This is my second read by Joe Hart, the first being Outpost. This time it's a novella, but still a quick read.
The Waiting. It's a haunting tale about a guy who's lost almost everything- his wife, his son's mental faculties, even his job. It's when he's sent to a cabin, through a friend, to stay and stabilize from his life's tragedies that things become phantasmic. Evan can't get his mind together, especially when he believes he can turn back time to make things right with the help of a grandfather clock that's gathered a horrific past...
This book is pretty cool. It's not as good as the other story- I almost feel as though Outpost is a piece to this tale. Hart's got something with cabins on lakefront property. I loved how Evan was slowly driven mad- the hauntings, his repetitive ramblings and experiences that can easily drive the reader, right along with him, into madness. In a good way! It moved a bit slow, but not enough to make me quit the story. On the contrary, it was just enough to keep me interested.
I can't give this one a five-spec rating, like his short story, but I can say it was a decent read. I hope to grab another by this guy and see how it fares. On to the next read!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓 of 5 specs
*The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is next.
**Book is from my personal library.
I guess it's good that I'm always looking for culture in someone else's country! I know a few things about everywhere, which is a plus when I read books like this insane and hilarious read! Dead Bunnies Make All Eight Of Me Cry, by Adelise M. Cullens is an adventure of life story of... well, the insane!
*Graphic Novel Review
I only knew Call of Duty as a video game, but to find there are books (graphic novels by Dark Horse Comics) isn't surprising. I’d read a few game-inspired novels before. Call of Duty: Zombiesisn’t a novel, but it read well enough. What I didn't expect was for it to be so dorky... But in a good way!
What do you do when you want your life back, but it's just impossible? What do you do when your life transforms in the blinking of an eye, leaving you half the person you used to be, even fearing to go outside your home unless it's dark? Well, you find someone who can complete you, who can make you whole again. Even if it's a ghost...
Fellside, by M. R. Carey is a different sort of book. When I found out about it, I thought, "Oh wow, this is gonna be an excellent read!" I jumped on the giveaway and snagged my copy. I also purchased the audiobook, to listen while walking each morning. Nothing better than having a good book read to you, right? Not only that- he's a writer for groups like DC and Marvel comics- you know I had to get in on this one!
Sometimes you can read a book and find yourself wanting to toss it across the room! It's that realistically possible. Then there are books that make you angry and want to reach within the lines and create sense to senseless. Both happened to me with this book! I found myself in the midst of The Feels and there was nothing I could do but to finish the read. I did too. Really fast...
A book so good- so funny, original and with just the perfect combination of faith, horror, murder and more! So much more!
Mike Pace sent this book to me as part of a drawing - I remember winning it but I don't remember who hosted it. Regardless, I'm grateful I won because this book was mind-warping!
(Original book cover, modified by me for blog.)
*An eBook & Audio Review
You know you've done well when you jump in on two giveaways and win both, on the same book! When I received one newsletter announcing a new dystopian ebook- I said "Yes!". Then I was offered, by another newsletter the audiobook, Again, I said, "Yes" and I instantly began to salivate like one of Pavlov's dogs! I entered on one day and was downloading the next. That's like music to this book reviewer- erm... well maybe not music. You know what I mean!
Raven's Song is a dystopian fantasy, written by I. A. Ashcroft and is book one in an apparent series. I don't know much about Ashcroft but from what I've seen so far, he may not be too bad. The guy can write a story, but I was a bit torn on whether I enjoyed the read or not. I'll go into all that- first: the book cover.
The cover is cool- even a bit mysterious & magical, which fits the theme of this story. There's some serious strangeness too but it's Chicago. What can you expect? LOL (no offense). Though it's not one of those that automatically captures the eye, it is a nice cover. I can't say anything negative about. It's simple, yet perfection for the storyline.
Many people stay connected with family, friends and school buddies through social media. It's amazing and a very helpful tool. But what happens when a sister challenges her sibling to dump social media and to become penpals? Something very personal and embarrassing stuff lands all over media and passed on like the latest gossip...
I'm not gonna lie- I wanted this book because of the amazing cover. The 52nd by Dela caught my eye on Instagram and I thought to myself: "That book would look great on my shelf!" So as soon as my Book Buy funds became available, I added it to my collection. Am I happy I did...?
Everyone knows the story of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little! The names are synonymous with childhood. But do you know the author of those wonderful tales? Do you know where he came from and if he did anything else? Well, this book can shed a lot of light on those answers. Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White is a combination of graphic novel and biography on a man; weaving a tapestry of personal letters, photos and artwork that will make you proud to have this book on your shelf!
Jack Follman is known for short stories or chapter stories. I came across his name on Goodreads.com and followed a trail to Amazon.com. One of the reviewers said something about ThoughtCatalog.com, so I went there too! That's where I came across this chapter story: The Good Night's Sleep.
It's a story about a young lady named Katherine who thought she was in line to inherit the wonderful illness of sleep apnea. She couldn't afford the programs for a proper diagnosis, but she could take her doctor's suggestion to video herself and he'd conduct a medical investigation. The story runs into some pretty spooky stuff.
*Both an Audio and Physical Book Review!
