Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review: The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking #1)

The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking #1)
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia
Score: ❤❤❤❤
Page Count: 478
Book #1 of the Chaos Walking series
Publisher: Walker
Published: May 5, 2008

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is. 

1. First off, I'm back from my mini hiatus so hurray for that! A few weeks ago I went book shopping with a couple of my friends and was really encouraged to pick this book up after hearing really awesome things about it from one of those friends who heard amazing reviews from one of her friends. Yay friendship. I had been meaning to read this book for YEARS but never got around to picking up a copy. I found one at said bookstore and knew that I was not going home without this book in my hands. I started reading it and after a busy three weeks, I finally got to finish it. So, here's the review!

2. The first thing I noticed about this book was the writing style. I absolutely adored it because of a few specific reasons. One is that it was a very big part of the world building and set the perfect tone for the story. Todd Hewitt lives in a very rough and hard working landscape with others who don't really think too highly of reading and even writing or any type of proper grammar. Seeing words such as 'derekshun' and 'confushun' made the book feel very raw and almost desolate. It put me right into the mood and setting of this book from the very first page which I really enjoyed. The use of punctuation is also very scattered, some scenes filling up an entire page without commas or periods which kept the story moving at a fast pace and made it exciting to read. With almost magical descriptions thrown in here and there, I was hooked from the first page.

3. The characters were also very interesting and fun to follow, even the villains. Todd Hewitt is a very smart young man despite his lack of reading skills. He is very resourceful and doesn't at all have a problem with speaking his mind, pun not intended. Todd isn't afraid to ask questions or stand up for himself or another and fight back. He's also very confident in his actions and is very stubborn hen it comes to leaving to the ones he cares about behind. Other side characters such as Ben, Cillian, Aaron and even the dog, Manchee, are all such neat characters to follow. I really wish the first two had gotten a little more spotlight because I thought they were very strong characters who had too little focus on them. Needless to say, this book just has some amazing characters.

4. I also really loved how fast paced the book was while still giving you enough information as a reader to understand some of the governmental thinking and interpretations of justice within Prentisstown. As you go along with Todd and his journey to finding out the truth of Prentisstown and what the people have been hiding from him for his entire life, you get bits of action, heart-pounding scenes, suspense, even some comedic moments that had me laughing for a good while. You also get some surprising revelations, interesting facts about the town and their history as well as some sad truths and nothing but adventure. I absolutely loved this book and I'm excited to find out what happens next in the series!

1. The only thing I didn't really like about this book was simply that some of the elements were a little repetitive. I have one in mind that may or may not be a spoiler so I'll just say that at one point, I was starting to get a little annoyed at a reoccurring event, even though it was well placed within the story so as not to feel random. 

Overall, I do really want to continue reading this series because I just need to know what happens next in the story! The ending was such a cliffhanger that I was in denial of the last page being exactly that. I NEED MORE.

 I highly recommend this series if you're a fan of such books as Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Uglies. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this book review! Read on, bookworms! See you in the next chapter!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Bookshelf Tag!

Hello, everybody! Today I have a fun tag that I found on Paper Fury by Cait so please check it out because she has a pretty cool blog! Anyhoo, I stumbled upon on the tag and thought it'd be really fun to do so here I am. It's kind of a long one so let's get started before I ramble on too much!


My glorious shelves are the Billy bookshelves I got from IKEA, yet another place I live at and can't seem to visit enough. I swear I heard angels singing when I saw them. There was a literal spotlight and everything.


I'm pretty picky and calculated on how I organize, whether it's where the book will look best or if it belongs in a series. My shelves are mainly organized by series then go into duologies and finally stand-alones and a mix of adult and non-fiction books as well as classics. I'm a neat freak.


This bind-up of Edgar Allen's Poe works and Classic Tales of Horror are both over 850+ pages. But they're both surprisingly light.


This little guy is only about 86 pages and it's just so cute to see on my shelf. I haven't read it read but I'm pretty sure it will be a quick read.


I've received a few other books as gifts such as the Classic Tales of Horror but these are my favorites! I got Library Of Souls from my sister for my birthday, these awesome Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew vintage editions from a friend because she knows I have an obsession with them, and Bag of Bones from my brother since he bought a WAY fancier edition and gave me the paperback. Yay!


This is just a random book I bought at my library because it's just so cute and I'm a sucker for old books. It's an edition from the 1940's and with the green and gold color, I just needed it.


This is probably the weirdest and most random book I've ever bought . . . which is why I bought it in the first place. This book sits right next to my shelves since it's way too tall to fit on any of them, not to mention I have no idea what this book is about. It's a board book with cartoon/comic illustrations with no obvious form of a story. Other than the cover and the title, it's a vague clue but not a for sure thing.


My friend bought me this book a while ago because she thought it looked like something I'd enjoy. Turns out, I had been searching high and low for MONTHS trying to find a copy! It was a pleasant surprise for the both of us!


