I was told this story was really spooky; something that would really get me- especially because it was about kids. Those words may as well have been a challenge, because I knew I needed to hear it.
Evidently, I don't know much...
The story is centered around a handful of elementary school kids. They're typical, but one is in to archeology- the search and discovery of bones. He would go to a neighbor's lot and dig about, hoping to find animal bones so he could figure TOD's and stuff like that. Anyway, I can't say much more than that or I'll be offering up SPOILERS! And I ain't doing that! lol
So to be frank, this story was NOT spooky. It was NOT scary and my son is 11 and would NOT have been afraid. The author spent so much time on the kids in class and playing Hide 'n Go Seek, there was barely any time for the spookiness to even begin! The only details provided were on the missing girl, so to say I had to use my imagination would be an understatement!
This story was free, so I won't cry about it, but it was meh... Next story!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Stinkwaves is next.
**Book provided free from Audible.com.
*~* Release Day Blitz *~*
Title: All of Me
Author: Jonali Karmakar
Length: 69 pages
Publication Date: May 29, 2016
About the Author:
Jonali Karmakar is a fiction writer with a Masters in English. Writing is not just her passion but her way of dealing with life. She loves being able to escape into the worlds she creates. Everything that she writes becomes a part of her and she wants her readers to know the woman behind those words. In addition to being an educator, she works as a content editor for a local news portal. She has been providing editing, proofreading and translation services for the past few years.
Jonali’s work has been published in several journals, anthologies and poetry collections both national and international. An avid reader, she loves flipping pages of anything and everything on the table and reviewing the same on her blog Eclectic Moods. She feels that reading and writing are the flip sides of the same coin. Writing is her way of communicating with the world. When she’s not writing or teaching she loves to experiment with her paintings.
She has quite a few accolades to her name.
A Letter from the Dead is another book I won from Goodreads. I won it last year but it was one of those books that didn't even bring me to excitement. When I saw the cover, I thought, "Wow, this may be a little lame", but I read the summary and thought- "Okay- why not?" Now I'm just like... WHY!
The story is about a man who is Muslim who dies. He then proceeds to tell how he still held to certain senses until transported to a "waiting area" where he was to be processed for an interview with God. While waiting, he was permitted to go about, nosing into tours of both Heaven and Hell. He was also able to go and visit other processing areas for other faiths. Eventually, he interviews people and then watches how Jews are mocked, Christians are ridiculed and so much more. It was all so he could send a letter from his non-corporeal situation to those of us, in the world of the living.
I am so lucky! I saw this book, read the summary and knew I wanted it. I tried to find it and couldn't, so I did the next best thing; I reached out to the author, Briar Lee Mitchell. And thankfully, she sent me a link in Amazon! I will never regret the day I asked if she could send time a copy. Never!
Now in the book Dark Lights, you have to be prepared for a strange and dark read. There's a lot going on. As the reader, you find your immersed in the troubles of the Bahamian Pointe-du-Lac, a place that once housed employees and families of a logging industry. Abandoned for many years, the place isn't used or even visited anymore. Not until Casey and James. And then Amos, Bill, Soloon... etc!
A slew of folks, the EPA, folks at a diver's lodge, the local police and even three sexy Coast Guard officers/mercs are trapped on the waters and land of Pointe-du-Lac. Though deserted, the area's busy with appear to be ghostly apparitions, siren-like wails and mini tidal waves carrying man-eating sharks!
Everyone, excluding Casey and James are there through no desire of their own, but all want out, and can't escape the lights. The Dark Lights...
You know, I have never read a book that made me feel as sick as this book. The Ruins, by Scott Smith is one of imagination and creativity... and horror. Honestly, it's stories like this that will forever prevent me from going to particular countries! No lie, lol!
The story is about a group of friends who are not wanting to let go of their amazing holiday in Mexico. They swim, dance, drink and even cheat one one another. Not all of them- just one... but it's all in fun- what happens in Mexico stays in Mexico, yeah? Well, the day before returning home, they decide to take hike to a place even the natives refuse to venture. Now the place is also an excavation site to one of the vacationers' brother that no one's heard back from in a while. Hmm...
