How High…(First Men in the Moon – A Book Review)

First Men in the Moon
Author: H. G. Wells
Published: 1901

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated C for crazy ideas that are illogical and come from the minds of two people that are probably really high.

 

Up, Up, And Away!

Mr. Bedford confronts a man about his very strange habits that occurs right outside his apartment and the adventure begins there. Mr. Cavor enlists his help after inventing a that can hold two travelers, food, and whatever other necessities required. Slingshotting to the moon, they underestimate what they discover on their trip and this journey becomes a harrowing adventure of survival.

 

This was a strange, yet comical book. Yes, I know, this is a classic that came before spacewalking. We’ve been to the moon already and sent probes to many other moons and planets, but I still expected something a little more philosophical then two men creating a strange substance that provided an opportunity to go to the moon. Personally, I think that this substance actually got these two men high and they never really went to the moon. They hallucinated it. But, that’s just me. The mention of From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon by Jules Verne was pretty nifty.

Cavor and Bedford came across like excitable children. I couldn’t take them seriously and I felt the same about the story. It was good, but not realistic, not even for the genre.  It took away from it though. The imagery was pretty vivid, albeit a little scatter-brained like the characters. LOL.

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The setting was wild and a bit stretching. From the moon having oxygen to Selenites (moon inhabitants) that are watery squishies, it’s pretty farfetched. And I can’t forget the mooncalves aka moon cows. My favorite thing. Mom and I laughed so hard about them. However, the gravity on the moon was epic. Being able to make leaping bounds? That’d be pretty cool.

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Overall

This book is pretty entertaining, but it wasn’t as good as The Time Machine. I just couldn’t fully get my head around this one because it was incredibly outrageous, in a fun way of course. I found myself laughing so much. It just came off as silly, which isn’t typical of a classic.

 

Quotables:

“I was like a child in wonderland all that night.” (p. 45)

“It was not like the beginning of a journey; it was like the beginning of a dream.” (p.56)

“Over me, about me, closing in on me, embracing me ever nearer, was the Eternal that which was before the beginning and that which triumphs over the end; that enormous void in which all light and life being I but the thin and vanishing splendor of a falling star, the cold, the stillness, the silence—the infinite and final Night of space.” (p. 197)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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My Blog’s Name in Books – A Book Tag

Hey there, book nerds!

How are you doing? It’s already the middle of the week and I was just thinking about what my book tag of the month would be and poof! I discovered a fun one! I found it while taking a peek at The Bibliophile Girl – a really nice book blog. Anywho, the tag is pretty self-explanatory from the title. I’ll be plucking titles from my TBR list-which is so freaking long by the way-to spell out my blog name. On the plus side, the list will be long LOL. so, let’s get this thing!

TToil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe

HThe Haunted by Danielle Vega

EE. T.: The Extraterrestrial by William Kotzwinkle (There’s a book based on the classic movie! A score find!)

 

SStone & Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

CCarnie Punk – Rachel Caine

AAnimal Farm by George Orwell

RRobinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

LLegendary by Stephanie Garber (I’m making my way toward it! I have it, but my TBR list is uber long.)

EThe Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

TThese Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

 

RThe Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

E – An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris

AAwaken by Katie Kavinsky

DDevilish by Maureen Johnson

EThe Elementals: Earth by Day Parker

RThe Revenge by Hannah Jayne

 

It was tricky to figure out some of these! I’m not tagging anybody in this, but if you feel like giving it a shot then definitely do!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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It Begins… (A Discovery of Witches – A Book Review)

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)
Author: Deborah Harkness
Published: 2011

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated B for characters that bewitch you, bewilder you and make you melt into a massive puddle from swooning so hard.

 

It begins with absence and desire.

It begins with blood and fear.

It begins with a discovery of witches.

Diana Bishop, of the Bishop witches that date back to Salem, and also a young scholar of Oxford spends her days studying and researching alchemy in Oxford’s Bodleian Library while also resisting using her magic. Then one day she calls up a manuscript that hasn’t been seen in centuries. Witches, vampires, and daemons alike gather, waiting for her to call it again. More than anything she wants to be left alone.

