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Deadly Class 
King's Dominion School of the Deadly Arts
King's Dominion School of the Deadly Arts
EH! Variant by Farel Dalrymple
EH! Variant by Farel Dalrymple
DCBS Variant by Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire
DCBS Variant by Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire

I never liked High School. Perhaps that is why this graphic novel appealed to me. But meh, I thought it looked cool and it was on sale.

 

from the back cover:

 

CHANGE THE WORLD WITH A BULLET

 

It's 1987 and homeless teenager Marcus Lopez Arguello has no reason to keep living. Until one fateful evening he is approached by a mysterious girl who invites him to join Kings Dominion Atelier of the Deadly Arts, a brutal, clandestine high school, where the world's top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained, Murder is an art, killing is a craft and the dagger in your back is no metaphor. 

 

Death Comes Home (In Darkness We Must Abide, #1)

Death Comes Home (In Darkness We Must Abide, #1)Death Comes Home by Rhiannon Frater

Reading this book contributed to Fraterfest Readathon 2018.

A short first episode of the supernatural serial, which takes place in the Socoli Mansion. Vanora Socoli, a young girl, watches from an upstairs window a parade of coffins at a funeral coming to their final resting place on the Socoli Estate of which Roman and Alisha Socoli inherit. Unfortunately, they mistakenly opened the coffin of a vampire, unaware of its existence. He/it is hungry for blood.

Yikes.

I WANT MORE! I don't understand why this is in so many parts. Ugh, Why?

Fraterfest Readathon progress update: I've read 93 out of 424 pages.

Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron - Jim Butcher, Frances Hardinge, Holly Black, Delia Sherman, Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, Peter S. Beagle, M. Rickert, Tim Pratt, Margo Lanagan, Isobelle Carmody, Ellen Klages, Jonathan Strahan, Diana Peterfreund, Ellen Kushner, Charles de Lint, Jane Yolen, Garth Nix, Patricia A

Payment Due is about a witch switching bodies with a cat so she would be better enabled to spy on the bailiff who had taken some of her grandmother's belongings. In order to retrieve them, she had to enter his home as his cat. It was a risky switcheroo as the cat wasn't very pleasant while in her body but whatever. She was able to save the day I guess. 

 

I didn't like the next story. A Handful of Ashes. Ugh! For gosh sakes I couldn't stop yawning and dozing off but finally this morning I persevered. Trudged through the muck and mire of a mess. It was a terribly written short story, that happens in a witch school * unlike Harry Potters Hogwarts * Some names and things I was not familiar with like Ogham, Brythonic, geas, sizars I mean wtf? 

 

So we're off to a slow start in Fraterfest RAT but no worries. I slept for about 8 hours. It is 9:46 AM 

 

Source: http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/2018/09/fraterfest-readathon-sign-up.html

Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 424 pages.

Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron - Jim Butcher, Frances Hardinge, Holly Black, Delia Sherman, Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, Peter S. Beagle, M. Rickert, Tim Pratt, Margo Lanagan, Isobelle Carmody, Ellen Klages, Jonathan Strahan, Diana Peterfreund, Ellen Kushner, Charles de Lint, Jane Yolen, Garth Nix, Patricia A

I am about to begin picking up where I left off in Tales from the Cauldron in contribution to the Fraterfest Readathon which starts at 12 midnight tonight and ends next Tuesday. October 11-16. I shall begin reading a short story called Payment Due by Frances Hardinge.

 

A Handful of Ashes by Garth Nix

Little Gods by Holly Black

Barrio Girls by Charles De Lint

Felidis by Tanith Lee

Witch Work by Neil Gaiman

The Education of a Witch by Ellen Klages

The Threefold World by Ellen Kushner

The Witch in the Wood by Delia Sherman

Which Witch by Patricia A. McKillip

The Carved Forest by Tim Pratt

Burning Castles by M. Rickert

The Stone Witch by Isobelle Carmody

Andersen's Witch by Jane Yolen

B is for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

Great-Grandmother in the Cellar by Peter S. Beagle

Crow and Caper, Caper and Crow by Margo Lanagan

 

These are all the stories included Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron. I got this book from my library and have renewed it so I can finish it for Fraterfest. Anyway, I first heard about it through the books in the Harry Dresden series on Goodreads. 

 

Happy Reading!

