Top Ten Tuesday #25: Quotes from Favorite Badass Bookish Heroines

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (April 30th, 2019) topic is: Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes.  I’m not really someone who cares much about this topic, so I changed it to Quotes from Favorite Badass Bookish Heroines.

Mirielle is on hiatus this for May due to unforeseen circumstances, so I’ll be doing this myself this month.   Let’s get this started!

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Game of Thrones: Who Do I Want on The Iron Throne? (Spoilers from season 1-7 only)

As promised, another Sunday GoT post this week.  I can’t believe how close we are getting to the end guys.  Tonight’s episode promises to be a crazy one! I’ve been thinking long and hard about who do I want to see on the throne and why when this insane show has come to and end and I think I sort of have an answer.

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Large Book Haul – Over 30 Books

As always, I’ve had little to no control on my buying books again this time around.  I’m a complete hoarder when it comes to books, but I have no regrets! I love being surrounded by beautiful things and what is more beautiful than a load of books everywhere? NOTHING! Just a note, that I have not included any arcs or graphic novels I’ve gotten recently – those will show up in another haul. Andddd with that, let’s get into this haul!

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Top Ten Tuesday #24: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (April 23rd, 2019) topic is: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed

Since there are two of us running this blog (Melanie and Mireille), we’re going to break these memes up between us and each pick five!

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Middle Grade Monday Review: The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm #1) by Michael Buckley

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!

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Game of Thrones Top Five Saddest Moments (spoilers from season 1-7 only)

I did a Game of Thrones tag last week and people seemed to enjoy it, so I’m going to be doing GOT posts on Sunday for the next five weeks.  I have a couple really fun ones planned! I’m a massive fan of the television show, so it’s only right that I would celebrate the final season with some love.  This week I’m doing the top five moments that I found the most sad over the last seven seasons.  I’m obviously not counting season 8, I’m sure some of it would make this list.

I am counting down this list to the very saddest moment (so far) of this series! Any guesses what it is?

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Horror Review: Afraid by Jack Kilborn

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My rating:
4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Horror
Pages: 347
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published: April 1st, 2009

Trigger Warning: Graphic violence, graphic gore, talk of past sexual assaults.

 

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? YOU WILL BE . . . 
Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out, this peaceful town has never needed a full-time police force. Until now . . . 
A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven’s only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom. And each will have this harrowing thought: Maybe death hasn’t come to their town by accident . . . – synopsis from Goodreads

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“You didn’t win at chess by killing pawns—you won by checkmating the king.” 

What the actual hell did I just read? This was so much fun. If you want something realistic, then you need not apply. This is just balls to the wall graphic horror violence and bat shit crazy people all around. This is why you should never live in a small town!

I am a hardcore horror MOVIE addict. I get tagged all the time for horror recommendations for scary books but the secret is – I haven’t read that many. I’ve watched probably a couple thousand horror movies but maybe read a 30 horror books. I’ve been wanting to change that for a long time, so this is the year I really delve into the adult horror novels and see what is out there. I’ve known about Jack Kilborn for awhile, I had heard his stuff was pretty hardcore but I had never checked him out. I’m really glad I did though – honestly when I read it was about government conspiracy and military, it almost completely turned me off. I’m glad I gave it a try though because this was just a blast.

We start off in a small little town called Safe Haven (pfft!) and we meet one of the older residents who is going heading home on his boat to his wife. Unfortunately, his wife seems to have a visitor – honestly this opening scene was well done. It was so unsettling, and made my heart race. It was off to a good start and horrifying start. From there we meet other town residents and very quickly lots of violent and strange things are happening in the town all over the place. This book doesn’t mess around – it starts off strong and is fast-paced through-out the book, there aren’t a lot of quieter moments. What’s crazy about that is somehow the author does manage to give a good handful of these characters some development. Enough so that you care what is happening to them – it really upped the ante as the story went on and more and more horrible things were happening.

There is a shit ton of death in this book – I have no idea what the kill count would be but it’s a lot. The whole story revolves around some men trying to take out an entire town, so shit gets real very fast. The violence is very graphic – if you are squeamish or don’t like gore than this will not be a book for you. I loved that the cast of characters was really varied. We had a retired cop, a young cop, a waitress, a child and a few more in the mix. It was a good variety and I appreciated that it wasn’t just the young, athletic men that were taking all the glory in this one. Everyone is a badass in this story and that made it more enjoyable.

This isn’t realistic horror though and I know that will matter to some. People really don’t die easy in this book – like it gets crazy. I mean there are times it verges on stupid with how hard all these people are to kill. If you cut all the limbs off some of these people and they came back slithering to kill your ass, it wouldn’t surprise me at all. It’s that kind of far fetched. Also, there is a dog and they don’t kill the dog! That stressed me out so bad and I was so thankful that they had a badass little doggy in the story that wasn’t mutilated before recognition. Thank you for that Jack Kilborn!

Overall, I thought Afraid was a blast. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and it gives the reader what they want – horror! No, it’s not breaking any new ground and it won’t blow your mind but it will give you a couple hours of pure adrenaline! I’ll be checking out more of Jack’s work and I’m excited that he sometimes writes with Blake Crouch, whose work I really enjoy.

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Large Physical & E-Arc Haul!

 

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I’ve stayed most on top of my arcs, but a few have gotten away with me but I’ll have them read very soon.  I have quite a pile right now but I know there are people with MASSIVE arc back hauls and that stresses me out just thinking about it.  I’m pretty picky with what I choose, which is hard because I want to request like 90% of what I see but I know I’ll never get to it in time.   Continue reading “Large Physical & E-Arc Haul!”

Mini Reviews Graphic Novels: I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young FULL SERIES – Vol 1 – 4.

I only started reading graphic novels a couple of years ago but now I just love them.  I picked up this series during a read-a-thon for graphic novels we did in TBR and Beyond and had so much fun on this journey with the insane Gertude and her sidekick Larry.  I normally don’t do full reviews on graphic novels, so I thought this would be a perfect time for some mini reviews!

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Top Ten Tuesday #23: Rainy Day Reads

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (April 16th, 2019) topic is: Rainy Day Reads

Since there are two of us running this blog (Melanie and Mireille), we’re going to break these memes up between us and each pick five!

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