Midnight Tease

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Heya, my little bookish fiends!

It’s the midnight hour and if you’re awake then you’re a night owl too! Plus. How’s that saying go? You can sleep when you’re dead? LOL. It’s officially July. The middle of summer. Well, the middle of summer in my opinion.

Since you’re up, here’s the TBR list for the month, though if I’m being honest they’re more like goals. I’m hoping to hit them this month. Here’s what’s coming up, what I’m currently reading, and what’s up for review!

 

Coming Soon…

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Wizard and Glass
Author: Stephen King
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Amazon

The journey to the Tower continues for Roland and his group…hopefully this month. LOL.

 

The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer
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Goodreads

Aliens instead of vampires? I’ve seen the movie and I’m going to follow the saying: The book is better than the movie. This is one of those books that has me curious because so many people enjoyed it.

 

The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
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Amazon

The third book of the All Souls Trilogy. If you haven’t read this yet then do!

 

The First Men in the Moon
Author: H. G. Wells
Scarlet Reader

Penguin Random House

I feel like it’s good to balance out reading with a good classic and I happen to really enjoy me some Wells.

 

Currently…

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Shadow of Night
Author: Deborah Harkness
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Goodreads

 

Zom-B
Author: Darren Shan

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Up for Review…

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A Discovery of Witches
Author: Deborah Harkness
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A Discovery of Witches – Amazon

 

Good Omens
Author: Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
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Penguin

 

And of course…

Blood and Chocolate
Author: Annette Curtis Klause
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Banned Library

This is the book I will read every summer. Every. Single. Year. It’s my favorite book and I enjoy reading it during my favorite season. What’s your favorite book?

 

 

I’m lowering my goals just a tad bit. While I enjoy a mass amount of reading, I’ve got to be realistic about getting to it. LOL. I have a massive mountain to get to but need to take my time, so I’ve fixed up my list a little bit. I know, I know. I’ve fallen behind on what I said I’d read last month. I’ve already slapped myself for it, trust me.

This Midnight Tease is basically what I’ve been working on since last month, but that’s because I like to stick with things. I’ve just been really busy lately with work, plus some of these books are pretty decent sized, so if things slow down a bit don’t give up on me.

I am excited to get to some of the newer books I’ve gotten and hope to do so in the Fall. Dreamfall (Amy Plum), Wicked Saints (Emily A. Duncan), and The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried (Shaun David Hutchinson), for example. Yeah, they’re not NEW new releases, but they’re new to my pile and I can’t wait to get to them.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – July 1, 2019

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Hey, bookworms!

Hope you’re having a happy Monday. If not, then I hope this cheers you up! This is the Scarlet Playlist and if you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a playlist I put together for your listening pleasure every week. You can read to it, which is what I do and it’s what inspired me to do this, or you can dance to it, work out to it. Do whatever. Put it on repeat, maybe discover a new song to fall in love with.

So here’s the playlist of the week!

 

You’re Gonna Go Far Kid – The Offspring

If I Were A Boy – Beyonce

Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato

Five Minutes to Midnight – Boys Like Girls

Diary of Jane – Breaking Benjamin

Your Guardian Angel – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Broken – Lifehouse

Ziplock- The Offspring

All the Small Things – Blink 182

Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard

Only One – Lifehouse

Perfect – Mariana’s Trench

 

Might’ve gotten a little punk and emo with this one.

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – June 2019

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Hello, book clan!

This month has been one busy and stressful ball. Also, the books have been much larger than I thought my reading stomach could handle. So I’m at a pathetic four, for the month of June, that have been read. The All Souls Trilogy is in process and I can’t wait to share the reviews!

Buuuut…we’re not there yet. Currently finishing out the month, so here’s what I read and if you’ve missed any reviews you can catch up right now!

The sun is setting and the hot summer temperatures are coming down to a simmer. Grab a nice cool drink, linger on those creamy streaks of fading color as the rest of the day turns to night, and take a peek! It’s a short one, but soon it’ll be July pretty quick and I hope to double up what I’ve read for this month!

 

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Brave

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

The final book of the Wicked trilogy, Ivy must figure herself out as well as her relationship with PYT Ren if she hopes to stop the apocalypse because that’s pretty hard to do if you’re head isn’t straight.

 

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Little Monsters

Author: Kara Thomas

A twisty and creepy urban legend, rumors that are actual truths, and a missing girl rock a small, snowy town.

 

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The Last Magician

Author: Lisa Maxwell

A thief travels back in time to steal a powerful book to hopefully save the future of magic. But, a crafty magician and gangs that rule the streets of Manhattan threaten to derail her mission. She must crush back her emotions if she hopes to succeed.

