The Shape of Her Dead Heart (Paper Valentine – A Book Review)

Paper Heart
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Published: 2013

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Rated C for chills creeping down your back thanks to your dead best friend haunting you.

 

I am not the kind of person who gets haunted by anything.

The city of Ludlow, the kind of city that isn’t very big but the population is, is suffering its hottest summer on record, but Hannah Wagnor is getting the chills. Chills because her best friend, Lillian, who died six months ago, is haunting her.

The summer takes a turn as girls turn up gruesomely murdered with little Valentine hearts by their bodies and somehow, she’s in the middle of it while she’s still grappling with how Lillian self-destructed up until she died. A curfew is put across the city. The police are watching everyone closely. Hannah is drawn further into the world of ghosts and this killer, but she’s not alone. She attracts the attention of quiet, delinquent Finny Boone and while she can’t really put her finger on it, she can feel her life changing and for the better, but she’ll have to figure out who the killer is to keep it.

 

While the writing style threw me off here and there because it felt choppy and unnatural, I got some chills of disturbed with this story. Some emotions were had too.

Ghosts + Slasher = L❤️ve!

I enjoy horror and tis the season for some of that! the main character, Hannah took on some struggles with life that I was really surprised with. Not only was she dealing with the loss of one of the most important and influential people in her life, her BFF Lillian, but there was an in-depth look at how she lost her because of an eating disorder. Now, I’m about to get a little personal, but don’t get too serious on me, okay? This look into how this eating disorder effected not only Lillian but Hannah as well struck me right in my past. If you’re sitting there thinking, “Oh dude, did this weird, spastic blogger have an eating disorder?” then yes, you’re right. And, the thing about it, is that age for something like this doesn’t matter. I was a little girl when I had Anorexia. It was what it was, I’m doing pretty good in the food area now. In fact, I LOVE food! Mexican in particular because spice is the life and any kind of breakfast food is the way to my heart. Anyway! This very real subject brought into a narrative about a serial killer and ghosts was incredibly creative. It was a way to go beyond a disorder killing the one it effects, but also the way it effects everyone afterward, and in the midst of something deadly no less. It brings an understanding of sorts as well as heartache. It’s the how and why; the questions that several seek answers to. It just really struck home with me, and I really like how it was incorporated with the storyline.

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Horror can be tricky because getting the scary and jumpy parts on a page isn’t like putting on a big screen; while The Space Between was okay though a little flat, I like the interweaving bits. It was a strong tie between reality and the world of the supernatural. Granted, there were moments that broke this wall for me, but it wasn’t enough for me to find any serious dislike in the book. Where an ending already happened, a beginning came into being. It was like a reversal.

I loved the main characters, but the secondaries like Angelie and Ariel were real grating. Mostly it was because I was reminded that people can act real selfish and mean like they did. Hannah and Lillian had real depth. While I admire the way Hannah is reserved, I also admire how outgoing Lillian is. The duo is true opposites but best friends because they found this special bond. Finny was just strange. The mysterious quiet drew me in, but envisioning what he looked like was so goofy! I couldn’t get a complete picture. LOL. The development wasn’t very strong with either, but discovering all of his little nooks and crannies made up for that.

 

Overall

A pretty decent read! Not major heebie-jeebies but I got some chills. I really loved the friendship and creativity that Yovanoff created here. This felt like the hometown you didn’t expect bad things to happen even though there were skeletons. I’m not saying this is an absolute favorite, but it surprised me and was worth the read.

 

Quotables:

“I’m not those things you think I am. Yeah, I looked bright and shiny on the outside, maybe. But inside, I was always just the same as you. Underneath, I wanted all the chaos and the scary, messy stuff. I think I was always just this—this strange, secret girl who always wanted to kiss Finny Boone.” (Hannah, p. 255)

“I’m not a victim or a fragile little thing. And maybe there’s all kinds of dangerous stuff out there, but not you. Okay? I don’t need to be kept safe from you.” (Hannah to Finny, p. 272)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Haunted by Kelly Clarkson.

 

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Hello, my precious little book deviants!

I’m going to say. I’m going to, and you know it’s true when I do. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! This is Halloween!

