The Shape of Her Dead Heart (Paper Valentine – A Book Review)

Paper Heart
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Published: 2013

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Rated C for chills creeping down your back thanks to your dead best friend haunting you.

 

I am not the kind of person who gets haunted by anything.

The city of Ludlow, the kind of city that isn’t very big but the population is, is suffering its hottest summer on record, but Hannah Wagnor is getting the chills. Chills because her best friend, Lillian, who died six months ago, is haunting her.

The summer takes a turn as girls turn up gruesomely murdered with little Valentine hearts by their bodies and somehow, she’s in the middle of it while she’s still grappling with how Lillian self-destructed up until she died. A curfew is put across the city. The police are watching everyone closely. Hannah is drawn further into the world of ghosts and this killer, but she’s not alone. She attracts the attention of quiet, delinquent Finny Boone and while she can’t really put her finger on it, she can feel her life changing and for the better, but she’ll have to figure out who the killer is to keep it.

 

While the writing style threw me off here and there because it felt choppy and unnatural, I got some chills of disturbed with this story. Some emotions were had too.

Ghosts + Slasher = L❤️ve!

I enjoy horror and tis the season for some of that! the main character, Hannah took on some struggles with life that I was really surprised with. Not only was she dealing with the loss of one of the most important and influential people in her life, her BFF Lillian, but there was an in-depth look at how she lost her because of an eating disorder. Now, I’m about to get a little personal, but don’t get too serious on me, okay? This look into how this eating disorder effected not only Lillian but Hannah as well struck me right in my past. If you’re sitting there thinking, “Oh dude, did this weird, spastic blogger have an eating disorder?” then yes, you’re right. And, the thing about it, is that age for something like this doesn’t matter. I was a little girl when I had Anorexia. It was what it was, I’m doing pretty good in the food area now. In fact, I LOVE food! Mexican in particular because spice is the life and any kind of breakfast food is the way to my heart. Anyway! This very real subject brought into a narrative about a serial killer and ghosts was incredibly creative. It was a way to go beyond a disorder killing the one it effects, but also the way it effects everyone afterward, and in the midst of something deadly no less. It brings an understanding of sorts as well as heartache. It’s the how and why; the questions that several seek answers to. It just really struck home with me, and I really like how it was incorporated with the storyline.

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Horror can be tricky because getting the scary and jumpy parts on a page isn’t like putting on a big screen; while The Space Between was okay though a little flat, I like the interweaving bits. It was a strong tie between reality and the world of the supernatural. Granted, there were moments that broke this wall for me, but it wasn’t enough for me to find any serious dislike in the book. Where an ending already happened, a beginning came into being. It was like a reversal.

I loved the main characters, but the secondaries like Angelie and Ariel were real grating. Mostly it was because I was reminded that people can act real selfish and mean like they did. Hannah and Lillian had real depth. While I admire the way Hannah is reserved, I also admire how outgoing Lillian is. The duo is true opposites but best friends because they found this special bond. Finny was just strange. The mysterious quiet drew me in, but envisioning what he looked like was so goofy! I couldn’t get a complete picture. LOL. The development wasn’t very strong with either, but discovering all of his little nooks and crannies made up for that.

 

Overall

A pretty decent read! Not major heebie-jeebies but I got some chills. I really loved the friendship and creativity that Yovanoff created here. This felt like the hometown you didn’t expect bad things to happen even though there were skeletons. I’m not saying this is an absolute favorite, but it surprised me and was worth the read.

 

Quotables:

“I’m not those things you think I am. Yeah, I looked bright and shiny on the outside, maybe. But inside, I was always just the same as you. Underneath, I wanted all the chaos and the scary, messy stuff. I think I was always just this—this strange, secret girl who always wanted to kiss Finny Boone.” (Hannah, p. 255)

“I’m not a victim or a fragile little thing. And maybe there’s all kinds of dangerous stuff out there, but not you. Okay? I don’t need to be kept safe from you.” (Hannah to Finny, p. 272)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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Thrice Upon a Time (Beyond Magic – A Book Review)

Beyond Magic
Author: Susan Kearney, Elaine Cunningham, Kassandra Sims
Published: 2008

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Rated M for mysterious, magical romanced smut of three women who desperately needed a break from their day job.

 

From three astounding authors, each divine in their own right come three novellas in one book: The Shimmering, Beyond Dreams, and Hill and Sky. From astral projecting to a whole other planet to a medium and psychic teaming up to solve a kidnapping and murder case to trying to save magic. This book is packed corner to corner with magic and of course, a splash of delicious romance.

 

The Shimmering:

I dip my toes into sci-fi from time to time. I’ve never dipped my toes into sci-fi + romance though, until now. It was intriguing and I found myself surprised to much! The way the story came full circle was beautiful and the detail to imagery was mesmerizing. The characters were rough and edgy and aggressive. It was refreshing. That being said, this story was to short!

 

Beyond Dreams:

A medium and a psychic, what can go wrong? LOL. This one gave me those tragic nostalgia vibes. While it’s mysterious and left the tingles of anticipation, I wish there’d been more.

 

Hill and Sky:

Sassy and magic! Two very good things! I love when a relationship is filled with back and forth banter that makes flirting fun. The prophetic tales interweaved with the story were beautiful and curious. This has to be my favorite. The chemistry is red hot and just all-around fun. The spellbinding heat was strong with this one.

