I have to admit, when I first began reading Doctor Sleep, I was concerned. The mini hero of The Shining had turned into a dissociative fugue, lost in drugs and alcohol. His state was more than depressive and I found myself wanting to place the large novel aside. Then Abra and the True Knot stepped into the picture.
They brought to the story all the purpose Dan Torrence needed and the book to life! I started on Monday and finished on Wednesday! I was amazed, anxious and compelled to see what would happen next! That's the sort of book a reader is jonesing for when it comes to horror.
Stephen King is a man of detail and he gives it to you in this book, on a moderate scale. None of that over-kill that presses one to jump ahead a few sentences or to the next paragraph. I admit, it's a bit slow once Dan transforms from the adorable kid with Tony in the back of his throat into the coke-fiend in adult years, but once he gets where he's supposed to be, it's all good! Be prepared for about thirty pages of bar fights, stealing and guilt, then burn through and don't look back.
This book tells of Dan's maturation while dealing with a child who won't leave his mind or chalkboard alone. The second story told of the True Knot, an inhuman group in search of Steam- a person's essence that grants immortality- from particular people. Dan and Abra, the girl, and the True Knot come together with an clash so epic, it could only be written by the great man himself. Check out Doctor Sleep!
*Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 Specs
*Enclave is next.
**Book from my personal collection.
This Friday's novel is The Curse of Crow Hollow and I highly recommend it. The story is about five families, but primarily about faith, mystery, occult and mob mentality.
Teens bring on what the town's folk consider a curse. Strange happenings, illness and much more is centered around Alvaretta, the mountain witch. When she places a curse on the four teens that assaulted her, things get hairy.
I found this book a wild ride and especially enjoyed the narrator, who is an elderly local. Coffey gives a great story, using a unique style and keeps readers intrigued- anxiously anticipating the ending. Happily, I didn't figure anything out- It keeps one guessing and a little creeped out!
I would encourage any reader to pick up this book. I must admit, it's a little slow around the center of the book, but the ending is explosive and there are no loose ends, leaving you satisfied.
Billy Coffey is a Christian author, so I held it to a higher expectation and was not let down. I could definitely put him in the same category as Peretti, Dekker and Malley. You have to read this book!
Have a great day and pick up another book!📚
*Doctor Sleep is next.
**BookLook Bloggers provided me with the advanced reading copy for an honest review.
alongside his brother Lennon, Kirsty (the wife) at home, suffering from a litany of mental disorders and their hormone-enraged daughter, Lucy. They are your typicals, your norms and your ordinary. Or are they? When they find everyone on their street, their block, town and further interested in their home, they aren't sure what to do. First an old man, then neighbors (sometimes in the buff), then hundreds of strangers stood in a catatonic state, staring at their home and Lucy begins to suffer prophetic nightmares. With all ideas chucked on the cause of such occurrences, Lennon decides the cabin fever is too much... and that's when the bizarreness really kicks off!
This book was totally awesome! I know, that's not how I should share, but it was such a fun read. From the moment the guys get home and spot an old man at the bus stop, to the end; it's a thrill-ride. Robinson shows how multiple forms of evil can settle in and stare you in the face, like a lethargic, nosy neighbor and bring out both the best and most troublesome qualities in you and your family. You have to read this one; go ahead. I think you'll enjoy it! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Curse of Crow Hollow is next.
**I believe this book is from my personal library.
I was honored to receive The Marked Hosts as a 'to-be-released' novel. Since I'd previously purchased two other books by this author, I expected great things.
The Marked Hosts is about Contessa Torain, a sort of emissary between humans and Brevia (soul-eaters). She's at the top of the Devortus (her home) caste system but she finds herself distracted by a Draior child and the safety of her loved ones in her homeland.
First off, I love the amazing book cover. Book covers are a huge tidbit for me, like eye-candy. I've seen Johnson's in-process cover creations on social media; she's got a true talent. As for the story, it was a difficult read. I was looking for an intriguing, dark sci-fi of a thriller. Instead, I found a near impossible plot to follow.
