Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.


Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page

3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc.



"Depending on who you ask, Josephine Leeds is still here, walking up and down Sparrow Hill, her white nightdress bloody and filthy at the hem. People call her the Red Woman, and they say she can only be spotted at night.

That's why we're here. To see for ourselves." p 10










 


TITLE: Little Monsters
AUTHOR: Kara Thomas
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press
GENRE: Thriller YA
RELEASE DATE: July 25, 2017




Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.



This week's topic is: Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned in Books


*in no particular order 
**also note, I sooooo cannot remember the food mentioned in books! I literally came up with three exact answers, the rest are just general foods that make me hungry when they're mentioned in books no matter what time I'm reading said book! LOL!
***OMG, writing this post before dinner was sooo not a good idea, because I'm starving halfway through these items!


10. CHOCOLATE FROGS, CAULDRON CAKES, BUTTERBEER...the list goes on and on--basically all the delicious treats mentioned in Harry Potter get my mouth watering! Luckily with my trip to Harry Potter World last year, I was able to finally truly experience some of them!
9. CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES--who could forget when Daemon had a cookie in his mouth to offer Katy? And please forgive me if I picked the "wrong" cover, I had a mind blank when it came to which book precisely this happened in!
8. LICORICE--I admit, I like licorice! Twizzlers is the only strawberry flavored one I eat, but when it comes to rope, I prefer cherry! I'm just weird like that!


7. PIZZA--I love pizza! So if the characters are eating it, I'm usually craving it!
6. PASTA--you'd think I was Italian or something with all my love of their foods, but nope! 
5. BREAD--the good kind, like French bread! Nice and crusty on the outside, warm and chewy on the inside! I could just eat bread and butter for dinner!


4. CHIPS AND SALSA--love me some chips and salsa! I know there have been books where the characters go to a Mexican restaurant and start eating these...which usually is in an adult book.
3. MILKSHAKES--honestly can't remember the last book that had one of these, but yeah I love a good milkshake!
2. PB&J--another one I can't remember when I last read about! Possibly peanut butter sandwiches and I'm thinking to the character, you forgot the jelly!!




1. REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS--have these been in a book? I really can't recall, but including it here for candy's sake! 






Review--Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.


Kara Thomas’ Little Monsters was yet another spine-tingling and chilling thriller! I truly enjoyed how twisted the mystery became! The ending was yet another shocker and one I didn’t see coming at all!

Kacey has had a rough go of it lately what with her family life with her mom and whatever current douche of a boyfriend she’s dating. So when she goes to live with the father she didn’t even know existed, it’s a chance for a fresh start. She’s made friends with Bailey and Jade, who are slightly more wild child like then herself, but the three of them just seem to click.

Then one day, Bailey completely shuts Kacey out. Kacey was supposed to go to a party with them, but they never showed to pick her up. Then the next day, Bailey is just gone.  Soon the entire town is scouring the streets and all the nooks and crannies trying to find a trace of Bailey. As the days go by, everyone begins to think the worst. And it’s not long before Kacey starts to notice everyone giving her the side-eye and she doesn’t know what to make of it.

This mystery was truly twisted! I mean, I thought The Darkest Corners got twisted towards the end, but this one was just twisted all over the place. Naturally, Kacey begins to do a little digging on her own. She suspects Bailey’s old flame of one-time thing, Cliff, but the police barely look into him as his father gives him an alibi. But then things just keep getting worse and worse as new bits of evidence are found and Kacey begins to wonder what really happened to Bailey. And if it’s possible if she knows who the killer is as well.

It’s always hard to discuss mysteries I feel like. I don’t want to get too into the plot and reveal something that ignites a shock when reading! What I did find interesting was the occasional chapter that was a journal entry from Bailey. It really gives you a better idea of her character and you see what kind of person she truly is rather than what is shown from Kacey’s memories. It’s quite disturbing.

