The Drunk Book Tag

Hey there, epic bookworms!

This is one fun booktag! I was so excited to do it. It’s unique and wild. It’s good to cut loose every once in a while and this is a perfect way to do it as a bookworm, aside from filling a wine glass to the brim with strawberry wine or a having large tequila sunrise.

Let’s be honest, I don’t always get my alcoholic on but when I do I make sure the buzz is good.

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Here we go! Let’s start with something light and we’ll work our way up. LOL.


Wine Coolers: You’re 16 and you finally managed to sneak one of your mom’s Smirnoff Ices. What is one of your most guilty pleasure reads?

Me? Guilty? Pssshhhht. Yeah…right. LOL. Well, I have read some Maya Banks and if you have then you know she gets pretty hardcore. It’s definitely on that fence of like and dislike and most definitely a pleasure.

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Beer: You’ve made it to college and are hosting your first kegger! Pick your favorite new adult or college-aged book.

New Adult is still relatively new but Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire is one of my absolute favorites! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

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Tequila: You partied too hard last night and drank a little too much Jose Cuervo. What’s a book that you never want to see again (or, your least favorite book)?

Tequila and I are great friends. Never a bad experience. I can’t always say that about a book. Sometimes you get your hopes up and they get dashed. That happened to me recently. I love LOVE Kresley Cole, but Lothaire went to places I did not like. Just no thank you.


Beer Bong: What’s a book that you read super fast?

I’ve been reading the Zom-B series by Darren Shan lately. They aren’t very long, which is helpful, I get them done in a couple of hours.


SPRING BREAK!!!!: You’ve thrown your inhibitions to the wind and end up having a sexy night you’ll never forget. What is your favorite smutty read?

This one is tricky. I have yet to find one I fully enjoy honestly. However, Marked by Sarah Fine was pretty steamy and The Mayfair Witches series by Anne Rice was smutty too! They have to be my favorites so far.


Screwdriver: What the most twisted (HEH) book you’ve ever read?

Lasher by Anne Rice was pretty twisted. There were so many times my eyes bugged from my head.


Long Island Ice Tea: The melting pot of alcoholic beverages. What is one of your favorite diverse reads?

Hands down A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland. It’s diverse for the way it approaches mental health.

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Sex on the Beach: A drink that’s great in theory, but wasn’t exactly all it was cracked up to be. What is a book that just didn’t live up to the hype?

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas was okay, but it wasn’t what I thought it’d be.


Wine: You’ve just gone through a rough break-up, so you park yourself in bed with your favorite bottle of wine, some ice-cream, and a bucket for your tears. Name a book that made you cry out all of your feels.

Before I Die by Jenny Downham made me bawl my eyes out. I remember sitting on the kitchen counter with my back to the fridge because it was the least likely place for my mum to find me at the moment.


Strip Club: What’s the sexiest naked book?

Not going to lie, the hardcover of Poison Princess by Kresley Cole is fecking gorgeous! I don’t get drawn to the covers with guys that have abs you can injure yourself on. My kind of sexy book is all about the art itself and Poison Princess is one of those ones.


Snagged from: Elaine Howlin

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Angels & Demons – A Book List

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Heya, bookworms!

Much like vampires and werewolves, angels and demons are very popular in the paranormal genre. Something about good VS evil and the good boy being bad and vice versa. You know what I’m saying! LOL. Personally, I’m a bigger fan of vampires and werewolves, but there have been a few angels and demons books that have snagged my interest.

As you know, I’m big on Young Adult so here’s a YA booklist for all of those lovers of the other side of the paranormal genre.

 

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
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Hidden (Avena)
Author: Marianne Curley
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The Fallen (The Fallen)
Author: Thomas E. Sniegoski
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Carnival of Souls (Untamed City)
Author: Melissa Marr
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Retitled: Carnival of Secrets

 

Storm and Fury (Harbinger)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Unbreakable (The Legion)
Author: Kami Garcia
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Some of these are actually the beginnings to series. Some I’ve read already and some are on my TBR list. Have you read some of these already? Have a few you want to recommend?

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Dream Wasteland (Dreamfall – A Book Review)

Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)
Author: Amy Plum
Published: 2017

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated S for seven teenagers that sought out help but were absolutely screwed instead.

 

They wanted dreams.

What they got were nightmares.

Taking part in an experimental procedure, seven kids hope to get past their sleeping disorders. Instead, they get stuck in their worst nightmares after an earthquake shakes the institution while in the midst of it. Now, they must work together if they hope to wake up. But, there is deceit among them, and monsters lurk in the dark. Can they make it out of Dreamfall or will they be stuck in their nightmares forever?

