King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo

This is book 1 in the Nikolai Duology that follows the Grishaverse books and the Six of Crows books. ❤ Kaz!

Check out my adorable Corgi butt bookmark that I got in China!

Anyway back to this book. Nikolai is now king of Ravka, and must find a way to protect it after the civil war with the Darkling, since threat from Fjerda and Shu are very serious. Nikolai still has the dark monster in him, it did not die when the Darkling did, and it is getting him into all kinds of trouble.

Poor Nina, that scene with Matthias. OMG. In happier news…..I totally ship Zoya and Nikolai. Zoyolai? The cliffhanger was crazy and I can not wait for book 2!

Have you read any of the Grishaverse books? Who are you favorite main characters? I would like to see Kaz get his own back story or future stories. Who would you like to see a spinoff book of?

Love from,

Nox

March Movies

Hey guys! I love going to the movies. Here are the movies I am hoping to see this month.

Which movies are you wanting to see this month?

Love, Nox

February Reading

Hi boys and ghouls!

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I am currently reading King of Scars. I have made it to page 143, chapter 9. Really loving this sequel.

If I finish it this month I plan on starting Eeny Meeny.

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What are you reading this month?

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

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Goodreads Summary:

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

My Thoughts:

I love the covers on this series!!!! They are so beautiful! This book is so fucking good. This story starts one week after Six of Crows and that’s great because the cliffhanger on Six of Crows was the size of the grand canyon. All our favorite characters are back and just as awesome as ever. Kaz is darker and more tortured because they stole his lovel (even though is isn’t exactly sure he can say that yet or that it could even work) but HOW DARE THEY!? Kaz is all I WILL BRING THEM TO THEIR KNEES, THEIR WORLD WILL CRUMBLE. MWAHAHAHA. Although Wylan gets more fleshed out in this book, and he is super adorable, he still isn’t my favorite. This book is super long also, but it goes by so much faster than the first one. By this time you are so fucking invested in these characters stories you don’t want the series to be over. I NEED MORE. I am going to miss scheming face. I need more scheming face. Actually had almost tears about Matthias because HOW DARE THEY, but also thank god it was him because I ship Nina and Nikolai, and really only would have been okay with Matthias or Inej dying. I was surprised that one of my precious babies died, but none of the bad guys die? NONE OF THEM? I mean their world’s were ruined, but both could potentially recover, at least somewhere else. So…. just kill them. Whatever.
CAMEO ALERT. Sturmhond, Genya, Zoya, appear and David is mentioned, and even Tolya gets a mention (although not by name). Actually cried when Kaz shows Inej her family coming off the boat, because many boys can give you flowers, but only Kaz will give you your family. ❤

Quotes:

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

“Maybe there were people who lived those lives. Maybe this girl was one of them. But what about the rest of us? What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary. That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”

“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.”

“No mourners, no funerals. Another way of saying good luck. But it was something more. A dark wink to the fact that there would be no expensive burials for people like them, no marble markers to remember their names, no wreaths of myrtle and rose.”

“How many times have you told me you’re a monster? So be a monster. Be the thing they all fear when they close their eyes at night.”

“And that was what destroyed you in the end: the longing for something you could never have.”

“We meet fear. We greet the unexpected visitor and listen to what he has to tell us. When fear arrives, something is about to happen.”

“Suffering is like anything else. Live with it long enough, you learn to like the taste.”

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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Goodreads Summary:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

My Thoughts:

First of all this cover is gorgeous. I love how the crow forms the cityscape.  This series is my favorite over the Grishaverse series.  This book is so good. I am so glad my friend made me read it. I’m sobbing over the fact that there are only 2 books in the series. There is everything awesome in this book, old-timey gangs, magic, and heists. So this book is a spin off of the Grisha series, and I had no idea that it would be even better! Good news too, you don’t have to read that series to read this one, although there are little spoilers for the other series, I think it’s fine to start here. Kaz is my number one favorite character here. He is the mastermind of the group, and he is epic and cold and amazing. Jesper is a huge flirt and the groups sharpshooter. Nina is the Grisha of the group, she is sassy and flirty and I love her, Inje is the former circus star, turned assassin acrobat. My Kaz-Inje ship has sailed and I’m not sorry. Matthias is viking like, and an obvious love for Nina, even though he hates her and hates everything. Lastly there is Waylan the merchant’s son who is last on my faves list. I don’t care about his character at all but I do ship Jespar and Waylan hard, because Jespar is so cute, and the only time Waylan can quip is when Jespar is talking to him. All of the characters were great. It did take me a bit because there are so many perspectives, and DAMN but all of the characters are very in depth and have backstories and you know so much about them that you love them all. I love tortured soul characters and here is a group of them, all hanging out. This book is soooooo long. SO LONG. Plus you have to have the second book right away because cliffhanger much? Yes. GRRRR.

Quotes:

“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”

“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”

“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”

“She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.”

“He needed to tell her…what? That she was lovely and brave and better than anything he deserved. That he was twisted, crooked, wrong, but not so broken that he couldn’t pull himself together into some semblance of a man for her. That without meaning to, he’d begun to lean on her, to look for her, to need her near.”

 

Ruin and Rising (The Grishaverse #3) by Leigh Bardugo

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Goodreads Summary:

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

My Thoughts:

See my review for book one here. and my review for book two here.  The end of the trilogy. I’m both happy and sad. Happy that I loved the series and sad that it is over (for now.)

So my love of the Darkling ending in Book 2 with my new love Stormhund, and because the Darkling just gets creepier and creepier, and it’s hard to love him anymore. Nikolai needed to be in this book WAY more. How can you give him to me in Book 2 and not have him all throughout this book. HOW DARE YOU?! My friend told me there will be a Nikolai book next year though, so YAY. But NO a year!?! Damnit man. I didn’t like how they were stuck in the cave for so long it was boring and drawn out. I still hate Mal and after the huge plot twist, I was LIKE YAAAAAAAS stab him Alina. GET HIM! But even that did not work out. Lame.

March Movies





What movies are you excited for this month?

 

Siege and Storm (The Grishaverse #2) by Leigh Bardugo

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Goodreads Summary:

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

 My Thoughts:

THIS SERIES! I reviewed the first book earlier. So I was iffy during the first book because of all the Russian style words and names, and I’m not good with stuff I can’t pronounce. BUT OMG IT WAS SO GOOD. So of course I started the second one immediately after, and it was still so fucking good. STURMHOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Swoon so hard. I LOVE HIM. My friend told me her favorite character was Nickolai, and I was like well I haven’t gotten to him yet, but how are you not mentioning Sturmhond, because he’s the best. So she was all

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I like that Alina is getting these darker style powers and really getting into it. I know you aren’t supposed to like that but I still ship Alina and the Darkling….so there’s that. She’s a bad ass. I still don’t like Mal. I feel like he is such a dick. He is jealous and not understanding at all. Just grrrr. Grow the fuck up MAL! I am glad that I have book 3 already because there is no way I am waiting to dig in.

