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RyanMHoward

RyanMHoward

Joined May 2021

I post a #ShortReview of every book I enjoy📚
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When Anna, a missing persons detective, returns to her small hometown after a personal tragedy, she finds herself wrapped up in the search for a recently missing teenage local—a case that may even be similar to an unsolved murder from Anna‘s childhood…

With a strong arc for its protag coupled with several mysteries all playing out at once—each of them intriguing on their own—this well-crafted tale is disturbingly detailed and thoroughly engaging.

kspenmoll Loved this- a pick for my #12booksof2022 2w
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Home Before Dark | Riley Sager
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HOME BEFORE DARK by Riley Sager

A novel that is actually two novels.

Maggie grew up in a haunted house but has no memory of what happened. Her dad remembered, though—and he wrote a bestselling book all about the events (that we get to read!!). Now, 25 years later, Maggie returns to the infamous house to uncover the truth.

The semi-short chapters and alternating storylines make this one easy book to breeze through. It‘s a ghoul time.
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Tender Is the Flesh | Agustina Bazterrica
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When a virus makes all animal flesh worldwide inedible, human cannibalism becomes legal and normalized over time. Marcos helps run a human slaughterhouse, carrying out the required daily tasks that enable the smooth production of human meat.

With its casual, everyday depiction of a cannibalism-fueled society, full of characters living in an inherently apathetic world, this book is a truly terrifying—and realistic—dystopian nightmare.🏭💀🥩

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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When young Charlie befriends an elderly neighbor, he also falls for the neighbor‘s old dog, a sweet German Shepard named Radar. Later, Charlie discovers a portal to another world in the neighbor‘s shed. Charlie and Radar enter this fantastical realm and begin an epic quest.

King gives us the origins of our worlds fairy tale‘s with this fable. Add in elements of classic King terror, and this becomes one dark adventure full of heart and horror.🏰💀

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REVENGE by Yoko Ogawa

This is a collection of eleven twisted tales that intersect in unexpected ways. The characters are unknown to each other, yet their strange lives nonetheless affect one another.

I love short story collections—especially dark and messed-up stories like these. They‘re ominous, cruel, and somber. Strung together, they weave a wickedly beautiful web. It was fun to read each story and see how it would connect with the previous.

Reggie My favorite in here is about the woman who gets lost driving on the way to confront her husband‘s mistress, runs over tomatoes, and manages to witness the death of the tiger. 4mo
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The Institute | Stephen King
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THE INSTITUTE by Stephen King

Tim, a former cop turned drifter, finds his way to the small town of Dupree, making a home there.

Meanwhile, in Minneapolis, young Luke Ellis is kidnapped in the dead of night, his parents murdered. He‘s taken to the Institute, a secret org that uses kids for psychic warfare.

Intense, maddening—yet ultimately satisfying, this was a sprawling, unputdownable tale for me. Great characters, wild action, engaging story.

Eggs Agreed 💯 5mo
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Wherever Seeds May Fall | Peter Cawdron
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WHEREVER SEEDS MAY FALL by Peter Cawdron

When an asteroid that was supposed to burn up in Saturns atmosphere instead skims the gas giant and heads toward Jupiter, it is apparent that an interstellar craft has entered the solar system. The world reacts with wonder, fear, hope, and panic.

An insightful and ominous exploration of what First Contact could realistically be like, this novel is gripping, thrilling, exciting—and terrifying.🪐☄️

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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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THEN SHE WAS GONE by Lisa Jewell

Ten years after Laurel‘s daughter, Ellie, goes missing, she meets someone special and begins to piece her life back together, and repair the bonds with her remaining family. But alas, along the way of healing, there may be unexpected clues as to what happened to Ellie…

Full of subtle foreshadowing and a few good twists, this is a bizarre, enthralling tale that will rip your heart out—and then maybe put it back📖

5feet.of.fury Loved this one, so haunting. 6mo
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Hidden Pictures: A Novel | Jason Rekulak
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HIDDEN PICTURES by Jason Rekulak

Mallory is young Teddy‘s new babysitter, and she easily bonds with the child. Teddy loves to draw. But sometimes Teddy‘s drawings are disturbing. Illustrations of murder, for example. And some of these pictures are far too detailed to have been drawn by a child, almost as if someone—or something—is drawing them through Teddy.

