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Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by and giving me a look. I’ve been going back and forth on starting a blog for the longest time. I kept telling myself no one is going to read this. There are a ton of bloggers out there that are probably way more intresting than myself. I decideded to just go for it. Even if I just have one or two readers. I love talking about the books I’m reading or have read and frankly I think my husband is getting tired of listening to me, even if he doesn’t say it.  I have been a reader for as long as I can remeber, probably 30 years now. I like to explore different genres. Just to give you a little background on me I’m going to list some of my favorites below.

My Favorites:

  • Author(s): Stephen King and Louisa May Alcott have been my top favotire authors for 15+ years. As of recently I have fallen in love with Cassandra Clare, Melissa Landers and Marissa Meyer.
  • Book(s): Thinner and Misery by Stephen King and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
  • Series: The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, The Lunar Chronicles
  • Character(s): Magnus Bane, Sirius Black
  • Genre(s): YA, Middle Grade, Adult, True Crime, Horror, I pretty much read anything as long as its good.
  • Color: Blue
  • Season: Fall
  • Movie(s): The Goonies and Spaceballs and of course all the Harry Potter movies
  • Place to read: Outside if its nice or my bed
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Edmund Kemper by Ryan Becker

“Edmund Emil Kemper III achieved notoriety as a serial killer when he took the lives of 10 people between August 27, 1964, and April 21, 1973. His victims included his adoptive grandparents, six co-eds from the University of Santa Cruz, his mother, and his mother’s friend. This book explored the life of Kemper from his abusive childhood to his sentencing in November 1973.

The horror of Kemper’s actions go beyond the killing of his victims; it was what he did with his victims’ bodies after killing them. Necrophilia, cannibalism, and dismemberment were all part his routine in his attempts to satiate his morbid desires. Just as terrifying as his dark fantasies were his ability to appear and function as an average person, allowing him to avoid raising suspicion in those he interacted with, including law enforcement.

Contrary to the myth that serial killers kill indiscriminately, Kemper’s killing spree may have been rooted in the hatred that he felt for his mother. In an interview after his capture, he admitted that he was intentionally developing his killing skills with each co-ed that he killed. He was training for the ultimate murder, which was the killing of his mother.

From beginning to end, the book provides insights to why Kemper became a serial killer as well his mindset behind the killings.”

Oh Ed! He is such an interesting killer. He’s in my top 5 favorites list. Here I go again playing favorites 🤦🏻‍♀️

I didn’t know much about Edmund Kemper, except for a few facts here and there I found online. It wasn’t until watching the Netflix show, Mindhunters, that I became fixated on his story and history. He is not one to shy away from his crimes. He is an open book. He was the first serial killer the FBI talked to in the 1970s when they first started researching serial killers so they could profile easier.

For such a short book, only about 70ish pages, it was a pretty good start to learning about the man nicknamed The Co-ed Killer. I do want to find some longer books but I was happy to have read this one. It is definitely a book for someone just started out in the world of true crime. Or if you just need something short for a research paper.

I would like to get the rest of the books in this Real Crime by Real Killers series that Becker is writing.

The Jeffrey Dahmer Story by Don Davis

“They smelled the foul odors. They heard the power saw buzzing in the dead of night but neighbors never imagined the horrors happening right next door.

The hot sultry night of July 22, 1991 was one the tenants of the Oxford Apartments would never forget. A panic stcricken young man–a pair of handcuffs still dangling from his wrists–ran out of Apartment 213 and told police an incredible tale of terror.

Shaking with fear, he led officers back to his captor’s lair, where they made the gruesome discovery. Inside were the body parts of at least fifteen men–including torsos stuffed into a barrel, severed heads in a refrigerator, and skulls boiled clean and stashed in a filing cabinet. Tacked to the freezer were Poloroid photographs of mutilated corpses.

When investigators arrested 31-year-old Jeffrey Dahmer, they realized they had stumbled onto a “real-life Hannibal Lecter”–a sadistic murderer who told them he had saved a human heart “to eat later”. What could turn a handsome, former tennis player, the son of middle-class parents, into a perverse serial killer whose unthinkable acts shocked the nation?”

