Sunday, August 30, 2015

Review: "The Girl From The Well" by Rin Chupeco



Title:  The Girl From The Well

Author: Rin Chupeco

Genre: YA Horror

Publication: August 5, 2014

Pages: 267

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out.

The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge", based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.

Auggie's Review

Very Enjoyable Read!

HORRIFYING. For the love of Pete! And SAD and just... wow. If you're a reader like myself who pushes through reluctance to read horror novels out of some really peculiar and bizarre curiosity then you'll find this book to be not only unsettling, but terrifying to boot.

Part of me like reading creepy books. The other part of me occasionally wonders why I put myself through the trauma. This book definitely made me ask myself the "Why do I do this to myself?" question. Which, in turn, proves to me that it did exactly what it was supposed to do.

I appreciate the new perspective of one of the most famous ghosts in the history of horror-dom. The kind of perspective that makes you feel sad and hopeful at the same time... where the monster is monstrous for reasons people can kind of understand even though it makes you uncomfortable to realize it.

I'm definitely interested in picking up the next book in this series, which released earlier this month.

If you're a horror book fan then this is a read for you.

Until Next Post,
Read On!
Auggie is the 28 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A Teen Librarian and bibliobibuli by nature as well as a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. One can normally find Auggie neck deep in reading, writing, or daydreaming (sometimes all three at once).  She's also been known to drink too much caffeine and eat too many lemon flavored sweets.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review: "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas


Title:  A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: NA Fairytale Retelling

Publication: May 5, 2015

Pages: 416


A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Auggie's Review

Fantastic! Highly Recommend!

A strong 4.5. This book was almost perfect! The story was thrilling, the characters loveable and loathable in their own rights. Truly, I'm glad to FINALLY see a NA book that's not contemporary fiction. And this one was VERY WELL DONE. Just lacked something, only barely, in the writing that knocked it down .5 stars for me, some moments of descriptive repetition or overly used phrases, or moments of zero explanation when there should have been SOMETHING.

But, ignoring that small small "shortcmoing", this book was fabulous. I mean, wow.

I recognize the "Beauty and the Beast" fairytale in there, but I really think it's a much stronger "The Ballad of Tam Lin" retelling. The fairy man who is beloved (and basically owned) by a powerful fairy queen (who is not exactly pleasant) and the young woman who has fallen in love with Tam Lin must travel into the supernatural world and face the Queen and win her lovers freedom.  Yeah, I'd say this was Beauty and the Beast for the first bit and then "The Ballad of Tam Lin" for all the rest.

THANK YOU FOR WRITING AN NA BOOK THAT IS NOT CONTEMPORARY FICTION. I mean geez. You'd think there'd be more genre diversity, but nope. Apparently once we're out of the teen stages we are no longer charmed by such frivolous things as Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Historical Fiction. No, not us. We've reached that age when the only thing that seems to matter is where we're going to get a job and who we'll have sexy times with next. No epic adventures for us, thank you very much. We're too busy trying to find an apartment.

But seriously. Just because we're not teens any more doesn't mean we don't long for crazy, fantastical, magical, AND sexy fiction. Writers are missing a huge opportunity here.  At least Ms. Maas is on board.

Back to the book. What can I say? It's was nearly perfect. Tam Lin is smouldering and I don't feel like I'm reading a book that's trying so hard NOT to be too sexy or too intense (on many levels). It is what it is and reads much more like a real fairytale to me than the fluffy stuff you get in other retellings. Not that I don't like fluff, I do, but not just fluff. One can not live on fluff alone.

This is one of those reads where I feel that I can't go into too much detail or I'll end up ruining something for someone. So just read it. No, really. I'm telling you... this one is going to be worth your time. 

Unless you don't like fairytale retellings. Then no. And also, you're weird.

Until Next Post,

Read On!

Auggie is the 28 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A Teen Librarian and bibliobibuli by nature as well as a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. One can normally find Auggie neck deep in reading, writing, or daydreaming (sometimes all three at once).  She's also been known to drink too much caffeine and eat too many lemon flavored sweets.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bout of Books #14 Final Update

B.O.B 14 is done!  

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Total Pages - 1245
ARC Books Read -3
Total Books Read -4
Challenges -1
Chats - 1

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DAY 1 UPDATE - Trying to read through "Serafina and the Black Cloak" by Robert Beatty, but finding it a bit boring. Stalking #boutofbooks people on twitter. PARTICIPATING IN THE CHALLENGE! Woo!

Finished "Serafina and the black Cloak". Unfortunately, this wasn't a book for me. 2/5 on the scale. It was just too simplistic of a story. Great for really young readers, but perhaps not deep enough to engage the more aware youngsters or the older audiences reading middlegrade. Not trash, but not what I was hoping for.

Participating in the Bout of Books twitter chat! YEAH!

