The Fear Institute 

The Fear Institute by Jonathan L. Howard  (Johannes Cabal #3)
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction 

Every waking moment of our lives we spend as hostages to the terrible ‘perhaps’. We dread the unnameable that lurks beyond our doors. We collapse into ridiculous phobias with the most fleeting provocation. Clowns! Birds! The number thirteen! Each one a nail driven into the fabric of our lives, limiting our movements, hemming us in, draining our futures of possibilities. How many better tomorrows have been lost because of natural human timidity? How many wonders have never seen the light because those who dared dream them could never build them?

This is the 3rd book about Johannes Cabal, Necromancer of little infamy. He’s made deals with Satan, became a detective and now he finds himself in the employment of The Fear Institute who proposes a trip into the Dreamlands to capture the Phobia Animus, or the creature of fear. Things don’t go the way you expect (per usual) and Johannes uses his wit and cunning to get through the land imagined by HP Lovecraft. 

I absolutely love this series. It’s funny. Johannes is so unlikable he’s likable and I can really see this as a graphic novel someday. 

Be warned, there is a rather gruesome cat death but it ends on a good note. (The guy responsible ends up getting eaten by feral cats). 

I highly recommend this one. 🙂
And because I was cat less again, here’s a Betsy, whom I am dogsitting for the week. 😀

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The Darkest Part of the Forrest 

The Darkest Part of the Forrest by Holly Black
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: YA Fantasy 

It’s rare to come across a stand alone fantasy YA novel. And this was such a book. It takes place in a magical town where mysterious things happen with the fair-folk. A sister/brother team fight the evil ones while swooning over their prince, a fairy locked in an unbreakable glass casket in the woods. One night, the casket is broken and the plot goes into play as secrets are revealed and mystery is uncovered.
This one was okay. I felt like it could have been better as a series, because things were kind of rushed. The lead is a strong female character and I would have liked to see her grow a bit more. And there’s no love triangles. 
I’d recommend it but it’s just okay. Beautifully written but there’s better things out there.

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I’m still here….

Hello everyone! I’m still here and actively reading. I’ve been going through some personal things (depression, job loss, adjusting to a new job, general anxiety, med adjustments and so on) and I’m hoping to be back on track next week. 🙂

I got hired at JoAnnes Fabric and Crafts and I am LOVING it.

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This is the apron I made for work. And honestly, who WOULDN’T make a Tardis apron?

I also got full time eyeballs as you can see. *pun perhaps intended*

I’ve been spending time with my cats, blowing through summer reading and trying to find my grounding.

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So happy reading, my friends and carry on. ❤

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Carry On

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: YA Scifi/Fantasy/LGBT

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Rainbow Rowell is by far one of my favorite authors. Ever. I absolutely ADORE her writing and will most likely read/own everything she will ever write.

We first met Simon and Baz in Fangirl which was the basis for the MC’s obsession and “fangirling.” Rowell took it upon her herself to give us a Simon/Baz story and I am quite pleased with the result. I kinda skipped over those posts in Fangirl so I wasn’t quite swayed with this one. 😉

Carry On is a Potter-esque type book. Magical school. Insidious Humdrum. Smarty pants female co-character. And so on. This book is basically “What Would Happen if Draco and Harry were Room mates and ended up Falling in Love.” Pretty much.

I highly recommend Rowell’s writing. This one was fun, for YA and a bi/gay lovestory. And yes, I totally fangirled and shipped the hell out of them from the begining. XD

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Courage for Beginners

Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington

☆☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: YA Fiction

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Now that I am in bed, safe under my soft and warm comforter, I do not want to ever leave. Here is a space where there are no problems. Only the crack in my cealing. That is the only problem. A crack that widens because maybe the house wants to change, too. So there are no problems. Except for the problems you carry in your mind. They creep into your safe space without an invitation. The problem is so stupid there is not even a name for it. Because what do you call that irritating feeling that tells you you’re going to change whether you want to or not? What do you call these invisible things that seem like they are marching towards you and you better get ready?

This was a book about a 12 year old girl. Who became an adult too soon.

Misti likes to talk in narratives and believes that stories will save her.

Misti is your average recently turned 12 year. She’s entering the 7th grade and loses her best (and only) friend to a hipster social experiement. Her dad also suffers from a horrible accident while washing his car (he falls from a tree trying to collect his wash rag) and is hospitalized ‘indefinitely’. And her mother never leaves the house. So Misti takes upon adult responsibilities so that they might survive. She begins to take care of her younger sister, cooking meals, and even going as far as to walk to the grocery store once food begins to get dangerously low. Because her mother suffers from agoraphobia. The only thing that keeps her grounded is hope that her dad will recover. Her stories. And growing up.

Here is a girl in love with the idea that her outside should match her inside. If a guy can change his world with a hat, a girl can change hers with a haircut.

This one struck a cord with me because I was forced to grow up. My little sister is 10 years younger than I and there came a point where my mom stopped leaving her bedroom. For about 3 to 4 years. I had to raise my little sister while the hoarding got out of control. I was responsible for meals, bath times, going to school and getting home to take care of Nik. And this continued well until I managed to escape the hell hole my mother created, which coincidentally, was 7 years ago yesterday. My dad worked so much to ensure that we even had food and amenities. We were poor and we managed. School and reading essentially saved me, but I related alot to Misti and her predicament. And learning to courage to change.

Here is a girl who will learn get to where she needs to go on her own two feet.

I highly recommend this book.

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Hunter (#1)

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

☆☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy

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Imagine a post apocalyptic Hunger Games but instead of kids killing kids, Katniss Everdeen goes to the capital to be part of the elite force of kick ass hunters who fight….

MYTHICAL CREATURES

That’s pretty much this book. It was amazing in every sense of the word. Joy is an unusual Hunter (magic user and has Hounds) who travels from her small and mountainous monestary to live with her important uncle in the Apex, the most protected area in the land. Diseray was brought upon by religious fanatics/terrorists who used nukes which caused a cataclysm of events (they figured rapture and apocalypse) and opened the doorway to the ‘Otherworld.’ Joy stays on top of things in her humble manner (while kicking ass) while trying to uncover a plot of conspiracy.

Some may not like this book because it’s bogged down by world building and info dumps. I LOVED THAT. It made things make more sense and I don’t feel like it pulled from the plot at all. The magic was beautifully explained and the WHY. I was rather taken aback by the amount of background provided that I could weep with happiness.

Plus there was no love triangle. Love interest, yes. 🙂 Joy is overall a brilliant female heroine. Plus, did you read the part about mythical creatures? Tommy Knockers, Kelpies, Red Caps, Draken, Weyrvyn, Gazers, Fair Folk, I was practically squeeing with all my mythilogical nerdiness.

I HIGHLY recommend this book. I will be impatiently waiting for the next installments.

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The Last Days of Newgate

The Last Days of Newgate by Andrew Pepper

☆☆☆/5 (2.5 stars)
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Mystery

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This book was pretty depolrable. For a mystery, it was so interwoven that you couldn’t pull the threads apart. The plot didn’t follow course and the main character, a rouge-ish beast named Pyke, was dislikable, violent, and overall a pretty terrible person all around.

It takes places in 1829 London, and the last days of the Runners which were police men back before an actual police force. Torn up with greed, murder, profit gain, and just generally nasty people, they were doomed from the start. Pyke is trying to solve a murder when he is charged with the murder of his girlfriend and he tries to flee. He is arrested and tired and manages to escape prision. He leaves a trail of murder behind him as he tries to uncover the plot.

I didn’t care for this much. It was longwinded, political, and just not my kind of story.

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