The Broken Bookshelf

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The Creeps — October 6, 2017

The Creeps

9780399579141

Wow! This books most definitely did not disappoint. The fact that it is horror based and a graphic novel is the reason I chose to read it in the first place. From everyday fears to crazy and absurd fears you couldn’t imagine in your wildest dreams, they are all in here and beautifully illustrated. I enjoyed the art because it is purely comic strip-like and gives you a feel of reading the comics section of a newspaper. The fears are wildly funny and some are so real, they’ll become your own fears, too. Do not read this at night! I’m joking, of course. I enjoyed it so much, I read it in ten minutes! This is definitely a book to have for all horror and comic book/graphic novel collectors!

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Overall: 5/5 Stars

*Going in and reading this, I had no idea it was a sequel! I’ll be picking up the first collection soon!*

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Review: Broken Promise (Promise Falls Trilogy, Book 1) — May 10, 2017

Review: Broken Promise (Promise Falls Trilogy, Book 1)

Recently, I’ve been going through reading all of Linwood Barclay’s novels, as he is an amazing thriller writer. I’ve made a good size dent in them, but this has been one of my favorite trilogies thus far. The Promise Falls Trilogy. But let’s take it one book at a time.

Let’s get started.

5/5 Stars

Broken Promise.

Broken+Promise+US+HB

We start in a small town in New York state, the main narrator being David Harwood. Barclay likes to jump around with his characters so that you can get the full story , with all characters being told in third person and the narrator in first person. Promise Falls is your average small town, filled with a sense of community closeness and big hidden secrets. Harwood and his son (his wife is deceased) have to move back to the Falls because of financial reasons and he’s hardly home with his big job at the Boston Globe, so he moves back in with his parents until he can find them a place. Then, his job is lost, the local newspaper shutting down for good because we’re in the golden age of media, and rarely do people read their news in print.

From this point, Harwood helps his cousin (mom’s sister’s daughter), because she’s not ‘in the right mind’. Upon arrival at her house with food from his mother, he discovers that his cousin has a baby. That’s odd, because she doesn’t have children. Well, it turns out, an ‘angel’ delivered this baby to her, to make up for the baby she lost before. Might I mention that she also has attempted to steal a baby from the hospital shortly after she ‘lost’ her own, but since her mother is head of the hospital, she managed to quieten the situation to protect her daughter.

Before I get ahead of myself, I’m going to stop the review in detail right there. I love reviews, but hate in-depth spoilers, and trust me when I say I can’t go into much more detail without giving the story away. I just hope it’s enough of a hook to make you read it.

I will say this, though. Throughout this book, and the trilogy, everyone and their stories are connected. Whether or not it seems like it at first, they are. This book was filled with action and thrills from start to finish, and the end will only leave you wanting more. I picked up the first two books at the same time, and ordered the third (which released in Nov. 2016) as soon as I could. The first book took me some time, but the second i read within a week, and the third within 2 days. This story is insane and leaves you wanting more.

Review: Landline — December 16, 2016

Review: Landline

*This review contains spoilers, read at your own risk, or jump down to the *** near the end for the briefest review you’ll need without spoiling it for yourself**
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Start Date: December 12th, 2016
Finish Date: December 15th, 2016
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 stars

This book combines a lot of my favorite things all into one: “time travel”, marriage, children, and a “not-too-sappy” love story. I enjoy YA novels, but much more enjoy then when they are geared towards older, married/have children, audience.

Georgie (main character) and her husband Neal, who have 2 young daughters, have been together since college and married for ~15 years. She and Neal are polar opposites in their work fields, he studied oceanography (now a stay-at-home dad) and she became a sitcom writer. She loves California, grew up there, and is required to stay there for her job. Neal would love to move back home to Nebraska, but sacrifices this for Georgie and her career. The present Christmas, Georgie and Neal are supposed to go home to Neal’s family like they do every year. However, because Georgie and her best friend/writing partner, Seth, have landed the biggest deal yet on making their own TV show, but the deadline makes her need to be home during the time they are supposed to go to Nebraska.

Naturally, Georgie stays for her career and best friend, but instead of Neal staying with her and being with her for Christmas, he up and leaves with the girls in tow to Nebraska. This is where I, personally speaking as a mom and wife, would just say it can wait until after Christmas and just go and be with my family. But no, she still stays. As many times as she tries to contact him, though, he never answers. So, she thinks that this may be the last straw to a never-ending argument that has been going on for years, where Georgie always puts herself first and never considers Neal’s feelings whatsoever. I mean, go be with your family, the show and Seth will still be here until you get back. Jeez, at the very least take your laptop with you and do your writing and send it to Seth while you’re up there.

While she can’t get Neal to answer her, she doesn’t want to go home to an empty house. She instead goes to stay at her mother’s house with her, her step-dad, and sister (who is still in high school, so her and Georgie have a significant amount of years between them). She stays in her old room, which hasn’t been changed much since she left for college many years ago, and she sees and old (yet still new) rotary landline phone. Here’s where things get interesting. Since she doesn’t want to go home, where her chargers are, her cell is dead 99% of the time, so to try to get a hold of Neal, she uses the landline. When she calls, Neal’s mother answers, then she gets Neal, but he sounds different. Younger. And then she hears Neal’s dad. Who’s been deceased for years. Odd.

Upon several conversations over the next few days, she realizes that she is talking to the young Neal. From when they were in college, before they got engaged, married, and had kids. She’s also worried that her talking to him might alter their current future where they are married with children. So, she has to be careful on what she says, otherwise she might end up talking Neal out of marrying her and therefore end her current life as she knows it.

***This is a story of love, family, and not taking for granted what and who you have. This is by far one of the better love stories I’ve read, especially in the YA genre. I highly recommend reading this around Christmas time because of the feels. Also, if you have any doubts on this book because you read Fangirl, please put that judgement aside, because this is definitely a book you want to read. I don’t enjoy sappy love stories and this is not one of those. This hit the nail on the head as far as what “real” relationships and marriages are like. Don’t miss out.***

UPDATE — December 15, 2016

UPDATE

Update on LANDLINE.

Let me just say, I’ve almost finished this book and I’ve read over 200 pages in the last 24 hours. I am almost finished which is a far cry from where I was at in the book a few days ago. I am hooked. I wasn’t a fan of Fangirl who has the same author (Rainbow Rowell) so I was a little bit skeptical to read it because I didn’t really like the writing style. Honestly, the only thing that did pull me in was the plot.

Needless to say, I’m very happy with myself for going against my ‘better’ and initial judgement and gut feelings.

 

Review to follow soon! Happy Holidays!