Quotes:

“When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.”
“What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.”
“Oh, and the easiest way to make someone furious is to tell her to calm down.”
“Weakness is a guise. Wear it when they need to know you’re human, but never when you feel it.”

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

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Goodreads:

Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.”

“My baby boy…” she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

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My Thoughts:

I did see this movie when it came out and I thought it was okay. I don’t know how I got this book, but because my book club members had not read it yet, this was my pick for January.  I don’t like history. I don’t usually enjoy historical fiction.  This was written just like a historical biography. I am not a fan of historical biographies. I really only like memoirs. The concept of this book is really intriguing. I mean Abe Lincoln, hunting vamps with an axe.

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Pretty epic. The Photoshop photos were well done. They were pretty funny, I did end up googling some facts about Abe Lincoln to see if any of the book was true. So I guess in a weird way the book made me slightly smarter? Although I didn’t like the book and there is no way I would read it again. I did read the entire thing, and normally I DNF books pretty quickly. It was interesting enough to read the entire book.

Shadow and Bone (The Grishaverse #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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Goodreads Summary:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.

My Thoughts:

I read The Language of Thorns and I LOVED IT SO MUCH! So I knew I needed to read the Grishaverse books. I started this book in 2015 and DNF, but I was literally another person back then. I did not like it enough to finish the first time through, because of the names. I don’t like it when the names are unpronounceable to me.  The city names, the name of the Darklings guards. GRRRRRRRRRR. Oh fantasy, why do you do this to me?

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BUT I LOVED LANGUAGE OF THORNS! And my friend Candace recommended this series, so I gave it another shot. I still had trouble with all the names, because I don’t know how to pronounce  things at all. Putting that aside, this plot and the characters were really good! I don’t really enjoy many fantasy books because of the name thing. I do like how this was set in an old world (like many fantasy novels.) All of the city names, and foods seem very Russian. I even had to looked it up to see if the author was Russian, but no. The story was great. I love that she didn’t go into too much detail on every page, but you still get fully immersed in Ravka. I loved Alina. She is sassy, and self-deprecating. She was very well written. Mal is her childhood best friend, and love interest. AND I HATE HIM. He is charming, and charismatic, and gets the girls. Alina pines after him, and he is oblivious. UNTIL SHE GETS POWER! Then she stops being sickly, scrawny, and weak. So now Mal is all Hey girl, and Alina comes running. BUT FUCK THAT. It reminds me of the girls on Maury who have an extreme makeover so they can get their childhood crush, and then the crush is like oh yah I can see what a great person you are now that you are hot. NO. The Darkling. I admit, I shipped it. Obviously it doesn’t work out, but in the beginning. Alina also becomes friends with Genya! YAAAAS. I loved her. She is a Grisha servant to the Queen, but she is full of snarky comments, and style.

Quotes:

“The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.”
“They are orphans again, with no true home but each other and whatever life they can make together on the other side of the sea.”
“This was his soul made flesh, the truth of him laid bare in the blazing sun, shorn of mystery and shadow. This was the truth behind the handsome face and the miraculous powers, the truth that was the dead and empty space between the stars, a wasteland peopled by frightened monsters.”

 

Haunting the Deep (How to Hang a Witch #2) by Adriana Mather

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Goodreads Summary:

The Titanic meets the delicious horror of Ransom Riggs and the sass of Mean Girls in this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch, in which a contemporary teen finds herself a passenger on the famous “ship of dreams”—a story made all the more fascinating because the author’s own relatives survived the doomed voyage.

Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.

This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.

Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.

My Thoughts:

This cover though! When I read How to Hang a Witch and read the author’s biography, I told my friend (who also read the book) that I hoped the sequel would be Titanic themed, and she has already gotten it, so she told me IT IS! I bought it immediately.

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YAAAAAAAAS. A Titanic ghost story? I am so fucking there. This book immediately follows book one, and you definitely need to read it, because it is amazing. It starts with Sam at breakfast with Jaxon, her dad, and Ms. Merriweather, and Sam sees the ghost of a little dead girl from the Titanic (she doesn’t know that yet.) She pretends it isn’t happening.  She is trying to pretend that no magic exists anymore after everything that happened to her, and the Descendants in book one.  OF COURSE THAT CAN’t HAPPEN. Later she ends up seeing the spirit of a drowned man, so in this book we have not just one, but two spirits! YAY. I wasn’t really sure how Titanic would fit into a series that started with the Salem Witch Trials, but it was done very well. The author actually has all this amazing and tragic history in her family tree.  Anyway, Sam decided to tell Jaxon everything that has gone on, and he acts like such a dick about it, which was a bit surprising after how amazing he was in the first book. I mean I get that he doesn’t like magic and spirits, and he is so mega jealous of Elijah (and for good reason) but damn. Then he blows Sam off, for that bitch Niki, and I was like OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I know what is happening here. Magic. There is no way my sweet, furniture making, pastry bringing, Jaxon has lost his mind without a little help from some magic.  There is a new kid at school, and so I immediately suspect him as being involved, even though they didn’t really give any indication that he was going to be a major part of the book, but I was like I’M WATCHING YOU FOREIGN EXCHANGE KID! The school is having a Titanic themed dance, so naturally all the teachers change their entire curriculum to include a Titanic study, which explains how everyone Sam is around is so immersed into Titanic. Then Sam starts getting mystery packages from her dead relative, who survived the Titanic, and having nondreams where she actually goes to this kind of alternate reality Titanic. The last time she was there, I was so on the edge of my fucking seat.

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It was so exciting!!!!!!! All the times she is on the Titanic were actually really cool scenes, because just picturing how fancy it was, and the fashion. Those were definitely my favorite scenes in the book. Overall this book is a win. Can’t wait to see what the next book in the series will be. My guess is the revolutionary war, because the author has that in her family history as well. Oh and can we please get a spinoff book on the Descendants before Sam came to Salem? Because they are epic.

How to Hang a Witch (How to Hang a Witch #1) by Adriana Mather

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Goodreads Summary:

It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in a debut novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

My Thoughts:

I’ve always been fascinated with the Salem Witch Trials. I want to visit Salem soooo much. I think this is one of the only history things that actually interests me. I love that the author actually has this history in her family. Plus she has a Titanic survivor in her family, and book two is about the Titanic. I can’t wait to read it. There is kind of a love triangle in this book because Sam has a thing going with a Ghost and with her neighbor Jaxon. Anyways, I really liked this book. The villain of the story did not surprise me, but I think it was well written. I loved all the witchy and ghost elements.

