Sundown Rundown – June 2018

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Good evening, book clan! It’s dusk. The fireflies are peeking out. The sky looks like it’s on fire. And here we are.

I hope June has been a beautiful sun-shiny month for you. Summer is in full swing.

I didn’t get as much reading done as I wanted to. I had a few folks visiting me this month and work always plays a part. It was a great visit and is always the best part of my summer.

Anywho, this is the Sundown Rundown where I wrap up everything I’ve read this month. You also get a chance to catch up on any reviews you might’ve missed. So relax, (or if you’re like me, munch on some chips) and take read. While I haven’t gotten as much done as I wanted, there have been a few good books.

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“Who Could That Be at This Hour?”

Author: Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket’s journey as an apprentice for the VFD. Not yet thirteen, but nearly, he and his chaperone, S. Theodora Makson, come to Stain’d-By-The-Sea, a drab town. A statue has been stolen and these two are on the case.

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“Where Did You See Her Last?”

Author: Lemony Snicket

When a young woman comes up missing in the town of Stain’d-By-The-Sea, Lemony Snicket and S. Theodora Markson are on the case. It gets more twisty when Lemony discovers that this woman could save the town with her invention and that his frenemy Ellington Feint is involved.

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“Shouldn’t You Be in School?”

Author: Lemony Snicket

After a series of fires, Lemony Snicket and his fellow allies are determined to find the source. Lemony is sure that the ominous villain Hangfire is behind it and that it is a part of a bigger plot, but what?

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“Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights?”

Author: Lemony Snicket

There’s one train that goes through the town of Stain’d-By-The-Sea, but tonight it’s stopped in town twice. Everything comes together on the train and Lemony is determined to solve this case and figure out what the villainous Hangfire has been up to.

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Summer of Fear

Author: Lois Duncan

Everyone love Julia except Rachel. After the death of her parents, Julia is taken in by Rachel’s family. Soon enough, Julia is taking everything from her. Her bedroom, her best friend, even her boyfriend. Something is wrong with Julia.

Night of the Hidden Fang

Night of the Hidden Fang

Author: T. James Logan

Mia has moved around a lot. Because of this, she doesn’t get attached to people. When one of her friends is found grisly murdered. She’s determined to figure out what happened and to avenge him. Then she happens across three stark naked boys. Her connection to them is instant and she becomes protective over them. Wherever they come from is related to her dead friend. As the dangers increase and her family falls apart, she discovers that she may be key to saving the world.

The Flash

The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen

Author: Susan Griffith & Clay Griffith

The fastest man on earth, Central City’s hero, the Flash begins having problems with his powers and it comes at a terrible time. Some of the rouges have come together and are wreaking havoc across the city. Team Flash becomes desperate and Barry calls in an old friend. Oliver Queen AKA The Arrow.

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Arrow: A Generation of Vipers

Author: Susan Griffith & Clay Griffith

With Barry’s powers still on the fritz, team Arrow is pulling out all the stops to help him. Oliver worries that they may be too lay while others worry about Cisco’s sudden vibe that Oliver may not have a future soon. Stakes are high as are the risks. From deadly femme fatales to an auction that the world hinges on, will Barry be saved in time or will he succumb to the blurring that’s causing him to lose control?

From the Earth to the Moon

From the Earth to the Moon & Around the Moon

Author: Jules Verne

In the midst of the industrial age, a gun club decides to fly to the moon. Every inch and equation is settled as countries come together to make sure this goes off without a hitch. Going to the moon is the next frontier.

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The Witching Hour

Author: Anne Rice

After the loss of her biological mother, Rowan Mayfair comes to New Orleans where she finally has a chance to get to know her true family. The legacy she hales from is a magical one has many secrets, the one in particular that’s followed this family for generations is Lasher. Will she figure out how to defeat this creature that seduces the women to the brink of insanity or will she fall prey too? One thing is for sure, Michael Curry won’t let anything happen to her.

