How far would you go?

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

By Kiersten White

In case you have never heard of the author:

Born in Utah, she graduated from Brigham Young with her study in English. She now resides in California. She writes young-adult fiction in a variety of topics.

In case you have never heard of the book:

If you have ever read Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, then you will have an excellent ground work for this tale. It is penned as a thriller, the tale of Victor’s companion, Elizabeth. She was brought into the family specifically to care for Victor, and remained part of the family, with an easy life of protection due to relation, and no other means or education in anything productive.

When Victor goes off to university, and quits writing letters to Elizabeth, she goes searching for him. What she finds leads her down his twisted path.

This story is told from the view point of Elizabeth, and focuses more on her than anyone else. The writing is accurate in mood and tone, and stays consistent with the writing of Shelley.

What I thought of the book:

I enjoyed the original tale, and this book seemed to expand on that. It made for an enjoyable read. It was easy and quick with a moderate vocabulary. It was similarly timeless, as a tale of horror. Underlying themes of acceptance, love, and protection are relayed delicately. The relevance of shifting power in the lives of women is representative of not only the 18th century, but also in today’s society. Overall. Would recommend to those who enjoy an old fashioned, historically accurate, semi-horror tale.

Have you read it? What did you think? Let me know!

A Ghost Story…

In case you have never heard of this book:

Mary Rose by Geoffrey Girard is an author of a psychological genre. This book proclaims to be a “modern take on a classic ghost story.” This ghost story was an attractive subject for Hitchcock, but it never materialized for him. A re-telling and updating by Girard, Made this book more relevant today.

The story is about a couple: Mary Rose and Simon. It is about their quest to have a normal, loving life, without nightmares and unexplained visions. A trip from New York to England and, later, Scotland, reveal details of Mary Rose’s life that even she didn’t know.

In case you have never heard of the author:

Girard has several degrees and experience both writing and teaching, and writes mainly “thrillers and dark speculative fiction.” (What does that entail?) He offers writing seminars and workshops across the nation.

My opinion of the book:

It was interesting. A charming psychological type book, for those who like being strung along with no true answers. Hints at what happened to a young girl when gone missing, and possible traumas then lead the book down the desired creepy path. The ending is not what I would consider “a true resolution”, but simply a winding down to explaining and understanding the ghost story.

Have you read it? What did you think? Do you have any insights that may make this a better read? Let me know!!

Wuthering Nights

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In case you have never heard of this book:
It is a “re-telling” of the original Victorian Gothic, Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte. The addition of author I.J. Miller’s erotic content, make it much more exciting a read.
The original characters of Heathcliff and Catherine remain, with slightly different attributes being the focus of the story. While their sad, tragic, love story remains, it is spiced up.

While we know that sex was a taboo subject and rarely written about or discussed in letters, the language used and the expressions in this book lend itself to a convincing re-writing of the story. The consistent use of the original author’s voice helps to keep the feelings of the main couple the focus of the novel.

There are some surprising contents: a BDSM three-some, a well-equipped dungeon, and unsurpassed sex-drives. **If you are easily embarrassed by sex, of a more conservative constitution, or are easily triggered by rough sex–maybe don’t read this book.**

In case you have never heard of the author:
I.J. Miller lives on the East Coast, and is the author of several other stories/novels of the erotic type. There is little on his personal life, other than he has an MFA from the American Film Institute.

In case you wondered what I felt about the book:
Overall, I enjoyed it. The original was a fabulous, harrowing, love story between the main two characters, who were never meant to be. This re-telling adds to the frustration by lack of consummation, making it more exciting as a whole.
As I mentioned above, the author was able to maintain stream of language and consistent use of phrases that remain true to the original, while updating the scenery/imagery to include a (probably more accurate) view of the turbulent relationships of two families.
This novel includes: gambling, abuse, alcoholism, sex as a tool, forced copulation, anilingus, and other sex acts. Be aware of that.

 

Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Did you hate it? Let me know your thoughts!!

 

 

Blind River

Hey, everyone. I know it has been a while, and I have been devouring short novelettes (mostly e-books) over the past couple of months. They are all free, and through different sources. They are all different themes and genres.

Blind River was the last one I read. It is a thriller by Ben Follows.

In case you have never heard of the book:
An FBI detective and his partner are sent back to his childhood town to solve a case of disappearing girls. He has a new life, a good job, and he does not want to relive things from his past. But, he will be forced to do just that.

In case you have never heard of the author:
This is the Canadian’s debut novel, a thriller, available on Amazon.

In case you were wondering what I thought of it:
I felt like it moved along well, but left me with some questions (which I won’t post, bc SPOILERS). The characters were decent, but could have been better developed (which could be addressed in subsequent FBI thrillers, I believe). It currently holds 4/5 stars with over 350 reviews on Amazon. I would be interested in reading a follow up to see if the characters, history, and setting are better relayed.

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Reading a bunch!

Y’all, I read seven books in 8 days. Let me clarify. They were Ebooks.

I read a couple of romance, a thriller, a mystery, and a true crime book. I won’t get into details because none of them were stand alone books. Also, the authors are almost all first time authors.

I hate trying to rate first time authors because it feels like I am not giving them a chance to improve, or get a better editor, or find a better subject, or better story. There are many examples of first timers getting horrible reviews, but their second books were vastly improved.

So. My thought on this: free ebooks are great for passing time. They are great entertainment. They may help you, may intrigue you, may inspire you.

Whatever the outcome: READ. ­čÖé

If you have feelings on this topic, hit me up.

Some books…

I recently read a book. I won’t share the title. I won’t do a review. You may ask why I even bring it up. Well. I was considering the context and subject matter of the book, which I felt was of a personal matter, and did not need to be shared. Also, some things (yes, even books) just need to be kept for oneself.

Have you ever had an experience and you were dying to share with someone, but conflicted because if you shared it, it would no longer belong to just you?? That is kind of how it feels.

I wanted you to know I am still reading, and my list of books to be read is ever growing, and makes me sad because what if I can’t read them all?!?! I know. #booknerdproblems, right?

So. Until I decide what book is next, and do the business of reading it…

Puzzling Read

I finished this series a while ago, but never got around to writing about it. I read Enigma: the Complete Collection by Shandi Boyes. The series consists of four books: Enigma of Life, Unraveling the Enigma, Enigma: The Mystery Unmasked, and Enigma: the Final Chapter.
This series was a free offering through an email service I signed up for.

In case you have never heard of the series:
This is a story about an alleged mobster and an FBI agent. It is a love story, a mystery, an exciting “romance”, and some smut thrown in for good measure. He is a true alpha: big, burly, handsome, rich, and elusively private. She is na├»ve, a loner, a hard worker, and not giving in without a fight. How will they fare? Read and find out!!

In case you have never heard of the author:
She lives in Queensland, Australia. She is an accomplished author of “sizzling hot reads” that include mainly alpha males, open door sex, and happy endings that are fought for.

What I thought of the series:
As I have posted before, I am not a huge reader of “romance novels”. I do enjoy a happy ending though, and this series brought the FBI and mob dynamic into the plot. It was well plotted from start to finish, and had a few surprises. I was impressed with the totality of the series, and would recommend it if you are into romantic mystery with a hint of sex.

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What Would You Do Behind Closed Doors?

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In a slightly silly twist of fate, I found this book in a grocery store in Waco. I was curious, bc the back of the book offered mystery and thriller sentiments. It piqued my curiosity. However, it was the author’s debut novel, and I am wary of new authors, as they sometimes have not found their voice yet. So, I found it at the local library, and read away.

In case you have never heard of the book:
It is a thriller/mystery/psychological book. It is about the perfect couple, Jack and Grace Angel. They have the perfect house, the perfect garden, never argue, and maintain their perfect personas in their social circles. Everyone is jealous, but do they know the real couple? Do they have any idea what happens behind closed doors?

