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Death Distilled

Review: Death Distilled by Melinda Mullet

Several months ago, I read and reviewed Melinda Mullet’s debut, Single Malt MurderI enjoyed it, not least of all because it was set in the Scottish Highlands, and knew I’d be reading the second one as soon as I could get my hands on it. Death Distilled came out in September, and though I’ve had a review copy for a while, only managed to get to it a couple of weeks ago. Don’t let my delay sway you though – the series just keeps getting better.

In Death Distilled, we get to learn more about Abi’s day job as a photographer, and that was pretty neat. I think this is the only cozy series I’ve read where the main character isn’t heavily involved in the business that’s the heart of the story. It’s an interesting perspective – to me, it gives the Whisky Business series a little more seriousness than other cozies. This isn’t a bad thing at all; in fact, it’s refreshing.

I’ll be up front and say that I didn’t care one whit about the mystery in Death Distilled; or, at least, not the murder. There’s a fair amount of mystery surrounding the town’s history, and that part was really neat to read. Those of you who spent your childhoods searching for hidden passages and longing for revolving bookshelves definitely want to pick this one up. The main story, though…eh. I didn’t like Rory’s character, so I didn’t really care.

My favorite part though, was BY FAR, the flock of sheep Abi rescues. I’m fairly certain I would continue this series just for the sheep alone.

The third book in the series hasn’t been announced yet, so you’ve got some time to catch up if you like whisky, adorable animals, and anything Scottish!

Series: Whisky Business Mystery #2    Kindle Edition: 240 pages

Published: September 2017 by Alibi    Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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Award-winning photojournalist turned whisky distillery proprietress and amateur sleuth Abigail Logan returns in the charming follow-up to Single Malt Murder.

It’s been three months since Abi Logan last checked in on Abbey Glen, the celebrated whisky distillery she inherited. With her oversize wheaten terrier, Liam, by her side, Abi returns to the quaint Scottish village of Balfour. But her relaxing Highland homecoming takes a stressful turn when she unearths an unseemly bit of village history, welcomes a group of Japanese whisky enthusiasts, and becomes shepherdess to an unexpected flock of sheep—all within the first twenty-four hours. Still, nothing’s more stressful than murder. . . .

Local celebrity Rory Hendricks is the hotheaded, hard-rocking former frontman of the Rebels—and Abi’s girlhood crush. After meeting him in person, Abi can’t say no to anything he asks, like photographing his upcoming show . . . or figuring out who’s trying to kill him. Turns out someone’s been bumping off his old bandmates, with the drummer dead under mysterious circumstances and the keyboardist in a coma following a hit-and-run. Now a series of threatening messages leads Rory to think he’s next on the chopping block. And the band has a devil’s share of broken hearts and bitter disputes in their past, leaving Abi a huge batch of suspects to sift through—all before the killer takes another shot.

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Review: Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost

First of all, Jacqueline Frost is such an awesome name for someone who wrote a Christmas-themed cozy mystery that I had to look her up to see if that was actually her name. Best I can tell, it is, and Twelve Slays of Christmas is her first book.

And man, was it fun.

First of all, I want to live in Mistletoe. It sounds absolutely glorious, with all the Christmas spirit. The town really gets into the festivities, with all sorts of “12 Days of Christmas” activities. Holly’s family Christmas tree farm, Reindeer Games, sounds like a merry little utopia, complete with a gingerbread house restaurant and a trio of real live reindeer. Well, a utopia that happened to witness a murder. Regardless.

The characters are a ton of fun, and easy to imagine; Holly’s dad was 100% John Goodman. I liked the mystery, and it’s definitely a cozy – easy to predict (if you read a lot of them), but fun enough that you don’t care. I thought Frost did a great job with Holly; she’s a little naive, but not helpless, and throughout the story you can tell she’s starting to get her feet under her. I’m excited to see what she does in the next book; I have my suspicions!

Lighthearted and full of Christmas spirit – just what I wanted.

Series: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #1    Hardcover: 311 pages

Published: October 2017 by Crooked Lane Books    Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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When Holly White’s fiance cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime–exactly what the doctor prescribed. Except her plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch and president of the Mistletoe Historical Society Margaret Fenwick is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games, Holly’s family tree farm.

When the murder weapon is revealed as one of the wooden stakes used to identify trees on the farm, Sheriff Evan Grey turns to Holly’s father, Bud, and the Reindeer Games staff. And it doesn’t help that Bud and the reindeer keeper were each seen arguing with Margaret just before her death. But Holly knows her father, and is determined to exonerate him.The jingle bells are ringing, the clock is ticking, and if Holly doesn’t watch out, she’ll end up on Santa’s naughty list in Twelve Slays of Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s jolly series debut.

