Archive | May 2019

Review: The Gashlycrumb Tinies

Title: The Gashlycrumb Tinies

Author: Edward Gorey

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Goodreads Summary:

The Gashlycrumb Tinies: or, After the Outing is an abecedarian book written by Edward Gorey that was first published in 1963. Gorey tells the tale of 26 children (each representing a letter of the alphabet) and their untimely deaths in rhyming dactylic couplets, accompanied by the author’s distinctive black and white illustrations. It is one of Edward Gorey’s best-known books, and is the most notorious amongst his roughly half-dozen mock alphabets. It has been described as a “sarcastic rebellion against a view of childhood that is sunny, idyllic, and instructive”. The morbid humor of the book comes in part from the mundane ways in which children die, such as falling down the stairs or choking on a peach. Far from illustrating the dramatic and fantastical childhood nightmares, these scenarios instead poke fun at the banal paranoias that come as a part of parenting.

My Review:

I absolutely loved this book! It was a super quick read with gothic style pictures and a poetic rhythm of writing!

This book may offend some people with how the world seems to be going these days, but I found the sarcasm and humor hilarious. It reminded me of the Addams Family and their dark, beautiful humor!

A side note: I accidentally stumbled upon this book in a small bookstore while vacationing. I had no idea this little masterpiece even existed! Yes, I will be reading more from this author. Give me all his books, please!

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What is a favorite book you accidentally stumbled upon?

 

 

 

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Review: Serpent & Dove

Title: Serpent & Dove

Author: Shelby Mahurin

Date of Publication: September 3rd, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

My Review:

As soon as I read this blurb, I was like, count me in! Witchy is my name and witchy wars are my game! However, I wasn’t sure what I would get, but what I got is one of my favorite books of the year!

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I loved both points of views! Lou was ambitious, perfectly flawed, spoke what was on her mind, and down right awesome. Reid was strong willed, innocent yet not innocent, and so dang swoony! And the chemistry between Lou and Reid was so freaking good! Don’t let me forget the side characters! Coco! Ansel! Beau! You three were beautifully created beings!

I must say, there were some amazing descriptions with the witchy things, and the world building was wonderful. There were twists, multiple ones in fact! And the writing was so addicting that I finished this huge masterpiece rather quickly for me! Now to wait for book 2 will be utter agony!

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Do you like books and movies about witches?

Review: The Bone Charmer

Title: The Bone Charmer

Author: Breeana Shields

Date of Publication: May 21st, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

In Saskia’s world, bones are the source of all power. They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present. Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia’s mother.

On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’s worst fears come true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match-making reading that pairs her with Bram—a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violence.

Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones. Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences—Saskia’s future has split as well. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both.

My Review:

I really liked the author’s Poison’s Kiss duology, so when I saw this one was from her as well, I hopped right on to read it! The idea of the story line being dual POV from the same MC but with a different version of herself was a neat concept!

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Have you ever wondered what your life would have been like if you’d taken a different path? I’ve often wondered that, and this story gave a cool glimpse into two separate paths with a fantasy spin on it! I’d have to say Saskia’s bone charmer chapters were my favorite, though! And can I just say—Bram!

The writing created quite the page turner, and there were twists and tons of interesting descriptions! Now, based on the ending I’m assuming there will be another book?

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Would you want to know what your other paths could have been?

Review: Fractalistic

Title: Fractalistic

Author: Gerardo Delgadillo

Date of Publication:

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Goodreads Summary:

After moving to Mexico with her parents, Winter Gutan had been hoping the local alternative medicine doctor would cure her mother’s illness. When her mother does not survive his controversial treatments, Winter’s life spirals in despair. Her father, a software engineer, insists his computer program, Fractalistic, will enable them to communicate with her mother’s spirit. But as his sanity begins to slip, Winter confides in her friend Rafa, a computer wizard, who tells her he’s found information about using fractal technology to treat false memories—nothing paranormal about it, leaving Winter confused and without hope. Will she lose her mother forever?

Suspecting her dad is hiding a deep secret, Winter runs Fractalistic behind his back, unveiling a sea of computer-generated imagery swirling on the screen. Her mother appears to her…begging for help! But is this all just Winter’s imagination?

Fractalistic may enable Winter to communicate with her deceased mother, but it might also unleash more mysterious memories buried within Winter’s mind. To figure it all out, Winter must hack into her father’s system to uncover a horrifying truth…or remain in the dark forever.

My Review:

When I read the blurb for this, I just knew it would be awesome. The concept is super intriguing, and I’ll just say the book does not disappoint. And that cover is so lovely, makes me want to float in it myself!

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In Fractalistic, we follow Winter, whose Mom has passed away. Winter’s dad has been slipping since her mom died, turning to alcohol and becoming unattached, while using fractals to try to locate her mom. This concept is so cool!

