Tuesday, October 17, 2017

An Oldie But A Goodie - Ten Older Books/Series You May Have Forgotten About

With the amount of books coming out, it's sometimes hard to ever get to that older read you were so excited for. So it slips through the cracks as more hyped books come out. This is list of ten great older books that you may have forgotten about or have never read which I fully recommend you do so. They are great books! 

So let's jump into it my friends!

10) Wake
Published March 4th 2008
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant. 

9) Evernight
Published February 10th 2009
Bianca wants to escape. 

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in. 

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him. 

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would." 

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

8) Boys that Bite
Published April 4th 2006 
Two sisters—as different as the sun and the rain. For one, getting into the Blood Coven is to die for. But for the other, getting out could be lethal...

When Sunny McDonald gets dragged to Club Fang by her twin sister Rayne, she doesn't expect to find anything besides a bunch of Goth kids playing at being vampires. But when some guy mistakes Sunny for her dark-side-loving sister and bites her on the neck, she finds out that his fangs are real—and deadly. 

Now, Sunny has less than a week to figure out how to reverse the bite, or else she's going to end up as the perpetually undead. And not only will she be a vampire, she'll also be bonded to Magnus—the bloodsucker who bit her—forever. And forever is a really long time... 

7) Goddess of the Night 
Published August 1st 2000 
Vanessa, who has always had the special power to become invisible, discovers that she and her best friend Catty, a time-traveler, are goddesses of the moon who must fight together to overcome the evil Atrox.

6) Glass Houses
Published October 3rd 2006
From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town's terror or will she drown like everyone else?

5) Easy 
Published November 6th 2012
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night - but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

4) Tithe
Published April 2004
Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms - a struggle that could very well mean her death.

3) Shadowland
Published November 1st 2000
Being a mediator doesn't exactly make Susannah Simon your typical sixteen-year-old. Her job is to ease the path for the unhappy dead to their final resting place. She finds her skills tested to the maximum. But can this girl get her ghost?

2) Life As We Knew It
Published October 1st 2006 
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

1) Wicked Lovely 
Published June 12th 2007
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.

So have you read any of these? Did you love them? Are some of them new to you and now you wanna read them? Let me know below! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Manga Monday - L-DK Volume 2

Here we are! Another Manga Monday in the same month! I feel like I'm actually getting the hang of this again. I shouldn't have said that, watch that jinx me now. That's my kind of luck. How was your weekend? Read anything good? Let me know below and enjoy this manga review!

LOVE RIVALS Aoi appears to finally be coming to terms with her feelings for Shusei. But before she can come to a conclusion, she witnesses a shocking scene between Shusei and a beautiful woman. However, it turns out that Shusei is not the only one who's popular with the opposite sex, as a younger rival enters the fray and vies for Aoi's attention. One boy is enough headache, but what will Aoi do with two gorgeous boys as love interests?

Manga Breakdown 

Shuusei's sister visits and he and Aoi decide to act like a couple so she will stop bugging Shuusei about moving in with her while she's between guys. It goes kinda well until the sister demands they kiss... then it falls completely apart.

A new guy (Komine) enters the picture and he's got a thing for Aoi won't leave her alone, he wants her to like him back, even going so far as to play up that she's his master and he'll do whatever she wants. Weird guy. Shuusei's apartment is finally fixed and ready to go, he moves out and Komine moves in with Aoi, without her consent kinda. It doesn't go quite as Komine played and by the end of it, Shuusei's apartment is ruined again and he must move in with Aoi once more. 

I'm really rooting for these two. I think they are so freaking cute together. The only thing I don't like how sometimes Aoi cries for no reason. Like you'd think she'd want Shuusei to kiss her but she starts crying instead. It really makes no sense to me. If I liked a guy and we had to pretend to date, I'd kiss him, a lot. Not cry when he tried. I just don't get it at all honestly. 

Besides for that, I'm still enjoying this story and I hope that our couple can finally move on without the weird Komine in the picture. The art is still stunning and I can't wait to read the next one.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

2 Scary Short Stories Reviews

If this story doesn't scare you, no story will...

Lucas buys his daughter an old, dirty rag doll at a yard sale one day. But when they return home, they realize they may have brought a sinister force back with them. Are the strange occurrences that soon take place supernatural or mere coincidence? Either way, they lead to an ending you will not soon, if ever, forget.

Short Story Breakdown 

This one is super short and because of that it's only focus is the creep factor. There's nothing else this short story wants then to scare you. While reading it, I was a little freaked out and the ending is just sad as can be. The scary doll when the frown that turned into a smile. 

I read this at night in my bed and maybe that helped freak me out a bit. Though the next day, I'm not even thinking about it anymore, it's good for the moment but after... that's why I'm giving it three stars, it's not awful but it's not the best.

