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Sins of Smoke Review

Sins of Smoke

Short Story/ Paperback/ 57 pages

*received for honest review*

Synopsis

When Cooper’s brother discovers he’s won a second chance with the girl that recently broke his heart, Cooper decides to tag along to the Coyote Inn. Knowing that his gang will likely be up to their old tricks they chase the setting sun with a smile on their faces.

However, the night takes a turn when a darkness that has stalked the town for ages past finds a new vessel. A horror hidden in the depths of children’s ghost stories.

At what point in our lives do we forget to believe in monsters?

My Thoughts

It has been awhile since I have read a “horror” book but this short story did nothing but impress me. I was instantly hooked while reading the first two pages just by the way the characters talked. It felt like it is based in the days of the Wild West but I asked the author in what time period and he told me its more in the 80’s but still out in the old west. If that makes sense.

I really enjoyed all the characters in the story and how Daniel was able to write them all so well that made it real easy to imagine them and the setting. I felt as if I was there experiencing the terror that comes upon this group of friends. It had a wonderful similarity for me to Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher, (*spoiler for those who haven’t read Dreamcatcher*),it didn’t have to do with aliens. It was more the fact that the main character, Cooper, and his closest friends have to face a terrible evil together.

It kept me turning the pages to see what happens next and it did make me jump at one part in the story. If you are looking for a quick and scary read, definitely pick up this book. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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About the Author

Daniel Willcocks

Daniel Willcocks is a Lincoln, UK-based writer, proofreader, and copy-editor. He lives with his fiancé and baby son, and enjoys writing horror/fantasy, playing guitar, and promoting local talent within the community.

After enjoying recent success with his latest novella ‘Sins of Smoke’ which reached the #1 spot on Amazon Kindle’s short horror story category over Halloween, Dan is working on a collection of short stories, as well as setting plans in place for a novel in 2016.

Dan is also a part of digital story production studio Hawk & Cleaver. Find more on their site at www.hawkandcleaver.com

You can find the latest updates from Daniel Willcocks on Facebook and Instagram (@WillcocksAuthor)

(Goodreads Page)

 

My Year in Books-2015 Edition

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This year has been one of the best in the last 10 years. One of the things that made it so much better is that I decided to dedicate more time to reading. I have always had the love for the written word and the worlds they take me to.

Also this year was the first time I started this blog and became more apart of the book community on social medias. I have made so many new friends and I am so thankful for all of you.

I was able to reach and will exceed my reading goal of 60 books this year. I will link all of my social media pages and Goodreads at the bottom. Feel free to add me on any of them. I am so looking forward to 2016 and the all of the books that I will be reading.

Here is the list of books that I have read this year. Let me know if you read any of them and what you thought of them. Any recommendations are more than welcome.

My year in Books

 

Whew! That was a lot of links. I can not wait to start my next book and join in on the fun with BookTubeAThon that starts tomorrow!!

 

Thanks for all the fun times and remember…..

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Workhaul Bookhaul!

Today at work I found some books that had very cool covers. The premise of all the books intrigued me also.

Wolf in White Van

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Synopsis

Welcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of 17, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in Southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian – a text-based, role playing game played through the mail – Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America. Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tunneling toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live.

Brilliantly constructed, Wolf in White Van unfolds in reverse until we arrive at both the beginning and the climax: the event that has shaped so much of Sean’s life. Beautifully written and unexpectedly moving, John Darnielle’s audacious and gripping debut novel is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary delicacy. (Goodreads)

Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb
Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Unbridled Books

Synopsis

No other obsession strikes as hard as the love that hits a teenaged boy — especially if he’s the sort of kid who is no saner than he wants to be. From the moment Adam Webb sees Francine Haggard—in the van that is supposed to return them to the Institute Loiseaux—the two young mental patients are inextricably connected. Adam will never let this girl go.

From hiding her in his bedroom to spiriting her away to Minnesota’s north woods, “Miss Entropia” becomes the focus of Adam’s every thought and of everything he does. He believes her to be a goddess, his own goddess.

