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review 2018-11-09 19:26
Legendary
Legendary - Stephanie Garber

I was extremely excited to read the second book in the Caraval series. I enjoyed the first book so much, but I still had a lot of unanswered questions. Who is Legend? What really happened to Scarlett and Tella's mom? What is Scarlett's ex-fiancee really like? And so many more. I was thrilled to finally, finally get all of my questions answered! I was ecstatic! Right up until I turned that last page and saw, "Epilogue," and it was about two pages long and answered NOTHING. Okay, we do find out who Legend is, but I'm still not satisfied. I need more answers!

 

Let's start at the beginning. I loved that this book was written through Tella's point of view. This time around Tella is playing the game and Scarlett is off in her room not doing much of anything (that we know of). Tella needs to win the game so that she can learn Legend's true identity and give this information to a "friend" who, in exchange, will help Tella locate her mother. The problem is, the more Tella plays the more she begins to realize this game may not be a game this time around. The stakes are much higher and things are getting real.

 

Once again, there are twists and secrets revealed. We learn a lot more about Tella's mom, but we don't get all of the information. That was my biggest disappointment. We were so close to getting answers, but the book just ends! I don't blame Garber for this at all. It was my mistake thinking this was a duology. Obviously it's not, and I will have to wait about 6 months before the final book comes out and hopefully answers all of my original questions plus all the new questions Legendary leaves us with.

 

Caraval remains my favorite book of this series so far. Legendary was really good, but it didn't feel quite as magical and awe inspiring as Caraval. There is less action, mostly due to Tella having very low stamina and being unable to really run around searching for clues. I enjoyed seeing familiar faces, and also meeting some new characters, and I love the cover art. All of the books in the series have such beautiful artwork. Overall, I love the world that Garber has created.

 

 

-SW

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review 2018-11-08 06:14
Hotter
Hockey Holidays - RJ Scott,Kat Mizera,Susan Scott Shelley,Melody Heck Gatto,Jennifer Lazaris,Jaymee Jacobs,Jean Joachim,Melanie Ting,Toni Aleo,Stephanie Kay,Lily Harlem,Kate Willoughby,Lisa B. Kamps,Jami Davenport,Stephanie Julian,Shannon Stacey

This 18 book collection by some of the most amazing authors was such a treat to read!  I loved the humor, heat, and you betcha - even the hockey that was represented in each story.  I have 2 book reviews that I am sharing from this collection for you below.

 

A Second Shot by Shannon Stacey:

 

Heartwarming and truly charming, this short and sweet story has us on our toes as we read about a couple who should be together, but have been apart.  Great read of sexy and fun. 

 

A Wolfe Brothers Christmas by Jami Davenport:

 

 

Little bit of suspense mixed in with a sweet holiday story that brings a lot of sexy charm to the table.  If you loved her men in their previous stories - you are going to be glad you grabbed this little bit of heaven.  I do recommend that you read the Game On In Seattle series first, however, to avoid spoilers.  Believe me this is worth it!  

 

Each short story included gives a unique and truly hockey flavored look at romance.  What I enjoyed most was that it gave me a chance to relax and enjoy love in my favorite sport.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

 

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text 2018-11-02 09:00
Wicked Reads 'Horror Movie Listicle' aka ‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’
There's Someone Inside Your House - Stephanie Perkins

 

When someone recently asked ‘Katherine, can I send you some candy and a book?’, what on earth do you think I possibly replied? 

 

There was a teeny catch - well, actually a few (and yes, luckily I knew the sender); there were some rules to this 'Wicked Reads' Halloween campaign...

 

 

THE RULES
 
1.    BEWARE, AND ONLY ENTER, IF YOU DARE.
 
2.    CHOOSE A PIECE OF CANDY AND A SPECIFIC DATE – Each piece of candy is tangled with a specific book. 
 
3.    WAIT FOR YOUR BOOK TO ARRIVE – I will mail your package to you. Optional: Brew potions, howl at the moon, do the monster mash, and practice your maniacal laughter.
 
