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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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My Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Hearts Are Like Balloons

  1. Today is the cover reveal for Hearts are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Jenny Zemanek from Seedlings Online.

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By Candace Robinson
Genre: Contemporary
Age category: upper Young Adult
Release Date: June 30, 2017

Blurb:
May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…

You can find Hearts are Like Balloons on Goodreads

Pre-order your copy of Hearts are Like Balloons for only $0.99 on Amazon

Candace RobinsonAbout the Author:
Candace Robinson is just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. Her days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books. She live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! She resides with her husband and daughter.

You can find and contact Candace here:
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Giveaway
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Keeping Kyler: Blitz + Giveaway

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Keeping Kyler by Siobhan Davis. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blitz runs from 30 May till 5 June. You can see the tour schedule here.

Keeping KylerKeeping Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #3)

by Siobhan Davis

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: Upper Young Adult/ New Adult

Release Date: 30 May, 2017

Blurb:

Nothing or no one will keep them apart…

Kyler Kennedy is in the wind.

Shocked and upset, he has taken off on a solo mission—to track down his mom’s ex and demand answers.

Faye understands what it’s like to have your world turned upside down. Determined to support her boyfriend, she gives chase. Yet nothing could prepare her for the ugly truth. Ky has always been plagued with inner demons, and as he falls apart, Faye finally discovers what he’s been hiding from her—from everyone.

When serious accusations arise, Kyler’s future hangs in the balance. But Kennedys stick together in times of crisis, and they rally around him now.

At least there is nothing to prevent Faye and Ky from being together. They go public with their relationship, but not everyone is thrilled for them. Enemies reappear, and fresh battle lines are drawn, but Faye is ready to fight back.

No one is taking her new family from her.

Especially not a manipulative ex.

With time running out for Kyler, Faye takes matters into her own hands.

But when you play with fire, you risk getting burned.

You can find Keeping Kyler on Goodreads

You can buy Keeping Kyler on Amazon

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Previous books in this series!

Finding Kyler

Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.

Finding Kyler is the first book in the Kennedy Boys series! You can add Finding Kyler to your to-read list on Goodreads

Buy your copy of Finding Kyler on Amazon for only $0.99!

Losing Kyler

Can you truly lose someone if they don’t want to be found?

Losing Kyler is the second book in the Kennedy Boys series.

You can find Losing Kyler on Goodreads

You can buy Losing Kyler on Amazon

SiobhanAbout the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find and contact Siobhan here:

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Giveaway

There is a giveaway during the book blitz for Keeping Kyler. The giveaway is open International. These are the prizes you can win:

– a $10 Amazon gift card

– a signed paperback copy of Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis

– a paperback copy of Fallen Crest High by Tijan

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Review: Puddle

Title: Puddle

Author: A. Renee Hunt

Date of Publication: September 16th, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

Urban legends are told every day. We hear them and laugh, then they’re forgotten. If you live in the town of DeSoto, you can’t forget. Every autumn rain, there’s a reminder of something sinister, something deadly. If you aren’t safe in your home or traveling by car, you’re not long for this world. Every puddle could be an illusion, a trap for something waiting below. Be careful in the rain, especially when walking through a puddle.

My Review:

Puddles? Yes, you know after it rains, those tiny bodies of water! One would think let me splash in that with both of my feet… well not after reading this book. This was an awesome short story.

The MC Quinn was really likable, and I could connect with her even with the story’s length being short. She felt real, and I liked the bond between her and her friend Max.

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Now, when the action comes into play with the whole puddles situation, you wonder so is there something in the puddle or is it all talk? Well, once those hands get going, the creep factor sets in. The story left me wanting more, and I want to know more about these puddle people. This is an excellent short story that everyone should pick up and read. You might start avoiding puddles after reading! Book 2 please!

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Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Date of Publication: May 2, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

My Review:

So, first off loved this book! Sarah J. Maas just has a way of sucking me in with all her characters. Pretty much the bond between Rhysand and Feyre is the heart of this book, but there is loads of action, character building, and I could visualize each and every one of her sentences.

Characters… Rhysand is so my number one, but Azriel, Cassian, Nesta, Mor, Elain, Lucien, Amren… Each of them has their own specific personality, and I care about each one differently as if they were my own. It’s hard for me to connect to characters like I have here.

There is action, and I’m not going to lie, I was scared in some of the book, not knowing what was going to happen to everyone. I’m not going to spoil anything, so read it. I am so anxious to know who is going to be at the center of narrating in book four because there are a few that I definitely want to hear from first!

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Have you started this series yet? Who are you hoping to narrate book 4?

 

Review: The Goblins of Bellwater

Title: The Goblins of Bellwater

Author: Molly Ringle

Date of Publication: October 1st, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A new novel inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market”.

Four neighbours encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a fae realm hides in the woods and waters…

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out. Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Then Kit starts dating Livy, and Skye draws Kit’s cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods. Skye and Grady are doomed to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever, unless Livy, the only one untainted by enchantment, can unravel the spell by walking a dangerous magical path of her own.

My Review:

I actually didn’t finish this one, but I did make it 64%, so I feel like that is far enough in to sort of write a review, but I’m not rating it. I also feel like plenty of you people will love it.

My issue was I thought it was going to be more of a fantasy novel, and I saw the word goblins and read the plot, and I was all for it. This book itself runs more like a contemporary romance with goblins in the background which a lot of people may like that more. I, however, wanted more goblins. Since I didn’t finish it maybe there is more? I don’t really know.

Where my goblins at?

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The writing itself is really well done, and the author describes things perfectly, but I just thought I should warn anyone in advance that romance is the main focus. I usually like an equal mixture. I also need to read this Goblin Market poem and see what that’s all about!

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Have you read the Goblin Market poem?