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:

Half Bad
Author: Sally Green
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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.

 

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

 

The Outsiders
Author: S. E. Hinton
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When society dictates who you and who you should be it makes you want to fight against or maybe even run away from it.

 

The Waste Lands
Author: Stephen King
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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.

 

Daughter of Egypt
Author: Constance O’Banyon
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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.

 

Wicked
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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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.

 

William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls
Author: Ian Doescher
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Mean Girls comes to you in words of Avon Bard and it’s even better than you think and even more hilarious.

 

Torn
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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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 – April 2019

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Hey, Book Addicts!

Hope you are doing well. April is coming to a close and with that, I have the Sundown Rundown where you can catch up on any reviews you might’ve missed this month.

This month has been filled with a lot of anxious anticipation with the final season of Game of Thrones to Avengers: Endgame. Both have turned me into emotional wrecks. I’m not giving away any spoilers, but they’re so good! However, if you want to talk about them then let’s do it!

For now…

Grab a glass of wine, or a glass of whatever isn’t alcoholic, and relax. Here’s what’s happened this month.

 

 

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The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)

Author: Danielle Paige

The first plan to assassinate Dorothy Gale, cruel dictator of Oz didn’t work out, so it’s time to find a new strategy. First, regroup and figure out who’s on your side.

 

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Gwendy’s Button Box

Author: Stephen King

If given the gift of a mysterious box that contains both gifts and danger, what would you do?

 

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Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die #3)

Author: Danielle Paige

We’re in Kansas again. But, nothing is the same as it was. Amy Gumm discovers the life she left behind isn’t the one she was thrown back in to. First things first though. Dorothy still needs to die.

 

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Riverdale: The Day Before

Author: Micol Ostow

What happened during that final day of summer right before the tragic death of Jason Blossom.

 

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The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die #4)

Author: Danielle Paige

It’s finally the end of the road for Dorothy and everyone. The war for Oz ends now. Who will be standing when it’s over?

 

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The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters Vol. 1 – Phantom

Author: L. J. Smith

Fell’s Church is finally back to the way it was before evil came to town with nothing but destruction. Elena Gilbert and her friends plan to take the summer before college and have fun. A jealousy demon has other plans for them though.

 

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The Wood

Author: Chelsea Bobulski

The wood is a dangerous place. The rules are simple. Never stray from the path. Never linger after dark. Don’t break the rules. It could mean your life. It was for Winter’s father. Now she takes his place as guardian of the wood.

 

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King’s Cage (Red Queen #3)

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow is still reeling from the loss of a loved one and now she’s a prisoner of King Maven. Turned into a traitor as the war finally begins, she refuses to break.

 

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The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters Vol. 2 – Moonsong

Author: L. J. Smith

Elena Gilbert and her friends are finally in college, but that normal life they thought they’d finally get is scratched when students go missing and then turn up gruesomely murdered. With two vampires, a hunter, and a witch, they can handle this, right?

 

Favorite book this month: King’s Cage is the big winner this month. So many feels and intense moments! Mare Barrow is still a mother-freaking boss. Powerful writing as well.

 

Least favorite book this month: The Wood fell flat for me. It just wasn’t my jam. I’m not super big into history. I value it, look back on it, and enjoy its study, but it takes a lot to get me interested in a story that uses time travel with it to capture my attention. This one just didn’t do it for me.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – March 2019

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Hello, Booklovers,

The end of March is nigh.

The sun is setting and might I say (and probably for the millionth time) that I’m so GLAD that the sun is out longer. I’ve missed it.

March was such a great month for reading. I got a lot done. See for yourself, and maybe even catch up on any reviews you might’ve missed.

 

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Sever

Author: Lauren DeStefano

Family reunions are all they’re cracked up to be and they may leave you dazed, confused, and feeling slightly betrayed, especially if you went through hell to get them back.

 

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Undertow

Author: Michael Buckley

A warrior race comes out of the ocean, but what chased them to the Coney Island shores is more dangerous. Getting yourself tangled up in with the prince of said warrior race does not help anybody, especially yourself, but why not? The passive aggressive, moody-broody your type? This one is for you.

 

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The Drawing of Three

Author: Stephen King

Roland, the gunslinger, continues his journey toward the Tower, but now he finds two more companions to tag along. This rag-tag adventure grows darker by the page, but you just can’t look away.

 

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Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Born with deadly abilities that’ll get Mare Barrow killed, but very well keep her alive too. With nobody to trust, she’ll have to be careful with every step because it could be her last.

 

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Glass Sword

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Surviving execution, Mare Barrow is on the run in the midst of a revolution that’ll threaten to take everything she has from her, including herself.

 

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Five Feet Apart

Author: Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis

Stella has always had a set path to getting a brand new set of lungs. Will could care less. When he’s eighteen he’s free. When they meet it all goes out the window and that six feet is hard to keep. So she’ll take one foot back and make it five.

 

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Dorothy Must Die

Author: Danielle Paige

Amy Gumm didn’t ask to come to OZ. Didn’t ask to be the unconventional hero and possible villain. Yet, here she is. Now she’s tasked with destroying the one responsible for so much pain, torture, and destruction to Oz. She’s tasked with killing Dorothy. Yes, that Dorothy. Nope, not a lie. That Dorothy.