Her entire world shifts when she meets Matthew Clermont, fellow doctor of Oxford and vampire, who like others, is very interested in the manuscript. What begins as a mission to get Diana to call up the manuscript soon turns into something much deeper, passionate, and filled with many discoveries than either of them intended. They’ll stand up to anything and everyone in their way to protect each other and the manuscript that may contain the most important answers to questions about their existence.

 

The All Souls Trilogy is a part of my New Year’s Resolution. This is book 1 of 3.

 

For the last twenty-four hours, I’ve been debating about how to begin this review. I’ll start where I began with this beautiful, mesmerizing series. The television show. I’d heard about it through a grapevine—I can’t remember which—and knew in my gut that I just had to watch it. I knew it wasn’t the typical broody supernatural show. There was both complexity and sophistication and so much beauty. I was blown away. So that’s where it began for me and then I just had to read the trilogy.

The book was long and deep, but I can honestly say that I feel like it didn’t drag. There’s purpose and a sense of longing and wonder with magic weaved in-between. Witch water and witch fire. Vampires as hunters. And daemons as overly intelligent and creative beings that dance on the line of sanity. I’m bewitched I tell you!

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Diana and Matthew are drawn together through powerful passion, magic, and determination. The chemistry between the two of them is fire! I’m melting from the heat and certainly not complaining. I admire how stubborn they both are and how they stand up for what they believe in and how they feel. It’s so intense and incredible. It shook me, guys. And also, if you’ve read this already or watched the show, French bundling. LOL. I’ll never stop laughing like a moron at that. It’s so adorable, yet blush-worthy. The book made me feel intensely.

The surrounding characters were also phenomenal! I loved all of them! Well, except for Knox and Gerbert. They’re villainous dillholes. Ugh! So many dimensions and life and all-around loveable other characters. I especially loved when everyone was together under the Bishop roof. I especially loved how the Bishop witches are surprising, almost as if to say they’re the weirdos of their species. LOL.

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And Marcus and Miriam, gah! Love them. They, along with Mathew, don’t come across as the typical type of vampire: broody and depressing. It’s refreshing. In fact, they take on a realistic facet, coming across as dominant creatures. Of course, coming across the Bishops created a great challenge.

There was so much to take in with this book. All good. All amazing. Completely mind-blowing. From the world building of Oxford to Madison to Sept Tours, it was all vivid and colorful and just gorgeous. The imagery was just stunningly realistic and added so much to the characters and swept me away.

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Overall

I honestly don’t have a bad thing to say about this book. Not a damn one. Finding the right words for this review was so difficult because this book was what I can only describe as ineffable and obviously rambling. It was in-depth and magical and splendid in how Diana and Matthew and all of the other characters worked my emotions. Praise from all angles from me. People told me this would be one of those ones that would become an obsession and it has! It’s just absolutely magnificent from head to toe, from magic to love, just absolute perfection. There’s so much more to this story than what the show gave, but they’re both so fantastic and leave me desperate for more. Never read anything like this. I need to start the next one!

 

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Quotables:

“Aunt Sarah had always told me that magic was a gift. If it was, it had strings attached that bound me to all the Bishop witches who had come before me. There was a price to be paid for using this inherited magical power and for working spells and charms that made up the witches’ carefully guarded craft.” (Diana, p. 13)

“I want what I shouldn’t want, and I crave someone I can never have.” (Mathew, p. 106)

“A witch shouldn’t keep secrets from other witches. Bad things happen when she does.” (Gillian to Diana, p. 122)

“Did you know that a witch’s blood makes music? Like a siren who sings to the sailor, asking him to steer his ship into the rocks, the call of your blood could be my undoing—and yours.” ‘(Mathew to Diana, p. 175)

“Dying was nothing at all like I’d expected it to be. There was a moment of bone-deep quiet. A sense of parting and regret. Then nothing.” (p. 503)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? It Won’t Kill Ya by The Chainsmokers ft. Louane.

 

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Blast to the Past – A Book List

Hey, booksters!

Thinking about July, I haven’t done a historical book list before. So, I peeked around the YA books and found a great set to recommend! I don’t typically read these though I love YA. Studying history is a delight. I’m just not drawn to the side-genre.