The author carries a rudimentary style of writing that feels convulsive. The story's there but due to the way it's written, I couldn't enjoy it. The characters are under-developed, but I feel it's due to a lack of anthropological background on Devortus. Much of the information given feels made up along the way and caused a bit of conflict with previous data. Lastly, the author took away the reader's ability to see what was happening and where. I found everything told to me instead of described, even the most basic of details, preventing me from seeing what was taking place. I still have no clue as to what Contessa and Cezon look like. To the reader, this is vital to the imagination; they need to see the characters in their mind's eye.
I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I couldn't; I found myself stopping and starting up several times. When I did finish the book, I realized there was a story with possibility. It just needs more structure and proper flow. This author is determined and I see her improving with future books.
Have a great week and and even better book!📚
Rating: 👓/5 Specs
*Starers is next.
**eBook provided free by Aubey, LLC.
Believe it or not, I finished this book in less than 24 hours! I got caught up from beginning to end, stopping only to eat, and conduct proper hygeine. Well, I did sleep. And before I went to sleep, I read another book, but I always do that. Anyway...
The Thing About Jellyfish is the story of Suzanne "Zu" Swanson and how she dealt with the loss of a loved one. A friend. A friend she'd hurt and never got to apologize before said friend, Franny, drowned while on family vacation. The story occurs during the most confusing of times in a young child's life... Middle School.
The story was a great read, because from the very start you know "Zu" is a dumb kid. She's almost typical, dealing with both mortality and acceptance; which is impossible to do alone. She romanticizes everything using jellyfish facts and analogies as she grapples with the emotions she refuses to share with friends, family or counselor. She tries her best to cope but it's rather ridiculous.
Ali Benjamin wrote "Zu" as scatterbrained, creative, curious and just about anything else a 6th/7th grader could be. As if reaching back into adolescence, she managed to grasp a piece of childhood and actualize the ignorance that once dwelled within us all, which made for a fun story. Especially when "Zu" decides to go away, seeking understanding from a professor and biologist in Cairns, Australia! How many of us fantasized about running off to make the impossible possible... by stealing someone's credit card or pocket money?
This YA novel will warm the hearts of elementary school readers as well as adults. It's about self-awareness, awkwardness, puberty and simply put, life. When you finish, you'll look back to your past experiences, wondering what pivotal moment had you in "Zu's" shoes. Go enjoy a happy day and a great book! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 Specs!
*The Marked Hosts is next.
**Free ARC/signed copy provided by Hatchette Book Group.
*A Special Inclusion!
Alysha Kaye's first novel, The Waiting Room is the first, also the best romantic story I've read in 2015! This book had to have been written with the greatest of care, ding an interest into the belief of reincarnation and ever-lasting love.
Jude and Nina are husband and wife. They're in love and planning to have their first child when Jude is killed in an auto accident. Instead of reaching the Pearly Gates for fiery depths of Hell, he finds himself in a crowded, Waiting Room. Periodically names are called and people are lead through a door, but Jude refuses. He won't step through the door unless his beloved Nina is with him, and so begins the story.
This book is amazing! I decided to add it as an extra book review for this week, since I couldn't find the email when the author had originally sent it to me- big mistake! Out of obligation and my slip in organization, I bumped the book for an early review. I read it in about 12 hours, including bedtime and all. I couldn't stop reading it!
I enjoyed every life, every achievement and failure they endured- I wanted to share in it all! Even with some of their severely brief lives (Deb & Blair), Kaye managed to make me care for them with delicate development. I got to now them all and found myself eager to know when Jude and Nina got back together... or not. I won't give any spoilers, because that's not what I'm about, but you have to read this beautiful story. It'll incite hope, appreciation for life and a new way of looking at reincarnation!
Have a romantic day and find a romantic book to match! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 Spec
*Persephone Rising is next.
**eBook and signed copy provided by author, Alysha Kaye.
This was my first time ever reading a Doctor Who novel and this book did not disappoint. I'd braced myself for a difficult read, full of techy explanations and UK references and such. Well, my jargon must be on point and as for my tech-skills... meh. Regardless, this was a brilliant and uncomplicated read.
The short story (The Death Pit) turned novel took place on the Fetch Brothers Golf Spa Hotel. Something vicious lurked about the grounds, swallowing golfers, creating telepathic fields (breaking up marriages through mind reading) and the loss of memory and information, practically people daft. The Doctor and his two companions, Putta Pattershaun 5, a fearful alien and wanna-be bounty hunter and Bryony Mailer, a bored stuck-in-limbo Junior Day Receptionist, set out to solve the monstrous mystery.
Their foe, a complex creature who's been around long since the beginning of our sense of time, is serpentine and ghastly and bewildering, the Doctor actually admits to being afraid. That's a major deal.
The quirkiness and comedy of this 70's setting keeps you turning page after page. It's fun, funny and oddly written- befitting of a Doctor Who story. You'll enjoy this book; go out and grab yourself a copy of Doctor Who's The Drosten's Curse.
Have a great day and an even better book! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 Specs (4/5)
*Persephone Rising is next.
**I received this book from Blogging for Books for review.
J. L. Bourne, the creator of the Day by Day Armageddon series, has never failed to entertain. With over twenty-three years of active duty/intelligence and his first person narratives, readers everywhere were privileged with amazing apocalyptic reading. Sadly, with no book four in the near future, we were given this short story.
In Grey Fox, Kil, the teller of the tale, is a Runner. He fetches, for a price, items no longer created after the scrimmage between men and dead men. The first two books were fascinating, giving weapon details that no other author provided and actually had Kil teachother characters to work them. I loved that, since other books had every day Joe Shmoe shooting like a pro within seconds of picking up an automatic/semi-sutomatic weapon. Intricacies like this made Bourne's tale realistic.
Book three left us lingering with rudimentary ideas on how the undead returned, making it a let down of a ending, unless book 4 was on a nearby horizon. There was nothing definitive and the worse possible scenario seemed to take root. Fans, myself included were left upset, so I'm thinking that's where Bourne just quit. Instead of coming up with something plausible (in our apocalyptic worlds), he gave us Grey Fox. The story stitched nothing together for those who've read the previous books. It was just a 25-year jump into Kil's journal. *No Spoilers I felt this story was a huge let down and since I don't just rate high due to author names, I gave it 3/5 specs.
Bourne's incredible style remained. The guy's an amazing storyteller, but his offering of futuristic tidbits and no solution made for an unhappy read; too much is missing. So in the immortal words of Forrest Gump, "That's all I've got to say about that." 📚
*Doctor Who's The Drosten's Curse is next.
**Purchased in iBooks: $5.95
Becoming Bree by D. L. McClanahan was given to me on Monday, July 27th. I finished it by the 30th. It's a book that brought me to appreciate small towns, but not small town vermin.
The story is about Aubrey Summer. She's as innocent as they come, having survived without ever having a job, a boyfriend, a first kiss, or any temptation to her vow of celibacy. She's straight and narrow, clean cut and unbelievably unreal for this day and age! Then temptation comes along, challenging everything, in the form of hot and sexy Alan Caine. He and his perfect family give her everything she's ever wanted, but it all comes at with a cost.
There's something in the woods of Tall Oaks, lurking, killing domesticated animals and small town folk. Can she survive the dangers that have plagued her tiny part of the world and her heart?
The book has a ton of potential, carrying unrealistic but likable characters, a quiet town and a budding romance. The mystery of the thing that lurked within the shadows was even interesting, but it lost its originality. What could have boomed with creative spirit; fizzled out with a derivative and rushed ending. I truly believe if Becoming Bree was revised, extended and given an alternate ending, it could really take a reader someplace and flourish.