 

Feeling pretty accomplished. Got some good ones in! Keep on the lookout for the Midnight Tease. It’ll be coming your way soon.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – February 2019

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Hey there, bookworms!!

Though the sun is hiding behind the grey day lately, it is setting. We’re alsoo at the end of the shortest month of the year: February.

This is the Sundown Rundown. You’ll find everything I’ve read and reviewed this month. This is a great opportunity to check out any reviews you might’ve missed while also checking out the new ratings I’ve been doing!

I hope you’ve all had a great month, and cheers to March!

 

 

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Secret Brother

Author: V. C. Andrews

After losing her little brother, a girl gains another, thanks to her grandfather bringing home a young boy with amnesia. She’ll do whatever it takes to get him to remember his past and get him out of her life before he replaces her brother completely down to his name.

 

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All the Little Lights

Author: Jamie Maguire

Elliot loves Catherine and he’ll do anything for her. They met one summer, but when he leaves without a word, she swears she’ll never forgive him. When he returns, he’ll do whatever it takes to earn her forgiveness.

 

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M or F?

Author: Lisa Papademetriou & Chris Tebbetts

Girl likes boy. Girl gets gay best friend to talk to boy online for her. Gay best starts to think boy might actually like him and not her. Trouble!

 

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The Gunslinger

Author: Stephen King

The gunslinger is on the trail of the man in black who has all of the secrets to get to the Dark Tower, the mission. What will he sacrifice to get there?

 

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Game of Thrones

Author: George R. R. Martin

The Iron Throne is threatened when the Hand of the King is killed. Now the Seven Kingdoms is thrown into toil as grabs for the throne is made and secrets are revealed that could destroy families and kingdoms. But, what may actually bring the downfall of this land lay beyond an icy wall.

 

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Evercrossed

Author: Elizabeth Chandler

It’s been a year since her boyfriend, Tristan died. Ivy has moved on and is doing better and hopes is afterlife is going well too. But, then she died and Tristan must protect her from whatever is after her.

 

Favorite Book: Game of Thrones was so good even after having seen the show so many times! I really enjoyed it, was completely enthralled and look forward to reading the rest of the novels!

 

Least Favorite Book: Evercrossed was a wreck; take the pun or leave it. I thought the Kissed By An Angel series would continue on with its wispy storytelling, with new material and such but it plummeted backwards and just disappointed me in the end.

 

So my goal didn’t pan out as I hoped thanks to the many issues I had this month (the explanation can be found on SP – Feb. 25th). BUT! March is coming and I’m so excited on what I have planned to read!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – January 2019

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Hello, my epic book nerds.

I hope January has given you a great start to 2019! If not, then I hope it gets good soon.

Get snuggled in real nice because it is REALLY cold outside. In the negatives. Or at least it is for me. However, the sunset is fiery orange and is making the snow sparkle. With that pretty visual, here’s what I reviewed this month. If you missed out on any, now is a great time to catch up.

 

 

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Shadow of the Moon

Author: Rebecca Moon

A werewolf investigating a secret club runs into a photographer doing the same? Their reason tie together as do their burning desires.

 

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The Sacrifice Box

Author: Martin Stewart

It’s the eighties. A group of kids make a sacrifice to a mysterious box and years later it comes back to haunt them after somebody breaks its rules. Who broke into the box? Can it be fixed before it’s too late?

 

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That’s Not What Happened

Author: Kody Keplinger

The day of the shooting is still fresh in Lee’s mind three years later. She’s ready to try and move on and tell the true story of what happened that day. She also discovers the stories of the others who survived and even those who didn’t. But, what will she do when she has all of the stories?

 

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Princess Diarist

Author: Carrie Fisher

The story every Star Wars fan has been waiting for. The story from the princess and, rebel leader, herself. Every page is filled with Fisher’s own personal brand of wit, humor, and style.

 

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The Traveling Vampire Show

Author: Richard Laymon

A hot summer day and three teenagers are determined to go see the traveling vampire show that just arrived in town. But after weird and frightening things keep happening to them, they’re not entirely sure they want to go. When they do, they wish they hadn’t.

 

Echoes

Echoes

Author: Alice Reeds

With no memory of how they crash-landed onto a mysterious island, Miles and Fiona work together to try to survive, but they’re not as alone as they think they are on the island. More so, it doesn’t want them to leave.

 

Favorite Book: Princess Diarist really skyrocketed to the top for me this month. I’m such a fan of Carrie Fisher and love her bluntness and honesty. Also, being a Star Wars fan, I couldn’t wait to finally read this! With actual blerbs and poetry from her journal from her times on the set of the great space adventure that the fans love.

 

Least Favorite Book: Shadow of the Moon made me really uncomfortable because it felt forced with no real flow. I didn’t like the characters either. I couldn’t feel any chemistry. Details were too lacking to pull me into the story. All in all, this book was just not for me. Everything rubbed me wrong about it.

 

I didn’t get to as many books as I was hoping, but I’m hoping to With January wrapped up, we now move on to February.

 

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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