Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday: The Hollow Dead, A Suffragist's Guide to the Antarctic, Where's Molly, Lisa Frankenstein, Here for Blood, and Double Blind


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I changed it and added movies as well as books

The Hollow Dead
Release date: February 13th

What it's about:
When Keira first woke alone in a strange forest, she remembered only two things: that she could speak with the dead, helping them move on from the mortal world, and that sinister mask-wearing men were hunting her. She had no idea what she'd done to earn their hatred or what dangerous secrets she may have uncovered. Until now.

Peeling back layer upon layer of the mystery surrounding her origins, Keira has finally learned that the strange masked men work for Artec, an organization profiting off spectral energy produced by hundreds of chained, tormented souls. Their goal is to spread their macabre cemeteries across the world, using the agony of the dead to extend their power and reach―and only Keira and her loyal group of friends can stop them. But there are still mysteries to uncover in Keira's foggy memories, and as she prepares to fight for the souls of the tormented dead, what she doesn't know about her own past may come back to haunt her.

A Suffragist's Guide to the Antarctic
Release date: February 13th

What it's about:
A teen’s fight for suffrage turns into one of survival when her crew’s Antarctic expedition ship gets stuck in the ice in this historical novel told in journal entries.

November 1914.

Clara Ketterling-Dunbar is one of twenty-eight crew members of The Resolute —a ship meant for an Antarctic expedition now marooned on ice one hundred miles from the shore of the continent. An eighteen-year-old American, Clara has told the crew she’s a twenty-one-year-old Canadian. Since the war broke out, sentiment toward Americans has not been the most favorable, and Clara will be underestimated enough simply for being a woman without also giving away just how young she is. Two members of the crew know her nationality, but no one knows the truth of her activities in England before The Resolute set sail.

She and her suffragist sisters in the Women’s Social & Political Union were waging war of a different kind in London. They taught Clara to fight. And now, even marooned on the ice, she won’t stop fighting for women’s rights…or for survival. In the wilderness of Antarctica, Clara is determined to demonstrate what a woman is truly capable of—if the crew will let her.

Where's Molly
Release date: February 13th

What it's about:
A spinoff of the Cat & Mouse Duet...

“Molly Devereaux has been missing for more than two weeks, and police are still searching for the girl who seemed to vanish out of thin air. The world still wants to know... Where's Molly?”

In my dreams, I never escaped the Oregon woods.

Life after death isn't easy to accept, especially when I still feel like a ghost.

Now, I live deep in the mountains of Montana—the paradigm of beauty. But they are also the home of horrors.

Horrors that I only unleash at night.

When my pigs are allowed to feast.

It is strongly recommended to read Haunting Adeline and Hunting Adeline before reading Where's Molly.

Warning: This is a dark romance that contains dark subject matter. Please refer to the author's website for content warnings.

Lisa Frankenstein

Release date: February 9th

Where to watch: Theaters

What it's about:
A coming of RAGE love story about a teenager and her crush, who happens to be a corpse. After a set of horrific circumstances bring him back to life, the two embark on a journey to find love, happiness - and a few missing body parts.

Here for Blood

Release date: February 9th

Where to watch: Rent or buy

What it's about:
When his girlfriend, Phoebe, is swamped with college exams; Tom O'Bannon, a rowdy pro-wrestler struggling to make ends meet, agrees to fill in as a last-minute replacement for her well paying babysitting job. Tom arrives at an isolated family home where he meets the precocious 10-year-old Grace. What starts off as a quiet night of pizza and video games quickly spirals into bloody, violent chaos as Tom and Grace find themselves fighting for their lives when an otherworldly cult of masked intruders descend on the home.

Double Blind
Release date: February 13th

Where to watch: Rent or buy

What it's about:

After an experimental drug trial goes awry, the test subjects face a terrifying side effect: if you fall asleep you die. Trapped in an isolated facility, panic ensues as they try to escape and somehow stay awake.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Cover Up: Februrary 2024 Favs

 Cover Up is a feature where I talk about covers of books.

These are some of my favorite February new release covers. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite New to Me Authors of 2023.