So they get there and are warned to not go near it- by the natives, HELLO! And in a mixup that ends with one of the travelers stepping into the undesired area- they are now told by the locals to stay and not return. Oh crap! First you're told not to go there, then you go there and are warned to not come back. I tell you, people are dumb! The story ends up being about, not the people who went there but why the people who went there can not come home. It's haunting, scary and a lot of gross!
I've only reviewed one other book of poetry before. I've reviewed one devotional book too. Waves of the Spirit is a synthesis of the two, bringing mind and body together, while traveling through the universe. I believe the purpose of the book is for you to use your imagination,to see yourself as the person you've always wanted to be. With that gift, you're able to manifest your image into reality, but it also made me think of the smooth themes and music of Heavy Metal, from the 80's. It was mellow and cool.
At first, I was wondering "What's really happening here?". I wasn't sure if each pages was a chapter or simply a poem. what I did find was a form of enlightenment with themes of awakening. There was discovering one's self and fluid driftings into the soul. Some referred to God (The Alpha and The Omega) but not in the sense that I know Him. I think. There were pages on creation and even waking near The Ark- that contained the essence of all life. Each one was different and full of imagery that I appreciated even if I didn't quite get it. I hope I'm not insulting the author, Richard D. Brown, when I also felt the book a bit psychedelic. A few themes held titles that reminded me of one of my favorite music artists: Enigma- a guy who always allowed me to mellow out and relax and for me, that's always a positive!
Now, I'm not knowledgable in the genre of poetry but this book moved you along with lovely, quixotic words, mental images and symbolism. The purpose was discovery, I think, which made the read different and very exotic I could easily see me going back and pondering some pages, seeking a new understanding. Such a unique and interesting read!. On to the next book!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓.5 out of 5 specs
*The Ruins is next.
**eBook provided FREE by author Richard D. Brown, for an honest review.
If you know me, then you know I am a lover of horror. I can read any genre, I can watch any movie, but in the end, you'll always catch me knee-deep in horror. Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry Dead, edited and arranged by John Skipp is one that definitely satisfied me. I haven't read every single story- there are so many, but enough of them gave me enough to post a review.
This book is LOADED with horrific tale after tale after tale with death! I was very lucky- I found the book at V-Stock, a store that sells both new and used books for less than $15. I honestly believe it was in the wrong spot. The thing is, I'm attracted to large books and this book is huge. 638 pages of pure grossness, walking dead things and people running through apocalyptic streets.
There are variations of the monsters, coming from different time settings and some of every situation and the best part is, it's filled with pictures! Yes- each photo sets the themes and situations of the stories.
I've yet to finish the book, but it's not one that you sit and read from beginning to end. You have to savor these evil tales, plus like I said, the book is massive. Periodically, I pick it up the book and read a few. I haven't read one story that I didm't like yet- i'm in love with this book. Skip found talented authors who really know how to paint a picture, and fill your imagination with nightmarish scenarios the will haunt you.
If you're a horror fanatic, you will too! Next!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Waves of the Spirit is next..
**Book is from my personal library.
I enjoy coloring. Mostly I color when my Ewoks are over for a visit, but I also color to relax- until my hand begins to ache! Paris Street Style is a beautiful coloring book that helps to relax. Pretty much, it's about style- hair styles, clothing style and shoes. Indian summers to saying good night and showing fashionable pj sets.and cute Parisian sayings.
I had to use Google Translate, since I know very little French, cut it didn't take from the lovely sketching. I love this book and I'll enjoy hours and hours of fun for a long time.
Below, I made a photo slideshow so you can see the wonderful photos I have to enjoy.📚
I was fortunate to receive this ARC through a Shelf Awareness newsletter that announced the drawing. I usually don't win, so when I was contacted by Judy Sheehan, the author of I woke Up Dead at the Mall and congratulated, I was thrilled! Now don't be turned off by the title. When I first saw the title and cover, I thought to myself, "Huh... the cover is rather ordinary and that title is weird!" But I put in for the drawing and BAM!