Oh Jeffrey! I know you are not suppose to play favorites but Jeffrey has been my number one serial killer. Not that I condone what he did in anyway but he has been one of the most interesting ones I’ve researched. That being said, I did learn a LOT that I didn’t know while reading this book. I won’t share those new things I learned as I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read this or anything about him. But I will leave the comments open to spoiler talks if you want to know or discuss anything.

First let’s go over the parts of this I didn’t like. Mr. Davis went into way too much detail and background on the different towns Jeffrey lived in. Like we really didn’t need a history of Bath Township and Akron in Ohio nor did we need it if Milwaukee, Wisconsin either. It did nothing for the story. I feel like it was filler to get his word count up and I found myself skipping over those areas.

After finishing the book I went and read a few reviews on Goodreads. I noticed a lot of people complaining that some of the information on the victims and the killing of them were only a paragraph or two long. Well if you paid attention to the book you would have realized the only reason they had any info at all is because Dahmer confessed to all the crimes and in detail. So if there isn’t a lot of details it’s because Dahmer couldn’t remember everything or he chose not to disclose all of the information. So you can’t blame the author on this one.

Another thing that drives me nuts (not about this book but just things people assume in general) is that they label him a cannibal. 🤔😒 You can’t label someone a cannibal without proof or a confession of such doings. Dahmer never confessed to eating any of his victims. The closest he came to it was saying “I may or may not have taken a bite.” Yes he did admit to keeping a heart and a few body parts in the freezer to try but never admitted he actually got around to it. Nor is there any proof that he did. So please STOP labeling him as a cannibal. 🤦🏻‍♀️ omg it looks like I’m defending a serial killer. I’m not but just saying it doesn’t help with research and understanding to label someone something they are not.

Anywho! Back to the book. Don Davis did a great job with his research of Jeffrey Dahmer and turning it into a story. I really loved this and highly recommend it for someone looking to get into true crime reading as it’s not a large book and it’s pretty easy to read and understand!

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

“Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she

will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.”

This book was so much fun to read. The atmosphere of the book was great too. Taking place in a coastal town in Oregon. My favorite state in the USA! YES! ☺️☺️

From the started I was connected to the character Penny. I loved her all the way through the book. I really didn’t have an issue with any of the characters. I wish we could have gotten more on Penny’s dad but it also flowed with the plot. I did like that we got answers at the end of the book.

Bo was a dark and mysterious character. I do like the real reason why he came to Sparrow and not the reason he initially told. It gave something more to the story.

Ooooo and that twist towards the end. Nope didn’t see that one. But it’s like the movie Sixth Sense. Once you know about the twist you go back and see all the hints that were there and you are like “man she’s good! She got me.”

The Swan sisters. I would love a whole entire book just one them alone. Like a prequel to this book. The life and adventure in Sparrow. Their story in their own words and point of view. We did get bits and pieces of background on the sisters through the story but I was craving more by the end of the book.

For a debut novel this was amazing! I can’t wait to read the next book she is currently working on. She told me it takes place in a haunted, snowy forest with moonlight and mystery! Ummm yes!! Take my money now! 💸

Highly recommend this book!

Book vs Movie: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

There’s a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who’s trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he’s willing to put a brave face on — if it will help him escape.

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HOLY SHIT! I can’t believe it took me this long to read this book. It was FANTASTIC!!!! Everything about this book was amazing! I was never bored. I flew threw it.

Thomas Harris does an amazing job creating the characters and giving them life. As always Hannibal “the cannibal” Lecter is creepy as hell. A favotire of mine. Jame Gumb is awesome too.

At first I thought there would be no way I could pick which was better. The movie or the book but in the end the book won out. They will both have the same star rating of course. But Harris gives more life to the characters than the movie did. The movie seemed to centralize around the killers only where in the book just gave the plot a little something more. I loved it so much. I jumped right into the next book, Hannibal!

Rating:

5stars

 

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A classic and always will be. Just a great and creepy thriller. I don’t really consider it horror for me. More of a psychological thriller. Anthony Hopkins is a favorite actor and is amazing at playing Hannibal Lecter. Jodie Foster (Clarice Starling) and Ted Levine (Jame Gumb aka Buffalo Bill) are my other two favotires. They really did the movie well.

