Archive for August, 2014


 

I found out about this amazing readathon from She Reads She Blogs. It’s being hosted by Books of Amber and Readers in Wonderland. The goal is to read or reread The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves in preparation for the October 21st release of Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

So far, I’ve only read The Raven Boys, but I really liked it. I’ve been putting off reading The Dream Thieves because I wanted to wait for Blue Lily, Lily Blue to be released so I could just marathon the books. This readathon is perfect for that. Since I’ve already read The Raven Boys, I’m going to start on Sept. 28th with The Dream Thieves. I’ll most likely still participate in the discussions, and if I see that I can’t remember anything from the first book, then I will definitely reread it before continuing on with the series.

There’s still time to join in on this readathon if you are interested in participating. To sign up and for more information about the schedule, giveaway, and events, click here.

If you decide to participate make sure to let me know. I’m so excited to start reading!

 

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I have finished reading Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall and The Murder Farm by Andrea Maria Schenkel. These were both good books, and I enjoyed reading them. I’ll have reviews for them up on my August Wrap-Up, if not sooner. Here are the books I will be reading next:

Scarlet – Marissa Meyer
Genre – Young Adult/Fantasy

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

 

Red Rising – Pierce Brown
Genre – Young Adult/Science Fiction

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

 

*Descriptions taken from Goodreads.

I won Scarlet in a giveaway from Stephanie at Stephanie’s Book Reviews a little while ago, so I felt it was time to read it. I really enjoyed Cinder, and I’m excited to continue on with the series because I hear it only gets better. I received Red Rising from Netgalley when it was available to everyone for the Bank Holiday. From the description is sounds interesting, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

Let me know what you’re currently reading or what you just finished reading.

 

Movies Tag

I found this tag on Youtube from robyn176 and Bazpierce and thought it would be fun. I always do book tags, but I wanted to do something movie related. Chad wanted to participate as well so both of our answers are included.

Questions:

1. Favorite movie of all time?

Heather – Shutter Island

Wow, that was incredibly hard. As I’ve stated in my Favorite Movies post, I have a ton of favorite movies, and I’m completely indecisive.

Chad – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I’ve been watching this movie since I was way too young to be watching this movie. This was one of the first VHS tapes I remember having on my shelf that wasn’t made by Disney.

2. Favorite scene from that movie?

Heather – The lighthouse scene at the end.

Chad – The final confrontation.

 

3. Favorite actors/actresses?

Heather & Chad

Actors – Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith

Actresses – Jennifer Lawrence, Isla Fisher (Heather), and Mila Kunis (Chad)

 

4. Most annoying actor/actress?

Heather – Adam Sandler

This hasn’t always been the case. I really enjoy Sandler’s older movies, but his recent ones have all been pretty stupid.

Chad – Will Ferrell

This was an easy pick.  This man makes Adam Sandler look like Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

5. Best director?

Heather & Chad

Christopher Nolan

I’M BATMAN! But not really. We’re not experts when it comes to directors, but we’ve really enjoyed most of his films.

 

6. Favorite guilty pleasure film?

Heather27 Dresses/Julie & Julia/Step Up 2: The Streets

There are plenty of other guilty pleasure films, but it would take forever to list them all.

ChadPokemon: The First Movie

I could watch this movie anytime.  I know it’s a children’s movie, but I don’t care.  Pokemon is awesome and Mewtwo is a boss.

 

7. Favorite tear jerker?

Heather & Chad

Gladiator

We usually avoid tear jerkers at all cost but some sneak in.

 

8. Character from a movie that scared you the most?

Heather – Mrs. Ganush from Drag Me to Hell

This woman gives me the creeps. Plus, she did everything that I’m terrified of. If you’ve seen the movie, it should make perfect sense. (I refuse to even look for a picture of her)

Chad – Not sure

I never really watched scary movies growing up.  It wasn’t because I wasn’t allowed. I just never really found being scared all that enjoyable.

 

9. Movie you love but everyone hates?

HeatherResident Evil

I know that not everyone hated this movie, but it’s certainly not most peoples’ favorite. However, I really enjoy this movie. It’s entertaining, even if it doesn’t follow the games at all.

ChadTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3

This movie gets a lot of hate, and looking back, it’s not a tremendously well made movie or anything.  I watched it a lot as a kid, and it was the only movie in the trilogy that I had on VHS.  Maybe I love it just because of the nostalgia, but either way, I really enjoy it.

 

10. Movie you hate but everyone loves?

HeatherAnchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

It was hard to pick one out for this one. Usually the movies I hate, others hate as well or they’re not well-known. But I’ve never understood the love for this movie. While I don’t hate it as much as other movies, I can’t stand the characters and some of the humor just isn’t funny to me.

ChadNapoleon Dynamite

This movie came out while I was in middle school and everyone I knew was obsessed with it.  Everyone thought it was hilarious.  I didn’t.  I absolutely detest this movie, and Pedro does not have my vote . . .

 

11. Favorite movie duo?

Heather & Chad

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, enough said.

 

12. Favorite animated movie?

HeatherSpirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

This was another hard category to pick from, but this has always been a go-to movie for me. Any time I feel sad or stressed, I watch this and feel better. The soundtrack is amazing and just adds to everything else great about the movie.

Chad – Pokemon: The First Movie

I know this movie is already on here, but this category was a tough one for me.  None of my favorite movies are animated, but this was the first big one that came to mind.  I just love it.

 

13. Actor/actress crush?

Heather & Chad

Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith

Actress – Jennifer Lawrence and Mila Kunis

 

14. Favorite movie villain?

Heather – Magneto

Look how cute he is. 😀

Chad – Scar

Kills his brother, blames his nephew, becomes king.  He also scores an additional +10 for his awesome song, “Be Prepared.

 

15. What movie surprised you the most?

HeatherMonsters University

Honestly, I thought Pixar was just trying to milk more out of this franchise, and I went in expecting this movie to be a disaster. However, it was amazing. Almost better than the first one and that’s one of my favorite Pixar films.

ChadRango

Every trailer I saw for this made me think it would be just another animated kids’ movie.  It’s much more than that, however.  It’s now one of our go-to movies.  The story is unique, and the entire movie is entertaining for both kids and adults alike.

 

16. If you could only keep one movie what would it be?

HeatherCloud Atlas

Mainly because it’s three hours long and will keep me entertained for a while. Also because it’s such a great movie with six stories in one.

ChadThe Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This is my favorite movie, and it’s a long one, so this would definitely be my pick.

 

17. Movie recommendation and for whom?

HeatherGuardians of the Galaxy

I would recommend this movie to anyone that hasn’t gotten into superheros or hasn’t watched any comic book movies. This is a great place to start because the “heroes” are very different from traditional comic book heroes like Superman or Batman.

ChadGodzilla (2014)

I would, and often do, recommend this movie to everyone.  It was just fantastic.  It’s the only movie I’ve ever seriously considered paying to see a second time in theaters.  This movie will be one we watch many, many times when it finally comes to DVD/Blu-Ray.

 

18. If you could go back in time and marry any actor/actress from back then (but are now old), who would it be?

Heather & Chad

Betty White

Because who wouldn’t want to marry her. . .

 

19. One remake you wish had never been made?

Heather & Chad

Dragonball: Evolution

We know this isn’t technically a remake, but this movie should not exist. Chad and I grew up with Dragonball and Dragonball Z, so when we saw this, it was like we betrayed our childhood and the anime. Nobody should watch this movie.

20. You’re about to die but could only watch one more movie, what would it be?

Heather & Chad

That’ll never happen because we’re invincible!

 

21. Favorite movie genre/favorite movie from that genre?

Heather & Chad

Can’t pick, won’t pick. We love all types of genres (besides horror).

 

22. What’s the first movie you remember watching in theaters?

Heather & Chad

Pokemon: The First Movie

 The only way to get the special promotional items was to go to the theaters, so you better believe we begged to go.

 

I tag anyone that would like to do this. If you do, make sure to let me know so I can check out your answers.

The Fever Review

Genre: Young Adult

*I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

The Fever by Megan Abbott is a mystery novel about an unknown illness that strikes a community. Young girls are getting sick and no one is sure what is causing the sickness in these teens or why it only seems to be affecting girls.

