Monday, October 24, 2016

October Book Haul

I got a few books last month and some this month that I am excited to share with you guys. Six books were sent to me to review and six books I got from the library. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a reread. I heard that The Forest of Hands and Teeth is going to be made into a movie and it has been on my tbr for a long long time. I just never had the chance to pick it up. I'm excited to start reading it.

Review Books
Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Expected publish date : November 22, 2016

Publisher Simon Pulse

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Madame Lilly, Wicked by Dormaine G

Publish Date: August 18, 2016

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I was a Bitch by Emily Ruben

Publish Date: October 7, 2016

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The contact by Joanna Homer

Publish Date: October 8, 2016

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Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Publish Date: March 16, 2012

Publisher: Dog Horn Publishing

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 Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Publish Date: January 13, 2015

Publisher Riverhead books

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Library Books

What are some books that you have gotten this month? 

Book Review: Madame Lilly: Wicked by Dormaine G

(I was sent this ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review)

Goodreads Summary: It's 1890 in New Orleans, a time of rich white men, sprawling plantations, Voodoo, high class parties and the unspoken Placage. Amidst the thick heat, magic and sorrow, a beautiful Creole woman exists in this cruel world. Although born free, she never knew life without the call of a ‘Master’ – until now.

Blessed with an ancient power, Madame Lily has an agenda that has galvanized her into the deepest reaches of High Society and to the darkness that is swirling with Voodoo.

Elijah is a First Made Protector tasked to guard and cleanse the world of the evils that roam. He spent millennia with only goodness in his heart until cursed – one meant to corrupt his very soul with love, obsession and infatuation… for Madame Lily, a woman that should rightfully be his adversary.

Drawn together by fate and magic, these two forces face off and sparks fly. A love that never should have been is born – a love that may change everything for both of them.

I loved reading this story. Written fact, I love anything with New Orleans settings. This is also the perfect read to get you in the Halloween spirit as well. Although it was short there was so much happening within the story with Madame Lilly. I loved how it opened up with Madame Lilly standing over her cousin while he is sleeping and he awakes from the blood dripping on him from his dogs that she killed. It was gory, dark, and intense.

Now, I have always liked Elijah. I loved the Mystery of him and I did like him and Madame Lilly together. The spirits that are under her control were something wild. I don't want to give any spoilers away because the story is short and it will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.

The writing was really good. I didn't feel like it was rushed even if it is a short story. For some reason while reading this I had in mind the "Originals" tv show mainly because it is set in New Orleans and there are things like voodoo and witches within the show. Also, it is one of my favorites. I loved the ending. It leaves you wanting more which I need right now lol. If you haven't read any of the stories of Madame Lilly and you like a New Orleans setting, voodoo, intensity, gory, and dark then this is just for you.

Rating 5Stars

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book Review: Class of '59 by John Heldt

(I received this ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads summary: When Mary Beth McIntire settles into a vacation house on June 2, 2017, she anticipates a quiet morning with coffee. Then she hears a noise, peers out a window, and spots a man in 1950s attire standing in the backyard. She panics when the trespasser sees her and enters the house though a door to the basement. She questions her sanity when she cannot find him.

In the same house on March 21, 1959, Mark Ryan finds a letter. Written by the mansion’s original owner in 1900, the letter describes a basement chamber, mysterious crystals, and a formula for time travel. Driven by curiosity, Mark tests the formula twice. On his second trip to 2017, he encounters a beautiful stranger. He meets the woman in the window.

Within hours, Mary Beth and Mark share their secret with her sister and his brother and begin a journey that takes them from the present day to the age of sock hops, drive-ins, and jukeboxes. In CLASS OF ’59, the fourth book in the American Journey series, four young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they navigate the corridors of time and experience Southern California in its storied prime.

This is the newest edition to the American Journey series. I have talked and talked about how much I love the author's writing and this one was just as good.

 This is a story about a man named Mark that lands in 2017 and meets a beautiful woman named Mary Beth McIntire and her sister. He then takes them back to his time in 1959. The time travel is what keeps you hooked into the story because of everything that takes place. The whole '50's era was great and fun to read about. I like the romances that took place with the sisters falling in love with the brothers. After some time there were some choices that had to be made between them.  It was a light read and I really enjoyed reading it. 

The writing is something that I love about the author. I've always said that I can always imagine myself right along with the characters in his stories. If you haven't read the American Journey series or the Northwest Passage series I promise you will love it.

Rating. 4Stars

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

(I was sent this free ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads Summary: Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

I enjoyed reading this story and I was happy when I was able to receive it. Everything about this is dark and intense. This story is about three sisters preparing for Beltane during the Ascension year when each of the sisters have to show their powers. They then have one year to kill one another. The last sister standing gets the crown but only two of the sisters powers have yet to come. 

Katherine is a poisoner but she is very weak. She has been given poison to slowly build up her immune to it but it leaves her with scabs and frail. She doesn't really come into herself until Peyter whom is the nephew of the lady that is raising Katherine, comes in and gradually gets her out of her shell. He is her love interest as well.

Arsinoe is my favorite out of three. Although she doesn't have her powers she is just as fierce and headstrong as she can be. She has a good surrounding of a lot of people that love her and are very supportive of her. She put others first. She is close to Jules who is one of the strongest naturalist to help guide Arsinoe.

Mirabella is the strongest of the three. She has the most memories of them and remembers being separated from her sisters. She spent a year mourning for her sisters and does not want to kill them  She was in the running for one that I liked next to Arsinoe but something happens that I can't really say for the sake of spoilers that caused me to have different feelings for her. 

