Oct 15, 2021

Book Blogger Hop

 

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!

 

This wee's question is: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein vs. Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Which classic horror tale is scarier? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

 

 

MY ANSWER: Sadly, I've yet to read Frankenstein yet, but it's in the TBR pile...somewhere! Lol. Dracula is pretty creepy itself. I mean, all the things he can make happen, though we don't see it happen if I recall. The people going crazy because he's controlling their minds, the vampire brides, drinking blood...yuck! From what little I know of Frankenstein, it's a contender: grave robbery, building a "man" out of other dead body parts, he comes to life and mindlessly kills others...that's about all I know from the gist of the movies. Lol.

So I have to go with Dracula just because it's what I know and it was pretty creepy!

 

 

 


 

Oct 14, 2021

Random Thursday

 

Today in Shane Carley's True Facts That Sound Like Bull$#*t we will learn some TV facts! Though one is more movie and another is comic book related, 3/5 is TV related, lol!


(image borrowed from Wikipedia)

Did you know, that in 2002 Steven Spielberg went back to finish film school and submitted the well-known film, Schindler's List as his final project?


I find this oddly titillating! He submitted his own already made film as his final project?! I mean, did the professor accept it? Lol.



(image borrowed from Biography)

Did you know Oprah's real name is Orpah? She was named after a biblical figure and people kept mispronouncing her name that eventually the "wrong" name just stuck.


Whoa.



(image borrowed from Reddit)

Did you know there is a crossover where Spock defeats Wolverine with his trademark nerve pinch?



(image borrowed from Looper)

Did you know that in the original plot of Lost, Jack was meant to die in the first episode? Thankfully, the showrunners liked Matthew enough to keep his character around.


I finally finished this series a few years ago back when it was still on Netflix. I watched it live on TV up until the second to last season...all that time traveling really whacked with my brain and the show was already doing that before. Still a little sore with how it ended...and somewhat confused too. Lol. So basically the same feelings I had while watching the show!



(image borrowed from Insider)

Lily Allen's song "Alfie" is about Alfie Allen, the Game of Thrones actor, who is also her brother!







Oct 13, 2021

Review--Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

 

From #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper Kerri Maniscalco comes the sizzling, sweepingly romantic sequel to Kingdom of the Wicked!

One sister.
Two sinful princes.
Infinite deception with a side of revenge…Welcome to Hell.


After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic Prince of Wrath, where she’s introduced to a seductive world of vice.

She vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her beloved sister, Vittoria...even if that means accepting the hand of the Prince of Pride, the king of demons.

The first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one. With back-stabbing princes, luxurious palaces, mysterious party invitations, and conflicting clues about who really killed her twin, Emilia finds herself more alone than ever before. Can she even trust Wrath, her one-time ally in the mortal world...or is he keeping dangerous secrets about his true nature?

Emilia will be tested in every way as she seeks a series of magical objects that will unlock the clues of her past and the answers she craves...

 

Kingdom of the Cursed is the exciting second installment of Kerri Maniscalco's new series, Kingdom of the Wicked! It picks up roughly where we left things in the first book, Emilia is following Wrath into the Seven Circles where she is to meet with her betrothed, Prince Pride. Emilia is still determined to figure out which demon had a hand in her sister's murder and she's willing to do anything to have her revenge.

We start the story off with Wrath begrudging guiding Emilia through the demon kingdoms so that she may be handed off to her newly betrothed husband, Prince Pride. Emilia is simply doing what she must in order to uncover who else had a hand in her sister's murder. Antonio, the priest who actually killed her sister, is being held prisoner by Wrath until Emilia is ready to dole out punishment as she sees fit.

Emilia is realizing just how dangerous the Seven Circles is. Yes, it's where the demons call home and reign in their sinful kingdom, but there are other things to fear in this world as well. I found this place to be quite fascinating as I was not under the impression that it was hell, or a place for dead souls to live. In fact, there were citizens who I believe were just ordinary humans, gifted with being allowed to live in the sinful kingdom of their choosing.

Emilia is to stay with Wrath until her future husband calls for her, and Emilia is less than pleased by this information. When she then learns there's to be a festival where she is the guest of honor, things are looking less than pleasing as being the guest of honor is not a good thing when it comes to the Festival of the Wolf. 

Meanwhile, Wrath is helping to train her to resist the mind-bending powers of his demon brothers. Being able to resist compulsion and such in relation to the sins and it's quite the training process. Throughout all of this, of course, is the undeniable passion that continues to burn between Wrath and Emilia. I can't quite recall how many romantic entanglements Emilia and Wrath had in the first book, but this book pretty much indulges in all of them! The two definitely have something of a hate-to-love-to-hate-to-love relationship going on between them. Perhaps, saying "love" is a stretch as well. There's definitely fire between them but they don't always see eye to eye, but that gradually changes as the story moves along.

There's also a few flashes of events that are definitely foretelling something! I couldn't figure out what they were meant to be or mean for Emilia, but they will definitely be the explanation for something further down the way and I am dying to know what they might mean!

Quite a lot was revealed in this book! Things that were epic, earth-shattering, positively game-changing! If you enjoyed the first book, Kingdom of the Cursed is going to blow you out of the water! This book was spellbind in the way it lures a reader in and holding them captive. The intensity of this story really gets notched up and I say the content is borderline  New Adult/Adult territory. This is definitely for the mature audience of the YA reading level, I'd say like Maas' ACOTAR series, but I believe that's been upgraded to a new reading level based on the new covers.

