Thanksgiving Book Tag!

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Hello, lovely bookworms!

I hope you’re well this cold and cozy season. It’s nearly time for the foodiest holiday of the year. Thanksgiving! Now, I know that not everyone around the world celebrates, but it’s during this time I like to feel thankful for the friends and family I have. I’m very lucky to have what I have even if it doesn’t feel like a lot all of the time. I am lucky to be alive. I know it’s this time of year, with the sun going down earlier and the ridiculous cold settling into bones, turning them to stone, that those who live with depression can feel it the heaviest. For those who bear their struggle with the dark cloud, the wall, the deep hole in the ground you work to climb out of, the ten-ton shadow that sits on your shoulders and whispers twisted truths, know that you are not alone and that you are loved. I bear my own dark cloud and some days are easier than others, but I’m incredibly grateful for those in my life, especially those who get those funny feelings to check in on me (like mum).

Now, the foodiest time of the year! There’s a book tag for that! Here it is. From The Sassy Book Geek I bring you a tag that will get your stomach rumbling and your brain too.

 

  1. Bread- What book is purely fluff, and has no real plotline?

Echoes

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Echoes by Alice Reeds

I was thrown off by this one because I didn’t fully understand what was happening to the two main characters or understand the main plot and got lost in their back-and-forth bickering/flirting.

  1. Turkey- What book made you want to fall asleep?

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

An amazing story. So beautiful and tragic and LONG!  The longevity and immense detail weren’t bad but it did cause me to fade in and out of sleepiness at times.

  1. Gravy- What book makes the whole series worth reading?

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Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

There are many series that I’ve read. I want to go with my utmost favorite, but there have been some new ones that I’ve been diving into. It seems like it would be the first book in a series that really hooks you and gets you to plummet into a book series, but sometimes the first book comes out meh and you get this flash of hope that the next one will be the one to drag you under. The third installment to The Great Library series pulled me in deeper into a dangerous world of knowledge. The first two books were amazing, but this one really amped up the risk and emotions and left me reeling. I’ve yet to get the fourth and final book to read it, but I’m hoping soon. It is on my list. LOL.

  1. Stuffing- What book is stuffed full of action scenes?

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The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

            I choose the entire series because one: I’m in the middle of reading it currently, and two: It’s been nothing but action. I feel like it’s even more amped up than the Percy Jackson series that precedes it. It’s definitely a winner in the action department with a fight or battle around every corner that could possibly end with dead demigods or crazy results. I’m certainly out of breath after a battle.

  1. Mashed Potatoes- What book looked good, and then wasn’t?

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Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

I need to be more specific in this case. The book wasn’t absolutely dreadful. Not by any means. But I felt like there could’ve been so much more. It could’ve been more fleshed out. I just wasn’t as hooked as I wanted to be. I still enjoyed it, but I wasn’t totally satisfied.

  1. Cranberries- What book has the sweetest romance?

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I could’ve gone with something more complex, toxic, up and down, but I wanted to go with a book that pulled my heart in so many different directions and compressed it as if squeezing it in one’s hands and making me breathless and heart-stopping. The magic-infused within it makes it shine.

  1. Corn- What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?

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Zom-B by Darren Shan

Still reading this series, but there are always moments that I get caught on that are totally funny and goofy. I keep reading because I’m quite interested in the character development and seeing what happens at the end, but overall, it’s kind of silly with a side of gore.

  1. Green beans- What book is too long and needs to be shortened?

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

I’ve really been enjoying this series, but there have been times that I’ve found myself wishing some parts had been shortened so that the story could move forward. I know that not everyone agrees and that the King man is highly revered for his long novels. I hold him in high respects myself. I really loved his memoir. IT’s truly helped me as a writer. But, even some of the authors we respect and admire the most can seem longwinded here and there.

P. S. I do have The Tommyknockers on my queue AKA the back of my couch, and I can’t wait to get to it. I also think it should be up on the remake list of movies only because I’d love to see the differences with all of the CGI and such.

