The Sister Mederos By Patrice Sarath

Summary: Two sisters work to turn around the fortunes of their family after a tragedy befalls them 6 years earlier.

What I liked: I liked the premise of the story. The main characters were fleshed out well. The scene descriptions were really well written.

What I didn’t like: The first half of the book was about world and background building. If the book was a epic fantasy that would have been no problem but this isn’t an epic fantasy. We needed the background but a whole half of a book? There was no action until the last half of the book. Then it felt like some of the story lines were added as a after thought. Just my opinion.

Star Rating: 4

My thoughts: I liked the premise of the story and I really wanted to like it more then I did. I just felt like it took too long to get to the action portion of the story. Then when the story really started to progress it felt rushed and was over very quickly. One of the storylines fell a bit flat with me. It was there and then boom that storyline was finished. One of the major storylines was tied up with a finish that I didn’t really like. This storyline took up a good chunk of the book, so the way that it was ended felt flat. I also felt that one of the characters was slightly unnecessary. The author is a very good writer and the book was well written. You can tell she cared about the characters and I like that in an author.

Release Date: April 3rd, 2018

I want to thank Bad Robot publishing and NetGalley for providing me with a review copy.

Hell Hound by Ken Greenhall

I love animals. I have had cats and dogs throughout my life. I have two dogs. I love my dogs and I hope that they love me too. I’ve read lots of animals turned bad type books; Cujo and Jaws are two ,off the top of my head. However, Cujo had rabies and the Great White in Jaws was a wild animal. Baxter the bull terrier in Hell Hound has neither rabies nor was he wild so he really has no excuse. After reading Hell Hound you may not look at your lovable pets the same.

Summary: Baxter the sociopathic bull terrier is looking for the perfect master until he meets his human equivalent.

What I liked: Hell Hound wasn’t all out gory it was just unsettling. Throughout the story there are two POVs that Greenhall writes in. The people that own Baxter and Baxter himself. it was extremely effective. You see the owners side and Baxters side which contrast greatly. The plot line circles back around (not sure how else to explain it) and I was floored at how well it worked.

What I didn’t like: There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about Hell Hound.

Star Rating: 5

My Thoughts: I truly appreciated the way Hell Hound was written. The ciruclar story line was amazing! The characters were interesting and unsettling. I’ve never read Greenhall before I found the pacing and writing of Hell Hound to be perfect. I am going to be looking in the used bookstores to find more from Greenhall.

I received Hell Hound in my paid subscription Nocturnal Readers box.

Futura A Novella By Jordan Phillips

There aren’t many times that I can say I disliked a book. I can normally find something redeeming; characters, plot, or the writing. But Futura is not one of those books. I am going to try to be as objective and honest as possible so here goes.

Summary: Ruby is obsessed with having a baby in France in 2050.

What I liked: The start was interesting in discussing technological changes and how those changes effected society. The plain black cover was beautiful.

What I didn’t like: I had the same problem with Futura as I had with Girl on a Train; I disliked all the characters in the book. The characters are two dimensional and come across as quite selfish and narcissistic. I can see where the author was trying to get to with the plot but it fell flat for me.

Star Rating: 2

My thoughts:  I tossed and turned about this review last night. I even reached out to another blogger about how to approach this review. This is not a slam against the author but rather a review of the book. The story just didn’t do it for me. But maybe it will be 5 stars for someone else.

Thank you to Smith Publicity for sending me a copy of Futura for review.

Everything That’s Underneath by Kristi DeMeester

There is something about a book that grabs you and does not let you go until the end. There is no stopping until you finish every last page. The story seeps into your pores and becomes a part of you. The writing is so beautiful that you can see it in your head like smoke tendrils from a fire. That is what Everything That’s Underneath by Kristi DeMeester does.

Summary: A dark and devilish book of short psychological horror stories.

What I liked: Everything. I liked everything in this book. DeMeester’s writing is beautiful almost to the point of being poetic at times. The psychological horror was perfect, that small itching of fear that you get reading gothic horror. The stories were dark and many were chilling without being gory and over the top. But at the same time they were beautiful. One of the stories reminded me of reading The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and feeling the same chill.

What I didn’t like: There isn’t anything that I didn’t like about Everything That’s Underneath.

Star Rating: 5

My thoughts: Wow. Unsettling and I love it. I like when authors can take scenarios and make them creepy and unsettling without up in your face gore. Everything That’s Underneath feels like a group of dreams strung together.

Fire in the Ocean by K.D. Keenan

I know a lot of about the mythology where I grew up and my adopted home land. However, I don’t know anything about the myths and the gods of Hawaii. I was really excited to read Fire in the Ocean.

Summary: Sierra and her friends come face to face with Hawaiian gods and deal with an ecological disaster waiting to happen.

What I liked: As I didn’t know a lot about any mythology I enjoyed learning about some of the mythology and gods of Hawaii. There were some interesting aspects of the story. Keenan’s writing is very good and the characters are well fleshed out. The cover of the novel is stunning.

What I didn’t like: The plot for me was really slow. The synopsis of the book made me think that it was going to be faster paced then the story actually was. I didn’t particularly enjoy the story.

Star Rating: 4

My thoughts: Even though I didn’t particularly care for the story line and the pace of the story, Fire in the Ocean was well written and the characters are well fleshed out.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Diversion Publishing for sending me a review copy of Fire in the Ocean.

February TBR

My February TBR list is pretty exciting.  I am also doing some research for a little bookish project I am doing, which, I am really excited about. Lets start with the digital arcs:

– Starlings by Jo Walton*

– Fire in the Ocean by K.D. Keenan

– Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

– Peril in the Old Country by Sam Hooker

There will probably be some others thrown in there as well. I am particularly excited about Peril in the Old Country the synopsis sounds amazing. The books that I have purchased that are on my TBR list are:

– Heros and Villains by Angela Carter

– The Whiz Mob and the Gernadine Kid by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

– Caraval by Stephanie Garber

– Everything That’s Underneath by Kristi DeMeester

I am also doing some beta reading for another author this month as well. I am looking forward to reading Heros and Villians. Angela Carter is a author I hadn’t read until last month and Nights at the Circus blew me away. I am going to be using Pullman for some research but I am not including him in my TBR as I am not going to be reading the entire book.

* I have already finished Starlings and the review should be published today.

Starlings by Jo Walton

I started this year not reading a lot of short stories. Here I am at the beginning of the second month of the year and I have just finished the third short story novel. There are some poems and even a play between the covers of this delightful novel. I knew I was going to like Starlings after I finished the first couple of pages.

What I liked: The mix of genres and formats made for different reading experience that I really enjoyed. There was a story that really tugged at my heart as a parent and daughter. I can’t go into detail but if you are a parent it will get you too.  The poems where a pleasure to read; Godzilla poems how can you not love that. It was an intelligent and fun read. Walton’s writing style was a delight to read.

What I didn’t like: There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about the book. It ticked all boxes for me.

Star Rating: 5

My thoughts: I have lots of thoughts about Starlings the genre mix between sci-if and fantasy was brilliant and well executed. The play didn’t really work for me written out as a play per see but the story behind the play was really good so I can’t fault Walton on that. I’ve only see that done in one other book that I have read lately. The cover art is beautiful and I enjoyed the prologue by Walton. Just an aside the picture does not do this gorgeous cover justice.

Release Date: February 23, 2018.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Tachyon Publications for sending me a review copy for my honest opinion.