Tuck and Roll (Morganville Vampires Vol. 1: Glass Houses & The Dead Girls’ Dance – A Book Review)

Glass Houses & The Dead Girls’ Dance (The Morganville Vampires #1-2)
Author: Rachel Caine
Published: 2009

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Rated F for fangs, fighting, and a side of goth-bomb sarcasm.

 

On the day Claire joined the Glass House, somebody stole her laundry. (Glass Houses, p. 1)

 

Glass Houses

Morganville is a small town in the heart of Texas. The college is quaint. The local coffee shop holds all of your caffeine and Wi-Fi needs. The houses are old and the townspeople are skittish. The further you go off the beaten path the more you realize this town has a lot of secrets. At least that’s how it is for Claire Danvers. Accepted to college at sixteen, she quickly discovers what it’s like to get on the bad side of the resident psycho-rich girl, Monica Morrell. What she didn’t expect was to delve into the nightlife and secrets of the town after moving into the Glass House. Though her roommates don’t show any signs of life, she discovers the town’s deepest secrets and they’re out for blood, her blood.

The Dead Girls’ Dance

Claire Danvers is adjusting pretty well to Morganville, an old town, run by vampires. When Shane’s father comes to town to kill as many vampires as possible as revenge for the loss of his daughter and wife because of them. As Claire’s and her friends’ lives threaten to rip apart at the seams, she must think fast to help them before all hell breaks loose with them caught dead in the middle.

 

The Morganville Vampires series is 1 of 3 that I am rereading as a part of my New Year’s Resolution. This is 2 of 15 books.

Where the fecking hell do I begin!? Sorry, turning down the excitement…but not really. Saying that I’m in love with this series is an understatement. A major one! This isn’t some Twilight or The Vampire Diaries. These aren’t vampires that you’ll fall in love with. It’s more like a: “Oh god! Oh god! I’m going to die!” kind of vibe. Utterly sharp and witty, I couldn’t put this book down until I was done, just like the first time. Claire didn’t expect her first time out in the world to involve life-threatening situations with vampires and I didn’t expect to get so obsessed.

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The shocks and twists still get me smirking. People aren’t always as they seem and that is especially the case with the vampires of these books. Will they kill you or save you? Claire does walk that fine line. And, I admire the way she just automatically fit in at the Glass House the moment she walked in and in some cases acted more mature than her housemates. Granted, she filled to the brim with awkward, but aren’t we all? As she snaps into mature mode pretty fast, dealing with things she’s never had to in the past, like mean girls, boys, seances, and vampires, she surprises everyone with how she thrives with her boldness and bravery in the face of terror and danger.

So much originality. Claire is too smart for her own good and I love how each of the other characters from Michael, Eve, and Shane (and hold gods, I love Shane), to the vamps: Oliver, Amelie, and Sam really stand out and I can see them so clearly. And the town of Morganville is truly unlike anything I’ve ever seen. However, I can totally relate to how Claire feels about her college and how it seems rundown, just not the bit where students disappear sometimes due to being vamp-chow. It’s a town that you’d look at and not give a second thought to or think about living in. It’s unmentionable, passable, making it a perfect place for vampires. The developing relationships and bonds start strong right out of the gate. I was just immediately hooked because of the chemistry between the characters, especially Claire and Shane. I love those two together so ridiculously that I forget how necessary it is to breathe. LOL.

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Imaginative and original and witty. There’s nothing like this out there. This series is always a pleasure to read and write about. The paranormal and YA genres are my favorite. If I’m honest though, when I came across this series I was incredibly skeptical because of something crazy. Some of the character’s last names of MV are the same from a favorite movie of mine: The Covenant. It makes me laugh more than anything now. See, Claire shares her last name with the movie’s main character, Caleb, and Shane with the movie’s villain, Chase. In the end, the curious summary and these last names got me to pick up the book. I’m so glad I did.

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The more I think about it, the weirder it is, but I guess I can thank Monica for being a real bitch or else Claire would’ve never come to become a part of the Glass House and the dangerous, life-threatening adventures wouldn’t be the same. So, thanks, Monica? Ugh, I can’t say – or write – that with sincerity. She’s a real piece of work and by that, I mean a classic Mean Girls plastic of Morganville with a sprinkle of psycho. LOL.

 

That Bad Habit…

Once again, I have to gush about a book series that should be a TV series.

Am I still saying this should be a TV show? YES! This isn’t some gushy love story…well, there are moments and I still melt into a puddle at them, but this is about living with vampires and realizing that they’re not always cuddly. It’s smart and resourceful and I still crack up at the sarcasm. Do I have a cast list in mind? Yes, but don’t worry. I’ not going to list it out. I do think this could renew the dying fandom for vampires though. Make it fun and entertaining and engaging again.

