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review 2020-03-13 01:30
HANNAH-BEAST by Jennifer McMahon, narrated by Amy Landon
Hannah-Beast - Jennifer McMahon

Hannah-Beast was like Megan Abbott meets Stephen King.


Featuring an alternating time line, this story reminded me of Mean Girls with a horrific twist.


I liked it, but not as much as I had hoped.


*An Amazon Original with Audio, free with Prime.*

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review 2019-08-09 18:30
HELLRIDER by J.G. Faherty
Hellrider (Fiction Without Frontiers) - J.G. Faherty


Admittedly, I'm a sucker for a kick ass cover and this is definitely one of them. When I saw Mr. Faherty offering a paperback ARC of this on Twitter I jumped on the chance!


Eddie Ryder has had a rough family life. His dad is gone, his mom is dying and his smart little brother is trying to stay in school so that he can better himself. Formerly a member of the Hell Riders Motorcycle Club, but now trying to go straight and support his family, no one recognizes the changes in him-changes for the better. All that ends one night after his auto repair shop burns down with him in it. Inexplicably, he, (and his motorcycle, Diablo!), come back to life. Will he get revenge on those responsible? Will his family be able to keep their heads above water now that he's gone? You'll have to read this to find out!


At first, I could not have been more on board with this story. I love me a good revenge tale and this is definitely one. My problems with this novel came about a little over halfway through, when things began to get repetitive.



It's my understanding that Eddie became more and more insane as time went on and as he kept doing what he was doing. {I'm trying not to spoil too much.} But at a certain point it went way over the top and was no longer believable. {As much as a story about a reincarnated man and his motorcycle can be believable, that is.}


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I loved Eddie's family and wanted to spend more time with his brother and mom, and I did get my wish towards the end of the book, but it wasn't as much time as I wanted. I was not expecting a literary masterpiece here, but I did expect a tighter story with less repetition than this.


All of that said, this was fun, and for the most part, I enjoyed my time with Eddie and Diablo, flying thunderously around the town of Hell Creek!


*Thank you to the author for the beautiful paperback you signed for me, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2017-02-05 17:24
Hometown by Luke Walker
Hometown - Luke Walker


Hometown is an atmospheric, sometimes surreal tale of horror, revenge and abuse in a small town.


Sometimes there are wrongs that can never be corrected. Even death can't set things straight. In the town of Dalry, something is awry and it's up to a group of old high school chums to figure out what. This proves difficult, due to the influence of a dead childhood friend, who often pulls them out of the hometown they know into some sort of parallel world that looks the same, but...isn't. Terrors live in that parallel world and not everyone will survive.


I loved how the story was told and the direction it took, but I had problems with differentiating the characters and their relationships with each other. It took a fair amount of the story for me to pull everything together as far as who everyone was and what was happening. Once I was able to get the characters straight, I didn't feel I knew them well enough to develop a deep caring for them. I felt more for the characters that were already dead, to be honest.


There were some instances where the writing reeled me right in, but there were also instances where a little more editing or proofreading might have helped. (The use of the word scrapping instead of scraping, for instance, happened more than once.)


Overall, though, this was a heart-wrenching story about a damaged family and how that damage can ripple outwards like a stone tossed into a pond-affecting everyone it touches. This tale does have a lot of heart, it just takes some patience and care to get there. Recommended because your mileage may vary and the issues I had may just be mine and mine alone!


You can get your copy here: Hometown


*I received a free e-copy in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

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review 2017-01-22 19:41
Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith
Desperation Road - Michael Farris Smith


Southern noir and fast paced grit-lit, Desperation Road is compelling and enduring dark fiction.


Russell returns to a small Mississippi town, fresh off the bus from 11 years in the penitentiary, only to be jumped by the family of the man who put him there. Maben, running from a drug habit and the darker sides of herself, has a bad run in with a local cop. Russell and Maben, two flawed, but decent people. They are at the center of this tight tale of revenge and repentance.


It was difficult to put this book down, so I read it in big hunks, growling at anyone that came near. The characters were sharply drawn, and I count the countryside of Mississippi as one of them. It was easy to see the lakes and ponds of the area, easy to feel the heat and the bite of the mosquitoes. It was also easy to see how the need for revenge could be nurtured in this hot and humid environment.


For 300 pages, this book was an incredibly fast read with characters that had depth to them and a realistic feel. I highly recommend this tense, quick trip to Mississippi. It's so beautifully written, you'll feel as if you were there right now, without the cost of air fare and the ugly realities of this world. There's an ugly reality there too, but at least there I felt as if there was also hope for the future.


Once again, highly recommended! (I think fans of Donald Ray Pollock would especially appreciate this dark tale.)


Desperation Road is available on February 7th, here: Desperation Road


*Thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Book Group for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2016-07-12 18:05
Paradise Sky by Joe Lansdale, narrated by Brad Sanders
Paradise Sky - Joe R. Lansdale

Updating 7.12.16, the Kindle version of this novel is currently on sale for only $2.99!

I cannot recommend this book enough, and for only $2.99, it's a steal! Paradise Sky.


This is an OUTSTANDING western novel about the life of Deadwood Dick, aka Nat Love.


Willie is an African American boy who was forced out on his own at a very young age, due to an unfortunate glance at the rear end of a white man's wife. This story follows Willie until he becomes Nat and, indeed, a far different man.


This audio book has it all. The narrator, Brad Sanders, is unbelievably fantastic. His performance, combined with the storytelling of Joe Lansdale, makes this one of the best audio books I've EVER read. I laughed out loud so many times my coworkers wondered what was going on. And that reaction was nothing to what happened when I began crying my eyes out later on.


I just started getting into Joe Lansdale's work this year and, again, I'm feeling sorry that I waited such a long time to do so. But on the bright side, I have a bunch more of his books to read and that's a great thing.


Highly recommended to everyone! Period.

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