Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager (THE THRILLER TO READ)

Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Rating: 
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 352
Expected Publication: July 11th, 2017
House: Dutton
Recieved from: NetGalley


Goodreads Synopsis:

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.Read More »

Comic Book Review: Giant Days

Title: Giant Days
Author: John Allison
Artists: Lissa Treiman, Whitney Cogar (Colors)
Rating: 
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, (Comic Book)
Pages: 128
Published: November 24th, 2015
House: BOOM! Box
Format: E-book
Source: Borrowed

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Goodreads:
Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery mold, nuchauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Collects issues #1-4.

My Thoughts:

I wasn’t a huge fan of this in the beginning. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it; it’s just that with all the things I heard from it I was expecting…more? But by the time I read issue #2 I loved it! So if you feel like that in the beginning keep reading; just give it some time.Read More »

ARC Review: Movie Game

Title: Movie Game
Author: Michael Ebner
Rating:
Genre: Fiction, (Young Adult)
Pages: 302
Published: September 15, 2015
House: Pen and Picture
Format: E-book
Source: NetGalley

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Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s been three years since Joe’s father vanished. Now seventeen, he is unaware that government agents are watching him in case his dad makes contact. Joe is too distracted by his secret girlfriend, midnight swims in the pools of strangers, free drinks from his buddies at the movie game and the glamorous college student, Felicity. But his movie-esque existence and addiction to fiction is set to collide with a heavy dose of reality this summer when he discovers everything is not what it seems: his secret girlfriend wants to be the real thing. His college fling may have ulterior motives. And the government agents want co-operation to catch his missing father. All this and the three year old death of Joe’s first girlfriend Alice are going to cause him to face some dark truths.
It’s no longer a movie game. This is his life and he wants to win.

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ARC Review: You Were Here

Title: You Were Here
Author: Cori McCarthy
Illustrator: Sonia Liao
Rating: 
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, (Young Adult)
Pages: 267
Published: March 1, 2016
House: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: E-book
Source: NetGalley

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Goodreads Synopsis:
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.

My Thoughts:

This was given to me by Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Read More »

Comic Book Review: The Walking Dead – Vol. 1

BC2Title: The Walking Dead: Days Gone By (Vol. 1)
Author: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Tom Moore
Rating: c3223582-142703389741889large
Genre: Dystopian, Comics 
Pages: 144
Published by: Image Comics
Publication: February 19th, 2013
Format: E-book
Source: Borrowed
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Goodreads Synopsis:

How many hours are in a day when you don’t spend half of them watching television?
When is the last time any of us REALLY worked to get something we wanted?

How long has it been since any of us really NEEDED something that we WANTED?

The world we knew is gone.

The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility.

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living.

In a matter of months society has crumbled.
no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV.

In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living.

The main reason I read this is that I love the show. The show took me a bit to get into, but after watching a handful of episodes, I was hooked! I’m up to date with the episodes and thought I’d check out the original story and see how it relates to what I watch.Read More »

Book Review: Station Eleven


Title: 
Station Eleven

Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Rating: 
Genre: Fiction, Dystopia, Adult
Pages: 339
Published: January 1st, 2014
House: Picador
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase

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Goodreads Synopsis:

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

My Thoughts:

Though I gave this book a 3.5 rating (which is still a good rating. See my rating system.)I was just a bit disappointed because I wanted to enjoy this a lot more than I did.Read More »

Comic Book Review: Gotham Academy

Title: Gotham Academy
Author: Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:  Karl Kerschl
Rating: 
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Comic
Pages: 160
Published by: DC Comics
Publication Date: June 17th, 2015
Format: E-Book
Source: Borrowed

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to Gotham Academy, the most prestigious school in Gotham City. Only the best and brightest students may enter its halls, study in its classrooms, explore its secret passages, summon its terrifying spirits…

Okay, so Gotham Academy isn’t like other schools. But Olive Silverlock isn’t like other students. After a mysterious incident over summer break, she’s back at school with a bad case of amnesia, an even worse attitude…and an unexplained fear of bats.

Olive’s supposed to show new student Maps Mizoguchi the ropes. Problem: Maps is the kid sister of Kyle, Olive’s ex. Then there’s the ghost haunting the campus…and the secret society conducting bizarre rituals.

