Archives for November 2015

Review: Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

When Paige moves from LA to Idaho with her mom and little brother after her parents’ high-profile divorce, she expects to completely hate her new life, and the small town doesn’t disappoint. Worse yet, the drafty old mansion they’ve rented is infested with flies, spiders, and other pests Paige doesn’t want to think about. She chalks it up to her rural surroundings, but it’s harder to ignore the strange things happening around the house, from one can of ravioli becoming {Read More}

Happy Thanksgiving!

Review: Turkey Monster Thanksgiving by Anne Warren Smith

This year, instead of celebrating Thanksgiving in the family’s traditional way by eating pizza in their pajamas, nine-year-old Katie wants to create the perfect holiday and be just like a “real” family. But by Thanksgiving Day, Katie has invited guests Dad didn’t expect, festooned the house with what may be poison oak, and set the sweet potatoes on fire. Ultimately everyone sits down to a most unusual dinner–one that succeeds because it comes from the heart. Title: Turkey Monster Thanksgiving {Read More}

Review: Homecoming by Rusty Fischer

It’s Thanksgiving and all Sarah and her Mom want to do is celebrate the holiday in peace. But that peace is shattered when Sarah’s sister, Shannon, shows up, a fugitive from the The Research Facility for Lycan Readjustment and Reprogramming, better known as Werewolf Rehab. Just like that, Thanksgiving dinner turns into a fight for survival. Title: Homecoming Author: Rusty Fischer Publication date: November 3, 2013 Sarah’s sister Shannon is home for Thanksgiving, an escapee of The Facility where she {Read More}

Review: Zombie Thanksgiving by Rusty Fischer

It’s Thanksgiving and all Cassie wants to do is sit in her dorm room eating cheesy poofs and binge watching a Horror High marathon on HitFlix. That’s when Rex, one of the members of the Zombie Job Corps, shows up, wanting to clean her floor. With nothing better to do, Cassie helps him… and finds a friend for Thanksgiving break. And just in time, too, seeing as a zombie outbreak is starting and Cassie has to decide which side to {Read More}

Mini Review: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females—an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself. But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia gets trapped. And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted. Ghost girls wander the {Read More}

Review: The Book of Dares for Lost Friends by Jane Kelley

Val and Lanora have been friends forever. Val expects their relationship to stay the same. But after they start middle school, Lanora decides to reinvent herself. Her parents have split up, and she wants to rise above that. Unfortunately Lanoraʼs choices lead her into trouble. Val hates watching her friend lose her way. She wants to rescue Lanora, but how? Val doesnʼt know what to do until a stray cat leads her to a strange boy who lives in an {Read More}

Money Matters: October 2015

I’ve seen other bloggers, like Berls at Fantasy is More Fun and Felicia at The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog, with book budget posts. It made me curious how much I’m spending on books each year. I have a rough idea, because I have an entertainment budget, but I’d like to get more detailed. I’m not going to try to stick to a set goal the way Berls and Felicia do, but it might end up making me think twice about {Read More}

12 Days of Christmas Swap 2015

Halloween and Swapoween have just ended but it’s time to sign up for the 12 Days of Christmas Swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps already! This one was so much fun last year. I was in Target yesterday just looking at all the Christmas decorations and wondering what I can buy my swap partner. Of course, I have to be assigned someone first. Go sign up by November 16 and maybe it will be you.

Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon 2015

This year’s Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon runs November 12-17. Last year Blog Ahead was running during the month of November and I used the reviews for that. This year’s Blog Ahead was in October, but I think the reviews will fit better in December than November, so I’m going to save them again. Here’s what I hope to read:    That gives me one short middle grade book, one full-length YA book that’s broken into four short stories, and one short NA {Read More}