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October Wrap Up & Preparing For NaNoWriMo

 

October Wrap Up/ Halloween Read-a-thon

 

If you’re interested in checking out my Halloween Read-A-Thon post, click here.

 

Dearly Departed by Rachael Rawlings- 4/5 Stars. This is an amazing story but it’s a bit slow moving until the final chapter. I felt like Eli/Thomas was only in love with Thea because he felt like he owed her something. I would have loved to see more romance between the two. Rawlings, however, does set this up for the sequel pretty well. This did complete one of my Read-A-Thon challenges for the month of October, this was my read 7 books. First one off the list!

Dirty (Dive Bar Novel) by Kylie Scott- 3/5 Stars. Wasn’t the best, but it was a cute story. If you’re looking for a romance novel with tatted up guys, minimal sexy scenes (for this type of novel anyway), and a fast paced plot, this one is for you. This also completed two of my readathon challenges, reading 7 books and trick or treat which was a free pick from any genre.

The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips-   I received this via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. DNF. Great plot but the formatting on my kindle edition was horrible and I couldn’t stand to read past chapter 5 of this. I’m sure they have the kinks out of it by now, so if you’re into cutesy, romance novels, check this one out.

Top Ten by Katie Cotugno- 3/5 Stars I totally forgot this one was coming out in October! It fell very short for me though. Full review coming in two weeks.

Wytches Volume 1 by Scott Snyder- This was extremely creepy! Started it just in time for the week leading up to Halloween. Loved the art, but at times it was tough to follow who was walking and what was going on. Very dark art. I haven’t finished it, but thought it should be included since it was the only creepy thing I read during October.

 

 

 

Honorable Mention: I did start reading IT by Stephen King, this will be my first ever It_1990_Promotional_PosterStephen King book. Obviously, I didn’t finish it yet since it’s over 900 pages but IT’s okay so far. I wish it had the kids in it more like in the movies. Only 3% into IT so far. Loved the movie remake so much that I ended up naming the new kitten we rescued, Pennywise and I got this sick new tattoo…

 

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Halloween/Horror Movies I Watched in October

 

  • Stephen King’s It (Original)- Was not a fan of the original!
  • Hocus Pocus– A tradition for me, watch this movie as many times as possible in the month of October.
  • Tucker and Dale VS Evil– Another favorite of mine. A comedy horror about teenagers who keep killing themselves on a hillbilly’s property.
  • Sleepy Hollow- I’m a sucker for Johnny Depp Halloween movies. Plus, one of our cats is named Ichabod, so of course I had to watch this.
  • The Babysitter- This is a Netflix horror comedy with just enough gore and humor to make it onto my favorite movie list.
  • Friday the 13th (remake)- One of the very first horror movies I ever watched. I forgot half the plot line since I first saw it when it came out in 2009, so I jumped, many, many times.  
  • Corpse Bride- A classic that’s always on my list to watch. Sometimes you have to take a break from the gore and horror.
  • Don’t BreathThis had a great plot, but I found so many issues with it that I was kind of annoyed with the movie by the time the credits rolled. There were a few interests WTF moments though, and those almost made up for it.
  • Mama- When this movie first came out, I said I would NEVER watch it. It looked scary as hell! I ended up watching this one morning by myself (during daylight, it’s easier for me to watch horror movies) and I loved it. Not nearly as scary as I thought it would be, but the mama figure was one of the creepiest creatures I’ve ever seen in a horror movie.

 

 

National Novel Writing Month Preparations & Goals

 

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So since I published my first novel, I’m bound and determined to have my second one out by May next year. What does this mean? I have to finish the novel I’ve been working on during both Camp NaNo sessions this summer.

As of right now, I have 53,486 words written on this novel, so I’d like to write 22k more words in November to finish it up.

What I’m first going to do is go through and edit what I have the first week of NaNoWriMo. That way I know what I have to work with and I can get a refresher on my characters. Hopefully after some edits, I’ll have a bit more added into the story, sensory details and what not.

Then I’m going to finish the ending. I have most of it already written down in a notebook so as long as nothing major changes in the plot, I’ll be AOK.

I’m still working on the title. It’s currently called ‘On Lake Time’ which I think is super cheesy and I don’t like it at all. I feel like it’s too adult romance and I need something fun since it’s YA. The novel follows a girl who gets in trouble the last few weeks of her senior year at Catholic school, so her parents’ punishment is for her to go work all summer down at their lake house. She ends up meeting a family who shows her what love really is and she gets very close to their son, who is in a band. That’s about all I can say without spoiling anything. Any suggestions for a title? Leave them in a comment!

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Top 10 Horror Movies (that had me hiding under the covers)

I’ve ranked these on a scale of least scary (but still scary) to the one that literally still gives me nightmares. Happy Nightmares!

10. Krampus

I expected this one to be scarier than it was, it fell short on the terror due to the killer toys coming to life not being scary enough. They kind of had me giggling half the time. My parents, who are not into scary movies at all, actually watched this one. I am thankful to the directors for giving us horror movie lovers something creepy but seasonal to watch around Christmas.

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9. Trick R Treat

I was late in the game watching this one. Watched it for the first time last year and I was pleased. I remember growing up and seeing movie posters and thinking that this would be too scary to watch, but it wasn’t. I loved how we had different stories but they all connected with Sam in the end.

