At The End.
I had to post that first. I found this book by accident and thought, Oh, this is gonna be good! Do me a favor- .watch the trailer for a minute. See why the story caught my eye, then finish reading my book review. It's cool; I'll wait...
waited for the cringe. I waited for the fear and itchy flesh. I Kept reading and reading, looking for anything that would creep me out... and never read them! I was mortified, panicked and paralyzed with regret. I wasted so much time! Oh- I'm sorry... I was so caught up in my dislike for this book, I never told what the story was about?
I found this short story, via Google+. Surfing through the thousands of images, I came across the link to Icy Predator, by Wesley Thomas. His post read:
'You don't like the snow huh? Well, it's not the snow you need to worry about. It is what lurks under the snow that is dangerous.' You can't tell me you wouldn't have wanted to know what that was about! So I clicked and found this little gem.
The story is about a girl getting ready to go to work. There's been a snow storm and everyone's either home or at work, trapped. Not many traverse the waist-high coverage, but she does. But something's there, in the snow. Something that's hungry for blood. Hers.
It's a very short tale, but pretty good. I think it would have made a great novella. It's not really spooky, unless you're weak in that area, but it's not too shabby. Check it out. The story is the author's website, along with lots of other chilling tales.
Read Icy Predator
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Bedbugs is next.
**eBook provided FREE from Wesley Thomas' website.
Here's a story where I compared it to the movie and wasn't disappointed. Were there significant differences? Absolutely, but for me, it didn't ruin the story at all.
The Giver, by Lois Lowry, is about a new world. One where independent thinking is fine, as long as you follow the rules. The rules were made to prevent mistakes of the past, like war, pain, jealousy and differences that make one stand out. Instead, people seem to be happy living in a cookie-cutter world. But Jonas is different. He knows there's more and the way they're all living is off. Things aren't quite right. So when he's given the job of becoming a Receiver, he takes on the memories of emotions, love, hate, war, peace, animals, LIFE! No big deal, until he can't stand to keep it to himself.
This story was beautiful but when I saw the movie, I loved it more. With both, I can proudly state I grew misty eyed. It's a lovely story, either way you watch it. Check out The Giver. I'm moving on to the next book on my TBR List. Keep reading!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Icy Predator is next.
**Book is from my personal library.
I'm not even going to lie; this book startled me. I sat, pensive at my computer, seeking the right words to describe this book, for quite some time before reviewing. I started the weekend with three books under my belt and The Truth About Awiti, by CP Patrick dominated my reading schedule. I couldn't leave it, my heart aching from the bits of historical tragedies.
I finally came to realize, I'd developed a sort of 'Love/Hate' relationship with the book. I became entranced in what felt like a lilting, poetic, historical emprise, bearing a sense of both melancholy and triumph. The story is powerful, emotional, upsetting even. I quickly understood why it received so much acclaim.
The book is an atheneum of lives, a collection of entries from the living and the dead, spanning hundreds of years. Stories of how White Faces ravaged villages, warriors chained together while witnessing the rapes and murders of mothers, wives and daughters. Even mutinous battles on the sea where adulterous activities were commonplace. Each entry carried a theme, a purpose, that either told of a wrong, the dealing of wrong, revenge, remorse and acceptance. Most of them spoke or concerned Awiti, a bi-racial young woman who was gifted with powers of immortality. With her power, she exacted revenge, through billowing waves on the seas to wash away evil sailors, or thunderstorms of wind and rain on land. She creatively did so much more, but her sole purpose was to give those who'd done wrong to the Africans of the world what they deserved. She went everywhere, filled with a bitterness more hostile than any whipping from the Master, and made them pay... Other times, someone was
I kept hearing the Mortal Instruments books and television chatter- even from my daughter, but I didn't follow the noise. I've never been a follower, you see, so the stories were easy to ignore. But as you can see, I eventually succumbed to the taunts and fuss. I regret nothing. I own both audio and physical books, so I performed a read-a-long. Do you do that?
There are many factors that make this book very interesting but I've decided to list two. (1) It all happens in London! Are you kidding- how could I resist that? I love everything in London, even the books that suck are loved, simply for their locations; I can't help it. (2) It's a time piece, no pun intended. It's set in Victorian London and, to me, gives an elegance that can not be carried in current day settings. It's formal, where an insult can feel almost floral and manners count, even when being killed (Nate at the party reference). (3) The covers are beautiful! There are new covers, but I refused to purchase them- these are the ones I wanted and will proudly show off. Original is better.