4.    OPEN YOUR PACKAGE– Carefully open your package, explore the haunted contents, and dissect your Eerie-sistible read. 
 
5.    TIME’S UP– Make sure to grin like the Grim Reaper before posting your scheduled ghoulish content and send me a spooky link.
 
 

 

I won't tell you the books but I WILL tell you the candies: they were TWIZZLERS, SOUR PATCH KIDS, SNICKERS, JOLLY RANCHERS, & SWEDISH FISH.

 

Which would have you have chosen?

 

I was hoping for a gory, bloody read, and my guessing wasn't too bad (I nearly matched the book to the candy I wanted!). I did get one of the books I hoped for though - 'There's Someone Inside Your House', by Stephanie Perkins - because  I wanted to write a creative post about my favorite slasher/horror movies.

 

'There's Someone Inside Your House' is a YA thriller-horror of the slasher variety; someone is killing teens at the high school, so naturally the list is where my head went to...

 

WHY??

I used to work in film production (I have a BA in film) and I had the devilish delight of working on a whole slew of 'highly-rated' and so-much-fun-to-make horror movies during my illustrious film-making career.

This is my favorite movie-watching season so this just had to be done!

 

 

*MY ULTIMATE MUST-SEE HORROR-SLASHER MOVIE LIST*

 

*I do give some details about the movies away but not too much; you may know some of these, yes?! Click on the titles to take you to the movie links on IMDb after you have read my blurbs: 

 

HALLOWEEN (1978) - This really is the penultimate classic teen slasher movie, and it stars The Scream Queen herself, Jamie Lee Curtis. Michael Myers has escaped a mental institution and is on the loose in Haddonfield on Halloween night. Jamie Lee plays Laurie, and this movie made her a star. You won't forget that ominous soundtrack, and you won't get that masked face out of your mind.

*Subsequent 'Halloween' movies (not talking about the recent installment) weren't quite as good, but do watch the second one right after the first for full effect.

 

 

FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980) - This started yet another horror movie franchise (and again didn't expect to), but this time the star wasn't even in the original/first installment. Everyone seems to know about Jason Voorhees terrorizing the campers who come to Camp Crystal Lake, but this 'campy' debut in the series is one to watch because of how it's a little different from the ones that follow. The deaths are gory, there's lots of blood, and you will probably recognize only Kevin Bacon as one of the actors who went on to anything after this.

*Again, the second installment is alright too, as is the third; the Jason character has a metamorphosis in the films, but after that, the killings get to the point where they are laughable or gratuitous. The actor who plays Jason believes he has the highest body count of any horror actor, and takes great pride in doing his role.

 

 

SCREAM (1996) - A movie that turned the entire horror genre on its head, coming from the horror-movie making legend Wes Craven (of 'A Nightmare of Elm Street' fame), 'Scream' has its costumed killer targeting a group of teens by using the 'rules' of horror movies as his 'code'. Like Hitchcock's 'Psycho', when its star is killed off very early on, Drew Barrymore is the first to go, which totally threw the audience through a loop. This movie really is genius, and because it comes from one of the horror masters, there are gems in here (humor, pacing, the script, references to other movies), that would otherwise fall flat with another filmmaker.

*Inspired one of the most recognizable Halloween costumes (the 'Scream' mask) I can think of.

 

PROM NIGHT (1980) - Hot off her 'Halloween' success, Jamie Lee Curtis decided to take on another horror, shedding the veneer of being the vulnerable screamer. This time she's prom queen, and one of a small group of teens who covered up the accidental death of a friend six years ago. Naturally it's the night of the high school senior prom and what better occasion than this for a masked killer to knock off these teenagers who need to pay for what they allowed to happen to their friend all those years ago.

*Features some excellent disco tracks, rad dance moves and fashion.

