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.

 

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This Isn’t a Dead Baby Joke (Zom-B: Baby – A Book Review)

Zom-B: Baby (Zom-B #5)
Author: Darren Shan
Published: 2013

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Rated Z for a zombie teen at a crossroads in her undead life.

 

…Instead of finding answers,

B finds a horror beyond imagining…

After receiving the news that B was vaccinated and it’s the reason she’s a revitalized zombie with a soul per se, she’s also told that she’s meant to be a part of a war in good versus evil. Dr. Oystein tells her all of this and that she is a welcome addition to his Angels, the league of good revitalizeds that are training to defeat Mr. Dowling, the creepy clown that B has had a run-in with a few times. The crazy part? He also tells her that it’s God that has set him on this path.

It’s not easy to take in and B is struggling to choose whether she wants to be a part of the Angels and a part of this war. It’s all a little farfetched. B takes some time, wandering around London to figure out if this is the path for her. She’s not out to find a new family or friends, but this could give her purpose. As she journeys, she runs into an old acquaintance and…an old nightmare.

 

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B still faces being a zombie, but she’s found a place to fit in and a mission to be a part of. Or at least she thought she had. After getting strange news about Dr. Oystein’s and the revtializeds mission, she isn’t sure. Her time alone really puts things into perspective, especially after a run-in with Timothy the artist and those creepy babies she’s had nightmares about.

This moment is one I’ve waited for since the beginning of the series. B’s development and conscience has been a thing of intrigue. After getting this second chance at (un)life, she’s really taken into account how to live. When religion became the main subject, I couldn’t blame her for wanting to take some time to think about her next steps, especially with the background she has as a cruel bully and the family she came from where she endured abuse and the racism that her father promoted.  It’s actually what makes this one of my favorite installments in this series. There’s much more depth to her character.

Shan has done a phenomenal job keeping the story fresh in the city of London and also giving some serious creeps. I like that he stays in one place because then he focused on the action. There’s always somewhere new to check out and I really like because it’s like getting a tour. The story still remains fresh and original and while I’m still not sure if I like it or not, I’m still reading if only to see where and how this ends. There are still moments of blah here and there I wish I could skip is all.

 

Overall

Still garnering my attention with its little snippets of progression and gore and horror, this installation actually provokes thought and emotion with B. It seems while she may be battling whether she’ll be like her father or not, she also begins to confront who she wants to be and who she could be. The obstacles and new bits of info that come in the books, like the creepy babies and the artist Timothy, truly add a whole new layer to this series. This was probably one of my favorites. There was more inner turmoil versus zombie action and it truly brought more to everything.

 

Quotables:

“Three against three. Sounds about right to me. This world has always split down the middle when it comes to gurus. One man’s prophet is another man’s crackpot.” (Rage, p. 37)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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The Heroes of Olympus – A Review

Hey there, book hoarders!

How are you doing? Read anything good lately? I know I’ve finally completed The Heroes of Olympus. It’s the fourth of five book series that are a part of my New Year’s Resolution. The series took me on quite the ride! Below, you can check out the reviews on them.

The Heroes of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero

The Son of Neptune

The Mark of Athena

The House of Hades

The Blood of Olympus

Now, I still have The Dark Tower series and my bonus series: All Souls trilogy to complete. However, I must admit, my imagination and hopes were high than what I could complete. I won’t be completing my resolution. My entire goal this year was to get some series in. I love a story that goes on and on. The ones I picked were and are phenomenal. I haven’t been let down by them.

Now, this current one I just completed really got to the heart of one of my favorite subjects. Greek Mythology. The tales and heroes and villains and battles and magic and Gods…I could go on. It’s mystical and utterly breathtaking, though originally most of the mythos is dark and twisted and grim. Riordan has given them light and also gotten readers interested in them, keeping them alive. Quite beautiful.

THO is the second installment in the Percy Jackson series. I read Percy Jackson a few years back thinking I wouldn’t enjoy it. I accept that I was totally WRONG! LOL. Modernism collides with Greek Mythology perfectly, like it’s still with us today. Utterly breathtaking and splendid. This installment moved forward with the characters. They were growing up and so were these books in a way. There were new characters with old ones we know so well, like Percy and Annabeth. The development took storytelling to a whole new level. It’s something to be appreciated because life changes and Riordan was true to change.

Starting with goddess induced memory loss to traveling the world on a warship to battling monsters to fighting they’re way out of Tartarus. Old faces returned, like Calypso and Nico Di Angelo and it was incredibly welcoming. The adventure was new with new monsters and news foes as well as old ones. The introduction of Roman mythology and the gods and how they interweaved together was beautiful and incredible. Utterly magnificent. I enjoyed the series so much and really need to reread The Apollo Trials.