The story is told through three points of view of the Nash family: Tom (father), Eli (son), and Deenie (daughter). Everything in the community seems fine until Deenie’s best friend has a seizure in class. Since the cause of the seizure is unexplained, rumors begin to spread about a dangerous outbreak that is spreading through the school and community. As people begin to panic, secrets are revealed that finally give answers to this mysterious illness.

While the synopsis for this story sounded really intriguing and made me want to know what caused this outbreak, I found myself very disappointed with The Fever. The characters were boring, and they did and thought some annoying/odd things. Deenie is incredibly impulsive. When she is told repeatedly not to see her friend in the hospital, she, of course, must find a way into the hospital. I understand worrying about a friend, but Deenie is constantly trying to see her friend, even after Deenie sees her once. Tom and Eli are sometimes unintentionally creepy with the way they think about Deenie and her friends. Tom will think about Deenie’s friend in a bathing suit and blush or Eli will be worried about how sexual Deenie is becoming. It wasn’t meant to be disturbing, but it came across that way.

There seemed to be more teen drama than there was a mystery aspect. It was mostly teens talking about others and spreading rumors than finding out why the girls were getting sick. It seemed that all of the action happened during the beginning with Deenie’s friend having the seizure and the rumors spreading about an illness only affecting teen girls. The middle of the book was boring and seemed to drag while leading you on a wild goose chase. However, I didn’t mind the red herrings throughout the story. I thought they were pretty good distractions, but once the actual cause of the outbreak was revealed, it made me want at least one of the red herrings to be true instead.

*Spoilers*

I really wanted the lake to be the cause of the outbreak. I was hoping for aliens or some kind of disease from the algae or water, but of course, it had to be some boy obsessed teen poisoning her friend. Some friend. Even the HPV vaccine would have been an interesting cause for the illness. I mean that would have scared me enough. The idea that a vaccine could be the reason for girls having seizure, throwing up, and becoming unconscious is pretty terrifying to me.

Also, why are people swimming in that lake? From the description, it sounded absolutely horrible and gross. Don’t swim in a slimy lake, people!

*End Spoilers*

The ending was unsatisfying. While it was unexpected, it almost seemed as though it came from nowhere. I just kept reading, thinking it was some sort of joke, but it wasn’t. I felt there could have been some great commentary on health or vaccines or something. There isn’t much closure for the characters or the reader. After the community finds out what made the girls sick, the reason just disappears, and everyone goes about their day. It wasn’t the ending I was hoping for or expecting.

The Fever wasn’t a great mystery. Even though the red herrings were plausible and made sense, the true reason for the outbreak seemed silly. The characters were dull and at times had some inappropriate thoughts about other characters. Overall, it was an okay book, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it. Others have enjoyed it though, so it’s always up to the reader.

My Rating: ★★

The TBR posts are back! After my long break and the read-a-thons, I thought I would go ahead and share what I’ll be reading next. I did finish reading The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, and I enjoyed it. I’ll have a short review of it on my August Wrap-Up. I’m still reading The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma. Since it’s 609 pages, I won’t pressure myself to read it in a week. I’ll read it throughout the week when I have time. Here are the two books I will definitely try to finish during this week.

Dreams of the Dead – Thomas Randall
Genre – Young Adult/Horror

Kara’s afraid to go to sleep until the nightmares come when she’s awake . . . .

Sixteen-year-old Kara Foster is an outsider in Japan, but is doing her best to fit at the private school where her father is teaching English for the year. Fortunately she’s befriended by Sakura, a fellow outsider struggling to make sense of her sister’s unsolved murder some months ago. No one seems to care about the beautiful girl who was so brutally murdered, and the other students go on as if nothing has happened. Unfortunately, the calm doesn’t last for long. Kara begins to have nightmares, and soon other students in the school turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone . . . or something. Is Sakura getting back at those she thinks are responsible for her sister’s death? Or has her dead sister come back to take revenge for herself?

