Sundown Rundown – May 2019

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It’s the end of May already!? Wow. You know what that means, right? IT’S SUMMER!!!!! Time to let that sunshine caress those cheeks. (And maybe I’m still a little early on this, but I don’t care!)

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The sun is now going down closer to 9PM and the air smells amazing. The breeze is a-blowing all soft like. I love sunsets like this. It feels like time slows down for a little while and I can actually breathe. That feeling is so beautiful.

So, while the sun is doing that gorgeous thing and lighting the sky on fire, relax. It’s the end of the day, and you’re just done with everything.

This is the sundown Rundown where I catch you up on everything I’ve reviewed this month. It’s the perfect time to catch up on any you might have missed.

Here we go:

Half Bad
Author: Sally Green
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The journey to salvage a life for yourself and defeat your evil warlock father is a long and tenuous one. In this case, rules are meant to be destroyed.

 

After
Author: Anna Todd
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The epitome of the good girl meets bad boy with some BAD intentions. Is it love or worse?

 

The Outsiders
Author: S. E. Hinton
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When society dictates who you and who you should be it makes you want to fight against or maybe even run away from it.

 

The Waste Lands
Author: Stephen King
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The journey to the Dark Tower continues. Jake is saved and reunited with Roland and Roland regains his sanity, but there are obstacles that threaten their chances of reaching their destination.

 

Daughter of Egypt
Author: Constance O’Banyon
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Being the lost princess of an empire would usually be exciting. Not for this princess. After she’s kidnapped and told she’s a lost princess, she’ll do whatever she can to escape.

 

Wicked
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Fae, beignets, and the occasional life or death situation when trying to protect New Orleans from Armageddon. Then there’s the green-eyed sweet-talker that shakes things up.

 

William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls
Author: Ian Doescher
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Mean Girls comes to you in words of Avon Bard and it’s even better than you think and even more hilarious.

 

Torn
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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The fae are still looking to take over the world, but now they may have what they need: a halfling. Stunning and shocking book 2 of the Wicked trilogy.

 

Favorite book this month: Such difficult choices! Gah! If I have to choose, Wicked is my favorite this month. It has everything I love. The paranormal, romance, steamy and jaw-dropping lines, and of course the possible end of the world. Oh! And it takes place in New Orleans!

 

Least favorite book this month: This one is also tricky. Going to go with Half Bad. While After infuriated me so much, Half Bad didn’t evoke anything out of me. It’s never any good when a book does nothing for you. No excitement or yearning for more. It just came out bland for me which is a real stinker.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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I Am What I Am (Torn – A Book Review)

Torn (Wicked Trilogy #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2016

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Rated D for a deceiving little halfling that actually feels guilty about it.

 

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Ivy Morgan has just made the horrific discovery that she’s a halfling. Half human, half fae. Her life will never be the same. She can’t tell anyone in the Order or it’ll be the end for her. Stake-in-her-heart end. But, she has to think about what to do next because the doors to the Otherworld were opened and the deadly Fae Prince was freed. He’ll be looking for a halfling so that he can open all of the doors and fae-ageddon the planet. Ivy must hurry to figure out how to kill the prince before he discovers her first.

She grew up, taught that fae are meant to be hunted and killed, but what will she do now that she’s one of them?

Then there’s Ren Owens. Tattooed, charming and, an Elite member of the Order, he’s meant to kill her, kill halflings. She hasn’t cared about anyone this much in a very long time. After what they’ve been through, could he handle this? Or would he do his duty and end her even though he’s claimed her heart for himself.

 

 The Wicked trilogy is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 2 of 3.

 

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The momentum of this trilogy has only increased with book two. Still in the city of New Orleans, the gate that Ivy and the Order fought to protect from the fae was opened thanks to an unexpected betrayal from Val, who Ivy thought was her friend, and out came not only a mass amount of fae but the Fae Prince as well. More so, Ivy is pretty sure she’s falling in love with Ren though if he found out about her being a halfling She’s pretty sure he’d kill her. Her struggle with this life-changing discovery is heartbreaking and intense and it shaped the entire story.

