Monday, October 16, 2017

The Fun Continues - The October Faction Vol. 2

TITLE: The October Faction, Volume 2
AUTHORS: Steve Niles, Damien Worm
PUBLISHING DATE: April 19, 2016

FROM GOODREADS: The Allan family has inducted Dante, a.k.a. Robot Face, into the fold and Geoff and Vivian have begun their training in the family business; monster hunting. All looks well for the Allans, but Sheriff Chambers is slowly catching on to their occult activities. Collects issues #7-12.

MY THOUGHTS: I am loving this series so much that I almost hate to read the last volume I have. I know it will take forever for my library to get Volume 4. This installment continues the Allen family saga. The children are still trying to convince their parents to start ghost hunting again and Lucas, the werewolf family friend, seems to be hanging around waiting for a decision. Dante, the monster who was adopted in the first volume, remains my favorite. He is like a 10 year old in an adult body and he is enjoying having a family for probably the first time in his life. The only reason this got 4/5 instead of 5/5 like the first is because something happens to Mr. Allen in this volume which I think isn't explained very well and which is wrapped up too quickly. As always though, the artwork remains as some of my favorite amongst all of the graphic novels I read. If you love horror, you have to give this series a try. 


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Another Awesome Horror Graphic Novel Series

TITLE: The October Faction, Vol. 1
AUTHOR: Steve Niles, Damien Worm

FROM GOODREADS:  The October Faction details the adventures of retired monster-hunter Frederick Allan and his family... which include a thrill-killer, a witch, and a warlock. Because sometimes crazy is the glue that binds a family together.

MY THOUGHTS: I have accidentally found a new horror graphic novel to love on and the timing couldn't be better. I had to run into my library to pick up a hold the other day and an usual, caught myself in the "new" section. I saw the first three volumes of "The October Faction" and all I needed was to look at one of the covers and I knew all three were headed home with me! "The October Faction" tells the story of a family of misfit/orphan monster hunters. The books provides with witches, warlocks, werewolves and some other characters I am still learning about. The two children in the book want nothing more than to follow in their retired father's footsteps except he is now a renowned professor of monstrumology and wants nothing to do with his old business. Does that change? You betcha! However, you have to read to find out. 

The artwork in this book is dark, creepy and glorious. And the writing just strikes a cord with me. At one point, someone in the book is killed rather unexpected and the perp's comment was something to the effect of "I was going to have to kill him eventually so why drag it out?" An attitude I can understand - not that I'm a killer or anything :) 

So basically everyone - go get this book. NOW!!!!!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Weekly Reads/Stacking the Shelves (132)/Sunday Post

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves or TBR piles, may it be physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store, online, books you borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and of course, ebooks! The original meme was started over at Tynga's Reviews. And it now has a new co-host where individuals can link up as well - Marlene from Reading Reality.  Clicking on the book (or title) should take you to the Goodreads page.  I'm also now linking up with the Sunday Post which is hosted by Kimberly@Caffeinated Book Reviewer

So today I'm covering it all because it's been such an eventful week.  First of all, meet Bowser (yep, I name my vehicles).  We got a decent deal and more importantly it's a truck  with no payments.  I thought I was going to have to start looking at cars.  This is a load off my mind and I hope it works out well.

We managed to watch a couple of movies this week and I realized I forgot to mention we finally watched "47 Meters Down."  It was very good.  The other two were "Demonic" and "All the Devils Are Here."  I was rather pleased with "Demonic" and it had some recognizable actors.  "All the Devils Are Here" looked really cheesy from the cover but I was shocked.  It wasn't the greatest but it was pretty entertaining.  Although I couldn't figure out why it used 80's music so much (it wasn't that old).  Look at the crazy cover art.  Some of the characters are awesome and some need to die but it's worth watching just to watch some guy try to knock someone's infected arm off with a rock!

