From The Book Pile: The Shadows

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I spent the wee hours of this stormy day finishing off my latest read. At 4 a.m as the wind howled outside and the snow piled up around us, I felt a little bit heartbroken and yet happy at the same time. That’s what happens when you are routing and hoping for the best for two brothers.

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Personal opinion: 4 out of 5 stars

I am a huge fan of J. R Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The Shadows is book thirteen in the Black Dagger Brotherhood. As always, the book is well written  and each character had their own defined voice. Which is hard to do when you are writing with so many personalities.

This book took me longer then thought to read. For starters, this book focuses on Trez and iAm, Shadows from the s’Hsibe. While I am a huge lover of iAm, his brother Trez was far from my favorite character. So it was (at first) hard to get into.

Also, when you get hit with a migraine or two, the last thing you do is strain your eyes and make your head worse by reading. That’s if you can actually keep your eyes open while in the middle of one.

But the last few days I have had my head down in the book, lost in the world of my favorite vampires.

In the beginning of the series, the points of view are few. Usually the Brother whose story it is, his mate, a villain and maybe another character is who you would be in the head of. But as the books went on, more and more PoV’s were added. I wasn’t happy with the last few books. In one book I skimmed much of it because I had zero interest. I didn’t see the purpose of that character having a PoV.

In this book however, the PoV’s were ones I wanted to see, for the most part. I didn’t skim as much as I had in the last book. I was anxious to know what was happening and a bonus: my fave character finally had a PoV again. If you have read the books, you know Rhage hasn’t had a real PoV in awhile. Which I know is also setting things up for the next book which he is the main focus. (I admit, if that book is “watered down” with a ton of different view points, imma be pissy. I need a dose of my book boyfriend 😉 )

I grew to love Trez, and my heart broke for him. (No spoilers). While in the past I felt Selena, his mate, was a cardboard character. But in this novel she was more in depth and I  enjoyed her much more.

iAm is a character I felt bad for in the past. He has taken care of his brother for so long. Putting his life on hod in some ways so he can be there for Trez. After all he has done, the Shadow was due some happiness.

All in all, this was a good read. If you have read The Shadows, what did you think of the book?

From The Book Pile

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My main goal for this year was to dive back into the pages of my beloved books. Mr. C said he wasn’t getting me books for Christmas (gasp!) because I still had so many I have yet to read. (He isn’t a book lover. He just doesn’t get the hoarding!)

But he surprised me and I did get books after all!

One of those books was The Walking Dead Compendium 2. Which is  very thick book and basically makes up about four of the hardcovers.

 

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I love the cover art for this book.

It took my time with this, since I wanted to savor it.

This book was fantastic. I am in love with this series. Both the graphic novels and the tv show.

The art work was great, as always. I found myself looking at every single panel. Looking at the details and admiring the work. The dialogue was well written. I got to know some characters better, and enjoyed new ones coming on the scene. Even though the book is always better then the movie (or tv show), I love the books and show equally. In fact the changes I have seen are better in the show. (Maybe that’s because I am happy certain people are still alive…no worries, no spoilers if you are behind!)

Now my next mission is to pick my next read…and when you have at least a hundred unread books, the choices are endless.

 

Goosebumps: The Movie, Books and My Childhood

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The first book series that I was OBSESSED with were the Goosebumps series written by R.L. Stine. I can’t stress what a HUGE part these books played in my childhood. And as I got older I read the Fear Street series as well.

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I would devour these books in no time. Anytime I had a few bucks to spend, I bought a new book. For my birthday and Christmas, I was sure to get books or something Goosebump related.

They helped foster my love of horror and writing (I was already a big book nerd).

When the tv show I came out, I watched every episode.

My collection of these books went away over the years. When I was a teen I gave a good chunk of them away. And I regretted it. The few I had left are missing. Most likely lost when I moved a couple years ago.

After years of feeling nostalgic over these books, I heard that the movie was coming out.

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And this weekend I finally got to see it.

Mr. C and I settled in on Friday night. Being the geek I am, I was getting really excited. I asked Mr. C if he had read the books. I got a big “nope”. And then I asked if he watched the tv show. Another nope. And my next thought was “But you won’t GET it!”

Yes he would get the story line and the monsters. But he wouldn’t get what I was feeling. As I watched the movie unfold, I sometimes got giddy. And as I seen Slappy come on screen, I looked at Mr. C and said “I’m 33 and he still gives me the creeps.”

