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Latest haul!

My wonderful hubby let me go to the bookstore today and I got to purchase the following books. You’re probably thinking by now that my living space has got to be filled to the brim with books by now. My hubby even said to me just a few moments ago that he’s surprised I haven’t purchased every book ever made by now because I have so many books.

Synopsis: Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

Synopsis: A week’s visit to the remote Harob Lake cabin couldn’t have come at a better time for Sam.

She’s battling artist’s block ahead of a major gallery exhibition. Staying at Harob Lake is her final, desperate attempt to paint the collection that could save her floundering career. It seems perfect: no neighbours, no phone, no distractions.

But the dream retreat disintegrates into a nightmare when Sam discovers she’s being stalked.

A tall, strange man stands on the edge of her dock, staring intently into the swirling waters below. He starts to follow her. He disables her car. He destroys her only way to communicate with the outside world.

And Sam is beginning to suspect he’s responsible for the series of disappearances from a nearby hiking trail.

Stranded at Harob Lake, Sam realises she’s become the prey in the hunter’s deadliest game…

Synopsis: In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop – the only bookshop – in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors’ lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence’s warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn’t always a town that wants one.

Synopsis: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp comes a shocking new thriller about a group of friends tied together by a game and the deadly weekend that tears them apart.

FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.
NO ONE IS SAFE.

Are you ready to play?

Synopsis: Everyone in Evie’s east-coast school is obsessed with Kill Screen, one of the scariest, most intense video games on the market! But no one has ever beat the game and many believe there must be a defect in the last level, making victory impossible to attain.

When Evie finally figures out how to defeat the final ghost, the Wisp, her work is far from over, for as the first person to ever complete Kill Screen, she’s unwittingly unleashed the Wisp into our world.

Synopsis: The new neighbors are not who they seem…Siblings Matt and Sophie aren’t thrilled when their parents move them away from the country to a boring neighborhood in a new development.The only house that stands out is the one next door—an old stone farmhouse whose owners have refused to sell to developers. They even have a horse in the pasture. And Sophie hopes the owners will let her ride it if she helps take care of it.But something is not quite right about their new neighbors, and Matt and Sophie are determined to find out what exactly is wrong with the house next door.

Posted in horror, Literature, mystery

Next from Joe Hill…

The hardcover edition of this came out today. Well, I purchased the e-book version of this on my Kindle this morning before going off to work. I’ve read the “Locke and Key” series and the “Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland” mini series so I’ve read some comics/graphic novels by Joe Hill before. I didn’t realize Joe Hill did another one until this morning while I browsing the internet. I’ll be interested in reading this when I get done with the book I’m currently on. This seems like something that would be good to read for Halloween.

Synopsis: June Branch visits her boyfriend, Liam, on Brody Island for a relaxing last weekend of summer. After an escaped group of criminals breaks into the house that June and Liam are watching, Liam is taken by them. June grabs a strange Viking axe and flees from the intruders. When one of the attackers finds her, she swings the axe and takes off his head, which rolls away and begins to babble in terror. For June to uncover the truth, she’ll need to hear the facts straight from the mouths of her attackers, with…or without their bodies attached. Collects issues #1-7.

Posted in horror, Literature, mystery, young adult

“The Stone House” by A. K. Benedict

I finished reading this book this morning. This book didn’t turn out to be what I thought it was, however, it still ended up being a good book. I especially liked the way it ended. It’s hard describing this novel without giving away too much and ruining it for someone else that wants to read it. Basically, you think this is about a haunted house but it ends up having some unusual and surprising guests that you will end up rooting for by the end of the book.

Synopsis: There’s an old stone house near Coal Hill School. Most people hurry past it. They’ve heard the stories. But, if you stop, and look up, you’ll see the face of a girl, pressed up against a window. Screaming.

Tanya finds herself drawn to the stone house. There’s a mystery there, and she’s going to solve it. But the more she investigates, the more she realizes that there’s a presence in the house. One that wants her.

Something is waiting for Tanya in the stone house. Something that has been trapping others in its web over the years. Something that is far worse than any ghost.

Posted in Literature, mystery, thriller/suspense

“The Third Twin” by C. J. Omololu

I finally finished reading this book. It was a good book, I didn’t see the end coming and I like it when I can’t guess the ending. You don’t find out what happens till the last 2-3 chapters of the book and you’re left guessing the whole entire time prior to that. But the book isn’t slow and boring prior to finding answers though. There is enough going on in the story to keep you going until then. On a side note, I think this book was geared towards the young adult crowd.

Synopsis: Identical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It’s Pretty Little Liars meets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything. The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect: Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist. As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer…or Alicia is real.

Posted in horror, Literature, mystery, young adult

“The Creeping” by Alexandra Sirowy

I finished reading this book last night. There is some teenage angst going on throughout the entire book. In a couple of places, I found it to be a little annoying but I wasn’t annoyed enough to stop reading. I guess I was determined enough to find out how the story ended. The story line was a good one so if you can over look the teenage angst and just focus on the story, then you may find this book enjoyable. That or the young adult crowd might find this book enjoyable to read.

