Archive | June 2017

Hearts Are Like Balloons: Playlist + Release Day

My second book is out in the world today! This one is very special to me, so check it out!

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I am pretty sure that is less than a burger at Mcdonalds?

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This is the playlist I posted individually on my Facebook page, but you can check it out now!

1. “Try” by Pink

 

2. “Something Just Like This” by: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

 

3. “New York” by: Snow Patrol

 

4. “Breathe Me” by: Sia

5. “Recover” by: Chvrches

 

6. “This Woman’s Work” by: Kate Bush

 

7. Wonderwall cover by: Ryan Adams

 

8. “Lovesong” by: The Cure

 

9. “You Were Meant For Me” by: Jewel

 

10. “There’s Nothin Holdin’ Me Back” by: Shawn Mendes

 

 

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What inspired you?

 

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Review: Replica

Title: Replica

Author: Lauren Oliver

Date of Publication: October 4th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Lyra

From a distance, the Haven Institute, tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida, looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, it is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed.

But when a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape. As they make their way through a new and menacing environment, they meet a stranger named Gemma, who has embarked on a perilous quest of her own. And as Lyra tries to understand Haven’s purpose, she uncovers earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls.

Gemma

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals her whole life. A sickly child, she has grown into a lonely adolescent whose life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April.

But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two human models, or replicas, 24 and 72—and a completely new set of questions. As Gemma tries to unravel the mysteries of Haven, she learnes terrible truths about herself and her family that will threaten to destroy everything she loves.

Two girls, two stories, one novel.

While the stories of Gemma and Lyra mirror each other, each contains revelations critically important to the other story. Their narratives can be read separately or in alternating chapters.

My Review:

So, me and my friend have started alternatively picking books to read, and this was our next book. I was first excited because of the cover, and because I love Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series.

The book itself can be read three ways. Lyra’s story and then Gemma’s story, Gemma’s story and then Lyra’s story, or alternate between chapters. I feel like my mistake was reading Lyra’s whole story first. I should have alternated between the two because I think it wouldn’t have felt as repetitive. The concept is pretty cool, though.

Also have you seen The Island? I love that freaking movie, and I thought that this was basically a retelling of that when I read Lyra’s story… The romance and things that happened with 72 and Lyra even reminded me of The Island.

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My main issue with this book was these girls! It made sense for Lyra to not understand the world and things, but she would give these nicknames to people that were just odd. Gemma, on the other hand, was not a skinny girl which I thought was great. BUTTTTTT we never stop hearing about it. She doesn’t want to order her a Happy Meal in front of a guy or her thinks about her non-existent waist, etc. It just would have been awesome for her not to bring it up all the time!

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The boys however were extremely likable! I loved 72 and I loved Pete! The story was fun in some places, but the twists I wasn’t surprised by. Overall, it was just okay for me!

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Review: Our Dark Duet

Title: Our Dark Duet

Author: Victoria Schwab

Date of Publication: June 13th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

My Review:

I didn’t know how this book would go since with V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic series, each book after that went progressively down hill for me. While I still loved book one in this duology better, this one was still great!

For the first couple hundred pages, I did have the thoughts what are we doing here???? Why is it taking so long to have my favorite characters meet back up? Why???? But when the magic happened, it freaking happened, and all was fine in my monster world again!

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Kate’s snark was my favorite thing in this book. She was awesome! August… August… August! At first I was like what the crap happened to my sweet boy??? But there he was!

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There was some awesome action, some great character chats, the villain did get on my nerves which was fine because most villains I find ridic. Then some serious stuff went down… The ending was excellent, and I’m still hyperventilating over it.

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Review: Unidentified Fatherly Object

Title: Unidentified Fatherly Object

Author: Calvin Demmer

Date of Publication: June 15th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Fred Garcia decides Father’s Day is the perfect time to find out what happened to his father. As he prepares to search the old, abandoned military base where his father used to work, he hopes for clues as to what might have occurred. Lights at the base, however, indicate that it’s not as inactive as suggested. Fred discovers the truth. Unfortunately, the truth is a dark and dangerous operation that cannot be unseen or escaped.