Favorite book this month: The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen

This crossover really is tying me over until the new season returns. I love the scarlet speedster, he’s my hero. He’s funny and has so much heart. It’s always warming to see him and Oliver reunite. One of my favorite bromances ever.

Least favorite book this month:From the Earth to the Moon & Around the Moon

I just had so much trouble trying to get into this book. While it was fascinating, I didn’t connect with this book. I wanted more out of the characters. It felt like I was reading a textbook half the time.

There you go, the month of June. It feels like it’s gone by too fast. Welp, here come July.

Happy Reading!

More to come soon…

-K.

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Ninjas Not Included (Night of the Hidden Fang – A Book Review)

Night of the Hidden Fang
Author: T. James Logan
Published: 2018

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One teenage girl. One oncoming apocalypse.

Mia doesn’t get close to people, not when she and her family move around so much for her father’s job. But, when one of her friends, Nate, turns up grisly murdered, she vows to figure out what really happened to him.

Three boys, each thirteen and extremely naked pop up from the bushed of her house not long after and she can’t help wondering if they’re connected to her friend’s death. More so, she has an urge to take care of them, protect them. Being tossed in the middle of an oncoming war, Mia must protect her family without being served up on a dinner plate to some feral beast.

What she doesn’t know? She may be the key to saving the human race…

 

Soooooo, I totally thought there’d be ninjas somewhere in here. Alas, there was not. LOL. There were werewolves though! Still a big plus in my book. But, no ninjas. Nope. So, I’ve got some here:

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LOL. Okay, but seriously…

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Mia is a spunky character. Quick and sarcastic and takes no BS, though very guarded. But, when you move around as much as her, it’s understandable. You get afraid of getting close to people. But, she is tough, too, which I love in a female character. I really liked that she was culturally diverse with her heritages as well. Though, I will say it felt a little forced from time to time, I really liked seeing how she noticed the differences in Japanese culture.

NATE! *sobs* A character I fell in love with so quickly and lost just as fast. Goofy and very Star Wars centric, I wish there would’ve been more for him! I mean that in that his time was too short, but also that I didn’t get enough of his character. I wish there’d been flashbacks or something to express how special he was. The impact of losing him wasn’t very strong because of that, but I really wanted it to be.

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The unique inclusion of werewolves was interesting. It wasn’t typical since it came across as a disease that could contracted. There are many lores on weres so it’s good to see a fresh take.

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The book is quite wordy. It surprised me. And then there are times that it’s straight to the point, using the words we all know and can relate to. Because, when something sucks, it just sucks and there’s no better way to say than that and Mia says it perfectly when she encounters problem after problem that leaves her life altered forever.

There were times where I got lost in the action because I couldn’t read the emotions of the characters very well. It was just super tricky to track the characters from time to time. I just wished I could’ve gauged them more so that I could get totally immersed.

I also wish there was more on Sho, Mia’s brother. There are many mentions of him and the vagueness of what happened with him and how it affected everyone, but I felt unsatisfied. Here’s to hoping there’s more in the next book!

 

This book surprised by taking a classic lore and putting a scientific spin on it—werewolves are a disease. I liked that the setting took place in a unique place. It was just a small town in Nebraska, which really gave me a whole new world to imagine, especially since I’ve never been to Nebraska before. This was a book I enjoyed, though I did have a few hang-ups. Witty and gritty and a good one-two. A good, quick read.

 

Quotables:

“Desperate speed poured out of him. It was the first and the last time he ever ran for his life.” (Nate, p. 32)

“Some holes are so big, people can fall into them and never get out again.” (Mia to Sarah, p. 78)

“Relaxeth thee. Thou art looking at the King of Subtle.” (Dalton, p. 206)

“Never give all the heart.” (Mia, p. 306)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Eyes of Fire (Summer of Fear – A Book Review)

Summer of Fear
Author: Lois Duncan
Published: 1983

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My Rating: Full boltFull bolt Full boltFull bolt

 

Rachel’s not jealous of her beautiful cousin. But she is afraid.

