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text 2019-04-14 17:00
Review: When I Cast Your Shadow
When I Cast Your Shadow: A Novel - Sarah Porter

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

If I could give this book 0 or minus starts I would, it was really that bad.

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book I have actively hated so much. I’m all for diving into dark fiction every now and then but this book was one of the worst, most absurd things I have ever read. It made no sense whatsoever.

 

Normally I would just say to hell with it if I don’t like it and DNF, which made it all the more irritating because even though I hated the story and loathed the characters, I wondered if A) it would get any better or B) I would be able to work out what the fuck was going on.

 

Unfortunately, neither of these things happened.

 

The premise was what caught my attention, I’ve read a previous book by the same author, which was a little weird, but I liked it. As I said, I do like dark fiction every now and then. So why not try it? The story follows New York based teenage twins Everett and Ruby whose eldest brother Dashiell died recently of an overdose.

 

Ruby was completely besotted with Dashiell to something boarding on reverence. (I’m half convinced there was something else going on there as well.) They were both totally obsessed with each other. Ruby was completely blind to Dashiell’s flaws. He was an addict, charming and manipulative and could convince her to do anything, long after he’d been thrown out of the house. The father was a workaholic, their mother left years ago. Ruby was an idiot. A sycophantic moron who couldn’t see the danger around them. Her brother Everett was possibly the only remotely likeable character in this. The more straightforward, sensible of the pair.

 

Something seems to allow Dashiell to come back from the dead in a spirit form where he can possess a body if he murders it and can live in it’s skin. At least that was my understanding. So naturally Ruby is the first person he goes to. Which is squicky enough in itself. Yet when Everett notices something off about Ruby and when she’s not possessed she tells him Dash came back he thinks she’s lot the plot. And before long Dashiell has convinced Everett whilst possessing Ruby that he could possess him instead. He can have one or the other.

 

And does some pretty vile things whilst wearing Everett – including visiting his old girlfriend whilst in Everett’s body and getting her into bed. She doesn’t know Everett is possessed, of course. Which is pretty much rape – she consented to Everett, not Dashiell. If she doesn’t know Dashiell is the one riding the front she gets no say in that. And that’s pretty fucking disgusting.

 

On top of all this there’s some of sort Land of the Dead plot where other ghosts are walking around, and Dashiell has pissed off the Big Bad who runs the show. And comes after him for revenge.

 

The whole thing was bizarre, twisted. Way too many characters, all of whom had no personality and were just pretty horrible people. It was beyond fucked up and just an awful, awful novel. Nothing made sense and it was pretty much one of the worst things I have ever read.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and MacMillan-Tor/Forge for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2019-01-29 18:45
THE WORST IS YET TO COME by S. P. Miskowski
The Worst is Yet to Come - S.P. Miskowski

 

Small town living-it's just the best, right? There's none of that violence you hear about in big cities and the people are friendlier too or so we've all heard. Unfortunately, none of that applies to Skillute.

 

A couple and their young daughter move to Skillute for exactly the reasons listed above. But Skillute is a dying town, and as it turns out? The people are really not that friendly. Especially, if like the Davis family, you're coming from liberal-town USA. It's not only the politics of the situation that keep the Davis family isolated though, it's Skillute itself.

 

When the Davis' daughter, Tasha, finally makes friends with a new classmate, Briar, her parents are excited, yet fearful. Briar isn't all they had hoped for -being from a broken family and all. But Tasha and Briar's friendship soon becomes more solid, with their secrets being the thread that stitches them together. What are their secrets? What is wrong with Skillute? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

Over the last few years, I've forgotten how much I enjoyed the work of S.P. Miskowski. She writes a quiet kind of horror which is the kind I prefer these days. The town of Skillute reminds me in some ways of Charles L. Grant's Oxrun Station. The history of Skillute can be found in a few of Miskowski's other books, (THE SKILLUTE CYCLE), but it's not necessary to read them to "get" this one. They all take place in different time periods so that the history of Skillute unfolds in front of you, mostly through the eyes of its women.

 

There are ghosts in this town, there are witches and there are spirits as of yet undefined. Not everything is spelled out for you like a game of Scrabble. Some things you have to figure out for yourself. I enjoy that. I feel that the author respects me enough to trust me to see where she's going. To see the meaning-to see the inevitable end. And boy, that end?! I suspect it's going to raise some hackles out there! It didn't raise mine though: for me, it ended on a perfect note.

