Day 18 prompt: “Occult Day”. I’ve chosen WRATH OF THE ANCIENTS, by Catherine Cavendish (book one in her “Nemesis of the Gods” trilogy). This book begins in the early 1900’s, and begins the mystery of Dr. Quintillus, and his all-consuming obsession with the ancient Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra. His desire, to raise her spirit from the grave and instill it in a human vessel—to be with him, eternally. Everything about this trilogy speaks of the occult, and I enjoyed the entire journey! (Reviews for each book can be found in the link in my bio). Added in is this perfect Ouija planchette bookmark from @astrangerdream
, and Living Dead Dolls Asa, on right, (a witch who cursed the town that murdered her), & “Samara”, from THE RING movie. 🖤
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Book- 2 Days Down
Author- Nikita Lalwani
The book is a collection of 5 stories of 5 different women, all of whom are going through problems like PMSing, sexual discovery, marital rape and other such issues.
Let me mention here that I had read this book long ago but just didn't want to put up the review here because honestly I was disappointed with this one. The cover looks great and blurb is intriguing but that's just it. The stories are ok. I mean the thoughts behind them are great and encouraging but the author wasn't able to portray them correctly.
I respect the author for her thoughts but I felt more than half of the book was written just to elongate it because they just held no connection to the story. Also biggest turn off was that at places, the author was using first person narration then suddenly in the next paragraph she was using third person. The first three stories were very similar to each other. I liked the one about the pole dancer. Liked, not loved! So it was not good to say the least.
- what are you currently reading?
- I'm currently reading The Girl Who Played With Fire.
Overall ratings- 2/5(one for cover and one for blurb and narration)
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today on my blog + read an excerpt! (Link in profile!) This #yafantasy
doesn't come out until November 27th from @scholasticinc.
I'm so excited to tell you more about it soon! For now, a summary:
Sylvie has always known she deserves more. Out in the permanent twilight of the Dusklands, her guardians called her power to create illusions a curse. But Sylvie knows it gives her a place in Coeur d'Or, the palais of the Amber Empress and her highborn legacies.
So Sylvie sets off toward the Amber City, a glittering jewel under a sun that never sets, to take what is hers.
But her hope for a better life is quickly dimmed. The empress invites her in only as part of a wicked wager among her powerful courtiers. Sylvie must assume a new name, Mirage, and begin to navigate secretive social circles and deadly games of intrigue in order to claim her spot. Soon it becomes apparent that nothing is as it appears and no one, including her cruel yet captivating sponsor, Sunder, will answer her questions. As Mirage strives to assume what should be her rightful place, she'll have to consider whether it is worth the price she must pay.
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What books have you read recently? In October, I went on a contemporary binge and read SHIP IT by Britta Lundin, GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston, MY FAVORITE HALF-NIGHT STAND by Christina Lauren, 99 PERCENT MINE by Sally Thorne, FATE, FAME, AND THE FIRST KISS by Kasie West, THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE by Sandhya Menon, A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA by Tahereh Mafi, SANITY AND TALLULAH by Molly Brooks, CHECK PLEASE: HOCKEY by Ngozi Ukazu, AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE THING by Hank Green, and TROUBLE BREWING by Suzanne Baltsar. 📚
Check out my thoughts on Youtube:
https://youtu.be/roODERFgCl0 (Link in profile!)
Which books would you read first? Did you read some of these, too? 📚
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REVIEW: PULP by Robin Talley || 5 ⭐️ || I was instantly in love with both characters and the way the story unfolds to reflect how similar and yet how different the lives of these two lesbian girls are over 60 years apart. Abby is such a realized character and so rounded as she struggles with her home life, her love life, and her school work in a whirlwind of emotional stress while Janet struggles with what too many people still struggle with today: acceptance for who she is. But what really hit me the hardest was how real this story is. Robin Talley goes to great lengths to show that love is hard, love is cruel, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. She shows how change can be good and that the end of something once held so dear doesn’t mean it was never there. Love is love both in the moment and after it which is so important for people to know. The importance of friendship and doing what makes you happiest are key even if that means letting people go. This novel hit incredibly close to home in terms of how it tackles being forced to stay in the closet or letting people choose to ignore part of themselves because they believe it’s for the better. For lack of articulation’s sake: the heartbreak is real. I’ve had to let go of people in my life because they wanted to be “normal” and it was one of the hardest things I had to do. Even now it hurts and staying closeted in certain spaces hurts, but I did and do those things because it keeps me safe and it keeps those people safe, too.
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So I have finally written my review A Little Life. I found it quite difficult to find the words to describe how much I loved this book, but I’ve tried my best!
The novel centres on 4 men: Malcolm, JB, Willem, and Jude. It follows them from college to their late adulthood mainly from the perspective of Jude. Jude had a traumatising and cruel childhood and because of that he’s been left broken both physically and mentally and refuses to let anyone get close to him. But as his relationships with the other men evolve, and as he still struggles to control the demons in his head, Jude realises that the only way to continue may mean sacrificing the privacy and secrets he’s been holding onto for most of his life.