The Island of the Dolls is a strange and eerie tourist destination in Mexico, where hundreds of decomposing dolls hang from trees like grisly Christmas ornaments. On a trip to the island, Joyce Parker's daughter falls in love with a beautiful but sinister doll. Soon after, she starts developing strange mannerisms that concerns Joyce. Her research into the doll's past reveals a dark history, and the curse of a lonely child spirit.

Short Story Breakdown 

Creepy, engaging, and has pretty good character development for such a short read. It follows the mother of a young girl and they take a vacation to visit the infamous Island of the Dolls. Don’t know why you’d want to take a little girl there but to each their own. 

The daughters wants one of the dolls but the mother says no. The guide even says not to touch the dolls. Bad things happen and the mother ends up back at the island of the Dolls... where she’ll never leave. 

Honestly, if you want a little short story to read for Halloween, once that creepy but won’t scare you to death. Get this one. It’s also free right now on Amazon. Can’t beat that.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

I am Haunted: Living Life Through the Dead - Mini Review

Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans has traveled all over the world, seeking answers to life's deepest and most terrifying mysteries. What happens when we die? Why do some spirits move on while others remain stuck in some sort of in-between place? What do the spirits really want from us? Zak has dedicated his life to finding out the truth.

He has bought a demon house in Indiana that has been described as a "portal to hell,"; summoned the devil at the Hellfire Club in Ireland, and been attacked by a possessed doll in Mexico. But sometimes it's his interactions with the living that rattle him the most, from innocent people harboring evil spirits to crazed fans to the victims of violent spirit attacks.

Through his investigations of the world’s most haunted places, Zak has learned far more about the living and the dead than anyone should. He's been to the edge of death and back and come away with a spiritual key that unlocks doors to another world that few have ever seen.

Book Breakdown 

If you like the TV show Ghost Adventures, you'll love this. If you love Zak Bagans, then again, you'll love this. What I love most about this book is how reading it feel just like Zak is talking to you. Makes it so easy to get into, it's like he's just telling the things he's learned to the reader. It'd engaging and so easy to lose yourself in this book.

I like seeing through his eyes, his views on the world of the living and the dead. I enjoy learning how far he has come. Overall, this book is a great peek into Zak's life and seeing how the spirit world has changed him, for the better... and the worse.

Friday, October 13, 2017

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Bookish Job

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.

What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.

Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Bookish Job (a job you'd want/not want from a book)

Okay, this is the time that I reveal how weird I am and say I wouldn't mind being an assassin. I could totally pull it off. All the killing in the darkness and I'm lying. Totally lying, I could never pull that off. So I could choose writer as there is a writer in the book IT. Which I think I will go with. IT. 

Job I'd Choose 
Writer - IT


So for one I'd never ever want it would have to have... it would be working in an outdoor store like Bella did in New Moon. There is no way I could help people as I'm not an outdoor kinda girl and nothing would interest me. 

Job I'd Never Want
Bella's job in New Moon

Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Book to Movie Adaption 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

8 Ways to Deal with the End of a Series

It's happened to all of us, we are reading a series. It can take years for this series to be completed and we've invested so much our of life into this amazing series. When it finally ends... it's a like a piece of your heart is ripped out and now it's hard to even go on. How will we live when we have no more books in that series to look forward to each yeah? 

Here are some tips to help you get past that mourning period, after crying your eyes out and eating all the ice cream you can, of course.

I've actually done some of these things before, so while at times in my wording it may seem like a joke, it doesn't have to be. If one of these things help when you finish a great series that's awesome. If not, hope you got a laugh.

1) Reread the whole series
Now this one sounds perfectly reasonable right? Once you finish, you just grab book one again and there you go! In a way, you'll never really leave the world. 

2) Fanart
If you are great at drawing or creating things on a computer, this can help ease the pain, creating wonderful art to look at and share with everyone else mourning the ending to the series. 

3) Join a Facebook group
You're not the only one that is sad to see the series end so find a group and then talk/fangirl/mourn with other lover's of that series. It really will help knowing you're not alone and having someone to share the pain with. 

4) FanFiction
Yep. Why let the series end when you can keep it going yourself!? Besides, there are some great fanfiction writers out there, I'm told. 

5) Move onto another series by the same author
Want something kind of like what you just finished? Then bam! Hopefully the author has written other books that you can dive into and at least still have the same feel as the last series.

6) Leave reading alone for a few days and watch some Netflix instead
I've done this. After I finished my favorite series, I didn't want to read anything else. I felt nothing could compare so why bother? (I was young and overly dramatic) It really did help though and within the week I'd started another series. 

7) Blog/Vlog about the series
Another thing that can help is just to just get all your feelings about the book into a video or on a blog post. Plus, another people can comment and you can fangirl/fanboy together. 

8) Quit reading altogether 
I mean nothing will ever top the last series right? So just give up reading and find another hobby/passion. Just kidding, this one is never the answer. Also this was meant as a complete joke but the others might actually help. 

So let me know if any of these have helped you when a great series has ended or what other ways that you have coped.