C.H.B. Reviews: “Frightfully Ever After” By Nick DeWolf

C.H.B. Reviews: “Frightfully Ever After” By Nick DeWolf

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Am I the only person who has wondered how fairy godmothers received their powers? Obviously, there are stories where fairies are born with their powers. But what if they were not fairies to begin with? Or why it seems, almost always, royalty who end up with the magical curses and eventually end up receiving the magical loopholes where they survive?

Author Nick DeWolf sent me a signed copy of his book in exchange for my honest review. In all honesty, this book is an example of an author who goes through fairy tales and pens a story filled with a raw, magical power only they can evoke into a set of characters who answer all those complicated questions you may have like I did.

Fairy Tale creatures (Godmothers, Goblins, Fairies, etc.) work under Grimm Incorporated (homage to Brothers Grimm). Fairy Godmothers, Mary and Gayl, are sick of being given assignments for “princess” cases where the girls contain a mere sliver of royal blood coursing through their veins. Royal Blood is said to contain a certain brand of magical power. With their being too far and few in between actual “royal blood” assignments, they finally discover a new assignment they have awaited for ages.

 This modern “princess” is Anastasia, a young woman who is trapped in a slavery-like condition with a drug cartel. However, Anastasia has a large amount of magical juice her captor is using to keep her captive and his empire afloat. Unbeknownst to Mary and Gayl, their new charge is far more valuable than originally anticipated, bringing old sins to the forefront and a battle between good and evil.

This modern take on fairy tales and creatures deserves to be read. Although it is dark and contains a few explicit scenes, it adds on to the fact evil can corrupt even the most innocent of souls.

My Rating: 8 out of 10 Book Charms!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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To Be Read Tag

To Be Read Tag

It’s been a couple months since I’ve done a book tag of some sort. I’ve missed out on quite a bit, I’ve found. I started looking up different tags and I found this one on Knightreading’s blog and decided to take a chance.

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1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I think this picture sums it up all too well. It’s hard to keep track of it. I attempt (and I say attempts because come on, it’s nearly impossible) to keep track of it through my Pinterest board here and I also keep a notebook filled with book titles I add to whenever I’m out and about.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

It is mostly print only. I have been stocking up on my TBR pile for quite a few years. As soon as I believe I’ve made a small dent in it, I add more to it. It’s a never ending pile!

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Gosh, it depends on what I have in my personal library. I have many of my TBR books on my shelves that I need to read through. Whatever I have closest to my fingertips is how I go about it plus the library helps as well!

4. A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?

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I must confess, after watching the movie It as a child, I always wished to read it. I’d actually consider it my first book on top of my TBR pile. I’m 23 now, so that’d make the book has been waiting for my attention for over 16 years. Yes, I know, I should have read it by now but seriously, I need to read a LOT of books. I promised myself to read this book before 2016 is over.

5. A book that you recently added to your TBR pile?

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I recently received it from NetGalley and planning on beginning to read it this week. I could not get enough of author Rin Chupeco’s previous books The Girl from the Well and it’s sequel The Suffering! When I saw this book, I had to request it. The moment I was approved, I squealed so loud that my cat jumped a couple feet!

6. A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

I actually don’t have one strictly because of that. Like people, I try not to judge the book by it’s cover.

7. A book on your TBR that you NEVER plan on actually reading.

Honestly can’t think of one at the moment. I may not read all of my books in the order I added them, but I will eventually read them.

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

Has to be The Bone Witch, hands down!

9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you.

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A Court of Thorn and Roses By Sarah J. Maas!!! I swear, everyone has read this and I feel left out! I’ve heard so many good things and I promise I’ll read it very soon!

10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

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Too many recommendations NOT to try to read it. I’m on a waiting list for it from my local library. Hopefully, I’ll finally be able to get my hands on it soon!

11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read.

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12. The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

 I don’t have Goodreads anymore, sadly, if I did it would still be the same unorganized mess it had been.