I haven't actually finished this one. I decided to put it on hold for now since I wasn't in the mood for the type of book that it is. Don't get me wrong, I was loving it! I just wanted something a little faster paced at the time.


What? Me? No, not at all. That's crazy talk.


I have a few other complete series but these are just a few of my favorites.


Too many to name but one particular one is Young Samurai: The Way Of The Dragon and I keep it because not only does it look and sound cool, but it's a sequel to a book I've never read. So obviously I have to hold onto it, right?


I've been very strict with myself on the books I buy this year which means mostly getting only 2016 publishings. So far, I've done pretty nicely with this being the most recently published book this year back in February.

So far, I've never won any books BUT anything can happen!


Um, all of them. Literally, the only people I lend my books out to are my siblings since my sister lives down the street and my brother across the hall so I can keep an eye on my books. My friends actually have to assure me every other minute that one of my books is safely intact. I'm not even kidding.

I keep my books in as pristine a condition as possible but I love buying old vintage books so I have quite a few that are very beat up and seem like they're about to fall apart at the seams. Some of the spines are even starting to come off.

That would probably have to be any of my most recent purchases that have been published sometime this year. But as I said, I take very good care of my books. I don't even let the air blow on them!


I used to read these books almost every single day and I've read them countless times throughout my life on into my teen years. I never get tired of them!

I have a couple of books that my mom keeps on my shelf since she ran out of room on her own bookshelf. We're obviously a family of readers.


I'm a sucker for any book with the color blue on it. If it wasn't obvious.


Just a few . . .

So that's it, everybody! I hope you guys enjoyed this tag and if you want to do this, please do! I'd love to see your post on it and feel free to say I tagged you. Read on bookworms! See you in the next chapter!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Review: The Night Things by Terry M. West

The Night Things by Terry M. West
Rating: M
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Score: ❤❤❤
Page Count: 238
Stand Alone
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: January 22, 2016

This novel spans several centuries, following the relationship of the two most iconic monsters in literary history. Once as close as brothers but now sworn enemies, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein meet for a final showdown beneath the streets of New York City. 

Night Things (Dracula versus Frankenstein) takes place in a world just like yours with one startling difference: every creature of legend has stepped forward from the shadow and they now exist shoulder to shoulder with humankind! New York City has become a macabre melting pot. Vampires, werewolves, zombies and ghouls are now the new immigrants and they are chasing the American dream. The Night Things have become part of the system. But many humans feel the creatures are dangerous ticking time bombs. 

Dracula, considered the messiah of the Night Things, builds an unstoppable army as he plots to wipe humanity from the face of the earth. The mysterious New York crime boss, Johnny Stücke (the creation of Frankenstein) wants to keep the peace between the Night Things and humanity. Stücke fears total extermination of his kind, should Dracula unleash his forces on New York. 

The fight for the night begins. 

Critically-acclaimed horror author Terry M. West continues his Magic Now series with this standalone novel that presents a world only a slight shade darker than our own.

I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an HONEST review. All thoughts and opinions are my own with respect to the author.

1. When I was first contacted to review this book, I was pretty interested as soon as I read the synopsis of this novel. As a lover of all things creepy and dark, I was really excited to dive into this novel to see how this cool new spin on the famous Dracula and Frankenstein would play out. It's hard for me to find horror stories that are something fresh and unique so I jumped at the chance to read this one since it's a pretty interesting concept on the whole 'creatures of the night' aspect. Let's get the review started!

2. The first thing I really loved about this book was the amount of experimentation that went into the storytelling. It was a book that I could never quite predict since there were a lot of twists and turns to keep the story going and keep me guessing as to what would happen next. I loved that it played with different elements such as multiple POV's, switching from different periods of time, adding in more creatures other than vampires and werewolves, and even crossed boundaries in a weird, dark and taboo way. I appreciated that the book didn't shy away from its subject matters and it was very diverse because of its daring approach. 

3. The world and its characters that the author was able to create were very believable and nothing seemed out of place. The alternate universe of its New York City setting was just as dark and mysterious as Dracula himself. Full of back-alley meetings and just enough dramatics, this book was nothing short of riveting. The author paints a classic picture of a horror story with a twist of it set in a modern time with characters you both care and don't care about, leaving you wondering what will happen next.

4. A few things I didn't like about the book was that it was an easy enough book to put down. Although exciting, I found myself drifting too easily from the story and reading only bits and pieces whenever I had time to read. I'm not sure if it was simply that it was a slower paced story in the beginning towards the climax for me, or if it was because I couldn't connect with the characters enough. Either way, it prevented me from enjoying the book as much as I would've liked.

5. Another thing I personally didn't really mind but that you as a reader should know about is that this book also does involve gore, heavy drug use, some foul language and a descriptive scene of a pornographic movie being made in the book. I wouldn't recommend this book at all to a reader any younger than maybe 16 no matter how much you love a good horror story. I actually admit to skipping over the movie scene since that's not the type of material I'm comfortable with reading but I also felt like it wouldn't affect my review of this book in a big way. If you have a weak stomach, you probably shouldn't read this one either.

