Secrets Among Honesty (Midnight Crossroad – A Book Review)

Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: 2014

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Rated

 

You might pass through the town of Midnight without noticing it, if there weren’t a stoplight at the intersection of Witch Light Road and the Davy highway.

Such a small town with many boarded-up windows and curious inhabitants, Manfred Bernardo is its newest resident. Moving into the open place beside the pawnshop, Manfred is welcomed by everyone, even after he tells them he’s a psychic. He discovers quickly that he’s going to fit in just perfectly. As perfect as it can go with a vampire neighbor and a witch who lives across the street.

Then the pawnshop’s owner, Bobo is thrown into rough waters when his girlfriend turns up dead. Manfred and the rest of the town step in to help figure out who did it. Several secrets come to light, but so many more still hide under the surface of Midnight.

 

The Midnight, Texas trilogy is a part of my New Year’s resolution and this is 1 of 3.

 

This is my first time reading from Harris and I really enjoy her books. There’s something light and down to earth about them. I’m still collecting her Sookie Stackhouse novels so I won’t be able to get to those anytime soon. But, I’m glad to have this trilogy to get my taste into Harris’s supernatural world.

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There is such a wide range of characters. They’re all special and unique and given attention and I like that. It made all of Midnight important. I love a good community that can rally together. However, I wish it could’ve gotten more personal with the characters. Because I didn’t know enough about them I couldn’t get attached to them. I like trying to figure out what makes characters so mysterious, but this verged on vague and disinterest that pushed them toward not important.

The energy of this book was at a comfortable hum. It just felt like a day in the neighborhood which is super nifty. I felt I was resident in this dry, supernatural town. Loved it! The best bit has to be how steady the storytelling is. Just day to day without rush. These are the lives of the Midnighters.

I will be a little grumpy here and say that I can’t believe it took so long for the cat to talk! Like holy cow! Having seen the show, I found Mr. Snuggly to be so entertaining. I am glad he wasn’t just added in and is a part of the trilogy. Such a bonus!

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Overall

While this doesn’t quite make it to my favorites shelf, I am definitely keeping it. It’s a beautiful book. I swear it’s like it’s filled with kindness and normalness for the supernatural. They’re just living the normal life like us. Plus, the cover art is gorgeous.

 

Quotables:

“You people who live in Midnight. You’re all marching to the beat of a different drummer.” (Arthur to Bobo, p. 160)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Midnight by Emily Thomas.

 

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Zombies in the Big City (Zom-B: City – A Book Review)

Zom-B: City (Zom-B #3)
Author: Darren Shan
Published: 2013

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Rated D for an undead teenager that will do whatever it takes to survive, but won’t be anybody butt-monkey.

 

The lack of Activity, the silence, the zombies sheltering in the deserted cars—I assume the worst.

B has finally made it out of the underground facility that was gearing up to use her as a weapon. Now in the city, B has heard that the military is sweeping the city for survivors. While she weaves through the city, making her way through zombies, she meets different people as she makes her way to the next pick-up point. Trouble quickly finds her and she must make some dangerous choices.

 

Zom-B series so far…

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In this next chapter of B’s zombie adventures, she is in London and she comes face to face with the mutants that are responsible for the zombie breakout. It’s wild and I’m was left wondering what B will do now. They’re still pretty creepy. The story still keeps up with the action and gore of the undead, though pretty basic which didn’t leave me shocked sadly. The danger this time are ones that were seen before shit broke loose all the way at the beginning. B describes them as mutants and they’re pretty gnarly looking. Instead of attacking her, they and Mr. Dowling (A creepy fucking clown. Like seriously, why does it always have to be clowns?) want B to join them as they terrorize people. Of course, this conflicts with her new lease on life to be a better person.

New characters came into the story and as usual, I wonder if they’ll be seen again. A group of military delinquents and a not-all-there artist, Tim, who is pretty sure he’s a prophet of the zombie apocalypse. They’re pretty wild and not all there. I actually got some The Walking Dead vibes with these other people. I do hope that B finds somebody that doesn’t come off psychotic. Her journey is a lonely one and while I still don’t like her, I do feel some pity for her, but she’s tough and literally heartless. Whatever comes next, I’m sure she can hack it.

 

Overall

The books move pretty fast so I get them done within a couple hours. Each act as a chapter with something new and grisly. While sometimes silly, I still find myself intrigued. This may be the 3rd book, but the story is pretty slow going with curiosities in every book that leave me with questions. I want to know what is in store for B next. Of course, I already know it’ll be worse than this.

 

Quotables:

“The dead are the best listeners in the world. The corpse takes it all in, never interrupts, doesn’t criticize me, lets me waffle on for as long as I like.” (B, 15)

“In the end, stripped bare of everything else, as everyone is eventually, all we’re left with is the truth.” (Tim, p. 91)

“Silly old B! Still keen to help the living. Will I never learn?” (B, p. 162)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Girls Chase Boys by Ingrid Michaelson.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – Aug. 5, 2019

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Hey there, book lovers!

