Buzz Buzz Little Crow (Black Bird of the Gallows – A Book Review)

Black Bird of the Gallows (Black Birds of the Gallows #1)
Author: Meg Kassel
Published: 2017

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A simple but forgotten truth:

Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues of soon be full.

Angie Dovage knows there’s more to Reece Fernandez than the tall, athletic boy of mystery that the whole school is swooning over, just like he can tell there’s more to her than the spazzy band-geek. When he tells her that him being here, in her town, means a great tragedy will strike, she knows he must be full of it, right? But then why is there a murder of crows always around him? Why is he sneaking off and to who know where?

When something dark and supernatural attacks Angie, she’s lucky that Reece is there to help her. Then fellow students and people around town have been going crazy. She’s left with more questions than answers. There’s a battle between good and evil, chaos and death, she never saw coming. In the middle of it all, and which is a bad idea, she may or may not be falling in love with a harbinger of death

 

The cover of this book is utterly gorgeous and breathtaking!!!!! If that didn’t make me curious enough, then the mysterious back cover did. All around, this book drew my interest and I enjoyed it! It was quirky and funny mixed with the drama of teenage love mixed with the chaos of an intriguing mythos around the harbinger of death and creator of chaos.

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the approach to magic was genius and unique. Major disasters became so much more. So did animal mythos. Evil bees? I love bumble bees so I surprised when they were used as a force of evil. The logic behind was awesome though. Same with crow. It was like the dark met the light and the light met the dark in this book and was sprinkled with love and a hint of tragedy from the main characters. Everybody has a little tragedy though, right?

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The magic was incredibly enchanting, yet dark, reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty in that way. It wasn’t overbearing, but perfectly fitting into everyday life, perfectly hidden. This design was beautiful.

Angie was both interesting and not. There were times I wasn’t into her. She’s a teenager, so she’s going to have those dramatic moments, but her tone came off goofy. She rambled off from time to time and it seemed pointless. But I loved her relationships with her dad and her friends and how mixed up she felt for Reece. I admired her passion. It was louder than a bass dropping at a rave.

I love Love LOVED the style and unique vocabulary that Kassel used to sweep this book away. It was brilliant and refreshing and kept my attention with such enthusiasm. I giggled. I felt my heart break. I was swelling with emotion and engulfed in the words.

 

Overall

I’ve never read anything like this before. Something that was both enchanting and chaotic and tragic and yet, filled with love. My big problem? The ending felt hugely rushed and vague and confusing. I was as clueless as Angie and Reece were, but more so because there was no real hint as to how everything happened. And the special possibility about magic in Angie’s family? It didn’t feel very solid. I was more fascinated than anything so it was easy to let those bits slide. I feel like they’ll possibly come into play in later books, which I hope to read someday.

 

Quotables:

“Crack your bones and eat the marrow, snap your spines like broken arrows.” (p. 104)

“…I don’t kiss guys who don’t tell me what planet they’re from.” (Angie, p. 119)

“Death doesn’t require a prediction. It’s an inevitability.” (Reece, p. 128)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

 

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All Hallows Read – A Book List

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Halloween book list!

 

Halloween. Is there a better time for a book list! I think not! And there are so many scary books to choose from! If I haven’t said it enough, I LOVE Halloween. I can’t get enough of it and the books that come out during this time of year, I love to see which one will scare me the most.

So, grab a flashlight, hide under the covers, of even just dim the lights or sit by the fire…

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Here are some killer YA books to pick up this scary season.

 

The Sacrifice Box
Author: Martin Stewart

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Don’t go back to the box alone.

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Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel
Author: A. W. Jantha

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The Sanderson Sisters are back for an encore.

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The Wood
Author: Chelsea Bobulski
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It’s dark and sinister and alluring. Don’t go in alone or you might not come out.

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Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas

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Sometimes appearances cane be deceiving. 

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that’s NOT what happened
Author: Kody Keplinger
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Finding the truth has it’s consequences.

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Paper Valentine
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
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Love can be killer.

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Something Strange and Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard
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There is something strange and zombie on the loose…

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More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Midnight Tease

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Happy Midnight Hour, my precious booknerds!

Shall I begin this post with the tradition song of Halloween???

Halloween

This is my month! So excited. I look forward to dressing up this Halloween.

Reading this month will be filled with all kinds of spookiness. From witchiness to facing up to a curse that makes your worst fears come true. I can’t wait! There’s something about things that go bump in the night. It’s my kind of normal. Bring on the scary books, scary movies, overdose of sugar, and pumpkins!