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I can’t help myself. Have I told you how much I love it? More than Christmas and my birthday put together. It’s time for those in the shadows to shine. For ghosties to party. For werewolves and vampires to get wild. And for witches to get witchy under the full moon. Not that they don’t all year round, but this is their month! They’re also my people. I love them. They’re my normal. Judge me as you wish. LOL.

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It’s the witching hour, my favorite hour, and if you’re still up then you’re a night owl like me. Since you’re up and about here’s something quick to read. This is what’s coming up on the Scarlet Reader for October!

 

 

Coming Soon…

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Haunted
Author: Danielle Vega
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I am getting som spooky reads in this month and Danielle Vega is a horror queen in YA.

 

The Mark of Athena (The Heros of Olympus #3)
Author: Rick Riordan
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Knocking out another New Year’s Resolution series! Plus, that Greek and Roman mythology. ❤️

 

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
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This is one I’vee said I was going to get to. Now, I’m determined to open its pages and hop inside. Take that how you want. LOL. I will be getting to it even if I only just get started by the end of the month.

 

Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower #6)
Author: Stephen King
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The Dark Tower series has had a push and pull effect on me. I’ve both loved it and loathed it. The journey has been story after story more than it’s been about actual journeying which is fine. I do look forward to hopefully completing it before the year is out.

 

Currently…

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Wicked Saints
Author: Emily A. Duncan
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Paper Valentine
Author: Brenna Yovanoff

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Abandon
Author: Meg Cabot
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Up for Review…

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The Taming of the Shrew
Author: William Shakespeare
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The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
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Beyond Magic
 Author: Susan Kearney, Elaine Cunningham, Kassandra Sims
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Wolves of Calla (The Dark Tower #5)
Author: Stephen King

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There’s quite a bit coming up this month, but I’m super stoked. What are you reading during this spooky time of the year? Oh, I got a better question! What’s your favorite Halloween movie!? Mine is Practical Magic (though it’s my all-time favorite movie hehe), but for a scary one,  I really love the Scream movies. But then again…there’s The Craft too…Dang it.

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – September 2019

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Hey there, book addicts!

I hope everyone is doing well. September has been a long and stressful month. I don’t know about anyone else, but I for one and glad it’s about to be October. You know what that means. It’s time to get spooky!!! WOO!

I know the sun has been started setting sooner and sooner lately. The leaves are turning such beautiful colors as they morbidly die. Pumpkins and scarecrows are shining on as Halloween comes rolling around.

Enjoy the sunset of Fall. It’s more orange and lights the sky on fire. It’s the twilight of the year. Enjoy some cider or maybe a deep red wine or some Hot cocoa as you get cuddly and catch up on what you might’ve missed on my blog.

Here’s the Sundown Rundown. Everything I’ve read this month and an opportunity for you to catch up on any reviews you might’ve missed.

 

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E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial in his Adventure on Earth

Author: William Kotzwinkle

An alien botanist gets ditched on earth. Perfect read for those Area 51 raiders! Lol.

 

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A Gift of Magic

Author: Lois Duncan

Some gifts aren’t good ones. A teen girl discovers she’s been given the gift of magic and her life gets crazy.

 

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Night Shift (Midnight, Texas #3)

Author: Charlaine Harris

The Midnighters come together to save the town from the evil that threatens to swallow the town from below.

 

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Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4)

Author: Stephen King

The journey to the Tower continues. The Gunslinger reveals a story most personal. One of love, magic, and tragedy.

 

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The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

A new journey begins for a group of Demigods. A Demigod has memory loss. Monsters keep rising from Tartarus. A Goddess is imprisoned and on the brink of losing her powers.

 

Favorite book: The Lost Hero was a blast! I’m so excited to jump back into the world of Riordan. New heroes as well as some old heroes. And a brand-new prophecy about saving not only the world but the gods!

 

Least favorite book: Night Shift was such a letdown for a variety of reasons. I’m still a little sore about it. The first two were so great and I was just disappointed with this one.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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It’s Not Nice to Mess With Mother Nature (The Lost Hero – A Book Review)

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2010

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Rated G for parental confusion, missing memories, and sudden demigodliness that stomps angst

 

Jason has a problem.

Piper has a secret.

Leo has a way with tools.

