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review 2016-09-08 11:46
Willa Wicked
Willa Wicked: A Charming Tale - A.M. Hudson

by A.M. Hudson

 

This is a YA teenage witch story. The premise sounds really corny, but somehow it seems to work. Willa the teenage witch befriends her neighbour who everyone thinks is a dork. His recent suicide attempt makes them a little careful and mostly they whisper behind his back.

 

Little do they know, Henry Charming is not of their world. Through the minefield of high school dances and crushes, Henry has a bigger issue to deal with and Willa is the only person he trusts to tell his secret. Meanwhile, Willa's crush on a popular guy brings its own teenage angst.

 

There's a strong fairytale thread in this story and it isn't the sort of thing I would want to read a lot of, but it was done pretty well so as YA stuff goes, I can't complain too much. I did find myself wanting to know what would happen in the end. There's even one scary bit.

 

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text 2016-09-03 21:37
Reading progress update: I've read 33%.
Willa Wicked: A Charming Tale - A.M. Hudson

This reads rather fast. Not too bad for YA. I actually want to know what happens.

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text 2016-08-22 15:00
Lining up some selections for Halloween Bingo!
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel - Neil Gaiman
America's Most Haunted Hotels: Checking in with Uninvited Guests - Jamie Davis Whitmer
Willa Wicked: A Charming Tale - A.M. Hudson
Letters To The Damned - Austin Crawley
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Insects - John Koloen
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Illustrated) and Other Tales By Washington Irving - Washington Irving
{ [ HIGH MOOR [ HIGH MOOR BY REYNOLDS, GRAEME ( AUTHOR ) NOV-17-2011[ HIGH MOOR [ HIGH MOOR BY REYNOLDS, GRAEME ( AUTHOR ) NOV-17-2011 ] BY REYNOLDS, GRAEME ( AUTHOR )NOV-17-2011 PAPERBACK ] } Reynolds, Graeme ( AUTHOR ) Nov-17-2011 Paperback - Graeme Reynolds
Dracula and Other Stories by Bram Stoker. (Complete and Unabridged). Includes Dracula, the Jewel of Seven Stars, the Man (Aka: The Gates of Life), the - Bram Stoker
The Human Ate My Pumpkin! - Jon Mac

So, I've never done a Bingo before and it looks like a lot of books to read in just a couple of months considering how many I normally get through, but I should be able to do a couple of lines at least.

 

With that in mind, I've been identifying books for some of the categories. 4 are re-reads. I don't want to make it more than that because, new authors! And being a glutton for punishment, I've had a look through the Amazon free Kindle books under Horror to see what might fill a few spaces.

 

I haven't got enough books to fill any one line yet, but 2 lines at least just need 2 more to be identified to make them doable.

 

So far I have:

 

Magical Realism

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (re-read)

I wanted to re-read this anyway, so it was a no-brainer.

 

Ghost Stories and Haunted Houses

America's Most Haunted Hotels by Jamie Davis Whitmer
A Netgalley book I haven't started yet. I already read the others that were Horror.
 

Young Adult Horror

Willa Wicked by A.M. Hudson
An Amazon freebie. I'm not a big YA reader, but this sounded like it might not suck too badly.
 

Reads With Booklikes Friends

Letters to the Damned by Austin Crawley
Hoping to buddy read this with someone, though I have no takers yet. I have it on pre-order for 1st October so if no one reads it with me, I'll put it on the Genre: Horror square or maybe Supernatural.
 

Grave or Graveyard

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (re-read)
Another re-read which I know I could get through pretty quickly, unless I find something else from a new author.
 

Creepy Crawlies

Insects: A Novel by John Koloen
Another Amazon freebie. It's over 400 pages so I'll keep an eye out for something shorter, but it was an obvious fill for the space.
 

Set in New England

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
One of those classics I've been wanting to read for ages! It's sitting on my Kindle and has been for a long time.
 

Full Moon

High Moor by Graeme Reynolds
One that's been on my tbr for a long time. Werewolves, full moon, I see a connection.
 

Classic Horror

Dracula by Bram Stoker
Another tbr classic sitting on my Kindle.
 

Pumpkin

The Human Ate My Pumpkin! by Jon Mac
Another Amazon freebie that looks like it might not entirely suck.
 
I don't know if I'll get to all of these in the time frame, but it gives me some references to work from. My next move will be to look through all those books on my Kindle that I've accrued and see if there's anything to fit the remaining categories!
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review 2015-10-23 07:54
to shuffle off this (im)mortal coil
Shadows In Savannah - Lissa Matthews

“Savannah is so beautiful that the dead never truly depart.” - James Caskey, Haunted Savannah: America's Most Spectral City


Dane looks forward to his human birthday. that date is the only day in the year that he and others like him who were unwillingly turned can live and die as a human. after 126 years, Dane feels he is ready and makes preparations for his mortal death until he meets the dark and handsome vampire Jorge...


this Wicked Tale takes place within the shadows of Savannah where there lies a world teeming with creatures that remain mostly hidden unless they choose to make themselves known. Dane, the main protagonist, prefers to mingle with humans rather than be with his kind. he is a creature of conflict - appreciative of his vampiric abilities yet yearning to be human at the same time. this desire has its roots in the past - a past which remains obscure to him when he became a vampire. he also wants to die. it is a dilemma that vampires like Jorge who were turned willingly do not have nor even consider.


from the get-go, the reader learns about Dane's quandary. his internal monologues are poignant as he ponders his existence. he is quite an endearing fellow and i liked how the author presented and developed his persona. Jorge, on the other hand, is Dane's opposite. he thrives more in the shadows and has no qualms being a vampire. older and more experienced, he understands all too well what Dane is facing. only one thing is common between them - the deep attraction they have for each other. however, this becomes another predicament as Dane's human birthday approaches. will Dane still choose to die now that he has finally found Jorge?


how this issue was resolved in the end was so simple and logical that it was just one of the many ideas in the book that i found interesting and fresh and i enjoyed reading about.


author Lissa Matthews did a great job with her story. the writing was excellent, the pacing was steady, the worldbuilding was just right and the plot kept me reading until i was done in less than an hour!


the book may have been short in length but it was nonetheless packed with goodness from cover to cover.

 

 

*received a copy for review

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review 2015-10-18 15:00
Read Valentino's comics instead
Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen - Serena Valentino

I picked this up because I loved Valentino's Nightmares and Fairy Tales.  This book not so much.  It is the back story for the wicked queen in Disney's version of Snow White.  The problem is the characters are types and not so much characters.  The idea of the mirrors was interesting as well as the three sisters - but still.   And at times the language was too flower heavy. 

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