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My NetGalley Books

NetGalley

I have been a member of NetGalley for a little under a year now but I am in love with this site. It allows me to request books that have yet to be published or already published. In every genre there are tons of books up for request. I wanted to share with you a few  books that I have been so blessed with reviewing! I hope you find these books as interesting as I do!!

Areana by Holly Jennings ~ Publication date April 5th, 2016

A fast-paced and gripping near-future science fiction debut about the gritty world of competitive gaming…
 
Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV.
She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier…
 
The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator—leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.

And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game—and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems.

The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside…
 

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy ~ Publication Date Mar 1, 2016

Grief turned Jaycee into a daredevil, but can she dare to deal with her past?

On the anniversary of her daredevil brother’s death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake’s favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother’s exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind.

As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What she doesn’t bargain on is her eccentric band of friends who challenge her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.

The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston ~ Publication Date Feb. 1,2016

Lie, torture, kill—there’s nothing Chris and Derek wouldn’t do for their younger brothers…

When Chris wakes up tied to a chair in a dark basement, he knows that he’s trapped—and why. He shot and killed Derek’s little brother. He had his reasons, but no matter how far Derek goes to uncover the truth about that night, Chris’s story won’t change. It can’t. There is far too much at stake…

Derek is desperate to prove his brother didn’t deserve to die. And if kidnapping his brother’s killer is the only way to the truth, than he’ll go to extremes. But Chris’s truth is far more dangerous than Derek could have imagined, and knowing could cost both their lives…

The Children's Home

The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert ~ Publication Date Jan. 5th, 2016

For fans of Shirley Jackson, Neil Gaiman, Roald Dahl, and Edward Gorey, a beguiling and disarming debut novel from an award-winning British author about a mysterious group of children who appear to a disfigured recluse and his country doctor,and the startling revelations their behavior evokes.

In a sprawling estate, willfully secluded, lives Morgan Fletcher, the disfigured heir to a fortune of mysterious origins. Morgan spends his days in quiet study, avoiding his reflection in mirrors and the lake at the end of his garden. One day, two children, Moira and David, appear. Morgan takes them in, giving them free reign of the mansion he shares with his housekeeper Engel. Then more children begin to show up.

Dr. Crane, the town physician and Morgan’s lone tether to the outside world, is as taken with the children as Morgan, and begins to spend more time in Morgan’s library. But the children behave strangely. They show a prescient understanding of Morgan’s past, and their bizarre discoveries in the mansion attics grow increasingly disturbing. Every day the children seem to disappear into the hidden rooms of the estate, and perhaps, into the hidden corners of Morgan’s mind.

The Children’s Home is a genre-defying, utterly bewitching masterwork, an inversion of modern fairy tales like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Golden Compass, in which children visit faraway lands to accomplish elusive tasks. Lambert writes from the perspective of the visited, weaving elements of psychological suspense, Jamesian stream of consciousness, and neo-gothic horror, to reveal the inescapable effects of abandonment, isolation, and the grotesque – as well as the glimmers of goodness – buried deep within the soul.

Into A Million Pieces by Angela V. Cook ~ Publication date Jan 27, 2015

Allison McKready is a succubus. So is her twin sister. But while Allison spends her summer break hiding in the library behind her Goth makeup, Jade fools around as often as she can. Allison can’t believe Jade would ignore their mother’s fatal example so recklessly, but concealing a cursed bloodline and its dangerous effects is far from Allison’s only problem. Mean girl Julie’s snob mob is determined to ruin her summer, and Aunt Sarah’s Bible thumping is getting louder. Only her new friend, Ren Fisher, offers safe haven from the chaos of her life.

When one of Jade’s risky dates leads to humiliation and sudden tragedy, Allison reels, and Ren catches her. But as her feelings for him grow, so does her fear that she’ll hurt him—or worse—in an unguarded moment. The choice is coming—love him or save him—but Allison might not live to make it. One way or another, the curse will have its due.

Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz ~ Publication Date Dec 8th, 2016

THE MUST-READ THRILLER OF THE YEAR: Featuring the most exhilarating heroine in memory and a sophisticated, endlessly ingenious, brilliantly paced narrative through dark territory and deep mystery, this is a new milestone in literary suspense and a major new breakout book from the long acclaimed master.

