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Haunted Week: Beware of Book Review

Haunted Week: Beware of Book Review

Haunted Week is hosted by This Girl Reads, all credit for these daily ideas goes to them. ^.^

Today’s post concerns the following: To finish off a week of spook-tastic fun, review a scary story of your choice!

Happy Halloween everyone! We have reached the end of a fantastic and fun Haunted Week! I hope you enjoyed all of my extra posts throughout the last week and found some interesting Haunted things you liked along the way. My review is on a novella by Rebecca Hamilton called Her Sweetest Downfall.

Summary From Amazon: 

Ophelia’s been successful at hiding her true identity, until the mark of the serpent appears on her neck—a death sentence, should it be seen by anyone in her town. Hiding the mark might save her from falling victim to the witch hunts of her era, but the scorching sensation it carries can’t be ignored.

When the mysterious Ethan is sent to collect her for a life of something more, she learns concealing the mark is the least of her worries. She’s destined to don a new mask—to join a dark, supernatural world and protect the future of people she may never meet.

What she doesn’t know—what she learns too late—is that her initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man she loves.


This will be a short review due to the length of the novella. If you read my earlier posts for Haunted Week you would know that I despise insta-love, and though I do acknowledge the short length of this piece making it more difficult to develop love or relationships I will not exempt it. Ophelia and Ethan fall into insta-love so quickly it will make your head spin. Oh and he happens to be the one who kidnaps her from her regular, if unfortunate life. That doesn’t stop her from being instantly attracted to him and it is certainly not one-sided. With something this short I couldn’t get past that dreaded instant attraction and it left me cold while reading it.

Ophelia was also very quick to give in to her fate that she had only learned the previous day and would turn her into something she thought was grotesque and even fictitious only a short while before. It gave a sense of her having no depth or will and that made it difficult for me to care what happened to her, even so much as where I was tempted to skim over parts of the short story. I wasn’t engaged and Her Sweetest Downfall fell flat for me.

The writing level wasn’t poor but that couldn’t save the novella for me. Hopefully The Forever Girl (of which I have an eBook copy that I have yet to read) will be better. I apologize for the short length of the review but I am a bit busier lately, a lame excuse I know. I can’t recommend this novella though. I hope that if you participated in Halloween Week that you enjoyed yourself and if not I hope that you have at least read some of the posts concerning it and enjoyed them instead. I’ve had a blast being a part of it and a big thank you goes to This Girl Reads for hosting it! Thanks for reading and leave me a comment if you’d like, I would love to read them. Happy Halloween! ^.^

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Haunted Week: Written in the Tombstone

Haunted Week: Written in the Tombstone

Haunted Week is hosted by This Girl Reads, all credit for these daily ideas goes to them. ^.^

Today’s post concerns the following: The epitaph is the inscription on a tombstone—you could say it’s a person’s last words. Today, quote the last line of five books. (No spoilers, please!)

This was one of the most fun ones for Haunted Week, it gave me an excuse to pour through part of my book collection to find some of my favorite last lines. I hope you enjoy them!

1. Cell by Stephen King – “‘Hey, Johnny-Gee,’ he said, ‘Fo-fo-you-you.’ And pressed the cell against his son’s ear.” This is a very sad, and meaningful quote from Cell which if you have read it you completely understand. It symbolizes how much the father cares for his son despite how much he doesn’t want to lose him. Sad but good. Expect more Stephen King to come.

2. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell – “When the screen created a pure Blink moment, a small miracle happened, the kind of small miracle that is always possible when we take charge of the first two seconds: they saw her for who she truly was.” I loved all of Gladwell’s books that I have read so far but this ending was by far my favorite. It really just takes having control for a few seconds in order to allow people to see what they should be able to but are often unable to see. Reality.

3. The Gunslinger by Stephen King – “The gunslinger waited for the time of the drawing and dreamed his long dreams of the Dark Tower, to which he would some day come at dusk and approach, winding his horn, to do some unimaginable final battle.” Just awesome. How can you not love Stephen King? I really need to get and read his whole Dark Tower series…someday.

