10/31/19

October wrap-up 2019

Books read: Books: 3,  eBook: 1,  Audio book: 2,  Total: 7

Age range: Adult: 3,  YA: 1,  MG: 3


Book of the Mouth:
Valley of Horses




5 Stars: 






Reviews: 


Valley of Horses

 And Then There Were None

10/30/19

City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre: paranormal, adventure
Age: MG
POV: 1st person 

Summary: After a near death accident Cassidy (Cass) can now see ghosts and has a best friend as one. Cass can pull back the veil and enter the world of the dead. Her parents that are paranormal writers announce they are going to Edinburgh, Scotland to host a TV show. Here Cass finds another girl that able to cross over to the veil like herself.

Review: Similar to other books I have read, City of Ghost does have a different take on the seeing dead people trope. I do like the friendship between Cass and Jacob. They both have this snarky and sarcastic tone making for some humorist moments. They always have each other back. 

Warrior Cats book 1,2,3 review Part one

Author: Erin Hunter
Genre: Low Fantasy
Age: MG
POV: 3rd person limited 
Series: Warrior Cats
Warning Spoilers for The First Three Books

Book one: Into the Wild

Summary: Rusty a kittypet join Thunderclan one of the four clans of wild cats that live in the forest.

“Understand that Bluestar does not make this offer lightly if you wish to train with us, we will have to take you into our Clan. You must either live with us and respect our ways, or return to your Twolegplace and never come back. You cannot live with a paw in each world.”
Erin Hunter, Into the Wild

WWW #2



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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?



10/29/19

TTT # 25 All Hollow'eve freebie: Ghost story Anthologies

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Artsy Reader Girl. This weeks topic is Halloween Freebie and the topic will be: Ghost Story Anthologies. 

For a long time I have been collecting ghost stories ranging from kids to adult, from scary to not so scary. I only have half  the books from what my collation use to be. Over the years I have unhaul the books I didn't like and kept the ones I like and deed of having some importance to my collection. 


1.More Bones
More Bones

Authors: Arielle North Olson (Retelling),
Howard Schwartz

Favorite Story: The Haunted Violin

10/28/19

Wintersong

WintersongGoodreads: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Genre: Fantasy
Age: YA
POV: 1st person

Summary: All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They've enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesel can't help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away. But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her.

10/26/19

Illuminae

Illuminae Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

Genre: Sci-fic, space opera

Age: YA

 POV: 3rd


Summary: Illuminae is an action pack thriller, space opera, and romance. It about two refugees's life on two ships and the secrets they hold.

10/25/19

Atlantis The Lost Empire: movie reivew


Atlantis: The Lost Empire PosterGenre: Action, Adventure

Rated: PG

Year of Release: 2001

Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Summary: 1914: Milo Thatch (Michael J. Fox) , grandson of the great Thaddeus Thatch works in the boiler room of a museum. He knows that Atlantis was real, and he can get there if he has the mysterious Shephards journal, which can guide him to Atlantis. But he needs someone to fund a voyage.

Review:  Whenever I turn on the Disney channel and Atlantis was on it was always the  last 30 minutes. I never seem the whole movie until now.
One of the "anti-Disney" movies that doesn't have the traditional Disney trademark with cute animals and singing etc...

10/23/19

WWW #1

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?



10/21/19

Spooky Scary book tag






To set the mood for the season I wanted to do something spooky. I find this tag on Starlight Book Tales. I don't know where this tag originate and I not going on a wild goose chase to find where it came from. If you do know who created this tag, please let me know in the comments.

1. What goes bump in the nigh? Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it. 

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Goodreads reviews

Genre: Mystery

Age: YA, Adult

POV: 3rd person

Format: Audio book

Narrator: Dan Stevens

Summary: Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a lonely mansion on Soldier Island. One by one they are murder.

10/18/19

The Dark Crystal: movie review

The Dark Crystal Poster
Genre: Fantasy, adventure, family

Rated: PG

Year of Release: 1982

Director: Jim Henson and Frank Oz

Summary: On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

10/16/19

Crenshaw

Crenshaw Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Genre: Contemporary

Age: MG

POV: 1st person


Summary:  Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.

Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?

10/15/19

In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Non-spoiler reviews 

Age: Adult

Genre: Thriller

POV: 1st person

Summary: Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her? But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

TTT # 24 Extraordinary Book Titles

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Artsy Reader Girl. This weeks topic is Extraordinary Book Titles. 

Middle grade has some of the most unique, whimsical, and...you guess it extraordinary titles. Here my list:

1. The Reformed Vampire Support Group

Author: Catherine Jinks

Unread



The Reformed Vampire Support Group

10/14/19

This Book Is Not Good For You: The Secret series book 3

This Book Is Not Good For You This Book Is Not Good For You by Pseudonymous Bosch

Series: book 3 of The Secret series

Genre: Mystery, Adventure, Secret Society

Age: MG

POV: 3rd – narrated by P. Bosch

Summary: The Midnight sun is at it again this time they are looking for the tuning fork. A fork that can make anything taste whatever you want it to be, as long as you taste it before. Cass, Max-Ernest, and Yo-Yoji much stop them before there death by chocolate. 

10/11/19

The Illusionist: movie Review

The Illusionist PosterGenre: Drama, history, fantasy

Rated: PG-13

Year of Release: 2006

Director: Neil Burger

Summary: In late nineteenth century Vienna, renowned illusionist Eisenheim (Edward Norton) is reunited with the Duchess von Teschen (Jessica Biel) when she is volunteered from the audience to participate in an illusion during one of his performances. Despite having not seen each other in fifteen years when they were teenagers, they almost immediately recognize each other as Eduard Abramovich and Sophie von Teschen, they who had a doomed romance at that time due to their class differences leading to a forbidden romance

10/9/19

1984

1984Goodreads: 1984

 Author: George Orwell

Genre: Dystopian

Age: YA, Adult


Summary: In a world where every action and speech is closely monitor  and where all are strip of individuality. This is not a book but, a warning.

Review:
                                              War is Peace

                                          Freedom is slavery

                                       Ignorance is strengths 
The slogan uses in 1984 sounds so much like the ideology of "some people" in today society. This book is scary knowing this might become a reality.

10/7/19

The Valley of Horses: Earth Children book two

The Valley of Horses The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel

  Series: Earth Children book 2

Genre: Pre-historic, Romance, erotic 


Age*: Upper YA, Adult


POV: 3rd person -  alternating between Ayla and Jondalar. 

Summary: Cast out of her clan, Ayla make her to the Valley of horses. There she much survives on her own. All alone and destine to have a companion an accident happen where Ayla saves Jondalar one of the others like herself. Jondalar give her more than companionship. New custom and a language to speck.

Content info: there are quite a few sex scenes. Leaning towards graphic descriptions. 

10/4/19

Dial M for Murder movie review


Genre: Mystery, thriller

Rated:
PG

Year of Release: 1954

Director: Alfred Hitchcock




Summary: Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) wants to have his wife, Margot (Grace Kelly) murdered for her inheritance. He called up an old acquaintance and black mail him into carrying out the murder, but the carefully-orchestrated set-up goes awry. Everything begins to spiral out of control.