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Blogtober (#31) | The One With Bookish Vampires

6:00 AM

Vampires, like, totally suck! Am I right, or am I right? Should I show myself out now? Just to be safe in case another dad joke comes out of my mouth? Listen, I've been on a vampire kick lately because clearly I'm stuck in a time warp or something. (Also, THEY ARE COMING BACK.)

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Krista and Becca Ritchie Continue to Own Me: I've Been Waiting for Willow and Garrison's Story for YEARS | Cover Reveal: Bad Reputation Duet by Krista & Becca Ritchie

10:00 AM

 
The day has finally arrived and MY HEART CANNOT HANDLE IT. The cover reveal for the Bad Reputation Duet by Krista and Becca Ritchie is here! That's right. I've got your exclusive first look at the covers for both Whatever it Takes and Wherever You Are! Get ready for Willow and Garrison's love story to *finally* be told in full. Just a few more months until it is begins! (I sincerely cannot wait but you guys know how much this world means to me. I'm obviously flailing about. Which will shock 0% of you.) 

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Blogtober (#30): Shifters, Zombies and Vampires? Oh My! | Book Blitz, Excerpt + Giveaway: Dorothy in the Land of Monsters by Garten Gevedon

6:30 AM

 
Something you might not know about me? I ADORE all things Oz. Whether that be the standard novels, the classic film, Wicked (the musical and the novel), the vastly underrated YA novel Dorothy Must Die or anything in between: I am going to be intrigued. 

It's like Wonderland in terms of intrigue for me. Which is why I'm SO excited to share with you guys the first installment of Garten Gevedon's Oz ReVamped: Dorothy in the Land of Monsters. She already has me hooked, and I think you guys will see why pretty quickly.

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Blogtober (#26) | Blog Tour, Playlist, Favourite Quotes, Giveaway + Review: Forgotten (House of Night Other World, #3) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

6:30 AM

I. AM. OBSESSED. (Again? Still?) My year of House of Night goodness (I've finished rereading the original series and am officially caught up on this new spin-off) continues with the gorgeously crafted third installment of House of Night Other World: Forgotten. Spoiler alert! If you thought Loved and Lost were brilliant, Forgotten is just as good.

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Blogtober (#25) | Book Blitz, Excerpt, Author Secrets + Giveaway: Things She's Seen by Pat Esden

6:30 AM

I was originally going to post this on the 13rd, but my queue seemed to take its schedule as a friendly suggestion vs. an actual thing! Better late than never, although it's not truly *late* and I'm definitely being dramatic, but! Let's get back on track here: the second installment of Pat Esden's Northern Circle Coven is here! That's right: Tuesday saw the release of Things She's Seen and you guys are SO going to love this paranormal story.  

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Blogtober (#24) | Review: Loved by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

6:30 AM

The Nerd Herd rides again! And is truly better than ever. No, seriously. I know my feelings during my reread have been all over the place about House of Night, but this first installment of House of Night: Other World, Loved, is honestly my favourite in the House of Night world so far. I definitely loved Loved.

Warning: this review includes spoilers to the original series as well as Loved


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Blogtober (#22) | Top Ten Tuesday: Worst Book Titles, Ever (#63)

11:00 PM


I only twisted this weeks topic slightly. I'm not the most creative person when it comes to titles or names. Can I write? A bit. Can I come up with alternate titles? NOT AT ALL. So, instead, I'm going the more classic approach and dragging titles I don't like. And by dragging, I mean, I'm just listing them. Mostly.

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Blogtober (#21) | House of Night Reread: Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

6:30 AM

The good news is that the only cringe worthy thing about Hunted is its synopsis. Well, okay, fine, there are a couple of other things, but nothing as painful as it was in prior installments and definitely not as cringey as the blurb for this! I'm so sorry, but hoo boy that is SO not eye-catching and super cheesy and I am definitely suffering from secondhand embarrassment. In case the bold lettering wasn't clear.

Despite the cringe, I'm still feeling head-over-heels and hyped beyond belief over my reread of the entire House of Night series. I love the magic and mythology. And, of course, a lot of these characters. How could I not? They were some of the ones I grew up with, quite literally.

While I've already stressed the fact that I feel VERY differently toward a good chunk of it as an adult, it's still something that I've got a world of fondness towards.

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Blogtober (#20) | True Crime Must-Reads

6:00 AM

It's no secret that I consume a lot of true crime content. It's also no secret that I've been writing a novel on my aunt's murder. Which is why I wanted to include these books in my Blogtober posting lineup. I think it speaks for itself, really.

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Blogtober (#18) | House of Night Reread: Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

6:30 AM

Now that I've really gotten into the groove of rereading House of Night, I'm seriously flying through the series! Although my thoughts about it have changed a lot in the years since I first read it/it was published, I'm still really enjoying this reread and Untamed is probably my favourite yet. I think I've said this about every book in my reread but I think that is just a nod to the fact that House of Night kept getting better and better with time.