Cousin Julia comes to live with Rachel and her family after a terrible car accident. Slowly, inch by inch, Julia is taking over Rachel’s life. She takes her bedroom, her boyfriend, and soon enough her family. Everybody thinks Rachel is jealous, but that’s not it at all. There’s something dark about Julia, and Rachel’s terrified.

 

This book was a quick read. It is. Rather short. I finished it in three hours. I really enjoyed it even though a page was missing. LOL. I will never know what happened on the first page of chapter five. Kidding. I can probably buy a new copy of the book. This one I got out at a library sale. Those things are freaking gold mines. Anyway…a fantastic read. Classic, cult, and edgy from the same author of I Know What You Did Last Summer.

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Rachel is that ultimate final girl that—I hope I’m not the only one—you miss in horror movies these days. While everyone falls under Julia’s spell, she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. There’s heartbreak and even that panic inducing feeling. It wasn’t strong, but this dark and mystical story was a great page turner. Duncan does so well at building up to her great reveal. She always gets you with that twist. When everybody turns on Rachel, she fights back. And let me tell you, that was intense. That feeling of isolation that she gets trapped in is nothing compared to what could possibly happen to her.

I really clung on to the additional element of witch lore and magic. From having read a more horror novel last time, this was fresh to me. Witches of late have appeared more as agents of good, but not in this story. This book really touches on the bit that witches can be evil, too. There are upsides and dark sides of the supernatural and it was pretty cool to see the dark side.

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The attention to detail was wonderful. Not too much, but enough that the imagery was perfect, reminding me that this is set before the era of cell phones and DVDs. For many these days I’m sure your’e saying, “WHAT!?”. Yup, those days existed folks. After all, this was done in the eighties. Duncan’s writing really captured that without seeming overboard. I really liked it.

A favorite summer read of mine, but I believe Lois Duncan is great at creating a story like that. It’s the deadly story that gets you wanting summer. What kidn of story does that!? LOL. This one did, for me. Utterly original and, like I said already, classic. I’d really like to have the rest of the collection. So, do you read it because you like paranormal stories and horror? Yes! Do you read this because I say so? Well, that’d be cool, but I haven’t mastered the ability of manipulation so you’ll have to decid that for yourself.

 

Quotables

“It’s crazy, isn’t it, thinking you’ll never have anything but two brothers and then finally, at your age, getting a sister.” (Mike to Julia, p. 18)

“When you lose touch with youth, you grow old fast.” (Professor Jarvis to Julia, p. 56)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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It’s a Very Popular Night to Leave Town – (“Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights” – A Book Review)

“Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights?” (All The Wrong Questions ?4)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Published: 2016

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Why are the snack so terrible? Why are we stopping? What’s the rest of the story?

A train ride! The big reveal! Librarians! Volunteers! A series finale! Lemony Snicket jumps on the train that run through the town of Stain’d-by-the-Sea where many familiar faces are also leaving town. Usually the train doesn’t stop until it reaches the city, but tonight it did. A murder is afoot and Lemony is hot on Hangfire’s trail. In this epic conclusion, will he finally discover who this villain is? Why is the Bombinating Beast important?

 

Before proceeding with this conclusion, here are a few other questions to consider:

  1. Do you think your curiosity might get you in trouble?

[ ] No.       [ ] What kind of trouble do you mean?

  1. If you are following someone and they go someplace dangerous, are you curious enough to keep following them?

[ ] Yes.     [ ] What do you mean by “dangerous”?

  1. If someone offers you an apple, should you take it?

[ ] That sounds familiar.     [ ] Bad apples are bad news.

  1. A train departs from Stain’d-by-the-Sea late at night and travels at top speed toward the city. When does it arrive?

[ ] Just in time for a crime to be committed.      [ ] Too late.

 

Lemony Snicket is in the thick of it when Hangfire kills somebody important and frames S. Theodora Markson for it. With the help of his allies, Lemony hopes to solve the case and stop Hangfire before the train reaches the city, and more importantly, before somebody else winds up dead.

