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3 Stars
The Girl in 6E
The Girl in 6E - A. R. Torre

This review was originally posted on One Curvy Blogger

The Girl in 6E is a book that I never knew existed until I stumbled across Talk Supe’s review of this book’s sequel, Do Not Disturb. I read her review, looked into book one and knew I had to have it. It arrived at my doorstep a few days later and it has collected dust on my bookshelves ever since.

The problem I continued to have with The Girl in 6E is that I would pick it up, read a few pages, and move on to something else. So when it was picked for my TBR list read I was both excited and nervous that I wouldn’t be able to finish it. But guess what? I did! I even enjoyed it, even though it had some obvious problems keeping my attention.

I’m not sure if anyone else had this problem with The Girl in 6E but I couldn’t seem to invest in the book until the halfway point. Not a lot was happening with the plot and it began to feel info-dumpy, though props to Torre for still managing to leave an air of mystery and a couple shocking reveals until the end.

The story is told through several points of view that gives The Girl in 6E more depth as they foreshadow what’s to come. At first I was perplexed by the different POVs, but as the story progressed Torre begins to expertly piece together the puzzle and I was left surprised. I couldn’t wait to see what twisted schemes she had in store for me!

What’s more, I was impatient to find out all of Deanna Madden’s secrets. While there was a lot of info-dumping, it was done in a way that never revealed the full truth, and that is what saved the first half of the novel for me.

Deanna Madden aka Jessica Reilly hasn’t left her apartment in three years. Not because she’s afraid of what would happen to herself if she left – but what would happen to those she might bump into. Deanna was an intriguing character to get to know. I can’t say that she was my favorite character ever, but I really enjoyed delving into her psyche and revealing the why and how she lived her life. She was such a mystery and a complete contradiction to who she appeared to be.

I can’t say I recommend The Girl in 6E to every reader. It’s dark, twisted and takes a special reader who loves a fucked up happily for now. I will say that even though the beginning wasn't my favorite, it only got better the further I read. I’m glad I decided to keep reading and I can’t wait to get my hands on book two!
4 Stars
Bleed - Dax Varley

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I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

With a title like Bleed I should not have been surprised by the gruesome beginning of this story. I doubt I’ll ever read a prologue as shocking and disturbing as this one, and it really set my expectations for the rest of the book. I am happy to tell you I was not disappointed. Bleed wins the creepy and weird award and oh, I enjoyed every gory minute of it!

The quick of it is this: Miranda is a new student at Century High, aka Suicide High. She is stigmatic, she bleeds from her palms spontaneously and her condition has ruined her first day of school. . .and most of her life. If that’s not bad enough, she and her new group of friends must use their extraordinary abilities to find out a way to stop the supernatural force terrorizing Century High before it’s too late for all of them.

I’ve read a good amount of young adult horror and while Bleed had the makings for a predictable premise, I was really surprised by how Varley kept me on my toes. There were hints here and there that led me down the right path, but I really was taken by surprise in the end. And holy cow was the bad guy a weirdo!

It’s rare that I come across a young adult novel that has a good mixture of action, horror, and romance without a lot of drama to muddy the experience. While Bleed had its fair share of high school drama (where would YA be without it?), very little of it was the relationship drama that makes me want to slam my head against a wall repeatedly.

Jake kept an even pace, loping alongside her. “You know, you could blame me if you want.”

She cast him a questioning look. “And why would I want to do that?”

He cut his eyes to her and shrugged. “Because I’m Jewish. If my people hadn’t killed your Jesus-guy in such a ‘creative’ way, you wouldn’t be so holy.”

She held up a hand. “Is that a pun?”

Jake chuckled. “There you go. I knew under all that hemoglobin was a sense of humor.”

Each of the main characters wormed their way into my heart for one reason or another. Each of them have their own secrets, hardships and best of all – they had weaknesses like real human beings. I felt for them and I fell in love with them. They were all charming in their own ways, too!

