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review 2018-06-02 06:47
Everything Burns
Everything Burns - Vincent Zandri

There are only two things in life Reece, the main character of Everything Burns, likes: himself and fire, not necessarily in that order though. While the fire part is easily understandable, as he was in a fire as a child which killed his mother and brothers, it is told to you so many times that it was annoying. Overall, Reece was a very annoying character to read about.

Strange things are happening and Reece is sure that his girlfriend's (who is also his ex-wife) ex-boyfriend is behind everything. This goes from bad to worse, as people get casually burned to death on the sidewalk without so much as a shriek. Reece wrote a popular novel, which is one of the reasons why he believes said ex-boyfriend is after him, and literally every single person he meets has at least one copy of his book and has actually read it (by far the most unbelievable part of the novel).

The writing was a bit clunky but my biggest problem was just that I really didn't like to read it. I was actively rooting for Reece to be put away. I don't think I will read more of this author in the future.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-05-09 18:11
The Ashes (The Rebecca Underhill Trilogy Book 2) by Vincent Zandri
The Ashes (The Rebecca Underhill Trilogy) (Volume 2) - Vincent Zandri

This is the 2nd book in the Rebecca Underhill trilogy. I did not read the 1st book but will be soon. Even though I had not read the 1st book I had no real problems following this this book as it can be read as a stand alone. Mr Zandri does give you enough of a back story to let you easily follow along. I think if you had read the 1st book the amount of backstory would just give you enough of a refresher but not to much to bore you.

I love horror so this book was right up my alley. There were some blood and gore but not very much so it would be great for someone not into that as well. This is more of a creepy physiological book. It is a real page turner. It kept me on the edge of my seat and in a few places had me looking over my own shoulder. You don't want to read this book in the dark and some may not want to read it while alone either.

This book takes place 8 years after Rebecca's harrowing ordeal in a wooded cabin. Rebecca narrowly escaped a deranged killer then, but now has bigger problems as "The Skinner" is after her.

Rebecca's original boogeyman Joseph William Whalen who is dead, had a cell mate while in prison. Lawrence Frederick Hanover AKA The Skinner. The skinner has escaped prison and is now after Rebecca, but instead of going straight for her he has decided to get her where it really hurts, Her Kids.

Rebecca may be weak in some aspects but when it comes to the dark she is strong. She must save her kids as well as herself.
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review 2017-03-01 03:13
Another annoying narrator...
The Remains - Vincent Zandri

 

Just meh....

 

The story was ok. A young girl and her twin sister experience and trauma and decide not to tell anyone. Thirty years later, the still living sister is confronted by reminders of the event. Is the monster coming back?

 

I found the story a bit boring and predictable. There were moments that I liked, but not enough to make the book exciting.

 

This is the second audiobook that I feel was hurt by the narrator. For some reason, the voice sounded almost computerized. It wasn't, but some of the words were so stilted that I had to check to be sure. She definitely portrayed emotion, but every time she said the word, "cabriolet" (as in the Volkswagen car), it sounded very strange. Maybe I'm just being picky, or (more likely) I have been spoiled after listening to Kate Mulgrew perform two Joe Hill books brilliantly. Oh well, her performances are amazing and so worth it.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-02-12 15:42
Meh...
The Remains - Vincent Zandri

 

What I thought:

that the book began well. The author managed to capture my attention and keep for a while.

for a book with a predictable storyline, it seemed too long. We knew that Whalen was coming back, that he would be abducting Rebecca and try to kill her. Yet the story was more than 200 pages long.

the author kept building up what had happened to the MC and her sister when they were kids. It was supposed to be something really horrible. When the great reveal came, it read that they escaped before anything could happen. I did not want a graphic scene but I did want the bad thing that had killed the MC's sister and parents to actually be bad.

i recently came across an article that caused all the hullabaloo on Special Needs in Strange Worlds. It has made me wary about claiming to know about things I have no idea about. Thus, I do not know if the author dealt with the autistic character in the right way or not. However, the character did go from being monosyllabic in the beginning to a talker in the end.

Lastly, there were details that surfaced conveniently when the author needed them to. That isn't to say that other books do not do so, they just do it subtly.

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text 2015-01-22 08:06
TBR Thursday #24 - Part 2
Through the Fog - Michael C. Grumley
Heart Collector - Jacques Vandroux,Wendeline A. Hardenberg
Everything Burns - Vincent Zandri
Follow The Leader (A DS Allie Shenton Novel) - Mel Sherratt
The Dead Key - D.M. Pulley
A Place for Sinners - Aaron Dries

And even more books!

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