In all, a well-crafted mystery that kept me wondering and guessing until the very end👍

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Later | Stephen King
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LATER by Stephen King

Jamie sees the dead. But it‘s not so bad. They don‘t mess with you—well, not usually. They mind their business. And if you ask them a question, they must tell the truth.

But Jamie must also keep his ability a secret, otherwise people may try and use it for their own gain. Because the dead know things.

A frighteningly wild ride, LATER is a terrific supernatural horror tale with intriguing connections to King‘s other works.

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The Children on the Hill | Jennifer McMahon
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THE CHILDREN ON THE HILL by Jennifer McMahon

1978: Vi and Eric live with their grandmother and love monster stories. One day Gran brings home Iris, a girl about Vi‘s age, who Gran says is their new sister. Iris joins their monster club.

2019: Lizzy, a paranormal investigator, discovers a pattern of disappearances where teen girls go missing in towns that have a local monster legend.

A twisty tale with cool characters and a satisfying ending👍

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WE ARE ALL THE SAME IN THE DARK by Julia Heaberlin

After Odette‘s father passes, she moves back home to solve the case he never could. A long-missing woman who was the sister of Odette‘s old boyfriend—the man who has always been guilty in the eyes of the town.

Heartbreaking, poignant, searing to the core. I loved this tale and was also wrecked by it. It‘s a powerful experience, one worth having. I just wish I had more time with these characters.

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Between Two Fires | Christopher Buehlman
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BETWEEN TWO FIRES | Christopher Buehlman

A disgraced knight, a saintly young girl, and a drunken priest traverse the French countryside in 1348, during the plague. They encounter brigands, pirates, devils, and monsters—all in their quest to follow the young girls angelic, holy visions.

A grand, epic journey, this story is wicked and brutal. Yet love and goodness carry on even in the darkest of times, and hope never truly dies. What a book.🔥📖🔥

Addison_Reads This sounds great! 9mo
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Seed | Ania Ahlborn
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I recently read SEED by Ania Ahlborn

As a child, Jack met an evil entity—a true devil that made him do horrible things. To escape the monster, Jack fled home, never looking back.

Now, decades later, Jack‘s young daughter, Charlie, is acting strange, doing bad things. Only Charlie says it isn‘t really her doing them…

An engrossing family drama full of real horror—and a gnarly ending—this is one tale sure to leave a disturbing mark.

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Elevation | Stephen King
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ELEVATION by Stephen King

Scott keeps dropping in weight without any noticeable change to his appearance—and he doesn‘t know what will happen when the scale reaches zero. Will his feet even remain on the ground?

Yet life goes on. Scott has friends to make before the end. Maybe he can even help right a few wrongs.

What pleasantly surprised me about this engaging little novel was just how uplifting it was. It‘s a quick, touching read.

UwannaPublishme Is this a sequel to Thinner? The plot sounds similar. 8mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel

Strangers living in different centuries share the same unexplained experience at a certain point in their lives. A flash of darkness, the sensation of being in a forest, hearing violin music, the whoosh of an airship—all before returning to where they were. In the far future, time travelers aim to study this phenomenon.

Part lit fic, part sci-fi epic, this is a poignant, brilliant, beautiful book.📖🌖

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The Apollo Murders | Chris Hadfield
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THE APOLLO MURDERS by Chris Hadfield

1973. In an alternate past, Apollo 18 launches to the Moon. But this mission isn‘t like the previous ones. This is a top secret military op. Intrigue & subterfuge run amok as those in space & on earth try to unravel a conspiracy before more bodies pile up.

What I loved most about this wild Cold War thriller was how I never knew where the story was going. Truly a grand adventure—and an intense adrenaline rush!

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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Like many, I recently read THE BOOK OF COLD CASES by Simone St. James

In a small seaside town in 1977, a serial killer shot two men in the face. The #1 suspect, Beth Greer, was acquitted.

