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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The Traveling Book Tag

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Heya, bookworms!

The book tag I want to do this month is a traveling one. Books take you to the best places! Also, summer is upon us. I know I’m just starting to get that nice weather. Summer means going places and getting that fun under the sun!

I also wanted to keep it short and sweet this month.

So, without further ado!

 

A book that takes place somewhere you’ve traveled to.

Love and Gelato

Author: Jenna Evans Welch

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 This book took place in Italy. While I could’ve picked another place, Italy was by far my favorite place. From the food to the architecture to the language. It was amazing and left me breathless. My favorite spot was the Boboli Gardens. They’re so incredibly lush and it’s a place I can get lost in easily.

 

A book taking place you want to travel to.

Wicked (The whole trilogy actually.)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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 This trilogy takes place in New Orleans and it’s incredibly detailed of the city, making me yearn deeply to visit one day or possibly live there. L.A. is at the top of my list too, but this city has that magic feeling for me.

 

A book taking place in a fictional place you wish you could travel to.

There are so many places I’d go and that makes this one really hard, but off the top of my head, I would choose…

Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

 

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It would be wild and wicked and scary to get wrapped up in such a game. I’d probably lose, but I’d still want to experience this. The magic and risk is scary and would make my anxiety skyrocket, but I’m always up for an excuse to push myself a little. And this would definitely push me. While Caraval is more of an event than it is a place, I still want to go.

 

A fictional character you would pick to be your travel buddy.

Mad Sweeney of American Gods by the author, Neil Gaiman.

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He’s wild and crude and can have a good brawl. While I’m pretty sure he’d piss me off A LOT, I’d still find my adventure to be entertaining, which is good since I get bored easily. I also find his story to be chaotic and intriguing.

 

Every journey needs a playlist. Five bands on your playlist.
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Her Campus

CHVRCHES

Halsey

The Goo Goo Dolls

Kelly Clarkson

The Score

 

I’m not tagging anybody this time, but I am encouraging you to have a little fun and do this tag! It’s short, sweet, and fun! Where have you been? Where would you go?

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – May 13, 2019

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My book readers!

Happy Monday! Hope you have an epic week! If not, well at least you have this playlist here. Listen to it, love it, hate it. Whatever you choose.

Wonder – Natalie Merchant

Big Yellow Taxi – Counting Crows ft. Vanessa Carlton

I Don’t Want To Be – Gavin DeGraw

Not Over You – Gavin DeGraw

Hey Soul Sister – Train

Respect – Train

WAsted – Carrie Underwood

First Time – Lifehouse

Boys Like You – Anna Clendening

Heartbeat – Carrie Underwood

Cups – Anna Kendrick

Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind

What are some of your favorite songs?

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Midnight Tease

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Hello, book lovelies!

It’s the midnight hour. And if you’re awake right now, then you must be a night owl like me. It’s finally Justin Timberlake’s favorite month of the year. MAY! LOL. Last month was an epic one for reading. Got lots read up. Didn’t quite to a few, but that’s okay.

Here’s what’s going on this month!

 

Coming Soon…

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Wicked & Torn & Brave
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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I have been working to get my greedy hands on this trilogy for a WHILE. So happy I can finally read it! And, it’s on my New Year’s Resolution list.

 

William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls
Author: Ian Doescher
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Quirk Books

I love LOVE Will and the quirky spin-offs that are created in his name. My favorite is ultimately Fool by Christopher Moore, but I look forward to adding this to my favorites. #SoFetch

 

The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer
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I watched the movie and it was okay. Everybody I know that’s read this though says it’s phenomenal.

 

Lothaire
Author: Kresley Cole
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By now, you should know how hopelessly addicted I am to The Arcana Chronicles, so I’m beyond ecstatic to read another story from Cole.

 

Currently…

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Last Magician & The Devil’s Thief
Author: Lisa Maxwell

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Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas
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The Stand
Author: Stephen King
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Good Omens
Author: Neil Gaiman
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Penguin

 

 

Up For Review…

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Half Bad
Author: Sally Green
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After
Author: Anna Todd
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The Outsiders
Author: S. E. Hinton
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Wiki

 

Daughter of Egypt
Author: Constance O’Banyon
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Busy month! And that’s the way I like it! Have an amazing month. I can taste summer on the horizon. So excited. Also, Godzilla: King of Monsters comes out this month! I love a great monster movie and this one looks promising!

