Book Creatures of the Night Tag

Today, I am going to be doing the Book Creatures of the Night tag! This was created by Katytastic on Youtube, so you can watch the original video here:

Essentially, this tag just includes ten different types of creatures from books. I’ll just be picking my favorite for each of these categories.

1. Vampire

My favorite vampires are those from Vampire Academy! They have a really interesting mythology, including the different types and powers that they can have. I also think they are the most realistic example of vampires. Rose and Lissa are great!

2. Werewolf

I haven’t read too many werewolf books, but I think my favorite is Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. While he’s not a real werewolf, he has some of the same qualities.
3. Zombie

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard has the best zombies! This is a steampunk series and the zombies are very technological. I would really suggest this series if you enjoy zombies or steampunk.
4. Ghost

My favorite ghost book is Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore! The book is set on a Texas ranch, which starts with a very cool setup, but it also has an interesting way the ghosts get involved with this story. I need to read more of this author’s ghost books too.
5. Witch/Warlock/Spellcaster

Naturally, the obvious pick is Harry Potter! He is just the classic wizard character with so many different powers and spells. The world of Hogwarts is also amazingly built, of course.
6. Fairy/Fae

The only fairy book I have read is The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa, so I guess that’s what I am going to pick! I like the way this book intertwines all different kinds of fairies from classics, such as Puck from Shakespeare’s A Midnight Summer’s Dream. 
7. Demon

My favorite demons come from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. These demons come from the seven devils! It is a really great series that I highly suggest.
8. Angel

I haven’t read too many angel books…but I think my favorite is Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I don’t remember too much about the first book, but I really want to finish this series soon.
9. Alien

Of course, I love the aliens in Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout! That is a really addicting series with really interesting mythology behind the aliens. I also like the aliens in 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad. These are scary, but they make for a great book!
10. Superpowered human

I don’t know any of these either, but I do like the shadowhunters from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. They also have a huge world that I really enjoyed reading about during that series.

What are your favorite creatures from books? Any suggestions?

Happy Halloween!

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October Wrap Up

Unlike most months, I feel like October just went on forever…It wasn’t a very good month for me. I had so many deadlines due and some personal issues. However, I did get a little bit of reading done.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt VonnegutIf I Stay by Gayle FormanOnyx by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Odyssey by HomerToxic by Sara ShepardThe Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)

  1. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  3. Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout
  4. The Odyssey by Homer
  5. Toxic by Sara Shepard
  6. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

My favorite book I read this month was If I Stay!

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  • Reread – The Oydssey
  • Romance – Onyx
  • Creature on the Cover – Blood of Olympus
  • Red Cover – Slaughterhouse Five
  • Free Space

I’m actually planning my November TBR around this Bingo card…I really want to win this time!

TV Show Favorite:

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

I’m a huge fan of Viola Davis and this show is so addicting! It took me a while to start getting into it, but I am enjoying it more and more. The end of the season finale is probably going to be really epic.

Top 5 Songs:

How was your reading month? What were some of your favorites?

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Vampire Academy Movie Review

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Vampire Academy (2014)

Based on the book by Richelle Mead

Directed by Mark Waters; Written by Daniel Waters; Starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovsky

b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human-half vampire, a guardian of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discreetly within our world. Her calling is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi.

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It’s been a while since I read this book, but this movie brought back all the original feelings and emotions I had during my first read and really makes me want to continue with this series (I’m still on book 3)!

I really loved Zoey Deutch’s portrayal of Rose. Rose can be a character that some people like and some don’t. She really has many character flaws, which makes her human. Personally, I have never found myself one way or the other, but I liked her in the movie more than I did in the first book. Her lines, thanks to the amazing script, are always so funny! It brings out her character and fleshes her out. Lissa was still just okay for me. There was some disconnection for me with Lucy Fry, but I think that would get better if this movie series continues on into Frostbite.

