Book Review: Blackout

Author: Tim Curran
Pages: 95
Published: Expected August 19, 2014
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Rating: 4.5/5

For a shorter story, I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. A wonderfully written alien story that will definitely creep you out. 

Jon lives in a small town where everyone gets along. Even when someone gets into trouble, the town acts as if nothing has changed and continues to have huge barbecues and parties with everyone invited. One night after passing out from another long night of hosting a bbq, Jon is awakened by irregular flashes of light outside. He assumes at first that it is just lightning, until he realizes the flashing is happening in a very distinct pattern. Creeped out, but still too hung over to really think much of it, Jon heads to bed only to find his wife missing. After searching everywhere for her, he knows Kathy is gone and he will never see her again. 

Tonight is the end of life as he knew it on Piccamore Way. No more bbq’s, no more get togethers, no more parties. Another life form has decided to take over and there is nothing anyone can do about it now.

A quick read that I really enjoyed. I’ll definitely be getting more of Tim Curran’s work.

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Can’t Wait Reads (Already & Not Yet Released)

So I finally decided to post a CAN’T FREAKIN’ WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THESE thinger. These are all books that I’ve had my eye on for a while now and absolutely cannot wait to read every single one. Some have already come out and some are yet to be released. Every single book on this list sounds absolutely amazing!

Back in a week!

Alrighty! I’m all packed and ready to go. I’ll be away from a computer until the 2nd or 3rd of August and totally forgot that for the first week of August I’ll also be house sitting for some family members so I won’t be able to post any video updates until at least the 12th. 

So for #UnderHypedReads I am currently still reading Blackout by Tim Curran and I am absolutely loving it!

I also just got this in the mail: 

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So I’ll be starting this book ASAP! 

I also started reading In Extremis earlier today and am loving it!!!

Book Review: Into the Grey

Author: Celine Kiernan
Pages: 304
Published: Expected August 26, 2014 (First Published January 1, 2011)
Genre: YA, Horror
Rating: 3.5/5

I loved the first 3/4 of this book so much. But for some reason I just could not stay focused during the last quarter of the book. It became very dense and seemed more like a description for how to make the movie version of the book rather than a solid ending. 

Dom and Pat are twins. They’ve had a very strong relationship their entire life with Pat writing stories while Dom drew comics. Everything seemed to be going great for the two of them, until Nan burnt the house down. After the fire, their family was forced to move into their summer home and everything began to change. 

Dom started acting strange. He would zone out and start talking to someone that wasn’t there. At first it was weird, then it got annoying, then it got really weird. Pat is taken on a journey to help rescue Dom from “the Grey” that he is trapped in and uncover the mystery of the beings he is now seeing on a daily basis. 

This book was creepy as hell at times. I definitely got goosebumps more than once while reading it and I enjoyed it a lot. Like I said at the beginning, the book was excellent for the first 3/4 of it. Then the last quarter just seemed to drag on and on for a while. Thinking about it more, I think it kind of had to drag on in order to fully develop the scenes that were occurring toward the end of the novel since they were more fantastical than any other parts of the book, but I kept losing interest.

The very last chapter of the book was a great wrap up though and I feel comfortable giving this a solid 3.5/5.

O Canada!

So to prepare for my trip (I leave tomorrow so I should probably start packing), I picked out the books that I will be taking with me. 

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These are all of the physical books that I’ll be taking:

The Waiting Room by F.G. Cottam
The Glister by John Burnside
In Extremis: The Most Extreme Short Stories of John Shirley
Help for the Haunted by John Searles
Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver

I’ll also be taking my kindle of course which currently has 232 books on it. I have tons and tons of books on there that I can’t wait to review!

#UnderHypedReads Read-A-Thon Updates!!!!

So today is day four of the UnderHypedReads read-a-thon created by RamblingsofanElfpire on youtube. Since I won’t be posting any more actual videos, I thought I would quick do my update for the week so far here:

Day 1: Finished The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan and started Alex by Pierre Lemaitre
Day 2: Finished Alex by Pierre Lemaitre and started The Bedlam Detective by Stephen Gallagher
Day 3: Finished The Bedlam Detective by Stephen Gallagher and started Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan
Day 4 Plans: I hope to finish Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan today and pick up one of the physical books that I have listed above since all of them qualify for this read-a-thon!

I will probably post a quick update tomorrow but then won’t be back at a computer until around the 3rd of August. Good luck on your tbr’s for this read-a-thon!!

Book Review: The Bedlam Detective

Author: Stephen Gallagher
Pages: 320
Published: February 7, 2012 (First Published January 1, 2012)
Genre: Adult, Horror, Thriller, Crime
Rating: 4/5

A great crime thriller that had so many wonderful sub-plots embedded within it. 

The main story focuses on a man named Sebastian Becker who has recently moved to London with his wife and 18 year old son. Sebastian used to be a police officer, but has since been hired as an investigator of Lunacy. He is tasked with developing reports on wealthy individuals that have been rumored to be mentally unstable in order to determine if they are of sound mind enough to take care of their assets. 

While investigating Sir Owain Lancaster, a once very respected man that has since been deemed a fraud after returning from a trip to the Amazon and publishing a book about monsters that have followed him home, Sebastian uncovers a string of disappearances and murders that have never been solved.

