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review 2017-02-15 22:39
Big Pumpkin
Big Pumpkin - Erica Silverman,John McDonough

Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman, is about a which who finds a great big pumpkin to make pumpkin pie out of, but she can't get it off of the vine because it's to big and heavy. The which has many ghouls and goblins come out and try to help her get the pumpkin off the vine but nothing works. Eventually they work as a team and pull the pumpkin off of the vine together and luckily it rolls down the hill right into the witches house. The which then gets to make her pumpkin pie and share it with all of her new friends. I believe that this book would be a great book to use during Halloween to promote teamwork and sharing. I also believe that this book would be a great book to read to your class and then have them take a "field trip" outside so that I can sit them down and cut open a pumpkin and we can go over the insides of a pumpkin and what they are called, look like, and fell like. By tying in the pumpkin activity it would be a great way to tie in science, along with letting them do something fun and interesting. I would use this book for grades first through third to tie in Halloween activities along with educational ones. 

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review 2017-01-09 16:01
Review: Murder’s a Witch (Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery #1) by Danielle Garrett
Murder's a Witch: A Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery (Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries Book 1) - Danielle Garrett
Review originally featured at Angel's Guilty Pleasures
 
Murder's a Witch 

 Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery #1  
 Danielle Garrett  
 Cozy Paranormal Mystery - Halloween  
 Danielle Garrett  
 August 9th 2016  
 eBook  
 185  
 Free  
 

 

Holly Boldt has a secret. Well, technically, she has lots of them. After a scandal uproots her entire life, she is forced to relocate to a halfway house for displaced paranormals. It’s her last shot for a fresh start. But keeping secrets isn’t easy in a town that goes through gossip faster than tissue paper, even for a powerful witch. 

 

When a murder sends shock waves through the small community, Holly finds herself tangled up in the investigation. With everyone watching, Holly must solve the case before she’s forced to abandon her new found home and live life as a witch on the run. But with a paranormal investigator tailing her every move, a civil war brewing between her vampire and shifter roommates, and her ghost landlord on the edge of a breakdown, she’s having trouble thinking in complete sentences. How is she supposed to track down a murderer? 

Holly has to make it work, or else risk losing everything…again. 

 

**** 

 

Murder’s a Witch is a cozy witch mystery with a spunky twist. Come see what’s brewing in Beechwood Harbor in this first installment of The Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries Series.

 

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Murder’s a Witch is book one in the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery by Danielle Garrett. It’s a cozy mystery, light and thoroughly entertaining.

 

Holly Bolt is not your normal Witch. She has been banished to Beechwood Harbor. I found Holly to be a delightful character with a mysterious past. I am wonder why Holly is banished. I did read another reviews review and they mentioned a prequel that explains this, so I’ll have to go and find it. 

 

All the secondary characters were amusing and fun. It’s a great cast that includes a shifter, a vampire and a ghost plus a pesky P.I..

 

Their is a possible love interest or two, but this is not a romance book. It’s a mystery. A murder occurs, a friend is the main suspect, and Holly has a desire to find the true culprit to help her friend out.

 

Murder’s a Witch is a light magical mystery full of twists and turns. I’m curious to see what happens next with this cast of characters.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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review 2017-01-08 21:01
Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle
Camp Midnight - Steven T. Seagle,Jason Katzenstein

Genre: Horror / Humor / Camp / Friendship / Self Esteem

Year Published: 2016

Year Read: 11/27/2016

 

Publisher:  Image Comics

 

Camp

I would like to thank NetGalley and Image Comics for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Introduction:

Ever since I started using NetGalley to read some new books online, I have been on a NetGalley reading binge ever since I started and this book “Camp Midnight” by Steven T. Seagle along with artwork by Jason Adam Katzenstein were among my reads from NetGalley that I wanted to read through and I must say that I was quite impressed with this story!

What is this story about?

The story starts off with a young girl named Skye being taken to her divorced dad’s house by her mom as Skye is going to spend her summer vacation with her dad and his new wife Gayle, who Skye takes an immediate dislike to and even calls her “step-monster.” Things get worse when Skye discovers that her dad and her “step-monster” are going to make her go to summer camp for that year in order for her to discover herself and even though Skye was against the idea, they still forced her to go to summer camp. When Skye got on the bus to camp, she discovers that something is weird about the bus she went on as all the campers are monsters such as vampires, werewolves and witches and it was then that Skye realizes that she went on the wrong bus and is heading to the scary and mysterious camp, Camp Midnight. While Skye spent some time at Camp Midnight, she found that she did not belong in that camp due to her being human, even though she became fast friends with a shy and mysterious girl named Mia. It was then that Skye has to prove to everyone that she is happy with being herself even if she is different from everyone else.