Basically just read this book and I promise you will not be disappointed. It’s heartbreaking and excruciating and also the most beautiful piece of literature I’ve ever read. It’s so good at celebrating love and friendship and that’s why I will forever hold it close to my heart ✨📚
Book Review: The All- Seeing Digital Eyes
This book is an eye-opener. Smart phone, computers and internet are integrated part of our lives, now. We don't step out of our house without an internet laced phone.What we don't realise is, that in wake of convenience and false security, we have put our safety and privacy to threat. This book is an able guideline for all the netizens and even simple mobile phone users.
The book is divided into three parts- world of technology and internet, the threats and the control measure. Using real life incidents and examples, the author has tried to make us aware of the possible threats and the safety measures to be taken to avoid them.
An action as small as keeping your location on and saving your bank details in the phone can cause a big damage, though, i was vaguely aware of it but its intensity, I realised after reading this book.
Language is simple, even a layman can understand.
The title and the cover are apt for the book.
Real life anecdotes make it interesting and relatable.
Book covers all the aspects related to internet, technology and the cyber crime and security.
The tips suggested are very useful.
Book is error-free, though few instances were repeated but seeing the sensitivity of the topic, ot doesn't affect you much.
It has a message for parents, too.
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*free kindle book review #1
; at the time of purchase this book was free, the reviewer is not responsible for price fluctuations*
The free section on Kindle is a little, nay a lot daunting, particularly the romance category. There's books about werewolves, vampires, billionaires, even ghosts. In all this, I was perhaps lucky to find 'Neanderthal seeks Human'; I will yammer your head off over how amazing a book this is. The first book in the 'Knitting in the City' series, this one is about Janie Morris, who after losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store.
Now having read a lot of romance books over the past year, I can heartily claim this is one the best. A relatable AF walking disaster of a protagonist who is funny without being cringy , a swoon-worthy hero without being problematic *cough* Christian Grey *cough* and a plot filled with drunk knitters, gun fights and Vegas, baby!, Reid builds an ingenious plot which sets a strong base for the entire series. I adore the knitting group and their drunk shenanigans are downright adorable. Not to be be cliché teenage girl but Jane and Quinn are honestly #relationshipgoals
You know those books where our heroine is a walking disaster but suddenly becomes a goddess at the end of the book? Nah, this one is not one of those. Rooted, albeit slightly, in the real world, Neanderthal seeks Human is a stan-worthy book that deserves a huge fandom rivalling that of say, 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before' (including a cute as hell movie or TV series, please?) @reidromance
we stan, Kween!!
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Overlord is a film where if you’ve bought into the concept a bit too much, you will be disappointed.
It’s a film where it sells you on an 18-rated film that promises war, gore, and even Nazi-made zombies, but barely buys into the genre-shift enough to really enjoy it.
On paper, it works. Billy Ray’s story brings together two brilliant cinematic ideas that are rich in the world of video games and are no-brainers for the world of cinema, but the chocolate-meets-peanut recipe isn’t quite perfected here.
Julius Avery’s direction does work for what you do see, though. He creates a competent war movie, even if the scale of it feels very small (even if the hook of it is blowing up a communication tower to open the gateway for all of D-Day). It is brutal and visceral in the first act, giving us the horror and random fate war gives.
For a war film, it nails that vibe throughout, even if it does feel way too familiar. It is weird that when it finally gets to the switch in tone, it feels like it starts to hold back.
There’s a feeling of unfortunate restraint with Overlord. You can’t help but want a From Dusk till Dawn, but you’re never going to get it.
In that movie you get two very strong genre voices with a perfect genre flip that leads to such a brilliant B-movie feel. It’s hard to separate the feeling of From Dusk till Dawn to the constant tease of Overlord.
It just feels too packed and top-heavy. It could have easily been a man on a mission movie turned survival horror, and even when you feel like you get a crescendo, it’s far too late.
Overlord doesn’t feel exciting or drastically different enough to truly recommend. For every great beat of it you feel the echo of an even better film. For every idea you have of what happens next you get the off-brand version of it. It holds you through the runtime but you’re never really excited. You’re never on edge at the rise of the film like you are when anything could happen at the very beginning. Overlord becomes too safe for too long, wasting so much potential in becoming your next favourite midnight movie.
A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!! 'Oh my God!' this is what I said when I read Masks. Glimpses of the thriller writer that Sourabh is; is very much evident in this amazing tale. It leaves you surprised and shocked. Considering the interest that I've developed for reading crime thrillers, this particular story satiated my thirst for reading thriller during these days. However, I was a bit disappointed when the story ended so soon.
Masks, like its name, is a tale filled with surprises. Just as a duck seems quite calm to us when we look at it but it's working tirelessly under water, we human beings as well hide ourselves away from this world. We rarely exhibit our true self to others. This story is about Oindrilla who has everything to lead a content life yet she feels that something is missing.
