Scarlet Playlist – April 1, 2019

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Book clan! 

Happy Monday. Annnnnd…April Fools! Man, who would’ve thought there’d bee a day dedicated to pulling pranks. All in all, it’s quite delightful. It’s good to have a day of fun. I think so anyway.

So, here’s the playlist of the week. Read to it. Write to it. Dance, hum, or drive to it. Hell, pull epic pranks to it…if you can. Whatever you want, except robbing banks to it. You cannot rob banks to this playlist. Not. Allowed.

Be Like That – 3 Doors Down

All For You – Sister Hazel

Change Your Mind – Sister Hazel

Miss You – Nickelback

Viva La Vida – Coldplay

Gone – Kelly Clarkson

Come Home – OneRepublic

Over My Head (Cable Car) – The Fray

Wherever You Will Go – The Calling

Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script

Rain – Creed

Feels Like Tonight – Daughtry

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Not in Kansas Anymore, Thank God – (Dorothy Must Die)

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1)
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: 2014

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Rated W for some wicked crazy witch bitches with a smidge of addiction to magic. This isn’t Oz anymore.

 

I didn’t ask for any of this.

I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, didn’t ask to be brought to Oz, via tornado no less. Sure, her life in Dusty Acres sucks. Her mom is a junkie and a drunk who could care less about her existence. The girls at school bully her.

Landing in Oz, this magical land Amy grew up believing was make-believe, she’s shocked that it’s not all yellow brick road and munchkins. There’s a dark wickedness over the land. And her name is Dorothy. Shocking, right? She’s supposed to be good. She destroyed the wicked witch of the freaking west.

She’s twisted Oz with her magic and selfish bratty ways. Munchkins are slaves. Her friends: Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion are now horrifying monsters. Everybody must follow Dorothy’s crazy rules or else worse things than torture will happen to them.

Brought into the Order of the Wicked, she’ll be trained to be wicked by some of the baddest witches of Oz for one important purpose. To kill Dorothy. Easier said than done.

 

The Dorothy Must Die series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 1 of 4.

 

I’ve read some twisted fairy tales before and I find them to be very interesting. I’ve never read a twisted tale on The Wizard of Oz. This wasn’t a read that had me hopelessly addicted. It didn’t, but damn was I entertained. This was wild and shocked me a bit a few times. And let me tell you, nobody is safe.

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So much originality added to a good tale. Everything is flipped upside down and all around. I couldn’t put this down because I honestly just wanted to see how much crazier this would get. LOL. Was there an emotional attachment? Nah. Sometimes it’s about the fun of a story. That and seeing what happens at the end.

Amy is so spunky. Pink hair, loads of disgruntled commentary, and really hates secrets and being left in the dark about important info. She’s not the common protagonist. In fact, she didn’t even want to be the protagonist. It’s quite hilarious. Her allies, because they do not seem like much of friends, Ollie, the wingless monkey, Nox, a wicked, as well as a few other witches, are pretty salty ones too. I couldn’t get enough of the banter with all of the characters. It’s bold and snappy.

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Oz is exactly as I would’ve imagined it. A sugar high with a side of acid. Acid, the drug, not the skin peeling chemical. With Dorothy, it’s freaking creepy, reminding me—and if you folks have ever played PC games, yes, the ones that required CDS then you might know this one…possibly—of McGee’s Alice. Twisted landscapes with twisted characters, which you have to fix. LOL. Pretty wicked. Nostalgic with old Oz touches, but also new and horrifying. Who knew eh?

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Overall

I really enjoy how this story feels like a parallel universe, yet not. It’s like a sequel nobody ever realized. It doesn’t quite make the favorites, but it’s fun and unexpected and certainly has a spot on my bookshelves. Worth the read guys.

 

Quotables:

“I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday…” (Amy, p. 1)

“I didn’t know what was worse: to have your shot and screw it up, or to never have had a shot in the first place.” (Amy, p. 5)

“No rest for the wicked, is there, Amy.” (Glamora, p. 129)

“It’s not magic that makes you who you are. It’s the choices that you make. Look at Dorothy.” (Nox to Dorothy, p. 155)

“Those who have sacrificed always have the most to lose.” (The Wizard to Amy, p. 298)

“Doing Good had been uglier than I’d expected it to be. And the price…the price now was feeling like I needed to always be looking over my shoulder.” (Amy, p. 365)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

 P. S. Song today? All These Things That I Have Done by The Killers.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – Mar. 25, 2018

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Hey Book Nerds!