But the pyromaniacal Miss Entropia will be neither worshiped nor owned. And so Adam’s possessiveness is destined to push her to the breaking point.
Theirs is an incendiary love story, an unbalanced Romeo and Juliet, that spins and arcs its way strangely toward tragedy.(Goodreads)

The Devil All the Time
The Devil All The Time by Donald Ray Pollock
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Anchor

Synopsis

In the backwoods of Ohio, Willard Russell’s wife is succumbing to cancer, no matter how much he drinks, prays, or sacrifices animals at his “prayer log.” Meanwhile, his son Arvin is growing up, from a kid bullied at school into a man who knows when to take action. Around them swirl a nefarious cast of characters—a demented team of serial killers, a spider-eating preacher, and a corrupt local sheriff—all braided into a riveting narrative of the grittiest American grain. (Goodreads)

Everything Is Illuminated

Everything is Illuminated by Safran Foer

Paperback, 276 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Harper Perennia

Synopsis

A young man arrives in Ukraine, clutching in his hand a tattered photograph. He is searching for the woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Unfortunately, he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into bizarre new forms; a ‘blind’ old man haunted by memories of the war; and an undersexed guide dog named Sammy David Jr, Jr. What they are looking for seems elusive – a truth hidden behind veils of time, language and the horrors of war. What they find turns all their worlds upside down…

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Paperback, 335 pages
Published September 6th 2007 by Riverhead Books

Synopsis

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukú — the ancient curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still dreaming of his first kiss, is only its most recent victim – until the fateful summer that he decides to be its last. (Goodreads)

Get Me Out of Here

Get Me Out of Here by Henry Sutton

Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Europa Editions

Synopsis

Set in London in autumn 2008, Matt Freeman is tired of the hollow corporate life and empty consumerism around him and desperately searches for a means of escape. Get Me Out of Hereis a novel of comic anger, success and failure – and, fundamentally, belief – in a wornout city.

 

 

Like I said a very interesting bookhaul today. They all sound great though!!!

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Library Book Haul ~Arcs

This is one of the local libraries here in Volusia County, Florida. It is located in Port Orange and I have been going to this library since 1992. I have thrown many pennies into that fountain and wished for many things…some of which have came true. I love that my kids now also love this library and always ask if they can throw their own coins into the fountain.

I was at work yesterday and I had the strongest urge to go to this library. They always have books for sale and for really cheap prices. Their paperbacks range from 25-50 cents up to hardcovers at $2. I haven’t really seen anything there in the last few weeks that caught my eye but yesterday they exceeded my expectations.

I was able to find 13 books and most of them are Arcs. Most of them just got published this year in the past 4 months. I also found some awesome published books and 2 Arcs that are coming out next year! So I’ll start with those. If you want to know the synopsis to these beautiful books I have linked the Goodreads pages with all of them!!

Behind the Canvas

Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Saving Montgomery Sole
240 pages
Expected publication: April 19th 2016 by Roaring Brook Press

Arcs that Have Come Out This Year

The Devil's Dreamcatcher (The Devil's, #2)

The Devil’s Dreamcatcher by Donna Hosie

272 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Holiday House
Tell the Story to Its End
208 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Breakaway
290 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
The Weight of Feathers
320 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Thomas Dunne
Unspoken (Shadow Falls: After Dark, #3)
416 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by St. Martin’s Press

Finished Books

 

Dark Places

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

349 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Shaye Areheart Books
Now my Gillian Flynn “Trilogy” is complete!!
Regenesis
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Doubleday Canada
LOVE THIS COVER!!!!
Zeroboxer
Paperback, 360 pages
Published April 8th 2015 by Flux
Looks really good!
Gone Too Far
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
Until We Meet Again
322 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
Everything That Makes You
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Heard this one was good!

Wrap Up

 

I bought 13 books in total, 1 hardcover and 12 paperbacks. I only paid $5 for all of them.

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Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these or are looking forward to reading them! Tell me what you thought. NO SPOILERS!!

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The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever Made~ Review

Paperback, 272 pages
Expected publication: March 1st 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

*received through Netgalley for an honest review*

Synopsis

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever is so bad, it could wake the dead…

After producing three horror films that went mostly ignored on YouTube, Justin and his film making buddies decide it’s time to make something epic. In fact, they’re going to make The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. They may not have money or a script, but they have passion. And, after a rash text message, they also have the beautiful Alicia Howtz as the lead.

