How High…(First Men in the Moon – A Book Review)

First Men in the Moon
Author: H. G. Wells
Published: 1901

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated C for crazy ideas that are illogical and come from the minds of two people that are probably really high.

 

Up, Up, And Away!

Mr. Bedford confronts a man about his very strange habits that occurs right outside his apartment and the adventure begins there. Mr. Cavor enlists his help after inventing a that can hold two travelers, food, and whatever other necessities required. Slingshotting to the moon, they underestimate what they discover on their trip and this journey becomes a harrowing adventure of survival.

 

This was a strange, yet comical book. Yes, I know, this is a classic that came before spacewalking. We’ve been to the moon already and sent probes to many other moons and planets, but I still expected something a little more philosophical then two men creating a strange substance that provided an opportunity to go to the moon. Personally, I think that this substance actually got these two men high and they never really went to the moon. They hallucinated it. But, that’s just me. The mention of From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon by Jules Verne was pretty nifty.

Cavor and Bedford came across like excitable children. I couldn’t take them seriously and I felt the same about the story. It was good, but not realistic, not even for the genre.  It took away from it though. The imagery was pretty vivid, albeit a little scatter-brained like the characters. LOL.

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The setting was wild and a bit stretching. From the moon having oxygen to Selenites (moon inhabitants) that are watery squishies, it’s pretty farfetched. And I can’t forget the mooncalves aka moon cows. My favorite thing. Mom and I laughed so hard about them. However, the gravity on the moon was epic. Being able to make leaping bounds? That’d be pretty cool.

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Overall

This book is pretty entertaining, but it wasn’t as good as The Time Machine. I just couldn’t fully get my head around this one because it was incredibly outrageous, in a fun way of course. I found myself laughing so much. It just came off as silly, which isn’t typical of a classic.

 

Quotables:

“I was like a child in wonderland all that night.” (p. 45)

“It was not like the beginning of a journey; it was like the beginning of a dream.” (p.56)

“Over me, about me, closing in on me, embracing me ever nearer, was the Eternal that which was before the beginning and that which triumphs over the end; that enormous void in which all light and life being I but the thin and vanishing splendor of a falling star, the cold, the stillness, the silence—the infinite and final Night of space.” (p. 197)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Ride Wit Me by Nelly ft. Ludacris.

 

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My Blog’s Name in Books – A Book Tag

Hey there, book nerds!

How are you doing? It’s already the middle of the week and I was just thinking about what my book tag of the month would be and poof! I discovered a fun one! I found it while taking a peek at The Bibliophile Girl – a really nice book blog. Anywho, the tag is pretty self-explanatory from the title. I’ll be plucking titles from my TBR list-which is so freaking long by the way-to spell out my blog name. On the plus side, the list will be long LOL. so, let’s get this thing!

TToil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe

HThe Haunted by Danielle Vega

EE. T.: The Extraterrestrial by William Kotzwinkle (There’s a book based on the classic movie! A score find!)

 

SStone & Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

CCarnie Punk – Rachel Caine

AAnimal Farm by George Orwell

RRobinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

LLegendary by Stephanie Garber (I’m making my way toward it! I have it, but my TBR list is uber long.)

EThe Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

TThese Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

 

RThe Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

E – An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris

AAwaken by Katie Kavinsky

DDevilish by Maureen Johnson

EThe Elementals: Earth by Day Parker

RThe Revenge by Hannah Jayne

 

It was tricky to figure out some of these! I’m not tagging anybody in this, but if you feel like giving it a shot then definitely do!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Not Today Satan (Good Omens – A Book Review)

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Author: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Published: 1990

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated M for mix-ups, misunderstandings, but no misleadings on when the apocalypse begins.

 

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner…

According to the accurate prophecies of Agnes Nutter, a witch, the world is going to end. The Antichrist has turned eleven and will be coming into his powers, which will end the world. The armies of Good and Evil are gearing of up for the ultimate battle that’s a part of the Divine Plan, but it turns out that a temperamental angel and a demon that’s gone native aren’t for this grand plan.

That, and they’ve misplaced the Antichrist, which is a slight problem…or is it?

