3 Year Blog Anniversary – Hiatus is Over!

3 Year Blog Anniversary – Hiatus is Over!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY CHARMED BOOK HAVEN REVIEWS!

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Wow, three years ago I never thought I’d be here, sitting at my desk writing this post. It’s been a wild ride for sure. I’ve met many bloggers, writers, readers, etc., since starting this journey in the beginning of the summer of 2015. Whether it’s bonding over our mutual love for Harry Potter or discussing the latest new releases – this community never ceases to make me feel at home both online or even in the outside world with the connections built.

I took a month and a half break from here to focus on reading. Well, that was the original plan until adulting officially took the wheel and my reading slump officially took hold. The month and a half passed rather quickly, but at the same time it felt like it dragged at an endless pace. The struggle to get back into reading after all that time was painfully real.

We all seem to go through reading slumps we can’t seem to break and when it comes to something you love the most – it’s even worse. I tried diving into genres out of my comfort zone (i.e. dystopian classics, contemporary lit), but nothing seemed to ignite my passion for it. It wasn’t until the last two weeks, though, when I picked up Three Dark Crowns By Kendare Blake from my local library that for the first time in quite awhile, I devoured a book in a mere couple of days. I recently downloaded the second book on my kindle and plan on begin reading it later this week.

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Since then, I haven’t been able to stop reading. At work, I’m currently drowning in these audiobooks:

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For those who have kept up since the beginning, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! I wouldn’t still be running my blog without your support. And also, shout out to all you writers out there. Keep writing! Never give up on your passion or your dreams. It’s your imaginations and your characters who bring us all together. Without you, there would be no joy in this world. No inspiration for future writers to pick up the torch and create new worlds. Thank you for your hard work and love you put into your stories!

What do you do to get over your reading slumps?

What are you currently reading?

Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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C.B.H. Series Review: How to Hang a Witch Series By Adriana Mather

C.B.H. Series Review: How to Hang a Witch Series By Adriana Mather

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I’ve been holding off on reviewing this series for awhile now. I read How to Hang a Witch earlier last year and finished it’s sequel, Haunting the Deep, at the beginning of last month. They both follow the strange happenings surrounding a young Samantha Mather whose family has ties to both the Salem Witch Trials and the Titanic.

The first book sets the stage with Samantha and her step mother Vivian move to Salem, Massachusetts into Samantha’s grandmother’s former mansion. Right off the bat, Samantha notices a strange presence inside of the home. Turns out to be a ghost by the name of Elijah, who like most ghosts, dislikes the fact his home has been disturbed and wishes to be left alone.

Outside the house, the world doesn’t seem to treat Samantha any better. At her new school, a group of girls known as The Descendants, are out to get Samantha due to the fact she is related to Cotton Mather. The man who sent their ancestors to their deaths during the Salem Witch Trials. Then a curse springs upon The Descendants and those who are related to the Salem Witch Trials, leading Samantha and her recruiter Elijah, on the case to uncover the dark truth behind the curse before it’s too late.

This book has it’s ups and downs. One of the downs is the sort of love triangle among Samantha, her neighbor Jaxon, and Elijah. Samantha’s relationship with Elijah feels a cross between Casper and Thackery Binx and left me wondering whether how to properly imagine him in my head.

Jaxon has clearly been friend zoned in the first book, but there were moments where I wished Samantha would just be with him. I mean let’s face it, how can you have a proper relationship with a ghost? Never mind, don’t answer that or else I’ll be having Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in my head.

Anyway, aside from the awkwardness of the threesome, the curse was pretty clever. The execution of the plot went smoothly. I figured out the perpetrator easily, but watching the events unfold was entertaining enough.

Rating 8

Now, the sequel!

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Get ready to sail upon the Titanic! Or at least a strange, cursed form of it. We meet up with Adriana a few months after the events of the first book. The Descendants barely remember the events of almost being murdered nor the culprit who cursed them in the first place. *coughs* Sorry, everyone, no spoilers here!

Anyways, Adriana’s school decides to host a Titanic themed dance along with changing up the student’s coursework to revolves around the event. Then strange things begin taking place once a mysterious looking dress from the 1900s shows up on the Mather’s doorstep. Adriana opens it up and with one touch of the dress, she is whisked away and wakes up aboard the Titanic with new memories and an identity, surrounded by ghosts of the past. Both ghosts of individuals who survived the sinking and those who did not.

Throughout the book, her and the Descendants team up to uncover the secrets behind why Adriana continually ends up on the old ship, but that’s not the only problem. Jaxon begins acting strange toward Adriana, and the ghost Elijah returns to help the girls figure out why ghosts from the ship are disappearing.

Comparing the second book to the first, I actually like the sequel better than the first book. But Adriana needs to be more responsible in her actions. I get she’s a teenager, but she’s extremely immature about handling the whole Jaxon and Elijah situation. Elijah needs to move on and her continually freaking out and getting pissed anytime he’s either around or disappears got on my nerves.