In case you have never heard of the author:
This is her debut novel. B.A. Paris is a native Englishwoman, but spent most her life in France. She was a teacher and worked in finance. She has since written two more novels. She is a best-seller, y’all.

My opinion of the book:
For a debut, I thought it was outstanding. It was indeed psychological, kept my attention, kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering how things were going to work out. I thought the characters were well developed, but Jack could have used a little more back story. I would recommend this book to those looking for a new author or a thrilling mini-mystery. It was easy to read, easy to follow, and kept pace well. With a plot line of which I have not seen often, I enjoyed the level of psychopathy included.

Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Did you hate it? Let me know in a message below.

 

 

*UPDATED* Craving more…

I finally got my hands on the last two books in the Steele Brothers’ series. I was excited to wrap it up!!

Shattered and Unraveled are books #8 and #9 in the series, by Helen Hardt. A romantic, smut series with a plot line! The further along in the series, the more interesting it became.
The story followed the same lines, the first three were for Talon, the second three were for Jonah, and the final three were for Ryan. Each book ends with a cliffhanger, through book eight, and is wrapped up nicely in book nine. We find out about the people who caused all of the problems those brothers are trying to work out. We find out about the parents of all the major players in the story. We find out who likes whom, and with whom they end up.
The final couple of books forced a lot of sex scenes into inappropriate timing…and there were themes throughout: non-consensual sex, human trafficking, other illegal dilemma.
I enjoyed it as a whole. I would recommend the series if you are looking for nine books, in that genre, to keep you busy.

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A New Book! *UPDATED*

There is nothing like the feel of a new book. A newly printed, unbroken binding, smelling of ink and paper is the best thing in the world. I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of a novel called “The Other Woman” by Sandie Jones.┬á The actual book does not come out until August 21st, but I got my sticky fingers on this copy to read and let you know how it is before the release date!!

What we know about the author:
She is a resident of London, England. She is a freelance journalist for magazines, websites, etc. This is her first novel, and is touted to be a psychological thriller with a super twist ending.

I will update when I have finished reading!!

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About the book:

**Possible Spoilers and Trigger Warning for Physical and Verbal Abuse and Manipulation**

This book starts as a love story and ends in horror.
Adam is in IT; handsome, responsible, and in control. Emily is a recruiter for big businesses; beautiful, confident, and in for trouble.
When Emily falls for Adam, she eventually meets his mom. She thinks his mom is out to get her; she is a crazy, jealous old woman. Pammie makes Emily question her confidence, intelligence and relationship. Emily evolves from a strong, independent woman into an emotionally needy, confused, and insecure person in need of constant attention and approval of her man. However, his need to control Emily speaks volumes louder than the occasional nice thing he says to her.

How well does she really know Adam? Pammie? Herself??

There are two terms used in psychology that are highlighted prominently in this book. The first is called “the web of deceit” and refers to the lies and manipulations used against an individual to make them believe something. Usually the idea is untrue.
The second is “the cycle of abuse” and refers to a domestic violence situation in which the abused returns to the abuser after an incident, based solely on an apology and promise never to repeat the incident.

I enjoyed this book, as a whole. The secondary relationships were well-written and relatable. There were enough details to make it interesting, but not enough to make it dull. Some of the British slang took me a second to decode (as an uncultured American swine).
The book took about two days of intermittent reading. It was not difficult to read, or hard to follow.
While the characters were thoughtfully written, I had a hard time believing the relationship between the main characters as it continued throughout the story. Emily seems easily manipulated, and blind to serious red flags. Adam seems like the kind of guy that one is informed about in classes concerning self-defense and psychological abuse.
I know saying and doing things are two separate things, but Emily was na├»ve to the manipulation and put herself at serious risk. The mother, Pammie, was not straight-forward or honest from the get go, which could have saved everyone the trouble…however, then there would be no book.
Emily’s family did not react the way that a “loving” and “supportive” family, I believe, would react to their daughter being in such a situation.

I gave it four stars because it was well-written, and overall, enjoyable. A romantic thriller that was like a Lifetime movie in book form.