Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

 

 

 

 

 

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Part parody, Part thriller, Hendrix does a great job scaring readers of this book. A the heart of any successful parody is the knowledge and possibly respect for your subject. So readers who have visited an IKEA before will find humor in everything from the look of the book to the names of products that have a definite tip of the hat to the IKEA lifestyle.

 

Our guides through this story are Amy and Basil two Orsk employees who couldn't be more different. Amy’s life is in a financial and emotional rut. She is trying to keep her head down while a transfer comes through to another store. Basil is a responsible single dad who encompasses all the positive qualities of Orsk management.

While Amy thinks he is out to get her, Basil is just asking that she she be a responsible worker, which includes showing up to work on time and taking pride in her work.

Basil gives Amy a chance to redeem herself and make some extra money by working a secret night shift in the store. There have been various vandalisms to the store that need to be explained.

Their investigations lead to the discovery of a underground world called the beehive. This is a torturous place that holds the answer to all the missing employees and vandalism.

 

This book goes from humor to creepy really fast. The grim torture devices that grace some chapter  headings also add to the overall creepiness. A very solid read with a nice ending.

 

 

This is my 61st Book for Coyer Summer Vacation

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Review: Queen & Country Volume 1

 

 

 

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I’ve heard great things about this series for a long time. Thanks to Comixology I got the first volume of the series for 1.99. I loved it! The focus of this volume is on British operative Tara Chace and  her mission to assassinate a Russian mafia dealer. It’s a fast paced game of Cat and Mouse after Tara completes her task and now needs to get out of the country. Rucka is a phenomenal writer and his female characters are always a joy to read.

 

The second part of this  volume focuses on the repercussions of Tara’s act. Their is a wonderful James Bond feel to this story with an awesome female protagonist. I’m really excited to read more of the volumes in the series.

 

This is my 53rd book for Coyer Summer Vacation

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Bone Seeker by Brynn Chapman

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I won a set of books from Month 9 Books from Dewey’s Readathon and this one of them. There is something so wonderful about reading  a book you know very little about. The cover manages to truly convey the gothic aspects of the the novel but there are still tons of great sunrises for readers.

This book is the first adventure of Arabella Holmes a gifted young scholar and bone seeker, who has discovered a bone that may be from a deceased Nephilim a race descended from Angels. Like her Father Sherlock ( nice twist that!), Arabella has a keen intellect, but lacks some of the social graces expected from a young female in 1910.

Through her Father’s influence Arabella gains a position at the Mutter Museum as does a man from her past Henry Watson, son of Holmes partner Dr. John Watson. 

 

John and Arabella’s adventures and feelings for each other are told through alternating chapters as the pair foil robbery's and kidnappings on their quest for the truth about the skeletons.

 

I really enjoyed this book. The alternating chapters were very well done. Chapman deftly switches between the characters perceptions and desires, giving the readers a glimpse of both characters hopes, fears and growing love for each other.

A very solid read, I would love to see these characters again.

 

 

This is my 60th book for Coyer Summer Vacation

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