pretends that he’s a bagger.

If you’ve enjoyed Mark Twain’s work of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn then you’ll enjoy the twist. The zombies did make the novel more interesting and yes, I was pulled in because of the zombies. Using the undead angle has the perk to pull in different audiences to get them to read the classic. I was certainly surprised. This was great.

Quotables:

“A full bagger is a damn problem. You got to go after the marbles in his head and knock ’em all out ‘fore you can put him down.” (Huckleberry Finn, p. 12)

“I don’ feel too much, Huck. Stuff is all dead inside o’ me. Sumtimes I’m not even sure I’m here. I gots to touch myself to know, an’ even dat don’t always work.” (Jim, p. 86)

“Jim sat still. Baggers was good at sittin’ still. They was already dead, so it was only a matter of bein’ themself’s. No tics or twitches or nothin’.” (Huckleberry Finn, p. 114)

“I neva hear o’ no bagger sellin’ himself. You is dead now. The only one who kin sell you is some’un other than youself.” Huck to Birdock

“Jus’ cause somethin’ ain’t been done before, it don’t mean it can’t be done at all. An’ why can’t a bunderlug sell his own self? I knows of wimmen who sells themselves all time.” (Huck and Birdock, p. 205)

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Dead Hot & Turning to Dust? (Accidentally Dead, Again – A Book Review)

Accidentally Dead, Again
Author: Dakota Cassidy
Published: 2012

Accidentally Dead, Again

My Rating: Full boltFull bolt

 

Nina gets more than she bargains for when Sam is dropped on the doorstep of the Out in the Open Paranormal Support (OOPS) office unable to remember very much about how he was turned into a vampire. Enter Phoebe Reynolds, a young woman who claims to be Nina’s sister. She’s turned into a vampire in the midst of a fight between her and her new sister. Trying to process, or rather, not process it, Nina and her friends have to figure out how to help the two newest vampires after discovering that vampires are being experimented on and then turning to dust. They’ll all have to get to the bottom of it before both Sam and Phoebe disappear.

 

Every once in a while I’ll jump into the middle of a series. It mostly happens when I find the book in the wild—on a bargain shelf or dollar rack. That’s how it happened here.  I have started in the middle of a lot of series and loved them! And for being only $1.00 this book was fun.

This is basically a supernatural soap opera. The drama is like a prairie fire from the very start and it blazed hotter and hotter until the very end with romance that was red hot and fast paced with no holding back. Every once in a while you just need those steamy, muscle tensing parts. No shame from me, bookworms. It was pretty yummy.

The language was fun and extremely laid back. If you’re not into a lot of cursing from your characters then steer clear, but I didn’t have any issues with that. There was an abundance of puns, cliches, and sarcasm. All it of was both great and not so great. I can’t handle so many cliches, even if they are well placed. I feel like their something to use only in dabbles, not five a page. The punniness and sarcasm kept me hanging on. Sarcasm is my first language, English came second. Ask my mother. So while there was one thing that itched me, the overall language was fun and consistent.

Now, while this book was whipping me back and forth with the plot twists, the story didn’t get me entirely engulfed. Each over dramatic twist felt forced, like they were pulled out of nowhere. That made it difficult to get attached to the characters and the story, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t have any favorites. I actually loved Nina. She’s a bipolar firecracker with no tolerance for stupidity. Reminds me of myself a little.

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More so, there was so much that didn’t need to be dragged out as much as it was. While I understood the main points getting drawn out, the repetition of small bits like vampire sleep, was something that grated me. It was pointed out too much. However, I loved seeing everything about being vampires as brand new through Sam and Phoebe’s eyes and how they were struggling with the adjustment, showing that not everyone can just skip to bloodsucking like it’s pie.

This isn’t one I think I’ll tackle again. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. I enjoy paranormal novels to no end, but I feel like there just wasn’t enough to keep me captivated.  However, if you love the quick and steamy and nonstop drama, definitely pick up this book along with the rest of the series.