I was fascinated by the abilities the main characters had, especially Miranda. I never knew that stigmata was a real condition, so when I googled it I was surprised by how many people have conditions like hers – though for most people who are stigmatic, the bleeding isn’t only in their hands. Yikes! Can you imagine having to live like that?

Bleed was such a fun experience for me. I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read it! I definitely want to read more from this author. I recommend this book to young adult fans who love a large helping of weird with their horror.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

- 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge
- 2016 New to You Reading Challenge
- 2016 Reading Bingo Challenge
4 Stars
Shallow Graves
Shallow Graves - Kali Wallace

This review was originally posted on One Curvy Blogger

Shallow Graves starts off with a strong, spine-tingling beginning that had me hooked almost instantly. When I first discovered this chilling debut, I knew I had to get my hands on it. It’s a semi-new experience for me, deviating from the romance genre, so I am still nervous when I pick up a book that has no romance plot at all. Fortunately, Shallow Graves sucked me in so fast, I didn’t even miss the fact that there was no romance. I was invested from the first sentence.

Breezy wakes from the dead, a year after her murder, with no memory of who killed her and some new, deadly abilities that hammers in the feeling that she has risen from the grave a monster. With no hope to resuming her life with her loving family, she starts off on a listless and arduous journey to find out what she has become and hopefully regain her humanity. Along the way, Breezy discovers she’s not the only monster out there – or even the only kind of monster – and soon discovers a group of even more monstrous humans.
On the day I came back to life, hundreds of birds within a two-mile radius dropped dead with no warning and a freak storm covered the city with frost.

Shallow Graves was a haunting and gripping read. It continued to tug my heart-strings and I even found myself teary-eyed on occasion. The weird paranormal vibe didn’t take away from the fact that this is a story told from the prospective of a murdered teenage girl who loved life and was going places until her life was snuffed out. In fact, I really enjoyed the paranormal aspect to the book. I was also pleasantly surprised by the underlying themes on morality, revenge, and forgiveness. It gave this young adult horror layers that I found fascinating.

And that plot twist at the end! I should have seen it coming, but I was distracted by all those paranormal creatures. I see what you did there, Wallace.

Shallow Graves was a unique, utterly bizarre but enchanting debut that fans of horror and paranormal mysteries would enjoy. I can’t wait to see what other unique horrors Kali Wallace has in store for me! I will certainly be reading more from her.

4 Stars
Threefold - Sotia Lazu

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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Have you ever enjoyed a book so much that you were able to overlook the obvious flaws to reach your happily-ever-after? Threefold was a delicious treat, but there were definite flaws (in the characters, mostly) that I typically would not be able to overlook. Lazu must be some kind of sneaky word magician, because I loved this book and I’ll definitely be reading more from her!

Let’s talk about what I enjoyed first. I loved our female protagonist, Becca. She is all kinds of curvy, naughty, saucy fun and she’s not afraid to be herself! I love a woman who doesn’t let her insecurities rule her life. And the best of all, she uses her talent at nark to put Colin in his place when he pulls the “narcissist asshole” routine.

I also really enjoyed the naughty times, even the one that clearly stumbled into “cheating.” Lazu really brings the heat, so I was not disappointed there. Especially when Brad and Colin were able to get over their hang ups and focus on enjoying each other.

Where I was a little bit let down? Colin. Colin was a real shallow ass hat. He came off as cold and narcissist until I learned that he used his “shallow” personality to keep Becca and Brad firmly in the friends-only category. It clearly didn’t work and naughty times ensued. (And I really enjoyed those naughty times, in case I forgot to mention. Ahem.) So while he was redeemable by the end of the book, I really just did not like him in the beginning.

