Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel Book Review

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Title: Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel

Author: A. W. Jantha

Publisher: FreeForm Books

Pages: 521

Rating: th6UTD2VT7th6UTD2VT7

I can not tell you how disappointing this book was. Everything from the start of the sequel to the very end. I almost DNF the book, but since this is a sequel to one of my favorite Halloween movies as a child I wanted to finish the story. I knew it wasn’t going to get better.

The beginning of the book is just a recap from the movie with more knowledge of the characters feelings and a little bit more about the Sanderson sisters. I’m pretty bummed out that the author left out my favorite scene from the movie which was when the kids ran up to the cop who really wasn’t a cop! I just think that part should have been put into the book.

Once you get to the sequel its 25 years later on Halloween day in Salem. Max and Allison have a daughter named Poppy. I’m curious to why the author wanted the daughter name Poppy when everyone else has normal names like the author wanted the character to stand out more? Poppy has two close friends, Isabella and Travis. Poppy has a crush on her friend Isabella, and Travis who looks out for Poppy helping her with school, and social life with the other kids when Poppy seems to be getting attacked by others.

To sum it up without giving away to much of the story, Poppy doesn’t believe in her parents or her Aunt Dani’s story about Sanderson’s sister when they were kids. Poppy, Isabella, and Travis head to the Sanderson’s house and pretty much did exactly what her parents did 25 years ago minus the black candle.

It seems to me the author tried too hard to make this sequel to be better or equal to the first Hocus Pocus that she was adding too much of the same stuff from the first story. I didn’t like the same jokes and it wasn’t nearly as funny. The story was just too much for me and didn’t have enough originality for me. One thing that was irritating was that Sarah Sanderson would say Amok Amok Amok in the first story than with the sequel she always seems to be repeating herself with words like Afoot and such.

You do get to read some familiar characters from the first story which was nice. There is a new character named Elizabeth who is Winnie, Mary, and Sarah’s sister. I honestly didn’t think it was necessary to add another witch to the famous Sanderson witches.

All in all this story wasn’t it for me. Like I said I’m pretty bummed out about it. I couldn’t get into the story, everything just seemed forced together and that the author was trying to hard to make this story stand out.

If you read this book or thinking about reading the book let me know what your thoughts are. TTFN.

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Top Ten Tuesday Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

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Hosted By That Artsy Reader Girl

 

Happy Tuesday from me to you. For this week we are going to discuss books that I have not read yet from my favorite authors. This is going to be a fun topic!

I do like to keep up with the authors that I love when they come out with new books, however, I always end up with other books that have been on my list for a while. So this list might be small. But here we go!

First on the list is Marissa Meyer. I truly love her work. Her stories are so amazing and love each and every one of them so far. Heartless would be my favorite yet. Marissa has a lot of wonderful books out that I have not got around to yet. So this list actually might just be her books that I want to read and no other author since I’m caught up with all my other favorites. So here are Marissa’s books that I have yet to read.

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Renegades By Marissa Meyer

I am so sad that this book sold out at my Barnes And Noble. This was on top of my list to purchase today and that didn’t happen. This is the number one book I want to purchase and just will have to wait or find it at another store or even order it online. But for real I really want my hands on this book and read asap once I do.

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Glitches By Marissa Meyer

This cover is gorgeous.

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Scarlet By Marissa Meyer

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Wires And Nerve By Marissa Meyer

Gosh! I need to read these as soon as possible. I mean it too! So many good books coming out from left and right and my TBR list are just getting bigger and bigger rather than small. I need to dedicate one whole month of just catching up with Marissa’s books.

Have you read any of these lovely books I would like to hear your thoughts! TTFN.

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September Book Haul

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Howdy bookworms! Today was a wonderful day. Always is when you go on a full book day shopping. Today I went shopping at my local Barnes And Noble store. I usually spend two hours there wandering around looking for books I want to add to my collection. Once a month I go on a book haul and purchase books to add to my book collection. Today I brought home 14 books altogether, not to bad for a September book haul. Curious on what I purchase? Let me show you!

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing By Hank Green.

Every other month I tend to my local Barnes And Noble bookstore for the book club. This month is this lovely gem by Hank Green. I heard nothing but great things about Mr. Green so I am looking forward to this read and for the next book club meeting.