If Jaxon hadn’t have transformed into a complete jerk aside from telling Adriana off, I’d say he was the mature one in telling her how it was. She shouldn’t be messing around with a ghost. I understand he is important to the plot and all, but ghosts need to move on…haven’t you seen Supernatural?

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Rating 8

 

Have you read this series?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

Library Sale Mini-Book Haul

Library Sale Mini-Book Haul

The moment I hear there is a small library sale, I practically run to the site. I was a little late but I was able to snag these reads!

If you’ve read these, let me know your thoughts in the comments! 😊

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

End Of the Year Book Tag!

End Of the Year Book Tag!

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I found this tag on Katelyn @ From Cover to Cover‘s blog and originally created by Ariel Bessett. I thought it would be fun to get back into the Book Tag game by going over this past year’s Bookish events.

Question #1: Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Wow, I could give you a list. I had to pause in my Anne Rice Book-a-Thon to tap into my ARC list and make deadlines. I have another few books I started and didn’t finish from the beginning of the year. Here is my list of books I still need to finish:

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Question #2: Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

 

Not really, I’m in the middle of so many books that I couldn’t pick just one as an autumnal transitional book.

 

Question #3: Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

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I have a huge list of new releases I’m waiting for, one in particular is Kelley Armstrong’s latest edition to her Casey Duncan series. I’m planning on beginning the series at the beginning of next year and adding this new release to my collection.

Question #4: What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

 

I want to finish at least one of the books I’ve been in the middle of but two others would be new reads I’ve needed to knock off my TBR list…

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Question #5: Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

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I already know what this book is and I’ve already read it and plan on reading it again. I highly suggest this to anyone who is looking for a thrilling read!

Question #6: Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Not yet, I’ve almost reached my 2017 reading goal for the second time this year so I’ll probably attempt to double it next year. I’ll be keeping you all posted on what next years reading goals will be. I’m anxious to see how it will all go.

 

I challenge you readers to do this tag!

Don’t forget to link your posts back here so I can see your answers!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

Mini-Book Haul

Mini-Book Haul

Hey Charmers, welcome back!

So, I needed to take a mental health week off from the hustle and bustle and decided to haunt my local Half Priced Books. If you personally know me, you KNOW how much I adore the stores and always somehow end up going to one at least once a week.

While there, I stumbled upon some great finds. Let me know if you have read any of these and what you think of them. There will be a Book Blitz this week along with more Graphic Novel reviews from the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and beginning to review the Afterlife with Archie series. There may also be a few book tags thrown in for some extra fun.

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

C.H.B. ARC Review & Guest Post: Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats

C.H.B. ARC Review & Guest Post: Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats

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Title: Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats
Author: Carla Rehse
Available: Amazon/B&N/Add To Goodreads
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Witches must bond with humans in order to produce children—and once the bond is made, it cannot easily be broken. Imagine seventeen-year-old Gracie Mason’s surprise when she accidentally bonds with a witch named Asher. Sure, he’s cute, but that’s
beside the point. She’s not gonna settle for a guy just because she’s magically bound to him.

To dissolve the bond, Gracie must seek out another witch to perform a magical rite. However, matters become considerably more complicated when witches begin turning up dead. Wanting nothing more than to get on with her life, Gracie must now team up with her new witchy friend and wade deeper into a complex world of enchantment and intrigue.

Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats is an enthralling story of magic, mystery, and murder—and each new twist will draw you further under its spell.

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Although not a native Texan, Carla prides herself on having mastered the correct usage of “y’all” and “bless your heart.” Carla is owned by a persnickety kitty, who rules the computer keyboard and only allows Carla to write when demands for cat treats are met.

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This zany story follows young teenage witch, Gracie, and a slew of unfortunate events. No, not the Baudelaire orphans type, but more of a “Sabrina-isk” type mashed with a mystery. Gracie is the teenage witch where she turns up in places at the wrong time.

After entering a male witch, Asher’s, circle while she was attempting a break in, she ends up being bonded to him for life. Then she is dragged into his family drama of his family member’s mysteriously dying. Who and what are causing this?

This book is full of laughs and you’ll enjoy this pleasant ride with Gracie and Asher!

8/10 Book Charms!

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Okay So Booksically Tag

Okay So Booksically Tag

Hi Everyone!

It’s been months since I’ve done a Book Tag! I came across this by Jade @ drinkcoffeeandreadbooks who found this by Andrew @ Ok so Booksically on Youtube. Go check both of them out! Here we go….

 

1. Tell us about your user/blog/channel name and your real name

1140914371I’ve never fully gone into the origins of my blog name so better late than never. I’m a total 90s kid and was into the show Charmed while growing up. Aside from wishing to be a slayer like Buffy from Buffy the Vamprie Slayer, I wanted to be a Halliwell sister. Silly, I know but it was a call back to my childhood.

I used to work at a library and at the time, I felt it was a safe haven for me and my love of books. For a moment, it dawned on me that book haven sounded like they go together. Sometimes I flip them back and forth, but regardless, it’s a haven of books.

