Sunday, May 21, 2017

No Pointed Hats Allowed - Wytches review

TITLE: Wytches
AUTHOR: Scott Snyder
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PUBLISHING DATE: June 24, 2015

FROM GOODREADS: Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before. When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they're hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient...and hungry.

I've been wanting to read this for ages so I was thrilled when I finally found a copy at my local library. "Wytches" tells the story of Sailor and her family. There was some trauma in their previous town regarding Sailor and the disappearance of a classmate so the family moves to make a fresh start. Her father clearly has some issues of his own going on and her mother had a bad accident which left her wheelchair-bound. Strange things start happening and Sailor is kidnapped by evil "wytches" who live in the forest. Apparently people can "pledge" children to these entities in return for favors. Sailor's father sets out to save Sailor and uncovers a lot of secrets along the way.

I really liked the premise of this graphic novel. I think the idea would be great played out in a movie or more lengthy novel. It was definitely terrifying and scary in all the right places and the ending provided enough twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes. While the artwork was good, in places, it was also messy. Basically some of the pages were intentionally done in a haphazard fashion, I suppose to heighten the darkness of the plot. but I found those visually annoying. There was too much going on with those pages for my brain to sift through what it was supposed to be seeing (this might have been complicated by the fact that I read it while on cold medicine too - perhaps not the greatest choice).

There is some narrative at the end of the book which I enjoyed reading and which shows this project really was a labor of love for Snyder. I'm glad I was finally able to make time for "Wytches" and if you are a fan of horror tales and graphic novels, I would definitely recommend picking it up.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (111) / Sunday Post

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves or TBR piles, may it be physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store, online, books you borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and of course, ebooks! The original meme was started over at Tynga's Reviews.  Clicking on the book (or title) should take you to the Goodreads page.

I'm also now linking up with the Sunday Post which is hosted byKimberly@Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  I'm hoping to discover some new blogs to love.

I did have to make a trip to the library this week after receiving notice that 2 of my requests were in. I swear I do not remember requesting these books or asking the library to order them but I'm happy to have them nonetheless.  Can't wait to see what trouble Tony Chu gets into next in Vol 3 and Vol 4.

I found some pretty decent books listed on Kindle for free so Paul Anka grabbed them up.  I'm always afraid I'll want it later and it won't be free anymore?  #Kindledilemma. "When Darkness Falls" is an occult-centered book, "The Parasite" is straight-out horror (and I've read other good things by the author) and "Undertaking Irene" is a mystery.  "Made a Killing" is the first in a series of Scottish crime books which I thought might be interesting.  They say "Email From a Vampire" is Sookie Stackhouse meets London and another Amy Cross book, "The Ash House" showed up.  All of these were free when I grabbed them but as usual, check before you click.

Finally I've scored some awesome review books!  "Murder on Black Swan Lane" is the start to a new series and "The Goblins of Bellwater" involves goblin curses and I'm fascinated by the idea of goblins.  I think I jumped up and down when I received approval for "Odd & True" and "The Party" might be a decent thriller (although I've not had great thriller luck lately but maybe "You Were Here" has changed that pattern).

So what books did you add to your stacks this week?  Hope everyone has a great weekend and is avoiding storms and bad weather if you live in the US.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Weekly Reads (05/19/17)

I've been feeling pretty much under the weather since Monday and even had to take a sick day.  I don't know if it's allergy related or a full-blown cold but I've been trying to rest and pump vitamin C. I'm really not surprised as busy as the last few weeks have been.

Booker T had a wonderful birthday and it was pretty much a whole weekend celebration.  Saturday he had to go to the vet and get shots (which he doesn't mind) and Cass went along.  We are trying to get Cass used to riding in Mr. Barb's Kia.  He usually just rides with me in my truck.  Then they went for walks that evening.  Sunday we took them both to the local pet store where Booker T got to pick out anything he wanted.  He found some snacks, he and Cass picked up adorable "tough toys" - a bull and a tiger, and then T fell in love with a stuffed star - go figure.  Guess he knows he's the star in the family.  Then Sunday evening we took him to the field in front of our local high school where he and Cass could run and roam.  It's his absolute favorite place.  Tuesday night, his actual birthday, he had pupcakes and ice cream and got some treats.  I have pics but due to feeling poorly all week, I'll have to post them next week.

We got a month free of Hulu (and unfortunately will probably subscribe due to the new Stephen King series "Castle Rock" which is starting up).  We watched all of "Freakish" which is entertaining because it's a bunch of dumb high schoolers trying to survive a zombie outbreak.  We also finished watching "Frontier" on Netflix which I am now a huge fan of and can't wait for season 2.  I also binge watched "Girlboss" while I was sick and found it freaking' hilarious.

This week I hope to sleep and read...and maybe sleep some more - haha!  Here's what's up on the stack.  Looks like I'm in the mood for cozy mysteries and horror.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy week!!!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time Weaver Tour

Time Weaver: Heart of Cogs
Jacinta Maree
(Time Collector #1)
Publication date: February 21st 2017
Genres: Steampunk, Supernatural, Young Adult
I have a clock for a heart…and the man who put it there tried to take it out.
Time Collectors are modern day genies capable of exchanging wishes for time. Elizabeth Wicker lives within a steampunk world riddled with the supernatural. Among the stories of witches, Bacts, and other monsters, Time Collectors remain as the greatest hushed secret among the noble families. They are temptation’s greatest tools. A contract with a Time Collector is a guaranteed death sentence, and for some the price isn’t worth the prize. But when Elizabeth is struck down by a fatal heart attack, she finds herself trapped beneath a Time Collector’s blade. With no time left to offer, she makes a desperate sacrifice for a second chance at life. If there’s only one truth, it is a Time Collector will always come back to collect.

