Purple Haze – A Book List

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Heya Bookworms!

How is everyone doing? I hope you’re all well. I have here the book list of the month for you here. I love doing these because it not only opens me up to new reading material/ideas, but also you!

This book list is inspired by the month of April. The fresh spring we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Can’t express enough how happy I am about that. The color purple always makes me think of April, too.

So here we go!

 

Wicked
Author: Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
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Moonglass
Author: Jesse Kirby
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96 Words For Love
Author: Rachel Roy & Ava Dash
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Slayer
Author: Kiersten White
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Stained
Author: Cheryl Rainfield
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Arclight
Author: Josin L. McQuein
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The Hollow
Author: Jessica Verday
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Lucid
Author: Adrienne Stoltz & Ron Bass
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Penguin Random House

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The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove
Author: Lauren Kate
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The Color Purple
Author: Alice Walker
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I hope you find one you possibly add to your TBR list and if you’ve already read one, some, or all of these, did you enjoy it/them?

P. S. Who’s excited about Avengers: endgame!!?? I am! afviejan’dkjfa’djhgroi! I also seriously love these Antman memes. Never getting old. Everyone’s logical idea to beat Thanos is to have Antman go up his butt. LOL. Like what!? Too funny.

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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No Place Like Home (The End of Oz – A Book Review)

The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die #4)
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: 2017

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Rated W for wicked creeps in a land of complete horror where the food is dreadful.

 

Ding dong—Dorothy is dead.

But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than we look.

Dorothy is dead. Ozma, the rightful ruler of Oz, has finally returned to her right mind and her throne. Oz is free…not.

All was right, and now it isn’t. Amy’s old enemy turned friend, Madison is now stranded in Oz and the Nome King is sweeping in to take over Oz. Luckily, they are saved by Oz, but lead them to Ev, the gnarly kingdom of the Nome King. There they hope to find a way to defeat the Nome King there.

While Oz is still at risk, Amy is struggling with whether she wants to go back to Kansas or remain in Oz. Where will she call home?

 

The Dorothy Must Die series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 4 of 4

 

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The Wicked Will Rise Review: Here

 

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Yellow Brick War Review: Here

 

All series eventually come to an end. Except for series like Shadowhunters (Cassandra Claire) and possibly Morganville Vampires (Rachel Caine). LOL. They might be eternal. This is the final book in the Dorothy Must Die series and it was so different from the books that precede it. While the heavy feeling of the end was there, I really loved that if ever Paige wanted to come back to Oz later, she could. So, it was bittersweet, yet warming to my heart.

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Amy and Nox are teaming up once again to save Oz once and for all. They have to be among one of the most interesting relationships I’ve read in a book. I like my pairs/relationships hot, steamy, and intense, but I find ones that begin in friendship with a solid steel bond that turns into so much more amazingly beautiful too. They’re more real. Amy and Nox were very real.

Madison has come to Oz! Whoa… Still pretty surreal, even now as I’m reviewing the book. I couldn’t stand her! I’ve definitely turned my leaf on her. She turned out to be kickass and that’s epic. I really love it when an enemy can turn out to be an ally and even a friend. The development is a splendid one.

Also, Ev was creepy AF. No joke. Ick and double ick. The reference to Return to Oz was on point!

“Return to Oz? It’s like showing a little kid Clockwork Orange. Fucked me up for life…” (Madison, p.31)

I’m just glad there’s no zombie/robot Totos. Eesh. The Wheelers were pretty messed up though. Just a lot of disturbing creatures in a disturbing world. I get a Castlevania mixed with The Dark Crystal vibe.

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Looking back on the past played a big part in this book. Each character, including some just being introduced, was looking back to what brought them to this point, Oz on the verge of another war. It’s shocking to look back at where this all began. So much has changed. It just stuns me. You know what I’m saying, right? That feeling? It’s crazy. And satisfyingly fulfilling.

 

Overall

A pretty good conclusion to an entertaining series. Magical and certainly out of this world. I had a lot of fun and was always surprised. Definitely a delightful and simultaneously disturbing twist on a tale I already find slightly screwed up. From wingless monkeys to wicked witches to ugly ass beetles that are easily offended. I was really taken with Amy’s journey and how it changed her life. So, maybe the story wasn’t the most exciting, but her journey was important and brave and well-developed.

