Sundown Rundown – May 2019

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It’s the end of May already!? Wow. You know what that means, right? IT’S SUMMER!!!!! Time to let that sunshine caress those cheeks. (And maybe I’m still a little early on this, but I don’t care!)

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The sun is now going down closer to 9PM and the air smells amazing. The breeze is a-blowing all soft like. I love sunsets like this. It feels like time slows down for a little while and I can actually breathe. That feeling is so beautiful.

So, while the sun is doing that gorgeous thing and lighting the sky on fire, relax. It’s the end of the day, and you’re just done with everything.

This is the sundown Rundown where I catch you up on everything I’ve reviewed this month. It’s the perfect time to catch up on any you might have missed.

Here we go:

 

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Half Bad
Author: Sally Green

The journey to salvage a life for yourself and defeat your evil warlock father is a long and tenuous one. In this case, rules are meant to be destroyed.

 

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After
Author: Anna Todd

The epitome of the good girl meets bad boy with some BAD intentions. Is it love or worse?

 

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The Outsiders
Author: S. E. Hinton

When society dictates who you and who you should be it makes you want to fight against or maybe even run away from it.

 

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The Waste Lands
Author: Stephen King

The journey to the Dark Tower continues. Jake is saved and reunited with Roland and Roland regains his sanity, but there are obstacles that threaten their chances of reaching their destination.

 

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Daughter of Egypt
Author: Constance O’Banyon

Being the lost princess of an empire would usually be exciting. Not for this princess. After she’s kidnapped and told she’s a lost princess, she’ll do whatever she can to escape.

 

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Wicked
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Fae, beignets, and the occasional life or death situation when trying to protect New Orleans from Armageddon. Then there’s the green-eyed sweet-talker that shakes things up.

 

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

Mean Girls comes to you in words of Avon Bard and it’s even better than you think and even more hilarious.

 

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Torn
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

The fae are still looking to take over the world, but now they may have what they need: a halfling. Stunning and shocking book 2 of the Wicked trilogy.

 

Favorite book this month: Such difficult choices! Gah! If I have to choose, Wicked is my favorite this month. It has everything I love. The paranormal, romance, steamy and jaw-dropping lines, and of course the possible end of the world. Oh! And it takes place in New Orleans!

 

Least favorite book this month: This one is also tricky. Going to go with Half Bad. While After infuriated me so much, Half Bad didn’t evoke anything out of me. It’s never any good when a book does nothing for you. No excitement or yearning for more. It just came out bland for me which is a real stinker.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – December, 2018

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Hello, book lovers.

It’s the eve of the new year. All I’ve got is: WOWZERS. This one has been a doozy.

Alas, here we are. End of December. Sunsets are still happening too early. 9PM feels like midnight. So at 5PM, with a glass of wine, strawberry, because it’s so forking goooood, here is the Sundown Rundown. This is everything I’ve read this week; a good opportunity to catch up on some reviews you might’ve missed.

 

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The Darkest Star

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

What do you do when your memories aren’t real? Evie Dasher lives in a world where Luxen and human coexist, but it’s not easy. Meeting Luc who’s neither human nor Luxen, her life is turned upside down. What she thought she knew turns out to be only lies and while Luc’s nothing but annoying and complete trouble, he helps her figure out the truth about her life.

 

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The Hobbit

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit of Bag End, is contracted by wizard, Gandalf, and a group of dwarves to help take back their home from a dangerous dragon             and steal back their treasures.

 

Space Between

The Space Between

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Being the daughter of a fallen angel and a demon is hard enough, but traipsing around on Earth is even harder. But, Daphne must in order to find her brother. The last person who saw him, a human, may be the only one that can help her.

 

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Something Strange and Deadly

Author: Susan Dennard

In the Victorian age, zombies raid the streets and cemeteries. A necromancer commands them. Only a unique group may know how to stop them.

 

Caraval

Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Though the magic seems real, don’t allow yourself to be swept away. It’s only just a game.

 

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A Wild Swan: and Other Tales

Author: Michael Cunningham

These fairytales that we’ve always known come with a twist. Even the villains we know have a story. The princesses have an after-happily ever after and it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

 

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The Timekeeper

Author: Mitch Albom

Father Time must help two lost souls realize the great importance and gift of time before it’s too late for him…and for them.