Overall, The Night things was a unique story and spin on the classic horror figures we all know and love and if it sounds like something you'd enjoy, I really encourage you to give it a shot! Maybe it'll be your favorite read of the month.

Follow Terry!

I hope you guys enjoyed this book review! Read on bookworms! See you in the next chapter!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Lunar Chronicles Playlist!

Time for another Music Matching Monday! Instead of the usual pairing of one book with one song that reminds me of the book, I thought I'd make a mini playlist for one of my favorite series of all time: The Lunar Chronicles. There are quite a few songs out there that remind me of the series for many reasons so I'll be sharing some of my favorites with you guys! The first four songs remind me of the individual books and the rest remind me of the series as a whole including the short stories and Queen Levana's novel. So, get your headphones ready!

1. Cinder: Shine Supernova by Cody Simpson

2. Scarlet: Catch My Breath by Kelly Clarkson

3. Cress: Bad For Me by Megan & Liz

4. Winter: Pretty Tragedy by Nikki Florres

5. Fairest: Queen Levana: Cold Blooded by JoJo

6. Series: One More by Superchick

Read on bookworms! See you in the next chapter!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Follow Me Around: Art Fair!

Hello, everybody! Today I thought I'd write up another quick post and show you guys what I did today. I live in an art district in my city which is quite nice since I'm an artist myself and every year, my city has an event called 'Arts In The Square' which is a fair dedicated to showing off anything from music to traditional art and everything in between such as jewelry, home decor, pottery, nicknacks and so much more. Everything is hand crafted so you're bound to find one of a kind items. I normally miss the event every year but luckily, I was able to venture out and finally attend and I had so much fun!

The district is surrounded by restaurants and takes place in the middle of a shopping center with a theater just a few yards away and my library which is just glorious. It's usually never busy during the weekend but today it was bustling with people looking around and purchasing such cool items. 

This picture is one I took of some really cool coasters with sights from around Texas, which is where I live, and it was so cool seeing some of the places that I pass every day or have been to once before. They were very well crafted and I'm so sad I didn't pick any up before leaving. That's what I get for forgetting.

I also found these really cool metal posters that I thought a friend of mine would really love since she's a big Broadway fanatic and I had a feeling my brother would have loved the one with video games and other pop culture on it. It was just such a cool find and I'm sad I couldn't buy one. Oh, the agony!


I also thought these folding photo albums were so cute and I almost bought a couple of them but I don't exactly take enough pictures to have benefited from them. I also beelined to these beautiful leather journals and purses that I wanted so much. There were all different sizes and styles of these journals, one even had a dragon on it.

I actually ended up buying one of the journals since it was just the perfect size for me. It's a bit big to be a travel size but I just loved it too much to walk away. I was also tempted to get one of the pocket size journals but decided not to spoil myself today.

If you're interested in the journals and bags, click here to visit the creators' website!

The paper is just such a cool texture so I'm really excited to start sketching in it to try out some new art materials and see how it is to sketch in. 

I was also told that this particular journal was crafted in the same style that was used by Lewis and Clark on their travels. Being a history buff, I was sold at that information. 

So I hope you guys enjoyed reading about today's little adventure! Let me know in the comments if you want to see more of these types of 'follow me around' posts. I won't post them often but I think it might be fun to put one up every now and then to mix things up a bit. Read on bookworms! See you in the next chapter!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

My Book On Goodreads!

Hello, people of the bookish world! Or the real world. Either world, hi. I just wanted to take a quick minute to let you guys know that my book is officially on Goodreads! It was easy enough putting it up but I honestly didn't even think to put it on Goodreads simply because the idea just didn't occur me. Whoops. Anyway, you can now add it to your library if you want so that maybe one day you might pick up a copy, which you can purchase HERE is you're interested. By all means, you don't have to pick up a copy, I'm just letting you know in case you're interested.

With that being said, I hope you guys have an awesome day filled with lots of books and coffee. Or tea, whatever floats your boat. Why am I so weird? Read on bookworms! See you in the next chapter!

Evie Montez is a young photographer with an eye for the world around her. But with her sister Nora's wedding only a few weeks away with lots of planning still left to do and many other things to deal with like school and work, things start to take unexpected turns. Throw in a really cute guy who looks like he just stepped out of the 1920's and things can't get any more strange. Evie is used to keeping her feelings hidden but as she goes through twists and turns and many ups and downs, she realizes that some of the best moments are those that leave you more confused than ever.

Even though she's helping Nora plan for the future, Evie can't seem to shake things from her past that continue to haunt her. She's forced to come face to face with her secrets and pain when she starts to discover that second chances don't always come in normal packages. Like a photograph, the past never fades. But like the future, there's always something new.

PS. I'm also currently in the process of putting my book up on Amazon for digital downloading so fingers crossed I get that done soon! I'm very excited about it so I hope you might be too! K, byeeeee!