Book Review – One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews

November 2, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2017 2 Comments

Book Review – One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona AndrewsOne Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #3
Published by NYLA on December 20th 2016
Pages: 340
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Magic Bites, Magic Rises, Burn for Me

five-stars

Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest… the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.

But what passes for Dina’s normal life is about to be thrown into chaos. First, she must rescue her long-distant older sister, Maud, who’s been exiled with her family to a planet that functions as the most lawless penal colony since Botany Bay. Then she agrees to help a guest whose last chance at saving his civilization could bring death and disaster to all Dina holds dear. Now Gertrude Hunt is under siege by a clan of assassins. To keep her guests safe and to find her missing parents, Dina will risk everything, even if she has to pay the ultimate price. Though Sean may have something to say about that!!

“Yes, the princess you were expecting put on her armor and left to kill the dragon. So sorry.”

Dina Demille is at it again and doing anything and everything it takes to save the guests staying at her inn, Gertrude Hunt, a Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas. Her guests are anything but ordinary individuals though, coming from a multitude of different universes that Earth’s inhabitants don’t even exist and Dina intends to keep it that way. Each story centers around this continued issue of saving her guests, but in One Fell Sweep, we get back to the major plot: Dina’s missing parents. The Hiru was an ancient alien race that flourished until the Draziri declared a holy war on them; few still remained in existence. When a Hiru visits Gertrude Hunt requesting Dina’s assistance with something in exchange for information on her parent’s whereabouts, she wants to say yes for her parent’s sake but knows that saying yes would also bring the Draziri down on all their heads. Naturally, she says yes.

I’ve been a book rut for many months and this was one of the first books to give me a glimmer of hope that maybe this rut isn’t going to last a lifetime. I can always count on Ilona Andrews for that but I’m almost running out of her books so I’m getting a bit nervous. One Fell Sweep was an absolute delight though, between the fascinating world-building, the epic battle scenes, the full-cast of characters that are so well written not a single one ever manages to feel like a secondary character, the subtle inclusion of humor despite the serious storyline:

“Will you take this seriously? The future of an entire species is at stake.”
“Yes, we’re going to save them with a fart gun.”

Oh and the romance. This romance will make even the hardest of hearts swoon.

“You taught me the meaning of loneliness, because when I don’t see you, I feel alone.”

I read this in its finished form (it was also available as a weekly serial released free to read on their website) but I was glad I was able to immerse myself from start to finish. We got to meet Maud, Dina’s sister (who is just as bad ass as her sister) and her daughter Helen who is more badass than both of them combined. Maud married a vampire so Helen is naturally a bit wild around the edges. And has fangs. And is only five-years-old. There’s one particular scene where she sees the Maine Coon that Dina had adopted for the first time that cracked me up to no end:

“He has fangs,” Helen said.
“That’s a kitty,” Maud said. “Be careful. They have sharp claws.”
“What’s his name?”
“He doesn’t have one,” I told her. I hadn’t gotten around to it. “I tell you what, you can name him.”
Helen’s eyes got almost as big as the cat’s. “I can?”
“Yes.”
“I’m going to name him Olasard, after he who hunts the evildoers and rips out their souls.”

I think I need a cat named Olasard too. 😂 I still think there’s something about Olasard, he who hunts evildoers and rip out their souls, that we don’t know yet. And what’s going to happen with Maud and Helen? And where are their parents? So many questions! Next book, please.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of October 30th, 2017

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Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of October 30th, 2017

The Wicker King by Kayla M Ancrum [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Imprint

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Simon Pulse

Otherworld (Otherworld #1) by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Delacorte Press

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Razorbill

The Scarecrow Queen (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #3) by Melinda Salisbury [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Scholastic Press

Going Viral (Potion #3) by Amy Alward [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Empress (The Diabolic #2) by S.J. Kincaid [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

A Very, Very Bad Thing by Jeffery Self [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Push

Girl in a Bad Place by Kaitlin Ward [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Point

