Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Review: The Babysitter IV (The Babysitter #4) by R.L. Stine

Title: The Babysitter IV

Series: The Babysitter #4

Previous books in this series: The Babysitter | The Babysitter II | The Babysitter III

Author: R.L. Stine

Publication date: June 1995

Published by: Scholastic

Source: Purchased paperback

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Synopsis: Don't live in the past, they say. And Jenny's trying to forget all of the horrible babysitting experiences that landed her in the hospital last year. Now Jenny lives in a new neighborhood, and the neighbor has asked her to babysit. If only she could say no. Because someone is watching Jenny—someone who hates babysitters.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Jenny is back... And she’s babysitting again 😬 She wasn’t going to, but she was almost forced into it by her new neighbor. The poor girl.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sunday Post #276: Back to Purple Hair


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Friday, October 8, 2021

Review: The Babysitter III (The Babysitter #3) by R.L. Stine

Title: The Babysitter III

Series: The Babysitter #3

Previous books in this series: The Babysitter | The Babysitter II

Author: R.L. Stine

Publication date: June 1993

Published by: Scholastic

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Synopsis: Jenny just wants to forget the man who murdered all the baby-sitters. The man who almost murdered her.

He's dead now.

And Jenny's gone to visit her cousin Debra.

But Debra has a baby-sitting job. And now she's getting those phone calls, too. Just like the ones Jenny used to get:

Hi, Babes. I'm back.

Company's coming...

My rating: ★★★★☆

This book was insane and I kinda loved it. Lol. This time around, though, Jenny is NOT babysitting. Understandable after what happened in the last two books. Instead, this summer, Jenny is visiting her cousin Debra and staying with her for a while. But Debra DOES have a babysitting job, and now SHE'S the one getting the creepy phone calls. Dun, dun, DUN.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Review: The Babysitter II (The Babysitter #2) by R.L. Stine

Title: The Babysitter II

Series: The Babysitter #2

Previous book in this series: The Babysitter

Author: R.L. Stine

Publication date: July 1991

Published by: Scholastic

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Synopsis: Jenny's last baby-sitting job nearly killed her. But she's a survivor and she's over it. She's even got a new baby-sitting job. Then the phone rings. When she answers, she hears a familiar voice--a voice from the grave.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Our poor babysitter Jenny is still traumatized after what happened on her last babysitting job. Basically, the kid’s dad, Mr. Hagen, tried to kill her, so that’s fun. Jenny thinks that if she faces her fear, it will help her get over it. And honestly, good for her! Unfortunately, things don’t go well. Unlike her last charge, the kid in this book is the worst! He is a spoiled brat, and his parents don’t discipline him at all, which really sucks for Jenny. And on top of that, she starts getting those creepy calls again. Is Mr. Hagen back? No, probably not.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Review: The Stepsister 2 (Fear Street #33) by R.L. Stine

Title: The Stepsister 2

Series: The Stepsister #2 | Fear Street #33

Previous book in this series: The Stepsister

Author: R.L. Stine

Publication date: November 1995

Published by: Archway Paperback

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Synopsis: The doctor says Nancy is cured...

She's over the murderous rage that made her try to kill her sister Emily last year. Now she's home for good...

Or evil. Emily wants to forgive and forget, but the nightmare has started all over again. Someone wants to hurt her. Is it Nancy? Or is there someone else who wants Emily dead?

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Nancy’s back bitches.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Review: The Stepsister (Fear Street #9) by R.L. Stine

Title: The Stepsister

Series: Fear Street #9

Author: R.L. Stine

Publication date: November 1990

Published by: Archway Paperback

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Synopsis: Emily wants to like her stepsister, but it hasn't been easy. As soon as Jessie moves in, she takes over Emily's room, starts wearing Emily's clothes, makes secret late-night calls on Emily's phone - and that's just the beginning!

