Posted in Book Review, Dystopian, Young Adult

Not a Drop to Drink

Review:

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.

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Posted in Audiobook, Book Review

Strange Weather – audiobook

Review:

Strange Weather  - Wil Wheaton, Joe Hill, Kate Mulgrew, Stephen Lang, Dennis Boutsikaris

Snapshot

Performed by Wil Wheaton.

This story features a creepy man (The Phoenician) with a Polaroid camera that steals memories. A teenage boy stumbles across the man and becomes tangled up in his plan.

The story is told from Michael’s memories of what happened. The narration is excellent; it was fun to listen to “Wesley Crusher” perform the story. The idea of a camera that steals memories by taking pictures is frightening. Hill relates it to Alzheimer’s in the way the Phoenician takes away pieces of the older woman’s memories and gradually destroys who she is. I liked that there wasn’t a simple fix. But I kept thinking the story was over and waiting for something cool to happen, and that was a bit of a letdown. (3 stars)

Loaded

Performed by Stephen Lang

With all the gun violence in our country, this one was hard to listen to. The story follows a mall shooting and how it affects the security guard involved. I liked the reporter character who helped figure out what really happened in the mall that day. But the story was a bit too dark for me and the ending didn’t help. (2 stars)

Aloft

Performed by Dennis Boutsikaris

This is a quirky story about a guy on his first skydiving excursion who somehow lands on a sentient cloud that doesn’t want to let him go. I have an open mind and appreciate fantasy as much as the next reader, but I didn’t love this story. The main problem was I couldn’t stand the main character. (2 stars)

Rain

Performed by Kate Mulgrew

In this story, one day instead of water, it rains crystal nails that shred anyone who is left out in the open. Honeysuckle tries to find her girlfriend’s father and, in the process, finds clues leading to the cause of the deadly rain. I liked following Honeysuckle’s journey and her interactions with other survivors, but there were too many coincidences and the final conclusion seemed highly unlikely. I did enjoy the narrow scope of the story and how it focused on Honeysuckle’s journey as opposed to the effects of the overall apocalypse. I must say that I love Kate Mulgrew and will happily listen to any story she performs, so that may affect my rating. (3 ½ stars)

 

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Posted in Book Review, Halloween Bingo 2018, Horror

The Girl from the Well

Review:

The Girl from the Well - Rin Chupeco

 

I am where dead children go.

– first sentence

Murdered deads live in storms without season, in time without flux. We do not go because people do not let us go.

– Chapter 1

Okiku is a spirit who was murdered hundreds of years ago. She takes vengeance on child killers and releases the souls of their victims. Tark is a teenager with an evil spirit locked inside him. When they find each other, they become part of a battle between good and evil.

This book is fantastic. It was scary, bloody, and suspenseful. It is told from the point of view of Okiku and is a bit disjointed at times. It combines the troubles of teenage life with a Japanese ghost story. There is a lot of Japanese culture throughout the story, especially towards the end when the family returns to Japan.

I liked Okiku and Tark and their relationship. Okiku really knows how to deal some bloody vengeance. It’s cool that Tark and his cousin are some of the few people who can see Okiku and she is able to communicate with them. I liked hearing her backstory. And the ending was perfect.

 

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Posted in Adult, book games, Book Review, Booklikes, Halloween Bingo 2018, thriller

The Murder House

Review:

Murder House - Therese Plummer, James Patterson, Jay Snyder, David B. Ellis

This one started out kind of slow. The first 1/4 of the book seemed like background setup and character development (which is ok, but not what I usually expect from Patterson). Once new murders started and the flashback scenes began, the pace picked up. I wasn’t sure who the killer was – I knew who they wanted me to think was the killer and who I wanted to be the killer, but I didn’t know the truth until the very end. That part was kind of fun. There were a couple of twists I didn’t see coming, and some I saw way before Detective Jenna Murphy did, but I guess I actually did have more information to work with.

If you like twisty serial killer stories, this is a good one.

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Posted in Book Review, Fantasy, Halloween Bingo 2018, Horror, Young Adult

Full Tilt

Review:

Full Tilt - Neal Shusterman

 

It began the night we died on the Kamikaze.

– First sentence

This is a great Creepy Carnival book. Blake, his brother Quinn, and their friends Russ & Maggie end up trapped in an otherworldly carnival. The only way out is if they can ride seven rides before dawn. But each ride taps into one of their biggest fears, and no one has ever escaped before…

I enjoyed this one. It was fast-paced and creepy with a satisfying ending. It doesn’t take long to get to the carnival part and I enjoyed watching Blake try to figure things out.

 

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Posted in Book Review, Middle Grade, thriller

The Creek by Jennifer L. Holm

Review:

The Creek - Jennifer L. Holm

First, pets go missing, and then a child is killed. Twelve-year-old Penny and her friends hear the gossip about Caleb and they, like all the parents, think he is the killer. After all, he terrorized the town before he was sent away and now he is back.

The story was okay. The characters don’t have a lot of depth and Caleb is basically just a shadow of evil. The final reveal is a bit of a stretch. But it was a quick read with some twists and creepy moments. It’s aimed at middle-grade readers and I think that age group would enjoy it.

 

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Posted in Audiobook, Book Review, Horror, Young Adult

Ten – audiobook

Review:

Ten - Gretchen McNeil

 

Minnie’s face was deathly pale.

– First sentence

This is a YA novel “inspired by Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None” (according to the Amazon page).

Ten teenagers are at a house party on an island full of summer homes in the middle of February. There is a huge storm which of course knocks out power and phone lines. As her friends start dying, Meg tries to figure out the clues left behind, all while protecting her best friend from falling apart, and hiding her secret crush.

The characters are mostly underdeveloped (some of them die rather quickly after we meet them) and basically unlikeable.  But the book is fast-paced and kept me guessing until the very end. I had my suspicions, but they were wrong, which is always fun.

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, Horror

Glimpse

Review:

Glimpse - Jonathan Maberry

 

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

– Edgar Allan Poe

Rain’s life is spinning out of control. Yes, she’s an addict and her past is filled with mistakes, but now it seems her nightmares are coming to life.

Dr. Nine is the evil force in this book and he is creepy as hell. Rain and her friends are wonderfully flawed characters. And Monk is an amazing character all on his own, a cross between a private detective and paranormal vigilante.

I enjoyed this one. It is a bit of a slow burn, but totally worth it. I was surprised by the twists and by the ending. I love Maberry’s writing, the Rot & Ruin series, the Pine Deep series, and the Dead of Night series. This one is different but still scary and fun.

 

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Posted in Adult, Audiobook, Book Review, Horror, Sci-Fi

Obscura – audiobook

Review:

Obscura - Joe Hart, Christina Traister

This book combines sci-fi, horror, and suspense into a gripping adventure filled with surprises. I listened to this book every chance I had and stayed up late last night to finish it. As much as I thought I knew about how it would turn out, I was still surprised.

Gillian is a neurosurgeon drafted by NASA to figure out what’s going wrong with the astronauts on the space station. Turns out Gillian wasn’t given all the details or told the entire truth about the situation. Gillian is a character with many flaws, but she is strong and never gives up. Even when it seems like all hope is lost, Gillian finds a way to keep going.

I listened to the audiobook and loved it. The narrator was amazing; I felt like I was trapped with Gillian – the fear, the claustrophobia, the doubt about who to trust. One thing that irked me a bit was the Swedish accent the narrator used for one of the characters. It was a bit like listening to Dracula as a neurosurgeon’s assistant.

This is a fabulous book. Highly recommended.

 

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