The script was great! They really got all the character’s personalities down without having too much leaving from the main plot. It followed along with the main themes of the book well too. The movie was always interesting and I wanted to keep watching. The action scenes were also really well done. There was just enough action and humor, so the combination worked really well together. The world building, while it could be different, was a little bit iffy. I understood everything, but that was probably just because I read the book already.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie. While there were a few problems I had, it was fun and enjoyable! I really hope that they continue on with this movie series.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want to Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish! This week’s feature is ten new series I want to start.

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)

  1. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – I recently read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, so I really want to pick up Jenny Han’s first series.
  2. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows – This is actually the first book I ever added to my TBR on Goodreads. Sadly, I haven’t started it yet.
  3. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – There is so much hype around this series! I own the first book as well.
  4. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shephard – I don’t know too much about what this is about, but I think it is some type of historical series. It looks great though!

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Splintered (Splintered, #1)

5. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – Another space book! I’m a really big fan of those, plus I have heard so much about these characters.

6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – This book is so hyped! It makes me a little bit nervous to jump into the world, but I’ll get around to it sometime.

7. Splintered by A.G. Howard – This is an Alice In Wonderland retelling – one of my favorite classics!

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)

8. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers – This book is about nuns turned killers. It sounds epic.

9. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – I have seen the movie, but never read the book. I love South USA literature, so this seems like a series I would enjoy.

10. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks – A mermaid series! I’ve never read any good mermaid books before, so hopefully I like this one more.

What series are you hoping to read soon? Do you think I should pick up any of mine next?

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On Kathleen Hale, Book Blogging, and Stalking

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I think we all need to define two words before we begin here today.

Catfish verb lure (someone) into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.

Stalk verb harass or persecute (someone) with unwanted and obsessive attention.

First, a small summary of the events surrounding this topic. Kathleen Hale, author of  No One Else Can Have You, recently wrote this post over on the Guardian. In this article, she reads a bad review of her first book on Goodreads, written by a reviewer named Blythe. She becomes obsessed with this reviewer – following her blog, looking at pictures on her Instagram – and then renting a car and driving to her house. Blythe wasn’t her real name, but just a name she used for blogging. So because of this…it made her a catfish, and therefore okay for stalking, and more than that, okay to write this post about.

Obviously, Kathleen Hale still hasn’t even learned her lesson from this. Just look at some of the tweets she posted after all this blacklash:

No, this article is not an exposing discussion about catfishing. It shows quite blatantly how Kathleen Hale stalked this person, just for using an Internet persona. Using a different name for a blog is perfectly legal. Finding their home address, calling them, and harassing them is not. Some of the lengths she went to were quite disturbing: 

“DO YOU USE THE NAME BLYTHE HARRIS TO BOOK BLOG ONLINE?” I felt like the guy on the Howard Stern show, screaming, “I exist!”

She paused. “No,” she said quietly.

An hour after I got off the phone to Judy, Blythe Harris deleted her Twitter and set her Instagram to private. A contact at a publishing house confirmed that they’d been sending books to Judy’s address all year, and as recently as two weeks ago.

I’m told Blythe still blogs and posts on Goodreads; Patricia tells me she still live tweets Gossip Girl. In some ways I’m grateful to Judy, or whoever is posing as Blythe, for making her Twitter and Instagram private, because it has helped me drop that obsessive part of my daily routine. Although, like anyone with a tendency for low-grade insanity, I occasionally grow nostalgic for the thing that makes me nuts.

These are just a few examples of what happened. No matter what – if this happened in the book blogging community or not, this is a scary story. People should be able to post pictures and talk about their lives and discuss books (or whatever topics they enjoy) without being scared that people with different opinions are going to stalk their house, call them crazily, and obsess over their entire life.

Even if this blogger was using pictures that weren’t truly of herself, that does not give Kathleen Hale any permission to go after her in such a way. What she did was, well, illegal for one thing. And after confessing, I have no idea why this isn’t a bigger problem than it already is. If I were the blogger, I would have taken this straight to the police, especially with this full confession right on the Internet.

