What Are You Reading

What are you reading

Hello Friends!

Miss me? I had a bit of a re-think. Actually, it was more of a comment that someone made and I decided to step away from my blog for a little bit. I will tell you more about it in another blog.

Let’s move on to why you are here today. What am I reading?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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For my birthday my brother got me the entire Harry Potter Series that comes in the spiffy little suitcase looking box. So, I decided it was time to re-read the entire series and I am so glad I started! I forgot how amazingly fantastic these books were. The movies are great, but the books are so much more magical than the movies could ever be.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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I have been putting this off for so long. Now that the movie comes out at the end of this month I decided that I needed to read the book before the movie came out. I am not very far in it and I hope to finish the book in time to see the movie. But, as you will see, I have a lot of books going at once so…who knows when I will actually finish a book.

Curio by Evangeline Denmark

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I have been reading this book for over a month now…It’s interesting, but it just hasn’t been able to hold my attention for long. I don’t know what it is. Some parts are a little boring, but not boring enough for me to abandon the book completely. I will finish this book and hopefully I will finish it this month!

How to Hang a Witch by Andriana Mather

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I started reading this at work one day. I haven’t been reading at work, but I was bored and didn’t want to play games. So…I opened my Kindle app on my phone (I left my kindle home that day) and started reading this book. OMG! If I were to allow myself to just sit and read this book, I believe it would have been finished in a day. To be honest, I should probably let myself binge read this book. It has been so good this far. It’s just enough mystery and romance to keep me on the edge of my seat and my eyes flying across the page (even if it’s an electronic page.)

End of Watch by Stephen King

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This is my audio book for this month. I haven’t wanted to listen to any heavy books the past few months, but this month I realized I could not put this book off any longer because…Stephen King! Also, so far I have loved the other two books in this trilogy and I was so excited to see how it all ends. I will tell you right now, this book has been a roller coaster of emotions! It’s exhilarating and I sometimes can’t bring myself to cut it off and get things done…like getting out of my car and going into work.

 

Am I reading a lot of books at once?? Yes, of course I am. But you know what? That is what works for me. I have tried reading one book at a time. But my reading is just like everything else in my mind, I have a ton of stuff going on at once and reading one book at a time is just too boring for me. I think that is where my reading slump came from. I was trying to power through books, but I would get bored reading the same story and I would just put it away and go to sleep. Now, when I get bored with one story, I pick up another book and continue on with that story. It works for me.

There is one thing I have learned in the book community. We all do things differently. Some of us read slower than others and trying to keep up with your favorite book bloggers or booktubers will just put you in the slumps. So take a little advice from me…reading is just like life…you do you and I will do me.

What are you reading?

And what are your thoughts on reading more than one book at a time? Do you read more than one at a time or is it just not for you?

Book Review: Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Rating24 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Stephen King
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy
Genre: Horror/Mystery/Fiction
Pages: 448
Publisher: Scribner
Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: “Wake up, genius.”

Blurb from Goodreads: “Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

Review

 

The cover is as delightfully horrific as the first book in the series. It’s so perfect for the story behind it as well.

Compared to Mr. Mercedes, this book was not nearly as good. It started off too slow and I almost stopped reading (listening as I was listening to the audio book.) But I continued on because I wanted to be read for the third book. At the end of the day, this was a good book, as Stephen King doesn’t write a bad book.

In the heart of it this book is about a boy, Pete, whose family is going through a lot. His father was disabled by the Mercedes killer, and can’t find a job. His mother is a teacher and her salary has been cut. He and his sister try to ignore how much his parents fight, but they know what is going to happen if things don’t change.

Then, Pete finds a hidden treasure. A trunk full of money and old mole skin notebooks. He sends the money to his family anonymously but keeps the notebooks for himself. When more money is needed, Pete lets out the secret to a man that may be able to sell the notebooks, but trouble follows.

It’s also about a man who is so obsessed with a story that it leads him to kill the author for selling out. Actually, the story opens with Morris killing John Rothstein. He hides the money and the books until he can get away with it, without raising suspicion. But he doesn’t expect to land in a situation where the trunk of his treasures stays hidden for 30 years and a young boy finds them first.

I thought this book really was a fantastic book. It was a slow build up and could be a little annoying at the same time. The boring part I think was where Morris was sent to prison for a different crime. You pretty much sit the his cell with him and I was just bored with the prison life. Part of it aided to the story, but some of it just seemed out of place and useless information. I could also be a little impatient and wanted to know what was going to happen next.