 

Quotables:

“…I can’t erase our past but I don’t live in it. I am not ruined. I’m just done with it. What you did to me…it’s a part of who we both are, and I carried it for a long time. But if you still carry it, that’s for you to deal with.” (Amy to Madison, p. 199)

“No matter how many times I said it, I knew I’d never get used to the feeling of the words in my mouth. The knowledge that it was true. That I’d never feel this way about anyone else again as long as I live.” (Amy, p. 213)

“Nothing cures a broken heart like pie.” (Dorothy, p. 239)

“We are made of what shapes us.” (p. 251)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? A Place Called Home by Kim Richey.

 

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Good VS Wicked (The Wicked Will Rise – A Book Review)

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: 2015

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Rated B for unexpected backstabbing and getting blindsides with loss of precious things you didn’t realize were precious.

 

My name is Amy Gumm and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

The moment Amy entered Oz she was put on a mission. To kill Dorothy. Turned out not to be as easy as she thought. While she now knows some wicked magic and is getting a handle on it, the Order of the Wicked has been scattered after a large battle in the Emerald City.

Now, Amy will have to devise a different way to defeat Dorothy and the Wizard may have just helped her out with that, but can she trust him? Can she trust anyone? Wickedness changes like the wind changes direction when it blows. For now, she’ll focus on her mission. She’ll need the Tin Man’s heart, the Lion’s courage, and the Scarecrow’s brain. Only then does she stand a chance against Dorothy…maybe.

 

The Dorothy Must Die series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 2 of 4.

 

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Not long at all after the events of the first book, Dorothy gets lucky and survives the assassination attempt and Amy is saved by Ollie, the wingless monkey. Yep, the one from the beginning of the first book! Given the temporary responsibility of taking care of the rightful ruler of Oz: Ozma, and going for round two against Dorothy, while also wondering what happened to the Order (but mostly Nox), Amy’s got her hands full. Ozma’s got a bit of a cracked gourd, but that doesn’t matter…right? And Dorothy’s got a lot more powerful than originally thought. Nox. Just thinking about him ties up Amy’s insides, but for good or bad?

Amy’s struggles only get more complex with this book.

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The boundaries of Oz continue to be endless and surprising. The wingless ones and Polychrome, and her rainbow citadel come in on this part of the journey. It’s quite beautiful too. Very colorful and magical, especially, Polychrome’s “unicorn”. Beautiful scenery. I’m continuously swept away by it in this series. Brava.

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Also, Nox and Amy are getting some serious chemistry! In the first book, it was just a simmer, but it really puts its foot on the gas pedal this time. I did admire that it wasn’t the main plot point. It was on the side, but still really cool. Nox and Amy have a unique relationship. While their chemistry is fiery, they have a great partnership. Friends to lovers and all that. Always a BIG plus for me.

Magic became a villain that Amy officially struggles with. Turns out that being Wicked isn’t always good and neither is having magic powers. I never thought I witness magic being so evil no matter how good you are with it. For Amy, that’s what seems to be the case. Her struggle with magic is something that really grabbed my attention. The side effects and the study of it from Oz-ian POV is impressive. Also, it’s pretty creepy.

 

Overall

I’m still entertained and intrigued by this series. This installment was fresh and just action-packed. Amy is getting in deeper and deeper with Oz. It seems like Oz is becoming a home away from home and doing battle is the new normal, but is this really what she wants? So many questions. Like, what happens when Amy uses too much magic. It gets ugly. And, is the Wizard trustworthy? Is anybody? More so, I really enjoyed that this book took the time to give the characters even more depth and backstory. Big props for that.

 

Quotables:

“Remember—don’t be wicked. Unless you really have to!” (Queen Lulu of the Monkeys to Amy, p. 128)

“Faith: everybody knows it’s something you’re supposed to have, but it’s harder to put that into practice when your senses are telling you all hope is lost.” (Amy, p. 160)

“Amy gets a gold star. Dorothy wears the dunce cap for spinning foolish taradiddles.” (the Wizard, p. 284)

“I knew what would happen if I killed her. I would be accepting the mantle I’d been promised. Finally, I would be Wicked. Really Wicked. And there would be no going back.” (Amy, p. 289)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Headstrong by Trapt

 

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Hiya Book-ish humans!

It’s the midnight hour, sweets, and if you’re up then you’re a night owl like me. This is the Midnight Tease. Here, I share what I’ll be reading, am currently reading, and what will be up for review. Exciting, I know. LOL.