Quotes:

“Almost everything worth believing in cannot be seen. Love, for instance.”

“Sometimes you do things because you believe in a person, and not because you believe in everything they do.”

“If a man fears dogs, he may beat one with a stick when he sees it. As is the nature of all creatures, that dog will bite him. And then he may tell everyone that he was right about dogs, that they are evil. But I ask you, who is at fault in this scenario, the man or the dog?”

“My dad always says that you don’t get to choose what happens in the world, only how you react to it.”

“But sometimes people need to be believed in more than they need to be told what is so.”

“To really care for another is a reason to live. When that beauty was blotted out of my world, I no longer wanted to be in it.”

The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano

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Goodreads Summary:

“It’s dark magic brings him back.”

Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family—it’s their generations-old land the Burns have “stolen.” But none of that seems to matter after Tori witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard.

Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it’s clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. Wary yet drawn to him by a shared sense of loss, she gives him shelter. But in the wake of his arrival comes a string of troubling events—including the disappearance of Jesse Slaughter’s cousin—that seem to point back to Nathaniel.

As Tori digs for the truth—and slowly begins to fall for Nathaniel—she uncovers something much darker in the tangled branches of the Slaughter family tree. In order to break the centuries-old curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried… at any cost.

From award-winning author Elle Cosimano comes a haunting, atmospheric thriller perfect to hand to readers of the Mara Dyer trilogy and Bone Gap.

My Thoughts:

I love the cover, and the title. My friend Candace read this and recommended it to me. I do enjoy books where there is self harm. The main character does cut herself a lot in this book. I read a lot of reviews that people hate the book because of the self harm aspect. While this is something I enjoy reading about, I do understand that some people don’t. However, I think people are way overreacting about this. We should include this in some books because IT IS A REAL ISSUE! People do self-harm. This should be represented. I think it is shitty that people are giving this book 1 star because of the cutting aspect. If you don’t want to read it fine, but to rate the book 1 star solely based on this, I think that is shitty. Just because you don’t understand it and think that people shouldn’t do it does not mean you should ruin the books rating for the author. FUCKING ANYWAY. There is a lot going on in this book. The main character’s dad died and she and her mom move into a house in a small town that was mysteriously given to them. Also there are chapters from the past from the point of view of an indentured servant, who in present time, digs himself out of a grave. There is magic and mystery. Overall great story.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Goodreads Summary:

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

My Thoughts:

This book was so fucking good. I love the writing style in this book! This book is told in three points of view, and is full of whimsy. I really like books that are told in multiple POVs. Midnight is such a cute, sad character. He puts up with Poppy and, just no. Speaking of Poppy, she is a sociopath or something. She is so mean, She’s basically the devil. Wink is Midnight’s neighbor who reminds me of Luna Lovegood, if Luna was also evil. She is the whimsical one, who is basically feral. She believes in magic and her mom reads tarot cards. And she is also a fucking psychopath. Poor, poor Midnight. AND Oh the plot twist. Honestly I felt so bad for Midnight, and then on the other hand I was like get the fuck out of there you complete and total idiot. Anyways I loved it.

 

Acid by Emma Pass

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Goodreads Summary:

The year is 2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID—the most brutal controlling police force in history—rule supreme. No throwaway comment or whispered dissent goes unnoticed—or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a horrendous crime she struggles to remember. But Jenna’s violent prison time has taught her how to survive by any means necessary.

When a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed, and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID, and try to uncover the truth about what really happened on that terrible night two years ago. They have taken her life, her freedom, and her true memories away from her. How can she reclaim anything when she doesn’t know who to trust?

Strong, gritty writing, irresistible psychological suspense, and action consume the novel as Jenna struggles to survive against the all-controlling ACID. Seriously sinister stuff.

My Thoughts:

I got this book at the dollar store. I love finding books there, because they are usually hard cover, and they are only $1, and they are brand new! Normally when I get books for that cheap it is at a thrift store or library sale, and sometimes the condition isn’t pristine. Although this book is full of action I just didn’t really connect with any of the characters. There are a ton of dystopian elements to the book, but it kind of seemed thrown together. Jenna is in prison for killing her parents, and even though she is a teenage girl she is in general population at an all male prison for some reason. Jenna’s doctor helps her break out of jail (without her knowledge, until it has already happened), and she ends up in a different facility. No one will tell her why she is there or why she was broken out of prison, and it gets pretty annoying. She has surgery to look different, and is trained to have a new identity. She has to pretend to be married to a guy who is a total slob, and he runs out on her, which is illegal apparently, and she is afraid of going back to jail. While out looking for him she gets robbed, and kicks the guys ass. It turns out it is the doctor’s son, who is a drug addict, so she decides to take him in because she feels guilty. He gets sober, and they go on the run together, and pretty much fall in insta-love. Then of course he finds out who she is, after falling in with a group of terrorists, and he throws a huge tantrum. She goes back to jail, and is offered a new identity, with memory alteration and another surgery, or death. She takes the new identity. The people who broke her out, end up kidnapping her, and she gets her memory back. She fights the evil government and wins. Oh yah, she has another surgery that makes her look how she originally looked. It was way too much going on dystopia wise and severely lacking in character development.

 

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

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Goodreads Summary:

One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.

Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets.

When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .

My Thoughts:

I got this book for free from TLA, and my bok club chose to read it. I am so glad. This book is amazing. I added the author to my follow list, because It was great. The cover is beautiful. Three teens find a spell book and decide to use it to find lost items. The problem is that the spell requires things to be lost for things to be found. The book has a lot of characters and a lot of points of view. It is a little hard to keep track of in the beginning while you are figuring out who’s who. Laurel, Ash, and Holly are one group of characters with Laurel being the narrator of this group. Then there is Olive and Rose, with Olive narrating. Lastly there is Hazel, her brother Rowan, and Ivy, with Hazel narrating. Hazel is my favorite character. She is tough and angry, and flirty. The writing is beautiful. It’s a quick and fun read. I love the plot twist, and didn’t expect it. I love that there is some girl/girl romance in this book. Honestly loved this book, and look forward to read more from this author.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

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Goodreads Summary:

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world–but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

My Thoughts:

This book was great. I loved it. It did take me until chapter 3 or so before I really got into, so if you started it and didn’t like it, give it some time. I am so ready for the rest of the series to come out. I guess I really like middle grade novels. They seem so full of whimsy and fun. Morrigan Crow was born cursed, so she is an outcast. Also she is going to die when she turns eleven. A real bummer. Luckily she receives an invitation to join the Wundrous Society, and is whisked away to Nevermoor before she is about to die. In Nvermoor, she has to complete three challenges to prove she is worthy to join the Wundrous Society. I love how mysterious everything was. The Wundrous Society is not a secret society but it IS full of secrets. LOVED IT!

