Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite book quotes📚

Hello fellow bloggers and bookworms and everyone else inbetween! I am VERY excited for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic and omg I’m just so excited haha.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post, born out of the want to bring us bookish people together and great for those of us that love a good list (which I do lmao).

In case you hadn’t gathered from the title this weeks topic set by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is favourite book quotes.

1 – “Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people’s business. Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony, and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git. Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor. Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slimeball.” Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.

2 – “We accept the love we think we deserve.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

3 – “Fear comes with imagination, it’s a penalty, it’s the price of imagination.” Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.

4 – “So turn off the television—in fact, why don’t you turn off all the lights except for the one over your favorite chair?—and we’ll talk about vampires here in the dim. I think I can make you believe in them, because while I was working on this book, I believed in them myself.” Salem’s Lot by Stephen King.

5 – “I am your number one fan.” Misery by Stephen King.

6 – “The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.” Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.

7 – “Look after my heart – I’ve left it with you.” Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.

8 – “Hello Clarice…” The Silence of The Lambs by Thomas Harris.

9 – “Good-bye Clarice. Will you let me know if ever the lambs stop screaming?” The Silence of The Lambs by Thomas Harris.

10 – “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Cicero.

And there you have 9 of my favourite book quotes and one quote that I just adore about books. There are A LOT more than 10 that I could have picked so these are completely random from that list!

As always, let me know if you’re taking part in Top Ten Tuesday and I will be sure to check out your post.

Em xxx

Extreme Malice, R E Swirsky – A Review.

Extreme Malice by R E Swirsky.

Synopsis… “She was found with a guitar string still wrapped tightly around her soft neck. Eighteen year old Josh Anderson, the college boy from next door, is charged with her murder. It was his guitar string around her neck. His footprints are found inside her house. Her earring found under his bed. Donna Gardner’s husband Jack was hundreds of miles away on business. Was it the perfect Murder?”

Overall rating 3 out of 5 stars.

My review…

I had so many notes written out about this book that it’s taken me so long to write this review because I’m just not sure what to say…

I’ve rated Extreme Malice 3 stars because while I was incredibly intrigued and drawn into this book, and I didn’t put it down until I’d finished it out of pure need to know what was going on, but, I did really struggle with some parts of it.

I had seen some reviews stating that the book needed an editor and proof reader, but I had no issues that I could see with the book.

I think my favourite part of it was the chapter headings, which sounds sad, but they were like diary entries with the date and time at the top, which helped me visualise how much time was passing during the investigation.

The author builds the idea of a perfect life for Jack and Donna, and you’d be forgiven for thinking here we go again with another murder mystery, but you would be mistaken… The deeper we delve into the story the more that starts to unravel, but it’s pretty clear that we can’t trust anyone and I definitely feel the author built that suspicion up well.

I disliked how the author really honed in on the narrative that Jack must have killed his wife. I felt it was shoved down our throats and we were being forced to believe this without being allowed to make our own assumptions.

Most crime thriller books I’ve read will plant lots of little clues to keep you guessing until the very end, whereas Swirsky didn’t give us that chance.

At points, I also felt it was hard to determine who was speaking. There was a lot of dialogue without any clear indicator and I found myself having to go back through the page and restart the conversation to keep track.

I was definitely curious about what was going on, but once everything was revealed it was very anticlimactic and I felt let down. And once we reached this point, I felt Swirsky was grasping at straws to keep the book going and kept repeating unnecessary parts.

The ending itself was inspired though and actually redeemed this book quite a bit for me! I was shocked to say the least. (I don’t want to go into too much detail and give anything away haha).

On the whole, I did enjoy Extreme Malice, I just wouldn’t read it again, as while I was intrigued and shocked by the ending it just wasn’t the best crime thriller I’ve ever read.

Let me know if you’ve read it and what you thought!

Until next time, Em xxx

NETGALLEY – The Fear, Spencer Hamilton – A Review.

The Fear by Spencer Hamilton. Published 11.8.2020 by Nerdy Wordsmith and provided by NetGalley.

Synopsis… “Two women quarantined together. A world falling into chaos. When a virus sweeps across the globe, cities and entire countries shut down overnight. The Fear zooms in on a married couple, Ash and Jack, in one small apartment, growing restless and claustrophobic and paranoid. People are dying in droves. Governments are toppling, imploding, lashing out. Martial law, police states, riots, bioterrorism. No one knows what to believe, who to trust.

As the horror ramps up to apocalyptic levels, Jack is slowly unraveling. She shuts herself away and fears everything. Fears the virus has crawled its way inside, down her throat, into the lining of her stomach. Ash is afraid, too—afraid of what her increasingly erratic wife will do to her. In a pandemic none of us are ready for, should we fear the outside world . . . or what’s waiting within?”