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What Light

Review: What Light by Jay Asher

I mentioned in my post on 10 books to get you in the Christmas spirit how excited I was to read Jay Asher’s What Light. The idea of a YA romance set on a Christmas tree farm was just something I couldn’t pass up. Even better that it was written by Jay Asher, who, in the one book I’ve read of his, managed to balance teenage hormones with a plot line that didn’t make me want to vomit.

Asher does that again in What Light. Oh sure, there’s a fair amount of instalove and teenage angst, but what YA romance doesn’t have those? Sierra isn’t perfect, but she’s actually a fairly solid seventeen year old. Slightly naive, a bit melodramatic, but overall, someone you want to hug. Caleb is just dreamy enough and just flawed enough to make you swoon, without venturing too far into bad boy territory.

Sierra’s friends are also pretty great too, and it’s really nice to see a male author write strong, supportive female characters, especially in the YA realm. That said, What Light does still have the typical “girl meets boy and life is instantly perfect” schtick going on. But, I’m willing to overlook it, since I don’t pick up a book like this NOT expecting those kinds of happily-ever-after tropes. You shouldn’t either. After all, why else do we read romance? We don’t WANT it to be real, sheesh.

Anyway, What Light is definitely the kind of book you want to read during the snowy season, so grab a copy soon and get to reading!

Hardcover: 251 pages    Published: October 2016 by Razorbill    Source: Library via Overdrive

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From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again. . . .

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

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Review: Ronaldo The Flying Reindeer by Maxine Sylvester

Who doesn’t love a good reindeer story around Christmas? When I was a kid, I loved anything reindeer – I must have made my mother watch Prancer about a million times. My favorite was “Victor” (Vixen). I have to say, though, I think I have a new favorite reindeer: Ronaldo the Flying Reindeer.

Maxine Sylvester was kind enough to send me the first two books of her Ronaldo the Flying Reindeer series: Ronaldo: The Flying Reindeer Academy, and Ronaldo: The Phantom Carrot Snatcher. Oh my goodness, guys, you need to pick up these books right now!

In The Flying Reindeer Academy, Ronaldo is a reindeer cadet, trying to become one of Santa’s elite fliers. When the Flying Academy issues an endurance challenge, Ronaldo draws on his grandfather’s wisdom (and pretty cool hat!) to help him get through.

In The Phantom Carrot Snatcher, Ronaldo meets a wolf pup named Ernie who’s lost her family. He’s got a choice to make – does he help Ernie, or does he try to win the speed record? After all, wolves eat reindeer!

I loved Ronaldo, and his best friend Rudi. I loved the carrot pancakes. I loved grandpa’s hat. I loved Vixen. I loved Ernie. I even loved Wing Commander Blitsen. Both Ronaldo books had me smiling the entire way through.

The Ronaldo the Flying Reindeer series is on Kindle Unlimited, or a couple of bucks each. Right now, Book 2 is on sale for $1, so pick it up now! And check out Ronaldo’s website for even more fun. If you have kids, they’ll love Ronaldo…and you will too. A perfect Christmas read!

Series: Ronaldo the Flying Reindeer #1/#2    Kindle Edition: 109/216 pages

Published: December 2015/November 2016 (self-published)    Source: Author Provided

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Ronaldo is the top flying cadet at the prestigious Reindeer Flying Academy. He dreams of getting his flying license, just like his hero, Vixen.

In this first exciting chapter in the ‘Ronaldo’ series, our hero is faced with his toughest flying test ever – The Endurance Challenge!

Can Ronaldo triumph over mean bully, Dasher, and win the ‘Golden Wings’ medal? Spurred on by Rudi, his quirky, loyal best friend and with a belly full of his favourite carrot pancakes, Ronaldo takes on the challenge of his life!

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Ronaldo and Rudi discover friends come in all shapes and sizes as they embark on a superhero mission to help a lost wolf cub called Ernie find her pack.

Rudi comes up with a plan to find the pack and deliver a message during a speed test at flying school. But Ronaldo isn’t totally on board with the idea. He desperately wants to break the speed record and the plan means jeopardizing his chance of becoming champion.

Will Ronaldo go for glory… or will he discover the true meaning of friendship and sacrifice the race for Ernie?

Bumbling Wing Commander Blitsen, head of The Reindeer Flying Academy, and mischievous brothers, Dasher, Comet and Prancer also feature in this fun tale of bravery and friendship.