I got the book!
I also got a bookmarks, that I'll be sharing, but the story is about Sarah. A girl who literally died and woke up in Mall of America, a sort of Purgatory. No one could see her. No one could touch her and she had unfinished business. She met an odd woman, Bertha, who gave instructions and left Sarah alone to deal with her death until other young, deceased individuals arrived. Together, they learned the ropes of being dead, shared their stories and eventually... they were to move on. But Sarah wasn't ready- and she had a job to do and needed to use her 'Knowing' to get it accomplished!
*AudioReview & Listen!
Jason Werbeloff is an amazing author! I was lucky enough to gain access to his newsletter and later gifted to be a part of his audio chapters, small pieces of his November release, Obsidian Worlds- available at Amazon.com and other book retailers. This is, I believe, my fourth audio-share of his work. I really enjoyed this one and I am sure you will too. Down below, I've added the clip to this story: Falling for Q46f. Take a listen and see if you agree with my review. If you like Science Fiction, I have no doubt you'll enjoy it too.
I don't remember when I first saw The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, maybe on Barnes and Noble's website or even their shelves. All I knew was, the cover was unique, off in a way and the girl was lovely. I tend to gravitate towards pretty things... as marketing is supposed to incite, especially if there's a hideous creature, I'd have probably wanted it even more! LOL Then as the book sat on my shelf, in queue, I found out The Awakening of Sunshine Girl was on the way. So I pre-ordered it and waited. While waiting, I conducted research on Paige McKenzie and discovered: I live under a rock - she's so famous! (an internet sensation!)
For The Haunting of Sunshine Girl's Network YouTube channel, click here.
When you find a book that makes you feel the character is your neighbor and you're just as involved with the storyline- you know it's good. That's what I discovered with Hope Toler Dougherty's Mars... with Venus Rising.
.Twenty-something Penn Davenport yearns for an exciting life in the big city and wants to shed the label of orphan that she’s worn for years. To achieve that dream, she must pass the CPA exam then move away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash.
When John Townsend—full of life and the joy of living—moves to town, he rattles Penn’s view of herself, her life, and her dreams…which isn’t such a bad thing until she falls for him and discovers he’s a pilot.
Sound like anything you've read? Well, you haven't- this is a cute read and I think anyone who picks it up will not want to put it down.
So there's an Amish Quilt coloring book tour going on and I jumped in on the fun! Instead of receiving a book, I got two pages to print off and color! I decided to color one and leave the other blank to show details, since I'm not a great colorer. Is that a word? Anyway, you can see detailed they are, making for hours of relaxation. And with each quilting pattern, there's an inspirational Amish proverb to hold to your tranquility. Isn't that fun?
Now my review is not for the book in its entirety but for pages of the book. This blog tour is a bit different from the others, but still fun. I can assure you, if the book is anything like these pages, I will be purchasing my own soon. I also realized that when I color pages like these, my brow is furrowed in concentration while my tongue pokes out the right side of my mouth. No, really!
Should someone tell you, 'You fight like a girl', show 'em how it's done! That's what this book does! I have always has to fight like a boy, growing up with a brother and mostly boy cousins, but I grew up on Girl Power (Punky Brewster, for those who know who that is) and this books has stories just like that. The Introduction, written by Anne Lyle, is like my past on paper- from the love of Doctor Who's Tom Baker to Ripley of the Alien series, having been originally made for a man, but made better because he was changed into a woman. Girls can throw down too, and this book shows just how bad they can be.
Oh boy have I received my share of monster stories this week! As a matter of fact, this one was so good, I read it in just a couple of hours! Tidal Grave, by H. E. Goodhue is a quick masterpiece! From the very beginning through to the end- death, mayhem, the cockiness of a mayor and annoying city folk kept me hooked until I deleted it from my device, but not my ebook library.