 

If you’ve read my other reviews on Neil Gaiman then you know just how much I LOVE his books. A total geek-out and this is no different. The man has yet to let me down. I’m always entertained and thrilled and the comedy mixed with wisdom is so splendid. An angel and a demon that don’t want the apocalypse and four kids plus an ex-hellhound along with a witch and a witchfinder trying to stop it? Yes, please!

First off, apparently the earth and I share a birthday! According to Good Omens anyway. I officially vote it way better than any celebrity I’m sharing with, except Carrie Fisher. She’s bomb and my favorite princess aside from Nani of Lilo & Stich. And yes, I totally believe she’s a princess. Fight me. LOL.

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Also, I really loved this apocalypse. It wasn’t dreary or depressing. And I couldn’t stop laughing about the mention not needing any demon’s help for their lives to suck because they do it all on their own. I guarantee that even though this is a tad spoiler-y, you’ll still laugh really hard. Because it’s true!

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A Demon. An Angel. A witchfinder. A witch. An Antichrist. Some satanic nuns. And many more. The characters are incredible and beyond dimensional. With wide emotional and comical range, they were both fantastical and realistic. Not at all boring. My favorites were obviously Aziraphale and Crowley. Their friendship is the beauty of when opposites attract. It’s also the beauty of when you tell yourself and them that you’ll never be friends and inevitably end up so. So many feels and comedy with those two.

The story primarily focuses on the characters and the timeframe more than place. I still liked the attention to detail on London and the small town of Tadfield. Simple and quaint is exactly how I imagined it. Aziraphale’s bookstore had to be my favorite setting because, well duh, I love books!

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The extras and side notes that came with the book made it even better. While I can’t give any away, they’re definitely funny and give great backstory, much like in history books. They add so much fun and I like it when authors give the reader extra goodies. Not once did I ever feel like this was drawn out. I know books, even the best ones, can have those moments but I didn’t get that at all. Non-stop entertaining.

 

On the show…
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So, after reading the book, I went right to work watching the show and it did not let me down. From the narrations to the cast and crew outdoing themselves for 6 episodes with some outrageous and epic drama, I was in love. There have been questions about a second season and honestly, I’m with Gaiman. This is a nice one season show. I don’t think it absolutely needs more. However, I do need more American Gods. LOL.

 

Overall

A memorable book with great lines and funny characters that really hit home with some truth. Colorful and lively. Not a dull moment and definitely going up on my favorites shelf. A must, absolutely, no excuses read.

 

Quotables:

“That’s how it goes, you think you’re on top of the world, and suddenly they spring Armageddon on you.” (Crowley, p/ 24)

“Evil in in general does not sleep, and therefore doesn’t see why anyone else should.” (p. 42)

“It is said that the devil has all the best tunes. This is broadly true. But Heaven has the best choreography.” (p.103)

“What I’ve always wondered is why they call ‘em UFOs when they know they’re flying saucers. I mean, they’re Identified Flying Objects then.” (Brian, p. 188)

“Just remember I’ll have known that, deep down inside, you were just enough of a bastard to be worth liking.” (Aziraphale to Crowley, p. 441)

 

On a side note…

I just finished Stranger Things and I don’t know about you guys, but that ending left me devastated and emotional. I didn’t cry, but my heart basically detached itself, saying, “Nope. I can’t believe you tortured me like that, you asshole. I’m out.”.

If you’ve never watched the Netflix show, but love apocalypse, paranormal, kill your emotions with a lot of feels then watch it! It’s incredible. The 80s. Scary monsters. Kids with an endless supply of badassery. And those coming of age feels.

#StrangerThings

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P. S. Song today? It’s The End of the World by R. E. M.

 

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Midnight Tease

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Heya, my little bookish fiends!

It’s the midnight hour and if you’re awake then you’re a night owl too! Plus. How’s that saying go? You can sleep when you’re dead? LOL. It’s officially July. The middle of summer. Well, the middle of summer in my opinion.

Since you’re up, here’s the TBR list for the month, though if I’m being honest they’re more like goals. I’m hoping to hit them this month. Here’s what’s coming up, what I’m currently reading, and what’s up for review!

