Horror Books

Hey you beautiful Rainbowland citizens,

I am not a horror movie fan, whats the reason you may ask? Gather round let me tell you of a couple of stories why this unicorn cannot watch horror movies.

  1. On my 11th birthday, i asked my dear brothers for a BARBIE doll and i was excited i would finally have an original barbie doll. so when my parents opened the box and i saw fucking CHUCKY in his bloody glory holding a knife, i screamed and then ran out of the room. Ah siblings, aren’t they just lovely?
  2. now this one was my fault. For some freaking reason when i was 14, i was alone in the house and i thought it would be a very good idea to watch not one but TWO horror movies, genius right (for someone who is scared of her own shadow). Oh and one of the movies was SILENT HILL you know the one with bodies stripped of their skin yep that one. Now power outage is common in my country (it’s called NEPA) and so it happened, there was no light and it was pitch black. I called my best friend and this muthafluffer hung up on me ( i was speaking gibberish to be fair tho). And then…..the gate opened and i was shitting my pants thinking the pyramid man was going to get me. It was just my uncle coming to give me the ice cream he promised…and then i left the light on in my room for a long time.

 

Now that we know i do not like horror movies let me recommend some lovely horror books ( i know right !! The irony)

  • As always on my list, they were my first horror book series and among the first set of books i got from Waterstones. The saga of Darren Shan its not to scary ( i say that because i think i imagined the bad guys as cashews..totally random i know)
  • Boy meets ghost, ghost is stabby what more for the perfect romance. Anna dressed in blood by Kendare Blake.

 

  • The next one is a comic on Tapas, Black pupil. A reporter gains the power to see otherworldly beings after a mysterious black liquid pops into her eye. I suggest not eating when reading this one.
  • And finally they say the apple does not fall far from the tree, and i say genetics fam muthafluffing genetics. Allow me to introduce to you Locke & key by Joe Hill son of the Stephen King. Yes, that means as you read this comic hold a cross near by it will do you good.

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Ans so rainbow peeps i have completed my blogger duty of bringing you horror books, ranging from mild to WTF. I  sincerely wish you good luck with these books.

 

As always ,

Booked unicorn

( hiding under the covers )

 

 

Book Review: She Dreams Of Fire

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Title: She Dreams of Fire ( Hammer of the witches #1)

Author: M.K Gibson

Genre: Supernatural, fantasy

Ratings: 5 ” so many questions i’m waiting on the next one” stars

Publisher: Amber Cove publishing

publication date: May 3rd, 2018

 

Quick Summary:

Agatha ‘Aggy’ Grae looses her mom in a fire. She cuts herself, looses a lot of blood and then receives the blood of a witch that changes her life forever. Aggy would have to find strength to face her past and fight to protect the ones she loves before the coven comes for them.

The review

HOLY  TOASTED UNICORN HORN !!!  is what you’ll say when you get to the end of this book. At the time of drafting this blog its 2 am and i’m sitting here contemplating the meaning of life because author-san has left me speechless again ( Click here for previous book). The Journey through this book was a freaking roller coaster of emotions be prepared when you read it.  Your heart would break and then just as its patching itself up again it just shatters into a million pieces ( but it sweet torture i promise). 

I loved the writing, everything flows perfectly, the author did not reveal too much of the characters background at the beginning and that made me just itchy to know more. When the background stories were revealed it was just at the right time when needed.  The story kept me on my toes i did not know when something would pop out and make me go what the fluff. And the music playlist Aggy was listening to was perfect, i found myself smiling when i saw lzzy Hale, Maria Brink (Goddess) and Taylor Momsen. I mean a character that rocks out like me..i love.

I am trying my best to make this post spoiler free, so i cannot get into too much detail on the characters but what i will say is the characters are well developed. When put into tough situations they delivered, sometimes shocking( hidden powers and such) and sometimes betrayal( there’s a wtf moment).

I can however say that Ji and Al-Miraj are my favorite, they love and support Aggy through everything. Oh Miraj is a talking rabbit whats not to love!!Marcus is a morally gray character and he has PTSD from saving his friends during war. There’s something twisted inside of him, i would love to see how this plays out in the next book. 

Final verdict

Yes i do recommend you to pick up this book, it’s a perfect read for Halloween ( and honestly just any day you feel like you need a badass heroine and dope friends). It has all the twists and turns to keep you guessing. You’ll laugh, cry and have a good scare.

Links are below

Amazon UK

Amazon.com

Let me know in the comments if you’ll be picking up this book for Halloween reads.

As always,

Booked Unicorn.

 

One step at a time

Hey guys,

I am on my journey to healing and so far i am happy with the improvements i have made but i still need to do a lot more.  Right now i am learning to pace myself and not expect results to happened overnight.