 

Final books of a series make me sad. It means the end of a story and if it’s a really good one, like this one was for me, then you don’t want it to end. I tried to take my time with this book so that it would last, but there was no chance of that. This book, like the ones before it, moved fast from one moment to the next. It was a wild and unpredictable train ride. I couldn’t put this book down.

Many characters returned for this epic conclusion. From Sharon Haines of book three to Ms. Murphy the actress from book one. Like every great finale, there was nostalgia for the previous books. And that was really emphasized through the characters and their stories. I really enjoy when a finale can slip in things that remind me of its previous books. Its reiterates the journey that got me and the characters to this end game.

I really loved that Lemony wasn’t alone and that his friends: Moxie, Jake, Cleo, and Kellar were with him. However, every move he made toward finding Hangfire risked him losing them and that made me nervous. This series is fantastic for making you jittery with anticipation. I know I was.

The mystifying element that Lemony Snicket usually brings to his stories, like the poisonous fungus of The Grim Grotto, for example, is brought to life. Shocked and stunned, the mythical beast that Lemony has been surrounded by throughout the series isn’t so mythical, putting the people on the train in even further danger. It was actually a little scary. Lots of teeth and rather ugly.

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All of the questions ever had are answered in this book. The simple answer is one I didn’t expect. It was heartbreaking and shattered everything I knew from the previous books, putting what I knew about the big cameos and Kit Snicket’s arrest together. I was mindblown.

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And yes, I imagine Milly Bobby Brown as a young Kit Snicket.

 

The end or is it? While the series ends with this book, it didn’t feel like the end at all. It was left trailing and I took it as only the beginning of something else. After all, this does take place before A Series of Unfortunate Events. This ended phenomenally with Lemony walking into the metaphorical sunset rather depressingly, but left me wondering what happens next. I wish there was more!

This was an epic conclusion to a fantastic series. Truly. I recommend it wholeheartedly for those who enjoy the smart, adventurous, yet perilous story of secrets that leads to questions that leads to an unhappy ending. Because, this story didn’t have that happy ending. Not a single tidbit. In fact, you’re left feeling like you were left out in the rain without an umbrella, but I hear people enjoy a good story like that. So, if you do, this one is for you.

 

Quotables

“We invited villainy aboard, I thought. And now its terrible mess was everywhere I looked.” (Lemony, p. 92)

“There is no point in delaying crying. Sadness is like have a vicious alligator around.” (Lemony, p. 147)

“Even the noblest of volunteers can associate with the wrong people.” (Lemony to Ellington, p. 200)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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A Top Drawer Education – (“Shouldn’t You Be in School?” – A Book Review)

“Shouldn’t You Be in School?” (All The Wrong Questions ?3)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Published: 2014

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What are they teaching their students? Where did she hide it? Does anyone else feel sleepy?

Is that smoke? Fires are coming up all over the town of Stain’d-by-the-Sea and apprentice Lemony Snicket is on the case. So is S. Theodora Markson, his chaperone, but she is easily distracted by Sharon Haines, a teacher, who insists on helping. But, is she really helping? Lemony must put his sleuthing to good use and call on his allies if he hopes to figure out who’s been starting these fires. What are the secrets of the Department of Education? Are these fires connected to the academy? Is all of this somehow connected to the notorious villain Hangfire?

 

With fires popping up everywhere and kids disappearing to a new academy brought up by the Department of Education, Lemony Snicket is determined to get to the bottom of it all. Amid this, his worries for his sister, Kit, and her arrest peaks to a whole new level of worry. Ellington Feint comes out of the shadows, having escaped her own arrest and Lemony doesn’t know if he can truly trust her after the many times she’s double-crossed him. Only the promise that he’d help her get her father back from Hangfire keeps him from turning her over. Afraid, of endangering his friends, he must now rely on them if he hopes to end these fires.