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Review: All the Tomorrows by Nillu Nasser

As is the case with most of the author-provided books I read, I’ll admit my expectations were somewhat on the low side when I picked up All the Tomorrows. I’m a critical reader – or perhaps a more accurate term is a picky reader – and while I enjoy plenty of books, I’m not one to gush just because it offered me a good story. No, there has to be more than that. I need good characters, I need evocative writing, I need a well-constructed setting. Give me a fun story, and you can expect a solid 3 stars. Give me those extras, and the rating goes up.

Guys, I read the Nasser’s first sentence and knew I had something special.

All the Tomorrows is, truthfully, a bit out of my comfort zone. It’s set in India, and centers on two people who’ve fallen into an arranged marriage. The marriage fails, and the two go their separate ways, but not without trauma and heartbreak. We get to experience both sides of it, and both sides are equally painful.

Nasser has written incredible characters in Jaya and Akash. It’s no surprise that I have a thing for broken characters, and these two…man, these two. Broken is probably too kind of a word. But the thing about a good broken character is that they’re still redeemable. Yes, they do awful things. Yes, they moan about the results of those awful things. And yet….they go on. They fight. They wallow. They fight some more. They make dumb decisions and good decisions, and eventually, either heal or at the very least, accept their circumstances. And soon enough, a broken character becomes beautiful.

I loved the way Nasser deals with the ramifications of each character’s choices. It’s often a fine line between using societal norms as a crutch or using them to enhance the tension, and Nasser walks that line incredibly well. I raged for Jaya, I raged for Akash, and through it all, I respected their culture and heritage and values. What initially seemed archaic and brutal and repressive also, at times, made me long for that kind of sense of cultural identity and conviction. I credit Nasser’s writing for that.

Now, those of you who’ve skipped straight down to the rating (it’s ok, I do it too), will want to know why I’ve only given it four stars. I was all set to give it five, until literally the last paragraph. All of a sudden, the story just ended. It was so abrupt that I scrolled through to make sure I hadn’t skipped a page. Endings are one of the things that can either make or break a story for me. It doesn’t have to be a happy ending, but it does need to make sense. This one felt like someone told Nasser, ok, you have to stop now. It’s been several days, and I’m still scratching my head about it.

Despite the strange ending, I can’t say enough good things about All the Tomorrows. If I have one other complaint, it’s that I wish it had a snazzier cover. Pick this one up and be ready to fall in love with Jaya, Akash, and their story.

Paperback: 308 pages    Published: November 2017 by Evolved    Source: Author Provided

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Sometimes we can’t escape the webs we are born into. Sometimes we are the architects of our own fall.

Akash Choudry wants a love for all time, not an arranged marriage. Still, under the weight of parental hopes, he agrees to one. He and Jaya marry in a cloud of colour and spice in Bombay. Their marriage has barely begun when Akash embarks on an affair.

Jaya cannot contemplate sharing her husband with another woman, or looking past his indiscretions as her mother suggests. Cornered by sexual politics, she takes her fate into her own hands in the form of a lit match.

Nothing endures fire. As shards of their past threaten their future, will Jaya ever bloom into the woman she can be, and will redemption be within Akash’s reach?

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Review: Dial Meow for Murder by Bethany Blake

Daphne and Socrates are back for another fun mystery in Bethany Blake’s second Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series, Dial Meow for Murder. Some of you may remember how much I loved the first book, Death by Chocolate LabNeedless to say, I was not-so-patiently waiting for the next one. I needed to know what happened to the Rotties!

Speaking of, while I did find out what happened to them, it was a two-sentence-in-passing mention. Please write another book about the Rotties, Ms. Blake.

I wasn’t quite as enamored with Dial Meow for Murder as I was with Chocolate Lab. Oh, I still enjoyed it, and I still plan on continuing the series. But a lot of what was so great about the first book was all the animals, and that just felt like it was missing here. Even Socrates didn’t have much of a role. Plus, I wanted Artie back.

I do think Blake improved on the mystery, keeping it front and center for the majority of the story. Daphne was also a little more subdued, but truthfully, I missed her passion from the first book. We did get more information about Detective Black’s past, and some more about Sylvan Creek, both of which I wanted in the first book. So, happy there!

Dial Meow for Murder is still a great cozy, and I can’t wait to see what happens in book 3!

Series: Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #2    Paperback: 328 pages

Published: September 2017 by Kensington    Source: Netgalley

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Even an experienced pet sitter like Daphne Templeton can be fooled by animal behavior: how can an adorably tiny fuzz ball named Tinkleston be capable of sudden flying leaps with cat claws bared? But human behavior remains even more mysterious, especially when Tinkleston s owner is murdered on the night of a gala fundraiser for Fur-ever Friends Pet Rescue.