This month is going to be a big reading month, I hope. March certainly was. I can’t say there’s been much exciting going on. Oh, wait. I did get a chance to go see the movie: Us. It was freaky, intense, and deeply disturbing. Excellent film. Kudo’s Mr. Peele. It’s a brand new side of horror you’ve got there. I call it Mindfuck Horror. I really did enjoy it.

And that’s about the extent of my exciting life. LOL.

I will say this last bit before we move on to books. E. L. James has a new book coming out soon. The Mister. And you’re damn straight that I’m pretty excited about it. I’m very curious to read it and to see James out from behind Fifty Shades. It sounded pretty daring actually. The release date is set for Apr. 16th this year.

 

Coming Soon…

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Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas
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The Last Magician & The Devil’s Thief
Author: Lisa Maxwell

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The Stand
Author: Stephen King
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Wizard and Glass & Wolves of Calla
Author: Stephen King

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The Outsiders
Author: S. E. Hinton
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Currently…

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The Vampire Diaries: Vol. 2 The Hunters Moonsong
Author: L. J. Smith
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King’s Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
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Half Bad
Author: Sally Green
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Daughter of Egypt
Author: Constance of Banyon
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Up for Review…

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The Wicked Will Rise & The Yellow Brick War
Author: Danielle Paige

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Gwendy’s Button Box
Author: Stephen King
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The Wood
Author: Chelsea Bubolski
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Busy month! I think it’s going to be a fun one too. I’m excited about the book tag and book list! Get psyched, bookworms! Spring is here!

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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My Life in Book Tags

Hi everyone!

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It’s tag time. I’m not going to tag anyone directly. If you want to do the tag then please do. I snagged this from Elaine Howling who snagged it from Talk Less Read More.


  1. Pick a book for each of your initials… K.J.

King Lear

Author: William Shakespeare

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

Author: Jules Verne

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Very odd that two classics came from my initials, but they were just about all I could find that I’ve read. I LOVE Shakespeare though, so no complaints.

 

  1. Count your age along your bookshelf, what is it?

Black Bird of the Gallows

Author: Meg Kassel

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  1. Pick a book set in your city/country.

Lux Series

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I actually went to college not too far from where the main characters, Kat and Daemon, lived, which was crazy! More so, it was so CRAZY that she has my name and is very similar to me. Weird but awesome!

 

  1. Pick a book that represents a place you’d like to travel to.

Out of the Easy

Author: Ruth Septyas

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New Orleans, baby! I’ve always wanted to go. My mum freaks out a little, warning me of voodoo and not to royally piss of anyone, worried I’d get cursed. I personally want to go just to explore all of that. The dark, mysterious, magic, and supernatural have always fascinated me. It gets my blood rushing and a strange adrenaline of excitement and fear.

 

  1. Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Author: Stephanie Perkins

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  1. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Author: Judy Barrett, Ron Barrett

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This is my favorite Children’s book. I am also a big foodie. The movies are wonderful and I gush like a tiny human every time I watch them. It’s a story of great imagination and the artwork is phenomenal. A true classic right next to Where the Wild Things Are.

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  1. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Heart of Darkness

Author: Joeseph Conrad

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This is a recent one too! Before this book, it was Thomas Pynchon’s Crying of Lot 49. The only difference is that I really REALLY enjoy Thomas Pynchon. He’s wild and really spins my mind out into the Twilight Zone which is always fun. Joeseph Conrad gave a massive headache and made me make a frumpy face. I was really riding the struggle bus with this book. Hopefully, I will reread it again one day.

 

  1. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

Game of Thrones

Author: George R. R. Martin

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This is only the current one. My TBR pile is pretty BIG. But for one that Coming up pretty soon? Definitely this one. I’ve heard many people say this is a great story, but that it takes a good long while to get through and that it can be a bit of a struggle. I love the show, which was also a struggle for me at first, so I’m ready to tackle the book. I’m kind of excited.


Below, you’ve been tagged to share your life in book tags. If you weren’t tagged, but want to partake then please do! Just don’t forget to tag the maker of the tag:Talk Less Read More

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More to come soon…

-K.

 

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The Jungle Will Consume You (Heart of Darkness – A Book Review)

Heart of Darkness
Author: Joseph Conrad
Published: 1899

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There is a taint of death, a flavor of morality in lies-which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world—what I want to forget.

Up the Congo River, follow Marlow on his journey. He meets Mr. Kurtz, an ivory trader who has a mysterious, godlike presence over the region and its inhabitants. During his journey, Marlow is obsessed with the man. Both intrigued and disgusted by him, Marlow is shown the darkness and despair that dwells within man in this jungle.