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Third book in the series, the story has intensified immensely. While Moxie was hurt at the end of the last book, the danger for Lemony and his friends is even higher now. I really loved that Lemony’s friends didn’t give up on him or walk away even though it was dangerous to join him on his mission. I find this to be inspiring because everyone should have friends that will stick with them through the hard parts of life, though they might not always be comprised of dangerous women with knives or trying to put out fires or take down nefarious villains. It’s important to have a person you can rely on and who’ll do anything for you and vice versa. This is a great show of that. It’s completely heartwarming.

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The new addition of Wade Academy into the setting of Stain’d-by-the-Sea reminded me so much of Austere Academy, the fifth book of A Series of Unfortunate Events, though much more dangerous since it wasn’t necessarily an educational environment. The place is accessible by train, really showing just how isolated it is from the town, while also leading Lemony to discover more to the big plot Hangfire has. Each time a new setting has been introduced it’s just as surprising to me as it is to Lemony. They’re like monuments to the town—The Black Cat Coffee, Hungry’s, the Library, Lost Arms, and others.

The VFD has its reveal. Sort of. Not really. It’s not a secret at this point, especially with Lemony’s offhand mentions. The deeper understanding of what VFD is about is impressive, but you still don’t know everything about it. If you did it wouldn’t be a secret. So while we understand Lemony’s part, kind-a sort-a, there’s still so much to be in the dark about. That kind of mystery, where it’s more heroic and adventurous and filled with clues is more fun and always capturing my attention.

If I could join this secret society I totally would. To get up the gumption to be so brave and find optimism even in the darkest of moments, it would be amazing. I must say, though, the foreshadowing for ASOUE is heavy and even giggle worthy.

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Something I haven’t mentioned yet, is how clever Lemony himself is, not just in his maneuvers, but in how he thinks and talks. I know I’ve talked about the books overall being clever, but Lemony really has all the cards. While looked down upon by adults, he is quite possibly smarter than all of them. He really thinks outside the box and the results are phenomenal. I’m in awe of this character.

 

Need I say what I’ve said for the last two books of this series? Original and dangerous and surprising. There’s never a dull moment. From light humor to moments of sorrow to the great A-Ha! Go read this!

 

Quotables

“Children are the future of the world, and we must keep them safe from harm.” (Sharon to Lemony, p. 41)

“It is not pleasant to have a number of people glaring and sighing at you at the same time, even if you meant for them to do it.” (Lemony, p. 52)

“The treachery of the world will continue no matter how much you worry about it, L.” (Kit to Lemony, p. 106)

“There’s more to a library than the library.” (Ellington to Lemony, p. 171)

“Everyone tells you it’s all right to cry, but not enough people say it’s all right if you don’t want people to know.” (Lemony, p. 174)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Summer Reads ~ YA Edition

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Hiya, precious bookworms!

If you’ve been noticing that I’ve been talking about summer reading and books that I save just for summer then you might’ve been expecting this list. Or, you were hoping for this.

Now, I usually only do one list of books a month so that I can keep it fresh, but being summer and all, I am going to be doing three. I’m very excited! I find these lists to be helpful because sometimes you just want a good book and have trouble deciding or have trouble thinking up one. Well, voila! Here we are.

I’m starting with YA because, if you couldn’t tell, I prefer YA over a lot of other genres, except for paranormal/fantasy. I live for the abnormal, sometimes angsty, sometimes moody-broody, first love and possibly never-ending love. It leaves me hopeful and inspired and in a world of awe and imagination. You know, the Willy Wonka spiel. Very close to that, and I LOVE it.

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Now, enough of my rambling. Let’s look at books!

 

The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass

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I’ve done a review on this already. For those who love mermaids, the ocean, and a fairytale-esque storyline, this is a splendid read. Saved from death, Kahlen owes a debt to the Ocean and serves it as a siren. She’s not allowed to connect with the human world. Then she meets Akinli, sweet and thoughtful Akinli. At the risk of incurring the Ocean’s wrath, she must know him.

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Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber

Caraval

This one looks like so much fun, AND its sequel just came out.

Scarlet Dragna has never left the tiny island where she lives. Even though an arranged marriage lies on the horizon, she’s always dreamt of seeing Caraval—the once-a-year performance where the audience participates. When her sister Tella is kidnapped and put into the show, Scarlet must participate. To win, she must find Tella first or else she’ll disappear forever.

