I have been on a roll lately with books. Most of them I have really liked for the fun story or how they made me feel. But Salvation Day was different. It was a fast paced read but there is a lot to unpack in this book. The difference between haves and have nots. The cult of personality etc….elitism. There was a lot to think about all wrapped up in a space story with a virus. Wanna see the book trailer!! Salvation Day will be out in the wild on July 9th, 2019
Synopsis: A spaceship is hijacked by a cult. They are on a mission to get to a ship which has been decommissioned due to a virus.
What I liked: The story was well paced. I didn’t feel like it dragged at any part. Wallace’s characters were well written and three dimensional. The reader was able to connect with both the main protagonist and antagonist. I thought many of the threads through out the story were interesting and well written. Wallace brought the story arcs together neatly. To be honest that is a hard thing for a writer to do but she pulled it off wonderfully. The story itself is told from two different POV each of the POV were woven together perfectly. I really enjoyed the idea of space, virus and HELLO CULT. Wallace really did pull it off with this one.
What I didn’t Like: I would have liked more information collapse. But I put that together in my head.
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars
My Thoughts: So lets talk a little about some of the themes in this books. The cult of personality is one that I thought was handled very impressively. There are aspects throughout the story you are thinking to yourself this could totally be today….especially when talking about misinformation or rather who is privy to information. I felt like Wallace was drawing inspiration from many of the dramas that are played out on our screens everyday. There was a twist that I wasn’t expecting to be honest. I was like OH well okay, sometimes twists don’t necessarily fit the story but this one totally did. It made sense to where Wallace was taking the story. I really appreciated the story and can’t wait to see what Wallace releases next.
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I am a sucker for a zombie novel. There are times when I feel like I have read every zombis scenario imaginable. Then something something new comes along. My lovely friend Laurie from Barksbooksnonsence knows I have a weird fascination with the zombie genre, so when she got an extra copy of Rabid Heart she sent me the extra. I’m glad to say that she did. It was something a bit different that made me happy.
Synopsis: Zombies, a girl and road trip.
What I liked: I enjoyed Wagner’s writing style, fast paced with plenty of action. I am not a fan of zombie books that drag on. It was fun. I enjoyed the characters and the situations that they found themselves in. Brad was an interesting take on a zombie and that made me happy. So often once you have rad one zombie you read them all. I enjoyed that the heroine was a woman that made truly human mistakes. All too often in zombie stories the hero makes all the right decisions. Our heroine truly did not. She acted on emotion instead of a military thought process. I also really appreciated that the zombie virus had a name.
What I didn’t like: I would have liked more chomping of the people. But that is just me.
Star Rating: 4 Stars
My Thoughts: I enjoyed Rabid Heart quite a bit. It was just a fun book where there were cannibals and zombies. I love that the heroine was flawed. The characters were well written. You can tell that Wagner put a lot of thought into the story in how it unravels. I dislike romance in my stories but this one was kinda sweet in a weird and gross way. For those that have read the book you will know what I am talking about. Anyways, for anyone that appreciates a good zombie story defiantly check this one out.
There aren’t many books that I read, I can honestly say feel like home. Where the stories of my childhood are presented in different and inventive ways. But Fahey is able to do that. Fahey took me back to my childhood where my nan would put out offerings for the good folk, she would tell me stories of changelings and the hungry grass. She told me stories of people that would walk off into the country side never to be seen again. So I grew up hearing much of the mythology that Fahey uses in her fiction. To this day I still have a hefty appreciation for the good folk…..because you never know.
Synopsis: A collection of horror stories based on mythology and legends from Ireland and one from Iceland.
What I liked: I loved this entire collection. It felt like sitting in the kitchen with my nan as she cooked and told stories. So many were stories that I had hear variations of that it was comfortable. Fahey’s writing style is very much like listening to a great story teller. The way she interwove legend and mythology into the stories that she told was perfect. At the end of each story Fahey gave you information about the story or her inspiration for the story. I really liked that. So many times you don’t the author’s though process behind a story. I really enjoyed her play with modern and mythology.
What I didn’t like: There wasn’t anything in the collection that I didn’t like.