Jason wakes up on a bus with no memories of who and where he is. His friends, Piper and Leo, as well as some other well-known heroes,  help him work to gain his memories back as they go on a quest to find Hera, the Goddess of Marriage & Birth and a missing Demigod. They must hurry

The group struggles to get to the Goddess, though each of them has been presented with many temptations and clues to betray one another. This quest sets a prophecy in motion. Two worlds will collide and they’ll either save the world together or be its destruction.

 

The Heroes of Olympus series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 1 of 5.

 

So, I’m coming into this series when I’ve already read the Percy Jackson novels and The Apollo Trials. I’m getting to the middle. LOL. It’s unorthodox, I know. But I am the kind of reader that can jump around like that and this universe allows you to do that too. You get the lowdown on what’s happened, but not so in-depth that the story is given away if you–like me-hadn’t read it yet. Now, I have an idea of what’s coming but I don’t know everything.

The Gods of Olympus have closed themselves off. Some have gone off the deep end (which isn’t new actually). Camp Half-Blood is still a little lost after the battle of the Titans in Manhattan, having lost some good friends. Percy Jackson is missing. Monsters are rising faster and faster after defeat as if they can’t stay in Tartarus. A new prophecy comes to light and brings up bad blood for everyone. It’s crazy, guys!

This is a new group of Demigods with much of what I know already. That means a new prophecy! Woooo! The world of mythos expands with this series. The Greek and Romans finally collide, but it doesn’t seem like it’ll be a good thing since the last time they did they had a civil war.

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The fresh characters bring a whole new game to this world. I’m really loving that I get to read about a few of the kids from other gods that don’t get much attention. Out of Jason, Piper, and Leo, I like Leo the best. I can’t help it! I love a great sense of humor! Plus, he built a dragon.

Their travels and the Gods and monsters they met took me to colder places. I’m not a fan of the cold, but I really liked that there were new people to meet and places to see. There’s so much homage paid and I really love it. And the way that Riordan blends the world of Gods with the way he ties them into today’s world is phenomenal!

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Overall

The Percy Jackson world is easy to get engulfed in. I love mythology. Greek and Roman are among my top favorites. Granted, I’m not perfect and don’t know them all by heart. It’s fun to hear them over and in such a fun light.

I’m pretty darn excited about this series. I really enjoyed Percy Jackson and I’m so hooked on The Apollo Trials. I’m glad to finally get to the series in between now! It’s so much fun and is definitely going with the rest of my Greek Heroes collection.

 

Quotables:

“I try very hard to be annoying. Don’t insult my ability to annoy. And how am I supposed to resent you if you go apologizing? I’m a lowly mechanic. You’re like the prince of the sky, son of the Lord of the Universe. I’m supposed to resent you.” (Leo to Jason, p. 344)

“Great victory requires great risk.” (Juno, p. 546)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Time Stands Still by All American Rejects.

 

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Change in the Wind – A Fall Booklist

Hiya booknerds!

How is everyone loving Fall? It’s still nice and summery some days, but the leaves are changing colors! Change is actually what’s helped me create this list!

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First off, I love doing these lists because it gives me an opportunity to look up fresh reads not only to put on my TBR but to put on yours! Or heck, to hear about from you!

Second, I went with change because of the obvious. The seasons are changing. The leaves are changing. Just loads of change! So, I plucked out 2019 books that express a range of color change and/or match up with the vibrant colors of Fall.

Be sure to check out the Goodreads links to get the scoop and put them on your Want to Read list! And, if you’re SUPER intrigued, add them to your booklist on Amazon or just give in to that little voice and (pre-)order it.

 

The Beautiful
Author: Renee Ahdieh
The Beautiful

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Watch Us Rise
Author: Renee Watson
Watch Us Rise

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Shout
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
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The Black Coats
Author: Colleen Oakes
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The Exalted
Author: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
The Exalted

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The Next to Last Mistake
Author: Amalie Jahn
The Next to Last Mistake

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Crier’s War
Author: Nina Verela
Crier's War

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The Burning Shadow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Burning Shadow

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The Things She’s Seen
Author: Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Things She's Seen

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Dealing in Dreams
Author: Lilliam Rivera
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Maybe you’ve read a couple already or are anticipating reading them like me. I do hope you found a couple to add to your TBR. Happy Fall!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Non-Refundable Type of Gifts (A Gift of Magic – A Book Review)

A Gift of Magic
Author: Lois Duncan
Published: 1999

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Rated T for three kids inheriting shit from grandma they shouldn’t have.