 

I loved this tale of small town life, the supernatural, and most of all: the people. The characters here came alive and while none of them were perfect, they all came across as real to me and as such? I felt for them. Maybe you could let yourself feel for them too?

 

My highest recommendation!

 

Available February 22, but you can pre-order here: THE WORST IS YET TO COME

 

*Thank you to S. P. Miskowski for providing a free e-ARC with no strings attached. I freely chose to read and review this book honestly.*

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review 2019-01-02 04:47
Twisted, Fun and even Educational
P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever - Raj Haldar,Chris Carpenter

One of the first books printed in the American colonies was The New England Primer, filled with catchy lines like "In Adam's Fall / We Sinned All."

 

Since that time, many alphabet-type books have been published in the same -- or similar -- vein. One of the latest is P Is for Pterodactyl, which carries the subtitle, The Worst Alphabet Book Ever which doesn't seem that complimentary, but when it includes lines like:

" is for Jai Alai.

or

" is for Ewe."

or even

U is not for You.

and maybe you start to think there's a little truth in advertising.

 

It's actually an amusing book with some examples of the oddities and vagaries of English spelling/pronunciation that will stick with you. I'm not crazy about some of the selections (V's a good example), but by and large, I really liked each "for" that the authors selected.

The artwork is great -- it compliments the text well and will help keep shorter attention spans focused.

 

For everyone who enjoyed BNL's "Crazy ABC's", this Picture Book entertains as well as educates. I'm not sure how well it'd work for the 7-and-under crowd, but for older elementary kids -- and adults who just want a chuckle, this book will be just the ticket. I had a fun time reading it -- as did my whole family. Unlike most of the picture books I post about here, you'll note tat this one doesn't carry any kind of disclaimer -- I bought this one after seeing a couple of pieces about it online, and am glad I did. I imagine you will be, too.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2019/01/01/p-is-for-pterodactyl-the-worst-alphabet-book-ever-by-raj-haldar-chris-carpenter-maria-beddia-twisted-fun-and-even-educational
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review 2018-12-06 19:58
Take it or leave it? I'll leave it, thanks.
Tucker Grizzwell's Worst Week Ever - Bill Schorr,Ralph Smith

Tucker Grizzwell's Worst Week Ever by Bill Schorr and Ralph Smith was borne from a comic strip and is (supposedly) aimed at children. However, I found it to be so full of word play and puns that I think it would be better suited to an adult audience. In my opinion, it was a little too densely packed with jokes to the point of being somewhat annoying and obnoxious. This wasn't marketed as a collection of comic strips but it was lacking in a coherent plot beyond the bare bones 'lesson learned' tale of a cub realizing that adults may not necessarily have all of the answers to the world's questions. 

 

Apologies for the shortness of this review but some books don't lend themselves to a lengthy analysis especially when they're so middle of the road like this one. 2/10

 

 

Sorry this isn't clearer and easier to read. :-/ [The Phoenixed Forums]

 

What's Up Next: Peanuts Vol. 9 by Charles Schulz (and others)

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2018-11-30 20:09
Monthly Run Down - November 2018
Gmorning, Gnight!: LIttle Pep Talks for Me & You - Lin-Manuel Miranda
Shadow and Ice - Gena Showalter
Whiskey Chick - Ryan Ringbloom
Immortal Unchained - Lynsay Sands
The Worst Witch - Jill Murphy
Snowbound with the Single Dad - Cara Colter
Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi

 



Books I Read:

 

Gmorning, Gnight: Little Pep Talks for Me & You  - 5 Stars - Probably the only book I will own in both audio and print forms

 

Shadow and Ice - 3. Stars - New series. I’m curious to see where it goes.  

 

Whiskey Chick - 3 Stars - Remi is a character.

 

Immortal Unchained - 4 Stars - I really liked Sarita and Domitian.  

 

The Worst Witch - 4 Stars - Great family read.

 

Snowbound with the Single Dad - 3 Stars - A heartwarming story.

 

Children of Blood and Bone - 4 Stars - Mixed feelings but such and epic story.





DNF:

 

The Emerald Sea  - Richelle Mead - Put on hold until I can get the audio version.



Currently Reading:



Twilight - Stephenie Meyer - Re-reading...slowly…. stil.




Year to Date Totals:



January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

August: 12 books

September: 7 books

October: 10 books

November: 7

 

2018: 93 books

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