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review 2019-10-21 16:00
THE HALF-FREAKS by Nicole Cushing
The Half-Freaks - Nicole Cushing

Harry keeps coming to visit Nicole so often, she had to write a book about him, and here it is. A twisted tale like NO other!

 

THE HALF-FREAKS defies neat genre labels; part character study, part weird tale, part awkwardly funny, it's hard to describe. Despite Harry vehemently stating often that he's no psycho like Norman Bates, (Nah! Nah!) he is still living with his mother, but he isn't a murderer. Or is he?

 

When his mother dies, Harry is forced to take part in the world, dealing with the hospital morgue and a less than savory funeral director. It's all way over his head..but not far enough so that he's going to let himself be ripped off.

 

Despite many disgusting traits, (this book delves deeply into them), there was something about Harry I found compelling. Even during his most repulsive actions, my eyes were glued to the page to see how it would all end up. I've been a fan of Nicole's work for a while now, and if this was any other author, I might have put this book down during an especially revolting moment Harry was having...with himself. But I trusted the author to bring it all home, which she did, just not in the way I expected.

 

Overall, THE HALF-FREAKS is guaranteed to be like nothing you've ever read before. Take that as a dare, if you will. I did!

 

Highly recommended!

 

 

Find out more and pre-order a copy here: THE HALF-FREAKS

 

*Thanks to Grimscribe Press for the paperback ARC of this novella in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2019-10-12 19:59
2.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Bunny by Mona Awad
Bunny - Mona Awad

 

FEATURING

 
Mean Girls & Heathers...
Mashed w/Weird Science
Weird AF
Cultish Cliques
New England University
Creative Writing


With Audio Performed by Sophie Amoss

 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 2.5 STARS | GRADE D+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
The Audio was fairly good...she pulled off the annoying bunny dialogue really well, her Scottish accent felt a tad forced and awkward, but it's not in the story that much, so not too a big deal.

The first third of the story I was really into it, actually...but then somewhere around the middle, I got really confused and then it was like the story was floating up above my head somewhere...and only bits and pieces got through.  While I've never done a buddy or bookclub kind of read, I can see where a person would definitely benefit from someone(s) to bounce things off from while reading this.

Ultimately, I feel like I missed the boat on this one...like maybe somewhere in this f-ed up story was a thought-provoking narrative filled with allegory, satire and all those things that your teacher wanted you to convey in your stories.  But it was completely lost on me...It was kind of like one long-ass acid trip, and the bunnies...don't even get me started on the bunnies.

Oh, bunny...I love you bunny, your so pretty bunny...I love your dress bunny...

 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 2.5/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 3.5/5
The Feels 3/5
Pacing 3/5
Addictiveness 2.5/5
Theme or Tone 3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 1.5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 3/5
Originality 3/5
Ending 1.5/5 Cliffhanger ???
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Book Cover It's eye-catching, for sure.
Setting Warran University, New England
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 11 hours, 44 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR SLEEPY HOLLOW SQUARE
 
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review 2019-10-12 12:08
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS for We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
We Sold Our Souls - Grady Hendrix

 

FEATURING

 
Rock N Roll/Metal Inspired
Horror-if-ic
Weird AF
Gore
Devil Worshipping
My First Book By This Author


With Audio Performed by Carol Monda

 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 3.5 STARS | GRADE B-


 
 
 
 
 
MY THOUGHTS⇢
 
I loved how the chapters were named after albums of different Rock/Metal bands.  It was the second chapter in, I believe, and the chapter was Appetite For Destruction...and I was thinking, hey, that's  a Gun's & Roses album name (the only truly good one from them, in my opinion.)  After that, I tried to figure out the band from each new chapter name.  Some I knew, some I didn't.  Probably because I was more of a Rock/Hair Band kind of music fan than a metal fan.

Overall, a crazily entertaining listen, with audio performed fairly decently by Carol Monda, her raw, deep voice really captured the true essence of Kris Pulaski.

Although, at times, I was utterly confused and I may have missed the point of the whole story.  I was left wondering if this was a play on metal music poisoning your mind or was the music actually poisoning their minds, like sublimely?  Or, is it both? At other times it felt like it was dipping into a supernatural theme...with the whole, he sold our souls to the devil shit, either that or they were on some serious drugs.  This sort of confusion seems to be a theme for me lately, and what was with those UPS guys?
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 3.5/5
Narration Performance 4.3/5
Characters 3.8/5
The Feels 3/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 3.8/5
Theme or Tone 3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Originality 4.3/5
Ending 3.8/5 Cliffhanger Nah...
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Book Cover It's awesome, actually...very Rock N Roll
Setting West Virginia & Las Vegas
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 9 hours, 2 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR PAINT IT BLACK SQUARE
 
 
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review 2019-10-12 10:42
Awk-Weird (Ice Knights #2) by: Avery Flynn
Awk-Weird (Ice Knights #2) - Avery Flynn

 

 

 

Avery Flynn has been a go to author of mine for years. Awk-Weird proved to be the perfect example of why. Tess and Cole are adorkably, unique. She's has an analytical mind that tends to overshadow her soft heart. He has all the right move to steal a girl's heart, breath and everything in between. Tess is the girl that guys tend to overlook until surprise, the one guy she never expected shakes up her world in ways that have lasting results. Flynn brings her sassy wit and feel good formula to a tempting duo of misfits. Heart mixed with humor. I was a goner at hello.

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review 2019-09-25 23:21
3.7 Out Of 5 STARs for Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn,Ann Marie Lee

FEATURING

 
Serial Killer
Mystery Suspense
Psychological Thriller
Dysfunctional Family Town
Dark & Deeply Disturbing
Ugly...but Compelling
 


With Audio Performed by Ann Marie Lee
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

(also has a teaser trailer for Limited series on HBO)

 

MY RATING⇢ 3.7 STARS | GRADE B



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
What you will get when you read/listen to this book...
 

⇢The writing within this book is not only brilliant but seriously audacious and scintillating in an eww, gross kind of way that will leave you squeamishly uncomfortable.  Flynn doesn't shy away from...well...anything.  It seems nothing is off-limits.

⇢Wind Gap is one darkly twisted town...with pre-teens running amok...having sex, doing ecstasy and drinking. 

⇢The characters are all rather unlikable, including the MC...when you find out what she went through as a kid though...it feels like she is justifiably fucked up. 

⇢The whodunit is rather easy to figure out and I believe it purposely so.  The real mystery is how twisted the truth really is...and it really is, way beyond twisted. 

 
What you take from this book is entirely up to you and how much darkness you can take...me, I'm conflicted, I can do dark and twisted...but maybe this was a little too much of 'all of the above' for me.
 
The Audio is superbly executed by Ann Marie Lee...her voices, her inflections are spot on.  It had to have been weird for her that one of the girls killed has the same given name as her.
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 3.3/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 3.5/5
The Feels 3.2/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 2.8/5
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Book Cover TV Show Cover...
Setting Wind Gap, Missouri
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 9 hours, 35 minutes

 
 
 
I READ THIS FOR GENRE: MYSTERY SQUARE
 
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