Sundown Rundown – April 2018

Good twilight, book nerds! Hope you had a great April!

It’s been a surprisingly long month. Anybody else feel like that?

It’s evening time. The sun has set on the month and I’m here to wrap it all up for you with the Sundown Rundown.

This month has been pretty busy. TV show binge this month was One Tree Hill. It’s my third time watching it. I still get sappy about Jake Jagieski and if you don’t know who that is then you’ll just have to go watch the show.  Him and Julian Baker are serious prince charmings. Now, it’s time to catch up on all the other shows I’ve been behind on, like Riverdale and Lucifer.

I also have to say-I’M SUPER EXCITED TO SEE AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR!!! One of the biggest movies of the year. Lots of squeeeing here.


Grab a glass of wine (or a can of soda if you’re not 21 lol) and kick back. Enjoy the sunshine. Summer is finally creeping around in my neck of the woods. I can’t wait until the fireflies and crickets start coming out. Here’s a list of everything I’ve been reading during April, so if you’ve missed a review you can find it here.



Tidal – here

Author: Amanda Hocking

Sirens, not mermaids. Both may have fishy tails, but one is basically a sociopath and the other just wants to be a part of your world. Okay, bad joke. Funny, but terrible. I know. But hey, if you love dangerous sirens that want nothing more than to suck you dry, this is for you. One siren never wished to be like that and will do anything to protect her friends and family.



Journey to the Center of the Earth – here

Author: Jules Verne

A great and adventurous classic, filled with so much probability and things one can only dream of. Certainly better than the movie. Sorry, Brendan Fraiser and Josh Hutchinson.


Alchemy of Forever

The Alchemy of Forever – here

Author: Avery Williams

Girl is dying. Girl is given elixir. Girl lives. Forever. Every couple decades Sera get a new body and after doing it for hundreds of years, under the control of her boyfriend, she’s done. This next body is her last. After saving a girl from a fatal crash, she works to fit into the girl’s life, but didn’t count on falling in love with the boy next door. Love paranormal drama? This is for you.


Thanks for the Trouble

Thanks for the Trouble – here

Author: Tommy Wallach

Parker can’t talk. Zelda has been alive for over 200 years. Both are searching for ways to feel alive and didn’t expect to find in each other. Touching, wonderful and eye-opening. Also, funny. Make your gut hurt funny and sweet.



Possession – here

Author: Elana Johnson

A dystopian world where baddies get sent to the Badlands. The smallest infraction will turn you into a baddie. Funny and strange. Definitely unique. I’ve never read anything like it.


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1984 – here

Author: George Orwell

This book actually scared me. Slow build so it took me a little while to get into it, but when I did I couldn’t pull my eyes away. It’s one of those books where you don’t realize what’s happening until it’s too far too late.



Paranormalcy – here

Author: Kiersten White

A girl that can see the true face of paranormals which makes her good at her job: bagging and tagging. But with a fae ex-boyfriend and strange dreams and then sudden deaths of paranormals, life takes a turn down a dark road. Witty and legally blonde fun with a side of sarcasm and trouble.


20,000 Leagues

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – here

Author: Jules Verne

Held hostage in a submarine that sinks ships, three men are taken on adventures that they can hardly believe. Dark and cold and dangerous. The world int eh water is one to behold. Completely fascinating.


We All Looked Up

we all looked up – here

Author: Tommy Wallach

An asteroid named Ardor is coming in two months. What would you do? This book made me laugh and cry. It was life expanding. It’s a book that makes you realize you never know what you’re capable until the world is ending. Heavy hearts. Beautiful art. A book that says everything you need to say when there’s not enough time. Truly moving.



Flowers in the Attic – here

Author: V.C. Andrews

The Dollangangers are trapped up in the attic of Foxworth Hall until their mother can get her father’s fortune. Dark, twisted and seriously effed the eff up. This book will make you really uncomfortable. I really enjoyed it though. It was unlike anything that I’ve ever read.



Petals on the Wind – here

Author: V.C. Andrews

Following Flowers in the Attic, the Dollangangers have escaped the attic and are grown-up and revenge is on their mind after everything that happened to them at Foxworth. The lasting effects of tragedy echo and stain the Dollangangers. Thrilling and twisted, this book was chilling.


So there’s been a bit of reading there.


Favorite book this month: we all looked up.

This book hit me really hard. I didn’t expect it to be THIS good, but it was. I was thinking about the world in a completely different light and from a whole different angle. I guess that’s likely when the world is ending. My heart ached and yearned and broke and melted and there’s was just so much. I need to reread it sometime. It was so beautiful. I actually cried about it just the other day when I thought about the book.


Least favorite book this month: The Alchemy of Forever.

I could get into this book to save my life. The idea seemed pretty good, but when I started reading it I was immediately put off. There was just not enough depth to pull me in and I the flow wasn’t strong enough to pull me in.


That’s for April and on to May! I know that there’ll be some Rachel Caine and Judy Blume coming up. I’ll also be starting my summer read books!


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Sing a Deadly Little Song For Me (Tidal – A Book Review)

Tidal (Watersong #3)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Published: 2013


My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

The answers Gemma and her friends have been searching for are finally revealed—but evil is closing in and time is running out…

Gemma and Harper Fisher are struggling with a life or death problem. Gemma has been cursed with dangerous abilities and enchanting beauty. She’s a siren. Turned by Penn, Lexi, and Thea, Gemma must be careful not accidentally harm others with her deadly song while she and Harper figure out how to end this curse. They’re not alone though. With friends and family on their side they may just get her out of this. Time, however, isn’t on her side. The other sirens are looking to end her curse as well, by finding a new potential siren sister and when they do, Gemma dies.

