Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2 Mini Review - Ghosts of the Civil War and Drink Deep

The Civil War left behind unforgettable stories of brave soldiers, heartbroken families, violent battles . . . and a paranormal legacy that continues to fascinate and scare us more than 150 years after the war ended.

Paranormal investigator Rich Newman presents over 160 different locations with reported supernatural activity related to the Civil War. Explore major battlefields, smaller skirmishs, forts, cemeteries, homes, and historic buildings teeming with ghosts. Discover the rich history of these Civil War locations and why so many souls linger long after death. Featuring terrifying, heartbreaking, and captivating ghost stories, this book helps you uncover the supernatural secrets of America's deadliest war.

Book Breakdown 

Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. 

The civil war, the saddest war, the war that cost so many lives. So many people died on the battle field fighting for what they believed in, even though the South were a bunch of.... anyway. 

This books goes over 160 locations, showing the paranormal happenings there. It's very well put together and easy to read. It has some much info inside and yet it reads almost like novel. So easy to follow along. I loved that about this book. 

If you love the paranormal this one is for you! There's really nothing else I can say besides, but this book! 

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can’t tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven’t been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.

That’s when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.

Chicago’s mayor insists it’s nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She’ll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who’s behind this, and stop them before it’s too late for vampires and humans alike.

Book Breakdown 

Yes. Yes! YES!!!

There will be spoilers all in this review. You have been warned. 

I knew he'd come back somehow, I saw the cover of the last book and have been spoiled a little bit for the ending. I just didn't know how it wold happen. I couldn't stand not having Ethan in this book for the most part. I missed him so freaking much! 

I liked the plot in this one, it was a different then the rest but I loved how Merit was learning to be on her own or work with a new partner. Though honestly, I'm just so happy that Ethan is back. I feel the series can move forward now as this one in some ways felt like a filler book but I still loved it to pieces. This is the last audiobook with the narrator that I have fallen in love with which bites. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Music Monday - M83

This meme is hosted over at Always Me.

Title: Graveyard Girl 

Favorite Lyrics:

Death is her boyfriend
She spits on summers and smiles to the night
She collects crowns made of black roses
But her heart is made of bubble gum

Title: Midnight City

Favorite Lyrics:

Waiting for a roar
Looking at the mutating skyline
The city is my church
It wraps me in the sparkling twilight

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Kellie's Diary - Review

A series of diary entries through the eyes of a little girl as she tries to survive the end of the world.

What if the early 1990's didn't happen as we remember it? What kind of world would we live in today?

This story is told from the viewpoint of 9-year-old Kellie, a typical third-grade girl living her life as anyone else would, and she shares her daily activities with her diary. When the world crumbles and the dead walk, Kellie struggles to survive and find her way home, all the while sharing her tale with her diary.

This is an account of our hypothetical past, present and future.

Book Breakdown 

So it sounded really good and it was free so I decided to give it a shot. It wasn't bad... just boring. I saw that some people were saying that they hated how Kellie was just scared all the time but I got that, she's just a little girl. She's actually doing really well for a little girl but where it was a diary, we miss all the good parts... if that makes any sense. 

I do think it was cool that you could read this book like it was her real diary, it had pages filled with actual handwriting but I chose the normal format as it was easier on my eyes. Overall, nothing much really happened other than she made it home. It wasn't even scary, which was the reason I wanted to read it. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Mini Book Review - Friday Night Bites

You’d think headlines like that would have provoked the fine citizens of the Windy City to take up arms against us bloodsucking fiends. Instead, ten months later, we’re enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite—fending off paparazzi only slightly less dangerous than cross and stake-wielding slayers. Don’t get me wrong, Joe Public isn’t exactly thrilled to be living side-by-side with the undead, but at least they haven’t stormed the castle yet.

But all that will change once they learn about the Raves—mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle and drink themselves silly. Most civilized vampires frown on this behavior, putting mere mortals at ease with their policy of asking a person’s consent before taking a big gulp of the red stuff. However, that doesn’t make good copy for a first time reporter looking to impress his high society family.

So now my “master,” the centuries old, yet gorgeously well-preserved Ethan Sullivan, wants me to reconnect with my own upper class family and act as liaison between humans and vampires—and keep the more unsavory aspects of our existence out of the media. But someone doesn’t want people and vamps to play nicey-nice—someone with an ancient grudge.

Book Breakdown 

Since I listened to the audiobook for this one, I do want to say a little about it. I love the narrator! She's good at what she does. She's so good that now I can't read this series, I have to listen to it. I tried reading it and it just doesn't feel the same. I love how she embodies Merit so much and she does her sarcasm perfectly. Couldn't ask for a better narrator. 

