Tag Tuesday: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

3581b9d3642ab0640f56ac757077b052Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you all have had a fun month of reading and celebrating in your own ways! I have read a few spooky books, baked some fun things, watched a couple good movies, and overall had a pretty good month!  Like usual, of course it all went fast and I can NOT believe tomorrow is the first day of November. Almost time to start prepping for Christmas. Really?! Wow. All of that being said, I’m trying to savor fall for at least another couple of weeks. I absolutely love Christmas, but fall never seems to last long enough.

All right. So now for the reason we are all here. The tag of the week: HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I found this one on the blog of Danielle at Welshie Books and Thoughts. She Googled for a Halloween tag and found this one so…mad props girl! Here we go!

1. Carving pumpkins- What book would you want to carve up and light on fire?

194m9p0pttis2jpgOh my gosh, The Vampire Diaries. Awful! Let me say this though: For those who read the books first, they usually think the show is awful. Well, I’m in the party of those who watched the show first and think the books are cheesy as hell. So my recommendation…pick one or the other and stick to it!

2. Trick or Treat- What character is a trick, what character is a treat?

My favorite tricky characters have always been the Weasley twins! Talk about guys who work toward their goals and have a blast doing it!! They are funny, they are good people, they are great to their family, did I mention that they are hilarious?? I just love them!! Best tricks ever. As for treats, I’ll take my treat in the form of Jean-Claude from the Anita Blake novels by Laurell K. Hamilton. I feel like he’s always licking his lips and being seductive and I just love him. I love a good paranormal romance and this series is my perfect poison to get me addicted and keep me reading!!

3. Candy Corn- What book is always sweet?

Hmm, always sweet? The Hunger Games. I absolutely love The Hunger Games. At all times, and in all places, I love HG. Love the story, the characters, the message, all of it. No, the violence is certainly not sweet and the idea of rebellion and the twisted plot of people against government is not sweet, but again, the idea that ordinary people can make a difference and remake their own reality is such a powerful one.

4. Ghosts- What character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

This one is tough because there are many!! I think I would definitely like to visit Dumbledore! My favorite thing about old Dumbley is his wit and his knowledge. I would want to learn so much about the wizarding world, but yet I would also want to know about him, and yet I would just want to hear tales of his adventures and about plain old nonsense!! I think he just has stories to tell and things to say!

5. Dressing up in costume- What character would you want to be for a day?

outlander-outfits-1I would love to wear any of the big gowns from when Claire was in France on Outlander! Even her English dresses are pretty too but in France, WOW. Emma Watson had a couple dresses I’d love to wear as well from Beauty and the Beast but overall, I’d way rather be Claire for the day and spend time with Jamie. YES. PLEASE. (!!!!)

6. Wizards and Witches- What is your favourite Harry Potter moment?

Oh my gosh, really? How can anyone pick a favorite HP moment?! McGonagall stepping up her game and defending Hogwarts? Harry defeating Voldemort?

7. Blood and Gore- What book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for a while?

The Shining and Doctor Sleep. Pretty much any scary/creepy/gory books I can’t read before sleep and books like these I just have to read really slowly so I don’t ingest them too quickly and then have nightmares!! I love reading them but my imagination goes wild!

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Book Blogger Hop | Oct. 28 – Nov.

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This is my first post with this circle of awesome bloggers and I am looking forward to meeting some amazing new people and visiting a bunch of fun new blogs!


Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!

 

This weeks question: Candy corn, a chocolate bar, or popcorn. Which of these are your favorite to eat while reading?

My answer: Popcorn!! I love salty, buttery popcorn! Although usually I pair it with something sweet like M&Ms or Raisinets. THAT is my perfect snack!

So follow me and leave your links and I’ll come check your pages out as well! Can’t wait!

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Bride of Glass by Candace Robinson

**This book was provided for me from the author in exchange for an honest review – Thanks so much, Candace!!**

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Book 1 – Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault

In case anyone is reading this and doesn’t know, The Bride of Glass is the sequel to Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault. Yes, you must read book #1 first AND I recommend reading both books back to back, or at least fairly close to each other because the stories are very closely related and if you wait and forget details, not much time is spent rehashing the plot in book 2. So either read them together (I, personally wouldn’t have minded having them just being one long horror book, myself, though the cover art is vivid and gorgeous!) or take good notes for when you come back to book 2 later on. Just some friendly advice!