Sunset Island is nice and always takes on its share of tourists before the cold season. Usually, it's easy money for the residents of the island, but not this season. A rig from Glaxco Company dug a little too deep... and awakened something! And it's traveling the waves of a nearby storm, eating everyone and everything in its path.
This book rocked! Oh, this is also a sort of Part One to a story I previously reviewed (RIP Tyde) on May 6th. If you like monster stories, I promise you won't be let down with this one. It reads so fast, it's like a short story but much more in depth! I'm off to my next book!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Fight Like A Girl is next.
**eBook is from my personal library.
Leviathan, destroyer, devoted lifemate and parent, the abomination is not going to take the extermination of its brood well.
If that doesn't sound like a monster story- I don't know what is! This book is AMAZING! The concept and points of views, from Mitch (the Marine Biologist), Kate (the EMT) and the Parent (the Creature) are written so amazingly real- you can't do anything but read the freaking book from start to finish! I finished it in less than 36 hours - which include my showering and going to bed!
This ebook and short story is free in Amazon's Kindle library. The book's cover didn't call out to me or anything like that but the word FREE did! One of my favorite words is how I came across it . So here's the gist:
Where am I?
Andy awakes with no recollection of where he is, how he got there, or how long he's been there. All he knows is that it's cold, it's dark, and he's alone.
When he finally escapes, he encounters strange, supernatural creatures. Terrifying monsters of the night.
Thinking of his daughter, Emma, his only goal is to get home and make sure she's okay.
And he has only one choice...
A 3,000 word story, perfect for any fan of suspensful horror!
Because it's a short story, it's difficult to say what this story is about without giving anything away. As soon as I began reading, I knew what was going on but the character has no clue. The story itself isn't that difficult to follow or to get, but Bohannon wrote in a way that managed to keep me hooked. It's actually a good story and could easily be turned into a novella. It honestly would have been better; it ended way too soon. Well written and filled with obvious suspense - check out Awaken. Hey, it's free; it can't hurt. On to the next book! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Deep Devotion is next.
**eBook is from my personal library.
I usually don't like horror tales books. There are so many and most turn out to be awful. They're full of silly stories that either don't make much sense or try to gross you out and they lose all direction. Happy for me, after reading the first story titled: Car Nex, I found an appreciation for Terry M. West. The story was good and I happily .moved forward in my reading.
The ebook's not very long, less than 200 pages, and full of stories that present to the reader a mental movie similar to Creep Show. Some stories were serious, and others are rather comedic, like the backwood story of Clinton and Bubba when they met a succubus. The read isn't one that will have you bragging to your friends about how great the book was, but it will provide an interesting read.
One in particular that I found rather side-splitting was Held Over. It was about a dying old codger who was looking to make arrangements for his second life after death. Yup, you guessed it! Okay, so there's a facility where you can go, if you haven enough money, where you'll be taken care of during your second life, but you have to sign over all of your fortune-occluding any and all beneficiaries! Something happens because the old man makes a request that turns demand and POW! I loved it and I found an appreciation for sunsets. LOL I kept seeing the old guy in Creepshow yelling, "Where's my cake!"
There are other tales, like The Hairy Ones and Midnight Snack that were pretty good too, but horrific? Nah. They're spooky stories; I haven't read a horror story in quite some time. There are disturbing ones and many that are gross, but it's been years since a book gave me the heebie jeebies or nightmares. I'm still looking, but don't let that discourage you from reading a few short stories, like those of What Price Gory? and other Horror Titles. It's a cool read- especially the snipped of Cecil and Bubba at the end of the book!
On to the next read!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓/5 specs
*Awaken is next.
**eBook from my personal, Kindle library.
I don't receive many children's books, so when I get one from a series I've been reading all of my life, it's exciting. There's nothing like The Berenstain Bears' Bear family, with Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister and Honey Bear. They're cute, funny, relatable and until I'd become an adult, I never knew were Christian!
