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Friday, October 21, 2016

Red As Blood And White As Bone by Theodora Goss ~ Tor Short Free at

Red as Blood and White as Bone by Theodora Goss is a dark fantasy about a kitchen girl obsessed with fairy tales, who upon discovering a ragged woman outside the castle during a storm, takes her in--certain she’s a princess in disguise. @goodreads 



This was a lovely story! OMG! Okay, honestly I wasn't happy with the situation but it all came out in the end sort of . . .

Klara was given to the sister of St. Margarete when she was young. Her mother had died and her father didn't know what to do with a newborn baby. One day when she was a little older a man told her about fairy tales and gave her a book. From then on she loved fairy tales.

When she was 12 she was sent to train as a servant to Baron Orso Kalman. Klara didn't have it too good there in my opinion but those were the days. One night Klara found a woman on the doorstep. She was naked and had long beautiful black hair that covered her like a cloak. Klara just knew that she was a princess and wanted to help her. Klara's princess worked with her in the kitchens for a while until they had a big ball. Then things take a turn (for the better if you ask me). I can't tell you what happens but it was awesome.

I was sad at what happened near the end.

Later on Klara left and went on to do other things, but she never forgot her fairy tales.



Lit-Cube Halloween Limited Edition Box

This is the special edition for Halloween that Lit-Cube put out. Unfortunately, I have had to cancel my regular subscription due to money. 

This is a wonderful box we have: 

1. The hardback edition of the book: Teen Frankenstein 
2. Hocus Pocus Pajama Set 
3. Frankenstein Tea Sampler by First Edition Tea Co. 
4. National Geographic Is It Real? Vampires DVD
5 Halloween Socks (I love socks)
6. Hocus Pocus Magnetic Bookmark Set
7. Annie B's Popcorn & Caramels

 I love everything in this box!

Blister by Jeff Strand

They call her Blister. She’s a hideously disfigured twenty-three year-old woman, living in a shed next to her father’s house, hidden away from the world.

Jason Tray is a successful cartoonist, banished to his agent’s lakeside cabin for a few days of mandatory rest and relaxation. One night, while hanging out with a couple of the locals at a dive bar, he takes them up on their offer to go “see Blister,” having no idea what they’re talking about.

He peeks through the window at the most nightmarish thing he’s ever seen.

In the morning, he wakes up, hung over and regretful. He’s better than this. He needs to…apologize?

From the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of PRESSURE, DWELLER, and WOLF HUNT comes a tale of fiendish secrets, ghastly crimes, and human monsters. @goodreads




Well, where do I begin! This book is cray and I loved it! Well, certain parts I didn't like but there was revenge for said parts I didn't like so it all worked out I guess =)

First off we have Jason Tray, he's a cartoonist and he's funny and pretty cool. But after these bratty little bastards keep throwing rocks at his little dogger, Ignatz, he takes matters into his own hands. I mean the parents didn't listen so he dresses up all covered in blood, fake chainsaw and fake severed head and chases them down the road. LMBO! One of the kids falls and breaks his arm. GOOD!


I would say they got off easy because if someone is harming one of my animals, I'm going to jail for what I do to them!

Moving on, this makes his agent, Chuck mad and he sends Jason off to say in his cabin until everything blew over. The parents didn't press charges because they could care less about much of anything.

"All right, all right, I'll go." Hanging out on a lake for a few days actually sounded like fun. It might provide the inspiration for some cabin-themed strips. "Just between you and me, though-the kid breaking his arm was kind of funny, wasn't it?"

Chuck just glared at me.


When Jason gets to town he ends up going down to the local bar and drinking it up with a couple of idiots. Then said idiots take him down to show him Blister. He has no idea what they are talking about but he goes along. They take him to a shed next to a cabin and make him look in the window. He is terrified by what he sees and leaves right away.

But the next day Jason is feeling bad and he goes back and talks to Blister's father and he allows him to go and apologize to her. She has her face covered in a mask and she accepts his apology. He finds out her name is Rachel. And. . .

her evil ex-boyfriend, Brandon, wasn't happh when she wouldn't have sex with him so he takes her to a cabin, dresses as creepy clown, proceeds to cut her face and take a blowtorch to it. Yeah . . . that's what I'm looking for in a boyfriend!


