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review 2019-10-07 22:30
The Girl Who Hid in the Trees - Steve Stred,Gavin Kendall

THE GIRL WHO HID IN THE TREES is a creepy novella that left me with a serious case of the willies!


In no-where town USA there is a forest-McConnell's Forest. Years ago, Jason lost his older brother, (as well as his brother's gang of friends), in that forest, and the mystery has never been solved. Now that Jason and HIS group of friends are grown, they're tired of hearing the rumors and stories, and they set out in the forest to find the truth. Will they discover what happened? More importantly, will they survive? You'll have to read this to find out!


On Saturday, sitting beside my sleeping mom in the nursing home, something rare happened. I found myself with nothing to read! I can think of only a few things more horrific for me. (Having my eyeball poked out with a fork, for instance.) I found this story on my Kindle app and have been meaning to read it for some time, so I did.


I immediately found myself drawn in to Jason's life and what it must be like to be "the boy whose brother was murdered in McConnell's Forest." A stigma of sorts was attached to Jason, (as does happen in small towns), but it eventually wore off as Jason got older. I loved the relationship he had with Vanessa and I thought that portion was well written. Once he and his girlfriend shared the fact that they both had had "experiences" in the forest, the fun begins.


I thought at that point, everything came racing at me much more quickly than it had in the first half (or so), of the book. I wouldn't have minded a little time spent with the entire group of friends, so that I could get to know them a wee bit better, thereby making what happened to them even more horrific. (Also, I thought it was pushing the envelope that the parents would allow the kids to do what they did so... easily, but I can't get into much more without spoilers.)


Overall though, I thought this tale fun, and about what you'd expect it to be from reading the synopsis. I look forward to reading more from this author!



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text 2019-09-01 15:40
August Wrap-Up
Unfettered - Kevin Hearne,Lev Grossman,Brandon Sanderson,Patrick Rothfuss,Daniel Abraham,Shawn Speakman,Jennifer Bosworth,Mark Lawrence,Blake Charlton,Peter V. Brett,Geno Salvatore,Robert V.S. Redick,Michael J. Sullivan,Eldon Thompson,David Anthony Durham,Peter Oru
Vicious - V.E. Schwab
The Ancient magick of Trees - Gregory Michael Brewer
Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames - Lara Maiklem

Well, just four books finished in August. I cleared the decks, ready for Halloween Bingo! Got through a few samples but mostly I've been distracted and found Vicious so very slow reading. The two non-fiction were Netgalley books and each of them interesting in their own way.Unfettered had some good stories.


But now the real reading begins!

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review 2019-08-06 10:28
The Ancient Magick of Trees
The Ancient magick of Trees - Gregory Michael Brewer

by Gregory Michael Brewer




This is a very informative book, presented in four parts. The first part covered lore about trees in different cultures. It seems well-researched, but I found the tone reminiscent of children's textbooks. Still the information was interesting.


The second part is the books greatest strength. A list of trees with attributes and detailed drawings to show leaves, bark and any other identifying characteristics of the tree. These entries would make identification very easy and I may well take it out on my walks to get to know my local trees better.


The third section details tree correspondences in various systems, followed by part four which suggests activities to work with trees magically. These were written in a tone more in keeping with other new age books and the actual content seemed well thought out and appropriate for the target audience with an interest in paganism and nature magic.


Overall a very worthwhile book on the topic.

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