Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Reporter Camille Preaker is asked to cover a developing story in her hometown, two young girls have been murdered.  Camille is less than excited to head back to Wind Gap, she hasn’t spoken to her family for a very long time, including her neurotic mother and a half sister that she barley even knows.

Once she arrives home, Camille sees the eerie grip closing in on the small town.  After doing lots of leg work around her hometown, she finds herself learning about the young victims and starts to piece together a terrifying truth hidden right under her nose.  Dealing with her own demons, Camille is set on finding the killer and when she does it’s as if she’s opened Pandora’s Box.

I knew this book was going to be good, but was a little blown away at how the author formed this story with the sucker punch to the gut at the end that you didn’t seen coming.  If you’ve enjoyed Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’, then this is a must read.  It’s a haunting read that you won’t be able to put down.

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A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (Babysitter’s Guide to Monsters #1) by Joe Ballarini

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This was a FANTASTICALLY  entertaining book! I cannot wait to share this with a girl I know who is just getting into the ‘Goosebumps’ books, she will love this!

Main character Kelly Ferguson is in middle school and has been working hard at earning money to go to camp, which is high dollar.  Kelly’s life changes in flash one Halloween, when she is asked to babysit instead of going to a Halloween Party with a friend.  Disappointment and a tug between earning money for camp or hanging out with her crush is all Kelly was worried about.  Little did she know, she was about to experience babysitting at a whole new level!

Baby Jacob was easiest enough for Kelly to handle, but then once she put him to bed, the night took a turn for the worse when Jacob is kidnapped by the Boogyman’s minions called Toadies!  Now, with the help of the Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting and a secret society of Monster Hunting babysitters, Kelly’s new mission is to get Baby Jacob back safe and sound before his parents come home!

This book puts a fun twist on the babysitting gig!  Readers will love the fast paced amusing story.  Hop into the story and grab a flash light…….you’re going to need it!

*Film adaptation starring Keegan Michael Key in the works.*

The Only Child by Andrew Pyper

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist radically reimagines the origins of gothic literature’s founding masterpieces—Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula—in a contemporary novel driven by relentless suspense and surprising emotion. This is the story of a man who may be the world’s one real-life monster, and the only woman who has a chance of finding him. ~Goodreads

Dr. Lily Dominick is a forensic psychiatrist in New York.  Nothing surprises her with her clients until one day she interviews a client who claims he is more than two hundred years old, says he inspired the stories wrote by Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson and Bram Stoker….then….says that he is also her father.  Lily’s mother died in a tragic way when she was little and her father was never in the picture, but Lily doesn’t believe this client one bit until he unveils a few details that sends a creep up her spine.

Lily’s client also tells her she is the reason he committed the crime that put him in a chair under her observation.   He seems to put her under a spell, to the point where she starts to believe that what he is claiming may be the truth.  Dr. Dominick is sent on a wild goose chase to uncover the secrets this man is holding no matter if it threatens her job, life or her own sanity….she follows the client’s orders after he escapes the institution, even following him to different countries.

As the story goes on, Lily discovers her true nature, her true father and SO much more in this intense psychological thriller!  This book will get into your head and will surprise you to it’s end.  There’s an intriguing concept here, I think you all will enjoy!

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Before, I didn’t know about perspective.  Now I know it can change how you see the whole world.

This was a beautifully written story!  I didn’t realize until the end that this was a rendition of the author’s life as a little girl.  I loved the main character, Ruthie Mizrahi.  It’s the 1960’s and Ruthie is a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl adjusting to her new life in New York City.  It’s been hard for her family to learn the customs of the big city and on one dark night, their lives are changed forever…a horrific car accident leaves Ruthie in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery.

This is the story of a young girl who learns to love in darkest of times and how her heart can go from being stone cold to growing larger.  She teaches us how fragile life can really be and no matter what your circumstances happen to be, there is always something to look forward to.  Ruthie’s hope was to recover and learn to walk again as well as forgiving the person who had caused the accident and her displacement being confined to her bed for almost a whole year.