Hemmed in by a one-month timeline and a cast of uncooperative extras, but aching to fulfill Alicia’s dreams, Justin must face the sad, sad truth: he may, in actuality, be producing The Worst Zombie Movie Ever. (GR)

 

My Thoughts

This was just the book I needed to get out of this reading rut I have been in this month. I had no idea what this book was about except it had something to do with zombies. That is all I needed to read. I am a BIG fan of zombies and everything about them.

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Anything with Zombies is a great time.

The story follows three best friends, Justin (director), Gabe (producer) and Bobby (Sound Guy ) who want to make The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. Justin has a very vivid imagination and vision for his movie and even wants to be just as good as George A. Romero one day (big dreams if you ask me).

Throughout this book though they encounter obstacles that throw all kinds of monkey wrenches into the production of the film. They go from needing to borrow money from Justin’s grandma, who has her own muscle, to a somewhat unstable female lead actress named Alicia.

I can’t say to much about this without spoiling all of the fun but if you like zombies at all and want to read about how The Greatest Zombie Ever Made came about then read this book. Its a very fast read and I laughed the entire way through it!

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About Jeff Strand

Author of a bunch of demented books, including PRESSURE, DWELLER, A BAD DAY FOR VOODOO, WOLF HUNT, SINGLE WHITE PSYCHOPATH SEEKS SAME, BENJAMIN’S PARASITE, FANGBOY, THE SINISTER MR. CORPSE, and lots of others. Three-time Bram Stoker Award finalist. Three-time Bram Stoker Award loser. Four-time Bram Stoker Award Master of Ceremonies. (GR)

#Cramathon 2015 Winter Edition

2015 #CRAMATHON:
December 19th (12 AM)-December 22nd (12 AM)

I am so excited that Whitney over on Booktube @Whittynovels is hosting Cramathon again!! I participated in the summer edition of Cramathon and had so much fun. It is an awesome way to read all of the little books that are piling up in the corners of your room.

There are some challenges that goes along with this. I am not sure exactly if I will be able to follow all of those but I am going to try. I have my girl’s brithday party on the same weekend so I don’t know how much reading i am going to get done.

@cramathon twitter: https://twitter.com/CramAThon

Challenges

1. read an audiobook or ebook
2. read a bindup
3. finish a series/read the last book of a series
4. read a book under 200 pages
5. Finish a book you DNF’ed
6. Read a graphic novel series (or as many graphic novels as you can)
7. Read 5 books total

My #Cramathon TBR

 I received this book awhile ago and I couldnt get through it. SO this will fall under my challenge #5 Finish a DNF’ed book.

    

 

These are definitely subject to change and probably will. I hope I can get to all of these. They seem to be the smallest books that I can see from my couch on my TBR bookshelf.

 

 

Work Haul Book Haul

I need to apologize to all of you. I have not been on in such a long time. Mostly its due to stress and being extremely busy and some of it is due to getting addicted to cross stitching, also Netflix. Plus I have been in a reading slump. I am going to be getting myself out of it though.

Anywho….

I wanted to give you a look at this months book haul from my job.

I saw a preview for MTV’s new series, The Shannara Chronicles. I know that it is also a massive fantasy series by Terry Brooks. So when I opened a box at work and saw 9 , basically brand new, paperbacks of this series I had to buy them.

I have not read any of these books in this massive series. Do any of you know about if I can just read these as separate trilogies or do I need to get all 41 books??

An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time.

The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide — for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul.

A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life — and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne’s care and takes up residence in her huge stone house. But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only twenty-seven sculptures left to complete — and her time on earth will be finished. (The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Last but not lease I found this paperback.

Chasing Innocence

‘That poor little body, passed from pillar to post, all those things that will be asked of her. All those tears and years wondering why her father betrayed her.’

Sarah Sawacki’s past has made her a survivor. At the age of 28 her life is the best it has ever been. When she sees ten-year-old Andrea being kidnapped, her every instinct is to turn away. Sarah can only follow, journeying beyond reason for an innocence she little knew.