Before long, Emily is living in total fear of her stepsister. Emily tries complaining to her parents. But Jessie is such a good liar, no one will believe Emily!

Emily's terror mounts when she picks up Jessie's diary and learns a horrifying secret from Jessie's past. Did Jessie really murder someone? Does she plan to murder again? Emily knows she must find out the rest of her stepsister's dark secret. Her own life depends on it!

My rating: ★★★☆☆

This book was okay—I wasn’t totally impressed by it. Emily kept blaming Jessie for every little thing and it got old fast. She was so quick to place blame without evidence... What if it wasn’t even her doing all these things? To be fair Jessie’s personality switched so fast it gave me whiplash. Once she and Emily were alone upstairs, she was kinda bitchy and mean. So yeah, I get why Emily would blame her for all the terrible things.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Sunday Post #275: So Much Painting


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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2021


This was a pretty good reading month. I read 8 books and 1 short story! One thing I need to work on is scheduling posts though, cause I am out 😬 House-wise, our kitchen cabinets should be coming in within the next week or so. I also need to finish painting the two bathrooms and some of the trim around the house, so I'm gonna work on that this weekend. Hopefully before October is over all the house stuff will finally be done! I can't wait for that day to arrive 😩 Lol.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Sunday Post #274: Nail Polish & Books... What Else is New


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Friday, September 24, 2021

Review: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, & Maureen Johnson

Title: The Bane Chronicles

Stories in this collection: What Really Happened in Peru (#1) | The Runaway Queen (#2) | Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (#3) | The Midnight Heir (#4) | The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (#5) | Saving Raphael Santiago (#6) | The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (#7) | What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (#8) | The Last Stand of the New York Institute (#9) | The Course of True Love [and First Dates] (#10) | The Voicemail of Magnus Bane (#11)

Authors: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, & Maureen Johnson

Publication date: November 2014

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Purchased paperback

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Synopsis: Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.

My rating: ★★★★★

This book is all about Magnus Bane, which, yes, please! I adore my Jace and my Will and my sweet Jem, but out of all characters in this world, my absolute favorite has got to be Magnus freaking Bane. So I was extremely happy that he got his own book! Which was awesome! It spans a couple of hundred years, starting from about the 1700s to the present day. Magnus had a lot of fun adventures, but these were my top three favorite short stories in the book:

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Review: The Voicemail of Magnus Bane (The Bane Chronicles #11) by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, & Maureen Johnson

Title: The Voicemail of Magnus Bane

Series: The Bane Chronicles #11

Authors: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, & Maureen Johnson

Publication date: November 2014

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Purchased hardcover

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Synopsis: The voice mail of Magnus Bane, High Warlock of Brooklyn, in the days following a certain incident in City of Lost Souls.

My rating: ★★★★★

So here is your spoiler warning for things that happened in City of Lost Souls. If you have not read that book yet, avert your eyes!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Review: The Course of True Love [and First Dates] (The Bane Chronicles #10) by Cassandra Clare

Title: The Course of True Love [and First Dates]

Series: The Bane Chronicles #10

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publication date: March 2014

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Purchased hardcover

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Synopsis: Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood might fall in love—but first they have a first date.

When Magnus Bane, warlock, meets Alec Lightwood, Shadowhunter, sparks fly. And what happens on their first date lights a flame...

My rating: ★★★★★

Out of all the stories in The Bane Chronicles, this is without a doubt my favorite! Magnus and Alec go on their first date, but then everything goes wrong, and it’s somehow still super cute! Lol. I loved it!

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Review: The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles #9) by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, & Maureen Johnson

Title: The Last Stand of the New York Institute

Series: The Bane Chronicles #9

Authors: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, & Maureen Johnson

Publication date: December 2013

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Purchased hardcover

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Synopsis: Magnus meets Valentine in battle as the Circle attacks the Downworlders of New York City.

