There’s Not Dead and Then There’s Not-Dead (The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried)

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Published: 2019

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Rated N for not-dead people not dying because of unsettled teen drama.

 

A good friend will bury your body, a best friend will dig you back up.

Dino is used to spending time around dead bodies. His family runs a funeral home, so death is the family business. In all the time he’s helped out though, he’s never had a dead body talk back to him, until now.

Dino’s ex-best friend July died suddenly, but when she awakens screaming, there’s a lot of confusion. She’s not really alive, but not really either. Even stranger, nobody else is dying either. It seems like death has come to a standstill. While Dino and July work together to figure out why this happened, they also confront why their friendship ended in the ugly way it did. As they do, they discover a lot more than they expected, changing what they knew and understood about each other.

 

This book was phenomenal. Spectacularly written. If ever you wondered or wished to get that closure and moment to say goodbye before losing someone then here you go. Just the right amount of wit, humor, honesty, and selfishness. This wasn’t just a paranormal YA with zombies. There were no zombies actually. In fact, it was just a lot of not-dead. The POVS alternated between Dino and July. They’re both so different, but I was hooked on them. I related to Dino the most because I’m not very good at being courageous. For others, yes. For myself, no. Their dynamic is off the wall and I can see how they were best friends, yet it surprises me because of how different they are. My bookworm senses went wild with this story. I laughed, I swooned, I was shocked, and I got my dose of the paranormal.

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The not-dead gave way to some real themes and subjects today. Personally, since I don’t know what to call something like this I’m going with para-realism because it was just that. While Dino struggled to be confident, something I think a lot of people can’t relate to, there was also his struggle to try and figure out who he is. That is so difficult, and the fact that he was feeling that kind of pressure at sixteen…wow. It’s also a reminder that no one’s perfect and no one has it figured out and THAT’S OKAY.

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The LGBTQ of this made my stomach swim. Dino and Rafi literally ooze adorableness with the way they care so much for each other. I couldn’t get enough of this couple. This relationship not only showed those cutesy aspects but the other angles as well: the worry, and insecurity. The way they actually talked through their issues and recognized their worth and worried over whether or not they were good enough. That’s it, guys, This. Right here. Major fucking goals!

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Overall

A heck of a good time filled with real-talk, unexpected advice that is hella useful and wisdom that seriously blew my mind. Love and Death may be the primary subjects here, but there is so much else in-between all of that. This story resonated with me deeply and I seriously recommend it. However, if you’re looking for some crazy Paranormal with the end of the world vibes, this isn’t for you. This is a book of friendship, trying to handle life, and being not-dead. Some say this is bizarre, but I think this is just what we need.

 

Quotables:

“That’s the family you were born into. We’re the family you chose.” (Rafi to Dino, p. 4)

“Love’s only gross when you’re not in it.” (Delilah to Dino, p. 13)

“We don’t get to control how people feel. The only thing we get to control is how we feel…” (Rafi, p. 127)

“Friendship with someone you love isn’t a consolation prize.” (Rafi, p. 127)

“Funerals are our last opportunity to show the world how much we cared about the person who died.” (Dino, p. 159)

“Humor can shine a light on truths that make us uncomfortable, and we all know how painful facing the truth is, but that humor doesn’t have to come from another person or group’s pain.” (Dino to July, p. 205)

“Some people deal with breakups by watching sappy movies and crying it out; I deal by watching crappy horror movies and rooting for the killers.” (Rafi to Dino, p. 234)

“Don’t ever apologize for being happy, Dino. Not to me. Not to anyone.” (July to Dino, p. 241)

“Love isn’t obvious until you’re in it. It’s not a punch in the face that leaves you reeling, Love is gradual and sneaky. It grows like weeds between the cracks of a hundred average moments.” (July, p. 243)

 

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Ironic by Alanis Morissette.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – Oct. 14, 2019

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Hey, book addicts!

Happy Monday! And if it’s not a good Monday then just give it the finger and have an awesome Tuesday! This is the playlist for the week. That’s right. I put together this swanky thing just for you. I love listening to music and wanted to share it. I also love to listen to it while reading.

Maybe you’ve heard some of these before. Maybe you’re discovering a few new ones. In any case, here it is. Sing to it. create a musical with it, cook to it. Whatever you desire. Just enjoy.

1. Cut – Plumb

2. Post Blue – Placebo

3. Take It On The Run – REO Speedwagon 

4. Blue Jeans – Lana Del Rey

5. I Miss You – Blink 182

6. Heroes – Zayde Wolf

7. Start a Riot – Jetta

8. Heartbeat – Enrique Iglesias ft. Nicole Scherzinger

9. Birds – Imagine Dragons

10. Obvious – Hey Monday

11. Everlong – Foo Fighters

12. Run – Collective Soul

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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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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Love Turns Men Into Idiots (The Taming of the Shrew – A Book Review)

The Taming of the Shrew
Author: William Shakespeare
Published: 1593

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Rated T for high angsty tension driven romance in poetic form.