 

Coming Soon…

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Wizard and Glass
Author: Stephen King
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The journey to the Tower continues for Roland and his group…hopefully this month. LOL.

 

The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer
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Aliens instead of vampires? I’ve seen the movie and I’m going to follow the saying: The book is better than the movie. This is one of those books that has me curious because so many people enjoyed it.

 

The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
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The third book of the All Souls Trilogy. If you haven’t read this yet then do!

 

The First Men in the Moon
Author: H. G. Wells
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Penguin Random House

I feel like it’s good to balance out reading with a good classic and I happen to really enjoy me some Wells.

 

Currently…

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Shadow of Night
Author: Deborah Harkness
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Zom-B
Author: Darren Shan

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Up for Review…

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A Discovery of Witches
Author: Deborah Harkness
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Good Omens
Author: Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
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And of course…

Blood and Chocolate
Author: Annette Curtis Klause
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This is the book I will read every summer. Every. Single. Year. It’s my favorite book and I enjoy reading it during my favorite season. What’s your favorite book?

 

 

I’m lowering my goals just a tad bit. While I enjoy a mass amount of reading, I’ve got to be realistic about getting to it. LOL. I have a massive mountain to get to but need to take my time, so I’ve fixed up my list a little bit. I know, I know. I’ve fallen behind on what I said I’d read last month. I’ve already slapped myself for it, trust me.

This Midnight Tease is basically what I’ve been working on since last month, but that’s because I like to stick with things. I’ve just been really busy lately with work, plus some of these books are pretty decent sized, so if things slow down a bit don’t give up on me.

I am excited to get to some of the newer books I’ve gotten and hope to do so in the Fall. Dreamfall (Amy Plum), Wicked Saints (Emily A. Duncan), and The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried (Shaun David Hutchinson), for example. Yeah, they’re not NEW new releases, but they’re new to my pile and I can’t wait to get to them.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – July 1, 2019

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Hey, bookworms!

Hope you’re having a happy Monday. If not, then I hope this cheers you up! This is the Scarlet Playlist and if you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a playlist I put together for your listening pleasure every week. You can read to it, which is what I do and it’s what inspired me to do this, or you can dance to it, work out to it. Do whatever. Put it on repeat, maybe discover a new song to fall in love with.

So here’s the playlist of the week!

 

You’re Gonna Go Far Kid – The Offspring

If I Were A Boy – Beyonce

Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato

Five Minutes to Midnight – Boys Like Girls

Diary of Jane – Breaking Benjamin

Your Guardian Angel – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Broken – Lifehouse

Ziplock- The Offspring

All the Small Things – Blink 182

Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard

Only One – Lifehouse

Perfect – Mariana’s Trench

 

Might’ve gotten a little punk and emo with this one.

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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From Time Traveler to Devil’s Thief…That Escalated Quickly (The Devil’s Thief – A Book Review)

The Devil’s Thief (The Last Magician (#2)
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Published: 2018

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated T for twistier betrayals that are for the greater good…right?

Hunt the stones.

Beware the thief.

Avenge the past.

Everything Esta has known is a lie. Her parents were murdered and those she trusted betrayed her. Now, she and Harte Darrigan must travel to the world fair in St. Louis to track down the magical artifacts that and help fix the brink that surrounds Manhattan. It gets complicated since Darrigan is struggling after taking in the magic of the Book of Mysteries. It wants Esta, but so does he. Not knowing if what he feels is real or not, he must learn to control the power within him or it may just rip the world apart.

Meanwhile, in Manhattan, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor. The city is on the verge of chaos. With the help of unexpected allies, they may just save the city too. History has a chance to be rewritten, but will it be for better or worse?

 

First off, this review took way too damn long to get up. I apologize for that. Now, on to the review!

 

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I have no words. No, that’s not right. I don’t have enough words! Like The Last Magician, I was completely blown. Already excited to read this book, I was not let down when I plowed my way through it. Esta and Harte Darrigan broke free of Manhattan and are now on a mission to collect all of the magical artifacts he sent out of the city so that they may be able to save The Brink and everyone inside of it. The first stop is the extravagant world fair in St. Louis. Complications escalate quickly, just like they do back in Manhattan for Jianyu and Viola. There are more secrets! More danger! More adventure!

