Monday, October 15, 2018

Music Monday: Halloween, Week 3


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

Each week this October I'll be sharing two lesser known songs that are perfect for Halloween.  This week I'm sharing "At the House of Frankenstein" by Big Bee Kornegay (1958) and "The Haunted House of Rock" by Satan's Pilgrims (1994).  As for Kornegay's song, I wonder how it isn't more know now - along the lines of other classic Halloween songs.  I haven't listened to anything else from Satan's Pilgrims, but this instrumentals number is creepy enough to totally fit in with 50s and 60s horror - I don't know about you, but I'm picturing zombie surfers.  What are some of your favorite Halloween songs?






Saturday, October 13, 2018

ARC Mini Reviews: Hark! The Herald Angels Scream & Shotguns and Stagecoaches


Happy Saturday everyone!  Today I'm sharing two ARC mini reviews with you: Hark! The Herald Angels Scream edited by Christopher Golden (released on October 23rd, 2018) &  Shotguns and Stagecoaches: The Brave Men Who Rode for Wells Fargo in the Wild West by John Boessenecker (released on October 30th, 2018).  Both of these ARCs were provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Read on to see my thoughts on these two stories.


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Hark! the Herald Angels Scream is an anthology of eighteen Christmas themed short horror stories from a unique and talented writers of the genre. Some of my favorite authors of the group include Christopher Golden (also the editor here), Seanan McGuire, Thomas E. Sniegoski, and Jonathan Maberry. While some of the shorts just weren't quite my style, there were some truly fantastic gems that were exactly what I was looking for. For me, the real standouts from the collection are "Absinthe & Angels" by Kelley Armstrong, "Christmas in Barcelona" by Scott Smith, "Love Me" by Thomas E. Sniegoski, "It's a Wonderful Knife" by Christopher Golden, and "The Hangman's Bride" by Sarah Pinborough. That's not to say that the other stories were bad, they just weren't what I has hoping for. Overall, I do recommend this collection, especially if you enjoy Tales From The Crypt or holiday centered horror.

I read this anthology from October 7 - 10, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.




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I don't often read history of the Old West, but Shotguns and Stagecoaches: The Brave Men Who Rode for Wells Fargo in the Wild West is a must read for those interested in American history. John Boessenecker has clearly done his research and has done a decent job of making the subject matter accessible to those that don't already have that much knowledge in the topic. I appreciated that the book was broken down by period of the company, and it also includes many fascinating photos of the featured figures. I definitely recommend this if you're interested in the learning more about the American West.

I read this history for from October 10 - 11, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.


Do you plan on trying either of these upcoming releases?  What are you reading this weekend? As always, thanks very much for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.



This week I'm spotlighting my current read, Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard, which is my first FraterFest Read-A-Thon hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer read.  All I had to do was was hear steampunk and zombies to want to give this one a try - and so far I'm enjoying it.

Beginning:

"Dead!" A woman screamed.  "It's the Dead!"

56:

He folded his arms over his chest.  "You've ruined my experiment."

50/50 Friday: Favorite/ Least Favorite Black Cover Design


Favorite - There are a lot of great black book cover designs, but one of my favorites is easily the design for The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.


Least Favorite - I adore this book, but this cover of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a nightmare.

Have you read any of these books?  Are you taking part in this readathon?  What are you reading this weekend?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Nightmare Before Christmas Book Tag


Welcome to The Nightmare Before Christmas Book Tag, an original book tag created by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader.  Thanks for tagging me, Carrie - this looks like it's going to be a lot of fun!  Without further ado, let's get to the tag:


Sally - A book with a character who loves someone so much and actually gets them in the end.



I've got to go with Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.  They are one my favorite bookish couples - and they're are so many great ones in this series.


Jack - A book with a character who longs for more.



I'd say Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte still totally fits the bill - and she deserved more than she got to.



Zero - A book with a loyal sidekick.


Jenks is one of my recent favorite sidekicks - he and Rachel make a great team in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison.



Oogie Boogie - A book with one hell of a wicked villain.



Honestly, I can't imagine not choosing Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.



Halloween Town - A book that's creepy or has a scary theme.



Scream All Night by Derek Milman - This YA horror/ contemporary totally deserves all the love it can get!



Christmas Town - A book that left you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.


The relationship between Cath and Levi in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is one of my all time favorites.



What's This? - A book that took you by surprise.



Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood was such a pleasant surprise - I can't recommend this YA historical fiction novel about a barnstorming team trying to make it big in the Roaring Twenties enough!


