Archive | November 2017

Review: Certain Dark Things

Title: Certain Dark Things

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Date of Publication: October 25th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…

Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life.

Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten.

Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm.

And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries.

Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?

My Review:

I wanted to read this because I really liked Silvia’s other book, The Beautiful Ones. While I still liked her other book better, this one was pretty great. First, I liked the Mexico setting. Second, these vampires were awesome.

The main girl Atl isn’t your normal heroine. She’s not the best at everything, she has killed, and she wants to take care of herself first. Domingo was such a clinger, but he was so sweet that you can’t help but like him.

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Nick was a freaking douche of a vampire, and his chapters were probably my favorite. I liked most of the side characters as well. What slowed it down for me was Ana’s chapters. I know why Ana’s chapters had to be there—so you can see why everything connects, but not a lot went down in most of hers. Toward her last few chapters they did get intense, though!

Overall, this was a fun read. Loved the darkness. Loved the ending. And I can’t wait to read more from this author!

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Review: Hollow City

Title: Hollow City

Author: Ransom Riggs

Date of Publication: February 24th,  2015

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Goodreads Summary:

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

My Review:

This is a fun and interesting series! I liked it just as much as the first one. Again, I like that Jacob actually feels like a teenager, and he isn’t a douche bag like a lot of YA books like to make the guys. He has a sweet personality.

I felt the book stayed pretty fast paced, and there were a lot of great characters! I really liked the way Riggs described the oddities scene because I am big on oddities! The photos within the book were just as awesome as they were in book one!

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I still find it odd that all these little children are actually really old in kid’s bodies, so it still weirds me out with the romance. The ending of the book was not what I was expecting, and I’m ready for the next book!

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My Short Story: The Bone Valley

I have a short story titled, The Bone Valley in the November issue from Double the Books. Check it out! You won’t be disappointed—I read the other short stories in there and they are great!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1olVkBNyWJvMl3lciAGi22NyDoaF-2LfU/view

 

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Date of Publication: June 7th, 2011

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Goodreads Summary:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

My Review:

I actually saw the movie when it came out last year, which I really liked. I loved the whole whimsical feel that Tim Burton manages to do really well.

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So, right away when we are introduced to the peculiar children, I noticed that Emma had a totally different power in the book than the movie. I already knew this from what my sister in law had told me when she first saw the movie trailer. I actually think the air power was much cooler, and I can see why Tim Burton switched Emma and Olive’s traits. I haven’t read the sequels yet so not sure how it would effect that.

I’m not usually a big fan of books told only from a guy’s POV, but it was fine this time. I would have liked reading Emma’s POV and seeing how it was to be in her head. I think it would have been very interesting with everything that she has gone through!

There’s a small romance in the book, nothing overpowering, but it was…weird… I mean, I like both Emma and Jacob, but the fact that Emma had been in love with Jacob’s grandfather in the past, and also that she is really super old, kind of weirded me out. I know she’s stuck in this time trap thing, but come on! But, I still like Emma and Jacob’s chemistry if that makes sense.

I also loved that Jacob felt like an actual sixteen-year-old boy. He could be bratty and annoying yet selfless, so I thought he was an excellent fit! The other kids had cool abilities, and the pictures that accompany the book were amazing!

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Review: The Queen and the Cure

Title: The Queen and the Cure

Author: Amy Harmon

Date of Publication: May 9th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

“There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.” 

Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.

My Review:

I absolutely loved the fist book, and I’m so glad each book is a stand alone with different main characters. I’m kind of getting sick with the whole like 5,000 books in a series! The Bird and the Sword was beautifully written, and the Queen and the Cure is no different. Amy Harmon just has a way of words for it to be lyrical and readable without too much crap that doesn’t make sense!

The story is told from Kjell’s perspective, who was a main side character in the last book. He was pretty ridiculous in the Sword and the Stone, but his character still called to me. He can be rude yet still have sass and be super manly, but that’s what makes him awesome. Kjell also has to deal with the fact and come to terms that he is a healer, needing to use it at times.

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Sasha was a very innocent character but not overly so. I didn’t connect with her as much as I did Lark, and the main reason is probably because the last book was told from Lark’s perspective. However, she was still easy to like with her selflessness of wanting to protect Kjell. The romance was perfect!

There is a twist that was interesting to discover. Also, this book had even more cool magic than the first one. I mean, the freaking trees!!! I absolutely loved Kjell’s right hand man, Jerick. Please, please, please let him get his own book. Overall, I adore this series!

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Review: Everyday Watercolor

Title: Everyday Watercolor

Author: Jenna Rainey

Date of Publication: October 10th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A contemporary paint-every-day watercolor guide that explores foundational strokes and patterns and then builds new skills upon the foundations over the course of 30 days to create finished pieces. 

This beautifully illustrated and inspiring guided watercolor-a-day book is perfect for beginning watercolor artists, artists who want to improve their watercolor skills, and visual creatives. From strokes to shapes, this book covers the basics and helps painters gain confidence in themselves along with inspiration to develop their own style over the course of 30 days. Featuring colorful contemporary art from Mon Voir design agency founder and Instagram trendsetter Jenna Rainey, this book’s fresh perspective paints watercolor in a whole new light.

My Review:

I love love love watercolor! It’s such a beautiful art form. The things you can do it with it, and the colors you can make are absolutely amazing.

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What I liked about this book is that it is very direct and precise about learning to paint with watercolor. It’s super thorough, so even if you don’t become an artist overnight, I think you will improve greatly.

I just wished there would have been more watercolor examples. There are several simple step by step illustration though, to help you understand what to do next. Overall a very decent book!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Review: Stranger Things Season 2

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First I have to say this new character was ridic but this audition tape is amazing!

 

My Review:

This season was just as good as the first one! I hated Steve in the first season, but he is one of my favorite characters now! Lucas’s acting improved tremendously. Will stole the show this season. I felt his acting was incredible!

I’m all about the creatures and there was definitely more of them! I was pretty excited to see Sean Astin had a role this season, because he is so awesome! Eleven is still my favorite. Dustin was hilarious! I just loved all the characters! What else can I say? I can’t wait for season 3!

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