 

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The Devil’s Thief

Author: Lisa Maxwell

The thief and the magician work together to recover magical artifacts in order to help save Mageus. As they travel, the city of Manhattan spirals out of control with riots and fires breaking out. As new allies are found so are new enemies and the old ones are coming back with a vengeance.

 

Favorite Book: The Last Magician was phenom!! Enamoring, exciting, and really playing with my emotions, this book was so much better than I imagined it would be. Beautiful imagery and powerful characters. Love this book and highly recommend it. Magic, adventure, and betrayal of the heartbreaking kind.

 

Least Favorite Book: Little Monsters was just not my type of read. I truly thought it would be a mix of Urban Legend (if you remember those movies) and Mean Girls. The Mean Girls part is spot on and was incredibly unnerving, but this turned out to be a mystery and those just aren’t my jam. I’ve tried. Just not for me.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

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From Time Traveler to Devil’s Thief…That Escalated Quickly (The Devil’s Thief – A Book Review)

The Devil’s Thief (The Last Magician (#2)
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Published: 2018

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Rated T for twistier betrayals that are for the greater good…right?

Hunt the stones.

Beware the thief.

Avenge the past.

Everything Esta has known is a lie. Her parents were murdered and those she trusted betrayed her. Now, she and Harte Darrigan must travel to the world fair in St. Louis to track down the magical artifacts that and help fix the brink that surrounds Manhattan. It gets complicated since Darrigan is struggling after taking in the magic of the Book of Mysteries. It wants Esta, but so does he. Not knowing if what he feels is real or not, he must learn to control the power within him or it may just rip the world apart.

Meanwhile, in Manhattan, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor. The city is on the verge of chaos. With the help of unexpected allies, they may just save the city too. History has a chance to be rewritten, but will it be for better or worse?

 

First off, this review took way too damn long to get up. I apologize for that. Now, on to the review!

 

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Simon & Schuster

The Last Magician

Review – Here

 

I have no words. No, that’s not right. I don’t have enough words! Like The Last Magician, I was completely blown. Already excited to read this book, I was not let down when I plowed my way through it. Esta and Harte Darrigan broke free of Manhattan and are now on a mission to collect all of the magical artifacts he sent out of the city so that they may be able to save The Brink and everyone inside of it. The first stop is the extravagant world fair in St. Louis. Complications escalate quickly, just like they do back in Manhattan for Jianyu and Viola. There are more secrets! More danger! More adventure!

There are new characters! With the determined Ruby and Theo and the brave and courageous Cela, Viola and Jianyu find unexpected friendships. Esta and Harte meet Julien, Mother Ruth, and North and it’s unclear if they’re friend or foe. Nonetheless, they made this book even better! So much development and creativity in this series! Sophisticated and complex, I loved them so much. They opened up the main characters in so many ways. I really love how much they add to the story and that they seem like so much more than just side characters. I’m also hoping for more possible pairings because I can’t get enough of Esta and Harte. I’m totally up for Ruby/Viola and Jianyu/Cela. I love how they are together. Viola and Ruby are so hot and spicy together, like hot sauce and firecrackers. Jianyu and Cela are so strong and unbreakable like diamonds. They’re all precious and I appreciate all of them.

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The setting got so much bigger!! No longer held up in Manhattan, I’m excited to see so much more! I’m blown away at how vibrant and magical it is. I’m just so impressed with the world-building that Maxwell has done. Her vision is just superb. Major freaking kudos. And DAMA (Defense Against Magic Act) gave me some serious disturbing shivers because of how it relates to today.

Did I say I was addicted? Because I am! So much magic and tension and depth for these characters. So beautifully put together and did break my heart a few times. The writing is phenomenal. Sure, in some places, it felt a little drawn out, but it wasn’t so much that I was annoyed and felt the need to skim. There was so much purpose and perfect precision. And, the MAGIC! Oh. My. Gods. Legit. Utterly enamoring. I was swept away on a journey I didn’t expect.

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Overall

I’ve said this before, I’m pretty sure, but I’m not one to get into historical reads. I love history, not in the novel sense. Not all the time. But the magic that is interlaced between these pages is so enticing. This book is un-put-downable. I mean it! I’m addicted and desperate for the next one!

