Book Reviews 2020

What’s up people, and if you landed here – Welcome. This is an archive of books reviews for 2020.

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The Institute
by Stephen King

Another great story by Stephen King. You do have to wrap your mind around the abuse (and there is a disclaimer at the beginning of the book) but thoroughly enjoyed this read. (Sorry friends I never officaly wrote up a review on the blog for this book)

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
by Felicia Day

Who doesn’t know Felicia Day? Actress, Author, gamer, and entrepreneur. Her work includes Dr. horrible sing-along blog the magicians and supernatural. Felicia Day is so named ”Queen of the nerds.” (More)

WED_ Good Reads ReviewTales from the Fringes of Fear
by Jeff Szpirglas

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. (More)

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by Bret Riley

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. (More)

WED_ Good Reads ReviewThe Haunting of H.G. Wells
by Robert Mosello

The Haunting of H.G. Wells wouldn’t be a typical book for me, however, “haunting” was in the title (Yes I’m a sucker for the supernatural).  Even though the book was well written, it moved like molasses for me.  Above all, the point was to set the story for that period, as Wells was haunted by his transgressions and time spent on the Western Front. (More)

WED_ Good Reads ReviewThe Chestnut Man: A Novel
by Soren Sveistrup

The Chestnut Man is a crime novel about the abuse of the system. A system designed to help the helpless of all … children. Halloween, 1989 and a gruesome murder set the trajectory of what would become The Chestnut Man. This novel is not for those who don’t like crime, mystery, or true crime, and as a result, it depicts graphic scenes. (More)

Night Film
by Marisha Pessl

This book first landed on my Good Reads List in 2019, as well as my “Good Reads for Fall” book list.  Set in October this book follows a reporter (McGrath), a hostess (Nora), and a former friend of Ashely’s (Hopper) as they band together to find out what happened to Ashley Cordova the daughter of famous filmmaker Stanislaus Cordova who hasn’t been in the public eye for 30 years. (More)

The Gods of Jade and Shadow
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I never wrote a post about this on the blog so here is my review posted to Good Reads.

Gods of Jade and ShadowGods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book spun an intriguing story of a girl with a modest upbringing, made to live with her grandfather after her father dies. Set in the 20s in a small southern town in Mexico Casiopea falls into a life of a housekeeper, running errands, washing, and scrubbing floors while caring for her grandfather. She has dreams of leaving the small town for a better life.

Her life changes when she accidentally knocks over a small wooden box and frees a Mayan God of Death. This God needs her help in recovering his throne from his evil brother. In this strange company, the two set off on a journey that will change Casiopea’s life forever.

I haven’t seen such determination in a character in a long time, only 14 … sharp, and smart but with all the naiveties of a teenager. This character shows you what you can do when you make a promise and never give up. Her determination would earn her the respect of the gods. Being influenced by family Casiopea must learn about, love, life, and making the ultimate sacrifice.

This book was a great read even for an old head like me. I get to escape into different lands and historical fiction, about cities, the style of the times, and different cultures.

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The Select
by F. Paul Wilson

This is just what I expect from F. Paul Wilson. I enjoyed this quick read. I did start off a little slow but kept the pace as the tension started to build. Why were the medical students sharing the same mindset as professors? Ongoing bull sessions by the students point out that not all are sharing the same point of view. (More)

Mexican Gothic
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this Good Reads author. This was the one book that was highly anticipated, and I couldn’t wait to read it. It started off a little slow for me and then began to pick up. I tried to figure out where the story was going as I’ve read so many reviews about this book. (More)

Hallowe’en Party (Hercule Poirot #41)
by Agatha Christie

Ok so I’m biased when it comes to Poirot, but I love this classic mystery novel.  As you try to follow along with Poirot … challenging, and questioning who did what you really fall into this quick read. (More)

The Shadows: A Novel
by Alex North

So folks, this is another that I didn’t write a review for which is sad but this was a great read.  Highly recommended.

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