I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I never thought I would enjoy a "outlaw" book, goes to show that one is never to old to try something new.
I had to stop by the library today and found these two hanging out on the book sale shelf. I felt it irresponsible to leave them there, so they came home with me.
I‘ve heard good things about both. Which one to start with?
I have anxiety coupled with complex trauma and PTSD, books have always been a getaway from my own mind and also a calm in the storm that is me. I have an inspection for the townhome I rent today, and I don't do well with strangers in my home. Alas, I am quite worked up. I haven't slept well, so I've made myself some comfort food, grabbed my comfy quilt, and this book by one of my favorite authors, hoping to ease my mind over the next few hours.
I started this in print and struggled to get in to the story, so I switched to audio. Something about hearing the different voices made this retelling of sleeping beauty work for me. I still liked Birdbox more though. #LitsyAtoZ #U #Booked2019 #FairyTaleRetelling
That cover! This was a great read,a supernatural Western set in an unnamed world devoid of much of the cultural baggage of the real Old West but full of tricksy outlaws, comatose heroines (asleep but not helpless) and some over the top villains. I loved the characters, and parts of the book had a great Stephen King vibe to me.
I loved everything about this retelling of Sleeping Beauty! Set in the pioneer era West, Carol suffers from sudden comas resembling death. Another slow burn from Malerman that has a spectacular payoff and colorful characters are developed so well that even small players stick with you! #Booked2019 #Winter #FairyTaleRetelling
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I'm absolutely loving this weather and I'm so upset to go back to whatever freezing mess NY has in store 😖 I did make a lot of progress on this book, which I'm enjoying way more than I expected! Hopefully I can plow through the last half on the plane tomorrow! ✈
Started this today by the pool 🌞 and I'm totally loving the premise! @Timg138 put the continuous scroll option on my book and I thought I wouldn't like it but it's really cool!!! Bonus for getting my page count back too!
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Next up! I enjoyed Bird Box, and this one has got me feeling stressed already! In this Carol falls into comas where she seems dead but isn‘t, and she may be in danger of being buried alive. As someone who sometimes has sleep paralysis the whole idea of being aware of what‘s going on and not being able to move is all too familiar!
I ended up returning this book with about 120 pages left to go. The premise sounded promising and the prose was fine so I think it just wasn‘t the right time for this book. For a book that has the woman-saves-herself plot line (according to the synopsis), there seems to be a lot of male POVs. I guess this is one of those “I was expecting it to be something different” situations. Off to find something else for #Booked2019!
Ventured to the library in the rain to get a start on #Booked2019
Female detective: The Cutting Season or The Secret Place
Fairy tale retelling: Unbury Carol
Happy place: The Flower Recipe Book
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Wow!! Thank you Alethia for this awesome surprise!! These books sound so good!!! I loved Bird Box! Can‘t wait to make the cocoa and the spoons are adorable!! The scarf is freaking awesome!! I‘m wearing it around the house with my pjs 🤣 Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity!! Wishing you and your sweet family a very Merry Christmas ❤️😘🎅 @Avanders and your little boy is precious 💙💙💙
A sort of twisted Sleeping Beauty western that I had too-high expectations for, after reading the fantastic Bird Box. An interesting tale about a woman who falls into such deep comas it‘s like she‘s dead - and her husband who wants to be rid of her. I quite enjoyed the cast of outlaws and demons. It‘s hard to say really where this book would be shelved - western? Horror? Weird western? Books that read like a Tarantino film? 3.5 ⭐️
I was expecting more buried alive horror where you felt Carol was in genuine danger. My expectations definitely influenced my opinion. The world building was solid and intriguing. The characters were pretty well-drawn. The ending was a tad too pat for my liking. Not Malerman‘s best, but still very readable.
What I think vacation mornings will be like: leisurely time spent drinking coffee and reading with my fav people on the planet 🌍 What vacation mornings are actually like: my youngest repeatedly explains to me that he can‘t eat a carrot muffin because it has RAISINS (#parentingfail) and KETCHUP (I‘m finding this one harder to credit but he will not be swayed by logic)
60 pages in and Dwight reads like a less ambitious Bond villain. Why doesn‘t he just smother her?
This isn‘t necessarily a bad book. Some might even love it. For me, though, it was all over the place, couldn‘t decide what it wanted to be. A western? Thriller? Sci-fi? And why was the end more like chick lit? I don‘t mind multiple layers but this was a messy, tedious read that didn‘t work in some places. Others were great. I would have read a whole book about Smoke or Carol‘s mother. He‘s not a terrible writer but he‘s not for me. NetGalley ARC.
This just wasn't the right book for me right now. I was expecting a modern setting, but the pioneer-era world with touches of the fantastical is just too close to my other read, Before They Are Hanged, for me to enjoy both simultaneously. Maybe once I finish with the First Law Trilogy I'll come back to this one, but for now it's a DNF.
UUUGHHH Unbury Carol is written by the same author as Bird Box. Gag! 🤢