Friday, September 29, 2017

STONE HORSES

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STONE HORSES is a new band local to the DC/Baltimore area.
They've recently had an EP come out, and tonight is actually my first time listening to it because I'm an awful fan. But I gotta admit, I'm impressed. A great band of guys with some great new music.
Most of the band is comprised of members of Charm City Devils, a relatively well established rock band, so it's no surprise the album literally rocks. But (again because I'm an awful fan) the new album really did impress me and go above my expectations.
The album is made up of 6 songs (at $5.99 that's less than $1 a song - what a deal!), but I'm just gonna talk about my top three.
My number one favorite on this EP is Flirting with the Devil, track five. Honestly it sounds like a The Pretty Reckless (my favorite current band) song, and in fact I started playing "Take Me Down" (The Pretty Reckless) on top of "Flirting with the Devil (STONE HORSES) and I think I made something because it's insanely good and works together extremely well. Okay, let me specify - not the entirity of "Take Me Down" just the beginning of the "sign with the devil" part until the end over just before the 3 minute mark of "Flirting with the Devil". Don't go stealing my ideas now, though. But yeah, it works and it sounds good and usually I get really mad when songs are too similar, but in this case I really like it. Maybe it's because I love both bands (my uncle calls me a groupie for both of them, but if ya look up the definition of a groupie I am not). But no matter the reason, "Flirting with the Devil" is definitely a great song. So kudos to the band.
I can't quite decide on the order of the next two in terms of my favorites, but they sound quite different from each other, which showcases the band's range and flexibility quite well. So I'm just going to go in order on the album.
Up first is track number three, "Weiland". I'm guessing by the title it was probably inspired by Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, but I have to admit my STP knowledge is extremely lacking so if it really is I couldn't tell ya. However, I absolutely love the rhythm of it. It's just a fun song. It reminds me of the early 2000s but a lot of times when something reminds me of something everyone else doesn't see it so take that with some salt. I don't wanna use the term vibes because I'm going to use that in my next song analysis but it really does just have some great vibes that, like I said, are just fun. It doesn't sound like anything else on the album (in my opinion), which is another reason it immediately stood out to me. I dig it.
The other song I really liked was track six, "Roads". "Roads" is the last track of the album and it's a song that I would totally jam out to in the bath. Like some snake charming, totally relaxed hand feeling the music waves in the air type stuff. Also, fun fact, when my dad first bought the album (way before me because I suck) he played all the song previews and the dog even really felt this one. So I guess more of a dog charming than snake charming song, but still it just gives out those vibes. This is a song you have to close your eyes and just go with the flow. Let the music move you (and your head). Unfortunately, because of how intensely the music chills (relaxes) you, it kinda makes the lyrics and vocals tune out a bit but the instrumental vibes more than make up for it. Now that I'm typing all this out I think "Roads" is my second favorite as it moves you. Isn't that what music is supposed to do?

You can buy the EP on iTunes and check out STONE HORSES on Spotify and other streaming sites. Don't forget to request them at your local rock radio station as well! They've also been featured on Sirius XM Octane and the Nikki Sixx show!
Want to see them live? Here's some of their upcoming concert dates:
September 29, 5:30pm Breakaway Sports Lounge, Hagerstown, MD
October 6, 8:30pm, Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
October 8, 4:20pm, Fells Point Fun Festival, Baltimore, MD

Check them out on social media at the links below.
www.stonehorsesmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/StoneHorsesMusic/
http://instagram.com/stonehorsesmusic
https://twitter.com/StoneHorsesBand
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjD-FxijX7B9iCHdA6Eim8g
http://bandsintown.com/stonehorses

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Unraveling of Avery Snow

The Unraveling of Avery Snow (Past Lives Series Book 2) by [Sloat, Christy]

Title:
The Unraveling of Avery Snow

Author:
Christy Sloat

Series:
The Past Lives, book 2

About the Author (Amazon):
Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor’s Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come. 
Check out her website www.christysloat.com
Blog http://christysloat.blogspot.com/, Facebook: Christy Sloat Author www.facebook.com/christysloatauthor. Twitter: ChristySloat

Book Summary (Amazon):
As Avery Snow settles into her life and relationships with those around her, she fights to forget her past lives. All of which she spent with Landon, who still has no recollection of who she really is. It seems better that way. Even though she still feels a draw to his soul, she chooses to ignore it.

For now everything is fine. Her boyfriend, Dallas, has opened a new restaurant. Her friends, Ianni and Kerri, are settling into their lives as well. But when news of a new Dark Guide is revealed, Avery is forced to start thinking about the life she truly leads. One that is very abnormal. One she is desperate to forget. This Dark Guide is determined to make Avery pay for the death of someone she held dear.

Now Avery’s life has gone from seemingly perfect to falling apart. What will be at stake next? Her life? Her love? And who will be there in the end to help her up off the ground? 

Even the strongest love can unravel. 

Will Avery be able to hold it all together, or will she just let go?

