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Review: Teen Spirit

Title: Teen Spirit

Author: Francesca Lia Block 

Date of Publication: February 4th, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

After Julie’s grandmother passes away, she is forced to move across town to the not-so-fancy end of Beverly Hills and start over at a new school. The only silver lining to the perpetual dark cloud that seems to be following her? Clark—a die-hard fan of Buffy and all things Joss Whedon, who is just as awkward and damaged as she is. Her kindred spirit.

When the two try to contact Julie’s grandmother with a Ouija board, they make contact with a different spirit altogether. The real kind. And this ghost will do whatever it takes to come back to the world of the living.

My Review:

I was pretty stoked to read this book when my friend gave it to me. I hadn’t heard of it, and you know what? It was awesome! Bring on the Ouija boards!

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What I loved best about this book was it had quirkiness, weirdness, and fun times! Julie was likable and frustrating, yet cool, all in the same package. Clark was so cute and he seriously reminded me of Duckie from Pretty in Pink!

Overall, this is a fun little mystery that still had some good emotional aspects. The writing was great and I can’t wait to read more from the author! This one will have a permanent spot on my bookshelf!

Do you believe in ghosts?

 

 

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Review: Second Star

Title: Second Star

Author: J.M. Sullivan

Date of Publication: March 5th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Wendy Darling worked her entire life to rise through the ranks of the prestigious Londonierre Brigade. Now as a Captain, she has everything she’s always wanted, including a ship and crew of her own. But when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, lost a hundred years earlier in uncharted space and presumed dead, Wendy is willing to risk it all to rescue her hero. She races to the planet known only as Neverland; her mission to find the long-lost crew and bring them home.

But there is more to Neverland than meets the eye, and more to Hooke than what was written in history books. When Wendy crash lands on the ominous planet, she quickly discovers Neverland’s dark secret; a malevolent being known as The Shadow that’s looking for a host body to escape its eternal prison. To fulfill her mission, Wendy must decide whether to trust the dashing Hooke or the mysterious Fleet mechanic who goes by the name of Pan–and she has to decide quickly…

Before the darkness consumes them all.

My Review:

All you had to tell me before reading this book was Peter Pan and retelling! From the opening page you get to meet Peter and Tinc, and because this setting has Space vibes, Tinc’s character was pretty dang cool! Honestly, I was a little scared about the space part, because I’ve only really liked the Lunar Chronicles. Other Sci-fi books have been too wordy and talk about crap I don’t know! But fear not, dear friends, this is a fun space ride.

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Also, you don’t only get Peter’s POV but Wendy’s. And let me tell you right now, Wendy isn’t like they frilly little girl in the movie, she’s a Captain! Yes, there’s some swoony moments. Yes, you get to hear Peter crow. Yes, you get to see some awesome side characters and an awesome scene with mermaids!

The writing was great, characters were fun, and the book kept me on my toes! The ending isn’t a bad cliffhanger, but I need the next book, like now! So let’s just say this was a fun space ride!

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What is your happy thought?

Review: The Rose and the Beast

Title: The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold

Author: Francesca Lia Block

Date of Publication: August 7th, 2001

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Goodreads Summary:

With language that is both lyrical and distinctly her own, Francesca Lia Block turns nine fairy tales inside out.

Escaping the poisoned apple, Snow frees herself from possession to find the truth of love in an unexpected place.

A club girl from L.A., awakening from a long sleep to the memories of her past, finally finds release from its curse.

And Beauty learns that Beasts can understand more than men.

Within these singular, timeless landscapes, the brutal and the magical collide, and the heroine triumphs because of the strength she finds in a pen, a paintbrush, a lover, a friend, a mother, and finally, in herself.

My Review:

I’m not the biggest fan of short story anthologies, but I find when they are written by the same person vs a collection of authors, I’ve enjoyed them better. So I wasn’t sure what I was going to get, but the author totally owned all these stories! Loved the dark vibes!

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This book has some of my favorite fairy tales—Little Red Riding Hood, Thumbelina, Snow White, etc. And let me just say, not all of them are going to have a happy ending and some will end rather uniquely.

The writing was beautiful and not overly lyrical where I didn’t understand what was going on—it was perfect. This collection goes right into my favorite short story collection right next to Leigh Bardugo’s Language of Thorns!

 

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What’s your favorite fairy tale?

Review: The Awesome

Title: The Awesome

Author: Eva Darrows

Date of Publication: May 26th, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Maggie Cunningham is tough, smart, and sassy. She’s also not like other girls her age, but then, who would be when the family business is monster hunting? Combat boots, ratty hooded sweatshirts, and hair worn short so nothing with claws can get a grip, Maggie’s concerns in life slant more toward survival than fashion or boys. Which presents a problem when Maggie’s mother informs Maggie that she can’t get her journeyman’s license for hunting until she loses her virginity.

Something about virgin blood turning vampires into pointy rage monsters. Blood and gore and insides being on the outside and all that.