Beauty’s Kingdom (Sleeping Beauty #4) by A.N. Roquelaure (pseudonym), Anne Rice

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Goodreads summary:

Before E. L. James and Sylvia Day, there was Anne Rice: Discover Beauty’s Kingdom, the fourth novel in the bestselling Sleeping Beauty series

Mega-bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure, returns to the mysterious kingdom of Queen Eleanor in this new chapter of her Sleeping Beauty series. When the great queen is reported dead, Beauty and Laurent return to the kingdom they left twenty years before. Beauty agrees to take the throne, but she insists that all erotic servitude be voluntary. Countless eager princes, princesses, lords, ladies, and commoners journey to Beauty’s realm, where she and her husband usher in a new era of desire, longing, and ecstasy. Provocative and stirring, Rice’s imaginative retelling of the Sleeping Beauty myth will be adored by her longtime fans and new readers of erotica just discovering the novels.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

 

My Thoughts:

 

I was absolutely in love with the original trilogy. I have read book 1 probably 10 times. It is my absolute favorite erotic novel. The entire trilogy is pure gold. I was so fucking excited when I heard about this book. This one though….well it was just meh. I wanted to love it so much, but it just wasn’t amazing like the other books. Honestly it’s a huge disappointment because the other books were THAT good. In this book Beauty and Laurent are retired to the countryside from running their own kingdom, when they find out their old masters the Queen and Crown Prince have perished in a boating accident and left the pleasure kingdom to them.  They return and take over control of the kingdom, and make several changes to pleasure slavery.  Should have been amazing. Wasn’t.

 

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (Illustrator)

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Goodreads Summary:

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

 

My Thoughts:

This is my first Neil Gaiman book and I LOVED IT! I loved it immediately. Nobody Owens is such a cute character! EEEEK! Plus how fucking cool is the name Nobody?! Way too fucking cool. He goes by Bod for a nickname, but he should just stick with Nobody because it is awesome. When he is a baby, his entire family is murdered by a man called Jack. Bod escapes (not on purpose, but Jack left the door open, and he just wandered off) and ended up in the graveyard. There he gets the protection of the graveyard and full adoptive family of parents, a godfather, and endless friends, all dead of course. During the book you get to see Bod grow up, as every few chapters he is a couple of years older. I did not want Bod to grow up, but alas, we all do eventually. This book was quirky and unique, and I loved it.

January movies

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Dorothy Must Die Series by Danielle Paige

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I loved the first book in this series! I was very excited to read the first book.  I don’t feel like it was worth it to read the entire series, and this could be because it was so long.  I did read all 7 books at one right after the other.  So it is a pretty creepy retelling of the Wizard of Oz books, which I have never read, but I did watch the movie. I just loved the first book in the series so much. I like that it took the Oz that we know which is picture perfect and includes singing and dancing, and completely turned it on it’s head. So this book is set way way after the original Wizard of Oz, and is about Amy Gumm who also gets sucked into Oz by a tornado from Kansas, way after Dorothy. Dorothy, it turns out, is an evil villain who currently rules Oz, and all of the beloved Oz characters are pretty much evil, and torturing and killing people to tickle their fancy. I love fairy tales, and I love retellings, and this series was pretty good. I felt like it got a bit boring and the plot seemed to lag, but overall it was really good. The companion books were pretty cool because they had the origin stories of all of main characters, which was very cool. I love a good villain backstory. Overall definitely read book one, but go ahead and check out the entire series if you have time.

Ranger’s Apprentice Series by John Flanagan

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There are 12 books in the series, and there is a spin off series. I read all 12 books.  This series was very good. I believe they are supposed to be middle grade, which makes them super easy to read. Each book is an epic adventure full of villains, danger, and excitement. I enjoyed the entire series. Halt and his apprentice, Will are great characters. I really enjoyed both of them. I like how they start out so different, and as the books progress and Will grows older, you can really see Halt’s influence on him. But you can also see Will’s influence on Halt, which I thought was done very well. The series is great, I think perhaps it went on too long. I did read all of the books one right after the next, but because there were so many I did end up getting a bit bored, and wishing it would be over. I never wanted to stop reading them, they were always good, but I think because I read all 12 at once it got a bit stale. I should have mixed it up and read a couple then a different book, then a couple more. The series was so good I didn’t want to stop reading though. Overall I highly recommend the series, especially for tweens.

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa B. Sheinmel

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Goodreads Summary:

Something freaky’s going on with Sunshine’s new house… there’s the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mom believes her. Sunshine’s always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort…

If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can’t help them?

As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.

The first in a frighteningly good new series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie.

My Thoughts:

I loved the cover and the title so I bought the book. I have never seen the Youtube show. Okay so Sunshine is adopted because she was left at the hospital, and her mom was a nurse there. Sunshine develops the ability to interact with ghosts on her 16th birthday. Of course her house is haunted by ghosts. Two ghosts to be exact. One ghost is a little girl who drowned in the bathtub, the other ghost is far more sinister. Sunshine’s mom even becomes possessed by this evil ghost. Sunshine can’t be possessed because she’s special. The story was okay. I wasn’t in love with it, but I didn’t hate it either. It was average for a paranormal horror movie, I could definitely see this playing out on screen, which is probably why it has a huge (apparently according to the book cover) YouTube following. It’s not a great book, but I do love horror, and YA horror seems rare. Overall MEH.

Antigonish by Hughes Mearns

I relate to this poem a lot.  It is often used in things depicting DID such as the 2003 movie identity, and the book the dead house.

 

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away…

When I came home last night at three
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall
I couldn’t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door… (slam!)

Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away…

 

other people’s words say more about me than i ever could

“I contain multitudes.”
― Liz Coley, Pretty Girl-13

“Normal is a word invented by boring people to make them feel better about being boring.”
― Lauren Oliver, Replica

“A strange and baffling truth: that the people we’re supposed to know best can turn out to be strangers, and that near strangers can feel so much like home.”
― Lauren Oliver, Replica

“People fall so in love with their pain, they can’t leave it behind. The same as the stories they tell. We trap ourselves.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

“The difference between how you look and how you see yourself is enough to kill most people. And maybe the reason vampires don’t die is because they can never see themselves in photographs or mirrors.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

“A motion picture, or music, or television, they have to maintain a certain decorum in order to be broadcast to a vast audience. Other forms of mass media cost too much to produce a risk reaching only a limited audience. Only one person. But a book. . . . A book is cheap to print and bind. A book is as private and consensual as sex. A book takes time and effort to consume – something that gives a reader every chance to walk away. Actually, so few people make the effort to read that it’s difficult to call books a “mass medium.” No one really gives a damn about books. No one has bothered to ban a book in decades.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

“Most people would never admit it, but they’d been bitching since they were born. As soon as their head popped out into that bright delivery-room light, nothing had been right. Nothing had been as comfortable or felt so good. Just the effort it took to keep your stupid physical body alive, just finding food and cooking it and dishwashing, the keeping warm and bathing and sleeping, the walking and bowel movements and ingrown hairs, it was all getting to be too much work.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

“That’s what life is, pretty much: full of holes and tangles and ways to get stuck. Uncomfortable and itchy. A present you never asked for, never wanted, never chose. A present you’re supposed to be excited to wear, day after day, even when you’d rather stay in bed and do nothing.”
― Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls

“Funny how things can stay the same forever and then change so quickly.”
― Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls

“I guess that’s the really nice thing about disappearing: the part where people look for you and beg you to come home.”
― Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls

“The funny thing about almost-dying is that afterward everyone expects you to jump on the happy train and take time to chase butterflies through grassy fields or see rainbows in puddles of oil on the highway. It’s a miracle, they’ll say with an expectant look, as if you’ve been given a big old gift and you better not disappoint Grandma by pulling a face when you unwrap the box and find a lumpy, misshapen sweater.

That’s what life is, pretty much: full of holes and tangles and ways to get stuck. Uncomfortable and itchy. A present you never asked for, never wanted, never chose. A present you’re supposed to be excited to wear, day after day, even when you’d rather stay in bed and do nothing.

The truth is this: it doesn’t take any skill to almost-die, or to almost-live, either.”
― Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls

“That’s the problem with therapists: you have to pay them to say the same dumb shit other people will tell you for free.”
― Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls

“I’ve learned, in my tragic little life, that memories are like water. Not solid, like some people think. Once something happens, it isn’t set it stone. It can change.

You can make yourself believe anything if you lie to yourself enough.”
― Dawn Kurtagich, The Dead House

“They think I don’t exist . . . they think I’m like a disease. I’m infecting [her].”
― Dawn Kurtagich, The Dead House

“I hate that I’m so easy to let go.”
― Dawn Kurtagich, The Dead House

“I am a prisoner of my skin. My bones are my cage.”
― Dawn Kurtagich, The Dead House

 

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich Review

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Goodreads Summary:

Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book. The formatting is really interesting. It is written in diaries, interviews, and film transcripts. I’ve been reading a lot of books about dissociative identity disorder. Some good some bad, most seem to be some sort of thriller or horror style. This is no exception. As someone who has DID I found this book very interesting and haunting. This book is about Kaitlyn and Carly Johnson. Two alters of the same person. Carly is stuck in the day, while Kaitlyn rules the night. I connected with Kaitlyn a lot. I couldn’t stop reading it. It was thrilling and a page turner. This book absolutely had me freaked out, which surprised me, but I think I was so connected to the characters that I was just entranced with the story. Loved it!

Vault of Dreams by Luke Taylor

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Goodread Summary:

Albanland. Emerald hills and ice blue lochs, bordered by Nørds raiders and the haughty monarchs of South Angle, each dynasty eager to seize lands weakened by a civil war in which a usurper has risen to seize the cloven throne.
Morgance, Faer Princess of the Night.
And by her side, the fearsome Ultan Skölhammer, sworn Guardian of the Crown.
But Rhoswen, rightful heir to the throne, princess in exile, leads a final uprising from the depths of the forest, an uprising that twists together the lives of the most unlikely companions.
A notorious thief accused of a crime she did not commit.
A baird apprentice searching for the meaning of life.
A pair of brothers who can’t seem to stay out of trouble.
And a gypsy bound to the ancient artifact known only as the Vault of Dreams.

My thoughts:

I did get this book for free for review from the author. This is not my favorite writing style. I do enjoy that it is a stand alone fantasy novel, because those seem very few and far between. I’m in love with series because you get so much more to the story, but I get tired of it as well. Im ready to move on and read something else or I’m tired of waiting for the sequel. Whatever. I like stand alones. I do love the cover of the book, and it is definitely one that would catch my eye at the store. I also like the title I would have picked it up for sure. I had a hard time getting into the story. I am usually someone that since I have so many books (over 2,000 physical books at my house, ot counting e-books) I don’t give books very long before I scrap it and move along, and this one does take a while to get used to the prose and a while to get into the story.

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Review written by the alter of Kattie the Vivacious Hobo.  For more information go to www.kattiesalterego.wordpress.com

June Movies

Wonder Woman

The Mummy

It Comes at Night

Transformers: The Last Knight

47 Meters Down

THE BAD BATCH

Despicable Me 3

 

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Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault

By Candace Robinson

Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Horror 

Age category: Upper YA

Release Date: May 16, 2017

Blurb:

Some see it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?


You can find Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault on Goodreads: 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34511974-quinsey-wolfe-s-glass-vault

You can pre-order Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault here:

– Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Quinsey-Wolfes-Glass-Candace-Robinsonebook/dp/B06XR44W6M/https://www.amazon.com/Quinsey-Wolfes-Glass-Candace-Robinsonebook/dp/B06XR44W6M/

Candace is one of my close friends and I had the honor of reading the book early and talking with her through the whole book process. I loved this book, and the one she wrote after this. Hope there is a sequel for this one also!!!

May Movies

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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March Movies

Here are the movies I am excited for in March:

 

Logan

WILSON

Kong: Skull Island

The Wall

Beauty and the Beast

FREE FIRE

THE BELKO EXPERIMENT

All Nighter

Power Rangers

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Dream Loot Crate: Disnerd Edition

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Loot Crate is looking out for fans who are interested in coming up with a Dream Crate for their subscription box. According to Loot Crate “we offer up a unique monthly subscription box of awesome for every fandom, enthusiast group and style.” I love me some subscription boxes.  I have had my eye on Loot Crate for some time, but haven’t pulled the trigger and purchased a subscription yet. Here are some of the items that would be in my Dream Crate, Disnerd style.

Lady Villain Bookmarks

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I would like it to include all of the Alice in Wonderland Tsum Tsums, awesome Disney Villain bookmark magnets from WonderDame Bookmarks, a Tinkerbell Pop Tee, an entire collection of Disney villain Mystery Minis, and all of the new Beauty and the Beast Funko Pops.

Ok so it is a lot more than the regular Loot Crate, but a girl can dream right?

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PPS: I did not get anything for this post.  I wish I had gotten a free crate or subscription, but I just did this for fun, because they asked me.

January Movies

Lost In London LIVE

This post is late. Very late. Not that anyone noticed (or cared.) Here it is anyway.

Movies I wanted to see this month.

