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Retro Review: Mosquitoes by Marc R. Soto

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Want to feel unsettled? This one will do the trick!


Mosquitos by Marc R. Soto
Horror Novella, 83 Pages
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David is a normal ten-year-old boy who lives in the bosom of a happy family in a quiet town by the marshes, until some mysterious nightly bites lead him to undergo changes. All of a sudden, he knows things he shouldn’t, horrible things: his father dreams of going to bed with the intern and the husband of his teacher Mercedes is cheating on her. Mercedes is herself hiding a terrible secret from her past and is prepared to do something hideous to protect her future... And suddenly, along with awareness comes hunger. And thirst. An irresistible thirst.



My Thoughts
4 1/2 Evil Patrick's

This is a short story which I just learned was originally written in Spanish and translated. I would’ve never realized this because the translation was so smooth. Thinking on it, this story definitely has that slowly growing sense of dread, no child is safe, dream-like vibe down perfectly…

TTT: The Best Books I've Read (so far) In 2017

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Hey bookish friends, I am down with some terrible stomach bug. I thought it was my terrible cooking but I'm the only one in the house sick so I guess that's not it. I will do my best to get to comments tonight/tomorrow/the next day and do some visiting but for now I am going to plop myself down and not-so-silently suffer with this nausea.  

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the BookishThe prompt:Top Ten Best Books I've Read in 2017 (so far). I completely intended to read from my tbr pile this year but then I succumbed to review requests and allowed the siren call of Netgalley to get the best of me. I shamefully admit that I haven't touched a "real" tbr book since I attempted to read Malfi's Snow several months ago but I have found some gems in the review queue! 

Click on any cover to be whisked away to my review either here or at Goodreads.


5 Stars
I'm stingy with the 5 stars but here are three very different books that I j…

Review: Rescuing Finley by Dan Walsh

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If you love dogs and audiobooks this one just might be for you.



Rescuing Finley by Dan Walsh, Narrated by Hillary Huber
Dog Fiction, 7 hours, 49 minutes
Series: A Forever Home Book #1
Audiobook Released March 2017 by Tantor Media
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Amy Wallace has made plenty of mistakes in her young life, but she didn't see this one coming. Chris Seger is a marine serving in Afghanistan. His life is forever altered by a single, fateful step. A mother of another Afghan war vet suffers a devastating loss, which changes the course of Finley's life for good. Finley is a mostly golden retriever, who suddenly finds himself alone and confused in a dog shelter. Later, he's brought to a local prison to be trained in a special program for female inmates. Could this prison actually become the place where Finley finally finds his freedom? Rescuing Finley tells the story of how one rescue dog powerfully impacts three tragic lives and puts all of them on a road toward redemption and healing.…

8 More Books to Read When Life's Too Good!

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Still feeling a little too chipper? No need to worry, I have 8 more books that'll ruin your day and turn that smile into a grimace of agony. If you missed the last go around click hereto see the first batch of mood ruiners.

Please be aware that nearly all of these books contain some sort of trigger which will be revealed in my review. Clicking on the book covers will bring you to my review either here or at Goodreads.


The Road by Cormac McCarthy:  This is one of the bleakest books I have ever read. It's devastating in its spare prose and the father/son relationship gets you in the heart. I cannot recommend the audiobook highly enough.

Going Under by S. Walden:  This is a book about making mistakes that cannot be fixed. It's filled to brim with angst and suffering and grief and guilt. Sound good to you? Give it a go. I gave it 5 stars because it made me feel all kinds of uncomfortable emotions.

Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates: As much as you might will it so,  you will never b…

Threshold by Jordan L. Hawk

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Monsters, romance, humor what more could I want? Maybe a better narrator . . .



Threshold by Jordan L. Hawk, Narrated by Julian G. Simmons
M/M Romantic Horror Fiction
Book #2 Whyborne & Griffin
Audiobook Released November 2013, 7+ Hours
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Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne wants nothing more than to live quietly with his lover, ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty. Unfortunately, Whyborne’s railroad tycoon father has other ideas, namely hiring Griffin to investigate mysterious events at a coal mine. 

Whyborne, Griffin, and their friend Christine travel to Threshold Mountain, a place of dark legend even before the mine burrowed into its heart. A contingent of Pinkertons—including Griffin’s ex-lover Elliot—already guard the mine. But Griffin knows better than anyone just how unprepared the detectives are to face the otherworldly forces threatening them.

Soon, Whyborne and Griffin are on the trail of mysterious disappearances, deadly accidents, and whispered se…

Giveaway: The Fourth Monkey Box of Goodies

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Booklover Catlady Publicity and HQ has offered up a box of goodies to celebrate the release of The Fourth Monkey to a lucky reader of my blog. The box includes:
* Signed Copy of The Fourth Monkey * Stickers * 4MK handwritten letter * A small white box tied with black string and a surprise inside * Blank 4MK diary to write down your own evil thoughts!
Take a little peek inside the box:

Pretty cool, huh?  To win just sign into my Rafflecopter Giveaway thingy below. I've made it easy, all you have to do is leave a book recommendation for me because I'm selfish like that. US and UK winners only (sorry to anyone else). 
PS The book is great!

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Good luck and thank you  for the goodies!

Can't Wait Wednesday: Peepland by Christa Faust & Gary Phillips

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Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

To find out more about linking in visit the Can't-Wait Wednesday page at Wishful Endings here.


Peepland by Christa Faust & Gary Phillips
Scheduled Release: July 5, 2017
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Thriller set in seedy 1980s New York, from critically acclaimed novelists Christa Faust and Gary Phillips

I've read one of Christa Faust's novels Control Freak and always meant to read more of her work.  This one promises to be seedy and set in the 80's, so why not start here?
What book are you most excited about this week?

Retro Review: Bless Me, Ultima

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This was such a beautiful listening experience. Why did I wait so long?


Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya, Narrated by Robert Ramirez
Magical Realism, 11+ hours
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A talent for meaningful storytelling and exquisite prose has made Rudolfo Anaya a leading exponent of Chicano literature in English. Anaya's work has won international acclaim, earning him a premier place in virtually every anthology of Latino writing. Now his classic bestseller, "Bless Me, Ultima" is reborn in this beautifully illustrated special edition. Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima enters his life. She is a curandera, one who heals with herbs and magic. 'We cannot let her live her last days in loneliness,' says Antonio's mother. 'It is not the way of our people,' agrees his father. And so Ultima comes to live with Antonio's family in New Mexico. Soon Tony will journey to the threshold of manhood. Always, Ultima watches over him. She graces him with the cour…