 

Quotables:

“The Thief turned her back on the city—on everything she had once been and on all the lies she had once believed. The ache of loss had honed her, and the weight of memory had pressed her into something new—hard and cold as diamond. The Thief carried the memory of those losses as a weapon against what was to come as she faced the span of the great bridge.” (p. 1)

“…a friend turned foe who would destroy the heart of magic if he held it in his hands. He was coming…” (p. 176)

“Americani and their guns. They all thought they were cowboys. Too bad cows had more brains than half of them.” (Viola, p. 307)

“…There’s an entire future coming, and Mageus won’t survive by being trapped on the city. Maybe they’d have a chance if things were different. Maybe that’s why we ended up here, so we could see what might be. So we could understand that things can be changed. That we can change them, only this time, we can change them for the better. Even if we can’t go back. We can start now.” (Esta, p. 374)

“You know, all this fuss over magic. People are so busy trying to keep it and control it that they’re willing to do all sorts of evil for it.” (Cela, p. 409)

“Her thoughts felt like birds taking flight, but she couldn’t tell if they were flying toward some new freedom or away from some unseen danger.” (p. 519)

“If it was her lot in life to always want and never have, so be it. She was strong and smart and could make her own way. And there were worse things than loneliness.” (Viola, p. 631)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Home by Daughtry.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – June 24, 2019

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Book lovers of the world, how art thou!?

Happy Monday, loves! Or if it isn’t, then curse you, Monday! Here’s the playlist of the week. I love making these because I get to share my tastes with you as well as share the fact that I LOVE listening to music while reading. (I’m pretty sure some of you are sick and tired of hearing me say that LOL.)

You don’t have to just read to this playlist though. I put it together just for you so you may listen to it however you want. Sing it out. Headbang to it. Daydream to it or even let that that writing bug take over and be inspired.

Ride – Lana Del Rey

Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac

Can’t Stop – OneRepublic

Shallow – Lady Gaga feat. Bradley Cooper

Pompeii – Bastille

Miss Atomic Bomb – The Killers

Incomplete – The Backstreet Boys

It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

Weight of Living – Bastille

Strawberry Wine – Deana Carter

Last Time – Taylor Swift feat. Gary Lightbody

Be Still – The Fray

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Wicked, The Trilogy – A Review

Hey there, bookworms!

So at the beginning of the month, I finished the final book of this trilogy, Brave and promised a review of the series since it is a part of my New Year’s Resolution to read five series. And yes, I’m considering this a series since there are more than two books. You may disagree and that’s A-okay. The Wicked trilogy consists of Wicked, Torn, and Brave. The reviews to them are below:

Wicked: here

Torn: here

Brave: here

If you have read the reviews then you already know just how hard I have gushed and fangirled over this trilogy. I didn’t imagine I’d fall so hard in love with it. While it does get hot and heavy, it’s not just that. Not. At. All. It’s amazing storytelling in a phenomenal city of enthralling danger.

In New Orleans, Ivy Morgan is just trying to hold on to some semblance of normal in her life by going to college. Her entire life has consisted of training and knowing that she could die very young, as many do in this profession because her and others in the same line of work know that humans aren’t the only thing strolling around the French Quarter. She and others known as The Order hunt fae.

Then in comes a new transfer. REn Owens. Immediately, Ivy is taken off-guard by his bright, forest green eyes and unfiltered charm. They nearly break down her barriers, but after what happened four years ago, she’s not ready to let anybody new into her life. So, she’s even less thrilled when he becomes her new partner.

More so? It seems the world just might be coming to an end. Perfect timing, right? Not only is Ivy struggling with how she feels about Ren, but these two will have to work together to find out what’s behind it and how to stop it, and the secrets they discover along the way will change everything.

While I loved everything from the phenomenal and vibrant depiction of New Orleans, which only makes me want to visit the city even more, to the incredible and mind-blowing character development that left me pining, I still have some questions.

For those of you who haven’t read this yet, be warned. It’s a bit spoiler-y.

Some questions I have and am contemplating:

At one point, Ivy was going to look for Jerome because the cranky cake addict was the last living person aside from mind-bent Merle and that didn’t really happen. It’s just my personal curiosity, but where is he? I mean, he’s alive, right? Ivy still owes him cake LOL.

This next one came directly after it was discovered that Ivy is a halfling. Which of her parents is the fae? Again, a personal curiosity, but still…That’s a story I’d love to hear.

Also, I’m so curious about Tink’s true name. Will Ivy ever be trusted enough to know it?

End of spoiler worthy talk.

The Characters:

There was so much to love about this series. Going back to the characters, Ren and Ivy had some of the most electric chemistry that I’ve ever felt. My hairs stood up on end a few times and there were shivers to be had. What they have is so natural and realistic and I admired it so much! With the hot and beautiful and smile-worthy came the heartache and cringe-y and awkward. So much awkward. I can’t express enough how much I laughed.

