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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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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.

Undeniable – Book Review

4 out of 5 stars

“Creationism, unlike science, can predict nothing. Along with it being obviously wrong, it is obviously not useful.”

Twenty years later and Bill Nye is still teaching generations of people. As a child, I was an avid Bill Nye the Science Guy fan. As an adult reading this book, it just solidified the fact that I am still an avid Nye fan.

A few years ago, Nye was invited to debate creationist Ken Ham. This inspired him to write this very novel. Nye pulls together several creationist theories about evolution and debunks them using scientific facts. As someone very interested in science in general, I still found myself learning new things and I thoroughly enjoy learning. As an atheist, I found the theories creationists developed completely idiotic at times and therefore, enjoyed it when Nye used facts to combat beliefs. The above quote may be harsh if you’re religious, but personally I found it so accurate that it stood out and needed to be used as an introduction to this review.

Evolution is a fascinating subject and the journey through evolution that Nye pulls you into is as entertaining as it is educational.

I feel that there was a missed opportunity to title the book UndeNYEable, but alas, I’m sure that he wanted to be taken seriously with his first foray into writing. I won’t hold that against him. I am taking a star away because of his incessant need to mock an old employer. One joke, fine. Five jokes later and I’m a little over it Bill. It pulled away from the importance of the book.

“Humans may have more trouble understanding nature than nature does is all I’m saying.”

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Jackaby – Book Review

4 out of 5 stars

I went into this with very little expectations. It seemed like it may be good but I honestly didn’t know any one who had already read it to give me an opinion. It jumped out at me while perusing my massive pile of books at home and I think I was just in the right mood for it. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.

Abigail Rook is the daughter of an explorer. She grew up hearing fascinating tales of the world and is well educated however, a good British woman should be more concerned with marrying a man with a good job and fine pedigree. Or at least that’s what her parents kept telling her. They would allow her to go to university but afterward she was expected to live the boring life of a housewife.

Naturally, like any woman I find myself liking very much, she rebelled. She took her tuition money and started off her own grand adventure. However, it turned out not so grand and with barely any money left, she heads to America. She’ll take any job to keep a roof over her head (this could get ugly quick) and food in her stomach, but no one seems to be hiring. No one except one detective looking for an investigative assistant. A detective that who is known around town as incredibly strange.

To say that Mr. Jackaby is a bit odd, would be putting it mildly. Abigail has the curiosity of a cat with nine lives and a knack for noticing ordinary things the detective misses while he looks for the peculiar. She must prove her worth and help him stop a killer. A killer who appears to have some magical tricks up his or her sleeve.

Abigail Rook takes shit from no man or woman. If you try to tell her the correct or proper thing to do, she’ll do something rude in response. She’ll have none of your sexist bullshit and because of that, she earns her way to a top spot in my ‘favorite female characters’ category.

Fair Game – Book Review

Alpha & Omega #3

5 out of 5 stars

You see, the problem with Patricia Briggs and anything she writes in the Mercy Thompson world is that, it is so fucking good I don’t want to life. Work? Fuck it. Conversations notregarding these books? Fuck that. Sleep? Who fucking needs it. I have the next book in the series, and the temptation to pick it up immediately is practically irresistible. As I’m nearly caught up on both series, I have to convince myself to draw the books out more so that I’m getting my fix until the next installment comes.

People wonder about the obsession with werewolves, you wouldn’t wonder if you read about the wolves in these series. They make unmentionable, popular werewolves look like mother fucking chumps. It’s a testament to Briggs’ character building skills that I can say I love 90% of the wolves in either series. I think to myself, “Who is my favorite male werewolf?” and a minimum of 10 characters between the two series come to mind immediately. Picking one above the others is near impossible. Anna versus Mercy, who is better? I cannot pick. It’s a little like comparing fire and ice. They’re both awesome, strong females but each has an entirely different background and personality.

You can read the summary if you want to know the plot of this book, I’m just here to tell you to stop, shut up and read both these series.

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Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament – Book Review

4 out of 5 stars

“Of course, she screamed when I tried to hug her and she nearly vomited after I sneezed and a piece of my brain came out of my nose, but it’s what passes for quality time around here lately.”

Andy woke up from a fatal car crash a zombie, shambling down the road, confused about where he was while being screamed at and pelted with fruit by people walking down the street. In this world, zombies live among the breathing as secondary citizens. They have no rights, they’re not allowed to do things like ride the public transport and people are allowed to beat them, rip pieces off of them with zero consequences. He has to move back in with his resentful parents and if he gets out of line he gets picked up by the SPCA. It’s a depressing existence so he joins a zombie therapy group to deal with his new ‘life’.

What ensues is a hilariously sarcastic point of view of life after death. Every secondary citizen reaches their breaking point and rebellion and revolution soon follow suit. Plus, you can pick up a few cooking human recipes along the way.

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