Blogoween Day 6: Halloween Book’s On My Book Haul List

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Happy Saturday bookworms. Today is a gloomy day here in Vegas and I can’t get enough of it. Perfect reading and cleaning weather. I have a confession to make! I absolutely love to read but in the past three days, I been addicted to playing Call Of Duty WW2 Hordpoint, Which is zombies running after you and you always have to focus killing the other teammates while holding a certain spot down to earn points. I swore to myself to get back on track tonight and read my current read to have it finished in three days.

Every month I go on a big book haul on the 25th or around that time. This month I will be going on the 24th which is our Book Club meeting at our local Barnes And Noble and that’s when I’ll do my major book shopping. I thought I would share with you guys my Halloweenish books on my list for this month.

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The Monkey’s Paw By W. W. Jacobs

I remember reading this when I was a kid in school and I loved it! I barely remember what happens or the full details but what I do know is that whoever holds the monkey paw you have three wishes…that come with major consequences.

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The Witch’s Daughter By Paula Brackston

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The Return Of The Witch By Paula Brackston

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Series By Ransom Riggs

I think I’m going to leave it at that for this month. I’m not really into scary stories however if it has a great, twisted story, something I was not expecting towards the end then I’m all in for it. If you heard of any of these books let me know. TTFN.

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Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel Book Review

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Title: Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel

Series: Stand Alone

Author: A. W. Jantha

Publisher: FreeForm Books

Pages: 521

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SPOILER FREE!

I can not tell you how disappointing this book was. Everything from the start of the sequel to the very end. I almost DNF the book, but since this is a sequel to one of my favorite Halloween movies as a child I wanted to finish the story. I knew it wasn’t going to get better.

The beginning of the book is just a recap from the movie with more knowledge of the characters feelings and a little bit more about the Sanderson sisters. I’m pretty bummed out that the author left out my favorite scene from the movie which was when the kids ran up to the cop who really wasn’t a cop! I just think that part should have been put into the book.

Once you get to the sequel its 25 years later on Halloween day in Salem. Max and Allison have a daughter named Poppy. I’m curious to why the author wanted the daughter name Poppy when everyone else has normal names like the author wanted the character to stand out more? Poppy has two close friends, Isabella and Travis. Poppy has a crush on her friend Isabella, and Travis who looks out for Poppy helping her with school, and social life with the other kids when Poppy seems to be getting attacked by others.

To sum it up without giving away to much of the story, Poppy doesn’t believe in her parents or her Aunt Dani’s story about Sanderson’s sister when they were kids. Poppy, Isabella, and Travis head to the Sanderson’s house and pretty much did exactly what her parents did 25 years ago minus the black candle.

It seems to me the author tried too hard to make this sequel to be better or equal to the first Hocus Pocus that she was adding too much of the same stuff from the first story. I didn’t like the same jokes and it wasn’t nearly as funny. The story was just too much for me and didn’t have enough originality for me. One thing that was irritating was that Sarah Sanderson would say Amok Amok Amok in the first story than with the sequel she always seems to be repeating herself with words like Afoot and such.

You do get to read some familiar characters from the first story which was nice. There is a new character named Elizabeth who is Winnie, Mary, and Sarah’s sister. I honestly didn’t think it was necessary to add another witch to the famous Sanderson witches.

All in all this story wasn’t it for me. Like I said I’m pretty bummed out about it. I couldn’t get into the story, everything just seemed forced together and that the author was trying to hard to make this story stand out.

If you read this book or thinking about reading the book let me know what your thoughts are. TTFN.

Ready to bring the Sanderson Sisters back?

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One Too Many Lies ARC Book Review

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Title: One Too Many Lies

Series: Stand Alone

Author: L. A. Bowen

Publisher: West 44 Books

Publishing Date: December 1, 2018

Pages: 200

Rating: simple-black-heart-silhouette_318-10296

THANK YOU NETGALLEY AND THE PUBLISHER FOR THE COPY OF THIS BOOK. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. 

SPOILER FREE!

This book was not for me. The book is written in verse. I felt this could have been written better with more of a story to it. The book was not going anywhere with the characters or nothing too exciting happens.

Paige is the girl writing as if she is in her journal. She writes down everything that is going on around her. She and her two best friends tell little white lies to people around them if it is about their age or where they are staying the night.

The story is short and maybe could have been a bit longer so we could get more from the characters. But all in all, I almost DNF the book but kept going for hopes that it was going to get better with the plot but nothing came of it.

I gave it 1/5 for the lack of character growth, not very detailed or scripted. The story of the girls and the white lies was just not very interesting or exciting for me.

Ready to take a chance?

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Midnight With The Devil Book Review

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Title: Midnight With The Devil

Series: Stand Alone

Author: Emma Castle

Publisher: Emma Castle, IBPA

Pages: 242

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THANK YOU NETGALLEY AND THE PUBLISHER FOR THE COPY OF THIS BOOK. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

SPOILER FREE!

I’m totally speechless right now! This took me by surprise in so many good ways. I mean holy cow! I’m not a romance type of person, so I typically stay away from the romance novels but this year is all about trying new types of genres for me to see if I would like them. Since October is right around the corner I gave this book a chance thinking it was going to be a dark twisted story.

It’s my first Emma Castle book and it’s definitely not my last time reading her books that’s for sure. She writes dark and edgy romance and I must say that she got me hooked and she is officially my romance author to look out for. I loved it so much that I will be purchasing the physical copy to add to my book collection.

If you think we are dealing with this type of Devil in the book…

You are wrong, no red cape, no horns, no pitchfork. This is who we are dealing with…

We have an innocent girl name Diana, whose father has colon cancer and is about to pass away. It is out of Diana’s control when it comes to life and there’s nothing she can do but prepare for the death of her loved one.

Lucien AKA the Devil needs the purest soal to keep the hells gates strong which leads him to Diana.

“What would you give for him to be healed?”

“Anything…”

Are dearest Diana made a deal with the devil, exchange for her father to be alive and healthy, Diana must meet with the Devil every Friday at midnight until dawn for the next three months.

I had no idea where this story was going and how it was going to end. I kept reading and reading and the ending was SPECTACULAR! I was not expecting the ending and took me by surprise and WOW! Emma Castle knows what she is doing. The story was a wonderful read for me.

Very detailed story. I love that we get the background story of the once favored angel and how he became what we know as the Devil. All the characters in the story I fell in love with. The way Emma Castle described each character was perfect and well written. Diana is the main character who wasn’t the typical girl to just trust easily but take her time with trust, I mean she is with the Devil now and it wasn’t like love me love me type. Diana went with her instinct and what she knew of the Devil before anything grew between them.

I gave it 5/5 because the way the author wrote the story made you not want to put this book down, you wanted more and more to get to the ending to see what the fate was for the characters. This book is everything, my type of romance story. I can not wait for next year for Emma Castle’s second standalone A Wilderness Within!

Ready to make a deal?

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Crow Flight ARC Book Review

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Title: Crow Flight

Series: Stand Alone

Author: Susan Cunningham

Publisher: Amberjack Publishing

Publishing Date: December 11, 2018

Pages: 352

 

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I VOLUNTARILY READ AND REVIEW THIS ADVANCE COPY FROM NETGALLEY. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN, THANK YOU.

SPOILER FREE!

I’m very very VERY thrilled that I gave this book a chance. No mystical creatures, no royal families trying to take over the world its just a smooth read from the beginning to the very end. I could not put this book down. This is my first Susan Cunningham book I read from her and she brought it all in this lovely gem.

I was a bit nervous about getting into the book, I was thinking this was going to be like the Matrix with a little twist with some Crows into it. I was totally wrong and that’s a good thing! The beginning of the book hooked me and I needed to know more of what was going to happen and therefore I could not wast any time with anything else besides reading the whole book to find out.

From the beginning, we are introduced to a very intelligent young girl name Gin. Gin has a dream to get into Harvard University. She has a talent for designing programs. Programs that help you on what to wear, what to eat, when to be social, and possibly who you should date.

Going to Harvard is not her only goal. Gin is taking a computer simulations class that is a college-level course. The mentor of the class is Ms. Sandlin who is offering a summer internship to the best modeler. Gin who is determined to get this internship and put her talents to the test to achieve this goal.

Gin meets a boy in her class name Felix. Felix is also very intelligent with computers and designing programs. They are partners where they have to work together and design models. Gin starts to fall for Felix and learns that he and his father like to train Crows as a hobby.