 

  1. Pumpkin Pie- What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?

I’ve fallen back on The Arcana Chronicles (Kresley Cole) and Morganville Vampires (Rachel Caine) many times when I feel like I just seem to not reach a good book. It sucks when book after book seems to not reach you, but these series always get my blood pumping and reach my sweet spots.

  1. Dog/Cat- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?

I love turkey, but if I’m honest I’m going to steal some green bean casserole. Does that make me a vegetarian dog, because I’m definitely a dog person, even though I had a dream about a purple cat the other night, well then yes it does. I love my mom’s casserole and am always getting seconds of it.

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Tag, you’re it! That’s right, I’m doing some tagging this time, but if you don’t feel up to it that’s alright. I just find fun tags like this to be a great way to connect and get friendly with other blogs and also share interests. If I made you hungry, sorry (not).

Odd and Bookish

Kiera’s bookish thoughts

Spellbound Library

Marianna Reads

A Book. A Thought.

A Little Haze Book Blog

Miscellany Pages

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – Nov. 18, 2019

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Hey, book cult!

Happy Monday! What are you reading this week? I know I’m working hard on my New Year’s Resolution. It’ll be a close call but I’m pretty sure I won’t be completing it this year, which is all good. Aside from reading, here’s the reading playlist of the week! Read to it, make it the soundtrack of your week, whatever you want. I put this together for you.

Here you go!

1. Pieces – Rob Thomas

2. All My Friends – AJ Mitchell

3. Good in Goodbye – Carrie Underwood

4. Wasted – Carrie Underwood

5. Beside You – Mariana’s Trench

6. Uncharted – Sara Bareilles

7. Tomorrow – Avril Lavigne

8. Easier To Be – Lifehouse

9. Jump Then Fall – Taylor Swift

10. Just So You Know – Jesse McCartney

11. Just Missed the Train – Kelly Clarkson

12. Fall to Pieces – Avril Lavigne

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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A Dark New World (Wicked Saints – A Book Review)

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1)
Author: Emily A. Duncan
Published: 2019

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated X because you won’t trust a single one of these people with your life unless you want to doom the world or yourself.

 

A girl named Nadya, who hears the whispers of the gods inside her head.

A prince surrounded by desperate suitors and deadly assassins.

A monster hidden behind pale, tortured eyes—and a smile that cuts like a knife.

Nadya has grown up in the monastery for most of her life, revering the gods, and she is the only known cleric that is able to communicate with all of them and not just the one she is bound to. After the monastery is attacked, she runs into a band of unexpected allies that seek to end the brutal war between Kalyazin and Tranavia, a god-fearing land and a godless one. With the high prince on their trail, it may seem tricky. But, the high prince is also trying to escape the suitors and assassins around him. A prophecy of dark magic and heresy that has been long known is put in motion and two countries may be in worse danger than this war never-ending.

 

I guess the perfect place to start with any review is stating right off the bat if you enjoyed or disliked a book, or at least that typically how I like to get started. To be honest, I’m not sure which direction I lean. Complex. That’s it. There was a lot of hype (mostly my own) about this book and it was even on the NYT bestsellers list for a while. This is one I’m going to want to reread later on. While the cover is completely mystifying and is really what attracted me—following the mini-blurb on the jacket inside the book—I really find that this story, this journey really stands next to those like LOTR (J. R. R. Tolkien), Mortal Engines (Phillip Reeve), and The Magicians (Lev Grossman). There is so much attention to not only detail but emotions.

War, religion, faith, and love are the strongest themes I came across while reading. The characters were always questioning everything as well as themselves, except for Rashid and Parijahan of course. Those two knew to the very point of their hearts what they wanted without a single drop of doubt. I truly loved those characters. Great for relief in intense moments and were proof that—in this book anyhow—there are people you can trust at face value because they’re upfront with everything with nothing to hide. Can’t guarantee anybody else in this book. LOL. Not even the main characters: Nadya, Serefin, and Malachiasz.

