R.eaders I.mbibing in P.eril X

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I know I’m a little late on this but I’ve been in a reading slump. If you want to know more about R.eaders I.mbibing in P.eril or you would like to sign up, just go here.

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Peril the First: Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) ofR.I.P. literature.

  1. The Troop by Nick Cutter – 4 Stars
  2. Carrie by Stephen King – 3 Stars
  3. Vlad: The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys – 4 Stars
  4. Christopher Pike’s Tales of Terror – 4 Stars
  5. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ghost Stories and Plays – 2 Stars

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Peril On the Screen: This is for those of us that like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year.

  1. Hocus Pocus – 5 Stars
  2. Halloweentown – 5 Stars
  3. Halloweentown II – 5 Stars
  4. Halloweentown High – 5 Stars
  5. Return to Halloweentown – 3 Stars
  6. Twitches – 4 Stars
  7. Twitches Too – 4 Stars
  8. My Babysitter’s a Vampire (The Movie) – 4 Stars
  9. My Babysitter’s a Vampire (The Show) – 4 Stars
  10. Halloween (Rob Zombies) – 4 Stars
  11. Night of the Creeps – 4 Stars
  12. Night of the Living Dead 3D – 2 Stars
  13. Urban Legends – 3 Stars
  14. Hatchet II – 3 Stars
  15. Texas Chainsaw – 2Stars
  16. A lot of Ghost Adventures – 4 Stars
  17. A lot of Ghost Hunters – 3 Stars
  18. Mask Maker – 2 Stars
  19. The Pit – 3 Stars
  20. Reaper (Season One) – 4 Stars
  21. Casper Meets Wendy – 3 Stars
  22. Into the Grizzly Maze – 3 Stars
  23. Poltergeist (2015) – 2 Stars
  24. Curse of Chucky – 4 Stars
  25. The Howling – 4 Stars
  26. Howling II: … Your Sister Is a Werewolf – 3 Stars
  27. From Dusk Till Dawn – 5 Stars

Waiting on Wednesday: A Curious Beginning

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

23160039A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell Mystery #1) by Deanna Raybourn

Details: Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by NAL/Penguin
Pre-order: Book Depository

Summary: In her thrilling new series, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England…and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell.

London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker—a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.

Review: The Tournament by Matthew Reilly

23705511The Tournament (Tournament #1) by Matthew Reilly

Details: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication: July 21st 2015 by Gallery Books
Source: Goodreads win
Buy it: Book Depository
My Rating: 3 Stars

Summary: The year is 1546, and Suleiman the Magnificent, the feared Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, issues an invitation to every king in Europe: You are invited to send your finest player to compete in a chess tournament to determine the champion of the known world.

Thousands converge on Constantinople, including the English courts champion and his guide, the esteemed scholar Roger Ascham. Seeing a chance to enlighten the mind of a student, Ascham brings along Elizabeth Tudor, a brilliant young woman not yet consumed by royal duties in Henry VIII’s court.

Yet on the opening night of the tournament, a powerful guest of the Sultan is murdered. Soon, barbaric deaths, diplomatic corruption, and unimaginable depravity sexual and otherwise unfold before Elizabeth’s and Ascham’s eyes. The pair soon realizes that the real chess game is being played within the court itself…and its most treacherous element is that a stranger in a strange land is only as safe as her host is gracious.

Review: I have been struggling with writing reviews lately and it’s making it hard for me to put into words what I thought about this book. So I am just going to let you know now, this is going to be a very short and probably bad review. I also want you to know that I enjoyed this book.

Over the last year I’ve been hearing a lot about Matthew Reilly. Everyone says his books are amazing and everyone needs to read them. So when I won an ARC of The Tournament from Goodreads, I was beyond excited. As soon as I got the chance to pick this one up and read it, I did. It’s a good book, but I had such high expectations going into it that I was slightly disappointed.

