Wednesday, October 31, 2018

[Graphic Novel Review] Supernova (Amulet #8) by Kazu Kibuishi

Graphic Novel Review of Supernova (Amulet #8) by Kazu Kibuishi

Supernova is the eighth book in the amazing Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi.

I was anxiously awaiting the release date for this one. When my library hold finally came in, I was ecstatic!

Let's dive in to my review!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

[Book Review] Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

Book Review of Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman was an interesting tale of a terrifying condition, an evil scheme, violence along the trail, and love.

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Unfortunately, once I bought a copy, it sat there in my TBR pile... Slowly getting pushed further and further down the list.

I'm so happy that I was finally able to pick it up!

Let's dive in to my review!

Monday, October 29, 2018

[Children's Book Review] Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, illustrated by S.D. Schindler is another of my all time favorite halloween reads from my childhood!

When I heard that there was also a sung version of the book, I just had to give it a reread and a listen!

Let's dive in!

The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag


When I saw Esther of BiteIntoBooks post this tag, I just had to dive in! Check out her post here!

The Rules

  1. Pick five books.
  2. Answer the questions by flipping open a book at a random page. The first name you see will be the name to answer the question.
  3. Each book must answer two questions.
Let's dive in!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

[Children's Book Review] Night Night, Groot

Children's Book Review of Night Night, Groot

Night Night, Groot is fun and absolutely adorable story that Marvel fans of any age will appreciate!

I was shopping for a gift for a little guys upcoming first birthday party (where has the year gone?!). When I saw this one, I grabbed it immediately. Per usual, I had to give it a read first to make sure I wasn't gifting something lame... This was just perfect!

Let's dive in!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

2018 Halloween Work Party- Harry Potter Theme


In a recent Book Blogger Hop, the topic was Literary Halloween Costumes and I mentioned that we had an awesome plan for our team at work.

Well, I can finally share what that idea was!! Which, as you can see, was a Harry Potter theme!

On our team we had:
  • A Hufflepuff student
  • Nymphadora Tonks
  • Luna Lovegood
  • Ginny Weasley 
  • Bellatrix Lestrange
  • The Golden Snitch
  • Hermione Granger
  • Albus Dumbledore
  • Harry Potter
  • A Patronus
  • An Owl
  • Ron Weasley
  • Professor Mcgonagall
  • Severus Snape 
  • Draco Malfoy
We were going to have a Professor Quirrell/He Who Must Not Be Named. But unfortunately he was traveling. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] A Horror Recommendation For Non-Horror Readers


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer asked:

What is one horror novel that you would recommend to non-horror readers. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

[Children's Book Review] In The Haunted House

Children's Book Review of In The Haunted House

In The Haunted House is such a fun and spooky story with absolutely wonderful illustrations!

Rereading this one transported me right back to my childhood! This was one of my all time favorite Halloween reads as a kid.

While on my kick of reading children's books this season, I just had to request this one from my local library. I know I have a copy of mine still kicking around here somewhere though...

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

[Comic Review] The Creeps by Fran Krause

Comic Review of The Creeps by Fran Krause

The Creeps by Fran Krause was another wonderful collection of illustrated fears that range from silly, to horribly sad, to absolutely terrifying!

I had previously read Deep Dark Fears, also by Fran Krause. When I went onto Goodreads to record my review, I was thrilled to see that there was another Deep Dark Fears collection! When my library hold finally came in, I couldn't wait to crack it open!

Let's dive in!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

[Children's Book Review] Bone Soup by Cambria Evans

Children's Book Review of Bone Soup by Cambria Evans

Bone Soup by Cambria Evans is a super cute story about a skeleton named Finnigin that is on a quest for a Halloween feast.

Let's dive in!

Monday, October 22, 2018

[Book Review] Ghosts of Salem by Sam Baltrusis

Book Review of Ghosts of Salem by Sam Baltrusis

Ghosts of Salem: Haunts of the Witch City is a really interesting collection of historic and paranormal tales.

I had previously read New Hampshire Book of the Dead: Graveyard Legends and Lore by Roxie J. Zwicker and LOVED every second of it. Unfortunately, this one was quite different, but it was still one I would definitely recommend.

Let's dive in!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

[Children's Book Review] Don't Push The Button by Bill Cotter

Children's Book Review of Don't Push The Button by Bill Cotter

Don't Push The Button written and illustrated by Bill Cotter is an adorable story about a monster named Larry that just can't decide if pushing the button is a bad idea or not.

Can Larry and the reader resist, or will the button be pressed?

Let's dive in!

[Book Review] An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green


An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green is an enjoyable read that really hits the nail on the head with a number of very timely and important topics.

When I saw this was an option for the October Book of the Month, I was ecstatic! I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy to see what it would be like. I just love Hank's vlogs, so I could only imagine how wonderful a book would be!

While I absolutely enjoyed the read, it felt like it was lacking just a little oomph for me.

Let's dive in!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

[Graphic Novel Review] Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol


Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol is a story about a young Russian girl who wants nothing more but to go off to summer camp to be like all the other rich girls. But she doesn't want to go to just any camp, she wants to go to a Russian summer camp where she believes she will finally fit in.

The premise sounded great to me when I first heard about it. And, well... At least this was a quick read.

Let's dive in!

Friday, October 19, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] Literary Halloween Costume


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Michelle @ Life Among the Pages asked:

If you were to dress up as a literary figure {author or character} for Halloween, who would it be? 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

[Book Review] The Nightmarchers by J. Lincoln Fenn

Book Review of The Nightmarchers by J. Lincoln Fenn

The Nightmarchers by J. Lincoln Fenn was a totally nerve-wracking tale. While reading, you won't be able to guess what happens next.

Thank you to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this story.

