Scarlet Playlist – Nov. 11, 2019

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Hey, booknerds!

Happy Monday! Or if it’s not then I hope this brightens your day! Here’s the playlist of the week. Dance to it, sing to it, create an interpretive dance to it (which if you do please record it and send me a link because I will watch the crap out of it). Whatever you want.

Here you go!

1. Sweetness – Jimmy Eat World

2. Carry On My Wayward Son – Kansas

3. Miracle – The Score

4. That’s What You Get – Paramore

5. Here Is Gone – The Goo Goo Dolls

6. It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

7. Are You Happy Now? – Michelle Branch

8. In My Blood – Shawn Mendez

9. A Place Called Home – Kim Richey

10. All I Ever Wanted – Kelly Clarkson

11. Counting Blue Cars – Dishwalla

12. Don’t Walk Away – Sick Puppies

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

P. S. Happy Veteran’s and thank you to all who have served honorably in the military as well as those who still do. Truly.

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Scarlet Playlist – Nov. 4, 2019

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Hey there, bookworms!

Happy Monday! This is the Scarlet Playlist! I love music and I love reading to so I created this playlist to read to! Well, you don’t have to read to it. You can make it your driver to work playlist or use it for random dancing. Whatever you want. Personally, I find that a playlist makes for a great book soundtrack.

Here you go!

1. My Saving Grace – ATB ft. Aruna

2. Angel – Sarah McLachlan

3. Thinking of You – Katy Perry

4. My Sundown – Jimmy Eat World

5. We’ll Be A Dream – We The Kings ft. Demi Lovato

6. Foolish Games – Jewel ft. Kelly Clarkson

7. Strawberry Wine – Deana Carter

8. Who Knew – P!NK

9. Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons

10. Better Than Me – Hinder

11. Don’t Want To Be Your Girl No More – Wet

12. The War is Over – Kelly Clarkson

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Midnight Tease

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Hey there, book nerds!

It’s the witching hour and if you’re up, like me, then you’re a night owl too! Since you’re up, I give you the Midnight Tease. Every month I like to showcase what I’ll be reading and reviewing during its duration. There’s a little bit of everything, but my main focus this month is to get some heavy-duty work done on my New Year’s Resolution. I know with working so much and other personal projects on top of major changes that I won’t be able to complete it, but I want to get as close as possible. I mostly take up a New Year’s Resolution to challenge myself and get into some new reads. Soon enough it’ll be time for the 2020 New Year’s Resolution.

Back on the point! Let’s see what’s going on in the land of books this month, eh? (Don’t worry, I promise to make it quick. LOL.) Maybe you’ve read a couple of these or they’re on your TBR too.

 

Coming Soon…

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Stargazing at Noon
Author: Amanda Torroni
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Zom-B: Baby & Zom-B: Gladiator
Author: Darren Shan
The Blood of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan

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The Song of Susannah
Author: Stephen King
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Wicked Saints
Author: Emily A. Duncan
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The House of Hades
Author: Rick Riordan

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Abandon
Author: Meg Cabot
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Up For Review…

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The Wolves of Calla
Author: Stephen King

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The Mark of Athena
Author: Rick Riordan
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Lots to read, just the way I like it. A little bit of supernatural, some poetry, and all of them I’ve excited to get to. What books are you tackling this month? I love recommendations!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – Oct. 28, 2019

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Hey there bookworms!

Happy Monday, or not depending on how you’re feeling about it. If you’re feeling like Monday needs to go screw itself then you know what? Monday, go screw yourself.

To brighten you up, here’s the playlist of the week!

 

1. On My Way Down – Ryan Cabrera

2. Tell Me Lies – Ashley Tisdale

3. Young Blood – The Naked and Famous

4. Bad Moon Rising – Mourning Ritual

5. Freak on a Leash – Korn

6. Replay – Zendaya

7. When You Were Young – The Killers

8. Sweet But Psycho – Ava Max 

9. Thunder – Boys Like Girls 

10. Disturbia – Rhianna

11. Unwell – Matchbox Twenty

12. Cursed Theme – Marco Beltrami (This is one of my absolute favorite scores and comes from the 2005 film, Cursed. Werewolves! It’s actually gorgeous, but the only place I’vee ever found it is on Youtube. Definitely take a listen! You can also find it on there under Love Theme – Cursed.)

