Scarlet Playlist – Oct. 28, 2019

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Hey there bookworms!

Happy Monday, or not depending on how you’re feeling about it. If you’re feeling like Monday needs to go screw itself then you know what? Monday, go screw yourself.

To brighten you up, here’s the playlist of the week!

 

1. On My Way Down – Ryan Cabrera

2. Tell Me Lies – Ashley Tisdale

3. Young Blood – The Naked and Famous

4. Bad Moon Rising – Mourning Ritual

5. Freak on a Leash – Korn

6. Replay – Zendaya

7. When You Were Young – The Killers

8. Sweet But Psycho – Ava Max 

9. Thunder – Boys Like Girls 

10. Disturbia – Rhianna

11. Unwell – Matchbox Twenty

12. Cursed Theme – Marco Beltrami (This is one of my absolute favorite scores and comes from the 2005 film, Cursed. Werewolves! It’s actually gorgeous, but the only place I’vee ever found it is on Youtube. Definitely take a listen! You can also find it on there under Love Theme – Cursed.)

Have a happy, festive, and spooky Halloween! 🎃

And one more thing, don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. Hehe.

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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RVALibrary

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.

Children of Blood and Bone

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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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Goodreads

Hunting magical creatures is the family legacy. Getting a normal, high school life? Totally abnormal and strange.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Capturing the Devil
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
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Goodreads

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.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

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.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

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.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

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.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

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?

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

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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Midnight Tease

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Hello, my precious little book deviants!

I’m going to say. I’m going to, and you know it’s true when I do. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! This is Halloween!

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I can’t help myself. Have I told you how much I love it? More than Christmas and my birthday put together. It’s time for those in the shadows to shine. For ghosties to party. For werewolves and vampires to get wild. And for witches to get witchy under the full moon. Not that they don’t all year round, but this is their month! They’re also my people. I love them. They’re my normal. Judge me as you wish. LOL.

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It’s the witching hour, my favorite hour, and if you’re still up then you’re a night owl like me. Since you’re up and about here’s something quick to read. This is what’s coming up on the Scarlet Reader for October!

 

 

Coming Soon…

Ghost_atniquity - LiveJournal

 

Haunted
Author: Danielle Vega
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I am getting som spooky reads in this month and Danielle Vega is a horror queen in YA.

 

The Mark of Athena (The Heros of Olympus #3)
Author: Rick Riordan
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Knocking out another New Year’s Resolution series! Plus, that Greek and Roman mythology. ❤️

 

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
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This is one I’vee said I was going to get to. Now, I’m determined to open its pages and hop inside. Take that how you want. LOL. I will be getting to it even if I only just get started by the end of the month.

 

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

The Dark Tower series has had a push and pull effect on me. I’ve both loved it and loathed it. The journey has been story after story more than it’s been about actual journeying which is fine. I do look forward to hopefully completing it before the year is out.

 

Currently…

Currently

 

Wicked Saints
Author: Emily A. Duncan
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Paper Valentine
Author: Brenna Yovanoff

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Abandon
Author: Meg Cabot
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Up for Review…

Up for Review

 

The Taming of the Shrew
Author: William Shakespeare
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The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
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Beyond Magic
 Author: Susan Kearney, Elaine Cunningham, Kassandra Sims
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Wolves of Calla (The Dark Tower #5)
Author: Stephen King

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There’s quite a bit coming up this month, but I’m super stoked. What are you reading during this spooky time of the year? Oh, I got a better question! What’s your favorite Halloween movie!? Mine is Practical Magic (though it’s my all-time favorite movie hehe), but for a scary one,  I really love the Scream movies. But then again…there’s The Craft too…Dang it.

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Halloween Book Tag

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Halloween Book Tag!

 

It’s the most wonderful (and scary and fun and candylicious) time of the year!!

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That’s right. Halloween time! The best time!

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I have a book tag dedicated to just that! I was looking around for one, but decided on one of my own. It’s fun and quick and I love sharing my interests with you!

When answering, use a book you’ve read or really want to read!


Something new…

A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares – Krystal Sutherland

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Something old…

The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson

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A book with an orange cover.

Into the Cold Fire (Daughters of the Moon #2) – Lynne Ewing

( I don’t usually like picking books from the middle of a series, and usually only go with the first book, but this cover is a favorite of mine and the series is so original.)

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A scary book

Jay’s Journal – Anonymous

Jay's Journal


A book with witches

Practical Magic- Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic


A book with werewolves

Blood and Chocolate – Annette Curtis Klaus

(Do Not Judge Me LOL.)

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A book with vampires

Morganville Vampires: Glass Houses – Rachel Caine

(Actually the whole darn series <3)

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A book with one of your greatest fears

Awake – Natasha Preston

Awake


A fairy tale gone dark

Valiant – Holly Black

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An edge of your seat thriller.

There’s Someone Inside Your House – Stephanie Perkins

There's Someone Inside Your House


Three scary/paranormal/thrilling/magical books you’ll be reading this month!

Bloodlines – Richelle Mead

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The Space Between (hopefully) – Brenna Yovanoff

Space Between

 

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Caraval


If they’d like to participate, I’m tagging:

Always Trust In Books

A Cat. A Book, and A Cup of Tea

The Book Raven

A Court Of Coffee And Books

Trang (Bookidote)

 

Everyone feel free to partake! Just don’t forget to tag me since this is my book tag. 😉

 

More to come soon…

-K

 

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All Hallows Read – A Book List

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Halloween book list!

 

Halloween. Is there a better time for a book list! I think not! And there are so many scary books to choose from! If I haven’t said it enough, I LOVE Halloween. I can’t get enough of it and the books that come out during this time of year, I love to see which one will scare me the most.

So, grab a flashlight, hide under the covers, of even just dim the lights or sit by the fire…

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Here are some killer YA books to pick up this scary season.

 

The Sacrifice Box
Author: Martin Stewart

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Don’t go back to the box alone.

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Amazon

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Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel
Author: A. W. Jantha

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The Sanderson Sisters are back for an encore.

Goodreads

Amazon

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The Wood
Author: Chelsea Bobulski
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It’s dark and sinister and alluring. Don’t go in alone or you might not come out.

Goodreads

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

 

Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas

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Sometimes appearances cane be deceiving. 

Goodreads

Amazon

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that’s NOT what happened
Author: Kody Keplinger
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Finding the truth has it’s consequences.

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Amazon

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Paper Valentine
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
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Love can be killer.

Goodreads

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

 

Something Strange and Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard
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There is something strange and zombie on the loose…

Goodreads

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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