For those of you who love to time jump back in time, this list is for you! For those of you looking to take a chance on the next great read, look here!

 

Enchantee
Author: Gita Trelease
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When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must go to great length to protect and provide for her naïve sister and volatile brother, including good cons and dangerous magic that had been forbidden by her mother. What’s one to do? Next, Camille will take on the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

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The Maid
Author: Kimberly Cutter
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The Hundred Years War rages on. Charles VII doesn’t have the strength to go on, but a peasant girl hears the powerful voice of God speak her name. Jehanne. She’ll take to the battlefield and lead thousands. Unspoken love and uncertainty of faith, she escaped her violent father and became a visionary and saint at a devastating cost.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Orphan Monster Spy
Author: Matt Killeen
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Penguin Random House

Sarah, a Jewish girl-turned-spy infiltrates an elite Nazi boarding school for daughters of top Nazi leaders during WWII. She thought she was ready, but she wasn’t prepared for her cutthroat schoolmates. The battle for survival is unlike anything she imagined.

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Until We Meet Again
Author: Renee Collins
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Cassandra craves drama and adventure and she finds it in the last place she expected, Massachusetts with her mother and stepfather. A place she deems snooty and unbearable. The last thing she expected was a stranger to wash up on her shore or his claims to be from the year 1925. As they get to know each other, she discovers something that puts their growing feelings for one another in jeopardy and must find a way to change history id she hopes to save him.

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Gilt
Author: Katherine Longshore
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Kitty Tylney is thrust into a world of beautiful gowns and jewels and elegant parties when her best friend worms her way into the heart of King Henry VIII and brings her into the court. Though torn between two men, she is surrounded by secrets, lies, and affairs. The rise and fall of her best friend as queen puts her in a tough position where she must learn how to keep being a good friend when it could mean her head.

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Salt to the Sea

Author: Ruta Sepetys

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WWII is drawing to a close and thousands of refugees of East Prussia trek towards freedom. Three people come together, finding strength, courage, and trust in each other, but the promise of salvation is destroyed and a fight for survival begins.

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Outrun the Moon
Author: Stacey Lee
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Penguin Random House

San Francisco, 1906. Mercy Wong is determined to break out of poverty and does so by getting into St. Claire’s School for Girls, an elite school for the wealthy. Though it took cunningness and some bribery, getting in was the easy part. Then a historic earthquake strikes the city and she won’t just sit back while so many are suffering.

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Within These Lines
Author: Stephanie Morrill
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Evalina Cassano’s life in 1941 is everything it’s supposed to be for an Italian-American family that is and then she meets Taichi Hamasaki. Her world changes as they fall in love. Inter-racial marriage is illegal in California, but she’s determined to find a way for them to be together. Then rage for the Japanese erupts across the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Evalina and Taichi are separated and must hold onto everything they hold dear in hopes of coming back to each other.

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What the Night Sings
Author: Vesper Stamper
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After losing her family and everything she knew in the Nazi concentration camps, Gerta is a survivor. In a displaced persons camp, she meets Lev, also a survivor. One that she may be falling for. Though it’s a struggle, she’ll work to return to the life she once knew with a newfound Jewish identity she never knew she had.

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Some will make you fall in love and others will break your heart. There’s nothing like diving into the past to feel a part of some of the most invigorating, scary, or fascinating times in history.

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – July 8, 2019

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How’s it hanging, my little book nuggets?!

Hope you’re having a good Monday. Mine is going alright. Music always cheers it up. Currently, I’ve got my summer playlist going. Here’s the one I put together for you! Listen to it, read to it, daydream to it. Whatever you want.

Here’s the playlist! Have a great week!

I Like Me Better – Lauv

Just Like a Pill  – P!NK

Want You Bad – The Offspring

You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift

Why Can’t I? – Liz Phair

Somebody’s Miracles- Liz Phair

How You Get the Girl – Taylor Swift

These Days – Rudimental ft. Jess Glynn, Macklemore, and Dan Caplen

Heroes – Alessia Cara

Unpretty – TLC

Break My Heart – Hey Violet

I’ll Melt With You – Bowling For Soup

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Not Today Satan (Good Omens – A Book Review)

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Author: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Published: 1990

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated M for mix-ups, misunderstandings, but no misleadings on when the apocalypse begins.