How’s it going! Happy Monday, or if it’s not a Monday to be happy on then I hope you at least have some awesome food. Personally, I love breakfast food. I’m addicted to it. Especially French Toast. Ugh. Yes!

Off topic!

It’s Monday! That means it’s time for the Scarlet Playlist and I have it for you right here. Listen to it. Dance to it. Have intense feels while you read to it. Whatever you want to do with it. It’s for you. I enjoy listening to music while I read. Makes the atmosphere of the book more intense. And I know, I said that already, but seriously…

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LOL. I’m done. Promise. Here you go, awesome readers.

 

You Found Me – Kelly Clarkson

Gotta Be Somebody – Nickelback

Who Knew – P!NK

What Now? – Rihanna

Far Away – Nickelback

100 Years – Five For Fighting

Breathe In Breathe Out – Mat Kearney

Unsteady – X Ambassadors (Eric Lee Gravity Remix)

Rescue Me – Daughtry

Gone – Kelly Clarkson

Ghost – Ella Henderson

Show Me What I’m Looking For – Carolina Liar

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Speedy Quote Sunday

Speedy Quote Sunday

Heya Book Peeps!

Happy Sunday! You know what day it is! Book quote day–Speedy Quote Sunday. If you’re new to my blog and am clueless, here you go. Every other Sunday I post some of my favorite quotes or one from a book I’m planning on reading at some point in my life. I like doing this because it’s a way to connect with you guys and what books you enjoy.

Plus, I just like sharing quotes. Some of them just stick with you and make a crater-sized impact.

 

“Dreams that come true can be beautiful, but they can also turn into nightmares when people won’t wake up.” (Caraval, Stephanie Garber)

I’m waiting for Legendary to come out on paperback before reading which will be in May. I’m chomping at the bits and I won’t be able to wait for Finale that long so I’ll probably borrow the hardback and then buy the paperback for my collection. Caravel is so DAMN good! Swept me away and that’s something you aren’t supposed to let happen at Caraval. And, this quote always kind of stung. Dreams turning into nightmares. It’s always scarier when it happens while you’re away, because you can’t wake up then.

 

“Sometimes it takes more courage to stay in place than to move.” (Stain, A. G. Howard)

And it’s scary as hell. Be brave.

 

“Love with your mouth shut, help without breaking your ass or publicizing it: keep cool, but care.” (V., Thomas Pynchon)

All things we could all learn. Takes practice, but find the balance. Keep cool, but care. That one may be the hardest for me. I care too damn much about some things. LOL.

 

More to come soon…

  –K.

 

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Taking Life Back (Five Feet Apart – A Book Review)

Five Feet Apart
Author: Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
Published: 2018

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Rated P for powerful storytelling that’s more than just romance, even though it’s sweetly predictable.

 

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant has been in and out of the hospital all her life. She has cystic fibrosis and follows a specific regimen to keep her oxygen levels up as she waits for new lungs. That also means staying away from anything and anyone. She keeps up a YouTube channel keeping people informed about CF and also keeping herself connected to the world.

Then in comes Will Newman, also living with CF but a more serious strain that could jeopardize everything Stella has worked for, but she’s never wanted to break the rules more than right now. Will is sarcastic and reckless, but he makes her want to live. In an effort to find some sort of middle ground she decides to claim one foot back in her life. Instead of staying six feet apart from everything she’ll take it to five feet. Is it enough though? With Will, it is.

 

I’m so excited to see the movie! While I know this book pairs with the script rather than coming first, I wanted to read it first. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to prepare myself before going to see the movie either. It was because I wanted to see if the book was as beautiful as the trailer, and what I assume the movie will be. And it was.

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The book was moving. I’ve maybe cried four times in all from books I’ve read. I didn’t cry during this book, but my heart did fall out of my body with a splat. Emotions pounded me like tidal waves. Poe, the bestest best friend with phenomenal cooking skills. Will, the sarcastic one with the charming smile that could care less. Stella, the determined and in control one determined to learn everything she can. And Nurse Barb, the warrior who protects them and their lungs. While cystic fibrosis rules their lungs, it doesn’t rule their hearts.

Will and Stella became Sour Patch Kids: sour but sweet. Really really REALLY sweet and they didn’t bust my tastebuds or turn them raw after too many. I couldn’t get enough of them and their ridiculous romantic antics.

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This book was truly a beautiful and endearing story of overcoming odds and circumstance while also learning to deal and make the best of a real tough situation that’s basically impossible. They didn’t stop living their lives even though they’re all missing out on so much. Because of each other, all of them lived their best lives and my heart was overflowed with the feels!

