Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (139)

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This is a pretty small haul this week but I am trying to keep up with my library books and my owned books TBR.

Borrowed from the Library

Vampires of Manhattan- Melissa De La Cruz 
Yolo- Lauren Myracle 
Fables Vol 1: Legends in Exile- Bill Willingham 

Kindle (Free on Kindle)
3:AM Kisses- Addison Moore

What did you get in your mailbox?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review of Horns by Joe Hill

Title: Horns
Author: Joe Hill
Source: Bought on kindle
Series: Standalone
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary:
At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.
Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.
But Merrin’s death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . .
Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge. . . . It’s time the devil had his due. . . 

This is such a strange book and I honestly I could not describe this book. This review will be quite short because I have no idea how to explain this. The only thing I can say is I enjoyed this book more than the first book in his Locke and Key series.

The story follows Ig who is dealing with the death of his girlfriend, Merrin. He is also living with everyone blaming him for her death. Ig wakes up from a night of drinking with horns on his head which gives him the ability to see peoples deepest and most disturbing desires.

I admit this book sounds so weird but it was so good. I laughed a lot in this book with things Ig came up with and this book made me mad and sad. It is not what I expected at all from this book. It is unique and like nothing I have read in a long time. 

I hope more people will check this book out, especially with the movie coming out soon. Please let me know if you enjoyed this novel as much as I did.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (137)

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I visited my favorite used bookstore again this week. I am buying up all the books I was interested in since he is closing up shop and I think it is going to take some time for me to find a new shop. I know 2/3 remaining shops are close to where I work, but I have never had as much luck with them as I do at my favorite one.

Bought Used
American Psycho- Bret Easton Ellis
Essex Country Volume 1- Jeff Lemire 
The Stepford Wives- Ira Levin 

Bought New
Rush- Lucia Jordan (free on iBooks)
The Rosie Effect- Graeme Simsion

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (The Magic Within #94) by Tania Del Rio

Title: The Magic Within #94
Author: Tania Del Rio
Source: Bought used
Series: Yes
Rating: 4/5

I picked this comic book at my local used bookstore for 25 cents a couple of weeks ago. It sounded interesting and I liked the TV show (and the PC game- I am probably dating myself a bit here but oh well) so I picked it up. It is part of a huge comic book series and when I got home I realized this was also part two of a set but I decided to read it anyways and I really enjoyed it.

The story follows Salem the cat who is telling his story of what could have been. I am not sure what happened in part one, but I found the story was engaging enough for me to follow the story without having ever read any of the other comics in this series. I enjoyed the look into Salem's back story since the show says he sentenced to be a cat by the witch counsel for trying to take over the world. The comic book divulges more information into that story and I really enjoyed it.

This hit me with a lot of nostalgia for this show, I never watched it in order, but I remember catching it occasionally on TV and it made me miss it. I really enjoyed this and I hope I stumble across more of the comic books in the future. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review of Rush by Lucia Jordan (mature content book)

Title: Rush
Author: Lucia Jordan
Source: Free on iBooks
Series:  Yes
Rating: 2/5

Goodreads Summary:
Kendra is a bundle of nerves when she walks into the office of Sebastian Montoya. To say his reputation proceeds him is be a gross understatement. Immediately she sees that the larger than life architect has an even bigger ego. The mystery that surrounds him is hypnotizing. There is just something about him that draws her in. He oozes sexuality and his lilting Spanish accent makes her insides flutter. But as she learns, architecture isn't his only talent. A hot and steamy night at work leads to far more than she could ever expect. But does Kendra have what it takes to deal with the pressures that come with her day job while allowing Sebastian to handle her at night? 

This is a super short review for a short book. I am going to get straight to the point and say I did not enjoy this novel. I found it was exactly like reading Fifty Shades of Grey, but Christian Gray was a Spanish man named Sebastian Montoya and Anastasia is Kendra.

I am not the biggest fan of erotica, but I am trying to read more outside of my comfort zone, but the similarities were too much for me to really enjoy this in the least. I could understand using the same concept, but it unfortunately felt like the author only changes the names. I did read the synopsis of the next book and it sounds like it starts to make it's own story so I would recommend this to fans of erotica because I think if you like the genre this would be a quick read I would however not recommend this to someone dipping their toes into this genre, especially if you have already read Fifty Shades of Grey.  

