October Wrap Up/Blogtober Day 31

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This month I finished reading four books: two YA Fantasies, one Contemporary Romance, and one Historical Fiction novel. While I wish I got the chance to read more, I’m happy about the ones I completed!

A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney

I rated this story 4/5 Stars. I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Dream So Dark! It was a great sequel to A Blade So Black, as it follows Alice’s adventures through Wonderland’s nightmarish world. It left me wondering what will be covered next! You can catch my review of A Dream So Dark HERE!

Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner

I gave Jerusalem Maiden 4/5 Stars. This was a very powerful read, as it follows Esther Kaminsky’s religious journey throughout her life. She struggles with getting in touch with her passions while honoring God and the commandments. You can view my review for Jerusalem Maiden HERE.

Keeping Her Close from Carol Ross

I reviewed Keeping Her Close for Prism Book Tours, in which I received a complimentary copy from the author. I found this story to be quite a warm, feel-good story centered around trust. If you would like to check out my review, you can find it HERE.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

I gave Wicked Saints 4/5 Stars. I found this to be quite an interesting read that involved lots of esoteric discussion between two of the central characters. There was also an entertaining romance! My full review can be found HERE!

And that’s it! I began reading two other stories this month, which I will talk about more tomorrow.

I hope everyone enjoys their Halloween!

Favorite Book of October /Blogtober Day 30

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I would say that my favorite book read this month was A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney. It’s the follow up tale to A Blade So Black. I love fairy tale re-tellings, but Alice in Wonderland stories are my favorite! You can check out my review for the story HERE!

What was your favorite book read this month? Let me know in the comments!

Halloween Plans/Blogtober Day 29

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and I try to take part in doing a spooky activity every year.

Andy and I love travelling to the pumpkin patch and find some to decorate, and we did just that over the weekend! We found three adorable pumpkins that we’ll certainly decorate before Thursday.

Our adorable pumpkins with our adorable Halloween Peanuts Gang figures!

We also enjoy checking out a show during Halloween weekend, but unfortunately that didn’t pan out for us this year. Next Halloween will definitely be one to check out a show!

Of course, ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ will definitely be watched!

I hope everyone has spooky plans for Halloween!

Local Ghost Story/Blogtober Day 28

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In Central NJ, there is a building named The Union Hotel. Located in downtown Flemington, NJ, The Union Hotel was constructed in 1878 and was a town centerpiece as a stagecoach stop. It became a national destination during the 1934 trial of the Lindbergh Baby death. Journalists and jurors stayed at the Union Hotel as Bruno Hauptmann was tried for his heinous crime at the county courthouse directly across the street.

The Union Hotel in Flemington, NJ

The Union Hotel stopped taking guests around the 1950s, but it continued operating as a bar restaurant. During this run, there were many reports from workers and patrons of hearing unearthly voices and humming out of nowhere. One person reported seeing a disembodied pair of a child’s patent leather shoes walking up the steps. The restaurant manager reported sensing a presence while being alone in his office.

There were many attempts to revive the Union Hotel, but talks always fell in circles, and the building fell into disrepair. The Union Hotel closed for good on 2007.

Since that time, the town committee goes back and forth discussing the fate of the Union Hotel. Two years ago, there were plans to tear down the building and create a shopping center, parking deck, and a college building. On 2017, A decision was made to preserve the hotel structure, and the back and forth proceedings as to how to revive the downtown area of Flemington resumed.


Flemington’s Union Hotel Designated Historic Site

Ghosts of the Union Hotel, Flemington

I hope everyone is having a good start to their week!

Four Favorite Harry Potter Spells/Blogtober Day 27

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Today the prompt is ‘Name 4 of your favorite spells from the Harry Potter universe’.

