Trapped in the Underground (Survive the Night – A Book Review)

Survive the Night
Author: Danielle Vega
Published: 2015

Survive the Night

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

“We’re all going to die down here.”

Casey’s first night out of rehab, she’s taken to a party by her friends where her ex’s band is playing. After hearing about the wild rave, Survive the Night, she and her friends go on the hunt. Finding the rave down in an abandoned subway, Casey is overwhelmed by the enclosed space and drugs and alcohol; everything she worked hard to get free of. She puts on a brave face and tries to have fun anyway…until she finds the body of her friend, Julie, completely mutilated. Her friends think she was just seeing things due to withdrawal, but Casey knows what she saw.

The rave is broken up by the police, and Casey and her friends search for a way out of the tunnels only to discover that they’re trapped…and they’re not alone in the darkness. By who or what, they’re not sure. All they know is that it has claws and teeth, and it’s hunting them and there doesn’t seem to be a way out.

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First things first. I’m a horror junkie. I live for the blood and guts when I’m not being a hapless romantic or thriving on paranormal adventures. If you’re searching for somebody to watch scary movies with then I’m your guy…girl. However, if there are clowns then I’m out. They eat people and are scary as hell. *shivers* Just no thank you.

 

This book was a lot of fun. It really made me think about the 90’s movies: I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream and The Faculty. Not so much because of plot, but because of the theme and style. I grew up with these movies and so many others, but this is the era that I flashed back to while reading. It made me giddy.

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There was the group of friends, but not really friends, and there was the drama between exes and of course, the big bad. I finished this book all in one day and then discovered that my mom took and read it. Now, she listens to audio books (big fan of Stephen King and Dean Koontz), so I was surprised she picked up this book, since it’s the first time she’s picked up a physical—pages and all—book in years. She enjoyed it as well.

While the plot was predictable, the story was still a lot of fun. I loved the exciting feeling of wondering what was to come and most importantly, when. With a perfect amount of gore, I couldn’t get enough. My heart ached with sadness and burned with anger on this trek (in a good way, of course). Now, I can’t say it terrified me and kept me awake at night. It takes a little work to do that, and I don’t just mean the occasional jump-scare. But it did give my blood a bit of an adrenaline rush here and there as well as making my breath catch in anticipation.

A fun read. Certainly no holds back on the gory details and to make it better, you’re stuck in complete darkness. It’s got my approval.

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Quotables:

“I inhale, trying to calm myself down, but the air tastes like fish and rot and something else, something sweet and familiar that makes me gag. I need to get out of here, The air’s too thick. I can’t breathe.” (Casey, p. 92)

“Then we’re running. Our shoes slap against the damp, trash-strewn ground and our breathing comes in gasps. My heart pounds in my ears, like a drum. We’re so loud. Everyone in the tunnels must hear us. I glance behind me, but the darkness is perfect. It presses against our backs like a solid thing.” (Casey, p. 134)

“I clench and unclench my hand, ignoring the sweat gathering on the back of my neck. I turn and stare in to the darkness. The sound cuts off abruptly. Like someone holding their breath.” (Casey, p. 189)

“This is it. I’m going to die.” (Casey, p. 249)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Trip Switch by Nothing But Thieves.

The Human Next Door (LUX: Oblivion – A Book Review)

Oblivion: A LUX novel
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2015

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

In Obsidian, Katy moves to Petersburg, West Virginia, and her life is never the same after meeting the Blacks, her next door neighbors. She never imagined aliens being real and she especially never expected to fall in love with one.

Now, in Oblivion, Daemon and Dee Black are still coming to terms with the loss of their brother and triplet, Dawson. And then, Katy Swartz moves into the house next door and all kinds of alarms go off in Daemon Black’s head. As a Luxen, the worst thing that can happen is for a human to get too close, and one living just next door is too close. Determined to keep her at arm’s length, his sister has other plans. She wants to be friends with their new neighbor and doesn’t care what her brother thinks.

That doesn’t mean he won’t find ways to make it impossible for Dee. It’s hard enough trying not give away that they’re aliens. His attempts to keep the two girls from being friends don’t end well, especially for him. Going back on what he swore (read Shadows), he begins to fall for her, though hiding it under a massive heap of denial. With dangers lurking in the shadows, he has to keep denying his feelings, if not for Katy’s safety than for his sister’s. If only he could stay away from Katy.

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I read this after finishing the entire series. It felt more special that way, like coming full circle.