The Dark Intercept (The Dark Intercept #1) by Julia Keller [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Tor Teen

Piper by Jay Asher & Jessica Freeburg [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Razorbill

The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Baylor’s Guide to Dreadful Dreams (Beyond Baylor #2) by Robert Imfeld [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Aladdin

Little Bigfoot, Big City (The Littlest Bigfoot #2) by Jennifer Weiner [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Aladdin

The Fourth Ruby (Section 13 #2) by James R. Hannibal [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12) by Darynda Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Mongrel Mage (The Saga of Recluce #19) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Tor Books

Joe Ledger: Unstoppable by Jonathan Maberry [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by William Morrow

The Rift Frequency (The Rift Uprising Trilogy #2) by Amy S. Foster [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Harper Voyager

Malice of Crows (The Shadow #3) by Lila Bowen [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Orbit

Barbary Station (Barbary Station #1) by R.E. Stearns [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Saga Press

Even If It Kills Her (Bailey Weggins Mystery #7) by Kate White [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Harper Paperbacks

After the Fire by Henning Mankell [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Vintage

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Atria Books

The Queen’s Prophet by Dawn Patitucci [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Turner

Crazy Like a Fox (“Sister” Jane #10) by Rita Mae Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Ballantine Books

Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel of Christmas Past by Samantha Silva [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

A Selfie as Big as the Ritz by Lara Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

The King is Always Above the People: Stories by Daniel Alarcón [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Riverhead Books

The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides #8) by Valerie Bowman [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Wilde in Love (The Wildes of Lindow Castle #1) by Eloisa James [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Avon

The Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood #6) by Olivia Drake [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

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Waiting on Wednesday – Black Mirror: Volume I: A Literary Season by Charlie Brooker, Cory Doctorow, Sylvain Neuvel, Claire North

October 25, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Black Mirror: Volume I: A Literary Season by Charlie Brooker, Cory Doctorow, Sylvain Neuvel, Claire NorthBlack Mirror: Volume I: A Literary Season by Charlie Brooker, Cory Doctorow, Sylvain Neuvel, Claire North
Series: Black Mirror #1
Published by Del Rey on February 20th 2018
Pages: 304
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Sleeping Giants, Waking Gods

From the creator of Black Mirror comes the first book in an anthology series featuring original stories from leading fiction writers, all set in the world of the cult series.

Edited by Charlie Brooker, the creator of the hit Netflix original series Black Mirror, this book takes the very essence of the globally acclaimed cult TV show to create new, original, darkly satirical stories that tap into our collective unease about the modern world. This is Black Mirror in book form, allowed to roam through the imaginations of some of the leading names in contemporary fiction. This collection will challenge you to see the world in a different—and more disturbing—light.

You have been warned....

I love Black Mirror and its crazy twistedness. I also love Sylvain Neuvel and have heard great things about the other authors so I’m super excited for this collection!

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of October 23rd, 2017

October 23, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of October 23rd, 2017

The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare #1) by Lauren DeStefano [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by HarperTeen

Calling My Name by Liara Tamani [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Us Kids Know by J.J. Strong [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Razorbill

Ruby and Olivia by Rachel Hawkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Reign of Outlaws (Robyn Hoodlum #3) by Kekla Magoon [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books

Expelled by James Patterson & Emily Raymond [Purchase]
Published October 23rd 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Meant to Be by Julie Halpern [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire #1) by Melissa Caruso [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Orbit

Leopard’s Blood (Leopard People #10) by Christine Feehan [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Berkley Books

Switchback (Nightshades #2) by Melissa F. Olson [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Tor.com

Strange Weather by Joe Hill [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by William Morrow

Blade of Empire (The Dragon Prophecy #2) by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Tor Books

Magic of Wind and Mist (The Hanna Duology) by Cassandra Rose Clarke [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Saga Press

Mind Game (Eve Duncan #22) by Iris Johansen [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Doubleday