This book rides on sheer emotion. From wit to steamy to heartache, I’m even more obsessed than before. Torn also much darker than Wicked. Laced with twists, secrets, and even more wickedness that twisted my gut. Trying to figure out how to drop the news that you’re the one thing everyone wants dead, to the ones you love the most, is tricky and impossible business. It’s like ripping duct-tape off. Painful, searing, and a must in order to be free.

How does one deal with news like that? While I won’t give away the spoilers of that, I will say that everything changes. This was a rough ride, but it was also fun and addicting.

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I’m still in love with these characters! Even though some are backstabbers, they’re still so perfectly written. My favorite brownie, Tink, is still a pain with his strange infatuation with troll dolls. I still love Ivy and Ren even though this new complication is risking their new relationship. And the prince is actually frightening. One hell of a villain and he’s just getting started. The way Armentrout gives life to these characters is hilarious and beautiful and still so real. She gives them these qualities that I’ve found so rarely in other books. The great awkward and even heartbreaking moments that occur in the real world.

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The mega-twists from the last book come full circle here and they knocked the wind right out of me. I actually had to reread some parts. It was wild! They really snuck up on me, though there were times I had a sneaky feeling something weird was going down. This one was much more unpredictable and I really loved that.

 

Overall

This trilogy gets even better with this book! So good and so yummy and so much more danger! While this book mostly centers around how to handle this world-ending secret (literally one of those) it’s much more than that. It’s the consequence and the result of it too. While approaching the very magical, this book approaches the very human too. Armentrout really covered all of the areas. I couldn’t get enough. Definitely going up in my favorites bookshelf.

 

Quotables:

“We value freedom above anything else.” (Prince Drake to Ivy, p. 290)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Infinity by Niykee Heaton.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – May 27, 2019

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Hey, bookworms!

Happy Monday!

So, if you didn’t know already, every Monday I drop a reading playlist for you beautiful people. I love listening to music, especially when reading, and thought I’d share.

Kings and Queens – Thirty Seconds to Mars

This is War – Thirty Seconds to Mars

Closer to the Edge – Thirty Seconds to Mars

Whatever It Takes – Imagine Dragons

Devil In Me – Halsey

High Hopes – Panic! At The Disco

Demons – Imagine Dragons

Crash & Burn – Lifehouse 

Harder to Breathe – Maroon 5

You’re Not Alone – Soasin

Disease – Matchbox Twenty

Can’t Help Falling In Love – Haley Reinhart

What do you like listening to?

 

More to comes soon…

  -K.

 

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Tis Fetch! (Much Ado About Mean Girls – A Book Review)

William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls
Author: Ian Doescher
Published: 2019

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Rated F for how totally fetch it is to see Shakespeare take on teenage cliques and their desperation to feel

 

On Wednesdays we array ourselves in pink!

Can you imagine it? The iconic and often quoted movie written by Tina Fey brought to you in the stylings of Bard of Avon AKA Shakespeare. There can’t be a better mash-up than this!

Return to North Shore High School and experience the complicated navigation of the high school hierarchy and teenage girlhood. Cady Heron goes from homeschool to public school and from outcast to popular plastic and all the way down the tree to social pariah. A plastic world is turned Elizabethan making the hit movie even more hilarious with its free-flowing rhymes that would make even Kevin G jealous. How fetch!

 

I received this book in a giveaway from Goodreads. I didn’t even know I won until it landed on my doorstep! Nonetheless, I was very excited to read it.

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I am not ashamed to say that I totally love Mean Girls. See, I’m a huge lover of horror movies, Sci-Fi, and Paranormal/Fantasy. The chick-flick and teen-dream romance are a rare occasion, but I have my guilty pleasures.

What else do I love? SHAKESPEARE!! And Doescher was the genius to put these two things together! I can’t express how hard I’ve geeked out about this. This book follows the movie perfectly and gives it so much more comedy. For those that love Shakespeare as much as I do, you can basically add this to his list of comedies. It reminded me much of the hilarity that Much Ado About Nothing has, which I guess is the point LOL. The parallels to the play are unbelievable, yet so are the differences.

