Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday time y’all! Time to blast into my past and see what I was up to and what I was reading. As this is my first Throwback Thursday post I’m going to go with a throwback to last year because I was reading a great book and also having a blast at a concert that night.

Last year today I was reading IQ by Joe Ide. This books was incredibly good and very well written. In one of the roughest neighborhoods of LA you will find an extremely smart and brilliant man named Isaiah. In a neighborhood where crime is prevailing and people go missing Isaiah takes it upon himself to help the LAPD to help them solve cases that they won’t or can’t touch. I absolutely loved this book and need to get my hands on the sequel soon. This was a solid 5⭐️ read for me.

Last year, I was also enjoyed a blast from my past with my Bestie by going to see Hanson in concert. It was so much fun!

What were you up to last year today? What’s your Throwback Thursday for today??

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Book Review: The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition by William Peter Blatty

I’m sure all of you have heard of this book (or at least the movie) since it was originally released in 1971. This novel set in the 1940s is inspired by a true story of a child’s demonic possession. Written about the horrible possession of Regan MacNeal, daughter of actress Chris MacNeal. Regan is tormented and tortured by a demon who wishes to kill her. Her mother, friends, doctors, and priests are in a fight of a lifetime to save this poor child.

I was sucked right into this book. I had a hard time putting it down the last two days. I could have easily finished it last night but I was officially creeped out and took a breather from it before bed. Creepy as hell. Scary and full of paranoia this book was incredibly good. I’m not sure why I waited so long to read this book but I’m glad I did. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year. Now I think I shall watch the movie again it’s been so long. If you’ve not read this book yet you definitely should.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Book Review: Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel by A. W. Jantha

Oh my witches! Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel is a thrill for all ages, young and old. Like the beloved movie Max, Allison, and Dani are front and center during the retelling. Fast forward 25 years, Max and Allison’s daughter Poppy and friends are looking for fun on Halloween night and accidentally unleash the Sanderson sisters all over again. Can they save the day like the parents did?! I loved reading this and enjoyed it so much. Hocus Pocus has been and will forever be one of my favorite movies and it was good to see it in book format and with a sequel.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Book Review: Ocean Gores by C. S. Anderson

Ocean Gores is a sci fi thriller short story that can easily be read in under an hour. Now, I may not be among the norm here but I usually hate short stories. However, I did enjoy this one quite a bit. I did find a couple parts eye roll worthy (who makes their dog Stupid?) but overall it was quite good. This book has a bit of everything monster and sci fi wise from mermaids to Bigfoot. If you’re looking for a quick easy read with a bit of gore and sci fi this one would be perfect. Also fits the bill for October and the spooky and creepy reads a lot of us nerds like to enjoy.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Book Review: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Two souls in one body, is that even possible? In this haunting YA Thriller just that possibility is explored. Meet Carly she’s quiet, smart, and shy. She’s out during the day. Meet Kaitlyn she’s everything Carly’s not bold, mean, strong. She comes out at night. Is Carly Johnson just crazy or is there really 2 souls in 1 body?? What happens when one of them disappears and other students in her school disappear? Read this book and find out.

This was a crazy intense story written through notes and logs that happened surrounding a huge event this keeps you clinging on to the story. You will be second guessing and wondering what if the whole time. A very good haunting story.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Book Review: The Haunted Forrest Tour by Jeff Strand

Holy hell what a terrifying ride this book is! Don’t get me wrong it’s a great book but it’s definitely not for those you scare easily or don’t like gore. This was my first read by Strand and it definitely won’t be my last. If you’re looking for a good book to read this Halloween season this one definitely would fit that bill to a T.

Four years earlier a Forrest seemed to sprout out of the ground in the middle of a desert town destroying that town and its people. It’s scary enough for full grown trees to sprout out of the ground. However what’s ten times scarier is the monsters that came with that Forrest. Monsters of your wildest nightmares. Monsters you can’t even imagine. Now there’s a company who’s decided to run tours around the Forrest’s edge and that goes well until Halloween night when all hell breaks loose.

With strong characters and even stronger descriptions and plot twists this one gets a 5 solid star review from me. Make sure you grab a copy of it a devour it ASAP.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

The Uninvited/ Cat Winters

In this historical fiction meets paranormal novel 25 yr old Ivy Rowan awakes from a serious bout of the flu to discover that her brother and father have committed a horrible crime. She flees her house leaving behind all she ever knew and seeks refuge in town. Set in 1918 in the midst of a huge flu outbreak Ivy can’t escape her family’s problems or her ability to see ghosts like the other women in her family. Her life is forever changed as she’s cast full force into a life that she makes all her choices and decisions.

The Uninvited kept me up reading way past my bedtime. I absolutely loved the historical fiction tied to paranormal aspects of this novel. Oh the ending will throw you for a loop but it was a great twist. I loved it and truly enjoyed this novel.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

If you have any recommendations on historical fiction that meets paranormal feel free to drop me a comment! I’d love to read more of them!

Pretty Baby/ Mary Kabica

Heidi meets a homeless young girl named Willow who is standing in the subway with her little baby in the rain. Heidi deciding that she should come to the rescue for this girl brings her home without knowing anything about her. As Heidi finds out more about Willow the tensions with her own family mounts things spiral out of control.

I finished this book yesterday but I wanted some time to think about this one before I posted my review. The more I thought about it I dropped my rating because I have to say this started off strong but quickly fell flat. I found myself skimming parts and to be quite honest I was just wanting it to end by the last hundred or so pages. I feel they could have removed quite a bit of fluff and it would have been better. Bottom line, I feel it was too long and too drawn out.

⭐️⭐️/5