Random Thursday

So nothing new on the Disney Desk Calendar front. So far no more mistakes either. But this past two weeks have had a lot of Pinocchio pictures. But oh well. Onto That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser!

"Walking corpse syndrome is a rare mental disorder where sufferers imagine they are decomposing, dead, or nonexistent. There is no known cure."

Wow. That's scary, and very sad.

"Snake oil actually has curative powers. High in omega-3 fatty acids, snake oil is effective in treating symptoms related to arthritis, as well as preventing heart disease, stroke, and even depression."

More intriguing facts. Though...I don't think I'd want to ingest this stuff. Betting on that it has to be ingested to cure all!


Mind Blown!!! Something You HAVE to Read!! DISNEY RELATED!

My mind has been blown yet again with yet another Disney connection!! I saw this article on Yahoo and I am amazed at these people who are able to figure these things out! Like the whole timeline of the Disney movies and how so many of them are connected! I love it!!

But anyway, the latest theory is that in Beauty and the Beast, the book Belle borrowed from the bookshop--which is weird! Who borrows from a bookshop?! Guess Belle just has the right connections!--was Aladdin!! YES!!! Belle was reading the story of Aladdin!!! (or so the theory says...)

Cool right?! I was impressed!!

Though the article does go on to say it doesn't necessarily mean that it is in fact Aladdin! I mean the picture we see, clearly tells a different story! And how dare that sheep EAT a corner of the book!!

Besides that, the book could also be foreshadowing Belle's own story. Or even possibly be Sleeping Beauty!

Again, these are just fun theories Disney enthusiasts think up after time! I find them enjoyable! Even if I sometimes get agitated with some...

But another thing, one of the other theories says that Aladdin takes place in the future. A dystopian setting and such and that the Genie has truly seen everything, hence all his impersonations of people from our own time! So how could Belle be reading about a story that takes place so far into the future! I mean yes, it's a story but one that dwells in things so far out there that I don't know if Belle and everyone else in her time period would be able to conceive it! 

Of course, it could just be the story of Aladdin, since it was a story before a Disney movie! It gets mind-boggling I tell you! You see what happens to me when I read too many Disney theories?! LOL! Of course, I think you're supposed to take each theory separately!

If you'd like to read the article in full, here it is!

Waiting on Wednesday

I hate waiting...
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.

From Gretchen McNeil, the author of Ten and Possess, comes this teen horror novel perfect for young fans of Stephen King, and Lois Duncan's I Know What You Did Last Summer.

For Annie Kramer, the summer before college is bittersweet—both a last hurrah of freedom and the last days she'll spend with her boyfriend, Jack, before they head off to different colleges. So she and her friends plan one final adventure: a houseboating trip on Shasta Lake, complete with booze, romance . . . and an off-limits exploration of the notorious Bull Valley Mine.

The legends of mysterious lights and missing persons on Shasta Lake have been a staple of sleepovers and campouts since Annie was a kid. Full of decrepit bridges that lead to nowhere, railroad tunnels that disappear into the mountains, and terrifying stories of unexplained deaths and bodies that were never recovered, Bull Valley Mine is notorious and frightening—perfect for an epic conclusion to their high school lives.

The trip is fun and light—at first. But when a deranged stranger stumbles upon their campsite, spouting terrifying warnings and pleas for help, it's clear that everyone is in danger. And when their exploration of the mine goes horribly wrong, Annie and her friends quickly discover that the menace of Bull Valley Mine doesn't stay at Shasta Lake—it follows them home.

As one by one her friends fall victim to this mysterious and violent force, Annie must do whatever it takes to discover the ancient secrets of the mine and save her friends . . . if she's not already too late.

So excited for this one! Love Gretchen's spooky stories!! This one will be excellent based on all the teasers I've been reading!! :D

TITLE: Relic
AUTHOR: Gretchen McNeil
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins/EpicReads Impulse
GENRE: Thriller YA
RELEASE DATE: March 8, 2016 

In this dark, action-packed third book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm—the new girl from Kansas—must do everything in her power to save Kansas, kill Dorothy, and make Oz a free land once more.

Amy Gumm’s mission to take down Dorothy Gale is not going according to plan. Dorothy has found a way to bridge the worlds of Oz and Kansas, and if the power-hungry dictator of Oz has her way, Kansas will be destroyed forever. Now, Amy has to team up with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to save her home, restore the balance between the magic and nonmagic worlds, maybe get the guy—and kill that not-so-sweet Kansas farm girl once and for all.

