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Review: Daughers unto Devils

January 5, 2016

Daughters Unto DevilsDaughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Daughters unto Devils is set in the time of pioneers and prairies and with that comes all the complications of that time. The coming winter is anticipated to be an extreme one. In order to prevent the terrible events from last winter from reoccurring, Mr. Verner has to move his family off of their mountain. The move to a new cabin takes this family on an unexpected journey with unforeseeable consequences.

May I just start my review by saying,” Bravo, Amy Lukavics.” This is the very first time I have picked up a Young Adult book that actually gave me chills. I have read Stephen King books that didn’t creep me out as much as this book did. That being said, this book has adult situations and adult language and should be read by the older end of the Young Adult Spectrum.

The characters in this novel are pretty close to how I would have expected them to be in this time period. I am sure that there are things that aren’t historically accurate, but for the most part it seems to be pretty close to what I expect. Amanda is a willful girl who is determined to break as many rules and commit as many sins as she can. She is a pretty typical teenage girl, trying to find out what her beliefs are and where she fits in, in the universe. While Amanda makes some less than ideal decisions, she grows a lot as a person throughout this novel. That is of key importance, especially in YA novels. The rest of the characters are more like background noise to Amanda’s inner turmoil.

The setting of this story is fantastic, what could be more macabre than a haunted prairie? The way they lived life in those days and were so close to wild dangerous animals is enough to strike fear in me without all the other miss happenings taking place. The author is brilliant for choosing this time period and setting for this particular story.

The writing style of this novel is beautiful, and draws you in from the very beginning; even the slower portions of the story were interesting. It makes the book an unbelievably fast read. This is one of those stories you put down unwillingly and anticipate picking up again.

I wish this novel hadn’t been so short; it made the ending feel a bit rushed which is a major pet peeve of mine. I love an action packed ending, when properly executed. Furthermore, the ending left me with way more question than it answered, which in stories like this , is typically the desired effect, but still frustrating .

All in all, this was a very good read and I would definitely recommend it to horror book lovers. I’m going to give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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The Forrest of Hands and Teeth Review

December 29, 2015

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Mary lives in a society surrounded by a chain linked fence and a horde of zombies, but this is the least of her worries. Mary has found herself lost and struggling to discover who she is and what she wants.

I went into this book thinking I was going to be reading a zombie book of epic proportions. I was excited and eager, then I found myself disappointed, oh so very disappointed. This is not a zombie novel, this a story about the heroine vs. God, the heroine vs. herself and then there is a love triangle that just lives the reader agitated.

First of all, Mary makes me want to pull my hair out. She is indecisive, selfish and infuriating. Her life would be so much better if ‘xyz’ would happen, then when it finally does she is still unhappy. It isn’t enough for her. This novel is dedicated to her pity parties and it makes me want to hit her. She agonizes over her faith, she agonizes over love, she agonizes over stories her mother told her that may or may not be true. And the rest of the people around her are just struggling not to starve to death or be zombie chow. Seriously? I can’t even remember disliking a main character so much. I finally reached the end of my rope of patience for her and had to put the book down.

The rest of the characters in this story aren’t nearly as infuriating, but they don’t seem to leave much of an impression either. They are mainly just background noise and pawns for the main character to use and abuse.

This story had the potential to be amazing, the setting was right for a dystopian, post apocalyptic, story of survival, but instead the author used this as the backdrop for an angsty teenage love triangle. The story seemed to be suffering from confusion, because it frequently bounced between themes. Basically, it left me wondering what the heck I was reading.

I see several other readers gobbled this book up and loved it, I can not say the same. I’m giving this book 1 star.

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Book People Problems

November 11, 2015

  1. When you are reading, and someone feels the need to interrupt you and ask you 10 million questions.

2. Your TBR pile is out of hand.

3) When you realize you left your book at home.

4) When someone returns your book to you in terrible condition…

5) If they return the book at all.

6) When Hollywood turns an amazing book into a terrible movie.

7) Knowing no matter how badly you want it, you can’t unread a book so you can read it again.

8) When you can’t find a comfortable position to read in.

9) Everyone raving about a book you loath.

10) Trying to get over the fact your favorite fictional character’s death.

11) Experiencing a book hangover

12) Book sniffing

13) When someone says you read too much.

Attack of 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway!

October 19, 2015 2 Comments

Halloween is just around the corner and it’s time for the 4th annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway from Laughing Vixen Lounge. 7 wickedly fun shops have come together to create one spooktalcular Prize Pack ($225+) full of Jewelry, Perfume, Clothing, Accessories and more! All shops are offering Gift Cards or your choice of item(s) so there will be something for everyone. Many of the shops have items perfect for any book lover along with lots of other unique, handcrafted and custom designs. You can enter via the Rafflecopter below or visit the Main Giveaway Page on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog HERE.

Join us daily on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog during the giveaway for our Halloween Movie Marathon featuring the Guess the Movie Game and our Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Each event will get you daily entries in the giveaway plus a special giveaway for the Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Find full details for these events HERE.

October is the perfect time for watching spooky movies. Along with the Halloween Movie Marathon each of our participating shops, and many of our blog sponsors, will be sharing some of their favorite movie choices with you.

The giveaway runs October 18th – November 1st and is open worldwide. 1 winner will win the Prize Pack and 1 winner will win the Scavenger Hunt Prize Pack. Laughing Vixen Lounge is responsible for all giveaway details. Please visit the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog
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Review: Trafficked by Sophie Hayes

October 13, 2015

Trafficked: My Story of Surviving, Escaping, and Transcending Abduction into ProstitutionTrafficked: My Story of Surviving, Escaping, and Transcending Abduction into Prostitution by Sophie Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Trafficked by Sophie Hayes

Sophie Hayes is a young naïve woman; she is simply trying to decipher what it means to be in love. One relationship after another seems to crash and burn. She wonders if her father was right, if she is unlovable. Through it all she has Kas, a man she met by happenstance at a local club one night. Over the years, despite Kas moving from place to place they keep in touch. She confides in him, he gives her advice, he cheers her up when she’s down, he becomes her best friend and confident. They talk on the phone practically every day. He is the opposite of her vile father in every way. Sophie takes a trip to Italy to visit her friend Kas, and finds herself in a dark and unfathomable situation. Kas is nothing like he has lead on, he is a monster and he isn’t going to let her go, not while she is still breathing at least. Sophie must find a way to escape before it’s too late.

Sophie Hayes is just one of thousands of girls worldwide that have been forced into sex trafficking. Her memoir is an example of how an ordinary young lady can fall prey to a very real monster. She is able to illustrate how men like this function by breaking woman down and making them feel powerless. This gripping tale paints a picture of very real nightmare that happens in every country in the world, and the devastating effects on its victims.

It is obvious by the writing style of this memoir that Hayes is not an author, that being said; I don’t feel as though it distracted that much from the overall story. Her storytelling at times is repetitive, rushed and lacking some detail. However, her prose is clear, easy to follow and interesting.

This book really opened my eyes. I have read about sex trafficking, and heard it mentioned on the news, but I don’t think I really ever thought about it until reading this book. It makes me sick to my stomach to know that not only Sophie, but so many other girls are enduring this same type of treatment and worse. Sophie was very fortunate to escape; however, many others aren’t so lucky. I feel like this is a good memoir for young women to read, it may help to raise awareness and save some people from manipulation.
This story has strong adult language and situations. Therefore, I would advise parents to read before allowing their teens to read it.

I’m giving Trafficked 4 of 5 stars

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