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Small Fry By Lisa Brennan – Jobs

My Aunt Nicky told me about this book last month. I’m very excited to read this. We all know who Steve Jobs is ( Just in case you didnt…he is the creator of APPLE) well he had a daughter with his high school sweetheart, his first child and well he wasn’t that good to her. This is her story. I just have a feeling this is going to be an epic read.

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Warriors Series *The New Prophecy* By Erin Hunter

Of coures, I had to collect more of these lovely gems. They are the reason why I started reading growing up. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the other three books in this series at the store. Just means I will have to order them.

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Rule By Ellen Goodlett

I saw this and something told me to get it. I don’t know what it is but it looks and sounds fantastic. Magic, mystery, blackmail….sounds like a twisted story. The description of the story is what sold me on the book. A king is dying and needs an heir which brings three of his daughters who seem to have dark secrets of their own and someone knows about them and is trying to stop them from ruling. Another typical royal story but I can’t help myself when it comes to twisted stories, especially if it is written detailed and is unique.

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Two Dark Reigns By Kendare Blake

I have the other two first books and I have yet to start the series. I hear mix things about the books but only you can tell. I’m hoping to get started in the series but as of right now I’m focusing on one book at a time rather than series right now. But I still wanted to add this gem to the collection. It’s on my TBR list.

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Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda By Becky Albertalli

My boyfriend had bought me the second book Leah On The Off Beat first before I got the chance to read the first one. I didn’t know it at the time about the first book. I have yet to read both of them which makes them both on my TBR list.

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The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue By Mackenzi Lee

I had to jump on the bandwagon for this one. I hear nothing but great things. Also, I love the front cover because the man looks like Hayden Christensen. Yes, I love that man only because of Star Wars!

Yes? No? You tell me!

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Scythe & Thunder Head By Neal Shusterman

I have been keeping my eyes on these books for some time and today was the day I decided to bring them home. Yet I hear mix things about the series but only I can tell. The story sounds unique and original. The covers are unique and beautiful. Yes, book covers are what leads me to buy books more.

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Stalking Jack The Ripper & Hunting Prince Dracula By Kerri Maniscalco

Indeed these bad boys have been on my list for a long time. I had my eyes on them and wish I only got them a lot sooner. Unfortunately, the hardcovers were all gone at the store and paperbacks only. I had to make the choice to either order the hardcovers online or get the first two books in paperbacks and wait for the third one to come out to paperback…well I’m an impulsive buyer and I needed these lovely gems.

Every time I go to Barnes And Noble I always leave with two items for my bookshelves.

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I always buy one or two leather cover editions to add to my collection. I absolutely love the books that they feature for the leather editions. Today was Little Women By Louisa May Alcott.

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Flashing Gremlin From Gremlins

The second items are the Funko Pops! A must have when I go shopping at Barnes And Noble to add to the collection.

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Big Boy From Bob’s Big Boy

I saw this and I just freaked out! I’m originally from Michigan and my family and I always enjoyed eating there. I love this so much and is officially my favorite Funko Pop right now. Gosh seeing this is making me crave a Slim Jim sandwich!

Hope you guys enjoyed this list. Let me know if you read any of these books or let me know what your thoughts are. TTFN.

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One Too Many Lies ARC Book Review

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Title: One Too Many Lies

Author: L. A. Bowen

Publisher: West 44 Books

Publishing Date: December 1, 2018

Pages: 200

Rating: th6UTD2VT7

THANK YOU NETGALLEY AND THE PUBLISHER FOR THE COPY OF THIS BOOK. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. 

This book was not for me. The book is written in verse. I felt this could have been written better with more of a story to it. The book was not going anywhere with the characters or nothing too exciting happens.

Paige is the girl writing as if she is in her journal. She writes down everything that is going on around her. She and her two best friends tell little white lies to people around them if it is about their age or where they are staying the night.

The story is short and maybe could have been a bit longer so we could get more from the characters. But all in all, I almost DNF the book but kept going for hopes that it was going to get better with the plot but nothing came of it.

I gave it 1/5 for the lack of character growth, not very detailed or scripted. The story of the girls and the white lies was just not very interesting or exciting for me.

Ready to take a chance?

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Book Reader Problems Tag

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Happy Monday everyone. A new day another chapter. Been sewing all day and decided to take a break and post another fun tag for today. I found this lovely Book Tag on Book Filled Brain

Let’s begin this tag!

YOU HAVE 20,000 BOOKS ON YOUR TBR, HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU DECIDE WHAT TO READ NEXT?

