Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict
 
 
 This week's question is: Off the book topic - What is your favorite scary movie? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
 
 
 
MY ANSWER: Oohh...I don't do scary movies! Lol! They are the things that give me nightmares! I saw a Freddy Kruger movie when I was wayyyyy too young because someone wasn't being a responsible adult. 

But yeah. Nope. Don't do those!

I will say though, that I do enjoy the classic horror movies! ie: The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula, The Wolfman...all those black and white movies! I like those, mostly because they are more comical than anything!






Random Thursday

Here are a few more random questions answered from Disney Facts Revealed: Answers to Fans' Curious Questions by Dave Smith! Next week we'll move into questions regarding Disneyland!


(image borrowed from Pintrest)
Apparently in Tokyo Disney Resort, there was merchandise that was basically of a married Mickey and Minnie Mouse. It was only ever sold in Tokyo, for apparently in the US Disney doesn't acknowledge that they are "married", probably just "dating". Though this picture of a pin I found makes me wonder where it came from! And there have been other sculpture like things that have a married Mickey and Minnie. So again, not sure how accurate this is.


(image borrowed from Daily Motion)
The animated short Get a Horse!? from 2013 is reminiscent of the the older cartoons from the beginning stages of Mickey Mouse. Apparently when cars first started coming out, they were a little more faulty and prone to breaking down. Farmers would ride by on the horses and tell them to "Get a horse!" since obviously a horse can't break down (in theory). And since this cartoon has Mickey and his horse, Horace, facing down Pete in his car, it was an apt title!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Review--Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival depends on trusting each other…



Holy. Cow. Zero Repeat Forever is a book that will take an effect on your feelings! It was one of the most impactful books I’ve read in a while! G.S. Prendergast really knows how to tell a marvelous and engaging tale! This one will grip you tight and not let go until its very end and all I can say is that I need a sequel asap!

This book is being likened to The 5th Wave and I totally see it now. Here we will follow Raven and Eighth. Raven is our human girl who gets caught up in a War of the Worlds type battle with her remaining friends and the aliens that have invaded their world. Though we never really use the term alien, but Nahx which was coined by a Russian gamer, so what it actually means I have no idea! These Nahx have come to Earth and are firing darts at people that essentially kill them, causing their blood to run a grayish color. Raven has just lost her boyfriend to one of these Nahx and their darts and is grieving, she vows to find the Nahx that killed him and return the favor.

Then we have who we know as Eighth and it becomes clear that he is one of these Nahx. The Nahx had always traveled in pairs and his “partner” was recently killed. Eighth is not quite normal when it comes to Nahx for when a chance encounter with Raven leaves her perfectly alive, well we know there’s just something different about this Nahx guy.

Raven and her friends are just trying to survive. Raven would like to try to find her parents who had been going on a vacation along the coast, there’s a chance they might be alive. But the group of camp counselors she was training with for a summer camp before all hell broke loose, decide it might be better to try to find more survivors and band together.

Then Raven gets seriously hurt and her rescuer turns out to be none other than Eighth. And this is when things start to take a turn. Whatever it’s for better or worse will soon be revealed.

Just wow. This book! I was not expecting to be so captivated by it! But pretty much from the moment I started it, I couldn’t put it down. The words were just flowing off the pages as I read and I soon found myself crossing beyond the halfway point in the first day and this is a 483 page book!

The relationship between Raven and Eighth was so complex. While all the other Nahx are firing these darts at humans with no prejudice on who that human is, Eighth doesn’t really want to dart anyone. True, he may have darted some before he crossed paths with Raven, but from the moment he first met her, saw her, he no longer wanted to continue his mission.

It’s hard to say whether this was something like romance or Stockholm Syndrome. While it seemed like Eighth might have been developing feelings he didn’t understand for Raven, Raven wasn’t necessarily falling head over heels for Eighth. In fact there were times when she flat out hated him. Then there were times when she thought she almost understood him. It was a tremulous bond that was forming between these two. I think it was almost sweeter that it wasn’t a more traditional romance.

The Nahx are all suited up while on Earth. Their body armor covers them from head to foot, so you really don’t even know who might be male or female or if they even have genders. They do apparently have genders and Eighth is a boy. His thought processes were a bit confusing…if that makes sense. He seemed to be somewhat intelligent, yet he was considered a failure as a Nahx and he’s not human, but he has very human ways of thinking. It was definitely an interesting piece of the puzzle that was the Nahx.

The ending…oh boy that ending! While I am in a fit of emotions as I’m reading the last two chapters, a lot of startling things come to fore. And then…my mind was blown! There are still many pertinent questions to be answered and I am leaning towards the idea that this might be a duology. There’s nothing online that I can find that verifies this, so it will be a mess of emotions as I await something concrete! But yes, this was basically one of the most amazing and incredible books I’ve read this year! If you’re looking for a story filled with adventure, suspense, a story that will leave you breathless, then be sure to pick up a copy of Zero Repeat Forever! This book is pure magic!


