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September 6, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE SCATTERED AND THE DEAD by L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain

I’ve been on the mailing list for this pair for a while now (I honestly don’t remember where I found them any more, or when) and I’m sure this book has been on my Kindle for just as long. I’m always up for a good look into post-apocalyptic nightmares, zombies, you know, whatever the end of the world brings. Everyone has their own view and it’s absolutely fascinating. So this seemed to be right up my alley. If nothing else, I always like to give any author the benefit of the doubt for a book, if I’ve ended up on their mailing list and they haven’t irritated me too much during whatever emails I’ve received. (It’s happened, y’all. But that’s a post for another day.)

This started out with so much promise.

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August 9, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: HOLDING by Graham Norton

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So maybe I’m behind the trend on this one, but I wasn’t aware that Graham Norton wrote books. I’m a fan of his TV show–I don’t go out of my way to watch it, but I’ve enjoyed it the times I’ve seen it–but I really didn’t know he did anything outside that.

I mean, I suppose I should have guessed. He doesn’t just live in a bubble of television. (That would be weird.) But in any case, when I saw his name on the book and ascertained that it was in fact that SAME Graham Norton, I knew I had to pick it up.

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May 17, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE BLUEBELL INFORMANT by Nick R B Tingley

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

I like killers with calling cards. I like the concept of calling cards in general. (One of the video games I’m playing at present uses the concept, and it pleases me immensely.) So in reading the description of BLUEBELL INFORMANT, and seeing the flowers used as such, I was instantly intrigued. (I blame all the Criminal Minds I’ve watched over the years. My brain wants to profile everything, and the calling card just adds a new level of interest.)

As with so many thrillers I’ve read as of late, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I always get a little nervous about body counts (I blame Ethan Cross for that one) but if I wanted to make a judgment on stereotypes alone, given that the main detective is female, I didn’t expect a very high body count.

How amusing, I find out later, that I base that on assumptions.

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May 3, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: BLACK IRIS by Elliot Wake (writing as Leah Raeder)

I know all of you are probably familiar with my love of this author, particularly his book CAM GIRL, especially if you watch any of my YouTube videos. When BAD BOY came out in December, I was all set to by it instantly, but was told it might help to read BLACK IRIS first, as some of the characters overlapped, and it might spoil the book a bit.

Of course, I was more than willing to pick up another of Wake’s books, and dove in enthusiastically.

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April 26, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE DEAD ROOM by Stephanie Erickson

Hey! Been a while since we visited Stephanie Erickson and her writing, right? Man. Well, I wanted to have this and the next in the series (THE DEAD WORLD) read before the third book (ALIVE) came out, buuuuut I’m bad at time management or something and so it’s late. SORRY STEPHANIE.

In any event, I read this book…and I’m not sure what I was expecting from it, but I didn’t get it. And that’s TOTALLY okay.

THE DEAD ROOM starts out very post-apocalyptic. 322 years in the future. Everyone living on an island in the Northern Pacific, run by elders, all saved by some mystical dude named Bennett Ashby, back to more hunter-gatherer-meets-Hunger-Games style world. The islanders are told that this is all that is left of the world. They are the remaining vestiges of humanity, and all they need is here.

Needless to say, not everyone is convinced of this. What happened to everyone? Are you sure nothing is left? Ashley Wortham is Not Convinced that this is true, and that the elders are hiding something from them. She and her best friend Mason go off in search of answers, generally to the elders’ dismay, and what they find…they couldn’t have been prepared for. And as the blurb says, “What will they do when they discover the downfall of humanity lies within their own island, deep inside the dead room?”

Erickson has proven to be a fantastic writer in the past, so I had absolutely no concerns about the quality of the writing going in. The blurb is just vague enough that I have no clue what’s really going on, but much like Ashley, I’m positive that I need answers. And that feeling kept up through the entire book, particularly after what Ashley and Mason find out in the rest of the world.

This is a totally new take on the apocalypse, and one that I haven’t really seen before. (Pieces of it, amusingly, remind me of one of my own projects, but they’re different enough that it’s not concerning.) And given the tone of the entire novel up until the big reveal, the reveal totally came as a surprise to me. It felt utterly out of left field–but not in a bad way. Just in a “…oh right, this is…yeah.” kind of way. I love it. I’m utterly fascinated, and the book sets itself up very nicely for the next installment.

There are definitely some things I’m sad about. As with all things, we lose a few beloved characters (or at least, they’re beloved to me) as the plot goes on. None of the deaths felt unnecessary…though I’m not entirely sure why one of them happened, because it doesn’t make…a ton of sense, given everything that led up to it. (But spoilers, sweetie.) BUT! Really nicely told, a pretty quick read, and I’m definitely putting DEAD WORLD and ALIVE higher up on the TBR. I need to know what happens next.

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April 19, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE BEAST OF LONDON by L.D. Goffigan

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

I’m a sucker for a vampire story. (A good vampire story.) I’m fascinated about the good and evil component, I love seeing how everyone interprets it. We all come from a common point in the past, but it’s gone in so many different directions. It’s not often that I see someone going all the way back to the original to start peeking at the story again. A few years back, a friend from college wrote a musical rendition of Dracula called THE DEAD ENGLISH, and I loved it. It rekindled my fascination with Dracula and all things about it. There was so much more to the story–to the true, proper story of Dracula–that I’d forgotten, or hadn’t read. (I’m still not sure how much of the original book I’ve read.)

So when this book wandered into my life, how could I possibly pass up an opportunity to see one more imagining?

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April 12, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: I LOVE YOU TODAY by Marcia Gloster

I was provided an ARC of this book from the Story Plant in exchange for my honest review.

I’m always fascinated to see how authors view different parts of our society, and which pieces they choose to focus on for their work. So seeing a book from the Mad Men era coming out, focusing on a woman who was bound and determined to make her way through a male-driven field, I was all in favor to see this kind of adventure.

Unfortunately, it didn’t quite deliver the way I was hoping.

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March 15, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: HIMSELF by Jess Kidd

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

I seem to be on a kick for reading books which take place in Ireland lately. Not that I’m saying that’s a bad thing, but it’s amusing that after reading CITY OF BOHANE, my mind seemed much more well-put-together for this particular book. The two don’t share much else in common, but honestly, the charm of Irish writing is more than enough to keep me paying attention.

And Kidd definitely knows how to tell a story.

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March 8, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: SONGS OF INSURRECTION by JC Kang

(Full disclosure: I do know the author, but I purchased the book on my own and was not asked to review it–in fact, he told me he was afraid for me to read it! This is my honest review.)

I wanted this to come out last week, since the author just released his rebranded version of the third book last Friday, but alas. My schedule hates me and doesn’t want me to have nice things. Sorry, dude. At least I tried?

This is not the first time this book has been on the market. First sold as THE DRAGON SCALE LUTE, I know fellow reviewers who have seen the originals, and have hard copies of what it used to be. When I approached the author to read and review myself, he urged me to wait until he had the new versions done and uploaded. Since my TBR is notoriously full, I didn’t mind waiting. Now that the titles are renewed, refocused, and recovered, I was keen to dive into the world I’d heard talked about so much.

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March 1, 2017

When Reviews Go Bad

So I took a bit of a gamble the other day. Usually I have a schedule of books that I’ll read in order, to make sure that I get reviews enough for the weeks ahead. Since I’m generally a quick reader, I don’t often have trouble with this. But there comes a moment when you look at the book in front of you, and you’re left with one very obvious problem.

This book doesn’t deserve a review.

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