Tell Tale: Short Stories by Jeffrey Archer [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

God’s Fool: A Novel by Mark Slouka [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by W. W. Norton Company

The It Girls by Karen Harper [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

First Snow: A Will and a Way\Local Hero by Nora Roberts [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Silhouette Books

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Knopf

The First Day by Phil Harrison [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations by Matt Bellassai [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Atria/Keywords Press

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Waiting on Wednesday – Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

October 18, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Unbury Carol by Josh MalermanUnbury Carol by Josh Malerman
Published by Del Rey on April 10th 2018
Pages: 384
Genres: Horror
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Bird Box, Black Mad Wheel

The Bram Stoker Award–nominated author of Bird Box returns with a haunting tale of love, redemption, and murder.

Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times . . . but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days.

Only two people know of Carol’s eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and—when she lapses into another coma—plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her . . . alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol’s dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave.

And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her—summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself.

The haunting story of a woman literally bringing herself back from the dead, Unbury Carol is a twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

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

A twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale indeed. I’m all for some twisted fairy tales à la Angela Carter.

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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best Foodie Books

October 17, 2017 Bonnie Book Reviews, Top Ten Tuesday 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I love food-related books. Fiction, Non-Fiction, it doesn’t matter.

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These ten are my favorites of the bunch.

Non-Fiction

Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas
This book made me want to visit Paris like never before. On top of tales of wonderful sweets, the author shares her own personal story about finding her way in a foreign place, gaining a new perspective on life, and simply learning to be thankful for what life dishes out to you.

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl
This is my most favorite of foodie memoirs and Reichl is such a captivating writer. Effortlessly combining her love of food and her most interesting childhood, Tender at the Bone is an absolute must-read for foodie fans.

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
Bourdain is known for his no-bullshit attitude and it’s evident in Kitchen Confidential. He even narrates this audiobook which is an added perk. KC is his story of developing his passion for food but is also an overly honest portrayal of just what life inside a restaurant is really like. (Insane as fuck.)

Give a Girl a Knife by Amy Thielen
Much like Kitchen Confidential, Amy Thielen delivers an inside look at life inside the world of New York fine-dining. The difference being the perspective shift from a female’s point of view and her story of learning to cook in an off-the-grid cabin deep in the woods of Minnesota. The New York life was interesting, but I would have preferred more of her time developing her cooking skills when she had to pump her own water, didn’t have electricity, and grew most of everything that she cooked.

My Life in France by Julia Child
Julia Child is one of the originals so she had to make this list, it was just a given. This is not one to read on an empty stomach though.

Fiction

All Four Stars (All Four Stars #1) by Tara Dairman
One of my favorite middle-grade books ever. All Four Stars is the story of Gladys Gatsby who, even in just the sixth grade, knows exactly what she wants to do in life: cook. When she enters a writing contest in school, her entry ends up in the hands of the Dining Editor at a prestigious New York newspaper and she’s offered a job as a food critic. Hilarity ensues as she tries to keep her age a secret.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a delightful, lighthearted romance story that is also a love story to delicious foods and the city of Milwaukee. There’s even a delicious recipe in the back of the book for Coconut cake that I have to try myself someday.

Sweet Nothings by Janis Thomas
Ruby’s bakery is failing and after her husband leaves her for another woman, she picks herself back up and begins to teach cooking classes to make ends meet. This was such a fun and light-hearted read despite the serious nature of the topic. And the food descriptions are insanely drool-worthy.