In the time of the Uprising, Valentine’s Circle goes after Downworlders in New York...and the Shadowhunters of the Institute must decide whether to join him, or fight with Magnus and his kind. This is the first time Magnus sees Jocelyn, Luke, and Stephen—but not the last. It is not long before Jocelyn seeks him out...

My rating: ★★★★★

This short story takes place in 1989, back when the Circle was in full swing. Ugh. They suck. There was SO much bigotry from them I just... They are awful! And Jace’s real dad, Stephen Herondale, was such an asshole! He believed in everything Valentine did. Oh and then Valentine and his cronies wanted to rid the world of Downworlders no matter what, just because they had some demon blood in them. It was absolutely awful! The things they did to this werewolf family were despicable!

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sunday Post #273: Long Time No See


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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2021


It's late, but it's here! πŸ˜… Last month was just not a great month for me—it was very stressful. I was working nights AND there was work being done around the house (our flooring was finally put in!) and I think I just needed a break. During that time, I barely read anything and my nails were naked for like 2 weeks straight 😱 The horror! Lol. In all seriousness though, I feel like not doing those two things really affected me more than I thought it would. I mean, I was stressed AND was probably not getting enough sleep, and then unintentionally taking away the two things I use to de-stress? Yeah, not great.

That being said, I am back on the reading train (I'm currently on my 5th book of the month!), and I've been painting my nails a lot more, which is very therapeutic for me. I've run out of scheduled posts, as you may have noticed, so I really need to work on that. But idk when I'll get around to it. I'm still getting used to not only being back on days, but also working full time. For the longest time, I was only working 4 days a week, and I'm not gonna lie, I miss my 3 day weekends πŸ˜‚

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Review: Switched (Fear Street #31) by R.L. Stine

Title: Switched

Series: Fear Street #31

Author: R.L. Stine

Publication date: May 1995

Published by: Archway Paperback

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Synopsis: She traded places with a killer...

There’s a little cabin in the Fear Street woods where a girl can really lose her mind. In fact, she can change it into someone else’s. That’s what happened to Nicole and Lucy. Now Lucy is in Nicole’s body, and Nicole is in Lucy’s. What a trip!

But for Nicole, what a trap! Because Lucy is using Nicole’s body to get away with murder!

My rating: ★★★★☆

Right off the bat, this girl Nicole is a piece of work. She cried because she broke a nail and I could not help but roll my eyes. I do admit that over the years I have become that girl that gets upset when I break a nail, but NOT to the point of crying. Look, a broken nail means I have to file down ALL of my nails so they match, which means less space for nail art. And I love my nail art. Lol.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Review: What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything [And Who You're Not Officially Dating Anyway] (The Bane Chronicles #8) by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

Title: What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything [And Who You're Not Officially Dating Anyway]

Series: The Bane Chronicles #8

Author: Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

Publication date: November 2013

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Purchased hardcover

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Synopsis: Magnus Bane may or may not be dating Alec Lightwood, but he definitely needs to find him the perfect birthday present.

Set in the time between City of Ashes and City of Glass, warlock Magnus Bane is determined to find the best birthday present possible for Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter he may or may not be dating. And he’s also got to deal with the demon he’s conjured up for a very irritating client...

My rating: ★★★★★

This short story takes place sometime during The Mortal Instruments and Magnus is looking for a birthday gift to give Alec, but he just doesn’t know what. He asks his friend Ragnor for advice, but...

Review: The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #7) by Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson

Title: The Fall of the Hotel Dumort

Series: The Bane Chronicles #7

Authors: Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson

Publication date: October 2013

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

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Synopsis: Magnus Bane watches the once-glamorous Hotel Dumort become something else altogether in 1970s New York City.

Fifty years after the Jazz Age rise of the Hotel Dumort, immortal warlock Magnus Bane knows the Manhattan landmark is on the decline. The once-beautiful Hotel Dumort has fallen into a decayed thing, a ruin, as dead as a place can be. But the vampires don't mind...