Overall Rating 5/5 stars 





 

Waiting on Wednesday

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


In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.
  


While I may have already read this one, I still can't wait to own my finished copy! Though I REALLY wish I would've had time for a series re-read!


PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
GENRE: Mystery YA--still not sure what we categorized this as! It's definitely mysterious!
RELEASE DATE: November 7, 2017





Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.


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.



"Depending on who you ask, Josephine Leeds is still here, walking up and down Sparrow Hill, her white nightdress bloody and filthy at the hem. People call her the Red Woman, and they say she can only be spotted at night.

That's why we're here. To see for ourselves." p 10










 


TITLE: Little Monsters
AUTHOR: Kara Thomas
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press
GENRE: Thriller YA
RELEASE DATE: July 25, 2017




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 Yummy Foods Mentioned in Books


*in no particular order 
**also note, I sooooo cannot remember the food mentioned in books! I literally came up with three exact answers, the rest are just general foods that make me hungry when they're mentioned in books no matter what time I'm reading said book! LOL!
***OMG, writing this post before dinner was sooo not a good idea, because I'm starving halfway through these items!


10. CHOCOLATE FROGS, CAULDRON CAKES, BUTTERBEER...the list goes on and on--basically all the delicious treats mentioned in Harry Potter get my mouth watering! Luckily with my trip to Harry Potter World last year, I was able to finally truly experience some of them!
9. CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES--who could forget when Daemon had a cookie in his mouth to offer Katy? And please forgive me if I picked the "wrong" cover, I had a mind blank when it came to which book precisely this happened in!
8. LICORICE--I admit, I like licorice! Twizzlers is the only strawberry flavored one I eat, but when it comes to rope, I prefer cherry! I'm just weird like that!


7. PIZZA--I love pizza! So if the characters are eating it, I'm usually craving it!
6. PASTA--you'd think I was Italian or something with all my love of their foods, but nope! 
5. BREAD--the good kind, like French bread! Nice and crusty on the outside, warm and chewy on the inside! I could just eat bread and butter for dinner!


4. CHIPS AND SALSA--love me some chips and salsa! I know there have been books where the characters go to a Mexican restaurant and start eating these...which usually is in an adult book.
3. MILKSHAKES--honestly can't remember the last book that had one of these, but yeah I love a good milkshake!
2. PB&J--another one I can't remember when I last read about! Possibly peanut butter sandwiches and I'm thinking to the character, you forgot the jelly!!




1. REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS--have these been in a book? I really can't recall, but including it here for candy's sake! 






Review--Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.


Kara Thomas’ Little Monsters was yet another spine-tingling and chilling thriller! I truly enjoyed how twisted the mystery became! The ending was yet another shocker and one I didn’t see coming at all!

Kacey has had a rough go of it lately what with her family life with her mom and whatever current douche of a boyfriend she’s dating. So when she goes to live with the father she didn’t even know existed, it’s a chance for a fresh start. She’s made friends with Bailey and Jade, who are slightly more wild child like then herself, but the three of them just seem to click.

Then one day, Bailey completely shuts Kacey out. Kacey was supposed to go to a party with them, but they never showed to pick her up. Then the next day, Bailey is just gone.  Soon the entire town is scouring the streets and all the nooks and crannies trying to find a trace of Bailey. As the days go by, everyone begins to think the worst. And it’s not long before Kacey starts to notice everyone giving her the side-eye and she doesn’t know what to make of it.

This mystery was truly twisted! I mean, I thought The Darkest Corners got twisted towards the end, but this one was just twisted all over the place. Naturally, Kacey begins to do a little digging on her own. She suspects Bailey’s old flame of one-time thing, Cliff, but the police barely look into him as his father gives him an alibi. But then things just keep getting worse and worse as new bits of evidence are found and Kacey begins to wonder what really happened to Bailey. And if it’s possible if she knows who the killer is as well.

It’s always hard to discuss mysteries I feel like. I don’t want to get too into the plot and reveal something that ignites a shock when reading! What I did find interesting was the occasional chapter that was a journal entry from Bailey. It really gives you a better idea of her character and you see what kind of person she truly is rather than what is shown from Kacey’s memories. It’s quite disturbing.

Like with Kara’s previous book, the pacing to this one is a little bit slower than what I might prefer, but again I see it as a necessity. The plot focuses on the disappearance of Bailey and having our main character trying to do her own investigation of it would definitely slow things down. Over the course of things we get to see some good character development. Kacey lives with her father and his wife and children. Kacey has a rather decent relationship going on with her stepbrother who she is close to in age and then there’s her younger half-sister who she feels a kinship with as well. Kacey has had a rough go of family life so it was yet another interesting thing to see her adjust to a more normal family life. It was like she didn’t know what to do with the genuine niceness of her newly found family members.

The whodunit to this one was truly surprising! I was sure I knew the answer, but of course I was proven wrong once again! Though the depth of it all was truly disturbing! It was so dark and kind of sent a chill down my back. It makes you realize that some people truly are monstrous, hence the title I guess!

