Scarlet Playlist – Sept. 30, 2019

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Hey there book clan!

Happy Monday! If it’s not then I hope this reading playlist makes it a little better. I love to share music. More so, I love listening to it while reading. Feel free to use it however you want. Working out, the drive to work, whatever you choose.

Have a great week!

 

In The Places Between – Of Verona

Feels Like Coming Home – Jetta

Only One – Alex Band

Unholy – Hey Violet

Unspoken – Hurts

Great Wide Open – Thirty Seconds to Mars

Gods and Monsters – Lana Del Rey

Gallows Strung – Snow Ghosts

Gemini Feed – BANKS

Ashes Like Snow – Lily Kershaw

Beauty of the Dark – Mads Langer

Northern Lights – Cider Sky

Have a favorite song or maybe one you haven’t heard in a while? What is it!? I love adding new music to my iPod.

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – September 2019

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Hey there, book addicts!

I hope everyone is doing well. September has been a long and stressful month. I don’t know about anyone else, but I for one and glad it’s about to be October. You know what that means. It’s time to get spooky!!! WOO!

I know the sun has been started setting sooner and sooner lately. The leaves are turning such beautiful colors as they morbidly die. Pumpkins and scarecrows are shining on as Halloween comes rolling around.

Enjoy the sunset of Fall. It’s more orange and lights the sky on fire. It’s the twilight of the year. Enjoy some cider or maybe a deep red wine or some Hot cocoa as you get cuddly and catch up on what you might’ve missed on my blog.

Here’s the Sundown Rundown. Everything I’ve read this month and an opportunity for you to catch up on any reviews you might’ve missed.

 

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E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial in his Adventure on Earth

Author: William Kotzwinkle

An alien botanist gets ditched on earth. Perfect read for those Area 51 raiders! Lol.

 

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A Gift of Magic

Author: Lois Duncan

Some gifts aren’t good ones. A teen girl discovers she’s been given the gift of magic and her life gets crazy.

 

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Night Shift (Midnight, Texas #3)

Author: Charlaine Harris

The Midnighters come together to save the town from the evil that threatens to swallow the town from below.

 

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Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4)

Author: Stephen King

The journey to the Tower continues. The Gunslinger reveals a story most personal. One of love, magic, and tragedy.

 

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The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

A new journey begins for a group of Demigods. A Demigod has memory loss. Monsters keep rising from Tartarus. A Goddess is imprisoned and on the brink of losing her powers.

 

Favorite book: The Lost Hero was a blast! I’m so excited to jump back into the world of Riordan. New heroes as well as some old heroes. And a brand-new prophecy about saving not only the world but the gods!

 

Least favorite book: Night Shift was such a letdown for a variety of reasons. I’m still a little sore about it. The first two were so great and I was just disappointed with this one.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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It’s Not Nice to Mess With Mother Nature (The Lost Hero – A Book Review)

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2010

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated G for parental confusion, missing memories, and sudden demigodliness that stomps angst

 

Jason has a problem.

Piper has a secret.

Leo has a way with tools.

Jason wakes up on a bus with no memories of who and where he is. His friends, Piper and Leo, as well as some other well-known heroes,  help him work to gain his memories back as they go on a quest to find Hera, the Goddess of Marriage & Birth and a missing Demigod. They must hurry

The group struggles to get to the Goddess, though each of them has been presented with many temptations and clues to betray one another. This quest sets a prophecy in motion. Two worlds will collide and they’ll either save the world together or be its destruction.

 

The Heroes of Olympus series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 1 of 5.

 

So, I’m coming into this series when I’ve already read the Percy Jackson novels and The Apollo Trials. I’m getting to the middle. LOL. It’s unorthodox, I know. But I am the kind of reader that can jump around like that and this universe allows you to do that too. You get the lowdown on what’s happened, but not so in-depth that the story is given away if you–like me-hadn’t read it yet. Now, I have an idea of what’s coming but I don’t know everything.

The Gods of Olympus have closed themselves off. Some have gone off the deep end (which isn’t new actually). Camp Half-Blood is still a little lost after the battle of the Titans in Manhattan, having lost some good friends. Percy Jackson is missing. Monsters are rising faster and faster after defeat as if they can’t stay in Tartarus. A new prophecy comes to light and brings up bad blood for everyone. It’s crazy, guys!

This is a new group of Demigods with much of what I know already. That means a new prophecy! Woooo! The world of mythos expands with this series. The Greek and Romans finally collide, but it doesn’t seem like it’ll be a good thing since the last time they did they had a civil war.

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The fresh characters bring a whole new game to this world. I’m really loving that I get to read about a few of the kids from other gods that don’t get much attention. Out of Jason, Piper, and Leo, I like Leo the best. I can’t help it! I love a great sense of humor! Plus, he built a dragon.

