TV Tuesday | The Reanimation Files Series

 

Tuesday

‘Ello, this is the TV Tuesday Meme! It’s quite simple, every Tuesday you’ll do these things:

Choose between these three:

  • Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)
  • Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)
  • Movie/TV show that prompted you to read a book?

*Optional – put up the trailer

Lastly:

  • Link back to your post in the comments section (so I can stalk your post ;D)

Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)

The Reanimation Files is a series by A. J. Locke (click here for my review of book 1) that embodies the definition of properly written paranormal fiction. Paranormal fiction has decreased in popularity over the last two years, however, there was a time that there was a high demand for quality paranormal fiction, therefore high supply of them. Vampires, ghosts, UFOs (not aliens, though, that’d be getting into Science Fiction), psychics, wizards, etc. are all common elements of paranormal fiction and extremely easy to make cheesy. The Reanimation Files have the key qualities and features that showcases the “positive” side of paranormal fiction. There’s character development, quality plot, complexity, and an extremely  magnetic world we’re enveloped in.

Diversity is something television is lacking (except The Get Down on Netflix, which everyone should give a shot) and these novels are bursting through the seams with it. Our heroine is, Selene and she’s black (I think…) and her boyfriend is mixed (black and white, I think…), her ghostly friends range on color spectrum and it has a very nice mixture of colors. There’s also the lack of women of color in the paranormal/fantasy/sci-fi world. I can list the amount of popular shows and movies that involved them on one hand – probably.

If you’ve watched and enjoyed Lost Girl (Canadian TV series) you’d love this series and it definitely deserves a chance at the silver screen.

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25667918“Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.”

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“There’s a reason they say “be careful what you wish for.” Just ask the girl who wished to be thinner and ended up smaller than Thumbelina, or the boy who asked for “balls of steel” and got them-literally. And never wish for your party to go on forever. Not unless you want your guests to be struck down by debilitating pain if they try to leave.

These are things Lennie only learns when it’s too late-after she brings some of her uncles’ moonshine to a party and toasts to dozens of wishes, including a big wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was abducted and murdered six months ago.

Lennie didn’t mean to cause so much chaos. She always thought her uncles’ moonshine toast was just a tradition. And when they talked about carrying on their “important family legacy,” she thought they meant good old-fashioned bootlegging.

As it turns out, they meant granting wishes. And Lennie has just granted more in one night than her uncles would grant in a year.

Now she has to find a way to undo the damage. But once granted, a wish can’t be unmade…”

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“You can take the boy out of the darkness.

But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.

All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).

But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.

From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child, to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night.

Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?

What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?

If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass”

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~ All blurbs from Goodreads ~

Affairs of the Dead (The Reanimation Files #1) by A. J. Locke

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★ ★ ★ ★

Necromancer Selene Vanream helps ghosts settle their affairs so they can move on. But when breaking the rules gets her in trouble, she’s bumped down to tracking ghosts trying to avoid the afterlife. Ghosts like Ethan Lance, who claims he was kicked out of his body when someone else jumped in. Which might be plausible–if such a thing were possible. And if Micah, Selene’s partner, didn’t pull her into an investigation of brutal murders that lead directly back to Ethan.

But when the whole mess puts Selene’s life in danger, she suddenly has very personal reasons to get Ethan’s body back. Between her uncomfortable relationship with Micah, and problems with her boss, Selene learns just how much trouble it can be when you don’t follow the rules… 

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Do you remember in middle school and high school when teachers repeatably said to begin your paper with a hook to reel a reader in? Well Ms. Locke didn’t forget that with this opening sentence:

“I was in a strip club trying to help a ghost get laid which was challenging, but not impossible.”

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To say I was hooked would be an understatement; I was stabbed.

This book was extremely different than what I expected. It’s not futuristic, however it does have ghost running rampant and necromancers attempting to crossover said ghost and no one blinks, so it’s not our current. I assume it’s supposed to be like an alternate now e.g; The Walking Dead. The world Locke created with this book is so interesting, and the detail she includes for the necromancer business is beyond awesome because it’s so plausible. People and ghost coexist peacefully…well, until the ghost turns into a raging, homicidal creature. But it’s full of ghost, witches, magic and of course necromancers, but it’s not all about the paranormal elements in this novel that make it so fun. It’s Selene Vanreem.