My rating: ★★★★☆

This short story takes place in the 70s and things are crazy! Vampires being reckless and just awful. There’s a vampire killer out there and the werewolves are worried that they might be found out by mundanes and that they (the werewolves) would get in trouble too by extension. So in order to avoid this, the werewolves were covering for those assholes! It was a mess! And Camille was awful in this. While I can see (from the Edmund Herondale short story) why Magnus would like her, in this one? No. She sucks. Lol.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Review: His Final Girl (B Mine #1) by Brooklyn Ann

Title: His Final Girl

Series: B Mine #1

Author: Brooklyn Ann

Publication date: April 2019

Published by: Boroughs Publishing Group

Source: Purchased ebook

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Synopsis: DON’T GO IN THE WOODS

Computer nerd, Wes Carpenter, dreads having to spend ten days at summer camp with the rest of his in-coming high school senior class. But when he meets strong-willed and confident farm girl, Linnea Langenkamp, everything about being away at camp improves immediately. When a malicious prank awakens an ancient evil, turning their summer romance into a bloodbath, Wes and Linnea pray they make it home alive while fighting for the survival of their classmates. With Wes’s ingenuity and Linnea’s knowledge of the forest, together they may be able to stop the killer, save the camp, and maybe even find their happily ever after on the way.

My rating: ★★★★☆

A seed of pride sprouted in Wes that they'd gotten the hang of the canoe. Maybe he could survive this summer camp stuff—if he didn't get massacred by a masked killer.

You've heard of Final Girls, well now get ready for a Final Couple! I really liked this concept—it’s what first drew me to this series. It’s very much inspired by horror b-movies, which yes, please! I love my slashers and I love that there were so many references to horror movies in this book! However, while this is a horror series, it has a romantic twist, which I found intriguing.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Review: Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles #6) by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

Title: Saving Raphael Santiago

Series: The Bane Chronicles #6

Authors: Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

Publication date: September 2013

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Purchased hardcover

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Synopsis: A Manhattan teen—Raphael Santiago—is missing, and Magnus Bane must track him down before it’s too late.

In 1950s New York City, a distraught mother hires Magnus Bane to find her missing son, Raphael. But even if he can be found, is Raphael beyond saving?

My rating: ★★★★★

So this short story takes place in the 50s, when Magnus was apparently a PI. Lol. Raphael’s mother comes to Magnus for help in getting her son back from los vampiros. So Magnus agrees to help and goes to the Hotel Dumort to find Raphael, the hotel which Camille has laid claim to.

Review: The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5) by Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson

Title: The Rise of the Hotel Dumort

Series: The Bane Chronicles #5

Authors: Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson

Publication date: August 2013

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

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Synopsis: In 1920s Manhattan, Magnus Bane hobnobs with the elite at a glamorous Jazz Age hotspot.

The immortal Magnus Bane is making the most of his time in the Roaring Twenties: He's settled into New York society and is thriving among the fashionable jazz set. And there is nowhere better to see and be seen than the glamorous Hotel Dumort, a glittering new addition to the Manhattan landscape. But a different type of glamour may be at play...

My rating: ★★★★☆

This short story takes place in the Roaring 20s and it’s basically an origin story of the Hotel Dumort. Aldous Nix was the High Warlock of Manhattan and he was into some really shady stuff. He lived in the hotel and basically what he wants to do was open a portal to return to where he “belongs” aka home aka the Void aka the demon dimension 😳 Yeahhh, have fun with that. So this guy has a bunch of mundane followers who are idiots and things go about as well as you expect. It was really cool to see Magnus in action though! I always love that!

