Thursday, December 08, 2016

Got My Eye On (4)


I saw a post over at Mailbox Monday that was encouraging readers to share their best finds of the week via their Books That Caught Our Eye posts. I love, love, love that idea so this is my warped version of it.

Here are the books I've added to my wishlist over the last week or two with credit to my enablers :)

Chuckles the Scot @ Chuckles Book Cave 

11547656The Dying of the Light by Jason Kristopher 

“I didn't see Rebecca die the second time.” 

The United States military hides a secret: the completely real existence of one-bite-and-you're-dead zombies. An elite Special Forces unit has known they exist for over a hundred years, and has been quietly and expertly keeping the monsters at bay… until now. 

The sole survivor of the massacre at Fall Creek joins this elite unit to combat the single greatest threat our world has ever known. Even as victories over the walkers mount, true evil still lurks in the hearts of men, and at the last, only a brave few may survive. 

A character-driven series similar to The Walking Dead on AMC, the first book, The Dying of the Light: End was a Top 5 Finalist in Kindle Book Review's “Best Indie Books of 2012” competition. The sequel, Interval, was a Top 5 Finalist in 2013. The final book in the series, Beginning is now available!

Thanks Chuckles this one was FREE!!

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Timing by Mary Calmes

Stefan Joss just can’t win. Not only does he have to go to Texas in the middle of summer to be the man of honor in his best friend Charlotte’s wedding, but he’s expected to negotiate a million-dollar business deal at the same time. Worst of all, he’s thrown for a loop when he arrives to see the one man Charlotte promised wouldn’t be there: her brother, Rand Holloway.

Stefan and Rand have been mortal enemies since the day they met, so Stefan is shocked when a temporary cease-fire sees the usual hostility replaced by instant chemistry. Though leery of the unexpected feelings, Stefan is swayed by a sincere revelation from Rand, and he decides to give Rand a chance.

But their budding romance is threatened when Stefan’s business deal goes wrong: the owner of the last ranch he needs to secure for the company is murdered. Stefan’s in for the surprise of his life as he finds himself in danger as well.

Another one I scored FREE!  


25279165The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

This isn't the type of book I'd ever pick up on my own but Kelly's review made it sound so delicious that I couldn't ignore it. 

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife comes an enthralling new novel about Truman Capote’s scandalous, headline-making, and heart-wrenching friendship with Babe Paley and New York’s society “swans” of the 1950s.

Centered on two dynamic, complicated, and compelling protagonists—Truman Capote and Babe Paley—this book is steeped in the glamour and perfumed and smoky atmosphere of New York’s high society. Babe Paley—known for her high-profile marriage to CBS founder William Paley and her ranking in the International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame—was one of the reigning monarchs of New York’s high society in the 1950s. Replete with gossip, scandal, betrayal, and a vibrant cast of real-life supporting characters, readers will be seduced by this startling new look at the infamous society swans.

29610595Too Late by Colleen Hoover

Kelly's review got me again.

Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night. 

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs. 

Nothing will get in her way.  Nothing except Carter. 

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn't approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan's disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top. 

Nothing will get in his way.  Nothing except Carter.


32934730Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia

Kelly's Review

Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront...and she inches closer and closer to her death.

High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers. It seems that Hattie’s acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of view—Del, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumbling—Everything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattie’s last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.


Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?


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Thanks everyone! I am so excited to see what this week will bring.


What did you find on your blog perusals this week?

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Plague of Gulls by Stephen Gregory

Retro Review



Plague of Gulls by Stephen Gregory
Horror Fiction, 155 pages
It’s David Kewish’s eighteenth birthday, but it doesn’t turn out quite as he expected. After suffering a horrible accident, he receives a bizarre present in the form of a baby black-backed gull. Only this bird isn’t his friend; instead, his curious connection to the young gull is the catalyst for a series of incidents which turn everyone against him. 

Kes meets The Birds in this terrifying story of loneliness and madness in a small seaside town in Wales.


You can find this book at The Pigeonhole.com.

If you’re looking for dark fiction that keeps you guessing, Plague of Gulls is a definite recommend. It is filled with upsetting and disturbing turns and nowhere along the way could I anticipate where things were going. I love when that happens and it doesn’t happen nearly enough in my reading life.

I also love a well written sense of creeping dread and writing that can turn the mundane into something just slightly ominous with a turn of phrase and Plague of Gulls captures those feelings perfectly and maintains them throughout the piece. I could not put this one down.

“Kenny watches, the smile like a wound on his mouth.”

So, what’s it about? I’m going to be vague so as not to ruin it. Basically it’s about a young man named David going through an extremely low point in his life. He had visions of a summer filled with music and friendship but because of circumstances, he spends his time mostly alone or at a quarry that hides pain deep within its depths. And then a baby seagull comes into his life and things go from awful to tragically dark. And that’s all I’m giving you.

I despise poor-me types and was a little worried at the beginning that David was going to be one of those oh woe-is-me whiny boys that give Eeyore a run for his money.


Even David admits that he’s not sympathetic but after a few chapters I didn’t find that to be true at all. This kid had been dealt a hand of poo that festered and continued to grow with every move he made and it would’ve been hard for me not to sympathize with him.

It’s creepy, it’s sad and it has moments of unexpected humor but the descriptive prose is what grabbed me and won me over. I can’t wait to read more by this author.