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After reading the book and then rewatching the movie I was a little sad at what they left out. I know movies always cut things out but without that extra stuff that Harris wrote inthe book it made the movie seem a little flat compared to the book. While I do love it and always will consider it a classic, I feel the characters are really one demential in the movie. The personal stuff in the book gave them more life. Specially the side characters like Jack Crawford.

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It was also sad that they cute out a lot of the work that Clarice does for the investigation into Buffalo Bill. If you only watch the movie it makes sense and is great. But once you read the book and then watch (or rewatch) the movie you look at the movie in a totally different light and nothing really makes sense. Gah does that even make any sense. It makes sense in my head. Anywho the book totally won out in this case. But because of the amazing acting by the three actors mentioned above it still gets the same rating as the book.

Rating:

5stars

99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter Review

Two girls go missing, decades apart. What would you do if one was your daughter?

When eight-year-old Grace goes missing from a sweetshop on the way home from school, her mother Emma is plunged into a nightmare. Her family rallies around, but as the police hunt begins, cracks begin to emerge.

What are the secret emails sent between Emma’s husband and her sister? Why does her mother take so long to join the search? And is Emma really as innocent as she seems?

Meanwhile, ageing widow Maggie Taylor sees Grace’s picture in the newspaper. It’s a photograph that jolts her from the pain of her existence into a spiralling obsession with another girl – the first girl who disappeared…

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WOW! This book was better than I thought it was going to be. I went in with no expecations since I had not heard a lot about it but man I was blown away. Anytime I had something figured out I would be fooled! All the way up to the end!

I really enjoyed all the characters except Emma’s mother. Ugh I could have punched that bitch! She was so nasty and rude and mean and blah! But…..there is a reason for it and man when you find out you will be like WTF????? I mean I thought my family was f*cked up but this family took it to a whole new level of f*cked up!

Also you have to pay close attention to the story to get the title. It is easy to miss. But I LOVE the reason for the title! This book could have sucked BIG time and it still would have gotten a star for the title alone. Luckily though this book was fanstastic so it got many stars!

Once again this is a book where I can’t go into too much detail about the story or it will spoil it. I love that there really wasn’t any romance. It was a pure thriller through and through.

Rating:

5stars

 

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel review

Beautiful.
Rich.
Mysterious.
Everyone wants to be a Roanoke girl.

But you won’t when you know the truth.

Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin at the Roanoke family’s rural estate following the suicide of her mother. Over one long, hot summer, Lane experiences the benefits of being one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls.

But what she doesn’t know is being a Roanoke girl carries a terrible legacy: either the girls run, or they die. For there is darkness at the heart of Roanoke, and when Lane discovers its insidious pull, she must make her choice..

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I had heard mixed reviews about this book before starting it so I went in with no expectations. I was so thrilled when I started to enjoy it. I had guessed the twist pretty early on but it didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the story. It was dark and twisted and creepy and well gross!

I enjoyed all the characters. I liked that the author went back in time to give the back stories of the mothers of the girls. It really tied the story together. I think this would be great on screen, if done right! I want to give a warning but I can’t because then it would be spoiled but lets just say do not read this if you have an issue with….ummmm sexual stuff….ugh thats all I can say.

I really can’t say a whole lot about this without spoiling the whole story. You just have to trust me when I say this was a fun and intriguing story!

Rating:

4stars

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir. Review by Tera & Cat

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“It is the spring of 1527. Henry VIII has come to Hever Castle in Kent to pay court to Anne Boleyn. He is desperate to have her. For this mirror of female perfection he will set aside his Queen and all Cardinal Wolsey’s plans for a dynastic French marriage.

Anne Boleyn is not so sure. She loathes Wolsey for breaking her betrothal to the Earl of Northumberland’s son, Harry Percy, whom she had loved. She does not welcome the King’s advances; she knows that she can never give him her heart.

But hers is an opportunist family. And whether Anne is willing or not, they will risk it all to see their daughter on the throne…”

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Man this book was amazing. But I really wasn’t surprised in the least. I am becoming a HUGE Alison Weir fan. I can’t wait to get all her books and read them.