The boys are great and thoroughly enjoyed their vet trip.  Booker T's girlfriend totally spoiled him rotten.  In fact, Mr. Barb mentioned he thinks she forgets who's dog he is - HIS!  Haha.  Needless to say, T loved all the attention and Cass got plenty too.  AND he weighed in at 110 pounds.  However, his vet says for his frame and size, he is very healthy and he is not concerned.

Here's a quick look at the books I'm planning on reading this coming weekend and week and then I'll share the books I added to my shelves.

And I bought three books Tuesday night (the vehicle hunt was getting the best of me and hey, books are easy to buy).  I saw "Pupcakes" at Walmart and does anyone even question why I grabbed it at this point?  I also ordered "The Hollow Girl" and "The Breathless" for my Kindle...just because.

So I hope everyone is having a great week and that everyone near the wildfires is staying safe.  What books did you add to your shelves this week???

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ultimate Sacrifice Blog Tour

TITLE: Ultimate Sacrifice
PUBLICATION DATE: October 3rd 2017
GENRES: Horror, Young Adult
Vickie has always lived a quiet, ordinary life in an equally quiet and ordinary small town. Yet one fateful night a child turns up dead in the woods behind her house in a ritualistic slaughter. Vickie and her family are suddenly thrown into a national spotlight. But as the investigation unfolds, she begins to realize her family isn’t so ordinary after all. Evil is inching closer to those she holds dear and Vickie isn’t sure who she can ultimately trust.
MY THOUGHTS:  I loved this book and I totally agree with the Mindy McGinnis quote on the front.  Vickie and her family live in a wooded area and her grandfather owns the farm next door.  One day her twin exits the forest covered in blood and she learns that a young child named Michelle, whom she regularly babysits, was found dead and the crime scene resembled a ritualistic murder.  An investigation ensues and we learn tons about Vickie's family and friends as well as the small town community.

I considered this book a short read at just about 175 pages.  I usually like more to my books but I have to admit, it really worked in this case.  It made the story seem that much more fast paced and made the situation more dire.  I really liked Vickie but I will say she is either the bravest 17 year old (because she investigates the Satanic killing on her own because she is frustrated with the police) or the stupidest.  There were times I was reading where I know I would shake my head because what she was doing could not end well at all.  And the ending!  I actually screamed and yelled.  And since the hubby was at work, the dogs looked at me like I'd lost my ever-loving mind.

If you can't tell, this book was tons of fun so I seriously recommend picking it up.


S. E. Green (aka Shannon Greenland) is the award winning author of the thriller, KILLER INSTINCT, the spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the romances, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN and SHADOW OF A GIRL. She lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog. ULTIMATE SACRIFICE is her debut YA horror, due out October 2017.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Damned Blog Tour

TITLE: Damned 
AUTHORS: Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
PUBLICATION DATE: October 3rd 2017
GENRES: Adult, Supernatural
Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.
Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.
A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.
As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.
Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.

MY THOUGHTS: This book had a lot of buzz words for me which is probably why I wanted so desperately to be part of the tour.  We have a neglected historical haunted house, curses, spirits, voodoo and lot of dragon references.  Also, there were hints about Lexie having a supernatural gift and I pretty much had to find out what that gift was. 

First I have to say that my copy of this book was beautiful.  I don't normally like people on the cover, but I think the model's eyes, coupled with the dragon cane and mansion on the hill work great together.  Next, there are flourishes at the beginning of the chapters and the chapter number is done in color - basically unheard of on my Kindle.  It's all in the details people! 

Next, I felt an immediate connection to the characters and I needed to know if Magnus was good, bad or somewhere in between.  It was fun being with Lexie as she journeys to different areas looking for a lost relic and the descriptive methods used by the authors made me feel like I was seeing this run-down house for the first time and visiting the locations along with Lexie.

I don't want to give too much away because I went into the actual plot pretty blind, and I think I enjoyed it all the better because of it.  I have discovered there is a prequel novel (Blackwell 0.5) which provides more into Magus' backstory and I've already purchased it for my Kindle.  If you enjoy the things mentioned in the first paragraph, then definitely consider picking this book up!

