Weekly Mash-Up #107

Wow, this week got away from me!  Perhaps it’s due to being able to relax a bit and actually get some reading done!  So this week, let’s go straight to the books…

The Week in Books

End of the Road by Brian Keene — 5 out of 5 stars!

Be sure to check out my full review coming this weekend both here and over at Mr Pink Ink!

Fairest Flesh by K.P. Kulski — 3.5/4 out of 5 stars

While the synopsis makes this story sound like a fictional take on the infamous Lady Bathory and her murderous crime spree in the late 1500’s, it’s really more of a dark retelling of Snow White.  Not that that’s a bad thing!  Kulski’s writing style is very rich and poetic, but the story itself just didn’t grab me like I thought it would.  Still, I would recommend this to those who like dark fairy tales, you know, those ones without the happily ever after.

The Last Final Girl by Stephen Graham Jones — 3 out of 5 stars

I’m a huge fan of SGJ, but this earlier work just didn’t hit the mark for me.  The premise is good:  a sort of tongue-in-cheek tribute to the slasher films of the ’80’s and early ’90’s.  But the delivery?  Meh.  Written with a combination of film directions and regular dialogue, I found myself confused more than once and having to backtrack to figure out what I missed (not something I like to do when trying to enjoy a novel!).  And why the hell were these modern characters (2013 I believe) acting and talking like it was the 1980’s??  I’ll just say, this story was different and leave it at that.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare — 3 out of 5 stars

My choice for my January theme.  Since I’ve been hearing about this book and series for some time now, there weren’t many surprises for me.  I liked the storyline and a couple of the characters well enough, but it just didn’t wow me like some other YA fantasy series I’ve read.  Sure, at some point I’ll pick up a couple  more of the series to see where it goes, but right now it’s not at the top of my must read list.

Novellas, Short Stories, Anthologies

Starving Ghosts in Every Thread by Eric LaRocca — 4 out of 5 stars

Wow!  This was weird as hell…and I liked it!  A girl’s internalized feelings of guilt and depression manifest themselves as strange mutations on her body which in turn feed on the emotions of others.  Yeah, I told you it was weird!  There’s also a neurotic mother, eccentric neighbor, and mysterious new friend.  Oh, and scorpions!  LaRocca really packs a punch in this novella, and I look forward to reading more from him!  Highly recommend, but not for the squeamish.

Salix Marsh by Scott Donnelly — 2.5 out of 5 stars

A sasquatch-like being is spotted in Salix Marsh…is it responsible for the shenanigans going on around town?  A pretty basic storyline, simply written, and not a lot of build-up.  Too bad, as there was some potential with the plot but a failure with the delivery.

This weekend I’ll be participating in a monthly read-a-thon hosted by 24B4Monday.  The goal is to read for 24 hours in a three day period.  I know I won’t come close to that (I usually average about 11 hours) but it’s always fun trying!

Short and sweet this week!  Until next time, stay safe and Happy Reading!

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