Even though there were a few things I didn’t like and didn’t expect to get passed, I loved it the experience and can’t wait to read more from Lazu. I recommend Threefold to anyone who can get passed the bumpy ride and enjoy the steamy romance.
1 Stars
The Rules (Wolf Spring Chronicles, #1)
The Rules (Wolf Spring Chronicles, #1) - Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguié
Okay, I didn't give this book much of a chance. I've stopped on page 22 because I am not one who loves a TON of narrators and if I've been introduced to 6 narrators (and counting) before I've hit chapter 4 I know this book will drive me batshit crazy. Time to move on to something else.
5 Stars
Symbiont - Mira Grant

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Y’all know I have been a huge fan of Mira Grant ever since I devoured the Newsflesh trilogy. So when the opportunity came to read and review Symbiont, I was so excited! I quickly snapped up the chance and boy am I glad. Just when I think Mira Grant can’t get any creepier, she proves me wrong in all the best ways. I am blown away by every book Grant writes and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for me to review her books. It so hard for me to express how awesome sauce her writing is, but I’m going to give it a shot regardless.

The implant takeovers are no longer isolated incidences, tapeworms everywhere are waking up and taking over their hosts. Sleepwalker hordes quickly gain control of San Francisco. For Sal and the group, the sleepwalkers are the least of their problems as they search for the how and the why while the government, evil scientists and other tapeworms are making the odds of surviving this man-made apocalypse slimmer than ever.

The world building in Symbiont was once again phenomenal. We gain some valuable insights into why the tapeworms are taking over the hosts and are finally given some long-awaited answers, but with every answer that is uncovered, more questions are raised. This is how Grant keeps me on my toes and I can’t help but love every minute of it.

Symbiont was a wonderfully creepy, hair-raising installment in the parasitology series. The characters are even more heartbreaking, the science even more chilling and the plot is as intense as ever. I’m so terrified to see what awaits me in Chimera but I can’t wait to dig in. Fans of science fiction and twisted apocalyptic zombie horror need to pick up this series ASAP.
4 Stars
Things I Want to Punch in the Face
Things I Want to Punch in the Face - Jennifer Worick

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A couple of weeks ago, I was having a bad day. I can’t remember why but probably because of something insignificant that irritated me until I was steaming – yeah, I can be a bitch sometimes. I was about to start doing the dishes and decided I needed an audiobook to keep me company. I browsed through my public library’s online audiobooks and came across Things I Want to Punch in the Face. It sounded perfect for my mood. I downloaded it and ten minutes later, I was too busy laughing my ass off to be annoyed!

Things I Want to Punch in the Face is compiled of 101 things that annoy the shit out of Jennifer Worick. Everything she lists, from Man Caves to Bucket Lists, she gives each a punch rating (from 1-5 punches) and an explanation and factoid about each thing that drives her bat-shit crazy.This is not a book to take seriously, it is humor after all. However, it is the perfect book to relieve some stress and to shake you out of a bad mood.

Not only was the book fun, but so was the narrator! It was obvious Rebecca Gibel put 100% effort into the narration, she really sold it. I would love to hear her narrate a book with characters. Her performance seemed made for Things I Want to Punch in the Face. This is my first audiobook narration from Gibel, but I will definitely be looking out or more of her works!

In conclusion, I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good time and a few chuckles! If you’re in need of a good laugh, I suggest you pick up Things I Want to Punch in the Face.
4 Stars
The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us - Simon Pegg, Charlie Adlard, Robert Kirkman

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I started the first The Walking Dead comic back in February and really enjoyed it but for some reason, I never picked up the second book. Well, that has changed since Carol over @ I'm A Voracious Reader is reviewing her experiences with the graphic novels and it has really jump started my desire to read more The Walking Dead zombie adventures.

Miles Behind Us picks up where the first volume’s major cliffhanger left off and the group is back in the RV and struggling to find a new place to hole up. They also meet a couple more survivors on the road and are glad – but wisely wary – of their new friends. It is winter and the snow is making things better in some ways, and far worse in others. I am really enjoying the way Kirkman is able to pop suspenseful scenes out of nowhere. It makes for one thrilling – and terrifying experience! I find that I am also able to stomach the Lori/Rick drama better in the comics than I ever could in the show.