This children's story, from a long line of stories is about Mother's Day and explains how even though I think my mom's the best- so does everyone else! Brother, Sister and Honey want to do something special for Mama and Grizzly Gran. It's cute. When Mother's Day morning arrives, which is always on a Sunday, the cubs are explained how Mom's all over town are being cherished by their children, while traveling to church. Mother's who are farmers, doctors, police officers and more- all loved by their cubs in Bear Country and showing it.
I've loved these stories forever and a day. I read them to my first born and to my youngest- and now to my Ewoks. The book is wholesome and simplistic, enough for the youngn's to understand and enjoy. It's also enough of a 'message' without feeling preachy to those who just want to read a story and not be offended. But who can truly think of their mom and all she's done without feeling blessed and a deep appreciation? The Berenstain Bears Mother's Day Blessings is sweet and will hopefully remind my youngest how special I am even without it being Mother's Day!
I love this book!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓out of 5 specs
*What Price Gory? and Other Horror Tales is next.
**Book provided by BookLook Bloggers, FREE, for an honest review.
I found this book at the end of another ebook. I love when they give you just enough of a story to go and buy it- this one cost me $2.99.
Legend has long spoken of the prehistoric monsters that silently glide through the waters surrounding Long Island in the Bahamas. Locals know that some areas are better left unexplored - Dean's Blue Hole being one of them.
Blue holes are found throughout the world and the number is growing. These expansive underwater caves call to divers, but remain largely unexplored.
Cursed with a strange name and dying marriage, Tyde Gregory, plans a last ditch effort to save his relationship. Diving at Dean's Blue Hole on Long Island seems to be the only thing Tyde and his wife, Wendy, can agree upon. As hope turns to horror, Tyde realizes that there are things far worse than a broken marriage.
This blurb does nothing for the book. When I followed the animation of my iPad's digital page and found the first three chapters of H. E. Goodie's novel, I immediately hit Amazon.com and purchased RIP Tyde! I needed to read the rest, especially since I'd been seeking something different- having grown weary of zombies, vampires and werewolves. RIP Tyde: A Deep Sea Thriller was exactly what I was looking for, right... ?
I love a good monster story. I love the idea of something unreal doing lots of damage and that's what this story gave me.
Falling Prey, by M. C. Norris, starts out fairly strong. The first thing I noticed was, they were flying TWA- that plane company has been gone since... I don't even remember! 93? Maybe even sooner. Then of all things, a terrorist attack of sorts takes place and all heck breaks loose with people falling from the sky... into the gaping maws of a ginormous mosasaurus! I was like, what?
Then the story hit some serious issues! I realized I was about 70% in to the book and another entirely new situation was kicking up and I still had no clear idea on why any of the story had even taken place! How in the world can you bring a new story into play when the book's about to end? I didn't really like that, but from the way I'm understanding it, the author either left it to possibly return with a sequel later or my imagination. To be honest, I think my imagination's much better.
Okay, so... this book had me laughing so hard- I cried (a few times)! When Magnus was in Lake Titicaca and tried to impress Imasu by learning to play the charango! OMGoodness! He told Magnus:
"When you play, all of my mother's flowers lose the will to live and expire on the instant. The quinoa has no flavor now. The llamas are migrating because of your music, and llamas are not a migratory animal. The children now believe there is a sickly monster, half horse and half large mournful chicken, that lives in the lake..."
The book is funny and totally opposite of what I expected from the great, Magnus Bane, but it's not entirely comical. When I was first introduced to Magnus, in the Infernal Devices, I saw him as so cool, steeled and sexy. As the book series (The Mortal Instruments) flowed, his amazing demeanor sorta warped. He began primping and talking about fashion and hair gel- it was just... off! Not because he was bi-sexual- it was the loss of the amazing Warlock I'd envisioned him to be. The Bane Chronicles gave me a visual of Bane's actual life, from immature adventure seeker, courting monkeys and crashing powdered wig parties to stopping demons from walking through a doorway at Pandemonium! The book allowed me to view his maturity through the many
Thanks for returning and following my reviews for the remaining books of the Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare. I decided to not include The Bane Chronicles in this review, because... well, it's not really The Mortal Instruments and thought I'd be serving a great injustice by having him tag along. So he's later. On to the book reviews- Oh, photo credit for my banner belongs to tmisource.com. It's their photo, but I jazzed it up.