What I loved about this story:

Steven T. Seagle’s writing: When I found out that Steven T. Seagle was involved in big animated projects like “Ben 10” and “Big Hero 6,” I was like “OH GREAT!!! We have not had a big time TV writer writing comic books since Joss Whedon’s run on “Astonishing X-Men!” So, I was quite interested to see what kind of story Steven T. Seagle was going to write for this comic book and I was quite impressed by how this story turned out! I liked the way that Steven T. Seagle combine both horror and slice of life elements into this story as it made the story unique to read since it is rare that I read horror stories that mostly focus on the characters’ personal lives rather than trying to scare the readers. I also like the way that Steven T. Seagle wrote most of the characters, especially Skye and Mia and even though there were times where I was a bit annoyed with Skye’s attitude, I can actually sympathize with her situation as she was thrown into a new experience that she did not want to be in at the first place and she is having trouble trying to cope with being in a new environment and trying to discover herself in the process. Steven T. Seagle has also done a great job at providing humor in this story as I found myself laughing at some of Skye’s sarcastic remarks about her situation as it made her experience much funnier to read about!

Jason Adam Katzenstein’s artwork: Jason Adam Katzenstein’s artwork is quite expressive, especially whenever the artwork goes through different shades of color to convey the mood of the scenes, such as most of the artwork being shaded in blue when Skye’s dad and step-mom tell her that she is going to summer camp, conveying the sad mood of the scene; also another scene when Skye goes on the Camp Midnight bus and the artwork is shaded in green to convey the horrifying mood of the scene. I also like how zany Jason Adam Katzenstein’s artwork is as the characters are drawn in an exaggerated way that makes the story both humorous and creepy to read through.

Camp

What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:

The reason why I gave this book a four star rating was because I felt that the story was a bit rushed and the artwork was a bit too chaotic at times. In regards to the story being a bit rushed, I felt like we did not get enough information about why Skye’s parents divorced and when her father met Gayle, his new wife. Also, I would have liked to know where Camp Midnight came from since it seemed a bit odd to have Camp Midnight show out of nowhere. As with the artwork, as much as I like how zany Jason Adam Katzenstein’s artwork is, I felt that there were many scenes where the artwork got a bit too chaotic and I often had trouble trying to figure out what was going on in the scene due to the artwork being all over the place.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, “Camp Midnight” is a great comic book about the importance of being yourself that comic book fans will enjoy!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2016-12-26 09:55
Ghostly Romance
Between Us - F.E. Feeley Jr.,Carrie Anne Kennedy,David Bridger

I don’t read (or watch) scary stories as a rule. I’m all for murder and mayhem, but horror… not so much most of the time. This blurb, however, intrigued me so I decided to overcome whatever preconceived reservations I might have and dive in.

 

The start of the story lulled me into a false sense of security. But the playful banter was soon replaced by the first apparition and the creepiness kicked off. As soon as it did I remembered why I so rarely read creepy stories; they make me feel too much. My stomach churns and I get jittery. It gets too much and I close the book only to open it again two minutes later because I HAVE to know what happens next, except that I don’t want to because NERVES, but I do because I can’t stand the tension of not knowing. LOL. It’s an experience I both love and try to avoid. And the more invested I am in a story the stronger those feelings become.

 

Yes, I did get quite invested in Between Us. Me, the self-confessed wimp who doesn’t deal well with either angst or tension, fully enjoyed the wonderfully torturous combination of romantic uncertainty and ghostly scariness. In fact, I was really impressed that the romance and ghost storylines in this book are perfectly balanced. All too often I’ve come across books in which one storyline ends up taking precedence at the expense of the other. Not in this book; romance and ghostliness play next to each other and one enhances the other.

 

I liked Jeremy and Roger, enjoyed the way they interacted, and I loved the premise of the story. While this is a fully formed story without an open ending, I would love to see more of them. And given what Roger’s secret is, and considering that he’s met and recognised Cindy (yes, I'm being vague on purpose), I could well see more spooky adventures for these two men. I would most definitely read them.

 

This was my first encounter with this author and I can safely say it won’t be my last.Between Us packed a whole lot of story into relatively few pages and did so very well. While I wouldn’t have minded more words, the story didn’t need them. If F.E. Feeley Jr can hook me this much in under fifty pages I can’t wait to find out what’ll happen when I pick up a full length novel.

 

Overall I highly recommend this book if you'd like to add more ghosts and romance to your Halloween.

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review 2016-12-18 00:00
Her Halloween Treat
Her Halloween Treat - Tiffany Reisz Her Halloween Treat - Tiffany Reisz Super funny banter. I mean, really top notch.
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