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Got My Eye On (6)

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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 :)

Laura @ FUONLYKNEW
The Heartbeat Thief by AJ Krafton

Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth—she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it. 

In 1860 Surrey, a young woman has only one occupation: to marry. Senza Fyne is beautiful, intelligent, and lacks neither wealth nor connections. Finding a husband shouldn’t be difficult, not when she has her entire life before her. 
But it’s not life that preoccupies her thoughts. It’s death—and that shadowy spectre haunts her every step.

So does Mr. Knell. Heart-thumpingly attractive, obviously eligible—he’d be her perfect match if only he wasn’t so macab…

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin (Audio Review)

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Retro Review


Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
Historical Fiction, 12+ Hours
Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.

But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful?

Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories.

That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, become…

Slow Burn Creepfests

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Enjoy an atmospheric, quieter, slow burn creepfest? Then I've got some books for you! Clicking on any title will bring you to my complete review either here or at Goodreads if it's not here yet.

This list will updated whenever I get off my bum. The latest additions were added on August 8, 2017.




First the oldies. All of these books were written between 1906 and 1956 and all of them prove that well written fear-fests can stand the test of time.



These books may be newer but they still build the dread like the classics and the payoff is always worth the wait.



And my most favorite book of creeping dread goes to . . . . 



Now tell me, what do you think of these and what have I missed?!

The Willows by Algernon Blackwood

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The Willows by Algernon Blackwood
Short Horror Story on Audio
Perhaps Blackwood's most celebrated story, The Willows was influenced heavily by his own trips down the Danube River. It tells the story of two campers who pick the wrong place to sleep for the night, a place where another dimension impinges on our own. H.P. Lovecraft considered this the finest supernatural tale in English literature.

I read this for HA's December Group Read. Actually, I listened. The book was free @ Amazon and the audio add-on only $2.99. Bargain!

If you follow my reviews, you probably know I have very little patience for slow starters and this is most definitely a slow starter. Fortunately when it comes to audio, I can and will usually stick it out. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t. This time it did and it’s given me one more reason to add to my “Why I’ll Never Go Camping Again” list.

The beginning is filled with an abundance of descriptive prose. The first hour basically sets the scene for …

Revival by Stephen King

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Retro Review


Revivalby Stephen King,  Narrated by David Morse
Horror Audio, 13 hours +
A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs -- including Jamie's mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock …

Dark Horse by Tami Hoag

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Retro Review


Dark Horse by Tami Hoag
Thriller on Audio, 13+ Hours
In her latest thriller, New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag takes readers on a suspense-filled ride of shocks and twists leading to an explosive finish. Elaina Estes has always considered herself a dark horse. But now, her unpredictability and recklessness have cost her more than just the job in the narcotics division of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office - they have cost the life of a fellow cop. Outcast and disillusioned, Elaina leaves the gritty city streets for a rural retreat in Florida's lush horse country. But even here, this ex-cop knows that something quite dangerous - a ruthless manipulation of power, drugs, and human frailty - lurks behind the glittering facade of international riding competition. But will proving her case be the death of someone else?
This is a thriller that, for me at least, wasn’t very thrilling. It involves a missing young woman, some lovely horses, some not at all pleasa…