In the third installment of the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Danielle Paige’s twisted versions of beloved Oz characters are back, including the biggest, baddest, most famous of all: the Wicked Witch of the West.

Welcome to the other side of the rainbow. Here there’s danger around every corner, and magic shoes won’t be able to save you.

Another one I am excited to read! I've enjoyed this series and cannot wait to see how it all ends!!

TITLE: Yellow Brick War
AUTHOR: Danielle Paige
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: March 15, 2016

Something Cool & Disney!!!

Disney artist Andrew Tarusov, who's already given the princesses a new look, decided to take things to the next level!

What would some of the Disney classics look like if they were Tim Burton-ized? I saw this article on Yahoo and pretty much just enjoyed all the creepy awesome pictures!! So I decided to share them here as well! If you'd like to read the article in full, written by Kim Renfro, click here!

I like this one particularly! It's got that perfect Tim Burton creepiness! I mean, look how dark it is under the sea!! Though Ariel's bra looks a little awkward. Like the shells are morphed into her skin or something! LOL!

Positively perfect that Pride Rock is Jack's weird curly hill thing!

This one definitely has a creepy air to it! Guess because Aladdin and Jasmine's eyes are just so wide and staring like!

This one gave me Shining vibes! Must be the feel of a long hallway!!

Happy to see this one...and yet...it's so weird! But Tim is kinda weird himself. So it works! Lol. Though not caring for the "The" in front of "Beauty". That's not how Disney titled it really.

This has a decidedly creepy feel to it too! Must be the woods! And the little bat on Bambi's tail is a nice touch instead of the butterfly!

Dumbo! More eerie creepiness!

Pinocchio is downright creepy!! Think it's the no eyes thing!

This one was kinda funny in a Frankenstein way! LOL!

Makes you wonder what animal friends will be doing all the cleaning later on!

So which one is your favorite? I'm caught between The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast!

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Here are the rules:
1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc

"'What do you mean, you did what you had to do?' He sounded angry. 'Rory, what exactly did you do?'" p 264

TITLE: The Shadow Cabinet
AUTHOR: Maureen Johnson
PUBLISHER: Putnam Juevnille
GENRE: Paranormal YA
RELEASE DATE: February 10, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's topic is: Top Ten One True Pairs!

*in no particular order

1. CAT & BONES--love these two!! Also, really dying to find out who Ethan's sweetheart is, because it's been sooo long since I've read these books, I truly have no clue!
2. KAT & DAEMON--what's not to love? Kat never took Daemon's crap and I love Daemon's snarkiness and how he really does care and all that!
3. FEYRE & TAMLIN--our newest Beauty and the Beast, and omg I LOVE this story so hard!!

4. YELENA & VALEK--love how these two are together! There's never any of that triangle or breaking up nonsense with these two!
5. MERIT & ETHAN--another couple to adore! Merit never took Ethan's crap either and I think that's what drew him to her!
6. CRESS & THORNE--my favorite couple from the Lunar Chronicles! Cress totally had that Rapunzel-new-to-the-world vibe, but I love how while it seemed like an insta-love with her and Thorne, it really took longer than that!

7. ELENA & CLAY--the first Otherworld couple and still my most favorite!
8. NYX & IGNIFEX--a beautiful Beauty and the Beast retelling! Love the slow burning romance between these two!
9. SERENA & HUNTER--the only "adult" couple from the Lux world...that we've seen at least! And I think I love them just as much as Katy and Daemon!

10. CHARLEY & REYES--looove these two! Charley is so funny and spunky and Reyes is unbelievably sexy and mysterious! So behind in this series but hoping to get caught up this year!


Review--The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

The thrilling third installment to the Edgar-nominated, bestselling series.

Rory and her friends are reeling from a series of sudden and tragic events. While racked with grief, Rory tries to determine if she acted in time to save a member of the squad. If she did, how do you find a ghost? Also, Rory’s classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization. Evidence is uncovered of a forty-year-old cult, ten missing teenagers, and a likely mass murder. Everything indicates that Charlotte’s in danger, and it seems that something much bigger and much more terrible is coming.

Time is running out as Rory fights to find her friends and the ghost squad struggles to stop Jane from unleashing her spectral nightmare on the entire city. In the process, they'll discover the existence of an organization that underpins London itself—and Rory will learn that someone she trusts has been keeping a tremendous secret.

