October 21, 2016

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams By: Stephen King EXTRA MINI Reviews For Each Story!

Short Review Summary: 
Another great set of short stories from Stephen King! 

I'm going to do a VERY short review for each story in this collection. Pretty much these are the short notes I made while reading. I thought it would be fun to share these for each story instead of a GIGANTIC review. :) 

Mile 81:
5 Stars

This is a great way to start off a book of short stories! SK can really write creepy cars.

Premium Harmony:
3 Stars

This one is pretty meh. I didn't hate it, but it's nothing that I will remember later.

Batman and Robin Have an Altercation: 
4 Stars

This is a simple, but effective story. I really liked it, but I'm not sure why. HAHA.

The Dune:
5 Stars

Before all of the stories in this book SK says a little something about each. For this one he says that this is one of his favorite endings. I have to agree with him there. The ending to this one is fantastic.

Bad Little Kid: 
5 Stars

Creepy kid for the win! I really like this one and how the story played out.

A Death:
4 Stars

Ooo the surprise in this one is great.

The Bone Church:
3 Stars

Interesting, but weird poem. 

5 Stars

This one is very captivating.

5 Stars

I love unique takes on the afterlife!

5 Stars

I LOVE this one. SK really knows how to come up with ideas that seem wonderful, at first. They never end well though, do they?

Herman Wouk is Still Alive: 
5 Stars

I like this one a lot, even though it is a little depressing. 

Under the Weather:
5 Stars

I love this one and how you know the outcome at the beginning, but it WORKS.

Blockade Billy:
2 Stars

This one wasn't for me. Boring. 

Mister Yummy:
4 Stars

Someone must be thinking about old age and dying a lot, but it sure makes for some good stories!

4 Stars

I enjoyed this poem better than the other one for sure. 

The Little Green God of Agony:
5 Stars

This story is so wacky! I love it. 

That Bus is Another World:
3 Stars

Eh, this one is just okay. I like the idea behind it more than the execution.

3 Stars

I liked this one, but I didn't love it. 

Drunken Fireworks:
4 Stars

Yet another good one!

Summer Thunder:
4 Stars

I'm thrilled that this collection ended with a great story!

Overall I really enjoyed The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. It's no secret that I'm a big King fan and this collection has some magnificent stories. A few of them aren't really for me, but that's okay because there are plenty that I LOVE. I also love the intros from SK before each story. I think that is such a cool idea and I would love more short story collections to do that. 

I recommend The Bazaar of Bad Dreams for fans of Stephen King and short stories. 

October 18, 2016

And I Darken By: Kiersten White Review

Short Review Summary:
Damn this is a brutal book! 

Sorry guys! I've been meaning to post my review for this one for a while and I haven't. 

I had a great time reading And I Darken and Lada has become one of my favorite characters. I like how Lada is a different MC than usual. She's vicious! I also like how she isn't attractive like most YA MC's. Lada is such a unique character, especially in YA, and well I can't help but love an anti-hero! I do like Radu and Mehmed's characters as well. Especially Mehmed. There is something about him that I really like, but I don't know why to be honest. 

And I Darken hooked me from page one and I was swept away into the setting and the story. I love the idea of Vlad Dracul as a female. Pretty much the whole concept of this book is the definition of up my alley. I feel like I've been waiting for this book and I just never knew it. 

There's just so much going on in this novel. Badass MC, political intrigue, Vald Dracul alternate history, fantasy, love, unique characters, and of course BLOODY BETRAYALS! This book is so damn brutal and I love everything about it. I do have to say that I did see some things coming, but that's okay. It didn't ruin the enjoyment of the book for me at all.

Overall And I Darken is a magnificent book and I can't wait to read more of the series! This has become one of my favorite books and I hope the next book will be as good. C'mon 2017! I need the next book ASAP. 

I recommend And I Darken for anyone interested in a book that's like Game of Thrones meets Vlad Dracul with a kickass female MC. 

October 14, 2016

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer By: Michelle Hodkin Review

Short Review Summary: 
Book recommendations for the win! 

That's right I finally read it people!! I've had a ton of friends recommend this one to me and tell me that I would love it. Due to that, I bought the whole series back in August for my birthday. I'm glad I did buy the set, because I loved it! 

I did a buddy read with one of my best friends for this one and we sure did have a lot of fun trying to guess what was going on. We called/texted each other a lot with our guesses lol! I had quite a few ideas about what was happening, but I was mostly wrong. Which makes me really happy. I love books like this that are mysterious and keep you guessing. 