MY THOUGHTS:  I fell in love with this cover and think it's quite reflective of the book.   I've been trying out some new genres and while I'm not sure steampunk is for me, I still found this to be an interesting concept and enjoyable read.  I liked the added element of supernatural beings and especially enjoyed the interaction between Klaus and Elizabeth.  I have to admit I don't know that I ever really connected to Elizabeth, and at times found her rather boring at times. However, the fast pacing and author's imagination managed to keep the book soaring along despite my concerns.

If you love fantasy, steampunk and supernatural elements, "Time Weaver" should definitely go on your radar.  I am curious enough that I will probably pick up the next one when it releases and haven'r given up on steampunk quite yet.
Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Author Bio:
Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons and Japan. Published in 2012 to USA publisher Staccato Publishing, Jacinta writes a variety of genres from YA paranormal, steampunk, horror and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and best selling author, Jacinta writes to answer all of her absurd questions and to explore themes and characters not often seen in main media.


Blue's Prophecy Blog Tour

TITLE: Blue's Prophecy (The Canis Chronicles #1)
AUTHOR: Emily Ross
PUBLISHER: Titletown Publishing, LLC

FROM GOODREADS: Two genetically altered dogs, two different fates. One is Robo, a beloved Great Dane, who is tricked out of the embrace of his human family and then is horribly altered by an evil scientist who rebuilds him with robotic parts, weaponizing the dog for money from the military. But that s not all the scientist does the experiments he conducts leave Robo a genius, almost immortal and with powers beyond explanation. But the horror Robo experiences at the scientist's hands changes him driving him insane with the sole mission to destroy all humans, especially those who have tortured and hurt dogs.

Meanwhile, a scrappy alley husky sits in a shelter, when she with her blue eyes and tough wolf-like features captures the attention of another group of scientists desperate to stop Robo from his path of destruction. This dog, called Blue, could be the chosen one to fight and defeat Robo. She is also genetically enhanced and left with glowing turquoise eyes before being released to face Robo s vicious dog army. Her mission: save human civilization and the packs of dogs she's grown to love.

MY THOUGHTS: I was quite happy to join the blog tour for Ross' first book, Blue's Prophecy because when I saw the cover, I'm pretty sure it was love at first sight. I'm also really impressed that the author is so young (13) and this is her first publication. While some areas of the book presented some problems for me, overall it was a quick, action-packed read and I can see quite a few middle-graders, young adults and even adults enjoying this one as well.

There are two main characters in the book, a Great Dane named Robo and a Husky mix named Blue. Robo used to have a loving family but because of a crazy scientific vet who wants to use dogs as military weapons, he is ripped away from his human family and made into some cyborg/dog hybrid. This triggers a lot of anger in Robo so he eventually escapes and become leader of movement made up of dogs who are out to end the human race. Robo is consumed by hate and considers no human worthy of being saved. Blue has been a stray all her life and has known very little love. However, she meets two young pups who she rescues from getting hit and slowly but surely, starts showing a softer side. In addition, Blue is also genetically enhanced but is just learning to use her powers. Blue becomes "The Chosen One" and starts a rebellion to stop Robo and his evil plan.

I really liked the underlying message of this book. Pretty much it shows the canine/human bond and what happens when "bad" dog owners intervene. There are lots of different breeds throughout the book and the book is never dull. The reason why I didn't rate is higher than 3/5 is basically due to personal preference. I have a really hard time reading books with dog violence and death, even when it's done by other dogs. The book was written well and none of what occurred was in bad taste. However, it's just hard for me to stomach. In addition, there is a cliffhanger at the end and I sort of wished it had just been a stand alone novel.

That being said, Ross should be proud of her accomplishment and I will definitely be keeping an eye open for any future works. I will also more than likely pick up any sequel because I have gotten attached to quite a few characters in the book and I really want to know what happens next.



Emily Ross, 13, is a fifth generation writer and an owner of three dogs, Balta, Buddy and Zoey. Her prose exceeds her years, with Emily starting work on Blue's Prophecy, a science fiction/fantasy book for pre-teens and teens, when she was 10. Living in Atlanta, Emily is also an animator and a skilled archer, and relaxes by playing the double bass in her middle school orchestra. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday (106)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. 

FROM GOOREADS: A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill

“Snapshot” is the disturbing story of a Silicon Valley adolescent who finds himself threatened by “The Phoenician,” a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid Instant Camera that erases memories, snap by snap.

A young man takes to the skies to experience his first parachute jump. . . and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero’s island of roiling vapor that seems animated by a mind of its own in “Aloft.”

On a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails—splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. “Rain” explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world.

In “Loaded,” a mall security guard in a coastal Florida town courageously stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun rights movement. But under the glare of the spotlights, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it. When an out-of-control summer blaze approaches the town, he will reach for the gun again and embark on one last day of reckoning.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  First of all, it's Joe Hill.  Secondly, look at that creepy yet gorgeous cover.  And lastly, it sounds terrific.