I will say that it took me a minute to get into the story because it was a bit slow paced at the beginning and towards the middle. Also each chapter is told by alternating from the different queens until they merge together in each other chapters towards the end.That really was not much of a problem.  It didn't have as much action plot wise as I had wanted but the build up was for the story was good. I also felt that sometimes with the secondary characters, particular in Arsinoes chapters, that they overshadowed Arsinoe a little. 

The ending was good. As I said before I was looking for a bit more but it really does leave you looking forward to the second book. There was some major twists that I didn't really see coming. I can see the next book being really good. 

Rating 3.5 Stars
Recommend? Yes

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016?

When I first heard about NaNoWriMo an author friend of mines was writing her book during this time. Recently since I have been a emerged into the booktube world I see it booming everywhere. If you don't know what NaNoWriMo, (National Novel Writing Month)  it is basically where you spend a month long writing towards your novel in the month of November.  There are daily word count goals that you would try to reach for that day. You can write about anything and on any genre. The total goal is to get to 50,000 words. I have so many "books" that I have tried to write and finish and a lot of ideas swimming in my head to start one. So for this year I decided to try it out and just see where it goes.
My user name is The Bibliophile Maniac. Check it out and we can be buddies for the NaNoWriMo

Monday, October 17, 2016

My top 5 Horror/Thriller Book and Movie Recommendations

October is here and is almost gone and it is one of my favorite months. It starts with Halloween, which I love, and is a starter for the upcoming holidays. I know the month is almost over but if you are looking for some recommended reads for the month to get you into the "Halloween spirit" or if you already are in the spirit it could get you even more ready for it. I will also give you my Top 5 movie recommendations as well.

"And The Trees Crept In" is a book that I read back in September. This is mostly a mystery and a physiological thriller. At the beginning you automatically knew something was strange and the writing kept pulling you into this dark world. It was weird but a good weird. It is about two sisters that leave their abusive home to live with their Aunt. Thinking that their life would better things take an unexpected turn and events start to happen that no matter how the sisters try to ignore what is going on they can't. Does the trees seem to creep closer? Why can no one go into or out of the woods?
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I'm pretty sure a lot of you guys may have read this but this is one of my favorites that I have read this year. It was dark and inviting. The world building was great and I really enjoyed reading it. I really like the monsters as well.
There is the Sunai which can take your souls by being musically inclined. The Malachi which are the vampire type monsters and the Corsai are the most savages ones. They live by mostly their own rules. I liked how the city is divided into two halves with the monsters on one half and the humans on the other. If you haven't read it and you this is up your ally then I think you would like this.
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This one is my one of my favorites! I loved the Everneath triliogy. This is a modern retelling of the Hades and Persephone with a couple of twist in it. Nikki is vanished in the spring and got sucked into the underworld known as Everneath. She returns to her old life and tries to make ammends during the six months before she has to go back...forever. I read this long before I started blogging but I couldn't add this.
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I have read this but have yet to write a review. This has the flapper atmosphere setting in New York. Demons/Ghost and Seances. I think this is a perfect read for sitting in your cozy spot drinking your favorite coffee or tea while reading this.
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Again, this is another one that I have read long before I started to blog but I loved it. Cas comes from a long line of ghost hunters. He travels cross country to kill the dead. He searches for the ghost called Anna dressed in blood. She has been living in her old Victorian home ever since her brutal murder and she massacre anyone who why does she spare Cas?
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Here are some of my favorite movies/Tv shows to watch during this time as well.

I think this one is on mostly a lot of people list. I love this movie and it is tradition that it is watched.

The Addams family has always been a love of mines. Even though they are weird on so many levels I can't help but love the odd, gothic, and strange family.

Who can't love a Tim Burton film? I like this one more than The Nightmare before Christmas but they are both good.

I am currently watching the 11th season. I can't get enough of Sam and Dean. This is my favorite tv show hands down. I think I might be a bit obsessed.

I have yet to watch season three but I am going to take my time. I binged watched season 2 all in two days. I need to take my time watching it and enjoy instead of rushing through it. This is a spin off series from the Vampire Diaries.

These are just a few of my favorites. Obviously there is more but I don't want this post to be super long. I hope some of you guys have read and/or watch some of these movies and tv shows as well. Leave some of your recommendations as well. I would love to check them out.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Goodreads Summary: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I loved this book! It was beautiful, innocent, and a life adventure. Maddy suffers from SCID meaning she is highly allergic to everything. She basically can't leave the house for anything because it could be fatal to her. Her Mother is the only constant in her life after her father and brother died in a tragic accident. With a strong fear of losing Maddy, her mom is very protective of her. Then a family moves next door and a guy named Ollie gets her attention and things take off from there.

I read this book on one sitting. I really wanted to see how this would turn out and end considering the idea of the story. I couldn't imagine my life to the level of confinement that Maddy experienced at all whatsoever. I didn't to much care for the instalove and I kind of knew that it would happen before going into this book so that didn't really judge my review. 

I loved Olly. He was so foreign to Maddy and something new in her life. He was patient and understanding. He was funny at times as well. He also had things that he was suffering from and that broke my heart for him as well.

The story continued to unfold into something about living life to full extent. No matter how big or small that may be do what makes you happy. I wanted that for Maddy and Olly. Especially for Maddy. I can't go into to much without giving away spoilers.

The ending....I would have to say, and I hope this make sense, that it ended great and then not so great. If you read the book then you would know about her rewards for if she was to lose one of her books. That is all I'm going to say about that part without giving it away.

Review 4Stars