 

Nancy can do things no one else can…

When grandma was dying she told Elizabeth that she had three gifts for her grandchildren. Now, after a divorce, Elizabeth and her children come back to her hometown to her grandmother’s house. While she’s struggling to find a sense of normalcy, her three kids are fully coming into the three gifts promised to them. One of them, specifically given to Nancy, is special and will turn her life upside down. It’s the gift of magic.

 

Lois Duncan always delivers. A master and classic writer of not only suspense that doesn’t put me to sleep but also supernatural and/or slasher-y. She really keeps my attention and her writing is engaging. This one is no different.

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There is a lot going on! Maybe too much. From dealing with the effects of Nancy dealing with her family splitting up, there’s also the pressures of childhood and the unique, scary, and supernatural themes that become obsessive. The book was good but there was too much happening to keep track of it all compared to the other Duncan books I’ve read. The focus was…well, there wasn’t much focus on anything. Each individual struggle seemed so separate, though it’s understood that the theme is the discovery of independence. But, trying to keep track of each character didn’t go well for me.

The setting was meant to be. Being in a beach town even though it seemed gray was beautiful. It just gave me some throwback time. Very nice and nostalgic and longing and perfect for the story itself, like (and I know this is cheesy) the place was made for it.

 

Overall

A bit all over, but a good story nonetheless. Duncan really went into the complication and construction of family and not just in the touchy-feely part but in the ways family works (if that makes sense). I also always appreciate that she makes her books quick reads. On the shelf you go!

 

Quotables:

“…You must learn if you accept it. A gift is nothing unless it’s used…” (grandma to Nancy, p. 135)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Tomorrow Never Knows by Our Lady Peace.

 

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The Zombicide Squad (Zom-B: Angels – A Book Review)

Zom-B: Angels (Zom-B #4)
Author: Darren Shan
Published: 2013

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Rated G for game-changing 

 

After spending the last few months wandering around London…

B Smith had given up hope that she’d find salvation until she discovered graffiti that leads her to the Angels led by Dr. Oystein, a revived that’s been around for a century. He sheds light on her new life that changed everything. The arrival of old acquaintances and discovering the Angels’ purpose throw her off and make her question if this place is really for her.

 

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The game changes up for B as she finds herself in the company of more reviveds. A special group put together across the world after it became overrun with the dead. This Dr. Oystein is a very strange scientist that believes God put him on a mission to defeat the evil Mr. Dowling AKA Clown from Hell.

This was a loaded chapter in the zombie life of B. More science and a twisted bomb drop that left seriously disturbed. Disturbed enough that I am once again looking forward to continuing the story. The gore isn’t as much in this chapter, but the progression of B’s story is quite intriguing. She’s finding more and more in this new undead life of hers.

Reilly and Rage (Underground) return and B gets mixed feelings about it. I really liked that they came back into the story, especially because they were a part of something so horrific. Not only is B getting an opportunity to work on being forgiving, but like her, these guys get a second chance like her. The dynamic is almost like a circle. A wonky one. It’s one of my favorite things about this book.

The new setting is intriguing. Rather than B being locked up, she’s brought into a circle of togetherness and teamwork. It brought forth diversity and the chance to talk about it and bring up subjects like religion and race and color. Even in such a dark time and place, I’m intrigued that it’s still present and that it can be talked about. B is learning and making that change that she really wants.

 

Overall

I’m officially curious and look forward to the next book. Still not on my favorites shelf but I’m all for a good vs evil story. With B on the fence and struggling with herself in a very realistic light, I’m curious to see how it ends.

 

Quotables:

“I am a scientist and teacher. A sinner and gentleman. A killer would-be savior. And, if you will do me the great honor, I would like to be your friend.” (Dr. Oystein to B, p. 5)

“Just step outside and look around if you do not believe that. As a people, we offended our creator and turned on our like jackals.  We soiled this world. Was the plague of zombies a harsh judgment? Perhaps. But unfair? I think not.” (Dr. Oystein, p. 167)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Headstrong by Trapt.

 

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