 

Quotables:

“What the fuck is next with you two? Invisibility? I don’t get it. You can jam your ass in a wall, dude. She can teleport and see her reflection. Swear to Christ, if you two can eat, even one bite, I’ll stake you myself.” (Nina, p. 92)

“We’re vampires, Sam. Sweet baby J, vampires really exist. They really drink blood. They really live forever. They have friends that are werewolves and demons.” (Phoebe to Sam, p. 177)

“Girls, I’m going to say this once. Keep it clean. And if you want to pummel each other like nothing more than common thugs—I will hit you with my shoe. Hard. Often. With so much glee.” (Wanda to Nina and Phoebe, p. 268)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? All I Have by Jennifer Lopez.

Midnight Tease

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Hello, bookworms! I have the monthly Midnight Tease. Basically what I’m reading, going to read and what it up on the chopping block for reviews.

Reading is a serious passion and I know I can’t be the only one, which is why I share what I read and my thoughts. As always, I’m thankful to those of you who are following me on my reading escapades which sometimes are sassy and sometimes they’re sarcastic or maybe just a little head over heels. Whichever it is, I have an update on my book queue and I’ve brought to you during this late hour because, who needs sleep?

 

Coming soon…

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History of the Future-Goodreads

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future.
Author: A.S. King

I’ve heard some good things about this author. The obscure title has me curious and being curious is so much fun.

 

The Legion

The Legion series
Author: Kami Garcia

A co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series, I’m very interested. Her style is long and dense, wild and detailed. I can’t believe that every author is capable of this and have the ability to keep the reader captivated, but she did well. Don’t let me down with this one, Kami.

 

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The Cabin
Author: Natasha Preston

I have heard do much hub-bub about this author and I’m deeply impressed to see writers coming from little spaces like Fanfiction.net and Wattpad. So many creative geniuses come from hidden corners like this and are just waiting to be discovered.

 

Triple Moon

Triple Moon
Author: Melissa De La Cruz

The author of Isle of the Lost also created The Witches of East End and in this book there’s also an excerpt for the finale of the TV show since it ended abruptly.

 

Currently…

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The Librarians

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp
Author: Greg Cox

(This gif is a splendid hint to how I’m feeling with this book so far.)

 

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I Know What You Did Last Summer
Author: Lois Duncan

 

Up for review…

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The Librarians

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp
Author: Greg Cox

 

Charlie St. Cloud

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

 

Night World

Night World No. 1
Author: L.J. Smith

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? Tell me in the comment section! I’m always looking for a book to add to my queue.

Sweet Moon, It’s Hard To Be A Wolf (Blood and Chocolate – A Book Review)

Blood + Chocolate
Author: Annette Curtis Klaus
Published: 1997

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Young, wild, and free (pretty close to the Wiz Khalifa song, just without the weed), Vivian loves to run under the moon. She had a great life in wild & wonderful West Virginia until the fire that consumed it entirely.

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With her father dead, the pack is in ruins and leaderless. Vivian struggles to find anywhere she belongs because it’s not with the pack anymore and it’s certainly not with humans. Not until she meets Aiden anyway. A meat-boy, he sweeps Vivian off her feet and into a life she didn’t think capable. As a wolf, she’s strong and graceful and she worries greatly about accidentally revealing herself to him as they grow closer.

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Soon enough it is time to move forward that means electing a new pack leader and many believe Gabriel should step up. Vivian, however, doesn’t. He’s cocky and thinks too highly of himself, in her opinion. His eyes never stray too far away from her though and he warns her to let Aiden go. What could he be hiding?

She has to decide who she is and what she and where she belongs. But who will she choose? Her pack or the sweet and invigorating life she has with Aiden? Blood or chocolate?

 

I read this book every single summer between June and July and actually had to buy a new copy not long ago to replace a really worn and torn version. This is a book I give five volts to easily. My heart and soul just fall into it and it’s such an easy escape. And, I did tell you that I love werewolves, so that helps.

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This coming of age novel puts us in the driver’s seat of what it’s like to be a teenager with Vivian, and then makes it more complicated because she’s a werewolf. She struggles with more than just teenage hormones and boy drama, but also trying not to reveal what she is. All the while she feels forced into a parental role due to the circumstances within her splintered family.

Every inch of detail in the book was laid out with such exquisite beauty. There are several parts I always revel in and let myself pause on just so I can linger in them. Annette Curtis Klaus did a wonderful job of describing the change from human to wolf down to the very follicle of fur as well. Backing it up with beautiful lore and history tied to in depth emotional attachment was really icing on top of the cupcake. I couldn’t get enough.

It’s not that Vivian is a relatable character for me because I can’t say that I’m as confident as her, and I can’t run as fast as her (stupid asthma), and I certainly can’t turn into a beautiful loup-garou under the moon. It’s how she is described as strong and free and how she embraces who she is, but then begins to contemplate it all. We all struggle with our identity and how the people in our life affect that. Being able to be in Vivian’s head and know her thoughts was also amazing. Her inner voice is very different than her real voice. She gives a perfect example of how different a person acts in reality compared to how they truly feel inside.

The comparison between blood and chocolate was beautiful as well. I’m not going to give away too much, but I will say that it really helps you define what you want versus what you need. Vivian’s struggle with this makes it extremely relatable. We all question what we really need.

 

It’s a fantastic story and yes, I recommend it. Am I biased? Of course, but I think we all get biased over our favorite book.

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Quotables:

I will howl for you, human boy, she thought. I will hunt you in my girl skin but I’ll celebrate as wolf.” (Vivian, p. 31)

“Don’t give that human anything we can’t have or we’ll give him something too.” (Finn to Vivian, p. 42)

“Isn’t midnight magical?” Vivian asked, and stretched her arms to the stars.

“Not real magic.” Aiden said. “I wish it was…I wish something magical would happen.”

You want magic? I could give you magic, she thought.” (Vivian and Aiden, p. 103)

“He was raw and sharp and rich and throbbing with life. He was sweet blood after a long hunt.” (Vivian, p. 263)

 

P.S. Song today? Howl by Florence + The Machine.

More to come soon…

K.

Let’s Binge Read!

Sometimes it’s nice to read a book series that feels like it’ll never end just like watching a long TV Series (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, Grey’s Anatomy). Here, for you dapper bookworms, I have a list of fifteen book series that range in interest and genre. Odds are you’ve heard of a majority of these series, but there’s nothing wrong with reminding you and possibly convincing you to go back and relive the adventure.

So, here we go.

 

Harry Potter
Author: J.K. Rowling
Books: 8

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“You’re a wizard, Harry.”

– Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter, boy who lives under the stairs, discovers that he’s a wizard and goes to Hogwarts, a school for witches and wizards. Him an his friends go on a magical journey to stop the most evil wizard in the world.

 

The Morganville Vampires
Author: Rachel Caine
Books:  15, but then there’s Midnight Bites, a collection of short stories.

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Welcome to Morganville. You’ll never want to leave. And even if you do…well, you can’t. Sorry about that.

-Intro to nearly every book of the series

A sixteen year old Claire Danvers discovers that vampires run the town she goes to college and her smart brain gets her into trouble with them. Thankfully, her friends have her back even if nearly gets them all killed.

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events
Author: Lemony Snicket
Books: 13

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But happy moments came rarely and unexpectedly in the Baudelaires’ lives, and the three siblings had learned to accept them.

-The Austere Academy

Following three orphans who try to get away from the nefarious Count Olaf and his evil henchmen who want their fortune. Along the way, the children try to discover what VFD is and how their parents were involved.

 

The Shadowhunter Chronicles
Author: Cassandra Clare
Books: 12

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We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.

-City of Heavenly Fire

Clary Fray is introduced to the world of the supernatural when she witnesses a murder at a night club and then her mother disappears shortly after. She has to learn fast about demons and the other creatures that linger in the dark if she hopes to find her mom and stay alive.

 

Maximum Ride
Author: James Patterson
Books: 9

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I don’t damsel well. Distress, I can do. Damseling? Not so much.

-Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

Known as bird kids, this group is always on the run from the crazy facility that created them known as The School. They have wings and that’s only the half of it. Apparently they’re supposed to save the world.