I didn’t know much about Anne Bolyen except what I knew from watching Tudors. And frankly they didn’t do a very good job now that I have read this book. I use to hate Anne, and now I feel sorry for her. Like I do most women in that era. I actually had someone comment to me on a social media post stating that “she strung him along for years” Ummmm so because she was protecting her virtue she deserved to have her head chopped off just because she couldn’t produce a living male heir? Ugh of course the comment was from a guy *insert eye roll*

Anne was a fierce lady. Although she didn’t start out like that. It wasn’t until she became a lady for the Archduchess Margaret of Austria, Dowager Duchess of Savoy and Regent of the Netherlands did she start learning how to stand her ground as a women. She started becoming very outspoken. Which was very unheard of in that era. I loved it. As a women of the modern age it’s nice to see that a few women learned to push back a little even back then. Anne was a very well-educated young lady. She was no dummy.

I loved that she stood up to King Henry VIII all those years and refused to sleep with him until they were married. She refused to become a mistress. Honestly I’m starting to fall in love with all Henry’s wives and LOATHING Henry. He was a complete and total jackass.

While watching the show, Tudors, I thought Anne was a snob and pushing and if she would have just shut her mouth she would still have a head. But….I was so wrong! While I did cringe sometimes reading this and saying to myself “Oh Anne if you had only….” but at the same time I wanted to cheer her along. She was so miserable. I don’t believe she ever loved Henry. I believe her only love was Henry Percy, son of the 5th Earl of Northumberland. When Cardinal Wolsey lied to her and make her engagement void to Henry Percy and forced Henry to marry another Anne was heartbroken. From then on I think anything she did was for revenge. Her marriage to the King was her ticket to revenge on Wolsey. Who in my opinion was a slime bag.

As far as the accusations King Henry VIII made against Anne was complete fabrication. It was another excuse for him to get rid of one wife to take another. He needed that male heir and he would stop at nothing to get it.

Alison Weir once again did such an amazing job with Anne Boleyn’s story. Bringing it to life and making her out to be who she truly was. Anne gets so much crap from people all because of the King and his group of slime bags. My heart breaks for her. And that ending was the worst. Not as in the worst ending/writing but in painful to read and brought me to tears.

I can’t wait for the next installment in this series!

My star review:

5

 

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Another great book by Alison Weir, not surprisingly.

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This one is going to be tough giving my feelings without spoiling anything.

Well, you all should know who Anne Boleyn is, it’s common knowledge she is the second wife of Henry VIII, who, after not producing a son that was “promised”, had her head chopped off. So, knowing all that I read the book at a very slow speed. I even did that with the second season on the Tudors. No one wants to see their favourite character die, especially like that.

I’m just going to put my opinions out there from the start; I believe Anne Boleyn is innocent, and the only reason these outlandish accusations happened was because Henry lost interest (as per usual), and desperately wanted that son as soon as possible.

I’ve had people come up to me and say Anne is a hussy…. I’m not making any of that up.

Like Alison Weir has stated in her book, Anne didn’t even want to get with Henry at the beginning, I just believe she was hungry for power and she believed she could make the world a better place. She did, she had the bible translated so everyone can read it.

This book was brilliant, you got to see an intelligent side to Anne, and where she got her ideas and independence from. I’ve always believed Anne wasn’t an idiot, that’s why I never believed the accusations.

I don’t know how I’m going to feel about reading the next book in the series, Jane Seymour. I have strong opinions about her, and none of them are good. Saying that, I am looking forward in reading about her, mainly because of Alison Weir.

My star review:

5

The Princess Bride by William Goldman book vs movie

“What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything.”

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So I had never read this book (but seen the movie growing up). So I thought now would be a good time to read it and then rewatch the movie. I really had no expectations going into this book except to be entertained. Which I was but…..I did have a few issues with the book. So let’s get into it. I will try to refrain from spoilers but it might be hard. So if you haven’t read or seen the movie you might want to hold off on reading this review.

So at the beginning of the book I was so damn confused. I actually had to stop reading and start googling. I didn’t really care for him pretending that he didn’t write the book but that he was going to abridge the book when in all actuality he did write this book and the other guy is just a figment of his imagination. Him talking about how his dad read him the book when he was sick and yada yada was kind of boring. Well maybe not the part where the story got read to a sick kid but the rest could have been left out. All that stuff about his life, and other book he wrote and his adventure with this book and such. So that didn’t entertain me at all. I almost wanted to give up but I held out waiting for the actual story to start.

