2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
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Book Review Blurb: Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock

This was a deliciously dishy, silly, fun, sweet story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read it while at the beach, and that was absolutely the perfect place for it. There are startling moments of clarity and instances of brilliant insight into The Human Condition, particularly our obsession with fame, that I found spot-on relevant to the world in which we all seem to find ourselves these days. It was a fun read, utterly entertaining, and exactly what I needed after a series of very heavy and very dramatic fic books. I’m definitely keeping Heacock on my TBR list!

My review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Crashing the A-List releases in the U.S. on July 9, 2019.

Book Review: In the Shadow of Spindrift House by Mira Grant

Well that was unbelievably disappointing… I can honestly say that I’ve never said that about a Mira Grant before – and only about one Seanan McGuire (Sparrow Hill Road, if you’re curious). This one had such promise – but it never felt like it settled into itself and it rushed its revelations and conclusions in a way that felt wholly unlike Grant’s other works (or McGuire’s, for that matter). But the weirdest thing is how much this one felt like Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids – from the teen sleuths grown up to the creepy house to the Dagon/Cthulhu/Lovecraft mythology. I don’t know if that was intentional or just a really bizarre coincidence – and such coincidences DO happen – but it threw me because the Cantero was one of my favorite of his books (and that’s saying something)… Continue reading Book Review: In the Shadow of Spindrift House by Mira Grant

Book Review: Die Back (The Alchimeia) by Richard Hacker

I really liked the beginning of this one, but somewhere in the middle it started to lose the larger story in the threads of the smaller, time traveling, ones – and that’s where it started to lose me…

This is a great concept and an original take on time travel – which is becoming an increasingly uncommon thing to be able to say, given the proliferation of the topic practically into its own genre. The idea of the pens and traveling into the minds of the dead worked. It opened up almost limitless possibilities for mini-stories and sub-plots, and I really liked that – at first. But once the characters started spending more and more time locked in their traveled-into personae, I felt like the main purpose of the book (uncovering/foiling the plot by Kairos) got subsumed and floundered for a bit. Continue reading Book Review: Die Back (The Alchimeia) by Richard Hacker

Book Review: Wild and Crazy Guys by Nick de Semlyen

I am a HUGE fan of the original SNL cast, and this behind-the-scenes peek into their career development paths was a fascinating – as well as thoroughly entertaining – one. Martin, Murray, Chase, Belushi, Ackroyd, Murphy – these are THE men of comedy in my mind, given that I was born in 1973 and came of age as their careers did. The backstory on how they moved from stand up artists and sketch comics to media powerhouses was engaging, interesting, and of course full of the side notes and tidbits that make such “this is how it all began” books so fun to read… Continue reading Book Review: Wild and Crazy Guys by Nick de Semlyen

Book Review: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

I enjoyed reading this one, as I enjoy everything he writes, although I must confess that I found this one more eye-rolling in it’s big reveal then either of the previous books he has written. I understand that he takes on Horror Story / movie tropes and stereotypes and then gives them his particular spin. It’s one of the things I enjoy, since I find myself too much of a scaredy-cat to watch those movies, but thoroughly enjoy the types of tales that they tell. His books are a perfect antidote to that, because somehow even though my imagination is incredibly vivid, what I conjure doesn’t disturb me in the same way as what I watch on a big screen. Continue reading Book Review: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

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