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review 2018-01-12 04:00
Mending Noel (North Pole City Tales #1)
Mending Noel - Charlie Cochet

I liked the first part of the story well enough, but the second, with its mangled twist on hate-2-love, didn't do a thing for me.

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review 2017-12-31 00:57
There's never a dull moment in the lives of Destructive Delta...
Tried & True - Charlie Cochet

'Tried & True' was so much of what I'd hoped for in this story. There were so many answers to a lot of questions and things have taken a decided shift towards what's yet to come.

 

The tenth book in the THIRDS series ironically started a little bit on the slow side for me but I really didn't mind. It was good to ease into things with them and so worth it. This is it folks...the moment we've all been waiting for...for quite a while now. Dex and Sloane are tying the knot...or at least they will if they can manage to get to the alter in one piece because needless to say as is often the case with the members of THIRDS the road to love is not smooth...oh hell, who am I kidding there are no smooth roads to anywhere with this group. But they are indomitable and no matter what comes their way...they are family, they have each other's backs.

 

I loved all of the things that we learned with this story...Ms Cochet gave us more about Wolf, about Sparks and about Sparks relationship with Tony, so much more about the Makhai and yet, I have the feeling that we've barely scratched the surface on this group and Dex...he's changing so much. One can't help but wonder when the changes will end and to what extent Dex will change. Even though we really didn't learn more about him, we got more Austin...I admit it, I'm a total Austin fanatic and I can't wait to get his story, I want some happy for Austin...so much happy for Austin and I'm really, really trying to be patient but...well,it's hard so needless to say whatever peeks I can get of Austin...any little tidbits of information, anything at all is always appreciated and I have to admit I'm starting to really want more Wolf. I have the feeling his story is going to be a white knuckle ride.

 

But in the meantime 'Tried & True' was a 'THIRDS' fan's delight. We were given action, danger, suspense, sexy times, humor, romance, love, a tiny bit of heartache, answers to questions, more questions in need of answers and best of all at the end of it all we got to go to a wedding and share Dex and Sloane's big day with them and the rest of the THIRDS team and in true Dex style it was a wedding unlike any other.

 

If you've never read this series, this is honestly a good time to get on board. This book came along at just the right time. It's got a sense of closure to it because things are changing but at the same time it brings with it a wonderful sense of more. I honestly can't wait for the next book in this series because I simply love this collection of characters but I'm not feeling like I got left sitting precariously on the edge of a cliff, more like I'm at a wedding and the dinner's over and I'm waiting for the dancing to begin.

 

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A copy of 'Tried &True' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2017-12-29 18:45
Char's Horror Corner: Top Ten Books of 2017
Ararat: A Novel - Christopher Golden
The Suicide Motor Club - Christopher Buehlman
The Changeling - Victor LaValle
Hell Hound - Ken Greenhall,Grady Hendrix
Bone White - Ronald Malfi
The Wilderness Within - John Claude Smith
A Game of Ghosts: A Charlie Parker Thriller - John Connolly
Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction - Grady Hendrix
Elizabeth: A Novel of the Unnatural - Jonathan Janz,Ken Greenhall,Jessica Hamilton
The Trials of Solomon Parker - Eric Scott Fischl

 

Please note that these are not necessarily books published in 2017, only books I've read during this year. I also had to change the title from novels to books, because of the awesome PAPERBACKS FROM HELL, which is more of a reference book. I've read a lot of great books this year, and making up this list was so difficult, that I've added a few "Honorable Mentions" at the end of the list. 

 

Without further ado, (please click the cover to see my original review):

 

1.Ararat: A Novel - Christopher Golden  by Christopher Golden. I haven't read very many books by Mr. Golden, but I own quite a few of them. I have had the pleasure of meeting him numerous times at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival, where he is always friendly and humble. This story about the discovery of Noah's Arc was fun and frightening all at once and I loved it!

 

2. The Suicide Motor Club - Christopher Buehlman  by Christopher Buehlman. This author is my favorite discovery of the year. Over the past 12 months I've read or listened to every novel he's written and I'm eagerly awaiting the next. The Suicide Motor Club features a road trip with vampires in American muscle cars. It couldn't have been more perfect or fun for me!

 

3.The Changeling - Victor LaValle  by Victor LaValle. This novel was just AMAZING. It's starts out in one direction and ends up in a totally different direction: none of which could be predicted and I love that! 

 

4. Hell Hound - Ken Greenhall,Grady Hendrix  by Ken Greenhall. This novel was originally published in the late 1970's. Brought back by Valancourt Books with a new cover and an introduction from Grady Hendrix, this book about an evil dog is spellbinding fun!

 

5. Bone White - Ronald Malfi  by Ronald Malfi. I find myself thinking about this book a lot lately, since the frigid cold weather began here. This novel was a cold and creepy read and I just loved it. 

 

6. The Wilderness Within - John Claude Smith  by John Claude Smith. A surreal, unique and intense read that I think about anytime I look out into the woods behind my house. 

 

7.A Game of Ghosts: A Charlie Parker Thriller - John Connolly  by the AWESOME John Connolly. I've read a lot of series books over the years and very few of them have kept up the quality continuously throughout like this series about fictional detective Charlie Parker. I feel in my bones that the series is coming to an end and I will be so sad when that happens. 