I LOVED the actual Princess Bride story. I did find myself skipping over the parts where he was “abridging” the story. It was boring and not needed. I felt it added nothing to the story at all. The only parts I did enjoy in the abridged part was when the story-teller and the sick kid were talking. I thought that part of it was very good and it flowed well. But he still didn’t need to “pretend” he wasn’t the real author. Anywho lets move on

Of course about 90% of the characters were extremely annoying but….it was suppose to be! It’s suppose to be a cheesy, annoying, stupid love story. It reminded me of the stuff Mel Brooks did (Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights..). So I was so entertained.

Every time I read anything that Vizzini said I read it in the actors voice. I absolutely loved the back stories we got for Inigo Montoya and Fezzik the giant. I was heartbroken to not get a back story of Westly. I would have loved to know more about him before he became a farm boy for Buttercup’s family.

The ending kind of made me sad. Like what?? You can’t end it like that! I need more, where did they go? What did they do? What happened to Humperdinck? I am sure it was left open so you could make your own ending but I still wanted more.

Rating:

3stars

 

So immediately after finishing the book I popped in the movie. of course I loved the movie. Even more than the book actually. But I am sad that a few things were left out. Like always. But being the movie was only an 1 hour and 38 minutes they could have put a few things in and it would have been great. Like when the Count comes to the farm asking about the milking of the cows. I mean come on why did they leave out that part. The beginning just went too fast for my liking.

Vizzini was annoying as hell and I wanted to throw him overboard and let the eels (in the book its sharks) eat him. So I didn’t shed a single tear when he died. I love Inigo and Fezzik. I was happy they turned good towards the end. Well maybe not “good good” but they sided with Westly and Buttercup. Now Mr. Westly. I could have punched him a couple of times. Like right before they entered the swamp. He was kind of an asshole. But as soon as I saw his smiling face and dreamy eyes I was over it. I’m crushing HARD on Westly. More so the actor, Cary Elwes, who played him. Gah he’s so handsome. Oh and just an FYI Cary Elwes plays Robin in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Prince Humderdinck reminded me a lot of two characters…Prince John and Sheriff of Rottingham from the movie Robin Hood: Men in Tights. I can’t tell you exactly what made me compare him to those characters but I kept picturing them.

The ending was basically the same as the book. Open ended. Leaving you wanting more.

Movie rating:

4stars

Besides the few differences between the book and movie everything else was pretty much the same. Even though I liked the movie more than the book I still would recommend reading the book.

Arachnophobia by Nicholas Edwards…Book/movie review

“A scientific expedition to South America has discovered a deadly new species of spiders. When one of the spiders is transported to California, it makes its way to the home of Dr. Ross Jennings. He’s terrified of spiders.

Now the spiders are beginning to multiply…..”

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This book was way too short in my opinion. 119 pages is all it is. This was writing at the same time as the script and published the same year the movie came out. So it’s basically verbatim of the movie. Nothing is different. But I still loved this book. It would have made a pretty freaky book if it was expanded into a novel. Maybe someone can take the concept from this book/movie and turn it into a bigger, more scary novel! (hint hint).

I love all the characters in this book. Specially Delbert McClintock (John Goodman’s character). His humor is hilarious. I also enjoyed Jerry Manley. He was the short-lived photographer at the beginning of the book.

It’s hard to review this book when there isn’t much to it. I just overall enjoyed reading it and reliving some childhood memories of watching the movie.

I gave it a 3/5 stars despite enjoying it. I just wish it was longer

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So I rewatched the movie for like the millionth time. It will never get old! A classic in my opinion. I just love the idea of these killer spiders but they made them normal size instead of going out of this world crazy with this big ass spiders that are so unrealistic.

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I was really impressed with the webbing designs too. For a movie made in 1990 they did a pretty damn good job with all this.

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Let’s talk characters. John Goodman will always be my number one actor. I fell in love with him as a kid. Watching him on Rosanne. I don’t think there is a movie he has done that I hated. He is hilarious and just does an amazing job making a character come alive. He was a great extermination man in this movie.

Now if you are someone who is deathly afraid of spiders I am not sure this is the movie for you. But at the same time I say suck it up, put your big person undies on and get over your fear! It’s really not that bad!

Ahhhh this movie is a 5/5 stars for sure!!!

There really is no need to compare the book and movie because like I stated before it’s basically word for word the same.

 

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