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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Den of Geek

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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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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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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.

 

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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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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.

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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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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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Blast to the Past – A Book List

Hey, booksters!

Thinking about July, I haven’t done a historical book list before. So, I peeked around the YA books and found a great set to recommend! I don’t typically read these though I love YA. Studying history is a delight. I’m just not drawn to the side-genre.

For those of you who love to time jump back in time, this list is for you! For those of you looking to take a chance on the next great read, look here!

 

Enchantee
Author: Gita Trelease
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When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must go to great length to protect and provide for her naïve sister and volatile brother, including good cons and dangerous magic that had been forbidden by her mother. What’s one to do? Next, Camille will take on the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

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The Maid
Author: Kimberly Cutter
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The Hundred Years War rages on. Charles VII doesn’t have the strength to go on, but a peasant girl hears the powerful voice of God speak her name. Jehanne. She’ll take to the battlefield and lead thousands. Unspoken love and uncertainty of faith, she escaped her violent father and became a visionary and saint at a devastating cost.

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Orphan Monster Spy
Author: Matt Killeen
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Sarah, a Jewish girl-turned-spy infiltrates an elite Nazi boarding school for daughters of top Nazi leaders during WWII. She thought she was ready, but she wasn’t prepared for her cutthroat schoolmates. The battle for survival is unlike anything she imagined.

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Until We Meet Again
Author: Renee Collins
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Cassandra craves drama and adventure and she finds it in the last place she expected, Massachusetts with her mother and stepfather. A place she deems snooty and unbearable. The last thing she expected was a stranger to wash up on her shore or his claims to be from the year 1925. As they get to know each other, she discovers something that puts their growing feelings for one another in jeopardy and must find a way to change history id she hopes to save him.

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Gilt
Author: Katherine Longshore
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Kitty Tylney is thrust into a world of beautiful gowns and jewels and elegant parties when her best friend worms her way into the heart of King Henry VIII and brings her into the court. Though torn between two men, she is surrounded by secrets, lies, and affairs. The rise and fall of her best friend as queen puts her in a tough position where she must learn how to keep being a good friend when it could mean her head.

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Salt to the Sea

Author: Ruta Sepetys

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WWII is drawing to a close and thousands of refugees of East Prussia trek towards freedom. Three people come together, finding strength, courage, and trust in each other, but the promise of salvation is destroyed and a fight for survival begins.

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Outrun the Moon
Author: Stacey Lee
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San Francisco, 1906. Mercy Wong is determined to break out of poverty and does so by getting into St. Claire’s School for Girls, an elite school for the wealthy. Though it took cunningness and some bribery, getting in was the easy part. Then a historic earthquake strikes the city and she won’t just sit back while so many are suffering.

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Within These Lines
Author: Stephanie Morrill
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Evalina Cassano’s life in 1941 is everything it’s supposed to be for an Italian-American family that is and then she meets Taichi Hamasaki. Her world changes as they fall in love. Inter-racial marriage is illegal in California, but she’s determined to find a way for them to be together. Then rage for the Japanese erupts across the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Evalina and Taichi are separated and must hold onto everything they hold dear in hopes of coming back to each other.

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What the Night Sings
Author: Vesper Stamper
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After losing her family and everything she knew in the Nazi concentration camps, Gerta is a survivor. In a displaced persons camp, she meets Lev, also a survivor. One that she may be falling for. Though it’s a struggle, she’ll work to return to the life she once knew with a newfound Jewish identity she never knew she had.

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Some will make you fall in love and others will break your heart. There’s nothing like diving into the past to feel a part of some of the most invigorating, scary, or fascinating times in history.

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Midnight Tease

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Heya, my little bookish fiends!

It’s the midnight hour and if you’re awake then you’re a night owl too! Plus. How’s that saying go? You can sleep when you’re dead? LOL. It’s officially July. The middle of summer. Well, the middle of summer in my opinion.

Since you’re up, here’s the TBR list for the month, though if I’m being honest they’re more like goals. I’m hoping to hit them this month. Here’s what’s coming up, what I’m currently reading, and what’s up for review!

 

Coming Soon…

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Wizard and Glass
Author: Stephen King
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The journey to the Tower continues for Roland and his group…hopefully this month. LOL.

 

The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer
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Aliens instead of vampires? I’ve seen the movie and I’m going to follow the saying: The book is better than the movie. This is one of those books that has me curious because so many people enjoyed it.

 

The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
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The third book of the All Souls Trilogy. If you haven’t read this yet then do!

 

The First Men in the Moon
Author: H. G. Wells
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I feel like it’s good to balance out reading with a good classic and I happen to really enjoy me some Wells.

 

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Shadow of Night
Author: Deborah Harkness
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Zom-B
Author: Darren Shan

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Up for Review…

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A Discovery of Witches
Author: Deborah Harkness
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Good Omens
Author: Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
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And of course…

Blood and Chocolate
Author: Annette Curtis Klause
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This is the book I will read every summer. Every. Single. Year. It’s my favorite book and I enjoy reading it during my favorite season. What’s your favorite book?

 

 

I’m lowering my goals just a tad bit. While I enjoy a mass amount of reading, I’ve got to be realistic about getting to it. LOL. I have a massive mountain to get to but need to take my time, so I’ve fixed up my list a little bit. I know, I know. I’ve fallen behind on what I said I’d read last month. I’ve already slapped myself for it, trust me.

This Midnight Tease is basically what I’ve been working on since last month, but that’s because I like to stick with things. I’ve just been really busy lately with work, plus some of these books are pretty decent sized, so if things slow down a bit don’t give up on me.

I am excited to get to some of the newer books I’ve gotten and hope to do so in the Fall. Dreamfall (Amy Plum), Wicked Saints (Emily A. Duncan), and The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried (Shaun David Hutchinson), for example. Yeah, they’re not NEW new releases, but they’re new to my pile and I can’t wait to get to them.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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