In 2017, Shea, a true crime sleuth, visits Beth‘s mansion for an interview. Shea sees there‘s something off about Beth and her story—just like there‘s something off about the strange mansion.

An absorbing, haunting mystery about confronting ghosts of the past.

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Skeleton Crew | Stephen King
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SKELETON CREW | Stephen King

In between novels I enjoy short stories. They‘re quick, fun, & often fulfilling😊📖👍

This collection is not to be missed. It consists of many of King‘s most well-known shorts, including THE JAUNT (absolutely terrifying), SURVIVOR-TYPE (disturbingly compelling), the novella THE MIST (cosmic creatures), and many more. After your current novel—if the urge strikes—perhaps sample a short story before your next big read!

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Sundial | Catriona Ward
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SUNDIAL by Catiorina Ward

When Rob discovers her young daughter Callie has homicidal urges, she takes her to Sundial, the private estate in the desert where Rob grew up. There Rob tells Callie her life story—and how they may have more in common than Callie realizes . . .

Bluntly put, this a powerful, heartbreaking story. It reads in such a way that you feel like you know what‘s to come—which makes all the twists & turns that much more impactful.

Twainy This is on my Libby Wait List 😁 10mo
JamieArc I‘m in love with that cover, and the story sounds interesting too. 10mo
Addison_Reads I just finished this one. It was so disturbing, but such a great read. 10mo
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The Fisherman | John Langan
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THE FISHERMAN by John Langan

Abe takes up fishing after his wife passes. When his co-worker, Dan, suffers great tragedy, they begin fishing together.

One morning over breakfast in a diner, Abe and Dan are told a strange and incredible story (a book within the book) about the little-known creek they plan to fish that day.

This tale is an absolute Lovecraftian nightmare. The worldbuilding is so wonderfully crafted. It‘s beautifully disturbing🎣💀

cinda.marie I read this book a few years ago and thought about it for weeks after I had finished. A very strange and beautifully written tale! 10mo
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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle

In 1924 NYC, Tommy discreetly transports items for people. Often strange items. One item, a mysterious book, leads him into a terrifying conspiracy—a COSMIC conspiracy that could reveal the realm of Almighty Cthulhu—and a chance to literally remake the world.

Part social commentary on racism, part existential horror, Tommy‘s tragic story is both riveting and enraging—and full of real-life monsters.

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Dark | Jeremy Robinson
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THE DARK by Jeremy Robinson

Miah just wants to get high, eat sandwiches, and try to cope with PTSD from his time as a soldier. But then the sun suddenly disappears, all electronics shut off, and literal demons take over the world. Miah does what he can to protect his family, friends, and neighborhood.

This story is a blast. Fast-paced and hilarious—but also brutally violent—this is one fun (albeit twisted) apocalyptic thrill-ride.

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Hide and Seeker | Daka Hermon
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HIDE AND SEEKER by Daka Hermon

After a game of hide and seek goes eerily wrong, Justin and his friends are slowly pulled one-by-one into a dark, shadowy realm where the monstrous seeker unleashes their worst fears on them.

This was a fun middle-grade horror novel with intriguing mystery elements, satisfying character development, and a well-crafted supernatural world👍 A slow-burn that builds up to an all-out, climactic ending.

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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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THE CHALK MAN by C.J. Tudor

As a kid, Eddie and his friends discover chalk symbols on the trees in their local woods. The symbols lead them to the remains of a young girl. Her head is missing.

Thirty years later, Eddie receives a letter in the mail. A letter full of chalk drawings . . .

This gripping, slow-burn murder mystery is a layered, poignant tale that surprised me with its reveals—and an awesomely wicked ending—that I never saw coming.

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Nightbooks | J. A. White
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NIGHTBOOKS by J. A. White

Alex loves scary stories—and especially loves writing his own. One night, after sneaking out of his apartment, he happens to be kidnapped by a real witch! To survive in her care, Alex must impress her with one of his scary stories every evening after dinner.

An ode to the magic of storytelling, this fast-paced and creepy kids tale is wonderfully dark and surprisingly morbid. I absolutely loved it.