Star Rating: 5
My thoughts: After the first story…..I thought to myself that I missed my nan terribly. I missed the family that is still in Ireland. But the more I read the more this homesickness for lack of a better term was. Each story was like listening to my aunts tell one story after the other while they were cooking or knitting in the evening. I am happy to see an author using the old stories today. I am overjoyed to see the Irish language written down in a story. Go raibh maith agat Tracy. Chun na sean-scéalta a choinneáil beo. Agus chun glúin eile a mhúineadh chun eagla a chur ar na sióga.
Fairytale retellings take on so many forms. Many aren’t that large of a departure from the original story. When I saw Christina Henry was publishing a retelling of Red Riding Hood I knew I must read it. I really enjoyed her take on The Little Mermaid. Henry’s retelling is everything I wanted it to be and more. It is a very human tale with love, loss, creatures and a girl in a red hoody. I am so very glad I stepped into the world of Red.
Synopsis: A virus which starts as a cough has wiped out a good chunk of humanity, Red goes on a voyage to get to her grandma’s house where she thinks that she will be safe.
What I liked: I love apocalypse literature and Henry does a great job of painting a picture of death, disease and the fall of humanity. There are a lot of different themes explored in the story: race, disability and family. It wasn’t something that I was expected but I feel the Henry handled each theme with purpose and grace. The characters are three dimensional and by the end of the story you really care about them. There is a lot of hope woven through the story and the good and bad of humanity. I really appreciated the way she used imagery to take the reader back to the original story.
What I didn’t like: There wasn’t anything I didn’t like. I would have liked a bit more of the ending at Grandma’s house so you knew that Red was safe.
Star Rating 4.5 Stars
My thoughts: I really wanted more of an ending. It was slightly anti-climatic for me as I really wanted to know that everyone involved in the story was safe. I enjoying the chapters that were set before Red went into the forest. I really believe that having that back story really fleshed out her character and you got a good understanding of what her motivations are throughout. It was a fun read with a surprise thrown in and I really enjoyed reading it.
BIG Thanks to Berkley for sending me a review copy for my honest opinion.
I don’t read a lot of bizarro. Actually, I don’t think I have really read any bizarro. So when I was offered the opportunity to review a bizarro book I got really excited. The title totally peaked my interest and I loved the cover. So when my copy of Skull Nuggets was hand delivered I started it immediately.
Synopsis: When it is discovered that mental illness is linked to neurophages Robert jumped at the chance to get help eradicating them.
What I liked: I enjoyed Vaughn’s writing style. The story premise was interesting and new. The characters were well fleshed out and three dimensional. The plot kept me completely engaged and wanting to find out what happened with the characters. I enjoyed the pace of the story. The characters where interesting and I cared about what happened to them.
What I didn’t like: There was nothing about this story that I really didn’t like.
Star Rating: 4 Stars
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed the story. I LOVED the cover illustration which is by Betty Rocksteady. I really enjoyed Vaughn’s story telling. Skull Nuggets was a great introduction to the bizarro genre. I loved the nuerophage idea. I think that the way Vaughn used to describe the the way nuerophages and mental illness felt very personal.
I have been reading a lot of women horror authors this year. And let me tell you I haven’t been disappointed. Family horror is near and dear to my heart. I think that it deals with the aspect of being in a family unit and all the horrors that can come from that. Her Body and Other Parties explores many of the different aspects of women hood in a way that was so terrifying yet beautiful.
Synopsis: A collection of women centric short horror stories.
What I liked: AHHHHHHHH!!! The entire book. THIS ENTIRE BOOK!!! Let me gather my composure so I can talk coherently about what I liked. Machado’s writing is so smooth it is like drinking a really good whiskey. Every story was poignant and made me sit back and think. Which is one of the things that I love about the Horror genre. It can take things that may seem mundane and turn them into terrifying scenarios. You aren’t limited to the standard response for those situations.
What I didn’t like: There was one story that was a bit over my head but that is my issue not Machados.
Star Rating: 4 stars
My thoughts: I truly truly enjoyed this collection. There is a story for everyone in Her Body. Machado’s writing style was spot on for me. It was lyrical yet beautiful. The way that Machado handles such heavy topics with such beautiful writing really shows her skill as an author. The stories are terrifying but her writing style makes them beautiful.
Many thanks to Emily from Book Happy for the use of her photo!!
Haunted house books have been done a thousand times over. Every-time I pick up a new one I am hoping for a new story. A story that is going to scare me or leave me with creeping feelings. When I was sent The Invited by Jennifer McMahon I was hoping that I had found something different. Unfortunately, this wasn’t what I got in this story, I was pretty disappointed actually.
