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text 2019-12-31 18:45
My Top Ten Novels of 2019
The Fisherman - John Langan
Grind Your Bones to Dust - Nicholas Sparks
The Immaculate Void - Brian Hodge
Hollow Kingdom - Kira Jane Buxton
Rattlesnake Kisses - John Boden,Robert Ford
Brides of Hanover Block (The Hanover Quartet Book 2) - Gregor Xane
In the Valley of the Sun: A Novel - Andy Davidson
A Penny For Your Thoughts - Matt Hayward,Robert Ford
The Worst is Yet to Come - S.P. Miskowski
Patient Zero - Ray Porter,Jonathan Maberry

Here is my listing of the novels that I enjoyed most in 2019.

Click the titles if you'd like to read my review.

 

 THE FISHERMAN by John Langan. Not only is this my favorite book of the year, it's one of my favorite books of all time and a great example of cosmic, quiet horror.

 

GRIND YOUR BONES TO DUST by Nicholas Day.

Nicholas Day is a new-to-me author and this novel blew me away. 

Beautifully written, dark and chaotic-Mr. Day is one to watch.

 

THE IMMACULATE VOID by Brian Hodge.

I've been a fan of his work for years and books like this are the reason why. 

If you're a horror/dark fiction fan, you need to be familiar with Mr. Hodge.

 

HOLLOW KINGDOM by Kira Jane Buxton.

This was a phenomenal debut novel. It's not even really horror, but it defies neat labels. It's a tale of the zombie apocalypse from the point of view of a domesticated crow named Shit Turd. Yep. Shit Turd. This book will touch you and if it doesn't, you should see a doctor because something is wrong with you.

 

RATTLESNAKE KISSES by Robert Ford and John Boden.

A short novel, but there's a lot of feeling packed in there, as well as some funny, bloody laughs.

 

BRIDES OF HANOVER BLOCK by Gregor Xane.

Probably the most off the wall book I've read this year. Erotic, gross, funny and creepy all at once-I can't wait for the next installment!

 

IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN by Andy Davidson.

This was another new to me author I discovered this year. I adored this book and the subtlety of it. It's a beautifully written story about...? The author never says the word and I won't either. (Now if the publisher would just approve me for his next book that'd be great!  I hope you're reading this MCD x FSG Originals!)

 

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS by Robert Ford and Matt Hayward.

This one gets the 2019 award for the funniest moment in prose. I'm still laughing about it.

 

THE WORST IS YET TO COME by S.P. Miskowski.

A tragically under-read author who writes scary, quiet horror that gets under your skin. 

 

THE JOE LEDGER SERIES by Jonathan Maberry, read by Ray Porter.

No link because I've reviewed the books individually, but I've listened to this entire series this year, (except for the very last one). These audio books have helped me through a very tough time. I sometimes wonder if I would have made it through at all, without Joe Ledger keeping me company. Bravo to both the author and the narrator, because together? They are an unbeatable team.

 

Honorable Mention in Audios:

The Don Winslow series that started with THE POWER OF THE DOG and ended with THE BORDER. What a powerful and emotional ride these books were. Well researched and if you think about it? Some of the scariest books out there, not because they're horror books, but because they're based on some real life events. 

Ray Porter reads these too and he is simply outstanding. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2019-10-10 18:45
GRIND YOUR BONES TO DUST by Nicholas Day
Grind Your Bones to Dust - Nicholas Sparks

GRIND YOUR BONES TO DUST is a beautifully written, brutal horror novel, but it's also much more.

 

Separated into 4 sections, this book delves into creature feature territory, as well as philosophy, (does God exist? Is God insane? Maybe both, maybe neither?), religion, grief, loss, rape, sodomy, guilt and love. I wouldn't have thought that such a short book could cover so many subjects, but this one was full of surprises. Vicious and extreme horror really aren't my thing anymore, but this story was different. I think the beauty of the language used tempered the more brutal aspects of the scenes within, if that makes any sense.

 

Just when I thought I had mapped out the direction in which the story would go, it turned on me. I find that to be an excellent way of keeping the reader turning the pages. It certainly worked on me.

 

I'm finding it difficult to talk more about this story without spoilers. A few of these characters will remain in my mind for quite some time. One of them might haunt me forever, just because of how cold he was. Cold to every living thing, except for a talking raven that he befriended on his journey. He was so cold I'm surprised my fingers didn't get frostbite.

 

I consider myself to be a seasoned horror fan. For that reason, it's hard to discover plots I haven't come across before. It's hard to escape the same old tropes, final girls, haunted houses, unreliable narrators blah blah blah. This book DID escape them, and it escaped by using original ideas, beautiful prose, and by intertwining the normal with the most abnormal of situations I've ever come across. For this reason, GRIND YOUR BONES TO DUST gets ALL THE DAMN STARS.

 

My highest recommendation!

 

Get your copy here: GRIND YOUR BONES TO DUST

 

*I was provided an old school paper manuscript with illustrations by the author, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2019-10-06 03:21
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Safe Haven - Nicholas Sparks

Bridget's Book Ramblings for my scrambled thoughts

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review 2019-05-28 13:47
Audio Book Narrated by Christopher Ryan Grant
See Me - Nicholas Sparks

Enjoyable listen. I am not a Nicholas Sparks fan, bought this on sale. Glad I did, this story has bite, mystery and romance. Well worth the listen. 

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review 2019-04-13 22:04
4.2 Out Of 5 STARS for See Me by Nicholas Sparks
See Me - Nicholas Sparks

 

๏ ๏ ๏  Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
Contemporary
Romance
Mystery/Suspense
My First Nicholas Sparks Book
 
 

๏ ๏ ๏ Links ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Goodreads | Booklikes | BookDigits

Amazon | Kobo | Barnes&Noble

GooglePlay | IndieBound

 

 

With Audio Performed by Christopher Ryan Grant

 
 
 
 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Yes, this is my first Nicholas Sparks novel...I have seen a few movies based on his books, though (The Last Song gutted me).  I knew when I went looking for a book by him that I wanted something that hadn't been turned into a Movie, yet.  I found See Me, and I was intrigued, probably had something to do with the mystery/suspense it had going on.

I would call this Contemporary Romance meets Romantic Suspense.  The ending was very intense and completely surprised me...because, you see, I thought it was going to play out a little differently.  I'm impressed that he surprised me.   The writing is superb, despite being slow and a little tedious at times.  The narrator was exceptional, he had a nice smooth voice that made listening to him easy to do.

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3.8/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 3.8/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5
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Book Cover⇝ Meh...it's okay
Setting⇝ North Carolina
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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