Friday, January 18, 2019

Comic of the Week #54


Comic of the Week has been on a long hiatus but I wanted to bring it back since I've been reading graphic novels and comics again. Every week I'm going to showcase a comic or GN cover- could be old, could be new- and share a few thoughts on why I think it's special. Do you like what I picked out? Let me know in the comments, and as always, if you have a favorite cover or piece of comic art, let me know! 

This week is Nancy Drew #1.

Bookcover Spotlight #189

Come Find Me

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

No Exit

No Exit

No Exit was my first read of 2019 and wow! Did it deliver. This was a solid five star for me- I was pretty much hooked from the beginning and had to race through it, literally. Darby is a college student headed home to Utah to be with her dying mom over the Christmas break- she's trying to beat the weather but it doesn't look good, she's in the mountains of Colorado and pulls over at a rest stop. She doesn't really have a choice due to the weather and has a tremendous amount of guilt that she may not make it home in time. Right off the bat we sense that things are not right between her and her mom, and she's desperate to get home and make amends. 

Unfortunately that's the least of her problems as she soon discovers a child being held in a van in the parking lot. There's four people inside- but who's the kidnapper? Meanwhile a blizzard has closed the highway and the road crews aren't expected to reach them until morning. Yup, they are stuck. And one of them is a kidnapper. What happens from there is a dizzying race against time as Darby throws herself into a struggle to save a little girl- and herself- against an insidious opponent.  

This novel had me on the edge of my seat. Can I just say Darby is amazing? Totally a normal person but she keeps her cool when she has to and she never gives up- I loved that about her. The kidnapper meanwhile is horrifyingly evil and yet nuanced as well- the backstory we get just adds to the horror but at the same time you get the sense that there are people like that out there- and that may be the scariest part of all. A cat and mouse game develops between the kidnapper and Darby, and to say there are twists I didn't see coming would be an understatement. 

The rest area itself and the weather play a huge role as do the other people at the rest stop. And the little girl is no wilting flower either- she plays a surprisingly large role. There were a couple times I imagined maybe Darby was in the clear, but then something would happen and I'd be like noooo. This is literally a breakneck race against both time and weather, and I loved it every step of the way. I also liked that it was mostly realistic- it can be a fine line in stories like this where things can go off the rails really quick but here I felt everything worked from a realism standpoint. 

The author really threw me for a loop with the ending too, and it kinda bugged me because I didn't see it coming but all in all I'm really happy with the way it turned out. This is a total thrill ride- so much suspense- and I'll probably have a book hangover after this. Not just a hangover but more like a blackout- the kind where you wake up with your face half in a puddle and can't remember the last two days. This book is a tough act to follow.   

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Greek Gods Book Tag


I was tagged by Genni at Ready, Set, Read and honestly... how could I not do a Greek gods themed tag?? 

Rules

1) Pingback to Zuky here so she can read all your posts. 

2) You can use her graphics if you like, but you don't have to. Or you can use Genni's graphics here, please credit back to her! 

3) Tag as many people as you want, but please share the love. 



The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)



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The Woman in the Window



Cosmos


The Shark Club



Number One Chinese Restaurant

I hate to pick on this one, and it's not a bad book, it just didn't work for me. 



The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)




A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2)

Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire)

Can't Wait Wednesday #55


 So here's a midweek round up of what I'm reading watching, etc. Plus Can't Wait Wednesday, hosted by Wishful endings. So sit back, raise a cuppa, and see what's new! And share what you're up to. 

This week my Can't Wait pick is  

Permafrost

What I'm Reading

No Exit

What I'm Watching 

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Listening

Monday, January 14, 2019

Top Ten New To Me Authors I Read In 2018

  

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by 
That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back to The Broke and the Bookish so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.

This week is Top Ten new to me authors in 2018. It's been a pretty good year for me and new authors- I've discovered a ton- so this was a fun list to make. Here are some of my new faves. 
        


The Cheerleaders

Kara Thomas might be at the top of my list- I really enjoyed this one.  

Echoes

Alice Reeds made this book work somehow, with two related narratives that could have been alternate timelines or alternate worlds- you never really know until the end.

The Wolves of Winter

One of my favorite books of 2018. I'm hoping we get a sequel. 

The Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials, #1)

I'm so glad there's a 3rd book coming. 

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces

After reading this I absolutely need more books by Lynn Weingarten. 

The River at Night



The Woman in the Window

I'll definitely be reading the next book by this author. 

Kitty's Big Trouble (Kitty Norville, #9)

Carrie Vaughn has me hooked on the Kitty Norville series. 

An Unwanted Guest

This was fun. 

Obscura

Good stuff. 

The Jetsons

Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner knocked this one out of the park. 

Tuesday Tagline #125

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The heat is on.