*Review* Pet Sematary- Stephen King

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Sometimes dead is better….

When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son – and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all… right down to the friendly cat. But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth – more terrifying than death itself… and hideously more powerful.

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My Review:

“And the most terrifying question of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful, staring, unrelenting sanity.”

I remember reading this when I was a lot younger and being scared out of my wits. To where I had to sleep with the lights on and not make eye contact as we drove by any Cemetery. As an adult, I didn’t think that this was that scary until the last thirty pages or so.

With a book like this, I’m more of a visual person. There are so many spooky elements that just need to be witnessed with actors and not words.

And I never realized that he referenced so many of his other works in this book. And let’s not forget his fond love of The Ramones!

Stephen King is the master of scaring the pants off of anyone and this one definitely delivers. There is something about the way he writes that would even bring fear to Poe himself.

Just a quick reminder, listen to your intuition, it will save your life one day!

stacy

*Arc Review* Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss- Kasie West

38251237 Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare.

As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script.

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My Review:

“You have no idea how much different it is off script. You need a real kiss. Your first real kiss. Seriously, it’s so much better. You will never want to stop.”

I’ve never started a book and finished it in under a day. We can all agree that this might be one of my top three Kasie West books. This was an all-around fantastic read. I can’t wait for everyone to fall in love with Lacey and Donovan.

Being an actress is hard. You have to be the role you have and not let anything stop you from living that moment. Lacey is the girl with that star-studded dream. She lands a dream role and co-stars beside one of the biggest names in Hollywood at the moment, Grant James.

Lacey lives offset with her helicopter dad who is all about her completing her school work and living the normal teen life with a curfew. But being a teen means throwing a couple of curveballs his way. Her dad hires her a tutor and that makes things more complicated.

The set life isn’t what Lacey expected. She’s having some trouble and now someone is trying to sabotage her screen time. Can those troubles and a new crush get in her way of stardom?

This book was amazing. You get an in-depth look at movie making, the trials they go through to get everything perfect. The characters were very lovable and you create this instant bond with them, especially with Lacey and Donovan. What stopped this from being a five-star book was the outcome of the saboteur. The reasoning was kind of boring and I was hoping for more drama.

Zombies, a cute tutor, and on-set drama make this one of my favorite contemporaries of the year. It was that instant connection we all know and crave. Kasie is the best in her genre and she doesn’t disappoint.

stacy

*Review* Anna and the Apocalypse- Katharine Turner & Barry Waldo

40653285   School’s out for the end of the world.

Anna and the Apocalypse is a horror comedy about a teenager who faces down a zombie apocalypse with a little help from her friends.

Anna Shepherd is a straight-A student with a lot going on under the surface: she’s struggling with her mom’s death, total friend drama, and the fallout from wasting her time on a very attractive boy. She’s looking forward to skipping town after graduation–but then a zombie apocalypse majorly disrupts the holidays season. It’s going to be very hard to graduate high school without a brain.

To save the day, Anna, her friends, and her frenemies will have to journey straight to the heart of one of the most dangerous places ever known, a place famous for its horror, terror, and pain…high school.

This novel is inspired by the musical feature film, Anna and the Apocalypse.

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My Review:

“Uh, sorry, St. Peter, she whispered, fighting with the on/off button. But I was trying to save my friends’ lives and instead I accidentally switched on a huge vibrating dildo and dropped it on the floor and then I got eaten by zombies. May I come in?”

I love zombies. Always have and always will. When I get something in my hand that promises laughs and zombie slayings like Shaun of the Dead, I drop everything to start reading it. I should have known better about letting a fantastic cover talk me into something. Anna and the Apocalypse was a very sad take on the zombie takeover. It’s also a few years too late.

We all saw the preview for this movie and it looks something dreadful. But I thought that the book would be better because that’s how it always turns out. Nope, I was wrong. Soooo wrong.