 

Overall

This is my third time running through these books. I don’t often reread books, but with this series, I will always reread them and for those who love vampires, I will gush and recommend MV to them as well. Action-packed, butterfly-inducing, and fast. This isn’t your typical vampire story or town.

 

Quotables:

“Damnit, she resented being scared in a library! Books weren’t supposed to be scary. They were supposed to…help.” (Glass Houses, Claire, p. 147)

“Run first. Mourn later.” (Glass Houses, Shane, p. 162)

‘Things change. We have to adapt.” (The Dead Girls’ DanceFrank Collins, p. 248)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Ain’t It Fun by Paramore.

 

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A Game Won Is A Debt Owed (Legendary – A Book Review)

Legendary (Caraval #2)
Author: Stephanie Garber
Published: 2018

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Rated F for dangerous fates, both the real deals and destiny itself.

 

A heart to protect.

A debt to repay.

A game to win.

Caraval swept Scarlett and Tella away from their father. Having won the game, they should be celebrating, but while Scarlett is off with Julian, falling in love with him, Tella isn’t quite free. She has a debt to pay for saving Scarlett. She must retrieve Legend’s true name and. This time, Caraval, being held in the city of Valenda, is more magical and more dangerous than ever and could cost Tella her life, for real.

It’s not just Legend and his players that Tella must be careful of, but the Fates as well. They are returning to the world of Caraval and Scarlett is unsure of what’s real and what’s just an act. Though it appears that Legend is trying to help, Tella will discover whether or not Legend really is the villain he’s made out to be.

 

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I was bewitched with Caraval and Legendary has captured me just the same. Utterly imaginative and magical, this book ups the stakes of Caraval. The dangers are bigger and more life-threatening and this time it’s Tella, Scarlett’s sister, that is playing. She plays not only to protect her sister but to pay off a debt and save her mother. She’ll have to win and if she does, she’ll finally meet Legend, the game master himself. However, if the bloody, heart-stopping curse on her by the dastardly Prince of Hearts, a Fate, kills first that’ll never happen.

Everybody has secrets. Tella, Scarlett, Julian, everyone. Good to see that hasn’t changed and that I’m continuously obsessed with figuring them out. Getting even deeper with the characters that I only got a taste of in Caraval, like Dante, was so cool. I love when minor characters get a spotlight or turn out to be the spotlight. It’s such a twist and I live for minor things turning out to be major. Romance twists its vines through this book too and it squeezes tight, wringing my heart a good one.

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The Fates, only briefly mentioned in the first book get a much larger part to play and that was exciting! More so, so was discovering that even though I was following Scarlett during Caraval, the main character of this trilogy is actually Tella. It’s not until this book that I actually figured that out. I can’t complain about the misdirection. It’s brilliant! The plot twists and surprises are mind-bending and breathtaking. I’m totally in love with this trilogy. The magic of the first book became real in this one. And discovering who Legend was…Holy shit! I had many guesses throughout the book, and while it was predictable, it was still incredible.

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The city of Valenda really splits down the middle of gorgeous and mystifying, and treacherous and secretive. Garber really showed many different shades of this vast city and it was enriching to explore it with Tella. The temples were the most terrifying yet beguiling for me as I imagined them in my mind. This places nooks and crannies really shed truths on Tella and the sisters’ mother.

 

Overall

So completely in love and taken by this one just like I was with Caraval. I’m desperate to see how it ends, especially after that ending! Sadly, I’m one of those weird people who really like to have their books in one format and for the Caraval trilogy, it’s paperback. So, I’m waiting a little while for Finale. That gives me time to recover my emotions though. Without a doubt, I recommend this series and though Legend doesn’t recommend getting swept away I do.

 

Quotables:

“Your future can be whatever you wish. We all have the power to choose our own destiny…” (Paloma to Tella, p. 6)

“She’s once bet her life on her sister’s love. She’d kissed the Prince of Hearts and still lived. These Fates would not kill her tonight.” (Tella, p. 273)

“Fate is only an idea, but I think by believing in it we turn it into something more. You just said you’ve avoided love because you’ve believed it wasn’t in your future, and so it hasn’t been.” (Dante to Tella, p. 352)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Black Black Heart by David Usher.

 

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Scarlet Playlist Jan. 20, 2020

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Hiya, book lovers of the world!

Happy Monday! Or, if Monday isn’t so great, I hope it turns out to be a great day. Maybe this playlist can boost your spirit. This is the Scarlet Playlist and I’ve compiled it for your listening pleasure. I love reading while listening to music and thought maybe you do too! But, you don’t have to listen to it while only reading. You can use it for a workout day or maybe if you’ve got chores or maybe to ignore that one person you find annoying. In any case, here you go!