Accompanied by her unflappable basset hound, Socrates, Daphne plans to take charge of Tinks the Terror and leave the crime-solving to handsome detective Jonathan Black. But while luring the prickly Persian out of hiding, she uncovers clues that might take suspicion off her own mother. Maeve Templeton already has a reputation as a killer in real estate. How far would she go to bag Sylvan Creek s most coveted property, the Flynt Mansion?

To expose the truth, Daphne finds herself donning a deranged clown costume on an autumnal adventure that might just be crazy enough to work if it doesn t get her killed. Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!

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Review: American War by Omar El Akkad

American War. What do I even begin to tell you about this book? I finished it weeks ago and I’m still thinking about it. I totally understand why it was nominated for two Goodreads Choice Awards (and yes, I voted for it).

American War is one of those wonderful books that both entertains and makes you think. It follows Sara T. Chestnut, known as Sarat, as she navigates the horrors of life during the second American Civil War. As you read (or in my case, listen), you begin to realize that what the author describes isn’t that far-fetched after all. A country where North and South are at odds over resources and politics? Where red and blue become more than just an association – they become an identity? Where people turn on each other, torture each other, and hate each other?

Not so hard to imagine, is it?

Perhaps this is what makes American War so compelling, or perhaps it’s Sarat herself. This fierce, defiant, and eternally loyal little girl who grows up to become one of the most influential and terrible people in the war. And yet, for all her faults, you can’t help but empathize with Sarat. Her experiences as a child make her who she is as an adult – hard, but haunted. There’s a humanity and tenderness in her, that you wish for throughout the whole story, but only glimpse at times. Sarat is one of the most complex characters I’ve read in a long time.

American War isn’t perfect, and the lack of exposition for the war itself is most of what kept me from giving this one 5 stars. I’d rank it behind both Station Eleven and The Road, though the feel is similar. It’s an entirely plausible dystopian novel, both timely and tragic. Well worth the read.

Hardcover: 352 pages    Audio: 12 hours

Published: April 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group    Source: Purchased via Scribd

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Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, that unmanned drones fill the sky. And when her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she quickly begins to be shaped by her particular time and place until, finally, through the influence of a mysterious functionary, she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. Telling her story is her nephew, Benjamin Chestnut, born during war – part of the Miraculous Generation – now an old man confronting the dark secret of his past, his family’s role in the conflict and, in particular, that of his aunt, a woman who saved his life while destroying untold others.

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Review: Dog Dish of Doom by E.J. Copperman

I know none of you are surprised to see that I read a book with a dog on the cover. If there’s one thing that gets me every.single.time, it’s dogs. I don’t care what the book is about, if there’s a dog in the description or on the cover, I’m going to read it. (Might just take me a while!)

Dog Dish of Doom is the first in a new cozy series from E.J. Copperman (pen name for the writer Jeff Cohen). Copperman/Cohen is no stranger to cozies – from what I can gather, Agent to the Paws is his 4th cozy series. The main character, Kay, is a showbiz agent for animals. Sounds like a fun gig, if we’re honest.

I kinda hated, Kay, truthfully. She annoyed the crap out of me, and I thought she was a bad sleuth. Part of it might have been the fact that she seemed utterly uninterested in solving the murder. Part of it might have been that she was so BAD at what she was trying to figure out. Honestly, I liked her parents more than I liked Kay. I also wanted more Bruno, but that’s kinda beside the point.

Dog Dish of Doom was a relatively short read, but also kind of a boring one. Not much happened, and as I said, there was very little sleuthing. I also got tired of reading the same phrases over and over again.

The more I think about it, the more I want to downgrade my rating to a 2. It’s probably more like 2.5, because I didn’t hate it, but I also have no desire to continue the series.

Series: Agent to the Paws #1    Hardcover: 304 pages

Published: August 2017 by Minotaur Books    Source: Netgalley

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Cozy fans and animal lovers alike won’t be able to keep their paws off Dog Dish of DoomLaugh-out-loud funny, E.J. Copperman’s series debut is “lots of fun” (Library Journal, starred). 

Kay Powell wants to find that break-out client who will become a star. And she thinks she’s found him: His name is Bruno, and he has to be walked three times a day.

Kay is the Agent to the Paws, representing showbiz clients who aren’t exactly people. In fact: they’re dogs. Bruno’s humans, Trent and Louise, are pains in the you-know-what, and Les McMaster, the famous director mounting a revival of Annie, might not hire Bruno just because he can’t stand them.