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
My favorite Sarah Addison Allen. Less of a foodie book than the others on this list, but more about the comforting aspects of food in trying times. Josey Cirrini isn’t leading the life she planned, but she consoles herself by escaping to the closet in her room each night where she’s stockpiled it with sugary treats and romance novels. Sounds pretty wonderful, actually. 🙂

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
Sunshine Mackenzie has a popular cooking show on YouTube based around her being a Southern farmer’s daughter and is geared towards becoming the next Food Network star when someone hacks her Twitter account and reveals to the world that Sunshine is nothing but a fraud. Cute foodie novel about re-discovering the real you amidst all the fakery in this day and age.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of October 16th, 2017

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Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of October 16th, 2017

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Amulet Books

Sun Warrior (Tales of a New World #2) by P.C. Cast [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Wednesday Books

Last Chance (Rains #2) by Gregg Hurwitz [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Tor Teen

Weaver’s Lament (Industrial Magic #2) by Emma Newman [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Tor.com

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Dear Martin by Nic Stone [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Like Water by Rebecca Podos [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Swoon Reads

The Innocence Treatment by Ari B. Goelman [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Roaring Brook Press

Munro vs. the Coyote by Darren Groth [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Orca Book Publishers

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Running Press

Sand + Bone (Sand + Bone #1) by J.T. Krul [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Adaptive Books

The Bone Thief by Alyson Noel [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Delacorte Press

The Summer of Owen Todd by Tony Abbott [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)

The Player King by Avi [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Vallista (Vlad Taltos #15) by Steven Brust [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Tor Books

A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings #1) by Kevin Hearne [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Del Rey Books

Breach of Containment (Central Corps #3) by Elizabeth Bonesteel [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Harper Voyager

Forbidden Suns (The Silence #3) by D. Nolan Clark [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Orbit

It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel (Night Vale #2) by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Harper Perennial

Return to Woodbury (The Walking Dead #8) by Jay Bonansinga [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Boneyard (Deadlands #3) by Seanan McGuire [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Tor Books

In the Still of the Night: The Supernaturals II by David L. Golemon [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Two of Swords (The Two of Swords #1) by K.J. Parker [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Orbit

Killing Season (Killing Season #1-3) by Faye Kellerman [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers #10) by John Sandford [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Infinite Ground by Martin MacInnes [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Melville House

Righteous (IQ #2) by Joe Ide [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Mulholland Books

The Last Mrs. Parrish: A Novel by Liv Constantine [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Harper

Cold as Ice (The Country Club Murders #6) by Julie Mulhern [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Henery Press

Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by William Morrow

The Tiger’s Prey: A Novel of Adventure by Wilbur Smith & Tom Harper [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by William Morrow

The Floating World: A Novel by C. Morgan Babst [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Algonquin Books

Smile by Roddy Doyle [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Viking

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Berkley Books

Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

Christmas at Whisper Beach (Whisper Beach #1.5) by Shelley Noble [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by William Morrow Impulse

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Ominous October – Sleeping Beauties By Stephen King and Owen King

October 12, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Read in 2017 13 Comments

I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Ominous October – Sleeping Beauties By Stephen King and Owen KingSleeping Beauties by Stephen King, Owen King
Narrator: Marin Ireland
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on September 26th 2017
Length: 25 hours and 20 minutes
Genres: Horror, Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: Doctor Sleep, Cujo, Pet Sematary

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In this spectacular father-son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is wildly provocative and gloriously absorbing.

“The elms made him think of brothers, of sisters, of husbands and wives—he was sure that, beneath the ground, their roots were mortally entwined.”

What would happen to the world if all the women fell asleep?

In rural Appalachia, the Aurora Sleeping Sickness only affects individuals with the XX chromosome. When women drift off to sleep they begin growing tendrils of webbing that cocoon their bodies completely and while they remain alive in this world they wake up in a different one entirely. In this world though, there’s one single woman named Eve Black that remains able to still sleep and wake up but she possesses mysterious powers and seems to be the reason why all other women are in the state they’re in.