 

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Book 2 – The Bride of Glass

Ok, moving on. If you read my review for the first book, my favorite part was experiencing the characters’ travels through the different fairy tale displays in the Glass Museum. I felt the first book lacked very much character depth, however. Enter: book two and voila! I get my wish, but the roles are switched. Much more characterization and some back story, which was great, but much less (and still the same as before, and much less) display movement. We finally see real relationships form or mend; we see flashbacks from before our heroes (and antiheroes) are in the Glass Museum.

As for the ending, I almost felt a little unsettled by it. I think I was meant to? In some ways the events of the Glass Vault served as an apocalypse, wiping out part of the population. All of the main characters basically have to start their lives over again, (hopefully) in peace.

*Conclusions* I will say that these books are certainly unique, creative, engaging, and colorful, considering that they are dark horror/fantasy. They walk a fine line between YA and adult and contain some violence/gore and suggestive sex. That being said, I am not opposed or afraid of these themes or genres AND its October so this book was completely welcome and appropriate for me at this point in time and it was a great read. Thanks again to the author, Candace Robinson for providing me with a copy! I’m looking forward to reading more from her(you) in the future!

Book soundtrack: “Alive” by Escape the Fate

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Grave Errors by Carol J. Perry

33871472I love my cozy reads. From the cover I was hoping this would be a Halloween book but in stead, I got a post-Halloween dia de los Muertes book, which was okay too. The book is set in Salem, Mass. and centers around Lee Barrett and her TV production class, which is working on a project to extend the Halloween season. One of Lee’s pupils, Dorothy, wants to learn about investigative reporting by looking into her sister’s suspicious death and asks Lee to help. Lee pulls out all the stops and together with her boyfriend, aunt, cat, and best friend, they discover a link to another case and of course, ultimately crack the case.

I think I have been reading a few too many short cozies on Amazon prime lately because all of a sudden, this 364 page cozy seemed dragged out and long. The plot barely unfolded until about a quarter of the way in and by a third of the way I had things figured out. That said though, I did enjoy the book. There are plenty of twists and turns, kooky characters encountered along the way, Salem cemetery tours, suspicious suspects, death threats, and so much more.

Allow me to throw out that Grave Errors is the fifth book in the Witch City Mystery series and I have read none of the books before this. With that being said, I didn’t feel like I was missing any pieces or like I needed to go back or anything like that. There was a romance that had been established and family background dynamics which obviously had been talked about but I felt that there was just enough information to fill me in and keep the story moving. Oh, and there is a touch of paranormal-ness in the book but really not much. This is NOT really a witch-y book so don’t expect a ton of witchcraft or anything. Just a heads up. 🙂

Book soundtrack: “Mercy” by Shawn Mendes

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

13578987This book has been on my TBR since it first released I’m pretty sure. I remember seeing the description and thinking “Wow, that sounds really neat!” I remember buying it as a Kindle daily deal at some point quite a while ago and just never got around to reading it until now. There has been so much hype lately around Leigh Bardugo, I just couldn’t put it off anymore and I’m glad for that because I really enjoyed the book.

So just in case you are one of the people left in the world who still has not read Shadow and Bone, the book is centered around our orphaned heroine Alina. She is a map maker in the king’s First Army along with her best friend, Mal, who is a soldier in the army as well. The author does a pretty good job with the world building, as the world is meant to more-or-less parallel/alternate Russia. However, in the middle of it all is The Fold, a dark epicenter filled with winged beasts called the Volcra, that will show mercy on no one. When the Army travels through The Fold, Alina must save Mal’s life and unknowingly calls upon a light within herself that turns out to be a rare Grisha power. The Darkling, and many others, take notice of this gift and whisk Alina away to the Little Palace. Here she settles into what should be a life of comfort, but in stead is hard training and (spoiler) meetings with the Darkling, who is filled with secrets.