Let's dive in to my review!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

[Book Review] Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You

Book photo of Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda, illustrated by Jonny Sun is an absolutely delightful collection!

This is a book that you could sit and cruise through in a just short time, or pick it up to read one page every now and then spread them out. No matter how you choose to read this one, it will be a lovely experience.

Shout-out to the Bookery in Manchester for stocking this new release! I was SO happy to get my hands on a copy the same day it came out!

Let's dive in!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

[Graphic Novel Review] Our Final Halloween


A short while back, you may have seen my post, Kickstarter Project: Our Final Halloween. When I read the promotional details and saw a sneak peek into the graphic novel, I backed the project immediately.

I am so very thankful to have been given an early release copy of this, and I'm so glad to say that it was just as incredible as I had hoped it would be!

This graphic novel is a wonderfully blood-pumping, anxiety-inducing tale that really comes to life through the extremely vivid colors of the illustrations. If you're looking for a great Halloween read, look no further... This one will really set your Halloween night off on the right foot!

Let's dive in!

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Nightmare Before Christmas Book Tag

The Nightmare Before Christmas Book Tag

It has been ages since I have done a book tag. When Esther from BiteIntoBooks tagged me in this one, I just couldn't pass it up! After all, I'm quite obsessed with all things Nightmare!

This tag was created by The Butterfly Reader. Check out her post here!

Let's dive into the tag!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

[Children's Book Review] Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex

Children's Book Review of Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex

Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex is a wonderful parody of the beloved Goodnight Moon, but of course... with an amazingly spooky twist!

I checked a copy of this one out from my local library. When I picked it up, it was clear that the book had been through many hands!

Let's dive in!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

[Graphic Novel Review] Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey Book One

Graphic Novel Review of Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey by D.J. Milky

Book #1 of Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey was a quick and fun read! I had previously read the Free Comic Book issue of Zero's Journey and felt totally teased by the preview. I just couldn't wait to see what the full first book would be like.

Of course, when Book One arrived on my doorstep, I couldn't wait to read it! When I picked it up, I just cruised right through it.

Let's dive in to my review!

Friday, October 12, 2018

[Book Review] River Bodies by Karen Katchur

Book Review of River Bodies by Karen Katchur

River Bodies by Karen Katchur is a totally engrossing read that I struggled to put down.

If you enjoy lighter thrillers with a heavy focus on characters and their relationships, and just a dash of gore, then this is one that you definitely have to pick up!

Full disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my review in any way.

Let's dive in!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

[Book Review] Soul Shade by T.L. Branson

Book Review of Soul Shade by T.L. Branson

Soul Shade by T.L. Branson was an absolutely wonderful addition to the Soul Stone series. I keep thinking these book can't get better, but somehow... they do! I had SO much fun reading this!

I've said it before... If you're a fan of brilliant fantasy novels with wonderful characters, a dash of humor, and a splash of brutal violence, you need to check out this series by T.L. Branson!

I would definitely recommend checking out the short stories, then the first full-length book, Soul Render, before diving into Soul Shade. It isn't necessary to read the short stories, but it definitely adds to the overall experience if you read the shorts first.

If you missed my reviews for the short stories or book one, feel free to click below and then come back here!
Full disclosure: I was part of the ARC reading team for this release and therefore snagged an unfinished copy from the author. This did not affect my review in any way, but please note that some of the quotations that I include later on may differ from the final copy.

Without further delay, let's dive in to my review of Soul Shade!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

[Book Review] Under My Skin by Lisa Unger

Book Review of Under My Skin by Lisa Unger

Under My Skin by Lisa Unger is a novel that is unsettling right from the start!

From the very first page of the prologue, I was nervous for the female character... and it only got worse and worse as the prologue progressed. Then we dive right into the story, which is just a rollercoaster of the present, the past, resurfacing memories, dreams, and lots of confusion.

Full disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book as part of the TLC Book Tour. This did not affect my rating in any way. 
Let's dive in to my review!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Kickstarter Project: Our Final Halloween


I just received an email Mike Garley, a comic writer, who put a very intriguing Kickstarter project on my radar: Our Final Halloween - A one-shot digital horror comic.

I was impressed from the start when Mike threw in this line: I thought you might be interested in this project because of your fondness for horror.

Mike, you were correct! Horror is certainly my weakness.

So of course, I jumped right in and supported the Kickstarter. And now, I'd love to help spread the word!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

[Book Review] Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Book Review of Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab is the long awaited follow-up to Vicious, which is one of my all time favorite novels!

When my copy of Vengeful came in the mail earlier than I expected, I just had to reread Vicious before I dove in so it took me some time to get to this one. Feel free to check out my review of Vicious here! And click here to see my unboxing of the incredible OwlCrate Vicious/Vengeful limited edition box.

Now, let's dive in to my review!

Friday, October 5, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] Horror vs Urban Fantasy


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books asked:

It's getting close to Halloween. If you HAD to read one of these two genres, which would you prefer -- urban fantasy, or horror, and why?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

September 7th, 2018 - My Wedding


I still cannot believe that my wedding day has come and gone already!

Before we got engaged, I could not wait to start planning our wedding. Alex and I had talked about random things we'd like to see with our future wedding here and there, but we hadn't written anything down. I was totally kicking myself for that once he proposed! That list of ideas could have really helped, but it was also fun to start from scratch.

I promised to share more photos! All of the photos in this blog were taken by Trina Dinnar Photography! <3

Without further delay, here they are!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Literary Halloween Costumes You May Already Have In Your Closet

Literary Halloween Costumes That You May Already Have In Your Closet

Halloween is quickly approaching! Have you planned out your costume yet?

If you're looking for some inspiration, check out these literary costumes that I, personally, would love to try! Each costume has many elements that you may just already have in your closet!