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Freeks
Author: Amanda Hocking

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This is another one I’ve read and can recommend.

Mara has lived her whole life in Gideon’s Traveling Carnival, going from town to town with her mom, the fortune teller.  She really just wants an ordinary life without people who have freaky premonitions or who can levitate. When they stop in the town of Caudry, she gets her chance. But this town has its own magical mysteriousness and she along with Gabe, the boy she met start searching for the thing that’s attacking her people before it’s too late and everybody is dead.

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The Hazel Wood
Author: Melissa Albert

Hazel Wood

Alice and her mother have spent most of their lives on the road, but when Alice’s grandmother, a reclusive author of a cult classic book of fairy tales, dies on her estate the Hazel Wood, Alice and her mother come to stay. Then Alice discovers just how bad her luck can be. Her mother is kidnapped by something supernatural that’s from the place in her grandmother’s book and she’s warned to stay out of the Hazel Wood. Teaming up with fanboy of the book, Ellery, they set out to rescue her mother, venturing into the Hazel Wood to do so.

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Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone

 

Just came out a few weeks ago; I got a copy and can’t wait to read it! It’s pretty far out of my usual reading zone. Magic and rebellion. Such a sweet combination.

Orisha used to hum with magic. Burners ignited flames. Tiders beckoned waves. Reapers summoned forth souls. Zelie Adebola remembers all of this, but all of it disappeared into the night as a king ordered that all of the maji were to be killed, leaving Zelie without her mother. With a rogue princess, Zelie has a chance to get magic back and hopefully before it’s gone for good. With many dangers lurking about and standing in her way, she may be the biggest danger of all as she struggles with her not only her powers, but her feelings towards an enemy.

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BONUS!

In addition to a few books to read this summer, I also have a couple series!

 

Night World
Author: L. J. Smith

Night World

If you love The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, read this other series by the same author that came up with the swoon worthy shows. Each story explores the supernatural world and how it must remain a secret. Though, when the myth of soulmates becomes real that may be a problem. Follow many characters and their stories and the tribulations they go through upon discovering their soulmate and the troubles that follow. Dangerous paranormals and breathtaking love that’ll have you melting.

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The Arcana Chronicles
Author: Kresley Cole

Arcana Chronicles

I can’t recommend this series enough! I think I may reread it this summer as I wait for the new one to be released. Evie Greene led an ordinary, teenage life. She was a cheerleader and dating the most popular boy. Was. After the Flash, the world is a decimated place. Scorched and a wasteland. If she hopes to survive it, she’ll have to rely on Jackson Deavaeux. There’s more at play than just the end of the world though. Tarot cards—and yes, they’re real—have risen up for the great battle and Evie’s caught in the middle. Dark mysticism and riveting action and magnetic chemistry that’ll make you spin.

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And there we go, loves! Books and books and books! Happy reading and be good.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Get Scared Later (“When Did You See Her Last?” – A Book Review)

“When Did You See Her Last?” (All The Wrong Questions ?2)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Published: 2013

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Did you get the message? Who has the formula? What’s for breakfast?

There is a new mystery in the nearly inkless town of Stain’d-by-the-Sea. Cleo Knight has gone missing and S. Theodora Markson and her apprentice Lemony Snicket are on the case. While Markson believes this to be cut and dry, a term often meaning simple and to the point, Lemony thinks otherwise.

Is she a runaway? Or was she kidnapped? He seems to be asking all of the wrong questions. As he gets closer to figuring out what happened to Cleo, a bigger mystery unfolds, revealing something that could save Stain’d-by-the-sea. One that is dangerous and lead by the villainous Hangfire, who can mimic anyone’s voice.

But, before you go on to read this book and discover what more troubles Lemony is getting into, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Have you seen the missing girl?

                    [ ] No.                  [ ] Why would I tell you?