The ending was actually a little heartbreaking. I won’t say anything except something important is lost in the end and it was just a bummer to have a happier ending for some people.

**Spoilers**

I just have to talk about this because it is the one thing that bugged me most about this book. If you have not read the book and don’t want to be spoiled, you have been warned!

When Pete decides to try and sell the mole skin notebooks, he is blackmailed, first by Andy, the book store owner, and then by Morris. Andy tries to blackmail him by saying Pete will be locked away because he stole some money. Morris tells Pete that Andy’s murder will be pinned on him because his fingerprints are in the office where Andy’s body lays.

I don’t know about you, but when I was 17 I was a little smarter than Pete. The money was found. Sure, he should have turned it in to the police, but when your family is in desperate need, you don’t always think about what you SHOULD do with money that is found. If Pete had stopped for just a minute to think about it, he would have known that neither Andy, nor Morris had anything against him. I think in the end it would have saved his entire family a lot of trouble.

Yes, I am ranting a little bit because this whole issue just bugged me to no end. It annoyed me that Pete was so ignorant through the whole thing.

**Spoiler/Rant over**

 

By the end, I felt like this book was just a filler to build up to the last book. Maybe something comes back up in the last book that happened in this book. It was an okay read, but let’s face it, we just want to know what is going to happen next with Brady Hartsfield.

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends. Happy Monday. I almost melted yesterday, but I made it. 🙂

So this week I realized that I have 6 books that I am reading. I went through a little reading slump and I just couldn’t find what I actually wanted to read. Nothing could keep my attention. Then a friend suggested a book and let me borrow a copy. Of course, I had to download the Nook app to read the book and this lead to another book!

Nook has this thing where you can read a free book every month. They release new chapters daily. This month is Dorthy Must Die by Danielle Paige.

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Now, this book has been sitting on my shelf for a little while. I think I bought it around the time it was first released. It has just been sitting there, waiting for me to pick it up. I started reading it on my phone with the Nook app, because I thought it would be nice to read it on my phone and take the whole month to read it. Needless to say, I was hooked from the beginning and had to get the book off myself because Nook was not released enough chapters a day. I have heard a few negative reviews about this book and that is why it sat on my shelf for so long. I should have known better than to listen to those people.

The book that my friend suggested was Dark Prince by Christine Feehan

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I am also hooked on this book and have been reading it on every break, in between commercial breaks, and even when my car broke down this week. (The car is fixed now.) I think I like it because it reminds me so much of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Which is also a little sad because this book was released after the Sookie Stackhouse novels, so this may be an issue of an author borrowing an idea. The female character in the book is telepathic. The male is a vampire…sound familiar? But it’s okay because I can love both books.

I am still listing to Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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And LOVING every minute of it! I’m telling you, you throw in a little romance and I am so down to read that book! I am sick I tell you. I have no love life, so I devour books where there are complicated love stories. And this book has a complicated love story.

I have made it half way through The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

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I read the first half so fast and then I got bored with it. Not because the story got boring, it just wasn’t what I wanted to read at the time. So I am trying to read a little bit of it every day.

I have also read about half of Figment by Cameron Jace

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Again, I just got bored with everything I was reading and needed to change things up. But I am still slowly reading this book. I still love the story, though I get a little aggravated in the whole thing. I mean, is she really insane or is she really helping save people from Wonderland??!!

Lastly is The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

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I am going to be honest here. I have not made it past the first few chapters. I haven’t given the book much of a chance and I need to put more effort into it. After I finish a few on this list I will give it more time. Right now it is just sitting with a few chapters read. Don’t worry, I will remember what has happened so far.

Tell me, what are you reading right now? Do you think I am crazy for having so many books going at once??

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! Happy Monday…or not. 🙂

This week is going to be crazy for me so I probably won’t be reading as much as I usually do, but I still have a few books sitting on my bedside table at the moment.

So let’s get to it.

I am still listening to Finders Keepers by Stephen King

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This book is just so disturbing and some mornings on my way to work I have skipped listening to it just because the voice actor for the book can get annoying. Just some characters that he reads. He is a lovely voice actor, but some mornings I just can’t take it.

I am reading a middle grade book. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver.

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So far it has been a very interesting story and the cover is just so gorgeous!

