Archive | September 2019

Review: Haunted House Ghost

Title: Haunted House Ghost

Author: James J. Cudney

Date of Publication: October 1st, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

It’s Halloween, and excitement is brewing in Braxton to carve jack-o’-lanterns, go on haunted hayrides, and race through the spooky corn maze at the Fall Festival.

Despite the former occupant’s warnings, Kellan renovates and moves into a mysterious old house. When a ruthless ghost promises retribution, our fearless professor turns to the eccentric town historian and an eerie psychic to communicate with the apparition. Meanwhile, construction workers discover a fifty-year-old skeleton after breaking ground on the new Memorial Library wing.

While Kellan and April dance around the chemistry sparking between them, a suspicious accident occurs at the Fall Festival. Soon, Kellan discovers the true history and dastardly connections of the Grey family. But can he capture the elusive killer – and placate the revenge-seeking ghost.

My Review:

This series is so much fun! And when I saw this title and this cover, I just knew it was going to be my favorite. I’m a huge Halloween fan and would seriously just like this holiday year round! Anyway, now that I’m going off course, let me get to my boy Kellan!

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Kellan’s life is full of so much drama and I love it! There’s a ton of mystery to these stories, but what I like just as much is the family dynamic with the side characters. Kellan’s such an awesome dad, and I’ve always wanted that bond he has with Nana D. Seriously, I want my own Nana D! Also, there is some awesome chemistry between April and Kellan in this one! They need to catch a break!

There was talk about Halloween costumes, food, and an entertaining mystery that needed to be solved! Can I also mention that this book had me at skeleton being found in the library! I literally finished this one in less than 24 hours because I wanted to know what was going on! Andddddddd of course there is a cliffhanger, so that leaves me yearning for the next book! Side note: can there just be a Netflix series on Kellan’s mysteries? That would be amazing!

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What is your favorite thing about Halloween?

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Cover Reveal: Tempt

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She once loved a hero—until he became a villain.

Wonder is a wildflower goddess who knows about the magic of picking a blossom—but even more about the consequences.

She’d thought her history buried and forgotten. She’d thought she would never see him again.

She was wrong.

Now, on the brink of an immortal battle between rebel deities and celestial rulers, Wonder must find a way to defeat her enemies. The key lays deep inside a magic, subterranean library filled with twisting corridors, forbidden books, and secret legends.

Yet trespassing through a deadly forest and breaking into an ancient library isn’t the problem.

The problem is she’ll have company: the devilish god from her past.

And he’s got his own agenda with her.
 
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Review: The Queen’s Rising

Title: The Queen’s Rising

Author: Rebecca Ross

Date of Publication:

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Goodreads Summary:

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

My Review:

Well… this started out pretty good but then got really slow. Also, I was weirded out by the romance a bit… Like they had a good connection but dude was older and met MC when she was ten… MC is eighteen so maybe author should have had dude two years older or maybe he met her and started training her at eighteen? I don’t know but I guess as a mom I’d be creeped out if this situation happened with my child.

I didn’t love or dislike the Brienna—she was just kind of there. The world was interesting and the fact that they had to go to this house from 10-17 years of age to learn a passion was pretty neat. But I don’t know… I was just hoping for more. The writing was actually quite good but just not a lot happened!

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Review: Home Alone 2

Title: Home Alone 2

Date of Publication October 1st, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

YIKES! Kevin did it again! The beloved sequel to Home Alone is now an adorable picture book for the whole family.

It’s the holidays and Kevin doesn’t want to go on his family vacation to Florida. Amid the chaos and confusion of the airport, he accidentally boards the wrong plane and ends up alone (again!) in New York City. Kevin goes sightseeing, checks into a hotel, and enjoys limo rides, all courtesy of his dad’s credit card. But then he makes a shocking discovery: the burglars who tried to rob his house last year are back, and this time they plan to rob a toy store on Christmas Eve! Can Kevin stop them and save Christmas with the help of some new friends? Charmingly illustrated by Kim Smith, this sweet and funny adaptation will delight fans of the Home Alone franchise, young and old alike.

My Review:

I’ve always liked the Home Alone movies—the first two anyway—and this was a really cool picture book that I’d loved to have had as a child! The drawings were super cute and the story followed the movie very well!

The story not only had fun things, but also life lessons such as with the lady with the birds! Definitely a great Christmas read! My only complaint is that I wish Tim Curry’s character from the movie actually looked like Tim Curry!

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Have you seen the movie?

Review: Winterwood

Title: Winterwood

Author: Shea Ernshaw 

Date of Publication: November 5th, 2019

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Goodreads:

Be careful of the dark, dark wood . . .

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

My Review:

Let me just say how much I loved The Wicked Deep. LOVED IT! So I was super anxious to get my hands on the author’s next stand alone book. More witchy magic!! Oh, and some creepy woods!

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Ernshaw just knows how to write so freaking well. I love her words as much as Brenna Yovanoff’s, where it sucks me right in and doesn’t let go until the end. This book had everything—magic, romance, mystery, and a unique world with great atmospheric scenes.

I liked Nora and Oliver both equally, and found their connection cute and adorable! I will say that I guessed pretty early on what was going on, but I have seen so many horror movies that I’m pretty good at that part. However, it didn’t deter me from how much I enjoyed the story! The book was satisfying, and in the end, I can’t wait to see what Ernshaw writes next!

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Did you read The Wicked Deep?

Movie Review: It Chapter Two

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IMDB Summary:

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

 

My Review:

Let me first say that I wasn’t the hugest fan in the world of the first IT. I thought the CGI was super odd and distracting, and I was more interested in the group dynamic of the kids which I loved, loved, loved!

Now, on to chapter 2! I really, really, liked this one. Like, the first movie, the group dynamic—this time the adults—was just as stellar. I mainly went into this movie thinking I’d love James McAvoy the best, because he’s my fave, but I actually thought Bill Hadar’s character shined here! James Rasnone, who plays Eddie, was also awesome! However, I was super disappointed in Jessica Chastain’s character as Beverly, because Sophia Lillis had done such a phenomenal job with the character in the first movie. But for some reason, Jessica always comes off as stiff to me!

If you liked Bill Skarsgård in IT, then you’ll love him here. He pulls off the clown rather well, and I always get a thrill when I see him on the screen versus some of the strange CGI for the other fears. I’m actually confused why the CGI looks so weird when there is such a good budget for these films.

Anyway, I did shed some tears in this one and the ending was utterly perfect! There’s blood and gore and friendship bonds! My faves!

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Have you watched IT?

Review: Four Dead Queens

Title: Four Dead Queens

Author: Astrid Scholte

Date of Publication: February 26th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but in fact, she’s one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. Varin runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

My Review:

Well, this was all kinds of soap opera fantasy fun! I’ll start out by saying lots of twists and turns. Sometimes, I was lost. Sometimes, I was like, what’s going on here? And sometimes, I was very thrilled where the book was heading!

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Of course the title is what automatically drew me in because, come on, not one, but four, dead queens! I really liked the main character, Keralie. She could be ruthless, selfish, but also have a heart, and she had great character growth. Varin was my own pocketful of sunshine! Loved the dialogue between Keralie and Varin!

What you also get in this book is a whole lot of point of views. At times, I’ll admit, I just wanted Keralie’s, but they were all necessary and connected the bigger picture of the plot. And wow, what a unique world with four very interesting quadrants! Overall a good read and I can’t wait to read more by the author!

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What’s your favorite fantasy book?