This one picks up not far from when Some Girls Bite ended. Merit is still adjusting and not only that, something is wrong with her. The vampire inside of her wants to take over but she keeps pushing it down along with telling no one what is going on. On top of that, she's still lusting after her creator and master: Ethan Sullivan. Wait! There's more, someone is threatening the younger brother of man she used to date. She needs to figure out who and stop them ASAP. Though her exes family is hiding a huge secret... 

This series is so much fun! There is action, humor, sexual tension, and it's lead by a wonderful main character. Merit is smart and strong and yet she's still gentle enough that she doesn't come off as such a hardass. She's got so many wonderful layers and I just love reading about her and following her story. This series keeps getting better and better.

Friday, October 27, 2017

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Scary Novel

This meme is hosted by myself and Laura from Blue Eye Books

What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Scary Novel

Since Halloween is just around the corner, I thought why not do a topic about scary books? It seemed fitting and since I love Halloween, I decided why not? So sadly, I've not read a lot of scary novels because I get scared of them. I can watch any horror film and yeah it's scary while watching it but the next day I'm over it. Not scared anymore. There is something more scary about a horror novel as you create the world, it can get as scary as your imagination lets it. 

So yeah, my mind runs away with horror novels and it gets so scary in my mind that I have nightmares and I'm scared to walk in the dark, I won't even get up to go to the bathroom at night alone, it gets that bad. Was that TMI? I'm sorry if it was.

So needless to say, I've not read a lot but I have read some and I do have some favorites and some that weren't even scary to me at all. 

Least Favorite
I was looking through Goodreads to find this book and I can't believe it's been two whole years since I've read this one! My God, how time just freaking flies. I was thinking I had read it last year but nope, I read it back in 2015. If you want to know my thoughts on why I choose this as my least favorite, here's my review

It's creepy and scary. The character development is nice and it made me leave the lights on for quite a well. This is a great Halloween read for sure! 

I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday and hope to see you again next Friday! 

Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Book Read in October 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017

So it's almost here. That time of the year where my anxiety level goes through the roof and I start to question my own insanity... oh don't worry, I'm just talking about NaNoWriMo. I'm sure everyone know what that is but just in case you don't, let me explain.

It lasts the whole month of November. The goal is to write 50,000 in that month. Yeah, lots of words in a short amount of time. I often find myself deciding if I should run away into the middle of nowhere so I have an excuse for not writing but I just can't do that. It's not in my nature.

I've actually made it the last two years I've done NaNoWriMo... which is also the only years I've done this. So I feel very proud of myself and I hope to keep that up.

Though usually I'm better prepared. This time, all I got is the simple plot which may change as I'm sure I like everything yet.

It's about a girl whose mother remarries and that leaves her and her younger sister to deal with four guys as the mother and father jet off for their honeymoon. The sister is a lesbian and one of the brother's is gay. They don't get along very well at all. Our Main girl: Raven, starts to develop feelings for one of the brothers but doesn't know the secrets his family hides. On the plane ride, their parents are killed.... and things start to heat up. Raven is thrown into a world she never knew existed, all the while trying to find the money to keep the family home and make sure her sister is safe and sound before she goes off to college.

Ugh, see what I mean? It's freaking everywhere. I am still trying to put the pieces together and figure out how I want to end this story... if it's a standalone or if it's a series. I don't know and it makes me want to rip my hair out... or cry in my bed.

So will you be joining in for NaNoWriMo? What's your idea if you are? Let me know below! 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Top 6 TV Shows of 2017

I don't talk enough about TV shows and I want to change that starting now! I don't watch a lot of TV as I read and work too much to do that... but I still do watch TV so I want to talk about the TV shows I watched and loved this year. These aren't in any order as it would be so hard to do that.

6) 13 Reasons Why

Goddess, I know this show has taken hits from people who think it's harmful and SJWs but I loved it! I did a whole post about how much I freaking loved it. I don't think I've ever watched a TV show so freaking fast in my life. I had it on in the shower and got shampoo in my eyes trying to still watch it. I was that entranced. 

5) Riverdale 
I actually watched this one because some of my Twitter friends were talking about it and I thought why not? I know a lot of people hate that it's not like the comics but I am not one of them, I never really got into the Archie comics so this doesn't bother me. Though I do understand why it would bother those that do love the comics. 