 

"You can have everything in the world, but if you don't have love, none of it means crap"
Blood Rites - Jim Butcher

I just finished reading Blood Rites and this quote from Harry is from the bible. The famous 1 Corinthians chapter thirteen called the Love chapter. Thomas the vampire, Harry finds out, is his brotha from the same motha.

 

I love James Marsters audio performance. He always does a great job and I admire him. I think he is the reason I get sucked into this world all the time. I couldn't experience Harry Dresden better without him narrating the book.

SPOILER ALERT!

Finished Reading Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper - J.L. Bryan

I loved J.L Bryan's ghosts and Ellie Jordan's character! Some ghosts are bad but others are only trying to help, like Mercy. The ghosts in this story are trapped in a house called The Marsh House. It is a creepy dark mansion that was sold to a family with dreams of turning it into a bed and breakfast or possibly a hotel. However, they quickly find out it is haunted when strange things begin to happen.

The father is a drunken slob who refuses to believe there is a ghost in their house and his daughter Lexie is traumatized by having seen one.

It is the ghost of Mercy Cutledge, which we know, is only trying to warn them by telling them to leave because there is a dangerous evil inside the walls.

(show spoiler)

Her mother Anna Treadwell is the only sensible one who reaches out to Ellie Jordan for help.

 

Ellie Jordan has to get rid of the ghost of Mercy Cutledge, so they perform a couple things, like stage a funeral, but it doesn't work, so now, Ellie is forced to evict her. Before that happens, she gathers more facts about the owners of that particular house. I found the research fascinating. Ellie and her partner Stacey also break into the same loonie bin asylum her ghost lived in but was long since shut down and abandoned. That part gave me the creeps. They didn't have a machete but wore boots and waded in tangled vines, smashed glass and tall weeds in a thorny jungle.  I can picture them both running like a bat out of hell out of that decrepit place. Good times.  

 

After doing some research, she finds out the owner used to be Augustus March born 1848 and had amassed a lot of money. He marries Eugenia who was a good church-going woman, but she develops a strange sudden illness and died in 1901. It was suspicious.


Augustus has a bad reputation and a few years later his house is turned into a high-class brothel or some shit like that. I can't remember if he did it himself or if it was his niece Louisa Marsh (?). Augustus left his house to her, which by the end of his life was about all he had left.

He was stabbed to death in 1954 by Mercy Cutledge and everyone assumes she was crazy. She accuses Mr. Marsh of being an "occult wizard who is in league with demons" She was sent to an asylum aka mental hospital but later was murdered in Mr. Marsh's house.

(show spoiler)

Long story.

 

Anyway, the writing is good. I was afraid when Ellie began discussing how some ghosts can actually hurt us, that I would start hearing and seeing ghosts and didn't want them to hurt me ~ Lol I felt like crawling under my blanket with the classic case of the shivers. Like Scooby-Doo!

I am looking forward to reading more in the series. I am already attached to the characters. So fun.

Reading progress update: I've read 60%.

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper - J.L. Bryan

When Ellie tells us that ghosts can sometimes hurt you, i.e: burn you telekinetically, I admit to being scared *shivers um I need to sleep tonight?

 

Finally Reading Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper

I'm so excited to read this I don't want to go to bed, but I just need my beauty sleep. It's free on Kindle and I've had it for forever and I'm elated to be able to listen to the audiobook! I wish I could get all the books in the series. It's narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer because I've been in a slump I don't really feel good about anything lately. I've heard good things about Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper so we shall see. I mean if you are into ghosts then it should be good. I thought it would be a good spooky Halloween read. 

 

I've read, and loved, J.LBryans The Paranormals and Songs of Magic, so I am familiar with the author and I like what I've read so far. Yay!

 

So far we have the ghost of Mercy Cutledge and they are trying to excise it or get rid of it from a home the Treadwells live at present. It used to be the house of Augustus March. There is history and many people died in that house. The Ghost of Mercy Cutledge isn't leaving though. She used to live in an Asylum when she was alive and the authority regarded her as crazy. Scary detective work investigating the old abandoned mental hospital.

Finished Reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

I just want to say that I finished reading this book and I'm glad I did. I really loved it. It read like a poem of a tale told about Victor Frankenstein and his monster. It was relayed to Captain Robert Walton as he writes four letters to Margaret Saville.