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8. You’re Next

I loved this one! I’ve seen it a handful of times and it always gets me. It’s a little on the gory side since the murders start off almost immediately. The only scene that really bothered me was the ‘clothes line’ scene. You’ll know what I’m talkin’ about when you see it…

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7. Get Out

This was probably the best horror movie I’ve watched since Cabin in the Woods, but it also fell short on the spooky vibes, thanks to the comedy. We need more comic relief in horror movies though! Loved the plot twist! This one is good for those of you who don’t like the blood and gore that comes with horror movies. It was kept to a minimum with this one.

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6. Cabin in the Woods

The guy in the GIF is what made this movie so awesome, aside from the weird plot twist. Now, you may think you’ve seen every ‘cabin in the woods’ movie out there, but this one is different. It has that feeling of your normal ‘campy’ horror but with a big twist. A company basically controls your moves if your life was a horror movie. Love the concept, great acting, but could have had a better ending.

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5. Texas Chainsaw 3D

I don’t like gore. I can’t even tell you if I’ve seen any other Texas Chainsaw movies (I’m that person that runs and screams from chainsaws in haunted houses). This one made the top five because of the twist at the end where the victim starts banning together with the villain.

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4. IT (2017)

Anyone else see the remake? I’m not sure if I liked it so much because I expected the worse due to the horrible original or if I actually really just enjoyed it. The child actors in this did an amazing job (especially Georgie and Richie, they were my favorite characters), Bill (IT) was fantastic making his version of Pennywise equally frightening and charming (before he bites your head off). I have a full review of the movie up on the blog. Perfect amount of humor in this one too. I can’t wait for the sequel!

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3. The Visit

This one… holy moly. M. Night Shyamalan is insane! At first I thought this was just a terrifying movie about grandparents losing their minds or being possessed while watching the grandkids. But then you find out what’s really happening. They’re really crazy, but they aren’t who they say they are!

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2. It Follows

I couldn’t sleep after watching this movie. Basically, a horror movie killer that can only be passed on via sexual contact. You can only get rid of it by having sex, if it kills you, it gets the person who gave it to you and so on. What. The. Hell?! There were many parts of this movie that I was covering my eyes in fear. You don’t know who it is that’s following you, it can be anyone. Imagine that! Creepy! Protection will now help in this case.

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  1. Sinister

The all time scariest movie I have ever seen. This one still freaks me out. I actually got the chance to meet the man who plays Mr. Boogie at Horror Hound Weekend in Indianapolis. Basically, Mr. Boogie possesses the youngest child in the family and the child kills everyone, recording the whole process on film. A man and his family move into a house where some of these murders have taken place and in the attic (of course the attic) he finds all the films. The sequel was okay, but not nearly as scary. If you want a reason to now sleep at night… here you go.

 

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IT (Mini Series) VS IT (2017 Movie) Review

***Possible Spoilers***

 

A few months back, I saw a FaceBook event near me that would be taking place where you could see the remake of IT, go in a local haunted house and take a midnight cruise down the Ohio river for only about $40 a person. My husband and I are pretty decent fans of horror and I just love Halloween and fall in general. So I knew we had to do this event, the thing was, we had never seen the original IT.

We waited until the week before to watch the original and let me just say I was very disappointing. I grew up hearing my dad say how scary the movie was and that I should never watch it so I did my best to avoid it. First, we didn’t realize it was three hours long, so we didn’t even watch the last hour because it was just so awful.

Disclaimer: I’m not a fan of Stephen King’s books or most of his other movie adaptations, so I’m just reviewing what I know from the movies. 

There was only one moment I couldn’t watch because I expected a ton of gore or something and that’s the scene where they’re in the sewer and the bully gets pulled through one of the tiny tubes.

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I expected to have nightmares, but if anything, I laughed about Pennywise in this version.

 

 

Now, since we had to wait a week after the release, I heard a ton of people talking up the remake. My husband couldn’t get away from people asking what he thought about it, we were missing out, so when Saturday finally came around, I was ready!

Let me tell you, this remake was amazing! It was just creepy enough, but still had amazing humor. The child actors in this did a great job. And I loved seeing ‘Mike’ from Stranger Things, he was probably my favorite character because he was constantly making jokes in order to not feel as scared.

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There were three scenes that I had to turn my head for:

  1. The scene where IT takes Georgie in this version. It was way more graphic than the original. I did NOT expect IT to bite his arm off and then Georgie try to crawl away. That killed me!
  2. The scene where Mike is helping his (I assume) grandpa with the sheep and they’re shooting them with the little gun. I’m not a fan of watching animals die in movies. I also looked away when the bullies tried to shoot the cat, I probably would have walked out if that had happened.
  3. The final scene I couldn’t stomach to watch was when one of the bullies kills his father. It was so sinister.

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Now, though I would give the IT remake a full five stars, there was one thing that REALLY bothered me. It felt like every main adult that we encountered had some sketchy pedophile child molester vibe to them. Even the librarian bothered me. I know that two of the characters were meant to be taken that way, Bev’s father and Patrick (one of the bullies), but even Eddie’s mom was sketchy. Was it meant to feel like that?

There was a Stranger Things vibe to this, I think that might be why I liked it so much. The original was just too cheesy and I understand that it came out 27 years ago so the visuals and what not are not going to be up to par with what I’m used to seeing.

With all this said, I don’t think you need to see the original to enjoy the new. I think you’ll be just fine seeing the new one!