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Undead Redhead: #bookreview

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A couple weeks ago, my tablet with the Kindle app went missing. I looked everywhere for it – twice. Apparently, I left it at the YMCA. It’s hard to believe that it wasn’t stolen but there are still good people in the world.

When I misplaced the tablet, I was in the almost finished reading Undead Redhead by Jen Frankel. It was an interesting take on zombies. The main character, Sharon, has become a zombie but she doesn’t crave brains or flesh. Instead, she loves to eat rotten fruit and vegetables.

She discovers a whole new world of people that want to date a zombie or to be a zombie. A few of them were even too creepy for an actual zombie. There’s even an imposter pretending to be Sharon.

In her previous life, Sharon’s friends were not really interested in her as a person. They were just using her to do their bidding. Her former boyfriend and her former best friend were having an affair. The people that were supposed to care about her really didn’t care at all.

Can being a zombie change things for the better? Will she find romance and friendship as a zombie? You’ll have to read it to find out.

I enjoyed reading this book. I’m so glad that I was able to finally finish it.

Undead Redhead on Amazon

Jen Frankel on Twitter

Jen Frankel’s website

Gretel: #bookreview

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It took me a few extra days to read Gretel by Christopher Coleman due to something spooky happening at work. I’m pretty sure that the place is haunted anyway but then something unnerving happened. For the sake of my own sanity, I had to stop watching serial killer documentaries as well as take a break from reading Gretel.

I thought that it was an interesting take on the original story of Hansel and Gretel. In the original story, Hansel and Gretel are sent away from their home because their parents are poor and cannot afford to feed them. They leave and come back – only to be sent away again by their mother. Their father feels terrible about sending them away but the mother is mostly worried about herself. After they are sent away again, they find the witch’s house.

In Gretel, Anika, the mother of Hansel and Gretel, is in a car accident. She’s alone and lost so of course, she ventures into the woods.

The witch is starving and is desperate for a human meal. If she doesn’t eat soon, it will be the end of her. The witch hears Anika call for help. So she captures Anika and begins to prepare the potion.

In the meantime, Hansel and Gretel have to deal with their terrible father. Months pass and there is no word about what has happened to Anika. The family is also about to starve. Gretel gets a job to help buy food and some things for Hansel.

I cannot tell you anymore of the plot without giving away too much of the story. However, I will tell you that I did like the story and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys stories about witches or creepier versions of fairy tales.

 

 

Gretel on Amazon

Wolves and Daggers: A Steampunk Fairy Tale (Steampunk Red Riding Hood Book 1): #bookreview

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Wolves and Daggers reminded me a little bit of the movie Van Helsing. It’s set at about the same time in history and the main characters are chasing bad guys on behalf of a secret government agency. Also, Van Helsing and Clemeny (aka Little Red)  don’t remember very much about their past.

Clemeny Louvel is an agent for the Red Cape Society. She and her partner, Quinn. are assigned to keep the werewolf population in line. Since her partner is injured, Queen Victoria places Clemeny with a new partner, Lionheart, who is a Knights Templar and a werewolf.

The book has a fairly interesting storyline. It could have used a few more details about anything steampunk related.

I was looking up the name Clemeny to see what it means. The name Clement means mild or merciful. Her grandmother always says “Oranges and Lemons” whenever she is a little upset. There’s a nursery rhyme which connects the oranges and lemons and St. Clements. I’ve included it so you can read it and decide how creepy it is for yourself.

 

 

“Oranges and Lemons”

Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clement’s.

You owe me five farthings,
Say the bells of St. Martin’s.

When will you pay me?
Say the bells at Old Bailey.

When I grow rich,
Say the bells at Shoreditch.

When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney.

I do not know,
Says the great bell at Bow.

Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!
Chip chop chip chop the last man is dead[1]

 

 

Wolves and Daggers on Amazon

Witch at Heart: #bookreview

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Jinx Hamilton has recently inherited a small shop from her Aunt Fiona. Of course, it’s not the only thing that she has inherited. Jinx soon discovers that Aunt Fiona has passed on her magical powers.

Soon she is communicating with ghosts and developing her own magic. Jinx and her best friend, Tori, are also trying to decide what to do with the shop, which is self-aware. The shop’s name is Myrtle and definitely communicates her wishes.

On top of all of the things with magic and running a business, Jinx and Tori embark on solving the mystery of Jane Does, a ghost in the local cemetery.

I enjoyed reading this book. I love a good mystery as well as a good ghost story. It’s a fitting book to read around Halloween. I’d give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

This book is the first in the Jinx Hamilton series by Juliette Harper. There are eleven books in the collection. The twelfth book is supposed to be out in 2018.

 

 

Witch at Heart on Amazon

 

Juliette Harper website