I think my biggest problem with this book is that it just wasn’t long enough. I felt like we didn’t go deep enough into the story. A lot of times I even forgot the story takes place in 1546. Although, that might be my fault. I used to read nothing but historical fiction and most of those books were big and had a lot of description that made it easier to imagine that time in history. There was also a character in this book that I just kept asking myself why they were even in the book. What was the point of that character? Once again, that might just be me. You might not feel the same way about that character.

However, I did like the relationship between Elizabeth and Roger Ascham. Those two were by far the best part of the book. I loved Ascham. I also loved how addicting this book is. I was in a bit of a reading slump when I read it, but I still  managed to read it in one sitting. I just didn’t want to put it down.

Overall I enjoyed the book and will read more by this author. If you want a short, quick, and somewhat addicting historical fiction to read, pick this one up. It shouldn’t take you too long to read. 🙂

Review: Drood by Dan Simmons

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Details: Paperback, 775 pages
Published: February 8th 2010 by Back Bay Books
Source: I bought it.
Buy it: Book Depository
Rating: 5 stars

Summary: On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens–at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world–hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever.

Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums ofLondon and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research . . . or something more terrifying?

Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens’s life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens’s friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), DROOD explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author’s last years and may provide the key to Dickens’s final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, DROOD is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.

Review: I have been wanting to read something by this author for a very long time. I always thought The Terror would be the one I would pick up first, but when I came across Drood for super cheap, I just couldn’t resist. I am so glad I bought it. I honestly don’t think there was a single thing about this book that I didn’t absolutely love. It is perfect. So fo course the next time I was at the store I had to pick up The Terror. I haven’t read that one yet, but I can’t wait to start it. If it is even a tiny bit as good as Drood, I’m sure I will love it.

If you haven’t read Drood yet, please pick it up. I know the size of it can be a bit intimidating, but it is such a great read. I’m sure you will love it.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Drood and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future. I still haven’t read The Terror yet, and I now own Black Hills too. Still can’t wait to get into both of them.

Review: Moonlight Becomes You by Mary Higgins Clark

6465008Moonlight Becomes You by Mary Higgins Clark

Details: Paperback, 339 pages
Published: May 1997 by Pocket Books
Source: I think I found it used and my mom bought it for me.
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 2 stars

Summary: At a party in Manhattan, Maggie Holloway–one of the fashion world’s most successful photographers–is thriller to be reunited with her beloved former stepmother. A widow now, Nuala Moore is equally delighted to see her long-lost stepdaughter, and invites Maggie to spend a few weeks at her home in Newport, Rhode Island.

But when Maggie arrives, she finds Nuala murdered, apparently by a burglar. Heartbroken, Maggie is stunned to learn she has inherited Nuala’s charming Victorian home…and horrified when she begins to suspect that Nuala’s death was not random, but part of a larger scheme conceived by a twisted mind. When Nuala’s dear old friend, Greta Shipley, dies suddenly of supposedly natural causes, Maggie is convinced that there’s a link between these two and other recent deaths among the wealthy older women of Newport. What she doesn’t realize is that she has now become a target for the killer as well, and that each clue she uncovers brings her closer to an unimaginable fate. In her most chillingly suspenseful novel yet, the Queen of Suspense delivers a tale of brilliantly sustained terror, woven with the skill and insight into human nature that have made all of Mary Higgins Clark’s books major bestsellers.

Review: I haven’t read a lot by Mary Higgins Clark but I have been reading her books since I was a kid. I have always really enjoyed the stories and I very rarely figure out the endings. So I had high expectations for this one and was somewhat disappointed.

It usually only takes me a few hours to get through her books, but this one took me days. It just didn’t seem like much was happening and it wasn’t that suspenseful. I still enjoyed it, but it’s probably my least favorite of the ones I’ve read by her. It might have something to do with the fact that I used to read her books when I was 10 – 13 years old. You know when you love a book or an author as a kid, and then go back as an adult and it’s just not the same? I hope that’s not what it is. I really hope it was just this one book and I enjoy whatever I read by her in the future.

Even though it was my least favorite by her, it is still worth a read if you are a fan of hers. If you’ve never read a Mary Higgins Clark book before, try one of her other books.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Moonlight Becomes You and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.