Posted in Adult, Book Review, thriller

Intensity by Dean Koontz

Review:

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.

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review

Abandon – Blake Crouch

AGE: Adult

Review:

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.

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review

The Gift

Age: Adult

Review:

Every Tuesday, between four and five, I tell lies.

– first sentence

Jenna was dying until she received Callie’s transplanted heart. Now Jenna is having feelings and visions of things Callie experienced. Everyone thinks she is crazy and Jenna even doubts her own sanity. But the feelings are getting stronger and Jenna can no longer ignore the things she remembers.

The cover claims this is, ” The Gripping Psychological Thriller Everyone is Talking About.” That implies an amazing story that you can’t put down with unexpected twists – right? Well, it doesn’t quite live up to that claim. The story is good, and the plot leads the reader to believe certain characters are guilty, but there were no jaw-dropping twists. By the end, I just wanted it to be over and didn’t really care what the devious plot was that got Callie killed.

I will say that the concept of Cellular Memory is interesting. I think I just expected more from this book. The reviews on Goodreads indicate that I am in the minority – most reviewers rave about it.

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, Graphic Novel, Horror

Walking Dead Vol. 1 – Days Gone Bye

Review:

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye - Tony Moore, Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead will be the zombie movie that never ends.

– from the introduction by Robert Kirkman

I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead tv show. It’s hard to put into words what this show means to me and how it has played with my emotions over the years. I can’t believe I waited this long to read the graphic novel.

I loved everything about this graphic novel and I can’t wait to read Volume 2.

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, Horror

A Terrifying Twist on the zombie genre

Review:

Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel - Jonathan Maberry Fall of Night - Jonathan Maberry Dark of Night - Flesh and Fire (Journalstone's Doubledown) - Lucas Mangum, Rachael Lavin, Jonathan Maberry

 

This is how the world ends.

 – First sentence

 

Wow. Reading Dead of Night blew my mind. Imagine being trapped inside your brain, having no control over your actions, but feeling and experiencing everything. Oh, and your body is a zombie, eating people. The people trapped inside zombie bodies just wanted to die and escape the horror. Maberry captured their thoughts and feelings perfectly.

A scientist creates a formula that mimics death, with the purpose of punishing serial killers in the worst possible way. He plans to inject the formula during the execution process and bury the body in an unmarked grave. When the killer’s consciousness revives, they are unable to move, forced to experience the pain of decomposition, and the torture of being buried partially alive. Of course, things don’t go as planned and the world gradually goes to hell.

I’ve been a fan of Jonathan Maberry’s work since I read Rot & Ruin several years ago. The events in the Dead of Night series take place years before that, in the same world. He is an amazing writer. I’m looking forward to reading more by him.

Overall the series was fantastic. Dead of Night (book 1) was my favorite, followed by Fall of Night (#2), and then Dark of Night (#3). Dark of Night was very short, but I enjoyed seeing characters from other series in that one.

It was funny seeing the characters watching dead people reanimate and not believing their eyes. Or, seeing the zombies taking bites out of people and then watching others trying to reason with them. Zombies are so prevalent in our entertainment that I felt much more knowledgable on the subject than the characters in the books. How did they not realize what was happening and how did it get so out of control? The characters also wrestle with moral issues – is it ethical to destroy a town full of innocent people in order to prevent an apocalypse?

Do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few…?

 

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Dead of Night - Jonathan Maberry

I devised a way for these monsters to suffer. Not just during the execution… but afterward. Long, long afterward.

Can you think of a more fitting punishment for a serial murderer than to be awake and aware in a coffin while his body slowly rots?

-Chapter 49

 

Dr. Volker created a way to punish serial killers, but it didn’t turn out exactly as he thought it would.

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, Horror

The Last Passenger by Manel Loureiro

Review:

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August 28, 1939 – Somewhere in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Valkyrie is found, drifting, with a single passenger – a baby wrapped in a blanket and left on the dance floor.

Present Day – Kate is a reporter who recently lost her husband (Ralph), and she is looking for a distraction. When the editor offers her the chance to follow up on the final story Ralph worked on, she jumps at the chance. But this is no simple mystery. There is an evil presence on the Valkyrie, and Kate may be the only one who can end its reign.

This story involves not time travel, but an overlapping of times. On the ship, Kate sees the current version of the ship, then blinks and sees the ship as it was in 1939. There is a high creepiness factor and a fair amount of blood and violence. I enjoyed the book and may look into others by this author.

 

 

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Posted in Adult, Adventure, Audiobook

Lost Boy by Christina Henry

Review:

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There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. Once I loved a boy called Peter Pan. Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. He wants always to be that shining sun that we all revolve around. He’ll do anything to be that sun. Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter will say I’m a villain, that I wronged him, that I never was his friend. Peter Lies.

What if you heard the story from another character’s point of view? Would it change who you thought of as the hero??

If the story was anything like this, then I would say yes. This is the true story of Captain Hook. In this version, Peter is a trickster with no conscience who only cares about staying young, having fun, and getting what he wants. Before he became Captain Hook, Jamie was a strong, determined young boy, even though he was more than a bit naive.

Peter brought Jamie to the island so they could stay young forever, together. And no one had better stand in the way of Peter getting his way. Is Peter magic? Is it the island? And what will happen when Jamie finally figures out the truth?

OK, so we all know the end, but we don’t know how they get there. And that is where this story hooks you.

It is bloody, violent, sad, chilling, and even sentimental at times. I loved the narration. Samuel Roukin (British accent and all) set the scene and had me immersed in the world of the lost boys.

Highly recommended – if you don’t mind violence. The concept of “never growing up” isn’t as appealing as it once was…

It’s not such a wonderful thing

To be young.

It’s heartless and selfish.

– Jamie

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, Classic, serial reader

The Man in the Iron Mask

Review:

owlowlowl

Wow. This book is nothing like the movie, at least the one I watched with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeremy Irons. The end was so tragic and the actual prisoner in the iron mask was such a small part of the story. Seems to me it was the complete opposite in the movie. Huh. Go figure.

 

I’m glad I finally read this.

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