Alexandrea Weis, PhD, is an award-winning author of twenty-five novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured animals. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. Weis writes paranormal, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. ~Winner of the gold medal from Reader's Favorite Book Awards for Romantic Suspense, the Silver Medal from the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year awards for Romance, the gold medal from the Feathered Quill Book Awards for Romance, and an InD’Tale Magazine RONE winner for Paranormal Romance. Weis is a member of the Horror Writers Association
Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.
He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.
Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.
One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday (127) A Little Bit Cozy

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

FROM GOODREADS: There's no reverse on the hearse . . .

For Tallulah Graver, marrying wealthy Waldo Phillips seemed like the best way out of the family business, the Graver Funeral Home. But when her marriage falls apart and Tallie is left with next to nothing, she turns to cleaning houses to make ends meet. As humbling as it is to tidy the mansions of the snobby socialites she used to call friends, at least she doesn't have to be around dead bodies. Until . . .
She discovers one of her employers lying in a closet with a knife sticking out of her chest. This unpleasant shock seems to be part of a web of weird experiences: Tallie's friend Gina's shop is broken into, her ex is stun-gunned where it hurts the most, and now she's receiving flowers from the dead woman. Granted the deliveryman is handsome, but seriously, that's enough to cast a pall over anyone's day. Now Tallie needs to dig deep to clean up this mess--before she finds herself in a grave situation.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I think this is a perfect cozy mystery for this time of year and it even releases on Halloween Day.  What could be better???

What book can't you wait for this week???

Monday, October 9, 2017

TTT - Book Covers That Scream Fall!

This top 10 weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and can be found HERE.  Each week they focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. 

This week's topic is book covers that remind us of fall.  Well, fall reminds me of Halloween, which reminds me of horror, and I've been really interested in locating copies of older horror novels I've seen on blogs and booktubes so I'm sharing with you the covers of 10 horror books I want to read next year which remind me of Fall!  Wow, that was a mouth full!

The Bad Room - Christopher Cook Gilmore. "There are some doors through which you must never pass...."

The Dogs - Robert Calder. An abandoned pup from an experimental canine development installation.  (But the cover reminds me of a cat)

Haunted - James Herbert.  I actually wanted to read "Ash" but then found out it's #3 in a series so I need to start here.

The Streeter - Scott Ian Barry.  Dogs who become insane from toxic waste and then start hunting humans - GO DOGS!  (oops, did I say that aloud?)

Cold Moon Over Babylon - Michael McDowell.   " ...traffic lights flash an eerie blue, a ghostly hand slithers from the drain of a kitchen sink, graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror..."

The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury. Look at that awesome cover.

Amara - Richard Laymon.  I first saw this over at Chuckles Book Cave and been looking for a copy ever since.  I may have finally located one.

A Devil in Silver - Victor LaValle.  Features a terrifying creature with the body of an old man and the head of a bison.  Sign me up!

Under the Skin - E.E. Richardson. The cover kind of sold me on this one.  That and the concept of a ritual crime unit.

Frankenstein's Dog - R.R. Stein.  I just HAVE to have this one!

So there you have it. Fall books!  And if that doesn't actually remind you of Fall....

This was my dog Barkley.  We lost him about 4 years ago.  He's dressed up in a "Flash" superhero costume I made him (lightening bolt on front) and he's shredding a pumpkin.  He LOVED to shred pumpkins each year!

And this was Cooper the same Halloween.  He was dressed as Underdog but he took his cape off before the picture was snapped.  He had NO interest in pumpkin shredding.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (131)/Sunday Post

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves or TBR piles, may it be physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store, online, books you borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and of course, ebooks! The original meme was started over at Tynga's Reviews. And it now has a new co-host where individuals can link up as well - Marlene from Reading Reality.  Clicking on the book (or title) should take you to the Goodreads page.  I'm also now linking up with the Sunday Post which is hosted by Kimberly@Caffeinated Book Reviewer

This week a little retail therapy was in order.  Still looking for a used vehicle and not having the best luck - but I will soldier on.  It could be so much worse.  I did grab 4 books for my Kindle.  Several were fairly cheap and I've wanted "Devils & Thieves" ever since I first saw it.  "Behold" is one I've had my eye on for a while and was planning on ordering a physical copy but when I saw it for $2.99 as a Countdown Deal I went ahead and grabbed it.  I had to have "Gisele" and "Sins of our Father," both part of the Witches of Auburn series I read and reviewed earlier this week so I got them too #noapologies.