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And this is one of those books. You get so much beauty and love and blooming goodness that when you get slammed with the sadness…YOU…GET…SLAMMED. It brings out the realness of how life can take things away from with the snap of your fingers and it’s painful and it’s very real. It was very real in this book.

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The education of cystic fibrosis is so well done. Getting educated has never been more heartbreaking and informational than the two POVS of Will and Stella. I wasn’t turned off by it or annoyed. It wasn’t shoved down my throat. It came from people, albeit fictional, but still. It wasn’t textbook. It was moving and real. I got to discover more than I ever knew about CF and see its effects from more than just the medical standpoint.

 

Overall

Cute, humorous, and heart-jerking. I really enjoyed this book. I really value learning more about CF and the tolls it takes on lives. I can’t wait to see the movie. I’m hoping it’ll move my heart as much as the book has.

 

Quotables:

“It’s just life. It’ll be over before we know it.” (Will to Stella, p. 30)

“If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first.” (Will to Stella, p. 33)

“So is your plan to die really, really smart so you can join the debate team of the dead.” (Will to Stella, p. 105)

“When you have CF, you don’t know how much time you have left. But, honestly, you don’t know how much time the ones you love have left either.” (Stella, p. 155)

“Cystic fibrosis will steal no more from me. From now one, I am the thief.” (Stella, 172)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Miss Movin’ On by Fifth Harmony.

 

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Valentine’s Day Book Tag

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Hello my epic booknerds!!

So, I discovered this book tag from The Sassy Book Geek  and it looked like so much fun! Here’s to Valentine’s Day and that strange weird emotion and chemical that makes everyone gushy and awkward. You know, love?

 


1.) Stand Alone Book You Love

Charlie St. Cloud

Thee Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud

Author: Ben Sherwood

This is such a beautiful book. Definitely a favorite of mine. While breaching the world of the supernatural, it does so in a delicate and sweepingly romantic way that give my emotions palpitations.


2.) Dystopian Book You Love

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Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

I’ve read Red Queen, but am going tot reread it since I finally got Glass Sword. I really enjoyed this book because it’s incredibly original and has me on edge for the entire ride.


3.) A Book That You Love But No One Else Talks About

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LUX

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

This was a book that had me hooked from the start. I discovered it when it came into our bookstore and never would’ve given it a second thought because I don’t read much Sci-Fi. Then a friend of mine recommended it and now it sits on my favorites shelf. There’s never been much talk about this book. It’s like a little secret that’s juicier than a peach.


4.) Favorite Book Couple

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Shane Collins & Claire Danvers

They were and are still one oof my tops loves. They are one hell of a team and so sweet. I could get totally spoilery, but personally, I’d rather you just go read The Morganville Vampires.


5.) Book That Other People Love But You Haven’t Read Yet

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Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

I keep getting told I should read this and I want to and at some point I will, but I’ve got a long list of other books to get to first.


6.) A Book With Red on the Cover

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Half Bad

Author: Sally Green

I’m getting ready to read this and I can’t wait.


7.) A Book With Pink on the Cover

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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

Author: Krystal Sutherland

Okay, so it’s not just a romance, but a great novel about great superstitions, chasing death, and confronting mental illness.


8.) You were given a box of chocolate what fictional boyfriend/ or girlfriend would have given them to you.

Poison Princess

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I’m going to have to roll with Jack Deveaux of Poison Princess. It’s tricky to decide because while I fangirl, I don’t usually think about fictional boyfriends LOL. Since I’m put on the spot, he is definitely a top pick.


9.) You are Single on Valentines Day. What Book would you read? What TV show would you watch? What Movie would you watch?

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Book: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

(I have yet to read this because I’m waiting on the paperback release. I’m so excited to read it that I’m bursting at the seams.)

TV Show: Teen Wolf

Movie: Scream


10.) You are in the Book Store. All of a Sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What New Release will you love?

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Five Feet Apart

Author: Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis

It’s not a NEW New Release, but I really want to read this. It’s super sappy and I have ea feeling I’m going to cry.


I’m tagging:

Trang @ Bookidote

Kayl’s All Booked

esmoogle

The Library Looter

A Cat, A Book, and A Cup of Tea

A Court of Coffee and Books

A Book. A Thought.

