Posted in Literature, Other Fiction

“The House on Foster Hill” by Jaime Jo Wright

I wanted to share with you what I just finished reading on my Kindle Fire. This book was told through the perspective of 2 different character in 2 completely different periods in time. It wasn’t hard to follow though despite going back and forth between the two. I was glad the book ended the way it did. I hate it when you spend all that time reading a book and end up with a disappointing ending. If you like a good, clean mystery then you’d probably enjoy this book.

Synopsis: Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?

Posted in fantasy, Literature

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix illustrated edition

The illustrated edition of Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix is suppose to be released in 2021, making it another 2 year gap between releases. Jim Kay began working on the book in April of 2019. You can go to the link below to see some preliminary sketches and some other artwork by Jim Kay for this next illustrated edition…

https://www.harrypotterfanzone.com/illustrated-editions/book-5/

Will you be getting this when it comes out? Will you be pre-ordering this or will you wait until it’s released and try to buy it? I will probably be getting this as a present once this is released. Since these illustrated editions usually come out in October and I’ll already have had my birthday by then, then I’ll probably be getting this for Christmas. That’s fine by me.

Posted in fantasy, Literature

Is Winter Coming?

I just found out that we may be finally getting the sixth book in George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. “The Winds of Winter”, the sixth book, is supposedly going to be released some time in 2021 for those of you that are fans of the series. For more info, you can read the article here…

Will you be getting the next book as soon as it comes out? Will you pre-order the book or just purchase it when it comes out? How long do you think it will take you to read the book when you get it? What are your hopes for this novel?

Posted in Literature, romance, young adult

“Crave” by Tracy Wolff

I picked this book up recently and began reading it not long ago. I figured that it would take me longer to read this book since it’s over 500 pages long but I was able to read it pretty quickly. Since picking up this book, I’ve heard this book touted as the next “Twilight” series. I can kind of see that based on just the synopsis alone but this book seems a lot like Twilight now that I’ve finished reading it. There are some differences, enough to keep it interesting. There are enough answers so that you don’t get lost reading this book but they’re going to have to explain some more things in the next book. I’m sure they do that on purpose to get you to continue reading but I’m going to be reading the next book, Crush, when it comes out in September of this year (I can’t wait!). Anyway, there is quite a bit of moments where a girl is swooning over a boy (and a little bit of the other way around) in this book but there is a pretty good story line going on if you can look past that. But this is meant to be a romance novel so if you don’t like all that mushy stuff then you may not be interested in reading this book.

Synopsis: My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.
Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally―as the bait.

Posted in Literature, thriller/suspense, young adult

My latest purchase!

I got a couple of new books to add to my collection. My hubby had to run to the local book store for something he needed and I was able to find a couple of books while I was there. What’s even better is that I found these books in the bargain section so they didn’t cost me a lot of money. Feel free to leave a comment about what you think of my selections or let me know about any new books you’ve picked up recently….

Posted in horror, Literature, young adult

“The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall” by Katie Alender

I just wanted to take a minute to share the latest book I’ve read. I think this book is geared more towards the young adult crowd, however, I thought it was a pretty good book. The book had a really good story line but it didn’t have a lot of teenage angst or drama in it. I won’t say too much because I don’t ruin it for anyone who wants to read it. I will say this…this would be a good book for anyone who likes haunted house stories or stories about cursed land.

Synopsis: Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females — an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia becomes trapped. And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the hallways in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia learns that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, too, harbors shocking truths within its walls — truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

And she’ll need to act quickly — before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.

Katie Alender brings heart-pounding suspense, gorgeous writing, and a feminist twist to this tale of memories and madness.

Posted in Literature, Other Fiction

“The Saturday Night Ghost Club” by Craig Davidson

I finished another book recently and I just wanted to share. I don’t want to spill too much because I won’t want to spoil anything for those of you who plan on reading this at some point in the future. This book was described as a heartwarming coming-of-age story but I also found it a little spooky. You’ll understand what I mean about spooky when you get towards the end and they reveal an important part of the story. But I thought it was a good book and it’s kind of a quick read.

Synopsis: Growing up in 1980s Niagara Falls – a seedy but magical, slightly haunted place – Jake Baker spends most of his time with his uncle Calvin, a kind but eccentric enthusiast of occult artifacts and conspiracy theories. The summer Jake turns twelve, he befriends a pair of siblings new to town, and so Calvin decides to initiate them all into the “Saturday Night Ghost Club.” But as the summer goes on, what begins as a seemingly light-hearted project may ultimately uncover more than any of its members had imagined. With the alternating warmth and sadness of the best coming-of-age stories, The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a note-perfect novel that poignantly examines the haunting mutability of memory and storytelling, as well as the experiences that form the people we become, and establishes Craig Davidson as a remarkable literary talent.

Posted in children's, Literature

The Ickabog

I just found out that Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling, has written something else called the Ickabog. It’s a story for children (something she had written for he own children) but she’s bringing it back out during the lockdown due to Covid-19 and she’s publishing it for free on a website. Anyway, there is a link to the website at the bottom of this article if you want to read it for yourself or if you want to share it with someone else.

https://www.theickabog.com/home/

Posted in fantasy, Literature, romance, young adult

Picked this up over the weekend…

I’ve picked this book up over the weekend. The synopsis sounded good so I thought it would be a good read for the summer. Plus, I found out when I got home that Universal Studios has picked up the film rights for this book so I may be watching the movie adaptation of this book at some point in the future. I also found out that this is the first book in a trilogy and the next book, Crush, will be released on September 29th of this year.

Synopsis: My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

Posted in fantasy, Literature

Book News!

Michelle Paver, author of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, has just announced that she finished a book called “Skin Taker” (minus editing, pics, cover, etc.). This book is suppose to be the sequel to “Viper’s Daughter”, which just came out last month. I already have “Viper’s Daughter” on my Kindle Fire so I guess I need to get reading on that one before the next books comes out.

Maggie Stiefvater, author of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and the Raven Cycle, has announced that the next book in the Dreamer trilogy will come out next May. I haven’t read the first book yet, “Call Down the Hawk”. I have the Raven Cycle on my Kindle Fire and haven’t finished it yet.

Are there any other books out there that you are looking forward to? If so, what is it and who wrote it? Is it part of a series?