 

The Murder Farm – Andrea Maria Schenkel (Also known as Tannöd)
Genre – Mystery

A whole family has been murdered with a pickaxe. They were old Danner the farmer, an overbearing patriarch, his put-upon devoutly religious wife, and their daughter Barbara Spangler, whose husband Vincenz left her after fathering her daughter, Marianne. Also murdered was the Danners’ new maidservant, Marie, who was regarded as slightly simple. Despite the brutal nature of the killings and the small village where it has taken place, the police have no leads. Officially the crime is unsolved. And then a former resident returns home The Murder Farm is an unconventional detective story. The author interweaves testament from the villagers, an oblique view of the murderer, occasional third-person narrative pieces and passages of pious devotion. The narrator leaves the village unaware of the truth, only the reader is able to reach the shattering conclusion.

 

*Descriptions taken from Goodreads.

I’m in the mood for some horror and mystery books. Dreams of the Dead sounds really interesting, and I don’t think I’ve read any books set in Japan. I’m excited to find out what happened to the girl and what is happening to all of the students. I’m hoping it’s an entertaining and scary read. I requested The Murder Farm off of Netgalley and was approved, so I thought this would be a good time to read it. I like the idea that the story is told through testaments and third-person narrative pieces because I haven’t read any mysteries told this way. It sounds like a great mystery.

Let me know what you’re currently reading or what you just finished reading.

Harry Potter Spell Book Tag

I was tagged by Diana at Brilliantly Novel for the Harry Potter Spell Book Tag. Here we go!

Expecto Patronum

  • A childhood book connected to good memories.

The Ghost of Goose Island by Mercer Mayer – LC and the Critter Kids were some of my favorite children’s books when I was younger. This one and Haunted House were two of my favorites though because they introduced me to mystery and thriller elements in books. I actually still have them on my bookshelf.

 

Expelliarmus

  • A book that took you by surprise.

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama – This was my first mermaid book, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect going into it. I have to say the writing style blew me away. I was not expecting to love this book, but it’s one of my favorites now. It’s dark and gripping and tells such a beautiful story. I would highly recommend it.

 

Prior Incantarto

  • The last book you read.

Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan – This was an interesting read. Of course, I was picking out everything the teens did wrong as the story went along because I’ve read and watched quite a few mysteries. The ending wasn’t my favorite, but the novel was entertaining.

 

Alohomora

  • A book that introduced you to a genre you wouldn’t have considered before.

Easy by Tammara Webber – I haven’t read any new adult books, but after finishing this book, I think I might want to try other books out of this genre. Feel free to recommend any, so I can add them to my to-read pile.

 

Ridiculous

  • A funny book you read.

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – This book is hilarious. I was literally laughing out loud through most of this book, while getting weird stares from Chad. It’s the perfect balance of funny and serious, and the pictures add so much to the story. It’s completely relatable and down to earth.

 

Sonorous

  • A book that you think everyone should know about.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab – I’m officially obsessed with this book. I need more people to know about it and read it, so we can discuss all of the awesome in this book. If you love anti-heroes and great characterization and character development, then this is the perfect book for you. You should read it! 🙂

 

Obliviate

  • A book you wish you never read.

Trapped by Michael Northrop – I’m sure some of you know that I don’t like this book at all. I do wish I could erase it from my memory.

 

Imperio

  • A book you had to read for school.

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut – I had to read this for one of my college classes, and I’m so glad that I did. It’s full of irony and humor that make it a great satire. I would highly recommend it. This reminds me that I really need to read more of Kurt Vonnegut’s work soon.

 

Crucio

  • A book that was painful to read.

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams – This novel was so hard to read and not because it was bad. The subject matter was a tough one for me. It’s about a young girl named Kyra in an isolated community where men have more than one wife. Kyra’s struggles are sad, and it just makes the reader feel as trapped as she is. It’s a great fast-paced story, and I would recommend it.

 

Avada Kedavra

  • A book that could kill.

Beyond: A Ghost Story by Graham McNamee – The main protagonist Jane has a lot of near-death experiences in the novel. It can get a bit crazy with the number of experiences. I feel like this girl is a secret superhero and just hasn’t told anyone yet.

 

I Tag:

littleonion at littleonionwrites

Laurel May at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Stefani at Caught Read Handed

Anyone else that wants to do the tag!