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The Handyman | Bentley Little
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THE HANDYMAN by Bentley Little

When Daniel was a child, a creepy old neighbor named Frank built his family‘s summer home. But there was something off about the home. Something strange. Then tragedy struck.

Decades later, Daniel hears of another home built by the same man. But Frank couldn‘t still be alive, could he?

This awesome haunted house/boogeyman story has some of the most intense, imaginative horror sequences I‘ve ever read. So twisted👍

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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
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AFTER THE FLOOD by Kassandra Montag

After rising sea levels flood the entire world, humanity lives on the water & on the tiny slivers of land left, bartering & trading for food & goods to survive.

Myra is on a quest to find her lost daughter, kidnapped years before. She sails from port to port, seeking clues.

In all, this ‘post-apocalyptic pirates‘ story is a beautiful, yet brutally tragic adventure that will haunt you long after the last page.

Bookzombie Great review! I would have stacked it if I hadn‘t already. 🙂 (edited) 13mo
CBee I LOVED this book. 11mo
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The Nothing Man | Catherine Ryan Howard
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The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

While working security, Jim sees a new release titled THE NOTHING MAN, a true crime book about the titular serial killer—written by his only survivor. Jim picks up the book thinking, “I let this kid live and she wrote a book about me!?”

The narrative switches between Jim in the present, and the book about himself which he‘s reading. It‘s a fascinating, disturbing, thrilling tale that I couldn‘t put down.

ShelleyBooksie That sounds soo good! 1y
LeahBergen This was a fun read! 👍🏻 1y
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Clown in a Cornfield | Adam Cesare
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Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare.

Seeking a fresh start, Quinn & her dad move to Kettle Springs—a small town said to have been founded generations earlier by its mascot, a clown called Frendo. But Quinn‘s new town has twisted secrets—secrets that‘ll put everyone‘s life in KS on the line.

With great chemistry among colorful characters, this thrilling slasher is easy to get pulled into. In all, it‘s a brutal blast of bloody mayhem.
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TheLibrarian Great review! This is such a bloody fun read. 1y
Bookzombie Great review! I really enjoyed this one and there is supposed to be a sequel out next year. 🤡 1y
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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Just finished Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.

When our sun & other local stars begin to dim, an astronaut is sent to another, unaffected star system to find a solution. Upon arrival, he makes first contact with an alien there for the same reason. Together, they hope to find a cure & save their planets.

This incredible story is a fabulous take on First Contact. An emotional, hilarious, spectacular adventure that I wish didn‘t end🚀✨

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House of Hollow | Krystal Sutherland
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House of Hollow | Krystal Sutherland.

Iris & her two older sisters, Vivi & Grey, were kidnapped as children and went missing for a month with no memory of what happened. Now, years later, Grey is missing again . . .

This intriguing, mysterious tale has wonderfully fleshed out characters, beautifully vivid imagery, and an ending I didn‘t see coming despite the story‘s plentiful foreshadowing. It‘s a twisted supernatural thrill ride👍
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Chasing the Boogeyman | Richard Chizmar
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Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar.

A horror novel that reads like a true crime book, Rich “Chiz” Chizmar independently investigates a series of murders in his small town. By leaving no evidence, the stealthy culprit becomes known as the boogeyman.

This story is literally all the spooky things: creepy, disturbing, macabre, unsettling—and so wickedly fun. I had chills the entire time👍👍 Always lock your doors, folks!

#ShortReview #Horror

Reggie I heard him on the Talking Scared podcast and he just sounded like a genuine person it made me want to pick this up. 1y
deeannloso I loved this book! 1y
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Billy Summers | Steven King
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Like many, I recently read Billy Summers by Stephen King.

While working his last job and hoping nothing goes wrong, Billy, a hitman, decides to try writing a book about his life, and how he came to be the man he is.

The narrative switches between Billy‘s last job in the present, and the manuscript of his life story, which he‘s writing. In all, it‘s a fascinating adventure, thrilling & intense. I couldn‘t put it down.👍

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Just finished Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia.