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Speedy Quote Sunday

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Hey there you beautiful booksters you!

So, I’ve been TOTALLY slacking on the Speedy Quote Sunday and for that, I’m terribly sorry. I love doing this every other Sunday. It’s so much fun to share some of my most favorite book quotes.

Some book quotes just stick out to you whether they strike you in the heart, make you laugh, or just leave you inspired.

 

“Choose me. Choose the dawn.” (King’s Cage, Victoria Aveyard)

The moment I read this line my heart plummeted. So short, but so powerful. And some mega Grey’s Anatomy feels coming out of it too.

 

“I thought the food at college would be more edible than in our high school cafeteria, but apparently I was wrong.” (The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters Vol. 2 – Moonsong, L. J. Smith)

I loved this one because it was hilarious. This is always the number one mistake college Freshmen make.

 

“It’s amazing the difference
A bit of sky can make.” 

(Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein)

Who says a poem can’t be one of the most epic quotes too? This is like that beautiful dab of happiness and quirk that’ll always make you hopeful and always make you smile.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Missing, The Lost, and The Brokenhearted (TVD: The Hunters Vol. 2 – Moonsong – A Book Review)

The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters Vol. 2 – Moonsong
Author: L. J. Smith
Published: 2012

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated

 

Evil never dies…

 The time has come. The gang is finally going to college. As they settle into their dorms and classes at Dalcrest, there are strange things happening. Students are disappearing, some of which are reappearing dead. There’s a secret society roaming about and nobody’s talking about it, but it may have something to do with the disappearances.

This beautiful, ivy-covered campus is more than what meets the eye and it seems like Elena and her friends might not get that normal college experience they were hoping for.

 

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The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters Vol. 1: Phantom: Review Here

 

This book was really great. Way better than TVD Phantom. There’s a new setting and new people. Just so much new! It’s like a breath of fresh air.

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With new characters like Samantha and Zander, I was so excited to jump into this new era. I really liked these two new additions. They’re mysterious and intriguing. And I find new additions to series always keep things interesting. College was by far one of my most trying, most nerve-wracking, and most favorite time of my life. I was finding independence and myself. That’s exactly what happened for Elena and crew. It reactivated some of my giddiness.

But while there are new things happening, some of the old still resonates, like the triangle between Elena, Stefan, and Damon. Love never dies eh? I was more shocked than usual about the tension between the three of them.

More so, I was super pleased that Bonnie got her light to shine in! She got the guy this time and he’s nearly her opposite, but not! While she gets her tendencies to be shy and nervous and not at all adventurous unless put in mortal danger, Zander (new hotness) really broke past that. I really like this guy. These two are actually the reason I can’t wait to get to the final book of this very Star-Wars-long series. Then again, Bonnie has always been my favorite. I’m just really glad she got her chance. She’s deserved it for a VERY long time now.

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The big bad of the book is still a mysterious one that kept me guessing until the end. I got inklings and ideas, but I was never certain until it all about punched me in the face. Even so, the big bad is still around and all I can say about it is: sometimes you wish they’d just stay dead.

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Great writing, still reaching out to the simple days when complex didn’t have to be complex and it could just be attention-grabbing and simple. Enjoyable. Entertaining. You don’t have to twist my heart so hard that you give me anxiety.

 

Overall

The maturity in this book has grown with the characters and I really liked that. I also really liked the way the supernatural interacted too. It was creepy, yet eye-catching. This book doesn’t reach my favorites shelf, but I did enjoy it.

 

Quotables:

“Honestly, you two have a—a saving people complex or something. After I take psychology, I’m going to diagnose you.” (Bonnie to Elena and Meredith, p. 39)

“I thought the food at college would be more edible than in our high school cafeteria, but apparently I was wrong.” (Elena, p. 71)

“I don’t always want to get away from the dark creatures, Damon.” (Elena to Damon, p. 293)

“Oh, don’t forget that humans can come up with far more creative means of violence than some simple hungry monster do, sweetheart.” (Damon, p. 301)

 

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? The Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani.