 

The Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon is over! I really enjoyed it because I was able to read books that have been on my shelves for a long time.

I managed to read three books for this read-a-thon:

In addition to reading three books, I was able to complete two of the challenges for the read-a-thon. I also started The Time Machine by H. G. Wells and The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma, but I haven’t finished them yet.

On two of the days, August 13th and 14th, I didn’t read any pages. This was because Chad and I went to a Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, and AFI concert on the 13th. It was amazing. We ended up getting home at 2 a.m., and we both had to work the next day. Suffice to say once I got home after working, I didn’t want to do much of anything besides sleep.

I have all of the following information on the original post, but I thought I would put it here as well.

  • August 1st
    • Pages read:  104 from Overnight
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 2nd
    • Pages read: 47 from Overnight and 8 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 1 book
  • August 3rd
    • Pages read: 130 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 4th
    • Pages read: 26 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 5th
    • Pages read: 67 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 1 book
  • August 6th
    • Pages read: 40 from Killing Mr. Griffin
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 7th
    • Pages read: 12 from Killing Mr. Griffin
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 8th
    • Pages read: 84 from Killing Mr. Griffin and 10 from The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 9th
    • Pages read: 87 from Killing Mr. Griffin and 15 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 1 book
  • August 10th
    • Pages read: 8 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 11th
    • Pages read: 10 from The Time Machine and 28 from The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 12th
    • Pages read: 11 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 13th
    • Pages read: 0
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 14th
    • Pages read: 0
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 15th
    • Pages read: 7 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 0 books

August 2014 Book Haul

I will probably have to take a break from buying books. I seem to have run out of room on my shelves. Of course, I could get another bookshelf . . . no, no, I will behave and not buy any books. For now. Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought or if you want to read any of them.

*All descriptions taken from Goodreads.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherynne M. Valente
Genre – Young Adult/Middle Grade/Fantasy

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.

 

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There – Catherynne M. Valente
Genre – Young Adult/Middle Grade/Fantasy

September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September’s shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland’s shadows back.

Fans of Valente’s bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September’s journey, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem. . . .

 

Dreams of the Dead – Thomas Randall
Genre – Young Adult/Horror

Kara’s afraid to go to sleep—until the nightmares come when she’s awake . . . .

Sixteen-year-old Kara Foster is an outsider in Japan, but is doing her best to fit at the private school where her father is teaching English for the year. Fortunately she’s befriended by Sakura, a fellow outsider struggling to make sense of her sister’s unsolved murder some months ago. No one seems to care about the beautiful girl who was so brutally murdered, and the other students go on as if nothing has happened. Unfortunately, the calm doesn’t last for long. Kara begins to have nightmares, and soon other students in the school turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone . . . or something. Is Sakura getting back at those she thinks are responsible for her sister’s death? Or has her dead sister come back to take revenge for herself?

 

Spirits of the Noh – Thomas Randall
Genre – Young Adult/Horror

Kara Foster is finally starting to fit in at her boarding school in Japan-after all, nothing bonds you with your classmates like having an ancient demon put a curse on you. Hoping life can go back to normal now that the monster has been laid to rest, Kara joins her friends Sakura and Miho in putting on a play for the Noh drama club. It’s the story of the Hannya, a snake demon who inhabits the body of a beautiful woman. When a few members of the Noh club go missing, Kara fears that the real Hannya has been awakened by the curse. Then Miho is abducted, and Kara must find her before the Hannya exacts her terrible revenge. But the demon is wily and may be hidden in the last place anyone would think to look.

 

Path of Fate – Diana Pharaoh Francis
Genre – Fantasy

In the land of Kodu Riik, it is an honor to be selected by the Lady to become an ahalad-kaaslane-to have your soul bonded with one of Her blessed animals, and roam the land serving Her will. But Riesil refuses to bow to fate-a decision that may have repercussions across the realm…

 

 

 

 

The Shining – Stephen King
Genre – Horror

Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.

As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel – and that too had begun to shine…

 

I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
Genre – Horror/Science Fiction

Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth… but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood.

By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

How long can one man survive like this?

 

 

Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane
Genre – Mystery/Thriller

The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new ­partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple-murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades—with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems.

