So Busy

Hey guys! I have been really busy ( and sick) the past couple of weeks and haven't been able to update anything. Sometimes life just gets in the way and other stuff has to take priority.

 I'm still reading (when I get the chance) two books: Feed by Mira Grant and The Bachman Books by Richard Bachman (Stephen King). I've kinda pushed Feed aside and have been reading the Bachman Books more. Honestly, the stories are more interesting than Feed. I'm having a really tough time staying interested enough to keep reading. I am REALLY TRYING not to give up on it and toss it into the DNF pile. I hate giving up on books.

Anyhow, I am still around, but just taking a mini break from posting.
 
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REVIEW: VAMPIRE STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN SOUTH

TITLE: VAMPIRE STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN SOUTH
SERIES: --
AUTHOR: LAWRENCE SCHIMEL & MARTIN H. GREENBERG
GENRE: HORROR
EDITION READ: HARDBACK
AMAZON PRICE: USED FROM $2.87


SYNOPSIS:

Few parts of America are as historied as the South, so it’s no surprise that many southern horror stories feature the long-lived vampire. Vampire Stories from the American South is a feast of fear for lovers of vampire fiction, offering a dozen tales in which insatiable vampires prowl plantations and scour the bayous in search of mortal blood.

Spanning settings that range from Virginia to Louisiana, and from Florida to Texas, these stories feature creatures of the living dead that are haunting incarnations of local color and folklore unique to the southern states. Some of those raised here include:

*a blood-drinking monster of the Mardi-Gras in Susan Shwartz’s “The Carpetbagger”
*femme fatale who stalks the Civil War battlefields in Manly Wade Wellman’s
“The Cursed Damozel”
*an Elvis Presley immortalized by more than his music in Tracy A. Knight’s
“Blessed By His Dying Tongue”

The South rises again in these eerie tales of the supernatural, and the shape it takes is sure to bring a chill on the most sultry southern summer night!







MY RATING: 3 STARS

This anthology includes 12 vampire stories set in the south. Being a southerner myself, I thought this would be a neat little read. Honestly, I only enjoyed about half (maybe less) of the stories.

The short stories included in this anthology are:

*The Carpetbagger (Louisiana) by Susan Shwartz
*Claim-Jumpin' Woman, You Got a Stake in My Heart (Georgia) by Esther Friesner
*The Silver Coffin (Virgina) by Robert Barbour Johnson
*Like a Pilgrim to a Shrine (Florida) by Brian Hodge
*The Cursed Damozel (Tennessee) by Manly Wade Wellman
*The Scent of Magnolias (Alabama) by Lawrence Schimel & Billie Sue Mosiman
*The Flame (North Carolina) by Fred Chappell
*God-Less Men (Texas) by James Kisner
*Blood Kin (Louisiana) by Delia Sherman
*Carrion Comfort (South Carolina) by Dan Simmons
*Blessed by His Dying Tongue (Tennessee) by Tracy A. Knight
*She Only Goes Out at Night (West Virginia) by William Tenn

By far, the most famous story included is Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons. I purposely opted NOT to read this particular story. The reason being I actually have the novel sitting on my shelf and I haven't read it yet.

The stories I found enjoyable were:

The Silver Coffin
The Scent of Magnolias
The Flame
God-Less Men
She Only Goes Out at Night


Of Course, being an anthology is going to be a hit and miss with the stories. I have yet to find an anthology in which I enjoyed all the stories. If you chose to read this book, I would suggest checking it out from your library or finding a cheap used copy from Amazon or Thriftbooks.




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REVIEW: CRAWLSPACE BY EVANS LIGHT

TITLE: CRAWLSPACE
SERIES: --
AUTHOR: EVANS LIGHT
GENRE: HORROR
EDITION READ: KINDLE
AMAZON PRICE: PB $-- / KINDLE $0.99


SYNOPSIS:

A Novella--

Fooling around on your wife can be hazardous to your health.

Jusk ask Tom.

He's a man who has a lot to juggle: a frustrated wife, a secret new girlfriend, and the unpleasant task of trying to keep his deteriorating farmhouse from falling down around him.