It’s not catfishing. Why? Just look at the definition. Was the blogger trying to start a relationship with Kathleen Hale? No. She was just commenting on a book she didn’t like, a review that was not even meant for the author to read. In this review, she did not personally attack Kathleen Hale or threaten her in any way. She said that she did not like the book. That is all. Bad reviews are meant to discuss problems with a book, so that other readers can find the best books and make smart decisions about what they read. Not to take away happiness from the author. 

But what Kathleen Hale did was definitely stalking. She gave this random blogger on the Internet all of her time, obsessing over every detail of her life, even paying money for the background check. This is the direct definition of stalking.

So really…Hale is more at fault than anyone. And the fact that she wrote an essay, published it on a major news site, and still doesn’t seem to understand the problem – that might be even worse. It’s not something to be glorified. It’s not a shocking expose on how book bloggers use different names or catfish authors. Because this blogger in question never tried to start a relationship or attack the author. She put her feelings and opinions on the Internet and got stalked for it. That’s what is not okay. 

What can we learn from this? As book bloggers, it shows us how negative reviews can affect authors. It is another example why we shouldn’t attack authors. And it is a shocking fear that we know have to keep in the back of our minds. It is a wake up call to everything that could happen, something so crazy it wasn’t a possibility. And for authors? Don’t stalk us. 

There’s a blogger/author relationship that still needs to be worked out in this situation. But neither of the groups can take away privacy or security of the other. We respect you, you respect us. That is all I ask.

Toxic by Sara Shepard Review

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Toxic by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #15)

Published HarperTeen 2014

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Format: Hardback from the library

b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400One A has been captured…but the most dangerous A of all is still out there in the penultimate installment in Sara Shepard’s #1 New York Timesbestselling Pretty Little Liars series.

High school seniors Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna barely survived their most recent encounter with A. And it’s not over yet…. The police don’t believe there’s another, deadlier, A out there, but the girls know what-and who-they saw. If they don’t track down this final tormentor soon, A will silence them forever.

Sara Shepard’s fan base continues to grow as ABC Family’s hit Pretty Little Liars TV show draws in new readers to the #1 New York Times bestselling series. Full of unexpected twists and shocking revelations, the second-to-last novel ramps up the stakes for the jaw-dropping series conclusion in Pretty Little Liars #16.

029c6-coollogo_com-9181998By the fifteenth book in the series, there tends to be a general lack of original ideas. And that, like many other series dragged out far beyond their life span, was exactly what this book suffered from – badly. Most of it just seemed like a buildup to the big finale, closing down this series at sixteen books next month. I am very excited to see how this all finally wraps up, especially seeing some of the strings tying off in this book. Now, for a review for each of the girls:

Aria: I have always liked Aria. In this book, her art is finally being sold after a famous buyer finds her artwork. After that, she lives the high life of an artist – gallerys, interviews, and reviews all coming in. She also starts a new relationship with Harrison, an art reviewer. They seem to be really cute together, but I still like her with Noel better. Other than that, Aria just seemed like Aria – avoiding any kind of craziness.

Spencer: Spencer normally takes the lead on A stuff, but in this book, she was just kind of boring. She starts a bullying advice blog and meets a guy named Greg. That’s about it.

Hanna: Hanna gets an acting role in a movie based on the Pretty Little Liars series (I liked the cameo of the actresses of the actual TV show!) and meets a young actress named Hailey. Hailey is a diva who causes some trouble between Hanna and her boyfriend, Mike. This was interesting.

Emily: ran this entire book. Literally. Emily receives a message from Jordan (remember her? I pretty much didn’t). Then, she goes to prison to visit and some trouble happens there. Needless to say, Emily goes crazy again, thus leading into the next book. Emily is such a frustrating character. She makes really irrational decisions.

The main problem with this book was that almost nothing happened. Outside of their social lives and relationship problems, there was little plot. They had some interesting hobbies and Emily pushed them into doing some insane stuff on a mad search to find Alison, but that’s it. It was just a filler book to get you into the last one. I am a little bit worried about how the series and the cliffhanger are going to wrap up in the next one, but I’m sure something will happen.

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