The Scarlet Playlist – April 8, 2019

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Booknerds, oh how I treasure you,

Happy Monday! Let’s get this week rolling! Here is the playlist of the week. Do what you will with it. It’s my gift to you! Actually, it’s from the original artists, but this arrangement is from me LOL. Enjoy!

Collide – Dishwalla

Lips of an Angel – Hinder

Yellow – Coldplay

Religion – Skylar Grey

Back From the Dead – Skylar Grey 

Rescue Me – Thirty Seconds to Mars

All the Right Moves – OneRepublic

Thing For You – Hinder

Sweet Creature – Harry Styles

I’m Coming Home – Skylar Grey

Take on the World – You Me At Six

Think Twice – Eve 6

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Speedy Quote Sunday

Speedy Quote Sunday

Lovers of books!

First off, I’m so sorry for my lateness with Speedy Quote Sunday. There was a tech issue and it didn’t publish. If you thought it did earlier today, well, it screwed up. I apologize, guys.

So I have some great quotes from books that make me happy and I enjoy them.

“Being a doll is an odd thing. I spend more time on the shelf than at play.” (King’s Cage, Victoria Aveyard)

The description used really made me shudder with some creeps. Dolls can be creepy. But this was also a perfect way to describe feeling useless, fragile, and thrown away.

 

“There is no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.” (A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin)

Very true! Fear is sticky business and to be afraid of things is natural. Facing those things is more terrifying, but such an adrenaline rush!

 

“If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first. And then I’ll die.” (Five Feet Apart, Rachael Lippincott)

This. So important! We’ll all die someday, but don’t forget to live!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Wicked Comes to Kansas (Yellow Brick War – A Book Review)

Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die #3)
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: 2016

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated S for stranded wicked witches in Kansas that are ultimately screwed.

 

Home was nowhere now…(p. 1)

Amy’s back in Kansas, unfortunately. And she’s not alone. Nox, Glamora, Mombi, and Gert are stranded in the flat, dusty state too. The only way to get back to Oz and to the war breaking out there is to find Dorothy’s original shoes. Yes, the silver ones.

To get them, Amy has to do the unthinkable. She has to go back to high school. So much has changed since she disappeared to Oz. Her mom is sober. Her enemy at school suddenly wants to be best friends. A tornado sweeping through Dusty Acres might just be the best thing too ever happen.

Amy must stick to her mission. She must kill Dorothy. Many have died because of her failures. When she returns to Oz, she won’t fail. She can’t.

 

The Dorothy Must Die series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 3 of 4

 

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Dorothy Must Die Review: Here

 

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The Wicked Will Rise Review: Here

 

So much cool went down in this book. Right as I was beginning to wonder what was happening back in Kansas, POOF, Amy gets a quick trip home! While totally cringe-y, it was also engrossing! While magic is risky and is working to twist Amy into something dangerous, in Kansas she’s got nada in the magic department.

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And if it’s not one pain in the ass then it’s another. And this time, it’s another and it’s in Kansas. Who knew, right? But, without magic, can Amy stop it? Well, I can’t spoil that. But there’s so much tension and so much happening in this book! Feelings. Old enemies. Old friends. Broken hearts. Unexpected reunions. BATTLE!

This book didn’t wait to break my heart, not a single second wasted. Amy, and not just her, really got put through the wringer. I’ve really caught on to Paige loving to rip into the pain first and then keeping the sting of it alive throughout the story, and she does very well with it. My heart just kept falling

Side Note: This book really highlighted just how bad of a liar Amy is. It’s hilarious.

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The scenery is ever-changing. Really wicked too. I was as surprised and stunned as Amy with everything. It was like being in The Twilight Zone in Kansas AND Oz. “Is this really happening?” kept flitting through my brain as I read. Also, the further the book got the more horrifying it grew. I keep thinking this can’t get more grotesque but damn if it didn’t. I couldn’t feel worse for Toto especially. I mean, the little yapper is evil, but he got a nasty fate that no animal deserves.

 

Overall

The mission is getting darker and darker by the page. I’m always so taken with the action! Amy is such a fighter and a sassy one at that. It never ceases to impress me. Really. The young woman is a fighter and I’m here for it! She’s Oz’s vampire slayer and Dorothy is the apocalypse…little Buffy analogy there. Totally well placed in my opinion.

 

Quotables:

“If you want to help us get back too Oz, you have to go back to high school.” (Gert to Amy, p. 18)

“The world I grew up in is gone, too. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to give up on it. Because if you give up—then what is there left to live for?” (Amy to Nox, p. 141)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? What Now by Rihanna.