Honestly it's just so indulgent. I feel like I am back in high school. Not necessarily in a bad way, either. It's just something about the crisp autumn air and the familiar comfort of an old favourite, you know? It takes you back to another time and place and honestly, it's exactly what I needed. I can't believe I'm already on book four (although, to be honest, by the time this goes live, I'll be starting book seven.)

So, let's just dive on in!

Apologies in advance for any spelling and grammatical errors with this post! They're probably worse than usual because (a) I am sick and (b) my keyboard is being a pain and still sticking with certain keys so sometimes specific letters just don't work. I swear, I'm going to get it fixed soon! 

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Blogtober (#13) | House of Night Reread: Chosen + Kristin Cast Used One of My Bookstagram Photos On Her Page and I Nearly Fainted

7:30 AM

Hoo, boy! I'm flying by in this series. It may not seem like it based on how long it's taken me to make my reread posts. By the time this goes live, I'll likely be on book six. It's taken me a bit of time to get these posts presentable which is why this is only the third one yet. I KNOW, I KNOW. It's just been a weird month and other things. (Not bad weird. Just weird. And I've got some serious writer's block just in time or Blogtober. Go, team, go!)

And this is mostly because my thought process is intensely incoherent and I like to make sure my posts are only moderately so. (Insert wildly laughing emoji here.) Which means I'M VERY SLOW AND IT STINKS. It's fine!!!! We're fine!!! I swear, I'm going to pull myself together soon. Hopefully. Possibly. Probably.

Also, as you can see in the title, Kristin Cast used one of my Instagram pictures on her Instagram and I had a mini meltdown over it because, okay, HOW? (Seventeen year old me is 100% losing her mind over this.) Which was the cherry on top of a (again, NOT BAD) weird week, during this very weird month.

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Blogtober (#12) By Any Means Necessary is One of the Best Books of the Year | Review: By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery

7:00 AM

Fun fact: me and my two brain cells, when taking photos of By Any Means Necessary for Instagram and my photo journal, almost got stung by a bee. Because my BRILLIANT, possibly allergic (runs in the family, but has never been stung by a bee) self was like, "Oh, these flowers are lovely. And look! There's a bee! I should take a picture of this book in front of the flowers and bee." Which is fair and all, but also... not great. Story time is over, let's get to the goods! (And believe me, this book is good.)

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Blogtober (#7) | Bookish Items That Intrigue Me

6:30 AM

Do you guys ever get overwhelmed by how many cool, bookish things are available to us nowadays? From amazing subscription boxes, to added goodies, fan made and officially merchandised, we're truly living in a great era of fandom life.

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Blogtober (#5) | Page to Screen: 5 Spooky Television and Films Based on Books or Comics

7:30 AM

Okay, okay, so I'm officially trailing from the original Blogtober post ideas. Kind of. It is like one of the prompts, I just am changing it up slightly and also posting about it earlier. To be fair, I was in the mood to rewatch The Haunting of Hill House (which is one of my favourite psychological horror novels and the Netflix series is one of my top five favourites of their original content) and that mood is what sparked me to doing it sooner.

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House of Night Reread | Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast + Planned Television Adaptation

10:00 AM

Just in time for the announcement that the team behind Shadowhunters is adapting the House of Night series for television! Between this announcement and the reveal of the Shadow and Bone cast, this week has been BUSY for page to screen news. I'm hopeful about the television series. It has the potential to work really well, if done correctly--it, too, has the chance to fix some of the books flaws and I'm kind of excited! I just hope that it doesn't end up on Freeform, given their nasty track record of being a disaster network.

(I am already worried about what they might do to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I can only handle stressing out about one adaptation, universe! And that's an all-time, never ending, favourite. So.)

But back to the real topic at hand! It's time to discuss my reread of the second House of Night novel, Betrayed. Which, in my opinion, was infinitely better (and somehow more addictive?) than Marked. This time around I was unable to look away (no joke, I ended up "accidentally" reading it all before going to bed one night) and, before you ask, yes, thankfully the use of slut shaming was lessened in Betrayed. Not by much, but still a lot better!

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Blogtober (#3) | Various Autumn Recommendations

6:00 AM

Day three of Blogtober is upon us! *weird ghostly music begins to play* Er... yeah. Okay. That's. Well. We're just going to gloss over that and move forward with today's post.

My question is: who allowed me to blog? Who? I have a bone to pick with you. Or, as my laptop just attempted to say: I have an Oboe to pick with you. Which, as a flute player, that seems a bit like some fighting words. Did my computer just challenge me to a duel? Should I accept? Am I meant to show up at dawn, with printer ink cartridges instead of pistols?