I'll be looking for more from D. L. McClanahan very soon. She's got talent and her voice was awesome.
Have a book and a great day!📚
Rating: 👓👓/5 Specs.
*Hunter and the Hunted is Next.
**Book provided free via Author, D. L. McClanahan
Sometimes the recipe for a good book is an ingredients list full of Points of View. This book dishes out confusion, frustration, anger and fear and not from one main character but five! It was an amalgamation of excellence!
Center of Gravity is the story of the Carson family: Mitchell, Ava, Jack and Sam. Their brief moment of bliss is disrupted by questionable behavior, jealousy, murder and practically a complete overhaul of personality! Emotional nerves are frayed and eventually, a family broken.
Laura McNeill wrote with fever, allowing readers to develop emotional bonds with each person involved. You either liked them, loved them or despised them. Her gift at developing personalities and situations flowed in such a manner, you felt you knew them and endured the situations alongside them. The narratives progressed without lag or disinterest, making for a great book. I found myself pacing about my hotel room from the last few chapters, clear through the epilogue.
If you're looking for a plot to chew on, feast on this book. This affective roller coaster will fill you to breaking point, leaving you both exhausted and extremely satisfied.
Have a great book and day!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 Specs!
*Becoming Bree is next.
**Book is from my personal library/Walmart.com $8.95.
Red Queen, is a futuristic, dystopian sort of fantasy. The world has been plunged into either darkness or light, people segregated as rich or poor, and they bleed Red or Silver blood. The caste system is not only authoritative but imperious, sustained by a magic of supernatural origin, allowing the Silvers to rule as gods.
Mare Barrow, a thief and a Red, attempts to avoid conscription (the draft) into a war waged by the Silvers. Few Silvers fight in this war, inciting the development of a rebel faction, the Scarlet Guard. Instead of escaping, she's given a job working for the king and royals as a servant girl. Unexpectedly she finds herself in a dire situation where she invokes a power incongruous to Reds and impossible to Silvers. Because of this power, she's forced into Silver society with a name change, a title and betrothed to one of the princes. She finds herself an insurgent against the very ones she's forced to become.
Here's a tale I found sort of interesting. A girl, the equivalent of nothing turned royalty, with an underlying agenda. I enjoyed that Mare took on the opportunity to make a difference and was willing to put her life on the line. She wanted it for her family first, but also for everyone in the land, both Reds and Silvers. I think the story was creative in that fashion and it could have gone in a direction, making it different from all other anti-utopian tales. But it got lost.
I didn't see the betrayal coming from the one closest to her, but every other relationship between Mare and co-characters was bland. The triangle, what could have budded into romance, was weak and took away from the storyline because she wanted to play the "Love you"/"Hate you" game with not one prince but two!. I wound up feeling nothing for and of them and didn't care if they connected or not. I did sympathize for those who were collateral damage, but only because they carried colorful yet little weight. I'm thinking in the second book, Glass Sword (releases in February of 2016), Mare's original way of thinking will return. I believe she'll come back fighting for the people and letting the romance fall away. Maybe there can be a King and Queen of Norta, who rule for the people and not for love. It happens all the time in monarchy.
I really wanted to love this book. I didn't, but I definitely enjoyed the read. To me, there was a bit of redundancy, inconsistency as well as predictability, but it didn't take from the story. Mare is the girl I chose to hate but wanted to love and that's okay. Sadly, similar books have turned screenplays then mega movies that easily blot this one. In a world of Hunger Games, Divergents and instruments of mortal value, Red Queen should have been bigger and stronger.
Though slightly secondhand, it's a YA story that will go places because that's what the genre of readers want. If you're one of them, definitely check it out. Have a book and a great day! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓/5 Specs
*Center of Gravity is next.
**Novel from my personal library/Amazon.com $9.42
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