Lastly, I found out, due to timing and storylines, there's a proper order to read the Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments. I found this info from a FAQ site if you'd like to check it out:
Books 1-3 of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones , followed by the second book, City of Ashes, then City of Glass. Then take the books like this:
The Infernal Devices Book 1: Clockwork Angel
The Mortal Instruments, Book 4: City of Fallen Angels
The Infernal Devices, Book 2: Clockwork Prince
The Mortal Instruments, Book 5: City of Lost Souls
The Infernal Devices, Book 3: Clockwork Princess
The Mortal Instruments, Book 6: City of Heavenly Fire
Personally, I"m reading the prequels first, but on my bookshelf, they shall stand in the order I shared above. I enjoyed the series and I'll share, without SPOILERS, what I enjoyed about each book. I'll also give each book a review, then average out the series review rating. And away we go!
When I read Jack Castle's first book (Europa Journal 10/12/15), I was wow'd and gave it a raving review. One reason I love his books- there's always a little bit of faith in there! Not enough to deter a reader, but still something to think ab out when it comes to your life lived and what comes next. Cheers to this awesome author.
At first I didn't get the book cover. Some loner walking in a thirsty land, into a light... then as I kept reading, I was like, "OH... okay!" I won't tell you why, because I don't give SPOILERS! But I can say, the cover fits the tale.
Bedlam Lost is about several characters, but I'll give two: Hank and Emma. They're new to the small down in Alaska. They can't seem to remember much and the first day they arrive, some freaky stuff happens. It doesn't seem to shadow their experience in the small town of HavenPort, population: 492. That is, until even more freaky stuff takes place- bigger than before! Then memories are starting to surface, and people aren't who they think/say they are... or are they?
This book starts off with some weird happenings. I was intrigued and found myself interested from the very start, to the end. I read the book in a few days. And that's with NaNoWriMo, moving and so much more going on! It's very interesting because it has to do with the after-life - and that's all I'm going to say to prevent myself from giving anything away! You have to read it to know just how good it is!
Next book! 📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Infernal Devices is next.
**Book provided by EDGE Publishing, for an honest review.
If you are like me, you need laughter in your life. You need a little cynicism, sarcasm and maybe even a bit of anger. But what you really need most is Aunty Acid! I got this book as a part of a huge gift bag for Christmas from a close, church friend. I love this book! No really, I love it!
Aunty Acid tells it like it is. She's real, she's over-weight and she's hilarious! She speaks on life and how to take on challenges with, insane positivity? Yeah, I think that's a good way to describe it. From computers, to wine; from being robbed to ignorant co-workers; from irritation to house cleaning- she covers it all! If you haven't seen Aunty Acid in the papers, then you need to grab this book. You will laugh. All the time!!
On to the next book!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Bedlam Lost is next.
**Book is from my personal library- and was a gift!.
Plumdog by Emma Chichester Clark is such a fun story, I found myself caught up- I almost wanted a dog again!
The story is one I'll always peek through and share with my Ewoks. It's about Plum, who's a Whoosell (a Whippet mixed with Jack Russell and poodle). He's lovable, funny, annoying and loves the smell of fox poop! Who couldn't love him?
The book isn't a story, it's a year in the life of Plum. Living in London with Emma and Rupert. It starts at the beginning of the year walks through days of his life. It's not boring in the least, because it's about a dog and his life with Emma. They go for walks, visit friends, play in the rain, everything. It's a sweet book. It may even have you look at your pets in a different light. I know I began to wonder about things with our dog, before he left us, after reading it.
Read Plumdog- you'll enjoy it, no matter how old you are! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Aunty Acid's Guide to Life is next.
**Book provided by Blogging for Books,, for an honest review.
Here's another Wattpad story- but it's incomplete so I can't truly rate it the way I view my other shorts and novels. The 4th Estate by Rio Rouge, is a violent masterpiece- I was very impressed, not to mention it's a 2015 winner on Wattpad. I don't know if a Watty is for a number of reads or for the quality, but either way, the story is different, good and violent.
I've never been a huge fan of Wattpad. I found many of the accounts filled with great ideas but written, excuted in a manner so poorly, I felt like a professional! And I'm not. I didn't come away with The 4th Estate, by Ekene Ugbaja (roi_rouge). This author carried a unique story and made it work. Other than a few errors, which I was warned about in advance, I found this book carefully thought out and told.
I did find it repetitive, but the author wanted the reader to truly understand the dangers, high and chasmic lows of The 4th. It was stressed how one didn't want to be in The 4th, not even those born there but could manage to thrive. One could thrive and easily be robbed or killed as well as look at a person. You could fight as with the David and Goliath reference. And so much more.
So to begin this review, I have to say that Terri Blackstock and I are friends (not really a friendship, but you understand) on Facebook and we've traded comments a time or two, but she wouldn't know me from Adam. I can also admit, with sincere honesty, I've read another Blackstock book, but for the life of me- I can't remember the title! Sad, I know, but I remember it being so good, it got me to friend her and experience our little chat to begin with!
So when I saw the opportunity to receive another title by her, I was ready. It arrived on a Friday and I began Friday evening. Had it not been for my working on putting my bedroom furniture together and setting up my
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