Their travels and the Gods and monsters they met took me to colder places. I’m not a fan of the cold, but I really liked that there were new people to meet and places to see. There’s so much homage paid and I really love it. And the way that Riordan blends the world of Gods with the way he ties them into today’s world is phenomenal!

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Overall

The Percy Jackson world is easy to get engulfed in. I love mythology. Greek and Roman are among my top favorites. Granted, I’m not perfect and don’t know them all by heart. It’s fun to hear them over and in such a fun light.

I’m pretty darn excited about this series. I really enjoyed Percy Jackson and I’m so hooked on The Apollo Trials. I’m glad to finally get to the series in between now! It’s so much fun and is definitely going with the rest of my Greek Heroes collection.

 

Quotables:

“I try very hard to be annoying. Don’t insult my ability to annoy. And how am I supposed to resent you if you go apologizing? I’m a lowly mechanic. You’re like the prince of the sky, son of the Lord of the Universe. I’m supposed to resent you.” (Leo to Jason, p. 344)

“Great victory requires great risk.” (Juno, p. 546)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Time Stands Still by All American Rejects.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – Sept. 23, 2019

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Hey there bookworms!

Happy Monday! And if not, then I hope this brightens your day. Here’s a music playlist just for you. Me, I love having one to listen to while reading. There are many other ways to use a playlist though. It’s great for a workout, ignoring people, inspiring you to do something big, or just calming anxiety. Whatever it is, enjoy this playlist!

In The Shadows – The Rasmus

In Too Deep – Sum 41

Still Waiting – Sum 41

Walking on Air – Kerli

Open Your Eyes – Bea Miller

Walk Through the Fire – Zayde Wolf

Gone – Kelly Clarkson

Save My Soul – Jojo

Savin’ Me – Nickelback

Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall – Coldplay

Just A Dream – Nelly

 

Have a favorite?

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Change in the Wind – A Fall Booklist

Hiya booknerds!

How is everyone loving Fall? It’s still nice and summery some days, but the leaves are changing colors! Change is actually what’s helped me create this list!

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First off, I love doing these lists because it gives me an opportunity to look up fresh reads not only to put on my TBR but to put on yours! Or heck, to hear about from you!

Second, I went with change because of the obvious. The seasons are changing. The leaves are changing. Just loads of change! So, I plucked out 2019 books that express a range of color change and/or match up with the vibrant colors of Fall.

Be sure to check out the Goodreads links to get the scoop and put them on your Want to Read list! And, if you’re SUPER intrigued, add them to your booklist on Amazon or just give in to that little voice and (pre-)order it.

 

The Beautiful
Author: Renee Ahdieh
The Beautiful

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Watch Us Rise
Author: Renee Watson
Watch Us Rise

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Shout
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
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The Black Coats
Author: Colleen Oakes
The Black Coats

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The Exalted
Author: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
The Exalted

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The Next to Last Mistake
Author: Amalie Jahn
The Next to Last Mistake

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Crier’s War
Author: Nina Verela
Crier's War

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The Burning Shadow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Burning Shadow

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The Things She’s Seen
Author: Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Things She's Seen

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Dealing in Dreams
Author: Lilliam Rivera
Dealing in Dreams

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Maybe you’ve read a couple already or are anticipating reading them like me. I do hope you found a couple to add to your TBR. Happy Fall!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Tower For True Love (Wizard and Glass – A Book Review)

Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower IV)
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1997

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Rated T for finding true love only to lose it because of destiny

 

Fools are the only folk on earth who can absolutely count on getting exactly what they deserve.

After winning the game of riddles with Blaine, the monorail, Roland, the Gunslinger, and his group: Susannah and Eddie Dean, Jake, and the billy-bumbler, Oy, get lost and Roland finally tells them the origin of Roland’s journey to the Tower that’s tied to the story of losing his first love.

 

The Dark Tower series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 4 of 7 (technically 8, but I’m not including The Wind Through the Keyhole, though I will be reading it.)

 

So far in the Dark Tower series:

 

The Gunslingerreview here

The Drawing of Threereview here

The Waste Landsreview here

This must be my favorite installment so far! I got caught up in the intense life or death situations of The Waste Lands, but Wizard and Glass brought haunting magic, tragic love, and the start of the epic journey to the Tower. There were many revelations and breathtaking moments. So much detail and emotion.

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I’m a lush for a good relationship and build-up to romance. I don’t care what anybody says. What I admire about King’s storytelling is that he can create an act of sex in an animalistic nature, but also bring to life the act of expressing love. He differentiates the two so clearly though they are the same and that really stuck out for me. Roland and Susan were so sweet and I was sighing away about them. The friendship between Roland, Cuthbert, and Alain as well was powerful in its own way. This journey they took really tested their bonds and I was swept away. Stories that accentuate themes like these always grab my attention, even if you can tell they will end tragically.

