March #WrapUp

First, a quick breakdown of books I’ve read for my Goodreads and CLTBRChallenge15 book reading challenges. Both goals are set for 65 books by the end of December.

January-Roots

Beauty and the Beast

Highland Blessings

Blockade Billy

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Earth Angel

February- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Vol 3

March- The Time Machine

3 AM Non-TBR Challenge

To the Gallows Non-TBR Challenge

The Glass House

The Dead Girls’ Dance

Spearwood Academy

Spearwood Academy Vol 2

            Chosen

Started an editing company, Sanctuary Edits, and landed my first client. I also started classes for my bachelor’s degree and will finish my first two classes sometime in April. I have prepped for my Camp NaNoWriMo session, and announced the name of the book I’m working on. Author Spotlight Interviews are still open and looking for authors. Musical Mondays will continue until I am out of them.

#Book Review: Spearwood Academy (Volume 1 Episodes 1-5) By A.S. Oren 5/5 Stars

Overview: Avalon is a 15 year old girl with a big secret…she transforms into a dragon at night. She was left outside of a barn one morning and found by her adopted father Edgar. He was scared at first, but loved her and took care of her until her 15th birthday when he felt she was ready to attend a special boarding school for others like her. On her first day she makes an enemy of two boys and four male friends. For a previous wallflower she starts to become a leader as she goes through a survival test and battles another dragon.

Opinion: My first dragon-shifter book. Honestly loved it. It is fast paced, but seems a bit slow in the beginning as we are getting to know her and her home life. For instance it takes a few pages to figure out Avalon is a girl. It may seem obvious by the name, but I also think the name could be used for either a boy or a girl. Then everything picks up once she gets on a plane that can travel through time zones in minutes. Once at school, we are hit with more and more questions that drive you nuts, as there are no answers yet.

Recommend: Yes

#Book Review: The Dead Girls’ Dance (Morganville Vampires Book 2) By Rachael Caine 5/5 Stars

Overview: After find a very, very old book that holds vampire secrets and turning it over to the somewhat nice vampire Amelie, Claire and friends are thrown into even deeper trouble. Shane called his dad when things were looking grim for the group, and Frank (his dad) came thundering in with biker friends armed to the hilt ready to kill vampires. One thing leads to another and Shane is under arrest, sentenced to death for killing a vampire that he didn’t have anything to do with. Claire has her mission, save her new boyfriend from being burned to death and save her nemesis from a house fire of her own. Michael has his own issues to deal with as he is 1/2 ghost 1/2 vampire that can’t leave the house. Once everything is straightened out, Claire has a decision to make for the whole household but doesn’t know what to do.

Opinion: I am loving this series! Claire is just an ordinary nerdy girl who is basically being punished for being smart. She goes to college at an early age and has to face her worst fears. Then once she thinks everything is going to settle down  the madness returns. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, but have to. For I am broke and do not have money to buy the next 13 installments. 😦 Well 12, my uncle was kind enough to buy me one for Christmas, but didn’t check the number because he got #8 instead of 3.

Recommend: YES!

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#BookReview: To The Gallows by G.S. Luckett 4/5 Stars

Overview: Cole Winters is an African-American U.S. Marshal being hunted for killing the men who killed his wife and son. Joseph Two Guns is a Native-American being hunted for robbing a bank and killing a big-shot’s son. These two men grew up as brothers, and Cole had married Joseph’s sister. Now they are running for the border, but these gentleman stop to help a gun-toting lady in distress. Jessie was traveling to meet her sister and father, when she ran into some trouble in the same town as Joseph. She joined the brothers and gave them shelter once they made it to her “Indian-raided” home. Finding her sister taken by a lawless lawman, the men decide to help her and rescue the sister. The men hunting Cole and Joseph, then team up with the captors for a big gun fight at the end.

Review: I know I said I wasn’t going to do anymore classics or history pieces for awhile but I had been asked to do a review on this book and I was hooked the moment I started reading. I’m not usually one for an old west type of book, but this was good. There was always action or wonderment that kept the story moving. The author does jump perspectives a bit, but it is more planned out and easier to follow from the beginning. Luckett really does paint a picture of everything happening and moves seamlessly from point A to point B.

Recommend: Yes.