I’m also reading The Darkest Night by Gena Sowalter

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I was afraid I wouldn’t like Gena Showalter’s adult novels. I love her YA books. My fear was short lived as soon as I read the first chapter. I am, so far, in love with this book!

Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset by Sarah Ashwood

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This book has been so fantastic so far. Some days I just don’t have enough time to read enough of this book to satisfy my curiosity. As soon as I have some time I am probably going to sit down and do nothing but finish this book.

That is all I have this week. I know, I am reading too many books at once, but I am keeping the stories separate and they are all so different. I would have been done with at least one if I wasn’t working such strange hours.

What are you reading?

Book Review: Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Rating5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Book Review: Mr. Mercedes
Author: Stephen King
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy
Genre: Horror/Fiction/Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 436
Publisher: Scribner
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: Augie Odenkirk had a 1997 Datsun that still ran well in spite of high milage, but gas was expensive, especially for a man with no job, and City Center was on the far side of town, so he decided to take the last bus of the night.

Blurb from Goodreads: In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

Review

There is a lot going on in this book. Starting with amazingly goretastic cover. The cover is so simple and spine tingling all at the same time.

There are several characters, two main and several side characters, and yet, Stephen King somehow makes it work and keeps it from being too confusing. I listened to this book on audible and it wasn’t even hard to figure out which POV I was listening to when it changed around. The writing was fantastic as always. I never expect less from King.

The beginning throws you right into the story. The very first chapter you get to know a character, a little of his back story, and you find out what kind of person he is. By the end of the first chapter, that one character is no longer alive. It’s not a spoiler because it’s the first chapter. It’s a rollercoaster after that point.

The main character, Bill Hodges is a retired detective with only one major regret and that regret calls him out one day with a letter. The Mercedes killer tries to mess with Hodges, trying to push him over the edge and ends up giving Bill one more mystery to solve.

What I loved about this book is how Brady is trying to get into Bills head, trying to cause him to kill himself, and in the end it only gives Bill something to live for. Brady gives Bill a new lease on life, a purpose to continue on.

Another thing that I loved so much about his story is that Brady is such a real character. I mean, all of them are very realistic, but Brady is the scariest of them all. He is the crazy person who has killed just to kill. He may have had a strange life growing up, but at some point, a switch was flipped and this guy lost his mind. And as the reader, you get to enter that mind and see how it works and how twisted it is. There is a reason that Stephen King is the master of horror. Somehow he knows how the mind of a psycho works.

This whole story has made me so cautious of things and people around me. Brady Hartfield is a computer repair tech and an ice cream truck man. These are the people that are in our lives every day. The next ice cream you buy could be from a mass murderer. Then again, we have had plenty of serial kills that were average Joes that no one would suspect.

This book made me uncomfortable, fearful, and in the end slightly satisfied with several things. I may have laughed at inappropriate times. I would suggest this to all my friends, but I haven’t come across a Stephen King book I didn’t like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prompt Challenge: 040316 The Unlucky Ones

Prompt Challenge

Hello friends! This one…I like this weeks short story. Really, I do. I am putting it in my file of stories that could be more. Woot! But let’s get on with this. It’s also not very long. So, yay for quick read!

April Prompt

The Unlucky Ones

The lucky ones are the ones that the government only checks in on about once a month. We don’t talk about the unlucky ones, but not for reasons you may think. The unlucky ones are not the ones that are under constant surveillance from the government, they are the ones that have crept under the government’s watch. No one knows their names, where they are, who they are, or what they plan to do next.

The unlucky ones are the ones that slip through the shadows and if they are ever spotted, they are shot on sight. The government does not have time for these people and the ideas they may get. There is a whole community of the unlucky ones, and I am one of them.

My name is Hera. But don’t let the name fool you. There is nothing special about me. I was born into a world where I am forced to hide. It started with my parents and their need to get out from under the government. After both of my parents died I found out that it was my fault that they had to go into the underground, to live among the unlucky ones. The year I was born, the government was killing every fourth girl that was born. It was something about population control and balancing out the ratio of boys and girls. The government is all about controlling the population and making sure there is an even ratio of boys and girls. The better to pair you with someone when you are old enough to marry.

My parents were in an arranged marriage and that didn’t bother them. They didn’t even blink an eye about the babies that were being put to rest because they were the wrong gender. Until it came to being their child that would be laid to rest, their child that would be killed just because I was a girl. It was then that their eyes were opened, and they ran.