I laughed so hard I cried, especially during Kevin G’s rap at the Christmas talent show and Gretchen’s rage-filled speech about Caesar? Oh, maaan. I really do hope the cast reads this book.

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The classic style of play-script was fantastic. It made this a quick read, but I didn’t care. I was blown away with how Doescher kept to the style of Shakespeare’s. And the illustrations! So epic and wonderful! Not only did they help shape scenes, but they added to the comedy of the stories, keeping the Elizabethan times.

 

Overall

I cannot think of a bad thing to say about this book. It’s gold and I would definitely go to see this if it was ever put on Broadway and I hope one day it is. And while this is on the technical side of a remake, it’s also super original. All in all? Fetch happened, guys. It actually happened.

 

Quotables:

“An thou dost ever speak to me again,

A painful kick unto thine ass I’ll grant.” (Kristen to Cady, p. 19)

 

“One time, my very visage—even mine!—

Did have the privilege to feel her punch.

‘Twas wonderful beyond my wildest dreams.” (Stud. 7, p. 29)

 

“Thou churlish, common-kissing pox-mark’d strumper!” (Jason, p. 32)

 

“Nay, Gretchen, “fetch” shall never catch,

Stop hosting an event no one attends.

It shall not hap—the zeitgeist thou art not.

The fad is bad; I’m mad and thou art sad.” (Regina to Gretchen, p. 84)

 

“Thou smellest like a baby prostitute,

Preparing for a night of many trysts.” (Janis to Cady, p.93)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Built This Way by Samantha Ronson.

 

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Welcome to TV Land – A Book List

Hello, my beautiful readers!

I hope you’ve had a great May so far. Mine’s been alright. Can’t complain too much. Life is certainly being life. However, I do wish June will be better lol. Anyway! Book list of the month!

This month I’ve been thinking about what kind of books could I recommend, but I’ve also been in a weird spot. Some of my favorite shows have had their finales, some are series’ finales. And BOOM! A list is born!

I don’t know about you guys but I really enjoy reading the tie-in/spin-off novels written based off of TV shows. They can be so much fun and really feed my love for my favorite TV shows.

Here’s a list of some of the shows that you can find novels to match. Maybe you know them and maybe you don’t. And if you don’t then here’s a chance to find a new TV series to binge the hell out of and be utterly obsessed with.

Charmed

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel

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TheFlash/Arrow

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Gotham

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Supernatural

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Smallville

 

Roswell
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Teen Wolf

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Castle

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X-Files

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What TV shows do you love? Have you read their novels? I know, for me, I’m a major Buffy fan. I gathered a couple new ones at a book sale last month and I currently have an X-Files book on my TBR list.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Not Today, Satan–I Mean, Fae (Wicked – A Book Review)

Wicked (Wicked Trilogy #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2014

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Rated W for wild and wicked fae slayers who can’t help but dive headfirst into hot and heavy danger. 

 

Things are about to get wicked in New Orleans.

Ivy Morgan isn’t the average college student.  In New Orleans, she goes to class and then goes to work, hunting fae. Others like her, who also work for The Order, can see fae and fight them to protect the world. Her duty is all she’s known. It’s her life, especially after losing all she held dear four years ago.

Ren Owens is a transfer from the Colorado sect. The moment she meets him albeit she’s bleeding all over his shoes, there’s something that awakens in her, a yearning that she’s never felt before. She refuses to give into it. People die in this line or work and she refuses to open up to anyone only to get her heart broken again. Ren doesn’t give up. He sneaks between those cracks of hers, determined to find his way in. But, as they grow closer, Ivy knows that Ren’s hiding things from her. When she discovers what it is, she’s unsure of what’s more dangerous—the fae seeking the means to control not only the city, but the world, or the man that confesses he wants her heart, body, and soul?

 

 The Wicked trilogy is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 1 of 3.

