05 April 2017

The House by Simon Lelic - My Review


IMG Obtained from Net Galley


I just recently finished this really intense, unexpected thriller and I can't wait to tell you guys about it. Here is what the book is about -

Via NetGalley -

What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?
Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it. So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake. Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door. And now the police are watching them...
My Review

When I started this book, I thought it would be a ghost story. Although you have some haunted characters, this isn't quite a ghost story. It starts out with the couple writing their stories about what has happened since they moved into their new house. Jack starts out focusing on the house and the discoveries he has made since they arrived. Following his initial reaction to the house, Sydney talks about this girl she befriends named Elsie.  This book is a close first person account about this couple's experience and at first it's as if you are privy to a private conversation and that is what makes this so unique.

One really incredible piece about this book is how you piece together what's going on in this couple's life.  I don't want to give anything away, but I will tell you that it's about how the past will catch up to the future. For any horror story or haunted house story fan, this book does remind us all - be wary of an old house with a great deal.

I'm also a fan of good endings and will never give the ending away, but I was highly pleased with house this story ended too. The only troubling part is Sydney goes over some abuse she handled as a kid by her father and that was almost too vivid and cruel for me to read. I actually had to skip through that.

I highly recommend this story and you will not regret reading it!

Right now it's going to be published later this year, so add this to your reading list on GoodReads.

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You can also follow the author on Twitter too!

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

01 April 2017

An Excellent Subscription for Bookworms

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April is here! And you know, if you are a bookworm or if you know a bookworm, you should sign up for the "Book of the Month" subscription service. Here's why it's a stand out service:

1) You can choose which book you want to read for the month before they mail it out.

2) It's inexpensive! For example right now they have an April promotion for a 1-month subscription, for only $5! You can purchase a 3 month subscription for $9.99 per month AND you get a free tote. 

3) Really cool people select the books for the month! For example, Tyler Coates (culture editor at GQ) and Glory Edim (Owner of popular blog Well Read Black Girl) as judges this April.

So I think you should sign up. I've used it before and every time I'm always surprised by the book selection and also you can some fun little trinkets too like a bookmark or something extra special like that. 


29 March 2017

More of Me by Kathryn Evans [Book Review]



About the Book (Courtesy of NetGalley)

"Teva goes to school, studies for her exams, and spends time with her friends. To the rest of the world, she’s a normal teenager. But when she goes home, she’s anything but normal. Due to a genetic abnormality, Teva unwillingly clones herself every year. And lately, home has become a battleground. When boys are at stake, friends are lost, and lives are snatched away, Teva has a fight on her hands—a fight with herself. As her birthday rolls around, Teva is all too aware that time is running out. She knows that the next clone will soon seize everything she holds dear. Desperate to hang on to her life, Teva decides to find out more about her past . . . and uncovers lies that could either destroy her or set her free."

My Opinion 

Oh this book was WEIRD you guys. But you know? Not in a bad way. So you have a girl with a bunch of sisters, all ages. But they aren't really sisters. They're versions of her. So this girl, Teva, who is about to turn 16 (and face another transformation) is battling like crazy to keep her life. Because she knows the second she gets near her next birthday, she'll split apart again and a new version of her will come out.

While she's balancing out THIS horrific thought, she's also battling her younger self. The one who is 15, who wants her life back. It's a complicated roller coaster although it's also filled with typical things that happen to us as teenagers - from trying to figure out what we want to do with our life, to finding a boyfriend and keeping a boyfriend, maintaining friendships, and learning how to explain around the weirdness of our personal life. Really if you have a teen who struggles feeling like they're weird, or their life is weird, or your inner teen STILL struggles with feeling weird, you need to read this book. Any one of us who ever looked back on our younger selves and wondered what on earth we were thinking needs to read this book. It does have some slow parts that I thought dragged, but overall, it's a really cool and very DIFFERENT kind of read. It's not overly science fiction, not too young adult either, it's a great balance and you're sure to enjoy it.

Purchase now on Amazon. Or add it to your must read list on Good Reads.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

17 March 2017

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen [Review]



Imagine coming home and someone you expected to be home isn't there. But not only are they gone. They're stuff is gone too. Every photograph of them, clothing, furniture item, sheets, and even down to the last coffee bean is gone. And you go into email and social media and every trace of them is gone there too. Even emails you exchanged with each other. It's like they never existed.

That's the case for Hannah who came home to find her boyfriend, Matt gone. She can't figure out why he left but despite the urging of her best friend she can't let it go either. He couldn't have just left her. She's sure of it. And thus begins and obsessive journey to find her boyfriend. She even risks her job to find him.

This was an enticing thriller although a tad unbelievable at times. With how driven she is at work, I couldn't wrap my head around her willingness to potentially give that up to search for boyfriend. But still that didn't stop me from being really into finding this guy and also guessing along the way for why he was likely missing. I even went the sci-fi route at times! And when the ending came around I was bit thrown, but it did make me think. I also wish there were more instances of foreshadowing of the potential reason why Matt went missing. Overall though this was an excellent thriller and despite some flaws I would say it is worthy of three and a half stars. If you liked Girl on the Train, you will enjoy this. It reminded me a lot of that book.

This book will be available to purchase on Amazon very soon so make sure you remember to buy it! 

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

08 January 2017

Nightmares, Edited by Ellen Datlow [A Review] #AmReading



I'm a huge fan of short story collections these days. I've gotten more into writing my own short fiction lately so I always love reading stories that I can reflect on for inspiration. I am especially a huge fan of the creepy ones.

With the short story collection, Nightmares edited by Ellen Datlow, you have a strong collection of short stories that will disturb you long after they are over. It contains twenty four stories and each one unique and disturbing in it's own way. One in particular called, "The Clay Party," I read during my commute home that left me with a queasy stomach that reminded me a bit of the "Donner Party" with an extremely morbid and weird twist.

Another story, "Dead Sea Fruit" stayed with me. It's a story about a man who turned young men and women's tongues into something that left a horrible ash taste that rendered them unable to eat. The relationship between him and new dentist becomes curious when he refuses to kiss her.

As with all short story collections, some I couldn't connect with and others I found much too gruesome for me to really enjoy. But this is a fantastic collection of short stories that I think is worthy of your reading throughout this dreary cold January. Isn't it a fantastic way to get through this endless winter?

So, Friday the 13th is just next week so if you want to creep yourself out next weekend, I highly recommend purchasing this collection of short stories. It'll definitely stay with you long after it's over (and those are my favorite kind of books!).

Purchase now on Amazon. Visit the publisher's website for more details.

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