Happy Monday! And if it’s not a happy one then I hope this cheers you up. This is the Scarlet Playlist. I came up with it because I enjoy listening to music while I read. It intensifies the story!

However, you may use this for whatever you like. Put it to a workout or cooking or daydreaming. Whatever fits your fancy. I made this for you!

Cry – Mandy Moore

Bright – Echosmith

What Ifs – Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina

Bubbly – Colbie Caillat

Imagination – The Cranberries

Be Still – Kelly Clarkson

Beside You – Mariana’s Trench

Wait For Me – Theory of a Dead Man

Gold – Brit Nicole

Raging Fire – Phillip Phillips

Same Mistake – James Blunt

Dizzy – The Goo Goo Dolls

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Hey there book clan!

IF you’re reading this then it’s well past your bedtime. Lol, kidding. It’s the midnight hour and you must be a night owl like me. And since you are still up, here are the books that I’ll be tackling from my TBR mountain.

Now, I know there are some I’m still working on from a few months back, but I’ve been making decent headway, so let’s see what I’m tackling this month!

Here we go!!!

 

Coming Soon…

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The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer
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Yep…still making my way towards it. There will be a review on it!…Eventually. LOL.

 

Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4)
Author: Stephen King
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Working my way to the Tower.

 

E. T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Author: William Kotzwinkle
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Loved the movie and I couldn’t believe when I found the movie to book adaptation.

 

Currently…

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Dayshift & Nightshift (Midnight, Texas #2 & #3)
Author: Charlaine Harris

 

 

A Gift of Magic
Author: Lois Duncan
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The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
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Up for Review…

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Zom-B: City
Author: Darren Shan
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Zom-B: Angels
Author: Darren Shan
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Lothaire
Author: Kresley Cole
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Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1)
Author: Charlaine Harris
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Dreamfall
Author: Amy Plum
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Moving forward finally and getting some new reads on the chopping block!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – July 2019

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Hey there, bookworms!

It’s the end of July. Can you believe that!? Summer went by so fast this year. Of course, I had some flash flooding and loads of rain, too, this year, so it didn’t feel like much of a summer. My flowers didn’t even bloom because the weather was so crazy. They grew quite a bit though! Just no blooms. There’s always next year. I did some bell peppers this year and they seem to be sprouting pretty good though.

While the sun sets on the end of the month, here’s everything I’ve read this month. I went a little off-road with my TBR list to compensate a little, but I got more reading done than last month. My reading may slow down a bit in the future. I’ve got a few things changing up in my life. I don’t want you to think I’m going anywhere. I’m not. There are just some things happening. I may be switching jobs and my mum is up for surgery. So don’t go leaving me, guys. I’m still here to ramble about books to you.

I imagine you’re ready for some great relaxing time. Your work shift is over. You’ve had dinner, whether it was fried chicken or chicken flavored ramen. Now, in some of the last light of the day, dusk, with its pretty and soft orange and purples and blues, and the fireflies…

In any case, you’re in your happy and chill place. Here’s what you might’ve missed this month.

 

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Good Omens

Author: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

An angel and a demon get together to stop the end of the world…best joke ever, right? Except it’s not, and if they don’t find the antichrist they’re in trouble. Well, they’re in trouble anyway, but not as much trouble, right?

 

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A Discovery of Witches

Author: Deborah Harkness

Diana Bishop, a historian at Oxford, meets Matthew de Clermont, scientist and suddenly their worlds change completely. She’s just a witch…he’s just a vampire…can I make any more obvious? As their love grows complicated, they’ll discover their destiny is much bigger than they originally thought, and secrets long hidden come to light.

 

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First Men in the Moon

Author: H. G. Wells

Two men jump into a sphere and shoot to the moon. The discoveries they make are out of this world.

 

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Zom-B

Author: Darren Shan

B is stuck in school when the zombie outbreak occurs across all of Europe. It has to be a joke, but soon enough B and a handful of classmates are forced to work together if they hope to get out with their brains intact.

 

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Zom-B: Underground

Author: Darren Shan

B is officially zombie-fied. After awakening in an underground facility and meeting others like her, she quickly discovers that these scientists aren’t trying to help them and she needs to figure out a game plan to get out. Fast.

 

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Shadow of Night

Author: Deborah Harkness

Diana and Matthew timewalk to Elizabethan London in search of a witch that may be able to help Diana with her witch training. Both get caught up in the past for different reasons and must be careful if they hope not to make ripples that extend into the future, their present.

 

Favorite book this month: DEFINITELY A Discovery of Witches, the beginning of an epic love and magic trilogy. So much tribulation and danger and yearning. I’m hopelessly addicted I tell you! There aren’t enough words for how much I am loving these books.