The government tracked them down one day and killed them. I was 16 at the time and hid in the rafters of the warehouse we had been living in. We had been there too long and I told them so. They also killed my boyfriend and his family that same night. I have been on the run since. I have become the governments most wanted unlucky one. I have exceeded their expectations. I think now they want to recruit me, but I will never join the monsters that have killed my parents and friends. I will never stand behind the monsters that take children from their homes to control the population.

I have learned their secrets. It has taken me five years to get to where I am today, standing right outside the governments headquarters. They are a stupid bunch. It was only last year that I found out they had one home base. One government headquarters where all their information and important people have been kept. How dumb can you be? They think they are safer in numbers, but they have only given the unlucky ones an advantage. I only have one place to take down to start a new world where we are all free. The unlucky ones will bring light to those that are still lost in the darkness of the governments lies.

I have not come to plea with the government. I have come to destroy them. And behind me are all the unlucky ones, ready to fight, ready to die to free the ones who think they are the lucky ones. In this world the only lucky ones are those who sit in these buildings that tower over the chaos and decay of a sad world. I didn’t become the unlucky one’s savior, I became their wake up call. I became the voice they needed to push them to stop hiding in the shadows and finally take back what is ours. For my parents, my friends, and those yet to come, I am the harbinger of change, of death, of freedom.

4 Nerd Girl Rating

Tell me what you thought. Did you like it? Hate it? What would you rate it? I would love to hear from you.

Book Review: Trinkets, Treasures,and Other Bloody Magic

Trinkets and Tresures

Rating5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge

Release Date: December 27th 2013

Series: The Dowser

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Fantasy/Fiction

Pages: 300

Publisher: Old Man in the CrossWalk Productions

Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: Fully aware that the vampire was watching me from somewhere deeper in the woods, I placed my second to last piece of single-origin Madagascar chocolate on my tongue and lovingly sucked on it.

Blurb from Goodreads: Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works.
Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.

 

Cover: I love the covers of all of these books. Especially the cupcake.

Review: This book takes place three months after the first book ended. Jade is coming to terms with her newly discovered powers, struggling to figure out what her other half is and trying to deal with what her sister had done and getting used to no longer having Sienna around.

Of course, there are some upsides to what she went through a few months back. She know has a little group of supernatural beings at her back. Kandy the werewolf, Kett the Vampire, and Desmond, Kandy’s pack alpha. Also, her mother seems to be sticking around unlike the times before. And let’s not forget that she still has her bakery where she continues to bake delicious cupcakes.

In the first book I felt the connection between Jade and McGrowly…I mean Desmond. I was hoping to touch on it in this book and OMG did we see a lot. The chemistry between those two is so amazing and I was so distraught when the book ended and there was no closure between the two. So of course, it was the first thing I hope to see in the third book.

The friendship that develops between Kandy and Jade in this book gives me serious friendship goals, and please forgive me for using the term friendship goals.

From the skinwalkers at the beginning to the showdown between the big bad black witch and her sorcerer…this book was amazing and I couldn’t stop reading it. I would go to work thinking about the book and having a hard time getting through the day because I couldn’t read.

Just…the spark between Desmond and Jade…I love it so much and I want more of them!

We also meet Rusty’s little sister, Mory, in this book. She is an angry teenager who wants revenge for her brother and just to see him one more time. She is a Necromancer so she has the ability to see the spirits of the dead and she shows up demanding that Jade take her to the place where Rusty died. I feel like this is the beginning of trouble for Jade. This is where it all starts.

 

My favorite parts of this novel may have been the moments with Jade and Desmond…but also seeing Jade come into her powers and really start to learn how to use them. And in the end she finally finds some answers she has been looking for and it leaves you with your jaw hanging open.

 

The ending had me scrambling for the next book because I just couldn’t leave it like that. I hate a cliff hanger, but I also love them. There is a true ending to this novel, which I appreciate more than you can imagine. I have been burned by too many books with horrible endings, but this one had a good ending and a wonderful cliffhanger to make you beg for more.

 

I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!

Prompt Challenge: 040216 Bird Faces

Prompt Challenge

Hello Friends! Welcome to the second prompt challenge for this prompt. I wish it was better, but I didn’t have a lot of time to work on it. I know, I should take this a little more serious and set aside time to write like I need to. I am working on it, I promise. I found something that worked for me and I let myself slack.