 

Kissed by an Angel

Kissed by an Angel (#1-3)

Author: Elizabeth Chandler

Tristan and Ivy have a powerful love. The kid that last beyond forever, but then Tristan dies in a car accident. Ivy is utterly lost. Tristan has come back as angel with one mission. Protect her at any cost, even if that means letting her go.

 

 

Favorite Book: Caraval was by far my favorite my and definitely sits up on my favorites shelf. I was completely hypnotized by everything in this book. It was just so beautifully written, so vibrant, and completely enthralling. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Legendary.

 

Least Favorite Book: Something Strange and Deadly fell so much farther than I thought it would’ve. I didn’t have many expectations from it, but I thought it would’ve been better than it was. I like zombies and necromancy. They’re interesting subjects, but this book was too vague and repetitive on it. I just wasn’t into this one.

 

So, that’s it. I hope you all have had a good December and a spectacular year. See you in the new year!!

 

More to come soon…

  –K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – November 2018

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Hello book clan!!

It’s the end of November and this is the Sundown Rundown. It’s been a stressful month, honestly. Thanksgiving was special. I’m thankful for the things I do have in my life. I’m lucky to have my mum and my family.

So, while the sun is setting, and much earlier thanks to Daylight Saving Time, so get cozy, maybe grab a snack and take the opportunity to catch up on any reviews you’ve might’ve missed this month. Orr, if you’re looking for new books to read, you may just find one here.

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Bloodlines

Author: Richelle Mead

A baby vampire needs protecting when she’s nearly assassinated. Trouble follows her and her new protector, alchemist, Sydney Sage to the boarding school in Palm Springs that they’ve been relocated to. Kids are getting strange tattoos that give them supernatural abilities. Sydney’s teacher is delving into the alchemical arts.

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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

Author: Krystal Sutherland

Facing your fears is easier said than done, especially when your family is cursed to die from a fear specially picked out for them. One person will step up to help to remove the curse and face death in the face.

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What a Girl Wants

Author Lindsey Kelk

It’s not easy to have choices. Choosing between two men. Choosing between two amazing jobs. What’s one to do?

The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman

The Owens family have always been the talk of the town and not in the good way. It doesn’t stop them from living wildly and free. From a legacy of witches, Vincent, Jet, and Franny will confront the family curse, that an Owens can’t have true love. They might even beat it.

Practical Magic

Practical Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman

The Owens family have always been whispered about, but that doesn’t stop them. Sisters, Sally and Gillian each go on their own journey to find love and happiness. Sally is grounded and Gillian is carefree. Both will come to realize their love for each other triumphs everything, even evil.

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From Here to You

Author: Jamie McGuire

Darby is on the run, and Trex is just settling down from his life as a Marine. When their lives collide, Trex is sure he’s found the one, but Darby is still recovering from here last relationship and almost marriage to an abusive man. Trex will do anything to have her, but she knows he’s hiding things. With so many variables, can they make it work or will their pasts come between them?

Tis the season to get merry, drink hot cocoa, and watch cheesy Christmas movies while decorating the tree. It’s also the time of year when you hope your road gets plowed so you can get to work without playing slip-n-slide the whole way there.

Stay warm and cozy and see you in December.

More to come soon…

-K

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Sundown Rundown – October 2018

 

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN, MY LOVES!!!!

It is a glorious day for spooks, scares, and treats! Whether you’re dressing up, gorging on surgary goodness, watching scary movies, going out and TPing houses, or any number of fun things, enjoy the holiday. I know it’s my ultimate favorite.

I know this year I got pretty literary and dressed up as my favorite William Shakespeare character. From A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I give you, Robin Goodfellow. A Puck.

Halloween—All Hallows Eve—Samhain.

It has many many names and derives from the ancient Celtic festival from some 2,000 years ago. Imagine that, one of the most beloved holidays in which we celebrate letting our freak-flag fly and embrace the supernatural more than ever originates in Ireland. It’s also considered the time when the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest. It’s such a special time in my opinion that we are open to anything and while that can be scary, it can be pretty awesome.

Just remember to be safe folks.

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My reading this month has been off and on honestly. I got out a couple of really fun book tags and reviews. If you happened to miss a few reviews then get ready, here’s everything I’ve read this month.

