Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality!

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 

 

-- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

The Jekyll Revelation

The Jekyll Revelation - Robert Masello, Christopher Lane

 

This is a historical horror/thriller story revolving around Robert Louis Stevenson, the story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Jack the Ripper. It alternates between 1880's London and "present day" California. My favorite parts were in the 1880's where Stevenson creates the story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and deals with the consequences. The present-day story revolves around Rafe, an environmental scientist who is working to save the coyotes and stumbles across a mysterious steamer trunk.

 

The part with Stevenson is intriguing and suspenseful and was hard to put down. But, the present day part with Rafe is a bit tedious and took a while to get going. I kept trying to figure out how it connected with the Stevenson story but was more interested in getting back to the 1880's. The narration is well done even though the accent irritated me a bit.

 

This is a brilliant premise for a story but lacks a bit in the execution. Overall I enjoyed it and recommend it to fans of history and horror (as combining the two is a bit unusual).

— feeling cat
"People who don't live with cats don't know this: that if you know them well, their emotions are written large across their faces, if you only care to look."
The Killer Next Door: A Novel - Alex Marwood

Chapter 47

The Killer Next Door

The Killer Next Door - Alex Marwood

 

Sleep is a luxury whose price is security. Those who can shut the world out and leave it at will are usually blessed by a world that doesn't want to shut them up.

- Chapter 20

 

A group of boarders living in a run-down apartment house; they all have secrets, that's why they ended up there. But one of them has a darker and more dangerous secret - one of them is a killer.

 

This is a dark story filled with danger and suspense. The characters are well-developed and engaging. It was easy enough to figure out who was the killer, but the end was a bit unexpected. There is some pretty gruesome stuff in here - if you are squeamish, you might want to avoid it. However, if you liked Wicked Girls by Marwood, you will probably enjoy this one. 

Still Water

Still Water - Amy Stuart

 

Clare jolts upright, her hand at her mouth to stifle a scream.

- first sentence

 

Clare goes undercover at a home that provides shelter to women who are trying to escape domestic violence to help find a missing mother and her son. Clare escaped her own abusive husband in Still Mine (the first book by author Amy Stuart). I didn't read Still Mine, and I only picked up this book because I was stuck going to a water park with no physical book to read (I was afraid to get my iPad wet or not be able to see the screen in the sun). Anyway, I grabbed this book at Target because the cover was pretty and it wasn't too long.

 

The book was just meh. I didn't connect with any of the characters, including Clare. Everyone is hiding something, but Clare never seems to figure much out - people just end up confessing or revealing each other's secrets. When the final reveal came, I was unimpressed. Maybe I would have liked it better if I read the first book...

Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas, Amanda Leigh Cobb

 

 

I loved this book. It was a fantastic end to the series. I highly recommend it. The narrator is different for this book, but she did an amazing job. There is less sex in this one than in the previous book (which was sort of a relief - it was a bit much in the last one but it did make sense in the context of the story).

 

After 64 hours in the world of Prythian, I am ready for something new. But I'm thrilled to have met Feyre & Rhysand and the rest of their family. This series is a must-read for fans of Maas, and of fantasy.

Reading progress update: I've listened 278 out of 927 minutes.

— feeling question
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin, Robin Miles

 

So... I've listened to over 4 hours and I'm still not really feeling this one. I've heard it's good but it takes a long time to get into it. Maybe half the book - that's another 4 hours before it gets good. I'm not sure if it's worth it. 

 

I just had a library hold become available. I'm going to listen to that one first.

 

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Comment back to original post. I'm reblogging this for easy access. :)

Halloween Bingo 2018: New categories, new lists - FINAL LIST

Reblogged from Moonlight Madness:
Here is the full list of lists for Halloween bingo! I'm also linked to the lists in my reveal posts.

So, my BL friends, this is where you all come in! Some of these lists are pretty thin, indeed, and we need your help to fill them full of bookish options!

UPDATE 7 August - FINAL with categories 21-31

 

Please note:  Recommendations to the lists will get added ASAP, but there might be lags here and there as unreasonable people demand I participate in real life.  

 

Also, if I start getting overwhelmed/confused by the number of comments on a list, and I've already added the books suggested, I may delete that comment thread.  I'll NEVER delete actual conversations, but if it's strictly a recommendation comment, deleting it might keep me from doing daft things, like adding the book multiple times.

 

Per Moonlight Madness' request, I've created new lists for the new categories (and where applicable, renamed old lists).  This is the final post of list links for all the 2018 categories.  

 

This post will be updated as the new categories are announced.

 

Creepy Carnivals

Southern Gothic  (short, needs suggestions!)