This becomes less of an issue when Trent is discovered face down in Bruno’s water dish, with a kitchen knife in his back. Kay’s perfectly fine to let the NYPD handle the murder, but when the whole plot seems to center on Bruno, her protective instincts come into play. You can kill any people you want, but you’d better leave Kay’s clients alone.


Review: Death Overdue by Allison Brook

Amidst all that heavy, spooky, emotional stuff I was reading for Haunting October, there was Death Overdue. A light cozy mystery (is that redundant?) about a haunted library, a cold case, and a poisonous cookie.

I mean, what more does a girl need?

Truthfully, a bit more than I got.

Carrie’s about to up and leave town when she’s offered – begrudgingly – a position as the new Director of Programs and Events at the local library. She – also begrudgingly – accepts, and of course, her first day on the job, someone gets murdered. At one of her events. The victim happens to be the detective who, after 15 years, has decided to reopen a long-cold murder case. He’s about to share his new evidence with half the town, when he keels over. If only he hadn’t eaten that cookie.

I’m sorry, but really? I don’t think I’ve ever read a cozy that deals with a cold case, and there’s probably a reason for that. (The poisoned cookie is par for the course, no issue there.) The first murder was pretty much a waste of time and energy, and didn’t do much except introduce a level of complexity that wasn’t really needed, never mind explored. Brook kept hammering home the idea that the two murders were related. Which, of course they were, but it added nothing and frankly, got a bit annoying.

And can we please talk about Jared for a second? The love interest slash murder victim #1’s son? Ugh. Just ugh ugh ugh. It wasn’t just that he was an awful character – cozies are full of awful characters. No, it was more that he wasn’t even a believable character. I simply couldn’t imagine an actual person saying the things he did, because he was so…stiff.

I did like the ghost though. She was fun.

Series: A Haunted Library Mystery #1    Hardcover: 329 pages

Published: October 2017 by Crooked Lane Books    Source: Netgalley

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Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she’s offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death fifteen years earlier. As he invites members of the audience to share stories about Laura, he suddenly keels over and dies.

The medical examiner reveals that poison is what did him in and Carrie feels responsible for having surged forward with the program despite pushback from her director. Driven by guilt, Carrie’s determined to discover who murdered the detective, convinced it’s the same man who killed Laura all those years ago. Luckily for Carrie, she has a friendly, knowledgeable ghost by her side. But as she questions the shadows surrounding Laura’s case, disturbing secrets come to light and with each step Carrie takes, she gets closer to ending up like Al.

Now it’s due or die for Carrie in Death Overdue, the delightful first in a new cozy series by Allison Brook.

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Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

When I sat down to write this post, I started by saying I didn’t remember the last time a book scared me. Like, actually scared me. But then, I realized that wasn’t true. I do remember the last time a book scared me. It was Station Eleven, and that was 2 years ago. I don’t read a lot of scary books.

Which is why I was super hesitant to pick up Bird Box, even though it has a great rating and gets a lot of love. I even mentioned in my Haunting October post how nervous I was about reading it. I pretty much expected to avoid it all month, and just “happen” to run out of time to finish my spooky book list. But then one of my lovely readers said she was reading it, and I knew it would make me a fraud if I didn’t at least give it a try.BirdBox


And preferably with the lights on, music blaring, and a puppy next to you for comfort.

Holy hell Bird Box is terrifying. It is utterly, unspeakably, terrifying. And it’s so brilliant, too. Because what’s terrifying isn’t the story, but the writing. Malerman writes so well that it’s like watching a movie. In one chapter I squirmed because “DO NOT PUT YOUR HAND IN THAT BUCKET NO NO NO RUN AWAY.” In another chapter, I cried because “NO PUPPY NO DON’T LOOK!!!” In yet another, I cursed because “YOU STUPID IDIOT WHY DID YOU LET HIM IN?” In short, I felt every.single.emotion every character felt in the book.

I read it in about 3 hours.

Bird Box is creepier than zombies, because you don’t know what’s happening. That’s the source of the terror – the unknown. All you know is that people see something – some sort of creature – and then go mad and kill themselves. Malorie lives in a world that she can’t see. Bird Box flashes back and forth from the present, where she’s alone with two small children, and the past, where she’s living in a house with 5 other people. Gradually, you learn what’s happened to bring the story to this point, 5 years later. Throughout all this, you learn what it’s like to not be able to see what’s threatening you, to not know what’s out there or isn’t out there.

God it’s spooky. And wonderful. And absolutely perfect.

Hardcover: 262 pages    Published: March 2014 by Ecco    Source: Purchased

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Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

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