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Hello everyone and Happy Wednesday. Thank you for visiting the blog today, and if you haven’t … I hope you consider subscribing.

How is everyone doing today? I hope everyone is staying safe and being mindful.

I’m back with an update on my completed, current and future reads for April.  Since I’ve been home, I’ve had a greater opportunity to get caught up on my Good Reads Challenge and to challenge myself to be an active reader, vs. 1 book every 3 months.

Most of my list is light and my favorite genre’s are biographies, crime, mysteries, and ghost stories, which can border on horror movies.  I love Stephen King, Agatha Christie, and F. Paul Wilson.

The circumstances are not ideal, but this has been the time to catch on my reading, teach myself a craft, and just nest.

I want to thank NetGalley for providing this book and my current read.

I’m also happy that I’m caught up on my reading schedule. (According to Good Reads).

April … Reviews, Currently Reading, and Upcoming Reads

Tales on the Fringes of Fear, Jeff Szpirglas (Read)
Comanche, Brett Riley (Read)
The Haunting of H.G. Wells (Currently Reading)
The Whisper Man (Next Read)

Completed | Reviews

Tales from the Fringes of Fear

Fringes of Fear_Szpirglas

Author| Jeff Szpriglas

Illustrator| Stephen P. Hughes

Pages| 192

Genre| YA

GR Rating | 4.5

Purchase | Amazon, Alibris, Book Depository

Synopsis | Dragged fresh from the grave and pulled out of the haunted corners of a school locker, these thirteen new stories are a nod to the storytelling style of Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone. They are guaranteed to make you laugh like a hyena, shake your head in wonder or tremble with fear.

Wyetha’s Review |Tales from the Fringes of Fear is an interesting YA read. These short stories pierce the bubble of what scares young people today. Not gory, not graphic, but just the right amount fear to raise hairs, and send a little tingle down your spine.

From being lost to ghost stories, to your typical school drama Szpirglas spins these 13 short stories that twist and bend the imagination to find goes bump in the night.

This book reminded me of Night Gallery, Thriller, and the Outer Limits all rolled into one. I enjoyed this short read and I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up.

Comanche

COMANCHE_Riley

Author| Brett Riley

Pages| 336

Genre| Thriller, Paranormal

GR Rating | 3.48

Purchase | Available on 9/1

Synopsis | Something is killing the people of Comanche.  In 1887 near the tiny Texas town of Comanche, a posse finally ends the murderous career of The Piney Woods Kid in a hail of bullets.

MY REVIEW |I didn’t know if I would like Comanche. A ghost story about an outlaw cowboy, however, this book took me by surprise. Let me just say that I love a ghost story, but I didn’t see how it was going to work. The book doesn’t have a different twist on a ghost story, but it’s different in its own way.

This was a great read for me as it had all the elements I enjoy. It started with the action right away, and it has all the elements of a good story with a tragic death, family tension, and catching a killer that’s unseen, all set in Texas. Riley gets extra marks for a Supernatural reference that made me chuckle. (Seeing as how that’s my #1 Favorite TV show … I will be sad when it ends.)

All in all, this book was a beautiful distraction and a great time killer. I would highly recommend.

Currently Reading

The Haunting of H.G. Wells, A Novel

Haunting of HG Wells

Author| Robert Masello

Pages| 398

Genre| SyFi, Gothic Fiction

GR Rating | 4.33

Purchase | Available on 10/1

Synopsis |A plot against England that even the genius of H. G. Wells could not have imagined.

It’s 1914. The Great War grips the world—and from the Western Front, a strange story emerges…a story of St. George and a brigade of angels descending from heaven to fight beside the beleaguered British troops. But can there be any truth to it?

My Next Read

The Chestnut Man, A Novel

Chestnut Man

Author| Soren Sviestrup

Pages| 528

Genre| Mystery & Crime, Psychological Fiction, Thriller

GR Rating | 4.21

Purchase | Amazon

Synopsis |If you find one, he’s already found you.  A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen. His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene.

Free Resources for Books

See a complete list of resources online at Book Riot.  Also, check out your local libraries that allow for free book downloads as long as you have a library card.

With that, I’ll end today.  Thank you to NetGalley for providing Tales from the Fringes of Fear, Comanche, and The Haunting of H.G. Wells.  I hope I’ve given you some great resources for reading and helping to pass the time.  Don’t forget to like this post and comment below on what your reading.  — Peace —

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