Review:

So, since this is a short story I don’t want to give too much away, but this one was really awesome. Even though this was a short story, I still connected with Fred and wanted to embark on his journey of figuring out what the heck happened to his father.

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What Fred discovers is a dark and unimaginable find. The writing was good and sucked me in from the get go, and I didn’t release it until that last word. The ending was excellent! This is a great science fiction/horror read for anyone that wants something different!

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Tower of Dawn: Cover Rant

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So, I am beyond annoyed. We are still talking about a book cover? A freaking book cover? I normally see a book cover and am like that’s cool or like it could have been better. But people have been hateful and ridiculous over this. First, someone spent a lot of time into designing the cover, and whoever chose it whether it was Bloomsbury or Sarah J. Maas or her people or what… that’s what they wanted. Get over it, move on, and shut that door.

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Also, for the people that are like noooo the covers won’t match. Is that what you are really concerned about in life??? Is matching book covers???? The font matches perfectly for when they are displayed on a bookshelf! Even if it would have been Chaol’s face on the spine, would that really have even matched??? Try being a Type 1 diabetic with RA like my husband, or one of my good friends who has suffered from Chrohns since she was a child, my freaking nephew who is 5 and has had diabetes since he was two and takes multiple shots a day, or my daughter who had her first seizure at six months. There are so many more important things in the world to worry about than this!

People have been straight up vile and malicious over a cover for an author that they “claim” to love or adore instead of show support. This life needs to be more about the positive and the support of one another, not bashing. This rant could have been longer, but I am done.

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Review: Deadman’s Tome: Monsters Exist

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Goodreads Summary:

From the time we are young, we fear the monster under the bed or in the closet, making it impossible to sleep without a nightlight. Then, we hear stories of Bigfoot, and maybe even the Mothman around campfires. When we are adults, we wonder if there might actually be supernatural creatures lurking in the shadows. Are these tall tales and urban legends only metaphors for what horrific things humanity is capable of—or do monsters exist?

Go to some terrifying places with this cast of authors. You will be dragged into mystifying realities where demonic fairies hide, where devil monkeys lure carnival-goers to their demise, where Goatmen seek to destroy their prey, and where the goddess of death puts out a hit on victims of her choice. These shocking tales will have you biting your nails and locating that childhood nightlight. Because, in the end, we all know monsters do exist.

My Review:

Did somebody say monsters? MONSTERS! So, I was pretty ecstatic to read this book because A. I love monsters and B. I haven’t read a book of short horror type stories since well… since back in elementary school with Scary Stories, More Scary Stories etc. So, an adult type of book filled with short monster stories sounded awesome! And it was!

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As with any short stories book filled with stories by different authors, some stood out more than others, but I thoroughly enjoyed the whole ride. I really loved Braun’s Legend Trippers and Demmer’s Never Sleep Again. I have always had a weird thing when I was younger of wondering about monster’s under the bed!

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I loved the creep factor and wondering what was going to unravel in each of the stories. What I feel like needs to happen is we need a more up to date movie filled with short horror segment intertwined into a full length movie like some of the films from the 80’s like Tales From the Darkside the movie, Twilight Zone the movie, Cat’s Eye, Creepshow, Trick ‘r Treat (Okay maybe that one isn’t 80’s but it was good!). Somebody make this happen with some of the stories from this book!

 

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Do you like monsters?

Review: A Conjuring of Magic

Title: A Conjuring of Magic

Author: V. E. Schwab

Date of Publication: February 21st, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

My Review:

I feel like I have been fiddling around with this book forever! I really really loved book one, but I feel like both these other books didn’t live up to that first book. This book, however, was still pretty cool, though!

My thing was that I don’t mind multiple POV’s, but there were just too many here, and sometimes it would take a while to get back to the one that I wanted. I also felt the book could have been cut down because it was really long which is fine because ACOWAR was long, but it was a bit much here.

Romances however were on point! Kell and Lila I love love love! Magic was awesome as it always is. Rhy and Alucard… Yes!!!!!!!

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Overall a unique series, but I still love Schwab’s This Savage Song so much more. That book owns my heart!

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