A girl and her books.

Book lover, traveler, life-long learner, vegan, and Southern Californian...among other things. This blog is my refuge from the monotony of real life; a place where I can gush about books with other lovers of literature.

I am a connoisseur of all genres, but I mainly read adult novels, and I am particular fond of fantasy/urban fantasy, all things paranormal, and historical fiction of any breed. Also, I love solid recommendations and feedback. Send it my way anytime. And if you'd like a recommendation, I love to dish them out, too :) Happy reading!
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Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) by Karina Hale: 4/5 Stars

“Well, shit, son. If there was a moment that determined the course of my future, I’m pretty sure this was it. I had two somewhat simple choices. I could make a run for it and go back to Uncle Al’s. Back to the bonfire where my cousins and dear sister would still be drinking and revel in the normalcy of a Saturday night and forget I ever went to this horrid place and ran into this weirdo. Or I could go with said weirdo up the stairs in this decrepit old lighthouse, which was most likely condemned and unsafe, towards some unknown person (or thing) that was walking around, potentially waiting to murder us in horrific ways…”

Slow clap for Karina Halle. This book hooked me immediately and scared the shit out of me at times. I don’t know why I’ve waiting so long to start this series when I’ve loved so many of her books.

Please take note: Not only is this book awesome, but the eBook is FREE right now. So get your kindle or your nook or whatever and download it. You won’t be sorry.

Perry Palomino is a 22 year-old college graduate and a failure of a receptionist with a past riddled with failures, humiliation, and ghostly encounters. Yeah, Perry seems to have a little something extra that draws them in, only she refuses to acknowledge what’s happening to her.

And that’s what’s happening when she goes to visit her uncle’s house on the Oregon coast and finds herself inexplicably drawn to an old, boarded up lighthouse her uncle describes as “evil” one warm fall night. What she finds in the lighthouse is terrifying, and continues to follow her after she’s sure she’s put the experience behind her.

One of those things following her is Dex, a sexy, eclectic, mentally unstable self-professed liar and film maker from Seattle, hoping to start a ghost hunting show of his own. After his experience with Perry in the lighthouse, he’s determined he needs to go back for more, and that he needs Perry to do that.

Basically, if you’re into the paranormal, and you love that ghost hunting shit you see all over TV all the time, you’re going to LOVE these books. Because that’s exactly what they are. I know I was hooked instantaneously, not just for the eerie plot, but it’s also the characters. Karina Halle is a pro when it comes to making characters that are just the right amount of fucked up and perfectly believable. I couldn’t get enough of Perry, the terrible receptionist with a weight issue, a past history of drug abuse, and her failed attempts at finding herself. And then there’s that really awesome thing going on where you can smell the slow-burn chemistry going on between her and Dex, with his secrets and his moods. I can’t wait to see where this goes. It’s a nice break from the flawless naïve female and the ultra-sexy male and their instalove and other gross things we see all the time.

Did I mention the creep factor? I think I’ll be forever afraid of old women with lipstick on their teeth and poofball sweaters. Don’t bring any of that shit over here.

Overall, excellent first book and great job setting up the series. You may have already noticed that I finished the second book in the day and rated it five stars and it was POSITIVELY HORRIFYING and so damn good. I hear it only gets better. I can’t wait. 

Let’s be friends on goodreads, if you want.

You know, I could always sense that there was this current of something running between us, but I thought it was in my head, like everything else in my life seemed to be. But obviously it wasn’t and I hoped to God it wasn’t only radiating from me. It made me rethink the way I acted around him. Was I always staring at him with a stupid look on my face? I though it would have been more an angry, confused and annoyed face.

Karina Halle, Red Fox (Experiment in Terror #2) 


Librairie Ancienne & Moderne by juliettetang on Flickr.

(via doseofbella)

I was fucked and I knew it. I had stupidly wandered into some epic rape palace run by meth-addicted hobos and bald men with beards who recently escaped nearby jails and had taken over this place for their torture sessions with hapless young women they found exploring the coast.

Karina Halle, Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) 

Poltergeists, for the most part, seemed to be pretty unhappy spirits with a vendetta against humanity and an eye for trickery. I knew that if I died I’d definitely come back as one. It actually was quite appealing, throwing shit around and scaring hapless people out of their homes, just to be an ass. I started looking forward to "meeting" these asshole ghosts.

