Trailer: Crimson Peak

Trailer: Crimson Peak

  I’m really behind in my trailer game, which is funny because every time I go to the movies (which is almost every week), I have to sit through at least 20 minutes of trailers. I like a good trailer as much as the next person but I wish they would start before the movie showtime or show fewer of them. Anyways, I’ve seen a couple of trailers now for Crimson Peak, the upcoming film by Guillermo del Toro. I must have been hiding under a rock because I had no idea this was even being made until I saw the trailer. This film looks deliciously creepy and visually stunning, as all of his films are. I think most of my friends think this looks too scary to see but I definitely want to watch it. And here is a featurette for good measure. Doesn’t it look amazing? Who’s coming with… Read more »

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Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

Unlike most young ladies of her acquaintance, Miss Madeline Gracechurch does not wish for a London season. Spending countless hours at balls and parties in the hopes of finding a husband is not something that Maddie, shy and sometime awkward, is looking forward to. Instead, while on holiday before her first season, Maddie invents a dashing Scottish soldier who sweeps her off her feet and asks for her hand in marriage. Betrothed, Maddie is no longer on the marriage mart. The only problem is, her Scottish beau doesn’t exist. In order to make the ruse believable, Maddie begins to write letters to “Captain Logan MacKenzie.” Years pass and finally, unable to continue the farce any longer, Maddie “kills” her captain and is given a castle to live the remainder of her days as a spinster, which suits Maddie just fine. Just when Maddie thought her life was settling down, the fictitious Capt MacKenzie appears at her door with a troop of weary soldiers and her letters. It appears that her fake fiance is very real and has come looking for his bride.

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Uncovered (148): The Shadow Queen

Uncovered (148): The Shadow Queen

  Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover? While it’s not the only factor in picking up a book, a pretty cover doesn’t hurt. Uncovered is a weekly post where I show some cover love. Enjoy! Yay for Friday! The summer is just speeding by but I am trying to enjoy the last few weeks of summer while I can. The crazy hot weather last week sucked a lot of my reading mojo from me but it’s cooled down and I am hoping to get some good reading time in this weekend. For this week’s Uncovered post I have The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine. I am a sucker for fairytale type stories and the black apple on this cover let’s you know right away what kind of a story it’s going to be. I love the twist on the poison apple by turning it black. But what is that black substance?… Read more »

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DC Essentials with Dan Didio and Jim Lee

DC Essentials with Dan Didio and Jim Lee

Last night I attended a really cool event at my local library. I follow artist/writer/publisher Jim Lee on Facebook and he posted about an event that he and DC Comics co-publisher Dan Didio would be attending on Wednesday and, lo and behold, it was at Buena Vista Library in Burbank, which is my local library. I wasn’t really sure what to expect at the event. The description of the event was pretty vague but as a longtime fan of Lee’s, I knew that it was an event that I could not miss. I arrived at the library about 30 minutes before the event began (I would have been there earlier but L.A. traffic is soul crushing and unpredictable) and there was already a healthy crowd waiting outside of the room where the event was to take place. We waited another 20 minutes or so before we were let in. Everyone received… Read more »

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Uncovered (147): Riot of Storm and Smoke

Uncovered (147): Riot of Storm and Smoke

Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover? While it’s not the only factor in picking up a book, a pretty cover doesn’t hurt. Uncovered is a weekly post where I show some cover love. Enjoy! Hi, guys. It’s been a really long time since my last Uncovered post. I am not sure why this feature fell to the wayside but I am to get back into posting it regularly again. There are so many beautiful book covers out there and I love giving them some attention. This week’s cover squee goes out to Riot of Storm and Smoke by Jennifer Ellision. This is the second book in a YA fantasy series. This cover is extremely eye catching with the bright teal color scheme and ethereal feel. It’s another girl in a dress, which is not super original, but I can’t help liking it. The dress itself is beautiful, with the… Read more »

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Review: Harley Quinn Vol 1: Hot in the City

Review: Harley Quinn Vol 1: Hot in the City

Everyone’s favorite homicidal sidekick is back! This time, Harley Quinn, the former love interest of The Joker has her own series. Down on her luck, Harley finds out that she has inherited a building on Coney Island along with its eclectic tenants. While the building is free, property taxes require Harley to get a day job as a therapist where she helps her patients to the best of her (unorthodox) abilities.

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Stacked (147)

Stacked (147)

Hello and welcome to Stacked, a weekly (usually) post where I discuss what books I’ve recently bought, borrowed or received. Hi, guys! I hope you’re all having a fantastic summer. Isn’t it crazy that it’s already August? I have no idea where the summer has gone but I am trying to enjoy it while it’s here. This Stacked post is going to be a little long, as I haven’t posted in a while about my bookish acquisitions. Last month I did a challenge with some friends to read my older ARCs, which did work to an extent, so I haven’t been adding a lot of new books to my queue. That doesn’t mean I haven’t gotten any books though so below are some recent adds to my bookshelves. Comic-Con, Etc Haul I meant to post about my Comic-Con book haul a couple of weeks ago but didn’t. I tried to be really… Read more »

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Review: So Tough to Tame by Victoria Dahl

Review: So Tough to Tame by Victoria Dahl

Charlie Allington was a small town girl who made it big and moved to the big city…until a scandal ruins her prospects and she’s forced to take the only job she can get, at a resort in her home town. While she’s not too happy with being back, one small perk is Walker Pearce, the boy that everyone had a crush on in high school. Charlie’s no longer the shy, bookish girl she used to be and is ready to show Walker that she’s all grown up.

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Review: The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Review: The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Gray is a promising student at Merlin College, studying the ancient art of magick, when one night changes his fate. When a midnight errands ends up with one of his classmates dead and Gray shouldering the blame, Gray is sent to spend the Long Vacation at the home of Professor Callender. There is no love lost between the two but Callender’s home is the safest place for Gray while he tries to find out what really happened that night and clear his name. The upside to his mandatory stay is that the Professor has a smart, inquisitive daughter who is intrigued by Gray. Sophie Callender and Gray become fast friends, though they must hide it. Sophie’s father has some antiquated ideas about women studying magick, so she must hide her association with Gray. However, as the two become closer they discover a sinister plot that they must stop. Along the way they discover secrets about their own pasts that make their mission even more dangerous.

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Manicure Monday (99): Blood Rights

Manicure Monday (99): Blood Rights

Hi and welcome to Manicure Monday, a feature that combines my love of reading and nail polish. Each week I’ll showcase one of my current reads along with a matching book manicure. Hi, guys. Thanks for joining me today in another manicure adventure. This week’s cover inspiration is Blood Rights by Kristen Painter, a book which has been on my TBR pile for a few years now. Not sure why I wanted so long to read this but I am really liking it so far. I only have about 50 pages left to go, which I will finish tonight. There were several elements from the book and cover that I wanted to incorporate into this manicure. The first was the gold sigma tattoos that Chrysabelle has all over her body. I chose a transculent nude shade that I thought would mimic Chrysabelle’s pale skin tone. I used 2 coats of OPI… Read more »

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