  1. Why aren’t her parent worried?

                    [ ]  That’s odd.            [ ] Well, some parents are like that.

  1. Can you read a note written in invisible ink?

                    [ ]  I’m not sure.        [ ] “         .”

  1. Is it safe to follow a suspicious woman through the streets of an empty town?

                    [ ] Probably not.                  [ ] Wait, where did she go?

Lemony Snicket is still reeling from Ellington Feint’s double-cross and can’t but wonder where she might be, and with the Bombinating Beast that she stole off with. Now, possibly a part of Hangfire’s scheme, which is still a mystery, a young woman, a chemist, named Cleo Knight has gone missing and S. Theodora Markson insists they go on the case. Along the way he discovers that Cleo was onto something that may just save this town. With the help of old and new allies, Lemony is on the case and determined to find out how a mythical beast ties into this ongoing mystery.

Ever since I read A Series of Unfortunate Events (and out of order, too, though it still made sense and was somehow even better that way), I’ve wanted to read more of Lemony Snicket, hence I’ve gotten my little fingers on All The Wrong Questions. He makes a mystery more than a mystery. It’s a curious, art piece of a puzzle that I wanted to put together. There’s more than just the who dun it. There’s all of the in-between, and there is a lot of that.

This is often the book when readers say, “This is a fragmentary plot.”, which here means that this book is a part of a much bigger plot that has yet to be reached. Ib other words, while you’re left hanging by the end, you’re also satisfied. A strange feeling that is. And freaking amazing. Book series that do this are exemplary. Working like puzzle pieces and creating a good long story, which is the beautiful point of a series! Just amazeballs.

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Lemony is still a mysterious as ever and leaving fun Easter eggs. While I can’t tell you about them because I hate being spoilery, I will say that there are some amazing mentions, and a cameo that really made me giddy. This series takes place before the Baudelaire orphans were born. A prequel of sorts, yet not at all. A beginning that’s not really a beginning.

This book took me deeper into the town and how it became drained of ink, its main source of income. It’s quite dreadful that the greed of this town lead to the extinction of a sea and its population of octopus, which painfully relates to the world and how greedy people are over similar resources. Delving into the history behind a story is always fun because it shows you more than what you’ve seen so far and just pulls you in that much deeper, making the imagery that much stronger. In the process of following every small lead Lemony gets to this mystery, he discovers Ellington Feint, and she’s got her own plan. A plan that he just can’t stay out of, proving he is a loyal and kind person, who’s almost thirteen.

Lemony meets Jake Hix, the young man who works at Hungry’s Diner and is in lover with the missing chemist, Cleo. This new ally, much like the Bellerophon brothers, the taxi drivers, and Moxie, the journalist, help him with this new mystery. Each character really encompasses something unique and so creative, that it makes you laugh out loud. I read this and thought, people don’t work like this and they certainly exist. They don’t hand out helping hands like this, and it leaves me hoping and wishing that they did. I just find these characters to be fascinating and filled with the extraordinary abilities of true heroes.

The artwork of this novel is something to behold. All done in the shade of one color-purple in this book-is both goofy while it edges on sophisticated and loud, capturing scenes perfectly. They’re crowded and truly give off the lighthearted feel for the book to show that it’s enjoyable on a level that isn’t overly frightening. Dangerous and humorous more than anything.

WDYLSH

After reading this, I was left wanting more. I’m so glad I bought the entire series before starting them. Clever plots and heroic allies within these pages kept me from putting this down until I’d finished it. There’s always something surprising around the corner and by the end you realize you’re left with more questions so you have to read the next one.

Quotables

“How could someone who was missing be in two places at once?” (Lemony Snicket, p. 1)

“Boredom is not black licorice, Snicket. There’s no reason to share it with me.” (Moxie to Lemony, p. 119)

“You’re chasing mysteries, Snicket, but you’ve been a mystery yourself since you arrived in town.” (Moxie to Lemony, p. 198)

“No reality has the power to dispel a dream.” (Associate to Lemony, p. 274)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? Here’s To The Night by Eve 6.

 

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