Friday, October 31, 2014

Dystopian Giveaway Hop

Dystopian Giveaway Hop

I am opening up my giveaway early, so there is no excuse not to enter!
My giveaway is US only and you will have 48 hours to respond if you are contacted as the winner. No PO Boxes please.
One winner will win their choice of one of these three books:
Unbreathable, Flowertown, or Dark Eden.
All paperback and like new condition.
UnbreathableFlowertown
                                              Dark Eden

Enter by using the Rafflecopter located here:
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/0a8807113/


Follow along the hop here:
http://www.myshelfconfessions.com/dystopian-giveaway-hop/
giveaways should be listed by November 1st.

Thank you for visiting and best of luck!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book and Top Ten Movies To Get Into the Halloween Spirit


See all the Top Tens at: http://www.brokeandbookish.com/2014/10/top-ten-books-movies-to-get-into.html
I'm going to divide my picks into categories.
I will start with movies.

Movies

Family Friendly
1. Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus
The perfect pick for family fun. Just enough scares to hold older kids interest. An interesting storyline, plenty of laughs, and a talking cat.

2. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

A Halloween classic with all your favorite peanut characters. Kids will love the storyline, adults will have flashbacks of watching when they were young.

3. Tower of Terror
Tower of Terror
Ghosts,  mystery, an old building that may be haunted , it's all in this film which is total creepy fun.

John Carpenter
1. Halloween
Halloween
Michael Myers, just the name can conjure fear into the heart of people everywhere.

2. The Fog
The Fog (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
An atmospheric thriller that is a creepy classic.

3. Christine

This twisted love story will have you looking at cars in a whole new way.

Thrillers

1. Trick 'R Treat
Trick 'r Treat
Four intertwined tales perfect for Halloween. A little gore, a few scares, a few laughs, something for everyone.

2. The Ring
The Ring (Widescreen Edition)
I have seen it so many times but it still freaks me out.

3. The Descent

If the atmosphere doesn't get you, the creepers will.

Gore
1. Cabin Fever

This one is not overly scary, but is full of gross and gory.

Okay, moving on to the book picks!
Books

Stephen King
1. Bag of Bones
One of my favorite reads and often overlooked. Sure King has scarier stories, but to me this one is the most well rounded story he has ever written. There is mystery, romance, thrills, and chills. A ghost story that will stay with you long after you have read the last page.

2. The Shining
An isolated hotel, a snow storm, a psychic child, and a tormented man, make for one of the scariest stories ever told.

3. It
First read the book, then check out the mini-series. Both are wonderful and deserve your attention. You will never feel the same about clowns again.

Zombies
1. When the Dead
What if the Zombie Apocalypse was going on around your apartment building and you decided to stay inside?

2. State of Decay
If you like your zombies with a side of action, a splash of gore, and lots of thrills, this one is for you.

Vampires
1. The Passage
I cannot say enough good about this book. An excellent story, full of surprises.

Ghosts
1. Anna Dressed in Blood
It rocks! Read it!

2. Tombstone Tea
If you like to take a walk through a cemetery and read the headstones, you should check this one out.

Haunted Houses
1. The Brown House
If you love your ghost story with a side of romance, you should try this one.

2. The House of Small Shadows
A gothic creep fest that is super weird.

Bag of BonesThe Shining (The Shining #1)It


When the DeadState of Decay: Omnibus


The Passage (The Passage, #1)


Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Tombstone Tea


The Brown House (The Visitor's Series #1)The House of Small Shadows

What do you think? What do you like to watch and read to get into the Halloween mood?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Memories: The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll-The Search For Dare Wright

Monday Memories is a weekly feature hosted by Miss Print and the Book Bandit. Just take a photo of a book from your personal library (or a library book that’s significant to you, etc.) and talk about why it matters. Is it your first ever signed book? The first book you reviewed on your blog? Whatever it is, write it up in a Monday Memories post and share it.

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This is one of those books that you feel like maybe you shouldn't be reading, but yet you can't help yourself. It is one of the most bizarre, engrossing, sad, stories that I have ever read. To top it all of Dare Wright is a real person. Dare was a famous artist. Her life story is one of a desperate search for someone to love her, a love she never found. Her relationship with her mother is one of the strangest I have ever read about. She had a love for dolls and bears and put most of her love into them. I love to read about people. This is a story that you will never forget about a woman that you will never forget. One of my favorite autobiographies.

The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright

Dare Wright was the author of these books that have beautiful pictures but were very controversial in the time they were written.

The Lonely Doll Holiday for Edith and the Bears The Doll and the Kitten The Lonely Doll Learns a Lesson
Edith and Mr. Bear A Gift from the Lonely Doll Edith and Big Bad Bill  Edith and Little Bear Lend a Hand
Edith And Midnight (The Lonely Doll Series) Edith And The Duckling (The Lonely Doll Series)

She also wrote the Look Series. Her most popular stories are those of Edith.

Dare Wright is so fascinating. You can find out more about her here:
 http://www.darewright.com/

Dare Wright
Dare Wright was ahead of her time. I'm sure if her books were written now, she would be world renowned. Her photography is beautiful and she should not be forgotten.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Movie Review: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer
This is a polarizing movie. It's one you either hate or love, very few fall in between. I loved it! My son hated it!  For me, the movie reminded me of 1984, Brave New World, and Solvent Green.  For my son it was a grade B minus terrible production. Maybe I should first give a little of what the movie is about before I begin talking about production.