Winter starts a new school and meets some interesting people—enter Julia and Rafi. Rafi was one of my favorites because he was both geeky and sporty, an awesome all in one package.

What I liked in this book was some of the strange things that happen to Winter. There is a really cool scene that occurs with her during her art class! And let me not forget about the nice twists in the book! Fractalistic is a very character driven with great writing, emotions, and originality!

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Have you lost someone you truly care about?

Review: Oblivion

Title: Oblivion

Author: Kelly Creagh

Date of Publication: July 28th, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? —Edgar Allan Poe

The fine line between life and death blurred long ago for Isobel Lanley. After a deadly confrontation with Varen in the dreamworld, she’s terrified to return to that desolate and dangerous place. But when her nightmares resume, bleeding into reality, she is left with no choice. Varen’s darkness is catching up to her. To everything. Threatening to devour it all.

Isobel fears for her world. For her sanity and Varen’s—especially after a fresh and devastating loss. To make matters worse, the ghostly demon Lilith wants Varen for her own, and she will do anything to keep him in her grasp—anything.

Can Isobel ever find her happy ending? Worlds collide and fates are sealed in this breathtaking finale to the Nevermore trilogy.

My Review:

The last book, of course, had a super huge cliffhanger, so I was anticipating how this next book would play out! And unravel like a spool of yarn with interesting things, it did.

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My biggest complaint again was, not enough Varen. Definitely more than the last book but still no real conversations or relationship development between him and Isobel. This would have all been fine if  book one had way more development and interactions between the two of them. I mean, they’ve only had one kiss and not a lot of real conversation, yet there is this love that drives Isobel to fight so hard for Varen in two more books without new development to their romance! However, I do love them together, just needed moreeeeeeeeee!

The shades of gray with Varen are awesome, and even Isobel has those same shades, of course not as intense as him but still. We all have them! The descriptions in this one were so good! Loved the dark things—ALL THE DARK THINGS! The writing and Poe stuff again, were just beautiful! Just a super fun and interesting series as a whole!

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When you think of Poe, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind?

 

 

Moonlight Rogues: Origins: Cover Reveal + Review

Title: Moonlight Rogues: Origins

Author: Alexa Whitewolf

Date of Publication: May 21st, 2019

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Four wolves. Four alpha males. One town to bring them all together….

The lupo mannaro without a family….

Lucas was born to be king, until the price was too high. Now, he’ll have to settle for alpha…if he can escape his past.

The vârcolac without a home…

The mountains of yore call his name louder than his parents’ pleas to stay. But is he ready for what gate has in store, even if it means giving up his hard-earned freedom?

The faoladh without a purpose…

One case was all it took. One mistake he could never take back. Now, he’ll pay the ultimate price – exile.

​The lobisomem without peace…

Tristan chose to save his country, not knowing the price was his sanity. Is there really a coming home, for the one who’s seen it all, and more?

A Moonlight Rogues novella to give you a taste of four amazing stories, each one filled with unique folkloric add-ons.

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My Review:

I’ve really enjoyed this series with two guys’ stories down and two more to go! So to be able to read a collection of short stories on each of the wolves was quite the delight! Lucas, Dom, Finn, Tristan—my boys!

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I liked all the the stories, but I think Dom’s was the best—I loved getting a glimpse at little five-year-old Dom! Also, there are scenes between him and Lucas that were awesome with all their bickering! Tristan’s was so good too, packed with emotion, and an awesome conclusion! Finn’s had one of the best action sequences, and Lucas is one of my favorites so of course his was awesome!

Even though these are short, they are filled with backstory, emotion, and awesomeness! Can’t wait to read rest of the stories on them!

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Review: Enshadowed

Title: Enshadowed

Author: Kelly Creagh

Publication Date: August 28th, 2012

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Goodreads Summary:

Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dreamworld—a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen’s creation, is the only one who can save him.
Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the “Poe Toaster” will make his annual homage at the legendary poet’s grave.
Only the Poe Toaster holds the key to the way between worlds. But great dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen’s affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent.
Could Isobel’s greatest love also be her greatest adversary?

My Review:

Oh man, book one had a doozy of a cliffhanger! And so of course I had to dive right into this one! A paranormal world inspired by Poe is just one of the coolest things ever! Give me raven wings!

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So we’re back in Isobel’s hometown. My boy, Varen, is missing in action … for a very long time, I might add. This is where things get tricky for me because as addicting and page turning as this was, I missed him! I kept saying to myself, “Find him already, shoot!” Except more cursing was involved in those sentences! I was really hoping to see more of Isobel’s and Varen’s relationship truly develop!

However, I loved seeing the side characters again like Gwen, who had a much larger role here. Even Brad made me want to give him a hug—even though I hated him in book one! And there is more weirdness, and the weirdness I do love with all my beating heart. And then my heart got crushed with the cliffhanger!!!! On to book three now!

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If you wander into any Poe story, which would it be?