Bookending Autumn – Which Witch?

 

Today is my last day of hosting! Starting tomorrow Chiara @ Bookworms Anonymous takes over as awesome host and she’s got some awesome prompt ideas!

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Which Witch?

If you could be any witch or warlock from any book, which witch would you be and why? Would you be a Hogwarts student? Part of Coven, or maybe more like old school Sabrina the Teenage Witch?

I admittedly would have to pick Sabrina herself from the 90s TV series oooor a Witch from JK’s HP-Verse. However!

Today! The Witch I pick is…

A Witch like the one from Vasya’s family in the Winternight Trilogy. I loved the folklore and magic in this so much, and, I wouldn’t mind a Winter King to have adventures with! Not to mention the history steeped in the powers of Vasya’s family are amazing and it’s not so much about being powerful as just believing there is no limit to what you can do [and of course once you hit that limit, trying to survive despite the odds lol]. Not to mention she’s got ties to certain well-known people of folklore which I won’t say and spoil it if you haven’t read the books. A witch who helps the spirits of the house and forest, one who can see things others can’t, well it just sounds great to me.

There’s always a special place in my heart for Hogwarts Witches and Wizards and the gem that was Sabrina, but, it’s okay for me to pick something different every now and then lolol.

Today’s was a short prompt on purpose, I just wanted everyone to have a bit of lazy fun on this Sunday, and I hope that you all enjoyed the prompts I gave.

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Book Ending Autumn – Monster Mash

Hey everyone, second to last day of my prompts, I’m sure you’re excited to be rid of me -just don’t tell me or it’ll hurt my feelings lolol, jk, I’m ginger, I have no soul and therefore no feelings-

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Today’s prompt is MONSTER MASH

What does this mean?

DANCE FOOLS, DANCE

Jk.

I mean, you can dance if you want to…you can leave your friends behind…

But this Monster Mash is for telling everyone your favorite monster/creature and giving us book recs to go with it. [Feel free to give movie and song recs, whatever recs you want!]

So, without further delay let’s get this mash started. [Please feel free to use the featured image if you like!]

 

Monster Mash Pick
Werewolf

 

I can’t help it, I have always loved werewolves, wolves are my favorite animals and so, I gravitate toward the monsters inspired by them and men.

For book Recs, I’m not going to lie, I have not read a lot with werewolves in it and I would LOVE to change this, so if you have any recs for me, please let me know!

Anyway, I have a duology rec and a standalone/series rec [you could read it as a standalone or as part of the series!]

Duology:

Camille

 

Standalone/Series Rec:

A Bad Breed
[Gaslamp Gothic #3]

 

I admit I did like what Meyers did with her werewolves in Twilight I thought thwas probably the most creative part and really enjoyed it. I also love almost every werewolf movie I have ever seen, whether because they’re good or they’re so bad they’re good.

I think I’m probably drawn to werewolves because they show us that there’s an animal inside us all. We forget we’re part of the animal kingdom, that we’re not above the other creatures. Somewhere inside us, we all have these base instincts. What separates us is how we resist those darker/wilder survival instincts. The fun about werewolves is watching them unleash that darkness, I have a fondness for it, there’s something beautiful as well as horrifying about it.

Anyway, there’s my monster mash pick, I can’t wait to hear what recs and monsters/creatures you all have to share!

 

 

Book Ending Autumn – 13 Days of Halloween

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Day 2 of my day of hosting is a tip of my hat to the ol’ 13 Days of Halloween on ABC Family.

Now you’re welcome to pick strictly 13 Movies you think fit the festivity of Halloween/All Hallow’s Eve/Samhain/Day of the Dead. But I’m going to be giving a mix of movies and books.

 

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Movie
Hocus Pocus

There was no way this wasn’t making the list lol.

 

 

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Book & Movie

Dracula

Dracula is a fave book of mine, and the classic book may not be for everyone but we’re lucky enough to have sooo many different movie adaptations.