Since the day I spotted this ARC on a fellow IG's account, I knew I had to have this story! I pre-ordered both the audiobook and novel (sadly I missed out on the totally awesome book sleeve for the ARC's that had been previously released) and waited. Until July 5th! The audiobook was released and I pounced with the intensity of a mountain lion- not a house cat. From there on, I cringed, wriggled and writhed from the story.
Nothing's more horrific that a story like this...
The Giant Who Loved the Moon is unlike any book I've read before. Because I know the author, via our Instagram relationship, I've seen her work. Martini Fisher is an unbelievable researcher who seeks only the beauty in the world's creations and facts that give purity and sincerity - not what most want to simply know. This book is proof of how great her work is.
In this Balinese Folktale collection, are nine tales, each one simple in its own theme. They almost felt like children's stories; like the Three Pigs or Hansel & Gretel. They're all stories carried from generation to generation, by word of mouth and always have to do with someone needing help - even the Gods and Goddesses of Heaven.
I believe the story I loved the most was The Kind Little Giant. It's the very first tale and the one that affected me the most. It's about a couple who prayed for a son so desperately, they were finally blessed with one. Only he was a massive eater and grew to an unbelievable size (Careful what you wish for). He was a kind child, though so gigantic he frightened even warriors from a neighboring area. But his heart was pure, as was his smile that melted hearts. Sadly, the story made me think of adages like: Digging your own grave and being killed with kindness.
The Worms Crawl In, by Kacy Jey, is a creepy, crawly tale. It's about a small town in Michigan becoming infested with aggressive, little nasties that carry a yearning for human flesh and... chocolate. Yes, I said chocolate.
Because it's a short story, I can not say too much, but I can admit that I didn't catch a case of the willies- as I'd hoped for. It was very "The Mist" feeling and more of a militarian-science kinda thing. I liked it, but I was looking for more chaos. More fear and more gore... I was left wanting but not in a negative way.
The story was good and I think anyone searching for a short story would be happy with it. I'll check out more by Jey and see what's next. NEXT!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*The Giant Who Loved the Moon is next.
**eBook is from my personal library.
Okay, so I'm like, "Wow!"
When I was approached by Neil Noriega, I figured I'd be getting a cool book. Uh, no! I got a small, swagtastic gift-galore box! I mean, two t-shirts, HD cards/bookmarks, the book, a cap and pictures! One of them being the one I posted here, the cover sleeve for The Chronicles of Jake Tanner: Hell's Lane! I was like, "Dude, thank you!"
This will probably be one of the shortest reviews I'll ever post, but I had to do it- it's a small book! But the the women in here are amazing; they're Way-Makers. Pioneers and so much more for the phenomenal, female authors of today!
Names like Rosalind Franklin (DNA), Wang Zhenyi (astronomy, mathematician), Ada Lovelace (mathematician) and Lise Meitner (Austrian nuclear physicist) to the ones who make our amazing fandom's shine, like Emma Watson, Carrie Fischer, and Daenarys Stormborn! There are so many people and items discussed in this book- down to debates, like who likes Picard more than Kirk?
It's a cool little book and if you're able to get your hands on one, as I did, via my FanMail subscription box, get one!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓out of 5 specs
*The Chronicles of Jake Tanner: Hell's Lane is next.
**Book provided by Fan Mail subscription box, via Quirk Books.
artwork taken from here.
I tried so hard to wait on reading this book, because I knew the follow up, Crooked Kingdom, is coming in a couple of months- but it was next on my list. I had to do it. But I'm glad, because when book two releases, I'll be meeting Leigh Bardugo in the flesh too!
It's always nice to open your email and find a free audiobook! That's what happened when I received Deadly Messengers, by Susan May. I met May via Goodreads.com and a co-author and book blogger, Mind Xing. Sadly, I wasn't able to download the book, but later, I was rewarded with the audio recording. Always nice!
So the thriller, Deadly Messengers is about a man set on revenge. Something tragic happened to him, causing him to lose someone he loved. His only way was to send a message to the world, using people and a powder called the Zombie Drug. Because of his determination, he used others to carry a message. One that tore apart families, friendships and everyone's sense of safety and security. How could the police stop him when the people who were committing the atrocities weren't in any way connected to him? Would they ever stop him, or would he continue to use strangers to carry out his deadly message...
I have been fortunate enough to come in at ground zero (0) with a comic once in my life. I blew it back then, but not this go-round! I don't remember how I came across Agent 1.22, but I am so happy I did. I see so much potential in this graphic novel, so much originality and hopefully some blood splatter!
I can not even begin to tell each and every one of my participating authors, how grateful I am for their participation in my second annual An Author Interview series! Through the impromptu locations, audio hang-ups and camera sliding- everyone hung with me through my toughest time yet. Thankfully it all turned out pretty awesome! LOL I can't express how much my heart swelled with excitement and nervousness the entire time.
This is a Powerhouse! Do you know Author Untamed? She's a mother, author, publisher and student! Yes- she does it all... and her novels? They are amazing!
I don't normally read urban fiction; I'm one who tends to push aside a vast majority of genre, but only because I love monsters, horror and other supernatural incidents, but her book, King Suites: The Rise of Pooch Smalls (a novella), blew me away!
What started out as an audio interview later turned into a normal interview, but the information you receive from this interview will let you know You Must Read Her Books from the Never Again... No More series!
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