And that's it for the tag - if you'd like to join in on the fun, consider yourself tagged as well!  As always, thanks for visiting my blog - just let me know in the comments if you're decided to take part in this book tag!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Longest Books I’ve Ever Read.  In August 2017 I completed the Longest Book Tag so this week I'm going to sharing the longest books I've read since then.  Here we go, starting with the longest:


theMystery.doc by Matthew McIntosh - 1,669 pages - I actually read this monster of a mixed media book in two days.  I can't say I'd recommend it unless you want the bragging rights of reading such a brick..


The Last Ever After (The School For Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani - 655 pages - This was a fantastic finale to the original three books in this fairy tale retelling series.


Cold Days (The Dresden Files #14) by Jim Butcher - 614 pages - I love this series so much and I spending so much time with Harry!


Skin Game (The Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher - 600 pages - This is the most recent installment of the series and it was fantastic.  I can't wait to see what comes next!


Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo - 546 pages - This was a brilliant finale to a marvelous series.  I can't believe it's over - I hope we see these characters again in the future.


Academ's Fury (The Codex Alera #2) by Jim Butcher - 534 pages - This is the third Jim Butcher book on this list, but this is from his ancient Roman inspired epic fantasy that is definitely worth trying especially if you're missing Harry.


Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi - 525 pages - This debut YA fantasy was a breath of fresh air and I can't wait for the sequel!


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) by Mackenzi Lee - 513 pages - If you haven't read this, I highly recommend it.  I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see Felicity take center stage in the sequel.


Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett - 512 pages - This is easily one of my favorite reads of all of 2018 and you all need it in your life.


City of Lies (Poison Wars #1) by Sam Hawke - 512 pages - This 2018 fantasy debut is also one of my favorite reads of this year.  I'm beyond excited to see more from this author in the future.

What are some of the longest books you've read this year?  Have you read any of these yet?  As always, thanks very much for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Music Monday: Halloween, Week 2


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

Each week this October I'll be sharing two lesser known songs that are perfect for Halloween.  This week I'm sharing "Little Demon" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins (1956) & "Gingerbread Coffin" by Rasputina (2002).  Have you heard either of these songs before?  What songs do you like listening to for Halloween?






Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday Funday: ARC Mini Reviews - Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria & Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek by Anthony O'Neill


Happy Sunday everyone!  Today I'm sharing two ARC mini reviews with you: Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria (available October 9th, 2018) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek by Anthony O'Neil (available October 2nd, 2018).  Both of these ARCs were provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Read on to see my thoughts on these two stories.



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Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria is the first novel I've read from the author and after this I'm certainly excited to read more of her work in the future. In regards to this new standalone YA fantasy, I have a feeling that you will like it if you are a fan of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. The ensemble cast and alternating perspectives are fantastically written. Each of core cast member - Cassa, Evander, Alys, and Newt, along with Vesper - all have distinct voices and intriguing journeys. I couldn't help but love each of them for a variety of reasons - there's even plenty of good banter that helped cement my appreciation for Soria's style. Plus, the on page diversity representation here is great - gay, bi, ace, fat, dark skin, and anxiety - for our main characters. While the characters really made this story work for me, I also appreciated the world-building and the magic system. I have to admit, the citadel itself is practically a character in its own right. The idea that prophecies are political and that there are various other abilities were very intriguing to me to see them all worked into the story line. To be honest, my only real complaint is that the novel takes a little while to take off and hook you - not to mention that although this is a standalone I'd still like to spend more time with these characters. Overall, I highly recommend this new YA fantasy from Destiny Soria, especially if you're interested in getting to know a Kaz and company-esque gang.

I read this ARC from October 3 - 4, 2018 and my review is also available on Goodreads.



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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek: The Strange Case Continues by Anthony O'Neill has an outstanding premise. It acts as a sequel to the classic tale from Robert Louis Stevenson. O'Neil does a good job of recreating the tone and feel of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when it comes to the atmosphere and writing style. The last ten to fifteen percent of the story is luckily fantastic. Overall, though, this new sequel was just a tad underwhelming when it counts - the lead character, Mr. Utterson. Utterson is supposed to progressively spiral down into madness, but he practically just jumps off the deep end. Regardless of the minor issues I had with this new release, it's still worth trying especially if you enjoy Stevenson's original.

I read this ARC on October 4, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.


Have you read either of these novels, or are you interested in picking them up in the future?  As always, thanks very much for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below - and have a great rest of your weekend!