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“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 Heir - audiobook

The Heir - Kiera Cass

 

Audience: Young Adult

 

I could not hold my breath for seven minutes.

- opening sentence

 

 

I read The Selection series and found it delightful. Granted it had problems, but it was fun. I found this book on my shelf and realized it has been sitting there for a while. I wanted to finish some of the series that I started but never completed, so I decided to start with this one.

 

Two of the things I enjoyed about The Selection were the main character America and her romance with Maxon. And the whole caste system and related prejudice were intriguing. But in The Heir, the main character is irritating and has a terrible personality. Princess Eadlyn is America's daughter, but she is a spoiled brat who thinks the world revolves around her. It is really difficult to listen to her whine and judge people through most of the book. Other than that, it's not a bad story. I like Cass's writing style and the book moves along quickly. The ending actually came faster than I expected and was a total cliffhanger. I should have expected it since I knew there was at least one more book, but I wasn't thinking.

 

I will not be reading any more of this series. I should have stopped with the third book.

Infinite Sea - audiobook

The Infinite Sea: The 5th Wave, Book 2 - Ben Yannette, Rick Yancey, Penguin Books Australia Limited, Phoebe Strole

 

Audience: Young Adult

 

The world is a clock winding down.

- opening sentence

 

This was a re-read for me to prepare for reading the final book in the series, The Last Star. I read a recap summary, but I felt like I needed more information.

 

I enjoyed revisiting Cassie, Ben, Evan, Ringer, Nugget, and the rest of the gang. There is a lot of confusion in this series about who the good guys and bad guys are and how exactly the aliens are achieving their destruction of the majority of the human race.

 

This is a fun book with a few unexpected twists and a lot of action, danger, and drama.

Swashbuckling Adventure with an Enchanting Twist

Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller

 

 

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Audiobook

 

We're outnumbered. Outgunned. Seven of my men lie dead on their backs. Two more jumped overboard as soon as they saw the black flag of the Night Farer on the horizon.

 

- opening paragraph

 

Seventeen-year-old Alosa is not only the daughter of the Pirate King, but also a captain of her own ship, and a powerful fighter with more than a few tricks up her sleeve. She allows herself to be captured in order to complete a mission for her father - to find one-third of an ancient map which leads to a legendary treasure.

 

Alosa is a strong, smart, fierce fighter, and she has a secret which can bend any man to her will. I like her character, but she seems a bit cocky at times and I couldn't figure out why (until the reveal). I love that Riden (the first mate of the pirates who unwittingly take Alosa prisoner) is clever enough to see through most of Alosa's tricks. Their rivalry makes it impossible for them to even imagine liking each other, but they can't deny they are both clever and strong-willed.

 

Alosa is easy to root for. Her relationship with Riden sometimes seems a certain disaster and other times seems meant to be. This book is well-written, exciting, and filled with action and unexpected twists. Even during the last battle, things happen that you won't see coming.

 

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a high seas adventure with a strong female lead - young adults and adults too.

 

 

 

 

The Woman in Black - audiobook

The Woman In Black - Susan Hill

 

 

It was nine-thirty on Christmas Eve.

-first sentence

 

 

This is a dark, gothic, ghost story. The narrator, Arthur, recounts his experience at Eel Marsh house with the Woman in Black and how it changed his life forever. The story has haunted him for years and by writing it down, he hopes to be able to forget.

 

Arthur goes to Eel Marsh house to settle the estate of a reclusive old woman. At first, he tries to find reasonable explanations for the noises coming from the empty marsh. Then he realizes that what he hears is an echo of something that happened years before.

 

This is a slow moving story that gradually builds suspense and fear. The house is isolated on a marsh that can only be reached at low tide (it reminded me of The Elementals in that sense). As in that story, the isolation makes Arthur's experience even more terrifying. 

 

The audio is well done and I enjoyed listening. At 4 hours and 33 minutes, it is one of the shorter audiobooks I've listened to, but it didn't exactly fly by. It's a good story, but a bit on the old-fashioned side for me.

Halloween Bingo - Final Update & my last Bingo!