 

The story begins when Victor was found upon an iceberg in the snowy vicinity of Russia pursuing his monster. A ship is seen in the distance and rescues him! If you have read it, you will know what transpires.

 

It is of the strangest curiosity and utterly the most dangerous adventure I've ever heard. I highly recommend it. 

 

Frankenstein was beautifully written and I feel sorry for the monster but I have no empathy for Victor Frankenstein himself. Were he to be seen just as evil as the monster had become? I don't know. I do know that if a person is to only know goodness and mercy and kindness etc all his life then he would do/be good. If a person only knows unkindness, violence, squalor, fear, hatred, neglect, abuse, intolerable conditions, then he will not do so good in fact, he becomes bad BECAUSE of those circumstances. That is what I believe and Frankenstein exemplifies that fact.

 

The audio was narrated and performed by Jim Weiss

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

I bought this classic horror to read for Fraterfest Halloween Readathon and was content to do so until Penguin Random House recently offered a FREE audio download of Frankenstein in connection with Kiersten Whites new release of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. So ya. I could not wait another minute. Now I have the pleasure of owning both formats and I am loving Jim Weiss narration. His voice booms in crescendos and is soft in decrescendos. I'm on page 139. The written text reads like a beautiful song with descriptive lyrics. I don't know where Mary Shelley got her inspiration from but I saw a similarity from the Bible story, Sodom and Gomorrha. When God speaks to Abraham about sparing the city if he found as few as one righteous person? Same with Frankenstein. When the monster pleads with Victor to make him a companion. If for the sake of one person who shows compassion towards him he would save humanity. Or something like that.

"If any being felt emotions of benevolence towards me, I should return them an hundred and an hundredfold; for that one creature's sake I would make peace with the whole kind!"

How the creature was terribly misunderstood when he tries to help a small child all because he was hideous looking!

"This was then the reward of my benevolence! I had saved a human being from destruction, and as a recompense, I now writhed under the miserable pain of a wound which shattered the flesh and bone."

Poor creature. How sad and lonely and wretched he was! I love Clerval and Justine Moritz and the snow-clad mountains in Geneva. I love the cottagers. Everything about the story is well written and descriptive. It's not hard to picture.

I adored the movie, Young Frankenstein. It's amazing how much of the real story is portrayed! so I was sort of familiar with the main ideas but I think it's cool to be able to actually read the book. I don't find it scary at all. 

 

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein - Kiersten White

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is a retelling of sorts of the famous Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

I guess I got the audio because it was recommended in the free audio download narrated by Jim Weiss. Idk. I was really loving Jim Weiss' voice but when I went to recharge my iPod,  I lost  my place and I can't recover it so I am forced to start from the beginning again. Ugh. It's not going very fast. I am on chapter 6 in the Dark Descent but I've already listened up to chapter 9 once today already.*sigh. My iPod isn't working the way I want :( I am going to start over from the beginning again tomorrow because I'm not retaining enough to know what the fuck is happening. This is why I like having the physical book! There is nothing wrong with this narrator. It's a girl with an English accent. Katharine McEwan. Published by Listening Library.

Publisher Summary 


"Exquisitely disturbing", raves internationally best-selling author Stephanie Garber of this stunning and dark reimagining of Frankenstein.

 

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver", and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets...until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything - except a friend.

 

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable - and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

 

But her new life comes at a price. As the year's pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost...as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

Gin's Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Spider's Bite - Jennifer Estep

 

Jennifer Estep is the author of the best selling Elemental Assassin series featuring the character Gin Blanco. Gin is an assassin/restaurant owner/excellent chef.

From Jennifer Estep's Recipe Box — the sandwich recipe is taken from Spider's Bite.

People have been saying for years how much they enjoyed reading about Gin making that sandwich in Spider's Bite. So I thought that I would share a recipe for it. Enjoy!

Gin's Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 canned pumpkin 1 banana 2 slices of your favourite bread Honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg, optional

  • In a bowl, combine the peanut butter and canned pumpkin until smooth. Spread the mixture on a piece of bread. You will have enough spread for a couple of sandwiches, if not more.
  • Peel the banana and slice it into round pieces. Arrange banana slices on the peanut butter mixture. Top with the other slice of bread and serve. Or you can drizzle and sprinkle a little honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg on top of the bananas for a little extra sweetness.