4. Sports From Hell by Rick Reilly – “Still, I did do one smart thing during this quest. About two and a half years into it, I married TLC. I love her. She loves me. And for lonely nights, she beats the bejesus out of ferrets.” This is easily the most humorous last line(s) I chose. I laughed my way through this whole book and it was a very fitting ending that made me chuckle and sigh as I knew the book was at its completion. I’ll have to go back and read this one again someday.

5. Under the Dome by Stephen King – “Pity was not love, Barbie reflected…but if you were a child, giving clothes to someone who was naked had to be a step in the right direction.” Clearly I have a big part of my reading heart devoted to all things King. It isn’t my fault that he has awesome endings! You need to read this book, trust me.

This was definitely a blast to go find all of these endings! I knew that it was likely King would be a big part of my selections though I didn’t know he would be quite that prevalent. I really thought I would have a Grisham quote or perhaps one from one of the many series I have mentioned in previous posts but though those books were excellent their ending lines weren’t quite on the same level. Thanks for reading! What book ending lines do you love? Let me know in the comments!

Haunted Week: Tricked or Treated

Haunted Week: Tricked or Treated

Haunted Week is hosted by This Girl Reads, all credit for these daily ideas goes to them. ^.^

Today’s post concerns the following: Some books aren’t at all what you expected—which can be good or bad. Today feature five books you read that were either a pleasant or nasty surprise.

This is an interesting one for me, and a bit tough since I usually know what I am getting myself into when I go to read a book but I will give it a shot!

1. Shaq Uncut by Shaquille O’Neal – I got this as a Christmas present and though I had asked for it I had no idea what the quality of the book would be or what areas of Shaq’s life it would focus on. This was a case where I was “treated” to a wonderful read. I tore through this book loving every detail and I will be making sure to reread it soon. Fantastic.

2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – This was the first book that I read by Gladwell as it was assigned in my first year of college. I absolutely loved it, which probably comes as no surprise to those who read my blog since I have mentioned him a few times before. I now own all four of his books (though as you may have seen I have only read three) and he has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Definitely a “treated” one. ^.^

3. The Red Serpent Trilogy by Rishabh Jain – I’ve mentioned this book a few times (and wrote a review on it) so if you follow my blog you likely know what my thoughts on it are. This was my blog’s first DNF. I won this in a giveaway and when it arrived I was excited as it was one of my first few books that I won that were of the print variety. However, the quality of writing was poor to say the least and I quickly found too many flaws in it to continue reading. “Tricked” indeed.

4. The Sallie House: Exposing the Beast Within by Renee Pawlish – I won a copy of this book in a giveaway last year and had no clue what to expect. It was definitely a short read but I loved it. I can’t say that I was scared while reading (it takes a LOT to scare me via book/movie) but I did enjoy it, in the “treated” pile.

5. Owlet by Emma Michaels – This is another book that I have reviewed on my blog so if you are a follower you know where this one will fall. I was really excited when I found out that I won an eBook copy of Owlet especially since it had just been released. I read it expecting to enjoy the short read but was sorely disappointed. If you want to know more on how I felt about this book read my review here. “Tricked”, sadly.

I hope you enjoyed that mix of “tricked” and “treated” books! It isn’t often that I am surprised by a book but it is refreshing when I don’t know a whole lot about the book I am about to read because it allows everything to be new as I read it. Thanks for reading! What books “tricked” or “treated” you? Let me know in the comments!

Haunted Week: It Came From the Web

Haunted Week: It Came From the Web

Haunted Week is hosted by This Girl Reads, all credit for these daily ideas goes to them. ^.^

Today’s post concerns the following: You never know what’s going to creep onto the web. Sometimes, however, you get a pleasant surprise. Today feature and link to five amazing book blogs you’ve found recently.

As I have only been blogging for a bit over a month every blog that I have found and chosen to follow could be counted as recent. Therefore I will choose five of my current favorite book blogs though this is definitely not a complete list by any means! In no particular order:

1. Sparkles and Lightning by Annabelle – This is the first blog of a trio of awesome young women book bloggers. I love Annabelle’s reviews, I would totally steal her format for it if I didn’t have morals, it’s perfect in its simplicity. She also has amazing giveaways and has a fantastic taste in books. She is also a great follow on twitter especially if you like virtual kisses blown your way (she may or may not kill me for that last bit o.o)! Here is her twitter by the way in case you want to follow her there!