This started off so incredibly fascinating and reminded me strongly of The Stand with this mysterious sickness slowly infecting the world. The Aurora Sleeping Sickness was chilling in its descriptions, affecting only women and the reverberations throughout the community that results from their absence was brilliant and no doubt made any woman reader leary about putting the book down and going to sleep. I especially loved the inclusion regarding the “Mother’s Instinct” described as such:

‘This phenomenon proved to be one of the most curious and most analyzed enigmas of Aurora – the so-called “Mother’s Instinct” or “Foster Reflex.” While reports of violent interactions between sleepers and other adults ultimately numbered in the millions, and unreported interactions millions more, few if any occurrences of aggression between a sleeper and her pre-adolescent child were ever confirmed. Sleepers handed over their male infants and toddlers to the closest person they could find, or simply put them out of doors. They then returned to their places of slumber.’

The story starts off unhurriedly as the authors build up the intensity but it ended up being my favorite part of the story (aside from the narration itself; Marin Ireland knocked this one out of the park. 5 stars.) The slow, steady pace building up this world where such a thing could possibly occur was all necessary to make this as credible as it could be. The most problematic bit was the vast array of characters that we were expected to keep track of. When reading stories that include far too many characters to keep straight, I’ll occasionally write myself little bullet point lists or draw family trees just to keep things straight. If I had even attempted something like that with this story my desk (and myself) would have ended up looking something like this:

One of the main female characters, Lila, resulted in some great passages from her point of view. Ironically though, her husband Clint ends up taking over as the main act in the final half of the book. Not only does he take over as the main character but he ends up playing an important role in the vast scheme of things and wait, wasn’t this supposed to be about the females? How come a dude once again gets to take center stage? I had worried about this possibility before I even picked this one up, but alas, the book is definitely less about what would happen to the females and more about what would happen to the men. They resort to violence and guns and explosions and everything in between, surprising no one. The authors also seem to miss making any solid point regarding why this happened and what was learned from the experience. Suffice it to say, the descriptions of the sickness and the infected were eerie and great to read but when it came down to breaking any gender stereotypes there’s certainly nothing new here.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Clarity: A Novel by Keith Thomas

October 11, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Clarity: A Novel by Keith ThomasThe Clarity: A Novel by Keith Thomas
Published by Atria/Leopoldo Co. on February 20th 2018
Pages: 304
Genres: Horror
Format: Hardcover
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For fans of Black Mirror and True Detective, a visceral high‑concept thriller about a psychologist who must protect the life of an eleven-year-old girl whose ability to remember past lives makes them both targets of a merciless killer.

Dr. Matilda Deacon is a psychologist researching how memories are made and stored when she meets a strange eleven-year-old girl named Ashanique. Ashanique claims to harbor the memories of the last soldier killed in World War I and Matilda is at first very interested but skeptical. However, when Ashanique starts talking about being chased by the Night Doctors—a term also used by an unstable patient who was later found dead—Matilda can’t deny that the girl might be telling the truth.

Matilda learns that Ashanique and her mother have been on the run their whole lives from a monstrous assassin named Rade. Rade is after a secret contained solely in memories and has left a bloody trail throughout the world in search of it. Matilda soon realizes Ashanique is in unimaginable danger and that her unique ability comes with a deadly price.

Fast-paced, suspenseful, and a chilling blend of science and danger, The Clarity is a compelling take on the possibilities of reincarnation and life after death.

About Keith Thomas

Keith Thomas worked as a lead clinical researcher at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and National Jewish Health before writing for film and television. He has developed projects for studios and production companies and collaborated with writers like James Patterson and filmmakers like Paul Haggis. He lives in Denver and works in Los Angeles.

Whoever writes these blurbs, they know how to get me. For fans of Black Mirror and True Detective? Come on. Here’s hoping it’s just that awesome.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Beautiful Autumn Book Covers

October 10, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 6 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Autumn is here! Except in my town, we kind of immediately jumped to Winter because it is cold as shit in the mornings. Cold weather is perfect reading weather being all bundled up with a blanket and a book which is probably why it’s my favorite season. Plus, I fucking love scarves. Anyways, today’s post is about all those Autumn books but instead of books set in Autumn or whatnot, I decided to make a pretty autumn color collage with book covers. 🙂

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