 

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Bold Tricks

Author: Karina Halle

The final installment in The Artists trilogy. Ellie Watt and Camden McQueen will do whatever it takes to get the normal life they desperately want and leave behind the past in the dust. Before they can they’ll have to save her father from the clutches of her dangerous ex-boyfriend. All bets are off when you mess with the people Ellie Watt loves.

The Hatching

The Hatching

Author: Ezekiel Boone

An ancient species awakens, causing earthquakes, plane crashes, and worse. An apocalypse unlike anything else has only just begun swallowing the world.

Ender's Game

Ender’s Game

Author: Orson Scott Card

Ender, a part of a great experiment, is chosen to go to Battle School to train to be a commander. It’s a dream that quickly turns into a nightmare as he is pushed beyond his limits. To save the planet, he may sacrifice everything.

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to make monsters out of girls

Author: Amanda Lovelace

Dark, enticing, and tragic. Loves isn’t rose-colored filled with clouds and butterflies all the time. Sometimes it turns people into monsters.

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Black Bird of the Gallows

Author: Meg Kessel

Angie is just trying to make it through high school. Then the mysterious Reece moves in next door and her life is thrown askew. Getting attacked by a stranger surrounded by bees. Chaos popping up around town. She is determined to figure out what’s going on and discovers more than she expected. Definitely didn’t expect to fall for a harbinger of death.

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Heart of Darkness

Author: Joseph Conrad

There’s a darkness that dwells within all men. Deep in the Congo, see just how dark it can get.

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The Ragwitch

Author: Garth Nix

Paul just wants to save his sister. He didn’t expect to be the savior of a kingdom. With the help of allies, he’ll save both.

 

Favorite Book of the Month: Ender’s Game was AMAZING! Sci-Fi reaches new heights. Now, I know this has been out for a few decades, but still. This book blew my mind with its plot and shocking reveals. So original and intense and an emotion bender.

 

Least Favorite Book of the Month: Heart of Darkness was not as appealing as I hoped it would be. The darkness that dwells within man is complex and always intriguing, but reading it in this way really wore me down. I couldn’t keep with it that well.

 

More to come soon…

-K

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Sundown Rundown – September 2018

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Hello, book clan!

September has come to an end, so I have the Sundown Rundown for you. Here, I’m wrapping up the month and giving you a chance to catch up on some reviews you might’ve missed.

Honestly, I didn’t get as much done in the reading department as I wanted to. It was a bit of an exhausting month with extra work at the bookstore. We actually just did a few book sales at a few schools. I enjoyed getting to be a part of it. It was a great experience to see kids so excited about books. I swear, seeing kids interested in books over texting and Snapchat is rare. Wish, I could count the times parents have told me, “I’m just glad he/she loves to read. Kids don’t do that much these days.”.

Now, at the end of the month and with Fall upon us, the leaves are changing colors and the temperature is dropping, it’s leggings, sweater, and boot weather. Those sunsets get sweeter, coming sooner and sooner. I’m just sad to say goodbye to the fireflies until next summer. Settle in and catch up because it’s nearly October, one of the best months of the year.

 

Down a Dark Hall

Down a Dark Hall

Author: Lois Duncan

There’s more going on in Blackwood School for Girls than just teaching. Kit is terrified and she should be. Lucid dreaming. Sleepwalking. Doors shutting on their own and shadows in the window. Something ghostly is happening and she doesn’t plan on sticking around.

 

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Reality sucks these days. Virtual reality is where the world prefers to be. Log into the OASIS. The great hunt for Halliday’s Easter Egg begins. Billions are on the line. Who will get to it first?

 

of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck

George and Lennie find work on a ranch in Salinas Valley. Though they want to get through this job so that they can have their own ranch. Struggles quickly find Lennie in the form of jealousy, bullying, and misunderstandings.

 

Over the Moon

Over the Moon

Author: Angela Knight, MaryJanice Johnson, Sunny, Virginia Kantra

Magic, lust, and romance under the full moon. Fae battling over a human’s soul. A royal werewolf seeking salvation from a rogue, and getting more than she bargained for. The moon can make crazy things happen.

 

Devoured

Devoured

Author: Amanda Marrone

It’s not easy getting haunted by your twin sister. Being Snow White isn’t that great either. With her help along with the help of the cute boy, Luke, Megan may solve the mystery of girls that have been going missing for years. But, she’ll have to hurry before another girl goes missing, which may be sooner than she thinks.