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Sunday Post #272: Busy, Busy


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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Learning Japanese


This month will mark my second year since I started learning Japanese, and I wanted to touch on that a little bit today and talk about how it's going and what I've been using to learn this language. TL;DR: I am having a lot of fun! It is a very difficult language to learn, but I am enjoying the challenge! Spanish being my native language, I feel like I could've gone with something similar like Italian and I would've picked it up much easier. But where's the challenge in that! Why not learn a new language AND a whole new writing system while I'm at it! πŸ˜‚


Thursday, August 12, 2021

Review: COVID-128 (The Lunar Chronicles #4.6) by Marissa Meyer

Title: COVID-128

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4.6

Previous books in this series: Cinder (#1) | Scarlet (#2) | Cress (#3) | Fairest (#3.5) | Winter (#4) | Stars Above (#4.5)

Previous novellas in this series: Glitches (#0.5) | The Little Android (#0.6) | The Queen's Army (#1.5) | Fairest (#3.5)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publication date: May 2020

Published by: Fierce Reads

Source: Read online

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Synopsis: "Surprise! I wrote a new Lunar Chronicles short story, inspired by the prompt from @fiercereads asking what our characters would be doing during a time of social distancing. It was really fun for me to hang out with these characters again for a little while, and I hope you'll enjoy it!"

My rating: ★★★★☆

I was so glad to be back in this world! I missed these characters 😩 I admit I was a little hesitant to read this only for the fact that it has to do with covid. One of the things that's annoying about watching shows right now, is that some have incorporated the pandemic into them. Listen here shows, there is a thing called escapism and I watch you to get away from all this. We have enough of this IRL, I don’t need it in my fiction too 😩 That being said, this short story was great! Lol. It basically shows what the characters would be doing during quarantine, and I really enjoyed seeing this little snippet into their lives.

Review: Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve #2) by Marissa Meyer

Title: Gone Rogue

Series: Wires and Nerve #2

Previous book in this series: Wires and Nerve

Prequel series: The Lunar Chronicles

Author: Marissa Meyer

Illustrator: Stephen Gilpin

Publication date: January 2018

Published by: Feiwel & Friends

Source: Purchased paperback

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Synopsis: Iko – an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder – has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.

And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages.

Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne, and Winter and Jacin all feature in this epic new battle. But it is Iko who must face her deepest fears when she uncovers the truth about her own unusual programming.

My rating: ★★★★☆

So the crew are still dealing with the rogue wolf soldiers and their leader Steele. Throughout this whole book, I was very frustrated with Wolf and all the dumb decisions he made.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Review: Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer

Title: Archenemies

Series: Renegades #2

Previous book in this series: Renegades

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publication date: November 2018

Published by: Feiwel & Friends

Source: Purchased hardcover

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Synopsis: Time is running out. Together, they can save the world. But are they each other's worst nightmare?

Nova's double life is about to get a lot more complicated:

As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian's patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City.

As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist—a group of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them the most.

But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies and, unbeknownst to Nova, he has some dangerous secrets of his own.

In this second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew—Ruby, Oscar, and Danna—are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice but also the feelings they have for each other.

The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what's clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their City—and the world—as they know it.

My rating: ★★★★★

I loved this book! So far, it is a great series and I’m just mad at myself for not reading it sooner. Lol.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Review: The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles #4) by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

Title: The Midnight Heir

Series: The Bane Chronicles #4

Authors: Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

Publication date: July 2013

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

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Synopsis: In Edwardian London, Magnus Bane discovers old friends and new enemies—including the son of his former comrade Will Herondale. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

Magnus thought he would never return to London, but he is lured by a handsome offer from Tatiana Blackthorn, whose plans—involving her beautiful young ward—are far more sinister than Magnus even suspects. In London at the turn of the century, Magnus finds old friends, and meets a very surprising young man . . . the sixteen-year-old James Herondale.

My rating: ★★★★★

This short story takes place before Chain of Gold and is about James Herondale, Will and Tessa’s son!

