Spookathon 2018 is Over 😢

aka the time I changed my TBR on day 2 of a readathon…

 

Wrap Up

 

I read 4 books this time around…except, only 2 of them were on my original TBR. I had every intention of sticking to my list too you know…but…I was weak.

 

Meddling Kids

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Underwhelming after all of the hype. When this book came out, there wasn’t a place on the internet that wasn’t talking about it. In fact, it even made it to the Goodreads Best Thriller category…but, it didn’t do it for me. It had the weirdness for sure but beyond that…I wasn’t really sure what I was reading. I was expecting to fall in love with it the way that I loved Scooby Doo and the Mystery Gang…but alas, none of the characters held me.

I would recommend if: your type of mystery/thriller requires you to suspend reality and you don’t mind not falling in love with the characters.

 

 

Sleepy Hollow

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🌟🌟.5 stars

Not what I was expecting. It wasn’t horrible but I also didn’t feel like it added to my tv show experience. Meh.

I would recommend if: You’re looking for something that’s akin to a fever dream, then this is the book for you.

 

 

 

Hocus Pocus

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The first part was wonderful and nostalgic and all that I had hoped for. The second half was just okay. None of the characters in the second half make much sense, at least not where their reactions are concerned. Aside from that, the ending was a bit up in the air for me.

I would recommend if: Nostalgia is your thing and you don’t mind watching some new characters ruin all of Max, Dani and Allison’s hard work.

 

 

iZombie

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This felt like watching the TV show and yet it didn’t. Definitely interested in continuing this one. There were a lot of new elements that the show doesn’t have, which made it just different enough to be entertaining.

I would recommend if: Zombies and the paranormal are your thing.

 

 


That’s right. Not one 5-star read for this entire thing. I’m so sad. I also didn’t even start 11/22/63 and completely removed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies altogether, but I consider this year a success.

 

How has your week of reading been?

 

Dee ^_^

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Friday Reads!

aka that time I didn’t have a post ready so I went with this one.

 

This week, actually this month, has been pretty slow reading wise for me, so maybe telling you what I’m reading this weekend will motivate me to actually read.

 

So…enough stalling,

 

This

 

Weekend

 

I’m

 

Reading

 

 

 

 

I feel like everyone and their grandchild knows the synopsis of It, but for the few of you who live under a rock –

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality

I haven’t gotten very far into this (this shit is MAMMOTH) but I see why people say this is one of his most memorable pieces. It’s a lot to take in.

 

Wicked River is set to come out in May 2018, and it’s also very intense. If it does it right, this one could definitely be a top contender in its genre.

Synopsis:

Six million acres of Adirondack forest separate Natalie and Doug Larson from civilization. For the newlyweds, an isolated, back country honeymoon seems ideal: a chance to start their lives together with an adventure, on their own. But just as Natalie and Doug begin to explore the dark interiors of their own hearts, as well as the depths of their love for each other, it becomes clear that they are not alone in the woods.

Because six million acres makes it easy for the wicked to hide. And even easier for someone to go missing for good.

As they struggle with the worst the wilderness has to offer, a man watches them, wielding the forest like a weapon. And once they are near his domain, he will do everything in his power to make sure they never walk out again

 

Tell me that doesn’t sound intriguing to you?

 


 

Anyhoo, I’ll get back to it.

 

Dee ^_^

 

 

ARC Review: Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

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The only thing more dangerous than a lie…is the truth.

Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family’s reputation and with good reason. After her father’s murder thirteen years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult and her twin sister Lanie, once Josie’s closest friend and confidant, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now, Josie has finally put down roots in New York, settling into domestic life with her partner Caleb, and that’s where she intends to stay. The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past—starting with her last name.

When investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a mega-hit podcast that reopens the long-closed case of Josie’s father’s murder, Josie’s world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the unexpected death of Josie’s long-absent mother forces her to return to her Midwestern hometown where she must confront the demons from her past—and the lies on which she has staked her future.

 

TW: Suicide & suicidal thoughts, heavy drug & alcohol usage.


 

Trouble is the only thing that occurs between midnight and sunrise.

 

Alright folks, are you ready for this one?