For today I’m going to go with my old fave

The 1992 film with Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman, I love it for all its cult-loveableness! I also enjoy the older versions and newer versions, and yes, even Dracula 2000.

 

 

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Book & Movie

The Halloween Tree

I loved the movie and watch it every year, a couple of years ago my husband bought me the book, and I loved it too, so now, I just immerse myself in the goodness of Ray Bradbury, in his book and the film, which, he narrates!

 

 

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Movie

Army of Darkness

Thanks to a friend who also wrote an awesome book which I reviewed and then interviewed her…but you know, I digress, I also watched Army of Darkness and kinda pretty much fell in love with the movie. It cracks me up and it’s perfect for this spooky season.

 

 

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Book & Movie

Frankenstein

So, another classic horror movie I love but the movie …well it’s actually Young Frankenstein. I LOVE THAT MOVIE SO MUCH and I watch it every year. And the book was definitely worth a read…or three for me.

 

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Book & Movie

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

So, this isn’t a book on its own but it’s in Irving’s collection of essays and stories titled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. I grew up watching the Disney cartoon version of this, but, of course, I love the Tim Burton version too!

 

 

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Movie

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Lololol like my spooky loving ass wasn’t putting this movie on here, this whole list was almost a homage to Burton.

 

 

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Movie

The Addams Family

This family is just ‘goals’ to me lol, and I love the original movie so much…there are so many movies I want to write but I’m trying to be more bookish, let’s see how this goes lol.

 

 

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Book

Hallowe’en Party

Christie is the queen of mystery so most of her books are a good choice to read for this festive season if you ask me, but, I think this one is especially appropriate! And it does have a bit of a small difference in it with its victim that sets it apart from the rest of her books!

 

 

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Book

The Best of Richard Matheson

This man was a brilliant scary story-teller, he wrote for Twilight Zone and also is known for writing I Am Legend. This collection of short stories was so much fun to read and definitely perfect for 13 Days of Halloween.

 

 

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Movie

Beetlejuice

I know, I’m sorry, totally predictable but it’s tradition.

 

 

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Book & Movie

The Witches

This book by Roald Dahl was a favorite growing up, and I may have been disillusioned by the author himself, but I am still glad I read it as a child…before I knew lol. Also, the film was super entertaining to watch as a kid.

 

 

 

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Book & Movie

Interview With The Vampire

Another where I love both the book and its movie adaptation! I mean it’s no cinematic masterpiece but it’s still something I enjoy watching ❤

 

 

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Movie

It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

I love this movie, judge away lol, mini and I watch it when we carve pumpkins and after we trick or treat on Halloween.

 

Once more please feel free to use my graphics, and I can’t wait to hear what you all have on your 13 Days of Halloween lists!

Winter of the Witch – Blog Tour

 

 

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Synopsis:
One girl can make a difference…
Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers – and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic.
Then a vegeful demon returns, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures alike find their fates resting on Vasya’s shoulders.
But she may not be able to save them all.

Book Information:
Written by: Katherine Arden
Published by: Penguing, Random House
Published on: October 3, 2019
Format: Paperback, eBook, Audio

 

My Review

I don’t know if I just have an affinity for heartbreaking trilogies or what but they seem to be my lot in life.

This now includes the Winternight Trilogy.

Arden weaves you into the folklore and history of Russia with a fantasy twist on it that I think raises up the culture of Russia in a rather brilliant way.

This though is the conclusion of the trilogy so I recommend looking away if you have not read the other two yet.

In this book, we’ve started off in the aftermath of the fire that temporarily plagued Moscow, started and quelled by Vasya. She is caught in a terrifying situation afterwards but it leaves her with no choice but than to travel through Midnight to change the outcomes of Moscow and what its future would mean for those she cares for back in Rus’.