 

Nightlight

Nightlight

Author: The National Lampoon

Belle Goose is obsessed with vampires. Edwart Mullen is a computer game playing, storm chasing nerd. Are the two meant to be together forever? Probably not, but Belle can feel it in her gut that he’s a vampire and she is going to love him forever.

 

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Double Eclipse

Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Mardi and Malloy Overbrook are back in East End for the summer. Boys, drama, and magic abound. Even more shocking, their mother that’s been missing for years has come to find them to help them fulfill a prophecy.

 

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Daughters

Author: Stuart Land

Young girls all over the world are getting pregnant, but their virgins. As this world epidemic grows, more strange things keep happening and humanity is put to the test as life as you know it changes. Evolves.

 

Shooting Scars

Shooting Scars

Author: Karina Hale

Ellie Watt: con artist, bad ass. Camden McQueen: tattoo artist, love of her life. Ellie must join her ex-boyfriend, a drug lord, on a mission in order to protect Camden. The past comes back to bite her in the ass.

 

Favorite Book of the Month: Easily Ready Player One. The imagery was so powerful and I was in love with the unique style that Ernest Cline writes in. I really felt like I was a part of the story. It was exciting and exhilarating. My brain was sparking off the charts.

 

Least Favorite Book of the Month: Nightlight was funny, but it wasn’t memorable nor did it have any real point. With no real plot or anything to pull me in, this was a one time, curious read.

 

Until next time!!

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – August, 2018

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Hello, my awesome booknerds!

It is the end of August and this is the Sundown Rundown. The sun is setting a little earlier each day with Fall’s arrival. Leaves are already changing. And I’m sure you’ve hear the brake release of those big yellow buses as a sign that school has begun again.

This is also the time for everything pumpkin!

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So, here’s where I tell about what I’ve read and you have a chance to catch up on any reviews you might’ve missed this month. I’m a little sad that I didn’t get to everything I wanted to read this month, though there were some pretty good ones. Life hit me with a little bit of extra stress. I’m hoping to get back in gear in September.

 

House of Dark Shadows

House of Dark Shadows

Author: Robert Liparulo

The Kings move into a new house and there’s a very strong chance they aren’t getting out. Doors leading to different points in time. Creepy footprints. The house has a mind of its own. How logn will the King’s last?

 

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Watcher in the Woods

Author: Robert Liparulo

Mom’s missing. An assassin tries to steal the Dreamhouse Kings’ house. The townspeople try evict them and they must hurry if they hope to solve this house and save mom.

 

Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman

The crazy and witty style with wisdom and enlightening storytelling of mythos that lead up to the end of the world. Ragnarok. From grand schemes to incredible origins, even the Norse Gods have life stories to tell.

 

Willow

Willow

Author: V. C. Andrews

Willow pretends to be a grad student as she searches for her mother and is suddenly thrown into the middle of the lifestyles of the rich and famous. And secrets, which is currency for these people. Soon enough, she is getting sucked into the glitz and glam. Can she stay on course to get close to her mother, or will she become forever enamored by wealth and gossip.

Bazaar of Bad Dreams

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Author: Stephen King

A collection of the strange, dark, and creepy. All the beautiful and morbid things the King is. From a story about a people-eating car to a bad kid that’s responsible for the death of people to the apocalypse to a kindle that’s somehow connected to the Dark Tower. Peruse carefully.

 

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Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth

Author: V. C. Andrews

Decades after Flowers in the Attic, the diary of Christopher Dollanganger is discovered and becomes the obsession of a teenage girl. Soon, she finds herself relating to the eldest Dollanganger child more than she likes.

 

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Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger

Author: V. C. Andrews

After divulging the diary to her boyfriend, Kristin’s dark obsession becomes their obsession. The further they read the more disturbing they becomes, breaching the same lines as the Dollanganger children did.

 

Thebes

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Author: Robert Silverberg

Time travel back to Ancient Egypt. Edward must find two missing teammates that got lost and must do so before the allure of the grand city of Thebes—a place he’s studied and always dreamt of seeing—traps him forever.

 

Favorite Book this Month: I’d read and heard many people say that Norse Mythology wasn’t their favorite novel by Gaiman. It wasn’t his typical style, like with American Gods and The Ocean at the end of the Lane, but it was still beautiful and fantastical. The stories were all independent but led up to an explosive end where everything came to together. I really enjoyed this book.