Doomesday

New Release (no list)

Genre: Suspense  This list was originally "Romantic Suspense" but as the category is ANY suspense book, I've renamed it. 

Baker Street Irregulars

Shifters  (I've broken out Vampires from the old Vampires vs. Werewolves, so there are now 2 lists)

Slashers 

Spellbound  (The original Witches list, renamed)

Modern Noir

 

Ghost Stories

13

A Grimm Tale

Relics and Curiosities

Deadlands  see also: Vampires

 

Modern Masters of Horror (Combined with Genre: Horror, but marked as 'Modern' in the notes.

Supernatural

Genre: Horror

Cryptozoologist  (see also: Shifters and Vampires)

Fear the Drowning Deep

 

Classic Horror

Romantic Suspense

Gothic

Country House Mystery 

Terror in a Small Town

 

Cozy Mystery

Darkest London

Amateur Sleuth

Terrifying Women

Murder Most Foul (Since this category is any mystery, I've put my own spin on this list)

Diverse Voices

 

Good luck to everyone!

Just reblogging this for easier accessibility. :)

Halloween Bingo 2018: New categories, new lists - UPDATED

Reblogged from Murder by Death:
— feeling vampire

UPDATE 5 August with categories 16-20

 

Please note:  Recommendations to the lists will get added ASAP, but there might be lags here and there as unreasonable people demand I participate in real life.  

 

Also, if I start getting overwhelmed/confused by the number of comments on a list, and I've already added the books suggested, I may delete that comment thread.  I'll NEVER delete actual conversations, but if it's strictly a recommendation comment, deleting it might keep me from doing daft things, like adding the book multiple times.

 

Per Moonlight Madness' request, I've created new lists for the new categories (and where applicable, renamed old lists).  

 

This post will be updated as the new categories are announced.

 

Creepy Carnivals

Southern Gothic  (short, needs suggestions!)

Doomesday

New Release (no list)

Genre: Suspense  This list was originally "Romantic Suspense" but as the category is ANY suspense book, I've renamed it. 

Baker Street Irregulars

Shifters  (I've broken out Vampires from the old Vampires vs. Werewolves, so there are now 2 lists)

Slashers 

Spellbound  (The original Witches list, renamed)

Modern Noir

 

Ghost Stories

13

A Grimm Tale

Relics and Curiosities

Deadlands  see also: Vampires

 

Modern Masters of Horror (Combined with Genre: Horror, but marked as 'Modern' in the notes.

Supernatural

Genre: Horror

Cryptozoologist  (see also: Shifters and Vampires)

Fear the Drowning Deep

 

Stay tuned for updates as Moonlight reveals more squares.

Basically a study guide

FTCE Educational Media Specialist PK-12 Secrets Study Guide: FTCE Exam Review for the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations - Ftce Exam Secrets Test Prep Team

 

I used this to study for my Educational Media Specialist certification and passed. So... It worked and was worth the ridiculous price I guess.

End of Watch

End of Watch: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) - Stephen King

It's always darkest before the dawn.

- first sentence

 

Bill, Holly, and Jerome are all back and so is Brady. Despite traumatic brain injuries and spending the past 5 years in a vegetative state (or maybe because of it), Brady has developed deadly mental powers. He can take over other people's bodies (and minds) and use them to do his bidding. He wants revenge, not only on Bill but on the entire city. Brady was dangerous enough walking around, but now he is even worse, especially because no one thinks he is capable of doing anything. 

 

The thing I loved best about this book is the focus on Brady's paranormal abilities. Compared to the other two books in the series (which I enjoyed btw), this book more closely resembled King's previous works of supernatural suspense. This was an amazing end to a surprisingly good series. 

 

I read a few other reviews that complained about the book being unrealistic and not providing a believable explanation for Brady's abilities. Being a huge Stephen King fan, I am thrilled with Brady's powers and I definitely wasn't looking for realism in this book. King's ability to take typically benign things/people/animals and turn them into supernaturally terrifying threats is part of his charm. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

Reading progress update: I've read 215 out of 496 pages.

End of Watch: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) - Stephen King

 

Knowing what that Zappit could do, why would any of them take a chance by looking at it?

How could I forget...

— feeling love
A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas

 

My favorite part of this book was when Rhysand explained to Feyra everything he went through, felt, and did from the time he met her until she came to his court to escape Tamlin's control. Heartbreaking, emotional, powerful, and worth every page it took to get there and more...

Court of Mist & Fury - Audiobook

A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer Ikeda

Audience - Young Adult

 

Maybe I'd always been broken and dark inside.

