Waiting on Wednesday | The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry

April 22, 2020 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday | The Ghost Tree by Christina HenryThe Ghost Tree by Christina Henry
Published by Berkley Books on October 6, 2020
Pages: 432
Genres: Horror, Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: Paperback
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Audible
Goodreads

Also by this author: Alice, Red Queen, Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook

When people go missing in the sleepy town of Smith's Hollow, the only clue to their fate comes when a teenager starts having terrifying visions, in a chilling horror novel from national bestselling author Christina Henry.

When the bodies of two girls are found torn apart in the town of Smiths Hollow, Lauren is surprised, but she also expects that the police won't find the killer. After all, the year before her father's body was found with his heart missing, and since then everyone has moved on. Even her best friend, Miranda, has become more interested in boys than in spending time at the old ghost tree, the way they used to when they were kids.

So when Lauren has a vision of a monster dragging the remains of the girls through the woods, she knows she can't just do nothing. Not like the rest of her town. But as she draws closer to answers, she realizes that the foundation of her seemingly normal town might be rotten at the center. And that if nobody else stands for the missing, she will.

About Christina Henry

CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the CHRONICLES OF ALICE duology, ALICE and RED QUEEN, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and BLACK SPRING) featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle Beezle.

ALICE was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year in Science Fiction and Fantasy for 2015. It was also a Goodreads Choice Award nominee in Horror and one of Barnes & Noble’s Bestselling Science Fiction and Fantasy novels of 2015.

She enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

bonnie blog signature
Divider

Top Ten Tuesday | Literary Metal Band Names

April 21, 2020 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 4 Comments

The day has finally come where I’ve found a way to combine my love of books and metal. 😂

Metal GIFs - Get the best GIF on GIPHY

I found a surprising amount of book titles that would fully suffice as a proper hardcore band name, but these are the ten I settled on:

Divider

Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 20th, 2020

April 20, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

_________________________________________________

Week of April 20th, 2020

Shorefall (Founders #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Del Rey Books

Master Class by Christina Dalcher
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Berkley

Repo Virtual by Corey J. White
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Tor.com

Race the Sands: A Novel by Sarah Beth Durst
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Harper Voyager

The Cerulean Queen (The Nine Realms #4) by Sarah Kozloff
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Tor Books

Sea Change by Nancy Kress
Expected publication: April 24th 2020 by Tachyon Publications

Creatures of Charm and Hunger (The Diabolist’s Library #1) by Molly Tanzer
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books

The Ranger of Marzanna (The Goddess War #1) by Jon Skovron
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Orbit

The Girl and the Stars (Book of the Ice #1) by Mark Lawrence
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Ace

You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Tor Books

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Minotaur Books

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Penguin Press

Masked Prey (Lucas Davenport #30) by John Sandford
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Random House

Walk the Wire (Amos Decker #6) by David Baldacci
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

The Florios of Sicily by Stefania Auci
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by HarperVia

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Viking

A Thousand Moons (Days Without End #2) by Sebastian Barry
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Viking

The Moment of Tenderness by Madeleine L’Engle
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

The House of Deep Water by Jeni McFarland
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

How to Pronounce Knife: Stories by Souvankham Thammavongsa
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Little, Brown and Company

Misconduct of the Heart by Cordelia Strube
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by ECW Press

Kept Animals by Kate Milliken
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Scribner

Girl Gone Viral (Modern Love #2) by Alisha Rai
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Avon

First Comes Scandal (Rokesbys #4) by Julia Quinn
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Avon

_________________________________________________

Divider

Waiting on Wednesday | The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories by Kevin Brockmeier

April 15, 2020 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 1 Comment

Waiting on Wednesday | The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories by Kevin BrockmeierThe Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories by Kevin Brockmeier
Published by Pantheon Books on October 6, 2020
Pages: 288
Genres: Horror, Short Stories
Format: Hardcover
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Audible
Goodreads

The author of the acclaimed novelThe Brief History of the Deadnow gives us one hundred funny, poignant, scary, and thought-provoking ghost stories that explore all aspects of the afterlife.

A spirit who appears in a law firm reliving the exact moment she lost her chance at love, a man haunted by the trees cut down to build his house, nefarious specters that snatch anyone who steps into the shadows in which they live, and parakeets that serve as mouthpieces for the dead--these are just a few of the characters Kevin Brockmeier presents in this extraordinary compendium of spectral emanations and their wildly various purposes in (after) life. These tales are by turns playful, chilling, and philosophical, paying homage to the genre while audaciously subverting expectations. The ghosts in these pages are certain to haunt you well after you've closed the book.