 

My final bingo is the last row on the bottom. I was trying to finish one more book for the four corners & center bingo, but I ran out of time. As usual, Halloween Bingo was a huge hit and loads of fun. Thanks for OB & Moonlight for hosting and doing such an amazing job as always. You guys are fabulous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Called:

 

9/1   Classic Horror

9/3   Cryptozoologist

9/5   Cozy Mystery (not on my card)

9/7   New Release

9/9   Southern Gothic

9/11 Terrifying Women

9/13 A Grimm Tale

9/15 Modern Masters of Horror

9/17 Creepy Carnivals

9/19 Relics and Curiosities

9/21 Diverse Voices

9/23 Murder Most Foul

9/25 Amateur Sleuth

9/27 Genre: Suspense

9/29 Supernatural

10/1 Ghost Stories

10/3 Doomsday

10/5 Shifters

10/7 13 (not on my card)

10/9 Terror in a Small Town (not on my card)

10/11 Darkest London

10/13 Gothic

10/15 Genre: Horror

10/17 Fear the Drowning Deep

10/19 Spellbound (not on my card)

10/21 Country House Mystery

10/23 Deadlands

10/25 Romantic Suspense (not on my card)

 

Read:

 

Ghost Stories - Ghost Story

Fear the Drowning Deep - 100 Fathoms Below

Modern Masters of Horror - Revival

Doomsday - Not a Drop to Drink

Relics and Curiosities - Strange Weather

Diverse Voices - The Girl From the Well

Free Space - Murder House

Creepy Carnivals - Full Tilt

Terrifying Women - The Creek

Country House Mystery - Ten

Genre: Suspense - Glimpse

New Release - Obscura

Cryptozoologist - The Jersey Devil

Southern Gothic - The Elementals

Classic Horror - The Exorcist

Murder Most Foul - Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper

 

 

 

Ghost Story by Peter Straub

Ghost Story - Peter Straub

 

 

 

What was the worst thing you've ever done?

- first sentence

 

This is a terrifically terrifying story. I love the way the tension builds slowly. We know something terrible happened in the past, but we aren't quite sure what. We also know something even more terrible is coming. The feeling of claustrophobia grows as the story continues and the town is closed off from the outside world. The evil is frightening and stays with you even after you put the book down.

 

The prologue was a bit confusing, but it made more sense once I got to the end of the book. I actually went back and reread the prologue and understood it much better.

 

I read this one for the Ghost Stories square and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good supernatural square.

 

 

100 Fathoms Below - audiobook

100 Fathoms Below - Nicholas Kaufmann, Steven L. Kent

 

 

 

 

Without a doubt, the most insidious dangers were the ones that hid in plain sight, camouflaging themselves inside the minds of rational men.

- first sentence

 

 

At 100 fathoms, sunlight no longer penetrates the ocean. This book combines the tension of being in a US submarine inside Russian borders during the cold war and being trapped in a submarine with deadly supernatural creatures.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The audio is well done and I spent most of my spare time this past weekend listening to it. The tension starts early and doesn't let up. The worst (best) part is, the reader knows there is something creepy hiding on the sub while the crew is clueless and just thinks a couple people are sick or maybe someone is losing it.

 

I read this one for the Fear the Drowning Deep square.

Bingo Call: 10/29/18

Reblogged from Moonlight Snow:

Halloween Bingo Tracking Post #16 - second bingo!

I've been busy and haven't read as much as I planned to, but after 15 days, I finally have another update - and a second bingo!! Hopefully, I can get at least one more (maybe two) before the end of the month, but my hopes of a blackout have been pretty much dashed. :(

Oh well, I did much better than the past times I played. :)

 

 

 

Called:

 

9/1   Classic Horror

9/3   Cryptozoologist

9/5   Cozy Mystery (not on my card)

9/7   New Release

9/9   Southern Gothic

9/11 Terrifying Women

9/13 A Grimm Tale

9/15 Modern Masters of Horror

9/17 Creepy Carnivals

9/19 Relics and Curiosities

9/21 Diverse Voices

9/23 Murder Most Foul

9/25 Amateur Sleuth

9/27 Genre: Suspense

9/29 Supernatural

10/1 Ghost Stories

10/3 Doomsday

10/5 Shifters

10/7 13 (not on my card)

10/9 Terror in a Small Town (not on my card)

10/11 Darkest London

10/13 Gothic

10/15 Genre: Horror

10/17 Fear the Drowning Deep

10/19 Spellbound (not on my card)

10/21 Country House Mystery

10/23 Deadlands

10/25 Romantic Suspense (not on my card)

 

Read:

 

Modern Masters of Horror - Revival

Doomsday - Not a Drop to Drink

Relics and Curiosities - Strange Weather

Diverse Voices - The Girl From the Well

Free Space - Murder House

Creepy Carnivals - Full Tilt

Terrifying Women - The Creek

Country House Mystery - Ten

Genre: Suspense - Glimpse

New Release - Obscura

Cryptozoologist - The Jersey Devil

Southern Gothic - The Elementals

Classic Horror - The Exorcist

Murder Most Foul - Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper

 

 

 

Revival - audiobook

Revival - Stephen King

 

 

 

In one way, at least, our lives really are like movies.