Review: Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles #3) by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

Title: Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale

Series/Collection: The Bane Chronicles #3

Authors: Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

Publication date: June 2013

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

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Synopsis: When immortal warlock Magnus Bane attends preliminary peace talks between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders in Victorian London, he is charmed by two very different people: the vampire Camille Belcourt and the young Shadowhunter, Edmund Herondale. Will winning hearts mean choosing sides?

My rating: ★★★★★

This short story takes place in the 1850s and it is about Will Herondale’s dad and how he met Will’s mother and why he stripped his marks. It was so sad, but also very interesting.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

10 Year Challenge Book Tag


I saw this tag over at We Live and Breathe Books and it was created by Rincey Reads. I thought this tag would be perfect to do because I just passed my 10 year blogging anniversary back in March! I still can't believe it!

Friday, August 6, 2021

Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Title: Renegades

Series: Renegades #1

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publication date: November 2017

Published by: Feiwel & Friends

Source: Purchased hardcover

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Synopsis: Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone... except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

My rating: ★★★★★

Nova scoffed. Did they really think that extra limbs made you a hero? Or being able to shoot fireworks from your hands? Or even having a layer of chromium beneath your skin?
Heroism wasn't about what you could do, it was about what you did.

This book was great! I really loved the world and the characters with all their cool superpowers! One thing that was interesting about this book was that we followed someone, who in this world, would be considered a villain. But the thing is, I totally get Nova’s motivations for doing what she’s doing.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Review: Goodnight Kiss (Goodnight Kiss #1-2) by R.L. Stine

Title: Goodnight Kiss

Series: Goodnight Kiss | Fear Street Collector's Editions

Books in this collection: Goodnight Kiss | Goodnight Kiss 2

Author: R.L. Stine

Publication date: July 1997

Published by: Simon Pulse

Source: Purchased paperback

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Synopsis: Goodnight Kiss 1

Matt and his girlfriend, April, are plunged into a horrifying world of endless night when they encounter the vampires of Sandy Hollow. April is lured away from Matt when a vampire controls her—hypnotizes her with his strange, intoxicating kisses. Now Matt must save April, before she gets her final goodnight kiss.

Goodnight Kiss 2

Bill has been to Sandy Hollow before. This summer, he's returning to the little resort town—but not for fun in the sun. He is searching for creatures of the night—the vampires who prey on the tourists there. Billy's girlfriend was one of those tourists—until the vampires killed her. Now Billy has vowed to destroy them all—even if he must join them trying.

Plus a new vampire story by R.L. Stine: The Vampire Club.

Pete Kelly has left Fear Street and come to a new school—Forest Grove High—so he's eager to make friends. Then he meets Nan Garner, a gorgeous girl who invites him to join a club. Sounds good, Pete thinks. Until he discovers the club's terrible secret. And their plan to make him a permanent member.

My rating: ★★★★☆

This omnibus has the Goodnight Kiss duology PLUS a short story at the end that I don’t think has been published anywhere else before. It was fun!


Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Review: The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

Title: The Final Girl Support Group

Author: Grady Hendrix

Publication date: July 13th 2021

Published by: Berkley Books

Source: eARC from publishers

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Synopsis: In horror movies, the final girl is the one who's left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her?

Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she's not alone. For more than a decade she's been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette's worst fears are realized--someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece.

But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.

My rating: ★★★★☆

As a huge horror movie fan, the title of this book immediately caught my attention. The concept of a final girl support group and getting to follow these final girls after the horrific ordeals they went through and just seeing how they deal with it all was very intriguing to me. I loved the concept of this book! And overall, I really enjoyed it!

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Review: The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2) by Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson

Title: The Runaway Queen

Series/Collection: The Bane Chronicles (#2)

Authors: Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson

Publication date: May 2013

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Purchased hardcover

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Synopsis: While in France, immortal warlock Magnus Bane finds himself attempting to rescue the royal family from the horrors of the French Revolution—after being roped into this mess by a most attractive count. Naturally, the daring escape calls for invisible air balloons...