I’m going to try to give this some semblance of order, so let’s talk about:

 

The Characters

Josie

When we first meet our MC she appears to be living the perfect life: a career that she enjoys, a man that she loves and loves her equally, a beautiful home and a quiet, unassuming life. Until Poppy Parnell.

But those are just appearances. What I’ve found instead is that Josie is infuriating, has poor judgement, selfish. She certainly doesn’t deserve Caleb and he doesn’t deserve any of what she put him through.

 

Poppy

Our Podcaster/Investigative Journalist/Human Scum. As far as antagonists go, Poppy is right up there, not because she is superiorly evil. No, she earns her place on the list because her type of evil exists in the real world: apathy. Her sole focus was ‘getting the story’ and she didn’t care if she ruined lives along the way; her disregard was infectious. Her followers were vicious and just as relentless as she is. No memory or moment is sacred.

Poppy Parnell is an example of the worst kind of human and the worst sides of modern humanity.

 

Lanie

Her storyline interested me more than Josie’s and I would’ve been more intrigued by her POV. But, she is a brat so maybe I might’ve DNF’d if I had to much of her, I don’t know.  Also, Ann is precious and she needs to be protected AT ALL COSTS!

The rocky relationship between these two sisters is our central focus, whether you care about that or not. I think they couldn’t get along because they are both so self-absorbed and selfish that they couldn’t see beyond their own suffering to realize that the other was suffering as well.

 

As someone who only has a brother, I could not IMAGINE going ten years without speaking to someone who shares my DNA let alone a twin, regardless of the hurt. But, people react differently to pain so…who am I to judge?

 

The Plot

 

 

I really enjoyed the idea of the podcast, and it was interesting seeing it portrayed. That element of the book was exactly what I wanted when I chose this book. The investigation is run in real time, so as soon as Poppy has new information, she shares it with her listeners and each new revelation usually coincides with a new memory/perspective for the sisters.

This podcast, and the reaction to it, is a clear look at what our internet personas have become, how desensitized to human suffering, hungry for the next THING to go in on. Poppy and her followers are out for blood and they don’t care who’s lives they destroy in the process.

As far as the Buhrman family is concerned I can only imagine that this would be a horrible way to find out that someone is digging into a family scandal. Just when you’ve managed to find some measure closure and peace of mind, the hurt is brought to the surface.

 

 

Noteably, Josie begins questioning what she knows to be true very early on which could only mean that on some level she’s always felt that something was missing. This sense of hidden deception is central to the plot and carries on throughout the entire book. It is the thread that holds the story together.

 

She’s going to be just as dead if I’m there as she is if I’m here

 

The quote above resonated with me. Her relationship with the ‘she’ in question was so damaged that she felt her presence was unnecessary. How sad.

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

And then someday, maybe I would finally stop lying to the man I loved

 

 

The mystery – I had theories, well A theory, which turned out to be so close to the ACTUAL truth that I can’t share it with you. So, as far as deep mysteries go, this ain’t that. If you pay close enough attention to Poppy’s podcasts and the little snippets that Josie and Lanie’s memories give you the answer. No need to think too hard.

 

 

 

 

 

My stomach dropped as I looked from the ghost-like shell of my mother to my wild, thrashing sister. What had happened to these two women who I loved so much?

 

 

Pros –  Final Girls vibe – which I loved – where our MC tries to disasocciate with her true identity to ‘move on’ with her life, but having it all return to the public eye after several years.

It was a quick read, that kept you captivated while you’re reading. For me, I was interested in knowing what caused such a significant rift between the sisters and between Lanie and the other women in her family.

 

 

 

You have to take care of the people you love…or you lose them.

 

 

Cons – Josie had so many opportunities to tell Caleb the truth and she talked herself out of it EVERY TIME. It was INFURIATING! But when the truth finally came out, well I’ve never enjoyed a MC’s pain quite so much and I couldn’t muster up an ounce of care that she’s hurting over Caleb’s reaction. Also, this was resolved too easily, imo.

I haaaate the trope where: emotional termoil and your life ‘falling apart’ equals the female protagonist MUST CUT ALL HER HAIR OFF OR SPIN INTO THE ABYSS. It’s not a big deal, but, it irritates me.

Not enough focus on the actual case. I felt misled, because I thought I was here for a full on investigation.