Note: If you are gluten-free, you can omit the bread and just make the peanut butter and pumpkin mixture. It makes a great dip for apple slices, strawberries, pretzels, graham crackers, and more.

TRICK OR TREAT a Rivers End romance with a touch of magic

Trick or Treat
This was cute. Love the cover. Would like to read more from C.J. Hunt.

Publishers Summary

No Halloween in Rivers End is complete without A Touch of Magic…
 
A few local teenagers have the crazy idea that RAMONA BAXTER is a witch. But she just wants to spend a quiet Halloween inside with the ones she loves. If the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest tonight, so much the better.
 
Mona’s got the popcorn, the wine, and her favourite movie ready to go, but when the hooligans strike again, she comes face to face with the inventor next door, GARRETT WHITING. He’s brilliant, charming… and unconscious on her porch.
 
Playing nurse to her sexy neighbour wasn’t on the agenda, but a little push from her interfering family might be just the trick to break out of her shell and let a little romance into her life.

 

 

Source: http://cjhuntromance.com/freereads

In a Reading Slump aka Doom Bastion

Magic Burns -  Ilona Andrews

Meh. Dark and dreary. Dank and gloomy. Like the Duracell bunny, it kept on going. It felt like it would never end. Suffice it to say, I'm not a fan. What can I say? Julie is sweet, Red is an asshole, Bran is full of himself, Currin likes to play with his food, and by that I mean play games with Kate, Andrea's trapped in a world she doesn't belong in, those 3 oracle witches, Moriggan, Morfran and all other gods are as passive and non-existent as can be. Kate is wasting time and should get laid already ugh.

 

 

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/464748088
"As guardians of the Earth, it's our job to protect the unsuspecting human populace from things that hunt them. Those creatures that go bump in the night? We eat them."
Gone Hunting - Cecy Robson

 

 

Thanks to Kim @ caffeinated PR Services for sending me an e-ARC copy.

 

Aric and his friends Liam, Gemini and Koda are Weres, who go hunting for Elk in the Mount Elbert area but come upon a young golden tigress who appears to be lost. Aric is attracted by a strange magic to this tigress who changes into a young girl whose name is Celia Wird. She is also the reason dark magic forces gather wherever she goes. "They" want to kill her for some weird (pun intended) reason. She only escapes them because of a white (good) witch's intervention spell, but her spell didn't work correctly. The magic messes with the ley lines and Celia ends up in the past!

Unfortunately, my mind can't wrap itself around the idea

 

But still, I am delighted to have found this epic fantasy/paranormal. Is it also a romance? Idk but I've been hoping for something good to come along and Weird Girls looks promising. Gone Hunting is not just about boy things, but girl things, Celia and her sisters. Witches and Weres. I love strong female characters. I'm also glad to be able to read this series starting from the beginning. If you are familiar with Weird Girls you probably have already seen or read the other 8 (?) novels. Cecy Robson is a new-to-me author and I am thankful for this introduction to The Weird Girls.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2539707663
Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron - Jim Butcher, Frances Hardinge, Holly Black, Delia Sherman, Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, Peter S. Beagle, M. Rickert, Tim Pratt, Margo Lanagan, Isobelle Carmody, Ellen Klages, Jonathan Strahan, Diana Peterfreund, Ellen Kushner, Charles de Lint, Jane Yolen, Garth Nix, Patricia A

A witch is a "woman practicing sorcery." The Oxford English Dictionary explains that sorcery is the "supposed art of influencing [the] course of events by occult control of nature or of spirits, witchcraft." By definition a witch, differs from a sorcerer, in that they do not use physical tools or actions to curse; their maleficium, is perceived as extending from some intangible inner quality, and the person may be unaware that they are a witch or may have been convinced of their own evil nature by the suggestion of others. So a witch's magic comes from within him or herself, and she may not even know she is a witch!

With that said, the first Tale from the Cauldron, Stray Magic, is about a dog who lost his master in a terrible car accident. The dogs' name is Goneril. He was separated at the scene of the accident and was taken to the dog pound. He will die unless he is reunited with his master, who is a wizard and is able to cure him alone.  He's a very old dog and his master is very good to him. But little does anyone know, Goneril's master likewise is suffering in ICU in the hospital and the only one who can make it better is his dog. Aww, people and their pets :) It's a cute story and I recommend it to animal lovers.