 

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Silence is Not Golden, But Red and Silver – (King’s Cage – A Book Review)

King’s Cage (Red Queen #3)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: 2017

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated S for the searing pain only the love of a Silver can cause, though war divides many hearts

 

All Will Burn

Mare Barrow is a prisoner of the King of Norta, Maven. More so, she’s powerless. No lightning and no escape. In chains, she’s once again put on display, but not as a princess like before. She’s put on display as the new blood that is forced to betray the Scarlet Guard, the people she loves, and herself. Many times, she tries to break free. It’s the silent stone shackles around her wrists and ankles that keeps her powers locked up. She refuses to let it or Maven break her.

The Scarlet Guard isn’t hiding any longer. They’re ready for war. The tension between everyone might stop it before it gets started however. The exiled prince, Cal is lost without her and will do anything to get her back. Even destroy his brother and anything else in his path.

Reds turn on Reds. Silvers turn on Silvers. Brother turns on brother.

 

I’m still a damn mess over Shade. It’s ugly ya’ll. And every time he was brought up…

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Now, Mare is locked up and I can’t even handle that. She gave herself up! Just as I worried she may turn into a monster, she fell into a helpless heap. Well, not helpless. But, I couldn’t help her. I wanted to jump into the book and help her so badly. So much hurt and heartbreak.

I actually had to wait to start this book because my emotions were all over the place. Just so much hurt. So much loss. And this loss is strangely different for me than it is in other books. While reading this series, I’ve gotten such an in-depth look into Mare’s life and seen how much things matter for her. It’s such a close perspective and every bit that she’s ripped into rips into me.

The war isn’t just talk now. It’s happening. Nobody is safe. Not a single person. There were so many times I gasped aloud as I read, and forget my nails. They got chomped right off. From an assassination attempt to torture, this was dark. However, there were unique alliances made that really surprised the feck out of me. Many more unexpected twists turned like a blade in me, instilling in me that everything is not always as it seems with anyone.

When Mare and Cal finally did reunite, it was like finally getting able to breathe until it wasn’t. And I totally caught that Grey’s Anatomy moment and it shattered me. The two of them sure are cute though. Dance in the rain cute.

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However, this drama-llama she’s got between both brothers is done. I’m not heeding it. Not one bit. I’m not here for a triangle. I’m here for the lightning girl. She cares about both of them and in a way, I can see why. But, I can’t focus on them because I’m focused on my girl, here. I can’t be bothered by dream fictional guys this time.

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For some light, happiness, a spot of blue sky—more new bloods and some are like Mare! Oh, to know she didn’t have to feel utterly alone was so beautiful. It’s so exciting! And the imagery! *whistles* YASSSSS.

Hell, the whole reunion for Mare and her family—everyone—was just sending my heart soaring.

I really can’t find a fault in this installation of the series. It was gorgeous and chilling!. I latched on and still haven’t let go. Powerful imagery. Such well thought out plot points. Aveyard really didn’t rush things and I LOVE it when that happens. There’s no reason to rush things all the time. Look at everything along the way. Aveyard didn’t just look though. She dragged my butt right through the mud. Lol.

 

Overall

This series keeps getting more powerful with every book and War Storm is the final book. Not ready for it at all. Glad to wait for it to release to paperback. Completely A-okay with it.  However, I’m so unbelievably nervous. This is like coming up on the final season of Game of Thrones. While many people already know since War Storm is out, I don’t know. LOL. Anyway, I just get that churning feeling that a lot of people aren’t going to make, one of them being Mare. And after she’s developed so much in this book, that makes me so sad.

 

Quotables:

“It’s cruel to give hope where none should be.” (Mare, p. 18)

“Until we meet again.” (Mare, p. 39)

“Gods do not ally with insects, but they can be infected by them.” (Evangeline, p. 142)

“Control takes more practice than brute force.” (Cameron, p. 155)

“Those who know what it’s like in the dark will do anything to stay in the light.” (Maven, p. 279)

“Monsters are so easily made, especially in people like us…” (Mare to Cameron, p. 416)

“Love is not a word we use. We feel it, we mean it, but we don’t say it. it feels so final, a declaration from which there is no easy return.” (Mare, p. 437)

“Choose me. Choose the dawn.” (p. 503)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? you should see me in a crown by Billie Eilish.

 

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