What is on your TBR shelf? I challenge you, fair readers and bloggers, to take on this Tag and show us what you have! Also, don’t forget to tag me in your post so I can see your answers!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

C.H.B. Reviews: “Locked In Time” By Lois Duncan

C.H.B. Reviews: “Locked In Time” By Lois Duncan

Wrapped up another Lois Duncan book the other day! I know, I’m behind in reviewing it, work has been keeping me running. However, I have to say this book is a FANTASTIC upgrade to her book Daughter’s of Eve. It’s almost as if she completely shifted gears and remembered what a good story needs in order to keep her audience glued to it’s contents.

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“Locked In Time” takes us into the life of Elinore “Nore” Roberts. Her widowed father picks her up and whisks her away to their new home on a former Confederate plantation called Shadow Grove. As they head their way home, he reveals about his new marriage to a woman named Lisette Berge, a widowed mother with a son and a daughter. Nore is quite shocked since her mother had not been gone for very long. Her father even shipped her away to a boarding school in order for Nore to have a normal life while he tried to find his way back to his screenplay career. I was with Nore with how shocking it was for him to move on that quickly.

The whole novel begins to slowly unravel at how strange it was for her new “family” is. Firstly, the moment Nore and her father reached Shadow Grove, Nore caught sight of her new stepmother. Immediately, Nore is caught off guard for how youthful and beautiful her stepmother appeared. Secondly, her new step-siblings are very strange in how they regard different conversations. Her step-sister Josie, in particular, is only thirteen but acts like she’s older than that. Also I will point out the creepy attraction between Nore and her step-brother Gabe, why? Because it’s creepy! That crosses a line that shouldn’t be crossed, especially by teenagers but I digress.

The other odd detail is how individuals in the town seem to recognize Lisette but they are older and yet remembers her from years ago…also pointing out she nor Josie have aged a day since. Gabe also doesn’t have a drivers license or ID in his wallet. I will also point out, I noticed the kids never talked about school. Aka, something is up.

This is NOT A VAMPIRE BOOK! That is the only mini-spoiler I’ll reveal. This has nothing to do with vampires so erase that idea from your mind. One of the few criticisms I have about it, though, is the big reveal needed to be expanded. Granted, this was released in 1985 when YA novels were more pocket books than anything else. It’s a short, quick read that’s perfect if you’re crunched for time but don’t expect there to be vast descriptions, elongated character developments, nor expanded explanations to important events. Regardless, it’s still a good book.

 

My Rating: 8 out of 10 Book Charms

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

What Did I Read In May?

What Did I Read In May?

I have read quite a bit of books this month, more than usual. The feeling of getting back into the swing of reading is indescribable! It’s almost like meeting an old friend who keeps visiting daily instead of a few times a week. Here are the various books I’ve read this month and the reviews to go with them:

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The Immortal Rules
Rating: 9 1/2 out of 10 Book Charms
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The Flame and The Arrow 
Rating: 10 out of 10 Book Charms
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                                         Rating: 4 out of 10 Book Charms
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A Spell In Winter
Rating: 8 out of 10 Book Charms
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Nearly Gone
Rating: 7 1/2 out of 10 Book Charms
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Soundless
Rating: 7 1/2 out of 10 Book Charms
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Daddy Dearest
Rating: 9 out of 10 Book Charms
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Adventures From My World
Rating: 10 out of 10 Book Charms
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Summary & Analysis: Sylvia Day’s One With You
Rating: 8 out of 10 Book Charms
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The Hatching
Rating: 9 1/2 out of 10 Book Charms
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Many books and much more to come this coming month that I can’t wait to share with you! Have you read any of these? Do you agree with my ratings? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

Charmed Book Haven Reviews 90s Nostalgia “Fear Street Saga Trilogy: The Betrayal, The Secret, and The Burning” By: R.L. Stine

Charmed Book Haven Reviews 90s Nostalgia “Fear Street Saga Trilogy: The Betrayal, The Secret, and The Burning” By: R.L. Stine

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tumblr_lina1fHdUR1qh9xsno1_400I am a total 90s kid. During that time, there were various authors I loved to read. Christopher Pike (The Chain Letter, Remember Me), the various ghost authors of the “Buffy The Vampire” slayer series books, Debbie Dadey & Marcia Jones (The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids) you know the books about monsters attempting to blend into regular society and not doing a very good job. Amongst those, there are plenty more I could name but today I want to discuss one particular author. R.L. Stine! If you do not recognize his name, I feel sorry for you.