 


TL;DR – If the book you’re searching for is one that is a gripping mystery that’s light on ‘other’, then this isn’t the one for you. However, if you don’t mind some light mystery solving and a lot of family drama, then pick this one up.

Amazon: 4.3

B&N: 3.9

Goodreads: 3.81

My rating: 3 stars

 

Dee ^_^

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARC Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

aka The time I went aksdkfnsldjfladjfl throughout an entire book.

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Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

**This book comes out tomorrow – July 11, 2017. Declared as one of Goodreads’ best books of July (already!)


Welcome to my first review on here. It’s been a while since I’ve done this so I’m more than a little rusty (forgive me).

 

  SURVIVOR

 

When I picked this book out, I thought it would be non-stop murder, but that was not what I got. Instead, I was thrust into a story where a survivor tries to live normally after a horrific trauma. There were real moments of simple, everyday life. Until the past comes back to haunt Quincy when her former, if unwanted, mentor suddenly dies. What we are left with is a confusing series of events and the unaswerable question of who can you trust.

 

In a high-def world, flaws loom large.

 

I liked jumping between the past and the present, and the detailed retelling each of the Final Girls’ origin stories. All the vivid, gory details. I don’t know about you, but details matter, and Riley Sager delivered.

 

As if forgetting was somehow easier than remembering.

 

Quotable. Oh so quotable, and for a collecter of quotes, that’s a great thing. Funny too. I appreciated Sager’s writing style for what it was: entrancing.

 

If it hurt, she couldn’t tell. Her body already held more pain than it could handle.

 

There were a lot of stupid decisions, decisions that would usually have you yelling at the TV during a cliche horror movie scene. But those moments were tolerable mainly because even with the stupidity, you could not tell who to trust. EVERYONE was a suspect. Absolutely no predicting this one and I LOVED that, just as much as I hated it. I raged just as much as I raved.

 

She didn’t stand so much as hover, only the instinct of standing keeping her upright.

 

It was such a quick read, the words just flew by and I didn’t realize how much I’d read until I stopped to pay attention. Thriller/Mystery done right, without a doubt.

 

 


TL;DR:  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good whodunit story, one that keeps you guessing right up to the final moments. Everyone’s a suspect, and no one is innocent. PICK THIS BOOK UP NOW!

 

My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads: 4.1 stars

Amazon: 3.7 stars

 

What Thriller/Mystery novels have you read this year? Is this one on your radar?

What a month!

It’s been a good month for reading. I managed to read a total of seven books! And I enjoyed them all, which is the biggest miracle here if I’m being honest. Without further adieu, my June reads:

 

 

june 2017 wrap up

Gemina4 stars. All I can say is that I NEED book three right now! I need to know how this all ends. This series is addictive and I finally understand all the hype around it.

Heartless5 stars. Honestly, I don’t know when I drank the Kool-Aid, but I’m a happy customer as far as Marissa Meyer goes. It didn’t take much convincing for me to feel for Catherine’s story. She went through so much that her demise to the dark Queen that she becomes is almost understandable. Almost. Her signature ‘off with their heads’ was refreshing, though there were a few more heads I wanted to roll, namely her mother’s and the King’s. Overall, a wonderful story that I wouldn’t mind more of, but would be willing to accept as is.

Homegoing5 stars. I’m not normally one for character based books, needing plot drivers to sustain me. But, Gyasi knew just what to do to keep me entertained. Such rich histories all connected by a single thread. Beautiful.

Hunted3 stars. Not as amazing as I expected, but enjoyable nonetheless. I was definitely interested in hearing more from the Beast than I was to hear from our Main Character (whose name has since evaporated from my mind. Oops?). He was haunting and eerie every time we were graced with his POV.

Illuminae 4 stars. Same as I said for Gemina. As soon as I was finished with this one, I immediately began the next. Addictive.

The Girl Before3.5 stars. Well, this is what it’s like to witness Stockholm syndrome first hand. I wouldn’t mind giving Rena Olsen a second try.

Waking Gods5 stars. BOOK THREE NOW PLEASE! That is all.

 

Have you read any of these? What did you read this month? I want to know (because I am shamelessly nosey).

 

Dee ^_^