What is happening

This story was pretty dark. It had me questioning every page. I certainly didn’t trust any of the characters. Serefin is obviously an alcoholic which really bothered the heck out of me. Nearly every time his POV came up he was waking up with a nasty hangover. Each of these characters really struggled, and I get that they live in war-torn countries, but damn, they are messed the eff up. It was making me go crazy.

The cult-y touch with the blood magic versus what the gods of this world provide was epic though. That had me impressed. That, and the histories offered at the beginning of each chapter. So much depth!

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Overall

I truly wish I had more excitement. There’s so much to talk about, but I don’t have any enthusiasm in me about it, which is a bummer. I think it’s just because so much was loaded into it that I was having a bit of trouble keeping up and catching on. Duncan really delved into her creation of a world whole-heartedly and it’s amazing. This isn’t a dislike review. Those are much more different. This is definitely a recommend for those who love fantasy and magic. Certainly, worth a shot.

 

Quotables:

“The was magic, it was power, it was mankind stepping out of the shadows and finding out the world had been kept in the dark by these gods.” (p. 50)

“Blood was not to be spilled for the sake of power. Magic was a divine appointment from the gods.” (p. 113)

“A boy made king of monsters for a kingdom of the damned.” (p. 346)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? When the Darkness Comes by Grace Fulmer.

 

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A Busy Demigod is a Stressed Demigod (The Mark of Athena – A Book Review)

The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2012

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated S for stressful situations that teens should ultimately be reserved for college finals not battles against giants that may kill them.

 

Annabeth is terrified.

In the midst of a great battle to become and the life of a dear friend on the line, Annabeth is given a mission that all Athena children are given by the goddess of wisdom: find the mark of Athena. Meanwhile, the meeting with Camp Jupiter was a failure and after not seeing Percy for months—thanks to Hera—she hoped it would go better. But now, The Romans march on Camp Half-Blood after an attack on their camp was made. With so much pressure on top of the prophecy of seven, she also worries that Percy might have changed and grown attached to the Roman ways. Does he even need her anymore? Of course, that’s crazy, but with so much riding on their shoulders, will they even make it to their destination on the flying ship, the Argo II and complete their quest? Each demigod is feeling the pressure and they won’t make it without teamwork and faith in each other.

 

The Heroes of Olympus series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 3 of 5.

Catch up on previous reviews of the series:

The Lost Hero review

The Son of Neptune review

 

This addition to Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series was jam-packed. So much was going on and emotions were high. Filled with both hope and doubt and so many overlapping emotions, this adventure was over the top and I loved it! From saving a dear friend to trying to stop the outbreak of war to keep an earth goddess from rising and taking over the world, these demigods have their hands full. But, I can definitely say that it isn’t a bad thing. It’s not overwhelming nor all over the place. Each chapter is something new in this quest and always exciting.

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The seven of the prophecy that states the rise and fall of Gaea are finally together. I’ve been excited about this since book 1. Coming from different places with different points of view, of course, this new alliance is going to be shaky at first, but I could tell all of them were going to find their footing. Getting every high and low of that journey was beautiful and real. Just magnificent development all the way around. I couldn’t stop rooting for these heroes.

I’m still in love with how Riordan brings Greek and Roman mythology and the real world, from its landscape to pop culture, together. I’m continually impressed and in an utter state of awe. What a way to get people interested in mythos and storytelling. The roman coliseum comes to life like nothing else in this book! So lush and adventurous and fun.

 

A Habit…

I get this habit sometimes, and I know I’m not the only one. When reading a series that I can’t put down, get sucked into, emotionally invested in, all of those gooey bits that really grab me and don’t let go, I’m always hoping for a TV show. And it’s happened again. With so many great books that people love to turn into moving pictures, why not this one? Why are we stuck in the land of reboots right now when amazing authors bring forth such prospective pieces of work that would be utterly gorgeous on TV?