Next I grabbed a couple of books I saw being offered for free.  "Some Dark Holler" sounded pretty interesting and I know I've seen "Bleed" somewhere before.  "The Vampire Skeleton" and "Corpses Say the Darndest Things" both caught me attention and since they were free, I couldn't help but click.

Finally, Netgalley struck again.  Stormi was talking to me about "Alone" and how her friend wanted her to read it to hear her thoughts so I couldn't resist #StormiMadeMeDoIt.  "The Hunger" is a book I first saw mention of over at Books Bones & Buffy and it is about the infamous Donner Party and witches so I was thrilled when I snagged an early copy #TammyMadeMeDoIt.  "Deja Moo" is part of an on-going series and really, who can resist that title, and "The Ripper's Hellbroth" - hello!  Jack the Ripper reference.  Someone I'm almost as fascinated with as Lizzie Borden.  

So as you can see, I'm still in Halloween mode and I am thrilled to get to all of these eventually.  Stormi - you know you need to grab "The Ripper's Hellbroth."

What did you guys grab this week???

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Weekly Reads 10/05/17

So we're already into the first week of October and I just know this month is going to fly.  I have always felt that once Halloween hits, it's no time until Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Still looking for a vehicle but am using Grandpa's and he's not in any hurry to get it back so it's very appreciated.  Oh, and the cousins got their own place.  I found out Wednesday night when Grandpa told me his prayers had been answered!

We ended up watching a movie called "The Sound."  I hadn't heard of it but it was pretty creepy.  It stars Rose McGowan, who IMO has had too much plastic surgery and didn't need it, but despite that, I liked it.  It's good for the Halloween season.  We are also still watching "Mr. Mercedes," "American Horror" and "Fear the Walking Dead" although in the last one I'm still wishing for everyone to die!

The pups are fine and Cass has to go to the vet Saturday to get shots.  There is a vet tech there who is IN LOVE with Booker T and she said he needed to come as well - so she can love on him.  They like going together so it will be okay.  We also have a wedding to attend late Saturday afternoon although we'll probably just go for the ceremony, drop off the gift at the reception and then return home. At least I hope that's the plan.

I'm trying to get some blog tour books out of the way so I can start on "Rosemary's Baby."  Between you and me, I've already read the first two chapters and I'd really liked to dive in and finish it but you know, commitments.  So here is what I plan on reading this weekend and the first few days next week.  I've already started the first one. At least they all seem appropriate for the Halloween season!

So what are your plans this weekend? Hope everyone has a good one!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Witches of Auburn Blog Tour

TITLE: The Witches of Auburn: The Gifts of Our Mothers 
AUTHOR: Hazel Black
PUBLISHER: Brunswick House
PUBLISHING DATE: October 2, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: In the dark woods I’m forbidden to go into, lying on top of the one person I swore I’d stay away from, and hiding from the men who chased him, I hold still as Ike Kennedy whispers in my ear, “Don’t leave me.”

The questions of why my mother packed up our lives and moved us to Auburn, New Jersey when she, herself, fled here twenty years ago, plague me every day. Her past and the people in this town loom over our family with a haunting understanding of the coven I was born into, but realize I know nothing about. The enemies I heard stories about as a child attack without warning or regard for human life, but I don’t know who they are.

I’m Ever Ayars. I can fly. I can disappear. I can move things with my mind, but my gifts are my only clarity. Lost within a new school, new friends, and a new life, there is only one thing I know for sure.

I’m not leaving Ike Kennedy.