Top Ten is an original feature/weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl that features a great bookish top ten every week.

My favorite new to me authors of 2023.

Monday, January 1, 2024

Goodbye 2023, Hello 2024: Life updates

Hello and happy New Year!! 2024!? What!? 2023 FLEW by! Obviously we had a very eventful 2023 and I have not really been posting since Juniper was born.
This is usually a 2 part post, one has what I did and loved about 2023. The other is what I'm looking forward to reading, watching, doing in 2024. 
So let's dive in shall we?! 

This past year in...
December 2022 Finn had seizures, so in January of last year we were still reeling from that. Otherwise it was a pretty uneventful month. 

February was even less eventful than January. We had valentine's day but honestly I couldn't tell you what we did. Otherwise that it was just us getting ready for Junie to be born. It did freeze again and I played a ton of Disney Dreamlight Valley.

In March I turned 30 and John and I had our 6th wedding anniversary. Yay. Finn and John got baptized and I started serving with elementary age kids at church. We did worship in the park, Finn's bluebonnet pictures, and got even more ready for June. We were so close!

In April we went to visit my grandparents on their property, we had Easter and we had to do a 72 hour EEG to make sure Finn wasn't having seizures. So much fun, not. Finn also went to his first book club.

In May our rainbow baby was born! Juniper Hensley Grace was born 5/1/23 at 11:17PM and she had to stay in the NICU for a few days, but now she is a perfectly spunky, feisty, loving baby girl. 
Besides Junie being born we had Mother's Day and my son's dad got married, which was super exciting. Besides that nothing... It was a lot of trying to get used to having a newborn. Let me tell you, having a baby at 20 and at 30 is completely different.

June was Father's Day and just getting used to our little family. Finn was with his dad for most of June unfortunately.

July was 4th of July, Juniper meeting her cousins, swimming for the first time, Finn had book club, and Henry's 4th birthday in Heaven.

August we got back into school and Finn had his first boys only birthday party for his 10th birthday.

September I got back into playing Animal Crossing A LOT. It was my parent's 23rd wedding anniversary and they went to Florida like they do every year. I also started making baby jewelry.

October is almost always our busiest month, we had the chalk walk, trunk or treating, went to a couple pumpkin patches, took Junie trick or treating, had our homestudy (Which we passed!!!) and probably some other stuff that I just can't remember now.

In November Junie went to her first Day of the Dead festival, we decorated for Christmas, we had June's dedication, June met Santa for the first time, it was June's first Thanksgiving, she got to meet grama for the first time, and we took our first ever Christmas family photos. 
In November Finn's hamster, Odin, also died and he got a new hamster named Marshmallow.

Ahh, December. December was magical. Benny and Lily, June's elf, came out. It's been a year since Finn had his last seizure, we found out our court date to finalize the adoption is in January, we helped to pay to send my mother in law and father in law to Hawaii for my mother in law's 50th birthday. One of my best friends from another state surprised us with a visit and we got to meet her little baby for the first time. We got to play in "real snow", visited a second Santa, baked cookies, did our Christmas light scavenger hunt, went to a Christmas festival with our church, we got to go to a Christmas tree farm for the first time ever, and Junie had to go to the ER not once, but twice. June also got her first two teeth at the same time.
In December Finny lost his second hamster, Astrid. So now we just have Marshmallow.
And of course it was Junie's first Christmas. We also celebrated Greyson's 5th birthday in Heaven. This is the first year since losing Greyson that we feel like we can have a holly jolly holiday and we made sure we packed a lot in.
For New Years we just had some friends over and played some games and shot off some fireworks. It was still fun and I'm very happy with who I brought the new year in with.

2024 has so much I'm looking forward to, especially the court date to finalize the adoption and June's first birthday. We already have it all planned out.

How was your 2023? What was the best part? What are you looking forward to the most in 2024!?

Join me in my next post to see what books and movies I'm looking forward to in 2023 along with my favorite reads of 2023.

I Scream, You Scream Horror Movie Challenge Intro

I Scream, You Scream Horror Movie Challenge is a feature where every month I am challenging myself to watch every movie on one bingo card. T...