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October Currently

Hey yall,

How is it going in your part of the world? I have several things to talk about today so let’s get to it. This is my first ever doing this. It is a new deal I will be having on here. I will have a month’s Looking foward, Currently and Wrap up. I do this at home to help plan books so I thought why not put it up on the blog.

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  1. Challenges
  2. Books I’m reading
  3. Daily life
  4. What’s next

Challenges

I haven’t done as many challenges as I did last year. I am doing one on goodreads but on here I’m not going to do one on here until December. I don’t have much time to plan one for November but I can get started on one for December.

So far the planning is either a scavenger hunt or find books with covers related to certain items to the holidays in December.

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Already thinking about Christmas when Halloween hasn’t happened yet. The travesty! 


Books I Am Reading

For most of October I have been reading two different series that mesh together. Once Upon a Darkened Night and Darkened Night: History. I have taken a slight break from these series to read a few books that have been on my TBR list and KU for a long time.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley- I am currently on page 58.

Angelbound by Christina Bauer- Just got on to chapter 4 yesterday.

Dracula by Bram Stroker- I am currently on page 149.

I am hoping to finish Dracula and Frankenstein. They have been on my TBR list the longest. My thoughts so far is that Angelbound is the only one that has truly captured my attention.

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Daily Life/ Planning for Halloween

I’m still at work at an RV store. Wy and I are planning our Halloween costumes. I will be Lady Liberty while he will be Uncle Sam. We are super excited to do this. Halloween is my favorite time of year.

I have been reading but I have also been drawing again. I have a project I am working on to help better my drawing ability. Angels and Demons through the zodiac. I have been posting pictures on to instagram and snapchat accounts.

I have also been writing again. I have one book in the works and another book that I have begun researching. I am hoping to publish my very first book in the next year.

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What’s Next

As I’ve said before I won’t have a challenge for next month but I do plan to continue on with the all of the series I have been reading this month. I have pulled out my selections of what standalones I will be picking through to read. I hope to have that done next week and have November’s look ahead up and going.


Hope everyone has a great rest of October. Happy Halloween!

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The Cost of Dominance by Nicole Zoltack

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Series: Darkened Nights: History book 8
Genre: Fairy tale retelling, YA
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis:

This is the tale of an ordinary boy who grows up to become the magical man with the ability to spin straw into gold.

Review:

This was good. It makes me feel sorry for Rhysard. The story mostly follows him when he is five, then when he is seven and eleven. I think this was the shortest of this novella series. But now that I have read it, certain things are starting to make sense that didn’t in the book Of Gold and Deceit.

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Of Gold and Deceit by Nicole Zoltack

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages:135
Series: Once Upon a Darkened Night book 5
Genre: Fairy tale retelling, YA
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis:

The king is a terrible, vile man. Cruelty and hatred are his only allies. Rich beyond measure, none dare to defy him, not even the miller’s daughter here in the royal spinning room with me.

She is as delightful as he is detestable, as beautiful as he is boring, and as charming as he is critical.

Her blond hair gives me hope for a brighter tomorrow, and if my magic and I can keep her safe, then I will. Yes, magic can come with a terrible price. Yes, she may not know my given name. Yes, she will not appreciate what I will demand from her.

Some might call me an imp, but what am I is powerful. I may not be king, but I have worth and my own interests.

This tale of a magical man with the ability to spin straw into gold is unlike any other version you’ve read before.

Review:

Rumpelstiltskin… this is one of the stories I do not know the original to but do know many retellings.

Our story starts off five years after Snow White has been defeated. King Kraft now rules over Saxonia. While our hero is in love with our heroine he has to make a deal in order for his magic to work.

Just like in the other books we bounce back and forth between past and present. I don’t know if I am a fan of this fairy tale. I think I might just have to read the original so I can get a better grip on it. This one didn’t seem as dark as the first four in the series. Still a good read it just wasn’t as great as the others.

 

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Of Bones and Ashes by Nicole Zoltack

My edition: Kindle unlimited.
Pages: 102
Series: Once Upon a Darkened Night book 4
Genre: Fairy tale Retelling, YA
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis:

You’ve head the story. Skin white as snow. Lips red as blood. Hair black as ebony. A real beauty, right? Good and kind and all that.

Lies. Every one.

Well, her skin is white but more like bones than snow. And her lips are red as blood, but her hair is black as sin.

In truth, not a beauty but a terror in the night and during the sunlit hours too.

Horrible and vicious. Terrible and frightening. Powerful and detestable.

You know her as Snow White.

I know her as the harbinger of my death.

This bone-chilling retelling returns a beloved fairy tale to its classic, dark roots.

Review:

Snow White is evil. The evil stepmother is really good.

I love that Zoltack is spinning the stories we grew up knowing into a twisted dark tale. While I did want to be Belle there were times I would rather have been the villain than a princess. Maleficent being an example. I always did love her.

While the rest of the world calls her Snow White the stepmother calls her Bone Ash. Bone Ash is a monster. Her mother was a witch and cast a spell to make her look a certain way. She also created a monster.

I don’t really know what to say on this one. It was good. I am just at a lack of words. Mostly because everything I want to talk about in my review will spoil the story.  I’ll just say you won’t look at Snow White the same anymore?