 

I burn

I pine

I perish

One of the most famous and controversial comedies written by Shakespeare that primarily follows Kate and Petruchio. He tries to ‘tame’ her with his charm, but of course she isn’t falling for it. However, if he succeeds, then Bianca, Kate’s younger sister, can have a suitor, too, and with quite a few at her feet she is desperate. Bringing forth the emotional ride that can be true love is this incredible play about these sisters who will meet their matches. You know the story probably better by the popular 90’s movie 10 Things I Hate About You. Trying to win the affection of the most rebellious and smart women has never been more complicated, funny, or relatable than this.

 

Boy meets girl. Girl hates boy. Boy accepts the challenge. LOL. This really is a fun play to read and is probably one of the most accurate representations of how it can be to find true love. You don’t always fall in love right away and you don’t always get along. You don’t always get together in the most conventional way. It’s rocky! And not only does this comedy show how it can be comical and realistic, but it does the same in relation to parents and children and just how overbearing parents can be.

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Have I mentioned I’m a fan of Shakespeare’s work? Yes? Well, here I am saying it again. He’s pretty great. I’m a fan of his plays more than anything else and specifically A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However, I will say this, nothing be more beautiful than the poem Kat read at the end of 10 Things I Hate About You. If you’ve never watched this movie then you need to ASAP.

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Overall

Classic style and fun prose. I really enjoyed reading this one. Shakespeare has a way with insults and sarcasm that I think can never be beaten. He has withstood the test of time for a reason! Definitely a keeper.

 

Quotables:

“Asses are made to bear, and so are you.” (Kate, p. 53)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Don’t Call Me Angel  by Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus.

 

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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…

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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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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…

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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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Midnight, Texas, The Trilogy – A Review

Hey there, book cult!

How’s it going? Read anything good lately? I’m currently getting my Greek demigod on. Maybe you know what I’m talking about. Maybe not. I’ll just leave my mysteriousness here.

So, back in January, I chose five series to read for my book resolution of the year. I really enjoy doing a book resolution throughout the year because I get to challenge myself and read some new books that have been on my TBR for a long while. Not going to lie though, it’s getting close to the wire and I’m not sure I’ll be completing them in time. That’s fine. They’re getting done and I’m having fun getting lost in these stories!

I just finished Midnight, Texas! I know some readers don’t think a trilogy counts when it comes to series, but it’s more than two books so it counts to me.

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Odds are, you’ve already read the reviews for the books and have a pretty decent understanding of my mixed confusion, but mild enjoyment of the books. I wish there’d been more excitement or just more in general, but we’ll get to that. First, the books:

In a small town in Texas called Midnight, Manfred Bernardo comes to live in the place by the pawnshop. The town seems pretty quaint. With only one stoplight in the middle of town, it’s a surprise that it’s on the map at all. Manfred quickly discovers this town is anything but ordinary. It’s full of secrets.

He next-door neighbor is a vampire. Across the street is a witch and her unique cat that seems to know more than it lets on. He’s still not clear on the men at the salon and antique store. When strange things begin happening and is drawing the attention of the outside which is not good for the supernatural residents who love their privacy. The Midnighters will have to work together to save the town.

 

Some questions I have and am contemplating:

Throughout all three books, I was always wondering who these Midnighters are. There were so many secrets and I don’t feel like I figured out anything. Therefore, I didn’t really feel anything for them.

I guess my big question is, will there ever be more books to give readers a chance to get to know the characters some more? Maybe I’m just sounding greedy, but I just need more.

 

The Characters:

The characters were fun and pretty independent. Granted, they felt repetitive in places. However, I liked how each of them held their own power both supernaturally and normally.

Olivia and Manfred are my favorites. I really liked their bromance in the second book. It was fun and edgy. Olivia is not a woman to be fecked with and Manfred knows it. He also appreciates it, which is also really cool!

 

The End:

I shit you not, I was like: Wut?

I know, meme-talk. Not proper for a blogger, but that’s what I’ve got. LOL. The end of this story was rushed and felt incomplete which confused me and let me sulky. Never a good thing. It can ruin an entire series! It didn’t do that for me this time, but I’m still super shaky about how everything went down during the great threat of the apocalypse in Midnight.

 

The Author:

I’ve always heard sweet and good things about Charlaine Harris. I’m quite excited to get to her Sookie Stackhouse novels actually. I like her writing style. It’s unlike any other that I’ve read. Very in the moment and subtle and quaint. The supernatural in the everyday life, like their normal. She takes away the monster and freak aspect of it. I bot enjoy it and feel a little meh. Only a little meh because it takes away the excitement a tad.

All in all, this trilogy was a lot of ups and downs, but not once did I put this down. I didn’t want to. It’s not a bad trilogy at all. It’s just so different from anything I’ve ever read, and I’m BIG on the paranormal/supernatural genre. Definitely worth a read.

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The show is pretty good too! A fantastic cast with Arielle Kebble, …, and many more! Lots of wild fun in the small town. Sadly, it only got two seasons. From my perspective I can see why. They began the first season with the story at the end of the trilogy. It’s kind of difficult to come up with something bigger than that. LOL. Still great though and if you loved True Blood then totally watch it!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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