Arsenal

UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS

Sleepless

Split

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

Lost In London LIVE

RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER

 

signaturePS: What movies did you see this month? What movies did you want to see?

December Movies

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As you know, I love going to the movie theaters! It is one of the main things my husband and I do when we go out.  Here are the movies I want to see this month:

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The Bridge to Never Land (Peter and the Starcatchers #5) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson

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Goodreads Summary:

Aidan and Sarah Cooper have no idea what they’re getting into one afternoon when they discover a mysterious coded document in a secret compartment of an antique English desk their father recently brought at an auction. Something about the document seems familiar to Sarah, and that night she realizes what it is: the document seems to be referring to some books she has read – the Starcatchers series, about the origin of Peter Pan. But how could that be? The document seems far older than the books. And of course, the books are just stories….

Curious, Sarah and Aidan begin to decipher the mysterious document. At first it’s a game – unraveling the mystery piece by piece, each piece leading them to a new, deeper puzzle.

But soon the game turns strange – and scary. They discover that the “stories” are real, and that what they thought was a fictional battle between good and evil is still going on. And the scariest part is: They have become part of it.

Pursued by a being that can take any form and will stop at nothing to get what it wants from them, Aidan and Sarah embark on a desperate, thrilling quest for help – a quest that leads them to some unforgettable people in some unlikely places, including one that’s not supposed to exist at all. At each step they must solve new puzzles and escape new dangers, all the while knowing that is they fail, the evil they are fleeing will be let loose on an unsuspecting world.

My Thoughts:

This book is set in modern times, so about 100 years or so after the last book! Sarah and Aiden Cooper are siblings that have read the Peter and the Starcatchers books (kind of weird, like Inception of books.) One day they discover a hidden message in some old desk, and discover that it is taking about the Starcatchers.  At first they think it must be a hoax, because the books aren’t that old, and they are just stories, but they decide to investigate just in case.  They are going to London on a family vacation and decide to do some sleuthing to see if the note is real and if they can find the starstuff.  It wouldn’t be much of a book if they didn’t. After almost being devoured by Magill’s wolves they make it out with the starstuff. The problem is that Ombra is now after them having sensed the presence of starstuff. This was my least favorite of the series. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.  None of the characters we love are in the beginning half of the book, which is disappointing. Although it was interesting to see how modern people would handle starstuff.  I did like how they utilized the Peter Pan ride at Disney World, which I love! What happened to Neverland and why no one can find it now, that tied in quite nicely.  I felt like Peter was less like the Peter from the first 3 books and more like the Peter from the fourth book or the original Barrie novel.  I didn’t like Sarah and Aiden, and didn’t connect with them.  Their constant need to argue was annoying.  It is worth checking out, only if you are a completist.

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Peter and the Sword of Mercy (Peter and the Starcatchers #4) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Jim Dale (

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Goodreads Summary:

The year is 1902 – it’s been twenty-three years since Peter and the Lost Boys returned from Rundoon. Since then, nobody on the island has grown a day older, and the Lost Boys continue their friendship with the Mollusk tribe, and their rivalry with Captain Hook. Meanwhile in London, Molly has married George Darling and is raising three children: Wendy, Michael, and John. One night a visitor appears at her door; it’s James, one of Peter’s original Lost Boys. He is now working for Scotland Yard and suspects that the heir to England’s throne, Prince Albert Edward, is under the influence of shadow creatures. These shadow creatures are determined to find a secret cache of startstuff which fell to London many centuries ago. The starstuff is hidden in an underground vault which has only one key: the Sword of Mercy, a legendary weapon kept with the crown jewels. Molly is determined to locate and protect the starstuff, but when she suddenly goes missing, it is up to her eleven-year-old daughter, Wendy, to keep it out of the Others’ clutches. Wendy has heard her mother’s stories of a flying boy named Peter Pan, and he may be her only hope in saving the world from a shadowy doom..

 

My Thoughts:

This book is set over 20 years after the last book.  Peter and the Lost Boys haven’t aged of course, but Molly and the boys that left the island have.  Molly and George are married (we knew that was coming) and have 3 children: Wendy, John, and Michael (duh!) James, one of the original lost boys, is now working for Scotland Yard, he brings Molly disturbing news, The Others are back.  Not only that but the heir to the thrown is under their control.  Molly decides to help, but when she goes missing Wendy knows she will have to get Peter to come back to London to save everyone.  This book is set in the same time and age of the original JM Barrie story, although Peter hasn’t aged he does seem to have gotten more selfish than he was previously. Perhaps because none of the Starcatchers have visited in over 20 years.  This is more of an origin story than a prequel, because this story does not fit in with the original Barrie tale.

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Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (Peter and the Starcatchers #3) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Greg Call

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Goodreads Summary:

In this action-packed conclusion to the Starcatchers trilogy, Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by the evil King Zarboff, who takes great delight in watching his pet snake, Kundalini, consume anyone who displeases him. But that’s just the start of the trouble facing our heroes, who once again find themselves pitted against the evil shadow creature Lord Ombra, in a struggle to save themselves and Molly’s father – not to mention the entire planet – from an unthinkable end. Meanwhile, back in Never Land, a tribal war is under way, and while Peter is off fighting to save the world, a young Mollusk princess has no choice but to join forced with sinister pirates to save her island from the vicious Scorpions.

Peter and the Secret of Rundoon is a wild desert adventure – with flying camels, magic carpets, and evil shadows – that literally zooms toward an unforgettable and unimaginable climax. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have teamed together once again to pen a story with unrelenting action and adventure that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

My Thoughts:

This book was supposed to be the conclusion to the series, but the ended up writing two more books! YAY! Peter and Molly finally meet the ruler of Rundoon, King Zarboff, the third *raises hand in salute, lest I be eaten by Kundalini, his giant snake*

There is so much action in this series, and this book in particular.  Ombra is back and is as evil as ever.  There is a tribal war on Mollusk Island happening.  So much awesomeness! It is a very fast paced series, and this book is no different.  I was able to finish this book in one sitting.  There is so much excitement, it’s really hard to put this book down.  The whimsy and humor you’ve come to expect from the series doesn’t disappoint. On to book 4!

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Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Peter and the Starcatchers #2) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Greg Call

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Goodreads:

In this riveting and adventure-packed follow-up to the award-winning New York Times bestseller Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter leaves the relative safety of Mollusk Island – along with his trusted companion, Tinker Bell – for the dark and dangerous streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the mysterious and deadly Lord Ombra, who is intent on recovering the missing starstuff – celestial dust that contains unimagined powers. In London, Peter attempts to track down the indomitable Molly, hoping that together they can combat Ombra’s determined forces. But London is not Mollusk Island; Peter is not the boy he used to be; and Lord Ombra – the Shadow Master – is unlike anything Peter, or the world, has ever seen.

Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have done it again – written a compulsively readable, magical, impossible-to-put-down tale that will delight readers of all ages.

My Thoughts:

First book review. If you didn’t read book 1, you need to go do it now! I’ll wait.

Did you read it? Yes? Good. Did you love it!?! YES! Me too! Book 2 does not disappoint.  These books are sooooo good, and impossible to put down. You’ll want to make sure you have all 5 in the series before starting the first book, so that you don’t have to stop! In this book, Peter encounters the Others again at Mollusk Island.  He learns they are going to go after Molly and Lord Aster, so he decides to stow-away with Tink to save Molly.  There are several problems with this, because Lord Ombra, a shadow master, can sense him and Tinkerbell on the ship, and Peter doesn’t know where Molly lives once he actually gets to London!  It is interesting how they show how Molly has aged, and Peter hasn’t.  It isn’t super obvious, but noticeable all the same.  Black Stache is back and now known, as Captain Hook! I also liked how Molly is friends with George Darling alluding to the fact that they will eventually be Wendy’s parents.  Although, I didn’t like George, he is a pretentious jerk, but he is like that as a adult in the original story, so it makes sense.  And you can see how much he loves Molly.  Guest appearance by James Barrie was delightful! I highly recommend this book series.  It is captivating and takes you on an amazing adventure.

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Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers #1) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Greg Call

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Goodreads Summary:

Don’t even think of starting this book unless you’re sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. A fast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk in its cargo hold, and the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger.
Discover richly developed characters in the sweet but sophisticated Molly, the scary but familiar Black Stache, and the fearless Peter. Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerses the reader in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved Peter Pan.

My Thoughts:

I found this gem at Half Price Books and immediately went back and purchased the rest of the series.  It is a retelling of the classic Peter Pan tale. This is a fast paced adventure story that I could not put down! It starts off with Peter and his friends at the orphanage and they are being sent to serve King Zarboff the third.  They board The Neverland and their lives change right away.  This story explains the island we know as Neverland, and how it came to be called that, how Peter learned to fly, and how he gets Tinkerbell. This origin story for Peter Pan is so original.  On the ship with Peter and his mates is a strange trunk and a girl named Molly Aster, who can talk to porpoises.  They infamous pirate Black Stache is after The Neverland, because he is after the trunk, which is supposed to be (and does) hold the greatest treasure known to man. All of the characters are fully-developed and great! Peter and Molly must keep Black Stache from getting the starstuff in the trunk, because in the hands of the Others (not Starcatchers) it would mean terrible things for the world.  I loved this book, the whole series actually, and can not speak highly enough of it.  Please read it.

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November Movies

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As you know, I love going to the movie theaters! It is one of the main things my husband and I do when we go out.  Here are the movies I want to see this month:

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October Movies

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September Movies

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August Movies

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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

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Goodreads Summary:

Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn’t kidding about the “Forever” part.
Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.
Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya’s normal life might actually be worse. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs.
Or so she thinks. Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya’s Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol.

My Thoughts:

This graphic novel is about Anya Borzakovskaya, a Russian immigrant who is trying very hard to fit into her private school.  When she accidentally falls down a well, she meets a ghost named Emily, who she wants absolutely nothing to do with.  When she is rescued from the well, she finds that Emily came with her, because she accidentally took a bone with her, and the ghost is attached to her bones, so as long as Anya keeps the bone with her, the ghost can be nearby.  She realizes having a ghost-friend can be an awesome resource to help on tests and talk to boys.  This book deals with a lot of things other than the spooky.  Anya struggles with fitting in, her culture, and her body image.  The artwork, although simplistic, fits very well with the story.  It’s very straight forward and easy to follow, unlike some other graphic novels I have read recently.  A great place to start if you are just getting into comics and graphic novels.

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Warlock Holmes – A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning

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Goodreads Summary:

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes.

Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he’s brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety… and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.

An imaginative, irreverent and addictive reimagining of the world’s favourite detective, Warlock Holmes retains the charm, tone and feel of the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle while finally giving the flat at 221b Baker Street what it’s been missing for all these years: an alchemy table.

Reimagining six stories, this riotous mash-up is a glorious new take on the ever-popular Sherlock Holmes myth, featuring the vampire Inspector Vladislav Lestrade, the ogre Inspector Torg Grogsson, and Dr. Watson, the true detective at 221b. And Sherlock. A warlock.

My Thoughts:

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I love Sherlock Holmes! I love the Robert Downey, Jr. movies, the BBC show, Elementary. All of it.  But, I have a confession. I’ve never even read the original books! I know! I need to read them. I want to read them. But instead I read Warlock Holmes! Forget the Sherlock Holmes you know and love and make room on your bookshelf for Warlock Holmes.  Where Sherlock is brilliant and able to deduce the most minuscule details from seemingly nothing, Warlock Holmes fails miserably.  He does, however have the power of demons behind him.  His new roommate John Watson has to help him time and time again from letting his powers be revealed to the general public.  Delightfully witty, this book is great for any Sherlock fan.  Quirky, funny, and clever are all excellent words to describe  this quick read.  The book is divided into several cases that Warlock and Watson must solve, to assist the real Scotland Yard detectives, Lestrade (a vampire) and Grogsson (an ogre.) If they can’t solve the cases, they risk being incriminated themselves, because of their oddities.  I would definitely keep reading this series if they release more books.

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TBT Review: Lash by Tara Fox Hall

TBTI had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the blog hosting company, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what  I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  I will be posting these reviews under a new blog post called Throw Back Thursday Reviews, until I have posted them all on this blog. 🙂 See some that I have already posted here.

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Goodreads Summary:

Scarred from a childhood spent in perpetual indigence after being forced from their home in the Everglades, weresnake Trystan Valeras and his family make their way to the Case Hotel. When his wealthy gangster father arrives the summer he turns sixteen, Trystan’s dream of a better life, along with the lovely aristocrat Mara, is suddenly within his grasp. Instead of paradise, a series of devastating events unfold, leading Trystan to become the instrument of his dying father’s revenge. His violent reprisal instigates a backlash of murder and death, forcing Trystan to flee with the remains of his family to the sultry city of New Orleans where he sells himself into the service of the Vampire Lord Abraham. Becoming the assassin Lash to hide his identity, Trystan finds a measure of peace, even as his skill with killing heightens, bringing to him not only new allies, but also new adversaries.

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TBT Review: Promise Me by Tara Fox Hall

TBTI had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the blog hosting company, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what  I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  I will be posting these reviews under a new blog post called Throw Back Thursday Reviews, until I have posted them all on this blog. 🙂 See some that I have already posted here.