The book taking place in a flashback of Roland and his two best friends, Cuthbert and Alain, who have just entered the life of Gunslingers and were sent to a dusty town undercover. I got really strong vibes of the wild west, but a disturbing and sci-fi version of it. Traces of the world we know were in it like a Citgo. It made the place recognizable with these little pieces in such a massive span of a world. It also connected every world together this way too. It came together like a perfectly baked cake. Totally digging it.

 

Overall

Beautiful and haunting. This installment is also personal for Roland. He doesn’t share much so I was drinking it up! This is such an intense and amazingly interwoven story. I’m officially sucked in. With more discoveries and secrets coming to light and the tower growing closer, I’m excited to get to the end!

 

Quotables:

“What’s been spoken for may be unspoken, and what’s done may be undone. Nothing’s sure, but…I want her.” (Roland, p. 172)

“True love, like any other strong and addicting drug, is boring once the tale of encounter and discovery is told, kisses quickly grow stale and caresses tiresome…except, of course to those who share the kisses, who give and take the caresses while every sound and color of the world seems to deepen and brighten around them. As with any other strong drug, true love is really only interesting to those who have become is dangerous.” (p.355)

“You’re in the west. The soul of a man such as you can never leave the west. You’ll live in exile and die as you lived.” (p. 500)

“I left the world I knew to watch a kid try to put booties on a fucked-up weasel. Shoot me, Roland, before I breed.” (Eddie, p. 661)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Into the Ocean by Blue October

 

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Midnight, Texas, The Trilogy – A Review

Hey there, book cult!

How’s it going? Read anything good lately? I’m currently getting my Greek demigod on. Maybe you know what I’m talking about. Maybe not. I’ll just leave my mysteriousness here.

So, back in January, I chose five series to read for my book resolution of the year. I really enjoy doing a book resolution throughout the year because I get to challenge myself and read some new books that have been on my TBR for a long while. Not going to lie though, it’s getting close to the wire and I’m not sure I’ll be completing them in time. That’s fine. They’re getting done and I’m having fun getting lost in these stories!

I just finished Midnight, Texas! I know some readers don’t think a trilogy counts when it comes to series, but it’s more than two books so it counts to me.

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Odds are, you’ve already read the reviews for the books and have a pretty decent understanding of my mixed confusion, but mild enjoyment of the books. I wish there’d been more excitement or just more in general, but we’ll get to that. First, the books:

In a small town in Texas called Midnight, Manfred Bernardo comes to live in the place by the pawnshop. The town seems pretty quaint. With only one stoplight in the middle of town, it’s a surprise that it’s on the map at all. Manfred quickly discovers this town is anything but ordinary. It’s full of secrets.

He next-door neighbor is a vampire. Across the street is a witch and her unique cat that seems to know more than it lets on. He’s still not clear on the men at the salon and antique store. When strange things begin happening and is drawing the attention of the outside which is not good for the supernatural residents who love their privacy. The Midnighters will have to work together to save the town.

 

Some questions I have and am contemplating:

Throughout all three books, I was always wondering who these Midnighters are. There were so many secrets and I don’t feel like I figured out anything. Therefore, I didn’t really feel anything for them.

I guess my big question is, will there ever be more books to give readers a chance to get to know the characters some more? Maybe I’m just sounding greedy, but I just need more.

 

The Characters:

The characters were fun and pretty independent. Granted, they felt repetitive in places. However, I liked how each of them held their own power both supernaturally and normally.

Olivia and Manfred are my favorites. I really liked their bromance in the second book. It was fun and edgy. Olivia is not a woman to be fecked with and Manfred knows it. He also appreciates it, which is also really cool!

 

The End:

I shit you not, I was like: Wut?

I know, meme-talk. Not proper for a blogger, but that’s what I’ve got. LOL. The end of this story was rushed and felt incomplete which confused me and let me sulky. Never a good thing. It can ruin an entire series! It didn’t do that for me this time, but I’m still super shaky about how everything went down during the great threat of the apocalypse in Midnight.

 

The Author:

I’ve always heard sweet and good things about Charlaine Harris. I’m quite excited to get to her Sookie Stackhouse novels actually. I like her writing style. It’s unlike any other that I’ve read. Very in the moment and subtle and quaint. The supernatural in the everyday life, like their normal. She takes away the monster and freak aspect of it. I bot enjoy it and feel a little meh. Only a little meh because it takes away the excitement a tad.

All in all, this trilogy was a lot of ups and downs, but not once did I put this down. I didn’t want to. It’s not a bad trilogy at all. It’s just so different from anything I’ve ever read, and I’m BIG on the paranormal/supernatural genre. Definitely worth a read.

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The show is pretty good too! A fantastic cast with Arielle Kebble, …, and many more! Lots of wild fun in the small town. Sadly, it only got two seasons. From my perspective I can see why. They began the first season with the story at the end of the trilogy. It’s kind of difficult to come up with something bigger than that. LOL. Still great though and if you loved True Blood then totally watch it!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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