2. Fiction Freak by Nikki – The second of the trio of awesome young women book bloggers is Nikki! She loves books more than you and I need air. She is very opinionated and leaves very honest reviews, I mean that in the best of ways too, if you follow her bookish advice you will be very happy indeed! She is also a great twitter follow so if you’d like to you can do so here.

3. Singing and Reading in the Rain by Eileen – The third member of the trio of awesome young women book bloggers is Eileen! If you want a passionate and incredibly excited person look no further than Eileen! That passion she has shines through in her blog posts which are mostly bookish related with a bit of music thrown in. Here is her twitter if you’d like to follow her there as well (I do recommend it!).

4. Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer by Kimberly – I found Kimberly’s blog through her Sunday Post meme and when I heard about an event she was having called Fraterfest (that was a horror-focused read-a-thon, it was awesome). She has fantastic reviews and seems to have infinite giveaways which I find nothing short of amazing! Her Sunday Post meme is also a fantastic way for readers to both see what happened the last week in case they missed anything and to check out what is coming in the following week so that they know what posts they might be interested in. She is simply awesome, that is all there is to it! Here is her twitter so that you can stay updated about all she has going on!

5. Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance by Jennifer – This is the blog, out of the five that I have chosen to talk about in this post at least, that I have followed the longest. It is one of the first book blogs that I found and was a big influence on me deciding to start my blog and do bookish things with it. I love her style of writing and that she is incredibly honest when it comes to her reviews. I don’t mean to say that she is overly harsh by any means, but she isn’t going to sugarcoat how she feels about a book either which I really respect. A huge thanks go to her for her impact on both this blog’s creation and helping me to see that it is alright to not hold back. Go follow her on twitter as well here!

There are so many amazing book blogs that I didn’t mention though I am sure I will at some point along the way. Side note, Jennifer is having a giveaway because she just hit an amazing 1,000 followers on GFC so go check that out! I love all of these bookish people, they have made my life so much better and richer, I owe them a lot. Thanks for reading! What book blogs do you love? Let me know in the comments! ^.^

Haunted Week: Back from the Grave

Back from the Grave

Haunted Week is hosted by This Girl Reads, all credit for these daily ideas goes to them. ^.^

Today’s post concerns the following: Get ready to dig up your past and bring some of your old friends back to life: Today feature five books you read and loved as a kid.

Now this is an easy one for me! I will be slightly tweaking this to be series instead of individual books, I hope you don’t mind! If you have followed my blog for a while you already know some of the series I will mention but here we go anyway!

1. The Dragonlance books – Yes I will be combining series! This is an amazing (and huge) set of fantasy books about magic, epic battles, and of course dragons! I loved these books and would often ask my grandmother (a librarian) to order the next three or four in the series so I could breeze through the next few in the part I was reading. I’m currently building my collection of these. ^.^

2. Harry Potter series – Come on, who doesn’t love Harry Potter?! If you’ve read the books you almost assuredly loved this series as much as I did. I don’t really need to expand on the awesomeness of this collection of bookish goodness. The sheer amount of rereads is scary.

3. Star Wars books – The sheer number of the books out there (and still coming out) is astounding. They are written by a ton of different authors but I have enjoyed every one that I have read (which is the majority). I am just starting to build my collection of these and I can’t wait until I own them all! I will probably have a MASSIVE marathon of Star Wars reading when this happens. >.>

4. The Bartimaeus Trilogy – I tore through these three books like I was a crazy person…which looking back on it when it came to books I might have been. o.o I loved the different “djinn” that had some of the best depth I have seen in books designed for younger readers. Fantastic books, I’ve reread them quite a few times.

5. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – Oh come on, you didn’t think I could go without mention LotR did you? I’ve been called some variation of “Frodo” for over a decade! I went to a LotR chat room for years, spoke elvish, had marathon reading/movie watching sessions, the works. These books were, and are, IT for me. If you asked me to pick one book (I own the one-volume version so technically…) to read for the rest of my lifetime this would definitely be my pick. Not even close.

This was probably the easiest post I’ve ever done! There are a bunch of books (mostly series) that I didn’t mention that I loved when I was younger but these were the five I remember pouring over when I was a kid. Some of the other series if you were curious would be The Inheritance Cycle (the Eragon books), The Pendragon series and the Redwall books. Thanks for reading! What books or series did you enjoy when you were younger? Let me know in the comments!