Synopsis: A man and wife start to build a house but things start to happen.
What I liked: McMahon has a writing style that would appeal to many readers.
What I Didn’t Like: I wasn’t a fan of McMahon’s writing style. There are many elements of the story that didn’t really gel with me. For example, the main characters learned how to build a house by watching you tube videos. That didn’t really work for me. This book was full of tropes that are for me are over used. The ghost that comes back to help find her killer is a trope that is used in many different books in the horror genre.
Star Rating: 3 Stars
My Thoughts: The Invited wasn’t my cup of tea. However, I would suggest that it would be a book that is good for a reader who likes more of a thriller instead of a horror story. Also this would be a good story for those readers that don’t read horror very often.
I love working with Titan Books. I have been introduced to new authors and so many different stories. Today I am super excited to participate in a blog tour for The Record Keeper by Agnes Gomillion.
After World War iii, Earth is in ruins, and the final armies have come to a reluctant truce. Everyone must obey the law – in every way- or risk shattering the fragile peace and endangering the entire human race.
Although Arika Cobane is a member of the race whose backbreaking labor provides food for the remnants of humanity, she is destined to become a member of the Kongo elite. After ten grueling years of training, she is on the threshold of taking her place of privilege far from the fields. But everything changes when a new student arrives. Hosea Khan spews dangerous words of treason: what does peace matter if innocent lives are lost to maintain it?
As Arika is exposed to new beliefs, she realizes that the laws that she has dedicated herself to uphold are the root of her people’s misery. If Arika is to liberate her people, she must unearth her fierce heart and discover the true meaning of freedom: finding the courage to live – or die -without fear.
About Agnes Gomillion
Agnes Gomillion is a speaker and writer based in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lives with her husband and son. Homegrown in the Sunshine State, Agnes studied English Literature at the University of Florida before transitioning to Levin College of Law, where she earned both a Juris Doctorate and Legal Master degree. Agnes is a voracious reader of the African-American literary canon and a dedicated advocate for marginalized people everywhere.
What I liked: There is so much to unpack with this story. The story feels very personal. The first thought I had was that this was the history of the US but set in the future. Gomillion’s writing style draws the reader into the story and doesn’t let you go. The feeling of danger through the book was palatable. The characters are third dimensional and well fleshed out. There are parts of the Novel that are hard to read, emtionally. But Gomillion deals with each of these issues in the novel with such grace that the reader is put at ease.
My thoughts: The scene where Arika is being locked away in the pit was so well written. When you are reading you feel the dark and the claustrophobia that Arika must have been feeling at the time. The story was in the vein of The Handmaids Tale. It is one of those stories that are going to stay with me for a while. I want to push this book into everyone’s hand to read.
Next Stop on the Blog Tour
I want to thank Titan for allowing me to participate on the Blog Tour for The Record Keeper. The next stop on the tour is Travel the Shelves and Angry Angel Books.
Imagine my surprise when I opened the mailbox a few days ago and there was a little brown package from one of my favorite people. This little brown package contained a book. *That is obvious right* My last couple of weeks have been horrible. So over the last couple of nights I read this amazing little novella. It also speaks to how well she knows me. Myth, folklore and legend mixed with horror is my jam. Some of the scariest stories are rooted in the folklore our grandparents heard from their grandparents. Baba Yaga is one of these myths. After I read about the little sorceress that flew around in a mortar and pestle and lived in a house that walked around on chicken legs I was hooked. She is nether good nor bad, I really believe that she is the personification of human kind. Finding Baba Yaga was a beautiful story of a girl and finding the baba.
Summary: A novella in prose about a young girl who leaves home and finds Baba Yaga.
What I liked: Honestly, I loved the entire novella. The story is heartbreaking but at the same time it isn’t. It is modern and beautiful. I personally believe using verse makes it even more enchanting. It is a old fairytale wrapped up in modern gift wrapping.
What I didn’t like: There was nothing that I didn’t like about this novella. It was perfect.
My thoughts: I love when authors update myths, fairytales and legends. You can tell that Yolen really cared about the story that she was trying to tell. The care and the deliberate use of words really showed how much Yolen cared. This little tome took two weeks of hardness and washed them away. It was like magic. Like Baba Yaga herself was helping me out. Spinning her magic taking the worry and the stress from my shoulders.