Throwback Thursday: A Faint Cold Fear (Karin Slaughter) #tbt

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by book blogger extraordinaire, Renee at It’s Book Talk. She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favourites and read books that have already been published.

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As you may know, I have been making my way (slowly but surely) through the Grant County series by Karin Slaughter.  I finished off 2017 with A Faint Cold Fear, the third novel in the series, bringing me back to Grant County and alongside Sara Linton, Lena Adams and Jeffery Tolliver – my good ol’ Grant County pals.   Although I was excited to return to the familiar landscape, I must admit, this one left me feeling a little bit disappointed.

I have come to know the novels of Karin Slaughter for their non-stop action, gripping plot and vivid imagery; however, in this novel I found these aspects lacking. The plot was very character focused, which I liked, but it was just completely different from what I was expecting.

The general plot focuses with a series of suspicious suicides that are plaguing Grant County and the novel opens with a bang (which I will leave a mystery since it truly is a doozey!) but then I found the novel to be a slow, steady ride from there. There were no real twists or turns, nothing that shocked me or threw me for a tailspin. I understand that this beginning twist had a major effect on the characters but I felt myself feeling it was a little redundant.

I also was shocked to how different I felt about Lena in this novel. The past two novels in the Grant County series (Blindsighted and Kisscut), I actually really liked her and her struggle. However, come this book, I wanted to skip over chapters with her narration (which would have been hard since a majority of the novel is narrated through her perspective). I really struggled to maintain any sympathy for her.

I guess we will see what happens with book four!

Has anyone else read this series?  Did you feel the same about the third instalment?

 

 

Throwback Thursday: The Exorcist (William Peter Blatty)

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by book blogger extraordinaire, Renee at It’s Book Talk. She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favourites and read books that have already been published.

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This week, I decided to focus on a book that had been in my TBR pile for a while, The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.   I don’t even think this book needs a synopsis or any other introduction; it is pretty much infamous.

I had kind of forgotten all about this book until I came across a Buzzfeed article a few weeks ago (right before Halloween) that discussed books that are ACTUALLY scary.  At this point, I was looking for something to really get me into the Halloween mood so, I picked up a copy and started reading. I figured I had seen the movie, it was scary, of course, but how bad could the book be, especially since I already know what happens?

Bad.

The answer is bad.

I had to read this one in the daylight and after a certain point, I would have to put it down.  It totally creeped me out! Between the imagery and the obscene depictions, there were points in time I wanted to give up completely.  Because of this, it took me over two weeks to get through the book- practically a lifetime- and I am sure it will take me even longer to get over it.  This one gets under your skin.

A creepy Halloween read?  Absolutely.  It did the role it was meant to do.  Would I read it again?  Nope.  Never.

Has anyone else ever read this one?  Am I the only one who had their pants scared off??!!

Throwback Thursday: Pretty Girls (Karin Slaughter) #tbt @SlaughterKarin

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by book blogger extraordinaire, Renee at It’s Book Talk. She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favourites and read books that have already been published.

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This week, I am featuring Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter; this book had been on my “to read” shelf for well over a year and, now that I have read it, I am kicking myself for not reading it (and everything else Slaughter has written) sooner. THIS. BOOK. WAS. AMAZING.  Honestly, I went into it knowing absolutely nothing about the book. I just knew I had seen multiple reviews for it EVERYWHERE when it was released and that people said it was amazing. That was enough for me. Therefore, I am not going to give too much information about the plot and will absolutely leave this review spoiler free.

Slaughter has a distinct ability to completely grip her reader from the first pages; as soon as I read the first chapter, I knew that I was going to be in for a wild ride. Boy, was I right. A fast paced plot, multiple twists and turns and complex characters had me glued to the pages. As I was reading, I felt like I was in a battle. Part of me wanted to read as fast as I could to figure out the conclusion and tie everything together and the other part of me wanted to relish in each moment, reading slowly and enjoy Slaughter’s prose. I can say, without question, that I think Slaughter is one of the most masterful thriller writers and Pretty Girls proves it!  Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: Pretty Girls (Karin Slaughter) #tbt @SlaughterKarin”

#ThrowbackThursday Always Watching (Chevy Stevens) @ChevyStevens

Screen Shot 2017-08-09 at 10.34.13 PM.pngThrowback Thursday is a weekly meme created by book blogger extraordinaire, Renee at It’s Book Talk. She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favourites and read books that have already been published.  Sometimes, I feel like I need a serious kick in the pants to get some of my poor book babies that have been sitting lonely on my shelf.  Following the mantra of my friend Amy at Novel Gossip, I figure participating in Throwback Thursday will help me to read at least one older title a week!

This week, I decided to tackle a book by Chevy Stevens, Always Watching.  I read my first Chevy Stevens novel earlier this year and was instantly obsessed with her writing style and addictive storylines.  I binge purchased every single one of her books….and then I got distracted.   Now that I read Always Watching, I am kicking myself for not getting to this book sooner.  I loved it.

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