About Kevin Brockmeier

Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Brockmeier received his MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop in 1997. His stories have been featured in The New Yorker, McSweeny's, Crazyhorse, and The Georgia Review. He is the recipient of an O. Henry Award, the Nelson Algren Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts grant.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

bonnie blog signature
Divider

Top Ten Tuesday | Books Without Mention

April 14, 2020 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 3 Comments

It’s safe to say, this has been a rough year. Understatement of the century, amirite? I’ve found myself struggling to focus on reading and continued the struggle from this past year to find my voice again on this blog. But despite my lack of posting, I’ve still discovered an odd assortment of stories that are definitely worthy of praise.

The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) by Libba Bray
I’ve been a huge fan of this series for years and while this final installment seemed far longer than necessary at times, it provided some solid closure. Do yourself a favor and pick up the audiobook: January LaVoy is spectacular.

True Grit by Charles Portis
This was one of the first books I picked up in 2020 and damn, it was a winner. I was upset to hear of his passing in February but I’m grateful to have a few more from his backlist to still enjoy.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion
I was always a bit intimidated by Didion’s renowned memoir The Year of Magical Thinking so I opted to delve into some of her essays first just to get a feel for her writing style. Suffice it to say,

Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation by Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
It has to be said, this isn’t exactly a novel, more like an extremely long podcast episode. Honestly, though I don’t even care. This story was intense, thrilling, and thoroughly compelling. Much like anyone even mildly into true crime, I followed the case of the Golden State Killer closely after he was finally captured after 40 years but this “Untold Story” really shed some light on how his capture came to fruition.

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan
I took the title of this graphic novel series a bit too literal and went into it with certain expectations and basically had my mind blown by the end of the first installment. Let’s just say, it’s far more science fiction and far less a group of girls riding around delivering newspapers.

This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace
I may have stalled out permanently in Infinite Jest, but this accessible reprint of a speech Wallace did in 2005 at Kenyon College is something that has the power to touch people in a multitude of ways.

It’s Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort
I’m not sure what actually possessed me to pick this up but I was intrigued by the author’s ability to turn a tragedy into something transformative and uplifting. It was a powerful and admirable tale. Nora narrates her own audiobook and did an amazing job. I’m not sure if I would’ve found her story in print nearly as compelling.

The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
Christina Henry is certainly the Queen of FairyTale retellings and in The Girl in Red she transforms the tale of Little Red Riding Hood into an apocalyptic story that is as gruesome as it is entertaining.

Plan B: A Novel by Jonathan Tropper
I’ve been an avid Tropper fan since I picked up This Is Where I Leave You at random, not expecting to love it nearly as much as I did. Plan B isn’t Tropper’s greatest, it is his debut, however, it was the last remaining book I had left from his backlist so it’s still special to me and still definitely worth reading if you enjoy his type of storytelling.

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
I always say that romance stories aren’t my standard fare (give me a psychological thriller or gothic horror any day) but every once in a while you need to mix things up in your reading life and honestly, sometimes I just need a little fluff in my life. This one was a winner.

Divider

Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 13th, 2020

April 13, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

_________________________________________________

Week of April 13th, 2020

The Book of Koli (Rampart Trilogy #1) by M.R. Carey
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Orbit

Bubblegum by Adam Levin
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Doubleday Books

The Last Emperox (The Interdependency #3) by John Scalzi
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Tor Books

Providence by Max Barry
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Unsuitable by Molly Pohlig
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Henry Holt and Co.

The Coyotes of Carthage by Steven Wright
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Ecco

No Going Back (Nora Watts #3) by Sheena Kamal
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by William Morrow

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by William Morrow

Death of an American Beauty (Jane Prescott #3) by Mariah Fredericks
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Minotaur Books

Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Graydon House

St. Ivo: A Novel by Joanna Hershon
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster

The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Berkley

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Forever

Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Berkley

_________________________________________________

Divider

Top Ten Tuesday – Only Because of Homeland

April 7, 2020 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 8 Comments

I’m obsessed with Homeland. I’m usually always late to the party when it comes to shows, but I’ve watched Homeland since it first aired back in 2011 and I’m so very sad to be in the middle of the last season.

Claire Danes Homeland GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

Because of how much I love the politics, the characters, and the dynamics, I’ve had a massive influx of TBR additions (and a couple of shows too) that can hopefully satisfy the void I’m fully anticipating.