I just finished Maureen Johnson’s The Shadow Cabinet and I’m left with more than a few puzzling questions! I initially thought this book was a trilogy, but the way this one ended…there just has to be another one!! There were way too many loose-ends and there’s still that unsettling feeling I have with the characters. Nothing seemed resolved in a way that everyone can live happily ever after…or not. So I am just hoping Goodreads is correct in that there is a book 4 in this series, but that’s all they have to tell me, no title, no potential release date…nothing.

But anyway, The Shadow Cabinet really amps up the mystery and puzzles in this series, though I was sad at the lack of ghosts. Maybe it was because in book 1 we started with a murderous ghost on a rampage and in book 2 we had a few ghosts about being naughty, I had hopes to see more ghosties in this one. While we did see one or two on occasion, it wasn’t as in depth as I could hope for.

Rory, Boo, and Callum spend a great deal of time looking for Stephen in this book. If you’ve read The Madness Underneath, then you remember that chilling and epic ending we got, trying to find Stephen is important. But they can’t find him. I think this is where the book drags for awhile, as we don’t see Stephen until the last quarter of the book. And even then, it was in a really weird way. A good chunk of the last quarter of the book was hard to decipher. Things didn’t feel real or true, and while it was in part intriguing to read the book as such, it did make it complicated to comprehend at times as well.

In this one, we at least get a new character, Freddie! Freddie is a feisty little bit who steadfastly followed the Ripper case and knows a lot about ghosts and who Stephen and his friends are. She was an interesting addition to the group and kind of becomes a new member of the team in a way, for again, the team is spending a large amount of time trying to find Stephen.

The other portion of the book is devoted to figuring out who Jane is and what her deal is. We learn a lot about her “friends” Sid and Sadie’s history and how Jane is connected to them. This part too was interesting as well. It definitely gives you a few chills when you learn about these two because they are without a doubt some batsh*t crazy characters! But you gotta love your psychotic villains! Especially when they are technically dead already!

While The Shadow Cabinet is definitely a bit better paced than The Madness Underneath, I did feel like at times it was a bit too slow. There wasn’t quite enough going on or whatever clue Rory and her friends were following or tracking down, it just didn’t lead to much excitement. There wasn’t enough thrills and chills, since there is some scary stuff going on here. And like I said earlier, not nearly enough ghosty business either.

Now begins the painful wait to hear about information regarding a book 4. Immediately after finishing this one, I posted said question on twitter and hoping that Maureen can provide an answer! I think I find the not knowing of another book hard to truly enjoy this one or rate it fairly. As it stands, I was a bit disappointed with a few things regarding the ending, but if luck holds out, we might get a fourth book to smooth all that over and this one could be enjoyed much easier knowing there’s still more story to tell. Otherwise, I liked this book, I had the potential to truly love it…I just didn’t quite get there sadly.

The Shadow Cabinet was a decently paced book, there was some lag time in between events and such. Not nearly enough romantic tension with Rory and Steven, given the obvious reasons, but I had hoped for something more between them. As it turns out, things are rather complicated at the moment. I will just have to do my best and sit patiently until there’s news of a fourth book.

And we all know how I do with “patiently”! ;)

Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars



The Rise of Genesis Cover Reveal!

Announcing a new book by M.R. Merrick!

In a world where being Supernatural means you’re in danger, Ash Lawson is front and center. After years of helping others escape ATOM—a government entity known for abusing Supernaturals—he’s captured, and saving himself will prove to be the most difficult task he’s undertaken.

Tryst Rivera is a Succubus and veteran at the Academy, a facility tasked with converting underage Supernaturals into cooperative ATOM soldiers. She’s endured her time mostly unscathed, but when Ash arrives and their lives are tethered to one another, she’s placed in immediate danger.

With escape at the forefront of his mind, Ash struggles with the idea of life under ATOM’s thumb. He’ll die before he converts, but his life isn’t the only one he’s responsible for, and he already has more blood on his hands than he can bear. When a chance for freedom arises, Ash needs to decide how much—and who—he’s willing to risk for a second chance.

Coming March 15, 2016

About the Author

M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector Series, and The Rise of Genesis. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he's usually found at the computer between a pair of headphones and a large bowl of cereal.

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It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

Last Week I Read:

The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace (4.5 stars)
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (3 stars)

Currently Reading:

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

What I Plan to Read this Week:

Darkness Falls by Keri Arthur

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