I absolutely LOVED the movie. Jack Black isn’t an actor I usually like, but he nailed this role. I loved the story line, seeing the characters I loved growing up in action yet again. And after it was over, it ended in classic Goosebumps form. Just when you think everything is happy, there is that one last horror twist.

Did you read these books? What book(s) were you hooked on as a kid?

 

 

Book V.S TV Show-Let The Disappointment Commence

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Last weekend I went to visit my mom and stayed for the night. She doesn’t live far from me, but some weekends I don’t get to see her so I like spending the extra time with her when I can.

My mom is also a bookworm like me. She has a pile of books beside her comfy chair almost at all times. When I went to visit her this past Sunday, my eyes widened as I spied a copy of ‘Zoo’ by James Patterson and Micheal Ledwidge.

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That evening as she picked up her book, I snatched up ‘Zoo’. I stayed up until 1 am reading. As soon as I woke up, I grabbed the book and finished off the 400 page novel.

I. Fucking. Loved. It.

I haven’t devoured a book like that in a long time. I was hooked from the start. If you haven’t read the book or have seen any of the show, basically animals are rebelling against humans. My NEED to know what the hell was going on is what kept me going page after page.

When my fiance picked me up that evening, I told him I had read the book and later on we sat down to start the tv show.

I was excited. I didn’t get my hopes up extremely. After all, how many times has a beloved book get messed up in one way or another on tv or the movies?

I’m five episodes in. And I am pissed!

I could see why new characters were introduced. After all, the book is done mainly in Jackson Oz’s point of view. The first episode wasn’t too bad, but then it started getting very off kilter. In the book, his parents were never mentioned. In the show, we see his mom and his dad. In the book, Oz was the one who knew at some point the animals were going to rise up against humans. In the show it is his ‘crazy father.’ These are just a couple of the many changes that are in the show.

Ever read a book and a small detail was important to you? For me, that detail is Attila, the chimp that Oz rescued. We even see his POV every so often during the book. I also loved the relationship Oz had with him in the beginning. It showed a lot about his character and also the mind of the animals. And so far, there’s no Attila in the show. Bummer.

Every so often Mr. C will ask “Is that in the book? Did that happen in the book?” My answer is ALWAYS the same: “nope.”

So tell me, have you read the book or watched the show? (Or both?) I would love to know what others think. I devoured the book and think it was the best book I have read in a long time.

Your Input Wanted!

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Recently I did an interview with my friend Cruellatrix. Before I conducted the interview, I did what anyone would do: brainstormed. And, I reached out to some geeky friends of mine on Facebook, to see what they would ask. Some of their question were the same as mine, some I didn’t use (simply for the fact she would have had a list of thirty questions if I didn’t cut it off!), and others I added to my ever growing list.

I will be doing an interview again in the future. This time with a pretty fab author!! I have already started brainstorming. And this is where YOU come in. This time I wanted to reach out to all of you lovely people! 🙂

If you could an author anything, what would it be?

Your question(s) just may end up on in my official interview! 🙂

The Seventh Crow

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I’m just about to pop over to Kickstarter, and back the latest novel by my friend and talented writer, Sherry D. Ramsey.

“The Seventh Crow” is a YA fantasy adventure, a book that I can’t wait to get into my hands. I read the first chapter of it a few years ago, and I have been waiting for the moment where I could read it in its entirety.

Want to know what the gist of the book is? I found this blurb over on Kickstarter.

“A talking crow, a forgotten world and a young girl’s quest to regain her memory, her power and protect the people she cares for.”

What’s not to love??

If you are interest and want to get your own copy, check it out here and watch the video.

Added bonus: Not only do you pre-order your book but there are various and cool perks to each pledge level! 🙂 New stretch goals have also been added!

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Rainy Saturday

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I was going to write up a proper post but between the rain sucking out my energy and the newest season of Orange Is The New Black, I haven’t moved very far. Just taking a quick break from the TV while I wait for my take out to arrive and then watching the last episode. (Ugh, I wish it was longer!)

Anyway I had intended to read today. I love curling up and listening to the rain while I read. It’s been awhile since I’ve read any Harlequin Romance, so I took one off the shelf the other day.

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My cat, Missy, keeping my book safe until I’m ready. 😉

Anyway, I’m off to snuggle my cat, watch some great TV and enjoy some good grub! Poutine is what I’m craving tonight!

Happy Saturday!!! 🙂