Teamwork Makes the Prophecy Work (The Blood of Olympus – A Book Review)

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2014

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Rated H for Heroism in the darkest and bleakest moments and unconditional love and friendship.

 

Nico had warned them.

Jason’s ghost is his mother.

Reyna fears the ghosts of her ancestors.

Leo fears that his plan won’t work.

Piper must learn to give herself over to fear.

The seven demigods of the prophecy to stop Gaea from rising come face to face with some of their worst fears and must find ways to confront and get past them in order to help Romans and Greek unite and to be able to defeat the goddess of the earth. Nico Di Angelo helps Reyna and Coach Hedge get to Camp Half-Blood with the statue, but the travel is wearing on him. If he shadow-travels too much he’ll become nothing more than a ghost. Annabeth and Piper face great fear and must lean into it if they hope to do their part in this prophecy. Battle is on the horizon and sacrifices will be made to save the world.

 

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

 

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First off, I’m sorry my lovely bookworms. It has been a little bit since I’ve put up a review. The holiday season is making work super crazy. I’m ridiculously glad Black Friday is over. Working that was exhausting. I’m still trying to catch up on sleep, but I have a review for you! WOO!

So, I totally got incredibly weepy throughout this book! Such a great ending and openings left at the end. Gah, the end! Beautiful and tragic, yet not! So many emotions! For those who have read this series, you get it! You traveled on all of these adventures with these demigods, watched them grow and develop and your heart drops just a bit at the end, knowing the journey is over. From a couple of cyclops to angry Romans to Hercules to Hecate and so much more. This was such an incredible book and a great ending, though not an ending, too.

I do have a bit of a bone to pick and it is spoiler-y. Piper captured a horn from the god of the Tiber and I found it to be sad because the other one had been stolen already. She manipulated him and his feeling to get it and it was pretty sucky. I do wish she would’ve returned it to him in some way. She was forced to trick him and I think it would’ve done so much good to return it to him. The parts surrounding Piper and the horn just broke my heart a tad.

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There was so much acceptance, realizations, and teamwork. In the end, while the seven demigods worked together to defeat Gaea, everyone united to fight an epic battle. I loved that it wasn’t ever just about one single person but about everybody because it affected everybody and each person had a part to play. Even the gods came swinging in and it’s always pretty cool when they can get past their high horses to help out the kids they don’t ever see.

 

Overall

A fantastic conclusion to the epic Percy Jackson universe, yet also opening to more stories to come. I definitely need to reread the Apollo trials now. LOL. They’re going to be so much more different than before.

 

Quotables:

“Fear can’t be reasoned with. Neither can hate. They’re like love. They’re almost identical emotions…” (Piper, p. 206)

“A Roman does not wait for death. She seeks it out, and meets it on her own terms.” (Reyna, p. 373)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? The Afterman by Coheed and Cambria.

 

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Hello, book delinquents!

Tis the season to be merry, cheery, and joyful! Also, —in my case—very cold. LOL. I do enjoy the Christmas season. With epic Christmas movies like Black Christmas, Gremlins, and
Krampus, and then epic Christmas decorating. I have to be honest, I’m not big on Christmas songs, though I do have a couple favorites. I love making Christmas treats though! It’s something mum and I do and I love spending time with her. I believe Rice Crispy treats are on the list this year along with fudge and gingerbread.

Aside from Christmas cheer, I do have quite a bit to read up on this month. I’m excited to be moving forward with my TBR. While there are a few that are on my list from the last two months, there are some new ones as well. So, not to keep you waiting, here we go, the last Midnight Tease of the year!

If you’re up this late then you’re a night owl like me. Since you’re up and probably munching on a midnight burrito (which sounds delicious) here’s what’s coming up this month!

 

Coming Soon…

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The X-Files: Ground Zero
Author: Kevin J. Anderson

Okay, guys, I don’t know if I told you this, but I’m a MASSIVE X-Files fan. It goes on my list next to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teen Wolf, The Walking Dead, and Planet Earth. From the theme song to the epic storytelling of the unexplained, it’s a home for me. I love believing in the things that science can’t explain because sometimes it’s like that. So, I’m quite excited to read this one.

 

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The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer

How many times have I put this on my TBR this year? LOL. I’m so determined to at least get started on it.