54069_stine_rlR.L. Stine was the true master of children and teen horror when I was a kid. Basically he is the Stephen King of children horror books. Even today, he still thrills kids with his Goosebumps series in his books and they are on the silver screen starring Jack Black! For teenage audiences, he thrilled us with the Fear Street series. Today, he is actually re-kindling this series and attempting to transform it to fit audiences of today’s generation.

Now back then, the Fear Street and The Ghosts of Fear Street series surrounded this mysterious street located in the fictional town of Shadyside, Ohio. On this street, families would constantly be moving in and out of the various homes strewn up and down the street. At the end of the street lie a burnt out shell of a once magnificent mansion. Rumors spread about the origins of this mansion throughout the various books until one day R. L. revealed that it had originally been the home of the founders of Shadyside, The Fear Family.

Only this family were not the generous founders that people would believe them to be. Instead the family was plagued with a curse that is traced back to the Salem Witch Trials. One woman knows the true origins of this family. Her name is Nora….Nora Goode Fear. And this trilogy is her story of The Betrayal of her ancestors, The Secret the Fear family held pertaining the feud between The Fear family and the Goodes, and lastly The Burning end.

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In this review, I will mainly discuss “The Betrayal” and continue the rest later.

We travel back in time to the Wickham Village colony in Massachusetts of 1692. Particularly zooming in on the life of young Susannah Goode and her family. Susannah lives with her mother, father, and her siblings in a cabin amongst the village ruled under by brothers Benjamin and Matthew Fier. Benjamin Fier is the appointed magistrate who hunts down the witches while Matthew executes the orders.

Susannah is not rich, but falls in love with Edward Fier, Benjamin Fier’s son. Edward tries to convince Susannah that they will be married and that his father will agree. Sadly, Benjamin doesn’t give his blessing and instead demands his son marry a wealthy girl who lives out of town. To add salt into the wound, he sends the townspeople after Susannah and her mother, accusing them of witchcraft. George Goode, Susannah’s father, pleads with Matthew for his wife and daughter’s lives. Matthew swindles him into thinking that if George gives him everything he owned, he will release his family.

While waiting in her jail cell, Susannah is visited by Benjamin. She implores Benjamin to not listen to his father’s accusations. Instead of believing her, Benjamin denies her and calls her a witch. Susannah burns at the stake the next day with a broken heart alongside her mother while the Fiers flea the village with the villager’s money. It is then revealed that George Goode is the real witch as he calls upon the evil spirits to place a curse upon the Fier Family.

The Fier family have power of their own as we learn. There power is centered around the family’s ancient heirloom, a silver plated necklace with the engraving of “Power Through Evil” etched in Latin on the back. This necklace follows the family throughout the saga. Later, we see the witness the curses’ demise takes hold of the Fier Family as they try to start fresh elsewhere. I will not spoil anymore but will continue with ‘The Secret” very soon.

Question of the Day: Do You Remember this series? Do You Still have the books? What did you think of this Saga? Which book out of the Trilogy is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

It’s time for you to re-discover your childhood! If you have never read these books, I implore you to do so. They are short, sweet and oh so spooky!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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Charmed Book Haven ANTHOLOGY EDITION #1 “Nightmares and Dreamscapes-Suffer The Little Children” By Stephen King

Charmed Book Haven ANTHOLOGY EDITION #1 “Nightmares and Dreamscapes-Suffer The Little Children” By Stephen King

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Ahh, short stories. They are short, sweet, and depending on the story-it leaves you wanting more! Each one of these stories in this collection does it for me. Stephen King, regardless of how long or short the story, delivers in spades. In this review, it is the beginning of my ANTHOLOGY EDITION review series. See? This blog keeps growing by the minute! Also, there is a little surprise at the end of this article for you that I think you might like if you haven’t read this collection.