This moment in their lives seems to have brought many people together and closer to Ruthie.  The story was moving and very well written.  I felt myself rooting for Ruthie and almost crying with her at times.  She is a tough gal, who although fell into the darkness, it didn’t take long for someone to show her the light again. She let their rays of sunshine warm her heart and from there, Ruthie spread the rays onto others.

 

 

The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Alys was the only witness to the night the soul eaters came into her village and only the children were spared, although put into a deep trance.  Little did she know then, Alys would be the key and lock from this moment on.

The soul eaters…happen to be twin sisters.  When they were young, the two girls and their mother were banished from their village and into the forest, villagers claiming they were witches.  Then, slowly the sisters did start to morph into something not quite human and hungry for things you cannot cook or grow….they were becoming hungry for human souls.

After Alys’s village was terrorized, her and the other children were sent to live in a neighboring village, although most of the villagers there were filled with fear hearing the story of how all of these children became orphans.  In this new village, the inhabitants are strict in their ways with their fundamentals of ‘good’ and ‘evil’.  Along with their fears of the soul eaters, they also believe that another entity is what leads these beings and they call it, the Beast.

Alys begins to feel different, almost as if she is somehow connected to these twin sister soul eaters and…..a connection to the Beast it’s self.  She has always been drawn to the forest since she was a child and has a gift that she doesn’t want to tell anyone about as she may also be deemed a witch and suffer the same fate as the twin sisters had, banishment.   She soon learns the truth of her abilities and along the journey, it becomes her mission to protect the ones she loves from the danger that is threatening them all.

Lucky You: A Novel by Erika Carter

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This is a tale about three women, who are somewhat friends having worked together at the same bar in a Arkansas college town.  Each woman is dealing with their own battles of alcohol and self-destructive acts of sexual promiscuity.  One of the gals, Chloe, pulls out patches of her hair and another, Rachel, under the spell of another new boyfriend has agreed to live off-grid for a year in order to return to “health” and asks Ellie and Chloe to join them in “The Project” in a house that Chloe’s boyfriends parents own, deep in the Ozarks.   Although once there, all three of the women are succumbed to boredom and the longings of being back in the ‘normal’ world causing tension to rise in the house especially as Chloe’s boyfriend becomes a little to obsessed with “The Project”.  Told in alternation persons, this isn’t a tale of growth, but almost a story of acceptance.

The writing was good, although the abrupt closer wasn’t what I was hoping for but once you learn about the lives of these women, it was almost perfect.  I was waiting for some kind of epiphany, but it never came for any of them.  Sometimes people will come to the realization and acceptance of themselves as they are and be okay with it without ever wanting to change a thing.

 

 

 

Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

From the beginning I loved little Edgar’s character, an eight year old albino.  Edgar and his grandmother have a very special relationship.  In the book, she is his care giver despite that fact that his mother also lives with them, but has agendas of her own.  Lucy is scarred by her past and the traumatic death of her husband, is not much of a mother to Edgar.  I was slow to read this book, but I felt like the characters were always waiting for me when I picked it back up again.  The story want necessarily ‘slow’ but it seemed as if the author was in no hurry to tell the story, except in the end.

Unfortunately, Edgar’s grandmother passes away.  Shortly there after, Edgar is kidnapped in a strange way, but you have to read the book to understands Edgar’s characteristics to understand why it’s a tad strange.  His kidnapper, a father who’s son he had accidentally killed in a hunting accident, trying to fill a void I think, takes Edgar to his secluded cabin deep in the forest.  Although most kidnappers  you think of as terrorizing the ‘prisoner’, but this is not the case here.  Edgar and the kidnapper form a relationship of sorts with both characters realizing their own life’s paths aren’t always going to paved in gold, some times it’s a ‘sugar sand road’.

This book is a journey although hard to describe, it’s a book with a story line that I can guarantee you’ve never experienced before.  At some points it was confusing but with some of the characters dealing with mental health issues, you eventually come full circle to understanding it’s depths.  I was surprised that perhaps it ended so neatly when there was so much to the different parts of the tale.