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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Spooky Settings

Posted October 26, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is: Favorite Spooky Settings

These can be settings that exist in books or ones you’d like to see in books. Also, if you are like me, you don’t really have to make this about horror or scary settings. You can also use eerie, atmospheric settings. Macabre settings. Eclectic settings. I’m not a scary horror person either, but I do enjoy the latter.

I don’t read any horror or scary books so for this week’s topic, I’m going to share five settings that creeped me out in the books that I’ve read.

1. That room where Sahara was taken to and held captive in Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh: Sahara was held captive for YEARS. She was held by this really ugly person and he did everything in his power to break her, break her spirit and he just creeped me the heck out. I associate him with the dark that was in Kaleb and the stuff that he did to Kaleb and then to Sahara before they were both able to break free from him was seriously creepy. He really messed them up so it was good to see them find each other again and heal from the cruel things of their pasts.

2. The place Sully was held captive in Mexico in Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy: Sully was taken captive by mistake and the place where he was tortured for information and the things that were done to him broke my heart. He suffered greatly at the hands of his captives and just thinking about the place where he was kept gives me the creeps.

3. Anna’s first Alpha’s home in Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs: Ugh, this whole place was just creepy AF. Her first Alpha, his wife, the people in her pack, all of them were just eww. I would have a constant case of the creeps if I had to go there all the time. Ewww, just freaking gross.

4. The villains lair in Angels Blood by Nalini Singh: The villain in this book was dis-flippin-gusting. He was feral and bloodthirsty and just all around gross and creepy as hell. His lair was filled with every freaking gross thing you can think of. All bad stuff. All bad and bloody. My skin crawled just reading about it. I can’t imagine ever actually visiting that place.

5. The entire town where Cryers Cross by Lisa McMann was set: This whole book was dark and the town that this book was set in was creepy as hell. The people were strange, the feel of the place, the tone of the story just added to the creepiness of the town so yeah, this town was total Creepville.

Have you read any books that were spooky or just all around creepy? Which ones?


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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Non-Canon Ships

Posted October 19, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 12 Comments

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is: Favorite Non-Canon Ships

These are the couples you love, but they never got together in canon (canon meaning: what actually happened in the text). Or that did get together, but weren’t together in the end of the series. Or a couple you ship but it’s actually impossible for them to be together because they are from different worlds, franchises, etc. Let your shipper heart run wild. I know mine will.

So…I’ve decided that I’m going to cheat this week and do TV Ships instead of Book Ships since I read romance and the ship is pretty set in stone in every book. Ha!


1. Bamon (Bonnie Bennett and Damon Salvatore) from Vampire Diaries.

It’s been a couple of seasons of me shipping these two. I haven’t been a fan of Elena’s in such a long time that I don’t remember what season it was that I stopped shipping her with either of the Salvatore brothers. It’s been that many seasons. These two started the series off hating each other’s guts. A few seasons ago, they still hated each other but they got stuck together and they learned to lean on each other to stave off loneliness and homesickness. They were protective of each other once they found the bad guy stuck in that Hell with them and in Season 6 when Bonnie sent Damon home without her, Damon was the only person back at home who never gave up on finding a way to get Bonnie back.

This hug in the gif above is the hug that cemented my love for these two. I want them to happen dammit but ugh, Damon’s one true love is supposed to be Elena so the odds of this happening are slim. Boo.


2. McKono (Steve McGarrett and Kono Kalakaua) from Hawaii 5-0.

I’ve never watched Hawaii 5-0 as it was going on. This is one of the few shows that I binge watch every summer. Ever since the first episode, I’ve wanted McKono to happen. Sure, I like Adam (Kono’s man) and I adore Catherine (Steve’s woman) but that doesn’t stop me from wanting my ship to have a chance.

I keep coming up with how they can come together and my latest thread is…something bad happens to Adam in jail, like..he dies and Steve wants to be there for Kono and with him grieving over Catherine’s shenanigans, they come together in grief and heartache but grow together in love. Haha, I need to cut it out. I don’t even care that Steve is Kono’s boss. That makes me want them together even more. My friend Grace (who got me on to this show) does not support my ship. Boo.


3. Sylveride (Sylvie Brett and Kelly Severide) from Chicago Fire.

We got a quick tease of these two in the early days of the show but they’ve gone away from them because Sylvie got with Cruise and Cruise and Severide are friends and well, bros and before hoes and all that. I wasn’t a fan of Cruise and Sylvie and I’m even bigger non-fan of Sylveride not getting their chance. They brought a new girl on to the show to be Severide’s love interest and I’m not a fan of that either. I hear that Sylvie is getting a new love cross-show love interest and while I’m curious about them, I still want her to end up with Severide. Plus, she was supposed to hook up with Jimmy and I guess that’s out too. Gah.

I don’t want a lot of things but I do want my ships to shine so make that happen, Chicago Fire writers. Pretty please. 🙂


4. Solijah (Sophie Devereaux and Elijah Mikaelson) from The Originals.

When The Originals first started, I wanted Sophie and Elijah to get together so stinkin’ bad. I have a thing when watching TV shows where I pair up the people that I want to get together and I wanted these two. The set up was perfect. When they first meet, they hate each other’s guts. They don’t trust each other and they were always trying to stay one step ahead of each other. I wanted their strong hate for each other to turn into a love that made Elijah forget about Haley, haha. The writers sure showed me, huh?