Selene is that fighter chick, who’s a loner yet the most noticeable person alive without trying to be. She eats men for breakfast, skips lunch,  helps ghost for dinner and leaves room for playing with her dog, Luna for dessert. Full of dry humor and sarcasm Selene deserves a secured position on my badass chick list because she’s  fierce and loving of the people close to her, which is a very minuscule amount of people. Genuinely caring about her clients and gifted with the ability of reanimation. She goes above and beyond to assist her ghost in crossing-over even if that requires breaking the rules. But like all heroines, Selene has her faults and our leading male, Micah will allow her to truly open up in a way she’s never done before. Which brings me to Micah’s character. He’s a grey-eyed handsome devil, with a serious attitude problem – when it comes to Selene – and assholish tendencies, but once you get past all the bull you’ll love him.

Meanwhile, Ethan is this adorably, sweet boy that you fall in love with from the very beginning. seeking help from Selene he attempts to transition from being a human to a ghost, and then is accidentally bound to her through her reanimation power; which, if I didn’t explain previously, is the ability to bind ghost to you and “push” people’s souls from there bodies – it’s pretty crazy.

Although Selene and Ethan are the two important people about this novel it actually features a pretty interesting plot. Someone is killing people in the body of a ghost! So, she attempts to find the person responsible while also dealing with a life altering secret that could mean the end to her.

I have a tendency to run on until I’m basically repeating the entire book to you, so I’ll leave it at you need to read it!

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Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) by Kerstin Gier

Book 1:

Ruby Red

★ ★ ★ ★ /★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Gwen is a normal girl.

Gwen is special.

Gwen always thought she was an average girl that could see ghost. Belonging to a long lineage of time travelers, Gwyneth is well aware of the fact that her cousin, Charlotte —the cliche beautiful, perfect bad girl  – has inherited this unique gene that allows them to travel through time. So when Gwen finds herself tumbling through time and not Charlotte you could only imagine the surprise of everyone, especially Gwen. 

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

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My Reaction:

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Pros:

  • Gwen – When it comes to characters I have to say Gwyneth was an awesome heroine that wasn’t afraid to act silly and be herself no matter who she happened to be around. Her voice was very fun and filled with animation that you couldn’t help but enjoy everything as if you really were in those situations.  She really was just an average teenager – minus the ability to time travel and see ghost – she’s not overly beautiful, refined, or even blessed with nimble wit and a fierce tongue that’s overflowing with knowledge, which allows for clever retorts. Nope, she’s that girl with a weird disposition, the quintessential average girl. So, with the heavy dose of fantasy (I mean time travel is “impossible” right…) and a healthy dose of charming this makes for an interesting mix.
  • Leslie – Although I did like Gwen, Leslie was the real headliner of this novel and there’s no doubt she would’ve been an awesome leading lady.  She’s smart and amusing,  which is the ultimate package for a strong female protagonist.  But she’s also a magnificent friend – not once did she doubt that Gwen could see ghost or time travel, and she also stood up for her when people called her mad. She was loyal and interested in helping Gwen anyway she could, which in my book makes her awesome.
  • Story line – I love time travel. It’s wonderful in movies (Back to the Future I-III), tv shows (Doctor Who), and books like Ruby Red. So, the idea of a person having a time travel gene is extremely intriguing.  Plus, we have a secret society of time travelers, which is invariably fun.

Cons:

  • Gideon – For the love interest and hero of this trilogy, Gideon was extremely underdeveloped and horrible. There wasn’t a moment in my reading that I enjoyed anything about him – even his “sweet” scenes were stale.  His insufferable attitude toward Gwyneth was unacceptable, and all because he was already used to Charlotte and thought Gwen inexperienced, oh and of course because he liked her but couldn’t express it. Because this is 1st grade and boys that are mean really like you. Nope, he’s just a self-righteous asshole, that’s also a chauvinist. Doesn’t he sound yummy?
  • “Mystery” – There isn’t really any mystery in this trilogy, although the secret society itself is supposed to be a mystery.
  • History – Me being a history buff, I was hoping to find more history since they can only travel to the past, but there wasn’t any real history talk besides the wardrobe scenes.  It’s also somewhat inaccurate because we know that people during the Georgian era (the Victorian era as well) and all that preceded it didn’t smell too good.
  • Ending – Since I was late to read this series, it wasn’t bad, but the ending was beyond a cliffhanger. It was like she and Gideon kissed and then the end. There was no suspense just an episode that cut off.

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Fun and entertaining Red Ruby was a breath of fresh air (when I read it) and wonderful shift from my YA funk. A great start to a, hopefully, marvelous trilogy.