Overall rating 3 out of 5 stars.

My review…

I have such mixed feelings about this book, hence my review of 3 stars because I felt that was the middle ground for me.

The Fear is very befitting of the current times, as it centres around our two female protagonists living through a global pandemic and heavily features how these two gay women are harassed and as such one becomes mentally ill.

I thought the representation of these various aspects would be too much, but Hamilton wove them all together to create a novel so exceptionally different to anything I’d read before.

I loved Ash and Jack right from the start, and I feel this only helped develop the bond I had with them further as Jack becomes more and more deranged and paranoid, leaving Ash to decide between saving herself or her wife. This was so well done on Spencer’s part, I could feel the emotion pouring through the pages and there was a clear differentiation between Jack and Ash and how they were dealing with the pandemic.

You could feel Jack’s paranoia and Ash’s frustration in the writing.

Around 65% of the way through I felt that The Fear started to lose it’s way and began to drag, I struggled to keep up with the plot and I grew increasingly frustrated with how I just felt lost.

For me this really brought the rest of the book down, which is a damn shame.

The ending really spoiled this book for me, I know it’s survival instinct or survival of the fittest but it frustrated me so much that after everything we had been through we were lumped with that ending.

On the whole, the majority of this book was excellent, incredibly well written and provided a look into how our mental health can be impacted during the current pandemic. However, around 65% of the way through The Fear lost its way and I started to grow frustrated and confused.

Until next time, Em xxx

P.S. the cover of this book is just wicked! It looks amazing!

Top Ten Tuesday – Books on my Autumn TBR📚

Happy Tuesday my fellow bookworms! It’s Top Ten Tuesday time again and this weeks topic is books on my Autumn TBR. I wouldn’t normally set a TBR but I am planning to spend October reading nothing but horror and thriller books so!

I’ve classed these books as horror or thriller based on their Goodreads genres.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and is a weekly post, born out of the want to bring us bookish people together and great for those of us that love a good list (which I do lmao).

1 – The Haunted by Niki Valentine.

2 – I Can’t Sleep by J E Rowney.

3 – 31 Overlook Hotel by various authors.

4 – Psychosis by Matt Dymerski.

5 – What Goes On In The Walls At Night by Andrew Schrader.

6 – The Ghost in the Closet by M K Theodoratus.

7 – Typhoid Mary by Charlie Dalton.

8 – Horror Stories: A Short Story Collection by various authors.

9 – Be Careful What You Wish For by A C Hutchinson.

10 – Dr Sleep by Stephen King.

I will definitely be sharing weekly updates during October on my progress with each of these books, I’m expecting they may spill into November too but a few of them are short stories compilations so I can dip in and out of them! I’m so excited to spend my October reading these.

Be sure to let me know if you’re taking part in TTT so I can check out your post too!

Until next time, Em xxx

NETGALLEY – Intergalactic Interloper, Delas Heras – A Review.

Intergalactic Interloper by Delas Heras. Published 11.8.2020 by BooksGoSocial. Provided by NetGalley.

Synopsis… “When Ollie spots an alien on a nearby rooftop he knows right away that no one is going to believe him. Sure enough, his friends think he is losing it, and even his bandmate, Zara, is convinced he is seeing things. But she still offers to help him track down his cat, who has mysteriously vanished. Together, they follow a trail of clues that leads them inexorably upwards, towards the strange creature lurking on a rooftop overhead.”

Overall rating 5 out of 5 stars.

My review…

This book was just what I needed! It was excellent and if I could rate it higher than 5 stars I would.

In the current pandemic life has been short of laughs, light hearted humour and general happiness and enjoyment from things so when I downloaded Intergalactic Interloper I was hooked from the first chapter.

I loved how this book had each chapter from a different perspective, it helped to move the story along and gave us the chance to see the backdrop of New York from so many different perspectives.

I was initially confused as the title implies the story will focus solely on our Alien visitors, but once I got deeper into the book I realised that wasn’t the case. That each individual person or being that we were focusing on at any one time were there for the value of a persons POV, the true lead of the story was New York City and the many ways relationships are formed.

Once I realised this I absolutely LOVED reading everyone’s connections and interactions with the aliens on the roof, it was brilliant to see so many different reactions through different eyes.

We also were treated to these truly beautiful graphics at the start of each chapter, which I thought added the perfect finishing touch.

I do think my favourite part was the ending, not because it meant the book was finished I wished it was longer in fact, but because of the way AxzleProva dealt with Mrs Butler, and the way that they were debating between themselves how to deal with her. It just rounded off the book perfectly.

On the whole, I absolutely adored Intergalactic Interloper, it was a light hearted, cheeky and funny read that brought a lot of joy and happiness to my bookshelf!

Let me know if you’ve read Intergalactic Interloper and what you thought.