Please let me know down below if agree or disagree and why. Have a great day!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (136)

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Happy thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians. I hope your having an awesome day with your family. I am having a dinner at my house tonight with my husband and his side of the family and my family also. I hope to get lots of reading done tomorrow since I am off. 

Borrowed from the Library

Lucille- Ludovic Debeurme 
On the Fence- Kasie West
Inside- Alex Ohlin

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review of Bird Box By Josh Malerman

Title: Bird Box
Author: Josh Malerman
Source: Borrowed from the library
Series: Standalone
Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Summary:
Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn't look outside anymore. Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in. The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall. Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them. Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.

I kicked off October with a spooky book. I have been in a bit of a reading slump so this was a quick, creepy read. 

The premise is there is a sudden sickness that breaks out that causes people to become violent after they see something and commit suicide. The world slowly shuts down as people start hiding away and blocking themselves from the outside world. Malorie is the character giving us a view of the world. It flashes between the present day and when the disaster started.

Malorie is not a the most likable character. She is harsh with the children and she lives in complete fear of the outside world. Malorie gives a lot of insight on how things started, but in the end we really do not know what cause the sickness. There is some theories are thrown out there about what caused it but there is nothing concrete really given.

I liked the book but I did not love it. It had some creepiness to it, but I was hoping for more.  

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (135)

I just found out yesterday by favourite used bookstore is closing so I used up my credit and got a pile of books from him since he's always given me good prices and been such a nice person. I am really sad that he is closing up shop, he has been my go to since moving to this city and I am sad to see him go.  He was also selling off his comic books for 25 cents each so I picked up a few that sounded interesting.

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Borrowed from the Library

Kiss of Deception- Mary E. Pearson

Simpsons Comics WingDing- Matt Groening
Herman You Can Get in the Bath Now- Jim Unger

Bought Used

City of Ember- Jeanne DuPrau
By Nightfall- Michael Cunningham
The Time In Between- David Bergen
The Thinking Women's Guide to Real Magic- Emily Croy Barker
Lust- Robin Wasserman
Honey and Clover Volume 1- Chica Umino
Honey and Clover Volume 2- Chica Umino
Honey and Clover Volume 3- Chica Umino
Sabrina the Teenage Witch- Tania Del Rio
Conan the King #35- Don Kraar
Daredevil #297 (Last Rites Part 1)- Stan Lee 
Batwoman: Elegy #854- Greg Rucka, J.H. Williams III
Astro Boy: Official Movie Prequel- Scott Tipton
SilverHawks Comic #4- Steve Perry
SilverHawks Comic #6- Steve Perry
Air Raiders #4- Star Comics 
The Wizzard of Oz L. Frank L. Baum (2nd copy)
The Third Twin- Ken Follett
Solar- Ian McEwan
Dark Horse Comics (including James Bond part 3 of 4, Godzilla Blast From the Past part 1 of 2, Who is X Part 3 of 3 and Predator part 1 of 3)- Multiple writers

What did you get in your mailbox?

Friday, October 3, 2014

September Wrap Up

The List
The Demon King- Cinda Williams Chima
The Bronze Horseman- Paullina Simons
Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman
Inedible- Dawn Metcalf
Rules of Civility- Amor Towles
Ready Player One- Ernest Cline (re-read)

The other goals I setting for myself this month:
1) Buy less books than I read
2) Donate at least one book
3) Re-read at least one book

Borrowed: 14
Books I own: 2
E-Books: 0
Total: 16

Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman
The One- Kiera Cass
Y: The Last Man, Volume 2: Cycles- Brian K. Vaughan
This is Water- David Foster Wallace
Ready Player One- Ernest Cline
The Half Life of Molly Pierce- Katrina Leno
2 a.m. At The Cat's Pajamas- Marie- Helene Bertino 
Everything I Never Told You- Celeste Ng
Matilda- Roald Dahl 
Say What You Will- Cammie McGovern
I'll Be Seeing You- Suzanne Hayes
Cain's Blood- Geoffrey Girard
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers- Mary Roach
Knife Edge- Malorie Blackman
Big Fish- Daniel Wallace
Visions- Kelley Armstrong 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October TBR

This is a lot of carry over from September because I did not get as much read off my own shelves as I would have liked.

The List
The Demon King- Cinda Williams Chima
The Bronze Horseman- Paullina Simons
Inedible- Dawn Metcalf
Rules of Civility- Amor Towles
Horns- Joe Hill

The other goals I setting for myself this month:
1) Buy less books than I read
2) Donate at least one book
3) Re-read at least one book