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Remembrance by Meg Cabot

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 Suze Simon—all grown up and engaged to her once-ghostly soulmate—faces a vengeful spirit and an old enemy bent on ending Suze’s wedded bliss before it begins.

You can take the boy out of the darkness.

But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.

All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).

But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight. 

From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child, to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night.

Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?

What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?

If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.


 

In my younger years Meg Cabot was one of my favorite authors to read, especially her two series 1-800-Where-R-You and The Mediator. So you can imagine my delight at there being another  installment to The Mediator series! It’s been fifteen years since the release of the first Mediator novel, and this will be a lovely contribution to the beloved series and a wonderful update on our favorite ghost whisperer.

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What Am I Reading?

There is a section on the left-hand side that tells you exactly what this post entails, however a post about it will get to all the people that don’t check out my blog everyday. So, getting back the subject matter, “What Am I Reading?”

Currently I’m reading a lot of books. I believe it’s like seven or eight…probably more… but I figured maybe you’d like to check some of them out.

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Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

The Air He Breathes by Brittany C. Cherry

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Requiem of the Living by A. J. Locke

Addicted in Cold Blood by Tiana Laveen

A Lady’s Revenge by Tracey Devlyn

Paper Towns by John Green

And I’ve recently finished these titles:

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So, expect those reviews, and perhaps updates in Random. 

The Dark Side of Grace by M.L. Cooper

★ ★ ★ ★ ★/★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Dark Side of Grace is an original tale about the fragile veil that separates the world of the living from the world of the dead—and a rupture in the veil sends one woman, and her lover on a quest to uncover the truth about her family’s haunted slave past.

In the midst of Newark, New Jersey’s urban decay and newfound revitalization, Asha, a brilliant, sensual social worker and director of the New Day Job Placement Program for ex-convicts, struggles to uncover the horrific secrets that have led to a history of what has been called mental illness in generations of women in her family. At a time when everything in her life seems all so unstable—her ill-conceived lust for a former client and ex-con, the collapsing relationships she shares with her sisters, and her grandmother’s failing health and apparent manic hallucinations—Asha is forced to confront a haunted past that may very well destroy her future. M.L. Cooper’s Dark Side of Grace follows Asha through the poverty infested streets of Newark, New Jersey to the old-world Spanish moss laden landscape of the South Carolina coast in pursuit of slave master Henry Tisdale’s ghost. Master Henry’s torments and haunts drive Asha to the point of no return. Asha’s quest to undo the family curse that binds them to the ghastly, malevolent apparition reveals her hidden connection to black magic, voodoo and Santeria, and seals her love for the only man strong enough to stand by her side. 


I don’t have an up-to-date review of this novel having read it about three years ago, and not really being a “reviewer” I didn’t have a good one available but I still felt that I should showcase it somehow. So instead of doing a review I’m modeling this to be in the form of a recommendation…without the review part…(I’m trying to think if that makes sense), so let’s get started.

M.L. Copper can seriously write a story. This was my first novel by this author, and whenever they decide to write another one I’ll definitely book looking to read it. If you are into urban mystery paranormal fiction, with historical elements this is so for you and even if it’s not just read it! This novel surpassed being a good novel because of its black, urban, paranormal, historian, mystery roots and went to just being an awesome read, and one of my favorite books. The characters, along with the storyline, and the history lead to an extremely interesting as well as entreating novel to read.

If you’ve ever read the novel Impossible by Nancy Werlin, this book is quite similar to that but in my opinion it was so much better. The dark nature of the novel was just so enticing to my horror side but not overdone, and the progression/pace was perfection. It does feature an AA romance with very engaging characters like Asha, who was strong and independent, but also not afraid to admit her fears. Rahman who was a wonderful character, he is the embodiment of a black man that has done wrong in his life and is looking to change, even though society is really against you. Asha’s best friend could have had more of a role to me, she was kind of thrown in there a little bit, but she was a forceful character and I liked her. And Nzinga (I believe I’m spelling that right) was an awesome character.

This story isn’t the typical slave novel, nor is it a typical romance, paranormal, mystery, historical or urban fiction story – it’s a lovely novel bursting with vitality and strangeness that takes those completely different themes and meshes them into a cohesive story about consequences of the past and changing your future.

This novel was wonderfully written, had great characters, an amazing storyline, as well as a wonderful plot. I cannot explain the greatness of this novel, so you have to read it yourself. The Dark Side of Grace had me captivated from the very first page.