In conclusion, I enjoyed Miles Behind Us and can’t wait to see what’s in store for me in the next The Walking Dead installment!
4 Stars
iZombie, Vol. 1: Dead to the World
iZombie, Vol. 1: Dead to the World - Chris Roberson, Mike Allred

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I picked up the first volume of iZombie from the library after I realized that the new TV show I have binge watched the last couple of weeks was loosely based on Chris Roberson’s graphic novels. Even though the show and the books are completely different, I still had a blast reading this book and I can’t wait to dig in to volume 2.

Dead to the World begins with a mysteriously linen-wrapped man holding a stranger hostage for some nefarious reasons. This fascinating “prologue” hinted at what would take place in the first iZombie novel and did an outstanding job of reeling me in. While the story moved on and I am finally introduced to Gwen’s trio of odd but endearing paranormal friends, the sinister stranger was ever-present at the back of my mind.

The cast of characters of the iZombie comics are completely different from the show, but they are fascinating. Gwen is a twenty-something zombie girl who digs graves during the day and robs them for brains at night (yuck). In between grave digging for money – and then brains – and hanging with her pals, Gwen spends her time running “errands” for the people she eats. Her best friend Ellie has been dead for over 40 years old, but that doesn't mean she isn't the best friend a ghoul could ask for. Their trio is rounded out with Spot – sorry, I mean Scott – a were-terrier who works as at a retirement home and is hopelessly crushing on Gwen.

Not a ton happened in the first installment of iZombie, but Gwen is left with a difficult choice at the end of the book and I can’t wait to see what she does about it. I had fun learning the world and the characters that Chris Roberson created. There are all sorts of paranormal characters roaming the streets of Eugene, Oregon and I have a feeling it’s only going to get weirder. There are also "monster hunters" stirring up trouble for the paranormal creatures in Eugene, Orgeon they do make for some entertaining villains. I can't wait to see what they get up to next in iZombie Vol, 2: uVampire.
3 Stars
The Darkest Passion
The Darkest Passion - Gena Showalter

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The Darkest Passion is the fifth book in the Lords of the Underworld series and has been one of the hardest ones for me to me to re-read. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the book – I always enjoy the book – my frustration with Aeron lessen my enjoyment.

You know what pissed me off the most? Aeron should be my all-time favorite Lord. He’s covered in an alpha hero, has lickable tattoos, and he’d do anything to protect the ones he loves the most. It’s his loyalty that is truly his downfall in The Darkest Passion. He is so oblivious to his “adoptive daughter’s” (aka the demon he helped escape from Hell) manipulative, selfish personality that he almost loses the most selfless and loving person in his life. It really bugs me when people are so obviously in love (even when it’s not a romantic kind of love) they make excuses for them. Sigh.

While I could not stand Aeron in this book, Olivia was so cute. I usually hate the helpless-female type heroines, but as the novel went one I was shown just how not helpless this woman was and was it awesome to see! While it frustrated me to see her treated like garbage over and over, she is the type of character that is hard not to fall for.

“One day, someone’s going to fascinate you, draw and ensnare you, and you’ll crave her with every cell in your body. I hope she drives you insane. I hope, for a little while at least, she denies you, leading you on a merry chase. Perhaps then you’ll understand a glimmer of my pain.”

It wasn’t only Olivia that made The Darkest Passion worth it, but the other cast of characters (not including Aeron) made the book entertaining as well! Paris, for one. I wanted to smother him in kisses and prove that everything was going to be okay. He’s had it rough here lately. And of course, the other Lord’s women we are fun as always! I love the dynamic that Showalter gave this close-knit group of warriors.
2 Stars
The Tale of Chirpy Cricket
The Tale of Chirpy Cricket - Arthur Scott Bailey

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2.5 stars

In the last few months, the book blogging community has really inspired me to spread my wings and try genres I would otherwise ignore. I have been suck in the same couple of genres for years and decided this would be no more! I love romance and I still read it, but I am craving children’s books lately, so I picked up The Tale of Chirpy Cricket because it sounded cute and what the hell, why not?

The Tale of Chirpy Cricket follows the most musical cricket in the neighborhood. (What neighborhood? Beats me!) We follow Chirpy Cricket around while he fiddles along, chatting up different kinds of crickets, other insects in the neighborhood and a few animals, too.

To say I had mixed feelings about this book would be an understatement. Once I finished the book, I gave myself a few days to stew on my feelings for it. I have finally come to realize I enjoyed the idea of The Tale of Chirpy Cricket more than I actually enjoyed the experience. It was a fun idea, but I really just didn’t click with the writing. I realize now that it’s probably because it was written as a children’s tale in the 1920s. Since I thought it was a modern children’s book when I picked up the book, it perplexed me why it sounded so… old fashioned. Not that there is anything wrong with older books, I just wasn’t in the mindset for one when I started this book.

It also felt like it moved really slowly when a children’s book for young children should probably have a faster pace. Certainly an audiobook of only 1 hour and 3 mins.

Just a warning…

The Tale of Chirpy Cricket uses words like “queer” – it isn’t used as a slur or anything, just used as a part of the language. I know that some parents might not be okay with words like that in a book for young readers, so I thought I better give y’all a heads up. :)

All-in-all, The Tale of Chirpy Cricket wound up being a snoozer for me (though since it was written as part of some Tuck-Me-In Tales series of Bailey’s, that might be a good thing).
Let’s Chat Narration

Once I began The Tale of Chirpy Cricket, I knew the Lee Ann Howlett sounded familiar. I looked her up and realized she was the narrator for Romancing Olive as well. I loved how soothing her voice was for this book. She has the perfect voice for children’s books and it showed well in Chirpy Cricket. I could clearly distinguish all the characters and she actually made this snoozer a bit more entertaining for me. I hope she performs more children’s books in the future!
2 Stars
Party Games: A Fear Street Novel
Party Games: A Fear Street Novel - R.L. Stine

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My obsession with R.L. Stine began at a very young age when my parents came home with a huge box of Goosebumps books that they bought for me and my brothers at either a yard sale or a used book sale. Of course my brothers weren’t interested in anything that didn’t make anything explode, so they quickly became my personal scary book collection and I quickly fell in love.

As I got older, I discovered the Fear Street novels and fell even more in love. R.L. Stine is so talented at using the simplest of plots to scare the pants off of kids. What he can do in 200 pages or less is something that a lot of authors can’t do in 400. It is so awesome to see he’s bringing Fear Street to the 21st century! As you read my review further, you’ll realize I didn’t enjoy the first official Fear Street story in almost 20 years, but my disappointment for Party Games won’t stop me from reading on. In fact, I have the sudden urge to re-read the entire 50+ collection of Fear Street novels!
In which I fantasize about murdering a main character

Because I imagined strangling Rachel often in this book. I hated her character so much that she totally ruined the experience or me. It got to the point that I was hoping she wouldn’t make it through the end of Party Games. I’m getting ahead of myself, though. Let me explain why I often pictured myself murdering this fictional teenager.

> She was warned by multiple people to not go to Brenden’s party in the spooky, isolated “summer house” on Fear Island. Each time someone went out of their way to warn her, she put it off as jealousy or supernatural nonsense. But the fact of the matter is, everybody who grew up in Shadyside knows the creepy history of the original Fear family that settled into the town. There have been even been corpses found in the Fear forest and Rachel is not even a bit fearful of a sudden invite to party from a boy who never showed the slightest interest in her.
> She grated on my nerves fast with her whining and her “oh my god I am so ugly” self-absorbed personality that only the prettiest, Mary-Sue characters seem to have. *sigh*
> When things start to go downhill (before the party even begins) she ignores the most obvious omens that things are not okay and hops into the frying pan like the dumbest, suicidal frog. Characters like Rachel make me thank god for natural selection.
> She’s passive aggressive.

Do you see why I did not enjoy her? I’m sure you would be annoyed, too.

Seriously, if Rachel was in a horror movie, she would be the brainless model that runs toward the creepy forest and trips over a tree branch. Kind of made it difficult to cheer her on when spent the book wondering why the hell she was still breathing!

