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text 2017-12-05 17:34
Exciting December Releases! (TBR)
The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo Wright
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill) - Julie Klassen
Bad Behavior - Kiki Swinson,Noire
Ziegfeld Girls - Sarah Barthel
His Secret Son (The Westmoreland Legacy) - Brenda Jackson

Very excited for these December releases. Almost all of these books are by authors I have read and enjoyed their work. Considering it is December, I think I will be able to get all six books read. The Girl in the Tower is book two in The Winternight Trilogy so, I will need to read The Bear and the Nightingale first.

 

 

 

December 5

 

 

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill #2) by Julie Klassen

 

The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden

 

His Secret Son (The Westmoreland Legacy) by Brenda Jackson

 

House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

 

 

December 26

 

 

Bad Behavior by Kiki Swinson and Noire

 

Ziegfeld Girls by Sarah Barthel

 

 

 

If at all possible I will try to read books in my personal library that are 150 pages or less. Have an awesome reading month friends and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa.

 

 

 

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review 2017-12-03 20:05
The House on Foster Hill - mystery
The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo Wright

The House on Foster Hill had the makings and potential to be a suck you in mystery that keeps a reader turning pages with its creepy, abandoned house and a present day puzzle that can only be solved by uncovering the secrets of the past.

The story jumps back and forth between Kaine in present day and Ivy in the early 1900s. Both had suffered loss, causing them to question their faith, but while Ivy showed little fear and a strong determination to find justice, Kaine's constant fear and desire to run became a bit tedious. We also have the mystery of whether or not Kaine's husband was murdered, but that part of the story seems to be more filler than anything related to the goings on surrounding Foster Hill house. 

The story starts off well enough with a murdered young woman and a few chilling incidents at the abandoned house, but then the tale slows down and begins to drag - more so in the modern day chapters than those surrounding Ivy, but drag nonetheless. The story does pick up in intensity toward the end, but I found the conclusion to be a bit disappointing. In the end, I found very little in the way of romance and a bit too much going on with the modern day story to keep the reader's focus. Ivy's story was much more interesting than anything going on with Kaine, and I reached a point that I felt like skimming Kaine's chapters just to get back to Ivy's harrowing situation.  Overall, the book's slow pace just made it way too easy to set aside for later and the story line a bit too jumbled to compel to me keep turning the pages. 

The author does show promise and this tale did have potential. With a bit more focus and less wandering, it could've been more than just an okay read.

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review 2017-11-25 15:51
The House on Foster Hill
The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo Wright
Kaine is trying to live out her late husband’s dream as she feels guilty for his death. Kaine believes that her devotion to her work had cost Danny his life and now, she is trying to make amends by renovating a historical landmark. Little does Kaine realize what mysteries and stories this house holds within its walls. Buying the house online, Kaine is happy to leave California behind her and reestablish herself in an area where her family once lived. Kaine believed that her husband had been murdered and that the killer was stalking her but the California police were not convinced. Wisconsin was going to be her new start, at least that was her hope.
 
We are told two stories in this novel, the present-day story with Kaine moving into her new home in Wisconsin, ready to begin a new life and another story which occurred in 1906. Ivy tells this story and it begins with the discovery of a dead girl who was found wedged inside the dead tree. As Ivy assists her father, the physician and medical examiner, Ivy records her information inside her death journal, as she believes no one should be forgotten. Ivy begins her own investigation into this woman’s death which leads her to the Foster Hill House. The stories start to merge together, I loved how they twisted together, as Kaine investigates some bizarre occurrences happening at her new house. Kaine realizes that her house was once called, Foster Hill House and no one liked that house. Great debut novel and I can’t wait to see what else this author creates.
 
I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

 

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review 2017-10-14 15:33
The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
I thought this novel was different. It left me wanting for more. I wanted their time inside the mansion to be longer, I wanted more information and details and I wanted to know what happened to the characters as they left. I liked how the story developed and the characters, there wasn’t much deviation from the main story line. The description of the mansion was creative and intriguing. I thought Mrs. Montague was the star of the novel yet she drove me crazy with her bossiness and her authoritative nature. I felt sorry for Mr. Montague for having to be married to her yet I could see how he needs her. Mrs. Dudley was hilarious and I thought there was something sinister about her. She seemed too much in control and too rigid to be a normal individual. Mr. Montague’s assistants were not what I had expected. I think I was trying to compare them to individuals I see on TV series and here were these two woman who went about paranormal activity differently. It was an interesting read and I can see why it is a classic.

 

I am using this novel for Halloween Bingo for my Classic Noir square. 

 

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review 2017-10-07 00:00
The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller I did not enjoy this book as much as I hoped I would. In fact I barely enjoyed it at all. I hated the writing style and found it hard to follow. Frequently I found myself thinking "What the heck does that mean?....huh? what are they talking about?" The characters were unlikeable and the dialogue was unrealistic. I did take into consideration the time in which the book was written but I've read many excellent books from times long past and just no, this just wasn't good to me which is a real disappoinment.
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