Movie Challenge for Horror October

The_Snowman_(2017)_poster Synopsis:

“When an elite crime squad’s lead detective investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit, the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.”

 

 

 

I’m so excited to participate in week 3 of Horror October by Novel Heartbeat! Check out her blog for more info! This weeks challenge was a creepy movie you’ve never seen! I chose The Snowman.

Thoughts:

Here’s the thing. I am a huge baby when it comes to scary movies. I don’t touch anything to do with demons or possession. I DO like monster movies (Jaws, Tremors…), and slashers. I choose those because they are super cheesy and I don’t take them seriously. Now, for this movie, I’m going to be honest, I thought it was about a killer snowman. Hilarious, right? Yeah, no. This was a straight up human serial killer. The first half was kind of boring and nothing really happened. It was all backstory and the detectives trying to figure out some missing person cases. But the second half got sooooo good! It surprised me that I actually was interested in this! There were a few funny/ cheesy parts, but that was kind of to be expected. And the killer wasn’t too hard to guess. But overall I’d give a 3/5. It’s also based off of a book by Jo Nesbo!

Next week’s challenge is a costume challenge to dress up as a book character! Can’t wait!

What creepy movies are you watching this month?!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstore/ Library Bucket List

I am so excited to be participating in my first Top Ten Tuesday! It is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this Tuesday’s top ten is bookstores or libraries you want to visit!

1. The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California

I have wanted to go here for a few years ever since I saw it on Instagram! It is such an iconic (to me) place to take photos for your bookish purposes! I will most likely be able to visit here one day because I have family in LA!

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2. Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France

Said to be the most famous bookstore in the world! Pretty sure this makes every readers bucket list!

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3. The Library of Congress in Washington, DC

Because it’s everything historical about the US. And it’s absolutely breathtaking!

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4. Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, Italy

Couldn’t find their website but I linked it to an article about it! This is probably my top choice. My love of water mixed with my love of books and they made it work!

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5. George Peabody Library in Baltimore, MD

Another absolutely gorgeous US library! Look. I could stare at a photo of it all day. I can’t imagine how much time I’d spend there.

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6. Atlantis Books in Oia, Santorini, Greece

Greece is one of the cheapest countries to visit so I’m thinking I’ll just pack up and go. Now. *Droooool!!!*

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7. Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal

Apparently, J.K. Rowling was inspired by this one for the Hogwarts Library, so yeah, this definitely makes my list!

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8. Honesty Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Just look how cute and cozy this is!!!

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9. Trinity Library in Dublin, Ireland

Another gorgeous historical library that I’d give anything to go!

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10. Al-Quarawiyyin Library in Fez, Morocco

This is said to be the oldest library in the world. So yeah, this definitely makes my list! Again, I couldn’t find their website, so I linked it to a TIME article.

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What libraries and bookstores do you want to visit?

Happy Adventuring

 

 

 

 

For a Muse of Fire Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Heidi Heilig

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

Genre: Fantasy, YA

My Rating: 5 Stars

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Synopsis 2

“A young woman with a dangerous power she barely understands. A smuggler with secrets of his own. A country torn between a merciless colonial army, a terrifying tyrant, and a feared rebel leader. The first book in a new trilogy from Heidi Heilig.

Jetta’s family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick—a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood. But the old ways are forbidden ever since the colonial army conquered their country, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family’s way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage, and where rumor has it the Mad King has a spring that cures his ills. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues Jetta. But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away.

Heidi Heilig creates a world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism.”

My Review 2

Plot. It’s been a few books since I’ve had a plot suck me in completely. I absolutely adored the asian and french mash up! So unique! It was like an alternate, steam-punk history. Heck to the yeah. I’m all about that. Plus you add in a kick a** heroine who can command souls, and is bi-polar. So. Much. Awesome! It had all the adventure my readers heart could want!

Characters. Jetta had a lot of character growth. At first she was just trying to find a cure. That’s all she cared about. But Leo, mayhaps, changes her mind on fighting in a war? Which by the way, I loved the slow burn between those two. But I want more burn in the second book! I also loved that there were GOOD parents! Jetta’s parents were so sweet and so supportive! It’s rare that you see that in a YA book! I also loved that Heilig blurred the lines a bit with one character in particular, of what was good and bad. He was just trying to do the right thing in this crazy world.