 

Cata, Fergus, and Jaime come in from different angle of this experiment gone wrong and it is a true nightmare. Usually sleep is supposed to be this place where you can rest and get some inner stuff worked out, but in this case not so much. That made this story pretty unique. Three different characters with three different positions. It brought so much more to the story. And the twists were compelling. Everybody has secrets, some worse than others.

However, I didn’t feel very attached to the characters. I don’t know why. Just didn’t happen. That was about the only downside for me.

This was a fascinating read! While I didn’t get any heebie-jeebies, I was really enthralled with what made up these nightmares for the subjects. The disorders they had and their backstories made this a compelling read. So, while I wasn’t on the entertained side of the spectrum with this book, I was definitely on the intrigued side and that is just as good for me. Plus, you always think your safe in your dream. HA!

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The entire dreamscape was an ever-shifting enigma. I can’t imagine what it was like writing it. I mystified and blown away a good bit. She captured these minds in such a crazy way.

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Oh wait! There was a part that horrified me! The fecking clowns!!! Why are there always clowns! *shudder*

 

Overall

So, a good read, but not a favorite. I enjoyed it enough that I look forward to the next book. The unexpected twists have me yearning to see what comes next. I’m sure it’s even wilder and more unexpected. I hope so.

 

Quotables:

“Whether this right now is a dream or not, it doesn’t matter. We’re no longer in the ‘outside world’. We’re somewhere else.” (George, p. 67)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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Zombies in the Big City (Zom-B: City – A Book Review)

Zom-B: City (Zom-B #3)
Author: Darren Shan
Published: 2013

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated D for an undead teenager that will do whatever it takes to survive, but won’t be anybody butt-monkey.

 

The lack of Activity, the silence, the zombies sheltering in the deserted cars—I assume the worst.

B has finally made it out of the underground facility that was gearing up to use her as a weapon. Now in the city, B has heard that the military is sweeping the city for survivors. While she weaves through the city, making her way through zombies, she meets different people as she makes her way to the next pick-up point. Trouble quickly finds her and she must make some dangerous choices.

 

Zom-B series so far…

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In this next chapter of B’s zombie adventures, she is in London and she comes face to face with the mutants that are responsible for the zombie breakout. It’s wild and I’m was left wondering what B will do now. They’re still pretty creepy. The story still keeps up with the action and gore of the undead, though pretty basic which didn’t leave me shocked sadly. The danger this time are ones that were seen before shit broke loose all the way at the beginning. B describes them as mutants and they’re pretty gnarly looking. Instead of attacking her, they and Mr. Dowling (A creepy fucking clown. Like seriously, why does it always have to be clowns?) want B to join them as they terrorize people. Of course, this conflicts with her new lease on life to be a better person.

New characters came into the story and as usual, I wonder if they’ll be seen again. A group of military delinquents and a not-all-there artist, Tim, who is pretty sure he’s a prophet of the zombie apocalypse. They’re pretty wild and not all there. I actually got some The Walking Dead vibes with these other people. I do hope that B finds somebody that doesn’t come off psychotic. Her journey is a lonely one and while I still don’t like her, I do feel some pity for her, but she’s tough and literally heartless. Whatever comes next, I’m sure she can hack it.

 

Overall

The books move pretty fast so I get them done within a couple hours. Each act as a chapter with something new and grisly. While sometimes silly, I still find myself intrigued. This may be the 3rd book, but the story is pretty slow going with curiosities in every book that leave me with questions. I want to know what is in store for B next. Of course, I already know it’ll be worse than this.

 

Quotables:

“The dead are the best listeners in the world. The corpse takes it all in, never interrupts, doesn’t criticize me, lets me waffle on for as long as I like.” (B, 15)

“In the end, stripped bare of everything else, as everyone is eventually, all we’re left with is the truth.” (Tim, p. 91)

“Silly old B! Still keen to help the living. Will I never learn?” (B, p. 162)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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Hey there book clan!

IF you’re reading this then it’s well past your bedtime. Lol, kidding. It’s the midnight hour and you must be a night owl like me. And since you are still up, here are the books that I’ll be tackling from my TBR mountain.

Now, I know there are some I’m still working on from a few months back, but I’ve been making decent headway, so let’s see what I’m tackling this month!

Here we go!!!

 

Coming Soon…

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The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer
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Yep…still making my way towards it. There will be a review on it!…Eventually. LOL.

 

Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4)
Author: Stephen King
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Working my way to the Tower.

 

E. T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Author: William Kotzwinkle
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Loved the movie and I couldn’t believe when I found the movie to book adaptation.