1. Silhouette – Active Child ft Ellie Goulding (A BIG favorite of mine. So beautiful.)

2. Sober – Selena Gomez

3. Call It What You Want – Taylor Swift

4. Hearts Like Ours – The Naked and Famous

5. Here Comes Trouble – Honor Society

6. Lost and Found – Katie Herzig

7. Let You Love Me – Rita Ora

8. Cleary – Gretta Vanderwall (WOW! Such a powerful song. Pressing repeat)

9. Getting Over You (R3HAB Remix) – Lauv

10. All We Are – OneRepublic

11. Let Go – SafetySuit

12. Rescue – Seabird

Have an awesome week!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Speedy Quote Sunday

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Hey there, book crawlers!

It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for Speedy Quote Sunday! Here are a couple quotes that I really love and really struck me when reading the books.

“It’s not magic that makes you who you are. It’s the choices that you make. Look at Dorothy.” (Dorothy Must Die, Danielle Paige)

“Love isn’t obvious until you’re in it. It’s not a punch in the face that leaves you reeling, Love is gradual and sneaky. It grows like weeds between the cracks of a hundred average moments.” (The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried, Shaun David Hutchinson)

Sometimes when reading I get really stunned, like getting struck by lightning, when reading certain lines. Don’t we all, because of how they impact and relate to our own lives? It’s like getting advice and inspiration and I can never get enough of either. It’s beautiful and artful.

Magic and love. You’d swear they were nearly the same sometimes. Both can be scary and yet also breathtaking. It’s why I love these quotes. Paige is blunt and to the point. Hutchinson really nails you with a flawless punch to the heart.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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NEW YEAR’S BOOK TAG

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So, I discovered this tag from Beverley A. Baird and it looked like a lovely tag and way too connect with people and their goals. I know January is half over, but It’s still the new year, so here’s a tag to commemorate it.


 1. How many books are you planning to read in 2020?

So, last year I tried for 145. In the end, I wasn’t able to complete it. There were a lot of life changes that threw askew, but that’s okay. This year I’m shooting a bit lower. I’m shooting to read at least 60 books this year.


2. Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this past year but want to make a priority in 2020.

Not only did I not reach my goal in 2019, but I didn’t complete my Book-ish New Year’s Resolution to read 5 book series. So I want to finish the rest of the series I started, but there are plenty of other books I’d love to tackle. Too bad I can only choose 5. LOL.

The Book of Life (All Soul’s Trilogy #3)
Author: Deborah Harkness
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It’s a phenomenal trilogy and I am determined to complete it. Such magical and visionary work of art.

The Stand
Author: Stephen King
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I mentioned this one a lot last year, hoping to get to it, but it just didn’t happen! I’ve been working on it for over five years and this year I am going to finish it.

 

The Thing on the Doorstep
Author: H. P. Lovecraft
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I have yet to read a piece of work by the writer. I hear such great things when he’s brought and I’m excited to have one of his books.

 

Don Quixote
Author: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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This is a classic I can’t wait to read!

 

The Burning Shadow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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I’m thrilled to finally own this book and I’m even happier to get to read it. Armentrout has always left me satisfied and greedy-feeling for more. The next book to the Origin series, a spin-off of the LUX series, is going to be fantastic. I can just feel it.


3. What genre do you want to read more of?

There are genres I can get into and some I can’t. Mystery has never been my strong-suit unless another genre is heavily tied in or overshadowing it. Memoirs are a rarity because I get enough real-life with my own life. But, it there was a genre I’d like to get into a little more this year it’s good old-fashioned fiction. No magic or sci-fi or romance, but some plain fiction.


4. Name 3 not-related-to-book goals for 2020.

I’m not super big on goals outside of books because I just live day-to-day, but here is a couple I can work on.

Buy a new phone. (So, not a massive goal, but I do need to replace my old one. It’ll be an all year saving adventure since I have many other things: bills, bills, books, bills, to pay for. Plus, I hate the idea of going through a phone service and prefer paying for it all at once and having a pay-as-you-go service. Fewer strings that way. So, yep. New phone.)

Do Yoga 3-4 times a week. (I do not athlete well. At all. Trust me, I’m pathetic. But I love doing yoga for exercise. I’ve fallen by the wayside a bit with it and really want to get a regular schedule going again.)

Remain in better contact with those I value in my life. (I know that it’s up to others to keep in touch, but it’s also up to me too. I’ve been out of touch with a few people and have a bit of a heavy heart about it. I want to be in touch more because though those I love and care about aren’t nearby, I still think about them like crazy.)


