Bookmail: The Flower Girls

The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

Thank you to #partner Blooomsbury Publishing for this free review hardcover! Published January 24, 2019!

Cannot wait to dig into this one! What a beautiful book and the plot sounds so enticing! Check it out:

THREE CHILDREN WENT OUT TO PLAY. ONLY TWO CAME BACK. 

The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose. 

One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.

And the Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…

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February TBR!

Had to take a picture of my ambitious and downright ridiculous February TBR!

📚Reading The Ruins with the Nerber Book Group from Facebook – have wanted to read this book forever!

📚Just want to read Indignities of the Flesh for myself

📚Reading The Pilo Family Circus 🎪 with my friend Maggie 😻

📚Got the ARC of The Invited sent to me by the amazing DoubleDay Books so I gotta read that!!

📚Gotta get back to downing pages of War and Peace for the #warandpeace2019 readalong

📚Gonna read The Power for my February selection of #unreadbotmchallenge 📚Still need to finish Emma in the Night for my January pick for #unreadbotmchallenge 🤦🏻‍♂️

📚Reading Skeleton Crew with the #skeletonkrew! ❤️

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And that’s it! Simple enough right? 😂😂 I’ll fail. And I’ll likely read books not in this stack too 🤷🏻‍♂️

January Wrapup

January wrap-up!

Read 7 books, finished The Stand at 10pm last night just under the wire!

From top of stack to bottom:

📚Christmas Horror Vol. 2: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

📚Bring Me Back: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

📚Watching You: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📚The Stand: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📚A Christmas Carol: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

***Not Pictured:

📚Hell House: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

📚A Little Bit Wicked: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

How was your January?

The Stand: Trashcan Man

As I approach and then consume the last 40(!) pages of The Stand from #thestandalong that the group read in November but I may have detoured and took three months to read, I have a question for you:

🗑 Trashcan Man 🗑

Do we like him or not??

I LOVE him! What a great character! I would say he’s neither good nor bad. He just is. As my amazingly delightful rat friend Olivia said earlier tonight as I chatted with her; he’s a wildcard!

Yes he is. He answered, at times, to RF, in his own way, but mostly he just did his own thing.

I LOVE this illustration of Trashy that I posted. How fucking badass is he in this?

*****SPOILER*****

Waltzing back into Vegas, disrupting Flagg’s grand quartering of Larry and Ralph, with his massive A-bomb. All utterly destroyed by radiation. Fuckin’ skin boils and falling off, puking blood, eating his own teeth 🦷 can’t even see.

This illustration is the definition of gnarly. I want it colorized, blown up, and hanging on my wall!

Alright, I’m off to finish the last 40 pages, I’m literally on page 1101 of 1141 in my massive paperback.

M-O-O-N and that spells marathon read! And baby, can you dig your man? I hope I enjoy these last 40 pages or I might pokerize someone!

Bookmail: The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

#partner Thank you so so much to @doubledaybooks for the gifted copy of The Invited by @jennifermcmahonwrites!!

First of all, this cover is just beautiful! Second, look at this amazing bookmark they included! What a lovely surprise! Third, Jennifer writes a wicked book and I can’t wait to read this one!

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A chilling ghost story with a twist: the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter People returns to the woods of Vermont to tell the story of a husband and wife who don’t simply move into a haunted house–they build one . . .

In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate have abandoned the comforts of suburbia to take up residence on forty-four acres of rural land where they will begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams. When they discover that this beautiful property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the local legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. With her passion for artifacts, Helen finds special materials to incorporate into the house–a beam from an old schoolroom, bricks from a mill, a mantel from a farmhouse–objects that draw her deeper into the story of Hattie and her descendants, three generations of Breckenridge women, each of whom died suspiciously. As the building project progresses, the house will become a place of menace and unfinished business: a new home, now haunted, that beckons its owners and their neighbors toward unimaginable danger.

The Last by Hanna Jameson

The Last

Hanna Jameson

Just devoured this book in about four sittings. I love post-apocalyptic books, I love thrillers, I love mysteries, I love locked door mysteries. This was perfect for me! And that cover is just gorgeous.

I loved the way it was written as kind of a diary (tho Jon would say it’s not a diary) written by the main character Jon. He’s a historian so he felt the need to record everything happening to what could possibly be some of the Last people left in the world after a nuclear war between virtually the entire world. Started by the US’s idiot president (loved that part, but also scary because that could happened right now).

While trying to live they’re also trying to figure out the mystery of a dead girl they find in one of the water towers on the roof.

I really loved the atmosphere Hanna created and all of the characters. I loved their conversations about what’s right and what’s wrong in this post-apocalyptic world they’re now in.

Five big stars from me!