Synopsis: Eleven years ago, Stella and Jeanie disappeared. Only Stella came back.

Now all she wants is a summer full of cove days, friends, and her gorgeous crush – until a fresh corpse leads Stella down a path of ancient evil and secrets.

Stella believes remembering what happened to Jeanie will save her. It won’t.

She used to know better than to believe in what slinks through the shadows. Not anymore.

Posted in Literature, mystery

My latest online order!

I ordered a couple of books online from the Books-a-Million website. “The Four Graces” showed up first on Thursday, April 30th. The other book, “The Two Mrs. Abbotts”, finally showed up on Wednesday, May 6th. I don’t know why both books were not shipped together since neither book was a pre-order. I know when I normally pre-order something, they’ll go ahead and ship the rest of my order and then ship the pre-order when it is released. Anyway, I am happy with my purchase and that I finally received both books. I had purchased the first two books last September and I had not realized there were more to the series until I had gotten home with them.

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My latest e-book purchase…

I got a bonus at work for having perfect attendance. I used a part of my bonus to purchase a gift card from Amazon which I used to purchase some new e-books to add to the collection on my Kindle Fire. I’m going to have to have to get reading pretty soon, my Kindle is quickly filling up. Below is the list of e-books I added….

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko
Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko
Mary by Amy Cross
The Ghosts of Lake Forth Hotel by Amy Cross
Haunted by Amy Cross
The Last to Die by Kelly Garrett
The Lunar Wars by Janey Hunt
Ghost Song by Mark L’Estrange
The Haunting of Beacon Hill by Ambrose Ibsen
The Haunting of Rainier Aslyum by Ambrose Ibsen
Ghostland by Duncan Ralston
The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff
Tainted Waters by Lucretia Stanhope
Feral by Lucretia Stanhope
Blood Relic by Lucretia Stanhope
Paracosm by Lucretia Stanhope
All Our Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
The Room Upstairs by Iain Rob Wright

Posted in Literature, mystery

“The Mile End Murder: The Case Conan Doyle Couldn’t Solve” by Sinclair McKay

I couldn’t do it. This is the latest book I tried reading but no matter what I did, I couldn’t finish it. Have you ever read a book that was so bogged down with details that you couldn’t drudge your way through it to finish the book? Well, that’s the way it was for me with this book. I felt like there was too much information being stuffed into this book that the train derailed badly. I didn’t even make it half way through the book before I had to put it down. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t able to finish a book, this may be a first for me.

Synopsis: In 1860, a 70 year old widow turned landlady named Mary Emsley was found dead in her own home, killed by a blow to the back of her head.

What followed was a murder case that gripped the nation, a veritable locked room mystery which baffled even legendary Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle. With an abundance of suspects, from disgruntled step children concerned about their inheritance and a spurned admirer repeatedly rejected by the widow, to a trusted employee, former police officer and spy, the case led to a public trial dominated by surprise revelations and shock witnesses, before culminating with one of the final public executions at Newgate.

This is the case Conan Doyle couldn’t solve and, after confounding the best detectives for years, has finally be solved by author Sinclair McKay. Discover ‘whodunit’ as the real murderer is revealed for the first time exclusively in this captivating study of a murder case in the nineteenth century, a story never told before.

Posted in Literature, mystery, young adult

“Creep” by Eireann Corrigan

I finished reading this book today and decided to share. I’m kind of on the fence about this book. It was a good story but I feel like identity of “the Sentry” was a little too easy to figure out. It may just be because I’m an adult and this is a book geared towards teenagers. I’m not trying to turn anyone off this book, it’s just that there are some aspects of this book that teenagers may find more appealing than adults.

Synopsis: Olivia is curious about the people moving into 16 Olcott Place. The last family there moved out in the dead of night, and the new family, the Donahues, has no idea why. Olivia becomes fast friends with Janie Donahue . . . so she’s there at the house when the first of the letters arrives:

–I am the Sentry of Glennon Heights. Long ago I claimed 16 Olcott Place as levy for my guardianship. The walls will not tolerate your trespass. The ceilings will bleed and the windows will shatter. If you do not cease your intrusion, the rooms will soon smell of corpses.–

Who is the Sentry? And why does the Sentry want the Donahues out of the house badly enough to kill? As Olivia and Janie explore the house, they find a number of sinister secrets . . . and as they explore their town, they find a hidden history that the Sentry wants to remain hidden forever.

Posted in Literature, mystery

“Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie

I have another book crossed off my list. This was one of those books that was made into a movie and I wanted to make sure I read the book before I watched the movie. The only bad thing I can say about this book is that the end was spoiled for me before I got to finish it. I enjoyed the book very much, just like I did the other books I’ve read from Agatha Christie. It just bothers me when someone spoils the ending before I’m finished reading. I don’t normally do that to someone else unless they give me their permission first. Anyway, the book was still great enjoyable. I’m now considering reading some more books from Agatha Christie after reading this and a couple of others.

Synopsis: “The murderer is with us—on the train now . . .”

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer.

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.