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Monday, July 15
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Welcome to Louisiana! Reading Road Trip Blog Stop!

I am a New York girl but I love, love, love Louisiana! It’s my go to vacation spot and frankly I’d live there if I thought I could slow myself down for more than a few days at a time. What isn’t there to love though—-jazz music, sweet tea, Creole cooking, parades, masks, and a decaying beauty that makes my breath catch every damn time. I often say that every city has it’s own heartbeat. To me, NYC has the frenetic heartbeat of a hummingbird—constant and almost a buzz. New Orleans, ahh New Orleans has something completely different—-the thready beginings of a jazz song, individual notes surrounded by silence. It’s lovely. But I’ve digressed—I wanted to highlight Louisiana with a great book that combines my love of New Orleans with lots of my other loves (like Greek Mythology) and well there was one series of books that jumped to mind as probably being under-read but deserving of more press and importantly, more readers: Darkness Becomes Her and A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton.

Set in New Orleans post a series of devastating hurricanes that have all but destroyed the city, Darkness Becomes Her captures both post-natural disaster NOLA and the magic of the city itself. Not only did the NOLA setting impress me, but the plot is well conceived—putting a mythological classic twist on the paranormal.  I love it when authors go old school, and by old school I mean ancient Greek. Goddess villains, shady adults, and a great band of misfits that make a family. Ah, but there is more!  A fiery female lead and a hot love interest.  It’s perfect start to a great Medusa series.

A Beautiful Evil is the sequel to Darkness Becomes Her.  The series transcends genres managing to be dystopian, paranormal, and mythological in a brilliant feat. A Beautiful Evil picks up right where Darkness Becomes Her left off and boy is that an interesting place. Ari and Sebastian just make sense and what they go through together in this book makes every page worth reading. In addition to a great romance this book is ALL ACTION.  Ari’s a doer more than a thinker and damn is she busy. Part of that is because Athena is such a good villain. What I love the most is that Keaton places these tiny details in her narrative that end up being important. The future destroyed and then reclaimed New Orleans is a great setting and there’s beauty amidst the decay and rubble. 

There are lots of other amazing books set in New Orleans—Dead Letter Office, Post Mortem, and Interview with a Vampire to name a few. And everyone knows that Charlene Harris’ books are set in Louisiana too (SOOOOOOKIE) If you’re interested in more recommendations or if you just want to talk about NOLA or books set in the crescent city, you know where to find me. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed your trip to Louisiana with me. It’s been a pleasure. And for those of you who don’t want you stop to end here, I’m giving away a set of Darkness Becomes Her and A Beautiful Evil to one lucky winner! Enter the rafflecopter here.

Bless Your Hearts,

V.V.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #publishing #reading #louisiana #reading road trip #road trip #Darkness becomes her #a beautiful evil #kelly keaton #paranormal #mythological #dystopian #new orleans



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Friday, March 15
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Post Mortem (Parish Mail Series #2)- Kira Snyder
I love the Parish Mail Series. Post Mortem sealed that deal, like one of those letter Celia Jane gets in the books. Okay that was a stretch, but in all seriousness, a good old fashioned ghost story and some sleuth work make for damn good winter reading. There is something classic about the Parish Mail series, something of Nancy Drew and Goosebumps, something in the pleasure of being a bit scared, a bit nervous and bit curious when reading these books that delights in the signature way. Post Mortem picks up where Dead Letter Office ends and extends our motley, meddling crew further into the worlds of historical and present day murder and mystery. Now they are a team with a mission and more is revealed regarding the evil loosed on Halloween and the paranormal misbalance that needs to be rectified. Trust me, Parish Mail isn’t a series to be missed, particularly for fans of things that go bump in the night.
Overall: A 
Post Mortem is out now from Coliloquy. Get your copy here. 
e-Arc provided gratis by Coliloquy.

Post Mortem (Parish Mail Series #2)- Kira Snyder

I love the Parish Mail Series. Post Mortem sealed that deal, like one of those letter Celia Jane gets in the books. Okay that was a stretch, but in all seriousness, a good old fashioned ghost story and some sleuth work make for damn good winter reading. There is something classic about the Parish Mail series, something of Nancy Drew and Goosebumps, something in the pleasure of being a bit scared, a bit nervous and bit curious when reading these books that delights in the signature way. Post Mortem picks up where Dead Letter Office ends and extends our motley, meddling crew further into the worlds of historical and present day murder and mystery. Now they are a team with a mission and more is revealed regarding the evil loosed on Halloween and the paranormal misbalance that needs to be rectified. Trust me, Parish Mail isn’t a series to be missed, particularly for fans of things that go bump in the night.

Overall: A 

Post Mortem is out now from Coliloquy. Get your copy here

e-Arc provided gratis by Coliloquy.

Tags:   #kira snyder #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #dead letter office #post mortem #parish mail series #coliloquy #nancy drew #goosebumps #choose your own adventure #mystery #paranormal #ghost story #history #new orleans


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Friday, May 4
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I’m on a much deserved, much needed vacation to my second home, New Orleans. I’ll be back with a Blog Tour stop and review on May 9th.  Can’t wait to see the Preservation Hall Jazz Band!
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I’m on a much deserved, much needed vacation to my second home, New Orleans. I’ll be back with a Blog Tour stop and review on May 9th.  Can’t wait to see the Preservation Hall Jazz Band!


photo via trutupatrick

Tags:   #new orleans #preservation jazz hall band #jazzfest #NOLA


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Thursday, December 9
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I loved it immediately—beauty shadowed by time and decay, but still standing proud. Yeah, this was my kind of place.

Kelly Keaton, Darkness Becomes Her.

This is EXACTLY how I feel about New Orleans, and Venice for that matter.

Tags:   #venice, #quotes, #darkness becomes her #kelly keaton #new orleans #i read


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Darkness Becomes Her

Darkness Becomes Her-Kelly Keaton

Set in New Orleans post a series of devastating hurricanes that have all but destroyed the city, Darkness Becomes Her captures both post-natural disaster NOLA and the magic of the city itself.  I love New Orleans which made it impossible for me to dislike this book from the start.  Not only did the NOLA setting impress me, but the plot is well conceived—putting a mythological classic twist on the paranormal.  I love it when author’s go old school, and by old school I mean ancient Greek. Ah, but there is more!  A fiery female lead and a hot love interest.  A perfect start to a great new series.

Overall: A

eARC provided free via Simon and Schuster Galley Grab

Tags:   #kelly keaton, #mythology, #medusa, #darkness becomes her #i read #ya lit #young adult fiction #paranormal #new orleans



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Tuesday, March 16
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New HBO Trailers!

Boardwalk Empire and Treme both have trailers for the new HBO season!  Personally, I’ll be watching the Prohibition-era Atlantic City based Boardwalk Empire, while drinking something appropriate like absinthe. Maybe I’ll check our Treme just for my love of New Orleans and music.

Gawker has both trailers and a great article here.

Tags:   #i read, #hbo, #boardwalk empire, #treme, #i watch #new orleans #atlantic city



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Friday, December 18
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Tags:   #Saints, #sports #new orleans



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