5. What’s a book you have had forever and are determined to read?

Clan of the Cave Bear
Author: Jean M. Auel
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Whether I get to it this year or next, it’s getting put on the queue line AKA the back of my couch where I put the books I want to read next. It’s one that I’ve heard is so beautiful and magnificent.


6. One word that you’re hoping 2020 will be.

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Maybe it’s cheesy, but I have been quite productive and have been working pretty hard on some projects and I hope to seem them come to fruition. I hope to see it all pay off. Not only my work though, but my everyday life. I hope to get out and do more in my everyday life as well. Living like a couch potato does nobody any good, sadly, and even though I enjoy it. Last year was hard and not that great. There were many struggles that really knocked me on my ass and tested my resolve personally. So while 2019 had been productive and full of change, it was also extremely stressful. This year, I am hoping it will be much better.


7. Tag a friend.
Tagging everyone! What is 2020 for you?


More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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A Wasteland Future (A Touch of Death – A Book Review)

A Touch of Death (The Outlands Pentalogy #1)
Author: Rebecca Crunden
Published: 2017

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Rated K for a kiss of death that leaves an aftertaste of dread

 

A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta…

The rich live in the capital city, Anais, but wealth isn’t always a savior. For Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite this is the case. Thought sent to the gallows he is spared and sent to a prison camp. When he’s released he disappears altogether.

It’s two years later when Nate returns and with his return, trouble. His brother, Thomas and his brother’s complement, Catherine, will do whatever it takes to help him, after a mistake that endangers all three of them is made, even go to The Outlands where deadly mutants and rabids roam. Nate is on the run and a dark secret that changes everything he and his loved ones know.

 

A Touch of Death was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

Filled with a roller-coaster of emotions from enraging heartache to crushing despair. The journey to survive and rise up against power was incredibly bleak for Nate and Catherine. The moments of relief shined in spots but were certainly nothing compared to how dark this story got. From the discovery of how mutants came to be to admitting true feelings of the heart, I was left hurdling. It took some time to truly get into the story, but once I did, I was stacking some serious hope for Nate and Catherine. They deserved it and still do. Same for their friends by the way. Just saying.

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The setting of the wealthy city of Anais was glittering compared to the stark and desolate travels for the main characters. Granted I really liked the little place they stopped at that was seriously out of touch with the rest of the world. There was a peace and beauty to it that couldn’t be touched. The drastic differences in each place and moment during the novel really showed the care Crunden took with detail. Utterly stunning in all honestly. I even got a little needy for more in which I wish I could’ve seen more out of the places and dystopian world, if anything, to fill it out more.

Speaking of detail, the cover of the book really reached out to me. Coming across as brutal and rough, the brushstrokes were sharp and thick, giving way to desolate mountains, making me think of those Outlands. Though it seems simple, I take great appreciation for cover-artwork. Those who work on the cover work just as hard as those who wrote the novel. They work on that art so that it can give beauty and help entice the reader. The expression of the art, as well, is to be truly desired since it can help make or break a book in most cases, though readers hate to admit it. In this case, I find the cover so fitting. Left feeling the struggle and raw vulnerability and grief, the cover touches on not only the journey I feel but the tethered emotions as well. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I have an appreciation for an artistic cover such as this one.

 

Overall

While I found parts of this book needs a little more to it because I felt a little shorted, I found it curious and alluring, especially with how it ended. The title truly lives up to the story, that’s for sure. I wouldn’t mind finding out what comes next sometime in the future.

 

Quotables:

“…Morality doesn’t hold a candle to curiosity.” (Nate, p. 106)

“There’s something to fear from everyone.” (Catherine to Evander, p. 189)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Dark Rider by NINA.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – Jan. 13, 2020

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Hey there, book addicts!

Happy Monday! And if it’s not then I hope this reading playlist boosts it a bit. You don’t have to read to it though. You can use it as a workout playlist or even as the soundtrack to your life for the week. Speaking of a soundtrack, there’s a Netflix show called Soundtrack and if you haven’t seen it you definitely should. So amazing. Phenomenal storytelling and music. I binged it so hard and I have to recommend it.

Here’s the playlist. Have a wonderful week!

1. Perfect – Hedley

2. Heaven – Hedley

3. Simple & Clean – Utada Hikaru

4. Slow Dance – AJ Mitchell ft. Ava Max

5. Warm Blood – Carly Rae Jepsen

6. Can’t Breathe – Fefe Dobson

7. Hang on – Plumb

8. In My Arms – Plumb

9. Her Diamonds – Rob Thomas

10. Let Me Fall – Alex Johnson

11. Graveyard – Halsey

12. Ulay Oh – How I Became the Bomb

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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