Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash

MonsterlandMonsterland by Michael Phillip Cash
Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.
Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m a glutton for punishment. We never learn as a society that monsters that are capable of eating us are never a good plan for a theme park. Thank goodness we are slow learners though or there wouldn’t be books like this to keep me entertained.

This book has zombies, werewolves, vampires and all manner of crazy stupid people, just the way a horror novel should be. I can’t say that it wasn’t predictable in the slightest, because that would be an outright lie, but the carnage made it worth turning the pages and see who would become the next victim.

This book has one of those…”man I really hate that guy and hope he gets what he deserves” moments that makes it worth the time to read. Pure satisfaction.

I liked the main set of characters well enough and the dialogue was good, so even aside from the action, it was set up well and interesting to read. If you like carnage and chaos and things that go bump during the day and night, this book will be one you enjoy.

Overall, this was a lot of fun.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and was provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

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The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

The Feathered BoneThe Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

Feathers—no matter what size or shape or color—are all the same, if you think about them. They’re soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.”

In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.

Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks in depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.

Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.

Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book that you will require at least one full box of tissues beside you in order to read. I was enthralled with this story, and the characters. It doesn’t take long for the story to lift off and leave you praying, hoping, wishing that you could do something to help the characters escape the situations they are in.

This book deals with many heavy themes, but somehow still presents itself as hopeful in the end. The author did an exquisite job of layering her novel with compound issues the characters had to face, and reminding the audience that we can not only survive nearly anything, but can also begin to heal, even from the worst of trauma in our lives.

Whilst this is not always an easy book to read, and will touch upon subjects and explore areas that may be harder to face for some than for others, it is a beautiful book. The guilt the main character feels over the various situations she is involved in is present throughout the story, and I thought it made her seem more realistic and made it easier to identify with her.

I liked this book mostly because it isn’t about perfection. The people here are faced with real world issues and have to overcome them in order to move on. The descriptions of New Orleans were amazing and the way the author described the feelings of the characters made me want to hug them.

I did predict what was going to happen in some parts pretty early on, but with the nature of this story, I think that was to be expected. Overall, I thought this was an emotional and beautifully written book with a lot to offer anyone who reads it, and is certainly worthy of a recommendation.

This review is based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review and was downloaded through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

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Stress Relief

Color books and advice to destress…uh…no shameless promo here…well, maybe a little.

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Stress is a natural part of daily life in the modern world. From the trials and tribulations of the world at large, the idiot that cuts into line at the store, to the moron that cuts you up at the intersection. There is no avoiding it. It pervades everything we do.

So what do we do about it? How do we deal with this feeling that can gnaw at us until it drives us crazy?

There are a multitude of accepted techniques for dealing with stress such as a beer after work, chain smoking, relaxing with your other half, exercise, meditation, yoga. The list is endless. But what works for one, may not work for another.

How do you deal with the rigours of life, the stresses that get to you?

One newly accepted method is that of adult coloring. Not the coloring we all did as kids, or continue…

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Adult Coloring Books

For the artistic types…and everyone else

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No! Not Adult in ‘that’ way. But a whole lot of fun all the same.

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Coloring is not just for kids. It has been proven to be an excellent way for adults to destress, create mindfulness and slow down from daily life, all while enjoying an activity that you can truly make your own.

There is no right or wrong way to color in the images in this book, and you are free to choose the tools you wish to work with. Markers, paint, colored pencils, pens – the choices are unlimited.

Sit back and unwind and let your stress melt away while you spread color across the page. All pages are single sided to avoid bleed through.

Relax and enjoy the books in this calming series

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Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns

Sanctuary BaySanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns

In this genre-bending YA thriller, will Sarah Merson’s shiny new prep school change her life forever or bring it to a dark and sinister end?

When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country-Sanctuary Bay Academy-it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home, escaping to its tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn’t sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate’s dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay’s glossy reputation.

In this genre-bending YA thriller, Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, Sarah’s new school may seem like an idyllic temple of learning, but as she unearths years of terrifying history and manipulation, she discovers this “school” is something much more sinister.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For me, the redeeming factor in this book was how close I felt–pretty much immediately, to Sarah, the main character. Perhaps because she is different than the other students at the academy and her thoughts seem somehow more natural and realistic, or maybe just because she is one of those easy to love characters. Either way, I wanted to know more about her and it kept me chugging through this story.