Then there’s the star of this book or at least the one that was the most unforgettable. The last of his kind. Tink, the brownie. Such a little bastard that he is, he’s also sweet in his own way. Except for the fucking troll dolls. That just wasn’t right in the head. He’s one of those rare friends that will always be honest and true and loyal and let you fall on your face while abusing your Amazon and Netflix accounts. But while abusing your Amazon account, they’ll be sure to buy you a cool AF T-shirt because they love you. Much like Ivy and Ren, I can’t pick a favorite part with Tink.

The End:

Coming to the end of this trilogy was actually pretty difficult. It moves at a hard and sharp pace that had no intention of slowing down so I had no idea how it would end, but it did and on a very light and sweet note that left Ivy and Ren’s story open in case it would be returned to later.

Now, there are two novellas out there: 1,001 Nights: The Prince & 1,001 Night: The King. I’ll have to look into those…

The Author:

When it comes to Jennifer L. Armentrout I must say that she is inspiring. Not only does she create fantastic works of paranormal fiction, fantasy, and YA, but she gives them so much life with her perfectly placed pop culture references, puns, wit, and charm.

Currently, she is writing her spin-off series to LUX deemed the Origin series (which I am also hopelessly addicted to). Also, currently released to paperback is her Dark Elements trilogy about a soul-sucking kiss and gargoyles. Not going to lie, I’ve never read about gargoyles, but I’m definitely interested. I also have Storm & Fury-another new release-on my wishlist and can’t wait to read it.

 

All in all, such a great series by a top-notch author that brings such fantastic and breathtaking storytelling to a whole new level. If you haven’t read it yet, then I hope you get the chance. In my personal opinion, it’s an instant favorite, especially for those who really enjoy Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tale & Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely Series. This takes them up to a whole new notch, but it’s fae and lusty love with a side of kicking ass and taking no names.

More to comes soon…

  -K.

 

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Summer Booklist—2019: Nonfiction Edition

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Heya, Book cult!

As promised, here’s the Nonfiction booklist to go along with the Summer Booklist: YA Edition & Summer Booklist: Fiction Edition! Summertime is the perfect time to travel through great books.

Here are my top 10 choices for some great nonfiction reading. I came across these while perusing the bookstore and Goodreads!

 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Author: Heather Morris
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Amazon

The tale of Lale Sokolov, a Jew, and how it was discovered that he could speak many languages and was thus tasked with permanently tattooing Jews that came into Auschwitz and how he also met the trembling Gita, a woman that he comforted, who stood in line. In that moment, he vowed to not only survive the camp but marry her once this war was over.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Author: Mark Manson
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Barnes & Noble

Described as an honest look at the truth about life-that it sucks sometimes, and you just have to say it sucks. There are only so many f*cks that can be given.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

The Diary of a Young Girl
Author: Anne Frank
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Goodreads

Considered a beautifully tragic classic follow the diary of a young girl and how she, her family, and another family hid from Nazis during WWII.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Orange is the New Black
Author: Piper Kerman
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Goodreads

The final season of the hit Netflix show is coming soon. Take a chance to read about Piper Kerman’s time in prison because she’d delivered a suitcase filled with drugs and was caught. Honest and eye-opening.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
Author: Vincent Bugliosi
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Amazon

Get a unique inside perspective from the prosecuting attorney himself of one of the most horrifying murders-the Tate-LaBianca murder, carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
Author: Jen Campbell
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Amazon

Inspired by a tweet comes a book of some of the strangest and funniest things customers have asked or said in bookstores across the globe, like “Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?”

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Era of Ignition: coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution
Author: Amber Tamblyn
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Amazon

Personal essays, anecdotes, and opinions from the point of view of well-known actress and feminist, Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Joan of Arcadia). She comes to the front lines to tackle the struggles of womanhood such as sexual assault, reproductive rights, pay parity, and many more.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Girl, Wash Your Face
Author: Rachel Hollis
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Amazon

Inspiring women to stop living lies they thought they had to, Rachel Hollis shares her own and how she broke the barriers and gives advice on how to help women break theirs and help them move forward into their most freeing and happy lives.

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Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks
Author: Stephen Davis
Scarlet Reader

Barnes & Noble

A rock-n-roll legend both with Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist, at 69, Stevie Nicks is one of the most iconic and glamorous women that rock has known. GEt an inside look on how she, Fleetwood Mac, and her music rose to the top and how her life had and effect.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Amazon

Fun for those science brains, Tyson compiles some amazing essays about the mysterious cosmos and the intriguing search of life in the universe and so much more. Well known for his accessibility and humor with his writing, Tyson doesn’t hide his excitement about our universe.

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And, maybe you’ve read a few of these or you’ve thought about it and forgot. Who knows, you could be adding some new books to your TBR list! I know I am. LOL. Happy reading!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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