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review 2018-02-15 01:12
The author paints a creepy landscape
The Grip of It: A Novel - Jac Jemc

   Jac Jemc knows how to paint a creepy landscape in her novel, The Grip of It.  Quick summary with no spoilers:  A couple working through issues buys a house that begins to affect them and their relationship. 


   Ms. Jamc uses first person narrative while switching between the husband and wife with each chapter.  First person narrative can be tricky to do well, but our author pulls it off expertly. The ambiance grows increasingly menacing, and the "grip" it has on the couple and their relationship is the truly disturbing. 


   Ms. Jamc is comfortable and deft in her craft and the story moves along flowingly.  I have given it four stars because wanted a little more clarity in the end, but I believe most readers who enjoy a tense, relationship-based drama and/or a story with paranormal overtones will find it quite satisfying.


   I'm looking forward to reading more of her works!

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review 2018-01-06 15:00
"Still" (Grip Volume 2) by Kennedy Ryan
Still (Grip) (Volume 2) - Kennedy Ryan Still (Grip) (Volume 2) - Kennedy Ryan

My 1st AWESOME read of 2018. I'm a happy girl.

This story was just too much for my heart. My soul. This was an exceptional piece of writing here.
What an incredibly, raw journey you get, with Grip & Bristol. I could not have foreseen a better closing to their story and journey. It broke my heart. Then made it soar. I cried happy and heartbreaking tears. I laughed until my stomach hurt. And I blushed like a hot sweaty tomato.

Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. 

I HIGHLY recommend this read. This mini series of sorts... 

Please start this journey at the beginning with the Prequel, Flow, then Book 1, Grip., before diving in here with Still
You will not be sorry. 

You're welcome ;)


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review 2017-12-11 22:53
The Grip of It
The Grip of It: A Novel - Jac Jemc
This was a psychological horror novel that kept getting creepier the more that I read it. As the house became more active, it’s actions more intense, the couple has to find a way to handle its effects.
Wanting to get a fresh start, the couple looks for a house away from the city. Wandering inside a house that was built between a forest and an ocean, they notice a few strange abnormalities but the house was such a great deal, they hate to pass it up. The house is huge. It has the potential to last them a lifetime so, as the couple moves in they’re excited for their future.
It began before they bought the house but events surrounding the house begin to increase dramatically now that the couple has moved in. It began with noises, then later it progressed to strange shadows, rooms moving, and drawings appearing, just to name a few of these events. It wasn’t just the eeriness and the mysteriousness of these events occurring that I enjoyed but it was also the couple, the new homeowners that I savored. It was their reaction to what was happening, their relationships with each other and the people around them and their personalities that make this novel great. Alternately, we hear from each of them in this novel and the worlds they are witnessing and speak of cannot be imaginary because their stories are identical in a world where communication is lacking. Where once this couple conversed, this couple is now silent and words are implied or absent. With new employers, the couple has a few, new acquaintances to converse with but they’re fearful of what to say and how to explain what is happening in their lives. Everyone seems to know something about the house they have purchased but what is the truth? As James tries to find out the history of the house, Julie is ready to move and leave the house behind.
I really enjoyed this novel as I loved the odd, unexplained events surrounding the house and I thought the main characters were perfect for this novel. I liked how the house had a history, yet as we hear from other individuals, this history is extensive. Although the ending was not neatly packaged up, I liked it and thought it tied with how the novel flowed.


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review 2017-11-26 21:17
The Grip of It: A Novel - Jac Jemc

I have read two great haunted house novels this year. The Grip of It is one of them. (Without consulting my reviews, can anyone tell me what the other is? If you get it right, there isn’t a prize . . . except my undying love and admiration.) A dazzling, poetic, and challenging work, this is a literary masterpiece that deserves to sit on the shelves with the classics.


James and Julian have stumbled across a large, beautiful house for an excellent price — and they take it. The house gives them the change their marriage needs. But this house isn’t right. Impossible rooms and corners and corridors exist . . . and there are ghosts in the trees . . . and just who is that strange old neighbor who keeps staring out his windows at the couple?


Jac Jemc deals in dread. This is a novel of quiet, mounting terror — the scares don’t come from onscreen horror, but the anticipation of the horror. Jemc keeps her cards close to her chest and knows how to dole out just the right amount for maximum effect. And for me, as a reader, that works best. I don’t like to be shown. I don’t like for the author to hold my hand. I have a working and vivid imagination, and the scares it can conjure up are more effective than anything Jemc could have written. You see, this novel doesn’t give answers. If you like your haunted house novels to end with everything wrapped up nicely, you’d better move along. The Grip of It is a puzzle, and I suspect I will get even more out of it upon rereading.


A grim and despairing novels of haunts and a dissolving marriage, this thing pushed all my buttons. If you like to be teased and challenged by your scary fiction, give this a go. As for me, I will be checking out this author’s past novels as soon as possible.

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review 2017-10-29 10:26
Grip: A SciFi Dystopian Thriller (The Slip Trilogy Book 2) - David Estes

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

Keeping on catching up with my NetGalley readings. I finished the first book earlier this week, now on to book 2, which was also a good one in its own way, and not the dread ‘second book syndrome sufferer’ I usually fear in such cases.

It does pave up the way to the ‘grand finale’ of book 3, of course, among other things by introducing new developments and therefore a third way, so to speak. It’s not about the hunt for Slips only, not anymore; the Lifers are also involved, and no party is all black or all white. The action is not only about running away/reacting this time, although the book does have its share of such scenes since they’re part of its premise, however the characters also start making moves of their own, instead of only the villains setting plans in motion. And even if said moves are a little on the clunky side, the characters are clearly proactive and taking on their enemies now.

The story has its share of twists. Like in the first book, they are partly predictable (e.g. the one where only the audio part is played), yet at the same time some of them are of the gritty kind, that I wouldn’t necessarily have expected in a YA story (this is not YA for 12-year-old, for sure). And as far as I can tell, there’s one major twist that is a definitive one, there’s not going to be any ‘surprise, I’m back’ scene (I hope there won’t be because it was a sad moment, and retconning it would cheapen it).

The ads and propaganda inserts are interesting, too. At first I didn’t care much for them, but little by little they’re helping draw a more comprehensive picture of the world (the technology people have at hand, the comments—both published and deleted—on newspaper articles

The characters keep evolving, Harrison especially is going on a path I like: at first he felt to me like he was ‘just there’, some kind of afterthought patched onto Benson’s story, yet here he takes action, initiates moves that have their own ethical backlashes, gets to go through ordeals as well, discovers betrayal... At the same time, while he does resent his father and seems to unconsciously prevent himself from properly grieving, he’s also accepted his brother like, well, a brother. He’s an interesting counterpoint to Domino: both children had very similar backgrounds (a Slip sibling, one parent being constantly away to take care of the Slip), but Harrison is going a completely different path. On the other hand, I don’t care that much for the Destroyer, perhaps because at this point he’s so broken that even his fighting against his leash doesn’t look like there’ll be much development her, apart from ‘yay I get to be a psychopath 100% of the time now’.

A few new characters get introduced, like Destiny (another Slip, who goes through her own dark moments because of the mistakes she made, and has to learn to outgrow this—all the while showing her inner strength and resourcefulness in terms of survival techniques, -she- didn’t have a Michael Kelly to craft a false ID for her after all!). Or the Agriculturists, more in the background for now but with an agenda of their own.

Conclusion: A solid second book that furthers the overarching plot.

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