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Curtsies & Conspiracies – Book Review

Finishing School Book Two

4 out of 5 stars

The Finishing School series is one that is perfect for burning through on a pleasant pre-autumn day on the back patio with your dogs. Who may or may not be trying to bust through the screen to ambush their arch nemesis….squirrels.

Classes continue and conspiracies also continue to arise. Sophronia and her friends are of course, smack in the middle of it all, per usual. There isn’t much of a purpose of laying out the plot line since it’s full of silly shenanigan fun. This isn’t a deep read but one in line with just thoroughly enjoying a romping good frollick.

Airships, gadgets, poison, mechanimals, ball gowns, vampires, werewolves, evil genius’, and spectacular inventions. Why couldn’t school have been like this for me?

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5 Myths About the Flu Vaccine

There have already been confirmed cases of the flu in Michigan, which is a little ahead of the usual flu season. Usually we start seeing cases in mid-October, not beginning in mid-September. As a pharmacy technician, I thought it important to battle some of those common myths about the flu vaccine. We hear them every year and they seem to get more and more out of control. Once, my husband was told that he would become sterile if he got a flu shot. I’ll admit that this one blew my mind. Much to his coworkers dismay, if this was true, it would only encourage him since we don’t want kids

1. You can get the flu from the flu vaccine – False. The vaccine contains only a piece of a dead virus in order to teach your immune system what it needs to watch out for. It takes two weeks for your immune system to build a defense against the virus. Many times people get the flu within this two week time span and blame it on the vaccine, when really you unfortunately came across the virus before your body had time to mount a defense. If you contract the flu only a couple days after receiving the vaccine, it means you actually already had the virus in your system, it takes a few days before symptoms of the virus show themselves. (Incubation period.)

Continue reading 5 Myths About the Flu Vaccine

Gather the Daughters – Book Review

5 out of 5 stars

You want some horror? Here’s something horrific for you.

I like horror books, horror movies, grimdark novels, all things dark and twisted. I mean really, the more fucked up the better. I studiously studied serial killers as a teenager. You can go ahead and question my state of mind or sanity, but I tell you this for two reasons. One, in case you haven’t realized all the bizarre, dark things I enjoy based on my reading yet (or if you don’t know me personally) and two, to show you exactly how horrific this novel is…It may have left me scarred.

This is quite possibly one of those stories that is going to manage to give me nightmares. Everyone talks about the likes of A Handmaid’s Tale, which is a renowned for scaring people, especially women, but this, this is better and yet worse. Better for the writing and story, and worse because it manages to be even more horrifying. In case you missed it, the word of the day, as least pertaining to this novel, is ‘horrifying’.  Continue reading Gather the Daughters – Book Review

Fire & Ash – Book Review

Rot & Ruin book four.

5 out of 5 stars

Benny Imura sat in the dark and spoke with monsters.

It was like that every day.

It had become the pattern of his life.

Shadows and blood.

And monsters.

Everywhere.

Monsters.”

The epic conclusion to my favorite zombie series of all time. That’s correct, my favorite zombie series of all time is YA Sci-Fi/horror. It shocks me as much as you but if you sat down and took the time to read it, you would understand why.

If you’ve followed Benny and his friends from the beginning then you know, they’ve seen some shit. It all begin in a small fenced-in mountain town at the edges of the Ruin (what they call the decimated lands of the United States where only the dead wander), friends trading Zombie Cards of their favorite legendary mercenaries on the steps of the general store, innocent in their knowledge of life beyond fences. Their world was turned upside when they moved out from their safety net and began exploring a lost world. Blood, death and destruction followed in their wake. It all culminates to this, the last epic showdown for the sake of humanity.

Saint John of the Night Church brings not only his flock of reapers (his holy flock tasked with sending all living people into the darkness) but a massive horde of zombies, in his quest to please the god of death, Thanatos. The one true god. He and his flock will send the blasphemers of the Nine Towns to the darkness or they will kneel and kiss the blade to take up Thanatos’ work.

How would several teenagers defeat a mad man and his horde of religious zealots and the hungering dead? Well kids, there’s three other books leading up until this point for that tale. Unfortunately, it was a time before I did reviews and I couldn’t possibly review it all for you now. SO much happens. It all leads up to this, stop this mad man now or stop him never. They may have to die to save the last chance humanity has to reclaim their world from the dead. Will they succeed?

I’m not telling. READ THIS FUCKING SERIES.

C&M’s Top 5 “DON’T DO IT” Book List

I would actually like to title it; C&M’s Holy Fucking Shite Don’t Bother With These, List.

Top 5 worst books in recent memory:

  1. Enclave By Ann Aguirre – I still to this day, bitch about this book. The level of hate I have for it is off the charts.
  2. Witches of Litchford by Paul Cornell – I mean for real, did the author even try?
  3. Among Wolves by R.A. Hakok – another one that incites all my rage.
  4. Strange Magic by James A. Hunter – this one. One of the worst main characters I’ve had the displeasure of attempting to connect to.
  5. Descent by Tim Johnston –  there is just nothing here worth dabbling in.

 

Note: If you get offended by mean book reviews, you probably shouldn’t follow any of those links. You might not want to follow this blog either now that I think of it.

 

Sleepy Rambling.

*double fists rubbing both eye balls*

I keep telling myself that I AM going to get ahead in blog posts so that I don’t have to sit down and think of something every other day. I can just copy and paste and be on my merry little way to work. IT’S NOT WORKING. Every time I sit down, I choose to read instead. (How dare I?!) It doesn’t help that I’ve finally started reading a horror genre for the seasonal occasion. I also started watching horror movies the other day. I’m going to be a Halloween sponge this year. Soak it all in baby.

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First horror read of the year? Fire & Ash. It’s the final installment in my ALL-TIME favorite zombies series; the Rot & Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry.  It’s been years since I left off with book number 3 but I’ve forgotten practically nothing since I loved it so much.

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First horror movie of the year? Deep Blue Sea. BECAUSE. Yes, it’s cheesy but it acknowledges all the faulty things happening with the sharks instead of passing it off as normal shark behavior. (Example: swimming backwards.) It was followed up with Jaws and Jaws 2. Apparently, I was in a sharky kind of mood.

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Well that gif just makes me want a snack.

What is one of your guilty pleasure horror movies?

 

The Dragon’s Path – Book Review

The Dagger and the Coin #1

3.5 out of 5 stars

The Dragon’s Path is the set up to a larger series. You may be thinking, “Well no shit, it’s book one,” but my point is, it is clearly the beginning to a more in depth story. There are a few important things missing from this first installment; a better description of the races of humanoids and more explanation of the world history. Both are dabbled with but neither is fully fleshed out, however the interest is definitely there on behalf of the reader.

As with most fantasy series, war is brewing. Here you follow the point of views of four main people and their different experiences leading to a possible world war.

Marcus, soldier turned hired mercenary. Cithrin, orphan raised in a bank. Geder, nobleman sent to battle but a laughing stock of his fellow soldiers. Dawson, nobleman working the politician angle.

After finishing, I still don’t have a clear choice on favorite character but my poor, sweet, naïve Geder, I feel bad things are heading his way. More so than the poor fool has had to deal with already. I want things to turn around and go his way but I feel that he is doomed to a darker destiny. I guess I’ll have to read the next book to find out. Regardless of a mediocre beginning, I feel good things are to come, except for Geder.