As you can see from many of my previous reviews I read mainly fantasy and (recently) horror. A few weeks ago I started watching The Blacklistand quickAs you can see from many of my previous reviews I read mainly fantasy and (recently) horror. A few weeks ago I started watching The Blacklist and quickly became addicted to it. Being the reader that I am, I wondered if there were any books out there similar to it. A quick Google search brought up Ghostman several times. I do not read many thrillers but since I was so intrigued by The Blacklist I checked out Ghostman from my public library and decided to give it a try. In a nutshell, I really liked this book.
In a single word, WOW. This is the 14th book in the Pendergast series and this time the dynamic duo of Preston and Child really outdid themselves. I hIn a single word, WOW. This is the 14th book in the Pendergast series and this time the dynamic duo of Preston and Child really outdid themselves. I have to admit that I didn't get as much enjoyment out of the Helen trilogy as I did the Diogenes trilogy, but Blue Labyrinth more than made up for it. I actually think this one tops my favorite, The Cabinet of Curiosities. Fans of Constance Greene will really enjoy this one as she takes center stage in much of the action.
It was interesting to see Pendergast completely outwitted, I do not recall ever reading situation quite like that for him. It really ramped up the tension and kept me turning the pages. Lots of Pendergast family history is revealed in this book but Pendergast remains as enigmatic as ever.
I picked The Loch up at my public library on a whim. I have always been fascinated by the Loch Ness Monster but had never read any fiction that centerI picked The Loch up at my public library on a whim. I have always been fascinated by the Loch Ness Monster but had never read any fiction that centered around it (or "her" I should say). It was an entertaining take on the legend and incorporated some interesting historical groups in as well. I definitely want to read more by Steve Alten...more
Wonderful collaboration between Ed Greenwood and Elaine Cunningham. This has been in my personal library for years and I go back to it from time to tiWonderful collaboration between Ed Greenwood and Elaine Cunningham. This has been in my personal library for years and I go back to it from time to time and read through some of my favorite parts. Elaith Craulnober is one of Elaine Cunningham's finest creations. ...more
I was in the mood for a thriller and found this book at my local library. I had read a few blurbs about this book and when I saw it at my local librarI was in the mood for a thriller and found this book at my local library. I had read a few blurbs about this book and when I saw it at my local library I decided to give it a try.
It was enjoyable and the premise of the girls creating a list of things that they would avoid in order to remain safe. I had this feeling of dread as they created their lists that they were sealing their doom. It was as if the creation of the list was summoning the very thing they feared would happen.
There were several parts of the book (especially toward the end) that I was literally screaming at the characters "don't do that, are you nuts!!"
Overall, a fun, quick read with a few predicable parts, but a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon....more
Having watched the first two seasons of True Blood I decided to try out the series as the book usually better than the screen adaption. Dead Until DarHaving watched the first two seasons of True Blood I decided to try out the series as the book usually better than the screen adaption. Dead Until Dark stayed true to that premise. I enjoyed the audio version as the reader captured Sookie's voice perfectly. Since I had watched the series the characters immediately popped into my head. As always, the book did a much better job delving into greater depth with the characters and I have to admit I loved the "Elvis" sighting.
I am on the fence as to read more in this series but I did really enjoy this one. ...more
The Three was a very enjoyable read. The premise was interesting, four planes simultaneously crash in different corners of the world and the only survThe Three was a very enjoyable read. The premise was interesting, four planes simultaneously crash in different corners of the world and the only survivors are three children. I enjoyed the multiple viewpoints and mediums that were used to tell the story. Part news reports, part interviews, and part personal narrative, all woven together in a tale that made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. Quite possibly the creepiest part of the book was the description of the Aokigahara Forest, Japan's infamous suicide forest. I still shudder when I think of it.
It took me longer than normal to finish this book because I kept going back and rereading certain sections. The Three is a wonderful example of how media reports can skew the actual events.
Were the events supernatural, extra-terrestrial, or a sign of the End Times? As I read I came up with several different theories, but I was very satisfied (and more than a little creeped out) with the ending. I certainly will not be traveling by plane anytime soon.
I recommend The Three to anyone looking for an excellent creepy tale. ...more
I can say without hesitation that this was one of the best books I have read this year. Some books entertain you, some educate you, but some CHANGE yoI can say without hesitation that this was one of the best books I have read this year. Some books entertain you, some educate you, but some CHANGE you. Pretty Little Dead Girls changed me in ways that words just can't express. It was magical, tragic, and inspiring. It made me look at my relationships with family and friends in a whole new light.
"Bryony Adams was the type of girl who got murdered." This is the opening line in the book and sets the tone of the story. Bryony Adams, this sweet, wonderful girl, is destined to die, and to add insult to injury (please excuse the pun), to die in a most horrible fashion. She is such well written character and I immediately fell in love with her. You fell the urge to grab her and keep her safe. Why, or why should a creature as lovely Bryony have to die? When I read, a full picture of the characters pop into my head and once visualized are set in stone. The first person that popped into my head after looking at the gorgeous cover and reading the first few chapters was Claire Danes in her role as Yvaine in Stardust. I thought it fit perfectly.
I love fairy tales and when I first heard about Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M. Yardley (published by the wonderful folks at Ragnarok Publications) I couldn't wait to read it. The novel is billed as "a dark, lovely fairy tale with lyrical language and a high body count". The hook was set with "a dark, lovely fairy tale" and the gorgeous cover by Galen Dara. I had been in a bit of a reading rut and was looking for something different. It was a classic case of "what do you want for dinner? I have no idea, but I am STARVING". As readers I am sure you have all been there before. This book was a five course meal that more than satisfied my hunger.
I am not going to go into detail around the plot as the book description gives you enough to go on and I do not want to spoil the experience for other readers. Pretty Little Dead Girls had a wonderful lyrical quality to it. The prose flowed off the page like a song, beautiful and heartbreaking. Here are some of my favorite lines from the book.
"She stood as tall as she could, but something was already breaking inside, and Teddy could almost hear it. The gears of her soul grinding to a halt. The bright metal filings of it struck and shone like stars."
"It was a song about making the choice to love when you knew that in the end you would only have empty hands."
"...now he realized completely how his life would be like without her. How dark, how empty of magic."
"You must know this: there are not always happy endings. Wouldn't it be wonderful is this was true?"
"But life was not meant to be fair, it was meant to be lived."
Like all good fairy tales, Pretty Little Dead Girls has a moral and that moral is life is meant to be lived, regardless of your situation. Mercedes weaves a dark and magical tale, but as dark as the story is there is an undertone of joy to it all. I think that is what I loved so much about this book, the beautiful dichotomy of joy and sorrow, triumph and tragedy.
I highly recommend Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M. Yardley. It goes on sale September 29 and is available for purchase at Ragnarok Publications in ebook, paperback, and a signed hardcover editions (limited time only).
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more