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September 20, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE 7 1/2 DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE by Stuart Turton

I’m from a family of readers, and my father has always been the one who when you tell him that he HAS to read a book, it makes him less likely to actually read it. I’ve inherited a lot of this from him. But as much as both of my parents love to toss books at me and say that they’d recommend them, when my father specifically seeks me out to say “this book is on NetGalley and you REALLY SHOULD READ IT”…I know I’m likely in for a treat. That being said, I do walk in with a small piece of trepidation. I am very much my father’s child, but we can have highly different opinions on media and entertainment. But if he’s this excited…

Well, he’s the reason I found NetGalley in the first place, so I’ll give it a try.

And holy cow, was I not left wanting. This book came out in the US on 09/18 and I fully recommend buying it RIGHT NOW.

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September 20, 2017

BOOK(S) REVIEW: BY VOW AND ROYAL BLOODSHED and ON WINGS OF BONE AND GLASS by M.C.A. Hogarth

TAG TEAM ATTACK! Books two and three in the Blood Ladders trilogy I’m tossing into one review, not because I don’t think they’re worth their own, but because I read them in such close proximity to one another, my mind is having trouble keeping track of what happens when. As such, I’d rather just summarize here, because as you all know, if left to my own devices, I’ll talk for days about MCAH and her writing, and…well, I’m more than happy to, but perhaps you aren’t. So without any spoilers (which will already cut a chunk out) here’s what my thoughts are. (However, if you haven’t read book one, I don’t recommend reading this, unless the potential for spoilers in THAT book doesn’t bother you. JUST AS A WARNING.)

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May 31, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate

I was provided an ARC of this book free of charge by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I’m always fascinated by books that include real-life history and stories in them. The “Dear America” diaries were some of my favorites growing up, and it’s always been one of my favorite ways to learn history. It helps solidify that these were real people going through real things. And as time moves forward, the history starts getting closer and closer. It’s easy to keep things distant when you’re reading about the Titanic.

It’s a lot harder when the story takes place less than a hundred years in the past. Times that family of mine could have lived through.

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March 29, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: LOCK IN by John Scalzi

Since I attended (or rather, will attend, as of the writing of this review) one of Scalzi’s book tour events on Friday the 24th (aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh) I figured it was probably a good idea to read at least something of his. Yeah, I’m a terrible SFF fan and up until now, I hadn’t read anything of John Scalzi’s. I’ve been having great fun following him on Twitter however (hi John) and I was more than happy to pick up a few of his books. I’d originally intended to pick up OLD MAN’S WAR since that’s the one I hear mentioned most often, but reading the description for LOCK IN was far too intriguing for me to pass up.

Besides, the concept reminds me a tiny bit of some of my own work.

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January 25, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE BOY WHO COULD SEE DEMONS by Carolyn Jess-Cooke

So there are a few books on my NetGalley profile that slipped through the cracks early on in my tenure there, and I decided that if I could, I was going to go back and see about giving them the feedback they deserved. This means I’m spending a lot of time cursing at Overdrive and wondering why libraries can’t just have EVERY BOOK I WANT available. But this one I found, after a bit of sneaky research, and decided sure why not, I’ll give this a whirl.

I have never been more angry that I hadn’t read a book sooner.

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January 11, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: TERMINAL REGRESSION by Mallory Hill

I received a free ARC of this book from The Story Plant in exchange for my honest review.

I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this book when I first saw it. The cover is very dramatic, all swooping colors and ALL CAPS TITLES, and an indication that this was a contest winning book, and this was the author’s first novel. I’m always nervous about first novels. I’ve read some that are amazing, and others that I’m just not quite sure about.

And as I told a friend of mine just a moment ago, this is the first book in a while now that I’ve read…and haven’t wanted to stop to do anything else.

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January 4, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE JEKYLL REVELATION by Robert Masello

If one thing is evident about me and my literary affections (and there’s a lot more than one thing, but let’s just go with it here) it’s that all you need to do is mention Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to get my attention. I am a huge fan of the story, of all its various renditions, and how well any popular culture actually gets to portraying the proper Jekyll and Hyde that Robert Louis Stevenson created. (Hint: almost none.) So when this came across my feed in NetGalley, I jumped on the chance to read the ARC.

That being said, this is coming out far later than it should have, and I went and borrowed the book from Amazon to finish it. But I’m especially grateful that I did.

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October 12, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: SIGNS OF ATTRACTION by Laura Brown

Laura and I have seen each other around social media for a while now (and she’s proven to be an excellent critique partner; if ever I write more of Rem and Sam’s romance, it’ll be thanks to her) so when she started talking about this book, I was incredibly excited to read it. Not just because I know that she’s a talented author (though she is!) but because I knew it was going to be an incredibly accurate representation of one of my favorite kinds of stories. See, Laura herself is Hard of Hearing–and her characters reflect her knowledge of that world.

Have I mentioned I’m in love with ASL? Maybe a few times? Okay, good. Because I AM IN LOVE WITH ASL.

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October 5, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: THE SIX TRAIN TO WISCONSIN by Kourtney Heintz

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I get emails from NetGalley on a semi-regular basis, and often the books don’t strike me. (I think I need to stop telling people I like thrillers, because 90% of all the ones I ever see promoted don’t sound like anything I’d read.) But when an email came out talking about a book called HIGHWAY THIRTEEN TO MANHATTAN, the description sounded interesting. The trouble was that it was a second book, and just from the brief description, this wasn’t something I could just jump into. However, in a lovely and reasonable move, NG was offering galley copies of the first book as well.

Now that I’m at least somewhat caught up with the various books I’m supposed to be reading, I got to sit down with SIX TRAIN. …Holy moses, I wasn’t expecting this.

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August 3, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S: THE SILVER EYES by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley

It’s not often that I get to combine two of my loves into a single post. But lo and behold, bless Scott Cawthon and his desire to tell stories, because he’s helped create a book in a world with better lore than the next six games (besides UNDERTALE) put together.

Needless to say, this review may not make a lot of sense to you if you are not familiar with the underlying games that make up the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise. I do believe the book can stand on its own, but knowing the world helps. The premise, in its broadest form, is that there was one a pizzeria chain called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, not dissimilar to Chuck E Cheese’s. Legend has it that someone used one of the animatronic suits to lure children into a back room, murder them, and then hide the bodies in the other suits. The spirits of the children now haunt the suits, and in the games, you play the night guard (?) that the animatronics are trying to kill.

If you’d like to read on, feel free. If not, the tl;dr is that I loved the book and am even more intently determined to figure out the mysteries of the world. I gave it 5*. THERE ARE SPOILERS BENEATH THE CUT. But if you live on the Internet like me, you may have already seen these.

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