World/ Magic. Heilig did a fantastic job creating this alternate history type world. I found it fascinating to watch how Jetta’s magic came to be and how she can control it! The reader learns about the magic as Jetta learns, so I hope to know more about it in the second book! The shadow player thing is really cool, and gives a nice cover for Jetta to use her magic. I really liked the late 1800 early 1900 feel. I mean, it’s steam punk and that’s generally the period I picture steam punk happening.

Writing. I actually loved the way this was written. It’s not very traditional. It’s written in first person POV, ACTs (as in a play), mini stories, and letters. I like when books are written like that, it gives the reader a unique experience.

Final Thoughts. I obviously loved this book. It was different. I liked that the main character didn’t want to fight right away. She just wanted to get her cure and be done. But she saw the injustices of the world and decided to help. So, if you are looking for something really different from your usual YA, I highly recommend this! Also, that cover is… AWOOGA!

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Recipe Challenge for Horror October

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I am so excited to be participating in my first blog challenge! I missed the first week of Horror October, but plan on participating the other weeks! It is hosted by one of my favorite bookstagrammers and bloggers, Novel Heartbeat! This weeks challenge was for a fall recipe! I most definitely had to do something with pumpkin. I chose to make pumpkin donuts! I found this recipe on Made to be a Momma’s blog!

Thoughts: THESE WERE DELICIOUS!! Definitely a new fall favorite!

Recipe

Mini Pumpkin Donuts

Servings 48

Ingredients:

  • Yellow Cake Mix such as Betty Crocker
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree I use Libby’s
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter optional
  • Cinnamon and Sugar Mixture optional
  • Powdered Sugar optional

Instructions:

  1. Mix together all ingredients in a stand mixture until well combined. Place batter in a piping bag and cut the end of the tip off. Squeeze batter into mini muffin tin, filling it half way. Bake at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes. If serving right away frost as desired.
  2. For the frosting you can either dust the tops of the mini donuts with powdered sugar or you can dip the tops of the donuts in melted butter and then immediately into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. I recommend frosting the donuts as you need them as the butter can make the donuts soggy after a few hours.

 

*Personal Tip: I just used a regular baggy and cut the end off, worked just as well! My oven took longer to bake theses, more like 10 minutes. Also, I used a regular donut pan and they made about 18.

What are some of your favorite fall recipes?! Do you eat while reading? I do!

Next weeks challenge is a horror movie challenge! Can’t wait!

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Star-Crossed Spoiler Free Review

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Star-Crossed 

by Pintip Dunn

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: October 2, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis 2

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” In a world where nutrition can be transferred via a pill, and society is split into Eaters and Non-Eaters, seventeen-year-old Princess Vela has a grave dilemma. Her father, the king, is dying, and only a transplant of organs from a healthy Non-Eater boy will save him.

Vela is tasked with choosing a boy fit to die for the king, which is impossible enough. But then Carr, the boy she’s loved all her life, emerges as the best candidate in the Bittersweet Trials. And he’s determined to win, because by doing so, he can save the life of his Non-Eater sister.

Refusing to accept losing the boy she loves, Vela bends the rules and cheats. But when someone begins to sabotage the Trials, Vela must reevaluate her own integrity—and learn the true sacrifice of becoming a ruler.”

My Review 2

Plot. I loved the plot and premise of this book. I thought it was a unique sci-fi adventure where the colony was stuck/ lost on a planet in the middle of space, hoping earth would rescue them or they could rescue themselves. They came up with a pill that gives nutrients to people. The catch is that they cannot eat and the nutrients come from “nobility” that eat 6 meals a day and then they get sucked dry of all of the nutrients. It’s an interesting conundrum. On one hand, you can taste and eat all the food you want, but on the other, you don’t get to keep any of it.

Characters. I really enjoyed Vela. She thought like a princess who wanted to sacrifice herself for her people. She has misconceptions on how things should be run, but soon finds her place among her people. Her heart is big and that something I can completely relate too. I also liked the side characters. The King made some bad decisions, but he did them with his heart in the right place. Carr, the love interest, was also self sacrificing. A lot of sacrificing people, I tell ya.