Maggie’s battled ghosts and goblins and her fair share of house brownies, but finding herself a boy – fitting in with her peers – proves a much more daunting task than any monster hunt. Did you know normal girls don’t stuff their bras with holy water balloons? Nor do they carry wooden stakes in their waistbands. And they care about things like “matching” and “footwear.” Of course, they also can’t clean a gun blindfolded, shoot a crossbow, or exorcise ghosts from a house. Which means they’re lame and Maggie’s not. Because Maggie’s awesome. The Awesome, in fact. Just ask her. She’d be more than happy to tell you.

After she finds herself a date.

My Review:

This book was so much fun! Maggie had Buffy vibes, but if Buffy were a normal person with an even more hilarious attitude!

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The concept felt original even though we’ve seen paranormal stuff before. The writing had kind of a Diablo Cody vibe, like if Juno and Jennifer’s Body had a baby. There was plenty of action, and the side character’s were awesome. A lot of people would probably criticize Maggie’s mom, but she was awesome! Ian was cute and had perfect swoon. Lauren was also awesome! So yeah, the book definitely deserves to be called The Awesome.

Overall the writing was smart, witty, and fun. I’ve read the Hollow Girl, which is from another one of the author’s pen names, and this was just as good even though the books are totally different! Highly recommended for some coolness!

What would be your weapon of choice against a paranormal creature?

 

Review: Blood Ties, Love Binds

Title: Blood Ties, Love Binds

Author: Alexa Whitewolf

Date of Publication: September 5th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Cassandra DiCavalier thinks she has her life sorted out, when Damon Voight storms back in. Sexy and overprotective, yet with a soft side, this ex-military guy is every girl’s fantasy.

She already had the fantasy – ten years ago – and is not about to fall into the same trap. But despite her best efforts to keep the charming soldier at bay, she seems to be meeting him time and time again.

Cassandra is one tough cookie, and Damon is as stubborn as they come. Will they be able to find their love once again?

My Review:

This is the first book I’ve read by Alexa where no magic was involved, and I love me some of that, but this one had a magic all its own! Cassandra and Damon were freaking awesome and I always love past loves reuniting! There was great banter and swoon between the leads! Also lets not forget the suspense! And I couldn’t put this one down!

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Cassandra was a great MC and not annoying! As you know, I get annoyed easily with female MCs but not here! All I can say about Damon is Alexa knows how to write guy characters! Can I just add that Renzo was an excellent side character as well!

I’d actually like to read more contemporary sort of books from the author! Blood Ties was well written and the characters were relatable!! Plus, there was also some pretty emotional spots! Loved it!

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What’s your favorite romantic suspense book or movie?

Review: The Antidote

Title: The Antidote

Author: Shelley Sackier

Date of Publication: February 5th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Magic is not allowed, under any circumstances — even if it could save someone’s life. Instead, there are herbal remedies and traditional techniques that have been painstakingly recorded in lieu of using the mystical arts. Fee knows this, so she keeps her magic a secret.

Except her best friend, Xavi, is deathly ill. He’s also the crown prince. Saving him is important, not only for her, but for the entire kingdom.

Fee’s desperation to save her friend means she can barely contain the magic inside her. And after the tiniest of slips, Fee is thrust into a dark and secretive world that is as alluring as it is dangerous.

If she gives in, it could mean she can save Xavi. But it also means that those who wish to snuff out magic might just snuff her out in the process.

My Review:

I absolutely loved the cover and the sound of the book! I’ll start by saying I did really like the story, and there are some twists along the way. I’m still not sure how I feel about them completely, though!

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Now the one thing I felt needed more development was the characters. I liked them, but I didn’t love them. The relationship between Xavi and Fee was such a strong friendship and probably my favorite! But I think Rye and Fee needed a bit more development because I felt her chemistry with Xavi was much more developed. Also, Xavi and his romantic interest needed something more to it as well.

The writing and world building were fabulous. Again, back to the characters, but I’m just a big character driven sort of person and there need to be a little more oomph! But if you don’t mind that sort of thing, then you’ll probably like the story!

 

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What would you do if you had magic?

Music Review: SkÖlhammer

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My Review:

So I’ve read two of Luke Taylor’s books. One being Vault of Dreams and the other Ozmander. When I heard he had just released a CD, I had to hear what it was about! I had already seen videos of him playing guitar on YouTube which were amazing. I mean, I have absolutely zero skills with instruments, so I’m always in awe when people can play so easily.

The cover art is just as beautiful in person, actually way better than in the picture! Also, the pull out pamphlet has a lovely picture on it too! It’s been a while since I listened to heavy metal, or any metal really, so this album brought me back to my past but also had new and unique things going for it.

Anyone who loves metal music should give it a try or if you’re looking for something new, check it out! I honestly feel if Pantera and Lamb of God had a baby, SkÖlhammer would be it’s name!

Playlist:

Cosmos This was an excellent opening, and the instruments were on point!

Spirit Gate – I really liked the female voice in this one, and the instruments were great again!

Tiger’s Tail – The riffs in this one were addicting! Great lyrics!

Gasoline – The male voice was really great in this one, and this song was probably my favorite!

Fear No Evil – All I have to say is throw the horns up!

Nomad – This was another great instrumental song. I could probably listen to a whole album of just these kinds of songs!

Pyramids – The opening of this song I could see in a movie!

Taurus – The emotion in the singers voice had me feeling it!

Nineveh – This one had my favorite opening!!

 

What kind of music do you listen to?