I feel at a loss to properly describe what happens in this book without touching on spoilers. Emilia's journey to the Seven Circles is far from what she anticipated it to be. Learning new secrets and hidden lies are bound to shake things up come the next book. Emilia as a character is a delight to read! She's tough as nails, yet vulnerable, and is fiercely brave. Then there's Wrath, the epitome of "man of mystery" or I guess, "demon of mystery," if that's even a thing. Wrath was a character who continued to surprise me more and more as the story moved on and I am eager to learn more about him in the series to come--however long this is meant to be.

If you're looking for an edgy new series to dive into, you couldn't choose better than Kingdom of the Wicked! This is a series that blends paranormal, mystery, romance, suspense, and so much more to create a read that will have you eagerly devouring the pages and needing more from this world. Kerri Maniscalco is an expertise in the art of storytelling and I cannot sing her praises enough! This is a book all paranormal fans will want to read!

 

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

 

 

 

 


 

Can't Wait Wednesday

 

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

 

Nalini Singh returns to the world of the Guild Hunters for the most highly anticipated novel of the beloved series—a love story so epic it’s been half a millennia in the making…

Illium and Aodhan. Aodhan and Illium. For centuries they’ve been inseparable: the best of friends, closer than brothers, companions of the heart. But that was before—before darkness befell Aodhan and shattered him, body, mind, and soul. Now, at long last, Aodhan is healing, but his new-found strength and independence may come at a devastating cost—his relationship with Illium.

As they serve side by side in China, a territory yet marked by the evil of its former archangel, the secret it holds nightmarish beyond imagining, things come to an explosive decision point. Illium and Aodhan must either walk away from the relationship that has defined them—or step forward into a future that promises a bond infinitely precious in the life of an immortal…but that demands a terrifying vulnerability from two badly bruised hearts.

 

Still massively behind in this series, still buy them as they release. Hopefully one day I can get caught up! Lol.

 

TITLE: Archangel's Light
AUTHOR: Nalini Singh

PUBLISHER: Berkley Books
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: October 26, 2021

 

 

 


 

Oct 12, 2021

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.

 

"His kiss consumed and seduced me. Just as he'd meant it to. It wasn't fast or hard or fueled by hatred or fury. It was an ember, a promise of the blazing fire to come with a bit of careful tendering. I almost considered it sweet--the kind of chaste embrace two courting lovers stole when their chaperone wasn't looking--until he slowly raised my arms above my head, pinning me to the wall by my wrists. He took my bottom lip between his teeth and he bit down gently. Then I remembered: he was no angel. And I was suddenly all too willing to be damned." p 114


 

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Kingdom of the Cursed
AUTHOR: Kerri Maniscalco

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company
GENRE: YA Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: October 5, 2021


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

 

This week's topic is: Top Ten Favorite Book Settings


*in no particular order
**combining this with actual places within books and general places in books




10. WORLDS THAT BLEND FANTASY AND MODERNITY--hard to describe, buy you know those fantasy reads you get that have both the fantasy and urban feels? I love worlds like that!
9. FAMILIAR CITIES--I've been to New Orleans a few times, so when it pops up as the book's setting I love it! I love anytime when a book takes place in a city I've been to!
8. FANTASY LANDS--worlds that are pure magic are always a delight to travel to when reading!


7. BOARDING SCHOOL SETTINGS--when the teens are at a boarding school I feel like things are just more interesting than a regular school.
6. HAUNTED HOUSES--they are few and far between but man are they creepy and make for a good story!
5. UNDER THE SEA--another setting that's few and far between but oh so interesting!




4. WONDERLAND
3. HOGWARTS
2. THE HOLLOWS



1. NEVERLAND










Oct 11, 2021

3rd Annual Creeptastic Giveaway!!

Happy October everyone!! If you've been following me for any amount of time, you know that Halloween is my favorite time of year and it's also the time I do my big giveaway of a tote bag filled with Halloween goodies and one creeptastic read!

Since the blog hop I use to participate in doesn't seem to be doing the hop any longer, I'm just keeping up with my own Halloween giveaway with the Creeptastic Giveaway!

And lo and behold, the prize for 2021:

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
a creepy canvas tote bag
a book sleeve
a mini puzzle
a magnetic list pad
two creepy hand sanitizers from Bath and Body Works with a holder to clip onto your bag
a spider web headband for the BIG day ;)
a skull journal
a fuzzy bat pen with two paperclips
two pairs of spooky socks
a mini pirate pumpkin Squishmallow
a few bouncy balls--because who doesn't love a good old fashioned bouncy ball, there's even an eyeball one!
and of course, a handful of spooky miniature erasers--you can't really use them, but they are so fun to collect. 


Sadly this year, I was not able to find any new mini erasers. It looks like Target skipped them this year. Hopefully they will return next year!


Rules for entering:

  • You must have a US address, I can't afford international shipping sadly, but if you've a friend in the US who can save the box for you or get it to you later, that will work too!
  • You must be 13 years or older to enter, or have a parent's permission since I will need your mailing address


And that's it! Have at it folks!



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It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. 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:


War Storm by Victoria Aveyard (3 stars)
So This is Love by Elizabeth Lim (5 stars)
Conceal, Don't Feel by Jen Calonita (4.5 stars)
 
 
 
Review That Was Posted:
 

Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond (ARC) (2.5 stars)
 
 
 
 
Currently Reading:
 

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco
 
 
 
 
What I Plan to Read Next: 
 

Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin
 
 
 
Other Posts of Interest: