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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me I Must Read

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10. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
  9. Help for the Haunted by John Searles
  8. Conversion by Katherine Howe
  7. The Troop by Nick Cutter
  6. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
  5. The Archived by Victoria Schwab
  4. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
  3. The Diviners by Libba Bray
  2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rabbits in the Garden-by Jessica McHugh

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WOW! I'm still thinking about this one, hours after finishing it. If you love an original, quirky, horror, suspense novel, you should try this one out. Yes, this book is farfetched, but let yourself get lost in the story. It's okay, you know you want to! I am a huge fan of a unique story. Doesn't everyone get tired of reading the same story over and over written by a new author?! Yes, this story has similarities to several reads, Mommie Dearest, Girl Interrupted, Vicious Little Darlings, and Psycho. Seriously, if you haven't read those, you simply must! The similarities are very small and do not distract from the storyline at all. There is so much crazy here, that you never know what will be coming on the next page. It's a good kind of crazy, the kind you won't soon forget. The mother may give me nightmares. She is evil incarnated. McHugh does an excellent job of taking you on a roller coaster ride, that you begin to wonder if you will ever get off of. The story starts as a slow burn that turns into a roaring fire. If you want to try something new and different, I would highly recommend Rabbits in the Garden!

Anyone have recommendations for other quirky, unique stories?

Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Popular Books That I Will Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday topic today was Top Ten Books I'm not sure I want to read. I am modifying the topic to ten books or series that I will never read. http://www.brokeandbookish.com/

There are various reasons that I will not read the following books. You can try to convince me, but I wouldn't hold your breath!

10. Fifty Shades of Grey

9. The Davinci Code

8. His Dark Materials

7. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

6. The Kite Runner

5. The Shack

4. War and Peace

3. Eragon

2. Game of Thrones

1. The Harry Potter Series

Yes, it's true I have never read a Harry Potter book. What do you think? Are there any books everyone else has read but you? What book do you refuse to read?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Last Place You'd Look by Carole Moore

Are you interested in those who are missing? Do you want to find out more about why they are missing, why they are not found, and who is searching for them? Then, this is the book for you!
The Last Place You'd Look by Carole Moore

The book includes high profile missing cases, along with little known cases. It also spans the years. It really is an interesting and informative read. I learned so much that I didn't know about how to report someone missing, what steps to follow, who to contact, why you should report immediately, and where to go for extra help. There is a lot of information in this book, that hopefully no one will ever have to use, but would be so helpful for someone in this terrible situation.
All types of stories are covered here. Children taken by parents, those missing in foreign countries, those who are never seen again, and those who are found, all are covered extensively in this book. Some of the stories are so heartbreaking and you feel so bad for those left behind to wonder what happened. Other stories are of a triumphant return to waiting families.
The stories are shuffled in between the tips and stories of the people who search for the missing. Pay careful attention when reading, because some of the stories are hard to keep straight. The stories of those who dedicate their lives to finding the missing are also worth reading. It takes a special person to follow all these leads, down many dark alleys.
The best parts of the book, in my opinion, are the places listed to do continued research. The tips and hints are wonderful reminders of how to keep those around you safe. This is a good start for those interested in the stories of the missing. A very informative and helpful guide that is totally worth a look.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle

The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren

Okay, so this was supposed to be a wonderful read. I love a good ghost story. I am obsessed with haunted houses. I am a scary movie fan. I loved The Conjuring movie. However, I did not like this book. The writing was subpar at best. The story was very dated as it was set during the 60's, and 70's.
Since this is an older book that was re-released, an update to the story would have been a wonderful addition to the book. Gerald Brittle borders on obsessed with Ed Warren. He is almost worshiping at the altar of Ed. Lorraine is not included nearly enough. I find her to be very interesting and would have liked to learn more about her. Someone who knows how to write should write a book on her life, not just her career, but her life story. I know I would read it. Anyway, back to this book. There was way too much repetition and most of the story was just boring. There were a few interesting tidbits included about a few of their cases. In my opinion those few little things didn't warrant reading the whole book. I guess my final opinion is that if you want to know more about The Warrens, just watch The Conjuring movie. If I remember correctly the extras include something about Lorraine. The movie was WAY more interesting than this book.

