Happy Halloween!!! Books to movies to get you into the spirit of Halloween

Books Made Into Movies

There is just something about this time of year that I feel creative and the need to decorate for Halloween, fall, then Christmas of course. It’s like my brain is taken over by some zombie/voodoo spell.  Must buy craft stuff at Michaels or Joanns – tons of stuff I will most likely never use – beads, paint, fabric, wood cutouts – to craft things I will never complete. Crafting has always been a hobby but I’ve never been able to focus – or really afford – to make any money at it.  So I have drawers full of craft crap.

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£6.19 per Witching Hour (Paranormal Personnel Saga #1) by Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Hardcover: 300 pages
Published: June 7th 2013 (June 1st 2013, first publication)
ISBN: 139781484146361
Language: English
Synopsis at Good Reads:

Julia Taylor works as a recruitment consultant for Paranormal Personnel in London. Her days at work seem normal. She sees clients that regularly are looking for work; she searches for new vacancies, updates CVs and visits employers.

Everything is pretty ordinary for her, apart from the fact that Julia is half elf and Paranormal Personnel is not an ordinary recruitment agency at all because all jobless supernatural creatures come to the agency to look for work. Fairies, vampires, witches, hags, wizards, mermaids, elves, giants and trolls, they all need to find employment, and during this economic climate, this seems pretty challenging.

Julia doesn’t want her life to be complicated, but when her day is interrupted by the shapeshifter with the chain saw, she just has to deal with him as she always does. She is normally calm, confident and is not afraid to stand up for herself, but when the meeting with Nathaniel’s Corporation goes not as well as she had hoped, she wants to bury herself under the ground and die.

Then, to make matters worse, Mr. La Caz gets under her skin, lighting up a fire inside her. She accidentally reads his thoughts and learns that he craves her; he wants to suck her dry, but she is convinced that he is not even a vampire.

(Mature New Adult Paranormal Romance novel – contains adult situations, high sexuality, violence, suited for ages 17 and up)

I can’t say it enough that I enjoy it when authors create stories using fairies, vampires, witches, and elves.  Joanna even throws in trolls, giants and mermaids.  But this is no childhood bedtime story.  This story is set in London,  where Julia, a 22-year-old hardworking half human half elf, who runs a paranormal employment agency.  She spends her days interviewing and hiring werewolves, hags, trolls, giants, witches, vampires and more.  Her best friend, Ella, is human who knows nothing about the existence of paranormals.  Which makes it really interesting trying to hide that fact from her BFF, especially since Julia’s exboyfriend, Jasper, is a dark wizard who is currently stalking her.
Julia’s world turns upside down when she meets Nathaniel La Caz, a vampire who is owner of La Caz Corporation, filthy rich, and intoxicated with Julia. He wants her as his lover and won’t stop until he gets what he wants; and he always gets what he wants.  Julia gets pulled into a world of corporate espionage, kidnappings, and dark magic.  In a world where Elves are forbidden to fall in love with Vampires, only time will tell if their love or lust will survive.
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Kim Harrison, Ever After, book review

It seemed like an eternity to get this book in my hands. Kim Harrison is one of my favorite authors as she combines the lives and stories of witches, demons, fairys, elves, gargoyles and vampires. The story of Rachel Morgan has come a long way and she is the main focus in this story. Rosewood babies are being stolen, the ever after is shrinking and of course Rachel is the one being framed.

Our usual cohorts, Ivy and Jenks are little involved this time. There is a lot of demon and elf involvement in this book. There was also a point that left me in shock and tears, my heart crushed as I read the loss.

In this story some of the characters we get to see are: the cute elf babies Ray and Lucy; we find out how bad a mofo Ku’Sox really is; more of the elves Quen, Trenton, Ellasbeth Withon and Ceri; more demons Al, Newt, Dali; of course the pixies and fairy: Jax, Jenks, Belle; the human, Nick; the vampires: Ivy, Ryan Cormel, Felix, and Nina; and Bis the gargoyle.

My only real disappointment was the devastating loss in the book, and the lack of details surrounding it. Other wise, this book enthralling, I seriously couldn’t put it down. As usual I can’t wait for the next installment.

Kim Harrison website

J.R. Ward, Lover at Last, book review

Wow this book was a long time coming, and it didn’t disappoint. We’ve seen the relationship between Blay and Qhuinn develop over the past few books. From pretrans to now it’s been a bumpy road for them both. I really wondered how she was going to handle the relationship between Blay and Qhuinn, and to say the least she held nothing back. In my opinion the sex, the relationship, it was as it should be just like the romances between the other brothers and their mates.

In this book we learn alot more about Assail and his love interest Sola, and of course a little more about Xcor and Layla. I have to tell you I really hate the Band of Bastards, not that we are supposed to like them. Personally Wrath is my favorite brother and the thought of Layla and Xcor getting together in any way shape or form in the future makes me ill. Of course only the author will tell us how/if that relationship progresses. Alot of this book focuses on the pregnancy with pieces of the glymera thrown in throughout it. I was surprised that quite a bit of Trez and iAm were in this book, obviously setting up something big for the Shadows next book. Lets face it this book has set up several plots for future books; seeing as all of the brothers have had their books and HEA’s.

My only real disappointment is that the end of the book felt rushed. The HEA was over in what seemed like a blink of an eye. There’s alot of loose ends and so very much to look forward to for the next book which will focus on the King – and I do a little happy dance every time I think of it, more Wrath!