Did I have a favorite and least favorite in the series? Not really. They all brought something a little different that I enjoyed. And, I can’t express this enough, there was so much that was different because this isn’t just about Percy Jackson anymore. He’s moving on. Personally, and feel free to disagree, I think that’s where fans of PJ get a little lost. This is Percy and the others getting ready to move on and others getting introduced. Just my little opinion. On the main point, if I had to pick a favorite of the series it’d be the final book: The Blood of Olympus. It was the great battle that they’ve been waiting for and there was so much happening! All of my emotions came through while reading this one. The unity of two cultures coming together was exemplary.

In the end, do I recommend it? Definitely. It doesn’t matter what age you are. This is an amazing series. Start with Percy Jackson through.

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  -K.

 

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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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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.

 

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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.

 

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The Tower For True Love (Wizard and Glass – A Book Review)

Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower IV)
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1997

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Rated T for finding true love only to lose it because of destiny

 

Fools are the only folk on earth who can absolutely count on getting exactly what they deserve.

After winning the game of riddles with Blaine, the monorail, Roland, the Gunslinger, and his group: Susannah and Eddie Dean, Jake, and the billy-bumbler, Oy, get lost and Roland finally tells them the origin of Roland’s journey to the Tower that’s tied to the story of losing his first love.

 

The Dark Tower series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 4 of 7 (technically 8, but I’m not including The Wind Through the Keyhole, though I will be reading it.)

 

So far in the Dark Tower series:

 

The Gunslingerreview here

The Drawing of Threereview here

The Waste Landsreview here

This must be my favorite installment so far! I got caught up in the intense life or death situations of The Waste Lands, but Wizard and Glass brought haunting magic, tragic love, and the start of the epic journey to the Tower. There were many revelations and breathtaking moments. So much detail and emotion.

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I’m a lush for a good relationship and build-up to romance. I don’t care what anybody says. What I admire about King’s storytelling is that he can create an act of sex in an animalistic nature, but also bring to life the act of expressing love. He differentiates the two so clearly though they are the same and that really stuck out for me. Roland and Susan were so sweet and I was sighing away about them. The friendship between Roland, Cuthbert, and Alain as well was powerful in its own way. This journey they took really tested their bonds and I was swept away. Stories that accentuate themes like these always grab my attention, even if you can tell they will end tragically.

The book taking place in a flashback of Roland and his two best friends, Cuthbert and Alain, who have just entered the life of Gunslingers and were sent to a dusty town undercover. I got really strong vibes of the wild west, but a disturbing and sci-fi version of it. Traces of the world we know were in it like a Citgo. It made the place recognizable with these little pieces in such a massive span of a world. It also connected every world together this way too. It came together like a perfectly baked cake. Totally digging it.

 

Overall

Beautiful and haunting. This installment is also personal for Roland. He doesn’t share much so I was drinking it up! This is such an intense and amazingly interwoven story. I’m officially sucked in. With more discoveries and secrets coming to light and the tower growing closer, I’m excited to get to the end!

 

Quotables:

“What’s been spoken for may be unspoken, and what’s done may be undone. Nothing’s sure, but…I want her.” (Roland, p. 172)

“True love, like any other strong and addicting drug, is boring once the tale of encounter and discovery is told, kisses quickly grow stale and caresses tiresome…except, of course to those who share the kisses, who give and take the caresses while every sound and color of the world seems to deepen and brighten around them. As with any other strong drug, true love is really only interesting to those who have become is dangerous.” (p.355)

“You’re in the west. The soul of a man such as you can never leave the west. You’ll live in exile and die as you lived.” (p. 500)

“I left the world I knew to watch a kid try to put booties on a fucked-up weasel. Shoot me, Roland, before I breed.” (Eddie, p. 661)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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Welcome to TV Land – A Book List

Hello, my beautiful readers!

I hope you’ve had a great May so far. Mine’s been alright. Can’t complain too much. Life is certainly being life. However, I do wish June will be better lol. Anyway! Book list of the month!

This month I’ve been thinking about what kind of books could I recommend, but I’ve also been in a weird spot. Some of my favorite shows have had their finales, some are series’ finales. And BOOM! A list is born!

I don’t know about you guys but I really enjoy reading the tie-in/spin-off novels written based off of TV shows. They can be so much fun and really feed my love for my favorite TV shows.

Here’s a list of some of the shows that you can find novels to match. Maybe you know them and maybe you don’t. And if you don’t then here’s a chance to find a new TV series to binge the hell out of and be utterly obsessed with.

Charmed

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel

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TheFlash/Arrow

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Gotham

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Supernatural

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Smallville

 

Roswell
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Teen Wolf

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Castle

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X-Files

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What TV shows do you love? Have you read their novels? I know, for me, I’m a major Buffy fan. I gathered a couple new ones at a book sale last month and I currently have an X-Files book on my TBR list.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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