36315977That’s about all I can say plot-wise without going into bigger spoilers. Regarding my character impressions thus far, I will say that I am not 100% impressed with Alina but I am not disappointed. Orphan-to-Princess/Powers isn’t my favorite trope so that might be part of it. I definitely don’t dislike her though, I’ll say that. She’s just not my Katniss (my favorite heroine ever). Mal–the best friend–is pretty ok as well. Thus far he is pretty stubborn and he was a little “I didn’t notice you before but I see you now” and to me he loses points for that. The winner of the book, however, is the Darkling. I love dark characters with secrets. I’m sorry, guys. Other examples: Jean Claude in the Anita Blake books. The Darkling has the good one-liners, the moves….oh man, I’m sorry, but if we’re making him the villain, he’s my favorite villain because….yeah. Just, yeah. Its all up in the air as to what direction the series is going to go at this point and I am definitely reading on!

Book Soundtrack: “Over” by Portishead

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Tag Tuesday: Falling for Fall

Hi everyone! Today is the perfect fall day and how could I possibly do any other tag than the “Falling for Fall” tag from my fellow GREAT Blogger Jackie at The Bookworm Cafe. So here we go!

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  1. What is your favorite Fall scent? Nothing beats Mother Nature’s fresh morning dew on fallen leaves. Or the smell of an apple barn in the fall! Oh, love it! But I guess when it comes to commercial scents, Bath & Body Works’ Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin and/or Apple Pumpkin. Both are SO GOOD!! Yum!
  2. Do you prefer apple stuff or pumpkin stuff? Apples in September and Pumpkins in October. But really everything all the time, lol!
  3. What is one thing that you look forward to every single Fall? Going to apple orchards and pumpkin patches. Reading mysteries and suspense books. Decorating. Wait, the question only called for one thing didn’t it? Whoops! ;P
  4. How do you like to spend the more chilly/cloudy days in the Fall? Cuddled up with a book and a cup of tea or cider.
  5. Which do you prefer: Halloween or Thanksgiving? All of the above!
  6. What is one thing you do to embrace the Fall season? ALL THE THINGS!! lol. Decorate my house and office desk, light candles, read seasonal books. 
  7. What photos would you like to get this Fall season? I just took fall-themed engagement photos!
  8. Favorite childhood memory from this season? Carving pumpkins with my mom and brother.
  9. What is your favorite trend (fashion/makeup/etc) so far this season? Oooh, this is probably the area that I follow the least. I do know I like the slouchy sweaters/cardigans though.
  10. Describe what the Fall weather really looks like where you live. I’m in the midwest so the leaves are changing and falling and pumpkins are growing and we have apples and gourds and all the good stuff!

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Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

25062038Little & Lion is the story of two siblings who go by the nicknames Little and Lion. Little, aka Suzette, comes home for the summer from boarding school after experimenting with her female roommate and is still questioning her own sexuality. Meanwhile her stepbrother Lion, aka Lionel, has been struggling with severe bipolar disorder. As Suzette settles in at home, she finds herself falling for the same girl as Lionel, and Lionel’s bipolar spirals out of control. Suzette has to confront all that she has said and not said to help her brother before it is too late.

In my opinion, Lionel was a fantastic character who, in his illness, was fantastically portrayed. I was not a fan of how Suzette handled it, but honestly, it was probably a realistic reaction to how a sibling or close friend might react to those confessions. Suzette was constantly monitoring and overreacting to Lion’s confessions and it drove me crazy. I hated the back and forth between his issues and her issues. It was all just too much for me. I wish the book had just been about either his troubles with bipolar and summer drama or her struggles with sexuality and summer drama. Having the book be about both just crammed so much drama and emotion into one little book.

All of that being said though, it was still a pretty decent story. I still liked all of the diversity and appreciated Brandy Colbert’s writing. If you’re into diverse books and/or can relate to either of these scenarios, then you’ll probably enjoy this book so give it a shot!

Book soundtrack: American Jesus by Bad Religion

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