4) Ghost Adventures 
I've loved this show for years. I find it entertaining and sometimes creepy. So I keep watching even after the cast changed a bit. 

3) The Handmaiden's Tale
I tweeted about this show as I watched every episode. It's amazing and I can't wait to see the second season. I was blown away by how well acted it was, how dark it was, and just how perfectly depressing it was. I need more.

2) Outlander 
Now as I write this, I'm still playing catch up with season 2 but Goddess, I am loving it! I haven't read the book yet but I plan to do it soon! I love the romance and Claire is just so freaking amazing!

1) Game of Thrones 
If you thought I was going to leave this out then you were wrong! This past season has been my favorite of them all! So many things that I have been dying to see came to pass and I couldn't be happier! 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Top Ten Scary/Creepy Movies to Watch in October

Halloween is coming and everyone knows what that means... we want to be scared! Bring on the scary movies and the fall weather, candy, and even those painted black skulls hanging off silvery chains! Wait, is that last one just me? Sorry... 

Where is a good place to start when it comes to scary movies? Well, look no further! I got you covered in this post!

10) Hocus Pocus
I mean come on! This is a great one! Even more so if you have young ones around and don't want them sleeping in your bed because they are scared to death. Also it's a classic! 

9) IT
The new remake is getting so many great reviews that it sounds like the perfect thing to see during Halloween. Also seeing a scary movie in theater just makes it that much worse (in a good way) when you're in the dark with surround sound. 

8) The Blair Witch Project
So I believe this was the first found footage movie. It was the best and set the bar for any other ones that followed after it and in my opinion, none of the others really captured what this one did. 

7) The Babadook
I loved this one! Thought it was well done and it does have some perfectly creepy moments that had me close to hiding under the covers. 

6) The Conjuring 
This is one of my favorites! So great and creepy and had some awesome parts that had me jumping and freaking out.

5) The Ring
This was one of the first horror films I ever watched. It scared me so much that I ended up sleeping in my parents room on the sofa. I was too scared to sleep alone. I thought I was going to die in 7 days. 

4) The Witch
Creepy, freaky, and I loved it!

3) Insidious
This is one of my all time favorite scary movies, I know a lot of people say it's not the best but it's so great to me and very scary.

2) Poltergeist 
This is a classic! I remember watching this with my father when I was younger and it is so well done and perfectly frightful.

1) The Exorcist 
This one has to be on the list. It's been called the scariest movie of all time. My dad said when he saw it in theater he even got scared and he never gets scared. My mother only watched part of it and had to leave the room. It even scared my partner and he's like my dad. Movies don't scare him. IF you have never seen this one, do it. Just leave the lights on.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Music Monday - Evanescence

This meme is hosted over at Always Me.

Evanescence is one of my favorite bands. They led me into Goth music and into my true love of music. So without them I wouldn't have found my favorites. Also, I love Amy Lee to pieces and her voice is amazing. 

Title: Imperfection

Favorite Lyrics:

We stand undefined
Can't be drawn with a straight line
This will not be our ending
We are alive, we are alive

Title: Bring Me to Life

Favorite Lyrics:

Frozen inside, without your touch
Without your love, darling
Only you are my life
Among the dead
I've been sleeping a thousand years it seems
Got to open my eyes to everything
Don't let me die here
Bring, me, to, life

Sunday, October 22, 2017

September 2017 - Wrap Up!

I read 20 books last month. I'm super proud of that number! I read 11 manga and 9 books. Well really two were DNFs but I still count them as I did at least try to read them last month. So I guess I really only read 18 books in full. Which still isn't bad at all. So here we go! Let's get into the books I read last month!

Something I forgot to mention last wrap up was I passed my Goodreads Goal of 119. As of writing this, I've read 137 books for the year. Yeah I will take that. 

Now starting with the manga. 

1) L-DK Volume 1

2) L-DK Volume 2

3) L-DK Volume 3

4) L-DK Volume 4

5) L-DK Volume 5

6) L-DK Volume 6

7) L-DK Volume 7

8) L-DK Volume 8

9) L-DK Volume 9 

10) L-DK Volume 10 

11) Sailor Moon Volume 1 

Now on to the DNFs for this month. Which I hate, I don't DNF very often and then I have two in one month.

1) Roar

2) 27 Hours

Now onto the books I did read and enjoyed! 

1) Some Girls Bite

2) Friday Night Bites

3) Bitten 

4) Llewellyn's 2018 Magical Almanac  

5) Llewellyn's 2018 Moon Sign Book

6) Llewellyn's Complete Book of Divination

7) Lucky in Love