 

Least Favorite Book This Month: This one is a double doozy. I could not get down with Christopher’s Diary. I was majorly creeped out and disturbed. More so, there were aspects of the storyline that just wasn’t believable for me.

 

Until next month!!

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – July, 2018

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Good evening bookworms!

The sky is a wild array of oranges, reds, pinks, and purples. The sun is cresting the horizon, ready to sleep for the night. The stars are peeking out. It’s dusk, my favorite time of day, and this is the Sundown Rundown where I tell you all that I’ve read and reviewed this month.

So, if you missed a review or a ramble then this is a good place to catch up!

On a side note: Orange is the New Black, Season 6 came out just a few days ago and it was wild, intense, and I believe it shed some light on some very real issues. Still with the comedy and awkwardness, it’s still freaking amazeballs.

It’s been a busy and surprisingly long month. So, here we go!

 

Lasher

Lasher

Author: Anne Rice

Rowan, leader of the Mayfair coven is missing. Her husband is going mad without her. Lasher, a free demon now, holds her hostage, trying to get children out of her. Looking to be disturbed a bit? This is a great one! Paranormal takes a bit of a V.C. Andrews twist in this follow-up to The Witching Hour.

 

Lightning

Lightning

Author: Dean Koontz

Every time lightning strikes he is there, her guardian angel. From the night she was born and onward, he’s watched over her, but why? Romance, sci-fi, and tragedy as twisted into one. And if you have an infatuation about lightning like me then read this.

 

How to Hang A Witch

How to Hang a Witch

Author: Adriana Mather

WITCH! A curse hangs over Salem, Massachusetts and it’s up to Sam Mather and a ghost to put an end to it before the torches and pitchforks start coming after her.

 

Burning Maze

The Apollo Trials: The Burning Maze

Author: Rick Riordan

Book three of The Apollo Trials. Filled with more comedy from the teenaged Apollo as well as tragedy and struggle, this time, from down in the labyrinth. With new additions to his quest, it’s soon realized that this may be bigger than Apollo realized.

 

Wicked Lovely

Wicked Lovely

Author: Melissa Marr

Faeries are all around you. The key is to not acknowledge them in anyway. For Ash, that proves nearly impossible until her way of life is threatened. Then she’s designated to bring an end to a curse over the Summer fey. Can she resist the Summer King, Keenan, though? And what about her best friend Seth?

 

Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Magic is gone. It’s been killed. But a spark creates hope. A rebel, a princess, and the responsible one go to turn magic back on and possibly bring back the god and save their homeland, Orisha.

 

The Mermaid

The Mermaid

Author: Christina Henry

After loss of her husband, Amelia waits by the ocean, wishing for him to come back. Then she is convinced to move on and join P.T. Barnum’s museum. They’re looking for a mermaid, and aren’t they lucky? They just found one. but, they don’t believe it, and all Barnum sees is money when he looks at her.

 

Water For Elephants

Water for Elephants

Author: Sara Gruen

Tragedy and romance under the big top. Jacob becomes the vet for the circus after the loss of his parents. During the Great Depression, he finds one of the greatest times of his life an one of the hardest.

 

Marked

Marked

Author: Sarah Fines

Get pulled—dragged—into this intense rush. The world has collapsed environmentally. Cacy, a Ferry and a paramedic, gets a new partner. Eli. Both of them are undeniably attracted to each other and both of them have secrets. Drama. Tragedy. And holy hell, romance.

 

Jay's Journal

Jay’s Journal

Author: Anonymous

A slow building, scary story. Boy gets involved in witchcraft that turns into Satanism that ultimately leads to his death. The really scary part? It’s all true.

 

Favorite Book this Month: There were so many that were really enjoyable. This month there was a tie. Children of Blood and Bone and Marked. They both got me tied up. Children worked me over with it’s beautiful world and how the story was an incredible parallel with our own world. Marked hooked me with its nonstop action and characters that had explosive chemistry. I really couldn’t choose. The magic in both of these books was off the wall.

Least Favorite Book the Month: Lasher. As wonderful as the in-depth detail and characters and the darkness of witchcraft was, I was lagging during this book. I could’ve skipped over a good bit of what went on. That ruins a great novel, I know, but the length really put me off. The supernatural is my favorite, but like I said, I dragged. I just couldn’t get as invested as I wanted to, and trust me, I tried.

 

Until next month!!

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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