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Actually, something I’ve been thinking about a lot as I’m getting sucked into the PJ universe more and more is, though the movies weren’t successful, (even though the graphics and representation of the mythos to real-world were epic,) why hasn’t a TV show been thought about? There is so much material that I can already envision at least 5-6 seasons. The PJ universe has three separate storylines and who knows if there’ll be more. So much happens and the development and growth are incredibly phenomenal. This would be an amazing show for The CW or Netflix.

 

Overall

This book, while it faces the same pacing as previous installments, feels like it moves faster. I felt like a sponge, absorbing everything and also being the one immersed, almost as if implanted into the story itself. I have to be dissuaded from this series. It’s truly ageless and I definitely recommend it.

 

Quotables:

“Many of the best traps are simple.” (Annabeth to Frank, p. 224)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Idle Worship by Paramore.

 

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The Seasonal Booklist

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Hello, fellow book hoarders,

I don’t know about you, but where I am, we moved into autumn pretty fast and then into winter even faster. It’s snowed already. And yes, I’m one of those people that doesn’t enjoy snow or the cold. Just as much as there are people who are done with summer as soon as it begins there are also people out there who are done with winter before it even begins, even if the population of that group is just me. LOL.

The fast changes in the seasons here made me think of this booklist. Below are four books, each representing a season, from my opinion of course, and a bonus to represent change. Now, I do consider this a list, not a tag because I have a Thanksgiving feast tag planned this month, but if you want to use this as a tag go for it.

 

Spring:

Dumplin’
Author: Julie Murphy
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Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Summer:

The Summer I Turned Pretty
Author: Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Autumn:

Gone With the Wind
Author: Margaret Mitchell
Gone With the Wind

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Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Winter:

Lovely, Dark and Deep
Author: Amy McNamara
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Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Bonus:

And here’s a book that brings I believe expresses and shows great change much like the seasons do or are, in their own right, life-changing.

We All Looked Up
Author: Tommy Wallach
We All Looked Up

Simon and Schuster

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

Which book has changed your life? I know, there are so many! It was hard for me to choose one. No choice is ever wrong. It can be whatever one has inspired in any way.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – Nov. 11, 2019

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Hey, booknerds!

Happy Monday! Or if it’s not then I hope this brightens your day! Here’s the playlist of the week. Dance to it, sing to it, create an interpretive dance to it (which if you do please record it and send me a link because I will watch the crap out of it). Whatever you want.

Here you go!

1. Sweetness – Jimmy Eat World

2. Carry On My Wayward Son – Kansas

3. Miracle – The Score

4. That’s What You Get – Paramore

5. Here Is Gone – The Goo Goo Dolls

6. It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

7. Are You Happy Now? – Michelle Branch

8. In My Blood – Shawn Mendez

9. A Place Called Home – Kim Richey

10. All I Ever Wanted – Kelly Clarkson

11. Counting Blue Cars – Dishwalla

12. Don’t Walk Away – Sick Puppies

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

P. S. Happy Veteran’s and thank you to all who have served honorably in the military as well as those who still do. Truly.

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Forgive Me, Father, For I Have a Battle to Prepare For… (Wolves of Calla – A Book Review)

Wolves of Calla (The Dark Tower #5)
Author: Stephen King
Published: 2003

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated D for the overwhelming darkness that finds a way to swallow a Gunslinger whole AKA a demonic baby.

 

Ka had come to Calla Bryn Sturgis. Ka like a wind.

Roland of Gilead and his ka-tet come to the town of Calla Bryn Sturgis while on their journey to the tower. Not only do they meet a man who’s crossed over into Roland’s world years ago, but also discover the Thunderclap; a darkness that is killing the town. The wolves of Thunderclap come and take the town’s children only to return them later on as only shadows of themselves, their innocence and childhood stripped away. While it wasn’t their plan, Roland and his friends stay to help the town prepare to protect and fight as the wolves get ready to come again. However, they discover there is more than just the wolves that they have to worry about. A dark evil is growing within one of their own, Susannah Dean, and they must figure out how to help her before it’s too late.