 

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Pressing Buttons (Gwendy’s Button Box – A Book Review)

Gwendy’s Button Box
Author: Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
Published: 2017

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated S for subtle mystery and the bittersweet nobody expects in life.

 

“Take care of the box. It gives gifts, but they’re small recompense for the responsibility.”

It’s 1974. It was a bright and sunny day in Castle Rock, Maine when twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson met a strange man on a bench. He gives her a box with special buttons and levers, promising that it holds gifts for her. He doesn’t divulge how long she is meant to hold on to it. Just that she takes care of it. Protecting the box changes her life in unbelievable ways.

 

Gwendy is given something remarkable and powerful. A box with buttons on it that if she presses make things happen. Or do they? It’s actually quite mysterious. The box, an unnoticeable thing, except to her, yet it has such a massive presence and effect on everyone around, and including, Gwendy. A real Pandora’s Box feel.

This was such a bittersweet read. It has that haunting veil hanging over it. It’s incredible. Not a top read for me, but a delightful one. I’m glad I read it. Also, the cover art is GORGEOUS and a perfect look into the important parts of the novella. It reminds a bit of Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block. Not the horrifying part, but the stairs.

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Tampa Bay

Real and raw, this novella shows the true test of humanity and our ability to resist temptation and handle power. The characters were incredibly beautiful and scary. It’s such an oxymoronic pair, but so true. I really admired how they were written. So basic, yet I got attached to them pretty quick.

There was magic that was indescribable. It wasn’t as I’ve read in the many paranormal books I’ve consumed over the years, and there’s quite a few. LOL. It was surreal, almost as if there wasn’t magic at all because I wasn’t sure that some parts involved actual magic. If it wasn’t just humanity inevitably doing what humanity does. But then, I was really wanting to see something big happen!

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Overall

I think this a great read. I’ll have to look into other Castle Rock novels now. More to add to my reading list!! LOL. Certainly, a story that will pull at the heartstrings a little. I enjoyed the comical bits and especially the way it wasn’t over the top. Completely natural. And all in a one-day read. Hell, not even a full twenty-four hours. A two-four hour read, if you’re like me and enjoy taking your time.

 

Quotables:

“Stashed away in this world of ours, are great arsenals of weapons that could destroy all life on this planet for a million years.” (Farris to Gwendy, p, 23)

“Gwendy has a thought: secrets are a problem. They weigh on the mind and take up space in the world.” (Gwendy, p. 30)

“It’s wetter than a taco fart down there and just as smelly.” (Mr. Peterson to Gwendy, p. 83)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Drive By by Train.

 

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Good VS Wicked (The Wicked Will Rise – A Book Review)

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: 2015

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated B for unexpected backstabbing and getting blindsides with loss of precious things you didn’t realize were precious.

 

My name is Amy Gumm and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

The moment Amy entered Oz she was put on a mission. To kill Dorothy. Turned out not to be as easy as she thought. While she now knows some wicked magic and is getting a handle on it, the Order of the Wicked has been scattered after a large battle in the Emerald City.

Now, Amy will have to devise a different way to defeat Dorothy and the Wizard may have just helped her out with that, but can she trust him? Can she trust anyone? Wickedness changes like the wind changes direction when it blows. For now, she’ll focus on her mission. She’ll need the Tin Man’s heart, the Lion’s courage, and the Scarecrow’s brain. Only then does she stand a chance against Dorothy…maybe.

 

The Dorothy Must Die series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 2 of 4.

 

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Dorothy Must Die Review Here

 

Not long at all after the events of the first book, Dorothy gets lucky and survives the assassination attempt and Amy is saved by Ollie, the wingless monkey. Yep, the one from the beginning of the first book! Given the temporary responsibility of taking care of the rightful ruler of Oz: Ozma, and going for round two against Dorothy, while also wondering what happened to the Order (but mostly Nox), Amy’s got her hands full. Ozma’s got a bit of a cracked gourd, but that doesn’t matter…right? And Dorothy’s got a lot more powerful than originally thought. Nox. Just thinking about him ties up Amy’s insides, but for good or bad?

Amy’s struggles only get more complex with this book.

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The boundaries of Oz continue to be endless and surprising. The wingless ones and Polychrome, and her rainbow citadel come in on this part of the journey. It’s quite beautiful too. Very colorful and magical, especially, Polychrome’s “unicorn”. Beautiful scenery. I’m continuously swept away by it in this series. Brava.