 

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Widow’s Web
Author: Jennifer Estep

This is a part of a mass-market series. There’s some paranormal juju dealing with assassins that have some powers related to the arachnid family. While I get creepy shudders about it, I’m also super intrigued.

 

Currently…

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Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower #6)
Author: Stephen King

 

Zom-B: Baby & Gladiator
Author: Darren Shan

 

Up For Review…

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The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)
Author: Rick Riordan

 

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Abandon
Author: Meg Cabot

 

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  -K.

 

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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?

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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).

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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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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Summer:

The Summer I Turned Pretty
Author: Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty

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Autumn:

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

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Winter:

Lovely, Dark and Deep
Author: Amy McNamara
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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

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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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Small Town Haunt (The Haunted – A Book Review)

The Haunted
Author: Danielle Vega
Published: 2019

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltHalf bolt

Rated S for a classic small-town haunting and teens harboring dark secrets.

 

“I wouldn’t want to spend the night alone at Steele House.”

“Steele House?”

“Didn’t you know your house had a name?”

Hendricks is new in town and is starting out with a clean slate. That was the whole purpose of the move. To leave her dark past behind her and it turns out to be easier than she expected. Then she learns from her new friends that she’s living in the most haunted house in town, the Steele House.

She quickly discovers the stories about the house aren’t just stories. Strange things start happening. She hears a cat around the house, but they don’t have a cat. Her little brother is seeing things and is even getting hurt. Hendricks, with the help of the mysterious boy next door, Eddie, is determined to put a stop to it before anything worse happens. Before they possibly become the next ones haunting the house.

 

Possibly spoiler-y but I’ll let you decide. This is just a warning.

 

Since reading Survive the Night, I’ve put Vega on my must-read list. She gets right down to the enticing chills and thrills of horror. Of course, my smart-self decided to read this at 2:30am. Moving to a new place and being the new kid isn’t easy, yet I was glad to see the pain of it swept aside so the book could just jump right into the ghost story. Hendricks went through a lot before the Steele House. I really liked her backstory and how it fueled the story. The boy next store, Eddie, was pretty cute and mysterious. Definitely that character where there’s more than meets the eye. There was really good chemistry between them. A broody dynamic between the two. However, I wish there’d been more interaction between them because the chemistry was so subtly sweet.

The small-town setting was so relatable. Very quaint with history and tradition and its own special quirks. The way the town and house fit together really pulled all of the cold and haunting feels that a true scary story has. Vega is just masterful! Her attention to the world gives it a breath of life. It truly blew me away.

Strong and chilling, there were parts that just didn’t fully compute to me and I think that’s because there were bits that just left me hanging. Grayson, for example. Hendricks’s ex. He came up so often and I’m not doubting the trauma he set into her head, but even knowing that he’d tried to get a hold of her and how dangerous he was, I kept expecting him to show up. Personally, watching him get whipped around by the ghosts in the Steele House would’ve been pretty cool because the Stir of Echoes (Check out this movie if you haven’t. Totally chilling.) vibes with this were strong.

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The ending was crazy! I can’t officially say whether that’s good or bad though. On one hand, I love full circles and adore those who realize that happy endings don’t always happen. On the other hand, I feel like it fell short. The big moment, the massive important reveal, the most important part of the book and it just didn’t outdo the build-up. BUT! My heart was broken for everyone in the end.

 

Overall

While I got a little nit-picky in places, because horror, whether it’s a book or a movie, has those all the time, I really loved this! I got some chills and I got freaked out! Great emotional ties. Completely attention-grabbing. I couldn’t put it down.

 

Quotables:

“What kind of person see cats disappear into walls? Or imagines that someone chopped off her hair? What kind of person hallucinates voices? A crazy person, that’s who?” (p. 83)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Only If For a Night by Florence + The Machine.

 

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The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

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Hey there, my devious book hoarders!

Halloween is growing closer! Can you feel it!? With the spooky holiday growing closer I thought I’d do a spooky book tag. I present to you, the Seven Deadly Sins book tag! I figured it was. A little different and nifty. So, let’s dive in!


Greed

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A book series you’d give all your money away to have because, hey, who says bills are important. Pssht.

I happily threw my money away to LUX by Jennifer L. Armentrout and will be doing the same thing for her Origin series! With crazy twists and enticing dialogue, I’m hooked.


Envy

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What book-world do you wish you could live in over real life, because sometimes (or all of the time) the real-world blows.