Haunted Week: Skeletons on My Bookshelf

Haunted Week: Skeletons on My Bookshelf

Haunted Week is hosted by This Girl Reads, all credit for these daily ideas goes to them. ^.^

Today’s post concerns the following: Supposedly, everyone has a few skeletons in their closet—I think everyone has a few on their bookshelves, too. Today feature five books you’ve owned for a long time but never read.

This is another really tough one for me as I tend to tear through a book as soon as I get it. I love reading and I almost always make time for a new book. I’ll do my best to try and find five though!

1. The Rainmaker by John Grisham – The first three books I found are going to kill me I swear. I’ve owned the majority of Grisham’s books for years but for whatever reason I never got around to reading The Rainmaker. I’ll fix that someday.

2. Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King – Like I said, terrible. I only own a small sample of King’s work (I’m working on that) but I haven’t read this one. It is made up of twenty short stories and would be a relatively easy read so hopefully I’ll get to it someday, preferably sooner rather than later.

3. Desperation by Stephen King – >.< Yes, another King book. This is the other one of his that I have owned for a substantial length of time and just never got around to reading. This is more of a regular King book and as such I truly have no excuse for not reading it, I’ll fix it someday.

4. The Chebanenko Slav According to Bologan by Victor Bologan – I was really into chess when I was younger, specifically during my first year of college and I got a few chess books during that time. I read a few of them but this is the first of two that I never got around to. I don’t know if that will change since I just don’t have time for chess anymore and it is a technical read.

5. Chess Openings for Black, Explained by a variety of Grandmasters – This is the second book that is chess related that I never got around to reading. This is also a technical read, though that is not to say a necessarily difficult one, but it is huge and I really just don’t have the time for chess at present.

I know that the last two books aren’t really the type of books that normally go into a post like this but to be honest I don’t own any other books that I have owned for a long time that I haven’t yet at least started. Hopefully you don’t mind and enjoyed the post anyway! What bookish skeletons are in your closet? Let me know in the comments! ^.^

Haunted Week: Bats in Your Book Pages

Haunted Week: Bats in Your Book Pages

Today’s post concerns the following: Even the biggest book enthusiasts have some bats in their belfries about things in books that drive them insane. Today tell your readers about five things that drive you crazy in books.

There are plenty to choose from with this topic. I think everyone has their own quirks about what drives them insane in a book while others have no issue with it or even find those things to be positives. Without further ado here are five of mine in no particular order:

1. Overly Possessive Males: This can apply to females as well though that isn’t nearly as common. Ordering your partner around, forbidding them from doing a variety of different things, NEVER leaving their side to the point of creepiness, practically stalking them before you even meet them. Any of those traits drive me absolutely crazy and often can cause me to completely lose enjoyment in whatever it is I am reading depending on the level of their ridiculousness. I don’t know why these types appeal to people. Ugh.

2. Insta-Love: This is something I know a lot, if not most of the bloggers/bookish people I talk with detest. It takes a lot to recover from insta-love and often it can’t be fixed because the characters are so “over the moon” with each other already. Dear authors who use insta-love, you no longer have ANY depth whatsoever, I don’t care if your writing is gorgeous, if you use insta-love there is a very high probability your book will not be finished, please don’t. Just don’t.

3. Losing Track of Where You Are At: What I mean by this is that sometimes authors forget where they are in the story they are writing, they forget a step they have already taken and so when they “continue” the story it no longer makes any sense. This can be something as minor as having the character take their shirt off and then a few pages later do it again, unless they had layers this obviously doesn’t work. It can also be as major as forgetting two characters had already met and having them introduce themselves again, it’s weird. I know your books are complex but try to keep your characters from doubling an action.

4. Books That Are Clearly Rushed: I know, you have a deadline and you have to meet it, but if your book is so rushed as to be incomprehensible then it doesn’t matter if it is turned in on time. Take your time, build DEPTH to your characters, let the plot flow a bit more naturally instead of rushing to get to that exciting scene. When I read a book I want to immerse myself into their world, in order to do that I need you to actually TELL me some details about that world. You shouldn’t just skim over parts, so please, just slow down a bit.