I was quite surprised when I read this book. I knew that Daemon would have some dislike for Katy, but it caught me off guard that it was more than I expected. He wanted to burn her house to the ground and hadn’t met her yet! Dang!

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The heat that was in Obsidian was amplified threefold in this book. Capturing the essence of Daemon was something to behold. Witnessing the change in him from beginning to end was phenomenal. I loved seeing the person(…alien?) he became while around Katy. There was only glimpses at Daemon’s thoughts and feelings, guarded and unknown, when reading from her POV. It was like a dam breaking. The final pieces completing a puzzle. Everything we ever wanted to know and even more. This is a perfect example of writing the same story from two different perspectives. Neither story is the same in any way. Well, not true. The love and electricity that carries between the two characters is one.

The only thing that bothered me was Daemon’s tone. Every once in a while it didn’t sound like him at all from what I gathered in the Shadows and Origin and Opposition. I just found myself shaking my head here and there with befuddlement. More often than not though, I shook my head when the Daemon I discovered during the journey through LUX reared his head high and proud for being a sarcastic, narcissistic, caring young man.

This book astounded me. At first it was a bumpy ride, but when I finally got into it, I was a giggling puddle yet again. As I’m sure I’ve said before, I’m not into sci-fi. Not very much. Yet I fell into LUX so easily. Granted, there were other reason too, but that’s beside the point. Maybe I’ll tell you about it one day. All in all, this series is high up on my list.

I’ll be returning to this series one day. Until then….see you later, LUX.

P.S. Still picturing Daemon Black as this one….

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It’s not my fault. It just happened! It was the smirk, I’m telling you.

 

Quotables:

“The stars I stared at held no answers, and as I slowly lowered my gaze, I found my staring at the bedroom window of the house next door, my new problem. There was a part of me that had accepted there was nothing I was going to be able to do to stop Dee and her from getting closer, but I couldn’t just let it go.” (Daemon, p. 43)

“Closing my eyes, I swore under my breath. This thing with Kat…it was getting ridiculous, and it was unacceptable. Completely unacceptable.” (Daemon, p. 141)

“Something unexpected happened to my chest. It felt like someone had walked right up to me and socked me in it. I might’ve stopped breathing.” (Daemon, p. 261)

“My people believe that when we pass on, our essence is what lights the stars in the universe.” (Daemon, p. 312)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Always Be Together by Little Mix.

Meeting My Alien Boyfriend’s Family (LUX: Opposition – A Book Review)

LUX: Opposition
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2014

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

The final installment to the LUX series.

Like stars falling from the sky, the Luxen have landed after the colossal and public havoc caused by Daemon and company in Las Vegas that revealed them as aliens to the world, and nobody is safe. Major cities are wiped out and loved ones are lost. Katy is just trying to get the love of her life, Daemon Black, back after he gets brain-sucked by his own kind. From there, she and her friends are determined to save what’s left of the world. In order to do so they make allies with those they least expected, those who already ruined their lives before the major alien arrival.

After all is said and done, nothing will ever be the same for Katy Swartz ever again. Hell, it all changed the moment she knocked on Daemon Black’s door. Does she regret it?

And as a perk, Opposition came with a bonus—the prequel story to this entire series. Where it all began. Shadows, the tale of Dawson, Daemon Black’s other sibling, and Bethany. Discover how they fell in love and how it led up to Daemon’s dislike for humans in LUX: Obsidian.

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This book reaches up to its peak. However, I fell a little flat with this book. Not completely, but a little compared to the previous books of the series. There was plenty of action and everything led up to this moment because I always wondered what would happen when the other Luxen landed.  And it’s a bloodbath. But there were also moments that felt a little repetitive, or that needed a little extra added on to them for me. I struggled to keep a grasp on such tidbits.

The emotional tidal wave was a great ride though. Twisting and turning and wondering left my heading spinning pleasantly like the sky is spinning from going in circles to fast. This story certainly doesn’t lack there. I couldn’t stop or pull away from it because I was desperate to find out if these characters would be okay. That kind of attachment is strong and fantastic. You get a very good visual of an apocalyptic world.

The story, just like the previous ones it followed, is fast pace and filled with a lot of unexpected surprises and delicious thrills. The wit and sarcasm is on point and I couldn’t ask for more. Actually, I could and I’m sure I’d get it. (See Quotables for a couple examples.) Even coming this far, I didn’t know aliens knew sarcasm and badassery. Not like this. Thank you for proving me wrong, *wink*. And the romance? *fans self* Oh Lordy.

