Black Wings by Megan Hart Release Day Review

Black Wings releases today.

Black Wings by Megan Hart Dark Fiction
Released February 14, 2109
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There hadn't always been something wrong with Briella Blake, but when she's invited to attend Parkhaven, a private school for extremely gifted students, the girl's wicked genius begins to manifest itself in ways her mother can no longer deny are...strange. 

Briella's friendship with a raven, Onyx, that's equally as smart as she is, prompts her mother to restrict the animal from Briella's company. Soon Marian learns that nothing can stop her daughter from interacting with the bird, who seems to have become an integral part of the girl's experiments into the possibilities of recording and recreating personality and memory. Also the existence of angels, the afterlife and the soul. Marian's pregnancy with a sibling Briella doesn't want spurs the girl into a frenzied activity of experiments and desperation. Soon, it's impo…

Without Condition by Sonora Taylor Release Day Review

This one releases today. Just in time for Valentine's Day, lol!

Without Condition by Sonora Taylor Dark Fiction
Released February 12, 2109
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Cara Vineyard lives a quiet life in rural North Carolina. She works for an emerging brewery, drives her truck late at night, and lives with her mother on a former pumpkin farm. Her mother is proud of her and keeps a wall displaying all of Cara’s accomplishments.

Cara isn’t so much proud as she is bored. She’s revitalized when she meets Jackson Price, a pharmacist in Raleigh. Every day they spend together, she falls for him a little more — which in turn makes her life more complicated. When Cara goes on her late-night drives, she often picks up men. Those men tend to die. And when Cara comes back to the farm, she brings a memento for her mother to add to her wall of accomplishments.

Cara’s mother loves her no matter what. But she doesn’t know if Jackson will feel the same — and she doesn’t want to find out.
These Are My Thoughts
4 1/…

Elevation by Stephen King Audiobook Review

I can take or leave Elevation but the bonus story featuring a dog named Laurie? I could listen to that for days.

Elevation by Stephen King AudiobookDark Fiction, 3 1/2 Hours
Released October 2018
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Stephen King reads his latest novel—plus a bonus story, “Laurie,” unavailable in book form!

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no par…

Hanging Around the Blogs: News & Reviews You May Have Missed (10)

I love Chuckles Book Cave's feature "Around the Blogs with Chuckles" so much that I'm going to do one too. There are never enough hours in the day to be a creeper on all the blogs and social media outlets so here's a recap of some great posts, articles and news tidbits you may have missed while you were out living your life.

As you can see, I didn't get around too much this past week again! Can I get a few more hours in the day, please?! February, I fear, is going to by in a too busy blur but it's the good kind of busy. If my posts dwindle down to a review or two a week that'll be the reason. 

Ladies of Horror Fiction NewsWe are celebrating Women In Horror Month #WIHM over at Ladies of Horror Fiction with a readathon, a photo challenge and a Community Readalong of Tananarive Due's THE BETWEEN. Get all the info here:
Booker T's Farm WarningBarb has a rant about the movie Polar and after reading it I will NEVER…

Ghost Story by Peter Straub Audio Review

Our reading group lovingly called this book "old coots" as we read it for what felt like FOREVER (if you ask me)!

Ghost Story by Peter Straub, Narrated by Buck Schirner AudiobookDark Fiction, 22+ Hours
Released April 2012
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In a seedy motel in Florida, a young man holds captive a little girl in a soiled pink dress. He is anxious, tormented, introspective. She is calm, passive, strangely detached. She says her name is Angie Maule.

In the small upstate town of Milburn, New York, four old friends meet to honor the traditions of the Chowder Society. They drink good whiskey and trade ghost stories. As chilling as these tales are, and as strangely prophetic, they pale before the horrific nightmares that began a year ago when one of their members attended a party for a visiting actress--and there died of a heart attack. Or was it fright? Ask the actress. She says her name is Ann-Veronica Moore.

In California, a talented young novelist teaching creative writing at…

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager Review

People love it but I'm sitting here like "meh".

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager Thriller, 384 Pages
Released July 2018
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Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she--or anyone--saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings--massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to …

January 2019 Wrap-Up

I posted some stuff this month . . .

January 2019
Reviews Posted (clicking on cover will bring you to my review)

Ladies of Horror Fiction

The Ladies of Horror Fiction have started a new feature called LOHF Shelf Edition where we feature a blogger and show off their ladies of horror fiction shelves. You can see the first installment showing off Alex's shelves here. We'd love to show yours off too! Just leave us a comment on Alex's post and someone from LOHF will be in touch.

New Purchases/Review Copies I used an Amazon holiday gift card to buy myself a little something. I've seen people raving about this book all over Twitter and the blogs so my hopes are high!

This book was sent in for review for my blog and LOHF courtesy of author Sonora Taylor. I'm about 80 pages in as I write this and so far it's a well written tale of a lonely little girl's evolution into a murderess.

Flame Tree Press sent me these two brand new horror novels and I'm so excited to start th…

Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt Retro Review

My ongoing archive project continues with a fun romance.

About the Book

Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt
Historical Romance Audiobook, 11+ Hours
Released November 2011
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Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman's heart?

Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind--and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back...and he's asking for her help.

"Charming" Mickey O'Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London's criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be mani…

Flight or Fright edited by Stephen King & Bev Vincent Review

Hmmm, there are some good and some not so good in here.

Flight or Fright edited by Stephen King & Bev Vincent AudiobookDark Fiction, 10+ Hours
Released September 2018
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#1 New York Times bestselling author and master of horror Stephen King teams up with Bev Vincent to present a terrifying collection of short stories that tap into one of King’s greatest fears—air travel— featuring brand-new stories by King as well as Joe Hill, in addition to fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, and Dan Simmons.


Stephen King hates to fly.

Now he and coeditor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you.

Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you're suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like—gulp!—a coffin) with hundreds of…

Bird Box by Josh Malerman Review

I know, I know, I am the LAST one to review Bird Box but here ya go.

Bird  Box by Josh Malerman, narrated by Cassandra Campbell AudiobookDark Fiction, 9+ Hours
Released May 2014
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Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it's time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat--blindfolded--with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world u…