Before having my own blog, I used to review regularly on Amazon and Goodreads on a separate account. My friends used to continually ask me why I didn’t move to a blog. I didn’t think I would have the time at first after I set up my site and added a few reviews. I moved from one state to another, changed jobs, and became grounded in my personal life and began to go back to my love of reading and began writing again.

I still am shaky on this and trying to get the hang of it. For those who continue to read my reviews, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! But yeah, that is how Charmed Book Haven Reviews was born over two years ago…

 

2. Open Instagram search and chat about the first 3 images

 

 

First picture – I recently listened through “The Twin Peaks Tapes of Agent Cooper” read by Agent Cooper himself, Kyle Maclachlan. Huge Twin Peaks fan and after Twin Peaks: The Return ended, I found my library carried the Overdrive file for the book and decided I’d take a trip down fandom lane. 10 out 10 Book charms, for sure!

Second Picture – Quick explanation, my friend Ashley and I were at an antique mall a few weeks ago and came across a trunk of old photos. One in particular resembled another “incarnation” of actor Matthew Gray Gubler from Criminal Minds. We kept a running joke for the rest of the day of who other celebrities past lives we may find hidden in a trunk or corner of historical pieces.

Third Picture – Again, same antique mall. Another couple of passions of mine are films and history. I found an old film projector and I couldn’t help but wonder what films were played on this machine back in the day.

3. Open YouTube and talk about the First three videos you see

I’m gearing up for October and to give you guys more Audio Spooky Tales for your Halloween so they are all Creepy Pasta stories told by the YouTube channel Chilling Tales for Dark Nights! Check them out!

4. Your favorite song to listen to while reading/writing, and how many plays its got

I usually listen to two songs in particular. Both are from the band Evanescence and they were originally demos that didn’t make it to their officially released albums except for their demo CD entitled Origin. They are both are the kind that will set the scene if you are reading romance, paranormal romance, dark scenes with romantic characters, turning points in books – scenes like that. I adore Amy Lee as a singer/songwriter/artist. Her voice echoes through your head as you read and enhances the reading experience.

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5. Favorite book on your shelf at the moment

To be fair, I have five different bookshelves ranging in sizes. I’m just going to go with my main bookshelf in my living room that contains my “Currently Reading” reads that aren’t on my Goodreads list (I hate cluttering up my list). If you haven’t kept up, I’m currently going through an Anne Rice Reading Marathon aside from clearing through ARC’s during the week. My Movie Vs. Book post featuring a Side-by-Side comparison of Interview with it’s film counterpart in order to ring in October!

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6. Favorite bookish thing you love using as a prop in your pictures/videos

I don’t really have a prop. I just go with the flow and take my pictures.

 

7. 3 Books you are dying to re-read, but probably never will

Ooooooh….this is going to be bad….there are too many….

 

 

HORNS – I watched the film a few years ago and listened to the audio book back in February. It’s such a heart-wrenching book. It tells the story of Ignacious Perrish who is wrongly accused of murdering his girlfriend, Merrin. He awakens after a drunken night to the shocking sight of horns protruding from the top of his forehead. He soon discovers that the horns force the people around him to tell him the truth or give into their deepest, darkest desires. It’s a heartbreaking story filled to the brim with symbolism and secrets that will make you cry. I may never pick this up not because the book is bad, but it’s contents will cause you to want to stay in a dark room and make peace with your conscience.

Gone With the Wind – I took the plunge and read this during my senior year of high school in 2011. I could not believe I read all of it at the time and today I cannot believe I actually did. It accurately depicts our nations past history to a T so be aware if you decide to embark on this journey. Do not get offended, this was history and we learn from past mistakes. That’s why I don’t think I’ll be reading it again. I’ll stick to the movie.

Wuthering Heights – Ok, I was not one of those girls in high school who bought into the whole love for Heathcliffe drama. I just didn’t get into Emily Bronte like I did with Charlotte and I’m afraid I still wouldn’t as an adult.

 

8. Amazing bookish finds (this can be books, bookish things, or bookish moments)

If you ever come to visit me, you’ll notice a LOT of bookish treasures I’ve found over the years whether it be first editions, classic literature school primers, etc. I love antique shops and old book stores and guaranteed if there is a treasure – I will find it!

9. Hottest author(s)/Author Crush

Sadly, I don’t have one. If this was a character crush, that’d be a whole other topic of discussion. But, I don’t really have an author crush. 😦

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I challenge everyone who is reading this to do this tag! Don’t forget to tag me so I can read your responses!

Here are the questions if you want to copy and paste them

1 – Tell us about your user/blog/channel name and your real name
2 – Open Instagram search and chat about the first 3 images
3 – Open YouTube and talk about the first 3 videos
4 – Your favorite song to listen to while reading/writing, and how many plays it’s got
5 – Favorite book on your shelf at the moment
6 – Favorite bookish thing you love using as a prop in your pictures/videos
7 – 3 Books you are dying to re-read, but probably never will
8 – Amazing bookish finds (this can be books, bookish things, or bookish moments)
9 – Hottest author(s)/Author Crush

 

Happy Tagging!

~C.C.