Fiction
The Terminal List (James Reece #1) by Jack Carr
At Risk (Liz Carlyle #1) by Stella Rimington
American Tabloid (Underworld USA #1) by James Ellroy
Gorky Park (Arkady Renko #1) by Martin Cruz Smith
The Miernik Dossier (Paul Christopher #1) by Charles McCarty

Non-Fiction
The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists by Tracy Walder & Jessica Anya Blau
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan & Bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll

TV Shows
Prisoners of War (Hulu)
False Flag (Hulu)

I’m happily accepting any additional recommendations as well. 😀

Divider

Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 6th, 2020

April 6, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 Comments

_________________________________________________

Week of April 6th, 2020

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by William Morrow

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Quirk Books

Chosen Ones (The Chosen Ones #1) by Veronica Roth
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Eden by Tim Lebbon
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Titan Books

Titan’s Day (The Carter Archives #2) by Dan Stout
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Daw Books

The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Redhook

The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Tor Books

A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram #1) by Darynda Jones
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

Broken by Don Winslow
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by William Morrow

The Law of Lines: A Novel by Hye-Young Pyun
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Arcade

The Benefit of Hindsight (Simon Serrailler #10) by Susan Hill
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by The Overlook Press

The Secrets They Left Behind by Lissa Marie Redmond
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books

Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

The Beauty of Your Face: A Novel by Sahar Mustafah
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by W. W. Norton Company

A Tender Thing by Emily Neuberger
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Lost Orphan by Stacey Halls
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Mira Books

A Stroke of Malice (Lady Darby Mystery #8) by Anna Lee Huber
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Berkley

Sin Eater by Megan Campisi
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Atria Books

The Astonishing Life of August March by Aaron Jackson
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Harper

The German Heiress by Anika Scott
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

One Fatal Flaw (Daniel Pitt #3) by Anne Perry
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Ballantine Books

The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Ballantine Books

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Flatiron Books

I Don’t Want to Die Poor: Essays by Michael Arceneaux
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Atria Books

Godshot by Chelsea Bieker
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Catapult

Barker House by David Moloney
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing

The Last Summer of Ada Bloom by Martine Murray
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Tin House Books

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Random House

The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by William Morrow

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Roxy Letters: A Novel by Mary Pauline Lowry
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Simon Schuster

Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcey Bell
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Harper Paperbacks

One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by MIRA

_________________________________________________

Divider

Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 30th, 2020

March 30, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

_________________________________________________

Week of March 30th, 2020

The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Harper Voyager

Anthropocene Rag by Alex Irvine
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Tor.com

The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Dutton Books

Hour of the Assassin by Matthew Quirk
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by William Morrow

Cut and Run (Lucy Kincaid #16) by Allison Brennan
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Minotaur Books

The Final Deception (New York Confidential #5) by Heather Graham
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by MIRA

The Darkness We Hide (The Undertaker’s Daughter #3) by Debra Webb
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by MIRA

The Woman of a Thousand Names by Alexandra Lapierre
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Atria Books

Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Doubleday Books

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Harper

The Earl Takes a Fancy (Sins for All Seasons #5) by Lorraine Heath
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Avon

The Magnolia Sisters by Michelle Major
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by HQN

It’s Not All Downhill from Here by Terry McMillan
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Ballantine Books

Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Vintage

Hex: A Novel by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Viking

August by Callan Wink
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Random House

Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by HarperCollins

_________________________________________________

Divider

Waiting on Wednesday – Malorie (Bird Box #2) by Josh Malerman

March 25, 2020 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Malorie (Bird Box #2) by Josh MalermanMalorie by Josh Malerman
Published by Del Rey Books on July 21, 2020
Pages: 304
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Horror
Format: Hardcover
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Audible
Goodreads

Also by this author: Bird Box, Black Mad Wheel, Unbury Carol

In the thrilling sequel to Bird Box, the inspiration for the record-breaking Netflix film that starred Sandra Bullock and “absolutely riveted” Stephen King, New York Times bestselling author Josh Malerman brings unseen horrors to life.

The film adaptation of Malerman’s first novel, Bird Box, was watched by over forty-five million Netflix accounts in the first week, the best first seven days ever for a film on the platform. Countless more came to know the story through social media. The image of Sandra Bullock’s character, Malorie, blindfolded—as she’s led through a terrifying near-future apocalypse by the trained ears of her children—has become synonymous with a new generation of horror.

Now from the mind of a true master of suspense comes the next chapter in the riveting tale. This time, Malorie is front and center, and she will confront the dangers of her world head-on.

About Josh Malerman

FUN FACTS ABOUT JOSH

1. Shares a birthday with Amelia Earhart
Is the middle child
2. At 12, got stung on the face by a jellyfish after father convinced him the ocean was safe
3. The Twilight Zone: The Movie was the first horror film he saw
4. Almost always writes as horror movie soundtracks play on the record player (The Howling, Poltergeist, and Zombi 2 are great, but Creepshow is best)
5. Sings for the rock n’ roll band The High Strung
6. Wrote/performs the theme song for Showtime’s Shameless (starring William H. Macy)
7. Has only read two books twice: William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Stephen King’s The Shining
8. Is a member of the Detroit Zoo
9. Lives with his fianceé (whose head he recently shaved) in Royal Oak, Michigan

I think this calls for a re-read…

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

bonnie blog signature
Divider