As far as set-up goes, this book does a lot of that, building a foundation for the future of the series. The school is very interesting. I liked the concept of a school that keeps track of its students at all times. The characters were each unique and added a lot of support for the main character, but I do think that mostly what keeps you reading in this book is the constant twists.

I felt like I was following a trail that often led one direction and then suddenly switched and went somewhere else. The end is a bit of a cliffhanger, which felt a little anticlimactic after chasing my tail for so long during the rest of the book. I am curious to see where the author is going to go with this.

If you enjoy books that are full of suspense–this one will thrill you.

I’m intrigued. I demand answers!

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

High School Horror: Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker

Teen Frankenstein (High School Horror #1)Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker

High school meets classic horror in this groundbreaking new series.

It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hit someone with her car. And killed him. But all is not lost–Tor, being the scientific genius she is, brings him back to life…

Thus begins a twisty, turn-y take on a familiar tale, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There have been a lot of Frankenstein remakes, but few that I thought were worth reading. This book, however, is an exception. This novel was a lot of fun, and if you like horror, this has some of the classic horror elements, but fits neatly into the modern day world.

The author did a good job of making this book feel dark and atmospheric and never quite giving away enough info that the reader could guess what was going to happen next. From the beginning, this book was entertaining and drew me right in to the story.

This is a book that older kids will fall right into and want more of. Recommended.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

First Touch by Laurelin Paige

First Touch (First and Last, #1)First Touch by Laurelin Paige

When Emily Wayborn goes home to visit her mom while on hiatus from her hit TV show, she receives a voicemail from her former best friend, Amber. Though the two were once notorious party girls, they haven’t spoken in years. Although the message might sound benign to anyone else, Amber uses a safe word that Emily recognizes, a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild days. And what’s more chilling than the voicemail: it turns out that Amber has gone missing.

Determined to track down her friend, Emily follows a chain of clues that lead her to the enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis, a hotelier known for his shady dealings and play boy reputation. Now, in order to find Amber, Emily must seduce Reeve to learn his secrets and discover the whereabouts of her friend. But as she finds herself more entangled with him, she finds she’s drawn to Reeve for more than just his connection to Amber, despite her growing fear that he may be the enemy. When she’s forced to choose where her loyalty lies, how will she decide between saving Amber and saving her heart?

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book will break your heart, stitch it back together and then mercilessly break it again and then fix it all better again–and that’s only the beginning.

Can I just say–FINALLY! FINALLY a romance plot that seems original and has not been overused a million times already. That was such a refreshing change! The characters in this book are the kind that grab you from the very beginning and refuse to let you go. You feel everything they feel. The frustration, fear, excitement and lust…can’t forget the lust…you will go through right along with them.

Laurelin Paige knows how to build tension between her lead characters and keep her readers on the edge of their seat. I would definitely recommend this book to those who love romance…but oddly, I’d also recommend it to those who don’t usually…oh, Hell. I’d recommend this book to anyone. Everyone.

I really thought I might be over the romance genre, but this book has renewed my faith that there is still hope for it. I am very much looking forward to the second installment of this two book series.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

The Herald of Hell by Paul Doherty

The Herald of Hell: A Brother Athelstan Novel of Medieval LondonA medieval mystery featuring sleuthing monk Brother Athelstan”
May, 1381. The Great Revolt draws ever nearer. The Upright Men openly roam the streets of London, waiting for the violence to begin. Their mysterious envoy, the Herald of Hell, appears at night all over the city, striking terror into the hearts of those who oppose them. But who is he?
When his chancery clerk is found hanged in a notorious Southwark brothel, the ruthless Thibault, John of Gaunt s Master of Secrets, summons Brother Athelstan to investigate. Did Amaury Whitfield really kill himself following a visit from the terrifying Herald of Hell? Athelstan is unconvinced.
In the dead man s possession was a manuscript containing a great secret which he had been striving to decipher. If he could only unlock the cipher and interpret the messages being carried to the so-called Herald of Hell, Athelstan would be one step closer to catching the killer. But can he crack the code before the Great Revolt begins?
The Herald of Hell: A Brother Athelstan Novel of Medieval London by Paul Doherty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

14th century England was an interesting place, and the author makes sure to remind us of this–with his well-researched historical setting and interesting characters.

If you are a fan of historical mysteries, you can’t go wrong with this series, or with this book. With some intelligent code cracking, a mystery worthy of trying to figure out and the usual wit and charm of the main character, this book was a lot of fun to read.

I was particularly impressed with the political moves going on in the background of this book. Well written, snarky at times and overall, a book that I can easily recommend to others interested in this period.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.