I didn’t mind the narration, but it was flawed.

Party Games was the first audiobook I’ve read that was narrated by Brittany Pressley. She has a good voice for young adult performances. I didn’t mind her male or female voices, but she needs to work on differentiating between the characters. I had to work over time to pick up on who was saying what because most of the female voices sounded similar and the same goes with the male voices.

She does a great job of portraying emotion, though. I’ve been having issues with narrators with flat voices lately, but Pressley did not have that issue, thankfully. It was suspenseful and I wouldn’t mind listening to more performances by her and see if she improves.

The plot was character driven as usual.

Though I had some real issues with some of the bizarre plot twists that I could have done without, I don’t mind a character driven plot, especially when reading horror. While Party Games was far from a favorite, I’m still excited to read more of the new Fear Street books. I hope the characters are more bearable, though. I’m not sure I can handle another Rachel. I don’t have many brain cells left to use from banging my head against the wall in frustration.
3 Stars
A Date with the Other Side
A Date with the Other Side - Erin McCarthy

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A Date With the Other Side was one of those impulse buys for me. Erin McCarthy is one of my auto-buy authors that I don’t hesitate to pick up when I see a book of hers that I have yet to read. I saw A Date With the Other Side in the Friends of the Library store when I was returning my latest library books and knew I had to buy it!

The man gave a whole new meaning to the words rise and shine.

Nothing is better than a book that begins with a naked stranger, and A Date With the Other Side begins does just that. Shelby Tucker is giving her teenage cousin a private ghost tour when she stumbles upon a sleeping, naked stranger sleeping in her grandmother’s White House.

Shelby is a recently divorced, matter-of-fact native that chooses old tees and comfy shorts over fashion and has never left Cuttersville. She has a weirdly flirtatious relationship with her ex-husband that had me baffled and she is content in her life as a ghost tour host.

I really enjoyed Shelby’s character. She was a refreshing change from the normal contemporary heroine, though nothing about her shouted “special” to me. I do approve of her love of comfort and I liked her well enough, but I didn’t love her. (I guess that pretty much sums up my feelings for the book actually).

Boston McNamara has been sent to the Cuttersville’s Samsons Plastics plant and he has no idea why – except that his boss must be punishing him for some reason. He can’t wait to get out of the Podunk, wacky small-town but while he’s there he can’t see why he can’t enjoy the scenery (and by scenery, I totally mean Shelby). He is drawn to Shelby in a way that leaves him puzzled, since the frumpishly dressed blonde is far from his normal taste in bed partners.

“Hi, Shelby. How are you?”

She smiled, and Boston almost stopped and got back in his car. Her smile was inviting, and it turned him on so bad he was scared.

“I’m fine. Hot.” She pulled her shirt out and fanned air up her cleavage. “How ‘bout yourself?”

“I’m good.” Never bigger. Better, never better.

A Date With the Other Side lacked that “sparkle” that makes a story awesome, but I did enjoy watching the two stubborn characters get into some seriously hilarious, paranormal situations – mostly in thanks to Shelby’s matchmaking Gran. They introduced me to some secondary characters that I really want to see more from and some ghosts that I hope appear in the rest of the series! It wasn’t the most exciting book I’ve ever read, but it was a fun book that I don’t regret picking up. I will be looking out for more books in McCarthy’s Cuttersville series and I hope the series just gets better the more I read!
4 Stars
Through the Woods
Through the Woods - Emily Carroll

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4.5 stars

Through the Woods called to me when I was browsing through the Graphic Novel section of the library. I had never read anything by Carroll before and or ever heard of her, really. I couldn’t stop myself from picking it up because the artwork was spectacular. It was drop dead gorgeous and there was no way I was leaving the library without this beauty in my tote.

Through the Woods is a collection of five short stories, each an eerie story of what can happen when one ventures on a dark journey. Each story is dark, twisted, and scarier than the next. They are also all very thought-provoking. I wound up reviewing each story in my head and thinking, “what in the hell did I just read?” and yet it was such an enthralling experience for me.

