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review 2017-09-19 19:05
Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
Little Heaven: A Novel - Nick Cutter

Some quick thoughts about this one, because I still can't make my brain write anything resembling a full review and, honestly, I don't really want to force it.

 

* The beginning was solid, and the Long Walker is a great creation! I almost felt like if he would have just stayed a mystery, like in the beginning, it would have made it more terrifying overall.

 

* The characters were all fairly great, although I wish there had been more time for more of their backstory. The fact that I felt so strongly for them, after only a few chapters, says a lot.

 

* The middle of this book was an uphill battle. At some point it became all about blood, gore, and as much dismemberment as possible rather than sticking to that original tension that was built. I found myself sighing and hoping people would just hurry up and die so we could move on.

 

* The ending was GOOD. Really good. Not quite as wrapped up as I wished, but it still definitely pulled this story out of the mud for me. If only that middle hadn't been so rough...

 

* I think Dan Simmons' book, since I'm reading it at the same time, ruined this a bit for me. His writing is so much more atmospheric, so much more realistic, that the paranormal aspect of Little Heaven was more difficult for me swallow. I wanted MORE.

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text 2017-09-15 18:01
Reading progress update: I've read 75%.
Little Heaven: A Novel - Nick Cutter

This is getting kind of monotonous. I normally love Nick Cutter's visceral writing, but this time around it feels like he let go of the tension that he normally builds in favor of endless gore and gratuitous violence. I'm not even afraid anymore. Just bored. And ready for them to kill the evil out there so that I can be done with this. :/

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text 2017-09-12 00:36
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Little Heaven: A Novel - Nick Cutter

I am horribly behind on reading. I did barely any reading at all this weekend, instead choosing to binge watching movies and do a lot of cross stitching. I did, however, make it through another hour or so of this book on audio.

 

Nick Cutter is just evil. Brilliant, sure, but in that villainous way that makes you want to punch him because everything he's writing hurts your heart or is scary beyond belief. This book may not be as atmospheric as Summer of Night. It's also missing that special connection of being told through the eyes of children. Still, it has it's own draw. It's dark, visceral, and addictive.

 

I'm now reading three separate books and I need to focus on one and knock it out, so it'll probably be this one. Hoping to finish it by the of the week.

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text 2017-09-06 18:46
Reading progress update: I've read 9%.
Little Heaven: A Novel - Nick Cutter

Okay, how does Nick Cutter keep figuring out EXACTLY how to get under my skin. Argh. I'm listening to this on audio and the first 30 minutes was just totally horrific and nasty as all get out. I don't want to spoil at all, but the creature that he builds within those first few chapters is the stuff of nightmares. Seriously. I'd be surprised if I don't dream about that tonight. 

 

And yet, I'll keep listening because I'm now hooked. The fate of three people that I've only just met, yet somehow totally care about, hangs in the balance. This nameless, shapeless thing lurks in the shadows and moves the characters around like marionettes. I'm equal parts terrified and fascinated.

 

Nick Cutter's writing always drives right to the core of me, and I don't know why. I'm scared.

 

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review 2017-08-24 00:51
Thank heavens for friends...
A Little Bit Like Love (South Haven Book 1) - Brooke Blaine

I have to admit I saw this one and I read the blurb saw some reviews and truthfully I was going to take a pass on it but then I kept seeing the reviews and some friends started rumblings about a buddy read and I checked it out again and again and I really thought about it...well then I got to wondering why aren't I reading this book? It's totally in my wheelhouse and the reviews look good and what the hell, right? Sign me up and that was all she wrote, boys and girls. I needed a buddy read and this one filled the bill to perfection.

 

'A Little Bit Like Love' was a lot like awesome. Lucas and Jackson first met when they both attended a private boys school. They started out as friends but after a few months it turned in to more. When circumstances force Jackson to leave without even so much as a good-bye, Lucas finds himself at a loss as to why and after the initial shock wears off. He gets on with his life becoming a well known and sought after local artist and sex god. 

 

it's eight years later and Jackson's returned to the scene of the crime so to speak and through a total fluke he overhears a conversation that brings the name of the boy he left behind to his ears once again. He knows he shouldn't but his heart isn't going to be denied this time and he sets out to see for himself that Lucas has gotten over him and gone on with his life...or at least that's what he tells himself.

 

This book was simply awesome. I loved it and reading it with my buddy read besties Josy, Christelle and Simone only added to the awesomeness of it all. As always you ladies make every read a good one, but this one was definitely better than good and thank you for helping me break my Buddy Read dry spell. it's been way to long since we enjoyed a good book together and I'm looking forward to our next one...see you Friday.

 

I loved the emotional roller coaster ride that this one took us on. There was anger, rage, resentment, frustration...all kinds of frustration, passion, forgiveness, love, happiness and on and on. I have to admit I'm surprised I don't have a bit of an emotional hangover but this one worked. Sometimes it's good to go on those journeys that make us exercise our emotional empathy. 

 

The other thing that really hooked me with this one was the secondary characters...Lucas's best friends Drew (and oh hell yeah, his story is next). Drew's a bit enigmatic and he's also tall and built and covered in tats and damn excuse me while I wipe the drool off of my keyboard, ok? and then there's Lucas's other friend...Sebastian or Bash as he's also known. Bash to me seemed to be his own force of nature...so yeah, you can bet I'm looking for his story too and then we have Sydney. She's Jackson's co-worker/friend/sorta' girlfriend/it's complicated and I won't even lie for a good part of this story I was so not a fan of Sydney but that definitely changed once we got to see Sydney and not just get bits and pieces of her. Sydney's awesome and I would so take her out drinking on girls night and last of all we have Jackson's father...or daddy dearest as I like to think of him...what can I say every book needs a villain.

 

'A Little Bit Like Love' is probably my biggest surprise read so far this year. I wasn't surprised that I liked it, but I was surprised by just how much I loved this book and yes, maybe that's due in part to the awesome company that I had while reading it, but mostly it was because this story just worked for me. It ticked all the boxes and rang all the right bells and I am so ready for book 2 or in the immortal words of Dwayne Johnson otherwise known as 'The Rock', back in the day..."Just bring it!"

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