The City of Lost Souls (book 5)
If I've ever been happy to see someone told off before- it was while reading this book! Clary and Jace are thorns in this story! When her mother told her, and I quote:
"No, the more you get involved with Jace, the more you wreck your life! her mother snapped back. Every risk you've taken, every danger you've been in is because of him! He held a knife to your throat, Clarissa-"
I was like, "Amen, Momma!" - Jocelyn was right. The entire storyline, Clary has taken risk after risk, and put her life, and the lives of others on the line, for Jace! Even when he was protecting her she screwed up. I can't stand the girl- no wonder they keep calling her a child. Nothing disturbs me more than when a character doesn't grow. This is book five baby! get a clue!
So the story had Jace in the background as his body, or the illusion of him going about working with Sebastian in this book. I liked the storyline there. It worked and kept the Clave on their toes the entire story. I didn't like how Luke got played but it made for a good read. What did not work for me was the square-love thang. A lot of action died away due to Maia and Jordan, Simon and Isabella- come on! Okay, I need to chill to keep from giving SPOILERS to the book. I just see myself burning out of the series and I was hoping that wouldn't happen. Am I the only one feeling this way?
I have to admit though, the epic battle near the end was, well Epic! I loved it and it made the story close an an amazing note. Even though the bad guys don't always win, something evil always gets away, yeah? I thought it was handled in good taste and kept me interested in what's to happen in the final book, because frankly, I'm looking to close this chapter of my book life.
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
THIS IS IT- The final book in the series!
The City of Heavenly Fire (book 6)
Okay, so in the final book, Jace and Clarissa weren't the big issue. He's been singled out, but so was Simon! The way the storylines unfolded, it made for an fascinating read. Confessions were made, love was shared and someone loses something that made them unique. I won't say who because SPOILERS! are a bummer! What I can say is there are epic battles throughout this book- making it so much more fun to read.
I've added favorite quotes for every book in the series, so here's another I enjoyed. Actually this one's a conversation made by Jace and Alec:
“You're pining," said Jace.
Alec shrugged. "Look who's talking. 'oh I love her. Oh, she's my sister. Oh why, why, why—”
Ha! If it seems like nothing to you, well then... I guess you had to be there. It's also hilarious because the book was full of love whines that wanted to irritate me to no end, but there was so much more action in this book, to make it tolerable.
I have to admit, this one ended with a much bigger bang and the story brought closure, happiness and the bad guys lost. Maybe because it was the last book- I don't know, but I really enjoyed City of Heavenly fire. So now, will Lady Midnight pick up with the Fae rising up against the Shadow Hunters for throwing them into submission?
One can only imagine.... 📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Bane Chronicles is next.
**Book series is from my own personal library.
When these books originally came out, I didn't pay attention to them. I was tired of how YA seemed to be all the same. When I started blogging books, I realized, I needed to read them. So I started at the beginning- the second set of the two series series. LOL I read The Infernal Devices and reviewed them (2/23/2016) and LOVED them all!
So I went out and decided to purchase the Mortal Instruments collection by Cassandra Clare, the first series of the 2-series series, but the first series to come out. You still with me? Okay, so I also want to explain that I have not watched the movie either. And as far as the tv show on Freeform, formerly ABC Family, it's a yawn.
I did happen to catch about three or four episodes, but found the actress playing Clary to be annoying. Her acting wasn't doing it for me and I felt I was forcing myself to watch the darned show, BUT if they are going by the books, maybe I'll try again. But as for now, I'm going strictly by the books.
Lastly, because there are like, seven books in this series, I'm breaking the review of The Mortal Instruments collection into a 2-day review! LOL I'm also including The Bane Chronicles. Nuff said and away I go...
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