Our Neighbor’s House follows three sisters who were are left to tend the house while their father went hunting. They are left explicit instructions on what to do if he doesn’t return. Our Neighbor’s House is the tale of what happened when the sisters didn’t listen to their father’s demands. This is the story that hooked me and drew my undivided attention. The ending flew over my head a bit, but I really didn’t mind because I was so shocked – and terrified – by what I just read.

A Lady’s Hands are Cold is the story of a newly wed young lady who discovers her handsome knight might not be the prince she thought he was, after all. She travels to her new home and every night she hears a spooky, sad song ring the empty halls and we are taken on a spooky, dark journey when she finally finds the source of the song. The tale was lyrically written but simple to understand and boy was it a shocker! I read it to my mom and even she agreed that it was twisted. I loved the gothic vibe it had, too.

His Face All Red follows the adventure of a man and his brother journey into a dark forest in search of a monster that attacks their village. I was surprised by a certain biblical theme it followed, but it was no less spooky. It is a lesson in what happens when you let jealousy get the best of you.

My Friend Janna was a ghostly tale and one of my favorites. It is also a “the boy cried wolf” type tale that speaks of the horrors that can creep up on you when you are pretending to be something you are not.

The Nesting Place had to be my least favorite. Not because it wasn’t riveting, but because it was icky and reminds me way too much of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. *shudder*


I fell head over heels for the artwork that Emily Carroll displayed in Through the Woods. It was a dark and twisted collection, but it was amazingly beautiful. I am 100% sure I will be seeing these stories again… in my nightmares. I was surprised by how each story had a moral behind them. Carroll brought a unique blend of horror and fable to Through the Woods that I never expected. This was without a doubt one of the most unusual, euphoric reads I have read this year! One of the things I love about this book is that it can be re-read over and over and I could still find something new in each story. If I could afford it, I would purchase a copy to re-read over and over again.
4 Stars
When An Omega Snaps
When An Omega Snaps - Eve Langlais

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4.5 stars

I was really looking forward to Leo's book. He is such a quiet, giant of a feline and seriously in need of some fun! When an Omega Snaps is my favorite in the A Lion's Pride series so far, because Meena and Leo are so different from one another. Watching them circle one another was entertaining as hell!

Leo and Meena's first meeting began with a wack to the head from a flying Frisbee and ended with a yummy kiss. Meena is a part of the East Coast Pride but was banned from by Arik's father years ago for causing so much trouble. It was hilarious to watch chaos literally follow her everywhere — even when she totally doesn't see it coming!

It was so fun to watch Leo's boring life come crumbling down when Meena forces her way into it. I'd feel bad for him if I didn't he totally needed it. When an Omega Snaps was a yummy adventure and I am loving this series and can't wait to read more from Langlais. I have yet to read the newest book in the series, but I know it will be just as juicy as the first three!
4 Stars
When A Beta Roars
When A Beta Roars - Eve Langlais

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4 stars

Langlais ramps up the funny, the sassy and the danger in A Lion's Pride with Hayder and Arabella's book. When a Beta Roars begins when sulky beta unhappily makes his way to his new charge's hotel room and realizes the She-wolf he's been tasked with protecting is his mate! And almost shoots him! Whoops. :D

Oh man, this book was sooo much fun. We get a playful male lion, a wolf with really inconvenient allergies, and a She-wolf that slowly learns that not all men want to beat submission in their chosen women. I loved watching Arabella grow out of her fears and embrace her wolf side. And I really enjoyed watching beat up some idiot wolves. I'm not one for weak female heroines so it was fun to watch her grow into a confident, sexy woman under the tutelage of one tricky and adorable lion. It was even more fun to watch the female lions of the pride help her toughen up. Female lions can be bitchy but they are fierce and protective of their friends!

All-in-all this was a bit of a heart-squeezer but I loved it. It was super fun to read and definitely worthy of a re-read.