Saturday, March 17, 2018

Tara's Ginormous Book Haul! Part Two

Here's Part Two of my ginormous book haul.  
Why do I keep buying books?  
I don't have time to read all of them but I keep on buying them.  😨 

All the books below were purchased from Book Outlet during their awesome Boxing Day sale last year.  I got $45 off an order of $100 or more, so I made several orders.

The Nocturnal Reader's Box- March 2018

I recently subscribed to several book boxes.  I can't really afford any of them but that doesn't stop me from impulsively subscribing to a ton of them.  I'll try to unbox all my book boxes each month on this blog.  I love horror books so I had to check out The Nocturnal Reader's Box!

The Nocturnal Reader's Box is a monthly book subscription box that contains two horror novels (1 new release + 1 previous release), a horror themed t-shirt, a horror themed art print, a horror themed pin, a horror bookmark, and other horror themed goodies.

This box is currently $35 USD per month plus shipping.  U.S. shipping is a flat rate of $8.

This box ships all over the world.  
Check out more info about the box here.

Dracula (Gary Oldman Dracula) T-Shirt

This cool t-shirt was designed by Vitor Willemann.  I saw Bram Stoker's Dracula so long ago and now I really want to watch it again.  I love Gary Oldman in that film (and Winona, and Keanu).

Pin inspired by Robert Chamber's "The King in Yellow."

This is a cool looking wooden pin created by The Wooden Pin.  I've never heard of the book but I really like this pin.

Here's a closer look

Memorial Style Mug of Jack Ketchum

I heard of the author Jack Ketchum but I haven't read any of his books yet.  I do want to read a book by him soon though.  This mug was created by Jeff @exhumedvisions.

I love when subscription boxes include mugs because I always need more mugs for my coffee!

Stickers based on Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

I haven't yet read The Dark Tower series but I've heard some awesome things about it.  I'll get to the series eventually.

"The Elementals" Bookmark

The Elementals by Michael McDowell is another book I haven't yet read but I'm digging this cool looking bookmark.

"The Fury" by John Farris

This is the previous released book for the month.  I've heard of the movie "The Fury" which is based on this book but I've never seen the movie or read the book.  I can't wait to start reading this!  That book cover is freaky.

Every month, subscribers have the chance of receiving a signed version of each book.  This month there was a 1 in 5 chance of getting a signed copy and I was lucky enough to receive the signed version!

Synopsis of "The Fury"
Gillian Bellaver’s family is one of the wealthiest in the world. Robin Sandza’s father Peter is a government assassin. The two teenagers seem to have nothing in common. Yet they are spiritual twins, possessing a horrifying psychic energy that threatens humanity. While dangerous and fanatical men vie for the secrets of their awesome power, Peter Sandza, using all the ruthless skills of his trade, makes a final desperate effort to save them. Exploring with extraordinary skill the myths and legends deeply rooted in the subconscious mind, this novel builds, scene by shocking scene, to a night of chilling horror that surpasses anything you’ve ever experienced . . . First published in 1976 and made into a successful movie written by the author and directed by Brian De Palma in 1978, The Fury is one of the all-time classics of the horror genre.

"The Gone World" by Tom Sweterlitsch

This was the new release book for this month.  I've never heard of this book or the author but it sounds like an interesting read.

Subscribers had a 1 in 4 chance of receiving a signed bookplate in this box and again I was lucky to receive a signed version.

Synopsis of "The Gone World"
Inception meets True Detective in this science-fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope. The Gone World follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind.

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL's family--and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can't share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra--a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL's experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence or insight that will crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it's not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time's horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.
Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.

Art Print (Brady Hartsfield from Stephen King's Bill Hodges Trilogy)

This creepy art print of the Ice Cream Man from the Bill Hodges Trilogy (another series I need to read!) was created by Ana Godis.  I love the look of this art print and I'll definitely be framing it and putting it on the wall in my library.

Lastly, every Nocturnal Reader's Box includes an information card about every item in the box.