Mum and I have put up our Halloween tree. It’s creeping and crawling with spiders and pumpkins and skeletons.

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We’d gotten the idea last year and then got really lucky to find a black Christmas tree. And yes, that’s a witch hat on top.

Anyway, here’s what’s coming for October!

 

 

Coming Soon…

Book browsing

 

Stung
Author: Bethany Wiggins

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The sting of a bee turning people into mindless beasts and a girl stuck on the wrong side of it. I’m intrigued.

 

What a Girl Wants
Author: Lindsey Kelks

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Finishing up that summer reading!

 

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
Author: Krystal Sutherland

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Halloween isn’t Halloween without curses and fears!

 

Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber

Caraval

A deadly game. I like games!

 

The Rules of Magic & Practical Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman

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Googly-eyed here. Finally getting to read the books my FAVORITE MOVIE is based from. Can’t tell I’m EXCITED can you?

 

 

Currently…

Unbreakable yes

 

black bird of the gallows
Author: Meg Kassel

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Ragwitch
Author: Garth Nix

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Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead

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Bold Tricks
Author: Karina Hale

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The Hatching
Author: Ezekiel Boone

The Hatching

 

Ender’s Game
Author: Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game

 

to make monsters out of girls
Author: amanda lovelace

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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.

 

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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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Speedy Quote Sunday

Speedy Quote Sunday

Everybody has those quotes from books that are memorable and leave prints on their lives. Here are a few of mine.

 

“Noble cuts like a blade to the heart.” (The Dark Calling, Kresley Cole)

Very true. Sometimes doing the right thing, knowing in your bones that it’s all good and should leave you feeling good about it, can leave you feeling broken and hurt because it breaks your heart. It is like a blade and that bitch really hurts. Unlike actually getting stabbed (which I don’t know how it feels) lasts a far shorter time than it does to get emotionally stabbed in the heart.

 

“Thinking of your parents being young is like is like thinking of Winnie-the-Pooh going to the bathroom: just fucking weird.” (Thanks for the Trouble, Tommy Wallach)

There are some things that are just hard to imagine. Winnie-the-Pooh going to the bathroom is one of them. The bear already lacks pants. Just…odd. Thinking about my mom being young? That is a trip to the past I’d love.

 

“It’s not the amount of time that makes something real. It’s what happens in that time.” (Freeks, Amanda Hocking)

This really puts time into a unique perspective. That you shouldn’t race against it, but value it along with everything inside of that time. It’s not limitless and you don’t know when time will just stop.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Double Double Witchy Toil and Drama (Double Eclipse – A Book Review)

Double Eclipse (Summer on East End #2)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Published: 2016

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Dear Diary…we’re back.

Twin witches, Molly and Mardi Overbrook are spending another summer in East End with their aunts, Freya and Ingrid. This year they’re avoiding trouble and dedicating themselves to actually enjoying their summer. Mardi is hoping to deepen her new relationship with her boyfriend, Trent and Molly is hoping to forget about her disaster of a relationship from last year. She does just that when she meets the son of the local bartender, Rocky.

When their mother shows up with a mysterious prophecy involving the two of them, their vacation as well as their sisterhood is threatened. Their having strange dreams, father, the great Thor, is hurt, and their emotions are causing strange surges with their powers. They must try to come together if they hope to calm the coming storm that threatens all of East End.

 

Triple Moon

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In another whirlwind of a summer, the girls are discovering even more about themselves and that comes with a large amount of magic and heartbreak. Great turmoil grows between Mardi and Molly as their mom tries to get them to fulfill a prophecy.

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I’m super excited that I finally got to the sequel of Triple Moon. The fire and fierceness was still crackling in this book with Molly and Mardi getting their feisty witchiness on.

This book picks up the summer following last in Triple Moon. The style is steady and really stayed in tune with the characters and the previous book. Mardi and Molly stayed true to themselves; Mardi being fierce and bold, and Molly being elegant and timeless. With new bombs dropping on the Overbrook twins, so many secrets and issues came to light, really testing the twins’ bond. All that magic tied in? Oh boy…

The POV changed up since the first book. The book still flips between Molly and Mardi which is really neat because while they are twins, they are incredibly different. But, the story is told from their diaries which is unique. It adds to their character, Molly being more classic with writing in a diary and Mardi writing on what I’m guessing is either her cell phone or a laptop.

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(And when I think about it, Nina Dobrev would be a nice fit as the Overbrook twins.)