Pages Read: 293
Books Finished:1
Daily Challenge: Fictional World Travel

Irish Fairytales - Ireland (Of course)
Peony in Love - China
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles - Japan
Clockwork Scarab - London
Tam Lin - Scotland

DAY 2 UPDATE - Was able to get a little bit of reading done during lunch break. Started "The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall" by Katie Alender. Looks like I'm going to have to skip "Brilliant" as I didn't download it before it was archived on NG. DANG IT! Well, I'll find different title. Not like I have hundreds of books on my TBR list or anything.... *ahem*

Spent some time with "The Golden Compass" as well, even though that one isn't on my list. Things are changing up as usual!

Tomorrow's goal will be to finish both of these.

Pages Read: 214
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100 Pages

Books Finished:None


DAY 3 UPDATE - 9:00 AM:  I don't work today until 1, but it's about an hour commute and I have to take the dog to the park. I woke up late.... so that gives me *checks imaginary watch* 2 hours to read before real life takes over today. WOO 

Pages Read: 222 

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222 Pages
Books Finished: 1

DAY 4 UPDATE - Super busy today. In to work early, left work late, then went home and read for about an hour and a half before going to celebrate future sis-in-law and nephew's birthday! Lots and lots of fun, but we didn't get back until after 11pm. Then it was bed-time! Thankfully, I managed to finish a read!

Pages Read: 199

199 Pages
Books Finished: 1

DAY 5 UPDATE - Barely read anything today, unfortunately. Started "The Girl From The Well" as my 3rd ARC book but then got distracted. I'm losing steam!

Pages Read: 37

 DAY 6 UPDATE -Started "Dark Witch" by Nora Roberts. Wasn't feeling that either! Guh!

Pages Read: 50


 DAY 7 UPDATE - Managed to finish "The Girl from the Well". HOLY GEEZ. Talk about terrifying. Yikes!
Pages Read: 230


Books Finished: 1

B.O.B. 14 GOALS!

I have some serious goals this read-a-thon.  I make zero promises to myself to be able to complete this goal, but I'm using this B.O.B to help me catch up a bit on my yearly goal of 100 books (I'm 8 books behind, UGH!). 

I also have a pretty sizable ARC list from Netgalley/Edelweiss that I haven't touched recently. Mreragjeoudfj *and other indistinct grumbling about poor willpower*

Goal 1 - Read 5 books

Goal 2 - Of those 5 books, read 3 ARCs

Goal 3 - Participate in 3 Challenges and 2 Chats

Bonus Goal - VLOG

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Happy Bout Of Books!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tori Review: "Scorched" by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Title: Scorched

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre:  New Adult

Publication: June 16, 2015

Pages:  238

Summary: Sometimes life leaves a mark…

Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.

Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.

Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself.

Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…

Fantastic! Highly Recommend!

Being as I was over the moon for the first book in this series, Frigid, I was a bit hesitant in reading the second. I even pre-ordered it and the morning it showed up on my Kindle…I started coming up with excuses not to read it yet. Was I really all that interested in Andrea’s story? I was still so wrapped up in how Sydney and Kyler got together that I was dragging my heels on whether or not this new romance could top the first.

I didn’t like it better and I’m not saying that I liked it less either. I’m just saying these two romances are as far apart as you can get when dealing with the New Adult genre. Frigid followed two best friends that finally ended up with their own happily ever after. But Scorched…well it had enough raw emotion to have me in tears more than a few times. My goodness, Armentrout can sure give you feels all over the spectrum.

Andrea is a redheaded firecracker (which I must admit…this Irish girl definitely loves in a female lead) and has no problem dishing back anything she is served and then some. But she has more than just normal college on her mind. She is fighting a battle that many have come up against and many have lost. She has a drinking problem that she doesn’t want to admit to and that has her friends worried from the very beginning.

Enter Tanner…a stunningly gorgeous character, as all the men in the Armentrout universe are, and the perfect counterpart to Andrea’s fiery nature. They can hardly decide from one moment to the next whether they want to strangle each other or kiss. But in perfect Frigid fashion…all it takes is a trip to a cabin in the woods to throw both of them off their axis and into each others arms.

Now here is where I assumed they would get together, some issue would arise, they would fight, get back together, the end (I’m not knocking the process, I’m just saying…it happens a lot in this genre). But I was completely drawn in when everything about Andrea, all her problems, came rushing to the surface and Tanner was a pillar of strength for her that I didn’t foresee at the beginning.

There was some amazing character development in this book as well as the wonderful humor that I always see when dealing with this author…as well as the steamy scenes. Mustn’t forget those. I know I won’t.

5 quills to Scorched! If you are an Armentrout fan such as myself, then you know that she is wonderful. If you haven’t read her any of her books yet, well shame on you and get yourself to the book store, the library, or Amazon and get started. I know I will be anxiously awaiting the many books she has set to release this year.

Until then, happy reading!
  Tori is a  24 year old tiny oddball of a woman who ardently loves rainy days and festive repartee. A college graduate, she holds a degree in communications with an emphasis on writing for media. Tori is currently an Assistant librarian working towards getting her Master's in Library Science. You will not find it surprising that this Auggie-Talk Co-Blogger is a passionate devotee of impulsive bookstore perusing and reading far past the point of exhaustion.