In the 1950‘s Mexican countryside, Noemí visits an ailing cousin who claims ghosts are in the walls of her home—and also that her husband‘s trying to kill her.

This was a great haunted house/ghost story. It‘s creepy, captivating, mysterious, and full of symbolism & foreshadowing. I also enjoyed how sassy and charming the protagonist was. Can‘t wait for the Hulu adaptation now!

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Erin.Elizabeth10 How creepy was it? I am thinking of picking this for book club, but there are some people in my club who might not like it if it‘s too scary/creepy. 1y
RyanMHoward @Erin.Elizabeth10 It does have some particularly disturbing and macabre elements—and the third act is pretty intense—but I personally didn‘t find the horror to be overwhelming. Just my opinion, though! 1y
Erin.Elizabeth10 @RyanMHoward Good to know! Thank you! 1y
phantomx @RyanMHoward love your short review! 1y
WJCintron I need to read it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!! 1y
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Quentin Tarantino
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Just finished Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino‘s debut novel.

Good times, adventures, mayhem, and many a hangover await in LA, 1969.

This book greatly expands on the film with much detail & depth, really zooming in on the characters and exploring Cinema & TV history. It‘s fascinating, compelling, & just plain fun—with a few unexpected surprises, some of them very rewarding. Excited to rewatch the movie again now👍

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sleepy.ash87 My husband occasionally watches this movie several times in a row. Great movie! 2y
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Lost Stars | Claudia Gray
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LOST STARS by Claudia Gray.

The perfect starter novel for any wanting to read STAR WARS, Lost Stars is a Romeo&Juliet-esque tale of a pair of childhood friends who grow up in the Empire, dreaming of becoming pilots. One realizes the Empire is evil & defects to the Rebellion, the other is an Imperial patriot.

Epic & heartbreaking, this beautiful story showcases events of the original trilogy from the POV of the two protags.
#STARWARS #ClaudiaGray

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Those are some great book shelves! 2y
wanderinglynn I loved her book Leia. I‘ll definitely have to check this one out. 2y
Branwen This is one of my FAVORITE Star Wars books! 💕📚 2y
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The Hollow Places | T. Kingfisher
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My most recent read was The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher.

Kara‘s uncle owns a quirky museum of oddities. While closing up one night, she finds a passage in the wall leading to other dimensions full of strange, disturbing creatures. So begins her adventure.

This story is unsettling, surprisingly hilarious, weirdly imaginative, and just so much fun👍👍 I absolutely loved the dialogue in this book. So many great lines.

#ShortReview #TKingfisher

Reggie Oh dear you‘re too young to be having problems with your knees. Tell that to my ex boyfriend with the bat! Lolol that was my favorite. 2y
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The Taking | Dean Koontz
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Earlier this year, I read The Taking by Dean Koontz.

Set in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California, a married couple try to keep safe and unravel what‘s going on amidst a mysterious apocalyptic event.

I loved how this story was both cozy & unsettling, taking place in a cabin-style home at first, then moving around through a small mountainous town, all with terrifying entities/creatures lurking about. 👍👍

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The Wicker King | K. Ancrum
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Yesterday I finished reading The Wicker King by K. Ancrum.

August‘s best friend, Jack, sees another world. Supernatural creatures, medieval buildings, magical objects. August sees nothing. He worries about Jack, but nonetheless agrees to aid him in completing ‘a very important quest to fulfill a prophecy.‘

This story is trippy, tragic, funny, fast-paced—and it‘s all told in short, sharp chapters. 👍👍
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Last night I finished reading The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay.

While on vacation, a family‘s cabin is invaded by a group of mysterious, creepy strangers who announce that the family must choose to kill one of their own—or else the world will end.

This story is an intense, anxiety-riddled adrenaline rush. A nail-biting, fist-clenching read. It was so twisted!👍👍

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LeahBergen Dang! I may need to read this. 😬 2y
Reggie There is a part I read right before work and it bummed my whole day out. 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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Meeeee😅😆
Who else does this?🙃

#Litsy #Bookshelf #Bookstore #Blurb #Novel #Library

LeslieO Too often! Yesterday Book Outlet had but two get one. How was I supposed to resist? 2y
wanderinglynn Yes! 👍🏻📚📚📚 2y
AshleyHoss820 I JUST reached 1,800 books in my personal library and it makes me SOOO happy to go “shopping” in my own house for my next read! 😊😊❤️ 2y
NikkiM5 This is my goal 👍🏾 2y
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Yesterday I finished reading Severance by Ling Ma.