Have a happy, festive, and spooky Halloween! 🎃

And one more thing, don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. Hehe.

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Small Town Haunt (The Haunted – A Book Review)

The Haunted
Author: Danielle Vega
Published: 2019

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltHalf bolt

Rated S for a classic small-town haunting and teens harboring dark secrets.

 

“I wouldn’t want to spend the night alone at Steele House.”

“Steele House?”

“Didn’t you know your house had a name?”

Hendricks is new in town and is starting out with a clean slate. That was the whole purpose of the move. To leave her dark past behind her and it turns out to be easier than she expected. Then she learns from her new friends that she’s living in the most haunted house in town, the Steele House.

She quickly discovers the stories about the house aren’t just stories. Strange things start happening. She hears a cat around the house, but they don’t have a cat. Her little brother is seeing things and is even getting hurt. Hendricks, with the help of the mysterious boy next door, Eddie, is determined to put a stop to it before anything worse happens. Before they possibly become the next ones haunting the house.

 

Possibly spoiler-y but I’ll let you decide. This is just a warning.

 

Since reading Survive the Night, I’ve put Vega on my must-read list. She gets right down to the enticing chills and thrills of horror. Of course, my smart-self decided to read this at 2:30am. Moving to a new place and being the new kid isn’t easy, yet I was glad to see the pain of it swept aside so the book could just jump right into the ghost story. Hendricks went through a lot before the Steele House. I really liked her backstory and how it fueled the story. The boy next store, Eddie, was pretty cute and mysterious. Definitely that character where there’s more than meets the eye. There was really good chemistry between them. A broody dynamic between the two. However, I wish there’d been more interaction between them because the chemistry was so subtly sweet.

The small-town setting was so relatable. Very quaint with history and tradition and its own special quirks. The way the town and house fit together really pulled all of the cold and haunting feels that a true scary story has. Vega is just masterful! Her attention to the world gives it a breath of life. It truly blew me away.

Strong and chilling, there were parts that just didn’t fully compute to me and I think that’s because there were bits that just left me hanging. Grayson, for example. Hendricks’s ex. He came up so often and I’m not doubting the trauma he set into her head, but even knowing that he’d tried to get a hold of her and how dangerous he was, I kept expecting him to show up. Personally, watching him get whipped around by the ghosts in the Steele House would’ve been pretty cool because the Stir of Echoes (Check out this movie if you haven’t. Totally chilling.) vibes with this were strong.

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The ending was crazy! I can’t officially say whether that’s good or bad though. On one hand, I love full circles and adore those who realize that happy endings don’t always happen. On the other hand, I feel like it fell short. The big moment, the massive important reveal, the most important part of the book and it just didn’t outdo the build-up. BUT! My heart was broken for everyone in the end.

 

Overall

While I got a little nit-picky in places, because horror, whether it’s a book or a movie, has those all the time, I really loved this! I got some chills and I got freaked out! Great emotional ties. Completely attention-grabbing. I couldn’t put it down.

 

Quotables:

“What kind of person see cats disappear into walls? Or imagines that someone chopped off her hair? What kind of person hallucinates voices? A crazy person, that’s who?” (p. 83)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Only If For a Night by Florence + The Machine.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – Oct. 21, 2019

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Hey there my sweet little book readers!

Happy Monday, event hough Mondays aren’t always happy. It’s time for the Scarlet Playlist! So, here it is. Listen the crap out of it, or don’t. I’m truly not offended. I just love music and reading and putting the two together. I wanted to share some of that music, so every Monday, to get your week going, I give you playlists.

Now, you don’t have to only use them for reading. Car karaoke is totally cool too. So is shower karaoke. Get nostalgic. Get addicted to artists you might never have heard from before. I do have quite eclectic tastes. You may even find some Celtic music on here one day. Just enjoy it. I made it for you to add some sunshine to your life.