Like with Kara’s previous book, the pacing to this one is a little bit slower than what I might prefer, but again I see it as a necessity. The plot focuses on the disappearance of Bailey and having our main character trying to do her own investigation of it would definitely slow things down. Over the course of things we get to see some good character development. Kacey lives with her father and his wife and children. Kacey has a rather decent relationship going on with her stepbrother who she is close to in age and then there’s her younger half-sister who she feels a kinship with as well. Kacey has had a rough go of family life so it was yet another interesting thing to see her adjust to a more normal family life. It was like she didn’t know what to do with the genuine niceness of her newly found family members.

The whodunit to this one was truly surprising! I was sure I knew the answer, but of course I was proven wrong once again! Though the depth of it all was truly disturbing! It was so dark and kind of sent a chill down my back. It makes you realize that some people truly are monstrous, hence the title I guess!

Little Monsters was a truly spine-tingling mystery that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could! I didn’t expect to finish it as quickly as I did but that’s always a marker for a great read when it’s one you realize you can’t put down! Thrillers are truly terrifying kinds of reads for the evil villain within is always the last person you would suspect and they are always, human. Which again, makes me think the title to this one is so apt! We already know that there are no vampire like monsters in this one…ghosts are another story though! Lol.

Now is the perfect time of year to give Little Monsters a read, just be sure to leave a light on before going to sleep…


Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars 




 

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.


Last Week I Read:

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (5 stars)
The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood (2 stars)
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas (4 stars)


Currently Reading:

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas


What I Plan to Read this Week:

Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast


Other Posts of Interest:






 

And the Winner is...

Time to announce the winner of the SIGNED copy of The Language of Thorns! And the winner is...




ERICA ROBYN!! 


Congrats!! I've emailed the winner and she will have 48 hours to respond or else a new winner will have to be chosen! Thanks again to all who entered!





Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.


This was a pretty mellow week. The only books I actually got were just keeper copies! And I bought a comic so that's all that was really added to my TBR pile but I still got some pretty nice stuff! Check it out!


I bought:

 
 Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao--keeper copy
Scooby Apocalypse #18 by J.M DeMatteis & Keith Giffen
Ringer by Lauren Oliver--keeper copy & SIGNED!


Then I received TWO of my preorder incentives! I was just starting to worry about the Wonder Woman poster when it finally arrived! So happy to have these in my possession! They are so cool!

 My Wonder Woman: Warbringer poster! 

THANK YOU Random House!!!


My Before the Devil Breaks You tarot cards, plus signed book plate!


THANK YOU Little Brown Books!!



And that was my haul this week! What did you all get?






Spooktacular Giveaway

It's time for my most favorite giveaway hop ever!! This is really the only giveaway hop I join every year because it's SPOOKTACULAR!!

My prize this year is yet another tote bag filled with spooky delights, erasers galore and a creepy read or two!


Inside this extra large canvas tote featuring a sugar skull you will find:

2 pairs of Halloween socks
a Zombie Eye Sleep Mask
a Boo-Yay koozie
a pack of 4 Glow in the Dark Skull Rings
a mini Zombie Teddy Bear
a Sugar Rush Bath Bomb that looks like an Eye
Stamp Markers
Black Cat Pens
Skull bracelets
a Ghost Notepad
a Spooky To-Do List
a Light-Up Skeleton Notebook
and of course a plethora of Halloween shaped erasers!

And for the books you can win included with all this extra goodness

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins--SIGNED COPY!!
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


This giveaway will be open to US residents only, so sorry but I can't afford international shipping.




Check out the rest of the giveaways here:


Review--The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.


Kara Thomas’ The Darkest Corners is a twisted psychological thrill ride! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this one but by the end I was held riveted! The mystery had so much more going for it than I was initially led to believe!

The book opens up with Tessa going back home to Pennsylvania in order to see her father, who is in prison for armed robbery, who’s dying. Sadly, she doesn’t make it in time, but she feels no real loss over not being able to say goodbye. She stays with her old childhood friend, Callie during this time.

