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review 2017-06-18 15:09
The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
The Boy on the Bridge - M.R. Carey

The Boy on the Bridge is the, (at least for me), eagerly awaited prequel to The Girl With All the Gifts. This book tells the story of how the abandoned tank/lab they found in TGWAtG, the Rosalind Franklin, got to be where she was and what happened to her crew.

 

It also tells the story of a special boy on board, (who was possibly autistic?), along with the crew consisting of both military and civilian/scientific contingents. They are ordered out to reconnoiter and to collect lab samples. That's all I'll say about the plot.

 

In a way, this book is like TGWAtG, except instead of a special girl, we have a special boy. There is also the fact that we know the ending from the get-go, and I think that took away from the suspense a little bit. Lastly, I'm not sure all the science-y bits actually made sense, but even if they did I wasn't much interested in that aspect of the story. I'm more interested in the characters and whether or not they survive. Perhaps some sort of explanation was required, but I think it slowed the story down. I wanted to know more about Stephen and if what he had was actually autism or something else entirely.

 

The ending here scored BIG with me, though, and it made up for the times I thought the story was slow. Overall, I did enjoy the heck out of this story and I'm wondering if there will be another? If there is, sign me up now!

 

You can get your copy here: The Boy on the Bridge

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and Orbit for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

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review 2017-06-06 20:40
The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss
The Halloween Children - Norman Prentiss,Brian James Freeman

 Beautifully conceived and executed, The Halloween Children is a great and spooky read for anytime of year!

 

Husband and wife- Harris and Lynn, each tell their own story in alternating chapters. Lynn's chapters are addressed privately to her marriage therapist, and they contain a litany of complaints about her spouse and the way he parents their children. Harris' chapters tell the story from his point of view, but well after certain "events" have occurred. What those events are you'll have to read this book to find out.

 

My favorite type of horror is the kind with lots of suffocating atmosphere and psychological tricks, (Trick or Treat?), and The Halloween Children has both of those things, in spades. Plus, it features two children who get creepier by the second. How could it get any better for a horror fan such as myself? Oh yeah, it could finish off with an ending that actually gave me goosebumps, it was so perfect.

 

This is THE book to read when you are looking for that creepy kind of thrill, but it's an extra perfect book to read around Halloween. Just be sure you have some candy ready when the door bell rings and the children begin to arrive. They don't like it when they don't get candy and you don't want The Halloween Children to pull their tricks on YOU. Trust me on this.

 

Highly recommended, especially to fans of atmospheric, psychological horror!

 

Available for your Kindle on June 13th, here: The Halloween Children

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and to Hydra for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2017-06-02 22:15
Ascent by Luke Walker
Ascent - Luke Walker

 

A handful of people are stuck in the hell that has become Greenham Place, after what they think is an explosion that may have ended the outside world. But that's not the worst of it. Something has been unleashed inside this tall office building, and it's after them. Will they survive? You'll have to read Ascent to find out!

 

Rod, Alex, Simon, Kelly and Dao were all strangers to each other before the explosion. Now, they may be all that's left of humanity. What I liked most about this story was how the characters were each introduced and how they got to know one another. Unfortunately, whatever was released into Greenham Place got to know them too, and it used that knowledge to torture them all.

 

I thought this story was beautifully told-the author took the time to develop each character and then tailored the horror to each one. Everybody has secrets, whether they be something that happened to them, or something they did to someone else. Now imagine a creature that could use all that and twist it around-using it to insert wedges between people, to make people hallucinate, or even just to guilt them to death-how can you defeat that? Maybe you can't?

 

I LOVED the ending of this book, but I imagine it might be a problem for some. As an American, in light of our current political problems, and the problems that other...unstable countries present not only to us, but to the world, it was easy for me to fill in the blanks. I think that helped the story become more personal to me and I liked it that much more as a result.

 

My only complaint was that I thought the term "legging it" was a bit overused, but hey, if this stuff was going down anywhere near me, I would be legging it the hell out of there too.

 

More of a psychological horror story than anything else, (don't worry-there's plenty of bloody gore to go around too), Ascent was an impressive and imaginative story and I highly recommend it!

 

You can get your copy here: Ascent

*I was provided an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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text 2017-06-01 18:35
May 2017-Round up!
Boo! - David Haynes
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge - David McCullough
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Black Mad Wheel: A Novel - Josh Malerman
Those Across the River - Christopher Buehlman
Saffron And Brimstone: Strange Stories - Elizabeth Hand
Dare Me - Megan Abbott
The Well - Jack Cady,Tom Piccirilli
Between Two Fires - Christopher Buehlman
Skitter - Ezekiel Boone

In May, I read 15 books! 

 

Graphic Novels:

 

The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-The Battle of Tull

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-The Way Station

 

Total: 3

 

Audio Books: 

 

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, narrated by Bruce Springsteen

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman

Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

 

 

Total: 6

 

E-ARCS:

 

Skitter by Ezekiel Boone

Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman

 

Total: 2

 

Random Books: 

 

Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse

The Well by Jack Cady

Boo! by David Haynes

Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand

 

Total: 4

 

Total Books Read in May: 15

 

Reading Challenges

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017

 

January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

Running Count: 5

 

Coolthulhu Crew 2017 Challenge: 

Goal: Read Horror Books!

 

January Books: 5

February Books: 3 

March Books: 4

April Books: 9

May Books: 6

 

Running Count: 27

 

 

Graphic Novel Challenge:

 

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017  

 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

Running count: 20

 

Keep Calm and Read On!

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-06-01 14:51
Sci-Fi and Scary Coolthulhu Crew 2017 Challenge-May Update

 

I am participating in a Horror Reading Challenge over at the Sci-Fi and Scary blog. You can sign up yourself at the Sci-Fi and Scary Blog here: Sci-Fi and Scary

 

 

This month I've read 6 books towards the challenge:

 

Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse by Jack Strange

 

The Well by Jack Cady

 

Skitter by Ezekiel Boone

 

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman

 

Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman

 

Boo! by David Haynes

 

 

May Total: 6

April Total: 9

March Total: 4

February Total: 3

January Total: 5

 

Total: 27

 

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