Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings {Day 21 by Kass Morgan}

 The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice, as well as Book Beginnings which is hosted by Rose City Reader.  Post one or a few sentences from page or percentage 56 from any book, as well as the first sentence (or sentences) of a book you would like to highlight.

Title: Day 21 (The Hundred #2)
Author: Kass Morgan
Published: September, 16th, 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

This is the second book in a series, so the synopsis contains spoilers for the first book, but the quotes below do not!
Not long ago Eila Walker’s choices were limited: death by a bullet to the head, or at the hands of her beloved bodyguard, Raef. Now, five weeks after Raef triggered her power and she nearly leveled a historic mansion, Eila is dealing with the fall-out of her decisions. While she doesn’t remember dying in the arms of the soul thief who loves her, she knows that Raef remembers everything about the night he nearly killed her.

Now on the mend and attempting to keep one step ahead of the FBI, Eila and her team of misfits are desperate for a bit of normal. Eila is trying to navigate high school, while her BFF Ana is cautiously hanging with past-boyfriend and soul thief, Kian. Shape-shifter, MJ, is trying not to piss off his mother, while Raef is coping with his fears that Eila will never be safe.

But just as “normal” seems within their grasp, a powerfully built newcomer arrives. Raef knows the scarred man as a Blacklist Dealer – a soul thief, who peddles the names of humans who deserve to die. Eila, however, knows him as the protective hunter from the woods, who she nicknames Thor. Before long, Raef and Eila realize they’ve met the same killer, and he has one hell of a story to tell the five friends . . . if Raef doesn’t murder him first.
Before he could say anything else, Clarke’s eyes widened as she caught sight of something over Well’s shoulder.  For a moment, he thought she was looking at Sasha, but as he turned to follow Clarke’s gaze, his discomfort turned to horror.

Something was hanging from the branch of a tall, thick tree, rotating slowly, wobbling from side to side as it bumped against the trunk.

First Sentence:
No one wanted to stand near the grave.

My Thoughts
I enjoyed the second book as much as the first one!  I think the quotes above are really intriguing and give readers a glimpse into Morgan’s great writing abilities.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #27 {Shutter by Courtney Almeda}

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

Title: Shutter
Author: Courtney Alameda
Published: February 3rd, 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

Why This Book?

After having read Unbreakable from Kami Garcia and absolutely loving it, I have been trying to find something similar.  I love the whole ghost hunter aspect and that the main character must deal with being infected by a curse.  The synopsis also makes it sound like the writing style would be something I would very much enjoy.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Movies to Watch to Get in the Halloween Spirit

 This is a weekly meme created by Broke and Bookish.  Every week there will be a new subject to create a top 10 list of.
This week’s subject:
Top Ten Movies To Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit

1.)    Hocus Pocus (1993)
I used to watch this movie every Halloween when I was younger because it always would be on the Disney Channel.  I watch this movie almost every Halloween.

2.)                      Scream (1996-2011)
When I was younger, my friends and I always did scary movie marathons and this was one of our favorites.  I absolutely love all of the Scream movies, my favorite being Scream and Scream 4.

3.) The Faculty (1998)
I used to be in an Elijah Wood phase where I wanted to watch every movie he was in.  I loved this movie because it was not too scary and really entertaining.

4.)                      The Craft (1996)
What is Halloween without witches?  This is one of my favorite witch movies (other than Practical Magic), but this one seemed more appropriate for Halloween.

5.)                       I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997-1998)
This is also a movie that my friends and I would watch during our scary movie marathons.  I loved Jennifer Love Hewitt so I ate these movies up.  I really enjoyed both I Know What You Did Last Summer and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.

6.)                      Resident Evil (2002)
Zombie movies should always be watched to get into the Halloween spirit.  This movie really freaked me out because it included two things I am terrified of: zombies and being stuck somewhere with no hope of getting out.  I really only like Resident Evil and not any of the sequels.

7.)                       The Ring (2002) & The Grudge (2004)
I paired these movies together because they scared the crap out of me when I was younger…and still kind of do.  To this day, I still can’t watch these movies alone. 

8.)                        Sinister (2012)
This movie is one of the more recent horror movies that I have watched and thought it was really good.  I thought it was the perfect amount of scary where I am not afraid to go to sleep, but I was still really freaked out.

9.)                       IT (1990)
This movie scared me for YEARS after having watched it.  I have no idea why it freaked me out so much (other than the clown), but I really could not stop thinking about it.  It’s not as scary for me as it used to be and now I enjoy watching it every Halloween.

10.)                    Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
This movie was really strange, but some aspects of it were really creepy.  The story that involved the school bus massacre FREAKED ME OUT!  The rest of the movie was not scary, but that part of the movie really got under my skin.

*All images came from IMDb*
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