Truth is, she had a fight with her boyfriend Nobody knows what caused it, but I think she was a bit too wholesome for him, if you know what I mean. He tied her down and went at her face with a straight razor and a blowtorch. Can you believe that? A blowtorch."

Jason and Rachel do strike up a great friendship and she doesn't even have to wear a mask around him. They spend time talking in her shed before he takes her out to do things in the world.

"What kind of incident?"
"Here, you be the judge. Let's say that these horrible little kids were throwing rocks at your dog, and you asked them nicely to stop, and then you went to one of their mothers and she didn't care. So next time they threw rocks, you burst out of your house with a fake severed head and a fake chainsaw, and you were covered with fake blood, and the kids flipped out and ran away, and one of them fell and broke his arm. Is that funny?"

Rachel was silent for a very long moment, her face completely motionless. Finally, she spoke: "That's fucking hilarious."

"I know, right? Thank you! Thank you so much!" I was becoming a huge Blister fan.

I really loved how Jason got Rachel to go out and do some things, even if she just sat in the car at first. People in the world can be so cruel. But they had funny times.

"Do you want a beef stick?" I asked. "Places like this usually have beef sticks."
"Is that an innuendo?"
"Oh, yeah. When I ask the ladies if they want me to buy them a beef stick from a fruit shop, they're all over me."
"Well, naturally."

There is a lot that goes on. There is a lot that we find out about the evil boyfriend Brandon. AND <--
there are more holy shite moments when you get to one part and realize something. No I'm not going to tell you but it was awesome! Well, maybe not awesome but you know what I mean.

Oh and said bad boyfriend also cut cats with razor blades and used a blowtorch on them like he did on Rachel. Nothing graphic, just tells about it. So yeah, him going up in a blaze of glory for many things does not bother me one bit.

I think a lot of people will enjoy this crazy book and it's also on kindle unlimited at the time of this review!



Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost - and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House... before its skeletons come back to haunt me. @goodreads




I thought this book was pretty good. I thought the blurb sounded good when it mentioned Chloe seeing ghosts! I mean the first ghost she saw as a child would have freaked me clean out!!

Later on Chloe is 15 and in high school. She has a breakdown at school, or so they think, really she just saw a ghost that keeps melting his skin and looking all creepy! But this book is not what it seems at all!

Poor Chloe finally gets sent to the Lyle House for "special kids". She has no idea.

No one would say what was wrong with me. They had me talk to a bunch of doctors and they ran some tests, and I could tell they had a good idea what was wrong and just wouldn't say it. That meant it was bad.

This wasn't the first time I'd seen people who weren't really there. That's what Aunt Lauren had wanted to talk to me about after school. When I'd mentioned the dream, she'd remembered how I used to talk about people in our old basement. My parents figured it was my creative version of make-believe friends, inventing a whole cast of characters. Then those friends started terrifying me, so much that we'd moved.

There are a small cast of characters at the Lyle House. Derek, Simon, Tori, Rae, etc. Some of them have abilities like Chloe and some of them finally inform her of what she truly is and that they (the supernaturals) are in danger.

If your looking for a young adult, somewhat creepy book then you should pick this one up. I'm holding myself back from spoilers =) And I really want to continue on with the series to see what happens with these "special" kids. There are bad people out there that want to do them harm!



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.@goodreads



 I just didn't like this one as much as the first one and I can't really put my finger on why. . . . 

I still loved the characters though =)

I think Helene had to grow a lot more in this book and I feel really sorry for the things that happened to her. But, she is now a Blood Strike and she has to do what she has to do, or does she? 

I have to say that my favorite character in this book that had some really intense scenes was Cook. Yeah, Cook. I'm not going into it . . . no spoilers! 

This book starts right where the other one left off and Laia and Elais are trying to escape from the evil Commandant without getting killed. They are still on their quest to save Darin, Laia's brother and I'm not going to tell you whether they do or not. 

There are some people that die in the book and  a lot of blood shed. There is also a sort of after life that I thought was really good! 

I think many people will love this book and I am so glad for those that do, I hope I like the third book more than I did this one. Of course, I will re-read this one and try again. 

Sorry this is so short, there is really not much to say without me spoiling every little thing! 


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ignite by Kaitlyn Davis

Kira Dawson has the power to burn vampires to a crisp. The problem is, she doesn't know it yet. The even bigger problem is, she's dating one.

When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they're keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan's lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.