Nothing is explained, kids kill zombies, people act like trash bags, and then it ends. It ends quickly and nothing happens. Some kids ride off into the sunset and others are dead. That sums up this entire book. Oh, oh! Let’s not forget the two times I awkwardly chuckled at some oddly placed jokes.

My rating was rounded up higher because of those two odd jokes and the amazing cover.

Who knew that zombies could be a disappointment? 🤷‍♀️

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The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

Happy October, everyone! Who is excited for Halloween tomorrow?! Halloween is my favorite time of the year, so I’m, of course, super excited to see everyone in their costumes tomorrow and to hand out some candy!

So, I thought in the spirit of Halloween, I would do another Halloween book tag! Now, I wasn’t tagged in this awesome book tag, but I stumbled across it and thought it was perfect for October (and, of course, Halloween!). Below are the instructions for the Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag:

Instructions:

1. Pick 5 books

2. Turn to a random page

3. The first name you see gets to be on your zombie survival team (yay?)

4. Apply the characters to the 10 situations and types of people in the order you got them

5. Fret over how doomed you are.

So each book gets two characters. For example, the characters I pick from City of Bones will get spots 1 and 2, Caraval will get spots 3 and 4, and so on.

Books I picked:

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand

The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag:

1. The first person to die: Clary

I am surprisingly not surprised about this. As she’s pretty inexperienced in fighting in City of Bones, I can see why she would be the first to go. She’s a great character, but she gets overwhelmed pretty quickly. Bye-bye, Clary!

2. The person you trip to get away from the zombies: Dorothea

I’m that terrible person who loves the The Mortal Instruments series, but can’t remember Dorothea for the life of me. I hope she’s evil because then I did the right thing by tripping her. 🙂 If you know who she is, let me know in the comments!

3. The first person to turn into a zombie: Scarlett 😦

Noooo!! I love Scarlett from Caraval, so I am not happy about this! Tella will be destroyed when she finds out what happened to her sister.

4. The person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies: Tella

Okay, so not nice, Tella. She probably tripped me to get away from her zombie sister, not a zombie horde. Which means I could potentially be Scarlett’s first kill. Ugh, not what I had planned for the zombie apocalypse.

5. The idiot of the team: Tamlin

HA! THIS IS SO FREAKING FITTING! And I say it’s fitting because I am in no way a fan of Tamlin. I didn’t like him in the first book, so I for sure will not like him now. He may have a ton of experience in fighting and such, but he’s clueless when it comes to using his brain.

6. The “brains” of the team: Nesta (yeah, I can see this)

This is, by far, the most fitting of this whole zombie apocalypse team. Nesta is a smart individual. She may be slightly headstrong and stubborn, but that may come in handy when deciding the next move. She could very well be why most of the team will survive. Except for Scarlett. And hopefully Tamlin. 🙂

7. The team’s medic: Eliana

She could potentially be the medic, but she’d rather be out fighting the zombies. Eliana is a fighter and if you get injured, she’ll probably still be wondering why you are not fighting. So, she basically may not be the best choice, but she most likely knows first aid. I hope…

8. The weapons expert: Rielle

Actually, I feel like Rielle and Eliana should switch roles. Eliana loves her knives and fighting, so she would enjoy being the weapons expert. And Rielle so badly wants to use her powers for good, so why not be the team’s medic?

9. The brawler: Locke

Are you for real? Locke doesn’t fight; he starts the fights by opening his mouth and starting crap. So, I cannot see him as being the brawler. He’d probably hide behind someone else before stepping into a fight.

10. The Team Captain: Queen Orlagh

I see this as a bad choice, and the fellow readers that have read this book know why. So, if you are curious as to why this is a bad choice (or is it a good choice? Hmm…), check out The Cruel Prince! I don’t think we’d all live with her as the team captain, so knowing me and knowing Nesta, I’d be voting for Nesta as the team captain.


And that’s it! I loved this tag and the books I chose. If you are up for doing a book tag, try this one and tag me so I can see your results!

