Monday Mash-Up #055 Book Mail!

Book mail is always a welcome treat at this house!

First, I would like to thank Carl Alves for contacting me and sending along a copy of his book, The Invocation.   I can’t wait to dive into this one!  Nairobi Noir is my recent win from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer Giveaway; I’m a huge fan of the Akashic Noir series and looking forward to this one as well.  And to top everything off,  my kindle pre-order of Alan Baxter’s The Roo popped up today!  I’m actually thankful the weather forecast calls for rain through the coming week, I won’t feel guilty curling up on the couch and enjoying some good reads!

The Week in Books

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai — 4.5 out of 5 stars!!

Check out my review I posted January 25th!

We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk — 3.5 out of 5 stars

This one was a serious mind-bender, and I’m still undecided on the final rating.   We all have inner monsters, as well as exterior monsters, that shape our souls.   Brian Kirk takes that to another level in his debut novel that is being rereleased  by Flame Tree Press.  A psychiatrist uses an experimental drug on a criminally insane patient at his asylum, which releases the inner demons into the real world (or is it the real world?!?!?).

Brian Kirk’s character building in the first half is great, which helps tremendously in the second half when all hell breaks loose.  I’ll admit I got a bit of reading whiplash at one point, which made me stumble.   Once I recovered, though, I couldn’t put the book down.

There were a few scenes that just didn’t work for me (for the sake of a no spoiler review I will refrain from pointing them out), and I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending.  But overall, a good read and something I would recommend to readers who like their psychological horror stories laced with a bit of PCP.

Thanks to NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for sending me an ecopy for review.

Thylacine Dreams by Jonathan Maas — 3 out of 5 stars

I’ll admit, the only reason I read this story collection was because of the cover pic.  And because of that cover pic, I was expecting a whole helluva lot more that what  I got.  This collection wasn’t bad, but rather mind-numbing after a point (and I’m speaking mostly of the final story, -100  ).  If you like an eclectic story selection of quantum physics sci-fi mixed with aging vampires then you will probably like this more than I did.

Soon the Light Will Be Perfect by Dave Patterson — 3 out of 5 stars

A coming of age novel that felt like every episode of Afterschool Special crammed into 245 pages.  The writing was good, the story predictable, overall not a bad way to spend a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon.

And so another week.  Be sure to check out my February goals on 2/1!!

Happy Reading!!

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