 

The Sookie Stackhouse Novels
Author: Charlaine Harris
Books: 13

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“Some might think you suicidal.”

“Well, ‘some’ can stick it up their ass.”

-All Together Dead

In small town, Bon Temps, Sookie Stackhouse finds herself attracted to Bill Compon, the first vampire to come to the town since vampire came out of the coffin. This only spells trouble, especially since she can’t hear his thoughts.

 

The Walking Dead
Author: Tony Moore, Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard
 Books: 27 Volumes so far and 8 novels

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In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living.

-Vol. 1, Days Gone Bye

They’re graphic novels, I know, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a fantastic binge. You have zombies, guts and a whole lot of trauma. You can binge both the show and the graphic novels!

The Women’s Murder Club Series
Author: James Patterson
Books: 16 and counting

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Hope attacking doubt. It seemed crazy.

-1st to Die

A collection of murder mysteries with the leading ladies, Lindsay Boxer, Cindy Thomas, Claire Washburn and Jill Bernhardt. Follow their stories, solve the murders.

 

The Otherworld Series
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Books: 13

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I’ve spent the last decade learning to stand firm and face my problems… or at least batter them until they’re unrecognizable.

-Frostbitten

Starting with werewolf, Elena Michaels, follow the Otherworld women and discover witches, ghosts, necromancers and more as they try to live in the ‘real’ world. The struggle to survive is real when there are dangers around every corner threaten their ways of living that will test the women of this series.

 

Daughters of the Moon
Author: Lynne Ewing
Books: 13

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Without hope, people become desperate to escape the pain. They seldom see the rhythms in their own lives, how dark phases come before new beginnings.

-Goddess of the Night

Discovering your a moon goddess? Not as easy as you think in high school. Trying to defeat a dark evil known as The Atrox? Also not easy. When you’re a daughter of the moon you have until you’re seventeen and then you make the most important decision of your life. For the five girls in this series, they do battle with more than just evil. they struggle to keep their normal lives.

 

The Dark Tower
Author: Stephen King
Books: 7

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A man who can’t bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them.

-The Dark Tower

Join the legendary ‘gunslinger’ Roland Deschain as he treks to the Dark Tower, the heart of all worlds, to try and save it from the evil corrupting it only known as The Man in Black.

 

The Chronicles of Narnia
Author: C.S. Lewis
Books: 7

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Remember that all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy.

-The Last Battle

Travel to the fantastical Narnia through unimaginable portals and follow four siblings on a journey to become kings and queens of a magical kingdom where animals talk and and evil queen has an icy hold over the land. The series leads you over epic battles of good vs evil and show you magic unlike you’ve never seen.

 

Star Wars
Author: Timothy Zahn, Drew Karpyshyn, James Luceno, Matthew Woodring Stover, John Jackson Miller, Paul S. Kemp, Karen Traviss and many more
Books: Too many to count

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Revenge is little more than an adolescent concession to personal vanity.

-Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The release of the original Sci-Fi movie Trilogy didn’t just lead to new stories in film such as The Force Awakens and Rogue One, but also across pages. There are so many untold stories and in this series you’ll never feel like there’s an end. The Death Star was only the beginning.

 

Outlander
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Books: 8 soon to be 9 with Seven Stones To Stand or Fall coming out soon and then there are also the novellas.

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Sometimes our best action result in things that are most regrettable.

-Outlander

Time travel from 1945 to 1743 with Claire Randall in this romance series where she is caught up in the middle of a Scottish war. She soon goes to war with herself as she struggles with having just gotten her husband back in 1945 and falling for the Scots warrior who’s helping her discover the world of 1743.

Odd Thomas
Author: Dean Koontz
Books: 10

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I see dead people. But, then by God, I do something about it!

-Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas has only known one thing. That he and Stormy Llewellyn were destined to be together forever. That and he sees ghosts. So that’s two things. Throughout this series he tries to help ghosts cross over by bringing their deaths justice. There are cameos by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Alfred Hitchcock.

 

Craving a binge yet? I think I’m going to go back to Morganville. I like it there.

More to come soon…

K.

 

P.S. Todays song? Leave My Body by Florence + The Machine