This review is going to be shorter than my usual ones and that because I didn’t really enjoy this one. There was nothing wrong with it, we just didn’t mesh. Sometimes the bookworm and the book just don’t work. This is one of those cases. I did finish it. I just can’t say that I enjoyed it.


The theme of the darkness that dwells inside humanity was really strong in this one. In the depth of the wild which draws out the beast even in men—a side that we often don’t like to think about or imagine that we have. You never see it until you’ve been pushed to limits you never knew existed. I mean, this is more than just button pushing. This is mind-breaking.

The style of the short story was poetic and dark and bridged on horror. Horror that lives in people that nobody knows about, not even that very person sometimes.  It was chilling and deep and read much like a journal. Though the story was short, it took me some time to get through it, like crawling through molasses, which I don’t like. It was detailed not so much visually, but philosophically, I felt. In some places, I was left in awe by Conrad’s words and in others I was falling asleep. It was a real push and pull.

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The characters, Marlow and Kurtz, came across maniacal in their own way. Marlow was obsessive to a very scary level that made goosebumps crawl all over me. Right up until the end he was unable to even think about anything else unless it had to do with him. Kurtz came across as a very unstable individual. Narcissism became very dangerous in the form of this character. Everything circulated around him. Each felt incredibly drawn out which was another part of the reason I wasn’t fond of the story.

 

Overall

I enjoy diving into classics. There’s a wisdom in them that can and should be taken away from each of them. The lessons they teach or emphasize upon is so important. However, I didn’t enjoy this very much. I seriously struggled to get to the ending. The is one of those that is either eye-opening or it is just blah. I fell to the blah side.

 

Quotables:

“The fascination of the abomination—you know, imagine the growing regrets, the longing to escape, the powerless disgust, the surrender, the hate.” (p. 4)

 “The earth seemed unearthly. We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there—there you could look at a thing monstrous and free.” (p. 32)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? Absence of Fear by Jewel

 

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Challenge Accepted (From the Earth to the Moon & Around the Moon – A Book Review)

From the Earth to the Moon & Around the Moon
Author: Jules Verne
Published: 1869

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There is no one amongst you, worthy colleagues, who has not seen the moon, or, at least, heard about her; so you will not be astonished if I speak to you about the orb of the night. It is, perhaps, reserved to us to be the discoverers of a new world.

Jules Verne takes space travel to new and fantastical heights, that today, we would look at as a premonition of sorts. During the industrial age, a gun club of Maryland comes up with a brilliant idea to take flight to the moon, taking science to new places. Go step by step on this great voyage to and around the moon.

Just like Jules Verne’s other works such as Journey to the Centre of the Earth this book is very to the point. I love space and the study of it. The universe is endless and there’s so much to discover. It’s prat of the reason I was so excited to read this book. Had I decided to reach for a career outside of writing I would’ve studied astronomy. I loved studying the stars in high school. And before you ask, yes, aliens totally exist.

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This book solely focused on the travel to space. Anything in between, like character connections and emotional attachment was lacking. The science of this is so extreme that it felt like nonfiction. There were equations that were included that really confused me. Some bits just went sky high over my head. Nonetheless, the journey was filled with excitement. I was deeply intrigued with the structures created. To launch into space, this gun club created a massive cannon, the shuttle being a massive cannonball. It was both funny and crazy.

One of my favorite things about this book was seeing countries across the world contribute to this journey. It was impressive and was a great show of unity. Everybody wanted to be a apart of this fantastic journey and that may have been my favorite part.

The pictures that go right alongside this novel really do open up your mind, adding to your imagination of what is going on. They appear like sketches that attach to certain scenes. I found them to be beautiful and an addition greatly needed to push along the story, especially since this isn’t the average story.

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This wasn’t my utmost favorite read. While I love space, I love a great intermix of emotion and storytelling in books, and this felt like reading a textbook. That doesn’t make it terrible. It just makes it difficult. I was honestly hoping for more adventure with the realism of space.

Quotables:

“Who risks nothing gains nothing.” (p. 126)

“The empire of the moon is ours.” (p. 283)

“Let our minds be free from all other preoccupations, we are astronomers, this projectile is a cabinet from the Cambridge Observatory, carried into space. Let us observe.” (p. 314)

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? one foot by WALK THE MOON.

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