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Step Brothers starring Will Farrell and John C. Riley

I haven’t done this is forever. I thought I should do one. I’ve been hearing about this movie since 8th grade. Everyone that I talk to mostly guys, say it’s so funny. I am not a huge Will Farrell fan so I don’t watch his movies. I did like Daddy’s Home.

Movie Overall:

Brennan is a 40 year old man who still lives with his mother. Dale is a 40 year old man who still lives with his father. Mother and Father meet at a convention and end up getting married. They all move into one house together. Brennan and Dale don’t like each other. They fight and start playing pranks on one another till they come together after a showdown with Brennan’s younger brother.

 

My Review:

I might make some people mad but I hated this movie. It was so stupid. Brennan and Dale acted like 12 year old boys. It had no meaning. There was only one funny part that I laughed out loud. Other than that I don’t see why people thought this was so funny. It was immature grown men acting like idiots.

My rating: 2 stars out of 10

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The Cost of Forgetfulness by Nicole Zoltack

My edition: In book bundle Anthousa, Xanthousa, Chrismaslousa
Series: Darkened Night: History book 8
Genre: Fairytale retelling, YA
Rating: 2.5 stars

Review:

This story is in a collection book called Anthousa, Xanthousa, Chrismaslousa. The Cost of Forgetfulness is towards the end of the book. The story follows an ogress who helps a couple conceive a child. The child is born and is named Anastasia the Fair. The couple soon die and leave the child in the care of the ogress.

I don’t know how this one will fit into the story line as of yet. I didn’t care much for the story but I did read through it pretty fast.

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The Cost of Enchantment by Nicole Zoltack

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Series: Darkened Nights: History book 7
Genre: Fairy tale Retelling, YA
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis:

A vicious storm leaves a witch wondering and fearing for the future of Saxonia. Will the days ahead be brighter than ever before? Or darker than the depths of despair?

Review:

The story is set a few years after The Cost of Treachery.

A witch is struck by lightening. This causes her appearance to change. When struck she has a vision of a girl who will be turned to evil.

This is a set up for Of Bones and Ashes. I really didn’t care much for this story. I probably will when I do read Of Bones and Ashes but till then, meh.

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The Cost of Treachery by Nicole Zoltack

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Series: Darkened Nights: History book 6
Genre: Fairy tale retelling, YA
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis:

To show his gratitude for a poor couple saving his life, a king offers his daughter to their son. Alas, this son is not nearly as good and compassionate as his parents. The king has no choice but to try to save his kingdom… and turns to the ogres for aid in this twisted retelling of The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs.

Review:

In the blurb it says this is a retelling of the Devil and the Three Golden Hairs. I have never read the story so I can’t compare the two.

The story starts several centuries before the last one left off. The king is saved from near death by a couple. The king offers them any wish they want to be granted. The couple offer up their son to be married.

The king accepts, only to come to realize his new soon to be son in law is treacherous. He ends up going to the giants for help who then test the newly prince.

This was a fast story. I didn’t hate it but didn’t really like it either.

 

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The Cost of Rage by Nicole Zoltack

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Series: Darkened Nights: History book 5
Genre: Fairy tale retelling, YA
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis:

This tragic tale details the transformation from young boy to terrible man to a wicked, cursed beast. Will love one day break the curse? Or will the beast be doomed to a vicious existence?

Review:

Well I did fall back in love with the beast. The poor thing. What he had to live with, I would have become cruel too. The fairies, oh those pesky asshats. He was only a child and they treated him so horribly.

That ending… I wish something would have happened to that fairy at the end  Of Rose and Cruelty. She needs some series time with karma.

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Of Rose and Cruelty by Nicole Zoltack

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 153
Series: Once Upon a Darkened Night 3
Genre: Fairy tale retelling, YA
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis:

At the front of the ruined castle, I hesitate. Can I dare do this? How can I not? I will do all I can to protect her, she, Isabelle Mercier, the woman I have loved since before I could walk. A slight exaggeration, to be sure, but nevertheless, my love for her is pure and undying. If my own life should be forfeit to keep her happy, then I should be grateful for the chance to bring a smile upon her face.

A horrific beast. A desperate man. A woman willing to do anything for her family.

This tale of beauty and a beast is one that will make you wonder if perhaps the curse is well deserved.

Review:

Unlike the first two books in the series, the princess isn’t evil in this one. No, sweet Isabelle does give herself up to the beast in order to save her father just like the story of old. The difference in this one is the beast. He is very cruel.

Gervais (Gaston) has been in love with Isabelle (Belle) since he was six, she seven. Gervais time and time again asks Isabelle to marry him, and time again she refuses. It’s not because he is vain as the other tales depict him. It’s because he is a leader. The townspeople look up to him as he helps rebuild Fantasia.

This story is set a century after the last book. The Queen who is in reign has lost her husband and has said the prince died at only five years old.

This tale will make you fall in love with the hero Gervais and hate the beast. The beast who is so cruel to Isabelle and has no care for anyone. If it wasn’t for Gervais, Isabelle would have died.

I’m so confused. I have feelings for a version of Gaston. What am I to do?

On to the beast’s tale.