However, when I got to the ending, I felt as if it was a plop of a stone in a pond. Very lacking, I felt. Compared to the rest of the book beforehand, it was so small. I didn’t expect a major charade, but I didn’t expect it to seem so simple. That’s human life for you. We like the quiet life.

I definitely recommend this book. It still holds on to the relationship of Daemon and Katy, but with more hunger like the average teenager. Every day might have been their last and they didn’t waste it. I give them kudos on that. As the final installment, don’t miss what happens when they pull out all the stops  to save each other and those they care about.

 

Quotables:

“It was hard looking back and thinking about all the time we’d wasted fighting what was between us, fighting each other, especially when the future looked appallingly short, but I couldn’t focus on that now, because we were together. It didn’t matter how many hours, days, month, or years we had stretched out in front of us; we’d always be together.” (Katy, p. 147)

“Seriously? Kissing her right now is what we need to be doing when we have pissed-off alien on us?”

“Kissing her is always the right thing to do.” (Archer to Daemon, p. 201)

 

“Well, shit balls for dinner on Sunday.” (Daemon, p. 223)

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Seriously, the look on my face when I read that single sentence for the fourth time, wondering if that’s really what fell out of his mouth. It may be one of my new sayings.

“Did you ever think this is where you’d end up when you knocked on my door asking for direction?” (Daemon to Katy, p. 238)

“Dammit. All I wanted to do is shower and take a nap and eat bacon!” (Katy, p. 254)

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I feel you Katy.

I plan of starting Oblivion pretty soon, which is LUX: Obsidian, but from Daemon Black’s POV. I’m quite curious to see what he is thinking after meeting Katy for the first because the inkling from Shadows-

“Next thing we know, you’ll be dating a human…” -Ash

“Yeah, not going to happen.” -Daemon

 

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S.Song today? Forever and Always by Parachute.

Don’t Tell Mom I’m Dating an Alien – (LUX: Consequences – A Book Review)

Lux: Consequences
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2014

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This is the second installment to the special collector’s edition of the YA series, LUX.

Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

After finally succumbing to her feelings for Daemon Black, discovering and getting a handle on the intense powers as a result of being healed by him, and dealing with the heavy loss of friends, Katy Swartz was not prepared for the return of Daemon’s brother, Dawson, who’d been missing for over a year. Nobody was prepared. He doesn’t waste any time in wanting to find his still missing girlfriend, Beth, and he’ll do anything to get her back, even put everybody else in danger.

“You really shouldn’t trust a soul in this game. Not when everyone has something to gain or lose.” (Luc to Katy, p. 284)”

Then suddenly, Blake, friend turned enemy, returns to town, demanding that Katy and Daemon help free the Luxen that turned him into a hybrid from Daedalus, a facility experimenting on Luxen and hybrids like him and Katy. Tensions run high as the group tries to figure out a way into Deadalus and it tests the strength of Daemon and Katy’s new relationship.

And then Katy becomes the newest captor of Daedalus. What does Daemon do? What he does best. He goes after her, and after finally finding her, the two realize that Daedalus has a lot more in store for Luxen and the hybrids besides the horrifying experiments they’ve heard about.

It’s soon discovered that their enemies aren’t just wearing lab coats and camouflage, but are a lot closer to home than expected and it shocks everybody. And, their allies are the last people they expected. They’ll need all the help they can get when their problems escalate beyond earth.

“Oh shit. ET so phoned home, kids.” (Luc, p. 772)

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Where do I start!? I’m still in that lush state from reading this series and there’s still one book to go. As I told you in my very first post on here about LUX: Beginnings, I am not one for Sci-Fi, but Jennifer L. Armentrout has reeled me into it with the perfect balance of thrilling action and lip-biting romance. Daemon Black joins the ranks of book boyfriends with his ego, vibrant green eyes (my favorite), and the sneaky ways he makes the reader blush with his words that if you try hard enough, you can hear him whisper in your ear. Then again, maybe that’s just me. We all have book boyfriends or girlfriends like that.

And let’s not forget that smirk. *insert crimson blush here*

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(Yep, I’m still imagining that it’s Cody Christian. I’ve tried denying it. It didn’t work.)

The quick pace of this story is flawless. It doesn’t feel too rushed, which is a beautiful thing. Every detail is delightfully written, very much like a movie in my head, and that’s how I love my books. The twists and turns in this next edition were kicked up a notch compared to the first one. I know that there were moments that made me think that this couldn’t escalate any higher and I kept getting blown away. I’ve got nothing but praise for this series.

