Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Audio: The Dead House - Dawn Kurtagich

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of five teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy - only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace...
...until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn't exist Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary.
The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known. 

Audiobook 11 h
Published September 15th 2015 by Little, Brown Young Readers
Horror YA

My thoughts:
Ohhhh this was creepy! If it had been in print I am sure I would not have found it so, but in audio it actually made me scared and not many manage that (I can only think of 1). The audio (which I sometimes listened to while baby S was still asleep, bad idea, I was all omg what if something is in this dark room!) Right the audio was great and spooky.

Even now I do not know what happened. Carly was crazy, sorry! She had whatever now it was called, she is Carly during the day, and Kaitlyn at night. But she has always been like that. Though Doctor Lansing thinks she created Kaitlyn to deal with the aftermath of her parents death.

Kaitlyn hears voices and does now sleep. Kaitlyn is the one whose diary we read. We never get the days or Carly.

The book is told in diary form, police reports and doctor-patient tapes, and it does work really well in audio. Throw in some spooky music that had me wondering first wtf I was hearing. I thought I was loosing it like her.

But there is something sinister going on also. Dark powers at play. But then again who knows. Kaitlyn IS hearing a dark voice in her head after all. She SHOULD be at the mental hospital. She should accept help. But then her disorder makes her not trust anyone.

And darker it got. And the Dead House *shivers*. Ugh, that was creepy.

I could never imagine how it would feel to have a split personality like this. Poor girl.

Gotta give it a 4 for its creepiness (I have become nicer with my reviews, dang, now that means everything up to now is all wrong. There should be more 4s spread around. Oh well.)

Def listen to it and feel the creepiness.

Charlotte Parry (Narrator), Christian Coulson (Narrator)
I really liked Charlotte. She did great with the voices and making Carly and Kaitlyn different. And showing the madness like she did.

CHristian did police reports and news clippings. Very good

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

TMST: Reading time

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

 February 20th: How do you find time to read?

It used to be, anywhere and everywhere, and anytime. Now, ha! At first when Baby S was little it was when she slept on me. I read a lot back then. Then she started to say no to those 6 hours feedings/naps.

That is when I started to read less and listen more. At one time I was on a 4 walk sched, that turned into a 3 walk sched, that now is a 2 walk schedule and I usually send SO on that last one. But anyway that is when I listen! I talk a 1 hour walk with her and listen. I also listen to 1.8 speed since omg, slow, can NOT do slow. Which means I get almost 2 hours like that ;)

Then there are mornings when I wake and do not want to disturb her and I just listen to a book for 2 hours. Or like when I had trouble falling asleep if she woke me in the night. Audio!

Reading I get when she is sleeping outside.

So that is when I find time to read :)

 This is where I get my audio time (well not today cos I was taking pics and SO was with me)

 The two that cut down on my reading time

Monday, 19 February 2018

Audio: Runaway Groom - Lauren Layne

Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge. . . .

Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook endings. 

Audio CD, 7 pages
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published January 30th 2018)
I Do, I Don't #2
Contemporary romance
For review

My thoughts:
Just like book 1 things are not what they seem. Sure, Gage left women at the altar, but there are reason. And those things he wanted at the end, awww, my heart broke.

Gage lost a bet and is now the star of Jilted. He is also a famous movie star. A LOT of women want to be on Jilted for a chance to marry him. And sure, I liked how he did not just leave (cos he sure did not like the idea of this show), he did not want to be that guy who always leaves.

Ellie is so not like the other contestants, and is doing this for the free PR for her company. She is honest, does not give a fig, and is just so normal you know.

He finds her refreshing.
She likes him when she sees the real him.
But this is a reality show! Who wants that! Not her.

I mouthed OMG as I listened and walk and put on my silly grin. SO many times. I  should find a new way to rate audiobooks, because I find myself more and more wanting to rate them differently. The narration was so splendid, and as always, I just know I enjoyed this so much more than I would have reading it.

Totally cute, Totally fun. A joy listening to. You know it's good when there is 1 h left and I just haaaave to finish it.

Amy Melissa Bentley and Rudy Sandas
Alternatating POVS.
I found myself thinking in her voice. LOL. She got me.
I also like his voice a lot, he was Gage.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Carole's Sunday Review: Sixth Prime

Author: Dan O'Brien

Title: Sixth Prime (The Prime Saga Book 1)
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Pages: ebook
Published: Feb 2014
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon freebie)

A war brews as a galaxy struggles to maintain a peace treaty signed in haste. The Commonwealth boasts sprawling cities built upon slums. The Sovereignty has placed the yoke of industry upon its citizens. Sixteen men and women are connected in a way they cannot yet understand. A murder of a prominent artist begins a chain of events that will ultimately determine the fate of the universe. 

Only thirteen will remain. 

In the end, there can be only one Prime. 

Are you a Prime? 

It's been a little bit since I've read a Sci-Fi. It is a genre I enjoy, but for some reason, I stray from it. This was a nice one to read after a long stretch. 

I enjoyed the characters and the world. I really liked Jane, Lorelei, and the Prisoner the most. I was hooked on their stories from the moment they popped onto the page. Everyone else? Just meh. They were just okay and I didn't hate following them, but I really wanted to see what would happen next with those three more. 

Honestly, I do feel like there were too many characters at some points. I would've been fine with those three and maybe one other. I don't really feel I could focus and connect as much as I wanted to because there was a lot of jumping around. That really is my only issue. At this rate, they will drop like flies so I won't have to worry much for very long. Haha. 

The Darkness scared me! But it intrigued me at the same time. I feel like we will see more of it in the future. I hope so!

I want to learn more about this world! This author surely did build a good world! It was introduced slowly as we went along so we avoided knowledge-overload. There are a lot of questions I have running in my head though. I am curious to see what is next and I hope all my questions are answered in the next book! I especially want to learn more about what it means to be a Prime. Why is it SO important? WHO will be the one Prime? I am a little anxious to see the fates of the remaining people. 

A good opening book in this series and this world. If you like Sci-Fi and people stories you will like this. I wonder what is next! I'll give this 3 stars. Looking forward to what is next! I am liking this world.  


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