The language is simple. The narration and the emotions portrayed in this story will make you connect with the characters instantly. The realistic narration is like a cherry on the cake. The message that this story gives out will make you ponder about your life and you.
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Widows is a project that marries two brilliant creatives. After loving Steve McQueen’s two most recent films (I still haven’t seen Hunger) plus having my eyes opened to Gillian Flynn via Gone Girl, when I first read they were trying to work together on something I was filled with excitement.
What they have brought to screens is Widows, surprisingly based on an ITV production of the same name. In execution it fits perfectly in their wheelhouse, with Flynn co-writing such strong female leads, tackling all sorts of themes and throwing in all manner of nicely spooled turns expected in the heist genre.
Beyond direction and writing the final lynchpin before filtering through the rest of a brilliant collaboration is the always perfect Viola Davis. Every role she plays makes it feel like no-one else could have played it, she’s just that formidable as an acting force. And you get the full range from her here, making you buy into her reactions and dealing with the situation, you are ready to watch how she tackles adversity and fight her way through to the end.
The rest of the ensemble deserve all of the props, whether it’s Debicki, Rodriguez, or Erivo, or Farrell or Duval, Henry, or even Kaluuya, who himself plays such an wonderfully intense and threatening foe you feel tense around in every scene he’s in.
Widows sounds and at times is high concept, it’s by no means a Heat, but the heist pulled off by widows of professional criminals pulls you in. What is more worth noting is how despite the ensemble and the idea, Widows is executed so subtle, and understated. McQueen can do so much with so little, and that’s full force here. The camera is calculated, and the editing is succinct, where subtext and inference is king. McQueen knows his audience is intelligent, so he never spells it out for us. Which is refreshing, and makes for a damn fine voice in film.
Widows is the well oiled machine of so many perfect parts coming together, and it has all of the substance you’d look for beyond the style. Corruption, politics, race, gender, generations, interracial marriage, extortion, so many ideas are tackled and handled wonderfully here.
! Here's my toppling #bookhaul
for October!!! I've got to say, April, May, September, and October are usually the most overwhelming months when it comes to book buying because everything is published! And this month, all the publishers sent out winter galleys. This pile will get me through the upcoming snowy winter, don't you think? It IS rather overwhelming, though, but thankfully, I've already read a few of these!
📚 Want more info or a better look? Check out my haul video on Youtube:
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Which books would you read first? Did you pick some of these up, too? Maybe we can read them together!
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Slaughterhouse Rulez makes you feel so disappointed after going into a film not expecting much and hoping to be pleasantly surprised. It’s a feeling you’d get from say, the St Trinian’s movies. Which aren’t very good, but they are watchable and fun enough to keep you away from the feeling that you’ve wasted your time.
Slaughterhouse Rulez tries to marry St Trinian’s with Shaun of the Dead, which feels like the germ of a potentially fun romp, but in reality misses so many marks you just want either of those influences on the screen instead. Which isn’t hard when one of those intended apes is a five-star classic.
What you get here, however, is a film that tries to capture the ridiculousness of British comedy and context with the energy of better and more ingenious filmmakers. Tries is the keyword throughout all of this film. It tries to be funny, it tries to be scary, it tries to foreshadow, it tries to have fun splatter, it tries to have meaningful characters and engaging villains.
The film tries to pack so much into it it never quite hits the mark. In its 103 minute runtime, Slaughterhouse Rulez tries to juggle multiple plotlines that are never quite fleshed out enough, which in turn mean we never quite care enough. There are many a reference to the world building and history of what’s come before the film going in, but it doesn’t give us enough to really connect or think or feel.
It all just feels hollow and half-baked. Between the few good throwaway jokes and visual gags and embracing some practical horror effects (amongst boring ugly monster design), not to mention a supporting cast that sometimes shines (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in the same film rock, but Michael Sheen once again is the scene stealer), Slaughterhouse Rulez is otherwise another cheap attempt at British filmmaking unfortunately cast in the shadow of its great predecessors. It was never going to be a Shaun of the Dead, but it’s so tragic that it’s not even a St Trinian’s.
Second Grave on The Left by @daryndajonesofficial
Time had come for a new case that will be dealt with by Charley Davidson! A PI and Grim Ripper - the ONLY one on this side of Mars - hard thing, right? Everyone is coming to you for help (ghosts), and well you are the only one who can do something about that... There will be a lot of strange names coming this way and they will be HILARIOUS - trust me!
This time case comes from Cookie (Charlie's assistant) - her friend went missing! There will be lots of information from the past, hidden truths, and cold dead body that was hunting some people that were concerned with it! Who is killing them? Is there any way to find it out before all of those people will be dead? Charlie will have a HARD job with this one!
Add to if family problems - sister that was not talking to you AT ALL; dreadful stepmother and father that did something that made my blood went cold! But I have high hopes for them - especially Gemma, she has something in herself!
There will be also Reyes, yes THE REYES! He will be as always HOT and for sure secretive. Can you imagine him in the first scene that ended almost with THAT? Tension will be great and almost overpowering!
This book will give you cry, laugh and will give you great entertainment!
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