- first sentence

 

During the first three-quarters of this book, we get to know the characters, especially Jamie. I was constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. Reverend Jacobs is obsessed with electricity; okay, but what's going to happen next. I enjoyed following the characters and feeling their emotions through the ups and downs of their lives, but I was hoping for something... more. Then, when the more finally came, I was surprised, to say the least. I know this book has been out for a while, but I try to avoid spoilers as much as possible so I didn't really know what to expect from this book. I had recently read a couple of reviews that claimed this was his scariest book (at least in recent years). I think I was expecting the scary to be woven throughout the book, but it wasn't - it just hit you in the face during the final part of the book.

 

I don't know how I feel about what the ending says about life and death, but I wasn't especially scared or impressed by it. I'm giving it four stars because Stephen King has been my favorite author for more years than I can count, and because I appreciate his writing and ability to scare us in so many ways. The audio was very well done and I was anxious to see what would happen next. I listened to this every night instead of reading a print book, in addition to listening during my walks and driving time.

 

I read this book for the Modern Masters of Horror square.

I missed this call yesterday.

Bingo Call: 10/19/18

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue:

 

 

Spellbound: books containing witches, warlocks, sorcerors and witchcraft.

Here's today's bingo call.

Bingo Call: 10/17/18

Reblogged from Moonlight Snow:

Today's call. :)

Bingo Call: 10/15/18

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue:

 

 

Genre: Horror: anything that fits into the horror genre.

And... here is today's call:

Bingo Call: 10/11/18

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue:

 

 

Darkest London: any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book set in London.

 

 

Halloween Bingo Tracking Post #15 - BINGO!! (finally)

 

Hooray! Finally got my first bingo!!

 

 

 

Called:

 

9/1   Classic Horror

9/3   Cryptozoologist

9/5   Cozy Mystery (not on my card)

9/7   New Release

9/9   Southern Gothic

9/11 Terrifying Women

9/13 A Grimm Tale

9/15 Modern Masters of Horror

9/17 Creepy Carnivals

9/19 Relics and Curiosities

9/21 Diverse Voices

9/23 Murder Most Foul

9/25 Amateur Sleuth

9/27 Genre: Suspense

9/29 Supernatural

10/1 Ghost Stories

10/3 Doomsday

10/5 Shifters

10/7 13 (not on my card)

10/9 Terror in a Small Town (not on my card)

 

 

Read:

 

Doomsday - Not a Drop to Drink

Relics and Curiosities - Strange Weather

Diverse Voices - The Girl From the Well

Free Space - Murder House

Creepy Carnivals - Full Tilt

Terrifying Women - The Creek

Country House Mystery - Ten

Genre: Suspense - Glimpse

New Release - Obscura

Cryptozoologist - The Jersey Devil

Southern Gothic - The Elementals

Classic Horror - The Exorcist

Murder Most Foul - Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper

 

 

 

Not a Drop to Drink

Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis

 

Lynn was nine the first time she killed to protect the pond, the sweet smell of water luring the man to be picked off like the barn swallows that dared to swoop in for a drink.

- first sentence

 

I couldn't wait to see how this one would end. It is the story of a young girl raised in the wilderness by her mother. In this world, water is more than scarce. The only water Lynn and her mother have comes from their pond and they will do anything to defend it. Her mother taught her not to trust anyone and to be entirely self-reliant. But how long can they survive this way?

 

I enjoyed the wild west feel of this one. I loved Lynn and enjoyed watching her mature and adapt emotionally as the book progressed. Her life is full of struggles and the constant threat of death, but Lynn is strong and she doesn't give up. There was a devastating event towards the end that I totally didn't see coming - it was tough.

 

Apparently, there is a "companion book",  In a Handful of Dust, that I look forward to reading after Halloween Bingo concludes.

 

I read this one for the Doomsday square:

 

Currently reading

The Belles
Dhonielle Clayton, Rosie Llewellyn-Jones
This Is Our Story
Ashley Elston
The Fifth Season
N.K. Jemisin, Robin Miles
Progress: 278/927 minutes
The Last Star (The 5th Wave)
Rick Yancey

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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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