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer may be one of the best books I've read so far this year. For one, Mara is an UNRELIABLE Narrator and a darn good one too! I literally can't trust anything this girl says, sees, or does. I really love that and I hope there will be more of that in books two and three. Also, I like Noah and Jamie's characters quite a bit. I wish there had been more of Jamie in this book though and Noah seems a little too perfect which is pretty unrealistic. I never got too irritated by it though so I still gave the book five stars. 

UGH! Now I can't wait to read the next two books!! The writing is so smooth, addicting, and I'm pretty invested in the story now. I definitely feel like this is just the beginning of Mara'a story. There are still some questions that I have that weren't answered in this book. I desperately need more answers. 

Okay I have to tell you all that the romance may bother some people. For example, there is a part where Noah grabs the menu from Mara and proceeds to order for her. Which is not sexy, am I right? I hate this in books, but it happens often enough in novels that I can overlook it as long as it isn't overly done in the book. It's not in this one, but I realize this is a HUGE pet peeve for some readers and there are a couple of small parts like that throughout the book. 

Overall I LOVE The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and I can't believe I put it off for so long! I seriously had so many people tell me to read it for so long now. A big thanks to each one of you that told me I would love it, you were right. I feel like I'm the last person to read this series, but I'm hoping to read books two and three before October is over!

I recommend The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer for fans of YA paranormal romance books such as Fallen, Hush, Hush, and Obsidian. I also recommend this one for fans of books with unreliable narrators that keep you guessing. 

October 13, 2016

The Many By: Nathan Field Mini Review

Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of The Many By: Nathan Field in exchange for an honest review. 

Short Review Summary: 
Excellent psychological thriller with a touch of horror. 

The Many started off strong and I was immediately drawn into the story. I have to say that this thriller is not quite what I expected, but in a good way! There are a few surprises that made this one different from other thrillers and I definitely enjoyed that. One thing that surprised me is how dark The Many is! A few parts are pretty creepy and twisted. The book did lose a little bit of traction around the middle and it started to drag on. Luckily, this didn't last too long and it picked back up again. The ending is especially fast paced and intriguing. I wish the end had been explored even more, but hey I wouldn't say no to a sequel.

Overall The Many is an intoxicating thriller with twists and some excellent creepy parts. I would personally have to classify this one as thriller with a touch of horror due to some dark/violent parts. I really enjoyed this one, despite the short lull in the middle. I also love that I genuinely had no clue where the story was going to go. A psychological thriller with a fresh and unique take is always great in my opinion.

I recommend The Many for fans of False Memory (Dean Koontz), You (Caroline Kepnes), and American Horror Story. 

October 12, 2016

The Daemoniac By: Kat Ross Release Day Review

Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of The Daemoniac By: Kat Ross in exchange for an honest review. 

Short Review Summary:
Meh, but I'm the odd man out on this one. 

The Daemoniac started off interesting, but then it lost me about a quarter of the way in. At first I wasn't sure if I couldn't focus or if the book was boring. Since I then stopped and read two more books quickly, I figured out that it was the book. I got to thinking and I finally realized that I've read something somewhat similar to this recently. Stalking Jack the Ripper and this one have a few similarities, but Stalking Jack the Ripper is way better. If it wasn't for the fact that I just read that perhaps The Daemoniac would have been a little better for me. 

Another issue that I had with The Daemoniac is the lack of character connection. That was majorly missing for me and it's a shame because I really wanted to like Harry! I don't feel like I got to know her well enough. I really wanted the writing to be...richer. That's the only word I can think of right now to describe it because the writing is a bit flat. I did like some of the story line though and I love the classic detective/Sherlock feel mixed with Jack the Ripper. I wanted to find out all the answers to the mystery and that's the only thing that kept me reading. 

Overall The Daemoniac is an okay novel, but it's not great. I had a hard time with this one, but it wasn't absolutely horrible either. At first I couldn't decided whether to give this book 2 or 3 stars. I finally had to go with 2 stars because I ended up feeling too meh about the book as a whole. Honestly, this novel is pretty middle of the road for me and I have zero desire to continue with the series. 

I can't personally recommend The Daemoniac. However, other than my own review I've only seen super positive reviews for it. So if you're a fan of classic detective books and this sounds good to you then give it a try!