I'd Recommend to:
7th-10th grade girls, Hallmark fans

My Rating:
4/5

My Thoughts:
Well. Although the last book (see my review of the first book in the series here) did have it's fair share of romance, it had an even amount of paranormal. I'd say about 35/65, romance/paranormal for the first book. This one, however, did a complete turn around being about 70/20/10, romance/paranormal/boring fluff. That's not to say it wasn't a good book; it just went in a different direction than the first.
In fact, it was such a good book that last night it (or the heat) kept me up so I gave in and just finished the book. I spent $4 to finish the book in a day. Oh well, guess it was one I couldn't put down.
I also realized that the reason the first book had some errors and the overall style/flow was juvenile was because this book (and series) was purposefully styled that way to better give off the impression that you are directly in Avery's thoughts, like I sometimes do with my blog posts (especially on my travel blog). I'm not sure why I didn't quite realize that in the first book, but as it became apparent to me in this one it made more sense and bothered me less.
In terms of the story line, you can tell from the beginning that Dallas and Avery's relationship is falling apart. Honestly, I was rooting for Landon since Avery met him and it was about time Dallas and Avery realized they weren't meant to be. If you're reading this book, I assume you read the first and know that Dallas is the reincarnation of Garrison, a man that killed himself in Avery's past life because she chose Landon over him. I thought that the reason Avery was staying with Dallas in this life was to make sure he didn't have the same reaction, so when they finally ended it, I was relieved. Many events led up to that though that had me pretty mad at Avery, so much so that I almost started with a review last night while only halfway through the book (I didn't though and now I've forgotten what I wanted to type). But the ending honestly did surprise me so that's a good plot twist, since I could pretty much see the other ones coming from a mile away.
It was a good ending though. I am pleased. Hopefully I will get to sleep tonight.

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Many Lives of Avery Snow

The Many Lives of Avery Snow (Past Lives Series Book 1) by [Sloat, Christy]

Title:
The Many Lives of Avery Snow

Author:
Christy Sloat

Series:
The Past Lives, book 1

About the Author (Amazon):
Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor’s Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come. 
Check out her website www.christysloat.com
Blog http://christysloat.blogspot.com/, Facebook: Christy Sloat Author www.facebook.com/christysloatauthor. Twitter: ChristySloat

Book Summary (Amazon):
Avery Snow led a boring, no thrills life. After her father left the family when she was young, Avery’s mother died when she was only twelve, leaving her all alone except for her Aunt Paulina. Now, at twenty-six, Avery is very used to being lonely.
She enjoys her job at Sunrise Estates, it’s the one place where she doesn’t feel left out. Her boss, Kerri, is her best friend and Lucy O’Shea, a resident at the home, is a good friend to her as well. The night Lucy dies in Avery’s arms she delivers a haunting message to Avery. She tells her that there is a man looking for her from a past life. And he will stop at nothing to have her.

Now Avery is unable sleep for more than a few hours, her dreams are keeping her awake. She is too terrified to sleep for the dreams are too vivid and too real. The only catch? She cannot remember what they are about. Until her Spirit Guide, Ianni, comes to help. Ianni shows Avery her past lives and tells her about the man who is stalking her soul. Now Avery remembers every life she has ever lived and she remembers the man she shared them with. He will not give up until she falls in love with him. The problem is Avery is in love with someone else. Ianni must help keep Avery from making the wrong choice. One her soul doesn’t want. She also must keep her safe from the Dark Guides who are after Avery.
Now Avery must make choices she never has before. This once lonely girl is now surrounded by Spirit Guides, psychics, Demonic Angels and two men fighting for her love.

Do you believe in reincarnation and a love that can last lifetimes?

I'd Recommend to:
7th-11th grade Supernatural fans

My rating:
4/5

My Thoughts:
The storyline in this book was very compelling, and I must admit, after I finished I immediately spent the $3.99 to buy the second book in the series.
There were some grammatical and formatting errors that were a bit distracting, but maybe someone with not as much schooling wouldn't notice.
I have to admit that I have clearly been slacking on my reading for a few years now (yes, it wasn't just the reviews that stopped - the reading also stopped), but for some reason I was drawn to reading this book and now I think I will get back into reading and reviewing; so thank you to this book for helping me remember reading is enjoyable.
Anywhos, onto the specifics of the book.
So basically Avery and Landon are soul-mates that have found each other in all their past lives and have once again, this time due to fate, have found each other. However, in their second lives, they were in love with other people and ruined their relationships to be with each other. This time, Avery is in love with Landon's cousin, Dallas (who may or may not be the reincarnation of her old love from the second life). Together, they must all come together, along with some angels, a watcher, and Avery's deadbeat dad, to defeat the demons trying to take Landon's soul.
Avery is so distraught by her dreams that she doesn't sleep much. Her family and friends are becoming concerned. Then she finds out about all this supernatural stuff and, well, life gets interesting.
The story was relatively fast paced and I read it pretty much all the way through, only stopping to sleep.
What really got to me was the theme that souls can connect with each other in their dreams. I've always believed that and this book, although obviously fiction, laid out a very believable explanation of the paranormal world around us. I won't go into much detail for fear of either spoiling the book or sounding crazy myself, but if you have any interest in that kind of thing, I recommend giving the book a read. It's quick and easy and will leave you wondering.
The ending is not how I would have ended it, but it ended in such a way that I needed to know what would happen next, so I bought the next book. I never buy books; I just collect the free ones. But knowing the next sequence of events was apparently worth $4. Must be a pretty good first book then. Go pick it up.