The Institute reminds me of Firestarter, which I read as a kid. I remember being terrified bad doctors would come thief my sister and I if they found out we were smart. 🤦🏾♀️🤣😂 The climatic ending is great as well, complete with suspense, action magic, and violence. #ClassicKing Everyone gets what they deserves and the telling is gratifying.
EJD writes a mean sex scene. You shall be satiated in that regard…eventually. And the concept of getting an arguably behind the scenes perspective of the logistics involved in an erotic one night stand is intriguing.
Very interesting way to tell an old story of teenage pregnancy. I also liked the middle/upper class representation of blackness. Not all blackness is earmarked by poverty and lack.
Ive been a haunted by what I would right about my experience reading this book for months. I enjoyed the book. Not in a juicy, titillating way but, because I think the story should be heard, passed along.
I must say, between Queenie, Eleanor and Autumn from Speaking of Summer – I liked Eleanor best.
A.I. is a audio only book narrated by Regina Hall and Mindy Kaling. And with those two on deck combined with Cole, who typically writes historical romances, A.I. is part comedy, sci-fi, thriller, and romance.
One day, while struggling to complete her exercise on the communities suicide stairs, she meets a man in a black hat. He offers to change her life forever, and does. Pretty much overnight, she becomes the smart, attractive, popular girl the popular guy is interested in.
Winter Garden, though written beautifully, is not an easy breezy read. A large portion of the story is set in Leningrad, Soviet Union between 1941 and 1944, during The Siege.
Overall, I loved Full Throttle. All the stories were horrific in that Hill/King style of twisting our reality against us in the worst possible way. I was throughly frightened!
The parents of the victim paint him to be the perfect son and husband. We determine pretty quickly from the wife, he was just the opposite. As a matter of fact, most of the characters are hiding imperfections behind their public personas.
As readers, we know theres a serial killer on the jury. It’s interesting following Eddie as he figures it out and then, as he finds out that others aren’t what they seem. Again, not just a courtroom drama! Definitely a thriller with a murder mystery twist.
#InterestingRead My greatest desire as a reader is to be grabbed at sentence one and taken on a long roller coaster ride of a story. In every practical sense, Imaginary Friend delivers, tenfold.
I’m a newbie on GoodReads, having started my list December 2018. It’s now hovering around 300 reads and…yea. How’s that gonna happen? Lol, may be a quick and dirty edit will help!
In comparison to JC, which was focused more on the clans using brute force to win territory, War is more about the long game. Each clan attempts to use covert political strategy to gain leverage, causing some pointed collateral damage
The author readily admits Queenie’s point of view is problematic and intentionally so. She says the story is a description of what she thinks things would look like if she allowed her life and emotions to “get out of hand”.
the story is intriguing and quite funny in some parts, but, the people you’re reading about are mostly pretentious, self-centered, conniving in some cases and unforgiving in others. How the author managed to write a darkly funny story about a bunch of un-fun people is beyond me.
…,what’s a Ledger book without an over the top secret society, richer than God, meaner than the devil and crazier than a bedbug?! Maberry writes evil really well. The characters here have the audacity to expect honor amongst thieves! They call themselves the Seven Kings…
Anissa Gray writes about the 3 Butler sisters and their life yesterday and today. Yesterday, they narrowly escaped their abusive childhood home and father to grow up to be, today, reflections of the brokenness they’ve never really escaped.
The story is written in a lighthearted, fun poem format but, doesn’t hold back on the truth! Best part was when they get off the train and notice the underground station stinks! 🤣🤣 Hilarious and true!
Most notable is the relationship Hen develops with Matthew, the suspected murderer next door. Even in his own insanity, he is honest with her. The eventual trust built between the two will captivate you. It’s almost a love story. Almost.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the main character, Grace. She’s written as one of those damsels in constant distress always seeking a savior, and that grates my nerves. She bucks up soon enough, if only in her own way,
Alicia loves Gabriel, and is devoted to him, their life and convincing him she is fine. No spoilers, but eventually Alicia shoots Gabriel and ends up in a psych ward, not speaking and regarded as a lost cause.
The writer, Barbie Wilde plays the only female Cinnabite in the Hellraiser movies. As I’m a fan of all things horror and Hellraiser is a cult fav, I was super excited to dig in.
It’s not the typical psychological thriller where the turnaround is overhanded. It’s actually quite subtle but, months later, you’ll still be wondering about it all.
Watchers is one of his most loved books and his personal favorite. Originally published in 1987, over 30 years ago, I have been pleasantly surprised at its relevance to modern day. Themes of Christian beliefs versus scientific advancement for the ‘greater good’, moral superiority and love – all play out in a story about a dog and his chosen family.
This is a collection of short thrillers, all by AA authors. What attracted me to the book, besides one of my favs Tananarive Due, was the stories are longer than your typical ‘short story’. There are 3 stories, all about ghosts, goblins, family, & about a hundred pages long.
“…strange things start happening to the people that’ve been through the device. Strange like, they go home and shoot their spouses in the face, strange.”
Reading other blogs, I see folks saying they’ve read well over 150 books in a year. Listen, I have a life or, I should say, I have a job. And this blog is my side bitch.
“Welcome to the average middle class American family. Living paycheck to paycheck and/or one healthcare crisis away from poverty. It’s like a CNN statistic come to life.”
“I remember reading it & thinking everything about me, a young, black girl from West Philly, was magical. The way I talked, dressed, what music I listened to, how I cooked my food, even my cycle..all a gift…”
“The tale is a good one filled with all my favorite things: murder, suspense, plot twist, star-crossed lovers and black people..”
“Her stories share multi-layered themes of race, gender and sex as they relate to power. Set in 17-1800’s, the height of the African slave trade, Butler, in a fiction novel, reflects true history.”
Insecure, depressed and abusing her body, the story is about how this young lady pulls herself out of it all, by slowly allowing herself to engage with the world around her and FEELING.
“..the story is about overcoming fear so incredible, it manifests in a physical nature, before you can become who you are destined. There’s good writing around us being taught to be docile Christians following man instead of God & how God intended for us to be powerful: physically & mentally. “
Dekker is a Christian, thriller writer and ALL of his stories include over the top, fantastic confrontations between good and evil. The layers of imagery and lessons embedded in his stories are incredible, this one being the best I’ve read so far.
The premise is a few kids racing against time and away from bad(wo)men to bring magic back into their world in order to save their people from oppression by the evil monarchy.
Lil’Danny’s all grown up and messed up and now we get to see how his psychic ability plays out in his adult life. I wanted to like this story. The Overlook Hotel is horror/suspense legend.
“I became so enthralled in the lives of the characters that I would think about them in my hours not reading. Is school out yet? What happened today? What did Mia make? What will Mrs. Richardson do? “
The story is about a demon and angel joining forces, of sort, to avoid the apocalypse, as described in Revelations, because…well, they’ve been stationed on Earth for sometime and dammit they like it here!
The characters in this book are living a boring adult life rife with struggle and love when thrust into an environment that forces them to deal with the extremely fantastical.
“First book of 2018 that I’ve loved! ❤️❤️”
“I wanted this to be a quick, fast paced read. It is NOT a fast read. “
“..you don’t have to be an 80’s SyFy geek to love this book, but, it helps. The character plot twist is a plus as well.”