From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis comes a paranormal romance perfect for fans of Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Ignite is the first book in the Midnight Fire series and it is approximately 65,000 words. @goodreads 



What do you do when you find out your whole life wasn't true?

Kira Dawson comes home to her mother, father and sister from boarding school. She's going to start going to the public school and trying to be a normal teenager. This doesn't happen. Oh, she meets new friends at school, gets in with their group. Has a little crush on Luke but he turns out to be more like a brother and she gets a crush on one of the evil misfits, Tristan. But is Tristan all that he seems? Is he really as bad as his friends? Possibly not.


He was the kind of boy you wanted to comfort and to kiss, the kind you knew would break your heart yet hoped against all odds wouldn't. The bad boy with a soft heart, the sort of trap a girl knowingly jumped into.

I saw a lot of Twilight in this book (I love Twilight and that's not a big deal) and it threw me off at first. The blurb mentions Twilight, The Vampire Diaries and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I can see Kira being a strong female character like Elena in VD and Buffy. She gets told she's a conduit and she can do all of this stuff, she might can destroy the world. I think she handled it all pretty good and she does kick some butt in the book.

I liked the book well enough, I loved Tristan and I loved Kira's character. She is a kind person that takes on what she has to take on and does it good. There are just random things that didn't make this a 4 or 5 star book for me and I can't quite put my finger on it. Either way there are plenty who love the book and plenty who will love it more than me.

FYI: at the time of this review it's free on kindle =)

I might continue with he series later on because I do have a crush on Tristan and I love the concept of the Conduits. Hopefully I will love the rest of them more. 



Monday, October 17, 2016

A Game Worth Watching by Samantha Gudger

All her life, people have told 17-year-old tomboy Emma Wrangton that she’s not good enough, smart enough, or strong enough to succeed in life. Somewhere along the way, she started to believe them.

Without the promise of a respectable future after graduation, all Emma wants is to cherish her senior year by playing basketball with the guys and spending as much time as possible with her best friend before he heads off to some fancy university, leaving her behind. But when the high school basketball coach recruits her to join the team—the girls’ team—Emma discovers life is anything but a slam dunk. How is she supposed to know how to be one of the girls when all she’s ever been is one of the guys? @goodreads



I'm going to be honest, I read this book because it worked with a goodreads group challenge and it's on kindle unlimited. BUT . . . I had no idea how much I was going to love it! I put it off forever because I thought I wouldn't like it. Stupid, it seems to be the ones you put off that you really enjoy.


Emma is a kick butt basket ball player. She plays with the boys at the court on the weekends. She's been playing with these guys for years. But she learned her mad skills from her best friend, Riley and his father when she was just a little girl.


First off, Emma has a••holes for family members. Their mom left them and it's only Emma and a bunch of brothers and a father. None of them act like she exists and some act like they hate her, even her father.

Dad hates you . . . You'll never amount to anything . . . You're worthless.

Emma has been teased at school all of her life. She has been called a loser, poverty girl, on and on and on. These bullies were horrible. But those words coming out of her families mouth. . . how much more does this girl have to take?

I loved Riley and his family. They were always so kind to Emma, they loved her. Riley and Emma were best friends since like fourth grade. It gets hard for Emma when Riley admits he wants her in his life as more than a best friend. They do find love but this book isn't about all of that. It's a beautiful thing and I loved how slowly this emerged. I love how Emma fought all of the battles she had to fight.

The coach of the girls basketball team shows up to one of the games Emma played with the boys asking her to join the team. It took a lot of persuasion from Riley and even from his dad to push Emma to join the team. It's was a rough start. The one girl that I despised until she got her cr•p straight was Lauren, she was always saying bad things about Emma's mom and Emma being poor. It took all Emma had not to beat her down. I would have just taken her out, but I digress. Emma so didn't want to play with girls but it all worked out.

Emma ended up training this team to be awesome and go all the way! I was so proud of her. She was tough, I mean she was raised with boys and hung out with boys. But, she did show some vulnerable sides and that was nice.

The ending was amazing, I will leave it with the expert.

Poverty child. Loser. Poor girl. Tomboy. As far back as she could remember labels had defined who she was and what her future would hold. Maybe now she was entitled to add a few of her own labels to the list: Basketball player. Coach. Friend. Girlfriend. And maybe, just maybe, college-bound.
D•mn, I cried!