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review 2019-10-10 04:53
The Devil Crept In
The Devil Crept In - Ania Ahlborn

If you remember, I love anything that's spooky and in the woods. This one seems to fit the bill wonderfully. 


The Devil Crept In is a slow starter but it all moves fast. Part one was my least favorite as it didn't feel like too much was actually going on. After part two I was terrified and that feeling followed me the whole way through. The ending left me feeling sick in the way a good spooky story can, though I also hated the ending because of how bleak it is. Sort of like The Mist movie adaptation. It works and it preys on some of my spookiest fears, but it's so bleak I can't call it satisfying. 


I really liked Stevie. He reminded me of some of the kids I worked with. 


Final rating: 4.5 out of 5. Great horror, definitely spine-tingling. Why did the cats have to get involved? 

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review 2019-10-06 05:28
The Luminous Dead
The Luminous Dead - Caitlin Starling

Woohooo! Finished!


Overall, I really loved this book. 100% would read it again. The atmosphere was awesome and I really enjoyed the character developments in Gyre and Em, as well as their development in relation to each other. The pacing felt awesome as well. There were enough highs and lows where I didn't feel like the book was rushing along or dragging. It could be slow at times but never in a way that made me reluctant to pick it up again.


As far as things I would have liked, I feel like there were some missed opportunities in regards to the horror element of the book. I really would have enjoyed more in regards to the technical nature of caving. When I pictured it in my head, it felt more like walking through a mine/rock climbing than caving itself, which kind of lessened the effectiveness for me. Having worked with and been friends with cavers, I know about maneuvers and risks that literally happen as part of typical caving that would have amped the horror up in this book to a whole new level. Seriously, look up Jam Crack in the Glenwood Caverns and that alone demonstrates what I mean. 


Final rating 5/5: I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.


Final thought: It'd be cool to have this adapted as a video game. That's kind of how it played out in my head and I think it'd be a lot of fun to play a game as Gyre. 

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text 2017-10-30 00:51
Books I Read in October 2017
The Diamond Empire (A Diamonds Novel) - K'wan
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel - Jesmyn Ward
Brazen - Katherine Longshore
The Longest Memory - Fred D'Aguiar
The Tragedy of Brady Sims (Vintage Contemporaries) - Ernest J. Gaines
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

I read 6 books in October and am pleasantly surprised. I thought I'd only read 2 or 3. Has that ever happened to you? My highly anticipated read was The Tragedy of Brady Sims by Earnest J. Gaines. It was also my biggest disappointment. I was not wowed by it and the interest I had for the build up in this short novellla wasn't and was what I thought it would be. The other shocker was Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. I connected with only one of the characters (the son Jojo) and the story was a bit of multiple stories I'd read before. I didn't enjoy Salvage the Bones by her either. I think I stopped 75% through. I don't think her style of writing is for me. However, she is well regarded, loved and accoladed. 


The Nightingale and The Longest Memory were the "show stoppers" this month. These stories gutted me. Oh, the pain I felt. These two books I would highly recommend to anyone. It doesn't matter if you pick them up today, next month or years from now. Put them on your tbr or wishlist and read them! You won't regret it, I promise. I'm clearing out my YA shelves and have donated hundreds to date. This last purge I decided to keep some series that I started and loved, but didn't finish. Brazen (Royal Circle) is one of those I decided to keep. I had already read Guilt and Tarnish and enjoyed them. Brazen didn't disappoint. I do love historical fiction. Longshore wrote these in a style I could enjoy as well as her intended audience. 




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text 2016-11-01 15:28
Halloween Bingo wrap-up, October reads and aftermath
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame - Victor Hugo,Walter J. Cobb
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Rise Headless and Ride (Jason Crane) - Richard Gleaves
The House of the Seven Gables - Robert S. Levine,Nathaniel Hawthorne
Dracula - Bram Stoker,StaMar Publishing
The British Table: A New Look at the Traditional Cooking of England, Scotland, and Wales - Colman Andrews,Christopher Hirsheimer
Letters To The Damned - Austin Crawley
The Museum of Things Left Behind - Seni Glaister

I finished 7 books in October, 5 for Bingo and 2 Netgalley selections. I made Blackout on Bingo, yay!


I enjoyed the Halloween Bingo very much. That's sayng something because I don't usually do challenges. I can't deal with the stress of my own obsessive nature and I'm not the world's fastest reader.


However, this one was of special interest since I've been in a Horror book phase and I love Halloween! Would I do it again? Quite probably next year. Will I do other Bingos or challenges? Mmmm.... maybe. Certainly not right away.


I enjoyed choosing the books to fill the squares, but the one downside is I'm a random reader and I felt constricted by my own commitment to read all the books I chose. I also felt a little guilty about neglecting Netgalley books.


On the up side, I read 6 Classics, most of which I've wanted to read for ages:


The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

Dracula by Bram Stoker


I learned that not all books with young protagonists suck:


Bloodfire by Helen Harper

Demoniac Dance by Jaq D. Hawkins

Willa Wicked by A.M. Hudson


The bottom one was a bit young for me, but I really enjoyed the other two. I also learned that I really don't like Cozy Mystery but I can enjoy a Mystery like Thorneyhold by Mary Stewart.


I read a couple of 'fun' books:


Goblin Tales by Jim Hines

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night by Snoopy


and enjoyed some lesser known author Horror:


Hell Bound by Andrew P. Weston

Letters to the Damned by Austin Crawley


Rise Headless and Ride by Richard Gleaves


A few of the reads didn't strike me enough to mention and I might have DNF'd them if they weren't for the challenge, but it gave me some discipline to go ahead and get through them.


Over all it was great fun and I thank the organizers once again for making it so fun! I even won a prize. :D

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