 

Currently…

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Dayshift & Nightshift (Midnight, Texas #2 & #3)
Author: Charlaine Harris

 

 

A Gift of Magic
Author: Lois Duncan
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The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
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Up for Review…

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Zom-B: City
Author: Darren Shan
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Zom-B: Angels
Author: Darren Shan
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Lothaire
Author: Kresley Cole
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Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1)
Author: Charlaine Harris
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Dreamfall
Author: Amy Plum
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Moving forward finally and getting some new reads on the chopping block!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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B’s Z-demption Begins (Zom-B: Underground – A Book Review)

Zom-B: Underground (Zom-B #2)
Author: Darren Shan
Published: 2013

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Rated U for unwanted undead teenagers with a whole lot of hungry angst.

 

Can you hold on to your humanity if you’re a monster?

In the next chapter of B’s life—or rather, undead life—she awakens in some underground facility where zombies are being filtered to see which ones are regaining their consciousness and which ones aren’t. Those who do are the lucky ones.

After getting the lowdown on what life is about to be like as one of the undead, B then meets others like her, also known as zom-heads. Not everything is as it seems and B is still determined to make amends and lead a life of doing the right thing. But, it takes time to get it right.

The series in review:

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Shan moves right into the next part for B. Her life didn’t end when she became a zombie. Well, it actually did, but she’s back, and ready to turn over a new leaf. Easier said than done though, especially when you’re undead. This new place isn’t so didn’t from her old one. The scientists studying her and using her, as well as her fellow zom-heads, only for their own benefit. She isn’t allowed to pass go, collect $200 or even roll for doubles to get her freedom. She is their latest plaything and B doesn’t like being anybody’s plaything.

The new big bad isn’t the undead, though they’re still a pain, it’s the scientists looking to weaponize the undead. Humanity in one of its lowest forms. Sucks pretty hard. It really did turn it around, making zombies seem like the hero—anti-hero, really—while humans are the big bad. That’s one hell of a switch-up.

This installment, like the last, is short but jam-packed. The scene illustrations really add to the imagery and really gave me that graphic novel feel. It was fun! The writing remains gritty and bloody, if not a little bit more than before. From time to time, the story felt like it dragged a little, but not enough that it took away from the story-telling. Every book gets its moment that has a lull.

I have to say, the best thing about this book is getting the unique POV of a zombie. It’s unique, gory, and enticing rather than some brainless adventure. This is definitely one of the major things that keeps me drawn to this series. It completely turns this story on its head. Everything changed for B because she’s dead. Nothing will ever be the same, but even in this undead life she seeks redemption and that’s a long road.

 

Overall

I’m still reading these books. While they come out as more of a light read over something dense and detail-driven, they’re still interesting because of the main character, who I still hate. LOL. So, I look forward to the next chapter to see what’s next for B after her time underground. Maybe she’ll run into some old friends…or enemies.

 

Quotables:

“So I’ve turned into a big bad wolf/ All the better to see, hear and smell you with, my day.” (B, p. 37)

“There are a lot of black-hearted, mean-spirited bastards in the world. It’s important that we hold them to account. Butt always remember that you might be the most black-hearted and mean-spirited of the lot, so hold yourself the most accountable of all.” (Mr. Burke to B, p. 44)

“Real loneliness is when your dad beats up your mum and you’re lying in your bedroom, listening to her weep in the room next door, and it feels like the whole world’s against you.” (p.71)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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Zombies on a School Day (Zom-B – A Book Review)

Zom-B (Zom-B #1)
Author: Darren Shan
Published: 2013

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated R for a revolting, racist kid who decided to find redemption in the zombie apocalypse.

 

The news outbreaks of zombie attacks across the world have to be a joke, right? That’s what B thinks. Then suddenly school turns into a zone of blood, guts and the walking dead. B is forced to allegiances with the nearest person, not undead. There are no friends or enemies. Just whoever and whatever it takes to stay alive. But, one regrettable move will make B rethink life completely.

 

I got a handful of these books because I was curious. Also, they were relatively inexpensive. Who doesn’t love a good zombie book?

Right out of the gate I was surprised. I don’t like the main character. In fact, B is outright horrible and knows it too! However, she comes out of a household of domestic abuse and in some cases, it trickles down to the children. It’s sad but true. I do like that it was given such a personal POV. I do admire that B soon realizes she doesn’t want to be the racist bully at all. Soon enough, it becomes about redemption and that is a long road.

While the book is pretty short, it has a lot in it. It moves fast so it was a quick read, but I didn’t feel like I missed a thing that Shan didn’t want me to. I do like that there was so much gore and action too! It was brutal and the bomb drops were major! I also like how succinct the book is. When it ends, you know it’s not the end of the book, just the end of a chapter and what’s coming will be bigger.

 

Overall

Not a series I’m addicted to or anything I’m going to gush over like you’ve seen me do, but it is intriguing. There’s a lot that’s coming and I look forward to the next ones. I’m a sucker for a good redemption story, and of course, zombies!

 

Quotables:

“At the end of the day you have to work out for yourself what’s right or wrong.” (p. 46)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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

 

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