ReadRantRock&Roll

And anybody else who wants to do a little fun book tag!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Once You’re A Princess You Never Stop (Princess Diarist – A Book Review)

The Princess Diarist
Author: Carrie Fisher
Published: 2016
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I liked being Princess Leia. Or Princess Leia being me. Over time I thought we’d melded into one…So Princess Leia are us.

It’s the story all Star Wars fans have been craving since the beginning. Carrie Fisher, with her wit and sharp sense of self, telling the story that’s been kept safely hidden in her diaries that she’d long forgotten about from her days as Princess Leia of Alderaan and rebel leader oof the rebellion. Rediscovering the words of her youth and naivety, she navigates through the life she had as a princess and how she looks back on it. Intimate and revealing from one of the most popular sets of all time, as well as behind the scenes of it. Outright hilarious and entertaining, Carrie Fisher tells all and she’s not censoring any of it. Not the cringeworthy audition or the truth of the ship: Carrison.

 

To this day, I still miss Carrie Fisher. The woman had a powerful voice whether she realized it or not. A part of me just thinks that she thought she was just being frank, loud, and giving no fucks, which is also possible. I wonder if she knew that she was more than a sex icon, a space princess, and a woman with astounding comedy. But, that she was also the rebel for people who wished they could be heard. She was that for me, and I don’t just say that because I can relate to her and we shared the same birthday. She carried a power to be inspiring and bold, and to never let anyone bring down, especially if you bring yourself down already. If someone was being an asshole she told them. That’s important. It’s important to speak up for yourself. I wish she were still here.

On to the book!

I adored this book as I adore one of my favorite outspoken and bold rebels and heroes, Carrie Fisher. I also loved LOVED Star Wars. One hell of an epic space adventure. Her style of writing matched that over her voice and the way she approaches everything she is and does to a perfect tee. I could hear her so clearly in my head as if she were directly telling me her story and I was just sitting there like a little kid with their legs crossed and their chin propped in their hands, enthralled by this story.

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The story is one only she can tell and I loved that she told it. I’ve only ever heard a few bitts here and there about her time on Star Wars; the most popular one is her time not wearing a bra because there were no bras in space. I loved it even more that she was bluntly honest, even when she couldn’t entirely recall specific details. That’s how it is when you tell a story. You don’t always remember everything and sometimes you have to go back when you do. It’s okay. She knew the story and knew it was hers. The fact that not all of the pieces were there doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. She knew it did. THAT’S what mattered. These moments also provided humor.

And there was so much humor. I was giggling up a storm. And while there were these moments that I felt like I could laugh with her, there were moments that were very serious in her life. Moments that she worried and wondered what the hell she was doing and that’s the way it is for all of us. The moments regarding her mother, Debbie, and her…fling-a-ring-ting?…with Harrison weren’t just spotlights, but human moments that she was just trying to navigate. The drama was there, but so was reality, mingling with it, even though sometimes they got a little lost.

In the midst, the epicenter, of this bewildering story were some of the actual pages of her diary from her time on Star Wars. From prose to poetry to exploration blerbs, her thoughts are laid bare in some of the most incredible writing I’ve ever come across. Vivid with emotions, I was blown away.

Don’t offer me love

I seek disinterest and denial

Tenderness makes my skin crawl

Understanding is vile

When you offer me happiness

You offer too much

My ideal is a long-lasting longing

For someone whom I cannot quite touch

(p.125)

Within these pages, Carrie Fisher has answered a question that feels like it’s more to herself than it is the to the world. How does she separate from Princess Leia? Does it bother her that that’s how people will see her forever? Speaking for myself, I know she’s much more than a princess, though that’s how I came to know her at first. Hell, one time she was a nun (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), but that’s besides the point. She answered the grand questions with humorous humility, in knowing that she is this princess and that without her, her life would never be what it was. And she’d never change a thing. No regrets. For that, I’m glad.

 

Overall

This is a book that really captured me. Definitely one I had to keep both hands on (metaphorically) in order to keep up with it. It was special to get such a close glimpse at something so special for Carrie Fisher. From how the story of Star Wars unfolded to her time spent alone in the dark with Harrison to the conventions that she attended, she divulged more than I expected and her take on this entire adventure with met with nothing but love and light. I loved it. It’s made the loss of such a strong and beautiful and interesting figure that much heavier.

 

Quotables:

“Kidding yourself doesn’t require that you have a sense of humor. But a sense of humor comes in handy for almost everything else.” (p. 12)

“I’m no liar. I need you to trust that or stop reading. Recollections might differ with regard to the smaller details, but I don’t think my perceptions are distorted.” (p. 51)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper.

 

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