♥Nikole

*Arc Review* Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

I can’t believe Bruja Born comes out Tuesday! Time moves so fast. But I am so excited for this book to be released in the world! Bruja Born is the second book in the Brooklyn Brujas trilogy. Labyrinth Lost is the first book, and you can check out my review here.

Title: Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas)

Author: Zoraida Córdova

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis of Bruja Born

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Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula’s world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back…


My Review

Bruja Born takes place after the events in Labyrinth Lost, and in Lula’s point of view. Lula struggles with having visible scars and dealing with the aftermath she faced in Los Lagos that caused her to change as a person. She starts to pull away from those she cares about, while also abusing her sister’s powers, blaming her sister fully for what happened.

Lula is a completely different person compared to Alex. She struggles with her new insecurities and the fact that she lost her spark, and she’s having difficulties accepting what happened. And it only gets worse when her boyfriend, Maks, dies and she brings him back. But when he’s resurrected, he’s not exactly the guy she fell in love with, and because of that, Lula starts to understand the cycle of life and death, and what it truly means to cross Lady de la Muerte, the Goddess of Death.

BornLady de la Muerte is a frightening, yet intriguing character in Bruja Born. Just like the Devourer, she is not someone you want to see in your path or betray. Which Lula soon learns after the accident. Lady de la Muerte is no doubt one of my favorite characters. I would honestly love to see a full novel on Lady de la Muerte’s life.

I really enjoyed the character building of Lula. Lula starts off as a troubled soul, someone who has lost her way. And throughout Bruja Born, she starts to figure out her path and what it truly means to be a Mortiz and a Bruja. Her character growth is steady and apparent throughout the novel. The reader sees her struggle with her mistakes and the realization of what she did when she brought Maks back to life. Lula is such a relatable character because she illustrates that everyone makes mistakes, but that everyone has the chance to learn and grow from their mistakes. And like many people, Lula is also terrified of death; not for herself, but losing the people she loves. And she soon realizes that no matter what, death cannot be cheated. One way or another, Death always collects. 

All in all, I felt that Bruja Born was a wonderful sequel to Labyrinth Lost. Bruja Born brought together intriguing characters, a fantastical world, and compelling magic. I can’t wait for the third book! Bruja Born hits shelves this upcoming Tuesday!

♥Nikole

First Line Friday – Bruja Born – Zoraida Córdova

Welcome to First Line Friday, where we share the first line in a book.

For this week, I’ll be following Stacy’s amazing idea of doing teasers for upcoming books. Our book for this Friday is Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova.

Now, I’m going to stretch the rules a bit. I’m going to add the first two sentences, as the first sentence is only five words long. Also, this is the sequel to Labyrinth Lost, so I highly recommend checking out that book. It’s fantastic!

“This is a love story. At least, it was, before my sister sent me to hell.”

Whoa, I know right? How would you react if your family member sent you to hell? If you’re curious as to how that even happened, I encourage you to read Labyrinth Lost!

The synopsis for Bruja Born is below. It does contain some spoilers, but not too many, from the first book.


Synopsis of Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

33918887Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula’s world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back…


I’ll be posting my review of Bruja Born this weekend, so stay tuned! 🙂

Happy reading!

♥Nikole

Book Blog Tour + Giveaway: Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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Welcome to the official blog tour stop of Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted! Thank you Entangled Teen for having us; we are very delighted to blog about this wonderful book!


 About Zombie Abbey:

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And the three teenage Clarke sisters thought what they’d wear to dinner was their biggest problem…

Lady Kate, the entitled eldest.

Lady Grace, lost in the middle and wishing she were braver.

Lady Lizzy, so endlessly sunny, it’s easy to underestimate her.

Then there’s Will Harvey, the proud, to-die-for—and possibly die with!—stable boy; Daniel Murray, the resourceful second footman with a secret; Raymond Allen, the unfortunate-looking young duke; and Fanny Rogers, the unsinkable kitchen maid.

Upstairs! Downstairs! Toss in some farmers and villagers!