Here are four of my faves:

Lumos (a flash of light emanating from the tip of one’s wand)

Wingardium Leviosa (a charm used to make objects fly in the air)

Polyjuice Potion (a complex potion that allows someone to change into someone else when consumed)

Obliviate (a charm used to erase certain memories from someone else’s mind)

Thrillers/Blogtober Day 26

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Reading thrillers are so fitting during October! I appreciate a good story with unexpected twists and turns! Here are some thrillers that are good to read during this month:

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

No Exit by Taylor Adams

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Book Review: Keeping Her Close by Carol Ross

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Keeping Her Close by Carol Ross
Length: 368 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Genre: Contempory Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2019

I’m happy to be reviewing ‘Keeping Her Close’ for Prism Book Tours! Many thanks to Carol Ross for sending me a complimentary copy!

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

The job sounds simple: teach a businessman’s daughter how to stay safe. But former navy SEAL turned bodyguard Kyle Frasier has a personal motive, too. Harper Jansen is his late best friend’s fiancée. Loyalty demands he protect her, not that Harper looks in need of rescuing. In fact, it’s Kyle who needs help—balancing duty with his desire to build a life with the one woman he shouldn’t want…

My Thoughts:

Keeping Her Close tells the story of Kyle Frasier, a former Navy SEAL hired by a wealthy environmentalist to guard his daughter Harper Jansen after an attempted attack on his life. Kyle and Harper’s first encounters were uneasy, but they soon form a deep connection that grew intimate as time went on, much to Kyle’s discomfort. To make matters even more complicated, Kyle is also tasked to uncover the mystery of his friend Owen’s death, who happened to be Harper’s ex-fiancee.

One thing that I enjoyed about this novel is the healthy tension between Kyle and Harper. Their decent into coupledom wasn’t immediate, which I appreciated! They both endured some experiences that caused them to learn more about each other.

We also learn that Kyle is a complicated figure, one who’s in a constant state of insecurity. He feels like he’s never living up to his family’s expectations, which flows into his circumstances with Harper as the story progresses. Kyle’s family serves as a welcoming respite among the tension brought from Kyle and Harper dealing with the ‘less-than-ideal’ situation of being supervised every minute of the day. The Frasier family radiates a loving dynamic, something that both Kyle and Harper were without for a long time. For Harper, a large family introduced an only child to a sense of community. For Kyle, it reinforces the fact that a strong family unit is always present, ready to accept and overcome any obstacle. The notion of inclusion and forgiveness is a recurrent theme throughout the book: Love and family will always prevail despite struggle.

If you love a romantic story with trust, community, and family as a focal point, then this is the book for you!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Demonic Characters/Blogtober Day 24

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When we read stories during October, many of us usually choose books with darker plot lines and demonic characters. Here are some of my favorite characters that lean toward the demonic:

Malachiasz (Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan)

Raven In Red (City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab)

Randall Flagg (The Stand by Stephen King)

Nikalaos (Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton)

Peter Mellor (Zombie, Ohio by Scott Kenmore)

Wednesday (American Gods by Neil Gaiman)

Feel free to share your favorite demonic characters!

A Day In My Life/Blogtober Day 23

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During the week, my days begin very early (6am), for me to prepare for work. I’m currently subbing at a school in Central NJ, but I begin a permanent job next week (yay!).

I go to work, and my phone goes off until 3:30pm!

I get home around 4, then I check email and do some bookish things (read a couple chapters from a current book, book blogging, writing poetry)

During October I’ve been venturing to New York City once a week. One of the good things about subbing is that you can make your own schedule, so I make sure I take one day a week to spend time with books, and explore. The photos above were from a recent trip to Poets House!
Of course my schedule will shift next week, but I’ll make sure that I still make time to venture into New York on a regular basis!

I hope everyone’s week is going well!

Murder Mystery/Blogtober Day 22

When it comes to good Murder Mystery stories, this book comes to mind:

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
In this story, Annaleigh sets out to solve the mystery of what might be killing off her sisters one by one. House of Salt and Sorrows is set in House Thaumas out in an island, and is a fairy tale retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses. It has equal parts horror and mystery, as Annaleigh’s journey leads to many shocking twists and turns throughout the book!

Let me know about your favorite Murder Mystery story in the comments!