“I wait for the pain to ease. The walls of the castle and the old town lean around the house and smother it with their shadows.”

Monday, December 05, 2016

MILK-BLOOD: A Tale of Urban Horror by Mark Matthews

Retro Review*



Milk-Blood by Mark Matthews
Horror Fiction, Audiobook
Lilly is 10 years old, born with a heart defect, and already addicted to heroin. Her mother is gone from her life, and there are rumors that she was killed by her father and buried near the abandoned house across the street. The house intrigues her, she can't stay away, and the monstrous homeless man who lives there has been trying to get Lilly to come inside.

For her mother is there, buried in the back, and this homeless man is Lilly's true father, and both want their daughter back.

Listening Length: 3 hours and 54 minutes
Milk-blood is a bleak, unflinching look at people in desperate situations. When I say bleak, I am not exaggerating. These people are more than down on their luck, they have hit rock bottom. It’s a gripping mix of the horror show that is drug addiction and otherworldly horror that feels so natural your skin may crawl. It’s descriptive and gut-wrenching and some truly terrible things happen to an innocent young girl. You might want to have something upbeat nearby because some of these scenes may wreck you. Unless I’m just getting wimpier as the years go by. Nah. I don't think that's it.

I listened to this story in its unabridged audiobook format which immerses you in the desolation of the story. The narrator is deadly serious (as he needs to be) and, to be honest, though it’s only 3 hours or so, I had to take breaks and listen to some silly horror podcasts in between. This story is intense and bothered me on a level that most horror can’t reach. It’s similar to Lynda Barry’s Cruddy in that way. Only without the humor. There's nothing humorous here.

Don’t do drugs people.

I received a free copy of this book.

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*I'm in the process of archiving all of my reviews, and there's a lot of them. This one was originally written in January 2015.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Between Naps (5)


Between naps, this happened last week (and the week before):

Horror Reviews 
Crawl by Edward Lorn
The Fireman by Joe Hill
The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Other Reviews:
Head Over Heels by Susan Andersen
The Circus of the Damned by Cornelia Grey
Lovely Wild by Megan Hart
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen

New Release Spotlight:  All In Fear Anthology of awesome horror

New Feature: Lists  Apocalyptic Awesomeness

New This Week

My never-ending project of archiving my reviews will continue. I'm going to start marking them Retro Reviews or something to separate them from my new reviews. I have nothing currently blogged ahead or scheduled and am flying by the seat of my pants. Next week will be a complete surprise for you and for me.

Real Life 

 Oops, I missed a week of Between Naps! There's been a whole lot of turkey induced napping going on around here. Demon Kitty continues to hog the camera (and the sink!) and Buddy has adjusted to his meds! His legs are no longer failing him and he hasn't had a seizure in over three weeks. He's happy and still the big 💗 he's always been. I was a little worried about personality changes with the tumor/meds but so far he's only hungrier (so much hungrier!) but still remains the sweet, tolerant soul that he's been since he became a part of our family.


Link Ups


Netgalley Binge

I again successfully avoided the siren call of Netgalley these past two weeks!  I know, I can hardly believe it myself. I think I'm at 82% or somesuch and will not request anything else until I'm caught up.

Audible & Ebook Buys

My Amazon wishlist & a few listed freebies got me again. Most of these books had price drops or were specials and somehow landed on my Ipad. I swear one of these days that thing is going to blow up from being over-stuffed! The Turner House was a daily deal over at Audible that I heard about on the Book Riot podcast a little while ago. I hope it's good seeing as I actually paid good money for it 👿

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In the Mail


Just one, not bad for me. Thanks Paperbackswap!

Now Reading

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I hope you all have a five star week of reading and let me know if you've read any of these! I love to hear from you and will always visit back in return.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Horror Film Friday: Krampus


Horror Film Friday is back just in time for the holidays :)  If you're looking for something a little darker this holiday season, Krampus is for you! 
Krampus (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)

Holiday Horror 
Legendary Pictures' Krampus, a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family's home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.




Well, I must say this was a bit different than what I was expecting. It’s a little bit National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Evil Dead and Gremlin’s with some of the Krampus mythos thrown in. I was expecting more of a flat out Krampus legend with child snatching and such but the addition of his minions were fun and creepy (oh gawd, their laughter!) and kept things on the lighter side.

It’s Christmas time and a middle class family has fixed their house up beautifully for the holiday and for unappreciated relatives. Mom is hoping for the best and trying to remain cheerful despite the fact that her sister along with her redneck, terribly rude hubby, their three awful creatures children and a horrible, uninvited aunt have shown up on their doorstep to mooch off of them and complain about everything for a few days. They will endure make the best of it even if it kills them. And it just might . . .

Things go from awful to much worse for our nice family. When their youngest son turns his back on the holiday he accidentally unleashes some good old-fashioned holiday mayhem. A blizzard arrives, their teen daughter goes missing after going to check on a neighborhood friend and then, well, then Krampus and his cohorts arrive to tear their little neighborhood to pieces and snatch a few kids. Everyone must come together to save themselves so all can end sickly sweet and happily ever after. I’m not going to tell you if it did but will only say that I loved the ending.

The movie was fast paced and well-acted and Max, the main boy, did a great job as the heart of the family. It’s nightmarish, claustrophobic and just evil fun. This movie nails the annoying holiday ruining relatives and I highly recommend it. 







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