 

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner…

According to the accurate prophecies of Agnes Nutter, a witch, the world is going to end. The Antichrist has turned eleven and will be coming into his powers, which will end the world. The armies of Good and Evil are gearing of up for the ultimate battle that’s a part of the Divine Plan, but it turns out that a temperamental angel and a demon that’s gone native aren’t for this grand plan.

That, and they’ve misplaced the Antichrist, which is a slight problem…or is it?

 

If you’ve read my other reviews on Neil Gaiman then you know just how much I LOVE his books. A total geek-out and this is no different. The man has yet to let me down. I’m always entertained and thrilled and the comedy mixed with wisdom is so splendid. An angel and a demon that don’t want the apocalypse and four kids plus an ex-hellhound along with a witch and a witchfinder trying to stop it? Yes, please!

First off, apparently the earth and I share a birthday! According to Good Omens anyway. I officially vote it way better than any celebrity I’m sharing with, except Carrie Fisher. She’s bomb and my favorite princess aside from Nani of Lilo & Stich. And yes, I totally believe she’s a princess. Fight me. LOL.

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Also, I really loved this apocalypse. It wasn’t dreary or depressing. And I couldn’t stop laughing about the mention not needing any demon’s help for their lives to suck because they do it all on their own. I guarantee that even though this is a tad spoiler-y, you’ll still laugh really hard. Because it’s true!

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A Demon. An Angel. A witchfinder. A witch. An Antichrist. Some satanic nuns. And many more. The characters are incredible and beyond dimensional. With wide emotional and comical range, they were both fantastical and realistic. Not at all boring. My favorites were obviously Aziraphale and Crowley. Their friendship is the beauty of when opposites attract. It’s also the beauty of when you tell yourself and them that you’ll never be friends and inevitably end up so. So many feels and comedy with those two.

The story primarily focuses on the characters and the timeframe more than place. I still liked the attention to detail on London and the small town of Tadfield. Simple and quaint is exactly how I imagined it. Aziraphale’s bookstore had to be my favorite setting because, well duh, I love books!

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The extras and side notes that came with the book made it even better. While I can’t give any away, they’re definitely funny and give great backstory, much like in history books. They add so much fun and I like it when authors give the reader extra goodies. Not once did I ever feel like this was drawn out. I know books, even the best ones, can have those moments but I didn’t get that at all. Non-stop entertaining.

 

On the show…
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So, after reading the book, I went right to work watching the show and it did not let me down. From the narrations to the cast and crew outdoing themselves for 6 episodes with some outrageous and epic drama, I was in love. There have been questions about a second season and honestly, I’m with Gaiman. This is a nice one season show. I don’t think it absolutely needs more. However, I do need more American Gods. LOL.

 

Overall

A memorable book with great lines and funny characters that really hit home with some truth. Colorful and lively. Not a dull moment and definitely going up on my favorites shelf. A must, absolutely, no excuses read.

 

Quotables:

“That’s how it goes, you think you’re on top of the world, and suddenly they spring Armageddon on you.” (Crowley, p/ 24)

“Evil in in general does not sleep, and therefore doesn’t see why anyone else should.” (p. 42)

“It is said that the devil has all the best tunes. This is broadly true. But Heaven has the best choreography.” (p.103)

“What I’ve always wondered is why they call ‘em UFOs when they know they’re flying saucers. I mean, they’re Identified Flying Objects then.” (Brian, p. 188)

“Just remember I’ll have known that, deep down inside, you were just enough of a bastard to be worth liking.” (Aziraphale to Crowley, p. 441)

 

On a side note…

I just finished Stranger Things and I don’t know about you guys, but that ending left me devastated and emotional. I didn’t cry, but my heart basically detached itself, saying, “Nope. I can’t believe you tortured me like that, you asshole. I’m out.”.

If you’ve never watched the Netflix show, but love apocalypse, paranormal, kill your emotions with a lot of feels then watch it! It’s incredible. The 80s. Scary monsters. Kids with an endless supply of badassery. And those coming of age feels.

#StrangerThings

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P. S. Song today? It’s The End of the World by R. E. M.

 

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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
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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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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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