 

Overall

A fun Halloween read? Sure! Beyond that? I’m not feeling very much. This wasn’t something that left any lingering emotions. Not even any lingering toe-curls. It happens. Give it a read then pass it along in my opinion.

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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Love Turns Men Into Idiots (The Taming of the Shrew – A Book Review)

The Taming of the Shrew
Author: William Shakespeare
Published: 1593

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Rated T for high angsty tension driven romance in poetic form.

 

I burn

I pine

I perish

One of the most famous and controversial comedies written by Shakespeare that primarily follows Kate and Petruchio. He tries to ‘tame’ her with his charm, but of course she isn’t falling for it. However, if he succeeds, then Bianca, Kate’s younger sister, can have a suitor, too, and with quite a few at her feet she is desperate. Bringing forth the emotional ride that can be true love is this incredible play about these sisters who will meet their matches. You know the story probably better by the popular 90’s movie 10 Things I Hate About You. Trying to win the affection of the most rebellious and smart women has never been more complicated, funny, or relatable than this.

 

Boy meets girl. Girl hates boy. Boy accepts the challenge. LOL. This really is a fun play to read and is probably one of the most accurate representations of how it can be to find true love. You don’t always fall in love right away and you don’t always get along. You don’t always get together in the most conventional way. It’s rocky! And not only does this comedy show how it can be comical and realistic, but it does the same in relation to parents and children and just how overbearing parents can be.

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Have I mentioned I’m a fan of Shakespeare’s work? Yes? Well, here I am saying it again. He’s pretty great. I’m a fan of his plays more than anything else and specifically A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However, I will say this, nothing be more beautiful than the poem Kat read at the end of 10 Things I Hate About You. If you’ve never watched this movie then you need to ASAP.

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Overall

Classic style and fun prose. I really enjoyed reading this one. Shakespeare has a way with insults and sarcasm that I think can never be beaten. He has withstood the test of time for a reason! Definitely a keeper.

 

Quotables:

“Asses are made to bear, and so are you.” (Kate, p. 53)

 

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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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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From Beneath, It Devours…Yes, It Might Be A Hellmouth (Night Shift – A Book Review)

Night Shift (Midnight, Texas #3)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: 2016

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Rated D for an intriguing and curious build-up that only to lead to a disappointing delivery.

 

The first suicide arrives one early October night.

Midnight, a small town in Texas with only one stoplight, is facing strange times. Weapons in the local pawn shop, Midnight Pawn, are flying off the shelves only to be used in gruesome suicides right at the crossroad in the middle of town. Secrets and revelations come out into the open throwing Midnighters off balance. One thing is for sure, there’s a strong power rising in the small town and it’s threatening to destroy everything and everyone.

 

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

 

Midnight Crossroad review – here

Day Shift review – here

 

It upsets me to say this, but this book was such a disappointment. GAH! No! I love the show. It inspired to read the books!!! I kept imagining that this final installment would put things into perspective and give some sort of fulfilling closure. Alas, not the case. Manfred is still being his crazy, work-driven self. Fiji is more tense than usual. Bobo is awkward. Olivia is on the precipice of losing her shit. Then, of course, there’s this great evil below the town.

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Where do I start? There was so much that was promising with this final book. I always felt like the final book of a trilogy or any series was meant to be significant and final and closing, and most importantly, satisfying on some level. I thought there’d be answers that would make sense, but everything from Olivia’s secrets about her life to the reason Manfred feels like he has to work constantly to Fiji’s family history is messy. While reading, it felt like it was all shoved together super fast with no clear rhyme or reason. There were no real answers to be had, and if there were, it wasn’t clear. Everything was left hanging in the air.

It’s been hard to feel anything for these characters. It still is. I was hoping to gain ground, but with the style of writing keeping the characters at arm’s length with the reader, I just didn’t find myself caring, EXCEPT for at the end with Fiji and Bobo. And at that part, I was utterly mortified. Like, what the holy balls of hell!? If you’ve read this trilogy and have gotten to this part maybe you understand where I’m coming from.

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The big bad? It wasn’t clear until about the middle of the book that there was one and who/what the big bad was is still a mystery because the book didn’t get into it. There just wasn’t much depth or interest paid to it. It felt very meh. Usually, there’s something dire about an evil that threatens to destroy you and your home. Not the case here. Bummer.

 

Overall

Well…it’s over. *Shrug* Anti-climactic. Just not what I expected. Harris is a great writer. I mean that. I enjoy her style and flare and how she gave normalcy to the supernatural rather than painting them as nothing but monsters. But, here’s the but(t). I felt like nothing really happened. Nothing exciting or liberating. Maybe a little past my comfort zone at the end there, but that’s about it. As you can tell when a book gears me up, whether, at one end of the spectrum or the other, I get to writing a lengthy review. This one will go up on my shelf. While it didn’t come out as a favorite it was still enjoyable.

 

Quotables:

“It might sound snobbish if being a real Midnight person were something anyone else in the world aspired to. That’s like saying someone doesn’t really fit in with the Weirdo Club.” (Manfred to Olivia, p. 108)

“‘I know a pair of angels. I talk to angels. I live on the same street as angels. And across from a talking cat and a witch.’ And yet, he admitted to himself, this didn’t feel strange at all. It felt quite normal.” (Manfred, p. 165)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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