World. I think the book could have gone into more detail about the world they lived on. I think it could have been way more interesting to learn and build upon that. There really wasn’t much said about it.

Final Thoughts. This was a cute, sweet book. I enjoyed my time reading it. I felt as though the ending was left open ended enough to have more. I didn’t really feel as though a lot had changed, just that they took a step in the right direction. If you need a dessert type read after a heavy one, I highly suggest this!

About the Author

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Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School. Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, and the upcoming STAR-CROSSED and MALICE.

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Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane #1) Spoiler Free Review

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Author: Drew Karpyshyn

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Publication Date: June 6, 2007

Genre: Sci-Fi

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Synopsis 2

“Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy. Until one Dark Lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy—and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner. Deep in the tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, endlessly excavating the rare mineral valued throughout the galaxy, Dessel dreams of the day he can escape—a day he fears may never come. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man.

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army, and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel’s brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, he is destined for a far greater role in the ultimate Sith plan for the galaxy—if he can prove himself truly worthy.

As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side at the feet of its greatest masters, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. However the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness one must fully surrender to the dark side through a trial by fire that Bane, for all his unquenchable fury and lust for power, may not be strong enough to endure . . . especially since deception, treachery, and murder run rampant among the Sith disciples, and utter ruthlessness alone is the key to survival. Only by defying the most sacred traditions, rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the long-forgotten wisdom of the very first Sith can Bane hope to triumph–and forge from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power.”

My Review 2

Plot. Loved the story line. I actually felt for and liked a Sith lord. Yuck. But that is the magic of a great story (and writing) when you feel for not just the good guys, but the bad guys too. Bane was actually understandable. Meaning, I understood why he made his choices. He never had anyone good come into his life and was introduced to the dark side as his only option to escape his horrible mining life. And learning about the Sith academy was soooo cool! That was my favorite part of the book!

Writing. Like I said above, it is a mark of a good writer when they can make you feel for ALL of the characters! I almost felt myself rooting for the Sith. The authors writing style was exactly the kind I like. To the point, but descriptive in a way that doesn’t lose you.

Characters. I loved Bane. I really did. I wanted to hug him. Of course he’d probably fry me with his lighting or whatever. The only part I hated him was when he killed a kid. I don’t like that kind of stuff in books. It’s too depressing. Bane had a twisted sense of a moral code. He didn’t like killing if there was no reason. But if he was weak and killing you fed his power… Then you will die. I have heard that he is top 10 most powerful beings in the Star Wars universe. He was pretty interesting to read about.

Final Thoughts. I will definitely be continuing with the series. While I am a fan of all of the movies (Original trilogy was the best. Just saying.), this was my first Star Wars book! I am very interested in the extended universe now! If you like Star Wars and you like Sci-fi, I mean, why not read this?

I am totally down for all things Star Wars discussions! Let me know what your favorite Star Wars character is or story line or just want to talk about it in general!

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Gillywick Goods September Candle Box Review

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Company: Gillywick Goods

Price: $ 45.00 USD

My Rating: 5 Stars

What’s Included:

1- 4oz candle: Reading in the Pumpkin Patch

3- 2oz candles: November Cakes, High Lady of the Autumn Court, Rook’s Ravens

Fall Into Reading Pouch from Novel Grounds

2 Double Sided Bookmarks

Autumn Fairy Lights

Plaid Scarf

Licensed Harry Potter Postcard

Anne of Green Gables Mug

Apple Cider Packet

My Review 2

*Opinions are my own honest thoughts. I bought this box with my own money.*

This. Was. AMAZING! Not only one of my favorite candle boxes I have ever gotten, but also one of my favorite merch boxes ever! It was packed full of items! There wasn’t one item I didn’t like. The price is a bit higher than some other boxes, but I promise you it’s worth it. You can use a rep code to save, I used @read.write.coffee (her Instagram) rep code! The candles smelled phenomenal! I think her labels are really unique and different form other candle companies. I am a huge fan! I have already used the pouch too! The mug is going to be hung up on my mug wall in my kitchen! I will most definitely buy the Winter box.