- first sentence

 

Feyre is now High Fae, but she still has her human heart and she cannot forget all she did to save Tamlin and his court. She is depressed, but Tamlin is too busy trying to protect and save her to notice. She still has the deal with Rhysand, new powers that she doesn't understand, and Prythian is still in danger.

 

I loved this book for so many reasons. Mass takes us on an emotional journey as Feyre learns to control and develop her powers and to respect herself and understand what she needs to be happy. She leaves a controlling relationship for herself, not for another guy.  She is an amazing character and so strong.

 

Again Mass makes us love the characters, despite or maybe because of their flaws. So many characters turned out to be different than I expected. The story is emotional, sexy, serious, sad sometimes and funny at others. I loved Rhys's team and the way he respects and loves them. I loved Feyre's strength and her gradual acceptance that she is worthwhile and deserving of happiness.

 

And then, the end. WOW - what a twist. I was so angry along with Feyre and so sad at what happened. And then after that crazy, unfortunate twist, Feyre made a decision that broke my heart...

 

And I'm immediately on to the next book. 

 

P.S. This book was 23 hours, the next is 25 hours.

Court of Thorns & Roses - audio

A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer Ikeda

 

The forest had become a labrynith of snow and ice.

- first sentence

 

Feyre is a nineteen-year-old girl who supports her family by hunting. When she kills a wolf, she violates a centuries-old treaty. As punishment, she must live with Tamlin, a powerful, immortal faerie in the land of Prythian. Feyre goes from hating Tamlin to falling in love with him, but there is a darkness over the land and Feyre may be their only hope.

 

This is a robust story with unexpected twists and turns. Feyre taught herself how to hunt in order to keep her family alive. She is a powerful girl and definitely not a typical fairy tale heroine - who needs a strong male to save her. I loved Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien, and even Rhys and I hated Amarantha and her evil court. I loved the derisive tone the narrator gave to Feyre's thoughts about certain characters and the emotion she infused into the story.

 

The end of this book was fabulous and I immediately started listening to book 2 (thank goodness for audible credits). The narrator did an excellent job, and I hope she continues with the next two books.

Intensity by Dean Koontz

Intensity - Dean Koontz

 

The red sun balances on the highest ramparts of the mountains, and in its waning light, the foothills appear to be ablaze.

- first sentence

 

Chyna is a psychology student sleeping at her friend's house when she hears a noise in the middle of the night. A serial killer is in the house and Chyna manages to evade him by hiding under the bed. Through a series of unusual choices and coincidences, Chyna ends up hiding in the back of the motorhome driven by the killer.

 

The story is tense and frightening. Chyna makes some stupid choices, but all in the name of saving another girl who is also the killer's prisoner. It is a bit predictable, but still entertaining.

Abandon - Blake Crouch

Abandon - Blake Crouch

 

Wind rips through the crags a thousand feet above, nothing moving in this godforsaken town, and the mule skinner knows that something is wrong.

- first sentence

 

Okay, so the first thing I need to say is that I loved the Wayward Pines series. I thought I would love anything by Crouch.

 

When I started reading this book, I thought there was going to be a supernatural element. I kept waiting for something that was never going to come.... because of this, I didn't like the book. Maybe if I had known what to expect, I would have appreciated the book more. To be fair, the summary on Amazon does kind hint towards a ghost/haunting.

 

Overall, it wasn't a bad book and I did learn a lot of new words - though I probably won't have an opportunity to use them in conversation any time soon.

Examples:

mochila - a Spanish word for knapsack

shabrack - a cavalry saddlecloth used in European armies

younker - youngster

scree - a mass of small loose stones that form or cover a slope

speleothem - structure formed in a cave by the deposition of minerals from water

slumgullion - cheap or insubstantial stew

 

The story goes back and forth between present time and a century ago (when the entire town disappeared). There is a lot of death and killing, but the reason is NOT supernatural, it's just old-fashioned greed. There is a man who thinks God talks to him and makes a terrible choice because of it, but there are no ghosts, no haunting. Oh well.

Currently reading

Defy the Stars
Claudia Gray
Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood
Liesl Shurtliff
The Family
Marissa Kennerson
The Fifth Season
N.K. Jemisin, Robin Miles
Progress: 278/927 minutes
Suffer the Children
Craig DiLouie

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Unwind
The Man in the Iron Mask
Truly Madly Guilty
The Reptile Room
The Wide Window
UnWholly
The Miserable Mill
The Austere Academy
UnSouled
The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend
The Ersatz Elevator
The Vile Village
The Hostile Hospital
UnDivided
The Nerdy Dozen
The Carnivorous Carnival
The Iron Giant
Awkward
Brave
The Slippery Slope


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