The back of the info card gives some information about what to expect in April's box!

What did you think of March's The Nocturnal Reader's Box?  I definitely recommend this box if you are a lover of all things horror.  These boxes come jammed pack with horrific books and goodies.

For more info or to subscribe, 


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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Blog Tour: Genesis by Brendan Reichs

Welcome to my stop on the Genesis Blog Tour!  
Genesis, the sequel to Nemesis by Brendan Reichs, just released on March 6, 2018.  
Find out more about this exciting series below.

*Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for providing me with a copy of Genesis for this tour.

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
Series:  Project Nemesis, Book 1
Publication Date:  March 21, 2017
Genre:  Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages:  443
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Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in the riveting new sci fi thriller from the cowriter of the Virals series.

It's been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown--alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he's not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

Genesis by Brendan Reichs
Series:  Project Nemesis, Book 2
Publication Date:  March 6, 2018
Genre:  Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages:  512
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The blistering sequel to the instant New York Times bestselling Nemesis by Brendan Reichs. 

Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive.

The 64 members of Fire Lake's sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning and zero rules apply. But Noah's deaths have trained him-hardened him-to lead the strongest into the future ... whatever that may be. And at any cost.

Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn't enough.

In a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it's tempting to lay back and let everyone else battle it out. But Min's instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She's ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whomever might stand in her way.

Author Bio

Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to write full time. He is the author of Nemesis, and co-author of the Virals series, written with Kathy Reichs. Brendan lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Book Review: The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

The Price Guide To The Occult 
by Leslye Walton
Publication Date: March 13, 2018 
by Candlewick
Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism, Fantasy
Pages: 288
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: eARC
Goodreads │Amazon │Kindle
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5 Stars)
The Blackburn women are cursed. Ever since the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight "original" settlers, Blackburn witches have been doomed to carry out a brief whirlwind affair with a descendant of the Original Eight. The vengeful curse, however, had unintended side effects: it diluted the Blackburns' supernatural powers. That's perfectly all right with seventeen-year-old Nor Blackburn. All she wants is a quiet, unremarkable life—her powers are blissfully unexceptional, her love life pretty much nonexistent. Nor hopes the curse has played itself out through enough generations that she'll finally be spared the drama. But when a mysterious book comes out promising to cast any spell for the right price, Nor senses a dark storm headed straight for Anathema—and straight for her.
*I received the advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher for review.  This does not affect my opinion or the content of my review.  All thoughts/opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.  I am an Amazon affiliate and I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through one of my links.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Tara's Ginormous Book Haul! Part One

I have a ginormous book haul to share with you all.  I've acquired many, many, many books over the past few months.  Over 90 books!  Some were gifts or were bought using gift cards, and others I bought for myself.  Many of these books are young adult or middle grade because I'm basically a child in an adult's body.  😝 I love young adult fiction, middle grade fiction, and graphic novels.  No shame.  Below are 20 books from this huge haul.  There will be five of these posts since there are so many books to show you.

**This post contains affiliate links.  I am an Amazon affiliate and I may receive a small commission  if you make a purchase through one of my links.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Book Review: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Aru Shah and the End of Time 
by Roshani Chokshi
Series:  Pandava Quartet, Book 1
Publication Date: March 27, 2018 
by Rick Riordan Presents
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: eARC
Goodreads │Amazon │Kindle
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 (4.5/5 Stars)

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she'll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru's doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it's up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

*I received the advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher for review.  This does not affect my opinion or the content of my review.  All thoughts/opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.  I am an Amazon affiliate and I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through one of my links.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

by Ryan Graudin
Publication Date:  September 26, 2017
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre:  Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction
Pages: 465
Source:  Publisher via NetGalley
Format:  eARC
Rating:  ⭐⭐⭐1/2 (3.5/5 Stars)

*I received the advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher for review.  This does not affect my opinion or the content of my review.  All thoughts/opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.  I am an Amazon affiliate and I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through one of my links.

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