These Fisher sisters delve deeper into the world of myth and magic of these immortal women, discovering more than they ever imagined while determined to make sure that doesn’t happen.

I haven’t read the previous two books of the Watersong series, but it doesn’t feel entirely necessary. Like picking up the next season of a TV show, you get a decent recap. It doesn’t give everything away, but you get a pretty good gist. I really liked that about this book.

More so? I LOVE SIRENS. They’re dark and mysterious and seriously dangerous. In every story they look different. My favorite version is from the animated movie: Sinbad. They’re so dark and relentless and lack remorse…usually.


I must say though, I don’t believe that mermaid and sirens are the same thing. Lately, I’ve noticed them being called the same thing. They can both be pretty nasty, but their mythologies and physicalities can be pretty different.

The book follows the s third person POV and switches between characters giving an all-around look at this world. The setting is a beautiful seaside town which brings so much wonderful imagery to life. The town was truly beautiful. It was like I was there. I love when a book can really get me attached and I was. And the transitions from person to person was so smooth that I was amazed and star dazzled. I know I on occasion when I write that I worry if switching between characters becomes confusing, but Hocking just proved to me that it’s possible and that is so COOL.


The connection that these characters have is so deep. There were many characters and all of them were interwoven. There’s Harper and her boyfriend Daniel. That man is having his own trouble fending off the siren, Penn. Then there’s Gemma’s ex-boyfriend Alex who can’t recall why he is so angry and a repulsed by her. And, I do feel so sorry for the baby boy. He is in so much pain and it wracked me with a bit of pain. Meanwhile, Thea is hoping that Gemma will accept being a siren and Lexi just wants to eat her, but we all know somebody like that, don’t we? So many people and yet it’s all balanced beautifully. And don’t worry, I’ve given away no spoilers.

I really enjoyed this book. I will certainly be putting the others on my list to read. I was enamored by the flashbacks and mythologies and how much these characters truly cared for one another. So many great combinations that just reel me in.


“You’d be surprised by the things a person can forgive themselves for.” (Gemma to Kirby, p. 4)

“All the places blur together eventually. Even the beauty of the ocean, eventually it becomes…redundant. It’s not here so much as now that I want to stay in.” (Thea to Gemma, p. 73)

“Mortality is a blessing and a curse, too.” (Lydia to Gemma, p. 222)

More to come soon…


P.S. Song today? Into the Ocean by Blue October.

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It Calls Her… (The Siren – A Book Review)

The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: 2009 (though I read the 2016 edition)

Siren- Adweek

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt


A girl, Kahlen (which is pronounced Kā-len not KAh-len, and I didn’t know this until near the end of the book), is saved by the Ocean when the ship she is on sinks into its waters and takes away her family. For decades she has served the ocean in repayment for its mercy by singing and brings boats and ships to their doom. But while staying in Miami, Florida, she goes out exploring and meets a young man, Akinli. She doesn’t mean to be, but is taken with him instantly and even though she can’t speak, he is as well. But there’s a problem. She is not allowed to love anybody, but her sisters and the Ocean. It is simply forbidden otherwise. This doesn’t stop her from contemplating her loyalties and duties to the Ocean.

After only a couple of encounters, she can’t get away from him and her heart can’t bear it. With a couple decades of repayment to go, what can she do? What will she do?

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This book was so sweet and cute, which is odd for a book about a siren since their looked at as horrible creatures that yearn for nothing more than to drown men. So it was refreshing and new. I never would’ve envisioned sirens in a light where they’re actually good. That being said, I did feel like it was too much like a fairytale book. There wasn’t enough time interaction between Kahlen and Akinli. I ached for more and for deeper emotional attachment.

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More so, I just couldn’t fully dive in. I just felt like there wasn’t enough to keep my attention half the time and I feel like that’s because it felt drawn out just a tad too much.

BUT!! There is a but. Because I did find this book to be lovely contrary to previous words.

The tone & style of the story was my favorite thing about this entire book. It was light and beautiful and I swear I could see it all perfectly. It made me miss the ocean and wish I could sink my toes into soft, white sands. Kiera Cass created a breathtaking tale of love spanning more than just time, but across oceans. And the bond of family that Kahlen has with her sisters is something to behold. A bond such as that is certainly unbreakable and can weather anything and Miss Cass really gave me that. That alone is magic in my eyes.

It’s a book I enjoyed reading this summer. It really opened my eyes to the idea that even deadly creatures have capability to love and the struggle with living among humanity and yearning for that life. I’d recommend this for anyone who is looking for that love at first sight kind of book that’ll make your heart float, you know, much like that one scene from Titanic when Jack sees Rose up on the deck and not even his friends can break his gaze.

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“I smiled. For a minute, I admired myself, too. He didn’t know how deep my problems ran, but he was right all the same. It was no small think to try, to find out what you care about in life. Even this moment, with this wonderful, temporary boy beside me, was a tiny miracle. I ought to give myself some credit.” (Kahlen, p. 72)

“I couldn’t stay forever. But at least I could stay for a day.” (Kahlen, p. 161)

“There’s always room for love. Even if it’s as small as a crack in a door.” (Padma, p. 307)


More to come soon…


P.S. Song today? Gemini Feed by Banks.