 

8. Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction - Grady Hendrix  by Grady Hendrix. I don't even know what else to say about this GORGEOUS volume. It's a reference book, really, but no reference book EVER in history was as much fun or as pretty as this one. With colorful commentary about the times in which these books were originally written, no other book has had such a powerful impact on my TBR list as this one. 

 

9.Elizabeth: A Novel of the Unnatural - Jonathan Janz,Ken Greenhall,Jessica Hamilton  by Ken Greenhall. This is his second entry on my list. Originally published in the 70's, (like Hell Hound above) and brought back by Valancourt Books, this novel is CHILLING in its depiction of a nasty, calculating witch of a girl. (Also, please note both of these are referenced in Hendrix's PAPERBACKS FROM HELL.)

 

10.The Trials of Solomon Parker - Eric Scott Fischl  by Eric Scott Fischl. This book isn't classified as horror, but I put it solidly in the land of dark fiction and as such, it belongs on this list. I know it's not a popular or well known book, but it sure was a unique, fun and interesting ride. This one slid under most everyone's radar, but I thought it was great and I humbly hope its mention on this list helps it to get more attention. 

 

As mentioned above, I have three honorable mentions, (click title to see my review):

 

THE LISTENER by Robert McCammon. Much as I loved ARARAT, this was my favorite book of the year. Except that it isn't even out yet. Publishing in 2018, I didn't feel it was fair to add it to this list. (And even though I read it in 2017, be assured that it will be on my BEST BOOKS OF 2018 post.) An amazing novel of magic, friendship, crime and love, I cannot wait until more people read it, so I can discuss it with them!

 

SPINAL TAP: THE BIG BLACK BOOK by Wallace Fairfax was a total blast. This book features fun facts about the fictional band as well as a discography and other interesting tidbits. I haven't seen this book mentioned or talked about anywhere, and that's a damn shame. Any fans of the film This is Spinal Tap would love this book. 

 

ASH WEDNESDAY  by Chet Williamson was a fantastic book of quiet horror. It was slow burning and horrific, but not in a bloody or gory way. I took away from it a sense of the value of life and time-we have to make the most of the time we have. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-12-28 00:00
The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 3 (Walking Dead Compendium Tp)
The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 3 (Walking Dead Compendium Tp) - Charlie Adlard,Charlie Adlard,Robert Kirkman The war has begun. Rick, Maggie, Jesus, Andrea, King Ezekiel and Michonne have started the war by going to the Sanctuary where Negan and his crew live and attacking them and leading a heard of zombies to their front door so to speak. They are hoping that the zombies will trap them inside and they will run out of food and water then the war will be over before it actually starts. But of course they know that will not happen. Negan is way too smart for that one.

After being attacked by Alexandria, the Hilltop and the Kingdom Negan and crew make their way to Alexandria and attack Rick and his people by blowing up their homes. Rick, Andrea, King Ezekiel, Michonne and everyone at Alexandria take off for the Hilltop to stay until they can rebuild Alexandria and the war is over.

While they are at the Hilltop Negan brings his crew there to retaliate. Of course Rick knew that he would so they were expecting them and was prepared as much as they possible could be. As with any war there were a few casualties on both sides. Who will win the war?

Carl decides that he wants to go live at the Hilltop to learn how to be a blacksmith. When he leaves Alexandria he is given a letter from a girl Anna whom Carl has had a crush on for a while. Anna tells Carl not read her letter until after he reaches the Hilltop. Upon arriving at the Hilltop guess who is waiting for Carl? Sophia that’s who and she just happens to like Carl too.

A man that had been sent out on a scouting expedition returns without his buddies. He tells Maggie that he left his friend behind because he got scared when he saw this group of people who at first he took to be zombies until they tried to stab him. Maggie then sends out a group to find the man that he left out there alone with an injured leg and after being attacked by the Whisperers they brings back one of their people with them as a hostage to learn more of this group that call themselves the Whisperers. The hostage that they have brought back Carl takes a liking to her real quick like. Carl now has three girls chasing after him. The first one would be Sophia from the Hilltop, the second one would be Anna from Alexandra and the third would be Lydia from the Whisperers.

The Walking Dead is my all-time favorite tv show and book. I love me some zombies. I love the undead world and can’t get enough of it. I really, really loved reading about Rick, Carl, Andrea, Michonne, King Ezekiel, Maggie, Sophia and even Negan. Negan will keep you rolling on the ground laughing at all times.

Ready for some zombie biting, stabbing, killing end of the world adventures? Ready for all out war? If you love zombies then I think you will fall in love with The Walking Dead. Come join in the war against humans who want to be in control and against zombies who want to take over the world. Come join Rick, Maggie, Carl, King Ezekiel and everyone else as they try to make the world a safe place to live.
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text 2017-11-29 21:32
Blood & Thunder By Charlie Cochet Free!
Blood & Thunder - Charlie Cochet

When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos. 

Discovering the frightful truth behind the Order’s intent forces Sloane to confront secrets from a past he thought he’d left behind for good, a past that could not only destroy him and his career, but also the reputation of the organization that made him all he is today. Now more than ever, Dex and Sloane need each other, and, along with trust, the strength of their bond will mean the difference between justice and all-out war.

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