Now with his wife out of town for the week, Tom is eager to get busy under the covers with his beautiful new lover - but first there's something he has to finish up...in the CRAWLSPACE.

"If you love writers like Joe Hill, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson or Joe R. Lansdale, you owe it to yourself to give Evans Light a try...this new voice on the scene packs enough inventive storytelling twists to delight even the most jaded fans of horror and suspense."






MY RATING: 4.5 STARS

Oh, Evans Light, how you creeped me out with this story!

How far will a scorned wife go to teach her cheating husband a lesson in fidelity? Ladies, just let your man read this story and I doubt he will even think about straying (okay, I'm just kidding...kinda).

This story is creepy and unpredictable. I knew from the get-go that Tom gets trapped in the crawlspace, but everything after that...unpredictable! You just have to read this story to be able to understand. Craziness at its finest!

The ending was very unpredictable and not what I expected at all. I felt a slight disappointment, then I was like, “oh, hell, that makes this even creepier!”.

Just read this!

Evans Light just scored himself a new fan!










*Book Hollow*
















 
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REVIEW: A TIME TO LOVE BY ANGELINA ROSE

TITLE: A TIME TO LOVE
SERIES: MILL CREEK CROSSING #1
AUTHOR: ANGELINA ROSE
GENRE: ROMANCE
EDITION READ: KINDLE
AMAZON PRICE: PB $-- / KINDLE $2.99


SYNOPSIS:

A Novella--

Gracie Tillman is well known in Mill Creek Crossing as the sassy waitress at Stella's diner. But what many people don't know is that she has virtually no family left, and the one person she should have in her life is her sister, Eva. Unfortunately, Eva did some rotten things to her sister years ago, and Gracie says she'll never forgive her.

As Eva's life starts to fall apart in Atlanta, she finds out that the only way to survive is to depend on her sister and crawl back to Mill Creek Crossing. Keeping a major secret, she shows back up in town and tries to convince her sister to forgive her. At the same time, Eva starts to change when she meets an interesting biker named Brice.

Will the sisters be able to mend their relationship? Will love bloom between high class Eva and biker Brice?







MY RATING: 4 STARS

This was a sweet story about two sisters, Gracie and Eva, finding their way back to each other after many years of being estranged.

Gracie got left out in the cold after their mother left Eva a large sum of money in her will. After living the high life and blowing through her inheritance, Eva has to crawl back to her sister for help. Eva is hard to like through the first part of this story, and Gracie is very stubborn. Eva seems to be only looking out for herself, but soon realizes that money and social stature isn't everything.

This is a quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed.







*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review by the author.

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SHORT REVIEW: SUICIDE NOTE BY TERESA MUMMERT

TITLE: SUICIDE NOTE
SERIES: N/A
AUTHOR: TERESA MUMMERT
GENRE: ROMANCE
EDITION READ: KINDLE
AMAZON PRICE: PB $6.37 / KINDLE $0.99


SYNOPSIS:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Novel.

Sometimes in life it feels like everything that can go wrong does, but everything happens for a reason. A relationship crumbles so someone else can mend the pieces of your broken heart. A change of plans can lead you to something you didn’t even know you were missing. You help others and discover that it was you who needed to be helped all along.
Jenn’s life is nothing as she had imagined it would be. She is twenty-something with a failing career and her love life has officially ended with an ultimate act of betrayal. She is ready to throw away her dreams when a chance run-in with a soldier, dealing with his own misfortunes, alters her course and changes her perspective on life.






MY RATING: 4.5 STARS 

 
I'm slightly behind on my reviews so this one is going to be short and to the point.

This story is told from both main characters POV. Each chapter switches from Jenn to Shane. We get to know the inner thoughts and feelings from both characters this way, but it was off-putting for the first few chapters.

Both main characters are probably two of the saddest individuals I've read in a while. I felt so bad for both of them. Most of the book had a very somber feel for me. However, together these two characters work for each other. You can see the happiness start to creep back into their lives.

I really enjoyed Suicide Note, and the cover art is wonderful. I love the simplicity of it.







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