This past weekend i realized that its easy to say you have moved past a problem/stage/person until you meet it again. I have mentioned before i hated secondary school easily the worst part of my life some of the things that happened to me  then still affect my grown ass now.

Now i met people from my school that i was hoping not to see for a while ( meaning until i’m rich and famous and i have a billion dollars in my account). Well lets say i was triggered and i almost had a panic attack at the mall.  Although my friend i was with at that time told me i would be fine i didn’t really take in anything she was saying. As i got home i went straight to bed and slept. I woke up the next morning, my brain was ready to pick up from were i stopped the previous day. I looked into a mirror and said positive things to myself.

I cannot go back to that bubble, i destroyed it the day i said i wanted to move forward. I owe no one any explanation  i am a working progress i will get to the stage were i am 100% okay one day. As soon as i said those words to myself in the mirror i felt better a whole lot better.

 

So here’s my little encouragement to you,

keep going you are doing your best, you have come so far you cannot give up now you’ve got this. One step at a time

 

As Always,

Booked Unicorn

Independence Day

Hey guys,

Today is not a book post, its a rant. So if you do not want to read this i understand.

I am Nigerian, my country celebrated it’s 58th  Independence day on Monday October the 1st.  Let me quickly say that i am a proud Nigerian  but at the same time i will tell you my eyes are wide open and i am not blind to the plight my country suffers from.

We say we are free here but are we really? Recently there have been killings in Jos families being murdered but there is no outcry in this country or on BBC or CNN. It’s almost like it has become a normal thing to happen. We are one of the richest countries in Africa but simultaneously one with the highest poverty rate.

Let’s not talk about the homophobia that is deeply rooted in this country, we use religion to cover up any and everything. They have forgotten God and they follow doctrines created by man ( the irony of it all).  You have people openly saying they will kill their children if they find out they are gay? But then proceed to buy Marc Jacobs and brag about it. 

Elections are always bloody, its a time were we all have to be cautious, ”don’t go outside so you don’t get kidnapped” ” don’t travel on this road because of this”  and so many reasons to be scared.  You want to know why people in this place don’t vote its simple our votes don’t count. Whats the point of voting when you can get killed while voting, why vote when you already know who is going to be ”fixed”. Democracy? Ha!..as the great Fela Kuti said, we have demonstration of craze.

And so let me say i hate hope, but i have to have it. Why do i torture myself you ask, i can up my fluffy bottom  and get out of here and leave this place to crash and burn to the ground. 

But because of Muthafluffing hope i came back, because of hope i want to stay and build. Make no mistake i do not build for this current people, i build for the future ones that they may come into a peaceful country and not be afraid to express themselves. That they would be able to vote in peace and travel every inch of this country without being afraid. So that they would know that their voices are heard and they are important too. That god loves them matter how they are.

I pray for my country, i pray that her citizens become honest with themselves. I pray that her leaders would think about the people they are called to serve. I pray that the haze of religion would be removed and that true spirituality and oneness with god will exist.

So happy? Independence day Nigeria…at 58 God help us all.

 

As always,

Booked Unicorn

Book review: Villains Rule: The Shadow Master

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Tittle: Villains Rule: The Shadowmaster #1

Author: M.K. Gibson
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5’Villainous’ Stars
Date published: 19/07/2017 on audible
Publisher : Amber cove publishing

Synopsis from GR

Hi, how are you? 

Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of the this book’s description. It’s rude not to answer a person when they ask you a question. OK, I get it, 4th wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to read. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain’s tale. 
How often do you get to read a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy. No, I mean a villain’s villain. The ones who use their power because they can, while morality is only a philosopher’s complex. 
This is the story of Jackson Blackwell, the Shadow Master and the top villain adviser. Sadly, even the top villain occasionally gets double-crossed. Trapped in one of the fantasy realms, Jackson has to use his skill and wits to exploit the rules, points out the genre flaws, undermine godly authority, and win the day. 
Because, that is what villains should do, shouldn’t they? Read this book, have a few laughs, and find out

 

The review

Where do i begin with this one, i just finished an audio book and to say that i am left in awe is an understatement. This is the kind of book i have always wanted to write, one that feels like you are inside the book and you are conversing with the main characters. Yes the MC here is an asshole and he lets you know ahead of time that he is a villain  but dear unicorns above he’ll have you rooting for him at every turn.

Julie Jackson Blackwell the shadow master (don’t call him Julie) destroys every fantasy trope you have ever known and laughs at you while doing it. He doesn’t break the rules, he bends them and  manipulates people to get what he wants absolutely genius. He is a businessman you don’t want to cross.  His take on traditional Villainy is delightful he really makes you see how dumb they are and how he makes money off them. I mean you have to be villain to really eat unicorns who does that? ( apparently its a delicacy in the fantasy realm)

I loved the monologues they were delivered with the confidence of a man who knows his shit and enjoys looking down on idiots who don’t. One of my favorite chapters is when he realizes he made friends instead of allies, i actually shivered and said eww.