This is one of those reads you can’t put down and I recommend it to everyone who’s looking to try something new. This special edition contains both the third and fourth book as well as some delectable bonus content (I won’t gush about it, but it’s great). I will hopefully be getting to the fifth one soon. Just like my craving for chocolate, my fingers are twitching for it.

Have you read it? What did you think? Tell me in the comment section below.

 

Quotables:

“If we’re not together on everything, then how can we really be together?” (Katy to Daemon, p. 60)”

“Elation swelled in my chest, and as we lay in each other’s arms, our breaths coming in and out ragged, our bodies tangled together, we still couldn’t get enough of each other. We kissed. We talked. We lived.” (Katy, p. 346)

“Several moments passed before she spoke. “I’ve always wanted a Mogwai.” (Katy to Daemon, p.521)”

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(I’ve always wanted a Mogwai too. Just ask my mom. I ask for one every Christmas.)

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Sign of the Times by Harry Styles.

 

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To the Future! (The Time Machine – A Book Review)

The Time Machine
Author: H.G. Wells
Published: 1895

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Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltHalf bolt

 

A brilliant time traveler holds a dinner to tell his tale of a harrowing journey he just returned from. He tells his guests of the people he met and the places he saw with incredible detail when he visited the year 802, 701.

I think that at the time none of us quite believed in the Time Machine. (p. 11)

The time traveler describes those he meets as ‘exquisite creatures’ of ‘futurity’. He goes on to describe their elfin and china-like features and how innocent and delightful they are. Honestly, I kept thinking about Minions since the people of this community that the time traveler landed in all look alike.

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Soon enough the time traveler comes to miss an important part to his machine that prevents him from getting home. More so, Morlocks, who I pictured to be a creepy rendition of skeletal ghost-like creepies, dwell in the tunnels beneath the oasis that is right where London used to be. While trying to get home, the time traveler tries to protect his new friends.

Author of War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells created an entire futuristic world of complete awe. His attention to detail is phenomenal and this tale is all being told in the past tense of having happened already. That’s what really made me like this so much. The point of view was unlike anything I’ve read so far. This classic Sci-Fi piece is an adventure and a unique and beautiful look into the future.

 

Quotables:

“We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity, an, it seemed to me, that here was that hateful grindstone broken at last!” (p. 29)

“Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life.  thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future. I thought of the great precessional cycle that the pole of the eart describes.” (p. 54)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Science Fiction/Double Feature from The Rocky Horror Picture Show….It just came on and I pressed repeat.

Yoo-hoo and a Woo-hoo, It’s Summertime! (Summer book-list)

Yep, you guessed it. Another book list, my bookworms.

During my time at my local bookstore (I’m just as shocked as you that they still exist, but very glad they do) I’ve seen several different books for the those lounge around Summer reads. So, with a mixture of picks from myself, friends and my regular customers, I’ve made a list. Some of these are currently popular while others are just timeless. From YA to Fiction to Romance and more, I present a list.

 

The Stieg Larsson Trilogy aka The Millennium Series
Published: 2012-
Author: Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

And I know this breaks the trilogy rule…

  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web

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And apparently, there will two more on the way, one of which is coming out this year according to TIME. Keep an eye out!

 

IT
Published: 1986
Author: Stephen King

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It’s become more popular in the last year or so and with the remake of the movie coming out this year, people are grabbing their copies fast. Me? I don’t do clowns. No, thank you.

 

Fifty Shades Trilogy
Published: 2011-2012
Author: E.L. James
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • Fifty Shades Freed

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Not going to lie. I read the series in college. I can’t say I enjoy the movies completely though. My feelings about this series are complicated.

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy or as I call it, The Lara Jean Trilogy
Published: 2014-2017
Author: Jenny Han
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • S. I Still Love You
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean just came out this month. This trilogy is so lighthearted and really delves into the teenage heart with first loves and the difficulties of high school. I also recommend The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by her.

 

I Know What You Did Last Summer
Published: 1973
Author: Lois Duncan

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If you don’t recall, this was adapted to film in 1997 starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. This is definitely for those who like suspense and horror.

 

Percy Jackson Series
Published: 2005-2009
Author: Rick Riordan
  • The Lightning Thief
  • The Sea of Monsters
  • The Titan’s Curse
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • The Last Olympian

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An adventure following two kids of Greek Gods and a satyr out to save the world from the rise of Kronos. It’s lot of fun even for us older kids. And I can’t wait to read the Apollo Trials.