 

THE SHINING (1980) - This film upped the ante when it came to horror because of all the perfect ingredients. First of all, its A-list director, Stanley Kubrick, was a master filmmaker, and he employed a brilliant cast, including Jack Nicholson in one of his most unforgettable roles. Based on the haunting book by one of the most profilic horror writers of our time, Stephen King, ‘Jack Torrance’, his wife and child, head to the deserted Overlook Hotel (could there ever be a more memorable movie setting too?!) to be ‘caretakers’ in the off-season and so Jack can write. But his descent into madness, played so well by Nicholson, directed perfectly by Kubrick, is captured on film and it’s movie perfection. 

 

*Stephen King wasn’t too impressed with the adaptation, despite this being regarded as one of the best movies of all time, and one of the best of his book adaptations.

**Considered a ‘slasher’ movie because of the famous axe swinging (that axe lives here in Seattle at the ‘MoPop’ at the Horror Exhibit).

 

 

SHREDDER (2001) - Last but not least, I thought I’d include this straight-to-DVD slasher-horror movie that I worked on, quite a few moons ago now. It’s not great, it’s actually funny in parts, and it’s aimed at a teen audience, but I would have to say it was one of the craziest movie-making experiences I ever had. We filmed it up at Silver Mountain, Idaho, and the majority of it was filmed at night; standing in the snow for hours in the middle of the night making movies is a cold business (and we made a bloody mess wherever we went). I took the gig because I had friends working on it, and I wanted the challenge of working on a movie in the snow and on a mountain, and I was pretty stoked at myself. 

Movie-making is fun, but it’s HARD! I worked on movies for about 10+ years.

*There’s nothing quite as funny as taking breaks with actors with ice picks in their backs...

 

I hope you enjoyed my list; are any of these new to you? What’s your favorite?

 

 

I’ll be finishing off my book right now; thank you to Penguin and the Wicked Reads campaign for the goodies and my signed copy of the pretty book you see below! 

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/15797848-there-s-someone-inside-your-house
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review 2018-10-21 14:43
Darkness Surrendered (Order of the Blade #3) - Stephanie Rowe

Elijah is a tormented warrior who has lost his mind and is being used by Ezekiel to destroy his friends and teammates. At the end of book 2, he is buried alive and left by his teammates and friends, so when this one opens up it is right where the series left off. Ana is searching for her mate, who she knows has survived, and when they unearth him he is not the same man who sacrificed himself to try and save her in book 1. Their story is a tormented one. She represents all of his nightmares and he knows that he is one slip away from total and complete madness so he tries to keep his distance. She knows it is her fault he is as tortured as he is and it was her fault that he was killed, revived, captured, and tortured in order to be used as a weapon against the Order. All she wants is to give him his life back; she knows she doesn’t deserve anything else, so she tries to keep her distance. It doesn’t help either of them that her touch is the only thing that keeps his demons from coming back. While they struggle with the mixed emotions they bring out in each other, they are trying to find a way to kill their enemy. This one is action packed just like the previous two books.  The action was good. The emotional tension was good and the plot was strong. I did feel like at a certain part it did seem to drag a bit but overall enjoyable and entertaining. The bad guy is epic in this one. The final battle was well written and great. I enjoyed it. However, I think book 2 is my favorite so far.

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review 2018-10-14 18:21
Darkness Seduced - Stephanie Rowe

The second book is jam-packed with action, passion,  and suspense. I loved the characters and the plot, it was fast-paced and entertaining.  This series gets going quickly, the author didn't waste anytime with releasing their major enemy.  Book two, has the heroes racing against time to stop Ezekiel from rising and fighting off Frank, who was introduced in book one. I don't want to drop any spoilers but know that, unlike other series where the author waits until 5+ books in before the big-dog baddie is released, Rowe doesn't, which is AWESOME.  She isn't dragging it out, she is just getting down to it, which is refreshing. Gideon and Lily are great together and they try really hard to fight their fate but in the end, their love is too strong to ignore. I loved it a lot, great story.

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