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I live for a good apocalypse world because the life or death world seems adventurous and exciting and if I die at least it would be interesting. LOL. Hell, even a world with the supernatural would be exciting. Lately, I’ve been wondering what it would be like to live in a world with gods and Greek gods. That’s right, the universe of Percy Jackson. Granted, that could change tomorrow, but right now I’m curious about which god would be my parent.


Gluttony

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If an author was a food, which one to do over-indulge in. You buy every single one of their books because they’re that good and you just can’t get enough.

I love Rachel Caine. She’s got this way of garnering my excitement with her stories. Always has. Now, I haven’t read all of her books. I’d really love to get started on her Weather Wardens and finish The Great Library series.


Wrath

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See You in a Porridge

A book that has made you rage.

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There have been many books that have evoked some heavy raging out of me. One is definitely Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell. Super obsessed with the book, but the villain has made me rage a few times! He’s a genius and cruel and devious.


Lust

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A book that made you purr. While this is a popular book tag ask, let’s amp it up. This book you chose was wild and unexpected and shocking, but you just couldn’t get enough.

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For me, Paper Princess by Erin Watt. The beginning knocked me on my butt and shocked me. A teenage girl, stripping to make it by in life discovers her biological father was super-rich. Getting shoved into the rich life has its twists and turns and this girl is about to discover that the life of the rich isn’t as glam as she thought, but is filled with dark secrets and unexpected turns.


Sloth

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A book that took you forever to read.

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This one is a winner! I am currently going on 6 years while reading The Stand by Stephen King. I began it back in 2013 during college and then just got stuck because life got in the way. However, I’ll be continuing it pretty soon.


Pride

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A book you recommend to everyone and always gush about.

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There are a lot of books I gush about. Most currently, I’ve really been gushing repeatedly about Children of Blood by Tomi Adeyemi because the next installment is coming out soon! This book was just phenomenal. It really swept me away into a beautiful and terrifying world of magic and I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. It was incredible.


So, some of these are repeats from some tags you’ve seen from me before, but when the books are good they’re sinfully GOOD. You know? Of course you know! There are many new reads I’m getting knocked off my TBR that I can’t wait to talk about and gush next about in book tags.

Now for a bonus!

What’s your most deadly sin?

Me? Welp, I do get wrathful easily. Not proud of. And I’m a glutton for books. I know it. My mum knows it. Everybody knows it. I have no shame about that. LOL.

Since this tag was inspired by Halloween, I’m not tagging any humans this time and instead am just leaving it out there for everyone!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Halloween Book List – A Book List

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Hello, my spooky little monstrous book hoarders!

It’s time for the Halloween book list! I think this is the one that I do every year. I know I like to change things up, but this is the one that I always put up. I love putting up all of the new possible reads and sharing them with you. I’m even putting some of these on my TBR.

Now, there aren’t very many, but why should that matter!

 

School Spirits
Author: Rachel Hawkins
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Hunting magical creatures is the family legacy. Getting a normal, high school life? Totally abnormal and strange.

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Capturing the Devil
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
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Fourth, and the big finale, in the Jack the Ripper series. I’ve been told that this series is thrilling and enthralling. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse with real historic events and a true villain: the White City Devil himself. What a better way to treat yourself than a YA read on a killer mystery like this.

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Planting Gardens in Graves
Author: R. H. Sin
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A trilogy of poetry that I hear is supposed to be amazing. If you’re into poetry then definitely get into these pages.

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Merciless
Author: Daniella Vega
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Alright, this is a series and I recommend the entire thing. I read Vega’s Survive the Night and it was phenomenal. Gave me some intense, action-horror vibes. Really loved it and I got that feeling that this series is right up there with a side of devilishness.

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House of Furies
Author: Madeleine Roux
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After escaping a horrific school where punishment is the main curriculum, the new job as a maid at a strange, haunting house with strange rules and scary expectations that may not be much better.

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Author: Paige McKenzie
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America’s Most Haunted

A chill. Giggling in the dead of night. Strange shadows lurking in the back of photographs. But, nobody believes her. Nobody believes she’s being haunted. How can she help? What could happen if she doesn’t?

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A couple of books and some series to get your binge on with. Or, perhaps you’ve read a few already. How were they? Did you like them? Or, maybe you have some spooky reads already up and going for the season! In any case, I hope you’ve caught a few that you’ll add to your TBR, I know I have!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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