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Also, Nox and Amy are getting some serious chemistry! In the first book, it was just a simmer, but it really puts its foot on the gas pedal this time. I did admire that it wasn’t the main plot point. It was on the side, but still really cool. Nox and Amy have a unique relationship. While their chemistry is fiery, they have a great partnership. Friends to lovers and all that. Always a BIG plus for me.

Magic became a villain that Amy officially struggles with. Turns out that being Wicked isn’t always good and neither is having magic powers. I never thought I witness magic being so evil no matter how good you are with it. For Amy, that’s what seems to be the case. Her struggle with magic is something that really grabbed my attention. The side effects and the study of it from Oz-ian POV is impressive. Also, it’s pretty creepy.

 

Overall

I’m still entertained and intrigued by this series. This installment was fresh and just action-packed. Amy is getting in deeper and deeper with Oz. It seems like Oz is becoming a home away from home and doing battle is the new normal, but is this really what she wants? So many questions. Like, what happens when Amy uses too much magic. It gets ugly. And, is the Wizard trustworthy? Is anybody? More so, I really enjoyed that this book took the time to give the characters even more depth and backstory. Big props for that.

 

Quotables:

“Remember—don’t be wicked. Unless you really have to!” (Queen Lulu of the Monkeys to Amy, p. 128)

“Faith: everybody knows it’s something you’re supposed to have, but it’s harder to put that into practice when your senses are telling you all hope is lost.” (Amy, p. 160)

“Amy gets a gold star. Dorothy wears the dunce cap for spinning foolish taradiddles.” (the Wizard, p. 284)

“I knew what would happen if I killed her. I would be accepting the mantle I’d been promised. Finally, I would be Wicked. Really Wicked. And there would be no going back.” (Amy, p. 289)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Headstrong by Trapt

 

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Scarlet Playlist – April 1, 2019

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Book clan! 

Happy Monday. Annnnnd…April Fools! Man, who would’ve thought there’d bee a day dedicated to pulling pranks. All in all, it’s quite delightful. It’s good to have a day of fun. I think so anyway.

So, here’s the playlist of the week. Read to it. Write to it. Dance, hum, or drive to it. Hell, pull epic pranks to it…if you can. Whatever you want, except robbing banks to it. You cannot rob banks to this playlist. Not. Allowed.

Be Like That – 3 Doors Down

All For You – Sister Hazel

Change Your Mind – Sister Hazel

Miss You – Nickelback

Viva La Vida – Coldplay

Gone – Kelly Clarkson

Come Home – OneRepublic

Over My Head (Cable Car) – The Fray

Wherever You Will Go – The Calling

Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script

Rain – Creed

Feels Like Tonight – Daughtry

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Midnight Tease

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Hiya Book-ish humans!

It’s the midnight hour, sweets, and if you’re up then you’re a night owl like me. This is the Midnight Tease. Here, I share what I’ll be reading, am currently reading, and what will be up for review. Exciting, I know. LOL.

This month is going to be a big reading month, I hope. March certainly was. I can’t say there’s been much exciting going on. Oh, wait. I did get a chance to go see the movie: Us. It was freaky, intense, and deeply disturbing. Excellent film. Kudo’s Mr. Peele. It’s a brand new side of horror you’ve got there. I call it Mindfuck Horror. I really did enjoy it.

And that’s about the extent of my exciting life. LOL.

I will say this last bit before we move on to books. E. L. James has a new book coming out soon. The Mister. And you’re damn straight that I’m pretty excited about it. I’m very curious to read it and to see James out from behind Fifty Shades. It sounded pretty daring actually. The release date is set for Apr. 16th this year.

 

Coming Soon…

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Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas
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The Last Magician & The Devil’s Thief
Author: Lisa Maxwell

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The Stand
Author: Stephen King
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Wizard and Glass & Wolves of Calla
Author: Stephen King

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The Outsiders
Author: S. E. Hinton
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Currently…

Unbreakable yes

 

The Vampire Diaries: Vol. 2 The Hunters Moonsong
Author: L. J. Smith
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King’s Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
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Half Bad
Author: Sally Green
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Daughter of Egypt
Author: Constance of Banyon
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Amazon

 

 

Up for Review…

Up for Review

 

The Wicked Will Rise & The Yellow Brick War
Author: Danielle Paige

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Gwendy’s Button Box
Author: Stephen King
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The Wood
Author: Chelsea Bubolski
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Busy month! I think it’s going to be a fun one too. I’m excited about the book tag and book list! Get psyched, bookworms! Spring is here!

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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