 

The East End Murders: A Family Affair / End of the Line – Anne Cassidy
Genre – Mystery

A bind up of two stories: The body of a young kidnap victim is found lying soaked in petrol in a derelict London house. And Patsy Kelly can’t help feeling it’s partly her fault: and the police have just caught the Railway Killer when his last victim is found. Five girls all strangled.

 

 

 

 

Breathe – Sarah Crossan
Genre – Young Adult/Science Fiction

When oxygen levels plunge in a treeless world, a state lottery decides which lucky few will live inside the Pod. Everyone else will slowly suffocate. Years after the Switch, life inside the Pod has moved on. A poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for running, dancing and sports. The rich Premiums, by contrast, are healthy and strong. Anyone who opposes the regime is labelled a terrorist and ejected from the Pod to die. Sixteen-year-old Alina is part of the secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. With only two days of oxygen in her tank, she too faces the terrifying prospect of death by suffocation. Her only hope is to find the mythical Grove, a small enclave of trees protected by a hardcore band of rebels. Does it even exist, and if so, what or who are they protecting the trees from? A dystopian thriller about courage and freedom, with a love story at its heart.

 

Breed – Chase Novak
Genre – Horror

Alex and Leslie Twisden told each other they would do anything to have children. The price didn’t matter. But the experimental procedure they found had costs they couldn’t foresee.

Adam and Alice Twisden’s lives seem perfectly normal. Except that, every night, without fail, their parents lock them into their rooms.

And the twins know that the sounds they can hear are not just their imagination. They’re real. And they’re getting louder…

From a new name in horror, Breed is a stunning thriller in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby, brilliantly written, daring, and unforgettable.

 

Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone – Stefan Kiesbye
Genre – Horror/Short Stories

The village of Hemmersmoor is a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition: There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention. This is where four young friends come of age—in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion. Their innocent games soon bring them face-to-face with the village’s darkest secrets in this eerily dispassionate, astonishingly assured novel, evocative of Stephen King’s classic short story “Children of the Corn” and infused with the spirit of the Brothers Grimm.

 

The Night She Disappeared – April Henry
Genre – Young Adult/Mystery

Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza. One night, Kayla—another delivery girl—goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can’t move beyond the fact that Kayla’s fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete’s. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead—and to find her before she is.

Sinner Giveaway Winner!

The giveaway has officially ended! Thank you to everyone who entered and participated. I’m very excited to have had so many entries. 

The winner of the Sinner giveaway is . . .  Darith L.   Congratulations!

I have already sent the winner an e-mail, and he will have one week to reply to claim the prize. If he doesn’t reply by next Monday, I will pick another winner. I’ll pick someone every week until the prize is claimed.

Don’t worry if you didn’t win this one. I’m planning on doing two more giveaways in November, and one of them will be international.

On another happy note, this is actually my 100th post. 🙂  Thanks again to everyone for making this giveaway successful, and I’m looking forward to hosting another one.

 

One week down for the Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon. I’m glad there’s another week because I haven’t read as much as I had hoped I would by this point. I haven’t been keeping up with the 100 pages a day, but I’ve been reading every day and just trying to enjoy it. I’ve managed to finish two books so far, and I’m hoping to finish the third sometime today. I hope everyone is enjoying the read-a-thon.

Day 1: Friday

  • Book Started: Overnight by Adele Griffin
  • Pages Read: 104

Day 2: Saturday

  • Book Finished: Overnight
  • Pages Read: 47
  • Book Started: Zombie Blondes by Brian James
  • Pages Read: 8

Day 3: Sunday

  • Book Continued: Zombie Blondes
  • Pages Read: 130

Day 4: Monday

  • Book Continued: Zombie Blondes
  • Pages Read: 26

Day 5: Tuesday

  • Book Finished: Zombie Blondes
  • Pages Read: 67

Day 6: Wednesday

  • Book Started: Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
  • Pages Read: 40

Day 7: Thursday

  • Book Continued: Killing Mr. Griffin
  • Pages Read: 12

Day 8: Friday

  • Book Continued: Killing Mr. Griffin
  • Pages Read: 84
  • Book Started: The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
  • Pages Read: 10