Karina Halle, Red Fox (Experiment in Terror #2) 

Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything.
They make you feel so alive that you’d follow them straight into hell, just to keep getting your fix.

Karen Marie Moning- Fever Series (via chellybellie26)

Got to visit The Last Bookstore in LA today (:

writing tip #867:


everything in your novel must happen for a reason. unless it involves two attractive characters banging. then no reason is needed

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Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop: 2/5 Stars.

“People who entered the Courtyard without an invitation were just plain crazy! Wolves were big and scary and so fluffy, how could anyone resist hugging one just to feel all that fur?

“Ignore the fluffy,” she muttered. “Remember the part about big and scary.”

Let me just say -first of all- that I know I seem to be in the minority here when it comes to this book. I didn’t like it. You already know that I didn’t like it. In fact, I consider the two stars that I gave it to be quite generous. Let’s not do that thing where you loved the book and you read my review and get really mad at me about it. Okay? If you’ve already read the book and you loved it…just walk away.

We’ll start with the good parts: the premise and the world-building. AKA the reason I finished this book and it got any stars in the first place.

Anne Bishop has created a complex and unique world in Thasia–one that is dominated by the terra indigene (or earth natives) and in whose territory human laws do not apply. Now, the terra indigene are kind of like shifters, but there are many different types and their human skin is like a disguise they’ve learned to put on. Because they aren’t human. Humans are just meat to them. And are only permitted to exist where they do so they can have access to some of the things they’ve created. And they won’t hesitate to kill them.

Next, we have a unique character in Meg Corbyn. Meg is a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet. And blood prophets are a tool used by humans. You see, when you cut their skin, the release of blood allows them to see images of the future. Because of this, they are kept as property and bled for whomever pays, never to live among others. Unless they escape. And that’s what Meg does. She knows they’ll be looking for her so she makes off for the Courtyard –an area controlled by the terra indigene. She hopes she can hide here from human law, taking one of the few jobs in the area available from humans. Whatever threats lies inside the Courtyard can’t be as bad as her life as a prisoner.

Sounds interesting enough, yeah? I thought so. Surely, I thought, this is the next amazing UF series that I’m meant to love. But it all went wrong for me.

We’ll start with Meg. The blood prophet thing was really intriguing, but the character fell really flat for me. Meg had about as much personality as a rock and was even more helpless than I would have thought possible. She was such a perfect Mary Sue, universally loved and in constant need of babysitting. Now, let me digress for a moment and mention that this is my first Anne Bishop book, but I’ve since become acquainted with the fact that she [allegedly] LOVES her some Mary Sue. Myself, I prefer some Chess Putnam, Jericho Barrons, or Ellie Watt kind of fucked up in my novels. So, if this is also your cup of tea, Written in Red may not be the book for you. Because that’s not what you’ll find here. What you’ll find instead is three hundred pages on how to make people and animals like you on your new job as a mailman and a lot of characters that are supposed to be horrifying being nothing but perfectly polite and proper. Oh, and everyone just loving the new human when, IMO, she didn’t do anything that was any kind of special to deserve it.

Also, some sexism.

Yeah, I was really offended by what Anne did to the antagonist, Asia. Let’s see. Asia is this super-hot blonde babe that wants to be an actress in her own TV show, but the only way to get her TV show is to work as a private investigator for hire! Yeah, I don’t get it. So basically, people hire her to get information and she gets it by sleeping with people. And don’t worry, she mentions several times how she doesn’t mind sleeping her way to the top and she can’t wait to get her own show! Also, at one point, mentions how she can’t show how much sexual experience she has or she’ll lose the guy’s interest. Um, excuse me? Her new target is no-looks Meg. And yes, she actually calls her that. Multiple times. She can’t imagine why anyone would want anything to do with no-looks Meg. And certainly can’t imagine why Simon (sexy wolf who wouldn’t even sleep with her/Meg’s boss) would go so far to protect her.

In addition to being a big step back for feminism, Asia is also really incompetent (I mean, of course she is, right?! She wears really tight sweaters and has big boobs!) and non-threatening in general. I was never really worried about any of the characters in the story. I was never introduced to the people that had actually been keeping Meg captive. And any kind of big revelation I was waiting for never came. 


Also. I see the slow-burn chemistry build up going on between Meg and Simon. But I’m not feeling it. Probably because I just find them both to be so damn boring.


Gardening tips from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

From Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.

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