There’s more of the Winter King himself but I am happy to say that as Arden has masterfully done in the other two books, he is not the focus. This is about our ‘witch,’ Vasya and it is about the choices and paths she takes.

Arden has this ability that the moment you read page one you are utterly transported to Vasya’s world. You forget that you’re in the present and it’s like the reader is lost to the world as much as Vasya.

The characters are all complex and brilliant. None are strictly good or evil, and some just exist with no inclination to pick a side of good or evil.

Vasya faces more heartache and trial than ever before and with my whole heart, I was hoping for an ending fitting for her and her story. Arden clearly delivered on this, the ending was perfect for this trilogy.

The pacing is intense. There is not one moment where I felt like I wanted to put the book down and come up for air, especially the last 150 pages.

I’m actually finding it hard to put into words just how much this book and the trilogy in its entirety mean to me. If I could buy copies for everyone interested in this trilogy just to give them a chance to read it, I would.

The story is also one that you could easily reread because now you know what to look for in terms of how early on and brilliantly Arden set up everything for this epic conclusion.

She broke my heart and put it back together again then put that cycle on repeat for the whole of the book.

I felt despair, joy, love, and determination. It was as if I were there with Vasya.

The world-building of the realms of Midnight and Winter are amazing and breathtaking and I’m so glad we got to see the realm of Midnight in this book.

It’s brilliant, start to finish. I love it, completely and entirely.

Five cups of coffee from me for this and the entire trilogy. Thank you to Anne Cater and Penguin Random House for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion on the tour. [Sorry for a delay in posting today, it took me a while to work up the nerve to say goodbye to this book]

Content/Trigger Warnings: Death of animal(s), War/Violence, general heartache.

 

About the Author

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Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent her junior year of high school in Rennes, France.
Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrolment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature.
After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crepes to serving as a personal tour guide. After a year on the island, she moved to Briancon, France, and spent nine months teaching. She then returned to Maui, stayed for nearly a year, then left again to wander. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really you never know.
She is the author of The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower. These novels make up the first two parts of The Winternight Trilogy.

Author Links

Twitter | Website

 

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The Devil Upstairs – Blog Tour

 

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Synopsis:
Rosemary’s Baby meets Ambrose Parry’s The Way of All Flesh in this macabre thriller – a devilishly brilliant allegory set in modern-day Edinburgh by the author of the highly acclaimed Dr Jekyll & Mr. Seek.
Cat Thomas relocates to Edinburgh, fleeing death threats related to her job as a fraud investigator in Florida. Her 18th-century Dean Village flat is utterly idyllic except for one thing…the devil upstairs.
Cat lies awake, delirious from lack of sleep, dreaming of ways in which to get rid of the utterly inconsiderate neighbour who keeps her awake every night with loud music and wild parties. Desperate for a solution she joins a work friend at a witches’ conclave and is blissfully surprised when the noise suddenly stops. 
But when the devil upstairs is found dead and Cat’s seemingly perfect man arrives in his place, the problems she thought were solved come back to haunt her in new and unexpected ways.
Impeccably plotted, intricately nuanced and shot through with darkly wicked humour, The Devil Upstairs perfectly captures the shadowy beauty and mystery of Edinburgh’s architecture, atmosphere and history, gibing literary voice to its world-renowned status as a “haunted” city.
Book Information:
By: Anthony O’Neill
Publication Date: 5th September 2019
Published by: Black&White Publishing
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My Review

The dark humour in this was perfection. This is the sort of horror I want, dark and wicked and full of brilliantly timed humour and equal parts terrifying. Cat was not the most lovable protagonist and that’s what makes this book so humorous, you understand where she’s coming from, we’ve all probably had a noisy neighbour or two and have wanted to just shut them up, but her situation also made me chuckle.

I couldn’t imagine being as patient as Cat and I loved that she always tried to think things through, even when she was close to snapping with her horrible neighbour, she was all sense and respectability in a lot of ways.

