Showing posts with label something wicked. Show all posts
Showing posts with label something wicked. Show all posts

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Favorite 2017 Releases, Surprising Favorites, and Books I'll Never Read | Pokemon GO TAG



Everyone and their mother is playing Pokemon Go at the moment so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and do the Pokemon Go tag!



#1: STARTERS: A book that started your love for reading.
TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer. The first book series that had me legitimately read books in a single day. I remember getting the third book, ECLIPSE, finishing it on the same day and just lying on the floor for a couple of hours. People give Stephenie so much crap for that series, but I will always always stand by her.

#2: PIKACHU: An iconic classic that you'll always love.
BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley. Probably the first book I had to read for school and genuinely enjoyed. That ending will forever haunt me. Such an excellent book.

#3: ZUBAT: A book you lost 
interest in because it's literally everywhere

THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas. I really wanted to read this back when I first found out about it, but people on tumblr are so incredibly annoying about it, my dash is just this book - so I sold my copy. I actually wrote a whole post about why I don't like to read hyped books.

#4: DITTO: A book that reminds you of other book (tropes) but you still love anyway
THE HUNTER by L.J. Smith probably counts? Swoony dark but sensitive evil love interest. Mary Sue protagonist, love triangle (ish) - But hell, that books from the 90s, L.J. Smith's one of the pioneers of early YA, she invented all'a'y'all! 

#5: SNORLAX: A book/series you have not started because of their sheer size.
AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman. I gave that book to my brother because I really just am not in the mood for a huge book like that right now. Also yeah, I really don't want to start this now that the TV show is everything people are talking about. Not reading this for a couple years!

#6: GENGAR: A book that kept you up at night
SOMETHING WICKED by Debi Chestnut. It's about paranormal entities and a non-fiction book and holy smokes, I read this at 4pm or something and had to turn all the lights on because I was so scared out of my mind.

#7: NIDOQUEEN/KING: A bookish OTP
If you know me, you know that answer. Marguerite and Paul from A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray.

#8: RAPIDASH: A fire-hot, fast-paced read
UNNATURAL DEEDS by Cyn Balog messed me up. I mean what did I expect from a book that starts with an actual murder and is told in retrospective. I read this within a day, the twist is insane, this whole story just messed me up, I... I just.

#9: EEVE: A series you'll never get tired of seeing spin-offs for.
Usually I am absolutely 100% against stuff like that and definitely dislike authors who beat the dead horse for money. Well, if Claudia Gray decided to publish a bunch of spin-offs for the Firebird series.... I'm trash for this series.... I can't help it...

#10: MAGIKARP: A book that was surprisingly awesome.
I'm still not over WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT by April Genevieve Tucholke. Didn't see this awesomeness coming at all.

#11: LEGENDARY: An overhyped series you're still excited to read
I stay away from hyped stuff. Genuinely, I'm not excited for any overhyped books right now. I'm more looking forward to the loads of books that are going to be published in 2017.

#12: MEW/MEWTO: A collector's edition you wish you owned.
I don't do collector's editions. I don't even do multiple editions! :D 

#13: POKE-EGG: A debut novel you're very excited for.
Oh lord. Loads. Not only one. I'll probably make another post about all the books I'm looking forward to that are yet to come out very soon. Here are my current 2017 favorites:
  • WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE by Lana Popovic: Girls who can manipulate beauty through magic. Hello, I need this immediately. Goodreads
  • SEA WITCH by Sarah Henning: The witch from the Little Mermaid gets her own book. I love me a good villain story! Goodreads

#14: LURE-MODULE: An auto-buy author
Sophie Kinsella! I trust no one with chick-lit aside from her.

#15: SERVERS DOWN: A book release you've been waiting on for forever
A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU by Claudia Gray. Just gimme that conclusion, it's been 84 years.


The original tag was created by Aentee @ Read At Midnight. Here's a link to her post.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

[Review] Something Wicked: A Ghost Hunter Explores Negative Spirits - Debi Chestnut: In which I'll be sleeping with the lights on





In SOMETHING WICKED, a ghost hunter gives an introduction to negative entities, how they come into our lives, how they operate, and what they are exactly.


What intrigued me: I love reading about the supernatural.

Absolutely terrifying...

Instead of just bombarding with knowledge and giving this as a text book feel as I feared, Chestnut alternates between pure information input and personal experiences. I absolutely enjoyed the little stories about the demonic spirits (or negative entities) she encountered and sometimes even forgot that I wasn't reading fiction. 

SOMETHING WICKED is truly a terrifying read. Just thinking about these evil creatures coexisting with us is absolutely unsettling. Even more reason to pick this up and educate yourself about the different types of entities, and the way you might have accidentally already invited them into your house.

There is just something about SOMETHING WICKED that makes me deeply uncomfortable. While I did want to read this just as a nice past time, because I half believe in anything paranormal and half just needed a good ghost story, it did somewhat convert me into actually, fully believing that we're surrounded by benevolent creatures. Chestnut doesn't necessarily force her beliefs on the reader, she states quite a couple of times how she is open to all religions and everyone's beliefs. The only thing that she is adamant about is that if you're being haunted by something wicked, you'll know. 

...and very fascinating

SOMETHING WICKED balances somewhere between being a strictly informative non-fiction book and a memoir, telling the scariest anecdotes I've read in a while. If you're a horror fan and have problems getting scared, pick this up. Trust me, I will be sleeping with the lights on tonight and I'll definitely be hyper sensitive to anything that even remotely seems like I'm in an otherworldly presence. 
More than once I felt a shiver down my spine reading this, not because Chestnut is pushing it and trying to scare, on the contrary, her narration is pretty straight-forward and clean, but because to me true facts are always scarier than any fiction could be.


Rating:

★★★★

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

SOMETHING WICKED is a fantastic read for those with a healthy curiosity about the paranormal. Even if you're a non-believer, there are quite the fascinating ghost stories in this that may or may not convince you to overthrow whatever you believe in. But caution: this is honestly one of most terrifying reads I've encountered.



Additional Info

Published: July 8th 2016
Pages: 240
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Genre: Non-Fiction / Spirituality
ISBN: 9780738742175

Synopsis:
"Forget what you know or think you know about negative entities. Unless you are one of the few who have encountered a demon, it's almost impossible to grasp the depth and scope of such pure evil and how these creatures can enter someone's life and completely turn it upside down. Something Wicked explores the topic of negative energies, dark forces, and exorcisms with fresh eyes so that you may come to your own conclusions."

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