Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! This month has been so busy – I’ve had dissertation meetings and classes at university, and that’s on top of birthdays, family anniversaries, and a house move! I’ve also graduated from my foundation degree, and been to an amazing Halloween party! I’m so tired… I’ve always got time to read though, so it’s time for my October wrap up. So without further ado, lets begin and fair warning, there may be spoilers.
I read the first two eBooks in the Larry series by Adam Millard. The first novel, Larry, follows aging serial killer Larry ‘Pigface’ Travers as he decides to regain his former glory. He decides to return to Camp Diamond Creek and murder as many teenagers as possible. This was a great way to start the series, and what I loved was all the nods to classic horror movies like Psycho, Scream and Halloween, just to name a few. It took all the classic tropes like having a final girl, and put this great spin on it. Definitely for adults due to the language and sex, and slasher horror! A horror-comedy, I rated it 5 stars.
Larry 2: The Squeequel picks up a year after Pigface’s demise. He was dismembered and burnt, but that’s not going to stop his mother from hiring a voodoo practitioner! Larry returns and decides that he’s going to get rid of the final girl, once and for all. Even if it means travelling to the big city. The only problem is that the final girl now has a psychic link to the geriatric killer… I felt quite let down by this as it wasn’t as funny as the other and relied a lot on repetitive jokes. The eBook formatting was off, so it was slightly jarring to read. Although introducing the nun, Sister Geoff, was divine inspiration. Literally. An adult horror-comedy, it’s still full of bad language, sex and cheesy horror tropes. I’m now curious as to how Adam can bring another book to the series! I rated this as 3.5 stars.
Next is the first book in the Alien Huntress series – Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter. This was another eBook read, and I’ve had this for a while. The novel follows Mia Snow, an alien huntress for the New Chicago Police Department. While working on a high profile case, her friend and partner is caught in the crossfire, and left fighting for his life. In walks Kyrin en Arr, an alien with a secret. He offers to save Mia’s friend, but there’s a price to pay… I was disappointed with this. It started promising, and then seemed a rush rush rush to the finish line as soon as Kyrin was introduced. The characters were flat and unlikeable. It was very predictable and I guessed the “plot twist” before it happened. The romance wasn’t even enough to save the novel, although the sex scenes had some spice to them. I did rate this 2 stars, as it was the start to the adult series, and I’m willing to give the next book a chance.
Next is the first eBook in The Hybrid Chronicles – What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang. I’ve had this for a while, and was pleasantly surprised. A YA read, the novel follows Eva and Addie – two souls in one body. Addie is able to control the body movements, talk to others, go to school. It appears she has settled, but she knows otherwise. Eva is still within her, clinging to life. One day, Addie learns of a way for Eva to get the chance to be able to move and speak again. The risks are huge, especially since people like them – hybrids – are considered dangerous. Eva decides that life is worth more than the risks… The characters were interesting, especially with this idea of genetics being a huge part of the settling process. It didn’t fall too much to YA tropes, and I really enjoyed Kat’s writing style. I rated this 4 stars, and I’m excited to read the next one.
Next is the first eBook in the Pericolo series – Femme Fatale by Kirsty-Anne Still. I’ve had this for a while too. An adult novel, it follows Amelia, the daughter of an Italian mobster. She has been raised to kill and so she does. Nicknamed the Femme Fatale, she doesn’t look back, and neither do the other killers in her family. And then her father asks her to kill Zane Maverick – her ex-boyfriend… Kirsty-Anne has a way of getting inside her characters heads and her dialogue is great. It was like nothing I had read before, especially with the mob scenes. It’s a brutal read, definitely for a mature audience. The plot back and forthed to murder and parties and Amelia’s indecision to either be a part of her family or to run to be with the man she loves. I rated this 3 stars, as I think the plot was too skimmed down and was more focused on characters thoughts and feelings. Amelia is young and is still confused over what she wants and where she belongs.
The penultimate read this month was the YA eBook When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. The novel follows Dimple, an Indian-American girl who is preparing to go to a computer coding summer camp. When she arrives, she finds another Indian-American student is there too – Rishi. Rishi tells her that their parents wish to arrange a marriage for them! This was a lovely insight into Indian culture and was a fresh take on YA. It’s described as a rom-com, but I didn’t really see that. To me, it was just a YA book. I was really excited to read about the coding and all the nerdy things (there were several anime references I could appreciate), but I felt like I was let down. The first half was great, although the second half seemed a little rushed. I found Rishi a bit wet behind the ears, very duty bound, whereas Dimple came across as aggressive and very headstrong. The eventual romance between them was sweet and endearing though, and overall, an interesting plot with a twist or two! I rated this 3 stars.
The final book I read was a paperback in my new house – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, which is the first book in the Three Dark Crowns series. This was a reread, but as it had been a while, it was good to revisit! The novel follows triplets Arsinoe, Katharine and Mirabella. Each sister has their own magical ability, making them deadly. Or so each queen believes. To be the Queen Crowned and rule the country though, the sisters must fight to the death and only one can win. I rated this 4 stars as it was an exciting start to the YA series. Each queen is different and I still can’t pick a side! I liked the plot and how things started to connect. I just wanted more of a battle – I wanted a real down and dirty fight to the death, but I suppose it’s all to come in the sequel!
So that completes my fifth wrap up for this blog! Let me know what book/books you have read in the month of October – whether it’s paper/hardback, audio, eBook, graphic novels or manga. They all count! If you have any recommendations, please feel free to let me know!