It depends on my mood. If I’m feeling like I need a fantasy story or a crazy twisted dark story or even just a chilled relax story. It all depends how I’m feeling..sometimes. Other times if the book has been on the TBR list for a long time then I’ll start reading it.

YOU’RE HALFWAY THROUGH A BOOK AND YOU’RE JUST NOT LOVING IT. DO YOU PUT IT DOWN OR ARE YOU COMMITTED? 

I have never DNF a book before. I’m always committed, I mean I have times, where I’m just thinking to myself or out loud too, where I say I’m not going to finish the book but I always do cause I just want to have hopes that at least in the end it could get better?

THE END OF THE YEAR IS COMING UP AND YOU ARE BEHIND ON YOUR READING CHALLENGE, DO YOU TRY AND CATCH UP? AND IF SO HOW?

Yes and no. Yes, I want to complete my challenge goal but if I’m behind a whole lot then I don’t want to force myself to read more and make myself feel forced to read just for a challenge, takes the fun of reading away for me.

THE COVER OF A SERIES YOU LOVE DO NOT MATCH. HOW DO YOU COPE?

I have no choice but to get over it I guess. But I do believe covers are a huge thing, at least for me.

EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHER LOVES A BOOK THAT YOU DO NOT. WHO DO YOU BOND WITH OVER YOUR SHARED FEELINGS?

To the Book Community! Right here on my blog. Someone usually agrees with me here.

YOURE READING A BOOK IN PUBLIC AND YOU START CRYING, HOW DO YOU DEAL?

I don’t read in public! There is a huge reason for it. I can not stand people even more so when I read. There is always someone around that is either on their phones talking around me, someone chewing with their mouths open, kids yelling or crying, or someone staring at me like I’m crazy for holding a book in my hand rather than looking down at my cell phone. The only place I read that is public is my favorite reading cafe but that is it. Nowhere else. Unless I’m on a plane or at the DMV. Also, I will hold back the tears if it was to happen. No one wants to see me cry, I don’t want to see myself cry or anyone cry for that matter.

THE SEQUEL TO A BOOK YOU LOVE JUST CAME OUT BUT YOUVE FORGOTTEN A LOT OF WHAT HAPPENS. ARE YOU GOING TO REREAD IT?

Nope. I’m going to look back at my book reviews here on my blog to freshen up my memory. Plus if I’m reading the sequel that means I like the first book which means I won’t forget what happens.

YOU DONT WANT ANYONE BORROWING YOUR BOOKS, HOW DO YOU POLITELY SAY NO WHEN SOMEONE ASK?

My bestie is the only one that comes over and when she does ask, I say no! Just no or NO WAY! She’s messy and forgets everything and loses everything. It’s okay though because she is my best friend and she knows this, I still love her but my books are my everything.

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My bestie to the left who is the computer geek & Me as the book geek. Also, she designed some of my labels for my Bookish Candles!

YOU HAVE PICKED UP AND PUT DOWN 5 BOOKS IN THE LAST MONTH. HOW DO YOU GET OVER THIS READING SLUMP?

I do it by trying to pick up another amazing read to get myself going, If I stay in this slump mode then I’ll never read again.

THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS COMING OUT THAT YOU ARE DYING TO READ, HOW MANY DO YOU END UP BUYING?

Once a month towards the end of the last week I go on a huge book haul at my local Barnes And Noble (Going tomorrow!) I tend to get anything between 10-20 books. Serious problem? I know my boyfriend tells me all the time.

AFTER YOU PURCHASE ALL THE BOOKS YOU ARE DYING TO READ, HOW LONG DO THEY SIT ON YOUR SHELVES BEFORE YOU GET TO THEM?

Around 6 months to a year, I would say. Depending on what book I purchased. So for example when Wicked King by Holly Black comes out next year I’m automatically going to start reading, no waiting. For others like the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard they are still on my TBR list and it’s been a few months since I purchased the series.

Well, that is all for now. Hope you enjoy my answers and if you wanna chat you know what to do. At the meantime, I’m gonna get back to sewing for a bit before I get into my current read. TTFN.

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Midnight With The Devil Book Review

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Title: Midnight With The Devil

Author: Emma Castle

Publisher: Emma Castle, IBPA

Pages: 242

Rating: th6UTD2VT7th6UTD2VT7th6UTD2VT7th6UTD2VT7th6UTD2VT7

THANK YOU NETGALLEY AND THE PUBLISHER FOR THE COPY OF THIS BOOK. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

I’m totally speechless right now! This took me by surprise in so many good ways. I mean holy cow! I’m not a romance type of person, so I typically stay away from the romance novels but this year is all about trying new types of genres for me to see if I would like them. Since October is right around the corner I gave this book a chance thinking it was going to be a dark twisted story.