This novel had me guessing the entire time and I loved it! The setting was fantastic and fully fit the story line without bogging it down. Another fantastic crime thriller that more people should be aware of!

Book Review: Alex

Author: Pierre Lemaitre (Translated by Frank Wynne)
Pages: 375
Published: September 3, 2013 (First Published 2011)
Genre: Adult, Suspense, Crime Thriller, Horror
Rating: 4.5/5

This book was royally screwed up and wonderful!

Alex appears to be an ordinary 30 year old. Then one day while on her way home from work she realizes she is being followed. Thinking that maybe running into the same guy three times in one month is just a coincidence, Alex doesn’t take any extra precautions when walking home at night on an abandoned street. 

After being kidnapped and beaten by her attacker, Alex is forced to strip and is placed inside a torture box that is suspended from the ceiling. The box was deliberately made too small for her to lay flat or sit comfortably. She is fed dog food and given water, but other than one short phrase her attacker has not revealed why he is doing this to her. When she asked him why he was doing this, he responded that he wanted to watch her die. 

This book was first written in French and is book two of the Verhoeven Trilogy; however, this was the only book to be translated to English. Detective Verhoeven is assigned the task of uncovering who the kidnapper is as well as who it is that he kidnapped since no one has reported a woman missing. 

There are so many twists and turns throughout this story that it will keep you guessing right up until the very end. An amazing crime thriller that I really enjoyed. ***Lot’s of adult content***

Book Review: The Curiosity

Author: Stephen P. Kiernan
Pages: 464
Published: July 1, 2014 (First Published June 18, 2013)
Genre: Adult, Sci Fi (Time Travel), Mystery
Rating: 5/5

Absolutely brilliant.

The Curiosity tells the story of Dr. Kate Philo. While on an expedition to obtain samples of organisms frozen in hard ice in the Arctic, Dr. Philo’s team discovers a large object has been frozen inside the biggest iceburg they’ve encountered thus far. After digging through the ice, the team believes it to be a seal. However, further digging reveals that what they believed to be a flipper was actually a human hand. Dr. Philo and the rest of her team are able to free the frozen man’s body and take him to their lab.

Dr. Philo is part of the Lazarus project which has set out to re-animate organisms that had previously been frozen in hard ice. Thus far, they had focused on krill, shrimp, and other small creatures. However, now that they have a full human body her team makes the choice to attempt to bring the man back to life! And it works! 

Somehow, Dr. Philo’s team is able to bring this man back to life and now must work to discover the secrets of his past and adapt him to the modern world. After being frozen for 100 years, Judge Jeremiah Rice is brought into modern day Boston. 

This book was amazing! I loved every second of it. The ability of her team to re-animate a human being brought many discussions of ethics and mortality to the story without being overbearing. A great thriller novel and an excellent debut fiction novel from this author.

Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Author: Neil Gaiman
Pages: 181
Published: June 18, 2013 (First Published January 1, 2013)
Genre: Adult/YA?, Horror, Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5

I really enjoyed this story. It was a pretty quick read and another great book from Neil Gaiman. 

I tried to type up my own summary of this book, but decided that it sounded kind of all over the place. So a brief summary is that this story is about a man that has returned to his childhood town in order to attend a funeral. While there, he visits the home of an old friend and has flash backs of some major events that took place during his childhood. All of which were a result of a man committing suicide in his car down the road from the main character’s home. 

I feel that this story is definitely one that is appreciated more if the reader doesn’t know much about the plot before diving in. 

 

Vacation & Ramblings!

Well hi there world!

So at the end of this week (the 25th of July) I will be heading to Canada for vacation!!! While there, I won’t have access to any form of internet and won’t be able to post reviews. So expect an influx of reviews when I get back the first week of August. 

Random Updates:

I created an email address strictly for my book blogging stuff (abibliophilesjourney@yahoo.com). I will be linking up that email address to my book stuff pretty soon (i.e. goodreads, etc.).

So how do I decide what to review?

Well, honestly it just has to sound interesting to me. My absolute favorite genre’s (and the fastest way for me to pick up a book) are all adult sub-genre’s. Specifically, horror is my absolute favorite. No matter what I’m reading, if I find a horror novel that sounds interesting I’ll stop whatever I’m reading and read that instead. Following horror I also love crime thrillers, true crime, science fiction, and fantasy. 

Have a book you want reviewed? 

No problem!! Send me a message with the synopsis and I’ll more than likely agree to review it. 

How often do you review books?

Well, as often as possible. I am constantly reading, but something I get really lazy and don’t post reviews as soon as I finish a book. Like right now for instance, I’m a few reviews behind. BEH.

Where do you post reviews?

For the most part I post three different places: Goodreads, this blog, and my booktube channel (ABibliophilesJourney). I am more than happy to post reviews on Amazon as well, I typically just forget to do that.

I see that you get a lot of books to review from NetGalley, but don’t explicitly say that. How come?

This is a tiny pet peeve of mine. A lot of the time I see on blog posts a phrase like “I got this book in exchange for an honest review” or something along those lines. I don’t typically say anything like that because it seems like a no-brainer to me that you would be posting a review for a book that was honest. If I don’t like a book, I will say so. If I do like it, I will say so. No matter what I read or how I get the book, my review will always be honest because to do anything otherwise would be a disservice to yourself and the author of the book.

Okey doker! That’s all I can think to post right now. Have a great weekend!