I highly recommend the audio book just so you’ll get the tone used in this book. I even wrote notes on the clips, there’s one i had to reassure myself i finished University because Jackson was so sure i didn’t ( yup he gets into your head too).

So what have i learnt…Heroes are dumb, fantasy villains are really dumb and you can make money off them. 

Here’s the link  below because I absolutely recommend that you get into the mind of the hilarious yet devious villain Jackson Blackwell. I am on to book two.

P.s I will also share a link on Twitter where you can listen it for free on audible so be sure to check that out on @booked_unicorn 

Audible UK

Audible US

As always,

Booked Unicorn

(feeling particularly evil, excuse me while i go praise my villain laugh)

Phobia tag

Hey Guys,

someone has probably done this already if so ( i hail thee Tag Starter). I was watching  Total drama island on Netflix and there was this episode were they had to face their fears.

So here’s a list of my PHOBIA’s and i tag you rainbow army to participate.

Heights

specifically when i have to cross those road bridges and i look down and there’s a huge truck just moving around…or worse when there’s water under it..my brain just goes THAT’S IT WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE…THIS BRIDGE IS GOING TO FALL AND I CANT SWIM. One time my feet was shaking so bad this woman had to help me cross. The funny thing is i’m totally fine on planes.

Birds

….were do i begin with these things these fluffy muthafluffers, oh don’t be fooled by these terrors THEY ARE EVIL I TELL YOU EVILLLLLL.

Insects

On the first day of boarding school, i remember seeing a big fat fly in my food. Need i say more

Running out of books to read.

I would cry and maybe loose my mind a little.

Being ‘normal’

i have fought with myself growing up, trying to conform and what not, what did that bring me nothing but depression, anger and anxiety. Recently i have found peace with being myself and bettering that….in the words of every Nigerian i cannot come and kill myself for you. I am comfortable with my sexuality, my beliefs and my body, i seek to better myself not to society or familial standards but to a point were i know i’m happy with the unicorn i have become.

 

Well people these are the things i fear the most, what are you afraid of tell me in the comments below also feel free to tag yourself and others.

As always,

Booked Unicorn

Spread rainbows and be kind

Book Review: Sleepless Vol 1.

Hey Rainbow army,

I don’t know if any of you have read Saga by  Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples if you haven’t hunny you are missing out. So i learnt they are going on a years hiatus, they recommended a couple of comics to keep us happy while they are gone, one of them is sleepless.

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Author: Sarah Vaughn

Artist: Leila Del Duca

Colorist: Alissa Sallah 

Letterer: Deron Bennett

Genre: Fantasy

Issues: #1-6

Rating: 5 HOW DARE YOU CLIFFHANGER stars

Date of release :July 10th 2018

Publisher: Image comics

Synopsis from GR:

Lady “Poppy” Pyppenia is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic, but becomes endangered when an assassin threatens her life in the new king’s reign. As Poppy and Cyrenic try to discover who wants her dead, they must navigate the dangerous waters of life at court, and of their growing feelings for one another. Writer Sarah Vaughn (ALEX + ADA, ETERNAL EMPIRE) and artist Leila del Duca (SHUTTER, AFAR) team up with editor / colorist Alissa Sallah and letterer Deron Bennett for this fantasy romance.

 

The review

So after reading this comic, the first thing i did was appreciate sleep by taking a nap (WAIT! Its not because it was boring, i was just appreciating sleep i know its weird stick with me). 

We meet Lady Pyppenia poppy and her sleepless bodyguard Sir Cyrenic , now this Cyrenic guy takes a vow not to sleep FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE! in order to guard Poppy ( Dear unicorn saints above pizza heaven…if that was me That would have been a HELL TO THE FLUFF NO but hey that’s why its fantasy).

What i can tell you is there is court drama, the medieval kind and Poppy has to be strong or else she and her guard would be dead. Cyrenic is loyal and very protective of Poppy but he needs help quickly.  As for poppy, she’s graceful but she needs more wisdom in order to survive. And everybody in the court is suspect, as you read the book trust no one.

 The art it is gorgeous the styling of a black lady in a Medieval time is just something that has to be seen . It was really easy to read and follow the panels. This is just the first volume but the plot thickens and the cliffhanger is frustrating but hey good news issue #7 is out….but i will wait till it collects into a vol 2.

To get the book the link click here Amazon UK, Book Depository , Google Play

I hope you enjoy this book as much as i have and let me know in the comments which graphic novels you would recommend.

As always

Booked Unicorn