It’s my first Emma Castle book and it’s definitely not my last time reading her books that’s for sure. She writes dark and edgy romance and I must say that she got me hooked and she is officially my romance author to look out for. I loved it so much that I will be purchasing the physical copy to add to my book collection.

If you think we are dealing with this type of Devil in the book…

You are wrong, no red cape, no horns, no pitchfork. This is who we are dealing with…

We have an innocent girl name Diana, whose father has colon cancer and is about to pass away. It is out of Diana’s control when it comes to life and there’s nothing she can do but prepare for the death of her loved one.

Lucien AKA the Devil needs the purest soal to keep the hells gates strong which leads him to Diana.

“What would you give for him to be healed?”

“Anything…”

Are dearest Diana made a deal with the devil, exchange for her father to be alive and healthy, Diana must meet with the Devil every Friday at midnight until dawn for the next three months.

I had no idea where this story was going and how it was going to end. I kept reading and reading and the ending was SPECTACULAR! I was not expecting the ending and took me by surprise and WOW! Emma Castle knows what she is doing. The story was a wonderful read for me.

Very detailed story. I love that we get the background story of the once favored angel and how he became what we know as the Devil. All the characters in the story I fell in love with. The way Emma Castle described each character was perfect and well written. Diana are main character wasn’t the typical girl to just trust easily but take her time with trust, I mean she is with the Devil now and it wasn’t like love me love me type. Diana went with her instinct and what she knew of the Devil before anything grew between them.

I gave it 5/5 because the way the author wrote the story made you not want to put this book down, you wanted more and more to get to the ending to see what the fate was for the characters. This book is everything, my type of romance story. I can not wait for next year for Emma Castle’s second standalone A Wilderness Within!

Ready to make a deal?

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Crow Flight ARC Book Review

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Title: Crow Flight

Author: Susan Cunningham

Publisher: Amberjack Publishing

Publishing Date: December 11, 2018

Pages: 352

 

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I VOLUNTARILY READ AND REVIEW THIS ADVANCE COPY FROM NETGALLEY. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN, THANK YOU.

I’m very very VERY thrilled that I gave this book a chance. No mystical creatures, no royal families trying to take over the world its just a smooth read from the beginning to the very end. I could not put this book down. This is my first Susan Cunningham book I read from her and she brought it all in this lovely gem.

I was a bit nervous about getting into the book, I was thinking this was going to be like the Matrix with a little twist with some Crows into it. I was totally wrong and that’s a good thing! The beginning of the book hooked me and I needed to know more of what was going to happen and therefore I could not wast any time with anything else besides reading the whole book to find out.

From the beginning, we are introduced to a very intelligent young girl name Gin. Gin has a dream to get into Harvard University. She has a talent for designing programs. Programs that help you on what to wear, what to eat, when to be social, and possibly who you should date.

Going to Harvard is not her only goal. Gin is taking a computer simulations class that is a college-level course. The mentor of the class is Ms. Sandlin who is offering a summer internship to the best modeler. Gin who is determined to get this internship and put her talents to the test to achieve this goal.

Gin meets a boy in her class name Felix. Felix is also very intelligent with computers and designing programs. They are partners where they have to work together and design models. Gin starts to fall for Felix and learns that he and his father like to train Crows as a hobby.

“A plane flew across the sky and for a second, she imagined the rows of people tucked neatly inside, watching movies and sipping sodas. No idea they were flying over a boy training crows.”

For their final project, they decided to use the Crows and all the data over the years. Felix’s father who owns one of the biggest tech companies is not too excited about learning that his son and his partner are using the Crows for their project. With that being said things get really interesting and a dark secret that Gin will soon discover.

Susan Cunningham was detailed with her writing and I enjoyed every second of it. She did a wonderful job putting this story together and the pace of the story was perfect where I just wanted to know what was going to happen. I adore Gin’s and her best friend Hannah relationship (We all need a Hannah in our life’s) The ending was great! Highly recommend this lovely gem. I am not big on computers or designing but this story was just too good where you don’t have to be into computers or programming to have an understanding of the story.

Unique story, mystery vibes, a little romance! 5/5

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