Showing posts from September, 2017

So I Bought Some Books . . .

It's been a craptastic few weeks so I bought some genuine hold-in-my-hand books. I guess it's better than drinking myself into a stupor or wasting money on shoes. The book pushers below tempted me so much I went out and spent my hard earned cash even though I have more books than I can read in two lifetimes.

Jennifer @ Book Den

Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of the 1970s and ’80s . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby. It’s an affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of two ico…

Audiobook Review: Prawn of the Dead by Dakota Cassidy

A cute & fun read that'll cheer almost anyone up :)

Prawn of the Dead by Dakota Cassidy (Lemon Layne Mystery #1)
Cozy Mystery
Audiobook 5 hours and 33 minutes
Released June 2017
My name is Lemon Layne, and if asked to describe myself, like maybe on a dating site (which is never gonna happen), I'd have to go with best convenience store/barbecue joint owner in the Pacific Northwest. I live in the tiny tourist town of Fig Harbor, Washington, with my adorably neurotic best friend, Coco Belinski, my a-little-left-of-center (read totally out there) mom, May, and my trouble-making pet monkey, Jessica Fletcher. Oh, and last but certainly not least, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool amateur sleuth. Yep. I'm literally incapable of resisting a good mystery. No matter how great or small, I love to help solve a crime. From the mysterious disappearance of Ho Hos in my store, to a lost piece of jewelry, I'm always ready to put on my Sherlock Holmes cap. When I find my mothe…

I Am Going To Disappear for Awhile

This is why. Buddy lost his fight with the damn tumor yesterday and I am going to either crawl into a ball and hide from the world via the tv or bury myself in my books and writing reviews. I'm not sure which way it will go but I do know I probably will not be able to respond to replies on this post for a very long time (if ever). I will read them but it won't be today. If I owe anyone a review or a visit or anything at all I am apologizing in advance because I more than likely won't be able to fulfill my side of the blogging deal for a little while.
We adopted Buddy when he was 9 months old after my sister got divorced and could not keep him. We sure won out on that deal. He would've been 12 in November and was the sweetest dog I ever had the pleasure of knowing. He didn't have a mean bone in his body and loved everyone. I will miss his steamy dragon breath, his calm, quiet energy and his sweet, silly face more than I can ever say.

Review: The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

Hopefully this one makes up for my horrible Bird Eater review!

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman
Vampire Horror Fiction
Audiobook 9 hours and 40 minutes
Released October 2014 
The secret is, vampires are real and I am one.

The secret is, I’m stealing from you what is most truly yours and I’m not sorry—

New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody—he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city’s sidewalks.

The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. It’s almost too easy.

Retro Review: Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout

Just look at that face and tell me that you could've resisted!!

Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout
Fiction, 336 Pages
Released April 2014
When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont, a moment longer than absolutely necessary. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town-especially an alluring waitress named Amy. 

So Cyrus is now determined to make Bedside Manor thrive. Not an easy goal, given that Healthy Paws, the national veterinary chain across town, will stop at nothing to crush its mom-and-pop competitor. And the rival vet practice isn't Cyrus's only competition; a handsome stranger shows up out of nowhere who clearly has a mysterious past with Amy. To top it off, Cyr…

Got My Eye On In September

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 the very top my wishlist with credit to my enablers :) Click on the book cover to head over to Goodreads and click the blue title bars to visit my enablers so you too can have a toppling pile of books!
Barb @ Booker T's Farm

The Book of Joe by Vincent Price
The story of Vincent Price's love for animals especially dogs, and especially his current companion at the time Joe.
"My grandmother shared her love of Vincent Price with me as a youth and to this day, I still enjoy his old horror movies.  And that voice, how can we forget Thriller?  But did you know he was an avid dog lover - almost to the point of obsessed.  This tale focuses on his dog Joe, and how fulfilled he felt for having Joe in his life. " ~ Barb @ Booker T's…

Review: The Bird Eater by Ania Ahlborn

Insanity, ghosties and a terribly annoying woman force me to write a not-so-serious review. Sorry in advance.

The Bird Eater by Ania Ahlborn
Ghost Story
Released April 2014 
Twenty years ago, the mysterious death of his aunt left Aaron Holbrook orphaned and alone. He abandoned his rural Arkansas hometown vowing never to return, until his seven-year-old son died in an accident, plunging Aaron into a nightmare of addiction and grief. Desperate to reclaim a piece of himself, he returns to the hills of his childhood, to Holbrook House, where he hopes to find peace among the memories of his youth. But solace doesn’t come easy. Someone—or something—has other plans. Like Aaron, Holbrook House is but a shell of what it once was, a target for vandals and ghost hunters who have nicknamed it “the devil’s den.” Aaron doesn’t believe in the paranormal—at least, not until a strange boy begins following him wherever he goes. Plagued by violent dreams and disturbing visions, Aaron begin…

Hide A Book Day Is Nearly Here!

So Goodreads is designating a day where all and sundry can become a book fairy! Click on the pic above to find out more.

Or, if you're a real book geek like myself it can be hide a book day every day by joining and participating'm doing both. How about you?!

My most recent stealth drop:

Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

It didn't break my brain!

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
SciFi Thriller
Released July 2016

From the author of the bestselling WAYWARD PINES trilogy, a brilliantly mind-bending science-fiction thriller in which an ordinary man is kidnapped, knocked unconscious—and awakens in a world inexplicably different from the reality he thought he knew.

Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters.

It starts with a man in a mask kidnapping him at gunpoint, for reasons Jason can’t begin to fathom—what would anyone want with an ordinary physics professor?—and grows even more terrifying from there, as Jason’s abductor injects him with some unknown drug and watches while he loses consciousness.

When Jason awakes, he’s in a lab, strapped to a gurney—and a man he’s never seen before is cheerily telling him “welcome back!”

Jason soo…