Scarlet Playlist – Oct. 14, 2019

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Hey, book addicts!

Happy Monday! And if it’s not a good Monday then just give it the finger and have an awesome Tuesday! This is the playlist for the week. That’s right. I put together this swanky thing just for you. I love listening to music and wanted to share it. I also love to listen to it while reading.

Maybe you’ve heard some of these before. Maybe you’re discovering a few new ones. In any case, here it is. Sing to it. create a musical with it, cook to it. Whatever you desire. Just enjoy.

1. Cut – Plumb

2. Post Blue – Placebo

3. Take It On The Run – REO Speedwagon 

4. Blue Jeans – Lana Del Rey

5. I Miss You – Blink 182

6. Heroes – Zayde Wolf

7. Start a Riot – Jetta

8. Heartbeat – Enrique Iglesias ft. Nicole Scherzinger

9. Birds – Imagine Dragons

10. Obvious – Hey Monday

11. Everlong – Foo Fighters

12. Run – Collective Soul

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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

Paper Heart
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Published: 2013

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

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.

 

P.S. Song today? Haunted by Kelly Clarkson.

 

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Halloween Book List – A Book List

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Hello, my spooky little monstrous book hoarders!

It’s time for the Halloween book list! I think this is the one that I do every year. I know I like to change things up, but this is the one that I always put up. I love putting up all of the new possible reads and sharing them with you. I’m even putting some of these on my TBR.

Now, there aren’t very many, but why should that matter!

 

School Spirits
Author: Rachel Hawkins
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Hunting magical creatures is the family legacy. Getting a normal, high school life? Totally abnormal and strange.

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Capturing the Devil
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
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Fourth, and the big finale, in the Jack the Ripper series. I’ve been told that this series is thrilling and enthralling. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse with real historic events and a true villain: the White City Devil himself. What a better way to treat yourself than a YA read on a killer mystery like this.

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Planting Gardens in Graves
Author: R. H. Sin
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A trilogy of poetry that I hear is supposed to be amazing. If you’re into poetry then definitely get into these pages.

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Merciless
Author: Daniella Vega
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Alright, this is a series and I recommend the entire thing. I read Vega’s Survive the Night and it was phenomenal. Gave me some intense, action-horror vibes. Really loved it and I got that feeling that this series is right up there with a side of devilishness.

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House of Furies
Author: Madeleine Roux
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After escaping a horrific school where punishment is the main curriculum, the new job as a maid at a strange, haunting house with strange rules and scary expectations that may not be much better.

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Author: Paige McKenzie
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A chill. Giggling in the dead of night. Strange shadows lurking in the back of photographs. But, nobody believes her. Nobody believes she’s being haunted. How can she help? What could happen if she doesn’t?

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A couple of books and some series to get your binge on with. Or, perhaps you’ve read a few already. How were they? Did you like them? Or, maybe you have some spooky reads already up and going for the season! In any case, I hope you’ve caught a few that you’ll add to your TBR, I know I have!

 

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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My Rating: Full boltFull bolt Half bolt

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.

 

P.S. Song Today? Glad You Came by The Wanted.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – Oct. 7, 2019

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Hey, bookworms!

Happy Monday! And if it’s not a happy one then I hope this is a spark for you. This is the Scarlet Playlist. What is that? See, I love listening to music. It’s calming and gets out of my anxious head in a good way. I also love to read. Doing both is so great. Music can give a story such an awesome soundtrack and intensify the emotion of it. So, I’ve created a playlist for you. You can read to it, dance to it, do car karaoke. Whatever you want. This playlist was created for you.

Just no burgling to it. This is a crime-free playlist.

 

1. Shakespeare -Miranda Cosgrove

2. On My Way – The Score

3. One Little Slip – The Barenaked Ladies 

4. Out of the Woods – Taylor Swift

5. Undefeated – Daughtry

6. Vacation – Simple Plan

7. Before the Storm – The Jonas Brothers ft. Miley Cyrus

8. She’s So High (Above Me) – Tal Bachman

9. Stranded – Plumb

10. Crush – David Archuleta

11. Quicksand – Everly

12. 8th World Wonder – Kimberly Locke

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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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

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.

 

P.S. Song today? Don’t Call Me Angel  by Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus.

 

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Hello, my precious little book deviants!

I’m going to say. I’m going to, and you know it’s true when I do. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! This is Halloween!

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I can’t help myself. Have I told you how much I love it? More than Christmas and my birthday put together. It’s time for those in the shadows to shine. For ghosties to party. For werewolves and vampires to get wild. And for witches to get witchy under the full moon. Not that they don’t all year round, but this is their month! They’re also my people. I love them. They’re my normal. Judge me as you wish. LOL.

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It’s the witching hour, my favorite hour, and if you’re still up then you’re a night owl like me. Since you’re up and about here’s something quick to read. This is what’s coming up on the Scarlet Reader for October!

 

 

Coming Soon…

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Haunted
Author: Danielle Vega
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I am getting som spooky reads in this month and Danielle Vega is a horror queen in YA.

 

The Mark of Athena (The Heros of Olympus #3)
Author: Rick Riordan
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Knocking out another New Year’s Resolution series! Plus, that Greek and Roman mythology. ❤️

 

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
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This is one I’vee said I was going to get to. Now, I’m determined to open its pages and hop inside. Take that how you want. LOL. I will be getting to it even if I only just get started by the end of the month.

 

Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower #6)
Author: Stephen King
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The Dark Tower series has had a push and pull effect on me. I’ve both loved it and loathed it. The journey has been story after story more than it’s been about actual journeying which is fine. I do look forward to hopefully completing it before the year is out.

 

Currently…

Currently

 

Wicked Saints
Author: Emily A. Duncan
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Paper Valentine
Author: Brenna Yovanoff

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Abandon
Author: Meg Cabot
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Up for Review…

Up for Review

 

The Taming of the Shrew
Author: William Shakespeare
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The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
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Beyond Magic
 Author: Susan Kearney, Elaine Cunningham, Kassandra Sims
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Wolves of Calla (The Dark Tower #5)
Author: Stephen King

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There’s quite a bit coming up this month, but I’m super stoked. What are you reading during this spooky time of the year? Oh, I got a better question! What’s your favorite Halloween movie!? Mine is Practical Magic (though it’s my all-time favorite movie hehe), but for a scary one,  I really love the Scream movies. But then again…there’s The Craft too…Dang it.

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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