So, while I am not completely happy with this short story, I am pleased with the general concept. I may revisit it one day and make it better. But today, you get the raw version. I hope you like it!

Warning, this one is a little longer than what I usually write. Please still read it?

April Prompt

Bird Faces

There are three types of people in this world.

The first are the ones that the government only looked into maybe a few times a year. They get a knock at their door, someone takes a walk through their home, and they are done.

The second are the ones that get monthly visits from the government. They get a knock at their door, the government walks through their home, looking under beds and through files. Usually these are the ones that had a questionable family member somewhere down the line.

The third group are the unlucky ones. You know you are the unlucky, but no one else knows. Usually you disappear from the family and cause the rest of the family to become part of the second group. Your family stops talking about you, they forget about you. Not because they hate you, but because it is safer to forget about you. Eventually, the family will work their way back into the first group and can breathe a sigh of relief.

I am one of the ones from the third group. Though, at this point I don’t know why anymore. Am I filled with rage because they constantly watch me or am I constantly watched because I am filled with rage? They keep me tied to a bed, strapped down like a science project, while they draw blood from me. They also pump medicines into my system and note how each drug changes my temper and blood. Sometimes those drugs can make me lose hours or even days.

I try to escape into my mind. I try to remember things about my life before this one. I try to remember my mom or my father. They are both just blurry figures, standing over me and crying. I know they are crying because I can hear their sobs.

The odd thing though, my father was not there when I was taken away. So why is he in my memory of when I was taken away? Why does he sob along with my mother as the government drags me away?

My father left my mother when I was a toddler, just learning to walk. I remember that day. My father was screaming and my mother was crying out. I waddled to the glass door as it slammed shut. I watched as my father threw a bag into his car and drove away. How do I remember that? Was that even my father? Did I even have a father?

Mom. She loved me, you know. She worked hard to take care of me. I was a young boy when they took me from her. I was maybe 15. How long ago was that? It feels like yesterday, but I know that it was much longer than that. I have seen myself in a mirror before. I look older than a teenager. It could be the stress, though. I could just look older because of all the test and drugs. Or maybe I was never 15. Mom, where are you? Why did you not stop them from taking me? Did I even have a mother?

They are here again, thumping a needle full of blue liquid. I laugh as they inject the blue liquid into my drip. I watch as the tube running into my arm turns blue. I think I can feel the blue liquid running through my veins. I think I can see it. What did they drug me with this time? Why am I here? Do I even have a body?

I scream at the people in white suits, their faces look like birds. Their metal beaks are long and sharp and their eyes are large and glassy. Masks. My mind tells me that they are wearing masks, but my mind tells me that to keep me calm. I don’t think they are masks. I once saw a beak open and close, as if the bird face was trying to speak to me. The light glints off the metal beaks, teasing and taunting me. Why do they hide behind the masks? What is behind those masks?

They leave again, but I know they still watch me. I don’t know where the cameras are or if they can see through walls. Those glassy large eyes could probably see through the walls. I think all the drugs are going to my head. Maybe I was crazy before they took me. Maybe that is why they took me and locked me in this sterile white room. The walls absorb all sounds. It’s maddening when I scream and the sounds soak up the noise. I want my voice to bounce off the walls. I want the screams to rip apart their heads like it does mine. Why can’t they see how mad I am? Do they know how mad I am? Do they know that I would rather die than sit through another test? LET ME OUT! I can hear it in my head, bouncing around the walls of my brain. But my words will never bounce around the room. It’s so quiet. Why is it so quiet? Why do they never speak to me?

LET ME OUT! I try to scream, but the walls eat up my words. The floor eats my tears. I pull at my restraints and for the first time since the crazy bird faces brought me here, the restraints release me. Is it the blue stuff they put into my blood? Did it make me stronger?

No, I was always this strong. My anger is what made me dangerous though.

I jump off the bed and walk to the door. I bang on the metal and the door falls to the floor. I knew I could do that. I could always do that. This drug, is a new drug, but it didn’t weaken the part of me that scares the bird faces. This is why they took me away, because I could destroy them. The government is afraid of me because I can make them pay for all they have done.

The bird faces run through the halls. They shoot at me, but I don’t stop. One runs up to me but I reach out my hand and snap her neck. The cracking of her spine is satisfying for a second and then I remember. My mother. MOM!