Confessions: The Murder of an Angel
Published: 2015
Author: James Patterson

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A part of the Confessions series.

 

Guardians Trilogy
Published: 2015-2016
Author: Nora Roberts
  • Stars of Fortune
  • Bay of Sighs
  • Island of Glass

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Mermaids. Magic. Stars. Who doesn’t love mermaids? Follow the journey of six guardians who search for stars and so much more.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale
Published: 1985
Author: Margaret Atwood

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Just been re-released since it’s become a series on Hulu.

 

The Princess Diarist
Published: 2016
Author: Carrie Fisher

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The late princess of Star Wars herself drops secrets and recounts her time during the famous Sci-Fi trilogy.

 

The Raina Telgemeier Set
Published: 2010-2016
Author: Raina Telgemeier
  • Sisters
  • Smile
  • Drama
  • Ghosts

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Beautiful graphic novels that handle tough yet typical situations that middle -schoolers can understand and in some cases relate to.

 

1984
Published: 1950
Author: George Orwell

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Dystopian novel about the nightmarish & negative future. This book has been sold off the shelves and even leaped to the top of the Amazon bestseller’s list in this past year. *cough* I wonder why…*cough*

 

Freeks
Published: 2017
Author Amanda Hocking

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Looking to go to go to the travelling carnival? You don’t even need to leave your couch or cozy blanket now.

 

The Cabin
Published: 2016
Author: Natasha Preston

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The Wattpad author skyrocketed with The Cellar. A group of teens go to a cabin to party, but it end up in horror when two of them turn up dead.

 

The Hunger Games trilogy
Published: 2008-2010
Author: Suzanne Collins
  • The Hunger Games
  • Catching Fire
  • Mockingjay

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The Girl on Fire, Katniss Everdeen, fights for her sister and ends up fighting for the freedom of everyone.

 

The Identicals
Published: 2017
Author: Elin Hilderbrand

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It will be released next month. Others of hers that are out are: Here’s to Us, The Rumor, and Beautiful Day.

 

Outlander Series
Published: 1991-
Author: Diana Gabaldon
  • Outlander
  • Dragonfly in Amber
  • Voyager
  • Drums of Autumn
  • The Fiery Cross
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  • An Echo in the Bone
  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood

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Go Tell the Bees that I Am Gone will be the ninth book in the series and will be released later this year, but for now, get lost in this historical, time-twisting romance if you haven’t already.

 

Into The Water
Published: 2017
Author: Paula Hawkins

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The same author who brought you The Girl on the Train. Follow yet another story full of twists and turns.

 

Beach Town
Published: 2015
Author: Mary Kay Andrews

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Tiny town, Cypress Key becomes the epicenter of drama and possibly true love for Greer Hennessy?

 

Midnight, Texas Trilogy
Published: 2014-2016
Author: Charlaine Harris
  • Midnight Crossroad
  • Day Shift
  • Night Shift

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Jump back into Harris’s world of the supernatural in the small town of Midnight where nothing is what it seems if you stick around instead of pass right on through. If you loved Sookie Stackhouse then definitely have a read.

 

LUX
Published: 2011-2015
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Obsidian
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Origin
  • Opposition
  • Oblivion– Which is a spin-off novel of Obsidian

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For those who love romance and Sci-Fi and the occasional pop cultural reference.

Throne of Glass Series
Published: 2012-
Author: Sarah J. Maas
  • Throne of Glass
  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire
  • Queen of Shadows
  • Empire of Storms
  • Tower of Dawn

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Number seven will be released sometime in 2018. Follow Celaena Sardothien as she fights to be the royal assassin to Prince Dorian and discover that this kingdom to which she serves champion has many deadly secrets.

 

Blood and Chocolate
Published: 1999
Author: Annette Curtis Klause

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A YA novel about a young female werewolf who moves to Maryland after tragedy and falls in love with a regular boy or as her family like to call him, a meat boy.

 

A Dirty Job & Secondhand Souls
Published: 2006 & 2015
Author: Christopher Moore

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A fun and hilarious story about the father of a seven year old girl who has two hellhounds and is known as the Big Death. San Francisco has its hands full with this one.

 

And there you have it. Have a Summer read that’s not on the list? Share and I’ll put it on mine!

 

More to come soon…

K.

 

P.S. Today’s song? Boys of Summer by The Ataris.

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