Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey

Someone Like MeSomeone Like Me by M.R. Carey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway! Thank you to Orbit Books for the giveaway copy. If you don’t read and review books you win in giveaways, you should. Do the right thing. End rant.

I’m going to give this book 3.5 stars which I’ll round up to 4 stars on Goodreads because… well… no half stars allowed. Come on Goodreads… give a girl some options please!

Any who.. back to Someone Like Me. I really enjoyed the first half of this book. It sucked me in instantly with a concept that was really interesting. Action packed from the start, the book begins with Liz being attacked by her ex-husband when an unexplained force comes over her that allows her to fight back with a strength and anger unlike anything she’s ever experienced. Can you say split personality? Meanwhile, Liz’s son has befriended a girl from school named Fran who has a dark and disturbed past. Liz and Fran’s stories come colliding together in a suspenseful novel by M.R. Carey.

What did I like about this book? One of my favorite things about the book was how the chapters were “numbered” with illustrations that coincided with the character whose story was being told. I thought it was a very clever way to identify the character whose story line was being told via pictures rather than words. I also really enjoyed the characters and felt like they were well developed. And the relationships between the characters were fun to see unfold.

What didn’t I like?

1. It was a tad too long and could have benefited from some editing.
2. The dialogue at times felt a tad juvenile and unrealistic. I had a hard time imagining real life people actually saying the sentences that were presented as dialogue between characters.
3. It took a little bit of a paranormal turn that I didn’t expect. And while it was an interesting turn, I felt there were a lot of questions left unanswered. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if it stuck with a mental health angle rather than a paranormal angle.

Overall, a good book with some intriguing content. Definitely has some unexpected turns that are exciting but at the end of the day, not my favorite book in the world. I’ll put this in the “just okay” camp.

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Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller

The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

The AnomalyThe Anomaly by Michael Rutger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Wow! Wow!

This was my June pick for Book of the Month, and now I’m wondering why it took me 6 months to finally read it!

The publisher says The Anomaly is a mix of Indiana Jones and The X-Files which is accurate. But it is so much more than that. It reminded me of a cross between The Curse of Oak Island, National Treasure, and As Above, So Below sprinkled with archaeological elements straight from the walls of our natural history museums. If you’re at all fascinated by The Discovery Channel or The National Geographic Channel, you will love this book.

Nolan is seen as a joke in the scientific world. He is the star of the YouTube show, The Anomaly Files, which seeks to find exciting secrets about our life on Earth by uncovering anomalies never before discovered. He and his film crew are on a mission to unearth Kincaid’s cavern deep within the remote reaches of the Grand Canyon, an anomaly documented in the early 1900s that has never since been found. But they may be about to get more than they bargained for.

I wish I could say more about the plot, but I don’t want to give away even a tiny portion of the surprises. And there are so many of them. Seriously. So many times along the way with this book there were jaw dropping surprises that I did NOT see coming!

The science nerd in me loved the way Michael Rutger tied together all the mysterious elements of the story, and while it is in no way believable, it had that mystical quality that made you think, “even though this isn’t realistic, it makes enough sense fundamentally for me to love the concept.”

When I logged onto Goodreads to write this review, I noticed this book was denoted as “The Anomaly Files #1” and I instantly got super excited at the prospect of it being the first of a series because, honestly, I couldn’t get enough of the characters and the story. And to my excitement, after a quick Google search, I found that a second book is due to be published next year called The Possession (can’t wait!).

If you are looking for something utterly unique and different (i.e. not “vanilla”), you should definitely give The Anomaly a try! You won’t regret it.

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Horror, Thriller

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final GirlsFinal Girls by Riley Sager

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The perfect slasher/horror/thriller book for a creepy October night!

I purchased Riley Sager’s The Last Time I Lied a couple months ago as my Book of the Month subscription selection. I mega loved it! Arguably the best thriller I’ve read this year. And when I posted about it in my many Facebook book lover groups, the response was always, “Have you read Final Girls?” I hadn’t. But I knew I had to!

So here I am, having read Final Girls, and sad that it’s over because I absolutely devoured it! Riley Sager has this gift of creating characters and atmospheres that are so believable and relatable. And from a concept standpoint, it was like nothing else I’ve read. The story is about Quincy Carpenter, one of the three “Final Girls,” each of them dubbed with the nickname after having been the only survivor of their own murderous and bloody massacre. When Lisa Misner, one of the other living Final Girls is found dead in her home, Quincy’s life begins to unravel. Told in the present with periodic glimpses into the past, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

I was also kept constantly guessing. Sager has this way of leading you down several different paths and constantly second guessing yourself and what you think you know. The same thing applied to The Last Time I Lied. And I did not see the ending coming at all!

I would liken this book to a modern day Friday the 13th, but with more depth and detail. It is the perfect book to read during the Halloween season if you’re looking for a good “slasher” type book to creep you out.

My review for The Last Time I Lied here:

https://homesweethouser.com/2018/07/18/the-last-time-i-lied-by-riley-sager/

 

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