My knees hit the cold cement floor and I wipe a tear away. My mother did fight to keep me. But they made me kill her. They made me snap her neck so she couldn’t tell me her secret. She would have come for me, but they made me silence her.

A bird face stands in front of me. He reaches up to take off his mask and tears it away. This is not a bird face, this is a man. I stare at his face, recognizing the blue eyes. My blue eyes. My father. He did not leave my mother. He hid away to keep me safe, but it didn’t work.

Together we kill the bird faces one by one. Their faces do not tear away like the one my father had. These bird faces are not masked men. They are the government. They sick bird faces behind the disappearance of those who have something they want, something that will destroy them once and for all.

I may be one of the unlucky ones, one of the ones that are forgotten, but I do not forget. My madness is not mine, it is the work of the bird faces, the creatures that have tried to claim earth as their own. My father and I will find a way to bring them down. The government will not watch us anymore. The fear the bird faces bring will be defeated.

4 Nerd Girl Rating

I hope you enjoyed it. If not, it’s okay. Let me know what you liked or didn’t like about it in the comments. Trust me, I love to hear from you no matter what.

What Are You Reading?

WhatAreYouREading

Hello friends. Happy Monday. It’s a rough Monday for me. I had to go into work at 5am to 10:30, and now I am about to head back in from 4 to 9:30 pm. And I am just too tired. I hate working split shifts but I never say no to them.

Anyways, let us move on! What are you reading this week?

I just started a new audio book and I am super excited to be reading it!

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.
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I am only in chapter 3 and I am already just like…”OMG! Are you serious?” I love Stephen King

I am reading…

Maps, Artifacts, and other Arcane Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge
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It’s the last book currently available for the series. I’m a little worried about not having another one to go to after I am finished. But the author does have another series so I may give that a try after this one.

Changes by Jim Butcher
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I know what you are thinking, “Heather, why are you still reading this one?!” But I have been so captured by the Dowser series (mentioned above) that I have been letting Mr. Dresden fall to the waste side. I am so sorry Harry!!

My GoodReads “Currently-Reading” List has one more book, but I am not actively reading it and I am not so sure I want to continue reading it. I just haven’t decided yet. And I have one book that I seriously need to start reading soon so I can have it done and ready for this months author interview. Ugh, I’m falling behind already.

Also, be very proud that none of these are YA!! I had to take a break from the YA world!

What are you reading?

Book Review: Cupcakes,Trinkets, and other Deadly Magic

Trinkets...by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Rating

4 Nerd Girl Rating

4/5

Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge
Release Date: June 21st, 2013
Series: The Dowser (Book 1)
Genre: Fantasy/Mystery/Urban Fantasy
Pages: 232
Publisher: Old Man in the CrossWalk Productions
Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: The vampire stood at the door to my bakery.

Blurb from Goodreads: If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it.

That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

 

Review

To be honest, the blurb doesn’t do this book justice. I bought this book because of my love for Felicia Day and her book club on Goodreads called Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. Funny, I started reading the book the day of their live chat about the book.

I actually thought this was going to be some dirty romance novel. I guess my idea of what the book club was about was a little off. Forgive me.

I loved this book though. I knew there would be werewolves in it because of the blurb. But then there is a vampire! Seriously, you throw in a vampire and I am sold. I just love vampires.

On to the book…

This book was fun to read. Jade is such a lovely character. She loves to bake (me too!) and owns a cupcake shop. This is like my dream…so it was super easy for me to slip into this book and really get sucked in.

There isn’t much that I can say without giving away spoilers, but I will say, I am so annoyed that we still don’t know what Jade is. She is half witch and half what? I need to know!

Overall, I read this in just a few days because it was just so great. The story was fast paced, and didn’t linger on useless details. There was just a little hint of a romance…that didn’t go over well…and lots of mystery. Was the twist ending obvious?? Yeah, it kind of was, but I still appreciated the twist.

As soon as I finished this book I bought the next book. I haven’t read it yet, but I am excited to get into it.

I enjoyed this book, even with all the bad reviews, I still enjoyed the book. It did put me in the mind of the True Blood series, but there were cupcakes and I am okay with this. Reading is what you do for fun. I had fun reading this book and would probably read it again one day.

The cover though…the cover could use a little more creativity, but you can’t go wrong with cupcakes…