My rating: ★★★★☆

This short story takes place in the 1700s, and, as the title suggests, Magnus basically helps a queen run away. There was a whole thing with an air balloon that is later mentioned in The Red Scroll of Magic, and it was just hilarious! Oh, and there’s also a bit of romance in this one.

Review: What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1) by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

Title: What Really Happened in Peru

Series/Collection: The Bane Chronicles (#1)

Authors: Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

Publication date: April 2013

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Purchased hardcover

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Synopsis: There are good reasons Peru is off-limits to Magnus Bane. Follow Magnus’s Peruvian escapades as he drags his fellow warlocks Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss into trouble, learns several instruments (which he plays shockingly), dances (which he does shockingly), and disgraces his host nation by doing something unspeakable to the Nazca Lines.

My rating: ★★★★★

This short story spans over several hundred years. If you recall, either in CoLS or CoHF it was mentioned that Magnus was banned from Peru and I was VERY intrigued. Well, in this story, we find out what happened and why he may or may not have been banned from Peru... Well, sort of πŸ˜‰

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Sunday Post #271: Surviving So Far


Welcome to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where I talk about what is going on in life and the blog, and show you all the bookish things I got that week!


Saturday, July 31, 2021

Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2021


This was an okay reading month. And blogging-wise I think I did pretty good too! All my pre-scheduled posts are out already though, so I need to work on getting more of those done πŸ˜…

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Review: Tales from the Gas Station: Volume Three by Jack Townsend

Title: Tales from the Gas Station: Volume Three

Series: Tales from the Gas Station #3

Previous books in this series: Tales from the Gas Station: Volume One | Tales from the Gas Station: Volume Two

Author: Jack Townsend

Publication date: April 2020

Published by: Jack Townsend

Source: Purchased ebook & audibook

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Synopsis: An army of monsters walks among us, hidden in plain sight. They’re fast. They’re strong. They’re unrelenting. And they only want one thing: the sh*tty gas station at the edge of town.

Coming as a surprise to absolutely no one, Jack—night-shift clerk and local crazy person—has found himself neck-deep in the middle of yet another world-ending terror. And this time around, nobody can be trusted. Not that tough-as-nails cop who probably knows a lot more than she’s letting on. Not the adorkable new employee who might be something far less innocent than she appears. Not even Jack’s best friend/emotional support human, whose mysterious past seems to have finally caught up with him.

In this latest installment of the Gas Station saga, Jack’s world will change forever. Questions will be answered, and answers will be questioned. Friends become enemies. Strangers become enemies. Frenemies become enemies. (You know what? Jack is going to have a lot of new enemies.)

Prepare yourself. Things are about to get weird.

My rating: ★★★★★

I love this series, and the beginning of this volume in particular was absolutely amazing! It starts off like a clichΓ© horror movie, except in this case it’s in the POV of a side character... but OUR main character of the book, Jack. It was hilarious!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Review: Tales from the Gas Station: Volume Two by Jack Townsend

Title: Tales from the Gas Station: Volume Two

Series: Tales from the Gas Station #2

Previous book in this series: Tales from the Gas Station: Volume One

Author: Jack Townsend

Publication date: August 2019

Published by: Jack Townsend

Source: Purchased ebook & audibook

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Synopsis: Nightshift clerk and high-functioning insomniac Jack is back to work, trying his best to keep out of trouble. But when his chain-smoking coworker discovers a mysterious radio signal revealing the guarded secrets of their town, Jack will learn that an annoying new dayshift manager is far from the worst of his problems.

In this second installment of the Gas Station saga, Jack finds himself entangled in his most harrowing adventure yet. With the newest crew of coworkers along for the ride and the resident psychopath out for his blood, our hero(?) must navigate the drama of small-town murder conspiracies, vigilante justice, and demonic summoning rituals...whether he wants to or not.