5. Cliffhanger Endings/”Fall Off a Cliff” Endings: These are two types that often coincide so I’ll just count them as one. Cliffhanger endings as you know leave a bunch of questions unanswered. What I call “Fall Off a Cliff” endings are when your plot is going smoothly enough and then as you get to the ending (this is most common in series books) you not only leave questions unanswered you just abruptly smash into the wall you call an ending. It feels unfinished, unnatural, and I’m sure if your characters were real they’d be wondering what the heck happened there too. I have had books ruined by endings like this and it drives me crazier than any of the previous four because I’m actually ENJOYING the book generally all the way and then when I get to the exciting ending…face smashed into brick wall. Thanks.

So those are five of the things that drive me crazy when it comes to books. There are plenty more I could go over but they were the ones that came to mind the quickest. Thanks for reading! What are a few things that make you crazy when you read a book? Let me know in the comments! ^.^

Haunted Week: Ghosts of Books Half-Read

Haunted Week: Ghosts of Books Half-Read

Haunted Week is hosted by This Girl Reads, all credit for these daily ideas goes to them. ^.^

Today’s post concerns the following: Ever had the feeling that someone was watching you? It just might be the spirit of a book you haven’t put to rest. Today feature five books you began but never finished.

This one is particularly tough for me because it is VERY rare that I do not finish a book but I will do my best to find five if possible.

1. The Red Serpent Trilogy by Rishabh Jain – This is because it was my first DNF for this blog. Not a fan of this book and I don’t plan on revisiting it later.

2. Nephilim Genesis of Evil by Renee Pawlish – I won this book sometime last year and only read part of it while I was on an airplane but never completed it once I got back home. I did enjoy the part of it I did read and someday I will finish it.

3. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell – Ugh. This one KILLS me that I never finished it. I LOVE Gladwell’s work, I even own all four of his books, and I just never got around to it, this WILL be fixed soonish.

4. Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good by Jonathan Balcombe – Another one that definitely “haunts” me. I got this book and even had it signed when I was in my first year of college. He was talking about his book among other things at the University of Minnesota and signing books there so I got it, I will definitely finish this one at some point as well.

5. Black Water: Pendragon Series Book #5 – This is where I left off in the Pendragon series when I was a kid. I don’t think I could find the next book in the library at the time so I stopped reading this one about 2/3 through. I’ve since bought almost the entire series and will revisit all of them (probably in a marathon) once the collection is complete.

So there you have it! I’m somewhat surprised I was actually able to find five but it looks like I pulled it off! I definitely need to get to What the Dog Saw first, that one is going to bother me until I’ve read it. I hope you enjoyed this post, the first of Haunted Week and if you did leave me a comment, it can be about my picks, if you are participating your picks, or if not whatever you’d like! Thanks for stopping by. ^.^

Halloween/October Events I’m Participating In

Halloween/October Events

I am going to be participating in two events that are coming up in the next two weeks. The first one is hosted by Pages of Forbidden Love and is a read-a-thon which is celebrating Bianca’s, who is one of the co-bloggers, 22nd birthday which is on October 22nd. They will be doing the read-a-thon from the 22nd through the 28th and will be doing challenges, have prizes and of course involve a ton of reading. If you would like to join, and I highly recommend that you do since it is more fun with a bigger group, you can sign up here http://www.pages-of-forbidden-love.com/2012/10/15/we-are-hosting-our-first-read-a-thon-22-on-22-read-a-thon-sign-ups/!

I am also going to be participating in Haunted Week which is hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads and will be going on from October 24th through the 31st. Each day there will be a post that you can do about something involving Halloween and connected to books. You can do every post they do or do something completely different, though it is preferred that you stick with the scare/Halloween type of theme(s). If you would like to sign up you can do so here http://thisxgirlxreads.blogspot.com/2012/10/haunted-week-is-coming.html! There is more information on that page as well as a link to all of the daily events that will be going on. If you love Halloween or just enjoy being part of a bookish/blog related event then I definitely recommend signing up!

I can’t to participate in both events! It will allow me to post even more than usual but without the worry of trying to come up with something interesting. ^.^ I hope you sign up too and I can’t wait to read a ton and join in on the spooky goodness. As always thanks for reading! 🙂