With this Charmed Book Haven Anthology Review, the story I chose to review today would be Suffer The Little Children. Back in elementary school, my first grade teacher was this tall, bony old maid set with old seventies glasses and curly mop top hair. When I began the story, the description of the main character reminded me of her too much! Miss Emily Sidley has taught third grade for many years. As an old school teacher, you know they know ALL of the tricks kids at the certain age tend to pull. Again, reminded me of my former first grade teacher.

It’s a normal day where Miss Sidley is teaching her usual spelling class when all of a sudden she has a sixth sense her quietest student, Robert, is acting suspiciously. She punishes him for it until Robert finally reveals his secret. Not only is Robert only a mere shell of a little boy, but a creature lurks within the child. The creature reveals to Miss Sidley about them slowly taking over children in the class and the world. Then…the great revealing.

Ok, if a little child all of a sudden transformed into this hideous alien/monster, I’d freak out too. Miss Sidley bolted out of the school immediately and got hit by a bus. Now now now, don’t worry she’s not dead. Yet…..

Miss Sidley returns to school after somewhat recovering from her memories only she is fully prepared this time. With her deceased brother’s loaded gun, awaiting her orders in her purse. “Robert” taunts her when she returns, only he has a few more friends in the class this time. Gone are the true innocent half of her students and the creatures are taking host in their little bodies. She realizes she must get rid of them.

One by one, she takes each of the possessed students and executes them until another teacher catches onto Miss Sidley’s suspicious behavior. The ending left me grasping for more! Miss Sidley is placed in a mental facility. Only, the government gives her a chance to “redeem” herself in a way. They place her in a room full of special preschoolers where she reads different stories to them.

BUT WAIT!!!! THERE’S MORE! MISS SIDLEY DIES! Yes, you heard me right. SPOILER! Is it the end? No……one of the “observers” on Miss Sidley teaching the preschoolers begin to notice something odd about the little ones……END! Yes, it ends there. Not Fair!!! This deserves a full novel!

Have you read this short story? Have you read the full book? Let me know in the comments below! What did you think of it? Do you think it deserves a full novel too? We Need More Information on these Creatures! Ok, rant over. This story deserves 10 out of 10 Book Charms!

What short story or set of short stories do you love to read?

Alright, the surprise. If you have not read this short story or collection, I have included a video featuring the audiobook (yes audio book) video that features this story just in case you haven’t read it. 

Enjoy and Happy Listening/Reading!

~C.C.

Welcome!

Welcome!

Hello Everyone!

Where should I begin? Before today and for many years, Books have been my escape from the crazy world outside as well as kept me “sane” so to speak in my own life. Whether it was trudging beside Scarlett O’Hara through her struggle to keep her family plantation Tara or survive Captain Tripps and stand up to fight the evil Randal Flagg in Stephen King’s apocalyptic novel The Stand-books have whisked me off to lands that only writers could conceive.

IMG_20130518_192315If you are a book lover/addict like me, you’ll understand what I’m about to say next. Characters are like family, lovers, friends, and companions. Whoever are our characters’ enemies are our enemies. Whenever our favorite characters triumph, we celebrate alongside them. Then……..in the unthinkable times if (I IMG_20120922_202330say “If” because come on, honestly no one wants this!) our character dies, a little piece of us goes with them. Not to mention the countless hours of us mourning over them, causing our friends and family to question our personal sanity. Yeah, those are never, EVER fun. For those who are Whovians like me as well, you perfectly understand the use of the Doctor Who David Tennant book here. (Please don’t cry!)

Now why this blog? Why would you come back to read my reviews or recommendations for different books? Because this is a place where you can discover new books, be forewarned about ones you should stray away from, or find out if there are other readers like you who have the same opinions about certain novels/series.

bf1f2cf960d3de81ecd1955fa1cd8cd5Here, I will review novels and series of genres all across the board. These include Non-Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Action, Suspense, Christian Fiction, and much much more. I also will be reviewing some books that haven’t been released yet that you might want to read!

Fair warning! In some of these reviews, there will be spoilers while others I will leave you to discover it’s hidden treasures. To be honest, I’m very excited to share with you what I read and would love to know what you’re reading!

Join Me on this Journey Through the Pages of Books!

~C.C. Campaign

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