Andrea’s father is ex-forces and struggling in a civilian world he cares nothing for. Only now his daughter is missing, has he realised how precious she is. Teamed with Sarah’s husband, they use the trail left by Sarah to hunt for Andrea.

Legendary detective Francis Boer is dying. He will call upon all his intuition and experience as he works to discover why Andrea was targeted in the first place. His hope is not to catch the guilty, but to save one last innocent.

Chasing Innocence is a thrilling debut that blends fast narrative and intense action with an enthralling story.
From the Publisher
Chasing Innocence is a thrilling debut that blends fast narrative and intense action with an enthralling story. (Goodreads)

I am hoping to get back into the swing of things soon. Thank you for your patience!

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Fire Falling Review

Title: Fire Falling, Book Two of Air Awakens

Publication Date: November 19th, 2015

Author: Elise Kova

Summary:

Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

My Thoughts:

I received Fire Falling in exchange for an honest review and oh buddy!

I fell in love with Air Awakens and that book had my blood pumping. Fire Falling kept my attention and focus, once I actually had time to read it. It took me about a day and a half to read the whole book. It is a very fast read just like the first book. I can not believe I didn’t just read it when it was delivered at my door. I should of ripped the package open and stayed outside and read the whole thing. BUT life got in the way and it was pushed back. Sorry Elise.

Once again I am thrust into this beautiful world that she has created. I love that we get to see more of the country and more background on some of the lesser characters. I do like them all but Daniel and Larel are by far my favorite. We also get to see a different side to Aldrik. I loved his character the most in the first book and now even more. Vhalla’s character keeps developing more and more deeply that I can’t wait to turn the page to see what happens next. Their relationship is probably one of the most angsty ones I have ever read and I’ve caught myself yelling at the book because the intensity was so great.

Can we just talk about the magic used in this series? It is reminiscent of Avatar: The Last Airbender only because Vhalla is the first Windwalker in a very long time. The fight scenes with the use of magic is so detailed but easy to follow. Vhalla and Aldrik are already Bonded but he teaches her how to Channel her powers and she learns to Project her magic. Which is pretty much astral projection!! So freaking cool!! I would love to see this series turned into movies!!!!

Anyways I will stop fan girling for minute and tell you guys that the beginning to the end of this book is amazing. I would give it a solid 5 out of 5 stars even though it ripped my heart out. Can’t wait for the next book in the series, Earth’s End!

Thank you Elise Kova for sharing your magic with me!!

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Author Bio:

Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in St.Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook.

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Small BookHaul

I left work today and before I went home I decided to swing into my local GoodWill store just to peruse the book section. Last time we came here it was a mess. There was no organization what so ever but this time it was a little bit organized. They obviously got an employee with some common sense.

First book I found was:

The City by Dean Koontz

As you all might now I have a slight obsession with Dean Koontz’s work. This came out last year along with the next book I will show you. BUT this one is SIGNED!!!! I was so excited to see that it was. I would of given them all of the money I had just for this one book. They however only charge .99 for hardcovers…OMG!

Which Leads me to my next find Innocence by Dean Koontz. Hardcover!

I am in heaven people!!!

172 Hours on the Moon

This was a shocking find. Not only because I have been wanting to get it but because it is an ARC copy! .50 I think I can do .50!!

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

I only own the first book to this amazing series and regrettably I’ve only read the first. This copy though is in perfect condition and for .50 I couldn’t pass it up.

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

I have only heard good things about this book so I had to grab it. I mean it won 3 medals so it must be good….right?

OK everyone thank you for looking at my latest bookhaul. If you are reading or have read any of these please leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of them!!

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New Adventure!!

I am going to be opening my own used bookstore. I will be using Instagram to shoe what I am selling. They will be priced decently and there will be a shipping charge. For right now I will be shipping only in the US but that may change depending on how well I do.

I want to raise money to help out in the household. I do not have a regular job but I do have a ton of books. Most of which I will not read or ever will.

Thank you for looking and if you want to check out the page and purchase some of my books here is my IG information:

nerdigirlbookstore

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