What do you think? Are you a fan of Lorraine? Do you love The Conjuring movie, or hate it?

A trailer for the new film Annabelle can be seen here http://annabellemovie.com/
More about Lorraine can be found at http://www.warrens.net/

Truly if you want to find out more I recommend just checking out the Warren's website. It is so much easier to get through than this book was!!

Hexed by Michelle Krys

This is a very hard book for me to write a review for. I truly hoped and felt I would love the story. I love YA and I love a good witch story. This one for me, was a disappointment.  The characters were not enjoyable. I found myself wishing some of them would die off, just so I wouldn't have to read about them anymore. I found myself rooting for the "bad guys" and enjoying their story so much more than that of the main characters.
Indigo, the main character of the novel, was rude and annoying. Bishop, her love interest, was even more annoying than she was. I found the character of Paige to be about the only character that was even slightly likeable.  I don't know about all of you, but for me character development is a must, and I just didn't find it in this story.
I really felt the story should be geared to middle grade readers. There is nothing wrong with middle grade books, I just didn't feel this story was adult enough for a young adult novel. I found several points in the storyline to be downright childish. For instance, the dragon, I have no problem at all with a well written dragon. I didn't see where this particular one fit into the story in any way, shape, or form. He also was written like something out of a cartoon. I truly believe that the dragon detracted from the storyline and that the whole scene should have been left out of the story.
I really hate to leave reviews of books I don't enjoy. I do know that several bloggers just loved this story and are looking forward to the rest of the series. I don't think I will be searching out the series, although I may try the author again if she ever writes a new series.
Hexed (Hexed, #1)

Michelle Krys can be found at: http://michellekrys.com/

**This book was provided to me by BookDivas in exchange for a review on their website: http://www.bookdivas.com/


What do you think? Anyone disagree and love the story? I have a feeling I am in the major minority on this review.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Would Recommend to Someone Who Hasn't Tried Historical Fiction

This weeks topic is to recommend books for those who have not tried or are reluctant to try historical fiction.
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I happen to like this topic. I have actually read a lot of historical fiction and loved many of the choices I have read. It's really nice when you like a historical topic but don't want to get into all the deep topics. Many of the historical fiction picks could be mistaken for non-fiction. So there are choices for all kinds of readers.

Now on to my selections:

10. Blue Asylum

Blue Asylum
What was it like to be housed in an insane asylum?

9. The Dressmaker
The Dressmaker
What was it like to be a seamstress aboard Titanic?

8.The Caged Graves
The Caged Graves
Why are the graves of her Mother and Aunt enclosed in iron cages?

7. The Paris Architect
The Paris Architect
How can a man help save Jews that he doesn't really care about?

6. Orphan Train
Orphan Train
Can a 91 year old woman and a troubled teen find a way to connect?

5.  The Girl Who Came Home
The Girl Who Came Home
What impact will the Titanic have on it's survivors and their descendants?

4. Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key
What will happen when an American journalist encounters the strange story of a French girl?

3. Between Shades of Gray
Between Shades of Gray
Can a young girl and her family survive being trapped in a Russian prison?

2. The Color Purple
The Color Purple
Can a poor woman overcome a life filled with abuse and despair?

1. Gone With the Wind
Gone with the Wind
Can a spoiled plantation owner's daughter live through the Civil War?

What do you think? Would you like to try any of these books? Do you love historical fiction, or hate it? Are there any of my choices you disagree with or choices that you think I should have included?

Monday, August 4, 2014

WINNER of I Need Followers Giveaway!

The WINNER of the I Need Followers Giveaway is:


brookea_2006@yahoo.com  

Thank you to everyone who followed! I so appreciate it! I plan on having more giveaways in the near future, so please recommend my blog to your friends and followers.

I will email the winner today. The winner will have 3 days to reply to my email with shipping information or I will be forced to choose a new winner.

The surprise prize is:

A hardback cover of:
Hexed (Hexed, #1)
or if they have read or already have that book The Lost

Both copies are gently read and The Lost is a paperback ARC, both are in wonderful condition.
These are choices for a US winner only. The package will also contain swag.

If the winner is international they will be able to choose two .99 ebooks that will be gifted from Amazon.

I hope you all enjoyed the contest. Thank you for following and have a great week!