There are new characters! With the determined Ruby and Theo and the brave and courageous Cela, Viola and Jianyu find unexpected friendships. Esta and Harte meet Julien, Mother Ruth, and North and it’s unclear if they’re friend or foe. Nonetheless, they made this book even better! So much development and creativity in this series! Sophisticated and complex, I loved them so much. They opened up the main characters in so many ways. I really love how much they add to the story and that they seem like so much more than just side characters. I’m also hoping for more possible pairings because I can’t get enough of Esta and Harte. I’m totally up for Ruby/Viola and Jianyu/Cela. I love how they are together. Viola and Ruby are so hot and spicy together, like hot sauce and firecrackers. Jianyu and Cela are so strong and unbreakable like diamonds. They’re all precious and I appreciate all of them.

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The setting got so much bigger!! No longer held up in Manhattan, I’m excited to see so much more! I’m blown away at how vibrant and magical it is. I’m just so impressed with the world-building that Maxwell has done. Her vision is just superb. Major freaking kudos. And DAMA (Defense Against Magic Act) gave me some serious disturbing shivers because of how it relates to today.

Did I say I was addicted? Because I am! So much magic and tension and depth for these characters. So beautifully put together and did break my heart a few times. The writing is phenomenal. Sure, in some places, it felt a little drawn out, but it wasn’t so much that I was annoyed and felt the need to skim. There was so much purpose and perfect precision. And, the MAGIC! Oh. My. Gods. Legit. Utterly enamoring. I was swept away on a journey I didn’t expect.

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Overall

I’ve said this before, I’m pretty sure, but I’m not one to get into historical reads. I love history, not in the novel sense. Not all the time. But the magic that is interlaced between these pages is so enticing. This book is un-put-downable. I mean it! I’m addicted and desperate for the next one!

 

Quotables:

“The Thief turned her back on the city—on everything she had once been and on all the lies she had once believed. The ache of loss had honed her, and the weight of memory had pressed her into something new—hard and cold as diamond. The Thief carried the memory of those losses as a weapon against what was to come as she faced the span of the great bridge.” (p. 1)

“…a friend turned foe who would destroy the heart of magic if he held it in his hands. He was coming…” (p. 176)

“Americani and their guns. They all thought they were cowboys. Too bad cows had more brains than half of them.” (Viola, p. 307)

“…There’s an entire future coming, and Mageus won’t survive by being trapped on the city. Maybe they’d have a chance if things were different. Maybe that’s why we ended up here, so we could see what might be. So we could understand that things can be changed. That we can change them, only this time, we can change them for the better. Even if we can’t go back. We can start now.” (Esta, p. 374)

“You know, all this fuss over magic. People are so busy trying to keep it and control it that they’re willing to do all sorts of evil for it.” (Cela, p. 409)

“Her thoughts felt like birds taking flight, but she couldn’t tell if they were flying toward some new freedom or away from some unseen danger.” (p. 519)

“If it was her lot in life to always want and never have, so be it. She was strong and smart and could make her own way. And there were worse things than loneliness.” (Viola, p. 631)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Home by Daughtry.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – June 24, 2019

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Book lovers of the world, how art thou!?

Happy Monday, loves! Or if it isn’t, then curse you, Monday! Here’s the playlist of the week. I love making these because I get to share my tastes with you as well as share the fact that I LOVE listening to music while reading. (I’m pretty sure some of you are sick and tired of hearing me say that LOL.)

You don’t have to just read to this playlist though. I put it together just for you so you may listen to it however you want. Sing it out. Headbang to it. Daydream to it or even let that that writing bug take over and be inspired.

Ride – Lana Del Rey

Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac

Can’t Stop – OneRepublic

Shallow – Lady Gaga feat. Bradley Cooper

Pompeii – Bastille

Miss Atomic Bomb – The Killers

Incomplete – The Backstreet Boys

It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

Weight of Living – Bastille

Strawberry Wine – Deana Carter

Last Time – Taylor Swift feat. Gary Lightbody

Be Still – The Fray

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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