The Substitute switches back and forth between two narrators, an unknown psychopath in the making, and Warren, a socially awkward, issue laden, substitute teacher who loses his job when they find a body in his back yard. I wanted to wipe my hands of both, I really did, but I couldn’t. Maybe because the author does such a great job fleshing out the characters that it doesn’t take much to understand why they are the way they are. Or maybe because the darker side of me might have done the same had I been in the same predicament. Or maybe even, it was all the twists and turns that kept me constantly guessing who the narrator was and who done it. Hard to say. Either way, I didn’t want to put it down.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
If you are looking for a quick, cozy mystery then this is a good choice. The main character, Runcorn is spending his Christmas on the coast of Wales. Lots of characters, settings, and full, vivid descriptions, gives this who-done-it mystery a rich flavor of suspense. The ending will surprise you, in more ways than one. Can Runcorn find the killer? And will he find....love? A perfect beginning to this Christmas season.
Monday, November 27, 2017
This one really messed with my head. It was disturbing and so creepy. I couldn't get myself to put this book down, and stayed up until 3 AM to finish it, then found myself unable to sleep because I was so creeped out. Very rarely do I find a book that genuinely scares me, and this one had a couple of moments that left the hair standing up on the back of my neck. I'm still completely undecided on what actually happened at the end of this book, which just adds to the mind-games that Tremblay plays. My one complaint about it was the blog-like entries. I felt like they dragged on and were a little unnecessary. (She says, via a blog entry.) Another great read for anyone who likes horror/thriller novels.
Final Girls had a slow start, but I'm glad that I stuck with it because it paid off in the end. This novel is very reminiscent of a slasher movie, and really gives you that "things definitely aren't as they seem" feeling, which sticks with you until the end. I spent a lot of time trying to decide if I loved or hated the main character, Quincy. (Final opinion is still unknown.) I felt the ending was a little overstimulating, but one that I did not see coming. There are plenty of unexpected twists in there to keep you entertained. It was a fast-paced, addicting read that I would definitely recommend to horror/thriller fans.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
A book about a bookshop where you can find many things, who would have thought that I myself would have fallen in love with the novel about the bookshop. The plot line by Veronica Henry is brilliant and flawlessly written. Also yet again the setting took place in Scotland, which I am beginning to think that books set in this country will tie me over until I get to visit it again. As far as the characters, there are many here and there. (pay close attention - you have been warned) Anyone looking for a cosy read and a fast one, pick this up and give it a try.
Monday, November 20, 2017
I Am Watching You is the first novel I’ve read by Teresa Driscoll, and it did not disappoint. I was hooked from page one, and found myself reading a chapter here and there, every chance I could. The way that Driscoll switched between characters for every chapter had me on the edge of my seat the entire book, and the way she would end each chapter had me reading as fast as I could so I could get to that particular character's next chapter. And to top it all off... you will never see this ending coming.
He begins the story feeling helpless, abandoned and alone. By the end, Arthur has come into his own. He finds he is not helpless, not abandoned and not alone.
This would be a great book to read during the frenzy of the holidays. Need to relax? Sit down, pour a cup of tea, and embark on a journey with our friend Arthur.
I missed the book the first time around and read it after reading the excellent prequel, "The Rules of Magic." Both are entertaining chick lit reads. I'm glad I went back and read this one, though my heart remains with the Rules. It was great fun to see how Alice Hoffman has matured as a writer between the 1995 publication of "Practical Magic" and the 2017 publication of "The Rules of Magic."
Thursday, November 16, 2017
|I happen to love WWII related fiction. I picked this book up thanks to a recommendation from an online book club that I participate in. I was hooked from page one. Alternating chapters with different time periods normally bugs me but it really worked with this story. It's an interesting and intriguing tale about something I hadn't heard of before...stamp engraving. I know it doesn't sound that interesting but I was so fascinated by it.There's an AHA moment in this book. When I got it I texted a co-worker that I wasn't coming to work until I finished the book (I finished in time for work). I also instantly recommended this book to a ton of people. Plus I instantly put it on hold for patrons at my library that I knew would love it. I will definitely read everything this author writes from now.|
Monday, November 13, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Initially I saw this movie and was astounded by the amount of production that went into it. I soon learned that the movie was based off of a book (like any movie anymore). I read this only because it was needed for one of my college courses. I ended up loving it. If you are one that is expecting the book to be like the movie, well I won't be the one to make that judgement for ya. But if you love Coraline and the adventures that she goes on in the world - then this book is for you. A feel of suspense of what comes next and yet, excitement for what is yet to come. That's what Coraline really brings you.
|Coraline Book Cover|
Saturday, November 11, 2017
I listened to this read by Jim Dale.
Monday, November 6, 2017
Franny is called to the family home in Massachusetts the summer she turns 17 and her siblings come along. During the summer with their Aunt Isabelle, they begin to understand how and why they are different.
The story follows them into adulthood and is an engaging and fun read. I never read "Practical Magic, " or saw the movie, for that matter. I will be remedying that tout suite.