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review 2019-10-11 22:07
The Evil Queen
The Evil Queen - Gena Showalter

The Forest of Good and Evil, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: I’m a fan of the author.

The Characters:

Everly Morrow:
Roth Charmaine:
Heartly Morrow, Truly Morrow, Farrah Charmaine

The Story:

The writing of this was very complex and multi tiered. I will admit I didn’t love the characters and even the storyline at times. It was a little bit of a lot that felt like a little bit of a lot. I quit this book when I got the ARC, it was a lot of buildup and very little pay off and as I listened to the audiobook I did still find myself feeling this way at times. On the flip side sometimes I was totally engrossed in the story, I just wish I could have been all in all the time.

I am on board for the next story, though I have no idea where this will go.

The Random Thoughts:

The Score Card:


3 Stars

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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 2019-10-04 02:49
A Grimm Tale
Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy - Serena Valentino

Mistress of All Evil is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a number of other fairy tales thrown in there as all their stories are interconnected. I'm using it to claim the A Grimm Tale square. It also would have worked for the Cryptozoologist and Spellbound squares on my card.




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review 2019-09-11 14:30
The Beginning of the Evil...
First Evil (Fear Street Cheerleaders 1) - R.L. Stine

Oh Fear Street, how I have missed you. I think next year for Halloween bingo I may just read nothing but Fear Street books for squares. This is the first book in Stine's Fear Street Cheerleaders series. There are five books. As a teen I loved this whole series and couldn't wait for all of the installments. Fear Street and Shadyside High sounded like such dark and scary places and I always cracked up when something would happen and the police would just be all, well "Fear Street." This book definitely has a lot of girl get some sense moments, and there is actually not one, but two deaths. Stine never does shy away from killing off characters in a gruesome way. What was surprising is how we follow one main character and then it switches to another who will remain the lead for the rest of the series.


"First Evil" follows sisters Bobbi and Corky Corcoran. Both girls were very good cheerleaders back in their hometown and even were part of a team that went to state and appeared on ESPN. Seriously this gets mentioned a lot and I loved it. However, not everyone wants Bobbi and Corky to join the Shadyside cheerleading squad. When an accident leaves the former head cheerleader unable to walk again, Bobbi is named the new head cheerleader which causes a lot of resentment towards her. And then accidents start happening and Bobbi wonders if someone or something is stalking her.


So I loved Bobbi. She really wants to just be a cheerleader and make friends. She does make some dumb mistakes though. And at one point when she seems to throw herself into "dating" one of the local football players who has ties to another cheerleader I just shook my head. Bobbi and Corki though don't share a lot of scenes together though after a certain point which I thought was a mistake. Bobbi does try to go to Corki to talk to her about what she has seen and what she thinks is happening to her, but her sister doesn't believe her.

Corki is treated as a secondary character through the majority of the sister, until she is not and then we get to see more of her personality. We also follow former head cheerleader Jennifer and current cheerleader and queen of resentment Kimmy. Stine perfectly captures teen girls and how quickly they can turn on one another.


The writing is good, short and to the point at times. Stine definitely makes you scared about what is going on with Bobbi and also Fear Street in general. Also how does anyone live on Fear Street at this point? It's like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and everyone realized how weird their town was and never brought it up really. 


The ending was really good and I just maybe laughed at someone just going Fear Street and people stopped investigating what really happened. This is the first in a five book series, so think that Stine did a great job of making you care about the characters you read about and what happens next. 



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text 2019-09-10 21:47
Reading progress update: I've read 95%.
First Evil (Fear Street Cheerleaders 1) - R.L. Stine

 I remember just devouring these books as a teen. Should do another re-read some time.


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