My rating: ★★★★★

I absolutely loved this book! Because I’ve listened to the free narrations you can find online (I heard them over on MrCreepypasta’s YouTube), I sort of knew where the story was going in regards to the Russian radio. But what I love about this book is that it elaborates on those things and adds a lot more detail, so I really didn’t mind one bit! Just like the last book, this one wasn’t plot-driven like most books I read. It was definitely more on the character-driven side and I was surprisingly okay with that! It did have a lot to do with the fact that I love these characters and the wacky situations they find themselves in.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Review: Tales from the Gas Station: Volume One by Jack Townsend

Title: Tales from the Gas Station: Volume One

Series: Tales from the Gas Station #1

Author: Jack Townsend

Publication date: October 2018

Published by: Jack Townsend

Source: Purchased ebook & audibook

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Synopsis: Working at a dead-end retail job in the middle of nowhere can be hard. The long hours. The helpless customers. The enormous eldritch horror living deep below the building...

As the only full-time employee at the twenty-four hour gas station at the edge of town, Jack has pretty much seen it all. But when he decides to start an online journal documenting the bizarre day-to-day occurrences, he unwittingly attracts the attention of much more than just a few conspiracy theorists. With the body count steadily on the rise and a dark, ancient force infecting the dreams of everyone around him, Jack will do everything in his power to stay out of the way and mind his own business.

After all, he’s just a gas station clerk. It’s not like he’s getting paid enough to wage battle against the nightmarish aberrations plaguing his community. Besides, he already has his hands full attempting to manage all those mysterious lawn gnomes, the mutant raccoons, and the charming phantom cowboy who lives in the bathroom.

Based on the award-winning creepypasta by GasStationJack, Tales from the Gas Station: Volume One is a love letter to the pioneers of classic horror tailored to a generation that grew up in the era of smartphones and WiFi.

My rating: ★★★★★

There was always something strangely comforting in the consistency of this place’s disconnectedness. The gas station always felt like a place outside of time, not really connected to the rest of the world but still technically part of it. If the gas station were a planet, it would be Pluto. If the gas station were a vowel, it would be Y. If the gas station were an X-Man, it would be Wolverine. (And that is probably the nicest thing anyone will ever say about the gas station.)

I love listening to horror narrations—MrCreepypasta’s narrations, to be specific. A while back, he started a story called Tales from the Gas Station and I just absolutely loved it! I was always looking forward to more episodes from that series. I don’t even remember how I found out about this book, but when I realized that it was that story in book form, I got really excited! And then I was even more excited when I found out that MrCreepypasta was the one who did the narration for the audiobook too! It was all just too perfect! So I bought it immediately, and it totally lived up to my expectations!

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Sunday Post #270: Still Catching Up


Welcome to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where I talk about what is going on in life and the blog, and show you all the bookish things I got that week!


Saturday, July 24, 2021

Finish the Series #16: Sci-Fi and Vampires


Last month I didn't pick out a series to finish because I just wasn't sure what mood I was going to be in, but I did end up finishing something!

Friday, July 23, 2021

Review: Goodnight Kiss 2 (Goodnight Kiss #2, Fear Street Super Chiller #10) by R.L. Stine

Title: Goodnight Kiss 2

Series: Goodnight Kiss #2 | Fear Street Super Chiller #10

Previous book in this series: Goodnight Kiss

Author: R.L. Stine

Publication date: July 1996

Published by: Archway Paperback

Source: Purchased paperback

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Synopsis: Vampires are stalking the small resort town of Sandy Hollow. Billy knows it; his girlfriend was one of the victims last summer. Now Billy is back - and he wants revenge.

His friends don't believe him. But nobody can explain the bodies found on the beach - with two puncture holes in the neck. Or the swarm of bats that appear each night.

The undead are here, and Billy's going to beat them.

Or join them.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

The first book in this duology was so much fun, so I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, it was not as great as Goodnight Kiss.

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