Monday, February 29, 2016

TTT - 10 Books to Read If You Are In the Mood for Creepy

This top 10 weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and can be found HERE.  Each week they focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. This week's topic is 10 books to read if you are in the mood for ------------?  So I am choosing creepy reads.

The Twisted Thread - Charlotte Bacon

Graveminder - Melissa Marr

The Countess - Rebecca Johns

The Circle (The Engelsfor Trilogy #1) - Mats Strandberg/Sara Elfgren 

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn 

The Ice Twins - S.K. Tremayne

Sister - Rosamund Lupton

There are all books which I have read in the past 5 years which for some reason or another, creeped my out somehow.  I don't scare easily, and they really aren't horror novels, they just contain that "ewww" factor in some manner.  If any look appealing, I have linked the pics to the goodreads descriptions.

What made your list this week?

Into the Dim - Janet B. Taylor

TITLE: Into the Dim (Into the Dim #1)
AUTHOR: Janet B. Taylor
PUBLISHER: HMH Books for Young Readers
PUBLISHING DATE: March 1, 2016

FROM GOODREADS: When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.      Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.

After having read a book last week which could have easily put me into a slump (for not so good reasons), Into the Dim was just what I needed to pull me through it. This new release has been extremely hyped for months, which normally terrifies me, but when I had the chance to grab an ARC, I couldn't resist. I am really glad I hit that request button. I have also heard this book being called "Outlander for young adults" and while I have never read Outlander, after reading this, if the comparisons are true, I want to pick it up so much more.

Into the Dim tells the story of Hope, whose mother has been missing for over 8 month and just recently declared dead. Her father is in a newly formed relationship, so Hope is sent to Scotland for the summer to meet some relatives who have never really played a big role in her life. Once there, Hope learns of her mother's time traveling escapades and is sent back in time to rescue an important family member and locate and retrieve a mysterious stone.

I really enjoyed many of the characters we meet along Hope's travels. She manages to make some good friends in Scotland, which is a new thing for her because she has always been a home schooled loner. Although Hope seems somewhat shallow in the beginning, throughout the book, the author manages quite a bit of character development and toward the end , I found myself really invested in what happens to her. Also, while there are some romantic involvements in the book, I didn't find them overpowering or for lack of a better word, corny, and they added to the plot and story line rather than overpowering it.

The setting is also a wonderful addition to Into the Dim. Taylor manages to provide a great modern tale with a strong historical piece which I found really interesting. I imagine quite a bit of research went into writing this book and a lot of readers will be able to appreciate that fact.

This book has been getting mixed reviews and honestly, I wasn't sure if I would like it enough to be invested for 432 pages. However, I was quickly pulled into it's world and can't wait for the next installment to see what the future holds for Hope, her family and her friends.

I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Friday, February 26, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (53)

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 should take you to the Goodreads page. 

Yippee!!!! February is almost done.  I know that is basically pretty sad, but I had a lot of work-related traveling this month which really ate into the personal time.  On the plus side though, we did have Valentine's Day and The Walking Dead mid-season premier so it wasn't all bad.  I visited the library this week and obtained some ARCS and freebies so let's get started.

From the library: 

The Killing Jar Barsk Harley Quinn Vol 3 Spider Gwen

I hope Barsk doesn't end up being another strange trip to a Night-Vale like place where nothing makes sense and I can't stand the trip. Anybody read it? It's published by Tor, with whom I usually have good luck.

I grabbed the following for free from Amazon:

A Place to Call Home Truly, Madly, Deeply The Dog that Laid Eggs Crushed

And I snagged the following ARCS which I am excited to have and am as always, grateful to the authors, publishers and book sites!

Wink Poppy Midnight The Binding The Thing Is And I Darken
Mean Sisters The Salty Dog Lottery Boy The Loney

My readers must really think I am all over the place with my reading habits. What can I say? I love variety and hate to get stuck in a genre, even though I do have my favorites. This haul covers a lot - dogs, horror, graphic novels, young adult and just plain odd. I can't wait to get to Wink, Poppy, Midnight and And I Darken as those are two I am super excited for.