A photographer alone in NYC continues her day job as humanity goes extinct from a fungal fever.

This was a cool and fresh take on the post-apocalypse genre, centered more around what daily life during the end of the world might be like, as opposed to the more action-y tropes of the genre.

I found it to be a beautiful and vulnerable story about nostalgia, and letting go.

#ShortReview #LingMa

Reggie Ughhhh the little girl behind the curtain😭. F U Bob! Lol, I liked this one a lot. 2y
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The Road | Cormac McCarthy
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My most recent read was The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Finished it a few days ago. I had always liked the film, but never read the book.

A father and young son walk through a barren, post-apocalyptic wasteland, journeying to the coast.

This tale is heart-rending, frightening, and bleak—but beneath the doom and gloom there lies an undercurrent of hope and pure love. A tragic yet touching story.

#ShortReview #CormacMcCarthy #PostApocalypse

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Another of my recent reads: While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams.

In short, a law clerk at the Supreme Court is tasked with exposing a corrupt president in a chess game for the ages.

I thought this was a great mash-up between political and legal thriller. The story was fleshed out, nicely-paced, and compelling. Wonderful dialogue scenes/exchanges. I also enjoyed the use of third-person omniscient viewpoint.

#ShortReview #StaceyAbrams #Thriller

skewermann @RyanMHoward you might also like my punchy parody of "Fire and Fury" ... "Dire and Puny" ?#politics #satire https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081S5JLTX 2y
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Aurora | Kim Stanley Robinson
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Earlier this year, I read Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. The story of the first human expedition to another solar system.

This book is pretty darn fascinating. I especially like that much of it is told from the perspective of the starships AI supercomputer. It was a cool way to have a near-omniscient viewpoint in the story that didn‘t feel like a ‘narrator‘, so to speak. Really enjoyed it.

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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Last month, I read The Whisper Man by Alex North—and holy smokes, this was a thrill ride. Might just be my favorite title my eyes have consumed this year, so far.

Father and young son seek a fresh start in a small town, but instead are swept up in the town‘s dark past—a past scarred by a serial killer.

I love scary stories.
I do not scare easily.
This book scared me.

This twisted tale gets 5/5 butterflies.
🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋
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The Monster of Elendhaven | Jennifer Giesbrecht
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Earlier this year I read The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht.

This was a short but wicked read! A killer who cannot die forms an eerie, yet almost touching bond with a secretive sorcerer in a seemingly cursed town. It‘s violent and macabre, but also surprisingly tender at parts. This dark little debut is captivating! I enjoyed it, and very much look forward to what Ms. Giesbrecht writes next.

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Earlier this year I read My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

Title says it all. Our protagonist, Korede, chooses to help her sister, a serial killer. It‘s mesmerizing, tragic, funny, disturbing, and so compelling. The short chapters make the story feel fast-paced, but not rushed in any way. I sped through this one pretty quick. Loved it.

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Reggie There are two parts I remember from this book that made me laugh. When the sister is dancing to Whitney Houston while the other sister is freaking out. And when the Dr. is at their house and the sister is like, hey, let‘s play Clue. 2y
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Revival: A Novel | Stephen King
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My first post on Litsy! Figured I would kick this account off with some short reviews of what I‘ve read so far this year☺️📖📚

I just recently finished Revival by Stephen King—and damn, this book is gnarly⚡️💀
A guitarist forges a lifelong, intertwined destiny with a minister-turned-atheist who has a dark and otherworldly goal. Compelling slow-burn and lengthy buildup—with a heavy payoff. The ending is a true nightmare. #ShortReview #StephenKing

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KathyWheeler Welcome to Litsy! I read this book when it first came out and remember the ending most of all. I think I‘m due for a reread though. 2y
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