 

The Dark Tower series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 5 of 7 (technically 8, but I’m not including The Wind Through the Keyhole, though I will be reading it.)

 

Loaded with every nail-biting detail of a great fight, King truly delivers in each book of this series. I was blown away. I’ve yet to be disappointed. Roland comes to another stop in his journey toward the Tower. In a small, dusty town, children are taken every couple of decades. Honestly, it reminds me of a familiar horrifying clown. *shudder* I do NOT do clowns, guys. But, it seems the situation is close, except that when the kids are returned they are mere shells. While Roland would’ve kept going on his way a pull draws him in and he and his crew: Jake, Oy the billy-bumbler, Eddie and Susannah do what they can to help this town in despair.

Throughout the entire book, with vivid imagery, energy, and powerful emotion, was a journey that you got to experience the beginning, middle, and end. There were no shortcuts to be had. A complete journey within a journey. An inception if there ever was one. Of course, there have been a few of those during this series. LOL.

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One of the most interesting parts of the whole series is the way Roland contemplates if this part of his journey brings him closer to the Tower or pushes him farther away from it. His mental state is dark and depressed. In each book so far, he’s been sure that he’s only getting farther away. Yet, as he and his ka-tet journey it’s unclear where they are in regards to it. It seems like they could follow the beam that leads them to it and never reach the place. It’s just the way this universe is built. It’s endless and many different worlds could be traveled and the Tower would never be reached. Then again, getting to the Tower can be achieved much like solving a puzzle. Find the right pieces. Put them in the right places in the right order, and poof, you’re there. So complex and fantastically brain-blasting.

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As always, his world-building is stunning and dusty. I keep envisioning a dystopian wild west where the world had come and long gone. LOL. Like an apocalypse has swept through and been long over, leaving just this in its wake. And the characters of this small town gave way to that very enclosed, no outsiders allowed feel. They couldn’t help but reach out to Roland, giving Gunslingers and even stronger meaning of legendary. The addition of Father Callahan was very interesting. I must be honest, I haven’t read Salem’s Lot but it’s definitely been pushed up my list. I get super excited when crossovers happen and this was no different. Such a great addition and created a balance among the group.

 

Overall

The intensity around this battle and the darkness growing within Susannah really created a sense of anxiety. The kind you get when something dreadful grows closer and closer. Yet, the bonds created between Roland and crew between the townspeople and the emotions derived from the relationships really dug into me deep in this addition to the Dark Tower series. This brought back to the tragedy and loss of Wizard and Glass, but rather in a past sense, this was the present for the crew. The emotions felt heavier as the circumstances felt higher. So much left me hanging at the end and I can’t imagine what’s coming next. Then again, it’s been like that since book one. King is a master at storytelling, being of great complex thought that can spin you in a circle, and leaving you hanging in a dark chasm of wonder and curiosity about what may come next. And per usual, I’m left wanting to talk theories, possibilities, and the magic of this world.

 

Quotables:

“There’s a saying in Gilead: Let evil wait for the day on which it must fall.” (Roland to Eddie, p. 210)

“If we can help, we’ll help. But we won’t do it alone, folks. Hear me, I beg. Hear rem very well. You better be ready to stand up for what you want. You better be ready to fight for the things you’d keep.” (Eddie, p. 283)

“Wandering’s the most addictive drug there is, I think, and every hidden road leads on to a dozen more.” (Roland, p. 402)

“May your first day in hell last ten thousand years.” (Roland, p. 425)

“My quest—the quest of my ka-tet—is the Dark Tower, Pere. It’s not saving this world we’re about, or even the universe but all universes. All of existence.” (Roland to Callahan, p. 625)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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