I also won a giveaway from Shaunesay from The Space Between.  Thanks so much!

Traitor's Masque

What did you get this week?  Let me know where I can check out your new hauls.  And if you recommend any of these, let me know which ones! 


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Welcome to Night Vale (Now run as fast as you can in the opposite direction)

TITLE: Welcome to Night Vale
AUTHORS: Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
PUBLISHER: Harper Perennial
PUBLISHING DATE: October 20, 2015

FROM GOODREADS: From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find matter where we live.

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked "King City" by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can't seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.

Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton's son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane's started to see her son's father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.

Diane's search to reconnect with her son and Jackie's search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: "King City". It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures...if they can ever find it.

I honestly believe that no matter what I write in this review, it will never effectively explain this book. On the other hand, I also believe that I could sum up the entire book, plot, character development and all, in three paragraphs which would save anyone from having to read it. And overall, those two sentences explain exactly how I feel about this book - confused.

I admit I wanted to read it on a whim. I like the "odd" book here and there and this seemed to be just the thing that would fit into that category. Let's just say that this goes so far beyond odd that I don't know how to describe it, but I will gladly admit that it isn't for me. Thank the gods above that I checked it out from the library and didn't purchase it for myself no matter how tempted I was by the pretty purple cover.

This book is about Diane, Jackie, Diane's son and a shapeshifter named Josh, a waitress in the local diner who is actually a tree, a man named Evan who walks around town appearing and disappearing and handing people pieces of paper with KING CITY written on it, 30-40 men named Troy (or actually the same man, just multiples of him), a tarantula, secret agents and exploding flamingo lawn decorations. Throw in a lot of other miscellaneous information and if that sounds interesting, then this might be the book for you.

Sadly, after writing this, I realize that I am struggling between a one and two star rating. I know some people love this and rave about it and good for them. I am glad people like it, but I can't recommend it to anyone in good faith. If I could DNF books, I would have. I did actually want to see how it ended, which is why I finally went with a 2-star rating, but in the real scheme of things, 3 paragraphs and I would have known the entire 400+ page story.

(HEY!  I just realized that the  Goodreads description is basically all you need to know in order to have read the book!)

RATING: 2 stars


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (44)

"Waiting on" Wednesday" is weekly meme hosted over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming anticipated releases. 

October 11, 2016
From Goodreads: It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths--whose "afflicted" blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art--captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

WHY I'M WAITING:  I am looking for something to fill the void that A Criminal Magic did earlier this year and when I saw this, I figured it would be worth a shot.

What are you waiting for this week?


Monday, February 22, 2016

TTT - 10 Books I Recently Enjoyed That Weren't My Typical Genre

This top 10 weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and can be found HERE.  Each week they focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. This week focuses on book which I recently enjoyed with weren't my typical genre.

I don't read a lot of science fiction so this was all pretty new to me.

I certainly don't read a lot of children's novels, and this one was a children's graphic novel, but Apocalypse Bow Wow was great!

Romance is definitely not something I read often.  This one was super cute and look at that dog!

I haven't read a lot of historical fiction and it has to be something really special to catch my eye, but The Ripper's Wife was extremely enjoyable.

The same thing can be said for this one!

I'm not big on photography books but this one centered on dogs, so I couldn't resist.

I certainly don't read a lot of young adult contemporary.  This was my first, and so far only, Dessen book.

This was my first middle grade graphic novel.

OK.  So basically I can only come up with 8.  Guess I should branch out more but hey, I like what I like.  What made your list?

Friday, February 19, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (52)

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 should take you to the Goodreads page. 

It was a slow week book-wise here on the farm and I really only obtained three review copies.  I did win a Goodreads contest and have a book coming in the mail so I should be able to post them to next week's haul.

The Awakening of Sunshine Girl The 52nd The Transatlantic Conspiracy

 I read The Haunting of Sunshine Girl and enjoyed it more that I thought I might so I am glad to have book 2. Also, don't know if I have ever mentioned it, but I am pretty much a sucker for any book with an octopus or tentacles on it so I had to get a copy of The Transatlantic Conspiracy.

So what did you add to your shelves this week?