#Bookreview: 3 AM By Amy Cross 3/5 Stars

Overview: Two families in an apartment building next to a set of train tracks. This building has a bad reputation, so bad even the police won’t go near it. At 3 am every night someone comes to the doors of these two families and terrorizes them. Upon first moving in, the shifty manager warned them not to be up at that time. No matter what happens do not be up at that time, nor open the door. People start going missing, and the sounds of trains passing become the only constant in their lives. The nightly activities start to come to a head when the sister of one of the families arrives in search of them. As she digs deep into the history of the building and train tracks, she is horrified by what she finds and the possible fate of her family.

Opinion: This ghost story was recommended to me by my aunt. I love ghost stories and jump on the story. At first I didn’t care for it because it was confusing. Aside from trying to set up a spooky story, the prologue has nothing to do with the rest of the book. Even when I thought the author would tie up loose ends at the end of the book, she fails. Then the chapters go back and forth from one point of view to another without any heads up at all. Then once you get used to it by chapters, the author starts changing perspective in the middle of the chapters.

Now the idea of the whole story seems very close to the movie 13 Ghosts, good movie but sadly did poorly in box office. Infrasonics create a disruption in the veil between this world and the next. These infrasonic waves are being created by the vibrations from the train and absorbed by the building. Allowing the veil to thin and ghosts to come through. This relates to the movie because a glass house is created by a mad man, with a machine inside that requires 13 specific ghosts to charge it and bring the mad man back to life. Which is similar to what someone in the building is trying to do.

There were also some inconsistencies in timing and things happening. I will say the ending was good, simply because you are not quite sure as to who all survived and who didn’t.

Recommend: With the information I’ve given, yes. See if there is something I missed.

#Musical Monday Review #4: Grease

Sorry it was late. Had internet issues all day.

Overview: Good girl Sandy is in the states from Australia for the summer and meets the love of her life, bad boy Danny. At the end of the summer they bid farewell thinking she is going back home. With a change of plans, Sandy ends up at the same school as Danny, but he brushes her off in front of his friends. Sandy tries to make him jealous by seeing a football player. Wanting to win her back, he decides to change and ends up on the track team. She sees how hard he tries and goes back to him. They go to the big dance together, where there is another falling out over a girl this time. Sandy wants to hear Danny out, so they go to a drive in movie together and talk it out. While the problem goes unsolved he tries to make it right by giving her his ring but then tries to do something untowardly and she throws it back at him and leaves him alone at the drive in. Feeling bad about what she did, Sandy goes in search of Danny and finds him in a car race for his best friend. Then and there she decides that if she wants to keep Danny she needs to change. Danny decides he needs to change to keep Sandy and dresses as a jock for the school carnival. Sandy show up head to toe in black leather, teased out hair, high heels smoking a cigarette. Thy realize thy are crazy for each other and ride off into the sunset…literally.

Interesting fact: Olivia Newton John’s career, before the movie was going nowhere. She was weary of playing the part because of the harsh criticism she got for her singing in England. They ran a screen test and convinced her she was perfect. Also for her bad Sandy look, she had to be sewn into the leather pants, because the zipper broke and could not eat or drink all day.

Opinion: I love this musical! I have probably seen it a million times, my dad took me to see it on ice when I was younger and I was in it my senior year in high school. I don’t know why but my favorite character has always been Frenchy, making one of my favorite songs Beauty School Drop Out.

My all time favorite song would have to be Sandra Dee by Rizzo and the Pink Ladies. It is horrible that they were making fun of Sandy, but back when I was a kid I always wanted to have a sleep over like that. Bunch of friends around and just having a great time dancing and singing.

The idea behind the musical is timeless, bad boy meets good girl and they change to stay together…now set to music. One thing I didn’t like about it is the opening where they are on the beach. I am just not fond of the song Love is a Many Splendid Thing, if that was changed I would be happy.

This musical is everything I wanted my high school years to be. I was considered the good girl growing up, so I was going to have friend that were a bit edgy and find a bad boy to fall in love with. We would fight but eventually realize we were good together. I got the bad boy, but he was too much for me and I had to cut him loose.

The choreography wasn’t too over the top, because it was set in high school I guess, but pretty good. I would say my favorite dance number happened during the dance. The Hand Jive is awesome, easy and fun but John Travolta, Olivia Newton John and Chacha (I don’t know her actual name…and I’m lazy) really made it their own.