Little Monsters was a truly spine-tingling mystery that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could! I didn’t expect to finish it as quickly as I did but that’s always a marker for a great read when it’s one you realize you can’t put down! Thrillers are truly terrifying kinds of reads for the evil villain within is always the last person you would suspect and they are always, human. Which again, makes me think the title to this one is so apt! We already know that there are no vampire like monsters in this one…ghosts are another story though! Lol.

Now is the perfect time of year to give Little Monsters a read, just be sure to leave a light on before going to sleep…


Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars 




 

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:

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (5 stars)
The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood (2 stars)
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas (4 stars)


Currently Reading:

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas


What I Plan to Read this Week:

Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast


Other Posts of Interest:






 

And the Winner is...

Time to announce the winner of the SIGNED copy of The Language of Thorns! And the winner is...




ERICA ROBYN!! 


Congrats!! I've emailed the winner and she will have 48 hours to respond or else a new winner will have to be chosen! Thanks again to all who entered!





Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.


This was a pretty mellow week. The only books I actually got were just keeper copies! And I bought a comic so that's all that was really added to my TBR pile but I still got some pretty nice stuff! Check it out!


I bought:

 
 Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao--keeper copy
Scooby Apocalypse #18 by J.M DeMatteis & Keith Giffen
Ringer by Lauren Oliver--keeper copy & SIGNED!


Then I received TWO of my preorder incentives! I was just starting to worry about the Wonder Woman poster when it finally arrived! So happy to have these in my possession! They are so cool!

 My Wonder Woman: Warbringer poster! 

THANK YOU Random House!!!


My Before the Devil Breaks You tarot cards, plus signed book plate!


THANK YOU Little Brown Books!!



And that was my haul this week! What did you all get?






Spooktacular Giveaway

It's time for my most favorite giveaway hop ever!! This is really the only giveaway hop I join every year because it's SPOOKTACULAR!!

My prize this year is yet another tote bag filled with spooky delights, erasers galore and a creepy read or two!


Inside this extra large canvas tote featuring a sugar skull you will find:

2 pairs of Halloween socks
a Zombie Eye Sleep Mask
a Boo-Yay koozie
a pack of 4 Glow in the Dark Skull Rings
a mini Zombie Teddy Bear
a Sugar Rush Bath Bomb that looks like an Eye
Stamp Markers
Black Cat Pens
Skull bracelets
a Ghost Notepad
a Spooky To-Do List
a Light-Up Skeleton Notebook
and of course a plethora of Halloween shaped erasers!

And for the books you can win included with all this extra goodness

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins--SIGNED COPY!!
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


This giveaway will be open to US residents only, so sorry but I can't afford international shipping.




Check out the rest of the giveaways here:


Review--The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.


Kara Thomas’ The Darkest Corners is a twisted psychological thrill ride! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this one but by the end I was held riveted! The mystery had so much more going for it than I was initially led to believe!

The book opens up with Tessa going back home to Pennsylvania in order to see her father, who is in prison for armed robbery, who’s dying. Sadly, she doesn’t make it in time, but she feels no real loss over not being able to say goodbye. She stays with her old childhood friend, Callie during this time.

There’s a history between her and Callie. When they were young there was a serial killer on the loose and one night Callie’s cousin Lori was killed. The police were sure it was the serial killer and young Callie and Tessa were convinced of it too. Now it looks like they might have been wrong. The first clue to this is when another of Tessa and Callie’s friends is killed in the same way that all the other girls had been killed.

I will admit, that this book definitely has a slower pace to it. Things were kind of dragged out, Tessa looking into this and that and how long this lead takes and then it’s onto the next one. But yet, I found I still couldn’t put this book down! Many things are happening in this book and the case that tore apart Tessa and Callie’s friendship is at the center of it.

I can’t get into too many details on all the new expansions that spring from this old case, but let’s just say there’s a lot more to come! Though it’s weird that we have two teenagers working together to try to find the real killer from all those years ago. I mean, I get why they don’t tell any adults or other police officers. They’re of an age where lying to police officers can spell trouble for them, but at the same time, you got to wonder why they didn’t try involving other adults. Though, most are still convinced the real killer is safely behind bars, so again, there’s that! All the debating in my head and I still find plausible answers for the simple things!

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with practically no romance! Surprisingly, I was okay with that. There was a guy Tessa talked to and ended up getting his help a time or two, but there was nothing between them romance wise! It was refreshing! Because in reality, or fiction reality, you’re trying to find out who really killed your best friend’s cousin, there’s no time for kissy-kissy! LOL.

What amazed me even more was even after the identity of the whodunit came about, there was still a decent amount of pages left! And there were more puzzles being solved and at the very end, you’re kind of left with a cold chill because omigosh how did I not see this coming and what was up with that?! It’s insane! Though I didn’t mind the insanity from a reader’s point of view!

The Darkest Corners is one intense psychological thriller! This is definitely a read that will have you jumping at the littlest things and being more guarded about who you trust! It’s one heck of a head-spinner but makes for a perfect thriller!



Overall Rating 4/5 stars