But even a saint has their breaking point and though this shouldn’t be taken as a honest look into witches -or their pagan faith- this should be taken as a hilarious twist to a witches’ conclave set in the perfect atmosphere of Scotland. Also, satanism wasn’t portrayed as stereotypically as one might think when hearing a horror book contains it. That impressed me.

[I may also be the smallest bit biased in loving most books set in Edinburgh.]

It’s spooky and scary though too, not just humor. You do begin to feel for Cat, you sense she’s running out of time and she’s no closer to saving herself. So can Cat be saved? And what does she need saving from?

The ending was another point of perfection for me and answers all questions necessary to feel closure but still left a lot open to the imagination, striking the perfect balance.

If you’re looking for a thrillingly spooky fall read in time for Halloween, this is another recommendation from me! Four big cups of coffee from this reader.

Thank you to BW publishing for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the tour.

 

About the Author

Anthony O’Neill was born in Melbourne and lives in Edinburgh. He is the author of Dr Jekyll & Mr Seek, his sequel to Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde; Scheherazade, an Arabian Nights homage; The Lamplighter, a psychological horror; The Empire of Eternity, a history-mystery involving Napoleon and Egyptology; The Unscratchables, a satire featuring dog and cat detectives; and The Dark Side, a crime novel set on the far side of the moon. Film rights to The Dark Side have been sold to 20th Century Fox.

 

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In Search of a Witch’s Soul

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Human, private detective Anna Caill isn’t keen on the prohibition of magic enacted by the 18th Amendment, but she won’t deny it’s good for business. The coppers couldn’t care less about the witches’ problems, giving her any number of clients to choose from.

When mysterious witch Jesse Hunt saunters into her office, he and his case will test her limits. While a killer stalks the magical underworld, Anna is hired to find Jesse’s friend, the high priest of an ancient coven.

As her case unravels, Anna is forced to confront her addiction to a dark spell in this urban fantasy noir.

1920s, prohibition exists but not as we know it, it’s a prohibition on magic. Anna Caill a flapper girl and private eye who helps Witches (which are both men and women) who come to her with cases. Not to mention she goes against the 18th amendment to use the Living Memory spell whenever she can to help ease the pain she’s been in from losing a loved one.

Jesse Hunt comes in with what seems a pretty straight forward missing person’s case with a person not really missing, just run away, but why is she so drawn to Jesse Hunt? And is this case as straight forward as she thought?

[Trigger Warning: Character death(s), some steamy love scenes in general if that’s a thing that may be a no for you or a trigger]

Pros:
-Guys…GUYS. It’s prohibition era, NOIR urban fantasy! IT IS A MYSTERY WITH FANTASY [I am freaking out!]
-Quick, fast-paced read
-Such a great integration of magic into the 1920s setting
-1920s slang even used throughout the narration not just when characters talk
-Jesse Hunt is pretty cool
-Jack is very cool
-Small twist in the epilogue that I hope means we get to see more of Caill!!!
-Caill is an awesome flapper who solves freakin’ mysteries and helps out witches.

Cons:
-More erotic than I thought? Which isn’t necessarily a con but it really just goes wham bam and you’re peering around you wondering if anyone can see you blushing.
-1920s slang may seem trite to some instead of immersive
-Jesse Hunt may be eye-roll inducing for the first 60% bahaha
– You may find it too predictable [In Lieber’s defense I would imagine that she meant it to be predictable to us, it was supposed to be a surprise for Caill, not us lol]
-May have tropes you hate that I don’t want to give away too much and give out spoilers, but some usual romance tropes, a bit of a love triangle.

This isn’t my usual thing as far as reading something with steamy scenes but I loved it and just read it in like a handful of hours between two sittings last night and this morning. I think Lieber has a fantastic voice and I really hope there’s more to this! IF NOT I GOT SOME WORDS FOR HER!

[I received an eARC copy of this in exchange for my honest review via NetGalley, here is the GoodReads Link]