Review: “The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories” by Michael Andreasen

Disclosure: This book was provided to me by Edelweiss free of charge in return for an honest and unbiased review. This book is scheduled to be released on February 27, 2018 by Dutton Books.

I enjoy short stories.  Short story collections, however, are always a gamble.  On one hand, if you chance an anthology containing stories of an already dear author (say Stephen King) you go into the ordeal knowing that you will be disappointed on one level or another.  Sure there will be a few brilliant stories but the rest just end up feeling like a chore.  On the other hand, if the compilation contains a selection of different authors, the chance of discovering that rare, new author within sometimes makes the work worth the effort.

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Review: “Over Raging Tides” by Jennifer Ellision

Arr! A hearty Thank Ye to Netgalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Now, on we go!

Having recently read “Daughter of the Pirate King” by Tricia Levenseller I cautioned myself before digging into “Over Raging Tides”.

“Jaime” I whispered (I only speak to myself in hushed tones. It draws just the right amount of attention), “You just read a book about female pirates. Don’t you think that it might be overkill? That you might tire of reading about the swashbuckling, grog-filled, treasure hunting adventures of a posse of cussing, devil-may-care ladies who don’t need no man to get shit done?”

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Review: “Welcome to Night Vale” by Joseph Fink

My first introduction to the “Welcome to Night Vale” podcast was through a friend (isn’t it always?).  I’m not really a podcast person but I found myself charmed with the 20-odd minutes spent with Cecil Baldwin – the voice of Night Vale’s community radio.  I was excited, therefore, when the book was announced.  I mean, quirky, supernatural, AND tongue-in-cheek?  What’s not to like?!

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Review: “Liv, Forever” by Amy Talkington

When Olivia “Liv” Bloom receives an art scholarship to the prestigious Wickham Hall, she never expects that her world will collide with Malcolm Astor – boys from distinguished, wealthy families like Malcolm Astor don’t mingle with plain, foster care rescues like Liv.  She also never imagines that only weeks after arriving at Wickham Hall she will be brutally murdered.

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Review: “The Boy Who Drew Monsters” by Keith Donohue

Disclosure: This book was provided to me by NetGalley free of charge in return for an honest and unbiased review. This book is scheduled to be released on October 7, 2014 by Picador.

When I first started reading “The Boy Who Drew Monsters”, I was instantly transported back to my childhood.  I was a slightly odd kid, with a love of everything horror.  Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Christopher Pike – I just couldn’t get enough.  Keith Donohue’s new novel brings me back to those authors of my youth.  Make no mistake, this is not meant as a compliment.  On the whole, “The Boy Who Drew Monsters” feels dated, akin to some schlocky horror paperback from the 1980’s.

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Review: “The Anatomy of Dreams” by Chloe Benjamin

Disclosure: This book was provided to me by NetGalley free of charge in return for an honest and unbiased review. This book is scheduled to be released on September 16, 2014 by Atria Books.

My first impression of “The Anatomy of Dreams” is that it reads similar to all of the Gothic Fiction I was so taken with in college.  It’s a beautifully written, highly atmospheric novel, which is essentially a coming of age tale that unfolds within a psychological thriller.  I use that term lightly, however, since everything Benjamin does in “The Anatomy of Dreams” is subtle.

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Review: “In Real Life” by Lawrence Tabak

Disclosure: This book was provided to me by NetGalley free of charge in return for an honest and unbiased review. This book is scheduled to be released on November 11, 2014 by Tuttle Publishing.

I consider myself to be a “gamer”.  Having played endless games of River Raid and Keystone Capers on my Atari 2600 and more games of Super Mario Bros. in my youth than I can even count, it’s a hobby that has just stuck with me throughout the years.  When I spotted Tabak’s “In Real Life” on NetGalley, I was excited.

A male protagonist?
Gaming?
A serious lack of vampires, witches, fairies, or any of the other usual suspects that plague YA Fiction these days?

Cool!  I’m there.

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