“A plane flew across the sky and for a second, she imagined the rows of people tucked neatly inside, watching movies and sipping sodas. No idea they were flying over a boy training crows.”

For their final project, they decided to use the Crows and all the data over the years. Felix’s father who owns one of the biggest tech companies is not too excited about learning that his son and his partner are using the Crows for their project. With that being said things get really interesting and a dark secret that Gin will soon discover.

Susan Cunningham was detailed with her writing and I enjoyed every second of it. She did a wonderful job putting this story together and the pace of the story was perfect where I just wanted to know what was going to happen. I adore Gin’s and her best friend Hannah relationship (We all need a Hannah in our life’s) The ending was great! Highly recommend this lovely gem. I am not big on computers or designing but this story was just too good where you don’t have to be into computers or programming to have an understanding of the story.

Unique story, mystery vibes, a little romance! 5/5

Ready to build a model?

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Book Shelf Tour 2018

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Howdy Bookworms! I’m a little bummed out today, I unfortunately have a cold and was supposed to hang out at my favorite reading cafe with my mother but she is also sick. Also my boyfriend was sick over the weekend and I was trying to avoid him like he was the devil trying to make a deal with me but I still ended up feeling gross. Damn him!

Today I thought I can give you guys a little insight into my reading world right in my room were I have all my lovely gems stacked up on my Billy Bookcases from Ikea. Before I show you the goods I would like to explain that this year or as of right now I had to re collect books. When me and my boyfriend were driving across the United States are house was robbed, and if you have ever experience this my condolences. Its not the best feeling in the world when you work hard every day to have everything taken from you. I cherish two things in this world that are items and that’s my children books given or passed down to me and my Nanna’s sewing machine. Luckily at the time my sewing machine was not at the house but my favorite books and classic books were gone unfortunately.

With that being said my shelf’s are not fully full…its a working progress and I will be there one day again.

So sit back and enjoy the tour.

 

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Now if you look straight ahead you will see three Billy Book Shelf’s from Ikea. Two of them from the outside are the same and the one in the middle is a skinny shelf. Let me give you a tip here, lets call it Book Shelf’s 101…If you do plan on going to Ikea to purchase these rad shelf’s have them build it for you…pay that extra amount because I did not do it and I must be one of the most impatient person ever! I get frustrated if I cant figure it out or if it does not go my way when it comes to building things. Lego’s, KNex any of that stuff forget about it.

What had happen was….I originally had another book shelf so there was supposed to be four all together and well I destroyed one. I didn’t mean to it’s just not my cup of tea when it comes to putting things together.  My boyfriend was working and also working on his own projects that he couldn’t help me, at least not at that moment and since I was excited I took it to myself to build the shelf’s. I didn’t know it at the time but if you do build it yourself and something happens you can return it to get another in its place. I however did not do that and basically said forget it. But I ended up getting a sewing desk next to the shelf’s to replace that missing shelf. So at the end it worked out and I totally made sure the Ikea people build the desk this time around.

Moving on guys…

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In a Galaxy far far away there was this amazing Star Wars book shelf. If you are a Star Wars fan you are automatically my BFF.  Enough Said.

 

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The books that started it all for me. The Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Thanks to these amazing books I started to get into real serious reading. I had the original copies when they first came out and now I need to re collect the series. Has anyone else heard of these lovely gems? My all time favorite book/series growing up.

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At the bottom of the shelf I have my Fairyloot boxes that I hold onto. In between are the Wicked series and the two amazing autobiography’s from Holly Madison and vivica A. Fox. Last book The Abduction I purchased for only 25 cents at my local library across the street from my home, they have a used book shop in there…amazing!

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Starting at the bottom of the shelf in the middle would be some awesome gems like the Villains series by Serena Valentino. Some bookish candles that I created that you can find at my Etsy shop here. Let’s not forget Snow White Funko pop!

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Some more Funko pop characters. My favorite is Starfire! Some bookish candles I received in my Fairyloot boxes this year. Have some pretty awesome series that are on my TBR list. Which I hear nothing but good things about for all of them.

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More and more Funko pops! And more amazing gems in the back.

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My olgy books that I have collected over the years as a kid. Luckily for me these were left behind and one of the best books in my collection I had that I cherish the most. Absolutely love these books.