Snowpiercer is set on a train. A train that runs on a track that takes a whole year to finish a cycle. The inhabitants of the train have been "passengers" for seventeen years. The reason they are on the train is because a failed experiment to stop global warming has caused the Earth to become extremely cold. The coldness has caused extinction. The only inhabitants of Earth are on the Snowpiercer.

The movie starts off running and never slows down. It is very fast moving and you will learn the "secrets" of the train along the journey. The journey consists of the fate of several of the back riders on the last train car deciding that they don't like life and are too enslaved and want to take over the train. Their journey takes them through the train into the many worlds that the train cars hold. The train cars hold everything from a 1920's style club in one car, to an all enclosing aquarium in another car.

The movie is basically a non-stop action ride with the have-nots, trying to find out exactly what the haves, have. This is an eye-opening look into the world. The fact that it is all going on inside a train just makes it more exciting. What do the people eat? Where do they get water? How are they controlling the train? Well to answer those questions would ruin the film. So, if you want to find out, you need to get to watching!

The reason my son hated the movie is because it is very easy to pick apart. It also needs to be watched in whole because it is very confusing if you miss any of the storyline. It is not a movie you can jump into half way, and even remotely figure out. It is a movie that is for enjoyment and doesn't stand up to much questioning. It is also a mind bender that will keep you thinking and analyzing long after the last frame has played.

Chris Evans does a wonderful job playing the disenchanted hero of the lower class. Tilda Swinton is so annoying that you will want to slap her, but she does a totally awesome job playing her character. Octavia Spencer plays the mother of the year who is willing to sacrifice everything for her child. The actors do a wonderful job of getting into their characters lives and are very believable in their roles.

I could go on and on about why I liked the movie, but my best suggestion is to just watch it. You may fall into the "love" camp, or maybe even the "hate" camp. Whichever side you pick, come back to discuss! Share why you picked your camp in the comments. I would love to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Series I Want To Start

http://www.brokeandbookish.com/2014/10/top-ten-new-series-daisy-wants-to-start.html Click to see all the other Top Ten Lists!

10. The Wolves of Mercy Falls
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

 9. The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

 8. Outlander
Outlander (Outlander, #1)

 7. Mara Dyer
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

 6. Beautiful
Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)

 5. The Raven Cycle
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

 4. The Precious Stone Trilogy
Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1)

 3. New England Witch Chronicles
New England Witch Chronicles (New England Witch Chronicles, #1)

 2. The Archived
The Archived (The Archived, #1)

 1. The Arkwell Academy
The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy, #1)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review: The House of Small Shadows

WOW!
Catherine is an appraiser who is asked to handle the estate of a famous taxidermist and puppeteer. Yes, that's right, stuffed rats and marionettes! Is your hair standing on end yet? There is so much going on at this estate, or is there? Is Catherine really experiencing all this, or is she just losing her grasp on reality? This is a wonderful gothic suspense novel. You might think you have it all figured out, and than again, you might be wrong! This one kept me reading late into the night. I was constantly reminded of House of Wax and Shutter Island. I happen to like both of those and the comparisons made the novel stick out in my mind. It takes a lot to unnerve me, and this story accomplished that, in spades! This is a perfect Halloween read and one that I won't soon forget. If you like your suspense slow-building, your houses haunted, and your butt on the edge of your seat, this is the one for you!!

The House of Small ShadowsHouse of Small Shadows

Check out those creepy covers! YIKES!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit

The choices for the top ten places can be real or imaginary, thank goodness, keep that in mind while reading the lists this week. You can find all the Top Ten Tuesday lists at:
http://www.brokeandbookish.com/2014/10/top-ten-places-books-have-made-us-want.html

My Top Ten:
10. Oz
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Come on! Oz would be Awesome! Sure there would be some scares but your friends would be there to protect you and you could always hope for Glinda to show up!

 9. New England
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
The story takes place in a quaint New England fishing village. The descriptions are beautiful and it seems like a place to get away from it all.

 8. Paris
The Paris Architect
Yes this is fictional Paris, BUT the architecture is so fascinating that I would love to see those buildings in person.

7. Maine
Bag of Bones
Okay, many of King's books are set in Maine, and most of them scare me to death. I would love to visit and see if the scares get to me in this setting.

 6. Wisconsin
Caddie Woodlawn
Caddie Woodlawn is my kind of girl. Her life is fun and interesting and always made me want to jump into her adventures.

 5. The Zoo
Put Me in the Zoo
I wanted to be put in the zoo too!! Living with all the animals would be such a blast! I love to visit zoos all over America.

 4. The Circus
The Night Circus
Yes I have visited many a circus, none of them has grabbed my attention as much as the one in The Night Circus. While reading, I could smell the cotton candy and the animals. I would have loved to jump into this book.

 3. London
13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)
What can I say? I loved this book and I loved all the adventures.

 2. The Football Field
Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life
Yes I have visited Football stadiums before, BUT never as the coach of a team. I could never be as Awesome as Tony Dungy, but I would give it a try!

 1. Sleepy Hollow
The Hollow (The Hollow, #1)
I want to be Abbey's best friend, and I want to hang out and make perfume. I also want to meet Caspian's older brother (swoon) HA HA! I just love the world of this series. I love my scary but this one has romance too. The perfect world to hang out in!