There’s a history between her and Callie. When they were young there was a serial killer on the loose and one night Callie’s cousin Lori was killed. The police were sure it was the serial killer and young Callie and Tessa were convinced of it too. Now it looks like they might have been wrong. The first clue to this is when another of Tessa and Callie’s friends is killed in the same way that all the other girls had been killed.

I will admit, that this book definitely has a slower pace to it. Things were kind of dragged out, Tessa looking into this and that and how long this lead takes and then it’s onto the next one. But yet, I found I still couldn’t put this book down! Many things are happening in this book and the case that tore apart Tessa and Callie’s friendship is at the center of it.

I can’t get into too many details on all the new expansions that spring from this old case, but let’s just say there’s a lot more to come! Though it’s weird that we have two teenagers working together to try to find the real killer from all those years ago. I mean, I get why they don’t tell any adults or other police officers. They’re of an age where lying to police officers can spell trouble for them, but at the same time, you got to wonder why they didn’t try involving other adults. Though, most are still convinced the real killer is safely behind bars, so again, there’s that! All the debating in my head and I still find plausible answers for the simple things!

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with practically no romance! Surprisingly, I was okay with that. There was a guy Tessa talked to and ended up getting his help a time or two, but there was nothing between them romance wise! It was refreshing! Because in reality, or fiction reality, you’re trying to find out who really killed your best friend’s cousin, there’s no time for kissy-kissy! LOL.

What amazed me even more was even after the identity of the whodunit came about, there was still a decent amount of pages left! And there were more puzzles being solved and at the very end, you’re kind of left with a cold chill because omigosh how did I not see this coming and what was up with that?! It’s insane! Though I didn’t mind the insanity from a reader’s point of view!

The Darkest Corners is one intense psychological thriller! This is definitely a read that will have you jumping at the littlest things and being more guarded about who you trust! It’s one heck of a head-spinner but makes for a perfect thriller!



Overall Rating 4/5 stars 






Let's Discuss: Questions to Never Ask a Bookworm...unless you're asking for it!!

Again on my stroll around the blogosphere I came across yet another post that had me thinking! This time it was from Paper Fury! It basically discussed 10 annoying questions bookworms hate being asked! And while reading some of them, I was like omigosh! This is SO true!!


Questions to Never Ask a Bookworm


Firstly, that dreaded question: What's your favorite book? 

Seriously?! You're asking me, an avid reader, an extremely avid reader what my favorite book is? There is NO way I could possibly answer that! It's like asking me for my favorite Disney movie. I'll just keep naming them! Though in that area I think I can narrow it down to my top 5! But yeah, never ever ask me what my favorite ANYTHING is, because I seriously cannot choose just ONE!


Another question I loathe: Why do you have so many books?

*dead silence* Seriously, this is a question I cannot answer no matter how I try! I start, with a word then cut myself off. It's like asking a person why do you breathe air? Or why do you live?! 


I was recently asked by a family member: Why do you have to own so many copies of the same book?

I mean okay, I guess I can understand that. I only recently started collecting certain editions and certain books. It's not like I buy multiples of every book! Blame can be cast onto publishers for always (all right not always, but definitely can say more than half the time, at least in recent years) changing the covers mid series! I mean really?! You're doing this purposely because you know a certain percentage of booklovers might have OCD when it comes to their covers! I KNOW THEY THINK THIS! I know because I have OCD when it comes to my books! And other things, but we're not talking about non-book things today!


Another one I was asked: What are you going to do with all those books?

Read them, duh. Then I get asked, then what? Shelve them and then admire all my accomplishments. Duh. Clearly I was not raised by booklovers. I'd say I was adopted, but I am too much like my mom in other scopes of life!


So what about you my book loving friends? What questions have you been asked that leave you tongue-tied or ones that just really irk you to be asked when it comes to your love of reading?








Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict
 
 
This week's question is: Who is your favorite horror/suspense author and why? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)
 
 
 
MY ANSWER: Well, I still have several in my TBR pile that I want to try out! Lol! The top of my head comes Dawn Kurtagich! She's a YA author who writes pretty good scary stories! Her two books, The Dead House and And the Trees Crept In were pretty creeptastic!! There was a part in And the Trees Crept In where I literally jumped out of my seat because it creeped me out that much! Never had that reaction before!! LOL!
 
 





Let's Discuss: Would You Rather be a Vampire or Werewolf?

So I was just surfing along the blogosphere when I came across this awesome post at We Live and Breathe Books! It was actually a meme post with a weekly prompt from Rainy Day Ramblings, but it really had me thinking and going about the question and answering it in my own way! 


Would You Rather Be a Vampire or Werewolf?


VAMPIRESWEREWOLVES
• Forever young • Age like humans
• Immortal • Mortal
• Require a steady diet of blood • Eat a normal human diet
• Usually possess a magnetic personality • Known to be aggressive
• Have enhanced senses • Super strong and super fast, as well as heightened senses
• Must always be invited and are can be killed with common household items • Nearly invulnerable, but may be harmed by silver and wolf's bane
• Can simply take a shape they want • go through a painful physical shift from human to wolf, which may be uncontrollable and result in lots of shredded clothing.


Firstly, I'm borrowing this lovely little box from We Live and Breathe Books! It basically gives the nit and gritty on the perks of each supernatural being. Though, I'd like to say in my defense that the werewolves I first read about--and let's face it, cemented the rules of werewolves in my mind--didn't age like humans. They weren't immortal, but they aged rather slowly. I can't remember the exact science, like if it was they aged physically 1 year for every 10 years? It was something along those lines though.

My answer, might surprise you...I would actually rather be a werewolf! For I would get to live longer still, not forever like a vamp, but long enough. I could eat a normal diet and burn calories like crazy!! Yay for that!!

In my mind and possibly within some of the books I've read, the "shift" wouldn't necessarily be controlled by the phases of the moon. Sure on the full moon, I'd likely shift, but I could also shift in broad daylight should I want to!

With vampires, it's always different if they can consume regular food. Truly it always depends on the author! Though in classic literature, it's definitely a blood only diet! I suppose we could be basing these traits off the classic movie monster versions vs what we've read today!

But yeah, I'd totally be a werewolf! Which would crack up my friends growing up since they referred to me as "vampire girl" for reading "vampire" books! Though I wasn't really reading just vampire books and as I went on to explain, I would see a glazed look come over their eyes, so I usually stopped listing them around necromancers! ;)

What about you guys? If you were told you'd be living out the rest of your days as a vampire or werewolf, what would you choose? And feel free to take in consideration that you can be a werewolf that just ages much slower than a human but also knowing that you won't live forever! That's how I took things into consideration! LOL!






Random Thursday

Time to learn more intriguing facts from Disney Facts Revealed: Answers to Fans' Curious Questions by Dave Smith!


(image borrowed from D23.com)
Clarence Nash was the original voice for Donald Duck. Walt Disney heard him doing some other voice prior to and he thought he would make the perfect Donald Duck. He voiced Donald throughout the years and even celebrated Donald's 50th Anniversary.


(image borrowed from Disney Video)
According to Dave, it's not actually 100% certain that Walt did the whistling for Steamboat Willie, even though he provided the voice for Mickey later on.


(image borrowed from Disney Wiki)
The early cartoons were drawn in black and white, as one fan had asked if they did color cels despite producing black and white films. Only the advertising poster would be done in color. Disney cartoons wouldn't release in color until 1932 for the Silly Symphonies and in 1935 for Mickey cartoons.



(image borrowed from The Disney Diva)
Goofy was originally called Dippy Dawg and he wasn't a regular character right away. But soon he became more popular as he was used in more and more cartoons. His laugh and voice became the most notable. It's not clear why his name was changed, it just kept evolving from Dippy Dawg to Dippy the Goof, then to our lovable Goofy!