Can Olive and Maps ace the biggest challenge of their lives? Or are they about to get schooled?

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Book Review: Camp Midnight

Title: Camp Midnight
Author: Steven T. Seagle
Artist: Jason Katzenstein
Rating: 
Genre: Paranormal, Graphic Novel, Middle Grade
Pages: 248
Published by: Image Comics
Expected Publication: May 3rd, 2016
Format: E-book
Source: NetGalley
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Goodreds Synopsis:

Ben 10 and Big Hero 6 creator Steven T. Seagle returns to comics with New Yorker Magazine cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein for a new graphic novel! Reluctant Skye is accidentally sent to the wrong summer camp. Not wanting to please her step monster, Skye is dead-set on not fitting in. That won’t be a problem, as everyone at Camp Midnight-with the exception of fellow camper and fast-friend Mia-is a full-fledged monster! The perfect book for fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, but wish it had more bowls of gooey eyeballs.”

Lets get to the disclaimer part shall we: I recived this from NetGalley in exgange for an honest review.

I saw this up for review on NetGalley while browsing the Graphic Novel category and once I saw that it was from the creator of Ben 10 and Big Hero 6: I – was – sold.Read More »

Book Review + Giveaway: The Year of Lightning

Title: The Year of Lightning
Author: Ryan Dalton
Rating:
Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery (YA)
Pages: 345
Format:
e-book
Source: Author
Published by: Jolly Fish Press
Expected Publication: January 12th, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:

When 15-year-old twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert moved to a new town, they never imagined that the old house across the street could bring them so much trouble. A secret machine has reawakened inside, with the power to pierce time itself.

Meanwhile, lightning storms are breaking out all over town. They’re getting worse every week, and seem to enjoy striking kids who just want to pass science class and mind their own business. When Malcolm and Valentine discover a connection between the house and the storms, their situation goes from mysterious to crazy stupid dangerous. Someone is controlling the great machine, and their purpose is nearly complete.

In a race against time, the twins must uncover the chilling plan, the mastermind behind it, and the force that’s driving the deadly storms. They’ll hunt a powerful enemy that threatens their town’s existence, and the only clues are written in the sky.

 

Sunday Street Team 2.0

So happy to be able to help authors! SST is definitely something I plan on sticking to. It helps authors, readers and blogger!
P.S. Like my graphic? I’m trying 🙂

Admittedly, I was kinda nervous leading up to reading this; it was my first time participating in a street team and also because this was in a way required reading. It was something I had to read because I made a commitment. And if you haven’t notice, I’m a mood reader. Which means my overall vibe affects what genre I (or book) I feel like reading and at the time I wasn’t really feeling Sci-Fi.

My Thoughts:

I was so relieved when I started reading this book and found it caught my attention despite not being in a Sci-Fi mood. There were a number of things in here that I found refreshing to see and I think thats what made me want to continue on with the book.Read More »

Book Review: Don’t Forget the Couscous

Title: Don’t Forget the Couscous
Author: mir Darwish
Rating: 
Genre: poetry
Pages: 80
Published by: Smokestack Books
First Published: October 1st, 2015
Format: E-book
Source: NetGalley (in exgange for honest review)

Goodreads Synopsis:

Don’t Forget the Couscous is a book of poetry about exile and home, love and loss. It is a beautiful love-song to the Arab world – Syria, Kurdistan, Morocco, Palestine and his native Aleppo. It is a memoir of the failed Arab Spring and the civil-war that has turned his native Syria into a ‘fountain of blood’. It’s a bitter account of the demonization of Islam in the West, and the violent interference of the West in the Islamic world. It is about being a Muslim and not a terrorist.

Amir Darwish draws on the magical-realism of Naguib Mahfouz, the social satire of Muhammad al-Maghut and the love poetry of Rumi to describe the experience of Islam in Europe – from ‘a Friday night doner kebab after a good night out’ to a ‘girl who has taken off the hijab in order to feel safe’ and ‘a mosque with broken windows’. It is a book about travel and love, and an apology on behalf of Muslims everywhere for having contributed nothing to the modern world except astronomy, coffee, clocks, algebra, falafels, apricots and doner kebabs. And don’t forget the couscous…

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