MY THOUGHTS:  When I agreed to review "The Witches of Auburn: The Gifts of Our Mothers" I had no idea I would like the book as much as I do. I am automatically drawn to witchy books and knew I'd be reading it in October, so it seemed like a solid, safe pick. However, this book drew me in and kept me captivated so easily that upon finishing, I went to Amazon and picked up the next book in the series as well as a novella. 

"The Witches of Auburn" weaves two tales together uniting them in one final outcome. We have two covens - an adult one and then one which consists of their daughters. When Helene was 18, she was betrayed by her boyfriend and best friend, which broke the original coven and initiated a curse that would follow them for years. 17 years later, after suffering some severe losses, Helene's coven moves back to Auburn where the three ladies live with their three daughters - Ever, Maya and Ruby. These three also form a coven but they soon learn something is missing. Ever meets Ike at school and there is an immediate attraction. There is also some connection to his sister Gwen. Helene and Ike's mother Gisele forbid the two to date, which we all know in teenage-speak is the same as throwing them together on a deserted island where no one else exists.

I liked that this book tackled both the adult and teen sides of the spectrum. Several chapters were told through Helene's perspective and the author does a really good job at handling obvious teenage tropes yet not falling into some pitfalls I usually find when reading YA - specifically love triangles and insta-love. I really liked Ever, but enjoyed the adult characters even more and loved learning about their history and magical shenanigans.

This book is about family - those you are forced into and those you chose, friendships, loss and love. It's also about healing and creating your own fate with some paranormal aspects and some creepy individuals added in for extra intrigue. As I mentioned, I can't wait to continue the series and since the book left on a pretty good cliffhanger, I'm just thrilled I was able to get the next book so soon.


September Wrap-Up - Lots of Scary Reads

So September flew by and it was mostly filled with reads for my 2017 Halloween Bingo which runs for 2 months.  I'm loving all the thrillers, mysteries and horror books I've been picking up and am glad that I have another month to look forward to.  I haven't gotten BINGO yet but I'm so close.  I'll attach a picture of my card and how it stands at the end of the wrap up.  Without further adieu, let's see how those challenges are stacking up!

GOODREADS: 78/100 (Still ahead on this one so I'm thrilled)
2017 CLOAK & DAGGER CHALLENGE: 34/25 (Dial Meow for Murder, When I Am Through With You, A Conspiracy in Belgravia)
2017 FLIGHTS OF FANTASY CHALLENGE: 35/18 (Black Bird of the Gallows)
2017 HORROR READING CHALLENGE: 23/15 (We Are Always Watching, Money Back Guarantee, Afterlife with Archie, Dark Exodus)
2017 WHAT AN ANIMAL CHALLENGE: 22/20 (Afterlife with Archie - it all starts with bring a dog back from the dead, Dial Meow for Murder, Black Bird of the Gallows)
2017 NEW RELEASE CHALLENGE: 56/61 (We Are Always Watching, Dial Meow for Murder, Money Back Guarantee, Black Bird of the Gallows, When I Am Through With You, A Conspiracy in Belgravia, Dark Exodus)
BLOGGER SHAME REVIEW: 2 (oh well, we could set our own number so I'm giving up and calling this done)

So as you can see, I just have the Goodreads Challenge and the New Release Challenge to complete.  I'm super excited about where things stand and most imporantly, am having tons of fun.  I had 7 4-paw reads and 1 5-paw read this month.  My favorites were clearly Money Back Guarantee and A Conspiracy in Belgravia. 

Here's my pretty BINGO card!

The haunted houses are squares I've read which haven't been called yet, the spiders are squares which have been called and I haven'r read, and the skull and crossbones are squares I've read which have been called.  I'm even doing better than this now but this was the last September update.

So how did you do last month???

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday (126)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

FROM GOODREADS: When murder strikes in a small New England town in the early 1800s, rumors of witchcraft swirl, and Valentine Deluca must find the killer on her own before she's arrested and hanged like her mother.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  There really isn't a lot of details about this book but it takes place in New England, which is one of my favorite settings, mentions witchcraft and the word "Gothic" is on the cover so I'm willing to take my chances!