That ship didn’t even last a full season…and I’m still not over it. *sob*


5. Tom and Rachel (I don’t know their ship name) from The Last Ship.

Oh, Tom and Rachel. I was so invested in these two in my binge watch of The Last Ship. I was the freaking Captain of the Tom and Rachel Ship. I couldn’t watch the episodes fast enough because I needed more Tom and Rachel (and Danny and Kara) goodness. I didn’t even know how they would make a relationship with them work since he was married but that didn’t stop me from shipping them hard. Then there was no more wife and my hopes soared and then the season 3 finale happened and…I’m still not over any of it.

I haven’t recovered from the shock of what happened and the nail in my love coffin. Damn writers for playing with my emotions like that.

What ships do you support that are just…not going to happen or hasn’t happened yet and things aren’t looking good for them?


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Top 5 Wednesday: Inaccurate Book Covers

Posted October 12, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is: Inaccurate Book Covers

Those books that have nothing to do with the story, or the cover model doesn’t look anything like the actual main character, or it’s a really cheesy cover for a great read!

This week’s topic was a lot harder for me to put together because my memory is crap. I’d have to look thorugh notes or look at book covers to jog my memory so to come up with five innacurate book covers (and I knew that I had books to add, I just couldn’t remember which books) was hard work but I did it.

Here are this week’s picks:


1. The Billionaire Next Door (Billionaire Bad Boys #2) by Jessica Lemmon.

Can’t Buy Me Love

It’s Tag Crane’s job to be the life of the party. Traveling from one exotic locale to another is just part of running the luxurious Crane Hotel empire. But even paradise isn’t perfect. Devising a new business strategy is keeping Tag up at night-and so is the Great Dane barking at all hours in the apartment below his. To muzzle the problem, Tag charges downstairs . . . right into the most beautiful, blond distraction he’s ever seen.

Dog-sitting by day, bartending by night. It’s not exactly the life Rachel Foster dreamed of. But when Tag Crane rushes in, all mountain-man shoulders and obscenely sexy smile, needing her help for the Crane Hotels, it’s a fantasy come true. What’s the harm in a fun no-strings fling? Only a fool would give her heart to a billionaire player like Tag-until suddenly the one man who can’t be caught is the one flirting with forever . . .

The inaccuracy for this book isn’t the cover because that is totally Tag Crane, perfect specimen that he is but the title is wrong. It’s wrong because Tag wasn’t the Billionaire Next Door, he was the Billionaire Upstairs. Sure, it’s such a small thing to notice and The Billionaire Next Door does make a great title but it’s still inaccurate. Not that you guys should keep that from reading the book. The book was cute and fun and I loved it.


2. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen.

As he continued to stare, I wanted to point to my cheek and remind him, But you were the one who wanted this, remember? You’re the one who asked-and I repeat-Why not fix your face?

It’s hard not to notice Terra Cooper.

She’s tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably “flawed” face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob’s path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?

Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.

This book spent the majority of the story fixated on Terra’s flawed face. She has a port wine birthmark that takes up the entire left side of her face. I don’t see a birthmark or any flaws for that matter on the entire left side of her face. Do you?


3. Get Lucky (Tall, Dark & Dangerous #9) by Suzanne Brockmann.

LUCKY…IN LOVE?

An unlikely state of affairs. For Navy SEAL Lucky O’Donlon was the original love-’em-and-leave-’em guy. Used to women swooning at his feet. So how could it be that the frustratingly attractive journalist Sydney Jameson had nothing to offer him but one very cold shoulder?

Well, two could play at this game. But first things first–he and Sydney had a job to do. They had to get their man.

Then there would be time enough for him to get his woman….

When I was reading this series, I couldn’t wait for Lucky’s book. Lucky is the heart throb of Seal Team Ten. He was Beautiful Lucky, the guy that could get all of the women. He had women swooning at his feet for crying out loud and then I finally got to his book and got a good look at the cover and I’m sorry but that guy doesn’t scream heart throb to me. He’s not what I pictured Lucky to look like…at all. So yeah, inaccurate as a mo fo.


4. Midnight Rescue (Killer Instinct #1) by Elle Kennedy.

Dangerous. Ruthless. Savage. And she’s the good guy.

Abby Sinclair had a desperate childhood until she was rescued and adopted by a retired army ranger who molded her into a master of self-defense. Now, she’s a cunning and fearless assassin thrust into assignment after dangerous assignment, using everything she has-nerve, resilience, strength, sex-to come out on top. Her only rule: trust no one.

Abby’s latest assignment is in Columbia: go undercover and snuff out a dangerous arms dealer active in the underground sex trade. But when Abby purposely blows her cover in a last-ditch attempt to free the helpless victims, deadly mercenary Kane Woodland is recruited as back-up. His mission: get Abby out of that hell hole.

The last thing Kane expects is to feel a primal attraction for Abby. But when she convinces him to join her on her perilous mission, their newfound passion could put the lives of their whole team at risk.

I really like this series. There’s lot of action, stuff being blown up, gun fire and steamy romances. This book in particular starts the series off right but my only complaint is that Abby Sinclair was a red head when we first meet her and she was a red head when she comes to the compound where she meets everyone else on Morgans Team of Assassins (where she meets her man Kane) so…who the heck is the blonde?


5. Echoes of Scotland Street (On Dublin Street #5) by Samantha Young.

Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wakeup call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good…

When we first meet Cole in the On Dublin Street series, he’s a young teenager. He’s Jo’s kid brother that she protects from their mean ass Mom. Yeah, he grows up with each passing book and by the time his book comes out, he’s grown. Not that grown though. That guy on the cover is a lot older than I pictured Cole to be and where are his tattoos? Cole’s got tattoos all over the place but the guy on the cover doesn’t look he has any. Smells inaccurate to me.

Are there any inaccurate book covers that I missed? Any book covers that are just..wrong?


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