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At the right of the shelf’s starting from the bottom here are some of my Owlcrate book boxes I hold onto. In between are some lovely gems, actually looking at this picture while I type I realized I should put the Owlcrate books in between the boxes and the same with the Fairyloot…hmmm might just do that after this post.

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A shelf with some amazing books. See any you have read?

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Some books that were given to me. The book Anything Can Happen By George Papashvily was published in the 40’s is the oldest book I own and recently purchased it at a vintage shop here in Vegas.

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Last but defiantly not least are my awesome Fables comic books. For those of you who know the show Once Upon A Time, Fables is just like the show (They got the idea from Fables actually) its fairy tale cross over but for adults. To the right is my Showgirls Of Las Vegas which is signed by Nancy Williams before she passed away and she was a showgirl in the 40’s.

Well that is all for the Book Shelf 2018 tour. Thank you for stopping by and taking a look. I look forward in the next couple years looking back at this post and seeing the growth of my book shelf’s. TTFN.

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20 Questions Book Tag

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Howdy Bookworms! Here is yet another Book Tag for you. Thank you Flowers In the Brain for tagging me in this lovely Book Tag. Once said and will say it again, Bookworms scouts honor to tell the truth and nothing but the truth. Here we go!

  1. HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A BOOK SERIES?

It would depend on the author for me. If the story is one big adventure and so many characters to get to know and character growth and the writing is well put together in detail then the sky is the limit for me.

2.  HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?

Cliffhangers can be good. Sometimes. Hmm.

 

3. HARD COPY OR PAPERBACK?

I’m all in for the hardcovers and here is why. I love how they look on my bookshelf’s and I feel all sorts of good/comfy vibes holding a hardcover book unless I’m reading more then two hours then my wrists start to get sore.

4. FAVORITE BOOK?

  I have a lot of faves, but so far for 2018 will have to be Heartless! WAIT! Ace Of Shades! NO WAIT! The Cruel Prince! Yes that’s the one.

5. LEAST FAVORITE BOOK?

For 2018 and maybe for all books so far, which takes a lot for me to not like a book would have to be Emergency Contact By Mary H. K. Choi. I was expecting so much more I guess.

6. LOVE TRIANGLES? YES OR NO?

I’m gonna go right in the middle and say sometimes. If the author can pull it off nicely and make some juicy, dangerous, creative, and twisted love triangle then I’m all in.

7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISHED?

None so far and I hope to keep it that way. No fun when you have to put a book down.

8. BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?

Doing more tags and reading them on other post I noticed this is the main question on all Book Tags. I mean of course it’s going to be asked but when doing tags we should just automatically put are current read in are post before we begin the questions, kinda like when you go to a meeting and you introduce your self! “Hi my name is and I’m here for….” It could be a introduction for us Bookworms..Something like this “My current read Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel By A. W. Jantha” Hmm Yes? No? Maybe? I don’t know just thinking out loud.

9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?

The Cruel Prince By Holly Black to a new friend I made at the Barnes And Noble Book Club last month.

10. OLDEST BOOK YOU READ? 

Hmmm does a Dictionary count? If not Anything Can Happen By George Papashvily published in the 40’s.

11. NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?

My current read Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel By A. W. Jantha any how it’s not a completed read yet but it will be 🙂

12. FAVORITE AUTHOR?

Right now Marissa Meyer!

 

13. BUYING BOOKS?

All day everyday baby!

14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO LOVE?

Nope, unless Emergency Contact By Mary H. K. Choi but I think most others would agree!?

15. BOOKMARKS OR DOG EARRINGS?

Bookmarks all the way!

16. A BOOK YOU CAN REREAD? 

Warriors By Erin Hunter. The whole series and every book I want to reread them!

17. CAN YOU READ WHILE LISTENING TO MUSIC?

Only if its Lofi! But I prefer absolute silence.

 

18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POVS?

Multiple POVs! Gives me the opportunity to know each character and have more of a understanding on a situation and how they feel about an event or the other character in the story.

19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SETTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?

Multiple days. I tend to take my time when it comes to reading, unless the book is just so darn incredible but even so I have a busy schedule thru out the day that I don’t have enough time in the day to complete one whole book in a day.

20. ONE BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER?

The book that started it all for me, the book that pushed me to read more and more…

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Warriors By Erin Hunter.

 

  

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