None of them ever expected to work together for any reason.

But none of them had ever seen anything like this.

Buylinks: https://entangledpublishing.com/zombie-abbey.html


 About Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Lauren_BaratzLogstedLauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 30 books for adults (Vertigo), teens (The Twin’s Daughter) and children (The Sisters 8 series which she created with her husband and daughter). She’d love to dress up in period costume from the 1920s but she’d be a lot less excited about meeting zombies. Lauren lives in Danbury, CT, with her husband and daughter and cat, all of whom are writers (well, maybe not the cat).

Author Links:

Author Website:https://www.laurenbaratzlogsted.com/

Author Twitter: @LaurenBaratzL

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lauren.baratzlogsted

Author Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/27212.Lauren_Baratz_Logsted


My Review of Zombie Abbey

Zombie Abbey was such a fun read! This wonderful book is a mash up of Downtown Abbey and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (which I love). I am a huge zombie fan (yes, I watch The Walking Dead), so Zombie Abbey was right up my alley and a book I was looking forward to devouring.ZombieAbbey-ReviewQuote1

Zombie Abbey has a wonderful mix of historical horror, romance, and some humor. The first few chapters did take me a few minutes to grip, as I haven’t read a historical book in quite some time. With that being said though, it was easy enough to fall into the writing and the story. The writing was exactly how I would imagine the 1920s would be like; the author did a great job of describing the time and the characters. Lauren Baratz-Logsted gives each reader the sense of what that time period was like; in my opinion, I felt like I was living in that time period with how wonderfully descriptive the book was.

The Clarke family is the main focus of the story, mainly the three sisters. The chapters that were made of the sisters’ point of views were light and refreshing, and I looked forward to reading the chapters in their perspectives. There were times where I got confused because the point of view does jump around, but my confusion was an easy fix.

When the zombie action came into play, that’s when I felt the real story took off and the characters started to really develop. Zombie Abbey is not like The Walking Dead, where zombie hoards are at every corner; Zombie Abbey was more of a slow burn, in the sense that zombies did not hurtle or huddle together. I really liked that because it seemed more realistic to me, especially for that time period.

All in all, Zombie Abbey was an exhilarating read, one that I would highly recommend to readers who love zombie books and stories that take place in another time period. If the synopsis and/or my review piqued your interest, check out the excerpt below! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!! 🙂


Excerpt from Zombie Abbey:

Dr. Webb was lurching toward the church out of the mist, something terribly off about his halting gait. More specifically, he was lurching toward Mr. Young.

“Are you all right, Dr. Webb?” Mr. Young called, the former joy in his voice replaced now with concern for the other man.

“Merry!” Lady Grace called out a warning. “Don’t go any farther!”

“But can’t you all see?” Mr. Young said, still walking forward. “Poor Dr. Webb is sick.”

Yes, Dr. Webb was sick. His clothing and general appearance were all disheveled. And he smelled bad, too, the duke realized, as a rotting stench made its way to his nostrils, which flared in response. Why, the smell was similar to that which had enveloped the dead valet, his dead valet, yesterday. Perhaps Dr. Webb had acquired the wretched smell while tending to some poor person in the village?

Dr. Webb still lurched, his arms spreading out now as Mr. Young approached.

“Merry, please!” Lady Grace cried. Then she moved to step forward herself, no doubt to try to stop Mr. Young, but Benedict Clarke held her back, catching her with one arm around the waist.

And now Mr. Young was opening his arms wide, too, as though to warmly greet the returning doctor, but when their bodies met and the doctor embraced him, he immediately began to chew on the closest part of Mr. Young’s body that was available to him, which, in this case, happened to be his upper arm.

The duke watched, frozen in horror as no doubt the others were, too, as the doctor chewed through Mr. Young’s jacket and shirt, straight down to the flesh beneath. It might have been almost comical, were it not so downright horrifying.

Among the things you never expect to see in life: one human being attempting to feed on another like an animal.

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