The Fearing Book 2 Water and Wind by John F.D. Taff

In the age of binge watching TV shows and instant gratification would a serial book really work well. As far as I am concerned it works amazing!! The waiting for the next part of the story is like a build up. Wondering what is going to happen with the characters. That is why I am super glad that John F.D. Taff and Grey Matter Press has made this bingable story into smaller chunks to savor instead of gulp down.

Synopsis: The second installation in Taff’s The Fearing serialization.

What I liked: AAAHHHHH I love the fact that this is serialized. I love the cliff hangers. Taff knows just where to stop the story…..to give you just enough to keep you wanting more. I really appreciate how Taff moved the story along from the first book. It is basically, like waiting for the next season of a TV show that you have been waiting for. The pacing of the story is perfect for the way the story is being told. The characters are perfect for the story. You have feelings about the characters…you either like them or hate them. Taff has done amazing work keeping the multiple story lines throughout both of the books together. I am still loving the new take on the apocalypse.

What I didn’t like: It isn’t that I didn’t like that it ended but I did like the serialization.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

My thoughts: I would love if more publishers started serializing books. I love the binge reading and I do it all the time however, I’ve really enjoyed slowing my reading down and to really become invested in the story. The waiting is wonderful to be honest. Also it makes me think about the Penny Dreadfuls, it is reaching back to the history of publishing. Most books were serialized when printing was a luxury.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I may be on a bit of a Schwab kick this month. But I will say this I wish when I was in grade school this book was in the library. When I was in grade school the main “horror”book that was in the library was Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. They were always checked out and hard to get your mitts on. Seriously I really wish City of Ghosts would have been an option.

Synopsis: A girl whose parents who write paranormal books goes on an adventure in Edinburgh.

What I liked: Schwab is so freaking talented!! The pacing of the story was fantastic. The premise of the story has been done before but Schwab takes the story and makes it fresh and modern. The characters are well written. The setting for the story is lovely and Schwab really captures the history and beauty of one of my favorite cities in the world.

What I didn’t like: There is nothing that I didn’t like.

Star Rating: 5 Stars!!!

My Thoughts: I really really enjoyed this story. It was so well written and the premise was great! I loved it. I can’t wait for the second story in the series. I love that Schwab started the series in Edinburgh. It is a city that is steeped in history, legend and ghost stories. It is one of my favorite cities in the world. I loved the idea that the main characters parents are writers of paranormal books. It was such a lovely part of the story.

The Fearing Book 1 Fire and Rain by John F.D. Taff

Post apocalyptic fiction is totally my jam. Whether the world ends due to a disease, zombies or natural disaster I am totally there for it. I have read so many different ways the world can end that sometimes you get a bit burned out. You need something new, a new way for the world to end. Well, The Fearing delivered a new way the world ends and I can’t wait to read the next installment.

Synopsis: Three different stories of what was going on as the world as we know it ends. However, I think one of the stories is a bit more than that.

What I liked: I thought really appreciated the new way the world is ending. I can’t wait to see how Adam fits into this whole scheme. The pacing is spot on for a post-apocalyptic book. I am enjoying the characters and the mystery that is surrounding Adam. I am really enjoying Taff’s writing style. The plots for each story are well rounded and I haven’t seen any plot holes at this point.

What I didn’t like: There was a scene in the book that I wish I had a bit of warning about. It wasn’t really a big deal for me but for other readers it may have been helpful.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

My thoughts: I really have enjoyed Taff’s take on the end of the world. It is something different and I can’t wait to see where this is going in the next book. I loved the part where Taff used the phrase on fleek, it made me laugh and worked really well with the character. Taff’s character development is spot on. As a reader you aren’t sure what is going on with Adam but the other characters you are pretty sure you have a good understanding at what they are going through. Now I am wondering why these characters have survived. Come on Book 2.

Thank you to Grey Matter Press for sending me a review copy.

The Resurrectionists by Michael Patrick Hicks

I love history. I have a bachelors and a masters in Archaeological Science. I really love history. Something that was new to me the last couple of years was historical horror. This my dear friends has opened a whole new world to me and I LOVE IT. I was very lucky to receive The Resurrectionists By Michael Patrick Hicks. This tome has lead me down a couple of different internet rabbit holes since I finished reading it. Which has been fantastic.

Synopsis: Resurrectionists are digging up graves of freed POC in New York. One man is going to stop them. But in order to do so, he has to stop a cult.

What I liked: I loved the concept. Hicks picked a interesting time in our nation and a historical event that I had never heard of and built an entire narrative out of it. The pacing of the novel was good. I enjoyed the climax of the monsters and learning about the cult. I really enjoyed Hick’s writing style. He handled a couple of delicate topics extremely well. Hick’s character building was done extremely well. His characters are three dimensional and well fleshed out.

What I didn’t like: I found the beginning to be a bit slow. However, it was important to build the setting and the characters.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: I really liked it and I can’t wait for the second book. I think the way Hicks handled some of the nuances was really good. It think it really shows his skill as a writer. I really love that this book is a horror take on an actual event. The time that Hicks put into researching this subject is evident in his writing. It was deliciously gory and bloody. If you haven’t read any of his work I would highly recommend you pick this up honestly it is a helluva ride.

Thank you to Micheal Patrick Hicks for a review copy.

Rabid Heart by Jeremy Wagner

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.