Least favorite book this month: First Men in the Moon really threw me off. I love to get some good classics under my belt. If I’ve said it once I’ve said it toooooo many times. Classics have laid out some serious foundation for books and should always be on a bookworm’s curriculum. This one just wasn’t my flavor. It was silly and just wasn’t for me. There was too much that didn’t make this realistic enough for me. I enjoy sci-fi but this was pushing itt.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Weaving Across Europe (Shadow of Night – A Book Review)

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2)
Author: Deborah Harkness
Published: 2012

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Rated T for witchy time-tampering and tinkering.

 

In every ending there is a new beginning.

Diana and Matthew’s timewalk to Elizabethan London is a success. There, they meet more of Matthew’s friends and family, including his father who isn’t alive in their time. While the two move across England searching for a witch that can help Diana reach her full potential as a witch, they also discover they have a shot at seeing the Book of Life in its entirety.

They are quickly drawn into the world of the past, the historian in Diana living in a dream come true while Matthew tries to fix things he didn’t during this time. Caught up in the times, the two must be careful, for their actions may have consequences in the future. And where there is shadow there is light.

 

The All Souls Trilogy is a part of my New Year’s Resolution. This is book 2 of 3.

 

This story only gets better and better! I’m not much of a history buff, but this time travel was amazing! Harkness didn’t spare a single detail. I was utterly beguiled by the scenery and magic. It was so beautiful! From the dangerous encounters to all of the magic to the true love and endearing family, I am just so here for it. Meeting Phillipe, Matthew’s father, and Gallowglass, his nephew, was among my favorite! For vampires, they’re so lively and their loyalty was unyielding. Such admirable characters once again.

Side Note: They’re terrible at keeping secret that they’re from the future. LOL.

There were so many new characters! I was so excited. There were also some familiar ones like Christopher Marlowe, who by the way was an utter douchebag. Brilliant mind! Evil little snit. Many others of history made a cameo and it was so beautiful interwoven with this magical story.

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Matthew and Diana’s love still has me mesmerized. It’s complicated and tail-spinning and surprising. They’re unconventional and there’s the struggle of finding equal partnership as well as being able to let each other into each other’s lives. Of course, there were times I shook my head because they could get super lovey-dovey and it would come off strong and maybe a little cheesy. Diana and Matthew are such strong characters and put a lot of faith in one another. The obstacles they face in this book are mainly themselves and allowing themselves to open up and not let their faults get in the way of how they feel and to accept and move past these faults. My emotions were a-stirrin’.

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Overall

This trilogy has dragged me in further and further. Just complex and original. As such an avid lover of the paranormal, I’d started to wonder if I’d read and seen everything magic had to offer. This trilogy still blows me out of the water! Harkness’s way with words is poetic and filled with splendor. Also, I’ve caught the sneak peeks of season 2 of A Discovery of Witches on Twitter and I am so effing EXCITED!!!! I recommend all of it; the show and the books.

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Quotables:

“Giving a woman your whole life is meaningless without giving her your whole heart as well. You should pay more attention to the conclusion of that love token, not just the beginning.” (Phillipe to Matthew, p. 113)

“Mark me well, Diana: Lives will be lost because of your love for my son. Some will sacrifice themselves. Others will die because someone must, and it will be for you to decide if it is you or them or someone you love…” (Phillipe to Diana, p. 160)

“Whoever could have imagined that the lost Book of Life would stink to high heaven of death?” (p. 462)

“After all my searching, I discover that I am who I always was: Matthew de Clermont. Husband. Father. Vampire. And I am here for only one reason: To make a difference.” (Matthew to Diana, p. 469)

“Nightmares are like Master Harriot’s star glass. They are a trick of the light, one that makes something distant seem closer and larger than it really is.” (Matthew to Jack, p. 552)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Way Down We Go by Kaleo.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – July 29, 2019

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Hey, bookworms!

Happy Monday! This is the Scarlet Playlist where I drop you a music playlist to read to. OF course, you can sing to it, dance to it, do a weird bathroom ritual to it. I don’t care LOL. Just no robbing banks to it. That’s not allowed. The Scarlet Playlist is not a crime playlist.

So you can get on with your epic day, here’s the playlist to make it more awesome!

Building a Mystery – Sarah McLachlan

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Never Let Me Go – Florence + The Machine

Fucking Perfect – P!NK

Walk Me Home Tonight – P!NK

When It Rains – Paramore

Always Remember Us This Way – Lady Gaga

Rockabye – Clean Bandit ft. Annemarie and Sean Paul

Baby – Kat Graham

Kids – Mikky Ekko

Eclipse (All Yours) – Metric

Big Yellow Taxi – Counting Crows ft. Vanessa Carlton

 

Have a great week!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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