And the new hottie addition, Rocky, the new hottie on the scene, made me blush! Sadly, previous hottie, Trent, blipped out. It made me upset. He peeked in and then disappeared and I was really looking forward to seeing him again.

There were a lot of open ends left by the end that I had a few questions too. When that happens, I get irritated. According to Goodreads, there isn’t another book coming either, so I’m a little annoyed that those questions will remain unanswered. It drives me crazy!

 

Overall

This was like Gossip Girl meets Charmed. Double double toil and drama! Summer may be over, but this was a great summer read. Even though I had a lot questions at the end and it made me feel unfulfilled, I still loved it. It’s original and sparking with magic on every page.

 

Quotables:

“What is it with gods and secrets?” (Molly, p. 37)

“Life is not a gift that can be taken back. It belongs to all sentient creatures—forever.” (Janet, p. 106)

 

More to come soon…

-K

 

P.S. Song today? All Good Things (Come to an End) by Nelly Furtado

 

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Keep a Light On (Nightlight – a Book Review)

Nightlight (a parody)
Author: The Harvard Lampoon
Published: 2009

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About three things I was absolutely certain.

First, Edwart was most likely my soul mate, maybe

Second, there was a vampire part of him—which I assumed was wildly out of his control—that wanted me dead.

And third, I unconditionally, irrevocably, impenetrably, heterogeneously, gynecologically, and disreputably wished he had kissed me.

In a self-appointed exile, Belle Goose come to live with her window washer of a father in Switchblade, Oregon. There, this vampire obsessed teenager becomes instantly popular and is pretty sure she’s got all the guys’ attention, just not Edwart Mullen.

Strange and quiet, Belle must know him. He rushes off at the sight of her, doesn’t eat his tater tots, and has an uncontrollable rage about computer games. He even saves Bell from a flying snowball, which cements Belle’s feelings for him, and one other thing. With all of these strange things about Edwart, Belle knows he must be a vampire. Now she just has to figure out how to get him to bite her so they can be together forever, but how will that happen when he seems to find girls repulsive?

 

Okay, I swear somebody handed The Harvard Lampoon a Twilight themed Mad Libs and said, “Okay, let’s publish this.”. I cringed, I laughed, and there was possibly a lot of eye-rolling. I couldn’t believe this book! I wasn’t blown away, but I was shocked. Having read the Twilight series and seeing the movies, this parody was really something. The entire book was a fun non-sense story.

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There were vampires! Sort of. His name was Josh and he wasn’t very cordial. LOL. Josh actually came off as sarcastic, which is understandable since he’d been trying to get Belle’s attention the whole time and she only has eyes for storm chasing, computer nerding Edwart.

All of the characters were strange. I don’t know how else to explain it. Completely laughable and a good time. Belle’s POV of throughout the book showed them under quite the dramatic light as she ended up dragging them into her obsessive life. One thing I really did love about Belle though, was how confident she was and that she never let anyone get to her. Granted, she sounded like her brain flew the coop, but she didn’t let anything negative that anyone had to say get to her. I admire that quality. I’m still working on it with myself and it’s a struggle some days.

I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to the style of this book. It was crazier than a crazy straw. At one point, the biology class is asked to give blood, not for a blood type test, but so the teacher’s son can possibly have one of their kidneys, leading Belle to faint and then wiggle like a worm on the floor out of the classroom. I must say, that I love that Belle drives a U-HAUL. She’s not moving anywhere. That’s her regular vehicle she drives to school.

With how the book is written, it does skip around a lot. It was at times, confusing. There was nothing definite amongst all of this silliness.

 

Overall

This was a fun read. Definitely read in one sitting. You’ll laugh, you’ll question what you just read, and you’ll probably donate this book for some other poor soul to read. Lol. It’s not a book that’ll stick with me, but it was hilarious. If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to have a parody movie done a book, this is it.

 

Quotables:

“None of us were very good at saying good-bye. For some reason, it always came out good-BUH.” (Belle, p. 5)

“It was like when you sip an energy drink with a skull on it, even though your mom said not to, and your brain kind of speeds up as you sip and then goes slower as you swallow then speeds up and goes slower until you throw up. And then you drink another one on a dare.” (Belle, p. 28)

“We walked together, our pointer fingers romantically linked. The cemetery loomed ahead of us covered in a dark haze of night, lit only by a sliver of moon. Twilight! I mean, Nightlight!” (Belle, p. 101)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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