Pink Carnations, Jack the Ripper, & Robin Hood, Oh My!

I’ve been reading a book on-and-off by Lauren Willig called The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. The book was pitched to me a while back when Waldenbooks and Borders was still around as a historical fiction novel. That’s true, to some extent, but the true focus is on the romance between the two leads, which is why I’m semi-dragging my feet in completing the novel. I don’t mind romance in my books, but when you’re lead to believe one thing and you get another… So, I’m only really picking the book up and progressing with it when I need something on the lighthearted side.

Instead, I recently purchased a couple YA novels titled Stalking Jack the Ripper and Shadow of the Wolf. The contents of the former is rather obvious, but I found the twist rather intriguing to pick it up: Supposedly, the main character falls in love with Jack? WHO KNOWS! The premise is kind of vague on that, but the back of the hardcover hints at it? I’ll see once I crack open the book and start reading. However, the book I’m more excited about is the latter because I’m a sucker for Robin Hood adaptations and that’s what Shadow of the Wolf is. Plus, it’s the first in a trilogy and it sounds ominous which is perfect for October, so bonus!

What books do you plan on reading in October?

Bookish Thoughts & Other Stuff

24612163I recently started reading The Girl on the Train. At this point, I’m about 44 – 45 pages in and I’m on the fence on whether or not to continue. The book is interesting, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not compelling me to consistently turn the page, so to speak. If I have to be honest, the trailer for the movie grabs my attention much better than the book is, so I wonder if it’s just me or if the book just has a slow start? Again, I suppose I’m still too early in the book to make such an assessment, so I’ll try and get into at least triple digit page numbers before I make a decision.

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How to Hang a Witch

Written by Adriana Mather, a 12th generation descendant of Cotton Mather, How to Hang a Witch introduces us to Samantha Mather, a fictional descendant of Cotton. Samantha and her stepmother, Vivian, have recently moved to Salem after her father mysteriously slips into a coma. Upon her arrival and attendance to the local high school, Samantha quickly realizes that the Mather name doesn’t inspire much toward positive interactions for her. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as Samantha is bullied by a group of students dubbed The Descendants. You won’t need to be a genius as to why this group of students are named such.

Bullying is one of two prominent themes throughout the book. It irked me quite a lot that the Descendants were incredibly quick to judge Samantha based solely on the fact that she was a descendant of Cotton instead of getting to know the girl first. Her neighbors son, Jaxon, is the only student that, from the beginning, is actually nice to her. However, the Descendants treatment of Samantha only continues to feed into the second theme of the book: History repeating itself.

As the book continues, Samantha is frequently accused of being the cause of various incidents not only in school, but around town all involving various family members of the Descendants. Once a ghost by the name of Elijah makes his presence known to Samantha, the two quickly discover the correlating events of present day Salem with that of it’s past as the hysteria surrounding Samantha’s presence continues to escalate. A large chunk of the novel is Samantha and Elijah trying to solve this “curse” while she also tries to mend some bridges in order to get some help from some of the Descendants.

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I’ve been too long, I’m glad to be back

Yes, I’m let loose/From the noose/That’s kept me hanging around

Ok, perhaps not, but it’s time to return to WordPress. In the eight months that I’ve been away, I’ve been trying my hand at posting to Instagram and Tumblr since I see a lot of activity on the feeds there versus what I see here. The results, however, have been mixed, if I’m honest.

Instagram has been great as an easy way of getting images of my WIPs out into cyberspace and I get what I consider a decent amount of interaction (I always get at least one “like” and sometimes a few comments). Tumblr, while easy to use, is not great at showing stats unless people are, again, interacting with the post. I found on that particular platform, I was only getting the interaction I was seeking when I mentioned or tagged certain users. Then I would get a lot of likes and even a couple of reblogs. That’s great, but not what I was looking for on a regular basis.

In the end, I’ve come to the conclusion that WordPress really is the superior blogging platform (I even tried Blogger for a little bit, but found limitations there that I did not like). I get to see who visits and I get to see who interacts with posts. That is, essentially, what I’ve been searching for (and, I think, what every blogger craves). So, congrats, WordPress, you’ve completely, 100% won me over. I’ll never leave you again! Continue reading “I’ve been too long, I’m glad to be back”

I Return With a Book Review!

Well, it’s certainly been a while since last I communicated, but the book I mention is now another addition to my read shelf. On Goodreads, I gave Midnight Crossroad three stars, but my rating for the book is more like three and a half stars. This is probably due to a lot of comparison between Harris’ latest series, Midnight, Texas, and the series that made her so well known: The Southern Vampire Mysteries (or better known as the Sookie Stackhouse series). Given the latter’s popularity–and enjoyment from this reader–it was difficult not to compare them. One thing is for sure, however, and that neither series is alike in tone.

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