 

Ivy’s lived her whole life training and working for The Order. She and other members, unlike normal people, can see fae and hunt them. The job is hard and really cuts a lifespan short. It’s also seemingly never-ending, but somebody has to protect those who can’t protect themselves. When she stumbles into Ren’s life, or him into hers…it really depends on who you ask. there is an undeniable spark between them. It’s one of annoyance and yearning and that resistance that pulled me in.

This entire book from the first page to the last was addicting. The chemistry between Ivy and Ren is instantaneous and I was blushing so hardcore and the steamy moments were incredible. I couldn’t get enough of this. Completely irresistible and boundary-less. The way Ren broke past Ivy’s guard is something I swooned over. He was incredibly annoying at times and my jaw dropped so many times at the comments he made toward her because it wasn’t overly sexualized–actually, it was, but it was how he looked at her nearly drooling and completely taken by her. It’s not objectifying, however. He loves everything about her. Every-damn-fecking-thing. I’M LIVING FOR IT. 

More so, I love how awkward Ivy gets at times as well as the awkward things that happen to her. It’s not only realistic but so relatable that it hurts and makes me cringe. A LOT. You do you, chick, and I’ll be over here painfully relating in a corner. *looks away anxiously*

These two. There aren’t many couples on my list that I trip on my face for while I forget to breathe, but they are right up there.

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I love New Orleans. Loyola was actually my number one school to attend and I was so excited when I was accepted. However, financial issues kept me from attending. Really sucked, but I still hope to see the city someday. My excitement over the city being said, I loved that this is the city the book takes place in! Armentrout brings such life with her attention to detail. Fucking-A, legit! From the food to the neighborhoods and street names, and the way the characters know it so well down to the culture and landmarks of the city. I am so engulfed in it and so obsessed!

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Flashing back to the characters, I have to say, Tink is my absolute favorite. He’s an itty-bitty brownie that rooms with Ivy in her apartment and while he’s got an uber addiction to Amazon Prime and The Walking Dead/Supernatural he’s a hilarious pain in the ass. He’s also got a unique story himself. The bond between him and Ivy is definitely what friendship is made of.

More so, I love the realism of the magic that was brought to this series. It’s raw and dark, yet magical in a way that you’d get lost in so easily. The fact that this takes place in New Orleans helps since the city is well known for its juju. Maaan, I really want to go there. Fae are both beautiful and horrifying creatures and Armentrout doesn’t shy away from that one bit.

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Overall

This is definitely not in the YA section like her LUX series is. But, it’s so YUMMY and dark and will certainly punch you in the feels and your sexual tension simultaneously. Delightful, right!? Now, there weren’t many bomb drops that I wasn’t expecting, but they still made a large enough impact that I’m aching for so much more. The book is laced with epic TV and pop cultural references that left me laughing so hard. Really loved those bits. It made it more enjoyable. Damn, Ivy and Ren though…just damn.

I, personally, from just this first book alone, think this series is destined for HBO. I’m dying for a new paranormal show and this would definitely have me obsessed. It’s powerful, funny, jaw-dropping, powerful, and limitless in every area imaginable.

 

Quotables:

“…I’m telling you what, you females are freaks. Guy break in and you all swoon like B&E is a desirable trait.” (Tink to Ivy, p. 129)

“More. Hadn’t I wanted more out of life? If so, this was like taking a class on stupid and excelling at it.” (Ivy, p. 319)

“There was a lot of ugliness in me and I think he knew that, deep down, because he carried the same, but I appreciated the kindness he doled out like candy on Halloween.” (Ivy, p. 336)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Dancing With A Stranger by Sam Smith feat. Normani.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – May 20, 2019

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Hello, Lovers of Books!

Happy Monday! Whether reading, exercising, or just riding in the car, here’s the playlist of the week.

New Year’s Day – Taylor Swift

Take Me Home – Chord Overstreet

Safe – Nico Sanchez

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Your Song – Ellie Goulding

Eyes Open – Taylor Swift 

YOUTH – Troye Sivan

Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson

Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie

If I’m Not the One – Daniel Beddingfield

No Promises – Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato

Alien – Thriving Ivory

What are some songs you put on repeat?

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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