At twenty-two, Bibi Blair’s doctors tell her that she’s dying. Two days later, she’s impossibly cured. Fierce, funny, dauntless, she becomes obsessed with the idea that she was spared because she is meant to save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell. This proves to be a dangerous idea. Searching for Ashley Bell, ricocheting through a southern California landscape that proves strange and malevolent in the extreme, Bibi is plunged into a world of crime and conspiracy, following a trail of mysteries that become more sinister and tangled with every twisting turn.

Unprecedented in scope, infinite in heart, Ashley Bell is a magnificent achievement that will capture lovers of dark psychological suspense, literary thrillers, and modern classics of mystery and adventure. Beautifully written, at once lyrical and as fast as a bullet, here is the most irresistible novel of the decade.

If you are a book blogger, reviewer, or perhaps just a big fan of literature, you should really check out NetGalley. Its one of the best sites I have joined!!!

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*all synopsis and photos are from Goodreads*

The Dogs Book Review!!!

The Dogs

The Dogs by Allan Stratton

*ebook sent from NetGalley for Review!*

Synopsis

Cameron and his mom have been on the run for five years. His father is hunting them. At least, that’s what Cameron’s been told.

When they settle in an isolated farmhouse, Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren’t possible. Soon he’s questioning everything he thought he knew and even his sanity.

What’s hiding in the night? Buried in the past? Cameron must uncover the dark secrets before they tear him apart.

 

My Thoughts

This book had me looking behind my back and getting creeped out if I read it outside at night. It follows Cameron and his mom as they have to move away because she believes that her ex is following them and will hurt or even kill them if he catches them. I applaud the author for touching on the subjects of both domestic violence and abuse.

Cameron and his mom are both very strong characters. He just wants to live a normal life and she is just trying to get away from her ex and past. When the move out into the country and that is where the story really picks up. Cameron befriends a boy named Jacky that used to live in the farmhouse they moved into. Only Jacky is a ghost. He tries to lead Cameron onto the right path of what happened to himself and his mother. Doesn’t seem to much of dumb luck that landed Cameron and his mom in that house. Cameron then goes on what almost seems like a wild goose chase to find out what exactly happened to Jacky and his mom, mostly because he believes the same thing with happen to himself and his own mother.

This book is full of suspense and kept me turning the page to find out what happens next. THANK YOU NETGALLEY!!!

 

 

 Rating 3.75 stars!!!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Allan Stratton

ALLAN STRATTON is the internationally acclaimed author of CHANDA’S SECRETS, winner of the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Honor Book, the Children’s Africana Book Award, and ALA Booklist’s Editor’s Choice among others. His first YA novel was the ALA Best Book LESLIE’S JOURNAL. His latest, CHANDA’S WARS, a Junior Library Guild selection, won the Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Canadian Book Award, 2009, and is on the CCBC Best Books List.

The German/South African film version of CHANDA’S SECRETS has been named an Official Selection of the 2010 Cannes International Film festival. the film title is LIFE ABOVE ALL. You can read about Allan’s experiences on set on the December posts of his blog.

Allan’s new novel, BORDERLINE, a coming-of-age mystery/thriller, came out in March 2010 from HarperCollins with starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal and raves in Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and Quill and quire..

He loves travel, cats and dogs, ice cream, working out, doing readings and workshops — and, oh yes, meeting readers!

Goodreads ~ Amazon

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!

Jeff Strand

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)

Library Haul #7

The picture above is the outside of one of my local libraries. It is located in Port Orange, Fl.

I had to drop off some of my beautiful books back off to the library today. I wasn’t going to be able to get to them in time. I did however find some smaller novels that I hope I can finish this month along with my Library Haul #6 list.

Slammed (Slammed, #1)

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

I have been wanting to hop on the Colleen Hoover train for some time now. I did read Never Never pt 1 awhile ago and loved it. Colleen is such a beautiful writer and is funny as all get out. I laugh so much when I watch her videos on her Facebook page. So I found Slammed at the library and I have only heard great things about it.

Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

I heard about this one on the BookTube a lot and I thought I would try it out. The tag line says “Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.” Yea so Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie of all time and I also enjoyed Graceling a lot. (Even though I haven’t finished it yet *face palm)

The Bones of You

The Bones of You by Debbie Howells

This one I have been trying to get via NetGalley but I didn’t get it. So I was so excited to see it in the library today. If I like it I may end up buying it but I would want this cover.

so pretty ^^

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

I grabbed this one mostly because it is a smaller book but also I’ve heard great things about this as well. I haven’t read almost no contemporaries and I am trying to fix that. Im more of a horror fan….hope there isnt anything wrong with me…hehe

The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell

I don’t know to much about this book but Whitney over at WhittyNovels on BookTube said that it was wonderful. I trust her opinion so I am giving it ago this week.

Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)

Frozen By Melissa De La Cruz & Michael Johnston

Lastly we have Frozen Book One in the Heart of Dread Trilogy….Series. I’m not sure which. It only has one review on Goodreads but it sounds very very interesting. I think I maybe diving into this book first out of all of them just due to the fact that Rachel Morgan gave it 4 out of 5 stars and I trust her opinion as well.

I hope you guys like my new Library Picks. Please comment down below if you have read any of these and what you thought about them. I would love to chat about them….until then.

Happy Reading!!

Manga Classics- Les Miserables Review

Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love and tragedy set in 19th century France is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition!

Gorgeous and expressive art brings to life the unforgettable stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the tragic Fantine in this epic adaptation of Les Misérables! (Goodreads)

If you have no idea what this book/play/movie is about…then why not?

Here is a synopsis of Victor Hugo’s classic.

Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean – the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. In Les Misérables Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them onto the barricades during the uprising of 1832.

Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait which resulted is larger than life, epic in scope – an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart.

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I saw this book on NetGalley awhile ago and requested it for a review. Due to technical difficulties I was not able to download the book to my kindle nor get it in the mail. When I went to the library last week and found it in the graphic novel section. I was so excited to check it out.

I love this story and all of its characters. It is on my bucket list to see it on stage. It has always held a special place in my heart since I was in drama in high school. We all would sit around and sing the songs. There were times we even acted out the parts. I didn’t but  I couldn’t look away from my friends.

I also love manga and in this particular manga classic the art work is so gorgeous. I have always though that Jean Valjean was a super good looking man but goodness did the artists make him even more handsome. He is my favorite character in the book and he always has been. He is dedicated and loving towards everyone.

Fantine’s story is so tragic and every time  I either read it or mostly watch the movie version I bawl my eyes out. She loves her daughter so much and you can feel it in her words.

They are my two favorite characters.

I would love to read the other manga classics that are in this series one day!!

Alice Book Review

Alice by Christina Henry

~~Synopsis~~

A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll…

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice. (Amazon)

~~Review~~

I received this e-book from the PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet off of the NetGalley website. I asked for this book so I can read and review it. I’ve always loved the story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. I have read and watched most other adaptations of the story and my favorite take on it was Tim Burton’s film adaptaion.

I love Tim Burton’s work and thought that this was a pretty dark reprise from the book and Disney movie I am accustomed to. Man was I wrong.

Christina Henry’s take on this beloved story will have me looking at it differently from now on. If you are uncomfortable with reading about rape and gruesome killing then this book is not for you. It didn’t get to descriptive in the rape scenes but it does leave a bad taste in your mouth and drives you to want them to die in horrific ways, well maybe it is just me.

This story starts out with Alice in an insane asylum and cant remember her past. All she has are nightmares about a tall Rabbit with long ears. In the room next to her is a man who also can’t remember his past, his name is Hatcher. He received this name for the fact that the police found him surrounded by 5 men whom he dispatched with an axe, or hatchet.

The asylum goes up in flames and they escape. In the fire though they also released the Jabberwok, the creature that haunts Hatcher. They then go on this epic adventure in search of the Rabbit and all of those that harmed Alice and Hatcher in order to stop the Jabberwok from destroying the city.

I loved the story even though at times it caused me to squirm in my seat. I did find the ending both very well deserved but also a little underwhelming. I did enjoy it very much and would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a new dark twist on a classic.

5/5