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Goodreads Summary:

When young widow Sarelle McGarran finds the vampire Danial Racklan unconscious and hurt in her woods, intuitive concern quickly becomes passionate love. Together Danial and Sar work to overcome their own past heartbreaks, their vastly different lifestyles, and Danial’s relentless enemies. Yet Danial needs more; an Oath of forever. But can Sar give Danial his greatest desire?

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Graphic Novel Haul

I went to the library and checked out a bunch of graphic novels and comic books!! So much fun to mix them in in-between all the novels!  Makes for a refreshing take on books while on a reading slump, without actually stopping reading!

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Goodreads Summary:
Meet the Wrenchies. They’re strong, powerful, and if you cross them, things will quickly go very badly for you. Only one thing scares them—growing up. Because in the world of the Wrenchies, it’s only kids who are safe… anyone who survives to be an adult lives in constant fear of the Shadowsmen. All the teenagers who come into contact with them turn into twisted, nightmarish monsters whose minds are lost forever.  When Hollis, an unhappy and alienated boy, stumbles across a totem that gives him access to the parallel world of the Wrenchies, he finally finds a place where he belongs. But he soon discovers that the feverish, post-apocalyptic world of the Wrenchies isn’t staying put… it’s bleeding into Hollis’s normal, real life. Things are getting very scary, very fast. Farel Dalrymple brings all his significant literary and artistic powers to bear in his magnum opus—a sprawling, intense science fiction tale that has at its heart the uncertainty and loneliness of growing up.

So I didn’t actually like this book, and didn’t finish it.  the drawings are great, but I couldn’t get into the story, and didn’t really know what was going on.

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Goodreads Summary:

From the ridiculously silly and twisted imagination of Roman Dirge comes the story of a cat called Cat and his stupidly ridiculous big-head and a tale of what really happens deep inside your body when true love ups and dies. This collection of two of Roman’s strangest and weirdest tales will take you from the bottom of a cat bowl to the very heart of human despair! Feature all new coloring by Adam Bolton.

I love Roman Dirge! His artwork is so creepy and fantastic.  This is a super quick and fun read.

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Goodreads Summary:

A collection of short poems all telling macabre and twisted tales for children of all ages.

As Roman Dirge, creator, author and artist of LENORE: THE CUTE LITTLE DEAD GIRL describes it, ‘This is collection of children’s tales for disturbed Children.’ From serious sinister one page poems like, ‘Critter Pie’ and ‘Pear Head Man and Bread Boy’ to longer stories such as ‘The Sideways Man’ and the title story, ‘Something at My Window is Scratching’. This is Roman at his most macabre best, short stories with creepy stings in their tales. This collection has been recoloured by Roman Dirge approved artist, Adam Bolton who also recoloured Roman’s other non-Lenore book, Cat With The Really Big Head.

This book is just as good as the Cat with the Really Big Head.  The poems are cute and fun. 

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Goodreads Summary:

Princess Decomposia is overworked and underappreciated. This princess of the underworld has plenty of her own work to do but always seems to find herself doing her layabout father’s job, as well. The king doesn’t feel quite well, you see. Ever. So the princess is left scurrying through the halls, dodging her mummy, werewolf, and ghost subjects, always running behind and always buried under a ton of paperwork. Oh, and her father just fired the chef, so now she has to hire a new cook as well. Luckily for Princess Decomposia, she makes a good hire in Count Spatula, the vampire chef with a sweet tooth. He’s a charming go-getter of a blood-sucker, and pretty soon the two young ghouls become friends. And then…more than friends? Maybe eventually, but first Princess Decomposia has to sort out her life. And with Count Spatula at her side, you can be sure she’ll succeed.  Andi Watson (Glister, Gum Girl) brings his signature gothy-cute sensibility to this very sweet and mildly spooky tale of friendship, family, and management training for the undead.

This book is cute.  It was a bit young for me to be really into it.  It would be really good for tweens.

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Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before. When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they’re hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient…and hungry. Collects Wytches #1-6

This book is so good!! It is spooky and the artwork is amazing.  I love the horror genre, and this new take on witches is refreshing and original.

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WHY WE LOVE IT: As fans of James Tynion IV’s work in the Batman universe (BATMAN ETERNAL, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS), we were eager to publish his first original comic series. THE WOODS gives us that same eerie, smalltown horror feel we get whenever we read a Stephen King novel.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: James Tynion IV is a former protege of BATMAN writer Scott Snyder, so you know he’s learned a lot about how to craft a compelling tale. If you’re fan of teen conspiracy comics like Morning Glories, Sheltered, and Revival, you’ll immediately be sucked into THE WOODS.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.

Collects issues 1 to 4 of the critically acclaimed series.

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An entire high school has been transported to an alien world and must now survive together or die individually.

On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine. Catch a glimpse of Bay Point Preparatory High School before the fateful events of October 16, 2013 in this new story arc. On opening night of the school’s rendition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the lives of the students and faculty crossed paths in an almost premonitory way, seeding the various horrors to come. Collects The Woods #5-8.

The book was really interesting.  I am glad that I got the second one to read after this one.  I am not normally into sci-fi, but I really liked the whole series.

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Goodreads Summary:
Heather Brewer’s The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series finally makes the move to graphic novels!

Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod really hates junior high. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: He’s being hunted by a vampire killer.

I got this graphic novel because I have the book, although I haven’t read it yet.  I didn’t like the book enough to finish it though. I hope I like the actual book more.

 

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July Movies

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As you know, I love going to the movie theaters! It is one of the main things my husband and I do when we go out.  Here are the movies I want to see this month:

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TBT Review: Of Thieves and Elves: A Supernovella by A.P. Stephens

TBTI had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the blog hosting company, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what  I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  I will be posting these reviews under a new blog post called Throw Back Thursday Reviews, until I have posted them all on this blog. 🙂 See some that I have already posted here.

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Goodreads Summary:

A monumental tragedy has befallen the Clan of Ionor, an ancient brotherhood of elven warriors. Concerned when their Master does not reach his secretive business in a distant kingdom, the Elders learn that Tryn, their beloved leader, has been captured by a cutthroat gang of bandits known as the Steel Claw. Yet this is not the darkest of their tidings. The relic under the clan’s safekeeping, a weapon of terrible power that was forged by the gods themselves, is also missing. The Ionor dispatch Eonen, a headstrong Elder, and a young and talented apprentice, Tride, to rescue the Master and the relic by infiltrating the bandits’ stronghold-the formidable Fortress of Toppledom. As the two determined elves hasten into the unknown beyond their borders to restore balance and honor to their clan, they encounter the true darkness behind the matter-the very origin of the world’s evil. Allegiances will be twisted. The fates of many will be set into motion. And the destiny of one will be realized.

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