Also, this playlist is a special one this year. Okay, not really. It’s my birthday so I put my favorite songs on this one. Well, some of them. I have a LOT of favorite songs. One of my greatest lines is, “Oooo! I love this song!”. I did add a lucky thirteen to this list.

Here you go!

 

1. Lovesick – BANKS

2. You Found Me – Kelly Clarkson

3. Stormy – Hedley

4. Lover – Taylor Swift

5. Better Than Me – Hinder

6. Are You With Me – Sixx AM

7. Miracle – The Score

8. Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac

9. Stay – Safety Suit

10. Think Twice – Eve 6

11. Hands – Leona Lewis

12. It Is What It Is – Lifehouse

BONUS 13. Miracle – CHVRCHES

Have an awesome day!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Demigod Family Histories (The Son of Neptune – A Book Review)

The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2011

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Rated F for powerful friendships and bonds that make even the gods jealous.

 

Percy is confused.

Hazel is supposed to be dead.

Frank is a klutz.

Percy Jackson has lost his memories, but somehow, he’s made it to Camp Jupiter, the camp of roman demigods where Juno sets him on a quest to save the gods and the world. Thanatos, the god of death has been captured. As a result, nobody is dying. He and his two knew demigod friends, Hazel and Frank, with detailed histories, set out on a quest to set Thanatos free and meet up with those of Camp Half-Blood.

While Percy works to recover his memories of his friends and family, Hazel is struggling with her past that could be responsible for the end of the world and Frank is trying to bring honor to his family because of past transgressions that destroyed the camp. But, the two harbor family secrets and they worry it may derail everything.

If they survive this quest, Percy then must figure out how he’s going to help unite Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter without war erupting. Otherwise, everyone and everything is doomed.

 

The Heroes of Olympus series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 2 of 5.

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The return of old characters, as well as the introduction to new ones, were blended together so beautifully and totally welcome. Riordan did something magnificent here. I truly love the way he keeps Percy Jackson and others involved with his new storyline. He doesn’t let them be forgotten. He piled on the detail and emotion. Oh man, was their emotion! Each character had so much to handle on top of this quest. Percy struggled with his memory loss. Knowing everything he’d lost was heartbreaking too! Annabeth, Grover, Tyson and so much more. Hazel having lost so much and determined to protect what she has now and Frank’s life hanging on the edge of a piece of tinder while he’s on the precipice of great power had me attaching to them so quickly. And now, seeing where Jason Grace, who was introduced in The Lost Hero, came from, my heart ached for him too!

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While the book takes place after book one and not during, the story follows almost the same direction as it with Percy trying to regain his memories. Seeing the other side of the gods and even the other side of other creatures, such as satyrs/fauns and cyclops and harpies was really intriguing. It’s an opportunity to realize that monsters aren’t always monsters and not everybody is the same even though they’re grouped together. Even his world has expanded and evolved. All of this has kept him fresh

This book really took things to a higher level than ever before. While we know that characters die, they usually find a way back. However, there was a much closer look at death and the heroes and others its effected. It was such an important theme that provided growth for these characters. They’re not little kids anymore.

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Overall

In the exciting and invigorating way that Riordan does it, I was hooked and on the edge of my seat with this installment. He doesn’t ever go too far, but he does keep his characters realistic. I really admire that. The dialogue is fun and kept me on my toes. Riordan is a fantastic writer of the fantasy/mythos genre and I have so much appreciation for his work.

 

Quotables:

“I don’t even know where I come from…but I’ve got a feeling this isn’t the first time I’ve been an underdog.” (Percy, p. 101)

“Pluto’s cool. It’s not his fault he runs the Underworld. He just got bad luck when the gods were dividing up the world, you know? Jupiter got the sky, Neptune got the sea, and Pluto got the shaft.” (Frank, p. 111)

“Life is only precious because it ends, kid. Take it from a god. You mortals don’t know how lucky you are.” (Mars to Frank, p. 363)

“I am frequently mistaken for the god of love. Death has more in common with Love than you might imagine. But I am Death. I assure you.” (Thanatos, p. 445)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Bright by Echosmith

 

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