Until next time, Em xxx

NETGALLEY – It Came from the Multiplex, various authors – A Review.

It Came from the Multiplex by various authors. Published 15.9.2020 by Hex Publishers. Provided by NetGalley.

Synopsis… Welcome to tonight’s feature presentation, brought to you by an unholy alliance of our spellcasters at Hex Publishers and movie-mages at the Colorado Festival of Horror. Please be advised that all emergency exits have been locked for this special nostalgia-curdled premiere of death. From crinkling celluloid to ferocious flesh—from the silver screen to your hammering heart—behold as a swarm of werewolves, serial killers, Satanists, Elder Gods, aliens, ghosts, and unclassifiable monsters are loosed upon your auditorium. Relax, and allow our ushers to help with your buckets of popcorn—and blood; your ticket stubs—and severed limbs; your comfort candy—and body bags. Kick back and scream as you settle into a fate worse than Hell. Tonight’s director’s cut is guaranteed to slash you apart“.

Overall rating 4 out of 5 stars.

My review…

A huge thank you to Hex Publishers and NetGalley for my ARC of this book, I requested it after reading the synopsis and I didn’t think I’d be approved as my feedback ratio was so low but the book gods smiled down!

It Came from the Multiplex was amazing, a horror anthology with an 80s horror theme flowing through, and featured so many stories that just got under my skin and they were so cleverly done.

There were a couple of stories I didn’t read and I did rate the book 4 stars because of that and some formatting issues that frustrated me.

I moved past it though and enjoyed every second of this read.

Alien Parasite from Outer Space by Warren Hammond. I loved this one so much, it was the perfect opener for what was to come! The ending came from no where, I did not expect it at all.

Return of the alien parasites from Outer Space by Angie Hodapp. This was a continuation of the first story, it wasn’t as good as the first but it was cracking continuation.

Negative Creep by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro. This short story was SO GOOD, I just loved how it progressed and the ending was brilliant. I just wish the actual monster within this story was explained in a bit more detail instead of being so mysterious.

Helluloid by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. I actually thought this was the best of the bunch, which it was hard to pick just one! But I had literal goosebumps throughout this book. Everything came together in the end but still left just enough to mystify us with the final line…

Rise Ye Vermin by Betty Rocksteady. I’m really glad this book had a sort of happy ending, especially compared to all the others I’d read. It did make me feel ill at points though, like parts it of were vomit worthy for me.

The Cronenberg Concert by Keith Ferrell. This one really took me by surprise, I did not see the ending coming at all and all I will say this one got under my skin…

Creature Feature by Gary Jonas. This one came a very close second to my favourite of this little series. The whole story and the way it was portrayed and written was amazing, and it had the best ending EVER.

Invisible by Mario Acevdeo. This one got a bit weird for me and I struggled to see the point to it, like the actual story line, it wasn’t the best of the bunch.

Screen Haunt by Orrin Grey. I think my initial feelings on this book were just erm what? I was hooked instantly and I loved how the story progressed but then the ending just completely ruined this for me and I felt it didn’t relate to the rest of the story at all.

The Devils Reel by Sean Eads and Joshua Viola. DNFR.

On The Rocks by K Nicole Davis. OKAY so this one had so much potential and I think it disappointed me that it didn’t live up to it. I guessed almost straight away what was going on and I wish that the author had focused on a different aspect if she was going make it so obvious what was going on.

Coming Attractions by Stephen Graham Jones. I’m in two minds about this one, while I did enjoy it I had to read some parts a few times just to understand what was going on. Definitely not the best of the bunch.

Late Sleepers by Steve Rasnic Tem. Again, I enjoyed this one it just didn’t really stand out for me.

Special Make Up by Kevin J Anderson. DNFR.

And there are my reviews for It Came From The Multiplex. As always thank you so much to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC!

Until next time, Em xxx

Top Ten Tuesday – Cover Freebie📚

Hello bookworms, today is Tuesday (thank u calendar for the reminder) and that means it’s Top Ten Tuesday time!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and is a weekly post, born out of the want to bring us bookish people together and great for those of us that love a good list.

This week we have a freebie to do with covers, which guys I am so excited for I love a good book cover, and me being the super inventive person I am decided to do my favourite book covers!

I have so many favourites so I’ve cut it down to just 10 and these are…

Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone – The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales – Intergalactic Interloper – Alice in Wonderland – The End of Mr Y.

Remember Me – How The Grinch Stole Christmas – The Whisper Man – Say Cheese and Die – The Final Empire.

Those are my favourite book covers, all for completely different reasons though I think that’s pretty clear seeing as one of them is How The Grinch Stole Christmas lmao.

As always, let me know if you’re taking part in TTT so I can check out your post too!

Em xxx

Heaven’s Peak, Miguel Estrada – A Review.

Heaven’s Peak by Miguel Estrada.

Synopsis… “After the tragic death of his mother, teenage photographer Kevin Miller moves to a new town with his alcoholic father and eight-year-old sister with the hope of bringing the family together and starting over. However, everything changes when Kevin witnesses his sister being kidnapped by a bizarre creature. The police are skeptical, so he decides to unveil the mysteries that surround the town by himself.

On the other side of the investigation, FBI agent Norman James is willing to do anything to solve the baffling case, except believe the nonsense of a traumatized teenager. Meanwhile, newscasts predict a blizzard approaching in the next couple of days, as people in the town begin to behave in strange ways”.

Overall rating 2 out of 5 stars.

My review…

Let me start by saying I was definitely intrigued by this book, it grabbed me from the start and I kept reading until the end because I was determined to find out what happened. But that’s about where my enjoyment ended.

I thought the story was boring and tried to bring in too many different elements of other horror stories, which resulted in a truly strange plot that didn’t really make much sense or explain where the monsters originated from.

The chapters changed POV every single time, and whilst it did build up the intrigue and make me want to keep reading, it mostly just frustrated me because every time we got into something good BAM it was someone new narrating.

For me, this really spoiled the book and meant it took me until about 45% of the way through to warm to any of the characters, until that point I didn’t feel I knew them at all.

Estrada didn’t really expand on the monsters or where they came from, but wasted time writing pointless scenes and chapters that didn’t offer any value to the overall plot line. And at points that made me feel like we were going round in a circle instead of ever reaching an end point.

I did enjoy the ending and I’m extremely glad that it didn’t have a happy ending per se, because that would have made reading this book a complete waste of time.

This book did have potential to be something great if only the author had picked out certain parts and expanded upon them and just completely ignored others.

Let me know if you’ve read Heaven’s Peak and what you thought!

Until next time, Em xxx

Abandoned: A Ghost Story, Carol McMahon – A Review.

Abandoned: A Ghost Story by Carol McMahon.

Synopsis“Lisa has nowhere to go. She’s been kicked out of her apartment in Queens by her alcoholic boyfriend and has no other friends in the city. A co-worker tells her about a house on Staten Island where she can live in rent-free, but Lisa comes to realize the price that comes with living in an abandoned house.”

Overall rating 1.5 out of 5 stars.

My review…

As a life long horror fan I picked this book up expecting to be terrified, but it just wasn’t meant to be and I was really disappointed in this book, especially since I felt it had quite a lot of potential.

The author attempted to delivered a classic ghostly tale, complete with dark stairwells and things that go bump in the night (amongst other scary noises). However, for me it just didn’t come off that way.

I thought the author tried too hard to scare us, there was too much emphasis placed on the dark stairwell and the dark room upstairs that Lisa was showering in, or how cold Lisa’s flat felt even with the heating on.

She didn’t focus enough on the parts that mattered, such as expanding upon the neighbour downstairs, we never found out if she was a ghost. Or the “it’s you she wants” that Lisa hears through the hole in the floorboards. And at the start of the book we have a large group of people running to the ferry terminal, with no explanation whatsoever about it.

We were left with a lot of questions, which disappointed me. I expect a certain level of mystery and intrigue from horror books but also some answers to the burning questions…

I’m just disappointed with this book because as I said, I feel it had so much potential to it and if the author was to go back to it and rewrite it, I could imagine it being so much scarier.

Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought!

Until next time, Em xxx

Top Ten Tuesday – Books for my younger self📚

Hello fellow bloggers and bookworms! It’s Tuesday again which means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post… This weeks topic is books for my younger self❤️

It can be anything from books you wish you read when you were younger or books that taught you something or even books that helped you get through events/changes in your life.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and is a weekly post, born out of the want to bring us bookish people together and great for those of us that love a good list aka me!

1 – The Twilight Saga. I have recently re-read these and am fully embracing Twi-hard life again but I originally read these books back when I was in school and they helped me through a really tough time.

2 – The Harry Potter series. Again, I read these when I was much much younger (and still embrace my HP life) but they just were such a constant fixture in my life that I couldn’t leave them out.

3 – The Goosebumps books. I mean I still read these as an adult but reading them as a child I think solidified my obsession with horror and being scared.

4 – The Universe Doesn’t Give A Shit About You. Reading this as a teenager or young adult would have made my life SO much easier, luckily I did read it and it changed my life.

5 – The Mistborn series. I have read these, but as an adult, and I wish I’d read them when I was younger so I could experience the magic of the story for a little bit longer.

Most of these are just books I wish I had read sooner than I did, so I could have experienced them for longer but that I do have a connection with, for various reasons.

As always, let me know if you’re taking part in TTT so I can check out your post!

Until next time, Em xxx